Month: October 2020

GIS RESEARCH ASSISTANT Job Opening at Archbold Biological Station

Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2020 18:40:14


Subject: GIS RESEARCH ASSISTANT Job Opening at Archbold Biological Station

Archbold is seeking a bright, intellectually curious person to fill the technical support position of GIS Research Assistant to collect spatial datasets using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in support of ongoing research.  Incumbent will report to the GIS/Data Manager and work with research staff and outside agencies.

Primary duties include:

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢Maintaining, calibrating, and providing oversight of all lab electronic equipment (UAVs, Trimble GPS, etc)

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢Providing support in spatial analysis, map making, setting up mobile field data collection apps

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢Assisting in other Archbold related activities


Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢BachelorÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s degree in Environmental Science, Biology, GIS or related field

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢Experience with ESRIs ArcGIS software, including ArcGIS online

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢Experience working with high resolution imagery

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢Must obtain FAA part 107 remote pilot license within 1 month of employment

Preferred Experience:

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢Working with UAVs

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢Working with ESRIs Drone2Map software, or other software for stitching together drone imagery

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢Analyzing high resolution remote sensing data

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢Working with electronic equipment

Applicants should send a letter of interest and resume with names, telephone numbers, and email address of three references to Vivienne Sclater at

Position will remain open until filled.  Early application is strongly encouraged.Applicant must have U.S. citizenship or current authorization to work in the U.S.

Archbold is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from members of groups underrepresented in ecology and agroecology

Volunteer Lepidoptera Research Assistant in Peru

The Alliance for a Sustainable Amazon (ASA), a research-focused non-profit organization working in the southeastern Peruvian Amazon, is pleased to announce the position of Field Research Assistant in Lepidoptera beginning in January, 2021. The successful applicant will be based at the ASAÃ’Â’s field site in PeruÃ’Â’s Madre de Dios Department.

POSITION: Lepidoptera Research Assistant

LOCATION: Finca Las Piedras, Madre de Dios, Peru

POSITION DURATION: 6 months (January 5th Ã’Â- July 2nd, 2021)

SCHEDULE: 5 days/week, flexibility in scheduling required

START DATE: January 5, 2021

APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 23rd, 2020


Lepidoptera Research Assistants (LRAs) work closely with ASA faculty and staff to facilitate ongoing biological research and monitoring projects at Finca Las Piedras, the ASAÃ’Â’s field site and base of operations in PeruÃ’Â’s Madre de Dios Department. LRAs are part of the public face of the ASAÃ’Â’s programs in Peru, and are part of a dynamic team of researchers, conservation and development professionals, and students from around the world. In addition to assigned tasks, LRAs are encouraged to develop individual projects within their areas of interest and that overlap with the ASAÃ’Â’s priority research areas.

This is a residency position, meaning that the successful applicant will live on site, full time. LRAs receive the equivalent of two days off per week, although given the nature of field research and ongoing projects at the field site, time off will be scheduled to ensure that a staff member is always available on site daily to perform essential tasks.


The LRA will contribute primarily to several ongoing, long term projects focused on Lepidoptera diversity and biology at the field site. Current projects include a survey of the butterfly and moth fauna of Finca Las Piedras, long-term butterfly population monitoring, and a rearing study that aims to document the host plants for several focal groups of Lepidoptera.

Example tasks & duties

-Diurnal Lepidoptera collecting (butterflies) and nocturnal collecting (moths)

-Daily care of rearing study, including recording data for immature Lepidoptera, finding & changing host plants, vouchering specimens, etc.

-Searching for new host plant records along trails and in forest plots

-General maintenance and upkeep of butterfly rearing facility & flight cage

-General maintenance and upkeep of host plant shade house

-Data collection & management


  *   6 month commitment required (January Ã’Â- July, 2021)

  *   Minimum bachelorÃ’Â’s degree in natural or environmental sciences or related field

  *   Knowledge of and experience in entomology and/or field Lepidoptera research

  *   At least basic Spanish (preferred)

  *   Experience working/living abroad, especially in the tropics (preferred)

  *   Enthusiasm and strong work ethic

  *   Flexibility in schedule and work environment

  *   Maturity/must live with and work well with others in close setting

  *   Excellent physical condition

  *   TravelerÃ’Â’s insurance (proof required upon acceptance)

  *   CPR/first aid certification (proof required upon acceptance)


Upon arrival at Finca Las Piedras, LRAs undergo an intensive, one-week training period. Research Assistants are given an overview of current Lepidoptera-related projects, as well as the methodologies used. LRAs will also be trained informally throughout the duration of their term at Finca Las Piedras.


