Month: January 2021

REU Summer Virtual Internships at SERC (Edgewater, MD)

Subject: REU Summer Virtual Internships at SERC (Edgewater, MD)

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) is recruiting students for internships during the summer of 2021. In accordance with COVID-19 safety precautions; we will be unable to provide on-site housing for students, so we are interested in students who are looking for virtual internship opportunities as well as the possibility of students who live locally and would be able to commute to the SERC campus multiple days per week.

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, Maryland offers undergraduate and beginning graduate students a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the fields of environmental research and education. The program enables students to work on specific projects while getting experience in valuable lab techniques all under the direction of the Center’s professional staff. The program is tailored to provide the maximum educational benefit to each participant.

SERC is focused on understanding the causes and consequences of environmental change for marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems. Interns at SERC conduct independent projects over 12-16 weeks utilizing our 2,650-acre research site on the shores of Chesapeake Bay to provide novel insights into some of the most profound issues challenging our world today; including habitat loss, climate change, and invasive species. The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center has maintained an REU site since 2001 and those students sponsored have used our professional-training programs as a steppingstone to pursue advanced careers in the environmental sciences.

How to Apply

Application to the SERC Internship Program consists of on-line registration,

Student copy of transcripts, personal essay, CV or resume, and two letters of recommendation using the Smithsonian On-line Academic Appointment (SOLAA)

Application deadlines are listed below:

Summer (May-August): Deadline is February 15th

For more information please visit our web site

Summer research experiences

The Consortium for Plant Invasion Genomics (CPING; is seeking applicants for twenty-four
(24) in-person undergraduate research positions for Summer 2021.

Each student will be paired with a CPING mentor and will gain experience in
field collection, use of herbarium specimens, genomics, and bioinformatics.
Specific projects will vary by CPING mentor, but students will form an
interactive cohort that will receive training in career development,
research best practices, and scientific communication.

The CREU session will run from June 1st ¡V August 12th, 2021, which
concludes with a professional conference at which students can present
their work. Research sites span 20 mentor labs across 14 U.S. states.
Undergraduates in their second year and beyond (including graduating
seniors) with interests in invasive species, botany, and/or genomics are
encouraged to contact individual CPING mentors prior to application. List
of mentors can be found here: (
Students are encouraged to contact potential mentors prior to applying.

Due to funding restrictions, students must be U.S. citizens or
permanent residents, but students who come from underrepresented
groups in STEM, have limited research opportunities at
their home institutions, and/or live or study in EPSCoR states (
are encouraged to apply!

Successful applicants will receive a stipend of $4,000, another $2000 for
travel and living expenses, $1000 in research funds and full travel funds
to the CPING annual conference in August 2021. Applications are due
February 28th, 2021.

Brittany Sutherland <>

REU Program at GMRI

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute is in its third year of our NSF-funded REU Site – Integrated Studies in a Rapidly Warming Fishery EcosystemThe GMRI REU Site will pair students with researchers based at GMRI and engaged in a broad range of fishery ecosystem and climate adaptation studies.


We welcome applications from undergraduate students from a broad range of institutions and backgrounds including two- and four-year colleges and underserved communities (e.g., minorities, students with disabilities, first-generation college students, veterans).


GMRI offers ten weeks of hands-on research experience at our waterfront location in Portland, Maine, with a weekly stipend and meal/travel allowances. Online applications are open through February 15th. Detailed information can be found on our website.


Thank you for circulating this opportunity to your colleagues and students.

Job Opportunities: NM Seeds of Success (3 positions)

Conservation Corps New Mexico positions available for two crew members and one crew leader working with or supervising New Mexico Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Seeds of Success (SOS) teams, operated by Conservation Corps New Mexico.

Click on links below for more information:




Biological Technician (Pollinators): Maryland and Virginia National Battlefields

Subject: Biological Technician (Pollinators): Maryland and Virginia National Battlefields

Field Assistant (Student Service Contractor) Position with Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center

Duration: May through September, 2021. Exact dates are flexible and contingent on COVID-19 restrictions

Projects: Bee ecology, plant-pollinator interactions

Description: This position is in support of a native bee research project led by the US Geological Survey at Monocacy, Manassas, and Antietam National Battlefields, and C & O Canal National Historical Park. The project goals are to determine how native bee diversity varies between warm- and cool-season grasslands and quantify floral resources used by native bees. The field assistant will be working in a 2-person team alongside a lead biological technician. Duty station will be Sharpsburg, MD.

