Undergraduates interested in doing hands-on research relating to ecology in human-dominated landscapes are encouraged to apply to the Research Experience for Undergraduates program at Miami University. Selected students will be paired with a faculty mentor based on the interests outlined in their application. This 10-week program will fully immerse the student in the research experience through: working with a faculty mentor to develop a unique and compelling independent research project, the discussion of current literature, short courses on scientific ethics and professional development, and through immersion experiences exploring the natural history of southwest Ohio. Students will be paid $5,000 over the course of the summer and will also receive free housing and a stipend for food. In addition, there will be multiple opportunities to explore Southwest Ohio through field trips and research, including a whitewater rafting trip at the beginning of the program. The research involved in this program can span from aquatic to terrestrial ecology, and can be based in the lab or in the field depending on the preferences of the faculty mentor and the student and the design of the project they develop. For more information on past projects and mentors, please visit our website. To apply you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is currently enrolled at any U.S. Institution (You must be enrolled as a student in the Fall of 2019 at your home institution). Prior coursework in biology is recommended but not required. Students with a strong interest in ecology and environmental science (or related fields) are preferred .
Feb 15, 2019
Disturbance Ecology in Central Appalachia Kentucky Salary: $5250 Start date: 05/20/2019 Website: https://bioreu.eku.edu/ Contact & email: David Brown, email@example.com Interns will work closely with faculty and professional mentors to study anthropogenic disturbance, while immersed in the landscape of Appalachia. Students will live on campus at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY, and will spend large parts of the summer at the Lilley Cornett Woods old-growth forest ecosystem, and working in Daniel Boone National Forest. 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 get numerous opportunities to work with agency professionals, and gain confidence working in remote field locations. Students will develop research skills including communication, data collection and management, analysis, and writing. Students will also participate in professional development workshops and recreational trips. 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
Ecosystem Services (EcoREU): University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Salary: $5,500 plus free housing and food stipend Start date: 05/28/2019 Website: https://fulbright.uark.edu/departments/biology/undergraduate/eco-reu/ Contact & email: Erin Scott, firstname.lastname@example.org Undergraduate students who are interested in doing research about environmental systems or sustainability can apply to do the Research Experience for Undergraduates program with the University of Arkansas. The program will take place during the summer of 2019, in Fayetteville, AR. NO PRIOR RESEARCH EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED. This is a PAID position! Students will receive $5,500 over the course of the summer, free food and housing, plus travel funds. The EcoREU focuses on field- and lab-based research in areas such as water quality, sustainability, biofuels, agroecosystems, and more. Projects are supervised by university professors and vary from year-to-year based on the most current work conducted at the University of Arkansas and partnering universities. During the 10-week program, students will get a crash course about ecosystem services, conduct research with help and guidance from their advisor, and learn how to analyze their data and share their results with peers and other researchers. Must be an undergraduate student (cannot have graduated by summer 2019). No prior research experience is required. US Citizenship or permanent residency is required for this NSF-funded REU program.
Water Quality in the Yucatan Peninsula Salary: $4000 stipend, plus housing, food stipend, and travel allowance Start Date: 06/17/2019 Website: https://niu.edu/ese/reu/ Contact & email: Melissa Lenczewski, email@example.com Join us next summer while we investigate groundwater resources in the Yucatan Peninsula! This National Science Foundation-funded research program is open to undergraduates with an interest in water science. No prior research experience is required. This eight-week program is a full-time, immersive research experience. Students will work closely with faculty mentors from Northern Illinois University, Northeastern Illinois University, and the Yucatan Center for Scientific Research to plan, execute, and present their research projects. The first two weeks and last two weeks of the program will be completed at the NIU campus in DeKalb, IL, where students will develop their research plan and return to analyze their findings. The other four weeks will be spent in the Yucatan Peninsula. Students will stay in local housing and carry out their research projects in collaboration with faculty mentors and Mexican scientists and students. Students will earn a stipend of $4000 over the course of the summer, as well as housing, food stipend, and travel allowance. To apply you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. You must also be an undergraduate student 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.
Transdisciplinary Research Program for Undergraduates in Sustainable Urban Water Systems Salary: $4,500, on-campus or nearby housing, and up to $400 to help defray the cost of food, up to $900 towards travel expenses Start Date: May 29, 2019 Website: https://erams.com/UWIN/urp/ The Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN) offers its fourth Undergraduate Research Program (URP) for the summer of 2019. Participants will be given the opportunity to perform cutting edge, transdisciplinary research of immediate relevance to people in urban areas. Students with different research interests – social sciences, natural sciences, engineering – will be placed with a team of mentors at institutions in urban areas across the nation. The program will start and end at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Co.
