Number of Positions: 4-6
Work Location: Pensacola, FL; Biloxi, MS
Pay Rate: $13-18/hour depending on experience and qualifications; housing provided
Duration: ~2 months (approx. Late May through July)
Summary of Position
Colorado Natural Heritage Program seeks 4-6 summer field technicians to use their knowledge of botany and ecology to conduct an accuracy assessment of a vegetation map at Gulf Islands National Seashore along the gulf coast of Florida and Mississippi. This work entails traveling to remote locations and identifying plant communities based on dominant species using the US National Vegetation Classification system (www.usnvc.org). Botanical skills are necessary. Travel to field sites include a combination of daytrips, short camping trips, and occasional boat trips to barrier islands.
This position provides an excellent opportunity for botanists/ecologists eager to explore a variety of different ecosystems and learn to use the US National Vegetation Classification standard. Gulf Islands National Seashore encompass a variety of unique ecosystems including dune complexes, sandy pine ridges, and salt marshes. These communities
provide habitats for a wide variety of rare animals and plants including sea turtles, dolphins, pitcher plants, and many more. After this summer, field technicians will have a deep understanding of coastal woodlands and forests, salt marshes, and the US National Vegetation Classification standard.
1. Work with a partner to navigate to plot locations and determine plant community. Requires ability to reliably identify plants and plant communities of the project area, identify dominant species and community structure, and document presence of exotic or rare species.
2. Reliably locate field plots, safely and efficiently access sites, complete field forms, operate and maintain field equipment, and effectively manage collected data.
3. Enter and maintain data in electronic formats (databases, spreadsheets, GPS, GIS).
4. Thoroughly document all fieldwork using field notebooks, survey forms, maps, GPS, digital tablets, and cameras.
A bachelor’s degree in botany, ecology, natural resources, range management, forestry, or related field. Three years of equivalent field may be substituted for degree.
1. Knowledge of dichotomous botanical keys and field guides
2. Willingness to travel extensively during field season, work unusual schedules (up to 8 consecutive days), backpack, car camp, and live in rustic conditions for extended periods in remote areas
3. Good physical condition and ability to work long hours in the field, travel by foot off-trail in rough terrain, and work through inclement weather
4. Careful attention to detail in collecting data
5. Comfort and familiarity with the use of computers
6. Experience or familiarity with the use of GPS
1. Familiarity with flora of the gulf coast (FL, MS)
2. Experience collecting vegetation and environmental data in the field
3. Experience with US National Vegetation Classification
4. One year experience of species identification, community classification, or habitat typing
5. Experience working in hot humid conditions with little shade
Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Applications will be accepted until all positions have been filled or through June 30, 2018, whichever comes first. To apply send resume, cover letter, and three references (with phone #’s), to Joe Stevens at firstname.lastname@example.org
References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.
Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.
A highly-motivated student is sought to pursue research that investigates the effect of urban sprawl on bird diversity. The student will make use of publicly-available datasets and published sprawl indices to investigate how avian community structure and composition respond to variation in urban form among landscapes at multiple spatial scales. The student's research may also include the investigation of the effect of sprawl on the diversity of other taxa, depending on the availability and suitability of data.
Strong candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree with demonstrated research experience and coursework in ecology, environmental science, or biogeography. Candidates with demonstrated written and oral communication skills and strong academic credentials will be preferred. Successful candidates will also have GIS and remote sensing skills, a strong quantitative background, and a passion for biodiversity conservation in human-dominated landscapes.
The Department of Geography and Earth Sciences offers a Master in Earth Sciences program that includes courses in biogeography, spatial statistics and modeling, GIS and remote sensing, and urban planning. The successful candidate will be supported by a competitive teaching assistantship. Tuition remission is available for highly-qualified candidates. Charlotte is a diverse rapidly growing metropolitan area that boasts an extensive greenway system and lies within a half day’s drive of the spectacular Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains and stunning North Carolina and South Carolina saltmarshes and beaches.
Interested candidates should send, via email to Dr. Sara Gagné, email@example.com: (1) a cover letter outlining prior experience and research interests, (2) a CV, (3) GRE scores and GPAs from current and previous programs, and (4) the names and contact information of three referees.
More information about Dr. Sara Gagné's research, the MS Earth Sciences program, and the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences can be found at: http://geoearth.uncc.edu/
Shelby Center for Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management
Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Dauphin Island, AL
The Fisheries Ecology lab is seeking interns to work under the faculty direction of Dr. Sean Powers at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab on a wide variety of fisheries projects in waters adjacent to Dauphin Island, a gulf barrier island in the northern Gulf of Mexico fringing the Mobile Bay estuary. Paid internships are available for a six-month period.
Qualified applicants will have the opportunity to assist with groundbreaking studies in Fisheries Ecology in the northern Gulf of Mexico that involve a variety of fishes (bony fishes, sharks and rays) from both offshore and inshore locales. Interns will gain experience with various sampling techniques used in fisheries research, as well as the associated laboratory sample processing.
For more info visit: https://www.disl.org/about/employment/fisheries-ecology-lab-internship-1
You don't have to wonder for long. I am offering a full-time temporary position located at Denali National Park, AK, in June, July, and August 2018. During this time, you would be backpacking and living in campgrounds at Denali. A stipend of $2,000 will be provided, but you must cover your own transportation to the field site. As a technician, your duties will include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Conducting population surveys of arctic ground squirrels, including locating and indexing burrow networks and confirming the presence or absence,
• Conducting vegetation assessments, and
• Maintaining good working relationships with other scientists, park liaison and visitors at Denali to support the goals of the research.
The preferred candidate is dependable, curious, enthusiastic, doesn't mind working in physically taxing situations for long hours, and loves to be outdoors in rugged conditions. The ideal candidate will also have experience backpacking.
This fieldwork is part of the dissertation research of Nigel Golden (https://goo.gl/LhMedz), University of Massachusetts graduate student studying the impact of climate change on arctic ground squirrel activity. This research is part of a broad research program, led by Dr.
Toni Lyn Morelli of the US Geological Survey’s Northeast Climate Science Center, to understand the impacts of climate change on wildlife.
If you are interested in the position or have questions, email Nigel Golden at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 28th, 2018 with a resume/CV with the subject line AGS in Denali 2018. Women and URM are encouraged to apply.
conservation banking/planning, and restoration planning. Experience in these areas is preferred, but not required.
We are particularly looking for someone who has completed wetland delineations and existing condition reports in a consulting setting; regulatory permitting experience is preferred.
• Bachelor’s degree or higher in biology, ecology, or related field
• Sound technical knowledge
• Ability to work both independently and with a small team
• Demonstrable technical writing ability
• Excellent communication skills are essential
• Previous consulting experience
• Education and experience in California plant and wetland identification
• Field experience including habitat evaluation
• Detailed oriented and resourceful
• Environmental impact analysis or CEQA experience
• General knowledge of environmental permits and regulatory compliance
We offer an excellent salary and benefits package and a positive, progressive work environment. Our employment package includes medical, vision, dental, life insurance, wellness, commuter program, and 401K with generous match.
Interested candidates should respond by e-mailing your employment application (found on our website), cover letter, resume, transcripts, and three references to email@example.com and reference “Junior Project Manager.” Please also reference where you heard about the position. WRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please, no calls.
WRA, Inc. is an environmental consulting firm based in San Rafael, California, with offices in Emeryville, San Diego and Denver, Colorado. For more than 35 years, WRA has provided outstanding ecological and design expertise to develop successful solutions for our clients. We employ experts in the fields of plant, wildlife, and wetland ecology, GIS, CEQA/NEPA, mitigation banking, and landscape architecture. More information about WRA and our areas of expertise can be found at http://www.wra-ca.com.
