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Field/Lab Research Specialist position with Nancy Grimm’s urban and stream ecosystems lab

Full-Time Research Specialist position  – Arizona State University

Duties and Responsibilities The Urban and Stream Ecosystems Laboratory (Nancy Grimm=92s research group) with the School of Life Sciences will be hiring a Research Specialist/Lab Manager to assist with ecological and biogeochemical field and laboratory research. Dr. Grimm and her team are conducting research on aridland streams and urban aquatic systems. The Research Specialist/Lab Manager will work with researchers in stream ecology (with a long-term project on Sycamore Creek, AZ and a new collaborative project studying stream metabolism across the continent) and urban ecology (with the Central Arizona-Phoenix LTER and Urban Resilience to Extremes SRN). This position is funded by various grants for an initial appointment of one year, with an expectation of extension to the end of the funding period of the grants (December 2020). Continuation beyond the end of the grants is contingent on future grant funding. The start date is 1 July 2017, and the salary range is $38,000 – $45,000 per year (depending on experience).

The successful applicant will perform a variety of work including standard field and laboratory observational and experimental procedures; installation, maintenance, and trouble-shooting of field sensors; laboratory organization and maintenance; collection, evaluation, analysis, and management of ecological data; and assistance with preparation of graphical material and manuscripts. The Research Specialist also will supervise undergraduate field and laboratory assistants. Field and laboratory research includes measurements of physical properties and structure of stream/riparian systems; biotic standing crops of e.g., algae, invertebrates, and wetland vegetation; biogeochemical and hydrologic processes; and ecosystem metabolism.

Minimum Qualifications=96 Bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences or a related field AND two years related ecological or biogeochemical research experience; OR, any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved. =95=09Experience conducting ecological field and laboratory analyses, including troubleshooting equipment and methods. =95=09Driver=92s license and ability to drive an off-road vehicle

=95=09Willingness and ability to work outdoors in sometimes hot conditions, ability to carry equipment and field supplies up to 40 lb.

=95=09Basic office skills and proficiency with standard computer platforms and software. =95=09Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Desired Qualifications=96 Experience with: stream metabolism and nutrient spiraling measurements; standard techniques of water chemistry analysis; stream monitoring instrumentation, particularly hydrologic gauging instruments, automated water samplers (ISCO), field sensors (chloride, nitrate (SUNA), pressure transducers, micrometeorology instrumentation), data loggers, and sondes; statistical software such as R; GIS and other spatial mapping or analysis tools. Experience or knowledge of: stream ecology, hydrology, or biogeochemistry; taxonomy of benthic macroinvertebrates and/or benthic algae; using isotopes in ecological or hydrological research; using spreadsheets, databases and/or other data management software. Arizona State University is located in Tempe, Arizona, a vibrant college town in the Salt River valley of metro Phoenix in central Arizona, and close to countless outdoor recreational activities. ASU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume/CV to Lindsey Pollard at Lindsey.Pollard@asu.edu. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt, and will be accepted until 1 June.

DOE Internship in Forest Ecology – Deadline May 31st

The TEST Group (www.bnl.gov/TESTgroup) at Brookhaven National Laboratory is looking for student to join us this fall for a Department of Energy Student Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI). Specifically we are looking for a student interested in establishing long-term forestry inventory plots on site at BNL.  These plots will include forests across disturbance gradients associated with fire and insect activity.  We will use these plots to establish a baseline for tracking forest dynamics, and=

to validate our satellite, airborne, and drone based remote sensing approaches.

Details on the application process: https://science.energy.gov/wdts/suli/how-to-apply/

Deadline for application: May 31st 2017

If you do apply please contact us directly so we are aware of your application: sserbin@bnl.gov, arogers@bnl.gov

We are seeking a highly motivated student to conduct research on Newfoundland and Labrador northern shrimp fisheries. The student will pursue a M.Sc. degree in Fisheries Science at the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John=E2=80=99s, starting in Fall 2017. The student will be supervised by Dr. Arnault Le Bris (www.arnaultlebris.com) at the Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research (www.mi.mun.ca/cfer) and work on the spatiotemporal variability in northern shrimp life history traits. Student will collaborate with the researchers from Fisheries and Oceans Canada and with the industry to collect and analyse data. The project involves field work aboard large fishing vessels, laboratory work, and computer programming. Strong statistical and programming skills, including knowledge of R programming language are required. At sea experienced is a plus. Interested applicants should send a brief cover letter, CV, copies of transcripts and contact information for 2 references to Dr. Arnault Le Bris (arnault.lebris@mi.mun.ca).

We are seeking a highly motivated student to conduct research on

Newfoundland and Labrador northern shrimp fisheries. The student will

pursue a M.Sc. degree in Fisheries Science at the Fisheries and Marine

Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John=E2=80=99s,

starting in Fall 2017.

