National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc.
Position: Research Assistant
Reports to: Research Scientist
Work Week: Non-exempt position; 40 hours per week, including rotating weekend schedule. Occasionally, during certain periods of higher workloads hours may exceed 40 hours per week.
Revised: October 2020
Duty Station: Southern Regional Center, Newberry, Florida. Work may also require travel and extended duty time at field locations.
National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc. (NCASI), a non-profit research organization focusing on environmental issues of interest to the Forest Products Industry, is seeking a career-minded individual, willing to take on increasing levels of responsibility, for the position of Research Assistant at its Southern Regional Center in Newberry, Florida.
Essential Job Functions:
- Perform laboratory bioassay, water quality tests, and other analyses involving complex procedures, methods, and instrumentation in a manner consistent with established QA/QC and produces error-free data of the highest quality.
- Receive direction from and regularly communicate with assigned supervisory contact and other members of the professional staff.
- Assist with the maintenance and integrity of laboratory cultures, essential equipment, and on-site structures.
- Accomplish preliminary data reduction activities involving the use of computer software applications such as spreadsheets, databases, and word processing applications on the Microsoft Office and other platforms.
- Prepare written summaries of test data.
- Assist with conducting field-testing activities.
- Demonstrate a commitment to safe practices in laboratory and field operations.
- Keep careful and accurate written records of testing and other data-gathering activities.
- Read, absorb, process, and communicate complex information. Respond to internal technical queries in a competent and timely manner.
- Work at the office location or, during special projects, from a field location for extended periods.
- Must be able to get to and work from the Southern Regional Center.
- Must be willing to regularly work weekends.
- Undertakes additional activities as assigned by Supervisor or Aquatic Biology Program Manager.
- Baccalaureate degree in biology, toxicology, or a related environmental science; or Associates degree with at least two years relevant experience.
- Practical work experience in the field of aquatic ecosystem assessment (e.g. water chemistry, biological sampling, habitat assessment, toxicity testing).
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and as part of a team.
- Effective verbal and written communication skills.
Valid driver’s license and driving record insurable at standard rates.
Applicants are requested to provide a résumé and cover letter to Ms. Camille Flinders at firstname.lastname@example.org. Résumé review will begin immediately. Position will remain open until filled.