Watershed Conservation Crew: Scuba Diving, Camping, and Trail Work in New Hampshire About the LRCC-SLA AmeriCorps Program:
The Squam Lakes Association is a non-profit conservation organization that works to conserve the natural beauty, peaceful character, and resources of the Squam watershed. Through conservation, education, and low-impact recreation, the SLA promotes the protection, careful use, and shared enjoyment of the Squam Lakes Region. The Squam Lakes Association has six half-year positions (22.5 weeks) available for the summer/fall Lakes Region Conservation Corps program. LRCC-SLA members scuba dive to remove aquatic invasive species, act as caretakers of our backcountry campsites, maintain the SLA's 50+ miles of trails, monitor water quality, lead volunteer crews, run engaging environmental education programs, remove terrestrial invasive species, educate the public on local and regional conservation initiatives, and more. LRCC-SLA members receive numerous certifications, including scuba diving certification, weed control diver certification, and wilderness first aid. Housing is provided for LRCC-SLA members on the SLA's campus. While serving with the SLA, LRCC-SLA members will also spend nights out camping while they act as campsite caretakers at SLA's low-impact island campsites.
The SLA is a part of the Lakes Region Conservation Corps, an AmeriCorps state program. If you would like to learn more about the Lakes Region Conservation Corps or the six other host site options, please visit https://www.squamlakes.org/americorps
Summer/Fall LRCC-SLA members receive the following over the course of the program:
Scuba diving certification Weed control diver certification Lake Host training NH Safe Boating certification NH Commercial boating license Wilderness First Aid & CPR certifications Housing with kitchen facilities Living allowance $200 weekly, distributed biweekly AmeriCorps Education Award of $2,907 received upon successful completion of program (minimum of 900 hours)
LRCC-SLA Candidate Qualifications:
Must be 18 years of age by May 20, 2019 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 Available from May 20, 2019 through October 24, 2019 (end date dependent on completion of service hours) Must apply online 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
These positions are open until filled, with the potential application deadline of March 1, 2019. Applications are reviewed in the order of submission.
Master’s position in the Larson Lab using genetics to investigate the reproductive ecology of walleye in northern Wisconsin
Description and responsibilities: The USGS Wisconsin Cooperative Fishery Research Unit at UW-Stevens Point is looking for a MS student to conduct research on walleye populations in northern Wisconsin as part of a collaborative effort between the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) and UW-Stevens Point. Walleye populations have been declining in northern Wisconsin over the past decade, and previous studies have been unable to provide a mechanistic cause for these declines. This project will utilize genetics to construct pedigrees for two northern Wisconsin lakes with the goal of correlating various ecological metrics to individual fitness (i.e. reproductive success). The project will include both field and laboratory components. Laboratory work will consist of using a newly developed SNP panel to genotype thousands of walleye, and field work will consist of assisting WDNR with walleye sampling in the spring and fall. Data analysis will leverage a variety of statistical methods to investigate relationships between reproductive success and variables such as size, age, spawning location, and egg quality.
Qualifications: B.S. in biology, fisheries, or a related field, GPA of 3.0+, and GRE of 300+. Previous experience with fisheries ecology is desirable. A background in genetics is not required.
Salary: $16,000 per year (2 yr) plus health insurance and tuition waiver.
Closing date: May 1, 2019.
Starting date: Position will start in September 2019 but there may be an opportunity to work in the Larson Lab during summer 2019 before the position starts.
Contact: Please send CV, transcript copies, GRE scores, and names and contact information for 3 references to Wes Larson (Wes.Larson@uwsp.edu).
University of Georgia Stream Ecology REU Positions Summer 2019, 2 positions available
The Rosemond (http://rosemondlab.ecology.uga.edu/) and Wenger (http://wengerlab.ecology.uga.edu/) labs in the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia are recruiting two undergraduates to assist in investigating how changing stream thermal regimes affect stream organisms and functions supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. Participants will spend 10 weeks conducting research projects and developing other professional skills associated with our NSF-funded project, Carbon Response to Experimental Warming of Streams (CREWS), and the Coweeta Longterm Ecological Research site (https://coweeta.uga.edu/). The project is focused on quantifying warming-induced changes in detritus-based streams at the USDA Forest Service Coweeta Hydrologic Lab in North Carolina. Chosen applicants will work on one of two REU projects (see below), as well as other aspects of the larger project, from approximately May 29 through August 6 (exact dates flexible) and will earn a competitive stipend.
1) Effects of stream warming on biogeochemical cycling The objective of this REU is to develop quantitative relationships between temperature and phosphorous (P) uptake rates. Phosphorus pollution is widespread in streams and rivers and establishing these relationships are important to make predictions about how river functions will change in a warming world. Specifically, the REU will address the questions: Does temperature stimulate microbially driven P uptake according to the metabolic theory of ecology? Do we expect warmer streams to retain more or less P? The student will learn how to measure soluble reactive phosphorous in the lab and will be introduced to methodologies for measuring nutrient uptake in the field.
2) Effects of warming on insect detritivore physiology The objective of this REU is to determine how stream macroinvertebrate growth and consumption change with stream warming. Macroinvertebrates play a key role in processing of elements and materials in streams. Their response to increased temperature may affect the fates of carbon by a) increasing downstream transport or by b) promoting microbially-driven pathways and evasion of carbon to the atmosphere. The REU student will work on laboratory experiments aimed at quantifying the physiological response of macroinvertebrates to increases in temperature and will be involved with designing and carrying out lab experiments to measure thermal responses of detritivore physiology.
In addition to conducting research, participants will work on professional development (scientific literature, science communication, professional networking), and will present their research findings at a summer research conference. Applicants must be current undergraduate students who intend to continue full-time enrollment during the fall 2019 semester and be available for the entire 10-wk period. The positions are primarily based at the University of Georgia, in Athens, GA. Interested applicants should email 1) a resume/CV that includes relevant coursework and research experience, and a list of three references with contact information, and 2) a cover letter that describes interest in one or both of these projects, and how the REU experience fits with future goals and aspirations to Phillip Bumpers, Research Coordinator (email@example.com). Students from primarily undergraduate institutions and underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Deadline for application is February 28th, 2019.
Funded position in MS in Data Science at the University of Delaware The EArth observation for Sustainable Ecosystem and Livelihood group (http://www.ceoe.udel.edu/our-people/profiles/mondalp) at the University of Delaware is seeking a MS student interested in environmental remote sensing to join the MSDS program in Fall 2019. Funding is available through an NSF EPSCoR grant awarded to an interdisciplinary team of researchers examining water in the changing coastal environment in Delaware (http://projectwicced.org/). The MS position with a Research Assistantship (RA) provides a competitive stipend of $22,000, a tuition waiver, and subsidized health insurance. The student will work under the direct supervision of Dr. Pinki Mondal (firstname.lastname@example.org), and will interact with EPSCoR WiCCED project members andcollaborators at the Center for Environmental Monitoring & Analysis (http://cema.udel.edu/). The ideal candidate would have a major in any of mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, computer science or engineering, environmental engineering, or any other field of engineering.For the MSDS program degree requirements, please visit: https://www.msds.udel.edu/curriculum. A strong candidate is either familiar with or interested in geospatial (remote sensing/GIS) applications in environmental sciences. Prior experience in Google Earth Engine (GEE) is a plus, but not mandatory. We are looking for a candidate who has (i) outstanding quantitative skills, (ii) an interest in interdisciplinary research, and (iii) good oral communication and writing skills. The ideal candidate also has attention to detail and willingness and ability to follow instructions carefully and work independently. Specific RA responsibilities will include (but are not limited to): (1) processing and interpreting time-series of satellite images for Delaware, (2) collecting and analyzing field-level data, (3) assisting investigators with other research-related project activities, and (4) presenting findings at scientific meeting and submitting journal articles. While the RA will assist with the project objectives, he/she will be encouraged to develop his/her own thesis research questions to pursue within the context of the broader project. Interested applicants should send a brief letter of interest, unofficial transcript, and a copy of their CV (including GPA and GRE scores) via email to Dr. Pinki Mondal (email@example.com) by February 22prior to formally applying to UD Graduate School. Women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. The University of Delaware is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer. Recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of America’s best universities to work for in 2012, the University of Delaware is located midway between Philadelphia and Baltimore, and is a Sea Grant, Space Grant, and Land Grant institution.
Friday Harbor Labs REU Program - Summer 2019 Friday Harbor Laboratories is now accepting applications for its NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates summer program!
The REU funds undergraduates to travel to Friday Harbor Laboratories (FHL) in Summer 2019 to work with researchers on topics in marine biology, ranging from evolutionary morphology, biomechanics, disease ecology, community ecology, to developmental biology. FHL is a marine field station in the San Juan Islands of Washington state, run by the University of Washington. The 8-week internship covers a stipend, room and board, and travel to and from the labs.
Biology MS Graduate Assistantship opening for Fall 2019 - Plant Ecology - Minnesota State University, Mankato
The Kaproth Lab is looking for an exceptional MS graduate student to work on oak/prairie functional trait or conservation projects starting in the Fall (possibly Summer), 2019. The position includes a full tuition waiver and Teaching Assistantship stipend (additional Research Assistantships are possible if working on herbarium curation projects). The academic portion of the degree will take place at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The candidate must be *highly motivated* and have a strong interest in plant ecology (projects can include investigations in evolution and ecophysiology using GIS, statistics/analysis, and biodiversity surveys). Projects have potential to fit within model systems in the evolution of stress tolerance developed with a group of collaborators across the Americas and Europe. The research may be conducted at regional field sites or greenhouses. Research could require that the Graduate Assistant coordinates undergraduate student assistants, and that they can drive/work in adverse (hot) conditions. Caveat: I donÂ’t expect the candidate to know exactly what project they would want to research going in, but they should be driven to investigate ecological or plant systematics/conservation questions.
To apply, email Dr. Matthew Kaproth by March 15th with the following:1. A letter of interest that tells me about your research interests, background, types of questions you are interested in, etc.; 2. An unofficial university transcript (your undergraduate GPA should be >3.0); 3. Outstanding communication and writing skills; 4. Your CV with the names and contact information for three references; 5. Anything else that you think makes you uniquely qualified for the position HereÂ’s a part of what I can contribute:1. Attentive mentorship and career development; 2. Training in plant systematics, biostatistics, plant biology/ecology, ecophysiology and experimental design; 3. Teaching opportunities (TA with stipend and tuition waiver); 4. Summer and supplemental Research Assistantship support during school breaks may be possible - but is not promised (projects would need to be funded or base on herbarium curation); 5. Contacts in academia and with regional partners (DNR, UMN, Prairie Enthusiasts, Morton Arboretum, etc.)
Plant Conservation: San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research
The Plant Conservation Division of San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research in Escondido, CA is pleased to offer a research fellowship for summer 2019. The deadline is fast approaching: January 31, 2019.