This is an unpaid position. However, all room and board is provided on-site at Finca Las Piedras, 7 days per week, for the duration of the appointment. Work-related local transportation, including pickup from the Puerto Maldonado airport (PEM) or bus terminal, is covered. LRAs are responsible for their international flight to Peru (if applicable), including airfare, taxes, airport fees, flight insurance, etc., and domestic air or land travel to Puerto Maldonado.


The following are required to apply for this position:

  1.  A cover letter of interest

  2.  Current CV/resume with contact information for two references

  3.  Most recent unofficial university transcript

Completed applications should include each of the three required items, and should be submitted as a single PDF document, in the order listed above, by the application deadline (October 23, 2020). Document title should read: Ҕlast nameҔ_ҔLRA applicationҔ.pdf

Send completed applications to: with ҔLepidoptera Assistant applicationҔ in the subject line.

Applicants passing to the interview round will be notified by October 26th, 2020.

Chance to work in the forest

The US Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) unit in the Rocky Mountain region is hiring  *    Up to 11 forestry technicians in support of the field inventory !

These are career, permanent-seasonal (PSE) positions consisting of 13 pay periods of full time work and 13 pay periods in nonpay status per year; OR 18 pay periods of full time work, and 8 pay periods in nonpay status per year; depending on the location.  Appointees may be offered the opportunity to work longer depending on workload and funding.

All of the positions serve as members of the Interior West Forest Inventory and Analysis Program, headquartered in Ogden, Utah, which conducts forest resource inventories and forest health monitoring activities throughout the interior west states including Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming.  For more information about the Program, please visit our internet site at

Each position will serve as part of a two person forest resource inventory crew.  The forestry technician crew members work under the direction of a local crew leader.  The work involves contacting land owners for access; locating study plots using aerial photo baseline and GPS techniques; conducting extensive resource and health inventories including tree measurements and foliage evaluations, understory vegetation composition and structure estimates, site characteristics and soils evaluations, etc; using various measurement instruments and electronic data recorders.

The area sampled by the RMRS Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program covers a diversity of ecological communities.  Terrain varies from dry ponderosa pine, oak woodland and juniper forests at lower elevations in the southern portion of the 8-state territory; to the high alpine forests of Colorado, Wyoming, and the Rocky Mountains; to the temperate rain forests of northern Idaho and northwestern Montana – and everything in between!  Each crew covers a large area, and all staff will experience a wide variety of country.

Fieldwork is arduous, and regularly includes extensive hiking and backpacking in remote and rugged areas, on and off-trail, in all weather conditions, and carrying heavy daypacks (~45 lb.) or backpacks (60+ lb.).  Depending on location, a variety of other methods are used to access plots including ATV’s, horses, aircraft, and boats; please contact us for specifics of each location.

The field season typically runs from April through November. For the 2021 field season, start dates for these positions could be mid to late May of 2021 because of the current pandemic situation and anticipation of a medical resolution to allow work to commence in the field without restrictions. In all locations, overnight travel away from the duty station is frequent, and may include periods of extended and continuous travel.  Work schedules can be quite varied (Maxi-flex, 8/6, 10/4, etc), and weekend work may be required.  The ability to work productively as part of a team, meet the physical demands of this challenging outdoor work, and to quickly learn a complex set of field protocols are all very important in this position!

The positions are based at a number of different locations, which are indicated in the table below

The purpose of this Outreach Notice is to determine the potential applicant pool for these positions.  The vacancy announcement for these positions, when open, will be posted at the USA Jobs website, the U.S. Government’s official site for jobs and employment information:

If you would enjoy working as part of the Forest Inventory and Analysis Program, we encourage you to express your interest in the position(s) as soon as possible.  If you reply to this outreach notice, we will notify you when the positions are announced (anticipated to be mid-October 2020).  For additional information, please contact any of the supervisors listed above, or Maryfaith Snyder at (801) 725-0134 or

This outreach is for your information.  If you are an education institution please post the Outreach to your Jobs Board.

Thank you for your interest in these positions!

