Month: February 2020

Field assistant job – EcoEpidemiology lab at Columbia University (2nd call)

The eco-epidemiology lab at Columbia University (Diuk-Wasser lab: has multiple paid research assistant positions for the 2020 summer field season to work on one of these projects:

(1) Host association of the Lyme disease agent on Block Island, RI

(2) New York City coupled natural-human system (human dimensions)

(3) New York City coupled natural-human system (the natural cycle)

Host association of the Lyme disease agent on Block Island, RI

This research will examine mammalian and avian host specialization by the spirochetal bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi. We are recruiting motivated field technician(s) for field sampling from late May through the end of August on Block Island, RI. Primary duties will include handling and processing (collecting blood, tissue, and ticks) samples from small mammals, sampling for questing ticks, and mist netting, handling, and processing samples from birds. Other duties include bird surveys (depending on skills), maintaining field equipment and data entry. This position will provide strong field training in tick species and life-stage identification, data collection and management skills, tick collection methods, and mark-recapturing of small mammals. Preference will be given to individuals with experience collecting blood samples, having knowledge of the New England avian fauna, and having experience conducting bird point counts.

NYC coupled natural-human system (human dimensions)

This project examines the human dimensions of the coupled human natural system of Lyme disease on Staten Island, NY. Our research team will conduct household epidemiological surveys and tick dragging in residential properties to evaluate the human exposure to ticks and the risk of Lyme disease in urban areas. The responsibilities of the RA will include: conducting in-person recruitment and surveys to householders, conducting an ecological assessment of the property that includes tick sampling in the yard, and coordinating field logistics and data entry with a field crew of 3-4 students. The start date is negotiable; however, we aim to start the position May 25th, 2020. This position will provide strong training in conducting epidemiological surveys in the field, tick collection and identification, and data management skills.

NYC coupled natural-human system (the natural cycle)

This project examines the natural transmission cycle of the Lyme disease agent within the coupled human natural system on Staten Island, NY. Our mobile research team will collect samples from small mammals (blood, tissue, and ticks), sample questing ticks, and use camera traps in urban public parks to understand the ecological drivers of Lyme disease risk on Staten Island. Experience leading a field crew and small mammal trapping is preferred. The start date is negotiable; however, we aim to start the position May 18th, 2020. Early morning and late afternoon hours, as well as Sunday evenings, are required. This position will provide strong field training in tick species and life-stage identification, data collection and management skills, tick collection methods, and mark-recapturing of small mammals with opportunities to participate in mesomammal trapping.

Relevant information for all positions

Housing, field equipment, and transportation within the study area will be provided. Jobs are full time, 35-40 hours/week.  Wage is commensurate with education and experience. Applicants should have interest in disease ecology/environmental health/epidemiology/public health, have strong leadership skills, and be highly organized with clear handwriting. Technician(s) must be in good physical condition and capable of working in unfavorable environmental conditions (e.g. rain, heat, tick infested forest). A valid U.S. driver’s license and clean driving record is required. If interested, please fill the google form where you can provide a list of three professional references and attach a single pdf document (with your last name in the subject) including 1) a cover letter (noting which position you are applying to) and relevant field experience; and 2) a CV/resume by March 15, 2020, for full consideration.

Link to the application:

Please contact Maria Diuk-Wasser if you have any questions:

Field Technicians – Franklin’s Ground Squirrel in Illinois

I am looking for three field technicians with a strong work ethic to conduct a statewide survey of Franklin’s ground squirrels in Illinois.  The field technicians should be effective and skillful in data collection, including trapping and handling of Franklin’s ground squirrels.  Field technicians know how to operate and adjust, when necessary, various instruments for data acquisition and are required to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.  Successful candidates also need to have many important character qualities for working effectively with private landowners.

Duties and responsibilities include:

Survey – Conduct sign survey and live-trapping of Franklin’s ground squirrels.

Tagging – Implant a passive integrated transponder (PIT) to each newly captured squirrel for identification.

Daily Reports – Submit daily reports on the survey, trapping, and tagging of Franklin’s ground squirrels.

Maintenance – Assist with the maintenance, clean-up, and inventory of the field gear and equipment for trapping and tagging of Franklin’s ground squirrels.


Successful candidates must have a B.S. degree in wildlife, environmental science, biology, or related field.  Experiences in working with small mammals in the field are highly preferred.  Proficiency with Microsoft Office, ArcGIS, and GPS is highly desirable.  Willingness to travel and flexibility with work schedule are required.  Successful candidate must be a team-player, demonstrate strong communication skills, follow instructions well, and pay attention to detail.  Candidate must have a commitment to field personnel and equipment safety.  Individual must have a personal vehicle, maintain a valid driver’s license, and be able to work outdoors in extreme weather conditions for long hours.

