Summer Field Technicians

Position Information

We are seeking 3-4 highly motivated individuals to work on a multi-disciplinary project assessing the impacts of wetland restoration under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) on soil carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas exchange.

The experiences/skills will gain:

  • Knowledge about the wetland ecosystem, Conservation Reserve Program, soil sampling, plant diversity survey, plant identification, greenhouse gas emission, etc.
  • Project management skills (plan and organize project daily work and logistics)
  • Teamwork and communication skills (will work with a group of researchers from different institutes).

Job Duties

The primary responsibilities will include conducting soil and in-situ greenhouse gases sampling, as well as plant surveys in CRP wetlands in Iowa, Illinois, and Nebraska.

Required Skills

  • Enrolled in a program to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Soil Science, Environmental Science, Biology or related discipline.
  • Ability to stand, bend and lift for prolonged periods of time in summer heat, work to be performed in an outdoor environment.
  • Valid driver’s license to drive vehicles to the fields/sites.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Field research experiences in on-farm or field work, such as soil sampling, static chamber greenhouse gas sampling, and wetland plant identification.
  • Candidates with an advanced degree (M.S.) with excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as the ability to work well in a collaborative research environment.

Other Comments

No need to worry about finding a place to stay only for a summer!!!!! Lodging, meals, and transportation will be provided for the field days.

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