Opportunities Archive

Paid Grassland Ecology Internship

Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) is offering internship opportunities with grassland and wildlife ecology projects at the American Prairie Reserve (www.americanprairie.org) in Northeastern Montana near the town of Malta. The intern will support staff activities associated with ecology projects and play a significant role in the advancement of conservation science at SCBI and APR full time from mid-June to mid-November. During this time, housing will be provided at a research center on site. It is highly recommended that interns own a vehicle with high clearance for personal use. This internship offers a stipend of $1200-$1500 per month depending on qualifications. The intern will be responsible for the cost of transportation to Montana, personal transportation during their stay, and personal health insurance. Applications must be received by May 4th. To apply, see additional information below.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES/DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Selected candidates will learn to place and maintain camera traps for wildlife surveys. In addition, they will learn to identify plants and gain specific knowledge on grassland species of the western U.S. by applying methods for vegetation surveys and mapping protocols. Interns will learn to compile and review ecological data in standard formats.
During this internship, candidates will improve leadership skills and learn to discuss APR/SCBI ecology projects by presenting to different audiences. Be expected to organize weekly activities, in conjunction with supervisors, to achieve primary goals. Interns will also assist staff in outreach and education events that convey conservation science to the public.

Applicants should have knowledge and experience with wildlife surveys. Must enjoy being outdoors in all weather conditions. Strong communications and the ability to engage within a team environment with staff and other interns and volunteers is necessary. Applicants must hold a valid driver’s license. Experience in off-road driving is a plus. Preference will be given to undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a career in a related field, but recent graduates accepted.

To apply or request more information, direct emails to Hila Shamoon at hila.shamoon@gmail.com. Please be sure to include in your email a resume or CV and a one-page statement of your interest in pursuing this position. The statement should mention relevant experience, career goals, education, your reasons for wanting this internship, and what you hope to gain from the experience.

Colorado Internship – BLM Aquatic Monitoring

Passionate individual needed for an internship with the Bureau of Land Management in Colorado.  This is an Aquatic Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring position which is vital for maintaining the health of our public lands.  Ideal start date in May 1st and the position goes into
October but this is flexible due to late notice.    $520-$680 week, DOQ,
Americorps education award, and per Diem benefits.  See Position description below or atwww.rockymountainyouthcorps.org/internship-

With Questions or to Apply, e-mail LizD@rockymountainyouthcorps.com with your resume, cover letter, and a copy of your transcripts (an unofficial copy is okay)

Position Description – 2018

Partner Agency: Bureau of Land Management

Position:       Internship – Aquatic Monitoring Crew Member or Crew

Tentative Session Dates:        May, 2018- October, 2018.  Full-time,
temporary, exempt

Stipend:         Weekly stipend of $520-$680 per week

AmeriCorps Benefits:    Anticipated $2,215 AmeriCorps Education Award
(675 hour term) Upon successful completion of the season

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps’ Mission
Our mission is to engage young people in the outdoors, inspiring them to use their strengths and potential to lead healthy, productive lives.  We teach responsibility for self, community, and environment through teamwork, service, and experiential education

Program Overview:
In partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Rocky Mountain Youth Corps is seeking stream habitat assessment technicians crew members to assist in the implementation of the aquatic Assessment, Inventory, Monitoring (AIM) initiative.  The technicians will be trained in partnership with the National Aquatic Monitoring Center (Utah State University).  Interns will serve in a crew of 2 people (one crew lead mentor and one technician) to assess stream habitat. Technicians will sample streams and rivers on BLM land using the BLM’s aquatic AIM protocol. Successful applicants will spend 4-8 days in a row in the field camping and collecting water quality data, stream habitat data, and benthic macroinvertebrate samples.

General Qualifications:
Desired Skills:
        An excellent attitude, work ethic, and willingness to learn
        Coursework in natural resources/ecology or other scientific
        Field experience collecting scientific data
        Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
        The ability to read, interpret, and navigate using topographic
        The ability to serve in a field-based environment in harsh
weather conditions, with little contact with the outside world for up to
8 days at a time
        The ability to serve closely and amicably with 1-2 other field
technician(s) for several days at a time with little to no contact with other people
        The ability to interact and communicate professionally with
multiple stakeholders including: landowners, recreationalists, hunters, anglers, and BLM employees
        A high degree of comfort wading in all types of streams
including those with slick rocks, boulders, fast water, cold water, deep mud, and log jams
        A willingness to serve long days (10 – 12hrs)

Desired Experience:
        Experience with primitive camping
        Experience driving 4X4 vehicles on rough roads (or a willingness
to learn)
        A valid driver’s license
        Backcountry travel experience and solid navigational skills
        Wilderness first aid certification
        Leadership skills and experience
        Coursework in stream ecology, hydrology, or geomorphology

Applicant must be physically fit, able to stand and walk for long periods of time (at a minimum 6 miles/day) and lift items that weigh up to 50 pounds in upwards of 100 degree heat. The successful applicant will have experience and willingness to spend multiple days camping in remote areas and be familiar with best practices for field safety and Leave No Trace principles. A personal vehicle is highly recommended for travel to and from the duty station and for personal time. Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas is also necessary. There is potential for serving in adverse conditions including extreme heat, monsoonal rains and hazardous wildlife (i.e. rattlesnakes, scorpions), so field safety skills and risk management are important. The successful applicant will attend ten days of AIM Core Methods training, ATV/UTV, CPR, Wilderness First Aid, and Defensive Driving (or provide certification if still current).
Applicant must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record.
Applicant must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record.
Prior to starting this position, a government security background clearance will be required.

*       College Graduate
*       Driver’s License
*       U.S. Citizenship or permission to work in the US
*       In order to receive the AmeriCorps Education Award the
successful applicant must have one of the following:
*       Birth Certificate from the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam, US Virgin
Islands, American Samoa, or Northern Mariana Islands
*       U.S. Passport
*       Report of birth abroad of a U.S. Citizen (FS-240)
*       Certificate of birth-foreign service (FS-545)
*       Certificate of naturalization (INS form n560 or N561)
*       Permanent Resident Card, INS form I-551
*       Alien Registration Card, INS form I-551
*       A passport indicating that the INS has approved it as temporary
evidence of lawful admission for permanent residence
*       A departure record ( INS 194) indication that the INS has
approved it as temporary evidence of lawful admission for permanent

Science and Research Internship on Amphibians and Mammals this Summer in Ecuador

The Jatun Sacha foundation is a non-governmental, nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of tropical, aquatic and high land ecosystems. The foundation was established in 1986 and has since then successfully contributed to the conservation of Ecuador’s pristine and precious ecosystems.
The Jatun Sacha foundation in Ecuador is organizing a science and research internship on amphibians and mammals during this summer break.
The courses will take place from July 23 until August 12, 2018 in Ecuador’s Choco Rainforest, Amazon and Highlands, three of themost biodiverse areas of the world.
These internships provide an excellent opportunity for biology and ecology students to learn about Ecuador’s fauna and ecosystems in a natural classroom, having direct contact with nature as well as an unforgettable experience in the breathtaking scenery of Ecuador.
The amphibian and mammal courses will run in parallel, therefore students have to register either for the course on amphibians or for the course on mammals.
Please help us spread the word and inform your biology and ecology students about this interesting courses. The posters and course descriptions can be found in the attachment, we would be very thankful if you shared this with the relevant groups.
If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact research@jatunsacha.org or volunteer1@jatunsacha.org. Thank you very much for your support.
Best regards
Sabine Haller
Sabine Haller
Jatun Sacha Foundation
Teresa de Cepeda N34-260 y Republica
Quito, Ecuador

Opportunity in the Schultz Lab at UConn EEB

Undergraduate Independent Study Opportunity

Topic: Released and Deceased

When: Starting in the summer or fall 2018

We are looking for a junior or senior undergraduate student to work in the Schultz Laboratory with a graduate student on a project which estimates the biomass of dead discarded fish in marine recreational fisheries in coastal USA. The undergraduate student will work with the graduate student to identify candidate species for the study, download relevant datasets, perform literature searches to find supporting material and then write basic code in R for data manipulation and analysis. The student is required to be either be an EEB major or an NRE major. The preferred candidate should have taken either EEB 2244 and/or NRE 4335, have experience reading primary literature, knowledge of basic statistics and familiarity with R.

Candidates from underrepresented groups in higher education are especially encouraged to apply. Please contact Jacob Kasper via email at jacob.kasper@uconn.edu with cover letter and resume

Research Experience for Undergraduates REU – Opportunity

Subject: Research Experience for Undergraduates REU – Opportunity


The Sala Lab at Arizona State University (http://sala.lab.asu.edu) is looking for motivated undergraduate students to participate in research activities in grassland ecosystem ecology during the summer of 2018.
Successful applicants will work with graduate students, technicians and postdocs to assist with ongoing rainfall manipulation experiments at the Jornada LTER (https://jornada.nmsu.edu/lter), vegetation and soil sampling, and other field surveys at several field sites across the US.
Additionally, participants have the opportunity to work with Sala Lab members and the PI to develop a personalized project.

The successful applicant should be a current undergraduate student who is not a graduating senior. Application deadline is May 1st, 2018.
Please send application materials to Dr. Laureano Gherardi (Lau@asu.edu). More information about this opportunity and application material details are in the solicitation attached to this e-mail or can be viewed in the Opportunities link above.


Ph.D. position in avian seasonal physiology/chronobiology at North Dakota State University

The Greives lab is recruiting motivated PhD students interested in participating in research projects aimed at understanding how animals integrate environmental signals, time seasonal or daily transitions, and/or the selective pressures shaping seasonality of temperate breeding birds. Specific projects can vary based on research interests but may include investigations of relationships between variation in endocrine ‘phenotypes’ and daily and seasonal timing (e.g. timing of dawn song or seasonal clutch initiation), or investigations of the costs and benefits of timing decisions (e.g.
timing of reproduction).

The PhD student would join a department with expertise in organismal biology, ecophysiology, and evolutionary ecology, including four established and collaborative avian behavior/physiology labs (T.
Greives, B. Heidinger, W. Reed, P. Klug).  Students will begin August 2018 and will participate in either the Biological Sciences or Environmental and Conservation Sciences graduate program at NDSU.

Preferred qualifications include: experience with mist netting, handling and obtaining blood samples from small birds and/or experience with lab techniques including PCR or ELISAs.

