Month: March 2020

Job Announcement — Assistant Editor for Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

The Ecological Society of America is seeking a full-time Assistant Editor to help produce Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, a high-ranking monthly journal focusing on ecological and environmental science. Duties include copyediting and proofreading scientific manuscripts, managing the online peer-review system, writing copy and occasional short news stories, conducting cover photo searches, designing covers and in-house advertisements, and running the Frontiers Twitter account. A MasterÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s or BachelorÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s degree in a relevant life science (ecology, environmental science, or conservation biology preferred) is a must, as is 2Ãf¢ÒÂEURҔ3 yearsÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm) editorial experience. Design and image editing experience (using Photoshop and InDesign, or similar) a major advantage. Competitive salary (commensurate with experience) and benefits (including 100% employer-paid health insurance; paid vacation and sick leave; 10% employer contribution to retirement plan after first 6 months). Possibility of either working in-house at DC headquarters or remote teleworking, for the right candidate (US-based applicants only).

Title:          Assistant Editor Ãf¢ÒÂEURҔ Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

Salary range:   $45,000Ãf¢ÒÂEURҔ$55,000

Classification: Exempt

Description of duties:

Assists the Editor in Chief and Executive Editor in preparing and publishing 10 issues/year of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢    Administration of peer-review system:

o       Administers the ScholarOne online manuscript submission system (including allocating submissions to Editorial Board members, requesting reviewers, chasing overdue reviews and recommendations)

o       Responds to author queries regarding the status of their manuscript, assists users with navigating the system, etc

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢    Journal production:

o       Downloads accepted papers, ensuring that manuscripts are complete

o       Copyedits peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed manuscripts

o       Prepares photos and figures for transmittal to publisher

o       Proofreads PDF proofs of articles and adds author and editorial corrections

o       Conducts image searches and designs covers, in-house ads, as well as other materials

o       Coordinates with the rest of the Frontiers team regarding all sections of the journal

o       Writes news stories and other short texts as required

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢    Other duties:

o       Runs the Frontiers Twitter account

o       Assists with preparations for and activities at the ESA Annual Meeting

o       Performs additional duties as required

Qualifications and experience:

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢    A BachelorÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s or MasterÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s degree in a relevant life science subject (ecology, environmental science, or conservation preferred)

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢    Excellent editing skills (at least 2Ãf¢ÒÂEURҔ3 yearsÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm) experience)

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢    Outstanding oral and written communication skills

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢    An ability to correct author graphics and improve photos (eg cropping, color balance, brightness), along with a flair for designing covers, in-house ads, etc

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢    Able to handle and prioritize multiple tasks, often under deadline

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢    Detail-oriented and focused

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢    Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive), Photoshop, InDesign, etc

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢    Experience with Twitter and WordPress

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢    Ability to work as part of a small, close-knit, remote team


Email cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to Dr. Sue Silver, at Ãf¢ÒÂEURҔ put Ãf¢ÒÂEURÃ’ÂoeAssistant Editor SearchÃf¢ÒÂEURҝ in the subject line.

Deadline for applications: Thursday, April 9, 2020

Fall Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program at Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)

2020 Fall Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program at Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)


The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) has received funding from the National Science Foundation, (NSF Award number OCE-1757475), for the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program ( to support eight internships for undergraduate student research at BIOS during fall 2020 (students will arrive August 30 and depart November 21).

A 12-week REU internship at BIOS is an ideal way to gain the practical experience necessary to embark on graduate studies or careers in oceanography and the marine and atmospheric sciences. REU interns will carry out an independent research project under the expert supervision of BIOS scientists and undertake training in scientific communication, research methods and ethics, and career development. You will give presentations about your research to your peers and colleagues at BIOS. Our program offers the opportunity to take part in various field excursions to learn about BermudaÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s natural history, flora and fauna plus all students will have the opportunity to participate in an oceanographic research cruise aboard our research vessel R/V Atlantic Explorer.

Funding includes return air travel from the US to Bermuda, accommodation and meals. Each successful REU applicant will also receive a competitive stipend.

