Part-Time Helper/Laboratory Assistant for 2021/22 Academic Year

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US-MA-Woods Hole

Job Summary

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Part Time Helper or Laboratory Assistant I to join the Applied Ocean Physics & ngineering Department. This is a part-time, temporary, non-exempt position and is eligible for limited benefits. The initial term will be up to one year, renewable based on performance and funding availability.


The successful candidate will provide assistance with the assembly and testing of oceanographic systems and related support equipment. With direct supervision, helps an engineering team in all phases of project development related to oceanographic instrumentation and underwater vehicles.  Duties may include mechanical assembly, basic electrical assembly, organizing parts and supplies, packing and shipping, moving test equipment, helping with testing on the dock or on small boats in local waters.


Candidates should have an aptitude and interest in basic mechanical and electrical assembly from previous employment, vocational school, high-school projects or hobbies (automobile work, boat building or repair, audio-visual equipment, gaming computers, maker-space 3D printing, etc.). Manual dexterity and familiarity with basic hand tools is highly desirable.


The internal working title for this position could be either Part Time Helper or Laboratory Assistant I. The final level of the position will be determined commensurate with the selected candidate's level of education and experience.


Essential Functions

Part-time Helper

  • Packing and unpacking containers
  • Organizing paper or electronic files
  • Organizing mechanical/electrical supplies or office supplies
  • General clean-up
  • Data Entry

Lab Assistant I

  • Light mechanical assembly required
  • Organizing lab work areas
  • May be using CAD



  • As deemed necessary by supervisor

Education & Experience

  • Part-time Helper Level*- Working towards a High School Diploma.  High School lab experience/STEM courses are helpful. 
  • Lab Assistant I Level*- High School Diploma or equivalent, enrolled in first year of post High School academic program.
  • All Levels- Basic computer skills and a willingness to take on a variety of tasks are required for all positions.

            *Position level will be based on the selected candidates' education and experience.


Special Requirements

  • Ability to obtain a TWIC card
  • Must be a US Citizen

Physical Requirements

Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to, ability to lift less than 25 lbs independently, 2 times per day; carry 10-25 lbs, 2 times per day. Visual abilities to include near, far, peripheral, depth perception, and ability to distinguish basic colors. Hearing requirements include the ability to hear and respond to instructions, communicate effectively in loud areas (pier/dock, warehouse). Other physical tasks include occasional prolonged standing/walking; use of hands for basic /fine grasping and manipulation, repetitive motion, reaching above and below the shoulders, pushing, pulling, kneeling, bending, twisting, and stooping. Other occupational requirements include talking, traveling, working around others, and with others. Will be exposed to dust or other irritants and electrical/mechanical/power equipment hazards. Physical duties are subject to change.


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