Opportunities Archive

Graduate Assistantship in Forest Ecology, Univ. of Maine.

Graduate Assistantship (Forest Ecology) Available, University of Maine: The School of Forest Resources, University of Maine, is seeking highly motivated doctoral student to participate in research addressing one or more of the following: (1) Identify the factors ‒ including climate metrics ‒ that best explain temporal variability in stand-level productivity; (2) Examine forest stand dynamics using long-term permanent plots and dendrochronology methods; (3) Characterize carbon and nitrogen dynamics of decaying wood in field decomposition experiments; (4) Improve forest carbon accounting methods, particularly regarding CO2 fluxes from dead wood. Much of this work will take place at the Howland Research Forest in central Maine. Howland Forest has the second longest running eddy-flux tower in the U.S., and it provides long-term data and a well-established research infrastructure.                            
This assistantship provides funding at approximately $20,000/year, 50% of health insurance paid, and a tuition waiver for 19 credits/year. Operating support is also available.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate would have solid quantitative skills, strong field and laboratory skills, and a demonstrated ability to conduct independent research. High levels of intellectual curiosity and self-motivation are essential. Position open until filled; however, an ideal start date would be January, 2019. If interested, please send a CV attached to a message briefly explaining your background and research interests to shawn.fraver@maine.edu.

PhD student and post-doc positions in parasite ecology

Decomposing the effects of diversity on the abundance of marine parasites

As Earth’s ecosystems experience rapid biodiversity change, disease ecologists have turned to an urgent question: how might reductions in biodiversity affect the transmission of parasites? In other words, does biodiversity loss increase the abundance of parasites by eroding natural checks and balances on transmission? Or does it decrease parasite abundance by removing the free-living biodiversity on which parasites depend?

In a new project funded by NSF’s Biological Oceanography Program (NSF/GEO/OCE), the Wood Lab at the University of Washington is addressing this question by quantifying the relationship between fish biodiversity and parasite abundance across 18 replicate coral reef ecosystems of the central equatorial Pacific (Northern Line Islands, Southern Line Islands, French Polynesia). Not only will we explore whether reductions in fish biodiversity are associated with increases or decreases in parasite burdens, but we will also assess whether particular parasite and host traits and the spatial scale of the study influence the direction and strength of this relationship. The theories we propose to test are among the most important and controversial in the rapidly growing field of disease ecology and our lab is new and growing fast – read about this and other ongoing projects on our website and check out our recent publications for more details.

We seek to hire two creative, accomplished, driven parasite ecologists:

1. PhD Student – The PhD Student will join a vibrant community of aquatic scientists at the UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences in Seattle, WA, with a start date of September 2019The research goals of this position will include assessing the direction and shape of the relationship between biodiversity and parasite abundance across dozens of parasite taxa and assessing how spatial scale interacts with parasite dispersal capacity to moderate the effects of biodiversity on parasite abundance. The PhD Student will primarily work with fish specimens that will have already been collected, though there may be opportunities for field work. Applicants must have a background or demonstrated interest in disease ecology, parasite ecology, or host-parasite interactions. Prior experience identifying parasites of fishes is not required, but would be advantageous. To be considered for this position, prospective PhD students must apply to the graduate program of the UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. Prospective students should make contact with Chelsea well ahead of the formal graduate program application deadline of 15 December 2018.  Please send an e-mail to chelwood@uw.edu summarizing your research experience and professional goals and attach a CV. 

2. Postdoctoral Scholar – The Postdoctoral Scholar will join a vibrant community of aquatic scientists at the UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences in Seattle, WA, with a negotiable start date between September 2019 and January 2020.The research goals of this position will include determining what factors (e.g., parasite traits like transmission strategy and host specificity, host traits like body size) influence the direction and shape of the relationship between biodiversity and parasite abundance. The Postdoctoral Scholar will primarily work with specimens that will have already been collected, though there may be opportunities for field work. Applicants must have a background in disease ecology, parasite ecology, or host-parasite interactions. Prior experience identifying parasites of fishes is not required, but would be advantageous. Applicants should expect to have a PhD in hand before the start date. This position is funded for one year, with possibility of extension to a second year given satisfactory progress. Interested applicants should send the following as a single pdf: (1) CV, (2) contact information for three references, and (3) a brief (< 2 pages) statement of research interests, as they relate to this position.

All applications will be evaluated based on past research productivity, alignment of applicant’s research interests with the objectives of the Wood Lab, and the individual’s potential to excel as an independent researcher. Questions about these positions may be addressed to Dr. Chelsea Wood (chelwood@uw.edu).

Chelsea L. Wood, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
University of Washington
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
Box 355020
Seattle, WA 98195-5020
cell: +1-831-324-3076

field/lab tech at Kellogg Biological Station, MI

Subject: field/lab tech at Kellogg Biological Station, MI

We are looking for a technician to help with field and laboratory work at Kellogg Biological Station (Hickory Corners, MI, https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=www.kbs.msu.edu&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7Cd643ca839a5d4da2e1a708d5fb01f0e3%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636690908111741378&amp;sdata=on9yHBjnpdgUUHK1QpfePiU5rC9p23cVPyYRNieDaeg%3D&amp;reserved=0). The position is in the Evans Lab, where research is focused on soil and plant microbial ecology. The position would start immediately and last through October, with a minimum of 15 hours/week and ideally 30. This position also could be extended to a full-time position for up to 9 months. Activities through October consist of about 1 day of the week sampling outside in agricultural plots, collecting plant and soil samples, and at least one other day helping weigh and process samples in a scientific laboratory. Pay is $11/hour, with opportunities for raises. The best candidate would have some experience doing field work or laboratory work (especially using soils, biogeochemistry, or molecular techniques), and a degree in a relevant field, but those with an interest in ecology or biology, hard work ethic, and solid references will be considered. If you are interested in this
position: please send an email to vande591@msu.edu (Subject: “KBS hourly tech”) with a brief paragraph about why you are interested in the position and a CV or resume with two listed references. If you are considered, we will follow up with a brief phone or in person interview, and start the position as soon as possible. We are reviewing applicants now, so please contact us as soon as possible.


Subject: Other: LavalU.2.VolResAssist.MothBehaviour
Date: August 4, 2018 at 2:01:47 AM EDT


Two short-term volunteer research assistant opportunities (September
5-25, 2018) are available under the direction of Dr. Ilga Porth (Laval
University), representing the chance to work with regulated invasive
gypsy moths (Lymantria dispar spp.) in a USDA quarantine facility in
Connecticut (USA)*. The assistants will live in a dormitory at the
quarantine facility, and will perform moth maintenance and collection
of female flight behavior data under laboratory conditions. Following
data collection, they will have the option to participate in subsequent
data analyses geared towards gypsy moth behavior, morphometrics,
population genetics, or evolution. Travel to the quarantine facility
(from Canada or USA), living expenses, and a daily stipend will be

To apply, please email Gwylim Blackburn (gwylim.blackburn@gmail.com)
with a brief  message outlining your interest in the project and an
attached CV that lists 2 references. Review of applications will occur
as they arrive. The successful candidate for this position will require
a passport valid for travel in the USA.

Gypsy moths (Lymantria) are a group of plant defoliators adapted to a
wide variety of deciduous and coniferous hosts. During population
outbreaks, gypsy moth larvae can cause widespread forest damage. Adult
female flight capacity represents a key dispersal limitation and
therefore a crucial trait determining our ability to monitor and
regulate the spread of gypsy moth populations. Currently, a single
introduced species featuring limited female flight capacity (L. dispar
dispar) is established throughout eastern USA and Canada. The
persistent arrival of female-flight-capable gypsy moth species on ships
and cargo at North American trading ports represents an important
invasion threat, in terms of their potential for successful
establishment or hybridization with local moths. The present research
aims to develop genetic markers capable of identifying the species,
origin, and female flight capacity of gypsy moths, and to explore the
genetic architecture and evolution of flight in this group.

