Month: March 2018

Trail Crew/Conservation Land Steward- Summer/Fall 2018

Interested applicants can find more information/apply online at Applications are reviewed in the order they are received. Applicants should apply by 8:30 AM on Thursday, March 29.

The Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC) is an AmeriCorps service program that develops skills and experiences for conservation professionals. LRCC members are the driving force behind many of the conservation efforts of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. The program is based out of the Squam Lakes Association with host sites at the Squam Lakes Conservation Society and the Lakes Region Conservation Trust. The program provides hands-on conservation work experience and certifications over a broad range of areas, which ensures that LRCC members are capable of independently approaching a variety of tasks in the environmental conservation field. Members remove invasive species, maintain trail networks, lead volunteer crews, educate the public on local and regional conservation initiatives, and spearhead reports on conservation efforts.
The trainings, certifications, and experiences also develop important professional skills that are applicable to future careers within many occupational and educational fields. The program ensures that LRCC members are capable of independently approaching a variety of tasks, acting as a leader, and thinking critically to solve any problem that may arise. For more information about the LRCC program please visit

LRCC members must meet the following qualifications regardless of host
-Available from May 21, 2018 through October 17, 2018 (end date dependent on completion of service hours) -Must be 18 years of age by May 21, 2018 -Must be covered by health insurance for duration of program -Must be a competent swimmer -Able to lift 50 pounds -Able to carry and use heavy tools while hiking -Able to hike at least 8 miles in a day -Able to work independently and with a group -Must apply online -Must pass all certification exams -Must meet the Corporation for National Community Service’s minimum
-Must clear all required National Service Criminal History Checks -Must be a US citizen, US national, or legal permanent resident of the US -Must be high school graduates, GED recipients, or must be working toward attaining a high school diploma or GED during their term of service

LRCC members receive the following over the course of the program regardless of host site:
-NH Safe Boating certification
-NH Commercial Boating license
-Wilderness First Aid & CPR Certification -Student loan forbearance on qualifying loans.
-Living allowance  of $200 weekly, distributed biweekly -AmeriCorps Education Award of $2,907 received upon successful completion of program (minimum of 900 hours)

lrcc. Applications are reviewed in the order they are received. Applicants should apply by 8:30 AM on Thursday, March 29.

Research Experience for Undergraduates Opportunity in Landscape Planning and Management

Are you an undergraduate student interested in conservation, landscapes, and urban sustainability? Professor Kelli Larson at Arizona State University is looking for an enthusiastic and motivated undergraduate student to participate in research during the summer of 2018. The participant will work with faculty as well as graduate and undergraduate students to explore how people manage their yards and what types of landscapes cities are pursuing for water conservation, biodiversity, and other purposes. The student will work with team members to conduct research on current landscape design trends across cities of the U.S.

The position is located in Metro Phoenix, Arizona, and situated in the northern Sonoran Desert, which is home to the iconic saguaro cactus and charismatic desert animals. ASU is located in Tempe, a lively and vibrant college town with accessible public transportation and amenities.

This REU is a 10-week position that runs from mid-May to mid-August, 2018.
The successful applicant will be awarded a $5,000 stipend, and up to
$3,000 for room and board. Additionally, funding is available for the REU student to prepare and present a poster at the January 2019 CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting in Tempe, AZ.

About the Project
As part of a NSF-funded Macrosystems grant, Larson’s research group is exploring residential landscapes and how they are designed and managed across diverse cities including Phoenix, AZ, Los Angeles, CA, and Miami, FL. Documenting landscaping trends in residential areas is critical for enhancing the environmental and social value of these common urban ecosystems.

Minimum Qualifications
The successful candidate must:
* Be pursuing a degree in geography, planning, sustainability, landscape design/architecture, or a related field.
* Have an interest in environmental research.
* Be able to work in Microsoft programs including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
* Have solid written and verbal communication skills.
* Be able to work independently and as part of a team.

Desired Qualifications
* Interest in developing this research into an Honors thesis and/or for publication.
* Experience in conducting social science research.

Undergraduate students enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-
time) leading to a Bachelor’s degree. The funding also requires the student to be must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident of the U.S.

How to apply
Please send cover letter, resume or CV, and unofficial transcripts to by April 23, 2018.

