Opportunities Archive

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

Requirements

– 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

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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

Description

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-

research/job

Overview:

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
genomics.

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

POSITION INFORMATION:

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.

REU opportunity on grassland ecology

The Sala Lab at Arizona State University is looking for motivated

undergraduate students to participate in research activities in grassland

ecosystem ecology during the summer of 2017. The participant will work with

graduate students, technicians and postdocs to assist with ongoing rainfall

manipulation experiments, vegetation and soil sampling, and other field

surveys at several field sites across the US. Additionally, participants

have the opportunity to work with Sala Lab members and the PI to develop a

personalized project.

Activities will primarily be based at either the Jornada basin (Las Cruces,

NM) or Konza Prairie (Manhattan, KS) with possible field trips (1-2 weeks

in duration) between these sites and our third location, the Semi-arid

Grasslands Research Center (north of Fort Collins, CO). The successful

applicants are awarded a stipend, which includes cost of travel, lodging,

and food.

*About the Jornada*

The Jornada Basin Long Term Ecological

Research Program is focused on the ecology of drylands in the southwest

USA, including the causes and consequences of alternative ecosystem states

and the expansion of woody plants into grasslands resulting in more =E2=80=

=9Cdesert

like=E2=80=9D conditions. By conducting long-term precipitation manipulatio=

n

experiments, we are interested in how long-term changes to precipitation

amount and variability affect ecosystem functioning. More information on

the LTER is available at https://jornada.nmsu.edu/lter

*About Konza Prairie*

The Konza Prairie LTER is centered on one of the most productive grasslands

in North America =E2=80=93 the tallgrass prairie. The Konza LTER program ha=

s

focused on fire, grazing, and climatic variability as three critical and

interactive drivers that affect ecological patterns and processes in

grasslands worldwide. In the context of the Sala Lab, Konza Prairie is one

site across a precipitation gradient where we specifically address how

changes to precipitation affect above versus belowground primary

production. We also ask what mechanisms, such as plant allocation or

belowground herbivory, may be driving plant responses to precipitation

change. More information on the LTER is available at

http://www.konza.ksu.edu/knz/pages/home/home.aspx

*Eligibility*

Undergraduate student participants supported with NSF funds in either REU

Supplements or REU Sites must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or

permanent residents of the United States. An undergraduate student is a

student who is enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time)

leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree.

*Prior Fieldwork Experience required.*

*How to apply*

Applications are evaluated upon submission, and positions will be filled as

long as funding is available. Please send application materials to the Sala

Lab postdoc Dr. Laureano Gherardi (e-mail: Lau@asu.edu) by *April 14, 2017*=

.

*Application materials must include:*

Cover Letter

Resume or CV

Unofficial undergraduate transcript

Field technician position: plant community and restoration ecology

A field technician position is available with Lars Brudvig=92s research group at Michigan State University (http://brudviglab.plantbiology.msu.edu/) to assist with plant community and restoration ecology projects in Michigan.=20

Primary job duties will include plant community surveys and measurement of environmental (e.g., soil, light) parameters within prairies and oak savannas undergoing restoration, establishment and maintenance of experimental field plots, and lab/office work (e.g., sample processing, data entry and proofing).  The technician will work both independently and collaboratively with postdocs and graduate students in the lab.  The technician will also have the opportunity to spend (paid) time working with restoration practitioners on related projects.

Minimum requirements: A Bachelor’s degree in ecology, biology or a similar field of study, previous research experience, the ability to work full days under arduous (hot/humid) field conditions, and a valid driver=92s license.

Desired qualifications: Formal botanical training, knowledge of prairie and/or oak savanna flora, prior experience conducting vegetation surveys, and experience with restoration practice.

Positions will begin as early as May and no later than July 2017, and will last 6-9 months.  Applicants should indicate dates of availability in their application letter.

Pay rate will be $12.00/hour, for 40 hours/week.  The technician will spend time based out of Michigan State University’s main campus (East Lansing, MI) and Kellogg Biological Station (Hickory Corners, MI; http://www.kbs.msu.edu/), with daily and some overnight travel to field sites.  These travel expenses will be covered.

To apply: Email a CV and a letter describing your interest in this position, relevant past experience, start date availability, and contact information with email addresses for two references to Lars Brudvig (brudvig@msu.edu).  Review of application materials will begin on 14 April 2017; applications received after 21 April 2017 will not be considered.

Michigan State University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. Job applicants are considered for employment opportunities and employees are treated without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

Graduate Research positions (MSc and PhD); Atlantic salmon; Canadian Rivers Institute at UNB

Graduate research positions (2 MSc and a PhD) are available on Atlantic

Salmon Ecology with the Canadian Rivers Institute at the University of New

Brunswick.

1)=09MSc Opportunity Beginning Summer 2017 (UNB Fredericton); Atlantic Salmon

Radiotelemetry

Collaboration for Atlantic Salmon Tomorrow (CAST) is a partnership of

scientists, environmental groups, governments, and industry who focus on

understanding recent declines in wild Atlantic salmon populations and

developing management tools to reverse and sustain populations for the long

term. We are seeking a highly motivated and independent M.Sc. student to

undertake a radiotelemetry project to understand movements and behaviour of

adult Atlantic salmon in the Miramichi River, New Brunswick. The Project

will focus on tracking fish stemming from a novel conservation

supplementation strategy and comparing their behaviour to the movements of

wild salmon. The selected candidate will preferably have experience working

in remote wilderness conditions, and have experience or understanding of

radiotelemetry tools; ArcGIS skills are also an asset. This is a fully

funded opportunity (stipend + tuition), which will begin in the summer of

2017.  The deadline is May 5, 2017, but the call will remain open until we

have found a suitable candidate. Please indicate =93CAST MSc APPLICATION=94 in

the subject line of your application email.

Please send a cover letter, CV, transcript from your current degree

(unofficial is acceptable) and names of three references to:

Tommi Linnansaari, CAST (tommi.linnansaari@unb.ca)

Canadian Rivers Institute

Biology, Forestry, and Environmental Management

University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, E3B 5A3

2)=09PhD Opportunity Beginning Summer 2017 (UNB Fredericton); Assessment of

smolt-to-adult supplementation strategy for Atlantic Salmon=20

Collaboration for Atlantic Salmon Tomorrow (CAST) is a partnership of

scientists, environmental groups, governments, and industry who focus on

understanding recent declines in wild Atlantic salmon populations and

developing management tools to reverse and sustain populations for the long

term. We are seeking a mature and experienced Ph.D.  candidate to a project

evaluating the benefits and risks of smolt-to-adult supplementation strategy

in a controlled field environment (experimental stream). The experiments

will include radio and PIT telemetry, large-scale electrofishing surveys,

assessment of parentage using genetic (SNP) tools, assessment of fish

growth, survival and behaviour.  The selected candidate will have previous

experience running a field-work based program. Good analytical skills,

demonstrated ability to write scientific articles and experience with

telemetry or use of genetic tools are an asset. This is a fully funded

opportunity (stipend + tuition), which will begin in the summer of 2017. The deadline is May 22, 2017, but the call will remain open until we have

found a suitable candidate. Please indicate =93CAST PhD APPLICATION=94 in the

subject line of your application email.

Please send a cover letter, CV, transcript from your current degree

(unofficial is acceptable) and names of three references to:

Tommi Linnansaari, CAST (tommi.linnansaari@unb.ca)

Canadian Rivers Institute

Biology, Forestry, and Environmental Management

University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, E3B 5A3

3)=09MSc Opportunity Beginning Summer 2017 (UNB Fredericton); Watershed

Connectivity: Managing Barriers for Fish

Barriers to connectivity are often associated with roads, culverts, and even

beaver dams.  An M.Sc. student with the CRI at UNB working in collaboration

with the Restigouche River Watershed Management Council will develop a

watershed-scale connectivity analysis using a GIS model to best inform the

management of connectivity to reproductive habitats for Atlantic salmon in

the Restigouche River watershed.  The project will evaluate the current and

potential available habitats for egg deposition, juveniles, and conservation

requirements needed for an adaptive and integrated management plan.  The

selected candidate will have a background and experience with ArcGIS and a

desire to participate in the field assessment programme.   This is fully

funded opportunity, which will begin in the summer of 2017.  The deadline is

May 5, 2017, but the call will remain open until we have found a suitable

candidate. Please indicate =93ASCF MSc APPLICATION=94 in the subject line of

your application email.

Please send a cover letter, CV, transcript from your current degree

(unofficial is acceptable) and names of three references to:

Allen Curry, MAES (racurry@unb.ca)

Canadian Rivers Institute

Biology, Forestry, and Environmental Management

University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB.  E3B 5A3

Tel: 506-452-6208

More information of the positions, projects and the host institution:

http://canadianriversinstitute.com/

http://www.unb.ca/

http://www.castforsalmon.com/

Research Assistant in Rocky Mountain Insect Ecology (3-4 month position)

Job Description:  The USDA, Agriculture Research Service, Northern Plains

Agriculture Research Laboratory in Sidney, MT is seeking an enthusiastic and

hard-working individual to serve as a biological science aide.  Our research

focuses on grassland insect and rangeland ecology; specifically how

interactions between grasshoppers and Mormon crickets affect Mormon cricket

and grasshopper diets, insect immunity to pathogens, and grassland health.

Work may include sampling grasshoppers, Mormon crickets, and other rangeland

insects in large scale experiments, sampling rangeland plants, setting up

and conducting manipulative experiments in the field and lab.  Most field

work will be conducted in subalpine meadows at 9000 feet elevation in the

Bighorn Mountains in northern Wyoming. A willingness to drive on overnight

travel to sites in Wyoming will be required.

Salary: $11.48 =96 12.53 per hour (GS-2 =96 GS-3) dependent on experience and

education.  Dorm-style, shared housing is available on location for $145 per

month, including utilities, internet and basic cable TV.

Dates: Starting June 11 – June 25 and continuing through mid September to

the end of October, depending on a candidate=92s availability.

Qualifications: The candidate must be a US citizen.  Additionally, the

candidate should be physically fit, able to walk rapidly over rangeland, and

comfortable spending long hours outside at high elevation. The candidate

will need a driver=92s license.  Willingness to work long days, and some

weekends when necessary is also a must.  Undergraduate course work in

ecology, entomology, range or environmental sciences, and previous field

work experience is preferred, but not required.=20

Application process: Please send cover letter, resume, and names and contact

information of two references (electronically) to Robert Srygley

(robert.srygley@ars.usda.gov).  Be sure to include available start and end

dates. In your cover letter and please describe any experience or coursework

you have in relevant areas such as field ecology, entomology, or plant

identification In your cover letter or resume.

Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and continue until the

position is filled. For more information on the grasshopper research program

visit: www.ars.usda.gov/pa/nparl/rsrygley or contact us directly.

Bat Community Assessment Tech position

The Missouri Department of Conservation has an immediate opening for a full-time resource technician to work on a project focused on assessing the bat community in areas of potential wind energy development throughout northern Missouri. The project utilizes Wildlife Acoustics SM2Bat detectors to acoustically sample bats at over 100 sites. The sampling sites are visited multiple times during the sampling period running from mid-March through the mid-October. Technicians will primarily be responsible for deployment of detectors, vegetation sampling, and data entry. There is potential to conduct targeted mist-netting in areas where species of special interest have been detected acoustically.

General Responsibilities Include:

=B7         Locating sampling sites using GPS units and maps

=B7         Deployment and takedown of bat detectors

=B7         Vegetation sampling and tree identification

=B7         Operating ATVs

=B7         Driving trucks and towing ATV trailers

=B7         Carrying 50+ lbs. of equipment over rugged, uneven terrain (up to a =BC mile)

=B7         Working outdoors in extreme and undesirable conditions, i.e., hot and cold temperatures

=B7         Filling out data sheets

=B7         Data entry using Microsoft Access

=B7         Limited mist-netting

Basic Qualifications:

=B7         Bachelor’s degree in natural resources, wildlife biology, or related field

=B7         Previous field experience

=B7         Willingness and ability to travel throughout the study area (northern Missouri)

=B7         Accept all responsibilities of the job and assigned tasks

=B7         Demonstrate technical proficiency in areas of responsibility

=B7         Recognize a problem, analyze relevant information, develop solutions and solve problems

=B7         Maintain focus, remain optimistic and persistent even under adversity

=B7         Ability to communicate well with team members, supervisors, and the public

=B7         Ability to use Microsoft Access for data entry

Preferred Qualifications:

=B7         One or more years of field experience working on bat related projects

=B7         Experience with acoustic monitoring of bats and/or mist-netting

=B7         Experience using handheld GPS units and reading maps

=B7         Experience towing trailers

=B7         Pre-exposure rabies vaccinations

Special Notes:

The Department of Conservation will hire only United States citizens and aliens authorized to work in the United States. All new employees will be required to complete an “Employment Eligibility Verification” (Form I-9) and produce requested documentation after employment.

Candidates seeking initial employment must submit to a drug screen following offer of employment.

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

How to apply:

Send cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references via email as a single pdf attachment to jonathan.brooks@mdc.mo.gov

For more information about the position, contact Jonathan Brooks (jonathan.brooks@mdc.mo.gov<mailto:jonathan.brooks@mdc.mo.gov>) or Matt Combes (matt.combes@mdc.mo.gov<mailto:matt.combes@mdc.mo.gov>).

Summer Courses at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology

The University of Oregon’s Marine Lab, the Oregon Institute of Marine

Biology’s has classes year around but many students find the summer a

great time to spend a term on the Oregon coast.

Our courses for this summer are listed below.

For more information and the summer application please see our website:

Summer Term

Best wishes,

Maya Watts

We offer four 8-week courses (June 26-August 18, 2017):

Invertebrate Zoology

Marine Birds and Mammals

Biology of Fishes

Seaweed Ecology

Short courses:

Biological Illustrations (June 24-25, July 1-2)

Ocean Acidification (July 15-16, 22-23)

Introduction to Experimental Design and Statistics (Aug. 21-25, Aug.

28-Sept.1)

Two week course in September (Sept.2-16):

Tropical Marine Biology in Panama

For more information please see our website

Summer Term

REU Opportunity at UC Santa Barbara

REU Opportunity at UC Santa Barbara this summer. For full consideration please apply by April 15, 2017.

A full time, three month REU internship is available as soon as May 2017. Successful applicants will assist the Santa Barbara Coastal Long Term Ecological Research project (SBC LTER, based at UC Santa Barbara=92s Marine Science Institute) in its investigations of factors influencing the availability and utilization of various dissolved nitrogen species by macroalgae (and phytoplankton) in giant kelp forests off the coast of Santa Barbara, California. The project is an excellent opportunity to apply concepts of general chemistry and biology to answer fundamental questions about the functioning of important, sensitive coastal ecosystems.

Specific duties may include: (1) assisting with manipulative experiments (lab or field) focused on understanding the physiology of nitrogen use by giant kelp and phytoplankton; (2) determination of enzyme activities within macroalgal tissues; (3) laboratory processing of seawater samples obtained for analysis of chlorophyll, particulate organic matter, dissolved nutrients; (4) laboratory processing of kelp tissue samples in preparation for chemical and stable isotope analyses; (5) computer entry and quality assurance of project data; and (6) initial analysis and presentation of experimental/observational data.

REU Internship Requirements: (1) Enrollment in undergraduate coursework for Fall 2017; funding may not be awarded to students graduating this year; (2) Prior coursework in chemistry and biology (general is sufficient); (3) Strong interest in gaining experience in conducting scientific research; (4) Ability to adapt to a variable work schedule (long days, occasional weekends); (5) Comfortable spending long days working in the laboratory/field and with hazardous chemicals; (6) U.S. citizen; (7) GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Compensation: A $4500 stipend will be awarded to one full time program participant throughout the summer. Students will be responsible for paying federal taxes on this income.

To apply, please submit a CV detailing relevant classroom and work experience, a one page statement describing your research experience and interest in this position, an unofficial transcript, proof of Fall 2017 enrollment, and contact information for two professional references, who can speak your interests/experience, to Jason Smith (jmsmith@ucsb.ed).

The application deadline is April 15, 2017.

Data Science Technician, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

The Pinsky Lab in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural

Resources is searching for an organized, enthusiastic, and skilled

individual to work as a data science technician on a three-year project

modeling the future of coral reefs and the potential for evolutionary

rescue. The project is in collaboration with the Coral Reef Alliance, Dr.

Daniel Schindler at the University of Washington, and other collaborators.

The project is funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

The technician will assist the PI, a postdoc, and our collaborators by

identifying, assembling, and synthesizing existing, region-specific data on

coral reefs and their oceanography, ecological communities, population

dynamics, evolutionary parameters, and climate in the Pacific and

Caribbean. These data will contribute to regional and/or global models of

coral adaptation and the potential for conservation over the coming

centuries across realistically complex landscapes. Important questions to

be studied include the relative role of ecological vs. evolutionary change

in rapid coral adaptation, the interaction between oceanography and

evolutionary processes, and the potential for conservation actions to

facilitate rapid adaptation. Other duties will include assisting with data

visualizations as well as project and lab logistics such as training

students, preparing materials for grant reports and applications,

maintaining a website, and organizing events.

