Full-time Toolik Field Station EDC Research Technician: Fairbanks, AK & Toolik Field Station

Toolik Field Station, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK & Toolik Field Station
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Full time Positions
$21.81/ hour + overtime
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Duties: Field Data Collection (50% - based at TFS) Collect baseline environmental data throughout the year including plant phenology, plant greenness, active layer depth, bird and mammal identification, snow depth, and ice thickness. In addition to the baseline data, provide field support to projects at the station through field assistance for projects in camp, and remote access for projects that are not on-site at the station. Examples of field assistance and remote access include: year-round water sampling, permafrost sampling, plant cover and density measurements, plant phenology, insect & mammal trapping, river and stream discharge among others. Monitor autonomous instrumentation for the SEDC as well as for researchers. Types of autonomous instrumentation include time lapse cameras, meteorological stations with data loggers (Campbell Scientific and Hobo), and atmospheric monitoring equipment. Under intermittent supervision of the SEDC Manager when they are not in camp, plan and coordinate activities with the EDC seasonal technician and intern(s) to fulfill summer work requests. EDC Data and Analysis (15% - at TFS and Fairbanks) Assist the SEDC manager with maintaining baseline monitoring datasets of measurements and imagery and updating of the data repositories. Provide quality assurance and quality control of the datasets and metadata. When possible, automate the analytical processing of data using batch processing techniques and/or computer programing/ scripting languages (eg. R, python, etc.). Assist in updating the publication database. Write the Naturalist Journal when the Toolik Naturalist is not in camp. As needed, assist the SEDC Manager and GIS & RS Manager with new research site selection. Updating, maintaining, and managing the common-use field and laboratory equipment (15% - at TFS) Provide, maintain, and schedule the use of common-use scientific equipment. Common-use equipment ranges from lab equipment such as microscopes and scales, to deionized water systems and autoclaves. Field equipment spans from water chemistry sensors, spectral reflectance to thermometers and anemometers. Researchers at TFS checkout common-use equipment online and the SEDC approves the use of all equipment and provides tutorials on how to properly operate the equipment. Regular maintenance and repair is needed on the common-use equipment to keep it functioning for all researchers working out of TFS. On a given day repair or maintenance of equipment may vary from repairing a leaking deionized water system, calibrating a piece of equipment, to examining the electrical connections in a sensor. Conduct web-based research to identify equipment and software to support TFS research. Occasionally prepare specifications and forward equipment or software quotes to the SEDC Manager for equipment/ supplies such as new drying ovens, cameras, field spectrometers, etc. Troubleshoot all equipment problems and report issues and resolution to the SEDC manager. Community engagement (10% - at TFS) Engage with the TFS community Participate in Community based activities and initiatives to improve the TFS community as a whole. Example - participate in the DEI initiatives in camp. Help other departments at TFS when needed (dishes, shoveling, moving boxes, helping fix things) Logistical support (10% - at TFS) Active communication with researchers about their support and equipment requests through the TFS online platform and using tools such as Slack and email. Help facilitate shipping of samples to researchers institutions. Regular communication and reporting to the SEDC Manager.
Typical Experience: College-level work in biological sciences, experience with plant and bird identification, ecological fieldwork experience. Preferred Experience Includes: Interest and familiarity with arctic flora and fauna. Attention to detail and willingness to learn new skills. Prior experience with ecological data collection, entry, and summary. Experience with herbaria. Required Experience: Two years of course work towards a Bachelor's degree in a field of science (Biology, Ecology, Geography, Chemistry, Environmental science, or a comparable field). Two years of experience relevant to this position or a combination of training and experiences. Valid AK driver’s license or able to obtain one within three months of being hired. Preferred Experience: Bachelor's degree or higher in a relevant field of science (Biology, Ecology, Geography, Chemistry, Environmental science, or a comparable field) Two years of post-bachelors work experience, or graduate school experience. Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder, or willingness to be certified.
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