Month: January 2020

Summer 2020 REU program on Translational Ecology

Dear colleagues, We have extended the due date for the Cary Institute of

Ecosystem Studies for the summer 2020 REU program in “Translational

Ecology” to Monday, January 27th at 11:59 pm. Please share this information

with students who may be interested.

Students conduct mentored research projects and have many chances to

interact, give and receive feedback and support. They also participate in a

rich assortment of enrichment activities, workshops and field trips around

the theme of translational ecology.

To apply:  https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.caryinstitute.org%2Feco-inquiry%2Freu-program&data=02%7C01%7Cmadeline.hennessey%40uconn.edu%7C66b0bed8247b422568a608d7a17f72a0%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C637155441091589099&sdata=DeWECXwb3L8mrIBJ1GY5Y2regAlt%2F3tSvg%2FeHxgykNU%3D&reserved=0

New application deadline: January 27, 2020, 11:59 pm

Dates: May 20 to August 7, 2020 (12 weeks)

Eligibility: Undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, juniors or first semester

seniors. Must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its

possessions. Underrepresented minorities and first-generation college

students are encouraged to apply.

Stipend: $6,600 stipend, plus a $900 food allowance and free on-campus

housing.

Other support:  Assistance is available for travel to and from

the program as well.

Research projects for the summer of 2020 include:

   –

   Examining the effects of global change on streams of the northeastern US

   –

   The role of natural enemies in governing symbiotic nitrogen fixation

   –

   Causes of anthropogenic nitrogen deposition and impacts on tropical

   forest function

   –

   Mosquitoes and ecosystem regulation of disease risk: data visualization

   and analysis

   –

   Quantifying spatial variation and ecological influences of groundwater

   fluxes in lakes of northern Wisconsin

   –

   Ecological change in the Sky Lakes on the Shawangunk Ridge

   –

   Understanding the intersection of global change, conservation, and

   disease risk

   –

   Microbial processes in urban ecosystems

   –

   Examining the impacts of road salt on groundwater used for drinking water

   –

   Urban forest ecology in New York City

   –

   Effect of undergraduate research experiences on career trajectories

   –

   Ecology of urban streams / high school student mentoring

For more information about the Cary Institute, visit

https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.caryinstitute.org%2F&data=02%7C01%7Cmadeline.hennessey%40uconn.edu%7C66b0bed8247b422568a608d7a17f72a0%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C637155441091589099&sdata=NYo94A4splE4HOG7v9gQ%2F2hBzGE7ec%2Be%2Bax3kfd09DI%3D&reserved=0

For more information about the program, contact Kevin Burgio, REU program

coordinator (burgiok@caryinstitute.org)

Best regards,

Kevin R. Burgio, Ph.D.  (he/him/his)

*Undergraduate Program Leader and Research Specialist,* Cary Institute of

Ecosystem Studies

*Research Scientist*, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University

