Month: January 2023

Rare Care Field Technician Position (Seasonal) – Seattle, WA

Washington Rare Plant Care and Conservation (Rare Care) at the University of Washington Botanic Gardens has a position available for a qualified individual to assist with fieldwork for ecological studies and vegetation monitoring as a Temporary Rare Care Field Technician. This position is located at the Center of Urban Horticulture at the University of Washington Botanic Gardens in Seattle and field sites are located near Wenatchee, Leavenworth, and Ritzville. Overnight travel will be required. When working at field sites lodging/camping will be provided and travel (mileage, food) will be reimbursed. Lodging is not provided in Seattle.

Specific duties include:

  • Monitor vegetation (species cover and composition data, plant morphology measurements) and estimate plant and canopy cover
  • Map populations with handheld GPS units
  • Identify plants to species using botanical dichotomous keys
  • Assist with day-to-day field logistics and maintain field equipment
  • Collect seeds for ex situ seed banking
  • ¢ Assist with field data collection, data entry, and QA/QC

Duration and Schedule: Approximately 10-20 hours per week between April 15 and June 30, depending on availability. Approximately 30-40 hours a week from June 1 through August 31, 2023. The field schedule is typically 10 hours a day, four days a week.

Required Qualifications:

  • Two years college credits with major study in engineering or science, OR two years of work experience equivalent to that performed by a research aide.

Compensation: Range is $18.79 – $19.24 per hour, depending on qualifications

Position Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate coursework in botany, biology, environmental science or a related field.
  • Ability to work and travel outdoors in variable weather including extreme heat, heavy rains and hazardous wildlife (i.e. rattlesnakes, scorpions) while maintaining a positive to neutral attitude.
  • Capable of standing and walking (up to 8 miles/day on rough, uneven terrain), bending, crouching and stooping for long periods of time.
  • Lifting/carrying items that weigh up to 30 pounds.
  • Current or ability to obtain CPR and First Aid training.
  • Self-motivated and able to serve independently with limited supervision after the initial training period.
  • Able to work cooperatively with others and strong communication skills.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in botany, biology, environmental science or a related field.
  • Experience with standard vegetation sampling techniques and familiarity with basic field sampling equipment.
  • Experience with working and traveling in remote areas.
  • Familiarity with the flora and ecosystems of Washington State and use of dichotomous keys.
  • The applicant should be able to maneuver and operate in a mixture of office and fieldwork.
  • Valid driver’s license.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) at Hubbard Brook Forest

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) at Hubbard Brook Forest: The Aging of a Forest in the Anthropocene Invertebrates are an essential link in the food chain. This project aims to understand how the abundance of forest invertebrates vary as a result of forest succession and available nutrients. We aim to collect insect and gastropod samples from three locations at Hubbard Brook: 1) Watershed 1, where 45 tons of calcium silicate were added via helicopter in 1999, 2) Watershed 5, where a whole-tree harvest was carried out from 1983 to 1984, and 3) Watershed 6, the reference watershed. With these samples, we can compare invertebrate abundance and species composition in the reference forest to that in an acid-remediated forest of the same age, and a forest that is now at about the same age as the other forests were when studies began 50 years ago.

The program runs from late May to mid-August. Students receive a $5000 stipend for the 10-week program, as well as free housing. Limited funding is available for research supplies and travel expenses. Food costs are paid by the participants and run approximately $42/week. Students live at Hubbard Brook Research Foundation’s researcher housing adjacent to the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, among a community of summer field students and technicians. All residents are expected to share and cooperate with cleaning, cooking, and related chores.

Co-mentors: Dr. Matt Ayres ( and Miranda Zammarelli (, Dartmouth College.

To apply please email the following to 1.A one page resume (including relevant coursework)2.Contacts for three people who can provide a reference3.Short answers (~1 paragraph each) to the following questions:

  • There are many options for working in the environment, and research is one particular way. Why do you want to explore research?
  • Why are you interested in the research project to which you are applying?
  • How do you think that participating in the Hubbard Brook REU program could help you in your degree program and in your future pursuits?

Allied Whale/Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co. Research Assistant Positions: 2023 Field Season

Allied Whale (AW), the marine mammal research lab of College of the

Atlantic and Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co. (BHWW) seeks 5 interns/research

assistants for the 2023 field season. These are entry-level research

positions designed to offer experience for individuals seeking to develop

their professional careers in marine mammal research. Two summer positions

(May 15 through August 31) and three full season positions (May 15 through

October 15) are available.

