Month: September 2019

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

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

Control number: 545715800

Open 9/16-9/30

Forestry Technician (Crew Member) GS-0462-06***

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****

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 ( 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

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: (

This link will let you explore the web pages and research interests of
individual faculty: (

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

Graduate position: UKentucky.QuantitativeEvolutionEcol

The Van Cleve Research Group ( in
the Department of Biology at the University of Kentucky is currently
recruiting Ph.D. students to join the lab in Fall 2020. The lab in
generally interested in quantitative and mathematical approaches to
evolutionary biology and ecology. Past and current research areas include
social evolution and other topics in evolutionary ecology, the evolution
of phenotypic plasticity and bet-hedging, how populations cross fitness
valleys, and epigenetic processes including genomic imprinting (see here
for publications:

Additionally, the lab aims to be broadly interdisciplinary across
complex biological systems from the molecular to metapopulation scales
and welcomes applicants interested in quantitative approaches and with
diverse backgrounds including (but not limited to) mathematics, physics,
computer science, and economics.

The exact research project topics for potential students are flexible,
though interested individuals should contact Jeremy Van Cleve
( with a CV and short statement of interests before

Applicants should apply to the Department of Biology Graduate program
(, and admission guidelines can be
found at: Stipend, tuition, and
medical insurance, are covered as part of a teaching assistantship and
research assistantships and fellowships are competitively available.

Questions about the Biology Graduate program can be sent to Van Cleve
( or the Director of Graduate studies, David Weisrock

Please note that applications should be received by January 1st 2020
for full consideration.

Jeremy Van Cleve

Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
University of Kentucky
Phone: (859) 218-3020

“Van Cleve, Jeremy” <>

Graduate position: UKentucky.InsectEvolutionSystematics

PhD position in insect evolution, speciation, systematics

I am seeking a highly motivated PhD student to join my lab at University
of Kentucky in Fall 2020. Work in my lab focuses on insect evolution,
speciation, integrative taxonomy, species delimitation, and molecular
systematics using genomic approaches. The exact research project topic for
this potential student is flexible. Potential projects include 1) studying
the genomic architecture of speciation and hybridization in swallowtail
butterflies, 2) evaluating ecological drivers of diversification in
buck moths, and 3) developing molecular diagnostic tools for species
identification and pathway analysis in invasive insect pests. I am also
open to ideas and encourage potential applicants to contact me directly
to discuss their interests and suitability. For more information,

The Department of Entomology at University of Kentucky offers excellent
graduate training in diverse areas of insect biology. The Entomology
graduate program is ranked in the top 10 nationally and is consistently
rated as one of the most productive programs at the University of
Kentucky, measured by the total number of student publications and
presentations. Students from our department go on to have successful
careers in a variety of sectors, including academia, industry, government
science, and extension, to name a few.

I am looking for a student with a strong background in biology,
entomology, or ecology and evolution (BSc or equivalent). Experience
with field research, molecular biology/genomics, and bioinformatics is
preferred, as well as demonstrated research experience through completion
of a MSc or undergraduate research. This position includes a competitive
stipend, tuition waver, and health coverage.

Interested applicants should submit 1) a cover letter detailing
research experience, interests, and career goals, 2) a CV and
unofficial transcript, and 3) name and contact information for three
references to The successful applicant will
be required to apply to the University of Kentucky Graduate School,
although application to the graduate school can come a later time. See;;sdata=hxrH%2BWblyNt%2B0E4tpubXyL2uXIxKUzVb0Pwr46TLle0%3D&amp;reserved=0 for more information
on how to apply.

Lab technician position in population and community ecology

The Louthan lab at Kansas State University is recruiting a full time research technician beginning as soon as January 2020. Our lab works at the intersection of population and community ecology, focusing on how species interactions and climate change jointly influence population dynamics and distribution patterns. We use a combination of observational fieldwork, field- and greenhouse- based experiments, and modeling to explore how species interactions might impact future biodiversity patterns in a changing climate. Read more about our lab here:;;sdata=j1yvvdt%2Be4oTxivhD6ouJpZmm8RYqbRr2O8wHs298rE%3D&amp;reserved=0.

The successful applicant will have field experience and experience handling and/or analyzing data. Experience in population modeling is desired but not necessary. A fair amount of her or his duties will include assisting in lab setup and maintenance tasks (ordering equipment, processing samples, data cleanup and analysis), but substantial time will be devoted to field work at Konza Prairie Long-Term Ecological Research site (;;sdata=01RY9i07tCcksMQurplmhoUzHfpCuo8o61WaqaRwxJI%3D&amp;reserved=0) and other locations.

If interested, please contact Allison Louthan (amlouthan at with a current CV that includes previous research experience, relevant coursework, contact information for three references, and your GPA.

Botany jobs

The Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG) seeks to fill several contractor positions based in the western U.S. Positions include field teams focused native seed collections as part of the national Seeds of Success (SOS) program as well as office-based botanical resource specialist positions.

Field teams will be comprised of one lead botanist, and two botany technicians. Teams will be responsible for developing and implementing collection plan for the field season, keeping detailed records of fieldwork and collection data, and adhering to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) SOS protocol with guidance from the CBG and the Bureau of Land Management. Teams will prepare and ship seed collections to the Bend Seed Extractory but will not be doing extensive seed cleaning.

Office-based Botanical Resource Specialist positions will focus on managing and analyzing botanical data (SOS, GIS, or native plant monitoring) data and resources.

Start date, duration and compensation: Target start dates range from Fall 2019 to Spring 2020 and positions range in duration from 4-18 months. Compensation for Team Leads and Botanical Resource Specialists will be at the GS-9 to GS-11 paygrade. Technicians will be paid within the GS-5-7 paygrades.

