The Tropical Responses to Altered Climate Experiment (TRACE; forestwarming.org) is seeking a dynamic, flexible, and highly organized individual with a strong scientific background to conduct field and lab work for a climate change experiment taking place in the Luquillo Experimental Forest in eastern Puerto Rico. TRACE is an in-situ field warming experiment that aims to study the effects of climate change on tropical forests, particularly effects on carbon and nutrient cycling. The position is a one-year, full-time, contractual position, based at the Sabana Field Research Station in Luquillo, Puerto Rico.
The General Technician will report directly to the on-site Project Manager and Coordinator, and will work with interns and volunteers in day to day research activities. The General Technician will perform a combination of field, laboratory, and computer-based work. Responsibilities of the technician include: routine sample collection (water, leaf litter, soil, etc.), field measurements, site inspections, sample processing in the lab (sample grinding, weighing, organization, etc.), participation in root and soil campaigns, annual plant censuses, general lab maintenance and cleaning, data collection, entry, QC, and some data processing, occasional training of interns in field and lab techniques, and any additional field and lab activities that arise.
Required skills, experience and qualifications include:
- Bachelor of Science in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science or related field
- Ability and willingness to conduct physically demanding work under climatically challenging conditions
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
- A valid driver’s license with a good driving record
- General lab and field experience
- Experience with data management and data processing
- Highly organized
- Ability to work both independently and in a team setting
Other desired skills, experience and qualifications include:
- Spanish proficiency (highly desired skill)
- Experience operating and maintaining laboratory and/or field instrumentation (e.g. dataloggers, environmental sensors, infrared gas analyzers, etc.)
- Experience working in the tropics
- Experience using R for data management and statistical analysis
HOW TO APPLY
Interested applicants should send an email to the TRACE Project Manager, Megan Berberich (firstname.lastname@example.org), with the following documents compiled in a single PDF document: a letter of intent including a statement of career goals and statement of instrument and lab experience, curriculum vitae, copy of university transcripts, and contact information for three references. Please also include your name, and the name of the position in the subject line, e.g.: “Megan Berberich – TRACE General Technician Position”. The deadline to submit applications is September 13, 2019. Tentative expected start date is September 30, 2019.