of Connecticut

@KRBurgio

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Curriculum vitae

Graduate position: UCentralFlorida.AntParasites

PhD position in Integrative and Conservation biology at the University
> of Central Florida (Orlando, FL, USA)
>
>
> As part of our NSF CAREER project (Award Number 1941546), we have a fully
> funded PhD position available in the Parasitic Behavioral Manipulation
> Lab headed by Dr Charissa de Bekker in the Department of Biology at the
> University of Central Florida, to investigate the molecular mechanisms
> that fungal parasites use to manipulate ant behavior.
>
> Background Information
> Infected animals generally behave differently from healthy animals. These
> changes can go beyond mere sickness behaviors to reflect precise
> manipulations induced by parasites to increase that parasite’s chances
> to spread. How manipulative parasites can alter host behavior is currently
> unknown. The behaviorally tractable “zombie ant system” has the
> potential to expose the mechanisms underlying parasitic behavioral
> manipulation and fundamentally transform perceptions of parasite-host
> interactions and their behavioral ecology effects. Our lab uses
> these fungus-infected “zombie ants” as a model to systematically
> quantify disease progression and accompanying behavioral phenotypes,
> to determine where sickness behavior ends, where manipulation begins,
> and which intricate molecular mechanisms are involved.
>
> What would you be working on?
> The goal of this PhD project will be to better understand 1) how ant
> behavior changes throughout infection; 2) how ant and fungal tissues
> interact throughout this progression; 3) reveal which genes and pathways
> from both parasite and host give rise to behavioral phenotypes; and
> 4) elucidate the functions of these genes and pathways. The work that
> the PhD researcher will perform will span the integration of multiple
> technological approaches to understand how zombie-making fungi of
> the genus Ophiocordyceps interact with ants; from the molecular
> level to the behavioral output displayed by the whole organism. The
> integrative research activities of this project will prepare them
> for an increasingly cross-disciplinary STEM job market. Moreover,
> the project will leverage the public’s interest in zombie-making
> parasites to create immersive pedagogies for teaching biology to a
> diverse student population. As such, the PhD investigator will also be
> involved in the development of a research-based, educational virtual
> reality experience about microbial infections and insects that we
> plan to take to K-12 schools, museums and fairs. For more detailed
> information about the project, please visit the NSF website at:
https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nsf.gov%2Fawardsearch%2FshowAward%3FAWD_ID%3D1941546%26HistoricalAwards%3Dfalse&data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7Cf2c5031df6dc4395b84108d7a2dfaae7%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C1%7C637156953836040063&sdata=HuBcvwwWlMTDQPwfaSaBH8dxkxORCwa1aIIuPB4YqIM%3D&reserved=0
>
> Who are we looking for?
> We are looking for motivated candidates who would be eager to perform
> integrative research that spans multiple disciplines within the broad
> field of biology. To be considered for this PhD position, candidates
> should have a strong interest in either (or al)l of the following:
> the molecular workings of parasite-host interactions and parasitic
> manipulations, ant behavior, and/or fungal biology. Having experience in
> live insect husbandry, quantitative behavioral analyses and programming
> (i.e., behavioral tracking and coding to analyze data) or molecular
> microbiology (e.g., CRISPR-Cas technology, cloning techniques, fungal
> culturing and transformation) will be considered a big plus. Already
> having a master’s degree is also perceived as favorable, together
> with a good working knowledge in statistics and experimental design. It
> is desirable that candidates are passionate about science, creative,
> motivated to participate in scientific outreach and have excellent oral
> and written communication skills. Candidates will also need to be able
> to work both independently and as part of a team.
>
> The PhD position
> The position will be part of an NSF CAREER project team consisting of
> two PhD students and several undergraduate students. Because of the
> collaborative nature of our lab, the candidate will also be working with
> a post-doctoral scholar and a PhD student who work on closely related
> projects. The position will be fully funded for 4 years such that the
> candidate will receive a maintenance stipend, tuition fees will be
> covered and travel to two conferences per year will be covered.
>
> Preferred starting date
> August 1st, 2020 or later (flexible)
>
> The Location
> The University of Central Florida is an emerging preeminent research
> university located in metropolitan Orlando. According to U.S. News &
> World Report’s Best Colleges of 2019 guide, UCF ranks among the
> nation’s 10 most innovative universities. UCF is also ranked as a
> best-value university by Kiplinger, as well as one of the nation’s
> most affordable colleges by Forbes. The university confers almost 17,000
> degrees each year and benefits from a diverse faculty and staff who
> create a welcoming environment and opportunities for all students to
> grow, learn and succeed. The College of Sciences is the largest college
> of UCF with programs spanning the natural, computational, social, and
> behavioral sciences. The Biology Department consists of faculty with
> diverse interests ranging from ecology and conservation, to evolution and
> genetics, and physiology and behavior. Research facilities available to
> students include a new insectary, curated insect collection, greenhouses,
> field sites close to campus as well as collaborations with field stations
> throughout Central Florida, a state-of-the-art genomics core facility,
> general molecular microbiology equipment and a range of microscopes.
>
> How to apply?
> Please send your application, or any questions related to this position,
> by email to charissa.debekker@ucf.edu.  Your application should consist
> of a single merged pdf file that includes the following:
>
> –    a full CV and publication list
>
> –    a research statement of 1-2 pages describing your past research
>     experience, current research interests, motivation to apply to the
>     PhD position advertised, and why you are a suitable candidate for
>     this project
>
> –    the names and contact details of at least two referees
>
> –    copies of (or links to) your publications and/or your Master’s
>     thesis (if available).
>
> We will begin the evaluation of candidates on March 1st, 2020 and continue
> until the position is filled.
>
> Charissa De Bekker <charissa.debekker@ucf.edu>
>

