Summer Technician – University of Arkansas (Fayetteville)Research Technician Position We seek a motivated individual to assist with ecology and conservation biology research projects in Arkansas and Missouri. The first project goal is to determine occurrence estimates for a suite of native crayfish species using kick seine surveys in the Spring River Drainage, AR/MO. The second project goal is to determine relative density estimates of the federally endangered Yellowcheek Darter (Nothonotus moorei), as well as other co-occurring darter species, using snorkel surveys in the Little Red River, AR. The selected individual will gain field experience with freshwater fish and crayfish identification, kick seine technique, snorkel surveying, and abiotic stream monitoring. The individual will also be involved in data organization and analysis. JOB DESCRIPTION: One full time technician position is available. Start date is May 1st (flexible) and end date is July 31, 2022 (flexible) with the possibility to extend into October. The technician will be paid an hourly rate of $11.00 for up to 40 hours per week. DUTIES AND QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must be 18 years of age or older with a valid driver’s license. The technician will perform duties including field sampling, maintenance and operation of field equipment, data collection, computer input, and analysis and writing (dependent on ability). Preference will be given to candidates with a BS in ecology, conservation biology, fisheries or a related field. Applicants should have a willingness and ability to perform field work, good note taking skills, and a positive attitude. This position will require individuals to work outside for long hours in a group environment. Candidates must work well in a team setting and be okay with getting dirty/wet and actively being in river environments (i.e., swimming/wading). HOW TO APPLY: Send a cover letter and CV/resume with names, phone numbers and email addresses of three references to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com, or visit this website.
LAST CALL: Lakes Region Conservation CorpsLooking to break into the field of conservation, but don’t know where to start? Consider spending your summer in beautiful New Hampshire and joining the Lakes Regions Conservation Corps (LRCC), a 22.5 week AmeriCorps service program that develops skills and experiences for the next generation of conservation professionals. LRCC members are the driving force behind many of the conservation efforts of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. The LRCC summer/fall program features 7 host sites, each offering unique experiences and opportunities to members. Key responsibilities may include: -Work toward the eradication of invasive species in the lakes and watershed. -Maintain and construct regional trail networks. -Engage both youth and adults in environmental education and outreach programs. -Recruit and lead volunteer crews. -And more! Host Sites: Each host site operates independently and has additional, specialized duties and experiences. Highlights of each site are included below, but applicants are encouraged to learn more about each host site at this link.Camp Hale (2 positions available) Sandwich, NH Members have the benefit of living and working on Squam Lake within a camp environment, while not actually working as a camp counselor. Members receive free meals during camp sessions and are included in the camp community, making it easy to form engaging relationships with peers from around the world. Housing is provided on site. Lakes Region Conservation Trust (2 positions available) Center Harbor, NH LRCC-LRCT members will receive training in land conservation methods, conservation and recreational land management, and education and outreach. Land Stewards will work on a variety of projects, including trail maintenance, terrestrial invasive plant removal, monitoring LRCT preserves and conservation easements, and more. Housing is provided. Merrimack River Watershed Council (1 position available) Concord, NH Members serving at MRWC will work on restoration projects throughout the Merrimack River watershed, coordinate education and outreach events, and develop the MRWC’s communications on social media. Members receive professional development opportunities including in-house training, staff mentoring, and engaging with partners. Squam Lakes Association (3 positions available) Holderness, NH Members serve within a team, scuba diving to remove variable milfoil from Squam Lake, spending weekends camping on our islands caretakers, maintaining over 55 miles of trails within the Squam Range, developing education programs, and more. Members both receive and actively apply their SSI scuba certification and weed control diver certification, as well as spend ample time on the lake during service. Housing is provided. Benefits: -Wilderness First Aid & CPR certifications -Living allowance; $534 bi-weekly (pre-tax) -NH Commercial Boating License -Housing provided, or $250 bi-weekly housing allowance (dependent on host site) -Student loan forbearance for qualifying loans -AmeriCorps Education Award of $3,172.50 received upon successful completion of the program and a minimum of 900 hours -Additional trainings provided vary by host site. * The provision of these trainings are contingent upon the operation of the organizations hosting them, which may be impacted due to COVID-19. Minimum Qualifications as per AmeriCorps CNCS Guidelines: -Must be 18 years of age by May 16, 2022 -Must be covered by health insurance for the duration of program -Must be a US citizen, US national, or legal permanent resident -Must clear all required national service criminal history checks -Must be a high school graduate, GED recipient, or be working towards obtaining one during term of service Commitment: May 16, 2022 through October 19, 2022. This is a 22.5 week AmeriCorps program. Members must complete at least 900 hours over the course of the program in order to receive the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. Application Deadline: April 18 Apply Now at this link.
