Field Assistant I - Motus Research
Museum of Natural History, one of the four Carnegie Museums of
Pittsburgh, is among the top natural history museums in the country. It
maintains, preserves, and interprets an extraordinary collection of
artifacts, objects, and scientific specimens used to broaden
understanding of evolution, conservation, and biodiversity. Carnegie
Museum of Natural History generates new scientific knowledge, advances
science literacy, and inspires visitors of all ages to become passionate
about science, nature, and world cultures.
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is interested in candidates who, through their experience and collaborations, will contribute to diversity and excellence of the Carnegie Museums community.
Field Assistant I with Powdermill’s wildlife tracking efforts is responsible for using automated receiving stations and digitally coded radio transmitters (aka “Motus Wildlife Tracking”).
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Applicants should have a high school degree, or equivalent.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
- The successful applicant will be able to work well both independently and as part of a team.
- The applicant must also be able to think critically in difficult situations, learn new technology quickly, and communicate effectively.
- Must have valid drivers license.
- Must be available to work extended hours including weekend and/or evening hours.
- The position requires extended periods of walking, sitting, driving, standing, lifting, and carrying heavy equipment sometimes in inclement weather (e.g. hot, cold, rain).
- The applicant must be able to repeatedly lift 60 or more pounds throughout a day.
- The principal responsibility of this position is assisting the Urban Bird Conservation Coordinator with Powdermill’s Motus Wildlife Tracking efforts.
- This includes assembling Motus receiving station components in Pittsburgh.
- Traveling throughout the Northeastern United States to evaluate potential receiver station sites.
- Traveling throughout the NE US to construct, repair, and download data from Motus receiving stations.
- Maintaining equipment and tools in an organized fashion.
The following PA Act 153 clearances, or proof of application of clearances, are required beginning employment and as a condition of continued employment:
- Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
- Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check
- FBI Fingerprint Criminal Background Check
Obtaining the required clearances is completed as part of the new hire process.
The above job description reflects the essential functions and qualifications for the position identified, and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the position. The job description does not constitute an employment contract and does not alter the at-will relationship between CMP and the employee.
*GUIDANCE ON ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) requires employers to consider and accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities. An individual is qualified if he or she can perform the essential functions of a job with or without reasonable accommodation. An essential job function is any task that is a fundamental part of the job. When considering essentiality, one must focus upon whether the function is essential to this particular job and not to the department as a whole. Some additional guidance on essential functions follows below. Please note that the following guidelines are non-exhaustive. If you have any questions or need additional guidance, please contact Human Resources.
A. Is the function required to be performed on a regular basis? If the function is rarely performed, it may not be essential.
B. Is the function highly specialized? Is the incumbent hired for his/her expertise or ability to perform the function? The need for special expertise is an indication of an essential function.
C. Does the position exist, at least in part, to perform the function? If so, the function is more likely to be essential.
D. How much time is spent performing the function and how often? Note that even functions performed 10% of the time could be essential if they are required on a regular basis.
E. Would elimination of the function fundamentally alter the job? If so, the function is more likely to be essential.
F. What are the consequences of not requiring the incumbent to perform the function? If they are significant, the function is more likely to be essential.
Are there a limited number of employees among whom the performance of
the function could be distributed if the incumbent could not perform
it? If so, it is more likely to be essential.
- Pay Type Hourly
- Carnegie Museum of Natural History - Powdermill Nature Reserve, 1847 State Route 381 RD, Rector, Pennsylvania, United States of America