Graduate position: UKentucky.Endosymbionts

Many arthropods are infected with bacterial endosymbionts that confer
> a variety of phenotypic effects on their hosts. We are seeking **two
> graduate assistants** to conduct research on symbiont interactions
> in a species of Linyphiid spider, *Mermessus fradeorum*. This spider
> is infected by up to 5 different strains of inherited symbiont,
> which result in different reproductive anomalies for the host
> depending on which combination of symbionts are present. The first
> graduate position will be based out of the Entomology Department
> (https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fentomology.ca.uky.edu%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C61c40acbaee14754a1cb08d7a2dfa921%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C1%7C637156953811304927&amp;sdata=8nv1CW36U%2FBnNDCVeGsxiYt36pYp0%2BVSRUKABSYOeyU%3D&amp;reserved=0) under supervision of Dr. Jen White
> (https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fentomology.ca.uky.edu%2Fperson%2Fjennifer-white&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C61c40acbaee14754a1cb08d7a2dfa921%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C1%7C637156953811304927&amp;sdata=W%2ByvOBkKiVIyXN4p3Rzeg5%2F6aUUFkyQDekqWIfxEbbU%3D&amp;reserved=0) and will focus
> on empirically testing host reproductive phenotype and population
> dynamics. The second graduate position will be based out of the Biology
> Department (https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fbio.as.uky.edu%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C61c40acbaee14754a1cb08d7a2dfa921%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C1%7C637156953811304927&amp;sdata=04APkuiubYq%2BYcuuUk9xDS%2FN9B3TWgpDozH2oFYA0%2B4%3D&amp;reserved=0) under supervision of Dr. Jeremy
> Van Cleve (https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fvancleve.theoretical.bio%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C61c40acbaee14754a1cb08d7a2dfa921%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C1%7C637156953811304927&amp;sdata=P7IaMBhsNfZNKLn1ddUFoYMdIifUilW03g47NZ0lxnQ%3D&amp;reserved=0), and will focus on modeling
> feedbacks between within-host and among-host dynamics.
>
> ## Selection Criteria ##
>
> Required:
> – BS in Biology, Entomology, Mathematics or a related field
> – One or more years of lab experience
> – Strong organizational and computer skills
>
> Preferred:
> – MS in Biology, Entomology, Mathematics or related field
> – Demonstrated communications skills
> – Experience with molecular techniques including (at a minimum) DNA
>  extraction, PCR, and gel electrophoresis
> – Previous experience working with spiders or bacterial endosymbionts
>
> �Vor�V
>
> Previous experience/training in mathematical modeling or scientific computing
>
> ## Location ##
>
> The University of Kentucky is located in Lexington,
> Kentucky, a mid-sized city of \~300,000 people, within a 1.5 hr drive
> from both Cincinnati, OH and Louisville, KY. Visit the [University of
> Kentucky Website](https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.uky.edu&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C61c40acbaee14754a1cb08d7a2dfa921%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C1%7C637156953811304927&amp;sdata=tuuviiVmKCMfL0W4DhoC1we%2BdFLbw8adrQFWFEOKYt8%3D&amp;reserved=0) for more information about UK. We
> are less than an hour from great hiking, camping, and climbing in the
> [Red River Gorge](https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FRed_River_Gorge&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C61c40acbaee14754a1cb08d7a2dfa921%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C1%7C637156953811304927&amp;sdata=yM%2FCcYXaqJz12fMSqnDX%2BLLjVhotwSKFMK16rMF%2FJEY%3D&amp;reserved=0) and
> [Daniel Boone Nat.
> Forest](https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FDaniel_Boone_National_Forest&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C61c40acbaee14754a1cb08d7a2dfa921%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C1%7C637156953811314919&amp;sdata=sbZZG3Ly%2BrFMbVFX%2B2ufmUXoJbW%2B83gqSEcwTdrLndw%3D&amp;reserved=0).
>
> ## Selection Process ##
>
> For more information, please send an email to Dr. Jen
> White at (jenwhite.uk@gmail.com), indicating which position(s) are of
> interest to you. For serious inquiries, please include a copy of your CV
> or resume, unofficial college transcripts, and contact information for
> at least three references. We will conduct phone or Skype interviews
> with short-list applicants before encouraging top candidates to submit
> an application to the University of Kentucky graduate school
> (https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fgradschool.uky.edu%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C61c40acbaee14754a1cb08d7a2dfa921%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C1%7C637156953811314919&amp;sdata=rlLsGkBY7gcxTm0A6kthwiCdy7RfydDuQenReQjaAL0%3D&amp;reserved=0)
>
> *The University of Kentucky is an equal opportunity institution and
> encourages applications from minorities and women.*
>
>
> Jeremy Van Cleve
>
> Assistant Professor
> Department of Biology
> University of Kentucky
> E-mail: jvancleve@uky.edu
> Webpage: https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fvancleve.theoretical.bio&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C61c40acbaee14754a1cb08d7a2dfa921%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C1%7C637156953811314919&amp;sdata=zyrDP3jsqghY37ECVIHTV4FXfa3%2FPt%2BuILeES4YIO7k%3D&amp;reserved=0
> Phone: (859) 218-3020
>
> jvancleve@uky.edu
>

