Month: August 2019

Winter Wolf Survey Technician Openings

*Winter Wolf Survey Tech Positions*

Position background:

Four field technicians are needed to survey wolves using noninvasive

methods in the Superior National Forest, Minnesota from January 6 through

the end of March, 2020.  Methods include ground tracking (using

snowmobiles, snowshoes, and skis), camera trapping, howling, and collection

of scat and other genetic material for individual wolf ID.

Preferred experience includes driving on snowy/icy roads (including

unplowed roads), trailering snowmobiles, snowmobiling, animal tracking,

camera trapping, orienteering, snowshoeing/cross country skiing, data


It is extremely important the applicant be safety-conscious at all times.


On-site housing and $450 stipend per month is provided.  The work schedule

is generally 6 days on / 1 day off (but can sometimes vary).

Minimum qualifications:

1. Required (sorry, no exceptions) completed Bachelor degree in wildlife,

biology, ecology, zoology or a related field by the time the position


2.  Great attention to detail, organizational skills and very clear


3. Good references.

4. Outdoor and backcountry skills such as orienteering, snowmobiling,

snowshoeing, backcountry skiing, excellent winter driving skills,

trailering, animal tracking, etc.

5. Must be a US citizen with a social security number (and a US bank

account is required for stipend processing).  Due to administrative

constraints we are unable to consider international applicants.

To apply:

Please email these three items – 1) the completed application below, 2)

your resume, and 3) transcript (unofficial is fine) to Dr. Shannon

Barber-Meyer (supervisor for these positions) at

Please *completely fill out* the application form itself (e.g., do not

leave sections of the application form incomplete, please do not just

reference your resume or other documents).

Last date to apply is September 25 but positions *are likely to be filled

as applications are received*.  All hiring decisions will be made by the

beginning of November at the latest.


1) If you are offered and accept the position, we expect you to fulfill the

length of the position.  If you might potentially take another position

that would cause you to leave this position early or need to start later

than the start date, please do not accept the offer of this position.  *We

can only hire technicians that are able to commit for the entire duration.*

Thank you for understanding.

2) If you anticipate an absence during the position (a wedding, conference,

etc.) alert Dr. Barber-Meyer to that prior to being hired because it may

change whether or not we can hire you.  In some cases we are able to

accommodate an absence depending on timing and length but in other cases we

cannot.  Thank you for understanding.

*Application form – Winter Wolf Survey Volunteer Technician*

*USGS Minnesota Wolf and Deer Project, Ely, MN*

Please email the three following items to apply: *1) the completed

application below, 2) your resume, and 3) transcript (unofficial is fine)* to

Dr. Shannon Barber-Meyer at

*Applicant info:*

Name –

Email –

Phone –

Degree date –

University –

Major / minor –


*Do you have a valid U.S. state driver’s license?*

*List CPR, First Aid, and/or Wilderness First Responder certifications and

dates of expiration:*

*Please describe your experience with the following:*

Winter field work –

Driving 4×4 trucks on snowy/icy roads including unplowed roads –

Snowmobiling –

Trailering (snowmobiles, ATV’s, boats, etc.) –

Animal tracking (following and identifying tracks, especially large canids)

Camera trapping –

Accurately, neatly, and completely recording data –

Data entry / processing (especially of photos and spatial data) –


Orienteering –

Snowshoeing / cross country skiing –

Mechanic / maintenance skills –

*References:* (Provide 3 work references – name, position, and email





*Any additional remarks you would like to make:*

Thank you for your application to the USGS MN Wolf and Deer Project!


Shannon Barber-Meyer, Ph.D.

Research Wildlife Biologist

USGS Wolf and Deer Project

1393 Hwy 169

Ely, MN 55731

Job advertisement: Data manager

Job Title:  Data Manager

Hiring Manager:  Dr. Barbara Han

Location:  Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. Millbrook, New York

Duration:  This is a full time, fully benefitted position for one year, subject to annual renewal contingent on performance.

Application closing date:  September 16

Position start date:  October 2019 (flexible)

Duties:  We are seeking a full time data and laboratory manager to support research activities in computational ecology of zoonotic diseases ( Main duties will include the collection, curation, pre-processing, and analysis of data from diverse sources including web repositories and published literature; refining the workflow for combining and visualizing large synthetic datasets; generating data visualizations; and spatial data handling (creating, merging, and visualizing geographic data) to support ongoing projects. These main tasks will require programming proficiency (R preferred) and demonstrated experience with exploratory data analysis and visualization.