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

Starting date: No later than May 11, 2020.

Anticipated ending date: August 31, 2020 or beyond pending the project needs.

Salary: $500-$560 per WEEK (depending on the skills and experiences), with lodging 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).

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Communications Internship

Title: Outreach and Communications Intern

Location: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Front Royal, VA

Project: Changing Landscapes Initiative

Project Description:

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI – is offering an internship in outreach and communication as part of the Changing Landscapes Initiative (CLI). CLI’s mission is to combine scientific rigor with community wisdom to help secure a vibrant and healthy future for people and wildlife. The goal is to provide local land use planners with insights into the potential future of the region as informed by conservation science. In this way, CLI provides relevant information for supporting strategic decision making that balances the diverse needs of people and the environment that supports them.

Learning Objectives:

In this internship, the selected intern will learn, expand, and refine skills essential for community outreach—including event planning, logistics, and conservation communication—by assisting with the execution of CLI’s communications strategy and preparation of stakeholder meetings throughout late spring/summer. The intern will gain first-hand insight into how science is communicated, especially in the context of influencing policy. They will have the opportunity to meet individuals from a variety of NGOs and government agencies and learn how these different groups interact with each other. The intern will also be able to improve their skills in public speaking, writing and design by contributing to outreach communications materials and presentations. The intern’s work/schedule will be active and diverse, ranging from digital to intrapersonal communications requiring travel.

Skill Building Opportunities:

Interns will have the opportunity to learn and develop skills and experience in community outreach by:

-Communicating with a network of current project stakeholders

-Searching for new stakeholders and integrating them into the project network

-Collaborating in the coordination of meetings, including developing presentation materials and keeping meeting minutes

-Helping draft and define communications strategy to inform stakeholders and the public about project initiatives and results

-Seeking out opportunities to share project initiatives and results with NGOs and academic organizations

-Traveling for intrapersonal partnership-building meetings with communications lead

-Aid with development and public delivery of presentations with the communications lead

-Helping prepare status reports, documenting ongoing activities, current schedule trend, challenges, events, and project requirements

Who Should Apply:

Interns with the following will benefit the most from this opportunity:

-Excellent written and verbal communication skills with strong interpersonal skills to engage effectively with internal team members and external stakeholders

-Organized and self-motivated individuals, able to handle tight deadlines with strong multi-tasking and prioritizing abilities.

-Independent and team-oriented experience for a collaborative project

-Adaptable to a dynamic environment and its challenges with a flexible personality and strong problem-solving skills

-Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and computer proficiency

-Project management certification or previous experience in program management and communications

-Strong strategic thinking and planning skills

-Ability to work independently and remotely

-Experience working effectively with both governmental agencies and private parties

-Experience using database and/or visual graphics software (Access, Publisher, InDesign)


$1500 per month.

Terms of Appointment:

6-month full time (40 hrs/wk) internship. Internship will consist of remote digital work, in-person meetings, and at times weekly travel within Virginia and D.C.  Anticipated start date in April 2020.


Valid driver’s license


The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute is located at the north entrance of the Shenandoah National Park about 60 miles west of Washington, D.C., in Front Royal, VA.

Often, the intern will travel to other parts of Northwestern Virginia, Washington D.C. or the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, MD for meetings.

Application Deadline:

March 8, 2020 11pm EST

To apply:

Send a resume and cover letter in a single pdf file to using the subject line “COMMUNICATION INTERNSHIP APPLICATION 2020.” Title the pdf file “LastName_Communication2020”. Applications that do not follow this format may not be considered.

Your cover letter should explain your interest in this program, express how you could benefit from the training, how it could contribute to your future career goals, and why you would make a strong candidate

Job posting: Seasonal position at the Illinois Natural History Survey

Position: Plant Pollinator Technician (Hourly)

Description: The Plant-Pollinator Ecology Team is seeking several field technicians for statewide biological monitoring of grasslands, including monarch butterflies and milkweeds. Field technicians will be measuring the abundance of nectar plants, aiding with pollinator surveys, and observing monarch butterfly eggs and larvae. Duties will include; conducting field surveys of flowering grassland plants, planting of milkweed plants in the field, driving and navigating to study sites, data entry in an office setting, assisting with other office and field work as needed, and work and travel in small teams.

Availability: This position will begin during the last week of May 2020. Position will end during the first half of September. Start and end dates are somewhat flexible.

Salary: $13 per hour, 40 hour per week.

