Field and Laboratory Technician in Watershed Science, UCSB

Opportunity Type: 

The Santa Barbara Coastal LTER (SBC LTER) is an interdisciplinary research and education program established in April 2000 to investigate the importance of land and ocean processes in structuring ecosystems at the land-sea margin. The study area is the Santa Barbara Channel and the coastal watersheds that drain into it. Multi-year measurements of stream discharge and fluxes of dissolved and particulate nutrients and sediments from watersheds are required to determine how climate variability, changing land uses and fires influence fluxes from land to coastal waters.

Staff Research Associate III

We are seeking an employee qualified to perform hydrological and hydrochemical sampling, measurements, calculations and analyses. Additional responsibilities include:

  • Managing student assistants in the field and laboratory, safely
  • Working with a variety of people including land owners, agency personnel, undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, research staff and faculty


  • Physically and mentally prepared to safely and carefully conduct field sampling under adverse conditions
  • Experience deploying and operating rain gauges, pressure transducers, water currents instruments and ISCO autosamplers
  • Experience coordinating student assistants who sample streams and process samples in laboratory
  • Experience filtering and digesting water samples for chemical analyses
  • Experience operating Lachat nutrient analyzer and laboratory instruments to measure conductivity, and procedures to determine suspended matter
  • Training and experience in quality assurance and quality control of chemical analyses of water samples
  • Facility with Excel and Matlab for data organization and analyses
  • Undergraduate degree in natural science (e.g. biology, earth science, chemistry, environmental science)
  • Experience with hydraulic models and rating curves to calculate stream discharge, and with operation of inductively coupled plasma instrument for analysis of cations and ion chromatography instrument for analysis of anions are desirable

Notes: Varied work schedule. Occasional 10-hour days and weekends. Some holiday work required. Position dependent upon grant funding. Current funding through November 2013 with expectation of continuation. $3,809/mo. Apply by 11/26/12 AA/EOE

Apply online at Job #20120465

Expiration Date: 
Fri, 2012-12-07

Theme by Danetsoft and Danang Probo Sayekti inspired by Maksimer