This program provides recipients with the opportunity to design and conduct intensive, hands-on research projects – under faculty supervision and mentorship, within several research areas including:

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢        Biology, chemistry, and physics of the open ocean

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢        Biology, physiology, and biochemistry of reef building corals and reef ecosystems

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢        Molecular biology of marine organisms

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢        Environmental chemistry of Bermuda’s atmosphere and inshore waters

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢        Effects and consequences of global environmental change

Further information on the REU program at BIOS can be found here including eligibility, application instructions, online application form, past student testimonials and details of the potential projects that students may apply to work on in 2020.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

Completed at least one year of undergraduate study

Will still be enrolled as an undergraduate in the fall of 2020

U.S. citizen or permanent resident

The application deadline is May 31, 2020

We urge all successful applicants to arrange for independent study credit through their home institutions.

Underrepresented groups, and students attending colleges or universities where research opportunities in STEM are limited, are especially encouraged to apply.

Applicants are ineligible if they have participated in a prior NSF-funded REU in Ocean Sciences

Questions? Please contact us at

Field Assistants Samsonvale Bird Project, Queensland, Australia

Project Title: Brood ParasiteâÂEUR”Host Interactions between Australian Cuckoos

and their Hosts

Location: near Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Duration: Approx. 5 months (late July 2020 âÂEUR” mid December 2020); subject to

change depending on COVID-19 restrictions, see below.

Job Type: Volunteer

Number of Openings: 5-6


*COVID-19 could have implications for the running of our field season. We

are planning to proceed as usual but will adapt to changes where needed. If

you are interested in the position but have any queries or concerns

regarding how COVID-19 could affect the field season, please drop us an


Field assistants required from late July to mid December 2020 for

behavioural / evolutionary ecology research in Queensland, Australia.

We are seeking volunteers to join us for our sixth season on a long-term

project investigating brood parasiteâÂEUR”host interactions between cuckoos and

their passerine hosts at a field site on the shores of Lake Samsonvale just

outside Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. This year we will continue to

collect long-term monitoring data on several species of host (Red-backed,

Variegated and Superb Fairywrens) and cuckoos (principally HorsfieldâÂEURÂ(tm)s

Bronze and Brush Cuckoos), run behavioural experiments, colour-band

individuals and collect genetic samples.

This collaborative study is led by James Kennerley

, a PhD student at the

University of Cambridge, Dr William Feeney  at

Griffith University and Prof Mike Webster

at Cornell

University/Cornell Lab of Ornithology).

The primary responsibility of these positions are to search for and monitor

nests of Red-backed, Variegated and Superb Fairywrens. Additional

responsibilities include conducting behavioural observations, territory

mapping, habitat surveys as well as data entry. There will also be ample

opportunity to participate in mist-netting and the colour-banding of birds,

as well as collection of blood samples. Furthermore, we encourage

volunteers to become involved in the research wherever possible; see Feeney

et al. (2018)

, Kennerley et al (2019)

, Poje et al. (2019)

, Richardson et al. (2019)


for examples of studies which were led by and/or heavily involved previous

volunteers on the project.

A typical day in the field will begin at dawn and continue into the early

afternoon. This is followed by data entry in the afternoon and an

opportunity to relax (or explore!).

By the middle of the season, temperatures average in the mid-30âÂEURÂ(tm)s Celsius

(mid-90âÂEURÂ(tm)s Fahrenheit) and can exceed 40Ò°C (104Ò°F) under an intense sun.

Venomous snakes and ticks are also in abundance. Thus, suitable applicants

will enjoy long, often hot and challenging days hiking across rugged

terrain and crawling through dense vegetation closely following and

observing birds, whilst keeping neat and organised field notes.

The site boasts a fantastic range of birds (eBird lists the field site in

the top ten for bird diversity in Australia, amazing herpetofauna, and

iconic species such as Koala and Short-beaked Echidna. Furthermore, the

site is in close proximity to rainforests, beaches and the city of

Brisbane, all of which can be explored on rest days âÂEUR” typically one day per

week, but sometimes we venture farther afield and camp for a couple of

nights (see the Instagram for photos of what we get up

to, @samsonvalebirdproject). We also work closely with the local banding

group so there are opportunities to join in with their activities as well.

Accommodation is provided in a large house and the cost of food and

transportation are paid for by the project, but we are not able to cover

flights to and from Brisbane. These positions are an excellent opportunity

for students or recent graduates to gain valuable experience in the field

and be a part of some cool cutting-edge research. ItâÂEURÂ(tm)s also a great chance

to mix with like-minded scientists and ornithologists from several

nationalities, and to develop the skills needed to take your career to the

next level. Past seasons have been great fun, and we hope this one will be

the same!

