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Pennsylvania State University REU, mycorrhizal fungi 6/3/03
National Park Service Amphibian restoration, Sequoia/Kings Canyon NP 5/23/03
American Museum of Natural History Biodiversity and Conservation Internships 5/15/03 4/8/03
Princeton University Field assistants, forest ecology 5/15/03
Wesleyan University Plant evolution/ecology 5/13/03
Oregon State University REU, forest ecology 5/13/03
USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center Intern, Breeding Bird Survey database 5/12/03 4/30/03
Duke University Marine Laboratory Summer Intern, Ocean Biogeography 5/9/03 4/23/03
Princeton University Summer field assistant, snail ecology in the s Appalachians 5/2/03
Idaho State University Summer research assistant, plant physiological ecology 4/30/03 4/10/03
Virginia Tech REU, plant-animal interactions 4/30/03 4/7/03
Michigan Technological University Field techs, deer/vegetation 4/30/03 2/4/03
Duke University Marine Laboratory Summer research assistants, fish 4/30/03 1/21/03
Texas Tech University Field assistant, Amphibians 4/28/03
University of Nevada, Reno Summer Assistant, small mammals 4/25/03 4/1/03
University of Montana Field Assistants, bird ecology 4/22/03
N.C. Dept of Environment and Natural Resources Summer intern, Environmental Management 4/21/03 4/9/03
University of Georgia Tropical ecology - seed dispersal in Panama 4/18/03
Fort A.P. Hill Seasonal Field Technician, forest health 4/18/03 1/13/03
The Nature Conservancy Summer Assistants, birds, Sierra Nevada 4/16/03
USDA Forest Service Summer wildlife surveys, Lake Tahoe 4/16/03
New York City Dept of Environmental Protection Forest Research Summer Intern 4/15/03 3/24/03
Kansas State University REU, plant disease in tallgrass prairie 4/15/03
University of Alaska - Fairbanks Summer field research in Alaska 4/14/03
University of Arizona Seasonal field assistant, mammals and invertebrates 4/14/03
Smithsonian Conservation and Research Center Interns, Conservation GIS 4/8/03
University of Notre Dame Summer Assistants, Aquatic Ecology & Invasion Biology 4/2/03 3/19/03
Academy of Natural Sciences Summer Intern, Historical Ecology 4/1/03
Colorado State University REU, Ecological Research in Greenland 4/1/03 3/5/03
Oregon State University REU, Forest Ecology 4/1/03 1/23/03
Eco-metrics, Inc. Summer intern, River/Floodplain Eco-hydrology 3/31/03
Montana State University Summer Technician, Plant Ecology 3/31/03 3/5/03
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary Summer Interns, reptiles and wetlands 3/30/03 2/12/03
Oklahoma State University REU, GIS and Soil/Water Resources 3/30/03 1/21/03
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences Deep Sea Benthic Ecology 3/29/03 1/10/03
University of Georgia REU, evolutionary ecology of sunflowers 3/27/03
Chicago Botanic Garden Summer Field Research, plant-pollinator interactions 3/26/03 3/4/03
Academy of Natural Sciences Summer assistant, riparian ecology 3/24/03
Konza Prairie Biological Station Summer Field Assistant, cowbird behavior 3/24/03
Marine Biological Laboratory REUs, research in Alaska 3/18/03
University of Pittsburgh Summer assistant, forest ecology 3/18/03
University of Toledo REUs, ecology 3/15/03 3/7/03
Baylor University REUs, ecology and organismal biology 3/15/03 2/25/03
White Mountain Research Station Summer interns 3/15/03 2/20/03
University of Hawai'i at Hilo REU, conservation biology 3/15/03 1/23/03
Kansas State University REU, Tallgrass Prairie Conservation 3/14/03 3/4/03
Bechtel SAIC CO., LLC Reclamation Intern, Yucca Mountain, NV 3/14/03 2/11/03
Michigan State University Summer assistant, forest ecology 3/5/03
University of Notre Dame Summer assistants, Aquatic Biogeochemistry 3/5/03
University of Notre Dame Summer technician, stream ecology 3/5/03
Organization for Tropical Studies Research internship, modeling of ant-plant interactions 3/5/03 2/7/03
Kent State University REU, Lake Erie Ecosystem Watershed Project 3/3/03 2/13/03
Harvard University Summer REU, plant invaders in Cape Cod 3/3/03 2/11/03
Harvard University Summer Research in Ecology 3/3/03 1/6/03
Clarkson University Summer REUs, Environmental Sciences and Engineering 3/3/03 12/3/02
University of Washington Summer field assistants, forest ecology 3/1/03 1/22/03
University of Maine Summer interns, marine ecology 3/1/03 12/30/02
University of Alaska Southeast REU, physiology, ecology, and behavior of marine organisms 2/28/03 2/19/03
University of California, Santa Barbara REU, alpine lake ecosystems 2/28/03 2/4/03
Fordham University Summer Undergraduate Research 2/28/03 12/4/02
USDA Forest Service Summer Field Assistants, Alaska 2/27/03
North Carolina State University Summer Field Assistants, bird ecology 2/21/03
USDA-ARS (Montana) Summer technicians, grasshopper ecology 2/21/03
US Geological Survey Summer field assistants, prairie restoration 2/21/03
Florida State University Summer research assistant: marine ecology 2/18/03
University of Puerto Rico Summer internship, Tropical Ecology and Evolution 2/15/03 12/11/02
Dauphin Island Sea Lab Marine Ecology Internships 2/14/03 1/14/03
USDA Forest Service Summer Field Assistants, amphibians 2/11/03
Michigan State University Summer Field Assistants, Wood Thrush ecology 2/11/03
Archbold Biological Station Research internships in ecology 2/7/03
University of Nebraska Summer Field Assistants, effects of biocontrol 2/7/03 1/21/03
Oklahoma State University Summer Field Assistant, disturbance/grasslands 2/5/03
University of Louisiana at Lafayette Summer field assistant, bottomland songbirds 2/5/03
American Society of Plant Biologists Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program 2/4/03 11/13/02
University of New Brunswick Summer field assistants, grassland birds 2/3/03
Organization for Tropical Studies REU, Tropical Biology 1/30/03 1/3/03
University of Nebraska Summer field techs, grassland birds 1/27/03
Ecological Society of America SEEDS Intern Program for minorities in ecology 1/15/03 11/26/02
Syracuse University Ecological research intern, Minnesota 1/13/03

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Academy of Natural Sciences: The Patrick Center for Environmental Research has an opening for a research intern to locate and evaluate dam sites to help determine the long-term restoration benefits of dam removal. May 1 - August 31, negotiable. The intern will gain unique interdisciplinary research experience in both historical and ecological data collection. In particular, the intern will compile a database of small dams that are no longer functional in the Delaware Valley region, and use this database to help initiate a study on the ecological effects of dam removals. This research effort could also be applied towards a senior or graduate thesis. The intern’s primary responsibility is to conduct a systematic search for former dam locations using a variety of historical information, including reference libraries, historical societies, industrial records, and the internet. After a database of sites has been compiled, the intern will conduct field surveys of former dam sites to assess their suitability for further research, and as a preliminary survey of their remaining effects on stream ecosystems. Qualifications: • Bachelor’s degree or enrollment in a program leading to a Bachelor’s or higher degree in a relevant area (e.g., history, environmental history, environmental sciences, geology, geography, landscape design, planning, biology, botany) preferred • Ability to read and interpret maps to locate sites • Ability to work independently with a high level of persistence • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to learn quickly • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written • Valid driver’s license and excellent driving record. Desirable Attributes: • Demonstrated interest and experience conducting historical research and/or experience with field sampling in environmental or ecological studies • Experience managing data with IBM-compatible software (e.g., MS Access or MS Excel) • Experience using ArcView, ArcMap, or other GIS software desirable, though not required • Physical ability to conduct field work in uncontrolled conditions (mud, rain, heat, insects, etc.) To Apply: Send letter of application, resume, and names and telephone numbers of two references to: Dr. Rebecca Brown, Patrick Center for Environmental Research, Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1195. or e-mail to brown@acnatsci.org. Posted: 4/1/03.

Academy of Natural Sciences: The Patrick Center for Environmental Research is hiring a short-term Riparian Ecology Research Assistant to perform a variety of field tasks involved in a study of the effects of dams on riparian vegetation in southeastern Pennsylvania. Dates: June 2 - late July, with possible extension to late August. Wage: $8/hour. The candidate will have the opportunity to work in a wide range of stream locations throughout southeastern PA, to gain familiarity with field vegetation survey protocols, and to learn streamside flora. Responsibilities include preparation for field work, participation in field work (including establishing survey plots, counting and identifying trees and other plants, and collecting topographic, soils, and other field data), a small amount of data entry and related computer tasks, and gear maintenance. Field work requires the ability to work outdoors in uncontrolled conditions (mud, rain, heat, insects, etc.) and often involves operation of vehicles. Qualifications: - Bachelor's degree or enrollment in a program leading to a Bachelor's degree in a relevant area (e.g., biology, botany, environmental sciences) preferred - Physical ability to hike to field sites and work in uncontrolled conditions (heat, insects, etc.) - Driver's license and good driving record - Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to learn quickly. Desirable Attributes: - Experience with field sampling in environmental or biological studies - Experience and strong interest in field botany, plant ecology, or stream ecology - Experience managing data with IBM-compatible software (e.g., MS Access or MS Excel). To Apply: Send letter of application, resume, and names and telephone numbers of two references to: Dr. Rebecca Brown, Patrick Center for Environmental Research, Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1195 or e-mail to brown@acnatsci.org or FAX to 215-299-1079. Posted: 3/24/03.

American Museum of Natural History: The Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the AMNH in New York City is offering internships for 2003. These internships generally run during the summer and include a stipend. (1) Research in Marine Conservation Science Curriculum Materials, (2) Biodiversity Outreach – Invertebrate Conservation Symposium, (3) Biodiversity Outreach – Bolivia Exhibit. For details, see http://research.amnh.org/biodiversity/center/programs/interns. Deadline: May 15th, 2003. Posted: 4/8/03.

American Society of Plant Biologists: Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program. The goal is to provide opportunities for students to pursue meaningful research in plant biology at their home institutions early in their college years. Ideally students should be sophomores at the time of application and would conduct the research in the following summer. Exceptionally well-prepared first-year students and juniors who provide evidence of a strong commitment to plant biology will also be considered. In addition to conducting the research, recipients will be expected to present their results at the ASPB national meeting in the following summer, 2004. Funding to attend the meeting will be provided by ASPB Travel Grants. With this opportunity, ASPB hopes to encourage students to pursue advanced degrees and careers in plant biology. Each fellowship provides: $3,000 student stipend, $500 for supplies, one year student membership in ASPB, and application for a travel allowance to attend the ASPB national meeting (this may not cover all expenses of the trip). Deadline February 4, 2003. See http://www.aspb.org/education/summerundergrad.cfm for complete information. For further information contact Paula Brooks at paula@aspb.org. Posted: 11/13/02.

Archbold Biological Station: Research internships in ecology are available at the MacArthur Agro-ecology Research Center (www.maerc.org). MAERC is located in south central Florida at a 4,000-ha full-scale commercial cattle ranch that encompasses varied pastures and prairies, woodland hammocks, a small citrus grove and abundant wetlands. The Center is the site of large collaborative research projects with the University of Florida and South Florida Water Management District. Current research projects focus on nutrient cycling in subtropical pastures; the influence of grazing and fire on productivity and belowground processes in pastures and seasonal wetlands; wetland restoration; and the effects of beef cattle production on water quality. Research interns spend half time assisting with projects of the staff Research Biologist and half time conducting their own independent research project, and have the opportunity to interact with staff at Archbold Biological Station, a vibrant and dynamic center for ecological research and education. The internship is available for undergraduates and recent college graduates or graduate students. The length of appointment will be for 3-6 months (or longer for graduate students). Current positions will become available in March, 2003 or later. Interested applicants should contact Dr. Patrick Bohlen at (863) 699-0242 x22, or pbohlen@archbold-station.org, or apply by sending (1) a letter of application, including interests and period of availability, (2) a resume or curriculum vitae, included G.P.A. and relevant course work, and (3) contact information for at least two references, to Dr. Patrick Bohlen, MacArthur Agro-Ecology Research Center, 300 Buck Island Ranch Rd., Lake Placid, FL 33853. E-mail applications are welcome. Posted: 2/7/03.

