Month: September 2019

Research Assistant job in Fort Collins, CO

The USDA Agricultural Research Service, Rangeland Resources and Systems Research Unit in Fort Collins, Colorado is hiring an Agricultural Science Technician. This individual will provide technical support for an innovative multi-year experiment exploring interactions between drought and real-world rangeland management strategies, and will be supervised by Dr. Lauren Porensky.

The announcement will be open from Tuesday, September 24, 2019 through Monday, October 7, 2019. You can view the announcement using the link below.

You must be a US Citizen to apply.

Graduate position: WashingtonU_StLouis.Phylogenetics

A PhD student position is available in the lab of Dr. Michael
Landis. Located in the Department of Biology at Washington University
in St. Louis, the Landis group studies problems in phylogenetics,
biogeography, and trait evolution by designing statistical models,
developing inference methods as software, and applying those methods to
selected groups throughout the tree of life. Learn more about the Landis
Lab here:

The position is to research macroevolutionary questions using phylogenetic
analyses. Possible research topics include efficient estimation of
species relationships using large phylogenomic datasets, divergence
time estimation using biogeography and/or fossils, and modeling gene
expression evolution. Depending on the skills and interests of the new
student, they will help tailor the project so it suits their educational
and professional goals. The student will collaborate within projects,
write first author papers, mentor undergraduate students, receive room
to establish intellectual independence, and train skills as needed.

Candidates should hold an undergraduate degree in biology,
bioinformatics, computer science, statistics, or another quantitative
discipline. Programming experience is desired. Candidates should share
the lab’s interest in using statistical models or software methods to
study evolutionary biology.

PhD applications are officially handled through
the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences (DBBS): Applications are due
December 1, 2019.

St. Louis is a culturally dynamic and family friendly city,
with affordable housing and excellent access to food, music,
art, and public spaces. Wash U offers outstanding benefits,
including health, dental, vision, and life insurance:

Wash U is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will
receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color,
religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,
national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran

Before applying, please take a moment to contact
to introduce yourself and to share your research interests.

Michael Landis

Graduate position: UKansas.DrosophilaGenetics

Graduate position: PurdueU.PlantEvolution

Graduate positions in plant ecological and evolutionary genetics/genomics
at Purdue University.

The Oakley lab at Purdue University (
is looking to recruit 1-2 graduate (PhD or MS) students for Fall 2020.

Our lab is broadly interested in questions related to plant ecological
genetic. Based on current research strengths in the lab there are
two potential topics for PhD projects. 1) The genetic basis of local
adaptation and adaptive traits, and 2) Using heterosis and inbreeding
depression as tools to investigate the balance between mutation, drift,
and selection in natural populations. Both projects could include some
combination of field and growth chamber/greenhouse experiments with
wet lab and -omic approaches in our well-developed system of natural
populations of Arabidopsis thaliana. I am also open to discussing
projects using these and other approaches in other well-established
systems. Graduate courses offered by members of the Purdue Center for
Plant Biology ( will help to provide
training in developing the interdisciplinary skillset needed to address
these big questions in evolutionary biology.

I am also interested in recruiting a highly motivated MS student
interested in plant mating system evolution, particularly the ecological
and genetic factors maintaining outcrossing in highly selfing species.

PhD and MS students can apply to the Department of Botany and Plant
Pathology (
PhD students also have the option of applying
to the Interdisciplinary Program in Plant Biology
Please contact me prior to applying to discuss which option might
be best for you. These positions will be funded (including stipend,
health insurance, and tuition waiver) by some combination of research
and teaching assistantships. Some internal fellowships are available
for applications submitted before Nov. 15.

To inquire about graduate research in my lab please contact me by email
( Please include a copy of your CV and a brief
description of your research interests and experience, and how these
interests/experience fits with current research in the lab. Please
contact me by Nov. 1, 2019.

Graduate position: BoiseStateU.PlantMicrobes

Subject: Graduate position: BoiseStateU.PlantMicrobes
Date: September 21, 2019 at 2:25:45 AM EDT

The Bittleston Lab ( is recruiting
motivated students for Fall 2020 to study ecological and evolutionary
dynamics of plant- and insect-associated microbial communities. Potential
Ph.D. projects can be based in either the small ecosystems formed within
pitchers of carnivorous pitcher plants, or the local sagebrush steppe
ecosystem. The Ph.D. student will work as part of a collaborative team of
researchers across different universities. The student will participate
in fieldwork and lab work¡Xincluding culturing of bacteria or fungi
and molecular assays¡Xas well as data analysis, writing, and presenting


Competitive students will have 1) a Master¡¦s degree in Biology,
Ecology, Microbiology or a related field; 2) evidence of strong writing
(e.g., grant proposals, publications) and quantitative skills (e.g.,
bioinformatics, coding, modeling); 3) experience with molecular assays
and/or microbial culturing; and 4) an interest in understanding mechanisms
of community assembly or the ecology and evolution of plant-microbial
interactions. Please address these points in your introductory email
and in your cover letter. The position starts Fall (August) 2020.

Stipend and Benefits

This position includes support in the form of a graduate assistantship
(renewable, 12-month at $25,000), tuition and fee waiver, and health

About the Program and Boise

The Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Ph.D. is a new and modern
graduate program at Boise State University. This program brings
together faculty from across multiple academic departments including
biological sciences, geosciences, anthropology, and the human-environment
systems group to offer relevant courses and provide unique mentorship
and training opportunities. Further, we have created a network of
valuable connections in academia, local relationships with federal
and state agencies, nonprofits and NGOs, as well as partnerships
with international organizations all dedicated to providing students
with transformative research and educational experiences for diverse
career opportunities. Additional resources at Boise State include the
Biomolecular Research Center ( and a Research
Computing cluster. Students in this program enjoy living in the beautiful
city of Boise, which strikes a perfect balance with close-by outdoor
recreational activities as well as a vibrant downtown life. To learn
more about our EEB program, please visit:

Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boise is the capital
of the State of Idaho and is frequently featured as a top-ranked
metropolis. The city has lots of opportunities for world-class outdoor
activities year-round and a thriving arts and entertainment culture. US
News and World report recently ranked Boise as the 17th best place to
live in the United States.

To Apply

Applicants should email Leonora Bittleston (
before December 20th to indicate their interest in this position before
officially applying. The email should include your CV, your GRE scores,
and why you are interested in this research area in particular.

Applications and required application materials must be submitted to
the University by January 15th, 2020. Applicants are required to submit
a cover letter that states qualifications and career goals, a CV, the
names and contact information for three references. Applicants will
also submit official university transcripts and GRE test scores. More
information about these requirements and the application process may be
found at:

Boise State University embraces and welcomes diversity in its faculty,
student body, and staff. In addition, the Bittleston Lab is dedicated to
increasing ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic diversity in STEM fields,
because diverse perspectives lead to a stronger and more innovative
society. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Specifically, students from underrepresented ethnic or racial groups
who have participated in LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority
Participation) programs in their undergraduate institutions are
encouraged to co-apply for the Boise State Bridge to the Doctorate
Fellowship. This fellowship includes an excellent funding package
with a $32,000 stipend annually for the first 2 years, a tuition
and fee supplement, community building among fellows, individual
faculty mentors provided to fellows, enriched academic and research
opportunities, and participation in annual PNW LSAMP Alliance
Conference and Graduate Showcase. More details can be found here:

“Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Graduate Program” <>

NEPA Compliance Research Associate $21.35/hour in Death Valley NP


Working cooperatively with the National Park Service’s Death Valley

National Park (DEVA), the Great Basin Institute

is recruiting an (1) NEPA

Compliance Research Associate (RA) to join our program and assist the

Park’s Resource Management Division with the completion of project planning

and compliance associated with the National Environmental Policy Act

(NEPA). DEVA manages a large volume of historical preservation, routine and

deferred maintenance, new construction, and research activities all of

which require compliance with NEPA. The RA will assist with review of NEPA

documents, developing guidelines, procedures and instructions for the

program; and researching and tracking recent applicable legal decisions,

regulations, and policy guidance. Familiarity with section 106 of the

National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) process desired. Strong

communication skills are imperative as the RA must be approachable and work

well in both team and individual work environments.  This position with

involve field work, data processing, as well as document writing and


*To learn more and apply please follow the link below: *;;sdata=Ox%2FeIJd0VXZRFkP79i3uwB28TiK3yhLjC5HwdVcT67c%3D&amp;reserved=0

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Job Announcement, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Forest Inventory and Analysis Program, Forestry Technician Positions for FY20

Vacancy Announcement

USDA Forest Service – Pacific Northwest Research Station

Resource Monitoring & Assessment Program

Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA)

Forestry Technicians – Crew Members — GS-0462-05/06

General information:

The Resource Monitoring and Assessment Program is advertising to fill  several Forestry Technician, GS-0462-05 and GS-0462-06. These are temporary (1039 hour) seasonal positions with the PNW Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Work Unit, one of four FIA Units across the country that comprise the national Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program.

We are advertising positions in all duty stations in California, Oregon, and Washington, with an anticipated start date of April – May of 2020.  Please know, we may not fill in all duty stations, as staffing needs for next season are still not known.  It is recommended that you apply to any duty station where you would be willing to accept a job.  These positions are being advertised now to fill vacancies for the 2020 field season.

Please pay close attention to the following announcement numbers, as there are two different GS-6 vacancy numbers.

– Interested applicants –

Forestry Technician (Crew Member) GS-0462-05;;sdata=GbUJ1fLoBGNwdMKgovc9sah6RWMDRvIUsJxcTO6nXsI%3D&amp;reserved=0

Job Announcement: 20-TEMP1-PNW-253329-5DT-BV

Control number: 545715800

Open 9/16-9/30

Forestry Technician (Crew Member) GS-0462-06***;;sdata=oWZ2Vdhi2WrNUm%2F1KhfsD698LvFwkFjP0p2onTWrMSM%3D&amp;reserved=0

Job Announcement: 20-TEMP1-PNW-253331-6DT-BV

Control number: 545715900

Open 9/16-9/30

***NOTE, applications to the location of Chino, CA will not be reviewed.  If wanting to apply for a position in San Bernadino County, you must apply to the duty station of San Bernadino.  If wanting to apply to the duty station of CHICO, CA, see the below announcement.

Forestry Technician (Crew Member) GS-0462-06****;;sdata=YVE6canoNYwjlBeGXgOFMMN6AU92KfcesurG1jqk8Kw%3D&amp;reserved=0

Job Announcement: 20-TEMP1-PNW-253331A-6DT-BV

Control number: 546032900

Open 9/18-9/30

****This position is ONLY for Chico, CA at the GS-06 level.

For those interested, please apply via USAJobs (;;sdata=PZ4pmmTh44KurDbj3BQEaJ5A%2FeYXreUEt8tmhuYyLaI%3D&amp;reserved=0) prior to the closing date.  For your application, you may use a resume or any other written format you choose.  Regardless of the format used, your application must contain sufficient information to validate qualifications and specialized experience required for this position.  The specialized experience can be found in the “Qualifications” section of the vacancy announcement.  All supporting documentation (including transcripts if using education as an element of basic qualification) must be uploaded as part of the application packet. The Required documents section in the job announcement will list any required documents.

Attached to this e-mail  you will find tips for applicants applying for FS positions. If you have technical questions related to completing the application please contact ASC-HRM at 877-372-7248 (option 2).

For questions related to position roles and responsibilities you can contact Katie Rigsby at, 503-808-3131 or Michelle Gerdes at, 503-808-2191.

Thank you!

M.S. Job Opportunity

Subject: *Repost* Full Time, Permanent Position at Teatown Lake Reservation, Ossining, NY

Teatown Lake Reservation

Job Description

Title: Science and Stewardship Coordinator

Salary Range: $45,000 – $55,000 per year

This is a full-time salaried position with a regular work week of Monday-Friday, 7 hours a day, with weekend and evening work required on occasion. Benefits include health, vision, dental, and life insurance as well as a 403(b)-retirement plan.

Summary of Position: Coordinates Teatown’s land stewardship and environmental research activities with direction from the Director of Science and Stewardship, including project planning, implementation, and volunteer assignments.

This position reports to the Director of Science and Stewardship and is responsible for the supervision of select interns and community scientist volunteers.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

– Assists the Director of Science and Stewardship in setting land management and research priorities.

– Creates a list of volunteer/intern needs for Science and Stewardship based on input from Science and Stewardship staff.

– Assigns projects/tasks for volunteers/interns to meet science and stewardship needs.

