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UCalifornia_SantaBarbara.REU_PlantEvolution

*Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Plant Ecology and
Evolution *at the University of California, Santa Barbara, sponsored by the
National Science Foundation

Apply to join the Mazer lab in summer 2019 as we investigate the process of
natural selection in four populations of the widespread California native
wildflower, Baby Blue Eyes (*Nemophila menziesii*). We’re investigating
wild populations along the length of the state to gain insight into the
effects of rainfall and temperature regimes on the strength and direction
of natural selection on life history and reproductive traits. Participants
in this REU project will spend the summer at UCSB, conducting a combination
of greenhouse- and lab-based activities.

*Eligibility and Preferred Qualifications*

•       U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are currently enrolled as
undergraduates at any U.S. institution (In Fall 2019, you must be enrolled
at your home institution).

•       Students with a strong interest in ecology and evolution; previous
course work in Biology is preferred.

•       Students with a strong desire to obtain hands-on experience in
plant evolution and ecology.

•       We particularly welcome women and members of under-represented
groups.

•       *Start date:  *June 1, 2019 – July 1, 2019 (expected end date will
be 12 weeks later, and there is flexibility in the duration of each
student’s REU.

*What do REU participants receive?*

•       A $7000 summer stipend (for 12 weeks of full-time participation
@$600/week)

•       Housing supplement of $400/month for 3 months

•       The opportunity to conduct an independent research project while
working on an ongoing collaborative project

Experience in a variety of skills, including: plant cultivation and
breeding, data management, image analysis, germination treatments,
hypothesis-testing, statistical analysis, and discussion of the scientific
literature in plant evolutionary ecology.

*To apply:*

Please send the following to Professor Susan Mazer (sjmazer@ucsb.edu) and
Postdoctoral Associate Amber Nashoba (amber.nashoba@ucsb.edu) before March
15, 2019.

•       *Statement of interest*: Please describe why this opportunity is a
good match for your personal, scholarly, and professional interests; why
you believe that you’re a great fit for this project; and how your
perspective and experiences may contribute to the diversity of the
scientific community.

•       *Transcript* (an unofficial transcript is acceptable)

•       *Reference*: The name, email address, and phone number of a faculty
member or mentor who knows you well.

Graduate position: MississippiStateU.2.ButterflyEvo

The Counterman lab at Mississippi State University is looking to recruit two highly motivated Ph.D. students interested in (1) evolutionary development, or (2) evolutionary genomics.

Currently funded research projects in the lab are focused on the genetic basis of adaptive variation and developmental plasticity in butterfly wing color patterns. We are particularly recruiting students interested in studying (1) the developmental pathways involved in structural coloration, or (2) the molecular evolution of gene families and networks across Lepidoptera. Current work on color pattern development focuses on Heliconius and several other butterfly species in collaboration with Ryan Range at Auburn University. Current work on the evolution of gene families involved in adaptive divergence of butterflies is in collaboration with Federico Hoffmann at Mississippi State University. Students will also have opportunities to work closely with collaborators at the University of Puerto Rico (Riccardo Papa), George Washington University (Arnaud Martin), and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama (Owen McMillan).

Mississippi State University is home to a strong group of faculty researching evolution and genomics. The Department of Biological Sciences hosts an excellent graduate program in biology, and a new interdisciplinary, cross-college graduate program in computational biology is currently being established. MSU is located in Starkville, a quaint southern college town with a historic downtown district that celebrates the local music and cuisine. For more information on the Counterman lab please visit the lab website: (https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=www.countermanlab.org&data=02%7C01%7Cpamela.diggle%40uconn.edu%7C286afb6bb9ae4e729a8f08d693ed64d8%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636859045140951473&sdata=1r3aJiYER7SqRb6ZUcmUFJHEYXAA%2BHevEuUD8YUjzK8%3D&reserved=0). Interested students are encouraged to email Brian  Counterman (bcounterman@biology.msstate.edu). Please include a brief description of your research interests and a CV in your email. The target date for applications for Fall 2019 admission to is March 31, 2019.

Graduate position: UIdaho.NativeTroutAdaptiveCapacity

GRADUATE STUDENT POSITION
UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO NSF-EPSCOR GEM3  
PHD RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIP – PHENOTYPIC/GENOTYPIC DIVERSITY OF NATIVE
TROUT

We seek a highly motivated student for a Ph.D. position at the
University of Idaho in the recently funded NSF-EPSCoR GEM3 program
(https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.idahogem3.org&data=02%7C01%7Cpamela.diggle%40uconn.edu%7Cb196b281cf9743c495c908d68d997e47%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636852087726909116&sdata=aV06Uep0hXl8YXzLu2nmCEgGWF4ffPlP0acu%2Bo7%2BFFI%3D&reserved=0).  The program seeks to understand how
genetic diversity and phenotypic plasticity affect species response
to environmental change, shaping both population response and adaptive
capacity.  The program is focused primarily on two taxa: redband trout,
a subspecies of rainbow trout, and sagebrush.  These taxa are integral
to aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems across the American West and
are central to land-use management decisions that drive the economy of
the region.

The Ph.D. student will join an interdisciplinary cohort of postdoctoral
researchers and students working at scales from genomic characterization
of physiological traits in trout and sagebrush, to mapping and modeling
of complex ecological, evolutionary, and social-economic systems.

This advertised Ph.D. position is dedicated to redband trout. Research
will focus on the phenotypic and genetic diversity of native trout
populations in the Intermountain West. The student will be working as
part of a collaborative research team studying adaptive capacity in
native trout populations with a combination of physiology and genomics.

Qualification: 
MS in biological sciences or related field. Preference for a student
with prior research experience in fish physiology, energetics,
cardiorespiratory and/or genotype-to-phenotype analyses of fishes.

Salary: 
Up to $28,000/yr plus tuition and fees

Start date:
May or September of 2019

Contact/Email: 
Send letter of interest, curriculum vitae, GRE scores, unofficial
transcripts, and the contact information for three references to Dr. Brian
Small, bcsmall@uidaho.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately;
for full consideration please apply before March 15, 2019.


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UNorthDakota.AncientPaleoecology

U. North Dakota. Ancient paleoecology.

The Laboratory of Human and Forensic Genetics at the University of North
Dakota (https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=www.und.edu&data=02%7C01%7Cpamela.diggle%40uconn.edu%7C4568be267e7d42231fb708d686907a10%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636844352425313607&sdata=8xTEdAD%2FUONUF2CDXCDxOAFukUY6PErPkvN3zUMHuNg%3D&reserved=0) is inviting applications from highly motivated
students who pursue a PhD degree.

A student will be engaged in a project on computational analysis of big
oral and environmental microbiome data collected from diverse organisms
across the American Midwest, Eastern Europe, and Madagascar. This
cross-disciplinary project represents an opportunity to get intensive
hands-on training in the methods of ancient DNA analyses including
next-generation sequencing, computational biology and statistical
modelling.

Candidates should demonstrate motivation for hard laboratory work and
strong interest in genomics and computational biology. Preference will
be given to candidates with a proven record of computational analysis
and bioinformatics skills. Additional experience in high-throughput
sequencing technologies is a plus.  If you are interested, you need to
apply to the University of North Dakota Biology Graduate Program using
the regular procedure. Requirements and How to Apply procedure can be
found in the UND Biology Graduate School website:

https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fund.edu%2Fprograms%2Fbiology-phd%2Frequirements.html&data=02%7C01%7Cpamela.diggle%40uconn.edu%7C4568be267e7d42231fb708d686907a10%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636844352425313607&sdata=L629e65aDZLBnJoiyVw%2Fhqq1nLiLiyqY%2Bhm%2BX6Oy2l4%3D&reserved=0

The additional information can be also found in the Biology Department
website:

https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Farts-sciences.und.edu%2Facademics%2Fbiology%2F&data=02%7C01%7Cpamela.diggle%40uconn.edu%7C4568be267e7d42231fb708d686907a10%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636844352425313607&sdata=wuWQnC423ZRhX0V8IOtohmQIf3Z781buLj25cNM%2B9ZI%3D&reserved=0

The position starts in August 2019. To receive full consideration,
applications and required materials should be received by the Biology
Graduate Program by February 15, 2019.

Potential graduate students are strongly encouraged to make contact with
Dr. Igor Ovchinnikov.

Contact information:

Dr. Igor Ovchinnikov
Associate Professor
Lab. of Human and Forensic Genetics
Department of Biology
Forensic Science Program
University of North Dakota

Email: igor.ovtchinnikov@und.edu

UIdaho.RedbandTrout

We seek a highly motivated student for a Ph.D. position at the
University of Idaho in the recently funded NSF-EPSCoR GEM3 program
(https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.idahogem3.org&data=02%7C01%7Cpamela.diggle%40uconn.edu%7C3701e0b3988a402a680608d6868c3dc0%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636844334227895689&sdata=A0o9y%2FXeQv1GWvLU32mQrGbr8t8ZJYeke%2Fs54EkSZwI%3D&reserved=0).  The program seeks to understand how
genetic diversity and phenotypic plasticity affect species response
to environmental change, shaping both population response and adaptive
capacity.  The program is focused primarily on two taxa: redband trout,
a subspecies of rainbow trout, and sagebrush.  These taxa are integral
to aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems across the American West and
are central to land-use management decisions that drive the economy of
the region.  This advertised Ph.D. position is focused on redband trout.

The Ph.D. student will join an interdisciplinary cohort of postdoctoral
researchers and students working at scales from genomic characterization
of physiological traits in trout and sagebrush, to mapping and modeling
of complex ecological, evolutionary, and social-economic systems.
The Ph.D. student will have the opportunity to gain skills such
as molecular population genomics, landscape genetics analysis, and
agent-based and systems modeling.

The position is available to start in fall 2019 and will be co-advised by
Lisette Waits (Fish & Wildlife Sciences) and Paul Hohenlohe (Biological
Sciences).  Students in the GEM3 program may choose from several
degree programs at UI, including Natural Resources, Bioinformatics and
Computational Biology, Environmental Science or Biology.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, GRE
scores, and contact information for three references to Paul Hohenlohe
(hohenlohe@uidaho.edu).  Review of applications will begin immediately;
for full consideration please apply before February 22, 2019

Graduate position: ecology and genetics of walleye at UW-Stevens Point

Subject: Graduate position: ecology and genetics of walleye at UW-Stevens Point

Master’s position in the Larson Lab using genetics to investigate the reproductive ecology of walleye in northern Wisconsin

Description and responsibilities: The USGS Wisconsin Cooperative Fishery Research Unit at UW-Stevens Point is looking for a MS student to conduct research on walleye populations in northern Wisconsin as part of a collaborative effort between the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) and UW-Stevens Point. Walleye populations have been declining in northern Wisconsin over the past decade, and previous studies have been unable to provide a mechanistic cause for these declines. This project will utilize genetics to construct pedigrees for two northern Wisconsin lakes with the goal of correlating various ecological metrics to individual fitness (i.e. reproductive success). The project will include both field and laboratory components. Laboratory work will consist of using a newly developed SNP panel to genotype thousands of walleye, and field work will consist of assisting WDNR with walleye sampling in the spring and fall. Data analysis will leverage a variety of statistical methods to investigate relationships between reproductive success and variables such as size, age, spawning location, and egg quality.

Qualifications: B.S. in biology, fisheries, or a related field, GPA of 3.0+, and GRE of 300+. Previous experience with fisheries ecology is desirable. A background in genetics is not required.