Knowledge and Skills Required for the Position:

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢Experience identifying flowering plants to species including native and non-native forbs, invasive plants, and/or agricultural crops.
Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢Skilled at entering data in Excel and/or Access.
Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢Ability to communicate with a wide variety of people, including scientists and possibly land-managers.
Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢Must possess a valid state driverÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s license.
Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢General knowledge of native pollinator communities is preferred, but not required.
Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢Must be able to carry field equipment (up to 40 pounds), spend long hours walking through grasslands, and drive field vehicles.

Salary: $16.30/hour. Housing may be provided but is not guaranteed at the time of this posting. Students will be working as independent contractors and do not receive a premium rate for work beyond 8 hours/day or 40 hours/week. Additionally, students are paid only for hours worked (with no holiday or personal leave benefits). Students do earn 1 hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked.  Pay Rates for students include cost of self-employment taxes for social security and Medicare.

To Apply

All applicants must be a current student or a recent graduate from a university (within 12 months at time of contract awarding). Please send a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for two references to Mike Simanonok ( and Jen Larson ( before January 25th. Interviews may be requested before the application deadline. Please state your current academic status and available start and end dates in your cover letter.

Mike Simanonok, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, 8711 37th St SE, Jamestown, ND 58401,

Jen Larson, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, 1561 Lindig St, Saint Paul, MN 55104,

Deer Habitat Research Technician – Purdue University

Subject: Deer Habitat Research Technician – Purdue University

Job Title: Deer Habitat Research Technician
Agency: Purdue University, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
Location: West Lafayette, Indiana
Job Category: Full-Time Temporary
Salary: $12/hour – plus a monthly housing stipend of $710
Duration: March 1 Ãf¢ÒÂEURҔ July 30, 2021
Last Date to Apply: 1/24/21

Description: The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources has an opening for a technician to assist with fieldwork on the Integrated Deer Management Project. The Deer Project is a multiyear, statewide research effort seeking to combine information on deer populations, current deer habitat, and peopleÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s attitudes and expectations about deer populations for improved understanding and management of deer in Indiana. The successful applicant will work with Purdue faculty, staff, and graduate students to study the impacts of deer on habitat condition in Indiana.
Technician duties include, but are not limited to, identifying woody and herbaceous plant species, performing browse and pellet surveys, tallying sapling and seedling densities along transects, retrieving trail cameras, and planting oak seedlings.

Required Qualifications:
–       Progress towards or completion of BachelorÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s degree with coursework in Wildlife Biology, Forestry, or a related field
–       Knowledge and ability to use basic wildlife research tools and equipment including compass and hand-held GPS
–       Ability to accurately record scientific data
–       Ability to work effectively as part of a team
–       Ability to work in extreme and variable conditions (long days, inclement weather including extreme heat and rain, the presence of biting insects, and rugged terrain)
–       Ability to work a flexible schedule, with potential weekend work
–       Comfortable speaking to law enforcement, landowners and other stakeholders
–       Valid U.S. driverÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s license and the ability to drive University vehicles
Preferred Qualifications:
–       Experience with browse surveys
–       Prior experience in identification of woody and herbaceous plant species in the Midwestern U.S.
–       First Aid/CPR certification

To Apply: Send a brief cover letter (Ãf¢ÒÂ?Ò¤ 1 page), resume, and contact information for at least two references in a single PDF document to Richard Sample ( AND Patrick McGovern ( Save the file as Ãf¢ÒÂEURÃ’ÂoeLastname_Habitat_Tech.pdfÃf¢ÒÂEURҝ (e.g, McGovern_Habitat_Tech.pdf). Applications will be evaluated as they are received.
Contact Person: Richard Sample
Contact Email:

Summer 2021 Undergrad Research on Chesapeake Bay (REU)

Summer 2021 Undergraduate REU

Research on Chesapeake Bay

Deadline: February 19, 2021


My name is Mike Allen. I’m the director of the Maryland Sea Grant Research Experiences for Undergraduates program in marine and estuarine science. I am reaching out to thank you for writing a reference letter for your student’s application to our 2020 program. We value the input that you provide by helping to give us a broader perspective of the student.  

I also want to let you know that we have opened up our application period for students interested in our program for summer 2021. If you know of a strong advanced undergraduate student who would benefit from a summer research experience on the Chesapeake Bay, I encourage you to share our information with that student. We select undergraduates in diverse disciplines, including engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, toxicology, ecology and marine and environmental science. In particular, we encourage students from colleges and universities where access to marine science and to research opportunities is limited and who are from groups underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math

You can find more information on our website ( or download a flyer to share using this link ( I’ve included some specifics about the summer program at the bottom of this email. 

