Month: February 2020

USDA-ARS Seasonal position; Fort Collins, CO; plant phys, hydrology, micrometeorology

The USDA Agricultural Research Service Water Management and Systems Research Unit will be hiring a seasonal position starting spring of 2020. This position will be full-time during the summer and may extend to part-time through the remainder of the year. Salary will range from $13.39 to $16.40 per hour depending on education and experience. This position will be hired as a temporary federal position with paid holidays, sick and annual leave, and may be renewable annually. A valid driverÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s license and U.S. citizenship is required. We will also consider students eligible for CSU Work-Study.

The position will support research on plant anatomy and physiology, micrometeorology, and watershed hydrology with the overall research goal of improving understanding of water resource availability, and interactions between agricultural productivity and climate variability. The position will be supervised by research scientists and will provide opportunities to gain experience with plant physiology and anatomy lab techniques; data collection, entry, and processing; remote sensing; and installation and maintenance of meteorological and hydrological instrumentation. Work will be a mixture of indoor and outdoor settings and may involve sitting for long periods of time or physical activity under potentially extreme working conditions (e.g., high heat, pollen levels). A familiarity with plant biology, and spreadsheets is required. Experience with computational coding or a willingness to learn (R or Python) is highly desired.

Position details Ãf¢ÒÂEURҔ incumbent will assist in the collection and processing of plant physiological and anatomical data; management of greenhouse and field crops for scientific experiments; maintenance and installation of meteorological sensors; and general labor in indoor and outdoor settings. Suggested majors are Horticulture, Crop or Soil Sciences, Ecology, Natural Resources, Atmospheric Science, Hydrology.

Applications are due by noon on March 16th, and we plan to interview during the week of March 23rd. Please send electronic applications with a subject line of Ãf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â~Student technician positionÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm). Applicants should apply directly to Dave Barnard (contact information below) by sending a one-page cover letter expressing interest in the position; a resume with contact information; statement of U.S. citizenship; work history; education (year and major); and other relevant experiences; list of references; and a copy of unofficial transcripts.

Apply to:

Dr. David Barnard (Dave), Research Agroecologist, 970-492-7404,

Research Associate Technician (Paid Intern) NYC

Billion Oyster Project – Research Associate Technician Intern



This internship is open to recent High School graduates, College undergrads, and postgraduates.

Start date is June 1st 2020 to August 15th. (ThereÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s flexibility to start earlier and end later)

The Internship Site

Main location Ãf¢ÒÂEURҔ 134 Carder Rd, Governors Island

Additional locations Ãf¢ÒÂEURҔ New York Harbor

Responsibilities Include:

Interns will work with all of the following programs, in accordance with the needs of the business.

Additionally, interns are expected to complete an independent research project to present at the end of

the season.

Billion Oyster Project Programs:


Ãf¢ÒÂ-ҏ Assist with preparation and execution of oyster research station (ORS) basic trainings, and symposium.

Ãf¢ÒÂ-ҏ Help provide support with field expeditions, ORS maintenance, data collection, curriculum research, and

education outreach activities.

Ãf¢ÒÂ-ҏ Assist with field expeditions at ORS sites and STEM Hubs.


Ãf¢ÒÂ-ҏ Support Hatchery Manager with managing stock in the lab as well as on the eco-dock through daily

assessment and action with the help of 4-8 high school interns.

Ãf¢ÒÂ-ҏ Assist with installations, monitorings, and research activities related to field stations, community reefs, and

oyster nurseries in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Bush Terminal Park, Jamaica Bay, Great Kills Harbor, Lemon

Creek, Coney Island Creek, Paerdegat Basin, Soundview Park, and upper New York Harbor.

Ãf¢ÒÂ-ҏ Help categorize documents, survey/research photos, and assist with mapping.

Public Engagement:

Ãf¢ÒÂ-ҏ Assist with the operation of the BOP public exhibit for visitors to Governors Island.

Ãf¢ÒÂ-ҏ Support volunteer activities including but not limited to building oyster structures, preparing recycled

shells for seeding, sorting and counting oysters, conducting oyster monitoring protocols, and preparing

materials prior to volunteer days.

Development (Fundraising), Communications and Administration:

Ãf¢ÒÂ-ҏ Assist the Development Team in facilitating major donor cultivation, managing and updating our

Salesforce contact database, donor acknowledgment, and fundraising activities.

Ãf¢ÒÂ-ҏ Provide media relations support to communications team, be a part of the photo team to add images to our


Ãf¢ÒÂ-ҏ Support team with data entry, field/office logistics, and other administrative duties.

Requirements Are:

Ãf’Ò· Self-motivated, highly-organized, upbeat, and flexible

Ãf’Ò· Ability to work independently and in collaboration with all teams.

Ãf’Ò· Ability to work closely with volunteers and the public in a professional manner

Ãf’Ò· Positive work ethic

Ãf’Ò· Strong verbal and written communication skills

Ãf’Ò· Strong time management skills

Ãf’Ò· Experience teaching or providing informal instruction to children and/or adults preferred

Ãf’Ò· Strong public speaking skills

Ãf’Ò· Proficiency in MS Office Suite and/or Google Suite

Ãf’Ò· Ability to work some weekends and evening hours

Ãf’Ò· Some duties may require moving equipment weighing up to 50 pounds

Ãf’Ò· Frequently outdoors: some work will take place on boats, wading in the water, and on-shore in various

weather conditions.

Ãf’Ò· Any person working in the New York City DOE buildings, working with NYC DOE students or who has access to NYC

DOE confidential information is required by New York State law to undergo a security clearance, including fingerprints, prior

to commencing services. All prospective employees (either working for NYC DOE or for a Vendor) must have a security

clearance before starting work. No one can be fingerprinted by the NYC DOE or undergo the security clearance unless they

have been added to the organization or agency’s PETS (Personnel Eligibility Tracking System) roster.

The Ideal Candidate:

Ãf’Ò· Familiar with, marine science, environmental studies, and/or the maritime industry

Ãf’Ò· Be able to communicate with the public about Billion Oyster Project programs and policies.

Ãf’Ò· Enjoys working with students, volunteers, and marine life

Ãf’Ò· Be able to perform office and administrative tasks

Ãf’Ò· Work weekends on a rotating schedule

Ãf’Ò· Enjoys working in and/or around the water and being outdoors for an extended time.

Ãf’Ò· Flexible to change

Ãf’Ò· Ability to travel with the crew on small vessels

SALARY: $16/hour


UREx SRN 2020 Research Experience for Undergrads (REU)

Applications for the Research Experience for Undergraduates are currently being accepted. The summer program runs June 17 – Aug 12th 2020. Application deadline is March 20, 2020. View Phoenix opportunities at:

Emily Key

Education Program Coordinator, Sr.

Ph 480-727-7426

USGS seasonal field technician position – Colorado Plateau

Currently open on USGS seasonal field work on the Colorado Plateau

The Southwest Biological Science CenterÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s Canyonlands Research Station in Moab, UT, is recruiting two Biological Science Technicians (GG-0404-04). These positions are seasonal, not-to-exceed 180 days, Full-time, temporary work (May through September) that pay $14.95/hour. Work consists primarily of 8-10 consecutive field days with 6 days off in between. The technician will participate in a research program focusing on vegetation and soil changes resulting from the effects of energy exploration and development (EED) activities on the Colorado Plateau. A team of two technicians and one project lead will collect field data following the BLM AIM strategy core methods, including line point intercept, vegetation height, canopy gap, and soil aggregate stability. Field locations include Vernal, White River, Colorado River Valley, Grand Junction, Moab, Price, and Farmington. Work is physically demanding and may involve moderate or sometimes extreme exposure to discomforts of rain, cold/hot weather, etc. A pre-employment physical is required.

The full announcement is posted on

This announcement opened at 9 am 2/24/2020 and closes at noon (MT) on 2/27/2020. The job may be reposted in March until the hiring needs have been met.

Oyster Hatchery Technician Position at the Florida State University Coastal & Marine Laboratory

POSTED Job description Ã’Â- The Florida State University Coastal & Marine Laboratory seeks an Oyster Hatchery Technician with strong interests in shellfish husbandry to be involved in hatchery operations as part of the Apalachicola Bay System Initiative. This position will contribute to a long-term research project examining the health and mapping a trajectory for recovery of oyster reefs in the Apalachicola Bay.  The hatchery will focus on the production of oyster larvae and seed for experimental purposes. Note that this is not for commercial production. This position will report to the ABSI Hatchery Manager and will be involved in all aspects of shellfish production (specifically the eastern oyster).

To apply, please visit and submit an application to job ID 47206. The deadline to apply is March 18, 2020.

Florida State University is An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer. FSU’s Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at:

2020 Seasonal Fisheries Technicians – Kansas

Position Description: One or two fisheries positions will be available this summer working for Pittsburg State University under the supervision of Kali Boroughs and Dr. James Whitney. Tasks will include conducting Neosho Madtom surveys, collecting measurements of physicochemical stream habitat variables, and sampling benthic macroinvertebrates. Lab work involving the identification and measurement of macroinvertebrates will also be part of technician responsibilities.  Training will be provided.

