The Tropical Responses to Altered Climate Experiment (TRACE; 
is seeking two dynamic, resourceful, and highly organized individuals with a 
strong scientific background to assist the Principle Investigators in 
coordinating and maintaining a climate change experiment taking place in the 
Luquillo Experimental Forest in eastern Puerto Rico. TRACE is an in-situ field 
warming experiment that aims to study the effects of climate change on tropical 
forests, particularly effects on carbon and nutrient cycling. Both positions 
are full-time, contractual positions, based at the Sabana Field Research 
Station in Luquillo, Puerto Rico.



We seek an individual with strong organizational, interpersonal and 
communication skills to work with the Project Manager to oversee the day-to-day 
operations of the project.  Specifically, the Project Coordinator will be 
responsible for general project administration, management of volunteers and 
interns, social media, and educational outreach.  Examples of tasks include 
coordinating intern hiring and volunteer schedules, facilitating outreach 
activities such as educational tours of the project, engaging in social media, 
coordinating with contractors and field station staff on day-to-day operations, 
managing budgets and purchasing, maintaining orderly and detailed records for 
paperwork, and assisting as needed with field and lab work.

Required experience and skills include: 1) Master of Science degree or 
equivalent work experience in Biology, Ecology, Earth, Environmental Science or 
related field; 2) excellent written and verbal communication skills with 
fluency in both English and Spanish to communicate with scientists, the general 
public, contractors and support staff and to write scientific reports and a 
blog for the project; 3) experience with project and budget management as well 
as purchasing; 4) excellent interpersonal and leadership skills to coordinate 
day-to-day research activities for TRACE and to supervise and schedule with 
contractors, interns, students, and volunteers; 5) a valid driver’s license; 
and 6) willingness to occasionally conduct physically demanding field work 
under climatically challenging conditions. Other highly valued skills include: 
website design, database management, forestry knowledge, laboratory experience, 
and experience working in tropical countries.



We are seeking a full-time Scientific Technician to conduct day-to-day field 
and laboratory research as well as general equipment maintenance for the 
project.   The Scientific Technician will report directly to the on-site 
Project Manager and Coordinator and will occasionally supervise interns and 
volunteers in day to day research activities.  We are particularly interested 
in candidates with experience measuring gas exchange (i.e., photosynthesis, 
foliar dark respiration, soil respiration, root respiration) and working with 
infrared gas analyzers (IRGAs). Required experience and skills include: 1) 
Bachelor of Science in Biology, Ecology, Earth, Environmental Science or 
related field; 2) ability to conduct physically demanding field work under 
climatically challenging conditions; 3) excellent written and verbal 
communication skills; and 4) a valid driver’s license with a good driving 
record. Other highly valued skills include: Spanish proficiency, Experience 
working with and maintaining any of the following instruments: LiCor LI-2000, 
LI-6400, LI-6800, LI-8100/8150 with automated chambers, Tabletop IRGA, Campbell 
dataloggers, automated sensors; Tower or tree climbing 
certification/experience, Data management, Statistical Analysis, Microsoft 
office, and experience working in tropical countries.



Interested applicants should send an email to the TRACE Project Manager, Megan 
Berberich (, with the following documents 
compiled in a single PDF document: a letter of intent including a statement of 
career goals, curriculum vitae, copy of university transcripts, and contact 
information for three references. Please also include the name of the position 
you are applying for in the subject line: “TRACE Project Coordinator Position” 
or “TRACE Scientific Technician Position” in the email subject line. Review of 
applications will begin July 23, 2018 and will continue until the position is 
filled. Expected start date is September 1, 2018.

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