Month: November 2020

Research funding from the Lepidopterists’ Society – undergrad funding available

Students (graduate or undergraduate) studying Lepidoptera can apply for research funding from the Lepidopterists’ Society as part of the Ron Leuschner Memorial Fund for Research on the Lepidoptera. The deadline is January 15, 2021. Application is on the awards page for the Society Contact Shannon Murphy (email address on the application) with any questions!

Seasonal Position (Apply Now): Invasive Species Survey Technician – Southwest Michigan CISMA


The Invasive Species Survey Technician organizes and facilitates surveys of public and private property to monitor the presence and absence of the invasive insect, hemlock woolly adelgid (Ãf¢ÒÂEURÃ’ÂoeHWAÃf¢ÒÂEURҝ; Adelges tsugae) throughout southwest Michigan. Primary responsibilities include surveying land for hemlock trees and HWA; data recording, tracking, and submission; and HWA outreach and education. This will be the third season of HWA surveys, and the Invasive Species Survey Technician will pick up where the last technicians left off. Surveys will be conducted with the Strike Team Coordinator and training will be provided.


The SWxSW Corner Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) is a collaborative organization that works with regional partners to minimize the impact of invasive species in Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren Counties. The CISMA works to help citizens, land owners, and land managers understand and manage invasive species in our area. The CISMA strives to help municipalities and homeowners recognize and manage the threats of invasive species.


The Invasive Species Survey Technician is a seasonal position, working up to 40 hours/week for up to 25 weeks. This position is not exempt from overtime requirements, with an hourly wage of $13-15/hour depending on experience. Seasonal positions are not eligible for benefits except those required by law.


Start date: December 16th (flexible)

End date: April-May (flexible; this is dependent upon HWA phenology)


-Formal Education or Equivalent

At least one season of field experience

Some education in relevant Natural Resource, Biology, or Ecology field preferred

Related Work Experience

Background in natural resource management (invasive species identification preferred)

Experience with data recording, managing, and tracking

Experience in Michigan plant identification preferred


Must be able to work efficiently outdoors in varying conditions and terrain

Able to deal with physically demanding work in inclement weather

Strong organizational skills

Strong and proven team-player AND self-motivated worker

Strong knowledge of plant identification and regional invasive species preferred

Must be able to navigate off trail or in the backcountry, execute transect paths, use a compass & map and/or GPS unit

Excellent verbal and written communication skills in the English language, able to work with the public while completing field work, make phone calls, and send professional emails

Proficient in use of Microsoft Office Suite

Ability to become proficient in HWA visual identification and convey HWA information to the public after on-the-job training

Proficient knowledge of ArcMap, ArcOnline and Garmin handheld GPS preferred


Able to work flexible hours

Must maintain a valid driverÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s license and possess a (registered, insured) vehicle for use during work hours (approved mileage will be reimbursed)


-Program Implementation (90%)

Works with Strike Team Coordinator and partners to survey for HWA and elongate hemlock scale

Survey for HWA primarily in Allegan County, with some time in Berrien and Van Buren Counties, and possibly in Cass County

Works with private property owners to obtain written permission to survey their properties

Follows HWA detection survey and decontamination protocols

Works with CISMA staff to submit suspected HWA samples to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Enters and edits survey data in ArcMap and ArcOnline primarily using tablets for field data collection

Creates maps in ArcMap/QGIS for field use or for depicting survey plans, priorities, completion, and/or current status of invasive species

Communicates with partners and the public on invasive species, especially HWA, both in the field and at events

-Services/Other (10%)

