St. Croix Watershed Research Station Environmental Research Fellowship
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Join our St. Croix Watershed Research Station (SCWRS) team as an Environmental Research Fellow and gain experiential training in field and laboratory methods in the environmental sciences. This will primarily include assisting research staff with daily lab and field duties as well as the development and completion of an individual research project related to ongoing studies at SCWRS. In doing so, this person will gain valuable laboratory and field skills and develop a better understanding of the collection, analysis, and interpretation of chemical and biological data. This person will also be exposed to large-scale field research and become familiar with how research ideas are translated into experimental design and transferred to the scientific community and general public. This is a one-year fellowship.
This position is located at St. Croix Watershed Research Station, located in the city of Marine on St. Croix, MN – 30 miles north of the Twin Cities.
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Work Environment & Schedule: Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm. Open lab environment requiring the ability to stand for long periods, to work at lab bench heights, plus standard office setting. Field settings require physical strength and stamina to conduct field sampling in difficult terrain and under adverse weather conditions. Some field sampling is conducted on board boats.
Job Duties & Responsibilities:
- Assists research staff in the collection of water and sediment samples (including travel which requires overnight stays).
- Follows standard operating procedures (SOPs) to perform basic laboratory analyses using a variety of instruments (microbalance, discrete analyzer, carbon analyzer, water sample filtration system, etc.).
- Develops an independent research project with guidance from laboratory manager and staff scientists which includes collection, analysis, and interpretation of environmental data.
- Assists laboratory staff in other day-to-day tasks, including organizing sample storage and data flow, cleaning labware, and assisting scientists in field preparation.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
- Post-secondary degree in the biological or physical sciences is strongly preferred, equivalent professional training will be considered.
- Proven ability to do basic dilution and concentration calculations.
- Strong attention to details.
- Ability to work independently and on a team.
- Cultural competency and experience working with diverse communities.
- Willingness to be open and respectful of all backgrounds.
- Fluency in language(s) other than English valued (Hmong, Somali, Spanish).
Starting rate: $14.74+ hourly / Depending on Qualifications
The job duties describe the general nature and level of work assigned to this position and is not an exhaustive list. For some positions, detailed procedures may be outlined in supplemental documents.
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Yes. Some field sampling is conducted onboard boats.