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Volunteer and Internship Opportunity in the Peruvian Amazon

Subject: Volunteer and Internship Opportunity in the Peruvian Amazon

Hello from the Peruvian Amazon!
ARCAmazon is looking for volunteers and interns to assist us with researching terrestrial and arboreal wildlife at our remote site in the primary rainforests of the Peruvian Amazon. Volunteers and interns will support the vital work of our busy Camera Trapping team based at the *Las Piedras Amazon Center (LPAC)*. Our task is to better understand the current status–and assist with conserving–the vast abundance and diversity of wildlife found in the *Las Piedras Watershed*. Research undertaken with camera traps helps us create conservation strategies for ARCAmazon and its partners during our quest to establish a 50,000-hectare Las Piedras Conservation Corridor.
Our programs include Forest Rangers, Green Living, Primate Conservation and Camera Trapping and Tree Climbing.

ARCAmazon’s Forest Rangers are essential to the protection of the forest. They play a vital role in maintaining a presence on the Las Piedras Amazon Center‘s 4,460 hectare reserve. The presence of official representatives on the land helps prevent incursion of illicit activities such as timber extraction and hunting. Our Forest Rangers provide an on-going supply of research data which helps ARCAmazon identify where threats may occur and what activities are being carried out on the land. In addition, they contribute to the long-term collection of core data sets for mammals, birds and herpetofauna. They are responsible for maintaining an extensive trail network and ensuring all signage is maintained. Finally, the Forest Rangers are in part responsible for relations between ARCAmazon and its neighboring communities and forest users. Volunteers will assist the rangers with day-to-day data collection, input and analysis; monitor the status of the concession and its wildlife; and help ensure the work is reported back to the organization’s management, stakeholders and supporters.
Our goal at the Las Piedras Amazon Center is to demonstrate sustainable living through green infrastructure and energy, local food sourcing, permaculture, reduction of waste and best practice for forest use. Buildings at the center are created using majority locally-sourced materials such as timber, earth, bamboo and cane. We use a mix of local and foreign expertise to ensure buildings can withstand the heavy rains and high humidity of the jungle, while keeping up with new (and ancient) techniques that reduce impact on the environment. Working with our local teams and natural building expert, Whitey Flagg, participants on Amazon Academy‘s Green Living, Natural Building and Permaculture Program have an opportunity to co-create the very living space from which teams will continue to advance conservation and community outreach efforts in Las Piedras. Participants will help demonstrate the techniques and importance of natural building, permaculture and responsible living to hundreds of visitors each year, as well as set an example for local communities who are encouraged to take part in the program. Participants may also have the chance to work in the nearby community of Lucerna to co-develop community-specific green living projects. Participants will learn about living responsibly in the rainforest, have the opportunity to go into the forest with research teams, visit communities and experience one of the most spectacular ecosystems on Earth.
Volunteers and interns will support the vital work of our Primate Conservation Research Team, based in a remote watershed in the south eastern corner of Peru, near the border with Bolivia and Brazil. Our task is to better understand the current status–and assist with conserving–the endangered Peruvian black spider monkey (Ateles chamek) and at least 8 other species of monkey found in the local area. Research undertaken by the team helps us determine strategies for local conservationists in their quest to create a Biodiversity Corridor in an important river system, which is at risk from illegal logging, gold mining and slash-and-burn deforestation for unsustainable agriculture.
The Camera Trapping Team works in small groups to set up, revise and analyze camera trap footage for both terrestrial and arboreal studies. For the first terrestrial study, we focus on population densities of ocelots (Leopardus pardalis) and their main prey at various points around the concession. We change the location of the camera traps once a month to gain a better understanding of ocelots’ use of the rainforest and their ranges. For the second project, we move and install fixed camera traps in the canopy using climbing gear to access the crowns of the trees. This study is to observe the general population of arboreal mammals since the use of camera traps in the canopy is a relatively new study method. The benefits of placing camera traps in the canopy are similar to placing them on the ground – to see mammals that are active at night and those that are difficult to find due to their elusive nature. The team also focuses on identifying rare species as well as studying the distribution of mammals recently identified. During a volunteer’s first week, they will be trained in safety protocol, camera trap use, canopy tree climbing and any other pertinent information for the field. The main focus of this study is camera trapping but other activities include: mammal walks during the early morning, afternoon, or night, tree climbing (up to 40m) and wildlife observation from the canopy.

