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Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO)


Job ID#: SNS-2013

Job Description:

This is a fulltime seasonal position lasting for six months beginning in April 8, 2012 through September 2013. This position begins in April, and requires one’s full attention; we cannot hire enrolled students or people that cannot commit to the entire duration of the position.  This work focuses on understanding how coastal ecosystem processes such as primary production, nutrient cycling and dissolved oxygen deficits (hypoxia) respond to changes in ocean conditions.  Responsibilities include both laboratory and offshore field work.  At sea work includes: participating in research cruises on the R/V Elakha and R/V Kalipi; water sample collection; deployment, maintenance, and retrieval of oceanographic instruments.  Shore and lab work may include: chlorophyll-a and nutrient analysis of water samples; entering data; making sample devices; maintaining field equipment; preparing field collectors; counting mussels and barnacles under a microscope; measurement of mussel growth; assisting with instrument calibrations; and assisting professors, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students in their research as needed. This position requires working early mornings, long hours in the field and occasional weekends. It may also require staying at housing on the coast for short periods.

Required Qualifications:


*   Strong attention to detail

*   Ability to work on a ship in rough seas

*   Ability to conduct repetitive laboratory tasks with accuracy and precision

*   Ability to work collaboratively as part of an ecological research team

*   Interest in nearshore physical and biological oceanography

*   Prior experience in a chemical laboratory

*   Valid driver’s license and a good driving record

*   Hardworking and willing to work weekends and long hours

Preferred Qualifications:


*   Prior experience working on small boats in the open ocean

*   First Aid and CPR certification

*   Marine biology and/or oceanography coursework and/or fieldwork

*   AAUS scientific diving certification and cold water/ dry suit diving experience

*   Experience with pH assays, Winkler titrations, DIN/DON assays, salinity measurements


PISCO is a large-scale marine research program that focuses on understanding the near-shore and intertidal ecosystems of the U.S. West Coast.  An interdisciplinary collaboration of scientists from four universities, PISCO integrates long-term monitoring of ecological and oceanographic processes at dozens of coastal sites with experimental work in the lab and field.  We explore how individual organisms, populations, and ecological communities vary over space and time.  PISCO’s findings are applied to issues of ocean conservation and management, and are shared through public outreach and student training programs. For more information visit our website at:

Salary: $11/hr

Dates: early April 2013 through September, 2013.

Location: Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon

Housing:  We do not offer housing.

Transportation:  Transportation to and from field sites and dock is provided.

If you would like to apply for this position, please email with Job ID# SNS-2013 as subject:


*   a letter of intent explaining your interest in this work, your background, your dates available, and other pertinent information

*   a CV or resume

*   a copy of your college transcripts (unofficial copies accepted)

*   email and phone contact information for at least two references

To:       Jerod Sapp;  PISCO lab manager; <>

For more information, contact Jerod by email or check out our website at<>.  Review of applications will begin February 18, 2013.