Research Assistant Polaris Project

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Woodwell Climate Research Center

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Falmouth, MA, United States

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15 days ago

SUMMARY: Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) is the leading independent climate research institute, with a mission to advance science-based climate policies through scientific research and outreach. The keys to Woodwell’s success are the quality of its research and the ability to deliver that science to policymakers and decision makers.

We seek a Research Assistant to work on the Polaris Project, an undergraduate research program focused on training the next generation of scientists and understanding the implications of rapid Arctic change in addition to contributing to other Arctic carbon cycling and permafrost research at Woodwell. This position is open only to former Polaris Project participants.


  • Work closely with Polaris faculty to facilitate student research
  • Coordinate Polaris research activities with local Alaskan organizations and communities
  • Travel to the Yukon Kuskokwim (YK) Delta for the summer Polaris expedition
  • Work with Polaris faculty to conduct lab analyses and to archive Polaris data
  • Contribute to Polaris program communications, including recruitment, website content, and project reports
  • Support Polaris program logistics, including travel planning and coordination of field equipment and supplies
  • Contribute to other research initiatives focused on mapping permafrost thaw slumps and monitoring carbon cycling in the YK Delta and across the Arctic.

Desired Qualifications and Experience:

  • BS in in Ecology, Biology, Environmental Science or a related discipline
  • Previous participation in the Polaris Project
  • Strong organizational, communication, and analytical skills
  • Ability and willingness to learn new technical skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a constantly evolving environment
  • Understanding of Arctic system processes and experience conducting Arctic research

We will not accept applications submitted after June 30, 2022.

Desired Start Date: September 2022

Fixed term: One year

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position, the annual salary range is $46,000 - $48,000 dependent on qualifications/experience. Woodwell offers a generous benefits package and work life balance.

Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts or remote.

Application Instructions: To apply, please send your cover letter addressing your experience and qualifications in relation to the responsibilities of this position, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references as a single PDF to our careers portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please type RAPP on all correspondence.

Please visit Woodwell's website to learn more about Woodwell’s work.

Located on a 10-acre campus near the village of Woods Hole, the Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) is a private, non-profit research center. Woodwell is a leading source of climate science that drives the urgent action needed to solve climate change. Woodwell has 90+ staff members and is excited to welcome new employees to this work.

Woodwell is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information. Woodwell is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Woodwell

Climate change is the greatest challenge of our lifetimes. Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) understands that the climate crisis—from causes to consequences—is inextricably linked with persistent social injustice. Effectively addressing either requires addressing both. The climate crisis demands that we bring to bear all of the knowledge, expertise, innovation, and creativity that we can collectively muster, and those who have been marginalized and disproportionately impacted must be heard.

The work Woodwell does—the questions we ask, the ways we seek answers, and the strategies we put forward—is stronger when shaped by a diversity of knowledge, perspectives, and experiences. We strive to welcome, respect, and amplify differing voices. We value individuals as they are, with all their differences in race, age, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, language, and mental and physical abilities.

Woodwell acknowledges that our organization, and the scientific community more broadly, have a long way to go in living up to these ideals. We approach the work of improving our organization with the same ambition and commitment to systemic change that we bring to addressing climate change.

We will inevitably make mistakes, but we will continue to listen, learn, and do this critical work. We understand that this work requires an ongoing commitment from each and every one of us. We are actively engaged in building and sustaining an equitable and inclusive culture within our organization, and in fostering greater diversity in climate science.