Full job announcement and application details: http://www.asombro.org/ScienceEducationSpecialist_JobDescription.pdf
Technicians will collect plant and insect data in three-person sampling crews, each led by a graduate researcher. Each crew will be responsible for sampling a subset of sites (36) in the western, central, or eastern region of Kansas. Duties include, but are not limited to: collecting vegetative visual obstruction, abundance, and biomass data; preparing and collecting insect pitfall traps, sweep netting for aerial insects, and associated abiotic data collection (wind, temperature, etc.); data entry and quality control; and equipment preparation. Candidates must be able to work effectively in a team and hike through tall grass with equipment. Working hours will be spent almost exclusively in the field and involve early mornings, long hours when necessary, and in variable weather conditions. Weekend work may be required (dependent on weather delays). Technicians must be able to transport themselves to field housing and be ready to begin data collection May 21, 2018 for a 10-week field season (ending July 28, 2018). Shared housing will be provided for technicians at field stations or rental houses near field sites in rural Kansas. Field vehicles will be provided. Technicians will be compensated $4,400 for the season.
Salary: $14-18/hour. Commensurate with experience.
To apply: To Apply: Please email letter of interest, resume or CV, and names and contact information for three references Mike Rochford at firstname.lastname@example.org and use subject heading “Alligator & Crocodile Biologist.”
Salary: $14-18/hour. Commensurate with experience.
To apply: To Apply: Please email letter of interest, resume or CV, and names and contact information for three references Mike Rochford at email@example.com and use subject heading “Invasive Reptile & Amphibian Biologist.”
levels, etc.) collected over the past 10 years from over 500 individual animals. During this time period, we have determined parentage assignments for over 400 of these individuals. These data, as well as an additional 3 years of data collected by the research team while the student is at Auburn, will be available to the student. The Auburn deer research facility (wp.auburn.edu/deerlab), which is a 430-acre laboratory setting that simulates a free-ranging population of white- tailed deer, has approximately 100 individual adult deer that inhabit the facility at any given time. The selected candidate will be able to develop a research focus in areas including, but not limited to, relationships among breeding patterns, fitness, the MHC, physical characteristics, parasite loads, and hormone levels. Responsibilities of the selected candidate will be to spearhead continued data collection
in the field (e.g., capture of deer and collection of samples), and to enhance the database that has already been developed for the population.
The position will be available beginning May 2018. The candidate selected for this position will also serve as the writing TA for the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. As the writing TA, the candidate will assist undergraduate and graduate students with development of their writing skills. This responsibility is not to be confused with proofreading writing and telling them what needs to be corrected. Rather, Auburn University has implemented a complex writing assistance center on campus, and this position serves as the liaison for students in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. The selected candidate will be trained by the AU Writing Center, and will normally work with students 8-13 hours/week by appointment. To satisfy the assistantship during the summer semester, the candidate will work with Forestry and Wildlife undergraduate students on their writing for approximately 4 weeks during May-June each summer at our remote campus (The Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center). The assistantship includes
a $19,180 salary, a full tuition waiver, and comes with its own office. Additionally, highly quality candidates may be considered for an AU Presidential Graduate Research Fellowship, which lasts for 3 years and comes with an annual stipend of $30,000. If the student is awarded this fellowship, they will still be expected to meet their writing TA
Applicants should possess an M.S. degree in Wildlife Ecology or related
field, a strong work ethic, and field and/or lab experience.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but the hope
is to make a decision by early February. Interested applicants should
send a cover letter outlining their qualifications for the project,
copies of transcripts and GRE scores, and contact information for at
least 3 references to Dr. Steve Ditchkoff, School of Forestry and
Wildlife Sciences, 3301 Forestry and Wildlife Building, Auburn
University, Auburn, AL 36849. Phone - (334) 844-9240: E-mail -
firstname.lastname@example.org. Application materials can be sent by e-mail.
The Laughlin Lab is recruiting a PhD student to start in Fall 2018 to study drivers of successful sagebrush restoration across the state of Wyoming. Specifically, we want to evaluate the effects of the soil and rhizosphere microbiome on sagebrush seedling establishment after disturbances associated with resource extraction. All interested students are encouraged to apply!
Please follow this link for details: http://plant-traits.net/about/lab-openings/
https://www.squamlakes.org/summer-lrcc. Applications are reviewed in the
order they are received. Application closes February 20, 2018 at 8:30 AM.
The Lakes Regions Conservation Corps (LRCC) is an AmeriCorps service
program that develops skills and experiences for conservation
professionals. LRCC members are the driving force behind many of the
conservation efforts of New Hampshire's Lakes Region. The program is based
out of the Squam Lakes Association with host sites at the Squam Lakes
Conservation Society and the Lakes Region Conservation Trust. The program
provides hands-on conservation work experience and certifications over a
broad range of areas, which ensures that LRCC members are capable of
independently approaching a variety of tasks in the environmental
conservation field. Members remove invasive species, maintain trail
networks, lead volunteer crews, educate the public on local and regional
conservation initiatives, and spearhead reports on conservation efforts.
The trainings, certifications, and experiences also develop important
professional skills that are applicable to future careers within many
occupational and educational fields. The program ensures that LRCC members
are capable of independently approaching a variety of tasks, acting as a
leader, and thinking critically to solve any problem that may arise. For
more information about the LRCC program please visit
LRCC members must meet the following qualifications regardless of host site:
-Available from May 21, 2018 through October 17, 2018 (end date dependent on completion of service hours)
-Must be 18 years of age by May 21, 2018
-Must be covered by health insurance for duration of program
-Must be a competent swimmer
-Able to lift 50 pounds
-Able to carry and use heavy tools while hiking
-Able to hike at least 8 miles in a day
-Able to work independently and with a group
-Must apply online
-Must pass all certification exams
-Must be covered by health insurance for the duration of the program
-Must meet the Corporation for National Community Service's minimum requirements:
-Must clear all required National Service Criminal History Checks
-Must be a US citizen, US national, or legal permanent resident of the US
-Must be high school graduates, GED recipients, or must be working toward attaining a high school diploma or GED during their term of service
LRCC members receive the following over the course of the program
regardless of host site:
-NH Safe Boating certification
-NH Commercial Boating license
-Wilderness First Aid & CPR Certification
-Student loan forbearance on qualifying loans.
-Living allowance of $200 weekly, distributed biweekly
-AmeriCorps Education Award of $2,907 received upon successful completion of program (minimum of 900 hours)
ALL APPLICANTS MUST APPLY ONLINE at https://www.squamlakes.org/summer-lrcc. Applications are reviewed in the order they are received.
1: Investigating plant growth using physiology and remote sensing.
2: Investigating tropical leaf phenology: from individual crowns to landscapes.
These projects provide the opportunity to participate in world-class research using remote sensing techniques to increase understanding of plants and ecosystems.
The successful interns will join our friendly and supportive team in summer 2018. The deadline for applications is 12 January 2018.
For more information and to apply, visit our group at https://www.bnl.gov/envsci/testgroup/ and a full description of the internships at https://www.bnl.gov/envsci/testgroup/jobs.php
an intern to gain experience with the study of the ecology and conservation
of threatened Virginia turtle species. The intern will assist with three
projects. The first is an ongoing population monitoring project examining
the distribution and status of wood turtle (Glyptemys insculpta) populations
across northern Virginia. The second is a master’s research project
examining wood turtle movement at the landscape level. The third project is
a new study that is part of a multi-state grant to determine the status and
distribution of spotted turtles (Clemmys guttata) across their range. The
intern will assist with aquatic visual encounter surveys and trapping for
both turtles. They will also assist with radio telemetry for one or both
species and outreach activities to promote conservation in the Commonwealth.
