Please note that this is a four (4) month, 100% limited appointment from July 2019 - October 2019.
UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 03/13/2019 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.
Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 03/22/2019. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.
We are seeking field technicians to work on the Argentine ant eradication program on San Clemente Island (SCL), California. All field work will be conducted on SCL, which is owned and operated by the U.S. Navy as a test and evaluation site, shore bombardment range, and warfare training grounds. The island is home to a large number of endemic and rare plant, animal and bird species. Incumbents will interact with a project manager, other team members, members of the U.S. Navy, other members of the SCL Natural Resources Office personnel, and the principal investigator on the project.
The incumbent will work under supervision of the PI and Lead Field Researcher to assist with measuring the efficacy and conservation gains of Argentine ant eradication and implement eradication protocols in wild land areas. Daily fieldwork will include mapping the boundaries of Argentine ant infestations, hand treating infestations, and conducting post-treatment monitoring.
This position involves strenuous fieldwork that includes hiking rugged terrain while mapping and treating Argentine ant infestations. Technicians will gain valuable experience with fieldwork, ant survey methods, and invasive species ecology while working and living on the biologically and topographically diverse San Clemente Island.
Room and board will be provided while on San Clemente Island. Work schedule will be 10 days on-island and 4 days off-island. Transportation to and from the island via the Coronado Naval Base is provided. Portions of this project that do not require being on the island can be completed on the mainland.
Must be willing to live and work on a remote island and to travel back and forth from field location to UCSD as needed.
Graduation from high school or a GED and two (2) years of laboratory experience or two (2) years of college-level coursework including courses in biology or ecology; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Demonstrated experience with social insects in both laboratory and field settings.
Basic knowledge of ecological issues surrounding invasion ecology and island biogeography.
Knowledge and familiarity of local customs and operations at field/remote sites.
Demonstrated familiarity with identifying arthropods.
Familiarity with basic microbiological and sterile techniques.
Demonstrated skill in the use of standard laboratory equipment. Knowledge of and experience in general lab protocols.
Skill in maintaining clear and concise records with strict attention to detail. Ability to carefully follow verbal and written instructions.
Experience and ability to safely operate and maintain mechanical equipment, hand tools, herbicide/pesticide application equipment, and GPS units.
Strong experience using computers as well as spreadsheet and word processing software such as Word and Excel.
Excellent interpersonal skills to interact effectively with faculty, academics, students, military, and civilian personnel of a variety of backgrounds.
Strong ability to develop and maintain strategic relationships and partnerships with remote research partners. Ability to collaborate with multiple agencies to fulfill contractual duties.
Must be willing to live and work on a remote island.
Must travel back and forth from field location to UCSD as needed.
Must be willing to work with hazardous materials, including pesticides.
Must be able to lift loads of up to 45 lbs throughout the workday.
Most be willing and able to operate 4-wheel-drive vehicles.
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