For more information on the position, please visit the official job announcement at An electronic copy of the announcement is attached to this email. Also, feel free to contact me at with any questions.

Plant ecology research assistant job in Wyoming

I am still looking to fill a field technician slot for this summer in beautiful Wyoming. Please see below for details and submit your applications ASAP!


Lauren Porensky

Location of work: Thunder Basin National Grassland, Bill, WY Hours of work: 40 hours per week (4 x 10 hour days per week)

Salary: $2470 per month. Housing is provided. Three days of PTO and two holidays included.

Dates: May 26 – August 20, 2020 (somewhat flexible) Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis.

Send application materials (cover letter, resume, references) and/or questions to:

Dave Pellatz

Executive Director

Thunder Basin Grasslands Prairie Ecosystem Association

671 Steinle Rd

Douglas, WY 82633


and copy to:

Lauren Porensky

Research Ecologist

Rangeland Resources Systems Research Unit USDA-ARS

1701 Centre Ave.

Fort Collins, CO 80526 USA


REU: Forest carbon cycling and biotic wood decay, tropical QLD, Australia (Summer 2020

Applications are invited for an undergraduate student to join an NSF-funded project based out of George Washington University studying carbon cycling and the relative role of fungi versus termites in breaking down wood. We are working at remote field sites from rainforest to savanna north of Cairns, QLD, Australia (Brooklyn Sanctuary and JCU Daintree Rainforest Observatory), as well as James Cook University in Cairns. We have a 4 to 8-week (between mid May and mid August 2020, with flexibility) REU fellowship to assist with our wood decay experimental harvest and join living and deadwood biomass and termite surveys. The student will work closely with faculty, postdocs and graduate students on the project to learn about tropical field ecology and develop a project of their choosing within the overall scope of the project. The work will entail long hours, strenuous hiking, staying at field stations and camping sites along our gradient and working in hot tropical conditions. Stipend ($600/week), housing costs, food allowance and round-trip airfare to Cairns, Australia are included. The successful student must be a US citizen, US national or permanent resident and an undergraduate with a GPA of 3.0 or higher ideally majoring in ecology, biology or a related field and graduating no earlier than end of fall 2020. We especially encourage applications from underrepresented groups in the sciences and from colleges with limited research opportunities to apply. The student must show proof of enrollment in overseas health insurance. Application review will begin on 13 March 2020 and the position will remain open until filled. Complete applications and any questions should be sent to Dr. Amy Zanne ( Applications should include: unofficial transcripts with list of relevant courses, resume, contact information for three references and two statements. The first statement should be what experience the student brings to the project including outdoors, travel, and research, and the second statement should be what the student hopes to gain from the experience, including how this project will benefit their future research and career goals.

VT Fish and Wildlife Aquatic Habitat temporary position

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department seeks a full-time temporary employee to assist with aquatic habitat protection and restoration. This person will assist with assessments of culverts, dams, aquatic habitat and riparian areas; stewardship of state owned streambank parcels; temperature monitoring; and implementing some restoration activities (e.g., tree planting or invasive plant control). This person may also be asked to help with fish surveys and other activities as needed. This position will be based in Roxbury, VT and will work statewide. This person must be able to lift 50 lbs, be comfortable working in cold and wet conditions, and work independently once they are trained. Some work on nights and weekends may be required. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter explaining their background and interest in the position, a resume, and contact information for two references by email using the subject Aquatic Habitat Temp Application to by March 13th.


Job Opportunities for University of Connecticut Students

Summer Campaign Job Opportunities

Want to spend your summer building skills that will help you launch your career, while working on urgent issues you care about, like protecting the environment and our public health, and making good money? 

Find out more and apply at We’ll be on the University of Connecticut Storrs campus on 2/27 & 2/28, call us at 303-573-5858 to schedule an interview.

The Fund for the Public Interest is seeking hard-working individuals with a passion for social change to fill citizen outreach and Field Manager positions across the country this summer. We are hiring full-time staff, with leadership opportunities available, with offices in over 25 cities across the country this summer, to work on issues like tackling climate change, saving bees from dangerous pesticides, and stopping single-use plastics from polluting our oceans and other waterways.

  • Get experience with the leadership and communication skills and connections needed to launch your career
  • Educate and engage citizens on pressing issues
  • Build membership and raise money for environmental and social change groups
  • Earn an average of $6,000-$8,000 this summer 

To apply online, visit: or call us directly at 303-573-5858! 

We are also hiring for career positions for college graduates. For college graduates and graduating seniors, consider starting your career in activism, nonprofits, and political work as a Canvass Director. To apply online, visit!