Month: March 2017

LAST MINUTE MID APRIL OPENING: Conservation Member-AmeriCorps Montana

Subject: LAST MINUTE OPENING: Conservation Member-AmeriCorps

We have a last minute opportunity.  If you’re interested please submit an

application HERE <>


Information is below:



Primary duties of the Montana Conservation Corps (MCC) Conservation

Member/Intern (CI) include working with the Host Site staff to complete

tasks related to natural resource projects, delivery of MCC program

components, and maintaining a positive working relationship with host sites

and the public.    The CI works under the direct supervision of the Host

Site Supervisor and the Statewide Program Manager to ensure successful

completion of program objectives. The CI is an AmeriCorps Member and is

entitled to the benefit package offered to all AmeriCorps Members

Term of Service: 4/17/17-9/29/17

Living Stipend: $504 biweekly

Education Award: $1,527.45 upon successful completion of the program

Required Qualifications:

.                    College degree (B.A./B.S.), preferably in environment

,watershed, agriculture, or education related field.

.                    Effective written and oral communication skills.

.                    Available for duration of entire term of service;

commitment to completing term

.                    Valid driver’s license, access to a vehicle, ability to

pass a motor vehicle records check, US Citizenship or ability to work in the


Preferred Qualifications/Experience

.                    Previous natural resource experience, fieldwork, data

collection & analysis or plan development.

.                    Previous teaching or volunteer management experience.

.                    Proven ability to work with a diverse group of


.                    Strong service ethic and desire to serve the community

and the environment.


.                    Work with Host Site staff to develop and implement

natural resource related field projects.

.                    Recruit and manage volunteers on field and service

projects; ensure participant safety on all projects.

.                    Develop materials (brochures, posters, PowerPoint

presentations) to use in community presentations.

.                    Conduct community outreach to educate community

stakeholders about natural resource related issues.

.                    Work with schools and/or youth groups to develop field

projects or educational presentations.

.                    Maintain accurate personnel, safety and project


.                    Complete and submit required program reports in a

timely manner.

Qualified individuals with disabilities and those from diverse backgrounds

are strongly encouraged to apply.  We provide reasonable accommodations for

qualified individuals and are an equal opportunity employer

More Details

.         There are multiple positions with the USFS, a National Monument

and a local Nonprofit

.         The positions will include a lot of fieldwork (aka lots of time


.         There will also be volunteer recruitment/management, stakeholder

assessment, noxious weed mapping/ID/removal, plenty of Education and

Outreach and lots of other opportunity to explore personal/professional



Bryan Wilson

Program Manager

Big Sky Watershed Corps

206 N. Grand Avenue / Bozeman, MT 59715

T: (406)-585-5913

C: 330-242-4482

Montana Conservation Corps inspires young people through hands on

conservation service to be leaders, stewards of the land and engaged

citizens who improve their communities.

Ph.D. & M.Sc. Positions – Fisheries productivity in northern boreal lakes

Enthusiastic, team oriented, and self-motivated students are encouraged to apply for a Ph.D. and MSc positions to conduct research on fisheries productivity in boreal freshwater ecosystems. This project is a multi-

disciplinary collaboration between the University of Alberta, industry, government and other sponsors. The main project goals include: i) community assembly in boreal lakes, ii) modelling food-web dynamics, iii) effects of climate change on fish production, iv) determining best practices in monitoring and measuring, v) primary production in lakes, and vi) developing field based studies to determine causative relationships between age and growth and other life history characteristics in relation to differing lake environments. These research projects are fully funded and will provide key insights into how to develop habitat offsets for fisheries, a new and emerging field in restoration and conservation biology. Applicants will be under the supervision of Dr. Mark Poesch, but will interact regularly with scientists and team members in industry, provincial and federal governments.

