Month: November 2020

Agricultural Research Technologist 2

Agricultural Research Technologist 2

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This position as Agricultural Research Technologist (2) at WSU-TFREC (WSU, Wenatchee, WA) will support the research activities in physiology and pomology (apple and pear) in tree crops in Washington. The incumbent will perform a wide range of duties including field and greenhouse research, laboratory analysis, fruit sorting, and quality analysis.  Applicant should feel comfortable working in adverse outdoor conditions including rain, snow, and extreme heat or cold independently or as part of a team. The incumbent must feel comfortable working on top of ladders and carry up to 50-55 pounds (25kg). Other required activities include data entry, written summary, statistical analysis, and preparation of graphics/presentations, reports and manuscripts. The incumbent will work in flower biology and thinning trials with focus on precision crop load production and final fruit quality. High level of capability in essential computer software (spreadsheets, word processing and presentation) and the ability to learn new software is required. Experience with data analysis platforms is highly desirable (e.g. SAS, R, Matlab, etc.) Job duties also include the ability to locate and purchase supplies, take care of instruments maintenance/calibration, schedule and execute activities independently, and learn new procedures and develop protocols as required. Experimental and analytical skills, precision, reliability, understanding and knowledge of research theory, excellent organizational and project management skills are required qualifications for this position. The incumbent will supervise the activities of hourly workers, assist graduate students in their projects and work with other technical staff and scientists to achieve project goals.  Required qualifications include bachelor’s degree in horticulture, biological, chemical, physical or agricultural sciences and have or be able to obtain a valid driver’s license at the time of hire. Preferred qualifications include experience in microscopy and 2-3 years of field experience in horticulture. Salary commensurate on education and experience.  Apply at by the closing date of December 13, 2020. Please direct other questions regarding the position to Darla Ewald at WSU is an EO/AA educator and employer.

Small grants program for ecology and conservation science – Black Rock Forest

We at Black Rock Forest ( invite applications for our annual David Redden Conservation Science Fund Small Grants Program for scientific research at Black Rock Forest.

Grants of up to $6000US will be awarded on a competitive basis to fund scientific research conducted within or pertaining to Black Rock Forest, with a particular emphasis on research with applications to the conservation of species, populations, or ecosystems.

Applications from graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and senior researchers are welcomed. Proposals from undergraduate and high school students are accepted if submitted in collaboration with the faculty who will directly supervise their research. Award funds can be used to purchase project supplies and equipment, to pay for processing of samples at external laboratory facilities, as stipends for students or research assistants, and/or to cover transportation or other incidental costs.

We are especially interested in proposals from underrepresented groups and those that utilize our new wireless mesh network:

For guidelines, application materials, and more information on Black Rock Forest, please visit

For questions, please call the Black Rock Forest office at 1-845-534-4517 or email our research manager, Kate Terlizzi:

Applications must be received by 17:00 (EST) January 29, 2021.

Black Rock Forest is an environmental nonprofit organization founded in 1989 to advance scientific understanding of the natural world. In addition to a nearly 1600 hectare forest, the organization runs a science field station with labs, classrooms and lodging for investigators and students in Cornwall, New York. The Forest features a wide variety of terrestrial and aquatic habitats and contains nearly 70km of forest roads and trails.

Field Technician position working out of Las Vegas, NV

The Chicago Botanic Garden is hiring a contract-funded Field Technician position for 20 months, stationed at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) office in Las Vegas, Nevada. The position will be part of a team of two (1 botanist and 1 field technician) conducting restoration-sized operational native seed collections, developing proposed actions for National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents designed to protect and restore rare plant habitat, identify sites in need of restoration, and conduct small-scale restoration efforts, and survey and monitor rare plant species. The lead botanist will lead the team and coordinate and communicate with Chicago Botanic Garden and BLM staff to plan work and provide updates on project progress.

The position is anticipated to start February 1, 2021, working Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. Ãf¢ÒÂEURҔ 5 p.m.

