Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: L1009 / Field Research Tech/Life Sci
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 08

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under general supervision, performs standardized and/or prescribed data collection and analytical procedures for a specified life sciences field research study. Collects and prepares data, biological samples, and/or specimens, and conducts a variety of standardized tests and/or analyses in accordance with detailed protocol and procedural specifications. Participates as appropriate in the interpretation of field research data and in the publication, and/or presentation of results.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Travels to remote field sites to collect, prepare, process, and/or record biological field data, samples, specimens, solutions, materials and/or media for testing and/or analysis, as appropriate to the specific objectives of the research study.
  2. Handles, processes, and records field data, samples, and/or specimens in accordance with detailed, pre-established protocol, procedures, and standards.
  3. Enters data into appropriate databases and performs routine, basic manipulation, reduction, analysis and interpretation of data, using specified statistical and/or scientific computer programs.
  4. Sets up, calibrates, operates, and maintains a variety of laboratory and/or field research equipment as specified by the requirements of the research study.
  5. Monitors and maintains inventories of equipment and supplies for day-to-day study purposes as required, within budget parameters.
  6. Practices safety, environmental, and/or infection control methods.
  7. Prepares voucher specimens and assists in cataloging and other research collections activities, as appropriate, dependent upon the overall objectives of the study.
  8. May lead, guide, and train staff/student employees, interns, and/or volunteers performing related work; may participate in the recruitment of volunteers, as appropriate to the area of operation.
  9. May participate in and/or contribute to the publication and/or presentation of results, and the development of grant proposals.
  10. Maintains a broad knowledge of state-of-the-art research techniques, technology, equipment, and/or systems.
  11. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Vocational-Technical Training directly related Life Sciences field; at least 1 year of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of supplies, equipment, and/or services ordering and inventory control.
  • Ability to maintain quality, safety, and/or infection control standards.
  • Ability to collect, prepare, and process biological data in accordance with prescribed protocol and procedures.
  • Knowledge of safety procedures and standards for the handling and processing of hazardous biological specimens and/or materials.
  • Records maintenance skills.
  • Ability to understand and follow specific instructions and procedures.
  • Knowledge of related accreditation and certification requirements.
  • Ability to utilize computerized statistical and/or scientific database and analysis applications to manage research data.
  • Ability to set up, calibrate, operate, and maintain specified laboratory and/or field equipment and facilities.
  • Skill in collecting, analyzing, verifying, and manipulating research data.
  • Knowledge of field research and data collection principles, methods, and techniques.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) understanding and following established field research protocol, procedure, and techniques as specified for the assignment; b) collection, preparation, and cataloging of field samples, specimens, and/or data for testing and evaluation; c) processing of research data using standardized procedures, basic data compilation, and data entry protocols; d) performance of simple data analysis, interpretation, and report preparation; e) monitoring and procurement of field research supplies and equipment.

Conditions of Employment

  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Work involves considerable exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.
  • Moderate physical activity. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 25 pounds or standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day.
  • Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017