Natural Resources Internship in Fairfax, VA

Organization: Fairfax County Park Authority, Natural Resource Management and Protection Branch

Job title:  Natural Resources Intern (two positions available)

Location: Fairfax County, VA

Hours and compensation:  $13.00/hour, approximately 40 hours per week from June 3rd- August 9th.   Holidays and leave are unpaid.  A vehicle will be provided for field work from the base office in Fairfax. Housing is available upon request.

Application deadline:  February 28th, 2020

Organization overview:  The Fairfax County Park Authority maintains approximately 24,000 acres of public land including natural areas, cultural resources, and recreational facilities.  The Natural Resource Management and Protection (NRMP) Branch falls under the Resource Management Division of the Park Authority, and is responsible for land stewardship and implementation of the agency’s Natural Resource Management Plan.  For more information please visit: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.fairfaxcounty.gov%2Fparks%2Fresources%2Fresources-nrp.htm&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmadeline.hennessey%40uconn.edu%7C66b0bed8247b422568a608d7a17f72a0%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C637155441091569110&amp;sdata=dlI%2FF5Ye3Nh30zsCbXcYjVh6IAlHQ5SQEwZw9P8nc5Q%3D&amp;reserved=0

Position Description:  This internship is primarily field-based with only occasional office work.  Interns will work together as a pair to perform non-native invasive plant assessments on parkland across the county using a standard field protocol.  Interns will be trained in the survey method, conduct field surveys, and input their results into a GIS database.  Interns will have the opportunity to participate in other field and educational activities conducted by the Natural Resource Management and Protection Branch as events arise.  This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in the field of natural resources and develop field inventory skills.  Each intern will also have the opportunity to plan and implement a special 40-hour project in their area of interest if required for college credit.