Duties and responsibilities:
This is a paid internship opportunity wherein the intern will support the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. Through this internship, interns will:
Radio-locate turtles and manage GPS data
Provide technical assistance to stakeholders and help manage a collaborative wood turtle database
Complete a required brief report at the conclusion of their tenure
Candidates should have graduated from a college or university within the
last 12 months and have undergraduate coursework in ecology, conservation
biology or a closely related field. Knowledge and field experience with
ecology and conservation issues is required, as well as the ability to
devote long hours in cold and wet conditions in remote field settings.
Candidates should take directions easily and work well with others, yet have
the ability to work independently. Individuals with previous mark-recapture
and aquatic survey experience, and spatial data management and analysis
skills (e.g. GIS) are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants should
have plans for continued education or a career in ecology or conservation.
The stipend is $700-900 per month (dependent on education level, coursework and skills).
Housing is provided at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia.
Parking is available at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia.
Term of appointment:
This is a six-month internship, starting March 5, and is a full-time appointment (40 hours per week). There is an opportunity for extension up to one year.
Monday, January 22, 2018
How to Apply:
To apply, go to: https://solaa.si.edu/solaa/SOLAAHome.html. Select "New to
SOLAA? Create Account Here" and complete the information to create an account.
Information that will be requested (in SOLAA) includes:
Basic personal information
Professional resume or CV
A one-page statement of your interest in pursuing this position. The statement should mention relevant experience, career goals, your reasons for wanting this internship and what you hope to gain from the experience. Your statement is very important during application evaluations.
Transcripts from your current and/or previous institutions. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
Two letters of reference (One must be from a current or former supervisor)
Schedule of availability
Once you create your account and provide the information above, you will see a screen where you select the type of appointment you are interested in. You will select:
Type of appointment: “Internship”
Unit of interest: “National Zoological Park”
Program: “National Zoological Park Internship Program”
Project: “SCBI - Wood Turtle Ecology”
IMPORTANT: Your application is considered complete when you hit “Submit.” Your SOLAA submitted application with references must be received by the deadlines as noted above.
For Additional Information
Questions about this internship should be sent to Alison Ochs at email@example.com.
Internships will include both NSF-REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) and non-REU positions. Only current undergraduates (not graduating before fall of 2018) with US citizenship are eligible for the REU positions. The non-REU positions are more flexible and are open to non-US citizens. However, we will not consider applications from people with graduate-level education. The REU and non-REU positions are functionally identical; the only difference is funding source.
Interns must be available to work from 1 June to late August. The timing of the fieldwork is dictated by our research needs and therefore is inflexible.
SELECTION CRITERIA AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The research focuses on the population dynamics of midges in Mývatn and the consequences they have for the aquatic and surrounding terrestrial food webs. The work includes conducting lab and field experiments, and collecting arthropod, zooplankton, sediment and plant samples. All interns will contribute to both aquatic and terrestrial aspects of the project.
Our interns take primary responsibility for the routine sampling that forms the backbone of the long-term research, in addition to conducting independent projects. Technical lab and (especially) field skills are essential. However, we place primary importance on the ability of prospective interns to work both independently and as part of a research term. We will also consider the ability of applicants to function in the somewhat remote conditions of rural Iceland.
If you are interested in joining our team, please apply with the following:
1. Cover letter
Your cover letter should outline your background and the reasons why you would be a good candidate for this position. Include a discussion of why you want this position and how it relates to your intellectual interests and career goals. In particular, emphasize how your experiences and skills make you a good match for the position. Highlight specific details from your resume or other pertinent information that does not appear on your resume. Include your citizenship, whether you have a valid driver’s license, and your current and future educational plans.
Include a current resume that details your education and work experiences. Provide names and contact information for at least two references whom we can contact to ask specific questions about your background and qualifications for the position.
Submit your application as a single PDF (only 1 file), including both the cover letter and resume. Email your PDF to Amanda McCormick, firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your surname in the file (e.g., Smith_Iceland_Application.pdf). Put “2018 Summer Research in Iceland” in the subject line of the email. After initial screening of materials, finalists will be contacted for interviews.
For full consideration for summer 2018 internships, please submit your application by 20 January 2018.
All positions include coverage of travel expenses to and from Iceland, food and lodging, and a small stipend. Interns must be available to work from 1 June to late August. The timing of the fieldwork is dictated by our research needs and therefore is inflexible. A critical part of the program is conducting your own research project under our guidance. Past summer research interns have completed their projects as senior research theses or have presented their work at national conferences.
More information about our work and field experiences can be found at our blog, http://uwmyvatn.blogspot.com/
Amanda McCormick (graduate student) - email@example.com
Joe Phillips (graduate student) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt McCary (post-doctoral fellow) - email@example.com
Tony Ives (professor) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Claudio Gratton (professor) - email@example.com
We anticipate having funding for one or two enthusiastic students interested in enhancing their research skills and experience in plant ecology, genomics, and bioinformatics in the Cruzan lab at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.
Successful applicants will become part of a research team working on dispersal and gene flow in upland prairie plants in Oregon and Washington under pressure from climate change. Dispersal is critical for colonization, gene flow, and range expansion – it is one of the most important but least understood aspects of the ecology of plants. Our research utilizes genomic techniques to detect the effects of dispersal over different spatial scales. This is an integrative research program that includes field work, wet lab preparation of genomic DNA for next-generation sequencing, bioinformatics processing of sequence data, and analysis of patterns of gene flow using GIS and landscape genetic methods. Students will be exposed to a wide range of methods and are expected to develop an independent research project within the scope of the larger research program. More information on our research is posted on our lab web site: https://cruzanlab.weebly.com/.
Students will be fully supported for 10 to 12 weeks during the summer of 2018. Funding is provided from an REU supplement to our National Science Foundation Macrosystems Biology grant. Housing will be provided on campus along with a daily allowance for food and a $500 weekly stipend. The start of the REU is negotiable with optimal start dates between May 1 and June 17.
To apply please email us an updated copy of your CV (including GPA) and a short (one page) statement of your research interests and experience, as well as goals for your education and career. Applicants should arrange to have one or two faculty members provide a letter of recommendation (email is fine). Students with experience in computer programming and/or bioinformatics are encouraged to apply. Application deadline is 29 February 2016. Feel free to email us with questions.
Pam Thompson, Postdoctoral Research Associate: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mitch Cruzan, Principle Investigator: email@example.com
applications for a full-time M.S. student beginning in Summer 2018. The position will be
funded as research assistantship, with a 12-month stipend that is eligible for annual
renewal based on satisfactory progress. Occasional teaching assistance to support
environmental science courses will be expected. A tuition waiver and portion of health
insurance are included.
Research will focus on sets of lakes that have been monitored long-term (many since the
early 1980s) as part of US EPA’s LTM Network
(http://www.epa.gov/airmarkets/monitoring-surface-water-chemistry) that is evaluating
response of surface waters to changes in atmospheric deposition, and more recently,
changes in dissolved organic carbon (DOC), lake temperature profiles, extreme weather
events, and other anthropogenic changes. The successful applicant will work with the
existing long-term data, coordinate with relevant weather and/or land-use information,
and be responsible for ongoing field sampling for Maine LTM lakes, with opportunities to
expand data collection based on student interests.