Black Bear Capture and Camera Trap Technician: New MexicoAgency: New Mexico State University Location: Jemez Mountains, New Mexico Job Category: Temporary/Seasonal Positions Start Date: Early September 2022 End date: Late November 2022 Pay: 11.95/hr Job Description: The New Mexico Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is seeking one highly motivated field technician to assist with a research project investigating the responses of large mammals to wildfire and landscape-scale forest restoration treatments in north-central New Mexico. Bunk style housing will be provided with access to shared kitchen/restroom. The first two months of this 3-month position will focus on vegetation sampling and measurements (65%), assisting with setting and baiting of traps, and processing of captured black bears (35%). Investigation of GPS cluster sites may be included. Technicians will be on-call night and weekends for bear captures. The final month will focus on removing 145 trail cameras from the field, requiring solo work navigating to remote points via GPS. The ability to collect and organize meticulous data, safely navigate off trail, and independently make informed and justifiable decisions regarding critical mission objectives is required. Technician must adhere to project COVID-19 protocols. Prior experience navigating off-trail via GPS, conducting vegetation sampling, VHF radiotelemetry, and working in remote locations is required. Knowledge of southwestern forest/southern Rocky Mountain plant species is strongly preferred. Previous experience handling and marking animals, particularly large mammals, carnivores, or livestock, is strongly preferred. Field work will be very physically demanding and will require hiking up to 15 miles/day over rough terrain. Undergraduate students majoring in wildlife, ecology, and related fields and individuals of underrepresented groups with vegetation sampling experience are especially encouraged to apply. Qualifications: – Be pursuing or have acquired a bachelor’s degree in wildlife or a related field – Experience hiking off-trail in difficult and rugged terrain – Experience operating VHF telemetry gear and handheld GPS units preferred – Demonstrated proficiency operating 4×4 vehicles in rugged terrain – Be self-driven with an attention to detail – Able to record detailed data and be organized – Flexible. Long days should be expected, and weekend work may be required – Proficiency with a chainsaw desirable – Ability to maintain a positive and mature attitude and clear communication with team and supervisor – Ability to tolerate and handle foul smelling meat and scent lure. ***Disclaimer: Bait preparation is a dirty job!*** To apply, please email a SINGLE PDF file containing: 1) Cover letter detailing relevant experience, qualifications, and interest in the position 2) CV/resume 3) Names and contact information of 3 references to Matt Keeling (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Leah White (email@example.com). Please use the format LastName_FirstName_Jemez.pdf (ex: Doe_Jane_Jemez.pdf) and use the position title as the subject line.