Internship summary: Summer Research Fellows will participate in a variety of research, management, and seed banking activities in addition to working on an independent project which they will be expected to present at a poster session at the end of the internship. The independent projects are likely to focus on factors influencing germination of either rare plants or a noxious weed of increasing concern at the Safari Park, but these topics will be developed in collaboration with the selected interns. Internship Dates: 12 weeks; either May 20-Aug 9 OR June 17-Sept 6; internships are 40/week over the 12 weeks Internship Location: San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, Escondido, CA
Stipend: $7,000 Eligibility: open to an undergraduate who will be enrolled in Fall 2019 (e.g., continuing undergraduates or graduating seniors committed to graduate programs) Application: send letter of interest, resume/CV, letters of recommendation, and a qualification statement via email (details in link below). Important Notes: Interns will be responsible for finding their own housing and transportation to and from the Institute for Conservation Research outside of Escondido. Consequently, access to a vehicle may be convenient.
Plant Conservation actively works toward recovery of rare and endangered plant species and restoration of their native ecosystems. Potential projects include seed collections of San Diego County rare plant species, germination and storage trials, and propagation for restoration; restoration site preparation and vegetation surveys; weed management; or population genetics. Projects are developed with mentors to meet program and conservation needs and aligned with the skill sets and interests of the selected applicants. In addition to independent projects, selected fellows will round out their fellowship with work on all facets of Plant Conservation programs. San Diego summers are hot and dry, and applying fellows need to be prepared to conduct field work under such conditions.
PhD positions in Geospatial Analytics for landscape connectivity and surface water dynamics from space
Two Ph.D. assistantships in Geospatial Analytics for:
(1) Landscape Connectivity Dynamics in Surface Water Networks — Join the Geospatial Analysis for Environmental Change Lab to investigate climate and land-use change effects on landscape connectivity dynamics. I am seeking a creative, motivated Ph.D. student with strong quantitative and analytical skills to investigate climate and land-use change effects on landscape connectivity dynamics in surface water networks. This project will entail integrating time-series of satellite data, network analysis and graph-theory.
(2) Surface Water Dynamics from Space — Join the Geospatial Analysis for Environmental Change Lab to investigate hydroclimatic drivers of surface water extent dynamics and advance quantification of water extent and volume. I am seeking a creative, motivated Ph.D. student with strong quantitative and analytical skills to investigate hydroclimatic drivers of surface water extent dynamics and advance quantification of water quantity (extent and volume) through integrating space agency time-series of satellite data (e.g. Landsat, Sentinel), high-resolution satellite data as well as climate variables and river discharge.
The 2 Ph.D. are among twelve fully funded graduate assistantships with $25,000 salary, benefits, and tuition support available for Fall 2019 through the Ph.D. program in Geospatial Analytics (go.ncsu.edu/geospatial-phd) at the Center for Geospatial Analytics (geospatial.ncsu.edu) at North Carolina State University. Other topics include seasonality from space, winter storm complexity, future landscape change and many more. The application deadline is February 1, 2019.
North Carolina State University (NC State) is a research university located in Raleigh, North Carolina. NC State forms one of the corners of the Research Triangle together with Duke University and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The well-known Research Triangle Park is located in the center of this dynamic metro of over 2 million people. Collaboration between the universities is strong, and students can earn credits for classes offered by all three institutions. The metro area is home to a large and growing number of start-ups, high-tech companies and enterprises, driven by a highly skilled and ambitious workforce which enjoys the area's lower cost of living, mild climate and recreational options. Red Hat, SAS, PrecisionHawk, and Epic Games are among the many companies with headquarters in Raleigh.
MS assistantship with mussels in Illinois Location: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Champaign, Illinois Salary: Approximately $24,000 per year, plus tuition waiver Start Date: 7/1/2019, though somewhat flexible Last Date to Apply: 03/31/2019
Description: We are seeking a MS student to study long-term viability of Northern Riffleshell (Epioblasma rangiana) and Clubshell (Pleurobema clava), two federally-endangered mussels that have been reintroduced in Illinois. The project will evaluate suitable habitat in the Vermilion River (Wabash River drainage) for reintroductions, monitor existing populations to understand spatio-temporal variability in survival, movement, and possible recruitment, and make population projections under varying assumptions of recruitment. These data will be used to develop Illinoisâ€™ conservation plan for Northern Riffleshell and Clubshell in the Vermilion and Wabash River Basins in Illinois. The position will consist of both field studies and quantitative modeling of empirical data. The graduate student will be in the Department of Natural Resources (NRES) at the University of Illinois and advised by Dr. Kirk Stodola, Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS). Student will also work closely with a quatic biologists Jeremy Tiemann and Alison Stodola of INHS â€“ Prairie Research Institute and will require collaboration with local, state and federal partners.
Qualifications: Applicants should have a BS degree in biology, ecology, fisheries or other related discipline. Applicant should have experience working outdoors, strong communication skills, and the ability to work independently as well as part of a research team. Preferred Experience: Experience collecting and identifying freshwater mussels, operating personal watercraft (canoes and kayaks), and collecting field data under adverse weather conditions. Experience with ESRI ArcGIS products, Program R, and scientific writing would be an asset. Start date will be June/July 2019, though some flexibility in start date may be possible.
2019 Summer REU Program at Virginia Institute of Marine Science
The REU Site program for Coastal Marine Science at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) invites applicants to apply for a 10 week summer research experience that places 12 undergraduates with faculty mentors. Internships are available in many areas of marine science, including marine biology and ecology; biological, geological, chemical, and physical oceanography; environmental science; fisheries; and resource management. Participants will receive a summer stipend and food allowance. Accommodations in the dorms at the College of William & Mary are provided, as well as transportation between the campuses. Students from traditionally under-represented groups in the marine sciences are highly encouraged to apply.
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 shore face 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.
MS opportunity at Purdue University: control and ecological effects of invasive woody plants
We are seeking a motivated M.S. student to become part of an NSF- and Purdue University-funded project that is examining the control and ecological effects of invasive woody plants. The student will test the effectiveness of novel treatment options and examine how the plant community responds to the treatment of invasive plants.
The position is budgeted for two years beginning in either the summer or fall semester of 2019 and includes a graduate stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance.
Applicants should have a GPA of 3.2 or higher. GRE scores are not required, but may be submitted. Desired qualifications: an undergraduate degree in botany, ecology, forestry, plant science, or a related field; experience conducting field research; and interest in the biology and control of invasive plants.
To apply: Prospective applicants should send, via e-mail attachment, a brief letter of interest, CV (including GPA and contact information for three references), and unofficial transcripts to Mike Jenkins (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will begin reviewing application materials immediately and continue until a candidate is found.
Women and individuals for other historically under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Purdue University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action employer.
About Purdue: Purdue is a land-grant university of over 40,000 students and is ranked the 5th best public university in the U.S. by The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education. Located in West Lafayette, Indiana, Purdue is an easy drive from Indianapolis and Chicago. The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) is housed administratively in the College of Agriculture (#8 world ranking); emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches across a broad spectrum of natural-resource sciences; and offers vibrant, nationally ranked graduate programs in ecology, forestry, fisheries, and wildlife. The West Lafayette-Lafayette area is home to a diverse community with a population of 174,000, good schools, safe neighborhoods, over 40 parks and extensive trail systems, active farmersâ€™ markets, and year-round community festivals and art events.
Summer REU, 12-Month Internship, and Other Research Opportunities with the Echinacea Project
Are you interested in gaining field research experience and learning about the ecology and evolution of plants and plant-animal interaction in fragmented prairie? The Echinacea Project is offering positions for students and soon-to-be graduates, including several NSF-funded summer REU positions at our field site in Minnesota, and a 12-month internship in Minnesota for the summer and at the Chicago Botanic Garden for the off-season. With the Echinacea Project, you will survey natural plant populations, measure plant traits in experimental plots, observe and collect insects, and assist in all aspects of research. Interns will have the option to do an independent research project. We have diverse potential projects for students with backgrounds in plant ecology, pollination biology, evolution, statistics, conservation, and computer science. In the past, researchers have conducted on a variety of topics including invasive species, prairie restoration, and plant-herbivore interactions.
No experience is necessary, but you must be enthusiastic, hard-working, and always willing to learn new things. Expect working in the tallgrass prairie for up to 8 hours a day. Housing is provided and there is a stipend. REU participants will do an independent research project.
Highstead Seeking Summer Ecology Intern for Paid Internship
Highstead, a regional land conservation and ecological research center, is accepting applications for one field ecology intern in the spring/summer of 2019 to assist with two forest research projects. These projects include (1) a comparative monitoring study of wildland forest (forest in which no logging is permitted) with nearby woodland forests (forest in which resource extraction including logging is permitted) in Connecticut and southern Massachusetts; and (2) a long-term study of moose and deer impacts on forest structure and composition using fenced exclosures in central Massachusetts and northern Connecticut. Duties will include (a) some on and off-trail hiking to access field sites; (b) setting up forest plots, (c) measuring and identifying trees, shrubs, and herbs (d) entering data into spreadsheets and databases; (e) limited data analysis and presentation of results. Time permitting and on rainy days, additional projects may include downloading and entering wildlife camera pictures into a database and writing short informational posts to accompany natural history photos that would be posted on the Highstead website. The 11-week internship will culminate with a 15-20-minute final presentation to the Highstead staff. The internship will be based in Redding, CT, but will include frequent travel to field sites in other parts of southern New England, including overnight stays at the Harvard Forest in central Massachusetts. Qualifications: Undergraduate or recent graduate in ecology, forest science, botany, or related field. The ideal candidate will be (1) energetic and enthusiastic and someone who thrives in the field under a variety of challenging conditions (ticks, heat, mosquitoes, thorns); (2) have experience identifying New England flora (trees, shrubs, and herbs); (3) be very detail-oriented and organized; (4) be willing to travel to field sites in southern and central New England; (5) comfortable with datasets and spreadsheets; (6) comfortable working closely with 1 or 2 other people for long hours. A valid driver's license and personal vehicle is required. Supervision:
The intern will be supervised primarily by Highstead’s senior ecologist, but will interact and receive guidance from other Highstead staff, including Highstead’s communication manager, as well as researchers at the Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Position Dates: Tuesday, May 27 - Friday, August 8, 2019 Stipend: $6,500.00 and free, furnished housing. Website:http://www.highstead.net To apply, please send a cover letter and resume (with relevant experience and contact information for three references) to email@example.com; reference Ecology Intern Application as the email subject. Please submit one PDF document containing all application materials. Accepting applications immediately. Review of applicants will begin in late-February and continue until position is filled in March.
