Month: February 2017

Research technician, Georgia Coastal Ecosystems LTER

The Georgia Coastal Ecosystems Long-Term Ecological Research program seeks a Research Technician II to support field and laboratory research on the GA coast. Tasks include measuring plant and invertebrate populations, measuring water quality, monitoring sediment dynamics, downloading and maintaining climate and hydrological instruments, and data entry. Applicants should have a BS in an environmental field, some field experience, and some boating skills. For more information about the GCE LTER program go to . For more information about the job and to apply go to:

REU Opportunity Summer 2017: “Research Experience for Undergraduates in Chihuahuan Desert Biodiversity”

Deadline March 6.

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Department of Biological Sciences invites applicants for the NSF sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Chihuahuan Desert Biodiversity.  This is a

10 week summer program.  The goal of this program is to provide undergraduate students with experience in hypothesis-driven collaborative research utilizing field based and/or laboratory methods and fully engage students in projects associated with the ecology and evolution influencing Chihuahuan Desert biodiversity.

The program provides:

=95 High quality research experience in ecology and evolutionary biology in the field and/or lab =95 Research opportunities at the Indio Mountains Research Station (IMRS), a 40,000 acre facility controlled by UTEP =95 One-on-one and group mentoring from active research faculty in multidisciplinary fields =95 Training in bioethics and other relevant professional skills

The program includes:

=95 $5250 stipend for 10 weeks

=95 Housing in shared apartments and field station =95 Travel reimbursement of up to $600

For more information on the program, research projects or to apply please visit:


PhD position in Environmental Microbiology

Summary: The Freedman Lab of Environmental Microbiology at West Virginia University is now accepting applications for a PhD-level Graduate Assistant position. Our research generally focuses on how biological, chemical, and physical factors affect the composition of microbial communities and their ecosystem function. A wide range of research topics are possible, including but not limited to: Impacts of anthropogenic climate change on Appalachian forests and watersheds; effects of mining and mine reclamation on soil microbes; effects of herbivory on plant-microbe interactions; impacts of conventional and organic agriculture on soil health, among many other possible topics. Further information on the Freedman lab can be found at:

Qualified applicants will be highly motivated, enthusiastic, and will have a strong background in ecology, microbiology, soil science, or a closely related field. Experience with high-throughput DNA sequencing, metagenomics, biogeochemical measurements (for example, CO2 and trace gas production, enzyme activities, soil characteristics) and programming in R is ideal.

Tuition Waiver and Stipend: The assistantship includes full tuition coverage, benefits, and a yearly stipend of $22,132. Opportunities for Teaching Assistantships will also be available. The expected start date is August 23, 2017.

To Apply: Prospective students should send the following information with the

subject line =93PhD Position=94 to 1) a one page cover letter describing your research experience, interests, and goals, 2) a current CV, 3) current GRE scores, 4) unofficial transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate education, and 5) contact information for three academic references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled, applications received by February 28 will receive full consideration. The selected applicant will submit a formal application to the WVU Graduate School ( for admission to the Applied and Environmental Microbiology Graduate Program (

University and Community: WVU is located in Morgantown, WV (pop. 31,073), which is routinely recognized as one of the best small college towns in the country ( The Division=92s faculty and graduate student population conduct research in a wide range of natural resource disciplines, and have ready access to West Virginia=92s forests and working lands for natural laboratories and recreational activities. WVU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