Qualifications and Skills: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a strong interest in natural resource management and stewardship of public land.  Applicants should expect to be outdoors up to four days per week and should be willing to work outdoors in a hot, humid environment with abundant insects, ticks and chiggers. Applicants must be able to travel on foot in rough terrain, including over steep slopes, fallen trees and other obstacles, up to eight hours per day.   Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license.  Our interns will be working together as a team and must be able to cooperate and share responsibility.  Experience in GIS and GPS use, basic plant identification, and ecology are a plus.

How to apply:

Please email a letter of interest, resume and contact information for two references to Erin Stockschlaeder at Estock@fairfaxcounty.gov by February 28th, 2020

CT DEEP Marine Fisheries Program Seasonal Job Posting for American shad & sturgeon monitoring

CT DEEP Marine Fisheries Program Seasonal Resource Assistant Job Opportunities https://www.jobapscloud.com/CT/sup/bulpreview.asp?R1=200108&R2=3492VR&R3=002

American Shad & Sturgeon Monitoring

Description: The Connecticut DEEP Marine Fisheries Program is looking for enthusiastic and qualified applicants for seasonal positions starting in April or May at the CT DEEP Marine Headquarters in Old Lyme. These positions are limited in duration and pay $11 – $14/hr based on relevant experience. In these positions we provide opportunities for practical fisheries experience outside of course work in the biological sciences, through field work and lab work.

Duties: The American shad and sturgeon projects conduct a variety of field, laboratory and office work activities which vary by project but could include: sampling with fishing gear such as gill nets, skiff trawls and beach seines. Routine field work could consist of day trips on small, open boats (17’-28’) with fishing gear hauled by hand to collect fish which are identified, measured and quantified. Sampling is conducted in all weather conditions. The range of waters sampled includes Long Island Sound and Connecticut River. Field work will be conducted on average 3 days a week from April-October. Laboratory or office work could include identifying and counting juvenile fish, preparing and ageing fish scales, cleaning and repairing fishing gear, and data entry.

Qualifications: Actively pursuing or having completed a college degree in biological sciences with coursework in fisheries or a related field. A degree is preferred but not required. Candidates with work experience in a related field may be considered. Candidates should possess a valid driver’s license and be willing to conduct rigorous field work in various weather conditions.

Hours per week: Typically a 35 hour work week Monday-Friday, with variation in hours depending on field sampling location and activity. Total duration of positions not to exceed 1030 hours. Preference is for candidates that can complete the full duration of the position

To Apply: Submit the employment application and resume through the CT Job website https://www.jobapscloud.com/CT/sup/bulpreview.asp?R1=200108&R2=3492VR&R3=002

Please note that positions will likely be filled prior to the end date of the job posting.

 

Please direct any questions about the position to:

 

Jacqueline Benway Roberts

Fisheries Biologist

Fisheries Division / Marine Fisheries Program

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
333 Ferry Rd.

PO Box 719

Old Lyme, CT 06371
P: 860.447.4311
|F: 860.434.6150 |E: jacque.benway@ct.gov

 

Summer Ecology REU

Dear colleagues,

The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook NY is now accepting applications for the summer 2020 REU program in “Translational Ecology”! Please share this information with students who may be interested.


Students conduct mentored research projects and have many chances to interact, give and receive feedback and support. They also participate in a rich assortment of enrichment activities, workshops and field trips around the theme of translational ecology. 


To apply:  https://www.caryinstitute.org/eco-inquiry/reu-program

Application deadline: January 24, 2020 Midnight

 

Dates: May 20 to August 7, 2020 (12 weeks)

Eligibility: Undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, juniors or first semester seniors. Must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its possessions. Underrepresented minorities and first-generation college students are encouraged to apply.

Stipend: $6,600 stipend, plus a $900 food allowance and free on-campus housing.

Other support:  Assistance is available for travel to and from the program as well. 


