Month: November 2019

Position: Research Assistant, Lincoln Park Zoo

The Alexander Center at Lincoln Park Zoo has an opening for a Research Assistant, which is a full-time (part-time negotiable) position focused on research and management of PMCTrack data. PMCTrack is an online database used for managing zoo animal populations, and tracking the outcomes and recommendations issued in breeding and transfer plans. The Research Assistant will help the Alexander Center develop research products and will assist in testing, compiling, and managing PMCTrack data.

For more information, see:

Integrated Pest Management Technician at Bryce Canyon National Park

*To learn more and apply please follow the link below *


In cooperation with the National Park Service (NPS) Bryce Canyon National

Park (BRCA), the Great Basin Institute (GBI) seeks an Integrated Pest

Management (IPM) Specialist to assist the park IPM Coordinator in

developing, writing, and implementing an IPM plan for the park. The GBI IPM

Specialist will work with NPS facilities and resource management staff to

evaluate pest-related needs in the park, install exclusion features on park

structures, and record pest-related management data for future

decision-making purposes. The IPM Specialist will work in the field and in

the office with NPS employees while participating in day-to-day integrated

pest management, assist in IPM Plan writing, and entering pest management

data into park databases.


   – With the assistance of park staff, develop and complete an integrated

   pest management (IPM) plan for the park.

   – Review Federal laws, NPS Policies, BRCA Management Plans, and

   conservation best practices.

   – Draft a pest management plan for the park that allows integration of

   various tools and strategies, considers environmental consequences of

   actions, and is adaptive to a wide range of pest issues, while effectively

   providing for the safety of employees and visitors. The plan will be

   compliant with federal laws, policies, and management plans.

   – Assist with implementing pest management throughout the park.

   – Order supplies and maintain inventory.

   – Support management of the IPM project budget.

   – Assist the Wildlife Biologist with removal of animal pests from park


   – Provide training and information to park employees and visitors

   regarding pests and associated diseases and safe protocols for managing

   pest issues.

   – Assess pest-related needs in park facilities.

   – Prioritize park facilities for assessments.

   – Evaluate facilities for exclusion, trapping, and monitoring needs.

   – Provide a report on facility conditions in regards to pest issues and


   – Install exclusion measures, or other pest management features, in park


   – Acquire materials for effective exclusion.

   – Install exclusion measures on park facilities.

   – Evaluate and report effectiveness of exclusion measures.

This opportunity will provide the selected candidate with experience in

park pest management while ensuring health and safety of visitors and

employees, and conserving park natural and cultural resources. The IPM

Specialist will become familiar with federal, state, and local laws, NPS

policies, BRCA Management Plans, and conservation measures that guide pest

management in a national park.


• Pay Rate: $22.00/hour

• Benefits: Limited Health, Dental and Vision Insurance completely paid for

by the Great Basin Institute and available starting the first day of

service; paid federal holidays and personal leave

• Park housing available for rent during employment term


• Duration: 40 week appointment starting in late January

• Full time, 40 hours/week


   – Bachelor’s Degree with major course work in Pest Management, Weed

   Science, Wildlife Management or a closely related field;

   – Academic and applied background in ecology, wildlife, vegetation

   management, and structural pests and their control;

   – Familiarity with principles of integrated pest management and interest

   in applying them in indoor and outdoor settings;

   – Familiarity with the Endangered Species Act , with federal laws and

   regulations regarding public agency pesticide use, and with other

   jurisdictional legislation and policy, preferred;

   – Proficiency in software for word processing, data base systems, and


   – Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a

   diverse audience;

   – Demonstrated strong organizational skills and ability to work

   cooperatively as well as independently;

   – Driver’s license and clean driving record;

   – Ability to work effectively in a team setting with park staff,

   volunteers, and visitors; and

   – Willingness and ability to consistently enact high performance

   standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the mission of GBI

   and the goals of the NPS.

Note: A current rabies vaccination is required to perform this work.

Applicants with a current vaccination (documentation required) are

preferred; vaccination will be provided, if needed.