To be eligible for consideration, students must be accepted to Ecology and
Environmental Sciences program at the University of Maine as a full-time student, with
approval of the UMaine PI, Dr. Sarah Nelson. Students should have an excellent academic
record including ecology, limnology and/or geochemistry, strong statistical training (some
knowledge of R preferred), and interest in and ability to perform fieldwork, often at remote
Interested candidates should review the application procedure described on
the EES Web page: https://umaine.edu/ees-graduate/application-process/. Contact Dr.
Nelson, the faculty advisor for this position, to discuss your academic and professional
background and research interests at firstname.lastname@example.org.
· Age 18 to 35
· Be a US citizen or legal resident
· Be enrolled in a post-secondary educational program or have graduated from college within the past one year
· Have a strong interest — or relevant experience — in areas pertaining to history, historic preservation, museum studies, archaeology, cultural interpretation, anthropology, sciences, biology or other related fields
· Bilingual skills (Spanish/English) -- helpful and more needed for some positions
· Be social media savvy!
· Applications must be submitted by February 6, 2018.
• Top candidates will be selected for interviews.
· Placement decisions will generally be made by April.
· The paid 10-20 week internship period will begin in late May through early June 2018 and conclude in August through early September 2018 depending on specific requirements of the project site.
Applications will be reviewed and rated according to the following criteria - relevant educational and work experience, oral and written communication skills, maturity, professionalism, technical knowledge and expertise, evidence of adaptability and adventurousness, and ability to work effectively with diverse audiences. Final candidates will undergo a background check before beginning their assignment.
Apply using the following link: http://www.latinoheritageintern.com/internship-positions/
with scientists conducting ecological research.
Explore Harvard’s 3,700-acre outdoor laboratory & classroom in Petersham, Massachusetts.
A summer of mentored research in:
-Forest Ecosystems & Disturbances
-Wildlife Dynamics & Invasive Species
-Computer Science Solutions for Big Data -Agricultural Grazing and Plant Communities -
Atmospheric Chemistry of Forest Canopies -Community Dynamics & Global Climate
11 weeks residential program
$5775 stipend and travel
Full room & board and meal plan
Program dates for 2018 are May 21 – August 3, 2018.
Applications are currently being accepted on-line and complete details are listed on our
The strict deadline for this program is Friday February 2nd, 2018 @ 9:00am.
Questions? Contact Manisha Patel, Summer Program Coordinator:
opening for an M.S. graduate student to work with Roger Ruess and Syndonia
Bret-Harte on an NSF-funded project on shrub feedbacks to C and N cycling
along a boreal-arctic transect in northern Alaska. A widespread shift from
tundra to deciduous shrub-dominated vegetation appears to be underway in
northern Alaska, which could have profound implications for C balance and
biogeochemical cycling. Because much of the Earth’s soil C is stored in
arctic and boreal regions, changes in the C budgets of these biomes may
feedback strongly to global climate. Biogeochemical C and N cycles are
linked tightly in boreal and arctic ecosystems, and plant production is
strongly N-limited; therefore, N-fixing shrubs affect soil C through their
effects on near-surface soil N, via both SOM turnover and N inputs. The
graduate student will focus on the effects of the growth and ecophysiology
of Siberian alder on biogeochemical cycling across topo-edaphic sequences
along a latitudinal transect from the boreal forest (BNZ LTER) to arctic
tundra (ARC LTER). The student will be expected to develop their own
research questions within the overall framework of the project, and will
have the opportunity to interact with PIs and other graduate students
working on project. Because research sites are distributed between
Fairbanks and areas north of the Toolik Field Station (see
http://toolik.alaska.edu/), the graduate student will be conducting research
and camping in very rugged/remote terrain. The student will be supported
through a combination of research assistantships and teaching
assistantships, and expected to begin fieldwork in the summer of 2018, and
coursework in the fall of 2018. For more information, please contact Roger
Ruess (email@example.com) or Syndonia Bret-Harte (firstname.lastname@example.org).
You must also apply for graduate study to the Department of Biology and
Wildlife at University of Alaska Fairbanks (see
https://www.bw.uaf.edu/graduates/index.php for application requirements);
the deadline for applications is January 15, 2018.
The Isles of Shoals represent an exceptional location for exploring
parasite diversity in multi-host parasite systems (particularly
trematode parasites) that include intertidal invertebrates and
shorebirds. Previous work at Shoals Marine Laboratory has resulted in
interesting patterns in parasite prevalence of intermediate hosts around
the islands, as well as influences on host foraging behavior and
physiology. The Parasite Ecology Intern will collect parasite diversity
data in invertebrate hosts on Appledore Island, assist with experiments
that induce infection in intermediate hosts, and explore host behavior
in the lab and the field. Interns will learn how to identify trematode
parasite species using a microscope, how to induce an infection gradient
in host crabs, set-up and run behavior and predation experiments, and
can use what they learn from this and past work to design a related
project. The intern will be a part of the larger SML Research Internship
cohort and will participate in weekly discussions and lectures.
Previous coursework in ecology and marine biology is recommended.
Previous experience at SML is preferred, but not required. Relevant SML
courses include: Ecology & the Marine Environment, Evolution & Marine
Diversity, Field Marine Invertebrate Biology, and the Shoals Research
Mentor: Dr. April Blakeslee (East Carolina University)
Dates: June 4 – August 13, 2018 (10 weeks)
SML Research Symposium: August 11, 2018
Includes room & board for 10 weeks, and roundtrip vessel transportation
from Portsmouth, NH to Appledore Island. Interns are responsible for
their own transportation to/from Portsmouth, NH at the beginning and end
of the internship.
One intern will be selected.
Please go to the following website for information on how to apply:
SERC is focused on understanding the causes and consequences of environmental change for marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems. Interns at SERC conduct independent projects over 12-16 weeks utilizing our 2,650 acre research site on the shores of Chesapeake Bay to provide novel insights into some of the most profound issues challenging our world today, including habitat loss, climate change, and invasive species. The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center has maintained an REU site since 2001 and those students sponsored have used our professional training programs as a stepping stone to pursue advanced careers in the field of environmental sciences.
How to Apply
Application to the SERC Internship Program consists of on-line registration, student copy of transcripts, personal essay, resume, and two letters of recommendation using the
Smithsonian On-line Academic Appointment (SOLAA)
Summer (May-August) deadline is February 1, 2018
For more information please visit our web site
Or email: SERCintern@si.edu
The Smithsonian Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Students from under-represented groups or institutions lacking research facilities or research opportunities are especially encouraged to apply. However, all other interested students are encouraged to apply.
REU: Summer undergraduate research in plant evolution
Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) is emerging as an important biofuel candidate in the United States. Our labs (see website below) collectively study the evolutionary ecology, quantiative genetics, physiology and agronomy/plant breeding of Switchgrass. We are seeking a talented and diverse group of undergraduate students interested in conducting field research in Switchgrass biology across the US.
This program is an opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in a sustained mentored independent research on the biology of Switchgrass. Summer students will be immersed in research and learn basic and applied biology through active participation in
primarily field-based work. Working as part of our research team, they will contribute to group research projects, design short research projects, and present their work in an end-of-summer student symposium.
Each position is supported for 8-10 weeks beginning the first week of June. Students are awarded a $4500 stipend, plus a housing and food allowance, and some funds to help defray the cost of traveling to the designated University.
Who Should Apply:
Undergraduates that are not in their senior year (typically 1st to 3rd year students), who are either U.S. citizens or permanent residents studying in the U.S. All science majors are encouraged to apply, but preference will be given to individuals with a strong background
and/or interest in evolutionary ecology, environmental biology, quantitative genetics, and agronomy.