Qualifications:  The applicant should possess previous training and experience in a related field (a degree in biological or health sciences, data science, computer science, or statistics). Research experience with infectious diseases is preferred. In addition to R programming experience, proficiency with ArcGIS (or equivalent open access software) and experience with Python is an advantage. Proficiency with, or interest in, implementing various machine learning algorithms is required. The successful candidate will be collaborative with demonstrated excellence in both verbal and written communication; be detail-oriented; and be ablet to effectively manage time allocation to support multiple ongoing projects. This position offers the opportunity to engage in ongoing lab research projects, and to develop independent side projects exploring questions related to infectious disease ecology.

The final candidate will be required to successfully complete a post-offer, pre-employment screening and background check.

Candidates must be authorized to work in the U.S.

To Apply:  Interested applicants should send a CV, a 1-page cover letter detailing their interest and qualifications for the position, and contact information for 3 professional references to Dr. Barbara Han (

Graduate position: UAlabama.EvolutionaryEpigenomicsBees

PhD Positions to Study Epigenome-to-Phenome of Bumble Bee Thermal

Multiple PhD positions are available in the laboratories of Jeff Lozier
and Janna Fierst at The University of Alabama as part of a recently
awarded NSF Rules of Life project: “Bumble bee cold tolerance across
elevations – From epigenotype to phenotype across space, time, and levels
of biological organization”. PhD students will be involved in studying
the links between genomic, epigenomic, and transcriptomic variation
in relation to local thermal tolerance adaptation in montane bumble
bees. The project will involve extensive high throughput sequencing
of bees from wild populations and experimental colonies and the use of
approaches like network theory to model and draw inferences from these
complex data. Students will develop questions relating to ecological and
evolutionary genomics within the broader project objectives. The focus
of the positions is flexible, and we expect there will be a great deal
of collaboration among project personnel.

We are looking to recruit highly motivated students with interests in
applying modern molecular and computational tools to address ecological
and evolutionary questions in a non-model organism. Applicants should
have a strong academic record (GPA > 3.0), an ability for clear verbal
and written communication, and a desire to learn new skills! Students
funded off the grant will participate in both laboratory molecular work
(primarily generation of RNAseq and genome sequencing libraries) and
computational analyses, and applicants should thus have some degree of
experience or interest in both aspects of the project.

The project will involve collaborations with Drs. Michael Dillon and
Franco Basile at the University of Wyoming, and James Strange at Ohio
State. As part of these collaborations there will be opportunities for
field work or experimental work with bumble bees, depending on student
interests and expertise.

Contact Jeff Lozier ( or Janna Fierst
( for more information. Anticipated start date
will be Fall 2020, but we can be flexible.

Useful Links:
Lozier Lab:
Fierst Lab:
U Alabama Biological Sciences:

Job: MortonArboretum.3.ResAssist.TreeConservation

Position Available:  Research Assistant I  Tree Conservation Biology

*Classification:  *Full-time, Non-Exempt

*Department:  *Science and Conservation

*General Summary*:  Research Assistants participate in laboratory
and/or field operations for research programs in the Center for Tree
Science, a global hub of research and expertise focused entirely on
trees. Research Assistants at The Morton Arboretum are involved in
all aspects of research: designing studies, planning and executing
laboratory and field work, utilizing a variety of scientific instruments,
assisting with lab management, testing protocols, training volunteers,
organizing data, performing analysis, reading scientific literature,
interpreting results, and editing manuscripts.  The Morton Arboretum
strongly emphasizes professional development.  There will be opportunities
to collaborate on scientific publications, present research at scientific
meetings, and build new skills.

*Desired Skills and Experience for Tree Conservation Biology Position:*
Bachelor’s degree in ecology/evolution, geography, plant conservation,
informatics, spatial statistics or similar field is required; a Master’s
degree is preferred. Applicants should have some experience with DNA lab
work (e.g. PCR, etc.) and basic computer programming. Preferred experience
includes one or more of: genetic/genomic data analysis, laboratory
management, mathematical modeling or geospatial work (e.g. ArcGIS,
niche modeling, etc.). Experience performing PCR, DNA extraction, NGS,
labeling and organizing samples, supervising or training others, and/or
trouble-shooting lab protocols is desired. Experience using statistical
software (SAS, JMP, STATA, R etc.) and working with large or complex data
is beneficial. Strong attention to detail, meticulous record keeping
(e.g.  lab notebooks, coding), and an interest in plant conservation
is essential.  Application review will start Sept 1.  Position will
be open until filled.Please contact Sean Hoban (
for more information

