Month: March 2021

Undergrad Summer Internship Opportunity in Southern NY

College Internship in Suburban Ecology at the Mianus River Gorge

Application link:
Suburban Ecology Program (CISE) Application

Program Description: Mianus River Gorge, a conservation organization and
950-acre nature preserve in southern New York, offers 10-week summer
internships for college students interested in the conservation of natural
areas in urbanizing landscapes.

-Internships last for a period of 10 weeks. Internships typically run from
early June to early August, but some flexibility is available.
-Each intern will work alongside Gorge staff and graduate students on a
variety of projects including wildlife monitoring, non-native species
management, and GIS applications.
-We work with our interns to provide a learning experience that fits their
interests and long-term educational goals.
-Given the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the vast majority of this summer
work will be outside, even more than the typically high amount of field
work. Applicants should be physically fit and comfortable with spending
most of their time in the field. Both staff and interns will comply with
social distancing requirements and wear masks when indoors.
-Stipend: $25/day or combination of school credit and stipend (depending
on university requirements).

Projects for 2021 include:
– Monitoring coyotes, bobcats, and other wildlife in Westchester, NYC, and
Fairfield using camera traps, roadkill surveys, and other methods
– Vegetation sampling, monitoring, and restoration
– Invasive species control and other land management work
– Data management, GIS work, and analysis on several long-term projects lab and other desk work may be limited this summer.

 Applicant Eligibility
– All undergraduate students are eligible to apply. We do not require
applicants to major in a particular discipline; however, exposure to the
fields of ecology, environmental science, or geography is encouraged. We do
accept interns that have graduated the academic year just prior to the
internship (rising seniors).
– Interns must be self-motivated and work well in group settings.
– Applicants should be prepared for strenuous work outdoors (e.g. field
research and land management projects) as well as perform indoor work when
necessary (e.g. data entry and GIS projects).
– This year the internship will run from June 1 to Aug 9 — applicants
should be available during this period, though some flexibility is possible.

We must give preference to local students or those that can commute daily
to Bedford, NY, as summer housing is not available.

Questions? Email

Aquatic Research Technician (two 2-month positions)

Oregon Aquatic Research Technician (two 2-month positions) needed to conduct aquatic ecology surveys on public and private forest lands. Duties include backpack electrofishing, collection of macroinvertebrate and periphyton samples, habitat surveys, and working closely with primary investigators.  Experience with ecology field work and interest in aquatic ecology is desired.  Applicants should be comfortable navigating in remote backcountry settings and be able to work as a team member under difficult field conditions. Overnight camping is expected.  Position extends from July to August 2021.  Full position announcement available at:  Pursuing a bachelor degree in a biological sciences discipline is required.  Please send cover letter, resume, and 3 references with phone numbers and e-mail addresses to: Laurie Clark, National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc.:  Applicant review will begin March 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. NCASI is an equal opportunity employer.

Seasonal Field Technician – Illinois Natural History Survey Plant-Pollinator Ecology

The Plant-Pollinator Ecology Team is seeking several field technicians for statewide biological monitoring of grasslands, including monarch butterflies and milkweeds. Field technicians will be measuring the abundance of nectar plants, aiding with pollinator surveys, and observing monarch butterfly eggs and larvae. Duties will include: conducting field surveys of flowering grassland plants, planting of milkweed plants in the field, driving and navigating to study sites, data entry in an office setting, assisting with other office and field work as needed, and work and travel in small teams.

Candidates must have field experience in plant or insect biology (candidates that have worked on other taxa will be considered), or undergraduate course work in biology, ecology, botany, entomology, or related fields. A valid driver’s license is required. Applicants must be willing and able to work outside under sometimes difficult field and environmental conditions (summer heat, rain, biting and stinging arthropods, poison ivy, etc.) while following detailed protocols for data collection. Travel to study sites with overnight stays, driving responsibilities, and competent use of a computer and other electronic equipment (including light power tools and GPS) are also required for this position. A strong applicant will demonstrate good organizational skills as well as the ability to work independently and in a group setting. This position will begin on approximately May 24, 2021. Position will end during the first half of September. Start and end dates are somewhat flexible.

Salary: $13 per hour, 40 hours per week.

To Apply: Email cover letter explaining your interests, qualifications, and dates of availability, CV/resume, and contact information for two references to Belén Muñiz at [] (please include “Summer Field Technician” in the subject line). Applications received before March 19th, 2021 will be given priority consideration; however, this position will remain open until filled.

The official job posting can be found in the link below:
Plant Pollinator Technician (Hourly) – Illinois Natural History Survey/PRI
Thank you.

Recruiting Interns, Hubbard Brook and Bartlett Experimental Forests

Recruiting Interns, Hubbard Brook and Bartlett Experimental Forests

Undergraduates seeking research experience in forest ecology are invited to apply for a 10-week expense-paid internship in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

About the project: MELNHE (Multiple Element Limitation in Northern Hardwood Ecosystems) is the longest-running N and P fertilization study in a temperate forest anywhere in the world. Since 2011, we have been conducting nutrient manipulations in 13 stands in Bartlett Experimental Forest, Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, and Jeffers Brook. The MELNHE project presents many opportunities for short- and long-term research. In addition, this summer we will be revisiting a successional chronosequence of 13 stands in the White Mountains, which presents opportunities for studying forest development over time. More information is available at Multiple Element Limitation in Northern Hardwood Ecosystems (MELNHE) project including a blog from previous field crews.

