3 full-time field technicians (90/10 split, field/lab)
Start date December 1, 2022 or January 1, 2023 (or until positions are filled) through May 31, 2023, with the possibility of extension after review.
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 work 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 (start and end days of trips) to accommodate graduate students and undergraduate student workers. We will try to develop a preliminary field schedule for all employees ahead of the field season. Sites close to campus may only require day trips or one-night camping trips. We provide field vehicles and all necessary field equipment to conduct field research. Good hiking boots and an appropriately sized daypack to carry equipment and samples to and from field locations are essential and mandatory. Equipment and sample weight can reach up to 30-50 lbs. Field locations can be rugged and require travel cross country not on trails across uneven surfaces over several kilometers.
-Be a United States citizen, have a current and valid state driver’s license, and have 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.
-Field work experience or other outdoor experiences, including camping, hiking, or backpacking (carrying weight).
-Some plant identification experience.
-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.
-Skills related to the above position description, and
-Field navigation (map and compass, not just 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.
Please feel free to reach out if needed before applying. We strongly suggest reviewing climate and living conditions for the region before applying.
Provide a brief letter of interest highlighting relevant background and skills as they pertain to the position descriptions above. Please note the position you are applying to and provide a resume containing two to three references. Email applications to email@example.com. Include in the subject line Research Assistant, Spring 2023.