– Implements/coordinates select environmental stewardship activities on the preserve in line with expertise.

– Meets bi-weekly with Director of Science and Stewardship to discuss progress with science and stewardship priorities.

– Provides input and helps design environmental research projects at Teatown to help inform land management decisions.

– Conducts ecological monitoring of Teatown to inform select stewardship priorities.

– Participates in public presentations, panels, and professional development.

– Writes reports and provides data to evaluate effectiveness of preserve management strategies as needed.

– Coordinates management priorities among stewardship staff.

Position Requirements/Qualifications:

– A Master’s degree in the field of ecology, conservation biology, natural resources management, environmental science or related field, and/or 5-7 years of appropriate work experience.

– Demonstrated ability to coordinate tasks among stakeholders and/or project participants.

– Minimum 2 years of experience supervising volunteers, students, and/or community scientists to meet project goals.

– Proficiency with environmental research including study design, data collection, analysis, and presentation.

– Familiarity with northeastern plants and/or animals.

– Ability to manage a complex set of stewardship and science priorities.

– Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

– Excellent organizational skills.

– Ability to work independently as well as in groups.

To apply, email a single PDF including cover letter, CV, and list of 3 references to Dr. Danielle Begley-Miller at, and complete the following application questionnaire at;;sdata=%2FX5A%2BCwi9CDybCUzZ4lRmpQEF9uuuUW8H2i9FxircRM%3D&amp;reserved=0.

Teatown is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected characteristics. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Graduate position: UVermont.Evolution


Applications open for graduate studies in ecology and evolution and QuEST
Doctoral Training program, Department of Biology, University of Vermont


The Department of Biology, University of Vermont, seeks qualified PhD
and MS applicants for the Fall of 2019 to join our interdisciplinary
research program in ecology and evolution.

We are a medium-sized, integrative biology department (most labs typically
have 3 to 5 graduate students) with a passion for our research and our
teaching.  We will work with you to design a successful research program
that will prepare you for your career in academic, medical or private
sector research; government work; or teaching at the baccalaureate level.

Our department has recently been awarded a major NSF-funded National
Research Training grant in Quantitative and Evolutionary STEM training
(QuEST).  The QuEST grant provides doctoral students with foundational
training in quantitative data analysis and modeling, fellowship support,
and internship placements to apply evolutionary principles toward solving
real-world problems.

Potential faculty mentors in the Department of Biology include: Ingi
Agnarsson (systematics), Alison K. Brody (plant-animal interactions),
Charles J. Goodnight (evolutionary theory), Nicholas J. Gotelli
(community ecology), Sara Helms Cahan (sociobiology), Brent L. Lockwood
(physiological ecology), Melissa Pespeni (ecological genomics), Lori
Stevens (population genetics).

The department and campus have excellent facilities for research, and
there are opportunities for collaboration with faculty and graduate
students in other units on campus, including Complex Systems, Plant
Biology, The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, and
The Gund Institute for the Environment. Our faculty conduct their field
research at sites around the globe, but there are also exciting projects
ongoing in Lake Champlain and the nearby Green Mountains and Adirondacks.

Founded in 1791, UVM is consistently ranked as one of the top public
universities in the United States. The University is located in
Burlington, Vermont, a vibrant and environmentally-minded small city
rich in cultural and recreational activities for graduate students and
their families.

We only admit students for whom we have secured financial support
through graduate teaching fellowships, QuEST fellowships, or external
grants. Before you apply, you should directly contact individual faculty
members to explore mutual research interests and projects.

This link will give you an overview of graduate life in the Biology
Department: (;;sdata=J4s5Xn%2FSdymuDXmTTl3KdUj5Nf98XSSjPvWLW02jXW0%3D&amp;reserved=0)

This link will let you explore the web pages and research interests of
individual faculty: (;;sdata=t5QkcJhR9nilXQYiiSDSvVAGQZoJfBsidar1hrg7KII%3D&amp;reserved=0)

This link will give you information about the QuEST program:


This link will let you begin the application process:


If you have any additional questions, please contact the Chair of Graduate
Affairs, Dr. Nicholas J. Gotelli (

We hope to see your application for Fall 2020!

Graduate Position: PortlandStateU.PlantEvolutionaryBiology