Summer REU at the Pymatuning Lab of Ecology Summer 2019 REU at the Pymatuning Lab of Ecology
The Richards-Zawacki lab at the University of Pittsburgh invites undergraduate applicants for a 10-week summer research experience at the Pymatuning Lab of Ecology in northwestern Pennsylvania (http://www.biology.pitt.edu/facilities/pymatuning). This position is part of the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. Ongoing work in the Richards-Zawacki lab aims to clarify the relationship between climate and the dynamics of chytridiomycosis, a fungal disease that threatens amphibian populations on several continents. The successful applicant will work collaboratively with other members of the Richards-Zawacki lab to survey local amphibians for Batrachochytrium fungi, the pathogens that cause chytridiomycosis, and also design and carry out an independent project related to amphibian ecology. Room and board at the Pymatuning Lab of Ecology will be provided, along with transportation to and from the field station and a stipend of $500/week.
The position is open to undergraduate students who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions and are enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree. To be eligible, the applicant must not have completed their degree prior to the start of the REU experience. To apply, please send a one page personal statement (about your scientific interests and how this REU will support your professional goals), your resume or cv, unofficial transcripts, and the names of two professional references (including title, address, phone number and email address) to Dr. Cori Richards-Zawacki (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applications are due February 22, 2019.
Please direct any questions you may have about the program to Dr. Richards-Zawacki (email@example.com).
Graduate Research Assistant (M.S.) Effects of Wetland Restoration on Consumers
Graduate Research Assistant – Effects of Wetland Restoration on Consumers, Watershed Studies Institute and Department of Biological Sciences, Murray State University. One full-time position to begin late May 2019. Qualifications: B.S. in biology, ecology, or related discipline. Previous experience with aquatic ecosystems, field experiments, strenuous field conditions, and experience with aquatic and riparian consumers (birds, bats, reptiles and amphibians, and aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates) highly desirable. Responsibilities: To conduct research on the effects of bottomland hardwood restoration on aquatic and riparian consumers while completing a M.S. degree in Watershed Science. Salary: $16,500 per year. This project is fully funded and includes a tuition waiver. Other benefits include housing at the Hancock Biological Station. To Apply: Emaila letter of application, curriculum vitae including undergraduate GPA and GRE scores, and the names and email addresses of three references to Dr. Howard Whiteman (firstname.lastname@example.org). Deadline: February 20, 2019 or until the position is filled. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Murray State University is an equal education and employment opportunity, M/F/D, AA employer.
Graduate Research Assistant (M.S.) Stream/Riparian Ecology
Graduate Research Assistant - Stream/Riparian Ecology, Watershed Studies Institute and Department of Biological Sciences, Murray State University. One full-time position to begin late May 2019. Qualifications: B.S. in biology, ecology, or related discipline. Previous experience with stream/riparian ecosystems, field experiments, strenuous field conditions, stream invertebrates, amphibians, fish, and riparian consumers highly desirable. Responsibilities: To conduct research in stream and/or riparian ecology while completing a M.S. degree in Watershed Science. Salary: $16,500 per year. This project is fully funded, and includes a tuition waiver and travel to field sites in Colorado. Other benefits include housing at the Hancock Biological Station (Murray, KY) during the academic year and High Lonesome Ranch (De Beque, CO) during summers. To Apply: Emaila letter of application, curriculum vitae including undergraduate GPA and GRE scores, and the names and email addresses of three references to Dr. Howard Whiteman (email@example.com). Deadline: February 20, 2019 or until the position is filled. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Murray State University is an equal education and employment opportunity, M/F/D, AA employer.
PROJECT TITLE: Global Genome Initiative for Gardens: Genome-quality tissue collection and preservation in Texas, Summer 2019. POSITION TITLE: Global Genome Initiative for Gardens Internship TIMETABLE: 14 weeks, May – August 2019, expected WHERE: Botanical Research Institute of Texas; Fort Worth, Texas Payment: The selected applicants will receive a $2,000 stipend for their work with this project.
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The Global Genome Initiative (GGI) is a Smithsonian-led international collaboration directed toward collecting and preserving genomic tissues from global biodiversity. The principle aim of GGI is to collect and preserve genome-quality tissue from specimens representing all families from the major branches of the tree of life and 50% of genera. To achieve these targets for global plant diversity, the Global Genome Initiative for Gardens (GGI-Gardens) was formed at the National Museum of Natural History in 2015. In August 2018, the Global Genome Initiative for Gardens (GGI-Gardens) moved its base of operations to the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) in Fort Worth, TX. Here GGI-Gardens is building a network of preserved tissue collections from botanical gardens throughout Texas. During 14 weeks from May-August 2019, we will collect plant specimens and preserve genome quality tissues from the flora of Texas, emphasizing living collectionsin botanical gardens of Texas. The selected applicants for this internshipwill assist in this effort.
QUALIFICATIONS: Required: Enrollment (or recently graduated) in a program for Bachelor’s degree in biology, botany, environmental/life science, or horticulture (or demonstration of equivalent experience). Minimum of one undergraduate- or graduate-level course in botany, plant science, plant ecology, etc. Ability to work outside for several hours, lift 30 lbs of field equipment, and collect plant specimens from herbs, shrubs, and trees in dense, wooded vegetation. A valid driver’s license and willingness to drive in and around North/Central Texas.
Preferred: Experience with botanical fieldwork. Research experience in botanical sciences. Basic knowledge of plant taxonomy and major groups of the plant tree of life.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: The selected, qualified applicant will be trained in the collection of genome-quality tissues from plants in the field and from greenhouses at botanical gardens in Texas. The applicant will receive training for fieldwork and tissue collection using field techniques as well as liquid nitrogen handling. The applicant will also be trained in database management and will have opportunities for basic molecular laboratory research and training.
TO APPLY: Please send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org with the Subject Line: “GGI Internship: LAST NAME, FIRST INITIAL.”
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 15 February 2019
* • A statement of interest ( <800 words) in the position outlining your experience, qualifications, interests, and career and professional goals. * • Your resume or curriculum vitae. * • Arrange to have one letter of reference sent by an individual who can attest to your academic and/or professional qualifications for this internship.
If you have any questions, please contact GGI-Gardens Director, Dr. Morgan Gostel at email@example.com
Morgan Gostel, Ph.D. | Research Botanist | Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) | 1700 University Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76107-3400 USA | Phone: 817-332-4441 x253 | BRIT.org | firstname.lastname@example.org
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MSc Position in forest-fire risk adaptation planning We are seeking a M.Sc. student to investigate forest-fire risk adaptation planning in British Columbia, Canada. The project will involve two components: using remote sensing data (LiDAR) to evaluate forest fire risk, and then evaluating how this information can be used to assist community driven fire adaptation planning. Work will be done at the University of Northern British Columbia in partnership with the Xáxli’p First Nation. Start date September 2019 (or possibly summer 2019). Graduate funding for two years secured. Application deadline February 11, 2019. Contact Scott Green (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Che Elkin (email@example.com). Project Title: High-resolution wildfire-fuel mapping using Aerial Laser Scanning (LiDAR) to support climate-change adaptation planning for the Xaxli’p First Nation, Lillooet, BC Project Summary Working in partnership with the Xáxli’p First Nation in southern British Columbia, our multi-year project will evaluate forest-fire risk in ecologically and socially complex environments, and assess mitigation options. The aim of this work is to help inform a community-directed adaptation strategy to restore landscape resilience according to ecological and cultural coherence principles. Specifically, the representation of Xáxli’p cultural values on the landscape, and the continuance of traditional practices and relationships in their ‘Survival Territory’, contained within a community forest license in the Fountain Valley near Lillooet, BC. The Xáxli’p First Nation has identified the risk of catastrophic forest fire as the priority climate-change vulnerability within their territory, which has been exacerbated by institutional management practices – in particular, suppression of natural wildfire and industrial forestry have dramatically altered the structure and density of these dry-land forests. This project will undertake the spatial description of wildfire fuel distributions in the Fountain Valley to inform Xáxli’p restoration activities. Recent advances in remote sensing technology, such as Aerial Laser Scanning (ALS or LiDAR), have substantially improved both the grain and extent at which we can evaluate forest systems. While this new technology has principally been used to develop high-quality forest inventory data, it also provides the opportunity to evaluate forest structure and derive high-resolution measures of wildfire fuel loading, fuel moisture content and landscape level fire risk susceptibility. In this project we will use ALS data in combination with empirical field data and community expert knowledge to advance the projects short-term goals of supporting and informing Xáxli’p Community Forest strategic planning in their landscape restoration (fuel reduction) activities. Desired Qualifications: The MSc student in this project will be expected to develop appropriate competencies in both community engagement and technical skills needed to develop the fuel maps. ŸCommunity Engagement – As a core objective in this project all quantitative information will be developed with an informed understanding of community objectives and the need to provide technical information “operationable” within the Xáxli’p Community Forest (XCF) planning / implementation structures. This objective requires a level of understanding about the project objectives from the community perspective, an understanding of the XCF planning process and a commitment to maintain ongoing discussions with community research partners to ensure that the project remains aligned with the community objectives and needs. Experience working in community-directed projects is desirable (particularly in First Nations communities), but as a minimum requirement the candidate should have a strong interest in community-directed research working with First Nations and a willingness to engage independently with community partners ŸTechnical Skills – Ideal candidates will have a strong forest ecology background and previous experience working with remote sensing data and LiDAR (ALS) in particular. Strong quantitative skills and experience conducting data analysis and modelling in R or Python would be beneficial. Start Date: The likely start date is September 2019, but an earlier start (Summer 2019) would be possible. Funding: Funding for the first year of the project is confirmed (with a student stipend of $19,000), with funding options for year two identified but not yet confirmed. Applications: Applications should include a cover letter describing qualifications and interest along with a current resume / CV. Applicants wanting to ensure consideration should have their applications received by February 11, 2019. But we will continue to accept applications until a suitable candidate is found. Contact information: For more information or to submit your application, you can contact either of the Principal Investigators Dr. Scott Green University of Northern BC 3333 University Way Prince George, BC V2N4Z9 firstname.lastname@example.org 250-960-5817
Dr. Che Elkin University of Northern BC 3333 University Way Prince George, BC V2N4Z9 email@example.com 250-960-5004
PhD opening in plant-soil interactions The department of Plant & Environmental Sciences, Clemson University is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD position in the plant ecophysiology lab of Dr. Nishanth Tharayil. This PhD position will focus on an NSF-supported project that investigates the chemical plasticity of tree roots in response to biotic and abiotic heterogeneities of soil environments and how these changes would, in turn, affect ecosystem functioning, such as decomposition, biogeochemical cycling, and feedbacks to global change. This project will involve laboratory, greenhouse, and field experiments, with an emphasis on plant chemistry. The successful applicant will receive multidisciplinary training including plant and soil ecology, biogeochemistry, analytical chemistry, spectroscopy, metabolomics, etc. The student is encouraged to develop independent and creative studies within the broad realm of the project. The student will be supervised by Dr. Nishanth Tharayil and Dr. Vidya Suseela and closely work with Dr. Mengxue Xia, a postdoctoral fellow in the project. Prospective students that have a background and interest in plant ecology/physiology, soil science, biogeochemistry, or related fields are encouraged to apply. Previous laboratory experiences are not required but desirable. Field experience is a plus. The candidate should have a strong motive to learn analytical techniques as required by the project. Those interested may email Dr. Xia (firstname.lastname@example.org) with “Chemical plasticity PhD position” in the subject line. Include in the email a CV, an unofficial transcript, contacts of two potential references, and a brief statement describing your background and research interests. Informal inquiries are also welcome. Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The starting time is negotiable but preferably as soon as possible (summer 2019).
