Carbon farming lab technician position at UC Davis

Carbon farming laboratory assistant III position at UC Davis

Under the direct supervision of Working Lands Innovation Center (WLIC), Program manager and/or the John Muir Institute of the Environment Director assist with leading activities for this new multi-stakeholder consortium focused on testing the carbon and crop benefits of soil amendments in CA’s agricultural lands. Primary roles of position as lead technician to monitor crop, soil and greenhouse gas dynamics at ~100 acres of soil amendment demonstration sites that span Coastal CA, the Central Valley, and Imperial Valley. Coordinate and guide research activities, assuring data quality and adhering to university health and safety policies and protocols. Field and laboratory responsibilities include; soil sampling agricultural fields to at least 1-meter by soil auger and greenhouse gas collection from automated chambers. Focusing on measuring carbon sequestration rates (inorganic and organic carbon), greenhouse gas reductions (CO2, N2O, CH4), soil health indicators, crop yields and forage biomass, crop nutrition, and nutrient and water use efficiency. Mentor, train and supervise undergraduates on policies and procedures for field and lab processes.


Job Title: LAB AST 3 (Field & Laboratory Technician)

Job ID: 6795

Salary Range: $21.79 – $25.94 /HR.

No. of Positions: 1

Appointment Type: Contract for one year with the possibility of extension based on available funding.

Percentage of Time: Fulltime, 100%

Shift Hours: M-F, 8 to 5

Location: UC Davis

Union Representation: Yes

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Apply by Date: 3/23/2020


-Wear personal protective equipment (PPE) at all times when in the laboratory or field; lab goggles, lab coat, mask, closed toed shoes, sun glasses, hats, sunblock, long pants, etc.

-Work in varied temperatures; cold, wind, rain, fog and heat collecting samples in various dirt/dusty field locations with Coastal California.

-Ability to lift research materials or equipment weight up to 50 pounds.


-Frequent travel to field sites to collect samples during the week with occasional weekends or holidays.

-Current and valid Driver’s License with good driving record.

-UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any UC Davis owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.



-Upper division college courework in Biological Sciences, Geology, Soil Science, Agricultural Sciences, Ecology, Biogeochemistry, Environmental Sciences or a related field with minimum of 1 year experience leading and working a field and laboratory research setting.

-Familiarity with basic concepts or components of soils to assist with monitoring crop, soil and greenhouse gas dynamics.

-Experience measuring carbon sequestration rates, greenhouse gas reductions, soil health indicators, crop yields, etc.

-Experience in laboratory procedures including soil processing, pH measurement, CN sample preparation, nitrate extractions, etc.

-Ability to use soil augers and greenhouse gas automated chambers.

-Familiarity with chemical safety, storage and disposal procures and/or ability to learn all UC Davis health & safety policies and procedures for lab/field protocols.

-Proficiency in both written and verbal English.


-Experience in MS Word, Excel, and R or other software packages to organize, summarize and analyze data.

-Ability to create and/or maintain existing data tables and provide basic data analyses.

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