Lab Assistant 3

Under general supervision provide laboratory and field support for research studies on reef and offshore oil platform invertebrate communities and sandy beach invertebrate and fish communities.

Minimum Requirements

Experience conducting field surveys of biota of sandy beaches, oil platforms, natural reefs and kelp forests, including underwater surveys. Ability to use SCUBA equipment to perform quantitative sampling at up to 60' depths. Experience processing quantitative samples of marine invertebrates and other organisms in the laboratory. Taxonomic knowledge of local marine flora and fauna and ability to identify fish, invertebrates and wrack algae. Experience in and ability to perform quantitative ecological sampling of marine biota. Ability to accurately record data from field observations and laboratory samples. One year of relevant laboratory and field research experience and college courses in ecology, biology, and natural sciences; or equivalent combination. Ability to work in challenging weather conditions in exposed locations to perform field duties, including small boats.

Desirable Requirements

Bachelor's degree in marine ecology or related field. Familiarity with marine ecological processes and natural history of marine organisms. Ability to perform data entry and basic statistical analyses of community and population data. Knowledge of and experience using Excel and Word.

Special Conditions of Employment
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Maintain a valid CA driver's license, a clean DMV record and enrollment in the DMV Employee Pull-Notice Program

Other Special Conditions of Employment

University Research Diver Certified (AAUS) to 60 Feet. Work schedule will vary. Travel 2-3 days periodically. Able to work in inclement field conditions and perform during long days ( >10 hours) and irregular working hours (early morning) for up to several days a month.

Position dependent upon grant funding. Current funding for one year with possibility of extension.

Other Recruitment Notes

Optional Applicant Documents

Other Document (1)
Other Document (2)
Other Document (3)

Required Applicant Documents

Resume
Cover Letter

Job Description

FLSA Exemption Status
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Non-exempt

CBU (Collective Bargaining Unit)

TX - Technical Unit (UPTE-CWA)

ERC (Employee Relations Code)

Grade Type

Grade Type

Grade Type

Grade Type

Grade Type

Grade

End Date for Other Appointment Type (e.g., Contract or 18-month Career)

Provision Number

Type of Supervision Received
A little help? Go to Degree of Supervision

General supervision

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Ability to identify oil platform, reef and beach invertebrates and surf zone fish. Experience in diving offshore oil platforms and natural reefs and surveying beaches and surf zones. Familiarity with the use of BisQue image analysis software in the scoring of invertebrate abundance from photographs. Experience identifying, measuring and dissecting fish stomach contents. Experience using Excel and entering and checking of data. Experience using and maintaining field and laboratory gear such as nets, cameras, microscopes, and balances.

Physical Requirements
Continuously=Activity occurs > 66%
Frequently=Activity occurs 33% to 66%
Occasionally=Activity occurs < 33%
Not Applicable=Activity does not exist

Stand

FREQ.

Walk

FREQ.

Sit

FREQ.

Bend

OCCAS.

Crouch/Squat

OCCAS.

Kneel/Crawl

OCCAS.

Climb

OCCAS.

Reach above shoulder level

OCCAS.

Use keyboard/mouse

FREQ.

Hand Activities: Fine dexterity

FREQ.

Hand Activities: Hand twisting

OCCAS.

Hand Activities: Simple grasping

OCCAS.

Hand Activities: Power grasping

OCCAS.

Other (please specify activity)

Frequency of Other Activity

No Response

Lifting Activities: Light lifting (< 20 lbs)

OCCAS.

Lifting Activities: Moderate lifting (20-50 lbs)

OCCAS.

Lifting Activities: Heavy lifting ( >50 lbs)

OCCAS.

Push/Pull Activities: Light pushing/pulling (< 20 lbs of force)

OCCAS.

Push/Pull Activities: Moderate pushing/pulling (20-50 lbs of force)

OCCAS.

Push/Pull Activities: Heavy pushing/pulling ( >50 lbs of force)

OCCAS.

Mental Requirements

Read/Comprehend

OCCAS.

Write

OCCAS.

Perform Calculations

OCCAS.

Communicate Orally

OCCAS.

Reason and Analyze

OCCAS.

Other (please specify activity)

Frequency of Other Activity

No Response

Environmental Requirements

Is exposed to excessive noise

N/A

Is around moving machinery

N/A

Is exposed to marked changes in temperature and/or humidity

OCCAS.

Is exposed to dust

N/A

Is exposed to fumes

N/A

Is exposed to gases

N/A

Is exposed to radiation

N/A

Is exposed to microwave

N/A

Drives motorized equipment

OCCAS.

Works in confined quarters

N/A

Other (please specify activity)

Frequency of Other Activity

No Response

Job Duties

Total Percentage of Duties: 100

2
Records

Order of
Imp

Essen
Duty

%

Freq.

Function

Duties

1

Yes

80

Monthly

Lab

Under supervision, (1) scores photos using the Bisque database to quantify the cover of reef and offshore oil platform invertebrates, (2) assists in diving fieldwork at offshore oil platforms and reefs and sandy beach surveys, (3) assists in processing platform, reef and beach invertebrate samples in the laboratory, (4) identifies and counts sandy beach invertebrates in core samples and in fish stomachs,

(5) prepares datasheets and tracks samples, (6) enters and organizes data, (7) orders and purchases supplies, and (7) performs assorted tasks as needed.

2

Yes

20

Monthly

Field

Under general supervision assists in the collection of marine samples with and without SCUBA.