Opportunities Archive

Grad student opportunities in coastal ecology at University of Virginia

The Castorani Lab at the University of Virginia is recruiting 1=E2=80=932 g=
students (MS or PhD) to study the population and community ecology of
coastal marine ecosystems. Students will be advised by Max Castorani (
http://maxcastorani.weebly.com/) and join UVA’s highly interdisciplinary
Department of Environmental Sciences (http://www.evsc.virginia.edu/).
Potential systems for field studies include coastal lagoons, salt marshes,
and seagrass meadows in Virginia, kelp forests in southern California, and
estuaries in northern California. Students will have the opportunity to
contribute to highly collaborative long-term ecological research in the
Virginia Coast Reserve LTER (https://www.vcrlter.virginia.edu/) and Santa
Barbara Coastal LTER (http://sbc.lternet.edu/).

Applicants should have strong interests in population dynamics, spatial
ecology (dispersal, landscape ecology, metapopulations), or community
ecology (biodiversity, species interactions, foundation species, invasive
species), especially in the context of ecological disturbances. Ideal
applicants will also have some or all of the following qualifications (or a
strong desire to learn these skills): (1) Experience in experimental field
ecology, ideally in coastal ecosystems; (2) Experience with data management
or analysis, ideally in the R programming language; (3) Interest in the
ecology of marine plants, algae, invertebrates, or fishes; (4) Experience
with the collection or analysis of remotely-sensed imagery using unmanned
aerial vehicles (drones) or satellites. Although research in the Castorani
Lab is primarily motivated by fundamental ecological questions, there are
opportunities for applied research related to coastal habitat restoration
(eelgrass) and aquaculture (oysters and clams).

Field resources include access to boating, laboratory, and mesocosm
facilities at the Anheuser-Busch Coastal Research Center (
https://www.abcrc.virginia.edu/) located at the Virginia Coast Reserve, a
highly dynamic coastal barrier landscape comprising tidal marshes, coastal
bays, and barrier islands. There are also opportunities for scuba-based
research in kelp forests located near Santa Barbara, California, as well as
field work at Point Reyes National Seashore near San Francisco.

UVA has a strong interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Environmental
Sciences (http://www.evsc.virginia.edu/academics/graduate/), offering
training and conducting research in ecology, geosciences, hydrology, and
atmospheric sciences. Graduate students accepted into the program are
typically supported through a mixture of teaching assistantships and
research assistantships that support full stipend, tuition, and health

Those interested should send (1) a CV with academic and professional
experience (including GPA); (2) a brief description of their background,
career goals, motivations for pursuing a graduate degree, research ideas,
and why they are specifically interested in joining the Castorani Lab; and
(3) contact information for 2=E2=80=933 references to Max Castorani (
max.castorani@ucsb.edu). The application deadline is January 15, 2018 for
enrollment in Fall 2018, however applicants should send an email expressing
their interest as soon as possible.

PhD and MS Assistantships: Insect Evolution, Auburn U.

The Hardy Lab at Auburn University (http://hardylab.skullisland.info/) is=
recruiting one PhD student and one MS student to start in the spring seme=
of 2018. Each position will be supported fully through research=20
assistantships, including a competitive stipend and tuition waiver.

The PhD student will work on an NSF-funded project to study the species=20=

diversification of aphids in North America. This will entail phylogeny=20=

estimation from genomic data, niche modeling from geospatial data, and=20=

comparative statistical analyses. Background in any of these areas would =
great, but the only thing that is required is an interest in the evolutio=
and biodiversity of insects.

The MS student will study the evolutionary genetics of host-use adaptatio=
n in=20
scale insects. This will entail a greenhouse-based selection experiment=20=

coupled with transcriptome sequencing and comparison. No prior knowledge =
these methods is required =96 just an interest in how plant-eating insect=
evolve (or in how gene expression changes with niche breadth). The=20
experiments have been designed. What=92s needed is an enterprising studen=
t to=20
do them.

If you are interested (or are interested enough to want more information)=
please send an email to Nate Hardy (n8@auburn.edu) with your CV and few w=
about yourslef. Applicants must meet requirements of admission to the Aub=
Graduate School (http://www.grad.auburn.edu/). There is a rolling admissi=
system. These vacancies will stay open until filled.

Forestry Field Technician positions available immediately- N. MI

The Walters Lab in the Department of Forestry at Michigan State University is looking to two additional field technicians for the current field season.  We are an applied forest ecology (silviculture) lab with a current focus on exploring alternative management regimes in northern hardwood forests. Field technicians will include characterizing vegetation structure in forests with harvest treatments scheduled for Winter 2017/18. Field sites are throughout the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula in Michigan.

Desired skills: Experience or aptitude for plant identification and GPS navigation; interest in forest ecology/silviculture; experience and/or desire to work outdoors in rugged conditions. Recent graduates are encouraged to apply.

Time Frame: As soon as possible – the end of summer or November 15.

Pay rate: $11/hr minimum, commensurate with experience. Typically 40 hours/week. We provide housing during work trips.

To apply: Submit a CV or resume, list of three references with contact information (including email and phone number), and a brief cover letter outlining your interest in the position and relevant experience, as well as your dates of availability, to Evan Farinosi (farinosi@msu.edu) with “Walters Lab Summer Field Technician” in the subject line.