Minimum Requirements: Technicians need to be able to think and work independently and as part of a team to complete assigned tasks. Must be able to travel and stay overnight during the week and weekends if necessary. Extended travel with overnight stays away from Pittsburg for up to one week may be required. Must be able to work long days and in harsh field conditions (e.g. mud, rain, 100+ degree temperatures, poisonous plants, biting insects, etc.). Handling of live organisms including fish and insects is required. Required to be at least 18 years of age with a valid driver’s license. Individuals working towards a natural resources or biology degree will be given higher preference.

Start Date: May 18, 2020

End Date: August 14, 2020. There is the potential for one position to continue into the school year working ~20 hours/week.

Benefits: Hourly wage: $11.00 per hour. Normal work week will be Monday-Friday, sometimes weekends (if necessary), 40 hours per week. No paid holidays. Hotel, meal, and travel expenses for overnight work-related trips will be covered.

How To Apply: Send a resume and contact information for 3 professional or academic references to Kali Boroughs at or Dr. James Whitney at Please include “PSU Fisheries Technicians” in subject line.

Closing Date: March 16, 2020

Field technician position in permafrost research in Alaska

Project description: The focus of our research program is to understand the effects of climate change on carbon cycling in tundra ecosystems. The field site borders Denali National Park in Healy, AK. Find more information about the research at:


Position duration: March 25th until November 2020 with some flexibility

Job description: Fieldwork will include the operation of technical sensors and data loggers, maintenance of experimental plots, measurements of ecosystem-level carbon exchange and ancillary environmental variables. The technician will work closely with a field manager, other technicians, graduate and undergraduate students to collect data and maintain field equipment. Other responsibilities will include data entry, preliminary data processing, and data quality control.

The technician will work and live in a shared rustic cabin with an outhouse, on the outskirts of Healy, Alaska near Denali Nat’l Park. Travel to and from the field site is via ATV or car.

Required qualifications:

B.S in biology/ecology or other related fields.

Must be eligible to work in the US (Canadian or Mexican applicants with TN visa eligibility is OK).

Must have a valid drivers license.

Must be able to lift and carry at least 50 lbs.

Must have attention to detail, ability to work independently as well as part of a research team.

Must have the desire to live and work in a remote setting.

Must have willingness to learn and operate technical sensors and data loggers.

Applicants should be prepared to work long hours, sometimes in cold and adverse weather conditions.

Desired qualifications:

Prior experience with technical sensors and data loggers, scientific fieldwork.

Carbon flux or ecosystem function measurements is beneficial, but not necessary.

To apply, please email Justin Ledman ( by March 1st 2020 with the following:

Cover letter,

CV or resume,

List of 3 references

Applications will be reviewed after the closing date, and you will be contacted for an interview.

Field Technicians – Osprey Recovery in Illinois

I am looking for three or four field technicians with a strong work ethic to assist with the osprey hacking program in Illinois as part of the osprey recovery effort for this state-endangered species.

The positions, based at different sites, have the following responsibilities:

* Daily Observations – conduct daily behavioral observations of osprey chicks at the hacking site to ensure their well-being.  Make notes of presence of potential predators or competitors in the vicinity of the hacking site.

* Daily Tracking – conduct daily tracking of ospreys once they fledge and note their locations before migration.

* Food Preparation and Feeding – conduct daily preparation of fish and feeding to the hacked ospreys.

* Planning and Coordination – conduct regular fish pick-ups from the project partners.  Coordinate with the field personnel at the other hacking site for project purposes when required.

* Daily Reports – contribute to daily reports regarding the behaviors, locations, and fish consumption by ospreys.  Record any other notable events related to the birds.

* Maintenance – assist with the maintenance and clean-up of the hacking box/tower after the season, as well as the maintenance and inventory of the field gear and equipment.

Qualifications for the positions:

Successful candidates must have a B.S. degree in environmental science, wildlife, biology, or related field.  Experiences working with birds of prey, as well as paddling skills, are highly preferred.  Proficiency with Microsoft Office, ArcGIS, and GPS is highly desirable.  Successful candidates must be a team-player, demonstrate strong communication skills, follow instructions well, and pay attention to detail.  Candidates must have a commitment to field personnel and equipment safety.  Individuals must have and maintain a valid driver’s license as well as be able to work outdoors in extreme weather conditions and for long hours.

Application: Review of applications will start immediately until the positions are filled.

Starting date: July 1, 2020.

Anticipated ending date: October 6, 2020.