Summer Internship Opportunity: ESA Science Outreach Intern

The ESA Office of Science Programs (
seeks an energetic recent graduate or graduate student with strong communication and organizational skills to 1) help enhance our communication and outreach endeavors, and 2) to help manage special ESA meetings, workshops, and training events. A basic background in and appreciation for ecology, biology, and/or environmental sciences is desired.

This is a paid, part-time internship based in ESA’s downtown Washington, DC office, with occasional travel to events in the greater DC area. The position is funded from May 29 – August 31, 2018 and pays $15 per hour.

For details and the official job posting, please see:

Applications due by Friday, April 20th.

Summer Field Research Technician Raleigh NC

Seeking temporary research technician to assist with field survey and status assessment of the aquatic macrophyte Nuphar sagittifolia in eastern North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia from May 21-Early August 2018. Position will be approximately 20 hours/week, $10/hr, based at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. Duties will be split between field and office work.  The goals of the project are 1) To clarify the taxonomic identity of Nuphar populations 2)To assess population genetics of N. sagittifolia populations 3) To document the location, size and status of N. sagittifolia populations to inform conservation decisions.

Bridge and kayak surveys for N. sagittifolia populations range-wide Collect photographs, leaf tissue for DNA extraction, and voucher specimens Data management (photographs, GPS points, field data) Morphology measurements

Required: At least two college-level courses in related field (botany, ecology, forestry, plant systematics, natural resources etc.)
Preferred: Strong interest in botany and conservation biology Comfort with kayaking (kayak can be provided) Proficiency in data entry and management Ability to work independently after training Ability to accommodate a flexible schedule Applicants must have a vehicle for surveys (gas costs reimbursed)

Start Date: May 21, 2018
Approximate End Date: Early August 2018. Hours per week may vary due to field conditions or project needs. Position is funded for approximately
11 weeks at 20 hours per week.
Hourly Wage: $10

To Apply:
Submit application, including resume and cover letter, at: Review of applications will begin April 3; position will remain posted until filled.

Contact Katherine Culatta: with questions

Field Research Assistant

The Mitchell lab at UNC-CH is seeking two full-time field assistants to help conduct research in plant disease ecology in the summer and fall of 2018. Assistants will work on a grant-funded project examining the role of the plant microbiome in pathogen transmission. Most work will be done in the field, but the position will also include work in the lab. Work will include collecting data and plant samples in the field, processing plant samples for lab assays, and culturing fungal pathogens from infected plant material.

Required Qualifications:
a) A valid driver’s license and personal mode of transportation to an off-campus field site
b) Willingness and ability to work early mornings and outdoors in summer heat, inclement weather, and around insects.
c) Ability to work well independently and with a team, pay attention to detail, and maintain exceptional communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:
a) Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
b) Experience conducting field research in ecology
c) Experience with biological laboratory procedures such as pipetting and culturing

Special Physical and Mental Requirements (ADA considerations):
Capacity and willingness to conduct outdoor field work during the daytime hours of summer. Field work will involve long periods of time spent positioning to observe vegetation and will be performed in all weather conditions that do not pose a danger to persons.

Hourly rate: $12.20/hr – Housing not provided.

Start Date: First assistant hired May 14th, second assistant hired June 14th.

Job Duration: 5 – 6 months.

To apply for this position, please visit and be prepared to provide a one-page cover letter, a resume, and contact information for two people who can serve as

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Conservation Intern Opening – AmeriCorps Member – Hungry Horse, MT (near Glacier National Park)

Interested in gaining hands-on conservation field experience while building relationships with the Forest Service? We have a last minute opportunity for a Conservation Intern position with the Montana Conservation Corps located in Hungry Horse, MT. If interested, please apply ASAP (before March 30th)!


General Information:
MCC’s Conservation Intern program provides opportunities for college students and recent graduates to gain professional experience in a conservation-related field.  Conservation Interns serve at partnering federal, state, and nonprofit agencies across the state of Montana and neighboring states.

Location: Varies based on host site placement (MT & neighboring states) Position Dates:
Summer Term: 5/16/18 – 8/17/18
Extended Term:  5/16/18 – 10/5/18
Living Allowance: $504 bi-weekly
AmeriCorps Education Award upon completion of the program.