Ph.D. student assistantship coastal and forest ecology

The OHalloran lab in the Department of Forestry and Environmental

Conservation at Clemson University currently has an opening for a Ph.D.

student starting in fall or winter of 2017.  We seek an enthusiastic and

inquisitive student who is interested in understanding mechanisms of

land-atmosphere interactions with particular focus on forests.  The student

will have the opportunity to create their own research project out of

several ongoing funded activities, including at AmeriFlux sites in Virginia

(loblolly pine and switchgrass) and a new eddy covariance tower in a salt marsh in coastal South Carolina. Potential broad research topics include: environmental controls on managed forest productivity, coastal carbon

cycling and greenhouse gas emissions, aerosol new particle formation, and coastal forest disturbance ecology. A student with sufficient incoming

transfer credits will spend one year completing coursework on main campus and then relocate to the Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest

Science to join the lab group at the coast and complete their fieldwork and

writing.  A full research assistantship (including stipend and tuition

waver) is available for three years, but students will also be encouraged to

seek their own funding through national fellowships (e.g. USDA, NASA, NSF).

Required Qualifications: Bachelor=92s degree in forestry, ecology, atmospheric

science or other closely related environmental science. Strong quantitative

abilities, self-motivation and desire to do field work in coastal South

Carolina, where the work is physically demanding in a hot, humid environment.

Preferred Qualifications: M.S. degree (highly preferred) in forestry,

ecology, atmospheric science or other closely related environmental science.

Programming experience in MATLAB or R.  Fieldwork experience in ecology or


To apply, send a CV, unofficial GRE and TOEFL scores (if available) and a cover letter stating your previous experience, interest in this specific

position, and future goals to Dr. O=92Halloran.  Review of applicants begins

immediately.  Contact info and more details about the lab are available here:


Waterbird Internship at San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory

The San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory (SFBBO) is seeking an intern to assist with waterbird field studies.  The internship will begin September 1, 2017 with a commitment through March 30, 2018 (7 months).  The time commitment will be 25-40 hours per week.  The internship will be based in Milpitas, CA.  The intern will receive training and mentorship from SFBBO staff and will develop their skills in waterbird survey techniques and data management. The intern will be assisting with surveys at managed ponds in support of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project (www.southbayrestoration.org). He/she will also assist with SFBBO=92s California Gull Research and Monitoring and Avian Disease Prevention programs. (www.sfbbo.org/science/index.php).

Key Responsibilities:

=95=09Conduct waterbird surveys and water quality sampling at South Bay salt evaporation ponds =95=09Conduct censuses of large gull colonies and behavioral surveys at landfills

=95=09Assist with surveys to collect dead, diseased, and injured birds in South Bay sloughs as part of an effort to prevent avian botulism outbreaks

=95=09Work with SFBBO staff, partner agencies, and volunteers to coordinate field work

=95=09Enter, proof, and manage data collected

=95=09Assist with equipment maintenance and other SFBBO projects as assigned

Required Qualifications:

=95=09Coursework toward a degree in biology, ecology, or related field

=95=09Familiarity with waterbird species of the San Francisco Bay (including shorebirds, waterfowl and gulls)

=95=09Good physical condition and enthusiasm for long days in the field

=95=09Willingness to tolerate harsh field conditions (mud, sun, dust, salt spray)

=95=09Willingness to work irregular hours including early mornings, evenings and some weekends

=95=09Strong work ethic, organizational skills, and attention to detail

=95=09Valid driver=92s license, clean driving record, and reliable personal vehicle

=95=09Ability to navigate and orient using maps =95=09Ability to work independently and as part of a team

=95=09Effective oral and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

=95=09Recently completed BA/BS in biology, ecology, or related field

=95=09Excellent waterbird identification skills

=95=09Off-road driving experience (SFBBO truck provided for off-road driving)

=95=09Solid computer skills, including working knowledge of MS Access and Excel

=95=09Experience conducting field work in the San Francisco Bay

Compensation:   Applicants should be students or recent graduates (within the last year) with a degree in wildlife biology, environmental science or a related field.  A stipend of $125/week will be provided.  Shared housing is not available.  An SFBBO vehicle or reimbursement for use of a personal vehicle will be available for pre-approved, work-related travel.  SFBBO will also provide most field gear, including a spotting scope.

To Apply: Please e-mail the following materials to Dr. Max Tarjan, mtarjan@sfbbo.org:  1) cover letter, 2) resume, 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. Include =93Waterbird Internship=94 in the e-mail subject.  The deadline for applications is August 11, 2017.  SFBBO is an EOE.=20=20

field technician position available immediately

A field technician position is available immediately in the lab of Dr. Brian Allan (http://www.life.illinois.edu/allan/) at the University of Illinois. The position will be based in Gainesville, Florida, as part of a Department of Defense-funded project to explore the potential effects of climate change on plant invasions, fire dynamics, and tick-borne disease risk on military installations in the southeastern United States. The project specifically seeks to address the feedbacks between plant invasions and fire ecology, how climate change may alter these dynamics, and the consequences for human risk of exposure to tick-borne diseases. The field technician will join an existing research team and travel to military installations in the southeast to conduct field work in August and September. The position is available immediately but starting no later than August 1 and may extend through the fall depending on the interests and skills of the hired technician. Candidates are expected to have completed a Bachelor’s degree by the time of employment, though candidates who have completed an M.S. are encouraged to apply. If interested, please contact Brian Allan (ballan@illinois.edu) to discuss availability and skills and expertise relevant to the project.

