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Temporary Field Technician
Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON; operated by Battelle)
  • Technician/Field Assistant

Battelle and the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) invite applications for a Temporary Field Technician. The duration of this fixed-term position will be approximately May-September 2022 and will be located in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Temporary Field Technicians perform seasonal and periodic sampling of physical, chemical, and biological data at one to five field sites, while exercising good judgement and decision-making abilities to interpret protocol requirements. Temporary Field Technicians are assigned an area of primary responsibility within the scope of data collection: botany, entomology, mammalogy, or limnology.

Essential duties and responsibilities include:

  • Perform field assignments in a variety of conditions (e.g., weather, terrain, diverse assigned biomes, etc.);
  • Follow established, standardized field procedures for sample collection; record data from sample collection in handheld tablets, computers, etc.; and processes samples;
  • Record activities and completed work according to Field Operations protocol;
  • Follow safety and Field Operations policy and procedures;
  • Report issues with implementation of procedures and coordinates resolution with manager and technicians;
  • Assist with routine administrative duties, special projects, and other duties as assigned; and
  • Carry, move, and lift field supplies (pack weighing up to 40 lbs.) to assigned field site (which involves diverse and uneven terrain).

Required education, experience, and skills include:

  • High school diploma (some post high school, specialized training, or technical certificate may be required);
  • Knowledge of best practices for accurate and repeatable field and laboratory measurements across multiple scientific disciplines;
  • Independent decision-making abilities;
  • Technical skills using best practices in field and ability to identify aquatic or terrestrial flora and fauna to genus and species;
  • Willingness and ability to learn and perform procedures and methods outside of the primary responsibility;
  • Willingness to perform maintenance and field sampling outdoors in sparsely populated, remote locations, with distances ranging from 30 minutes to six hours from the domain office;
  • Ability and willingness to work varied field operations schedules (up to 12+ hours per day), including split-shift, part-time, pre-dawn early mornings, evenings, and weekends;
  • Ability to hike off trail, long distances, on uneven terrain, at remote locations, in all types of weather, carrying packs weighing up to 40lbs;
  • Ability to work on instrument towers ranging in height from 26 feet to 240 feet and at altitudes of up to 11,000 feet (depending on assigned domain), involving the ability to ascend and descend multiple flights of stairs; and
  • Ability to withstand exposure to fumes, dust, and noise and field work may require frequent exposure to biting insects and other natural hazards.

Individuals are responsible for their own housing and transportation to primary work location.

Applicants must have authorization to work in the United States. Battelle is unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of any employment visa at this time.

This position will remain open until filled.

For more information and to apply, go to:
Full position announcement

For questions, contact:
Christopher Baird
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