Patriot Tree Project Research Assistant


Student’s Job Title: Patriot Tree Project Research Assistant
Deadline: December 15, 2014 – We will hire ASAP if qualified candidates are found prior to the deadline.
Name of Employer: GMU OSCAR Office (Federal Work Study)– Dana McCoskey
Position Number: 102752 (for OSCAR application process)
Location: GMU Fairfax campus


Contact Persons:

Dana McCoskey, GMU Environmental Science and Public Policy M.S. student, email:

Denise Nazaire, Program Coordinator OSCAR, email:


Job Description: In collaboration with the GMU Office of Sustainability and the GMU Biology Department, we are working to create a tree map of the GMU Fairfax campus and to label campus trees for environmental education purposes. The goal of this position is to collect field data on campus trees (measurements, species identification), catalog trees, and research information online and in books about the tree species. This information will be made available online and used to make a descriptive brochure with a self-guided walking tour of campus. Data entry and surveys of campus community members to gage this projects impact will also be needed. This position is expected to run through April or May 2015 but may be able to be extended. Frequent independent work will be expected and occasional weekend work may be needed.


Required Skills: An interest in learning about plant biology, tree species, and sustainability. Basic knowledge of MS Excel, strong organizational skills and attention to details, ability to work independently, ability to work as a team member and meet deadlines. Desire to work both outdoors on campus and on a computer data. Artistic skills, such as photography knowledge or MS Photoshop, are highly desired but not necessary.


Rate of Pay: $8/hour (note – this position is paid through Federal Work Study & the OSCAR office. You must qualify for work study at GMU to be considered).

Number of hours per week: Typically 8-15 hours per week. Additional hours during holiday breaks are available as permitted by federal work-study.


Days/Times: Variable and independently scheduled. Typically 1 meeting/ training per week that lasts 45 minutes to 2 hours at a time to be determined (most likely on either Monday or Friday mornings between 9:30am-12pm), with the rest of the hours flexible and scheduled weekly.


How to apply:

1) Send a cover letter and resume via email to Dana McCoskey.
2) Then apply for the position through the OSCAR office with the position number listed. Questions regarding the work-study application process at Mason should be directed to Denise Nazaire via email or in the GMU Johnson Center Room 246.

Required documents: Cover letter & a resume

Number of positions available: 2