Month: January 2021

Smithsonian Orchid Field Research Internship

Subject: Smithsonian Orchid Field Research Internship


The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) is offering two paid internship opportunities on a project focused on evaluating native orchids as indicators of forest health. This project is the product of a partnership between the Changing Landscapes Initiative (CLI), Virginia Working Landscapes (VWL), and the North American Orchid Conservation Center.  The goal of this research project is to record and assess the status of native orchid populations, evaluate their use as indicators of forest health, and to engage local citizens and students in conservation science.


The orchid field interns will gain experience in field survey methodologies, plant and tree identification, data management and analysis, and project management. Common activities include conducting transect surveys for orchids and invasive species, collecting forest characteristics metrics, and taking soil samples. This interns will also collaborate with the CLI  outreach coordinator to develop outreach and communications materials, and participate in remote public engagement opportunities with citizen scientists.


Together, these interns will play a significant role in advancing our knowledge of native orchid populations, and the effects of land use on them, as well as educating the local community on topics related to orchid ecology and conservation.


Learning Objectives:

Through this internship, interns will assist with the following as they gain important experience with conservation science:

-Expand plant and tree identification skills through field surveys and other work in Virginia forests

-Improve familiarity with methodologies in plant field ecology, database management, statistical analysis, and science communication

-Gain project management skills in coordinating field work with Smithsonian staff across multiple units, graduate students, other interns, and citizen scientists

-Increase technical skills using programs, such as ArcGIS, R-Studio and MS Excel to support analysis efforts

-Expand on technical writing skills by revising and updating written project protocols for training and sharing purposes

-Develop communication skills by assisting with the creation of content for the web and other outreach platforms, and assisting with outreach and training events with project partners and citizen scientists


Who Should Apply:

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

-Experience participating in structured biological field surveys

-Experience with plant identification

-Ability to legibly and accurately record and transcribe field data

-Tolerance for a range of field conditions, including occasionally difficult terrain and wet environments

-Strong interest in science and conservation, and some experience in ecology and conservation biology

-Excellent communication skills

-Strong organizational skills


-Keen attention to detail when proofreading, copyediting and fact-checking

-Familiarity working with large databases considered a plus

-Willingness to take initiative and motivation to seek new learning opportunities

-Ability to engage within a team environment with staff and other interns and volunteers

-Willingness to take instruction and critical feedback

-Additional experience with outreach skills a plus

–Experience using social media and other online outreach platforms

–Excellent writing skills

–Public relations experience or abilities

–Experience in event planning and facilitation

–Graphic design experience



The stipend is $1200 per month



The internship will be based at the SCBI campus in Front Royal, Virginia but the internsÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm) activities will be conducted throughout a 15-county region of Northern Virginia (Frederick, Clark, Loudon, Warren, Shenandoah, Page, Rappahannock, Fauquier, Culpepper, Orange, Green, Madison, Rockingham, Augusta, Albemarle)


Interns will need to provide their own vehicle for travel to field sites. All fields sites will be accessible from standard paved roads so there are no special requirements for the internÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s vehicle.

The interns must also provide their own computer and a stable internet connection for communication with mentors and data entry/analysis. The Smithsonian will provide a remote desktop connection for all file storage and computational processing needs.



Housing is not available on the SCBI campus at this time so interns will be required to provide their own housing. Please keep this in mind if you are applying from outside the study area described above.


Benefits For Interns:

Through SCBI interns are offered an opportunity to develop professional skills while participating in current research on native biodiversity in Virginia. This includes learning opportunities in the areas of field techniques in ecological monitoring, data analysis, project management, and communications.


Term of Appointment:

This is a six-month internship with a desired start date of April 1st 2020, and is a full-time appointment (40 hours per week).