Internship Description:  Interns will be guided in the design of their research projects and will interact closely with graduate students and senior research scientists from SUNY-ESF, Cornell, and Miami University. Interns will gain a wide variety of skills by assisting in all ongoing projects. Interns have the opportunity to present their results at the annual Hubbard Brook Cooperators Meeting in July.

Possible research projects include:

  • The effects of nutrient addition on soil respiration, including a methodological test: is soil respiration increasing over time, or is this an artifact of collar installation?
  • The effects of nutrient addition on litter decomposition: we installed litter bags with beech and maple litter in fall 2020, and the first set of bags is due to be collected in June.  Nitrogen is known to suppress litter decomposition but the effects of P are less often studied–since we have the only long-term NxP fertilization experiment in a temperate forest.
  • Analyzing the development of beech bark disease in the chronosequence (compared to an earlier assessment in the same stands–also a unique experimental design).
  • Interference with tree regeneration by beech sprouts (a common response to beech bark disease) in stands of different ages.

Work days typically begin at 8:00 and end at 4:30, but may be shorter or longer depending upon the day’s activities. Interns are provided with shared housing near Bartlett Experimental Forest; tenting is optional. A stipend of $200 per week is provided for living expenses. Food is prepared communally by the interns and graduate student researchers, and costs for groceries average $6-7 per day.

COVID-19: We have experience with safely operating a field crew under COVID restrictions during 2020, and will acquaint you with rules established by SUNY-ESF and by the State of New Hampshire.  We will consider applicants who need to travel by air to join us.

Desired Qualifications:  Ideal applicants will have a strong interest in forest biology, ecology, or biogeochemistry.  Undergraduate students and recent graduates will be considered.  A positive attitude is important and a sense of humor is a plus.  Willingness to work and live in a communal setting is critical. Candidates should be able to perform repetitive tasks with attention to detail in a field setting under adverse conditions.  Applicants should be flexible in their expectations, but an estimated breakdown of the summer is: 60% fieldwork, 15% lab work, 10% data management, and 15% research proposals and reports of independent projects.

To Apply:  Please send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references to Joe Nash .  Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received. The field season will begin on June 6 and ends on August 14, but please let us know if your availability differs from the given dates. Interviews will be conducted beginning in mid-March and will continue until the position is filled.

NSF REU Site Program – Wetland Science in a Modern World

NSF REU Site Program – Wetland Science in a Modern World

The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC) in Alton, Illinois is now accepting applications for a newly funded National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site program, “Wetland Science in a Modern World.” During the program, students will conduct mentored research at NGRREC’s field station in Alton as well as at local field sites situated at the confluence of the Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri rivers.  

The REU program runs from May 24 – August 02, 2021 and applications are due March 14. Information about the program and the online application can be found at NSF REU Site: Wetland Science in a Modern World.


Full-time paid field assistant position to work on blackbirds in Lund

at the Biology Department, Lund University (Sweden)

What do we study: We use a population of free-living blackbirds (Turdus
merula) to investigate the physiological mechanisms of partial migration,
with a focus on the immune system. At present we have just under 200
colour-ringed birds in Lund that we monitor using radio telemetry and
field observations. We use these data in combination with measurements
taken from blood samples to assess whether immune function is a cause
or consequence of partial migration.

Job description: The field assistant will work alongside other team
members to observe and recapture colour-ringed blackbirds in/around
Lund. Capture methods will include mist-nets and snap traps. The field
assistant will be responsible for making observations of colour-ringed
blackbirds in the field, helping to set up and monitor mist nets and/or
snap traps, extracting and processing birds and recording data.

Requirements: He/she must be confident with setting up mist
nets and handling/extracting a range of small passerine species
unsupervised. Experience with colour ringing and taking more detailed
biometric measurements (e.g., tarsus length, moult score), as well as
radio telemetry is desirable but not essential. Ideally, the candidate
would be available full-time for a period of 3 months between April
and July. Proficiency in English language (spoken and written) and the
ability to ride a bike are essential.

How to apply: All enquiries and applications should be sent directly
to Dr Rosie Lennon ( Applications (in English)
should be sent no later than Wednesday the 24th March 2021 with the term
‘Field assistant’ as email subject line and should include:

1) CV (maximum 2 pages) with information on relevant experience
and training;

2) a brief cover letter (maximum 1 page) explaining how the applicant’s
background makes them a suitable candidate for the position.

Selected candidates will be invited to an online interview.


The Lowry Lab in the Plant Biology Department at Michigan State University
is currently looking for a field technician to conduct research on the
physiology and genetics of evolutionary adaptations in the bioenergy crop
switchgrass. The successful applicant will work with a team of other
technicians, undergraduate students, and postdocs. Applicants should send
their resume/CV and contact information for at least two references to
David Lowry at The starting wage will be $17 per hour. The
successful applicant will be located at the Kellogg Biological Station in
western Michigan. This position is available now and will continue through
December 1st. More information about research in the Lowry Lab can be found