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PhD position – invasive birds and land use change – Colorado State University

Subject: PhD position – invasive birds and land use change – Colorado State University

Job Title: Ph.D. Position – Invasive songbirds and land use/land cover in the United States

Location: Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

Closing date:  July 9, 2018

RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful applicant will evaluate 1) how the abundance of introduced birds varies over space and time in the United States, and 2) how spatial and temporal patterns of abundance relate to changes in land use/cover, such as habitat fragmentation and agricultural intensification. This is an exciting opportunity to use long-term datasets on breeding birds to ask novel questions at large scales in close collaboration with ecologists at Colorado State University and the USGS Fort Collins Science Center. There is scope for the successful candidate to help shape the project based on their interests and experience. For example, there is potential for this project to shed new light on the land sparing/sharing debate, advance the theory and practice of landscape ecology, and/or explore the relationship between patterns of introduced bird abundance and impacts on ecological processes, such as pest control, crop damage, and disease transmission. We also anticipate opportunities to contribute to related projects on trans-boundary species conservation.

The successful applicant will complete her/his Ph.D. under the guidance of Dr. Liba Pejchar at Colorado State University. The preferred start date is August 21, 2018, but there is also flexibility to begin the position in January 2019.  The student will have the option of pursuing a PhD in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (GDPE;
http://www.ecology.colostate.edu/) or in the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants should have both B.S. (required) and M.S.
(preferred) degrees in ecology, conservation biology, wildlife biology, environmental studies or a closely related field. Strong communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to work in a team situation are required. We seek candidates with strong quantitative skills, including proficiency in R, familiarity with a variety of statistical approaches, experience interacting with large data sets, and the ability to work with spatial data layers in ArcGIS. Relevant field experience, such as surveying for and observing passerine birds is also desirable. A demonstrated ability to publish in the peer-reviewed literature is strongly preferred. Academic qualifications include a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Reflecting departmental and institutional values, applicants are expected to have the ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

COMPENSATION: Salary and tuition for the duration of the project will be supported by graduate research and teaching assistantships. Funds are also available for supplies and travel.

TO APPLY: E-mail a single PDF document that includes: 1) a cover letter describing your interest in the position, 2) your curriculum vitae, 3) copies of transcripts and GRE scores (can be unofficial at this stage), and 4) the names and contact information for three references, by July 9, 2018. Please write “Ph.D. position – Introduced birds” in the subject line and e-mail to: liba.pejchar@colostate.edu.

For more information, contact:
Dr. Liba Pejchar
Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology
E-mail: liba.pejchar@colostate.edu
Website: https://sites.warnercnr.colostate.edu/liba/

Laboratory Technician Position in Wildlife Population Genetics, Genomics, and Disease Ecology

Subject: Laboratory Technician Position in Wildlife Population Genetics, Genomics, and Disease Ecology

Laboratory Technician Position in Wildlife Population Genetics

Looking for candidate to start Sept 2018 or as soon as possible.

Information on position is below and here:

* Apply as soon as possible, applications will be reviewed as they are

A laboratory technician position is available to assist research in wildlife population genetics, genomics, and disease ecology. The position will be primarily lab-based within the Ernest Wildlife Genomics and Disease Ecology Laboratory in the Department of Veterinary Sciences which has affiliations with the University of Wyoming (UW) Graduate Program in Ecology.

The Wildlife Genomics and Disease Ecology (Ernest) Lab at University of Wyoming, Laramie, is focused on enhancing wildlife conservation, population health, and management through collaborative research, education, and public outreach in the disciplines of genomics, landscape & conservation genetics, and disease ecology.http://www.wildlifegenetichealth.org/

The technician will be responsible for lab work, including  assisting other lab members with research and responsibilities may include supervising and mentoring undergraduate students.  Lab work may involve genomic (next gen sequence data generation and analysis) and genetic (microsatellite) to examine landscape-level genetic diversity, population structure, and population health/disease of wildlife species in the Rocky Mountain West and California. Projects will involve species of current focus in our lab (see our website). Work will involve processing samples, entering data into electronic data bases, maintaining lab safety procedures, equipment and reagents, and more. This position will contribute to graduate students’ and lab’s research on genomics and population health of pronghorn, mule deer, hummingbird, sea otter, black bear, and/or other species, as well as aspects of wildlife population health and/or disease ecology. Responsibilities may also include contributing to data analysis, manuscript writing for peer-reviewed publication, grant-writing, and development of oral and poster presentations of research. Desire to assist in lab management is a plus.

pdf with details about Postdoc Fall 2018 opening and instructions for application –http://www.wildlifegenetichealth.org/ernestlabtech-wildlifegenomics21june2018/

Apply online at the University of Wyoming Jobs Site: https://goo.gl/RygmSu

or click “academic job listings” here,
http://www.uwyo.edu/hr/prospective/index.html then click on the position ID 9850.

Marine Educator Position

Marine Education Associate 

DeFelice Marine Center, Cocodrie, Louisiana 

The Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) is seeking to fill a full-time position within the education program. The position is based at the DeFelice Marine Center in Cocodrie, Louisiana. The role of the Marine Education Associate is to support, facilitate, and ensure high-quality experiences for all visitors within the LUMCON Marine Education Program. This includes leading field, lab, and classroom activities for a wide variety of audiences at the DeFelice Marine Center and off-site field locations. The Marine Education Associate will also be responsible for some travel to classrooms, festivals, and other community events to educate people about the goals and mission of LUMCON and cover topics about marine science. All activities should be in accordance with the LUMCON Education Mission Statement.

Our purpose is to enable the next generation of marine scientist and ocean literate citizen. We will reach this goal by providing meaningful and relevant place-base and skill-based experiences for all visitors, while aiming to have significant impacts on Louisiana’s diverse citizenry including those populations underrepresented and underserved in marine science.

The Marine Education Associate will assist with the education and outreach programs of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium. The Marine Education Associate will work under the direction of the Associate Director of Education and Outreach. This position requires extensive fieldwork (including on boats), weekends, longer days, and travel to various events around the state.

Job duties (include but are not limited to):

  • Deliver content rich and hands-on activities in a professional and grade-appropriate way
  • Ensure the safety and well-being of all visitors to the marine center
  • Enforce all LUMCON Rules and policies
  • Make sure that all classroom and lab spaces are clean and ready for anyone who may need it for other programs
  • Travel and deliver educational activities at off-site events such as festivals, in-school visits, special programs
  • Chaperoning of participates during LUMCON events
  • Assist with program development
  • Work to develop program materials such as posters, brochures, PowerPoint presentations, binders, lesson plans, etc.
  • Assist in data gathering for reports or grant progress reporting
  • Assist with display aquarium maintenance and animal husbandry


  •  B.S. with teaching experience or M.S. in science with an environmental focus; marine science training preferred.

Required Skills:

  • Above average communication skills (written and oral)
  • Ability to work in the field, lab, and classroom situations with large groups of people · Good people skills and classroom management
  • First Aid/CPR knowledge
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Good swimming skills
  • Teamwork

Duration and Start Date:

  • The position is available immediately. This is a permanent appointment. Location: The position will be based at the DeFelice Marine Center in Cocodrie, LA.


  • A letter of interest, curriculum vitae and three relevant references to Murt Conover, LUMCON Associate Director of Education & Outreach (mconover@lumcon.edu) Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled.


  • Compensation commensurate with experience.

 Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium 8124 Highway 56 | Chauvin, LA 70344 | 985-851-2800 A division of the Louisiana Board of Regents

Job announcement: Aquatic Ecology Technician – USGS

Aquatic Ecology Technician
The USGS Leetown Science Center, Kearneysville, WV USA (https://www.lsc.usgs.gov/) seeks a full-time contractor for 1) supporting fish and stream habitat assessments at remote field locations within Shenandoah National Park, Virginia; 2) supporting research at our experimental stream laboratory; and 3) providing data input and summary assistance. This is a one-year term appointment scheduled to begin in July or August 2018. The USGS Leetown Science Center is within the scenic and historic Potomac and Shenandoah River valleys, and located near Shepherdstown, WV, about 70 miles west of Washington DC.

The position includes a benefits package. Interested applicants should send their resume and a letter of interest to Dr. Craig Snyder, 
csnyder@usgs.gov, by 10 July 2018.

Restoration Ecology Apprenticeship – Healthy Forest, Healthy Wildlife

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

Six month positions start August 27th and continue through February 2018, flexible upon request.

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

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

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter by June 15th here:

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

Restoration Ecology Americorps Project Member

Skills and Qualifications: Understanding of ecological issues and a concern for improving the environment is necessary; some knowledge of plant identification or restoration ecology techniques preferred. This position requires the ability to work both independently and in a team setting. Excellent organizational and communication skills, the ability to work under deadline pressure and the ability to handle multiple tasks are paramount to succeeding in this position. Knowledge of MS Office software packages and general computer skills are required with experience in GIS preferred. Must have high school diploma or GED, B.S.
in ecology or related field preferred. AmeriCorps member must possess the ability to work outdoors in adverse weather conditions (heat, cold, insects, etc.), be able to carry 40 pounds and to walk extended distances over rough terrain. Ability to speak in public setting is required. Must have own transportation and valid drivers license. Usual hours of service will be M-F during regular office hours of 8:00-5:00pm.
The ability to serve flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends, is needed. Hours may fluctuate, increase or decrease, in consideration of seasonal changes such as inclement weather or other extended activities.

The Wilds, Cumberland, OH.
The Wilds is North America’s largest conservation center and consists almost entirely of reclaimed mining land. It is managed jointly as a zoological park for the maintenance and captive breeding of globally imperiled species and as a conservation site for native plants and wildlife. Therefore, one of our major objectives is restoration of native ecosystems on site. Our restoration work focuses on establishing native prairies and planting forests, maintaining and improving existing ecosystems through invasive species removal, prescribed burns, and planting native species. Furthermore, we monitor ecosystem responses to restoration, which include survey and monitoring for a wide variety of species including plants, butterflies, grassland birds, amphibians, mesocarnivores, and in ecosystems such as wetlands, streams, forests, and grasslands.

Duties and responsibilities of the AmeriCorps Member:
1. Implement habitat improvements through activities such as invasive plant management, native plantings, and prescribed burns.
2. Monitor ecosystem recovery through vegetation and wildlife surveys, environmental monitoring, photo point collection.
3. Track riparian restoration through macroinvertebrate and fish surveys, identification, and calculation of IBI scores.
4. Organize, research, and process survey data, write reports summarizing findings.
5. Participate in project planning and implementation through meetings and field studies.
6. Use GPS & GIS to make maps and assist with monitoring efforts.
7. Enhance skills and knowledge applicable to position through participation in workshops, conferences and training 8. Complete 2 activity reports monthly, required timesheets and monthly reports in The OnCorps system online system 9. All other duties as assigned within the limitations of this member description.

Additional Information:
No public transportation is available.
Position requires hiking and some physically demanding tasks, including outdoor work throughout the seasons. This may include hot, buggy, cold or otherwise challenging conditions. Participants should be prepared with appropriate field gear / foot wear.

For more information, visit: http://ruralaction.org/get- involved/americorps/

How to Apply to OSRC
1. Go to my.americorps.gov; Click “Apply to Serve” (bottom of screen) 2.
Build an application; you will need two references. Allow time for their response before submitting.
3. Search Listings for Rural Action or Ohio Stream Restore Corps 4.
Click the OSRC name and Apply!
5. You will get a confirmation email with further instructions.

