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Schultz Research Group Conservation Biology

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We are hiring for a position. Please see details below.

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***Current WSU Vancouver students – Please contact Cheryl Schultz with questions about other opportunities in the lab. In addition to this part-time position, there are additional opportunities for current student to assist with projects and learn the required skills listed in this position description

Part-time Research Assistant

We seek to hire a research assistant to help with a studies of population ecology of at-risk butterflies in the West. We anticipate that the successful candidate will have a BS and/or is current undergraduate student in ecology or a related field and some previous experience doing independent research.

This is a temporary, limited term, position.  Work is part-time (15-20 hours/week) in person at the WSU Vancouver campus. Days/times on campus are flexible.  Hourly rate is $18/hour.

Current research projects in the lab include work with western monarch, Oregon silverspot butterfly, Fender’s blue butterfly, Puget blue butterfly and a large multi-species project that spans at-risk butterflies across the United States.  The main tasks associated with this position are to curate datasets, assist with creating with maps in GIS, assist with social media efforts for work with western monarch, and help write simple summaries for reporting.  For more information on citizen science/social media efforts in the lab group, please see  The successful candidate may be asked to help with other tasks related to data management and lab group organization.  Depending on the successful candidate’s interests, there may be some opportunities to assist with field work in summer 2022.

Minimum qualifications include:

  • familiarity with working with datasets in Excel
  • basic knowledge with GIS
  • evidence of excellent writing skills

Preferred additional qualifications:

  • knowledge of ecology (especially in relation to insect conservation)
  • demonstrated interest in social media as applicable to citizen science efforts
  • basic knowledge with the statistical software program R

Interested candidates should send the following materials as a single .pdf file to Cheryl Schultz,, subject: “Conservation Biology Lab Research Assistant” + your last name

  • Cover letter including a brief summary of relevant experience in GIS, social media, ecology, writing, experience with Excel and/or curating datasets, statistics/R, as well as your preferred start date
  • CV
  • Names and contact information of three references

Include the text “Conservation Biology Lab Research Assistant” and your last name in the subject line of the message.  Review of applications will begin October 14, 2021 and will continue until a successful candidate is identified.

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