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Stream-Riparian Food Web Ecology Technician –

Title: Stream-Riparian Food Web Ecology Technician
Type: Temporary/Seasonal Position
Organization: Idaho State University

Location: Stationed in Pocatello, ID; Fieldwork in Yellowstone National Park Field Season: Mid-late May through late August, though starting and ending dates are negotiable
Salary: Approximately $1950 per month depending on experience.

Job Description: The Stream Ecology Center at Idaho State University (led by Dr. Colden Baxter) is hiring one experienced field technician for a project investigating stream-riparian food web ecology in Yellowstone National Park.  This project is funded by the National Science Foundation and aims to contribute to the broader field of research examining how the reintroduction of gray wolves may be influencing stream and riparian ecosystems through cascading direct and indirect effects. This project is part of a collaboration with Oregon State University (Drs. Dana Warren and Bill Ripple), who will provide a student or researcher to work in conjunction with the Stream Ecology Center’s field efforts.

This position will be based out of Pocatello, ID, with all field work located in and around streams within Yellowstone National Park. Primary field duties will include:
•       Collection, identification, and measurement of aquatic macroinvertebrate larvae.
•       Collection and measurement of stream fishes using electrofishing techniques.
•       Collection of emerging aquatic insects using a variety of passive traps.
•       Quantification of riparian spiders through nighttime bank surveys.
•       Monitoring of bat foraging activity using passive recording devices.
•       Measurement of a variety of stream and riparian habitat characteristics.
•       Organization and maintenance of field equipment and samples.

*The successful candidate will also be expected to assist with the OSU researcher’s field efforts, who will be investigating a variety of stream ecosystem processes (e.g., metabolism).

In addition to field duties, the successful candidate should be prepared for long-term camping and field work in Yellowstone National Park. The successful candidate should be prepared for long days and nights exposed to extreme conditions including large daily temperature fluctuations (20 to 80 degrees F), adverse weather (rain, snow, and thunderstorms), exposure to mosquitos and biting flies, forest fires, and dangerous wildlife (bison, bears, wolves, mountain lions, and more!).

The successful candidate will be expected to provide their own camping gear and appropriate field clothing.  Cooking gear, meals, and field equipment (e.g., waders) will be provided while working in the field.  During time-off in Pocatello, the individual will be expected to find their own housing. The work schedule will include trips to Yellowstone for 4-10 days at a time with 2-3 day breaks in Pocatello.  Field work will require long, variable hours that include early mornings and late nights.

Qualifications:  Candidates should have a background in ecology, stream ecology, or a related field. Individuals need to be able to work independently, be adept at taking detailed field notes, and be available for the entire field season (mid-late May through late August, though starting and ending dates are negotiable).  Individuals from under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

Preference will be given to individuals who have:
•       Experience identifying aquatic macroinvertebrate larvae to the family level. If not, then a strong background in invertebrate identification that demonstrates the ability to learn quickly.
•       Electrofishing experience, especially in smaller (1st to 3rd order) streams.
•       Ability to hike moderate to long distances for extended periods of time.
•       Ability to work long, irregular hours (late nights/early mornings).
•       Ability to maintain a strong work ethic and positive attitude during physically demanding field work and while living in remote field settings.
•       Ability to camp for extended durations (4 to 10 days).
•       Valid driver’s license and driving record that allows for use of state vehicles.

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and contact info for three references to Jeremy Brooks (broojer2@isu.edu) with the subject line “Food Web Ecology Technician Application”.

Start date: Mid-late May, 2019
Application deadline: Apply by January 21st for priority consideration.  Application will remain open until the position is filled.
Contact person: Jeremy Brooks
Application E-mail: broojer2@isu.edu

Internship Opportunity: Raptor Caretaker and Presenter (1 position)

Hawks, owls, falcons, vultures! You’ve probably seen them in the wild, you may have even studied them in classes, but have you ever held one on your arm? Here’s your chance to explore a different, and often ignored, aspect of conservation biology and environmental education — Live Raptor Education! Join the Draper Natural History Museum Raptor Experience team and work one-on-one with birds of prey while engaging the public with the amazing traits that make these birds some of the best-known animals in the skies.

The Raptor Experience is one component of a robust program of research and public education developed and delivered by the widely renowned Draper Natural History Museum, one of five museums of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming. Along with conducting field research on golden eagles and other raptors and wildlife in the Greater Yellowstone region, the Draper Natural History Museum provides high-quality educational experiences for the public through exhibits and programming.

If you would like to learn more about the highly rewarding world of wildlife education, if you have a strong stomach as well as a strong back, if you feel comfortable giving presentations to large groups, and you have a passion for learning and teaching, the Draper Museum Raptor Experience may be the perfect place to spend your summer.

Status:    Seasonal – up to 14 weeks between May and September

Supervisor:  Reports directly to Melissa Hill, Draper Museum Raptor Experience Program Manager

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

•       Clean bird facilities and feed birds daily
•       Assist with bird training
•       Handle birds during educational programs
•       Present public educational programs and assist with merchandise sales
•       Assist with field research depending on time availability and interest of intern

•       No prior experience handling birds of prey necessary – training will      be provided
•       Must be at least 18 years of age
•       Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds
•       Must be able to stand for long periods of time
•       Must have strong interest in wildlife and natural science
•       Must be willing to prepare food items (frozen rats, mice, quail, etc.) for raptors
•       Must be willing and able to learn up to 30 minutes of information and present programs to audiences of up to 200 people
•       Must have strong work ethic and be dependable

Deadline to apply is March 1, 2019. Please submit a cover letter and resume to Terry Harley at TerryH@centerofthewest.org

Monarch Project State Coordinator Positions Available

From the pollinator.org mailing list.  If you’re particularly interested in pollinators, you might want to subscribe to that list.

David Inouye

Project Wingspan State Coordinator
Part Time

Project Wingspan State Coordinator (OH, IN, MI, PA, WI)
*Note: One individual will be hired for each state – 5 positions total

Pollinator Partnership (P2) seeks to hire motivated and detail-oriented Project Wingspan State Coordinators in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The Project Wingspan State Coordinators will provide programmatic support for Project Wingspan: Landscape Enhancement for Imperiled Pollinators of the Midwest (PW), a collaborative pollinator habitat initiative with numerous partners across an 8 state region. PW is a multi-component project to address the alarming decline in pollinators and the fragmentation of habitat through seed collection, technical training, enhancing and securing long-term habitat. This project is an expansion of the Monarch Wings Across the Eastern Broadleaf Forest project (https://pollinator.org/mwaebf), and part of Pollinator Partnership’s wider Monarch Wings Across America program.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
The State Coordinators are responsible for the following duties and others as assigned:

  • Work with and report to project leads to learn program technical content
  • Collaborate with partners and project leads to develop and manage the temporary seed collection network in their state
  • Oversee, plan, and lead volunteer seed collection training, collection team, and shipments
  • Assist with distribution of plant materials their state
  • Develop a screening process for site selection and efficient scheduling
  • Work with project lead to evaluate and verify habitat areas
  • Assist program leads in tracking pollinator habitat resources across the project state
  • Manage time efficiently and work independently
  • Organize and manage travel within a set budget

Personal and Professional Qualifications
The State Coordinators should possess the following minimum qualifications:

  • Degree in natural resource management, biology, botany, ecology or related field
  • Experience in conservation partnerships, pollinator habitat restoration, volunteer management, and technical training development highly preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong planning and implementation skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and ability to communicate directly with volunteers and landowners
  • Dependable, well-organized, and detail-oriented
  • Should be comfortable working outside, willing and able to work across various habitat settings
  • Computer literate (MS Office programs)
  • Occasional, multi-day travel may be required
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • As a remote employee, individuals will need computer access and a work-space

About Pollinator Partnership
The Pollinator Partnership (P2) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to protect and restore populations of pollinator species. As world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to the preservation of the birds, bees, butterflies, beetles, and bats, P2 plays a key role in preserving terrestrial ecosystems, promoting agricultural productivity, and enhancing local communities through pollinator-centered work. P2 has been actively supporting the conservation and protection of pollinators throughout North America since 1996. A multifaceted approach using original science; habitat preservation and creation; policy outreach; and public education has helped us achieve our goals in pollinator conservation. For more information, visit www.pollinator.org.

Location: Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin (one individual will be hired in each state).
Deadline to apply: January 31, 2019.
Schedule: This position is part-time and seasonal, with an average commitment of 25 hours per month. Work schedule is flexible.
Compensation: This is a contract position at $6,000 per year. Travel, lodging, mileage, and per diem expenses will be reimbursed, but are not to exceed a set amount.
Duration: This position will begin in February 2019 and continue through November 2020. A one-year contract may also be acceptable.
How to Apply: Interested candidates should email the following information to Amber Barnes at ab@pollinator.org:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter describing why you are a good fit for the position
  • Attach the resume and cover letter as 1 PDF
  • Please name the email subject and attached PDF “Project Wingspan STATE Coordinator – Last Name” (*Please indicate which state you are applying for).
  • An inability to following the instructions above will result in an automatically rejected application.

No phone calls please.

Research Associate in Spatial Analysis for Conservation Science

The Ecology Department at Montana State University is seeking a Research Associate to perform spatial analyses in support of ecological and conservation research applications within the Hansen Landscape Biodiversity Lab. This position provides technical support to the lab director in spatial analysis, statistical analysis, data management, communication and publication.

This position provides technical support to the lab director in spatial analysis, data management, communication and publication. Current studies focus on rates and drivers of climate and land use change, consequences for species, habitats, ecosystems and policy implications.

Duties and Responsibilities
Perform spatial and statistical analyses using Esri products, Google Earth Engine, R, and other software.
Contribute to the writing and preparation of scientific publications.
Manage, archive, and serve numerous large data sets.
Maintain the lab web pages.
Coordinate multidisciplinary research teams.
Prepare maps, graphics, resource briefs and other visuals for communication to diverse audiences.

Screening of applications will begin on December 23, 2018; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.  To Apply, see https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fjobs.montana.edu%2Fpostings%2F14463&data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C47e0178d610049d2558e08d65f65253d%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636801285365030415&sdata=9E%2FNEpzedDWDzTA2WhgQ9R7prlgVhDUPHHo2b8961c4%3D&reserved=0.

Amphibian Research Technicians Needed


The U.S. Geological Survey’s Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative in the northeast will be hiring 6-8 student contractor field research technicians in 2019. Technicians will be hired for both the spring & summer period (early March through July), with the possibility of extension for work during the fall field season (September through October).  Field work will be based out of separate duty stations located in Maryland and Massachusetts.  Massachusetts technicians will conduct amphibian surveys in protected areas in the Northeastern US, but primarily in MA, CT, ME, and VT.  Maryland technicians will conduct surveys primarily in MD, PA, VA, and the District of Columbia. The technicians will work as part of a team that surveys for amphibians within National Parks, Refuges, and Forests, including work in the mountains of Shenandoah National Park.  Surveys will include wetland-associated amphibians as well as stream salamander and terrestrial salamander populations. Field work involves identifying, catching, measuring, and marking amphibians, as well as collecting water quality and environmental data. The studen
ts will be required to conduct field surveys using techniques including visual encounter surveys, dip netting, stream transect searches, temporary removal sampling, and conducting a mark-recapture study using visual implant elastomer. All field work will be conducted as part of teams of 2-4 people, so a demonstrated ability and desire to work effectively with a group is imperative.

The position requires completion of academic coursework related to wildlife biology. Previous field experience with amphibians common in the Northeast US is preferred. The position requires the use of GPS units, digital cameras, and computer software for data entry and presentation (e.g. Microsoft Excel, Access). Technicians may also be asked to mark amphibians with injectable visible implant elastomer or passive integrated transponder tags and take voucher specimens related to amphibian disease studies. All work is outdoors, sometimes under harsh or hot conditions or in rain, sleet, hail and snow.

The technicians need to be in good physical condition, as the job requires long hours in the field (including some night-time surveys) and hiking with up to 45 pounds of equipment for extended periods of time on rocky, steep terrain. The technicians must be willing to go on overnight field trips to parks throughout the northeastern US, which will typically last 4-12 days at a time. Accommodations for overnight field work will be provided.

Technicians must be able to work at least 40 hours per week and have flexibility in their schedules to accommodate longer days when field conditions require. Technicians are responsible for all costs of transportation to and from the duty station.  Government vehicles will be provided for all field work initiated from the duty station. Housing costs are not included. Every attempt will be made to assist technicians in finding affordable housing in the area. Approximate wages are $15/hour; overtime pay is not provided.
Only applicants who are current or recent students (graduated within 12 months of the position’s end date) are eligible for these positions.

Principal Duty Stations:
USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
SO Conte Anadromous Fish Research Lab
1 Migratory Way, Turners Falls, MA 01376

USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
12100 Beech Forest Road
Laurel, Maryland 20708-4038

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. To apply, email the following to both Jill Fleming and Charlie Shafer (jefleming@usgs.gov, cshafer@usgs.gov) by no later than January 4th, 2019:

1) Letter of intent (please specify the time period in which you will be able to commit to this position and your duty station [MA or MD] preference)
2) Resume, including previous field experience, list of relevant course-work, contact information, and two or three reference contacts
3) One piece of evidence of current or recent (within past 12 months) enrollment in degree-seeking program (e.g., unofficial transcript, enrollment verification, a current registration card).  Candidates who graduated prior to July 2018 are ineligible (*unless they have proof of acceptance into a graduate program beginning the following fall*).