Gwylim Blackburn <gwylim.blackburn@gmail.com>

MS position (prairie restoration and environmental education) to start September 2018

Funded Masters Student position in prairie restoration and environmental education
Eastern Washington University, Biology Department
            We are recruiting a M.S. student to work on a funded project on prairie restoration at Eastern Washington University beginning in September 2018 (this fall). The position is to work on EWU’s Palouse Prairie Region Restoration, in which 150 acres of University land will be converted from wheat production to native Palouse prairie vegetation. The position is funded for one year through an environmental education grant. Duties of this position include assisting and coordinating environmental education and community outreach activities, including field trips to Palouse remnants and the restoration site, collecting background data on the restoration site, cultivating native plants for the restoration, and drafting interpretative signs about the project. Community participants will range in age from pre-school to seniors. Planting of the restoration will begin in fall 2019.
            Current funding for the position includes a stipend for one year, including summer, and tuition waiver for Washington State residents (out-of-state tuition would be about $5000 per quarter after the waiver). Health insurance and benefits are included. Students would be encouraged to apply for Graduate Service Appointments for a second year of funding.
            Eastern Washington University is located ~15 minutes from Spokane, WA in the beautiful Inland Northwest, with a diversity of nearby natural habitats and outdoor recreational opportunities, including the Selkirk Range of the Rocky Mountains. EWU’s Biology M.S. students have a broad range of interests, but many focus on ecology or natural resource management.  Many of our graduates work in natural resource management or continue to Ph.D. programs.
            Those interested in the position should send a letter of interest and CV or resume to Justin Bastow (jbastow@ewu.edu) or Robin O’Quinn (roquinn@ewu.edu) ASAP (no later than August 17, 2018).
            More information about the Biology M.S. program, including faculty, current students, curriculum, and application procedures can be found at:
More information about EWU Biology faculty, including research interests, can be found at:http://www.ewu.edu/cstem/programs/biology/biology-faculty-and-staff


PhD position: Biodiversity and community ecology of coastal marine ecosystems (Univ. of Virginia)

PhD opportunity: Biodiversity and community ecology of coastal marine ecosystems (University of Virginia)
The Castorani Lab at the University of Virginia is recruiting 
 student to study 
the biodiversity and community ecology of shallow marine ecosystems in coastal Virginia. The s
tudent will be advised by 
, and
 join UVA’s highly interdisciplinary Department of Environmental Sciences (http://www.evsc.virginia.edu/)
and collaborative 
Virginia Coast Reserve Long-Term Ecological Research program (https://www.vcrlter.virginia.edu/)
The student will undertake observational and experimental field studies of benthic invertebrate and fish assemblages in temperate coastal ecosystems
, as well as analyze existing long-term community data
. Focal study habitats include 
seagrass meadows, oyster reefs,
salt marshes
 within the 
oastal lagoon
–barrier island system of Virginia’s Eastern Shore. The student will have opportunities to contribute to highly collaborative long-term studies in the Virginia Coast Reserve and Santa Barbara Coastal (http://sbc.lternet.edu/) LTER programs
Although research in the Castorani Lab is primarily motivated by fundamental ecological questions, there are opportunities for applied research related to coastal habitat restoration (seagrass
, kelp, oysters
) and commercial aquaculture (oysters
At the time of enrollment, highly-qualified applicants will have an undergraduate or master’s degree in biology, ecology, fisheries, or a related field.
 will have
xperience in
 field ecology, ideally 
having carried out experiments with
 marine or aquatic 
; knowledge of the biology of marine organisms; strong quantitative 
; and data
 analysis experience
UVA has a highly interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Environmental Sciences (http://www.evsc.virginia.edu/academics/graduate/), offering training and conducting research in ecology, geosciences, hydrology, and atmospheric sciences. Graduate students accepted into the program are typically supported through a mixture of teaching assistantships and research assistantships that 
a competitive
 health insurance

Those interested should send
 the following items, as a single PDF, to 
Max Castorani (castorani@virginia.edu): 
) a brief description of their background, career goals, motivations for pursuing a graduate degree, research ideas, and why they are specifically interested in joining the Castorani Lab; (
) a CV with academic and professional experience (including GPA
) contact information for 2–3 references; and (4) a writing sample.

application deadline is January 15, 201
 for enrollment in Fall 201
, however 
applicants should express their interest as soon as possible.

Fall internship with the Center for Conservation Innovation at Defenders of Wildlife

Subject: Fall internship with the Center for Conservation Innovation at Defenders of Wildlife

Defenders of Wildlife welcomes applicants to intern with the Center for Conservation Innovation this fall! Applicants are encouraged to apply by August 15 (extended deadline) for best consideration. The internship is unpaid, but we encourage students to seek funding or course credit opportunities through their schools or outside sources.


The internship is an opportunity for an advanced college, graduate, or post-graduate student to work with CCI and other Defenders staff at the interface of science and national conservation policy. In this position, the intern may help collect and analyze large spatial and non-spatial datasets, create published reports, scientific articles, web applications, and maps related to the conservation of species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Skill development will vary with the specific project, but the intern will generally have the opportunity to gain a deep understanding of how the ESA is implemented in practice and experience in programming, conservation data and policy science, statistical analyses, GIS, remote sensing, scientific writing and creating interactive data visualizations.

Two internship tracks are available:

Policy and species conservation status – This track will involve projects that focus on ESA regulations and their effectiveness in recovering threatened and endangered species. The intern will learn to assess and analyze ESA documents (e.g., species listings, species status assessments, species 5-year reviews, biological opinions), evaluate species biological needs and conservation status, conduct statistical analyses and create online tools for visualizing data. Projects will aim to measure policy effectiveness and develop recommendations to improve species conservation.

Geospatial analysis and conservation tool development – This track will involve projects that focus on technical advances to creating, analyzing, and presenting spatial conservation data. The intern will learn and refine their geospatial and programming skills by assisting with the development of new approaches, algorithms and tools to quantify and map the status and distribution of species and their habitats.
Projects aim to measure and evaluate policy effectiveness and compliance in conserving species and their habitat on-the-ground.

For more details:

Graduate student opening (Ph.D./M.S.) – Population and Community Ecology

Subject: Graduate student opening (Ph.D./M.S.) – Population and Community Ecology

Graduate student opening (Ph.D./M.S.) – Population and Community Ecology

The Kramer laboratory in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of South Florida is seeking motivated graduate students (Ph.D. or
M.S.) to study the dynamics of extinction, species invasions, and/or species coexistence. The lab uses a combination of laboratory and field experiments, quantitative models, and computational analysis of big datasets to address basic and applied questions about population dynamics and persistence.
Potential study systems range from zooplankton to microbes to emerging wildlife diseases. Successful candidates can build on past studies and develop independent projects. Examples of potential project areas include experimental tests of Allee effects (positive density dependence), eco-evolutionary dynamics of mate finding or competition, macroscale spread on networks, species coexistence in freshwater zooplankton communities, or forecasting aquatic invasive species.

Competitive applicants will have research experience, quantitative skills and strong oral and written communication abilities. Applicants with previous experience in statistics, computer code, data visualization, and/or freshwater ecology will be preferred.

Positions will be competitively funded through a combination of teaching and research assistantship support. Tuition (not including fees), medical insurance, and travel to professional meetings are covered. Students are also encouraged to apply for external fellowships such as the National Science Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship (https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nsfgrfp.org&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C5c3759c07b9c4f6d366c08d5fa49704a%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636690115683289952&amp;sdata=2yP3VLK1UzDo4fqRsLUtMm5T6zr3P8OO4o4qWWjH51s%3D&amp;reserved=0).

*To Apply*
For consideration please email a cover letter stating your research interests and qualifications, your CV with names and contact information for
3 references, unofficial transcripts, and GRE scores to Dr. Drew Kramer by October 31st. This will allow time to discuss your research interests before the preferred deadline for application to the department of November 30th.
Please contact me with any inquiries for additional information or to arrange a phone call.