Research Technician – FSU Biological Sciences

Responsibilities: The research technician will be based in the

Department of Biological Sciences at FSU in Tallahassee, Florida,

supervised by Dr. Andrew Rassweiler, but will also work closely with Dr.

Sarah Lester in FSU’s Department of Geography.  The technician will help

support an exciting portfolio of projects focused on the topics of

marine biodiversity, coral reef resilience, ecological state change,

marine spatial planning, and sustainable fisheries and aquaculture.

Research in the lab is inherently interdisciplinary, focusing on

addressing fundamental questions in marine ecology, but also on applying

those insights to conservation and management. The position includes a

broad diversity of responsibilities and the ideal candidate is excited

to participate in a range of research activities.

The initial focus of the position will be on measuring marine

biodiversity as part of a multi-institution Marine Biodiversity

Observing Network project (http://sbc.marinebon.org/about/).  For this

project, the technician will help to develop a tradeoff framework to

estimate costs and benefits of alternative sampling methods and guide

decisions about the design of future monitoring.  The technician will

work with ecological data from diverse sources, and will participate in

the development of cutting-edge techniques for biodiversity monitoring.

In addition to this focal project, there will be opportunities to engage

in other research projects in the lab, including field work.

The research technician will be expected to:

– Assist with data acquisition, management, processing, and analysis of

large disparate datasets.

– Help with parameterizing and running simulation models.

– Conduct literature reviews and assist with preparing scientific

manuscripts and presentations, with the potential to be involved as a

co-author on papers.

– Assist with managing the lab, including purchasing supplies and

equipment, organizing the lab, coordinating lab logistics, and

recruiting and coordinating undergraduate research assistants.

– Participate in local marine fieldwork in coastal, intertidal and

possibly subtidal habitats.



– Bachelors or Masters degree in Marine Science, Ecology, Environmental

Science, or related field.

– Strong quantitative and statistical skills and/or interest in

developing those skills

– Experience with programming or scripted analysis in programs such as

R, SAS, Matlab or similar.

– Strong skills in data acquisition and management.

– Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team and


– Strong initiative and problem-solving skills

Preferred (but not required): AAUS certification, experience operating

small boats, proficiency with GIS.

Terms: Ideally the position would start in September 2017, but start

date is flexible. Initial appointment would be for one year, with strong

potential for renewal contingent on performance. Salary commensurate

with experience.

How to apply: Apply by submitting a cover letter, CV, and names and

contact information for three professional references as a single PDF to

rasster.lab@gmail.com.  Contact Dr. Andrew Rassweiler at

rassweiler@bio.fsu.edu with any questions. This position will remain

open until filled.  Application review will begin on July 15, 2017,

although all applications received before August 1 will be considered.

MS Marine Science and Oceanography

Florida Atlantic University is now accepting applications for a new program

that provides an unprecedented opportunity for graduate students to earn a

master=92s degree while working alongside leading scientists and engineers at

FAU=92s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and the Charles E. Schmidt

College of Science. The newly launched Master of Science in Marine Science

and Oceanography graduate degree program is the opportunity of a lifetime

for students interested in coastal and oceanographic science.=20 This hands-on experience will provide students with a broad understanding of

coastal, nearshore and oceanographic science while learning how to conduct

independent research. Students will be prepared for careers in research,

education, government, private-sector consulting and non-profit organizations.

Applications are being accepted now through August 4th for admission in the

Fall 2017 semester.

For more information and to apply online, visit


Field Tech- UC Berkeley Eel River Critical Zone Observatory

Lab Assistant 2
Eel River Critical Zone Observatory

The Eel River Critical Zone Observatory (ER CZO) at UC Berkeley is seeking a motivated, independent Lab Assistant 2 (working title: field technician) to join our research group. The position is to assist with data collection and data entry for the ER CZO, and includes regular travel to field sites at the Angelo Coast Range Reserve and Sagehorn Ranch in Mendocino county. The Lab Assistant will provide critical support to ongoing research projects and will assist graduate students and faculty researchers collect and maintain data at the ER CZO. The primary responsibility of the Lab Assistant is to lead field campaigns focused on geochemical sampling of groundwater and water extracted from a vadose zone monitoring system (VMS). The purpose of the VMS is to evaluate the flow paths, residence time, and geochemical evolution of water through the critical zone and its importance to driving ecologic processes and critical zone evolution. The Lab Assistant will conduct water sampling, geochemical measurements, and geophysical surveying at multiple field sites at regular 2-week intervals. The appointment is through Dec. 31st 2018, with the possibility of renewal.
Salary and benefits: This is a full-time, hourly position with benefits. Salary is $20.25/hr.
Required Qualifications:
Driver=92s license. Demonstrated field experience and basic computer skills. Must effectively work in groups and independently, sometimes in difficult field conditions.
Preferred Qualifications:
Willingness and ability to adapt to changing project needs. Professional demeanor and good interpersonal and leadership skills.

Interested applicants should send a CV/resume to Sarah Roy (ER CZO Project Coordinator) at smroy@berkeley.edu. Please indicate when you are available to start. You may also contact this email address with any questions regarding the position.

