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Temporary/Seasonal Technicians & Interns Archive
(positions lasting less than 1 year)
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|Engineering & Environment, Inc.||Field Technicians (2), Washington||5/22/09|
|Engineering & Environment, Inc.||Rare and Sensitive Plant Surveyors (2), Washington||5/22/09|
|Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies||Field Assts, Community ecology of Lyme disease||7/8/09||6/30/09|
|New Mexico State University||Field tech, vegetation and soil sampling||6/24/09|
|Washington University||Field Techs, Longleaf pine restoration||6/29/09||6/9/09|
|Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition||Vegetation Technician||6/23/09||6/12/09|
|US Army Corps of Engineers||Seasonal botany tech, Oregon||6/17/09|
|University of Rhode Island||Bird bander||6/15/09||5/29/09|
|Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies||Project Asst: Baltimore Ecosystem Study Virtual Tour Developer||6/13/09||6/8/09|
|Colorado State University||Wetland Delineator, Alaska||6/8/09|
|Lower Rio Grande Valley NWR||Biological Science Technician (Invasive Plants)||6/5/09||5/29/09|
|Great Basin Institute||Forestry Crew Supervisor||6/3/09|
|Colorado State University||Wetland Delineator, Alaska||6/3/09|
|Great Basin Institute||Forestry Crew Member||5/29/09|
|Great Basin Institute||Technician, tortoise monitoring||5/29/09|
|Smithsonian Institution CRC||Field botanist||5/27/09||5/22/09|
|Engineering & Environment, Inc.||Field Technicians (2), Washington||5/22/09|
|Engineering & Environment, Inc.||Rare and Sensitive Plant Surveyors (2), Washington||5/22/09|
|Washington University||Seasonal Field Botanist||5/22/09||5/4/09|
|University of Idaho||Research Tech, fire/restoration ecology||5/22/09||5/4/09|
|Oregon State University||Intertidal Ecology Seasonal Research Assistant||5/20/09|
|Teton Science Schools||Range technician||5/18/09|
|University of Florida||Summer Research Tech, barrier island beach mice||5/15/09||5/4/09|
|Great Basin Institute||Nevada Conservation Corps crew supervisor||5/13/09|
|University of Minnesota||Technician, grassland songbird and waterfowl research||5/5/09|
|Conservation and Land Management Internship Program||Natural resource management/conservation interns (75-100 positions)||5/?/09||12/12/08|
|California State University Fullerton||Field Asst, mammal/disease ecology||5/1/09||4/27/09|
|Florida International University||Coral Reef Ecology Technician||5/1/09||4/27/09|
|Washington University||Temp. Field Techs, restoration ecology/conservation biology, South Carolina||4/27/09|
|University of Alaska Fairbanks||Field/lab technician, foodweb/salmon ecology||4/27/09|
|Oregon State University||Ecological Field Technician||4/27/09|
|Case Western Reserve University||Research assts, amphibian ecology and conservation||4/27/09|
|Oregon State University||Summer Field Technicians, forest ecology||4/27/09|
|Colorado State University||Frog Field Technicians||4/17/09||4/8/09|
|Archbold Biological Station||Research intern, agro-ecology||4/10/09|
|Duke University||Research Assts: Forest Community Ecology, Genetics||4/10/09||4/1/09|
|Colorado State University||Summer Ecology Field Tech, Alaska||4/10/09||3/9/09|
|Teton Science Schools||Habitat Assessment Technician||4/8/09||4/2/09|
|Rutgers University||Pollination Field Technicians||4/7/09|
|University of California, Berkeley||Summer field asst, fire history, Crater Lake||4/1/09||3/11/09|
|University of Washington||Field crew, fire/range ecology||3/30/09||3/26/09|
|Montana State University||Soil scientists||3/30/09||3/5/09|
|USGS Sequoia-Kings Canyon Field Station||Botany Technicians||3/29/09||3/20/09|
|Marine Biological Laboratory||Summer field asst, salt marsh food web and nutrient cycles||3/27/09|
|Idaho State University||Techs, stream ecology||3/27/09||3/5/09|
|Auburn University||Species inventories and conservation||3/26/09|
|Environmental Concern Inc.||Intern, Native Wetland Plant Nursery||3/23/09||2/4/09|
|USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center||Amphibian Research and Monitoring||3/23/09||1/15/09|
|Colorado Division of Wildlife||Habitat Research Crew Leader||3/22/09||3/5/09|
|University of Toronto (Canada)||Research Assts, forest dynamics||3/21/09||2/16/09|
|USDA Forest Service||Small Mammal Ecology, Mount St. Helens||3/20/09|
|USDA Forest Service||Avian Ecology, Mount St. Helens||3/20/09|
|USDA Forest Service||Technicians, forest fire ecology, Washington||3/20/09||3/10/09|
|Beaver Creek Reserve||Field asst, aquatic invasive species education and prevention||3/20/09||2/16/09|
|Beaver Creek Reserve||Aquatic plant survey asst researcher||3/20/09||2/16/09|
|Beaver Creek Reserve||Aquatic plant survey lead researcher||3/20/09||2/16/09|
|Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition||Project Assistant, vegetation response to fire||3/19/09||3/6/09|
|Assateague Island National Seashore||Summer tech, invasive plant control||3/18/09||3/9/09|
|Lassen National Forest||Technicians, plants||3/15/09||3/6/09|
|Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition||Watershed Assessments Field Crew||3/15/09||2/3/09|
|Cape May Bird Observatory||Bird Field Technicians||3/15/09||1/15/09|
|University of Montana||Fire effects and Vegetation Monitoring, Lake Tahoe||3/13/09||3/5/09|
|University of North Carolina||Research Techs, floodplain forest ecology||3/10/09|
|University of Washington||Summer field crew, Ecology and Restoration of Montane Meadows||3/10/09||2/16/09|
|University of Minnesota||Seasonal Interns, Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve||3/9/09||12/16/08|
|Rice University||Field Ecology Research Assts, Mexico||3/9/09||12/22/08|
|Pacific Biodiversity Institute||Field Botanists, Arizona||3/6/09|
|University of Washington||Summer field asst, Forest Ecology||3/6/09||2/4/09|
|University of Washington||Summer field crew, Forest Ecology||3/6/09||1/28/09|
|University of Washington||Summer field asst, Forest Ecology||3/6/09||1/28/09|
|Oklahoma State University||Forest ecology summer field technician||3/5/09|
|University of Vermont||Field assts, Arctic streams||3/5/09|
|Southern Illinois University at Carbondale||Field assts, mammals, New York||3/5/09|
|University of Washington||Seed dispersal by birds, South Carolina||3/5/09|
|USDA Forest Service||Forest ecology, Sierra Nevada||3/5/09|
|Purdue University||Larval fish ecology||3/5/09|
|University of California, Berkeley||Crew Leader and Research Assts - Bird and Carnivore Monitoring||3/5/09|
|University of Nebraska-Lincoln||Research assts, Range and Forage Sciences||3/5/09|
|University of Florida||Field Research Asst, Alaska||3/2/09||1/8/09|
|Smithsonian Conservation and Research Center||Botanist||3/1/09||2/16/09|
|University of Notre Dame||Field Assts, lake survey||3/1/09||1/28/09|
|Shenandoah National Park||Salamander Field Technicians||3/1/09||1/15/09|
|Cape May Bird Observatory||Shorebird Field Technicians||3/1/09||1/15/09|
|USDA Forest Service||Seasonal botanists, Modoc National Forest||2/28/09||2/16/09|
|Pennsylvania State University||Seasonal techs, forest monitoring||2/28/09||1/21/09|
|Utah Division of Wildlife Resources||Avian Point Count Techs (3 positions)||2/28/09||1/9/09|
|Colorado State University||Summer Ecology Field Assistant, Yellowstone NP||2/27/09||2/18/09|
|University of Minnesota||American Woodcock Field Technician||2/20/09||2/16/09|
|University of California, Berkeley||Crew leader/field tech, animal surveys||2/20/09||2/4/09|
|USDA Forest Service||Techs, Plants (Nevada)||2/18/09|
|University of Montana||Research Tech, floodplain biogeochemistry||2/18/09|
|Oregon State University||Avian Field Biologists||2/17/09|
|Institute for Applied Ecology||Interns, conservation biology/restoration ecology (9 positions)||2/17/09||1/8/09|
|University of Washington||Summer Botanist, Oregon||2/16/09|
|Marine Biological Laboratory||Summer Field Assts, Arctic ecology||2/16/09|
|Oregon State University||Marine Ecosystem Ecology Seasonal Research Asst||2/15/09||1/13/09|
|Oregon State University||Marine Ecosystem Ecology summer research internship||2/15/09||1/9/09|
|Oregon State University||Physical Oceanography/Marine Ecology Seasonal Research Asst||2/15/09||1/9/09|
|Vermont Center for Ecostudies||Field technicians, bird monitoring (10 positions)||2/15/09||1/8/09|
|USDA Forest Service||Seasonal field botanists/ecologists, California||2/13/09||1/23/09|
|Missouri Department of Conservation||Summer Field Botanists and Botany Crew leaders||2/13/09||10/30/08|
|Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition||Vegetation Technicians||2/6/09||1/27/09|
|National Park Service||Invasive Plant Technician, Point Reyes||2/6/09||1/23/09|
|National Park Service||Technician (plants), Utah||2/6/09||1/21/09|
|Virginia Tech||Shorebird Technician, North Carolina||2/6/09||1/16/09|
|Institute for Applied Ecology||Crew leader, ecological restoration||2/6/09||1/9/09|
|University of California, Santa Barbara||Field Research Assistants, Birds, Nevada||2/4/09|
|University of Wisconsin-Madison||Summer field crew leader, plant ID||2/4/09|
|Ecosystem Management Research Institute||Seasonal range/botany field technicians||2/3/09|
|Utah Division of Wildlife Resources||Wildlife Field Crew Leaders and Technicians||2/3/09|
|National Park Service||Summer botanists, Alaska||2/2/09||1/13/09|
|National Park Service||Summer botanists, Sequoia-Kings Canyon||2/2/09||1/9/09|
|Oregon State University||Marine Ecology/Zooplankton Seasonal Research Asst||2/1/09||1/21/09|
|USDA Forest Service||Summer techs, amphibians, Sierra Nevada||2/1/09||1/13/09|
|SUNY - Environmental Science & Forestry||Seasonal Research Asst/Crew Leader and Field Techs, Forest Ecology||2/1/09||12/4/08|
|Nantucket Conservation Foundation, Inc.||Seasonal Field Research Assistants||1/30/09||12/8/08|
|U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service||Fisheries Technicians, Maryland||1/29/09||1/20/09|
|National Park Service||Vegetation monitoring||1/28/09|
|Washington University||Field techs, ecology of tick-borne diseases||1/28/09|
|National Park Service||Temp field crew, Inventory and Monitoring||1/28/09||1/8/09|
|Oregon State University||Bird point counters||1/27/09|
|Dartmouth College||Temp field assts, plant-pollinator interactions, North Carolina||1/25/09||12/17/08|
|Great Basin Institute||AmeriCorps position, conservation in Nevada||1/23/09|
|University of California, Berkeley||Field techs, forest fire science||1/23/09|
|University of California, Santa Barbara||Plant ecology research assistant||1/22/09|
|Bio-West, Inc.||Seasonal technician, bird surveys||1/21/09|
|PRBO Conservation Science||Songbird monitoring, Sierra Nevada/Cascades||1/21/09|
|Audubon South Carolina||Seabird Intern||1/20/09|
|University of Pennsylvania||Project Asst, Lyme Disease Ecology & Evolution||1/20/09|
|National Park Service||Summer aquatic techs, Sequoia and Kings Canyon||1/20/09||12/22/08|
|National Park Service||Seasonal Crew Leader, Forest Health Data||1/16/09||12/30/08|
|National Park Service||Seasonal Techs, Vegetation, Sequoia and Kings Canyon||1/16/09||12/16/08|
|Oregon State University||Summer Field Tech, rangeland vegetation and soil||1/15/09||12/18/08|
|Cornell University||Field Research Assistant, oysters, Florida||1/10/09||1/2/09|
|Texas Tech University||Avian Field Technicians (8 positions), New York||1/10/09||12/10/08|
|Oregon State University||Intertidal Marine Ecology Seasonal Research Asst||1/9/09|
|USGS Snake River Field Station||Seasonal Avian Technicians||1/9/09||12/4/08|
|USDA Forest Service||Seasonal Botanists, California (~35 positions)||1/8/09|
|Cape May Bird Observatory||Grassland Bird Field Technicians/Crew Leader||1/1/09||10/10/08|
|National Park Service||Seasonal Vegetation Techs, Michigan||12/10/08|
|Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation||Field Technician, Snowy Plover Project||12/15/08||11/13/08|
|University of Southern Mississippi||Seasonal Avian Technicians, Arizona||12/10/08|
|H. T. Harvey & Associates||Temp on-call botanist||12/4/08|
|University of California, Davis||Temp Field Assts, behavior/ecology of Greater Sage-Grouse||12/4/08|
|Dartmouth College||Technician, Plant-Animal Interactions||12/1/08||10/30/08|
|Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit||Temp. Wetland Technician||11/28/08||11/14/08|
|Florida State University||Research Technician, invasive species and host-parasitoid population dynamics||11/26/08|
|Smithsonian Environmental Research Center||Interns, Aquatic Invasive Species in California||11/14/08||10/10/08|
|Great Basin Institute||Data/GIS Specialist and Technicians, tortoise monitoring||11/4/08|
|National Park Service||Seasonal Techs, plants, Grand Canyon||11/4/08|
|Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit||Temp. Field Tech., birds||11/3/08||10/14/08|
|USDA Forest Service||Temp. Techs, American Marten field ecology||11/1/08||9/29/08|
|Florida Atlantic University||Temp field biologist/wetland tech||9/30/08|
|Cornell University||Field Assts, Tropical Stream Ecology||9/30/08||8/22/08|
|University of Montana||Research Asst, Animal Behavior, Kenya||9/15/08||9/2/08|
|The Nature Conservancy||Seasonal Burn Crew Member||8/25/08|
|Northern Arizona University||Field Techs, Plants, Zion National Park||8/5/08|
|University of Missouri||Field Assistant, birds and lizards, Puerto Rico||8/4/08|
|Southern Illinois University at Carbondale||Field Assts, small mammals, New York||8/1/08||7/22/08|
|Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center||Temp. Research Asst, plant ecology||7/21/08|
|Pacific Biodiversity Institute||Temp field ecologist, wildlife habitat surveys||7/9/08|
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Archbold Biological Station: A research internship is available at the MacArthur Agro-ecology Research Center (MAERC), a division of Archbold Biological Station, in south central Florida. Current research projects at the Center focus on wetland ecology and restoration, nutrient cycling and ecological interactions and environmental impacts in subtropical grazing lands, and the environmental impacts of cattle ranching. Research interns spend 20 hours per week assisting the MAERC Research Biologist with his ongoing research projects and 20 hours conducting their own independent research project. Intern research topics are varied but must relate to current research projects at MAERC. Topics of past research intern projects can be viewed at Dr. Patrick Bohlen's website. MAERC is located at a working 10,200-acre cattle ranch comprised of varied pastures and prairies, woodland hammocks, and abundant wetlands. The Center supports collaborative projects with state agencies, universities, environmental organizations and cattle ranchers. Interns interact with staff at Archbold, a vibrant and dynamic center for ecological research and education. The internship is ideal for recent graduates considering graduate school, or current graduate students interested in pursuing a thesis project at MAERC. The length of appointment is flexible but is generally 6 months. Current positions are available starting in May/June. Interested applicants can apply by sending (1) a letter of application, including research interests and period of availability, (2) a resume or curriculum vitae, and (3) contact information for 2-3 references, to Dr. Patrick Bohlen at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information you may contact Dr. Bohlen at (863) 699-0242 x22. Posted: 4/10/09.
