Month: April 2020

Fisheries Research Technician at East Carolina University

*Fisheries Research Technician Position in the Department of Biology at

East Carolina University *



_Position Description_: The Asch Fisheries Oceanography Lab

( at East Carolina

University (ECU) is seeking to hire a research technician for a

full-time, temporary position. The technician will be involved in two

research projects. Approximately, 75% of the technicianâÂEURÂ(tm)s time will be

spent on a project funded by the North Carolina Division of Marine

Fisheries focused on identifying the offshore migration corridor and

spawning grounds of southern flounder (/Paralichthys lethostigma/). A

team of researchers at ECU, along with collaborators at the University

of North Carolina-Wilmington and North Carolina State University, will

undertake a multi-pronged approach to answer this question. The

technician will play a lead role in aging larval southern flounder based

on daily otolith growth increments. The technician will work closely

with other Asch lab personnel to utilize data on larvae ages to run a

larval dispersal model to back calculate the potential spawning

locations from which these fishes originated. The technician will also

work with a team of ECU researchers from multiple labs to tag adult

southern flounder prior to the start of their offshore migration. The

technician will be involved in fieldwork deploying and maintaining

acoustic receivers to track tagged fishes and utilizing a wave glider

equipped with additional acoustic receivers to follow the location of

tagged fishes. If candidate spawning grounds are successful located, the

technician will assist this research team in conducting surveys to

confirm spawning activity. Using data from these surveys, the technician

will sort plankton samples and use DNA barcoding to confirm the

occurrence of southern flounder eggs and will use histology to assess

the reproductive state of fishes caught near the potential spawning


Approximately 25% of this technicianâÂEURÂ(tm)s time will be spent on a second

project where the Asch Lab is partnering with the Beaufort, North

Carolina branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

(NOAA) to expand the Beaufort Inlet Ichthyoplankton Sampling Program

(BIISP). BIISP has been collecting weekly ichthyoplankton samples at

Beaufort Inlet during fall through spring months since the year 1987,

making it the longest continuously operating ichthyoplankton time series

on the east coast of the U.S. This time series has the potential to

provide valuable information on how local fish communities are

responding to climate variability and climate change. We have expanded

the BIISP time series by lengthening the duration of the sampling season

so that it is year round, as well as by collecting weekly

mesozooplankton samples and conducting YSI profiles of temperature,

salinity, dissolved oxygen, pH, and fluorescence. Together with other

members of the Asch lab and NOAA, the technician will be responsible for

traveling to Beaufort once a week, collecting the enhanced BIISP

samples, and recording and transcribing YSI water quality measurements.

Since larval fish are capable of avoiding capture by plankton nets

during the day, all sampling will be conducted at night and will be

timed to coincide with tidal fluctuations. During time periods when

fieldwork is not underway for the southern flounder project, this

technician will help process ichthyoplankton and zooplankton samples

collected by BIISP. Mesozooplankton samples will be analyzed using a

ZooScan system ( and Ecotaxa

software, which is used to image a subsample of zooplankton and then

apply a machine learning algorithm to semi-automatically identify taxa.

The technician may also help sort and identify species from BIISP

samples of larval and juvenile fishes collected during summer months.

Lastly, it is expected that this technician will take on some duties

associated with lab management including training students in lab

protocols, helping to order lab supplies, assuring compliance with lab

safety regulations, and maintaining the lab in clean and functioning

order. The successful candidate for this position will also be

encouraged to take on additional roles associated with statistical

analysis of data, preparation of manuscripts for publication, and the

presentation of results at scientific conferences.

This will initially be a one-year position, with the potential for

renewal contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

We aim to have the selected candidate start work in early June. However,

given the COVID-19 pandemic, the starting date for this position is

flexible and may depend on university priorities for critical and

non-critical research during the pandemic.

Located in Greenville, North Carolina, ECU seeks to create an

environment that fosters the recruitment and retention of a diverse

student body, faculty, staff and administration and works to increase

diversity and access to higher education for groups underrepresented in

the sciences by building an environment that welcomes, celebrates, and

promotes respect for diversity. East Carolina University is an equal

opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants

will receive consideration for employment without regard to their

race/ethnicity, color, genetic information, national origin, religion,

sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, political

affiliation, or veteran status.

