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Stephen F. Austin State University Student Assistant - Field Ecology Research in Nacogdoches, Texas

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Posting Details

Job Title Student Assistant - Field Ecology Research

General Description

This field/lab tech position is a three and a half month position (mid-May to the end of August) assisting two doctoral graduate students with collecting data on several projects which will involve: Ecology of native and non-native spiders as well as amphibian ecology (diet sampling of an invasive frog, Eleutherodactylus cystignathoides), and other sampling activities to amphibian communities in two national forests in East Texas. Most activities will take place close to Nacogdoches (up to two hours away) but will require flexibility to work during evenings occasionally due to nocturnal habits of the focal species.

Job Duties

  1. Assist in field data collection on spiders, other arthropods, and amphibians.
  2. Spider colony maintenance which includes feeding, mating, etc. under laboratory conditions.
  3. Assist in manipulation of frogs to obtain stomach contents and body measurements.
  4. Assist in measuring environmental characteristics related to sampling sites.
  5. Carry equipment and drive vehicles, if necessary.

    Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  6. Capable of following instructions and keeping materials and data organized.

  7. Should be pursuing an undergraduate degree.
  8. Must have a strong interest in ecological research and field work.
  9. Must be comfortable working outdoors during day and night activities with high heat and humidity, biting and stinging insects, venomous snakes and spiders, and poison ivy.
  10. Must have a willingness to work long days and most days of the week, including some weekends.
  11. Must have a positive attitude and strong work ethic.
  12. Must have the ability to communicate professionally and courteously with the general public, coworkers, and university faculty/staff.

    Required Qualifications

The minimum education required for admittance as a student at Stephen F. Austin State University.

No direct experience is required. Training and instruction will be provided.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Physically capable of hiking, and carry out field work and lab work for several hours at a time.
  2. Willingness to learn.
  3. Familiarity with common field measuring tools (e.g. caliper, Daubenmire quadrat, density board, spherical densiometer)
  4. Experience operating GPS units.
  5. Must be able to drive a university vehicle
  6. Applicants interested in pursuing a career in forestry or biology with an interest in ecology are especially encouraged to apply.

    Physical Demands

*Ability to perform work in varying environmental conditions including SUMMER HEAT, humidity, wind, and rain. *Must be able to tolerate the elements of the outdoors with the presence of bugs, insects, poison ivy, brush/briars, etc.

Special Conditions for Eligibility

A student must be enrolled in six or more semester hours to be eligible for student employment during the fall or spring semesters. To be eligible for student employment during the summer, a student must be enrolled in three or more semester hours or be registered for courses in the upcoming fall semester.

Student assistants may not hold any other type of position such as a graduate assistantship or temporary casual employment at the same time that they are employed as a student assistant.

Position End Date (if temporary)

Posting Number SA2021-064

Number of Vacancies 1

Posting Open Date 03/22/2021

Review Start Date

Posting Close Date

Work Schedule

Min Pay Rate $10.00/hour

Open Until Filled Yes

Special Instructions to Applicants

For more information or to apply, please email your CV and a short description of why you would be a good fit to either Ashley ( or Tatiana (

EEO Statement

Stephen F. Austin State University, an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and Educator, is committed to excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, creed, color, age, national origin, religion or physical or mental disability as required by law. If, because of an impairment or disability, you need accommodation during any part of the employment process, please contact Human Resources at 936-468-2304.

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Department Forestry

Contact Name Ashley Wahlberg

Contact Phone (936) 468-3304

Contact Email

Contact Information Applicants will be contacted by the hiring department if selected for an interview. If you have technical questions about this job posting, please contact HR at (936) 468-2304.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  • * Are you enrolled as a student in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture?

  • No

  • Yes

  • * Are you available to work during the Summer?

  • Yes

  • No

    Documents Needed To Apply

    Required Documents

  • Resume

  • Cover Letter

    Optional Documents