Assateague Island National Seashore: (Berlin, MD) seeks a summer biological technician (GS-05, $14.74/hour) to help control the invasive reed Phragmites australis. This position is open to all qualified persons; applicants do not need to be students or federal employees. Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, March 18. To apply, please go to www.usajobs.gov and search for job announcement # GETT-09-17DEU. Posted: 3/9/09.
Auburn University: The Alabama Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit is seeking Biological Technicians (5) for a multi-species inventory and conservation planning project on selected state-owned lands within Alabama. Primary responsibilities will include one or more of the following tasks: conducting amphibian and reptile timed-area searches, avian point counts, small mammal trapping, and vegetation surveys. Other duties will include data entry, database management, and maintenance of field equipment and vehicles. Survey efforts will require working long hours in variable field conditions (heat, humidity, snakes, insects, etc.) and will require residence in temporary accommodations at the various field sites (provided). Candidates must have at least a Bachelors degree in a biology related field and should be highly motivated. The incumbent should also be capable in GPS navigation, have a valid driver’s license with clean or good driving record, the ability to work in adverse terrain, and carry light field equipment for extended time periods. Preference will be given to individuals with field experience and the ability to identify southeastern birds and/or herpetofauna by sound and sight. Position appointments are April 2009 to August 2009 with a pay rate of $10/hour. Appointments can be extended through December 2009 for mammal sampling. To apply send a (1) COVER LETTER highlighting relevant experience and your specific interests in the project, (2) RESUME, and (3) names and contact information for at least 3 relevant REFERENCES to: Amy L. Silvano, 3301 Forestry & Wildlife Building, Auburn University, AL 36849, or by e-mail to email@example.com. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and review will continue, if necessary, until field work is complete. Contact: Amy L. Silvano, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, 334-844-9295. Posted: 3/26/09.
Audubon South Carolina: Seabird Intern: 1 temporary full-time position. Pay: $2500 + housing and utilities. Dates: April 1-June 31, 2009. Location: Santee Coastal Reserve near McClellanville, SC. Qual: B.S. in a biological science or coursework toward same; seabird and shorebird ID skills helpful Duties: Assist ongoing efforts of Audubon South Carolina and SC Dept. of Nat. Resources to monitor, post and protect three critical Important Bird Areas' (IBA) seabird nesting colonies and critical seabird species. Participate in census of nesting seabirds, shorebird monitoring and research. Conduct educational presentations and outreach in communities near seabird nesting colonies. Assist IBA Coordinator in identifying and involving volunteers in seabird protection efforts. Assist Cape Romain NWR biologist in sea turtle nest protection and monitoring. Must be able to lift 50 + pounds. Housing is remote and rustic. Appl. Send resume, letter of interest and 3 references to: Contact: Jeff Mollenhauer, Bird Conservation Coordinator, Audubon South Carolina, 336 Sanctuary Rd., Harleyville, SC 29448. Ph: 843-462-2150, Fax: 843-462-2173, Email: email@example.com. Questions: Felicia Sanders, SCDNR, PO Box 37, McClellanville, SC 29458, Email: SandersF@dnr.sc.gov. Posted: 1/20/09.
Beaver Creek Reserve: Field assistant for aquatic invasive species education and prevention, west central Wisconsin. Accompany lead researcher to lakes in Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Barron, and Rusk Counties in west central Wisconsin to assess lakes for six aquatic invasive species (zebra mussels, Eurasian water milfoil, rusty crayfish, purple loosestrife, spiny waterflea, and curly-leaf pondweed). Assist in data collection and database management. Work with citizens interested in monitoring lakes for aquatic invasive species. Conduct watercraft inspections under the Clean Boats Clean Waters program at boat landings throughout the project region. Field assistant must have the ability to conduct work aboard a small watercraft for an entire day. Applicant must be willing to work away from home three nights of the week, staying in a tent near the lakes to be studied. Related courses or experience with aquatic invasive species and/or ecology desired. Knowledge of MS Office (Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint) and other basic computer skills is necessary. Good driving record and experience (or willingness to learn) hauling watercraft, launching watercraft, and operating watercraft. Enthusiasm, friendliness, and ability to communicate effectively are essential. Must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Project Background: Beaver Creek Reserve Citizen Science Center launched a five-county Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Education and Prevention project in the summer of 2007, which will continue through the summer of 2009. The overall goals and objectives are: Goal 1. Assess the five-county region for actual number of lakes infested with AIS and prevent the further spread of AIS in this region through citizen action and education. Goal 2. Create a network of professionals and citizens throughout the project area interested in assisting BCCSC with AIS education and prevention to assist with assessment and education work. Send cover letter and resume to: Beaver Creek Reserve, C/o Sarah Braun, S1 County Highway K, Fall Creek, WI 54742. Dates: mid-May 2009 – August 2009; must attend CBCW training workshop around May 19-20 (actual dates to be announced). ~40 hours per week, includes some weekends, not to exceed 560 hours over the course of the summer Hourly rate of pay: $10 Housing and food are NOT provided. Applications must be post marked by March 20, 2009. Posted: 2/16/09.
Beaver Creek Reserve: Assistant Researcher for Lake Wissota aquatic plant survey, West Central Wisconsin. Assist lead researcher on Lake Wissota in assessing various aspects of the aquatic plant community. Assist with data collection, plant identification, equipment maintenance, database management, and writing of lake assessments. Recruit and work with volunteers and local citizens to assist with plant survey. Assistant Researcher must have the ability to conduct work aboard a small watercraft for an entire day in summer heat. Related courses or experience with aquatic invasive species, ecology and/or aquatic plant identification desired. Knowledge of MS Office (Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint) and other basic computer skills is necessary. Good driving record and experience (or willingness to learn) hauling watercraft, launching watercraft, and operating watercraft. Enthusiasm, friendliness, and ability to communicate effectively are essential. Project Background: The Beaver Creek Reserve Citizen Science Center conducted an aquatic plant survey on Lake Wissota in 2005 as a follow up to a survey done in 1989 that looked at the effects of winter drawdowns on aquatic plant communities. During the 2005 survey, Eurasian water milfoil was found. The Lake Wissota Improvement and Protection Association is currently developing an Aquatic Management Plan that includes an aquatic plant survey in the summer of 2009. Send cover letter and resume to: Beaver Creek Reserve, C/o Sarah Braun, S1 County Highway K, Fall Creek, WI 54742. Approximate Start and End Dates: mid-May 2009 – August 2009 (approx. 12 weeks) Total approximate hours: 40 hours per week, includes some weekends, not to exceed 480 hours over the course of the project Hourly rate of pay: $10. Applications must be post marked by March 20, 2009. Posted: 2/16/09.
Beaver Creek Reserve: Lake Wissota aquatic plant survey lead researcher. Lead researcher will supervise assistant field researcher and work with volunteers of all ages and abilities. Work closely with Lake Wissota Improvement and Protection Association (LWIPA) to determine the parameters best suited for the needs of their Aquatic Plant Management Plan in regards to the plant survey. Lead Researcher must have the ability to conduct work aboard a small watercraft for an entire day in the summer heat. A strong background in aquatic plant identification or good working knowledge of and course work in plant taxonomy is necessary. Candidate must have a bachelors degree in biology, natural resources or related field; a master's degree is desired. Knowledge of MS Office (Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint) and other basic computer skills is required. Familiarity/experience with GPS and GIS is essential. Good driving record and experience (or willingness to learn) hauling watercraft, launching watercraft, and operating watercraft. Enthusiasm, friendliness, and ability to communicate effectively are vital. Researcher must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Good organizational and time management skills are a plus. Background: In 2005 a full plant survey was conducted on Lake Wissota in Chippewa County to determine the effects of winter draw downs on aquatic plant communities. In the summer of 2009, Lake Wissota will again have its aquatic plant community surveyed. The Lake Wissota Improvement and Protection Association (LWIPA) is facilitating this as a portion of their lake management plan. A lead researcher and an assistant shall be hired to conduct the monitoring over the course of the 2009 summer. Duties include: · Obtain GPS locations to duplicate 2005 survey sites · Partake in field training, if needed, with the Citizen Science Center staff and/or with the DNR · Finalize methods to be used for the plant survey with the DNR · Review literature from previous studies on Lake Wissota · Meet with and coordinate with the research assistant on the project outline and with any monitoring to be conducted over the course of the summer · Supervise the assistant researcher · Conduct aquatic plant survey documenting all species observed, densities, locations, substrate present, and depth of water from June 1 to September 1, 2009 at all sample sites · Take GPS locations of any aquatic invasive species found · Take pictures of assistant and volunteers being trained and conducting sampling · Maintain all sampling equipment, including the boat, motor, and transport vehicle · Plant specimens that are collected shall be recorded in a plant log book kept by the lead researcher to start a Lake Wissota collection · Recruit and supervise volunteers · Present survey findings upon the request of LWIPA or the Citizen Science Center · Provide a year-end summary report of the project before January 1, 2010. To apply send a résumé, two letters of recommendation, and cover letter to: Beaver Creek Reserve, C/o Sarah Braun, S1 County Highway K, Fall Creek, WI 54742. Approximate Dates: May – October 2009 with possible extension through November 2009. 40 hours per week, not to exceed 1180 hours over the course of the project. Hourly rate of pay: $17. Housing is NOT provided. Applications must be post marked by March 20, 2009. Posted: 2/16/09.
Bio-West, Inc.: Seasonal wildlife technician needed to conduct bird surveys on the Great Salt Lake, Utah, one of the most important and abundant bird areas in the world. You will have access to incredible areas that are closed to the public, where you’ll see more than 100,000 birds. Work 5 days a week in the field and live minutes from vibrant downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, and the Wasatch Mountains. Gain experience working with multiple species and field techniques. As a technician you will conduct point counts for multiple species and nest searching and monitoring for American avocets and black-necked stilts. Other tasks will include noise-sample collection and data entry. Employment is from mid April through the end of July 2009. Required: 1) experience identifying birds, particularly shorebirds, by sight and sound 2) experience conducting point counts, nest searching, and nest monitoring 3) experience using a GPS for navigation and data collection 4) a B.S. in wildlife science or a related field (or substantial progress towards a degree, as well as extensive avian experience) 5) the ability to work independently and as part of a team 6) the ability to work in sometimes demanding field conditions (heat, mosquitoes, etc) early in the morning and for long hours 7) an enthusiastic, positive attitude (need to play well with others!) What we can offer you: 1)$12-13/ hour plus overtime 2) housing – pet friendly, clean, quiet, located minutes from downtown Salt Lake City 3) a 5-day work week 4) nice work vehicles 5) a variety of different tasks to do everyday 6) the opportunity to work in the beautiful, bizarre, wildlife-abundant Great Salt Lake ecosystem. To apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Job-related questions may also be directed to email@example.com. No phone calls please. Posted: 1/21/09.
California State University Fullerton: Field assistant needed immediately for an ongoing study of the ecology of small mammals as potential vectors of plague in black-tailed prairie dog colonies in northern Colorado. Position will primarily involve live-trapping small mammals, but also collecting tissue and blood samples from mice, and swabbing burrows for fleas. Other duties may include observing and quantifying behavior in the field, measuring vegetation and habitat characteristics on study areas, and laboratory work to identify fleas. Prior experience with small mammal live-trapping is required; experience with blood and tissue sampling is highly desirable. Must be in good physical condition, good-natured, even under difficult field conditions, and have a valid driver's license. Dates: mid-May to mid-August 2009 (~15 weeks). Salary: $10/h, plus dorm-style housing at the SGS-LTER field station northeast of Fort Collins, Colorado. To apply, please send, BY EMAIL, a letter describing your background and relevant experience; a copy of your resume or CV; and the names and contact information of 2 professional references. Applications will be reviewed as they arrive, with a closing date of 1 May 2009. For more information, contact Paul Stapp (firstname.lastname@example.org; 714 278 2849). Posted: 4/27/09.
Cape May Bird Observatory: Shorebird Field Technicians (2) needed 16 April through 30 June for ongoing research on shorebird migration ecology along New Jersey's Delaware Bay shore. Delaware Bay is recognized as an internationally important staging area for shorebirds during spring migration. Duties include extracting birds from mist-nets, banding, weighing and measuring birds, recording data, point counts, surveying for color-banded birds, and data entry. Mist-netting and bird banding experience necessary. Ability to identify shorebirds of the eastern U. S., color-band resighting experience, and proficiency with MS Excel or Access preferred. Applicants must be able to work independently or as part of a team, possibly work long hours or occasionally six days/week, in occasionally hot and buggy conditions. Start date can be flexible. Salary $1800-2200/month depending on experience. Must have own vehicle. Housing and reimbursement for gas provided. Send cover letter of interest, resume, and three references by 1 March to Dr. Kimberly Peters, Cape May Bird Observatory, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210, email@example.com. Posted: 1/15/09.
Cape May Bird Observatory: Job #1: Grassland Bird Field Technician needed 15 April through 31 August for ongoing research on grassland bird ecology in New Jersey. Duties include spot-mapping, point count surveys, behavioral observations, data entry and some data analysis. Spot-mapping and/or point count experience, and the ability to identify grassland birds of the eastern U.S. by sight and sound required. Proficiency with MS Excel and ArcGIS preferred. Applicants must be able to work independently, and be willing to work in occasionally hot and buggy conditions. Salary approximately $2200/month DOE. Must have own vehicle. Housing and mileage reimbursement provided. Send cover letter of interest, resume, and three references by 15 March to Kim Peters, Cape May Bird Observatory, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210, firstname.lastname@example.org. Job #2: Shorebird Field Technicians (2) needed 16 April through 30 June for ongoing research on shorebird migration ecology along New Jersey's Delaware Bay shore. Delaware Bay is recognized as an internationally important staging area for shorebirds during spring migration. Duties include extracting birds from mist-nets, banding, weighing and measuring birds, recording data, point counts, surveying for color-banded birds, and data entry. Mist-netting and bird banding experience necessary. Ability to identify shorebirds of the eastern U. S., color-band resighting experience, and proficiency with MS Excel or Access preferred. Applicants must be able to work independently or as part of a team, possibly work long hours or occasionally six days/week, in occasionally hot and buggy conditions. Start date can be flexible. Salary $1800-2200/month depending on experience. Must have own vehicle. Housing and reimbursement for gas provided. Send cover letter of interest, resume, and three references by 15 March to Dr. Kimberly Peters, Cape May Bird Observatory, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210, email@example.com. Posted: 1/15/09.
Cape May Bird Observatory: Job #1: Grassland Bird Field Crew Leader needed 1 April through 30 July, 2009 for research on grassland bird ecology in the mid-Atlantic/New England region. Crew Leader will manage a large-scale, multifaceted project assessing bird productivity at three Department of Defense (DoD) installations in MA, NJ, and MD. Duties will include task scheduling, field crew supervision, nest searching and monitoring, marking nestlings, vegetation sampling, data entry and management, and liason with DoD natural resource managers. Experience conducting avian research in early successional habitats highly desirable, preferably at the project management level (MS or equivalent). Applicants must be able to work independently and be willing to travel extensively among the study sites. Proficiency with MS Excel and ArcGIS preferred. Salary approximately $3100/month DOE, lodging and mileage reimbursement provided. Must have own vehicle. Send cover letter of interest, resume, and three references by 1 January to Kim Peters, Cape May Bird Observatory, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210, kim.petersnjaudubon.org. Job #2: Grassland Bird Field Technicians (4) needed 14 April through 18 July, 2009 for research on grassland bird ecology in the mid-Atlantic/New England region. Three static positions will be located at research sites in MA, NJ, or MD. A fourth, "floater" position will travel among the three sites as needed. Duties will include nest searching and monitoring, marking nestlings, vegetation sampling and data entry. Experience using nest search methods in early successional habitats is highly desirable. Ability to identify grassland birds of the eastern U.S. required. Applicants must be able to work independently, and proficiency with MS Excel is preferred. Salary is approximately $2200/month DOE, lodging provided. Must have own vehicle. When travel is required, mileage reimbursement will be provided. Send cover letter of interest, resume, and three references by 1 January to Kim Peters, Cape May Bird Observatory, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210, kim.petersnjaudubon.org. Questions: Ms. Rene' Buccinna, Admin. Asst., 609-861-0700 ext. 13, rene.buccinnanjaudubon.org. Posted: 10/10/08.
