Position Information

Position Information

Position Number 69375
Type of Recruitment External
Position Summary

The recipient will work directly with Dr. Don Uzarski, principal investigator of the Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring Grant, to plan, implement, train, and oversee employees determining the status and trends of ecosystem integrity of Great Lakes coastal wetlands of all five Lakes using Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Consortium approved protocols.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor of Science, preferably in Biology.
Two years of experience.
Expertise in fish, macroinvertebrate, and vegetation identification and enumeration.
Extensive knowledge and expertise in using field equipment, including but not limited to, YSI Data Sondes, soil corers, trap nets, D-framed dip nets, and global positioning systems.
Experience and safety training involving the use of boats and outboard motors.
Ability to effectively work with and oversee undergraduate technicians, graduate students, Doctoral technicians, and other professionals.
Managerial skills.
Knowledge of data software including Microsoft® Excel, PC ORD®, and SAS®.
Ability to work 8+ hours each day with the possibility of inclement weather.
Ability to lift 50 pounds of field gear in and out of boats and trucks.
Ability to work in water inundated areas, including muddy substrates and high water levels, where conditions may preclude ideal footing.
Ability to perform the essential functions of the job.

Preferred Qualifications

Master of Science and at least 18 credits of aquatics related coursework.
A minimum 2 years of experience and training using the Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands Consortium approved protocols ( and field experience in coastal wetland work or related habitats.

Duties & Responsibilities

Managerial responsibilities of leading a team of up to 30 researchers, including scheduling daily operations, training new employees, and upholding a high level of research quality.
Extensive field work in coastal wetlands involving extensive travel, data collection, species identification, using and maintaining sampling equipment, operating watercraft, and hauling a boat and trailer.
Maintaining field and lab gear which involves sanitizing nets and equipment between sites, calibrating the YSI Data Sondes, basic boat and motor upkeep, and proper storage and loading of equipment.
Ordering equipment and supplies in accordance to the procedures of the CMU Biology Department and tracking budgets.
The use and maintenance of a Bran + Lubbe QuAAtro Auto-analyzer to the standards of EPA quality control and assurance.
Presentation of research at local and regional exhibitions.
Data organization and analysis.

Supervision Exercised

Leads a team of up to 30 researchers.

Message to Applicants

You must submit an on-line application in order to be considered as an applicant for this position.

Cover letters may be addressed to the Hiring Committee.

Employee Group Supervisory Technical
Staff Pay Level<br><br><a href= 6
Pay Range $16.23-$25.01
Division Academic Affairs
Department Biology
Position Status Provisional
Position End Date 12/31/2018
Employment Status Full-Time
FTE 1.00
Position Type 12 month
Weekly Work Schedule M-F, 8a-5p; some evenings and weekends may be required
At Will? No
Location Mount Pleasant, MI
About the Department
About CMU

Founded 125 years ago, Central Michigan University is a major, national university with 26,000 students, more than 30 remote locations in the U.S. and Canada, and 225,000 alumni worldwide.

CMU offers more than 200 academic programs at the undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral levels. Academic excellence is found in programs considered among the best in the nation, such as engineering, information systems, neuroscience, physician assistant, physical therapy, sales, logistics, fashion merchandising and design, advertising, marketing, public relations, and broadcasting. Central has been a pioneer in extended learning for nearly 50 years, and its online programs for undergraduates and the military, as well as its online MBA and online graduate education for teachers and school leaders, are nationally ranked.

Central Michigan University expands its academics with immersive, hands-on opportunities such as research, volunteering, study abroad, internships and leadership experiences.

The fourth-largest university in Michigan began with the mission of addressing a demand for teachers prepared and qualified to lead classrooms and educate future generations. That commitment to fulfilling unmet needs continues today through many newer programs, including our College of Medicine, which in May 2017 graduated its first class of doctors dedicated to serving medically underserved communities.

Employees have access to fitness facilities and a nationally recognized wellness program as well as health care and benefits that exceed regional, state and national norms.

With student-athletes who are expected to perform equally well in the classroom and on the field, CMU is a member of the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference. CMU Athletics regularly earns accolades for student excellence in the classroom (almost 30 percent of our students were honored in spring 2017 for GPAs of 3.5 or higher) and on the field, with frequent men’s and women’s championship seasons in sports such as football, basketball, gymnastics, field hockey, soccer, baseball and softball, and wrestling.

Central is located in a quaint, tight-knit community in the heart of central lower Michigan. Our community offers a robust mix of outdoor opportunities, family attractions. and restaurants and brew pubs. Mount Pleasant’s small-town life is complemented by cultural activities on campus, including concerts, plays and guest speakers. Mount Pleasant is an hour or two from most Michigan destination spots, including Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Ann Arbor, as well as the state’s sunset beaches, golf and ski resorts, and our famous “Up North” communities, state parks and lakes.

EEO Statement

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Posting Begins 11/28/2017
Posting Ends
Open Until Filled Yes

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you learn of this vacancy? Please indicate specific source (i.e., CMU website, Lansing State Journal, etc.):

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Are you currently an internal employee of CMU according to the <a href="">university's definition</a>?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * If yes, to which employee group do you belong? (If not applicable, select "Not Applicable").
    • Not Applicable
    • Office Professional
    • P&A, SO or Faculty
    • Public Broadcasting
    • Police
    • Service Maintenance
    • Supervisory/Technical
  4. * Do you have a Bachelor of Science?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have at least two years of experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have expertise in fish, macroinvertebrate, and vegetation identification and enumeration?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * Do you have expertise in using field equipment, including but not limited to, YSI Data Sondes, soil corers, trap nets, D-framed dip nets, and global positioning systems?
    • Yes
    • No
  8. * Do you have experience and safety training involving the use of boats and outboard motors?
    • Yes
    • No

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
Optional Documents