Evan H. Campbell Grant, PhD
NE Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative: USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center Conte Anadromous Fish Laboratory, 1 Migratory Way, Turners Falls MA 01376

Aquatic Biology Seasonal Technician II, southwestern GA

The Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center invites applications for a full time, temporary Seasonal Research Worker in the Aquatic Biology Lab. This is a temporary position that will be available January 14-May 10th with the possibility of renewal. The 28,000-acre Research Center is located approximately 30 miles south of Albany, Georgia. The Center’s research, education, and conservation programs focus on ecology and natural resource management. The site includes 16,000 acres of longleaf pine forests, over 1,000 acres of wetlands, and 26 miles of stream and river ecosystems. Job Requirements: The successful candidate will work with water quality studies of streams, lakes, and rivers. The candidate will assist with water quality collection, conducting population surveys of native mussels, fish, and exotic plants and animals as well as leaf litter breakdown. Other responsibilities will include sorting and identifying aquatic macroinvertebrates, data entry and processing water samples within an analytical laboratory. Experience in field biology/ecology required and must be able to swim and snorkel. Must have the ability to conduct moderate to strenuous physical activity in the field, under demanding field conditions (i.e. heat, high humidity, and insects) and independently follow instructions. Must be comfortable working from small research boats and canoes. Minimum qualifications: B.S. with experience in biology, ecology or related field.


Experience with MS- Windows based computers required. Must be able to swim and snorkel.


Salary: $11.00 per hour with housing $12.00 per hour without housing Limited on-site housing is available.


A letter of application, resume and references should be sent by email to: jobs@jonesctr.org Subject line: Aquatic Biology Seasonal Research. For additional information regarding this position contact Chelsea Smith by email at Chelsea.Smith@jonesctr.org. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action E-Verify Employer.

MS Position in Agroecology at New Mexico State University

MS Position in Agroecology: Cover Crops in the Southwest: Obtaining Ecosystem Services While Minimizing Water Use New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM

Project Summary: The agroecosystem services provided by cover crops, including enhanced soil health, erosion prevention, carbon sequestration, nutrient provision and pest management, are widely recognized. Nonetheless, in arid environments the benefits received from cover crops must be balanced with their water consumption. Growers in the Southwestern USA desire the benefits of cover crops, but are concerned about the impacts of irrigation requirements on economic returns. Thus, we are conducting a study focusing on minimizing irrigation needs while still obtaining cover crop agroecosystem services. Using three cover crop species plus a three-way mixture under four irrigation regimes, we will assess impacts to a suite of characteristics including soil organic matter, aggregate stability, nutrient availability, and the rhizosphere microbiota including nematode, bacterial and fungal communities. Further, we will assess fungal disease, weed pressure and impacts to productivity and profits.

We are seeking an outstanding MS student to conduct research on the microbial component of this study: i.e., nematodes, bacteria and fungi. Research will be under the direction of Drs. Pietrasiak (Plant and Environmental Sciences, https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Faces.nmsu.edu%2Facademics%2Fpes%2F&data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7Ce6fdcc48a56248351aa908d65f650873%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636801284868800938&sdata=BER%2Fkewpi0wpDYOU1R8PIotM4o1KOMQ4QPyZIGaNFoc%3D&reserved=0) and Lehnhoff and Sanogo (Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology & Weed Science,https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Feppws.nmsu&data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7Ce6fdcc48a56248351aa908d65f650873%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636801284868800938&sdata=W0W5BWKlIe%2F4Z5jk0fVxfJsmx%2BPOdfjEsZssdNIRffs%3D&reserved=0. edu/). The successful candidate will associate with a diverse team of faculty within the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences to gain broad experience in soil science, plant pathology, soil microbiology and weed science.

Basic qualifications: Candidates should have: a BS degree (3.2 GPA minimum) in plant ecology, weed ecology, agroecology or agronomy, soil microbiology (or a closely related field); the ability to communicate effectively both in writing and orally; laboratory or field research experience; and a willingness to work in inclement weather including extreme heat.

Preferred qualifications: Ideal candidates will have: strong quantitative and statistical skills; and a demonstrated ability to perform independent field research.

The position will start in late spring 2019 (start date negotiable), and interested candidates should apply no later than January 31, 2019. To apply, submit (1) a cover letter describing experience and interests, (2) CV, (3) transcripts, (4) GRE and TOEFL (if required) scores, and (5) contact information for three professional references to: lehnhoff@nmsu.edu. Salary: $22,620.

For more information, interested candidates should call Dr. Erik Lehnhoff (575.646.2328).

Deadline approaching: INTERNSHIPS IN BOTANY & FOREST HEALTH-Long Island


10-week undergraduate internships (June 3 to August 9) are available to study forest health and plant community ecology of the unique pine barrens ecosystem of Long Island in New York State. Interns will be based at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) in Upton, NY, and they will have an opportunity to interact with researchers from BNL and State University of New York (SUNY-ESF) as they join research teams resurveying long-term Forest Health Monitoring plots established in 2005/2006 across Long Island. Interns will learn plant identification and field methods in monitoring forest vegetation and they will develop own research projects on various aspects of forest change (e.g., tree regeneration or mortality, understory plant communities) that will include data collection, data analysis, and reporting results. A weekly stipend ($500 per week) and an appropriate guidance and training will be provided. Free dormitory housing is available for students who live > 50 miles from BNL. Applications should be submitted soon (ideally by December 15, 2018) via Department of Energy website, to make sure that the hard target deadline (January 10, 2019) can be met by applicants’ reference letter writers. Additional information about the project, eligibility, and a link to an online application form are here: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.esf.edu%2Fefb%2Fdovciak%2FPDFs%2FSULI%2520Flyer-Color-web.pdf&data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C5653aca601a3495392fe08d65f64fc94%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636801284671779278&sdata=mgdlK4jQAiJvEbLB9HKIsDJTk87im6kz%2FGPqVOClcmY%3D&reserved=0

Full-time Job: Environmental Scientist 1, Ohio DNR Old Woman Creek NERR

Environmental Specialist I

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) seeks an Environmental Specialist I to be located at Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve (OWC-NERR) in Huron, Erie County, Ohio.  OWC-NERR is managed cooperatively between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the ODNR Office of Coastal Management. Reserve activities are aimed at understanding and informing the conservation, management, and sustainability of Lake Erie’s coastal ecosystems and communities. The property is managed by the ODNR Department of Natural Areas and Preserves (DNAP) as a State Nature Preserve.

A description of the position is included below; For more information about specific responsibilities and qualifications and the application process, visit the State of Ohio website at: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fcareers.ohio.gov%2F&data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7Cb07f7ad294f945567c5a08d65f64f263%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636801284505381396&sdata=uT7YXnFbpg14XvPwuxDHM09yLYUHfnpw5%2FNu5YU%2FJDQ%3D&reserved=0. The position posting can be found at: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Ftinyurl.com%2Fy72ymuo5&data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7Cb07f7ad294f945567c5a08d65f64f263%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636801284505381396&sdata=hyJbxa1eEylInu%2B3KRaIEbxGNGhihZuYXxXzpt1ejds%3D&reserved=0. Applications are due Dec. 16, 2018.

Responsibilities and Duties
The incumbent works under the supervision of the Reserve Manager. The incumbent works closely with the Reserve Research Coordinator to implement a long-term estuary and watershed monitoring program, which includes meteorology, water quality and quantity, emergent and submerged aquatic vegetation, and target invertebrate and vertebrate communities. This will involve the development and maintenance of a vertical control network (i.e., survey level horizontal and vertical positions) of monitoring equipment and other locations within the Preserve. The incumbent also collaborates with DNAP staff to implement the reserve Stewardship Program, which includes surveying, mapping, and managing terrestrial and aquatic habitats and controlling invasive species.  Additionally, the incumbent will assist OWC-NERR and Office of Coastal Management staff responsible for education, training, outreach or other activities as needed.

Specific duties include:
Assist with field, laboratory, and computer work necessary to collect and analyze samples for monitoring water quality and quantity, meteorological conditions, and targeted biological communities (e.g., algae, zooplankton, fish);

Assist with field and laboratory work necessary to calibrate, maintain, and deploy equipment used for monitoring and transmitting water quality, water quantity, and meteorological data;

Assist with the development and implementation of the OWC NERR Stewardship Program, including habitat and vegetation monitoring and on-site stewardship and education actions;

Assist with surveying field and computer work necessary to establish and maintain a vertical control network;

Assist with data collection, management, analysis, mapping, and reporting;

Assist with maintaining facilities and purchasing supplies necessary to support OWC NERR research and stewardship activities; and

Attend and participate in meetings, technical workshops, seminars, conferences, and similar.

Required Qualifications
Three years training or experience OR completion of undergraduate core program in chemistry, biology, environmental science, or a related field.

Desired Qualifications/Special Knowledge and Skills Knowledge of and experience monitoring the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of estuarine and coastal ecosystems.
Knowledge of and experience conducting environmental stewardship of terrestrial and aquatic coastal habitats.
Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
Ability to use Microsoft Office products.
Operation and use of survey and advanced water quality and meteorological monitoring equipment.
Experience with the preparation and analysis of water quality samples (i.e., wet chemistry) following EPA and other national protocols.
Experience with or demonstrated ability to follow detailed and rigorous sampling protocols.
Experience with large data set management and quality assurance and control.

Inquiries can be directed to Debi Beck, P.E., Assistant Chief ODNR Office of Coastal Management and Acting Manager ODNR OWC-NERR at deborah.beck@dnr.state.oh.us

M.S. position in Biology at Arkansas State University

M.S. position in Biology at Arkansas State University – Factors for Bergmann’s rule in the context of climate change
The Rolland Lab is inviting applications for an MS student position to start in the fall semester of 2019 in the Biological Sciences program at Arkansas State University-Jonesboro campus. The student will be expected to develop their own thesis project with the overall goal of identifying patterns and factors of influence (e.g., food availability, life history traits) for Bergmann’s rule under climate change among avian species of North America. Long-term data will be central to this project but the use of natural history collections and/or the contribution to collections will also be encouraged.
The successful applicant will interact with the US Geological Survey Bird Banding Lab and the Institute for Bird Populations to obtain data, and may need to collaborate with museums. This position includes a teaching assistantship but funding is otherwise provided by the National Science Foundation through their Collections in Support of Biological Research and Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics programs. Therefore, suitable candidates must be US citizens, permanent residents, nationals, or refugees. Scholarship recipients must also demonstrate financial need through a FASFA form. Applicants who are first-generation college students or underrepresented minority students are highly encouraged to apply.

Applicants must have a BS in ecology, conservation, evolution, or related field with ≥ 3.0 GPA. Applicants should also have a strong interest in natural history collections and biodiversity. Finally, applicants with experience in handling and measuring wild birds or with museum specimens will be given preference.

Application documents:
Please send the following documents to Dr. Rolland by January 15, 2019:
1)A cover letter describing your interests, career goals, relevant research experiences and skills.
2)Your curriculum Vitae (not a resume) with the contact information of at least three references
3)A copy of your academic transcripts
4)A copy of GRE scores
Dr. Virginie Rolland

For more information:
•MS Biological Sciences program: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.astate.edu%2Finfo%2Facademics%2Fdegrees%2Fdegree-details.dot%3Fmid%3D3ee79ec1-24ed-48f8-9c73-7bea39c83b77&data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7Cefd9a345d2e24746f1b608d65f64d86e%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636801284068687901&sdata=BuOw00FfdVFLAoQQleotgn9A94hrsoPbXG4A9wqODkk%3D&reserved=0
•Scholarship program: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.astate.edu%2Fa%2Fbiodiversityscholar%2F&data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7Cefd9a345d2e24746f1b608d65f64d86e%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636801284068844137&sdata=m1VRcus99Yr2jqQzUiE7mex3Q10FIVJTzJuFD258m%2BM%3D&reserved=0
•Rolland lab: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=www.virginierolland.wixsite.com%2Frollandlab&data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7Cefd9a345d2e24746f1b608d65f64d86e%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636801284068844137&sdata=dtsX0Plb6CkSciqtEmnhHR6AgQgpxxKkpMB9NXoxT2c%3D&reserved=0

Wyoming toad PhD assistantship – deadline extended (Dec. 12)

PhD Graduate Assistantship available to work with Dr. Melanie Murphy (Department of Ecosystem Science and Management/Program in Ecology), Dr. Annika Walters (Department of Zoology and Physiology/Program in Ecology) and Dr. Anna Chalfoun (Department of Zoology and Physiology/Program in Ecology) at University of Wyoming in collaboration with Dr. Doug Keinath (Wyoming Ecological Services, USFWS).