The application deadline is February 25, 2018. Please see our website for further details.
Subject: Switchgrass REU 2018
Forest Monitoring Technicians
The Pennsylvania State University Department of Ecosystem Science and Management is hiring a seasonal technician to collect forest monitoring data in eight national parks in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, including the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, New River Gorge National River, and Gauley River National Recreational Area. This work is part of a long-term monitoring program that provides park staff with crucial information on the condition of the parks’ vegetation and how this condition is changing over time.
The position will begin in mid-May 2018 and continue for 12 – 15 weeks with compensation of $14-16 per hour depending on experience. The technician will travel to and be housed in or near a national park each week. Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.
Demonstrated experience in forest ecology, meticulous data collection skills, strong work ethic, and positive attitude are required. Applicants should enjoy working outdoors in a variety of conditions and be able to identify common trees and shrubs of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Applicants must be able to follow complex detailed field protocols and work as a member of a team. The ability to hike long distances carrying a 25+ pound backpack and work long hours in adverse conditions (e.g. steep terrain, hot/humid weather, stinging/biting insects, irritating plants) and in remote field sites is a must.
Applicants should be able to navigate in the woods by compass and using GPS. Additional tasks may include data entry and quality control of data.
To apply, please send: 1) a brief cover letter, 2) a resume, and 3) contact information for three references in a single Word or PDF document to Stephanie Perles [sjp16 at psu dot edu] by February 2, 2018.
Pay Rate: $9.86/hr
Dates: May 9, 2018 – September 1, 2018*
Hours: 40 hrs/week
Number of positions: 3
Supervisor: Dr. Elizabeth Middleton, Grassland Botanist, Missouri Department of Conservation
Summary: The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Grassland Systems Field Station is recruiting 3 Botanical Research Assistants to assist in vegetation data collection in the tallgrass prairies of West-Central and Southwest Missouri. Assistants will work along with the grassland botanist and the botany crew leader to identify prairie plant species and record vegetation data for a long-term study investigating the effects of patch burn grazing on remnant prairie plant communities. This position offers an opportunity to further develop botanical identification skills, gain a better understanding of prairie ecosystems, and interact with professionals in the natural resources field.
Duties: Project tasks include assessing species presence/absence of 50 species, strict adherence to protocols with limited supervision, assist in the identification of 200+ prairie plants to species, and driving an MDC truck with trailer. Assistants will be responsible for independently collecting presence/absence data. As time allows, assistants will work with the grassland botanist or the botany crew leader to collect plant community diversity data. Other duties include collecting and mounting plant specimens and assisting in herbarium maintenance.
Qualifications: Must be working towards or have completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Ecology, or related field. It is preferred that the assistant has completed a plant taxonomy, field botany, or similar course. Experience with vegetative sampling and field research is highly desired. Assistants must have interest in learning about tallgrass prairie plant communities. Botanical training will be provided, but basic taxonomic knowledge is a prerequisite for the position. Research Assistants must be detail-oriented, self-motivated, enthusiastic, and possess a strong work ethic and excellent organizational skills. Assistants must work effectively with minimal supervision and as part of a research team. Assistants must be able to hike 1 to 4 miles a day on uneven terrain, cheerfully endure heat and high humidity, and orient plots with the use of a compass. Assistants will be required to work long hours outdoors with work beginning at 6:30 am, and they will be expected to endure harsh field conditions (heat, humidity, ticks, chiggers, spiders, briars, and uneven terrain). Assistants must be able to travel statewide including frequent overnight stays. Assistants must have a valid driver’s license and be comfortable driving 4-wheel drive trucks, hauling ATVs on trailers, and backing trailers. A field vehicle is provided. MDC-sponsored housing is available at a minimal cost. The housing is in short distance to the Clinton office and is shared by other field station hourly staff. The successful candidate must submit to a drug screen following the offer of employment.
*Disclaimer: Potential continuation of employment after June 15, 2018 is dependent upon Conservation Commission approval of the FY2019 operating
Please send the following materials to Elizabeth Middleton
(Elizabeth.Middleton@mdc.mo.gov). Please put ‘Botanical Research Assistant” in the subject line of your email.
1) electronic cover letter,
2) detailed CV,
3) college transcripts (unofficial is ok, but must be able to obtain official transcript on request), and
4) phone and email contact information for at least 2 professional references, including a recent employer.
For more information, contact:
Missouri Department of Conservation
Phone (preferred): 660-885-6981 x 230
Deadline: 5:00 PM February 5, 2018
ecological and behavioral attributes, and its survival is closely linked to groundwater dynamics. You can contribute to ongoing research efforts including habitat conservation, e-DNA protocol development, captive-rearing, and habitat restoration. Field research is conducted primarily in Door County, Wisconsin and near Chicago, Illinois. Students interested in adult or larval dragonfly ecology and behavior, or with general interests in wetland hydrology and predator-prey or predator-predator interactions are especially encouraged. I seek self-motivated students interested in working on studies that integrate basic and applied ecology. In my lab we work closely with a number of federal, state, and local agencies as well as non-profits. If you are interested in conducting research that plays a vital role in saving a rare and unusual species, or conserving aquatic insects in general, contact Dr. Daniel A. Soluk, Dept. of Biology, Univ. of South Dakota
((email@example.com, http://www.usdbiology.com/soluk) for further information. Support for this position comes from a combination of Teaching and Research Assistantships. Consideration of applicants will begin January 10, 2018.
Location of work: Thunder Basin National Grassland, Bill, WY
Hours of work: 40 hours per week (4 x 10 hour days per week)
Salary: $2400 per month. Housing is provided. Three days of PTO and two holidays included.
Dates: May 21 - August 16, 2018.
Applications received on or before February 9, 2018 will be considered.
Send application materials (cover letter, resume, references) and/or questions to:
Thunder Basin Grasslands Prairie Ecosystem Association
671 Steinle Rd
Douglas, WY 82633
and copy to:
Rangeland Resources Systems Research Unit
1701 Centre Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80526 USA
GENERAL JOB DESCRIPTION
Research assistant for the Thunder Basin Prairie Ecosystem Association (TBGPEA). TBGPEA is a non-profit organization established to provide private landowner leadership in developing a responsible, science-based approach to long-term management of the lands of its members. Over the last ten years the Association has focused its efforts on developing ecosystem-based conservation measures. These measures are designed to
address the habitat needs of species of concern in northeastern Wyoming in balance with the need for sustainable economic and social activities and preservation of cultural values.
TBGPEA is collaborating with the USDA-ARS Rangeland Resources Systems Research Unit (RRSRU) to develop new knowledge about ecological processes in Thunder Basin and apply this knowledge to improved management for production and conservation objectives. The Research Assistant will be supervised by the Board of TBGPEA with input from RRSRU scientists. The Assistant will be responsible for collecting scientific data from field experiments to evaluate how climate, fire, soils, grazing management, and global change affect ecological phases, states, transitions and thresholds in semi-arid rangeland ecosystems. If time permits, the Assistant may help evaluate Association member’s property as part of the Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances implementation.
Collects soil and vegetation data and is responsible for quality assurance/quality control of data collected. Keeps exact, detailed records of experimental data. Provides data in an appropriate format for incorporation into computer spreadsheets. Makes and records
observations of unusual happenings, phenomena or trends that might influence interpretation of plot or field data.
Manages fieldwork program semi-autonomously; takes responsibility for solving problems and adapting to current conditions and events without constant supervision.
Operates, maintains, cleans, repairs and constructs equipment used in plot and field experiments including, but not limited to, vehicles and field equipment.
