Student Employment - Environmental Studies

Air Monitoring Assistant

Department Assistant

The ENV Departmental Assistant will assist with the cataloging and organizing of publications, videos, and other resources held by the Department of Environmental Studies for the purposes of research and pedagogy as well as potentially assisting with other administrative tasks to support the function of the ENV program. This requires a person who is responsible, reliable, and professional and who will treat the existing organization of materials with sensitivity and care, making sure that the organization of resources is maintained or improved and carefully cataloged (as per faculty direction).

The ENV Departmental Assistant needs to have an expert knowledge of MS Word, at least a working knowledge of MS Excel, and be willing to learn and develop facility with bibliographic software such as EndNote or other software packages (as per faculty specification). The ability to handle large collections of articles and books, in both digital and paper format, as well as other materials, while maintaining precise systems of organization, is essential. An interest in and/or familiarity with basic and advanced scholarly resources in environmental studies is very helpful.

The benefits of this position include a flexible schedule of 2-5 hours/week. This position will increase exposure to the resources upon which environmental studies research and pedagogy are based at Ursinus College, and the person will gain experience with scholarly and pedagogical resource management and organization, both of which are critical functions of faculty and students

Geology Program Assistant

The Geology Program Assistant will assist with the labeling, display, cleaning, and/or unpacking/re-packing of geological rock specimen. This requires a person who is responsible, reliable, and professional and who will treat the rock and mineral collection with care, making a significant effort not to damage, misplace, or confuse samples, and making sure that the samples are carefully placed back into original boxes and/or display cases and appropriately secured. The assistant will take care in any labeling and data entry necessary and exhibit extremely responsible use of facilities where samples are stored/labeled/ displayed.

The Geology Program Assistant needs to have a basic knowledge of Excel. The ability to lift and carefully place (occasionally heavy) samples and/or boxes of samples may be necessary. The ability to deal gently with fragile rock/mineral samples and to carefully unpack/pack rock samples without damaging or losing/confusing labels is important, as is the ability to appropriately communicate any errors or breakage. An interest in/familiarity with rock and mineral samples is very helpful.

The benefits of this position include a flexible schedule of approximately 2 hours/week. This position will increase exposure to interesting mineral and rock samples and the person will gain experience with sample identification and classification. Depending on the needs of the project at the time, the assistant may gain experience with data entry and organization.