Lab Assistant & Part Time Helper - Seasonal

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US-MA-Woods Hole

Job Summary

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for seasonal Part Time Helpers and Laboratory Assistants to join the Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering Department for the 2023 summer period (May - August 2023). These positions are non-exempt, casual and are eligible for casual benefits.


With direct supervision, performs routine laboratory and clerical assignments.


The internal working title for this position could be either Part-time Helper or Laboratory Assistant I or Laboratory Assistant II.  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/II

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


  • As deemed necessary by supervisor

Education & Experience


Part-time Helper:- Working towards a High School Diploma.  High School lab experience/STEM courses are helpful.


Lab Assistant I:- High School Diploma or equivalent. CAD familiarity is desired.


Lab Assistant II: - High School Diploma with some relevant lab experience. CAD familiarity is desired.


All position levels require basic computer skills and a willingness to take on a variety of tasks.

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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