PhD student needed to evaluate the effects of prescribed fire on Box Turtles in Massachusetts

he Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) are seeking a PhD student to evaluate the effects of prescribed fire on Box Turtles in Massachusetts. The position announcement is below. However, the deadline for applications is rapidly approaching – December 1, 2021. The late deadline is because we’re hoping for the student to enroll in the evolutionary biology program, which offers additional support. The student would start in Fall 2022. There will be an intensive field component on Cape Cod.Michael T. Jones, Ph.D.State HerpetologistMassachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA 01581p: (508) 389-7863 | e: michael.t.jones@state.ma.usmass.gov/masswildlife | facebook.com/masswildlifeGraduate Student Opportunity (PhD level): Box turtle-Prescribed FireMassachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (MA Coop Unit)University of Massachusetts, Organismic & Evolutionary Biology Department, Amherst, MAReview of applications will begin 01 Dec 2021Position start date Summer 2022Position description Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina) mortality during prescribed fire is amanagement concern in Massachusetts and other northeastern states. Observational and experimentalstudies have found that individual Box Turtles exhibit a range of complex behavioral responses to fire,and that early growing season fires may be more lethal under normal circumstances. It is clear that theeffect of fire is highly variable, and likely to influence populations differently based on habitat, landscapeconnectivity, population structure, season, fuel conditions, and weather. The Massachusetts Division ofFisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife), the Massachusetts Army National Guard, and UMass Amherst arepartnering to develop a coherent, empirically-informed, locally-tested management protocol for BoxTurtles in the context of prescribed fire management in Massachusetts.Therefore, we are seeking applications for a PhD level graduate student position at the University ofMassachusetts, Amherst. We highly encourage people from historically underrepresented groups ornon-traditional backgrounds to apply. The successful candidate will enroll in the PhD program in theOrganismic & Evolutionary Biology Department (https://nam11.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fgpls.cns.umass.edu%2Foeb&data=04%7C01%7Ccinnis%40neaq.org%7Ce1c90ab4bf9847bf0a2408d9aeb0e803%7C89f48289f3b64464923fe55ac82cdbbb%7C1%7C1%7C637732897095143961%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&sdata=XwHyZdaN%2FTht0hTQgAf%2BpAONEGYN3V5W%2BCEuxya6G9A%3D&reserved=0) and be part of the MACooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (https://nam11.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww1.usgs.gov%2Fcoopunits%2Funit%2FMassachusetts&data=04%7C01%7Ccinnis%40neaq.org%7Ce1c90ab4bf9847bf0a2408d9aeb0e803%7C89f48289f3b64464923fe55ac82cdbbb%7C1%7C1%7C637732897095143961%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&sdata=hUWFDk6AgAxKnC%2BGdRRzriMMtwka4slfSxYUr2MlRtM%3D&reserved=0).Note that the position is contingent upon final funding details.Project objectives Potential objectives, which are subject to modification based on the successfulapplicant’s interests, include:● Gather standardized information on prescribed fires within Box Turtle habitat and fire-relatedBox Turtle mortalities● Implement an observational study of Eastern Box Turtles using radiotelemetry at Camp Edwardsand adjacent areas during the active season for each of four years● Characterize and model the behavioral response of live Box Turtles to fire through controlledexperiments● Evaluate the effects of season, fuels, weather, habitat, and turtle position on mortality and injuryrates, using “surrogate models”● Implement standardized post-burn surveys for Box Turtles following prescribed fires- requiresflexibility in terms of traveling to and from Camp Edwards with little notice● Use a spatially-explicit population viability analysis to evaluate the population-level effects of fireon priority populations● Facilitate—through Structured Decision Making—a workshop with stakeholders to appropriatelyminimize the effects of fire on Box Turtle population persistenceSalary/Benefits The graduate student will be provided:1. Research assistantship funding and teaching assistantship funding for at 5 years through theUniversity of Massachusetts, Amherst, which includes graduate student stipend (~$32,000 per yearfor 20 hrs/week), health benefits, and tuition waiver. More information about benefits is availablethrough the UMass Graduate Employee Organization (https://nam11.