Careers in the Plant Sciences

Stream Ecology and Chemistry Field and Laboratory Assistant

Woodwell Climate Research Center - Falmouth, MA, United States

Position Title: Stream Ecology and Chemistry Field and Laboratory Assistant
Position Type: Research Assistant
Application Review Begins: Monday, April 18, 2022
Application Deadline: Monday, July 18, 2022
Institution: Woodwell Climate Research Center
Department/Division: Stream Ecology
Field (e.g., systematics):
City: Falmouth, MA, United States
General Information: SUMMARY: We seek applicants for a temporary (3 months) summer full-time field assistant position in stream ecology and water chemistry The Research Assistant will work on a project to assess the ecological conditions and water quality in an urban stream in New Bedford, MA, in collaboration with watershed conservation and municipal partners. The work will involve field water sample collections, assessments of stream flows, and laboratory water chemistry analysis. The successful applicant will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to gain broad experience through field and laboratory work across stream ecology, environmental chemistry, and urban restoration planning.
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.
•Successful candidate will work at multiple field sites in MA.
•Expected to be resident in close proximity to Woodwell Climate Science Center at other times.

Preferred Qualifications:

●B.A./B.S. or significant work toward a degree 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.
●Experience with laboratory analysis of water quality using a nutrient autoanalyzer.

Physical requirements:

●This role requires work in the field, including rigorous outdoor activities, walking through uneven terrain, and walking through water and in densely urban environments.
●Working in the field in Massachusetts requires a willingness to endure exposure to insects, ticks, and poison ivy.
Responsibilities: Responsibilities:

•Participate in field sampling of water, stream conditions, and stream water flows.
•Process and analyze project data.
•Assist in coordinating schedules across multiple projects.
•Laboratory analysis of water samples, data compilation and interpretation.
•Sampling at irregular hours (early mornings, late nights, and weekends) as needed.
•Travel to multiple field sites in cars.
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): Please visit https://www.woodwellclimate.org/careers/
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Contact Name: Shana Singleton, ssingleton@woodwellclimate.org