_Minimum Education/Experience_*:*

Ò·B.S. degree in marine science, biology, ecology, oceanography, natural

resource management, or similar fields. Must have taken at least some

coursework in marine ecology.

Ò·Ability to drive state owned vehicles, conduct ecological fieldwork in

wet and occasionally uncomfortable conditions at night-time, and carry

field equipment weighing up to ~30 lbs.

Ò·Independent self-starter who is excited to learn new skills and has the

ability to problem shoot technical challenges.

_Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education:_

Ò·Masters of science degree in marine science, biology, ecology,

oceanography, natural resource management, or similar fields.

Ò·1-2 years of experience at the post-baccalaureate level working in a

lab focused on conducting marine ecological or fisheries research.

Ò·Previous experience examining fish otoliths, tagging fishes, collecting

and processing ichthyoplankton and zooplankton samples in marine and

estuarine environments, operating a ZooScan, and/or modeling larval


Ò·Experience operating small boats.

Ò·Experience analyzing data with MATLAB or R.

Ò·Has written and published scientific manuscripts and has presented

scientific results at conferences.

_Salary_: While this is an hourly position, we anticipate that the

salary for this hire will be approximately $31,200 per year. The exact

annual salary will vary depending on the level of experience and hours




_Application Instructions_: The full job announcement and instructions

for applying to this position are available: Please submit a CV, cover

letter, and list of references to Ms. Jennifer B. Jacobs at . This position will be

open for applications through April 30, 2020. Please contact Dr. Rebecca

Asch ( regarding any questions

that you may have about this posting.

USDA Pollinator resources and pollinator diversity technician; Permanent Full-time

Biological Science Technician GS-7, Permanent Full-time; Pollinator resources and pollinator diversity

The USDA Agricultural Research Service is seeking a permanent, full-time Biological Science Technician to support research on pollinator resource management and pollinator diversity in the Northern Great Plains. The position is at the USDA ARS Pest Management Research Unit, Northern Plains Agricultural Research Laboratory, Sidney MT. We expect the selected candidate to have strong insect collection and identification experience, laboratory organization and fieldwork skills, a great work ethic and excellent workplace interaction expertise. Experience in plant and pollen identification, and statistical and data analysis software are favored but not required. There will be seasonal overnight travel to field sites and work in rough terrain and potentially harsh weather conditions. The mission of the laboratory is to develop and implement ecologically based strategies, technologies, and products for the sustainable management of insects, pests, and weeds in crops and rangeland. Our location houses a team of highly collaborative and enthusiastic scientists and technical staff working in the fields of ecology, botany, entomology, plant restoration, population genetics and agronomy. This permanent position is advertised at the GS-7 ($43K starting salary), includes full government benefits, has promotion potential to GS-9, and is open to all U.S. Citizens and Nationals. Please apply on USAJobs (; Job Announcement Number: ARS-S20Y-10791197-ILL). Ad opens April 17 and closes on May 1, 2020. Questions? Please contact Dr. Josh Campbell (

Open Position – Environmental Consultant 3

The Tennessee Division of Natural Areas’ Natural Heritage Program has an open position for a Natural Heritage Biodiversity Data Manager & Spatial Ecologist.

TDEC-Environmental Consultant 3 – 04152020-8111

Natural Heritage Biodiversity Data Manager & Spatial Ecologist

Division of Natural Areas

Annual Salary Range: $59,676 Ãf¢ÒÂEURҔ $95,460

37.5 hours per Week

Position Located in Nashville, Tennessee

Summary, Distinguishing Features, Duties and Essential Functions

The TDEC-Environmental Consultant 3 will serve as a Natural Heritage Program Data

Manager and Spatial Ecologist. This position assists with the divisionÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s efforts to support

rare species and conservation data management and review projects for impacts to rare

species and exemplary natural communities. This position may also aid division biologists

with information requests, spatial analysis and field assessments for rare species and

natural communities. The successful candidate will be supervised by the program

manager. This position is a preferred services position and may require overnight travel.