Sean Hoban  |  Tree Conservation Biologist  |  The Morton Arboretum

4100 Illinois Rt 53, 3rd Floor Research Bldg, room 324, Lisle, IL
630-719-2419  |  |  Tweets @seanmhoban

research webpage:
ResearchGate Profile: 
food blog:
blog about invasive species:

Sean Hoban <>

Job: UKansas.Tech.EvolutionOfImmunity

Assistant Researcher position in the Unckless Lab at the University
of Kansas

The Unckless lab at the University of Kansas invites applications
for an assistant researcher that will focus on the evolution of immune
peptides. We recently found that several Drosophila antimicrobial peptides
show signatures of balancing selection (the adaptive maintenance of
multiple alleles). This position would involve dissecting the mechanisms
of balancing selection on these peptides using a combination of approaches
including population genetics (examining signatures of balancing selection
on immune genes), genetics (allele replacement using CRISPR/Cas9 genome
editing with subsequent fitness and infection assays), microbiology
(minimum inhibitory concentrations, zone of inhibition assays) and
biochemistry (structural and functional studies using circular dichroism,
NMR, etc.). The goal is to understand how balancing selection maintains
alleles from the ecological to the biochemical level.

The successful candidate should have experience in some of the approaches
listed above and would be able to develop skills in some of the other
approaches. A bachelor¢s degree in biology or a related field is

The Unckless Lab studies evolutionary genetics in general with a focus
on the evolution of immunity and selfish genetic elements (meiotic
drive). The University of Kansas is home to both the Department of
Molecular Biosciences and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary
Biology and members of the lab interact directly with other labs
spanning biochemistry, microbiology, genetics, genomics, evolution and
ecology. Lawrence, Kansas is a vibrant college town with plenty of good
food, cultural events and a wonderful downtown area. The cost of living
is very reasonable. We are about 45 minutes from Kansas City.

For more details including required and preferred
qualifications and directions about how to apply,
please visit
<;;sdata=AXklqjk%2FEBZz11fAgVTGq0AZwkZDmAIKEKVBxHrK4IQ%3D&amp;reserved=0> . Inquires concerning the
postiion can be made to Rob Unckless ( Initial review
of applications will begin on Septembet 6, 3019.  The position will
begin in September 2019.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of
race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry,
disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status,
parental status, retaliation, gender identity, gender expression and
genetic information in the University¢s programs and activities. The
following persons has been designated to handle inquiries regarding
the non-discrimination policies and are the Title IX  Coordinators for
their respective campuses:  Director of the Office of Institutional
Opportunity and Access,, Room 1082, Dole Human Development
Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS, 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY
(for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses; Director,
Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway,
Fairway, KS  66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina,
and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).

“Unckless, Robert L” <>

Fall Internship opportunity at SERC

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) Biogeochemistry Lab is searching for an intern to assist in a coastal wetland restoration mapping project. We are looking for a student with experience and training in coding and data management and experience in contributing to environmental science research projects. Importantly we are seeking someone who learns quickly, loves to solve problems, has a passion for conservation science, and is a good collaborator.

During their experience the successful candidate will have the opportunity to learn advanced coding, GIS and Remote Sensing skills, will contribute towards building open-source research products, will be introduced to an extensive network of collaborators and stakeholders, and will learn a lot about the science and policy surrounding our coastal wetlands.

Helpful to have:

$B!|(B        Upper division class credit completed in Biology, Geography, or Environmental Science, or a related discipline.

$B!|(B        Passed a course in quantitative statistics, or demonstrated equivalent experience.

$B!|(B        The ability to code in R or Python, or a similar language.

$B!|(B        Enough applied coding, GIS, or Remote Sensing experience to be able to design and troubleshoot multi-step workflows.

$B!|(B        Some skills in data visualization.

This paid internship will start in October 2019 and continue for 10 weeks. Women and members of underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply. To apply, please send a curriculum vitae, a personal essay, and contact information for two references to James Holmquist ( In your essay describe your interest in environmental studies, why you are interested in interning at the Smithsonian, and any relevant background experience. You may also use this section to describe your future career goals and how a SERC internship will help you. Essays should be no longer than 2 double-spaced pages. We look forward to hearing from you!