To learn more about the Department of Integrative Biology please visit https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fbiology.usf.edu%2Fib%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C5c3759c07b9c4f6d366c08d5fa49704a%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636690115683289952&amp;sdata=URcldKobe0DbkyV3GRSld4TWQIfdHAeYVd9WuBFQ6V4%3D&amp;reserved=0. The University of South Florida is a diverse research university located in Tampa, FL https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.usf.edu%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C5c3759c07b9c4f6d366c08d5fa49704a%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636690115683289952&amp;sdata=00oVHF%2Fp9TGBApTLUK9pyI1aUSlOUfSWbcg6CVpwJtw%3D&amp;reserved=0. USF is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, marital status, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Graduate assistantships in quantitative eco-evolutionary dynamics at the University of Wyoming

Subject: Graduate assistantships in quantitative eco-evolutionary dynamics at the University of Wyoming

The Weiss-Lehman lab is looking for 1-2 graduate students to start in the Program in Ecology at the University of Wyoming for the fall of 2019. Lab research focuses on the eco-evolutionary dynamics of populations responding to global change, including the spatial dynamics of invasive species spread and populations moving in response to climate change. Our research links quantitative models to empirical data through the use of targeted experiments and laboratory microcosms. The lab currently uses microcosms of the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum, as they can be manipulated in a number of important ways, operate on tractable timelines for graduate projects (~10 generations in a year), and have a high-quality reference genome available. However, I am happy for students to work in other systems as well, so long as the overall questions fit within the scope of the lab’s research. I am looking for students with a strong quantitative background and a demonstrated ability to work independently and in group settings as they develop their own dissertation projects.

If you are interested in joining the lab, please send me an email with a brief statement detailing your interest in the lab and a current CV including your previous research experience, relevant coursework, and GPA. I will also be at the ESA meeting in New Orleans and the ESEB meeting in Montpellier this year to meet in person and discuss research interests and possible projects.

University and Local Environment: The University of Wyoming has a total enrollment of
12,000 full-time students. Students will be housed in the Botany department, with PhD students partaking in the cross-departmental program in ecology. The university is located in Laramie, a small mountain town close to several different mountain ranges providing plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation. It is also within a day’s drive of three national parks (Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, and Rocky Mountain National Park). Laramie has a relatively low cost of living and is within easy driving distance of Colorado’s Front Range corridor (Fort Collins, Boulder, and Denver).

Job Posting – FL Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissiion

Subject: Job Posting – FL Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissiion

Agency:  Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Location:  Fellsmere, FL
Job Category: Full time Positions
Salary:  $37,867.70/year + benefits
Start Date: 09/15/2018
Last Date to Apply: 08/16/2018
Website: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fmyfwc.com%2Fviewing%2Frecreation%2Fwmas%2Flead%2Ftm-goodwin%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C53424d7a164b42d43ab208d5fa495762%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636690115269122913&amp;sdata=g0hxHzkHWvORag7qWs63iNoC8iY4IZ8wAiGsEOvGUug%3D&amp;reserved=0

The person in this position is responsible for all aspects of management of the T. M. Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area.  Land management responsibilities include conducting moist-soil and impoundment management through water level manipulation, prescribed fire, roller chopping, cultivation of waterfowl forage crops, chemical and mechanical control of native and/or noxious vegetation, etc.

The person also administers waterfowl hunts on the WMA and may assist with white-tailed deer hunts on nearby WMAs; assists with waterfowl surveys and white-tailed deer spotlight surveys when needed; supports public use by other users, such as hikers, bikers, equestrians, etc.
through reviewing and recommending changes to area regulations; administers the annual budget; supervises staff and volunteers; provides assistance in long range planning for the Area; works with contractors to complete road improvements, ditch cleaning, aerial herbicide treatments and other projects; and submits reports and other paperwork.

Applicants must have a Bachelor of Science degree in a life or physical science; must be able to work a flexible schedule, though most work will be completed between 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; Monday – Friday; and must be willing to live within 25 miles of the entrance to the T. M. Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area entrance.

Preference will be given to applicants with experience in moist-soil management, waterfowl identification, and supervisory experience.

In order to be considered for this position, applications must be submitted through the Florida hiring online system

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Contact Person: Steve Glass
Contact eMail: steve.glass@myfwc.com

seasonal biological science aid, SW Biological Science Center, Moab

Subject: Job: seasonal biological science aid, SW Biological Science Center, Moab
Announcement number SBSC-2018-014
The Southwest Biological Science Center’s Canyonlands Research Station in Moab, UT, is recruiting for a seasonal biological science aid (GG-0404-03). This is a seasonal, 6 to 9 month, full-time position. 
Number of positions: 3
Work schedule: Full-Time
Salary: $12.74/hr
This announcement closes at 5 p.m. (MT) on Tuesday, Aug. 7.
Description of Duties
Incumbent will perform laboratory and field work. This position is in the Canyonlands Research Station, Moab, Utah. Work is performed over a wide geographic area requiring overnight trips (15-20 nights during the busiest seasons usually in April/May and Sep/Oct) and possibility of work in remote areas. Incumbent participates in a research program focusing on the ecology and physiology of plants and biological soil crusts, soil ecology, biogeochemistry, physical soil science, plant-soil interactions, and invasive plants. Course work in botany, plant physiology, chemistry, and soil science is optimal. Incumbent will perform routine laboratory and field work. Duties include long days of collecting field data under extreme conditions, processing vegetation and soil samples for chemical analysis or archiving, use of complicated scientific instrumentation, and use of excel and/or access for data entry and summary.
May operate government motor vehicle as an incidental driver.
Knowledge Required by the Position
  • Knowledge of processes, methods & procedures of biological science; knowledge of routine field data collection procedures; skill in operation, maintenance, and servicing of biological recording and measuring instruments; knowledge of procedures utilized in a biological lab.
  • Experience with field sampling preferably with knowledge of biological soil crusts, vegetation, and soils of the Colorado Plateau
  • Experience preparing samples and performing laboratory analysis of crust, plant, and soil samples to determine specific chemical, physical, and/or biological characteristics.
  • Experience working as part of a team and following instruction of a project lead.
  • Experience entering data on a Windows-based computer using spreadsheets.
Physical Demands
Work is physically demanding and may involve moderate or sometimes extreme exposure to discomforts of rain, cold/hot weather, etc. A pre-employment physical is required.
To qualify at the GG-03 level you must have at least 3 months of field party experience OR 1 year of subprofessional experience OR 6 months of college study.
Definitions of Experience
Field Survey Party —Experience with a field survey party includes activity associated with making and recording geologic, hydrologic, biologic, or topographic field observations; collecting geologic, biological, or water samples for laboratory analysis; applying accepted data collection techniques and methods in the performance of field work in support of scientific investigations; and using a variety of surveying instruments and electronic or mechanical instrumentation in the making and recording of field measurements and observations designed to collect data for physical/ biological science investigations. Only time actually spent in the field can be credited when qualifying individuals under the field party experience option.
Sub-professional Experience —Sub-professional experience is defined as technical work performed in support of field or laboratory investigations relating to the biological sciences, physical sciences, or closely related disciplines which provided basic knowledge or skills in gathering, recording, and assembling scientific or engineering data; using scientific instruments to measure angles, degrees, weights, strengths, intensities, etc.; setting up and operating test apparatus, and manipulating quantitative data. Experience may include assisting professional employees with such duties as calibrating and operating measuring instruments mixing solutions, making chemical analyses, setting up and operating test apparatus, and compiling and processing scientific data. Experience as a laboratory mechanic or in a trade or craft may be credited as experience when the work was performed in close association with physical or biological scientists or other technical personnel and provided a good working knowledge of appropriate scientific principles, methods, and techniques.
Professional Experience —Professional work experience in the physical and biological sciences may be credited in lieu of or in conjunction with sub-professional experience as defined above.
About this Position
  • THIS IS A TEMPORARY EXCEPTED SERVICE POSITION for which all qualified applicants, with or without Federal status may apply and be considered. Appointment to this position will not convey permanent status in the Federal service. Appointment will only be for the duration of the position, in this case, up to 180 days or 1,039 hours whichever comes first.
  • Positions may offer rehire eligibility for subsequent appointments, provided the employee has not exceeded 180 days of or 1,039 hours work in a 12-month period and has achieved acceptable level of performance.
  • Temporary employees are covered by the Social Security Retirement system; annual and sick leave will be accrued.
If you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you must provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc) or list of course work, including semester hours and grades earned, by the closing date of this announcement or you will be disqualified from further consideration. This proof may be faxed, emailed or hand delivered to the point of contact listed in the “How to Apply” section.
Please ensure that all documentation is legible. If you are currently employed by the Federal government in the same occupational series, you are not required to submit transcripts at this time.
Education completed in colleges or universities outside the US may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the US. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, see: http://wwwusgs.gov/ohr/oars/quals/foreign.html
Basis of Evaluation
Applicants will not be rated or ranked. All applicants that meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements of the position will be referred to the selecting official in preference eligible order. Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment is subject to the applicant’s successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
The selectee will be required to submit proof of valid driver’s license and driving record covering at least three years before receiving a final offer.
Temporary appointees expected to work at least 130 hours per month for at least 90 days will be eligible to enroll in a Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) plan. Individuals eligible under this rule receive full government contribution to their premiums regardless of work schedule and will also be eligible to participate in the Flexible Spending Accounts and Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program. Temporary appointees are not covered by the Federal Employee Retirement System and are ineligible for Federal life, dental, or vision insurance. Visit http://www.usgs.gov/humancapital/pb/index.htrnl for more information.
How to Apply
Carefully read all instructions. Applicants are responsible to ensure the application is complete. The personnel office will not solicit additional information from applicants or official records, but will consider individuals based on applications as submitted. Applications must be received by closing date of the announcement. If you are e-mailing applications, supporting materials such as transcripts not available electronically, can be faxed separately or mailed under separate cover but must arrive by 5 p.m. of the first work day following announcement closing date, and must include announcement number of the job for which you are applying.
Apply by sending your application materials via email to CRS_Jobs@usgs.gov or mailing them to Canyonlands Research Station, ATTN: Erika Geiger, 2290 Resource Blvd, Moab, UT 84532.
This agency provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities.
Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is defined as information which can be used to distinguish or trace an individual’s identity, such as name, social security number, biometric records, etc. alone, or when combined with other personal or identifying information which is linked or linkable to a specific individual, such as date and place of birth, mother’s maiden name, etc. Please ensure that you have removed all Personally Identifiable Information from all documents prior to submitting your application material.
Required Documents
If you are claiming veterans’ preference you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, by closing date of this announcement. If you are currently on active military duty, you must provide documentation (e.g., campaign document, award citation, etc.), that verifies entitlement to veterans preference and that your character of military service is honorable. If you are claiming 10-point veterans’ preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must submit documentation that supports your claim (e.g., official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs or a branch of the Armed Forces certifying existence of a service-connected disability; or receipt of Purple Heart). If you fail to submit the required documentation, you will not be granted veterans preference. See additional information on veterans’ preference in the Vet Guide: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/indes.aspx
The following must be included in your application:
Job Information:
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Field Research Technician-Feral Hogs in Missouri