The student will be supervised by Dr. Arnault Le Bris

(www.arnaultlebris.com) at the Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems

Research (www.mi.mun.ca/cfer) and work on the spatiotemporal

variability in northern shrimp life history traits. Student will

collaborate with the researchers from Fisheries and Oceans Canada and

with the industry to collect and analyse data. The project involves

field work aboard large fishing vessels, laboratory work, and computer

programming. Strong statistical and programming skills, including

knowledge of R programming language are required. At sea experienced

is a plus.

Interested applicants should send a brief cover letter, CV, copies of

transcripts and contact information for 2 references to Dr. Arnault Le

Bris (arnault.lebris@mi.mun.ca).

MS Assitantship: Mesocarnivore ecology

The University of Georgia=92s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory is seeking a highly motivated student with strong academic credentials and previous field experience to join a collaborative research team working on mesocarnivore ecology and management. The student will primarily work on a USDA funded project aimed at quantifying the ecological factors affecting the success of rabies elimination programs in the Southeastern US. As part of the larger study, the Master=92s student will work in close collaboration with other students, postdocs, faculty and agency personnel to: (a) quantify the spatial and demographic parameters of wild opossum populations using mark-recapture, telemetry, and genetic data; (b) evaluate the importance of various habitat types in the Southeastern US to support opossum populations; (c) quantify the levels of rabies vaccine bait uptake by opossums, and thus the realized levels of bait competition between non-target (opossums) and target (raccoons) species. The selected student will be responsible for developing and conducting an independent research project within this general framework. The successful applicant would be enrolled in UGA=92s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources starting Fall 2017, and stationed at the Savannah River Ecology Lab in Aiken, SC when not taking classes.

Qualifications: Minimum qualifications for this position include a B.S. degree in wildlife ecology, ecology, or a related discipline. The candidate must be able to work in the field under adverse conditions and have excellent organizational skills. Prior experience working with mesocarnivores is not essential, although preference will be given to applicants with prior experience capturing and handling wildlife. Warnell requires a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and GRE scores of 1000 (~300 in new scoring system) for admission.

Stipend and Benefits: This assistantship is based on a 40% stipend. Position will offer $20,138/year. The student will receive a full-tuition waiver but will be expected to pay some mandated fees (details can be found at http://busfin.uga.edu/bursar/). All students on assistantship are required to have health insurance, and a portion of the premium for the University System=92s health insurance plan is paid by the University of Georgia.

Further information:

1. The main faculty involved in the project include Prof. Olin E. Rhodes, Jr, Dr. Guha Dharmarajan and  Dr. Jim Beasley. Details on their lab groups can be found  at can be found at https://srel.uga.edu/directory/faculty/

2. Details on the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory can be found at https://srel.uga.edu/

3. Details on the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources can be found at www.warnell.uga.edu.

4. Details on the University of Georgia can be found at www.uga.edu

5. Details about the graduate program are available at https://www.warnell.uga.edu/graduate.

Application details:

1. Interested candidates must follow instructions below prior to submitting an application to Warnell

2. Review of candidatess will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

3. For full consideration please apply by June 10th, 2017

4. Applicants should submit a letter of interest, CV (including GPA and GRE scores), and contact information for three references in a single PDF attachment to Dr. Guha Dharmarajan (guha@srel.uga.edu).

5. Short-listed candidates will be contacted and requested to submit an application to Warnell

Contact: Guha Dharmarajan, Ph.D., Assistant Research Scientist

The University of Georgia=92s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory

Phone: 803-725-3241; Email: guha@srel.uga.edu

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION INSTITUTION.

<http://www.gdharmarajan.com/>

IMMEDIATE – Research assistant – Tropical ecology and canopy research – Costa Rica

Project description:

An opportunity is available to participate in field research related to the vertical stratification of amphibians in the rainforests of Costa Rica. The research will take place in multiple locations in order to sample at different elevations. One site will be the La Selva Biological station,two other sites are located in the adjacent Braulio Carrillo National Park. One station is remote and the applicant must be prepared for difficult field conditions with limited facilities, connectivity and access. The other stations have full access/meals/lodging provided.

The assistant will gain knowledge and field experience working on a unique project addressing the richness, abundance and beta diversity of canopy amphibians and reptiles. Skills will include canopy surveys using arborist single rope tree climbing techniques, ground based transect surveys, physiological experiments, among others. Importantly, the assistant will be provided the opportunity to conduct research or use data for their own independent study.

This project is part of the PhD research of Edmund Basham, who studies in Dr. Brett Scheffers=92 Lab at the University of Florida. The Scheffers Lab (http://www.wec.ufl.edu/faculty/scheffers/) focuses on climate change, canopy science and tropical forest research.

