Month: January 2020

Full Time Research Assistant at Bryn Mawr College

The Mozdzer lab at Bryn Mawr College, located in suburban Philadelphia, is searching for a full-time 18 month Research Assistant Position to begin on, or about April 1, 2020.   The position includes Bryn Mawr College$B!G(Bs generous medical, dental, and retirement benefits. The research assistant will work on a PA Sea Grant project to evaluate the effects of Phragmites australis management on blue carbon pools and carbon cycle processes in tidal freshwater and brackish wetlands.  The initial appointment is for nine months and is subject to renewal for an additional nine months, for a total of 18 months. The research assistant will lead a team of undergraduate students in both the field and in the laboratory, measuring greenhouse gas fluxes using static chambers as well as associated environmental data including plant biomass, salinity, temperature, and decomposition processes.  The research assistant will also collect and analyze soil cores, including loss on ignition and elemental analysis, to create blue carbon inventories.


$B!|(B        Work independently, and with students, to measure greenhouse gas fluxes

$B!|(B        Measure blue carbon pools using standard techniques

$B!|(B        Measure surface elevation processes using a laser level system

$B!|(B        Process, analyze, and archive project data

$B!|(B        Occasionally sample at irregular hours (early mornings, late nights, weekends) when necessary

$B!|(B        Frequent contact with students, the public, and visiting scientists will be required

Minimum Qualifications and Experience:

$B!|(B        Must have at BS in Biology, Ecology, Chemistry, Ecology, or related field with relevant field experience

$B!|(B        Attention to detail, strong organizational skills, the ability to work as a member of a team, and the ability to communicate positively with the public are required

$B!|(B        Travel is required.  The candidate must possess a valid US driver license with a clean driving record to qualify to use Bryn Mawr College vehicles.  The successful candidate will conduct fieldwork at the John Hines NWR, in Philadelphia, and will require travel to the field site on a regular basis (up to 20 days per month).

Preferred Qualifications:

$B!|(B        MS in Biology, or related field, with relevant experience.

$B!|(B        Experience measuring greenhouse gas fluxes using a Los Gatos Research Ultraportable Greenhouse Gas Analyzer

$B!|(B        Experience collecting and/or analyzing greenhouse gas flux data

$B!|(B        Data management and analysis in R

$B!|(B        Experience preparing samples and/or experience running an elemental analyzer

$B!|(B        Demonstrated skills in data organization, data analysis, and report/manuscript writing

Physical requirements:

$B!|(B        Must be in good health, capable of rigorous outdoor activity (lifting approx. 50 pounds, bending, carrying heavy equipment, and walking through waist-high marine waters, tidal wetland habitat, and/or forests to access field sites).

$B!|(B        Must be able lead weekly field campaigns, often working 4+ hours outdoors in tidal wetlands

$B!|(B        Willing to endure occasional exposure to insects, ticks, and poison ivy

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a list of references to Dr. Thomas Mozdzer, as a single pdf.  If applicable, in your cover letter, please disclose any relevant incidents in your driving history that could prevent your ability to drive a Bryn Mawr College Vehicle. Review of applications will begin immediately, but those received by Feb 17, 2020 will receive full consideration.  Please reference $B!H(BPA Sea Grant Research Assistant$B!I(B in your subject line.

Bryn Mawr College is a distinguished liberal arts college for women with a vibrant faculty of scholar-teachers, a talented staff and intellectually curious students eager to make a difference in the world. The College is committed to increasing the diversity of its students, faculty, staff, and curricular offerings with a particular focus on enhancing ethnic and racial diversity and advancing social justice and inclusion. We believe diversity strengthens our community and enriches the education of our students. We have a student body of 1,350 undergraduates (34 percent are U.S. students of color and 22 percent are international students). There are 310 graduate students in coeducational graduate programs in social work, humanities and science.

Bryn Mawr College is located in metropolitan Philadelphia and enjoys strong consortial relationships with Haverford College, Swarthmore College, and the University of Pennsylvania. Bryn Mawr College is an equal-opportunity employer; candidates from underrepresented groups and women are especially encouraged to apply.

Full-time Research Technician Opening – Florida

Archbold Biological Station’s Buck Island Ranch (BIR), and the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment at the University of Illinois (UIUC), Urbana-Champaign seek a full time technician. Archbold operates a full scale working cattle ranch at BIR, which provides a unique platform for long-term agroecology research. The successful intern will be supervised by Drs. Evan H DeLucia (UIUC; and Nuria Gomez-Casanovas (UIUC; and Dr. Elizabeth Boughton (BIR; )

The overall goal of the project is to investigate the environmental sustainability of sugarcane for biofuel production. Our objectives are to: (1) Characterize the impact of sugarcane cultivation on the regulation of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs; CO2, CH4 and N2O) compared to managed grazed pasture; (2) Quantify the efficiency at which sugarcane and pastures use water; and, (3) explore the impact of sugarcane cultivation on nitrogen and phosphorus losses versus pasture.


