Institute of Natural Resources and Agriculture Student Assistant

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  • Job Number:518316
  • Classification:Student Assistant C
  • Grade:Student C
  • Work type:Student Employee
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • School/Business unit:UAF Institute of Agr Nat Res & Ext
  • Location:Anchorage, Wasilla, Fairbanks
  • Categories: Agricultural/Life Sciences/Vet Medicine, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

Be part of the gateway to the extraordinary natural resources of Alaska! Work hands on with rugged native plants or unique mammals of the region, or put your scientific curiosity to use in our labs collecting and analyzing natural resources data! Explore Alaska's ag & horticulture, health & community, 4H, and natural resource management in the Insitute of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Extension (IANRE). Check out IANRE and our ag and forestry experiment station too at!


100Laboratory Positions: -Process various types of samples and data for analysis, perform some analysis and statistic, wash glassware, record data, and computer data entry. Land Use Surveyor: -Survey visitors or the general public, coordinate samples, monitor budget expenditures, data entry and analysis, and dissemination of results. Horticulture Positions: -Prepare seedbeds, plant, maintain and harvest research plots. -Collect samples and record experimental data. -Assist in landscape construction projects building retaining walls, bed edging, pathways, rock work. Duties may involve strenuous physical labor outdoors, such as lifting fertilizer bags, rocks and containers of soil, working around farm machinery such as tractors, rototillers, trucks, and hand and power tools. Office Assistant: -Greet and assist clients or visitors, create documents and spreadsheets in Google Docs or Sheets, file, scan or copy documents, collect and distribute mail, create mailings, and organize and move file boxes or equipment as needed. Reindeer Program Farm/Field Assistant: (Any semester) This position could be assisting at the farm located at UAF, including maintenance and upkeep of facilities and animals. This position could also include some field assistance located on the Seward Peninsula, including maintenance and operation of ATV, boat, snowmachines, and data collection.Essential

Find the perfect student job at IANRE!  Locations are available throughout the state; most are in Fairbanks, Anchorage or Wasilla.  Students may work up to 20 hours per week during the academic year.  During the summer, students may work up to 40 hours per week.  Please specify the position of interest and desired number of hours per week when applying.


All Positions:
- Ability to communicate effectively and work with a diverse clientele
- Ability to work independently on routine responsibilities
- Must be able to plan, organize and execute a variety of tasks simultaneously

Laboratory Assistant:
Some or all of the following: Valid driver's license; Ability to lift 40 lbs; Ability to follow detailed instructions; Ability to work independently; Ability to accurately collect and record data; Plant identification skills; Ability to perform repetitive tasks; Knowledge of plant biology; Knowledge of Laboratory research; Computer data entry skills.

Land Use Surveyor:
Ability to interact with various audiences such as the public, supervisor, grant sponsor; Knowledge of recreation management; Accurate and efficient data entry skills; Attention to detail; Ability to work outdoors in inclement conditions.

Horticulture: Knowledge of basic gardening and greenhouse techniques and use of hand and power tools. Ability to work independently and with others, perform repetitive tasks, work outdoors regardless of weather. Knowledge of plants, greenhouse management, landscape construction and horticulture field production techniques. Knowledge of Macintosh computer and software a plus. Experience with spreadsheets. Ability to correctly and accurately gather and record data.

Office Assistant:
Knowledge of general office practices, procedures and equipment; Working knowledge of software such as Google Docs and Sheets (or Word, Excel and Adobe); Computer skills with word processing, spreadsheets, internet and email; Basic clerical skills including accurate typing and filing, photocopying, scanning, and faxing; Good communication skills; Ability to pay attention to detail; Good organizational skills; Ability to follow directions; Ability to maintain confidentiality and ability to communicate clearly, courteously and tactfully with the public; Ability to perform moderately strenuous physical activity such as moving boxes and handling large mailing tubes.

Reindeer Program Farm/Field Assistant:
(Any semester) This position could be assisting at the farm located at UAF, including maintenance and upkeep of facilities and animals. This position could also include some field assistance located on the Seward Peninsula, including maintenance and operation of ATV, boat, snowmachines, and data collection. Ability to perform moderately strenuous outdoor activities including lifting up to 25 lbs.


Sufficient to perform the job duties outlined in the job posting.


Must be a current University of Alaska student enrolled in 6 credit hours or more

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:


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 Standard Time
Applications close: Alaskan Daylight Time

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