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The Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory is seeking applicants for 2-3 summer field assistant positions on an ongoing ecological research project investigating Arctic lakes ecosystem function and response to climate change. These positions are associated with the National Science Foundation Arctic Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program. These positions will be located at the Toolik Field Station in northern Alaska. Toolik Field Station (TFS) is a world-renowned Arctic field station located 360 road miles north of Fairbanks on the rural Dalton Highway. The remote station supports researchers, students, and others from around the world. These positions offer an excellent opportunity to gain research experience in ecology and environmental science and meet outstanding research scientists from around the world. For additional information about the Ecosystems Center and its programs, visit our web site at http://www.mbl.edu/ecosystems. Information about the Arctic Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) project is available at http://ecosystems.mbl.edu/ARC/ and information about Toolik Field Station is available at http://www.uaf.edu/toolik/ .

Chemistry Summer Field Assistant:

The successful candidate will participate in research on the quantitative and qualitative analyses of nutrients in natural water Duties include facilitating chemical measurements through the preparation of standards and reagents, and the maintenance of instruments for a multi-user laboratory at the Toolik Field Station. The candidate will also assist in field work sampling lakes for a variety of routine and non-routine limnological parameters. Prior chemistry experience is required. The successful applicant will work under the supervision of one or more senior project collaborators.

General Aquatic Summer Field Assistant(s):

This position will involve sampling lakes for a variety of routine and non- routine limnological parameters, basic data analysis, and some laboratory The successful applicant will work under the supervision of one or more senior project collaborators.

Candidates for these jobs should be available to live at Toolik Field Station for approximately three months during June, July, August with some flexibility in start and end dates. Travel to Toolik Field Station is paid for by the grant as well as the cost of room and board at the station and a salary.

Basic Qualifications:

Applicants must be college graduates (BS or MS), with significant course work and/or field experience in ecology or related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

Some background in terrestrial ecology, soil science, aquatic ecology, hydrology, chemistry, fish ecology and/or ecosystems ecology preferred. Previous experience with small boats is useful but not required. Applicants with skills and experience that is particularly suited to some of our ongoing research (e.g., field photosynthesis systems, advanced analytical chemistry methods) may be considered for employment at higher rank and salary.

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.


To help maintain the safety of our employees and community, the MBL will require all new hires to be vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they qualify for an accommodation.

Additionally, candidates will need to quarantine in Fairbanks for 8-14 days before traveling to the station and must agree to follow all COVID-19 protocols while traveling and while in camp. All expenses relating to testing and quarantine will be covered by the project.


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The following documents must be uploaded with your application:
Cover Letter
References – Names and contact information of three persons who may be asked to provide letters of reference
Unofficial Transcripts
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