Month: July 2018

Bee Technician – Full-time Seasonal – Isaacs Lab @ MSU

Subject: Bee Technician – Full-time Seasonal – Isaacs Lab @ MSU

Biological Science Technician (Bees and Crop Pollination): Michigan

1 Technician Position at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Duration: August 24 – December 21, 2018 (potential for longer employment
based on performance and availability of funding)

Salary: Full time: 40 hours/week, $11.00/hour

Description: The Isaacs Lab at Michigan State University
( is seeking help with multiple pollinator
Berry Crops Entomology Lab at Michigan State University.

projects in Fall 2018. Duties will largely be field work in Sept/Oct 2018,
transitioning to lab work through the end of the appointment in Dec 2018.

Daily tasks include: travel to field sites in a university vehicle (travel
time is paid), work with honey bees, netting wild bees, flower
identification, pollen sample processing, weed management, data entry, and
labeling and curating bee specimens. Overnight stays at the MSU field
research stations during sampling rounds are possible (accommodations at
the field station are covered).

1) Great Lakes Pollinator Health Project – The aims of this project are to
investigate long term population trends in Michigan bees, as well as
identify underlying causes of managed pollinator decline.
2) Bumble bee foraging project – The aims of this project are to determine
how bumble bees use the landscape when foraging for resources, and how
habitat restoration influences colony dynamics in managed landscapes.
3) Honey bee nutrition project– The aim of this project is to determine
how landscape complexity affects honey bee health on multiple scales
through nutrition.

Michigan State University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity
Employer, and we especially encourage applications from minority and
underrepresented groups.

Required Qualifications:
Interest in field research in entomology, conservation biology, field
Valid U.S. driver’s license, with a good driving record, and willingness
to share driving responsibilities
Ability to work outside for long periods of time in a variety of weather
Attention to detail and protocols
Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Desired Skills:
Not allergic to honey bees
Courses in Entomology
Field work experience
Lab work experience
Research experience
Lifting equipment up to 40 pounds
Experience with data entry and analysis in Excel, and R
Ability to communicate with a wide variety of people, including
scientists, land owners, and agricultural producers

To apply, please send:
1) a cover letter describing relevant research experience and primary
interests, 2) your resume/curriculum vitae, and 3) the names and email
addresses of three references. Send as one PDF to Kelsey Graham
( by August 7, 2018 with “MSU Bee Technician” in the
subject line.


Seeking monitoring intern

We are looking for an intern to support NPS monitoring efforts in the Midwest region.  The announcement is at:
Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking ONE Inventory and Monitoring Intern to dedicate 52 weeks in support of the Heartland Inventory and Monitoring Network (HTLN). The Intern will be responsible for serving on a variety of ongoing ecological inventory and monitoring pro…