The Wyoming toad (Anaxyrus baxteri) is one of the most endangered amphibians in North America, which rapidly declined in the 1970s due to unknown causes. This narrow-range endemic was listed under the ESA in 1984 and is now considered extinct in the wild. In the early 1990s, managers collected the remaining individuals to establish a captive breeding program. A small population at Mortenson Lake National Wildlife Refuge sustained by captive-release is now one of the only known, non-captive populations of Wyoming toads. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently improved captive facilities to allow regular release of adult Wyoming toads into the wild in order to foster increased reproduction and survival. This resulted in notable increases in reproduction, as evidenced by regular wild breeding, but changes in survival are questionable because the released animals are being observed less frequently than expected. Since all released toads are uniquely identified, tracking these animals offers a unique opportunity to collect longitudinal information on: 1) individual survival, 2) individual behavior and habitat selection, 3) individual health status (e.g., Chytrid fungus (Bd) infection rate), and 4) how survival, behavior and health status relate to genotype.
Prospective students with a background in wildlife, natural resources, ecology, and/or population genetics are encouraged to apply. Evidence of robust analytical skills, ability to work independently under stochastic field conditions, strong work ethic, scientific writing, passion for scientific inquiry, and aptitude for collaborative research are expected.  Additional skills in radio-tracking anuran species and population genetics laboratory skills (particularly using low quality/low quantity DNA) will be preferred.  Work will require animal care, hiking, working in harsh field conditions at high elevation, working in wetlands and driving a 4WD vehicle.  To apply, please send a statement of interest, complete CV, unofficial transcripts, unofficial GRE scores, and contact information for three professional references as a single PDF file (LastName_WyomingToad.pdf) to melanie.murphy@uwyo.edu.   Application deadline is December 12, 2018, although review of applicants will begin immediately.  Start date could be as early as January 28, 2019, but is flexible for the right candidate.  However, candidate must be available for field season preparations with field season to start mid-May.

Area and Institution: University of Wyoming (https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=www.uwyo.edu&data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7Cec056b07929d4319d77408d65f64ca77%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636801283837127151&sdata=W%2F8bTb%2BxnPFe0e4EohhzRhPE3HyhvHgW%2F%2BS7qt%2Fvgdc%3D&reserved=0) is ideally located in Laramie, Wyoming with easy access to varied field sites and outdoor recreation opportunities. In addition, the campus is only 1 hour from Fort Collins and ~2 hours from an international airport (Denver, CO).  Applicants are encouraged to investigate the Program in Ecology (https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=www.uwyo.edu%2Fpie&data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7Cec056b07929d4319d77408d65f64ca77%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636801283837127151&sdata=ghE1sPaD4MJUDiw%2BD7uyyFlPXuoU89mrkIsZ%2Bc%2F9omI%3D&reserved=0), an integrated, interdepartmental PhD program in ecological science.

Desert Tortoise Telemetry Monitors Needed

Subject: Desert Tortoise Telemetry Monitors Needed

The Mojave desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) is federally listed as a threatened species north and west of the Colorado River under the Endangered Species Act.  Desert tortoise monitoring will assist researchers in estimating population density.   Monitoring occurs during March, April and May to coincide with the peak activity season of desert tortoises.

Three (3) AmeriCorps telemetry monitors will be required to demonstrate proficiency in telemetry and tracking as well as backcountry wilderness field skills, including but not limited to 4WD vehicle operation, and use of GPS, topographic maps, and PDA technology.  In addition, telemetry monitors will be field tested on their knowledge of and ability to follow monitoring protocols thoroughly and precisely. Telemetry monitors will have the sole responsibility of gathering daily location data on focal desert tortoises that serve as controls for the project.  The telemetry monitor will work for 5 consecutive days with 2 days off, but they must be available to work any of the 7 days each week, with the understanding that the schedule is subject change with little or no notice. Spike camping in the field will be required.  This position will require long hours including early mornings and may include weekends.

$6,480.00 Living Allowance
$1,566.14 Education Award
Field Per Diem
Student loan forbearance/interest accrual

Contract & Timeline:
March 5, 2019 – May 24, 2019
Full-time, minimum 40 hours per week
Weekend hours may be required
during field season

Location: Clark County, NV (Las Vegas)

Bachelor’s degree in biology (wildlife or conservation), ecology or related field; Experience with telemetry equipment and tracking; Experience collecting field data or following established field data collection protocols; Experience using hand-held GPS equipment for navigation and/or data collection; Knowledge of southwestern/Mojave flora and fauna desirable; Self-motivated with ability to maintain a positive attitude while working in a diverse team environment; Ability to work a variable schedule (including weekends) that may change with little or no notice; Ability to walk a minimum of 10km/day in challenging terrain and harsh and rapidly changing desert conditions, and otherwise be in good physical condition; Willingness to camp in the desert backcountry for consecutive days; Possess a valid, clean, state-issued driver’s license; Ability to operate a 4WD vehicle on- or off-road if required; Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time education awards), and (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) and federal criminal background checks, (4) Adhere to the rules, regulations and code of conduct as specified in the Member Service Agreement; and (5) Will not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement.

How to Apply:
Qualified and interested applicants should follow this link to apply directly through our online portal:

We conform to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, age, disability status, Genetic Information & Testing, Family & Medical Leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We prohibit Retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint or otherwise oppose discrimination.

Botany technician needed: Summer 2019 at Isle Royale National Park

Number of Positions: 2

Duration: May 14 – August 28, 2019 (dates are firm)

Pay: $20.00-$21.00/hour

Description and Duties: The incumbent will be employed by Northland College, but will work directly with, and report to, the Great Lakes Network of the National Park Service Inventory & Monitoring (I&M) program. The goals of the I&M program include monitoring key environmental variables so that ecological change can be detected and addressed in a timely manner.

This is largely a field-based position. The incumbent will assist with the sampling of permanent forest monitoring plots at Isle Royale National Park in Michigan. The incumbent will collect extensive data on the herbaceous layer and browse. He/she will be expected to identify at least 350 herbaceous species, and have considerable experience identifying members of the family Poaceae and genus Carex. Field work will be performed in teams of 3-4 people. The incumbent may also spend approximately 5-10% of time performing computer work.

This position operates on an 8 day on/6 day off schedule. During the 8-day sampling periods, incumbent will be expected to carry field equipment weighing up to 50 lbs. He/she will be exposed to high temperatures, stinging and biting insects, including extensive mosquitoes, and poisonous plants. Hikes to and from plots will be as long as six miles, each direction. The position will also involve camping, sometimes up to seven consecutive nights.

The incumbents are responsible for securing and paying for their own housing while at the park. Isle Royale is remote and opportunities for travel to the mainland will be limited. Housing accommodations will be shared with others and employees will be expected to be flexible and accommodating, as well as team players. Logistics will be explained in full, during interviews.

To Apply: Please send a resume, cover letter, references, and unofficial transcripts to Suzanne Sanders (suzanne_sanders@nps.gov) by January 21, 2019. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted shortly thereafter. No phone calls or emails, other than applications, please.

PhD student position available in coral ecology/physiology

A PhD student position is available in the Altieri Lab (https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=www.altierilab.org&data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C7965f1217cd7439359dd08d65c39e687%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636797801089932540&sdata=pUB3GD6TJ2XyAlrE40pp%2FV7O%2BGt2wT7iXUjFAnAI0Aw%3D&reserved=0) at the University of Florida to examine the response of corals to environmental stressors starting in late spring or early summer 2019. The student will join a team that is a focused on the impacts of hypoxic stress (low oxygen) on coral health and performance in a multi-species, multi-stressor context. The PhD student will be based at UF’s main campus in Gainesville, FL, with field work in the Florida Keys and laboratory experiments at the Smithsonian Marine Station in Ft. Pierce, FL (SMSFP). The student will work collaboratively with a team that includes Drs. Valerie Paul and Maggie Johnson (SMSFP), and will be expected to develop independent research interests that complement the overall project goals.

Ideal applicants will have a strong background in ecology and/or marine science (bachelor’s or master’s degree), excellent quantitative and communication (written and oral) skills, and a demonstrated potential to conduct intensive field and/or laboratory research both independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team. Experience with laboratory systems that manipulate environmental stressors (e.g., OA lab work) and/or with coral physiology is desired.

The student will join the Altieri Lab in UF’s Environmental Engineering Sciences Department, and will be part of the new Coastal Ecosystem Dynamics group within the Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment (https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Ffaculty.eng.ufl.edu%2Fced%2F&data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C7965f1217cd7439359dd08d65c39e687%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636797801089942548&sdata=jwaytnXcC10GxEeImbFANTCupUKbtgHYQy1XpiwkTMA%3D&reserved=0). The position includes stipend, tuition, and benefits. Formal applications are due January 10, 2018 with details found here:


Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Andrew Altieri well ahead of the formal application deadline with a copy of their CV (including contact information for 3 references) and a brief statement (<500 words) outlining their interests and suitability for this particular opportunity.

aerial observer for surveys for whales, dolphins, sea turtles

Good afternoon,

We are looking to hire an experienced aerial observer to participate in aerial surveys for whales, dolphins and sea turtles in the outer continental shelf federal waters off Massachusetts and Rhode Island, an area proposed for offshore alternative energy development. Duties will include serving as an observer on all aerial surveys; quality checking data; coordination with the chief scientist and flight crew; analysis of vertical photographs for the detection and identification of marine mammal and turtle species; and helping with monthly reports and budgets.  The majority of fieldwork will be aerial, although there may be opportunities to get involved in shipboard surveys with collaborators depending on contract opportunities. This is a grant funded staff position with at least 8 months of staffing provided starting in February 2019. Additional service may be afforded if additional grant funding is secured.



Office schedule will be Monday — Friday, 9:00 AM — 5:00 PM. Flight days will require irregular hours and long days. Occasional weekends and holidays will be required.



  1. Participates in all aerial survey activities, including observer logistics, scientific data collection, monthly reporting, photographic and data analysis.
  2. Assists with monthly report, final annual report writing, and data analysis.
  3. Survey safety equipment and camera maintenance, preparation and in-flight troubleshooting.
  4. Follow safe operational requirements for every survey area, maintains flight and data logs, assists data quality checking and assurance, assists summarizing data and reports.
  5. Photo-analysis of digital imagery for species detection and identifications, data processing and analysis.
  6. Conducts data quality checking and assurance.
  7. Helps to oversee budgeting and spending for the program.
  8. Performs other position-related duties, as assigned.



Minimum Training and Experience

  • B.A or B.S in Biology or related science, M.S with comparable experience preferred.
  • A minimum of one year of marine mammal aerial survey flight time
  • Ditch training certified
  • CPR/First Aid certification
  • Field and lab safety and safety awareness training
  • Good communication and coordination skills
  • Meeting deadlines for data and report deliverables
  • Specialized photographic skills and photo-identification experience
  • Attention to detail for proofing and quality checking data
  • Ability to spend long hours performing photo analysis in the office
  • Comfortable flying in a small aircraft (Can’t get motion sickness)
  • Valid driver’s license


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Participation in right whale, other large whale, and turtle aerial research programs
  • Maintaining and purchasing aerial survey equipment
  • Familiarity with digital photography equipment and field use
  • Computer skills, especially excel, access, word


Physical Demands

The physical demands listed are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to lift and operate photographic equipment weighing approximately 8 lbs during circling. Occasionally the employee is required to lift up to 50 lbs.  Employee is required to apply advanced manual dexterity that requires extreme accuracy such as those used to repair complex equipment or electronic instruments. The employee must be comfortable sitting in a confined space during survey flights, for up to five hours at a time without a break. The employee must have excellent vision to sight marine species in-flight and confirm detections in photographic analysis. Acute attention to detail is imperative for proofing documents, and quality checking data. It is necessary for the employee to differentiate between colors.


Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that the employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Aerial surveys will be conducted approximately one to four times per month. Survey work is performed in a small twin-engine aircraft, which is a noisy, confined environment and may include some vessel-based time so it is imperative that the employee does not suffer from motion sickness. Field work is performed outside, exposed to variations in the weather or in confined, cramped quarters for extended periods.

Applicants can apply online at: https://neaq.applicantpro.com/jobs/875349.html


Graduate Opportunities in Aquatic Ecology

Graduate student (PhD or MS) assistantships available to participate in research projects exploring dynamics of Great Lakes ecosystems, food webs and fisheries.  Selected individuals will be expected to work collaboratively with scientists from federal laboratories as well as Purdue University.  These projects involve an integration of field studies, laboratory analyses, controlled experiments and quantitative modeling analyses.

Specific research topics include:
1)      Exploring the potential of the larval stage as a recruitment bottleneck for fish in the upper Great Lakes
2)      Determining the ecological effects of seasonal hypoxia on food web structure and fish vital rates in central Lake Erie.

Selected individuals will be co-advised by Drs. Paris Collingsworth and Tomas Höök and enroll in Purdue University’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=www.ag.purdue.edu%2Ffnr&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C5bdefdc7404d487ebd2508d65b71b6a3%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636796941289441511&amp;sdata=8zZENsOk5dO8%2BMCkpEMHZZkyPzflw0qfqcxjkDX3guY%3D&amp;reserved=0) in West Lafayette, IN.

Minimum qualifications include a BS (for MS position) or MS (for PhD position) in Biology, Ecology, Fisheries Science, or related field; GPA of 3.2 or greater; and above average GRE scores.

Assistantships include 12-month stipend, full tuition coverage, and insurance.

Start date:
June 2019.

How to Apply:
The positions will remain open until filled. For full consideration, please respond by 7-Janary-2019 and submit cover letter, CV, GRE scores (unofficial), transcript (unofficial), and names and contact numbers of three references to Paris Collingsworth (pcolling@purdue.edu; 312 886-7449).

For more information please contact:
Paris Collingsworth

Purdue University is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer.

Bee and Butterfly Field Research Technician: North Dakota

We are hiring a full-time, seasonal technician for a project exploring how management of grazing lands influences plants and pollinators. The technician will assist with bee and butterfly surveys as well as transects quantifying plant community composition.

Duties will primarily include: line-transect distance sampling for butterflies, observing plant-pollinator interactions and netting bees, identifying and counting flowers, and estimating canopy coverage and visual obstruction. The technician will be trained in these techniques and will work with the graduate student to complete the vegetation transects.