PhD and MS Assistantships: Aquatic Ecology (Purdue University)

PhD and MS Assistantships: Aquatic Ecology
Purdue University, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
West Lafayette, IN, USA

Graduate student (PhD or MS) assistantships available to participate in research projects exploring dynamics of fish and invertebrates.  These projects involve an integration of field studies, laboratory analyses, controlled experiments and quantitative modeling analyses.

Specific research topics include:

1)      Linking land-use and river characteristics to distributions of freshwater mussels (in collaboration with Indiana DNR).
2)      Factors influencing intra-specific variation of life history and trophic traits of fishes.

Selected individuals will enroll in Purdue University’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (www.ag.purdue.edu/fnr) in West Lafayette, IN.

Minimum qualifications include a BS (for MS position) or MS (for PhD position) in Biology, Ecology, Fisheries Science, or related field; GPA of 3.2 or greater; and above average GRE scores (at least 50th percentile for quantitative and verbal; at least 4.0 for analytical writing).

Assistantships include 12-month stipend, full tuition coverage, and insurance.

Start date:
January 2018.

How to Apply:
The positions will remain open until filled. For full consideration, please respond by 1-September-2017 and submit cover letter, CV, GRE scores (unofficial), transcript (unofficial), and names and contact numbers of three references to Tomas H=F6=F6k (thook@purdue.edu<mailto:thook@purdue.edu>; 765-496-6799;http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~thook).

For more information please contact:
Tomas H=F6=F6k


Purdue University is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer.

field technician, building/bird interactions

NEWARK FIELD TECHNICIAN needed 16 August through 10 November 2017 for
research evaluating building/bird interactions in Newark, NJ.  Modern
tall building in US cities, including Newark, have the potential to
cause significant mortality to migrant birds.  Duties include but are
not limited to pre-dawn surveys around buildings to document grounded
birds, transporting injured birds to the rehabilitator and data
management.  Proficiency with MS Excel and Word software a must.
Familiarity with birds of the northeastern US and use of hand-held GPS
preferred.  Applicants must be able to work independently or as part of
a team, and work irregular hours, including occasional weekends. Salary
$1800 – $2200/month, depending on experience. Must have a valid and
clean driver’s license.  Send cover letter of interest, resume and three
references, _as a single pdf document_, no later than July 31 to New
Jersey Audubon by email to hr.research@njaudubon.org
<mailto:hr.research@njaudubon.org>. Please include “Newark Fall” in the
subject line so that your resume is routed properly. /We are committed
to building a diverse team and strongly encourage all qualified
professionals to apply. The New Jersey Audubon Society is an Equal
Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex,
race, age, national origin, ethnic background, disability or any other
characteristic protected by law./

René Buccinna

Administrative Assistant

NJ Audubon/Cape May Bird Observatory

600 Route 47 N

Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

Phone: 609-400-3852 (NOTE DIRECT PHONE NUMBER)

Fax: 609-861-1651

Email: rene.buccinna@njaudubon.org <mailto:rene.buccinna@njaudubon.org>

Connecting People with Nature since 1897

Job Announcement – Biological Intern

In addition to our previous announcement for a Science Writer, the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center is seeking an enthusiastic individual to assist with projects related to research and monitoring of native and invasive reptiles in South Florida. Intern will be expected to work 40 hours a week, including some nights, for a period of three months.

Intern will work with scientists and managers from the University of Florida as well as state and federal agencies. Primary duties include radio telemetry, live trapping, and camera trapping for Argentine Black & White Tegus, as well as herpetofaunal surveys (75%), and necropsy of select specimens (25%). This opportunity will provide necessary training and exposure to arduous conditions of southern Florida and hands-on experience with native and invasive exotic reptiles. Additional duties include data entry and other tasks as assigned. Depending on availability, intern may have occasional opportunities to participate in other research projects.

– Possess or pursuing degree in ecology, biology, wildlife,
environmental science, or related field
– Maintain work quality and positive attitude in challenging, muddy,
rocky, remote settings in hot and humid weather with biting insects,
alligators, and venomous snakes
– Experience regularly hiking long distances in heat
– Excellent communication skills and accurate data recording are
– Ability to work independently and with others in a fast-paced
– Possession or ability to obtain a valid Florida driver’s license
– Experience navigating off-trail with aid of GPS and compass
– Working knowledge of South Florida ecosystems and wildlife, experience
operating vehicles with 4WD and manual transmissions, and first aid/CPR
training is helpful but not required

*Salary:* $12.50/hour

*Start date:* As soon as ideal candidate is identified and available.

*To apply:* Please send letter of interest and resume or CV by email to Mike Rochford at crocdoc_jobs@hotmail.com and use subject heading =E2=80=9CBiological Intern=E2=80=9D

*More information: *http://crocdoc.ifas.ufl.edu/

New Master’s Program in Conservation and Restoration at UC-Irvine

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) and the Center for Environmental Biology (CEB) at the University of California, Irvine are excited to announce the new Masters of Conservation and Restoration Science (MCRS) graduate program providing training for students interested in careers in the research and management of natural resources. Now accepting applications for Fall 2017, sectors and potential careers for MCRS graduates include: non-profit land management sector, local and federal government agencies, and environmental consulting firms. For more information visit the MCRS webpage (http://mcrs.bio.uci.edu), or contact program administrators at uciconresscience@uci.edu.