Ãf¯Ò’Ò· Familiarity with conservation issues and ecological concepts of the region

Ãf¯Ò’Ò· Ability to communicate and work with a variety of conservation partners

Ãf¯Ò’Ò· Ability to write technical reports and correspondence

Ãf¯Ò’Ò· Experience with rare species databases including ESRI ArcGIS Desktop or ArcGIS Pro or

ArcGIS Online

Ãf¯Ò’Ò· Experience producing maps and contributing to GIS projects including geospatial

analysis methods and applications

Ãf¯Ò’Ò· Experience creating, editing, managing, and publishing GIS feature data in a

geodatabase environment and on the cloud

Ãf¯Ò’Ò· Experience conducting environmental reviews

Ãf¯Ò’Ò· Experience with database design and management including Oracle and SQL

Ãf¯Ò’Ò· Excellent attention to detail and ability to organize complex projects, data, files and


Ãf¯Ò’Ò· Working knowledge of the Endangered Species Act and related environmental or

conservation laws

Ãf¯Ò’Ò· Ability to conduct field work and site assessments sometimes in difficult terrain

including the ability to meet moderate physical standards of wildland / prescribed fire

certification preferred

Ãf¯Ò’Ò· Experience with statistical methods and the display analytical results

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a

bachelor’s degree in environmental science, physical sciences (e.g. physics, chemistry,

geology, meteorology), ecology, sustainability or applied science in sustainability, life

sciences (e.g. biology, microbiology, health physics or biophysics), environmental health,

pre-medicine, engineering or other acceptable science or natural resource related field and

five years of full-time professional environmental program, natural resource conservation

work or full-time professional work that involved ensuring compliance with radiation safety

standards and/or regulations.

Substitution of Education for Experience: Graduate coursework in environmental

science, biology, chemistry, geology, engineering, physics, ecology, sustainability, applied

science in sustainability, or other acceptable science or natural resource related field may

be substituted for the required experience, on a year-for-year basis, to a maximum of two

years (24 semester hours is equivalent to one year). – See more at:



The position opens on April 15, 2020 and closes on April 28, 2020. During this period,

candidates must complete an online state application for the TDEC-ENV CONSULTANT 3 –

04152020-8111 position via the Tennessee Department of Human Resources website at Candidates who meet the minimum

qualifications will then receive supplementary questions to answer within five business

days. Interested candidates should send a resume and writing example to

Animal Technician National Wildlife Health Center

Full-time Animal Care Technician needed for spring/summer and beyond!

Background: The USGS National Wildlife Health Center focuses on research, epidemiology, and surveillance for high consequence wildlife diseases. As such, we aim to understand the ecology of diseases in their native hosts and to develop solutions to better manage wildlife diseases in the environment.  This position is part of our animal services team, which provides humane care and handling of laboratory and wild-caught animals used in wildlife disease research and maintains our animal experimentation facility.  Some example research projects planned for 2020-2021 include development of vaccines for rabies, sylvatic plague, and white-nose syndrome; ecology of highly pathogenic avian influenza in wild waterfowl; toxicity of common pesticides and toxins produced by harmful algal blooms; pathogen characterization of emerging diseases, and others.

Job duties: The Animal Services Team seeks a recent graduate or students in the last year of study who can work full-time or part-time to provide basic animal husbandry, sanitation and monitoring for a wide variety of domestic and wild-caught animals. As part of animal husbandry, the technician may encounter noxious odors, animal dander and waste, and infectious agents capable of producing disease in animals and humans. In addition to husbandry, the technician will also assist with the cleaning and disinfection of animal rooms, cages, food containers and other equipment, including the use of abrasive and potentially hazardous chemicals. Lastly, the technician is required to follow biosafety level 2 or 3 recommendations, including clothing changes and showers, personal protective equipment, and work flows designed to minimize cross contamination or accidental exposures of employees and research animals to pathogens. Technician is expected to work 8 hr shifts at least 2-3 days a week up to 5 days ($15.64 /hr based on experience). Regular weekend and Holiday shifts are expected.

Successful applicants must be a current student or have graduated within 12 months and can be appointed for up to two years.

Work requirements: The technician will need a background in sciences and previous work experience in animal care is preferred but not required.  Previous experience working with a rodent breeding colony, husbandry of wildlife, or in a biological containment facility is desirable. The technician will need to complete a medical evaluation and participate in the NWHC occupational health and safety program, including rabies vaccination. The technician must be able to lift at least 40 lb. Because the NWHC is not located on campus, the technician will need reliable transportation. The ideal applicant is comfortable working independently but works well as part of a team.