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies: Position #: 09020-I, Project Assistant-Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES), Virtual Tour Developer. Location: Baltimore, MD or Millbrook, NY. Duration: 35 hours per week for 8 weeks. Starting immediately. Assist in the development of the first version of a virtual tour of the Gwynns Falls Watershed located in Baltimore, MD. The position will require familiarity with the Gwynns Falls watershed including the environmental and socio-demographic history of and BES research within the watershed. Specific tasks include but are not limited to: compiling information on the Gwynns Falls watershed into a narrative format; compiling information on BES research sites within the Gwynns Falls watershed such as photographs, narratives, maps, data, graphs, land use descriptions, etc.; generating site specific graphs of historical chemistry and flow data; generating cross-site comparison graphs of historical chemistry and flow data; working with the BES Information Manager to incorporate information into the virtual tour. Some travel may be required. Note: position can be arranged to meet internship or practicum requirements. Background: Pursuing bachelor's degree in ecology, science education or related field; familiarity with technologies for mapping and presentation of materials online; excellent writing, communication and organizational skills. Review of application to begin June 13, position open until filled. To apply, please email a brief cover letter, a resume, and the names and full contact information (including telephone numbers and email addresses) for three professional references to: Human Resources, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Job Ref. #09020-I, P.O. Box AB, Millbrook, NY 12545. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact Bess Caplan at email@example.com or 410-448-5663 ext. 125 with any questions regarding the position. Posted: 6/8/09.
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies: Summer/Fall Project Assistants (up to 3): Research the dynamics of mammalian communities and the relationships between mammals, ticks, Lyme disease ecology, and the ecology of other tick-borne pathogens. Location is the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in New York's Hudson River Valley. Duties include maintaining field-caught small and medium mammals and birds being held temporarily in the lab, collecting ticks, and reliably recording pertinent data. Weekend hours likely. Prior experience handling small- or meso-mammals highly desirable. Desired dates of employment (35 hours/week) are approximately July 13 to November 1, 2009. On-site housing may be available. Consideration of applications will begin on July 8. Please submit via email a letter of application, a resume, and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references to: Manager of Human Resources, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Job Ref# 09022, P.O. Box AB, Millbrook, NY 12545. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to cite Job Number 09022. Position reports to Dr. Richard S. Ostfeld. Posted: 2/3/09, revised: 6/30/09.
Case Western Reserve University: Positions are available for full-time research assistants to assist with field and laboratory research on the ecology and conservation of amphibians with Dr. Michael Benard of the Biology Department at Case Western Reserve University. The employment period is 01 June through 17 July. Pay is $500 per week. Housing on the University of Michigan’s E.S. George Reserve is provided. Duties: Assist with research investigating the ecology and conservation of amphibians. Research assistants will receive preliminary training at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, but will spend much of the rest of the summer at the University of Michigan’s E.S. George Reserve. Primary research duties include collecting metamorphosing wood frogs at drift fences, measuring and marking those metamorphosing frogs, and then releasing them at the point of capture. Additional duties include assisting with experiments, dipnet-sampling ponds, and repairing and building drift fences. Fieldwork includes early-morning and late-night work with amphibians. Requirements: Valid driver’s license. Experience – Some previous experience conducting ecological field research is preferred. Ideally, this experience should include work with amphibians in the field. Research assistants must be able to work outdoors in sometimes difficult weather conditions. Research assistants must be comfortable anesthetizing and marking small (~1 cm) amphibians with injections of Visible Implant Elastomer. To apply: email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Michael Benard at email@example.com. Posted: 4/27/09.
Colorado Division of Wildlife: Wildlife habitats in northwestern Colorado have experienced an unprecedented level of impact from oil and gas development in the last three years. Maintaining wildlife population objectives requires proper restoration of impacted areas. The Colorado Division of Wildlife is conducting a large-scale field experiment to assess the most effective restoration techniques in sage-grouse and mule deer habitat. The successful applicant for this position will oversee implementation of research treatments, collect data on vegetation response, and coordinate with crew members and contractors to achieve project objectives. The position will run from May 4, 2009 through November 3, 2009. The start date is flexible for up to two weeks for the right candidate. Major job responsibilities will include: Assess vegetation in research plots and adjacent, undisturbed areas; implement restoration treatments including soil manipulations, weed control, and seeding; oversee two crew members; maintain and organize field data; monitor the work of contractors; communicate regularly with DOW researchers; oversee data entry and proofing; operate 4WD ATV’s and pickups on dirt and gravel roads in beautiful but remote field sites. The position will be stationed at Little Hills State Wildlife Area and Game Experiment Station, Rio Blanco County, Colorado. The nearest towns (Meeker, CO, and Rifle, CO) are about 1 hour away. Bunk housing will be shared with technicians from other DOW research projects. Qualifications: B. S. (Range Management, Natural Resources, Wildlife Biology, Biology, Botany or similar field) plus 1-2 years field experience or M.S. preferred. However, all applicants with the desired skills will be considered. Compensation: $15.62/hr plus housing. Applicants must provide a letter of interest and 1-2 page resume with 3 references (with phone and email contact info) via email by March 22, 2009. Please send the cover letter, resume, and references as a single Microsoft Word file named using the following format (LastName_FirstName_HRApp). Applications by regular postal mail are also accepted but email is preferred. Send to: Danielle Johnston, Colorado Division of Wildlife, 711 Independent Avenue, Grand Junction, CO 81505. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 3/5/09.
Colorado State University: CSU seeks enthusiastic and motivated individuals to map wetlands on Fort Wainwright, Alaska. Wetland mapping involves identifying plants, digging soil pits, describing soils, and documenting hydrology across the landscape. Field workers will be employed by CSU to conduct work on Fort Wainwright near Fairbanks, AK. CSU does not provide housing (affordable housing is available in Fairbanks and the adjacent communities). The position start date is the end of June/beginning of July and the end date is early September. Salary is $15.60 - $16.45 per hour. Qualified applicants will have a degree in botany, soil science, ecology, biology, or natural resources management. Applicants should be able to work cooperatively in small groups and outdoors for extended periods (rain or shine). These positions require a valid driver's license and U. S. citizenship. Applicants must pass a background check (criminal history, national sex offender search, motor vehicle history). To apply, applicants should email a cover letter, resume, copy of college transcripts (unofficial or official), and names and daytime phone numbers of three references to Sarah Runck at email@example.com. Applications will be reviewed in the order that they are received, therefore applicants are strongly encouraged to apply immediately. Questions regarding the job description or application process should be sent to Sarah Runck (#907-361-9687). Posted: 6/3/09.
Colorado State University: we seek enthusiastic and motivated individuals to map wetlands on Fort Wainwright, Alaska. Wetland mapping involves identifying plants, digging soil pits, describing soils, and documenting hydrology across the landscape. Field workers will be employed by CSU to conduct work on Fort Wainwright near Fairbanks, AK. CSU does not provide housing (affordable housing is available in Fairbanks and the adjacent communities). The position start date is the end of June/beginning of July and the end date is early September. Salary is $15.60 - $16.45 per hour. Qualified applicants will have a degree in botany, soil science, ecology, biology, or natural resources management. Applicants should be able to work cooperatively in small groups and outdoors for extended periods (rain or shine). These positions require a valid driver's license and U. S. citizenship. Applicants must pass a background check (criminal history, national sex offender search, motor vehicle history). To apply, applicants should email a cover letter, resume, copy of college transcripts (unofficial or official), and names and daytime phone numbers of three references to Sarah Runck at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed in the order that they are received, therefore applicants are strongly encouraged to apply immediately. Questions regarding the job description or application process should be sent to Sarah Runck (#907-361-9687). Posted: 6/8/09.
Colorado State University: 1-3 seasonal research technicians are needed for Pseudacris maculata (Chorus Frog) research, primarily in Larimer County with some limited field work in the San Juan Mountains. Technicians will participate in all aspects of data collection. Field work will run from mid-May to mid-late July depending on weather. Additional lab work can continue into August, depending on the technician's summer schedule. Some sites will be relatively easy access and close to town, others will be in the backcountry. Camping at back country campsites may be required (1-4 nights at a time). Hiking, with a backpack (30-50 pounds), over rough terrain 4 -12 miles per day is required. Technicians will use visual encounter survey methods, collect wetland data, record amphibian calls, collect genetic samples, photograph animals, and capture animals for common garden experiments. Applicants must be willing to work at night and under harsh conditions. Attention to detail, organization and consistent methodology are vital. Technicians will use handheld computers, GPS units, and datasheets to enter data and will be responsible for quality assurance and weekly reports. Individuals with highly developed problem solving skills and strong sense of self motivation are highly desirable. Potential for molecular and morphological lab experience at the end of the field season, experience in the laboratory as well as the lab is desirable. Ability to identify to species amphibians (all lifestages) present in the survey areas is a plus. Must be physically capable of hiking and carrying the loads listed above. Camping and hiking experience, including experience navigating off trail using map and compass is highly desirable. Must have an eye for detail and ability to follow multiple sampling protocols. The applicant must work well in a team and interact well with public/various land owners. Proof of first aid course and CPR a plus. A valid driver's license and ability to drive a government vehicle is required. Environmental conditions may range from blizzards at higher elevations to extremely hot conditions. Physical hazards include intense sun exposure, dehydration, thunderstorms, hailstorms and blizzards. Amphibian capture will occur at night. Snake encounters are possible but technicians are not required to handle poisonous snakes. Applicants must be available to start in mid-May in Fort Collins. Preference will be given for students in wildlife biology, ecology or a related discipline. Compensation: $10-12 / hour depending on experience. Deadlines: 17 April 2009, but review of applicants will begin immediately. Send resume with 3 references and letter of interest to: Dr. Melanie Murphy at: Melanie.Murphy@colostate.edu. Please put "frog technician" in subject line. Posted: 4/8/09.
Colorado State University: Summer Ecology Field Tech, Early/Mid May through Mid August, 2009, Tongass National Forest, Juneau, Alaska. The position advertised is for a full-time field technician to assist a Colorado State University graduate student in data collection. This project is to study the wetland to upland forest ecosystem gradient in Southeast Alaska. The study will look specifically into the hydrologic processes that create and characterize this gradient and how plant species are distributed along gradients. Duties include conducting vegetation surveys (identifying plants, abundance, species composition, and cover estimates), collecting soil and seed samples, counting seeds, and digging water wells. Candidates must possess a four-year degree or currently be enrolled at a college or university pursuing a degree in ecology, natural resource management, range management, forestry, or related major. Candidates must be in good physical condition, capable of working long days in the field on rugged terrain and under variable weather conditions. Digging wells will be hard, manual labor. Ability to work under these conditions is essential. Candidates should be comfortable in the backcountry; we may spend multiple nights camping in the field. Skills in the following areas are valuable: working well in an isolated team setting, wilderness safety and first aid training, and experience with backcountry travel. Experience with relevant fieldwork and plant identification skills are desirable, but not necessary. A valid driver’s license and safe driving record are required. Salary: $375/week plus housing at Tongass National Forest USFS Housing in Juneau, AK. Application Process: Email a 1-2 page resume and cover letter, including three references with telephone numbers and email addresses, to the contact information below. Please indicate availability, as dates are somewhat flexible. Contact: Sarah Bisbing (email@example.com), PhD Candidate, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, Department of Forest, Rangeland, & Watershed Stewardship. Application Deadline: April 10th, 2009. Posted: 3/9/09.
Colorado State University: I am seeking a field technician to assist with my graduate research project in Yellowstone National Park. We’re studying patterns of willow growth and establishment across time and space on Yellowstone’s Northern Range. Specifically, we are interested in the interacting effects of elk and bison herbivory and historic and current beaver activity on water tables and willow growth and establishment. This is a wonderful opportunity for an undergraduate or recent graduate looking for field experience. The project is quite large in scope, and there are numerous opportunities for an interested student to develop his/her own side project to contribute to the larger research questions. Dates: Mid-May to mid-August, please include your availability in your inquiry. We will be conducting detailed measurements of plant growth, installing groundwater wells, monitoring wells and willow seed production, surveying, and harvesting plants for aging analysis. Data entry may also be required. The vast majority of work will be day trips out of Gardiner, MT, but a few nights of backcountry camping may be necessary. Specific on the job training will be provided. The ideal applicant will be enthusiastic, responsible, and self-sufficient. Yellowstone is bear country; previous outdoor experience is highly desired. This position requires manual labor (specifically digging holes in rocky soils), kneeling and bending, and attention to detail in repetitive tasks. Because research sites are located between 0.5 and 5 miles from park roads, applicants must be comfortable hiking distances up to 10 miles a day in various weather conditions. At least a year of undergraduate coursework in biology, ecology, or related environmental sciences is required. A valid U.S. driver’s license and a vehicle is desirable. Must be willing to work variable hours as needed, being a morning person is a plus. $1600/month stipend and housing will be provided in Gardiner, MT. The field assistant can expect to work 5-6 day work weeks and 8-10 hour days. You will be responsible for personal expenses (e.g. food) and providing personal equipment such as rain gear and camping gear. To Apply: Please submit a letter outlining your interest and suitability for the position, a resume or cv, and contact information (email and phone numbers) for three references by email to Kristin Marshall (firstname.lastname@example.org). Be sure to include relevant coursework and previous research experience. Applications will be reviewed as they are received starting 27 Feb until a suitable applicant is found. Posted: 7/23/08, revised: 2/18/09.
Conservation and Land Management Internship Program: Would you like to put your education to use assisting in important conservation projects? Do you like to experience new landscapes, habitats, and species diversity? The CLM Internship Program is a wonderful opportunity to begin a career in natural resource management and conservation! Each year, the Conservation and Land Management Internship Program places 75-100 college graduates in five-month paid internships to assist professional staff at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Park Service (NPS), US Fish and Wildlife Service (NFWF) or US Geologic Survey (USGS). Internships are primarily located in one of the thirteen western states, including Alaska! Each internship is unique and may focus on botany, wildlife, or a combination of the two. Projects may include monitoring or assessing threatened and endangered species and habitats. Applicants with strong botanical backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply! Benefits of the CLM Internship Program are numerous! As a CLM intern, you will receive a stipend of $11,000 and will attend an all expenses-paid week long training workshop. In addition, the CLM Internship Program provides opportunities to make connections in various governmental and non-profit organizations, to learn what it's like to work at a federal agency, to explore your career goals and expand your resume. For more information and to apply online, please visit: http://www.clminternship.org. Application review begins in January 2009 and will continue through May until all positions are filled. Posted: 12/12/08.