There is a cost for these programs. For further information please contact David Johnson at


ARCAmazon Team

Research Assistant, Plum Island LTER

*Position: Research Assistant I – Plum Island LTER*


*Date: June 13, 2017*

*Position Summary:*

The Ecosystems Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory is seeking
applicants for an entry-level Research Assistant I position with the
Plum Island Ecosystems Long-Term Ecological Research (PIE-LTER) project.
The LTER project is directed at understanding how the structure of the
estuarine-marsh ecosystem will change over time in response to climate,
sea level, and land use change, and to understand what consequences
these changes will have on ecosystem function such as productivity and
trophic dynamics. Research is conducted in the watersheds of the Parker
and Ipswich Rivers as well as in the marshes, tidal creeks and bays of
Plum Island Sound. We seek individuals with strong experiences in
independent research (e.g., senior thesis or REU project) and coursework
with laboratory and field components. Applicants should have a
demonstrated aptitude for biology, chemistry, ecology, and physics,
including advanced coursework. The successful applicant will gain broad
experiences in careful laboratory analyses as well as through strenuous
field work in all environments. During the field work season candidates
are expected to spend up to two weeks a month the field station.
Experience with small boats and trailing boats is desirable.


*Additional Information:*

Funding for this position is available for up to 2 years. The preferred
start date is within 2 weeks of being offered the position


*Basic Qualifications:*

This is an entry level position, requiring a B.A. or B.S. in Biology,
Chemistry, Physics or Ecology


*Physical Requirements:*

The applicant should be capable of getting into and out of small boats
and walking significant distances across salt marshes.


*Special Instructions to Applicants:*

Cover Letter: Should include a description of how this position
addresses your long-term goals.

References: Please provide complete contact information for 3 references.



The Marine Biological Laboratory is an

Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / Disabled / Veterans Employer.

Coastal Resilience Intern Position

Coastal Resilience Intern Position Available


Green InfrastructureAdvancing Green Infrastructure and Living Shoreline Approaches for Coastal Resilience in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) is working with the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and other partners in New England to expand implementation of green infrastructure and living shoreline approaches to increase coastal resilience to erosion, flooding, and storm impacts. Waquoit Bay Reserve seeks an intern with strong writing and organizational skills to support community outreach efforts.

The Coastal Resilience Intern will:

  • Develop a StormSmart Properties fact sheet that defines green infrastructure and living shoreline approaches for coastal resilience, and
  • Assist with planning and hosting workshops for local officials and consultants on living shoreline best practices and regulatory considerations.

Project Location:

Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

131 Waquoit Highway, Waquoit, MA 02536


This intern project supports a Northeast regional coastal resilience project by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Staff will supervise the intern and ensure the outreach products utilize content developed through the regional effort and are tailored to the needs of the Commonwealth’s coastal communities.

Duration of the Project:

June – December 2017

20 hours per week

Compensation: College Graduate/Graduate student: Up to $19.00 per hour. Must be enrolled in a Degree seeking program.


The Coastal Resilience Intern must have an interest in coastal management and strong writing and organizational skills. In addition, the candidate should have an:

  • Academic background in environmental science, geology, biology, marine science, coastal engineering, natural resource management and policy, sustainability, or a related field;
  • Familiarity with coastal resilience and climate change adaptation;
  • Experience in planning meetings and events;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office; and
  • Ability to work 20 hours a week from June through December.

How to Apply

Keyword Search: Coastal Resilience

Questions:  Contact Tonna-Marie Rogers at or 508-457-0495 x110.

Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve,P.O. Box 3092, Waquoit, MA 02536

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Research Experience for Undergrads: Fire and Herbivory

The Predator Ecology Lab at the University of Washington is offering an NSF

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) studying fire, wolves, and

herbivory. This position is a paid undergraduate research opportunity with

mentoring and will run from September 2017 through April 2018. The student

will conduct an independent research project to increase our understanding

of deer herbivory in the face of fire and wolf recolonization. The

selected REU student will conduct plant surveys as part of our field crew

for 2.5 weeks in September and 2.5 weeks in late April in north central

Washington and work with a mentor to analyze data in between field

seasons, specific

start/end dates to be determined. More details available at the link below:

seeking REU student for summer project at UCSB

Looking for an NSF-REU student to work on several laboratory projects at UC Santa Barbara for two months (July/August; exact dates negotiable) of 2017. A stipend will be provided for housing, food, and amenities. These projects will be focused on soil and litter samples imported from the Mpala Research Centre=92s Kenya Long-term Exclosure Experiment (KLEE), a 20-year herbivore experimental exclosure in Laikipia, Kenya; the projects themselves will enrich existing data sets being collected by several researchers both in the lab and in the field at the KLEE.

Project details: the student will work directly with a PhD candidate in the Young lab in the Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology department, on several projects.=20

-=09First: the student will learn to conduct and subsequently carry out microbial biomass extractions on soil samples from the KLEE; these soils came from a variety of soil =91types=92 within four experimental herbivore exclosures, each of which excludes a different combination of large-bodied native and domestic herbivores. The data from this project (extractable soil carbon, soil organic matter, and extractable soil microbial biomass) will join a dataset detailing the soils=92 potential microbial respiration rates, providing a rich combined dataset that will contribute to understanding why differences in soil microbial respiration occur in response to herbivore presence/absence on the landscape. -=09Second: the student will work with dried grass litter from the KLEE, which had been deployed in the field as a year-long litter decomposition experiment to explore the rate of carbon turnover in the field in response to herbivore presence/absence. These dried samples were deployed for between 1 and 12 months in 2015/2016, and have been stored in air-tight plastic bags at Mpala since. The student will grind, process and analyze the imported samples to determine their ratios of carbon to nitrogen, in order to illuminate the relative weight loss of each in response to herbivore treatment.

The undergraduate student who receives this job must be interested in community ecology, ecosystems ecology (e.g. nutrient cycling), and learning new laboratory techniques. This student must be amenable to spending a lot of time in the lab, but there is also opportunity for several days of field work in the lower Sierras! This would take place with several Young lab graduate students in a local herbivore presence/absence experiment; this opportunity will give the REU student the chance to experience field work in an herbivore experiment first-hand and couple it with their experience working on samples from the KLEE; having the ability to experience both will round out the student=92s overall experience researching the impacts of experimental herbivore =91loss=92 and land-use change on ecosystem carbon dynamics.

If interested, please send an updated resume and a 2-paragraph explanation of your interest in ecology and the project at hand, plus any relevant experience you may have had, to Provide your contact information and your availability for the months requested. The REU student would be expected to find housing in Santa Barbara (with logistical aid from the graduate student advisor) and be able to commit to a period of 2 months of work on the project. The available time window for this project is July through August, with limited flexibility on dates for either end.

Job: Plant Ecology Seasonal Research Hourly, Newton, GA




The Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center invites applications for a full-time, temporary Seasonal Research Hourly position. This 3-month position begins in June 2017 and has the potential of being extended. On-site housing is provided on a limited basis, but is optional. The employee=92s main duties will be (1) maintenance of a native seed production garden; (2) assisting with vegetation sampling of uplands within the longleaf pine-wiregrass ecosystem; and (3) data entry. This position will report directly to the Plant Ecology Lead Technician.

The 28,000-acre Research Center is located approximately 30 miles south of Albany, Georgia. The Center=92s research, education, and conservation programs focus on ecology and natural resource management. The site includes 16,000 acres of longleaf pine forests, over 1,000 acres of wetlands, and 26 miles of stream and river ecosystems.

Job Requirements: Ability to independently follow instructions. Vegetation sampling requires moderate to strenuous physical activity in the field, under demanding field conditions (i.e., heat, high humidity, and insects).

Qualifications: Undergraduate degree in biology, botany, horticulture, plant ecology, or a related field. Experience with plant identification and the use of dichotomous keys is desired. Computer and laboratory-

related experience is also preferable.=20

Wages: $11.00 per hour (limited housing available)

$12.00 per hour (without housing)

Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, resume, list of relevant coursework, list of three references with contact information, and the date they are available to begin working as a single document by email to:, Subject: Plant Ecology Hourly Position, or mail to Attn: Cindy Craft, Joseph Jones Ecological Research Center, 3988 Jones Center Drive, Newton, GA 39870-9651 or FAX (229)734-4707.   Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position has been filled.

For specific questions or more information on this position, contact: Lisa Giencke, Plant Ecology Lead Technician by email: or phone: (229)734-4706.

The Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center, Ichauway, Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity/E-VERIFY/Affirmative Action Employer.

fall 2017 seasonal positions: Cape May Bird Observatory

INTERPRETIVE NATURALISTS (3) for fall migration monitoring project at

New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory, Cape May, NJ. August 24

– October 31, 2017. Cape May is renowned as one of the world’s great hot

spots for bird migration. Successful applicants will work at the Cape

May Hawkwatch, Avalon Seawatch, and Morning Flight Songbird Count.

