Job: Forest Ecology Summer Field Assistant

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary: $15 per hour

Location: West Lafayette, Indiana

We seek to hire one or more temporary, part-time field assistants to help build experimental infrastructure and collect field data in a research project at Martell Forest, about nine miles from the Purdue University campus. The research assistant/s will work alongside a research technician to prepare and install soil and tree sensors, collect data, build and maintain “rainout” structures, and other related tasks. Most work will be outdoors.  Positions will be based in West Lafayette, Indiana, but individuals will be employed remotely by the Carnegie Institution for Science and will be part of the research group led by Dr. Jeff Dukes. Transportation between the Purdue campus and field sites will be provided.

Experience and Skills:

We seek to hire employees who are responsible, reliable, and accountable, and willing to learn and take direction. We seek individuals who are comfortable hiking off-trail and working outdoors in the forest, in frequently hot or inclement weather conditions, dealing with bugs and poison ivy, and occasionally working long hours, as dictated by research needs.  Individuals should be comfortable doing physically taxing work.

Optional skills that might be useful include the ability to identify woody and herbaceous plant species of the Midwest, and familiarity with forest measurement techniques.  Experience with sensors, data loggers, and electrical circuits could also be useful but is not required.

Application process: 

Applications will only be considered when submitted through our application portal. Please click the Apply Now button below to submit your application, which must include a resume (including contact information for two references), an unofficial transcript, and dates of availability. Please contact Dr. Jeff Dukes at with any questions about the position.

Deadline to Apply: 

Application review will begin March 25, 2024 and continue until suitable candidates are found. 

At Carnegie, we are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community. We believe academic environments should be places where diverse groups of people with a variety of viewpoints and ideas can thrive and work together. As such, we strongly encourage people from underrepresented groups and backgrounds in the sciences (e.g., BIPOC) to apply.

The Carnegie Institution is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.