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Field Research Assistant

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Work type: Casual/Temporary
Location: Los Angeles
Categories: Hourly

Title: Field Research Assistant

Department: Sciences

Duration: 12 months


Job Summary

The Vantuna Research Group at Occidental College is seeking experienced and enthusiastic AAUS scientific divers to assist with its extensive grant-funded research program. The VRG works on a variety of macro- and micro-scale research projects in the Southern California Bight. Our research program conducts fieldwork 2-5 days per week, year-round. It is essential that the applicant be able to accurately interpret and follow established guidelines and procedures and collect accurate data. Most field research is conducted out of King Harbor in Redondo Beach but other locations may include San Pedro, Dana Point, Oceanside, Santa Barbara, and San Diego. Applicants must be able to transport self and dive gear to these locations.


Job Duties

  • 80% - Conduct boat-based research, including collecting data and performing work tasks (e.g., collecting sediment cores, retrieving equipment) while scuba diving. - (Essential)
  • 20% - Input data into databases. - (Marginal)


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant scientific field.
  • Current AAUS dive certification with a minimum of 50 logged scientific dives and 60’ depth certification.
  • Ability to work safely in a variety of demanding environmental conditions and have strong swimming abilities for water-based fieldwork.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and Google Drive software.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience conducting subtidal biological surveys and knowledge of taxonomy and identification of southern California marine algae, invertebrates, and fishes.
  • Trained in CRANE, Kelp Forest Monitoring Program, or PISCO protocol.



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