USDA Forest Service Forestry Technicians

Forest Inventory and Analysis Program
Rocky Mountain Research Station
USDA Forest Service
Issue Date: February, 2017
The USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station’s Forest
Inventory and Analysis Program,
Ogden, UT, anticipates filling the following positions:
• Up to 12 forestry technicians in support of the field inventory. These
positions will be advertised in the
Forestry Technician (GS-462) series at the GS 5 and 6 levels. These are
temporary positions (not to
exceed 1039 hours) and the duration of the work is expected to be about
6 months. The anticipated
start date is April or May 2017.
All of the positions serve as members of the Interior West Forest
Inventory and Analysis Program,
headquartered in Ogden, Utah, which conducts forest resource inventories
and forest health monitoring
activities throughout the interior west states including Arizona,
Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada,
Montana, Utah, and Wyoming. For more information about the Program,
please visit our internet site at
Each position will serve as part of a two person forest resource
inventory crew. The forestry technician
crew members work under the direction of a local crew leader. The work
involves contacting land owners
for access; locating study plots using aerial photo baseline and GPS
techniques; conducting extensive
resource and health inventories including tree measurements and foliage
evaluations, understory vegetation
composition and structure estimates, site characteristics and soils
evaluations, etc; using various
measurement instruments and electronic data recorders.
Fieldwork regularly includes extensive hiking and backpacking in remote
and rugged areas, in all weather
conditions, and carrying heavy daypacks (~45 lb.) or backpacks (60+
lb.). Depending on location, a variety
of other methods are used to access plots including ATV’s, horses,
aircraft, and boats; please contact us for
specifics of each location.
The area sampled by the RMRS Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program
cover a diversity of ecological
communities. Terrain varies from dry ponderosa pine, oak woodland and
juniper forests at lower elevations
and the southern portion of the 8-state territory; to the high alpine
forests of Colorado, Wyoming, and the
Rocky Mountains; to the temperate rain forests of northern Idaho and
northwestern Montana – and
everything in between! Each crew covers a large area, and all staff will
experience a wide variety of
The field season typically runs from April through November. In all
locations, overnight travel away from the
duty station is frequent, and may include periods of extended and
continuous travel. The ability to work
productively as part of a team, meet the physical demands of this
challenging outdoor work, and to quickly
learn a complex set of field protocols are all very important in this
The positions are based at a number of different locations. Hiring needs
for the 2017 field season will depend, somewhat, on the staff returning
from prior field seasons, and other turnover. The locations, and
expectation of need to fill a position there, are indicated in the table
The purpose of this Outreach Notice is to determine the potential
applicant pool for these positions. The vacancy announcement for these
positions, when open, will be posted at the USA Jobs website, the U.S.
Government’s official site for jobs and employment information:
If you would enjoy working as part of the Forest Inventory and Analysis
Program, we encourage you to express your interest in the position(s) as
soon as possible. If you reply to this outreach notice, we will notify
you when the positions are announced (anticipated to be about the
beginning of March). For additional information, please contact any of
the supervisors listed above, or Bob Rhoads at (801) 625-5685 or
This outreach is for your information. If you are an education
institution please post the Outreach to your Jobs Board.
Thank you for your interest in these positions!
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service prohibits
discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race,
color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex,
marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual
orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or
because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public
assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs).
Persons with disabilities who require alternate means for communication
of program information (Braille, large print, audiotapes, etc) should
contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).
To file a complaint of discrimination write: USDA, Director, Office of
Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or
call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202)720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal
opportunity provider and employer.
Duty StationLikelyPossibleSupervisorFS e-mailPhoneEurekaMTxBrian
Bellmbell@fs.fed.us406-994-5033Coeur d’AleneIDxJuliet
Lambertdlambert@fs.fed.us970-642-4449Carson CityNVxMaryfaith
Snydermsnyder@fs.fed.us801-625-5724Cedar CityUTxMaryfaith
Capuanojcapuano@fs.fed.us520-749-7702Ogden (rover AZ/NM)UTxJohn
Capuanojcapuano@fs.fed.us520-749-7702Prescott (rover AZ/NM)AZxJim
Dexterjdexter@fs.fed.us928-848-8661Ogden (rover ID/MT/UT/NV)UTxDave
Rocky Mountain Research Station
Forest Inventory and Analysis Program
Please complete this form and return it as soon as possible (we
anticipate the vacancy announcement to be out in early March, and maybe
another one later in the summer) to any one of the supervisors listed
above, or to Bob Rhoads at the address below.
Bob Rhoads
Forest Inventory and Analysis Program
507 25th Street
Ogden, UT 84401
fax: 801-625-5723
Summer-Seasonal (1039 hour) Duty Station(s):
☐ Eureka, MT ☐ Kalispell, MT ☐ Missoula, MT ☐ Bozeman, MT
☐ Dillon, MT ☐ Coeur d’Alene, ID ☐ Grangeville, ID ☐ Sandpoint, ID
☐ Challis, ID ☐ Driggs, ID ☐ McCall, ID ☐ Salmon, ID
☐ Gunnison, CO ☐ Carson City, NV ☐ Ely, NV ☐ Cedar City, UT
☐ Moab, UT ☐ Ogden, UT ☐ Richfield, UT ☐ Flagstaff, AZ
☐ Gallup, NM ☐ Prescott, AZ
Please indicate all duty stations for which you wish to be considered.
Not selecting any indicates no preference.
I’m interested in this position and will check for the
announcement, or I will call or email the contact person.
Name: __________________________________________________ Date:
Address: ________________________________________________ Phone:
________________________________________________ E-Mail: _______________
Are you currently a Federal employee: YES ____ NO ___
If yes,
Current title/series/grade/location:
Type of appointment you are currently under
(e.g., Temporary, Career, Career-Conditional, Excepted-ANILCA, Excepted
VRA, etc)