Paid Entomology Research Internship in Southeast PennsylvaniaThe Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust, a private, non-profit land trust located in the Philadelphia suburb of Huntingdon Valley (Montgomery County), conserves natural lands in the central Pennypack Creek valley and sponsors an active program of ecological restoration focusing on invasive plant control, deer management, forest, riparian, and grassland habitat management. The Trust is seeking a part-time Intern to aid in our on-going study of insects and their relationships to various plant communities at the Trust and in neighboring parcels. Application deadline is May 1st, but applicants who apply earlier will be given priority consideration. Targeted Majors: Entomology, Biology, Natural Sciences with experience in entomology or taxonomy/identification thereof Qualifications: – Bachelor’s degree in one of the targeted majors (required or degree in-progress) – Field data collection methods and data analysis – Familiarity with GIS and other mapping tools, graphic communication – Strong problem solving, organizational, and computer skills – Prefer a candidate with insect identification skills (especially pollinating bees, wasps and Lepidoptera) Duties: – Assist research staff in field collection and data analysis from on-going research efforts – Assist research staff in collaborating with professionals to evolve methodology and study questions – Assist landscape maintenance and restoration staff on an as needed basis – Administrative and clerical duties to support all full-time staff – Archival and organizational duties to support office and volunteer processes Compensation: $14/hr. Flexible hours M-F, from 7:30AM to 3:30PM, although a three-day work week is possible. Some occasional weekend work or night-time sampling work may be needed. Applicants will work between 20 to 32 hours per week within a mutually agreed upon typical work week with defined start/finish dates. To apply: Provide resume and cover letter describing relevant experience to: Chris Mendel, Executive Director Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust 2955 Edgehill Road Huntingdon Valley, PA firstname.lastname@example.org
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Opportunities in forest dendroecology and microclimateWe are seeking applicants for two NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) positions in summer 2022 to examine the impacts of wildfire and drought on tree survival, tree growth, and streamflow at the H.J. Andrews (HJA) Experimental Forest Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) site in the lush Oregon Western Cascades. *Background*: Wildfires burned through more than a million acres of forests of the Pacific Northwest in 2020, bringing new urgency to understanding the impacts of wildfire on water resources. It is well known that fire effects on trees impact hydrological dynamics (e.g., streamflow) by altering evapotranspiration and runoff. Less understood, however, are the mediating effects of pre-fire forest conditions such as management history, radial growth patterns, and fine-scale microclimate on tree mortality. Similarly, how is watershed hydrology, in general, affected by first- (4-5 yr postfire) order fire effects on trees, and at what temporal scales streamflow impacts are highest (e.g., sub-weekly vs. sub-daily) in temperate mesic forests. Near the HJA-LTER site, the Holiday Farm Fire burned >700 km2 of forest, including watersheds with old-growth forest and managed (i.e. a plantation) stands. To our knowledge, this is the first time that wildfires have affected paired managed and unmanaged watersheds with existing long-term records that can be used to quantify the effects of fire. This provides us with a unique opportunity to learn about these processes and to inform management and conservation efforts! *The opportunity logistics*: The Field station has research camping sites restricted for use for researchers with kitchen areas and portable bathrooms. The station has wireless internet near headquarters. The students will be based in Corvallis or Portland and travel in 7 5-day campaigns. The remaining 3 weeks, the REU will work in the lab learning about tree ring sample processing techniques. *The setting*: The landscape is home to iconic Pacific Northwest old-growth forests of cedar and hemlock, and moss-draped ancient Douglas firs; steep terrain; and fast, cold-running streams. The 10-week program will fit students on either the quarter or semester systems. *Position*: The REU students will conduct supervised and guided research. The REU will work closely with the PIs of the project, Drs. Holz (PSU) and Segura (OSU), and graduate students working on related topics. Each REU will receive a $5,500 stipend and up to $2,500 to offset travel, housing, and supplies expenses. As this is considered an educational program rather than employment, Oregon State University (OSU) does not provide Workers Compensation insurance coverage nor medical insurance. *Position Requirements*: Applicants should have a valid driver’s license, and the ability to carry a heavy pack (40+ lb) for moderate distances over uneven terrain, and be comfortable spending long days, on their feet, in the field, occasionally in inclement weather. Previous field experience is a plus and a general understanding of forest ecology, biology, and/or silviculture is desirable. Eligibility is limited to currently enrolled undergraduates that have a graduate date no sooner than fall 2022. Further, all applicants must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents. *Applications from women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged.* *To apply: *Please send a brief cover letter indicating your interest, experience and professional goals after graduation, curriculum vitae, copies of transcripts and the names, addresses, phone number, and email address of at least two references to: Catalina Segura (Catalina.email@example.com) and Andres Holz (firstname.lastname@example.org).Review of applications will start immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.
Source Water Technician
The Regional Water Authority (RWA) is seeking a Source Water Technician to join our team. The Source Water Technician will conduct inspections of properties in public water supply watershed and aquifer protection areas to identify and address contamination risks that could impact drinking water supply sources. The Source Water Technician will also assist with RWA programs to monitor water quality in its source water streams and reservoirs. We provide competitive pay, a robust benefits package, training and development and opportunities for advancement. If you are ready for a fast-paced position with growth potential, contact the Regional Water Authority with your application.