Hispanic Access Foundation internships Throughout the past 5 years, the Hispanic Access Foundation has offered enriching internship experiences for Latinx upcoming professionals who are passionate about public land conservation and heritage preservation.
This year, we are happy to announce our new platform encompassing all of our professional opportunities, My Access to a Network of Opportunities (MANO) Project. We are currently recruiting for summer positions with the National Park Service - Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP), Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, Bureau of Reclamations, and the National Credit Union Administration.
6-Month Positions Available as Restoration Team Members in Northern NV
POSITION TITLE: AmeriCorps Restoration Team Member STATUS: Half Time, 900-hour term from February 19, 2019 to August 22, 2019 NUMBER OF POSITINS AVAILABLE: 20 REPORTS TO: AmeriCorps Program Manager POSITIONS REPORTING TO THIS POSITION: None LOCATION: Yerington, NV BACKGROUND: Established in 2014, the Walker Basin Conservancy (WBC) is leading the effort to restore and maintain Walker Lake while protecting agricultural, environmental and recreational interests in the Walker Basin (www.walkerbasin.org). The nascent and dynamic nature of the WBC and its diverse management obligations provide unique opportunities to develop operations from the ground level up, working closely with staff who are passionate about their mission. The WBC currently manages thousands of acres of land and assets on multiple properties in the Walker Basin. Land planning activities are underway and focus on assessing public use opportunities, conservation values, long term land ownership and stewardship, active and passive revegetation and restoration activities. JOB PURPOSE: The Restoration Team Members will serve alongside other members and WBC Conservation Technicians conducting primarily invasive species removal and native plant re-vegetation within the Walker River Basin. Members may also work on recreational trail construction, sign installation, and fence construction. Members will work in conjunction with other WBC field staff, providing on the ground support to larger project operations. A working knowledge of, or a desire to learn more about, desert plant ecology and ecological restoration, nursery or horticultural practices, or agricultural systems and irrigation equipment is essential. The Restoration Team Members should also have a sincere interest in expanding their knowledge of Great Basin Desert ecology, restoration practices, the flora and fauna of Nevada, and agricultural methods and equipment. Members will serve in an outdoor setting and will sometimes be required to camp in the field for the duration of the tour. Camping will generally be in areas with at least primitive road access for crew vehicles, but the camping sites will usually be undeveloped backcountry sites. Both camp and project sites will generally not have access to potable water, restroom facilities, or cellphone signals, and members will be expected to follow Leave No Trace principals in camp and on project. Project work will frequently require hiking over rough terrain while carrying tools and equipment. LOCATION: Yerington, Nevada is a beautiful rural farming community located approximately 95 miles south of Reno, NV in the foothills of the eastern Sierra mountains. Yerington is small but growing with about 3,100 residents. Established in 1907, the city has heritage and deep roots in agriculture, mining, railroads, and gaming. Some of the nearby attractions, activities and recreational opportunities include:
Camping, biking, hiking, backpacking
Fishing, hunting and boating and OHV trails
Flat and white-water boating (1 hour away)
Rock Hounding and climbing
Ghost Town Exploration
Ski Resorts (1.5-2 hours away)
Lake Tahoe (1.5 hours away)
Lahontan Reservoir (30 minutes away)
Walker Lake (45 minutes away)
Topaz Reservoir (45 minutes away)
Primary Duties and Responsibilities Primary Functions: · Under the guidance of a WBC Technician, utilizing hand tools, backpack sprayers, and ATV mounted sprayers to conduct invasive plant removal and control. · Under the guidance of a WBC Technician, utilizing hand and power tools to conduct native plant re-vegetation and restoration. · Under the guidance of a WBC Technician, utilizing hand and power tools to conduct road decommissioning, recreation trail construction, and sign/fence installation. · Communicating effectively and professionally with other members, WBC staff, agency partners, and the public. Secondary Functions: · Assisting with the management and supervision of community volunteers on WBC conservation projects. · Uploading field data into databases and compiling reports to inform future management plans. · Assisting with the inventory, maintenance, and repair of WBC tools and equipment. Qualifications
Willingness and ability to work outside in unpredictable weather conditions, including extreme temperatures, independently or as part of a team.
Willingness and ability to camp in undeveloped, primitive conditions for multiple days.
Willingness and ability to work irregular hours, such as starting early or working more days with shorter hours, in accordance with project specific requirements and conditions.
Ability to bend and crouch for long periods of time and occasionally lift heavy loads or equipment.
Ability to uses hand and power tools, operate motor vehicles, and work long days on labor intensive projects.
Willingness to use chemical herbicides in the treatment and control of invasive weeds while following strict application protocols.
Effective written and oral communication skills.
Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record.
Be at least 17 years of age at the commencement of service;
Have a high school diploma or its equivalent;
Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States;
Pass a National Sex Offender Public Website check and National Service Criminal History Check; and
Be eligible to receive and AmeriCorps Education award, with a limit of four total terms in a lifetime and the equivalent of two full-time terms (3600 hours).
Compensation & Benefits:
Living allowance of $9,180;
Education award of $2,960;
Medical, dental and vision insurance, child care, and federal student loan forbearance are available for eligible members at no additional cost;
Per diem when on spike (while camping);
Paid personal and sick leave; and
Members will receive a variety of technical and professional training related to their service activities as well as personal and professional development. Available trainings include:
First aid and CPR;
Leave no Trace principals; and
Plant identification, invasive species identification and treatment, and trails training.
Housing in Yerington can be difficult to find. WBC has limited and optional housing available for a low monthly rate. Housing accommodations are dorm or bunk style housing with shared bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen areas and common spaces. Positions will remain open until filled. Only top candidates will be contacted. Local applicants are STRONGLY encouraged to apply. Please stop by our office to pick up or drop off an application or speak with our Field Manager Terence. Our office address is: 1 HWY 95 A East, Yerington, NV 89447. Please send cover letter and resume to: Amy Gladding email@example.com Subject Line: 6-month Restoration Team Member OR fill out and return our employment application found online at our website, www.walkerbasin.org, or at our Yerington office (1 HWY 95 A East, Yerington, NV 89447) Please call Miguel Gonzales, AmeriCorps Program Manager, at (775) 463-9887 ext. 110 with questions. Walker Basin Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The above functions may be completed with or without reasonable accommodations. This program prohibits discrimination based on race, religion, creed, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, political affiliation or disability. Equal Opportunity Statement – Walker Basin Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer. WBC does not discriminate against any employee, applicant, director, officer, contractor, or any other person with whom it deals because of race, creed, color, disability, age, sex, veteran status, religion or political affiliation. WBC complies with all federal and local statutes prohibiting discrimination in employment. Disclaimer - The statements contained herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed by the employees in these positions. The statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in each position. Other responsibilities, duties, and skills may be assigned and management retains the right to add or change the responsibilities, duties, and skills at any time.
Coordinator of Children and Youth Education Hobcaw Barony Georgetown, SC
The Belle W. Baruch Foundation is a nonprofit foundation established in 1964 to manage Hobcaw Barony, a 16,000-acre research reserve near Georgetown, SC. The reserve host research projects at the undergraduate, graduate and post doctorate level conducted through South Carolina’s colleges and universities.
The Coordinator will fill a full time position at Hobcaw Barony in Georgetown, SC. The coordinator will be responsible for the development and delivery of educational programs in conservation and history, with an emphasis on forestry, wildlife, and marine biology. The ideal candidate will be an experienced educator with a record of innovative teaching and curriculum development, including hands-on and place-based learning.
Develop and lead educational programs on the ecology and history of South Carolina utilizing the resources present at Hobcaw Barony. Programs may include periodic tours, K-12 school programs, lectures, symposiums, continuing education sessions, and workshops.
Assist with the development, construction, and maintenance of permanent and temporary displays at the Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center, as well as for use at offsite events.
Assist with special events, workshops, and symposiums sponsored by the resident universities or other partnering organizations. Task may include, but are not limited to scheduling facilities, promotions, caterers, programs, speakers, parking, and setup.
Train and manage volunteers assigned to assist with educational programs and workshops when children are the primary audience.
Represent the Foundation’s interest by serving on internal and external committees, task forces, boards, or councils related to children’s education.
Manage children’s educational facilities at the Discovery Center, including classroom and program supplies, live animal exhibits, and displays.
Bachelor degree in natural resources, education, or closely related field.
Experience in public programming, interpretation or education.
Ability to be flexible in work schedule with little or no notice.
Salary is commensurate with experience. Background check and drug test required prior to hire. Comprehensive benefits package, including paid vacation, medical and life insurance.
Please send résumé and salary requirements by February 28, 2019 to: George Chastain, Executive Director The Belle W. Baruch Foundation 27 Hobcaw Rd Georgetown, SC 29440 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vegetation Monitoring Technician in southern Montana
Vegetation Monitoring Technician for Sage-Grouse Research in Southern Montana
We are looking for a technician to assist with a greater sage-grouse research project with the University of Wyoming. The project will focus on identifying priority seasonal habitat for sage-grouse in south-central Montana, near Bridger. The position will last approximately 2 months, beginning mid-May and ending in mid to late-July.
Duties include vegetation sampling using Line Intercept, Daubenmire and Robel pole methods; identifying sagebrush steppe shrubs and forbs; navigating using maps and GPS; data entry and proofing; and operating 4WD trucks and ATV’s in remote and rugged terrain. Technician will be part of a 2-3 person crew and will have the opportunity to assist other technicians with locating radio-marked grouse using radio telemetry, monitoring nests, and nighttime brood counts.
Work will require sharing camp trailers or apartments with other technicians, extensive hiking in rugged terrain, driving ATVs and 4WD trucks, long hours (> 40/wk; 10 or more hrs/day), and a willingness to endure potentially adverse environmental conditions including cold, heat, intense sun, dust, rain, snow, and biting insects. It is essential that applicants are able to work well with others and also work independently. Experience with vegetation surveys are a plus. Technicians will gain valuable experience in fieldwork, and wildlife and vegetation monitoring.
Start Date: mid-May, 2019 Final Date to Apply: February 10, 2019. Salary: ~$1900/Month, housing provided.
Qualifications Those who have earned or are pursuing degrees in wildlife ecology/science, rangeland ecology/science, botany, zoology, biology, ecology or related fields are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants should have the ability to: - Be detailed-oriented and take detailed field notes - Legibly record field data and enter it into Excel spreadsheets - Follow instructions and survey methodologies - Navigate using maps and GPS equipment - Work and live side-by-side with co-workers in shared housing - Maintain positive attitude while working long days and >40 hrs/wk with variable work schedules and under extreme weather conditions - Maintain positive attitude while completing repetitive and mundane tasks - Assist with vegetation surveys - Safely operate 4WD pickups and ATV’s -Work independently and as part of a team
Preference will be given to those who have experience in the above job duties, but experience with every aspect of the work is not necessary. However, a willingness to learn is a must!
