REU: Summer undergraduate research in plant evolution
Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) is emerging as an important biofuel candidate in the United States. Our labs (see website below) collectively study the evolutionary ecology, quantiative genetics, physiology and agronomy/plant breeding of Switchgrass. We are seeking a talented and diverse group of undergraduate students interested in conducting field research in Switchgrass biology across the US.
This program is an opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in a sustained mentored independent research on the biology of Switchgrass. Summer students will be immersed in research and learn basic and applied biology through active participation in
primarily field-based work. Working as part of our research team, they will contribute to group research projects, design short research projects, and present their work in an end-of-summer student symposium.
Each position is supported for 8-10 weeks beginning the first week of June. Students are awarded a $4500 stipend, plus a housing and food allowance, and some funds to help defray the cost of traveling to the designated University.
Who Should Apply:
Undergraduates that are not in their senior year (typically 1st to 3rd year students), who are either U.S. citizens or permanent residents studying in the U.S. All science majors are encouraged to apply, but preference will be given to individuals with a strong background
and/or interest in evolutionary ecology, environmental biology, quantitative genetics, and agronomy.
The application deadline is February 25, 2018. Please see our website for further details.
Subject: Switchgrass REU 2018
Forest Monitoring Technicians
The Pennsylvania State University Department of Ecosystem Science and Management is hiring a seasonal technician to collect forest monitoring data in eight national parks in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, including the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, New River Gorge National River, and Gauley River National Recreational Area. This work is part of a long-term monitoring program that provides park staff with crucial information on the condition of the parks’ vegetation and how this condition is changing over time.
The position will begin in mid-May 2018 and continue for 12 – 15 weeks with compensation of $14-16 per hour depending on experience. The technician will travel to and be housed in or near a national park each week. Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.
Demonstrated experience in forest ecology, meticulous data collection skills, strong work ethic, and positive attitude are required. Applicants should enjoy working outdoors in a variety of conditions and be able to identify common trees and shrubs of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Applicants must be able to follow complex detailed field protocols and work as a member of a team. The ability to hike long distances carrying a 25+ pound backpack and work long hours in adverse conditions (e.g. steep terrain, hot/humid weather, stinging/biting insects, irritating plants) and in remote field sites is a must.
Applicants should be able to navigate in the woods by compass and using GPS. Additional tasks may include data entry and quality control of data.
To apply, please send: 1) a brief cover letter, 2) a resume, and 3) contact information for three references in a single Word or PDF document to Stephanie Perles [sjp16 at psu dot edu] by February 2, 2018.
Pay Rate: $9.86/hr
Dates: May 9, 2018 – September 1, 2018*
Hours: 40 hrs/week
Number of positions: 3
Supervisor: Dr. Elizabeth Middleton, Grassland Botanist, Missouri Department of Conservation
Summary: The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Grassland Systems Field Station is recruiting 3 Botanical Research Assistants to assist in vegetation data collection in the tallgrass prairies of West-Central and Southwest Missouri. Assistants will work along with the grassland botanist and the botany crew leader to identify prairie plant species and record vegetation data for a long-term study investigating the effects of patch burn grazing on remnant prairie plant communities. This position offers an opportunity to further develop botanical identification skills, gain a better understanding of prairie ecosystems, and interact with professionals in the natural resources field.
Duties: Project tasks include assessing species presence/absence of 50 species, strict adherence to protocols with limited supervision, assist in the identification of 200+ prairie plants to species, and driving an MDC truck with trailer. Assistants will be responsible for independently collecting presence/absence data. As time allows, assistants will work with the grassland botanist or the botany crew leader to collect plant community diversity data. Other duties include collecting and mounting plant specimens and assisting in herbarium maintenance.
