Volunteer and Job Opportunities

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Why work or volunteer with TERC?

UC Davis is a top-ranked research university brimming with innovation and is known for standout academics, sustainability, and Aggie Pride. The Tahoe Environmental Research Center is a field station that has been at the forefront of science research at Lake Tahoe since 1968. Work alongside world-class scientists, researchers, and educators to help sustain one of the most beautiful and unique places on Earth. Our small staff provides personalized attention for improved training experiences in a diverse array of opportunities giving you every reason to love working here. UC Davis TERC staff are proud to deliver high-quality teaching, research, and public service to further TERC’s mission and impact across the nation and throughout the world.

Job Opportunities

The Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) is recruiting for a 60% Assistant Project Scientist. The major responsibilities for this position requires:

1) RESEARCH (90 %)
The appointee will be responsible for the continuation of studies in the area of phycology for the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center. Specifically, he/she will have the necessary expertise to identify and enumerate algal species from a broad range of lakes in the US and worldwide. This would include ultra-oligotrophic lakes such as Lake Tahoe (CA-NV), and eutrophic lakes such as Clear Lake, CA.

The appointee will be responsible for advising field researchers, graduate students and other collaborators on the necessary field collection protocols; for the operation of inverted microscopes, and ancillary equipment; for leading the actual identification and enumeration of algal species and groups; for the timely preparation of reports that describe the outcomes of the measurement program; for working with the TERC database manager to ensure all data gets entered into TERC and other databases as required by funding agencies; to work with the PI and other researchers on the production of published manuscripts, technical reports and other intellectual products; to assist the PI and other TERC researchers in the preparation of proposals for additional funding.

The appointee will engage with TERC’s public outreach activities that may include adapting research results for inclusion in museum-quality displays, educational activities or other educational purposes; presenting scientific research results to the general public, and providing scientific advice to individuals and public agencies. Teaching classroom courses is not an expectation of this position.

The appointee will participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to his/her specific field and will serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate. The appointee may attend seminars to present research results and may give oral presentations to public and professional interest groups. When appropriate, the appointee may coordinate and/or give presentations at seminars, laboratory meetings, or educational functions

Job location
Davis, CA

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AmeriCorps Opportunity

TERC has 2-3 Education Program Associates that are with the SNAP AmeriCorps Program. Each AmeriCorps member is required to complete 1,500 hours of service starting in October. A full position description can be found at https://sierranevadaalliance.org/programs/sierra-nevada-americorps-partnership/join/ for more details. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Other seasonal volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year. Please contact Alison Toy at antoy@ucdavis.edu for more information about upcoming opportunities.