Overview of position: This is a unique internship program in that the

selected individuals will have the opportunity to participate and receive

training in a wide range of marine mammal research activities Allied Whale

while also working as a crew/scientist aboard commercial whale watching

trips operating from Bar Harbor, Maine. Allied Whale currently supports

field projects in the trophic ecology of humpback and fin whales, the

ongoing housing and maintenance of the North Atlantic humpback and fin

whale photo ID catalogs, an active stranding response program, and a

research/education partnership with Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co. In addition,

Allied Whale maintains the facilities on and conducts research from Mount

Desert Rock, a remote offshore island. The interns play a critical role in

the success of the field season and serve as support to all aspects of

summer activities within both Allied Whale and Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co.

Description of duties: Upon arrival in May, all interns will receive

research, boat crew, and Gulf of Maine natural history training by both

Allied Whale and the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company staff. As the Allied

Whale field season does not begin until early June- the first several weeks

will be focused on hands-on training of whale watch deckhand

responsibilities, helping with boat maintenance, and assisting with whale

catalog matching in the office or stranding response.

Once the season is in full swing, interns will rotate through shifts

working as a Research Assistant/Deckhand (RA) for the Bar Harbor Whale

Watch Co., shifts working as deck/galley on lighthouse/nature cruises,

shifts in the Allied Whale office, and time off. Every week, schedules will

be different and weather dependent. A typical week in June-August may

include 2-4 days scheduled as researchers on Whale Watch vessels, 1-2 days

scheduled in the office, and two days off (these days may or may not be

consecutive). Weather may cause shifts to be canceled and some weeks may be

lighter in load or responsibilities.

Below are specific expectations for each designated shift:

Whale watch trips: Research responsibilities on the whale watch trips

include searching for whales, photo-identification of whales, and

behavioral data collection. RAs will also collect pelagic seabird data

during offshore travel to the whale feeding areas. Beyond research, RAs are

responsible for assisting the naturalist in promoting education and

conservation programs on each trip. In this, maintaining a positive,

professional, and friendly demeanor while engaging whale watch passengers

and fellow crew is necessary. Deckhand responsibilities include line

handling, vessel cleaning, helping seasick passengers, and passenger

safety. When whale watch trips cancel for weather, crew may be asked to

report for duty to complete maintenance on the vessel.

Allied Whale office shifts: On scheduled office days, interns will be

required to be available in the Allied Whale office from 9AM-5PM. During

those hours, interns will match individual whales to our catalog, enter

their whale watch data into the database, manage the Adopt-a-whale program,

answer phone calls to the office, and be on call for assisting with

response to strandings or necropsies. Interns schedule for office shifts

will also be on call for boat research days.

Allied Whale boat research days: When weather permits, interns will assist

Allied Whale staff and graduate students on trips offshore to collect

biopsy samples of humpback and fin whales. While on board one of the

research vessels, interns will be responsible for collecting photo

identification of whales and recording data. Interns will be responsible

for processing images from these trips. If schedule allows, RAs may also

participate in an overnight trip to collect samples in Canada.

Mount Desert Rock: We hope for interns to also complete several shifts

(each at least a week in length) at our offshore research station Mount

Desert Rock. While on the island, interns will participate in land-based

whale monitoring from the lighthouse tower, seal counts, gull counts, and

maintenance/construction projects at the station. Interns will collect

weekly samples of seal scat to contribute to a collaborative microplastics

project.  Interns will also receive experience working in a remote

off-the-grid location. Once hired, RAs will work to develop a collaborative

group project (on seal colony, intertidal community, nesting birds,

jellies, etc.) and will take turns with data collection during their shifts

offshore. RAs will also stay in contact with the BHWW office with sightings


Pay/Housing: Those accepted to the program are able to earn income by their

work on the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company. Deckhands are paid $70 a trip

(at the height of summer, there are 2 trips running a day). Interns also

receive free First Aid Certification. Provided housing in downtown Bar

Harbor is mandatory for a fee. Rent for the season will total approximately

$2080 for summer interns and $2350 for full season interns. While at Mount

Desert Rock, food is provided for free. **After August 31, if any of the summer

interns are interested they are welcome to work full time for the remainder

of the season as crew for the BHWW as deckhand/galley on lighthouse trips,

nature cruises, whale watches, and cruise ship tendering operations.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a college background or be currently

enrolled in a biology, ecology, and/or marine sciences program. Previous

data collection experience in a research setting and/or knowledge of marine

mammals are great advantages. While training will be provided and no prior

boating/camera experience is required, time spent offshore or skills in

photography are also assets. Due to Coast Guard requirements, all crew

onboard US commercial vessels and therefore all research

assistants/interns, must be US citizens or have permanent resident alien

status.  Also, all interns will be drug screened prior to employment and

will be enrolled in a random drug testing program.  Most importantly,

applicants must be positive in attitude, flexible to quickly changing

schedules, able to work independently, and be seaworthy/comfortable working

on boats in rough weather. Lastly, because of the community living

situation both in Bar Harbor and on Mount Desert Rock, applicants must get

along well with others and be able to handle working in a team setting.