Performs other assignments as required


The SWxSW Corner CISMA works primarily out of the Van Buren Conservation District office, located in Paw Paw, Michigan. When in the field, technicians will primarily survey in Allegan, Berrien, and Van Buren Counties. This will involve considerable driving in company and/or personal vehicles. Field work may involve traversing uneven, boggy, and snow-covered terrain in a wide range of temperatures and conditions, including snow and rain. This may require strenuous hikes and lifting equipment and materials of up to 40 pounds. The Invasive Species Survey Technician must be ready and willing to work in a variety of conditions, as well as travel through the CISMAÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s entire service area. Successful applicants must have consistent access to appropriate cold-weather clothing. For decontamination purposes, technicians must launder or tumble dry clothing every night. Applicants should consider the availability of laundry facilities when applying. Due to COVID-19, applicants should be proactive in practicing social distancing, and should be aware that they will share space with at least the Strike Team Coordinator during surveys. Office work can be done on a work-from-home basis until it is safe to return to the office.


Please email a 1-2 page resume (including references) and a cover letter stating your suitability for the position based on required knowledge and skills to the Strike Team Coordinator, Abbie Bristol at:

No calls please.

Applications must be received no later than 5 PM EST, Monday, 30 November 2020

The Xerces Society’s 2021 DeWind Awards for Lepidoptera Research

The Xerces Society is now accepting applications for two awards for research into Lepidoptera conservation

Joan Mosenthal DeWind was a pioneering member of the Xerces Society. A psychiatric social worker by profession, she was also an avid butterfly gardener and an accomplished amateur lepidopterist. Her contributions of time, organizational expertise, and financial support were essential to the early growth and success of the Xerces Society, and helped found a robust organization that has continued to expand in the decades since and become a conservation leader. In Joan’s memory, Bill DeWind established this student research endowment fund. Award amounts are determined annually, but are a minimum of $3,750 each.

Submission Requirements: The DeWind Awards are given to students who are engaged in studies and research leading to a university degree related to Lepidoptera conservation and who intend to continue to work in this field. All proposals must be written by the student researcher. Proposed research should have a clear connection to Lepidoptera conservation and must be completed within one year from receiving funds. Applicants may be graduate or undergraduate students; however, please note that all but one awardee, to date, have been pursuing graduate research. Applications from countries outside the United States will be considered but must be written in English and international applicant work cannot involve work in the United States.

Submission Deadline: The submission deadline is Sunday, January 3, 2021, at 11:59 PM PST. Award winners will be announced by March 31, 2021, with initial awards payments sent out by June 2021.

For more information on how to apply, and to view previous winners, please visit:

The DeWind FAQs page can be viewed here:

Forest Service – Forest Inventory and Analysis Outreach Notice; Forestry Technician (Crew Member)



Date: Thu,  5 Nov 2020 19:56:22

From: “Rigsby, Kathryn – FS” <>

Subject: ******Forest Service – Forest Inventory and Analysis Outreach Notice; Forestry Technician (Crew Member)*****


USDA Forest Service

Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Data Collection Team

Temporary Seasonal (1039) Crew Member GS-0462-05/06

    PLEASE REPLY by November 11, 2020

We are outreaching for opportunities to join our 2021 Data Collection Team! Currently, we anticipate hiring up to 15 seasonal 1039 positions to any of our 16 satellite duty locations in Washington, Oregon and California (see outreach response form for full list). Positions will be filled based on changes in current work force at the start of the 2021 Field Season.

About the positions:

The PNWRS FIA unit is part of a nationwide program which collects, processes, analyzes, evaluates, and publishes comprehensive information on forest and other related renewable resources.

These Crew Member positions will support sampling field plots located on a systematic grid across all land ownerships and will be almost entirely field based. A wide variety of information is collected in the inventory, including: tree measurements; forest pathogens; understory vegetation composition and structure; stand treatments and disturbances; down woody material measurements; and land ownership. The areas sampled for the Forest Inventory by the PNW Research Station cover a diversity of ecological communities.

