Geographic Info System Research Asst. - Research Assistant I
Company: Inside Higher Ed
Location: East Lansing
Posted on: February 24, 2021
Job no: 691629Work type: Extension, Support StaffPay Grade:
11Major Administrative Unit / College: Michigan State University
ExtensionDepartment: Extension Community Food And Environment
10058942Sub Area: AP- ProfessionalsSalary: 45498.00Location:
LansingCategories: Full Time (90-100%), Administrative
Professionals- AP, Advising/Counseling, Agriculture,
Education/Training, Research/Scientific, UnionWorking/Functional
TitleGeographic Info System Research Asst.Position SummaryAssists
in overseeing and coordinating laboratory and/or field operations,
assists in planning and designing experiments, conducts experiments
and analyzes resultant data in order to participate in conducting
research projects.As part of MSU Extension (MSUE), the Community,
Food and Environment Institute (CFEI), and the Michigan Natural
Features Inventory (MNFI), this position will work closely with the
Geographic Information System (GIS)/Information Technology (IT)
team to facilitate and maintain all aspects of the MNFI Natural
Heritage Database and the spatial data that supports MNFI research
projects. This position will have statewide responsibilities and
will be housed at the MNFI office in Lansing, Michigan.The Michigan
Natural Features Inventory (MNFI) maintains the statewide Natural
Heritage database system documenting the occurrences and status of
rare species and exemplary natural communities. This core MNFI
function is an essential component of many MNFI projects. The
database is required by partner agencies who perform legally
mandated regulatory functions. It allows them to complete tasks,
perform these regulatory functions, produce products, and meet
deadlines. Proper and efficient execution of duties is essential to
maintaining and developing MNFI reputation and client base. This
ongoing research is used by federal, state, and local agencies and
private organizations to guide land management, development, and
conservation decisions. The database forms the foundation for
providing information to decision makers. Database availability,
accuracy and completeness are essential.MNFI utilizes the Biotics 5
platform. Biotics 5 is an integrated, web-enabled system for
tabular and spatial data management for the Heritage Network. The
GIS Research Assistant is responsible for data management that
includes the use of Biotics 5, along with the use and knowledge of
the full suite of Esri GIS products. These platforms are used to
conduct field research, ensure data quality, design specialized
database queries and reports, assist with GIS modeling projects,
update and map original data, interface with MNFI staff and partner
agencies, and respond to internal and external requests for
information from the database. You may also perform field research,
website maintenance or formatting, and construction of information
products and reports, depending on skills and program needs. All
work will be conducted through a diversity, equity and inclusion
(DEI) lens, and you will be committed to developing core
competencies that support a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work
culture. Diversity, equity and inclusion are essential elements
vital to the culture MSU Extension endeavors to
- Assists in coordinating research and data management and/or
field operations for the Natural Heritage database system.
- Perform experimental tests and assays and records and analyzes
results in order to provide conclusive data for research
- Consults with research supervisor in order to assist in
planning and designing experiments.
- Compiles and summarizes results and participates in preparing
reports, manuscripts and articles for publication.
- Acts as a resource person to internal and external individuals
regarding research projects and experiments.
- Performs all field work in order to run experiments.
- Oversees the compliance to laboratory safety regulations and
- Reviews the work of research technicians and student
- Oversees laboratory/field needs and orders materials, supplies
- Operates, calibrates and maintains laboratory/field instruments
and equipment in order to ensure proper functioning, accuracy and
compliance with written specifications.
- Researches literature in order to maintain current knowledge of
laboratory research methods and terminology.Unit Specific
- Knowledge equivalent to that which would normally be acquired
by completing a four-year college degree program in geography,
ecology, botany, zoology, computer science or equivalent degree in
related science field.
- One to three years of related and progressively more
responsible or expansive work experience in standard laboratory
procedures and safety requirements.
- Performing analytical and research techniques in an area
related to research being performed.
- Requires software specific to the area of research.
- Or an equivalent combination of education and
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in geography,
ecology, botany, zoology, computer science, or related field,
earned by date of hire.
- Demonstrated knowledge of relational database management
- Demonstrated ability to perform database queries using
- Demonstrated experience with Esri GIS software products,
including ArcGIS Online.
- Additional experience creating GIS models, preferably with Esri
- Demonstrated experience writing programs or database queries
using Python programming language.
- Knowledge of Natural Heritage methodology and data
- Demonstrated skills and professional development from the last
five years related to cultural competency and inclusive
- Understanding of and ability to implement Civil Rights
principles and compliance standards.
- Proficiency in use of technology (e.g., web research, Microsoft
Office Suite, including use of word processors and spreadsheets,
Adobe products, email/calendaring, distance technology, etc.) for
day-to-day work, record keeping, reporting, team-based
communications, and overall management.
- Familiarity with topographic maps and a general knowledge of
flora and fauna of the Upper Great Lakes region.
- Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication
- Effective organizational skills.
- Demonstrated drive and initiative, with proven ability to
manage multiple responsibilities and tasks simultaneously.
- Self-motivated with the demonstrated ability to work
independently and complete tasks in a deadline driven
- Actively participate in a variety of professional development
opportunities to retain existing skills, and ability to quickly
learn new skills and procedures.
- Thoroughness and attention to detail.
- Ability to work effectively with multidisciplinary teams in an
office or virtual environment, including the ability to serve in
both leadership and contributory roles.
- Proven ability in establishing and working with a diverse
network of constituents across race, color, gender, national
origin, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability,
political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family
status, veteran status, socioeconomic class, and other differences
to assist with project development and outreach.
- Ability to demonstrate sensitivity, knowledge, and use of
appropriate approaches, skills and techniques, which reflect an
understanding and awareness of social, cultural and economic
diversity of the target population served.
- Must be able to work with and assist individuals with varying
degrees of experience using databases and GIS software.
- Commitment to natural resource conservation, respect for
property ownership, scientific credibility, reliable data, and
- Prior experience performing work in support of external
contract and/or grant requirements.
- Ability to lift and carry research materials and equipment,
etc. up to 25 lbs.
- Ability to travel in local and surrounding communities and long
- Transportation is the responsibility of the employee.
- Other skills and/or physical abilities required to perform
duties of this position.Equal Employment Opportunity StatementAll
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation,
gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or
protected veteran status.Required Application Materials
- Current resume/CV.
- Cover letter.
- Four (4) professional references including at least two (2)
prior or current supervisors.Special InstructionsThis is an off
dated position funded for one year from the date of hire with
possible extension contingent upon funding renewal.Work
HoursGenerally 40 hours Monday through Friday, with some nights and
weekends needed.Description of End DateThis is an off dated
position funded for one year from the date of hire with possible
extension contingent upon funding renewal.Bidding Eligibility ends
2/16/2021 at 11:55 PMAdvertised: Feb 10, 2021 Eastern Standard
TimeApplications close: Feb 23, 2021 Eastern Standard Time
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