To apply: Please send a cover letter detailing your reasons for applying, a

resume, and two letters of recommendation via email to Recommendation letters may either be

sent with the application or directly from the references.

Please specify which position you are interested in (summer or full-season).

Deadline of application is February 24th.

Allied Whale and the College of the Atlantic are committed to inclusive

excellence. We strive toward an open and diverse community that fosters the

inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We

encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized

or underrepresented in higher education. More information about the

college’s commitment and strategic plan for diversity, equity, and

inclusion can be found here:

endangered Butterfly Technicians- Fort Bragg, NC

The Haddad Lab, Michigan State University, is hiring four field technicians for research in North Carolina on the St. Francis satyr butterfly in the summer of 2023. The St. Francis satyr is a federally endangered butterfly that is found only on the Ft. Bragg Army Installation in North Carolina. It is restricted to disturbance-dependent wetlands. Work will include daily monitoring of adult butterflies during flight periods, maintenance of restored habitat, captive-rearing, and breeding of individuals from eggs to adults, vegetation surveys, and assistance with studies on butterfly behavior and plant demography. Technicians will start May 15 and end August 16, with start and end dates somewhat flexible. Field housing is currently being identified by the supervisor and costs will be shared among the technicians. Hourly pay will be dependent on experience.

Applicants must have or be working toward a bachelor’s degree in biology, fisheries and wildlife, or a related field. They must also be comfortable working long hours outdoors in extreme heat and high humidity and be willing to tolerate biting insects and the presence of venomous snakes. Candidates with previous field work experience will be especially favorably received.

Applications must be submitted through the MSU job board:

Questions can be emailed to David Pavlik,


The Labs of Elizabeth Sibert (Yale University/WHOI), George Lauder(Harvard University) and Gareth Fraser (University of Florida) arerunning a unique accessible REU program this summer at the intersectionof biology, geology, and engineering with a focus on sharks. Pleaseforward to any interested students/departments. Much more informationis available on the webpage: questions can be addressed**Paid opportunity for Undergraduates with Disabilities to participatein interdisciplinary research on sharks this summer**Accessible Sharks is an NSF-Funded summer internship program thatsupports undergraduate students with disabilities to participate ininterdisciplinary summer research on sharks. Students will have theopportunity to work on aspects of shark scale development, their fossilrecord, or shark skin-inspired engineering and design, at one of threeinstitutions around the US (University of Florida, Yale University, orHarvard University). The program will run in summer of 2023 and summer of2024, and support a total of 6 students, 3 per summer. It will consistof an 8-week research project, as well as professional developmentopportunities and specific disability in STEM activities and discussions.Successful applicants will join a lab group for the summer, and beprovided with a$5500 stipend, housing, travel support, as well assupport and accommodations related to their individual disability.They will also participate in undergraduate summer research activities attheir location, as well as interdisciplinary cross-institution meetingsand discussions. Remote participation possible and will be considered ona case-by-case basis, although students will be supported and encouragedto participate in person where possible.This REU program is open to all undergraduate students with disabilities(e.g., mobility, sensory, learning, psychological, medical, or otherdisability – please see FAQ section below for more information), whoare majors in biology, geology, environmental science, engineering,or other related fields. Prior research experience is not requiredor expected. Students from historically excluded and non-traditionalbackgrounds are especially encouraged to apply, and preference will begiven to highly motivated students who have not had access to comparableresearch opportunities through their home institutions.To learn more and apply, please visit

