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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

to=A0sahasbarve@gmail.com. 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, sahasbarve@gmail.com; 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,

zakiya_leggett@ncsu.edu <mailto:zakiya_leggett@ncsu.edu>  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 www.ncsu.edu


Research technician position in plant community ecology

The Kraft Lab at UCLA seeks a full-time research technician in plant ecology to join our research group. The primary focus of this position will be assisting in ongoing field studies in annual plants aimed at linking functional trait variation to species coexistence at local and landscape scales. Much of this work is conducted at the Sedgwick Reserve near Santa Barbara, CA and the technician would be expected to spend multi-day stretches of time working at the reserve with members of the lab and staying in on-site researcher housing during busy times of the year. We seek someone who is detail oriented, reliable, and enthusiastic about working with a diverse group of annual plants in a beautiful but rustic field setting. This is an ideal position for a recent college graduate seeking to gain research experience before applying to graduate school. A background in plant ecology, field botany, or related fields is highly desirable. More details about the lab can be found here: http://sites.lifesci.ucla.edu/eeb-kraft/. The ideal start date is late summer 2017, though exact date is negotiable. Pay will be commensurate with experience, position provides health benefits.

To apply, please send a CV, a letter of interest, and the names and contact details of at least two references to Nathan Kraft (nkraft@ucla.edu) with the subject heading of =93research technician application=94. Review of applications will begin in early June and continue until the position is filled.


Nathan Kraft

Associate Professor and Vice Chair

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

University of California, Los Angeles

621 Charles E. Young Drive South

Los Angeles, CA 90095

tel: (310) 825-3593


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



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


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


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



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.

Graduate Assistantship in Entomology – Washington State University

The labs of Dr. Betsy Beers (http://www.tfrec.wsu.edu/pages/ebeers) and Dr.

Dave Crowder (http://entomology.wsu.edu/david-crowder/) and in the

Department of Entomology at Washington State University are recruiting a

student at the M.S. or Ph.D. level, to study acoustic (vibrational)

communication by psyllid pests. Research on psyllids has shown that male and

female psyllids conduct acoustic =93duets=94 during their mate-locating

activities. We are seeking a student who is interested in conducting

research on acoustic communication by a psyllid pest of pears. Research

areas may include behavioral analyses of duetting activities; recording

acoustic signals and analyzing waveform traits; and, describing

morphological structures of psyllids used in producing acoustic signals.

Project aims are to develop fundamental knowledge leading to better

understanding of the mate-locating activities of this pear pest. Moreover,

These data will be used to design mating disruption strategies using

acoustic signals that interfere with mate location by psyllids Potential

students should have interests in insect behavior and mate-location

strategies of insects. The research will be conducted in close collaboration

with Dr. David Horton of the USDA, and field research will be conducted

primarily in central Washington (so the student must be willing to travel to

field sites in university-provided vehicles). Students interested in

starting graduate school in August 2017 or January 2018 are encouraged to

apply. To apply send CV and statement of interest to Dave Crowder

(dcrowder@wsu.edu). Students that have completed MS degrees or conducted an

independent research project are particularly encouraged to apply.

USGS plant ecology volunteer in Hawaii

Plant Ecology field/lab volunteer position with USGS, Hawaii. This

volunteer position starts June 19, 2017 and lasts 5 months; housing and

per diem are provided. We are looking for a motivated and independent

intern with field/lab experience to work on a project in mid-elevation

mesic forest on Hawaii Island relating to invasive plants, native birds,

and ecosystem restoration. In particular, the work focuses on how plant-

soil interactions and bird dispersal of native seed affect native

understory regeneration in Acacia koa reforestation projects, therefore

previous experience with plant/soil sampling and labwork is desirable.

Field responsibilities include: collecting plant survey data, maintaining

and collecting seedrain traps, outplanting experimental plants, collecting

plant foliar and litter samples, soil coring. Field sites are in Hakalau

Forest National Wildlife Refuge at 5000-7000 ft elevation and may be cold

and wet OR hot and dry depending on time of year. Must be able to work

outdoors in all weather conditions, hike over rough terrain long distances

carrying field gear, navigate using GPS/compass, and drive a 4×4 automatic

vehicle on unpaved roads. Lab responsibilities include: grinding plant

material, soil sieving, soil extractions, data entry, processing seed rain

samples, processing bird fecal samples for seed. Compensation is

$1040/month per diem and housing is provided in Hawaii Volcanoes National

Park, or at Hakalau depending on field schedule; transportation provided

to and from work and to Hilo for supplies. Airfare is only provided from

Oahu to Hilo.  To apply, please send AS A SINGLE DOCUMENT 1. brief cover

letter highlighting relevant experience and why you are interested in the

position, 2. resume, and 3. name, address, phone number, and email address

of at least 3 references to Dr. Stephanie Yelenik, USGS Pacific Island

Ecosystems Research Center, syelenik@usgs.gov. Applications will be

considered as they are received to fill the position quickly, and priority

given to those who can start in June.

NSF funded REU summer research internship in Medical Geography and Disease Ecology

The Ryan lab (https://sadieryan.net) at the University of Florida is

recruiting a motivated undergraduate for an NSF funded Research Experience

for Undergraduates (REU) summer research internship in Medical Geography

and Disease Ecology, in spatial ecology of vector-borne disease. The REU

project is part of a larger NSF Ecology and Evolution of Infectious

Diseases project to model effects of climate, land use, and socioeconomic

conditions on vector-borne disease transmission

(http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=3D137712). The project

explores a range of diseases, including malaria, dengue, chikungunya,

Zika, Rift Valley fever, bluetongue, and others. More about the larger

project can be found on NSF=92s website.

The ideal candidate will have a career interest in spatial modeling, GIS,

disease ecology, epidemiology, or public health research. A background in

geography, ecology, infectious disease biology, and mathematical modeling

or quantitative methods is desired but not required. Spanish

speaking/reading is a plus.

Applicants must be in bachelor=92s program (undergraduate), with a

graduation date AFTER September 2017.

Desired qualifications include:

=95=09Experience with statistical analysis, particularly in R

=95=09Database management, analysis and manipulation

=95=09GIS coursework and experience

The successful candidate will have access to several primary datasets of

entomological and epidemiological data from a long-term field site in

Southern Ecuador, and will have the option of designing an independent

geospatial analysis project, and/or participating in team projects with

lab members.

This position will be based at the University of Florida in Gainesville,

Florida, hosted jointly in the Geography Department and the Emerging

Pathogens Institute (EPI). The student will thus have the opportunity to

interact with multiple students and faculty working on spatially explicit

health questions, across a broad spectrum of disciplines.

Applicants should send a CV, unofficial transcript, contact information

for two references, and a one page statement about research interests,

experience, and career goals to Sadie Ryan sjryan@ufl.edu. Please include

=93REU position=94 in the subject line.

Review of applications will begin on May 15 and continue until the

position is filled.

This position carries a stipend to cover all expenses, and will be paid as

an hourly position through the University of Florida.

Job: Sagebrush Ecology Technicians, Burns, Oregon

Job title: Sagebrush Ecology Technicians

Organization: The Nature Conservancy

Location: Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center, Burns, OR

Duration: One 4.5 month full time seasonal position, one 9 month active, 3 months leave without pay term position

Target start date: July 10, 2017

Preferred hiring range: $17.93-$19.05/hr

Job Overview:

The Nature Conservancy in Oregon seeks two Sagebrush Ecology Technicians to join our Oregon Desert Team. The Sagebrush Ecology Technicians will support innovative restoration science and conservation efforts in Southeast Oregon. They will collect field data, apply seed enhancements to native seed, assist with planting and conduct lab work to help us scale up our Precision Restoration initiative, which aims to increase successful restoration of native perennial vegetation in annual grass-prone rangelands. They will also assist with monitoring sagebrush restoration projects and data entry. More detailed information is available online, see “How To Apply,” below.

Minimum Qualifications

*        Associate Degree in natural resources, environmental studies, or related field, OR equivalent combination of education and 6 months’ experience.

*        Experience managing and prioritizing tasks from multiple sources.

*        Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Experience

*        Multi-language skills and multi-cultural or cross cultural experience appreciated.

*        Field experience in sagebrush ecosystems and knowledge of common plant species.

*        Ability to identify plant species using diagnostic tools such as a dichotomous key.

*        Ability to work independently and exercise independent judgment.

*        Research experience in outdoor, lab, and greenhouse settings helpful.

*        Ability to work effectively on a small team.

*        Demonstrated ability to safely travel on primitive roads and trails.

*        Time management skills.