Cornell University: Field Research Assistant to help perform an NSF-funded field experiment designed to examine differential oyster adaptation to warm-temperate and subtropical estuaries in eastern Florida (background information). Field work is based out of Fort Pierce, Florida and the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution. The successful applicant will gain experience conducting field and laboratory research. Major field objectives will be to measure oyster growth, health, disease resistance, and reproductive development. Specifically, the assistant will help with oyster spawning and larval culture, photograph juvenile oysters over a time series at multiple field sites, help deploy, monitor and retrieve field equipment, sample water for phytoplankton and oyster tissue for DNA analyses, and retrieve data from remote data loggers. The ideal applicant will be available to work in Florida from Mid-March through August 2009. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. Extensive driving will be necessary – a clean driving record is desirable and the candidate must have held a U.S. driver’s license for at least three years. Some field and/or laboratory experience is desired. Please note that fieldwork can be strenuous and that much of the outdoor work will be performed in hot and sometimes rainy conditions. No scuba diving is required but regular entry into shallow water is necessary. This is a paid position and costs for travel to Florida and housing (but not food) will be provided. Please submit an application through the Cornell Human Resources site. Under “Staff (non-academic)and Librarian positions” search for job 10261. Applications will be accepted at least until January 10 and then until the position is filled. Informal inquires can be made with Martha Burford (email@example.com) Payment: $9/hour for 40hours/week for 22 weeks. Posted: 1/2/09.
Cornell University: Two positions are available to assist with a research project examining interactions between ecological and evolutionary processes in Trinidadian streams. The project is supported by NSF and involves a large team of investigators. Responsibilities include assisting with intensive field surveys, mesocosm experiments and the processing and management of water and biological samples (algae, organic matter, stream invertebrates, and fish). Examples of these duties include collecting and sorting aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates, water sampling, assisting with chlorophyll and nutrient analyses, preparing samples for stable isotope analysis, and helping with fish mark-recapture efforts. Field assistants will be based at a field station in the Arima Valley in the Northern Range of Trinidad, and will interact with scientists from North American universities (Cornell Univ., UC-Riverside, Univ. of Georgia, Univ. of Nebraska, and other institutions) and from the University of the West Indies. Applicants should have a Bachelors degree in biological sciences or related fields. Experience in aquatic ecology is preferred, but not necessary. The ability to drive a 4-wheel drive, standard transmission truck is required. Two positions are available for a period of six months each, starting in January 2009, with the possibility of renewal based on performance and the availability of funds. These positions are ideal for recently-graduated students who want to live abroad while gaining valuable research skills. A monthly stipend will be provided along with housing and travel expenses. Please contact Dr. Rana El-Sabaawi at rwe32cornell.edu for more information. To apply please send a coverletter, a resume and a list of 2-3 referees to rwe32cornell.edu. Application deadline is Sept 30. Posted: 8/22/08.
Dartmouth College: We are seeking full-time and part-time field assistants for a spring field season in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina. The project examines the effects of urbanization on multispecies plant-animal interactions with Rebecca Irwin (Dartmouth College), Lynn Adler (UMass-Amherst), and Paige Warren (UMass-Amherst). Field sites will be located in Raleigh/Durham and surrounding areas. Research assistants will be involved in observing plant-pollinator interactions, measuring floral traits, and manipulating flowers and pollen. Previous experience in field pollination biology or herbivory is preferred but not required for the position. Advanced undergraduates or individuals with a BA or BS in a relevant field are encouraged to apply. The positions are available from mid-March (start date no later than March 16) through mid-April, 2008 (likely until April 20). The salary will be in the range of $8-10 per hour, depending on experience. Some relocation costs will also be provided if the applicant is not currently living in the Raleigh/Durham area. The position does not come with health or retirement benefits. To apply, please send a resume and brief cover letter as a single email (pdf) attachment. In your resume, please include the names and contact information for three references (email and phone numbers, and a brief description of how you know the recommender). The cover letter should explain why you are interested in the position. Information about how this position would relate to your previous research experience and/or career goals is encouraged. In the subject of the email, please put: Spring Research Assistant. Applications should be sent to: Jens Stevens (Jens.Stevens@Dartmouth.edu). Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. To receive full consideration, please apply by January 25, 2009. Posted: 12/17/08.
Dartmouth College: A full-time technician position in Plant-Animal Interactions will be available in the lab of Dr. Rebecca Irwin. Responsibilities will include laboratory, greenhouse, and intensive field work. The research focuses on a variety of topics, including: bee taxonomy, species invasions, pollination, herbivory, and plant demography. Qualified individuals must have a strong work ethic and must be able to work independently as well as in part of a larger field group. The technician is expected to manage hourly undergraduate workers in the lab and to become a full participant in the lab through weekly lab meetings. Previous field experience with plants is required and experience working with bees is desired, but not essential. In addition, individuals who have experience in chemical ecology are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have received a BS or BA degree; applicants with an MS degree are also encouraged to apply. The position will be based at Dartmouth in Hanover, NH, but will also include significant field work in North Carolina, Colorado, and Wyoming. The start date is negotiable (any time between 1 December, 2008 and 1 March, 2009). The position ends on 31 August, 2009. Salary will be in the range of $21-30k depending on the experience of the candidate. Interested applicants should send (as a single pdf) the following: a complete CV, contact information for three references, and a brief statement of research interests (no more than one page) to Dr. Rebecca Irwin (Rebecca.Irwin[at]Dartmouth.edu). Review of applications will begin on 1 December and will continue until the position is filled. Posted: 10/30/08.
Duke University: The Clark lab is seeking several technicians for the 2009 field season. We are based in the Nicholas School of the Environment and the department of Biology. We study plant community and forest ecology from a variety of perspectives, including plant demography, population genetics, plant-insect and plant-fungal interactions, and responses to disturbance and climate change. Our research sites are located in North Carolina, in the Duke Forest and at Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory in the southern Appalachians. These are full-time (40h/week) temporary positions through August 2009. Applicants must be available in Durham during most of the period from May-August. At least two positions will be primarily lab-based, assisting with population genetics and molecular systematics projects – molecular biology skills, especially experience with PCR and gel electrophoresis, are desirable. The other positions will be approximately 75% field-based, 25% data entry and analysis. Knowledge of the natural history of eastern forests, and experience using MS Excel are all beneficial, but not required. There may be as much as 2 weeks of travel to the mountain-sites per month for field technicians. Applicants should be willing to work outdoors under a variety of field conditions. The salary is $9/hour. Housing, transportation, and reimbursement for meals are provided for trips to the field sites in the Appalachian Mountains. The successful applicant will need to secure their own housing in the Durham/Research Triangle area. The research technicians’ primary responsibilities will include, but are not be limited to, the following: For laboratory assistants: 1) Assist with collection and analysis of fungal DNA sequences for a study of seedling pathogen diversity. Harvesting experimental seedlings. 2) Collect microsatellite data for a study of dispersal and population genetics in red oak. This would entail leaf tissue collection, DNA extraction, and PCR amplification of microsatellite loci. For field assistants: 1) Assist with inventories of vegetation within forested study plots ranging in size from 1.5 to 4.5 hectares, and identifying and sorting tree seeds. 2) Collect data from a wireless network of environmental sensors, and performing simple maintenance. 3) Measure seedling growth and photosynthesis in warming-chamber experiment. 4) Assist in a study of insect impacts on seedling growth and survival. 5) Build and install probes that measure sapflow in tree stems. 6) Collect hemispherical photographs of forest canopies. Submit applications ASAP – receipt before April 10 will guarantee full consideration. Application materials should include a cover letter of one page or less describing your background and interest in the position, and a resume that documents your relevant experience, skills, and abilities. Please submit these materials through e-mail as a single document to Emily Moran (firstname.lastname@example.org). Indicate whether you are interested in field or lab positions, or a combination of both. Feel free to contact us with any questions about the positions. Posted: 4/1/09.
Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition: Vegetation Technician. Duration: July 9th, 2009 through the end of August, possibly longer. Schedule: 40 hours per week, in an eight-on, six-off schedule (10 hour days). Pay: $14/hour. Location: Ely, Nevada. Application Deadline: June 23rd, 2009. This is a field position that requires extensive camping and backcountry travel. Technicians will be responsible for collecting and entering post-fire vegetation response data from recently burned areas located in remote parts of Eastern Nevada on public lands administered by the BLM. Data collected will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of emergency stabilization and rehabilitation treatments. Common treatments include aerial and hand seeding of perennial grasses, forbs and shrubs to stabilize soils and prevent the introduction and spread of invasive plants and noxious weeds. All technicians will be responsible for driving and hiking to sampling locations. Technicians will be required to collect data following rigorous sampling protocols. This is a great opportunity to learn about the flora of the Great Basin and Mojave and also to learn about fire ecology in the region. Qualifications: •Interest in plant identification (experience preferred) •Data entry into a PDA •Operating 4X4 pickup over rough roads •Backcountry navigation using topographic maps, compass, and GPS •Hiking up to 10 miles per day carrying a 30 pound pack •Camping in a remote backcountry setting for 3-4 day stints •Working 10-hour days in temperatures that can exceed 100ºF. •Follow rigorous sampling protocols •Ability to work as part of a crew •Authorization to work in the U.S. Applicants should E-MAIL a cover letter and resume including contact information for at least three references to Neil Frakes at email@example.com. Materials should be e-mailed by June 23rd, 2009. For more information, please visit www.envlc.org or call Dominic Gentilcore at (775) 289-7974 Ex. 5 or Neil Frakes at (775) 289-7974 Ex. 6. Posted: 6/12/09.
Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition: seeking applications for a Project Assistant. Duration: April 30th through the end of August, possibly into September (somewhat flexible). 40 hours per week, in an eight-on, six-off schedule (10 hour days). Pay: $14/hour. Location: Ely, Nevada. This position involves a mix of office work (50%) and field work (50%) assisting a project evaluating post-fire vegetation response from recently burned areas on BLM lands in Nevada. Field work will include some backcountry travel and camping. Field work duties include working part-time on a crew collecting plant species’ density and cover data from recently burned areas and collection of native plant seeds. Office duties include assisting the project manager with maintaining a large database, creating data summaries and data analysis, generating reports, naming/organizing digital photo files, and some GIS support. Office duties may also include some herbarium work, especially mounting and labeling plant specimens. Qualifications: • Interest in plant taxonomy and field botany • Backcountry navigation using topographic maps, compass, and GPS • Hiking up to 10 miles per day carrying a 30 pound pack • Camping in a remote backcountry setting for 3-4 day stints • Working 10-hour days in temperatures that can exceed 100ºF. • Ability to work as part of a crew • Computer skills including Microsoft Word and Excel, Microsoft Access a plus • Ability to focus and be productive when doing monotonous office work • Flexibility to changes in work duties from week to week • Experience with ArcMap GIS • Authorization to work in the U.S. Applicants should E-MAIL a cover letter and resume including contact information for at least three references to Neil Frakes at firstname.lastname@example.org. Materials should be e-mailed by March 19th. For more information, please visit www.envlc.org or call Neil Frakes at (775) 289-7974 Ex. 6. Posted: 3/6/09.
Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition: seeking Watershed Assessments Field Crew members to collect vegetation data in semi-desert and Mojave desert ecosystems. The data will be collected with PDA’s from randomly located sampling plots using variety of vegetation monitoring techniques. Crew members will also be responsible for the collection of unknown plant specimens for future identification. Strong applicants will either be currently enrolled in or graduated from a program in natural resources or a related field. Experience in taxonomic keys and field botany is essential. A working knowledge of the flora of the Great Basin desert is preferred but not required. Applicants must be experienced with 4WD, GPS, backcountry navigation, and a clean driving record for the past 3 years. Backcountry camping will be required for certain study areas. Candidates must be able and willing to hike long distances carrying a 30-lb pack over rugged terrain and work long hours in extreme conditions, including rain and 100+°F heat, in remote areas. Crew members will be required to provide their own housing and personal field gear. Salary: $14-16/hour, depending on experience (plus per diem when camping). Positions will begin May 18, 2009, and last three months or longer, depending upon availability of work. The crews will be based out of the Coalition’s office in Ely, NV, and will be working in southern White Pine County, NV, and Lincoln County, NV. Deadline: March 15, 2009. To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and a list of three (3) references (names, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and relation to applicant) via e-mail to: Moira Ilg (Milg_enlc@sbcglobal.net). Include ‘WA Field Crew Member’ in the subject line of the email. Phone interviews will be scheduled following the application deadline. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Moira Ilg at Milg_enlc@sbcglobal.net or 775-289-7974 ext. 7#. Applicants must be US citizens. Please note these positions are part of a separate project from our vegetation technician positions. For more information on our other positions, please visit www.envlc.org. Posted: 2/3/09.
Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition: ENLC is seeking applications for Vegetation Technicians, March 30th through the end of August, 40 hours per week, in an eight-on, six-off schedule (10 hour days). Pay: $14/hour Location: Ely, Nevada. This is a field position that requires extensive camping and backcountry travel. Technicians will be responsible for collecting and entering post-fire vegetation response data from recently burned areas located in remote parts of Eastern Nevada on public lands administered by the BLM. Data collected will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of emergency stabilization and rehabilitation treatments. Common treatments include aerial and hand seeding of perennial grasses, forbs and shrubs to stabilize soils and prevent the introduction and spread of invasive plants and noxious weeds. All Technicians will be responsible for driving and hiking to sampling locations. Technicians will be required to collect data following rigorous sampling protocols. This is a great opportunity to learn about the flora of the Great Basin and Mojave and also to learn about fire ecology in the region. Qualifications: • Interest in plant identification (experience preferred) • Data entry into a PDA • Operating 4X4 pickup over rough roads • Backcountry navigation using topographic maps, compass, and GPS • Hiking up to 10 miles per day carrying a 30 pound pack • Camping in a remote backcountry setting for 3-4 day stints • Working 10-hour days in temperatures that can exceed 100ºF. • Follow rigorous sampling protocols • Ability to work as part of a crew • Authorization to work in the U.S. Application Instructions: e-mail a cover letter and resume including contact information for at least three references to Neil Frakes at email@example.com. Materials should be e-mailed by February 9th. Please indicate which or both positions you are interested in. For more information, please visit www.envlc.org or call Neil Frakes at (775) 289-7974 Ex. 6. Posted: 1/27/09.
Ecosystem Management Research Institute: 2 seasonal range or botany field technicians to conduct vegetation and ecological site surveys in a number of regions in the western U.S. including California, Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming. This work is in support of a NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant involving both private and public lands. Field surveys will begin in mid-May and continue through mid-August. Knowledge/Experience: Experience and/or course work in botany, range ecology, vegetation ecology, or related fields; must have proficient plant key/taxonomic skills; previous vegetation/ecological site sampling experience preferred; must be able to navigate using maps, compass, and/or GPS device; ability to develop work schedules, prioritize tasks and complete tasks within those schedules; and computer experience in Excel and in GPS Inventory/GIS Mapping is desirable. Problem Solving: Analyze situations with numerous variables, evaluate alternatives, and implement solutions. Communication: Ability to function and interact professionally and productively as part of a work team; ability to work effectively with diverse individuals and groups of people in order to achieve project goals; and ability to communicate professionally, positively, and effectively with the public. Working Conditions/Physical Effort: Ability to work independently or as part of a small team; ability to perform strenuous physical work, sometimes alone, under adverse conditions or in inclement weather; ability to operate trucks with standard transmissions; and must have a valid driver's license. Salary: $1,600 to 2,600/month, commensurate with education level and experience. Housing, field equipment, and field vehicles will be provided. Individuals are responsible for providing their own rain gear and transportation to first site (to be determined at a later date). Apply: Submit a resume and cover letter addressing each of the identified qualifications. Also, include the names, addresses, emails, and telephone numbers of at least three references. Review of applications will begin in February and applicant selection will continue until positions are filled. Send requested information to: firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to EMRI, P.O. Box 717, Seeley Lake, MT 59868. Posted: 2/3/09.
