The Toolik Field Station at the Institute of Arctic Biology is seeking applications from enthusiastic individuals who are interested in summer ecological fieldwork in northern Alaska for as a TFS Environmental Data Center Research Aide.
Responsibilities will include collecting data on plant phenological and greening events, arrival and departure status of bird species, as well as data entry and organization under general supervision.
Assistance with other tasks related to the overall goals of the long-term environmental monitoring program and routine lab equipment maintenance will be expected. The position will report to the manager of Toolik Field Station's Environmental Data Center.
Our field site is located at the Toolik Field Station, Alaska, and is the focus of research by scientists who work on a variety of terrestrial and aquatic ecology projects. The overall objective of the Environmental Data Center is to maintain and expand the collection of baseline environmental data complementary to, and in extension of, those already collected by other long-term studies, such as the Arctic LTER, and make them available to the research community. One area of focus is on the timing of biological events in relation to climatic conditions. We established a long-term plant-phenology monitoring program, in which the dates of first occurrences such as leaf emergence, flower development and seed dispersal are recorded. We also record data on bird migration and breeding behavior and a variety of other local environmental events, such as freeze and thaw dates and mammal presence.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A POOL POSITION; SUCCESSFUL ACCEPTANCE INTO THE POOL DOES NOT GUARANTEE AN OFFER NOR REVIEW OF APPLICANT MATERIALS.
Ability to participate in rigorous fieldwork under sometimes adverse conditions, strong organizational skills and attention to detail, technical skills to operate a Unispec spectral analyzer and other scientific equipment in the field, computer skills for data entry in Excel and word processing in Word, ability to work independently in a team setting and to stay on task with a minimum of supervision, ability to seek input from supervisor as needed and to learn quickly by experience and instruction, willingness to work in a remote field site and live in a community setting without much privacy, experience with ecological or biological fieldwork and data collection and entry, and at least one year of college-level work in biological sciences, experience with plant and bird identification, ecological fieldwork experience are required for this position.
Please upload a cover letter, resume, and the contact information for at least 3 professional references along with your application.
The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.
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