The technician will be part of a dynamic research team with opportunities

for professional development, presentations, co-authorship on scientific

manuscripts, and collaboration with colleagues at Rutgers, U. Washington,

the Coral Reef Alliance, and beyond. Rutgers offers many opportunities to

interact with biologists, oceanographers, climate scientists, and other

scholars in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, the

Rutgers Climate Institute, the Institute for Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric

Sciences, and the many other institutions in the New York region.

Minimum Qualifications

– A bachelor=E2=80=99s degree in ecology & evolution, marine biology, oceanography,

climate, or a related scientific field, or an equivalent combination of

education and relevant experience

– Exceptional organizational and data management skills

– Strong ability to accomplish tasks independently

– Excellent communication skills with professional colleagues

– Demonstrable skill with a scientific computing language (e.g., R, MATLAB,

or Python) and with data science applications

Preferred Qualifications

– Experience with data management, including spatial data

– Knowledge of coral reef biology, ecology, or oceanography

– Experience with computer clusters and scientific computing

– Start date in summer 2017

– Experience on the Meso-American Reef or in Fiji or Indonesia

To apply, please please send a cover letter that describes your interest in

the position, a curriculum vitae, and the contact information for three

references to Malin Pinsky (malin.pinsky@rutgers.edu). Please combine all

components of the application into a single file, and include =E2=80=9CCORAL tech

position=E2=80=9D in the subject line. Review of applications will begin on April

14, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

This is a full-time position, initially appointed for a period of 12 months

at an annual salary of $30,860-$35,000 (depending on qualifications), plus

health insurance, retirement contributions, and other benefits. The

position can be extended for at least one year depending on performance.

More information about the Pinsky lab can be found at

http://pinsky.marine.rutgers.edu. Please contact Malin Pinsky (

malin.pinsky@rutgers.edu) if you have any questions.

Job: Research technician, Southern California, community ecology

We are hiring a research technician to work on a variety of field, lab, and greenhouse projects in community ecology. The position is based at the University of California, Riverside, and ideal for someone contemplating graduate school and looking for research experience. Experience and/or interest in the following are highly desirable:  field ecology, California flora, and programming in R.  Required are: ability to work well alone and in teams, enthusiasm for long field days, a valid driver=92s license, good critical thinking and organizational skills. This is a full-time position (40 hours/week), paying ~ $18/hr. Timing of the position is flexible, starting ASAP and lasting 6 months or potentially longer.  To apply, please email me your CV, a brief description of your past research experience in ecology and your interest in the position, and contact information for 1-2 references.  Please apply by April 10 for full consideration.

Thanks,

Jeff

Field Technician – Aquatics Needed Tucson, AZ

Field Technician I-Limnology (with Instrumentation preferred secondary emphasis)

Location: Tucson, AZ    USWorker Category :Regular Full-Time

COMPANY OVERVIEW

Battelle and its affiliate, Battelle Ecology, Inc. manage and operate the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) project, which is solely funded by the National Science Foundation. A 30+ year project dedicated to understanding how changes in climate, land use and invasive species impact ecology, the observatory=92s scientists and engineers are collecting a comprehensive range of ecological data on a continental scale across 20 eco-climatic domains representing US ecosystems. Our teams use cutting-edge technology, including an airborne observation platform that captures images of regional landscapes and vegetation; mobile, relocatable, and fixed data collection sites with automated ground sensors to monitor soil and atmosphere; and trained field crews who observe and sample populations of diverse organisms and collect soil and water data. Once structures are completed, a leading edge cyberinfrastructure will calibrate, store and publish this information. The Observatory includes more than 500+ personnel and is the first of its kind designed to detect and enable forecasting of ecological change at continental scales.

JOB SUMMARY

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

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

LOCATION

The Domain 14 Field Technician’s primary work location is in Tucson, AZ. This position supports sites in the Desert Southwest Domain. Candidate sites are located in the Sonoran Desert at Sycamore Creek (northeast of Phoenix, AZ) and Santa Rita Experimental Range (south of Tucson, AZ), as well as the Chihuahuan Desert at Jornada Experimental Range (north of Las Cruces, NM).

Tucson is home to the University of Arizona, with an enrollment of 42,000 students.  The city hosts a wide variety of restaurants and cultural events.  In 2016, Tucson was designated a UNESCO World City of Gastronomy, the first city in the United States to receive that designation.  Excellent camping and recreational opportunities (mountain/road biking, snow sports, backpacking, etc.) among the forested mountain tops of the surrounding Madrean Sky Island Archipelago can be accessed less than an hour drive from Tucson.=20=20=20=20=20=20=20=

=20=20=20 ________________________________________

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Limnology emphasis:

=95Monitor and sample aquatic sites for water quality, biological indicators, physical properties of site (e.g. gaging streams, geomorphic mapping, etc.), and leading field crews to perform the aforementioned items.

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

=95Inspect and maintain aquatic sensors, gear and equipment.

=95Assist the Battelle Ecology, Inc. Systems Engineering Product Team with instrument installation and testing (approximately the first 6 months).

=95Perform aquatic vegetation diversity and primary productivity measurements.

=95Sample for aquatic invertebrate and fish diversity and abundance.

Instrumentation (tower) secondary emphasis:

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

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

=95Assist the Battelle Ecology, Inc. Systems Engineering Product Team with instrument installation and testing (approximately the first 6 months).

=95Record activities, completed work and trouble tickets according to Field Operations protocol.

General duties include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

=95Follow Battelle Ecology, Inc. safety and Field Operations policy and procedures.

Field activities may include:

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

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

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

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

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

Physical demands:

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

Work environment:

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

REQUIRED: EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

All Technician Levels:

=95Ability to work in a team environment.

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

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

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

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

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

=95One (1) or more years=92 related experience. Previous experience in scheduling, training, leading and auditing the performance of field crews required.

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

Leadership:

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

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

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

Skills:

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

=95Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.

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

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

=95High level of attention to detail and accuracy.

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

Working conditions:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summer Forest Technician positions

We are seeking 3 full-time summer field assistants from the beginning of June through mid August, 2017.  We are looking for candidates that are interested and qualified for a project funded by Indiana University and the Smithsonian Institution=92s Forest Global Earth Observatory.  The=20

positions will work as a team to re-census trees in an old growth forest near Nashville, Indiana.  Qualified applicants should be:

1) adept at tree identification of eastern US hardwood species

2) familiar with basic forest mensuration techniques

3) be willing to work in various weather conditions and able to carry=20

loads across rugged terrain.=20=20

Other duties may include data entry and dendrometer band measurement and installation.  The pay rate is $15/hr.

  Send cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position and any conflicts with the time frame, resume or CV, and contact=

=20

information for two references by April 19th to Daniel Johnson at=20=20

djj4tree@gmail.com.

Santa Barbara REU

A Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer fellowship is open

for one student at the Marine Science Institute, University of California

Santa Barbara. Duration is 12 weeks, June 3-Aug 29, although these dates

can be somewhat flexible to accommodate academic schedules. We invite

applications from qualified, highly motivated undergraduate students from

U.S. colleges/universities to participate in a 12-week lab and field based

summer research experience. U.S. citizenship is required. The student will

be involved with an NSF-funded project on the transport of drifting kelp

from coastal kelp forests to sandy beaches where it washes up as wrack. The

main objective of the project is evaluate how variation in kelp wrack input

affects patterns and processes in beach ecosystems and to develop a

quantitative understanding of trophic connectivity through physical

transport and input of drift kelp from kelp forests to sandy beaches. The

student will learn ecological and/or physical oceanographic methods to

explore this topic, and will be required to write a report, in the format

of a scientific paper, and give a presentation on their project at the end

of the summer.  Travel costs to and from UCSB will be covered, and the

student will be provided with a weekly stipend for living expenses.  This

is a full-time commitment and any work or educational activities outside

the program must be approved.

Eligibility

You are eligible if you are an undergraduate student who has completed at

least two years of study towards a bachelor’s degree in a related topic

(including biology, ecology, or physics), and you will still be an

undergraduate in the fall after the summer program.  Students from

underrepresented groups and institutions with limited research

opportunities are especially encouraged to apply. Experience with

scientific diving is desirable but not required. Applicants must be U.S.

citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and its possessions. The

University of California is an equal opportunity employer and educator.

