Technikusi állás / Full-time technician position

Position description

The Institute of Aquatic Ecology has commenced a project investigating the effects of urbanisation, climate change and invasive fish on amphibian communities in Hungary. The project will involve amphibian surveys at approximately 80 sites around Budapest and in Pest and Fejér counties. A variety of survey techniques will be used to detect amphibians including visual searching at ponds and wetlands, and dip-netting and aquatic trapping.

This role will assist the Principal Investigator (PI) in conducting amphibian and habitat surveys in a variety of landscape settings, from ponds in city parks to large swamps in the countryside. One of the key roles of the position will be to liaise with property owners and managers to arrange access to survey sites. The PI is a native English speaker who will require a Hungarian speaker to act as a contact point for site access and for communicating with nature conservation groups and other stakeholders. Additional duties include helping with internal project management tasks (paperwork, placing orders etc.).

The position will require the successful applicant to be prepared to work occasionally long hours, sometimes outside of Budapest, and in large swamps. Some night work may be required.
Outside of the field season, the applicant will be helping with general lab duties and taking part in the ongoing activities of the hosting lab (including experiments in aquatic ecology and the citizen science project MyPond).
The contract is initially for 12 months with a gross salary of 400 000 HUF per month, with possible extension until the end of the project (2026).

Essential criteria

  • Bachelor of Science (minimum) in an environmental discipline.
  • Ability to work long hours in the field under challenging conditions, around water and at night.
  • Willingness to travel and stay away from home.
  • Ability to record field data accurately.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Good English and Hungarian language abilities.
  • Ability to liaise with a range of stakeholders including property owners and government conservation officers.
  • Driver’s licence with a willingness to drive.
  • Desirable criteria

  • Experience in conducting ecological surveys, especially in freshwater habitats.
  • Knowledge of the amphibians and fish of Hungary and the ability to identify species.
  • Experience with GIS.
  • Experience with 4wd.
  • Please send your CV (in English) directly to Csilla Laskai: laskai.csilla@ecolres.hu

    Deadline for application: 31 January 2023

    Starting date: 1 March 2023

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