Competitive stipend funding and tuition waivers via teaching and/or research assistantships are available. If you are interested in this position please contact Dr. Tim Greives at timothy[dot]greives[at]ndsu[dot]edu.  Please include in your email your research experiences as well as your research interests and how these match with research in the Greives lab.  Also please include your degree, GPA and two potential references.

MSc opportunity in Forest Ecology

We are seeking a M.Sc. student to evaluate how stand composition and inter-tree distance influences wood characteristics of Spruce and Aspen growing in mixedwood stands.
Mixedwood forests comprise a large component of the land base in British Columbia, and western Canada generally.  While conifer dominated stands have historically been preferentially harvested, utilization of softwood and hardwood fiber from mixedwood stands is projected to increase.  Advancing our understanding of how stand composition and forest structure influence wood and fiber attributes will promote better utilization and management of these forest resources.  The student working on this project will use a combination of dendrochronology methods, wood fiber analysis, and forest measurement to analyze relationships between tree growth, forest structure and wood properties.
Applicants should be interested in studying the drivers of tree growth at the individual and stand level and relating this information to forest management.  Research associated with this project will be done at established silviculture research sites, and in natural forest stands, near Fort St. John in north eastern British Columbia.
This M.Sc. research project will entail a combination of field sampling under difficult conditions and data modeling. Ideal candidates will have a strong forest ecology or plant physiology background.  Strong quantitative skills and experience conducting data analysis and modelling in R or Python would be beneficial.
Successful applicants will be working with Dr. Ché Elkin and Dr. Lisa Wood (University of Northern British Columbia), and Richard Kabzems (B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development (FLNRORD)).  UNBC is located in Prince George and is surrounded by intermontane sub-boreal forest providing untold opportunity for exploration and field research and study.  UNBC has a well-regarded program in Forest Ecology and Management, and is Canada’s Green UniversityTM as well as a top ‘green employer’ within Canada.  Two years of funding are guaranteed for this position.
Interested students should contact Ché Elkin for further information on this research opportunity and position.  Applicants for this position are asked to send a letter of interest, detailed CV, transcripts, and names of 3 references to Dr. Ché Elkin (che.elkin@unbc.ca).  Applications will be evaluated as they are received, with the aim of selecting a student by May 11th, 2018.   The preferred start date for this position will be Sept. 2018, with the potential for a January 2019 start.
For more information please see:
Ché Elkin
Associate Professor
FRBC-Slocan Mixedwood Ecology and Management Chair
University of Northern British Columbia
Ecosystem Science and Management

Paid pollinator research technician – Gratton Lab, UW-Madison

The Gratton Lab at UW-Madison is hiring a pollinator research technician! We are looking for someone to work on a project addressing how natural habitat and pollinator plantings influence wild bee communities, nesting success, and cucumber crop yields. Positions will run early-mid June – end of Aug. Field work will take place north of Madison, WI, and will include observational pollinator surveys, pollen deposition experiments, bee nest box surveys, and assessment of cucumber crop yields. Irregular and/or long hours and weekend work may be necessary.
  • Enjoy working outside for extended periods
  • Interest in ecology, entomology, and/or sustainable agriculture
  • Ability to learn quickly and work well independently
  • Experience with field research
  • Valid driver’s license with no moving violations in the past 3 years
  • Available from early or mid June – August 30th
  • Preferred: experience working with and identifying wild bees

If interested, please send a cover letter, resume (1 page max), and references to eblowe@wisc.edu by Sun, April 22ndPositions start at $10/hour.
Erin Lowe 
MSc Candidate, Agroecology and Entomology
Gratton Lab, University of Wisconsin-Madison

MS Assistantship in Ecophysiology at Mississippi State University

An MS research assistantship is available in the Ecophysiology lab of Dr.
Heidi Renninger in the Department of Forestry
(http://www.cfr.msstate.edu/forestry/) at Mississippi State University starting in the August, 2018.  Broadly, our lab seeks to understand how the physical environment affects plant physiological functioning in terms of productivity and water use and how environmental change will alter plant and ecosystem function in the future.  We are currently working with short rotation woody biofuel crops to determine environmental vs. genetic controls on productivity, water use and nutrient uptake.  The assistantship includes a stipend, full tuition waiver and health insurance.  More information about the graduate school at Mississippi State University can be found here: http://www.grad.msstate.edu/.  To learn more about the position, please contact Heidi Renninger (Heidi.Renninger@msstate.edu).  Interested students should submit 1) a letter stating their goals for graduate school 2) academic transcripts and
3) a resume/CV to Dr. Renninger prior to submitting an online application to the MSU graduate school. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable applicant is found.

Undergraduate field experiences – webinar given by Dr. Susan Singer

We invite you to join us for a webinar given by Dr. Susan Singer scheduled for April 26th at 8:00 am Pacific Time. This first event of the Undergraduate Field Experiences Research Network is free and open to all. A very quick and easy registration is required. Register here.
Undergraduate field experiences:
Challenges and opportunities

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

8:00 am Pacific Time

Register here 
-login information will be provided after registration-
Dr. Singer is Provost and VP of Academic Affairs at Rollins College and will be our first speaker in the webinar series. She will provide an overview of the national landscape about undergraduate STEM education, will talk about authentic field experiences and the evidence for their value, and will highlight opportunities this network might address in using evidence to both improve undergraduate field experiences and broaden participation in STEM.

Feel free to forward this message to colleagues. And if you haven’t had a chance, be sure to check out our website at

All the best,

Kari O’Connell and the U-FERN Project Team

Research assistant in tidal wetland ecology at GW

Subject: Opening: Research assistant in tidal wetland ecology at GW

I am searching for a full time research assistant to join my lab in summer
2018 to assist in the set-up, maintenance, and break down of wetland plant ecology field and greenhouse experiments and vegetation monitoring campaigns. The research assistant will help in other stages of research:
developing protocols, managing data, and processing plant and soil samples in the laboratory. The research assistant will prepare and run carbon and nitrogen analyses of plant tissue samples in the lab.

Requirements: Fieldwork can be physically taxing. Applicants must be able to hike to field sites, spend hours in hot and buggy conditions, and lift up to
50 lbs. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in ecology or a related science. Plant research experience is preferred, although training will be provided in plant identification and ecological and analytical methods.
Please describe relevant experience in your cover letter. Funding is available for 1 year with a competitive salary and benefits package. To apply to this opportunity, please submit an application prior to April 30:

The Gedan lab at The George Washington University investigates the response of coastal and marine species and ecosystems to global changes in climate, sea level, nutrient availability, and invasive species. We focus on conservation-priority, shallow, marine ecosystems, especially tidal marsh.
We are interested in marsh migration and the conversion of natural and human-dominated uplands, as well as the novel ecosystems and interactions occurring in transitioning coastal areas. Our team primarily relies upon an experimental approach in the greenhouse and the field. Established field sites are in the estuaries and coastal bays of the Mid-Atlantic. The lab is located in a newly constructed interdisciplinary science building in downtown Washington, DC, across the street from the Foggy Bottom Metro station.

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Graduate Opportunity in Urban Forest Modeling

Subject: Graduate Opportunity in Urban Forest Modeling

Dr. Christina Staudhammer in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama (http://cstaudhammer.people.ua.edu/) is now inviting applications for a PhD or MS position starting in spring 2019. The student will work on a project in urban forestry, partially funded by a grant from NSF-Ecosystems.
The benefits of urban forests to city-dwelling people include recreation, pollution, mitigation, energy savings, and water purification. However, fundamental questions still remain about the resistance and resilience of urban ecosystems to anthropogenic change, especially associated with projected alterations in global climate. Hurricane Irma, while destructive, created an opportunity to evaluate the impact of windstorms on urban forests. Utilizing pre- and post-storm field-measured and remotely sensed data, a student is sought to model the relationship between tree, landscape, and socioeconomic characteristics, storm variables, and urban forest damage.  This work will fill gaps in our knowledge about the ecosystem services provided by urban forests. The overarching goal is to enhance our scientific understanding of the role of urban forests at local to regional scales, and how they respond to disturbance.
It is expected that prospective graduate students will develop their own research plans and goals, and therefore should be self-motivated and independent. Students should be interested in combining ecology with statistical modeling. Students should have demonstrated experience in statistics, as well as a background forest ecology, geography, or environmental science. A solid working knowledge of SAS and/or R is required, and those with strong quantitative skills will be given preference.
This position is primarily a Teaching Assistantship, supplemented by grant funding. However students are expected to apply for additional funding.
Interested students will earn a graduate degree from the Department of Biological Sciences. The project will also offer the opportunity to interact with researchers from the USDA forest service, as well as researchers from the University of Florida and University of South Florida.
The University of Alabama is located in Tuscaloosa, a college town of ~100,000, surrounded by extensive and varied forests. These forests, and the greater region, provide a wide range of recreational amenities including rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hiking and mountain biking.
To be eligible, students must meet the graduate admission requirements of the University of Alabama: an undergraduate GPA > 3.0 overall, 3.0 for the last 60 semester hours in a degree program or 3.0 for a completed graduate degree program, and a 300 on the GRE.  If interested, email a short summary of your research interests, an unofficial transcript from undergraduate (and post-graduate, if applicable) work, as well as a CV to Dr. Christina Staudhammer (cstaudhammer@ua.edu).

PhD Position Available in Entomology at MSU

Subject: PhD Position Available in Entomology at MSU

The Jim Smith and Peter White research group at Michigan State University (https://msu.edu/user/jimsmith andwww.pjtwhite.org) seeks a motivated PhD student interested in pursuing research investigating insect evolutionary genetics, focused on tephritids, or the impact of urbanization and landscape change on insect populations, primarily within Lepidoptera. There is considerable latitude in research focus, which may include aspects of (A) landscape ecology, (B) natural history and phylogeography, (C) Lepidoptera or tephritid phylogenetics, (D) citizen science initiatives, particularly in the K-14 education sphere, and/or (E) invasive species ecology.

This PhD position is fully funded through a graduate teaching assistantship in the school year, and with available bridge-funding in the summer.

The position could start as early as the Fall 2018 semester.

– Applicants should have a solid background in entomology and/or ecology and/or genetics
– Applicants must have strong writing skills and possess proficiency in English (both written and spoken) and a valid driving license.
– Applicants should have a strong quantitative reasoning skills.
– Experience or strong interest in teaching and science education is desirable.
– Experience working with undergraduates is desirable.
– A MS is desirable, though not necessarily required.

