Undergraduate field assistant

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Plant research

FIU’s Institute of Environment is currently seeking a student undergraduate field assistant to join their team of professionals.

The field assistant will assess the impacts of Hurricane Irma on epiphytic plants in the mangrove forests of Everglades National Park in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. Fieldwork will focus on sampling of previously installed plots and transects as well as establishing new plots to survey the post‐hurricane diversity and distribution of epiphytic plants.

The successful applicants will have the opportunity to work with botanists and GIS experts from FIU, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and other institutions, and to learn professional skills in setting up plots for ecological studies and identification of wild tropical orchids and bromeliads. Some office work such as data organization will also be expected.


  • Ability to work in a team setting
  • Ability to take direction and work independently as needed
  • Previous field work/research experience in the ecological and/or plant sciences will be helpful
  • Comfortable with prolonged exposure to the elements, long hikes, hot and buggy conditions
  • Reliable transportation to and from field site (the Everglades National Park) is needed

Work schedule is Monday – Friday for up to 20 hours a week with a salary of $12 – $15 an hour.

Applicants should e-mail the following documents to Hong Liu (hliu@fiu.edu) and Cara Rockwell (crockwel@fiu.edu), 1) a cover letter describing your research experience, interests and goals; and 2) current CV/resume, including contact information for at least one reference. The email should be titled “The epiphyte project field assistant”.

Please note the application deadline is Oct. 6, 2020.