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.geouaw.org%2F&data=04%7C01%7Ccinnis%40neaq.org%7Ce1c90ab4bf9847bf0a2408d9aeb0e803%7C89f48289f3b64464923fe55ac82cdbbb%7C1%7C1%7C637732897095143961%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&sdata=bv1pyt8zICrDy%2FRnm%2FYLimV4E2zaXZxu22%2BtLKMHg6k%3D&reserved=0).2. Professional development experiences relevant to federal and state jobs but transferable toother conservation agencies.3. Mentoring, encouragement, and autonomy to ensure that they see and understand how theyand their perspectives are vital to achieving the goals of the project.ExpectationsThe following will be considered positive factors in choosing a successful candidate. We do not expectapplicants to have all of these qualities and is not meant to discourage applicants.– Evidence of a strong desire to learn (as supported by evidence of superior academicachievement, extracurricular activities, or life experiences)– Interest and/or experience conducting field work– Interest in population ecology and conservation– Interest in box turtle conservation and prescribed fires– A great deal of flexibility (e.g., being called a few days prior to a prescribed fire burn and beingready to travel to Camp Edwards at a moment’s notice)– Creativity (e.g., problem solving and creative solutions to answering objectives)– Practical field skills (e.g., standard auto transmission, GPS, radiotelemetry, fire safety, GISskills/experience).– Red card and/or previous experience using fire for restoration (formal or informal) is a plus.In addition, the graduate student will be provided training and support to learn and accomplish thefollowing:– Work alongside MassWildlife, USGS, and other stakeholders to accomplish the objectives of thisproject– Apply and obtain permits and IACUC approval– Collect and analyze data– Perform field work at Camp Edwards in Bourne, MA– Present research findings at quarterly meetings with stakeholders– Prepare at least three manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journalsEligibility– Minimum of a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for undergraduate students– Have graduated from undergrad by May 2022 to start graduate school in Fall 2022Application To apply, you will need to submit your application to 2 locations by Dec 01, 2021:(1) Please submit your UMass graduate school application to the OEB program here:https://nam11.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.umass.edu%2Fgraduate%2Fapply%2Fhow-apply&data=04%7C01%7Ccinnis%40neaq.org%7Ce1c90ab4bf9847bf0a2408d9aeb0e803%7C89f48289f3b64464923fe55ac82cdbbb%7C1%7C1%7C637732897095143961%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&sdata=fjw85lEAWEVXV1u0GaeIygMpJ1mFKD4PkEiRlvxEiR0%3D&reserved=0(a) More details on the application materials can be found here:https://nam11.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fgpls.cns.umass.edu%2Foeb%2Fadmissions&data=04%7C01%7Ccinnis%40neaq.org%7Ce1c90ab4bf9847bf0a2408d9aeb0e803%7C89f48289f3b64464923fe55ac82cdbbb%7C1%7C1%7C637732897095143961%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&sdata=9516ReDzZ0JlBCQZDWkw7TocFpo63ApP7COuVfdL5vY%3D&reserved=0(b) Briefly, you will need the following:(i) All official undergraduate and graduate transcripts(ii) A Personal Statement(iii) At least three letters of recommendation(iv) A Curriculum Vitae(v) GRE scores are not considered.(2) Please also send the following materials in a single PDF with the following document name“YOUR LAST NAME-Box turtle app- 2021.pdf” in an email with the subject “Box turtle-prescribedfire application” to Dr. Graziella DiRenzo at gdirenzo@umass.edu:(a) The same personal statement submitted to the UMass graduate school. Ideally, thepersonal statement describes your interest in the position, past research experiences,interest in conducting fieldwork, desire to pursue graduate work, and any discrepanciesin your academic record;(b) A curriculum vitae or resume;(c) The contact information (name, position, relationship to applicant, email, and phonenumber) for three references;(d) Unofficial transcriptsYou must submit your application to BOTH locations by Dec 01, 2021 (UMass graduate school &emailed to Dr. Graziella DiRenzo) to be considered for the position. Please send questions to any of theproject investigators listed below.Project investigatorsDr. Graziella DiRenzo (gdirenzo@umass.edu), U.S. Geological Survey, MA Coop UnitDr. Tammy Wilson (tammywilson@umass.edu), U.S. Geological Survey, MA Coop UnitDr. Michael Jones – State Herpetologist, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and WildlifeNondiscriminatory AA/EEO statement The University of Massachusetts provides equal employmentopportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion,gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability,military status, genetic information, pregnancy or a pregnancy-related condition, or membership in anyother legally protected class. The University of Massachusetts complies with all applicable federal, stateand local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the universityoperates.