The successful applicant must complete a Department of Interior (DOI)

Background Investigation (BI) or submit paperwork to NPS human resources

indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has already been completed

prior to beginning position. If you already have a fully adjudicated BI,

please let us know in your application.

Sage Bates

Recruitment and Compliance Coordinator

Great Basin Institute

16750 Mt. Rose Highway

Reno, NV 89511-8774

775-674-5489 (office)

The Great Basin Institute advances environmental research, education, and

service throughout the west. The institute promotes applied research and

ecological literacy through community engagement and agency partnerships to

support national parks, forests, open spaces and public lands.

@gbinstitute   |

@GreatBasinInstitute    |


Natural Resources Management Internship – Golden Gate National Parks, CA


Golden Gate National Parks, San Mateo, CA

To Apply: Email your resume and a thoughtful cover letter to Eric Wrubel at  Please include “Internship Application” in the subject line and of your email.


The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is seeking a motivated intern to support natural resource management projects in San Mateo County, located in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) is a destination for both local and international visitors with its sweeping vistas, immense biological diversity, and unique cultural resources. With over 15 million visitors annually and over 80,000 acres of land, the GGNRA is the largest urban national park in the country.

The GGNRA Natural Resources Division works to protect, conserve and restore biological and physical resources in the park. Our work is variable and covers a broad spectrum of activities including resource inventory and monitoring, identification and management of threats to sensitive resources, and community engagement in park stewardship.  We work in a variety of habitats from coastal prairies to redwood forests to support conservation of federally protected plants and animals, locally rare plant species, and sensitive ecosystems.


– Working as part of a small team or occasionally independently, the intern will perform field-based work in San Mateo park units including Sweeney Ridge, Rancho Corral de Tierra, and Phleger Estate.

– Control invasive plant species using hand tools, power tools, herbicide and other methods.

– Plan and implement habitat restoration and revegetation field work.

– Perform contractor or volunteer oversight during vegetation management work.

– Record restoration progress; write work performed reports, enter into databases and work plans, and manage work performed data.

– Map vegetation and rare or invasive and plant populations using GPS data recorders; analyze and display mapped features using GIS technology.

– Assist in development and implementation of rare plant monitoring protocol for endangered Hickman’s potentilla.

– Monitor threatened and endangered wildlife including California red-legged frog, San Bruno elfin butterflies, and Mission blue butterflies.

– Prepare summary reports of monitoring, restoration actions, and experiments performed.

– Drive truck to/from work sites.

– Maintain tools and equipment.


– A love of nature and physical outdoor work.

– Interest in resource management, ecological restoration, endangered species stewardship, and plant identification.

– Willing to apply herbicide as part of an integrated pest management strategy

– Basic computer literacy, Microsoft Word and Excel

– Ability to work independently and take on a leadership role as needed.

– Desire to work in a small team and to work with a diversity of people with different backgrounds, ethnicity, races, genders, sexualities, ages, and viewpoints.

– Good communication skills, including technical writing; treats others with respect; speaks and writes clearly and effectively.

– Experience, coursework or skill in the following areas is a plus: botany, taxonomy, ecology, restoration, geographic information systems (GIS), statistics, database operations, photography

– A valid driver’s license and good driving record.

– College degree in natural resource management, biology, ecology, or related topic


– This is primarily a field based position, with 1-3 days per week in the office. Must enjoy working outside in highly variable weather conditions and terrain while maintaining a good attitude.

– Must be willing to work in poison oak. Personal protective equipment against poison oak will be provided, but exposure to poison oak will happen and is unavoidable.

– Must be comfortable working around ticks and yellow-jacket wasps.

– Ability to lift, carry, and position objects weighing up to 40 pounds off trail in steep terrain in dense vegetation for up to six hours daily.


– Dorm-style housing, a taxable stipend of $225/week if your permanent residence is more than 50 miles from San Francisco.

– A taxable stipend of $375/week is provided if your permanent residence is less than 50 miles from San Francisco.

– Gain hands-on work experience at the National Park Service, working on applied plant and wildlife conservation.

