Month: December 2018

Three Seas: Master of Science in Marine Biology

Subject: Three Seas: Master of Science in Marine Biology

The Three Seas program in now accepting applications for its Fall 2019 cohort. Three Seas is a full immersion, experiential learning marine biology master’s program!

Three Seas provides the opportunity to study marine biology in three different marine environments: in New England at the Northeastern Marine Science Center (Nahant, MA) during the fall semester, in the Caribbean at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (Bocas del Toro, Panama) and in the Pacific Northwest at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories (San Juan Island, Washington) throughout the next spring. The program culminates in mentored research projects that students can conduct anywhere, offering them flexibility in their research goals.

This is a unique opportunity for students to live and work in the environments that they are studying and explore three diverse ecosystems through field-intensive courses in marine biology and ocean science. The program is SCUBA intensive, and students complete an average of 70 dives over the course of 15 months!

Please pass along MS Marine Biology and Three Seas Program information to students you think would be a great fit for our program. Contact Andrea (Three Seas Program Manager) at with any questions and find more information here:



The newly established lab of Dr Kristian Forbes at the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, is searching for a graduate student in bat disease ecology. Fieldwork will be based in the Taita Hills, south-east Kenya. Situated between Tsavo East and West National Parks, this amazing region has remarkable bat species richness and habitat heterogeneity – ranging from cloud rainforest patches and savannah plains, to agricultural fields and small villages.

Research in the Forbes lab is diverse and multidisciplinary, including within-host dynamics such as immunity, infection spread within wildlife populations and across landscapes, and the impacts of disease on host fitness. The successful applicant will have flexibility in defining their project focus.

Applicants should have wide interests in biological sciences, including wildlife biology, zoonotic infections, and anthropogenic environmental changes. Previous experience is wildlife trapping and sampling and/or laboratory diagnostics will be highly regarded. The student will work within an international and multidisciplinary One Health-themed project. Key partners are based at the University of Nairobi, Maasai Mara University, and the University of Helsinki in Finland. The project will include international travel; an interest in learning about different cultures is important.

The successful applicant will be supported by a graduate teaching assistantship and opportunities may also be available for fellowships, such as DDF and DAF programs at U of A ( The desired start time is fall, 2019, but is flexible. The student will be supervised by Dr Forbes ( and be part of the new EEOB program at U of A ( Fayetteville is located in a beautiful natural area amongst the Ozark Mountains, with a wide range of recreational activities in close proximity such as hiking, cycling, kayaking and fishing; it regularly ranks amongst top US cities to live (,_Arkansas).

For more information, please contact Dr Forbes at To apply, please send: 1) a cover letter of maximum one page outlining your research interests and career goals, 2) your CV and academic transcripts, and 3) contact information for three referees to the above email address. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and prompt submission is recommended.

Field Research Assistants Nantucket Conservation Foundation



Job Announcement


Job Title: Seasonal Ecology Field Assistant (5 months)


Job Description:

The Nantucket Conservation Foundation, Inc. Science and Stewardship Department seeks 2 (two) seasonal field assistants to conduct ecological research and stewardship activities for the 2019 field season. Both successful candidates need to have strong field work experience. We are looking for one candidate with excellent plant ID and monitoring skills and an interest in wildlife ecology. The second successful candidate will have extensive wildlife experience as well as plant ID experience and interest. Both field assistants will participate in ALL aspects of field work whether wildlife or plant ecology. In your application cover letter, please explicitly state if your application qualifies you for the plant-focused position or the wildlife-focused position.


