Fw: Summer research assistant opening at Pacific Institute
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From: Swati Prakash <swati@...>
To: Swati Prakash <swati@...>
Sent: Friday, June 1, 2007 6:40:01 PM
Subject: Summer research assistant opening at Pacific Institute
September 26, 2003
The Community Strategies for Sustainability & Justice program here at the Pacific Institute is looking to hire 2 summer research assistants. Please pass along to anyone who might be interested. Thanks!
June 1, 2007 posting
Job Announcement: Summer research assistant
Community Strategies for Sustainability and Justice Program
The Pacific Institute is seeking a part-time research assistant for the Community Strategies for Sustainability and Justice (CSSJ) Program. Founded in 1987 and based in Oakland , California , the Institute works to develop solutions to the related problems of environmental protection, economic development, and human health from the local to the international level. The CSSJ program was launched in 1995 to assist communities in addressing critical human health and environmental issues. Our program work includes community based participatory action research, technical and policy analysis, community education, and leadership development. The target populations addressed through the program are low-income and people of color communities in California .
The Institute is seeking a part-time research assistant who can provide research support to the West County Indicators Project (WCIP), a community-driven action research process focused on environmental, economic, and community health issues. In this position, you will assist with research as needed on community health, environmental quality, public safety, and related topics, searching for data from various agencies, private sector sources, non-profit and community sources. You will identify sources of data, retrieve raw data, and analyze data according to community-identified indicators and prepare and present reports for the community steering committee.
We seek an energetic, enthusiastic, organized person with strong research and analytical abilities, writing skills, and motivation. Graduate students are encouraged to apply. The research assistant needs to have strong, demonstrable research skills, and the ability to prepare data for communication to community residents. Specific responsibilities will vary, but will include:
- Identifying, contacting, and coordinating data sharing with various data sources.
- Gathering and formatting data for statistical and geographic analysis.
- Analyzing and presenting data using a Geographic Information System.
- Writing text for the final indicators report and related fact sheets and media outreach materials.
- Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, environmental health, geography, environmental engineering or related field, or equivalent experience
- Demonstrated skill in identifying, managing, analyzing and presenting quantitative data sources related to environmental, economic, and community health issues
- Experience locating neighborhood-level data a strong plus
- Experience with ArcMap or other GIS program preferred
- Ability to communicate and translate data to a lay audience
- Strong understanding of and commitment to the environmental justice movement
- Strong organizational skills, self-motivation, and a true enjoyment of managing multiple tasks at once
- A team player who works well with others as well as independently
- Excellent computer skills, including fluency with Word, Excel, Access database management, and the Internet
Time and Compensation
Research assistant will be expected to work between 15 and 35 hours a week from June through August, 2007. Compensation is on an hourly basis and will range depending on experience.
Please send a cover letter, resume, a sample of your writing, and contact information for three references to: Eli Moore at the Pacific Institute, 654 13th Street , Oakland , California 94612 . Hard copy, faxes (510 251-2203), or email (emoore@...) are acceptable. No phone calls please.
Ideal Start Date is June 11th, 2007, but position is open until filled. This is a summer position, ending August 30th, but may be extended through December, 2007, or later, depending on candidate’s performance, the program’s needs and funding availability.
Pacific Institute is an equal opportunity employer.
People of color and women are strongly encouraged to apply.