Opportunities

Stream Ecology and Chemistry Field and Laboratory Assistant

Stream Ecology and Chemistry Field and Laboratory AssistantSUMMARY: We seek applicants for a temporary (3 months) summer full-time field assistant position in stream ecology and water chemistry The Research Assistant will work on a project to assess the ecological conditions and water quality in an urban stream in New Bedford, MA, in collaboration with watershed conservation and municipal partners. The work will involve field water sample collections, assessments of stream flows, and laboratory water chemistry analysis. The successful applicant will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to gain broad experience through field and laboratory work across stream ecology, environmental chemistry, and urban restoration planning.Responsibilities:-Participate in field sampling of water, stream conditions, and stream water flows.-Process and analyze project data.-Assist in coordinating schedules across multiple projects.-Laboratory analysis of water samples, data compilation and interpretation.-Sampling at irregular hours (early mornings, late nights, and weekends) as needed.-Travel to multiple field sites in cars.Desired Qualifications and Experience:-Must have relevant coursework in Environmental Science, Ecology, Botany, Biology, Chemistry.-At least one-year field experience in a related field, including basic techniques and instrumentation used in ecology.-Requires attention to detail, strong organizational skills, the ability to work as a member of a team, and the ability to communicate positively with the public.-Ability to work independently as well as productively as part of a team.-Familiarity with best practices for field safety.-Strong skills in identifying plants or willingness to learn.-Basic proficiency with word processing, data management and presentation software (e.g., Word, Excel, and PowerPoint or equivalent programs) is required.-Must possess a valid US driver license for the last two years and qualify to drive Woodwell Climate Science Center vehicles.-Successful candidate will work at multiple field sites in MA.-Expected to be resident in close proximity to Woodwell Climate Science Center at other times.Preferred Qualifications:-B.A./B.S. or significant work toward a degree in Environmental Science, Ecology, Botany, Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Marine Biology or Natural Resources.-Ability to operate small boats or willingness to take safety course to become certified.-Demonstrated skills in data organization, analysis, and report writing.-Data skills including moderate experience with R programming language (or equivalent) for data analysis, graphing, and statistical analysis.-Use of a car to occasionally travel to field sites.-Experience with laboratory analysis of water quality using a nutrient autoanalyzer.Physical requirements:-This role requires work in the field, including rigorous outdoor activities, walking through uneven terrain, and walking through water and in densely urban environments.-Working in the field in Massachusetts requires a willingness to endure exposure to insects, ticks, and poison ivy.Application review will be ongoingDesired Start Date: June 1, 2022Classification and Compensation: This temporary research assistant position is for approximately six months with the possibility to extend dependent upon performance and the availability of funding. You must have flexibility in the specific hours and days you can work and be able to accommodate a variable schedule, including working evenings and weekends as needed to accomplish sampling objectives. The hourly range is $19 per hour. Woodwell offers a generous benefits package and work life balance.Location: Falmouth, MassachusettsApplication Instructions: To apply, please send your cover letter addressing your experience and qualifications in relation to the responsibilities of this position, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references as a single PDF to our careers portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please type SFLA22: on all correspondence.Please visit Woodwell’s website to learn more about Woodwell’s work.

Lab manager / lead research technician (deadline extended)

Lab manager / lead research technician (deadline extended)

The Miesel Fire and Ecosystem Ecology lab in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences at Michigan State University seeks one full-time laboratory manager / lead research technician. Research in our group focuses on understanding (1) how fire and forest management influence soil, vegetation, and ecosystem processes; (2) how pyrogenic carbon and biochar affects soil carbon and nutrients;  and (3) soil spectroscopy for improving soil and plant sample analysis. 

This position will be responsible for assisting with overall laboratory management, maintaining experiments, and coordinating and conducting laboratory analysis of soil and plant samples. Responsibilities will be primarily lab-based with occasional work in the field, greenhouse, and/or other experimental facilities. A major part of the responsibilities will focus on assisting with coordinating project logistics, measurements and data management for a new study investigating soil responses to wildfires. This position will interact with and support graduate students and provide training and oversight for undergraduate student assistants. Additional responsibilities may include contributing to data summaries, project reports, and literature reviews. Opportunity to participate in manuscript development and/or field measurements and monitoring in wildland fire study sites may be available for interested candidates.Skills and Experience: We seek enthusiastic applicants with a strong background in ecology, biogeochemistry, soil science, environmental science, plant biology, or related discipline. Recent MSc graduates and/or BSc graduates with additional relevant experience are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to applicants with previous experience performing soil and plant sample analyses and measurements of soil processes but training will be provided for new methods. The successful applicant will be self-motivated, highly organized, able to work well independently and as part of a team, and have excellent communication skills. A valid US driver’s license is required. Compensation is commensurate with experience.To apply: Apply online at this link to position number 768860. Application review will begin April 15 and will continue until the position is filled. The position is available beginning Spring 2022 (May start dates preferred). 

