Careers in the Plant Sciences

Forest and Grasslands Ecosystem Carbon Project Field Assistant

Woodwell Climate Research Center - Falmouth, MA, United States

Position Title: Forest and Grasslands Ecosystem Carbon Project Field Assistant
Position Type: Temporary Position
Application Review Begins: Thursday, April 14, 2022
Application Deadline: Friday, July 15, 2022
Institution: Woodwell Climate Research Center
Department/Division: Forest and Soil Ecosystems and Biodiversity Research
Field (e.g., systematics):
City: Falmouth, MA, United States
General Information: SUMMARY: We seek applicants for a temporary (3-6 months) full-time field assistant position in forest and soils ecosystem and biodiversity research. The Research Assistant will conduct field work on a project that connects ecosystem structure and plant species composition with carbon storage in soils and vegetation in the unique coastal forest, grassland and shrubland ecosystems of the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Field work will involve surveying forests and other ecosystems for plant species composition, inventorying trees to calculate carbon stocks, and collecting soils for laboratory analysis. The successful applicant will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and gain experience through field and laboratory work across fields including botany, soils, and ecosystem climate change science.
Qualifications/Requirements: Desired Qualifications and Experience:
•Must have relevant coursework in Environmental Science, Ecology, Botany, Biology, Chemistry.
•At least one-year field experience in a related field, including basic techniques and instrumentation used in ecology.
•Requires attention to detail, strong organizational skills, the ability to work as a member of a team, and the ability to communicate positively with the public.
•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.
•Work might require occasional overnight stays at field station facilities.
•Expected to be resident in close proximity to Woodwell Climate Science Center at other times.

Preferred Qualifications:
●B.A./B.S. in Environmental Science, Ecology, Botany, Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Marine Biology or Natural Resources.
●Ability to operate small boats or willingness to take safety course to become certified.
●Demonstrated skills in data organization, analysis, and report writing.
●Data skills including moderate experience with R programming language (or equivalent) for data analysis, graphing, and statistical analysis.
●Use of a car to occasionally travel to field sites.

Physical requirements:
●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.
Responsibilities: Responsibilities:
•Participate in field and laboratory measurements of plant species and soils.
•Process and analyze project data.
•Assist in coordinating schedules across multiple projects.
•Field sampling at in dense vegetation and away from roads.
•Travel to multiple field sites in cars.
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): 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 FGEFA on all correspondence.
Compensation Range: 19.00 per hour
Contact Name: Shana Singleton, ssingleton@woodwellclimate.org