Please send a letter of interest (1 page), resume and contact information for 3 references as a single attached document (labeled with last name) via email to Erin Birtwistle. Please include dates you are available to start work. Applicants will be reviewed starting February 10th.
Contact person: Erin Birtwistle (ebirtwis at uwyo.edu)
Sage-grouse Research Technician in southern Montana Greater Sage-grouse Technician in Southern Montana
We are looking for a technician to assist with a greater sage-grouse research project with the University of Wyoming. The project will focus on identifying priority seasonal habitat for sage-grouse in south-central Montana, near Bridger. The position will last approximately 3.5 months, beginning May 1st and ending in mid-August.
Duties will include: locating radio-marked grouse with radio telemetry and GPS; monitoring nests; nighttime brood counts; vegetation sampling using Line Intercept, Daubenmire and Robel pole methods; identifying sagebrush steppe shrubs and forbs; trapping grouse at night to attach rump-mounted transmitters; data entry and proofing; and operating 4WD trucks and ATV’s in remote and rugged terrain.
Work will require sharing camp trailers or apartments with other technicians, extensive hiking in rugged terrain, driving ATVs and 4WD trucks, long hours (> 40/wk; 10 or more hrs/day), and a willingness to endure potentially adverse environmental conditions including cold, heat, intense sun, dust, rain, snow, and biting insects. It is essential that applicants are able to work well with others and also work independently. Experience with grouse and/or vegetation surveys are a plus. Technicians will gain valuable wildlife and vegetation monitoring experience.
Start Date: May 1, 2019 Final Date to Apply: February 10, 2019. Salary: ~$2000/Month, housing provided.
Qualifications Those who have earned or are pursuing degrees in wildlife ecology/science, rangeland ecology/science, botany, zoology, biology, ecology or related fields are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants should have the ability to: - Take detailed field notes - Legibly record field measurements and enter it into Excel spreadsheets - Follow instructions and survey methodologies - Navigate using maps and GPS equipment - Monitor birds using radio telemetry - Work and live side-by-side with co-workers in shared housing - Maintain positive attitude while working long days and >40 hrs/wk with variable work schedules and under extreme weather conditions - Complete vegetation surveys - Safely operate 4WD pickups and ATV’s -Work independently and as part of a team
Preference will be given to those who have experience in the above job duties, but experience with every aspect of the work is not necessary. However a willingness to learn is a must!
Please send a letter of interest (1 page), resume and contact information for 3 references as a single attached document (labeled with last name) via email to Erin Birtwistle. Applicants will be reviewed starting February 10th.
Contact person: Erin Birtwistle (ebirtwis at uwyo.edu)
Field Jobs in Pollination Ecology, Upper Midwestern US, Spring 2019
The Winfree Lab at Rutgers University (winfreelab.com) invites applications for three field technician positions to collect data on wild bees and the plants they pollinate in Great Lakes region National Parks. The goals of the larger project are to determine the most important plant species supporting spring forest bee communities, and to explore scientific questions about bee biodiversity and plant-bee interactions at large spatial scales. Data collection involves standardized sampling of wild bee communities using insect nets, identifying plant species in the field, and taking pollen samples from bee specimens.
These are each 12 week positions that start 8 April 2019 and end 8 July 2019, with exact start and end dates being somewhat flexible. Pay is $520-$640 per week, depending on qualifications. Exceptionally qualified candidates may be considered for a crew leadership position.
Required Qualifications: Field research experience; experience with plant identification; willingness to work long hours outside in difficult conditions (sun, cold, mud, mosquitos, ticks) with a small group of people; willingness to tent camp where housing is not available; ability to carry up to 40lbs; maturity, attention to detail, and ability to work independently; good communication skills; driver’s license. Please mention in your application if you have a personal vehicle.
Preferred Qualifications: Extensive field research experience; prior experience with field studies of wild bees or other insects; familiarity with the flora of deciduous hardwood forests characteristic of northern Michigan.
To Apply: As a single PDF, send a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position, your resume, and names and contact information for three references to: Lucia Weinman (luciaraew at gmail.com). Please use “Great Lakes Pollination Tech” as the subject line of the email. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled. Questions may be directed to Lucia Weinman( luciaraew at gmail.com)
Rutgers University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the Winfree Lab encourages applications from underrepresented groups.
Full time technician position in agroecology and soils research at UC Berkeley
The Department of Environmental Sciences, Policy & Management (ESPM) at the University of California, Berkeley is looking for a highly motivated Junior/Assistant Specialist to conduct research under the supervision of Dr. Timothy Bowles. We seek a Junior/Assistant Specialist to provide technical support for an interdisciplinary, NSF-funded project examining how farm diversification affects soil biodiversity and ecosystem services, and the factors that influence farmersâ€™ adoption of diversification practices. The project will be based in the central coast of California and will require frequent travel to the region. The Junior/Assistant Specialist will be based in the Bowles Agroecology/Sustainable Agricultural Systems Lab. The successful candidate will be part of a team of researchers based in ESPM and at UC Davis, including co-PIs Claire Kremen, Alastair Iles, Daniel Karp, and Carl Boettiger. In addition to research, this position will offer opportunities for frequent interacti ons with stakeholders (e.g. lettuce growers), professional development, and project management.
Summer 2019 Research Internships in Caribbean Marine Ecology – McCoy Lab at FSU The McCoy Lab at Florida State University seeks two research interns to conduct fieldwork in Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean during a 6-week period in June-July 2019. All fieldwork will be conducted on SCUBA. Interns will assist and be supervised by Ph.D. students Ethan Cissell and Joshua Manning (http://www.marecology.com/people). Candidates must have (1) a valid American Academy of Underwater Science (AAUS) diving certification, or an international equivalent, (2) Enriched Air Nitrox certification, and (3) be at least 18 years or older by June 1, 2019. Experience conducting research is preferred, but specific knowledge of Caribbean marine ecology is not required. Please contact Dr. Sophie McCoy with any questions (email@example.com). Research in the McCoy Lab focuses on mechanisms that retain ecological and biogeochemical function of coastal ecosystems. To do this, we focus on links between physiological response and dynamics of populations and communities, and especially on the effects of environmental stress on traits that mediate species interactions. Application materials: Send application materials in a single pdf to Dr. Sophie McCoy by Feb. 22, 2019 for full consideration (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will conduct interviews by Skype in early March. (1) statement of interest (1 page), (2) brief CV (2 pages max.), (3) dive log and certification, and contact information for your institution’s Dive Safety Officer, (4) names and contact information of 2 professional references, and (5) available dates during June and July 2019 (i.e., when do classes end, if an undergraduate). Logistics and details: This is an unpaid position. Travel to and from Bonaire and lodging at a communal apartment will be provided, excluding meals. Because the two 2019 interns will share a room in the apartment, we will select either two male or two female interns.
Seasonal/temporary biogeochemistry field technician positions Steven Hall’s lab group at Iowa State University (stevenhallecology.com) seeks two highly motivated individuals to assist with research focusing on nitrogen dynamics in agricultural ecosystems, related to ongoing projects funded by USDA, EPA, and NGO’s. Job duties will primarily involve measurement of soil trace gas emissions, collection of water and soil samples, and installation of soil lysimeters, as well as laboratory analyses. The positions would ideally begin in March 2019 and last until October 2019, although the precise start/end dates may be flexible. Required qualifications: able to precisely conduct repetitive tasks under extreme weather conditions (cold, heat, wet, muddy); field and/or laboratory research experience; excellent verbal communication skills and ability to work in teams; demonstrated passion for biogeochemical and/or agroecological research. Desired qualifications: bachelors degree or equivalent; experience in biogeochemical or agroecological research; clean driving record. These positions would be ideal for recent college graduates looking to gain additional experience prior to applying for graduate school. The positions are based in Ames, a quirky town in central Iowa approximately 45 minutes north of Des Moines and three hours south of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Ames routinely ranks as one of the top small towns in the US for livability, and housing costs are very low relative to most other college towns. To apply, please prepare a single pdf file with the following information: 1) Brief cover letter summarizing your interest and qualifications; 2) Resume or CV (1-2 pages); 3) Names and contact information for two professional references. Please email this file to email@example.com. People of color and those from under-represented minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
Two Graduate Positions in Fish Behavior and Ecology We (www.wagnerlabmsu.com) are seeking two motivated, skilled, energetic, and collaborative graduate students to join a cluster hire of four graduate students working on various questions related to the perception and response to predation risk in sea lamprey when migrating (either into rivers to spawn, or out of rivers to begin parasitic feeding). The work will integrate movement ecology, behavioral biology, and chemistry (semiochemical communication), and is conducted in collaboration with university and Federal scientists working in the U.S. and Canada. The scientific understanding developed will be used to examine theories surrounding the context-specificity of anti-predator tactic selection, and to develop novel, innovative approaches to controlling this species (where it is invasive) and conserving it (where it is threatened) that employ behavioral manipulations achieved by creating chemical information landscapes that guide the animal’s movement decisions. Both projects are funded by an international commission (www.GLFC.org), and will require interaction with agency managers and decision-makers, and public outreach. If you are interested in applying for one of the projects listed below (or starting a conversation about either), please send a C.V. and cover letter addressing your graduate education and professional interests to Dr. Michael Wagner (firstname.lastname@example.org), Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University. Project #1 (M.S.): The successful applicant will study the out-migration timing and movement behavior of newly transformed parasitic sea lampreys (AKA macrophthalmia or ‘transformers’) in rivers draining to Lake Michigan. Our goals for this project are to (1) provide the first meaningful empirical insight into the movements and survival of wild juvenile sea lamprey during their out-migration from natal rearing grounds to the open waters of the Great Lakes, and (2) to demonstrate the utility of a new acoustic micro-transmitter for the study of juvenile sea lamprey, including the development of transferable protocols for tag implantation and holding practices. The project will integrate laboratory studies (surgical techniques and recovery, effects of the tag on swim performance and movement tendencies), and a field movement study to estimate reach-specific mortality rates experience by out-migrants by fitting a multi-state Cormack-Jolly-Seber model. The work will be in collaboration with university and Federal scientists working with the Hammond Bay Biological Station (Michigan) and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Washington). The student will be co-advised by Dr. Travis Brenden of the MSU Quantitative Fisheries Center (www.canr.msu.edu/qfc/). Two years of funding are guaranteed (stipend $21K, tuition and health benefits are paid). Requirements: B.S. in fisheries, biology, ecology, aquatic or marine science/biology, or general biology. Experience in working with fishes or in streams is desired, as are quantitative analysis skills, a proficiency with R, or experience with acoustic telemetry equipment (especially the JSATS system). A highly competitive student will have a GPA > 3.3 and GRE scores above the 65th percentile.