*        Ability to follow safety protocols for using small machinery, hand tools, and power tools in field and lab/shop environment.

Additional Job Information

There are two openings, both based in Burns, Oregon at the Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Station with a target start date of July 10, 2017:

* The Sagebrush Ecology Technician – seasonal<http://bit.ly/2qgK8vt> (Job ID 45393) is a full-time, 40 hours per week, 4.5 month seasonal position.

* The Sagebrush Ecology Technician<http://bit.ly/2qfybZN> (Job ID 45394) is a full-time, 40 hours per week, 9 months active, 3 months leave without pay during winter position.

Interested applicants may apply to both positions.  If you would consider either position, please apply to both, as we can only consider your candidacy for the specific job(s) you apply for.

Both positions require a valid driver’s license and compliance with the Conservancy’s Auto Safety Program. Further details can be found in the full job announcement online by following the instructions below.

How to Apply

For more information and to apply, go to our careers page at www.nature.org/careers<http://www.nature.org/careers>. Click on Current Job Openings, and search job ID 45393 or 45394. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 8:59 PM Pacific Time on 5/21/2017. If you experience technical problems with the site or application process, please contact applyhelp@tnc.org and include the Job ID.

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of men and women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and cultures. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientations, gender identities, military or veteran status or other status protected by law

Paid Fieldwork Position to survey plants on lake islands in Georgia

*Paid field assistant position for 6 weeks this late summer (August 1st to

September 12th).*

As part of my dissertation, I am conducting surveys of plant communities

and associated measures of ecosystem function on 20 islands in Clarks Hill

Lake, a reservoir on the border of Georgia and South Carolina. The

fieldwork in August and September would consist of visiting islands,

conducting basic vegetation surveys, and collecting leaf functional traits

and soil samples. The trip will consist of the entire month of August + one

or two weeks into September (weather dependent). I will be driving from

Syracuse New York, down to Georgia, so preference will be given to those

that can meet me somewhere along the way.

*All food, lodging (car/tent camping on lake shore), and transport (after

we meet) will be covered (+ up to $3,000 stipend for 6 weeks).*

*Required Skills:*

– Fit, healthy, and able to help me unload and reload the boat on my truck

(50lbs each).

– Good, friendly personality, and able to cheerfully endure harsh field

conditions (heat, rain, thorns, long days, mosquitos, slippery rocks, etc.)

– Comfortable with boat travel

– Experience tent camping/spending time outdoors

– Able to follow directions carefully and willing to take on certain


– Experience identifying plants with dichotomous keys. Knowledge of the

Southern Piedmont forest flora is a huge plus, but not required.

– Some prior experience with fieldwork, though the trip itself will be a

great opportunity for students seeking more experience doing ecology. My

goal is to make this trip into as much of a learning experience as possible

for any assistant that joins me, including the potential for creating an

independent research project.

*Dates: *August 1st through September 12th (with possibility of ending


*Stipend: *$500 per week of work (total = $2,000 to $3,000 depending on how

soon we finish).

*Please email me (lnegoita@syr.edu <lnegoita@syr.edu>) your CV, a cover

letter, and contacts for at least two references as soon as possible.

Position will be filled on a rolling basis. Email me with any questions.*

Assistant needed for paper wasp research in Pennsylvania (PAID POSITION)

Job Description:

The University of California at Santa Barbara is currently taking

applications for a field assistant to help with a paper wasp study in

northwestern Pennsylvania at the Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology. This is

a large field study that involves monitoring paper wasp colonies in nature

for growth and survival over several months. Previous work has demonstrated

strong behavioral variation among queens in this species, and that queen

personality can be used to predict the subsequent behavior of their

colonies, as well as their fitness in the wild. This study is done

completely in the field and involved testing queen behavior and monitoring

their colonies over the course of the season for survival, growth, and

parasite load. The behavioral aspect of the study will be complete prior to

the assistant arriving. The assistant will need to monitor the colonies

daily, which involves noting whether the colony is still active, the size

of the colony, number of workers, and queen survival.

This will need to be performed from early June through October. Assistants

will stay at the Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology, and their lodging and

gas will be fully covered.


Assistants will be paid $500 per month, and stay for free at the Pymatuning

Laboratory of Ecology. Gas will be covered. Assistants will also be

included as a coauthor on the manuscript resulting from this research, and

we can provide assistants with glowing letters of recommendation in the



5 months (June through October). We are accepting applications now.


1.     Seriously interested in pursuing a career in ecology

2.     Need to have your own transportation (car)

3.     Preferably live in or near Pennsylvania, as we cannot fly assistants

in, since assistants need their own car (remember, gas will be compensated).

4.     Excellent academic performance

5.     Undergraduate or recent graduate

6.     Must be able to stay for the entire 5 month duration

7.     *Must not be overly afraid of wasps*.

*Apply for this position*:

If this position interests you, please send your CV, unofficial academic

records including current GPA, and two personal references that we may

contact to *Colin Wright *(colinuniversity@gmail.com). *We are accepting

applications NOW*.

Additionally, if you have any questions regarding us, our lab, or the

project, please don’t hesitate to email me and ask!

MS Position in solitary bee research, Utah State University

We are looking for a motivated MS student to study the phenology of a native and commercially managed solitary bee species, the blue orchard bee, in managed and unmanaged settings.  The student will be advised by Dr. Theresa L. Pitts-Singer in the USDA-ARS Pollinating Insects Research Unit in Logan, UT.  Specific research objectives of the position are as follows:

1. Determine the variation in developmental phenology of regional populations of blue orchard bees (BOBs) by maintaining regionally-specific bees under managed or unmanaged conditions. 2018 January-December; 2019 January-June.

2. Determine the heritability of regional phenology traits for BOBs from California and Utah by examining population crosses in controlled experiments. 2018 January-December; 2019 January-June.

3. Determine the difference in the retention of females between California and Utah BOBs used as pollinators in regions outside of their geographic origin by examining the dispersal and flight range of these populations in cherry orchards in regionally distinct environments. 2018 March-November.

Requirements: Acceptance to USU graduate program; Bachelor’s Degree in life sciences (e.g., biology, ecology, entomology, natural resources, botany) from accredited university; experience with bees and/or pollination desired.

More information USDA ARS Pollinating Insects Research Unit:


More information on Utah State University Biology Department: http://www.biology.usu.edu/

Send inquiries to Dr. Theresa Pitts-Singer, Theresa.Pitts-Singer@ars.usda.gov; 435-797-0581

Support NSF

Would you like to be a student in the Research Experience for

Undergraduates program, a research assistant supported by a PI with a

grant, a graduate student benefiting from a fellowship, or a lucky PI

getting a grant? The larger NSF’s budget, the better your chances of

getting this kind of funding.

AIBS is helping to generate support for the National Science

Foundation’s funding in the next fiscal year.  NSF is the primary funder

for most basic ecological research, and for programs like Research

Experience for Undergraduates, and Research Experience for Teachers. The

AIBS Web site https://policy.aibs.org/action is an easy way for you to

write to your Senators to ask them to help support NSF’s budget. If you

hope to benefit from NSF funding next year, there’s incentive for you to


David Inouye

Congress has started debate on funding levels for federal programs for

fiscal year 2018. Please show your support for the National Science

Foundation (NSF) by writing to your Senators to ask them to sign a

letter in support of funding the agency at $8 billion in 2018.

NSF is the primary federal funding source for basic biological research

at our nation’s universities and colleges. The agency provides

approximately 68% of extramural federal support for non-medical,

fundamental biological and environmental research at academic institutions.

The proposed funding level of at least $8 billion would allow NSF to

expand support for early career researchers and to create new

interdisciplinary research programs. Moreover, this investment would

sustain existing research and education programs that are vital to U.S.


Please take a moment to ask your Senators to sign the NSF dear colleague

letter led by Senator Markey. https://policy.aibs.org/action

PhD Position in Stream & River Ecology The Ohio State University

PhD Position in Species Interactions and Food-Web Structure in Rivers at The Ohio State University

We are seeking a PhD student interested in studying how species interactions and food-web dynamics in rivers ecosystems vary across land-use patterns. The student will be co-advised by Dr. Lauren Pintor and Dr. Mazeika Sullivan. On going research in the Pintor laboratory (http://u.osu.edu/pintor.6/) focuses on aquatic community, invasion and behavioral ecology. On going research in the Sullivan/STRIVE Lab (http://u.osu.edu/strive/) focuses on understanding natural and human drivers of biodiversity, community and food-web organization, and ecosystem function. Together, we are interested in recruiting a student to advance research that links species interactions within river and inland lake food webs with food-web connectance and resilience. Multiple laboratory facilities support our research, teaching, and outreach activities, including SENR=92s Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park (ORWRP) (http://senr.osu.edu/research/schiermeier-olentangy-river-wetland-research=


Interested applicants should send a short description of your interests and career goals, a CV/resume, your GPA (undergraduate & graduate, if applicable) and your GRE scores and percentiles to Dr. Lauren Pintor and Dr. Mazeika Sullivan. Review of applications will begin immediately. Following an initial review of applications, we will select the most competitive candidates to formally apply to the SENR graduate program. Additionally, Dr. Sullivan will be available to speak in person with any applicants attending the Society of Freshwater Science Meeting (June 5-9, 2017) in Raleigh, NC.  General information regarding the SENR Graduate Program and application process may found at (http://senr.osu.edu/graduate/prospective-graduate-students).