Subject: Field Research Technician-Feral Hogs in Missouri
One position is available for a camera trap field research technician to assist in a project evaluating the distribution of feral hogs in Missouri using camera traps. The position starts immediately and will run through January 2019. Pay is $11/hour (40 hrs/week) and the position is non-benefits eligible. Work vehicle and housing (private room) in Waynesville, MO are provided.
Work is based in Phelps, Pulaski, and Texas Counties in south-central Missouri. The selected applicant will be responsible for maintaining and moving trail cameras, managing trail camera data, and collecting habitat information at camera locations. Field conditions can be hot and humid, with exposure to insects and wildlife. Cameras are located in rural areas with limited cell phone service, and access requires driving on back roads and hiking in dense vegetation over uneven terrain using a GPS for navigation. The ability to work long hours alone and with minimal supervision is essential. Housing is shared with another technician on the project and some tasks will require working together but most work is conducted alone.
Candidates must have field research experience and have (or be close to finishing) a B.S. in wildlife science, biology, or a closely related discipline, and must have a valid driver license. Strong work ethic, ability to work alone or in groups, and an interest in wildlife management are essential. The technician will work closely with, and under the supervision of, a MS student from the University of Missouri School of Natural Resources.
Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. Submit via email a cover letter that includes a description of work experience and career goals, resume, and the names and contact information (phone and e-mail address) of 3 references to: Mary Clay, School of Natural Resources, University of Missouri, 302 Natural Resources Building, Columbia, MO 65211; E-mail: macnq8@mail.missouri.edu

graduate positions in population/community ecology with Jeremy Fox at University of Calgary

Subject: graduate positions in population/community ecology with Jeremy Fox at University of Calgary

I’m seeking two graduate students (PhD or MSc) to join my lab at the University of Calgary in fall 2019 (earlier start possible).

I do fundamental work in population ecology, community ecology, and evolution, often combining mathematical modeling with experiments in protist microcosms and other tractable model systems. Right now I’m working on spatial synchrony of population cycles, species coexistence, and other projects. If the idea of collecting hundreds of generations of experimental data in a single summer sounds attractive to you, you should definitely get in touch with me. 🙂 Lately, I’m also getting into projects based on synthesizing data collected by others, as in my work applying the Price equation to quantify species selection in macroevolution. Here’s my lab website with more on what I’m working on these days:

The University of Calgary is one of Canada’s leading research universities.
The Biological Sciences Dept. has over 50 faculty and 180 graduate students, so it’s an active intellectual and social environment (https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fbio.ucalgary.ca%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C1c14e66cd6c04fdd3ebf08d5f939cb84%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636688948986895980&amp;sdata=KK3BaL0Dyx8J2V3wPWKF%2BaeafD5ezJERttQYXoeqvMk%3D&amp;reserved=0). Calgary is a nice city of 1.2 million people, close to the Canadian Rockies with all the opportunities for recreation that implies. And it’s in Canada, which is a great country.

All graduate students get guaranteed funding for 2 years (MSc) or 4 years
(PhD) (note: that’s long enough to complete your degree; Canadian graduate programs are a bit shorter than in the US).

If you’re interested, drop me a line (jefox@ucalgary.ca). Please include a transcript (unofficial is fine) and cv.

Funded M.Sc. or PhD position on the use of satellite and UAV imagery to map eelgrass beds

Subject: Funded M.Sc. or PhD position on the use of satellite and UAV imagery to map eelgrass beds
M.Sc. / Ph.D. Thesis Opportunity: 
Use of satellite and UAV imagery to map eelgrass beds in shallow coastal waters across Atlantic Canada
A two year M. Sc. thesis scholarship or a three year Ph.D. scholarship is available at the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton) to take part in a research program on eelgrass (Zostera marina) across Atlantic CanadaThe main activities will involve the development of image processing methods as well as participation over the field season in ground-truth data collection with community groups. The student will be co-supervised by Dr. Brigitte Leblon (UNB), Dr. Armand LaRocque (UNB), and Angela Douglass (Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence Coalition on Sustainability). The student will work with regional community watershed organizations, as well as universities and government agencies (Fisheries and Oceans and Environment Canada) throughout Atlantic Canada.
The ideal candidate will have completed an undergraduate (graduate for the Ph.D.) degree in biology, geography, or environmental science, be self-motivated, have strong communication skills, and have the ability to manage multiple tasks. Knowledge of optical image processing, UAV image processing, geographic information systems (GIS) and/or eelgrass ecosystems is an asset. SCUBA diving certification will also be considered an asset, but funding will be available for diving certification for the chosen candidate.
The work will expose the student to state-of-the-art remote sensing technology and practice. Students involved in the research will work with community groups involved in environmental monitoring, as well as with Fisheries and Oceans and Environment Canada scientists. The student will have the opportunity to develop working relationships with these potential future employers. He/she will also be able to get his/her SCUBA diving certification, if not already possessed.
The position should be filled as soon as possible. Please send your CV, transcripts, list of publications, and reference names as a single pdf file to Dr. Brigitte Leblon (bleblon@unb.ca).

