The mission of the Environmental Resilience Institute (ERI) is to enhance resilience to environmental change in Indiana and the Midwest by accurately predicting impacts and effectively partnering with communities to implement feasible, equitable, and research-informed solutions. While the threat of environmental change is one which has concerning implications for all forms of life on this planet, we recognize that environmental justice is intrinsically linked to systemic racism. Therefore, we are also committed to eliminating systemic racism in ERI's activities, and to pursuing equity and environmental justice in all our work. ERI is committed to cultivating a staff and culture rich in diversity of thought, background, race, gender, abilities, and lived experiences. We encourage all interested parties to apply.
The Research Technician in the Environmental Resilience Institute primary responsibilities will be using existing records to identify and contact potential farmer interviews for a National Science Foundation funded Coupled Natural and Human Systems project. This project is an interdisciplinary project studying adaptation to drought and climate change in the Midwestern row-crop agricultural system. The technician will conduct semi-structured, recorded interviews with farmers (in person or via remote technology) across a tri-state area, focusing on understanding their practice decisions in response to droughts. Data management, data coding and assisting with writing academic publications may also be performed.
Two years of college with fifteen hours of coursework in geology, chemistry, or a related scientific field and two years of scientific data collection experience.
Possess a valid driver's license with the ability to be insured by Indiana University.
Strong interpersonal skills and a customer service orientation. Excellent ability to effectively communicate and exchange information. Good attention to detail and accuracy. Aptitude for learning and working under pressure. Demonstrated ability to work, interact and relate well to people from diverse cultural backgrounds. Ability to exercise independent judgement. Willingness and ability to travel.
Experience or training in social science research techniques, including conducting interviews, leading focus groups, or facilitating group dialogues. Knowledge of Midwestern agriculture and familiarity with rural communities and farmers. Enthusiasm and excitement for the work, including a desire to learn interdisciplinary research approaches and a desire to understand farmers' perspectives. Eagerness to help Midwestern communities and agriculture prepare for climate change.
Working Conditions / Demands
Detailed work, problem solving, math, reasoning, customer contact, multiple concurrent tasks. Keyboarding and using a computer for extended periods of time. Remaining stationary for long periods of time. Operating a motor vehicle.
Given the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are actively monitoring the situation and will adapt all research efforts to ensure the safety of our entire team and all research participants. Work will be remote if in-person interviews are deemed unsafe at the time. If work is not remote, office space will be available and there will be extended periods of time traveling by car to interview farmers. Funds are available to cover rental car expenses and gas. During overnight stays, a per diem for lodging and food will be provided.
Reliable access to internet at home or willing/able to work from a campus location.
Salary Plan: SS
Salary Grade: 0F
Job Function: Research
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