Funded MSc position in Desert Amphibian Ecology

Funded MS Opportunity in Desert Amphibian and Disease Ecology to start Fall 2018 or January 2019

Deadline for applications August 1st

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to employ as a MSc Student conducting research on amphibian and disease ecology in ephemeral waters in the Sonoran Desert south-central Arizona.

The student will examine how water quality affects amphibian development and determine the extent to which water sites constructed for wildlife function as disease reservoirs. The work will consist of checking and maintaining data loggers, setting up field enclosures with amphibian embryos and monitoring until hatching, measuring recently hatched amphibians, sampling water quality, collecting and preserving water samples, and environmental DNA (eDNA) collection and analysis.

Qualifications: We are looking for a highly motivated and creative individual. This position requires hard work, problem solving, and a tolerance for desert heat. Hired individuals will encounter venomous snakes and invertebrates. This is a physically demanding job which requires hiking into remote sites, odd hours and extended hours during monsoonal rains, driving a 4wd on unmaintained roads, and coordinating with military security. Rock climbing or scrambling experience helpful but not required. Experience with amphibians and/or genetics is desirable, but not required. Preference will be given to motivated candidates with excellent communication skills and who are willing and able to function in the summer desert environment.

The graduate student will be co-advised by Dr. Kerry Griffis-Kyle and Dr. Matthew Barnes. The position is funded for $16.5K/year plus a tuition waiver and opportunities for additional fellowships.

We encourage applications from everyone, including ethnic and gender minorities. Texas Tech University is one of four major state supported universities in Texas and is designated as an emerging research university by the State of Texas.

Interested applicants should email Dr. Kerry Griffis-Kyle
(kerry.griffis-kyle@ttu.edu) and have “Graduate opportunity” in the subject line. Please include in the email:

1. How this position will help you fulfill your career goals and why I should hire you 2. Resume or CV including pertinent work experience 3. Unofficial transcripts 4. GRE scores 5. Contact information for three references 6. Address, phone, and email

Position contingent upon funding. Texas Tech University requires a background check of all new employees. For additional information on the
Department: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/nrm/

PhD position – combining fishery surveys for North Atlantic groundfish- Memorial Univ of Newfoundland, Canada

One PhD position: combining research surveys for North Atlantic groundfish assessment

Successful fisheries management depends on reliable stock assessments. The project primarily involves statistical analysis of research surveys conducted over different regions and by different countries for a few groundfish species in the North Atlantic region. The student is encouraged to develop their own projects from this starting project. The student will be part of the Centre for Ecosystems and Fisheries Research at the Marine Institute’s School of Fisheries PhD Program at the Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Desirable candidates will have some familiarity with strong scientific credentials in ecology, fishery science, statistics or another relevant field. Preference will be given to applicants 1) with demonstrated expertise in quantitative skills in ecology or stock assessment 2) who can code efficiently in R or other programming languages 3) who have a publication record.

The position comprises a graduate assistantship and tuition scholarship. It is available to begin in the fall semester 2018. Funding is guaranteed for the entire length of the program (4 years).

Applicants with a relevant master’s degree are required. To apply for this position: send a current curriculum vitae and letter of interest/career goals, unofficial transcripts of all college course work, and the names and contact information for two professional references to:

Dr. Jin Gao (Jin.Gao@mi.mun.ca). Please contact Dr. Gao directly with any questions about this position. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

M.S. Assistantship – Invasive Earthworms, Mycorrhizal Fungi & Plants in Tallgrass Prairies

An M.S. assistantship is available in Oklahoma State University’s Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, to be co-advised by Drs. Gail Wilson and Scott Loss. The research project will include both field and greenhouse components, and will include both observational and experimental investigation of associations between non-native earthworm invasions, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF), and plant communities in Oklahoma tallgrass prairies.

Earthworms and AMF play critical roles in mediating plant health, productivity, and biodiversity in prairie ecosystems. Invasive Eurasian earthworms have become ubiquitous across North America, causing substantial harmful impacts to plants that are mediated by interactions with AMF. Despite the importance of invasive earthworm-AMF interactions, few studies have investigated how they affect plant growth and community composition, and none have done so in prairies. This project will include field sampling of earthworms, soil, AMF, and plants in Oklahoma tallgrass prairies, as well as a greenhouse study where earthworm and AMF communities will be manipulated to evaluate plant responses. There is also the potential of integrating a side field project looking at whether invasive earthworm-caused changes in vegetation affect wildlife (e.g., birds, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals and/or other).

The position will begin in January of 2019, and full student support is available for 24 months, including a stipend of $1,292/month ($15,504/yr), plus health insurance, tuition waiver, and reimbursement for fieldwork-related travel. Of the 4 funded semesters, 2 semesters will be supported by a research assistantship and 2 will be supported by a department teaching assistantship that will require ~10 hours of work per week. The specific course TA assignments will be determined based on student interests and departmental needs, but will likely include at least one semester in the department’s Applied Ecology and Conservation field lab course.

Required qualifications: Applicants must possess a B.S. degree in Ecology, Natural Resources, Biology, Plant and Soil Sciences, or a related field; a strong work ethic and sense of self-motivation; the ability to work independently and with a small team in a management capacity; a strong interest in the ecology of invasive species, natural resource ecology and management, soil ecology, plant ecology, and/or conservation ecology; a strong desire to lead efforts to publicly present and publish the research; and a valid US driver’s license.

Preferred qualifications: Applicants will be especially competitive if they have one or several of the following skills and experiences: conducting, presenting, and/or publishing mentored research; coordinating and supervising field projects and crews; conducting soil, invertebrate, and/or vegetation sampling, greenhouse experiments and laboratory processing of soil and/or plant samples; and working with statistical analyses.

TO APPLY: send (by August 24th, 2018) applications consisting of a zip file or merged pdf file that includes: (1) a cover letter outlining how they meet the above required and preferred qualifications, (2) CV, (3) unofficial academic transcripts, (4) GRE Scores, and (5) contact information for three references to BOTH Dr. Gail Wilson (
gail.wilson@okstate.edu) and Dr. Scott Loss (scott.loss@okstate.edu).

For more information, see the following sites:
Gail Wilson’s microbial ecology lab – http://nrem.okstate.edu/faculty/gwilson
Scott Loss’s global change ecology lab – 
OSU Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management – 


Job announcement: Aquatic Ecology Technician, USGS, Kearneysville, WV

Aquatic Ecology Technician, USGS, Kearneysville, WV
The Aquatic Biology Branch within the USGS Leetown Science Center, Kearneysville, WV USA (https://www.lsc.usgs.gov/?q=aquatic-ecology-branch), seeks a full-time contract General Biologist to support projects centered on spatial modelling of fish habitat and stream health throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.   The Leetown Science Center is within the scenic and historic Potomac and Shenandoah River valleys, and located near Shepherdstown, WV, about 70 miles west of Washington DC.
Required skills include experience working with large geospatial data sets, and scripting in Python and R.  Knowledge of the NHDplus database is a plus but not required.  A BS in biology, ecology, geography or related field is required and a MS degree is preferred.  The position is a full-time contract and includes a benefits package.  Interested applicants should send their resume and a letter of interest to Dr. Kelly O. Maloney, kmaloney@usgs.gov by 01 July 2018.

Master’s Research Degree opportunity in the CB Fenster lab, South Dakota State University: Pollination Biology in Agricultural Ecosystems

Master’s Research Degree opportunity in the CB Fenster lab, South Dakota State University: Pollination Biology in Agricultural Ecosystems

Starting Date: Preferably mid of July 2018

Pollinators play a key role in ecosystem functioning because they mediate interactions between species and facilitate ecological and economic impacts.
However, pollinator health is globally declining in agricultural landscapes largely due to the use of insecticides, reduced habitat and lack of nutritional resources. The student opportunity is to participate with a team
1) to understand how pollination services contribute to ecosystem functioning, enhancing ecosystem services including maximizing crop yield and 2) transfer this role of pollinator services to policy development aimed at enhancing pollinator health. This team, in addition to myself, includes insect ecologists (Jon Lundgren), plant landscape ecologists (Henning
Nottebrock) and economists (James Stone, Heidi Sieverding).We are using Brassica carinata and other flowering crops, to study plant-pollinator interactions in an agricultural ecosystem. Specifically, we will quantify the parameters that maximize ecosystem functioning, thus increasing ecosystem services. e.g., maximized carinata productivity and pollinator-associated ecosystem services resulting in maximized honey production.

Location: Department of Biology and Microbiology, South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota. Brookings is a small, but vibrant community with easy access to culture and the outdoors. More information about the Department of Biology and Microbiology at SDSU can be found at:


Requirements: The ideal student should embrace field-based research as well as have some background or interest in large data and or landscape approaches. Most importantly, you should be passionate about biology and the questions being pursed at the CBFenster lab. Specifically for this project, one should have an interest in sustainable agriculture and the consequences of various land-use polices for ecosystem services. Generally, students who work with me either have or develop a broad understanding of statistics.
Foreign students need to meet English language requirements.

I encourage you to contact me or Henning, if interested at:
charles.fenster@sdstate.edu or henning.nottebrock@sdstate.edu

More information can be found at the CBFenster lab website and project

Charlie: https://charlesbfenster.wordpress.com/
Henning: https://henningnottebrock.wordpress.com/
Jon: http://bluedasher.farm/

Please include in your email:
*       brief description of your research interests
*       concrete evidence of interest in this project
*       experience related to this project
*       CV

Funding options are available for both US and International students.

M.S. Student Graduate Assistantship In Freshwater Ecology and Ecotoxicology

The Marine and Freshwater Ecology lab at Louisiana Tech University, under Dr. Jennifer Hill, is seeking a M.S. candidate to examine the impacts of sub-lethal pesticide concentrations on crayfish and snail behavior and trophic cascades. The candidate will join the lab and work on both laboratory ,as well as field mesocosm experiments and be based on campus at Louisiana Tech (Ruston, LA)

The objectives of the project include:
–       To examine the impacts of sub-lethal pesticide concentrations on the
behavior and foraging activity of crayfish and snails in lab experiments
–       Examine if pesticides impact cascading interactions in freshwater
macrophyte communities using cattle tank mesocosms .
Responsibilities include:
–       Under the direction of the PI, lead and/or participate in the experiments
accomplishing above objectives
–       Develop oral and visual products for presentation to scientific audiences
at local and national meetings
–       Attend scientific meetings to engage and network with scientists and
–       Author and develop a Master’s thesis and scientific manuscripts
–       Advise and direct undergraduate students on lab and field techniques
Qualifications include:
–       B.S. in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science or related field
–       the ability to work collaboratively with fellow graduate  and
undergraduate students
–       Good communication skills
–       previous experience with aquatic animal care preferred, but not required
The start date of the position is September 2018 (the beginning of Fall
quarter) with experiments beginning in January.  The assistantship is supported by a combination of grant funding and teaching assistantships at a rate of ~$19,000 per year. Tuition and fees are not waived by Louisiana Tech.