Mandatory requirements for applicants:

=95       BSc or working towards a BSc in Environmental Sciences (Biology, Zoology, Ecology or related field)

=95       Extensive field experience =96 tropical forest and amphibian experience will be prioritized

=95       Some climbing experience preferred=96 we will be conducting canopy surveys using standard arborist techniques

=95       Physically fit =96 this will be a very challenging but very rewarding project involving active surveying of forest canopies. We will be hiking to remote sites and taking equipment to survey and camp there.

Application deadline: Until position is filled.

Duration of project: Field research begins NOW and ends July 20th 2017

In-country expenses will be paid but the flights, visas and insurance will be covered by the applicant.

If interested, please send a cover letter and CV to Edmund Basham ASAP (Edmund.basham@gmail.com)

I previously posted this a few months ago but am now in need of an assistant within days/weeks to continue my work. I will be searching through previous applications but a re-aplication would help me know if you are still available.

University of Florida M.Sc. opening: Invasion risk of non-native plants

We are seeking a highly-motivated student to conduct research on invasion risk of non-native plants. The student will pursue a MS degree through either the Agronomy Department or the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) Interdisciplinary Ecology program at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL starting Fall 2017 or Spring 2018.

The student will be co-advised by Dr. S. Luke Flory (florylab.com) and Dr. Deah Lieurance and will primarily work with Dr. Lieurance and the UF/IFAS Assessment of Non-native Plants in Florida=92s Natural Areas (https://assessment.ifas.ufl.edu ), an internationally recognized invasion risk assessment program. Examples of previous research conducted through the UF/IFAS Assessment include evaluation of the invasion risk of clumping and running bamboo species (Lieurance et al., in review), predicted versus actual invasiveness of vine species in Florida (Gordon, Lieurance, & Flory, 2017), and the development of a list of low-risk biofuel species (Quinn, et al. 2015). We anticipate one part of the MS thesis to focus on use of the invasion risk assessment program and a second part to include observational or experimental field ecology.

Applicants should have a background in ecology, environmental science, conservation biology, risk analysis, or a related field, and an interest in the ecology and management of invasive species. Additionally, applicants with experience in database management, statistical modelling, and other computer skills are encouraged to apply. Responsibilities of the MS student will include completing graduate coursework, research related to the UF/IFAS Assessment objectives, publishing research findings, and participating in outreach activities, such as educational workshops, and involvement with invasive species related organizations (e.g. Florida Invasive Species Partnership). The stipend for this assistantship is $21k/year and includes a full tuition waiver and access to health care benefits.

Interested applicants should send a brief cover letter, including a statement of research interests, CV, contact information for 3 references, and copies of transcripts and GRE scores to Dr. Flory (flory@ufl.edu).

Job: Project Assistant – Tick Control & Community Relations

One Project Assistant position is available at the Cary Institute of

Ecosystem Studies pertaining to The Tick Project (www.tickproject.org)

which is developing and testing a new approach to

reducing the incidence of tick-borne disease in residential neighborhoods.

This postion (17007-I) assists the Human Subject Research Specialist

with community relations.  This Project Assistant will assist with

research that focuses on human exposure to ticks and

tick-borne pathogens.  Duties will include interacting with study

participants from residential neighborhoods by phone and e-mail,

addressing questions and concerns of study

participants, collecting information on behaviors relevant to human

exposure to tick borne disease, and interacting with regional and

national health agencies to collect and maintain

epidemiological data.  Experience in public or customer relations

required. Currently-enrolled college students encouraged to apply.

Employment to begin immediately, with an end date of approximatley

August 15, 2017. Job is full-time, 35 hours per week. This is an hourly,

non-benefitted position. Wage is commensurate with

education and experience.  The final candidate will be required to

complete a post-offer, pre-employment driving background check

successfully.  Onsite or nearby housing may be available.

Posting is open until filled.

Please submit job application via

http://www.caryinstitute.org/who-we-are/jobs and include a single PDF

file consisting of a letter of application, a resume, and the names,

phone numbers and

e-mail addresses of three professional references.

The Cary Institute is an Equal Empoyment Opportunity (EEO) and

Affirmative Action (AA) employer.  It is our policy to provide equal

employment opportunities to all qualified applicants

without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender

identity, national origin, age, familial status, protected veteran or

disabled status, or genetic information.