Engineering & Environment, Inc.: Field Technicians (2) needed through June - October 2009 on Yakima Training Center (YTC), WA. Job responsibilities may include inventorying and data collection on threatened, endangered, sensitive, and game and non-game species and associated habitats on YTC to include Sage Grouse, Passerines and Neotropical Migrant birds, Fish, Raptors, Townsend’s ground squirrels, mosquitoes and habitats of special interest such as, riparian, aquatic, and shrub-steppe; monitoring land use impacts to soil, water, and vegetation resources and providing support to the game management program; assistance with completion of riparian restoration projects to include planting, seeding, and protection. Experience using GPS, hand held PDAs and database environments desired. Working knowledge and experience with U.S. Army is plus. Applicants must be able to work independently. Duties require ability to legally operate a 4x4 truck, and work independently conducting fieldwork in varying weather conditions, long hours, extreme temps, lifting up to 50 pounds, and kneeling for long hours. Salary dependant on experience. Send cover letter of interest and resume to email@example.com or Fax 719-955-4943. This position is also posted here. Posted: 5/22/09.
Engineering & Environment, Inc.: Rare and Sensitive Plant Surveyors (2) needed June - November 2009 on Yakima Training Center (YTC), WA. Candidates must be able to perform surveys of rare and sensitive plants and have experience identifying rare and sensitive plans in the field. Candidates must be able to function independently across rugged terrain in a variety of weather conditions. Duties also require ability to legally operate a 4x4 truck. Candidates must be able to pass full background screen. Send cover letter of interest and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or Fax to 719-955-4943. This position is also posted here. Posted: 5/20/09.
Environmental Concern Inc.: Our Wholesale Native Wetland Plant Nursery has been providing quality native plants for successful wetland restoration projects for 35 years. We are seeking two summer interns who are interested in developing skills in the horticulture and nursery industry and share a passion for native plants and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay. Interns will receive specific training in native plant propagation and plant health care, and gain work experience in the wholesale native plant nursery industry. They will work along side other nursery staff and will work closely with nursery management to develop one independent research project. Interns may also have the opportunity to participate in outplanting and environmental education projects with EC's Restoration and Education Departments. Applicants must have completed at least 2 years of college with a focus/strong interest in horticulture, botany, plant science, or a related field and should be capable of rigorous outdoor work, including lifting up to 50 lbs. Applicants also need reliable transportation to and from work each day. Start date: May 18, 2009. Length of Internship: 12-15 weeks; 40 hours/week. Hourly wage: $9. Applicant requirements: At least 2 years of college with focus in horticulture, botany, plant science, or a related field; strong interest in ecological restoration. Application deadline: March 23, 2009. Please send cover letter and resume to: Environmental Concern Inc., Attn: Leslie Hunter-Cario, P.O. Box P, St. Michaels, MD 21663. Phone: (410) 745-9620, Fax: (410) 745-3517, email@example.com. Posted: 2/4/09.
Florida Atlantic University: The Department of Biological Sciences seeks a field biologist/wetland technician to join the field crew conducting invasive plant surveys. The technician will assist in two ongoing field-based studies on the invasion of Lygodium microphyllum into the Florida Everglades and the hydrology of tree islands. The temporary 30-40 hour/week position is offered from October 2008 to March 2009 with the possibility of extension to May 2009. Applicants should have a BS/BA or higher in ecology, biology, botany, wildlife management, or other natural resources related discipline. Technician will be expected to enter and manage data. Excel and ArcMap experience is a plus. Technician must be able to tolerate harsh working conditions and long hours in the field. Must be able to work comfortably in same environment as alligators and snakes, and should not be deterred by minor insect bites. A valid driver’s license is required. Technician will be driving airboats, so boating experience is a plus. Previous field experience or hiking/wilderness experience is a must. The candidate will have the opportunity to become proficient in GPS navigation, airboat operation, Everglades flora, and measuring environmental variables. Starting pay is dependent on qualifications and experience. Applications should contain a cover letter, resume/CV, transcripts, and contact information for three references. Please email application material to Sheryl van der Heiden, svanderfau.edu, Department of Biological Sciences, Florida Atlantic University, Davie, FL 33314, USA. Posted: 9/30/08.
Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit: A cooperative between the University of Florida and the U. S. Geological Survey, we are looking for a seasonal field technician to work on a small mammal trapping and vegetation monitoring project in the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge. The goal of the project is to determine the status, distribution and primary habitats of the endangered Florida Salt Marsh Vole and other small mammals found in the area. We will also monitor changes in vegetation and marsh community shifts that occur both through time and with prescribed burning. The position runs from January 1st to February 28th 2009 and pay is about $400/week. The primary duties of the technician will be to trap small mammals daily, sample vegetation, enter data, write up results, and maintain equipment. The applicant must be in good physical condition and be willing to work long hours as trapping and sampling in salt marshes can be strenuous work and the traps must be checked at dawn. Trapping will take place in January and February in cold wet conditions. Housing will be provided in the form of a shared tow behind camper located in the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge. Therefore, applications should be comfortable living with coworkers in a small space. Airboats and government vehicles will be used to conduct the trapping and vegetation sampling. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Ecology, Botany, Biology, environmental Science, Wildlife or related disciplines. Experience with MS Office and GPS. Applicants that have experience with small mammal trapping, identifying salt marsh plants, and boating (especially airboats) will be preferred. Good physical condition and a willingness to get dirty are required. You must be able to work independently and in a group. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, C.V., GPA, and names and contact information for three references to Althea Hotaling (theahufl.edu) by November 28th. Posted: 11/14/08.
Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit: A cooperative between the University of Florida and the U. S. Geological Survey, we are monitoring the snail kite population via mark-recapture and radio telemetry methods as well as making behavioral observations and collecting data related to foraging ecology and habitat. We have conducted annual population surveys for over fourteen years to estimate demographic parameters such as population size, growth, extinction, and movement. Field work for this project is conducted throughout the wetland ecosystems of central and south Florida from the Kissimmee chain of lakes in the north (near Kissimmee) to the Everglades in the south. A field technician will be needed for 6 months – January through June. Your primary duties will involve sampling for apple snails in the deeper areas of Lake Tohopekaliga and Lake Kissimmee from airboats and/or outboard motor boats. This work involves experience with scuba and snorkeling equipment and ability to do some heavy lifting is required. Other field work involves the extensive use of airboats for snail kite population surveys, nest checking, time energy budget observations, and sampling vegetation. The ability to work with others is essential. You must be willing to work LONG, flexible hours in a hot, humid environment as well as in very cold water. You must also be comfortable working around alligators. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Ecology, Biology, Environmental Science, Wildlife, or a related field. Experience with MS Office and GPS. Applicants that have experience identifying plants, surveying for birds, and who are PADI certified will be preferred. This position starts in early January 2009 and runs through June 2009. Pay is $10 per hour, 40 hours per week. Housing will be provided in the Kissimmee-St. Cloud area of Florida. Applicant should be comfortable living with a few other coworkers. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, C.V., GPA (if available), and names and contact information for three references to Lara Drizd (lara.drizdufl.edu) by November 3, 2008. Posted: 10/14/08.
Florida International University: Coral Reef Ecology Technician June 1-Aug 31. I am hiring a technician to work on coral reef ecology in Key Largo, FL in the Florida Keys for this coming summer. We will be studying the movement and feeding ecology of herbivorous fishes on coral reefs. Duties will include, but are not limited to: herbivorous fish surveys, algal/coral surveys, herbivore behavioral observations, sample sorting, data entry. Almost all field work will be conducted on SCUBA. Typical field days would consist of 7-8 hours on the water with 3-4 dives per day. Qualifications: Bachelor’s in Biology/Marine Biology (or upper division undergraduate) or related field, SCUBA certification (NITROX certification preferred), experience with coral reef ecology/fish ecology preferred. A valid driver’s license is required. Boating experience and current SCUBA certification with AAUS (American Academy of Underwater Sciences) is a plus. Successful applicant needs to be hardworking and willing to potentially work weekends. This position will come with the possibility of extending until Dec 31, 2009. Pay rate will be ~$400 per week. Housing will be provided. This would be an ideal job for a recent college graduate looking for research experience before continuing on with graduate school. Please apply by sending cover letter, CV/resume including academic background, work experience, overall GPA and major, an unofficial transcript, and contact information for 3 references to: Deron Burkepile, Florida International University, Marine Biology, 3000 NE 151st St, North Miami, FL 33181 firstname.lastname@example.org. Electronic applications are greatly preferred. Position is open until filled with an application deadline of May 1, 2009. Posted: 4/27/09.
Florida State University: Full-time technician job, Jan through Aug 2009 The Inouye lab is hiring an individual to help manage a series of lab experiments on the spread of invasive species and host-parasitoid population dynamics. This person will oversee several undergraduates and be responsible for coordinating their schedules to collect data, thus interpersonal skills, data management, and excellent time management skills are necessary. Salary will be in the range of $1750 - $2000/ month (depending on experience) for at least 8 months (January through August 2009), and there are opportunities to continue work past August 2009 as a part-time technician or as a graduate student in the Inouye lab with RA and TA support. Anyone interested in the job should send an email to email@example.com with a CV and contact information for references. We hope to fill this position by Dec 15. Posted: 11/26/08.
Great Basin Institute: The GBI, in cooperation with the Nevada Division of Forestry, is recruiting for a Forestry Crew Supervisor. The position will be supervising up to 9 crew members cutting and chipping Pinon, Juniper and brush as part of a fuels management and forest health program funded by the Recovery Act. The project areas will be within state parks and highway rights-of-way in the Pioche area. The crew will be camping at the project sites and working 8 consecutive 10-hr shifts followed by 6 days off. The supervisor will coordinate with the Institute crew coordinator and the cooperator to develop the weekly work plan and to map and evaluate project progress and quality. Compensation: o Rate of Pay: $14.74 per hour o Health benefits o Camping per diem. Timeline: o July 13, 2009 – November 30, 2009 o Full time, 40 hours per week. Location: o Pioche, NV. Qualifications: o 6 months experience supervising personnel doing restoration work including brushing or felling with chainsaws is required. Bachelor’s degree in forestry, environmental science or related field a plus; o Experience training and supervising others in safe use of chain saws and chippers and in the maintenance of chain saws and chippers; o Experience working with GIS software and hand-held GPS equipment; o Motivated, self-starter and detail oriented; o Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse public; o Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments; o Possess a valid, state-issued drivers license and clean driving record; o Tolerant of working in variable weather conditions, willing and able to work outdoors in adverse weather conditions. How to Apply: Qualified and interested applicants should forward a cover letter, their résumé, and three professional references to Bridget Walden, Great Basin Institute Human Resources Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 6/3/09.
Great Basin Institute: The GBI, in cooperation with the Nevada Division of Forestry, is recruiting for a Forestry Crew Member. The position will be part of a 9 person crew cutting and chipping Pinon, Juniper and brush as part of a fuels management and forest health program funded by the Recovery Act. The project areas will be within state parks and highway rights-of-way in the Pioche, Nevada area. The crew will be camping at the project sites and working 8 consecutive 10-hr shifts followed by 6 days off. Compensation: o Rate of Pay: $13.18 per hour o Health benefits o Camping per diem. Timeline: o July 20, 2009 – November 20, 2009 o Full time, 40 hours per week. Location: o Pioche, NV. Qualifications: o Experience in the safe use of chain saws and chippers and in the maintenance of chain saws and chippers a plus; o Motivated, self-starter and detail oriented; o Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse public; o Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments; o Possess a valid, state-issued drivers license and clean driving record; o Ability to work productively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals and follow safe working practices; o Tolerant of working in variable weather conditions, willing and able to work outdoors in adverse weather conditions. How to Apply: Qualified and interested applicants should forward a cover letter, their résumé, and three professional references to Bridget Walden, Great Basin Institute Human Resources Coordinator, at email@example.com. Posted: 5/29/09.
Great Basin Institute: Challenge yourself as a leader of a 10-person crew while conducting critical conservation work in some of the West’s most beautiful areas. During the summer months, work and camp in the backcountry of the Sierra Mountains overlooking the crystal clear oasis of Lake Tahoe. When the temperatures begin to drop, migrate south to the warm, clean air of the Mojave Desert and work among the yuccas, the creosotes and hundreds of other endemic plants. The Nevada Conservation Corps is always looking for experienced crew supervisors to tackle day& to day responsibilities of crew life. NCC hires for this position year-round, and immediate long-term openings are available. Compensation: $10 per hour for the first 30-day training period. After the first month, supervisors will be paid $12 to $15 per hour commensurate upon their training performance. Additional benefits include periodic training, medical and dental coverage, 401K option, and performance based bonuses. Timeline: We are looking for supervisors to start May/June 2009 (This timeline is flexible and you are encouraged to apply at any time). Projects May Include: Trail building and maintenance, exotic species removal, forest thinning, habitat restoration, riparian rehabilitation, fence building, erosion control, fire rehabilitation, and illegal road decommissioning. Duties: o Leading 7-14 member crews on a variety of challenging conservation projects all over Nevada and other parts of the southwest. o Enforcing policies and ensuring safety protocols are followed. o Maintaining a positive and professional attitude at all times. o Communicating with agency project staff. o Complying with both production and quality standards of work. o Timely reporting of paperwork for NCC administration on a weekly basis Training: Supervisors will undergo a 30-day training period at a $10 per hour rate before assuming control of a crew and getting paid a crew supervisor salary. New supervisors will be assigned to an existing crew for the first 15 days where they will be trained in the field by an experience crew supervisor. During the 2nd 15-day period, the new crew supervisor will take charge under the direct tutelage of the past supervisor. Qualifications: Supervisors must possess the skills to ensure crewmembers are properly trained on how to fulfill project goals safely, efficiently, and with quality standards. In addition he/she must have the ability to properly complete all necessary paperwork for NCC Administration. Ideal candidates will have at least 2 seasons experience in restoration and conservation field projects. In addition, he/she must possess skills in trail building, chainsaw operation, and leading groups of young adults as well as have a valid driver’s license. To Apply Please submit a cover letter, detailed resume, and 3 professional references to Bridget Walden at firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 5/13/09.
Great Basin Institute: The desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) is federally listed as a threatened species north and west of the Colorado River under the Endangered Species Act. In the summer of 2005, the Southern Nevada Complex fires burned over 597,000 acres in southern Lincoln County, NV, including almost 225,500 acres of desert tortoise habitat. A goal of this project is to assess vegetation in burned and unburned areas of desert tortoise habitat to determine its suitability as food and cover for tortoises, and to inform management decisions. Two-person teams have sampled designated study sites using standard methods during March and May, and these sites will be sampled again in August. The Field Technician will be trained in standard vegetation sampling techniques. Other project-related activities, such as sample processing and data management, will take place in the Mesquite-based field office during non-sampling times. Opportunities to support related projects in southern Nevada may also be available. This project will require extensive travel in southern Lincoln County, field work in remote areas, and some multi-day field camping. Compensation: o Rate of Pay: $17.64/hour (GS-7 equivalent) o Medical and dental benefits o Paid personal leave o Field per diem. Contract & Timeline: o June 2009 – 30 September 2009 o 40 hours per week o Weekend hours may be required. Location: o Based in Mesquite, NV (about one hour from Las Vegas, NV and St. George, UT). o Recreation opportunities within 200 mile radius: Grand Canyon, Zion and Death Valley National Parks, Lake Mead and Spring Mountains National Recreation Areas, Mojave National Preserve, Dixie National Forest, Valley of Fire State Park. Qualifications: o Bachelor’s degree in biology (plant or conservation), ecology or related field; o Minimum one year experience (or combination over various field seasons) collecting field data or following established field collection protocols, experience in plant identification and vegetation sampling strongly preferred; o Knowledge of southwestern/Mojave flora and desert ecosystems highly desirable; o Experience using hand-held GPS equipment for navigation and/or data collection; o Experience reading topographic maps and using a compass; o Ability to work productively with a positive attitude in harsh desert conditions; o Ability to work on steep or uneven terrain, and otherwise be in good physical condition; o Ability to camp in the desert backcountry for consecutive days; o Willingness and ability to interact effectively with others; o Willingness to participate in project-related administrative and maintenance tasks; and o Possess a valid, clean state-issued driver’s license, and operate a 4WD vehicle safely on- and off-road. For a full position description please visit www.thegreatbasininstitute.org. How to Apply: Qualified and interested applicants should forward a cover letter, their résumé, and three professional references to Bridget Walden, Great Basin Institute Human Resources Coordinator, at bwaldenthegreatbasininstitute.org. Please include where you found this position posted. Posted: 11/24/08, revised: 5/29/09.
