Extra help assistant

Position:  Part time; Extra Help Assistant (Rusty Blackbird Field Technician)

Starting Salary:  $10.00/hourly

Location:  ATU Fish and Wildlife Department

Deadline:  Open until filled

Hire date:  To be determined

SUMMARY:
The Extra Help Assistant is responsible for providing unskilled, semi-skilled labor or performing basic office tasks in a state agency or institution. This position is governed by state and federal laws and institution policy.

In Addition:

Two technicians are needed to assist a graduate student with their work on the winter ecology of Rusty Blackbirds in Arkansas. The Rusty Blackbird is one of the most rapidly declining songbirds in North America, and the goal of this research is to determine the factors which may be influencing that decline. The research will focus on sex- and age-specific survival, habitat use, and home range size.

Specific duties include locating birds, setting up and taking down mist nets in Rusty habitat, extracting birds from mist nets, banding and processing birds, attaching radio transmitters to birds, and using radio telemetry to monitor birds. We will be capturing and tracking birds at various sites throughout the state, so there will be some travel involved.

While some training will be provided, experience with setting up mist nets, extracting and banding birds, and radio telemetry is strongly desired.

TYPICAL FUNCTIONS:
May answer phone calls and direct inquiries, type and file documents, operate fax or copier machines, and direct incoming and outgoing mail and packages.
May greet visitors, give tours, run errands, take inventory, or assist skilled or professional staff as required.
May perform grounds maintenance duties such as mowing, raking, collecting and disposing of trash, and maintaining associated equipment.
May perform custodial duties including mopping, sweeping, cleaning bathrooms, vacuuming carpets, washing windows, busing restaurant tables, washing dishes and maintaining supplies and equipment.
May assist skilled tradesmen in carpentry work, painting exteriors, or other unskilled or semi-skilled labor.
Performs other duties as assigned.

SPECIAL JOB DIMENSIONS:
Some heavy manual labor may be required. Work in inclement weather, on weekends, and on holidays may be required.

KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES, AND SKILLS:
Ability to follow written or oral instructions.
Ability to perform manual labor and to operate and maintain the necessary tools and equipment.
Ability to utilize computer software programs or operate fax or copier machines for some positions.

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
The ability to read and write. Depending on the position, a valid Arkansas driver's license may be required. Some positions are required to undergo a criminal background check and/or safe driving check.

Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Arkansas Divison of Higher Education.

OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

A valid driver’s license and good driving record are required. A university vehicle will be available for job-related travel, but a personal vehicle is recommended for non-work use. The field season will be December through the end of March (tentative). Housing will be provided in the form of a bunkhouse or trailer.

Preferred qualifications and experience include:

  • Identifying Rusty Blackbirds by sight and sound
  • Using binoculars and spotting scopes
  • Resighting color-banded birds
  • Ageing and sexing birds in hand
  • Color banding birds
  • Synsacral transmitter attachment
  • Conducting vegetation surveys
  • Conducting field work on private land and communicating with land owners
  • Working independently with minimal supervision
  • Living in remote areas, with basic amenities, for extended periods of time
  • Flexible and positive attitude

This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

ARKANSAS TECH UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.  IT IS THE POLICY OF THIS UNIVERSITY NOT TO DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, NATIONAL ORIGIN, SEX, RELIGION, AGE OR DISABILITY IN EMPLOYMENT OR THE PROVISION OF SERVICE.