Application

Interested applicants should send a statement of interest, resume,

unofficial transcript, one letter of recommendation, and contact

information for one additional reference. The statement of interest should

be less than 500 words and include the following information: (i)

professional goals, (ii) interest in position, and (iii) relevant

experience.  Send application materials, preferably in one PDF file, to

Jenny Dugan (jenny.dugan@lifesci.ucsb.edu). Please include your name and

REU application in file names and subject line. You may also send all

application materials in hard copy by non-electronic mail service to: Jenny

Dugan, Marine Science Institute, UCSB, Santa Barbara CA 93601-6150. The

letter of recommendation should be sent directly from the recommender

(please include the applicants name in the subject line for emails).

Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Applications will be

accepted through April 21, 2016.

PhD & Msc positions in wetland ecosystem services and restoration

The Atwood and Kettenring labs in the Department of Watershed Sciences and the Ecology Center at Utah State University have openings for graduate students (MS and/or PhD) in wetland ecosystem services and wetland plant restoration, starting summer and fall 2017.  One project is primarily focused on quantifying ecosystem services in natural and restored Great Salt Lake wetlands and the prioritization of management actions based on different ecosystem service scenarios, under the guidance of Dr. Trisha Atwood (http://trishaatwood.weebly.com/), an aquatic ecologist with a focus on global change.  Students with past experience working in wetlands and/or working with conservation prioritization tools are particularly encouraged to apply.  A second project is focused on techniques for reestablishing native plants for supporting ecosystem functions and services in Great Salt Lake wetlands, under the guidance of Dr. Karin Kettenring (http://karinkettenring.weebly.com/), a plant ecologist who focuses wetland restoration and management.  Students with a background and interest in seed ecology, plant propagation, and/or wetland restoration are particularly encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should email Dr. Atwood (trisha.atwood@usu.edu) and Dr. Kettenring (karin.kettenring@usu.edu) with their transcripts (unofficial okay), GRE scores, a statement of research interests including preference for one or both projects, and a resume or CV.=20 Review of applicants will begin April 14, 2017, and the positions will remain open until filled.

Utah State University is located in picturesque Logan, UT, a community of 100,000 people situated 85 miles north of Salt Lake City.  Logan has a low cost of living and is located in a semi-rural mountain basin with nearby ski resorts, lakes, rivers, and mountains providing unparalleled recreational opportunities.

PhD & Msc positions in wetland ecosystem services and restoration

The Atwood and Kettenring labs in the Department of Watershed Sciences and the Ecology Center at Utah State University have openings for graduate students (MS and/or PhD) in wetland ecosystem services and wetland plant restoration, starting summer and fall 2017.  One project is primarily focused on quantifying ecosystem services in natural and restored Great Salt Lake wetlands and the prioritization of management actions based on different ecosystem service scenarios, under the guidance of Dr. Trisha Atwood (http://trishaatwood.weebly.com/), an aquatic ecologist with a focus on global change.  Students with past experience working in wetlands and/or working with conservation prioritization tools are particularly encouraged to apply.  A second project is focused on techniques for reestablishing native plants for supporting ecosystem functions and services in Great Salt Lake wetlands, under the guidance of Dr. Karin Kettenring (http://karinkettenring.weebly.com/), a plant ecologist who focuses wetland restoration and management.  Students with a background and interest in seed ecology, plant propagation, and/or wetland restoration are particularly encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should email Dr. Atwood (trisha.atwood@usu.edu) and Dr. Kettenring (karin.kettenring@usu.edu) with their transcripts (unofficial okay), GRE scores, a statement of research interests including preference for one or both projects, and a resume or CV.=20 Review of applicants will begin April 14, 2017, and the positions will remain open until filled.

Utah State University is located in picturesque Logan, UT, a community of 100,000 people situated 85 miles north of Salt Lake City.  Logan has a low cost of living and is located in a semi-rural mountain basin with nearby ski resorts, lakes, rivers, and mountains providing unparalleled recreational opportunities.

Santa Barbara LTER REU

A full time, three month REU internship is available as soon as May 2017.

Successful applicants will assist the Santa Barbara Coastal Long Term Ecological Research (SBC LTER) project in its investigations of factors (environmental, physiological) influencing the availability and utilization of various dissolved nitrogen species by macroalgae (and phytoplankton) in giant kelp forests off the coast of Santa Barbara, California. The project is an excellent opportunity to apply concepts of general chemistry and biology to answer fundamental questions about the functioning of important, sensitive coastal ecosystems.

Please send a resume, a statement of interest, and the names and contact information of two references to Jason Smith jmsmith@ucsb.edu

Field Assistant: Plague and small mammals

Field assistant for research plague and small mammals

Agency: Idaho Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, University of Idaho

Salary: $1,160 – $1,440 per month depending on experience

Job Category: Temporary/Seasonal Positions

Dates of Employment: 1 May 2017 =96 15 July 2017

Location: Council, Idaho

Last Date to Apply: 12 April 2017

Job Description:

The northern Idaho ground squirrel (Urocitellus brunneus) is federally threatened under ESA. We are using field experiments to assess the presence and effects that plague may have on northern Idaho ground squirrel populations and other small mammals associated with them. We capture and mark small mammals using PIT tags and ear tags from May through July.  We compare demographic parameters among treatments, including capture-recapture analyses to assess population attributes (e.g., survival rates).  We anesthetize small mammals (Columbian ground squirrels, northern Idaho ground squirrels, chipmunks, and mice) to collect fleas (a plague vector).=20

Field assistants will devote the majority of their time to trapping chipmunks and mice using Sherman traps.  We will vaccinate these animals to evaluate the presence of plague.  Field assistants may also assist other crews with: 1) ground squirrel trapping, 2) telemetry, 3) flea removal, and 4) other field duties.

Housing will be provided for the applicant during the field season.=20 Field housing may be rustic.  Housing may be a camp trailer, a cabin, or a wall tent.  Applicants must be willing to live for 3 months without daily phone and email access.  Field work will include various types of weather conditions (rain, snow, and heat), long hours, odd schedules, and physical work.  We will provide a vehicle for work to transport technicians between housing and the field sites.

Skills you will acquire:

=95 Trapping, handling, and processing small mammals (northern Idaho ground squirrels,=20=20=20    Columbian ground squirrels, chipmunks, and mice)

=95 Use of anesthesia in the field =95 Experience working with a listed species

Minimum Qualifications

=95=09Education:  B.S. degree in Natural Resources, Ecology, Conservation Biology, Environmental Science, or related field

=95=09At least 1 field season of prior outdoor field work (wildlife or plants) in a job setting =95=09Excellent skills in time and data organization/management

=95=09Demonstrated oral and written communication skills

=95=09Demonstrated ability to work independently =95=09Must be available for employment from 5 April of 2017 through 12 August 2017

=95=09Must be a US citizen or have a valid US green card to apply

Desirable Qualifications

=95=09Experience trapping and handling small mammals

=95=09Must be self-motivated

=95=09Experience living/camping in remote locations for extended periods

**Employment may be contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal background and/or driving investigation.**

How to apply:

Apply by sending a cover letter, CV, copy of college transcripts (unofficial are ok), and the email and phone numbers for at least three references in one document (PDF or Word) to Amanda Goldberg (agoldberg@uidaho.edu).  Please write “vaccine” in the subject line.  We will review applications as they are received.=20

The job will remain open until 12 April 2017 or until the position is filled.

Research Assistant in Grassland Insect Ecology (3-4 month position)

Job Description:  The USDA, Agriculture Research Service, Northern Plains

Agriculture Research Laboratory in Sidney, MT is seeking an enthusiastic and

hard-working individual to serve as a biological science aide.  Our research

focuses on grassland insect and rangeland ecology; specifically how

interactions between grasshoppers and Mormon crickets affect Mormon cricket

and grasshopper diets, insect immunity to pathogens, and grassland health.

Work may include sampling grasshoppers and other rangeland insects in large

scale experiments, sampling rangeland plants, setting up and conducting

manipulative experiments in the field and lab.  Most field work will be

conducted in subalpine meadows at 9000 feet elevation in the Bighorn

Mountains in northern Wyoming. A willingness to drive on overnight travel to

sites in Wyoming will be required.

Salary: $11.48 =96 12.53 per hour (GS-2 =96 GS-3) dependent on experience and

education.  Dorm-style, shared housing is available on location for ~$140

per month, including utilities, internet and basic cable TV.

Dates: Starting June 11 through the end of September or October, depending

on a candidate=92s availability.

Qualifications: The candidate must be a US citizen.  Additionally, the

candidate should be physically fit, able to walk rapidly over rangeland, and

comfortable spending long hours outside at high elevation. The candidate

will need a driver=92s license.  Willingness to work long days, and some

weekends when necessary is also a must.  Undergraduate course work in

ecology, entomology, range or environmental sciences, and previous field

work experience is preferred, but not required.=20

Application process: Please send cover letter, resume, and names and contact

information of two references (electronically) to Robert Srygley

(robert.srygley@ars.usda.gov).  Be sure to include available start and end

dates. In your cover letter and please describe any experience or coursework

you have in relevant areas such as field ecology, entomology, or plant

identification In your cover letter or resume.

Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and continue until the

position is filled. For more information on the grasshopper research program

visit: www.ars.usda.gov/pa/nparl/rsrygley or contact us directly.

Research Assistantships – Primate Sensory Ecology

PRIMATE SENSORY ECOLOGY PROGRAM

Research assistants on this project will use feeding experiments to test the reliance of saddleback (Leontocebus weddelli) and emperor (Saguinus imperator) tamarins on vision, olfaction, and taste in the wild.

Tamarins are a particularly special subset in which to examine the role of vision because they display a sex-biased variation in trichromatic, or color, vision. In this project, we also explore sensory ecology in relation to a variety of stimuli, such as familiar/unfamiliar alarm calls, urine, or scent-gland compounds. Participants will learn how to design and conduct the experiments, record behavioral data, and perform basic data analysis in the field.

All of this work is sanctioned by the Amazon Conservation Association, the Animal Care Committee of the University of Missouri, St. Louis, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in Peru.

PROGRAM DATES FOR 2017

Session one: June 16th =96 July 8th

Session two: June 30th =96 July 22nd

APPLICATION DEADLINE

April 17, 2017, or until all program openings are full

PROGRAM FEE

$1350 for the minimum 3-week session; RAs may stay longer at a rate of $450 each additional week (includes all lodging and food, as well as transportation from Puerto Maldonado to the field station and back).

PAYMENT ASSISTANCE

While we currently do not offer any scholarships for these programs, we do provide an optional peer-to-peer crowd funding platform that can significantly reduce costs.

LEARN MORE

https://fieldprojects.org/research/sensory-experiments

ABOUT US

Field Projects International is a 501(c)(3) organization chartered to conduct field biology research and provide tropical ecology education.

PhD or MSc in wetland ecology & restoration

Graduate Research Assistantships in Wetland Ecosystem Services and Restoration

The Atwood and Kettenring labs in the Department of Watershed Sciences and the Ecology Center at Utah State University have openings for graduate students (MS and/or PhD) in wetland ecosystem services and wetland plant restoration, starting summer and fall 2017.  One project is primarily focused on quantifying ecosystem services in natural and restored Great Salt Lake wetlands and the prioritization of management actions based on different ecosystem service scenarios, under the guidance of Dr. Trisha Atwood (http://trishaatwood.weebly.com/), an aquatic ecologist with a focus on global change.  Students with past experience working in wetlands and/or working with conservation prioritization tools are particularly encouraged to apply.  A second project is focused on techniques for reestablishing native plants for supporting ecosystem functions and services in Great Salt Lake wetlands, under the guidance of Dr. Karin Kettenring (http://karinkettenring.weebly.com/), a plant ecologist who focuses wetland restoration and management.  Students with a background and interest in seed ecology, plant propagation, and/or wetland restoration are particularly encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should email Dr. Atwood (trisha.atwwod@usu.edu)=20

and Dr. Kettenring (karin.kettenring@usu.edu) with their transcripts (unofficial okay), GRE scores, a statement of research interests including preference for one or both projects, and a resume or CV.=20 Review of applicants will begin April 14, 2017, and the positions will remain open until filled.

Utah State University is located in picturesque Logan, UT, a community of 100,000 people situated 85 miles north of Salt Lake City.  Logan has a low cost of living and is located in a semi-rural mountain basin with nearby ski resorts, lakes, rivers, and mountains providing unparalleled recreational opportunities.

RESEARCH ASSISTANT/CREW LEADER FOR VEGETATION SAMPLING-Eastern MA

Research Assistant/Crew Leader for vegetation Sampling =96 Eastern Massachusetts

Sustainable Working Landscape (SWL)

Full Time 13-week position

Summary

The Harvard Forest is seeking an energetic person with field experience in sampling forest vegetation as part of an ongoing forest dynamics research project. The assistant will work with minimal supervision, locating pre-existing plots, sampling vegetation (trees, shrubs, herbs), entering data into spreadsheets, and establishing new plots. At the beginning of the summer the RA will help with training the field crew, and be leading the crew in the day-to-

day operations of the field sampling. This summer=92s work will serve as the ongoing long-

term ecological monitoring program in Lincoln and Concord Massachusetts, located in and around Walden Woods.

Required Education, Experience, and Skills

-=09One full season of field experience sampling forest vegetation REQUIRED

-=09Experience with map and compass, GPS, plant identification, and sampling methods

-=09Understanding of New England=92s forest plant communities and succession patterns

-=09Background in ecology, forestry, and/or botany

-=09Experience in entering data into an Excel spreadsheet

-=09Ability to learn quickly, work independently, and be self-motivated in challenging conditions

-=09Access to a reliable vehicle and valid driver=92s license

Working Conditions

Applicants must be in good physical health and capable of lifting 50 pounds. The ability to use a map and compass and a GPS unit to find sample plots that are located off trails and through dense understory vegetation is a must. Must be willing to work outdoors all day and under most weather conditions while maintaining a positive attitude.  This project will involve minimal amounts of indoor work.

Compensation, Benefits and Application Process

Pay will be $20 hour/ approximately 40 hours a week, 13-week full time appointment. Possible part-time work before the summer sampling starts and after the summer sampling concludes.  No benefits.

To Apply and For More Information

Application deadline is April 20th. Potential applicants are encouraged to visit: http://www.wildlandsandwoodlands.org/science-initiatives/stewardship-science to learn more about the overall project goals and field methods. Please send your cover letter, resume, and a list of three references to hfapps@fas.harvard.edu to the attention of Jay Aylward.

Masters of Science in Environmental Studies program – UNC-Wilmington

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is currently recruiting for the

Fall 2017 cohort in the Masters of Science in Environmental Studies program.

Deadline for applications is April 15.

Our non-thesis program is an exciting, interdisciplinary curriculum focusing

on linking classroom experience with hands-on fieldwork, culminating in a

semester-long internship/practicum with an environmentally-related

organization. Our program is both challenging and rewarding, with a high

degree of collegiality among students and faculty.

=20

MS concentrations are available in:

-Coastal Management

-Environmental Conservation and Management

-Marine and Coastal Education

-Environmental Education and Interpretation

An Individualized Concentration is also available for those who wish to

design their own curriculum in conjunction with faculty.

For more information, and a link to application materials:=20

http://www.uncw.edu/evs/graduate_programs.html.=20

Be sure to watch our short video about the program with student

testimonials:

http://catalogue.uncw.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=3D40&poid=3D6798&returnto=3D5215

For more information about UNCW, feel free to see our University=92s web site:

www.uncw.edu.

=20

Again, the deadline for Fall 2017 is April 15, 2017.

For questions or additional information, please feel free to contact me.=20

Best wishes,

Dr. James A. Rotenberg

Graduate Program Coordinator

email: rotenbergj@uncw.edu

SciComm Intern in ESA’s Washington, DC office

ESA seeks an energetic ecology, biology, or environmental science student or recent graduate with strong communication skills to help raise awareness of events at ESA and the research published in our scholarly journals.

The communications intern will work with Liza Lester, ESA’s public information manager, to track news stories about the society and its publications, update webpages, and share society news through ESA’s social media channels. Though the primary duties are databasing, webpage upkeep, and social media messaging, there may be opportunities to write or produce other creative work for ESA’s news page, Ecotone, pending time available and demonstrated ability.

Specific Activities:

* Data entry: track coverage of ESA in the news using Google search tools and record details in our news archive; collate information on presenters at ESA’s annual meeting

* Web content: format graphics and text for publication on ESA webpages; locate and caption appropriate images to illustrate news items=20

* Social media: create and schedule teasers for research articles, presentations, news, and events

* Fact-checking: research biographical details and other background information for ESA news articles.

Qualifications:

* Graduate student, senior undergraduate, or recent graduate of a biological or environmental sciences program=20

* Experience and interest in ecological research and science communication

* Demonstrated writing ability

* Familiar with Microsoft Excel, Flickr, Twitter, and Facebook

* Familiar with ESA scholarly journals a plus

* Basic HTML skills a plus

* Willing to perform data-entry and other basic tasks

* Willing to learn as needed and follow directions=20

* Must enjoy working effectively as part of a team

* Ability to maintain confidentiality=20

* Hours are flexible, but you must be available to work 10-20 hours per week in ESA’s downtown Washington, DC office during business hours (9am-6pm; M-F)

This is a paid, part-time internship based in ESA’s downtown Washington, DC office. The position is funded through June 30, 2017 and pays $15 per hour. Applicants must be available to work a regular schedule, 10-20 hours per week during business hours (9am-6pm; M-F). =20

How to apply:

Please email a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to Liza Lester, LLester@esa.org. Please put “Communications Intern” in the subject line. The position is open until filled.

