Science Assistant (Part-time Seasonal)

The Buzzards Bay Coalition is a private, non-profit membership organization dedicated to the protection, restoration, and sustainable use of Buzzards Bay and its watershed. Founded in 1987, the organization works to improve the health of the Bay ecosystem for all through education, conservation, research and advocacy. The Coalition has its headquarters in the ‘Buzzards Bay Center’ in New Bedford’s Waterfront Historic District and a seasonal office in Woods Hole, MA.

The Buzzards Bay Coalition is a partner in two research grants with the Town of Carver, the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association, the Marine Biological Laboratory, and the UMass Cranberry Experiment Station to collect data to better understand nutrient losses from cranberry bogs in the Weweantic and Wareham River watersheds. The water quality of both rivers and estuaries around the Bay suffers from nutrient overenrichment from various sources including cranberry bogs, septic systems, stormwater, and lawn fertilizer. The Weweantic River basin has more cranberry bog acreage than any other coastal watershed in Massachusetts, but the magnitude of impact cranberry bogs have on water quality is not well known. By increasing our understanding of nitrogen loss from two common bog types, the current studies will support watershed nitrogen modeling and assist cranberry growers in identifying best management practices to control nitrogen releases from agricultural land.

Position Description
The Science Assistant is responsible for helping to coordinate and execute sampling and analysis of water quality samples. This part-time, entry level position reports directly to the Buzzards Bay Coalition’s Science Director. The Science Assistant will also work closely with project partners at the Marine Biological Laboratory and the UMass Cranberry Experiment Station. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Communication with all project partners to coordinate all aspects of sample collection and analysis.
  • Coordination of sample handling and storage to ensure that specifications in the EPA/DEP-approved Quality Assurance Project Plan are met.
  • Collection, transportation, and cataloguing of surface and ground water samples from field sites.
  • Regular downloading of data from field water level loggers.
  • Assisting with sampling for and development of stream flow rating curves.
  • Assisting with nutrient sample analysis.
  • Data entry, organization, and quality check.Qualifications

    The successful applicant will have a B.S. in environmental science, geology, biology, chemistry, or related field. Outdoor fieldwork will be an important part of the position, so applicants must have experience with collection of environmental field samples and be comfortable working under physical conditions in the field. The Science Assistant will need to be capable of working both independently and as part of a team. Excellent communication and organizational skills are required. The Science Assistant will need to have his/her own reliable transportation to get to and from field sites and partner organizations.


    This is a part-time, at-will position starting in January 2013 through October 2013. The schedule is variable and will average 15-20 hours per week. Salary is $12.00 per hour. Travel will be reimbursed at $0.55 per mile.

    To Apply

    Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to: Rachel Jakuba, Buzzards Bay Coalition Science Director at

    The Buzzards Bay Coalition is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    Posted January 2013. The position will remain open until filled.

New Bedford, Massachusetts
Buzzards Bay Coalition
Rachel Jakuba, Buzzards Bay Coalition Science Director