Salary: $16,000 per year (2 yr) plus health insurance and tuition waiver.

Closing date: May 1, 2019.

Starting date: Position will start in September 2019 but there may be an opportunity to work in the Larson Lab during summer 2019 before the position starts.

Contact: Please send CV, transcript copies, GRE scores, and names and contact information for 3 references to Wes Larson (Wes.Larson@uwsp.edu).

Web Links:
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Allied Whale Research Internships

Subject: Allied Whale Research Internships

Allied Whale (AW), the marine mammal research lab of College of the Atlantic and Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co. (BHWW) seek 5 interns/research assistants for the 2019 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 (mid-May through August 31st) and three full season positions (mid-May through October 31st) are available. *College of the Atlantic students can receive flexibility in start and end dates.

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 while receiving income when 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 Whale Catalog and fin whale photo-ID catalog, an active marine mammal 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 the Mount Desert Rock Marine Research Station situated on 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.

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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 learning whale watch deckhand responsibilities and performing humpback whale photo-ID with the NAHWC 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 dock attendant for the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co., 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 two days scheduled as researchers on Whale Watch vessels, two days scheduled in the AW office, one day scheduled as dock attendant for the BHWW, and two days off. Weather may cause shifts to be canceled and some weeks may be lighter in load or responsibilities. Interns will also rotate through week-long shifts on Mount Desert Rock. 

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. Deckhand responsibilities include line handling, vessel cleaning, helping seasick passengers and passenger safety. RAs are also responsible for assisting the naturalist in promoting education and conservation programs on each trip. Maintaining a positive, professional, friendly and outgoing demeanor while engaging whale watch passengers and fellow crew is compulsory. When whale watch trips cancel for weather, crew may be asked to report for duty to complete maintenance on the vessel. 

Dock attendant duties: Dock attendants are critical for the daily smooth operation of boat trips at the BHWW Co. Attendants assist in security screening, loading passengers onto boats, tying boats to docks as trips depart or return, delivering lunches to crew on boats, pumping gas for visiting vessels, and communicating trip schedule changes to the public. These shifts are not dependent on weather. 

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 compare individual whales to the NAHWC catalog, enter their whale watch data into the database, manage the Adopt-a-Whale program, and answer phone calls to the office. Allied Whale’s stranding program is responsible for responding to all dead or stranded marine mammals in northern Maine, primarily seal species. Interns will be on call to assist with field stranding response and to participate in necropsies (animal autopsies). Interns scheduled 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 images of whales and recording data. Interns will be responsible for processing images from these trips. 

Mount Desert Rock: We hope for interns to 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. 

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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 $50 per trip (at the height of summer, there are 2 trips running a day) plus considerable tips. Interns also receive a free First Aid Certification and TWIC card from the BHWW Co. Provided housing in downtown Bar Harbor is mandatory for a fee. Rent will be approximately $375 a month for a bed in a shared room. While at Mount Desert Rock, food is provided for free. The BHWW Co. also provides funding for RAs to attend the annual North Atlantic Right Whale Conference in New Bedford, Massachusetts in November. 

Qualifications: Applicants should have a college background in biology, ecology, and/or marine sciences. Previous data collection experience in a research setting and knowledge of marine mammals are great advantages. Prior experience offshore and skills in DSLR photography are also assets. Due to Coast Guard requirements, all crew onboard US commercial vessels and therefore all research assistant/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. Applicants should be physically and mentally fit: able to lift and carry 50 pounds, comfortable around dead and decomposing animals, and able to hike up to 5 miles carrying gear for stranding response. Most importantly, applicants must be positive in attitude, flexible to quickly changing schedules, able to work independently, and be seaworthy/comfortable working on boats. 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.

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To apply: Please send a cover letter detailing your reasons for applying, a resume, and two letters of recommendation to: Dr. Tanya Lubansky (tlubansky@coa.edu). *Letters may be sent either directly from the references or by the applicants.

Please specify which position you are interested in (summer or full-season). Deadline of application is February 22nd.

scholarship opportunity

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RESEARCH

Captain Chip Michalove of Outcast Sport Fishing tagged four white sharks in one day off South Carolina this month! Chip is assisting Dr. Greg Skomal, of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, with his Atlantic White Shark Movement Study.

Download our free Sharktivity App to follow these white sharks and others! http://www.atlanticwhiteshark.org/sharktivity-map/

 

GILLS CLUB SCHOLARSHIP

Atlantic White Shark Conservancy is pleased to offer a full-ride Gills Club scholarship (tuition, room & board, and the Shoal’s lab fee) for one female student to attend a course in Shark Biology & Conservation July 29 – August 12 2019.

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OPPORTUNITY DRAWING

Win a 2-digit Massachusetts Great White Shark License Plate!
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EDUCATION PROGRAMS

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy is currently scheduling in school shark education programs for all grade levels! If you live in the New England area and have interest in booking a program, please emailmarianne@atlanticwhiteshark.org.

 

 


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CornellU.FieldAssist.PlantPollinatorEvol

The Geber lab at Cornell University seeks a highly motivated,
detail-oriented assistant for summer 2019 field research in the Southern
Sierra Nevada (May-July) and lab work in Ithaca, NY (July-August).  We are
studying four species of annual plants in the genus Clarkia and their
specialist bee pollinators. Our research focuses on how pollinators may
impact plant species evolution and coexistence. We also study the
population biology of one of the four species throughout its range and have
yearly population censuses to conduct.

Our research sites are located in the Kern River Canyon in Kern County,
California. The lab rents a house on a property where other labs working in
this system are also based in the summer. This field assistant would have a
private bedroom, access to a shared bathroom and a communal kitchen, and
wireless Internet access. Frequent trips are made into town (Lake Isabella
and Kernville) for groceries and other supplies.

Successful applicants are expected to assist in data collection, data
entry, and flower, seed, and bee collection in the field; work in Ithaca
will consist of sample processing and data analysis. The assistant will
work a 39-hour workweek. Weather conditions in the Sierras can be very hot
and dry (100+ degrees F) in the summer, so assistants should be prepared to
work in hot conditions. Applicants must be able to hike up and down steep
hills for up to 1 mile at a time, stoop or kneel for extended periods of
time, and work in proximity to bees and snakes. The work can be very
physically demanding and tiring, and the research team typically collects
data 7 days a week. A good sense of humor and a positive attitude are
essential.

Qualifications:
1) Citizenship and availability: applicants must be US citizens and must be
available to begin working in California as of May 1, 2019. The exact end
date of the position in August is flexible.
2) Education: some undergraduate education in biology, ecology, or related
field, or equivalent experience.
3) Experience: experience with and enthusiasm about working outdoors,
and/or previous field research experience. Previous experience working with
plants, bees, or insects is preferable but not required.
4) Tasks: perform repetitive tasks with attention to detail, daily hiking.
5) Personality: interpersonal skills and willingness to live and work in
close quarters with other researchers in a house.

Compensation: transportation to and from California, a private room with
Internet access in the field house, and pay ($13-$15 an hour depending on
experience) will be provided. Applicants will be responsible for securing
their own housing in Ithaca for July and August.

The deadline for applications is March 1, 2019. Applicants should submit:
1) a short (1 page maximum) cover letter describing their qualifications as
well as future academic and professional goals; 2) a resume or CV outlining
previous work experience and relevant courses (completed or in progress),
extracurricular activities; and 3) two letters of reference. Letters of
reference may be included with the cover letter and resume/CV or emailed
directly by letter writers to the email address below with the applicants
name in the subject line of the email.

Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted.

Cornell University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
Cornell University and we in the Geber lab have a commitment to support
equality of education and employment opportunity by affirming the value of
diversity. We welcome and encourage scientists of all backgrounds to apply
to work with us! *https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fblogs.cornell.edu%2Fgeberlab%2F&data=02%7C01%7Cpamela.diggle%40uconn.edu%7C7d121b1e21784f9f64df08d68043c956%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636837425960679859&sdata=c0XjWMAjQKwxjJONoL8n1KLxnmjSq%2BnJo4TOJQpkeU0%3D&reserved=0
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Email to: Monica Geber, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
mag9@cornell.edu

Kate Eisen <kee39@cornell.edu>

scholarship opportunities

Each year the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, a leading conservation organization headquartered in Missoula, Montana, offers scholarship opportunities to students in wildlife related natural resource programs. 

 

Last year we awarded $3,000 scholarships to twelve undergraduate students. 

 

Our 2019 application is attached and the application window is open through March 1st.   We kindly ask that you share this information with your students.  The application includes qualifications and procedures, and any questions may be directed to me at this email. 

 

Thank you!


RMEF Logo   Toni O’Hara | Lands & Conservation Office Administrator
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

406-523-0264 phone | 406-523-4550 fax
tohara@rmef.org | www.rmef.org

 

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RMEF WLA Scholarship App 2019

Field Technicians

HARVARD UNIVERSITY – HARVARD FOREST
Field Technicians
Petersham, Massachusetts

Summary
The Harvard Forest (HF) seeks up to 6 talented and enthusiastic individuals to oversee the re-sampling and data management of a large-scale (35 ha) temperate forest plot.   Reporting to the HF Forest Ecologist and supervised daily by the Field Crew Leader, the Field Technicians will work closely with scientists from the Center for Tropical Forest Science (CTFS) (https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=www.ctfs.si.edu&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C4d198da261c945352f9108d681368d89%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636838468635806372&amp;sdata=OmRuURbk5wfRNrVhurPP9sK2hOfjeCJHLlIHAlQxoTk%3D&amp;reserved=0) the Smithsonian Forest Global Earth Observatory (ForestGEO) and the HF Megaplot Science Team to help ensure that sampling and data management are consistent with other temperate and tropical forest plots.

Duties and Responsibilities
Crews will work in pairs to census, tag, paint, and map all woody stems ≥ 1 cm dbh within 35 ha forest plot; Crews will also enter field data daily into a CTFS database.

Required Education, Experience, and Skills College background in Botany, Ecology, Forestry, or Biology with 2 years of experience with vegetation sampling required.  Bachelor’s Degree is preferred. Knowledge of temperate New England forest flora and forest dynamics, skill with maps and compass, familiarity with mapping, surveying/orienteering, PC computers, electronic tablets, database entry, and ability to work well with others required.  Successful applicants will have strong interest to work with interdisciplinary science teams and serious interest in environmental research.

Working Conditions
Must have a cheerful attitude while working outdoors under all weather conditions including wet and rainy days. A valid driver’s license (for at least the past 2 years) and excellent driving record preferred.  Applicants must be in good physical health and capable of walking/hiking several miles each day carrying a heavy pack.  Must be able to lift 75 lbs.

Compensation, Benefits and Application Process
Competitive salary for these 13-week, 40 hrs/week, temporary positions is $14/hour.   Positions will begin on May 20, 2019 and extend to on or around August 16, 2019. Apply by sending cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 relevant references to hfapps@fas.harvard.edu, Subject line:  Megaplot project.

Harvard Forest
Harvard Forest, an internationally recognized center for basic research in forest ecology, is one of 28 Long Term Ecological Research sites across the country sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The Forest facilities include a research and administrative complex, 4000 acres of land and 14 residential buildings which are located in Petersham, a small town in central Massachusetts. For more information about the Forest, visit our website at:https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fharvardforest.fas.harvard.edu&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C4d198da261c945352f9108d681368d89%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636838468635816376&amp;sdata=CM0Kbk2xUu5FI4Nuwvaea9BwIYMyW72MNkaLD8kaFsk%3D&amp;reserved=0.

