Stream Ecology and Chemistry Field and Laboratory
Company: Woodwell Climate Research Center
Posted on: May 5, 2022
Job DescriptionSUMMARY: 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.
- 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
- Sampling at irregular hours (early mornings, late nights, and
weekends) as needed.
- Travel to multiple field sites in cars. Desired Qualifications
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Data skills including moderate experience with R programming
language (or equivalent) for data analysis, graphing, and
- 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.Application
review will be ongoingDesired Start Date: June 1,
2022Classification and Compensation: This temporary research
assistant position is for approximately six 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.
Woodwell offers a generous benefits package and work life
balance.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 SFLA22: on all
correspondence. Please visit Woodwell's website to learn more about
Woodwell's work.Located on a 10-acre campus near the village of
Woods Hole, the Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) is a
private, non-profit research center. Woodwell is a leading source
of climate science that drives the urgent action needed to solve
climate change. Woodwell has 80+ staff members and is excited to
welcome new employees to this work. Woodwell is an equal
opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual
orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status,
veteran status, or genetic information. Woodwell is committed to
providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation
for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs,
and activities.Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at WoodwellWE NEED
ALL VOICES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGEClimate change is the
greatest challenge of our lifetimes. Woodwell Climate Research
Center (Woodwell) understands that the climate crisis—from causes
to consequences—is inextricably linked with persistent social
injustice. Effectively addressing either requires addressing both.
The climate crisis demands that we bring to bear all of the
knowledge, expertise, innovation, and creativity that we can
collectively muster, and those who have been marginalized and
disproportionately impacted must be heard.The work Woodwell
does—the questions we ask, the ways we seek answers, and the
strategies we put forward—is stronger when shaped by a diversity of
knowledge, perspectives, and experiences. We strive to welcome,
respect, and amplify differing voices. We value individuals as they
are, with all their differences in race, age, ethnicity, gender
identity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, language, and
mental and physical abilities.Woodwell acknowledges that our
organization, and the scientific community more broadly, have a
long way to go in living up to these ideals. We approach the work
of improving our organization with the same ambition and commitment
to systemic change that we bring to addressing climate change.We
will inevitably make mistakes, but we will continue to listen,
learn, and do this critical work. We understand that this work
requires an ongoing commitment from each and every one of us. We
are actively engaged in building and sustaining an equitable and
inclusive culture within our organization, and in fostering greater
diversity in climate science.
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