Two paid behavioral ecology field assistant positions – June-July 2017

Hello! My name is=A0James Lichtenstein=2C and I=27m a graduate student at the University of California Santa Barbara=2C in the Pruitt lab=2E I=27m excited to offer this research opportunity! It should provide invaluable experience in executing experiments on animal behavior and ecology in general=2E

Description=3A

We are hiring two paid field assistants to help us perform lab/field insect=A0behavioral ecology work in western Pennsylvania=2E We will be probing the ecological consequences of personality in mantids and other insects=2E Therefore=2C the job will largely consist of=3A 1) capturing insects via sweep=A0net=2C 2) painting/performing behavioral tests on insects=2C and 3) setting up mesocosm trials=2E=A0You will be expected to be up early to assist with projects and assist with data entry in the evenings=2E Expect long=2C 10+ hour workdays=2E The job starts around late May or early June and goes until early August=A0at your convenience=2E

We will be working with these mantises around Linesville=2C Pennsylvania=2E Although this is a sleepy small town=2C we=27ll have access to hiking=2C canoes=2C etc=2E There won=27t a ton of time for exploring this kind of recreation=2C but not no time=2E

Compensation=3A

Your housing and dining costs will be covered=2E We will be staying at either a field station or a rented house in the area=2E Although we=27ll be preparing our own meals=2C you will not be expected to cook=2E There will be access to wifi=2C but it may be quite=A0slow=2E We can cover travel costs within the continental united states=2C but preference will be given to students from Pennsylvania and Ohio=2E If you do well=2C I am happy to write letters of recommendation=2C and we traditionally include assistants as authors on all publication=2E Finally=2C we will pay each assistant =24500 dollars per month=2E

Requirements and considerations=3A

1=2E Seriously interested in pursuing a career in ecology

2=2E Excellent academic performance

3=2E Undergraduate or recent graduate

4=2E Must be able to stay for the entire 2 month duration

5=2E Experience with insects or behavioral testing is preferred=2C but not required

6=2E Must not be squeamish working with insects=2E We will=A0capture and thousands of them=2E

7=2E If you have pollen allergies=2C this project may be an ordeal for you=2E Sweep netting insects boils down to meandering through a field and hitting plants with a stick=2E This results in intense pollen exposure=2E We can provide masks to reduce this exposure=2E

I am sorry for the short notice of this offer=2C so we will be making a decision very quickly=2E If you=A0wish to apply=2C please=A0send a short cover letter=2C your CV=2C and some sort of unofficial transcript to mantispersonality=40gmail=2Ecom=2E Finally=2C if you have any questions=2C please don=27t hesitate to ask!

Paid internship: Osprey education program – Montana Natural History Center, Missoula, MT

Wings Over Water Osprey Program Assistant

Job Summary:  The Montana Natural History Center and Erick Greene=92s lab at University of Montana are hiring an intern to join the team of the Wings Over Water Osprey education program. In the WOW program, we connect middle-school teachers and students to STEM experts in the lab and in the field. The WOW program strengthens STEM teaching and learning for students across Montana. We are seeking hard-working and enthusiastic individuals who are passionate about biology and environmental education.

The intern will join our team of MNHC staff and STEM experts, and will assist with all aspects of the WOW program. The team will connect with classrooms remotely, assist teachers with delivering the WOW curriculum in the classroom, coordinate visits from STEM experts, and lead class field trips to Osprey nests. The team will also begin planning logistics for next year=92s (2018-19) program, including recruiting new teachers, and planning the WOW summer institute at UM (June 2018). This is an excellent opportunity to connect with experts in several fields: STEM experts at UM, and naturalists and educators at the Montana Natural History Center. $10/hr, part-time, temporary (2017-2018 school year).

Find position description and application instructions here: http://www.montananaturalist.org/employment-opportunities/

REU Chemical ecology of yuccas

We are seeking a highly motivated undergraduate student who is broadly

interested in plant-insect interactions and chemical ecology.  The REU

student will learn how to isolate and analyze plant defensive compounds and

characterize variation in plant defensive chemistry among Yucca species.

This will be a stand-alone project spearheaded by the student that

complements on-going research on this well-known system.  The student will

be based at Syracuse University, in Syracuse, NY with occasional travel to

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY to interact with the Cornell Chemical Ecology

group.

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Student Experience:  The REU student will work in a laboratory and outdoor

setting,and learn how to identify yucca species, characterize plant

morphology, extract lignin and saponins, and use ODS column separation

techniques.  In addition, the student will have the opportunity to learn how

to analyze data from LC-MS.  The student will join a group of

undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty conducting research on the

patterns of host use by yucca moth pollinators (althofflab.syr.edu).

Requirements:  Knowledge of standard laboratory practices including making

solutions, working with acids and bases, and excellent pipetting skills.

Familiarity with handling insects is a plus.  Applicant must be enrolled as

an undergraduate student at a college or university.

Application process:  Please submit a CV, detailing any relevant skills,

unofficial transcripts, a one to two paragraph rationale for your interest

in the position, and the names of two references sent electronically to Dr.

David Althoff, dmalthof@syr.edu. Application evaluation will begin

immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Please direct

questions about the position to Dr. Althoff at the above e-mail address.

Funding:  Students will receive a $4000 stipend for the eight weeks with a

research budget of $2000 for supplies and equipment fees.