Assistant Summer Research Program Coordinator/Resident Advisor

HARVARD FOREST – HARVARD UNIVERSITY
PETERSHAM, MASSACHUSETTS

2019 SUMMER RESEARCH PROGRAM IN ECOLOGY
ASSISTANT PROGRAM COORDINATOR/RESIDENT ADVISOR  (13-week position available beginning May 20, 2019)

For thirteen weeks in May-August 2019, 25-30 college-age students will join dozens of visiting and staff scientists at Harvard Forest in researching the effects of natural and human disturbances on forest ecosystems.  The Program Assistant works closely with the Summer Program Coordinator in organizing the various educational components to the summer program.  S/he provides information, advising, support and discipline required to create a hospitable academic work environment.

Duties and Responsibilities (work under the supervision of the Summer Program Coordinator) Assistant Program Coordinator Assist with student arrival and orientation (May 26th – 29th) Inform students of Harvard Forest activities, policies, and expectations Coordinate weekly evening workshops and seminars Work with Summer Program Coordinator to resolve student issues Organize Summer Student Symposium in early-August
Work on various tasks as needed to facilitate summer research program

Resident Advisor
Responsible for day-to-day activities related to the successful operation of a student residence Hold weekly house meetings Plan, organize, and direct student committees (recycling, social activities, etc.) Serve as advisor to student on matters concerning community development, conflict resolution and counseling

Required Skills, Training and Experience Excellent listening, negotiation, organizational, and problem solving skills Strong communication (verbal and written) and computer skills, comfortable using email and list-serves Capable of performing a variety of tasks simultaneously Work independently with moderate supervision Previous experience working with ethnically and culturally diverse population preferred Must have completed undergraduate degree as of Spring 2019

Time Commitment and Compensation
Compensation is $14.25/hour for 40 hours per week for 13 weeks (May 20 to August 16, 2019).  The assistant has a private room (room and board provided), shared office space with computer and access to Harvard Forest vehicles. The position requires on site residence with weeknight and weekend work. Must have a valid driver’s license.

Application
Please send a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to the address below. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Additional information about Harvard Forest and the summer program is available at https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fharvardforest.fas.harvard.edu&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C584dbd4eba7c474d524608d681369e9e%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636838468923157308&amp;sdata=YMhRt7ppJK85FZDXYsA2qfBDiY0zQAL2H%2BPe3Ln0UJQ%3D&amp;reserved=0.

For questions, please contact:

Manisha V. Patel, Summer Program Coordinator
Harvard Forest
324 N. Main Street
Petersham, MA  01366
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Immediate Opening at Montana Conservation Corps

We are currently seeking an individual to serve as a leader on our Wildland Restoration Team. This is an AmeriCorps position that starts on February 4th and ends on August 16th. Here is the link to apply:https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fmtcorps.org%2Fjoin%2Fyoung-adult-programs%2Fwildland-restoration-team%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C53202bc9b0f34d942c7008d68136a9ff%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636838469116739604&amp;sdata=KCOGiNPrxQfFePjYgLHxRtuMIHNzbJf0h08VjF9a88E%3D&amp;reserved=0

More Info
MCC’s Wildland Restoration Program puts members on the frontlines of invasive species management and ecological restoration in an early detection rapid response model for wildland restoration.  Crew members are trained in plant identification, inventory and monitoring techniques using GPS, invasive species management that may include chemical, biological and mechanical treatments, and resource conservation management practices. Wildland Restoration crews may also participate in innovative wetlands and habitat restoration projects such as beaver pond mimicry. Projects are often rigorous requiring carrying a heavy backpack sprayer and working in hot weather across rugged terrain while wearing protective gear. But the exposure to resource professionals working on premier public lands in the West, and real-world job experience in wildland restoration is unparalleled.

Please pass this opportunity to anyone you know who might be interested.

Happy Trails,
Nate

Summer Undergraduate Internship: Temperature effects of fish schooling (DEADLINE TOMORROW – JAN 23)

Dear Colleagues,

I have a summer undergraduate internship available in my lab this year, working on a project exploring how environmental temperature effects schooling behavior in fish. The project is in collaboration with Andrew Berdahl (UW) and Jason Knouft (SLU).

You can read more about the project here (http://dellecologylab.org).

You can read more about NGRREC’s summer intern program here (http://www.ngrrec.org/internship/).

Applications are due by midnight tomorrow January 23, 2019.

Thanks for spreading the word.

Tony Dell

 

Field Assistant for host-parasitoid interaction project in western oak savannas

FIELD ASSISTANT FOR HOST-PARASITOID INTERACTION PROJECT IN WESTERN OAK SAVANNAS led by Dr. Kirsten Prior at Binghamton University SUNY (priorecologylab.com). The assistant will work as a part of a team on a project examining host-parasitoid interactions in oak gall-wasp communities in western oak savanna ecosystems. The study sites are spread throughout western North America (from Northern California up to Vancouver Island, British Columbia). The base of operations will be around Olympia Washington, with regular sampling trips to Oregon, Northern California, and likely 1-2 trips up to Vancouver Island. The assistant will live with the field team in shared provided housing in Olympia, WA, but will camping for several days at a time while working at further field sites.

Duties will involve daily travel to and from field sites, collecting oak gall-wasps from trees, sorting and rearing galls and gall emergents, collecting other spatial and environmental data at sites, and data entry and processing. Given the nature of conducting time-sensitive surveys in the field, and the logistics of traveling to several regions, the work schedule will be flexible, and work hours will depend on when tasks need to be completed and on weather conditions. Thus, the candidate should be able to work on a flexible schedule (not a M-F, 9-5 schedule). The candidate needs to like to spend time outdoors, be comfortable hiking long distances on hilly terrain, be able to drive and travel considerable distances in a vehicle, willing to camp for several nights at a time, to work well in a team, and to maintain a positive disposition under challenging field conditions.  

Qualifications: 1) A Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology & evolution, entomology, or a related field. 2) Previous field research experience (experience working remotely at a field site or station is a plus, but not a requirement). 3) Have an interest in ecology & evolution or entomology. 4) Be mature, highly responsible, flexible, dedicated, and motivated. 5) Be able to work well as a part of a team and to live and work well with others. 6) Be willing and able to work long irregular hours outside in remote conditions. 7) Be able to hike long distances and in hilly terrain. 8) Must have a driver’s license and a passport. 

Accommodations will be provided in a shared residence in Olympia, WA, along with a monthly stipend. A field vehicle will also be provided. Ideal work dates from May 1st to July 31st, but dates can be somewhat flexible. Ideally the candidate will travel with the field vehicle from New York to the west coast (travel costs will be covered); however, this depends on the current location of the applicant.  

To apply send (1) a cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position and list your relevant qualifications; (2) a CV or resume; (3) the names and contact information (email and phone number) for three references. Email the document as a single PDF file (file name should include your last name) to Kirsten Prior (kprior@binghamton.edu) with “western savanna field assistant position” in the subject line. We will begin reviewing applicants on February 15th – please apply by March 1st for full consideration. 

Undergraduate Fellowship in Plant Conservation: San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research

Hello,

 

The Plant Conservation Division of San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research in Escondido, CA is pleased to offer a research fellowship for summer 2019. The deadline is fast approaching: January 31, 2019

 

Internship summary: Summer Research Fellows will participate in a variety of research, management, and seed banking activities in addition to working on an independent project which they will be expected to present at a poster session at the end of the internship. The independent projects are likely to focus on factors influencing germination of either rare plants or a noxious weed of increasing concern at the Safari Park, but these topics will be developed in collaboration with the selected interns.

Internship Dates: 12 weeks; either May 20-Aug 9 OR June 17-Sept 6; internships are 40/week over the 12 weeks

Internship Location: San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, Escondido, CA

Stipend: $7,000 

Eligibility: open to an undergraduate who will be enrolled in Fall 2019 (e.g., continuing undergraduates or graduating seniors committed to graduate programs)

Application: send letter of interest, resume/CV, letters of recommendation, and a qualification statement via email (details in link below).

Important Notes: Interns will be responsible for finding their own housing and transportation to and from the Institute for Conservation Research outside of Escondido. Consequently, access to a vehicle may be convenient.

 

More information, including application details can be found here:

https://institute.sandiegozoo.org/opportunities/summer-student-fellowships

 

 

Plant Conservation actively works toward recovery of rare and endangered plant species and restoration of their native ecosystems. Potential projects include seed collections of San Diego County rare plant species, germination and storage trials, and propagation for restoration; restoration site preparation and vegetation surveys; weed management; or population genetics. Projects are developed with mentors to meet program and conservation needs and aligned with the skill sets and interests of the selected applicants. In addition to independent projects, selected fellows will round out their fellowship with work on all facets of Plant Conservation programs. San Diego summers are hot and dry, and applying fellows need to be prepared to conduct field work under such conditions.

MS opportunity at Purdue University: control and ecological effects of invasive woody plants

M.S. Opportunity: Control and Ecological Effects of Invasive Woody Plants  
 
We are seeking a motivated M.S. student to become part of an NSF- and Purdue University-funded project that is examining the control and ecological effects of invasive woody plants. The student will test the effectiveness of novel treatment options and examine how the plant community responds to the treatment of invasive plants. 

The position is budgeted for two years beginning in either the summer or fall semester of 2019 and includes a graduate stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance. 

Applicants should have a GPA of 3.2 or higher. GRE scores are not required, but may be submitted. Desired qualifications: an undergraduate degree in botany, ecology, forestry, plant science, or a related field; experience conducting field research; and interest in the biology and control of invasive plants. 

To apply: Prospective applicants should send, via e-mail attachment, a brief letter of interest, CV (including GPA and contact information for three references), and unofficial transcripts to Mike Jenkins (jenkinma@purdue.edu). We will begin reviewing application materials immediately and continue until a candidate is found.  

Women and individuals for other historically under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Purdue University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action employer.

About Purdue: Purdue is a land-grant university of over 40,000 students and is ranked the 5th best public university in the U.S. by The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education. Located in West Lafayette, Indiana, Purdue is an easy drive from Indianapolis and Chicago. The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) is housed administratively in the College of Agriculture (#8 world ranking); emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches across a broad spectrum of natural-resource sciences; and offers vibrant, nationally ranked graduate programs in ecology, forestry, fisheries, and wildlife. The West Lafayette-Lafayette area is home to a diverse community with a population of 174,000, good schools, safe neighborhoods, over 40 parks and extensive trail systems, active farmers’ markets, and year-round community festivals and art events.

Restoration Ecology Butterfly Apprenticeship

The Wilds is one of the largest and most innovative conservation centers in the world, offering diverse training programs for early career professionals.  The Wilds has nearly 10,000 acres of reclaimed mine land and remnant forest patches which present opportunities for ecological restoration and research.

Six month position running May 20th-November 20th, flexible upon request.  Apply by March 1st for full consideration.

Apprentices gain hands-on experience, participate in vegetation and wildlife studies and receive field training on a variety of ecological studies in wetland, forest, stream & grassland habitats.
•Focus: The focus of this particular apprentice position is to monitor butterflies in our butterfly habitat as well as conduct vegetation surveys on nectar resources in our prairies compared with cool season grasslands. The selected candidate will conduct an independent research project on these topics with a final presentation to Wilds employees at the end of their term.
•Typical tasks: implementing habitat improvements and monitoring ecosystem recovery through invasive plant management, vegetation and wildlife surveys, environmental monitoring, photo point collection, data analysis and report writing.
•Training: field methods (species identification, survey protocols, research methodology), GPS & GIS applications/map making, biological monitoring and application of land management and restoration techniques, Wildlife ecology basics and techniques, landscape genetics.
•Position requires hiking and some physically demanding tasks, including outdoor work throughout the seasons.  This may include hot, buggy, cold or otherwise challenging conditions.  Participants should be prepared with appropriate field gear / foot wear.
•Candidates should be eager for learning opportunities and willing to practice new skills independently.  Apprentices must be responsible, flexible, self-motivated and able to work effectively with limited supervision, as well as in a team setting.
•Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to lift at least 45 lbs.