Seeking PhD students for a transdisciplinary graduate training program

The Team-TERRA transdisciplinary graduate training program at the University of Connecticut is seeking prospective Ph.D. students from a variety of disciplines in a newly NSF funded transdisciplinary training program. The team-based, interdisciplinary training addresses complex risks spread across urbanizing landscapes to the nexus of food, energy, water, and ecosystems. As part of the training program, trainees will work in diverse teams to predict and solve the complex problems of the future in regions that are urbanizing and stretched to both provide the essentials for human wellbeing while maintaining the many benefits of biodiversity and natural ecosystems. 

 

The training program consists of a 2-year sequence of coursework, teamwork, a real-world internship, and associated workshops. Successful applicants will learn highly sought-after skills in risk analysis, management, and communication; landscape analysis and decision support tools embedded in geographic information systems; and how to lead and collaborate with diverse stakeholders. The trainees will independently complete and work toward departmental and university dissertation requirements. Funding is available for 1-year stipends, travel, in addition to departmental funding opportunities. 

 

If interested, contact the program coordinator, charlotte.nelson@uconn.edu or any of our faculty to let them know you are interested in applying to Team-TERRA. You can find more information about the program in the attached brochure and on the Team-TERRA website.

 

For students entering the Team-TERRA program either fall 2022, (existing UConn students) or fall 2023 cohort (students applying for admission to UConn), applications will be reviewed starting on February 1st, 2022, with priority given to those applications that are received prior to February 1st, 2022. Rolling admission will continue until May 1st, 2022.

Predator/Prey Research Technician, U.S. Geological Survey

From: “Nolan, Benjamin S” <bnolan@usgs.gov>
Subject: Predator/Prey Research Technician, U.S. Geological Survey

Job Description:

The U.S. Geological Survey’s Boulder City, NV field station is recruiting field technicians to assist with research projects investigating black-tailed jackrabbit and coyote predator-prey interactions and ecology in southern Nevada. The majority of duties will be fieldwork based and will primarily include, but are not limited to:

*   Assisting in capturing, marking, and fitting GPS/VHF collars for jackrabbits and coyotes.
*   Using radio telemetry to monitor jackrabbit movement and behavior.
*   Retrieving, downloading, and troubleshooting radio/GPS transmitters and data loggers.
*   Collecting tissue samples (blood, tissue, DNA, parasites) and morphological measurements.
*   Investigating jackrabbit mortalities and identifying causative factors.
*   Maintaining a network of camera traps, and sorting camera trap photos/video.
*   Assisting in nocturnal spotlight line distance and other surveys for jackrabbits.
*   Performing vegetation surveys to characterize habitats.
*   Managing and maintaining large datasets.
*   Using Excel, relational databases, ArcMap, and R to enter, organize, QA/QC, and analyze data
*   Assisting with the day-to-day operations of field research (preparing supplies, vehicle and equipment maintenance).
*   Participating in other research projects as assigned.

The data that are collected will be used to analyze predator and prey population trends, movement patterns, microsite selection, diet, and home range characteristics, as well as aid in the understanding of how habitat and environmental parameters influence distribution, abundance, and food habits.

