Month: May 2021

SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE MATRIX INTERNSHIP AVAILABLE

Subject: SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE MATRIX INTERNSHIP AVAILABLE

The Environmental Science and Policy Lab (Zhang Lab) seeks 1~3 interns to join a transdisciplinary and transnational project team for the Sustainable Agricultural Matrix (SAM) Project (Sustainable Agriculture Matrix). Working with scientists and stakeholders around the world, the SAM project co-develops an indicator system to assess impacts of agricultural production on sustainability from environmental, economic, and social dimensions, and co-designs strategies for advancing agricultural sustainability from farm to global scales.

Each intern is expected to work on one or several of the following tasks, depending on their qualifications and interests:

Science communication. Work with the project team to develop materials (e.g., website pages, documents, videos) to communicate the scope and progress of the project.
Project coordination. Assist the PI, Dr. Xin Zhang, to engage and facilitate the communication among the six-country/region teams and multiple organization partners in order to implement the SAM consortium project awarded by Belmont Forum (Belmont Forum)
Stakeholder survey. Assist (or lead) the design and implementation of a survey (or a structured interview) to understand the perspective of various stakeholders towards SAM indicators
Literature review. Assist (or lead) a literature review on existing frameworks and indicators for assessing environmental and socio-economic impacts of agricultural practice (e.g., cover crop).
Data management and analysis. Manage the database for the SAM indicators, address inquiries by collaborators, and develop analysis to understand the spatial and temporal patterns of SAM indicators, as well as their potential drivers.
Expected qualifications and skills:

This internship is targeted to graduate or advanced undergraduate students. Candidates for tasks 1-4 should have good writing skills. Candidates for task 5 should be proficient in at least one programming language (e.g., MATLAB, R, Python) and have experience with managing data from various sources/disciplines.

Included in the internship:

This is a contractual, hourly appointment. The chosen candidate will receive a competitive hourly wage and subsidized healthcare benefits may be available depending on the number of hours worked. Additionally, interns will gain valuable skills and experience in science communication and transdisciplinary research. They will have the opportunity to participate or even lead the development of manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals. The SAM project team provides a dynamic, multi-culture, and exciting atmosphere, as well as a chance to work on the pressing sustainability challenges for the US and the world.

Based on the performance, the internship could be extended beyond the summer and/or converted to a long-term position (e.g., a Ph.D. student or a Faculty Research Assistant).

Location:  This position will be located in Frostburg, Maryland, or other locations in the U.S., based on the agreement between the intern and the PI. The intern would have to have US work eligible status.

Start date:  June 1st or sooner. The review of applications will begin May 15, 2021 and continue until qualified candidates are found.

Internship duration:  Three to six months

Applications should be sent to TESP.recruit@gmail.com  and should include the following items as a single PDF:

A letter of interest including a clear statement of why you would like to participate in this internship and which of the five task areas you are interested in.
A Curriculum Vitae including two references (with email and phone contact information)
A writing sample
Please indicate “SAM_Intern” in the subject line of your email.

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) is an AA/EOE. Individuals with disabilities, veterans, minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

Seasonal Biological Monitoring Technician in the Byrnes Lab at UMass Boston

Subject: Seasonal Biological Monitoring Technician in the Byrnes Lab at UMass Boston

The Byrnes lab at UMass Boston seeks two summer technicians for work on biological monitoring of rocky shorelines in the Boston Harbor Islands in collaboration with the Stone Living Lab. The Stone Living Lab (Stone Living Lab) is a multi-investigator effort to evaluate the effects of green shoreline protections. Technicians will assist in the intertidal and subtidal monitoring efforts with the Byrnes lab on multiple Boston Harbor Islands from June 1 – Aug 31st. Duties include, but are not limited to, conducting algal and invertebrate surveys in the intertidal, boat and dive tending, species identification, and data entry. We hope to hire at least one technician who will also be able to perform SCUBA surveys (see qualifications below) as part of the team. Technicians will also work on literature search projects looking at species interactions and thermal tolerances of species surveyed as needed.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will need to be able to work as part of a field research team, with solid communication skills. Candidates should have familiarity with marine environments – either a degree or working towards a degree with a marine science focus – have a strong attention to detail, and confidence to handle difficult field conditions in collaboration with a supervisor. The seasonal technician should be able to spend long periods of time outdoors, be able to lift 50 lbs., and is expected to work 40 hrs a week, Monday to Friday, with the exception of holidays. Some early morning hours or working through weekends will be required due to tidal schedules, with concomitant time off. Scientific diving certification is required for candidates interested in conducting SCUBA surveys.

Dates: June 1 – Aug. 31, 2021

Salary: The salary for this position is $7,500 for the summer. The position is non-benefitted.

Covid Precautions: As the candidates will be working both on campus and on small boats with members of the team, we request that they are fully vaccinated prior to starting the position, as requested for all UMB on campus employees.