Work will involve long days in the field and a good attitude is essential. Expect to deal with bugs, sun, heat, and other fieldwork conditions typical of the Great Plains. Technician will not need to handle livestock, but should be comfortable working in pastures with sheep or cattle. The field season runs June 1 – Aug 16; start and end dates for technician are flexible.

Pay is $12/hour and housing at the Hettinger Research Extension Center in Hettinger, North Dakota is provided in addition to all work-related transportation at the Center.

Applicants must be comfortable with handling stinging bees and insects. Furthermore, applicants should be comfortable living and working in a rural setting.

Previous experience identifying grassland plants and pollinators is preferred, however, techniques can be taught, an eagerness to learn and a good work ethic are more important.

Applicants should be self-reliant, motivated, and flexible. Evidence of ability to work both cooperatively and independently in the field is required. A valid driver’s license is a plus.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter expressing interest and suitability for the position along with a resume and 3 professional references to Jasmine Cutter (graduate student on the project and field supervisor), jasmine.cutter@ndsu.edu. Applications will be reviewed as they are received; apply by January 1st for full consideration.

MS/PhD assistantship at Univ. of Florida on Bayesian statistics applied to environmental sciences / malaria epidemiology

Dr. Denis Valle, Assistant Professor in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida (UF), is seeking a MS/PhD graduate research assistant with strong interest in statistical modeling applications.

Dr. Valle is affiliated with the Tropical Conservation and Development program (https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tcd.ufl.edu%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C6369d742f78941d8b12508d65b719c90%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636796940859127673&amp;sdata=E3zil0ysDwfRpmvvdPMVwaWZbmdjsM5nXtTTpgGZCD8%3D&amp;reserved=0) and the Emerging Pathogens Institute (https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.epi.ufl.edu%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C6369d742f78941d8b12508d65b719c90%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636796940859127673&amp;sdata=acWtfr7pRt4Ol3MHbew4kPt7Ip%2BGBaIcIBCDobCUxsc%3D&amp;reserved=0) at UF. Research in Dr. Valle’s group focuses on tackling important applied problems in environmental sciences and malaria epidemiology by creating and using innovative Bayesian statistical models. Examples of ongoing research projects can be found athttps://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fdenisvalle.weebly.com&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C6369d742f78941d8b12508d65b719c90%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636796940859127673&amp;sdata=326PgMfTkWAZkQDZO3ZG%2FfMxa7gE9u5B159O1PD4UdQ%3D&amp;reserved=0. Given the wide range of problems tackled by this group, there is considerable flexibility regarding the specific scientific application. Nevertheless, this position will involve the development and application of novel Bayesian models and interactive tools to aid decision-making.

Applicants are expected to be highly motivated, independent, able to successful communicate research results (i.e., through publications), and enthusiastic about computational and Bayesian methods. Prospective students with strong experience in computer programming (e.g., R, Python, or MatLab) and with great writing skills are particularly encouraged to apply. Requirements for prospective students include:
– Competitive GPA/GRE scores (>50% percentile)
– BS or MS degree
– The candidate must meet the formal admission requirements for the University of Florida and the School of Forest Resources and Conservation. (https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsfrc.ufl.edu%2Facademics%2Fhow-to-apply%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C6369d742f78941d8b12508d65b719c90%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636796940859127673&amp;sdata=GNeFW6LsobzCuytNmVfBGRrxuu4D7LCLMA9gunT0RwM%3D&amp;reserved=0)

This position will be located at the UF campus in Gainesville, FL. Duties include writing and presenting result of research in scientific conferences, searching and applying for additional sources of funding, and assisting other students within the team on statistical analyses. If interested, please email the items listed below to drvalle@ufl.edu:
– CV with contact information and contact information for three academic references
– GRE scores
– One page cover letter describing
a) prior research experience (if any),
b) career goals and interests and how they align with those from the Valle lab, and
c) prior experience with statistical modelling and computer programming.

Cover letters that explicitly provide examples of high motivation and reliability are strongly preferred.

Start Date: August (2019)
***The application deadline is Jan. 30th, 2019***

Information about the University of Florida: The University of Florida (https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ufl.edu&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C6369d742f78941d8b12508d65b719c90%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636796940859127673&amp;sdata=k4uSOfBaqBCOsU4c%2FaKiKCMzpNF%2BDCmVA5rk%2BZCrZ1g%3D&amp;reserved=0) is among the top 10 U.S. public universities, according to the 2018 U.S. News & World Report rankings. UF is a Land-Grant, Sea- Grant, and Space-Grant institution, encompassing virtually all academic and professional disciplines, with an enrollment of more than 50,000 students.

The University of Florida is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.

Information about the City of Gainesville: Situated in the rolling countryside of north central Florida, Gainesville is much more than a stereotypical college town. Home of the University of Florida, seat of Alachua County’s government and the region’s commercial hub, it is progressive, environmentally conscious and culturally diverse. The presence of many students and faculty from abroad among its 99,000-plus population adds a strong cross-cultural flavor to its historic small-town Southern roots. Its natural environment, temperate climate and civic amenities make Gainesville a beautiful, pleasant and interesting place in which to learn and to live. Gainesville has been ranked as one of the best cities to live in the United States.

Florida boasts a diversity of fauna and flora common to both southern temperate and subtropical climates and is replete with springs, rivers, backwater streams, lakes, freshwater and saltwater marshes, mangrove fringes, cypress swamps, hardwood hammocks, sandhills, scrub, pine flatwoods, and rangeland. Nested between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, Florida has more than 2,000 kilometers of coastal beaches and estuaries. Special features include the Florida Keys, which constitute an archipelago of picturesque subtropical islands, and the unique Everglades, or “river of grass,” which sprawls across the vast southern peninsula.

Graduate Position

The Prager Lab (Department of Plant Sciences) at the University of Saskatchewan has funding for a graduate student (Msc or PhD) to work on topics at the intersection pollination biology and vector biology. The specific project is flexible with several possible research avenues and study systems. Students may start in May, or September assuming acceptance.

Details on the Prager lab can be found https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=www.pragerlab.ca&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C8049d981f49b4a2b2b6308d65af0bd4d%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636796387345480120&amp;sdata=WxqpegE0KY5PNlTOdAS8vAL2uLOt8M2okfCbSB2S6YU%3D&amp;reserved=0 Details on the Department of Plant Sciences can be found at:https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fagbio.usask.ca%2Fdepartments%2Fplant-sciences.php&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C8049d981f49b4a2b2b6308d65af0bd4d%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636796387345480120&amp;sdata=GiUfINQvVs9qqVZeFmln59jzYpEUm0KG1Sv9a%2F%2BHiZk%3D&amp;reserved=0

The University of Saskatchewan is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River. Saskatoon is a city of 260,000 people with a diverse and thriving economic base, a vibrant arts community and a full range of leisure opportunities. The university has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and scholarly activities, and offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs to a student population of about 21,000. The university is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities.

Interested candidates should email Dr. Sean Prager (sean.prager@usask.ca) and include a CV and explanation of experience and interests.

PhD or MS opportunity in coral reef fisheries at University of Rhode Island

I am seeking a PhD or MS student interested in studying how coral reef fisheries respond to reef restoration, and what this means for local food security. The research site is located in Indonesia on a small island community in the Spermonde archipelago. One goal of the research will be to work with local collaborators to monitor the fishers and their catch in response to the coral restoration activities and associated fisheries management actions. Another will be to track the flow of fish from point of capture to consumption. Examples of tangible research outputs from the work may include: a length-based assessment of a subset of target fish species caught by fishers; a characterization of the nutritional benefits derived from the fish being caught and consumed.

For more details about the position, please see https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fahumphrieslab.com%2Fopportunities%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7Cfdead218e48f4a2a220108d65af0b3fa%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636796387202279014&amp;sdata=s%2Bw%2Bm7DtW9o7ECTudkGjuGvh8oMXanDOg6pPzBqUyRM%3D&amp;reserved=0. For questions, please contact Austin Humphries at humphries@uri.edu. The deadline for applications is December 29, 2018.

Seaside Center Summer Naturalists, Old Greenwich, CT

Seasonal, full-time position. Applications accepted starting December 2018.

13 weeks beginning early June  through early September, 2019
35 hours per week, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM (one-hour unpaid lunch break), Tuesday – Sunday, with flex day off. Must work weekends,  July 4, and Labor Day Monday.  There may be times, especially at the beginning and end of term, that fall outside the Tues. – Sun. schedule.

Position and Responsibilities:

The Naturalists for the Bruce Museum Seaside Center at Greenwich Point Park are responsible for the operation and care of the building and marine touch tanks, under the supervision of Museum staff and in cooperation with the Town of Greenwich.  The Naturalists are responsible for the development, implementation, staffing and evaluation of educational programs at the Seaside Center as well as the supervision of interns, volunteers and the general public.

The position requires a high degree of independence, managing the public and groups of all ages, working in a marine environment, being able to operate a vehicle, and dealing with facilities that are unequipped to accommodate the physically challenged.

The position reports to  Seaside Center Manager Kate Dzikiewicz, (and other museum staff as appropriate, e.g. manager of School/ Community Partnerships, Volunteer Program Manager, Exhibitions Design, Curator of Science, Finance or Facilities Maintenance). Comp/flex-time, as approved by supervisor.

Illustrative Examples of Work:

Oversees the operation of the Seaside Center as part of a two-person team.
Responsible for the supervision and scheduling of interns and volunteers in cooperation with Volunteer Manager.
Monitors budgets under supervision of Museum staff.
Keeps accurate records on Seaside Center attendance and volunteer hours.
Files weekly reports as well as a season-end report to the Seaside Center Manager with attendance figures, volunteer hours, daily activities, building maintenance, etc.
Coordinates activities and building maintenance with the appropriate Town of Greenwich officials through appropriate Museum staff, including beach access for interns, volunteers and special groups.
Schedules and organizes groups in coordination with the Bruce Museum Seaside Center Manager.
Develops and executes education programs for general visitors, group visits, and special public programs (i.e. nature walks, seining activities, workshops, crafts, etc.).
Trains, schedules and evaluates interns and volunteers.
Maintains saltwater aquaria and responsible for the care and feeding of marine life.
Maintains daily cleanliness of Seaside Center facility.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Traits:

Demonstrated management skills.
Teaching experience.
Knowledge of marine life and environmental science and ability to handle natural history collection objects in accordance with general museum practices.
Knowledge of informal and museum/naturalist education methods.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Computer literate.
Familiarity with general office procedures.
Current driver’s license.
US citizens only, local resident, a plus.
Recommended Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in science, education, museum studies or related field.
Ability to work with children and adults of all ages.
Knowledge of marine and terrestrial ecosystems

Compensation: $ 12 – 14/hour, dependent on experience.
Send resume and cover letter to: Seaside Center Manager Kate Dzikiewicz, KDzikiewicz@brucemuseum.org

Field Coordinator – Vegetation and Invertebrate Sampling

Field Coordinator – Vegetation and Invertebrate Sampling

We are recruiting for a dedicated individual to assist with an ongoing research project focused on measuring and mapping invertebrate availability as a food source for birds in Golden Valley and Musselshell Counties, MT. The selected applicant will be responsible for coordination and conduct of fieldwork, supervision of up to 3 other field technicians, and ensuring quality handling and reporting of GPS surveys, vegetation sampling and insect collections. The coordinator will synthesize data in progress reports and contribute to the preparation of a final progress report for State of Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. The Field Coordinator may interact with private landowners or other agency professionals during the regular course of field work and must be comfortable with this.

Job Length: Full-time seasonal support is available for up to two field seasons (4/1/2019 – 7/26/2019, 4/6/2020 – 7/24/2020). Two months/ year of flexible time for data synthesis and report preparation with space provided on campus at University of Montana.

Compensation: $16 – $20 per hour. Lodging, transportation and per diem provided during the field effort.

Required Qualifications
•       Bachelor’s degree in entomology, ecology or a related natural resources field
•       Excellent organizational and communication skills
•       Attention to detail and ability to follow a detailed protocol
•       Ability to carry up to 50 lbs across uneven ground
•       Valid driver’s license with a good driving record
•       Professionalism, flexibility, and a positive attitude
•       Current first aid / CPR certification

Preferred Qualifications
•       Previous field research experience, preferably in rangeland ecosystems and on private lands
•       Previous supervisory experience
•       Prior experience identifying rangeland vegetation and insect species
•       Prior experience with field techniques, including GPS operations, transect sampling and vegetation cover estimation, and invertebrate
•       Experience interacting with private landowners and agency professionals

The successful applicant must be able to work in remote locations and able to live in a communal, rustic setting.  If you do not have current First Aid/CPR certification, you must become certified before arriving to begin work. The work schedule is subject to the weather, which may cause unpredictable days off—applicants must be willing to work when needed and take days off when the opportunity arises.  Applicants must enjoy working and living in a remote rural area with a diverse group of people including private landowners and livestock producers.  Provided lodging will include up to 7 other people working on other field projects.  Conditions include extreme temperatures, rain, snow, “gumbo” roads, wind, rattlesnakes, and abundant prickly pear.  The rewards include the endless vistas of central Montana, abundant recreation opportunities within a short (1-2 hour) drive, calf branding and roadside chats with ranchers, phenomenal wildlife viewing, and field research experience. A strong work ethic, good physical condition, and sense of humor are a must.  The position will require hiking up to several miles each day through sagebrush, over uneven terrain, and in very hot temperatures to reach some sampling sites; and driving a few hours each day in trucks over low maintenance roads.

