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Research Technician I- Seagrass Biology and Ecology

The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Research Technician I- Seagrass Biology and Ecology.

Position Details
Location Gulf Coast Research Laboratory

703 East Beach Drive
Ocean Springs, Mississippi, 39564
United States
Division Coastal Sciences
Position Type Staff
Employment Status Full Time
Grant Funded Partial
Salary Range 10.00 - 10.00
Posting Close Date May 15, 2021

Special Instructions to Applicants
Applicants should submit: 1) a 1-page cover letter stating their interest in the position and, 2) a CV.
Job Summary
The Seagrass Biology and Ecology Lab at The University of Southern Mississippi invites applicants for a Research Technician position. The position will be based out of the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) in Ocean Springs, MS. The successful candidate will assist with existing laboratory and field-based projects to monitor seagrass distribution and condition, assess seagrass nutrient content, and evaluate seagrass habitat use. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities  

  1. Assist with seagrass identification

  2. Assist with seagrass morphological measurements

  3. Collect and process benthic cores

  4. Collect and prepare seagrass plants for nutrient and genetic analysis

  5. Assist with field collection of seagrass and fish to quantify habitat use in seagrass beds 

  6. Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications 
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Environmental Science, Biology, Marine Biology, or a related field and a strong interest in marine science, aquatic botany, or similar disciplines. Applicants must be able to work full-time (40 hours per week).

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Applicants should have experience working from small boats, in shallow (<10 feet) coastal, marine waters, and in a laboratory setting.

Preferred Qualifications  
Possession of a valid driver's license is preferred, but not required. 

About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites across the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 131 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's "R1: Doctoral Universities - Very high research activity" designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and large event venue safety and security, among others.  USM is also one of only 37 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of more than 14,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 37 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 27 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.


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