Graduate position: UArkansas.NeuroEvoDevo

The Nakanishi lab at the University of Arkansas seeks applicants
interested in pursuing a MS or PhD in evolutionary developmental biology
of animals to start in Spring or Fall 2020. Current research efforts of
the lab are focused on reconstructing conserved and divergent mechanisms
of how nervous systems develop and function by using cnidarians ¡V
sea anemones and jellyfish in particular. Student’s research projects
may involve gene expression analyses (e.g. in situ hybridization
and immunohistochemistry), reverse genetics (e.g. CRISPR-Cas9),
embryology (e.g. descriptive morphology, cell-lineage tracing and
tissue transplantation), genomics (e.g. RNA-seq and ChIP-seq), and
advanced microscopy (confocal and electron microscopy, and live-cell
imaging). Research and teaching assistantships are available.

Requirements: Bachelor¡¦s degree in biology or related field. The
ideal candidate will have a strong interest in evolutionary biology, and
experiences in molecular biology, developmental biology, neurobiology,
genomics/bioinformatics and/or microscopy techniques. Knowledge of
invertebrate zoology is a plus but not required.

Please contact Nagayasu Nakanishi ( before submitting
a formal application to U of A Graduate Admission.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom(R) Theme Park Animal Programs – Animal Endocrinology Inter

Job ID 677689BR

Location Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States

Business Walt Disney World Resort

Date posted Aug. 19, 2019

Animal Endocrinology Internship – Spring 2020

Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park

Be a part of a transformative team and culture…

•Analyze hormones in a variety of exotic animal species to assess physiology such as pregnancy, effective contraception, and positive welfare as part of our animals’ comprehensive wellness program.

•Share animal hormone and behavior results to science, husbandry, and health partners to help with animal management decisions

•Highlight team projects and conservation stories with Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park Guests to inspire them to conserve species and their habitats

•Operate and maintain lab equipment

•No direct animal contact takes place in this role.

Basic Qualifications:

•Minimum three months of non-classroom research laboratory experience in established scientific research program

•Ability to think critically and interpret biological information

•Attention to detail and skilled at following laboratory protocols

•Eagerness to share passion with other individuals and group tours

•Enthusiasm for animal conservation and care in zoos and aquariums

•Must have a valid U.S. Driver’s License

•Operating a company vehicle is required for this role. Candidate must be willing and able to operate a company vehicle under inclement weather, including minimal lighting

Preferred Qualifications:

•Completed additional laboratory coursework (e.g., vertebrate biology, cell biology, biochemistry, organic chemistry)

•Technical research laboratory experience in endocrinology, reproductive biology, zoology, or animal physiology which may include performing enzyme immunoassays

•Demonstrated pipetting experience

•Sincere interest in zoo animal endocrinology with professional goals in conservation-related fields

•Previous experience in a zoological institution/conservation organization

Required Education

•Completed coursework (lecture/laboratory) in endocrinology, reproductive biology, chemistry and/or animal physiology

•Senior or recent college graduate, masters student, or recent master’s graduate

•Biology, Animal Science, Zoology, Wildlife Biology or related major

•Minimum grade point average of 3.0


•Résumé (outlining all of your required qualifications)

•College transcripts (official or unofficial)

•Please attach a cover letter to tell us a bit more about your passion for this field, and how you have cultivated this passion in your field to date to prepare for your future career

To upload these documents WITHIN 2 DAYS OF APPLICATION

•Log into your Dashboard

•Click the second tab “Attachments”

•Select “Submitted Applications”

•Click on the title of the position for which you would like to attach the transcript/cover letter/resume/etc

•Click the “Add Files” button

•Under what you want to add, select “Transcript”/or type of document you are attaching

•Be sure your document is titled appropriately with your name and type of document in this format: First Name_Last Name_Transcript

Internship Eligibility:

•Must be enrolled in an accredited college/university taking at least one class in the semester/quarter (spring/fall) prior to participation in the internship program OR must have graduated from a college/university within 6 months OR currently participating in a Disney College Program or Disney Professional Internship

•Must be at least 18 years of age

•Must not have completed one year of continual employment on a Disney internship or program.

•Must possess unrestricted work authorization

•Must provide full work availability

•Must provide own transportation to/from work

•Current Active Disney cast members must meet Professional Internship transfer guidelines (for Walt Disney World cast members this is no more than four points and one reprimand in the last six months; for Disneyland cast members this is six months of consecutive service and a performance record clear of any disciplinary issues (warnings, suspensions, etc.) for at least six months)

Program Length: The approximate dates of this internship are January 2020 – June 2020. Interns must be fully available for the duration of the internship.