Baylor University: Undergraduate Summer Research in ecology and organismal biology. We anticipate that approximately ten summer undergraduate research fellowships will be offered for Summer 2003. Academically talented undergrads majoring in biology or related fields, and interested in exploring a career in research, are invited to apply. Priority will be given to current sophomores and juniors with a 3.0 GPA. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. No previous research experience is required. In addition to conducting a research project under the supervision of a faculty mentor, students are expected to participate as professionals in program seminars, lectures, discussions, and hands-on workshops, as well as local and regional field trips. Each participant will receive a $3000 stipend for the 10-week program that will run from approximately June 1 through August 9. Apartment housing will be provided. Travel will be reimbursed up to $500. Interested students should submit an application, college transcripts, and 2 letters of recommendation from professors familiar with their academic performance and career goals. For full consideration, all materials should be received by March 15, 2003. Application forms are available at http://www.baylor.edu/reunsf. For more information contact the Program Co-Directors: Dr. Ann E. Rushing (Ann_Rushing@baylor.edu) or Sharon A. Conry (Sharon_Conry@baylor.edu). Applications should be mailed to: REU Program, Department of Biology, P.O. Box 97388, Baylor University, Waco, TX 76798. Posted: 2/25/03.

Bechtel SAIC CO., LLC: Reclamation Intern, Summer 2003. Start and end dates will be negotiable and dependent on student's schedule. Salary: Competitive. Dependent on degree and number of years completed. Background: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has been characterizing Yucca Mountain, Nevada (located approximately 90 miles north of Las Vegas on the Nevada Test Site) for the potential development of a monitored geologic repository for spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste. As a result of these characterization studies, land surface disturbances (e.g., roads, pits, trenches, boreholes, and borrow areas) were created. A program to reclaim disturbed areas was implemented to meet environmental requirements set forth by federal laws and regulations. The program includes planning, implementation, remediation, and monitoring. Bechtel SAIC Co., LLC currently has a summer internship available for an individual enrolled in an undergraduate degree in a Range Science, Ecology, Botany or related field. Individual will assist with vegetation and soil monitoring on reclaimed sites at Yucca Mountain, NV. Field work will include plant cover and density data collection, soil sample collection, and other miscellaneous tasks related to habitat restoration. Travel to the field sites will be by bus (about 1.5 hours one way). Office work will include data entry and initial statistical summaries of monitoring and survey data. Offices are located in Las Vegas, NV. Individual will work closely with project reclamation scientists. Individual must be enrolled in a BS degree program in Range Science, Plant Ecology, Botany, or related field. Individual must be able to work for long hours under harsh environmental conditions. Ability to identify Mojave and Great Basin desert plant species is preferred. Experience with Microsoft Access and Excel software is preferred. To receive a summer internship application package, send a cover letter requesting the package and resume via email to: Alissa Kramer (Alissa_Kramer@ymp.gov) Specify requisition number: WO3586013; Intern title: Reclamation Intern. An application package will be sent once the cover letter and resume are received. Deadline for receipt of the application package: March 14th. Posted: 2/11/03.

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences: Interested undergraduates and recent graduates are invited to apply for summer internships in subtidal benthic ecology research. Internships are available for all or part of mid-May through October 2003. We especially encourage students interested in pursuing a career in marine science, ecology, or fisheries. For full information, see http://www.bigelow.org/employment.html. Deadline: March 29, 2003. Posted: 1/10/03.

Chicago Botanic Garden: Summer Field Research for undergrads or recent graduates interested in gaining field research experience and learning about the ecology and evolution of plant-pollinator interactions. I am looking for 2-3 field assistants for an NSF-funded research project on habitat fragmentation of the tallgrass prairie. We are investigating how limited pollinator services and small plant population sizes influence reproduction, genetic diversity, and inbreeding in the purple coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia). This summer we will conduct experiments to estimate genetic and environmental influences on plant growth and reproduction in 30 remnant Echinacea populations in western Minnesota. No experience is necessary, but you must be enthusiastic and hard-working. You will survey plant populations, measure fitness and floral traits, hand-pollinate plants, observe insects, and assist in all aspects of research. Housing is included and there is a stipend. There are opportunities for doing an independent project. If you want more information or wish to apply, please see http://www.cbs.umn.edu/~wagenius/jobs/ or contact Stuart Wagenius (phone: 847 835 6978, swagenius@chicagobotanic.org). Applications due 26 March 2003.

Clarkson University: Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Environmental Sciences and Engineering. Theme: Sustainable management through environmental engineering and science. Who: Environmental engineering or science students expecting to graduate between December 2003 and May 2005. When: Ten weeks, May 27 - August 1, 2003. Where: Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York. What: Conduct environmental research with faculty and graduate student mentors. Research projects are available in the following areas: aquatic and atmospheric chemistry, green chemistry, biodiversity and ecological sustainability, drinking water and hazardous waste treatment technologies, environmental stresses on biological systems, lifecycle assessment and sustainable energy, bioremediation and fate of subsurface contamination. Benefits: room and board, stipend of $3,500, some travel expenses. Apply by March 1, 2003. For complete information, see http://www.clarkson.edu/reu/. Posted: 12/3/02.

Colorado State University: Ecological Research in NW Greenland. We are recruiting two students to participate in the NSF-Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) program as part of our project on Biocomplexity of terrestrial ecosystems in the High Arctic (late May through mid-August 2003). The NSF-funded REU program matches undergraduate students with scientists for advanced, independent research on a project of the student's own design. Two positions are available on a project examining carbon, nitrogen and water dynamics that will provide training in ecological research techniques. Students will be expected to conduct field studies under some harsh summer conditions, and thus should have some outdoor work experience and be in good physical condition. No prior experience is required but attention to detail, and the ability to work independently and as part of a team are essential. Lodging will be provided at the Thule Air Base, air transportation to the site is provided, and the positions include a stipend of $3800 for the summer. Awards will only be made to US citizens or permanent residents. Applications received by April 1 will be assured consideration. Send a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts, and 2 references to: Dr. Heidi Steltzer, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, 80525, steltzer@lamar.colostate.edu. In your cover letter, briefly describe your work or extracurricular experiences in the outdoors, all previous work experience, and explain your interest in this position. Please email if you have questions. Posted: 3/5/03.

Dauphin Island Sea Lab: Marine Ecology Internships. We are seeking applicants to help conduct research on several projects currently being conducted in various benthic communities. These projects focus on the effects of nutrient enrichment and herbivory, habitat fragmentation and oyster growth. Research will be based at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab in the Mobile Bay area of the Northern Gulf Coast. Spring interns will start on May 5 and continue through August 8. Fall interns will start on August 11 and continue through November 14. A weekly stipend of $100 and a room and board allowance ($150/week) will be provided. Eligibility – Undergraduate juniors and seniors enrolled in marine programs, or with marine experience are preferred. This internship is available only to U.S. and Canadian citizens. For full details, see http://univ-prog.disl.org/internship.html. Application Deadline is: February 14, 2003. Posted: 1/14/03.

Duke University Marine Laboratory: The Ocean Biogeographic Information System - Spatial Ecological Analysis of Megavertebrate Populations (OBIS-SEAMAP) project seeks a research intern for the summer of 2003. The OBIS-SEAMAP project (http://obismap.env.duke.edu) is archiving geo-referenced information on the distribution of marine mammals, seabirds, and sea turtles into an online database intended for use by conservation planners, policy-makers, researchers, students, educators and the general public. The intern will assist with compiling datasets into the OBIS-SEAMAP database, and will write species profiles for sea turtles and seabirds for posting to the web. This will involve research on identification, habitat, behavior, and prey of various seabirds and sea turtles. The intern may also assist with data entry and editing. We are looking for a self-motivated, organized person comfortable with the internet and Microsoft Excel who has an interest in marine ecology. Desirable, but not necessary, experience includes field data collection on marine animals, database management (especially Microsoft Access), web page design, and use of geographical information systems. Guidance and training will be provided by staff and faculty on the project. The starting date will be 02 June, 2003 and the intern will be expected to work until the end of August. The internship will be based at the Duke University Marine Laboratory in Beaufort, North Carolina. A stipend will be available. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Sloan Freeman (ska2@duke.edu) before 9 May, 2003. Posted: 4/23/03.

Duke University Marine Laboratory: Several summer research assistants are needed for a study of the effects of low dissolved oxygen on demersal fishes in the Gulf of Mexico. Positions are based at Duke Marine Lab and will involve travel to participate in research cruises in the Gulf. There is also the opportunity to participate in other projects ongoing in the lab. No experience is necessary to apply but some experience at sea and in standard fisheries sampling and processing techniques is preferred. The successful candidates must be enthusiastic and willing to learn, and be able to work reliably and independently with minimal supervision. Start date is flexible but must be no later than June 10. Pay ranges from $8.00-10.00 per hour commensurate with experience. Closing date is April 30, 2002 or until positions are filled. To make informal inquiries or apply, send a cover letter describing your interest in the position, resume, and three references to the below address. Electronic submission is strongly encouraged. Dr. Kevin Craig, Duke University Marine Laboratory, 135 Duke Marine Lab Rd., Beaufort, NC 28516-9721. Ph: 252-222-6343 (office), Ph: 252-504-7636 (lab), kevin.craig@duke.edu. Posted: 1/21/03.

Ecological Society of America: Strategies for Ecology Education, Development and Sustainability (SEEDS) Intern Program. The intern will work with a variety of aspects of this program, which serves to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in the field of ecology. Responsibilities may include assisting with the development of a network of ecology chapters at minority-serving institutions, identifying summer research experiences to link minority institutions with research ecologists, preparing Annual Meeting travel awards, fieldtrip planning, disseminating information to potential SEEDS participants, and helping to maintain the SEEDS website. Activities will depend upon the ability and interest of each intern and the need of ESA. For a three month commitment, ESA will offer a $2,000 stipend. Starting and ending dates are flexible. Please indicate your availability when applying. Both internships are offered three times a year according to the schedule below. Internship Dates (Approximate)/Application Deadlines: Spring February 1 - May 1/January 15; Summer June 1 - September 1/May 15; Fall September 1 - December 1/August 15. College undergraduates and recent college graduates are welcome to apply. Interests and background may include: ecology, biology, education, and minority programs (SEEDS Program). The internships require a high degree of motivation, initiative, maturity, and responsibility. Experience in web design and the ability to conceptually organize information, text and graphics a plus. The Ecological Society of America will cooperate with universities/colleges that offer credit for intern programs. However, it is the student's responsibility to make all the arrangements for receiving academic credit. To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional/academic references. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Finalists will be interviewed in person or by phone. Please send completed applications to: Internship Coordinator Education Office Ecological Society of America 1400 Spring Street, Suite 330, Silver Spring, MD 20910-2749. fax 301-588-4693, education@esa.org. If sending via email, please write "General Education Internship Application" or "SEEDS Program Internship Application" in the subject box of the message. Posted: 11/26/02.

Eco-metrics, Inc.: summer intern position with our Pendleton, Oregon office to support ongoing research on the hydrology of the Umatilla River including field research, remote sensing, and hydrological modeling. Duration: 3 months; starting anytime during May 2003 Rate of pay: $1800 per month (~$10.50 per hour) Responsibilities: Maintenance of river and ground water hydrology monitoring stations, water quality sampling, data analysis and management. Work activities will be associated with a NASA-funded research project focusing on how interaction between the Umatilla River and its floodplain influences thermal diversity, where altered thermal patterns within the Umatilla River have exacerbated salmon declines within the basin. Responsibilities will consist of field work (river and groundwater sampling) primarily, but opportunities may also exist to gain experience in GIS and data management depending on the skill and interests of the successful applicant. Applicants should have a strong work ethic and be able to work independently and as part of a team. Strong computer skills and previous field experience are desirable. This should be a rewarding work experience for those with backgrounds in aquatic chemistry, ecology, fisheries and wildlife, environmental engineering, watershed science and biology. Applicants should submit resumes, unofficial college transcripts, and names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of three references. For further information contact: Dr. Steve Thomas, Eco-metrics, Inc., 322 SW 3rd St., Pendleton, OR 97801. 541-276-6439, sthomas@eco-metrics.com, www.eco-metrics.com. Posted: 3/31/03.

Florida State University: summer research assistant: marine ecology, St. Joseph Bay, Florida, May 1-July 30, 2003 (flexible). Applicants should be undergraduates or recent graduates. Applicants should be able to withstand long hours in the water, and have some background in ecology and invertebrate biology. The work involves helping set up field experiments and collecting data. This is a full time job, and we will be most of the time at St. Joe Bay, which is two hours away from Tallahassee (Florida's capital). I will provide room along with the salary. Pay: $800/month. For more information contact: Pablo Munguia, Department of Biological Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, 32306-1100. munguia@bio.fsu.edu, http://bio.fsu.edu/~munguia/, Phone: 644-2678. Posted: 2/18/03.

