Assistant Researcher for KU Field Station

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Lawrence, KANSAS


KS Biological Survey

Position Overview

The assistant researcher will assist KU scientists in the conduct of field-based ecological research at the University of Kansas Field Station (KUFS) and assist field station staff in the daily management of field station facilities and lands. The assistant researcher undertakes projects independently and works in collaboration with others as a team. The position involves a combination of physical work in field settings, laboratory work, sample processing, data collection and record keeping. The assistant researcher reports to work at KUFS headquarters (350 Wild horse Road, Lawrence, KS, approximately 10 miles north of the main KU campus) and is responsible for their own transportation to the site.

The candidates will also have a physical ability to work outdoors in typical Kansas seasons. A successful candidate should also have the ability to obtain fire safety training certification and CPR/First Aid training certification. Such training is needed given the hazards of outdoor work and remoteness of the field station.

Job Description

40% - Field and laboratory research support:
Duties include field work, plant and soil sample processing, data collection and record keeping associated with the conduct of long-term ecological field experiments at KUFS.
35% - Research supervision and assistance:
Assists principal investigators in the supervision of undergraduate field workers and provides assistance to graduate students in the conduct of their field and laboratory projects.
25% - Land stewardship and facilities management:
Assists field station staff in the stewardship of KUFS lands, including natural resource management, ecological restoration, invasive species control and habitat manipulations. Participates in prescribed burns as a crew member and conducts vegetation management including mowing, cutting, tilling, seeding, and herbicide applications. Assists in the maintenance of KUFS buildings, grounds, research facilities, trails, and equipment. Assists in the implementation of environmental research projects, facilities and installations.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Ecology, Evolution, Environmental Studies, Natural Resource Management or related field.
  • 6 months experience using Word processing and spreadsheet software, as evidence on application materials.
  • Position Requirements:
  • Valid driver's license at onset of employment for ability to drive state vehicle, as needed. 
  • Ability to obtain/maintain fire safety training certification and CPR/First Aid training certification.

  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with local flora and fauna.
  • Ability to perform tasks accurately, keep precise records, and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Experience working in a natural resource management discipline.
  • Experience in environmental monitoring or ecologically-based field work.
  • Construction or farming experience.
  • Certified in fire safety and CPR/First Aid

  • Contact Information to Applicants

    Bryan Foster,

    Additional Candidate Instruction

    A complete application consists of the online application, cover letter, resume, & 3 professional references. Only complete applications will be considered.

    Application review beings on Friday, March 29 and will be ongoing until a successful pool of applicants has been identified.  To ensure consideration, apply by March 29. 

    Upcoming graduates are encouraged to apply as the start date is flexible.  

    Advertised Salary Range

    Starting at $32,000

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    Anticipated Start Date


    Work Location

    University of Kansas - Lawrence

    Employee Class

    U-Unclassified Professional Staff

    Work Schedule

    Monday - Friday, 8a - 5p

    Conditions of Employment

    Contingent on Funding


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