Schedule is typically M-F, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. While no monetary compensation is offered, on site housing will be covered. The position is ideal for acquiring practical career experience in conservation, pollinators, natural resource management, land stewardship or ecological studies, and is particularly well suited to prepare participants for graduate school or work in a conservation organization.

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter here.
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In your cover letter please mention that you are specifically interested in the butterfly position – other positions are available as well but do not cover housing costs. Outline what you would hope to gain from the position and how your past experience makes you an ideal candidate.  All training programs at The Wilds are competitive and we value placing individuals in programs that suit their career goals.

MSc Assistantship in Silviculture, Growth and Yield at Michigan Tech

M.Sc. Assistantship in Growth and Yield and Silviculture of Northern Hardwoods

The Froese Lab is seeking a new graduate student to evaluate and synthesize 50+ year results from historic silviculture system experiments in northern hardwoods in the Upper Great Lakes region. This project is a collaboration with USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, and the Ford Center and Forest at Michigan Technological University. Funding is provided by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Wisconsin and Michigan Implementation Committees.

Research in the silviculture of Great Lakes hardwoods began in 1926 with the establishment of trials at the Dukes Experimental Forest near Marquette, MI. Results published in the seminal work by Eyre and Zilgitt (1953) were the foundation for the pioneering “Marking Guide for Northern Hardwoods under the Selection System” by Arbogast (1957). Similar trials were established at the Argonne Experimental Forest in 1951 (Strong et al. 1995) and the Ford Center and Forest in 1957 (Bourdo 1957). These studies have been maintained over time following the original design with periodic data collection and analysis. In this research, recent remeasurements from each study will be collated and a comprehensive analysis completed of growth, yield, mortality, ingrowth, composition, structure, and financial performance over 65 years for the three historic silvicultural trials.

The successful applicant will have good written communication and computational skills.  Prior experience participating in field research is a plus. A related undergraduate degree and/or work experience in a related field would be an advantage.  This position is a supported graduate research assistantship, including stipend, tuition, and most required fees.

Michigan Tech’s School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science (http://www.mtu.edu/forest/) is particularly known for its excellence in the fields of forestry, applied ecology, forest molecular genetics, and wildlife management. Established in 1885, Michigan Tech is a nationally recognized research University, with nearly 7,000 students from 60 countries, and is a leader in science and engineering education. Located in Houghton, near the shores of Lake Superior, Michigan Tech offers a friendly, safe, and affordable living environment with excellent year-round outdoor recreation opportunities.

Please contact Dr. Robert Froese (froese@mtu.edu) if you are interested, or would like to know more. To apply, please email Dr. Froese your CV, GPA, GRE scores (if available) with a cover letter that includes a description your research interests and previous research experience. We will begin reviewing applications immediately, and will continue to accept applications until the position is filled.

MinnesotaChicago.REUsAndInternshipsEchinaceaProject

Are you interested in gaining field research experience and learning
about the ecology and evolution of plants and plant-animal interaction
in fragmented prairie? The Echinacea Project is offering positions for
students and soon-to-be graduates, including several NSF-funded summer
REU positions at our field site in Minnesota, and a 12-month internship
in Minnesota for the summer and at the Chicago Botanic Garden for the
off-season. With the Echinacea Project, you will survey natural plant
populations, measure plant traits in experimental plots, observe and
collect insects, and assist in all aspects of research. Interns will
have the option to do an independent research project. We have diverse
potential projects for students with backgrounds in plant ecology,
pollination biology, evolution, statistics, conservation, and computer
science. In the past, researchers have conducted on a variety of topics
including invasive species, prairie restoration, and plant-herbivore
interactions.

No experience is necessary, but you must be enthusiastic, hard-working,
and always willing to learn new things. Expect working in the tallgrass
prairie for up to 8 hours a day. Housing is provided and there is a
stipend. REU participants will do an independent research project.

Information about our positions for summer 2019 (starting in June)
can be found at https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fechinaceaproject.org%2Fopportunities%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cpamela.diggle%40uconn.edu%7Ce3072dfc838341e3138308d680474e17%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636837441081831379&amp;sdata=4T5D4hOIDVD8K5HOFrNWGJJ9WOy0OuTZtZJ%2Fx3nm4uo%3D&amp;reserved=0. Review of
applications will begin on February 28th for REU positions, and March
7th for other positions. Please feel free to email us with any questions
you may have.

Michael LaScaleia
Research Assistant
Chicago Botanic Garden
email: echinaceaproject@gmail.com
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Michael LaScaleia <mlascaleia@chicagobotanic.org>

FortWorth_Texas.TwoPaidInternships.GardenGenomics

PROJECT TITLE: Global Genome Initiative for Gardens: Genome-quality
tissue collection and preservation in Texas, Summer 2019.

POSITION TITLE: Global Genome Initiative for Gardens Internship

TIMETABLE: 14 weeks, May – August 2019, expected

WHERE: Botanical Research Institute of Texas; Fort Worth, Texas

Payment: The selected applicants will receive a $2,000 stipend for their
work with this project.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The Global Genome Initiative (GGI) is a
Smithsonian-led international collaboration directed toward collecting and
preserving genomic tissues from global biodiversity. The principle aim
of GGI is to collect and preserve genome-quality tissue from specimens
representing all families from the major branches of the tree of life
and 50% of genera. To achieve these targets for global plant diversity,
the Global Genome Initiative for Gardens (GGI-Gardens) was formed at
the National Museum of Natural History in 2015. In August 2018, the
Global Genome Initiative for Gardens (GGI-Gardens) moved its base of
operations to the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) in Fort
Worth, TX. Here GGI-Gardens is building a network of preserved tissue
collections from botanical gardens throughout Texas. During 14 weeks
from May-August 2019, we will collect plant specimens and preserve genome
quality tissues from the flora of Texas, emphasizing living collections
in botanical gardens of Texas. The selected applicants for this internship
will assist in this effort.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Required:
Enrollment (or recently graduated) in a program for Bachelor’s degree
in biology, botany, environmental/life science, or horticulture (or
demonstration of equivalent experience).
Minimum of one undergraduate- or graduate-level course in botany, plant
science, plant ecology, etc.
Ability to work outside for several hours, lift 30 lbs of field equipment,
and collect plant specimens from herbs, shrubs, and trees in dense,
wooded vegetation.
A valid driver’s license and willingness to drive in and around
North/Central Texas.

Paid Sustainability Internships – Summer 2019

Calling all majors – undergraduates interested in Sustainability who will not graduate before the end of summer 2019 – to participate in the PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies summer GREEN TEAMS internship program.

Find more information and to apply, go to: https://www.montclair.edu/pseg-sustainability-institute/green-teams/

Applications are competitive. Individuals who are members of groups underrepresented in their field are especially encouraged to apply.

Deadline: Wednesday, January 23, 2019.

For questions about the program or how to apply, contact Dann Truitt at truittd@montclair.edu.

Accepting Apps for MS Environmental Biology in Denver, CO

We are accepting applications for fall, 2019 admission to the MS Environmental Biology program at Regis University in Denver, CO! The M.S. in Environmental Biology is a degree program that emphasizes skills crucial for success in the environmental and ecological workforce. 

TOP FEATURES of our PROGRAM

-Focus on RELEVANT SKILLS demanded by environmental employers: 
statistical computing (R), GIS, NEPA, grant writing & field work in the Rocky Mountains & elsewhere

– EARN A MASTER’S DEGREE in an intensive one-year program or up to 2 years as it fits with each student’s schedule/goals.

– HANDS-ON internship at local agencies or research experience with faculty members

– SMALL CLASS SIZES that allow students to build close relationships with faculty and other students

– KNOWLEDGEABLE FACULTY focused on individual student goals and success

Go to: REGIS.EDU/ENVIRONMENT for more information on admission

The application cycle will remain open through spring, 2019.

Summer REU at the Pymatuning Lab of Ecology

Summer 2019 REU at the Pymatuning Lab of Ecology

The Richards-Zawacki lab at the University of Pittsburgh invites undergraduate applicants for a 10-week summer research experience at the Pymatuning Lab of Ecology in northwestern Pennsylvania (https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.biology.pitt.edu%2Ffacilities%2Fpymatuning&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7Cb1a987d93fe648fbf26c08d67e14a40c%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636835024452433081&amp;sdata=%2F7Vf5eOcl1nf6K1W5Q7PX%2BZ1HfHTQv%2BBDx0Nuz2efrU%3D&amp;reserved=0). This position is part of the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. Ongoing work in the Richards-Zawacki lab aims to clarify the relationship between climate and the dynamics of chytridiomycosis, a fungal disease that threatens amphibian populations on several continents. The successful applicant will work collaboratively with other members of the Richards-Zawacki lab to survey local amphibians for Batrachochytrium fungi, the pathogens that cause chytridiomycosis, and also design and carry out an independent project related to amphibian ecology. Room and board at the Pymatuning Lab of Ecology will be provided, along with transportation to and from the field station and a stipend of $500/week.

The position is open to undergraduate students who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions and are enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree. To be eligible, the applicant must not have completed their degree prior to the start of the REU experience. To apply, please send a one page personal statement (about your scientific interests and how this REU will support your professional goals), your resume or cv, unofficial transcripts, and the names of two professional references (including title, address, phone number and email address) to Dr. Cori Richards-Zawacki (cori.zawacki@pitt.edu).  Applications are due February 22, 2019.

Please direct any questions you may have about the program to Dr. Richards-Zawacki (cori.zawacki@pitt.edu).

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Hispanic Access Foundation internships

Throughout the past 5 years, the Hispanic Access Foundation has offered enriching internship experiences for Latinx upcoming professionals who are passionate about public land conservation and heritage preservation.

 

This year, we are happy to announce our new platform encompassing all of our professional opportunities, My Access to a Network of Opportunities (MANO) Project.  Please share this resource with your networks as we are currently recruiting for summer positions with the National Park Service – Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP)Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, Bureau of Reclamations, and the National Credit Union Administration.

 

For more information regarding all programs and internship positions, please visit our website: http://www.manoproject.org/internships  

 

Lastly, please don’t hesitate to contact me at rodrigo@hispanicaccess.org with questions about these opportunities (or even just to say hello and talk about opportunities to collaborate!).

¡A heartful gracias and saludos!

Rodrigo Otárola y Bentín
Deputy Director 

Email: rodrigo@hispanicaccess.org
Desk: 202-640-5669 (9:00 am to 6:00 pm EST)
Cell: 801-400-5222

6-Month Positions Available as Restoration Team Members in Northern NV – Great way to start out in Ecology and Conservation!