These positions include a wide range of primarily field-based activities including vegetation community composition sampling, rare plant searches, small mammal trapping, wildlife radio relocation and bat acoustic monitoring. Successful candidates will be motivated, enthusiastic, self-reliant and willing to learn quickly. For more information on NCF’s mission and current research projects, please see the Foundation’s website and our Science Blog


Primary Responsibilities:

  1. Quickly develop a working knowledge of the island’s plant species;
  2. Monitoring vegetation communities and rare plant species in connection with research and management projects using various sampling methods: (percent cover, line intercept, species counts, presence/absence, etc.);
  3. Small mammal trapping, insect pitfall trapping, and spotted turtle surveys;
  4. Assisting with bat population monitoring using acoustic detectors, mist netting and possible radio telemetry;
  5. Inventory state-listed plant species that currently or have historically occurred on Nantucket;
  6. Population ecology studies of several plant and animal species of conservation concern;
  7. Inventory, monitoring, and management of invasive plant species including hand digging and pulling and assisting a certified herbicide applicator by cutting stems, bagging and hauling away cut material;
  8. Assist in greenhouse-based projects such as native seed collection, propagation and out-planting for habitat restoration;
  9. Data entry and quality control;
  10. Occasional participation in environmental education, interpretive and/or fundraising activities as needed.


Dates/Hours: This is a full-time, temporary position beginning in mid-May and ending in mid-October; exact dates are somewhat flexible. Hours are generally Monday through Friday, averaging eight hours per day, although work times will occasionally vary depending on project, weather, tides, etc.


Wages/Benefits: Wage is $13 per hour based on a 40-hour work week. Housing is provided in a shared, employee house. Work-related transportation is provided but is not available after working hours.


Required Qualifications: B.S. or B.A. in Ecology, Botany, Zoology, Wildlife Management, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science, or a related biological/ecological field. One full season of field work experience required. Successful applicants will have strong plant identification skills and an interest in wildlife handling and monitoring. One successful candidate must have experience with wildlife handling and monitoring.Experience in vegetation community monitoring techniques and ecological field data collection. Experience using GPS units in the field and using Microsoft Excel for data entry. Strong observational, critical thinking and organizational skills are essential, as is the ability to accurately collect data and record field notes. Individuals must be able to work both independently and as a member of a team. A valid driver’s license is required.


Desired Qualifications: Familiarity with the flora of the northeastern United States and past plant taxonomy coursework. Interest in invasive species management and willingness to participate in manual aspects of herbicide management projects. Having or willingness to independently obtain a MA Herbicide Applicator license is useful but not required.


Physical Demands and Work Environment: This is a field work intensive position and applicants must be able to tolerate adverse field conditions. Field work includes the possibility for inclement weather and variable terrain, poison ivy and biting insects (mosquitoes, deer ticks). Nantucket is an area with a high incidence of tick-borne disease so precautions to minimize risk are encouraged. The work involves hiking, standing, bending, kneeling, and hauling field gear on a routine basis. While field assistants will not be applying or working directly with herbicide, they will be working in the vicinity of herbicide application with precautions taken to avoid direct exposure.





Application deadline is Friday January 18, 2019 by 5pm, we review applications on a rolling basis.

Applications accepted ONLY through our hiring website:


Click APPLY to job and fill out the form and upload your Application Packet using the Upload Resume link


Cover Letter, Resume, Contact Information for 3 references, and Unofficial Undergraduate College Transcripts*


*Please note, applications sent without transcripts will NOT be accepted. There are many free websites that will combine your transcript pdfs with your application pdf. Contact us with any issues.





We are looking for undergraduates or recent graduates to join our team of interdisciplinary researchers in northeast Iceland this coming summer. We study the ecology of Lake Myvatn, and interns will assist in our ongoing LTREB (Long-Term Research in Environmental Biology) project.



Internships will include both NSF-REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) and non-REU positions. Only current undergraduates (not graduating before fall of 2019) with US citizenship are eligible for the REU positions. The non-REU positions are more flexible and are open to non-US citizens. The REU and non-REU positions are functionally identical; the only difference is funding source.


Interns must be available to work from 1 June to late August. The timing of the fieldwork is dictated by our research needs and therefore is inflexible.




The research focuses on the population dynamics of midges in Myvatn and the consequences they have for the aquatic and surrounding terrestrial food webs. The work includes conducting lab and field experiments, and collecting and processing arthropod, zooplankton, sediment and plant samples. All interns will contribute to both aquatic and terrestrial aspects of the project.


Our interns take primary responsibility for the routine sampling that forms the backbone of the long-term research, in addition to conducting independent projects. Technical lab and (especially) field skills are essential. However, we place primary importance on the ability of prospective interns to work both independently and as part of a research term. We will also consider the ability of applicants to function in the somewhat remote conditions of rural Iceland.