Other: UTexas_ElPaso.REU.Evolution.Summer2023

REU Opportunity Summer 2023: “Research Experience for Undergraduates inChihuahuan Desert Biodiversity” – DEADLINE MARCH 10, 2023The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Department of BiologicalSciences invites applicants for the NSF sponsored Research Experience forUndergraduates (REU) in Chihuahuan Desert Biodiversity.  Mentors involvedwith this program conduct research in diverse aspects of ecology andevolutionary biology of extreme environments. This is a 10 week summerprogram. The goal of this program is to provide undergraduate studentswith experience in hypothesis-driven collaborative research utilizingfield based and/or laboratory methods and fully engage students inprojects associated with the ecology and evolution influencing ChihuahuanDesert biodiversity.The program provides:* High quality research experience in ecology and evolutionary biologyin the field and/or lab * Research opportunities at the Indio MountainsResearch Station (IMRS), a 40,000 acre facility controlled by UTEP and/orother Chihuahuan Desert field sites * One-on-one and group mentoringfrom active research faculty in multidisciplinary fields * Training inbioethics and other relevant professional skillsThe program includes:* $6000 stipend for 10 weeks* Housing in shared apartments and field station* Travel reimbursement of up to $600For more information on the program, research projects or to apply pleasevisit:

LAKES REU Undergraduate Summer Interns

The LAKES REU is funded by the National Science Foundation for the next three years and is currently recruiting our first cohort for this round of funding (8th cohort since the program began). The program aims to better understand the root causes of phosphorus pollution and solutions to the problem, while providing students with an interdisciplinary research experience led by mentors in biology, psychology, anthropology, political science, economics, and engineering. In addition to research, students will have the opportunity to work closely with our community and governmental partners, local citizens, and policy makers. Students will present their work at the end of the summer and will get to see their research directly impact the community around them.

This summer’s session will run from June 4th to August 5th, 2023, and we are recruiting 10 students from the fields listed above or closely related fields. Housing, stipends, and funds for food will be provided to accepted students, and we especially encourage first-generation students, racial and ethnic minorities, women, and other groups underrepresented in the sciences, social sciences, and engineering to apply. Students should be available for the entire duration of the program and should not be working or taking classes during that time

The 2023 LAKES REU program will run from June 4th to August 5th, 2023. The applications will open November 15th, 2022 and all applications and supporting materials are due on 2/1/2023 by 11:59 pm. Please read the rest of this page before starting your application.

Students can apply to work on one of 4 projects for the summer with mentors in the following areas: Psychology (mentor Sarah Wood), Water Quality Monitoring  (mentor Nicole Hayes), Biology and Sustainability  (mentor Arthur Kneeland), or Political Science (mentor Kim Zagorski)

Environmental Social Influence (mentor Sarah Wood)

This project will explore the use of social influence to promote environmentally sustainable behavior change. There is considerable evidence that social influence can increase adoption of a wide range of pro-environment behaviors. However, the variety of contributors to water quality issues in the region may mean there are unique barriers to overcome to make these strategies truly effective in the Red Cedar Watershed. We will gain an understanding of these barriers and explore how to potentially overcome them in designing attitude and behavior change interventions.

Political knowledge, public opinion, and policymaking (mentor Kimberly Zagorski)

Mixed methods projects will look at the intersection of information flows, scientific literacy, policymaking, and public attitudes related to drinking water in Dunn County. The goal is to understand how (mis)information regarding science, behavior, and public policy impact the ability of stakeholders to enact policies designed to maintain clean drinking water. Public opinion surveys, interviews and/or focus groups of Dunn County residents will be used to understand knowledge and concern about water issues, scientific literacy, and trust in local and state actors. Content analysis of news sources and local social media groups will identify the information the public and policymakers are exposed to regarding drinking water.  Interviews with journalists and social media groups will clarify what types of problems and solutions make it to these outlets.  Finally, interviews with local interest groups and county, state, and local government officials will highlight their policy goals and how they use information to achieve them.

Water Quality, Nutrient Dynamics, and Cyanobacteria Blooms (mentor Nicole Hayes)

This project will explore nutrient dynamics and harmful cyanobacterial blooms in the surface waters of the Red Cedar Watershed, building on ongoing work by researchers at UW-Stout. Students will have the opportunity to learn sample collection and analysis techniques and to help guide monitoring efforts by identifying areas prone to pollution due to surrounding land use, are sites of in-stream and surrounding habitat restoration or are slated for future habitat improvement projects. These ongoing monitoring efforts seek to collect more, better-targeted data needed by county officials and practitioners to improve water quality in the Red Cedar Watershed.

Agriculture, Climate Resiliency, and Local Foodsheds (mentor Arthur Kneeland)

This project will explore the intersection of agriculture, sustainable development for climate resiliency, and local supply chains. With an interdisciplinary approach (including agricultural sciences, economics, sustainable development, anthropology, rural sociology, etc.) we will examine the foodshed to determine inroads to alternative cropping methods on farms, in stores, and in production facilities. Much recent research has been done on alternative cropping systems and farm products; we will explore which of these are best suited to the foodshed of the region.