Virginia State Parks Natural Resource Specialist,

Virginia State Parks Natural Resource Specialist

Application deadline: October 16, 2020.  Applications must be submitted at:

Apply here:

Hiring Range: $48,000 – $70,000

VirginiaÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s state park system is extremely diverse in natural, cultural, historical and recreational resources. The system boasts of features including parks in the mountains; on the ocean; on the Chesapeake Bay; on 8 major rivers; on 4 major lakes; 4 rail trails; and 3 battlefield sites. The system also offers over 20,000 educational programs and workshops each year. Visitation tops 10 million visitors annually, which contribute an economic impact of over $200 million to the Commonwealth. The annual operating budget for the system is $45 million. A full time staff of 275 and a wage staff of over 1000 during the prime season operate and manage the Virginia State Park system. There are 6 districts within the system and State Park Headquarters is located in Main Street Centre in downtown Richmond.

District Two is in Northern Virginia. There are seven parks in the district. Geographically the parks in this district range from the Tidewater Northern Neck Region to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Often termed the Potomac District, five of the parks are situated along this major river and all are within the Chesapeake Bay watershed. One large lake park at Lake Anna is included in this district. Guests in this district are most commonly from the NOVA/DC, Richmond City, and Maryland State areas.

The history of the parks in this district varies widely with civil war, civil rights, railroad, Native American and Civilian Conservation Corps all playing major roles in the stories of these parks. Three of the parks provide overnight camping and two of the parks have housekeeping cabins as part of their offerings. The five Potomac parks all offer paddle in campsites. One park provides conference center type meeting facilities. Popular day use activities are offered within these parks; and there are miles of hiking, biking, horseback riding and water trails. Two of the parks provide swimming Ãf¢ÒÂEURҔ one in a lake and one having a pool facility. One park has a marina operation and fuel sales. Each of the parks in the district provides a variety of natural, cultural, historical, educational and recreational programs.

The District Resource Specialist position helps to further Department and Division resource management goals by providing professional assistance to park managers within the assigned district. This involves a variety of resource management methods including: developing natural and cultural resource management plans; coordinating and executing management prescriptions and activities using a variety of techniques such as prescribed fire and pesticide application; coordinating and executing cooperative resource management programs; providing protection of resources; and serving as a liaison between park staff and other resource management agencies.

Minimum Qualifications

– Knowledge of practices relating to conservation, preservation, and restoration of natural, cultural, historical or recreational resources

– Ability to apply natural, cultural, historical, or recreational resource prescriptions

– Ability to recognize and address impacts on natural, cultural, historical or recreational resources

– Proficient in the use of a personal computer, smartphones and other electronic devices.

– Knowledge of GIS software and data collection

– Knowledge of wildland fire practices and/or the application of prescribed fire

– Knowledge of the design, construction, and maintenance of sustainable trails

– Basic skill in verbal and written communication

– Experience in supervising employees and/or volunteers

– Be able to obtain and maintain certification in CPR/AED and First Aid

– Ability to obtain and maintain VA pesticide applicator certification

– Ability to obtain and maintain NWCG FFT2 fire training, and over time achieve and maintain DCR prescribed fire burn boss certification

Preferred Qualifications

– Undergraduate 4 year degree, or advanced degree, in resource management, forestry, wildlife management, or related natural resource field

– Ability to provide effective interpersonal communications with co-workers, staff, and other potential contacts internal and external to organization

– Ability to work independently and knowledge of leadership practices

– Ability to plan, organize and oversee the safe use of tools, equipment, materials and staff to accomplish resource management projects

– Ability to obtain and maintain DCR Sawyer certification

Special Requirements

– Position requires a criminal background check.

– Must possess a valid driverÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s license at the time of hire; driving record must meet DCR standards at the time of hire and throughout employment

– May be required to travel overnight and occasionally work weekends or holidays

– Must be able to pass the moderate level, NWCG work capacity test. (Walk 2 miles with a 25lb pack in 30 minutes or less.)

– Must wear a DCR supplied uniform and comply with appearance code when on duty

– Must comply with and adhere to applicable federal, state, local, and agency rules, laws, and policies

Special Instructions to Applicants

State applications will only be accepted as submitted online by 11:59 pm on the closing date through the Recruitment Management System (RMS). State applications submitted via email, postal mail, fax, or in person will not be considered. This website will provide a confirmation of receipt when the application is submitted successfully. Please refer to Ãf¢ÒÂEURÃ’ÂoeYour ApplicationÃf¢ÒÂEURҝ in your RMS Account to check the status of your application for this position. The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is an Equal Opportunity Employer by both policy and practice. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Employment in all positions within the Virginia State Parks is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background check.