Fordham University: Calder Summer Undergraduate Research (CSUR). The Louis Calder Center - Biological Field Station of Fordham University announces paid research opportunities for undergraduate students in our Calder Summer Undergraduate Research (CSUR) program. The CSUR program is supported by an NSF-REU site grant. The 2003 program will run from May 26th through August 15, 2003. We offer students hands-on experience and training in a wide variety of field studies, including: Algal-pH relationships in aquatic habitats, Reproductive biology of the Gray Tree Frog, Avian ecology and conservation in coastal marshes, Carbon budgets, Microhabitat conditions and spatial distribution of the deer tick, Community and ecosystem responses to invasive exotic insects, N deposition effects on mycorrhizae, Ecology of the West Nile virus and their mosquito vectors, Plant responses to climate change, Radio telemetry on the activity patterns of free-ranging chipmunks, Field studies on the food hoarding behavior of red squirrels, Seedling and root responses to fire, Food web connections in stream food webs. Successful CSUR candidates will be matched with staff scientists with similar research interests. This year we will offer up to eight (8) awards to qualified undergraduates interested in conducting independent research for 12 weeks during the summer of 2002. Stipends of $3,600 will be awarded to successful applicants. There is housing on site (subsidized rent) and limited funds to support research and local travel. For details on the program and application form, see: http://www.fordham.edu/calder_center/calder-center/CSUR-Program.html You may also request information from the CSUR office by email, mail or fax: CSUR office: 914-273-3078, ext. 10; email: pburgos@fordham.edu; fax: 914-273-2167, or c/o the Director: wehr@fordham.edu. Applications due February 28th, 2003. Posted: 12/4/02.

Fort A.P. Hill: Field Technician; Duration: June - August 2003; Salary: $10-12/hr. Full-time, seasonal position with the Land Condition Trend Analysis program on Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia. Candidates will conduct forest health monitoring and vegetation inventory of installation forests. Candidates will be trained in USFS Forest Health Monitoring and basic stand inventory procedures. Candidates are expected to be capable of working as part of a two or three-person team and under adverse field conditions (temperature, humidity, insects etc.) with limited supervision. Qualifications: (any or all of the following) - Experience in conducting a forest inventory and/or forest health monitoring. - Knowledge of the dendrology and taxonomy of southeastern flora (woody and herbaceous species). - Proficiency using dichotomous keys to identify plant species. - Enrollment in, or recent graduate (within 3 years) from, a 2-year or 4-year degree granting institution. - Ease with working in the out-of-doors. - Ability to work and learn on the job. - Drivers License (any state) and a United States Citizen. Preference will be given to those candidates with a demonstrated level of experience and/or an academic interest in forestry or the natural resources. Limited housing is available, please inquire for details. Contact: Kristine L. Brown, LCTA Field Coordinator, Fort A.P. Hill, (804) 633 - 8465, Kristine_L_Brown@belvoir.army.mil. Posted: 1/13/03. Mailing Address: DPW ENRD, 19952 North Range Road, Building 1220, Attention: Kristine L. Brown, Fort A.P. Hill, VA. 22427. Send resume, transcripts (unofficial or copies), and 2 letters of recommendation. Closing Date: April 18, 2003. Posted: 1/13/03.

Harvard University: I am looking for field assistants to participate in a long-term, landscape study of habitat invasibility to plant invaders in Cape Cod National Seashore. This research involves outdoor work in variable weather with lots of field identification and travel throughout the Cape. Plant identification skills are helpful, but will teach. Some data entry and lab work will be required. Both undergraduate and post-graduates may apply. The dates available are May 25th through August 15th (flexible). Please refer to Harvard Forest web page for greater detail on the project. I can provide room at Cape Cod National Seashore with a stipend of $1200/month. Betsy Von Holle, Ph.D., Harvard Forest, Harvard University. Please contact me (vonholle@fas.harvard.edu) with any questions about the position. To Apply: Send an application (from website), two letters of recommendation, resume, and a complete set of academic transcripts to the attention of Dottie Recos-Smith, Harvard Forest, P.O. Box 68, 324 N. Main Street, Petersham, MA 01366 by March 3, 2003. Applications may also be sent to drecos@fas.harvard.edu or faxed to (978) 724-3595. Posted: 2/11/03.

Harvard University: Harvard Forest is soliciting applications for our Summer Research Program in Ecology. Research at the Forest focuses on the effects of natural and human disturbances on forest ecosystems, including atmospheric pollution, global warming, hurricanes, tree falls, and insect outbreaks. Researchers come from many disciplines, and specific projects center on population and community ecology, paleoecology, land-use history, wildlife biology, biochemistry, soil science, ecophysiology, and atmosphere-biosphere exchanges. Each student will participate in an ongoing research project with a researcher from Harvard, UNH, Marine Biological Laboratory Ecosystem Center or other institutions. Responsibilities may include field sampling, laboratory studies, data analysis and scientific writing. In addition, students attend weekly seminars and workshops given by nationally known scientists on topics regarding ecosystem research, career planning, and graduate school preparation. In July, students will attend a one-day symposium on careers in ecology at the Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York. At the end of the summer, students will develop their research results, prepare an abstract, and present their findings at a student research symposium. Academic credit may be arranged with the student's home institution. Students earn a $3600 stipend for the 12 week session which runs between May 27 and August 15, 2003. Room and board at the Forest is included free of charge as part of the program. Most positions are for undergraduates but there are a few positions for students who have recently graduated as well. Information, including the application and the Summer 2003 projects, is available at http://harvardforest.fas.harvard.edu. The application deadline is March 3, 2003. For additional questions, please contact the program coordinator, Edythe Ellin (telephone: 978/724-3302, ext. 224; email ellin@fas.harvard.edu). Posted: 1/6/03.

Idaho State University: We have one position available for a summer research assistant in plant physiological ecology in SW Montana. The selected assistant will live, and work, in and around Bozeman, MT assisting in field data collection of several grasses and forbs, primarily European Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea maculosa). Our lab is investigating how variations in plant morphology and/or physiology affect plant fitness across multiple habitats. Data collection will include everything from a shovel to leaf-level and whole-plant level gas exchange measurements. Instruments include LiCor 6400 gas exchange system, Sholander type pressure bomb for plant water potentials, and Campbell Scientific data loggers. Assistant must be able to work independently, and be willing to work long mornings and days outside in semiarid regions. Experience with field eco-phys equipment not required, but preferred. Anyone interested in plant ecology/physiology who would like to gain or broaden their field research experience is encouraged to apply. Housing and a modest stipend, based on experience, will be provided for the summer. Exact dates are flexible, but desired time is from the end of May until early August. Please send an application by April 30 consisting of: (1) a one-page cover letter describing research interests, previous experience, and why you would like to participate in this project, (2) a resume, (3) two names/contact info for reference, and (4) college transcripts (unofficial OK) to: Judd Hill (hilljuds@isu.edu), or Dept. of Biological Sciences, Idaho State University, Box 8007, Pocatello, ID 83209. For further information, please contact Judd Hill (208)-282-5789 or Matt Germino (germmatt@isu.edu) (208) 282-3285. Posted: 4/10/03.

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary: We are accepting applications from university students to participate in on-going studies of reptiles and wetlands for the 2003 field season. Three intern positions are available. Interns assist with on-going, team projects, but also work independently. Applicants should enjoy fieldwork and should be able to tolerate long hours in the field, occasionally under uncomfortable conditions. It helps to have a high degree of self-motivation. In addition to helping with on-going studies, each intern completes an independent research project. At the end of the season in August, each intern gives an oral presentation and turns in a written report on the independent project. 2003 Research Projects: Habitat use by male eastern box turtles; Nesting and foraging of red-bellied turtles; Ecology of wetland snakes. There may be additional work studying resident Canada Geese and the impact of their foraging on stands of native wild rice. Applicants must be a junior, senior or recent graduate majoring in the life sciences. Must be motivated, capable of independent work and enjoy learning about the natural world. Work is in wet and muddy habitats. Experience with small boats, kayaks and canoes is a plus. Each student receives a $2,000 stipend and free on-site housing. The intern position is for a three-month period. The start date is May 15 and the completion date is August 15. Interns work five days a week; occasionally nights and on weekends. Housing is provided. Applications should be in to Chris Swarth by March 30, 2003. To apply, send: 1. Resume; 2. Statement of intent, including summary of academic and field experience, qualifications, career goals and interests; 3. Transcripts (do not need to be official); 4. Names, email addresses and phone numbers of three academic or professional references. Send application materials to: Christopher Swarth, Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian, MD 20711. For questions, send a message to jugbay@toad.net. Posted: 2/12/03.

Kansas State University: Summer 2003 REU position. We are studying the ecology and epidemiology of plant disease in the tallgrass prairie at Konza Prairie Biological Station. The influence of plant disease in natural systems is an area of emerging interest, since most work in plant pathology has been done in agricultural systems to date. See www.ksu.edu/pdecology for information about research in the Plant Disease Ecology Lab with Dr. Karen Garrett. The REU program this summer will provide the intern with hands-on experience in the lab, field and greenhouse. The intern will help to design an experiment, carry it out, analyze the results and make a presentation about the research. This is an excellent opportunity for the student who wants real research experience. This is a paid internship funded by the National Science Foundation. Applicants must be U. S. citizens or permanent residents and be enrolled as undergraduates. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and be able to work in the field. Housing is available for interns from other areas. To apply, send a resume to sdendy@ksu.edu or to the address below. Include in the resume your addresses and phone numbers, work history, course work in the life sciences (a copy of your transcript is fine) and GPA. You will need a letter of recommendation from someone who can assess your qualifications in the life sciences. Please have the letter sent directly to us by mail, e-mail or fax. Applicants should have a background in biology or related field. To learn more, contact sdendy@ksu.edu or call 785-532-1347. Mailing address: Shauna Dendy, attn. REU, 4024 Throckmorton, Dept. of Plant Pathology, Kansas State University, Manhattan KS 66506. Fax number: 785-532-5692. Faxes should include a header addressed to S. Dendy. Screening of applicants begins immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. Posted: 4/15/03.

Kansas State University: KSU and Konza Prairie Biological Station announce an NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates program that will address Conservation of the Tallgrass Prairie Ecosystem. We anticipate offering eight positions for undergraduates interested in summer research experiences in the Flint Hills region of northeast Kansas. Independent research projects span a range of possible topics from physiology to ecosystem science, from aquatic to terrestrial habitats, and disciplines from environmental history to biogeochemistry. Participants will receive a stipend ($3500), housing costs, one college credit, travel to a national research meeting, and access to campus facilities. The program will run from June 1 to August 11, 2003. Students will be selected on the basis of academic record and for diversity of interests and background. To be eligible, applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled in an undergraduate program. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 14, 2003. Interested students may obtain additional information and application forms at the program website (http://www.ksu.edu/bsanderc/reu/) or by contacting the program coordinator: Gail Wilson, REU Program Coordinator, Division of Biology, 232 Ackert Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506, E-mail: gwtw@ksu.edu, Phone (785) 532-2892. Posted: 3/4/03.

Kent State University: The Lake Erie Ecosystem Watershed Project is seeking applications for the Summer 2003 Research Experiences for Undergraduates program. The application deadline is March 3, 2003. Applications and details: http://dept.kent.edu/wrri/reuhome.htm. Posted: 2/13/03.

Konza Prairie Biological Station: Field Assistant needed early/mid May to mid/late July for a study of Brown-headed Cowbird begging behavior in northeast Kansas. This research will focus on determining how cowbird begging intensity varies in relation to food and the size of host nestmates. Duties will consist primarily of nest searching, videotaping nests, and collecting blood samples from nestlings and adults. This position will provide valuable experience with nest-searching for grassland and shrubland birds, behavioral observations, bird trapping, blood sampling, and several other ornithological techniques Additional experience may also be gained from ongoing research at Konza Prairie focused on several species (Upland Sandpiper, Common Nighthawk, Bells Vireo). Successful applicants must be reliable, able to work independently, and enjoy working in hot, humid, tick-laden conditions. Applicants with previous nest searching experience will receive priority, but highly motivated individuals lacking experience will also be considered. Salary is $1000/month for 2.5 months. Housing is not supplied, but inexpensive housing is easily found within 5 miles of study site in Manhattan, KS. Please email your cover letter, resume, and contact information of three references (in MS Word format) to rivers@lifesci.ucsb.edu; or mail these materials to: Jim Rivers, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9610. Posted: 3/24/03.