Each internship is focused to help develop the interns’ professional skill set while providing expertise and valuable contributions to the host site. Conservation Interns (CI) are placed individually with a partner organization and work under the direct supervision of the Host Site Supervisor while coordinating with the MCC Program Manager to ensure successful completion of the program objectives.  CIs serve on a variety of projects including GPS and GIS projects, river ranger patrols, wildlife inventory, data analysis, public outreach and education, trails projects, research, and invasive weeds management.

– High school degree or GED
– Available for duration of entire term of service; commitment to completing term (MUST BE ABLE TO START ON MAY 16th!)
– US Citizenship or lawful permanent US Resident
– Ability to pass a National Service Criminal History Check
– Strong service ethic and desire to serve the community and the environment
– Willingness to work long hard hours in all weather conditions
– Ability to meet the physical demands of the position, as determined by the host site and MCC
– Ability to provide personal transportation to worksites, housing, and training

Preferred Qualifications:
– Comfortable working and camping in a backcountry setting
– Experience with trail maintenance/building
– Crosscut and chainsaw experience
– Able to hike at high elevations for long periods of time
– Experience interacting with the public/relaying trail etiquette information

More Details:
– The available host site is located at a Forest Service Ranger District in Hungry Horse, MT. Hungry Horse is located just outside of Glacier National Park.
– Shared housing is provided


Please contact Mandy Hedstrom (Program Manager) with any questions at

Volunteer Openings in Tropical Herpetology in Peru

Volunteer positions with the Alliance for Research and Conservation in the Amazon (ARCAmazon) are open this summer between June and September 2018 for monitoring reptiles and amphibians in the Las Piedras watershed in the Madre de Dios region of Peru. Opportunities at ARCAmazon are ideal for university students and recent graduates looking for field experience, or professionals searching for unique and meaningful travel experiences.
Volunteers will learn a variety of field skills as well as contribute from their own abilities and knowledge to a vital cause.

The Alliance for Research and Conservation in the Amazon (ARCAmazon) is a Peruvian non-profit that supports research and conservation initiatives in collaboration with other non-profits in the region and with local communities on the Las Piedras River. Our field site, Las Piedras Amazon Center (LPAC), in a 4,460-hectare rainforest concession, acts as a hub that channels the energy and resources of volunteering and ecotourism to halt illegal logging, hunting and mining, improve our understanding of Amazonian wildlife, and develop sustainable solutions for the needs of local people making a living in the area.

The herpetology team at the Las Piedras Amazon Center monitors and studies the diversity of frogs, toads, turtles, snakes and crocodilians in the Peruvian Amazon. Herpetology volunteers work with professional researchers to examine the population trends and behaviors of nearly 200 species of reptiles and amphibians residing in various habitats and combine findings with spatial data. A major component of the program is caiman research, which involves the search, capture and tagging of various species of caiman, important predators that indicate the health of the forest.

Volunteers at LPAC stay at our remote off-grid camp/ecotourist lodge.
Comfortable accommodations and authentic Peruvian meals are provided.
Living at LPAC also gives access to beautiful trails, swimming areas and frequent wildlife sightings. Fees for accommodations vary by length and nature of the stay. Please refer to our website for more details on the herpetology team and accommodation fees or for information about other

For any further inquiries, email . To apply to volunteer for the herpetology team, please visit our website and fill in an application form.

