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Type: Full Time
Location: Santa Barbara, California
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LAB AST 2
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Department Profile (Specific Information about department/program):
The Marine Science Institute promotes and administers innovative research and education outreach activities spanning 14 disciplines. MSI is a complex organization of 9 administrative/service units and 5 research centers. Activities include administering over $86 million in extramural and intramural funding in over 400 project codes and an education outreach program that brings approximately 20,000 visitors to the REEF (Research Experience and Education Facility) each year. In 2017-2018, 151 academic personnel, 187 career and limited appointment staff, 59 graduate students, and 187 undergraduate students were engaged in MSI research and outreach projects.
MSII-Marine Science Institute
End Date/Contingencies for Grant Funding
18 month position.
FOC (Federal Occupation Code) Sub-Code
CB -Science, Lab & Allied Services
FOC (Federal Occupation Code)
C-Technicians (e.g., Computer Resource Specialists, Lab Asst, Artist)
Advertised Range Min (full time equivalent)
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$17.81 - $19.22/hr
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Summary of Job Duties
(Note: This summary will be used for keyword search) The Lab Assistant will provide field & laboratory support for the Stier Lab examining the recovery and resilience of kelp forest ecosystems in the Santa Barbara Channel and coral reef ecosystems in French Polynesia. Conducts extensive biological surveys of kelp forest and coral reef communities using SCUBA and snorkel. Follows protocols to set up, monitor, & maintain a variety of subtidal field experiments. Responsible for preparing equipment and sampling gear for use in the field & for maintaining them in proper working condition. Independently launches & pilots small research boats. Prepares for and participates in remote trips. Leads in sampling, processing field samples in the laboratory. Leads in data compilation, quality control and analyses.
BA or equivalent in biology, marine biology, ecology, or equivalent experience. CA Drivers License. SCUBA and AAUS certification with extensive diving experience.
French language skills, experience in field marine ecology lab. Ideal candidates will present intellectual ability and interest to design and conduct their own experiments in coral reef ecology.
Special Conditions of Employment
A little help* Go to Driver's License Requirements or Background Check Guidelines Maintain a valid CA driver's license, a clean DMV record and enrollment in the DMV Employee Pull-Notice Program
Satisfactory criminal history background check
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SCUBA and AAUS certification with extensive diving experience.
Position dependent upon grant funding. Current funding ends 18 months after start date.
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Type of Supervision Received
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Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
BA or equivalent in biology, marine biology, ecology, or equivalent experience. Knowledge of the natural history & identification of the common algae, invertebrates & fish inhabiting southern California kelp forests and coral reefs.
Ability to lift heavy objects & endure the physical demands of an ambitious diving schedule. Ability to follow detailed protocols with general supervision. Adept at navigating and working underwater in poor visibility. Experience towing, launching, & navigating (using differential GPS) small (~22') research boats. Demonstrated mechanical aptitude with experience in the use of shop tools & light construction. Familiar with laboratory techniques used in processing seawater and biological samples.
Proficient in the use of Mac/PC compatible computers & applications (e.g. Word, Excel, SigmaPlot, R, etc).
Continuously=Activity occurs 66%
Frequently=Activity occurs 33% to 66%
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Reach above shoulder level
Hand Activities: Fine dexterity
Hand Activities: Hand twisting
Hand Activities: Simple grasping
Hand Activities: Power grasping
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Lifting Activities: Light lifting (
Lifting Activities: Moderate lifting (20-50 lbs)
Lifting Activities: Heavy lifting ( 50 lbs)
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Push/Pull Activities: Moderate pushing/pulling (20-50 lbs of force)
Push/Pull Activities: Heavy pushing/pulling ( 50 lbs of force)
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Frequency of Other Activity
Is exposed to excessive noise
Is around moving machinery
Is exposed to marked changes in temperature and/or humidity
Is exposed to dust
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Is exposed to radiation
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.