Again, thank you for taking the time to serve as a letter writer! 

Yours sincerely, 

Mike Allen 

 Image removed by sender. reu class of 2019 with orientation leaders

Are you looking for a summer research internship studying ocean, coastal or environmental science? I invite you to check out the Maryland Sea Grant Summer REU program. We bring upper-level undergraduate students to the Chesapeake Bay to conduct individual research projects with a scientist-mentor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. We select undergrads in many disciplines, including engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, ecology and marine and environmental science. Our program runs for 12-weeks from May 23 to August 14, 2021. 

Each REU fellow will receive:
$7,200 stipend
Free housing at your research lab
Round-trip travel expenses

In particular, we encourage students from colleges and universities where access to marine science and to research opportunities is limited and who are from groups traditionally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math. We believe bringing together students from many disciplines, backgrounds and parts of the country makes for a more interesting and educational summer experience.

We are accepting applications for the 2021 class now through February 19 and recognize that the state of the pandemic may impact how the program operates. Please visit our website to find out more ( or drop me a note at  


Mike Allen
Maryland Sea Grant 


  • Program Flyer download
  • 12-week program: May 23 to August 14, 2021 
  • $7,200 stipend plus housing and travel support to and from host institution 
  • Funded by the National Science Foundation and thus limited to US citizens or permanent residents 
  • Applications due: February 19, 2021 
  • Application and guidance

Terrestrial Invasives Strike Force crew leader – NY

Date: Wed,  6 Jan 2021 13:20:48

From: Linda Rohleder <>

Subject: Job: Terrestrial Invasives Strike Force crew leader – NY

Trail Conference Conservation Corps

1200-Hour Invasive Strike Force Crew Leader

Do you love the outdoors and want to protect it?

Thinking about a career in the environment? Come join the movement!

The Trail Conference Conservation Corps (TCCC) provides great opportunities

for outdoor lovers to become leaders in environmental conservation.

AmeriCorps members will spend summer outdoors protecting natural resources,

gaining valuable experience in the field, and making a difference in

ecosystem-level conservation.

The TCCC Invasives Strike Force (ISF) crew mitigates ecological damage by

employing the most effective techniques to stop invasive plants in southern

NY. Crew members spend most of their time managing invasive plants in the

field and will also gain office experience managing data. If you want to

lead a team of peers in environmental restoration projects, network with

regional leaders in conservation, and build outdoor leadership and

management skills, becoming a leader on the Invasives Strike Force crew

might be right for you!

We are seeking a crew leader who shares our passion for conservation and

the outdoors to join us in controlling non-native invasive plant species.

The crew leader will share our passion for conservation and the outdoors to

join us in controlling non-native invasive plant species. The crew leader

is responsible for working with the ISF Project Manager and Partners while

leading the crew to successful completion of projects. Plant identification

and management training will be provided, however it is expected that the

crew leader will have some experience already. ISF crew members will

perform both manual and chemical treatment of invasive plants and will

become NY Pesticide Apprentices with opportunity to train and take exams

for licensing.

This is primarily an outdoor position and includes periods of multi-day

camping at work sites. Office days are generally once a week. Weekend work

is required with Tuesdays and Wednesdays off. If you want to lead a team of

peers in environmental restoration projects, network with regional leaders

in conservation, and build outdoor leadership and management skills,

becoming a leader on the Invasives Strike Force crew might be right for you!

Program Overview:

Our AmeriCorps crews are trained by industry experts in sustainable trail

building, invasive species management, public outreach, volunteer

engagement, and outdoor leadership. You will receive a living stipend for

your service and are eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon

successful completion of the term of service.

Members learn and serve outside of the greater NY metropolitan area in one

of the nationâÂEURÂ(tm)s finest systems of public parks. The ISF crew implements the

regional strategy of the Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive

Species Management by surveying areas for new invaders to the region and

responding quickly to priority species using best management practices.

Members work with a wide range of park partners at multiple sites

throughout southern NY and will be supported by the Terrestrial Invasive

Species Project Manager and the Director of Land Stewardship.  For more

information about our Corps, visit;;sdata=ByJyeNGaokchWqh96QJj2OzFrkC3ouMMzeXAmYev7eg%3D&amp;reserved=0.