Ph.D. applicants must have a graduate degree in Biology, Ecology, Zoology, Evolutionary Biology, or a related field. Ideally, the same would be an asset for MSc applicants. Applicant must have a high overall GPA (especially in related courses). Experience with ecological modeling, freshwater fish ecology, database management, and programming skills are considered an asset. Applicants should clearly articulate how this research will build on your existing experience, specific skills and provide a date of availability.  Applicants interested in this position, please send an email to Dr. Mark Poesch (poesch(at) with a cover letter identifying research interests, CV, transcripts (unofficial accepted), writing sample, and a list of three references.

Please note review of applications will commence on May 1, 2017 and the competition will remain open until the position is filled. The ideal start date is September 1, 2017, but other arrangements (for earlier or later start dates) can be made.

The University of Alberta was recently rated as Canada=92s fourth best university, and 86th across universities worldwide. Located in Alberta=92=

s capital city, Edmonton (population of 1.2 million people), the University of Alberta provides a dynamic mixture of a large research intensive university, urban culture and recreation. More than 39,000 students from across Canada and 144 other countries participate in nearly 400 programs and 18 faculties.

Contact Information:

Dr. Mark Poesch Assistant Professor, Conservation Ecology

University of Alberta, Department of Renewable Resources

751 General Services Building, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2H1

Ph: 780-492-4827=20=20=20=20=20=20=20 Email: Poesch(at) Website:

Field Technician I – Botany Needed Oak Ridge, TN

Field Technician I – Botany

Location: Oak Ridge, TNWorker Category :Regular Full-Time


Battelle and its affiliate, Battelle Ecology, Inc. manages and operates the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEONTM)project, which is solely funded by the National Science Foundation. A 30+ year project dedicated to understanding how changes in climate, land use and invasive species impact ecology, the observatory=92s scientists and engineers are collecting a comprehensive range of ecological data on a continental scale across 20 eco-climatic domains representing US ecosystems.  Our teams use cutting-edge technology, including an airborne observation platform that captures images of regional landscapes and vegetation; mobile, relocatable, and fixed data collection sites with automated ground sensors to monitor soil and atmosphere; and trained field crews who observe and sample populations of diverse organisms and collect soil and water data.  Once structures are completed, a leading edge cyberinfrastructure will calibrate, store and publish this information.=20=

The Observatory includes more than 500+ personnel and is the first of its designed to detect and enable forecasting of ecological change at continental scales.


The Field Technician reports to the Field Operations Manager and will be hired as a Field Technician I level depending on skills, experience, and education.

=95Field Technician I – The Field Technician I is a biological sampling lead performing seasonal and periodic sampling activities and sample processing. Seasonal field sampling is conducted with the assistance of temporary field crews under the guidance of the Field Technician.


Based in the Appalachian-Cumberland Plateau, the research conducted at Domain 07 is primarily located within the Ridge-and-Valley Appalachians and Blue Ridge Mountain physiographic provinces. The domain is comprised of three research sites: 1] Core site (ORNL) at Oak Ridge, TN, 2] remote site (GRSM) at Great Smokey Mountains National Park, TN, and 3] remote site (MLBS) at Mountain Lake Biological Station near Pembroke, VA.

The terrain at all three sites ranges from ridge-and-valley medium-cover deciduous forest with elevations ranging from 800 to 1200 feet, to=20 heavily forested mountainous terrain with elevations ranging from 876=92 to 6643=92.

Domain 07 is host to one of the largest and most diverse stands of temperate old-growth forest in North America. Along with the splendor of the observation sites, Domain 07 also has trying aspects such as challenging off-trail hiking terrain, stinging insects, venomous snakes, and the occasional contact with a curious black bear or a territorial wild boar.

The climate of the domain ranges from the temperate in the spring and fall to the discordant in mid-summer and winter. While winters are cool, frequent snow events and ice storms can make travel problematic. Peak sampling in the summer can also be cumbersome with temperatures in the 90s and high humidity Nearby Knoxville is a regional destination for outdoor enthusiasts. If you love outdoors and crave a variety of outdoor activities, then D07 is the place to be.=20


Botany emphasis:

=95Lead, perform and coordinate plant phenology, diversity, biogeochemistry and productivity measurements.