If you are interested in joining our team, please apply with the following:


1. Cover letter

Your cover letter should outline your background and the reasons why you would be a good candidate for this position. Include a discussion of why you want this position and how it relates to your intellectual interests and career goals. In particular, emphasize how your experiences and skills make you a good match for the position. Highlight specific details from your resume or other pertinent information that does not appear on your resume. Include your citizenship, whether you have a valid driver’s license, and your current and future educational plans.


2. Resume

Include a current resume that details your education and work experiences. Provide names and contact information for at least two references whom we can contact to ask specific questions about your background and qualifications for the position.


Submit your application as a single PDF (only 1 file), including both the cover letter and resume. Email your PDF to Jamie Botsch, Include your surname in the file (e.g., Smith_Iceland_Application.pdf). Put “2019 Summer Research in Iceland” in the subject line of the email. After initial screening of materials, finalists will be contacted for interviews.



For full consideration for summer 2019 internships, please submit your application by 20 January 2019.



All positions include coverage of travel expenses to and from Iceland, food and lodging, and a small stipend. Interns must be available to work from 1 June to late August. The timing of the fieldwork is dictated by our research needs and therefore is inflexible. A critical part of the program is conducting your own research project under our guidance. Past summer research interns have completed their projects as senior research theses or have presented their work at national conferences.


More information about our work and field experiences can be found at our blog,, Instagram,, and Twitter,




Jamie Botsch (graduate student) –


Amanda McCormick (graduate student) –


Joe Phillips (graduate student) –


Matt McCary (post-doctoral fellow) –


Tony Ives (professor) –


Positions Available: AmeriCorps Restoration Team Member

From: Amy Gladding <amy.gladding@WALKERBASIN.ORG>
Sent: Monday, December 17, 2018 1:19 PM
Subject: Positions Available: AmeriCorps Restoration Team Member

POSITION TITLE: AmeriCorps Restoration Team Member

STATUS: Half Time, 900-hour term from February 19, 2019 to August 22, 2019


REPORTS TO: AmeriCorps Program Manager


LOCATION: Yerington, NV


BACKGROUND: Established in 2014, the Walker Basin Conservancy (WBC) is leading the effort to restore and maintain Walker Lake while protecting agricultural, environmental and recreational interests in the Walker Basin (

). The nascent and dynamic nature of the WBC and its diverse management obligations provide unique opportunities to develop operations from the ground level up, working closely with staff who are passionate about their mission.The WBC currently manages thousands of acres of land and assets on multiple properties in the Walker Basin.  Land planning activities are underway and focus on assessing public use opportunities, conservation values, long term land ownership and stewardship, active and passive revegetation and restoration activities.

JOB PURPOSE: The Restoration Team Members will serve alongside other members and WBC Conservation Technicians conducting primarily invasive species removal and native plant re-vegetation within the Walker River Basin. Members may also work on recreational trail construction, sign installation, and fence construction. Members will work in conjunction with other WBC field staff, providing on the ground support to larger project operations.

A working knowledge of, or a desire to learn more about, desert plant ecology and ecological restoration, nursery or horticultural practices, or agricultural systems and irrigation equipment is essential. The Restoration Team Members should also have a sincere interest in expanding their knowledge of Great Basin Desert ecology, restoration practices, the flora and fauna of Nevada, and agricultural methods and equipment.


Members will serve in an outdoor setting and will sometimes be required to camp in the field for the duration of the tour. Camping will generally be in areas with at least primitive road access for crew vehicles, but the camping sites will usually be undeveloped backcountry sites. Both camp and project sites will generally not have access to potable water, restroom facilities, or cellphone signals, and members will be expected to follow Leave No Trace principals in camp and on project. Project work will frequently require hiking over rough terrain while carrying tools and equipment.