Field Assistant Opportunity, June and July in Florida

Please share widely! I have a last minute opening for a field assistant in Florida this summer. Apologies for cross posting.

Field Assistant Opportunity:

One field assistant is needed for fieldwork to assist a post-doctoral researcher from the University of Massachusetts in dolphin feeding behavior, niche specialization, and habitat studies

The field season will run for approximately 8 weeks, from June 5th through July 28th. Research will take place in Cedar Key, Florida, 3 hours north of Tampa and 60 miles west of Gainesville. The assistant will be responsible for their transportation in and out of Florida.

Assistants will be expected to work on a boat 6 to 7 days per week, for up to 10 hours at a time. Typical weather conditions in summer  include 95 degree heat, very high humidity, and no breezes.

Prior experience working on dolphins and habitats, as well as acoustics, is preferred but not required. Those with no experience should demonstrate their willingness to learn.

This is not a paid position. Assistants will have the option to obtain their own housing and food in Cedar Key. Housing is available with the PI, in this case assistants may be asked to contribute $75 per month towards food. More details are available.

Opportunities for part-time work in tourist-related positions in Cedar Key may be available to assistants-however it is their responsibility to obtain those jobs and assistants must make the field work a priority.

Priority will be given to applicants who can stay for the duration, however I am willing to hire in two blocks of time: June 5 to the 29th or July 5 to the 28th.

Please send an email of inquiry to stefanie.gazda@gmail.com with the subject line as “Field assistants for 2017”.  Be specific about how much time you can commit to. A more in depth description of the position and its requirements will be emailed out-at that time candidates who are still interested should  email their CV and informative cover letter to the above email address.

-Stefanie Gazda

Fall 2017 Marine Mammal Research Internship

The IMMS Research Internship Program located in Gulfport, MS is designed as a way for students interested in a career in marine science to gain valuable research experience in a real-world setting. Interns will participate with multiple projects involving bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles and diamondback terrapins. As an intern, you will be trained in all aspects of dolphin photo-id research, sea turtle satellite tracking, and other current research projects at IMMS. Interns will also participate in other operations at IMMS including stranding response, education, and animal care. Our goal is to give Interns a well-rounded experience in a variety of areas while providing expert training and experience in marine science research.

Interns must:

   – Commit to a minimum of at least 12 weeks. The internship can be

   extended depending on work performance.

   – Be available to work Mon-Fri and must be available for all boat trips.

   Some field days may fall on the weekends.

   – Have strong sense of responsibility, work ethic, attention to detail,

   and ability to admit mistakes.

   – Produce high quality research efforts and exhibit strong interpersonal


   – *Principle Duties include*: data entry, searching and cataloging

   journal articles, learning all research protocols, cropping and sorting

   photo-id fin images, learning to use photo-id programs such as Darwin (fin

   matching software), and FinBase (Microsoft Access), boat based field

   research (21=E2=80=99 and 31=E2=80=99 boats), and learn how to use ArcGIS

   – *Secondary Duties involve*: Assisting with animal care staff,

   attending marine mammal necropsies, responding to marine mammal and sea

   turtle strandings, and assisting with educational tours.

   – *Field days: *Interns must be able to spend many hours on the water

   and on shore in sometimes extreme seasonal conditions. Seasonal

   temperatures range from over 100 =C2=B0F in summer to 30 =C2=B0F in winter. Field

   days typically exceed eight hours and occur at least two or three times a


Applicants must be 18 or older and must have a genuine interest in marine research. Applicants should be actively pursuing a college degree or be a recent graduate in oceanography, marine science/biology, biology, or a related field. Previous research experience in any capacity is a plus.

Applicants must be able and willing to fulfill all duties outlined for this Internship Program. This is an unpaid position and Interns are responsible for their own housing and transportation. Once accepted, IMMS staff will be able to assist Interns in suggesting suitable housing options and locations.

*Deadline to Apply for the Fall Session (8/7/17 – 10/27/17 and 9/25/17 –

12/15/17) is June 1, 2017*

*Please visit **http://imms.org/internship.php*

<http://imms.org/internship.php>* for application and full details*

Ornithological Research Volunteer Position AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY

ORNITHOLOGICAL POSITION AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY. Volunteer field research assistant needed for Bare-necked Umbrellabird study in the Monteverde area of Costa Rica. Volunteer will be responsible for data collection in the field and may be involved in mist-netting / banding / transmitter application. Applicants should be familiar with rustic conditions and comfortable living in the field. Accommodations are bunk beds, a cold outdoor rustic shower, and composting toilet. Applicants should have at least one year paid field experience; preference given to those with an ornithological background, available throughout the preferred length of stay (May 17 – m=

id-June) and / or fluent in Spanish. Undergraduates will not be considered except in exceptional circumstances. All in-country expenses covered, as well as up to a $450 USD travel stipend towards transportation to Costa Rica. To apply, please contact Sabrina Salome at sabrina@ravenadventures.com with attached CV / resume. Interview process required.

Field botany position, Arkansas


Pollinator Partnership (P2) seeks to hire a motivated, detail-oriented *Field Botanist* in Northern Arkansas.

The Field Botanist will provide programmatic support for P2’s Monarch Wings Across America (MWAA) program. MWAA involves a multi-component campaign to addressing the recent alarming decline in monarchs and the fragmentation of the annual migration through research, ground-truthing, technical guidance and outreach. MWAA supports the spectacular migration through monarch habitat creation.

Head Field Technician need ASAP – Rocky Mtn ground squirrels

Job Description and Duties: We are looking for a head field technician to=

assist with, and coordinate, fieldwork on the ecology of two wild populations of Columbian ground squirrels. The head technician will supervise 4 student interns and coordinate with graduate students involved with the project for the period of May 15 (or as soon as possible,

thereafter) to Aug 31, 2017. Fieldwork will will involve monitoring the phenology (when animals emerge from hibernation), reproduction and survival of individuals, data entry and data verification. The two populations are=

separated by an approximately 1.5 hr. drive and will each be monitored by=

two separate teams of interns. As such, it is expected that the head technician will display strong organizational abilities, responsibility and oversight.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone with previous field experience, looking to advance their career in wildlife biology or move towards graduate school. All fieldwork is carried out in the spectacular Rocky Mountains of southwestern Alberta, Canada, home to some of the most majestic wildlife in North America. The head technician will have the opportunity to view many of these iconic species as well as interact with other researchers in the area working on a diversity of species and research projects.=20

Skills required: The successful candidate will have previous fieldwork experience in a similar work environment. Good organizational, multi-tasking and supervisory abilities are essential. Possession of these skills, as evidenced through previous experience supervising field crews, is desirable.

Specific field skills required are: ability to trap, handle and observe wild mammals. The successful applicant will also have experience in data entry, checking and management of databases. A displayed interest in ecology, wildlife, field biology, and animal behaviour is also required. An undergraduate degree in one of these, or a related, field is required. The applicant must be able to work well with members of their own team, as well as other users of the area (i.e., other researchers, tourists).

Salary will be $1800-2100/month, based on level of experience. Food and accommodation are provided. The successful candidate will be required to provide for their own travel to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Travel between the field station and Saskatoon is provided.=20

If you wish to apply for this position, please send a CV with a cover letter and contact details of three references (with e-mail address), by email to Jeff Lane (contact info below) ASAP. Applications will be evaluated as they are received, so please apply soon to receive full consideration. Please indicate in your application that you are applying for the head technician position (we are also posting for student interns). All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Only those selected for interview will be contacted.=20


Dr. Jeff Lane=20=20=20

Department of Biology=20=20

University of Saskatchewan



Seeking full-time field technician in Northern California for large mammal study

The Brashares Group at the University of California Berkeley is hiring a full-time field technician to work on a large mammal community ecology study at the Hopland Research and Extension Center starting as early as June 1. See full job description and requirements below.