Great Basin Institute: Spend 6 months working and camping outside at some of Nevada’s premier natural areas. Serve alongside AmeriCorps and international volunteers from across the country while making a lasting contribution to Nevada’s natural heritage. Work with the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, and local and state agencies to gain valuable field experience while working to reduce hazardous fuels, restore habitat, construct trail and eradicate invasive species. Compensation: This is an AmeriCorps position, and candidates will receive a living stipend of $7,158 for 6 months of service. This is not an hourly wage or a salary and is paid to members bimonthly throughout the entire year. Upon completion of AmeriCorps service members shall receive an additional education award in the amount of $2,362 that can be used for paying off student loans, or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college. Timeline: March 30 – September 28, 2009. Conservation Projects: • Forest thinning • Habitat restoration • Riparian rehabilitation • Exotic species removal • Trail building and rehabilitation. Duties: • Maintaining a positive and professional attitude at all times while providing service • Communicating with agency project staff • Complying with both production and quality work standards established by NCC administration, crew supervisors and project partners • Contributing to basic duties at the campsite including cooking, cleaning and organizing crew equipment. Work Schedule: Crew members serve in the field Monday through Thursday, 10 hours a day. Training: Members will participate in orientation from March 30, 2009 to April 3, 2009, where they will receive training in chainsaw use, leave-no-trace ethics, CPR/First Aid, and effective citizenship. Location: • Great Basin Region, Ely, Nevada. Qualifications: To qualify, you must be over 18 years of age and a US citizen that has received a high school diploma or GED. To Apply: Step 1: Click here Step 2: Click “Apply” then register. Step 3: Once registered login and complete the application. Step 4: Click the “Search Listings” link and search for program name: Nevada Conservation Corps Step 5: Click on the position then hit the “Apply Now” button at the bottom of the listing. Please direct all questions regarding the application process to Bridget Walden at email@example.com. Posted: 1/23/09.
Great Basin Institute: The desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) is federally listed as a threatened species north and west of the Colorado River under the Endangered Species Act. The focus of the desert tortoise line distance sampling (LDS) monitoring program is to collect data that will allow researchers to estimate population density of these animals in the eastern portion of their range. LDS monitoring occurs during April and May to coincide with the peak in the desert tortoise activity season. In cooperation with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Desert Tortoise Recovery Office the Great Basin Institute is recruiting a team of dedicated individuals to conduct desert tortoise population monitoring by tracking tortoise focal populations using radio telemetry equipment and completing up to 570 12 km transects. GBI will hire a Data Quality and GIS Specialist, as well as four (4) Field Crew Leaders, three (3) Radio Telemetry Technicians, and twenty-one (21) LDS Monitoring Field Technicians. All members will participate in a rigorous 4-week training program to demonstrate proficiency in backcountry wilderness field skills including but not limited to 4WD vehicle operation, as well as the use of GPS, topographic maps, and PDA technology. Field personnel will be field tested on their ability to follow monitoring protocols thoroughly and precisely. Field personnel must be available to work any 5 of the 7 days each week with the understanding that the schedule is subject to change with little or no notice. Field camping required. These positions require long hours including early mornings and may include weekends. A pdf of all position descriptions and supplemental materials are located on the employment section of our website: www.thegreatbasininstitute.org. Upon review of position descriptions qualified and interested applicants should forward a cover letter, their résumé, and a list of three professional references to Bridget Walden, at bwaldenthegreatbasininstitute.org. Please include where you found this job posting. Posted: 11/4/08.
H. T. Harvey & Associates: ecological consulting firm based in California - looking for applicants for the Spring and Summer of 2009 as on-call employees to support one or more large-scale rare plant surveys in 2009. The work consists of surveys for rare plants on public Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands as part of the potential future renewable energy development projects in the Mojave Desert (i.e. solar energy projects and wind farm projects). For clarification, this position is an on-call/temporary position with H.T. Harvey & Associates (not as a sub consultant). The work would likely occur somewhere between early or mid March to early or mid June. We pay between $19.50 and $37 per hour, commensurate with experience conducting such surveys; work experience with desert flora and specific to the Mojave Desert is a plus. Naturally, travel and per diem are covered as part of the work. Individuals hired under this on-call arrangement would be working with some of our 7 full-time botanists. The HTH team will also include up to 12 wildlife biologists and revegetation specialists from our company. We are seeking dependable personnel that have good rare plant survey skills, can work well with a large group of people under difficult site conditions, and who have a reasonably flexible schedule (i.e. good general availability in Spring 2009 and can work numerous, consecutive days, if necessary). If you are interested, please let me know and we can further discuss the specifics of on-call employment with H. T. Harvey & Associates. Unfortunately, although plans for rare plant surveys continue to progress, this project(s) is not currently guaranteed, as other firms are bidding on this work, some of the renewable energy applications may be denied by the BLM, and some applications for renewable energy projects may be withdrawn from the applicants for reasons related to the financial viability of the project. Interested candidates should respond by emailing a cover letter, resume, and references to firstname.lastname@example.org and reference “Botanist/on-call temporary” position, or mail/fax to H. T. Harvey & Associates, Attn: Patrick Boursier, 983 University Ave., Bldg D, Los Gatos, CA, 95032; Fax (408) 458-3210. Posted: 12/4/08.
Idaho State University: The Stream Ecology Center is seeking candidates for multiple summer positions to assist in nutrient and food web studies in the Rocky Mountains. Projects include studies of effects of salmon carcasses on linked stream-riparian ecosystems, food-web ecology of river floodplains, and effects of invasive species and climate change on stream and river ecosystems. Duties: Assist with field sampling and experimental studies of stream and riparian zones. Opportunities include analyses of aquatic and riparian food webs including fish, aquatic insects, and algae, conducting nutrient releases to quantify uptake and export, and measurements of whole ecosystem metabolism. This is an excellent opportunity to learn skills needed to perform graduate-level research in stream ecology and/or fisheries biology. Employment dates: One 1-yr position (June 2009 – May 2010) and two or more seasonal positions (June through August or September, some flexibility on dates) are available. See website for additional information on current lab projects and positions available. Qualifications: Candidates should be enthusiastic, have a strong work ethic, and work well with others. The capability to work long days under potentially adverse weather conditions and terrain is a must. Field experience in stream ecology, fisheries, or hydrology preferred. A bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources or related field is required for the 1-yr position. Locations: The 1-yr position will involve field work in the Methow River, northern Washington. Seasonal positions are located in the upper Boise River and Salmon River drainages, central and western Idaho. All field work will involved extended camping. While not in the field, technicians will be based in the Stream Ecology Center at Idaho State University in Pocatello. Salary: Salary will be commensurate with education and experience ($9-12/hr). Travel expenses to accomplish field work will be covered. Employees will work a minimum of 40 hr/wk. Application: E-mail cover letter and resumé including experience, relevant coursework, contacts for three references, and dates available to Dr. Colden Baxter (email@example.com, 208-282-6098). Consideration of applicants will begin immediately; apply as soon as possible for full consideration. Application deadline March 27, 2009. Posted: 3/5/09.
Institute for Applied Ecology: We (www.appliedeco.org) will be hiring 1 crew leader for ecological restoration research. Crew leader will work on a large scale research project studying prairie restoration methods in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Field work will involve botanical surveys, soil sampling, and other ecological measurements. Crew leader will manage field trip logistics, lead field work, and assist in data management. Position is based in Corvallis, Oregon, but approximately 65% of the work is conducted out-of-town/overnight, mostly in Washington (accomodations include hotels and improved camp sites). Dates: Early April (April 6 is preferred) to end of July, with a possibility for extension into early August. Qualifications: Applicants should have a BS or MS (preferred) in a relevant field. Applicants should be mature, self-motivated, highly organized, and comfortable directing a 3-4 person field crew with minimal supervision. Applicants must have a valid driver's license, be willing to travel, and be able to perform strenuous work in all weather conditions. Physical requirements include ability to hike 1-2 miles in rugged terrain carrying a 30-lb load and work in a bent-over/kneeling/sitting position for long periods of time. Basic computer skills (word processing and spreadsheet applications) required; experience in databases (Access) is a plus. Applicants should have 2 or more seasons of field research experience, with preference given to those with skills in plant identification and vegetation sampling. Compensation: $12-14/hr depending on experience plus travel expenses associated with overnight field work (food and lodging). Housing in Corvallis is not provided. This is a full-time temporary position with no benefits. Applications must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than February 6, 2009. Applications must include a letter of interest, resume, and 2 letters of reference. Please indicate the date you are available to start in your letter. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Posted: 1/9/09.
Institute for Applied Ecology: We (www.appliedeco.org) will be hiring up to nine interns this summer for field work and related activities. Our paid positions are intended to provide field experience to individuals considering conservation biology or restoration ecology as a career. Internships are partially supported by the Native Plant Society of Oregon, and interns are encouraged to write short articles for the NPSO Bulletin. Prairie Restoration Research: (3 positions) Interns will help on a large scale research project studying prairie restoration methods in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Field work will involve botanical surveys, soil sampling, and other ecological measurements. Applicants with plant identification skills are particularly encouraged to apply. Approximately 65% of the work is conducted out-of-town/overnight (mostly in Washington). Applicants MUST be able to start mid-April. Internships are 10 weeks the potential for an extension. Conservation Research (3 positions): Interns will work on a variety of projects throughout the summer including rare plant habitat surveys, threatened and endangered species research and monitoring, and invasive species research throughout the state of Oregon. Approximately 50% of the work is conducted out-of-town/overnight (accommodations include both hotels and primitive camping sites). Applicants MUST be able to start by the second week of May, with preference to those who can start in mid- to late-April. Internships will last 12 weeks, with the potential for an extension. Prairie Species Habitat Conservation Plan (2-3 positions) Interns will complete habitat assessments on public and private lands in Benton County, OR. Fieldwork (daytrips from Corvallis) will include general botanical survey and surveys for threatened and endangered plant species. Applicants with plant identification skills or familiarity with Willamette Valley flora are encouraged to apply. Applicants MUST be able to start by the first week of May, with preference to those who can start in mid- to late-April. Position will run through early July. Qualifications: • Interest in conservation biology, restoration ecology, botany • Plant identification and ecological research skills (or enthusiastic willingness to learn) • Attention to detail • Ability to work long hours in hot, dry and cold, wet conditions with exposure to poison oak • Ability to hike up to 3 miles carrying a 30 pound pack and work in a bent-over/kneeling/sitting position for long periods of time Compensation: $9/hr plus travel expenses associated with overnight field work (food and lodging). Housing in Corvallis is not provided. Applications must be emailed to email@example.com no later than Monday, February 17, 2009. Include a letter of interest stating when you would be available to start work (this is a MUST) and which project(s) you would prefer, resume, transcripts (unofficial is fine), and two letters of recommendation. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Non-U.S. residents must also include a copy of their work visa. Applications will be considered upon receipt. Posted: 1/8/09.
Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center: full-time, temporary Research Assistant position. This position will begin in August 2008 and is a 3 month position to start, with the potential of being extended up to 9 months. On-site housing is provided on a limited basis, but is optional. The employees will assist primarily with our long-term ecological forestry study, which will include intensive longleaf pine upland vegetation sampling. Other tasks will include data entry and greenhouse-based work, such as weeding, maintenance of seed propagation garden, and native seed collection. This position will report directly to the Plant Ecology Lead Technician. The 28,000-acre Research Center is located approximately 30 miles south of Albany, Georgia. The Center’s research, education, and conservation programs focus on ecology and natural resource management. The site includes 16,000 acres of longleaf pine forests, over 1,000 acres of wetlands, and 26 miles of stream and river ecosystems. Job Requirements: Ability to conduct moderate to strenuous physical activity in the field, under demanding field conditions (i.e. heat, high humidity, and insects), and independently follow instructions is required. Qualifications: B.S. degree or coursework in biology, botany, horticulture, plant ecology or a related field. Experience with plant identification and the use of dichotomous keys is highly preferred. Computer and laboratory- related experience is also preferable. Wages: $8 per hour (limited housing available); $9.50 per hour (without housing). Send cover letter, resume, list of pertinent courses and list of references with phone numbers to: Plant Ecology Hourly Research Assistant, Attn: Cindy Craft, Joseph Jones Ecological Research Center, Route 2 Box 2324, Newton, GA 39870-9651. Send information by Email to: cindy.craftjonesctr.org, FAX (229)734-4707. For specific questions or more information on this position, please contact: Melanie Kaeser, Plant Ecology Lead Technician by Email: mkaeserjonesctr.org. Telephone: (229)734-4706. Posted: 7/22/08.
Lassen National Forest: The botany department will hire Biological Science Technicians for the 2009 field season. These positions are based out of Susanville, California, and will extend from approximately mid-May through September (start and end dates can flex to accommodate student schedules). These positions are GS-3 ($11.74/hr.) to GS-7 ($18.26/hr.) based upon the education and experience of the applicant. Duties include: * Manual treatment of noxious weeds * Collection of native grass seed for ecological restoration projects * Maintaining detailed site records and field notes * Learning the use of GPS (global positioning systems) * Travel throughout the Lassen National Forest and its broad range of plant communities. To apply: Students: Continuing students may be hired directly through the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP). Submit a cover letter, resume and transcript(s) to: Lassen National Forest, Attn: Kirsten Bovee, 2550 Riverside Dr., Susanville, CA 96130. Non-students: Apply through the automated USDA Forest Service job application site (AVUE) and apply for the following announcements: Biological Science Technician (Plants) TEMP-OCR-404-4-PLANT, Biological Science Technician (Plants) TEMP-OCR-404-5-PLANT, or Biological Science Technician (Plants) TEMP-OCR-404-7-PLANT. You MUST list Susanville, CA as one of your location choices to be considered for these positions. All Applicants: Call or email Kirsten Bovee, Assistant Forest Botanist, for more information on these positions or with any questions about the application process (530-252-6487, firstname.lastname@example.org). Application deadline is March 15, 2009. Posted: 3/6/09.