Interested applicants should submit a single pdf (with the applicants first and last name in document title) composed of a cover letter, CV (including GPA and relevant coursework), and the names and contact information of 3 references to jmhill@latech.edu .Please put “ecology MS student position” in the email subject header. Please submit applicant information by June 25th but other later applications may be reviewed.

Graduate Positions in Arctic Restoration Ecology

Three fully funded graduate positions in Arctic Restoration Ecology (1 PhD. and 2 MSc.) are available in the Departments of Soil Science and Plant Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan. This is a unique opportunity to join an interdisciplinary project spanning the fields of restoration ecology, soil science, and plant ecology. We will be examining the potential for using biological soil crusts and tundra surface organic layers to foster the recovery of arctic plant community assemblages and essential ecosystem functions following mining disturbance. Fieldwork will be conducted at a working mine site in Nunavut, Canada with opportunities to work closely with mine company staff. We will also be heavily involved in the development and delivery of an on-site education program for Nunavut youth integrating soil science, plant ecology, environmental monitoring, restoration and traditional ecological knowledge. MSc. Project 1. This student will examine the establishment and recovery of actively restored biological soil crust communities on drilling waste. You will initiate a trial to test active soil crust restoration techniques, identify bryophyte and lichen species in the crusts to characterize crust community composition in relation to site micro environmental conditions, and measure ecosystem services such as photosynthesis and nitrogen fixation rates. MSc. Project 2. This student will examine the active restoration of tundra vascular plant communities from locally collected propagules. You will initiate a trial to test the use of locally collected material on drilling waste sites, and will track the survival and establishment of vascular plants in relation to site micro environmental conditions. PhD. Project 1. This student will examine how active restoration techniques influence the recovery of soil community structure. You will examine the belowground plant, bacterial, fungal, and archaeal communities in restoration treatments in relation to site micro-environmental conditions. You will use next generation sequencing techniques to characterize belowground communities, develop niche models for important species, and will link soil community structure to key soil ecosystem services. You will have opportunities to expand your work to additional questions, and to lead collaborations with other project members. These projects have an anticipated start date of either September 2018 or January 2019. Project 1 will be supervised by Dr. Katherine Stewart and Projects 2 and 3 will be co-supervised by Drs. Lamb and Siciliano. For more information: Eric Lamb: http://homepage.usask.ca/~egl388/index.html Katherine Stewart:https://agbio.usask.ca/faculty-and-staff/people-pages/katherine-stewart.php Steven Siciliano:https://www.usask.ca/toxicology/people/faculty/steven-siciliano.php Requirements: PhD. Project. A thesis based (research) MSc. degree with evidence of scientific productivity through the publication of one or more peer reviewed manuscripts. Graduate level experience and training in one or more of the following fields: plant ecology, soil science, soil microbial ecology, bioinformatics, restoration ecology. MSc. Projects. A BSc. or BSAg degree with a concentration in one or more of the following fields: bryology, plant ecology, soil science, or restoration ecology. Application Procedure Apply via e-mail to Eric Lamb (eric.lamb@usask.ca) with a package including: • Cover letter describing your background and research experience and indicating which project you are most interested in. • an up-to-date CV • unofficial transcript(s). A scan or .pdf copy is sufficient. • an example of your writing (e.g. a paper, extract from a thesis, or class project).

Restoration Technician (Entomology) Position

Subject: Restoration Technician (Entomology) Position

The Soil Ecology and Restoration Group (SERG) is a research group within the biology department of San Diego State University (SDSU) and administered by the San Diego State University Research Foundation. The research emphasis of SERG is on ecosystem dynamics of southern California.

We seek five (5) Restoration Field Technicians to assist with field research directed at the conservation of native species and the management of invasive Argentine ant, Linepithema humile, population on San Clemente Island, a Naval installation on the southern-most of California’s Channel Islands. This position requires a 6 month commitment, July to November.

Primary duties:
(i) utilizing a variety of sampling methods to collect and identify arthropods and (ii) measuring the efficacy and conservation gains of an invasive species management strategy (iii) implementing eradication protocols in wildland areas. This position requires extensive physical labor to conduct management activities, including working with pesticide around heavy equipment, ATVs and helicopters; hand deployment of pesticide over rugged terrain; bending and crouching to perform monitoring and control efforts; and hauling heavy, awkward materials and equipment. Technicians may also contribute to additional projects and duties as assigned.

Technicians need to enjoy working in remote field environments and be able to perform repetitive, labor intensive tasks with sustained accuracy. All work will be conducted on San Clemente Island, which is owned and operated by the
U.S.    Navy as a test and evaluation site, shore bombardment range, and warfare training
grounds. The island is home to a large number of endemic and rare plant, animal and bird species, with an extensive community of biologists, archaeologists and researchers.
Applicants should enjoy living as part of a small community and be able to maintain a professional, positive attitude at all times.

Position requirements:
*       Ability to repeatedly lift loads of up to 50 lbs throughout the workday
*       Experience performing strenuous labor with a high level of physical endurance under
a variety of weather and work conditions
*       Bachelor’s degree in biology or related field and/or significant relevant experience
*       Valid driver’s license and ability to drive 4-wheel-drive-vehicles
*       Experience safely operating and maintaining mechanical equipment, hand tools,
herbicide/pesticide application equipment, and GPS units
*       Ability to work independently or as part of a team
*       Ability to safely navigate and work off-trail in steep, rocky, cactus-covered terrain

Salary will be $14.00/hour plus benefits. Room and board will be provided while on San Clemente Island. Work schedule will be 10 days on-island and 4 days off-island.
Transportation to and from the island is provided by means of a twin engine 20-seater plane which departs from Naval Base Coronado.

To apply, compile your cover letter, resume and contact information for three (3) professional references in
one(1) pdf or Word document and email it to:

Steven Thielking Argentine Ant Project Manager sthielking@sdsu.edu

MS Opportunity – Plant-Pollinator Networks/Native Bees/Conservation

An MS assistantship is available starting Fall 2018 in the Biological Sciences Department at Southeastern Louisiana University.  The student will conduct studies to characterize plant-pollinator networks in a longleaf pine forest, a conservation priority habitat that requires fire management to survive.  The ideal candidate will be independent, highly motivated, and have interests in community ecology and conservation biology.  Graduate Assistants in the Biological Sciences Department are guaranteed two years of assistantship support and full tuition waivers.
Why pursue an MS degree? An MS degree is the best choice for many career paths and is also the perfect option for students unsure of their specific research area of interest or whether they want to pursue a PhD.
Southeastern Louisiana University is located in Hammond, LA, which is an easy drive to both New Orleans and Baton Rouge.  The region is known for its diverse, unique terrestrial and wetland habitats, and its abundance of eclectic cultural experiences and activities.  Interested students should submit a letter of interest that includes their GRE scores, a current CV with contact information for three references, and unofficial transcripts directly to Dr. Janice Bossart (jbossart@selu.edu) via email attachment.  Review of applications will begin immediately.

Info on the Bossart lab can be found here:

Specifics of the graduate program in Biological Sciences at Southeastern are at:

Info on current graduate students and the Biology Graduate Student Organization (BGSO) is at:

Seabird research volunteer opportunity, Northeast US

Update: If you want to be part of this 50 year seabird study this summer, there are still slots open banding chicks and documenting nest success, call Research Team Leader Helen Hays at 860-460-0749 to learn more and hear about the dates and logistics. I’ve been out to Great Gull Island to help with this study, it’s a singular experience! Erik
ATT anyone who likes birds/conservation/research and is in the eastern US, you’d be interested in this coastal ecology/seabird biology opportunity:
Want to spend time studying rare and endangered seabirds on an island biological research station that has made major discoveries in the last 50 years as part of one of the longest running ornithological studies in the world?
Pls forward to colleagues/students, this station is a fantastic place for budding bio/enviro/ornithology undergrads to see a conservation science project up close and contribute to it. I had a great time out there counting nests & eggs with a bunch of great volunteers and tens of thousands of seabirds on just a few acres in the Atlantic.  

The research team leader needs more volunteers in late June and all of July for banding chicks.  
Lots of students, bird watchers, citizen scientists, etc go there to help out. Free room and board, free boat ride from Niantic, CT, incredible views and sea air, etc. Cell reception, rustic conditions.
Here’s an article I wrote about it for Sierra magazine plus 18 images from a recent trip:
For details and to volunteer, contact Ann Pacheco <annmpacheco@gmail.com>

Graduate Preview Weekend – Princeton Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (expenses-paid)

Subject: Graduate Preview Weekend – Princeton Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (expenses-paid)

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University is offering a special preview weekend – *the EEB Scholars Program* – this upcoming October 4th-7th for students considering graduate school. The goal of this weekend is to invite competitive prospective graduate applicants to campus in order to showcase the department, demystify the graduate application process, and highlight participants’ research experience. We especially encourage students from underrepresented minority groups and those inhabiting other axes of underrepresentation in STEM to apply.

Please see <https://eeb.princeton.edu/graduate/eeb-scholars-program> for more information. The application deadline is July 15, 2018. The *EEB Scholars Program* is open to all prospective graduate students, including rising juniors and seniors, as well as international applicants. We particularly encourage students from developing nations to apply. Travel, food, and lodging expenses will be covered by Princeton EEB.

Please direct any questions to EEBScholars@princeton.edu.

Funded PhD or MS Student Position in Plant Ecology: Apply by June 15

This is a repost of an earlier advertisement with the application deadline extended to June 15.

Funded PhD or MS Student Position in Plant Ecology: Apply by June 15

The Dovciak lab (http://www.esf.edu/efb/dovciak/) at the State University of New York (SUNY ESF) is looking for a highly motivated graduate student (PhD or MS) for a funded position to study vegetation dynamics of Long Island Pine Barrens of New York State. The student is expected to study forest plant communities and examine patterns of regeneration, recruitment, and mortality for pitch pine and oaks on vegetation plots surveyed in 2005/2006.
The data and protocols from this survey are available for use. The position will include (1) resurvey of the vegetation plots, (2) quantification of changes in forest community and tree populations, and (3) building statistical models to relate tree population processes to environmental conditions (including canopy cover, understory vegetation, and soil properties).

The position starts on August 20, 2018, but a later start (January 2019) may be considered. The position is based at SUNY ESF in Syracuse
(http://www.esf.edu/) and field work is based at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island. Collaborative partners include the Central Pine Barrens Commission and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The position will be supported by research (2 years) and teaching assistantships (1-3 years) that cover a stipend, tuition, and health benefits.

Additional collaborative research opportunities exist in our lab within an NSF-funded project examining ecotone dynamics between deciduous and conifer forests of northeastern United States.

Desired qualifications:
– MS or BS in plant or forest ecology, botany, or a related field
– Ideally GPA >3.5 and GRE scores >70% (lower may be acceptable with relevant research experience)
– Basic vascular plant identification skills and familiarity with ecosystems of the northeastern United States
– Excellent time management, interpersonal, and team/collaborative skills
– Ability to work long hours in potentially adverse field conditions over a period of 2-3 months
– Interest in organizing and managing large data sets (e.g., in Excel or Access)
– Ability to use, or willingness to learn, advanced statistical methods and packages (e.g., R)
– Driver’s license and an own car

To apply, send (1) cover letter summarizing your interests, educational goals (MS, PhD), and qualifications, (2) CV, including GPA and GRE, (3) transcripts (unofficial OK at this stage), and (4) contacts for three references to Martin Dovciak (mdovciak@esf.edu), ideally as a single pdf file. Please use “Plant Ecology Research Assistantship” in email subject line. Earlier inquiries are welcome. The review of the applications will start on May 15 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.
Selected candidates will be asked to submit a full application (with official transcripts, reference letters, and GRE reports) to SUNY ESF
(http://www.esf.edu/graduate/admission.htm) as soon as possible.