Application Deadline:

January 31, 2020 11:59 pm EST


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:

1) Type of appointment: “Internship”

2) Unit of interest: “National Zoological Park”

3) Program: “Changing Landscapes Initiative Field Internship”


IMPORTANT: Your application is considered complete when you hit “Submit.” 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


Conservation Technicians: St. Francis’ satyr butterfly research – 4

Subject: Hiring Conservation Technicians: St. Francis’ satyr butterfly research

The Haddad Lab at Michigan State University is hiring four field technicians for research in North Carolina on the St. FrancisÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm) satyr butterfly from early May through mid-August. One position may begin on April 1st and extend through September. The St. FrancisÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm) satyr is a federally endangered butterfly that is found only on the Ft. Bragg Army Installation in North Carolina. It is restricted to disturbance-dependent wetlands.  Work will include daily monitoring of adult butterflies during flight periods, maintenance of restored habitat, captive-rearing and breeding of individuals from eggs to adults, vegetation surveys, and assistance with studies on butterfly behavior and plant demography. All technicians will live near Ft. Bragg, NC for the duration of the summer.

Qualifications: Applicants must have or be working toward a bachelorÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s degree in biology, fisheries and wildlife, or a related field. They must also be comfortable working outdoors all day in extreme heat and humidity and be willing to tolerate biting insects and the presence of venomous snakes. Candidates with previous field work experience will be especially favorably received. This position represents an excellent opportunity for enthusiastic and motivated students who are interested in gaining or expanding their field experience in conservation biology.

Additional information about the project is available on the web at:

Compensation is $16.25/hour. Shared housing has been identified and rent will be split among researchers.

To apply: Applications must be submitted through the Michigan State University careers website. The job posting can be found here:

In your application, please include a cover letter describing why you are interested in and qualified for the position, resume, and the email address and phone number for two professional references.

CTSG Undergraduate research fellowship opportunity for summer 2021

CTSG Undergraduate research fellowship opportunity for summer 2021

The Connecticut Sea Grant Undergraduate Research Fellowship seeks to broaden participation of underrepresented/underserved students in marine and coastal professions by providing early career experience, training and mentorship to the next generation of scientists, decision makers and marine industry professionals.


The program will do so by funding a research fellowship for up to two undergraduate students who represent the social diversity of the communities of Connecticut. Underrepresented minorities and socioeconomically disadvantaged students as well as students of color, indigenous students, US military veterans, members of the LGBTQ community, and students with disabilities are encouraged to seek a research mentor with whom to apply for this opportunity.


Up to two fellowships, each with a $5,000 stipend, will be offered this summer to enable selected students to conduct independent research under the guidance of a research mentor. The application process requires submission of a mentor-proposed natural or social science-based research project and a student nomination for the research fellowship. The research project must be completed in nine weeks over the summer, and be focused on a coastal, marine or watershed issue relevant to the Connecticut Sea Grant Strategic Plan for 2018-2023, which can be accessed at:


Submission deadline is Tuesday March 15, 2021

The complete Call and Guidance on how to apply can be found here:


For more information: see, or contact:

Dr. Syma A. Ebbin, research coordinator

Connecticut Sea Grant College Program

The University of Connecticut

1080 Shennecossett Road

Groton, CT 06340-6048

Tel: (860) 405-9278; Fax: (860) 405-9109


Disease Ecology Project Assistant Opportunities Available at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Stud

From: Jennifer Pendleton <>

Subject: Disease Ecology Project Assistant Opportunities Available at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is accepting applications for the

following position:

Disease Ecology Project Assistant, âÂEURÂoeThe Tick ProjectâÂEUR (up to 10)

Research:  The Tick Project  is a randomized,

placebo-controlled, double-blind research program to design and test a

tick-control strategy for preventing human cases of tick-borne disease.

The study is conducted at the scale of entire residential neighborhoods

within the Lyme-disease endemic zone of the northeastern United States.

The study emphasizes principles of disease ecology in the context of

disease prevention.

Job Description: Project Assistants are needed to study the effects of tick

management interventions on the abundance and distribution of blacklegged

ticks and risk of tick-borne disease in people.  Location is the Cary

Institute of Ecosystem Studies in New YorkâÂEURÂ(tm)s Hudson River Valley, with

travel to sites throughout Dutchess County, New York.  Duties include

sampling, collecting, and identifying ticks from residential neighborhoods.