We are seeking applicants in great physical condition and capable of hiking long distances over rugged desert terrain in 110°F+ temperatures, all while carrying a 30 pound pack. Significant amounts of night work are required, including surveys and capture activities for jackrabbits. The applicant must have or be willing to obtain a current rabies vaccine. A positive attitude, flexibility, attention to detail, interest in ecological research, ability to strictly follow data collection protocols, and the ability to work well both independently and as part of a team are also requirements. Experience with mammalian capture and handling, radio telemetry, Mojave Desert plant identification, ArcGIS, and data analysis in R is preferred. This project has recently expanded to include both lethal and non-lethal Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHDV2) sampling. There may be some opportunity to work on these new disease sampling aspects of the project. As such, previous experience with biological sampling is desirable. Work-related firearms experience is beneficial, but not required.

Schedules are highly variable, can change with little notice, and will often require early morning or late evening start times, long days, and a few weekends of work.

This temporary position is scheduled to begin in July or August 2021 and extend for up to 180 working days (approximately 9 months). Extensions may be possible, contingent upon performance and funding availability.

Qualifications: 3 years of college with courses related to biological sciences (equivalent to 90 semester/135 quarter hours) plus 3 months of lab or field work experience; or 9 months of field experience; or 3 years of sub-professional experience. A valid U.S. driver’s license and a pre-employment physical are required. All applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Salary: GG-0404-05, $17.15 hourly, plus paid vacation and sick days.

Application instructions:  E-mail resume, cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications, and contact information for at least three references in one PDF document to bnolan@usgs.gov using the format Lastname_Firstname_USGSPredatorPrey.PDF (e.g. Nolan_Benjamin_USGSPredatorPrey.PDF) by 11:59 PM PDT on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. For each position on your resume, please be sure to include the number of hours worked per week, as well as exact start and end dates (month/day/year). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

If claiming 5 point veterans’ preference, a DD-214 showing character of discharge is required.  If claiming 10 point veterans’ preference, a SF-15 with proof of claim is required.

field assistant for wild onion pollination project

Subject: field assistant for wild onion pollination project

We are looking for an enthusiastic volunteer field assistant to help with a four week project on wild onion pollination in New Mexico this summer. Our Auburn University team studies how alpine bees pollinate Allium cernuum, or nodding onion, and this year, we will examine variation in nectar composition in several populations of Allium cernuum across New Mexico. An assistant will learn a wide range of techniques from insect collection to nectar extraction in this short four-week position.

Given the short season of Allium cernuum, this position is available for August 2021. Transportation, lodging, and food will be provided in addition to a $500 stipend. We are flexible on start and end dates as nodding onion varies in its flowering period.

This is an ideal position for an individual interested in pollination ecology or floral biology. Past field experience in plant-insect interactions is desirable but not required.

If interested, please email a one page resume including contact information for one reference to Charles Ray (raychah@auburn.edu) by June 15th.

Forest technician for drone inventory operations

Subject: Forest technician for drone inventory operations

Treeswift builds robots and algorithms to collect, produce, and manage complex forest data. Using uniquely customized drones, we fly underneath forest canopies to capture data that were previously impossible to collect. We are looking for part-time forest technicians to assist in drone operations starting June 2021 in Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. As a visual observer, you will support cutting-edge forest inventory methods built on robotics and AI.

Key Responsibilities
– Promote situational awareness of the operating area as a visual observer before, during, and after flight operations.
– Communicate risk-management information as an integrated component of the operating team.
– Navigate across forest terrain for up to 10 hours / day.
– Record visual assessments and make physical measurements of tree and plot-level characteristics.

Desired Experience and Abilities
– Ability to travel independently within Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia.
– Interest in managing and visualizing geospatial data sets.
– A part 107 remote pilot certificate is not required.

Initially we expect approximately 40 hours of work for one week in June with the possibility to continue for future operations. You are invited to apply by June 1 for immediate consideration. We will also consider applications that are received after this date as there are opportunities for growth with Treeswift in future projects throughout 2021. Send us a resume or CV and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position to alex@treeswift.com.

