RESEARCH SCIENTIST/ENGINEER - ASSISTANT
University of Washington - Academic - Seattle, WA

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The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

Established in 2008, the College of the Environment is one of the premier environmental and policy colleges in the United States and the world and is an unparalleled hub of environmental scholarship, innovation, and education. By connecting world leading educators and researchers with undergraduate and graduate students, practitioners, and citizens, the College cultivates communities who work with and learn from each other as they tackle the environmental challenges of the 21st century. The College’s unique strength is the combination of outstanding faculty studying the Earth’s atmosphere, land, and water systems with those studying human dimensions of the environment, the application of engineering and technological solutions to environmental problems, and the impact of policy on environmental change.

The College of the Environment has an outstanding opportunity for a Research SCIENTIST/Engineer Assistant.

This position is open to University of Washington employees only.

RESPONSIBILITIES
During the field season: collect and record vegetation, meteorological, geospatial, and instrument data. Work with other field staff, volunteers, and students as necessary. During the off-season: prepare data for analysis, assist with laboratory preparation of samples, document field procedures, index data and photos.

This position will vary from 50% to 100% depending on the month.

REQUIREMENTS:
  • BA/BS degree in biology, forestry, environmental studies, or a related field.
  • Three months field experience collecting vegetation data in a professional context (research, government or NGO).
  • Ability to carry 10-20 kg of equipment in rough terrain in all weather conditions.
  • Wilderness First Aid certification.
  • Basic knowledge of ARCmap and Microsoft Office.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

DESIRED:
  • Botanical knowledge of the plant species of Douglas-fir/western hemlock and white fir/sugar pine forests.
  • Experience with surveying (Total Station and GPS).
  • Experience with Trimble, MySQL, and R software.
Condition of Employment:
A satisfactory outcome from criminal background verification may be required prior to hire.

  • This position requires extensive travel on sometimes irregular schedules as well as some camping in all weather conditions. Summer work week is four 10-hour days, off season schedule is flexible.
  • Ability to carry 10-20 kg of equipment in rough terrain in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to efficiently and effectively travel locally to alternate work sites as needed.
Application Process:
Part of the application process for this position includes completing an on-line cover letter assessment, limited recruitment assessment as well as the Employment Eligibility Assessment to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. The assessment(s) will appear on your screen for you to complete as soon as you select "Apply to this Position" on this job announcement. Once you begin the assessment, it must be completed at that time. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until the assessment is complete.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or dso@uw.edu.

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