Friday, April 29, 2016

PAID - 6-8 Field Assistants - apply by 5/5

UMD Global Ecology Lab

The Global Ecology Lab (Dr. Hurtt's lab) is looking to hire 6-8, undergraduate, graduate or recently graduated students to participate in a field research campaign during Summer 2016 (preference will be given to undergraduates).   This fieldwork will be in support of our ongoing NASA Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) research initiative.   Field research assistants will conduct vegetation sampling across the state of Delaware.  This is an out-of-town position, currently planned over a 2-3 week period in June, with the possibility of extension.   

Daily duties will include:
  • Navigation to field plots using car GPS and handheld GPS units
  • Communication with landowners
  • Measurement of tree diameter and tree heights at field sites
  • Tree species identification at field sites
  • Detailed and accurate recording of all data at field sites, and computer database entry  
  • Possible data management and GIS processing

Basic Qualifications:
  • A valid driver’s license is required; willingness to drive for several hours each day between sites.
  • Ability to hike up to a kilometer to each field site, through rugged and often unmarked terrain, in varied weather conditions, while carrying up to 15 pounds of field equipment; may amount to several hours of hiking each day.
  • Strong communication skills and an ability to work well in a team environment.
  • Willingness to live (camp) and work out of town over a 2-3 week period  (some flexibility)
  • Prior experience with GPS navigation, data collection, and/or tree identification are desirable, but not required. All necessary training will be provided. 

  • This is a paid position.  Graduate and undergraduate students will be paid hourly, in accordance with  respective, University-regulated rates.
  • Lodging, transportation to worksites, and food will be provided during each trip. 

To be considered for involvement: please send an email to, with the subject:  CMS_Field2016_LastName.  In the body of your e-mail, please provide: 
  • Your name, major/year, email address, cell phone number,
  • A brief description of any previous work or course experience which may be pertinent.
  • Interest in the position. (Again previous experience not required)
  • Resume and Transcript suggested (but not required)
  • Specific dates in summer you are NOT available for field work,  
  • General availability/ conflicts for a call back interview 5/2-5/11  (8am-6pm)
  • Applications must be received by 5 p.m., May 5.

Once your information is reviewed, you will be contacted within a week to schedule a 15-minute interview slot.  Please feel free to contact us via email with any questions regarding this opportunity. 


Katelyn Dolan,
CMS Field Coordinator & Research Scientist 
Post Doctoral Researcher
Department of Geographical Sciences

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