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Researcher

Overview

The CCAT Researcher/Info Request Coordinator aims to be a treasure trove of information related to appropriate technology and sustainable living. You will assist CCAT staff with researching information for new projects. You will also answer questions posed by the public for our weekly Ask CCAT column and, occasionally, individual questions via email.

You are not expected to have all (or even any) of the answers, but you must be able to research the issues on your own or ask for help from experts and professionals when you can’t.

This position is best suited for someone with a strong interest in appropriate technology who is comfortable with online research, library research, and interviews with knowledgeable people.

As one of the few CCAT jobs where you can do much of your work from home, on your own schedule, self-motivation and reliability are absolutely essential.

Duties

Position-Specific Duties

  • Research and answer Appropriate Tech questions. Some examples of questions you might be asked:
    • Where can I find more information on cob ovens?
    • What kind of mica do I need to paint my walls naturally, and where can I get it?
    • I already use reusable bags when I shop for groceries. What else can I do to be more eco-friendly?
    • Do the tires used for Earthship building pose a health risk through chemical leaching or photodegradation?
    • I’m trying to eat healthier and more locally, but I have trouble affording it. Do you have any advice?
    • How effective is the recycled cellulose insulation in your walls? How does its R-value compare to that of fiberglass?
    • I live in a hurricane-prone area. Are solar panels a realistic option for me?
    • What are some popular models of photovoltaic inverters that can be monitored online?
  • Assist CCAT by researching the appropriateness of new projects. Examples:
    • What’s the EROI (energy return on investment) like of our mobile solar trailer? How many years of grid-intertied operation will it take to pay back its energy cost?
    • What are some alternatives to poured concrete we can use as a foundation for our new outdoor stage?
    • How much would it cost (in terms of both dollars and energy) to equip CCAT’s lights with occupancy sensors?
    • For wastewater management, what are the pros and cons of septic systems, leach fields, and greywater marshes?
    • For concert lighting, would an LED, halogen, xenon, or HID bulb be most appropriate?
  • Be willing to seek help when you can’t answer a question. As a university-based non-profit, we have a lot of professors, HSU staff, and community members willing to give us advice if we just ask.

General CCAT duties for all employees

  • Attend regular employee and branch meetings
  • Assist in tabling and outreach efforts
  • Assist in the preparation of volunteer and employee meals a few times a semester
  • Assist other employees, volunteers, and Co-Directors as necessary

Requirements

  • Must be an HSU student during your employment
  • Must have reliable access to a computer and the Internet. (You can also use CCAT computers if you prefer to work in the office here.)

Helpful Experience

  • Comfortable using Wikipedia and/or Appropedia
  • Excellent library research skills for the times you can’t find enough information online
  • Prior knowledge of Appropriate Tech, natural building, sustainable engineering, etc. a plus

Schedule and Pay

  • 6 hours / week
  • $8.75 / hour
  • Flexible scheduling, to be coordinated with Co-Directors and your branch

To Apply

Please visit the application page at:
http://www.ccathsu.com/jobs/

Thank you!

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