Treeswift is dedicated to building a community who embraces diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. We are an equal opportunity employer.

Bureau of Land Management DHA Internship Opportunities

Subject: Bureau of Land Management DHA Internship Opportunities

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management is seeking a variety Direct Hire Authority Interns interested in dedicating at least 11 weeks in support of BLM. This internship opportunity is intended to provide individuals from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds professional experience and exposure to public service and lands management.

A Direct-Hire Authority (DHA) internship is perhaps the most effective tool currently available to agencies seeking to expedite the hiring of qualified people in positions that must be filled quickly. It is a competitive and rigorous project based internship. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and ACE EPIC are looking to engage the next generation of conservation stewards. The program will raise awareness of our public lands, their accessibility, and the need for the community’s involvement in their preservation.
Please apply ASAP! We have a very narrow window in which to review potential applicants. The first round of applications is due May 14th.

We are looking to fill 23 position. They are:
Three Outdoor Recreation Planners (0023 series) in Phoenix, Arizona
One Misc. Admin and Program (0301 series) in Phoenix, Arizona (hybrid telework/office)
One Equipment, Facilities, and Services (1601 series) in Sacramento, California
One Education Specialist (1720 series) in Lakewood, Colorado (virtual)
One Outdoor Recreation Planner (0023 series) in Craig, Colorado
One Park Ranger (0025 series) in Montrose, Colorado
One Archeology Technician (0102 series) in Craig, Colorado
One Biological Technician (0401 series)/Ecology (0408 series)/Wildlife Biology (0486 series) in Grand Junction, Colorado
One Accounts Technician (0525 series) in Falls Church, Virginia (hybrid telework/office) One Realty Specialist (1170 series) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (hybrid telework/office)
Three Public Affairs Specialists (1035 series) that are virtual internships (Wild Horse and Burro)
One Cartographic Technician (1371 series) in Winnemucca, Nevada
One Public Affairs Specialist (1035 series) in Salt Lake City, Utah (virtual) One Public Affairs Specialist (1035 series) in West Valley City, Utah
One Wildlife Biology (0486 series) in West Valley City, Utah
One Physical Scientist Technician (1311 series) in New Castle, Wyoming Two Cartographic Technicians (0430 series) in Rock Springs, Wyoming One Surface Compliance Tech (1802 series) in Rock Springs, Wyoming

Qualifications:
– 18 or older
–  US Citizen or permanent resident (to comply with federal funding requirements)
–  Must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program. Must be degree
seeking (those enrolled in certificate programs do not qualify)
–  The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate their skills and experience through
their resume and application and be in pursuit of a degree in a relevant field.

**Please note: Direct Hire Authority must be utilized within two years of graduation. I.E. If you are due to graduate in May 2022, then you must utilize your DHA before May 2024, even though the internship ends August 2021.

For more information about BLM DHA internships, please visit our website.

Start Date: June 2021
End Date: August 2021
Duration: 11-weeks
Compensation: $600-$700/wk. Compensation is dependent on education level (Undergraduate/Graduate). Relocation funds provided to those who qualify.
ACE Requirements:

–  A valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and ability to provide such documentation; Driving Record check will be completed during on-boarding process. (Interns must be 21+ to drive agency vehicles);
–  Ability to undergo a federal criminal history check Required Skills:
–  Effective oral and written communication skills
–  Precise attention to detail
–  Ability to function independently and with a team
–  Strong work ethic
– High level of professionalism
– Passion for public lands
– Understanding of BLM Multiple Use Policies
Selection Criteria: Please note that this specific program is intended as opportunities for those who identify as individuals from diverse and underrepresented communities. All applications will be reviewed and rated according to the following criteria: relevant educational and work experience, oral and written communication skills, maturity, professionalism, technical knowledge and expertise, evidence of adaptability and adventurousness, and ability to work effectively with diverse audiences. Selected candidates will undergo a background check before beginning their assignment. The intern must be willing to represent ACE and the BLM in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION

To Apply:
Please submit your application using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the ACE: DHA Internship Opportunities position listing on our website.

