Volunteer and Job Opportunities

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

Now Hiring! Staff Research Associate - Chemist

Under general supervision, help perform colorometric nutrient chemistry on lake & stream water including, but not limited to: ammonium, nitrate+nitrite, total nitrogen, orthophosphorus, total hydrolizable phosphorus, particulate phosphorus, and total phosphorus following TERC standard operation procedures by wet chemistry. Utilize various instruments for analyses including Flow-through injection auto analyzer, spectrophotometer, TIC analyzer, Particle Counter, Turbidity meter, pH meter and Gas Chromatograph. Responsible for helping with: sample management, data management, calibration of instruments and recording temperatures of water baths, refrigerators, and freezers.

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AmeriCorps Opportunity (Not currently accepting applicants)


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/sierra-nevada-americorps-partnership-snap/ 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.