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Field Research Assistant Arctic

Woodwell Climate Research Center
Falmouth, Massachusetts (US)
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Field Research Assistant Arctic

Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska and Falmouth, Massachusetts

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Woodwell Climate Research Center seeks a field research assistant to join our field research team in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska to support research related to ecological monitoring and research in the area. This position is part of a larger project to monitor and project Arctic-boreal carbon fluxes. The Research Assistant will work closely with Woodwell scientists and other collaborators in conducting field sampling and setting up and maintaining scientific infrastructure. The position is predominantly field-based but may involve some time in Falmouth, MA to help prepare equipment for the field season.


  • Assist researchers in collecting samples and making measurements related to vegetation change, hydrology, soil mapping, and greenhouse gas fluxes.
  • Frequent travel to sampling sites from a remote central basecamp to troubleshoot, maintain, and calibrate instrumentation.
  • Contribute to logistical planning and field camp maintenance where needed.
  • The opportunity to analyze, synthesize, and present results in collaboration with others if interested.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a Bachelor’s degree program in Biogeochemistry, Earth System Science, Environmental Science, Ecology, Atmospheric Science, or a related field, or equivalent experience.
  • Interest and enthusiasm in learning about Arctic ecosystem processes.
  • Excellent interpersonal, teamwork, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Attention to detail and ability to work as a member of a collaborative team.
  • Experience and comfort working in outdoor environments is needed to be successful in this role.
  • Experience conducting Arctic research is an asset.

Application review will be on a rolling basis, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Work Dates: May 1, 2022 to September 2, 2022, possibility to extend the fixed-term for educational and/or subsistence activities.

Classification and Compensation: This is a fixed-term, temporary, full-time, salaried, exempt position. The salary range is $46,000-50,000 depending on experience. Woodwell offers a very generous benefits package.

Location: Alaska and 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 careers portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please use Arctic-Field Research Assistant on all correspondence.

Please visit Woodwell’s website for more information.

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 80+ staff members, and is excited to welcome new employees to this work.

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.

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.


Woodwell Climate Research Center is an organization of renowned researchers who work with a worldwide network of partners to understand and combat climate change. For over 35 years, we have combined hands-on experience and policy impact to identify and support societal-scale solutions that can be put into immediate action.

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