Application Process:
– Interested applicants should follow the instructions found on the MSU Entomology website here:

– In addition, interested applicants should send the following materials to the lab PIs, Peter White (pwhite@msu.edu) and Jim Smith (jimsmith@msu.edu)

(i) an updated CV, (ii) a writing sample, and (iii) a personal statement describing the applicant’s area of research interest.

Botany Intern – Carson City, Nevada

Botany Intern
Bureau of Land Management / Great Basin Institute
Member will provide national service at Bureau of Land Management Service host site for the AmeriCorps Intern Program.
The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is recruiting one (1) Seed Menu Interns to join our AmeriCorps program to develop an approach for developing ecologically based seed menus that will enhance the vegetation management efforts of the BLM.
Primary Responsibilities:
·         Scouting and identifying populations of target native plant species suitable for the program;
·         GPS mapping populations of plants, disturbance areas, and other features;
·         Monitoring the phenology of plant populations to identify optimal seed collection times;
·         Collecting seed from plant populations for both operational and conservation collections and completing data forms in accordance with the Seeds of Success (SOS) Technical Protocol;
·         Processing and shipping seed.
·         Taking herbarium vouchers, and processing and shipping as necessary.
·         Collecting tissue samples of target species for genetic analysis and processing and shipping.
·         Recording data electronically and on paper data forms, entering and editing data related to restoration activities;
·         Assisting with the coordination of conservation crew work;
·         Assisting with the coordination of volunteer seed collection and restoration events;
·         Provide support for arid land restoration projects;
·         Monitoring and maintenance of reciprocal transplant study plots;
·         Reporting accomplishments and providing recommendations for program improvements, priorities, and future projects.
Related Responsibilities:
     Participate in trainings provided by BLM staff and community partners;
     Meet with Host Site Supervisor on a regular basis;
     Participate in required national service days; and
     Participate in regular AmeriCorps team meetings.
Physical Demands: 
Field work involves driving GBI trucks on both highways and 4WD roads, often for 100+ miles per day as well as hiking off designated trails or routes, across rugged terrain, up to 5 miles per day, but more typically 0-2 miles per day. Seed collection requires regular stooping, standing and maneuvering on uneven terrain for many hours a day. Weather conditions will vary from cold winds or rain in the early spring to temperatures over 100F in the summer. The use of global positioning systems (handheld GPS units), computers, PDAs, digital cameras, and on- and off-road vehicles are an essential part of the job. Camping under primitive conditions at remote locations on data collection trips will often be required. Schedules are often determined by plant phenology.  Incumbents must also be willing to spend days at a time working at a computer during periods of data entry and analysis.
·      Lift up to 50-70 pounds of material or equipment
·      Bend, lift, pull, and push
·      Crouch, stoop, kneel, stand, or bend for long periods of time
·      Drive for many hours a day on highways and 4WD roads.
·      Handle plant material for many hours a day.
·      Walk and stand for long periods of time on uneven surfaces carrying equipment
·      Be outside in extreme heat or cold (depending upon the season)
·      Occasionally work 10+ hour days
·      Travel and camp overnight & up to 8 days at a time for project work
  1. Living Allowance stipend*: $8,384.20
  2. AmeriCorps Education Award**: $2,215.24
  3. Housing Stipend: $75/week
  4. Medical, dental and vision insurance provided at no cost
Final living allowance amount and AmeriCorps Education Award value are determined by the length of the appointment.
** AmeriCorps Education Award may be used for past, present or future education experiences, including payment of qualifying federal student loans. Loan forbearance and accrued interest payment on qualifying student loans is also available.
Timeline:  May 2018 – October 2018 (20 weeks)
Carson City, NV
Carson City, NV is located about 30 miles south of Reno and is the capital of Nevada. It is within a 30 minute drive of Reno, Lake Tahoe and Virginia City. Named after the mountain man, Kit Carson, Carson City was once a hub for the Virginia and Truckee railroad. Wilderness enthusiasts will find plenty of outdoors activities at nearby Spooner Lake and Washoe Lake State Park. Spooner Lake is located approximately 15 miles from Carson City on U.S. Highway 28 and is recognized as one of the most diverse ecosystems in the area, and is also Nevada’s only catch and release fishery.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) administers 47.5 million acres of public land in Nevada. The area is home to historic mining and ranching that conjure up images of the Wild West. The Great Basin’s mountain ranges and wide open valleys are home to wildlife, livestock and wild horses and burros.
·         Bachelor’s degree with coursework and field experience related to biology, botany, ecology, plant science, or related field;
·         Experience identifying plants using taxonomic keys or familiarity with plants of the Great Basin;
·         Work independently or in pairs with little supervision and high attention to detail;
·         Strong interpersonal skills and willingness to work as part of a tight knit team;
·         Experience using hand-held GPS equipment for data collection and navigation;
·         Ability to read and navigate using topographic maps and a compass;
·         Understanding and/or experience using ArcGIS Pro 2.0 software, ArcCollector, and Survey 123, helpful;
·         Willingness and ability to work in harsh, ever-changing desert conditions, including extreme temperatures, independently or as part of a team;
·         Ability to bend and stoop for long periods of time while collecting seed, and to use hand tools, and occasionally lift buckets of water and other heavy loads;
·         Ability to work a non-standard schedule, such as beginning at 5 am, to avoid heat-related issues, to follow plant phenology, or for coordination with team members. 
·         Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;
·         Willingness to camp in remote, undeveloped sites for multiple days;
·         Valid, state-issued driver’s license and familiarity driving 4WD vehicles on- and off-road;
·         Experience operating All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV) on difficult terrain helpful; and
·         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 equivalent of two full-time terms of service), (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:
Please follow this link to apply directly through our online portal:http://crcareers.thegreatbasininstitute.org/careers/careers.aspx?rf=ECOLOG&req=2018-ACI-018
The Great Basin Institute conforms 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.
 These AmeriCorps positions are made possible by a generous grant from the Nevada Commission for National and Community Service.

UC Irvine Masters in Conservation and Restoration Science

Subject: UC Irvine Masters in Conservation and Restoration Science

Master’s Program in Conservation and Restoration at UC-Irvine is accepting applications for Fall 2018

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Center for Environmental Biology (CEB) at the University of California, Irvine are accepting applications for the Masters in Conservation and Restoration Science (MCRS) graduate program providing training for students interested in careers in the research and management of natural resources. Now accepting applications for the second cohort of MCRS students for Fall 2018! Sectors and potential careers for MCRS graduates include: non-profit land management sector, local and federal government agencies, and environmental consulting firms. For more information, visit the MCRS webpage (http://mcrs.bio.uci.edu), or contact program administrators at uciconresscience@uci.edu.

The MCRS degree will provide students with the academic and professional skills needed to study, protect, and conserve natural resources, and to hold leadership and management positions in environmental fields related to conservation, restoration, and sustainability. Potential applicants will need a B.A. or B.S. degree, preferably in the natural sciences (biology, conservation biology, ecology, environmental science, forestry, wildlife biology, horticulture, or similar degree title) from a fully accredited academic institution. Applicants with undergraduate degrees in other areas will be considered, but must demonstrate proficiency in the natural sciences and/or practical experience working in this professional field.

The program includes two years of coursework and activities, including 18 units of core courses (e.g., ecology, conservation science), 16 units of topical electives (e.g., environmental policy, land use policy), 18 units of technical and professional skills courses (e.g., technical writing, GIS), and 8 units associated with technical and professional workshops (e.g., regional professional gatherings). A collaborative, year-long group capstone project (12 units), aligned with community partners, integrates the program’s learning objectives and applies student’s new skills to key environmental challenges facing society.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Our next round of applications will be reviewed for admission after July 1, 2018.

Field & Lab Technician needed, U. New Mexico

Subject: Field & Lab Technician needed, U. New Mexico

The Rudgers & Whitney Labs at the University of New Mexico are looking for a technician / supervisor to work on projects related to the ecology and evolution of plant-microbe-animal interactions.


Req 3451.

Duties will include work in both field and laboratory settings on projects examining the ecology and evolution of plants, plant-animal and plant-microbe interactions. Position includes lab management and training/working with our undergraduate team. Candidates should have B.A./B.S. in biology (or related field) and some hands-on field and/or lab experience. Training will be provided, but experience with DNA techniques (PCR, sequencing), plant care and greenhouse maintenance, plant identification and vegetation sampling, insect identification, soil science, and/or microbial methods is a bonus. The position is full-time and term-limited (12-36 months). This position would be an excellent fit for someone planning on graduate study in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, as there will be the opportunity to gain experience in a number of research areas and to co-author papers.

Coweeta REU at Virginia Tech

Subject: Coweeta REU at Virginia Tech

We are looking for an NSF-REU student to work on a soil microbial ecology project at Virginia Tech for 10 weeks (June – August 2018, exact dates negotiable). A stipend will be provided for travel, field expenses and living expenses (approximately $600 per week). The project will be focused on land use change in the southern Appalachian region and its effects on ecosystem functions of soil microbial communities.

Project details: the student will work directly with a PhD student in the Barrett lab in the Biological Sciences Department on a project based at the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory in the southern Appalachian mountains of North Carolina. At Coweeta, we are investigating soil microbial responses Rhododendron understory removal, with a focus on responses of microbial extracellular enzymes involved in carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus cycling in soil. The REU student will complete a complementary project in which they will measure soil extracellular enzyme activities in forests with no history of a Rhododendron understory as well as forests that have been subjected to a variety of past land uses, such as commercial logging.

In addition to measuring extracellular enzyme activities, the student will gain experience in field soil sampling and processing as well as lab measurement of soil physical and chemical properties. The student will also be involved in data entry, processing, and analysis.

The ideal candidate will have an interest in ecosystem ecology, soil ecology, and microbial ecology. The candidate must be enrolled in an undergraduate program and must have a graduation date after August 2018.
Applicants should send a CV (resume), unofficial transcript, contact information for one academic reference, and a one page personal statement to Ernie Osburn (eosburn@vt.edu). Please include “REU position” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted through May 4th, 2018.

Summer Internship Opportunity: ESA Science Outreach Intern

Subject: Summer Internship Opportunity: ESA Science Outreach Intern

The ESA Office of Science Programs (https://www.esa.org/esa/science/)
seeks an energetic senior undergraduate, recent graduate, or graduate student with strong communication and organizational skills to enhance our communication and outreach endeavors and help manage special ESA meetings, workshops, and training events. A basic background in and appreciation for ecology, biology, and/or environmental sciences is desired.