The MCRS degree will provide students with the academic and professional skills needed to study, protect, and conserve natural resources, and to hold leadership and management positions in environmental fields related to conservation, restoration, and sustainability. Targeted at working adults and recent graduates (within the last five years), the program will begin the 2017 academic year with traditional quarter and class-based offerings. Potential applicants will need a B.A. or B.S. degree, preferably in the natural sciences (biology, conservation biology, ecology, environmental science, forestry, wildlife biology, horticulture, or similar degree title) from a fully accredited academic institution.=20 Applicants with undergraduate degrees in other areas will be considered, but must demonstrate proficiency in the natural sciences and/or practical experience working in this professional field.

The program includes two years of coursework and activities, including 18 units of core courses (e.g., ecology, conservation science), 16 units of topical electives (e.g., environmental policy, land use policy), 18 units of technical and professional skills courses (e.g., technical writing, GIS), and 8 units associated with technical and professional workshops (e.g., regional professional gatherings). A collaborative, year-

long group capstone project (12 units), aligned with community partners, integrates the program’s learning objectives and applies students’ new skills to key environmental challenges facing society.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with a first class for Fall 2017 admitted by August 1, 2017.

Travis E. Huxman

Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Director, Center for Environmental Biology

University of California

Irvine, CA 92697-2525

Volunteer Research Assistant in Tropical Seed Dispersal

SUMMARY: 1 volunteer research assistant is needed for approximately 3 months beginning August 1st 2017 to assist a PhD student investigating  avian seed dispersal in the Dominican Republic.

ORGANIZATION: Avian Ecology Lab, Old Dominion University (Virginia, United States)

RESEARCH LOCATION: Jarabacoa, La Vega, Dominican Republic

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Volunteer field assistants will be trained to collect data for numerous field research activities, including avian surveys and flower/fruit phenology along transects/plots, focal foraging  observations on study trees, collecting samples from seed traps in abandoned pastures, collecting fruits and herbarium samples from native  forest plants, and data entry. Other activities will involve manual labor on such projects as volunteer work on an organic farm, plot fence  repair, and maintain rustic trails along transects.

For more information about the project, visit


LOGISTICS & COMPENSATION: Accommodations will be provided at a local  ecolodge in the town of Jarabacoa. Meals, consisting of typical Dominican food, will be provided to the volunteer at no cost during their stay. Reimbursement (within reason) will be provided for food expenses for field trips to distant sites. Assistants will be expected  to contribute 18-22 days of work to the project per month, in addition  to one day per week devoted to assisting with environmental activities  and organic farming at the ecolodge. All costs for in-country transportation and lodging will be provided by the project (with the exception of recreational trips on off days). Transportation to field sites (rural farms) will be either by vehicle or as a passenger on a motor-bike. Volunteers are expected to cover their own travel costs the  Dominican Republic. The target start date for this position is August 1st, 2017 and the assistant must commit to a minimum of 12 weeks on the  project.

FIELD STATION & AMMENITIES: Assistants should expect to share a dormitory-style room with a male roommate. Potable water, refrigerator,  (cold) showers, and wireless internet are available at the ecolodge.

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPECTATIONS: Competitive candidates for this positi=

on will have demonstrated experience with botanical or wildlife research in  the field. The applicant must be in good physical condition with a willingness to tolerate difficult working conditions. We routinely hike  10 km each day, often carrying 20-30 lbs of equipment. Strong organizational skills are expected for this position to adequately manage data collection and entry as well as the ability to work independently at times. An intermediate level of conversational Spanish  is a prerequisite, and applicants will be tested on their ability to communicate in Spanish during the interview. These communication skills  are essential, since the volunteer will spend most of the time working  under a Dominican field crew leader as well as communicating with private land owners and our conservation partners. Additionally, applicants will be tested on recognition of bird calls provided in advance of the interview.

OTHER COMMENTS: This position is ideal for undergraduates or recent graduates looking for experience in field ecology, wildlife/plant sciences, and conservation biology for their careers. Undergraduates considering applying should communicate with their academic advisor to  inquire about the possibility of using the experience to count for course credits.


Please send=85

(1) A one-page cover letter detailing your interest in the position and  summarizing your relevant background and professional goals. I especially want to know how you see this experience benefitting you moving forward with your career.

(2) A resume or CV detailing your experiences relevant to the qualifications discussed above.

(3) Information for 2 references who, preferably, know your work habits  in a field or laboratory/office setting. Provide name, title, and email  for each of these persons.


Materials must be received by July 7th 2017 to guarantee consideration,  though interviews may begin sooner, so there is an advantage to applying  early. Decisions will be made as qualified candidates are found, following phone/Skype interviews and consulting references.

Send all materials in a single PDF document to:

Spencer Schubert

Department of Biological Sciences

Old Dominion University

Email: sschu001@odu.edu

field technician, birds, in NJ

HARBOR HERON FIELD TECHNICIAN needed 15 July through 15 November, 2017 for research involving monitoring foraging egrets and herons in the NJ Meadowlands. Duties include conducting foraging egret and heron counts; behavioral observations to determine foraging success and identify species and size class of fishes captured and consumed; and site visits and sample collection at breeding colonies. The position requires carrying equipment and tolerating exposure to variable and sometimes adverse weather and environmental conditions.  Previous experience working with herons and egrets and conducting behavioral surveys required.  Proficiency with MS Excel and Word software a must.
Familiarity with GIS and use of hand-held GPS preferred.  Applicants must be able to work independently or as part of a team, and work irregular hours, including occasional weekends. Salary $1800 – $2200/month, depending on experience. Must have a valid and clean driver’s license.  Send cover letter of interest, resume and three references (including contact information), _in a single pdf document_ no later than June 30 to New Jersey Audubon by email to hr.research@njaudubon.org.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns.