*To apply: *Visit http://jobs.berkeley.edu/ and scroll down to “Apply Now,”

select either Internal Applicant (current UCB affiliation) or External Applicant. Search for job *23169* and submit cover letter and resume as a single attachment on the website.


This position will assist the Brashares Lab Group <https://nature.berkeley.edu/BrasharesGroup/> with the Hopland Community Ecology Project, conducted in collaboration with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The research attempts to refine population estimates of deer in California and to understand how deer behavior, movement, and interactions with other species echo through iconic California coast range ecosystems. This position is for a full-time field technician to live and work at the Hopland Research and Extension Center and support the full range of field research activities needed for the project. Housing is provided.

*Responsibilities include:*

=E2=80=A2 Maintaining field equipment.

=E2=80=A2 Servicing field cameras.

=E2=80=A2 Performing transects and collecting samples.

=E2=80=A2 Surveying vegetation.

=E2=80=A2 Assisting in animal captures and collaring.

=E2=80=A2 Developing field protocols.

=E2=80=A2 Sample organization.

=E2=80=A2 Data entry and management.

=E2=80=A2 Regular meetings and communication with PI or Assistant.

=E2=80=A2 Keeping records of lab work underway or planned.

*Required Qualifications*


=E2=80=A2 Previous field research experience in related field and familiari= ty with field methods and equipment.

=E2=80=A2 Familiarity with or experience in academic research environment.

=E2=80=A2 Ability to work on multiple assignments, set priorities, re-prior= itize as necessary, and take initiative in defining and executing tasks.

=E2=80=A2 Highly developed organizational, analytical, problem-solving, and communication skills.

=E2=80=A2 Ability to work efficiently with intermittent supervision.

=E2=80=A2 Willingness to live in provided housing at the Hopland Research a= nd Extension Center.


=E2=80=A2 Graduation from high school or a General Education Diploma and on= e year of laboratory experience or two years of college including courses in the natural, physical or social sciences; or an equivalent combination of education and experience *Preferred Qualifications*

=E2=80=A2 Previous experience handling wildlife.

=E2=80=A2 Previous experience using remotely triggered field cameras.

=E2=80=A2 Previous experience conducting vegetation surveys.

*Salary & Benefits*

Pay will be set at $15/hour, or dependent on experience, with housing and full benefits. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:



*Other Information*

This is a limited appointment opportunity working full-time from June 1,

2017 – September 1, 2017 with the possibility of extension.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Alex McInturff at amcinturff@berkeley.edu (do NOT send applications via e-mail).

*Equal Employment Opportunity*

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:


For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:


Job announcement: Natural Resource Management Technician

Title: =09=09=09Natural Resource Management Technicians Work Location:=09Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado

Duration: =09=09Temporary, 4 Months (May 22nd through Mid to late September)

Pay Rate: =09=09$13.85 – $14.91/hour, plus housing

Summary of Position:

The Colorado Natural Heritage Program is seeking field crew technicians to support natural resources management at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument (FLFO), Colorado. FLFO lies within the montane life-

zone on the eastern slope of the Southern Rocky Mountains. The monument contains montane meadows interspersed with open woodlands of ponderosa pine, and forests of Douglas fir, blue spruce, and aspen.

To protect and preserve the native vegetation species throughout the park and enhance visitor experiences, resource management staff at FLFO have implemented a noxious weed management plan as part of their overall vegetation management program. The CNHP technicians will work with Park resource managers to plan and implement the weed management and other vegetation management programs.

Selected applicants will evaluate, monitor, and treat noxious weeds, collect native seed, salvage native plants, and assist in the revegetation of disturbed areas using native plant species. The work will also include the mapping, and monitoring of new populations of weeds, mapping of treated areas, restoration of treated areas, and building data sets for the park=92s Pesticide Use Proposal System annual report.

The results of this work will include estimates of noxious weeds status and ecological thresholds and management assessment points. The results are intended to help park staff, scientists and the public understand the dynamics of vegetation, and how noxious plants spread throughout the park.

The selected applicants will begin work May 22 and continue through September (total time is 16 weeks). Work location is at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. Housing will be provided at the USFS Manitou Experimental Station in Woodland Park, CO, or similar nearby location.


1.=09Work singly or with a crew to identify and safely treat areas of weed infestations. 2.=09Use GPS to locate infestation and treatment areas, safely and efficiently access remote sites, and complete field forms

3.=09Enter and effectively manage electronic data (databases, spreadsheets, GPS, GIS).

4.=09Thoroughly document all fieldwork using field notebooks, survey forms, maps, GPS, and digital tablets and cameras 5.=09Identify and collect seed from areas of native vegetation for purposes of reseeding treatment areas.

6.=09Prepare and manage areas for reseeding of native species after treatment,

7.=09Other vegetation management activities (such as brush clearing), as needed.


A bachelor=92s degree (or significant progress toward degree) in ecosyste=

m sustainability, natural resources, range management, forestry, or related field. Equivalent field experience may be substituted for degree. 1.=09Knowledge of natural resources management

2.=09Sufficient knowledge of native vegetation and weeds to reliably identify common weed species and desirable native plants of the project area

3.=09Desire to work outdoors in various weather conditions during the summer field season

4.=09Good physical condition and ability to work long hours in the field, travel by foot off-trail in rough terrain, and work through inclement weather

5.=09Careful attention to detail in collecting data

6.=09Comfort and familiarity with the use computers and GPS

7.=09Experience with weed identification, weed management, or pesticide application

8.=09A valid state driver=92s license at the start of the project is required.

Additional Desired Qualifications

1.=09Pesticide applicator=92s license 2.=09Familiarity with flora of the Colorado Rocky Mountain montane zone

3.=09Experience collecting vegetation and environmental data in the field

4.=09Understanding of visitor experience management

Availability of positions contingent upon final approval of funding. ————————————————————————


Applications will be accepted until all positions have been filled or through May 12th, 2017. Send resume, cover letter, and three references with phone #=92s to Joe Stevens at js@colostate.edu References will not b=

e contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Investigations may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.



Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-

discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Careers webinar for biologists

The American Institute of Biological Sciences will be offering a free

webinar on careers that scientists can pursue in the legal and policy space.

The one-hour program will be held on Thursday, 11 May 2017 at 1:00 pm

Eastern Time.

During this program, panelists will share experiences and insights about

their career paths in the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry and at law

and healthcare consulting firms. Panelists will provide practical tips

helpful to those interested in potentially working in these exciting and

rapidly growing arenas.

Learn more and register at



Graduate student position available in marine ecophysiology at the University of New Brunswick

I have a MSc or PhD position available in my marine ecophysiology lab in

the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of New Brunswick,

Saint John (Canada). The successful applicant will explore the thermal

physiology and overwintering strategies of fishes. The position is

available to start September 2017 but this is flexible.

Please follow the link below for more information on the position, how to

apply, and research in my lab!

https://goo.gl/X4OHPh <https://t.co/AY7wltevwk>

Please forward this message along to any interested parties.

Thank you,



Ben Speers-Roesch, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Biology

University of New Brunswick

Saint John, NB, Canada, E2L 4L5

office: CRI 203

e-mail: bspeersr@unb.ca

office ph: +1 506 638-2484

mobile ph: +1 506 898-4950

web: www.bsrlab.com

Field Technician Position – Alaska wildlife and climate change

Have you ever wondered what=92s it like to conduct research in the Arctic=

? You don’t have to wonder for long. I am offering a full-time temporary position located at the Denali National Park, George Parks Hwy, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK, in June, July, and August 2016. During this time, you would be backpacking and living on campgrounds at Denali. A stipend of $2,000 will be provided, but you must cover your own transportation to the field site. As a technician, your duties will include, but are not limited, to the following:

=95 Conducting population surveys of arctic ground squirrels, including locating and indexing burrow networks and confirming presence or absence

=95 Conducting vegetation assessments

=95 Maintaining good working relationships with other scientists and park=

liaison at Denali to support the goals of research

The ideal candidate is dependable, curious, and enthusiastic, doesn’t mind working in physically taxing situations for long hours, and loves to be outdoors in rugged conditions.

Ultimately the goal of the research is to understand the interaction of climate change and arctic ground squirrel activity. This research is part of a  broad research program to understand the impacts of climate change on wildlife-based out of the University of Massachusetts and the Department of Interior – Northeast Climate Science Center under Dr. Toni Lyn Morelli.

