Research Assistant I/II/III (Insect Pollinator Technician)

Alabama, United States
Salary Not Specified
Oct 01, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Details

Requisition Number


Home Org Name

Entomology and Plant Pathology

Division Name

College of Agriculture

Position Title

Research Assistant I/II/III (Insect Pollinator Technician)

Job Class Code


Appointment Status


Part-time FTE

Limited Term


Limited Term Length

1 year

Job Summary

The Auburn University Bee Lab is seeking a highly motivated individual to provide professional research and extension assistance on activities related to insect pollinators. Our primary focus is on native bees.This is a multi-year project; however, the contract is for one year with the possibility of annual extensions depending on performance of the successful candidate and availability of funding.
Questions concerning the position should be directed to Dr. Geoff Williams (; please include ‘Insect Pollinator Technician’ in the subject header.

Classified as a Carnegie R1 university, Auburn University is a public flagship land-grant institution with a student enrollment of more than 30,000. The University provides instruction in approximately 70 academic departments and performs graduate research and public service across a variety of program areas. The University is located in the city of Auburn in east-central Alabama, within 2 hours of the metropolitan areas of Birmingham, AL, and Atlanta, GA, as well as within 4 hours of scenic escapes like the southern Appalachians and the Gulf of Mexico. Auburn has been frequently included in U.S. News’ Best Places to Live in America, and it is Alabama’s fastest growing metropolitan area.

The Department: The Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology is administered by the University’s historic College of Agriculture. It houses over 20 faculty, 5 support staff, and more than 50 graduate students, all of whom work towards executing the University’s research, instruction, and extension missions. Additional information can be found at

The Laboratory: The University’s Bee Lab, known as AU- BEES, currently consists of five graduate students supported by one faculty member, one laboratory manager, one technician (focused on honey bees), and multiple undergraduate students and local stakeholders. Alongside our collaborators from across the globe, the AU- BEES team works toward promoting the health of bees and other pollinating insects through various research, instruction, and extension activities. Additional information can be found at

Essential Functions

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

*Managing projects for research and extension purposes.
*Organizing materials, equipment, activities, and events independently and with other lab members.
*Conducting and assisting with field and laboratory experiments.
*Mentoring students.
*Knowledge and experience concerning insect pollinators and their habitat (e.g., insect and plant identification)
*Communicating to a diverse group of stakeholders, including students, scientists, landowners, and other agricultural producers (e.g., at workshops and field days).

Education Level

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution

Field of Study

Entomology, Biology, or closely related natural or social sciences field.

Years of Experience

No experience required for entry level I

Area of Experience

Requirements for Additional Job Levels

Level II – Bachelor’s degree in the areas listed above and 2 years of experience in research practices and protocols

Level III – Bachelor’s degree in the areas listed above and 4 years of experience in research practices and protocols

Education Level

Field of Study

Years of Experience

When a candidate has the required education, but lacks the required experience, they may normally apply additional appropriate education toward the experience requirement, at a rate of one (1) year relevant education per year of required experience.

Area of Experience

Requirements for Additional Job Levels

Minimum Skills and Abilities

Possess excellent organizational and problem solving skills, be able to work independently and alongside teammates, and have the ability to effectively communicate to a diverse stakeholder group.

Minimum Technology Skills

Minimum License and Certifications

A valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain one prior to employment.

Desired Qualifications

Salary Grade


Salary Range

$28,000 - $58,400

Job Category

Agricultural/Veterinary Medicine

Working Hours if Non-Traditional

List any hazardous conditions or physical demands required by this position

The position requires frequent standing and walking, occasional lifting up to 50 pounds, the safe use and handling of chemicals, and frequent exposure to a stinging insects (honey bees, etc.).

Posting Date


Closing Date

EEO Statement

AUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION / EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER . It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please utilize the attachment feature and attach a cover letter, resume, and copies of post-secondary transcripts or other relevant qualifications. Only complete application materials will be accepted for review.

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Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Transcripts
Optional Documents
  1. Other
  2. Letter of Recommendation
  3. Curriculum Vitae
Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How were you made aware of this opportunity?
    • AU Employment website
    • Employment websites (Indeed, HigherEd Jobs, etc.)
    • Veterans Assistance Services
    • Disability Assistance Services
    • Newspaper
    • Professional Journal
    • Listserv
    • HR email
    • Social Media
    • State Employment Service
    • Walk-in
    • Other
  2. * Please select the answer that best describes your current employment relationship with Auburn University.
    • Not a current Auburn employee
    • Current Auburn employee in position less than one year
    • Current Auburn employee in position more than one year
  3. * Do you have a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution in Entomology, Biology, or closely related natural or social sciences field?
    • Will obtain in the next six months
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have a valid driver's license or the ability to obtain one prior to selection?
    • Yes
    • No

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