Aquatic Biology Seasonal Technician II, southwestern GA The Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center invites applications for a full time, temporary Seasonal Research Worker in the Aquatic Biology Lab. This is a temporary position that will be available January 14-May 10th with the possibility of renewal. The 28,000-acre Research Center is located approximately 30 miles south of Albany, Georgia. The Center’s research, education, and conservation programs focus on ecology and natural resource management. The site includes 16,000 acres of longleaf pine forests, over 1,000 acres of wetlands, and 26 miles of stream and river ecosystems. Job Requirements: The successful candidate will work with water quality studies of streams, lakes, and rivers. The candidate will assist with water quality collection, conducting population surveys of native mussels, fish, and exotic plants and animals as well as leaf litter breakdown. Other responsibilities will include sorting and identifying aquatic macroinvertebrates, data entry and processing water samples within an analytical laboratory. Experience in field biology/ecology required and must be able to swim and snorkel. Must have the ability to conduct moderate to strenuous physical activity in the field, under demanding field conditions (i.e. heat, high humidity, and insects) and independently follow instructions. Must be comfortable working from small research boats and canoes. Minimum qualifications: B.S. with experience in biology, ecology or related field.
Experience with MS- Windows based computers required. Must be able to swim and snorkel.
Salary: $11.00 per hour with housing $12.00 per hour without housing Limited on-site housing is available.
A letter of application, resume and references should be sent by email to:firstname.lastname@example.org Subject line: Aquatic Biology Seasonal Research. For additional information regarding this position contact Chelsea Smith by email at Chelsea.Smith@jonesctr.org. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action E-Verify Employer.
Amphibian Research Technicians USGS PATUXENT WILDLIFE RESEARCH CENTER (Turners Falls, MA & Laurel, MD)
The U.S. Geological Survey’s Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative in the northeast will be hiring 6-8 student contractor field research technicians in 2019. Technicians will be hired for both the spring & summer period (early March through July), with the possibility of extension for work during the fall field season (September through October). Field work will be based out of separate duty stations located in Maryland and Massachusetts. Massachusetts technicians will conduct amphibian surveys in protected areas in the Northeastern US, but primarily in MA, CT, ME, and VT. Maryland technicians will conduct surveys primarily in MD, PA, VA, and the District of Columbia. The technicians will work as part of a team that surveys for amphibians within National Parks, Refuges, and Forests, including work in the mountains of Shenandoah National Park. Surveys will include wetland-associated amphibians as well as stream salamander and terrestrial salamander populations. Field work involves identifying, catching, measuring, and marking amphibians, as well as collecting water quality and environmental data. The students will be required to conduct field surveys using techniques including visual encounter surveys, dip netting, stream transect searches, temporary removal sampling, and conducting a mark-recapture study using visual implant elastomer. All field work will be conducted as part of teams of 2-4 people, so a demonstrated ability and desire to work effectively with a group is imperative.
The position requires completion of academic coursework related to wildlife biology. Previous field experience with amphibians common in the Northeast US is preferred. The position requires the use of GPS units, digital cameras, and computer software for data entry and presentation (e.g. Microsoft Excel, Access). Technicians may also be asked to mark amphibians with injectable visible implant elastomer or passive integrated transponder tags and take voucher specimens related to amphibian disease studies. All work is outdoors, sometimes under harsh or hot conditions or in rain, sleet, hail and snow.
The technicians need to be in good physical condition, as the job requires long hours in the field (including some night-time surveys) and hiking with up to 45 pounds of equipment for extended periods of time on rocky, steep terrain. The technicians must be willing to go on overnight field trips to parks throughout the northeastern US, which will typically last 4-12 days at a time. Accommodations for overnight field work will be provided.
Technicians must be able to work at least 40 hours per week and have flexibility in their schedules to accommodate longer days when field conditions require. Technicians are responsible for all costs of transportation to and from the duty station. Government vehicles will be provided for all field work initiated from the duty station. Housing costs are not included. Every attempt will be made to assist technicians in finding affordable housing in the area. Approximate wages are $15/hour; overtime pay is not provided. Only applicants who are current or recent students (graduated within 12 months of the position’s end date) are eligible for these positions.
Principal Duty Stations: USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center SO Conte Anadromous Fish Research Lab 1 Migratory Way, Turners Falls, MA 01376
USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center 12100 Beech Forest Road Laurel, Maryland 20708-4038
Applications will be reviewed as they are received. To apply, email the following to both Jill Fleming and Charlie Shafer (email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org) by no later than January 4th, 2019:
1) Letter of intent (please specify the time period in which you will be able to commit to this position and your duty station [MA or MD] preference) 2) Resume, including previous field experience, list of relevant course-work, contact information, and two or three reference contacts 3) One piece of evidence of current or recent (within past 12 months) enrollment in degree-seeking program (e.g., unofficial transcript, enrollment verification, a current registration card). Candidates who graduated prior to July 2018 are ineligible (*unless they have proof of acceptance into a graduate program beginning the following fall*).
