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Lab/Field Technician, UToledo Lake Erie Center

Job Description:
The University of Toledo’s Department of Environmental Sciences seeks a Laboratory and Field Technician for Soil Research who will assist with soil collection and analysis, as well as supporting laboratory operations, for a large multi-institution project studying how implementing agricultural best management practices affects nutrient runoff from agricultural fields, the primary cause of harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie.


This position is part of the USDA-NRCS funded Pilot Watershed project. The goal of this project is to advance state and national efforts to address agricultural nutrient runoff by simultaneously supporting agricultural production and improving water quality. Located in the Shallow Run watershed of Hardin County in northwest Ohio, it will integrate concentrated implementation of agricultural best management practices with field-to-stream monitoring in a limited geographic area to improve water quality outcomes.
This position has primary responsibility for coordinating field sampling logistics, assisting project team members, including our collaborators at Bowling Green State University, with sample processing and nutrient analyses, maintaining research supply inventories, helping to keep the lab clean and organized, and contributing to a safe working environment. This position also has opportunities for the incumbent to assist in data collection, analysis, and publishing project datasets, but this is not required.

This position will be primarily based on the U. Toledo main campus in Toledo Ohio, and secondarily at U. Toledo Lake Erie Center in Oregon Ohio, a 30-minute drive from main campus. On sampling days, driving to our field sites in the Shallow Run watershed of Hardin County will also be required (we have university vehicles available for this).

  • Job Type: Staff
  • Application deadline: 12/26/2023
  • Organization: University of Toledo
  • Qualifications: Minimum Qualifications: Education/experience/licensing: • A minimum of bachelor’s degree in plant, soil, or wetlandecology, environmental sciences, or related discipline. • Experience with working in a laboratory setting. • Willingness and ability to learn soil and nutrient analysisprocedures (training to be provided) • Willingness and ability to work outdoors in agricultural fieldsunder ambient weather conditions. • Willingness and ability to communicate with project teammembers, collaborators, and farmers participating in theproject. • Valid driver’s license with a clean driving record. • Commitment to a safe and inclusive working environmentrequired. Communication and other skills: • Eff ective communication skills (oral and written). • Ability and desire to collaborate with a large multi-institutional collaborative team. • Ability to work independently and to make decisionsconcerning personal and team safety, monitor weatherconditions, and other logistical factors. • Ability to work closely with students, faculty, and other staff to maintain research eff iciency of the project. Preferred Qualifications: Working conditions include working outdoors in agriculturalfields, which can entail exposure to harsh weather conditions 12/8/23, 4:58 PM UToledo Job Openings https://careers.utoledo.edu/cw/en-us/job/496526/laboratory-field-technician 4/6 including rain, wind, heat, cold, and sun. Must be able to carrygear up to 40 lbs., and load/unload vehicles. Must be willing todrive to field research sites in Hardin County, Ohio and to theLake Erie Center in Oregon, Ohio. The above list of duties is intended to describe the generalnature and level of work performed by people assigned to thisclassification. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive list ofduties performed by the people so classified, nor is itintended to limit or modify the right of any supervisor toassign, direct and control the work of employees underhis/her supervision.
  • How to apply: Apply on website: https://careers.utoledo.edu/cw/en-us/job/496526/laboratory-field-technician
  • Location: Toledo, OH
  • Web address: https://careers.utoledo.edu/cw/en-us/job/496526/laboratory-field-technician

Contact Information

Michael Weintraub
michael.weintraub@utoledo.edu
nahar.16@osu.edu

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