• New Mexico State University
  • $72,745.00 -149,280.00/year*
  • Belen, NM
  • Scientific Research
  • Full-Time
  • 88 Navajo Loop

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New Mexico State University is a comprehensive land-grant institution of higher learning accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities. An active research university, NMSU anchors the southern end of New Mexicos Rio Grande Research Corridor, exceeding $140 million in research and public service expenditures. NMSU is classified as a Hispanic-serving institution by the federal government with a total minority enrollment over 48%. Home to the states NASA Space Grant Program, NMSU is located in Las Cruces, which features desert mesas, the farmlands of the Rio Grande Valley, and the Organ Mountains, an extension of the Rocky Mountain chain. The University is committed to building a cultural diverse educational environment.

NMSU Job Duties and Responsibilities

5 seasonal positions available: To run May 1, 2019 September 30, 2019.

The main purpose of these positions is to assist with data collection on this very large research project on elk in New Mexico and Arizona. The size of this research project and the number of study animals to be monitored in unprecedented. Research assistants will be needed to monitor study animals (both adult and neonate elk), determine causes of mortality for elk, conduct behavioral observations and data collection, collect data on habitat and forage conditions and data entry.

Classification Summary

Intermediate-level professional in support of a project in an agriculture research discipline. Involved in leading lower-level professional and technical support staff or in complex agriculture scientific research. Performs complex data collection, reduction, and laboratory techniques requiring the use of independent judgment. Performs tests and analyses to determine procedures to be used and interprets results.

Classification Standard Duties

Collects, processes, and assists in the compilation and verification of research data, samples, and/or specimens, following strict protocol and detailed instructions. Performs or assists with the execution of routine research protocol, such as interviewing, testing, and/or scientific procedures. May use specialized analytical equipment, instrumentation, and/or statistical software, as specifically assigned, to assist with routine data analysis and interpretation, as appropriate to the position. Assists in the setup, operation, and maintenance of research equipment, instrumentation, and/or facilities, as specifically instructed. May travel to field research sites or other locations to collect and record data and/or samples, as appropriate to established study objectives and protocols. Follows established departmental policies, procedures, and objectives, continuous quality improvement objectives, and safety, environmental, and/or infection control standards.


Knowledge and understanding of principles, procedures, regulations, and standards applicable to the job. Understanding of the Universitys mission, vision and goals.

Associated topics: bioassay, climate, environment, environmental, epa, farm, food, sustainable, waste, wetlands

* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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