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Aquatic Entomology Research Technician

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The Stroud Water Research Center invites applications for a full-time Research Technician position as part of the aquatic entomology research team that includes six entomologists and 7-12 summer interns. Recent research projects have focused on stream health as a function of land and water use, long-term recovery of macroinvertebrate and fish communities following stream and watershed restoration, and life history responses of mayflies exposed to extreme temperature and other environmental stressors. Primary responsibilities of the successful applicant will be to assist in the collection and processing of macroinvertebrate samples (identification of Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera, and Trichoptera to genus and species), water samples for chemical analyses, and fisheries samples, maintenance of remote field sensors, and assistance with intern supervision in the laboratory. Opportunities to contribute to analysis and synthesis of data for interpretive reports will depend on applicant’s experience and project needs.


M.S. or B.S. (with 3-5 years of experience) in Biology, Zoology, Entomology, Fisheries, or similar field with a strong background in applied and basic aspects of stream ecology and aquatic entomology. Education and research background should have provided sound training in aquatic insect taxonomy and natural history, statistical analysis, and data interpretation as well as opportunities for verbal and written communication. Leadership and organizational skills should include the ability to work independently while interacting in a collaborative team environment. Taxonomic skills should include the accurate identification of Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera, and Trichoptera larvae to genus. If experience is limited to identifying aquatic macroinvertebrate larvae to the family level, then there must be a strong background in invertebrate identification that demonstrates the ability to learn quickly. Experience with genus-level identifications for chironomid midges, or species-level identifications for macroinvertebrates or fish should be highlighted.


To apply, please visit the Stroud Center employment web page (, click through to the job posting, and use the application form to submit a cover letter describing experience and professional goals, curriculum vita/resume, unofficial transcripts, and if applicable representative publications resulting from your research efforts, curriculum vitae/resume, and the names and contact details for three professional references as a SINGLE ATTACHMENT. The name of the attached file should start with the applicant’s last name in the file name (e.g., LASTNAME_ENTOMOLOGIST APPLICATION.PDF). Review of applications will begin immediately upon receipt of material as requested, and continue until the position is filled or 18 February 2019.


The Stroud Water Research Center will provide a competitive salary based on the candidate’s experience and qualifications. This is a full-time position including a comprehensive employee benefit plan.

Stroud Water Research Center is an independent, non-advocacy 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.