To apply, please send a current resume, 1-page cover letter, and names and contact information for 3 references to Jessica Mitchell (Jessica.mitchell@mso.umt.edu) with the subject line “Field Coordinator – Invertebrate Surveys”.  Review of applications will begin February 26th, and continue until a suitable applicant is found.

MS Position – Bird-window Collisions (Oklahoma State University)

A master’s assistantship is available in Oklahoma State University’s Department of Natural Resource Ecology & Management in the lab of Dr. Scott Loss. The research project will entail the first before-after control-impact field test of the effectiveness of a window film designed to deter bird collisions, which are the top source of avian collision mortality in North America. The study will include bird collision surveys at bus shelters that were originally monitored in a similar baseline study in Stillwater, Oklahoma (study details here: https://bit.ly/2AIQklQ). In addition, the student will have the opportunity to develop a side study of their choosing that is complementary to ongoing Loss Lab research (possible topics include other studies related to bird-window collisions or to human-caused wildlife mortality more broadly).

The graduate student would begin courses in mid-August 2019 but would ideally also be able to begin as a paid technician in March to help finalize glass treatments and data collection protocols and to begin the first field season of collision monitoring. The stipend for the technician portion of the position is ~$1,700 per month (plus reimbursement for mileage; housing not included). Beginning in August 2019, full graduate student support is available for 4 semesters, including a stipend of $1,292/month ($15,504/yr) plus health insurance and tuition waiver. Two semesters will be supported by a research assistantship and two will be supported by a teaching assistantship that requires ~10 hours of work per week. Course TA assignments will be determined based on student interests and department needs but will likely include one semester helping lead the department’s Applied Ecology field course.

Oklahoma is one of the most ecologically diverse states, with ecosystems ranging from forested mountains in the east to mesas and canyons in the west. The state contains a wide diversity of plants and animals, and recreational opportunities abound, with national forests, grasslands, and wildlife refuges all within 2-3 hours of Stillwater. In addition, Stillwater is only 1 hour from both Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

Required qualifications: Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree in Natural Resources, Ecology, or a related field; a strong work ethic and sense of self-motivation; an ability to work both independently and collegially with others; an interest in urban ecology, conservation biology, and human threats to wildlife; a desire to publicly present and publish research; and a US driver’s license.

Preferred qualifications: Ideal candidates will have one or several of the following skills and experiences: conducting, presenting, and/or publishing mentored research; coordinating and supervising field projects; conducting wildlife collision surveys; handling and identifying wild birds; strong written and oral communication skills; and experience with statistical analyses.

TO APPLY: send applications to Scott Loss (scott.loss@okstate.edu) by Monday, January 14th, 2019; applications should consist of a single zip file or merged pdf file that includes: (1) a cover letter outlining how you meet the required and preferred qualifications, (2) a CV, (3) unofficial academic transcripts, (4) GRE Scores, and (5) contact information for three references.

More information:
Scott Loss’s lab – scottrloss.wixsite.com/losslab
OSU Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management – nrem.okstate.edu/



2019 UCSC Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program Application Launch

I am writing to announce that applications for the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (conservationscholars.ucsc.eduat the University of California Santa Cruz are now available, and to ask for your help reaching prospective Scholars.  Each March we select 20 early-undergraduate Scholars from around the country to participate in a two-year conservation mentorship program centered on the summers between academic years.  Our goal is to serve students from groups traditionally underrepresented in conservation, across disciplines, who can contribute to diversifying, redefining, and strengthening efforts to protect land, wildlife and water.  We focus our efforts on serving college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors with two years of college left at a stage when we can support their undergraduate careers and their choices as they graduate.  Students who attend or are transferring to any four-year institution in the US, its territories and Native nations are eligible.


During the first year Scholars participate in an eight-week, intensive summer course integrating conservation design, leadership and research experiences while traveling with a close group of peers and mentors.  During the second summer, Scholars pursue eight-week research and practice internships with nationally recognized conservation organizations and agencies.  A professional development retreat after the second summer brings together the Scholar cohort and prepares them to apply for jobs and graduate school. Throughout the two years and beyond, we work with home mentors at each Scholar’s campus to provide ongoing support. Our Scholars receive a $4,000 stipend each summer and become part of the national Doris Duke Conservation Scholars network for life.

I hope you will share our program information with faculty, eligible students, and others in your professional and community networks. Applications for the 2019 class of Scholars are available on the website and due February 8, 2019.

Please incorporate the attached flyer into talks and presentations, or print and distribute it.  For more information, visit conservationscholars.ucsc.edu or email the Program Director, Dr. Justin Cummings, jacummin@ucsc.edu.

Mammoth Site Summer Internships 2019

The Mammoth Site is again offering summer internships for 2019. Details are:

Mammoth Site Internships, Summer 2019

The Mammoth Site is a sinkhole of late Pleistocene fauna. Over 10,000 vertebrate and invertebrate fossils have been uncovered at The Mammoth Site from its initial field season in 1974 to present. These bones belong mostly to Columbian mammoths; more than 2,000 specimens are preserved in-situ.  At least 29 other vertebrate species are found at the site, and specimens of 53 invertebrate and botanical species, help explain a long ago ecosystem.

Internship Positions
Two types of seasonal internships starting in May and ending in August. Positions are:
* Up to 40 hours per week for 10-16 weeks (variable schedule; will include weekends).
* Compensation: $9.00/hour with onsite housing*.
*Housing: Housing is provided to interns as part of compensation on Mammoth Site property. Housing is residential housing near The Mammoth Site, within the town limits of Hot Springs, SD. Laundry facilities are available on site.


Education Internships
Six available positions; may include:
* Public Interpretation of Science
* Educational Programs
* Guest Services and Memberships
* Exhibits Work
* Other duties as assigned

Conservation Internships
Four available positions, may include:
* Fossil preparation, stabilization
* Research assistance
* Fossil recovery and documentation
* Field work education
* Other duties as assigned

Deadline: February 28, 2019

Preferred Qualifications

Education Internships
o Advanced experience (>1 year) with public speaking and/or docent work.
o Customer Service (>1 year)
o Experience in education program delivery and development.

Conservation Internships
o One year or more of vertebrate or invertebrate preparation, and/or museum curatorial experience in vertebrate paleontology.
o A working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Excel, Access, and/or ArcGIS software.

Minimum Qualifications
Undergraduate (or higher) in the following or related majors: primary, secondary, and/or science education; tourism and/or hospitality.

Undergraduate (or higher) in the following or related majors:
anthropology/archaeology, biology, geology, or museum studies.

* Availability to start work on or prior to May 13, 2019 and continue through August 16, 2019.
* Basic experience (~3 months) public speaking, teaching, and/or work with children.
* Good organizational skills and attention to detail.
* Solid interpersonal skills, with the ability to work independently or as part of a team.
* You must be able to lift 25-35 lbs. This is paramount to your work here at The Mammoth Site; the primary educational responsibility of a Mammoth Site intern is leading Junior & Advanced Paleontologist classes.
These classes involve repetitive lifting of buckets full of sediment.

International Students – You must be at least in your second year at a US academic institution, have US citizenship, or previously established work visa to be considered.

Application: Visit The Mammoth Site website
(https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fmammothsite.com%2Fvolunteeremployment-opportunities%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cpaul.lewis%40uconn.edu%7C75e3955ce9164a932a5508d6563b5628%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636791210180450533&amp;sdata=kaZi451j1njRCn3H2iBmdHfhwJTn4bCDV3sw9j2nRk8%3D&amp;reserved=0) for your application and contact Dr. Sharon Holte:

Dr. Sharon Holte
Email: sharonh@mammothsite.org
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, South Dakota, Inc.
P.O. Box 692; 1800 Highway 18 Bypass
Hot Springs, South Dakota 57747

You will receive a Mammoth Site application and two academic reference forms; you must submit these materials with a current CV, unofficial university transcript and cover letter by February 28, 2019.

PhD position in Arid-land Riparian Ecology (starts Spring/Summer 2019)

Subject: PhD position in Arid-land Riparian Ecology (starts Spring/Summer 2019)

The Stella Lab at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF, Syracuse) seeks a well-qualified PhD student to join a project investigating drought and its impact on riparian vegetation in the Southwestern USA (Arizona and California). The multi-university project team will develop a range of water stress indicators using field-based studies, remote sensing and modeling to assess forest health at multiple scales. Funded by the US Department of Defense’s Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP), the project focuses on the sustainability and management of riparian ecosystems in drought-prone landscapes. Research methods will include field sampling to inventory riparian forest structure and health, collecting and analyzing tree rings for growth trends and annual water use efficiency using carbon isotopes, and assessing critical thresholds for riparian forest decline.

We welcome applications from motivated, curious students with ecological research experience. Ideal candidates will have a MS in ecology, environmental science, or a related field; a strong quantitative background; the ability to work in remote field settings; and interest in riparian forest ecology and tree ecophysiology in dryland regions. Applicants with strong statistical, GIS and writing skills are desired. The position starts in late Spring or Summer 2019, is funded for a minimum of three years, and provides a competitive stipend, tuition and benefits.

Applications should include a brief statement of interest and experience, CV, transcripts, GRE scores, English proficiency scores (if applicable), and a research writing sample, if available. Send email inquiries to John Stella, SUNY-ESF; stella@esf.edu

Other project collaborators: Michael Singer (UCSB and Cardiff Univ.), Kelly Caylor (UCSB), Dar Roberts, (UCSB).
For more information: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.esf.edu%2Ffnrm%2Fstella%2Fdefault.htm&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7Cc8ec1cde5e4849d4c5e008d659f78a1a%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636795317040190200&amp;sdata=xJ7d5Zv8aWdtsPyASotqfBrA5ylzgKsJQRMRl29gGXw%3D&amp;reserved=0

M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy position at Northern Arizona University to study: “Understanding the socioecological effects of non-agricultural tree planting by landowners in rural Costa Rica”

Subject: Fwd: M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy position at Northern Arizona University to study: “Understanding the socioecological effects of non-agricultural tree planting by landowners in rural Costa Rica”



M.S. Environmental Science and Policy position at Northern Arizona University to study: “Understanding the socioecological effects of non-agricultural tree planting by landowners in rural Costa Rica”


Applications are invited for a position in the Master’s of Environmental Science and Policy (ES&P) at Northern Arizona University (NAU) in the School of Earth and Sustainability (SES). This student will work on an ongoing project that examines the socioecological effects of non-agricultural tree planting by landowners in rural Costa Rica (Coto Brus canton). This interdisciplinary study is aimed at understanding: (1) whether tree planting/retention could provide resources for seed dispersers and seed sources for forest regeneration, (2) the social drivers behind the practice, and (3) benefits and barriers landowners may face (e.g., policy, economic). Student will be involved in fieldwork in Costa Rica, where they will gain a more comprehensive understanding of the relationship between landowner practices and ecosystem functions. The student may choose to focus his/her thesis work on ecological or social science data, or to integrate both in an interdisciplinary thesis. Volunteers will be instrumental in data collection for this research effort, which is funded and supported by Earthwatch Institute. The student will therefore work with, train, and supervise several Earthwatch Institute volunteer teams throughout data collection. To read more about the project, visit: https://earthwatch.org/Expeditions/Toucans-Parrots-and-Other-Wildlife-in-Costa-Ricas-Forests


Ideally the student will begin data collection in summer 2019, prior to the start of the Fall 2019 academic year, and will then collect additional data in summer 2020; the summer 2019 data collection period is negotiable.



  • Conversational Spanish
  • Comfortable working with people with diverse backgrounds and skill levels
  • Ability to work in potential difficult environmental conditions (e.g., rain, mosquitos)


Preferred qualifications:

  • Ecological data collection
  • Experience with bird identification
  • Leadership experience


Interested applicants should send an email addressed to both Kerry Grimm (kerry.grimm@nau.edu) AND Clare Aslan (clare.aslan@nau.edu) by December 21, 2018. In addition to the preferred qualifications for these positions, potential candidates must meet the admission standards and be fully accepted into the ES&P MS program. Note that this research project is funded to support travel, lodging, and equipment. Student academic-year salary and tuition will be funded through a TA position. Travel and lodging ARE paid, but no summer salary is included.


After talking with us, applicants must also submit: online application; transcripts; three letters of recommendation; and a statement of your interests in and goals for a M.S. program, and your reasons for pursuing an advanced degree. Application materials are due January 15, 2019 for Fall 2019 admission. You can access the application portal and view graduate school requirements here: http://nau.edu/GradCol/Admissions/Application/


Information M.S. Environmental Sciences and Policy and SES

The Master of Science in Environmental Sciences and Policy degree program combines required interdisciplinary core courses with a breadth of specialized classes from across the University. The degree program is characterized by strong advising by accomplished faculty for individualized student programs of multidisciplinary study, as well as research and applied projects that often reach across campus and into the greater community. The diverse student population including international and minority students forms a strong peer cohort that provides support for study and extracurricular adventures. The two-year program’s rigorous training in the natural and political sciences prepares graduates for successful environmental careers in industry, government, and the non-profit sector.


Northern Arizona University’s School of Earth and Sustainability draws upon faculty and professionals in the natural and social sciences to combine outreach and educational programs addressing the diverse needs of stakeholders with undergraduate degrees in environmental sciences, environmental studies, and geology.


Conservation Intern Positions w/ Montana Conservation Corps

Subject: Conservation Intern Positions w/ Montana Conservation Corps

Montana Conservation Corps is now accepting Conservation Intern applications for Summer 2019!

Are you passionate about the environment, have a strong service ethic, and are looking to gain professional development in a conservation- related field this summer? Check out this amazing opportunity!

