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Wetland Summer Research Field Assistant

Woodwell Climate Research Center
Falmouth, Massachusetts (US)
Closing date
Jun 16, 2023

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Conservation science
Climate Change
Salary Type
Employment Type
Temporary / Seasonal

Mission: Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) conducts science for solutions at the nexus of climate, people, and nature. We partner with leaders and communities for just meaningful impact to address the climate crisis.

Summary/Objective: We seek applicants for one summer field assistant position to work on local Massachusetts coastal wetland projects. The successful applicant will work assessing many different components of ecosystem response, including hydrology, plants, animals and biogeochemistry. The successful applicant will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team consisting of PIs, postdocs, graduate students and other research assistants to gain broad experience through field and laboratory work across interdisciplinary fields including biology, chemistry, and hydrology.


  • Participate in field and laboratory measurements of biology, chemistry, and hydrology. Maintain and download equipment (water level loggers, YSI’s, etc.). Collect, process and analyze project samples and data, including elevation, soils, plants and animals. Create and organize data sets in Excel and analyze in Excel or R-Studio.  Sample at irregular hours (early mornings, late nights, and weekends) as needed. Must have flexibility pertaining to specific hours on any given day. Frequent contact with the public, students, and visiting scientists will be required. 

Required Qualifications and Experience:

  • B.A. or B.S. in Ecology, Biology, Chemistry, or Environmental science. Must have relevant coursework in Ecology, Biology, Chemistry, or Marine Biology.  Must be familiar with the techniques to quantify wetland and river ecology, and best practices for field safety. Attention to detail and strong organizational skills and work ethic. The ability to work as a member of a team and independently and communicate clearly. The ability to work across a variety of projects to prioritize tasks proactively, efficiently and reliably. Strong computer skills, including data organization, analysis, and report writing using Excel, Word, and R-studio.  Must possess a valid driver license and qualify to drive a Woodwell vehicle or provide own transportation to field sites.
  • Experience with data loggers and environmental sensors.  Ability to identify wetland plants and animals. Experience in field ecology in any environment is strongly preferred. This position is in-person at our Falmouth, Massachusetts campus and local MA wetland research sites. 

Physical requirements:

  • Must be capable of rigorous outdoor activity. Must be capable of lifting approximately forty pounds, bending, carrying heavy equipment, and walking through waist-high marine waters and over uneven soggy wetlands. Must be capable of walking for long distances while carrying heavy and awkward equipment.  Exposure to sun, insects, ticks and poison ivy and inclement weather will be part of the position.

Application review will be ongoing.

Desired Start Date: June 20, 2023

Fixed term: October 20, 2023

Classification and Compensation: This is a temporary (four months), full-time, nonexempt, fixed term position. The hourly rate is $20.00 per hour dependent on qualifications/experience.

Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts

Application Instructions: To apply, please send your cover letter addressing your experience and qualifications in relation to the responsibilities of this position, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references as a single PDF to our career’s portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please type SRFA on all correspondence.

​​Please visit Woodwell's website to learn more about Woodwell’s work.

Located on a 10-acre campus near the village of Woods Hole, the Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) is a private, non-profit research center. Woodwell is a leading source of climate science that drives the urgent action needed to solve climate change. Woodwell has 100+ staff members and is excited to welcome new employees to this work. 

Woodwell is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information. Woodwell is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Woodwell


Climate change is the greatest challenge of our lifetimes. Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) understands that the climate crisis—from causes to consequences—is inextricably linked with persistent social injustice. Effectively addressing either requires addressing both. The climate crisis demands that we bring to bear all of the knowledge, expertise, innovation, and creativity that we can collectively muster, and those who have been marginalized and disproportionately impacted must be heard.

The work Woodwell does—the questions we ask, the ways we seek answers, and the strategies we put forward—is stronger when shaped by a diversity of knowledge, perspectives, and experiences. We strive to welcome, respect, and amplify differing voices. We value individuals as they are, with all their differences in race, age, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, language, and mental and physical abilities.

Woodwell acknowledges that our organization, and the scientific community more broadly, have a long way to go in living up to these ideals. We approach the work of improving our organization with the same ambition and commitment to systemic change that we bring to addressing climate change.

We will inevitably make mistakes, but we will continue to listen, learn, and do this critical work. We understand that this work requires an ongoing commitment from each and every one of us. We are actively engaged in building and sustaining an equitable and inclusive culture within our organization, and in fostering greater diversity in climate science.




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