Duties include teaching visitors bird identification and natural

history, offering general assistance, conducting workshops, and

assisting migration counter when needed. Applicants should have

experience interacting with the public and excellent interpersonal

skills. Familiarity with bird migration and experience identifying

passerines, raptors, and/or seabirds is preferred. All applicants must

have their own vehicle and a valid, clean driver’s license. Salary for

positions $900/month; housing and reimbursement for gas is provided.

Send cover letter indicating position of interest, resume outlining

relevant experience, and three references (including email addresses and

phone numbers) _as a single PDF document_ by email to <>

_Please include in the Subject line the position for which you are

applying._ Application deadline June 20, 2017.

MONARCH FIELD NATURALIST INTERN (*2*) to assist with ongoing Monarch

butterfly migration project at New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Bird

Observatory, August 24 to November 7.  Duties include daily road

censuses of migrating Monarch butterflies, tagging, data entry,

educating the public about the project and Monarch biology, and

maintaining displays of monarch caterpillars and chrysalides. Successful

applicant will be expected to work irregular hours during peak Monarch

flights. Careful data collecting and entry skills, and excellent

interpersonal skills a must; familiarity with insect ecology and

migration a plus but not required. Must have own vehicle, and a valid,

clean driver’s license. Salary $1000/month; housing and reimbursement

for gas provided. Send cover letter indicating position of interest,

resume outlining relevant experience, and three references (including

email addresses and phone numbers) _as a single PDF document_ by email


<>   Please indicate in the Subject

line the position for which you are applying. Application deadline June

20, 2017.

MIGRATION COUNTERS (3) for fall migration monitoring projects at New

Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO), Cape May, NJ.  Cape

May is one of the premier fall migration hot spots in the country.

Specifically, we are hiring a counter for the Cape May Hawkwatch (24

August to 7  December), a counter for the Avalon Seawatch (22 Sept to 22

Dec), and a counter for the Cape May Morning Flight Project (16 August

to 7 November).  Applicants for counter positions should have a strong

background identifying raptors, seabirds, or songbirds in flight.

Careful data collecting and data entry skills, a willingness to work

long hours, and excellent interpersonal skills are a must.  Applicants

should have some experience with MS Excel. All counters will also be

required to write a summary report at the end of the season for NJ

Audubon publications.  All applicants must have their own vehicle, and a

valid, clean, driver’s license.  Salary for all positions

$1400-1800/month depending on experience. Housing and reimbursement for

gas is provided.  Send cover letter indicating position of interest,

resume outlining relevant experience, and three references (including

email addresses and phone numbers) _as a single PDF document_ by email


<>   Please list in the Subject line

the position for which you are applying. Application deadline June 20, 2017.

MIGRATION COUNT COORDINATOR for fall migration monitoring projects at

New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO), Cape May, NJ 16

August 2017 to 31 January 2018.  Cape May is one of the premier fall

migration hot spots in the country.  Along with coordinating the

migration projects, successful candidate will also provide day-off

relief at each of the 3 migration sites (Cape May Hawkwatch, Avalon

Seawatch and Cape May Morning Flight Songbird Project), and enter data.

Applicants should have a strong background identifying raptors,

seabirds, and songbirds in flight.  Duties include providing training

for migration counters, acting as liaison to online count platform, and

supervise data uploading, and oversee creation of regular summaries,

highlights and notable bird sightings for web posting.  Careful data

collecting and data entry skills, a willingness to work long hours, and

excellent interpersonal skills are a must.  Applicants should have some

experience with MS Excel.  Coordinator will be responsible for providing

at least 1 lecture and/or field workshop at the Cape May Autumn

Festival, and oversee summary reports at the end of the season for NJ

Audubon publications.  All applicants must have their own vehicle, and a

valid, clean, driver’s license. Salary  $2100/month. Housing and

reimbursement for gas is provided.  Send cover letter indicating

position of interest, resume outlining relevant experience, and three

references (including email addresses and phone numbers) _as a single

PDF document_ by email to

<>   Application deadline June 20, 2017.

Field and lab research technician at Davidson College, NC, USA

Position Overview

The Davidson College Department of Biology ( has an immediate need for a temporary (3-6 month) field and laboratory research technician.  Although the position is temporary (3-6 months), this is a long term project with the possibility of future employment opportunities.  The technician will work on a new, 5-year, NSF-funded research project under the direction of PI Kevin Smith (  The project focuses on experimentation in terrestrial and aquatic mesocosms with the goal of better understanding patterns and processes of local and regional species extinction.  The technician will be part of a research group of dynamic, dedicated, and engaged Davidson students and the PI.