A complete application includes: (1) a cover letter that includes a statement of interest in the position, a summary of your past research experiences including specific field measurements and/or laboratory procedures you have experience with, and how this position would contribute to your career goals; (2) a resume or CV including a list of relevant coursework; and (3) names and contact information for three professional references. All questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Jessica Miesel at mieselje@msu.edu. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. 

Summer Technician – University of Arkansas (Fayetteville

Summer Technician – University of Arkansas (Fayetteville)Research Technician PositionWe 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 kmfindle@uark.edu and lbayer@uark.edu.For more information e-mail kmfindle@uark.edu and lbayer@uark.edu, or visit this website. 

LAST CALL: Lakes Region Conservation Corps

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, NHMembers 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, NHLRCC-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, NHMembers 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, NHMembers 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 serviceCommitment: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 18Apply Now at this link.

Black Bear Capture and Camera Trap Technician: New Mexico

Black Bear Capture and Camera Trap Technician: New MexicoAgency: New Mexico State UniversityLocation: Jemez Mountains, New MexicoJob Category: Temporary/Seasonal PositionsStart Date: Early September 2022End date: Late November 2022Pay: 11.95/hrJob 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 position2)      CV/resume3)      Names and contact information of 3 referencesto Matt Keeling (mkeeling@nmsu.edu) and Leah White (leahw42@nmsu.edu). 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 Pennsylvania

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 thereofQualifications:– 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 processesCompensation: $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 DirectorPennypack Ecological Restoration Trust2955 Edgehill RoadHuntingdon Valley, PA 19006-5099cmendel@pennypacktrust.org215.657.0830

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Opportunities in forest dendroecology and microclimate

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Opportunities in forest dendroecology and microclimateWe are seeking applicants for two NSF-funded Research Experience forUndergraduates (REU) positions in summer 2022 to examine the impacts ofwildfire and drought on tree survival, tree growth, and streamflow at theH.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 forestsof the Pacific Northwest in 2020, bringing new urgency to understanding theimpacts of wildfire on water resources. It is well known that fire effectson trees impact hydrological dynamics (e.g., streamflow) by alteringevapotranspiration and runoff. Less understood, however, are the mediatingeffects of pre-fire forest conditions such as management history, radialgrowth 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-weeklyvs. 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 haveaffected paired managed and unmanaged watersheds with existing long-termrecords that can be used to quantify the effects of fire. This provides uswith a unique opportunity to learn about these processes and to informmanagement and conservation efforts!*The opportunity logistics*: The Field station has research camping sitesrestricted for use for researchers with kitchen areas and portablebathrooms. The station has wireless internet near headquarters.  The studentswill be based in Corvallis or Portland and travel in 7 5-day campaigns. Theremaining 3 weeks, the REU will work in the lab learning about tree ringsample processing techniques.*The setting*:  The landscape is home to iconic Pacific Northwestold-growth forests of cedar and hemlock, and moss-draped ancient Douglasfirs; steep terrain; and fast, cold-running streams. The 10-week programwill 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) andSegura (OSU), and graduate students working on related topics. Each REUwill receive a $5,500 stipend and up to $2,500 to offset travel, housing,and supplies expenses. As this is considered an educational program ratherthan employment, Oregon State University (OSU) does not provide WorkersCompensation 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 overuneven terrain, and be comfortable spending long days, on their feet, inthe field, occasionally in inclement weather. Previous field experience isa plus and a general understanding of forest ecology, biology, and/orsilviculture is desirable. Eligibility is limited to currently enrolledundergraduates that have a graduate date no sooner than fall 2022. Further,all applicants must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents. *Applicationsfrom women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities areespecially 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 emailaddress of at least two references to: Catalina Segura (Catalina.segura@oregonstate.edu) and Andres Holz (andres.holz@pdx.edu).Review of applications will start immediately and continue until a suitablecandidate is identified.

Source water technician

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.

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