=95Identify local flora to species using techniques including: general observation, field references, dichotomous key, comparison with identified specimens, or other identification methods. Local species identification skills are used to complete activities such as plant diversity observations, classification of phenological stages of local flora, and sorting of plants and debris into functional group or category.

=95Collect and process samples for activities such as clip harvest, biomass, canopy foliage and leaf area index measurements as well as vegetation structure measurements.

=95Map and measure structural metrics of free-standing woody stems.

General duties include:

=95Report activities, completed work, and sampling problems according to Field Operations protocols.

=95Inspect, maintain and operate field, safety and laboratory equipment.

=95Operate laboratory equipment (e.g. Wiley Mill, drying oven, analytical balance, centrifugal mill, pH meter, microscope, and muffle furnace).

=95Assist the Field Operations Manager with recruiting and training of seasonal field personnel.

=95Provide instruction and technical guidance to seasonal field personnel.

=95Perform plot establishment by locating plots with GPS navigation as well as measuring and marking plots.

=95Assist the Field Operations Manager with materials planning, inventory and ordering as well as day-to-day oversight of personnel and scheduling of activities coordinated from the field office.

=95Follow NEON safety and Field Operations policy and procedures.

Field activities may include:

=95Follow established, standardized field protocols for sample collection and handling; record and verify accuracy of data from sample collections; process samples in the laboratory; send samples to external analytical labs. Train and lead field crews performing the aforementioned items.

=95Perform other field sampling activities as assigned including: ground beetle collection (pitfall trapping), mosquito collection (CO2 light traps, tick collection (dragging and flagging) and soil core collection.

=95Test, troubleshoot and operate tower, soil and aquatic instruments, calibration equipment and test fixtures.

=95Inspect and maintain civil infrastructure including boom arms, sensor mounts, towers, boardwalks and instrument huts.

=95Monitor and sample aquatic sites for water quality, biological indicators and physical properties of site (e.g. gaging streams, geomorphic mapping).

Physical demands:

=95The work is physical and involves walking, hiking, prolonged standing, walking and bending. Heavy items (e.g. equipment and packs up to 40 pounds) must be lifted and carried on a routine basis.

=95Work environment:

=95Field work includes exposure to extreme weather conditions and terrain, pesticides, poisonous plants, biting insects, and wild animals. Tower work involves performing work on instrument towers ranging in height from 24 feet to 300 feet which will include ascending and descending multiple flights of stairs



=95Ability to work in a team environment.

=95Experience should include performing scientific data entry and data management.

=95Ability to hike off-trail to assigned field site for long distances carrying field equipment (pack weighing up to 40 lbs.) for extended periods of time.

=95Ability and willingness to travel overnight frequently (e.g. semi-monthly for 3-4 nights).

Battelle Ecology, Inc. will be selecting an individual for a Field Technician I level. Equivalent education and experience may be considered.

Field Technician I

=95Bachelor=92s Degree in ecology, environmental sciences or related scientific discipline.

=95One (1) or more years=92 of related experience.

Battelle Ecology, Inc. will take into consideration qualifications for specific and diverse experience in the following areas:


=95Effective leadership skills and the ability to motivate others.

=95Effective problem solving skills and the ability to determine and act on changing priorities in a fast paced dynamic environment.

=95Ability to organize and execute multiple activities and priorities.


=95Ability to perform minor troubleshooting, calibration, and repair of field equipment.

=95Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.

=95Ability and willingness to learn and adopt new technologies as needed.

=95Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

=95High level of attention to detail and accuracy.

=95Ability to make effective decisions that take into consideration safety and operational standards.

Working conditions:

=95Ability and willingness to work varied field operations schedules (up to 12+ hours per day), including split-shift, part-time, pre-dawn early mornings, evenings and weekends.

