Image: SSCZO student examines a snow sensor at the Providence Creek site. [Click image to enlarge]
The Southern Sierra Critical Zone Observatory (SSCZO) is looking for motivated and capable individuals to assist scientists and work independently in forestry, mountain hydrology, meteorology, and biogeochemistry research. This research project is in collaboration with the US Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station (PSW), and the applicant may work directly with Forest Service staff and scientists.
This UC Merced summer position with SSCZO is open to students attending UC Merced or another campus in the UC system.
The field research position is available for summer 2016 and may extend through September or October. The position will involve: assisting with installation of equipment for environmental measurements; construction of sampling equipment; making measurements in soils, streams and forests; locating permanent sampling areas with a map, compass and GPS; sample processing; data entry and analysis. Individuals must have the ability to spend much of the summer in the mountains with limited access to phone and internet, and spend time at more than one location. Work schedule will likely be afour day workweek. This position will involve office, laboratory, and Sierra Nevada field work (east of Shaver Lake). The field researcher may assist with education and outreach events as needed. Most of the work would be field work in the Sierra National Forest at elevations between 4,000 and 8,000 feet (1200-2500 m), but the SSCZO also has sites in the foothills, and at high elevation (9000 feet/2700 m). Some work will be at the San Joaquin Experimental Range, where summer daytime highs can range to 100F (38C) and above. Occasional office and laboratory work would be at the PSW Fresno office or at UC Merced. Housing may be available at a Forest Service Work Center in the area if needed.
- Kings River Experimental Watershed and/or SSCZO, Sierra National Forest, south and east of Shaver Lake, California
- PSW Fresno
At a minimum, individual should be comfortable with backcountry travel, at times carrying 35+ lbs of weight and be willing to perform physically demanding work in all types of conditions. Familiarity with construction and making basic scientific measurements is desirable. Applicants should be either enrolled in an engineering or science program, or have an interest in science. Good Microsoft Excel skills and experience with GPS are desired. A valid driver's license and good driving record are required.
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