Month: June 2020

NPS Coastal Ecology Intern Job

Application Deadline: 15 June 2020

Position Description: The Coastal Monitoring Intern will assist with Southeast Coast Inventory & Monitoring (SECN) Coastal Program projects, which includes long-term shoreline and salt marsh monitoring.  The position is located at Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve (TIMU) in Jacksonville, Fl.  The overall objective of this position is to assist in the salt marsh and shoreline monitoring projects that provides long-term data for the parks in making management decisions.  The primary responsibilities of the internship are to assist the SECN Coastal Ecologist in conducting the salt marsh and shoreline monitoring field work, following specific methods and protocols.  The intern will assist the coastal ecologist with material preparation, equipment maintenance, sampling elevation, accretion, collecting GPS surveys, and data collection, processing, and entry.  This data will be used to create reports for the parks and is part of a long-term ecological monitoring effort by NPS to provide data to the parks on the status of biodiversity, ecosystem health, and ecosystem change with significant natural resources.

The Coastal Monitoring Intern will complete the data workflow process for our salt marsh data.  This will include entering and checking the salt marsh data in the data base.  Additionally, the intern will be responsible for ensuring that SECN and our partnerÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s field data forms are scanned, named appropriately, and organized.  The intern will have the opportunity to assist in data collection efforts at SECN Coastal Parks, and create maps using GPS and GIS data.  If time allows, the intern will also have the opportunity to create story maps for the long-term shoreline and salt marsh monitoring projects. The intern will receive safety training, mentorship, and have the opportunity to attend training.

The position starts 04 January 2021 and is for 20 weeks.  Park housing is available at Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, which includes a private bedroom and shared bathroom, living, and kitchen areas.  A driver’s license and personal vehicle are required for the internship.

Questions about the position can be directed to Lisa Cowart Baron (SECN Coastal Ecologist) at

Technician position

We are looking to hire a technician to work on a collaborative project studying the evolution of the seasonal germination niche in a group of native wildflowers (Streptanthus) with Jenny Gremer, Annie Schmitt, Sharon Strauss, and Julin Maloof.   This is an ideal position for a recent graduate looking for research experience before graduate school.

Responsibilities include carrying out experiments in the field, lab, and controlled environment chambers, collecting field data and plant tissues, propagating plants and maintaining experimental populations.  Field work will include plant surveys and collections of plant specimens and seeds.  The technician will also oversee student assistants, manage databases, and perform basic statistical analyses, as well as coordinate supplies, equipment, and safety protocols.

Requirements:  College-level course-work or equivalent experience/training in plant-related biological sciences or field biology. The applicant must possess excellent written and oral communication and strong organizational skills.  Must be able to organize and coordinate lab, greenhouse, controlled chamber, and field research.  Experience accurately recording, organizing, coordinating and curating data for analysis and reporting required, as well as skills to problem solve and trouble shoot, and ability to work independently and as a member of a research team.  Research experience with plants, especially germination experiments, phenology, and field surveys preferred, as is experience using R software for data management and statistical analyses, experience working with herbarium specimens, and molecular biology lab experience working with DNA and/or RNAseq.

This is a full-time position.  Starting date can be immediately or as soon as possible, with a proposed duration of one year with possibility of extension.

Application:  Please go to the following link to access the UC Davis Human Resources application system and apply by June 6, 2020:

ESA Science Communications Intern

ESA seeks an energetic candidate with strong communication and organizational skills to 1) help complete a communications plan for the ESA Vegetation Classification Panel, and 2) to enhance communication and outreach implementation for the United States National Vegetation Classification (USNVC). Communications training is required and a basic background in and appreciation for ecology, biology, and/or environmental sciences is desired.

The science communications intern will work with the Associate Director of Science Programs, Science Programs Specialist, and USNVC Implementation Manager to finalize a communications plan and develop appropriate messaging for key USNVC audiences. Additional duties may include taking notes, facilitating conference calls, and website updates.

This is a paid, part-time remote internship. For more information, please see: