Temporary Research Technician - Bonanza Creek Long Term Ecological Research Program

    Apply now
  • Job Number:523867
  • Classification:Temporary Technical Seasonal
  • Grade:Temporary Staff Grade 75
  • Work type:Temporary
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • School/Business unit:UAF Institute of Arctic Biology
  • Location:Fairbanks
  • Categories: Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The Institute of Arctic Biology is seeking motivated seasonal research technicians to assist with field data collection for the Bonanza Creek Long Term Ecological Research Program (BNZ LTER).


1001. Navigate to specific coordinates using mobile GIS, by a combination of truck, ATV, foot, or boat. 2. Collect baseline ecological data, including measurements of stand composition, understory vegetation, mosses and lichens. 3. In office: Review data and address inconsistencies or errors. In general, the crew works as a whole to accomplish a variety of tasks. Based on experience, each crew member will be assigned a primary role and will then be expected to fill in on other duties as needed. Throughout the summer and fall there will be times when the crew will aid in other projects related to collection of core ecological data for the Bonanza Creek LTER.Essential

Approximate employment dates are from late April through October. We are open to discussing flexibility in start and end dates for students.

Travel to plots will be by helicopter, 4-wheel drive vehicle, ATV, riverboat, and foot. Significant amounts of off-trail hiking, in steep and difficult terrain, with heavy backpacks, is required. Working conditions can be difficult, with exposure to hazards such as bad weather, stinging and biting insects, and encounters with wildlife.


Interest in natural sciences; field experience; knowledge of boreal tree species; high level of physical fitness, in particular, the ability to walk long distances in rugged terrain; ability to maintain a positive attitude while working long days in all types of conditions; backcountry camping experience; ability to follow instructions, work independently and as part of a team, and take responsibility for collecting high-quality data; basic computer spreadsheet software skills. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in fieldwork, knowledge of boreal plant species, data management, and coursework in biology/ecology/forestry or a related field.

Required Experience:

Adequate experience in ecology, biology, or natural resources to perform the assigned duties. PREFERRED: Experience with field logistics in a remote setting.

Typical Education or Training:

Proof of valid driver's license will be required at time of hire. Education or field experience related to ecology, biology, or natural resources.

NOTE: While we welcome out of state applicants, this position does not provide travel to Fairbanks, housing, or meals. (Food will be covered during all camping trips.)

Please submit a resume, cover letter and contact information for three professional references with your application.


The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

UAF COVID Requirements

Effective immediately, all new UAF hires, whose job function or work location results in the employee being subject to the UAF vaccine requirements guided by the Federal Contractor Employee vaccine mandate*, must be fully vaccinated with an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption no later than six weeks from the new hire's start date.

*Employees based on UAF’s Troth Yeddha’ (Fairbanks) campus, regardless of university affiliation and remote work status; Employees based in UAF research units outside Fairbanks (including Seward Marine Center, Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, HAARP, Poker Flat, Lena Point, and Toolik Field Station); and Employees, regardless of their work location, paid by or directly working on impacted UAF federal contract.

Pursuant to Board of Regents’ Policy 04.01.055.B, temporary, extended temporary, adjunct, student, casual labor, regular new hire probationary employees and those positions designated by the president as officers and senior administrators of the university are employed at-will.

Training Policy:
It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Abby Dunham, Institute of Arctic Biology HR Coordinator, at adunham3@alaska.edu or (907) 474-7463.

Advertised: Alaskan Standard Time
Applications close: Alaskan Standard Time

Back to search results Apply now Refer a friend