Qualifications and Experience Desired:

B.S. in botany, plant science, ecology, environmental science, or a related field

Strong plant identification skills (to species) and knowledge of plant taxonomy; strong knowledge of plant biology; familiarity with plants and ecosystems of the western United States

Experience scouting, planning, and conducting seed collections (through SOS programs or other seed handling/collecting work)

Experience maintaining accurate and detailed data records (in field and in electronic databases such as Excel/Access)

Experience working with agency, academic, private, or nonprofit partners to coordinate, plan, and execute fieldwork on public or private lands

Capable of conducting daily fieldwork in rough terrain in harsh environmental conditions and motivating a field crew through those tough conditions

Experience hiking and backcountry camping, and the willingness to do so for this position

Experience driving large field vehicles with four-wheel drive; driving on gravel and dirt roads; off-road driving

Proficiency in ArcGIS to display maps, visualize georeferenced data, and interface with GPS units

Experience with ArcCollector

Wilderness First Aid or other field safety training

This is a contract-funded position, salaried at 40 hours/week and $17.87/hour.

To Apply: Complete an application online at (Requisition number: 801). Your application should include a Chicago Botanic Garden application along with a cover letter, resume, and the names of three professional references. Please send application materials to Chris Woolridge ( and Mj Kim ( Questions about the position should be directed to Chris Woolridge at

GIS Technical Intern Changing Landscapes Initiative

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute is offering an internship in GIS analysis as part of the Changing Landscapes Initiative. CLI is a joint spatial analysis and public engagement program utilizing both land use/land cover change modeling and scenario planning to inform land use decisions. Additionally, the program has now entered its next phase, where land use/land cover change models are being used to evaluate impacts to regional ecologic function. To that end, CLI is currently developing a method for assessing ecological integrity of landscapes using structural equation modeling.

This internship is intended for someone who wants to both refine and expand their quantitative and communication skill sets. The CLI team will provide opportunities for the intern to apply their knowledge to an authentic, ongoing scientific inquiry. The intern will learn alongside an experienced spatial analyst and landscape ecologist, to develop models using R and ArcGIS.

The intern will have access to a diverse set of real-world spatial data and the opportunity to refine their skills in R by both editing existing code and generating new code from scratch. The intern will also be introduced to, and develop proficiency in, the use of Dinamica EGO, a powerful modeling platform. Finally, the intern will gain first hand insight into how advanced spatial analysis is communicated to a variety of audiences (public, scientific, NGO) with the goal of integrating CLI science into regional planning and policy.

Learning Objectives:

Interns will have the chance to learn and develop quantitative and communication skills by:

-Preparing spatial data for advanced analysis

-Performing descriptive analyses in both ArcMap and R

-Writing, editing and running R scripts

-Creating aesthetically compelling cartographic products

-Assisting with data management

-Occasionally assisting with outreach efforts


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

-Degree in geography, ecology, environmental science or related field

-Experience manipulating spatial data to meet analytical needs (projections, raster/polygon conversion, subset selection)

-Experience synthesizing and summarizing diverse spatial data sets of varying formats

-Proven ability to write and edit R scripts

-Experience with basic statistics and ability to perform simple exploratory analyses

-Interest in biogeography, landscape ecology/change and a desire to learn

-Experience with land use modeling or species distribution modeling

-Experience with the use of python in ArcMap


$1,700 per month


Following ongoing COVID-19 safety policies, this internship will be offered fully remotely. The intern must provide their own computer and a stable internet connection. The Smithsonian will provide a remote desktop connection for all file storage and computational processing needs.

Term of appointment:

This is a six-month, full-time (40 hours per week) internship starting in late February/early March 2021 with the possibility of extension.

Application deadline(s):

Sunday, December 6, 2020

How to Apply:

Go to: Select “Don’t have an account? Create an account” and complete the information to create an account.

As you fill out your account information, be sure to include the following:

-Basic personal information

-Professional resume or CV

-A single-page essay addressing the following points:

–The experiences and education you feel have prepared you for this internship

–What you hope to learn through this internship

–Your future academic or career goals and how this internship would help you prepare for them

-Transcripts from your current and/or previous institutions. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.

