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Urban Ecology & Native Bee Research: Summer Field Technicians Needed

Job Description: Field and laboratory assistants are needed to help with data collection in the Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology, and Weed Science at New Mexico State University. Assistants are needed for three different projects. The first research project examines the effect of different native plant mixes on beneficial insects (pollinators and natural enemies). The second project investigates how to improve conservation of beneficial insects in urban parks. Here, we are comparing parks with and without community gardens to determine whether gardens increase beneficial insect populations. The third project explores the addition of floral resources in urban and suburban study sites on native bee abundance and richness. The majority of these positions will be fieldwork (80%) but will also include laboratory and greenhouse work (20%). Daily tasks may include: travel to field sites, visual pollinator observations, plant surveys, monitoring insect traps, sorting samples, and curating insect specimens. Please note these positions are located at the Los Lunas Ag Science Center with travel to study sites in the Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Los Alamos area.

Required Qualifications: Interest in conservation biology, pollination biology, entomology, or field ecology Valid U.S. driver’s license Ability to work outside for long periods of time in a variety of weather conditions Attention to detail Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Job Details: Employment Period: May 21th 2018 – August 17th 2018. Some flexibility surrounds start and end dates. Full Time: 40 hours/week Salary: $10/hour To Apply and For Questions: Send a resume and contact information for three references to: Dr. Bennett (abb@nmsu.edu) Please put ‘Bee Field Tech’ in the subject line. Please send questions about the position to Dr. Bennett. Review of applications will begin February 28th and will remain open until filled.