The successful candidate will assist with the maintenance of eddy covariance towers, and with sampling of field experiments at BIR in Florida, U.S. The balance of the technician’s time will be spent in the laboratory for the following: analyzing soil, water, gas, and plant samples; preparing field supplies; maintaining field instrumentation related to this project (including eddy covariance, canopy and soil chambers); processing data. Depending on experience, there is also opportunity to assist with data compilation and analysis.

Required qualifications: A bachelor’s degree in biology, environmental science, chemistry, or related field; basic computer skills (MS Word, Excel).

Preferred qualifications: Research experience in the field and in the laboratory related to biogeochemistry (e.g., trace gas flux measurements, soil and water sampling, gas chromatography, eddy covariance); experience working on farms and with farmers; experience working in subtropical and tropical sugarcane plantations and rangeland. Demonstrated knowledge of troubleshooting environmental monitoring equipment is desired.

The position is located at BIR, a 10,500-acre cattle ranch near Lake Placid, FL, with shared housing available on site.  This is a full-time position, although the duties of the jobs may change as contract or grant turnover occurs.  Competitive salary with full benefits.  Applicants should send 1) a letter of application, 2) a resume or CV with relevant coursework and experience, and 3) names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses for three references to Dr. Nuria Gomez-Casanovas at  Application deadline is Feb 15, 2020, and the position will remain open until filled.  Contact Dr. Gomez-Casanovas via e-mail for more information.

California Amphibian and Parasite Lead & Field Technicians

The Johnson Laboratory ( is accepting

applications for one lead technician and one field technician. Successful

applicants will work in the beautiful Bay Area of California beginning in

May and concluding in August 2020.

*The Johnson laboratory has made it our mission to sincerely commit to

promoting diversity! This search is open to all candidates from any race,

color, religion, ethnic, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual

orientation, disability, age, or veteran status especially those from

underrepresented groups in science.*

The Johnson Laboratory is accepting applications for one full-time

qualified lead technician and one field technician to assist in the field

sampling season and laboratory analysis in the Bay Area of California

beginning in May and concluding near the end of August 2020. The primary

responsibilities of these individuals will be in-depth field sampling

focused on amphibians, fish, and invertebrates within pond ecosystems. This

will include (i) macro and micro identification of amphibians, fish,

invertebrates, and parasites (10%), (ii) performing field sampling

techniques such as but not limited to: dipnet, seine, visual survey,

pathogen swabbing, and transects (40%), (iii) dissection of freshwater

snails for parasite isolation (40%), and (iv) data entry (10%). In

addition, these individuals will be expected to assist with equipment

maintenance and disinfection. Salary will be based on experience and

position ($12.00-16.00 per hour). Applicants for the lead technician

position should have prior experience overseeing field operations. Field

station housing costs are covered by the Johnson Lab, but some field

equipment is required.

*To Apply:*

To apply for the amphibian lead or field technician position, email an

application package that includes (i) a cover letter that states your

specific field experiences, previous scientific research experiences, and a

statement of how you will support diversity and inclusion in our team and

why you would like to work for the Johnson Laboratory specifically, (ii) a

current CV/resume, (iii) contact information for three professional

references (include email and phone number) and your availability for a

start date (must be able to start by May 10th 2020). Please send the

compiled application package as a PDF (*one document*) titled

‘LastName_FirstName_Resume’ and email to by

February 14, 2020. *Please include “CA Lead Technician” or “CA Field

Technician” in the email subject line*, depending on which position you are

applying to.

Deer Habitat Research Technician needed

Job Title: Deer Habitat Research Technician

Agency: Purdue University, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources

Location: West Lafayette, Indiana

Job Category: Full-Time Temporary

Salary: $12/hour

Duration: May 4 – Oct 2

Last Date to Apply: 2/28/20

Description: The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources has an opening for a technician to assist with fieldwork on the Integrated Deer Management Project. The Deer Project is a multiyear, statewide research effort seeking to combine information on deer populations, current deer habitat, and people’s attitudes and expectations about deer populations for improved understanding and management of deer in Indiana. The successful applicant will work with Purdue faculty, staff, and graduate students to study the impacts of deer on habitat condition in Indiana.

Technician duties include, but are not limited to, identifying woody and herbaceous plant species, performing browse surveys, tallying sapling and seedling densities along transects, and planting/ measuring growth of oak seedlings. Shared housing will be provided. Applications will be evaluated as they are received.