If you are interested in the position, email Nigel Golden at ngolden@umass.edu by May 19th, 2017 with a resume/CV. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Research Technician/Specialist in Ecosystem/Urban Ecology Lab, Tempe, AZ

The Hall Lab (https://halllab.asu.edu/), in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University, seeks to hire a Research Specialist to assist with ecological field and laboratory research.  Principal Investigator Dr. Sharon J. Hall and her team conduct research on the ecology of native and managed ecosystems in the US and abroad.  ASU is located in Tempe, Arizona, a vibrant college town nestled in the central valley of metro Phoenix and close to countless outdoor recreational activities. The start date for this position is June 1, 2017, and the salary ranges from $35,000-$41,000 depending on experience.

A successful applicant will be expected to perform a wide variety of standard laboratory and field experimental procedures; collect, evaluate, analyze, and manage scientific data; assist with manuscript preparation; and supervise students in the duties above. The research specialist will work on a variety of tasks and projects related to ongoing projects in the Hall lab, including a nationwide study on the ecology of urban residential landscapes; a social-

ecological study of invasive plant species in Nepal; and other projects associated with the CAP LTER program, https://sustainability.asu.edu/caplter/.

Essential duties and responsibilities of the Research Specialist include:

=95=09Manage laboratory and field work, including protocol development and implementation

=95=09Analysis of new and existing datasets using statistical software such as R or SPSS

=95=09Maintain overall lab operations associated with our research in the areas of urban ecology, soil science, conservation science, and ecosystem biogeochemistry, including maintaining safety protocols and certifications in the lab; updating permits; ordering and stocking lab supplies; and maintain the budgets of multiple research projects

=95=09Perform analyses using GIS

=95=09Provide technical and analytical support to graduate and undergraduate students who are doing independent research projects

=95=09Plan and participate in lab and project meetings

Minimum Qualifications:=20 =95=09Bachelor’s degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND two years related research experience; or a Master=92s degree, or six years of research or experience appropriate to the area of assignment; or any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities have been achieved.

=95=09Experience conducting ecological or biological fieldwork and laboratory analyses, including troubleshooting equipment or methods in the lab and field

=95=09Ability to work independently and with people from a variety of backgrounds.=20 =95=09Good written and verbal communication skills, and an ability to work collaboratively in teams

=95=09Basic office skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office programs

=95=09Valid driver=92s license, the ability to drive an off-road vehicle, and the ability to lift up to 35 lbs.

=95=09Willingness to work occasional odd hours, weekends, or evenings to accommodate lab or field work in an outdoor setting

=95=09Experience with scientific writing

Desired Qualifications:=20 =95=09Master=92s degree in a field appropriate to the research area of the lab=20 =95=09Experience in a biogeochemical or analytical research laboratory in the environmental sciences. =95=09Evidence of organizational skills, attention to detail, and supervision of students or staff.

=95=09Knowledge of basic analytical chemistry (such as reagent preparation, types of lab ware and their proper use, etc.) and instrumentation (e.g. gas chromatograph, colorimetric analyzer, environmental sensors)

=95=09Knowledge of data management, experimental design and statistical analyses in ecological studies.

If you have questions about this position or would like a .pdf of this announcement, please email Hannah Heavenrich at hheavenr@asu.edu.

Vegetation Monitoring (AIM) Internships in Northwestern Colorado

Bureau of Land Management’s Northwest Colorado District are hiring several

intern positions through Rocky Mountain Youth Corp for the 2017 Field

Season. These positions will be assisting local land managers with

botanical, soil, and rangeland surveys, surveying invasive plants, projects

relating to fire restoration, and/or monitoring sage grouse habitat. These

positions are a great way to get your foot in the door with federal land

management agencies.

*Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) Internship*

We are hiring 1 to 2 more interns to fill our AIM crews in Northwestern

Colorado.  The intern would either be based out of Kremmling or Craig,

Colorado.  The intern will primarily be assisting BLM staff to carry out

the Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring (AIM) strategy across BLM lands

*Program Overview*:

The Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) program was initiated to

improve the effectiveness of monitoring activities on Bureau of Land

Management (BLM) land. The AIM program provides a standardized process for

the BLM to collect quantitative information on the condition and trend of

natural resources on the nation=E2=80=99s public lands. BLM lands are managed at a

variety of scales, from individual field offices, to district and state

level, as well as the national scale. Standardized AIM protocols allow

monitoring to occur at multiple scales to inform decision making.

AIM protocol requires collecting six terrestrial core indicators in a 60m

wide circular plot. The indicators provide information about terrestrial

ecosystems and include parameters that look at plant species diversity,

abundance using the line point intercept method, gaps between vegetation

and soil structure and stability. These core indicators are collected at

each plot and among several different types of vegetation communities.  For

more information please visit *http://aim.landscapetoolbox.org

<http://aim.landscapetoolbox.org>* or *https://jornada.nmsu.edu/aim


*Employment Details:*

Employment is expected to start May 15 and work into October. It is

necessary for the intern to attend AIM training, at the end of May in Grand

Junction. Crew members are expected to work 40 hours a week (4-10hr days).

Commonly, crews may work more than 40 hours, often working longer days or

an occasional Friday. If extra hours are incurred during the work week,

interns will be able to take time off during or at the end of the field

season. Crews often travel over 2 hours to reach plots and camping may be

necessary to reduce drive time.

*Duties and Responsibilities:*

=E2=97=8F     Attend AIM method training (May, Grand Junction)

=E2=97=8F     Collect vegetation data using Line Point Intercept (LPI) methods

=E2=97=8F     Assist in plant identification at each plot by using dichotomous keys

=E2=97=8F     Press and document unknown plant species to be identified back at the


=E2=97=8F     Assist digging holes up to 70 cm deep and record soil characteristics

=E2=97=8F     Measure canopy gap and herbaceous heights at frequent intervals along

a transect

=E2=97=8F     Record quality data and routinely do quality checks

=E2=97=8F     Drive a government 4×4 vehicle on less traveled 2-track roads

=E2=97=8F     Carry a heavy pack over uneven terrain

=E2=97=8F     Orienteering using maps and GPS units

=E2=97=8F     Assist in weekly planning

=E2=97=8F     Sometimes tasks are tedious and having a good work ethic is essential


=E2=97=8F     Must be between  16-30 years old

=E2=97=8F     Experience with plant identification, terminology and using a

dichotomous key is preferred

=E2=97=8F     Ability to conduct physically strenuous field work in rugged terrain

including lifting and carrying loads up to 30lbs

=E2=97=8F     Ability to work well with coworkers

=E2=97=8F     Field work often involves bending over and staying at a plot for up

to 4 hours

=E2=97=8F     Knowledge of GIS and GPS, but not necessary

=E2=97=8F     Valid Driver=E2=80=99s License

=E2=97=8F     Experience operating a 4×4 truck on washed out or loose sandy roads

=E2=97=8F     Work days can be long and tough, enthusiasm is essential

=E2=97=8F     Hike up to 6 miles on uneven terrain


*Position: *1-2 interns

*To Apply:* Rocky Mountain Youth Corp at


                  Send resume, cover letter, & 3 references to Liz Doby  (


*Compensation:*  $13/hour for 900 hour, possible per diem when camping

*Start Date:  *May 15, 2017

*BLM Contact:  *Amy Birtwistle (abirtwistle@blm.gov)

*BLM Field Offices:*

Kremmling Field Office

2103 E. Park Avenue

Kremmling, CO 80459

Little Snake Field Office

455 Emerson Street

Craig, CO 81625

Funded research technician: Interviewing landowners about wildlife and land values

Dr. Paige Ferguson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama, is seeking a research technician to collect field data during the Summer of 2017. The technician will work in conjunction with a MS student and an undergraduate student.  The duties of this position include interviewing landowners in the Black Belt region of Alabama and transcribing interviews on to computer files. Interview questions will be provided and focus on land management practices, land use history, and values related to land and wildlife. Pay is $4000 for the summer (early June-early/mid August). A field vehicle or fuel reimbursement will be provided.  Housing will be a sublet apartment in Tuscaloosa, and the research technician is responsible for rent.

The Black Belt Region is of great interest ecologically and culturally. Land use change throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries have left less than 1% of the native Black Belt prairie. There is evidence that the Black Belt Prairie was historically connected with the Great Plains and may have served as a refugium for Great Plains species during glacial episodes. Several invertebrate species have disjunct distributions, with the Black Belt prairie comprising the eastern boundary of their range. The Black Belt prairie provides important habitat for many species of grassland birds and invertebrates Sites in the Black Belt are also used for recreational hunting of white-tailed deer and quail. The human history of the Black Belt Region is as equally important as the natural history, and both have contributed to current patterns of land use and prairie habitat quality. From the mid-1800s to the early 1900s, the Black Belt Region was the site of extensive slave-based cotton farming. When cotton farming declined, land was often converted to pasture. In 2014, the poverty rate in the Black Belt Region of Alabama was 30.0%, well above state (19.2%) and national (15.5%) averages. How land is distributed and used may contribute to socio-economic patterns among landowners and to social, political, and economic dynamics in a region.