If time permits, the Assistant may participate in the development of livestock grazing management plans and may also collect ornithological or small mammal data.
Ensures that all safety and environmental concerns are addressed to provide a safe work environment, and that activities in support of research in the Thunder Basin do not pose an environmental threat.
Technical knowledge of plant identification, structure and function of plant communities, and theory and practice of rangeland management, and a familiarity with the methods of biological sciences such as biology, chemistry, botany, etc, in order to participate responsibly in most phases of the experimental process.
Experience with bird and/or small mammal wildlife survey techniques is beneficial.
Ability to do efficient and high-quality work without direct supervision. Ability to proactively solve problems and manage tasks adaptively in order to get the job done on time.
Skill in the use of personal computers to utilize software packages such as: word processing, data entry and manipulation in spreadsheets (e.g., Excel).
Communication skills necessary to follow directions precisely and produce positive interactions with scientists, research personnel, and the general public.
Knowledge of range science, soil science, general biology and ecology.
Practical knowledge of general vehicle maintenance and repair. Knowledge of safe operating procedures when using equipment or vehicles. Knowledge of UTV operation and safety is beneficial.
Practical knowledge of livestock management and nutrition for use in development of livestock grazing management plans.
Personal contacts are broad including TBGPEA members; scientists, technicians and graduate students from other institutions or other federal agencies; action agencies; non-governmental organizations; vendors and contractors; state or local government entities; visitors and the general public.
Personal contacts within the RRSRU involve support and assistance to scientists and support staff. The purpose of personal contacts is to mutually accomplish technical and support work; assist in planning and coordinating work efforts; discuss technical requirements of equipment with manufacturers and resolve problems concerning the work or the peculiar needs of the organization; coordinate help with other research projects; exchange information about research techniques; obtain supplies and equipment
The work requires standing, walking, bending and lifting of objects weighing as much as 50 pounds. Certain phases of the work require extended (such as most of a work day) periods of standing or sitting while accomplishing detailed experimental procedures. Some procedures require stamina and endurance. Need to have the physical capability to
perform required duties without hazard to self or others when working with machinery, cattle, horses, fire or chemicals.
The job is located in a remote part of NE Wyoming. The work environment is about 85% in the field and 15% in the shop or office. The work involves regular and recurring moderate risks or discomforts which require special safety precautions, e.g., working outdoors. Throughout the year, the person may encounter belligerent livestock, insects, dust and extremes of weather. The person is required to wear protective clothing (e.g., coats, boots, goggles, gloves, and respirator) as conditions warrant.
Using state-of-the-art experimental methods, the student will conduct laboratory experiments to test how temperature, light, turbidity, micro-plastics, and/or pH influence the movement, behavior and interactions of aquatic invertebrates, which play important roles in wetland ecosystems.
The internship starts with a week-long short course at NGRREC’s field station in East Alton, IL. Nine weeks later, students will present their work in a professional, two-day Intern Symposium attended by their peers, research advisors, and other professionals.
To apply students must submit a general application at http://www.ngrrec.org/Apply/ and will need to list my project as their preferred option
PROJECT #4 Using automated behavioral phenotyping to explore how environmental drivers influence the behavior of aquatic invertebrates, with implications for wetland conservation
More details about the program can be found at http://www.ngrrec.org/Internship/, or you can email me directly.
Anthony I. Dell
Research Scientist | National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC)
Visiting Scholar | Department of Biology, Washington University in St Louis
We are specifically seeking one student to participate in a funded project focusing on the role of an important tributary in delivering harmful sediments to the Spokane River, WA. Sediment delivery and effects will be monitored through a variety of methods including drone flights, and the work will be in collaboration with local high school students and community groups.
Current funding for the project includes summer pay for 2018 and 2019. Interested applicants should also apply for a Graduate Service Appointment which would provide a tuition waiver plus stipend of approximately $8,750.
Students potentially interested in other projects related to fisheries management and conservation, aquatic invertebrate ecology, or nutrient dynamics in streams are also encouraged to contact us regarding potential for graduate studies.
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.
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:
Questions may be directed to Dr. Paul Spruell (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Camille McNeely (email@example.com or 509 359-7049). To apply, please send a resume, contact information for 3 references, and an explanation of your interest in the project to Paul Spruell at the above email address.
For full consideration, complete applications to the Eastern Washington University Biology M.S. program, including GRE scores and letters of recommendation, must be received by February 20, 2018.
and professional development, such as: weekly journal clubs, scientific lectures, networking with other scientific researchers in the greater Cleveland area, and presenting a poster of their research at Holden’s SEARCH symposium.
Research: Interns will conduct research under one of three broad themes: Community ecology – How do global change drivers including climate change, non-native species, and land use change restructure our natural world? Plant physiology – How does plant physiology vary across environments and over time, and how does this shape the distribution of plants on earth? Soil ecology – How do microbes in the soil shape plant communities and their function in the ecosystem?
Skills learned over the summer may include: plant and insect identification, extracting, amplifying, and analyzing DNA, or using an LI-6400 to measure plant gas exchange. Regardless of the area of focus, interns will also learn about experimental design, reading and critiquing scientific literature, data analysis in R, and scientific communication.
Eligibility: Open to US citizens and permanent residents who are current undergraduates or recent graduates. Holden Arboretum is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce. Interns are responsible for their own transportation.
Timeline: May through August 2018, exact start and end dates flexible
PAY: $11 per hour, or about $5280 over the 12-week internship
Housing: Shared intern housing available on-site for $30 per week
Applications: Submit applications by February 15th, 2018 for full consideration. Include a resume, contact information for two references, and a letter of interest specifying your preference for research theme. For an online application:
We seek candidates with proficiency/experience in at least some of the following areas:
* Field work experience; love of mountains, hiking, camping, etc.
* Spatial, GIS, and/or Remote Sensing experience
* Interest or experience using quantitative models of forest dynamics (e.g. SORTIE).
* Statistical, quantitative, and programming skills (R, S-plus, etc.).
* Knowledge of the flora and ecology of the Rocky Mountain region
* Excellent writing and communication skills.
Interested applicants should email Dr. Martin as soon as possible: firstname.lastname@example.org
In your email, include “grad research opportunity” in the subject line, and provide a brief statement of your current and future research interests, a curriculum vitae, and the contact information for 3 references.
The Isles of Shoals represent an exceptional location for exploring parasite diversity in multi-host parasite systems (particularly trematode parasites) that include intertidal invertebrates and shorebirds. Previous work at Shoals Marine Laboratory has resulted in
interesting patterns in parasite prevalence of intermediate hosts around the islands, as well as influences on host foraging behavior and physiology. The Parasite Ecology Intern will collect parasite diversity data in invertebrate hosts on Appledore Island, assist with experiments that induce infection in intermediate hosts, and explore host behavior in the lab and the field. Interns will learn how to identify trematode parasite species using a microscope, how to induce an infection gradient in host crabs, set-up and run behavior and predation experiments, and can use what they learn from this and past work to design a related project. The intern will be a part of the larger SML Research Internship cohort and will participate in weekly discussions and lectures.
Previous coursework in ecology and marine biology is recommended. Previous experience at SML is preferred, but not required. Relevant SML courses include: Ecology & the Marine Environment, Evolution & Marine Diversity, Field Marine Invertebrate Biology, and the Shoals Research Apprenticeship.
Mentor: Dr. April Blakeslee (East Carolina University)
Dates: June 4 – August 13, 2018 (10 weeks)
SML Research Symposium: August 11, 2018
Includes room & board for 10 weeks, and roundtrip vessel transportation from Portsmouth, NH to Appledore Island. Interns are responsible for their own transportation to/from Portsmouth, NH at the beginning and end of the internship.
