The research assistant will support the lead scientist and the biologist by assisting field crews, managing data, and providing research assistance on current and past research projects investigating forestry and wildlife habitat. The research assistant will support seasonal field crews by providing technical and logistical assistance that may include training, preparing geospatial planning materials, programing/maintaining data recorders, and other tasks. Data management will include quality assurance/quality control, data cleaning, backup, and summary, and conducting statistical analysis (e.g., ANOVA, regression, etc.) Research assistance will support development of scientific, technical, and popular publications by conducting literature searches, creating original tables and graphs, editing photos, formatting manuscript drafts, and possibly assisting in writing and sharing authorship on publications. The research assistant will be housed at US Forest Service bunkhouses and may need to camp at some work sites. This position will include 20% field and 80% office work.

Compensation amounts:

  • $315 – weekly living allowance
  • $1,600 – one time RT travel allowance
  • $150 – one time PPE/gear allowance
  • AmeriCorps eligible ($6,195 education award and health insurance if elected)
  • Housing

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes

Conditions of Employment:
Beginning on 1/18/22, all new SCA volunteer program participants are required to be fully vaccinated. Full vaccination is defined as having received a booster shot six months after the Pfizer and Moderna primary series and two months after the Johnson & Johnson primary series.

  • Most work will be conducted at the Juneau Forestry Sciences Laboratory, located adjacent to the University of Alaska campus in Juneau, Alaska. Occasional field work will be done at locations throughout southeast Alaska.
  • Interns will receive training in wilderness first aid, CPR, aircraft and boat safety, shoreline survival, defensive driving, bear behavior, pepper spray use, and radio use. Additional training is provided on the use of field research equipment.
  • There are many recreational opportunities in Juneau, including hiking, biking, fishing, sea kayaking, wildlife viewing, and many others.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Biology: degree minor or extensive experience
Forestry: graduate candidate or degree
Mathematics & Data Analysis: degree major or professional experience
Resource Management: degree minor or extensive experience
Data Entry: competent with supervision
Field Research: competent with supervision
Plant Identification: competent with supervision
Data Analysis: competent with supervision