Employment Opportunities in the Fire Science Lab
The Fire Science Lab hires full and part time undergraduate technicians, field assistants, and graduate researchers during the academic year and field seasons (summer). Students and graduates with an interest or background in fire, forestry, ecology or a related field are encouraged to apply.
Closing Date: April 1st, 2013 or until filled (we will continue accepting applications after the closing date if more positions may become available)
PAY RANGE: $10-$14/hour DOE
HOUSING: Will be provided at research site(s)- TBA with project manager
LENGTH OF POSITIONS: Employment period is from 8 to 16 consecutive weeks, between May 2013 and September 2013 (may vary)
UC JOB CLASSIFICATION: Lab Assistant Series, Assistant I or II (University of California Personnel Manual Title: #9603 or #9605)
MORE INFORMATION: See specific positions below or contact project manager listed for specific project(s).
QUALIFICATIONS- ALL POSITIONS:
Work experience or coursework including field exercises covering the following:
· Ability to work in a multi-agency, diverse environment, in a manner consistent with safe forestry practices.
· Ability to learn basic vegetation identification, measurement techniques, including use of tree measurement tools.
· Ability to learn safe powertool operation and maintenance.
· Use of spreadsheet applications; ability to use or learn to use handheld data recorders, radios, other field equipment
· Safe operation and care of manual transmission vehicles.
· Willingness to learn new skills.
· Coursework or experience in forestry, natural resources management, forest ecology, or related field is desired but not required (see individual postings).
· Outdoor savvy – familiarity with navigation by map and compass, basic first aid training.
· These positions are 90% + field work. Field Research Assistants will be exposed to hot dry or unpredictable weather, rough terrain,, insects, high elevations, & other environmental conditions; must be capable of sustained physical work under these conditions. OSHA or CalOSHA personal safety equipment (e.g: boots) may be required by differing projects.
Please send a resume, cover letter, and 3 reference contacts to the e-mail
(e-mail preferred) or address below. In your cover letter, please note which project(s) you are interested in working on. Specific qualifications are described for each project and at the end of this announcement.
Please include project number(s) you are interested in e-mail subject line or on the outside of the mailing envelope.
Openings (click on name to follow link to project description & project manager)
|Hours and Terms||Length of Position||Start Date||Closing Date|
|Sasha Clark||1 - 2||typically 4 10-hr days per week||
**Most or all field assistants will transfer to Project 2 in late June
|immediately after finals (mid-May)||April 1st, 2013|
|Danny Fry||up to 3||typically 4 10-hr days per week||
**Most or all field assistants will begin the field season on Project 1 then transfer to Project 2 in late June
|depends on access||April 1st, 2013|
|Christopher Dow||5||4 10-hr days per week||4 months||flexible||April 1st, 2013|
TBD = To be determined
Graduate Studies in the Fire Science Lab
Students wishing to pursue advanced degrees (M.S. or Ph.D.) in fire science or fire ecology under the guidance of Dr. Stephens should take note of the following:
The Fire Science Lab is part of the Ecosystems Science Division of UC Berkeley's Environmental Science, Policy, and Management Department (ESPM). The ESPM application process for new graduate students occurs during the fall semester prior to the year of entry. Applications are typically due mid-December. For details about this process or to request an application, check the ESPM department website at: http://espm.berkeley.edu/gradprograms/index.html
An important element of a successful graduate school career is having a good working relationship with your advisor. Students wishing to work with Dr. Stephens should make a concerted effort to contact and/or visit him prior to applying to his lab.
Undergraduate Studies in Fire Ecology
Undergraduates at UCB interested in fire ecology or fire science are encouraged to enroll in courses offered by Dr. Stephens.
High school, transfer, or reentry students applying for entry into UC Berkeley may wish to consider the ESPM Department's Forestry, Resource Management, or Conservation and Resource Studies majors, or the inter-college Environmental Sciences major.
The Fire Science Lab hires undergraduate technicians and field assistants part time during the academic year and full time during the summer. This is a good opportunity to gain experience in fire and ecology research. For more information, see the above description about employment.