One intern will be selected.
- Graduate Assistant: work with department staff primarily in the areas of programmatic initiatives (1 position in ENS; multiple positions with other units at UIS)
- Graduate Research Assistant: work in our GIS Laboratory primarily in the areas of geospatial research and technical/support services (1 position in ENS)
- Graduate Public Service Internships: work in state agencies, usually the IL Environmental Protection Agency or IL Department of Natural Resources (~10 positions for ENS graduate students)
- other support packages, scholarships, and loans are also available
All positions are 21 months and include monthly stipend, tuition waivers, and partial fee waivers, but the details of the benefits differ.
Potential students need to apply for funding separately from the application for admission to the Department. There is a firm deadline of 9 March 2018 for students beginning in August 2018.
For more information on the GA/GRA positions: https://www.uis.edu/graduateassistantships/
For more information on the GPSI positions: http://www.uis.edu/graduateinternprograms/gpsi/
For more information on the Department of Environmental Studies: http://www.uis.edu/environmentalstudies/
Our MS and MA degrees are also available fully online, but, except for scholarships and loans, the above-described funding is not available to those students.
Please let me know of any questions. Dennis (email@example.com)
Dennis R. Ruez, Jr.
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Studies
One University Plaza, PAC 309
University of Illinois at Springfield
Springfield, Illinois 62703-5407
Job Description: The Nantucket Conservation Foundation, Inc. (www.nantucketconservation.org), Department of Science and Stewardship seeks 2 (two) seasonal field assistants to work on conservation and land management-based ecological research and stewardship for the 2018 field season. Both successful candidates need to have strong skills in plant identification and an interest in wildlife management and monitoring. Ideally, one candidate must have experience in wildlife monitoring. The successful candidates will be hired with complementary skill sets to create an efficient team and a strong learning environment. These positions are field-based and include a wide range of ecological field application from vegetation community surveys and rare plant searches to small mammal trapping and bat acoustic monitoring. Successful candidates will be motivated, enthusiastic, self-reliant and willing to learn. For more information on our mission and research projects, please see the Foundation’s website (www.nantucketconservation.org) and our Science and Stewardship Department blog (www.ncfscience.org).
TO APPLY: https://nantucket-conservation-foundation.workable.com
Application deadline is Friday January 19, 2018 by 5pm but we may review on a rolling basis.
Click APPLY to job and, using the Upload Resume link, upload ONE PDF DOCUMENT INCLUDING: Cover Letter, Resume, 3 references, and unofficial undergraduate college transcripts
1. Quickly develop a working knowledge of the island’s plant species;
2. Monitoring vegetation communities and rare plant species in connection with research and management projects using various sampling methods: (percent cover, line intercept, species counts, presence/absence, etc.);
3. Small mammal trapping, insect pitfall trapping, and spotted turtle surveys;
4. Assisting with bat population monitoring using acoustic detectors, mist netting and possible radio tracking;
5. Inventory state-listed plant species that currently or have historically occurred on Nantucket;
6. Population ecology studies of several plant and animal species of conservation concern;
7. Inventory, monitoring, and management of invasive plant species including hand digging and pulling and assisting a certified herbicide applicator by cutting stems, bagging and hauling away cut material;
8. Assist in greenhouse-based projects such as native seed collection, propagation and out-planting for habitat restoration;
9. Data entry and quality control;
10. Occasional participation in environmental education, interpretive and/or fundraising activities as needed.
Dates/Hours: This is a full-time, temporary position beginning in mid-May and ending in mid-October; exact dates are somewhat flexible. Hours are generally Monday through Friday, averaging eight hours per day, although work times will occasionally vary depending on project, weather, tides, etc.
Wages/Benefits: Wage is $13 per hour based on a 40-hour work week. Housing is provided in a shared, employee house. Work-related transportation is provided but is not available after working hours. Required
Qualifications: B.S. or B.A. in Ecology, Botany, Zoology, Wildlife Management, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science, or a related biological/ecological field. One full season of field work experience required. Successful applicants will have strong plant identification skills and an interest in wildlife handling and monitoring. One successful candidates must have experience with wildlife handling and monitoring. Experience in vegetation community monitoring techniques and ecological field data collection. Experience using GPS units in the field and using Microsoft Excel for data entry. Strong observational, critical thinking and organizational skills are essential, as is the ability to
accurately collect data and record field notes. Individuals must be able to work both independently and as a member of a team. A valid driver’s license is required.
Desired Qualifications: Familiarity with the flora of the northeastern United States and past plant taxonomy coursework. Interest in invasive species management and willingness to participate in manual aspects of herbicide management projects. Having or willingness to independently obtain a MA Herbicide Applicator license is useful but not required.
Physical Demands and Work Environment: This is a field work intensive position and applicants must be able to tolerate adverse field conditions. Field work includes the possibility for inclement weather and variable terrain, poison ivy and biting insects (mosquitoes, deer ticks). Nantucket is an area with a high incidence of tick-borne disease so precautions to minimize risk are encouraged. The work involves hiking, standing, bending, kneeling, and hauling field gear on a routine basis. While field assistants will not be applying or working directly with herbicide, they will be working in the vicinity of herbicide application with precautions taken to avoid direct exposure.
Position and Vacancies: Student summer hires (2 vacancies)
Duration: May 30 – August 29, 2018 (starting date firm)
Pay: $11.00-11.50/hour Depending on experience
Description and Duties: The incumbents will be employed by Northland College, but will work directly with, and report to, the Great Lakes Network of the National Park Service Inventory & Monitoring (I&M) program. The goals of the I&M program include monitoring key environmental variables so that ecological change can be detected and addressed in a timely manner. The incumbents will assist with sampling vegetation.
These are largely field based positions. The incumbents will assist with the establishment and sampling of permanent forest monitoring plots at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan. Incumbents will collect extensive monitoring data on trees and coarse woody materials, take tree cores, and assess tree health. Field work will be performed in teams of 2-3 people. The incumbents may also spend approximately 5-10% of time performing computer work.
This position operates on an 8 day on/6 day off schedule. During the 8-day sampling periods, incumbents will be expected to carry field equipment weighing up to 50 lbs. He/she will be exposed to high temperatures, stinging and biting insects, including extensive mosquitoes and ticks, and poisonous plants.
The incumbents are responsible for securing and paying for their own housing in the Empire, Michigan area.
To Apply: Please send a resume, cover letter, references, and unofficial transcripts to Suzanne Sanders (firstname.lastname@example.org) by January 15, 2018. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted shortly thereafter. No phone calls or emails, other than applications, please.
The Virginia Institute of Marine Science, located in Gloucester Point, Virginia, is one of the largest coastal and estuarine science institutions in the world, with more than 55 faculty and a graduate student body of more than 85. VIMS houses state-of-the-art oceanographic instrumentation and analytical facilities, a large fleet of coastal research vessels, a world-class marine science library, and is within close proximity to a variety of habitats ranging from freshwater tributaries to the coastal ocean.