Applicants will be interviewed and places offered as applications are

received. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified after positions are


Qualifications:  It is essential that applicants have a strong interest in

birds and/or biology, are self-motivated, are meticulous at keeping

detailed and legible notes and are comfortable living closely and

cooperatively with others, with a positive attitude, flexibility and a good

sense of humour.

Applicants with previous experience nest searching are highly desired, and

experience birding, conducting bird surveys or banding are a plus.

To apply, please send a covering letter detailing your interests and any

previous experience as well as dates of availability, CV, and contact

details for two referees to James Kennerley and William Feeney (email: Applicants are also encouraged to include

a link to their eBird profile and/or examples of field notes in their


Please feel free to enquire with any questions pertinent to the application

process or regarding the project in general.

Employment Opportunity: Conservation and Restoration Crew Leader Positions in Northern Nevada

POSITION TITLE: Conservation and Restoration Crew Leader

STATUS: Full Time, Non-Exempt

REPORTS TO: Conservation and Restoration Field Manager


LOCATION: Yerington, NV (exact reporting location TBD based on area of focus)

BACKGROUND: Established in 2014, the Walker Basin Conservancy (WBC) is leading the effort to restore and maintain Walker Lake while protecting agricultural, environmental and recreational interests in the Walker Basin ( The nascent and dynamic nature of the WBC and its diverse management obligations provide unique opportunities to develop operations from the ground level up, working closely with staff who are passionate about their mission.

The WBC currently manages thousands of acres of land and assets on multiple properties in the Walker Basin.  Land planning activities are underway and focus on assessing public use opportunities, conservation values, long term land ownership and stewardship, active and passive revegetation and restoration activities.

JOB PURPOSE: The primary purpose of a Conservation and Restoration Crew Leader is to support field operations of the Walker Basin Conservancy’s (WBC) to ensure the successful transition of retired farmlands to self-sustaining vegetation communities that are able to thrive in the absence of supplemental irrigation. The Crew Leader will work with the Field Manager, Land Manger and other staff to implement and monitor stewardship projects and is expected to spend a significant amount of time in the field. The Crew Leader will oversee the operation of five or more AmeriCorps members on their team, including being responsible for safety, project performance, and some weekly administration paperwork.

A knowledge of desert plant ecology and ecological restoration, nursery or horticultural practices, or agricultural systems, irrigation equipment, and large equipment operation is essential. The Conservation Crew Leader should also have a sincere interest in sharing their knowledge of Great Basin desert ecology, restoration practices, the flora and fauna of Nevada, and agricultural applications as they relate to conservation success. The Crew Leader position requires mentorship, patience, technical aptitude, focus on efficiency, and a high level of comfort in the outdoors. Crew Leaders are ultimately responsible for successes and short-comings of the crew.

Essential Functions

*             In cooperation with the Field Manager and Land Manger, implement the day to day operations of conservation lands managed by WBC and track progress of assigned field projects.

*             Assist with all aspects of successful stewardship implementation. Duties may include ground preparation, seeding, planting, irrigation, weed control, or other tasks as necessary.

*             Manage, supervise, and lead the day-to-day details of project work with the assigned crew.

*             Implement skills training on work-site and facilitate intentional discussions via informal lessons to contribute to the crew’s personal growth and group dynamics.

*             Install and manage drip, handline, trench, and wheel line irrigation systems.

*             Oversee and manage AmeriCorps members who are planting shrubs, grasses and forbs from containerized stock and seed as part of the WBC’s re-vegetation program on retired farmlands.

*             Ability to identify the native and non-native flora of Nevada.

*             Collect and compile field data with program data forms, GPS, cameras and other equipment. Ensure that accurate records of planting and seeding activity, herbicide applications, and irrigation activity are kept and delivered to the appropriate parties.

*             Ensure that crew members complete administrative tasks such as timesheets efficiently and accurately.

*             Develop a deep working knowledge off all equipment, irrigation infrastructure, project partners, and vegetation management techniques used by the Program.

*             Responsible for crew operational safety, maintaining and transporting a variety of small to heavy equipment (hand tools, power tools, tractors, mowers, trimmers, chainsaws, backhoe, water truck, and road grader).

*             Some administrative responsibilities including weekly reports, member timesheet submission, and AmeriCorps performance measure reporting.

*             Other duties as assigned mutually agreeable between Walker Basin Conservancy and the employee.


*             3+ years of experience in a natural resources, agricultural, or landscaping setting with demonstrated leadership experience;

*             General experience with and knowledge of irrigation equipment and operations;

*             Ability to safely operate large machinery and vehicles including tractors, ATVs, trucks, and trailers;

*             Ability to safely operate chainsaws, brush cutters, backpack sprayers, and other equipment;

*             Ability to keep detailed records, communicate with other staff and supervisors, and to work unsupervised to accomplish program tasks;

*             Clean driving record and a NV State driver’s license, or ability to obtain within 1 month of hire;

*             Ability to lift 50+ pounds and to work long hours in an outdoor setting;

*             Strong oral and written communication, conflict resolution, and project management skills; and

*             Ability to complete Leadership Training within 3 months of hire.

Physical and Mental Requirements

Strength, dexterity, coordination, and vision to use tools and equipment for prolonged periods.  Strength and stamina to bend, stoop, sit, and stand for long periods of time.  Strength and dexterity to operate small, medium, and heavy equipment.  Strength and stamina to endure standing and working for long periods of time and in extreme weather conditions.  Dexterity and vision to observe oncoming traffic hazards and react quickly to emergency situations.  Some heavy lifting (over 75 pounds) is occasionally required.

In compliance with applicable disability laws, reasonable accommodations may be provided to qualified individuals with a disability who require and request such accommodations.  Applicants and incumbents are encouraged to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

Working Conditions

Technicians work in an outdoor setting with varying weather conditions, including, but not limited to: extreme heat, dry conditions, rain, snow or hail, and extreme cold.  Work sites will generally be in areas with at least primitive road access for crew vehicles. Work sites will generally not have access to potable water, restroom facilities, or cellphone signals, and Technicians will be expected to follow Leave No Trace principals on work sites without facilities. Work will frequently require hiking over rough terrain while carrying tools and equipment.

Position may occasionally be required to operate heavy machinery in hazardous environments. Environment is generally dirty, with prolonged exposure to conditions such as dust, fumes, noise, or odors. Frequent interruptions to planned work activities occur.

Salary & Benefits:

Pay range of $16-$22 per hour depending on experience. Benefits include a paid health, dental and vision care plan and generous paid leave and retirement plans.

Excellent employee benefits package which includes:

*             Employer paid health, dental, vision and life insurance plans for employee Retirement 403(b) plan includes a 6% automatic company contribution;

*             120 hours of annual paid vacation, increasing to 160 hours after first year of employment;

*             16 hours of annual personal leave;

*             Company paid holiday week between Christmas and New Year’s;

*             60 hours of annual sick leave;

*             11 paid holidays;

*             Health and wellness subsidy; and

*             Employer paid professional development.

Position will remain open until filled. Only top candidates will be contacted.

Please send cover letter and resume to:

Amy Gladding

Subject Line: Conservation Crew Leader

Please call (775) 463-9887 ext. 116 with questions.

Walker Basin Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer.

Equal Opportunity Statement – Walker Basin Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer. WBC does not discriminate against any employee, applicant, director, officer, contractor, or any other person with whom it deals because of race, creed, color, disability, age, sex, veteran status, religion or political affiliation. WBC complies with all federal and local statutes prohibiting discrimination in employment.

Reasonable accommodations may be provided for qualified individuals with a disability.

Disclaimer – The statements contained herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed by the employees in these positions. The statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in each position. Other responsibilities, duties, and skills may be assigned and management retains the right to add or change the responsibilities, duties, and skills at any time.

Seasonal Job Posting – Avian Field Technician for Summer/Fall 2020

*Job Title:* Avian Field Technician

*Agency: *West Virginia University

*Location: *Allegheny National Forest, Irvine, Pennsylvania

*Job Category:* Temporary/Seasonal position

*Dates:* Flexible, but expected to start July 15th and end by October 31st.

*Salary:* $1600/month; field housing and work vehicle provided.