Eligible students include those who:

are available for the duration of the 9-week program from early June through early August (June 4th to August 5th, 2023)

are enrolled in an undergraduate program

have not graduated by June 2023

are not attending classes in Summer 2023

We prioritize students who are most interested in working with the subject matter and research interests of our faculty mentors, first-generation students, racial and ethnic minorities, or women.


Before starting the application form, please be prepared with a transcript (unofficial is fine), resume, personal statement, and names/emails of 2-3 professional references. The personal statement should be one or two pages explaining your interest in the LAKES REU and how it fits with your skills and future academic plans.

What skills and knowledge will you bring to the project and our research?

How will participation in the LAKES REU help you to achieve your goals?

How is this REU and the research we will be doing meaningful, relevant, or interesting to you?

Shark Bay Dolphin Research Project NSF REU Internship Opportunity

Shark Bay Dolphin Research Project NSF REU Internship Opportunity


U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States who are enrolled as undergraduate students at a U.S. institution at the time of application.


The Shark Bay Dolphin Research Project (SBDRP) is seeking several dedicated research assistants for the upcoming summer field season (late May/early June through mid-August, 2023) in Monkey Mia, Shark Bay, Western Australia. The SBDRP is a long-term research project run in collaboration between Georgetown University and the University of Queensland, and is one of the longest running marine mammal research projects in the world. The SBDRP has been collecting behavioral, life-history, ecological, and genetic data on Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins since the mid 1980s. This field season will focus on ongoing research surrounding the long-term impacts of extreme climate events on the behavioral ecology, fitness and population viability in this dolphin population. We will also be recruiting for the fall field season (early August-December 2023) which will continue our research on maternal investment and social learning. Recent post-baccalaureates should clearly indicate their interest and availability to join us for the summer and/or fall season in their written statement. We will also be conducting a second call for applicants for the fall season later in the spring.

Field work is demanding and requires long hours both on and off the water, but the dolphin research is both fun and rewarding. Field assistants will gain valuable research experience and may have the opportunity to contribute to co-authored publications. We particularly encourage applications from those interested in pursuing graduate school in behavioral ecology or marine mammalogy.


~3 months

Field site:

Monkey Mia, Shark Bay, Western Australia.

Monkey Mia is approximately 850 km north of Perth and is part of the largest World Heritage site in Western Australia. Our field site is beautiful, and includes incredible wildlife such as sharks, rays, turtles, dugongs, whales, and of course, resident bottlenose dolphins. Monkey Mia is remote, but we do have amenities including electricity and running water, reliable cell phone service, and limited internet. Housing will be provided, and the research team will share cooking responsibilities in a communal kitchen and other domestic chores.

Job responsibilities:

Research assistants will help collect extensive behavioral data from the boat, including surveys and focal follows on individual dolphins. Boat work is dependent on weather, but even on windy days we need to be ready to pack up and quickly get out on the water if the wind drops. Days on the water can be consecutive, long, and tiring in variable environmental conditions. This season, we will also be conducting opportunistic genetic biopsy sampling, and we may use drones to collect video footage of the dolphins. Days on land require extensive, and tedious, data entry and processing. If you are interested in an independent research project, we will work with you to develop one.

Most of your time will be spent:

-Searching for and spotting dolphins

-Photographing dolphins

-Driving the boat

-Scribing data during surveys and focal follows

-Entering dolphin sightings and environmental data into the computer

-Doing basic maintenance and equipment prep and cleaning


The ideal candidate will be a student with a science background and a genuine interest in marine mammal science and behavior. This position is well suited for students of marine biology, animal behavior, zoology, ecology, genetics, or similar fields looking to gain additional analytical and in-field experience. Applicants must be able to work closely with a small team (3-6 people). We not only work together, but also live, cook, and eat together, so maturity, humor, a positive attitude and a collaborative nature are critical.

The candidate must:

-Possess basic computer skills

-Be detail oriented, flexible, level headed, and patient

-Possess excellent verbal and communication skills

-Work well both independently and in a team

-Be fluent in English

-Be comfortable on a boat and working in a remote location

-Be prepared to work long, consecutive days, including weekends

The most essential qualifications are that you are flexible, conscientious, and hard-working, and are excited about the research.


This is a paid position. All travel and living expenses (flights, visas, housing and food) will also be covered by the project. We particularly want to encourage candidates from groups that are underrepresented in STEM fields to apply.

Applications are due February 15th, 2023. Any questions can be directed to