Salary: $500-$560 per WEEK (depending on the skills and experiences).  Housing or camping gear (except sleeping gear) are provided.

To apply, please send the following (via email) to Dr. Tih-Fen Ting at

1)  Cover letter addressing background and extent of qualifications;

2)  Resume, including contact information for three references; and

3)  Transcripts (unofficial or scanned copy acceptable).

Tih-Fen Ting

Department of Environmental Studies

University of Illinois at Springfield

Springfield, IL 62703

(217) 206-7876

Summer Field Technician in Grassland Insect Ecology

JOB: Summer Research Technician in Grassland Insect Ecology (4 months, Montana and Wyoming)

The USDA, Agriculture Research Service, Northern Plains Agriculture Research Laboratory in Sidney, MT is seeking an enthusiastic and hard-working individual to assist in grassland insect field research. Field work will be conducted both at ~9000 feet elevation in the Bighorn National Forest in northern Wyoming and on diverse native rangelands in eastern Montana and on the Little Missouri National Grassland in western North Dakota. Our research primarily focuses on grassland insect and rangeland ecology; specifically how interactions between grasshoppers and Mormon crickets affect grassland health and livestock grazing sustainability, how drought and weather variation affects grasshopper outbreaks and ecosystem processes, and how fire and livestock grazing can reduce grasshopper outbreaks. The diverse work duties will include sampling grasshoppers and other rangeland insects in large scale experiments, identifying and sampling rangeland plants, setting up and conducting small scale manipulative experiments in the field and greenhouse, behavioral observations, and lab work to sort and process samples collected.  Overnight travel to Wyoming and eastern Montana is required, with government vehicles provided. Candidates will gain hands on experience with diverse field sampling and experimental methods, as well as insect and plant identification techniques, while working in a team oriented research environment.

Salary: Full time, $12.21-$13.32 per hour (GS-2 – GS-3) dependent on experience and education.  The candidate will receive overtime pay when working more than 40 hours per week. Dorm-style, shared housing is available on location for ~$140 per month, including utilities, internet and basic cable TV.

Dates: June through the end of September, depending on a candidate’s availability.

Qualifications: The candidate should be able to walk rapidly over rangeland and work at high elevation sites, be physically fit, and able to spend long hours in difficult field conditions (hot weather, biting insects, mountain weather). Willingness to work long days and weekends when necessary is a must.  Undergraduate course work in ecology, entomology, or range science, and previous field research experience is preferred, but not required. Must be a US citizen.

Application process: Please send cover letter describing relevant experience or coursework, resume (including major, relevant experience/coursework, technical skills, and prior employment), and names and contact information of two references (electronically) to Nicole Davidson (  Be sure to include available start and end dates.

Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more information on the research program visit: or contact us directly.

Field technician position for vector ecology project in San Francisco, CA

The Swei lab at San Francisco State University seeks two (2) research technicians with field ecology experience to work with graduate and undergraduate students in a vector and pathogen ecology study in San Francisco, California. This research is part of an NSF-funded study to investigate small mammal host and pathogen genetic diversity of tick-borne pathogens such as Borrelia burgdorferi and Borrelia miyamotoi. The successful candidate will conduct animal population surveys and pathogen infection monitoring in small mammal, reptile, and ticks in the San Francisco Bay Area. Specific tasks include small mammal live trapping and handling, tissue collection, lizard trapping and handling, tick drag sampling, and wildlife camera monitoring and analysis. Additional tasks will include data entry and some laboratory work to detect and characterize pathogen infection and data analysis. The position is short-term from April 6th through June 5th, 2020.

Required Qualifications:

Coursework in biology (esp. ecology, entomology, mammalogy, or wildlife biology) and one year of technical research or field ecology work experience are required. Must be able to work well in a team under adverse, outdoor conditions. Must also be interested in and willing to learn field and molecular techniques.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to candidates with experience conducting field ecology projects. In particular, experience handling and identifying vertebrates, especially small mammals is preferred. Additional animal handling experience and molecular lab experience will be given preference. Experience working both independently and as a part of a multidisciplinary team, and a demonstrated ability to problem-solve independently are ideal. A valid California driver’s license is preferred.


Salary for one full time research assistant from April 6th, 2020 through July 5th, 2020 is $3103/month. This position is based in San Francisco, CA but will involve extensive field work and occasional camping in more remote locations in northern California. The candidate is responsible for their own housing but costs for camping, when applicable, will be covered.

Application Instructions:

All interested, qualified persons must contact Andrea Swei at with a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references. The deadline for applying is March 15th, 2020; If you have questions regarding this position, please email Andrea Swei or refer to the lab website: