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Research Technician

Company: The Conservation Fund
Location: Shepherdstown
Posted on: March 18, 2023

Job Description:

POSITION DESCRIPTION TITLE: Research Technician (intern)LINE OF BUSINESS/DIVISION: Conservation Services/Freshwater InstituteFLSA STATUS: Exempt/HourlyREPORTS TO: Environmental Research EngineerNUMBER OF POSITIONS REPORTING TO THIS POSITION: NoneLOCATION: Shepherdstown, WV THE CONSERVATION FUNDThe Conservation Fund ("TCF" or the "Fund") is a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to the dual mission of protecting America's most important land, water, and natural resources while also supporting economic growth in communities. Top-ranked for efficiency and effectiveness, we have worked in all 50 states to protect over 8.5 million acres of land since 1985. To learn more about TCF, visit Must have received or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccination by date of hire to be considered. Proof of vaccination required. POSITION SUMMARYThe Research Technician will assist with compost and anaerobic digestion experiments at both lab and pilot scales. This is a full-time (37.5 hours/week), temporary internship, running from approximately May 1, 2023, through August 15, 2023. RESPONSIBLITIES & SCOPETo perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

  • Load commercial- and/or pilot-scale composter(s) with materials (e.g., fish mortalities, fish waste solids, and woodchips) by hand and/or with the assistance of heavy equipment (e.g., drills, pumps, mixers, and conveyer belts).
  • Assist with the setup of lab-scale experimental studies on anaerobic digestion and composting.
  • Assist with testing biogas samples on a gas chromatograph.
  • Collect samples from lab-scale and pilot-scale anaerobic digestion and composting experiments.
  • Extract and record data in Microsoft Excel or similar software.MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
    • Currently pursuing a diploma or bachelor's degree in Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Environmental Science, Waste Management, or related discipline.
    • Prior experience in a laboratory setting, such as that found in college-level science courses.
    • Ability to maintain a high level of laboratory quality and safety standards.
    • Interest in waste treatment and waste conversion technologies.
    • Sensitivity to animal welfare issues.PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
      • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint computer applications.
      • Working knowledge and understanding of pumps, mixers, and basic plumbing. PHYSICAL DEMANDSThis position requires standing for long periods of time and the ability to lift up to 50 pounds. The Research Technician will work in wet, hot, and/or humid conditions. WORK ENVIRONMENT
        • 70% of work is performed around water or in wet, hot, and/or humid conditions.
        • Estimated travel - 0%.COMPENSATION The salary range for this position is $17.00-$19.00/hour. This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change, or new ones may be assigned at any time, with or without notice. ***Please submit cover letter and resume with application***Apply at To learn more about The Conservation Fund, visit . The Conservation Fund, a nonprofit corporation, is an Equal Opportunity Employer that fully and actively supports equal access for all people regardless of Race, Color, Religion, Gender, Age, National Origin, Veteran Status, Disability, Genetic Information or Testing, Family and Medical Leave status, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity or Expression. The Fund prohibits retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint, or otherwise oppose discrimination. PI207850868

Keywords: The Conservation Fund, Germantown , Research Technician, Professions , Shepherdstown, Maryland

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