This is a paid, part-time internship based in ESA’s downtown Washington, DC office, with occasional travel to events in the greater DC area. The position is funded from May 29 – August 31, 2018 and pays $15 per hour.

For details and the official job posting, please see:

Applications due by Friday, April 20th.

Research Assistant in Insect Ecology

JOB: Research Assistant in Rocky Mountain Insect Ecology (3 month position)

Job Description:  The USDA, Agriculture Research Service, Northern Plains Agriculture Research Laboratory in Sidney, MT is seeking an enthusiastic and hard-working individual to serve as a biological science aide.  Our research focuses on grassland insect and rangeland ecology; specifically how interactions between grasshoppers and Mormon crickets affect Mormon cricket and grasshopper diets, insect immunity to pathogens, and grassland health.
Work may include sampling grasshoppers, Mormon crickets, and other rangeland insects in large scale experiments, sampling rangeland plants, setting up and conducting manipulative experiments in the field and lab.  Most field work will be conducted in subalpine meadows at 9000 feet elevation in the Bighorn Mountains in northern Wyoming. A willingness to drive on overnight travel to sites in Wyoming will be required.

Salary: $11.68 – 12.74 per hour (GS-2 – GS-3) dependent on experience and education.  Dorm-style, shared housing is available on location for ~$150 per month, including utilities, internet and basic cable TV.

Dates: Starting June 10th and continuing through the middle of September.

Qualifications: The candidate must be a US citizen.  Additionally, the candidate should be physically fit, able to walk rapidly over rangeland, and comfortable spending long hours outside at high elevation. The candidate will need a driver’s license.  Willingness to work long days, and some weekends when necessary is also a must.  Undergraduate course work in ecology, entomology, range or environmental sciences, and previous field work experience is preferred, but not required.

Application process: Please send cover letter, resume, and names and contact information of two references (electronically) to David Branson (dave.branson@ars.usda.gov).  Be sure to include available start and end dates. In your cover letter and please describe any experience or coursework you have in relevant areas such as field ecology, entomology, or plant identification In your cover letter or resume.

Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more information on the grasshopper research program
visit: http://bit.ly/2v1SHRb or http://bit.ly/2D5bppW or contact us directly.

Santa Barbara Coastal LTER REU

Keywords: Biogeochemistry, Organic Matter, Nitrogen, Sediment, Kelp, Santa Barbara

A Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer fellowship is available for one student in partnership with the Santa Barbara Coastal Long Term Ecological Research program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Duration is 12 weeks, June 18-Sept 7, although these dates are flexible, and the student will be compensated $1,500/month.
We invite applications from qualified, highly motivated undergraduate students from U.S.
colleges/universities to participate in a 12-week lab and field based summer research experience. The student will be involved with an NSF-funded project on the cycling of terrestrially and marine-derived organic matter in kelp forests and nearby marine sediments. The main objective of this project is to evaluate how the input of various kinds of organic matter affects nitrogen and carbon cycling in kelp forest ecosystems and surrounding regions and to develop a quantitative understanding of the potential supply of nutrients provided by these organic matter inputs. Applicants should possess a strong analytical chemistry background, an interest in fieldwork, and the desire to conduct an independent project.

There are several potential avenues of research that the REU may pursue, and the final project will be decided upon following a literature review and discussion with their supervisor. The REU will be responsible for conducting an independent project and completing a written report at the end of the summer. They will also have the opportunity to learn R software, participate in field work in the Santa Barbara Channel, collaborate with other undergraduate students, and receive training for several biogeochemical protocols and appropriate instruments.

Eligibility: You are eligible if you are an undergraduate student who has completed at least two years of study towards a bachelor’s degree in a related topic (including but not limited to environmental studies, chemistry, biology, ecology, or physics), and if you will still be an undergraduate in the fall term following the summer fellowship.  Students from underrepresented groups and from institutions with limited research opportunities are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
The University of California is an equal opportunity employer and educator.

Application Materials: Interested applicants should send a personal statement, CV, unofficial transcript, one letter of recommendation, and contact information for one additional reference. The statement should be no more than a page in length and should include the following information: (i) professional goals, (ii) interest in the position, and
(iii) relevant experience.  Send application materials as a single PDF, to Heili Lowman (heili.lowman@lifesci.ucsb.edu). Please include your name and REU application in file names and the e-mail subject line. The letter of recommendation should be sent directly from the recommender. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will be accepted through May 10, 2018.

Plant and Insect Field Technicians in Boyce, VIrginia

Subject: Plant and Insect Field Technicians in Boyce, VIrginia

The University of Virginia seeks four hourly Laboratory Technicians to assist with a research project at Blandy Experimental Farm studying factors that influence bumble bee colony growth. The technicians will work in teams and spend the majority of their time at field sites within an approximate 1-hour radius of Blandy. Two technicians will be responsible for vegetation surveys and pollen collection from plants, and two technicians will be responsible for pollen collection from live, foraging bees and for monitoring bumble bee colonies in the field.

Applicants must work well independently and have a professional attitude. Experience with plant surveys or working with insects is preferred. Technological experience with drones, remote sensing, or image analysis is preferred. Work will be 40 hours per week, starting in mid to late May and continuing for 10 weeks. Anticipated hiring range is $12-$13 per hour. Dormitory style housing on site may be available.

Blandy Experimental Farm is a 700-acre University of Virginia research facility situated in the northern Shenandoah Valley, about 10 miles east of Winchester and 60 miles west of Washington, D.C.

If you have questions about the position, contact David Carr, dec5z@virginia.edu or T’ai Roulston, thr8z@virginia.edu

To apply go to https://jobs.virginia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=84033

Temporary Research Technician Position

Title: Temporary Research Technician Position

Agency: Texas A&M University, Natural Resources Institute

Job Location: The position is located at Texas A&M AgriLife Dallas Center in Dallas, TX.

Job Description: Mussel Research Group at Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute is seeking applications for a temporary Research Technician. The individual will assist research in conservation genetics of freshwater mussels in Texas. Primary job duties include archiving tissue samples, DNA extraction, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), DNA sequencing, and fragment analyses; however, the individual should expect occasional field sampling of mussels. Fieldwork includes visual and tactile search for mussels (wading and snorkeling), mussel identification, and data entry. Typical work
schedule: 5 days per week, 8 hrs per day. Occasionally, longer workdays may be required to complete field sampling.

Salary & Duration: $900 every 2 weeks. This position is for 4 months.

Qualifications: BS in Biology or related field is required. The ideal candidate will have strong written and oral communication skills, be self-motivated and enthusiastic, and be capable of working independently and as part of a team. Experience with general genetic techniques (e.g., DNA extraction, PCR, gel electrophoresis, etc.) and strong background in phylogenetics/population genetics are highly desirable.

Tentative Start Date: May 28, 2018.

Application Deadline and Process: As a single email attachment, submit a cover letter summarizing your research interest and career goals, a resume or CV, and names and contact information for three professional references to Kentaro Inoue (kentaro.inoue@ag.tamu.edu). Review of applications will start April 23, 2018 and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

Website: https://nri.tamu.edu | https://dallas.tamu.edu

Hiring a Field and Lab Technician

The Rudgers & Whitney Labs at the University of New Mexico are looking for a technician / supervisor to work on projects related to the ecology and evolution of plant-microbe-animal interactions.
Req 3451. 
Duties will include work in both field and laboratory settings on projects examining the ecology and evolution of plants, plant-animal and plant-microbe interactions. Position includes lab management and training/working with our undergraduate team. Candidates should have B.A./B.S. in biology (or related field) and some hands-on field and/or lab experience. Training will be provided, but experience with DNA techniques (PCR, sequencing), plant care and greenhouse maintenance, plant identification and vegetation sampling, insect identification, soil science, and/or microbial methods is a bonus. The position is full-time and term-limited (12-36 months). This position would be an excellent fit for someone planning on graduate study in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, as there will be the opportunity to gain experience in a number of research areas and to co-author papers.
Please forward this ad to anyone who might be a good fit!
Many thanks!
Jenn and Ken

Disease Ecology Field Research Technicians

The plant disease ecology lab headed by Dr. Charles E. Mitchell at UNC Chapel Hill is seeking two full- time field assistants to conduct research in the summer and fall of 2018. Assistants will work on a grant- funded project examining the role of the plant microbiome in pathogen transmission. In particular, this project aims to investigate the ecological and evolutionary consequences of interactions among fungi infecting the same host individuals and host populations. Most work will be done in the field, but the position will also include some work in the lab. Work will include surveys of plots for disease symptoms, collecting plant samples in the field, processing plant samples for lab assays, and isolating and culturing fungal pathogens from infected plant material.

a) A valid driver?s license and personal mode of transportation to an off-campus field site
b) Experience conducting field research in ecology
c) Willingness and ability to work early mornings, outdoors in summer heat, and in inclement weather
d) Ability to work well independently and with a team, pay attention to detail, and maintain exceptional communication skills

a) Bachelor?s degree in a relevant field
b) Experience with basic biological wet-lab procedures, especially culturing fungi.

Special Physical and Mental Requirements (ADA considerations): Field work will involve long periods of time spent kneeling and bending over to observe disease symptoms in vegetation.

Hourly rate: $12.20/hr ? Housing not provided.

Start Date: May 14th, 2018


Job Duration: 5 ? 6 months.

TO APPLY and view the complete job posting, please visit unc.peopleadmin.com and reference position S012294. Be prepared to provide a one-page cover letter, a resume, and contact info for two people who can serve as references.

NM BLM Seasonal Botanist

BLM Field Botanist Assistant – Taos, NM
As the botanist assistant the majority of the work will take place at the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, where the  botanist assistant will work with a team of fisheries and wildlife biologists to determine baseline habitats of seeps, springs, and playa lakes.  The selected individual will identify, collect, and prepare herbarium specimens, aid in environmental education efforts, and perform data collection and database entry duties.
Core Responsibilities for the position:
Work with a team of biologists and fisheries staff to study and collect data for riparian habitats,       springs, seeps, rivers, streams and lakes of northern New Mexico.
Assist with fish population, aquatic invertebrate surveys and environmental education.
Identify local riparian community flora.
Collect and prepare herbarium specimens.
Gather detailed vegetation data for entry into database.
Contribute to the program’s field guide and database for the area.
Office duties will include performing data entry and assisting with travel preparation.
Start/End Date: May 7, 2018 – November 16, 2018 (anticipated)
Salary: $16.50/hour
Term: 28 weeks
For additional information about the position and to apply please visit: http://bit.ly/2v25e7c

Volunteer Position-American Pika Field Assistant

Subject: Volunteer Position-American Pika Field Assistant

Job Description:
Our lab at Montana State University-Bozeman is recruiting one volunteer undergraduate interested in alpine research on mammalian responses to climate change. Our project is assessing the American pika’s (Ochotona princeps) physiological and spatial responses to climate change using a space-for- time approach. We are seeking an enthusiastic student who is interested in working in an alpine setting for the entire summer and is physically capable of hiking 25+ miles a day, 5-6 days a week.