Lower Rio Grande Valley NWR: Biological Science Technician (Plants). Wage: $14.74 per hour. Series & Grade: GS-0404-05. Duty Locations: 1 vacancy – Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Alamo, TX. Dates of Employment: June 22 through September 26, 2009. The primary duties of this position are to conduct invasive species mapping and control measures and participate in the monitoring of native vegetation across three Refuges included in the South Texas Refuge Complex. The incumbent will work as part of a 2-person team. The work is performed outdoors and requires strenuous physical exertion including navigating through thick and thorny vegetation. Environmental conditions are often hot and humid. Qualifications: To be considered, applicants must have completed a B.S. or higher degree in a science field, or have at least one years experience equivalent to work at the GS-4 level, and have completed no less than 9 hours in plant-related courses (plant ecology, forest ecology, botany, dendrology, forestry, range management, weed science, natural resource management, conservation biology, etc.). Must possess a valid drivers license. To Apply: Submit a complete Application Package that includes items 1, 2 and 3 below: 1. Your resume that includes your full name, title of position that you are applying for (including series and grade), social security number, mailing address, day and evening telephone, education, degrees received/dates, employment history (employer, position title, description of duties, start and end dates (month/year), pay, supervisor’s name and telephone, and whether it is ok to contact supervisor), relevant training and certifications, awards and recognition, and other relevant information. 2. Copy of College Transcripts 3. Statement of Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) (OPTIONAL). Submit a brief statement for each of the 5 KSAs listed below: A. Knowledge of the principles of forestry, range management, ecological restoration, and conservation biology. B. Knowledge of management practices used to control invasive plants, including mechanical treatments and use of herbicides. C. Skill in vegetation sampling, data entry, and basic data analysis. D. Knowledge of plant taxonomy and ability to use identification guides and keys to identify native and potentially invasive plant species. E. Knowledge of proper pesticide storage and handling techniques. Applications may be mailed or faxed. Applications sent by Fax must be received no later than 11:59 pm, Thursday, June 5, 2009. Applications that are mailed or FedEx must be postmarked no later than 11:59 pm, Thursday, June 5, 2009. Mail Applications to: U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, Lower Rio Grande Valley NWR, Attn: Michael Castillo, Route 2, Box 202A, Alamo, TX 78516. Tel: 956-784-7580, Fax: 956-787-8338. Posted: 5/29/09.
Marine Biological Laboratory: A Summer Field Assistant position is available at The Ecosystems Center for the TIDE project. Duties include participating in a large-scale field experiment to determine the interactive effects of nutrients and trophic structure on salt marsh ecosystems. We will follow the effects of additional nutrients and the removal of the mummichog on the salt marsh food web and nutrient cycles. The successful candidates will be expected to take leadership roles in executing the experiments, coordinating logistics in the field, and in monitoring some aspect of the ecosystem response to the manipulations. Responsibilities include maintaining experimental manipulations, participating in field and laboratory measurements of chemistry and biology, and processing and analyzing project data. Frequent contact with the public, government agencies, boards and committees will be required. The successful applicant will work as part of a large multi-disciplinary team consisting of PIs, post-docs, graduate students and other research assistants and gain broad experience through field and laboratory work across interdisciplinary fields including biology, chemistry, and physical oceanography. Basic Qualifications: The successful candidate should possess a BS or MS degree in Ecology, Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, or Marine Biology and at least one year experience in a related field. Attention to detail, strong organizational skills, the ability to work as a member of a team, and the ability to communicate positively with the public are required. Preferred Qualifications: Experience with database management, statistical programs, and scientific writing are a plus. Physical Requirements:This position requires moderately strenuous fieldwork (lifting approx. 50lbs., bending, carrying heavy equipment, and walking through waist high marine waters and marsh) in marine environments, primarily intertidal settings under variable weather conditions. Ability to work with vertebrate and invertebrate animals and hazardous/harsh chemicals in the laboratory is needed. Irregular hours may include weekend, early morning or late evening work. Successful candidate will be expected to live at the field site in Plum Island Sound (3 hours from Woods Hole). Required Documents: Resume/CV, Cover Letter. Unofficial transcripts are required but may be uploaded with your application documents or faxed to the Human Resources Office, 508-289-7931. If faxing, please reference this posting. Apply online at mbl.simplehire.com. Posted: 3/27/09.
Marine Biological Laboratory: The Ecosystems Center is seeking applicants for summer field assistant positions on an ongoing ecological research project. These positions are part of the Arctic Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) project located at the Toolik Field Station in northern Alaska. The following positions will be filled pending funding. Chemistry Summer FA: The successful candidate will participate in research on the quantitative and qualitative analyses of nutrients in natural water samples. Duties include facilitating chemical measurements through the preparation of standards and reagents, and the maintenance of instruments for a multi-user laboratory at the Toolik Field Station. Some field work involved. Prior chemistry experience is required. Terrestrial Summer FA: The successful candidate will participate in research on tundra ecosystems. Duties include sampling and processing plant and soil samples, collection of precipitation and weather data, and maintenance of long-term fertilizer experiments and field greenhouses. Basic laboratory skills, familiarity with spreadsheet software, and some knowledge of plants and soils preferred. Candidates for these jobs should be available to live at Toolik Field Station for 2-3 months during June, July and August. Travel to Toolik Field Station is paid for by the grant as well as the cost of room and board at the station and a salary. Basic Qualifications: Applicants should be recent college graduates, (BS or MS) with significant course work and/or field experience in ecology. Preferred Qualifications: Some background in terrestrial ecology, soil science, aquatic ecology, hydrology, chemistry, fish ecology and/or ecosystems ecology preferred. Physical Requirements: Applicants should be in good health, capable of rigorous outdoor activity, and prepared to live in a field camp where cooperation with others is essential, personal privacy is limited, and living accommodations are spare and simple. Unofficial transcripts are required, but may be uploaded with your application package or faxed to 508-289-7931. If faxing, please reference this position. Apply online at mbl.simplehire.com. Posted: 2/16/09.
Missouri Department of Conservation: Summer Field Botanists and Botany Crew leaders. Temporary full-time, based in Ellington and Winona, MO. Dates: May 18 – August 21, 2009 (a little earlier and later for crew leaders). Pay Rate: Crew members (10): $9.32/hr. Crew leaders (2): $10.73/hr. Housing provided. Hours: 40 hrs/week (4 ten-hour work days). Positions to be filled: 12 total including 2 crew leaders (8 in Ellington, 4 at Peck Ranch in Winona). The Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project (MOFEP) is a nationally-renowned, long-term study of the effects of forest management on multiple aspects of the ecosystem. As a botany technician, you will learn to identify hundreds of forest, woodland and glade plant species. At its heart, natural resource management is the management of plant communities, so an understanding of plants will give you an important competitive edge when applying for most natural resource professions (including wildlife biologist, forester, private lands conservationist, naturalist, and resource scientist). Botany technicians identify plants to species level, estimate plant coverage, count soft mast fruits, and measure canopy coverage. This position is a great opportunity to hone your botany skills, learn about forest ecology and natural communities, and to interact with other students and professionals in the natural resources field. Crew leaders will supervise the crews as well as collect data with the crews. They will also download data from electronic data collectors, check data for accuracy, and process paperwork for the crews. Temporary housing is available. For more information about the housing, and a video about the MOFEP project, visit the MOFEP Bird Project. MOFEP is centered in one of the prettiest parts of the Ozarks: you will have three-day week-ends to explore the surrounding region, including the stunningly beautiful Current and Jack’s Fork Rivers. Qualifications: College coursework toward a degree in natural resources: coursework in botany, ecology and forestry preferred. Bachelor’s degree required for crew leaders. Preference will be given to candidates who have completed a field botany class and/or exhibit strong botanical skills. Intensive botanical training will be provided, but basic taxonomic knowledge is a prerequisite for the training. Successful candidates will be able to communicate effectively, will be detail-oriented, and will be able to cheerfully endure harsh field conditions (heat, humidity, ticks, chiggers, snakes, briars and steep terrain). Application deadline: February 13, 2009; early applications will be given preference. Please send cover letter, electronic or paper resume, references, and transcripts (unofficial ok) to: Susan Farrington, 551 Joe Jones Blvd., West Plains MO 65775. Susan.Farringtonmdc.mo.gov, Phone (417) 255-9561 ext. 307, Fax (417) 256-0429. Posted: 10/30/08.
Montana State University: Two soil scientist positions are available for the field season 2009 to inventory soils of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness as part of the Terrestrial Ecological Unit Inventory (TEUI) of the Custer National Forest in Montana. A considerable portion of the field work will be located in the upper subalpine and alpine zones of the Beartooth Mountains immediately northeast of Yellowstone National Park. This mountain range is known for extensive high elevation plateaus with the largest continuous alpine area of the lower 48 states. Soil scientists will team up with botanists to locate sampling site with GPS, topographic maps and/or aerial photos, inventory plant community, characterize landforms and complete soil survey. Applicants must be in excellent physical condition, able to hike in rugged, mountainous terrain, carry heavy loads, dig one meter deep soil pits in rocky substrates, and be enthusiastic about working and living outdoors in variable weather. Due to the remote location of many sampling sites, jobs require living in the backcountry for 8 consecutive days with appropriate time off between trips. Field work will start middle of June and continue to the end of August 2009. Qualifications: Course work and/or field experience in soil classification or related field, familiarity with NRCS soil survey standards. Applicants should be highly motivated and able to work long hours as team members in remote settings. Compensation: $10-$13/hour depending on qualification, ~40 hrs/week with irregular hours, June - August 2009. To Apply: Please send a resume, unofficial copies of transcripts and list of three references to Sabine Mellmann-Brown, Montana State University, Department of Ecology, 310 Lewis Hall, Bozeman, MT 59717-3460. E-mail applications will be accepted in PDF format only to mellmann*at*montana.edu. Review of applications begins on March 30, 2009. Posted: 3/5/09.
Nantucket Conservation Foundation, Inc.: hiring Seasonal Field Research Assistants to aid conservation and management-based research; primarily inventory and monitoring of native and rare ecosystems. Responsibilities: Monitor vegetation, water chemistry, and animal populations to document the effectiveness of grasslands, heathlands, and wetlands restoration. Monitor rare and invasive plant and animal populations. Qualifications: B.S. or B.A. in Ecology, Botany, Zoology, or related biological field. Strong observational, critical thinking and organizational skills. Experience with plant and animal monitoring and identification, GIS/GPS, data entry, and/or the flora of Northeastern United States are desirable. Willingness to participate in prescribed burns is necessary. Work independently and as a team under potentially adverse field conditions. Valid driver’s license is required. This is a full-time, temporary position beginning in early-May and ending in late October, with start dates somewhat flexible. Typical work week will average eight hours per day with flexibility for weather, tides, etc. Wages/Benefits: Housing and work-related transportation is provided. Wage is $12-13 per hour, commensurate with experience. Medical and unemployment insurance, paid holidays, and paid sick days are not available to seasonal employees. Transportation is not provided after working hours. Application: Deadline for applications is January 30, 2009. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references via email to: Dr. Jennifer M. Karberg, Research Supervisor, Nantucket Conservation Foundation, Inc., email@example.com. Posted: 12/8/08.
National Park Service: Inventory and Monitoring Program’s National Capital Region Network (NCRN) is hiring multiple biological technicians to implement its long-term forest monitoring program. The positions are based at the Center for Urban Ecology in Washington D.C. (www.nps.gov/cue). The NCRN includes 11 national park units in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. The incumbent will perform various field tasks related to quantitative plant ecology sampling including: installation of permanent vegetation monitoring plots, measurement of trees, shrubs, herbs and grasses, forest canopy characteristics, forest dynamics and collection of plant specimens. He/she must be able to recognize diverse species of vascular plants of the mid-Atlantic region. The field tasks will be performed in both remote and urban locations requiring both attention to safety and excellent field biology skills. The Incumbent will assist with the maintenance of long-term study field sites and equipment. Data entry, report writing and basic manipulation and quality control procedures for vegetation data will be required. Additionally, there may be opportunities to assist with data analysis and presentations. These are full time, temporary positions at both the GS-5 and GS-7 levels with an anticipated start date of May 2009. We anticipate up to six months of work. For full announcement see www.usajobs.gov and search for job announcement numbers NPS-NCR-09-15 and NPS-NCR-09-16. Posted: 1/28/09.
National Park Service: Seasonal GS-05/06 Invasive Plant Technician based at Point Reyes. Six-month position running the Weed Watcher program at Point Reyes. Some travel to Pinnacles and Golden Gate, as well as assisting with long-term vegetation monitoring plots. Strong botanical skills preferred, and knowledge of mapping (especially using handheld devices). Job closes 2/6/09. See the full job ad to apply. Posted: 1/23/09.
National Park Service: Technician (plants) GS-4/5/6 seasonal. NPS – Northern Colorado Plateau Network Based out of Moab, UT with travel throughout Utah and western Colorado. April 27 – end of October. The incumbent serves as a seasonal Biological Science Technician for upland (vegetation and soils), riparian (vegetation and geomorphology), and exotic plant (early detection) monitoring in 16 national park units on the Northern Colorado Plateau. The incumbent reports to two field crew leaders and works as part of a 2-4 member crew. Major Duties include: 1. Collecting plant, soil, and geomorphology data using established network monitoring protocols. 2. Accurately identifying Northern Colorado Plateau vegetation to the species level in the field or in the office using standard floras. 3. Conducting fieldwork in remote backcountry settings and under difficult conditions in a safe and efficient manner. 4. Using 4WD and off-trail hiking to access monitoring sites. 5. Using topographic maps, compasses, aerial photographs and GPS units to locate and relocate monitoring sites. 6. Reviewing datasheets to ensure the quality of data collection. 7. Entering data and following quality assurance procedures to ensure accurate data transcription into established databases. 8. Maintaining field and camping equipment. This position works eight 10-hour days followed by 6 days off and requires constant travel to parks within Colorado and Utah. Crew members will be required to hike off trail with heavy packs, sometimes in extremely hot weather or through thick vegetation. Field crews will camp in remote backcountry locations. To apply, view the full job description at www.usajobs.gov under job announcement number IMDE-09-25. Applications due by February 6. Posted: 1/21/09.
National Park Service: hiring up to two biological science technicians (GS-0404) to work on vegetation monitoring projects in the Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) Program’s Southwest Alaska Network. The positions will be filled at the GS-05 level (salary range $16.18-21.05/hr) and will be based in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Alaska. Duties will include sampling vegetation plots in remote, backcountry locations; identifying vascular and non-vascular (lichens, bryophytes) plants to the species level in the field and office; assisting in the development of a collection of voucher specimens; assisting in the update and maintenance of geographic information system (GIS) data; using a variety of software to compile, reduce, store, retrieve, analyze, and report data; assisting with photo documentation of project sites; and assisting in report preparation. The incumbent(s) may also assist with special projects including forest disturbance/fuels inventories, wetland studies, and alpine monitoring. The work is physically demanding, and crew members may be required to carry a heavy pack in steep, uneven terrain, often in inclement weather. Field work is often conducted in areas with high densities of brown or black bear, and crew members must complete a firearm safety certification prior to starting field work. Anticipated start date is mid-May 2009, with field work running through late August 2009. Qualifications: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience; substitutable education completed at an accredited college or university; or an equivalent combination of the two. To be competitive, applicants should be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of plant taxonomy; experience in conducting ecological field work; and experience in working in remote, backcountry areas for extended periods of time. Interested applicants must apply through the USAJOBS website - job announcement number HRF 09-078 (SR 231237). Applications must include a resume with contact information for at least three references, a copy of college transcripts, and a completed questionnaire and written responses to questions, as indicated in the announcement. See the "How to Apply" page for specific details. Applications must be received by February 2, 2009, to be considered. For questions regarding the position, please contact Amy Miller (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel: 907.644.3683). Posted: 1/13/09.
National Park Service: Location: Bar Harbor, ME (Duty Station first 9 weeks), and Fredericksburg, VA (Duty Station second 9 weeks). Duration: 18 weeks mid May to September (exact dates TBD), Grade: GS-5, Pay: $14.74-15.94/hour. The National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Program is recruiting up to 4 seasonal Biological Science Technician to be a part of a 2-3 person field crew that will be collecting forest health data in 16 parks throughout the Eastern US. Incumbents will establish permanent forest monitoring plots and collect data on forest health, structure and composition, regeneration, understory vegetation, coarse woody debris, and soil characteristics. The crew will work in park sites from Virginia to Maine. The first 5 weeks of the season will be spent in training at Acadia NP (1 week) and sampling National Historic Parks in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut (4 weeks). The crew will then spend approximately 5 weeks sampling in Acadia National Park, and 8 weeks working in Mid-Atlantic parks located in Virginia and Pennsylvania. The crew will stay in park housing where available, and lodging may include hotels, historic buildings and cabins. Other duties may include pressing unknown plant specimens, equipment maintenance and repair, preparing soil samples for processing, and data entry. This is largely a field based position, and incumbents will be required to carry heavy field equipment (40+lbs), hike though rough terrain, and work in all weather conditions. Park housing will be available at the duty stations (Bar Harbor, ME and Fredericksburg, VA). When away from duty station (approx. 50% of the time), the National Park Service will pay lodging and per diem costs. For more information and to apply, please view the announcement (vacancy announcement # SH-NETN DEU 90-8T ) on USAJOBS. Closes: 1/28/09. Posted: 1/8/09.