POSITION TITLE: AmeriCorps Restoration Team Member

STATUS: Half Time, 900-hour term from February 19, 2019 to August 22, 2019

NUMBER OF POSITINS AVAILABLE: 20

REPORTS TO: AmeriCorps Program Manager

POSITIONS REPORTING TO THIS POSITION: None

LOCATION: Yerington, NV

 

BACKGROUND: Established in 2014, the Walker Basin Conservancy (WBC) is leading the effort to restore and maintain Walker Lake while protecting agricultural, environmental and recreational interests in the Walker Basin (www.walkerbasin.org). The nascent and dynamic nature of the WBC and its diverse management obligations provide unique opportunities to develop operations from the ground level up, working closely with staff who are passionate about their mission.

The WBC currently manages thousands of acres of land and assets on multiple properties in the Walker Basin.  Land planning activities are underway and focus on assessing public use opportunities, conservation values, long term land ownership and stewardship, active and passive revegetation and restoration activities. 

JOB PURPOSE: The Restoration Team Members will serve alongside other members and WBC Conservation Technicians conducting primarily invasive species removal and native plant re-vegetation within the Walker River Basin. Members may also work on recreational trail construction, sign installation, and fence construction. Members will work in conjunction with other WBC field staff, providing on the ground support to larger project operations.

A working knowledge of, or a desire to learn more about, desert plant ecology and ecological restoration, nursery or horticultural practices, or agricultural systems and irrigation equipment is essential. The Restoration Team Members should also have a sincere interest in expanding their knowledge of Great Basin Desert ecology, restoration practices, the flora and fauna of Nevada, and agricultural methods and equipment.

 

Members will serve in an outdoor setting and will sometimes be required to camp in the field for the duration of the tour. Camping will generally be in areas with at least primitive road access for crew vehicles, but the camping sites will usually be undeveloped backcountry sites. Both camp and project sites will generally not have access to potable water, restroom facilities, or cellphone signals, and members will be expected to follow Leave No Trace principals in camp and on project. Project work will frequently require hiking over rough terrain while carrying tools and equipment.

 

LOCATION: Yerington, Nevada is a beautiful rural farming community located approximately 95 miles south of Reno, NV in the foothills of the eastern Sierra mountains. Yerington is small but growing with about 3,100 residents. Established in 1907, the city has heritage and deep roots in agriculture, mining, railroads, and gaming. Some of the nearby attractions, activities and recreational opportunities include:

  • Camping, biking, hiking, backpacking
  • Fishing, hunting and boating and OHV trails
  • Flat and white-water boating (1 hour away) 
  • Rock Hounding and climbing
  • Ghost Town Exploration
  • Ski Resorts (1.5-2 hours away)
  • Lake Tahoe (1.5 hours away)
  • Lahontan Reservoir (30 minutes away)
  • Walker Lake (45 minutes away)
  • Topaz Reservoir (45 minutes away)

 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Primary Functions:

·        Under the guidance of a WBC Technician, utilizing hand tools, backpack sprayers, and ATV mounted sprayers to conduct invasive plant removal and control.

·        Under the guidance of a WBC Technician, utilizing hand and power tools to conduct native plant re-vegetation and restoration.

·        Under the guidance of a WBC Technician, utilizing hand and power tools to conduct road decommissioning, recreation trail construction, and sign/fence installation.

·        Communicating effectively and professionally with other members, WBC staff, agency partners, and the public.

Secondary Functions:

·        Assisting with the management and supervision of community volunteers on WBC conservation projects.

·        Uploading field data into databases and compiling reports to inform future management plans.

·        Assisting with the inventory, maintenance, and repair of WBC tools and equipment.

 

Qualifications

  • Willingness and ability to work outside in unpredictable weather conditions, including extreme temperatures, independently or as part of a team.
  • Willingness and ability to camp in undeveloped, primitive conditions for multiple days.
  • Willingness and ability to work irregular hours, such as starting early or working more days with shorter hours, in accordance with project specific requirements and conditions.
  • Ability to bend and crouch for long periods of time and occasionally lift heavy loads or equipment.
  • Ability to uses hand and power tools, operate motor vehicles, and work long days on labor intensive projects.
  • Willingness to use chemical herbicides in the treatment and control of invasive weeds while following strict application protocols.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record.
  • Meet AmeriCorps Eligibility Requirements, including:
    • Be at least 17 years of age at the commencement of service;
    • Have a high school diploma or its equivalent;
    • Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States;
    • Pass a National Sex Offender Public Website check and National Service Criminal History Check; and
    • Be eligible to receive and AmeriCorps Education award, with a limit of four total terms in a lifetime and the equivalent of two full-time terms (3600 hours).

 

Compensation & Benefits:

  • Living allowance of $9,180;
  • Education award of $2,960;
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance, child care, and federal student loan forbearance are available for eligible members at no additional cost;
  • Uniform reimbursement;
  • Per diem when on spike (while camping);
  • Paid personal and sick leave; and
  • Paid holidays.

 

Members will receive a variety of technical and professional training related to their service activities as well as personal and professional development. Available trainings include:

  • First aid and CPR;
  • Leave no Trace principals; and
  • Plant identification, invasive species identification and treatment, and trails training.

 

Housing in Yerington can be difficult to find. WBC has limited and optional housing available for a low monthly rate. Housing accommodations are dorm or bunk style housing with shared bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen areas and common spaces.

 

Positions will remain open until filled. Only top candidates will be contacted.

 

Local applicants are STRONGLY encouraged to apply. Please stop by our office to pick up or drop off an application or speak with our Field Manager Terence. Our office address is: 1 HWY 95 A East, Yerington, NV 89447.

 

Please send cover letter and resume to:

Amy Gladding

amy.gladding@walkerbasin.org

Subject Line: 6-month Restoration Team Member

 

OR fill out and return our employment application found online at our website, www.walkerbasin.org,  or at our Yerington office (1 HWY 95 A East, Yerington, NV 89447)

 

Please call Miguel Gonzales, AmeriCorps Program Manager, at (775) 463-9887 ext. 110 with questions.

 

Walker Basin Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  The above functions may be completed with or without reasonable accommodations.  This program prohibits discrimination based on race, religion, creed, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, political affiliation or disability.

 

Equal Opportunity Statement – Walker Basin Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer. WBC does not discriminate against any employee, applicant, director, officer, contractor, or any other person with whom it deals because of race, creed, color, disability, age, sex, veteran status, religion or political affiliation. WBC complies with all federal and local statutes prohibiting discrimination in employment.

 

Disclaimer – The statements contained herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed by the employees in these positions. The statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in each position. Other responsibilities, duties, and skills may be assigned and management retains the right to add or change the responsibilities, duties, and skills at any time. 

 

 

Sage-grouse Research Technician in southern Montana

Greater Sage-grouse Technician in Southern Montana

We are looking for a technician to assist with a greater sage-grouse research project with the University of Wyoming. The project will focus on identifying priority seasonal habitat for sage-grouse in south-central Montana, near Bridger. The position will last approximately 3.5 months, beginning May 1st and ending in mid-August.

Duties will include: locating radio-marked grouse with radio telemetry and GPS; monitoring nests; nighttime brood counts; vegetation sampling using Line Intercept, Daubenmire and Robel pole methods; identifying sagebrush steppe shrubs and forbs; trapping grouse at night to attach rump-mounted transmitters; data entry and proofing; and operating 4WD trucks and ATV’s in remote and rugged terrain.

Work will require sharing camp trailers or apartments with other technicians, extensive hiking in rugged terrain, driving ATVs and 4WD trucks, long hours (> 40/wk; 10 or more hrs/day), and a willingness to endure potentially adverse environmental conditions including cold, heat, intense sun, dust, rain, snow, and biting insects. It is essential that applicants are able to work well with others and also work independently. Experience with grouse and/or vegetation surveys are a plus. Technicians will gain valuable wildlife and vegetation monitoring experience. 

Start Date: May 1, 2019
Final Date to Apply: February 10, 2019. 
Salary: ~$2000/Month, housing provided.

Qualifications
Those who have earned or are pursuing degrees in wildlife ecology/science, rangeland ecology/science, botany, zoology, biology, ecology or related fields are encouraged to apply.  
Successful applicants should have the ability to:
– Take detailed field notes
– Legibly record field measurements and enter it into Excel spreadsheets
– Follow instructions and survey methodologies
– Navigate using maps and GPS equipment
– Monitor birds using radio telemetry
– Work and live side-by-side with co-workers in shared housing
– Maintain positive attitude while working long days and >40 hrs/wk with variable work schedules and under extreme weather conditions
– Complete vegetation surveys
– Safely operate 4WD pickups and ATV’s 
-Work independently and as part of a team

Preference will be given to those who have experience in the above job duties, but experience with every aspect of the work is not necessary. However a willingness to learn is a must!

Please send a letter of interest (1 page), resume and contact information for 3 references as a single attached document (labeled with last name) via email to Erin Birtwistle. Applicants will be reviewed starting February 10th.

Contact person: Erin Birtwistle (ebirtwis at uwyo.edu)

Vegetation Monitoring Technician in southern Montana

Vegetation Monitoring Technician for Sage-Grouse Research in Southern Montana

We are looking for a technician to assist with a greater sage-grouse research project with the University of Wyoming. The project will focus on identifying priority seasonal habitat for sage-grouse in south-central Montana, near Bridger. The position will last approximately 2 months, beginning mid-May and ending in mid to late-July. 

Duties include vegetation sampling using Line Intercept, Daubenmire and Robel pole methods; identifying sagebrush steppe shrubs and forbs; navigating using maps and GPS; data entry and proofing; and operating 4WD trucks and ATV’s in remote and rugged terrain. Technician will be part of a 2-3 person crew and will have the opportunity to assist other technicians with locating radio-marked grouse using radio telemetry, monitoring nests, and nighttime brood counts.

Work will require sharing camp trailers or apartments with other technicians, extensive hiking in rugged terrain, driving ATVs and 4WD trucks, long hours (> 40/wk; 10 or more hrs/day), and a willingness to endure potentially adverse environmental conditions including cold, heat, intense sun, dust, rain, snow, and biting insects. It is essential that applicants are able to work well with others and also work independently. Experience with vegetation surveys are a plus. Technicians will gain valuable experience in fieldwork, and wildlife and vegetation monitoring.

Start Date: mid-May, 2019
Final Date to Apply: February 10, 2019. 
Salary: ~$1900/Month, housing provided.

Qualifications
Those who have earned or are pursuing degrees in wildlife ecology/science, rangeland ecology/science, botany, zoology, biology, ecology or related fields are encouraged to apply.
Successful applicants should have the ability to:
– Be detailed-oriented and take detailed field notes
– Legibly record field data and enter it into Excel spreadsheets
– Follow instructions and survey methodologies
– Navigate using maps and GPS equipment
– Work and live side-by-side with co-workers in shared housing
– Maintain positive attitude while working long days and >40 hrs/wk with variable work schedules and under extreme weather conditions
– Maintain positive attitude while completing repetitive and mundane tasks
– Assist with vegetation surveys
– Safely operate 4WD pickups and ATV’s
-Work independently and as part of a team

Preference will be given to those who have experience in the above job duties, but experience with every aspect of the work is not necessary. However, a willingness to learn is a must!

Please send a letter of interest (1 page), resume and contact information for 3 references as a single attached document (labeled with last name) via email to Erin Birtwistle. Please include dates you are available to start work. Applicants will be reviewed starting February 10th.

Contact person: Erin Birtwistle (ebirtwis at uwyo.edu)

PhD on the St. Lawrence Estuary Beluga population – Habitat selection, movement and fission-fusion dynamics

We are recruiting a PhD student to study habitat selection, movement, and social behaviour of the endangered St. Lawrence Estuary beluga population.

 

The project is part of a broader research program aimed at proposing effective solutions to mitigate the impacts of navigation on belugas in the St. Lawrence Estuary (ongoing process).