Thank you!


René Buccinna

Administrative Assistant

NJ Audubon/Cape May Bird Observatory

600 Route 47 N

Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

Phone: 609-400-3852 (NOTE DIRECT PHONE NUMBER)

Fax: 609-861-1651

Email: rene.buccinna@njaudubon.org <mailto:rene.buccinna@njaudubon.org>

Accepting Apps for MS Environmental Biology in Denver CO

We still have a few slots open for fall admission to the MS Environmental Biology program at Regis University in Denver, CO. The M.S. in Environmental Biology is a degree program that emphasizes skills  crucial for success in the environmental and ecological workforce. The  final deadline for applications is July 31 for fall term starting in late August.


-Focus on RELEVANT SKILLS demanded by environmental employers: statistical computing  (R), GIS, NEPA, grant writing & field work in the Rocky Mountains & elsewhere

– EARN A MASTER=92S DEGREE in an intensive one-year program or up to 2  years as it fits with each student’s schedule/goals.

– HANDS-ON internship at local agencies or research experience with faculty members

– SMALL CLASS SIZES that allow students to build close relationships with faculty and other students

– KNOWLEDGABLE FACULTY focused on individual student goals and success   Go to: REGIS.EDU/ENVIRONMENT for more information on admission

Volunteer and Internship Opportunity in the Peruvian Amazon

Subject: Volunteer and Internship Opportunity in the Peruvian Amazon

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

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

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


ARCAmazon Team

Research Assistant, Plum Island LTER

*Position: Research Assistant I – Plum Island LTER*


*Date: June 13, 2017*

*Position Summary:*

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


*Additional Information:*

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


*Basic Qualifications:*

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


*Physical Requirements:*

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


*Special Instructions to Applicants:*

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

References: Please provide complete contact information for 3 references.


APPLY ONLINE:  https://mbl.simplehire.com

The Marine Biological Laboratory is an

Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / Disabled / Veterans Employer.

Coastal Resilience Intern Position

Coastal Resilience Intern Position Available


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

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

The Coastal Resilience Intern will:

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

Project Location:

Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

131 Waquoit Highway, Waquoit, MA 02536


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

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

Duration of the Project:

June – December 2017

20 hours per week

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


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

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

How to Apply

Keyword Search: Coastal Resilience

Questions:  Contact Tonna-Marie Rogers at tonna-marie.surgeon-rogers@state.ma.us or 508-457-0495 x110.

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

Sent by laurie.tompkins@state.ma.us in collaboration with

Research Experience for Undergrads: Fire and Herbivory

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

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

herbivory. This position is a paid undergraduate research opportunity with

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

will conduct an independent research project to increase our understanding

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

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

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

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

seasons, specific

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


seeking REU student for summer project at UCSB

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

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

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

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

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

Job: Plant Ecology Seasonal Research Hourly, Newton, GA




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

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

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

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

related experience is also preferable.=20

Wages: $11.00 per hour (limited housing available)

$12.00 per hour (without housing)

Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, resume, list of relevant coursework, list of three references with contact information, and the date they are available to begin working as a single document by email to: 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.

fall 2017 seasonal positions: Cape May Bird Observatory

INTERPRETIVE NATURALISTS (3) for fall migration monitoring project at

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

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

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

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

Duties include teaching visitors bird identification and natural

history, offering general assistance, conducting workshops, and

assisting migration counter when needed. Applicants should have

experience interacting with the public and excellent interpersonal

skills. Familiarity with bird migration and experience identifying

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

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

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

Send cover letter indicating position of interest, resume outlining

relevant experience, and three references (including email addresses and

phone numbers) _as a single PDF document_ by email to

hr.cmboseasonal@njaudubon.org <mailto:hr.cmboseasonal@njaudubon.org>

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

applying._ Application deadline June 20, 2017.

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

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

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

censuses of migrating Monarch butterflies, tagging, data entry,

educating the public about the project and Monarch biology, and

maintaining displays of monarch caterpillars and chrysalides. Successful

applicant will be expected to work irregular hours during peak Monarch

flights. Careful data collecting and entry skills, and excellent

interpersonal skills a must; familiarity with insect ecology and

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

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

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

resume outlining relevant experience, and three references (including

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

to hr.cmboseasonal@njaudubon.org

<mailto:hr.cmboseasonal@njaudubon.org>   Please indicate in the Subject

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

20, 2017.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

background identifying raptors, seabirds, or songbirds in flight.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

resume outlining relevant experience, and three references (including

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

to hr.cmboseasonal@njaudubon.org

<mailto:hr.cmboseasonal@njaudubon.org>   Please list in the Subject line

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

MIGRATION COUNT COORDINATOR for fall migration monitoring projects at

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

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

migration hot spots in the country.  Along with coordinating the

migration projects, successful candidate will also provide day-off

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

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

Applicants should have a strong background identifying raptors,

seabirds, and songbirds in flight.  Duties include providing training

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

supervise data uploading, and oversee creation of regular summaries,

highlights and notable bird sightings for web posting.  Careful data

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

excellent interpersonal skills are a must.  Applicants should have some

experience with MS Excel.  Coordinator will be responsible for providing

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

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

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

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

reimbursement for gas is provided.  Send cover letter indicating

position of interest, resume outlining relevant experience, and three

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

PDF document_ by email to hr.cmboseasonal@njaudubon.org

<mailto:hr.cmboseasonal@njaudubon.org>   Application deadline June 20, 2017.