Applicants who have or are currently pursuing a B.S. degree are preferred. Applicants should have experience in communicating with diverse members of the public. Applicants must have strong communication skills, work ethic, and behave professionally.

To apply, please email Dr. Ferguson (pfferguson@ua.edu<mailto:pfferguson@ua.edu>) the following:

1. a cover letter describing your interest in the project and prior experiences that have prepared you for the project,

2. CV, and

3. contact information for 3 references.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

2017 Marine Science Sailing Expeditions for College Students

The Science Under Sail Institute for Exploration (SUSiE) has positions remaining aboard it=E2=80=99s 2017 Summer Expeditions (www.scienceundersail.org <http://www.scienceundersail.org/>). DEADLINE for registration is May 7th at midnight EST. Participation is open to actively enrolled College Students and graduating high-school seniors 18+. Please forward to relevant students and/or colleagues. Complete details and registration at:   www.scienceundersail.org <http://www.scienceundersail.org/>

Masters Assitantship: Disease Ecology

Assistantship Description:

A graduate assistantship for an outstanding Master=92s student is available at Guha Dharmarajan=92s Disease Ecology Lab located at the University of Georgia=92s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. 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. Research at the Dharmarajan Lab broadly focuses on the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of disease, and uses a multi-disciplinary approach to improve our ability to manage disease in natural populations. The incoming student=92s research is expected to focus primarily on elucidating the ecological and evolutionary factors influencing the transmission dynamics of arthropod-borne viruses (e.g., Zika virus) in natural mosquito populations.


1. B.S. degree in wildlife biology, ecology, zoology, biology and/or related disciplines are encouraged to apply.

2. Applicants must be highly motivated with an exceptional work ethic and ability for independent thought.

3. Applicants should have an excellent academic background with well-developed oral/written communication and organizational skills.

4. Preference will be given to students with research experience (lab and/or field).

5. Students with an interest in addressing ecological and evolutionary questions through the integration of multiple research tools (e.g., genomics, transcriptomics, GIS) and/or theoretical modeling are especially encouraged to apply.

6. Please note: Warnell requires a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and GRE scores of 1000 (~300 in new scoring system)

7. Please note: SREL is located on the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site in Aiken, SC. A security clearance is required, and applicants must be able and willing to pass a background investigation.

Stipend and Benefits: This assistantship is based on a 40% stipend. Position will offer $20,138/year for two years. 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. Details on Dr. Dharmarajan=92s lab can be found at www.gdharmarajan.com

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.

6. Details of the application process: https://www.warnell.uga.edu/graduate/future-student s/application-process.

7. Applications have to be sent electronically through UGA=92s Grad School: grad.uga.edu/index.php/prospective-students

8. Interested candidates must contact Dr. Dharmarajan prior to submitting an application to the Grad School

Application details:

1. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

2. For full consideration please apply by May 15th, 2017

3. 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).

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



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)ualberta.ca) 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=92s 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@ualberta.ca=20=20=20 Website: www.markpoesch.com

Master of Science Student Opportunity in Historical Ecology/Conservation Biology

We are seeking Master of Science students with interest in ecology and

historical ecology of freshwater ecosystems for research in our laboratory

at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.  Students would be

enrolled in a thesis-based Master=92s program in Conservation Biology.  Our

research examines biological and chemical evidence in lake sediment cores to

reconstruct historical changes in lakes, watersheds, and wetlands.  Findings

have relevance to management, restoration, and conservation programs.  Our

research requires knowledge of modern freshwater ecology, and genuine

interest in examining evidence in the historical context.  We particularly

seek students who have interest in aquatic and wetland plants, who would

participate in historic analyses involving pollen, plant macrofossils,

phytoliths, diatoms, algae, etc.  The investigators have more than 30 years

of experience in freshwater historical ecology.  Florida has 8000 lakes that

offer diverse research opportunities.  Interested applicants should have a

B.S. in a biological discipline, ecology coursework, and preferably some

coursework in freshwater ecosystems and non-agricultural plants.  Our

program is small, selective, and M.S. students would be eligible for

teaching assistantships that provide health insurance and some tuition

waivers.  The M.S. program application deadline is June 1, but those with

interest in conducting thesis research in our lab should contact us well in

advance to discuss their interests.  We request serious inquiries only to:

Dr. Thomas J. Whitmore – whitmore@usfsp.edu

Dr. Melanie Riedinger-Whitmore =96 mariedin@usfsp.edu

Bat Research Technician in Missouri

Agency: Southern Illinois University

Location: central/western Missouri (Ozarks)

Salary: $1800/month

Start Date: 5/17/2017

Application Deadline: open until filled


A research technician is needed to assist a Master=92s student working on a

bat research project studying the bat community in central and western

Missouri (in and around Lake of the Ozarks). Research involves using

mist-nets and acoustic detectors to survey bat populations including blood

sample/DNA collection. Candidate will have the opportunity to handle bats,

likely including the federally endangered Indiana bat and federally

threatened northern long-eared bat.

Primary duties include conducting mist-netting surveys and deploying,

maintaining, and collecting acoustic monitoring equipment. Additional duties

include net and equipment maintenance, data entry, and assessing vegetation

plots. The work will require long periods in the field (including work at

night), heavy lifting of equipment (~60-70 lb. 12V batteries) and a

considerable amount of travel. – Housing is provided (camper trailer)

– Work is generally 7 days a week

– Work begins around 17 May and will end approx. 15 August.


Required =95 Enrolled in or have completed a BA or BS in Biology, Wildlife Biology,

Ecology or related field. =95 Good physical condition

=95 Position often requires long hours and working late at night under varied

environmental conditions, including rugged terrain possibly filled with

poison ivy and biting insects =95 Previous field experience

=95 Applicants must be willing to work weekends =95 Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license and experience driving a

4WD truck =95 Applicants must possess GPS, map reading, and orienteering skills

Preferred =95 Acoustic bat detector experience =95 Bat work/mist-netting =95 Candidates wishing to handle bats are required to obtain rabies

vaccinations or provide a recent titer check (from last 2 years). Preference

to those vaccinated. To apply: send your CV/resume, cover letter describing your interest and

experience, and contact info for 2-3 references, all in the same Word or PDF

file as an email attachment, to Zach Cravens at zcravens@siu.edu. Please use

the subject line =91Bat Tech Missouri=92 for emails. Applications will be

accepted until position is filled.

Pachaug State Forest- Natural Diversity Data Base Review

CT DEEP (Department of Energy and Environment Protection) Park and Recreation Internship.  Two interns to provide a Natural Diversity Data Base review along a multi-use trail. The trail is five miles long and its corridor would encompass a fifty foot wide path. The DEEP, NDDB shows five listed plant species and three critical habitats that must be assessed/avoided to prevent any damage to the environment when installing the trail. This project would include a description of existing site conditions, including descriptions of habitats encountered, list of component vascular plant species within the area including scientific binomials. Detailed maps and locations of target plants found, critical habitats and other noteworthy communities within the corridor would be documented in the final report. For targeted surveys, identify other taxa with which the target may be confused and the traits and features used to differentiate among them. If interested please contact Pamela Diggle (pamela.diggle@uconn.edu).


Applications are invited for a full-time research technician in the Spigler

lab in the Biology Department, Temple University in Philadelphia,

PA.=A0General research areas in the laboratory include plant ecology,

evolution, and genetics, with emphasis on the evolutionary ecology of plant

reproductive systems. The technician will assist in an NSF-funded research

project on the demographic impacts of variation in plant mating systems. The

technician is expected to carry out greenhouse and field studies. Duties

will include: extensive fieldwork throughout the year; plant care in

greenhouse; data collection and organization; supervising undergraduate

researchers; and general lab maintenance.=A0Although the technician will be

based at Temple University, frequent travel to Boyce, VA (Blandy

Experimental Farm of UVA), with overnight stays of up to 2 months (in the

summer time), is required. Fieldwork will require long days initiating

experimental populations, collecting demographic data, and performing


Anticipated start date is August or September 2017.=A0 This is a full-time

one-year position with the possibility of extension subject to performance

review.=A0Salary is commensurate with experience and includes benefits.

