Job Opportunity - Field Research Assistant (UC San Diego)

Under close supervision, assist with field work the on-going Argentine ant eradication program on San Clemente Island (SCI), a Naval installation on the southern-most of California's Channel Islands.

The incumbent will work under supervision of the PI and Lead Field Researcher to assist with measuring the efficacy and conservation gains of Argentine ant eradication and implement eradication protocols in wild land areas. Duties include mapping the boundaries of Argentine ant infestations, hand treating infestations, coordinating helicopter-assisted treatments, and conducting post-treatment monitoring. This position involves strenuous fieldwork that includes hiking rugged terrain while mapping and treating Argentine ant infestations.

All field work will be conducted on SCI, which is owned and operated by the U.S. Navy as a test and evaluation site, shore bombardment range, and warfare training grounds. The island is home to a large number of endemic and rare plant, animal and bird species, with an extensive community of biologists, archaeologists and researchers. Incumbent will collaborate frequently with other lab members, members of the U.S. Navy, and other members of the SCI field station teams.

Room and board will be provided while on San Clemente Island. Work schedule will be 10 days on-island and 4 days off-island. Schedule may change based on needs of project. Transportation to and from the island via the Coronado Naval Base is provided. Portions of this project that do not require being on the island can be completed on the mainland. Pesticide applicators certification from California is required for this position. Training can be completed at the start of the field season.

  • Must be willing to live and work on a remote island and to travel back and forth from field location to UCSD as needed.

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Event Dates

Starts: January 28, 2021 0:00am