Month: February 2021


I am writing to let you know about a summer research opportunity for
undergraduate students in the Department of Biological Sciences at the
University of Cincinnati – the National Science Foundation-sponsored
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site in Sensory Ecology. Our
program is focused on research at the intersection of neurobiology,
behavior, ecology and evolution, and is directed at understanding
how animals sense and respond to their environment at functional and
evolutionary levels. Sophomore and junior Biology major students will be
chosen to join active lab groups for the summer and conduct cutting edge
research over a broad spectrum of topics in sensory ecology, including:

*   Genomics and development of sensory systems
*   Neural mechanisms of sensory system function
*   Sensory perception and behavioral influences of the physical
*   Neuroethology
*   Animal communication
*   Behavioral ecology of animal movement and dispersal

An educational program will develop student research and professional
skills and prepare them for graduate school or careers.

*   ~10 weeks in summer (June 1 – Aug 6, 2021)
*   Students will receive a summer stipend plus dorm and meal expenses
*   Students will work in labs, interact w/ faculty mentors, post-docs
and grad students
*   Weekly group seminars and meetings for students (e.g., career
development, responsible research conduct, science
communication training)
*   Social events for students (e.g., trips to Cincinnati Zoo,
Reds baseball)
*   Concluding student research “mini-symposium” presentation session

Student applicants will be selected based on multiple
criteria. Applications for the REU program will be screened by a committee
to select individuals whose interests are well-matched with faculty
in the program. Emphasis will be placed on faculty recommendations and
student statements, along with academic performance and other indicators
of future research success. Note: Implementation of the REU program is
contingent on National Science Foundation funding.

The application review will begin March 12, 2021,
and will close March 24. Students can apply online at:


Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park hiring seasonal technicians!

Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park is excited to announce the posting of three seasonal field ecology technician positions. The positions will be located in scenic Winter Harbor, Maine, with work in Acadia National Park, and along the coast of Maine. Please visit for the full description of the positions as well as the application instructions.    

Dolores River Restoration Strike Team Crew Member; Colorado

Title: Dolores River Restoration Strike Team Crew Member
Location: Based out of Durango, CO
Status: Seasonal, Full-time
Start/end date: April 19, 2021 – October 29, 2021
Wages: $435 / week
Benefits: AmeriCorps Education Award. U.S. Forest Service recognized Chainsaw training (Certificate awarded upon completion of program). Colorado pesticide applicator examination and licensure. Food provided while in the field, uniforms, and personal protective equipment.
Deadline: Open until filled – 2 positions available

Program Summary:
The Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a program of the non-profit service organization, Conservation Legacy, that is built on the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) that operated from 1933 – 1942. SCC provides youth and young adults opportunities to complete conservation projects on public lands. While serving with SCC, members receive training on job skills, conflict resolution, leadership, teamwork, and environmental stewardship. Programs are developed using a step ladder approach to provide a progression of skill development based on a member’s needs. Members receive a weekly living allowance, training, and an AmeriCorps Education Award (for qualifying individuals).
Position Summary:
This Strike Team will work with the Montrose County invasive weed management program and as part of the Dolores River Restoration Partnership (DRRP). The DRRP is a public-private collaborative of conservation corps, non-profits, BLM managers, private landowners, and other community members surrounding the Dolores River watershed. The DRRP is in year 11 of an ambitious effort to treat invasive plant species along 175 miles of the Dolores River corridor. The primary responsibilities of this crew are to treat noxious weeds, maintain and participate in revegetation activities such as seeding and planting, collect vegetation monitoring and survey data, and perform general restoration activities as needed. This crew is designed to be flexible to meet the evolving needs of Montrose county and the DRRP. Flexibility and adaptability are essential for this Strike Team leader position.

This position is an AmeriCorps crew member on a 3-person crew (1 leader, 2 members). While working (i.e. on-hitch), the crew will camp together, prepare all meals together, and work together as a group to complete all projects and chores. Hitch schedules may vary between 4 days on, 3 days off or 5 days on, 2 days off. There may be instances where this crew will work longer hitches, either 8 days on, 6 days off or 10 days on, 4 days off. SCC does not provide accommodations off-hitch and crew members will be responsible for their own accommodations during that time.