Qualifications: Meticulous attention to detail and experience in field

ecology is required. Prior experience with tick sampling is highly

desirable. The ability to work in small teams and to withstand hot and

humid field conditions is essential.

Employment to begin on April 12, 2021 and end July 16, 2021.

Position reports to Dr. Richard S. Ostfeld and is full time, 35 hours/week.

This is an hourly, non-exempt, non-benefited position. Wages are

commensurate with education and experience. The final candidate will be

required to complete a post-offer, pre-employment driving background check

successfully. Candidates must be authorized to work in the U.S. On-site or

nearby housing is available. Review of applications will occur as

applications are received. Posting is open until April 04, 2021 or until


Decisions about hiring and procedures governing housing and working

conditions will be regularly updated based on current information on the

ongoing covid-19 pandemic and public health regulations pertaining thereto.

To Apply: Please submit a job application using this link

and by

clicking the âÂEURÂoeApply NowâÂEUR button at the bottom of the page. Under âÂEURÂoeResumeâÂEUR

on the application page, click the âÂEURÂoeUpload ResumeâÂEUR link to upload a single

PDF file consisting of a letter of application, a resume, and the names,

phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references. Please

contact Patricia Jones ( with any questions about


The Cary Institute is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative

Action (AA) employer. It is the policy of the Company to provide equal

employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to

race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national

origin, age, familial status, protected veteran or disabled status, or

genetic information.

Job announcement – Sagebrush sampling

The Institute for Natural Resources at Oregon State University is hiring field crews, crew leaders, and team leaders for sagebrush steppe sampling during the 2021 field season. Work begins late April and will continue to August or September. The job involves vegetation and soil sampling using AIM protocols throughout eastern Oregon, Washington, and northwest Nevada. Field work entails 8 day sampling hitches where we will be camping in the areas we will be working. Crews have 6 days off between hitches.  Crew members travel between their homes and the remote and widespread sample plots on the first and last days of the work hitch. Most crew members live in Portland / Corvallis / Eugene / Bend areas and but there is flexibility on where you can choose to live on the off hitches, provided it is logistically feasible. We are looking for people who are familiar with identifying plants, who can handle the hard work of digging soil pits and vegetation sampling in the often hash steppe environment, and are excited by extensive camping in remote, beautiful areas. The compensation will be between $13.73 and $19.51 per hour for crew members, $14.74 and $21.40 for crew leaders and $15.81 and $23.49 per hour for team leaders (depending on experience). We also provide a per deim of around $80 per day to cover expenses for food and wear and tear on your camping gear. We will be hiring 8 to 10 people under the Bio Tech 1 posting as crew members (who are part of a 2-person crew installing the plots), 5 to 8 people under the Bio Tech 2 posting as crew leaders (who manage the day to day activities of a 2-person crew), and 3 to 5 people under the Bio Tech 3 posting as team leaders (who manage the activities of 2 crews over each hitch). Apply online to the pool before January 19th or 21st, 2019 for full consideration. We will continue to evaluate application received until the closing date of March 31, 2020.
      Bio Sci Research Tech 1                           Crew members
Posting Number: P02461CT              ;;sdata=7ntiEZbLWPGanE2xRIWWTTtkuBBhIMlU8ov70Vsim7U%3D&amp;reserved=0
Opening Date: 5 January, 2021                   Full consideration date: 21 January, 2021
Closing date: 31 March, 2021
     Bio Sciences Research Tech 2                       Crew Leaders
Posting Number: P02832CT              ;;sdata=x24Itgomltp7pmx%2FmhTB1x%2BBYsnzmi3S7B7h0dhaB9c%3D&amp;reserved=0
Opening Date: 7 January, 2021                   Full consideration date: 21 January, 2021
Closing date: 31 March, 2021
     Bio Science Research Tech 3                        Team leaders
Posting Number: P02831CT              ;;sdata=CQfHtkUDpKKHUAYEZwUIu9l%2F8bRDPyosuU5GYn5yTd8%3D&amp;reserved=0
Opening Date: 7 January, 2021                   Full consideration date: 21 January, 2021
Closing date: 31 March, 2021
Contact or with any questions.
Michael Russell

Lab Technician Job in Pollination Ecology

Subject: Lab Technician Job in Pollination Ecology

Lab Technician Job in Pollination Ecology

The Winfree Lab at Rutgers University ( invites applications for a lab technician position to process pollen samples for a study on the pollen diets of wild bees. The goals of the larger project are to determine the most important plant species supporting spring forest bee communities, and to explore scientific questions about bee biodiversity at large spatial scales.