This work is very strenuous due to high mileage out hiking and rough landscapes to navigate when trails/roads are not available, but if you love the mountains, then the payoff is huge! We are seeking three overarching traits in applicants: navigation experience on and off trails, great physical conditions (20+ miles of hiking a day), and mental stamina under stressful conditions. We are looking for an easy- going applicant who has strong proven leadership skills. We are requesting the student be available for fieldwork for the entire summer (late May until late August-can be somewhat flexible start and end dates). This position will be based out of Bozeman, Montana when not in the field. Housing can be accommodated for the few days we are in town throughout the summer, but you will need to be able to provide your own transportation to Bozeman by late May.

Required Qualifications:
-Undergraduate student who has completed at least one year at a four-year institution -Highly motivated individual -Must possess a current, valid U.S. driver’s license -Can work independently, as well as with a team of four -Great physical condition since this work will be in mountainous terrain (3 mph sustained pace) -Experience hiking/backpacking a -Detail-oriented -Strong problem-solving skills -Most importantly, energetic and positive attitude under challenging conditions!

Preferred Qualifications:
-Experience in identifying trees and shrubs -Basic hiking gear such as your own overnight and day packs -Experience with GPSs, topographic maps, and other navigational tools

This position is currently listed as a volunteer position where we will be able to cover your costs throughout the summer via per diem (food + other costs covered). This position could turn into a paid position depending on our grant success. We do not expect you to cover any costs for gear, your own food, gasoline, or anything else throughout the summer.

To Apply:
Please send a current resume or CV, along with a cover letter describing your experience and research interests, as well as two references to peterbillman@ymail.com (that is ymail, not gmail). We request all interested applicants reach us by email with the above materials no later than April 22nd. For the two professional references, please include their names, your association to them, a phone number, and an email address. Feel free to ask any questions to Peter Billman at the above email address. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to reading through all interested applicants’ materials!

Short video about pikas:

MSc and PhD positions in Microbial Ecology at Western University, Canada

MSc or PhD positions are available to investigate microbial interactions of lower aquatic food webs at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada.  Specific projects include examining the diets of zooplankton, parasites of zooplankton, and the ecological role of heterotrophic or mixotrophic protists.  
Applicants chosen for the position will be guaranteed stipend funding for the typical duration of their degree (2 years for an MSc, 4 years for a PhD), but should be competitive for external funding opportunities and will be expected to apply for internal and external funding.
Applicants should have at minimum a B.Sc degree in Biology, Microbiology, Bioinformatics or equivalent.  Experience in basic microbiology, environmental microbiology/microbial ecology, molecular biology, aquatic biology, and/or bioinformatics is preferred, especially DNA/RNA extraction techniques, PCR, and working with UNIX, R and/or Python.  Field experience working in aquatic environments is also an asset.
These positions will be under the supervision of Dr. Vera Tai.  The Tai lab has broad ranging interests in the ecology and evolution of microorganisms, with a focus on using genomic and metagenomic tools and developing complementary field and lab techniques. Applicants chosen for the position can expect opportunities for aquatic field research, travel to national and international conferences, supportive mentorship, and encouragement to develop other career-related skills.  Please visit publish.uwo.ca/~vtai4 for more information about the Tai lab.
Interested applicants should send an e-mail to vtai4@uwo.ca including:
1) a cover letter explaining your motivation, skills and experience for this position
2) your CV, including contact information for 2 references
3) your university transcript (unofficial is fine)
Application deadline:  June 30th 2018, or until position is filled
These positions are available only to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada.
Vera Tai, MSc, PhD
Assistant Professor
Departments of Biology and Statistical & Actuarial Sciences
Western University
1151 Richmond Street
London, Ontario, Canada
N6A 5B7
tel: 519-661-2111 ext. 86209
email: vtai4@uwo.ca

Fully funded 4-year PhD in Conservation Biology


Funding is available for a PhD student interested in a collaborative project focusing on the application of eDNA, species distribution modeling, and decision support systems to amphibian conservation science. The ideal applicant will have a strong interest in applying quantitative analyses to conservation issues and be familiar with R and GIS software, but we encourage all interested students to apply. Funding includes a stipend and waiver of tuition and fees for 4 years.
Interested students should contact either Chuck Hawkins
(chuck.hawkins@usu.edu) or Edd Hammill (edd.hammill@usu.edu) for details. The position is available to start from 1st May 2018, although shall remain open until filled

Utah State University (http://www.usu.edu) is a Research I (Extensive
Doctoral) land-grant institution with a student body of over 24,000, 42 departments, 8 academic colleges, a school of Graduate Studies, and diverse research programs. The main campus is located in Logan, a community of 100,000 people. Logan is 85 miles north of Salt Lake City in scenic Cache Valley, a semi-rural mountain basin with nearby ski resorts, lakes, rivers, and mountains providing many recreational opportunities. The area has a low cost of living and provides a high quality of life.  For more information on Logan seehttp://www.tourcachevalley.com.

Edd Hammill’s google scholar page –

Recent paper on conservation and armed conflict – https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms

Shrub/Scrub bird field technician

SHRUB/SCRUB BIRD FIELD TECHNICIAN needed May 1st through August 15th 2018 for research on shrub/scrub bird ecology in northern New Jersey.  Duties include conducting point count surveys in the NJ Highlands using distance sampling methodologies, vegetation sampling, data entry and some data analysis.  Point count experience and the ability to identify birds of the eastern U.S. by sight and sound required.  Proficiency with GPS and range finders required, and knowledge of MS Excel and ArcGIS preferred.  Applicants must be able to work independently, move materials and to lift 25 lbs as needed and be willing to work in occasionally hot and buggy conditions and potential rough terrain.  Salary $830 to $1,015 bi-weekly, depending on experience.  Must have own vehicle, and a valid, clean driver’s license.  Housing and mileage reimbursement will be provided.  Send cover letter indicating position of interest, resume outlining relevant experience, and three references (including email address and phone number) as a single pdf document by email tohr.research@njaudubon.org.  Please include “Shrub/Scrub” in the Subject line to be sure that your application is routed to the correct department.  Application deadline 15 March 2018.  NJ Audubon is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
René Buccinna
Administrative Assistant, Research and Education
NJ Audubon
Phone: 609-400-3852
Connecting people with nature since 1897

Graduate position: ClarkU.AnnelidEvoDevo

The lab of Dr. Néva Meyer at Clark University
(http://wordpress.clarku.edu/nmeyer/) is looking for a PhD student
to study annelid central nervous system development with the goal of
gaining a better understanding of how nervous systems evolved. Research
will be carried out on the annelid Capitella teleta, but can be expanded
to include other spiralians. The molecular mechanisms underlying annelid
and spiralian development are not well understood and multiple features
including the spiral cleavage program make spiralians a great group of
animals to study evolution of animal body plans. Furthermore, the research
community that studies evolution of spiralian body plans is small but
rapidly growing and is very welcoming and collaborative. Potential
research topics in our lab include investigation of the molecular
control of neural fate specification. We have a stable lab colony of
Capitella teleta. Techniques used in the lab include microinjection
of embryos, qRT-PCR, immunohistochemistry, imaging of live and fixed
tissue, quantification of phenotypes using ImageJ, and gene knockdown
and misexpression by injection of morpholinos and mRNA.

Students are encouraged to develop a project that matches their learning
and career objectives and will enter Clark University’s Biology PhD
program. Previous experience in molecular biology and/or working with
marine larvae is desirable. PhD students will be guaranteed funding
for five years, with a possible extension through teaching and research
assistantships. A start date of September 2018 is preferable.

Clark University is a small liberal arts research university located in
Worcester, MA. Worcester has a nice combination of urban and outdoor
activities and is in close proximity to a variety of New England

Please email a brief description of why you are interested in the position
and a CV to: nmeyer@clarku.edu

Néva P. Meyer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Clark University
Department of Biology
950 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01610

Neva Meyer <NMeyer@clarku.edu>

Graduate position: amphibian disease ecology at University of Alabama

The Becker lab at the University of Alabama is seeking a highly motivated PhD or MS student to begin in Fall 2018.

Research will focus on the integrative mechanisms that underlie host- pathogen-microbiome interactions in amphibians. The student will conduct fieldwork and/or laboratory experiments in tropical and/or temperate systems to understand how environmental change and biotic forces impact the risk of chytridiomycosis in amphibians with aquatic larvae and direct development. Research will involve fungal culturing, molecular analyses of host skin microbiota, laboratory and field experiments, data management and analysis, manuscript preparation and submission, and animal care.

Applicants should have a background in many of the following: evolutionary and disease ecology, molecular techniques, statistics, GIS, and fieldwork under challenging environmental conditions. Successful applicants will demonstrate an ability to conduct independent field and laboratory research and to  publish peer-reviewed journal articles.