Marine Biological Laboratory: The Ecosystems Center of the MBL is seeking undergraduate applicants for several Arctic research projects. Successful candidates will participate in field research on either terrestrial or aquatic ecosystems in the Toolik Lake Research Natural Area on the North Slope of Alaska. The Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) positions are available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are currently enrolled as undergraduates at U.S. colleges or universities (no graduating seniors). In addition to gaining experience by assisting on a variety of project activities, REU students typically assume an independent project that is linked to larger studies of lakes, streams, tundra or land-water interactions. REU participants are expected to collect and analyze data and to produce a poster describing their project near the end of the field season. We anticipate funding for supporting 6 to 10 REU positions to work on Arctic research during the 2003 field season. Applicants should have completed basic coursework in biology, chemistry and ideally ecology or ecosystem studies. Attention to detail and a desire to learn new laboratory and field techniques is essential. Applicants should be in good health, capable of rigorous physical activity; e.g., working long hours outside in potentially severe weather, carrying >40lb. pack across uneven terrain, hiking many miles per day across tundra and prepared to live in an isolated setting with harsh environmental conditions. Candidates for these jobs should be available to live at the Field Station during the months of June, July and August. Travel to Toolik Field Station is paid for by a grant as well as the cost of room and board at the Station and a stipend. Open until suitable candidates are identified. Please send resume, name, addresses telephone numbers and email addresses of 3 references to: The Marine Biological Laboratory, ATTN: Human Resources, reference code [AL REU], 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543. Applications may be sent by email with the AL REU reference code to: resume@mbl.edu. Posted: 3/18/03.

Michigan State University: Summer field assistant for ecological research in Michigan’s old-growth hemlock forests. Full-time summer field and lab job, May 1-Sept 1 (flexible). For the full job ad, email Laura Marx at marxlau1@msu.edu. Posted: 3/5/03.

Michigan State University: Field Assistants (3) needed from second week of May-July 31 (start dates are flexible) for the second field season of a project which will study the effects of proximity to edge and the structure of habitats on the growth and nesting success of Wood Thrush in southwest Michigan at the Allegan and Barry State Game Areas a few miles from the shore of Lake Michigan. I am seeking individuals who may have had no prior field assistantships but would like the opportunity to gain field experience. Qualified applicants must be enthusiastic, in good physical condition, and have excellent observational skills to assist in nest searching and monitoring, taking morphological measurements of nestlings, GPS, behavioral observations, and vegetation sampling. Possession of a valid driver’s license is essential, but no vehicle is required (although it is desirable for your own leisure use). Successful applicants must be able to work independently, work long hours, endure unpredictable weather, and mosquitos, and be comfortable sharing housing. Compensation: Housing will be provided at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Barry County and a stipend for food and other expenses. Successful applicants must cover transportation costs to and from Michigan and have their own pair of binoculars. Please send a letter of interest, resume, and the names and emails of 2 references with their affiliations to Sara Kaiser (kaisersa@msu.edu). Positions open until filled. Posted: 2/11/03.

Michigan Technological University: Two field technicians needed for study of impacts of deer browse on forest vegetation structure and dynamics at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan. Duties will include intensive plot sampling of vegetation on North and South Manitou Islands. Sampling strategies will be geared towards looking at natural tree regeneration, and documenting changes in tree species-specific rates of establishment, recruitment, and growth in relation to historical patterns of deer browse. Broadscale surveys of forest vegatation on North Manitou Island will also be conducted. Background in field ecology and tree identification skills desirable. Willingness to work hard a must. This is a great position for undergraduates who enjoy field work and desire a stronger background in field techniques used in forest ecology. This is a full time position, from early June to mid-August. Start and finish dates are somewhat flexible. Pay is $6.25/hour. Housing will be provided by the National Park Service. Some back-country camping and strenuous hiking to and from field sites will be required. Field work will be conducted in a beautiful setting on two islands in northern Lake Michigan. To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and names, phone numbers, and email addresses of two references to: Peter Hurley, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan 49931. email: pmhurley@mtu.edu, phone: (906) 487-3059. Closing Date: April 30 or when filled. Posted: 2/4/03.

Montana State University: we seek a biological technician with strong plant identification skills, knowledge of northern Midwest prairie plants, and a dedicated and conscientious attitude toward fieldwork. Field protocols will include characterization of prairie vegetation by identifying plants and estimating their cover, collecting leaf litter, and measuring invasion of exotic species. In addition, the work may involve occasional office work, data entry, and participation in other field biology activities in the area. Fieldwork will entail lots of hiking rolling topography during long, hot days on the prairies of Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge, located near Kenmare, North Dakota. Mosquitoes and ticks will be abundant during part of the summer. Work will take place in June, July, and August with 40 hours/week at approximately $8-10/hour (commensurate with experience). A field vehicle will be provided for travel to and from study sites. Housing or a housing stipend may be available. Please send a cover letter of interest that highlights your plant identification skills, field experience, and why you will succeed in this position; a resume or CV; a copy of college transcripts; and a list of three references with their contact information to: Dr. Jennifer S. Rubin , 7 Parkway, Minot, ND 58701. Review of applications will begin March 31, 2003 and continue until a qualified applicant is found. Please email jrubin@montana.edu with questions. Posted: 2/6/03, revised: 3/5/03.

National Park Service: We are seeking one continuing student who qualifies as a biological science technician (GS-5, $12.31/hr.) to implement an amphibian restoration project in backcountry lakes of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (SEKI), California. Work dates are from 6/16-9/18. Incumbent will work as part of a two-person crew restoring a population of mountain yellow-legged frogs (Rana muscosa) in Upper LeConte Canyon, a wilderness location in the backcountry of Kings Canyon NP at 10,500 feet in elevation. About 65% of the position involves removing introduced trout from three lakes and their tributaries in the basin using gill nets and backpack electrofishers. About 30% of the position involves conducting shoreline visual encounter surveys for amphibians at all aquatic sites near the restoration sites. About 5% of the position involves surveying headwater seeps for Mt. Lyell salamanders (Hydromantes platycephalus). The field site is 17 miles from the trailhead. The pay period work schedule is an 8-hour day, 10 days in a row, with four days off in a row in the backcountry (the crew will be given work time to hike out to the frontcountry for two of these weekends). The season will last for 5 pay periods. The incumbent will spend most of the season in wilderness, and will sleep in a backpacking tent and cook in a mosquito tent with a propane stove. Requirements: Background in aquatic biology, backpacking experience, and ability to: a. hike with a backpack for long distances (up to 17 miles per day) on trail and cross-country terrain at high elevation (up to 12,000 feet); b. identify High Sierra fish & amphibian species, distinguish between their life stages, and estimate numbers of individuals detected by species and life stage; c. use gill nets (deployed by float tube) and backpack electrofishers to eradicate introduced fish in lakes and streams; d. work well with other people on a small crew in an intimate setting for more than two months. Incumbent must supply own food, clothing, boots, water bottles & dinnerware. SEKI will supply backpack, sleeping bag & pad, tent, cooking stove & pots, fuel, filter, and restoration equipment. If interested, please call Danny Boiano, SEKI Aquatic Ecologist, at 559.565.4273. Also, E-mail a transcript, resume, and three past supervisors/references to: danny_boiano@nps.gov. Include all experience related to herpetology, aquatic ecology, fisheries and related fields. Describe backpacking skills and experience, including lengths and elevations of longest trips. Please send applications ASAP. Posted: 5/23/03.

The Nature Conservancy: Assistants Needed for a study of bird communities in mountain meadows of the Sierra Nevada near Truckee, California. 15 May – 1 August 2003. Salary includes housing and a monthly stipend ranging from $1000-$1500 depending upon experience. Duties will censuses (point counts), demographic monitoring (nest monitoring and/or constant effort mist netting), habitat assessment, and data entry. The successful applicant will have: 1) proficiency in identification of western birds in the field, 2) prior bird- banding and/or nest-finding experience, and 3) the motivation and willingness to spend long hours in the field under uncomfortable conditions. Preference in hiring will be given to applicants who express a genuine interest in pursuing a program of graduate study in some area of field biology. Interested candidates should send a cover letter describing the applicant’s qualifications, a copy of curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to: Dr. Mark D. Reynolds, The Nature Conservancy, 201 Mission Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105 or mreynolds@tnc.org. Posted: 4/16/03.

New York City Dept of Environmental Protection: Forest Research Summer Intern. Salary: Graduate Intern $454.30 per week ($12.98 p/h), College Intern $291.55 per week ($8.33 p/h). Term: Maximum of 13 weeks, ending no later than August 30, 2002. Location: New York City watershed, including rural Catskills and suburban Putnam and Westchester Counties. Minimum Qualifications: Summer Graduate Intern: Available to individuals who are currently enrolled in a graduate degree program or college graduates who have been accepted into a graduate degree program. Proof of enrollment or graduation is required. Summer College Intern: Available to individuals who as of June 2003 are matriculated college students or recent college graduates (winter term: December 2002/January 2003 or spring term: May/June 2003). Proof of enrollment or graduation required. Duties: Assists the forest scientist with field work including installation and sampling of vegetation plots, setup and maintenance of scientific equipment (light meters, increment borers, etc.), data entry and analysis, use of global positioning system (GPS) and geographic information system (GIS), preparation of plant specimens, and bibliographic search/review/summary. Requires ability to work in steep terrain, inclement weather and difficult work conditions. Primary projects for summer 2003 include: establishment and baseline measurement of continuous forest inventory and deer herbivory impact plots, measurement of regeneration plots following tornado damage salvage harvest, and measurement of tree growth and regeneration in post-silvicultural-treatment plots. Required: Excellent field skills including plant identification and knowledge of major woody plant species common to Catskill region of NY. Good computer and communication skills, some experience with GIS and GPS preferred. Basic skills in statistical analysis and/or experience with spreadsheet software such as Excel a plus. Valid driver's license necessary. Please submit: letter of application, resume with Social Security number, and proof of enrollment (letter from registrar, copy of most recent registration slip, or letter from an instructor) no later than April 15, 2002. Apply to: Deborah Layton, Forest Scientist, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Water Supply, Quality and Protection, Division of Water Quality Control--Natural Resources Section, 465 Columbus Avenue, Valhalla, New York 10595. Phone: 914-773-4471, FAX: 914-773-0365, Email: dlayton@dep.nyc.gov. Posted: 3/24/03.

North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources: The Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance ( www.p2pays.org) , is seeking one qualified student for a summer intern position. The internship will be managed by the Water Resources Research Institute at NC State University. The intern will provide direct technical assistance to North Carolina pork producers. Specific duties include updating existing websites and preparation of graphics and technical information for new websites, development of tools and case studies/information outlining Environmental Management Systems on Pork Producing Facilities. The intern may also offer support to full-time staff on projects related to agriculture Environmental Management Systems and pollution prevention. Students in environmental studies, engineering, economics, agriculture, and other related curricula are encouraged to apply. The selected individuals are expected to work 40 hours per week in the summer. The pay rate is $12.50 per hour. To apply, submit your resume and cover letter addressing your qualifications for the position to Ms. Jeri Gray with the Water Resources Research Institute (Jeri_Gray@ncsu.edu). Closing date is April 21, 2003. Posted: 4/9/03.

North Carolina State University: Field Assistants (1-2) needed for forest songbird productivity study in Pisgah National Forest from early May to June 30, 2003. Duties involve nest searching and monitoring, behavioral observations, mist-netting, habitat measurements. Familiarity with forest songbirds of the southern Appalachians, and experience in nest searching (especially for Ovenbird and Wood Thrush) and mist-netting are preferred. Applicants must possess a valid U.S. driver license, be in excellent physical condition, and be willing to work long hours in rugged terrain in any weather conditions. Free housing and a stipend $850-1000 per month (depending on experience) provided. Transportation isn't required but desirable. Will reimburse for mileage. Send a cover letter, a resume summarizing relevant experience, and the phone numbers and e-mail addresses of 3 references to Will Boyd, North Carolina State University, Campus Box 7617, Raleigh, NC 27695-7617. Inquiries by phone and e-mail may be received at 919-515-9772, wfboyd@unity.ncsu.edu. Posted: 2/21/03.