LOCATION: Yerington, Nevada is a beautiful rural farming community located approximately 95 miles south of Reno, NV in the foothills of the eastern Sierra mountains. Yerington is small but growing with about 3,100 residents. Established in 1907, the city has heritage and deep roots in agriculture, mining, railroads, and gaming. Some of the nearby attractions, activities and recreational opportunities include:

  • Camping, biking, hiking, backpacking
  • Fishing, hunting and boating and OHV trails
  • Flat and white-water boating (1 hour away)
  • Rock Hounding and climbing
  • Ghost Town Exploration
  • Ski Resorts (1.5-2 hours away)
  • Lake Tahoe (1.5 hours away)
  • Lahontan Reservoir (30 minutes away)
  • Walker Lake (45 minutes away)
  • Topaz Reservoir (45 minutes away)


Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Primary Functions:

·         Under the guidance of a WBC Technician, utilizing hand tools, backpack sprayers, and ATV mounted sprayers to conduct invasive plant removal and control.

·         Under the guidance of a WBC Technician, utilizing hand and power tools to conduct native plant re-vegetation and restoration.

·         Under the guidance of a WBC Technician, utilizing hand and power tools to conduct road decommissioning, recreation trail construction, and sign/fence installation.

·         Communicating effectively and professionally with other members, WBC staff, agency partners, and the public.

Secondary Functions:

·         Assisting with the management and supervision of community volunteers on WBC conservation projects.

·         Uploading field data into databases and compiling reports to inform future management plans.

·         Assisting with the inventory, maintenance, and repair of WBC tools and equipment.



  • Willingness and ability to work outside in unpredictable weather conditions, including extreme temperatures, independently or as part of a team.
  • Willingness and ability to camp in undeveloped, primitive conditions for multiple days.
  • Willingness and ability to work irregular hours, such as starting early or working more days with shorter hours, in accordance with project specific requirements and conditions.
  • Ability to bend and crouch for long periods of time and occasionally lift heavy loads or equipment.
  • Ability to uses hand and power tools, operate motor vehicles, and work long days on labor intensive projects.
  • Willingness to use chemical herbicides in the treatment and control of invasive weeds while following strict application protocols.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record.
  • Meet AmeriCorps Eligibility Requirements, including:
    • Be at least 17 years of age at the commencement of service;
    • Have a high school diploma or its equivalent;
    • Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States;
    • Pass a National Sex Offender Public Website check and National Service Criminal History Check; and
    • Be eligible to receive and AmeriCorps Education award, with a limit of four total terms in a lifetime and the equivalent of two full-time terms (3600 hours).


Compensation & Benefits:

  • Living allowance of $9,180;
  • Education award of $2,960;
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance, child care, and federal student loan forbearance are available for eligible members at no additional cost;
  • Uniform reimbursement;
  • Per diem when on spike (while camping);
  • Paid personal and sick leave; and
  • Paid holidays.


Members will receive a variety of technical and professional training related to their service activities as well as personal and professional development. Available trainings include:

  • First aid and CPR;
  • Leave no Trace principals; and
  • Plant identification, invasive species identification and treatment, and trails training.


Housing in Yerington can be difficult to find. WBC has limited and optional housing available for a low monthly rate. Housing accommodations are dorm or bunk style housing with shared bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen areas and common spaces.


Positions will remain open until filled. Only top candidates will be contacted.


Local applicants are STRONGLY encouraged to apply. Please stop by our office to pick up or drop off an application or speak with our Field Manager Terence. Our office address is: 1 HWY 95 A East, Yerington, NV 89447.


Please send cover letter and resume to:

Amy Gladding

Subject Line: 6-month Restoration Team Member


OR fill out and return our employment application found online at our website,,  or at our Yerington office (1 HWY 95 A East, Yerington, NV 89447)


Please call Miguel Gonzales, AmeriCorps Program Manager, at (775) 463-9887 ext. 110 with questions.


Walker Basin Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  The above functions may be completed with or without reasonable accommodations.  This program prohibits discrimination based on race, religion, creed, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, political affiliation or disability.


Equal Opportunity Statement – Walker Basin Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer. WBC does not discriminate against any employee, applicant, director, officer, contractor, or any other person with whom it deals because of race, creed, color, disability, age, sex, veteran status, religion or political affiliation. WBC complies with all federal and local statutes prohibiting discrimination in employment.