All field staff work under the direction of a State Coordinator. Forestry Technician Crew Members join a crew of up to four individuals and report directly to Crew Leaders at their duty location. Data collection efforts require significant travel (40-80%) with lodging in motels/hotels in addition to backpacking/camping. In all areas, work conditions are arduous. In some locations the work day often exceeds 10 hours. Work may be performed in inclement weather (cold, heat, rain, snow) and on rugged, steep, slippery, and/or brushy slopes. Significant amounts of on-trail and off-trail hiking is required. Field crews must carry a 45lb pack daily, with pack weights sometimes exceeding 60lbs. Exposure to hazards such as poison oak, bears, and insects is common. Travel by helicopter, stock animal, or boat may be required.


If you are interested in these vacancies, please use the attached response form to express your interest by November 11, 2020. Applicants are encouraged to provide their resume tailored to this opportunity. You can send your responses electronically to: Please use the subject line “Forestry Technician”.

Note: For information on temporary crew member vacancies with the Coastal Alaska FIA program, please contact Sarah Ellison at: 907-227-3963, or via email at:

Please forward to those who may be of interest!

Shortened Deadline- Dauphin Island Sea Lab Mammal Internship

Date: Wed,  4 Nov 2020 15:40:36


Subject: Shortened Deadline- Dauphin Island Sea Lab Mammal Internship

Due to an overwhelming response of applicants to the recently posted

opening for the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding

Network’s Spring 2021 Internship, we have shortened the deadline. The new

deadline is NOVEMBER 15TH, 2020 AT 11:59 PM. If you are interested in

applying, please do so before the new deadline.

The Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network (ALMMSN) located at the Dauphin

Island Sea Lab (DISL) in Dauphin Island, AL, is recruiting a highly

motivated intern to assist with marine mammal stranding response in coastal

Alabama waters. ALMMSN is a cooperative regional stranding network partner

and works in conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric

Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service and the US Fish and

Wildlife Service to respond to dolphin, whale, and manatee strandings. Our

primary goal is to enhance reporting and response efforts for marine mammal

strandings to ensure collection of consistent, high-quality data that are

used to evaluate causes of strandings and/or death. This internship is a

physically demanding position, as field response and necropsy events often

create long days in a variety of weather conditions. This intern will gain

useful knowledge, skills, and experience in the fields of marine biology

and marine mammalogy.

Internship Dates: 3 to 5 months starting February 2021 (3 month minimum;

may be extended based on intern performance and availability; start/end

dates flexible)

Daily duties include: Field stranding response, data collection, data

management, participation in necropsy events, sample handling, and

equipment/lab maintenance/cleaning. The intern will also have the

opportunity to complete an independent research project based on their

interests, which will culminate in a presentation at the end of the


Qualification requirements:

– be a student or recent graduate (0-2 years) of a biology/marine

biology, marine science, oceanography, zoology or related program;

– have interest in marine mammal biology, physiology and anatomy;

– have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record;

– be 18 years or older;

– be physically fit, able to lift at least 50 lbs, and a strong


– have the ability to endure unpleasant field conditions including

temperatures between 30F-100F, rain, humidity and biting insects;

– have knowledge of digital SLR cameras and lenses;

– have the ability to work at least 30 hrs/week including one

weekend day per week (nights and holidays may be required as necessary with


This position is paid. Intern is responsible for providing their own

housing and transport to DISL. Assistance finding housing can be provided.

Applicants must be eligible to legally reside in the U.S. for the duration

of the internship period. International applicants are accepted; however,

no visa assistance can be provided.

Interested applicants must send a cover letter, CV and dates of

availability to  by NOVEMBER 15TH, 2020 AT 11:59 PM to be


Preference will be given to applicants who can stay through the entire

internship period. Application review will begin immediately.

More information about ALMMSN and the Marine Ecosystem Response Laboratory

can be found at;;sdata=QGkrDCwlDjfXc8ZJUVe699tIaYObfizBTqXVSeWSlbU%3D&amp;reserved=0,;;sdata=Ww62juK0NARIQ6di4oLgyXjd3xSAV3Nr%2Ff%2BhIDyoWHo%3D&amp;reserved=0 or by

contacting ALMMSN at