Oklahoma State University: Field Ecology Assistant - Graduate project to assess the effects of military disturbance on the grasslands of Fort Sill Army Base. Work will take place at Fort Sill (near Lawton, Oklahoma) and at OSU. Project aims to integrate vegetation data with soil and small-mammal community information. Duties: assist with vegetation surveys, soil sampling and processing, and small mammal trapping. Qualifications: botany/plant ecology course, small mammal experience a plus but not necessary, attention to detail, willingness to work long hours, curiosity about things ecological required. Housing available at the field site. Dates: May-September, will work around classes. Salary: commensurate with experience-up to $7.00/hour 40hrs/week maximum. Workload will be heaviest during the spring and fall sampling periods. Send resume and cover letter to: Sherry A. Leis (sleis@okstate.edu), Rangeland Ecology and Management, 368 N. Agriculture Hall. Stillwater, OK 74078. For more information call (405) 612-2819. Posted: 2/5/03.

Oklahoma State University: Research Experiences for Undergraduates in GIS and Soil/Water Resources. We will be inviting ten undergraduate students to Oklahoma State University to work one-on-one with OSU researchers in soil or water resource research involving GIS. Student participants will receive a $270/week stipend, lodging, some meals and travel expenses to/from Stillwater for June 2-July 25, 2003. Students must be U.S. citizens in their junior or senior year and will be selected on the basis of their GPA and experience/coursework involving soil or water resources and GIS. For full information, see http://www.geog.okstate.edu/reu/. Deadline: 3/30/03. Posted: 1/21/03.

Oregon State University: One NSF-funded REU position is available in the summer of 2003 as part of a pilot project that is investigating airflow patterns and vegetation processes in small watersheds at H J Andrews Experimental Forest in the Western Cascades of Oregon. This is an interdisciplinary project led by an ecologist in the Department of Forest Science (Barbara Bond), an atmospheric scientist (Mike Unsworth) and the manager of a stable isotope analysis laboratory (Alan Mix) - all at OSU. The REU student will assist two graduate students on two separate research projects. The first project (airshed project) will be the primary project and it involves collecting air samples, foliage samples, soil respiration measurements, sensor installation and data management for two watersheds (old growth and young Douglas-fir forests). The second project involves investigating the components of rainfall interception in an old-growth Douglas-fir stand. The REU student will also conduct small, independent investigation under the supervision of the graduate students and PIs. Field site is at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest in Blue River, OR. This is a ten week position (June through August). A $3600 stipend and lodging at the experimental forest are provided (additional information at http://www.fsl.orst.edu/lter). To apply: Send resume, cover letter, copy of unofficial transcripts, and names and contact information (phone number, email address) of two references to: Kari Bisbee O'Connell; Department of Forest Science; Oregon State University; 321 Richardson Hall; Corvallis, OR. 97331. kari.bisbee@orst.edu; Tel: (541) 737-9084. Posted: 5/13/03.

Oregon State University: H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU): (June 23 through August 29) NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates program matches undergraduate students with scientists for 10 weeks of advanced, independent research on a project of the student's own design. One position is available in Forest Ecology at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in the Western Cascades of Oregon on a project examining carbon and nitrogen accumulation in young and old-growth forested watersheds. Lodging is provided at H.J. Andrews, and the positions include a stipend of $3600 for the summer. Award will only be made to US citizens or permanent residents, and awardee must not have graduated before the program starts. The application deadline is April 1, 2003. More information at http://www.fsl.orst.edu/lter under opportunities. Send a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts, and 2 references to: Howard Bruner; REU position, Department of Forest Science; Oregon State University; 321 Richardson Hall; Corvallis, OR. 97331. brunerh@orst.edu; Tel: (541) 737-8520. Posted: 1/23/03.

Organization for Tropical Studies: A research internship is available at the La Selva Biological Station, located in lowland rainforest in Costa Rica, to assist with the development of a mathematical model of the mutualistic interaction between the forest understory plant Piper cenocladum and the ant Pheidole bicornis. The objective of the mathematical model is to make long-term predictions of the number of plants that acquire ant colonies and the number of herbivores and herbivory rates on plants with and without resident ants. The intern position duties will be divided roughly evenly between assisting with the solution of the model and conducting experiments in La Selva's primary forest reserve to estimate model parameters. Work on a second mathematical model of insect dispersal is also a possibility. The primary skills sought for the position are: 1) knowledge of differential equations (at least an introductory undergraduate course), 2) some knowledge of statistics and 3) an interest in field work. Experience with computer programming, the Maple and/or Matlab mathematical software packages and some facility with Spanish would also be very helpful. The position includes room and board in La Selva's rustic housing and a modest stipend. The position will be available 1 April, 2003. For commitments of six months or more, round trip air fare will be provided. Interested candidates should email a letter of interest and Curriculum Vitae to: Robert Matlock, La Selva Scientific Director, rmatlock@sloth.ots.ac.cr . Closing date is 5 March, 2002. Posted: 2/7/03.

Organization for Tropical Studies: The OTS Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program will support ten undergraduates selected through a competitive application process, for a ten-week research program (June 10 - August 19, 2003) focusing on tropical ecology and systematics. Guidance will be provided in experimental design, project selection and execution at the world-renowned La Selva Biological Station in the Caribbean lowlands of Costa Rica. Students will have the opportunity to design, conduct, and present independent research projects at La Selva, under the supervision of a research mentor. The Program will guide the participants toward independent research and will foster student-to-researcher and student-to- student interactions. The REU program will also provide participants the opportunity to learn about Costa Rica and the rural communities surrounding La Selva. Requirements: To be eligible, students must have completed one year of college level biology and should have a strong interest in field ecology. Prior field experience is an asset. The program is open to U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents, who are enrolled in an undergraduate program at accredited institutions in the United States at the time the REU program is held. The OTS REU award covers the cost of room and board, textbooks, and international travel to and from Costa Rica. Participants will also receive a stipend of $3,000. For full information, see http://www.ots.ac.cr/en/education/under_summer_reu.shtml. Deadline is January 30, 2003. Posted: 1/3/03.

Pennsylvania State University: We have an opening for a NSF funded REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) student. We are looking for an undergraduate student with a background in Horticulture, Forestry, Biology, or Ecology to work on a project that will investigate how variations in the geographical origin of tree or mycorrhizal fungal species affect the organism's ability to cope with environmental stress. Research may include help in the collection of organisms from a wide range of latitudes. The successful applicant will be expected to conduct an individual research project as well as work on the larger research project. The REU opening is for 10 weeks (starting as soon as possible), with a stipend of $300 per week, and up to $1000 for relocation expenses. If you are interested, please send or email a cover letter, resume, and the names and addresses of three references to: Tom Adams, The Pennsylvania State University, 107 Tyson Bldg., University Park, PA 16802. Email: tsa3@psu.edu. Posted: 6/3/03.

Princeton University: Field assistants needed July 1 to August 31 (ending date flexible) for research on ecology of U.S. forests. Work will include measuring tree diameters and heights, mapping individual tree locations, and measuring understory light levels. Study sites located in southern New England and northern Michigan. Must enjoy working outdoors, be in good physical condition, and have an enthusiastic interest in learning about trees and forest ecology. No experience necessary. Pay is $1000/month. Housing and transportation provided. Send cover letter and 3 references (email preferred) to Jeremy Lichstein (JWL@princeton.edu), Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544- 1003. (609) 258-3846. Posted: 5/15/03.

Princeton University: Field Research Assistant needed early June through Aug/Sept for PhD study of the evolutionary ecology of a freshwater stream snail in the southern Appalachian Mountains (principally western North Carolina). Research will focus on snail movement, flood-mediated dispersal, microhabitat associations, and quantitative genetics; and duties will include snail mark-release-recapture work and detailed population and stream habitat surveys, as well as lab-based experimental and snail rearing work. I am looking for applicants with strong observational skills, attention to detail, and enthusiasm. Applicants should also be in good physical condition and have outdoors experience for potentially long days hiking and working in streams. This position is probably best suited for undergraduates looking to gain a broad range of field and lab research experience. I will cover expenses for food, lodging and travel to and from North Carolina, and provide a stipend of $500 for the summer. Work weeks will be four 10-hour days, allowing for long weekends off. Accommodation will be divided between nights at the Highlands Biological Station and camping. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply, send cover letter, resume/CV, and contact information for three references to bstrauss@princeton.edu, or Ben Strauss, c/o Highlands Biological Station, 265 Sixth St., PO Box 580, Highlands, NC 28741. For more information, email or call (914) 714-3575. Posted: 5/2/03.

Smithsonian Conservation and Research Center: The Spatial Analysis Lab is seeking interns, to start immediately. The Lab focuses on developing remote sensing and GIS applications to conservation problems. Projects include: 1. Assess land cover change for the ranges of endangered species, with special focus on protected areas within these ranges. 2. Mapping habitat for endangered species at different spatial scales. In the past, we have worked on habitat mapping for golden-cheeked warbler, Burmese Eld's deer, and Mongolian gazelles. 3. Training of wildlife management professionals in application of GPS, GIS and remote sensing to every-day management. Interns will assist in the GIS/remote sensing aspects of these projects, enter data, help with training courses, and assist with everyday lab management. We seek interns with a good knowledge of computers, Windows operating systems, standard office software, and basic knowledge of GIS (preferably ArcView or ARC/INFO). Additional experience with remote sensing, ERDAS Imagine (or other image processing software), Adobe Photoshop, or GPS are a plus. A $500/month stipend and free on-site housing are provided. Send letter of interest and resume ASAP to Melissa Songer at songerm@crc.si.edu. Include dates of availability in your letter. Posted: 4/8/03.

Syracuse University: We are looking for and ecological research intern to work at Cedar Creek Natural History Area just north of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. If you are an undergraduate with an interest in ecology, botany, or environmental studies this may be a position for you. This position will require hard work, multi-tasking, problem solving, mosquitoes and deer flies, and a tolerance for poison ivy. You will be exposed to scientific research on global change phenomena including atmospheric CO2 concentration and how this interacts with plant diversity and nutrient enrichment to facilitate insect herbivore outbreaks, how herbivores control plant diversity and production, how plant diversity is related to production, and numerous other exciting ecological projects. There is also an opportunity to conduct your own independent research related to one of these projects or to a project examining how nutrient enrichment of aquatic systems changes amphibian behavior. We need an intern from late May to the end of August. Pay is $8.25/hour. Housing is inexpensive and on-site. To apply, please send a letter of interest including 1) how this position will help you fulfill you career goals, 2) pertinent work experience, 3) dates available to work, 4) address, phone, and email. Also include a resume and three references. Applications are being accepted now. Kerry Griffis-Kyle, Syracuse University, Department of Biology, 130 College Place, Syracuse, NY 13211. klgriffi@syr.edu. Posted: 1/13/03.

Texas Tech University: Amphibian field assistant is needed to assist in assessing land use effects (cropland vs. grassland) on amphibian population dynamics in playa lakes of the Southern High Plains. Duties: - amphibian sampling within wetlands and around wetlands - data entry - possible lab work - call surveys at night - algal and invertebrate sampling. Salary: about $1000/mo.(6.25/hr, 40hr/wk) housing included. Duration: early May to late August. Qualifications: - studying for or possession of B.S./B.A. in a biology-related field - valid driver's license - basic computer skills - good organizational skills - ability to work both independently and as part of a team - good physical condition - desire to work long, hard hours in hot, dry weather - some camping possible. Send CV/resume, statement of interest, and contact information for 2-3 references electronically (preferred) to: shannon.torrence@ttu.edu (as an attachment). Posted: 4/28/03.

USDA-Agricultural Research Service: We are seeking motivated individuals interested in field experience in ecology to fill several technician positions during the summer of 2003. Our research examines how often and what types of grazing management affect grasshopper population dynamics in the northern Great Plains, the effects of fire and livestock grazing on grasshopper populations and rangeland vegetation, and how grasshopper herbivory impacts nutrient cycling and plant productivity. Work includes sampling vegetation, soil and grasshoppers in large scale grazing management field experiments, as well as conducting field experiments involving manipulations of nutrient cycling and grasshopper densities in cages. Most field work will be conducted on grasslands in the Little Missouri National Grassland. The positions are based at the USDA-Agricultural Research Service Lab in Sidney, MT (www.sidney.ars.usda.gov/personnel/dbranson.html). The work requires some overnight travel. Two to three positions are available starting in either late May or early June, but of differing durations. One position will last until October or November. One position will be from June to August. Please specify when you are available. Upper level undergraduate or a bachelor's degree with ecology field experience or classwork is desirable. Must have a valid driver's license. Must be a U.S. citizen. Pay is approximately $8.00-$10.50/hour (full time), depending on experience and position. Assistance in finding housing is provided. Reasonably priced apartments ($200-300/month) are typically available. Mail or email cover letter indicating interest in position and qualifications, unofficial transcripts, available starting and ending dates, and resume with a list of three references (including name, title, address, phone number, and email address) to: Donovan J. Craig, USDA-ARS, 1500 N. Central Ave., Sidney, MT 59270. Email (for questions or applications): dcraig@sidney.ars.usda.gov, Phone 406-433-9497. Posted: 2/21/03.