Required Qualifications:

–       Progress towards or completion of Bachelor’s degree with coursework in Wildlife Biology,

        Forestry, or a related field

–       Knowledge and ability to use basic wildlife research tools and equipment including compass

        and hand-held GPS

–       Ability to accurately record scientific data

–       Ability to work effectively as part of a team

–       Ability to work in extreme and variable conditions (long days, inclement weather including

        extreme heat and rain, the presence of biting insects, and rugged terrain)

–       Ability to work a flexible schedule, with potential weekend work

–       Comfortable speaking to law enforcement, landowners and other stakeholders

–       Valid U.S. driver’s license and the ability to drive University vehicles

Preferred Qualifications:

–       Experience with browse surveys

–       Prior experience in identification of woody and herbaceous plant species in the Midwestern


–       First Aid/CPR certification

To Apply: Send a brief cover letter (≤ 1 page), resume, and contact information for at least two references in a single PDF document to Patrick McGovern ( and Richard Sample ( Save the file as “Lastname_Habitat_Tech.pdf” (e.g, McGovern_Habitat_Tech.pdf).

Contact Person: Patrick McGovern

Contact Email:

EEB’s Joint BS/MS in Biodiversity & Conservation

Attention current and prospective undergraduate EEB majors – save the date!

The Department will be holding an informational session (complete with pizza!) for students interested in EEB’s unique Joint BS/MS in Biodiversity and Conservation program on Tuesday, March 3 at 5pm in TLS 171B (Bamford conference room).

Please indicate your interest via this link.

You can find out more about the program on our website.

We hope to see you there!

groecology lab/field technician – University of Kentucky

The Agroecosystem Nutrient Cycling Lab (

in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at University of Kentucky

seeks a full-time lab and field technician to assist with research focusing

on carbon and nitrogen dynamics in agroecosystems.

*Timing:* The position duration is from March to October 2020.

*Responsibilities: *Experiment installation and maintenance, soil and plant

sampling and analysis.

*Qualifications: *The ideal applicant will have a strong interest in soil

science and agroecology, experience conducting lab and/or field research,

good attention to detail, and the ability to work outside in all

conditions. A valid driver’s license is required. This position would be

ideal for a recent graduate looking to gain additional experience prior to

applying for graduate school; there are opportunities for independent

research linked to project objectives.

*Pay:* Competitive pay is dependent on experience.

*To apply:* Please send a resume attached to a message briefly explaining

your background and interests, along with the contact information of two

references to Dr. Hanna Poffenbarger (


ASSISTANT FIELD CREW LEADER NEEDED FOR FOREST POLLINATOR RESEARCH led by Dr. Jim Rivers and Rachel Zitomer ( in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University.

The objective of this research is to assess how movement and colony 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.

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.

Job: Science Educator in Las Cruces, New Mexico

The nonprofit Asombro Institute for Science Education in Las Cruces, New Mexico is seeking a dedicated, energetic, exceptional science educator for a full-time, permanent position. The Science Educator works with other staff members, professional scientists, teachers, and volunteers to deliver Asombro’s award-winning, inquiry-based science education programs (primarily classroom and schoolyard lessons as well as some field trips) to the diverse student population of the border region in southern New Mexico. The Science Educator must be passionate about teaching science to K-12 students. Must be creative, adaptable, and willing to work nontraditional hours and occasional weekends when large projects occur. This position requires excellent communication skills, willingness to be a team player, innovation, and excitement that no workday will ever be the same. Full job description is available at

Summer REU opportunity with the Echinacea Project (Kensington, MN)

Are you interested in gaining field research experience and learning about the ecology and evolution of plants and plant-animal interactions in fragmented prairie? The Echinacea Project is offering summer research internships for undergraduate students funded by the National Science Foundation. We have diverse potential projects for students with a background or interest in plant ecology, pollination biology, evolution, statistics, conservation, and computer science. In the past, interns have completed projects on a variety of topics including pollination biology, prairie restoration, and plant-herbivore interactions.

No experience is necessary, but you must be enthusiastic and hard-working. You will survey natural plant populations, measure plant traits in experimental plots, hand-pollinate plants, observe & collect insects, and assist in all aspects of research. Housing is provided and there is a stipend.

Information about our offerings for summer 2020 are here, as well as examples of past REU projects: . Direct any and all questions to Review of applications will begin on March 1st for REU internships. The team and I are happy to answer any questions.

Year-long research opportunity for recent college graduates with the Echinacea Project

Are you interested in gaining field research experience and learning about the ecology and evolution of plants and plant-animal interactions in fragmented prairie? The Echinacea Project is offering a year-long research internship for recent college graduates with opportunities to conduct original research both independently and collaboratively. We have diverse potential projects for recent graduates with a background or interest in plant ecology, pollination biology, evolution, statistics, conservation, and computer science. In the past, interns have completed projects on a variety of topics including pollination biology, prairie restoration, and plant-herbivore interactions.

No experience is necessary, but you must be enthusiastic and hard-working. In the summer, you will survey natural plant populations, measure plant traits in experimental plots, hand-pollinate plants, observe & collect insects, and assist in all aspects of field research. Interns will also manage and analyze data, mentor high school and undergraduate students and supervise volunteer scientists at the Chicago Botanic Garden through the rest of the year. Summer housing is provided and there is a stipend.

Information about our offerings for summer 2020 are here: . Direct any and all questions to Review of applications will begin on March 8th. The team and I are happy to answer any questions.