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Research Technician at The Stream Ecosystem Ecology Laboratory at Drake University

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The Stream Ecosystem Ecology Laboratory at Drake University seeks a research technician to assist with two research projects focused on water quality and manage a vibrant team of 3 – 5 undergraduate students. In collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, we are investigating water quality by the meter and minute using an aquatic drone equipped with water quality sensors in agro-urban streams of Central Iowa. A second project examines changes in water quality and stream ecosystem health across human dominated landscapes around the Des Moines metropolitan area. The position will involve frequent fieldwork in all seasons, including the collection of water quality samples, measurement of stream characteristics (e.g., flow), use of environmental sensors, and coordination of undergraduate students in the field and laboratory. In addition, the research technician will have the opportunity to analyze and present data at regional or national scientific meetings and co-author publications.

The position requires a BA or BS in ecology, hydrology, environmental science, or a related discipline or equivalent experience in natural resources, environmental monitoring, and/or conservation. Experience with scientific fieldwork and data analysis preferred, but not required. The successful applicant must have a valid driver’s license to operate University vehicles. The position is 12- to 18-months in length and includes an annual salary of $35,000 as well as health and dental insurance and other University benefits. Please provide a cover letter, resume/CV, and contact information for three references. All applications received by September 30th will receive full consideration. Interested candidates can submit an application through Drake’s HireTouch portal (; Job ID#: 997816). The successful applicant would start the position on November 1, 2020, or shortly thereafter. Please contact Peter Levi ( with any questions about the position.