Research projects for the summer of 2020 include:

·  Examining the effects of global change on streams of the northeastern US

·  The role of natural enemies in governing symbiotic nitrogen fixation

·  Causes of anthropogenic nitrogen deposition and impacts on tropical forest function

·  Mosquitoes and ecosystem regulation of disease risk: data visualization and analysis

·  Quantifying spatial variation and ecological influences of groundwater fluxes in lakes of northern Wisconsin

·  Ecological change in the Sky Lakes on the Shawangunk Ridge

·  Understanding the intersection of global change, conservation, and disease risk

·  Microbial processes in urban ecosystems

·  Examining the impacts of road salt on groundwater used for drinking water

·  Urban forest ecology in New York City

·  Effect of undergraduate research experiences on career trajectories

·  Ecology of urban streams / high school student mentoring

For more information about the Cary Institute, visit http://www.caryinstitute.org/


For more information about the program, contact Kevin Burgio, REU program coordinator (burgiok@caryinstitute.org).

Assistant field crew needed for forest pollinator research in the Oregon Coast Range

ASSISTANT FIELD CREW LEADER NEEDED FOR FOREST POLLINATOR RESEARCH led by Dr. Jim Rivers and Rachel Zitomer (https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fpeople.forestry.oregonstate.edu%2Fjim-rivers%2Fpeople&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmadeline.hennessey%40uconn.edu%7Cfa95fa37c876498e1a2508d79fecf518%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C637153712389443016&amp;sdata=IfogSO5Ixm30y71VxgfHY2WOTptmWvF7eX8mZ8PQgZs%3D&amp;reserved=0) in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University.

The objective of this research is to assess how space use and abundance of native bumble bees are affected by landscape characteristics in intensively managed forests using genetic capture-recapture techniques. Research assistants will conduct field work in managed forests to sample bumble bees and assess floral resources.  Duties will consist of:

•    collecting wild pollinators using a variety of techniques (netting, traps, non-lethal tissue samples)

•    identifying native and exotic flowering plant species

•    measuring plant community, environmental, and management-related variables

•    labeling and organizing sampled specimens

•    entering data

•    coordinating work with field crew leader

•    working with two undergraduate student research assistants and leading by example with respect to correct performance of tasks, safety, conduct, and work ethic

Field work will take place in the rugged and scenic Coast Range of western Oregon and will involve physically demanding work in challenging conditions (heat, cold, rain, sun, steep slopes, loose rock, logging slash, stinging insects, hazardous plants), working long days, including some weekends, driving on logging roads, and navigating through difficult forest terrain.

Position will run approximately 16 weeks (June 1-September 4, 2020). Pay rate is based on previous research experience with range of $500-$620/week. We will also provide free housing (including utilities) for the full duration of the position, as well as free project-related transportation.

Qualifications: Successful applicants will:

•    Have a B.S. degree in entomology, animal ecology, botany, or a related field

•    Have at least 2 years of field experience (2 season-long field positions=2 years of experience)

•    Demonstrate clear evidence of leadership and/or supervisory experience

•    Have a driver’s license and a clean driving record

•    Be able to harmoniously live, work and problem-solve as part of a team

•    Be able to maintain a positive disposition and high quality of work under challenging field conditions

•    Be able to carefully and accurately record and enter field data

•    Have a proven track record of working in a safe, efficient, and cooperative manner in a team setting

Preference will be given to candidates who are proficient with insect collection, are familiar with Oregon flora, and/or have previous experience with ecological field work, especially in challenging terrain. In addition, successful applicants will:

To apply: Applicants should create a single PDF containing (1) a cover letter addressing the candidate’s qualifications as they relate to the specific duties described in the position description; (2) a full-length CV or resume; and (3) the names and contact information (email, telephone) of three references. This document should be emailed to Rachel Zitomer at oregonpollinatorcrew[at]gmail[dot]com with “Bombus Crew 2020” in the subject line by February 15, 2020.

REU Internship Program at SERC (Edgewater, MD)

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, MD is now accepting applications for our summer 2020 REU program in Global Change Ecology.