*Project Description*: Seeking a highly motivated field technician to

assist with mist netting, insect trapping, fruit surveys, and vegetation

surveys approximately July 15th to October 31st. The technician will

participate in a project assessing the impacts of spotted wing

drosophila (*Drosophila

suzukii* Matsumura, SWD), a nonnative invasive insect pest of fruiting

plants, on forest bird communities. SWD causes extensive damage to vital

fruit resources, which could have dramatic consequences for fruit-consuming

wildlife, especially frugivorous birds.

Field work will be conducted at Allegheny National Forest (ANF) in

northwestern Pennsylvania. Daily work will consist of early mornings and

require extensive walking on hot summer days with little cover through

dense, difficult-to-traverse vegetation. The ideal applicant will need to

be physically fit, able to work long days, flexible with day-to-day tasks,

and comfortable working both with others and independently. While the

applicant will work closely with the grad student leading the project, they

will need to run nets, extract birds, and band birds *without supervision*.

The ideal applicant will also bring a positive attitude, a hard work ethic,

and enthusiasm for avian ecology research. In addition to early and long

days, the applicant can expect to work an irregular work week, 5 days per

week (including at least some weekends), with days off for inclement

weather. Housing and field vehicle will be on-site and provided through the

project, though cell service and internet might be limited.

*Primary Duties:*

Ò·      Set up mist-nets, conduct net runs, and extract birds safely and


Ò·      Band, age, and sex birds, and collect multiple morphological


Ò·      Conduct fruiting plant surveys following mist-netting

Ò·      Prepare, erect, and collect fruit fly traps

Ò·      Conduct vegetation surveys simultaneous with fruit surveys

*Additional Duties: *

Ò·      Data entry and data proofing

Ò·      Process fruit samples for parasitism by SWD

Ò·      Sort adult fly samples from fly traps


Ò·      Previous experience mist netting, banding, and ageing/sexing birds

Ò·      Ability to identify eastern U.S. bird species (especially during


Ò·      Possess a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife science, ecology,

natural resources, or a similar field

Ò·      Comfortable working in a remote outdoor setting

Ò·      Valid driverâÂEURÂ(tm)s license with a clean driving record

Ò·      Northeastern fruiting plant species ID skills and experience with

taking bird measurements are also highly desirable.

To apply, please email 1) a cover letter outlining relevant work

experiences with mist netting passerines in forest ecosystems, 2)

resume/CV, and 3) contact information for 3 references to Dan Roche at Applications will be reviewed as received. Deadline

for application is April 30, 2020.

*Contact Person:* Dan Roche

*Contact Email:*

Job Posting – Research Fellowship in Ecology, South Carolina

Ecology Research Fellowship Ãf¢ÒÂEURҔ South Carolina

Agency: Palmetto Bluff Conservancy

Location: Bluffton, SC

Salary: $16.83/hour plus benefits

Last Date to Apply: 4/7/2020

Job Summary:  The Palmetto Bluff Conservancy, in collaboration with Friends of the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy, is seeking a highly qualified applicant for a 12-month Research Fellowship to assist in various research initiatives.  The responsibilities of the fellow include:

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢    Assisting with a study that evaluates the influence of residential land use on arthropod biodiversity.  The fellow will collect insects in traps, sort and identify insects to taxonomic family, conduct vegetation transects, and assist with data entry.

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢    Documenting composition of small mammal communities in several coastal habitats, including saltmarsh, upland pine forest, and maritime forest.  The fellow will set and bait traps, check traps, and collect data on captured individuals.

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢    Assisting with the ConservancyÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s long-term monitoring of coastal bat species.  The fellow will track species of interest and collect data on roost sites.

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢    Entering and organizing datasheets.

The successful candidate will be encouraged to develop and publish a research study outside of (but aligned with) the currently funded projects.  Travel to regional conferences will be provided for the fellow to present their work.

Duration: The fellowship will last 12 months with a tentative start date of June 1, 2020.  Due to recent concerns related to coronavirus, the start date will be largely dependent on recommendations regarding return to normal working conditions.  This is a full-time position that works up to 40 hours per week with occasional work on weekends and holidays.

Compensation:  The qualified applicant will receive $16.83 per hour plus benefits.


Minimum qualifications:

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢    BachelorÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s degree in biology, ecology, wildlife sciences, or related field.

