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Summer Field Assistant, Stream Ecology – Alaska (For Recent Grads)

by Kris Pieper on February 6, 2015

The Arctic Long-Term Ecological Research program seeks applications from motivated persons to provide technical and field support for ongoing ecological research projects at the Toolik Field Station in northern Alaska. Information about the Arctic Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) project is available at and information about the Toolik Field Station is available at This position is a term appointment for the summer of 2015, from mid-June to mid-August (to be negotiated).


POSITIONS AND DUTIES: The successful candidate will participate in research on arctic tundra stream ecosystems in the Toolik Field Station research area. Duties include monitoring physical parameters in streams, collection and analysis of water samples, benthic samples, and juvenile and adult fish. Moderate laboratory skills, background with spreadsheet software, and some knowledge of stream ecosystems preferred.


SKILLS/EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Applicants should be recent college graduates with substantial course work and/or field experience in environmental sciences. Background in aquatic ecology, hydrology, chemistry, fish ecology and/or ecosystems ecology preferred.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Applicants should be in good health, capable of rigorous outdoor activity, and prepared to live in a field camp where cooperation with others is essential, personal privacy is limited, and living accommodations are spare and simple. Maturity and self-motivation are essential. Wilderness or outdoor experience is highly desirable.


CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Candidates for these jobs should be available to live at the Toolik Field Station from mid-June to mid-August. Travel to Toolik Field Station will be paid as well as the cost of room and board at the station. The successful candidate will be offered competitive seasonal stipend commensurate with their level of experience. Any employment beyond mid-August will be negotiated separately. 


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applicant review will begin February 23rd and continue until the suitable candidate is identified.


TO APPLY: Send a cover letter, resume, copy of transcripts, names, addresses, telephone number and email contacts for 3 references ALL IN A SINGLE PDF (If sending via email) to: Joshua Benes at the Rubenstein Ecosystems Science Lab, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05401. We prefer complete applications in PDF form as attachments to an E-mail message.

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