Research Assistant

21 May 2019
End of advertisement period
19 Jul 2019
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Course Description

Project Description: Using Non-invasive Methods to Survey Small Carnivore Populations is a collaborative project between the Witt and Sucic Labs in the Biology Department. During 2019, field technicians will assist Dr.Witt and her graduate students in setting, baiting, and checking hair snares throughout State and Federal forests in the Northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan. DNA from hair samples collected in snares will be used to identify carnivore species and species’ distributions throughout Lower Michigan. The field technician positions will require long hours driving and hiking through the woods while setting and checking snares and cameras. This position will run Spring – Fall 2019.


Student tasks and responsibilities: The biology student or students will be responsible for building, setting, baiting and checking snares; Collection and proper storage of hair samples; Using GPS and maps to navigate and drive on forest roads and trails; data collection and record keeping; Truck, camera, snare and equipment preparation and maintenance. Regular meetings and daily communication with Dr. Witt. Housing will be at the University of Michigan Biological Station during Spring and Summer 2019.

Desired Qualifications*

Minimum Student Qualifications: This position is for a UM-Flint undergraduate students in good standing with a strong background in biology. Biology students must have completed introductory Biology Coursework. Completion of upper level courses with a field work component, or can be waived with previous experience with field work or other experience with long hours in the outdoors. Experience using a GPS/maps is preferred. Must have a valid driver’s license; ability to spend long hours in the field (7:00 AM – 6:00 PM). Positive can-do attitude, willingness to work as a team, and strong communication and organization skills.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.