Interested in joining our team?  Please send your resume and cover letter to Dana Calhoun ( Applications will be reviewed on 4/25/2020.

Data Intern at Cary Institute, summer 2020

The Cary Institute has posted the following internship for summer 2020.

Data Intern

The student will work remotely with scientists on selected data and

statistical projects, and the Director of Information Services on research

data management projects. They/she/he will gain experience working with

scientific data, using data management tools and statistical software,

performing statistical analyses and working with structured metadata

Duration: Summer 2020 (schedule and hours TBD)

Location:  REMOTE. Some on site visits at Cary Institute of Ecosystem

Studies, Millbrook, NY, to be determined.

Read full description and find out how to apply at

Research Technician in Invasive Plant Ecology

The USDA, Agriculture Research Service, Northern Plains Agriculture Research Laboratory in Sidney, MT is seeking an enthusiastic and hard-working individual to assist in restoration ecology research. Our research primarily focuses on restoration of native rangelands with an emphasis on increasing rangeland resistance to woody plant and weedy invaders. The diverse work duties will include community plant composition assessment for restored riparian areas, native rangeland, and pipelines, plant clipping and sorting for biomass estimation, greenhouse experiments on invasion-resistant plant traits, and potentially insect sampling and identification in restored riparian ecosystems.  Overnight travel to other states may be 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 Ãf¢ÒÂEURҔ GS-3) dependent on experience and education. The candidate will receive overtime pay when working more than 40 hours per week.

Dates: June through the end of August, depending on a candidateÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s availability.

Qualifications: The candidate should be able to walk rapidly over rangeland, be physically fit, lift up to 50lbs, and able to spend long hours in difficult field conditions (hot weather, biting insects). Preference will be given to candidates with strong plant identification skills. Willingness to work long days and weekends when necessary is a must. Valid driverÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s license required. Undergraduate course work in plant identification and plant monitoring methods, and previous field research experience in plant community sampling is preferred, but not required. Must be a US citizen.

Application process: Please send a 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 John Gaskin ( or Nikki Dahl (  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.

Wildlife Hospital hiring remote grant writer

Think Wild, a wildlife hospital in Central Oregon, is looking for a grant

writer paid at an hourly rate over the next few months. This is a great

opportunity for someone with some grant writing or related experience

looking to grow their portfolio or resume. We’d be happy to serve as a

reference for a job well done.

If interested, please email your resume, two writing samples (great if one

or both are sample grants) and desired rate to

*Sally Compton*

Executive Director

(541) 933-5437

Think Wild Central Oregon – *A Nonprofit Organization*

*”Inspiring our high desert community to care for and protect our native

wildlife through education, **conservation and rescue/rehabilitation.”*

*[image: Think Wild Facebook Page]


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Wild Twitter]  [image: Think Wild

YouTube] *

Everglades Research Assistant Position

Wetland Ecosystems Research Lab, Southeast Environmental Research Center, Florida International University, Miami, Florida

We have an excellent opportunity for a young professional or recent graduate to conduct field research and laboratory activities in Everglades National Park and Water Conservation Areas of South Florida. The Wetland Ecosystems Research Lab is looking for an individual to help with all aspects of research in mangrove, freshwater marsh and tree island ecosystems.

Position available at the end of the Spring Semester 2020. Candidate must have a BS degree in Ecology, Biology, Environmental Sciences or Earth Sciences. Candidate must be able to work efficiently both independently and as part of a team under the difficult weather conditions often found in South Florida. Organizational and problem solving skills are essential. The position will involve field activities working with wetland vegetation, soils, and water quality instrumentation, including multiparameter sondes, and troubleshooting equipment at remote field sites. Laboratory activities include sample preparation and processing according to standard protocols. Candidate will help download, enter, and perform quality assurance on data, as well as contribute to report writing and graphical presentation of data. Demonstrated experience operating field vehicles (trucks with trailers, airboats, and marine boats) is preferred. The preferred candidate will also have open availability, a keen willingness to learn, and take initiative and pride in daily activities. Some of the tasks require carrying heavy equipment and maintaining lab and field equipment. Previous use of Excel and statistical or graphical analysis packages and GIS is also preferred.