Info on Syracuse academic community/environment is here:

Info on Long Island Central Pine Barrens is here:

Martin Dovciak, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Roosevelt Forest Ecologist State University of New York, College of Environmental Science & Forestry (SUNY ESF) Faculty webpage: http://www.esf.edu/faculty/dovciak/
Research Gate profile:

Research Assistant Position, Available June 25

Research Assistant Position Available, June 25- September 30, with extension contingent on available funding Archbold Biological Station-University of Florida, Long Term Agroecosystem Research

Archbold Biological Station and its partner site University of Florida Range Cattle Research Center (UF RCREC) are part of the Long-term Agroecosystem Research Network (LTAR https://ltar.nal.usda.gov  ), a network of 18 agroecosystems across the United States that seek to address the grand challenge of maintaining multiple ecosystem services in food production systems.

The Archbold-UF RCREC sites (www.maerc.org; rcrec-ona.ifas.ufl.edu) have a
>70-year history of research, conservation, and education programs
on enhancing agricultural production and preserving natural resources associated with subtropical humid grassland and shrub landscapes in Florida. Interdisciplinary research at the Archbold-UF RCREC address the complex functioning of agricultural and natural lands within the region.
Educational programs provide science-based information that supports decision-making strategies to maintain the sustainability of agroecosystems. Climate is characterized by subtropical conditions with an average annual precipitation of ~ 1650 mm (> 65% occurring from June to
October) and average minimum and maximum daily temperatures ranging from
16.9 to 28.2o C. http://www.maerc.org/html/research/ltar.html#.WxaDT0xFyM8

We are in search of one motivated individual to fulfill a research assistant position located at Archbold’s working ranch, Buck Island Ranch.
The research assistant will join the MacArthur Agroecology Research Center, led by Dr. Elizabeth Boughton, consisting of a diverse and fun team of post- docs, environmental scientists, research assistants and interns.

The Archbold-UF LTAR Research Assistant will collect and manage data in support of LTAR activities.
General Tasks:
*       Responsible for collection and processing of plant, soil, and
greenhouse gas samples.
*       Responsible for plant aboveground biomass collection and processing
on a monthly schedule.
*       Responsible for drying, sorting (live and dead biomass), and
weighing biomass and entering data into excel spreadsheets in an organized manner.
*       Responsible for assisting with plant diversity and composition data
within different grazing land types:  improved pasture, semi-native pasture, and native rangeland.
*       Prepare samples and documentation for shipping samples and ships to
the analytical laboratory,
*       Responsible for assisting and/or performing laboratory analysis of
soil, plant, and gas samples
*       Maintains excellent records of all activities and data files.
*       Performs other reasonable duties in cooperation with the LTAR
Research Scientists, as needed.

It is expected that the research assistant will be able to perform most tasks independently as needed after initial training. The research assistant will be willing to collect data in the field, drive field trucks between data collection sites, organize data into required formats, and perform all task in a highly professional manner. Travel between the cooperating sites is expected.

Minimum Requirements:
1.      A bachelor degree in science, biology, agro-ecology, agriculture or
2.      A valid driver license
3.      Willingness to work long hours in the field in sub-tropical Florida
4.      Must have authorization for US employment.

On or around June 25

To apply send cover letter, a resume, and contact information for three references to Dr. Elizabeth Boughton at eboughton@archbold-station.org.
Competitive salary with full benefits. Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, Minorities, Veterans and Disabled Persons are encouraged to apply.
Applications due by June 18th.

Accepting Apps for MS Environmental Biology in Denver CO

We are still accepting applications for fall, 2018 admission to the MS Environmental Biology program at Regis University in Denver, CO! The M.S. in Environmental Biology is a degree program that emphasizes skills crucial for success in the environmental and ecological workforce.


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

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

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

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

– KNOWLEDGABLE FACULTY focused on individual student goals and success

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

Graduate Position: TexasTechU.BighornSheepMicrobiomes

The Phillips Laboratory (Department of Biological Sciences, Texas Tech
University) is accepting applications from highly motivated individuals
interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Biology, with a research
project focusing on the dynamics of microbiomes in wild populations of
bighorn sheep.  The successful applicant will be an individual that is
excited about the opportunity to integrate bioinformatics, biostatistics,
ecology, and evolutionary biology to understand and publish results about
complex biological systems.  No prior experience in scripting (mainly
bash and R) is required, but only applicants that are serious about
the opportunity to develop advanced scripting capabilities and strong
foundations in biostatistics and ecological principles need apply.
This position is available at the master’s or PhD level, but only
individuals currently holding a master’s degree or with experience
in microbiome research will be considered to enter at the PhD level.
The position will be supported by a Research Assistantship funded by the
Texas Bighorn Society and the Wild Sheep Foundation.  The position also
provides teaching experience in the form of Teaching Assistantships.
Collaboration with researchers in Tech’s Department of Natural Resource
Management will be a part of this position, and research findings may
inform disease risk across portions of bighorn sheep range in Texas.
This position will provide career development through a diverse and
technical training experience.

Applicants should send their CV and a Statement of Interest to Caleb
Phillips (caleb.phillips@ttu.edu, subject line = bighorn microbiome).

Graduate position: LouisianaTechU.MicrobialEvolution

The Maness Organismal Biology Lab in The School of Biological Sciences at
Louisiana Tech University is accepting applications for a Masterขs/PhD
student interested in environmental microbiology/microbial ecology. The
student will develop a research project investigating microbes with the
ability to degrade environmental toxins or pollutants. Applicants should
have an interest in environmental science, genetics, enzyme kinetics,
and/or geographical information science as well as undergraduate STEM
education. Student support is ~$27,000/yr from a graduate assistantship in
the School of Biological Sciences and an NSF grant. Duties for the
assistantship will be to assist with teaching the lab component of one of
the School of Biological Sciences courses. The position will begin in the
Fall 2018-19 academic term.

Applicants should be motivated, creative, organized, and have strong
communication skills. Coursework in Genetics or Geographic Information
Science is recommended, but not required. Students of diverse backgrounds
are encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will have an undergraduate
degree in Biology, Environmental Science, or related field. Students must
meet admission requirements for the M.S. in Biology Program/PhD in
Molecular Sciences and Nanotechnology at Tech and be accepted into that
program to be eligible for the assistantship.

To apply send: (1) a statement of research interests and goals, (2)
unofficial transcripts, (3) CV, and (4) list of three references with
contact info to Terri Maness: tmaness@latech.edu. Application deadline is
5pm CST June 15, 2018.

Last Call for Applications: Professional Masters in Conservation and Restoration

UC Irvine – Masters in Conservation and Restoration Science

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. Is 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.

The last round of applications will be reviewed for admission on July 1, 2018.

Two MS Positions in Freshwater Ecology and Conservation

The Capps Lab in the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia is interested in recruiting up to two MS students to begin coursework in the fall of 2019. I am excited to support MS students in the Ecology or the Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development programs.

To work in our lab, you must: 1) meet the entrance requirements for the University of Georgia and be admitted to the program in the Odum School, 2) enjoy working in a team environment, and 3) have a strong work ethic.
Students in our lab group typically conduct a combination of field and laboratory work and integrate both experimental and observational approaches to answer ecological and/or socio-ecological questions pertaining to fresh water. Though there are funding sources that are available through UGA and the Odum School for competitive students (Fellowships/RAs/TAs), MS students will be encouraged to pursue additional grants and fellowships within UGA and from other funding agencies (e.g., EPA, NSF, the Fulbright Program) during their graduate studies.

Entrance to the Odum School of Ecology typically requires high GPAs and competitive verbal and quantitative GRE scores, though there is some flexibility if an applicant has extensive research experience and/or particularly strong letters of recommendation. If you have not taken your exams, but will complete them by November, please make sure to mention that information in your email. If you have concerns about the entrance requirements for the Odum School, please feel free to contact the director of graduate admissions, Dr. Katherine Adams.

Please read below to learn more about the research programs and the additional requirements for each position.

Position 1: This project will examine the long-term impacts of urbanization on the evolution of stream macroinvertebrate populations. The student will be advised by the research team of Krista Capps, Jill Anderson, and John Wares. Applicants should have completed or will complete a degree in biology, ecology, evolution, or a related field by August 2019. Applicants are required to have previous research experience, and those with previous experience working with freshwater macroinvertebrates and/or genetic analyses are preferred.

Position 2: This project will examine relationships between anthropogenically-derived subsidies and stream fish communities in a large, tropical river. The student will be advised by Krista Capps and will be working with research teams in the US and in Mexico. Applicants should have completed or will complete a degree in biology, ecology, chemistry, or a related field by August 2019. Applicants are required to have previous research experience, and those with previous experience working with freshwater fishes and/or biogeochemical analyses are preferred. Applicants must have some working knowledge of Spanish and be willing to live in Mexico for up to several months.

Contact Instructions: If you are interested in graduate study in the Capps Lab, please send Dr. Krista Capps (kcapps [ at ] uga.edu an email with (1) a two paragraph description of your research interests and relevant work/educational experience, (2) one sentence outlining your GRE (and TOEFL if applicable) scores, and (3) one-sentence identifying the degree you are interested in pursuing. Please attach a pdf of your curriculum vitae or resume and copies of university transcripts.

Useful Links:
Graduate Application Information:
Support and Awards: http://www.ecology.uga.edu/admissions.php?

MS opportunity in community ecology

Subject: MS opportunity in community ecology

A MS position is available in the Davenport lab to study the effects of predator phenology on experimental food webs. The focal aspects of the research will pertain to responses of lower trophic levels and ecosystem function within pond ecosystems. The field component of the research will be conducted in the Missouri Ozarks and the experimental/lab work will be completed on campus at Appalachian State University. Coursework will be carried out at Appalachian State University and the field season will run from early September-late June. The student will also have additional research and outreach opportunities such as participating in long-term monitoring of wetland vertebrate populations and additional food web research. The position begins in the August 2018. This position will be supported by a TA position that includes an annual stipend and tuition waiver.

Qualifications: Prospective students should have prior experience in field biology, familiarity with zooplankton sampling and identification, a working knowledge of statistics, demonstrate good communication skills and be willing to work with others in humid environments. Prior experience in surveys of pond-breeding amphibians and invertebrates is preferred but not required. Prospective students should also possess a valid driver’s license. Preference is given to North Carolina state residents. A B.S. in biology, ecology or wildlife biology is required with a GPA >3.0. Applicant must meet admittance criteria set by the Appalachian State University Graduate School and Biology graduate program.