– Professional development days are available to pursue an interest, including training and education opportunities in various departments within the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

– Opportunity to attend Park Academy Classes on a variety of topics including resume building and interview skills, park orientation and history, flora and fauna, mapping and monitoring, computer skills, and more.

– Opportunities to work with staff and volunteers from diverse backgrounds that share a common interest in preserving and protecting our natural lands while engaging the next generation of park stewards.


Position is open until filled. Interviews will begin December 9, 2019.

Desired Start Date: January 15, 2020

Term is 1 year

Full-time schedule, Monday through Friday, 40 hours/week. Occasional weekend work for volunteer events or wildlife monitoring.

To Apply: Email your resume and a thoughtful cover letter to Eric Wrubel at  Please include “Internship Application” in the subject line and of your email.

The Parks Conservancy and National Park Service strive to engage a workforce reflective of the community we serve. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, gender, national or ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, or physical disability.


10-week (June to mid-August) internships are available for undergraduate students and recent graduates to study forest health and plant community ecology of the unique pine barrens ecosystem of Long Island in New York State. Interns will be based at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) in Upton, NY, and they will interact with researchers from BNL and the Dovciak Lab at State University of New York (SUNY-ESF) as members of research teams resurveying long-term Forest Health Monitoring plots established in 2005/2006 across Long Island. Interns will learn plant identification and field methods in monitoring forest vegetation and they will develop their own research projects on various aspects of forest change (e.g., tree regeneration or mortality, understory plant communities) that will include data collection, data analysis, and reporting results. A weekly stipend ($500 per week) and appropriate guidance and training will be provided. Free dormitory housing is available for students who live > 50 miles from BNL. The deadline to apply is January 9, 2020, but submitting the applications by December 16, 2019, is strongly encouraged. Additional information about the project, eligibility, and the application process is here:

Research Internship in Range Management of Subtropical Grazinglands at Archbold Biological Station (Florida, USA)

The Agroecology Program at Archbold Biological Station (ABS) is seeking an intern (6 to 12 months) to assist with grassland ecology, wetland ecology, and range management research on our 10,400-acre cattle ranch in south-central Florida (Buck Island Ranch). The intern will be supervised by Dr. Elizabeth Boughton in a dynamic lab with 2 post-doctoral research associates, 2 research assistants, 1 environmental technician, and 1 ecohydrologist.

Internship highlights:

Buck Island Ranch is both an operational cattle ranch and an experimental field station, with a heavy focus on applied ecology. We are thinking both locally and globally. We are part of the Long-Term Agroecosystem Research Network (LTAR, US-wide) and the nutrient network (NutNet, worldwide).

Interns will:

      •      Experience life on a cattle ranch in a collaborative environment.

      •      Assist with research on the effects of prescribed fire, cattle grazing, and pasture management on grasslands and wetlands ecosystems (see our two documentaries,

      •      Work 20 hours per week assisting with field and lab projects, typically but not always Monday – Friday.

      •      Dedicate remaining time to designing and implementing an independent research project that fits within our research program, with a report and a presentation at the end of the internship.

Who should apply?

      •      Ideal for recent graduates with a Bachelor’s degree in biology, environmental science or any related fields.

      •      Students interested in applied science who contemplate non-academic positions such as Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

      •      Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in applied ecology, wetland ecology, rangeland ecology.

Requirements and internship responsibilities

      •      Highly motivated and enthusiastic about living and working in a rural field-station setting. A valid Driver’s license and own transportation for personal activities is required.

      •      Respectful of others, as successful interns will share lodging with other interns.

      •      Detail-oriented with respect to following sampling protocols and managing data.

      •      High tolerance for the extreme heat and humidity that prevail during late spring through summer in southern Florida.

Duties will include a combination of the following:

      •      Plant community surveys (in wetlands and/or grasslands) and plant biomass collection.

      •      Soil sampling, water sampling and groundwater well monitoring.

      •      Lab work including soil sieving, biomass grinding, and basic chemistry analysis.