Project #2 (M.S. or Ph.D.): The successful applicant will study the behavioral ecology of an alarm cue in sea lamprey (a chemical mixture released from injured tissue) that warns conspecifics about the location of predation events. This project is part the second phase of a larger project to discover the chemical structures of the compounds that comprise the alarm cue odor. The student will examine the behavioral reactivity and ecological function of identified compounds and mixtures in an attempt to isolate the complete alarm cue (never before accomplished in fishes). Work will be in collaboration with a post-doctoral research associate in Dr. Muralee Nair’s laboratory at MSU (chemistry of natural products), who is leading the effort to identify the compounds. In addition to addressing fundamental questions of anti-predator behavior, the student will also test mixtures for use in repellent-based behavioral manipulations to achieve management and conservation goals. Three years of funding are guaranteed (stipend $21K, tuition and health benefits are paid). Requirements: B.S. in fisheries, biology, ecology, aquatic or marine science/biology, or general biology. Experience in working with fishes or in streams is desired, as are quantitative analysis skills and proficiency with R. A highly competitive student will have a GPA > 3.3 and GRE scores above the 65th percentile. For consideration as a Ph.D. student, an appropriate M.S. related to the fields described above is required. Expertise in animal behavior and behavioral ecology are preferred for a Ph.D. student.
SUMMER NSF REU- how do predators alter parasite transmission The Johnson Laboratory (http://www.johnsonlaboraotry.com) is accepting a qualified undergraduate NSF REU applicant for our lab crew at the University of Colorado in Boulder beginning in May 11 (some flexibility) and concluding in early August 2019.
The Johnson laboratory has made it our mission to sincerely commit to promoting diversity! This search is open to all student candidates (that will not graduate prior to June 2019) from any race, color, religion, ethnic, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, or veteran status especially those from underrepresented groups in science.
Research Project: Predator inhibition of trematode parasite transmission: The primary objective for this project is to have a student investigate a much-needed research topic surrounding the study of infections and pathology caused by trematodes. The selected student will lead an ambitious yet tractable study into how common aquatic predators affect the spread of parasites and whether these effects vary by parasite species or predator foraging strategy. Over the summer, the selected REU will work closely with Dr. Johnson and our research team at the University of Colorado Boulder. The student will gain valuable experience in designing experiments, quantifying ecological data, and statistical analysis. They will also obtain foundational knowledge of host-parasite interactions, predator-prey dynamics, and the identification of both parasite and free-living species. Following completion of the experiments, the student will work closely with the PI to analyze (1) how the rate of parasite consumption varies by predator, and (2) whether predators select certain parasites preferentially as a function of body size, movement patterns, or activity times based on the natural history of the parasite.
To apply: Email an application package that should include (1) a brief statement of interest detailing how obtaining an REU would advance your career goals; (2) a description of related previous research; (3) a statement of how you will support diversity and inclusion in our laboratory, and finally (4) a current CV. Please compile the application package into a single PDF and email to email@example.com with the subject title (PREDATOR REU application) by February 11th, 2018.
*Please remember ONLY undergraduates that will be continuing their education in fall 2019 can apply*
California Amphibian and Parasite Field Technician
The Johnson Laboratory (http://www.johnsonlaboraotry.com) is accepting a qualified amphibian field technician to assist in the field in the beautiful Bay Area of California beginning in May and concluding in August 2019.
The Johnson laboratory has made it our mission to sincerely commit to promoting diversity! This search is open to all candidates from any race, color, religion, ethnic, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, or veteran status especially those from underrepresented groups in science.
The Johnson Laboratory is accepting a full-time qualified field crew technician to assist in the field sampling season and laboratory analysis in the Bay Area of California beginning in May and concluding near the end of August 2019. The primary responsibilities of this individual will be to perform an in-depth field sampling protocol focusing on amphibians, fish and invertebrates within pond ecosystems. This will include (i) macro and micro identification of amphibians, fish, invertebrates, and parasites (10%) (ii) performing field sampling techniques such as but not limited to: dipnet, seine, visual survey, pathogen swabbing, and transects (40%), (iii) necropsy of freshwater snails for parasite isolation (40%), and (iiii) data entry (10%). In addition, these individuals will be expected to assist with equipment maintenance and disinfection. Salary will be based on experience ($12.50-14.00 per hour). Housing at field station is required however fee will be covered by the laboratory.
To apply for our amphibian field technician position email an application package that should include (i) a cover letter that states your specific necropsy experiences, previous scientific research experiences, a statement of how you will support diversity and inclusion in our team, and why you would like to work for the Johnson Laboratory specifically, (ii) a current CV (iii), contact information for three professional references (include email and phone number) and your availability for a start date (must be able to start by May 10th 2019). Please send the compiled application package into a PDF (one document) and email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the position title “CA Field Technician” in the subject line by February 11, 2019.
Parasitology Research Technician-- Colorado Boulder
The Johnson Laboratory (http://www.johnsonlaboraotry.com) is accepting two qualified parasitology research technicians to assist in the laboratory at the world-recognized University of Colorado located in scenic Boulder Colorado beginning in May and concluding in August 2019.
The Johnson laboratory has made it our mission to sincerely commit to promoting diversity! This search is open to all candidates from any race, color, religion, ethnic, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, or veteran status especially those from underrepresented groups in science.
The primary responsibilities of these individuals will be to perform necropsies on a wide range of amphibian, fish, and snail species to identify and quantify macro-parasite infections. This will include (i) isolation of macro-parasites for molecular and morphological vouchers and abundance (ii) and use of microscopic photography techniques to identify and document in situ and isolate macro-parasites. In addition these individuals will be expected to assist with daily management of the laboratory including husbandry of live amphibians and snails and to assist with laboratory and mesocosm experiments. Competitive candidates will have prior independent research experience which needs to include necropsy of vertebrates, proficient excel and data entry skills, and some parasite identification skills. This position salary will depend on experience level of candidates. This position is temporary and does not include housing costs.
To Apply: To apply for parasitology research technicians send an application package that should include (i) a cover letter that states your specific necropsy experiences, previous scientific research experiences, a statement of how you will support diversity and inclusion in our team, and why you would like to work for the Johnson Laboratory specifically, (ii) a current CV (iii), contact information for three professional references (include email and phone number) and your availability for a start date (must be able to start by May 10th 2019). Please send the compiled application package into a PDF (one document) and email to email@example.com with the position title “Parasitology Technician” in the subject line by February 11, 2019.
SUMMER NSF REU- does color in frogs affect fungal infections
The Johnson Laboratory (http://www.johnsonlaboraotry.com) is accepting a qualified undergraduate NSF REU applicant for our field crew in the Bay Area of California beginning in May 11 (some flexibility) and concluding in early August 2019.
The Johnson laboratory has made it our mission to sincerely commit to promoting diversity! This search is open to all student candidates (that will not graduate prior to June 2019) from any race, color, religion, ethnic, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, or veteran status especially those from underrepresented groups in science.
Project details: A field-based investigation into the role of host color in amphibian body temperature and infection susceptibility: The primary objective for this project is understand the relationship between amphibian color, host thermal profile, and infection. The student will investigate this topic using broad-scale field surveys in central California ponds, a region that is ideal for addressing these questions because of previously documented heterogeneity in Bd prevalence and intensity both among ponds and through time. The selected REU student will work closely with our collaborative field team in the California Bay Area, where our research into amphibian disease ecology is focused. They will be stationed at the UC Reserve Blue Oaks Ranch, which provides housing, laboratory facilities, and a vibrant academic atmosphere. During this time, the student will gain experience in sampling aquatic ecosystems, including techniques for censusing amphibians and other aquatic organisms. This will include performing additional field sampling techniques including but not limited to: dipnets, seines, visual surveys, snail parasite identification, and pathogen swabbing. In addition, this individual will be expected to assist with daily record keeping and equipment maintenance Along with gaining experience in general field techniques the REU will quantify patterns of Bd infection, host color, and temperature of captured frogs.
To apply: Email an application package that should include (1) a brief statement of interest detailing how obtaining an REU would advance your career goals; (2) a description of related previous research; (3) a statement of how you will support diversity and inclusion in our field team, and finally (4) a current CV. Please compile the application package into a single PDF and email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject title (COLOR REU application) by February 11th, 2018.
*Please remember ONLY undergraduates that will be continuing their education in fall 2019 can apply*
The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the US Forest Service (USFS) Pacific Southwest Region, is recruiting Forestry Technicians and Crew Leads to work cooperatively with USFS and GBI staff to perform vegetation management and restoration projects within forest/woodland areas. Duties will include performing standardized timber cruising, and assisting in stand exam data collection. Data are gathered using standard instruments, direct measurements, observations, and on-site inspections. Technicians and Leads will also select and mark individual trees for harvest using well defined marking guidelines and silvicultural prescriptions. Training will be provided on tree-species identification, GPS data collection, tree marking, and other project-specific tasks.
Position Objectives: In partnership with Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), GBI is recruiting one lead to serve as part of a soil sampling team (one lead and two technicians). The overall objective of this soil sampling effort is to collect data at locations where habitat restoration projects will be undertaken and at sites where restoration is underway. Restoration project sites are located in Wyoming sagebrush, pinyon-juniper woodlands and mountain sagebrush communities across northern Nevada. Restoration projects are focused on wildlife habitat including Sage Grouse, Mule deer, and a variety of other species. Site locations include land managed by the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, and private landowners. Collected data are used to help guide proper treatment design and to provide a baseline data set against which treatment effects may be measured.
Duties: General field duties include regular use of best practices for safety, carrying heavy equipment while walking long distances over uneven and sometimes steep terrain, collecting soil samples with a two-person motorized auger, and collecting GPS locations of sampling plots and other plot-specific data. This position will require travel to and from field sites and extended field camping to ensure that all sampling objectives are fulfilled during the field season. Implementation may require long hours including early mornings and weekends. The timeframe for field data collection will generally be 8 days on and 6 days off. The schedule during start of season training will be 4 days on and 3 days off or 5 days on 2 days off. Time will also be spent at the NDOW office completing training tasks, data entry and potentially lab-related duties.
Additional duties include: • Regular communication with GBI support staff and agency staff; • Participation in GBI and agency trainings; • Entering data into and managing a database; • Leadership; o Supporting and managing a field crew; o Coordinating field logistics and scheduling; and o Report writing and completing administrative paperwork
Requirements: • Leadership experience, including supervising field crews and managing projects simultaneously • Ability to carry heavy equipment (approximately 60 pounds) over rugged terrain in sometimes inclement weather; • Ability to operate heavy equipment and endure strenuous physical activity for long periods using best safety practices; • Willingness to work and camp in primitive locations with no amenities for up to eight consecutive days; • Experience in soil science, natural resource management, ecology, environmental science, or related field; • Ability to navigate and set a bearing using a compass, navigate to predetermined locations using GPS, and read a topographical map; • Ability to work in a team setting and contribute to a positive work environment; • Willingness and ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic setting; • Valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record; • Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas on unimproved roads; • Experience with data entry and management; • Experience with technical writing and/or producing written project summary reports;
Location: • Reno, Nevada
Compensation: • $1,360-$1,400 Biweekly Salary • $31/night Camping per diem • Paid State holidays and personal/sick leave • Paid health insurance (medical, dental and vision)
Undergraduate Internship in Tropical Ecology and Evolution
We are now accepting applications for the Summer 2019 internship in Tropical Ecology and Evolution at El Verde Field Station, Puerto Rico. The internship will run from May 27 - August 2.