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

Position Overview

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

Primary Duties

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

Minimum Qualifications

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

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

*       Experience with statistical analysis and data management

*       Experience with field research

*       Immediate availability for the summer 2017 field season

Preferred qualifications

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

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

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

*       Direct research experience with terrestrial arthropods

Salary will be commensurate with education, skills, and experience.  Questions can be addressed to Kevin Smith at kgsmith@davidson.edu<mailto:kgsmith@davidson.edu> .

To apply, please visit http://www.davidson.edu/offices/human-resources/work-at-davidson and click on “Staff” under “Apply for Jobs”.

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

Kevin G. Smith

Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies

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

Acorn Woodpecker Field Assistant


Employer: Walters Lab, Old Dominion University


Location: Carmel Valley, California


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

studies of the behavioral ecology of the cooperatively breeding Acorn

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

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

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

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

evolutionary factors involved in the evolution of cooperative breeding, and

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

Assistants will participate in monitoring group composition via color-band

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

assist in woodpecker capture and experimental manipulations. Some portions

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

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

and provides the necessary training needed for those interested in applying

to graduate school.


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


Duration: 15 August 2017 to 01 April 2018.


Qualifications: This job requires frequent strenuous physical activity;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

vehicle is highly desirable.


Interested applicants should submit a CV with an appropriate cover letter

and the names/affiliations of three academic references

to=A0sahasbarve@gmail.com. Please use “ACWO Field Assistant position” as the

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


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

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

can be made.


Contact: Sahas Barve, sahasbarve@gmail.com; Subject: ACWO Field Assistant


Master’s Assistantship – Forest Soil Ecology

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

in Forestry and Environmental Resources within the College of Natural

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

project evaluating the effects of coarse woody debris and forest floor

removal on soil processes and aboveground productivity. The position is

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

more information about this position please contact Dr. Zakiya Leggett,

zakiya_leggett@ncsu.edu <mailto:zakiya_leggett@ncsu.edu>  and to apply

please email CV and transcripts (unofficial).

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

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

More information about NC State University can be found at www.ncsu.edu


Research technician position in plant community ecology

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

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


Nathan Kraft

Associate Professor and Vice Chair

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

University of California, Los Angeles

621 Charles E. Young Drive South

Los Angeles, CA 90095

tel: (310) 825-3593


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

Full-Time Research Specialist position  – Arizona State University

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

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

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

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

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

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

DOE Internship in Forest Ecology – Deadline May 31st

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

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

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

Deadline for application: May 31st 2017

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

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

We are seeking a highly motivated student to conduct research on

Newfoundland and Labrador northern shrimp fisheries. The student will

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

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

starting in Fall 2017.

The student will be supervised by Dr. Arnault Le Bris

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

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

variability in northern shrimp life history traits. Student will

collaborate with the researchers from Fisheries and Oceans Canada and

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

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

programming. Strong statistical and programming skills, including

knowledge of R programming language are required. At sea experienced

is a plus.

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

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

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

MS Assitantship: Mesocarnivore ecology

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

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

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

Further information:

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

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

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

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

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

Application details:

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

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

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

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

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

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

The University of Georgia=92s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory

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



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

Project description:

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

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

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

Mandatory requirements for applicants:

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

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

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

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

Application deadline: Until position is filled.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Job: Project Assistant – Tick Control & Community Relations

One Project Assistant position is available at the Cary Institute of

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

which is developing and testing a new approach to

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

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

with community relations.  This Project Assistant will assist with

research that focuses on human exposure to ticks and

tick-borne pathogens.  Duties will include interacting with study

participants from residential neighborhoods by phone and e-mail,

addressing questions and concerns of study

participants, collecting information on behaviors relevant to human

exposure to tick borne disease, and interacting with regional and

national health agencies to collect and maintain

epidemiological data.  Experience in public or customer relations

required. Currently-enrolled college students encouraged to apply.

Employment to begin immediately, with an end date of approximatley

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

non-benefitted position. Wage is commensurate with

education and experience.  The final candidate will be required to

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

successfully.  Onsite or nearby housing may be available.

Posting is open until filled.

Please submit job application via

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

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

phone numbers and

e-mail addresses of three professional references.

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

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

employment opportunities to all qualified applicants

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

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

disabled status, or genetic information.

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

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


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

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


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

Requirements and considerations=3A

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

2=2E Excellent academic performance

3=2E Undergraduate or recent graduate

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wings Over Water Osprey Program Assistant

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

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

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

REU Chemical ecology of yuccas

We are seeking a highly motivated undergraduate student who is broadly

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

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

characterize variation in plant defensive chemistry among Yucca species.

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty conducting research on the

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

Requirements:  Knowledge of standard laboratory practices including making

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

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

an undergraduate student at a college or university.

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

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

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

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

immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Please direct

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

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

research budget of $2000 for supplies and equipment fees.