APPLY HERE: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fcareers-mtcorps.icims.com%2Fjobs%2F1365%2Fconservation-intern%2Fjob&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7Cf5c7aad84c4d410b493808d659f76f62%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636795316601976241&amp;sdata=d8lVK1VgXYNfQvXKBbeEN0jM%2BaSUeRwIOKMOiWLul8E%3D&amp;reserved=0

MCC’s Conservation Intern (CI) program provides opportunities for young adults to gain professional experience in a conservation-related field.  Conservation Interns serve at partnering federal/state agencies, nonprofits, tribal offices, and other community-based conservation organizations across Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Idaho.

Location: Varies based on host site placement (MT & neighboring states) Position Dates:
Summer Term: 5/15/18 – 8/16/18
Extended Term:  5/15/18 – 10/4/18
Living Allowance: $504 bi-weekly
AmeriCorps Education Award upon completion of the program.

The Conservation Intern program is designed to make a measurable difference in local conservation efforts while strengthening the professional experience of our members. Interns are placed individually with a partner organization and work under the direct supervision of the Host Site Supervisor, while coordinating with MCC staff to ensure successful completion of the program objectives.  CIs serve on a variety of projects including GPS and GIS projects, river ranger patrols, habitat enhancement, data analysis, public outreach and education, trails projects, research, and invasive species management.

MORE INFORMATION HERE: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fmtcorps.org%2Fjoin%2Fbig-sky-watershed-corps-conservation-internships%2Fconservation-intern-program%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7Cf5c7aad84c4d410b493808d659f76f62%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636795316601976241&amp;sdata=pP0rasAQUrtyRcW3g3FF35TrJwJDPfsk0mOpuIZ7i38%3D&amp;reserved=0

Deadline to apply is Febraury 17th, 2019.

Questions? Contact Mandy Hedstrom at mandy@mtcorps.org or 406-587-4475.

Graduate student opportunity in Ecosystem Ecology at Miami University

Graduate student opportunity in Ecosystem Ecology at Miami University The Fisk lab (https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.units.miamioh.edu%2Fmelanyfisklab%2Findex.html&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C1cdaa449b66e49aad62308d659f7695e%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636795316496928998&amp;sdata=k5sfv2YR0kDumzi7%2Fc4NXEV21vXMppuPoVy0ls9nD5E%3D&amp;reserved=0) at Miami University invites applications to the PhD program in Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology (EEEB) or to the Masters program in Biology.  Our lab investigates forest ecosystem questions in the areas of biogeochemistry, plant-soil interactions, and soil ecology.  Funding is available to contribute to a project at the Hubbard Brook and Bartlett Experimental Forests examining nitrogen and phosphorus dynamics in northern hardwood forests (https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fhubbardbrook.org%2Fpeople%2Fmelany-fisk&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C1cdaa449b66e49aad62308d659f7695e%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636795316496928998&amp;sdata=Fb3MpV8yIX3tHSfm5IHf%2BCMfpc1CbMXpdOKVxbDTj6U%3D&amp;reserved=0). This project aims to better understand limitations to forest productivity and stoichiometric controls of nutrient recycling.  It is a collaboration among scientists from multiple universities and offers the opportunity to interact with students and faculty of wide-ranging interests in ecology.  Interested applicants should send email to Melany Fisk (fiskmc@miamioh.edu) with a CV and brief statement of research interests.

International Research Experience for Students

Subject: International Research Experience for Students

Position: Student Researcher

Project: Resilient Urban Latin America (RULA) International Research Experience for Students (IRES)

Location: Technological Institute of Sonora (ITSON)

Employer: Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network (UREx SRN): Flexible Research Dates

Pay: Travel, lodging, meals and incidentals are paid. Each student will receive a stipend of $500 per week, plus an additional $1,000 toward research expenses.

Call for Applications: UREx SRN is seeking highly motivated students interested in research on climate change and urbanization. The RULA IRES project supports the development of globally-engaged U.S. science and engineering students capable of performing in an international research environment at the forefront of science and engineering. The project offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to conduct eight to ten weeks of onsite research in Hermosillo, Mexico which has an urban community facing climate extremes. This research will afford students collaboration and mentorship experiences for conducting research, gaining skills in research design, data analysis and management, and presentation across diverse social and political cultures; project outcomes can be integrated within existing dissertation research.

Review the full description, research date options, and instructions to apply at:https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fsustainability.asu.edu%2Furbanresilience%2Fopportunities%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C7cd7ba53bbf8407e322708d659f7623e%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636795316377719992&amp;sdata=128zgof8pWJXgczR4Cw6fMSvCTDYfkupYhOazj4Ax1A%3D&amp;reserved=0

Noteworthy Hiring Details: Some knowledge of Spanish language will receive preference but is not required.

Deadline: For full consideration please send application materials to emily.key@asu.edu by Friday, December 7, 2018.

1-2 internships at Seventh Generation Institute, Idaho

Seventh Generation Institute offers 1-2 full/part-time intern(s)


This full time position is offered on a flexible basis so that one person can complete it full time or two persons half time. Please state your preference in your cover letter as described below. If half time, two interns will be hired, allowing each of the interns time to work or recreate locally.


These positions are offered as part of Seventh Generation Institute’s Women in Conservation program. Selected interns will receive mentoring in leadership for women, nonprofit organization management and participation in as many of the Institute’s programs and administrative activities as possible.


Information about Institute programs, location, approach to conservation and more can be found at www.seventh-generation.org.

Internship positions require a minimum 6 month commitment and interns may opt for a second term if desired. Desired start date is 1/15/19 or as soon as possible thereafter. There is no deadline to apply but position will be filled as soon as suitable candidates are identified. Positions are unpaid and receive no benefits, other than experience and mentoring.


The Interns will assist the Executive Director and Operations Director with tasks drawn from all of the Institute’s programs and activities as various needs arise during the seasons. The selected candidates will assist in any or all of the following responsibilities and should have at least intermediate level skills in these:

  • Design and write a wide variety of communication and outreach materials, including but not limited to: newsletters, social media, press releases, funder and donor communication, educational fact sheets, presentations, other materials as needed.
  • Data entry and maintain records of communication.
  • Organizing, promoting and coordinating workshops, fundraising events, public presentations and education events. Ensuring quality of these. Occasional public speaking opportunities are available for appropriate interns.
  • Recruiting, training and coordinating volunteers.
  • Coordination with project partners including private land owners, BLM, Forest Service and others.
  • Other tasks as may be identified. Increasing responsibilities during the internship will be matched to the intern’s skills, interests and abilities.
  • Specific tasks and hours are variable, since some of the Institute’s work is seasonal, conducted outdoors and is affected by weather. Other activities are affected by the schedules of project partners. Work hours must be flexible but will definitely include some evenings and weekends.

Candidates should be:

  • Located in Blaine County Idaho (Sun Valley/Ketchum area) or willing to relocate. Rental housing is scarce in Blaine County, so interns that wish to relocate will need to begin a housing search early.
  • Able to work from home, provide your own vehicle and cell phone and have internet access. A computer and printer will be provided or you may use your own.
  • Have a reliable 4WD vehicle and evidence of insurance.
  • Be reasonably physically fit – sufficient to hike 5 miles in hilly terrain – and capable of working outdoors on occasions.
  • Able to complete occasional travel in Idaho and other parts of the West. This is highly variable from season to season and year to year. Local travel will be required within an estimated 100 miles of Blaine County. Other travel will be optional.

Required qualifications

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a field related to biodiversity conservation.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, graphic design skills, organizational skills. Ability to communicate scientific information to a wide variety of audiences.

Other desirable skills. Candidates are not expected to have all of these skills. Please describe your level of proficiencyin these skills if this is not clear on your resume.

  • Photography and videography
  • GIS skills and/or GPS mapping experience.
  • Field monitoring of streams, wildlife, native plants or invasive plants.
  • Spanish language or other abilities.
  • First aid

Upon successful completion of the internship, each intern will receive a detailed evaluation and a letter of recommendation for future employment. A successful intern may be offered a paid position at the end of the internship.


How to apply

Before applying please read about the Institute’s mission, values and approach on the Institute’s website at www.seventh-generation.org. Candidates for these positions should be comfortable with the Institute’s values and approach, which is one approach among many in the conservation field.


Please send a resume and cover letter to admin@seventh-generation.org with the subject heading “Internship” In your cover letter please describe:

  1. Your interest, qualifications, strengths, and past experience that would help you perform this role. Include your interest in women’s leadership in conservation and in the Institute’s approach to conservation.
  2. Any specific skills, strengths or knowledge you have and wish to use that may not be on this list, but may be relevant to a nonprofit conservation organization or this position.
  3. Date you are available to start work.
  4. A list of software that you are familiar with. You may categorize these as “very familiar” or “somewhat familiar.”

Questions about these internships may be submitted by email. Please wait up to 3 days to receive a responseand do not call.

Your application email will be acknowledged and your submission reviewed.  Selected candidates will be contacted and asked for samples of previous work, references and other typical follow up.

Seventh Generation Institute is an equal opportunity employer.


Thank you for your interest in Seventh Generation Institute.



Undergraduate research opportunities from the Urban Water Innovation Network!

The Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN) is now accepting applications for its Undergraduate Research Program for the summer of 2019! Thank you for sharing this information with students who may be interested.



Students will be given the opportunity to perform cutting edge research of immediate relevance to people in urban areas at institutions in urban areas across the nation. Students with different research interests in urban water sustainability – social sciences, natural sciences, engineering – are invited to apply.


To apply:  https://erams.com/UWIN/urp/

Application deadline: January 25, 2019 Midnight


Dates: May 29 to August 1, 2019 (9 weeks)

Eligibility: Undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, juniors or first semester seniors. Must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its possessions. Underrepresented minorities and first generation college students are encouraged to apply.

Stipend: $4,500 stipend

Other support:  On-campus or nearby housing, travel assistance. The program starts and ends at Colorado State University in Fort Collins CO.



For more information about UWIN, visit: https://erams.com/UWIN/

For more information about the program, contact Aude Lochet, program coordinator: locheta@caryinstitute.org


Summer 2019 Research Assistant/Internship

Location of work: Thunder Basin National Grassland, Bill, WY

Hours of work: 40 hours per week (4 x 10 hour days per week)

Salary: $2400 per month. Housing is provided. Three days of PTO and two holidays included.

Dates: May 20 – August 15, 2019.

Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis.

Send application materials (cover letter, resume, references) and/or questions to:
Dave Pellatz
Executive Director
Thunder Basin Grasslands Prairie Ecosystem Association
671 Steinle Rd
Douglas, WY  82633

and copy to:
Lauren Porensky
Research Ecologist
Rangeland Resources Systems Research Unit USDA-ARS
1701 Centre Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80526 USA

Research assistant for the Thunder Basin Prairie Ecosystem Association (TBGPEA). TBGPEA is a non-profit organization established to provide private landowner leadership in developing a responsible, science-based approach to long-term management of the lands of its members.  Over the last ten years the Association has focused its efforts on developing ecosystem-based conservation measures. These measures are designed to address the habitat needs of species of concern in northeastern Wyoming in balance with the need for sustainable economic and social activities and preservation of cultural values.

TBGPEA is collaborating with the USDA-ARS Rangeland Resources Systems Research Unit (RRSRU) to develop new knowledge about ecological processes in Thunder Basin and apply this knowledge to improved management for production and conservation objectives. The Research Assistant will be supervised by the Board of TBGPEA with input from RRSRU scientists. The Assistant will be responsible for collecting scientific data from field experiments to evaluate how climate, fire, soils, grazing management, and global change affect ecological phases, states, transitions and thresholds in semi-arid rangeland ecosystems. If time permits, the Assistant may help evaluate Association member’s property as part of the Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances implementation.

Collects soil and vegetation data and is responsible for quality assurance/quality control of data collected.  Keeps exact, detailed records of experimental data.  Provides data in an appropriate format for incorporation into computer spreadsheets. Makes and records observations of unusual happenings, phenomena or trends that might influence interpretation of plot or field data.

Manages fieldwork program semi-autonomously; takes responsibility for solving problems and adapting to current conditions and events without constant supervision.

Operates, maintains, cleans, repairs and constructs equipment used in plot and field experiments including, but not limited to, vehicles and field equipment.

If time permits, the Assistant may participate in the development of livestock grazing management plans and may also collect ornithological or small mammal data.

Ensures that all safety and environmental concerns are addressed to provide a safe work environment, and that activities in support of research in the Thunder Basin do not pose an environmental threat.

Technical knowledge of plant identification, structure and function of plant communities, and theory and practice of rangeland management, and a familiarity with the methods of biological sciences such as biology, chemistry, botany, etc, in order to participate responsibly in most phases of the experimental process.

Experience with bird and/or small mammal wildlife survey techniques is beneficial.

Ability to do efficient and high-quality work without direct supervision. Ability to proactively solve problems and manage tasks adaptively in order to get the job done on time.

Skill in the use of personal computers to utilize software packages such as: word processing, data entry and manipulation in spreadsheets (e.g., Excel).

Communication skills necessary to follow directions precisely and produce positive interactions with scientists, research personnel, and the general public.

Knowledge of range science, soil science, general biology and ecology.

Practical knowledge of general vehicle maintenance and repair. Knowledge of safe operating procedures when using equipment or vehicles. Knowledge of UTV operation and safety is beneficial.

Practical knowledge of livestock management and nutrition for use in development of livestock grazing management plans.