Qualifications: The candidate should have a BS or BA in biology, ecology,

genetics, horticulture/plant sciences, or similar and must have field

experience, a valid driver=92s license and ability/willingness to travel. The

ideal candidate will have previous experience working with plants, excellent

organizational skills and attention to detail, and an ability to work well

with and supervise undergraduate students. Experience with basic molecular

techniques (DNA extraction, PCR) is preferred.

Interested? Please email a cover letter, CV, and names and contact

information for 3 references to rachel.spigler@temple.edu. For more

information on the lab, please visit http://rachelspigler.weebly.com.=20=20

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 May/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: jobs@jonesctr.org, 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: lgiencke@jonesctr.org or phone: (229)734-4706.

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

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: research technician – Edgewater, MD

The Ecosystem Conservation lab at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC), led by Dr. Kim La Pierre, is recruiting a full-time research technician. Our lab explores community and ecosystem responses to global change drivers, and the role that symbioses, competition, and trophic interactions play in shaping those responses (https://serc.si.edu/labs/ecosystem-conservation). Our research projects occur in field, lab, and greenhouse settings and include ecological genetics, microbial culturing, and field-based species identification, often in an experimental framework. The technician will be based at SERC and will participate in several collaborative projects investigating the impacts of global change drivers such as increased nutrient availability, elevated CO2, altered consumer pressure, and climate change on plant, microbial, and invertebrate communities. SERC is a vibrant community of scientists set within a 1,027 field-site, and located near the Annapolis, MD and Washington, DC metro areas.

Field and greenhouse duties will include plant species identification and collection, measurement of environmental parameters, seed preparation, experimental set-up and monitoring, and data entry. Lab duties will include sample processing, microbial culturing, routine molecular tasks (e.g., DNA extraction, PCR, DNA visualization, sequencing, genotyping), and next generation sequencing library prep. In addition, the technician will be responsible for day-to-day lab organization and safety under the direction of the PI, including supply inventory and ordering, maintaining lab records (hardcopy and digital), and working collaboratively with other lab members.

Minimum qualifications include a bachelor=92s degree in ecology (or related field) with at least two years of prior research experience, basic ecological genetic skills (PCR, sequencing, genotyping), strong communication and organizational skills, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Additional experience with field surveys, next generation sequencing, and data analysis is preferred.

The preferred start date is late June, and the appointment will be for one year, with a second year contingent on satisfactory performance in year one. While not a federal position, salary and benefits are commensurate with experience, up to a salary equivalent of Grade 7, Step 1 within the federal pay scale.

Interested candidates should send (1) a cover letter highlighting relevant research experience, (2) a resume or CV, (3) contact information for 2-3 references, and (4) an unofficial copy of transcripts to Kim La Pierre (lapierrek@si.edu). Review of applications will begin on May 1st, and continue until the position is filled.

Seasonal Bat Field Research Technician =96 Temple University

Summary of Position

The Research Associate position is available in the Sewall Lab in the Department of Biology at Temple University.  Work will take place at Dr. Sewall’s field site at Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard Training Center (http://ftig.png.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx), northeast of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The Research Associate will provide technical field support to the lab=92s research efforts in conservation biology, and population and community ecology.  Primary research foci will be investigating the responses of bats to human disturbance, management efforts, and habitat change.  On-site fieldwork at Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard Training Center will be required. Performs other duties as assigned.

Essential Functions of Position

– Conducting bat field research including but not limited to capture, handling, acoustic sampling, radiotelemetry, and measurement of plants and habitat characteristics

– Assisting in field research projects involving undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral researchers from Dr. Brent Sewall’s lab: https://sites.temple.edu/bjsewall/opportunities/

– Maintaining written data sheets and spreadsheets for acoustic detectors, radiotelemetry, and mist-netting

– Training interns and students in proper field techniques

– Performing other duties as assigned


– Previous experience mist-netting and handling bats

– Previous experience conducting ecology field research

– Willingness to work late nights outdoors in rugged terrain

– Must have a valid driver=92s license

– Must be physically able to carry 40 lbs. and set up triple-high mist nets (about 25 feet tall).

– Able to interact in a consistently positive manner with academic and military personnel

– Willingness to learn and abide by military field safety regulations

– Have or be willing to obtain up-to-date rabies vaccination

Preferred experience

– Ability to lead small teams of personnel in the field – Experience deploying triple-high mist-nets

– Experience tracking wildlife using radiotelemetry

– Experience deploying bat detectors or other wildlife recording devices

– Training or background in mammalogy, ecology, or conservation biology

Terms of Employment

– Start date: As soon as possible

– End date: Up to six months

– Pay rate: $14 to $18.50, dependent on training and experience

– Hours: Approximately 40 hours / week, weather-dependent

How to Apply

– Send a cover letter, resume, and list of three references via email to Dr. Lisa Powers at lisa.powers@temple.edu

– Please put =93Bat Field Tech Position=94 in the subject line of the email

– Position will remain open until filled


Date:    Mon, 17 Apr 2017 18:50:38 -0400

From:    =?windows-1252?Q?Elizabeth_Pienaar?= <efpienaar@UFL.EDU>

Subject: PhD Assistantship =?windows-1252?Q?=96_Landowners=92?= Willingness to Engage in Sustainable Bioenergy Production

PhD Assistantship =96 Landowners=92 Willingness to Engage in Sustainable Bioenergy Production

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Pienaar, Assistant Professor =96 Environmental Economics & Human Dimensions of Wildlife

Location: University of Florida


I am recruiting a PhD student to conduct research on private landowners=92 willingness to engage in sustainable bioenergy production practices in the southeastern United States.  This research forms part of a larger USDA-funded project to determine how bioenergy production in the southeastern United States can be coupled with the protection of ecosystem services (see page 3 for an overview of the project).  The student will conduct research into:

1. how private landowners value ecosystem services provided by timberlands, and 2. which bioenergy production practices they are willing to adopt to secure both ecosystem services and bioenergy production.

This research will be used to formulate policy recommendations and to design extension/outreach programs to educate private timberland owners on how to better manage their lands to secure ecosystem services.=20 Further details about the project are available by writing to Dr. Pienaar.

The student will be expected to:

1. design and administer surveys to private timberland owners in Florida, Georgia and Alabama;

2. design and implement surveys to individuals who hunt on timberlands in the southeastern United States; 3. code, clean and analyze all data collected;

4. write reports and journal publications that document these research findings;

5. present results at both academic conferences and extension meetings;

6. assist in writing grant reports;

7. generate extension and outreach materials for private landowners, government agencies, and landowners; and

8. assist in other tasks related to this research =96 as needed.

As part of this appointment, the successful candidate will work as a teaching assistant for one semester each year.

The assistantship will commence in Fall 2017.  The successful candidate will be provided with four years of tuition (18 credit hours of coursework in Fall and Spring semesters).  The successful applicant will be paid a stipend of $20,024/year for 4 years, and will be provided with health care.

The student will work as part of a larger research team that includes landscape ecologists, extension specialists, and experts in GIS models and mapping.  This research project provides an opportunity to be part of an interdisciplinary research team at the University of Florida.

Qualifications: Preference will be given to applicants with a Master=92s degree, although students with a Bachelor=92s degree will be considered.=20 Preference will be given to applicants with training in social sciences, survey design and statistics.  In order to be considered for this position, the following application materials must be submitted to Dr. Pienaar (efpienaar@ufl.edu):

1. A letter of interest (1 page maximum)

2. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts

3. GRE scores

4. A curriculum vitae

5. An example of your writing

6. Names of 3 individuals who will provide you with references

The review of applications will commence on April 24, 2017.

Summer Research Internship: Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary (Naples, FL)

Please share with current undergrads or recent graduates looking for opportunities to build experience while living and working in an amazing wetland sanctuary. Applications MUST be submitted online: https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/3200/conservation-intern%3a-



Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon=92s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon=92s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

 Position Summary:

The Conservation Intern will gain valuable hands-on experience and professional skills in ecology and conservation. Working at the 13,000-

acre Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in southwestern Florida, the intern will assist with ecological monitoring and research at Audubon=92s Western Everglades Research Center. The position will be a combination of field work (25%) and office/laboratory activities (75%).

This full-time three-month internship will run from mid-May through mid-

August 2017 and will not exceed 40 hours per week, with occasional weekend work as needed.

On-site housing is required and provided due to the relatively remote location of the Sanctuary and early field hours. Housing is a furnished one-level dormitory-style building. There are 4 private bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 joined kitchens, a living room and a screened porch. Wireless internet, water, electricity and local phone service are provided. Housing will be shared with interns and/or visiting researchers.