Avian Natural Resource Technicians

Avian Natural Resource Technicians
Agency:  Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Location:  Northwest Minnesota
Salary:  $16.62 / hour, limited to 40 hrs / week
Start and End Date:  8/20/2018 – 11/30/2018
We are hiring two temporary field technicians for a study examining sharp-tailed grouse response to brushland management such as burning and mowing.  The technicians will work throughout northwest MN conducting grouse pellet and vegetation surveys along transects, collecting and entering data into Excel, communicating with local managers, navigating to field sites with maps and GPS, using ArcGIS to locate study sites and transects, and organizing and maintaining field equipment.  Field work will require walking up to 8 miles a day, often through difficult field conditions and with sometimes minimal detection of pellets or grouse.
Hours and days will be variable, but generally will consist of a 4 day 10 hour work week and will not exceed 40 hours per week. Housing will be provided at no cost at Roseau River Wildlife Management Area.  Housing is a shared open bunk house.  A DNR truck will be provided for work use only.
Required Qualifications:
Strong work ethic with a positive attitude.
Willingness to work long hours in difficult field conditions with minimal supervision.
Ability to use Garmin GPS units and ArcGIS for navigation and data collection.
Experience conducting data entry in Excel.
A valid driver’s license and good driving record.
Physical ability to walk up to 8 miles a day, over difficult terrain, while carrying <10 lbs.
Must be available to begin August 20, 2018 and work through mid-late November.
Preferred Qualifications:
B.S. in Wildlife Ecology or a related field.
Job-related experience using ArcGIS.
Familiarity with brushland plant species identification in the upper Midwest U.S. 
To apply:
Submit a cover letter, resume, and three references (name, telephone, and E-mail) as a single attachment in an E-mail and  Applications must be received by April 30, 2018.

Final call for applications to the Environmental Conservation and Environmental Infomatics MS programs at UW-Madison

This is a final call for applications to the professional Environmental Professional MS programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison ( We have a few spaces available and are eager to work with applicants who want to start a graduate program this summer! 
**The programs start June 4, 2018. Applications will accepted on a rolling basis until the cohorts are filled.**
The Nelson Institute’s professional master’s programs in Environmental Conservation and Environmental Observation and Informatics help early career professionals advance their leadership, management skills, technical expertise and organizational response to complex challenges in a changing world.

Highlights of the Environmental Professional Programs

  • Professional Master of Science degree (no-thesis)
  • 15-month, 32 credit curriculum, spanning June 2018 – August 2019.
  • Cohort-based learning – learn with and from your peers
  • Blended curriculum – summer and fall classes on the UW-Madison campus, spring classes online
  • Hands on learning with a final non-thesis independent project at a professional organization
  • Tuition assistance is available
Degree options
  1. Environmental Conservation (EC): Training conservation leaders in practical interdisciplinary skills to tackle complex decisions in a changing world.
  2. Environmental Observation and Informatics (EOI): Training for an innovative career in the growing geospatial sector. You will develop a skill set on the forefront of earth observation data and tools.
For more information about the program, including the curriculum and how to apply, visit our website

Applications due Friday! NC State Summer Fellow program: Marine Soundscape Ecology

Please share the following paid summer internship position with your undergraduates interested in marine ecology and fish acoustics. The applications are due THIS FRIDAY March 30.
We seek a summer research assistant for a study using passive acoustics to assess fish behavior and habitat use on restored oyster reefs in North Carolina. The assistant will be supervised by graduate students in the Marine Ecology and Conservation Program at NC State University through the NC State Center for Marine Science and Technology (CMAST) Summer Fellows program. The Marine Ecology and Conservation program focuses on understanding how the marine soundscape is influenced by and can provide information about spatial and temporal patterns in estuarine ecosystems, specifically related to fish behavior and ecosystem health.
The research aims to catalog the sound signatures of estuarine fish species with unknown or poorly documented calls. This research will inform related studies on fish behavior and habitat use, and will be applied to biodiversity and conservation assessments in coastal North Carolina. We seek assistance to conduct a series of fish auditioning experiments to (1) capture species that we expect produce sound and (2) record and characterize their acoustic behaviors to facilitate improved detection and differentiation of species recorded in the field.
The assistant will help with field collection, identification, and laboratory recording of several fish species endemic to coastal North Carolina. The assistant will gain experience with fish identification, maintaining and using wetlab facilities, and conducting and analyzing underwater recordings. The assistant should be able to work independently and with a small team, organized and responsible, comfortable handling live fish, working non-conventional hours, and working from a boat; previous fishing experience is preferred, but not required. There will be opportunities for the assistant to conduct their own side-project, and interest in doing so is highly encouraged. The assistant will also have opportunities to work on additional projects conducted from CMAST.
The position will be based at NC State’s Center for Marine Science and Technology in Morehead City, NC. Position would begin in late May and extend through early August. If interested, please apply here:
Applications are due THIS FRIDAY March 30!
Please contact Olivia Caretti ( with any questions.