Toolik Field Station Field Operations Assistant (TFS Seasonal, JOB 20-17)

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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: Facilities/Skilled Trades, Other

Position Summary:

The Institute of Arctic Biology is seeking a Field Operations Assistant for the Toolik Field Station, a remote field camp located at 284.5 Dalton Highway, Alaska. This is a seasonal position that works a rotating 3 week on, 1 week off schedule with some flexibility based on need. Time off will be spent outside of camp. Transportation to/from camp is provided.


100Technical functions in support of the department.Essential


This position works independently as well as with a wide variety of faculty, staff, and students; working in adverse weather conditions while performing tasks accurately.

Primary daily tasks consist of moving and storing supplies, loading and unloading trucks, transporting station residents, operating the incinerator, cleaning tasks such as sweeping and mopping floors, dish washing, and cleaning/stocking bath and shower facilities.

Additional duties include the operating and fueling snow machines, 4-wheelers, and pick-up trucks; filling in for Field Operations Staff on days off; assisting with on-site set-up and postseason close down of the station; assisting with kitchen duties as needed; assisting the facility supervisor as needed, and assisting the maintenance supervisor with station maintenance and emergency fuel spill response as needed.

Skills in basic hand tools, driving trucks, painting, cleaning, basic maintenance tasks, basic fuel handing and clean-up procedures, dish washing are required. The ability to lift 80 lbs., deal with a wide variety of personalities, work under adverse weather conditions, live at a remote field camp, and a willingness to be flexible and assume responsibility for tasks assigned are required as well.

This is a seasonal position that works a rotating 3 weeks on 1 week off schedule with some flexibility based on need. Time off will be spent outside of camp. Transportation to/from camp is provided. 

Please upload a cover letter, resume, and the contact information for at least 3 professional references along with your application.

Review of applications will begin on Monday, February 22, 2020.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:


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.

Background Check:

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

Public Disclosure Statement:

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

University of Alaska is a Drug Free Workplace. 

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.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

Advertised: Alaskan Standard Time
Applications close: Alaskan Standard Time

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