For the health and safety of our crews, staff and communities, projects may be postponed due to COVID-19.  The information provided is an outline of how our program has typically been operating, however is subject to change. As this situation develops, and decisions are made, we will provide updates. We encourage you to continue with the application process and we will keep consistent and direct communication with all applicants.

Minimum Qualifications
To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18 and 30, have a clean driving record (insurable by SCC), have had a driver’s license for at least 3 years, a current driver’s license, and be a US citizen that has received (or on track to receive) a high school diploma or GED. First Aid/CPR required. All offers of employment are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check.

Must be physically capable of standing and walking (at a minimum 6 miles/day on rough, uneven terrain), bending, crouching and stooping for long periods of time, and lifting/carrying items that weigh up to 40 pounds, in upwards of 100+ degree (F) heat.

Preferred Qualifications
The ideal candidates for this position have knowledge of native and invasive plants in the southwest, and some experience with herbicide use, treatment of invasive plants, and vegetation monitoring/field data collection. Experience working independently and with a team in the outdoors, including navigating to sites with a team, is also preferred.  A relevant Bachelors degree as well as GPS and GIS experience are a plus.

Participant Essential Eligibility Requirements
Essential eligibility requirements for the program must be met. If you are unable to meet certain requirements, we may be able to assist you with some modification unless it alters the fundamental nature of the program, compromises the health and safety of participants or staff, or places an undue financial or administrative burden on the organization. These requirements are written the same for all positions and therefore may not apply directly to your particular position:

Participant and Expedition Behavior

*   Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions. This may require problem solving on an interpersonal or group level as well as a willingness to accept differences.
*   Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program, including conservation projects, education, training and national service. Members must commit to participating in all crew activities, including service days in local communities where applicable.
*   Effectively communicate ideas and concerns as they arise directly to supervisors, colleagues and organization staff.
*   Have the cognitive ability to learn necessary skills and apply them to effectively carry out the service work requirements.
*   Contribute to a safe learning environment; no harrassment of others for any reason.
*   Appropriately represent SCC and AmeriCorps to the public and project partners at all time.

Safety and Judgement

*   Effectively communicate danger to others in the form of either a warning of danger others may be encountering or a notification of personal distress, injury or need for assistance. You must be able to do so at a distance of up to 50 meters and in conditions with limited visibility or loud background noise such as darkness or high winds.
*   Effectively perceive, understand and follow direction by others so that you will be able to successfully execute appropriate and perhaps unfamiliar techniques to manage hazards. These directions may be given before the hazard is encountered or may need to be given during exposure to the hazard.
*   Stay alert and focused for several hours at a time while traveling and working in varied weather conditions.
*   Perceive and comprehend significant and apparent hazards, including those hazards previously identified by others.
*   Respond appropriately to stress or crises.
*   If taking prescription medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage by self-medicating without assistance from others.

Environmental Ethics & Outdoor Skills

*   Learn and practice Leave No Trace ethics and techniques.
*   Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living/travel and work skills as appropriate to the project. Remain adequately hydrated, fed, and properly dressed as to remain generally healthy and safe, avoiding environmental injuries.
*   Live in a physically demanding, possibly remote environment for an uninterrupted period of up to several weeks. Conditions of this environment may vary significantly and may include severe and/or trying weather. The remoteness is such that it may require at a minimum one hour, but perhaps in excess of 12 hours, to reach the nearest advanced medical care.

Substance Free

*   In accordance to a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and SCC activities, and while on organization property.

To apply:
Visit apply here, scroll to the Dolores River Crew Member section, click “Apply Here!”, read the ENTIRE position description, and select “New Application” at the bottom. From there, upload resume, cover letter and complete the Crew Member application

Any questions can be addressed to:
Emily Kasyon, Watershed Programs Manager:

Seasonal ecology jobs for undergraduates

The U.S. Geological Survey Southwest Biological Science Center in Flagstaff, AZ is hiring seasonal biological technicians to contribute to research exploring the effects of solar energy development on desert ecosystems. Must be willing to travel (following COVID-19 safety protocols) and work in extreme weather and terrain. Ideal start date is in March-April 2021. Job is open until 2/19/21. Please see job description and apply at this link: Apply

NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office – Summer 2021 Internships

Each summer, the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office and Chesapeake Research Consortium team up to offer several paid summer internships primarily for college students. In summer 2021, the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office will offer six internships covering a range of Chesapeake Bay science, policy and education efforts. Each paid internship will run 12 weeks (mid-May through mid-August). They are intended for students who will be entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year of college study.