Application materials: Interested applicants should email the following items to Dr. Jon Davenport (davenportjm@appstate.edu) by June 10:  1) cover letter detailing past research experience and professional goals,
2) CV or resume, 3) 2 references, and 4) unofficial transcripts.

seabird research vol opportunity Northeast US

ATT anyone who likes birds/conservation/research and is in the eastern US, you’d be interested in this coastal ecology/seabird biology opportunity:
Want to spend time studying rare and endangered seabirds on an island biological research station that has made major discoveries in the last 50 years as part of one of the longest running ornithological studies in the world?
Pls forward to colleagues/students, this station is a fantastic place for budding bio/enviro/ornithology undergrads to see a conservation science project up close and contribute to it. I had a great time out there counting nests & eggs with a bunch of great volunteers and tens of thousands of seabirds on just a few acres in the Atlantic.  

The research team leader needs more volunteers in late June and all of July for banding chicks.  
Lots of students, bird watchers, citizen scientists, etc go there to help out. Free room and board, free boat ride from Niantic, CT, incredible views and sea air, etc. Cell reception, rustic conditions.
Here’s an article I wrote about it for Sierra magazine plus 18 images from a recent trip:
For details and to volunteer, contact Ann Pacheco <annmpacheco@gmail.com>

Employment opportunity – Aquatic Wildlife Specialist

“Aquatic Wildlife Specialist”
FLSA- Exempt / SALARY GRADE 20 ($36,814-$65,827)
REQUISITION #38234 – CLOSING DATE: 05/30/2018
The mission of the Arizona Game & Fish Department is to conserve Arizona’s diverse wildlife resources and manage for safe, compatible outdoor recreation opportunities for current and future generations.  It is our vision to be the national conservation leader supporting the continuation of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation and Arizona’s most trusted, respected and credible source for wildlife conservation products, services and information.
Description of Duties: Under the direction of the Aquatic Wildlife Program Supervisor, the Aquatic Wildlife Specialist will perform a variety of professional work related to fisheries management for the Yuma Regional Office. The Specialist will be responsible for planning and conducting fisheries management actions and projects in accordance with work plans. Develops and writes management plans and study proposals.  Coordinates and conducts management activities, surveys, and evaluations on fish populations and aquatic habitats.  Plans and coordinates work activities with Department personnel, other agencies, special interest groups, and the public. Collects data, manages databases, analyzes data, interprets analysis, and prepares various technical and popular reports.  Presents information to various agencies, fisheries professionals, special interest groups and the general public.
Develops and maintains positive working relationships with other local, state, and federal agencies, special interest groups, and the general public and provides high quality customer service to both internal and external customers.  Reviews and provides comments on proposed actions and management plans that could affect fisheries resources.  Coordinates and conducts various educational and outreach activities such as fishing clinics, educational talks/presentations, round-table discussions, and public meetings.  Assists in developing annual work plans and various reports.  Evaluates and issues special licenses and permits.  Facilitate efforts to enhance aquatic habitats, fish populations, fishing opportunities, and angler access.  Operates, maintains and repairs program equipment.  Trains and may oversee other Department employees, interns, and volunteers assisting the fisheries program.  Serves as acting program supervisor in supervisor’s absence, and other duties as assigned to maintain and implement the aquatic wildlife program.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities: (KSA’s) The position requires knowledge of: fish, wildlife, habitat research, investigation, management, and conservation techniques and procedures; species identification and habitat requirements of Arizona  fish and aquatic flora and fauna, fish and water monitoring, surveying, sampling, and collection techniques and procedures; federal, state, and local laws, regulations, policies, and procedures related to fisheries management; federal, state, and local agency roles and functions relative to fisheries management and environmental issues and administrative procedures for special licenses and permits.
The candidate must be skilled in effective writing and oral communication, mathematics and basic statistical analysis, data collection, management, analysis, interpretation, and presentation, GPS, GIS, and topographic use, vehicle, watercraft, and hand equipment operation, safety, and maintenance, report writing, project planning and execution, work management, supervision, leadership, working in remote areas, first aid, and survival skills, and working with others.
The candidate must have the ability to develop effective and positive working relationships with various federal, state, and local agencies, special interest groups and the general public, able to provide positive and effective customer service to a variety of internal and external customers, effective communication with a wide variety of audiences, work outdoors in extreme and isolated conditions and be able to train and lead others.
The candidate must have a Bachelor of Science degree in fisheries management, fisheries biology, wildlife management or closely related field. The preferred candidate will have a Master of Science degree or three years of experience designing and implementing fisheries management practices, investigations, or research.
Employment is contingent upon completion of a post-offer medical/physical examination and the agency’s ability to reasonably accommodate any restrictions.  This position requires possession of and the ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment.  Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training in accordance with Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.
All newly hired employees will be subject to the E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification program.  
The State of Arizona offers an outstanding comprehensive benefits package including:
* 13 days’ of vacation
* 12 sick days
* 10 paid holidays
* Participation in the nationally recognized Arizona State Retirement System
* Superior health care options
* Vision care, dental care, pharmacy benefits, and flexible spending account (options available)
* Life, long-term disability, and short-term disability insurance options are available
* Many more benefit programs are available
Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer

PH.D. Graduate Research Assistantship: Invasion Ecology in Agroecosystems

Subject: PH.D. Graduate Research Assistantship: Invasion Ecology in Agroecosystems

Ph.D. Assistantship –
Integrating new technologies to understand invasion ecology in Agroecosystems

We seek a highly motivated student to fill a fully funded Ph.D. position in the labs of Drs. Marcus Lashley and Garrett Street at Mississippi State University to study Invasion Ecology in Agroecosystems. This research is an extension of an ongoing 6+ year project (beginning year three now). The student will be expected to collect data with unmanned aerial vehicles
(UAV) to integrate with other in situ data sets into a landscape modelling framework with the objective of predicting the spatiotemporal probability of human wildlife conflicts, the effects of swine invasion on native wildlife communities, and swine population vulnerability as predicted by island biogeography theory. The successful student will have access to large data sets from radiotags and accelerometers deployed on feral swine, remotely sensed agricultural data, a captive feral swine facility, the Center for UAV Research, and camera traps deployed in remnant forest patches across Agroecosystems of the Mississippi Alluvial Valley.

Required Qualifications: Successful completion of the FAA UAS training will be required within the first semester. Possess or obtain a driver’s license. Ability to work in teams or individually in secluded and remote, hot and humid conditions, where most organisms want to sting, bite, or puncture you.

Preferred Qualifications: Strong quantitative, GIS, and written skills are desirable. Strong interpersonal skills, fun attitude with a good sense of humor, and desire to promote research and technology transfer through social media and public speaking.

Interested applicants should submit via email a cover letter outlining your interest in the project, a current curriculum vitae, contacts for three references, and an example of writing (preferably a peer-reviewed
publication) to Dr. Marcus Lashley, marcus.lashley@msstate.edu.
We will be accepting and reviewing applications immediately until a suitable applicant is found. Start date is flexible but intended for August 2018.

Two MS positions in Ecotoxicology

The Glaberman Lab is looking for two graduate students to perform research on ecotoxicology as part of the Masters in Environmental Toxicology Program
(ETOX) at the University of South Alabama (USA).  This is a two-year program that combines coursework and a thesis research experience. We are looking for students to work on each of the following general projects:

(1)     Computational ecotoxicology: the student will focus on looking at the
genetic and protein basis for understanding differences in species sensitivity to chemicals. This project combines examination of molecular biology data and bioinformatics with available information on chemical toxicity. Experience with statistical software (e.g. R) or bioinformatics tools (e.g., BLAST) is a plus.

(2)     Nematode ecotoxicology: the student will help develop our new toxicity
testing system in nematodes. This includes performing nematode husbandry and designing toxicity testing procedures. The project will focus initially on looking at effects of neurotoxic pesticides on nematode behavior, survival, and reproduction. The goal is to build an improved system for examining effects of chemicals on soil health.

The deadline to apply to the MS program for Fall 2018 is July 15th, so prospective students should contact me at least several weeks in advance.
Students have the ability to earn an assistantship and stipend and serve as teaching assistant for extra money. More information on USA’s ETOX program can be found at:

The Glaberman Lab is based in the Department of Biology at the University of South Alabama. We specialize in applying evolutionary biology approaches to ecotoxicology. More information on Dr. Glaberman’s laboratory can be found at:

The University of South Alabama is located in Mobile, Alabama on the Gulf Coast. Mobile is a short drive from beautiful beaches and wildlife viewing spots and its Mardis Gras is the oldest Carnival celebration in the US.

If you are interested in these MS positions or have any questions, please contact Dr. Scott Glaberman (scottglaberman@southalabama.edu).

bog turtle graduate position

M.S.  Graduate Assistantship on Bog Turtle Conservation Planning 
A graduate position for a master’s student will be available Fall 2018.  The student would sample potential habitat for bog turtles in southwestern Virginia using an occupancy modeling framework, and estimate changes over time in population size and growth rates, using a previously developed GIS model and a long-term mark-recapture database.  Major goals are to work closely with state agency personnel to develop a conservation plan based on trends in land use and human population growth and to improve our understanding of wetland size and connectivity required to maintain viable populations of bog turtles.
Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries & Wildlife, Ecology, or related fields.  Successful applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA above 3.3, strong quantitative and writing skills, and GREs above 50th percentile. Experience with conservation planning, demographic analyses, occupancy modeling, wetland habitats, and/or GIS is desirable, as is having previous scientific publications.
Anticipated starting date: August 2018
To apply: Applicants should submit a letter of interest and a c.v. (including undergraduate and M.S. grade point average and GRE scores) as well as contact information for three references.  Letters of interest received by June 6th will ensure full consideration but applications will be considered until position is filled.  Promising candidates will need to submit an official application to the graduate school at Virginia Tech (https://graduateschool.vt.edu/admissions/how-to-apply.html).  Contact information:  Dr. Carola A. Haas, Department of Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences, Mail Code 0321, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24060, cahaas@vt.edu, 1-540-231-9269.  Please put “bog turtle graduate position” in subject line of emails to Professor Haas.

field technician, NJ Audubon

NEWARK BUILDING FIELD TECHNICIAN needed 10 August through 9 November 2018 for research evaluating building/bird interactions in Newark, NJ.  Modern tall building in US cities, including Newark, have the potential to cause significant mortality to migrant birds.  Duties include but are not limited to pre-dawn surveys around buildings to document grounded birds, transporting injured birds to the rehabilitator and data management.  Proficiency with MS Excel and Word software a must.  Familiarity with birds of the northeastern US and use of hand-held GPS preferred.  Applicants must be able to work independently or as part of a team, and work irregular hours, including occasional weekends. Salary $1800 – $2200/month, depending on experience.  Must have a valid and clean driver’s license.  Send cover letter of interest, resume and three references, as a single pdf document, no later than July 6 to New Jersey Audubon by email to hr.research@njaudubon.org. Please include “Newark fall” in the subject line so that your application is routed properly.  The New Jersey Audubon Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, national origin, ethnic background, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.