Thank you for your consideration,
Sherry Leis

Interpretation and Education Intern at Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Interpretation & Education Technician
Great Basin Institute / Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Working collaboratively with Lake Mead National Recreation Area (LMNRA), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting an Interpretation & Education Technician to assist with development and completion of resource education programs and projects, including a wide range of formal and informal public and school-based education programs and projects.  The candidate will assist in visitor center operations including staffing and operational duties and procedures.  Other duties will include leading hikes, lectures, demonstrations, field trips, workshops and activities.  Venues will include (but not be limited to) classrooms, fairs, trails, beaches, libraries and visitor centers.  Programs and projects will educate and inform the public about the significance and uniqueness of park resources, conservation and ecologically sound practices as well as the laws, rules, and regulations developed to protect park resources.
Primary tasks and duties include:
  • Facilitate interpretation and outreach, including:  implementation of programs, lesson plans, and learning modules for public programs, schedule programs with groups, present materials to public groups and collect data associated with attendees, and impacts of presented lessons;
  • Provide front-line staffing of the Lake Mead Visitor Center information desk, answering visitor questions, opening and closing operations including cash handling procedures with park store operator
  • Develop and conduct presentations to volunteer groups about natural resource management practices within the recreation area;
  • Provide community members, visitors, and local constituents with information on park resources, conservation and ecologically sound practices as well as the laws, rules, and regulations developed to protect park resources; and
  • Research scientific, historical, and technical resources to create interpretive programs using a variety of interpretive techniques.
Additional tasks and duties include collecting field data to maintain documentation of activities and assisting staff on developing and modifying outreach materials. The Technician will serve as a front line representative to partners for the National Park Service.
Additionally, opportunities will be provided to participate in trainings provided by Lake Mead NRA staff and community partners.
  • Rate of pay: $13/hour
  • Health Insurance
o   Six month appointment beginning October 2018, or upon completion of a Department of Interior background investigation
o   40 hours per week, requiring some weekends and holidays to accommodate presentations and special events, and some minimal overtime may be required
Lake Mead National Recreation Area (NRA) Headquarters is located in Boulder City, Nevada, a 20 minute drive from the city of Henderson, which lies on the outskirts of Las Vegas. Lake Mead National Recreation Area encompasses nearly 1.5 million acres in southeastern Nevada and northwestern Arizona, including mountains, canyons, valleys, and two vast lakes. From the mouth of the Grand Canyon, the park follows the Arizona-Nevada border along what was formerly 140 miles of the Colorado River. Opportunities for recreation abound.
  • Bachelor’s degree in education or related coursework and commensurate field experience, desirable but not required;
  • Experience conducting interpretation, highly desirable;
  • Experience developing and implementing environmental education and outreach programs and curricula, desired;
  • Motivated, self-starter who is detail oriented;
  • Organizational skills to effectively plan and complete assigned workloads within defined timelines;
  • Flexibility to handle competing and changing priorities;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse public in a variety of forums;
  • Ability to speak English and Spanish conversationally, desired but not required;
  • Experience living or working in, and/or knowledge of Mojave Desert, desired; and
  • Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments.
Additional qualifications:
  • Willingness to sometimes work irregular hours (e.g., early mornings, late nights);
  • Ability to work productively, consistently and cooperatively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals; and
  • Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with ability to safely operate and maintain a vehicle.
Successful applicant must complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI) or submit paperwork to NPS human resources indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has already been completed prior to beginning position. If you already have a fully adjudicated BI, please let us know in your application.
How to Apply:
Please follow the link to apply directly through our online portal:

We conform to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, age, disability status, Genetic Information & Testing, Family & Medical Leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We prohibit Retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint or otherwise oppose discrimination

MS or PhD Research Assistantship – Gulf Sturgeon

MS or PhD Research Assistantship – Gulf Sturgeon

University of Southern Mississippi

Hattiesburg, MS


Salary:  Annual stipend of $18,000 plus full tuition waiver and medical insurance

Start Date: 01/14/2019

Last Date to Apply: 9/01/18

I am seeking a PhD or MS student to participate in a collaborative project on the biology of juvenile Gulf Sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus desotoi) in the Pascagoula River basin.  The student’s main focus will be on using genetic data (microsatellite loci) to perform parentage and kinship analyses in order to quantify relatedness among juveniles and estimate the effective number of breeders. The student will also have the opportunity to participate in the fieldwork associated with this project being conducted by collaborators at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory.  Ultimately, the student will develop a thesis/dissertation that is builds upon the main goals of this project.

Applicants must have a BS or MS in ecology/environmental biology, zoology, wildlife biology, or other relevant areas. GPA and GRE scores must be competitive for admission to the graduate program at the University of Southern Mississippi. Prior experience with molecular genetic techniques and data analysis is preferred but not required.  Likewise, field experiences with sturgeon in line with this project (operation of small motorboats and fish collection techniques) would be preferred. Training will be provided in all of these areas as needed.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. To apply, please send the following in a single PDF
file: cover letter, resume or CV, unofficial transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information for three references to Brian Kreiser,  Also address any inquiries about the position to the same address.

Graduate position: UNevada_LasVegas.BioinformaticsGenomics

Graduate position in bioinformatics/genomics

University of Nevada Las Vegas / Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine
School of Life Sciences
United States

A PhD position is available in the lab of Mira Han at University of Nevada,
Las Vegas and Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine.

Two main research going on in the lab:
One focuses on studying the tissue specific expression of repeat elements
and investigating the potential regulatory role of repeat elements, through
analysis of existing ChIP-seq, eCLIP, RNA-seq and genetic datasets.
The other focuses on studying the evolutionary constraint on insertion and
deletion mutations, by estimating the indel rate in unstructured regions of
the proteins and spacer regions between binding motifs in the DNA.

Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine was just awarded a $11.4M, 5 year
Center of Biomedical Research Excellence P20 Grant from NIH in personalized
Beyond the project work, PhD candidates will have opportunity to interact
with other computational biologists and molecular biologists in the Nevada
Institute of Personalized Medicine, through workshops and seminars.

