Seasonal Biological Monitoring Technician in the Byrnes Lab at UMass Boston

Subject: Seasonal Biological Monitoring Technician in the Byrnes Lab at UMass Boston

The Byrnes lab at UMass Boston seeks two summer technicians for work on biological monitoring of rocky shorelines in the Boston Harbor Islands in collaboration with the Stone Living Lab. The Stone Living Lab (Stone Living Lab) is a multi-investigator effort to evaluate the effects of green shoreline protections. Technicians will assist in the intertidal and subtidal monitoring efforts with the Byrnes lab on multiple Boston Harbor Islands from June 1 – Aug 31st. Duties include, but are not limited to, conducting algal and invertebrate surveys in the intertidal, boat and dive tending, species identification, and data entry. We hope to hire at least one technician who will also be able to perform SCUBA surveys (see qualifications below) as part of the team. Technicians will also work on literature search projects looking at species interactions and thermal tolerances of species surveyed as needed.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will need to be able to work as part of a field research team, with solid communication skills. Candidates should have familiarity with marine environments – either a degree or working towards a degree with a marine science focus – have a strong attention to detail, and confidence to handle difficult field conditions in collaboration with a supervisor. The seasonal technician should be able to spend long periods of time outdoors, be able to lift 50 lbs., and is expected to work 40 hrs a week, Monday to Friday, with the exception of holidays. Some early morning hours or working through weekends will be required due to tidal schedules, with concomitant time off. Scientific diving certification is required for candidates interested in conducting SCUBA surveys.

Dates: June 1 – Aug. 31, 2021

Salary: The salary for this position is $7,500 for the summer. The position is non-benefitted.

Covid Precautions: As the candidates will be working both on campus and on small boats with members of the team, we request that they are fully vaccinated prior to starting the position, as requested for all UMB on campus employees.

Application: Please send a cover letter and CV to with the subject line SLL Summer Technician. Applications will be considered up to end of day Monday May 17th. Interviews will be conducted promptly, as we realize this is a tight turnaround.

Further information: For further information or questions, contact