Graduate position: TennesseeTechU.ShrimpSpeciation

Masters Student Opportunity
Speciation and genome structure in Alpheus snapping shrimp

An MS position is available through the Department of Biology at
Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tennessee; starting date is
between August 2017 and January 2018. The applicant will work with
a collaborative team that includes Dr. Carla Hurt from Tennessee Tech
University, Dr. Kristin Hultgren from Seattle University, and Dr. Arthur
Anker from Universidade Federal do Ceara. The successful applicant will
investigate the evolution of genome size and chromosomal rearrangements
and the contribution of genome size evolution to species diversification
in the tropical snapping shrimp genus Alpheus.  The student would optimize
techniques for characterizing chromosomal structure and genome size data
and interpret this information in a phylogenetic context. This project
will be funded by the National Geographic Society.

We are looking for highly motivated candidates with a B.S. in Biology or
closely related field and a strong academic record.  A GPA of at least
3.5 in the highest degree earned is required.  The successful candidate
should demonstrate an interest in molecular genetics and systematics.
The student will need to possess an aptitude for research in a molecular
genetics laboratory as well as an ability to conduct field work; scuba
diving experience is preferred (but not required).  Previous experience
working in a molecular laboratory is preferred but exceptional applicants
without experience will be considered.  Financial support (stipend and
full tuition waiver) will be provided through a Teaching Assistantship
and will be renewable annually contingent upon satisfactory performance.

Interested students are encouraged to e-mail me ( Please
include a short description of your academic background, research
interests and your CV, along with contact information for three
references. Screening of applicants will begin immediately.

2017 SER-NE Aimlee Laderman Student Grant- Call for Applications

Greetings from the Society of Ecological Restoration, New England Chapter (SER-NE):

We are pleased to announce that the application for the Aimlee Laderman Student Grant is now open!

The Laderman grant is offered biennially to support research and studies in the field of ecological restoration. The Aimlee Laderman Student Grant is dedicated in honor of Aimlee Laderman, ecologist, life-long educator, and founding member of SER-NE.

This year, we will be offering a total of $2000 in two to four student grants (up to $1000 each) to support research and studies in the field of ecological restoration. Grants will be awarded based on Scholarly Merit, Feasibility, Need, and Contribution to the Field of Ecological Restoration.

This year’s application deadline is March 25, 2016

For more information on eligibility, scoring, and obligations of recipients, please see the full announcement or visit: If you have any questions regarding the grant, please do not hesitate to contact SER-NE board members Sara Wigginton ( or Denise Burchsted (

Job: MichiganStateU.GeneticsAdapationTechnician

The Lowry Lab at Michigan State University is currently seeking to hire a
field research technician. The technician will be hired through the
University of Texas, but be stationed at the Kellogg Biological Station in
Hickory Corners, MI. The research will be focused on a large collaborative
project studying adaptation in the bioenergy feedstock switchgrass. The
research will utilize new genetic mapping populations to identify genomic
regions responsible for adaptation between northern upland and southern
lowland ecotypes of switchgrass. These mapping populations have been
planted at an unprecedented geographical scale, spanning ten common garden
field sites distributed over 17 degrees of latitude, making them ideal for
studies of regional adaptations. The technician will be primarily
responsible for maintaining and gathering data from the switchgrass common
garden located at MSU’s Kellogg Biological Station (KBS). The technician
will also work in the laboratory of David Lowry on MSU’s main campus,
especially during winter months. The research will often involve all-day
physical activity outdoors. The technician will be expected to organize
data collection efforts and coordinate these efforts with the larger team
across the central United States. Applications for the position can be made
through the following link:


12 Month Research Internship 2017

Are you interested in gaining field research experience and learning about the
ecology and evolution of plants and plant-animal interactions in fragmented
prairie? The Echinacea Project is offering several year-long research
internships for graduates and soon-to-be graduates. This is a great
opportunity for individuals who are considering graduate studies and are
interested in gaining research experience. We have diverse potential
projects for students with backgrounds or interests in plant ecology,
pollination biology, evolution, statistics, conservation, and computer
science. In the past, interns have completed projects on a variety of
topics including pollination biology, prairie restoration, and
plant-herbivore interactions. In the summer, you will survey natural plant
populations, measure plant traits in experimental plots, hand-pollinate
plants, observe & collect insects, and assist in all aspects of research.
Summer housing in Minnesota (June – September) is provided and there is a
stipend. During the academic year (October – May 2018), interns will
develop independent research projects, gain quantitative and data
management skills, and coordinate citizen scientists in our lab, which is
based at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

No experience is necessary, but you must be enthusiastic and
hard-working. Attention
to detail, a good sense of humor, and a positive attitude are
essential. Applicants
must be available to begin in Minnesota in early to mid-June. We welcome
and encourage scientists of all backgrounds, particularly those
underrepresented in science, to apply to work with us!