Human Resource Generalist

Department of Conservation and Recreation

600 East Main Street 24th Floor

Richmond, Virginia 23219

804-786-5657(phone) 804-371-0315 (Fax)

Application deadline: October 16, 2020.  Applications must be submitted at:

IMMS Winter/Spring Dolphin Photo-ID Research Internship

The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS) Research Internship Program is designed as a way for students interested in a career in marine science to gain valuable research experience in a real-world setting. As an intern, you will be trained in all aspects of dolphin photo-ID research as well as any other current research projects at IMMS that may involve species such as: bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, or diamondback terrapins. Interns will also participate in other operations at IMMS including: stranding response, aquarist and reptile care, and animal care. Our goal is to give interns a well-rounded experience in a variety of areas while providing expert training and experience in marine science research.

Interns must:

– Commit to a minimum of 12 weeks. The internship can be extended depending on work performance

– Be available to work Mon-Fri and must be available for all boat-based surveys. Some field days may fall on the weekends.

– Have a strong sense of responsibility, work ethic, attention to detail, and ability to admit mistakes.

– Produce high quality research efforts and exhibit strong interpersonal skills

Principle Duties include: data entry, learning all research protocols, cropping and sorting photo-ID fin images, learning to use photo-ID programs such as Darwin (fin matching software) and FinBase (Microsoft Access), boat based field research (21Ãf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm) boat), and learn how to use ArcGIS

Secondary Duties include: assisting animal care staff, attending marine mammal necropsies, responding to marine mammal and sea turtle strandings, and assisting educational staff

Field Days: Interns must be able to spend many hours on the water and on shore in sometimes extreme seasonal conditions. Seasonal temperatures range from over 100 Ãf’Ò°F in summer to 30 Ãf’Ò°F in winter. Field days typically exceed eight hours and occur at least two or three times a week

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be 18 or older and must have a genuine interest in marine research. Applicants should be actively pursuing a college degree or be a recent graduate in oceanography, marine science/biology, biology, or a related field. Previous research experience in any capacity is a plus. Applicants must be able and willing to fulfill all duties outlined for this internship program.

This is an unpaid position and interns are responsible for their own housing and transportation. Once accepted, IMMS staff will assist interns in finding rooms available to rent, usually with other staff members.

The deadline to apply for the Winter/Spring sessions (January 4-March 26, 2021 or March 1-May 21, 2021) is November 1, 2020. For application and full details on how to apply please visit our website at

Field technician position in PNW tidal wetland ecology

Date: Thu,  1 Oct 2020 16:32:07

From: “Janousek, Christopher N” <>

Subject: Field technician position in PNW tidal wetland ecology

*Research position in coastal wetland ecosystem ecology*

Applicants are invited for a field and lab technician position in tidal

wetland ecosystem ecology in the Pacific Northwest at Oregon State

University in the Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife. This NOAA-funded project

addresses sea-level rise and restoration impacts to blue carbon and coastal

inundation in marshes and forested tidal swamps, and involves measurements

of greenhouse gases and ecosystem drivers in Oregon and Washington


The successful applicant will lead monthly measurements of greenhouse gas

fluxes from wetland sites, assist with other hydrology measurements in the

field, and be responsible for collecting and processing soil cores for

carbon and isotopic analysis. The position is anticipated to be

approximately 60% field work and travel, with the remaining time for data

analysis, lab work, and writing. Field work is divided between the Coos Bay

Estuary and Lower Columbia River Estuary.

The position is available full time for 14 months, with a possibility of a

short extension provided satisfactory performance and available funding.

Full benefits and travel funding available. The hire will be an employee of

OSU, but will work closely with co-PIs Dr. Chris Janousek (OSU) and Dr.

Scott Bridgham (Univ. Oregon) and other investigators from the Pacific

Northwest National Labs and the Institute for Applied Ecology.

Opportunities for co-authorship on one or more peer-reviewed manuscripts


*Minimum qualifications:* BA or BS in ecology, soil science, or a related

field plus at least 2 years field research experience in ecology.

Demonstrated competence in data management, good organizational skills, and

experience conducting field work autonomously. Experience using R. The

applicant should be comfortable working in the field alone under

occasionally strenuous conditions, and able to regularly carry up to about

30 lb of field gear. *Preferred qualifications*: MA or MS degree,

experience with soil carbon research and/or tidal wetland ecology.

*For more information and to apply*, please visit:;;sdata=m6VkQ%2FVZrCe9qA2WZZsrkcZfcGXt76VsnYDQNDC936Q%3D&amp;reserved=0. Please address questions about

the position to Deadline to apply: 20 October