Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$50,000 - $60,000/ YR
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri

#123404 Field Researcher 2

Filing Deadline: Sun 6/11/2023

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 5/31/23 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 6/9/23. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

This is a contract position for one (1) year.


Under direct guidance of a more senior researcher or engineer, the Field Researcher provides extensive logistical support to field sites that include collaborating as a team member to deploy and maintain field equipment and conduct field based sampling as needed. Conducts laboratory testing and instrument preparation including calibrations. Writes up reports of laboratory and field work. Conducts analysis and processes data. Assists with shipping tasks. Maintains lab records that pertain to shipments and ordering. Responsible for assisting with lab management including ordering supplies as needed, maintaining inventory, creating hazardous waste labels, organizing equipment. Provide technical support to personnel. Applies environmental physics and hydrometeorology to support field research projects of small to medium size and intermediate scope and complexity. The Field Researcher needs to be highly motivated and flexible, with the ability to assume additional responsibilities as conditions warrant.

  • Must be willing and able to travel and be in the field for up to 50% of time depending on the season.

  • Must be willing to work with hazardous materials.

  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.

  • Overtime and weekends may be required.


*Bachelor's degree in environmental sciences or related field, or equivalent experience.

  • Working knowledge of safety, legal, cultural and regulatory requirements relative to field research responsibility.

  • Working knowledge of research discipline, principles, concepts, analysis and / or operations being conducted at field / remote sites. Demonstrated ability and experience to perform routine maintenance and calibrations on equipment being prepared for deployment.

  • Working knowledge of local customs and operations at field / remote sites.

  • Demonstrates ability to develop and maintain strategic relationships and partnerships with remote research partners. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Effective written and verbal English language communication skills.

  • Demonstrates ability to work with a team, and to meet deadlines with minimal supervision. Proven ability to prioritize and organize a variety of duties.

  • Proficient research and analytical skills. Demonstrated experience with the use of a PC and Unix computers. Knowledge of Windows operating system and use of software applications such as Excel and Word to work with spreadsheets, databases and graphing techniques. Ability to learn new software applications for statistical and graphical analysis. Basic knowledge of statistics.

  • Demonstrated communication skills with project team members. Willingness and demonstrated ability to embrace and consistently uphold the principles of community for a collaborative work environment.

  • Demonstrates attention to detail and organizational skills.

  • Demonstrates ability to work in ambiguous conditions. Creativity and initiative in solving problems that arise with assigned tasks.

  • Ability to perform repetitive tasks meticulously.

  • Ability to accurately document research procedures.

  • Ability to use standard handheld shop tools such as wrenches, drills, etc.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and practice of all appropriate safety methods and procedures.


  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.

  • Must have a valid driver's license

  • Must be able to earn and maintain an SIO Lift Truck Operator's License for operation of University forklifts at various SIO facilities.

  • Must stay current on all other relevant safety trainings.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $43,900 - $91,900 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $21.02 - $44.01

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

UC San Diego is a smoke and tobacco free environment. Please visit for more information.

Application Instructions

Please click on the link below to apply for this position. A new window will open and direct you to apply at our corporate careers page. We look forward to hearing from you!

Apply Online