Reminder: Applications for Coastal Ecosystems Data Tech. Due Friday 11/1

Hello Everyone,

This is a quick reminder that The Coastal Carbon Network and MarineGeo at Smithsonian Environmental Research Center are searching for a Coastal Ecosystems Data Technician. It’s a great job for recent graduates, especially those who have some experience in R and a passion for impactful team science. Please forward to any qualified candidates you know are looking for that next step in the career. We’re closing the search this Friday Nov. 1st. Please visit our website, or read the full post below for more information.


James Holmquist


Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

(443) 482-2267

@CoastalCarbon |

Coastal Ecosystems Data Technician

Application Period: October 16 to November 1, 2019

Pay: $37,955-$47,016 depending on experience

Contract Period: 1-year subject to renewal depending on performance and funding

                Coastal ecosystems support specialized plant, microbe and animal species that collectively form some of the Earth’s most productive and diverse ecosystems. Tidal marshes, mangrove swamps, and seagrass meadows remove large amounts of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and bury it in soils for centuries to millennia. Coral and oyster reefs buffer our coastlines from storm damage and provide critical habitat for fisheries. The biodiversity found in all these coastal ecosystems is central to their healthy functioning, yet they are under severe pressure from human activity which threatens to diminish the many benefits they provide.

The Data Technician will work with two related programs based at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC): the Coastal Carbon Network (CCN) and the Marine Global Earth Observatory (MarineGEO). The goal of the CCN is to accelerate the pace of discovery in coastal carbon science by serving a community of researchers and practitioners with data, tools and synthesis opportunities. MarineGEO is a Smithsonian-led, global network of partners using a standard toolkit of observations and coordinated experiments to understand changing nearshore marine ecosystems in the age of humans. For both programs, the technician will support the major data analysis and sharing goals. Duties will include handling data submissions from outside researchers, completing literature reviews, building databases, web interfaces, and online tools, providing technical support during collaborative science meetings, and contributing to the overall scientific quality of the operation. The technician will work with Research Scientists James Holmquist and Pat Megonigal on CCN and Director Emmett Duffy and Coordinating Scientist Jon Lefcheck on MarineGEO.

This position requires a BS in ecology, environmental science, geography, computer science or a related discipline, and some coding experience in programs such as R or Python. The ideal candidate would have experience using GitHub to facilitate collaboration, proven experience with managing large or complex datasets, and familiarity with the science of coastal ecology, carbon cycling, biodiversity, climate change, or wetland research issues. Exemplary candidates will have one or more of the following: HTML and Web Design skills, experience with R-Shiny design, experience with producing field and lab data, and GIS proficiency.

As a single PDF, please send a brief cover letter outlining how you meet the required qualifications, a resume, and the names of three references to by November 1, 2019.

SERC is focused on understanding the causes and consequences of environmental change for marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems. The main campus is a 2,650-acre research site on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay in Edgewater Maryland. Facilities include the Global Change Research Wetland, the site of the known longest running ecological manipulation experiment. Nearby cities include historic Annapolis, Maryland’s capital, and D.C. The technician will be hired as a ‘Trust Employee’ through Smithsonian’s non-profit wing. This will entitle them to health, vision, dental, and other benefits.