Month: July 2017

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 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 ( 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 (<>; 765-496-6799;

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
<>. 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: <>

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 and use subject heading =E2=80=9CBiological Intern=E2=80=9D

*More information: *

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 (, or contact program administrators at

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


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

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: <>

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