-Letters of reference are NOT required at this time

Once you create your account and provide the information above, you will see a screen where you select the type of appointment you are interested in. You will select:

Type of appointment: Ãf¢ÒÂEURÃ’ÂoeInternshipÃf¢ÒÂEURҝ

Unit of interest: Ãf¢ÒÂEURÃ’ÂoeNational Zoological ParkÃf¢ÒÂEURҝ

Program: Ãf¢ÒÂEURÃ’ÂoeChanging Landscapes Initiative GIS InternshipÃf¢ÒÂEURҝ

IMPORTANT: Your application is considered complete when you hit Ãf¢ÒÂEURÃ’ÂoeSubmit.Ãf¢ÒÂEURҝ Your SOLAA submitted application with references must be received by the deadlines as noted above.

For Additional Information

If you have any questions or issues during the process, please contact lab manager Craig Fergus at

Research technician in plant population biology

The Peterson lab in the Plant Biology Department at the University of Georgia is seeking a full-time research technician in plant population biology (

The technician will contribute to a variety of field, greenhouse, and lab experiments investigating plant population responses to climate change. Ongoing projects in the lab include 1) shifts in flowering time and plant-pollinator interactions in the Rocky Mountains, 2) demography and local adaptation to climate in arctic/alpine tundra species, and 3) population viability of granite outcrop endemics in the southeast. The position will be based in Athens, GA for most of the year but involve travel to remote field sites for specific projects, including field research at Niwot Ridge, CO in June-July. Responsibilities will include growing/maintaining plants in the greenhouse, contributing to field experiments, data management, ordering lab supplies, and routine lab work.

The ideal candidate will be interested in pursuing a career in ecology, environmental sciences, or evolutionary biology, and have demonstrated abilities in critical thinking, organization, and working as part of a team. Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (organismal biology or environmental science), previous field research experience, and the ability and willingness to engage in physically strenuous or uncomfortable activities (e.g., hiking at high elevation, carrying heavy equipment, working outdoors under a variety of weather conditions). Candidates from under-represented backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply!

The position has an anticipated start date of January 2021, but is open to negotiation for strong candidates. Annual salary range is $30,000 – $35,000 depending on education level and prior experience, and includes competitive benefits. Athens is a vibrant university community close to Atlanta with exceptional music, food, and natural areas to enjoy ( Interested candidates can apply for the position here: Please contact Megan Peterson ( with any questions about the position. Review of applications will begin December 1.

Undergraduate Research in Plant Biology at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Undergraduate Research in Plant Biology at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln

REU: Expanding Opportunities in Agricultural Sciences, 1890-1862 Land Grant Universities

UNL’s Center for Plant Science Innovation welcomes applications for their new Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program.  Gain research experience in the plant sciences and engage in professional development during the summer 2021.  Students from 1890 Land Grant Universities ( are especially encouraged to apply.

Read here about the REU program and possible research projects and mentors:

In addition to research experience and professional development opportunities, REU students will receive:

–    Competitive stipend: $5,000

–    Suite-style room and meal plan

–    Travel expenses to and from Lincoln

–    Campus parking and/or bus pass

–    Full access to the Campus Recreation Center and campus library system

–    Wireless internet access

For more information, contact Nicole Busboom,

Multiple positions – Crew Leader Development Program, AmeriCorps Education

Title: Crew Leader Development Program (CLDP)

Reports to: Program Director

Location: Salida, CO

Status: Seasonal, Full-time, ExemptâÂEUR¯âÂEUR¯

Start/end date: March 30, 2020 âÂEUR” Early November 2021

Living Stipend: $500 / week

Benefits: $4,266 AmeriCorps Education Award (Value may change depending on term of service), Food provided while in the field, uniforms, USFS recognized Chainsaw & Crosscut certification, Mental Health First Aid Training,âÂEUR¯Wilderness First Responder & CPR/AED certification

Multiple positions opened until filled.âÂEUR¯


Southwest Conservation Corps:

The Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization, whose mission is to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities, and the environment. The SCC Los Valles office is located on the ancestral lands of the Ute people, in Salida Colorado, and serves the Arkansas River Valley and the San Luis Valley: the two valleys, or los valles. The SCC Los Valles Adult Program engages motivated young adults, ages 18 – 30, to complete challenging and impactful conservation and service projects. Projects may include, trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, invasive species mitigation, hazardous fuels reduction, habitat restoration, and local environmental service projects.  Crews may also complete technical and/or specialized projects depending on project partner needs, including disaster relief if the opportunity arises.

