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Assistant Technician - Earth Systems Science

Date: Jan 21, 2021

Location: Grand Rapids, MN, US, 56657

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 4606 




A highly motivated individual capable of working both independently, and as part of a diverse team is being sought to provide onsite support for the Spruce and Peatland Responses Under Changing Environments Experiment (SPRUCE) located in the USDA Forest Service's Marcell Experimental Forest in northern Minnesota. The individual will assist with managing and maintaining SPRUCE infrastructure and work with SPRUCE scientific staff to facilitate experimental activities.


Major Duties/Responsibilities

The successful candidate will be responsible for assisting with the general operations and maintenance of an industrial scale environmental manipulation experiment located near Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Activities may include facility, grounds, and equipment maintenance; instrument calibration and tracking; conducting ecosystem phenological surveys; providing general support for scientific staff; coordinating shipping and receiving for procurements and field supplies; collecting and processing biological and operations data; providing safety oversight; and interacting with visiting members of the general public. Some work at heights (up to 30 feet) and occasional protracted or non-standard hours should be expected due the continuous operation of the experiment. The successful candidate will apply safety related knowledge, skills and practices to everyday work and must show a demonstrated commitment to fostering a safe work environment.   Occasional travel will be required to attend safety and technical training.  


Required Qualifications

The successful candidate will have a BS/BA in a natural resources, biology or engineering related field. Prior field research experience is desirable but not necessary.  Candidate must have excellent communication skills, be dependable, and willing to learn.  General knowledge of, or experience with, computer/communications, electrical, electro-mechanical, pressurized gas, refrigeration, and /or plumbing systems is desirable. Some degree of mechanical aptitude and physical fitness is a must. Candidate must be able to perform tasks such as climbing towers, lifting moderately heavy loads and working outside in often inclement and extreme conditions.  Candidate must hold a current, valid driver’s license and be able to pass a background check. A commitment to learning and applying continuous improvement processes to everyday work is a necessity.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Inventory management experience utilizing Facility Service Center software
  • ORNL Qualified Electrical Worker III certification or ability to obtain
  • Environmental instrument calibration and maintenance experience (especially LiCor, Vaisala, Campbell Scientific
  • Database Management experience (esp. MS Access)
  • NATE (or similar) Tower Worker Certified






Additional Information:

  1. SPRUCE Experiment:
  2. Oak Ridge National Lab Climate Change Science Institute (CCSI)
  3. Biological and Environmental Systems Directorate:
  4. Marcell Experimental Forest:
  5. Grand Rapids, Minnesota:



This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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Nearest Major Market: Grand Rapids MN