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Research Technician 2 Overview

  • Person Group: Classified
  • Job Code: 07022
  • Pay Grade: H
  • FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
  • Career Level: Level 2
  • Family: Research
  • Function: Research/Lab Support


To provide technical expertise to scientific, engineering and technical staff for tasks such as sampling, monitoring, and equipment operation for multiple media programs and projects; perform related work.

Level Scope

Applies skills and job knowledge in area of specialization; may adapt procedures, operations, techniques, tools, materials, and/or equipment to meet needs of area of specialization; may work on non-routine tasks; resolves issues/makes working decisions within area of specialization or responsibility with minimal supervision.

Minimum Qualifications

Some knowledge of: scientific methods.

Experience: conducting basic multimedia sampling, monitoring and research; using spreadsheet and word processing software; compiling and collecting data and using computer software to enter data and develop reports, charts or maps.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of supervisory practices
  • Ability to monitor operational procedures in technical environments to ensure conformance to standards

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the Research Technician 2 must:

  • This is a journey-level position and works under general supervision performing advanced technical work utilizing a wide variety of resources. Incumbents provide technical expertise to scientific, engineering and technical staff for tasks such as equipment operation, calibration, and maintenance, multimedia sampling, monitoring, and data processing. Conduct tasks to develop reports, maps and documentation for use by scientific and engineering staff in determining adherence to agreements and/or operating standards. Performs research activities to develop defensible program data for regulatory decisions; researches, evaluates, implements, and standardizes new methods and instrument operation problems; utilizes software and equipment.
  • Coordinates and/or performs sample testing for one or more phases of multiple media monitoring; assures compliance with scientific/engineering plans, materials and specifications; collects samples, inspects facilities to ensure proper placement of monitoring devices and scientific installations; reviews and prepares test reports, spreadsheets and databases for program/project documentation; determines testing equipment to be used and trains other technicians in the installation, maintenance, cleaning, adjustment, and calibration of monitoring equipment and other field devices; monitors the collection of samples and information and provides technical assistance to scientific, engineering and technical staff for assuring proper methodology, equipment and custodial requirements; monitors and develops standards for completion of field documentation, records maintenance, report generation and computer information management.
  • Assembles data and calculations for monitoring projects and profiles; details and drafts engineering projects; compiles materials for public information meetings and hearings; makes field trips and may lead survey projects; revises preliminary reports and assessments and prepares data summaries and maps; may use computer-aided drafting and other computer software systems to research and compile data.
  • Serve as a lead worker for the installation, maintenance, cleaning, adjustment, and calibration of monitoring equipment and other field devices; the collection of samples and information, assessment of habitat and habitat performance; the completion of field documentation and records maintenance; research of records for past decisions and actions related to environmental issues; prepares reports; and manages computer information. May be responsible for all or part of a project. May train staff and supervise workflow.

35% of Time the Research Technician 2

Determined by department needs

5% of Time the Research Technician 2

Perform other duties as assigned

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Work may involve walking and climbing over rough terrain and/or in streams while lifting and carrying equipment weighing up to 50 pounds. Some positions require employees to work with chemicals and toxic materials; these incumbents will be required to undergo periodic biologic and medical testing while employed in these positions. Some positions require operating a raft or motor boat and hand or power tools. Employees may be required to camp and furnish their own camping and cooking equipment.

Travel Requirement

Not applicable for Research Technician 2

Career Path

Research Technician 3

Additional training/education or equivalent experience, as well as business need, are required for movement into higher level jobs.


Incumbent must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work.  Final employment offers are  contingent upon a Final Candidate’s successful completion of a Background Verification, and a determination by the University that the information derived from the Background Verification does not disqualify the individual.  In addition, a Financial History Check and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Check may be required.