Position Summary:âÂEUR¯

Crews consist of 6 members and 2 leaders. Crews work in front and backcountry locations in all weather conditions. The standard schedule consists of 8 days on-hitch and 6 days off with some exceptions. On-hitch, crewsâÂEURÂ(tm) camps together, prepare all meals together and work together as a group to complete all chores.âÂEUR¯SCC does not provide accommodations off-hitch and AmeriCorps (AC) Crew Leader Develop Program (CLDP) members will be responsible for their own accommodations during that time.

The AmeriCorpsâÂEUR¯CLDPâÂEUR¯is aâÂEUR¯two-phase program.âÂEUR¯The basic program structure will include:âÂEUR¯âÂEUR¯

  *   1st phase: 8 weeks of training with experienced SCC crew leaders and staff. Trainings will include: Introduction to SCC mission, policies, and procedures, restorative justice, trauma-informed care, risk management, managing crew dynamics, front and backcountry living,âÂEUR¯Leave No Trace, USFS recognized Chainsaw and Crosscut training, technical trail skills, project management, partner relations, logistics, and Wilderness Medicine (WFR). Schedule during Crew Leader Training may vary.

  *   2nd phase: Co-leading adult conservation crews. While co-leading,âÂEUR¯CLDP members will be responsible for project management, as well as the care and wellbeing ofâÂEUR¯aâÂEUR¯6 person crew, completing conservation projects on public lands, such as trail restoration, native planting, disaster deployment, habitat rehabilitation or fencing, invasive species removal, chainsaw, or various public recreational facility improvements. Leaders in Development are responsible for the physical and emotional well-being of the crew.âÂEUR¯

Required Skills

  *   AmeriCorps members must be able to pass a criminal background check.âÂEUR¯

  *   Past conservation experience preferred but not required.âÂEUR¯

  *   Professionalism: Members must be willing to follow and enforce all SCC policies, maintain professional boundaries, communicate effectively with partners, members, peers, and SCC staff, and appropriately represent SCC and AmeriCorps.

  *   Leadership:âÂEUR¯Experience, or a strong desire to lead and mentor a diverse group of young adults (ages 18-30). Ability to manage and participate in day-to-day details of crew life. Ability to listen, willingness to receive feedback, and desire to grow.âÂEUR¯âÂEUR¯

  *   Adaptability:âÂEUR¯Projects entail uncertainty and include variable living conditions and last-minute changes. Members must be patient and maintain a positive perspective. âÂEUR¯

  *   Community Building:âÂEUR¯Strong desire to help others grow as individuals while building cohesiveness in a group. Members must be willing to work hard, respect others’ viewpoints, be committed to equity, be inclusive of differing backgrounds, and embrace diversity.

  *   Environmental Stewardship:âÂEUR¯Members must engage leave no trace principles pertaining to public land stewardship and management.

  *   Fitness:âÂEUR¯SCC projects are physically demanding! 10 hour-long workdays consist of hiking, backpacking, heavy lifting, and repetitive motions using tools. Projects often take place at elevation âÂEUR” above 8,500âÂEURÂ(tm) âÂEUR” and in variable weather conditions. Members must confront conditions while leading their crew to do the same.âÂEUR¯âÂEUR¯

  *   Corps Member Development:âÂEUR¯Experience or strong desire to learn and participate as an outdoor educator and mentor.âÂEUR¯âÂEUR¯ âÂEUR¯âÂEUR¯

Required Experience

Minimum Requirements:

  *   Driving:âÂEUR¯ Must be 21, or have had a driverâÂEURÂ(tm)s license for 3 consecutive years with a clean driving record (insurable by SCC), and a current driverâÂEURÂ(tm)s license.