ESA is an Equal Opportunity employer.=20

Position announcement: Biological Technician

Nature’s Capital is a small business located in Boise, Idaho. Our mission is to assist clients in the maintenance and enhancement of the natural capital assets found in biological and physical resources. We provide scientifically sound, high quality ecological inventory and assessment information and management recommendations founded in knowledge of ecosystem processes and functions. Nature’s Capital is seeking to fill up to four seasonal Biological Technician positions.

The Biological Technician will assist in collecting and summarizing data on the ecology of forest, shrubland, and grassland vegetation. Duties include making observations and recording data on plant species composition, stand structure, and environmental factors influencing the distribution of plant communities or species. Duties may include recording, summarizing, and proofreading technical information; use of word processing, spreadsheet, database, or GIS software; or interpreting spatial imagery or other technical map products. The position will require demonstrated experience in back country travel; some experience in use of basic tools such as a field compass, topographic maps, clinometer, altimeter, and global positioning systems; and operation of motor vehicles on unimproved roadways.

Work activities require ability to walk for several hours in rugged terrain and work in extreme weather conditions. Work schedules will require overnight travel and primitive camping in remote locations.

Minimum Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree in botany, ecology, forestry, range or a related field, or an equivalent combination of courses leading to a bachelor’s degree and work experience. Work experience should demonstrate some knowledge of a regional flora and ability to complete tasks outlined in the position description (for example, some experience identifying plants using a taxonomical key; measuring tree growth; sampling vegetation using standard plant ecology, common stand examination, ecological site inventory, or forest inventory analysis methods; rare plant or noxious weed survey methods; or habitat and population monitoring methods). Back country experience must be documented either through work history or recreational activities such as hiking, skiing or mountaineering. Current certification in standard first aid is required (more advanced certification, for example, Wilderness First Responder, is preferred).

Candidates with strong back country experience and interest in acquiring skills and career experience in field ecology are encouraged to apply.

To apply for a Biological Technician position, please send a current resume as an email attachment to srust@naturescap.com. Include the job title in the subject line. Please provide contact information for individuals with knowledge of your experience and capabilities. Candidates for the position should make contact as soon as possible. Hiring decisions are planned to begin on or before April 15, 2017.

Nature’s Capital, LLC is an equal opportunity employer. Salary and benefits are competitive. Positions may be based in locations other than Boise, ID.

Job Outreach Announcement: Summer small-mammal trapping field technicians

Job Announcement: Summer small-mammal trapping field technicians

GS – 4, 5, 6, 7

Duty Station: Alta, Sacramento, Placerville, CA

Reply Due:  April 12, 2017

  *

If you are interested in receiving a copy of the vacancy announcement for this position complete the attached Outreach Notice Response Form and return it to eabelson@fs.fed.us<mailto:eabelson@fs.fed.us>.

This notification is being circulated to inform prospective applicants of this upcoming opportunity.  If you are interested in receiving a copy of the vacancy announcement (job announcement) for this position complete the attached Outreach Notice Response at the bottom of this email and return it to eabelson@fs.fed.us<mailto:eabelson@fs.fed.us>.

POSITION INFORMATION:

Temporary Biological Sciences Technician (Wildlife) with the USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station: Series 0404, Grade 4, 5, 6 and 7.  Duty station: Alta, Sacramento or Placerville, California.

Start and end dates: At least three contiguous month period between May 2017 to end of September 2017

Salary:  Approximately $2,500 – $3,500/month depending on GS grade (4, 5, 6 or 7)

Project description: Project focuses on wildlife movement in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California (study area falls in the general area of Auburn, Cisco and Nevada City, CA) with a duty station in Alta, Sacramento or Placerville CA (dependent on project needs).  Understanding how roads isolate wildlife populations is critical to guide future mitigation efforts.  This work aims at developing a better understanding of how structures that provide safe passage across the road (e.g. culverts) help connect wildlife populations on opposite sides of the road.  We use small mammal traps, along with road-kill surveys, to examine the effects of roads broadly across the landscape.

Duties: Lead a team responsible for monitoring wildlife.  Applicant should be responsible, organized and motivated.  Field teams will predominantly be working with small-mammal traps but may also assist in road-kill surveys, camera-traps (remotely-triggered wildlife-cameras), and assessing underpasses for wildlife suitability.  Field work will involve navigating and hiking across rugged terrain to field sites while carrying heavy equipment.  Field work may also be largely focused on the road verges and will likely require extensive work on the road-side.  During periods without field work, efforts will be focused on data entry and identifying wildlife species in camera-trap photos.  Small-mammal trapping occurs in the early morning (6:00 AM – 10:00 AM) and again in the early evening (4:00 PM – 8:00 PM) to ensure small mammal safety.

Requirements: Must have experience handling small-mammals, working with small-mammal live-traps and California small-mammal identification. Applicant should have previous supervisory experience and be comfortable managing conflict.  Applicant should be detail oriented with the ability to take careful notes in field and office settings (Microsoft Excel experience).  Applicant should be in good physical condition with the ability to hike at high elevation and in rugged terrain while carrying equipment.  Applicant should be comfortable working outdoors and in challenging field conditions (e.g. hot/cold) including along roadsides.  Applicant should have basic competency using GPS/maps to locate field sites.  Available to work full-time (40 hours/week).

Desired qualifications (not required): Driver license; experience with camera-traps, possibility to work alternative schedules (e.g. 4 days on with 3 days off; 40 hr/week average) & an interest in ecology and wildlife biology.

PACIFIC SOUTHWEST RESEARCH STATION

If you are interested in this opportunity, please complete this form and send it by e-mail to eabelson@fs.fed.us<mailto:eabelson@fs.fed.us>

Please respond no later than April 12, 2017

INTERESTED APPLICANT INFORMATION:

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CURRENT STATION/LAB/REGION/FOREST/DISTRICT: (if applicable)

CURRENT PAY or SERIES AND GRADE: (if applicable)

CURRENT POSITION TITLE:

I AM ELIGIBLE FOR FEDERAL NON-COMPETITIVE HIRING AS:

VRA (Veterans Recruitment Authority) SCHEDULE A (Persons with disabilities)   Reinstatement (prior permanent career/career conditional employees) OTHER

**Note: for candidates that do not understand what these authorities mean, or the criteria that needs to be met in order to be eligible for non-competitive hiring authorities, please see the information below.

  *   30% or More Compensable Disabled Veterans: Temporary and career opportunities can be provided to qualified disabled veterans who were discharged because of a service-connected disability or retired with a disability rating of 30% or more, and have been rated by the VA since 1991 or later as having a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

OPM.Gov/Strategic Management of Human Capital<http://www.opm.gov/Strategic_Management_of_Human_Capital/fhfrc/FLX02020.asp>

  *   Veteran’s Recruitment Authority (VRA): Allows for temporary and career opportunities for positions at grade levels through GS-11. Qualified veterans must be disabled or, have served on active duty during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized or, received an Armed Forces Service Medal or, was recently (within the last 3 years) separated from active duty. OPM.Gov/Strategic Management of Human Capital<http://www.opm.gov/Strategic_Management_of_Human_Capital/fhfrc/FLX02020.asp>

Summer course

We are offering a summer course on Environmental and Resource Policy (ARE 3434) from May 30 to June 30. This course intends to cover all of the major U.S. environmental policies and it is a 3000 level class. See attached for the course flyer:

 

 

LAST MINUTE MID APRIL OPENING: Conservation Member-AmeriCorps Montana

Subject: LAST MINUTE OPENING: Conservation Member-AmeriCorps

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

application HERE <http://mtcorps.org/join/conservation-intern2/>

immediately

Information is below:

GAIN PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND HELP PROTECT AND PRESERVE MONTANA’S NATURAL

HERITAGE!

Primary duties of the Montana Conservation Corps (MCC) Conservation

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

tasks related to natural resource projects, delivery of MCC program

components, and maintaining a positive working relationship with host sites

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

Site Supervisor and the Statewide Program Manager to ensure successful

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

entitled to the benefit package offered to all AmeriCorps Members

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

Living Stipend: $504 biweekly

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

Required Qualifications:

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

,watershed, agriculture, or education related field.

.                    Effective written and oral communication skills.

.                    Available for duration of entire term of service;

commitment to completing term

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

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

US.