Primary Duties

The technician will support the PI and Davidson students in their research on terrestrial arthropod communities.  The technician will 1) assist with arthropod collection and identification and curation of a reference collection; 2) assist with field data collection, experimental maintenance, and experimental treatment implementation; 3) assist with data curation and storage, analysis, and dissemination of research results; 4) establish new mesocosm and field experiments.

Minimum Qualifications

*       Bachelor’s degree in biology, environmental studies (with a focus on natural science), or a related field, preferably with coursework in ecology and conservation biology.

*       Experience with the identification of terrestrial arthropods, either in an academic or research setting.

*       Experience with statistical analysis and data management

*       Experience with field research

*       Immediate availability for the summer 2017 field season

Preferred qualifications

A combination of any of the following is likely to enhance a candidate’s prospects:

*       A Master’s degree in an ecological or environmental discipline

*       Familiarity with statistical analysis in the R programming environment, including experience coding

*       Direct research experience with terrestrial arthropods

Salary will be commensurate with education, skills, and experience.  Questions can be addressed to Kevin Smith at<> .

To apply, please visit and click on “Staff” under “Apply for Jobs”.

Davidson College is a highly selective, independent liberal arts college located in Davidson, North Carolina, that has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars and is consistently ranked in the top ten liberal arts colleges in the country.  Davidson is strongly committed to achieving excellence and cultural diversity, and welcomes applications from women, members of minority groups, and others who would bring additional dimensions to the college’s mission.

Kevin G. Smith

Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies

Acorn Woodpecker Field Assistant Position 15-Aug 2017 – 01-April 2018

Acorn Woodpecker Field Assistant


Employer: Walters Lab, Old Dominion University


Location: Carmel Valley, California


Description: Two (2) field assistants are needed for ongoing long-term

studies of the behavioral ecology of the cooperatively breeding Acorn

Woodpecker at the Hastings Reserve in upper Carmel Valley, California. We

have studied the behavioral ecology of color-banded Acorn Woodpeckers for

nearly 50 years at this site, making this one of the longest running

vertebrate studies in the world. The research focuses on both ecological and

evolutionary factors involved in the evolution of cooperative breeding, and

includes using automated radio-telemetry techniques to track cryptic movement.

Assistants will participate in monitoring group composition via color-band

resighting, documenting feeding (for any nests) and roosting behavior, and

assist in woodpecker capture and experimental manipulations. Some portions

of field work may require the ability to drive an off road vehicle or truck.

The experience is designed to be one of total immersion, six days per week,

and provides the necessary training needed for those interested in applying

to graduate school.


Compensation: $600/month and on-site shared housing.


Duration: 15 August 2017 to 01 April 2018.


Qualifications: This job requires frequent strenuous physical activity;

applicants must be avid hikers who are comfortable hiking up and down hills

with equipment such as spotting scopes and blinds. Prior experience with

birds (especially the ability to read color bands) is desirable but not

required. Self-motivation, enthusiasm for the research questions, a

willingness to sit in a blind for up to 3 hours per session (in hot weather

with lots of annoying face flies), and an ability to tackle the rigors of

field work are a must. We especially encourage those applicants that plan to

attend graduate school in the near future and who are interested in

conducting an independent study during their tenure at Hastings. The reserve

is remote (about an hour from the nearest town), and therefore a good

attitude towards shared field housing situations is necessary, and having a

vehicle is highly desirable.


Interested applicants should submit a CV with an appropriate cover letter

and the names/affiliations of three academic references Please use “ACWO Field Assistant position” as the

subject of your email. More information on the project can be found at

PLEASE NOTE: Field assistant positions are only available to citizens or

permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. No exceptions

can be made.


Contact: Sahas Barve,; Subject: ACWO Field Assistant


Master’s Assistantship – Forest Soil Ecology

An awesome opportunity exists for a student interested in a Master’s degree

in Forestry and Environmental Resources within the College of Natural

Resources at NC State University. The successful candidate would focus on a

project evaluating the effects of coarse woody debris and forest floor

removal on soil processes and aboveground productivity. The position is

fully funded with opportunities to work with a forest industry partner. For

more information about this position please contact Dr. Zakiya Leggett, <>  and to apply

please email CV and transcripts (unofficial).

Minimum qualifications for this position include a B.S. degree in soil

science, forestry, environmental science, ecology, or a related discipline.

More information about NC State University can be found at