All application materials should be completed online via the University of Alabama Graduate School application portal:https://graduate.ua.edu/prospective-students/

The position includes a full tuition waiver, a competitive 12-month stipend and health insurance. Funding is available as a Graduate Teaching Assistant through the Department of Biological Sciences. Highly qualified applicants may be considered for Graduate School Fellowships, which offer a Research Assistantship during the student’s first year. Funding for summer fieldwork expenses and conference attendance is available.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Additional information is available from the following links:
Dr. Gui Becker’s profile page: https://bsc.ua.edu/profiles/gui-becker/
Department of Biological Sciences: http://bsc.ua.edu/ Graduate School: http://graduate.ua.edu University of Alabama: http://www.ua.edu
Tuscaloosa: http://www.tuscaloosa.com/visitor-services
Outdoor opportunities in Alabama: http://www.outdooralabama.com

Funded Plant Ecology MS Opportunities at Humboldt State University

Two Masters Assistantships available in Plant Conservation Biology and Restoration Ecology beginning June or July 2018
The Byrne lab (https://www.kmbyrne.net/) at Humboldt State University seeks applications for highly motivated students interested in pursuing graduate studies in Natural Resources (http://www2.humboldt.edu/environment/programs/graduate-programs). Students with an interest in species conservation and climate change are particularly encouraged to apply.
Students will be funded by a combination of research and teaching assistantships, which provide a stipend and tuition waiver (for students from western states).
Strong applicants will have:
          An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above in all undergraduate coursework
          Strong GRE scores
          Demonstrated experience in ecology, botany, or related field
          An interest (or willingness to learn) mathematical modelling
To apply, please send (as a PDF or Word Document) to Kerry.byrne@humboldt.edu:
(1)    A resume/CV (including GPA)
(2)    A brief letter of interest including background and research interests
(3)    Transcripts (unofficial is fine)
(4)    The names and contact information for three references
Review of applications will begin immediately until students are selected for the positions. After initial screening, the students will be asked to submit a formal application through CalState apply (https://www2.calstate.edu/apply/graduate)
Humboldt State University (HSU) is a comprehensive public university with world-class graduate programs in natural resource management, located on the North Coast of California; with access to mountains, beaches, and the largest old growth redwood forests in the world all nearby.
Women and applicants from diverse backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

Full-Time Wildlife Biologist Position with Florida Fish and Wildlife (FWC), Ocala, Florida

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is seeking applicants for a full time + benefits FISHERIES & WILDLIFE BIO SCIENTIST II position. The person in this position serves as the Assistant Regional Biologist in the Species Conservation Planning Section for FWC’s Northeast Region, and is located in Ocala, Florida.
Please see below for the full job description. If interested, please apply online at: https://jobs.myflorida.com/job/OCALA-FISHERIES-&-WILDLIFE-BIO-SCIENTIST-II-77001079-FL-34471/469243600/ and include a resume and cover letter along with your online application.
Requisition No: 33122 
Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Position Number: 77001079 
Salary:  $1,234.18 bi-weekly + benefits 
Posting Closing Date: 04/22/2018 
Address:  FWC Regional Office, 1239 SW 10th Street, Ocala, FL 34471
Type of Announcement:  Open Competitive
Base Pay:  $1,234.18 bi-weekly
Supervisor:  Alexander Kropp
Contact Person: Alex.Kropp@myfwc.com ((352) 620-7350)
Description of Duties:  The person in this position serves as the Assistant Regional Biologist in the Species Conservation Planning Section for the Northeast Region.  Works with the Regional Species Conservation Planning Biologist to: 1) provide technical assistance on nongame and imperiled species conservation and permitting issues, 2) assist or take the lead on conducting monitoring and conservation projects for nongame and imperiled species, 3) provide administrative support for regional operations, 4) work collaboratively to develop or update species conservation plans, and 5) assist with work associated with FWC’s Shorebird Program. Represents FWC and works to develop and enhance partnerships with other governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations. Serves as back-up to the Regional Biologist for regional issues when necessary. Also ensures vehicles and vessels and maintained and in good working order.
Broadband Code:  19-1023-02
Class Code:  5028
Region:  Northeast
Class Title:  Fisheries & Wildlife Biological Scientist II
County:  Marion
Working Hours:  8:00am – 5:00pm
List of Subordinates Supervised:  None
Residency Requirement:  None
Level of Education:   B.S. degree in the biological sciences.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
A bachelor’s degree with a major in one of the biological sciences. A degree in wildlife, ecology, natural resources, or similar discipline is preferred. One year of professional experience working on research, conservation, or management of vertebrate or other nongame wildlife species is preferred.  A graduate degree may substitute for professional experience.  Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Skilled in the use of computers for communications and information/data management.  Ability to work well with minimal supervision.  Able to conduct moderately strenuous wildlife management and monitoring activities outdoors under harsh conditions. 
It is preferred that applicants have: Experience using ArcGIS; Knowledge of important nongame wildlife species in north central Florida; Experience developing wildlife survey and management projects; An understanding of applicable federal and state laws, rules, and policies; Good organizational (time management, office organization, information management), customer service, and problem solving skills;  Demonstrated experience providing technical assistance and customer service to the public; Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working partnerships with other conservation organizations; and ability to safely operate a variety of vehicles and equipment including GPS units, hand tools, 4WD vehicles, ATVs, trailers, and boats up to 18 feet, along with an understanding of basic maintenance requirements for that equipment.  The successful applicant will be enthusiastic, self-motivated, and have a commitment to natural resource conservation and customer service.
Please submit a resume and cover letter along with your application.
The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.
Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.
The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.
VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

Nearest Major Market: Ocala
Anna Deyle
NE Assistant Regional Species Conservation Biologist
FL Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
1239 SW 10th Street
Ocala, FL  34471
PH:  (352) 732-1225
FAX: (352) 732-1391


Brown University Research Assistant position for Cell and Developmental

Location: Brown University, Molecular Biology Cell Biology Biochemistry
Department (Providence, RI)

We are looking to hire an excellent full-time research assistant who is
encouraged to conduct her/his independent research under PI’s
supervision. The area of research includes developmental biology,
molecular biology, evolutionary developmental biology, live imaging,
proteomics, RNA-IP-seq, CRISPR genome editing technology. Basic
skillset and knowledge in molecular biology (e.g. cloning, PCR) and a
good accomplishment in her/his undergraduate work is prerequisite.
Other necessary trainings (e.g. microinjection, confocal imaging,
proteomics) will be provided by the PI. The successful individuals will
be given own projects to conduct and finish (hopefully with lead author
publications) within one-two years of appointment. This is an excellent
job opportunity for individuals who seek to proceed to graduate school
or medical school with a good record of research accomplishment in near
Any interested individuals should contact the PI via e-mail: mamiko_yajima@brown
.edu. Please enclose your CV, title of your thesis, and name of your thesis advi
sor. Reviews will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.  *To
be noted, the University does not support a Visa for this position.

Mamiko Yajima <mamiko_yajima@brown.edu>

Application to attend UN Climate Change Conference in Poland

UConn@COP24 Katowice Climate Change Conference Trip Description

COP 24 is the United Nations Climate Change Conference, and will be hosted this year by Poland from December 3rd to December 14th, 2018. The event will bring together diplomats, business executives, heads of government and other delegates to discuss action on climate change. The objective of COP24 is to work out and adopt decisions ensuring the full implementation of the Paris Agreement, in accordance with the decisions adopted in Paris during COP21 and Marrakech during COP22.

In the words of the Republic of Poland’s Minister of the Environment and President of COP24, Professor Jan Szyszko, “We count not only on the unfailing presence of all the Parties to the Convention and observers, but above all on their determination to adopt in the course of COP24 decisions which are necessary to fully implement the Paris Agreement.”

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Katowice, Poland will provide an interesting venue. As a previous coal town, Katowice is looking forward to a coal-free future and offers an example of the transition from high-carbon to low-carbon futures. Katowice is known for its eclectic tourist sites and as a UNESCO city of music. The UN COP will transform it into a global hub for sustainability.

The University of Connecticut will be providing full funding, excluding meals other than breakfast, for a select group of undergraduate students to travel to COP24 in Katowice, Poland from December 1st – December 7th. Please click the link below if you are interested in applying!



This application must be completed and submitted to envpolicy@uconn.edu by 11:59pm EST on Friday, April 20th in order to be considered by the Selection Committee for the trip. Only complete applications will be considered. Applicants will be notified of the Committee’s decision via e-mail on Wednesday, August 1st.

For more information on past UConn@COPs, click https://ecohusky.uconn.edu/uconn-at-cop/

All the best,


Mark C. Urban

Director, Center of Biological Risk

Associate Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

University of Connecticut

Biopharm Building, Room 200A

75 N. Eagleville Road, Unit 3043

Storrs, CT 06269-3043

Email: mark.urban@uconn.edu

Office: 860-486-6113

Lab: 860-486-6154

Website: hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/people/urban/

Field Technicians – Osprey Recovery in Illinois

I am looking for four field technicians with strong work ethics to assist with the osprey hacking program in Illinois as part of the osprey recovery effort for this state-endangered species.
The positions, based at different sites, have the following responsibilities:
* Daily Observations – conduct daily behavioral observations of osprey chicks at the hacking site to ensure their well-being.  Make notes of presence of potential predators or competitors in the vicinity of the hacking site.
* Daily Tracking – conduct daily tracking of ospreys once they fledge and note their locations before migration.
* Food Preparation and Feeding – conduct daily preparation of fish and feeding to the hacked ospreys.
* Planning and Coordination – conduct regular fish pick-ups from the project partners.  Coordinate with the field personnel at the other hacking site for project purposes when required.
* Daily Reports – contribute to daily reports regarding the behaviors, locations, and fish consumption by ospreys.  Make notes of any other notable events related to the birds.
* Maintenance – assist with the maintenance and clean-up of the hacking box/tower after the season, as well as the maintenance and inventory of the field gear and equipment.
Qualifications for the positions:
Successful candidates must have a B.S. degree in environmental science, wildlife, biology, or related field.  Experiences working with birds of prey, as well as paddling skills, are highly preferred.  Proficiency with Microsoft Office, ArcGIS, and GPS is highly desirable.  Successful candidates must be a team-player, demonstrate strong communication skills, follow instructions well, and pay attention to detail.  Candidates must have a commitment to field personnel and equipment safety.  Individuals must have and maintain a valid driver’s license as well as be able to work outdoors in extreme weather conditions and for long hours.
Application: Review of applications will start immediately until the positions are filled.
Starting date: July 1, 2018.
Anticipated ending date: October 6, 2018.
Salary: $440-$500 per WEEK (depending on the skills and experiences).  Housing or camping gear (except sleeping gear) are provided.
To apply, please send the following (via email) to Dr. Tih-Fen Ting at tting1@uis.edu:
1)  Cover letter addressing background and extent of qualifications;
2)  Resume, including contact information for three references; and
3)  Transcripts (unofficial or scanned copy acceptable).
Tih-Fen Ting
Department of Environmental Studies
University of Illinois at Springfield
Springfield, IL 62703
(217) 206-7876

Research Assistant – Franklin’s Ground Squirrel in Illinois

I am looking for one research assistant with a strong work ethic to join my team for the Franklin’s ground squirrel project in Illinois.  The research assistant should be effective and skillful in field data collection (including trapping and handling of squirrels) and DNA extraction in the lab.  Research assistant knows how to operate and adjust, when necessary, various instruments for data acquisition and is required to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
Duties and responsibilities include: 
Trapping – Conduct live-trapping of Franklin’s ground squirrels at multiple sites over the field season.
Tagging – Implant a passive integrated transponder (PIT) to each newly captured squirrel for identification.
Daily Reports – Submit daily reports on the trapping and tagging of Franklin’s ground squirrels. 
Maintenance – Assist with the maintenance, clean-up, and inventory of the field gear and equipment for trapping and tagging of Franklin’s ground squirrels.
DNA Extraction – Conduct DNA extraction after the field season ends.
Training Materials and Program – Assist with production of training materials and program for aiding in the Franklin’s ground squirrel research and conservation.
Successful candidate must have a B.S. degree (M.S. degree preferred) in environmental science, wildlife, biology, or related field.  Experiences in working with small mammals in the field are preferred.  Experience and familiarity with successful DNA extraction is a must.  Proficiency with Microsoft Office, ArcGIS, and GPS is also desirable.  Willingness to travel and flexibility with work schedule are required.  Successful candidate must be a team-player, demonstrate strong communication skills, follow instructions well, and pay attention to detail.  Candidate must have a commitment to field/lab personnel and equipment safety.  Individual must have a personal vehicle, maintain a valid driver’s license, and be able to work outdoors in extreme weather conditions for long hours.
Application: Review of applications will start immediately until the position is filled.
Starting date: May 14, 2018.
Anticipated ending date: October 31, 2018 or beyond pending the project needs.
Salary: $500-$600 per WEEK (depending on the skills and experiences).
To apply, please send the following (via email) to Dr. Tih-Fen Ting at tting1@uis.edu.
1.  Cover letter addressing background and extent of qualifications;
2.  Resume, including contact information for three references; and
3.  Transcripts (unofficial or scanned copy acceptable).
Tih-Fen Ting
Department of Environmental Studies
University of Illinois at Springfield
Springfield, IL 62703
(217) 206-7876

Seeking Wildlife Trafficking and Conservation Technology Interns

Subject: Seeking Wildlife Trafficking and Conservation Technology Interns

Are you passionate about carnivore conservation and research? Do you have skills that you want to share or hone for an emerging non-profit? Join the S.P.E.C.I.E.S. team!

These positions are ideal for zookeepers, graduate students, and other conservation-oriented professionals looking to share their skills while adding non-profit experience to their resumes. We also accept students looking for projects. Both positions are remote and unpaid.

Submit information or questions to media@carnivores.org, and visit our website at www.carnivores.org.

Wildlife Trafficking Intern

We are looking for an intern to help us collect information on wildlife crime for species of highest priority to us.  We are hoping to use this information to call greater attention to the threats these species face, improved regulation in illegal trade, and identification of critical regions for increased enforcement.

Key responsibilities:
Conduct research via the internet, using reports and peer-reviewed documents, and by gathering data from partner agencies and range country governments Collaborate with our partners in gathering and reviewing data Collate available information on illegal trade, both in animal parts and live animals, into a comprehensive report to present to CITES Work in cooperation with several institutional partners to produce practical and information that can be applied to international regulation and enforcement, including information on trade hubs, routes, frequency, and locations

Education, skills and experience
Undergrad degree or higher in relevant field (biology, ecology, etc.); Excellent research skills with keen attention to detail; Ability to work independently, with some supervision; Organized and rigorous in work with attention to detail Able to synthesize data in a concise and meaningful way; Excellent writing skills; Flexible, eager to learn, and excited about carnivore conservation.

Conservation Technology and Innovation Intern

We are looking for an intern to work at the interface between S.P.E.C.I.E.S.
and several of our institutional partners to collate and collect information on emerging technologies and innovation to be applied to wildlife monitoring and research, the resolution of human-wildlife conflict, and the disruption of illegal wildlife trade.

Key responsibilities:
Conduct comprehensive research on the available foundational technology available for wildlife monitoring in the field Build upon our understanding of how technology innovation can be used to mitigate and resolve human-wildlife conflict in the field Determine technologies that can be used to improve monitoring of or reduce illegal wildlife trafficking Communicate and work with S.P.E.C.I.E.S. team members and our partner, ConservationXLabs, to identify and potentially integrate potential technologies into our research projects

Education, skills and experience:
Undergrad degree or higher in relevant field: biological sciences and/or engineering/ technology background preferred, but mixed educational backgrounds welcome to apply Keen interest in conservation technology and innovation; Excellent research skills with keen attention to detail; Ability to work independently under some supervision; Organized and rigorous in work; Able to synthesize data in a concise and meaningful way; Flexible, eager to learn, and excited about carnivore conservation.

Intern Opening with a Rainforest Conservation NGO in Peru

Subject: Intern Opening with a Rainforest Conservation NGO in Peru

An intern is needed at the Alliance for Research and Conservation in the Amazon (ARCAmazon) to conduct communications, marketing and other office work in the jungle city of Puerto Maldonado in the Amazon Rainforest of Perú. This position is based out of ARCAmazon’s office in Puerto Maldonado. The intern will work closely with 1-2 permanent staff and 1-2 other interns to meet the organization’s outreach and communications goals. This position has a negotiable start date in May or June, 2018 and lasts for 3 months with a possibility for extension.

ARCAmazon is a Peruvian non-profit organization that supports research and conservation initiatives in collaboration with other non-profits in the region and with local communities on the Las Piedras River. Our field site, Las Piedras Amazon Center (LPAC), in a 4,460-hectare rainforest concession, acts as a hub that channels the energy and resources of volunteering and ecotourism to halt illegal logging, hunting and mining, improve our understanding of Amazonian wildlife, and develop sustainable solutions for the needs of local people making a living in the area. Learn more at https://bit.ly/2EmfFC9

The Communications Intern position at ARCAmazon is responsible for social media, email correspondences, and advertising of the organization’s volunteer programs and ecotourism offers. These responsibilities later expand to include other office tasks, such as grant searching and application, fundraising, budget analysis and organizational partner outreach. In social media, the intern is tasked with managing ARCAmazon’s Facebook, YouTube and Instagram, making regular posts using photo and video media provided by staff and/or created by the intern. Email communications will involve responding to client inquiries and volunteer applications, filing information from incoming volunteers and visitors, and maintaining contact with incoming volunteers and visitors leading up to their arrival in Puerto Maldonado. Advertising tasks include creating promotional materials and campaigns for social media, mass emails and other mediums of communication. Other responsibilities will vary based on the needs of the organization and will be integrated into the position as the intern expands their knowledge and skills.

–       Good written communications skills
–       Experience with Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel
–       Robust work ethic and flexibility under high-stress, rapidly-
changing conditions
–       Good organization and capacity for independent work
–       Familiarity and passion for environmental issues and causes
–       Bachelor’s degree
–       Experience with social media platforms for businesses or
–       Professional or academic writing experience
–       Experience with video and/or photo editing
–       Experience with speaking Spanish

The Communications Intern will be provided housing at the ARCAmazon House
in Puerto Maldonado and a food stipend for the duration of the position.
This includes a bedroom and living/kitchen/dining/work space shared with
other staff and volunteers. The intern will also have at least one visit
to Las Piedras Amazon Center to experience the rainforest, engage in
several activities such as tree climbing, witness wildlife and meet
foreign and Peruvian researchers, staff, volunteers and local community
stakeholders. This internship is also an excellent opportunity to learn
and practice marketing skills, communications skills, grant writing and
Spanish language. It also offers a chance for an immersive travel
experience in Peru’s Madre de Dios region, with frequent interaction and
collaboration with local Peruvians, including Quechua-speaking people
indigenous to the Andes who migrated to this region.

Interested persons can write to executive marketer, Karl Uy
karlu@arcamazon.org with inquiries. To apply, send a CV or resume and
cover letter.

Seeking a graduate student toward MS in forest ecology

A graduate assistantship is available for pursuing MS related to forest ecology at Alabama A & M University.
The main job is to quantitatively characterize some aspects of forest structure and function. It includes both field monitoring and indoor data analysis.
If you have interest, please contact Dr. Xiongwen Chen, xiongwen dot chen at aamu dot edu.

Graduate position: TempleU.Bioinformatics

A new PhD program in Bioinformatics is accepting applicants for Fall
Accepting applications until May 1,  2018.

Jody Hey    hey@temple.edu
Director, Center for Computational Genetics and Genomics
Professor, Department of Biology  https://bio.cst.temple.edu/~hey
Department of Biology (rm 206)
Temple University
1900 N. 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA  19122

Jody hey <tuf29449@temple.edu>

Summer field tech position

The Bernhardt and Wright Labs at Duke University are seeking a current undergrad or recent college graduate for a full-time technician position. Successful applicant will work closely with our graduate students and research technicians doing field and laboratory work this summer.

We are conducting a large scale field experiment in a coastal wetland (eastern North Carolina) to determine the effects of salt additions on vegetation and carbon cycling. Applicants must be comfortable spending long days outside and willing to endure potentially strenuous field conditions. Once a month we will spend 3-5 days (and nights) at our field site (2.5 hours east of
Raleigh/Durham) with accommodation provided. The remainder of the month is spent in the lab facility or greenhouses at Duke analyzing soil, water, and plant samples. The project is very wide in scope and there is opportunity for gaining experience in a variety of biogeochemistry and plant ecology research techniques.

Preference will be giving to applicants who can start the first week of May and stay on at least 10 weeks. Previous experience not required, but we strongly prefer candidates with undergraduate course work in ecology, biology, environmental science, geology, chemistry or similar, and demonstrated comfort working outdoors.

To apply, please send a 1-page cover letter and 1-page CV that includes contact information for two references to emily.ury@duke.edu by April 10th. In your cover letter, please include your earliest available start date and any other relevant constraints on your work availability.

Please direct any questions to emily.ury@duke.edu. For more information on our research visit our website:http://bernhardtlab.weebly.com.

