FY20/21 ISER Student Assistant - Field Research Assistant

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Classification:Student Assistant C
Grade:Student C
Work type:Student Employee
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:UAA Coll of Bus & Public Policy
Location: Anchorage
Categories: Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

Looking for highly motivated individuals to conduct fieldwork related to assessing ecosystem services in areas affected by recent wildfires or fuel mitigation activities. This will include fieldwork, data management, GIS, and analytical work. Travel around the Anchorage and Eagle River will be required and potential trips to the Kenai Peninsula.


100Conduct fieldwork that includes identifying vegetation, invasive species, berries, and mushrooms Navigating and using a GPS Data management (entering, cleaning, and analyzing data) Creating and analyzing data in ArcGIS Statistical analysis with Excel, R, or ArcGISEssential

This is a field research assistant position at the Institute of Social and Economic Research. Research assistants will work with ISER professors to complete fieldwork investigating the effects of wildfire and fuel mitigation activities.  In addition to field data collection, students will assist with a wide range of research tasks from data entry and cleaning through data management and analysis.  


Hard working and responsible
Willingness to travel
Knowledge of Alaska vegetation
Familiar with a GPS and GIS software
Ability to use R and perform basic statistical analysis
Knowledgeable and comfortable working in bear country
Able to traverse difficult terrain
Organized and attentive to detail
Able to work with little oversight
Data management skills
Knowledge about wildfires and fire mitigation
Having transportation is preferred

Required Experience:

Preferred experience in field research, data management or analysis.

Typical Education or Training:

Currently enrolled at UAA with Junior or Senior standing
Major in Biology or Environmental Science preferred.

Physical Requirements, with or without reasonable accommodation:

  • Balancing
  • Climbing
  • Crouching/Stooping
  • Walking/Running
  • Carrying
  • Driving
  • Keyboarding
  • Reaching
  • Lift up to 25lbs

Environmental and Hazardous Conditions:

  • Animals/Wildlife
  • Weather Extremes

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

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.

Affirmative Action Statement:

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


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.

University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free. 

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 Daylight Time
Applications close: Alaskan Standard Time

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