      •      Greenhouse gas fluxes measurements (N2O, CH4, and CO2), Eddy covariance tower maintenance, and weather station maintenance.

      •      Data entry.

      •      Helping with prescribed fires & site visit for water monitoring projects.

Benefit for the successful intern

      •      Interns will be trained in every aspect of scientific research, from project choice, experimental design, and statistical analysis to oral and written presentations. This will prepare interns for graduate school and/or higher-level report writing required by government agencies. Some interns published their projects in peer-reviewed journals.

      •      Opportunity to get more familiar with advanced technology (e.g., Eddy covariance, CO2 and methane sensors).

      •      Experience in applied ecology.


      •      Interns receive lodging at Buck Island Ranch (11 miles away from ABS).

      •      Weekly stipend of $245.

How to apply?

      •      To apply please email the following to Dr. Elizabeth Boughton ( and Dr. Grégory Sonnier (

              o A recent CV.

              o A cover letter stating research interests and a description of previous research experience.

              o The contact information for three references.

      • Deadline to apply is December 6, 2019, for a desired starting date in late January, early February 2020.

Questions about the program

Please refer to Archbold Biological Station website for more details on our program:

If you have additional questions regarding the program, please contact Dr. Grégory Sonnier (

Graduate position: MichiganStateU.WeedEvolution

Job Description:
> The Patterson lab at Michigan State University is looking for a PhD
> student interested in genome evolution and how novel variation can be
> generated during periods of intense abiotic stress over short generational
> timescales.  Students will develop independent dissertation projects that
> explore how human selection can change weedy genomes in agroecosystems
> and what that might mean for the future of weed control. Applications
> received before January 1st, 2019 will be given full consideration.
> Lab Description:
> Dr. Patterson’s research program utilizes the most current techniques
> in genomics to understand the structure and plasticity of weedy genomes
> and how that plasticity influences the success of weedy species.  We are
> especially interested in how genome rearrangements (i.e. transposable
> elements and copy number variation) form and are utilized as novel sources
> of genetic variation for weed adaptation to abiotic stresses. We also work
> on herbicides and how they affect plant physiology and how resistance
> evolves on rapid timescales in weedy species. We also work to generate
> genomic resources for the weed science community and to discover  the
> molecular mechanisms of resistance.
> Requirements:
> A B.S. in Botany, Genetics, Agronomy, Evolutionary Biology or related
> field.
> How To Apply:
> Contact Dr. Eric Patterson by email: and be sure to
> check:

Job: UMaryland.ResAssist.MarinePopGenetics

Research Assistant
> The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
> (UMCES) is seeking applicants for a faculty research assistant
> at the Horn Point Laboratory (HPL) in the Plough Laboratory
> ( Cambridge MD.
> The position will be a full-time Faculty Research Assistant (BA or
> BS degree required) in support of grant-funded projects related to the
> population genetic analyses of estuarine and marine animals, particularly
> invertebrates (blue crabs, oysters, and zooplankton).  Laboratory duties
> will include tissue preservation and DNA extraction, environmental DNA
> sampling, quantitative PCR and analysis, and preparation of genomic
> libraries for next-generation sequencing (NGS). The technician may also
> be involved in field work (local) collecting animals on small craft or
> from shore, and will assist with finfish care and shellfish culturing
> at HPL. Finally, the technician will be expected to assist in data
> organization/analysis and preparation of reports/manuscripts.
> Field work may include light duty lifting (50 pounds), work on small boats
> (25 ft) and walking short distances between sample sites in lightly or
> heavily wooded areas.
> Routine lab work may include the use of chemicals that require gloves,
> proper clothing, and eye protection.
> Required skills include: laboratory experience in molecular genetics
> (e.g. PCR, agarose gel electrophoresis, DNA extraction; ideally in
> a research setting), handling of large datasets in spreadsheets, and
> familiarity/experience with bio statistical analysis using software such
> as R or similar. A willingness to be in the field for short periods
> of time (day trips) and to manage live cultures of larvae or fish is
> also required.
> Ideal applicants will have some prior experience preparing next
> generation sequencing libraries and some familiarity with UNIX/Linux
> for command-line processing of genomic data sets. Some experience with
> animal culture or care (especially larval shellfish culture) is also a
> plus. Funding is currently available for two years with additional time
> possible dependent on future funding. Salary will be commensurate with
> experience and a comprehensive benefits package is available.
> To apply, please visit:
> To receive full consideration, apply by December 23nd, 2019.
> UMCES is an AA/EOE institution. Individuals with disabilities, veterans,
> women, and minorities are encouraged to apply.
> Thank you,
> Addie C. Cropper
> Human Resources Associate II
> UMCES Horn Point Lab
> 410.221.8241

