Thursday, December 10, 2009

Field Research Assistant - Opportunity for Fall and Winter 2010/2011

Field Assistant opportunity for coral reef study - Comoros Islands, Western Indian Ocean

Our research team is looking for field assistants for 3-6 months of assistance from September 2010 through March 2011. Individuals could volunteer from Sept-Dec; January-March, or September - March. Qualified individuals should meet the following criteria:
- strong swimmer
- has experience snorkeling in open water
- has *at least* sophomore standing as of start date
- has an interest in ecological study
- willing to work long days
- willing to work with a team in an international setting
- Speaking ability in French would be helpful, but is not required.

- Conduct coral benthic surveys
- Monitor sediment traps & temperature gauges
- Assist with photography, community interviews and surveys
- Input field data into MS Excel

Field assistants will have the opportunity to:
- earn undergraduate research credits,
- gain field experience in reef survey methods and in socioeconomic interviews
- conduct research for an undergraduate thesis, if interested.

Send cover letter explaining related experience, why you are interested in the volunteer position, and what you hope to gain from this experience, and dates available. Please include your resume and two letters of reference to by March 15.

Elise Granek, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Environmental Sciences and Resources
Portland State University
PO Box 751
Portland, OR 97207

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