Personal contacts are broad including TBGPEA members; scientists, technicians and graduate students from other institutions or other federal agencies; action agencies; non-governmental organizations; vendors and contractors; state or local government entities; visitors and the general public.

Personal contacts within the RRSRU involve support and assistance to scientists and support staff. The purpose of personal contacts is to mutually accomplish technical and support work; assist in planning and coordinating work efforts; discuss technical requirements of equipment with manufacturers and resolve problems concerning the work or the peculiar needs of the organization; coordinate help with other research projects; exchange information about research techniques; obtain supplies and equipment

The work requires standing, walking, bending and lifting of objects weighing as much as 50 pounds.  Certain phases of the work require extended (such as most of a work day) periods of standing or sitting while accomplishing detailed experimental procedures.  Some procedures require stamina and endurance.  Need to have the physical capability to perform required duties without hazard to self or others when working with machinery, cattle, horses, fire or chemicals.

The job is located in a remote part of NE Wyoming. The work environment is about 85% in the field and 15% in the shop or office.  The work involves regular and recurring moderate risks or discomforts which require special safety precautions, e.g., working outdoors. Throughout the year, the person may encounter belligerent livestock, insects, dust and extremes of weather. The person is required to wear protective clothing (e.g., coats, boots, goggles, gloves, and respirator) as conditions warrant.

Ecology REU opportunity at Miami University

Dear colleagues,


Miami University (in Oxford, OH) is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications to our Research Experience for Undergraduates program. The program is focused on Ecology in Human Dominated Landscapes. We would appreciate it if you could distribute this e-mail to anyone that might be interested and encourage your undergraduate students to visit our website and apply. Below there is a short synopsis of the program activities and contact information for students that may be interested in the program. Also, you should be able to download a poster advertisement from our website that you can share with your colleagues and students.


Thank you for your time,


Patrick Garrett

Graduate Program Assistant

EcoREU Program, Miami University

Undergraduate students accepted into the program will:

-Conduct an independent research project with a faculty mentor at Miami University. Research opportunities are available in the lab or field in aquatic or terrestrial environments.
-Disseminate their research at the REU research symposium
-Discuss current literature related to their projects with faculty mentors and student peers in clusters related to their project.

-Attend team-building field trips around the regional Midwest.

-Take short courses on ethics and professions in ecology and environmental science, and interact with seminars by guest speakers.

-Participate in field trips illustrating the natural history of Southwestern Ohio.


For more information about our program please visit our website at: https://sites.google.com/a/miamioh.edu/ecoreu/home. Click on the Application tab at the top of the page and follow the instructions to apply. Please contact Patrick Garrett at garretp2@miamioh.edu with any problems, questions, or concerns you may have about our program or the application process.

Graduate opportunities in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Houston


The Department of Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Houston (UH) welcomes applications for its graduate program in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology for Fall 2018.  The following faculty in the areas of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology have opportunities available for their labs:

Alex Stewart (astewar6@central.uh.edu): Mathematical biology
Blaine Cole (bcole@uh.edu): Evolution and social behavior
Dan Graur (dgraur@uh.edu): Molecular evolutionary bioinformatics
Diane Wiernasz (dwiernasz@uh.edu): Sexual selection
Erin Kelleher (eskelleher@uh.edu): Evolutionary genetics and genomics
George Fox (fox@uh.edu): Experimental evolution and origin of life
Kerri Crawford (kmcrawford3@uh.edu): Community ecology
Rebecca Zufall (rzufall@uh.edu): Evolutionary genetics
Ricardo Azevedo (razevedo@uh.edu): Evolutionary genetics
Rich Meisel (rpmeisel@uh.edu): Evolutionary genetics and genomics
Mary Ann Ottinger (maotting@central.uh.edu): Avian biology and environmental chemicals
Steve Pennings (spennings@uh.edu): Community ecology
Tony Frankino (frankino@uh.edu): Evolution of complex traits

If you are interested, you should look at the relevant faculty members’ web sites and then contact them directly for more information:


For more information regarding the Evolutionary Biology and Ecology graduate program at UH see:


If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact:

Ms. Rosezelia Jackson (biograd@central.uh.edu)

The early deadline for application of prospective students is February 1st, 2018.  Evaluation will continue after that date, but students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Summer Undergrad Research in Costa Rica (NSF-REU)

Texas A&M University is hosting a Research Experience For Undergraduates: ECOHYDROLOGY OF TROPICAL MONTANE FORESTS – DIVERSITY IN SCIENCE, INTERDISCIPLINARY BREADTH, AND GLOBAL AWARENESS. The 10-week summer program (May 28- August 2, 2019) includes 5 weeks at the Texas A&M Soltis Center for Education and Research (Costa Rica) and 5 weeks on the campus of Texas A&M University (College Station, Texas, USA). Participant costs (stipend, travel, housing, etc.) are fully supported by the National Science Foundation.

Purpose: The goal of this REU program is to provide undergraduate students with an opportunity to develop essential skills in designing, executing and disseminating original research that quantifies the hydrologic and biogeochemical fluxes in the watershed of a tropical montane forest in Costa Rica. Students will have an opportunity to work on field and laboratory research under the guidance of faculty mentors at the Soltis Center near San Isidro in central Costa Rica (https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsoltiscentercostarica.tamu.edu%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C371f5bba5d7e49d64af008d657879ea6%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636792637331981699&amp;sdata=u60%2BGsgcqN70waZxlaNJbp%2FMirBU53Hm46ZyE2Tdg5s%3D&amp;reserved=0). Past years of this REU program (2011-2013, 2018) resulted in several students enrolling in graduate school and publishing work from their research, in addition to gaining a rich cultural immersion and unique opportunity to conduct research in the tropics.

Eligibility: Undergraduate students must be US citizens or permanent residents, be 18 years of age or older (on March 1, 2019), be currently enrolled in a major in the earth or environmental sciences, engineering, or a related field, expect to graduate no earlier than December 2019, and be eligible to have a passport that is valid for 6 months past the REU summer.

For more information about the REU selection process, program, and study area, please visit our websitehttps://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fcostaricareu.tamu.edu%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C371f5bba5d7e49d64af008d657879ea6%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636792637331981699&amp;sdata=1WpWJj7AkqqRL1cVJHAvr6CSNI6oSg9rmaOwi%2FiIPyI%3D&amp;reserved=0.  For general inquiries and questions about our application, contact: tamu.costaricareu.application@gmail.com or the program leaders, Dr. Georgianne Moore (Department of Ecosystem Science and Management) and Dr. Kelly Brumbelow (Civil Engineering)

Summer 2019 REU program in Translational Ecology at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies


The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook NY is now accepting applications for the summer 2019 REU program in “Translational Ecology”! Thank you for sharing this information with students who may be interested!


To apply:  http://www.caryinstitute.org/students/reu-program

Application deadline: January 25, 2019 Midnight


Dates: May 20 to August 9, 2019 (12 weeks)

Eligibility: Undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, juniors or first semester seniors. Must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its possessions. Underrepresented minorities and first generation college students are encouraged to apply.

Stipend: $6,600 stipend, plus a $900 food allowance and free on-campus housing.

Other support:  Assistance is available for travel to and from the program as well.


Research projects for the summer of 2019 include:

·        Eavesdropping Behavior and Social Information Use in Songbirds

·        Competitive Dynamics Between Invertebrate and Vertebrate Scavenger Guilds

·        Ecosystem Regulation of Mosquitoes and Disease Risk

·        The Role of Natural Enemies in Governing Symbiotic Nitrogen Fixation

·        Effects of Global Change on Streams of the Northeastern US

·        Hudson River Habitats in a Changing World

·        Ecological Change in the Sky Lakes on the Shawangunk Ridge

·        Lake Management and Recreational Fisheries in Coupled Human-Natural Ecosystems

·        Ecology of Urban Streams/High School Student Mentoring


For more information about the Cary Institute, visit http://www.caryinstitute.org/


For more information about the program, contact Aude Lochet, REU program coordinator (locheta@caryinstitute.org)


Multiple USGS & GBBO sage-grouse technicians: Great Basin 2019

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with Great Basin Bird Observatory (GBBO), Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), and Idaho State University (ISU), is seeking to fill multiple positions for Crew Leaders, Technicians, and Interns to conduct avian biological surveys primarily targeted at greater sage-grouse at multiple study sites across Nevada and California. Primary duties may include sage-grouse capture and handling, lek counts, radio-telemetry, nest and brood monitoring, habitat sampling, avian predator surveys, data entry and management, and other biological surveys as needed. Work hours will be irregular and include nights, early mornings, and weekends. The Great Basin landscape is beautiful but rugged and challenging to work in. Temperature extremes can range from well below freezing to above 100 degrees F, and inclement weather is always a possibility.

These temporary, full-time appointments will last from the first week of March through the beginning of August, with the potential for extended employment depending on funding and performance. Primitive field housing will be provided, and successful applicants will be required to stay on site during work periods.

Please submit a cover letter, resume/CV, and contact information for three references in a single PDF document saved with applicant’s last name in the title to: sagegrousescience@gmail.com. Please indicate in your cover letter which positions you would like to be considered for: Crew Leader, Technician, and/or Intern. Cover letters and correspondence may be addressed to Rebecca Kelble. Please include “Greater Sage-grouse Position” in the subject line.

Applications will be accepted throughout December. Interviews will begin the first week of January. Exceptional candidates may be contacted for interviews before January. Positions will be filled as successful applicants are identified.

Qualifications: B.S. degree in a natural resource field preferred although experienced undergraduates are encouraged to apply for intern positions. U.S. citizen with valid driver’s license required. Successful applicants must possess the ability to hike long distances over rough terrain often in inclement weather (snow, rain, hail, high winds). The ability to take direction and work independently, a strong work ethic, a willingness to learn, a desire to gain experience while maintaining an enthusiastic attitude, and good communication skills with field supervisor and teammates are essential for all positions. Prior experience driving ATVs/4×4 vehicles over rough terrain is also preferred for all positions.

Crew Leaders: We are seeking individuals with extensive experience working on wildlife-related field research projects, previous experience with animal capture and handling and radio-telemetry, and strong interpersonal communication skills. Prior supervisory experience, or demonstrated potential for supervising field crews, is preferred.

Technicians: Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated experience assisting with wildlife field research. Previous experience with animal capture and handling and radio-telemetry are also preferred.

Interns: Internships will be offered to applicants that lack demonstrated field experience related to this type of work, but demonstrate a passion for wildlife ecology, a willingness to learn new techniques, a desire to work as part of a team, a desire to work hard in a remote but beautiful field setting, and have strong references. Payment is based on reimbursement of travel expenses set on established rates and is not considered an hourly wage. Previous field experience is desirable, but not required.

Start Date:     25 February 2019 (possible early February for some)
Salary: Crew Leaders: (~$2400/mo)
Technicians: (~$1500-2200/mo, dependent on experience) Interns (~$1000/mo travel reimbursement)
Website:        https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.werc.usgs.gov%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C536bece752d7434235f108d657879157%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636792637113679942&amp;sdata=SEy64dVIbOYw8ZChzgILM3BrE9O5RygmzEOuV1KQPuY%3D&amp;reserved=0
Contact:        Rebecca Kelble
E-mail: sagegrousescience@gmail.com (Preferred)

Restoration Ecology 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 positions start in March 2019 and continue through September 2019, flexible upon request.

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 selected candidate will conduct an independent research project 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. No monetary compensation is offered; however, on site housing is available for $250/month. The position is ideal for acquiring practical career experience in conservation, 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:

In your cover letter please 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.

Applications for 2019 Plant Genome Research Summer Internship

BTI Intern News

November 2018

2019 Plant Genome Research Program
Now Accepting Applications!

Greetings from BTI!

The 2019 Plant Genome Research Program Summer Internship at the Boyce Thompson Institute and Cornell University is now seeking undergraduate and local high school applicants! We are requesting your assistance in sharing this opportunity broadly with your students and relevant departments.

For the past 18 years, BTI has been hosting a summer internship providing an outstanding student-development program that focuses on training and inspiring the next generation of scientists.

Located on the Cornell University campus, BTI is a world leader in plant research and is dedicated to developing innovative solutions to feed a growing population, while protecting the environment and enhancing human health. The summer internship programs at BTI offer students an unmatched opportunity to gain real-life experience in plant science research and bioinformatics.

Please pass this opportunity on to your qualified students!

You can easily share this opportunity by using the social media links below. Or, access and share our new 2019 BTI Summer Internship Poster!

Thank you to our sponsors!

graduate students

The Vance-Chalcraft lab (http://www.ecu.edu/biology/vance-chalcraft_heather.cfm) at East Carolina University is recruiting M.S. students who are interested in community ecology, outreach, or biology education research for Fall 2019. My research interests are diverse but include areas such as predator-prey interactions in aquatic systems, the benefits of incorporating citizen science projects into courses, and how graduate teaching assistants’ self-efficacy and teaching practices are impacted by professional development experiences.


Funding is available to support students.  If you are interested, please email the following information to vancechalcrafth@ecu.edu.

– a short summary of how your interests may complement one or more of my research interests

– a c.v./resume or listing of relevant research, outreach, and/or teaching experiences

– your undergraduate institution, degree field, graduation date, and overall gpa

– your GRE scores (by category)


Please let me know if you have any questions.  After we correspond, the formal university application should be submitted before January 15th.