PhD (1) and MS(1) Assistantships in Large River Unionid Ecology @ Central Michigan University

PhD (1) and MS (1) Graduate Assistantships in Large River Unionid Ecology @ Central Michigan University
A PhD (1) and MS (1) assistantship are available under the supervision of Dr. Dave Zanatta and Dr. Daelyn Woolnough in the Institute for Great Lakes Research and Department of Biology at Central Michigan University (CMU).  The projects that the students will be involved with are funded by the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act of the US Fish and Wildlife Service and is a collaboration between CMU, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources, and the US Geological Survey.  Both students will be instrumental in designing and helping to implement (with collaborators) large-scale surveys for native freshwater mussels in the Detroit River (in summer 2019) and St. Clair River (summer 2020).  The PhD student will also be responsible for developing, implementing, and testing habitat models for native mussels in these large river systems. 
For PhD students: A full stipend (grant- and university-funded Research and Teaching Assistantships) and tuition waiver for at least 4 years will be provided.  PhD Student Salary: ~$26,000/yr + tuition waiver.
For MS students: A full stipend (university-funded Teaching Assistantship during the academic year and grant-funded Research Assistantship in summers) and tuition waiver will be provided for the MS student for 2 years.  A university-funded Research Assistantship may be offered to highly qualified applicants. MS Student Salary: ~$21,000/yr + tuition waiver
Start dates:  January (preferred for PhD student) or May 2019
More information about the PhD program in Earth and Ecosystem Science at CMU is available here:https://www.cmich.edu/colleges/se/ees/pages/default.aspx
More information about the MS programs in Biology at CMU is available here:https://www.cmich.edu/colleges/se/biology/Graduate%20Programs/Pages/default.aspx
Qualifications for PhD Student:
Required:  BS in Biology or related field; previous research experience in aquatic ecology; strong background in ecological statistics; background/experience in GIS; valid driver’s license; valid passport and ability to travel to Canada; strong swimmer and comfortable in the water/snorkeling; strong writing and oral communication skills; interest in pursuing a career in academia or research; GPA >3.0; GRE scores >50th percentile.
Preferred:  MS in Biology or related field; research experience with freshwater mussels (unionids); evidence of experience in ecological/habitat/GIS modeling; SCUBA certified and some dive experience; valid recreational boating license and experience piloting and trailering boats; track record in publications and/or conference presentations; GPA >3.5; GRE scores >60th percentile.
Qualifications for MS Student:
Required:  BS in Biology or related field; interests in aquatic ecology and/or freshwater mussels; some background in ecological statistics; valid driver’s license; valid passport and ability to travel to Canada; strong swimmer and comfortable in the water/snorkeling; strong writing and oral communication skills; GPA >3.0; GRE scores >40th percentile.
Preferred:  Research experience with freshwater mussels (unionids); background/experience in GIS/ecological modeling; SCUBA certified; valid recreational boating license and experience piloting and trailering boats; GPA >3.5; GRE scores >50thpercentile.
Before applying to either program, please email a single PDF document to BOTH Dr. Woolnough (wooln1d@cmich.eduAND Dr. Zanatta (zanat1d@cmich.edu) that contains: (1) a letter of interest describing your qualifications, experience and background, (2) your CV, (3) GRE scores, (4) GPA and unofficial transcripts, and (5) contact information for 3 academic/research references.  Feel free to contact us for more information about the graduate programs, our research, and more specifics about the project.

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Graduate position: UVermont.EvolutionaryGenomicsPhysiology

***PhD Positions in Evolutionary Genomics and Physiology***

The Lockwood Lab at the University of Vermont invites applications for
two PhD positions in evolutionary genomics and physiology. Students
will participate in a set of NSF-funded projects to examine the
genomics and physiology of thermal adaptation in Drosophila
melanogaster. The goal of this work is to integrate genomic mapping,
transcriptomics, protein biochemistry, and confocal fluorescence
microscopy to identify the genetic and physiological bases of
divergence in embryonic thermal tolerance among temperate and tropical
populations. See our recent work in the Journal of Evolutionary
Biology (Lockwood et al. 2018, doi: 10.1111/jeb.13234).

Successful candidates will have strong academic records, meaningful
previous research  experience, and strong interests in evolutionary
genetics, genomics, and ecological physiology. Experience working with
Drosophila is a plus, but not required.

Applicants are also encouraged to apply for acceptance into the QuEST
program at the University of Vermont. QuEST is an NSF-funded National
Research Training grant in Quantitative and Evolutionary STEM training
(QuEST). The QuEST program provides doctoral students with
foundational training in quantitative data analysis and modeling,
fellowship support, and internship placements to apply evolutionary
principles toward solving real-world problems.

For more information about the QuEST program: https://www.uvm.edu/quest

The University of Vermont offers a stimulating academic environment,
with a diverse set of faculty in the life sciences and a collaborative
atmosphere that bridges multiple departments. Burlington and the
surrounding area offer a high quality of life, thriving on local food,
music, international culture, and outdoor activities year-round.

Please email inquiries to Brent.Lockwood@uvm.edu. Please include a CV,
description of your background, and why you are excited about this

Applications are currently being accepted. The application to the
graduate program at University of Vermont can be found here:
https://www.applyweb.com/uvmg/index.ftl. The application to the QuEST
program can be found here:
https://www.uvm.edu/quest/forms/quest-application. The deadline to
apply for Fall 2019 is December 15, 2018.

Brent L. Lockwood
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
University of Vermont

website: http://www.uvm.edu/~bllockwo/
email: Brent.Lockwood@uvm.edu

“Brent L. Lockwood” <Brent.Lockwood@uvm.edu>

Bee Technician – Full-time Seasonal – Isaacs Lab @ MSU

Subject: Bee Technician – Full-time Seasonal – Isaacs Lab @ MSU

Biological Science Technician (Bees and Crop Pollination): Michigan

1 Technician Position at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Duration: August 24 – December 21, 2018 (potential for longer employment
based on performance and availability of funding)

Salary: Full time: 40 hours/week, $11.00/hour

Description: The Isaacs Lab at Michigan State University
(www.isaacslab.ent.msu.edu) is seeking help with multiple pollinator

Berry Crops Entomology Lab at Michigan State University.

projects in Fall 2018. Duties will largely be field work in Sept/Oct 2018,
transitioning to lab work through the end of the appointment in Dec 2018.

Daily tasks include: travel to field sites in a university vehicle (travel
time is paid), work with honey bees, netting wild bees, flower
identification, pollen sample processing, weed management, data entry, and
labeling and curating bee specimens. Overnight stays at the MSU field
research stations during sampling rounds are possible (accommodations at
the field station are covered).

1) Great Lakes Pollinator Health Project – The aims of this project are to
investigate long term population trends in Michigan bees, as well as
identify underlying causes of managed pollinator decline.
2) Bumble bee foraging project – The aims of this project are to determine
how bumble bees use the landscape when foraging for resources, and how
habitat restoration influences colony dynamics in managed landscapes.
3) Honey bee nutrition project– The aim of this project is to determine
how landscape complexity affects honey bee health on multiple scales
through nutrition.

Michigan State University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity
Employer, and we especially encourage applications from minority and
underrepresented groups.

Required Qualifications:
Interest in field research in entomology, conservation biology, field
Valid U.S. driver’s license, with a good driving record, and willingness
to share driving responsibilities
Ability to work outside for long periods of time in a variety of weather
Attention to detail and protocols
Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Desired Skills:
Not allergic to honey bees
Courses in Entomology
Field work experience
Lab work experience
Research experience
Lifting equipment up to 40 pounds
Experience with data entry and analysis in Excel, and R
Ability to communicate with a wide variety of people, including
scientists, land owners, and agricultural producers

To apply, please send:
1) a cover letter describing relevant research experience and primary
interests, 2) your resume/curriculum vitae, and 3) the names and email
addresses of three references. Send as one PDF to Kelsey Graham
(graha252@msu.edu) by August 7, 2018 with “MSU Bee Technician” in the
subject line.


