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Temporary Field Assistant—Herring Project

Woodwell Climate Research Center

SUMMARY: Woodwell Climate Research Center seeks applicants for a temporary field assistant position with a background in natural sciences or science education to assist with the Coonamessett River Adopt-a-herring school outreach program. This position will involve PIT tagging live River herring on the Coonamessett River as well as developing educational materials about river ecology and herring life history and presenting to students, either in person or remotely. The successful applicant will work as part of a team consisting of scientists, teachers and volunteers in collaboration with the Coonamessett River. Contact with the public, schools, and other interested parties will be required.


  • PIT tag live River herring on the Coonamessett River.
  • Maintain field equipment to detect tagged herring.
  • Download, enter and manage fish tag and fish adoption data.
  • Coordinate and participate visits by local school classes to see river restoration or lead on-line discussions.
  • Develop educational materials in coordination with the CRT Education Team.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources, Ecology, Biology is preferred, however, qualified Senior undergraduate students will be considered.
  • Ability to work irregular hours on short notice required (e.g., early mornings, late nights; weekends).
  • Experience conducting field work using standard aquatic monitoring protocols, photo plots, and site observations is helpful.
  • Familiarity with best practices for field safety.
  • Must follow approved COVID Safety Plan for the project.
  • Ability to work independently as well as productively as part of a team.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with team members and a diverse public.
  • Basic proficiency with word processing, data management and presentation software (e.g., Word, Excel, and PowerPoint or equivalent programs) is required.
  • Must possess a valid US driver license and qualify to drive Woodwell vehicles.
  • Experience in handling, tagging and monitoring of live fish, preferred.
  • Coursework or equivalent experience in aquatic biology or science education, preferred.

Physical requirements:

  • Ability to work in challenging, cold, rainy and rapidly changing environments during the day or at night.
  • Traverse uneven terrain over marsh and bog to reach sampling sites.
  • Able to carry upwards of 40 pounds.
  • Ability to maintain good physical condition is required.

Application Deadline: April 2, 2021

Desired Start Date: April 19, 2021

Classification and Compensation: This temporary field assistant at-will position is for approximately 6 weeks. The salary is $15 per hour and the position is not eligible for Woodwell’s benefits program. The hours can be part-time during April, and can be part-time or extend to full-time in May when the herring migration peaks. You must have flexibility in the hours you can work and be able to accommodate a variable schedule that is determined by the herring biology.

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 Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please type LDFA21 in the subject line.

Located on a 10-acre campus near the village of Woods Hole, Woodwell Climate Research Center 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 60+ staff members, and attracts some of today’s top experts on global climate change science.

Woodwell Climate Research Center 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.