Month: March 2023

Field Technician Aridland Restoration Ecology

The Newingham Aridland Ecology Lab ( is seeking a field technician to assist with aridland ecosystem research. Our lab evaluates the effects of fire, climate change, and invasive species on plant and soil properties, as well as how restoration affects ecosystem recovery. The technician will work on a variety of projects, including climate change effects on post-fire rehabilitation, wind and water erosion post-fire, and reducing fire risk with fuel treatments and restoring native habitat in the Great Basin and Mojave deserts. A large portion of the fieldwork will be in the Mojave in April-May during the potential superbloom. We work closely with universities, state, and federal agencies to address natural resource issues and land management.

Job duties include:

  • Collecting plant and soil data in the field.
  • Data entry and management.
  • Willingness to travel to remote field sites and camp in primitive settings.
  • Ability to work in varied field conditions that may involve: 1) off-road hiking up and down hills, 2) carrying loads up to 30 lbs, and 3) withstanding periods of inclement weather during all seasons.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Education:  Pursuing or attained a BS degree in biology, ecology, natural resources, geology, hydrology, or closely related field.
  • Previous experience with soil and plant sampling in the field.
  • Plant identification skills required; ability to identify Mojave and Great Basin plants preferred.
  • Strong knowledge of field plot establishment, monitoring, and experimental design.
  • Data entry and management skills in Excel and/or R.
  • Experience using GPS and GIS (ArcGIS or QGIS) to locate and establish field plots preferred.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and experience operating 4WD vehicles.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a group.

Employment and Application Information

The candidate will work with the USDA Agricultural Research Service and University of Nevada, Reno, and is based in Reno, NV. The position is available April-October with a preferred start date in mid-April; possibilities exist for continued employment. Pay depends on experience and ranges $17-21/hour. Please send a resume, list of four references, unofficial transcript(s), and a letter detailing your skills, experience, and/or interest to Brian Howard ( and Dr. Beth Newingham at Review of applications will commence immediately and remain open until the position is filled. Please contact us with any questions.

Point Count Technicians – Northern California and Oregon

Point Count Technician Announcement


Klamath Bird Observatory ( is seeking seasonal field technicians for the 2023

breeding season to complete avian point count surveys from May 1st through July 21st, throughout

the ecologically diverse and beautiful regions of southern Oregon, eastern Oregon, and/or northern

California. Technicians will conduct work related to multiple projects including monitoring effects of conifer forest restoration on species distributions and long-term monitoring in both private and public lands. Surveyors will work in northeastern Oregon conifer forests, eastern Oregon sagebrush habitat, Redwood National and State Parks, and/or Lava Beds National Monument. Applicants should be able to identify a wide variety of western bird species as they may be working in a range of habitats

including coniferous forests, oak woodlands, montane meadows, and shrub-steppe. Primary responsibilities will include conducting multispecies avian point count surveys and vegetation sampling along off-road transects following standard protocols, and associated data entry. Other tasks may be assigned if time permits. Field training on protocol methodology and distance estimation will be provided at the onset of the season. Camping independently, often at undeveloped or dispersed sites, will be required for most work. A small number of sites also require overnight backcountry camping. Experience and comfort with backpacking to sites will be discussed and agreed upon prior

to the field season and is not required for every position. Several field vehicles are available, but in certain cases it may be necessary for surveyors to use a personal vehicle to travel to work sites. If technicians are required to drive their personal vehicle, mileage reimbursement will be provided.


Well-qualified applicants should have at least one full season of avian point count field experience.

Applicants should have a full range of hearing, be in excellent physical condition, and be comfortable working and camping independently. Required qualifications include ability to identify western birds by sight and sound, hike in steep and rugged off-trail conditions, follow standardized field protocols, collect and record meticulous data, communicate effectively, work independently in remote forested areas, work in inclement weather conditions, and tolerate working in areas containing poison oak. Surveyors must possess good map reading, GPS, and orienteering skills and be eager to work long days in the field. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and insurance. Technicians must be willing and able to adhere to strict health and safety guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the duration of hire. Effective June 21, 2021, and until further notice, KBO will require that all Employees and Student Interns be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, and be able to provide proof of vaccination status.


$1480/bi-weekly, plus reimbursement for mileage at the federal rate if required to drive a personal vehicle. An additional completion bonus of $1000 will be provided at the end of the field season.

To Apply

Send cover letter (including dates of availability and vehicle type), resume, and contact information

for three references in a single PDF document to Tom McLaren ( Hiring will be ongoing until all positions have been filled. Offers are contingent on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent health and safety mandates throughout the field season. Additional employment opportunities and information about Klamath Bird Observatory can be found


NSF funded RAMP: funded year-long post-bacc training/research

The NSF-funded post-bacc RAMP program provides a full year of support and dedicated training/research opportunities in the context of genomic novelty with faculty mentors from three CLAS departments: EEB (Jockusch, Wegrzyn, Yuan), MCB (O’Neill, Mellone), and PNB (Kanadia). Bioinformatics bootcamp training is provided in the first three weeks in collaboration with SCSU’s BioPath program.The RAMP programs aim to provide an intensive and paid research experience, with salaries comparable to an entry level job.As a note, this is open to non-UConn graduates as well.More information can be found here (applications are due March 31st) for distribution is attached.RaMP flyer a v6.pdf

Summer internships: now hiring at RIDEM

Are you interested in marine biology? Natural resource management? Do you have an interest in learning more about how fisheries are monitored and managed? Consider working with the Rhode Island DEM Division of Marine Fisheries! We are looking for interns for the summer 2023 season.

Seasonal interns with the Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) join a dynamic workplace where the day-to-day activities vary substantially. During the summer, DMF runs multiple marine resource surveys to assess fish and invertebrate populations in state waters. We have a fleet of research vessels ranging from 16 to 50 feet in length, and interns generally spend at least half of their time working on these vessels and assisting with survey work. When not in the field, interns are typically stationed at DMF offices in Jamestown or Jerusalem, RI, where they assist with database entry of survey samples, preparation of survey equipment (mending nets, assembling bait bags), and sample processing for analysis. Additionally, there may be opportunity for interested individuals to conduct an independent project that aligns with the Division’s responsibilities.

Ideal candidates will be individuals with an interest in marine science and/or marine resource management who would like to gain hands-on experience in fisheries science. They will enjoy working as part of a team, be willing to work on the water in inclement weather, and have an aptitude for working in an environment where day-to-day job duties can vary substantially.

To apply: please visit (position title=Student Researcher, Location= Jamestown, RI). Please feel free to reach out to Corinne Truesdale at with any questions.