MSc or PhD opportunity – Examining susceptibility to the Emerald ash borer (EAB) in the ash understory, University of New Hampshire

Subject: MSc or PhD opportunity – Examining susceptibility to the Emerald ash borer (EAB) in the ash understory, University of New Hampshire

The Garnas lab (http://mypages.unh.edu/garnaslab) seeks a highly motivated graduate student (MSc or PhD; PhD preferred) for a USDA-APHIS funded project to advance understanding of how chemical and morphological traits vary across tree size and species, and how such variation may influence Emerald ash borer (EAB) oviposition behavior, larval performance and survival, and parasitism by native and introduced natural enemies. Key aspects of the project include the systematic characterization of defensive compounds across ash species and tree sizes using pyrolysis-GCMS and the design and implementation of experiments to examine how chemical and morphological trait variation influences EAB and its key biological control agents. Successful candidates must have a keen interest in plant defensive chemistry and associated consequences for plant-insect interactions. Some basic chemistry background (e.g., coursework or lab
experience) is preferred but not required. Opportunities for related ecological modeling and/or genetic analyses also exist, particularly in the case of PhD applicants.  The position will be housed in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment (NREN;
https://colsa.unh.edu/nren) or in the Natural Resources and Earth Systems Science program (NRESS;https://www.unh.edu/nressphd) for MSc and PhD students respectively. Position ideally begins in Fall 2018.

The University of New Hampshire and NREN/NRESS programs are home to a vibrant community of productive researchers with a strong commitment to student success.  Located in the town of Durham, UNH is a beautiful campus surrounded by forest and natural landscapes.  Only 30 minutes from the ocean and under two hours from the White Mountains, outdoor and other recreational activities abound, including right on campus.

Interested applicants, please send:

– a CV
– a brief summary of research interests and any relevant experience
– GRE scores
– contact information for three references

as a single pdf file to jeff.garnas@unh.edu.  Position will be open until filled.

PhD opportunity in Coastal Wetland Ecology at UConn

Beth Lawrence’s research group at University of Connecticut has an opening for a PhD student in wetland ecology. We conduct primary and applied research focused on improving our understanding of wetland plant community composition, restoration, and ecosystem function. The applicant will develop and examine questions related to how vegetation alters carbon cycling in coastal marshes, possibly examining the role of root exudates and rhizosphere oxygenation in organic matter persistence.
Top candidates will have an MS in a related discipline with relevant field and biogeochemistry research experience. Ideally, the Graduate Research Assistant will begin this fall semester (late August 2018), but a January 2019 start may be possible.

Contact Beth via email (beth.lawrence@uconn.edu) before June 1, 2018 to warrant full consideration with the following information: CV, GPA and GRE scores, and a brief statement of research experience/interests/career goals. See the following links for more information on my research program: http://lawrencelabuconn.weebly.com/,
the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment:
http://www.nrme.uconn.edu/ and details about applying to the Graduate School at the University of Connecticut:http://grad.uconn.edu/.

M.Sc. Assistantship – Effects of wildlife feeding on wildlife and plant communities

Subject: M.Sc. Assistantship – Effects of wildlife feeding on wildlife and plant communities

Wildlife feeding has become common practice across much of the terrestrial landscape. However, little empirical data have been presented to determine how those practices affect the community structure and function. We seek a highly motivated student to fill a fully funded M.Sc. position in the lab of Dr. Marcus Lashley. This research is part of a larger project (3 M.Sc.
positions) to evaluate how food subsidies such as supplemental feeding and baiting affect wildlife, associated diseases, arthropod vectors, and plant communities. The successful student in this position will be responsible for evaluating the indirect effects of subsidies on plant community structure via direct effects on the wildlife community. In particular, the student will be measuring wildlife community responses with camera traps, and the legacy effects of herbivory and directed seed dispersal on plant communities in relationship to feeder locations. Also, the student will be expected to participate in generating material for the MSU Deer Lab social media platforms. A stipend for living expenses, tuition and health insurance are provided.
Required Qualifications: B.S. in Ecology or closely related field.
Successful completion of the FAA UAS training will be required within the first semester. Possess or obtain a driver’s license. Ability to work in teams or individually in secluded and remote, hot and humid conditions, where most organisms want to sting, bite, or puncture you.
Preferred Qualifications: Strong plant identification, quantitative, and written skills are desirable. Strong interpersonal skills, fun attitude with a good sense of humor, and desire to promote research and technology transfer through peer-reviewed publications, social media, and public speaking. Experience with camera trapping and piloting unmanned aerial vehicles.
Interested applicants should submit via email a cover letter outlining your interest in the project, a current curriculum vitae, contacts for three references, and an example of writing (preferably a peer-reviewed
publication) to Dr. Marcus Lashley, marcus.lashley@msstate.edu.
We will be accepting and reviewing applications immediately until a suitable applicant is found. Start date is flexible but intended for August 2018.

Marine Laboratory Technician Postiion – Bowdoin College Schiller Coastal Studies Center

Subject: Marine Laboratory Technician Postiion – Bowdoin College Schiller Coastal Studies Center

Research and Instrument Support Technician Bowdoin College, Schiller Coastal Studies Center, Orr’s Island, Maine

Responsible for day-to-day operations of the Marine Laboratory at the Schiller Coastal Studies Center. Utilizes knowledge and experience to provide technical expertise to students, faculty, and outside researchers on the capabilities and operation of the marine laboratory systems and equipment. Maintains a safe and productive working environment for all end users. Works in a collaborative manner to support the mission of the Schiller Coastal Studies Center, including the expansion of teaching and research programs.

Independently manage the day-to-day operations of a flowing seawater laboratory, dry laboratory spaces, and associated support systems. Provides animal care for classes, laboratories, and visiting researchers, including daily maintenance to keep organisms healthy (~50% time). Work with campus facilities to maintain water quality and flow rates year-round.

Maintain equipment inventory and scientific instrumentation. Specific equipment includes compound and dissecting microscopes, molecular biology instruments, and field gear and sampling equipment. Maintain and calibrate a pier mounted environmental sensing platform, and manage an experimental seawater system (~50% time).

Bachelor’s degree in Marine Science required. MS degree in Marine Science or related field preferred. Valid driver’s license and ability to meet the standards of the College’s current Motor Vehicle Policy.

Minimum of 2 years work experience in a technical marine laboratory setting and prior research experience in marine science. Excellent computer skills.
Computer programming and IT experience strongly preferred. Basic boat skills and a willingness to work on boats preferred. Proven ability to work independently, using judgement and discretion, in support of marine science research.

Apply at https://careers.bowdoin.edu/hr/postings?position_type_id=1

Native Seed Intern – Salt Lake City, Utah

Native Seed Interns
Bureau of Land Management Nevada and Utah State Offices/ 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) Native Seed Intern to join our AmeriCorps program to conduct seed collection and ecological restoration activities within the Great Basin on Department of Interior (DOI) lands in Utah
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*: $6,100
  2. AmeriCorps Education Award**: $1,538.36
  3. 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:  June–September 2018 (13 weeks)
  • Salt Lake City, UT (BLM)
Salt Lake City: Nestled in between the Great Salt Lake and the stunning Wasatch Mountains the Salt Lake City metropolitan area has a population of about a million people. As Utah’s capital and largest city it has a rich history and offers year-round recreation opportunities. The BLM Utah State Office in Salt Lake City manages nearly 23 million acres of public land in Utah, ranging from alpine wilderness to sprawling red rock deserts, which are widely recognized as some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.
·         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; and
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-027
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.

MS Scholarship in Plant Invasion Ecology

Subject: MS Scholarship in Plant Invasion Ecology

The Schwinning Lab at Texas State University, San Marcos, is searching for a graduate student to investigate recruitment dynamics of an invasive C4 grass (Johnsongrass; Sorghum halepense) in C4 native grasslands. This position is part of a large-scale, long-term ecological experiment that examines the use of native prairie species for biofuel production under a range of cultivation practices. The position is funded through a cooperative agreement with USDA and includes a tuition waiver and generous stipend.

Students with an interest and education in plant ecology or physiological ecology are encouraged to apply to start in the fall semester of 2018. Prior experience in field research is especially welcome. Please contact Dr. Susan Schwinning (schwinn@txstate.edu) for more information about the position and the project.

Peruse the following websites to learn more about the Plant Ecology Lab (http://www.susan-schwinning.net/Lab/index.html), the MS  Program in Population and Conservation Biology (http://www.bio.txstate.edu/Graduate-Programs/M.S.PopulationConservationBiology.html),
the Department of Biology at Texas State University
(http://www.bio.txstate.edu/) and the application process (http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/programs/biology.html).

MS scholarship: Forest Ecology, Ecophysiology, Sugar maple

We are searching for a motivated graduate student to work on a recently funded project studying the connections between climate warming, the physiology of sugar maple trees, and the future viability of maple syrup production. This position is part of a broad research program seeking to understand the interactions between forest management, climate change, and tree physiology. The position is at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), which is a doctoral-granting institution in Syracuse, New York that has a particular focus on the environment. This position is for a Masters of Science candidate in Forest Resources Management and includes a full tuition waver and a generous stipend. Students with fieldwork experience in forest ecosystems, proficiency with plant physiological measurements, experience with mathematical modeling, and/or sugarbush management experience are particularly encouraged to apply. Excellent MS students may be able to extend their degree into a PhD. Please contact Dr. John Drake (jedrake at
esf.edu) or Dr. Colin Beier (cbeier at esf.edu) for more information, and see the Departmental website (http://www.esf.edu/fnrm/) and the Drake and Beier lab webpages (https://drakelab.weebly.com/ ;http://www.esf.edu/faculty/beier/). Applications are rolling and students will be considered for start dates either in Fall 2018 or Spring 2019.

SUNY-ESF was established as a college of forestry in 1911, and is one of the oldest and most prestigious forestry schools in the United States. SUNY-ESF is relatively small with 1,751 undergraduates and 435 graduate students.
SUNY-ESF has a special relationship with Syracuse University, which is just a 5-minute walk away, and ESF students have access to many of the resources and benefits that come from an association with a larger university.
SUNY-ESF ranked 43rd in the 2017 US News and World Report rankings of the top public national universities. The Princeton Review ranked ESF as the #2 Green College, and the Sierra Club listed ESF among the nation’s top “Cool Schools”. ESF operates four field facilities and >25,000 acres of mostly forested land, providing excellent opportunities for field research.

AmeriCorps Land Conservation/Trail Crew Position

All applicants must apply online at https://www.squamlakes.org/lrcc- summer-application-2018. We are looking to recruit a final member for the Lakes Region Conservation Trust’s AmeriCorps program by the end of this week (5/18). The program begins Monday, May 21st at 8:30 AM.

The Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC) is an AmeriCorps service program that develops skills and experiences for conservation professionals. LRCC members are the driving force behind many of the conservation efforts of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. The program is based out of the Squam Lakes Association with host sites at the Squam Lakes Conservation Society and the Lakes Region Conservation Trust. The program provides hands-on conservation work experience and certifications over a broad range of areas which ensure that LRCC members are capable of independently approaching a variety of tasks in the environmental conservation field. Members remove invasive species, maintain trail networks, lead volunteer crews, educate the public on local and regional conservation initiatives, and spearhead reports on conservation efforts.
The trainings, certifications, and experiences also develop important professional skills that are applicable to future careers within any occupational and educational field.