Graduate position: UCalifornia_LA.MicrobiomeEvolution

Graduate student:UCLA.MicrobiomeEvolution
> Graduate student position atUCLAon the evolutionary dynamics of the
> microbiome.
> A PhD position starting in Fall 2020 is available in the lab of
> Dr. Nandita Garud in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
> at the University of California, Los Angeles. We are broadly interested
> in understanding the evolutionary dynamics of natural populations with
> a current focus on the microbiome. The lab develops statistical and
> computational methods to gain insight into evolutionary processes from
> population genomic data.
> Students will have substantial input in the specific nature of their
> research project. However, the project should broadly fit within the
> lab¢s goals of learning about adaptation in natural populations and
> evolutionary dynamics in the microbiome. As this is a computational lab,
> prior experience in in programming in R, Perl, or Python, and shell
> scripting is preferred.
> Additional information can be found at:
> The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department atUCLAoffers
> a cutting-edge research environment with many opportunities for
> collaboration. The lab will have affiliations with the Microbiome Center
> atUCLAand the Institute for Quantitative and Computational Biology atUCLA.
> Interested candidates should apply to the EEB program atUCLAby December
> 1 and specify Dr. Nandita Garud as a Prospective Faculty Advisor
> (  Direct inquiries are
> also welcome at
> Nandita Garud <>

Graduate Position: TexasAMU.DeNovoGenesEvolution

PhD Positions in Brassicaceae de novo gene evolution and function

The Casola and Pepper labs at Texas A&M University seek candidate PhD
students to work on de novo gene evolution. This project will combine
comparative genomics, machine learning approaches and reverse genetics
to study the evolutionary dynamics and biological impact of de novo
gene in Brassicaceae, with a special focus on Arabidopsis thaliana and
Brassica spp.

Prospective students should email a short description of research
interests and a CV to Claudio Casola ( or Alan Pepper
( Students are encouraged to get in touch as
soon as possible in order to be eligible for funding opportunities
through the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology interdisciplinary program;;sdata=PhN1BA%2BnrKDUUoP0%2FbaCxjqSqXl2Fy6fqPOqhB1RD20%3D&amp;reserved=0. For full
consideration, applications for Fall 2020 to the EEB program should be
received by December 9, 2019.

Individuals from underrepresented groups in STEM are particularly
encouraged to apply.


The BridgeUP: STEM program at the AMNH is excited to announce that the
>    application for the Helen Fellowship is open.  This fellowship is a
>    one-year residency for post-baccalaureate, self-identifying females,
>    to devote time immersed in computational scientific research and
>    educational outreach at the AMNH.  This fellowship is an initiative at
>    the AMNH dedicated to increasing the diversity of the talent pipeline
>    by providing underrepresented students access to the skills and tools
>    required for the 21st Century.
>    To learn more about the fellowship and the application process, visit
>    A colorful PDF flyer can be downloaded at this website.
>    Who is eligible to apply?
>    The fellowship is intended for recent college graduates with a conferred
>    bachelor¢s or master¢s degree in computer science, natural sciences,
>    applied mathematics, computational science, or other relevant majors
>    prior to the fellowship start date in September.
>    What are the benefits?
>    Fellows will receive an annual salary of $70,000 plus generous benefits.
>    Funding is also available for research, travel and equipment expenses.
>    How do I apply?
>    The online application is now open and is due by midnight of January
>   19, 2020.  To learn more about application requirements, visit