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Posted: 06/23/2024

Position Summary This position works for Dr. Don Uzarski, Dr. Roderick Lammers, and GLRI lab managers, to plan and implement field and lab work. The purpose of this work is to determine the status and trends of ecosystem integrity of Great Lakes region wetlands using Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Consortium approved protocols or similar protocols.
Required Qualifications Bachelor of Science in Biology, preferably with aquatics-related coursework.
At least one year of field experience.
Knowledge and expertise in using field equipment, including but not limited to, multiparameter Data Sondes, soil corers, trap nets, D-framed dip nets, and global positioning systems.
Experience and safety training involving the use of boats and outboard motors.
Experience working in a laboratory setting.
Ability to work with PIs, lab managers, graduate and undergraduate students, and lead field work under the supervision of lab managers.
Valid driver’s license and must submit a driving record check to be approved to drive CMU vehicles.
Preferred Qualifications At least two years of previous field experience in coastal wetland work or related habitats.
Expertise in fish, macroinvertebrates, and vegetation identification and quantification.
Knowledge of data software including Microsoft® Excel, R, and Google Earth.
Experience with the Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands Consortium approved protocols (http://www.glc.org/wetlands/).
Duties & Responsibilities The primary duties of this position include, but are not limited to:
Sampling of wetland water quality, soils, vegetation, and birds. Extensive field work in wetlands involving pre-sampling preparation (e.g., scheduling, access permissions, reservations, field safety forms), extensive travel, data collection, species identification, using and maintaining sampling equipment, operating watercraft, and hauling a boat and trailer.
Identification of macroinvertebrates in the lab.
Laboratory prep work, soil analyses, sample data analysis.
Maintaining lab equipment, inventorying chemicals and lab supplies, and adhering to all CMU safety policies.
Assisting with graduate student projects.
Literature review, data analysis, data organization, and various administrative tasks for the lab.
Ability to work 8+ hours each day with the possibility of inclement weather.
Lifting 50 pounds of field gear in and out of boats and trucks.
Working in water-inundated areas, including muddy substrates and high water levels, where conditions may preclude ideal footing.
Supervision Exercised None.
Message to Applicants Central Michigan University is dedicated to fostering a broadly diverse and inclusive campus that respects all social identities, experiences, and perspectives. In an effort to further this initiative, we are especially interested in candidates who will advance and promote an inclusive and supportive environment for every member of our university community.

You must submit an on-line application in order to be considered as an applicant for this position.

Cover letters may be addressed to the Hiring Committee.
Employee Group Supervisory Technical
Staff Pay Level 4
Pay Range $14.00 - $22.79 per hour, estimated starting rate: $14.00 - $17.00
Division Academic Affairs
Department Biology
Position Status Provisional
Position End Date 10/31/2025
Employment Status Full-Time
FTE 1.0
Position Type 12 month
Weekly Work Schedule Mon-Fri, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. / weekends and evenings as required.
Location Mount Pleasant, MI
About the Department  
About CMU Central Michigan University has a more than 125-year legacy of preparing students to become leaders and changemakers in their communities and in their personal and professional lives.

We serve nearly 15,500 students on our Mount Pleasant campus, in satellite locations around the state and throughout the country, and through flexible online programs. Many of our approximately 300 undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral programs in the arts, media, business, education, human services, health professions, liberal arts, social sciences, medicine, science and engineering are nationally ranked for excellence.

CMU leads the nation in leadership development programming through our Sarah R. Opperman Leadership Institute, and we are proud to be among only 5% of U.S. universities in the top two Carnegie research classifications. Our faculty work with graduate and undergraduate students in areas such as Great Lakes research, medical innovation, engineering technology and more.

Central is home to 17 men’s and women’s Division 1 sports including football, basketball, gymnastics, baseball, wrestling and more. Our student-athletes achieve great success in competition and in the classroom, capturing Mid-American Conference championships and maintaining an average cumulative GPA of 3.17.

CMU is located in Mount Pleasant, a community that blends the best of small-town living with big-city amenities. It’s part of the culturally varied and vibrant Great Lakes Bay Region that also includes Saginaw, Bay City, Midland and the state’s largest Native American community, centered on the Saginaw Chippewa Isabella Reservation in Mount Pleasant.

Area residents enjoy the mix of outdoor activities, cultural events, shopping and dining options, and family attractions. Other major Michigan destinations and attractions — Lansing, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Traverse City, wineries, beaches, golf and ski resorts, and many more — are within easy reach of the city’s central location in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

CMU employees enjoy access to a nationally recognized wellness program along with health care and benefits that exceed regional, state and national norms.
CMU Leadership Standards Central Michigan University is a place where we value students and work for their success, where we act as family, and where employees are engaged, appreciated and have extraordinary opportunities to make a difference.

We intentionally maintain and strengthen the hallmark CMU culture that sets us apart from our peers by expecting CMU leaders and employees to model the following Leadership Standards and develop them within their teams.

Please review the Leadership Standards before applying for this position.
EEO Statement
CMU, an AA/EO institution, strongly and actively strives to increase diversity and provide equal opportunity within its community. CMU does not discriminate against persons based on age, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religion, sex, sex‐based stereotypes, sexual orientation, transgender status, veteran status, or weight (see https://www.cmich.edu/offices-departments/OCRIE).
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CMU does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, including admission and employment, and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 not to discriminate in such a matter.
Inquiries about the application of Title IX can be made to CMU’s Title IX Coordinator, the US Department of Education’s Assistant Secretary, or both.
CMU’s Title IX Coordinator can be reached at:
Phone: 989-774-3253
Office: 103 E. Preston St.
Bovee University Center, suite 306
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858
Email: titleix@cmich.edu
Posting Ends 07/07/2024
Open Until Filled No

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  1. * How did you learn of this vacancy? Please indicate the specific source by title (i.e., CMU website, HigherEdJobs.com, Higher Education Recruitment Consortium, The Chronicle, specific professional association, specific list serv, etc.):

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  2. * Are you currently an internal employee of CMU according to the university's definition?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * If yes, to which employee group do you belong? (If not applicable, select "Not Applicable").
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    • Supervisory/Technical
  4. * Do you have a Bachelor of Science in Biology, preferably with aquatics-related coursework?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have at least one year of field experience?
    • Yes
    • No

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  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
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