Evan H. Campbell Grant, PhD NE Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative: USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center Conte Anadromous Fish Laboratory, 1 Migratory Way, Turners Falls MA 01376
March 1, 2019
Raptor Caretaker and Presenter Hawks, owls, falcons, vultures! You’ve probably seen them in the wild, you may have even studied them in classes, but have you ever held one on your arm? Here’s your chance to explore a different, and often ignored, aspect of conservation biology and environmental education — Live Raptor Education! Join the Draper Natural History Museum Raptor Experience team and work one-on-one with birds of prey while engaging the public with the amazing traits that make these birds some of the best-known animals in the skies.
The Raptor Experience is one component of a robust program of research and public education developed and delivered by the widely renowned Draper Natural History Museum, one of five museums of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming. Along with conducting field research on golden eagles and other raptors and wildlife in the Greater Yellowstone region, the Draper Natural History Museum provides high-quality educational experiences for the public through exhibits and programming.
If you would like to learn more about the highly rewarding world of wildlife education, if you have a strong stomach as well as a strong back, if you feel comfortable giving presentations to large groups, and you have a passion for learning and teaching, the Draper Museum Raptor Experience may be the perfect place to spend your summer.
Status: Seasonal – up to 14 weeks between May and September
Supervisor: Reports directly to Melissa Hill, Draper Museum Raptor Experience Program Manager
Specific Duties and Responsibilities: • Clean bird facilities and feed birds daily • Assist with bird training • Handle birds during educational programs • Present public educational programs and assist with merchandise sales • Assist with field research depending on time availability and interest of intern
Qualifications: • No prior experience handling birds of prey necessary – training will be provided • Must be at least 18 years of age • Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds • Must be able to stand for long periods of time • Must have strong interest in wildlife and natural science • Must be willing to prepare food items (frozen rats, mice, quail, etc.) for raptors • Must be willing and able to learn up to 30 minutes of information and present programs to audiences of up to 200 people • Must have strong work ethic and be dependable
Holden Forests and Gardens The Program - Interns spend the summer conducting independent research at the Holden Arboretum, a part of Holden Forests & Gardens, located near Cleveland, OH. The Arboretum offers over 3,600 acres of forested land, extensive living plant collections, and high-tech laboratories. In addition to research activities, interns will be involved in field trips and professional development, such as: weekly journal clubs, scientific lectures, networking with other scientific researchers in the greater Cleveland area, and presenting a poster of their research at Holden’s SEARCH symposium.
Research Interns will conduct research under one of three broad themes:
- Community ecology – How do interactions among species shape our natural world, and how do these interactions inform restoration practices?
- Plant physiology – How does plant physiology vary across environments and over time, and how does this shape the distribution of plants on earth?
- Soil ecology – How do microbes in the soil shape plant communities and their function in the ecosystem?
Skills learned over the summer may include: plant identification, extracting, amplifying, and analyzing DNA, or using an LI-6400 to measure plant gas exchange. Regardless of the area of focus, interns will also learn about experimental design, reading and critiquing scientific literature, data analysis in R, and scientific communication.
Eligibility - Open to US citizens and permanent residents who are current undergraduates or recent graduates. Holden Arboretum is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce. Interns are responsible for their own transportation.
Timeline - May through August 2019, exact start and end dates flexible
Pay - $11 per hour, or about $5280 over the 12-week internship
Housing - Shared intern housing available on-site for $30 per week
Applications - Submit applications by February 1st, 2019 for full consideration. Include a resume, two references, and a letter of interest specifying your preference for research theme. Use the following link for submission:
MS position available to map alien invasive plant distributions The MAPS-AI (Mapping And Predicting the Spread of Alien Invasives) project is seeking a talented and highly-motivated MS student. The goal of the project is to develop cutting-edge, open-source algorithms and species distribution models (SDMs) that can be easily used by land managers to map and predict the spread of alien invasive species. The project is being carried out in collaboration with the Mecklenburg County Division of Nature Preserves and Natural Resources. The selected student will help the project team model the habitat suitabilities of four target alien invasive plant species in the county.
The MS position begins in fall 2019 in the MS Earth Sciences program in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The MS Earth Sciences program is a multi-disciplinary degree with opportunities for study and research in the areas of geology, hydrology, atmospheric science, remote sensing, spatial analysis, and environmental science. The program offers Earth Science graduate students personal guidance typical of a relatively small department, with the field, laboratory, and computing facilities and resources that accompany a much larger unit. For more information, please visit https://geoearth.uncc.edu/graduate-programs/masters-earth-sciences. Funding for the position is by means of a teaching assistantship and competitive tuition award.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please send your resume, including GPA, and a statement explaining your interest and skill set (in the body of the email) to Dr. Sara Gagné at email@example.com. Field experience is preferred. --------------------------------------------------------------- Sara A. Gagné, PhD Associate Professor of Landscape Ecology Earth Sciences Graduate Coordinator UNC Charlotte | Dept. of Geography and Earth Sciences 9201 University City Blvd. | Charlotte, NC 28223 Phone: 704-687-5911 | Fax: 704-687-5966 firstname.lastname@example.org |