The Palouse Conservation District’s mission is to actively assist current and future generations of land managers (rural and urban) in implementing conservation practices by providing educational, technical, and financial assistance. The District works through voluntary, incentive-based programs to assist residents, landowners and agricultural operators with the conservation of natural resources throughout the District.
The Palouse Conservation District is actively seeking an Education/Outreach & Restoration Technician AmeriCorps Member (position is contingent on funding) who will serve directly with our Natural Resource Coordinator and Education and Outreach Specialist to implement conservation practices with local landowners and volunteer groups. The member will be responsible for activities such as riparian buffer project planning; planting riparian buffers for increased water quality; invasive/noxious weed eradication; restoration project site maintenance; volunteer coordination and management and water quality monitoring. The AmeriCorps member will also serve with local schools and citizens to develop and deliver educational activities. Education activities will include providing educational programs to students, landowners, and volunteers through workshops and outreach materials on local watershed and natural resource issues, benefits of conservation areas, benefits of riparian areas, and water quality protection. Service runs September 15, 2018 to July 31, 2019.
B4WARMED (Boreal Forest Warming at an Ecotone in Danger) is a manipulative experiment that warms simultaneously plants and soil and implements summer rainfall reduction in the field. Main goals of the project is to examine broadly defined ecological processes in a scope of warming and rainfall reduction. In particular, our work focuses on: soil processes, tree seedlings physiology, phenology, growth, and survival and other. For more information: http://forestecology.cfans.umn.edu/Research/B4WARMED/.
Position overview: We seek independent and mature field assistants with a background in biology, ecology, environmental science, forestry, or a related field for a paid field research internship ($11/hr). Openings start in August and go until end of November. Start dates are flexible and up for negotiation. In general, an internship lasts about 4 months. Typical workdays are eight hours Monday through Friday; however, tasks may require early morning, evening, or weekend work. A valid driver’s license is required. The intern will work and travel mostly independently and occasionally in a pair or small group. Maturity to work autonomously and for long hours is required. Responsibilities: Work independently to collect biotic and abiotic data in field and lab settings in accordance with established protocols Measure seedling growth, germination, physiology, and phenology Measure soil characteristics and microbe activity Routine maintenance of field sites and research equipment. Data entry using Excel and Google Drive Travel frequently between sites Employ experimental rainfall reduction treatment Aiding principle investigators and graduate students as needed. Desired qualifications: 1) Eagerness to work hard in an outdoor setting. 2) Capacity to collect data following established protocols. 3) Familiarity with plant and tree species of northern Minnesota. 4) Willingness to work well and live alone and/or with others in a remote area. 5) Demonstrated ability to work under changing weather conditions and with large swarms of insects. 6) Ability to adapt to a frequently changing schedule with frequent travel.
Research sites: Field work will be split between research sites at the Cloquet Forestry Center in Cloquet, MN (http://cfc.cfans.umn.edu/) and the Hubachek Wilderness Research Center (https://cfc.cfans.umn.edu/facilities/hubachek) near Ely, MN. Both research sites are in beautiful forested settings and provide access to the natural areas of northern Minnesota including the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. An individual’s home base will be at either of these locations, though travel between sites will be required depending on project needs. University vehicles are used for such travel. On-site housing with furnishing and a kitchen will be available.
Contact: Please send cover letter (including available working dates), one-page resume, and contact information for two references electronically to: Artur Stefanski firstname.lastname@example.org University of Minnesota 1530 Cleveland Ave N. | St Paul, MN 55108 USA
Highest priority will be given to applicants possible start date before August 1.
University of Puerto Rico- Río Piedras Tropical Forest Research Experience for College Graduates Complete applications must be submitted by July 21, 2018
RESEARCH DESCRIPTION: The University of Puerto Rico will carry out Post hurricane field work in El Verde Field Station in the El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico. Interns will work on a variety of projects, including canopy and plot photos, soil moisture, vegetation surveys, litter processing, plot set up, animal surveys (frogs and lizards) and a variety of other field work. Following training and orientation, the volunteers will work in the forest in teams or individually, spending long hours in the field, sometime at night (generally Monday-Friday), often in wet and muddy conditions and on challenging topography. While in Puerto Rico volunteers will have the opportunity to learn about diverse aspects of tropical ecology from scientists involved in the Luquillo Long-Term Ecological Research Program. PERIOD: September 5- through December 22, 2018 STIPEND: $600 per month to cover food and general living expenses. ACCOMMODATION: Free accommodation at El Verde Field Station in Puerto Rico. Housing is communal using shared resources. The field station is relatively isolated and transportation is available on a limited basis.
TRAVEL: Refund of up to $750 towards a round-trip plane ticket from mainland USA, if not already living in Puerto Rico.
NOTE: We are unable to provide any medical insurance.
REQUIREMENTS: College graduates with background in biology, ecology, environmental science, or related field, preferably with field-work experience, knowledge of plant identification, and excellent organizational skills. Tropical experience useful, but is not required. We are currently only considering US citizens and permanent US residents for these opportunities.
1) A letter of interest indicating why you wish to work in a tropical forest and describing your relevant experience. Include a statement that you understand your application is for a volunteer position 2) Full resume 3) University transcripts (scanned unofficial transcripts are fine)
All email attachments must include the name of the applicant as part of the file name. Please include “Post Hurricane Field Work” as part of your subject line, as we may be hiring for multiple positions. Please email further inquiries to email@example.com. Following phone interviews, we will inform successful applicants in August, 2018. For more information, please see http://luq.lter.network/