Job Posting: UBC Land and Food Systems – Soils Field Assistant Position


Employer/Organization: Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Position: Work Learn – 20 hr/wk

Location: Lower Fraser Valley, BC

Closing Date: August 24, 2018

Position Duration: 3 months (September – November) – full day availability on Thurs. and Fri. ideal


Interested in real hands-on field research experience? Want to get your hands dirty?

The Sustainable Agricultural Landscapes (SAL) Lab is collecting soil samples from agricultural fields all around the lower Fraser Valley in order to map changes in soil organic carbon (SOC). Measurements of SOC in agricultural fields and their neighboring hedgerows / riparian buffers will be collected to understand how carbon storage differs among and within land cover types. You can find more information on the projects these data will support on the following project pages:


  • Eager to learn about soil sampling and field research in agricultural landscape
  • Prepared to work in rainy and muddy conditions
  • Able to work in team-oriented environments
  • Able to lift 30 kg
  • Valid driver’s license preferred


  • Soil bulk density measurements
  • Soil sampling and grinding
  • Biomass measurements
  • FTIR spectral analysis

Transportation from Vancouver to sampling sites will be provided.

You will work in a team of 3-4 people, led by a field crew leader. Training in all relevant protocols for responsibilities will be provided. This job will provide valuable experience in soil sampling and fieldwork for agricultural and soil science research.

If interested, please submit your resume to Lyndsey Dowell at with “SAL Lab Field Assistant” as the subject line.

About the Team:

Sidd and Lyndsey are two graduate students currently working in the SAL Lab. When not out in the field, Lyndsey likes to watch Wes Anderson movies on rainy days and can be found wandering just about anywhere on clear ones. Sidd, when not on the computer, spends time playing competitive badminton, and you can often get him to tell you stories about Bangladesh.