This is a six month position that starts 23 Jan 2021 with exact start and end dates being somewhat flexible. The technician will be expected to work ten hours per week. Pay is $15 per hour.

Among the key duties of this position are the following:
Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢ Prepares and mounts pollen samples on microscope slides.
Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢ Manages data on sample preparation and slide making.
Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢ Helps to maintain supplies, lab space, and sample organization.
Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢ Provides assistance with insect specimen curation.
Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢ May also assist with counting and identification of pollen samples using light microscopy.

Required Qualifications:
Experience with laboratory benchwork. Good fine motor skills, organizational skills, and communication skills. Ability to work independently.

Preferred Qualifications:
Extensive professional experience with laboratory benchwork. Experience with insect curation, microscopy, and/or pollen identification.

To apply, go to Ãf’Ò;;sdata=Dt3mxKupFdL9JlCd3uiU43tr4E19dlhNKb7Jn%2BxU1pk%3D&amp;reserved=0 and click on Ãf¢ÒÂEURÃ’ÂoeApply for this job.” Your application should include a Resume/CV (including contact information for minimum 2 references), and a cover letter (1 page max, size 12 font) detailing your interest in the position and why you feel you would be a good fit for the job. Direct all questions to Lucia Weinman (luciaraew at Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Rutgers University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and
the Winfree Lab encourages applications from underrepresented groups.

Paid Summer Internship: Maine lake water quality

Subject: Paid Summer Internship: Maine lake water quality

The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) Research Department is seeking one to two science-oriented summer interns to help conducted research and monitoring on AMCÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s Maine Woods Initiative (MWI) lands, located in the 100-mile wilderness area of Maine. One funded research project will develop a lake water quality monitoring program for lakes and ponds across MWI, in coordination and co-mentorship with Lake Stewards of Maine. Additional ongoing research at MWI includes stream connectivity studies and long-term forest monitoring in support of ecoreserve status and carbon sequestration, on our sustainably managed forest at MWI.

Field technician position for Red-winged blackbird research project

Subject: Field technician position for Red-winged blackbird research project

Location: Fargo, ND

Review of applications will begin February 1, 2021, but will be accepted until the position is filled.

Job Category: Temporary/Seasonal Position (Full-time)

Anticipated Start and End Date: 4/20/2021-July 5 (Start and end date may be flexible upon negotiation)

Salary: $10-12/hour contingent on experience

Description: The lab of Dr. Tim Greives is looking for a field technician to assist in the upcoming field season for a research project conducted in prairie pothole wetlands near Fargo, ND (Alice USFWS WPA). The research aims (1) to assess potential biomarkers of trade-offs in migration and reproduction, and (2) aggressive behavior in female red-winged blackbirds.

Duties include: capturing and banding free-ranging birds, morphological measurements, blood sampling, and nest searching and monitoring, organization and management of field data. Field work requires extensive periods wading in the wetlands under both cold and hot conditions.

Preferred qualifications:
Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢ Willingness to work early in the mornings in sometimes inclement weather.
Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢ Accurate data entry.
Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢ Previous experience: 1) capturing and handling birds, 2) taking blood samples from songbirds, and 3) nest searching and monitoring are preferred but we accept applicants willing to learn these skills as well.

How to apply: Enthusiastic applicants interested in the field research technician position are encouraged to apply by sending a letter of interest, CV or resume, and contact information of three references in a single Word or pdf document with subject Ãf¢ÒÂEURÃ’ÂoeRed-winged Blackbird Field Tech PositionÃf¢ÒÂEURҝ to Esther Morales ( and/or Maggie Maniago (