Preferred Qualifications/Experience

.                    Previous natural resource experience, fieldwork, data

collection & analysis or plan development.

.                    Previous teaching or volunteer management experience.

.                    Proven ability to work with a diverse group of

stakeholders.

.                    Strong service ethic and desire to serve the community

and the environment.

Responsibilities:

.                    Work with Host Site staff to develop and implement

natural resource related field projects.

.                    Recruit and manage volunteers on field and service

projects; ensure participant safety on all projects.

.                    Develop materials (brochures, posters, PowerPoint

presentations) to use in community presentations.

.                    Conduct community outreach to educate community

stakeholders about natural resource related issues.

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

projects or educational presentations.

.                    Maintain accurate personnel, safety and project

records.

.                    Complete and submit required program reports in a

timely manner.

Qualified individuals with disabilities and those from diverse backgrounds

are strongly encouraged to apply.  We provide reasonable accommodations for

qualified individuals and are an equal opportunity employer

More Details

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

and a local Nonprofit

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

outside!).

.         There will also be volunteer recruitment/management, stakeholder

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

Outreach and lots of other opportunity to explore personal/professional

interests

APPLY HERE:  <http://mtcorps.org/join/conservation-intern2/>

http://mtcorps.org/join/conservation-intern2/

Bryan Wilson

Program Manager

Big Sky Watershed Corps

206 N. Grand Avenue / Bozeman, MT 59715

T: (406)-585-5913

C: 330-242-4482

Montana Conservation Corps inspires young people through hands on

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

citizens who improve their communities.

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

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

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

Ph.D. applicants must have a graduate degree in Biology, Ecology, Zoology, Evolutionary Biology, or a related field. Ideally, the same would be an asset for MSc applicants. Applicant must have a high overall GPA (especially in related courses). Experience with ecological modeling, freshwater fish ecology, database management, and programming skills are considered an asset. Applicants should clearly articulate how this research will build on your existing experience, specific skills and provide a date of availability.  Applicants interested in this position, please send an email to Dr. Mark Poesch (poesch(at)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=92=

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

Contact Information:

Dr. Mark Poesch Assistant Professor, Conservation Ecology

University of Alberta, Department of Renewable Resources

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

Ph: 780-492-4827=20=20=20=20=20=20=20 Email: Poesch(at)ualberta.ca=20=20=20 Website: www.markpoesch.com

Field Technician I – Botany Needed Oak Ridge, TN

Field Technician I – Botany

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

COMPANY OVERVIEW

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

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

JOB SUMMARY

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

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

LOCATION

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

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

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

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

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Botany emphasis:

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

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

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

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

General duties include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Field activities may include:

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

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

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

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

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

Physical demands:

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

=95Work environment:

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

.

REQUIRED: EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

=95Ability to work in a team environment.

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

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

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

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

Field Technician I

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

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

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

Leadership:

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

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

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

Skills:

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

=95Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.

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

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

=95High level of attention to detail and accuracy.

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

Working conditions:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Internship: Costa Rican Birds

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

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

Qualifications: Conversational Spanish ability, a passion for birds, a valid passport, a strong work ethic, and a capacity to work long hours (and early mornings) in the field in rugged terrain are required. Preference will be given to applicants with prior banding, radio telemetry, and/or point counting experience. To apply, send a recent CV highlighting your qualifications for the position and including contact information for three professional references with =93Costa Rica Bird Internship=94 in the subject line to Cody Cox at codycox75@uga.edu.

Location: San Luis de Monteverde, Costa Rica

Salary: $500/month (housing included)

Start Date: 5/20/2017

Last Date to Apply: 4/21/2017

Contact Person: Cody Cox

Contact email: codycox75@uga.edu

Contact Phone: 404-964-9771

MS students in coastal marine ecology at Sam Houston State University

The Coastal Marine Ecology Program at Sam Houston State University is

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

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

resilience, preferentially in estuarine ecosystems. Students will be

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

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

with extramural research with collaborating partners of the Program.

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

https://sites.google.com/site/matichphilip/

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

https://www.facebook.com/CoastalMarineEcologyProgram/

for current research topics.

Sam Houston State University (http://www.shsu.edu/) provides its students

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

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

environments, while offering a diversity of graduate courses and research

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

matich.philip@shsu.edu

Biological Science Aide, Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center

Job title: Biological Science Aide

Series/Grade: GS-0404-03

Start Date: June 2017

Position Length: 3 months

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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EOARC-Burns

67826-A Hwy 205

Burns, OR 97720

elsie.denton@ars.usda.gov

(541) 573-8912

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

Starting Date: Preferably end of May 2017

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

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

http://www.sdstate.edu/biology-and-microbiology

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

I encourage you to contact me, if interested at: charles.fenster@sdstate.edu

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

https://charlesbfenster.wordpress.com/

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

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

=95=09concrete evidence of interest in this project

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

Funding options are available for both US and International students.

Job:UKansas.ResAsst.Drosophila.ComplexTraits

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

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

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

For a complete announcement and to apply online, go to https://employment.ku.edu/staff/8336BR

Please direct any questions about the position to Stuart Macdonald (sjmac@ku.edu).

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

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information and retaliation in the University’s programs and activities. Access to information regarding equal opportunity and diversity worksite posters is available at http://www.humanresources.ku.edu/policies_procedures/category_details/index.aspx?category=8 or you may contact 785-864-4946 or employ@ku.edu for alternate access options. Any inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies should be directed to: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY.

Job: Research Assistant in Pollinator Health Purdue University

Research Laboratory/Field Technician Position in Ecology/Entomology

Department of Entomology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Position Summary:

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

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

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

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

Application deadline April 7 or until the position is filled.

REU Position Available – Northeastern Marine Science Center

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

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

https://www.northeastern.edu/bowen_lab/

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

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

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

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

two REU positions in northern Alaska

We are seeking enthusiastic undergraduate researchers interested in summer

field research in Alaska for two REU positions in the Bret-Harte and Ruess

labs at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  Our overall research objective

is to understand the ecosystem and global consequences of potential future

changes in arctic vegetation.  In this project, we are focusing on the

mechanisms by which increasing abundance of large deciduous shrubs in tundra

ecosystems may alter the near-surface cycling of C and N, and feedbacks to

further vegetation change. You will assist with fieldwork in arctic tundra

and laboratory work consisting of tasks such as plant sorting and data

entry. You will collaborate closely with the principal investigators,

graduate students, and technicians to develop an independent research

project of your own that will build on the ongoing research, and will

present your work at an informal symposium at the Toolik Field Station. In

addition, you will attend weekly seminars on the research at the station. You will be based at the Toolik Field Station, north of the Brooks Range in

arctic Alaska (http://toolik.alaska.edu), which is the focus of research by

nearly >100 scientists who work on a variety of terrestrial and aquatic

ecology projects.  The positions will last approximately 10 weeks, starting

in mid-June, though there is some flexibility.=20

Class background in plant ecology, botany, ecosystem ecology, statistics,

and computer science would be an advantage.  Experience in field or

laboratory, experience with data analysis, and experience working in a

remote field site is preferred.  You should have skills with plant

identification, data collecting and recording, data manipulation in Excel,

and data analysis. You must be willing to work in the field, occasionally

under adverse weather conditions.  A valid U.S. drivers=92s license is

preferred.  Competent, careful, emotionally mature, and enthusiastic people

desired!  We want the work to be both fun and challenging.  You must be a

U.S. citizen or permanent resident and currently enrolled in an

undergraduate degree program, with graduation expected no sooner than fall

2017.  You must provide a copy of your social security card at the time of

employment.  Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

If you are interested in this position, send 1) a copy of your resume,

including the names and contact information for 3 references, 2) a list of

your coursework in biology, ecology, chemistry, and math/statistics, and 3)

a cover letter than explains why you are interested, describes your

background and research experience, and includes anything that you think

would convince us that you are the most appropriate person for this

position, to Syndonia Bret-Harte, msbretharte@alaska.edu by April 10, 2017.

We will contact you to discuss the position.

Graduate position: MichiganStateU.PopGenomics

Graduate Student-PhD, forest pathology (genetics/genomics)

Position Description:

The Forest Pathology Lab at Michigan State University (East Lansing,
MI) is accepting applications for a graduate student (PhD level) to
start as a research assistant in the Summer of 2017 and to enroll for
Fall 2017. We are looking for a highly-motivated individual to study
the population genomics of Ceratocystis fagacearum, the pathogen behind
the devastating disease of oaks “oak wilt”.  This is a unique
opportunity to combine traditional plant pathology research
(microscopy, field and culture work) with molecular and bioinformatics
approaches (PCR, qPCR and genome resequencing analyses). The candidate
will identify the population structure of C. fagacearum in the US and
evaluate known assays and, if required, develop novel molecular assays
to detect the pathogen. Furthermore, the candidate will investigate
seasonal variation in infection of red oak by C. fagacearum and
seasonal variation in red oak susceptibility. The candidate will be
part of a larger project focused on identifying high-risk periods of C.
fagacearum transmission and infection in Michigan. For further
information please go to the following web link:
https://forestpathology.msu.edu/research/oak-wilt/.