USDA Forest Service: The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) has openings for wildlife biologists to survey birds, owls, or herps throughout the entire Lake Tahoe Basin during the summer of 2003. LTBMU is looking for self-motivated individuals with bird point count (know western birds by sight and sound), owl survey, or herp survey experience to join our multi-species project in a beautiful outdoor environment. Duties will vary with each position but all will require; hiking over difficult terrain to remote sites, backpacking/camping, carrying heavy equipment loads, operation of four-wheel drive vehicles off-road, the ability to work well alone and with others, occasionally work long field days and long field weeks, navigate effectively across terrain with map/compass and GPS unit, be organized and accountable for all data collected, and be willing to help out when needed with other aspects of the projects as well as computer data entry. You may be qualified for any of these crews: Song-bird point count/spot-mapping crew (4-5 positions open): Perform early morning point counts and/or spot-mapping (all species); broadcast surveys for accipiters; may be required to assist in nest-searching and/or habitat surveys. Experience with western bird identification by sight and song required. Please list all qualifications explicitly (coursework, volunteer projects, work experience, and/or self-taught birding knowledge). Reptile and amphibian crew (1-2 positions): Perform surveys of aquatic habitats within LTBMU for reptiles and amphibians. Duties will also include aquatic and terrestrial habitat surveys. Experience in identification and handling of reptiles and amphibians is required and knowledge of vertebrate sign is preferred. Owl crew (1-2 positions): Perform broadcast surveys for all species owls occurring in the Lake Tahoe Basin, including California spotted owl. Proficiency at orienteering, identification of owl species with limited audio and/or visual cues, and the ability to work day and/or night hours is required. Pay: $11.24 to $15.58 per hour, DOE. Job Duration: Apr/May 2003 to Aug/Sept 2003. Housing: Low cost barracks style (shared) housing may be available for all personnel. How To Apply: For currently enrolled undergrad/graduate students, (you must not have graduated by the summer) please submit the following to qualify for either GS-5 and GS-7 positions : 1) OF-612 Application Form (found on website: www.opm.gov/forms, select optional forms and then select OF612 2) Copy of college transcript (does not have to be official copy) 3) Proof of enrollment at college or university (e.g., copy of registration or letter from admissions) Students send application materials to: USDA Forest Service/ Human Resources Attn: Julie Roth or Kristian McIntyre 870 Emerald Bay Rd. Suite 1 South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 You may also email applications to either: Julie Roth (jroth@fs.fed.us) or Kristian McIntyre (kkmcintyre@fs.fed.us) Wildlife Biologists 530-573-2628. Apply ASAP. If you have any questions about these positions or how to apply, please contact either of us at the email/phone # listed above. Posted: 4/16/03.

USDA Forest Service: Field Assistants (6) needed to study wildlife communities in the Tongass National Forest, southeastern Alaska, late-May - mid-August; >3 field assistants are needed with experience identifying forest landbirds visually and aurally. All will conduct small mammal trapping and habitat sampling. Less experienced applicants considered for volunteer positions, for which we provide airfare allowance (<$800), lodging, and a subsistence stipend. Seasonal technicians are paid $9.00/hr and provided lodging. Please send a resume, and contact information for >3 references. Contact Winston Smith, FSL, 2770 Sherwood Lane - Suite 2A, Juneau, AK 99801-8545. Phone: 907-586-8811 ext. 248 /FAX:586-7848; e-mail: Winston_Smith@fs.fed.us, or wpaulsmith@aol.com; or Jackie Schnurr, Sheldon Jackson College, 801 Lincoln St., Sitka, AK 99835, 907-747-2586; email: jschnurr@sj-alaska.edu. Posted: 2/27/03.

USDA Forest Service: Summer jobs - amphibian field assistants. Duration: Approximately 3 months (June-August); several positions may be of longer duration. Pay: $9.00-$18.00/hr depending on education and experience. We are hiring numerous seasonal technicians and biologists to assist in implementation of a long-term amphibian monitoring program focusing on the Mountain yellow-legged frog (Rana muscosa) and the Yosemite toad (Bufo canorus). This program is part of the broader Sierra Nevada Framework Monitoring Program with components that monitor ecosystem conditions and populations and habitats of rare and sensitive species throughout the Sierra Nevada. These jobs will predominantly consist of field work in the Sierra Nevada at elevations of 5,000-12,000 feet. Some preparatory office work may be required in early season. Primary duties include: locating and traveling to selected sample sites; surveying lakes, ponds, meadows, and streams for amphibians; and collecting habitat data. Many of the sites will be remote, requiring backpacking trips of up to 8-days duration. We are looking for applicants with a background and/or high level of interest in herpetology and/or aquatic biology who are in good physical condition and willing to endure high altitude, temperature extremes, rough terrain, and mosquitos. Experience in amphibian surveys and identification is desired. Ability to get along with crew members for prolonged periods in backcountry is a must. The hiring process will vary depending on experience and student eligibility. If you are interested in these positions, please send your resume and contact information for three references to: Cathy Brown, Amphibian Monitoring Team Leader, U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, PO Box 245, Berkeley, CA 94701. cathybrown@fs.fed.us. Posted: 2/11/03.

USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center: one temporary Biological Science Technicians/Intern to assist in maintaining the North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) program. Duties include: preparation of biological data for computer entry, performance of quality assurance and quality control procedures on biological data using optical character recognition software and other techniques, assisting with database management, photocopying and filing, conducting literature searches, preparation of graphs, charts and other materials for web pages, and assisting in preparation of administrative correspondence and technical reports on wildlife resources. Required Expertise/Skills: Current student at an accredited college or university with at least two years of completed course work; coursework in biology, wildlife management, or related field preferred; knowledge of biological theories, concepts and principles (knowledge of the distributions and natural history of North American birds a plus); knowledge of computer software used to summarize data (i.e. Excel); ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. Work will be performed in an office environment located on the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center campus in Laurel, MD. Extended periods of computer use will be required, as well as, extended periods of standing to organize project materials. Compensation is commensurate with the level of education and experience, $12.04 per hour for student who has completed two or more years. Student is responsible for all costs of transportation to and from the principal duty station location. The Government does not provide housing, meals or other living expenses while working at the principal duty station. Travel away from the duty station is not expected. Estimated hours: 520 Approximate dates: 2 June-29 August 2003 Application Due Date: 12 May 2003 Applicants must be a current student for duration of employment. For more information contact: Keith Pardieck (301-497-5843). To apply, send cover letter and resume with three references by 12 May 2003 to: Keith Pardieck, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, 12100 Beech Forest Road, Laurel, MD 20708-4038; email: Keith_Pardieck@usgs.gov. Posted: 3/24/03, revised: 4/30/03.

US Geological Survey: Summer Field Assistants are needed to assist in vegetation/soil sampling for a native prairie restoration project in North Dakota during the 2003 field season (July 1 - Aug. 30). Duties include vegetation/soil sampling, data entry, and GPS point collection. Persons with grassland vegetation survey experience and familiarity with Midwest and Great Plains flora are especially encouraged to apply. Applicant must be willing to work long hours in hot and humid conditions with others. Applicants must be in good physical condition, and possess good communication and organizational skills. Salary, depending on qualifications, will be in the range of $11-$12 per hour. Applicants should send a brief letter of interest, resume (please note experience relevant to the job description, stating specifically where this experience was gained and the amount of time spent on these activities) and a list of three references with names, email addresses, and phone numbers to: e-mail: Thomas_buhl@usgs.gov Positions are open until filled. Posted: 2/21/03.

University of Alaska - Fairbanks: We are seeking enthusiastic undergraduates and recent college graduates who are interested in summer field research in Alaska. The overall objective of our research program is to understand the ecosystem and global consequences of potential future changes in arctic and boreal vegetation. There are two separate experimental projects. For each of them, successful applicants will be expected to assist with field data collection and also complete independent research projects on a topic related to the program and their own interests. One experiment is focused on how plant species affect community structure, diversity, and ecosystem cycling of carbon and nitrogen in Alaskan tussock tundra. We have removed key species and groups of plant species in a factorial design with nutrient addition, as past experiments have shown that fertilization leads to dramatic changes in community structure and ecosystem productivity. Successful applicants will assist with measurements of above- and belowground biomass and nutrient content, species diversity, and soil nutrient availability and C and N content. We will be labeling with 15N in different chemical forms to assess whether species have shifted their realized niches when neighboring species were removed. We expect the research to be particularly exciting this year, because this is the first year that we can assess species effects both above and belowground. Successful applicants will be based at Toolik Field Station, north of the Brooks Range in arctic Alaska. Our other project is focused on how different plant species affect nitrogen retention in a boreal forest community following fire. We established plots in boreal forest within the Caribou-Poker Creek Experimental Watershed and treated the plots with a 15N tracer following burns in summer 1999. We manipulated plant species composition and are using the 15N tracer to see how these plant species affect the flux of nitrogen through the different plant and soil components of the ecosystem. Successful applicants will assist with maintenance of the treatment plots, surveys of leaf area index to monitor canopy development, and biomass harvests and soil core collections. We are harvesting the vegetation manipulation treatments this summer, so we expect the research to be particularly exciting. Successful applicants will be based in Fairbanks, Alaska, but may spend some time camping near the field sites. For more information these projects, contact Dr. Syndonia Bret-Harte (ffmsb@uaf.edu). There are 6 positions altogether, 3 positions associated with each project. For each project, there are two positions for undergraduates or recent college graduates, and one for a field crew leader who has already graduated from a 4-year college or university. Undergraduate positions pay a stipend of $375 per week (before taxes). These positions are open only to US citizens who are undergraduates or who have graduated since Dec. 2002. Field crew leader positions for recent graduates pay $475 per week. These positions are open only to US citizens who have graduated from a 4-year college or university. The length of the positions varies from one to three months, but all occur between late May and early September. Travel from your university to and from the field site will be covered. Class background in plant ecology, botany, and/or soil science, experience in field or laboratory, and experience with data analysis is preferred for all positions. Field crew leaders should have advanced undergraduate study in ecology or statistics, skills with data analysis, prior field experience, and experience supervising others in a work or school setting. Applicants must be willing to work long hours in the field, occasionally under adverse weather conditions. To apply, send an email containing 1) completed UA Applicant form, 2) a cover letter and 3) a c.v. or resume with the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references to Marta Conner (fnmrc@uaf.edu), with copies to Dr. Syndonia Bret-Harte (ffmsb@uaf.edu). In the subject line of your email to Marta Conner, please state "Bret-Harte jobs". Applications must be received by April 15, 2003. Your cover letter should explain why you are interested in this program and how it fits into your long-term education and career goals. Also, describe anything that you think would convince us that you are the most appropriate person for these research positions, and specify which project you are most interested in. Posted: 4/14/03.

University of Alaska Southeast: We offer research experiences to undergraduate students interested in the physiology, ecology, and behavior of marine organisms. In addition to the Juneau area, field research projects take place in Glacier Bay National Park and the arctic ocean. Students will conduct research under the guidance of UAS Biology faculty and collaborating research scientists. The program is supported with funds from the National Science Foundation and UAS. Participants will receive a stipend of $350 per week and housing while in Juneau. Travel and subsistence costs related to fieldwork within Alaska will also be provided. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and enrolled as undergraduates (through at least Fall 2002) at accredited institutions (graduating seniors are not eligible). The program seeks academically strong students interested in marine biological research. Minority applicants are especially encouraged. All applications received by 28 February, 2003 will be considered in a review during the first week in March. For more information on and applications for this program, please visit: http://www.uas.alaska.edu/biology/REU.html or contact Elizabeth Mathews, M.S., Assistant Professor of Biology, beth.mathews@uas.alaska.edu. Posted: 2/19/03.

