Full-time Research Assistants will conduct soil sampling at field sites in southeastern CA and southern NV, assist to establish a soil seed bank assay, assist with monitoring and maintenance of seed bank assays when botanical expertise is necessary, collect seeds from field sites, and conduct winter-spring botanical inventories.
Field sampling and surveying will require camping close to field sites for up to 8 days at a time. Field sessions may vary from 4 days on-3 days off to 8 days on-6 days off depending on field location and activities to be conducted. Some flexibility is requested, where possible, to accommodate graduate students and undergraduate student workers taking classes. We will try to develop a preliminary field schedule for all employees ahead of the field season. Sites close to Las Vegas may only require day trips or one-night camping trips. We provide field vehicles and all necessary field equipment to conduct field research.
-Have a current and valid U.S. state driver’s license and no personal at-fault accidents in the last five years.
-A bachelor’s degree in the sciences, or biology, ecology, environmental science, or a related degree. (Please inquire if you are uncertain if your degree qualifies.)
-Field work experience or other outdoor experiences, including camping, hiking, or backpacking (carrying weight).
-Some plant identification experience (plant ID guides or dichotomous keys), personal or professional.
-Field navigation (map and compass, GPS).
-Four-wheel drive experience.
-Two to three years of experience conducting fieldwork, including cross-country hiking or backpacking.
-Two to three years of botany/plant identification experience (using dichotomous keys or other references) in an academic or professional setting.
-Botanical experience in the Mojave and Sonoran deserts or in southern California, Nevada, southern Utah, or Arizona.
-Project management skills (scheduling, communication and organization, data management, data entry and checking).
-Experience with mapping programs, such as ArcGIS or Google Earth.
-Willingness and ability to work outdoors in potentially adverse weather and willingness to camp and hike in remote locations (may not have cell service).
-Willingness to work with students.
Please feel free to reach out before applying with any questions. Start date range, December 1, 2022 through January 1, 2023.
Provide a brief letter of interest highlighting relevant background and skills as they pertain to the position descriptions above. Please provide a resume containing two to three references. Email applications to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include in the subject line Research Assistant, Spring 2023.