Disclaimer – The statements contained herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed by the employees in these positions. The statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in each position. Other responsibilities, duties, and skills may be assigned and management retains the right to add or change the responsibilities, duties, and skills at any time.


MS in forest biometrics and carbon assessment

Subject: MS in forest biometrics and carbon assessment

Graduate assistantship in forest biometrics and carbon assessment

We are seeking a motivated graduate student with interests in forest biometrics, carbon storage, and statistical analysis. The position is at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) in Syracuse, New York. The research project will assess the impacts of forest management and climate change on the dynamics of northern hardwood forests in terms of carbon, forest products, and species composition. Data will come from the long-term continuous forest inventory (CFI) re-measurement plots from the College’s extensive forest properties. ESF operates four field facilities and >25,000 acres of mostly forested land, providing excellent opportunities for field research.

This position is for a Master of Science candidate in Forest Resources Management and includes a full tuition waiver and stipend for 2 years. Students with fieldwork experience in forest ecosystems as well as statistical proficiency are particularly encouraged to apply. Please contact Dr. Diane Kiernan ( or Dr. John Drake ( for more information, and see the Departmental website (  Full consideration will be given to applications received by January 15, 2019 for a Fall 2019 start date.

SUNY-ESF was established as a college of forestry in 1911, and is one of the oldest and most prestigious forestry schools in the United States. SUNY-ESF is a relatively small doctoral degree granting institution with 1,751 undergraduates and 435 graduate students. SUNY-ESF has a special relationship with Syracuse University, which is adjacent to the campus, and ESF students have access to many of the resources and benefits that come from an association with a larger university. SUNY-ESF ranked 43rd in the 2017 US News and World Report rankings of the top public national universities. The Princeton Review ranked ESF as the #2 Green College, and the Sierra Club listed ESF among the nation’s top “Cool Schools.”

PhD Assistantship – Effects of forest management on bat health

Dr. Diana Hews, in collaboration with the Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation at Indiana State University (ISU), seeks qualified candidates for a Ph.D. graduate position to begin in May 2019. The student’s research will focus on the effects of silviculture on the health of Myotis bats, and in particular the federally-endangered Indiana Bat, Myotis sodalis. Both population density estimates and hormone analyses will be used to assess bat responses to timber harvest in a multi-year study. The student will be enrolled in the Department of Biology at ISU and supported by a research assistantship. The assistantship will include 4 years (48 months) of full support as a graduate research assistant, a full tuition waiver, and research funds (housing and field vehicle are also provided). For one year, the student will be supported on a 1-year graduate teaching assistantship (with stipend & tuition waiver) to fulfill a two semester (9-month) teaching requirement for PhD students. The student will be encouraged to apply for additional funding to support aspects of their field and laboratory research.

The doctoral student will be co-mentored by Dr. Joy M. O’Keefe, Director of ISU’s Bat Center and co-PI on the grant funding this research. Additional information about the Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation is

Minimum qualifications include a M.S. degree (or several years of post-baccalaureate field experience) in a biological discipline and an existing publication record. Preference will be given to candidates with laboratory experience (endocrinology, genetics, or parasitology, etc.) and field experience in wildlife biology (preferably with bats) and radio telemetry. The candidate must start summer employment and training in Missouri mid-May 2019, living at housing provided by the grant.

In addition to applying to both the Department of Biology and the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at ISU, applicants should send their CV (including GPA and GRE scores), contact information for at least three references, and a one-page letter describing their research interests as they relate to this position directly to Dr. Diana K. Hews at diana.hews [at]  See  to apply and for more information about our graduate programs in biology. The deadline for application to the Biology Program is Feb 1, 2019.

Indiana State University is a public coeducational university in Terre Haute, Indiana, with a total enrollment of nearly 14,000 students. The university has been named a Green College by the Princeton Review; progressive initiatives include a community garden, a car-share program, local food options on campus, and a Climate Action Plan. Terre Haute, which sits just east of the Wabash River, is a major regional center for health care, education, industry, and the arts.