The Graduate student will have the option of a degree from either the
Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences or the Department of
Forestry, depending on their interests. The student will be supported
with three years of stipend, tuition waiver and health insurance.
Additional fellowship opportunities for graduate students at Michigan
State University are also available.

Position Requirements:

The ideal applicant will have an MSc and experience and interest in
molecular biology of tree pathogens, particularly in population
genetics/genomics and detection assays. Applicants must have a degree
in a relevant area, including plant pathology, forestry, mycology,
genomics, bioinformatics, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology,
botany, or other biological sciences. They should be self-motivated,
have strong interpersonal skills and be capable of working in a
multidisciplinary team. They must be able to perform experiments
independently and write scientific publications and other documents.
Applicants with prior experience in next-gen sequencing,
bioinformatics, pcr and qPCR are encouraged to apply. Excellent
communication, reading, and writing skills in English are also desired.
The selected candidate must meet eligibility requirements for work in
the U.S. by the start date. Additionally, candidates will need to meet
the minimum requirements outlined by Michigan State University’s
Graduate program (https://grad.msu.edu/).

Instructions For Applying:

If you are interested in this position please contact Dr. Monique
Sakalidis via email at sakalidi@msu.edu. Include a short statement of
interest, your CV and the contact details of three references. To be
accepted into the graduate program you will need to apply through the
MSU Graduate School https://grad.msu.edu/apply. Applications must be
received by April 20^th, 2017 to receive full consideration.

Specific information regarding the Plant pathology graduate program
please see http://www.psm.msu.edu/degree_cerficate_programs.

Specific information regarding the Forestry graduate program please see
http://www.for.msu.edu/graduate/important_information_for_graduate_appl
icants.

Organization Description:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer and the Department Plant, Soil and
Microbial Sciences and the Department of Forestry is committed to
promoting diversity in research.

Organization Website: www.msu.edu

Closing Date: April 20^th 2017

Monique Sakalidis <sakalidi@msu.edu>

Graduate position: SaintLouisU.FishEvolution

Graduate Research Assistant

Institution: Saint Louis University

Location: St. Louis, Missouri

Closing date: 14 April 2017

Research assistantship is recently available for a person seeking Ph.D.
degree and interested in studies of the diversity and evolution of
freshwater fishes globally.  Projects involve both molecular and
morphological taxonomic and/or systematic studies, as well as many
other areas that make use of uncovering previously unknown diversity
and phylogenetic relationships.  Student will be working in fully
developed laboratories for molecular and morphological studies,
curation of specimens and tissues, and a full array of microscopes of
different types, multiple camera systems, and full molecular
laboratory.

Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree and preferred applicants
will be those with experience with fieldwork with fishes, laboratory
experiences in molecular and/or morphological studies, statistical
background, and willingness to learn and adapt to new ideas,
techniques, and ideas.  Saint Louis University offers research
assistantships as 11-month appointments, full healthcare benefits. This
position will be for 12 months/year and with healthcare benefits. There
exists plenty of affordable housing within walking distance to campus.
Visit www.slu.edu.

Interested parties please contact Dr. Richard Mayden at
maydenrl@slu.edu or 314-977-3494.

Richard Mayden <maydenrl@slu.edu>

MS bats UFl

I am seeking a highly motivated M.S. student to join the University of Flor= ida, starting in August 2017. This student will join a research team invest= igating the ecology of bats in the Southeast. The student will characterize=  diets of bats in FL, GA, and AL, using molecular techniques. The second co= mponent of investigation could include spatial modeling of bat activity at = a landscape scale, or calculating the economic impact of bats as controller= s of insect pests.

The candidate must have an avid interest in genetic laboratory methods, and=  must be willing to work unusual hours in the field as demanded by the biol= ogy of the bats. An M.S. degree is possible in either ‘Wildlife Ecology and=  Conservation’ or ‘Interdisciplinary Ecology’.

Required credential include a B.S. in wildlife, ecology, natural resource c= onservation, environmental studies, or a related field; strong quantitative=  skills and demonstrated writing ability; competitive GPA and GRE scores. A= pplicants should be highly motivated, willing to work independently and as = part of a team, have experience using molecular techniques, experience with=  GIS, and field experience handling bats and extracting them from mist nets= .

If interested, send the following materials to holly.ober@ufl.edu<mailto:ho=
lly.ober@ufl.edu>: (1) a cover letter briefly describing your research inte= rests, career goals, and why you would like to pursue a graduate degree; (2=
) a resume; (3) unofficial copies of GRE scores and academic transcripts; a= nd (4) name, phone number and email address of 3 references. There is no ne= ed to pursue the official application process through the university until = candidate selection is complete.

The student will enroll in August 2017. Tuition, stipend, health insurance,=  and field expenses will be covered for two years from the date of hire. De= adline to apply is 15 April 2017. For more information, contact Dr. Holly O= ber (holly.ober@ufl.edu<mailto:holly.ober@ufl.edu>).

pollinator and monarch butterfly habitat enhancement in WV

Please find attached an employment announcement for a partner biologist with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and The National Resources Conservation Service.  The successful candidate will be working to implement pollinator and monarch butterfly habitat enhancement on private and public lands, building up outreach contacts and programs, and assisting in lepidoptera research and developing a pollinator conservation plan for West Virginia.  The position is for two years, 1733 hours per calendar year,  with potential for extension.
This would be a good entry level job for a new graduate.  Please post at Patuxent if possible, and feel free to forward to additional colleagues and students who would be interested.  The closing date is April 24,
2017.  Thank you for your time and consideration.   Best,  Susan Olcott

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Ph.D. Position in Landscape Ecology and Invasive Species

Professor Ross K. Meentemeyer at North Carolina State University seeks a Ph.D. student to join NSF- and USDA-sponsored research projects focused on the landscape dynamics of invasive pests and pathogens. The research projects will contribute to applied goals of developing geospatial approaches to modeling and managing the spatial spread of outbreaks, with a special emphasis on the problem of long-distance dispersal. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to join an interdisciplinary team of researchers in the Center for Geospatial Analytics (www.geospatial.ncsu.edu) developing open source data, models, and interactive decision-making tools designed to engage stakeholders and collaboratively solve complex problems. Ideal candidates will demonstrate desire and capacity for leveraging theoretical and applied advances in landscape ecology and modeling.

To learn more, please send a CV and brief letter of interest outlining your qualifications to Ross K. Meentemeyer (rkmeeente@ncsu.edu) by Friday April 7th. Please insert the following in the subject line of the email: =93Ph.D. Position in Landscape Ecology & Invasive Species.=94

PhD Student Seeks Field Assistant for Ant Collections

The Purcell lab in the Department of Entomology at UC Riverside seeks

motivated undergraduate students to contribute to summer research projects.=A0

Members of the Purcell lab study the behavioral, ecological, and genetic

basis of evolutionary transitions in social organization in insects such as

ants. One such project, focusing on division of labor in ants will require

an undergraduate research assistant this summer.=A0 Division of labor, in

which individual members of a society specialize in a single or narrow range

of tasks, is a prominent aspect of social insect biology and a major

contributor to their ecological dominance. Many social insects have

well-defined worker castes, either through age or morphological polyethism.

However, ant species of the genus Formica, native to North America and

Europe, don=92t have distinct worker castes, and the way in which labor is

divided within their colonies remains unknown. Mari West, a PhD student in

the Purcell lab, is investigating what behavioral, genetic, developmental,

and ecological factors act as worker caste determinants within this genus.

Her research this summer will consist of conducting behavioral observations

and field collections in Kananaskis, Alberta from mid-June to mid-August.

Applicants should have prior experience working in field conditions or else

an extensive hiking/camping background, be capable of working in a group or

independently, enjoy the outdoors, and be willing to work in rugged outdoor

conditions that have the potential to change rapidly. No prior entomological

experience is necessary, but applicants should be comfortable handling

insects, particularly sting-less ants. A successful applicant will gain

skills in behavioral observation, mark-recapture, experimental design, and

general social insect biology and may have the opportunity to carry out

his/her own side project. If interested, please send a brief letter of

interest and a resume/CV with at least 2 references to Mari West at

mwest008@ucr.edu. Applications will be accepted through April 15th, 2017.