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Research Asst,Inter

  • Freelance
  • Anywhere
  • $16.05 an hour

New Mexico State University

New Mexico State University invites you to apply to be a part of a diverse, dynamic and welcoming learning and working environment in Las Cruces, NM. NMSU seeks employees who are creative and flexible in developing and evaluating new ideas and ways to evolve NMSU into the future. Located in the borderlands and adjacent to the mighty Rio Grande, NMSU is a proud Hispanic-serving institution in the minority-majority state of New Mexico. Southern New Mexico features an average of 294 days of sunshine annually, making NMSU ideal for job-seekers who enjoy hiking, mountain biking, canoeing and bird-watching. NMSU is committed to sustainability through improving and maintaining the quality of human life while preserving the integrity, stability, and beauty of ecological systems for the future. We are looking for student-centered employees with a passion for success. NMSU invites you to take the first step to your successful and rewarding career by applying today.

NMSU is New Mexicos land-grant and space-grant institution, a comprehensive research institution dedicated to teaching, research, public service and outreach. In addition, the NMSU system includes a satellite learning center in Albuquerque, Cooperative Extension Service offices located in each of New Mexicos 33 counties, and 12 agriculture research and science centers. New Mexico State University is the institution of choice for more than 15,000 students from 49 states and 89 foreign countries.

The City of Las Cruces is the second largest city in New Mexico and is located in Doa Ana County, approximately 45 miles north of El Paso, Texas, and 225 miles south of Albuquerque. Las Cruces is the economic and geographic center of the Mesilla Valley, the agricultural region on the floodplain of the Rio Grande which extends from Hatch to the west side of El Paso, Texas. The Organ Mountains, 10 miles to the east, are dominant in the citys landscape, along with the Doa Ana Mountains, Robledo Mountains, and Picacho Peak. Las Cruces lies within a short driving distance of the Mexican border at Santa Teresa, as well as many other locations in the broader borderland region.

Geography, climate, demographics, and ambiance of Las Cruces and NMSU combine to offer a truly excellent place to thrive. Family members will discover a warm, open community that offers an attractive array of activities and outdoor recreation, amenities, services and opportunities, whether they are looking for top-notch education, meaningful employment, or simply a safe and comfortable place to live.
Job Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will work both independently and with an interdisciplinary team of researchers and graduate students on projects funded by NSF, USGS, USDA, and FFAR to address local, state, national, and global water challenges. The duties include processing and analyzing geospatial data in ArcGIS and ArcPro, compiling and verification of data, maintaining basic metadata, making maps, and assisting in the setup, operation, and maintenance of research equipment.

The job may require some travel to field research sites or other locations to collect and record data. The successful candidate is required to follow established departmental policies, procedures, and objectives.
Classification Summary

Intermediate-level professional in support of a project in a research discipline. Involved in leading lower-level professional and technical support staff or in complex scientific research. Performs complex data collection, reduction, and laboratory techniques requiring the use of independent judgment. Performs tests and analyses to determine procedures to be used and interprets results.
Classification Standard Duties

Collects, processes, and assists in the compilation and verification of research data, samples, and/or specimens, following strict protocol and detailed instructions. Performs or assists with the execution of routine research protocol, such as interviewing, testing, and/or scientific procedures. Uses specialized analytical equipment, instrumentation, and/or statistical software, as specifically assigned, to assist with routine data analysis and interpretation, as appropriate to the position. Assists in the setup, operation, and maintenance of research equipment, instrumentation, and/or facilities, as specifically instructed. May travel to field research sites or other locations to collect and record data and/or samples, as appropriate to established study objectives and protocols. Follows established departmental policies, procedures, and objectives, continuous quality improvement objectives, and safety, environmental, and/or infection control standards.

Knowledge and understanding of principles, procedures, regulations, and standards applicable to the job. Understanding of the Universitys mission, vision and goals.

Skill in the use of computerized systems and databases.

Ability to understand and follow basic scientific research protocol and procedure. Ability to understand and follow complex, detailed technical instructions.
Required Education

Bachelors degree in a related field.
Required Experience

No previous work experience required.
Equivalency None Preferred Qualifications

The preferred qualifications for this position are: the ability to process data in ArcGIS and/or ArcPro, Python programing, knowledge of water resource challenges, ability to work with remote sensing data, an understanding of data management and metadata, and a degree in geography, natural resources, or a water-related field.
Required Certification/License Special Requirements Other Departmental Requirements

Requires valid drivers license. Must be able to obtain an NMSU driving permit within three months of employment. Requires travel to field sites, presentations, etc. Must be able to travel out of state and overnight.
Standard Work Schedule Standard (M-F, 8-5) If not a Standard Work Schedule, please describe Physical Work Location State NM-New Mexico Physical Work Location County, if in New Mexico DA-Dona Ana Work Site Contingent Upon Funding Contingent upon external funds Bargaining Unit Eligible Posting Announcement Statement This is a bargaining unit position with American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Tenure Track No Posting Date 02/20/2023 Closing Date 03/22/2023 Anticipated Job Begin Date (optional) Anticipated Job End Date, if applicable (optional) Open Until Filled No Special Instructions to Applicants

The electronic application is the
official document that will be used to qualify applicants. Paper/email documents will not be accepted. Required documents must be attached to this application.
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Working Conditions and Physical Effort


Work involves moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

Physical Effort

Light physical effort. Effort applies to no more than two (2) hours per day.

Lifting Requirements

Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 10 pounds or some standing or walking.


No or very limited exposure to physical risk.

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