 

The full announcement is available at the end of this message.

 

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO FORWARD THIS ANNOUNCEMENT TO YOUR COLLEAGUES AND CIRCULATE IN YOUR NETWORKS

 

Thanks and have a nice day!

 

Clément

 

Prof. Clément Chion, PhD

Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO)

Département des sciences naturelles

819-595-3900 poste: 1858

819-503-2539

 

 

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PHD SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY

Habitat selection, movement, and fission-fusion dynamics of the St. Lawrence Estuary beluga population 

 

Project Description: The St. Lawrence Estuary beluga population is currently listed as Endangered under the Canadian Species At Risk Act and the Loi sur les espèces menacées et vulnérables du Québec. Several threats to its recovery related to the navigation activities occurring in the population’s summer habitat are identified such as exposure to underwater noise and disturbance. Mitigating navigation impacts requires a good understanding of the factors underlying the behaviours of habitat selection along with the movements of this species in the St. Lawrence Estuary and the Saguenay (i.e. summer habitat). However, this understanding is currently incomplete because: i) few studies have tried to identify the mechanisms underlying the spatial distribution and movements of the belugas in the summer habitat, and ii) the rare studies did not consider beluga’s social behaviour or group fusion-fission dynamics. This PhD project aims at identifying the factors (biotic and abiotic) explaining the spatial distribution and the movements of beluga groups in their summer habitat, acknowledging that habitat selection behaviours and movements might be influenced by the social and gregarious behaviour of this species. The project will also look into the group fusion-fission dynamics in the beluga’s summer habitat by exploring the conditions (e.g. habitat characteristics, time of day, group size and composition) under which pairs of known individuals are encountered in the same groups or not. This will allow to interpret the spatio-temporal variation in group size and composition and ultimately contribute to explain the spatial distribution of this species in its summer habitat. This project will provide valuable knowledge to improve our understanding of navigation impacts on the St. Lawrence beluga’s habitat selection and movements in its summer habitat. These results will be integrated in a model that simulates the movements of individual belugas via a collaboration with modellers.

 

This project will be carried out using existing datasets and might also require additional fieldwork to collect new observational data. The selected candidate will be part of the Natural Science Department and will be based in Ripon (QC) at Institut des Sciences de la Forêt tempérée (ISFORT: http://isfort.uqo.ca/). She/He will work with researchers from the GREMM (Tadoussac) and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (Mont-Joli).

 

The desired candidate will show dynamism, motivation, intellectual curiosity and creativity, ability to work independently and as part of a team, along with a great sense of initiative. She/He will be encouraged and supported to travel for scientific communications (conferences, workshops), meetings with partners and stakeholders. The project funding is provided by the Government of Quebec. The selected candidate will contribute to the production of deliverables for the Ministry for Forests, Wildlife, and Parks and Ministry for Maritime Affairs on a yearly basis.

 

Skills: The candidate must hold a Master’s degree in biological sciences, or related field. The following expertise and skills will be considered as assets:

– expertise on animal behaviour related to habitat selection and movements;

– expertise on social behaviour and fusion-fission dynamics in gregarious species;

– expertise on marine mammals;

– great expertise in data management and analysis with R software.

 

Project start: September 2019

 

Treatment: 20 000$/year for 3 years

 

Director: Angélique Dupuch (UQO-ISFORT)

Co-director : Véronique Lesage (DFO)

Collaborators: Clément Chion (UQO-ISFORT), Robert Michaud (GREMM), and Tyler Bonnell (Lethbridge University)

 

Application: Email your academic CV (long form), all academic records for bachelor’s and master’s degrees, an application letter (detailing your skills and assets related to the project requirements), and the name and contact information of 3 academic references to:  angelique.dupuch@uqo.ca, clement.chion@uqo.ca, rmichaud@gremm.org, veronique.lesage@dfo-mpo.gc.ca, and tyler.bonnell@uleth.ca.

 

Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

 

 

PhD Position Available on Grassland Birds and Microclimates (UW-Madison)

PhD Position Available on Grassland Birds and Microclimates (UW-Madison)

We are seeking an outstanding student to lead a novel, multi-scaled quantification of microclimates within grassland conservation areas and evaluate their importance on the nesting biology of declining grassland bird populations. The student’s dissertation will involve quantifying microclimates in grasslands using both ground-based sensors and unmanned aerial vehicle (thermography), design and implement a concurrent study of nesting biology for grassland birds, and analyze citizen science data to   evaluate the importance of extreme events on grassland bird populations. This study will evaluate the potential of managing microclimates as a form of climate change adaptation. This is a USDA-funded collaboration in the department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at UW-Madison (Zuckerberg, Ribic) and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (Fink). The 4-year PhD assistantship will begin in the fall of 2019 (or possibly earlier).

Applicants must have a MS degree in ecology, forestry, geography, or other related discipline. We will only consider applicants with a BS degree if they have proven relevant experience. A solid working knowledge of avian ecology, population modeling, GIS, and statistics are required.  Although not a requirement, the preferred candidate will have strong experience in field ornithology, collecting and analyzing nest data, and species distribution modeling. Excellent English writing and verbal communication skills are essential.

Review of applicants will begin immediately, but the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Applications received by February 8, 2019 are guaranteed full consideration. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply. The position is open to both US citizen and international candidates. The project includes an annual stipend, plus tuition remission and health care benefits. We envision a start date of September 2019, but an earlier start date may be possible.

UW-Madison has a long history of excellence in ecology, conservation biology, remote sensing and geography. The university ranks consistently among the top research universities in the United States.  Total student enrollment is 43,000 of which approximately 12,000 are graduate and professional students, and there are over 2,000 faculty.  UW-Madison is an exciting place to learn and conduct research! The city of Madison ranks as one of the most attractive places in the U.S. to live and work.  For information about campus and city, please seehttps://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisc.edu%2Fabout%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C1440ece10ba046c5b06608d67d356853%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636834065669133965&amp;sdata=v1q5XrRvIJnujIY29VwzK%2FnSSjw%2B7YVxd7AgsMGgwSE%3D&amp;reserved=0

To apply, please submit your application here:

https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fuwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com%2Fjfe%2Fform%2FSV_80PigZ26vdDGFoh&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C1440ece10ba046c5b06608d67d356853%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636834065669133965&amp;sdata=nayD%2BbwszAVuU3o%2BlpTN5GkugxdQD6oyTfKwAfXpx4w%3D&amp;reserved=0

Please note that submitting an application includes filling out a small survey (< 15 minutes), uploading a cover letter summarizing research interests and experiences, curriculum vitae, and unofficial transcripts or summary of relevant coursework (both undergraduate and graduate).

After reviewing all applicants, we will ask for reference letters from top candidates.

Summer 2019 Research Internships in Caribbean Marine Ecology – McCoy Lab at FSU

Summer 2019 Research Internships in Caribbean Marine Ecology – McCoy Lab at FSU

 The McCoy Lab at Florida State University seeks two research interns to conduct fieldwork in Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean during a 6-week period in June-July 2019.  All fieldwork will be conducted on SCUBA.  Interns will assist and be supervised by Ph.D. students Ethan Cissell and Joshua Manning (http://www.marecology.com/people).  Candidates must have (1) a valid American Academy of Underwater Science (AAUS) diving certification, or an international equivalent, (2) Enriched Air Nitrox certification, and (3) be at least 18 years or older by June 1, 2019. Experience conducting research is preferred, but specific knowledge of Caribbean marine ecology is not required.  Please contact Dr. Sophie McCoy with any questions (mccoy@bio.fsu.edu).

Research in the McCoy Lab focuses on mechanisms that retain ecological and biogeochemical function of coastal ecosystems.  To do this, we focus on links between physiological response and dynamics of populations and communities, and especially on the effects of environmental stress on traits that mediate species interactions.

Application materials:

Send application materials in a single pdf to Dr. Sophie McCoy by Feb. 22, 2019 for full consideration (mccoy@bio.fsu.edu).  We will conduct interviews by Skype in early March.

(1) statement of interest (1 page),

(2) brief CV (2 pages max.),

(3) dive log and certification, and contact information for your institution’s Dive Safety Officer,

(4) names and contact information of 2 professional references, and

(5) available dates during June and July 2019 (i.e., when do classes end, if an undergraduate).

Logistics and details: This is an unpaid position. Travel to and from Bonaire and lodging at a communal apartment will be provided, excluding meals. Because the two 2019 interns will share a room in the apartment, we will select either two male or two female interns.

Two Graduate Positions in Fish Behavior and Ecology

We (www.wagnerlabmsu.com) are seeking two motivated, skilled, energetic, and collaborative graduate students to join a cluster hire of four graduate students working on various questions related to the perception and response to predation risk in sea lamprey when migrating (either into rivers to spawn, or out of rivers to begin parasitic feeding). The work will integrate movement ecology, behavioral biology, and chemistry (semiochemical communication), and is conducted in collaboration with university and Federal scientists working in the U.S. and Canada. The scientific understanding developed will be used to examine theories surrounding the context-specificity of anti-predator tactic selection, and to develop novel, innovative approaches to controlling this species (where it is invasive) and conserving it (where it is threatened) that employ behavioral manipulations achieved by creating chemical information landscapes that guide the animal’s movement decisions. Both projects are funded by an international commission (www.GLFC.org), and will require interaction with agency managers and decision-makers, and public outreach.

 

If you are interested in applying for one of the projects listed below (or starting a conversation about either), please send a C.V. and cover letter addressing your graduate education and professional interests to Dr. Michael Wagner (mwagner@msu.edu), Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University.

 

Project #1 (M.S.): The successful applicant will study the out-migration timing and movement behavior of newly transformed parasitic sea lampreys (AKA macrophthalmia or ‘transformers’) in rivers draining to Lake Michigan. Our goals for this project are to (1) provide the first meaningful empirical insight into the movements and survival of wild juvenile sea lamprey during their out-migration from natal rearing grounds to the open waters of the Great Lakes, and (2) to demonstrate the utility of a new acoustic micro-transmitter for the study of juvenile sea lamprey, including the development of transferable protocols for tag implantation and holding practices. The project will integrate laboratory studies (surgical techniques and recovery, effects of the tag on swim performance and movement tendencies), and a field movement study to estimate reach-specific mortality rates experience by out-migrants by fitting a multi-state Cormack-Jolly-Seber model. The work will be in collaboration with university and Federal scientists working with the Hammond Bay Biological Station (Michigan) and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Washington). The student will be co-advised by Dr. Travis Brenden of the MSU Quantitative Fisheries Center (www.canr.msu.edu/qfc/). Two years of funding are guaranteed (stipend $21K, tuition and health benefits are paid). Requirements: B.S. in fisheries, biology, ecology, aquatic or marine science/biology, or general biology. Experience in working with fishes or in streams is desired, as are quantitative analysis skills, a proficiency with R, or experience with acoustic telemetry equipment (especially the JSATS system). A highly competitive student will have a GPA > 3.3 and GRE scores above the 65thpercentile.