Essential Functions:

Under the guidance of Audubon research staff, the intern will develop skills in a variety of ecological research and monitoring activities, including:

Monitoring wetland hydrology using groundwater wells (fitted with digital data loggers) and staff gauges and collecting weather data

Monitoring wetland wildlife to guide conservation and restoration.

Wildlife monitoring will include a combination of fish and aquatic macroinvertebrate sampling, herpetofauna surveys, small-mammal trapping (tentative project), and medium- and large-sized mammal monitoring using trail cameras;

Laboratory processing of aquatic fauna samples and trail camera images;

Data entry and data management associated with research and monitoring activities and ongoing citizen science programs; and

Communicating science to technical and lay audiences, which may include assistance with preparation of research reports and other technical publications, writing newsletter articles, using social media and/or giving on-site public presentations.

Interns are expected to assist with additional Sanctuary events and activities, as needed.

Qualifications and Experience:

The candidate must:

Be currently enrolled in or a recent graduate of an institution of higher learning, pursuing a degree in environmental science or related field (ecology coursework preferred);

Demonstrate strong attention to detail in field, laboratory, and office activities. Strong skills in MS Excel are required and experience with MS Access and ArcGIS are preferred;

Excel in interpersonal communication and at working independently and as part of a team;

Demonstrate the ability to exercise sound judgment and adaptability to changing work conditions;

Possess a valid driver=92s license (experience with ATVs and 4WD vehicles is a plus); and

Be able to make a full 3-month summer 2017 commitment (dates are flexible).

Physical requirements include:

Ability to work long hours in the field in sub-tropical wetland environments, exposed to harsh South Florida environment (sun, biting insects, severe summer storms), sometimes alone and carrying field gear (up to 40 lbs.) for extended periods; and

Ability and willingness to work in murky waters and thick vegetation that serve as home for potentially dangerous wildlife such as alligators and venomous snakes.

Graduate position: TennesseeTechU.SalamanderPopGenet

M.S. Graduate Student Opportunity
Population Genomics of Streamside Salamander (Ambystoma barbouri)

An M.S. position supervised by Dr. Carla Hurt is available through the
Department of Biology (https://www.tntech.edu/cas/biology/) at Tennessee
Tech University in Cookeville, Tennessee; starting date is August 2017.

The successful applicant will use reduced representation genomic
techniques to investigate the evolutionary history and population genetic
structure of the Streamside Salamander (Ambystoma barbouri) throughout its
range.  Specifically, the student would utilize a Gentoyping-by-Sequencing
protocol to identify and genotype informative SNPs and utilize this data
to address questions related to the conservation of this species. Results
from this study will be directly applicable to improving management
protocols for the Streamside Salamander. GBS is proving to be a powerful
tool for evaluating the patterns of genetic variation within and between
populations.  The student will gain valuable expertise in genomic tools
and data analysis that are widely applicable to the field of conservation

We are looking for highly motivated candidates with a B.S. in biology
or closely related field and a strong academic record.  A GPA of at
least 3.5 is required.  The successful candidate should demonstrate an
interest in wildlife conservation and molecular genetics.  The student
will need to possess an aptitude for data analysis and careful research
in a molecular genetics laboratory as well as an ability to conduct
field work.  Previous experience working in a molecular laboratory
is preferred but exceptional applicants without experience will
be considered.  Financial support (stipend and full tuition waiver)
will be provided through a Teaching Assistantship and will be renewable
annually contingent upon satisfactory performance.

Interested students are encouraged to e-mail me (churt@tntech.edu). Please
include a short description of your academic background, research
interests and your CV. Screening of applicants will begin immediately.
Please contact me by June 1st for full consideration.

2 Research Aid 1 Technicians (wildlife) with the University of Washington


2 Research Aid 1 Technicians (wildlife) with the University of Washington (fieldwork to be conducted  along the Columbia River, near the John Day dam, Oregon/Washington border)

Start and end dates:May 2017 to end of July 2017, with a possible extension to September 2017

Salary: $15/hour

Project description:Conduct a comprehensive inventory of wildlife species (mammals, reptiles, and amphibians) at two sites=96 one along the Columbia River near the John Day dam and one at the Willow Creek dam project area.  The mammal surveys will use a combination of motion-activated camera trapping and live trapping for  capture-mark-recapture (CMR) analysis to detect and enumerate both small and large species.  Accordingly, applicants must be familiar with small mammal trapping and identifying species, and  preference will be given to those who are familiar with taxa of the Pacific Northwest. To survey for  reptiles and amphibians, we will use a combination of techniques, including nocturnal call surveys  (recording sound at sample points and later identifying the species). Accordingly, preference will be  given to applicants who are familiar with using herpetofaunal calls to identify species. Technicians will  also use visual encounter surveys and roadkill/ basking surveys to identify species and estimate  abundance. This work supports a larger project for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Duties:Applicant should be responsible, organized and motivated. Field work will involve navigating and hiking  across rugged terrain to field sites while carrying heavy equipment (e.g., live traps and cameras).   During periods without field work, efforts will be focused on data entry and identifying wildlife species in  camera-trap photos.  Cameras will be deployed at the beginning of the field season and then checked  regularly. Small-mammal trapping will occur in the early morning (6:00 AM – 10:00 AM) and again in theearly evening (4:00 PM – 8:00 PM) to ensure small mammal safety.

Requirements:Applicants must have experience handling small-mammals, working with small-mammal live-traps and  Oregon/Washington small-mammal identification. Strong preference will also be given to applicants with  experience deploying camera traps and with handling and identifying reptiles and amphibians. Applicant  should be detail oriented with the ability to take careful notes in field and office settings (Microsoft  Excel experience); preference will also be given to those with GIS experience. Applicants should be in  good physical condition with the ability to hike in hot temperatures and in rugged terrain while carrying  equipment, and should be comfortable working outdoors and in challenging field conditions (e.g.hot/cold) including along roadsides, fast moving water, and railroad right of ways. Applicant should have  basic competency using GPS/maps to locate field sites and record waypoints. Availability to work full- time (40 hours/week) is essential. Applicants must have their own vehicle (mileage reimbursement at  $0.54/mile).

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send your resume, cover letter, and three references to  Michael Case (mcase@uw.edu).

Please respond no later than April 30, 2017

Research Technician Position (Game Birds): Hawaii

Title: Research Technician (Game Birds): Hawaii

Agency: University of Wyoming

Type: Temporary/Seasonal Positions

Website: https://www.facebook.com/hawaii.vine.project/

Salary: $1000 per month plus housing and use of vehicle

Start date: flexible, but early July is preferred

End date: 6 month commitment is required with the potential to extend

Last date to apply: 5/10/2017

Technician needed (1 position) to study game bird ecology as part of a seeddispersal study on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Forest ecosystems of the

Hawaiian Islands have increasingly faced threats of species extinction andbiological invasion, resulting in novel communities composed of native andnonnative species. Although many native Hawaiian plants rely on birds forseed dispersal, nearly all native frugivorous birds are extinct. In the

last century, the Kalij Pheasant (Lophura leucomelanos) and Erckel=92s

Francolin (Pternistis erckelii) were introduced to the Hawaiian Islands forrecreational hunting. We are investigating the ecological impacts of these2 species on seed dispersal networks.

Technician responsibilities will include line transect surveys, bird  capture and banding, GPS telemetry, behavioral observations, vegetation

surveys, fecal sample collection, seed identification with microscope, anddata entry. Fieldwork will involve long days of strenuous hiking and heavylifting in temperamental weather conditions.

The technician will mostly work independently but in close contact with theHawaii VINE Project, a collaborative research effort seeking to determinehow well different species of non-native vertebrates disperse native plantspecies. Technician will be working and living with a crew of 4-5 field

techs that is predominantly focused on study of seed dispersal by  songbirds. Technician will be solely responsible for game bird fieldwork

once the graduate student leaves, and will report to a graduate student

that will be off island for most of the field season.

Start date is flexible, but early July is preferred. The duration of thisposition is 6 months, with the potential to extend. Technician will be

provided with housing, a living stipend of $1,000 per month, and access tovehicles.

Qualifications: A bachelor=92s degree in wildlife biology, zoology, ecologyor a related field and at least two years of field experience pertaining towildlife biology or botany are required. Experience working with game birdspecies or demonstrated knowledge of Hawaiian forest ecosystems may  substitute some requirements. Applicant must be responsible, organized, andcomfortable working independently. An enthusiasm for research and fieldworkis essential, as well as patience and a strong work ethic.

Contact: Please email a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact  information for three references as a single PDF document to Sam Case(Sam.Case.Hawaii@gmail.com) by May 10th, 2017. A phone number and email

address must be included for each reference.