We are currently seeking Lead Temporary Field Technicians. These positions are located in Fitchburg, MA.
Individuals are responsible for their own housing and transportation to primary work location.
NEON’s Domain 01 encompasses all of New England and includes two terrestrial and one aquatic site. The Domain Support Facility is located in Fitchburg, MA.
Temporary Field Technicians will support field data collection using fauna (i.e., small mammal, beetle, ticks, mosquitoes), flora (i.e., plant diversity, herbaceous biomass, leaf area index, vegetation structure, litterfall, plant phenology, soils), and/or aquatics (i.e., water chemistry, reaeration, discharge, macroinvertebrates, fish, plants, algae, microbes, sediment chemistry) protocols, and/or perform instrumentation maintenance. Staffing in particular areas will be dependent on past experience, interest, and work needed in the Domain. The field season will be from approximately April/May through October.
Harvard Forest in central Massachusetts is our core site and the Bartlett Experimental Forest within the White Mountains of New Hampshire is our relocatable site. Terrain at these sites is heavily forested, and varies from rolling hills and wetlands at Harvard Forest to steep mountain slopes in the Bartlett Experimental Forest. White-tailed deer, moose, and black bears are found at both sites, as well as, a wide variety of birds, small mammals, and amphibians. New England summers are relatively mild, with temperatures rarely rising above 90 degrees, albeit with fairly high humidity. Mosquitoes are numerous and omnipresent. Ticks are also common and carry a variety of diseases including Lyme disease.
Field technicians will need to be flexible in the hours that they are available, as some days will start before dawn, and end after dusk. Bartlett, NH is 3 hours from the main office, and overnight stays of up to a week are required for sampling in this site. A field house will be provided for overnight stays while sampling is being performed in Bartlett. Temporary employees will spend the majority of the time in the field, with the remaining time spent in the domain office for lab work and data entry.
Fitchburg is a former mill town in the initial stages of economic revitalization. Boston is 1 hour away and there is a commuter rail to Boston a short walk from the office. Fitchburg is a 45-minute drive from some of the best climbing in New England and only 20-minutes to a plethora of hiking opportunities. The area has summer festivals a plenty and a great craft brewery scene.
THE FOLLOWING IS REQUIRED
Previous NEON Project field experience will be highly considered
Applicants must have authorization to work in the United States.
Employment is contingent on background screen, drug screen, motor vehicle records check and physical.
Must possess a current and valid State issued driver’s license with insurable Department of Motor vehicle record (parking violations, minor driving offenses excluded) as determined by Battelle’s insurance provider.
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