To Apply: Send a cover letter and resume indicating their position of interest (SOS Team Lead, SOS Technician, Botanical Resource Specialist), a preferred starting date and employment duration to Chris Woolridge at Resumes should include relevant education and professional experience(s) and contact information for 3 references.  Review of applications will begin as received and will continue until all positions have been filled. Qualified applicants will be contacted within 2 week of receipt of application with follow up information.


Required Qualifications: B.S./B.A. or Ms. in Biology, Ecology, Botany, Natural Resources Management, Environmental Science, or a related field; Strong plant identification skills (to species), comfort with using dichotomous keys, and knowledge of plant taxonomy; Experience maintaining accurate and detailed data records (in field and in electronic databases such as Excel/Access); Capable of conducting daily field work in rough terrain in harsh environmental conditions (heat, rain, biting insects), and motivating a field crew through those tough conditions; Team leads: experience leading teams and/or mentoring

Desired Qualifications: Familiarity with plants and ecosystems of the western U.S.; Experience conducting field work related to plant research, identification, restoration, and/or seed collection (through SOS programs or other seed handling/collecting work); Experience driving large field vehicles with 4-wheel drive; driving on gravel and dirt roads; off-road driving; Experience hiking and backcountry camping, and the willingness to do so for this position; Experience working with agency, academic, private, or non-profit partners to coordinate, plan, and execute fieldwork on public or private lands; Familiarity with ArcGIS to display maps, visualize georeferenced data, and interface with GPS units; Wilderness First Aid or other field safety training

Physical Demands

For field-based positions, data collection often occurs in remote locations, where cellular connection is unavailable or inconsistent. Field conditions can be extreme: hot summer conditions with potential for heavy rainfall, flash floods, and lightning strikes; high altitude sun exposure; and occasional wildlife encounters. Seed collection and vegetation monitoring activities can be physically demanding due to stooping and bending for long periods of time. Ability to lift up to 40 lbs and hike up to 6 miles per day is expected. Fieldwork will require overnight travel and will involve overnight camping in remote areas.

Graduate position: Arizona.ComputationalPopulationGenomics

A PhD student position is available in the Gutenkunst group at the
University of Arizona. The group focuses on computational population
genomics, with an emphasis on methods development. Students may
join the Gutenkunst group through PhD programs including Ecology &
Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, and Statistics. For more information,
see;;sdata=8PAEZVj8vixlnm30h5y8%2F0KpUtEJ%2Fu%2F%2FWBm2Ry9dZDE%3D&amp;reserved=0 or contact Dr. Ryan Gutenkunst

The student will contribute to an NIH-funded project to develop and apply
methods for inferring novel models of natural selection from population
genomic data. In particular, the student will apply methods for inferring
the joint distribution of fitness effects to multiple species and extend
those methods to ancient DNA. The student will also have the freedom to
contribute to other ongoing projects and to develop their own projects
that mesh with the group¢s interests.

Applicants should have a B.S. in molecular or evolutionary biology,
bioinformatics, or a related field. Prior computational experience
is highly desirable, and applicants should be motivated, creative, and
collegial. The University of Arizona has great strength in population and
evolutionary genetics, offering potential interactions with Drs. Joanna
Masel, David Enard, Joseph Watkins, Mike Barker, and others. Computational
resources are similarly excellent. The campus is highly interdisciplinary
and very collegial. The University of Arizona is an EEO/AA – M/W/D/V

At 2,500 feet above sea level, culturally diverse Tucson, Arizona is
nestled among five mountain ranges in the beautiful Sonoran Desert
and is surrounded by Saguaro National Park. Housing is affordable,
quality of life is high, and outdoor recreation opportunities include
the southernmost ski area in the United States and over 100 miles of
bike trails. The area receives over 350 days of sunshine per year and
enjoys average high/low temperatures of 82/54 degrees F.

Interested students should contact Dr. Gutenkunst directly to discuss
which PhD program at the University of Arizona is most appropriate
for their interests. Financial support is available through research
assistantships, local fellowships, and teaching assistantships

Graduate position: VirginiaCommonwealthU.2.InsectSymbioses

I am currently seeking two graduate students to start in the fall 2020
to study insect-microbial symbioses.

Research in my newly established lab focuses on the
evolution of insect-microbial symbioses.   Parasitic lice
(Phthiraptera) and their symbiotic microbes (Ca. Riesia species,;;sdata=S4JpImFiCT2Wdf1lBUXZki90ofONVgi%2BR6oiohuFGjI%3D&amp;reserved=0) serve as the primary focus
of my research.  Currently I am investigating how microbial symbioses
facilitates the evolution of novel insect phenotypes, how symbioses
impacts genome evolution in bacteria, and the roles mobile genetic
elements play in insect-microbial symbioses.  Students working in the
lab will gain experience in bioinformatics and wet lab techniques.
An emphasis will be placed on bioinformatics and students will gain
experience with phylogenetic methods, genome/transcriptome assembly,
genome annotation and comparison, and metagenome analysis.   You can
learn more about my work by visiting

If you are interested in insect or bacterial evolution, phylogenetics,
and evolutionary biology, please contact me by email at
The email should include a 1) short description of your research interests
and experience, 2) your CV, and 3) whether you are seeking a Ph.D. or M.S.
Please send inquires before November 1, 2019.

The lab is centrally located in the bustling Monroe Park campus of
Virginia Commonwealth University.  Located along the James River
in Richmond, Virginia, the area is known for its numerous dining and
entertainment options.  The greater Richmond area is host to many craft
breweries and nature parks.

Bret Boyd

Bret Boyd <>