University of California, Davis


Davis, CA


$21.47-$23.17/hr (DOE)

Job Posted On: June 24, 2024


The University of California, Davis is seeking a seasonal Aquatic Agroecology Field Technician from October 2024 through February 2025 to assist in wetland field research. This USDA-funded project aims to understand the effects of waterbirds and fish in flooded rice fields in California’s Central Valley. The research, conducted on a farm in Sutter County, focuses on the interactions between waterbirds and introduced fish, as well as the ecosystem services they provide to rice growers.


Prepare field sites and conduct PIT tagging of fish.

Collect pelagic and benthic invertebrates.

Perform field sampling of fish and assist in related tasks as assigned.

Accurately record and enter data following established protocols and methodologies.

Work independently with minimal supervision.

Communicate professionally and clearly with the supervisor.

Operate a university-provided vehicle to travel between work locations.


Previous experience conducting field research.

Ability to work in inclement weather and wade in muddy wetland conditions.

Comfortable working independently with minimal supervision.

Ability to follow standardized protocols and accurately record and enter data.

Valid driver’s license and clean driving record.

Professional communication skills for coordination with the supervisor.

Salary: $21.47-$23.17/hr (DOE)

Application Deadline: August 9, 2024

How to Apply: Email a single document (PDF preferred) including (1) a cover letter describing previous field research experience and interest in this position, (2) a resume or CV, and (3) contact information for three references to Emily Mensch (emensch@ucdavis.edu). Include “Aquatic Agroecology Field Technician” in the subject line.

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