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢    Experience using a dichotomous key.

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢    Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢    Ability to work both independently and in a group setting.

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢    Strong quantitative analysis skills with some prior use of the statistical program R.

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢    Applicant must have a valid US driverÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s license.

Preference will be given to applicants with prior knowledge of insect taxonomy and identification.  Pre-rabies vaccination and prior experience handling and/or tracking bats is a plus but is not required.

Field work often requires long hours in trying conditions.  Applicant must be willing to work in a hot, humid, and buggy environment.

To apply:

Email a CV, 1-2 paragraph description of research interests, list of 3 references, and cover letter describing experience, skills, and ability to meet the qualifications described above.

Please submit the above materials in a single document (PDF or Word).  Name your document: last name_first name_research fellow.

Contact Person: Lydia Moore

Contact Email:

Seed Collection Crew Leader- Santa Fe, NM

The Institute for Applied Ecology- Southwest Office is hiring a Seed Collection Crew Leader out of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Anticipated start date is June 1st and work will run through August 14th with possibility of extension. Full-time, temporary position $18/hour.The position will be mainly field based, leading a crew of 2 to collect native seed on national forests, in addition to managing data and coordinating with other crews.

For more information and to apply, please visit:

Applications are due April 1st!

Seed Collection Crew Leader- Santa Fe, NM

The Institute for Applied Ecology is hiring a Seed Collection Crew Leader in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The position will involve leading a field crew to collect native seed on three national forests as part of the Southwest Seed Partnership and will begin on June 1. For more information and to apply please visit:

Oregon Aquatic Biologist I

Oregon Aquatic Biologist I (two 3-month positions; one 2-month position) needed to conduct aquatic ecology surveys on public and private forest lands. Duties include backpack electrofishing, collection of macroinvertebrate and periphyton samples, habitat surveys, and working closely with primary investigators.  Experience with ecology field work and interest in aquatic ecology is desired.  Applicants should be comfortable navigating in remote backcountry settings and be able to work as a team member under difficult field conditions. Overnight camping is expected.  Position extends from mid-June to mid-September 2020 or July to August 2020.  Full position announcement available at: Pursuing a bachelorÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s degree in a biological sciences discipline is required.  Please send cover letter, resume, and 3 references with phone numbers and e-mail addresses to: Laurie Clark, National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc.:  Applicant review will begin March 16, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. NCASI is an equal opportunity employer.

Plague and small mammal conservation research technician – NM

Agency: U.S. Geological Survey

Location: Ruidoso, New Mexico

Start Date: 10 May 2020

Salary: ~560/month living stipend plus housing

Application deadline: 20 March 2020


*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 seek volunteer field assistants to help us 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.  All participants

will gain experience using multiple types of traps, handle and mark

multiple species of small mammal, anesthetize individuals, comb fleas, and

vaccinate individuals.

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.  Some locations are more remote than

others (distance to town varies from a 15-min to 45-min drive).  Each field

assistant will receive a daily stipend (work days only) of $28/day or about



*Required Qualifications: *

   – Must be able to work under harsh conditions (hot/cold weather, rough

   terrain, etc.)

   – Have a positive attitude and a commitment to wildlife conservation

   – Be physically fit enough to walk over uneven terrain throughout the

   work day

   – Ability to pay attention to detail and record data carefully

   – Ability to follow field protocols

   – Be able to work both independently and with a group

*Desired Qualifications:*

   – Prior field experience is desired but not required

   – Experience living or working remotely

   – Experience handling wildlife

   – Experience hiking and being outdoors

   – Commitment to the entire field season

   – Previous experience driving a four-wheel drive vehicle

   – Experience entering data into Excel

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and positions will

remain open until they are filled.  Please submit application materials to:

Dean Biggins ( Please include in a *single*

document (PDF or Word) a brief cover letter, your CV/resume, list of 3

references, and (if possible and applicable) unofficial/official college

transcripts.  Please include the following information in your cover

letter: dates of availability (priority will be given to those that can

commit to the entire duration of the field season), a brief description of

why you are interested in this position, and any further information that

may speak to your qualifications as outlined in the announcement.  Please

write âÂEURÂoeVolunteer Field TechnicianâÂEUR in the subject line of the email.