University of Arizona: A field assistant is needed (mid-May through early July 2003) to collect small mammal and invertebrate data for a research project investigating the effects of fire and a nonnative grass in semi-desert grasslands at Fort Huachuca Military Reservation in southeastern Arizona. This is a full-time position for approximately 7 weeks for $8.50/hour. Study plots are located at approximately 4,400-4,900 feet elevation. Field housing (in Sierra Vista, AZ), transportation between the field housing and the study plots, and occasional transportation between Tucson and Fort Huachuca will be provided. Duties: - Trap small mammals and invertebrates on established study plots at Fort Huachuca. - Accurately collect and record data on captured small mammals (species identification, body measurements, sex determination). - Process captured invertebrate specimens and accurately record data. - Work long hours in adverse field conditions (e.g., beginning early in the morning, in extreme weather conditions, etc.), alone and/or as part of a team, with an irregular work schedule. - Employee will be trained and required to follow hantavirus safety precautions. - Assist with some computer data entry and/or proofing. To apply, please send your resume and references via email (arlitt@ag.arizona.edu). Posted: 4/14/03.

University of California, Santa Barbara: The Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory is seeking one undergraduate field assistant who will participate in a long-term study of alpine lake ecosystems in the John Muir Wilderness (California) during Summer 2003. Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates program, the student will conduct independent research on the effects of nonnative trout on the export of aquatic invertebrates to adjacent terrestrial ecosystems and the influence of this resource subsidy on the distribution of terrestrial predators (spiders, amphibians, birds). Employment will start on or near June 15 and will end on September 15. Field work is conducted during backcountry trips lasting 7-10 days, and includes backpacking to remote lakes, collecting invertebrate samples throughout the summer from fishless and fish-containing lakes, conducting surveys of spiders, amphibians, and birds, and identifying invertebrates in the laboratory. In addition, most of the backpacking is cross-country over demanding terrain and requires excellent routefinding skills. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents, be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in biology, ecology, or related field, be highly motivated and in excellent physical condition, have their own backpacking equipment, and have backpacking experience at high elevations (>10,000'). Women and underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Salary is $1,200 per month and food and housing will also be provided. Applications must be received by February 28, and should include a resume, cover letter, and undergraduate transcripts (unofficial copies are sufficient). The resume should include names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three references familiar with the applicant's educational background. The cover letter should explain the applicant’s interest in field research, describe career goals, and detail previous backpacking experience. The successful applicant will be notified by March 30. Send applications to Dr. Roland Knapp, Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory, HCR 79, Box 198, Crowley Lake, CA 93546. Inquiries can be sent to knapp@lifesci.ucsb.edu. Posted: 2/4/03.

University of Georgia: We have funding to support an undergraduate student interested in gaining field and laboratory experience in tropical ecology. Airfare and room/board and a small stipend while living on Barro Colorado Island, Panama will be provided for 90+ days, beginning early May until mid August (dates flexible). BCI has modern laboratories and computing facilities in addition to immediate access to the best-studied tropical forest in the world. Work entails assisting in identifying and collecting tissue from adult trees and seedlings of focal species from already mapped populations within the 50 ha long term forest dynamics plot; mapping, identify, and collect tissue from focal species within a buffer zone around the existing plot and from other populations. You will gain experience working at a site based on a long-term, large-scale ecological study, learn how to design and carry out independent research, and be exposed to the intellectual and cultural environment at an international biological research station. The student can also participate in the microsatellite genetic analysis of collected samples, thus combining field and molecular laboratory work. This work will involve DNA extraction, PCR amplification, and high throughput genetic analysis using acrylamide gels and an automated sequencer. Experience in lab techniques useful! Student will be encouraged to design and carry out his/her own independent research related to the project. Potential projects may include monitoring and analysis of animal pollinator and/or disperser behavior at focal trees, examination of seedling microsite associations (light, topography, soil moisture) for the focal species, experimental manipulation of germination requirements and seed predation, co-dispersal of seeds by shared animal dispersers, and/or herbivory studies of focal species at different microsites. Send letter of interest, resume, 3 references, and dates of availability electronically to Denise Hardesty, hardesty@plantbio.uga.edu. Posted: 4/18/03.

University of Georgia: Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Evolutionary Ecology: The REU program matches undergraduate students with scientists for 10 weeks of advanced, independent research. Two positions are available for a project in Central Utah on the ecology and evolution of wild sunflowers. Field experiments will examine the ecology and ecophysiology of four different sunflower species on sand dunes and the desert floor. Field site are concentrated around Little Sahara Recreation Area in Central Utah. Students must be able to work full time for 10 weeks between mid May and mid September (exact times are flexible). Students will receive a $3000 stipend and lodging in Utah will be provided; we will also cover travel costs to and from Utah if necessary. We are looking for motivated students with some background in biology/ecology who want to gain field and research experiences. Students must able to work independently and be prepared to work in hot arid environments. To apply: send a cover letter including research interests, resume, and the names of 2 references to fludwig@plantbio.uga.edu. Please send transcripts (unofficial ok) to: Fulco Ludwig; REU position, Department of Plant Biology, 2502 Plant Sciences Building, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602. For more information contact Fulco Ludwig, fludwig@plantbio.uga.edu, tel. 706 583 0935 or Lisa Donovan, donovan@plantbio.uga.edu. Posted: 3/27/03.

University of Hawai'i at Hilo: Summer opportunity for undergraduates interested in gaining research experience related to conservation biology in an island setting. Program Dates: June 2 - August 8, 2003. Deadline: March 15, 2003. Stipend: Up to $3500. Limited travel support available. See http://www2.hawaii.edu/~donaldp/NSF-REU_Hilo_Hawaii/ for full details. Posted: 1/23/03.

University of Louisiana at Lafayette: Field Research Assistant needed approximately 15 Apr to 30 Jun for study of reproductive success of songbirds in mature bottomland hardwood forests in Louisiana. A nice chance to experience the diversity of breeding birds, including nesting Swallow-tailed Kites, at several beautiful field sites. Duties include conducting point counts, territory mapping, nest searching, mist-netting and color-banding. Previous field experience preferred, but not required. Primary qualifications: enthusiasm for birds and field research, strong work ethic, ability to work independently, and desire to learn. Start and end dates flexible. Nice housing provided plus salary of $1200/month. Send letter of interest, resume, and contact info (phone numbers and/or email addresses) for three references by email to jeannie_heltzel@yahoo.com or by regular mail to Jeannie Heltzel, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Dept. of Biology, P.O. Box 304, Lafayette, LA 70504. Posted: 2/5/03.

University of Maine: We are seeking to hire 5 interns to assist in subtidal research projects examining the ecology of lobsters and sea urchins in the Gulf of Maine. Our primary research focus is to determine timing of settlement and early post-settlement survival of lobster and utilize these as predictors of lobster populations. Research is conducted mostly underwater, using scuba diving from a boat. In addition, broad-scale benthic community structure is monitored coast-wide, including Marine Protected Areas, for changes in sea urchin and seaweed distribution and abundance patterns that relate directly to sea urchin harvesting. All research has fisheries management implications. All interns must be certified SCUBA divers with their own gear. Interns live and work at the University of Maine’s marine laboratory, the Darling Marine Center, which is a field station located along the Damariscotta River estuary in mid-coast Maine. Interns are needed from June through October. We will have a rolling application process, but we suggest applications be in by March 1st. Applications are welcome immediately. For further information and to apply, see http://www.dmc.maine.edu/html/steneckintern.html.

University of Montana: Field Assistants (4) needed approximately 17 May to 15 Aug for a study of Olive-sided Flycatcher reproduction and habitat selection. Study will compare reproductive success and behavior in burned and harvested forest types in the beautiful Glacier National Park and the Flathead National Forest in northwestern Montana. Duties will include point count surveys, nest finding/monitoring, vegetation sampling, and behavioral observation. Preference will be given to applicants with previous field experience and some experience with bird identification. Must be enthusiastic, hard working, and willing to live and work in a fairly remote location. Salary is approximately $1500/month and housing will be provided. Please send cover letter, resume, and contact information (including e-mail) for 3 references to Bruce Robertson (bruce@selway.umt.edu). Posted: 4/22/03.

University of Nebraska: Looking for 2-3 field technicians for approximately 3 months (mid-May to late-July) to become part of an MS study examining the effects of various grazing regimes on abundance and productivity of grassland birds on private lands in the Nebraska Sandhills. Duties will include surveying birds by sight and sound, searching for and monitoring nests, obtaining structural vegetation measurements, as well as plant identification, GPS navigation and data entry. Preferred applicants will have grassland bird ID skills and nest monitoring experience and/or grassland plant ID skills, but those with good observational skills and enthusiasm to learn new things will be considered. Experience with manual transmissions, 4x4 and ATV’s also preferred. Field technicians should be in good physical condition (walking long distances required), willing to endure early mornings, long hours and weather extremes and remoteness of the Sandhills prairie. Good communication skills and sensitivity to issues dealing with private landowners a must. The Sandhills are the largest contiguous tract of mixed grass prairie in the US and provide wonderful scenery and outdoor opportunities. Field station will be located in/near Valentine in north central Nebraska. Housing and field vehicles are provided. Salary is approximately $1,500 per month. Please send cover letter, resume and contact information for three references by March 1st to Silka L. Finkbeiner, University of Nebraska, 202 NRH; Lincoln, NE 68583-0819 (PH: 402-472-6826, EM: sfink1@bigred.unl.edu). Posted: 1/27/03.

University of Nebraska: Biology Field Assistants, summer 2003. We seek two highly motivated upper class undergraduate students interested in field experience in conservation biology to become involved in projects to evaluate effect of an invasive biological control insect on native plant species in prairie grasslands. Field assistants will be involved in two of three research projects. The N.R.I. funded project uses transplant experiments and a quantitative survey to develop a mechanistic understanding of effects of the biocontrol weevil, Rhinocyllus conicus, on native thistle species. Assistant needed 5/15/03 (earlier would be desirable) – 8/1/03. The T.N.C.-funded project examines effects of landscape context on the impact of biological control insects in native prairie fragments. Assistant needed 5/15/03-7/15/03. In addition, the whole crew will help continue the long-term monitoring of insect herbivory in the demography of the native Platte and Wavyleaf thistles in the native mid-grass prairie reserves. $1,600 / mo. + housing. For more information, contact Dr. Svata M. Louda, Charles Bessey Professor of Biological Sciences, or her associates Dr. Tatyana A. Rand (T.N.C. project) or Dr. F. Leland Russell (N.R.I. project), School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Slouda@unl.edu, 402-472-2763, trand@unlserve.unl.edu, frussell@unlnotes.unl.edu). Application: Please submit a cover letter describing your interests and experience in biology and a resume. In addition, have two letters of recommendation sent to Dr. Svata M. Louda, School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska, Lincoln NE 68588-0118. In your cover letter, please indicate whether you would be available for either project, the N.R.I. project or the T.N.C. project. Review of applications will begin February 7. Positions will remain open until an appropriate candidate is found. Posted: 1/21/03.

University of Nevada, Reno: Four seasonal positions are available from June through August 2003 to assess small mammal abundance and distribution around the Lake Tahoe basin in the Sierra Nevada. This research is part of a cooperative effort among researchers from the USDA Forest Service, UNR, and UC Davis to assess the biodiversity in urban forest patches and continuous undeveloped forest. Assistants will be responsible for locating sampling plots with a GPS, establishing trapping grids, and handling captured animals. We are looking for assistants who are detail oriented, have the ability to manage multiple tasks, and can work independently and as a team member. Applicants should be fit and willing to spend long days in the field, dealing with such challenges as altitude and rough terrain. Experience with mammal surveys and identification is preferred but not required; however, experience identifying individuals (of any taxonomic group) to species is highly desirable. Must have a valid driver's license. Employment Duration: Approximately 12 weeks (June-August) ending no later than August 30. Closing Date: April 25, 2003. Salary: Approximately $10.00-$13.00/hr depending on education/experience. Low-cost housing will also be available. Please send your resume with three references along with your dates of availability to: Susan Merideth (merideth@unr.nevada.edu). Posted: 4/1/03.

University of New Brunswick: Seeking 2-3 field assistants for 15 May to 1 Aug, to work as part of a PhD study examining habitat selection of grassland birds in managed agro-ecosystems in Nova Scotia, Canada. Duties include point counts, intensive bird banding, vegetation measurements, insect collection, and behavioural monitoring. Preferred applicants will have bird banding and/or eastern bird ID skills, but those with good observational abilities and enthusiasm will be considered. Must be able to work well individually and in a team. Applicants should be in adequate physical condition to handle long distance walking in tall hayfields, intense sun and biting insects, and long work days/weeks. Field station is located near Annapolis Royal /Lequille in western Nova Scotia. Food, lodging, and vehicles are provided. Salary is approximately $1,500 per month. Review of applications will begin 15 Mar, and continue until positions are filled. Successful applicants from outside Canada will be assisted in obtaining requisite NAFTA work papers. Please send cover letter, resume or CV, and contact for 3 references to Joseph J. Nocera, Biology Dept., University of New Brunswick, Bag Service #45111, Fredericton, NB, Canada, E3B 6E1 (PH: 506-447-3437, EM: nocera@unb.ca). Posted: 2/3/03.

