About the Site

The Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory (SNARL) is located on the east slope of the Sierra Nevada. The site is part of the UC Natural Reserve System and is administered by UC Santa Barbara. It serves as a base for research and teaching in a large part of eastern, central California and western Nevada. 

We strongly recommend you read the SNARL website before applying and the following material:



WARNING: Minimum altitude at this site is 7,052 ft.  Rodents and insects may carry diseases and wildlife love unattended food.


Driving times:

  • Los Angeles: 5 hrs
  • Reno: 3 hrs
  • Sacramento: 5 hrs

United offers year around service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) only. If you have not driven the east side of the Sierra Nevada, this is a scenic drive. Consider carpooling from Sacramento, Reno, or Los Angeles. Group transportation will be provided from SMF, LAX/BUR (please check), and RNO. Flight availability maybe limited (1 flight a day).   

Please check back for more transportation information prior to booking your ticket.

Travel Reimbursements

Participants will be reimbursed up to their offer amount for transportation expenses only. Transportation upon arrival will be covered as a group expense.  

Please see Reimbursement for complete instructions and forms for domestic and Foreign Travelers.


All rooms are shared with shared bathrooms.  Rooming arrangements are preassigned. Mutual roommate requests are accepted.

Limited laundry access is available on site.

You will need to bring:

  • toiletries - soap, shampoo, etc. 
  • blanket or sleeping bag
  • pillow
  • towel

Linens (flat sheet, fitted sheet, and pillowcase) will be provided. 

A flashlight, water bottle, and your reusable CIG cup is recommended. 

Check in time is noon.  

Check out time is noon.

Food & Cleaning

This is a group event. Participants are expected to share in general upkeep of the premises. This includes two days of mandatory kitchen duty. KP (kitchen patrol) begins with dinner and ends with lunch. Teams are expected to have the kitchen ready for the next meal.  Everyone is expected to clean-up after themselves.

Evening meals are catered except for two free evenings. Breakfast and lunch provisions will be available with limited food preparation service (DIY).

Everyone in the group is required to help clean the premises before leaving. 

Please see your acceptance email for sign ups and grocery list.


Summer time temperatures vary from 32 to 84F.

The region has a range of recreational activities. We recommend bringing a pair of hiking shoes, hat, swimsuit and towel, sunscreen, bug repellent, and whatever else you need to enjoy the great outdoors. Please check with us before bringing bulky items.

Code of Conduct

CIG supports a variety of activities, online and in person, to foster best practices in scientific software development and promote learning, networking, and collaboration. We value the participation of every member of the community and want all participants to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience in their interactions with the CIG community.  Accordingly, all who participate in CIG activities are expected to show respect and courtesy to others, whether interacting in person or online.   CIG’s project leaders, meeting organizers, and committee and working group members are expected to act as representatives of CIG in carrying out their responsibilities.

CIG is dedicated to providing a harassment-free environment, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion (or lack thereof), technology choices and experience level, or other group status.

Full Code of Conduct

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