 

Project #2 (M.S. or Ph.D.): The successful applicant will study the behavioral ecology of an alarm cue in sea lamprey (a chemical mixture released from injured tissue) that warns conspecifics about the location of predation events. This project is part the second phase of a larger project to discover the chemical structures of the compounds that comprise the alarm cue odor. The student will examine the behavioral reactivity and ecological function of identified compounds and mixtures in an attempt to isolate the complete alarm cue (never before accomplished in fishes). Work will be in collaboration with a post-doctoral research associate in Dr. Muralee Nair’s laboratory at MSU (chemistry of natural products), who is leading the effort to identify the compounds. In addition to addressing fundamental questions of anti-predator behavior, the student will also test mixtures for use in repellent-based behavioral manipulations to achieve management and conservation goals. Three years of funding are guaranteed (stipend $21K, tuition and health benefits are paid). Requirements: B.S. in fisheries, biology, ecology, aquatic or marine science/biology, or general biology. Experience in working with fishes or in streams is desired, as are quantitative analysis skills and proficiency with R. A highly competitive student will have a GPA > 3.3 and GRE scores above the 65th percentile. For consideration as a Ph.D. student, an appropriate M.S. related to the fields described above is required. Expertise in animal behavior and behavioral ecology are preferred for a Ph.D. student.

PhD Microplastics – New Zealand

PhD opportunity – Microplastics

 

The Institute of Marine Science (IMS) and the School of Environment at the University of Auckland are looking for an excellent and highly motivated scientist with keen interests in the fundamental processes that may affect the distribution and fate of microplastics and their effect on various soft sediment ecosystem functions.

We are offering a fully funded interdisciplinary PhD project to investigate the interactions between microphytobenthos (MPB), microplastics in soft sediments and biological and physical processes at the sediment-water interface.

 

Desired skills and experience

This project is interdisciplinary therefore experience in experimental research (field and laboratory) in the areas of environmental engineering and/or benthic ecology would be highly desirable, as well as a motivated mindset.

A mixture of field surveys and manipulative experiments, flume experiments and the development of a machine-learning model may be used to couple various biological and physical processes to microplastic distribution and benthic ecosystem functioning.

The candidate is expected to develop their own research goals with the help of the PI Dr Julie Anne Hope (IMS). The candidate will also benefit from the additional support of Assoc. Prof Giovanni Coco (CO-I, School of Environment) andProf. Simon Thrush (CO-I, IMS) during different phases of the project. Work may be based between the city campus and/or the Leigh Marine Laboratory on the North Island of New Zealand.

To apply for this position, potential candidates should send a cover letter, a short research proposal for this project with details of the research that they would like to do (1 page max) and an up to date CV to Jaime Rowntree,jaime.rowntree@auckland.ac.nz

Background information on the Institute of Marine Science and life at The University of Auckland can be found at:www.marine.auckland.ac.nz/en.htmlwww.science.auckland.ac.nz/phdwww.international.auckland.ac.nz

 

SUMMER NSF REU- how do predators alter parasite transmission

How predators alter parasite transmission in complex communities

The Johnson Laboratory (https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.johnsonlaboraotry.com&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C4426f783f94046e9851608d67c84fb16%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636833307920468353&amp;sdata=QPRWOMlZag%2FrxAlKCb6N%2FeF1JcdJBf5lD3QIot7k%2FlM%3D&amp;reserved=0) is accepting a qualified undergraduate NSF REU applicant for our lab crew at the University of Colorado in Boulder beginning in May 11 (some flexibility) and concluding in early August 2019.

The Johnson laboratory has made it our mission to sincerely commit to promoting diversity! This search is open to all student candidates (that will not graduate prior to June 2019) from any race, color, religion, ethnic, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, or veteran status especially those from underrepresented groups in science.

Research Project: Predator inhibition of trematode parasite transmission: The primary objective for this project is to have a student investigate a much-needed research topic surrounding the study of infections and pathology caused by trematodes. The selected student will lead an ambitious yet tractable study into how common aquatic predators affect the spread of parasites and whether these effects vary by parasite species or predator foraging strategy. Over the summer, the selected REU will work closely with Dr. Johnson and our research team at the University of Colorado Boulder. The student will gain valuable experience in designing experiments, quantifying ecological data, and statistical analysis. They will also obtain foundational knowledge of host-parasite interactions, predator-prey dynamics, and the identification of both parasite and free-living species. Following completion of the experiments, the student will work closely with the PI to analyze (1) how the rate of parasite consumption varies by predator, and (2) whether predators select certain parasites preferentially as a function of body size, movement patterns, or activity times based on the natural history of the parasite.

To apply: Email an application package that should include (1) a brief statement of interest detailing how obtaining an REU would advance your career goals; (2) a description of related previous research; (3) a statement of how you will support diversity and inclusion in our laboratory, and finally (4) a current CV. Please compile the application package into a single PDF and email to dana.calhoun@colorado.edu with the subject title (PREDATOR REU application) by February 11th, 2018.

*Please remember ONLY undergraduates that will be continuing their education in fall 2019 can apply*

Parasitology Research Technician– Colorado Boulder

Parasitology Research Technician

The Johnson Laboratory (https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.johnsonlaboraotry.com&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C0e5d0885821d46ca5ca308d67c84f08f%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636833307761756998&amp;sdata=mnAww%2B%2BwY%2F1PTqAEsaXpgALnfuMavmO4CLDjg9mDPDI%3D&amp;reserved=0) is accepting two qualified parasitology research technicians to assist in the laboratory at the world-recognized University of Colorado located in scenic Boulder Colorado beginning in May and concluding in August 2019.

The Johnson laboratory has made it our mission to sincerely commit to promoting diversity! This search is open to all candidates from any race, color, religion, ethnic, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, or veteran status especially those from underrepresented groups in science.

The primary responsibilities of these individuals will be to perform necropsies on a wide range of amphibian, fish, and snail species to identify and quantify macro-parasite infections. This will include (i) isolation of macro-parasites for molecular and morphological vouchers and abundance (ii) and use of microscopic photography techniques to identify and document in situ and isolate macro-parasites. In addition these individuals will be expected to assist with daily management of the laboratory including husbandry of live amphibians and snails and to assist with laboratory and mesocosm experiments. Competitive candidates will have prior independent research experience which needs to include necropsy of vertebrates, proficient excel and data entry skills, and some parasite identification skills. This position salary will depend on experience level of candidates. This position is temporary and does not include housing costs.

To Apply:
To apply for parasitology research technicians send an application package that should include (i) a cover letter that states your specific necropsy experiences, previous scientific research experiences, a statement of how you will support diversity and inclusion in our team, and why you would like to work for the Johnson Laboratory specifically, (ii) a current CV (iii), contact information for three professional references (include email and phone number) and your availability for a start date (must be able to start by May 10th 2019).  Please send the compiled application package into a PDF (one document) and email to dana.calhoun@colorado.edu with the position title “Parasitology Technician” in the subject line by February 11, 2019.

SUMMER NSF REU- does color in frogs affect fungal infections

How color polymorphisms in frogs affect vulnerability to fungal infection

The Johnson Laboratory (https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.johnsonlaboraotry.com&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7Cdd3b6b90bcca4c37aa1108d67c84e538%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636833307557788148&amp;sdata=5XWC7o5WWT%2FjzMSdyRiFWOgpTqCGZlKBU0RPE6xmMG8%3D&amp;reserved=0) is accepting a qualified undergraduate NSF REU applicant for our field crew in the Bay Area of California beginning in May 11 (some flexibility) and concluding in early August 2019.

The Johnson laboratory has made it our mission to sincerely commit to promoting diversity! This search is open to all student candidates (that will not graduate prior to June 2019) from any race, color, religion, ethnic, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, or veteran status especially those from underrepresented groups in science.

Project details: A field-based investigation into the role of host color in amphibian body temperature and infection susceptibility: The primary objective for this project is understand the relationship between amphibian color, host thermal profile, and infection. The student will investigate this topic using broad-scale field surveys in central California ponds, a region that is ideal for addressing these questions because of previously documented heterogeneity in Bd prevalence and intensity both among ponds and through time.
            The selected REU student will work closely with our collaborative field team in the California Bay Area, where our research into amphibian disease ecology is focused. They will be stationed at the UC Reserve Blue Oaks Ranch, which provides housing, laboratory facilities, and a vibrant academic atmosphere. During this time, the student will gain experience in sampling aquatic ecosystems, including techniques for censusing amphibians and other aquatic organisms. This will include performing additional field sampling techniques including but not limited to: dipnets, seines, visual surveys, snail parasite identification, and pathogen swabbing. In addition, this individual will be expected to assist with daily record keeping and equipment maintenance Along with gaining experience in general field techniques the REU will quantify patterns of Bd infection, host color, and temperature of captured frogs.

To apply: Email an application package that should include (1) a brief statement of interest detailing how obtaining an REU would advance your career goals; (2) a description of related previous research; (3) a statement of how you will support diversity and inclusion in our field team, and finally (4) a current CV. Please compile the application package into a single PDF and email to dana.calhoun@colorado.edu with the subject title (COLOR REU application) by February 11th, 2018.

*Please remember ONLY undergraduates that will be continuing their education in fall 2019 can apply*

positions at Stanford’s Jasper Ridge

See the below; please forward as appropriate. 
I am writing to let you know about two great opportunities at Jasper Ridge, which is a wonderful place to work just off Stanford’s main campus, and with a team of incredible staff.
One is for a 2-year postdoc with a focus on the Anthropocene, beginning in the spring or early summer.  The ad right now says applications are due by today but we will be extending that at least until February 15. https://jrbp.stanford.edu/content/anthropocene-biodiversity-postdoctoral-position

Forestry Technicians and Crew Leads Needed in Northern CA

To view all positions and locations please visit the Great Basin Institute link below and click on ‘All Current Openings’ .
https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fcrcareers.thegreatbasininstitute.org%2Fcareers%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C0c99585f6d014c2af41208d67c84d643%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636833307310873795&amp;sdata=euWMJPiXtwxUMSPcsa%2FrjVz%2BIwj4OIKUIDlqq6oUCpQ%3D&amp;reserved=0

The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the US Forest Service (USFS) Pacific Southwest Region, is recruiting Forestry Technicians and Crew Leads to work cooperatively with USFS and GBI staff to perform vegetation management and restoration projects within forest/woodland areas. Duties will include performing standardized timber cruising, and assisting in stand exam data collection. Data are gathered using standard instruments, direct measurements, observations, and on-site inspections. Technicians and Leads will also select and mark individual trees for harvest using well defined marking guidelines and silvicultural prescriptions. Training will be provided on tree-species identification, GPS data collection, tree marking, and other project-specific tasks.

To view all positions and locations please visit the Great Basin Institute link below and click on ‘All Current Openings’ .
https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fcrcareers.thegreatbasininstitute.org%2Fcareers%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C0c99585f6d014c2af41208d67c84d643%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636833307310873795&amp;sdata=euWMJPiXtwxUMSPcsa%2FrjVz%2BIwj4OIKUIDlqq6oUCpQ%3D&amp;reserved=0

Undergraduate Internship in Tropical Ecology and Evolution – Summer 2019

We are now accepting applications for the Summer 2019 internship in Tropical Ecology and Evolution at El Verde Field Station, Puerto Rico.  The internship will run from May 27 – August 2.  

 

Application deadline: 28 February 2019

 

The program will offer students the opportunity to have hands-on experience fields such as:

  • Aquatic insect ecology
  • Caddisfly (Trichoptera) and Mosquito (Diptera) Ecology
  • Rodent Ecology and Plant-Animal Interactions
  • Plant Population Ecology and Invasive Species Biology
  • Wetland and Riparian Ecology
  • Meiofauna and Protists Ecology

Students receive a stipend for the ten weeks duration of the program.  Round-trip plane ticket from home institution to Puerto Rico will be reimbursed, up to a maximum of $600.  The program will cover housing at El Verde Field Station.  The National Science Foundation funds the program.