Qualifications: Must be working towards or have completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Ecology, or related field. It is preferred that the assistant has completed a plant taxonomy, field botany, or similar course. Experience with vegetative sampling and field research is highly desired. Assistants must have interest in learning about tallgrass prairie plant communities. Botanical training will be provided, but basic taxonomic knowledge is a prerequisite for the position. Research Assistants must be detail-oriented, self-motivated, enthusiastic, and possess a strong work ethic and excellent organizational skills. Assistants must work effectively with minimal supervision and as part of a research team. Assistants must be able to hike 1 to 4 miles a day on uneven terrain, cheerfully endure heat and high humidity, and orient plots with the use of a compass. Assistants will be required to work long hours outdoors with work beginning at 6:30 am, and they will be expected to endure harsh field conditions (heat, humidity, ticks, chiggers, spiders, briars, and uneven terrain). Assistants must be able to travel statewide including frequent overnight stays. Assistants must have a valid driver’s license and be comfortable driving 4-wheel drive trucks, hauling ATVs on trailers, and backing trailers. A field vehicle is provided. MDC-sponsored housing is available at a minimal cost. The housing is in short distance to the Clinton office and is shared by other field station hourly staff. The successful candidate must submit to a drug screen following the offer of employment.
*Disclaimer: Potential continuation of employment after June 15, 2018 is dependent upon Conservation Commission approval of the FY2019 operating
Please send the following materials to Elizabeth Middleton
(Elizabeth.Middleton@mdc.mo.gov). Please put ‘Botanical Research Assistant” in the subject line of your email.
1) electronic cover letter,
2) detailed CV,
3) college transcripts (unofficial is ok, but must be able to obtain official transcript on request), and
4) phone and email contact information for at least 2 professional references, including a recent employer.
For more information, contact:
Missouri Department of Conservation
Phone (preferred): 660-885-6981 x 230
Deadline: 5:00 PM February 5, 2018
ecological and behavioral attributes, and its survival is closely linked to groundwater dynamics. You can contribute to ongoing research efforts including habitat conservation, e-DNA protocol development, captive-rearing, and habitat restoration. Field research is conducted primarily in Door County, Wisconsin and near Chicago, Illinois. Students interested in adult or larval dragonfly ecology and behavior, or with general interests in wetland hydrology and predator-prey or predator-predator interactions are especially encouraged. I seek self-motivated students interested in working on studies that integrate basic and applied ecology. In my lab we work closely with a number of federal, state, and local agencies as well as non-profits. If you are interested in conducting research that plays a vital role in saving a rare and unusual species, or conserving aquatic insects in general, contact Dr. Daniel A. Soluk, Dept. of Biology, Univ. of South Dakota
((email@example.com, http://www.usdbiology.com/soluk) for further information. Support for this position comes from a combination of Teaching and Research Assistantships. Consideration of applicants will begin January 10, 2018.
Location of work: Thunder Basin National Grassland, Bill, WY
Hours of work: 40 hours per week (4 x 10 hour days per week)
Salary: $2400 per month. Housing is provided. Three days of PTO and two holidays included.
Dates: May 21 - August 16, 2018.
Applications received on or before February 9, 2018 will be considered.
Send application materials (cover letter, resume, references) and/or questions to:
Thunder Basin Grasslands Prairie Ecosystem Association
671 Steinle Rd
Douglas, WY 82633
and copy to:
Rangeland Resources Systems Research Unit
1701 Centre Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80526 USA
GENERAL JOB DESCRIPTION
Research assistant for the Thunder Basin Prairie Ecosystem Association (TBGPEA). TBGPEA is a non-profit organization established to provide private landowner leadership in developing a responsible, science-based approach to long-term management of the lands of its members. Over the last ten years the Association has focused its efforts on developing ecosystem-based conservation measures. These measures are designed to
address the habitat needs of species of concern in northeastern Wyoming in balance with the need for sustainable economic and social activities and preservation of cultural values.
TBGPEA is collaborating with the USDA-ARS Rangeland Resources Systems Research Unit (RRSRU) to develop new knowledge about ecological processes in Thunder Basin and apply this knowledge to improved management for production and conservation objectives. The Research Assistant will be supervised by the Board of TBGPEA with input from RRSRU scientists. The Assistant will be responsible for collecting scientific data from field experiments to evaluate how climate, fire, soils, grazing management, and global change affect ecological phases, states, transitions and thresholds in semi-arid rangeland ecosystems. If time permits, the Assistant may help evaluate Association member’s property as part of the Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances implementation.
