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Extension Program Worker/ Field Technician

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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 748063
Work type: Extension, Support Staff
Pay Grade: 00
Major Administrative Unit / College: Michigan State University Extension
Department: Extension Community Food And Environment 10058942
Sub Area: EXPA- Ext. Prog Assoc
Salary: Pay Commensurate with Experience
Location: In State
Categories: Research/Scientific, Temporary

Position Summary(Basic Job Function)


In alignment with the mission, programs and initiatives of MSU Extension, delivers research-based information to program participants through various methods and/or provides support and coordination of MSU Extension programs.

Unit Position Summary

The MNFI technician positions would begin in spring 2022 (mid March to early May) and continue through late summer (mid to late August). Pay range is $15-18 per hour, commensurate with experience. Working closely with the principal investigators, technicians will plan field activities, conduct surveys, and ensure accurate data collection.

Duties include:

  • Evaluating potential sampling sites
  • Conducting bird surveys and insect surveys
  • Sampling vegetation and habitat characteristics
  • Cleaning and maintaining equipment
  • Processing specimens
  • Compiling and entering data into spreadsheets

Technicians will focus on surveys for birds and butterflies with target group/species depending on position and projects, but may include surveys for raptors, marsh birds, songbirds, and the federally endangered Mitchell's satyr butterfly. Field sampling will regularly require long hours and early morning and nighttime work schedules under adverse working conditions (e.g., long days in hot and humid weather, long and difficult hikes in wetlands, and biting insects). Work over some holidays and/or weekends, travel to study sites throughout Michigan, and the use of a personal vehicle will be required (mileage reimbursed at standard rate).

Position Term: Temps can work two (2) nine (9) month terms with a week break in service in between and at the end of the second term terminate for three (3) months or switch to an on-call. On-Call allowed to work 1039 hours in any twelve (12) month period.

Desired Qualifications

  • Proven ability in establishing and working with a diverse network of constituents and community members across race, gender, socioeconomic class, disabilities and other differences to assist with program development and outreach;
  • Understanding of and ability to implement Civil Rights principles and compliance standards;
  • Familiarity with Michigan and/or Midwestern ecosystems;
  • Experience conducting bird and/or insect surveys;
  • Ability to identify common Michigan plant species;
  • Capability to navigate via map, compass, and GPS.
  • Willingness to learn and able to work both independently and as part of a team;
  • Applicants must have reliable transportation and comfortable using watercraft (small boats, kayaks), driving long hours across the state of Michigan, and working alone in remote locations.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Application Materials

Resume and Cover Letter.

Together-we-will Statement

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Work Hours


Advertised: Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Eastern Standard Time

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