 

The program is limited to undergraduate students pursuing a bachelor degree at a college or university during summer 2019 that are US citizens or permanent residents.

 

Application materials and further information can be found at http://reu.ites.upr.edu/

 

Funded MSc and PhD positions in Conservation Biology

The Behavioral and Community Ecology, Conservation Biology Group at Guangxi University in China is excited to offer opportunities for three-year MSc or PhD projects in conservation biology and related fields. Our faculties’ expertise and research interests (please see summaries below) cover a variety of topics in conservation biology, animal behavior, ecotoxicology, landscape ecology and natural resource management. This year we are particularly interested in recruiting students who are interested in conservation biology and would like to work on one of the projects offered by Associate Prof. Christos Mammides.

The degrees are granted through our International Training Program, and academic work is in English. Students apply with a March 31, 2019 deadline to the China Government Scholarship (CGS) program, as well as to the College of Forestry. CGS provides waivers of tuition, accommodation, and a monthly stipend. In the first year, students take courses in basic Chinese language and in Chinese culture. In addition, courses in professional classes related to ecology and evolution are required to graduate (4 for PhD, 7 for MSc), as well as successful completion of the thesis project.

Applicants are required to have their previous degree completed at the time of application. Applicants with a proven track record of successful publications in peer-reviewed journals and advanced quantitative or programming skills will have an advantage. We hope that candidates will explore the research interests, summarised below, and begin to think about possible projects. Interested applicants should contact Dr. Mammides by February the 15th, attaching a CV, a short project proposal (<750 words), and the e-mail addresses of three references. Review of the applications will start immediately.

Information on our faculties’ expertise and interests:
Prof. Eben Goodale (eben.goodale@outlook.com) has worked on a range of projects from the acoustic behavior of birds to community ecology and species interactions to issues of conservation biology.
Associate Prof. Aiwu Jiang (
aiwu@163.com) has extensive experience studying the birds of Guangxi. He is working on projects involving the breeding ecology of birds in limestone regions, and also the effects of toxins on breeding.
Associate Prof. Christos Mammides (
cmammides@outlook.com) is a quantitative conservation biologist interested in studying the mechanisms by which anthropogenic activities affect biodiversity and in exploring the socio-economic factors that drive those activities. Dr. Mammides is also interested in quantifying the effectiveness of the various types of protected areas, and in assessing the effects of those areas on local peoples’ livelihoods.

Information about the College of Forestry at Guangxi University (GXU):
The College of Forestry at GXU is one of China’s largest forestry schools. The International Training Program was started in 2015 as a cooperation among several labs with both Chinese national and international researchers. Guangxi University (>25,000 students) is located in the subtropical city of Nanning, is part of the National 211 University Scheme of China, and aims to become a major research hub in Southern China. Nanning forms the natural gateway between China and South-East Asia, with Vietnam a mere 300 km away and direct international connecting flights available to most major cities in Asia. Housing is available on campus and campus life is bustling with many places to eat, good sporting and entertainment facilities, and varied student activities.

Sierra Nevada Forest Ecology Crew Lead & Technicians – Summer 2019

Subject: Sierra Nevada Forest Ecology Crew Lead & Technicians – Summer 2019

The Bisbing Forest Ecology & Silviculture Lab at UNR (https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fsarahbisbing.com&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C59758fc6c7854aa1c0fa08d67c84a094%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636833306420116473&amp;sdata=WSukS1ZIrbpPBZEZgqf66n0Q3VBlzsC8mFpydF1SzfA%3D&amp;reserved=0) is hiring two crew leads and five field technicians to sample at sites across the Sierra Nevada in summer 2019. Technicians will collect data to support silviculture and climate change adaptation research. Duties will include, but are not limited to, mapping forest composition and structure, collecting basic forest ecology and health data, surveying understory plant communities, and sampling fuels transects. Additional responsibilities may include data entry and data quality control.

Preferred candidates will have previous experience working in the field, Sierra Nevada plant identification skills, knowledge of tree measurements and forest ecosystem sampling, and the ability to work well with others for long hours under strenuous field conditions. Technicians should be capable of hiking long distances with a heavy pack, have the ability to work under inclement weather conditions, and be able to work collegially as part of a research team. Crew leads should have at least one summer of field technician experience. All crew members must have a valid driver’s license and be comfortable driving a 4wd truck. Field work will involve driving on backcountry dirt roads and hiking and navigating off-trail.

The field season will run for 12 consecutive weeks from late May or early June (dependent upon snowpack) through the end of August. Pay is $15/hour for the crew lead and $12/hr for technician positions. Housing on-site is provided as is a field vehicle for on-site work.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to: Dr. Sarah Bisbing at sbisbing@unr.edu by February 1, 2019.

Molecular Laboratory Technician Position – Bowdoin College

A full time molecular laboratory technician position is available in my lab at Bowdoin College, in Brunswick, Maine. The existing funding is short term, through June, but it is also possible that it will continue for a few more months.  The project focuses on diet analysis using next generation sequencing and paired isotope data.  Candidates with demonstrated experience in a molecular ecology setting, and who work well independently, are encouraged to apply.

For additional questions, contact Dave Carlon at: dcarlon@bowdoin.edu

Description-

Responsible for day-to-day operations of a molecular ecology research laboratory at Bowdoin College. Prepares samples, DNA libraries, and generates DNA sequence data from using Sanger and Next Generation Sequencing technology. Provides technical expertise to students and staff. Maintains a safe and productive working environment for all end users. This is a benefit eligible position.

Education/Skills Requirements
BS degree in Biology or related field.

Demonstrated expertise in the following areas is preferred:
1.DNA extraction from environmental samples, including preserved tissues and environmental samples.
2.Preparation of multiplex libraries for sequencing on the Illumina platform.
3.PCR and Quantitative PCR (qPCR).
4.Preparation of amplicons for Sanger sequencing.
5.Next generation sequencing bioinformatics.

Experience Requirements and/or Equivalents
Minimum of 2 years work experience in molecular biology laboratory setting required. Excellent organizational and time management skills. Computer programming experience in bioinformatics strongly preferred.

Standard Work Days and Hours
Up to 40 hrs/week. Monday-Friday, 8:30-5:00. This is a temporary position that is funded through June 30th, 2019.

If interested, you can apply by going to: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fcareers.bowdoin.edu%2Fpostings%2F5713&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7Cdc37fb91f5b84844c0cd08d67af2aa5c%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636831580007913990&amp;sdata=KidPQ1%2BZ9ZhP%2FxtnpHPTQiNgG2FhkSHaBV3BKLlr81c%3D&amp;reserved=0

Ph.D. Assistantship in Fish and Fisheries

Ph.D. Assistantship in Fish and Fisheries Ecology and Conservation in the Amazon

Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech

A highly qualified and motivated candidate is sought to join a NSF-funded project to study fish and fisheries ecology and landscape genetics in the Brazilian Amazon under the supervision of Drs. Leandro Castello and Eric Hallerman.  Applicants must have: a M.S. in ecology, fisheries, or related field; and record of involvement in research.  Experience with peer-reviewed publications and knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese are preferred.  Financial support will be in the form of research and teaching assistantships.  Anticipated start is Summer 2019.  E-mail questions and applications to leandro@vt.edu and ehallerm@vt.edu

Field Technician Position – Alaska wildlife and climate change

Have you ever wondered what’s it like to conduct research in the Arctic?  You don’t have to wonder for long. I am offering a full-time temporary position located at Denali National Park, AK, in June, July, and August 2019. During this time, you would be backpacking and living on campgrounds at Denali. A stipend of $2,000, food and lodging will be provided, but you must cover your own transportation to the field site. As a technician, your duties will include, but are not limited to, the following:

•Conducting population surveys of arctic ground squirrels, including locating and indexing burrow networks and confirming presence or absence,
•Conducting vegetation assessments, and
•Maintaining good working relationships with other scientists, park liaison and visitors at Denali to support the goals of research.

The preferred candidate is dependable, curious, enthusiastic, doesn’t mind working in physically taxing situations for long hours, and loves to be outdoors in rugged conditions. The ideal candidate will also have experience backpacking.

This fieldwork is part of the dissertation research of Nigel Golden (https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fgoo.gl%2FLhMedz&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C5b91a7b625c049b3c90c08d67af29411%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636831579622015286&amp;sdata=jGFPpioIYhSKCEARWNXt7RIl30rZDZpZoUq1LlrQN6s%3D&amp;reserved=0), University of Massachusetts graduate student studying the impact of climate change on arctic ground squirrel activity. This research is part of a broad research program, led by Dr. Toni Lyn Morelli of the US Geological Survey’s Northeast Climate Science Center, to understand the impacts of climate change on wildlife.
If you are interested in the position or have questions, email Nigel Golden at ngolden@umass.edu by March 8th, 2019 with a resume/CV with the subject line AGS in Denali 2019.

Please use the following format for email: LastName_FirstName_CV/RS. Women and UR students are encouraged to apply.

Forest Ecology Field Technician Positions at the Teakettle Experimental Forest in California

We are hiring 4 to 10 field technicians to work at the Teakettle Experimental Forest. Teakettle is a 1300 ha old-growth, mixed-conifer forest 80 km east of Fresno, CA at 2200 m elevation in the Sierra Nevada. The forest is comprised of both burned and unburned experimental plots and a second entry prescribed burn was implemented in the fall of 2017. Duties will include, but are not limited to mapping forest structure using a surveyor’s total station, basic tree measurements, fuel surveys and assisting visiting scientists with their projects as needed. These projects may include: basic soils work (coring, soil moisture, etc.), seedling inventories, understory plant surveys, and tree coring. Desired skills include plant identification, use of a total station, basic knowledge of tree measurements, and previous experience working as a crewmember. The facilities at Teakettle are rustic due to the remote location of the station. The cabin has solar power, bathrooms, a kitchen and common space; individuals will spend the summer sleeping in tents. The nearest town for supplies is Shaver Lake, CA, approximately a one hour drive from the field station.

The pay rate is $13.95/hr and crewmembers will work four 10-hour days each week. The field season will run 12 weeks from the middle of June to the beginning of September. The official start date will be determined in late April.

To apply, please go to https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Funm.csod.com%2Fats%2Fcareersite%2Fsearch.aspx%3Fsite%3D14%23staff&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C1df956ec99be40cb2b7708d67af28d85%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636831579507901047&amp;sdata=q8fn6R%2BxdDOeXjwdw7cDHl1iemQHMTX1KOrBhrji4%2F4%3D&amp;reserved=0.
The reqID is “Req7258” or you can search for the job title “Forest Ecology Field Technician”.
If you have any trouble with the application process, please contact Marissa Goodwin at mjgoodwin@unm.edu.

Review of applications will begin on February 11, 2019 and will be reviewed in the order they are received. The application will close after all positions have been filled.

**Please note that a New Mexico Drivers License IS NOT REQUIRED for this position**

White Memorial Conservation Center Seeking a Seasonal Educator

Seasonal Educator Job Posting

Greetings from White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield, CT!

We are currently seeking a Seasonal Educator to begin on April 1. If you wouldn’t mind sharing the attached job descriptions with current/former students who might be interested, I would greatly appreciate it!

Also, if there is a different person I should contact in regards to job opportunities for students, please let me know.

Thank you,

 

Carrie Szwed
Education Director
White Memorial Conservation Center
80 Whitehall Rd., P.O. Box 368

Litchfield, CT 06759

860-567-0857
www.whitememorialcc.org