Housing: A limited amount of company-sponsored housing is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

About Walt Disney World Resort:

Since opening in 1971, Walt Disney World Resort has played an important role in many childhood and family memories. Today, hundreds of millions of guests from around the globe visit this magical place to enjoy a Disney vacation. Through a combination of creativity, innovation and technology, the resort immerses guests in classic Disney tales and new kinds of family entertainment. Drawing from a rich heritage of storytelling, Walt Disney World Resort cast members bring Disney magic to life through unmatched attention to detail and superior guest service.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc., which is part of a business segment we call Walt Disney World Resort.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

Avian Ecology Field Crew Leader

We are hiring an avian ecology field crew leader to manage a four-person, Guam-based team with the Ecology of Bird Loss project and Iowa State University beginning in Fall 2019. This position will require leading the team in completing tasks including: nest monitoring, survival checks, tracking, resighting efforts and population censuses of the remnant population of SÃ¥li (Micronesian Starling) to understand how the invasive brown treesnake affects SÃ¥li population dynamics. The crew leader will be in charge of scheduling, supervising data collection and will have some data reporting duties.

The position will last 18 months with potential for extension. Pay will be $18/hour for 40 hours/week plus benefits. Travel to Guam from the mainland US and housing will be covered. Eligible candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree or higher in biology or a related field and extensive experience in:

•    Bird banding

•    Mist-netting

•    Radio transmitter attachment and radio-telemetry

Leadership and team management experience are valuable assets. The candidate must be a U.S. citizen at least 18 years of age with a valid driver’s license.

To apply, please submit a cover letter describing your experience and interest in the position, a résumé or CV, and contact information for three references to ecologyofbirdloss@gmail.comwith “Avian Crew Leader Application” as the title of the email. Please note when you are available to start in your cover letter. Applications are due by September 1, 2019.

Please contact Martin Kastner and McKayla Spencer at if you have any questions related to the position.

Internship Opportunity at El Verde Field Station, El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico

*Internship Opportunity*

University of Puerto Rico- Río Piedras

Tropical Forest Research Experience for College Graduates

Complete applications must be submitted by August 24th, 2019

*RESEARCH DESCRIPTION*: The University of Puerto Rico will carry out fall

field work in El Verde Field Station in El Yunque National Forest, Puerto

Rico. Interns will work on different projects, Seedling Drought Experiment

(duties include: clean the rain-out shelters, censuring seedlings, watering

the seedlings after rains, measuring soil moisture and data entry). The

Stream Free Project (duties include: monthly sampling of different aspects

of the stream food chain, sorting leaf litter, general lab duties and some

manual labor). The Annual Course Woody Debris assessment (duties include:

complete the annual course woody debris protocol in the Luquillo Forest

Dynamics Plot, a 16 he plot). Take Canopy photos with a fish eye lent and

help our technicians to complete the tree census in the Canopy trimming

experiment plots. Following training in census protocol and database

management, the volunteers will work in the forest in teams or

individually, spending long hours in the field (8 am until 4 pm,

Monday-Friday, with weekends free), often in wet and muddy conditions and

on challenging topography. While in Puerto Rico volunteers will have the

opportunity to learn about diverse aspects of tropical ecology from

scientists involved in the Luquillo Long-Term Ecological Research Program.

*PERIOD:* September 9- through December 19, 2019

*STIPEND:* $600 per month to cover food and general living expenses.

*ACCOMMODATION:* Free accommodation at El Verde Field Station in Puerto

Rico. Housing is communal using shared resources. The field station works

with a generator since we don’t have power, is relatively isolated and

transportation is available on a limited basis.

*TRAVEL:* Refund of up to $750 towards a round-trip plane ticket from

mainland USA, if not already living in Puerto Rico.

*NOTE:* We are unable to provide any medical insurance.

*REQUIREMENTS:* College graduates with background in biology, ecology,

environmental science, or related field, preferably with field-work

experience, knowledge of plant identification, and excellent organizational

skills. Tropical experience useful but is not required. We are currently

only considering US citizens and permanent US residents for these


*APPLICATION PROCEDURE:* Interested applicants must fill out the online

Application Form (

The following additional materials must also be submitted via email to the

LFDP Research Manager, Jamarys Torres-Díaz, at by August


1) A letter of interest indicating why you wish to work in a tropical

forest and describing your relevant experience. Include a statement that

you understand your application is for a volunteer position and let us know

which of the projects do you think you can fit better; 2) Full resume; 3)

University transcripts (scanned unofficial transcripts are fine); All email

attachments must include the name of the applicant as part of the file

name. Please include “Fall Field Work at El Verde” as part of your subject

line. Please email further inquiries to Following phone

interviews, we will inform successful applicants in August, 2019. For more

information, please see