Service Location: The Lower Hudson Valley of New York

Term of Service: A minimum of 1200-hour term of service April 6th through

November 19th, mostly Thursday-Monday (hours may vary from 7:00 AM-7:00

PM), including weekends and some holidays. Members are also required to

take a 1/2 hour lunch which does not count towards service hours. While on

duty, successful candidates will wear a provided uniform.

Duties and Responsibilities:

* Assist Project Manager with season planning, including scouting

locations, partner coordination, and preparing training materials

* Assist with training crew members and volunteers on invasive plant

identification and removal techniques, as well as informally educate the

public and recruit volunteers

* Supervise, motivate, direct, and coordinate crew members and volunteers

as a team including project management, delegation of tasks, and quality

control in the field and office

* Conduct manual and chemical invasive removals and treatments in natural


* Conduct surveys of natural areas for targeted invasive plants, includes

use of hand-held GPS

* Learn proper techniques for pesticide application and follow all

applicable rules and regulations regarding the use of pesticides

* Keep accurate, timely, and detailed records of activities

* Collect and log data and prepare reports on work completed

* Prepare maps utilizing ArcMap and GPS data collected in the field

* Ensure safety precautions are followed, including proper use and care of


* Serve as a role model, facilitator, and educator to crew members and


* Encourage good work ethic and set work pace

* Provide guidance and support, conflict resolution, and build crew cohesion

* Members may not engage in any Prohibited Activities as outlined in the

Member Service Agreement

ISF Crew Leaders are prohibited from signing crew member timesheets,

evaluating crew member performance, disciplining crew members,

enrolling/dismissing crew members, writing and/or signing program reports,

managing the programâÂEURÂ(tm)s payroll and budget.

Required Skills and Attributes:

* Ability to inspire, encourage, and lead the team to successful completion

of projects

* Project management and crew leadership experience, preferably in an

outdoor setting

* Organized, responsible, and detail-oriented with demonstrated ability to


* Ability to maintain a positive attitude in adverse conditions and under

last-minute changes

* Professional demeanor at all times with crew members, volunteers, and

park partners

* Able to conduct physically strenuous field work, hiking up to 4 miles

carrying up to 30 lbs of equipment over rugged terrain and strenuous

environmental conditions (heat, cold, rain, ticks, mosquitos, bees, bears,

snakes, spiders, etc.)

* Excellent oral and written communication skills

* Must hold a valid driverâÂEURÂ(tm)s license and access to a reliable vehicle for

transportation to field sites

Preferred Skills and Attributes:

* College education in ecology, biology, natural resources management or

related field

* Pesticide application experience

* Ability to identify native and invasive vegetation of the northeast

* Experience with ArcGIS software, ArcCollector, and with using hand-held

GPS units

* Demonstrated outreach skills and teaching experience

* Backpacking, camping, and/or outdoor field work experience

Member Benefits:

* Free rustic, lakeside housing at a local park may be provided from May

13th-October 26th (subject to change due to pandemic); Work will be done

remotely outside of the above time frame.

* Bi-weekly pre-tax living allowance of $848.48; $14,000 total

* Eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion of

the term of service totaling $4,336.50

* Training in Wilderness First Aid/CPR/AED and Leave No Trace Principles

* Training in environmentally friendly pesticide application with

opportunity for licensing

* Being a recognized member of an accomplished AmeriCorps Program

* Opportunity for qualified student loan deferment and interest repayment

* Eligible for SNAP (food stamp) benefits

Enrollment Requirements:

An individual must be at least 18 years of age; have a high school diploma

or GED; be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien; pass a three-part

national service criminal history check of the national sex-offender

registry, state repository check, and FBI fingerprint check; and complete

all pre-service orientation and training requirements.  Documentation of

age, education and citizenship are due by the first day of orientation.

Criminal history checks will be initiated before the start of service; an

individual will be ineligible if s/he is required to register on the

National Sex Offender Registry, has been convicted of murder, or fails to

disclose any previous conviction. Other convictions or pending charges will

be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with program policy.

To Apply:

Go to;;sdata=gbV8K39SCemObdwEC2al1emXVbDjkqhuuVb8wXL2xfo%3D&amp;reserved=0

Applications accepted until positions are filled.