Application: Please send a cover letter and CV to jarrett.byrnes@umb.edu with the subject line SLL Summer Technician. Applications will be considered up to end of day Monday May 17th. Interviews will be conducted promptly, as we realize this is a tight turnaround.

Further information: For further information or questions, contact jarrett.byrnes@umb.edu.

Institute for Marine Mammal Studies Research Internship

From: Joclyn Villegas <jvillegas@imms.org>
Subject: Institute for Marine Mammal Studies Research Internship

The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS) Research Internship Program is designed as a way for students interested in a career in marine science to gain valuable research experience in a real-world setting. As an intern, you will be trained in all aspects of dolphin photo-ID research as well as any other current research projects at IMMS that may involve species such as: bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, or diamondback terrapins. Interns will also participate in other operations at IMMS including: stranding response, aquarist and reptile care, and animal care. Our goal is to give interns a well-rounded experience in a variety of areas while providing expert training and experience in marine science research.
Interns must:
– Commit to a minimum of 12 weeks. The internship can be extended depending on work performance
– Be available to work Mon-Fri and must be available for all boat-based surveys. Some field days may fall on the weekends.
– Have a strong sense of responsibility, work ethic, attention to detail, and ability to admit mistakes.
– Produce high quality research efforts and exhibit strong interpersonal skills
Principle Duties include: data entry, learning all research protocols, cropping and sorting photo-ID fin images, learning to use photo-ID programs such as Darwin (fin matching software) and FinBase (Microsoft Access), boat based field research (21′ boat), and learn how to use ArcGIS
Secondary Duties include: assisting animal care staff, attending marine mammal necropsies, responding to marine mammal and sea turtle strandings, and assisting educational staff
Field Days: Interns must be able to spend many hours on the water and on shore in sometimes extreme seasonal conditions. Seasonal temperatures range from over 100°F in summer to 30°F in winter. Field days typically exceed eight hours and occur at least two or three times a week
Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must be 18 or older and must have a genuine interest in marine research. Applicants should be actively pursuing a college degree or be a recent graduate in oceanography, marine science/biology, biology, or a related field. Previous research experience in any capacity is a plus. Applicants must be able and willing to fulfill all duties outlined for this internship program.
This is an unpaid position and interns are responsible for their own housing and transportation. Once accepted, IMMS staff will assist interns in finding rooms available to rent, usually with other staff members.
The deadline to apply for the Mid session (July 12 – October 4, 2021) and fall sessions (August 2 – October 22, 2021 or September 20 – December 10, 2021) is June 1, 2021. Please know we are aware that our internship dates do not always match up with school, but we are willing to work with students to accommodate these differences. For application and full details on how to apply please visit our website at imms.org/internship

Joclyn Villegas

Hiring a research field technician/seed collector – Boise, Idaho

Subject: Hiring a research field technician/seed collector – Boise, Idaho

Hello! We are anticipating hiring a research field technician/seed collector to help a graduate student collect their data for five weeks.

Dates: June 15th-July 16th 2021 (five weeks, start and end date not flexible)
Salary: $15/hour and $20 per diem for camping grocery expenses
Location: Boise, Idaho

Position description: The field technician will be employed at the University of Nevada, Reno, and help the graduate student collect seeds and data from 12 species from public lands. The field sites are located in rural areas in western Idaho and eastern Oregon (mostly Owyhee and Malheur counties) and may require up to 8 hours of driving on paved and unpaved roads. The crew will camp at field sites, possibly every week, for 1-4 nights at undeveloped campsites using Leave No Trace Principles. You will need to supply your own camping gear (tent, sleeping pad, and a sleeping bag), field clothes, and a comfortable medium sized backpack, and we will provide seed collection and cooking equipment. We provide a $20 per diem for grocery expenses for every day spent in the field during camping trips. There is no per diem for workdays that do not involve camping. The typical work week will be 40 hours with 10-hour days Monday through Thursday. You will learn how to identify common species in the Northern Great Basin Desert, learn about research project design, gain career experience in seed collection and data collection, and get to work outdoors in beautiful natural areas.

Required qualifications:
-The technician must be 18 years old or older
-Driver’s license and ability to drive up to 8 hours a day on paved and unpaved roads
-Willingness to work and camp outside under various environmental conditions (hot, inclement weather, rain, cold nights)
-Willingness to camp in undeveloped sites (no bathrooms or running water) using Leave No Trace Principles for 1-4 nights per week
-Basic botanical knowledge and ability to tell a target species apart from look-alike species, or demonstrated observational skills

Preferred qualifications:
-Knowledge of the flora of the northern Great Basin Desert
-Experience driving four-wheel-drive vehicles on undeveloped roads
-Experience camping in undeveloped areas and knowledge of Leave No Trace principles
-Trained in Wilderness First Aid

To apply: please email your resume to lcshriver@gmail.com

Thank you and happy spring!