Visit the website to find out more at and


The UNLV campus offers a stimulating and rewarding environment. Here, you
will find a friendly community dedicated to learning and research. Las
Vegas has its safe communities, affordable home prices, high quality of
life, little traffic.


Experience with programming (Python, R, C/C++) and Linux/Unix environments
Self-motivation with excellent communication skills and an ability to work
well in a team environment

Start date
As soon as possible

Please send a CV, three letters of reference, and a brief statement of
research interests to Dr. Mira Han (mira.han[at]

Mira Han

Assistant Professor
School of Life Sciences UNLV
HRC 183B


Job Posting: Temporary Pollinator Field Technician

Subject: Job Posting: Temporary Pollinator Field Technician

The Cariveau Native Bee Lab at the University of Minnesota is looking for one seasonal technician for summer field work to start immediately. This position is a temporary appointment ranging approximately 3 months and with a starting rate of $15.14/hour.

Technicians will be taking part in research investigating the bee and plant communities of prairie restorations and remnants. The lab provides housing for technicians in Spicer, Minnesota during field sampling which will go until early September.

Activities include:

Netting and processing of bees specimens collected in the field.

Identifying and recording of prairie plant communities.

Entering collected data into Excel spreadsheets.


The ideal candidate would be available until at least September 7th to spend extended overnight periods at the lab’s field house in Spicer, MN. Ideally this person would live at the house until end of field season. The ability to find housing in the twin cities and continue until the end of the three month term would be ideal but is not required.

Desired skills include:

Ability to tolerate challenging conditions in hot and humid weather while subject to biting insects.

Experience in bee netting and sampling protocols and the ability to distinguish bees from other flying insects.

Experience pinning and curating insect specimens.

Experience with the identification of prairie forb species.

Please send a single PDF with your resume, cover letter, and contact information for 2 references to Ian Lane ( ), subject line: “Mid-summer Field Technician Application” followed by your name. Position will be open until filled.

MS Graduate Student Position_ Aquatic Community Ecology_ Sam Houston State University

MS Graduate Student Position_ Aquatic Community Ecology_ Sam Houston State University

Sam Houston State University, Huntsville TX to start early spring 2019 under the supervision of Dr. Carmen Montana

A TAship and research support is available to conduct master’s level research on aquatic communities in pond ecosystems in Texas. This research will be part of a long-term ecological project that examines spatial- temporal variation of pond communities at local and regional scales and quantify the environmental factors driving aquatic diversity across these landscape scales. More specifically, this project seeks to quantify pond aquatic diversity using both taxonomic and functional approaches, to quantify abundance of predators and competitors within pond microhabitats and to investigate the importance of local and regional factors on species diversity.
The preferred starting date is Spring 2019 (early January). Graduates with an interest and education in freshwater communities (both fish and aquatic
invertebrates) or related subjects are encouraged to apply. Please contact Dr. Carmen Montana ( at your earliest convenience for more information about the position and the project.
Other relevant information can be found on the following websites:

Graduated with a degree in Biology, Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Environmental Sciences, or related fields, with research experience in freshwater ecosystems are encouraged to apply for this position.

To apply send a letter of interest, a CV, GRE scores, informal transcripts, and the names and contact information for 3 references by email to Dr.
Carmen G. Montana-Schalk (




If you’d like to volunteer on the 2018 Fall Bottom Trawl Survey aboard NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow, your help would be greatly appreciated!   Volunteers are a very important part of our program.

We need the help of every scientist and volunteer who sails.  You do not need to be a scientist to volunteer, but must have a keen interest in what we do and a willingness to work hard alongside our scientists. The information below explains how to sign up for a cruise. Please be aware that we work twelve-hour shifts, which means that you may be standing on your feet for twelve hours. Therefore, please only sign up for a cruise if you are serious about making the commitment.  If there is an emergency, or you anticipate that you will not be able to participate on a cruise that you are scheduled for, please contact me immediately.

The required forms may be downloaded from the Ecosystems Surveys Branch website in the forms link of the Cruise Volunteer Information section.  Helpful information for new participants on what to expect at sea and what to bring on the survey can be found in the Preparing for a Cruise tab of the website.

Three easy steps toward volunteering on a survey:

You must be at least 18 years of age.  Volunteers are responsible for all travel related expenses.  While at sea, all meals will be provided by the vessel.