Seeking monitoring intern

We are looking for an intern to support NPS monitoring efforts in the Midwest region.  The announcement is at: https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/235752-3869.html

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking ONE Inventory and Monitoring Intern to dedicate 52 weeks in support of the Heartland Inventory and Monitoring Network (HTLN). The Intern will be responsible for serving on a variety of ongoing ecological inventory and monitoring pro…

Thank you for your consideration,
Sherry Leis

Interpretation and Education Intern at Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Interpretation & Education Technician
Great Basin Institute / Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Working collaboratively with Lake Mead National Recreation Area (LMNRA), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting an Interpretation & Education Technician to assist with development and completion of resource education programs and projects, including a wide range of formal and informal public and school-based education programs and projects.  The candidate will assist in visitor center operations including staffing and operational duties and procedures.  Other duties will include leading hikes, lectures, demonstrations, field trips, workshops and activities.  Venues will include (but not be limited to) classrooms, fairs, trails, beaches, libraries and visitor centers.  Programs and projects will educate and inform the public about the significance and uniqueness of park resources, conservation and ecologically sound practices as well as the laws, rules, and regulations developed to protect park resources.
Primary tasks and duties include:
  • Facilitate interpretation and outreach, including:  implementation of programs, lesson plans, and learning modules for public programs, schedule programs with groups, present materials to public groups and collect data associated with attendees, and impacts of presented lessons;
  • Provide front-line staffing of the Lake Mead Visitor Center information desk, answering visitor questions, opening and closing operations including cash handling procedures with park store operator
  • Develop and conduct presentations to volunteer groups about natural resource management practices within the recreation area;
  • Provide community members, visitors, and local constituents with information on park resources, conservation and ecologically sound practices as well as the laws, rules, and regulations developed to protect park resources; and
  • Research scientific, historical, and technical resources to create interpretive programs using a variety of interpretive techniques.
Additional tasks and duties include collecting field data to maintain documentation of activities and assisting staff on developing and modifying outreach materials. The Technician will serve as a front line representative to partners for the National Park Service.
Additionally, opportunities will be provided to participate in trainings provided by Lake Mead NRA staff and community partners.
  • Rate of pay: $13/hour
  • Health Insurance
o   Six month appointment beginning October 2018, or upon completion of a Department of Interior background investigation
o   40 hours per week, requiring some weekends and holidays to accommodate presentations and special events, and some minimal overtime may be required
Lake Mead National Recreation Area (NRA) Headquarters is located in Boulder City, Nevada, a 20 minute drive from the city of Henderson, which lies on the outskirts of Las Vegas. Lake Mead National Recreation Area encompasses nearly 1.5 million acres in southeastern Nevada and northwestern Arizona, including mountains, canyons, valleys, and two vast lakes. From the mouth of the Grand Canyon, the park follows the Arizona-Nevada border along what was formerly 140 miles of the Colorado River. Opportunities for recreation abound.
  • Bachelor’s degree in education or related coursework and commensurate field experience, desirable but not required;
  • Experience conducting interpretation, highly desirable;
  • Experience developing and implementing environmental education and outreach programs and curricula, desired;
  • Motivated, self-starter who is detail oriented;
  • Organizational skills to effectively plan and complete assigned workloads within defined timelines;
  • Flexibility to handle competing and changing priorities;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse public in a variety of forums;
  • Ability to speak English and Spanish conversationally, desired but not required;
  • Experience living or working in, and/or knowledge of Mojave Desert, desired; and
  • Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments.
Additional qualifications:
  • Willingness to sometimes work irregular hours (e.g., early mornings, late nights);
  • Ability to work productively, consistently and cooperatively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals; and
  • Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with ability to safely operate and maintain a vehicle.
Successful applicant must complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI) or submit paperwork to NPS human resources indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has already been completed prior to beginning position. If you already have a fully adjudicated BI, please let us know in your application.
How to Apply:
Please follow the link to apply directly through our online portal:http://crcareers.thegreatbasininstitute.org/careers/Careers.aspx?rf=PD&REQ=2018-RAP-047

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

MS or PhD Research Assistantship – Gulf Sturgeon

MS or PhD Research Assistantship – Gulf Sturgeon

University of Southern Mississippi

Hattiesburg, MS

Website:  https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.usm.edu%2Fbiological-sciences&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7Cc67dbebe6c394347dd3508d5eef9edba%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636677679559867271&amp;sdata=CWTLONs2qvRnSYxbqyRMGocFwgQRmJoqSDqqP2KJG4M%3D&amp;reserved=0

Salary:  Annual stipend of $18,000 plus full tuition waiver and medical insurance

Start Date: 01/14/2019

Last Date to Apply: 9/01/18

I am seeking a PhD or MS student to participate in a collaborative project on the biology of juvenile Gulf Sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus desotoi) in the Pascagoula River basin.  The student’s main focus will be on using genetic data (microsatellite loci) to perform parentage and kinship analyses in order to quantify relatedness among juveniles and estimate the effective number of breeders. The student will also have the opportunity to participate in the fieldwork associated with this project being conducted by collaborators at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory.  Ultimately, the student will develop a thesis/dissertation that is builds upon the main goals of this project.

Applicants must have a BS or MS in ecology/environmental biology, zoology, wildlife biology, or other relevant areas. GPA and GRE scores must be competitive for admission to the graduate program at the University of Southern Mississippi. Prior experience with molecular genetic techniques and data analysis is preferred but not required.  Likewise, field experiences with sturgeon in line with this project (operation of small motorboats and fish collection techniques) would be preferred. Training will be provided in all of these areas as needed.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. To apply, please send the following in a single PDF
file: cover letter, resume or CV, unofficial transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information for three references to Brian Kreiser, Brian.Kreiser@usm.edu.  Also address any inquiries about the position to the same address.

Graduate position: UNevada_LasVegas.BioinformaticsGenomics

Graduate position in bioinformatics/genomics

University of Nevada Las Vegas / Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine
School of Life Sciences
United States

A PhD position is available in the lab of Mira Han at University of Nevada,
Las Vegas and Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine.

Two main research going on in the lab:
One focuses on studying the tissue specific expression of repeat elements
and investigating the potential regulatory role of repeat elements, through
analysis of existing ChIP-seq, eCLIP, RNA-seq and genetic datasets.
The other focuses on studying the evolutionary constraint on insertion and
deletion mutations, by estimating the indel rate in unstructured regions of
the proteins and spacer regions between binding motifs in the DNA.

Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine was just awarded a $11.4M, 5 year
Center of Biomedical Research Excellence P20 Grant from NIH in personalized
Beyond the project work, PhD candidates will have opportunity to interact
with other computational biologists and molecular biologists in the Nevada
Institute of Personalized Medicine, through workshops and seminars.

Visit the website to find out more at www.unlv.edu/lifesciences and


The UNLV campus offers a stimulating and rewarding environment. Here, you
will find a friendly community dedicated to learning and research. Las
Vegas has its safe communities, affordable home prices, high quality of
life, little traffic.


Experience with programming (Python, R, C/C++) and Linux/Unix environments
Self-motivation with excellent communication skills and an ability to work
well in a team environment

Start date
As soon as possible

Please send a CV, three letters of reference, and a brief statement of
research interests to Dr. Mira Han (mira.han[at]unlv.edu).

Mira Han

Assistant Professor
School of Life Sciences UNLV
HRC 183B



Job Posting: Temporary Pollinator Field Technician

Subject: Job Posting: Temporary Pollinator Field Technician

The Cariveau Native Bee Lab at the University of Minnesota is looking for one seasonal technician for summer field work to start immediately. This position is a temporary appointment ranging approximately 3 months and with a starting rate of $15.14/hour.

Technicians will be taking part in research investigating the bee and plant communities of prairie restorations and remnants. The lab provides housing for technicians in Spicer, Minnesota during field sampling which will go until early September.

Activities include:

Netting and processing of bees specimens collected in the field.

Identifying and recording of prairie plant communities.

Entering collected data into Excel spreadsheets.