  *   Education: At a minimum, CLDP members must be high school graduates, GED recipients, working toward attaining a high school diploma or GED during their term of service. CLDP members obtain either a diploma or GED before using an education award.âÂEUR¯âÂEUR¯

  *   Citizenship: Members must provide primary documentation of status as a U.S. citizen or National, OR primary documentation of status as a lawful permanent resident alien of the United States.

Essential Functions:âÂEUR¯

  *   Frequently required to walk, hike, sit, talk, and listen.âÂEUR¯

  *   Required to use hands to operate objects and tools, and to reach with hands and arms.âÂEUR¯

  *   Regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.âÂEUR¯

  *   Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision and the ability to focus.âÂEUR¯

  *   Required to drive an SCC vehicleâÂEUR¯

  *   Enforce all SCC policies. SCC is a substance-free work environment. All must refrain from the use of tobacco products, vaping, alcohol, and drugs while in the program.âÂEUR¯

  *   Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functionsâÂEUR¯

For SCC Los Valles equity is a core value. To put power behind this statement, we prioritize and encourage opportunities for Black, Indigenous, Queer, Trans, and Women of Color (QTBIPOC). Interested candidates are encouraged to contact for inquiries and submit an application on our website at for the LOS VALLES region.

Interested to learn about the CLDP experience? Want support in preparing your application? Contact

Research Assistant on Grassland Ecosystem Services and Climate Resilience, Archbold Biological Station

Position Overview: Archbold Biological StationÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s Buck Island Ranch (BIR; seeks a full time research assistant to work on a recently funded project that will address how land management and grazing regime interact to affect grassland ecosystem services under future precipitation scenarios.

Main Responsibilities: The research assistant will assist with the set up of the several rainout shelters and collect data on aboveground net primary productivity (ANPP), forage nutritive value, and plant species composition in response to precipitation and grazing treatments.  ANPP will be measured using the moveable exclosure method. Lab work will include weighing and drying biomass, grinding biomass and preparing samples for tissue analysis. The research assistant may also assist with measurements of belowground processes (root biomass, decomposition, net N mineralization/nitrification).  The research assistant will assist with the set up of an automated rainfall manipulation system (Gherardi and Sala 2013) and shelters will be removable to allow cattle grazing.  The RA will maintain the rainfall shelters and ensure functionality –  these include solar panels, batteries and float switches.  The RA will manage the implementation of the grazing intensity treatments (low, medium, and high) defined on the basis of target post-grazing stubble heights and will close gates when target vegetation heights are reached. The RA will also manage one 6-month intern per year that will assist with RA duties.

Location: The position is located at ArchboldÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s Buck Island Ranch, in Lake Placid, FL, a full-scale working cattle ranch at BIR, which provides a unique platform for long-term agro-ecology research.

The successful research assistant will be supervised by Dr. Betsey (Elizabeth) Boughton (BIR; ), and will interact with Dr. Jiangxiao Qiu (; and students from University of Florida

Required qualifications: A bachelorÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s degree in biology, environmental science, ecology, or related field; basic computer skills (MS Word, Excel).

Preferred qualifications: experience in field ecology research Ãf¢ÒÂEURҔ preferably plant related; experience working on ranches or farms; experience working with environmental monitoring equipment (solar panels, batteries, soil moisture probes, etc). Some experience with building or carpentry or willingness to learn. Experienced team leader and good written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated problem solver.

Anticipated start date:  January 2021

Deadline: Review of applications will start on Dec 17, 2020.

The position is located at BIR, a 10,500-acre cattle ranch near Lake Placid, FL, with shared housing available on site.  This is a full-time position for 1 year, but can be extended to 3 years if performance is satisfactory. Competitive salary with full benefits.  Applicants should send 1) a letter of application, 2) a resume or CV with relevant coursework and experience, and 3) names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses for three references to Dr. Betsey Boughton at .  Please put Ãf¢ÒÂEURÃ’ÂoeRA for climate resilienceÃf¢ÒÂEURҝ in the email subject line. Application deadline is Dec 17, 2020, and the position will remain open until filled.  Contact Dr. Boughton via e-mail for more information.