In 2018, Lakes Region Conservation Trust (LRCT) will host six LRCC-LRCT members for 22.5 weeks from May though October.  Members will work on a variety of projects including maintaining LRCT’s 95+ miles of trails, acting as island and property hosts at LRCT’s conservation properties, leading guided excursions and other educational and outreach opportunities, working on special property management projects such as construction of bridges and kiosks, updating property boundary markings and signage, monitoring conservation easements, removing invasive terrestrial plants, and conducting property research and property record keeping projects.  LRCC-LRCT members will receive training in land conservation methods, conservation and recreational land management, and education and outreach.  LRCT is a nationally Accredited Land Trust and an active member of the Land Trust Alliance and NH Land Trust Coalition. The Lakes Region Conservation Trust (LRCT) is an independent, nonprofit, member-supported organization dedicated to the permanent protection, stewardship, and respectful use of lands that define the character of the region and its quality of life.  LRCT protects more than 25,000 acres of land in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.  These lands encompass over 95 miles of trails, 5 islands, numerous mountain summits, and a variety of other destinations that are open to the public.

All applicants must apply online at https://www.squamlakes.org/lrcc- summer-application-2018. We are looking to recruit a final member for the Lakes Region Conservation Trust’s AmeriCorps program by the end of this week (5/18). The program begins Monday, May 21st at 8:30 AM.

For more information please contact Katri Gurney, AmeriCorps Program Manager, at katri@squamlakes.org.

Summer 2018 Research Experience for Undergraduates in Desert Aquatic Ecology in Arizona

Subject: Summer 2018 Research Experience for Undergraduates in Desert Aquatic Ecology in Arizona

The Grimm Lab at Arizona State University is seeking motivated undergraduate students to participate in research in desert stream and wetland ecosystem ecology during summer 2018. Successful applicants will work with graduate students and technicians to assist with ongoing surveys of nutrient cycling, wetland and riparian plant cover, and oxygen dynamics in several streams across Arizona. Additionally, participants have the opportunity to work with Grimm Lab members and the PI to develop a personal research project.

We have 2 different opportunities available, both based in Tempe, AZ:

(1) Dry and drying stream nitrogen cycling: The student will investigate the nitrogen cycling capacity of dry stream segments across Arizona. The position will include work in the field as well as the lab, with potential to work with a computer model of watershed nitrogen cycling.

(2) Plant effects on oxygen and nitrogen status: The student will investigate how water availability affects wetland plant distribution, nitrogen uptake, and oxygen status in urban and desert contexts. This position will include work in the field, greenhouse, and lab, with the potential to work on statistical programming and soil-water balance modelling.

The successful applicants are awarded a stipend, which includes cost of travel, lodging, and food.

Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be U.S. citizens, U.S.
nationals, or permanent residents of the United States. An undergraduate student is a student who is enrolled in a degree program (part-time or
full-time) leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree. Graduating seniors are not eligible to apply.

How to apply
Applications are evaluated upon submission, and positions will remain open until filled. Successful applicants will be interested in conducting research, be prepared start field work regularly at 5 am and work under high heat conditions, and be willing to learn computer programing. Please send application materials to Grimm Lab graduate student Amalia Handler
(amhandle@asu.edu) by  May 23, 2018.  Start and end dates are flexible based on the applicant’s schedule, but would ideally include 10 weeks of work.

Application materials must include:
1. Cover letter describing relevant experience and interests 2. Resume or CV 3. Contact information for two references 4. Unofficial undergraduate transcript

For any questions: Please contact Amalia Handler (amhandle@asu.edu).

National Park Service physical science technician position

Good morning,
The National Park Service’s Northeast Temperate Inventory and Monitoring network is hiring a physical science technician based at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park (Woodstock, VT) to conduct monthly water quality monitoring in 10 parks located from NH south to NJ.  The technician will take field measurements of water quality parameters such as pH, conductivity, temperature, clarity, dissolved oxygen, and water quantity (lake water level, stream discharge) in park lakes and streams. The technician will also collect water samples from lakes and streams for chemical analysis at contract labs. The position involves calibrating and maintaining equipment in field and lab sites, conducting simple laboratory analyses, entering information into electronic databases and spreadsheets, compiling and analyzing information for use in interim and annual reports.
This is a seasonal position not to exceed 1039 hours or about 6 months. Once the seasonal duty is over this position will likely be filled as a permanent career seasonal position.
I would appreciate it if you could please share the announcement widely. The announcement is open until 5/22/2018. Please let me know if you have questions. 

Clemson University’s Online non-thesis Master’s in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology

Subject: Clemson University’s Online non-thesis Master’s in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology

Clemson University is currently accepting applications for Fall 2018 for the Online Non-thesis, Masters in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology Program.
Admissions guidelines and a link to graduate admissions can be found on our website (http://www.clemson.edu/online/programs/wildlife-fisheries-
biology.html). If you need to take the GRE please plan to do so at least 2 weeks prior to the application deadline so official scores can be received before June 30th.

Vegetation Monitoring Technician – Great Basin Institute / Joshua Tree National Park

Vegetation Monitoring Technician
Great Basin Institute / Joshua Tree National Park
In cooperation with the National Park Service Joshua Tree National Park (JOTR), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting a Vegetation Monitoring Technician to support vegetation monitoring and management projects. The Technician will be responsible for implementing on-the-ground monitoring protocols and will work with a research team to lead volunteers, collect data, and enter data into various databases. This program will focus on conditions and trends of park resources in order to improve scientific understanding of how the vegetation of the park is responding to the effects of climate and environmental change. JOTR has established a suite of long term monitoring programs and needs assistance in gathering data for analysis to guide management and policy. These projects will help create, promote, facilitate and/or improve the public understanding of natural, cultural, historic, recreational, and other aspects of JOTR. Another goal of the program is to provide youth with an opportunity to spend time working on projects in JOTR.
Other duties will include maintaining and establishing new volunteer-based programs to provide visitors and community members with opportunities to participate in natural resource management activities; coordinate species inventories, citizen science/external research partner studies done in the park. The Technician will support the JOTR Restoration staff with various projects. This will include native plant restoration including planting and irrigation, invasive plant inventory and control, boundary incursion mapping, protection and restoration activities, and plant propagation and nursery maintenance.
  • $18/hour
  • Health and Dental Benefits
o   6-month appointment beginning May/June 2018, or pending availability and completion of DOI Background Investigation
o   Full time, 40 hours per week, possibly including some weekends
Joshua Tree National Park encompasses nearly 800,000 acres in southern California. Joshua Tree National Park is of special management concern, lying in the transition of the Mojave Desert and the Colorado Desert. Field conditions include hot, arid days with high exposure to the sun, as well as cold, winter weather. Resources of the region include threatened and/or endangered species habitat, big game habitats, abandoned mine lands, and historic and prehistoric cultural sites.
o   Bachelor’s degree in biology, restoration ecology, botany, environmental studies/science or related discipline;
o   Experience in performing field work, and applying methodological protocols for collecting field data;
o   Familiarity with ecological processes and the flora of the Mojave and/or Sonoran Deserts;
o   Familiarity with or previous experience working in the Mojave and/or Sonoran Deserts;
o   Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;
o   Experience using hand-held GPS equipment for data collection and navigation;
o   Ability to read and navigate using topographic maps and a compass;
o   Experience using ArcGIS software;
o   Willingness and ability to work safely, hike long distances carrying 40-50 pounds, and lift, carry and use equipment in harsh, variable desert conditions, including in extreme heat;
o   Willingness to work a variable schedule, possibly including some weekends; and
o   Valid, state-issued driver’s license and familiarity driving 4WD vehicles on unimproved roads.
o   Ability to work effectively on a diverse team that includes other Research Associates, interns, and volunteers
o   Demonstrated leadership skills, including coordinating and overseeing groups of volunteers
How to Apply:
Please follow this link to apply directly through our online portal: http://crcareers.thegreatbasininstitute.org/careers/Careers.aspx?rf=PD&REQ=2018-RAP-035 
We conform to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, age, disability status, Genetic Information & Testing, Family & Medical Leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We prohibit Retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint or otherwise oppose discrimination.

Field assistant position: Red squirrels in Yukon, Canada

Field Assistant Posting: North American Red Squirrels in the Yukon
Position Description and Duties: We are looking for an intern to assist with fieldwork on resource availability and caching behaviour in a population of North American red squirrels. The intern will assist a graduate student (Andrea Wishart, PhD student) to observe squirrel behaviour, demarcate squirrel territories, quantify resources (white spruce cones) and assist with data entry and verification. Tasks will include regular live-trapping and handling of squirrels, collaring. All procedures have ethical approval through the participant universities. Anticipated start date is June 1, 2018 and preference will be given to those who can start then or as soon as possible thereafter. End date is September 30, 2018. The intern must be comfortable working independently in the forest as necessary (radios are provided).
All fieldwork is carried out in the spectacular Kluane region of southwestern Yukon, Canada, at sites along the Alaska Highway between the Ruby Mountains and the St Elias Mountains (some of the tallest mountains in the country), ~2.5 hours driving from Whitehorse. The intern will directly interact with other researchers at the field station working on a diversity of species (Canada lynx and snowshoe hares), as well as a diversity of red squirrel researchers from across 5 universities involved with the Kluane Red Squirrel Project.
Skills required: The successful candidate will have previous fieldwork experience in a similar work environment. Good organizational, multi-tasking and communication skills are essential. The successful applicant will also have experience in data entry. Successful applicants will need to be able to cope under these field conditions, enjoy the outdoors, be up-beat, positive, responsible and work well as a member of their own team, as well as other users of the area (i.e., other researchers). Evidence of these abilities (gained, for example, through previous involvement on field projects or extended back-packing trips.
Terms of Employment: Salary is not provided as part of these positions. Accommodation and food are provided. Volunteers are required to provide for their own travel to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Travel between Saskatoon and the field station is provided.
International applicants: We welcome applications from all individuals. If applicants are not Canadians or permanent residents, there is the opportunity to enter Canada and complete the internship as a Visiting Research Student. To be eligible for this program, you must be an undergraduate student, a graduate student, or be in between degrees (e.g., following graduation from a bachelor’s degree and looking to pursue graduate school). As part of this program, applicants will be registered at the U of S in a non-credit activity and it is expected that you will gain a demonstrable educational benefit from being involved. We are particularly interested in applicants who wish to use this opportunity to pursue an independent research project. Applicants are eligible for this program for a maximum of 6 months per 12 month period. Application forms and information are available at http://grad.usask.ca/admissions/alternate-applicants/visiting-research-student.php If you are interested in this program, please contact us (contact details below) and we will guide you through the process.
If you wish to apply for this position, please send a CV with a cover letter and contact details of two references (with e-mail address), by email to Andrea Wishart (contact info below) before May 20, 2018. Only those selected for interview will be contacted.
Contact: Andrea Wishart, Department of Biology, University of Saskatchewan
More information: www.redsquirrel.ca www.lanelab.com

Funded MS Position in Biological Oceanography at URI

The McMahon Ocean Ecogeochemistry Lab (https://web.uri.edu/gso/kelton-mcmahon/) at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography is looking for a highly motivated graduate student (MS) for a funded research position. This project will develop novel molecular geochemistry tracers to understand phytoplankton community dynamics. The student will work 1) design and implement a series of phytoplankton culture experiments in the Marine Science Research Facility (https://web.uri.edu/marinefacility/) at URI, and 2) analyze and interpret cutting-edge compound-specific stable isotope data to develop a new library of amino acid isotope fingerprints for coastally-relevant eukaryotic phytoplankton that can be used to examine the sources and cycling of organic matter in marine ecosystems. This work is funded through the multi-institution Rhode Island Consortium For Coastal Ecology Assessment Innovation & Modeling (https://web.uri.edu/rinsfepscor/). RI C-AIM was established through an NSF EPSCoR grant to assess, predict, and respond to the effects of climate variability on Narragansett Bay. Additional collaborative research opportunities exist in our lab within this NSF-funded project.
The MS student will be involved in all aspects of the culturing laboratory work, the molecular geochemistry work, and the data synthesis and interpretation for the project duration. The student will gain expertise in conducting controlled laboratory culturing experiments as well as in analyzing and interpreting compound-specific stable isotope data. The student will take lead, under the supervision of Dr. McMahon, in writing publications and presenting findings at national conferences. The student will also have the opportunity to work with Dr. Breea Govenar at RIC (http://www.ric.edu/biology/cv/Pages/Breea-Govenar.aspx) to facilitate data interpretation. As part of this lab exchange, the MS student will have the opportunity to serve as a mentor for an undergraduate research assistant from RIC.     
The position starts this fall in September 2018.  The position is based at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography (https://web.uri.edu/gso/). The position will be supported by research and potentially teaching assistantships that cover a stipend, tuition, and health benefits.