Collects soil and vegetation data and is responsible for quality assurance/quality control of data collected. Keeps exact, detailed records of experimental data. Provides data in an appropriate format for incorporation into computer spreadsheets. Makes and records
observations of unusual happenings, phenomena or trends that might influence interpretation of plot or field data.
Manages fieldwork program semi-autonomously; takes responsibility for solving problems and adapting to current conditions and events without constant supervision.
Operates, maintains, cleans, repairs and constructs equipment used in plot and field experiments including, but not limited to, vehicles and field equipment.
If time permits, the Assistant may participate in the development of livestock grazing management plans and may also collect ornithological or small mammal data.
Ensures that all safety and environmental concerns are addressed to provide a safe work environment, and that activities in support of research in the Thunder Basin do not pose an environmental threat.
Technical knowledge of plant identification, structure and function of plant communities, and theory and practice of rangeland management, and a familiarity with the methods of biological sciences such as biology, chemistry, botany, etc, in order to participate responsibly in most phases of the experimental process.
Experience with bird and/or small mammal wildlife survey techniques is beneficial.
Ability to do efficient and high-quality work without direct supervision. Ability to proactively solve problems and manage tasks adaptively in order to get the job done on time.
Skill in the use of personal computers to utilize software packages such as: word processing, data entry and manipulation in spreadsheets (e.g., Excel).
Communication skills necessary to follow directions precisely and produce positive interactions with scientists, research personnel, and the general public.
Knowledge of range science, soil science, general biology and ecology.
Practical knowledge of general vehicle maintenance and repair. Knowledge of safe operating procedures when using equipment or vehicles. Knowledge of UTV operation and safety is beneficial.
Practical knowledge of livestock management and nutrition for use in development of livestock grazing management plans.
Personal contacts are broad including TBGPEA members; scientists, technicians and graduate students from other institutions or other federal agencies; action agencies; non-governmental organizations; vendors and contractors; state or local government entities; visitors and the general public.
Personal contacts within the RRSRU involve support and assistance to scientists and support staff. The purpose of personal contacts is to mutually accomplish technical and support work; assist in planning and coordinating work efforts; discuss technical requirements of equipment with manufacturers and resolve problems concerning the work or the peculiar needs of the organization; coordinate help with other research projects; exchange information about research techniques; obtain supplies and equipment
The work requires standing, walking, bending and lifting of objects weighing as much as 50 pounds. Certain phases of the work require extended (such as most of a work day) periods of standing or sitting while accomplishing detailed experimental procedures. Some procedures require stamina and endurance. Need to have the physical capability to
perform required duties without hazard to self or others when working with machinery, cattle, horses, fire or chemicals.
The job is located in a remote part of NE Wyoming. The work environment is about 85% in the field and 15% in the shop or office. The work involves regular and recurring moderate risks or discomforts which require special safety precautions, e.g., working outdoors. Throughout the year, the person may encounter belligerent livestock, insects, dust and extremes of weather. The person is required to wear protective clothing (e.g., coats, boots, goggles, gloves, and respirator) as conditions warrant.
Using state-of-the-art experimental methods, the student will conduct laboratory experiments to test how temperature, light, turbidity, micro-plastics, and/or pH influence the movement, behavior and interactions of aquatic invertebrates, which play important roles in wetland ecosystems.
The internship starts with a week-long short course at NGRREC’s field station in East Alton, IL. Nine weeks later, students will present their work in a professional, two-day Intern Symposium attended by their peers, research advisors, and other professionals.
To apply students must submit a general application at http://www.ngrrec.org/Apply/ and will need to list my project as their preferred option
PROJECT #4 Using automated behavioral phenotyping to explore how environmental drivers influence the behavior of aquatic invertebrates, with implications for wetland conservation
More details about the program can be found at http://www.ngrrec.org/Internship/, or you can email me directly.
