Month: June 2017

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


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.



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 or 508-457-0495 x110.

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

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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 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.