To be considered, we require the items listed below. Applications will be reviewed as we receive them, so we recommend applying immediately.

1. Cover letter addressing these questions:
– What position(s) / location(s) are you most interested in?
– Anticipated Graduation Date
– What skill sets do you bring to the position(s) you are applying for?
– What are your future career goals and interests

2. Current copy of your transcripts (unofficial is acceptable).

3. One letter of recommendation from a professional or educational reference.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the Program Manager, Josh Haussler, at 385-226-0080 or jhaussler@usaconservation.org

World Wildlife Fund promote our summer 2021 virtual internships

Thanks for helping World Wildlife Fund promote our summer 2021 virtual internships! Throughout today and tomorrow, our team will be posting 30 open positions to our Careers page. We have paid internships supporting both business and conservation departments at WWF. These include Communications, Human Resources, Finance, Policy, Forests, Oceans, Climate, Wildlife, and more!

 

Internships will pay $15/hour for an 8-week full-time position, starting at the end of June through early August. Students will also receive a one-time $100 stipend for materials needed to be successful in their job (e.g. to support internet bills).

 

All these internships are specifically designed for undergrads, ideally a rising sophomore or junior (but not required). Each internship will have a different description – some may prefer a foreign language proficiency or familiarity with Geographic Information Systems. Others are seeking a student who can use Microsoft Suite, communicate effectively, and has a general interest in the conservation field. I would encourage students of any major to check out the openings – we are not restricting applications to specific majors and want to be as open as possible. These opportunities are a great way for students to see what it’s like working at a mission-driven nonprofit and be exposed to many different aspects of our work.

 

If you could please forward this email and link to all our openings to your contacts, that would be so appreciated!

 

The deadline for internship applications is early next week, so I encourage students to apply ASAP!

 

While I am not the hiring manager for these positions, I will be overseeing this summer’s internship program so I can assist with any general questions interested students may have – please invite them to email me at Jessica.leung@wwfus.org.

 

Appreciate you taking the time to play a role in helping us recruit for these positions!

Job: AmherstCollege.ResAssist.EvolutionDisease

> AmherstCollege.EvolutionDisease.ResAssist
>
> RESEARCH ASSISTANT POSITION
> EVOLUTIONARY ECOLOGY OF INFECTIOUS DISEASE
>
> The Hood Lab (https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.amherst.edu%2Fpeople%2Ffacstaff%2Fmhood&amp;data=04%7C01%7C%7Cc8b0f3ff26ee41fe045508d91b8595b0%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C637571082824962974%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=J3ZiuQIUodypvKrxDkj6Qvx7HBjpQXzlukvI%2FeHOTf0%3D&amp;reserved=0) in the
> Biology Department at Amherst College is seeking to fill a full-time
> research assistant position. The position is for one year, and
> there is the possibility to reappointment for a second year. Ongoing
> projects address the evolutionary ecology of infectious disease in
> natural plant populations, which extend off the recent AmNat paper,
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> this lab span a wide range of approaches, including population biology
> and greenhouse/field work. The research assistant will gain experience
> and participate in each of these activities as well as in general lab
> maintenance and operation. Start date will be as early as July 1, 2021.
>
> Qualifications: Bachelor¢s degree in biology or related field,
> previous laboratory experience, and motivation to engage in biology
> research are expected.
>
> To apply online, please visit our web site at
>
https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Famherst.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com%2FAmherst_Jobs%2Fjob%2FAmherst-Campus%2FResearch-Assistant—Biology_JR1065&amp;data=04%7C01%7C%7Cc8b0f3ff26ee41fe045508d91b8595b0%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C637571082824972969%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=h%2Be1DV7ScNo%2F4ZwupIc7FBUNDvgY1k6QdKdgim90bqA%3D&amp;reserved=0
>
> Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women,
> persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The College
> is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture
> through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.

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.