Osa Conservation is hiring a Research Field Assistant for our Wildlife Program

Osa Conservation is hiring a Wildlife Research Field Assistant. You can

learn more about the position and Osa Conservation by visiting our website

*Osa Conservation – Wildlife Research Field Assistant (9-months; January âÂEUR”

October 2021) *

Food and accommodation included at the Osa Conservation Campus – Osa

Peninsula, Costa Rica.

Monthly stipend included – dependent on experience.

*Wildlife Research Field Assistant position summary *

The Osa Conservation Wildlife ProgramâÂEURÂ(tm)s mission is to protect, restore and

safeguard OsaâÂEURÂ(tm)s wildlife for future generations. It does this by combating

four major threats: 1) poaching, 2) data gaps in wildlife populations, 3)

habitat fragmentation and 4) climate change. The program combats these four

major threats via executing ecosystem-scale data collection, trailing and

implementing conservation technologies, and recruiting region-wide

stakeholder participation and citizen science to restore degraded and

disconnected habitats and rewild lost wildlife populations. These actions

allow long-term viable wildlife populations to be restored and maintained

for healthy ecosystem function.

The Wildlife Research Field Assistant will assist Osa ConservationâÂEURÂ(tm)s

wildlife team with field work efforts to assess the health and status of

OsaâÂEURÂ(tm)s wildlife community and explore new approaches to overcome the

challenges listed above. They will do this by executing region-scale

wildlife assessments, trialling rewilding techniques, assessing the success

of restoration approaches and implementing technology in monitoring and

protection efforts.

*Role and Responsibilities:*

Ò·         Execute wildlife monitoring via traditional survey techniques and

data entry in the 40 Osa Verde Experimental Restoration Plots as part of a

team. Including dung beetle pitfall trapping, bird point counts, butterfly

trapping, amphibian surveys and mammal camera trapping.

Ò·         Execute regular monitoring and maintenance of artificial nest

boxes (bird and bat) via camera trapping and endoscopes, compile and

analyse results for a short communication/publication.

Ò·         Assist the restoration team with tree growth and mortality

measuring in the 40 Osa Verde experimental restoration plots.

Ò·         Maintain and monitor white-lipped peccary food banks and tapir

mineral licks.

Ò·         Utilize and become an ambassador for citizen science apps

(iNaturalist, eBird, Instant Wild and eMammal) to monitor the incredible

biodiversity of a tropical rainforest system.

Ò·         Assist the tree climbing team to maintain and install

connectivity tools (rope bridges) and canopy camera traps to monitor

success and wildlife movements.

Ò·         Work alongside Osa Conservations Media and Communications

Coordinator to design, create and execute an impactful Wild Cat

Conservation media campaign and a Ridge-to-Reef Photography Competition.

Ò·         Assist the wildlife team in region-wide field work activities and

social surveys.

Ò·         Create content for personal and organizational social media

accounts to promote the work of the wildlife program and communicate

stories of a young wildlife biologist in the field.

Ò·         Execute monthly equipment cleaning and inventory and data

management checks.

Ò·         Attend bi-weekly science meetings to interact with Osa

Conservations science team and outside researchers.

*Skills and Attributes Required:*

Ò·         BSc degree in a wildlife, environmental or conservation topic or

in the process of completing one.

Ò·         Fluent in English and Spanish (Oral and Written).

Ò·         Knowledge and experience in wildlife monitoring surveys.

Ò·         Physically fit and able to work long hours in a difficult and

harsh environment.

Ò·         Good team member with excellent communication skillsâÂEUR” able to

live and work with a multicultural team.

Ò·         Able to live in basic living conditions and tropical rainforest

conservation campus.

Ò·         Hard working and passionate with a desire to learn and improve âÂEUR”

willing to put the hard work in to go the extra mile for conservation

efforts and personal career development.

Ò·         Excellent computer skills with a confidence in all Microsoft and

Google programs.

To apply send your CV and cover letter (including links to your social

media accounts) with subject title âÂEURÂoeWildlife RFA 2021âÂEUR to Wildlife Program

Coordinator by the 30th November 2020.