Summer Research Assistant: Connecticut

Yale University
New Haven, CT
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$14 hourly
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Map of Life (MOL) is seeking research assistants to participate in a global biodiversity research and conservation initiative at Yale University. This is a great opportunity for students looking to gain experience in ecology, GIS, and conservation.

Built on a scalable web platform geared for large biodiversity and environmental data, Map of Life ( endeavors to provide ‘best-possible’ species range information and species lists for any geographic area. Map of life aims to support effective and global biodiversity education, monitoring, research and decision-making by assembling and integrating a wide range of knowledge about species distributions and their dynamics over time.

Work environment
Research assistants will be part of a growing and interdisciplinary team of scientists and informaticians in the Yale Center for Biodiversity and Global Change ( The center connects biodiversity and global change scientists from across the Yale campus and beyond. Yale has a thriving and growing community of postdocs and graduate students in ecology, evolution and global change science in the EEB Department, the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies, the Peabody Museum, and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. The town and campus are renowned for the classic Ivy League setting, 75 miles north of New York City.

Position responsibilities
In this role, you will be responsible for finding new data sources and incorporating them into a database that hosts nearly 100,000 species and over 555 million records, including almost all terrestrial vertebrates, dragonflies, bumblebees, butterflies, and plant species.

Research assistants will be responsible for digitizing biodiversity data, from recording species traits to creating range maps. Approximately 50% of this position will be dedicated to GIS-intensive projects and incumbents will have many opportunities to improve their GIS skills.

Contributing to Map of Life’s comprehensive database means complying with strict scientific data standards, and incumbents are expected to adhere to rigorous protocols with keen attention to detail. High performing research assistants will have the opportunity to extend their contracts beyond the summer.
Position requirements
- Demonstrated familiarity with ecological concepts through coursework and/or work experience
- Excellent time management skills
- Desire to increase knowledge in spatial ecology and conservation
- Demonstrated experience working as part of a team
- Effective communication skills

Desirable skills
- Familiarity with GIS concepts
- Experience in QGIS and/or ArcGIS
- Experience in a data entry position

35 hours per week

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and 2 references to with 'Summer research assistant' in the subject line.
Contact Person
Michelle Duong
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