=95Ability and willingness to work on towers ranging in height from 24 feet to 300 feet including ascending and descending multiple flights of stairs on instrument towers.

=95Perform field assignments in a variety of terrain and of weather conditions including cold and wet winter weather and extreme heat.

=95Ability to withstand exposure to fumes, dust, and noise.

=95Ability and willingness to travel overnight frequently (e.g. semi-monthly for 3-4 nights) is required.

Must possess a current and valid State issued driver=92s license with insurable Department of Motor vehicle record (parking violations, minor driving offenses excluded) as determined by Battelle Ecology Inc.=92s insurance provider.

Must have permanent authorization for US employment. Battelle Ecology, Inc. will not provide any kind of visa sponsorship.

This position offers competitive total rewards including 401(k), health, vision and dental insurance, paid time off and the opportunity to work at an organization with a great mission.

Battelle Ecology, Inc. provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, genetic information, or disability. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle Ecology, Inc.

Internship: Costa Rican Birds

Intern needed for an ongoing project on bird conservation in San Luis de Monteverde, Costa Rica (near the famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve), conducted by Nate Nibbelink=92s spatial ecology lab at the University of Georgia. Duties include mist netting and banding over 130 species of birds, attaching GPS transmitters to two species (Lesson=92s Motmots and Blue-throated Toucanets), recovering transmitters via radio telemetry, conducting avian visual/auditory point counts, occasional vegetation surveys, and assistance with interviews of conservation organization personnel. These activities will require frequent early mornings. Position starts May 20 and lasts until mid-August (end date is flexible), with the possibility of extension until December 20. Housing will be covered, but intern is expected to pay for his/her flight to Costa Rica and meals.

The intern will have the opportunity to live and work in the tropics and experience a stunning array of biodiversity, including viewing and handling many different bird species. The intern will learn how to conduct avian point, band birds, use radio telemetry to locate transmitters, and strengthen his/her Spanish language skills.

Qualifications: Conversational Spanish ability, a passion for birds, a valid passport, a strong work ethic, and a capacity to work long hours (and early mornings) in the field in rugged terrain are required. Preference will be given to applicants with prior banding, radio telemetry, and/or point counting experience. To apply, send a recent CV highlighting your qualifications for the position and including contact information for three professional references with =93Costa Rica Bird Internship=94 in the subject line to Cody Cox at

Location: San Luis de Monteverde, Costa Rica

Salary: $500/month (housing included)

Start Date: 5/20/2017

Last Date to Apply: 4/21/2017

Contact Person: Cody Cox

Contact email:

Contact Phone: 404-964-9771

MS students in coastal marine ecology at Sam Houston State University

The Coastal Marine Ecology Program at Sam Houston State University is

looking for 2 Masters students to begin in the Fall 2017 semester, with a

focus on community ecology, predator-prey interactions, and/or ecological

resilience, preferentially in estuarine ecosystems. Students will be

expected to exhibit a commitment to academics, research, and education, both

locally in Huntsville and along the Texas coast, and be open to assisting

with extramural research with collaborating partners of the Program.

Interested individuals should consultant Dr. Philip Matich=92s website:

as well as the Coastal Marine Ecology Program=92s Facebook page:

for current research topics.

Sam Houston State University ( provides its students

with the opportunity to engage with local, state, and federal partners

concerning science, education, and practical training in formal and informal

environments, while offering a diversity of graduate courses and research

experiences. For more information, please contact Dr. Philip Matich:

Biological Science Aide, Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center

Job title: Biological Science Aide

Series/Grade: GS-0404-03

Start Date: June 2017

Position Length: 3 months

Location: Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center Number of Positions: One  Duties:

Aide will work with Ecologists and Range Technicians. Fieldwork is based in ecological studies with emphasis on revegetation of sagebrush steppe plant communities. Topics of study include: determining attributes of high quality seed, identifying safe sites for seedling establishment and reducing early herbivory of seedlings. Responsibilities are to assist in the collection of field and laboratory data. Fieldwork takes up about 75% of the position responsibilities. Laboratory work consists of biomass separation and weighing, insect identification, seed quality assessment, data entry and photographic analysis.