Students conduct mentored research projects over 11 weeks utilizing our 2,650-acre research site on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay to provide novel insights into multiple aspects of global change ecology, including biodiversity loss, climate change, and invasive species. In addition to guided research projects, students will also participate in a rich assortment of training workshops, including R/statistics, science communication, and career development, but also enrichment activities and experiential field trips to the National Mall and Smithsonian museums. Housing is provided in our on-site dormitories complete with kitchens, and funds are available to help defray the costs of travel to and from the program.

To apply:     https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fsolaa.si.edu%2Fsolaa%2F%23%2Fpublic&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmadeline.hennessey%40uconn.edu%7Cfa95fa37c876498e1a2508d79fecf518%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C637153712389443016&amp;sdata=u1zIFakAzw%2B7cM9Gv5a2mcS%2Fyt8zdhkxoNrvdOpOYFI%3D&amp;reserved=0

Application deadline:      February 15, 2020 Midnight EST

Dates:         May to August, 2020 (specific dates to be TBD)

Eligibility:   Undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and first semester seniors. Must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its possessions. Students of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Stipend:      $550 weekly stipend plus on-campus dorm housing available

Other support:      Assistance is available for travel to and from the program.

Vegetation Sampling Field Positions, northeastern California 2020

To Apply: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fnatureserve.atsondemand.com%2F%23%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmadeline.hennessey%40uconn.edu%7Cfa95fa37c876498e1a2508d79fecf518%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C637153712389453011&amp;sdata=2U9LXJTrU1Qlj7a5VHmjOxfquxQ%2Fp3LJIt4JbKmqvFU%3D&amp;reserved=0

Job Description:

NatureServe is a 501(C)3 organization that supports biodiversity conservation at the local, national and international levels through our network of member programs and other institutional alliances. NatureServe is recruiting seasonal biological field technicians to collect data in support of vegetation community sampling in sagebrush and woodland habitats in northeastern California. The project involves field data collection of Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) information on BLM lands in the Applegate and Eagle Lake districts in northeastern California and adjacent Nevada, with supplemental data collection in support of ongoing fuels and fire monitoring.

NatureServe is seeking to fill up to four full-time, seasonal (April 27th- August 12th) field biological technicians and up to four lead field biological technician to conduct field sampling. The work will include following established vegetation and soil sampling methods on existing ecological monitoring sites, including plot and line-based sampling, identification of plants to the species level, digging soil pits and analyzing soils. Knowledge of native plants, the flora of northeastern California, ecological field monitoring methods, field sampling and project management needed. Availability for participation in BLM AIM training in Reno NV, April 27th- April 30th strongly preferred.

Lead Technician positions would start up to 2 weeks in advance of the field season to assist with planning field logistics and safety. Lead Technician position includes responsibility for supporting crew safety in the field, and coordinating sampling logistics and scheduling, including organization and quality control of paper and electronic field data.

Must be able to work 10 hour days for 8 days at a time (followed by 6 days off), while camping in remote locations.

Required qualifications:

Two years of coursework in ecology, natural resources, range management, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Field experience collecting scientific data.

A valid driver’s license required for all positions.

Ability to identify plants in the field to the species level and experience using dichotomous keys required for all positions.

Willingness and ability to work long hours and unusual schedules (typically 10 hours a day for 8 days) while car camping.

Ability to hike up to 5 miles / day while carrying a heavy pack (up to 40 lbs), and ability to assist in digging soil pits and in analyzing soils and erosion data required for all positions.

Desired qualifications

Willingness to work in challenging conditions including hot and cold weather, rugged terrain, and outdoor hazards while maintaining a commitment to team safety.

Careful attention to detail and strong organizational skills to complete lengthy field forms and electronic data entry.

Wilderness First Aid or other field safety training preferred for all positions.

Experience driving 4×4 vehicles on rough roads preferred

Required Experience:

Required for lead

Experience coordinating logistics of data collection and safety planning for field crews conducting biological sampling required for Lead Technician position.

A completed BS/BA degree with two years of coursework in ecology, natural resources, range management.

