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  • Field Assistant I - Motus Research

    Ellen Paul
    • Employer: Carnegie Museum of Natural History - Powdermill Nature Reserve
      Location: Rector, Pennsylvania
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Powdermill Nature Reserve is Carnegie Museums of Natural History's environmental research center. Located 55 mile southeast of Pittsburgh in Rector, Pennsylvania, Powdermill is a field station and laboratory where researchers do long-term studies of natural populations in western Pennsylvania. In addition to being positioned for Appalachian-specific studies in ornithology, ecology, invertebrate zoology, and botany, Powdermill is a great place to spend a fun-filled day outdoors with the family.

    Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is interested in candidates who, through their experience and collaborations, will contribute to diversity and excellence of the Carnegie Museums community.  



    As a FIELD ASSISTANT I - MOTUS RESEARCH, you will be responsible for Avian Field Powdermill’s wildlife tracking efforts using automated receiving stations and digitally coded radio transmitters (aka “Motus Wildlife Tracking”) from June 1st through August 28th.

    Specific projects include ongoing Motus research, constructing new receiver stations, and maintaining existing receiver stations.  Duties include includes assembling Motus receiving station components in Pittsburgh. Traveling throughout the Northeastern United States to evaluate potential receiver station sites. Traveling throughout the NE US to construct, repair, and download data from Motus receiving stations, while also maintaining equipment and tools in an organized fashion.

    To learn more about the Motus program at Powdermill visit our website (http://www.powdermillarc.org).  If you have further questions about the position you can reach Jon Rice at RiceJ@CarnegieMNH.org.

    Pay is $12/hr for 40 hrs per week plus overtime when applicable. 
    Travel expenses to potential or existing Motus sites will be paid for by Carnegie Museum of Natural History (CMNH).

    TO APPLY: Visit http://www.carnegiemuseums.org/opportunities; click on Search Jobs and click on Apply in the section titled Field Assistant I (Requisition 378)  Please include your resume, three references, and a cover letter detailing your experience with radio tracking equipment, constructing radio tracking equipment, installing Motus technology and/or field experience. All documents should be saved in one file to allow for upload through our Applicant Tracking System.

    Applicants should have a high school degree, or equivalent.  Ideal candidates will have prior experience with Motus tracking  technologies.

     - The successful applicant will be able to work well both independently and as part of a team. 
     - The applicant must also be able to think critically in difficult situations, learn new technology quickly, and communicate effectively.
     - Must have valid drivers license. 
     - Must be available to work extended hours including weekend and/or evening hours.

    The position requires extended periods of walking, sitting, driving, standing, lifting, and carrying heavy equipment sometimes in inclement weather (e.g. hot, cold, rain).  The applicant must be able to repeatedly lift 60 or more pounds throughout a day.

    The following PA Act 153 clearances, or proof of application of clearances, are required beginning employment and as a condition of continued employment:

    Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance

    Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check

    FBI Fingerprint Criminal Background Check

    Obtaining the required clearances is completed as part of the new hire process.

    Carnegie Museums is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minorities / Females / Veterans / Individuals with Disabilities / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity

    The above job description reflects the essential functions and qualifications for the position identified, and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the position. The job description does not constitute an employment contract and does not alter the at-will relationship between CMP and the employee.


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