Now Hiring: SW Oregon Field Technician (ID 46394) in Ashland, OR

Subject: Now Hiring: SW Oregon Field Technician (ID 46394) in Ashland, OR

I’m excited to share with you the SW Oregon Field Technician opening with The Nature Conservancy.  This position will be a member of the Ashland team engaging in stewardship and monitoring of high priority lands in southwestern Oregon.  The technician will coordinate with partners to implement the multi-party monitoring programs of the Ashland Forest All- Lands Restoration and Applegate Fuel Demonstration forest restoration projects and provide field support for developing projects under the Rogue Basin Cohesive Forest Restoration Strategy. The Technician will also support wetland mitigation performance monitoring and vernal pool habitat restoration at the Conservancy’s Whetstone Savanna Preserve and adjacent Oregon Department of Transportation properties.  The announcement is attached and a full position description can be found by following the link above or searching job ID 46394 on our careers page.

This is a full-time, 35 hours per week term position ending on June 28, 2019.

The deadline to apply is April 24, 2018 8:59 PM PST.

Long link to the position on our careers page:
Shorten link: https://bit.ly/2E7aCVG

Seeking technicians for post-fire restoration research in Great Basin

Dr. Newingham’s Aridland Ecology Lab is seeking research technicians to assist with the collection and management of field data related to fire, climate change, and restoration/rehabilitation studies in the Great Basin and surrounding aridland ecosystems.
This is a great opportunity to learn about natural resource issues and land management in collaboration with universities, state, and federal agencies.

Studies include:
*       Effects of climate change on plant invasions and reestablishing native plants after fire.
*       Evaluating how grazing after fire affects plant recovery and rehabilitation.
*       Effects of post-fire rehabilitation treatments on plants, biological soil crust, and soil
*       Quantifying post-fire wind erosion and interactions with post-fire rehabilitation

Job duties include:
*       Collecting plant and soil data in the field, sample organization, and sample processing in
the lab.
*       Data entry and management in Excel.
*       Use of a GPS and ArcGIS.
*       Willingness to travel to remote field sites and camp in primitive settings.
*       Willingness and ability to work in varied field conditions that may involve: 1) off-road
hiking up and down hills, 2) carrying loads up to 30 lbs, and 3) withstanding periods of inclement weather during all seasons.
*       Working with graduate students and other technicians in the lab.
*       Interacting with scientists and land managers from state and federal agencies, such as
the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Nevada Department of Wildlife, UNR, and other universities.

Minimum qualifications:
*       Education:  Pursuing or attained a BS degree in biology, ecology, natural resources,
geology, hydrology, or closely related field.
*       Ability to perform repetitive tasks while maintaining accuracy and good organizational
*       Demonstrated ability to work independently and with a group.
*       Strong oral and written communication skills.

Preferred qualifications:
*       Plant identification, soil sampling and processing, proficiency in Excel and with GPS

Please send a resume, unofficial transcript, a letter detailing your skills, experience, and/or interest, as well as contact information for three references to Beth Newingham at beth.newingham@ars.usda.gov. Full-time employment May – August with possible full or part- time work into fall and beyond pending funding. Review of applications will begin April 15,
2018 and continue until positions are filled.

Summer position as a drone pilot in the Canadian Arctic

Subject: Summer position as a drone pilot in the Canadian Arctic

We have a unique opportunity in Team Shrub, the research group of Isla Myers-Smith at the University of Edinburgh, to support the participation of a keen early career researcher in our field research in the Canadian Arctic this summer from approximately 10th June through August 15th.  We are looking for someone comfortable flying and learning to maintain drone platforms (fixed wings including an FX-61 build and Phantom 4 Pro/Advanced), with a driving licence and some outdoor experience including hiking and camping.  The recruited person will have the opportunity to participate in a month-long field expedition to our research site on Qikiqtaruk – Herschel Island in the Canadian Arctic.

The drone pilot will join a team of enthusiastic ecologists conducting research in the Canadian Arctic. They will have the opportunity to learn more about global change ecology and the opportunities for students from a variety of backgrounds to contribute to this field. They will have the chance to visit a remote part of the Canadian Arctic that very few people get to see and to participate in research contributing to publications in international peer-reviewed journals gaining key experience for a career in scientific research.

Salary may be available for UK applicants only, but other applicants that are willing to volunteer are encouraged to apply. All logistical costs including travel, accommodation and food will be covered.  For more information including blog posts from previous field seasons please see:
teamshrub.com, https://teamshrub.com/2017/08/10/droning-on-about-arctic-change/

Please send inquiries to Isla Myers-Smith: isla.myers-smith@ed.ac.uk.

MS in Environmental Studies program – UNCW

Subject: MS in Environmental Studies program – UNCW

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is currently recruiting for the fall 2018 cohort in the MS in Environmental Studies program. The MS EVS is an exciting, interdisciplinary curriculum focusing on linking classroom experience with hands-on fieldwork, and culminating in a semester-long internship with an environmentally related organization (no thesis required). Our program is both challenging and rewarding, with a high degree of collegiality among students and faculty.  MS concentrations are available in Coastal Management, Environmental Conservation and Management, Marine and Coastal Education, and Environmental Education and Interpretation. An Individualized Concentration is also available for those who wish to design their own curriculum in conjunction with faculty.

For more information, as well as a link to application materials:

For more information about UNCW please see: www.uncw.edu.
The application deadline for fall 2018 is April 15,2018.
For other questions or additional information, please feel free to contact me via email below.

Dr. James A. Rotenberg
Graduate Program Coordinator
email: rotenbergj@uncw.edu

Marine Biology Technician – Smithsonian – MarineGEO

The Smithsonian Institution seeks an energetic, field-oriented marine biologist to support the Marine Global Earth Observatory (MarineGEO)<http://marinegeo.si.edu/>, a growing network of partners collaborating to understand how coastal ecosystems work and how to keep them working in a changing ocean. The partnership is coordinated by the Smithsonian’s Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network (TMON) and applies standardized observations and coordinated experiments to long-term research on biodiversity and functioning in shallow waters. The network includes the Smithsonian’s field facilities in Maryland (Smithsonian Environmental Research Center), Florida (Smithsonian Marine Station), Belize (Carrie Bow Cay Field Station), and Panama (Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Bocas del Toro Station), and a growing list of partner institutions.
*Provide technical support for a range of field and laboratory activities.
*Field sampling, identification of marine organisms.
*Conduct field and laboratory experiments.
*Prepare and curate preserved specimens and tissues for genetic analysis.
*Deposit and manage specimens in museum collections.
*Maintain and retrieve data from environmental monitoring instruments.
*Manage, enter, and analyze data.
*Assist in preparation and publication of reports, proposals, and manuscripts.
The successful candidate will demonstrate:
*Practical knowledge of biology and taxonomy of marine organisms and marine research procedures.
*Ability to operate small boats (strongly preferred).
*SCUBA certification and scientific diving experience (AAUS certification strongly preferred, or must be completed soon after accepting the position).
*Detail oriented, responsible, and prepared to work in challenging field conditions.
*Competence in computer use, data entry and management, statistical analysis, and effective writing skills.
*Ability to travel domestically and internationally.
*Facility working on international teams.  Ability to communicate in Spanish is a plus, but not required.
*Bachelor’s degree (with Master’s strongly preferred) in Biology, Marine Science, or related field.
*Able to obtain and maintain a valid passport for travel purposes.
Position Details:
This is not a Federal Position, but has similar requirements and benefits.
Location: This position is based at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (Edgewater, MD).
Travel: Regular, domestic and international.
Salary and benefits: Equivalent to Federal GS 7/9, commensurate with experience.
To Apply:
Please send application as a single PDF file to MarineGEO@si.edu using the subject line “Application: Marine Biology Technician” in the email.  The PDF should include: (1) a current curriculum vitae; (2) a 1 page summary of career goals, experience, and interests relevant to the MarineGEO program; and (3) a list of three references (name, current title, postal address, email address, and phone number). Reference letters and educational transcripts may be requested from select candidates.
Review of applications will begin on 10 April 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.
The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity employer.  Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

PhD opportunity at UW Seattle: Interactions among large and small carnivores

Subject: PhD opportunity at UW Seattle: Interactions among large and small carnivores

A PhD position is available in the Prugh lab at the University of Washington to work on an NSF-funded study examining interactions among large carnivores and mesocarnivores in northern Washington. Wolves and cougars may affect mesocarnivores negatively through killing and aggression, as well as positively by providing carrion food subsidies.
The broad goal of this project is to quantify these positive and negative interactions in an integrative framework. This study is part of a large collaborative multi-predator, multi-prey study that began in 2017. The student will work closely with other PhD students, professors (Aaron Wirsing and Beth Gardner), and biologists at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The student will join a diverse research lab in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (http://www.prughlab.com/).

Although the broad goals for this study have been determined, there is considerable flexibility in terms of specific questions that could be addressed. The project will require intensive year-round fieldwork, involving capture and GPS collaring of coyotes and bobcats, scat collection (for fecal genotyping and diet), stable isotope analysis, small mammal trapping, and monitoring scavenging at ungulate carcasses using cameras. A variety of quantitative approaches could be used to analyze the data (e.g., spatial CMR, movement, behavior, demography).
Collaborators are collaring cougars, wolves, elk, mule deer, and white tailed deer in the same area, providing the opportunity to examine species interactions in unprecedented detail.

Grant support for this project includes 3 years of year-round stipend and tuition, and additional fellowship and teaching assistantship opportunities are available. The student would ideally be available to lead field efforts this summer starting in May or June and begin classes in Fall 2018.

An MS degree, strong academic record, and previous fieldwork experience is required. The student must work well on a large, collaborative team and be able to manage a complex field project with winter and summer fieldwork. Strong quantitative skills and a record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals are highly desirable. In exceptional cases, applicants without MS degrees may be considered. To be considered for this opportunity, please send a cover letter outlining your research interests and qualifications, a CV, unofficial copies of your transcripts, and contact information for 3 references as a single PDF document to Laura Prugh (lprugh@uw.edu). To ensure full consideration, submit your materials by April 15, 2018. Be sure to include your undergraduate GPA and GRE percentiles (NOT raw scores) in your materials.

EEB 4272 Summer Flora summer session class

Are you interested in plants and want to learn hands-on skills such as plant identification, taxonomy, and conservation?  Does a career in botany or wildlife biology appeal to you? Do you wish your labs were held outside? Or do you simply want to know more about what is in your own backyard?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then EEB 4272 Summer Flora is the class for you! In this 3 credit course (May 29 -June 29), you’ll cover a wide range of practical botany skills and general knowledge in the context of the New England flora. Sign up now while seats are available! Please contact the instructor, Henry Frye (henry.frye@uconn.edu), if you have further questions.