Requirements: Undergraduate studies in range, soils, wildlife, or other natural resource fields preferred; those with related experience or education will be considered. Must be able to lift objects that weigh up to 50 pounds and kneel/squat for extended periods of time for sample collection. Must have a valid state motor vehicle operator’s license and be able to operate motor vehicles. Must be able to work in adverse weather conditions. Must be able to hike over rugged and steep terrain. Must to be at least 16 years of age. Must be a citizen of the United States of America.

GS-3: 6 months of general experience, which demonstrates the ability to perform the work of the position; OR Successful completion of 1 year of post-high school study that included at least 6 semester hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics.

General experience: must have demonstrated the ability to perform the work of the position or provided a familiarity with the subject matter.

Salary: $12.53/hr. Workweek is typically 40 hrs.

To Apply: Send an email with =93Biological Science Aide=94 in the title to by APRIL 5, 2017. Email should include: cover letter, resume (1 page), and college transcripts. Please submit cover letter and resume as a single pdf document. Additionally, List any pertinent classes in rangeland science, botany, soils, wildlife, natural resources, etc.

USDA-ARS is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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67826-A Hwy 205

Burns, OR 97720

(541) 573-8912

Master’s Research Degree opportunity in the CB Fenster lab, South Dakota State University: Pollination Biology in an Agricultural Landscape

Starting Date: Preferably end of May 2017

Pollinator service is globally associated with increased crop yield. Furthermore, flowering field crops (i.e., oilseeds, legumes) contribute to the maintenance of ecosystem services, providing nectar and pollen resources for pollinators. The student opportunity is to participate with a team to investigate the role of pollinators in yield of a new crop, Brassica carinata and how that crop can impact bee health. This team, in addition to myself, includes insect ecologists (Jon Lundgren), plant landscape ecologists (Henning Nottebrock), economists (James Stone, Heidi Sieverding) and extension personnel (Amanda Bachmann). More specifically, we will quantify plant-pollinator interaction at different scales to understand the contribution of carinata to sustaining native pollinators, honey bees and honey yield. Finally, we will determine parameters to estimate the economic impact of carinata in terms of yield, honey production, and sustainability of native pollinators.

Location: Department of Biology and Microbiology, South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota. Brookings is a small, but vibrant community with easy access to culture and the outdoors. More information about the Department of Biology and Microbiology at SDSU can be found at:

Requirements: The ideal student should embrace field-based research as well as have some background or interest in large data and or landscape approaches. Most importantly, you should be passionate about biology and the questions being pursed at the CBFenster lab. Specifically for this project, one should have an interest in sustainable agriculture and the consequences of various land-use polices for ecosystem services. Generally, students who work with me either have or develop a broad understanding of statistics. Foreign students need to meet English language requirements.

I encourage you to contact me, if interested at:

More information can be found at the CBFenster lab website:=20

and here you can also find links to all of the collaborators.

Please include in your email: =95=09brief description of your research interests

=95=09concrete evidence of interest in this project

=95=09experience related to this project =95=09CV

Funding options are available for both US and International students.


A research assistant position is available in my lab at KU to work on flies and complex traits. The position will involve both fly work and molecular biology (including approaches using high-throughput sequencing), and might be great for someone interested in gathering more research experience before going to graduate school. Experience with flies would be a plus, but isn’t required. The formal announcement, and links to the institutional employment website are provided below. Feel free to email me with any questions. Stuart Macdonald (

A research assistant position is available in the Macdonald lab in the Department of Molecular Biosciences at KU. The Macdonald group explores the genetic basis of complex phenotypic variation using Drosophila as a model system. The successful candidate will help maintain a panel of fly lines, supervise and carry out large-scale phenotyping screens, and generate next-generation sequencing libraries for various genomics applications. We are looking for an enthusiastic and organized individual who is willing to learn new skills, and has excellent oral and written communication skills. Previous research assistants in the Macdonald group have undertaken independent research projects and been authors on research publications from the lab. The position is funded through a multi-year NIH grant and has an anticipated start date of July 1, 2017 (although this is negotiable).

Required qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in biology (or a related field) by the time of appointment, and some experience with laboratory molecular biology techniques. Prior experience with flies and/or next generation sequencing library construction would be a plus.

For a complete announcement and to apply online, go to

Please direct any questions about the position to Stuart Macdonald (

A complete online application includes the following materials: A CV/resume, a cover letter outlining relevant experience, and contact information (phone/email/address) for three referees. Initial review of applications begins 1 May 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information and retaliation in the University’s programs and activities. Access to information regarding equal opportunity and diversity worksite posters is available at or you may contact 785-864-4946 or for alternate access options. Any inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies should be directed to: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY.

Job: Research Assistant in Pollinator Health Purdue University

Research Laboratory/Field Technician Position in Ecology/Entomology

Department of Entomology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Position Summary:

Salary: $10/hour. End-date: August 2017 with the possibility of extension.

Full-time field/laboratory technician position available starting end of April or first week of May 2017 in the Kaplan Lab at Purdue University. The research technician will assist graduate students and post-

doctoral scientists with research focused in ecology and entomology.  Specific position activities include data collection and analysis of an experiment examining the trade-off in pest management and pollinator health in watermelons. The position may also include work on many other insect ecology projects within the lab. The candidate will be responsible for organizing and managing field work, data collection, sample preparation, data compilation and overall maintenance of laboratory and field supplies. The technician must hold a valid driver=92s license so that they can travel between the lab and field locations; a vehicle will be provided.

Successful candidates will have demonstrated organizational skills, the ability to work independently and collaboratively, pay close attention to detail and ask questions for clarity. Previous experience in field-based research, especially insect identification, is desired but not required. To apply please e-mail the following materials to John Ternest, 1) statement of interest, 2) CV, and 3) list of three references (names, email addresses, and phone numbers). Include all materials in one Word or PDF file, and include your last name in the file name for immediate consideration.=20

Application deadline April 7 or until the position is filled.

REU Position Available – Northeastern Marine Science Center

BOWEN LAB, Marine Science Center, Northeastern University REU POSITION AVAILABLE

The Bowen lab focuses on how the structure and function of microbial communities are affected by human activities as well as how microbial communities alter their environment, from whole ecosystems like salt marshes to oysters, lobsters and plants. You can learn more about our research here:

We are hiring one REU student for the summer to work on a project focused on salt marsh nutrient cycling.  The REU will be trained in both molecular and biogeochemical techniques.  Two possible projects for the REU to tackle include, though we are also happy to consider other project ideas that facilitate the student=92s interests:

1)=09investigate the effects of sulfide on nitrate reduction pathways and microbial communities involved in these pathways in salt marsh sediments.=20 2)=09investigate the response of salt marsh fungal communities to nitrate addition.

The REU duration is 10 weeks, but timing is flexible.  The student will be based at Northeastern University=92s Marine Science Center in Nahant, MA.  Public transportation from Northeastern Main Campus is available by shuttle (departs 9 AM, returns 5 PM) or students can drive to Nahant directly.  Work outside of those windows of time will be necessary so having independent transportation, while not imperative, is desirable.  The position comes with a $5000 stipend and $1500 to cover the cost of research.

We are particularly interested in mentoring students who are looking to pursue graduate education in the fields of ecology or environmental science, that have excelled in coursework at their home institution, and have expressed interest in academic research. Priority will be given to underrepresented and/or first-generation college students from under-resourced families and communities.  If you are interested in applying for this position please send a resume, unofficial copies of your transcript, and a cover letter that describes your research interest and experience, and your future goals, along with the names and contact information for two letters of reference to Jennifer Bowen at by April 15, 2017.