Applications will be considered as they are received, but are due no later than Feb 1, 2019. 

Graduate Research Associate (Ph.D.) in fish population ecology at Ohio State University

Graduate Research opportunity in fish population ecology: Dr. Elizabeth Marschall ( has an opening for a Ph.D. student to conduct research in population ecology using field, laboratory, experimental, and modeling approaches. Specifically, we have funding for a student to work on a project aimed at understanding causes and consequences of life history variation among populations of largemouth bass in Ohio lakes. We will approach this goal through analysis of historical data spanning multiple lakes and years, focusing new sampling of spawners, early life stages, and environmental conditions in specific lakes, potentially assessing the genetic origins of populations, and developing and applying life history models to understand the patterns observed.

Location: Successful candidates will join a dynamic, interactive group of students, post-docs, and faculty at The Ohio State University’s Aquatic Ecology Laboratory (AEL; within the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology (EEOB;, Columbus, OH.

Qualifications: Successful applicants will be creative, motivated, and capable of working effectively both independently and in collaborative groups. A master’s degree in biology, ecology, or a related field is desired. Students must have strong writing and quantitative skills.

Stipend: ~$2,389/month plus full tuition waiver and health benefits. The successful candidate will be supported as Graduate Research Associates (GRA) or Fellow or some combination for their entire degree program, with opportunities to serve as a Graduate Teaching Associate, if desired.

Start date: Summer or fall 2019.

How to apply: The deadline for graduate admissions applications has been extended to December 31, 2018 for this position. EEOB graduate application procedures and forms can be found at and OSU Graduate School requirements at All official applications must be submitted online through the “gradadmissions” link above. To expedite my ability to review your application, however, you should also submit your application materials directly to me (

• a letter of interest that briefly describes your educational and research background, describes your research interests, and specifies if you are interested in pursuing a M.S. or Ph.D.

• a curriculum vitae (or resume) that also includes your GRE scores and (if applicable) TOEFL/TSE scores

• an unofficial copy of your transcripts

• contact information for at least three professional references.

Shark telemetry REU

I just saw this awesome opportunity for a shark ecology/acoustic telemetry REU at Texas A&M Galveston with Dr. David Wells. I thought you might have some undergrads dreaming of spatial ecology and big fish who would be interested (hmm that sounds familiar). This combination is hard to find in an internship let alone in a paid REU so I thought it was worth circulating.

PhD position at the University of Montana, Wildlife Biology Program

PhD position at the University of Montana, Wildlife Biology Program

The Eby lab at the University of Montana in Missoula is recruiting a quantitatively oriented PhD student in the Wildlife Biology Program for a collaborative project with Dr. Blake Hossack (U.S. Geological Survey).

Please visit the Wildlife Biology graduate page to learn more about the program and the application process.

This student will enter the program as a UM-BRIDGES PhD Fellow. The UM-BRIDGES program is an NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program for training interdisciplinary scientists. This fellowship will provide two years of support. The student must be a US Citizen. Please check out the Bridges website to learn more about the program and the admissions procedures.  and admissions:

In addition to the Bridges Fellowship, the student will be funded on a mix of TA support and RA support that Hossack and Eby have established. The RA project (and therefore, parts of the dissertation) will be focused on assessing the role study length and life-history traits on the reliability of management recommendations. The student will assume lead field responsibility of an 18-yr capture-mark-recapture project focused on Columbia Spotted Frogs in the Bitterroot Mountains, Montana. The student is expected to design their own questions based on the existing study system and to secure long-term data sets work from other researchers and management agencies to meet project objectives.

Start Date: 08/01/2019


Last Date to Apply: 01/15/2019


Qualifications:  Applicants who have completed a Master’s degree, have interest an interdisciplinary training program, and have experience in population modeling are encouraged to apply.


Interested students are encouraged to email Dr. Eby ( and Dr. Hossack ( Please include a cover letter with a brief description of your research interest, your CV, unofficial transcripts in your email, and GRE scores. Note that applications for Fall 2019 admission to the Wildlife Biology Program must be submitted by January 15th.


Contact:  Dr. Lisa Eby,,

Dr. Blake Hossack,