Applications are due February 20, 2021.

We invite interested students to learn more about these internship opportunities and how to apply by visiting the (NCBO internship webpage).

Additional Details:

Below are some brief descriptions of each of the internship programs and corresponding opportunities.

NCBO Supports interns through two different programs, The Chesapeake-Student Recruitment, Early Advisement and Mentoring and NOAA Chesapeake Bay Summer Internship Program.

The Chesapeake-Student Recruitment, Early Advisement and Mentoring (C-StREAM) Program is for college students who identify as people of color and/or who are first-generation college students. Learn more about the C-StREAM program and application process.
We will host two interns through this program in summer 2021. We are still finalizing the position descriptions for these opportunities. The deadline for application will be February 20, 2021. The internship opportunities will focus on:

-Sustainable Fisheries: Help share fisheries and habitat science related to invasive blue catfish spread and impacts with resource managers.

-GIS Analysis of Chesapeake Seabed Data for Habitat Mapping Products: Assist with translating hydrographic and seabed habitat data into habitat mapping products.

-Blue Carbon Data Detective and Crediting Protocol Review: Support Bay Program partners at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science is assessing the science and strategies to related to climate resilience activities for the Chesapeake Bay

The NOAA Chesapeake Bay Summer Internship Program lets college students work and learn about science, policy, and education programming. Learn more about the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Summer Internship Program and application process. We will host four interns through this program in summer 2021. The application deadline is February 20, 2021. Here are the internship opportunities:

-Climate Change Indicator Project: Assist with the development of a framework document for climate change indicators that includes conceptual case studies on connecting physical change indicators with impacts to living resources and habitats, as well as potential resilience activities to minimize negative impacts. If in-person, it will be based in Annapolis, Maryland.

-Data Visualization: Assist with the development of updated capabilities and a data visualization application for the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System. If in-person, it will be based in Annapolis, Maryland.

-Environmental Literacy: Create educator resources for the Bay Backpack website and help plan and implement trainings for the Environmental Science Training Center, including the Mid-Atlantic Climate Change Education Conference. If in-person, it will be based in Oxford, Maryland.

-Applying Satellite-Derived Data to Coastal Resource Management (in partnership with the NOAA North Atlantic Regional Team): Work with satellite and environmental data science professionals to develop satellite-derived geospatial data products and integrate them with socioeconomic indicators through a coastal knowledge hub. If in-person, it will be based in College Park, Maryland.

In all of our internship programming we are committed to supporting a diverse and inclusive science-oriented workforce. We highly encourage applicants from historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, and tribal colleges and universities.
Contact us with questions on any of these Chesapeake Bay internships.

Undergraduate research opportunities at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory

The Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory is now accepting applications for the 2021 undergraduate research program.  Go to Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory  and follow the link for ‘students’.

Each year the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL) matches approximately 40 students with mentors from across the country.  Students have opportunities to work on a wide array of ecological and evolutionary field projects, with topics including but not limited to plant ecology, pollination, aquatic biology, insect ecology, species interactions, and animal behavior.  Additionally, students have the opportunity to supplement their research project with additional training in field ecology or wildlife biology.  RMBL provides REU funding for approximately 10 students.  RMBL also makes available additional scholarships.  Consequently, financial need should not preclude students from applying.

This is a wonderful opportunity for students thinking about a career in the sciences.  RMBL is located in Gothic, Colorado, a stunningly beautiful location in the Rockies.  Because we host more than 100 graduate students and senior scientists, undergraduates have an opportunity to learn about graduate programs from around the world.  Many undergraduates end up as co-authors on scientific papers and start building professional networks that foster their career across a lifetime.  We have had many undergraduates turn their summer research into a senior thesis project.

