Month: April 2017

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

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

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

ecological study of invasive plant species in Nepal; and other projects associated with the CAP LTER program,

Essential duties and responsibilities of the Research Specialist include:

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

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

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

=95=09Perform analyses using GIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

=95=09Experience with scientific writing

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

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

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

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

Vegetation Monitoring (AIM) Internships in Northwestern Colorado

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

intern positions through Rocky Mountain Youth Corp for the 2017 Field

Season. These positions will be assisting local land managers with

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

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

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

management agencies.

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

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

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

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

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

*Program Overview*:

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

improve the effectiveness of monitoring activities on Bureau of Land

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

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

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

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

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

monitoring to occur at multiple scales to inform decision making.

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

wide circular plot. The indicators provide information about terrestrial

ecosystems and include parameters that look at plant species diversity,

abundance using the line point intercept method, gaps between vegetation

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

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

more information please visit *

<>* or *


*Employment Details:*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

necessary to reduce drive time.

*Duties and Responsibilities:*

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

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

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

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


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

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

a transect

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

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

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

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

=E2=97=8F     Assist in weekly planning

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


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

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

dichotomous key is preferred

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

including lifting and carrying loads up to 30lbs

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

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

to 4 hours

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

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

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

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

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


*Position: *1-2 interns

*To Apply:* Rocky Mountain Youth Corp at

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

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

*Start Date:  *May 15, 2017

*BLM Contact:  *Amy Birtwistle (

*BLM Field Offices:*

Kremmling Field Office

2103 E. Park Avenue

Kremmling, CO 80459

Little Snake Field Office

455 Emerson Street

Craig, CO 81625

Funded research technician: Interviewing landowners about wildlife and land values

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

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

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

To apply, please email Dr. Ferguson (<>) the following:

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

2. CV, and

3. contact information for 3 references.

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

2017 Marine Science Sailing Expeditions for College Students

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

Masters Assitantship: Disease Ecology

Assistantship Description:

A graduate assistantship for an outstanding Master=92s student is available at Guha Dharmarajan=92s Disease Ecology Lab located at the University of Georgia=92s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. The successful applicant would be enrolled in UGA=92s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources starting Fall 2017, and stationed at the Savannah River Ecology Lab in Aiken, SC when not taking classes. Research at the Dharmarajan Lab broadly focuses on the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of disease, and uses a multi-disciplinary approach to improve our ability to manage disease in natural populations. The incoming student=92s research is expected to focus primarily on elucidating the ecological and evolutionary factors influencing the transmission dynamics of arthropod-borne viruses (e.g., Zika virus) in natural mosquito populations.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Further information:

1. Details on Dr. Dharmarajan=92s lab can be found at

2. Details on the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory can be found at

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

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

5. Details about the graduate program are available at

6. Details of the application process: s/application-process.

7. Applications have to be sent electronically through UGA=92s Grad School:

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

Application details:

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

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

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

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

The University of Georgia=92s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory

Phone: 803-725-3241; Email:



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

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

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

Ph.D. applicants must have a graduate degree in Biology, Ecology, Zoology, Evolutionary Biology, or a related field. Ideally, the same would be an asset for MSc applicants. Applicant must have a high overall GPA (especially in related courses). Experience with ecological modeling, freshwater fish ecology, database management, and programming skills are considered an asset. Applicants should clearly articulate how this research will build on your existing experience, specific skills and provide a date of availability.  Applicants interested in this position, please send an email to Dr. Mark Poesch (poesch(at) with a cover letter identifying research interests, CV, transcripts (unofficial accepted), writing sample, and a list of three references. Please note review of applications will commence on May 1, 2017 and the competition will remain open until the position is filled. The ideal start date is September 1, 2017, but other arrangements (for earlier or later start dates) can be made.

The University of Alberta was recently rated as Canada=92s fourth best university, and 86th across universities worldwide. Located in Alberta=92s capital city, Edmonton (population of 1.2 million people), the University of Alberta provides a dynamic mixture of a large research intensive university, urban culture and recreation. More than 39,000 students from across Canada and 144 other countries participate in nearly 400 programs and 18 faculties.

Contact Information:

Dr. Mark Poesch Assistant Professor, Conservation Ecology

University of Alberta, Department of Renewable Resources

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

Ph: 780-492-4827=20=20=20=20=20=20=20 Email: Website:

Master of Science Student Opportunity in Historical Ecology/Conservation Biology

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

historical ecology of freshwater ecosystems for research in our laboratory

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

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

research examines biological and chemical evidence in lake sediment cores to

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

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

research requires knowledge of modern freshwater ecology, and genuine

interest in examining evidence in the historical context.  We particularly

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

participate in historic analyses involving pollen, plant macrofossils,

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

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

offer diverse research opportunities.  Interested applicants should have a

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

coursework in freshwater ecosystems and non-agricultural plants.  Our

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

teaching assistantships that provide health insurance and some tuition

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

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

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

Dr. Thomas J. Whitmore –

Dr. Melanie Riedinger-Whitmore =96

Bat Research Technician in Missouri

Agency: Southern Illinois University

Location: central/western Missouri (Ozarks)

Salary: $1800/month

Start Date: 5/17/2017

Application Deadline: open until filled


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

bat research project studying the bat community in central and western

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

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

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

likely including the federally endangered Indiana bat and federally

threatened northern long-eared bat.

Primary duties include conducting mist-netting surveys and deploying,

maintaining, and collecting acoustic monitoring equipment. Additional duties

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

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

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

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

– Work is generally 7 days a week

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


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

Ecology or related field. =95 Good physical condition

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

environmental conditions, including rugged terrain possibly filled with

poison ivy and biting insects =95 Previous field experience

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

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

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

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

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

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

file as an email attachment, to Zach Cravens at Please use

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

accepted until position is filled.

Pachaug State Forest- Natural Diversity Data Base Review

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


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

lab in the Biology Department, Temple University in Philadelphia,

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

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

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

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

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

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

greenhouse; data collection and organization; supervising undergraduate

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

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

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

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

experimental populations, collecting demographic data, and performing


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

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

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

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

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

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

ideal candidate will have previous experience working with plants, excellent

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

with and supervise undergraduate students. Experience with basic molecular

techniques (DNA extraction, PCR) is preferred.

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

information for 3 references to For more

information on the lab, please visit