Anthony I. Dell
Research Scientist | National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC)
Visiting Scholar | Department of Biology, Washington University in St Louis
We are specifically seeking one student to participate in a funded project focusing on the role of an important tributary in delivering harmful sediments to the Spokane River, WA. Sediment delivery and effects will be monitored through a variety of methods including drone flights, and the work will be in collaboration with local high school students and community groups.
Current funding for the project includes summer pay for 2018 and 2019. Interested applicants should also apply for a Graduate Service Appointment which would provide a tuition waiver plus stipend of approximately $8,750.
Students potentially interested in other projects related to fisheries management and conservation, aquatic invertebrate ecology, or nutrient dynamics in streams are also encouraged to contact us regarding potential for graduate studies.
Eastern Washington University is located ~15 minutes from Spokane, WA in the beautiful Inland Northwest, with a diversity of nearby natural habitats and outdoor recreational opportunities, including the Selkirk Range of the Rocky Mountains. EWU's Biology M.S. students have a broad range of interests, but many focus on ecology or natural resource management. Many of our graduates work in natural resource management or continue to Ph.D. programs.
More information about the Biology M.S. program, including faculty, current students, curriculum, and application procedures can be found at:
More information about EWU Biology faculty, including research interests, can be found at:
Questions may be directed to Dr. Paul Spruell (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Camille McNeely (email@example.com or 509 359-7049). To apply, please send a resume, contact information for 3 references, and an explanation of your interest in the project to Paul Spruell at the above email address.
For full consideration, complete applications to the Eastern Washington University Biology M.S. program, including GRE scores and letters of recommendation, must be received by February 20, 2018.
and professional development, such as: weekly journal clubs, scientific lectures, networking with other scientific researchers in the greater Cleveland area, and presenting a poster of their research at Holden’s SEARCH symposium.
Research: Interns will conduct research under one of three broad themes: Community ecology – How do global change drivers including climate change, non-native species, and land use change restructure our natural world? Plant physiology – How does plant physiology vary across environments and over time, and how does this shape the distribution of plants on earth? Soil ecology – How do microbes in the soil shape plant communities and their function in the ecosystem?
Skills learned over the summer may include: plant and insect identification, extracting, amplifying, and analyzing DNA, or using an LI-6400 to measure plant gas exchange. Regardless of the area of focus, interns will also learn about experimental design, reading and critiquing scientific literature, data analysis in R, and scientific communication.
Eligibility: Open to US citizens and permanent residents who are current undergraduates or recent graduates. Holden Arboretum is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce. Interns are responsible for their own transportation.
Timeline: May through August 2018, exact start and end dates flexible
PAY: $11 per hour, or about $5280 over the 12-week internship
Housing: Shared intern housing available on-site for $30 per week
Applications: Submit applications by February 15th, 2018 for full consideration. Include a resume, contact information for two references, and a letter of interest specifying your preference for research theme. For an online application:
We seek candidates with proficiency/experience in at least some of the following areas:
* Field work experience; love of mountains, hiking, camping, etc.
* Spatial, GIS, and/or Remote Sensing experience
* Interest or experience using quantitative models of forest dynamics (e.g. SORTIE).
* Statistical, quantitative, and programming skills (R, S-plus, etc.).
* Knowledge of the flora and ecology of the Rocky Mountain region
* Excellent writing and communication skills.
Interested applicants should email Dr. Martin as soon as possible: firstname.lastname@example.org
In your email, include “grad research opportunity” in the subject line, and provide a brief statement of your current and future research interests, a curriculum vitae, and the contact information for 3 references.
The Isles of Shoals represent an exceptional location for exploring parasite diversity in multi-host parasite systems (particularly trematode parasites) that include intertidal invertebrates and shorebirds. Previous work at Shoals Marine Laboratory has resulted in
interesting patterns in parasite prevalence of intermediate hosts around the islands, as well as influences on host foraging behavior and physiology. The Parasite Ecology Intern will collect parasite diversity data in invertebrate hosts on Appledore Island, assist with experiments that induce infection in intermediate hosts, and explore host behavior in the lab and the field. Interns will learn how to identify trematode parasite species using a microscope, how to induce an infection gradient in host crabs, set-up and run behavior and predation experiments, and can use what they learn from this and past work to design a related project. The intern will be a part of the larger SML Research Internship cohort and will participate in weekly discussions and lectures.
