Posting Summary: The University of Virginia seeks four hourly Laboratory Technicians to assist with a research project at Blandy Experimental Farm studying factors that influence foraging and hive success in native bumble bees. The technicians will be part of a team that will include two UVa faculty and at least two UVa students. The technicians will spend the majority of their time at field sites within an approximate 1-hour radius of Blandy. Two technicians will be responsible for vegetation surveys and pollen collection from plants, and two technicians will be responsible for pollen collection from live, foraging bees and for monitoring bumble bee hives. Applicants must work well independently and have a professional attitude. Experience in field botany or in working with insects is preferred. Some technological experience with drones, remote sensing, and image analysis is preferred. Work will be 40 hours per week, starting in May and continuing for 10 weeks.
Blandy Experimental Farm is a 700-acre University of Virginia research facility situated in the northern Shenandoah Valley, about 10 miles east of Winchester and 60 miles west of Washington, D.C.
This is a support position for the Blandy Experimental Farm research program that helps maintain a productive work environment for research projects.
Required Minimum Level of Education: High School Diploma or Equivalent Required
Preferred Minimum Level of Education: Bachelor's Degree
Preferred Specific Degree/Training: At least two years of undergraduate education preferred.
Required Minimum Level of Experience: None
Preferred Minimum Level of Experience: Some - up to 4 years
Preferred Specific Experience: Experience working in a lab, or assisting with field work preferred. Experience in field botany or in working with insects is preferred. Some technological experience with drones, remote sensing, and image analysis is preferred.
Required License or Certification: Valid driver's license in good standing (i.e.-zero of positive point balance) is required
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Ability to work independently is required as is the ability to maintain a professional attitude. Ability to work in the field under harsh environmental conditions is required. Ability to organize and process samples in a well-organized and neat manner is required.
Required Computer Applications: Email, Internet
Preferred Computer Applications: Ability to work with computer databases for organizing data.
Internal Number: 353_84033
About University of Virginia
Founded by Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia opened in 1825 as the nation's first public university. A longstanding dedication to preeminence in both scholarship and teaching; top ranking in global satisfaction, collegiality and work/family issues on the COACHE survey of early career faculty; a commitment to excellence that is integrally connected with diversity and a broad array of benefits make the University of Virginia a prime choice for both faculty and staff. The University of Virginia is located in the small cosmopolitan city of Charlottesville near the Blue Ridge Mountains, 70 miles from Richmond and 110 miles from Washington, D.C. The University of Virginia remains the No. 2 best public university in the 2013 edition of the U.S. News and World Report rankings. In the 14 years since U.S. News began ranking public universities as a separate category, U.Va. has ranked either No. 1 or No. 2. U.Va. continues to rank in the Top 25 among the best of all national universities, public and private.