Research Assistant - Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Updated: 6 months ago
Location: West Lafayette, INDIANA
Deadline: The position may have been removed or expired!

Job Summary

The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources is seeking a Research Assistant in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. This position will be primarily located in Southern Indiana and will be responsible for supervising all field research for the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment (HEE) at project sites in Southern Indiana. Additional responsibilities will include but are not limited to:


  • Serving as the taxonomic expert for at least one of the species groups studied as part of the HEE, and be familiar with all
  • Assisting in training tree, small mammal, salamander, bird, and understory plant survey skills
  • Coordinating activities of all field crews, both of Purdue and of other collaborating institutions 
  • Independently collecting data on various taxa throughout the year 
  • Maintaining all facilities at project sites
  • Entering data, conducting preliminary analyses, and assisting in writing extension and scientific publications 
  • Maintaining research equipment and accessing to research sites
  • Frequently giving field tours and extension presentations of the HEE project to local, state and regional audiences
  • Frequently traveling between Purdue's West Lafayette campus and project sites



  • Bachelor’s in Biology, Wildlife, Forestry or Natural Resources
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to recommend minor changes in systems and processes to solve problems to improve effectiveness of area
  • Frequent travel between Purdue's West Lafayette campus and project sites



  • Master's degree
  • Experience in research and/or data collection in field ecology setting


Additional Information:

  • Purdue will not sponsor an employment authorization for this position
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA: Non-Exempt (Eligible for Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility:Non-exempt Defined Contribution Plan
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply


Updated: 1/2/2020

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