[Coral-List] Marine ecology research technician position

Avery Paxton abpaxton at live.unc.edu
Mon Apr 6 17:25:42 EDT 2015

*Marine ecology research technician at the University of North Carolina
Institute of Marine Sciences, Morehead City, NC*

*Proposed Start Date:* 6/1/2015

*Estimated Duration of Appointment*: This is a temporary position not to
exceed 24 months.

*Posting Open Date:* 4/6/2015

*Posting Close Date:* 4/21/2015

*Description of Work:* We seek a research technician for an applied marine
ecology and conservation study investigating the most widely recognized and
pressing questions about artificial reef design and function. Artificial
reefs in coastal ocean waters of North Carolina are prime recreational
fishing and diving sites, as well as critical habitat for recreationally
and commercially important fish species. This two-year study seeks to
address knowledge gaps concerning the function of artificial reefs in order
to improve their fish production. Specifically, we aim to understand the
effect of artificial reef siting location and buffer zones relative to
existing natural reefs. We will also evaluate the effectiveness of novel
artificial reef structures and how artificial reefs influence soundscape
ecology and flow regime. Project results will be used to guide management
and conservation decisions in North Carolina. Primary technician duties
include year-round SCUBA field surveys that will be conducted in North
Carolina coastal ocean waters, as well as data management and analysis. The
position will be based at the UNC-CH Institute of Marine Sciences, 3431
Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557.

*Education and Experience*: SCUBA experience with minimum of 75 logged
dives and Rescue Diver certification *strongly* preferred. AAUS
certification preferred. Bachelor’s degree in biology, marine science,
ecology, or environmental science preferred. Preference will be given to
recent graduates with long-term interest in obtaining experience that will
prepare them for success in graduate school and in a marine conservation
ecology career. Familiarity with statistical analysis using R and Matlab
and experience with ArcGIS are a plus.

*Special Physical and Mental Requirements:  *This work will require the
ability to lift at least 50 lbs., to work in cold/hot, wet conditions, as
well as during some early-morning and late-night shifts.  Applicants must
be willing to conduct offshore diving fieldwork while operating off of
small boats and must hold a valid driver’s license.

*ARRA funded:* No

*Special Instructions: * Please direct specific inquires to Avery Paxton
(project investigator), abpaxton at live.unc.edu.   The numerous marine
research facilities and institutions in the Carteret County area usually
allow opportunity for cost-efficient housing options.

*Temporary Employment Policies:*

*Required Documents:*

1.     Resume / Curriculum Vitae

2.     Cover Letter

3.     List of References (minimum of three references, at least one of
which can testify to dive experience) with contact information (email and

*Interested candidates must click on the following direct link URL from any
internet browser to apply for the position:

The University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. Women
and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.

Avery Paxton
PhD Student
Biology Department
Institute of Marine Sciences
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
abpaxton at live.unc.edu

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