The ideal candidate would be available until at least September 7th to spend extended overnight periods at the lab’s field house in Spicer, MN. Ideally this person would live at the house until end of field season. The ability to find housing in the twin cities and continue until the end of the three month term would be ideal but is not required.

Desired skills include:

Ability to tolerate challenging conditions in hot and humid weather while subject to biting insects.

Experience in bee netting and sampling protocols and the ability to distinguish bees from other flying insects.

Experience pinning and curating insect specimens.

Experience with the identification of prairie forb species.

Please send a single PDF with your resume, cover letter, and contact information for 2 references to Ian Lane ( lanex173@umn.edu ), subject line: “Mid-summer Field Technician Application” followed by your name. Position will be open until filled.

MS Graduate Student Position_ Aquatic Community Ecology_ Sam Houston State University

MS Graduate Student Position_ Aquatic Community Ecology_ Sam Houston State University

Sam Houston State University, Huntsville TX to start early spring 2019 under the supervision of Dr. Carmen Montana

A TAship and research support is available to conduct master’s level research on aquatic communities in pond ecosystems in Texas. This research will be part of a long-term ecological project that examines spatial- temporal variation of pond communities at local and regional scales and quantify the environmental factors driving aquatic diversity across these landscape scales. More specifically, this project seeks to quantify pond aquatic diversity using both taxonomic and functional approaches, to quantify abundance of predators and competitors within pond microhabitats and to investigate the importance of local and regional factors on species diversity.
The preferred starting date is Spring 2019 (early January). Graduates with an interest and education in freshwater communities (both fish and aquatic
invertebrates) or related subjects are encouraged to apply. Please contact Dr. Carmen Montana (cgm026@shsu.edu) at your earliest convenience for more information about the position and the project.
Other relevant information can be found on the following websites:

Graduated with a degree in Biology, Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Environmental Sciences, or related fields, with research experience in freshwater ecosystems are encouraged to apply for this position.

To apply send a letter of interest, a CV, GRE scores, informal transcripts, and the names and contact information for 3 references by email to Dr.
Carmen G. Montana-Schalk (cgm026@shsu.edu)




If you’d like to volunteer on the 2018 Fall Bottom Trawl Survey aboard NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow, your help would be greatly appreciated!   Volunteers are a very important part of our program.

We need the help of every scientist and volunteer who sails.  You do not need to be a scientist to volunteer, but must have a keen interest in what we do and a willingness to work hard alongside our scientists. The information below explains how to sign up for a cruise. Please be aware that we work twelve-hour shifts, which means that you may be standing on your feet for twelve hours. Therefore, please only sign up for a cruise if you are serious about making the commitment.  If there is an emergency, or you anticipate that you will not be able to participate on a cruise that you are scheduled for, please contact me immediately.

The required forms may be downloaded from the Ecosystems Surveys Branch website in the forms link of the Cruise Volunteer Information section.  Helpful information for new participants on what to expect at sea and what to bring on the survey can be found in the Preparing for a Cruise tab of the website.

Three easy steps toward volunteering on a survey:

You must be at least 18 years of age.  Volunteers are responsible for all travel related expenses.  While at sea, all meals will be provided by the vessel.

1. Submit a volunteer questionnaire with the dates you are available to participate.  If space is available, you will receive confirmation to participate on a cruise.  The Volunteer Questionnaire must be sent to:

Katherine Sowers

National Marine Fisheries Service

166 Water Street                                      

Woods Hole, MA  02543


Fax:   508-495-2258

2. Wait to hear confirmation that you have been scheduled.  Confirmations are sent as early as possible and not later than three weeks prior to departure.  If we are not able to find berthing for you, you will have the option of being placed on standby status to fill in if there is a cancellation.

3. After you receive confirmation that you are scheduled for a cruise, submit a medical form that lists all medical conditions to the Health Services Office.   Please list NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow as your project ship.

As noted on the health form, you must have a negative TB test (taken within the last 12 months). Additionally, you must have a current Tetanus shot (received within the last 10 years).  If either is out of date, you will need to obtain them at your expense.  If you have a new TB test or Tetanus shot scheduled, please note the date on your medical form, rather than leaving it blank. Medical clearance must be completed and confirmed two weeks prior to the scheduled departure date.  Please contact the Health Services Office for the status of your medical clearance.

NOAA Health Services Office

Phone: 757-441-6320

FAX: 757-441-3760

E-mail:  moa.health.services@noaa.gov

2018 Fall Cruise Schedule – NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow

Please note that the identified regions are where we anticipate to sample: environmental or mechanical problems may force us to change the area of operation.

Leg 1:  September 4 to 21

(18 days at sea)

Ports:  (depart/arrive Newport, RI)

Planned Survey Area:  Mid-Atlantic


Leg 2:  September 25 to October 5

(11 days at sea)

Ports:  (depart/arrive Newport, RI)

Planned Survey Area:  Southern New England


Leg 3:  October 9 to 25

(17 days at sea)

Ports: (depart/arrive Newport, RI)

Planned Survey Area: Georges Bank


Leg 4: October 30 to November 12

(14 days at sea)

Ports: (depart/arrive Newport, RI)

Planned Survey Area: Gulf of Maine

MS Assistantship- Amphibian Conservation

M.S. Graduate Student Assistantship in Amphibian Conservation

Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA to start in late Nov. 2018 with the start of the Winter Quarter under supervision of Drs. Julia Earl and Don Shepard.

This is a State Wildlife Grant funded project to survey the state of Louisiana for any remaining Crawfish Frog populations, a species of conservation concern.  There is currently only one known population, but this will be the first systematic survey of Louisiana.  The project will primarily be based on frog call surveys (both in person and using automated recorders) and road cruising.
Student must have a good driving record, be comfortable driving and collecting data late at night, and be knowledgeable or interested in frog call identification.  Students should also have a good attitude, as detection of crawfish frogs is likely to be very rare.  There will be opportunities to ask additional ecological questions using data collected on other frog species that could be tailored to the student’s interests.  Other student responsibilities include entering and analyzing data, presenting results at scientific meetings, and writing scientific manuscripts.  Students need to have a B.S. in Biology, Wildlife, Environmental Science, or other related field by the start date.  The assistantship provides support of ~$20,000 per year but does not include an in-state tuition or fee waiver (all out of state students will be eligible for in-state tuition).

To apply, please email an application as a single pdf including a cover letter explaining your interest in the project and long-term goals, a CV (including GPA, GRE scores, and relevant coursework), and the names and contact information for 3 references.  Submit applications by email by Sept. 1, 2018.

For more information, email Dr. Julia Earl (jearl@latech.edu) and/or Dr. Don Shepard (dshepard@latech.edu).

Graduate position: UNewOrleans.ComputationalModelingSimulations

Graduate positions (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) are available in the Atallah Lab
(https://sites.google.com/view/atallahlab) in the Biological Sciences
Department at the University of New Orleans (UNO). We are currently
looking for students interested in simulating the role of transposable
elements in evolution and human disease.  In recent years, evidence
has accumulated that transposable elements (TEs) play important roles
in both evolutionary processes (such as changes in gene regulation) and
the progression of diseases such as cancer. We are developing computer
simulations of the activity of TEs in somatic cell populations and the
germline. Students interested in this project should be familiar with
shell scripting and computer programming.  Interested students should
send an email to jatallah@uno.edu. Please include a brief description
of your background (or a CV or resume), and mention why you’re excited
about this project. The University of New Orleans is a public research
university and part of the University of Louisiana system. New Orleans
is a diverse and historic city with a vibrant culture.

