Research Assistant, Bird Populations

Research Assistant Position Opening

The Department of Biology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha seeks a full time research assistant to support a variety of ongoing research projects related to the effects of land use on bird populations in the Great Plains. The starting date for the position will be January 22, 2013. The position is initially funded for twelve months. The salary is $30,000 (annualized) and includes benefits.

Duties will include assisting with all aspects of faculty and graduate research projects on grassland passerines, migratory shorebirds, and prairie grouse. The technician will participate in fieldwork and will be responsible for managing and analyzing data and preparing reports.

Strong communication and teamwork skills, ability to work closely with private landowners and other stakeholders, and the ability to maintain accurate and organized records.

A Masters degree in biology, biostatistics, wildlife ecology, or related field including experience in conducting research, analyzing data, and preparing results for publication; or a Bachelors’ degree in biology, biostatistics, wildlife ecology, or related field plus 1 year experience conducting and analyzing field-based ecological research is required. The position involves occasional travel and a valid drivers license is required.

Applicants must submit an online application to the University website. Please go to, click on Employment then Current Job Openings (in red) and follow directions. Applicants should upload a cover letter describing qualifications and interests, curriculum vitae or resume, and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin 3 December 2012 and will continue until the position is filled. See for details on the position, the Wolfenbarger lab, and the department.

For further information contact: Dr. L. LaReesa Wolfenbarger at

The university and department are strongly committed to achieving diversity among faculty and staff.  We are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of under-represented groups and strongly encourage women and persons of color to apply for this position.

Omaha, Nebraska
University of Nebraska - Omaha
Dr. L. LaReesa Wolfenbarger