Our program does fill.  We encourage strongly motivated applicants, including applicants who need financial support, to submit their online application by Feb. 15 for REU applicants and by March 1 for RMBL Scholarships.  Students can apply for both sources of funds with one application.

Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢ Publish in peer-refereed journals
Required knowledge skills and abilities:
Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢ Ph.D. in ecohydrology, plant sciences, computational sciences, geography, or a related field, completed within the past 5 years
Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢ Experience in the assessment of plant traits relevant to crop yield
Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢ Knowledge of programming (e.g., C++, R, Python) and quantitative data analysis
Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢ Ability to work independently and in an interdisciplinary research team
Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢ Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢ Demonstrated ability to publish in peer-refereed journals

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, 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
Or email:

The Smithsonian Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Undergraduate students from under-represented groups or institutions lacking research facilities or research opportunities are especially encouraged to apply.
However, all other interested students are encouraged to apply.

NSF-REU Chihuahuan Desert Biodiversity

REU Opportunity Summer 2021: Ãf¢ÒÂEURÃ’ÂoeResearch Experience for Undergraduates in Chihuahuan Desert BiodiversityÃf¢ÒÂEURҝ

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Department of Biological Sciences invites applicants for the NSF sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Chihuahuan Desert Biodiversity.  This is a 10 week summer program. The goal of this program is to provide undergraduate students with experience in hypothesis-driven collaborative research utilizing field based and/or laboratory methods and fully engage students in projects associated with the ecology and evolution influencing Chihuahuan Desert biodiversity.

The program provides:
Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢ High quality research experience in ecology and evolutionary biology in the field and/or lab
Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢ Research opportunities at the Indio Mountains Research Station (IMRS), a 40,000 acre facility controlled by UTEP and/or other Chihuahuan Desert field sites
Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢ One-on-one and group mentoring from active research faculty in multidisciplinary fields
Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢ Training in bioethics and other relevant professional skills

The program includes:
Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢ $6000 stipend for 10 weeks
Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢ Housing in shared apartments and field station
Ãf¢ÒÂEURÒ¢ Travel reimbursement of up to $600

For more information on the program, research projects or to apply please visit:


*The format of this program is contingent on whether there are restrictions on travel and housing due to Covid-19. Students local to the El Paso region are especially encouraged to apply.

All position announcements attached as PDFs and also can be found here:


This year we are seeking applicants for the following:

·  two River Steward Internship position out of the Cornwall Bridge, CT office

·  two River Steward Internship positions out of the West Stockbridge, MA office

·  three River Information & Outreach (RIO) Steward positions out of the CT office (weekends only, focused on outreach at Housatonic River recreation sites in northwest CT)

We will also have one more position to advertise within the next week or so: our Still River Watershed Connections Crew Leader position. I can send that as well, once we solidify those details. (And that position will also be posted on the website, as soon as it is finalized).

CT_RiverStewards_Position Announcement 2021

MA_ River Stewards_Position Announcement 2021

Lobster Ecology Internship – University of Maine, Darling Marine Center

The Steneck Lab   at the
University of Maine is looking for several summer interns interested in
lobster biology and ecology.  Successful candidates will assist in a
multifaceted study of the American lobster along the coast of Maine.  The
project involves a mix of field work, laboratory experiments, and data
processing.  Field work will include scuba diving (for certified scuba
divers), small boat operations, underwater video surveys with a tethered
remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and sonar seafloor mapping equipment.  Lab
experiments will be focused on lobster behavior of both larvae and
juvenile/adults. Interns will analyze data from this and past years and will
work with Maine’s Department of Marine Resources to build our lobster
biology database.

Special preference will be given to students who are AAUS certified scuba
divers however that qualification is not required for this internship.
Experience with cold water diving, small boat operations, and/or data
analysis in programs such as Excel, R, or ArcGIS/QGIS will also be viewed

The research will be based at the Darling Marine Center (the coastal marine
laboratory for the University of Maine) and the position will run from June
through August. The internship includes a stipend ($12/hr).  We hope
dormitory housing will be available at the DMC if possible, within COVID
guidelines, otherwise alternative arrangements will be made.

Link to posting on Darling Marine Center website:  Darling Marine Center website

To apply send a cover letter and resume to Dr. Steneck’s graduate student,
Robert Jarrett (
). Application review and selection will occur during March of 2021.