Date: February 19, 2014
A Summer Field Assistant position is available at The Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory for the TIDE project.
Duties include participating in a large-scale field experiment to determine the interactive effects of nutrients and trophic structure on salt marsh ecosystems. We will follow the effects of additional nutrients and the on the salt marsh food web and nutrient cycles. The successful candidate will be expected to take a leadership role in executing the experiments, coordinating logistics in the field, and in monitoring some aspect of the ecosystem response to the manipulations. Responsibilities include maintaining experimental manipulations, participating in field and laboratory measurements of chemistry and biology, and processing and analyzing project data. Frequent contact with the public, government agencies, boards and committees will be required. The successful applicant will work as part of a large multi-disciplinary team consisting of PIs, postdocs, graduate students and other research assistants and gain broad experience through field and laboratory work across interdisciplinary fields including biology, chemistry, and physical oceanography.
The successful candidate should possess a BS or MS degree in Ecology, Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, or Marine Biology and at least one-year field experience in a related field. Attention to detail, strong organizational skills, the ability to work as a member of a team, and the ability to communicate positively with the public are required. Ability to operate small boats and a driver’s license are required.
Experience with database management, statistical programs, and scientific writing are a plus.
This position requires strenuous fieldwork (lifting approx. 50 lbs., bending, carrying heavy equipment, and walking through waist high marine waters and marsh) in marine environments, primarily intertidal settings under variable weather conditions. Ability to work with vertebrate and invertebrate animals and hazardous/harsh chemicals in the laboratory is needed. Irregular hours may include weekend, early morning or late evening work. Successful candidate will be expected to work at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole for March and April, then live at the field site in Plum Island Sound (3 hours from Woods Hole) for May through August.
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