Previous coursework in ecology and marine biology is recommended. Previous experience at SML is preferred, but not required. Relevant SML courses include: Ecology & the Marine Environment, Evolution & Marine Diversity, Field Marine Invertebrate Biology, and the Shoals Research Apprenticeship.
Mentor: Dr. April Blakeslee (East Carolina University)
Dates: June 4 – August 13, 2018 (10 weeks)
SML Research Symposium: August 11, 2018
Includes room & board for 10 weeks, and roundtrip vessel transportation from Portsmouth, NH to Appledore Island. Interns are responsible for their own transportation to/from Portsmouth, NH at the beginning and end of the internship.
One intern will be selected.
- Graduate Assistant: work with department staff primarily in the areas of programmatic initiatives (1 position in ENS; multiple positions with other units at UIS)
- Graduate Research Assistant: work in our GIS Laboratory primarily in the areas of geospatial research and technical/support services (1 position in ENS)
- Graduate Public Service Internships: work in state agencies, usually the IL Environmental Protection Agency or IL Department of Natural Resources (~10 positions for ENS graduate students)
- other support packages, scholarships, and loans are also available
All positions are 21 months and include monthly stipend, tuition waivers, and partial fee waivers, but the details of the benefits differ.
Potential students need to apply for funding separately from the application for admission to the Department. There is a firm deadline of 9 March 2018 for students beginning in August 2018.
For more information on the GA/GRA positions: https://www.uis.edu/graduateassistantships/
For more information on the GPSI positions: http://www.uis.edu/graduateinternprograms/gpsi/
For more information on the Department of Environmental Studies: http://www.uis.edu/environmentalstudies/
Our MS and MA degrees are also available fully online, but, except for scholarships and loans, the above-described funding is not available to those students.
Please let me know of any questions. Dennis (email@example.com)
Dennis R. Ruez, Jr.
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Studies
One University Plaza, PAC 309
University of Illinois at Springfield
Springfield, Illinois 62703-5407
Job Description: The Nantucket Conservation Foundation, Inc. (www.nantucketconservation.org), Department of Science and Stewardship seeks 2 (two) seasonal field assistants to work on conservation and land management-based ecological research and stewardship for the 2018 field season. Both successful candidates need to have strong skills in plant identification and an interest in wildlife management and monitoring. Ideally, one candidate must have experience in wildlife monitoring. The successful candidates will be hired with complementary skill sets to create an efficient team and a strong learning environment. These positions are field-based and include a wide range of ecological field application from vegetation community surveys and rare plant searches to small mammal trapping and bat acoustic monitoring. Successful candidates will be motivated, enthusiastic, self-reliant and willing to learn. For more information on our mission and research projects, please see the Foundation’s website (www.nantucketconservation.org) and our Science and Stewardship Department blog (www.ncfscience.org).
TO APPLY: https://nantucket-conservation-foundation.workable.com
Application deadline is Friday January 19, 2018 by 5pm but we may review on a rolling basis.
Click APPLY to job and, using the Upload Resume link, upload ONE PDF DOCUMENT INCLUDING: Cover Letter, Resume, 3 references, and unofficial undergraduate college transcripts
1. Quickly develop a working knowledge of the island’s plant species;
2. Monitoring vegetation communities and rare plant species in connection with research and management projects using various sampling methods: (percent cover, line intercept, species counts, presence/absence, etc.);
3. Small mammal trapping, insect pitfall trapping, and spotted turtle surveys;
4. Assisting with bat population monitoring using acoustic detectors, mist netting and possible radio tracking;
5. Inventory state-listed plant species that currently or have historically occurred on Nantucket;
6. Population ecology studies of several plant and animal species of conservation concern;
7. Inventory, monitoring, and management of invasive plant species including hand digging and pulling and assisting a certified herbicide applicator by cutting stems, bagging and hauling away cut material;
8. Assist in greenhouse-based projects such as native seed collection, propagation and out-planting for habitat restoration;
9. Data entry and quality control;
10. Occasional participation in environmental education, interpretive and/or fundraising activities as needed.
Dates/Hours: This is a full-time, temporary position beginning in mid-May and ending in mid-October; exact dates are somewhat flexible. Hours are generally Monday through Friday, averaging eight hours per day, although work times will occasionally vary depending on project, weather, tides, etc.