During the summer students will meet every week for a seminar that features a guest speaker discussing topics such as: Scientific Reading, Writing and Peer Review; How to Apply to Graduate School: Tips from the Faculty Who Read the Files; Alternatives to Life in Academia: A Panel Discussion; How to Give an Effective Scientific Presentation; and Ethics in Science. Other group activities include 3 field trips. We traverse the coastal plain environment, from a freshwater system that feeds into the Chesapeake Bay, through the estuary proper and out to the Atlantic Ocean along the shoreface of the Delmarva Peninsula. When we travel to the VIMS Wachapreague Laboratory on Virginia's Eastern Shore, we spend a full day exploring nearly pristine coastal habitats, including an open coast beach on a barrier island, mud flat, salt marsh, and oyster reef. During a research cruise in the York River estuary aboard the VIMS research vessel Bay Eagle, there will be opportunities to try state-of-the-art oceanographic instrumentation, to pull in a trawl net full of fish and crabs, and to learn a bit about vessel navigation. When we kayak the tidal freshwater reaches of the Chesapeake Bay, expect to see an abundance of wildlife and learn how land-use practices in the watershed affect the local estuary and coastal ocean.
Application deadline is February 10, 2018.
Complete information about the program is available by visiting http://www.vims.edu/education/college/summer_intern/index.php
Specific questions can be directed to Jennifer Dreyer at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Seasonal Position Opening: Invasives Strike Force Crew Members
Spend your summer outdoors protecting natural resources, gaining valuable experience in the field, and making a difference in ecosystem-level conservation! If you are looking to prevent ecological damage before it happens, join the Invasives Strike Force. Employing the most effective techniques to stop invasive plants, Invasives Strike Force crew members spend nearly every work day outside in the beautiful Lower Hudson Valley of New York State, working to contain and eliminate invasive plants from the extensive parks and wild areas just north of New York City. If you want to work with team of peers, network with regional leaders in conservation, protect the environment, build a solid base in field botany and invasive plant control, and maximize your environmental impact, a position with the Invasives Strike Force might be a good fit for you.
The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference is a non-profit organization focused on the stewardship of more than 2,150 miles of hiking trails throughout southern New York and northern New Jersey. The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference Conservation Corps (TCCC) program encompasses our seasonal crews focused on trail construction or invasive species control. Our Invasives Strike Force (ISF) crews are TCCC crews which survey areas for emerging invasive species and respond quickly to priority species with aggressive control tools. Our New York crew completes projects according to the priorities of the Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management. ISF Crew members work with a wide range of park partners at multiple sites throughout southern NY and will be supported by an existing base of volunteers, the Terrestrial Invasive Species Project Manager and the Director of Land Stewardship. For more information about our Corps, check out www.nynjtc.org/corps
We are seeking 3 individuals who share our passion for conservation and the outdoors to join our ISF crew. The crew will perform both manual removal and chemical treatment of invasive plants and learn a wide range of invasive species management techniques. All crew members will become NY Pesticide Apprentices.
Plant identification and eradication training will be provided (some experience is preferred). This is primarily an outdoor position and will include periods of camping for multiple days at work sites. Crew members will manage data and write reports on weekly activities. Weekend work is required - days off will be during the week.
Service Location: Lower Hudson Valley Region of New York
Term of Service: 675 hour term of service, May 17 through September 17, weekend work required
Duties and Responsibilities:
* Become trained as a New York Pesticide Apprentice and follow all applicable rules and regulations regarding the use of pesticides
* Keep accurate, timely and detailed records of activities
* Prepare reports on work completed and log data collected
* Work professionally at all times with crew members, community volunteers, and park partners.
* Conduct independent invasives removals and treatments, including mechanical removal and/or application of herbicides
* Conduct surveys for a targeted set of invasive plants, includes use of hand-held GPS.
* Assist with training volunteers on invasive plant identification and removal techniques
* Informally educate the public about invasive plants and recruit volunteers for invasives programs
* Properly use and care for tools and equipment and follow all safety precautions
Skills and Attributes Required:
* Must be able to conduct physically strenuous field work in rugged terrain
* Must be able to hike up to 4 miles carrying up to 30 lbs of equipment over uneven and/or steep terrain
* Must have demonstrated teamwork skills
* Must be organized, responsible and detail-oriented
* Must have excellent oral and written communication skills
* Must hold and maintain a valid driver’s license
* Must have access to a reliable vehicle for transportation of self, tools, and supplies to field sites
Preferred Skills and Attributes:
* Experience with field data collection
* NY licensed pesticide applicator or technician, or experience working as a licensed applicator in another state
* Ability to identify native and invasive vegetation of the New York metropolitan region
* Experience using a hand-held GPS
* Backpacking experience, camping experience and/or outdoor field work experience
* Free rustic, lakeside housing at a local park
* Bi-weekly pre-tax living allowance not to exceed $9,788 total
* Upon successful completion of the program, an education award of $2,255.24
* Opportunity for qualified student loan deferment
* Training in Wilderness First Aid/CPR/AED and Leave No Trace Principles
* Training as a NY Pesticide Apprentice and in environmentally-sensitive invasive species control techniques, or continuing education for licensed pesticide applicators or technicians
* Training in Vehicle Operation, Watercraft Safety, and Operation of Power Tools
* Opportunity to work in a variety of different parks and preserves throughout the region and network with many local park managers and environmental professionals.
* Opportunity to serve local communities and the public by making a difference in the environment and improving habitats in a tangible way
An individual must be at least 18 years of age; have a high school diploma or GED; be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien; pass a three-part national service criminal history check of the national sex-offender registry, state repository check, and FBI fingerprint check; and complete all pre-service orientation and training requirements. Documentation of age, education and citizenship are due by the first day of orientation. Criminal history checks will be initiated before the start of service; an individual will be ineligible if s/he is required to register on the National Sex Offender Registry, has been convicted of murder, or fails to disclose any previous conviction. Other convictions or pending charges will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with program policy.
Go to: https://www.nynjtc.org/corpsmembers
Applications accepted until the positions are filled, with preference given to those received before February 20.
Plymouth State University (PSU) in Plymouth, NH invites applications for the MS in Environmental Science and Policy (ESP). The program focuses in areas related to watershed systems - hydrology, lake/stream biogeochemistry, conservation ecology, land use planning, climatology, etc. Our curriculum emphasizes the relationships between science and policy, ecosystem resilience, and science communication. Students in the program collaborate with interdisciplinary teams of faculty, students, and scientists from other academic, governmental, and NGOs including Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, White Mountain National Forest, NH Department of Environmental Services, NH Department of Fish and Game, Appalachian Mountain Club, and numerous lake associations.
Students accepted to PSU’s MS in ESP may be eligible for either graduate research assistantships (GRA) or teaching assistantships (GTA). RAs work on specific faculty research projects as they become available. TAs assist with undergraduate courses in ESP - preparing and teaching labs, organizing field expeditions, teaching a unit/module, and assisting with course management. A valid driver’s license is required for some positions.
Assistantships are available only to full-time students enrolled in the MS in ESP program. Submit applications to PSU’s Graduate Admissions. For more information about the MS in ESP, please contact the Program Coordinator,
Dr. June Hammond Rowan, email@example.com.
The research is located in the pine-juniper woodlands of New Mexico and will focus on the ecological consequences of the widespread pine mortality that has occurred in these ecosystems for over a decade. The student's responsibility will be to investigate tree recruitment in plots where adult tree mortality has been experimentally manipulated. This involves following the survivorship and growth of mapped tree seedlings. The student is also encouraged to lead or participate in a stable-isotope labelling experiment to examine the effects of vegetation manipulation on hydraulic redistribution.
The student will be enrolled in the Population and Conservation Biology master's program at Texas State University.
The successful candidate must have a background in plant science, be willing and able to do field work under physically challenging conditions and work well in teams. Prior experience in data collection, analysis and scientific writing are desirable. Minority students are especially encouraged to apply. If interested, please contact Dr. Susan Schwinning at
firstname.lastname@example.org and provide (1) a cover letter discussing research interests and relevant experience; (2) a resume or CV with three references and (3) unofficial transcripts.