1. Submit a volunteer questionnaire with the dates you are available to participate.  If space is available, you will receive confirmation to participate on a cruise.  The Volunteer Questionnaire must be sent to:

Katherine Sowers

National Marine Fisheries Service

166 Water Street                                      

Woods Hole, MA  02543

Fax:   508-495-2258

2. Wait to hear confirmation that you have been scheduled.  Confirmations are sent as early as possible and not later than three weeks prior to departure.  If we are not able to find berthing for you, you will have the option of being placed on standby status to fill in if there is a cancellation.

3. After you receive confirmation that you are scheduled for a cruise, submit a medical form that lists all medical conditions to the Health Services Office.   Please list NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow as your project ship.

As noted on the health form, you must have a negative TB test (taken within the last 12 months). Additionally, you must have a current Tetanus shot (received within the last 10 years).  If either is out of date, you will need to obtain them at your expense.  If you have a new TB test or Tetanus shot scheduled, please note the date on your medical form, rather than leaving it blank. Medical clearance must be completed and confirmed two weeks prior to the scheduled departure date.  Please contact the Health Services Office for the status of your medical clearance.

NOAA Health Services Office

Phone: 757-441-6320

FAX: 757-441-3760


2018 Fall Cruise Schedule – NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow

Please note that the identified regions are where we anticipate to sample: environmental or mechanical problems may force us to change the area of operation.

Leg 1:  September 4 to 21

(18 days at sea)

Ports:  (depart/arrive Newport, RI)

Planned Survey Area:  Mid-Atlantic


Leg 2:  September 25 to October 5

(11 days at sea)

Ports:  (depart/arrive Newport, RI)

Planned Survey Area:  Southern New England


Leg 3:  October 9 to 25

(17 days at sea)

Ports: (depart/arrive Newport, RI)

Planned Survey Area: Georges Bank


Leg 4: October 30 to November 12

(14 days at sea)

Ports: (depart/arrive Newport, RI)

Planned Survey Area: Gulf of Maine

MS Assistantship- Amphibian Conservation

M.S. Graduate Student Assistantship in Amphibian Conservation

Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA to start in late Nov. 2018 with the start of the Winter Quarter under supervision of Drs. Julia Earl and Don Shepard.

This is a State Wildlife Grant funded project to survey the state of Louisiana for any remaining Crawfish Frog populations, a species of conservation concern.  There is currently only one known population, but this will be the first systematic survey of Louisiana.  The project will primarily be based on frog call surveys (both in person and using automated recorders) and road cruising.
Student must have a good driving record, be comfortable driving and collecting data late at night, and be knowledgeable or interested in frog call identification.  Students should also have a good attitude, as detection of crawfish frogs is likely to be very rare.  There will be opportunities to ask additional ecological questions using data collected on other frog species that could be tailored to the student’s interests.  Other student responsibilities include entering and analyzing data, presenting results at scientific meetings, and writing scientific manuscripts.  Students need to have a B.S. in Biology, Wildlife, Environmental Science, or other related field by the start date.  The assistantship provides support of ~$20,000 per year but does not include an in-state tuition or fee waiver (all out of state students will be eligible for in-state tuition).

To apply, please email an application as a single pdf including a cover letter explaining your interest in the project and long-term goals, a CV (including GPA, GRE scores, and relevant coursework), and the names and contact information for 3 references.  Submit applications by email by Sept. 1, 2018.

For more information, email Dr. Julia Earl ( and/or Dr. Don Shepard (

Graduate position: UNewOrleans.ComputationalModelingSimulations

Graduate positions (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) are available in the Atallah Lab
( in the Biological Sciences
Department at the University of New Orleans (UNO). We are currently
looking for students interested in simulating the role of transposable
elements in evolution and human disease.  In recent years, evidence
has accumulated that transposable elements (TEs) play important roles
in both evolutionary processes (such as changes in gene regulation) and
the progression of diseases such as cancer. We are developing computer
simulations of the activity of TEs in somatic cell populations and the
germline. Students interested in this project should be familiar with
shell scripting and computer programming.  Interested students should
send an email to Please include a brief description
of your background (or a CV or resume), and mention why you’re excited
about this project. The University of New Orleans is a public research
university and part of the University of Louisiana system. New Orleans
is a diverse and historic city with a vibrant culture.

Joel Atallah, Ph.D.
Assistant professor
202 Biology Building
Department of Biological Sciences
University of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA 70148
(504) 280-7057

Joel Atallah <>