Field experience collecting scientific data and experience with vegetation data sampling

Experience navigating with topographic maps, aerial photography and GPS to remote field locations

NatureServe is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

For additional information contact: Patrick McIntyre at patrick_mcintyre@natureserve.org

To Apply: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fnatureserve.atsondemand.com%2F%23%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmadeline.hennessey%40uconn.edu%7Cfa95fa37c876498e1a2508d79fecf518%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C637153712389453011&amp;sdata=2U9LXJTrU1Qlj7a5VHmjOxfquxQ%2Fp3LJIt4JbKmqvFU%3D&amp;reserved=0

Crew Leader Position: Plague and mammal conservation

Agency: U.S. Geological Survey

Location: Ruidoso, New Mexico

Start Date: 10 May 2020

Salary: $1,800 – $2,000 per month DOE

Website:  https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.usgs.gov%2Fstaff-profiles%2Fdean-biggins%3Fqt-staff_profile_science_products%3D0%23qt-staff_profile_science_products&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmadeline.hennessey%40uconn.edu%7Cfa95fa37c876498e1a2508d79fecf518%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C637153712389453011&amp;sdata=obs300KVoqYsTkstiZnIycw0ARGIo%2BdO1kCkzi4yJSo%3D&amp;reserved=0

Job description:

Plague (a vector-borne disease of mammalian hosts) is causing significant and chronic conservation dilemmas in the western US. We are studying the ecology of plague in the White Mountains of New Mexico.  The Penasco least chipmunk is a species of conservation concern and is currently only known to exist in a few locations within the White Mountains.  Their range has declined with some populations going locally extinct.  We will work with species associated with the Penasco least chipmunk in areas close to or within historically occupied Penasco chipmunk sites.  Our questions  include: (1) is plague present in any of the small mammals associated with the Penasco least chipmunk, (2) if plague is present, what is its effect on  demographics of the small mammal community, (3) what is the host flea community (fleas are the main vector of plague) and (4) what tools are most effective for plague management in this study system.   Our ultimate goal is to conserve wildlife and preserve ecosystems.

We will capture and mark small mammals (mice, voles, woodrats, chipmunks, etc.).  In addition, we will anesthetize and collect fleas from individuals.  We will also use a vaccine to test for differences in survival among treatments.  The crew leader will be responsible for: 1) following field protocols, 2) both animal and technician safety, 3) checking data, 4) driving a work vehicle, and 5) maintaining field equipment.

Field work will occur between ~10-May and 10-October 2020.  Long days and odd hours will be required and work will be physically demanding.  You must be able to lift and carry traps over short distances (up to 300m).  Terrain is uneven and requires being able to maneuver with equipment over rocks, logs, and thorny vegetation.  Furthermore, temperatures do fluctuate between below freezing to over 90 degrees Fahrenheit.  Hours and workdays will change depending on the temperature, weather, and capture rates so you must be willing to work a flexible schedule.  Technicians must be comfortable working at night.

We provide shared housing (trailers) and trucks to travel between the trailers and field work.  There will not be any running water and electricity is limited to powering the refrigerator and lights.  We will move regularly among the field sites.

Required Qualifications:

  *   Education: B.S. degree in Natural Resources, Ecology, Wildlife Biology, or related field

  *   At least 2 field seasons of prior outdoor field work (1 season must be working with small mammals)

  *   Experience living/camping in remote locations for extended periods

  *   Excellent skills in time and data organization/management

  *   Demonstrated oral and written communication skills

  *   Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as a team

  *   Commitment to the entire duration of the field season (10 May – 10 October 2020)

Desired Qualifications:

*        Previous experience driving a four-wheel drive vehicle

*        Previous experience in a supervisory role

How to Apply:

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and positions will remain open until they are filled.  Please submit application materials to: Dean Biggins (nm.plaguestudy@gmail.com.  Please include in a single document (PDF or Word) a brief cover letter, your CV/resume, list of 3 references (please include both email addresses and telephone numbers) and (if possible) unofficial/official college transcripts.  Please write “Crew Leader” in the subject line of the email.