Graduate Assistantship in Entomology – Washington State University

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

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

Department of Entomology at Washington State University are recruiting a

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

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

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

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

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

areas may include behavioral analyses of duetting activities; recording

acoustic signals and analyzing waveform traits; and, describing

morphological structures of psyllids used in producing acoustic signals.

Project aims are to develop fundamental knowledge leading to better

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

These data will be used to design mating disruption strategies using

acoustic signals that interfere with mate location by psyllids Potential

students should have interests in insect behavior and mate-location

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

independent research project are particularly encouraged to apply.

USGS plant ecology volunteer in Hawaii

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

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

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

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

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

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

soil interactions and bird dispersal of native seed affect native

understory regeneration in Acacia koa reforestation projects, therefore

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

Field responsibilities include: collecting plant survey data, maintaining

and collecting seedrain traps, outplanting experimental plants, collecting

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

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

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

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

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

vehicle on unpaved roads. Lab responsibilities include: grinding plant

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

samples, processing bird fecal samples for seed. Compensation is

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

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

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

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

letter highlighting relevant experience and why you are interested in the

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

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

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

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

given to those who can start in June.

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

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

recruiting a motivated undergraduate for an NSF funded Research Experience

for Undergraduates (REU) summer research internship in Medical Geography

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

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

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

conditions on vector-borne disease transmission

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

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

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

project can be found on NSF=92s website.

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

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

geography, ecology, infectious disease biology, and mathematical modeling

or quantitative methods is desired but not required. Spanish

speaking/reading is a plus.

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

graduation date AFTER September 2017.

Desired qualifications include:

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

=95=09Database management, analysis and manipulation

=95=09GIS coursework and experience

The successful candidate will have access to several primary datasets of

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

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

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

lab members.

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

Florida, hosted jointly in the Geography Department and the Emerging

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

interact with multiple students and faculty working on spatially explicit

health questions, across a broad spectrum of disciplines.

Applicants should send a CV, unofficial transcript, contact information

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

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

=93REU position=94 in the subject line.

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

position is filled.

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

an hourly position through the University of Florida.

Job: Sagebrush Ecology Technicians, Burns, Oregon

Job title: Sagebrush Ecology Technicians

Organization: The Nature Conservancy

Location: Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center, Burns, OR

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

Target start date: July 10, 2017

Preferred hiring range: $17.93-$19.05/hr

Job Overview:

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

Minimum Qualifications

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

*        Experience managing and prioritizing tasks from multiple sources.

*        Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Experience

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

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

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

*        Ability to work independently and exercise independent judgment.

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

*        Ability to work effectively on a small team.

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

*        Time management skills.

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

Additional Job Information

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

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

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

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

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

How to Apply

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

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

Paid Fieldwork Position to survey plants on lake islands in Georgia

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

September 12th).*

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

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

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

fieldwork in August and September would consist of visiting islands,

conducting basic vegetation surveys, and collecting leaf functional traits

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

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

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

that can meet me somewhere along the way.

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

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

*Required Skills:*

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

(50lbs each).

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

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

– Comfortable with boat travel

– Experience tent camping/spending time outdoors

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


– Experience identifying plants with dichotomous keys. Knowledge of the

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

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

great opportunity for students seeking more experience doing ecology. My

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

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

independent research project.

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


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

soon we finish).

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

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

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

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

Job Description:

The University of California at Santa Barbara is currently taking

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

northwestern Pennsylvania at the Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology. This is

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

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

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

personality can be used to predict the subsequent behavior of their

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

completely in the field and involved testing queen behavior and monitoring

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

gas will be fully covered.


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

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

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

we can provide assistants with glowing letters of recommendation in the



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


1.     Seriously interested in pursuing a career in ecology

2.     Need to have your own transportation (car)

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

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

4.     Excellent academic performance

5.     Undergraduate or recent graduate

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

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

*Apply for this position*:

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

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

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

applications NOW*.

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

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

MS Position in solitary bee research, Utah State University

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

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

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

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

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

More information USDA ARS Pollinating Insects Research Unit:


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

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

Support NSF

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

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

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

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

getting this kind of funding.

AIBS is helping to generate support for the National Science

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

for most basic ecological research, and for programs like Research

Experience for Undergraduates, and Research Experience for Teachers. The

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

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

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


David Inouye

Congress has started debate on funding levels for federal programs for

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

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

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

NSF is the primary federal funding source for basic biological research

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

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

fundamental biological and environmental research at academic institutions.

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

expand support for early career researchers and to create new

interdisciplinary research programs. Moreover, this investment would

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


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

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

PhD Position in Stream & River Ecology The Ohio State University

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

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


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

Field Assistant Opportunity, June and July in Florida

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

Field Assistant Opportunity:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-Stefanie Gazda

Fall 2017 Marine Mammal Research Internship

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

Interns must:

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

   extended depending on work performance.

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

   Some field days may fall on the weekends.

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

   and ability to admit mistakes.

   – Produce high quality research efforts and exhibit strong interpersonal


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

   journal articles, learning all research protocols, cropping and sorting

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

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

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

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

   attending marine mammal necropsies, responding to marine mammal and sea

   turtle strandings, and assisting with educational tours.

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

   and on shore in sometimes extreme seasonal conditions. Seasonal

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Ornithological Research Volunteer Position AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY

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

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

Field botany position, Arkansas


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

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