Wages/Benefits: Wage is $13 per hour based on a 40-hour work week. Housing is provided in a shared, employee house. Work-related transportation is provided but is not available after working hours. Required
Qualifications: B.S. or B.A. in Ecology, Botany, Zoology, Wildlife Management, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science, or a related biological/ecological field. One full season of field work experience required. Successful applicants will have strong plant identification skills and an interest in wildlife handling and monitoring. One successful candidates must have experience with wildlife handling and monitoring. Experience in vegetation community monitoring techniques and ecological field data collection. Experience using GPS units in the field and using Microsoft Excel for data entry. Strong observational, critical thinking and organizational skills are essential, as is the ability to
accurately collect data and record field notes. Individuals must be able to work both independently and as a member of a team. A valid driver’s license is required.
Desired Qualifications: Familiarity with the flora of the northeastern United States and past plant taxonomy coursework. Interest in invasive species management and willingness to participate in manual aspects of herbicide management projects. Having or willingness to independently obtain a MA Herbicide Applicator license is useful but not required.
Physical Demands and Work Environment: This is a field work intensive position and applicants must be able to tolerate adverse field conditions. Field work includes the possibility for inclement weather and variable terrain, poison ivy and biting insects (mosquitoes, deer ticks). Nantucket is an area with a high incidence of tick-borne disease so precautions to minimize risk are encouraged. The work involves hiking, standing, bending, kneeling, and hauling field gear on a routine basis. While field assistants will not be applying or working directly with herbicide, they will be working in the vicinity of herbicide application with precautions taken to avoid direct exposure.
Position and Vacancies: Student summer hires (2 vacancies)
Duration: May 30 – August 29, 2018 (starting date firm)
Pay: $11.00-11.50/hour Depending on experience
Description and Duties: The incumbents will be employed by Northland College, but will work directly with, and report to, the Great Lakes Network of the National Park Service Inventory & Monitoring (I&M) program. The goals of the I&M program include monitoring key environmental variables so that ecological change can be detected and addressed in a timely manner. The incumbents will assist with sampling vegetation.
These are largely field based positions. The incumbents will assist with the establishment and sampling of permanent forest monitoring plots at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan. Incumbents will collect extensive monitoring data on trees and coarse woody materials, take tree cores, and assess tree health. Field work will be performed in teams of 2-3 people. The incumbents may also spend approximately 5-10% of time performing computer work.
This position operates on an 8 day on/6 day off schedule. During the 8-day sampling periods, incumbents will be expected to carry field equipment weighing up to 50 lbs. He/she will be exposed to high temperatures, stinging and biting insects, including extensive mosquitoes and ticks, and poisonous plants.
The incumbents are responsible for securing and paying for their own housing in the Empire, Michigan area.
To Apply: Please send a resume, cover letter, references, and unofficial transcripts to Suzanne Sanders (firstname.lastname@example.org) by January 15, 2018. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted shortly thereafter. No phone calls or emails, other than applications, please.
The Virginia Institute of Marine Science, located in Gloucester Point, Virginia, is one of the largest coastal and estuarine science institutions in the world, with more than 55 faculty and a graduate student body of more than 85. VIMS houses state-of-the-art oceanographic instrumentation and analytical facilities, a large fleet of coastal research vessels, a world-class marine science library, and is within close proximity to a variety of habitats ranging from freshwater tributaries to the coastal ocean.
