Lab and Field Assistant (9603C), Reserves and Field Stations 18940

San Francisco
Jun 10, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Lab and Field Assistant (9603C), Reserves and Field Stations 18940 About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: June 23, 2021

Departmental Overview

The Natural Reserve System is a University-wide program. Each of its reserves is managed by one of the nine general UC campuses. The Systemwide Office of the NRS is based at the UC Office of the President. The NRS is part of the Research and Innovation unit of the division of Academic Affairs.

The incumbent will provide critical support for ongoing research projects. They will assist graduate students and faculty researchers to quantify and describe water storage dynamics in the Eel River watershed. This position will help to alleviate significant time constraints, as it will allow investigators to maximize time in the field during the brief field season.

  • Conduct tree and water sample collection at Angelo Reserve.
  • Lab work: weigh soil samples, cryogenically extract water from samples, run samples in mass spectrometer.
  • Collate and enter data, communicate results to project collaborators.
  • Prepare and wash bottles for field work.
  • Other duties as needed (check supply levels, attend meetings, etc.)

Required Qualifications
  • Experience with data entry and MS Excel.
  • Prior field work experience (preferable in areas of hydrology and/or biogeochemistry)
  • Prior lab work experience- 1 year or more.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of collaborative projects.
  • Graduation from high school or a General Education Diploma and two years of laboratory experience or two years of college including courses in the natural, physical or social sciences and one year of laboratory experience, and/or an equivalent experience / training.

Salary & Benefits

This is a non-exempt, biweekly paid position. Hourly salary is $19.38.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Other Information
  • This is a Limited appointment is not subject to the automatic conversion to career status.
  • In accordance with ARTICLE 31.B.3c : LIMITED APPOINTMENTS: "The automatic conversion to career status, as provided in Section B.2. above, will not occur when: The funding for the position is “one time” funding, of eighteen (18) months or less".

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