Joel Atallah, Ph.D.
Assistant professor
202 Biology Building
Department of Biological Sciences
University of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA 70148
(504) 280-7057

Joel Atallah <jatallah@uno.edu>

New MS Env Science at DePaul University

DePaul University is launching a new Masters of Science in Environmental Science (MSES) degree focused on urban ecological restoration and conservation land management! 
This graduate degree will prepare students for careers in ecological restoration, species and landscape conservation, biodiversity management, green infrastructure management and ecological consultancy. Our department’s expertise in applied environmental science and can bring exciting and useful training in the field of conservation land management.
Environmental Science & Studies Department faculty have disciplinary expertise in paleontology, plant-atmosphere interactions, restoration ecology, urban forestry, urban agriculture, ecological economics, soil ecology and science, urban ecology, and related fields. Students complete 13 course equivalents, with an expectation that full-time students can complete the program in two academic years. The program is housed in the McGowan South Building (LEED certified) in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, which provides a modern research infrastructure that includes laboratories, analytical facilities, environmental growth chambers, a rooftop garden, and a greenhouse. 
The program is accepting applications on a rolling basis for ENROLLMENT THIS FALL QUARTER so interested prospective students should apply now!
Please contact the program director, Mark Potosnak at mark.potosnak@depaul.edu or 773-325-7867 if you have any questions. 
Additional information is available at: http://go.depaul.edu/envsciinfo.

ASBC Seeking Fall 2018 Interns

Subject: ASBC Seeking Fall 2018 Interns

The American Sustainable Business Council is currently accepting applications for fall 2018 interns.
Position descriptions and responsibilities are below. If you’re interested please email a resume to interns@asbcouncil.org.

ASBC Fall 2018 Policy Team Internships.

Do you have a passion for sustainability? Do you want to work with forward thinking businesses? We are
looking for policy interns for the 2018 fall semester. The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC)
is a business organization based in Washington, DC with organizational and business members from all
across the country ranging in size from national brands to local restaurants. We work on a range of
policy areas including: the high-road workplace, climate change, water quality, and safer chemicals.
We’re looking for interns to assist with research, Capitol Hill and government agency meetings, business
events, and more!

Candidates should have an interest in policy making, government relations, and business. The internship
is located at our headquarters in Washington, DC.


* Support policy team on research projects including white pages & talking points

* Attend Capitol Hill meetings & briefings

* Research and track legislation

* Engage business leaders for campaign involvement

* Draft campaign language for website & business leader education

* Track state & federal campaigns on assigned policy issues

* Support senior staff on special projects

ASBC Fall 2018 Communications Internships.

The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) is a business organization based in Washington, DC
with members from all across the country ranging in size from national brands to local restaurants. We
are looking for passionate, energetic, and talented communications interns to help us engage the media
and our online community around our policy priorities and activities. Your role will involve supporting our
media relations efforts, doing research for published articles and reports, and engaging with our
members and others via Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and more. Candidates should have a major in
marketing, communications, creative writing, public relations, or similar fields. The internship is located
at our headquarters in Washington, D.C


* Create social media content to support research, campaigns, and policy developments

* Analyze social media posts to assess their effectiveness and refine our strategy

* Research journalists to engage for future cultivation

* Help research and develop stories to place as features about ASBC

* Work with the ASBC policy team to bring policy depth to social media

* Help develop new strategies to engage the media and the public

* Assist with review of our current campaigns and make updates

* Support public relations at DC press events to build awareness of ASBC

If you’re interested please email a resume to interns@asbcouncil.org.

Science Communication Intern Position

Subject: Science Communication Intern Position

Hi everyone,

Please see the position announcement for an intern: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fian.umces.edu%2Fvacancies%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C84e24950a2e9498e530608d5e77140be%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636669395958031473&amp;sdata=plZ2C%2BVgBA22jnx36vdqyd6hjTVWpZd8PNdZ3l0Zcc0%3D&amp;reserved=0

The Integration and Application Network (IAN; ian.umces.edu) seeks a science communication intern to join a dynamic group of Science Integrators and Science Communicators at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=www.umces.edu&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cmiranda.l.davis%40uconn.edu%7C84e24950a2e9498e530608d5e77140be%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636669395958041481&amp;sdata=XXDwNxnKig200DkBab6ia%2FH7%2Fj9d1tlKPTx%2BUXcMXJQ%3D&amp;reserved=0) and assist in the creation of effective science communication products. This position will support IAN’s goal of not just studying but solving environmental problems through data synthesis and science communication. Previous interns have gone on to graduate schools like Yale, Oxford University (U.K.), and American University, and to other careers including at the National Aquarium, University of Maryland, planning offices, etc.

Expected qualifications and skills:
This internship is targeted to graduate or advanced undergraduate students with backgrounds in science and communication. Sound editing skills and a background in biology or environmental science are required. Interns are expected to work with a variety of software packages including Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, and GIS applications. Training will be provided, but familiarity with these products is preferable.

Responsibilities and duties:
The science communication intern will have multiple duties depending on their qualifications and interests. Tasks may include:
editing text, photos, and videos,
working with media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc., creating new vector images and conceptual diagrams, plotting spatial data and preparing maps, and creating print-ready InDesign documents.
Included in internship:

This is a contractual, hourly appointment. The chosen candidate will receive a competitive hourly wage and subsidized healthcare benefits may be available depending on number of hours worked.
Additionally, interns will gain valuable skills in science communication, including desktop publishing, spatial analysis, environmental assessment, and effective communication. The team provides a dynamic, fun, and exciting atmosphere, as well as a chance to work on some of the most pressing local, national, and global environmental problems.

This position will be located in Cambridge, Maryland or Annapolis, Maryland, based on the needs of the team. Send applications to afries@umces.edu by July 25th, 2018.

Applications should include the following items:
A letter of interest including a clear statement of why you would like to participate in this internship A Curriculum Vitae including two references (with email and phone contact information) A writing sample

UMCES is an AA/EOE. Individuals with disabilities, veterans, minorities and women are encouraged to apply.



Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University is recruiting doctoral and master’s level graduate students for Fall 2019.  
The department has a long and distinguished history, being one of the first of its kind.  It currently has a productive and diverse faculty working on broad array of questions involving microbes, plants, vertebrate and invertebrate animals and whole ecosystems. Field locales span the globe from the old and new world tropics to the Arctic and Antarctic polar regions, as well as the uplands, wetlands and coastal areas of Long Island and nearby New York City.
Upon admission, PhD students are guaranteed teaching assistants upon acceptance, with additional support available through fellowships and research assistantships, as they become available. The deadlines for applications are Dec. 1, 2018 for the PhD program. Admissions to the MA program are rolling until April 15, 2019.  
Below is a listing of current local program faculty to whom questions can be directed. It is highly recommended that PhD applicants contact potential advisors before submitting your application.  For questions or assistance with the application process please e-mail our Graduate Program coordinator, Melissa Cohen melissa.j.cohen@stonybrook.edu.

H. Resit Akcakaya – Population and conservation ecology


Stephen B. Baines – Aquatic ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry


Michael L. Bell – Contemporary evolution and biology of fishes
Liliana M. Dávalos – Vertebrate phylogenetics, biogeography and conservation
Walter F. Eanes – Evolutionary genetics of Drosophila
Jessica Gurevitch – Research synthesis, plant population and invasion ecology
Jesse D. Hollister – Plant evolutionary genomics and epigenetics

Jeffrey S. Levinton – Marine ecology and paleobiology
Heather J. Lynch – Quantitative ecology and conservation biology

Ross H. Nehm – Science education, evolution education, cognition
Dianna K. Padilla – Invertebrate aquatic ecology and conservation biology

Joshua Rest – Evolutionary genomics


Robert W. Thacker- Systematics, phylogenetics, and ecology


John R. True – Evolutionary developmental biology


Kishna M. Veeramah – Primate comparative genomics



Jackie Collier – Microbial ecology
Nolwenn M. Dheilly – Evolution of Host-Parasite Interactions

Andreas Koenig – Behavioral ecology of primates


David Q. Matus – Evolution of Cell Invasion


Catherine Markham – Behavioral ecology of primates
Janet Nye – Quantitative Fisheries Ecology

Alistair Rogers – Plant Physiology and Climate Change


Shawn P. Serbin – Plant Physiology and Remote Sensing


Jeroen B. Smaers – Brain Evolution, Phylogenetic Comparative Methodology,

Macroevolutionary Morphology


Leslie Thorne – Ecology and Behavior of Marine Birds and Mammals


Nils Volkenborn – Benthic Ecology and Sediment Biogeochemistry


Patricia Wright – Tropical Conservation and Primatology


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/

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.