During the summer students will meet every week for a seminar that features a guest speaker discussing topics such as: Scientific Reading, Writing and Peer Review; How to Apply to Graduate School: Tips from the Faculty Who Read the Files; Alternatives to Life in Academia: A Panel Discussion; How to Give an Effective Scientific Presentation; and Ethics in Science. Other group activities include 3 field trips. We traverse the coastal plain environment, from a freshwater system that feeds into the Chesapeake Bay, through the estuary proper and out to the Atlantic Ocean along the shoreface of the Delmarva Peninsula. When we travel to the VIMS Wachapreague Laboratory on Virginia's Eastern Shore, we spend a full day exploring nearly pristine coastal habitats, including an open coast beach on a barrier island, mud flat, salt marsh, and oyster reef. During a research cruise in the York River estuary aboard the VIMS research vessel Bay Eagle, there will be opportunities to try state-of-the-art oceanographic instrumentation, to pull in a trawl net full of fish and crabs, and to learn a bit about vessel navigation. When we kayak the tidal freshwater reaches of the Chesapeake Bay, expect to see an abundance of wildlife and learn how land-use practices in the watershed affect the local estuary and coastal ocean.
Application deadline is February 10, 2018.
Complete information about the program is available by visiting http://www.vims.edu/education/college/summer_intern/index.php
Specific questions can be directed to Jennifer Dreyer at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Seasonal Position Opening: Invasives Strike Force Crew Members
Spend your summer outdoors protecting natural resources, gaining valuable experience in the field, and making a difference in ecosystem-level conservation! If you are looking to prevent ecological damage before it happens, join the Invasives Strike Force. Employing the most effective techniques to stop invasive plants, Invasives Strike Force crew members spend nearly every work day outside in the beautiful Lower Hudson Valley of New York State, working to contain and eliminate invasive plants from the extensive parks and wild areas just north of New York City. If you want to work with team of peers, network with regional leaders in conservation, protect the environment, build a solid base in field botany and invasive plant control, and maximize your environmental impact, a position with the Invasives Strike Force might be a good fit for you.
The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference is a non-profit organization focused on the stewardship of more than 2,150 miles of hiking trails throughout southern New York and northern New Jersey. The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference Conservation Corps (TCCC) program encompasses our seasonal crews focused on trail construction or invasive species control. Our Invasives Strike Force (ISF) crews are TCCC crews which survey areas for emerging invasive species and respond quickly to priority species with aggressive control tools. Our New York crew completes projects according to the priorities of the Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management. ISF Crew members work with a wide range of park partners at multiple sites throughout southern NY and will be supported by an existing base of volunteers, the Terrestrial Invasive Species Project Manager and the Director of Land Stewardship. For more information about our Corps, check out www.nynjtc.org/corps
We are seeking 3 individuals who share our passion for conservation and the outdoors to join our ISF crew. The crew will perform both manual removal and chemical treatment of invasive plants and learn a wide range of invasive species management techniques. All crew members will become NY Pesticide Apprentices.
Plant identification and eradication training will be provided (some experience is preferred). This is primarily an outdoor position and will include periods of camping for multiple days at work sites. Crew members will manage data and write reports on weekly activities. Weekend work is required - days off will be during the week.
Service Location: Lower Hudson Valley Region of New York
Term of Service: 675 hour term of service, May 17 through September 17, weekend work required
Duties and Responsibilities:
* Become trained as a New York Pesticide Apprentice and follow all applicable rules and regulations regarding the use of pesticides
* Keep accurate, timely and detailed records of activities
* Prepare reports on work completed and log data collected
* Work professionally at all times with crew members, community volunteers, and park partners.
* Conduct independent invasives removals and treatments, including mechanical removal and/or application of herbicides
* Conduct surveys for a targeted set of invasive plants, includes use of hand-held GPS.