Thank you,




Dr. Heather Vance-Chalcraft

Faculty Fellow, Office for Faculty Excellence

Director of Outreach, East Carolina Biodiversity Initiative

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC 27858

M.S. in Pollinator Health at University of Virginia

The University of Virginia is seeking an M.S. student in Environmental Sciences to study the impact of neonicotinoid pesticide migration from agricultural fields into surrounding vegetation on pollinator survival and development. The research will focus on monarch butterflies and solitary cavity nesting bees and comprise both field and greenhouse work. Field work will begin summer 2019 with coursework starting in fall 2019. Project is fully funded (no teaching requirements) and housing is available during the summer at Blandy Experimental Farm. Student should have prior experience working with insects, especially bees or Lepidoptera. If interested, please contact T’ai Roulston (tai.roulston@virginia.edu).

GraduatePosition: Purdue University_Rapid Evolution

A PhD position is available in lab of Mark Christie at Purdue University. A position is available for highly-motivated candidates interested in rapid genetic adaptation, population genetics, and conservation in general. For more information about our research please visit: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fchristielab.bio.purdue.edu&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C9842beea59de498748ab08d655eec41f%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636790881321693332&amp;sdata=32SIANm9iuUDtmldKPK2VH9Etbd6rQ3UKaPREwaCtx8%3D&amp;reserved=0

Potential projects include:  1. Examining the rapid genetic adaptation of introduced fishes into the Great Lakes, 2. Identifying the genetic and evolutionary consequences of domestication, captive breeding, and supplementation of wild populations, and 3. Using existing and novel approaches to determine patterns of dispersal, gene flow, and local adaptation within a metapopulation context. These are the main research themes in the Christie laboratory, and research often focuses on fishes, but graduate students are free to explore independent lines of inquiry in any system. Previous research experience with molecular techniques, computational work, statistics, bioinformatics, and assisting with the design and implementation of experiments will be highly regarded.

If you are interested in joining the lab, please contact me directly at markchristie1500@gmail.com or christ99@purdue.edu with a CV and a brief description of your research interests and experience. Applications are due December 7th.

MS assistanship in forest modeling/forest ecology at Penn State

A MS graduate assistantship is available in forest modeling/forest ecology at Penn State. The student will be part of a multidisciplinary team assessing and modeling an invasive insect effect on forest ecosystems. Students can enroll in the Ecology or the Forest Resources graduate programs. Excellent quantitative, GIS, and field skills required. Those interested please send CV, transcripts and GRE scores to Laura Leites at lpl3@psu.edu.

American Museum of Natural History Helen Fellowship Announcement

Dear Colleague, The BridgeUP: STEM program at the AMNH is excited to announce that the application for the Helen Fellowship is now open. This fellowship is a one-year residency for post-baccalaureate women to devote time immersed in computational scientific research and educational outreach at the AMNH. This fellowship is an initiative at the AMNH dedicated to increasing the diversity of the talent pipeline by providing underrepresented students access to the skills and tools required for the 21st Century. To learn more about the fellowship and the application process, visithttps://www.amnh.org/learn-teach/higher-education/helen-fellowship. A colorful PDF flyer can be downloaded at this website. Who is eligible to apply? The fellowship is intended for recent college graduates with a conferred bachelor’s or master’s degree in computer science, natural sciences, applied mathematics, computational science, or other relevant majors prior to the fellowship start date in September. What are the benefits? Fellows will receive an annual salary of $70,000 plus generous benefits. Funding is also available for research, travel and equipment expenses. How do I apply? The online application is now open and is due by January 20, 2019. To learn more about application requirements, visithttps://www.amnh.org/learn-teach/higher-education/helen-fellowship. With Regards, The BridgeUP: STEM Team Email: bridgeupstem@amnh.org

Graduate student Position in Marine Fisheries Ecology at The University of Texas at Austin

Subject: Graduate student Position in Marine Fisheries Ecology at The University of Texas at Austin


A graduate research assistantship is available in the Coastal Fisheries Research Program (http://fisheries.utexas.edu) and Brad Erisman’s lab at The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute (https://utmsi.utexas.edu/). The position is open to students seeking either an M.S. or a Ph.D degree. The position is scheduled to begin in August 2019 in coordination with the Fall 2019 semester at UT Austin with the option of starting earlier in the summer.

We seek applicants that are interested in the fields of fisheries ecology and the reproductive biology, behavioral ecology, life history, population dynamics, management, and/or conservation of marine fishes. The student’s research topic is flexible within these fields but is expected to align with existing and pending research projects that explore spatio-temporal interactions between fishes, fisheries, and climate in the Gulf of Mexico (http://fisheries.utexas.edu/blog-masonry/). Students will have opportunities to receive training and experience in a wide range of areas including fish bioacoustics and acoustic monitoring, fisheries independent sampling, boating and diving, and fisheries/climate modeling. In addition to research and training associated with their thesis, the student will be expected to be actively involved in and provide support to all active projects in the lab.

Applicants should be highly motivated, have a strong academic background, show evidence of independent work in the field and/or lab, and demonstrate a capacity to contribute to a diverse collaborative research environment. Prior training and experience in operating small boats, collecting and processing fish samples, research diving, and/or conducting fieldwork offshore are preferred but not required. Strong quantitative skills and proficiency with R or other statistical software are also valuable.

For more information, please email a statement of interest/background and a copy of your CV to Brad Erisman (berisman@utexas.edu). Please note that students are highly encouraged to submit their formal applications to the UT Graduate School by December 1st and no later than December 10, 2018.

CFRP/Erisman Lab: http://fisheries.utexas.edu

Recent publications by Brad Erisman: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Brad_Erisman/research

Current Project on Fish Spawning Aggregations in the Gulf of Mexico: https://geo.gcoos.org/restore/

UTMSI graduate program:




Summer Research Fellowships (Undergrad, Grad, Postdoc) at UVA Field Station

Subject: Summer Research Fellowships (Undergrad, Grad, Postdoc) at UVA Field Station

University of Virginia’s Blandy Experimental Farm has some wonderful fellowship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students and postdocs during summer 2019.  The opportunities are open to applicants from any college or university.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU):

The program emphasizes experimental ecology and evolutionary biology including a wide variety of topics such as plant-animal interactions, pollinator behavior and ecology, insect population ecology, and ecosystem ecology. Successful applicants will receive a $6325 stipend, additional money for food, and free housing.  Each student picks a research mentor from our pool of faculty members and graduate students and then conducts a novel research project.  The students will gain experience in experimental design, data collection, analytical techniques, and written and oral presentation of findings.  REU students also benefit from several professional development workshops.

This is a wonderful opportunity for an undergraduate student contemplating a future in science.  The application deadline is March 1, 2019.

To apply: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fsites.google.com%2Fsite%2Fblandyreu%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C817bb717dfac4da3f44808d6551ff5f6%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636789993096332525&amp;sdata=OypFhL8LqUVJ4JmhvCsioEc8XXCYFvFpUFGYIe6snTY%3D&amp;reserved=0

Graduate and Postdoc Research Fellowships:

Are you a graduate student or postdoc in need of a field station? Summer stipends ($6000 per summer), free on-site housing, and funds for research ($1000 per summer) are available for individuals proposing original research that uses our resources and facilities and contributes to the ongoing science program at the station.

Interested students/postdocs should contact one of the Blandy faculty members listed below to discuss conducting your research at Blandy.  You can direct your inquiries based on the faculty member with the closest match to your research interests; however, we are open to people working in all fields of environmental, ecological, and evolutionary research.

Keep in mind this is not a complete fellowship package, rather it provides summer financial support and access to our facilities to supplement existing support from your home institution.

Dr. Kyle Haynes (population and landscape ecology, forest insect dynamics) Dr. David Carr (plant reproductive ecology, inbreeding and genetic variation) Dr. T’ai Roulston (pollination, plant-animal interactions, bee biology)

For more information about the station: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fblandy.virginia.edu%2Fresearch&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C817bb717dfac4da3f44808d6551ff5f6%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636789993096332525&amp;sdata=n8YotlbRUVw8Wi%2FewaQRHV0sJxobfozCu3rbJzwsI34%3D&amp;reserved=0.

Grad Position: Antarctic Evolutionary Ecology

I’m looking for grad students who are interested in addressing evolutionary ecology questions, focusing on soil ecosystems, starting Fall of 2019.  The 5-year, fully funded positions include a $24k/yr stipend, full tuition scholarship, health insurance, supplemental travel funds ($800/yr) and a broad range of academic and recreational benefits*.

Dissertation projects will focus on core hypotheses associated with the McMurdo Dry Valley LTER research group (http://mcmlter.org), primarily the characterization of soil ecosystem responses to climate variation.  Our hypotheses are informed by approaches including community and autecology, ecological genomics, comparative phylogeography, elemental stoichiometry, molecular evolution, and metagenomics/transcriptomics.  Most (but not all) projects will require conducting field work in Antarctica.

*BYU is located in Provo, Utah, where opportunities for world-class skiing, snowboarding, fly-fishing, kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, and many other outdoor recreational activities are less than 20 minutes from the lab.  There are several festivals during the year in different areas of the county and Provo is home to a vibrant music scene.  Salt Lake City is only 45 minutes travel by car or commuter rail.  BYU is a private institution run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Students are required to uphold to a standard of personal conduct. For more information on this standard, please visit the Honor Code Office website (https://honorcode.byu.edu/).

For full consideration, complete applications should be received by January 15, 2019, but late applications can be considered through the first part of February.

If any of this looks interesting to you, drop me a line:

Byron Adams

Masters/PhD in Landscape Ecology and Remote Sensing at the University of Nevada, Reno

Masters/PhD in Landscape Ecology and Remote Sensing at the University of Nevada, Reno


Dr. Jonathan Greenberg and the Global Environmental Analysis and Remote Sensing (GEARS) Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno are now inviting applications for Doctoral or Master’s work that will start in Fall of 2019 for students interested in the following topics:


Remote Sensing Science: Students should be interested in developing advanced remote sensing algorithms, particularly those that leverage high performance computing and machine learning algorithms.  GEARS is interested in the following general topics:

– Computer vision techniques applied to high spatial resolution LiDAR and optical remote sensing imagery including data collected from airborne and terrestrial laser scanners, as well as unmanned aerial vehicles.

– Change detection and time series analysis of multitemporal remote sensing image datasets, particularly as it applies to multitemporal LiDAR, hyperspatial optical, and “hypertemporal” datasets such as Landsat and MODIS.


Previous programming experience and a background in remote sensing, GIS, and/or computer vision is highly recommended.


Landscape Level Plant-Climate Interactions: Students should be interested in applying remote sensing, GIS, and modeling to the following questions at local to global scales:

– How do plants respond to their climate at regional to global scales scales?

– What will be the future state of vegetated ecosystems under climate change?

– How do non-climate factors such as natural and anthropogenic disturbance impact the past, present, and future distribution of plants?


A degree or background in biogeography, environmental science, ecology, and/or biology is encouraged for applicants, as well as previous experience in remote sensing and GIS and/or ecosystem modeling.


Prospective graduate students will be expected to develop their own research goals, and should have curiosity, motivation, and independence.  Prospective students should email a short summary of their research interests as well as a CV to Dr. Greenberg jgreenberg@unr.edu before applying to the program. Funding will be available from a variety of sources, including fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships.


Prospective PhD students should apply to the Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology graduate program (http://www.unr.edu/eecb) and prospective Master’s students should apply to the Natural Resources and Environmental Science program (https://www.unr.edu/nres).


Ph.D. Assistantship in Arctic Estuarine Ecology

Subject: Ph.D. Assistantship in Arctic Estuarine Ecology

A Ph.D. research assistantship is available (beginning summer 2019) in Ken Dunton’s lab at the University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute (https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Futmsi.utexas.edu%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7Cb13a14816cec41dd4c0908d6551fc7d5%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636789992322094841&amp;sdata=Tw305pMT8bNToJF5kHUi7DFJ9MjD2gnEHZ4XOPw656Y%3D&amp;reserved=0). This position is part of an interdisciplinary program funded by the National Science Foundation to study the benthic ecology of Beaufort Sea lagoons within a newly established LTER located on Alaska’s northern Arctic coast. The student’s research would focus on the resilience of Arctic estuarine benthic communities, with emphasis on how intertidal and subtidal communities respond to extremes in ice, salinity, and hypoxia. This includes studies that examine seasonal and spatial patterns in invertebrate population structure to address mechanisms of persistence, migration, recovery, and trophic linkages with key consumers.  We seek applicants with a background in estuarine and/or marine science with a degree in biology, ecology, environmental science, or closely related fields. The student is expected to develop an integrative field and experimental project that incorporates fundamentally new and innovative approaches to questions of disturbance and resilience in benthic populations. Applicants should have a strong academic background, show evidence of independent work in the field and/or lab, and demonstrate a capacity to contribute to a collaborative research environment. For more information, please email a statement of interest/background and a copy of your CV to Ken Dunton (ken.dunton@utexas.edu). Note that students are encouraged to submit their formal applications to the UT Graduate School no later than December 10, 2018.

Dunton Lab: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=www.utmsi.utexas.edu%2Fstaff%2Fdunton&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7Cb13a14816cec41dd4c0908d6551fc7d5%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636789992322104849&amp;sdata=E1sbdaYTYmzwrzcXGiYn1GgUghmwGnf75U%2FBZRTE9II%3D&amp;reserved=0 Beaufort Lagoon Ecosystems LTER website: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fble.lternet.edu%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7Cb13a14816cec41dd4c0908d6551fc7d5%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636789992322104849&amp;sdata=FaJ6ZUzXj0GUz7Lb7dlghYW77lrdebl9aUwsF6W3HfI%3D&amp;reserved=0 UTMSI graduate program: