Ocean Career: Lab and Field Assistant at Scripps Institution of Oceanography

The Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes (CW3E) is leading the development and implementation of new research and applications capabilities focused on extreme weather and climate events in the Western US.

CW3E is developing and implementing weather and climate observations, numerical models, and decision support tools focused on atmospheric and land-surface conditions related to extreme events and their impacts. CW3E is an interface between UCSD departments, other universities around the country, and local, state, and federal agencies, in the operation, utilization, and expansion of new state-of-the-art weather observing network deployed in California.

Efforts to be undertaken by CW3E include scientific research, technology development, numerical model development, testing, and development/deployment of smart tools that aid decision-makers affected by extreme weather, water, and climate events. CW3E is developing methods and systems to aid future reservoir operations for flood control, water supply, and ecosystems. CW3E is a focus of international research on atmospheric rivers.

Under general supervision, perform technical duties requiring specialized knowledge. Troubleshoot problems with hydrometeorological field equipment, including data loggers, cell modems, and other communication devices, and complex instrumentation. Conduct field calibrations. Deploy new equipment, including preparing electronics and communications. Communicate to the team regarding follow-up needs, and arrange these as needed. Ship equipment back and forth between Scripps and field sites. Assist with data analysis and communications with project partners and stakeholders. Provide timely and detailed written communication with field team leaders regarding project progress and obstacles. Participate and lead in outreach events.


  • Graduation from high school or a GED and three (3) years of laboratory experience or two (2) years of college, including courses in the natural, physical or social sciences and two (2) years of laboratory experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience using word processing and image editing software.
  • Experience with various computer programs, including Microsoft office.
  • Skills with routine laboratory/office needs (library research, quote requests, organization, etc.).
  • Experience with hydrometeorological equipment, including surface meteorology (barometers, anemometers, pyranometers, temperature and relative humidity sensors, rain gauges, etc.), stream gauges, and soil moisture sensors
  • Knowledge of and experience in general field research protocols.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Knowledge of field research safety requirements and procedures and ability to maintain up-to-date safety training certification.
  • Excellent and effective written and oral communication skills. Ability to communicate effectively with others in a constructive, professional, and pleasant manner.
  • Strong attention to detail and demonstrated experience in having to be meticulous in work performed.
  • Excellent organizational skills, including keeping clear and accurate records, organizing a varied workload, and following written and oral protocols effectively and with minimal instruction.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and work independently. Demonstrated problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

Hiring range: $23.83 - $25.90 /hour
Application deadline: September 13, 2022

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