University of Notre Dame: Summer Opportunities in Aquatic Ecology & Invasion Biology. The lab of Dr. David Lodge has multiple undergraduate research and field assistant positions to fill for summer 2003 (mid-late May through late August) at a pay scale of $6.35-$8.00 per hour, commensurate with experience. Upper division undergraduates or recent graduates with an educational background in biology, ecology, or environmental sciences are encouraged to apply. 1. Invasion Pathways: One or two research/field assistants based at Notre Dame, to work in the surrounding area surveying aquarium, bait and watergarden shops to identify the potential of these outlets as sources of nonnative species introductions. Work will include visiting retail outlets, identifying purchased organisms (fish, mollusks, macrophytes), and conducting ecological risk assessments of those species. Contact: Reuben Keller (rkeller2@nd.edu). 2. Landscape Spread and Impact of Invasive Species: Two or more undergraduate research/field assistants in northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for projects possibly including: a. Investigating how different invasive species (rusty crayfish, Eurasian watermilfoil etc.) spread through lake systems b. Analyzing the effectiveness of public education c. Investigating ecological effectiveness and economic costs of invader control. Duties include conducting field experiments, sampling lakes, and processing lake samples in the laboratory (identification and enumeration of invertebrates and plants). SCUBA certification a plus. Contact: Reuben Keller (rkeller2@nd.edu) or Sadie Rosenthal (srosenth@nd.ed) 3. Lake Restoration After Invasion: Two or more field assistants and undergraduate researchers in northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for projects evaluating ecosystem level effects of the nonnative rusty crayfish and exploring measures of crayfish control and lake restoration. Duties include conducting field experiments, sampling lakes, and processing lake samples in the laboratory (identification and enumeration of invertebrates and plants). SCUBA certification a plus. Contact: Tim Kreps (tkreps@nd.edu) or Sadie Rosenthal (srosenth@nd.edu). 4. UV-DOC effects on Lake–Stream Ecosystems: One undergraduate research/ field assistant for research taking place in the Ontonagon River Watershed, Upper Peninsula of Michigan, investigating the relationship between dissolved organic carbon (DOC) and ultraviolet radiation (UV) in streams. Duties include sampling streams, assisting in artificial stream experiments and analyzing samples for water chemistry. Contact (jlarson@nd.edu) For projects in the northern Wisconsin or Upper Michigan, housing will be provided at the University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center. To apply, indicate position(s) of interest and send copies of your resume, transcripts, and a list of three references with telephone numbers to: Joanna McNulty (mcnulty.9@nd.edu), P.O. Box 369, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556. 574-631-2849. Decisions will begin April 2, 2003. Posted: 3/19/03.

University of Notre Dame: Aquatic Biogeochemistry. The lab of Dr. Jennifer Tank has multiple undergraduate research and field assistant positions to fill for summer 2003 (mid-late May through late August) at a pay scale of $6.75-7.25 per hour, commensurate with experience. Upper division undergraduates or recent graduates are encouraged to apply. All applicants should be able to work independently and as part of a team, have patience doing meticulous work, and have a positive attitude. Previous experience is desirable but not essential. Duties will include sampling streams, field experiments, processing samples, laboratory preparations and nutrient assays. We are looking for someone who enjoys both field and lab work and doesn’t mind getting wet! To apply, please submit: (1) a cover letter explaining your interest in this work, any relevant work experiences, and available work dates; (2) your resume; and (3) a list of at least 3 references, including name, title, address, email, and telephone. Inquiries and application submitted through email are encouraged. For more information contact Melody Kemp, kemp.5@nd.edu. Posted: 3/5/03.

University of Notre Dame: One technician-level position is open in the Ottawa National Forest (upper peninsula of Michigan). Assistance is needed for two research projects in stream ecology. (1) The technician will help identify in-stream levels (density and size) of large woody debris (LWD) and its structural and functional roles pertaining to fish habitat, fish species richness, and coarse particulate organic matter (CPOM) retention. Duties will include measuring volume and abundance of LWD, surveying stream habitat units, electrofishing, identifying fish species, and releasing CPOM and calculating retention. (2) The technician will help investigate invertebrate and organic matter relationships, specifically colonization dynamics of sediment dwelling invertebrates with different patch quality choices (via organic matter manipulations). Duties will include: invertebrate collection and sorting, and data entry. Qualifications: Candidates will be expected to have completed relevant coursework, such as ecology or aquatic ecology. Experience with PC computers and Excel is a plus. The majority of time will be spent in the field so applicants are expected to be in good physical condition. Duration: early June – Sept. 1 (negotiable). Wages: $7.25/hr, 40 hrs/wk. Communal housing provided. Occasional camping possible at field sites. Applications should contain: (1) a cover letter explaining your interest in this work, any relevant work experiences, and available work dates; (2) a copy of your transcript (unofficial copies are acceptable); (3) your resume; and (4) a list of at least 3 references, including name, title, address, email, and telephone. Inquiries and applications submitted through e-mail are encouraged. Please send applications to: Asako Yamamuro (Yamamuro.1@nd.edu) or Jean Miesbauer (jmiesbau@nd.edu). Posted: 3/5/03.

University of Pittsburgh: We seek one highly motivated undergrad interested in ecological field experience to fill a research assistant position, early May through August, 2003. Our project investigates the extent to which herbivory, competition, and seed predation alter tree regeneration, and consequently, successional trajectories in northern hardwood forests. Specifically, we are examining the role that herbivory by white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), the direct competitive impact by the native invasive hay-scented fern (Dennstaedtia punctilobula), and small-mammal seed- and seedling predation interact to alter juvenile tree species composition in the understory. Location: Kane Experimental Forest in northwestern Pennsylvania. Primary responsibilities include: censusing tree seedlings, measuring hay-scented fern densities, transplanting tree seedlings and hay-scented fern rhizomes, collecting light measurements, small mammal trapping, and maintenance of experimental exclosures. Some computer work is required. Early mornings and long days occasionally required. Successful applicant should be hard-working, conscientious, have good attention to detail, and be able to tolerate rugged conditions. A background in biology/ecology as well as field experience, particularly in eastern deciduous forests, is desirable, but not necessary. Pay $10-11/hr depending on experience, 40hrs/week. Housing available at the Kane Experimental Forest. Position will be filled by first qualified applicant - so apply now. To Apply - Send a brief letter of interest, a CV or resume, and names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of three references to: Alejandro A. Royo (aroyo@pitt.edu). Posted: 3/18/03.

University of Puerto Rico: The Institute for Tropical Ecosystem Studies is accepting applications for the Summer 2003 internship in Tropical Ecology and Evolution at El Verde Field Station, Puerto Rico. The internship will run from June 1st to August 8th, 2003. Application deadline: 15 February 2003. The program will offer students the opportunity to have hands-on experience fields such as: - Plant Systematics and Population Biology. - Plant Community Dynamics and Forest Ecology. - Plant eco-physiology. - Terrestrial Arthropod Ecology. - Plant Reproductive Ecology and Evolution. - Aquatic Insect Ecology. - Hydrology and fluvial geomorphology. - Land-use History and Species Diversity. - Soil Ecology. Students will receive a stipend of $3,000.00 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 $800.00. The program will cover housing. Application materials and further information can be found at http://sunites.upr.clu.edu/REU/ or contact Alonso Ramirez (aramirez@sunites.upr.clu.edu). Posted: 12/11/02.

University of Toledo: We are seeking upper division undergraduate students to participate in a National Science Foundation - Research Experience for Undergraduates in the Western Basin of Lake Erie in northwestern Ohio. Research projects in soil ecology and ecology of invasive turtle projects exist. For more information see http://research.eeescience.utoledo.edu/sobo/employment/REU2003.htm Applications are due 15 March 2003 for Summer 2003. Posted: 3/7/03.

University of Washington: Field crew positions are available to assist with ecological studies in forests of the Pacific Northwest. Crews will participate in the Demonstration of Ecosystem Management Options (DEMO) project, a long-term study of forest ecosystem responses to structural retention harvests in the Pacific Northwest. During summer 2003, we will be assessing patterns of tree growth and mortality (both overstory and regenerating trees) in a diversity of experimental treatments and forest types. Field sites are located in western Oregon and Washington. These positions are best suited to mature, upper-level undergraduates or recent graduates who are giving serious consideration to advanced study or professional work in forest ecology or silviculture. The nature of the work requires extended periods in the field (up to 8 consecutive days). Bunkhouse space is available for portions of the summer, but camping may be necessary at other times. Qualifications: Previous experience in vegetation sampling; familiarity with basic surveying and mensurational tools (compass, clinometer, diameter tape); and course work in silviculture, forest ecology, or a related field. Candidates must be in good physical condition; able to work long hours; and capable of navigating steep, slash-covered slopes. We seek individuals who are detail oriented, have legible handwriting, and can work and live cooperatively with others. Salary: $9.00/hour or more, depending upon experience/qualifications. Duration: late June through September 2003. Closing Date: March 1, 2003. To Apply: Send (1) handwritten cover letter; (2) typewritten resume; (3) copies of either college transcripts or professional work products; and (4) two letters of reference. The cover letter should include information about your interests and qualifications, your dates of availability, and the names and phone numbers of those who will provide letters of reference. Send To: Shelley Evans, Division of Ecosystem Sciences, College of Forest Resources, Box 352100, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 98195-2100. For more info, contact: Email: saevans@u.washington.edu, Phone: 206-543-9792. Posted: 1/22/03.

Virginia Tech: One position is available for summer research through NSF's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. The selected undergraduate will work full-time for 10 weeks in western Virginia studying the ecology and evolution of multispecies plant-animal interactions. My lab is studying how defensive compounds in flowers, leaves and roots mediate interactions with herbivores, pollinators, nectar robbers, and root nematodes using domestic tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) as a model system. I am looking for a motivated, independent student with a background in ecology/evolution who is interested in gaining or broadening her/his research experience. The successful applicant will conduct an independent research project on this system and will also work as part of a team on a larger experiment. Student must be able to work independently and be willing to work long mornings, days and/or evenings outside in a hot and humid setting. All undergraduates interested in ecology/evolution who would like to gain or broaden their field research experience are encouraged to apply. Student will be provided with a stipend of $3000 for 10 weeks of full time work between late June and mid-September (exact dates are flexible). Housing and research supplies will be provided and we can cover travel costs to and from Virginia if necessary. Please send an application by April 30 consisting of: (1) a one-page cover letter describing research interests, previous experience, and why you would like to participate in this project, (2) a resume, (3) two letters of recommendation, and (4) college transcripts (unofficial OK) to: Lynn Adler, 2119 Derring Hall, Department of Biology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24060. For more information contact Lynn Adler, lsadler@vt.edu, 540-231-8946. Posted: 4/7/03.

Wesleyan University: I am seeking a graduating senior interested in plant ecology and evolution to participate in an externally-funded field experiment this summer. The experiment will test the relation of phenotypic plasticity to population differentiation in contrasting New England light habitats. Some research experience is required but it need not be in plant ecology. The individual hired would join a field team of two undergrads, one grad student, and one post-doc. The experiment will run from May 25 through the end of September, and ideally the person hired would stay through October to help process the harvested plants. The job could possibly be extended through the school year as well, if desired. The position is ideal for a student considering graduate school who wants additional, paid research experience before committing to a particular program. Full-time salary will be paid at the rate of $22,000 per year, plus full benefits. For further information please see the lab website at www.wesleyan.edu/bio/sultan If interested, please send cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references to: Dr Sonia Sultan, Biology Department, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT 06459-0170. email: sesultan@wesleyan.edu. Posted: 5/13/03.

White Mountain Research Station: The Eastern Sierra Internship; June 15-August 23; Open to current undergraduates and recent graduates. Location: Bishop, CA, in the Owens Valley between the Sierra Nevada and White Mountains. The Eastern Sierra Internship is an engaged learning community in which 15-20 students explore the role of scientific inquiry in natural resource management through work on their research projects and weekly science discussions, guest seminars, student presentations, and other regular group feedback and reflection. For summer 2003, ESI offers three interrelated programs: the Interagency Resource Teams, Scientific Assistants and Research Experience for Undergraduates. For details and application, please visit: http://www.wmrs.edu/internship/ or contact us via e-mail: interns@wmrs.edu. Deadline: March 15. Posted: 2/20/03.

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