Application deadline: 28 February 2019
The program will offer students the opportunity to have hands-on experience fields such as:
Aquatic insect ecology
Caddisfly (Trichoptera) and Mosquito (Diptera) Ecology
Rodent Ecology and Plant-Animal Interactions
Plant Population Ecology and Invasive Species Biology
Wetland and Riparian Ecology
Meiofauna and Protists Ecology
Students receive a stipend for the ten weeks duration of the program. Round-trip plane ticket from home institution to Puerto Rico will be reimbursed, up to a maximum of $600. The program will cover housing at El Verde Field Station. The National Science Foundation funds the program.
The program is limited to undergraduate students pursuing a bachelor degree at a college or university during summer 2019 that are US citizens or permanent residents.
Sierra Nevada Forest Ecology Crew Lead & Technicians
The Bisbing Forest Ecology & Silviculture Lab at UNR (https://sarahbisbing.com) is hiring two crew leads and five field technicians to sample at sites across the Sierra Nevada in summer 2019. Technicians will collect data to support silviculture and climate change adaptation research. Duties will include, but are not limited to, mapping forest composition and structure, collecting basic forest ecology and health data, surveying understory plant communities, and sampling fuels transects. Additional responsibilities may include data entry and data quality control.
Preferred candidates will have previous experience working in the field, Sierra Nevada plant identification skills, knowledge of tree measurements and forest ecosystem sampling, and the ability to work well with others for long hours under strenuous field conditions. Technicians should be capable of hiking long distances with a heavy pack, have the ability to work under inclement weather conditions, and be able to work collegially as part of a research team. Crew leads should have at least one summer of field technician experience. All crew members must have a valid driver's license and be comfortable driving a 4wd truck. Field work will involve driving on backcountry dirt roads and hiking and navigating off-trail.
The field season will run for 12 consecutive weeks from late May or early June (dependent upon snowpack) through the end of August. Pay is $15/hour for the crew lead and $12/hr for technician positions. Housing on-site is provided as is a field vehicle for on-site work.
To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to: Dr. Sarah Bisbing at email@example.com by February 1, 2019.
*NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates in Plant Field Evolutionary Ecology – Summer 2019*
We seek a talented and diverse group of undergraduate students interested in conducting mentored independent research on the biology of switchgrass (*Panicum virgatum*) and its related genetic model, *Panicum hallii*. This is an exciting opportunity to participate in research studying switchgrass, an emerging biofuel candidate species at one of multiple locations across the United States.
Students will be immersed in a sustained research experience, focused primarily on the field biology of switchgrass. Research will mostly consist of intense field work with additional lab components. While all science majors are encouraged to apply, preference will be given to candidates with a strong interest and/or background in evolutionary ecology, environmental biology, quantitative genetics or agronomy.
‐ All undergraduates not in their senior year are welcome to apply
‐ Must be a US citizen or permanent resident
‐ 10 week internship at one of several universities located across the US (see below for list of collaborating institutions), beginning the first week of June
‐ $4500 stipend + a housing and food allowance, and travel costs to and from host university
‐ A presentation -- poster, lab meeting, or Powerpoint -- on research must be completed at the end of the program
‐ Prof. Thomas Juenger, University of Texas ‐ Prof. David Lowry, Michigan State University ‐ Dr. Philip Fay, USDA ARS, Temple, Texas ‐ Prof. Felix Fritschi, University of Missouri ‐ Prof. Rob Mitchell, University of Nebraska ‐ Prof. Arvid Boe, South Dakota State University ‐ Prof. Yanqi Wu, Oklahoma State University Robert Heckman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Internship and Jobs
The Institute for Applied Ecology, a non-profit in Corvallis, Oregon is currently hiring for a wide range of seasonal positions for the 2019 field season; these include internships as well as technician and crew lead positions.
Links to individual position descriptions are below and on our website (https://appliedeco.org/get-involved/jobs/) . Application deadlines, pay rate and duration of each position vary. Click on the descriptions below for details regarding each position. To apply, follow the links in each of the position descriptions to complete a Google Form, and follow the instructions in the position description.
Field Technician Position - Alaska wildlife and climate change
Have you ever wondered what’s it like to conduct research in the Arctic? 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 2019. During this time, you would be backpacking and living on campgrounds at Denali. A stipend of $2,000, food and lodging 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 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 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 email@example.com by March 8th, 2019 with a resume/CV with the subject line AGS in Denali 2019.
Please use the following format for email: LastName_FirstName_CV/RS. Women and UR students are encouraged to apply.
Forest Ecology Field Technician Positions at the Teakettle Experimental Forest in California
We are hiring 4 to 10 field technicians to work at the Teakettle Experimental Forest. Teakettle is a 1300 ha old-growth, mixed-conifer forest 80 km east of Fresno, CA at 2200 m elevation in the Sierra Nevada. The forest is comprised of both burned and unburned experimental plots and a second entry prescribed burn was implemented in the fall of 2017. Duties will include, but are not limited to mapping forest structure using a surveyor’s total station, basic tree measurements, fuel surveys and assisting visiting scientists with their projects as needed. These projects may include: basic soils work (coring, soil moisture, etc.), seedling inventories, understory plant surveys, and tree coring. Desired skills include plant identification, use of a total station, basic knowledge of tree measurements, and previous experience working as a crewmember. The facilities at Teakettle are rustic due to the remote location of the station. The cabin has solar power, bathrooms, a kitchen and common space; individuals will spend the summer sleeping in tents. The nearest town for supplies is Shaver Lake, CA, approximately a one hour drive from the field station.
The pay rate is $13.95/hr and crewmembers will work four 10-hour days each week. The field season will run 12 weeks from the middle of June to the beginning of September. The official start date will be determined in late April.
Review of applications will begin on February 11, 2019 and will be reviewed in the order they are received. The application will close after all positions have been filled.
**Please note that a New Mexico Drivers License IS NOT REQUIRED for this position**
Botany field technician needed for summer 2019
The Forister lab at the University of Nevada, Reno, is looking to hire a field technician for the coming 2019 summer season. The primary activity will involve sampling native legumes from across the Great Basin, primarily species in the genera Astragalus and Lupinus. The technician will need to work independently to access remote locations, sometimes involving hiking at high elevations and driving on dirt roads.
The sampling of plants is part of a larger project to understand host range in herbivorous insects. One of our focal herbivores (the Melissa blue butterfly, Lycaeides melissa) utilizes a number of native legumes as well as the exotic host alfalfa, and our goal is to characterize the phytochemistry of native hosts. There is room for intellectual contribution to the sampling design, thus involvement in subsequent publications is possible.
Start and end dates are flexible, but minimally include June through August, and likely a good part of May as well. If interested and desire further details, please send a CV and statement of interest to Matt Forister (firstname.lastname@example.org). Some knowledge of plants is needed, but expertise in focal genera is not required.
MS opportunity at the University of Florida: disease ecology and invasive freshwater crayfish
Lindsey Reisinger’s lab at the University of Florida is looking for a highly motivated MS student to start in summer 2019 and contribute to a project investigating diseases of native and invasive freshwater crayfish and how these diseases impact crayfish survival and behavior.
The project will involve crayfish trapping in Wisconsin lakes, dissection and screening of crayfish for disease, and laboratory experiments to test transmission of pathogens and how they affect crayfish survival, activity, and feeding behavior. Specifically, we are interested in whether native and invasive crayfish harbor different pathogens and whether native pathogens could be used to control populations of invasive crayfish. This position would be fully funded including tuition, a competitive stipend, and benefits for two years.
If interested, please contact Dr. Lindsey Reisinger at email@example.com and provide a short statement of research interests, goals and related experiences as well as a CV or resume.
Lindsey Reisinger’s lab is in the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Program within the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida. Project collaborators include Don Behringer and Jamie Bojko at the University of Florida.
Mosaics in Science Internship:
Internship Description: A Mosaics in Science Internship (MIS) is a rich opportunity to work side-by-side with scientists and other professionals. Interns are part of bat research, bird surveys, seed collection projects, geological surveys, archeological explorations, and much more. Interns receive additional training through weekly webinars and help to share the mission of the program through this Blog. During a post-internship career workshop, participants have a first opportunity to meet other interns face-to-face and share their summer's work during an oral or poster presentation. Guest speakers provide additional information about science careers and federal jobs. The goals of MIS are to provide science-based internships for racially and ethnically undergraduate and graduate students, and recent graduates to increase relevancy, diversity and inclusion in the National Park Service (NPS). We also strive to promote the mission of the NPS and to support high priority natural resource management and visitor education and interpretation projects in some of America's most beautiful places.
Location: 24 sites across the United States
Length of Internship: 12 weeks starting in May and ending in August. Dates are dependent on site needs.
Eligibility: Age 18 to 35 Be a US citizen or legal resident Have a strong interest or relevant experience in areas pertaining to science, technology, engineering, natural resources, or other related fields African American, Alaskan Native, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and mixed race students and recent graduates are strongly encouraged to apply
Stipend: Yes. Weekly stipend of $400. Travel expenses are paid and the costs of housing are covered.
Latino Heritage Internship Program: Location: 33 available sites across the United States.
Internship Description: The program will advance employment and community engagement opportunities with an emphasis on cultural resource stewardship and interpretation. It will target undergraduates and graduate students while developing mission critical internship projects that will support NPS goals and objectives. The experience will create strong mentor and protégé relationships and support the career growth of talented students. In addition, it will help to expand NPS outreach into Latino communities nationally and develop deep and sustainable partnerships. This summer, we will offer two types of LHIP internships:
Length of Internship: 10-11 weeks long starting Mid-May and early June.
Age 18 to 35
Possess US citizenship or permanent residence
Be enrolled in a post-secondary educational program or have graduated from college within the past year
Have a strong interest — or relevant experience — in areas pertaining to — but not limited to — history, historic preservation, public history, museum studies, archaeology, cultural interpretation, landscape architecture, anthropology or other related fields.
Bilingual skills (Spanish/English) -- helpful and more needed for some positions
Be social media savvy!