* Assist with training volunteers on invasive plant identification and removal techniques
* Informally educate the public about invasive plants and recruit volunteers for invasives programs
* Properly use and care for tools and equipment and follow all safety precautions
Skills and Attributes Required:
* Must be able to conduct physically strenuous field work in rugged terrain
* Must be able to hike up to 4 miles carrying up to 30 lbs of equipment over uneven and/or steep terrain
* Must have demonstrated teamwork skills
* Must be organized, responsible and detail-oriented
* Must have excellent oral and written communication skills
* Must hold and maintain a valid driver’s license
* Must have access to a reliable vehicle for transportation of self, tools, and supplies to field sites
Preferred Skills and Attributes:
* Experience with field data collection
* NY licensed pesticide applicator or technician, or experience working as a licensed applicator in another state
* Ability to identify native and invasive vegetation of the New York metropolitan region
* Experience using a hand-held GPS
* Backpacking experience, camping experience and/or outdoor field work experience
* Free rustic, lakeside housing at a local park
* Bi-weekly pre-tax living allowance not to exceed $9,788 total
* Upon successful completion of the program, an education award of $2,255.24
* Opportunity for qualified student loan deferment
* Training in Wilderness First Aid/CPR/AED and Leave No Trace Principles
* Training as a NY Pesticide Apprentice and in environmentally-sensitive invasive species control techniques, or continuing education for licensed pesticide applicators or technicians
* Training in Vehicle Operation, Watercraft Safety, and Operation of Power Tools
* Opportunity to work in a variety of different parks and preserves throughout the region and network with many local park managers and environmental professionals.
* Opportunity to serve local communities and the public by making a difference in the environment and improving habitats in a tangible way
An individual must be at least 18 years of age; have a high school diploma or GED; be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien; pass a three-part national service criminal history check of the national sex-offender registry, state repository check, and FBI fingerprint check; and complete all pre-service orientation and training requirements. Documentation of age, education and citizenship are due by the first day of orientation. Criminal history checks will be initiated before the start of service; an individual will be ineligible if s/he is required to register on the National Sex Offender Registry, has been convicted of murder, or fails to disclose any previous conviction. Other convictions or pending charges will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with program policy.
Go to: https://www.nynjtc.org/corpsmembers
Applications accepted until the positions are filled, with preference given to those received before February 20.
Plymouth State University (PSU) in Plymouth, NH invites applications for the MS in Environmental Science and Policy (ESP). The program focuses in areas related to watershed systems - hydrology, lake/stream biogeochemistry, conservation ecology, land use planning, climatology, etc. Our curriculum emphasizes the relationships between science and policy, ecosystem resilience, and science communication. Students in the program collaborate with interdisciplinary teams of faculty, students, and scientists from other academic, governmental, and NGOs including Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, White Mountain National Forest, NH Department of Environmental Services, NH Department of Fish and Game, Appalachian Mountain Club, and numerous lake associations.
Students accepted to PSU’s MS in ESP may be eligible for either graduate research assistantships (GRA) or teaching assistantships (GTA). RAs work on specific faculty research projects as they become available. TAs assist with undergraduate courses in ESP - preparing and teaching labs, organizing field expeditions, teaching a unit/module, and assisting with course management. A valid driver’s license is required for some positions.
Assistantships are available only to full-time students enrolled in the MS in ESP program. Submit applications to PSU’s Graduate Admissions. For more information about the MS in ESP, please contact the Program Coordinator,
Dr. June Hammond Rowan, email@example.com.
The research is located in the pine-juniper woodlands of New Mexico and will focus on the ecological consequences of the widespread pine mortality that has occurred in these ecosystems for over a decade. The student's responsibility will be to investigate tree recruitment in plots where adult tree mortality has been experimentally manipulated. This involves following the survivorship and growth of mapped tree seedlings. The student is also encouraged to lead or participate in a stable-isotope labelling experiment to examine the effects of vegetation manipulation on hydraulic redistribution.
The student will be enrolled in the Population and Conservation Biology master's program at Texas State University.
The successful candidate must have a background in plant science, be willing and able to do field work under physically challenging conditions and work well in teams. Prior experience in data collection, analysis and scientific writing are desirable. Minority students are especially encouraged to apply. If interested, please contact Dr. Susan Schwinning at
firstname.lastname@example.org and provide (1) a cover letter discussing research interests and relevant experience; (2) a resume or CV with three references and (3) unofficial transcripts.