Desired qualifications:
– BS in biology, ecology, marine/environmental sciences or a related field
– Strong background in biology and chemistry, Ideally GPA >3.5
– Excellent time management, interpersonal, and team/collaborative skills
– Demonstrated skills in a laboratory setting (e.g., excellent note taking, ability to work independently, attention to detail)
– Ability to use, or willingness to learn, advanced statistical methods and packages (e.g., R)

The review of initial applications will start on June 11 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.
To apply, send (1) a short cover letter summarizing your interests, educational goals, and qualifications, (2) a CV, including GPA and relevant research experience, (3) transcripts (unofficial OK at this stage), and (4) contacts for two references to Dr. Kelton McMahon (kelton_mcmahon@uri.edu) as a single PDF file. Please use “Phytoplankton Research Assistantship” in the email subject line. Selected candidates will be asked to submit a full application (with official transcripts, reference letters, and GRE reports) to GSO-URI (https://web.uri.edu/graduate-school/admission/) as soon as possible.

Info on the McMahon Ocean Ecogeochemistry Lab can be found here:
Info on the MS program at URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography can be found here:
Info on student life at the University of Rhode Island can be found here:

Wilderness Inventory and Monitoring Technician – Wells, Nevada

In cooperation with the U.S. Forest Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, the Great Basin Institute is recruiting two (2) Wilderness Inventory & Monitoring Technicians. The Technicians will play a key role in collecting data that will be utilized by the Forest in their efforts to accomplish inventory and monitoring work for one Wilderness Stewardship Performance element, Agency Management Actions. Technicians will work in two distinct Wilderness areas, including the Jarbidge and East Humboldts wildernesses. The monitoring and inventory efforts are intended to raise the wilderness stewardship performance scores for the Agency Management Action element from zero to four.  For more on the US Forest Service Wilderness Stewardship Performance Program and the Agency Management Action element, please visit the following website:  https://www.wilderness.net/NWPS/documents/FS/WSP-Guidebook_v2017.2.pdf 
Wilderness Technicians often make public contacts to educate visitors about forest rules and regulations as well as to provide information and answer questions. Work will be accomplished in remote settings both on and off-trail, so a focus on personal as well co-worker safety is essential. Overnight stays involve camping in a tent in a remote backcountry setting are required.  Field hitches may last anywhere from 3 to 8 days at a time. The ideal candidate for this position will possess a demonstrated true love for wilderness, backcountry and a desire to spend time there.

This is a 9 week AmeriCorps national service appointment from June 11, 2018 to August 9, 2018.
Technical requirements:
o A combination of educational and/or field experiences related to public land or wilderness management, recreation or other natural resource filed;
o Experience recreating or working in the wilderness or backcountry, including knowledge and proficiency in backcountry travel;
o Experience implementing field data collection protocols accurately and completely;
o Prior experience with wilderness inventory and monitoring protocols, desirable but not required;
o Experience working with hand-held GPS equipment for navigation and data collection;
o Knowledge of GIS software, highly desirable but not required; and
o Experience summarizing data and field experiences in written format.
Additional requirements:
o Possess a valid, state-issued drivers license and clean driving record;
o Experience operating 4WD trucks on and off paved roads setting, including narrow, mountain forest roads;
o Ability to work productively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals; 
o Effectively communicate orally or in writing with a diverse public;
o Possess good organizational skills;
o Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, work in all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, be very physically fit and able to carry upwards of 50-70 pounds in a backpack; 
o Comfortable in very remote settings with experience in backcountry situations for several days and a willingness to camp in remote, improved and unimproved wilderness areas; and
o 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), and (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) and federal criminal background checks.
  The crew will be based in Wells, NV, which is located in northeastern Nevada east of Elko, NV along the I-80 corridor. This area of eastern Nevada is rich in outdoor activities with the Jarbidge Wilderness and Lamoille Canyon recreation area within close proximity. Wells is approximately 30 minutes east of Elko, NV, 2.5 hours (181 miles) west of Salt Lake City, UT, and 2 hours (115 miles) south of Twin Falls, ID.
This is an AmeriCorps position; candidates will receive a living stipend dependent on their length of service. The living stipend is a fixed amount, not an hourly wage or a salary. The stipend is paid to members in bi-weekly installments throughout their term of service. Upon completion of AmeriCorps service members shall receive an additional education award also dependent on the length of service that can be used for paying off student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college.
• 9 week (300 hour) AmeriCorps service term: $2,700 living stipend (approximately $630 every two weeks before taxes) 
Education Award:
Upon successful completion of your term you will be given access to your Segal Education award which can be used for Title IV university/college tuition or to pay for federal student loans. The education award is only considered taxable income on the day you use the award. 
Education Award amounts are dependent on the length of your term: 
• 3 month (450 hour) AmeriCorps service term: $1,230.69
Per Diem:
For every day you work in the field with us you will receive $15.00. This is in addition to your Living Allowance and on average is $120.00 biweekly. Crews typically combine per diem funds and shop/prepare meals as a team.
Skills & Education:
You will be certified in First Aid and CPR.
Optional Training & Education we will provide include:
• Defensive Driving Certification
• Off-Road Driving Class
• GPS Unit Training
Other Benefits:
Affordable Care Act Compliant Health, Dental and Vision Insurance will be completely paid for at no cost to you by the Great Basin Institute and available starting your first day of service.
Loan Forbearance:
If you are currently paying on any federal student loans you have the option to put those loans into forbearance during your time as an AmeriCorps volunteer, that will allow you to cease payments while serving. 
Interest Accrual Repayment:
As AmeriCorps alum, you are eligible to have the National Service Trust pay all or a portion of the interest that accumulated on your qualified student loan(s) during your term of service. These payments are made in addition to the Education Award, and are not deducted from your Education Award balance. To be eligible to have accrued interest paid: The loan must have been placed in forbearance for the service period, and you must have successfully completed a term of service and received an Education Award.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Eligibility:
AmeriCorps Volunteers qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Nevada Conservation Corps will provide you documentation in proving that you qualify for SNAP.
Educational Affiliation Agreements (College Credit):
The Nevada Conservation Corps will take part in Affiliation Agreements with your university in order to allow you to receive college credit hours for your term of service.

Graduate position: SouthernConnStateU.HumanModifiedEvolution

M.S. position: Evolution & conservation in human-modified environment

Start date: August 2018

A research assistantship to support a M.S. student is available for the
2018-19 academic year in the Brady Lab at Southern Connecticut State
University (New Haven, CT, USA). Candidates with interest or expertise
in evolution, conservation, aquatic ecology, genomics, and/or epigenetics
are particularly encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities for this position may include:
-Coordinating and executing field (especially aquatic) and laboratory experiments
-DNA/RNA extractions; Western blot assays
-Image analysis; microscope work with preserved amphibian specimens
-Data analysis / synthesis and database management
-Dissemination (writing manuscripts, presenting at meetings)
-Lab management and maintenance
-Maintenance of lab website and social media

Independent thesis research will be encouraged and the awardee will
be expected to apply for internal and external grants to support their

The awardee will complete 20-hours of work per week and must be
enrolled full time in the graduate program. The award will be
made initially for the fall 2018 semester and, contingent upon
performance, can be renewed for the spring 2019 semester. The
position includes a stipend of $6,000 per semester and a waiver
of University fees (as described by the Graduate Catalogue

Additional details about the fellowship can be found here
(under “Graduate Student Graduate Assistantship”):

Email CV, unofficial undergraduate transcript, and a cover letter to
brady.steven@gmail.com. Pre-application inquiries are welcome.

Applications will be considered as they are received. All applications
received by May 21, 2018 will be given full consideration. The selected
candidate will then be required to successfully apply and matriculate
in the Graduate School. Graduate School Admission details can be found
here: https://www.southernct.edu/gradadmissions/index.html

Research technician, switchgrass ecology and genomics

We seek an energetic, motivated research technician to participate in experiments on the ecology, physiology, and genomics of switchgrass. This is an opportunity to participate in integrative research studying the genetic basis of ecological processes in an important native grass species. The position will be administered through the University of Texas at Austin and stationed with Philip Fay’s group at the USDA Grassland, Soil, and Water Lab in Temple, TX (https://www.ars.usda.gov/plains-area/temple-tx/grassland-soil-and-water-research-laboratory/people/philip-fay/). This position will initially be for 6 months with possible extensions based on job performance, progress towards research goals, and new funding acquisition.
To apply, please submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references tohttps://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/hr/jobs/nlogon/180507024222. Direct any questions about the position to Robert Heckman ([robert.heckman@utexas.edu]robert.heckman@utexas.edu). Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled. Start date is negotiable, but preference will be given to applicants who are available by mid-June.
Additional Information
Purpose of position
The research assistant will work on experiments studying switchgrass ecology, physiology, and genomics. The position will involve a combination of plant propagation and greenhouse work, the completion of field experiments, and lab processing of field samples.
Essential functions
Assist in the establishment, maintenance, and completion of switchgrass field experiments. Assist in the collection, processing, and analysis of plant samples harvested from field experiments. Utilize a variety of scientific instruments to collect data from field experiments. Lab processing of fields samples and greenhouse work. Collect, maintain and analyze research data. Maintain physical structures associated with switchgrass experiments. Assist in the curation, distribution and analysis of data arising from research.
Class “C” Operator’s Driver’s License. Applicant selected must provide a current three year Driving Record from the current state of residence. If not currently a Texas resident, must obtain a Texas Driver’s License within 30 days after entering Texas as a new resident.
Marginal/Incidental functions
Other related functions as assigned, including assisting in other experiments conducted by collaborating researchers. General lab tasks and routine equipment maintenance.
Required qualifications
BA or BS degree in ecology, biology, agronomy, or related field. Must have passed laboratory or research skills courses related to degree. Must possess an independent, organized, and motivated attitude.
Preferred qualifications
Experience in plant propagation, field plot establishment and maintenance, plant physiological measurements, such as leaf gas exchange, light interception, and tissue nutrient content.
Working conditions
May work in all weather conditions. May work in extreme temperatures. May work around standard office conditions. May work around chemicals. Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation. Use of manual dexterity. Climbing of stairs. Climbing of ladders. Lifting and moving. Field work may require lifting and moving supplies/equipment weighing 50 pounds.