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Research Experience for Undergrad Assistantship

Reports to

Jennifer Diaz, Beth Simmons

Type of Job

Part Time (6 months/less)

Published Date

January 12, 2023 at 5:00:00 PM

About the position

Position Summary:

The Everglades Foundation REU Assistantship is a six month or less position.  The individual directly supports the mission of the (The Everglades Foundation John Marshall scholars) in coordination with the Florida International University/National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site “Understanding Costal Ecosystems: From the Everglades to Coral Reefs”.  The individual will initiate and manage relationships and communication among three recruiting organizations: Florida International University (FIU), Broward College, Florida Memorial University, and Miami Dade College while fulfilling REU site program needs.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide administrative support for the 10-week NSF Site REU summer program located on FIU MMC campus

  • Be predominantly present on FIU MMC campus with flexibility to attend events at The Everglades Foundation

  • Coordinate communication with recruiting organizations and colleges

  • Coordinate logistics, including transportation, for eight (8) undergraduate Everglades Foundation John Marshall Scholars

  • Secure stipend, meals, and housing at FIU for John Marshall Scholars

  • Contribute to undergraduates professional development trainings such as resume building, career panel discussions, communication skills, designing LinkedIn profiles

  • Plan, implement and attend the NSF Site REU orientation, weekly REU professional development workshops, field excursions, and culminating events such as undergraduate poster session, and the end-of-summer symposium presentations

How to Apply:

Send a detailed cover letter and resume to Jennifer Diaz, Vice President of Education, at


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, database management, email, internet use and research, etc.

  • Experience presenting in front of groups

  • Must be able to work Full Time from April 1 – July 1 / 40 hours a week

  • Comfortable working with undergraduate populations

  • Knowledgeable in science

  • Familiar with science laboratories and field research environments

  • Ability to work with diverse groups of students / faculty

  • Excellent time management and organizational skills

  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills

  • Detail-oriented and efficient

  • Punctual, reliable, and self-directed

  • Able to proactively solve problems and think analytically

  • Passionate about ecological/environmental research associated with the National Everglades


  • Associate degree, Bachelor’s degree preferred

  • Work experience in education, environmental education, or conservation role

  • Valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and the ability to travel regularly throughout Miami-Dade County for field trips / excursions once per week

Mental and Physical Requirements:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must meet the above minimum qualifications and be able to perform each of the essential duties and responsibilities satisfactorily. The requirements listed below:

  • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time

  • Ability to concentrate and analyze information for extended periods of time

  • Able to proactively solve problems and think analytically

  • Ability to make sound, prompt decisions

  • Ability to read and write

  • Manual hand dexterity required to operate IT devices and complete paperwork


Salary range:  $16 - $19/hour commensurate with experience.  (Position classified @ FIU as 6 months or less).

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