Temporary Wetland Restoration Field Assistant (Research Assistant)
SUMMARY: We seek applicants for a temporary (1-2 months) full-time field assistant position in wetland ecosystem and plant biodiversity research. The Research Assistant will conduct field work on a project that evaluates wetland restoration in former cranberry farms. Work will involve field surveys of restored wetlands for plant species composition, plant identification, data entry and data quality control. The successful applicant will work as part of a team and gain experience through field and data work across botany, soils, and ecosystem climate change science.
- Participate in field surveys of plant species composition and cover
- Enter and quality check data.
- Assist in coordinating schedules
- Field sampling at in dense vegetation and away from roads.
- Travel to multiple field sites in cars.
Desired Qualifications and Experience:
- Must have relevant coursework in Environmental Science, Ecology, Botany, Biology, Chemistry.
- Some field experience in a related field, including basic techniques and instrumentation used in ecology.
- Experience with identification of wetland plants in New England highly desired.
- Requires attention to detail, strong organizational skills, the ability to work as a member of a team.
- Ability to work independently as well as productively as part of a team.
- Familiarity with best practices for field safety.
- Strong skills in identifying plants or willingness to learn.
- Basic proficiency with word processing, data management and presentation software (e.g., Word, Excel, and PowerPoint or equivalent programs) is required.
- Must possess a valid US driver license for the last two years and qualify to drive Woodwell Climate Science Center vehicles.
- Expected to be resident in close proximity to Woodwell Climate Science Center at other times.
- A./B.S. or advanced coursework in Environmental Science, Ecology, Botany, Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Marine Biology or Natural Resources.
- Use of a car to occasionally travel to field sites.
- This role requires work in the field, including rigorous outdoor activities (lifting approx. forty pounds, bending, carrying heavy equipment, and walking through uneven terrain, waist-high waters and marsh.)
- Working in the field in Massachusetts requires a willingness to endure exposure to insects, ticks, and poison ivy.
Application review will be ongoing.
Desired Start Date: August 9, 2022
Classification and Compensation: This temporary research assistant position is for approximately 1-2 months with the possibility to extend dependent upon performance and the availability of funding. You must have flexibility in the specific hours and days you can work and be able to accommodate a variable schedule, including working evenings and weekends as needed to accomplish sampling objectives. The hourly range is $19 per hour.
Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts
Application Instructions: To apply, please send your cover letter addressing your experience and qualifications in relation to the responsibilities of this position, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references as a single PDF to our careers portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please type WRFA on all correspondence.
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