Stipend: Weekly stipend of $400 based on a 40-hour workweek and a commuting stipend. Local or park housing and travel expenses will be provided for out-of-state students
Summer Research Internships for Undergraduates and Post-baccalaureates
Position Overview: Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve has opportunities for students to work as plant community ecology interns, research field supervisors, and prescribed burn technicians. Many positions run from June through August, but some technicians will be needed as early as March and through October. As a research intern or technician, you will contribute to ongoing field experiments, have the opportunity to initiate individual research, attend scientific seminars, and interact with professors, post-docs, and graduate students.
Research Overview: Cedar Creek research interns work on three large scale projects and several smaller scale experiments. BioCON is one of the large scale experiments where we explore the ways in which plant communities respond to environmental changes such as increased nitrogen deposition, increased atmospheric CO2, decreased biodiversity, altered precipitation patterns, and increased temperatures. The Big Biodiversity Experiment is investigating how plant diversity affects the rates, dynamics, and stability of ecological processes at the population, community, and ecosystem levels. Other experiments nested within the Big Biodiversity Experiment are testing effects of drought and warming. The Forests and Biodiversity (FAB) experiment is looking at tree competition under different diversity levels. This experiment includes approximately 40,000 trees within a 30 acre field that will run for over 100 years. Throughout the summer, research interns sample and maintain these experiments.
Independent Research Project Opportunities: As part of the intern summer research experience, all interns have the opportunity to develop and conduct their own independent research project. Cedar Creek provides a comprehensive research training program in which a team of graduate students guide interns through the process of planning and proposing a research project, conducting the research, and presenting research findings. This includes one-on-one mentoring, workshops, and research symposia. To learn more about Cedar Creek research internships, visit www.cedarcreek.umn.edu/about/internships.
Research site: Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve is an eight square mile tract of land 35 miles north of the Twin Cities in Minnesota, USA. Cedar Creek is endowed with a diverse mosaic of prairies, savannas, sedge meadows, bogs, open water, forests, and even abandoned agricultural fields. Its large size, great natural diversity, and uniform soil substrate make it ideal for ecosystem studies. To learn more about the experiments, researchers, and other opportunities, please visit our website: www.cedarcreek.umn.edu.
To apply for any of the above intern positions please visit: z.umn.edu/ccjobs. Deadlines for application submission are February 18th or 25th (depending on the position). For any questions regarding the internships or application please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PhD Position in Forest Hydrology and Soils
I am seeking a highly motivated PhD student to join the Forest Hydrology and Soils Lab in the College of Forest Resources at Mississippi State University (Starkville, MS). The student will work on a 3-year funded project to quantify the role of tree mortality and wood decomposition on carbon mineralization in forest ecosystems as a function of climate AND biological activity, with specific attention given to the importance of tri-trophic interactions between southern pine beetle, bluestain fungi, and subterranean termites. This project includes both field work (with the possibility of international travel) and laboratory work in the Forest Hydrology and Soils Lab on campus. The prospective student should possess enthusiasm for field work, strong analytical and communication skills, and attention to detail. The anticipated start date is August 2019. Financial support is available for three years, including a stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance. If interested, please contact Dr. Courtney Siegert at email@example.com and provide (1) a cover letter discussing interest in the research and applicable background experience; (2) a CV; and (3) unofficial transcripts and/or GREs. Review of applications will begin February 1, 2019. Further information about the Forest Hydrology and Soils Lab can be found at http://www.siegert-hydrolab.com/join-our-lab. Details on the full application process can be found at http://www.grad.msstate.edu/future-students/. Courtney M. Siegert Assistant Professor of Forest Hydrology Department of Forestry College of Forest Resources Mississippi State University (662) 325-7481 Orcid ID 0000-0001-9804-3858 www.siegert-hydrolab.com
Seeking 2 masters students interested in river science
I am seeking two motivated students to complete a masters program with a thesis that examines the impact of public lands on stream water quality. Details about the project are below. The deadline to apply is Feb 1st.
Title: Does a state park with a recreational reservoir provide meaningful water quality improvements within an agriculturally dominated watershed in SW Ohio? Abstract: The proposed research will determine how stream and groundwater nutrient (TN, NO3-, NO2-, NH4+, TP, SRP, TN:TP) and sediment (TSS, NVSS, POM) concentrations, conductivity, and pH are influenced by undeveloped land and a small spillway reservoir in an agriculturally dominated watershed. Specifically, we will quantify how nutrient and sediment concentrations, conductivity, and pH change as water flows from agricultural tile drains, through streams draining agricultural land, then through Hueston Woods State Park, and lastly as water discharges from Acton Lake. We will also compare groundwater quality between agricultural and forested land cover. Utilizing mixed effects modeling and multiple regression, we will determine how observed changes in water quality parameters are influenced by vegetation cover (NDVI), stream discharge, and stream characteristics (e.g. geomorphology, flow length, landscape position). Findings will indicate potential impacts of protected lands on water quality and may also aid regional land use managers in identifying specific stream characteristics and watershed areas that may have the greatest water quality benefits if preserved. -This interdisciplinary project will be completed with close collaboration with the Miami Conservancy District and the Biology and Geology Departments at Miami University. - Students will work within the newly renovated Water Resources Lab (overseen by Dr. Grudzinski) and Center for Aquatic and Watershed Science at Miami University. -The Water Resources Lab has interdisciplinary collaboration established with various departments at Miami University including ~30 faculty and staff affiliated with the Center for Aquatic and Watershed Science. See: http://miamioh.edu/cas/academics/centers/caws/ for additional details. -The Geography Department at Miami University (OH) provides competitive prospective graduate students with two years of funding in the form of teaching assistantships and summer scholarships. Student travel funding is also provided to present research at local, regional, and national conferences. Degree: Master of Arts in Geography Application Deadline: February 1st 2019 For additional information or to schedule a visit to the department please contact Dr. Bartosz Grudzinski at firstname.lastname@example.org. Dr. Grudzinski’s lab page can be found at Grudzinskilab.weebly.com
2019 Seasonal Positions The Nature Conservancy MN-ND-SD The Nature Conservancy’s MN-ND-SD Chapter is hiring about 30 seasonal staff to fill key positions that will contribute to our conservation strategies in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.
There are two types of positions available. Some are short-term prescribed fire positions while others are prairie or range management positions. The duties for these positions will also include prescribed fire as well as assisting with other prairie/land management tasks such as application of herbicides using a backpack sprayer, manually remove invasive species, conducting vegetation mapping, grassland restoration activities and possibly some wildlife monitoring depending on location. Some field data collection will use and build on GIS/GPS skills and gain exposure to GIS mapping and Excel software.
The start dates for these positions range from mid-March 2019 to early June and end anywhere from late July to end of November 2019.
The current deadline to apply for all positions is January 25 @ 10:59 PM CST.
Undergraduate research opportunities from the Urban Water Innovation Network!
The Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN) is accepting applications for its Undergraduate Research Program for the summer of 2019! Students will be given the opportunity to perform cutting edge research of immediate relevance to people in urban areas at institutions in urban areas across the nation. Students with different research interests in urban water sustainability -social sciences, natural sciences, engineering – are invited to apply.
Dates: May 29 to August 1, 2019 (9 weeks) Eligibility: Undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, juniors or first semester seniors. Must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its possessions. Underrepresented minorities and first generation college students are encouraged to apply. Stipend: $4,500 stipend Other support: On-campus or nearby housing, travel assistance. The program starts and ends at Colorado State University in Fort Collins CO.
REU Program at EKU: Disturbance Ecology in Central Appalachia Eastern Kentucky University is seeking applicants for a summer REU program. The theme of the research is disturbance ecology. Students will work at Lilley Cornett Woods, a field station with old-growth forest in eastern Kentucky, and in Daniel Boone National Forest. This is a 10-week program running from May 20 – July 26, 2019. Research projects for summer 2019 include studies of stream salamanders, aquatic invertebrates, copperheads, migratory birds, black bears, flying squirrels, water quality, old-growth forest, and GIS. Students will be paired with faculty mentors and work closely with agency professionals. Students will develop research skills including communication, data collection and management, analysis, and writing, while also learning to work in remote field locations. Students will also participate in professional development workshops and recreational trips. Student benefits include a stipend of $5250, housing, a food allowance, travel costs to and from EKU, research travel during the summer, and research supplies. To be eligible, students must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident and an undergraduate graduating no earlier than Fall 2019. We especially encourage applications from underrepresented minorities, veterans, persons with disabilities, first generation college students, financially disadvantaged students, and students from colleges with limited research opportunities. Applications are due February 15, 2019. Participants will be selected by March 1, 2019. More information including the application can be found at https://bioreu.eku.edu/ Questions can be sent to David Brown or Stephen Richter at email@example.com. Thanks, Stephen Richter
REU opportunity in oceanography, fisheries ecology, and resource economics
The Gulf of Maine Research Institute is launching an NSF-funded REU Site – ‘Integrated Studies in a Rapidly Warming Fishery Ecosystem’. Students in this program will have an opportunity to participate in field, lab, or computer-based research on the dynamics of the fish, plankton, and human communities in and around the Gulf of Maine. We welcome applications from undergraduate students from a broad range of institutions and backgrounds including students from two- and four-year colleges and underserved communities (e.g., minorities, students with disabilities, first-generation college students, veterans). The program includes 10 weeks of hands-on research experience at our waterfront location in downtown Portland Maine, a $500/week stipend, housing, meal allowances and travel support for 6-8 students. For more information please visit:
NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program Warm-water Aquatic Ecology Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA Summer 2019: May 19 to July 28 http://wilsonlab.com/reu/ Application deadline: 1 February 2019
Overview: We are excited to invite applications from undergraduate students to participate in a National Science Foundation supported summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program focused on the ecology of southeastern ponds, rivers, reservoirs, and estuaries. Ten undergraduate students will work closely with a team of Auburn University faculty to explore aquatic ecosystems, complete a student-driven research project, participate in a variety of professional development and social activities, develop and lead an outreach project, and share their research findings in a symposium at the conclusion of the program. Participants will work closely with our mentors to develop an interdisciplinary project involving complementary fields, such as community ecology, limnology, evolution, fisheries management, molecular biology, conservation, biogeochemistry, biodiversity, and microbiology. The program will run from May 19 to July 28, 2019 (10 weeks).
Eligibility: All applicants who are interested in receiving NSF support must currently be a (1) U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident and (2) an undergraduate freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior graduating no earlier than September 2019 or a high school senior that will start their undergraduate education the following fall semester after the REU program. We are especially encouraging students from traditionally under-represented groups in biology (i.e., African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, other Pacific Islanders, students with disabilities, first generation college students, and U.S. veterans) as well as students from institutions with limited research opportunities (e.g., community colleges) and/or students in financial need to apply. The online application is available at http://wilsonlab.com/reu/application.html
Support: Participants will receive a stipend ($5,500) plus housing and subsistence, financial assistance for travel to and from Auburn, and support for lab and field supplies. For full consideration, on-line applications must be received by 1 February 2019.
International students: Although not financially supported by our REU Site, we are also open to including a few strongly motivated and self-funded international students in our REU Site research and professional development activities.