Please send a letter of interest and resume to Emily Standen ( and submit official application at:  Job ID: 520968

Application deadline: 5/15/2020

For an overview of our research activities, visit our website at:

Final Job Announcement – Environmental Biologist at Kentucky Division of Wate

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The Kentucky Division of Water’s mission is to manage, protect, and enhance the quality and quantity of the Commonwealth’s water resources for present and future generations through voluntary, regulatory, and educational programs. Our organization presents an opportunity for you to make a difference in the waters of Kentucky through an exciting and collaborative environment.

This Environmental Biologist Specialist position is an excellent opportunity to gain water quality monitoring experience and in-depth knowledge of Kentucky streams through extensive travel and field work. Field work will include the collection of macroinvertebrate, diatom, fish, and water samples, primarily from March through September, with an emphasis on the collection of benthic macroinvertebrates. During the fall and winter, this position will be focused on picking and identifying aquatic macroinvertebrates in a laboratory setting. Additional responsibilities include entering and managing field and laboratory data. Monitoring goals associated with this position include assessing and reporting on the health of the waters of the Commonwealth, evaluating the effectiveness of water quality improvement projects, and responding to incidents such as harmful algal blooms in recreational waters of the state.

Previous experience in collecting and/or identifying benthic macroinvertebrates is preferred. Experience with aquatic ecology, fish or algae collection and identification, general taxonomy, water sampling, or field work is beneficial. Important skills include attention to detail and data management.

Responsibilities typically include, but are not limited to, the following:

-Collecting water and biological samples (macroinvertebrates, pathogens, diatoms, and/or fish) in

streams and rivers according to standard operating procedures.

-Sorting and identifying benthic macroinvertebrate samples and analyzing E. coli samples.

-Entering and managing field and laboratory data.

-Assisting with data analysis, reporting, and water quality assessments.

-Assisting with the review and development of monitoring project study plans.

-Participating in workgroups and meetings that may involve developing or updating water quality

monitoring policies and procedures.

The Division of Water offers flexibility in work schedules, time away from the desk, and a chance to network with a wide range of like-minded professionals.

If you are interested in a rewarding career with the Division of Water, we would love to review your application.


JOB TITLE:Environmental Biologist Specialist



EMPLOYMENT TYPE:Full Time, Eligible for Overtime Pay|18A|37.5hr/wk

HIRING AGENCY:Energy & Environment Cabinet – Dept for Environmental Protection

LOCATION:300 Sower Blvd

Frankfort, Kentucky, 40601

United States



EDUCATION: Graduate of a college or university with a bachelor’s degree in a biological, environmental or natural science, which includes at least thirty credit hours in the biological sciences.

EXPERIENCE, TRAINING, OR SKILLS: One year of professional experience in research, environmental impact assessment, or related environmental program areas.

Substitute EDUCATION for EXPERIENCE: Graduate work in the biological, environmental, or natural sciences will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.



For more information and to apply, please visit the following link:

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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Marine Mammals Management – Polar Bear Program Lead and Walrus and Sea Otter Program Lead

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Marine Mammals Management Job Announcement

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceÃ’Â’s Marine Mammals Management office in Alaska is advertising to fill two senior level positions.  The Marine Mammals Management office has trust responsibility of polar bears, Pacific walruses, and northern sea otters in Alaska.  Our work primarily consists of implementing mandates under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act, research and monitoring of these species to inform our management actions, implementing bilateral and international agreements, and working with Alaska Natives for co-management of subsistence use.  The two positions being advertised are the Polar Bear Program Lead and the Walrus and Sea Otter Program Lead.

We are looking for highly motivated and committed individuals to help guide applied research and implement policy to guide conservation of these key species at a critical time.  It is a fast paced work environment and we are seeking individuals with strong scientific and policy backgrounds, experience guiding and supervising teams, and strong and proven partnering skills.  Approaches to some of the key challenges we face require creativity and innovation building off a strong background of experience.

More information about our programs can be found on our website (  The job announcements can be found here ( and or by searching for the following job announcement numbers on the USAJobs website (10786166 and 10786165).  Questions about the positions can be sent to the Chief of our office, Dr. Patrick Lemons via phone (907-786-3668) or email (