These biology jobs and internships are paid opportunities that also typically compensate participants with some combination of housing, food, and travel stipends. They are mostly field-based, do not involve an individual research project, and are a great way to gain experience in field work and data collection. They are listed in chronological order by posting date.

Summer 2024

3/19 - arctic tundra ecology lab/field techs - AK

Bret-Harte Lab at University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) is seeking a summer lab (+ field) assistant. We are interested in how climate change affects vegetation and carbon balance in arctic tundra ecosystems.

This is primarily a labwork position. The main tasks are grinding, weighing, and preparing plant and soil samples for analysis in the lab, plus fieldwork at the Toolik Field Station (TFS;, 170 miles north of the arctic circle in Alaska in late June for about two weeks (and possibly one more time in August or September).


  • - Minimum two semesters(or equivelant) of college-level lab experience
  • - Detail-oriented lab work skills without cross-contamination and understanding in lab safety
  • - Willingness to learn and perform the assignments by following the instructions
  • - Ability to work in a small team or independently but ask questions if necessary     
  • - Accurate record-taking skills and responsible work ethics
  • - Ability to work in various field conditions (e.g. coldness, rain/snow, lots of mosquitos)
  • - Ability to carry heavy field equipment (30-40 lbs) during hiking over tundra for about one hour
  • - Ability to work in a field longer than 10-12 hours per day (sometimes)
  • - Need a valid US driver's license with a clean driving record
  • - Provide own outdoor clothing/shoes/rain gear (including rain boots) and bug protection (net/bug shirt)
  • - Follow the safety protocols and coronavirus safety procedures that TFS requires
  • - Provide own insurance with emergency evacuation coverage (We will provide information on how to obtain this insurance, which is not expensive)


  • - Previous fieldwork experience or relevant experience in Alaska's backcountry
  • - Knowledge in Alaskan plants, especially tundra species
  • - Work 40 hours/week from mid-May to September (or August)


  • - $13/hour for lab work or $520/week for fieldwork as a stipend
  • - Improving your lab skills and gaining fieldwork experience
  • - Flexible time for lab work
  • - Opportunity to work based on TFS, which supports arctic ecology studies in various disciplines and hosts both national and international researchers
  • - Transportation between UAF and TFS as well as room and board at TFS are provided

Not included:  Transportation/housing in Fairbanks; Air flights from/to Fairbanks (if coming from out of town)

Students interested in a career in ecology, wildlife biology, botany, natural resources management, or Alaskan/Northern studies are encouraged to apply. Recent graduates/graduating seniors are welcome.

Please submit a resume and three references (name, email, and phone number) to Kyoko Okano at Review of applications will commence within a week and remain open until the position is filled. Please contact us with any questions.

2/22 - NEON (National Ecological Observatory Network)

The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is a continental-scale observation facility funded by the National Science Foundation and operated by Battelle. The NEON program is designed to collect long-term, open access ecological data to better understand how U.S. ecosystems are changing, from freshwater systems such as streams, rivers, and lakes to terrestrial systems spanning tropical forests to deserts to tundra ( We depend on our people to collect observational data and samples, to monitor automated instrumented systems that collect terrestrial and aquatic data, and to operate our airborne observation platform that captures remote sensing data of regional landscapes and vegetation.
Within NEON, we have several different job opportunities that range from temporary to full-time positions. 
You can reach out to Bryce Duchesne,, with any questions!