For questions, email Conservation Corps Manager, Tori Finn at

Seeking Game Bird Technicians for Spring 2021

From: Hannah Clipp <>

Subject: Seeking Game Bird Technicians for Spring 2021


*Job Title:* Game Bird Technician


*Agency:* West Virginia University/U.S. Forest Service


*Location:* Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia


*Job Category:* Temporary/Seasonal Position


*Salary:* ~$2,000 total. Free housing and a field vehicle provided.


*Start Date:* 4/12/2021


*Last Date to Apply:* 1/29/2021 (but applications are accepted and reviewed

on a rolling basis, so you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible)



*Description:* Seeking two highly motivated game bird technicians to assist

with game bird surveys from April 12 to May 16. The data will be collected

as part of research on avian use of wildlife openings in the Monongahela

National Forest in West Virginia.


Fieldwork entails deploying audio recording units (ARUs) and game cameras,

conducting evening surveys for American woodcock, and conducting morning

drumming/gobbling surveys for ruffed grouse and wild turkey. All survey

protocols will be reviewed before conducting the surveys, but the most

competitive field technicians would have prior experience with deploying

ARUs or game cameras. Additional work will include data entry and data



Both technicians will be working closely with each other and the

supervisor, Hannah Clipp, to access field site locations, but actual bird

surveys will be conducted alone. Each technician should expect to work ~6âÂEUR”8

hours per day, with some longer or shorter days as needed; because we are

counting birds, field days will start early (before sunrise) and will

involve work on weekends, with days off during inclement weather. Free

housing and a field vehicle will be provided. Field technicians should

expect rugged housing accommodations (just the basics, Internet not

guaranteed), ranging from bunkhouses and cabins to campgrounds. First

aid/CPR training and driver safety training will also be provided at no

cost to the field technicians.


*To apply*, please email a cover letter (no page limit), resume/CV (no page

limit), and contact information for 3 references to Hannah Clipp at, with the subject line: âÂEURÂoeGame Bird TechnicianâÂEUR. In your

cover letter, please mention any previous field technician experience, as

well as experiences regarding camping/backpacking, dealing with rugged

field conditions, and/or navigating and working alone in remote areas. For

references, please list the personâÂEURÂ(tm)s title/position and/or relationship to

you (e.g., crew leader, supervisor, ornithology professor). At least one of

the references should be able to speak to any previous field technician

experience (previous supervisors/crew leaders preferred). For those without

previous technician experience, please include references who can speak to

your outdoor experiences (rather than classroom/academic performance).

Applications will be reviewed as they are received.





1. Previous fieldwork or extensive outdoor experience


2. Earned (or are working towards) a BachelorâÂEURÂ(tm)s degree in wildlife science,

natural resources, or a similar field


3. Available for full-time work starting on April 12


4. Ability to navigate in the field and deal with challenging, difficult

terrain (e.g., steep slopes, thick vegetation)


5. Comfortable working alone in a remote outdoor setting


6. Ability and willingness to work individually and in a multi-person team

during early morning and late evening fieldwork


7. Valid driverâÂEURÂ(tm)s license with a clean driving record


8. Willingness to be flexible and adapt to any scheduling or housing

changes due to unpredictable COVID-19 developments or restrictions



*Contact Person:* Hannah Clipp


*Contact Email:*


MassDEP is Hiring Summer Seasonal Staff to Support our 2021 Water Quality Monitoring and NPS Programs

MassDEP’s Watershed Planning Program (WPP) has posted a requisition that will result in hiring seven (7) people to provide critical support to our Water Quality Monitoring and Nonpoint Source Management Programs for approximately 5 months in Summer 2021.

These staff will participate in water quality and ecological field surveys by calibrating sampling equipment, obtaining field samples, delivering samples to analytical laboratories, and processing biological samples; participate in the sampling and analysis of fish, macroinvertebrate, and algae populations and their habitat for the purpose of assessing the condition of lakes, rivers, and other water bodies in Massachusetts; participate in laboratory analysis of water quality samples for characteristics like color and turbidity; participate in selected biological laboratory activities such as chlorophyll-a analysis, sorting macroinvertebrate samples, algae identifications, and length-weight/condition factor in fish; assist in compiling and entering environmental monitoring data into electronic databases; assist with data analysis preparatory to writing reports on monitoring studies; and perform desktop analyses and tasks that support efforts to protect, restore, and study the Commonwealth’s surface water resources.

We greatly appreciate your help in passing along this announcement to qualified candidates, as well as to others who can help to get the word out. See the link below for a detailed job description and application information. While DEP requisitions remain open until filled, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days of the posting.


MassDEP is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.