Research Assistant

Expected Dates
March 1, 2021 to February 27, 2022
Juneau Forestry Sciences Laboratory
Position ID

*Start date subject to change due to COVID-19

As a placement you will  work with field crews or with the lead scientist to measure vegetation and site conditions, scout sites, and evaluate treatments. You will also assist in the collection and management of critical USFS data. This will include but is not limited to: quality assurance/quality control, organization and backup, data cleanup, preparation of statistical summaries, and conducting statistical procedures such as regressions (ANOVA, etc.)

In addition you will assist in the 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 some publications. 

Lastly, you will employ ArcMap 10 to create original basic maps and edit existing maps, transfer GPS coordinates to GIS, and assist in maintaining existing GIS layers under the supervision of the lab geographer.

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

  • 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
degree minor or extensive experience
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