Information about our offerings for the 2017-2018 year are here:

Review of applications for year-long positions will begin on March 2nd.
Applications for summer REU positions are due on February 23rd.

The team and I are happy to answer any further questions.

Advanced student technician position in MARS

I’m looking for a new technician to work in MARS. We are a core service facility that focuses on medium and high throughput sample processing and next gen sequencing. This position would be really good for a student who’s had some molecular lab experience beyond just classes, is comfortable juggling many tasks, and is a fearless learner. If you have a particular student in mind that is looking for experience in a different kind of molecular lab or you manage a listserv, please forward this announcement. The job link and description are below.
Job Description
The MARS Facility has an opening for a Research Technician.  The technician will be responsible for sample processing from intake, next gen sequencing of libraries, and data analysis under the supervision of the facility scientist.  The position will be up to 20 hours per week while classes are in session, increasing to up to 40 hours per week when there are no classes.  We are looking for a student who can work at the MARS Facility for at least 1 year, starting in March 2017. Internship, independent research, and training opportunities maybe possible as well.
Job Requirements
Required qualifications:
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to track multiple work flows simultaneously
  • Self-directed after initial training phase
  • Excellent written and oral communication
  • Experience with molecular techniques
  • Able to commit to at least one year of student employment.
Preferred qualifications:
  • Experience working with 10s or 100s of samples, DNA/RNA extraction, MiSeq, genome assembly, characterization of microbial communities by 16S rRNA gene sequencing, and comfortable working with command line scripts and SQL
If you are interested and meet ALL of the required qualifiactions, submit a cover letter and CV (as a PDF) throug the online system.

Summer Field Crew – Forest Ecology Research in the Pacific Northwest

Forest Ecology Research in the Pacific Northwest (Summer 2017)

Overview: A crew leader and three crew positions are available this summer to collect data for the Pacific Northwest Permanent Sample Plot Program (, one of the longest-running research projects of its kind in the world. Our objective is to understand the patterns and mechanisms of long-term forest dynamics. The field crew will take measurements on trees and understory vegetation across a diversity of forest types in Oregon and Washington. We seek individuals who are detail-oriented, able to follow complex data-collection procedures, have legible handwriting, enjoy working as part of a team, and can live cooperatively with others.

Duties: Field crew members will (a) navigate to permanent plots using topographic maps and GPS; (b) identify herbaceous and woody plants to species; (c) estimate percent cover of plants; (d) measure tree diameters and heights; (e) tag, measure and map tree regeneration; (f) document tree mortality; and (g) record and check data for completeness and clarity.

Logistics:  Crew will be based at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest near Blue River, Oregon, where housing is provided. Some camping will also be necessary for sites located in Washington. Positions will last 13-15 weeks starting June 19, 2017. Applicants with previous experience may perform lead work.

Minimum qualifications:

– Enrolled in or graduated from a program in forestry, botany, natural resources, environmental science or closely related field; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

– Experience collecting forest inventory data and navigating off-trail using compass, map and GPS.

– Skilled in plant identification.

– Able to work productively for long hours in rugged terrain and variable weather conditions.

– Demonstrated ability to work independently and with other crew members in a professional manner while maintaining a positive and safe work environment.

– Organized, self-motivated and detail oriented.

Preferred qualifications:

– Field experience identifying herbaceous and woody plant species and using taxonomic keys.

– Strong familiarity with the flora of the Cascade Mountains or the proven ability to quickly learn plants.

– Familiarity with basic vegetation measurement tools and methods.

– Knowledge of and experience in identifying causes of tree mortality.

– First-aid training.

– A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

Salary:   $14-$16/hour, depending on qualifications and experience

Job duration:  June 19, 2017 to mid- or late-September (13-15 weeks)

Application closing date:  Sunday, March 5, 2017

Application process depends on student status.  You are considered a student if you are enrolled for at least 6 credits in spring and intend to take at least 6 credits in the fall.

– Students: or go to and search for posting P01730SE.

– Non-students: or go to and search for posting P00763CT

– To apply, create account, click on “Apply for this Job,” and follow the instructions.

– FMI: Rob Pabst, Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society, Oregon State University (<>)