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Landslides Field and GIS Technician

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee,  North Carolina
GIS Technician

Drs. Waters-Tormey and Kinner seek to fill two positions for paid research funded by a University of North Carolina System Collaboratory grant. The funded project addresses causes of landslides in western North Carolina in collaboration with the NC Geologic Survey. The position has both field and digital data and mapping components, some training for both of which will be provided. The position will also involve collaboration with NC Geologic Survey geologists, and mentorship of current WCU geology students (mostly as field assistants). Applicants must be available to work up to 4 field days per week (weather permitting), with any remaining time spent on data management and mapping software mostly on the WCU campus. This position is for January 15 to May 15, 2019, and has the potential for extension into summer 2019 and the 2019 fall semester. Contact Dr. Cheryl Waters-Tormey (cherylwt@wcu.edu) for more information.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this Position
Comfort doing field work in steep and heavily vegetated terrain; ability to drive or carpool to field area (mileage reimbursed); experience with basic outcrop and geomorphologic data collection in the field; ability to maintain field and digital mapping databases; willingness to learn to use new software effectively.

Minimum Qualifications
B.S. in Geology or related field and ability to perform the work assigned.

Preferred Qualifications
GIS experience and/or coursework; course work in structural geology, geomorphology, and hydrology; geoscience field work experience



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