National Park Service: The National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) Program is recruiting a 6-month seasonal Biological Science Technician to lead a 2-3 person field crew that will be collecting forest health data in 16 parks throughout the Eastern US. Prior to the forest monitoring field season incumbent will spend approximately 6 weeks in Acadia NP working with I&M staff to prepare for the forest crew training and field season, and establish rare community plots in stunted woodlands. During the field season the crew leader is responsible for organizing daily field activities, communicating regularly with park and I&M staff, and ensuring proper protocol implementation in the field. The crew leader will travel with the crew for approximately 16 weeks to park sites from Virginia to Maine. The first 5 weeks of the season will be spent in training at Acadia NP (1 week) and sampling National Historic Parks in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The crew will then spend approximately 5 weeks in Acadia National Park, and 8 weeks in Mid-Atlantic parks located in Virginia and Pennsylvania. The crew will stay in park housing where available, and lodging may include hotels, historic buildings and cabins. Other duties may include pressing unknown plant specimens, equipment maintenance and repair, preparing soil samples for processing, data entry, data quality assurance/quality control, coordinating field season logistics, and scheduling contract botanists. Post season the crew leader will assist with various I&M protocols in Acadia such as freshwater wetlands, lakes and streams, breeding land birds and forest amphibians. This is largely a field based position, and incumbents will be required to carry heavy field equipment (40+lbs), hike though rough terrain, and work in all weather conditions. Park housing will be available at the duty station (Bar Harbor, ME). When away from duty station (25% of the time), the National Park Service will pay lodging and per diem costs. For more information or to apply, please view the announcement (vacancy announcement # SH-NETN DEU 08-75T ) on USAJOBS. Closes: January 16, 2009. Posted: 12/30/08.
National Park Service: Sequoia-Kings Canyon Field Station (USGS) is currently hiring summer Biological Science Technicians (Botany). Pay: GS-5 ($14.74/hour). Location: Three Rivers, CA. Closing date: Feb 2, 2009. Examples of Duties: Measure forest demographics, including measuring trees and seedlings and determining cause of death. Gain knowledge and experience in ecological research, identifying Sierra Nevada trees, and forest pathology. Several positions will be filled. Positions start in mid-May and will last 4 – 6 months. Want people with some biological coursework and experience, an interest in forest ecology, who want to work outdoors, and who like to work in small groups. For more information, call Anne at (559) 565-3172 or e:mail at email@example.com. To apply, mail, e:mail, or fax resume and transcripts to: Curtis Hettich, USGS/BRD/WERC, 3020 State University Drive East, Modoc Hall Room 3006, Sacramento, CA 95819; FAX (916) 278-9474; firstname.lastname@example.org. Please list the WERC announcement number (WERC-39-09-01) on all your application materials. Posted: 1/9/09.
National Park Service: seeking up to six aquatic technicians for the 2009 summer field season in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (SEKI). All vacancies are GS-5 positions at $14.24/hr. The primary objective of these positions is to restore high elevation aquatic ecosystems, with a focus on enhancing mountain yellow-legged frog populations (Rana muscosa, Rana sierrae). Primary duties include backpacking to lake basins in park Wilderness, removing non-native trout populations from lakes and streams using gill nets and backpack electrofishers, and surveying populations of the mountain yellow-legged frog. Additional duties include following detailed protocols, recording environmental parameters, and communicating an overview of the project to park visitors. Emphasis is on field work in both team and individual settings. Work dates depend on timing of snowmelt, but are estimated to be from mid-June to late-September. To be competitive for these positions, applicants must have 1) considerable backpacking experience in high elevation mountains, 2) the ability to hike safely across challenging on- and off-trail terrain, 3) the desire to work in remote Wilderness for weeks at a time, and 4) a strong commitment to conducting ecological restoration. Typical past employees have been upper-level undergaduates seeking degrees in aquatic biology/ecology or fish/wildlife programs, or had completed undergraduate or graduate degrees in these fields of study. Interested applicants must apply through USAJOBS. The job announcement number is SEKI 228053. To retrieve the announcement, type this number in the keywords search window, click the search button, and follow the resulting link. To determine whether you qualify at the GS-5 level, see the "Qualifications & Evaluations" page. Applications must include a resume that contains contact information for at least three references, a completed questionnaire (shown in announcement), and a copy of your college transcripts (if you wish to be qualified based on experience and education). See the "How to Apply" page for specific details. Complete application packages must be submitted by Tuesday, January 20, 2009. For general application questions, contact SEKI Personnel by emailing Kellie_Lasswell@nps.gov or calling 559-565-3752. For specific position questions, contact SEKI Aquatic Resources by emailing Danny_Boiano@nps.gov or calling 559-565-4273. Posted: 12/22/08.
National Park Service: up to five Biological Science Technicians for the 2009 summer field season at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (SEKI). Vacancies include up to four GS-5 positions ($14.24/hr) and up to one GS-6 position ($15.88/hr). Positions are in fire effects monitoring with an emphasis on vegetation and fuels sampling in a team oriented setting. The job involves 70-80% field work, installing and revisiting permanent plots to monitor changes in fuel and vegetation in various plant communities throughout the parks where prescribed burning is planned or has taken place. Fire effects work includes plant identification, establishing and sampling vegetation plots following detailed protocols, and entering and quality checking data into customized software programs. Fieldwork involves hiking to remote front country locations, and backpacking to remote areas in the backcountry in rugged terrain under possible adverse weather conditions. A portion of time will be dedicated to data entry and other duties in an office setting. Fire effects positions may participate in prescribed/wildland fires, which requires that arduous duty Red Card Certification be obtained. Estimated work dates are from mid May to mid October. Interested applicants must apply through USAJOBS, announcement number is SEKI 225994. Applications must include a resume, a completed questionnaire, and a copy of your college transcripts (if you wish to be qualified based on experience and education). Read the announcement for specific details. Deadline: January 16, 2009. For general application questions call SEKI Personnel at 559-565-3752. For specific questions about fire effects positions (serious inquiries only, please), contact Karen Webster, SEKI Lead Fire Effects Monitor, at Karen_Webster@nps.gov or Tony Caprio, SEKI Fire Ecologist, Tony_Caprio@nps.gov. Posted: 12/16/08.
National Park Service: Biological Science Technicians (plants). Location: Empire, MI and possibly also Munising, MI (duty station is not yet determined). Housing my be provided at a fee. Duration: May 4 – August 27. Series and Grade: GS-0404-4/5. Vacancies: 5. Pay: $10.17-$18.34/hour. Major Duties: The incumbents will work for the Great Lakes Network of the National Park Service Inventory & Monitoring (I&M) program. The goals of the I&M program include monitoring key environmental variables so that ecological change can be detected and addressed in a timely manner. The incumbents will assist with sampling vegetation. These are largely field based positions. The incumbents will assist with the establishment of permanent monitoring plots at Sleeping Bear Dunes and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshores in Michigan. Incumbents will collect extensive monitoring data on trees, shrubs, and herbs, collect data on coarse woody materials, identify select insect and disease pathogens and assess tree health. The incumbents will work in one of two types of positions: 1) tree and shrub specialists. They will identify and measure tree and shrub species as well as collect data on coarse woody materials. 2) herbaceous specialists. They will record information on herbs and browse. It is essential that the herbaceous specialists be able to identify vegetation (including grasses and sedges) to the species level. Field work will be performed in teams of 2-3 people. The incumbents will also spend approximately 5-10% of time performing computer work. These positions will require frequent travel, and will typically work an eight day on/six day off schedule. The incumbents will be expected to carry field equipment weighing up to 50 lbs. He/she will be exposed to high temperatures, stinging and biting insects, and poisonous plants. These positions will be posted on USAJobs in early 2009. Undergraduates and graduate students enrolled in fall 2009 may be hired directly and bypass the standard federal hiring process. Contact Suzanne Sanders at 715-682-0631, ext. 23, with any questions. No emails please. Posted: 12/15/08.
National Park Service: Grand Canyon National Park Vegetation Program is hiring three seasonal biological technicians at the GS-6 level. There is one exotic plant position, one vegetation crew leader position, and one native plant nursery position. The duty station is on the South Rim. Positons will be posted on www.usajobs.gov around November 4th and will be open for applications for approximately 4 weeks. Call or e-mail Jan Busco 928 638-7782, Janice_Busconps.gov, if you have any questions. Posted: 11/4/08.
New Mexico State University: field technician position at the Jornada Experimental Range in the northern Chihuahuan desert (Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA): $912/hr commensurate with education and experience. Temporary, no benefits, no housing provided, 4-6 months with extension possible, flexible start date. Successful candidate must be a US citizen with a valid driver’s license and the ability to lift and carry 50 lbs. Positions will include extensive travel throughout the region, long hours in the field and camping up to 2 weeks at a time. Collect/record data in the field for vegetation and soil sampling on monitoring and research projects. Position will also include laboratory work (primarily for soil physical properties and some simple soil chemistry), data entry and data manipulation. Opportunity to work with a diverse group of scientists and technicians in the northern Chihuahuan Desert on research projects designed to increase our understanding of desert ecology and our ability to sustainably manage arid and semi-arid ecosystems throughout the world. For additional information, visit Jornada monitoring. Send letter of application, resume and contact information for three references to: Ericha Courtright, Jornada Experimental Range, Box 30003, MSC 3JER, NMSU, Las Cruces, NM 88003 or email@example.com. Review of applications is ongoing. Posted: 3/3/09, revised: 6/24/09.
Northern Arizona University: we are looking to hire 2-3 bio-techs to work in Zion National Park this fall. Technicians will work on a small crew sampling vegetation within the Dakota Hill Complex Fire. This site was treated at a landscape level with the herbicide Plateau in an attempt to reduce the invasion of Cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum). Duties will include identifying plants to species, collecting unknown species for later identification with the aid of keys (i.e. Utah Flora), performing a variety of vegetation sampling techniques, soil collection, accurately recording data on datasheets, and collection of photo points. A certain degree of fitness and a positive attitude are necessary. Field work will involve long hours of standing, bending, walking and hiking over rugged, steep terrain. Extreme temperatures and weather conditions are possible and exposure is a concern as we will be working in burned areas with little or no canopy cover. Pay will be $9-14 per hr depending upon experience. Employees will be responsible for travel to Zion National Park (unless traveling from Flagstaff, AZ). Employee vehicles will be left in a safe location in Zion Canyon, and employees will be transported to a location near the site using a university vehicle. We will then backpack into a backcountry campground in Zion National Park, where we will be camping for the duration of the field sessions. Personal camping gear and food for meals is to be supplied by the individual. The work will consist of two to three eight day sessions, with 6 days off in between. The approximate start date for the first session is October 2nd and will run through October 9th. The next session will begin October 16th and run through October 23rd. Dependent upon remaining workload, there is a possible extension of the 2nd session or a 3rd session for those interested. This time may include additional field work or office work (data entry, plant id). Qualifications: At least one qualified botanist very familiar with the plants of Southern Utah. Previous botanical field experience is desired for the additional positions, however this is not a requirement. Due to the backcountry location of these sites, an adequate level of fitness is required for hiking in personal gear as well as some crew equipment. There may be additional days of hiking collected soil, biomass, and equipment out of the field. If you are interested in working in the backcountry on the Dakota Hill Complex, please send an e-mail to Marybeth at zioncheatgrassyahoo.com and include a statement of interest and a resume with references. Posted: 8/5/08.
Oklahoma State University: Forest ecology summer field technician position is offered for work in the Cross Timbers forests of Oklahoma. This is a full time summer job for May, June, July and early August. The pay scale starts at $10 per hour and all work related travel expenses will be paid. The project office is in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Type of work: The job requires extensive field work in the Okmulgee, Lexington and Cherokee Wildlife Management Areas. These sites are all within a two-hour drive of Stillwater, Oklahoma. We will be measuring and sampling vegetation along randomly located transects. There will be some office work managing data bases and analyzing data. This position is part of the project "Fire Frequency Effects on Habitat Quality of Three Wildlife Management Areas Dominated by Cross Timbers Forests" supported by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. Dr. David M. Leslie, Jr., Leader of the Oklahoma Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is co-director of the project. The objective is to quantify relationships among fire frequency, habitat quality, and wildlife values in Cross Timbers forests including vegetation composition and structure, forage production and amount and quality of litter and coarse woody debris. Qualifications: The persons applying for the job should be capable of extensive field work in Oklahoma in the summer. It would be best if they have strong background in biology or ecology and are capable of identifying plant species. Contact: Steve Hallgren (405-744-6805, firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 3/5/09.
Oregon State University: Intertidal Ecology Seasonal Research Assistant, Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO). We are looking for enthusiastic individuals to assist in rocky intertidal research on the Oregon Coast. The marine ecology research focuses include mussel and barnacle larval recruitment and settlement, community ecology, and species interactions projects. This position involves both lab and field work. The lab work will include counting samples at a stereo microscope. The field work activities will involve hiking to field sites, climbing on coastal cliffs with heavy equipment and working on rocky exposed shores. The individual must be willing to work early mornings or late nights, some weekends, and some overnight stays at field sites. Desirable qualifications: * Self-motivated, ability to work both in a team setting and also independently * Able to work hard and fast in demanding situations * Comfortable around waves and rocky intertidal areas * Undergraduate course work in marine biology/ecology * Familiarity with the rocky intertidal ecosystem and marine invertebrates of the Pacific Northwest * Previous field work experience * Excellent organizational and logistical skills * Valid driver's license and a good driving record * Willing to work weekends and after hours. Salary: $11/hr (total of 1040 hours). Dates: July 2009-December 2009. We do not offer housing. Transportation is provided to and from field sites. If you would like to apply for this position, please email with Job ID# ONSH-SUMMER-2009 as subject: * a letter of intent explaining your interest in this work, your background, your dates available, and other pertinent information * a CV or resume * a copy of your college transcripts (unofficial copies accepted) * email and phone contact information for at least two references To: Jerod Sapp, PISCO lab manager (email@example.com) For more information, contact Jerod by email or check out our website. Posted: 5/20/09.
Oregon State University: Full-time Temporary. Location: Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center, Burns, OR. Dates: May 18 through August. Technicians will assist in a juniper woodland and shrub steppe research project. Results of this study will be used to develop fire management plans, restoration strategies, and wildlife habitat guidelines. Technicians will work closely with research assistants and scientists. Field work will involve the collection of plant community data, fuels, biomass and soils. Office and laboratory work involves processing and weighing biomass samples and data entry. Technicians will be entering data in August. Field work schedule will typically be 6-8 days in the field and 4-6 days off. Work days will typically be 10 -12 hour days. Field crews will be camping in remote locations near research sites with very limited facilities for the 6 - 8 day work period. Skills and Knowledge: •Undergraduate education in rangeland, soils, wildlife, botany, or other natural resource fields. •Plant identification skills desired •Strong ability to pay attention to detail •Capable of hiking over steep and rough terrain in adverse weather conditions •Comfortable camping and working with crew members in remote areas for extended periods •Ability to maintain a positive attitude •Valid driver’s license preferred; US citizen •This position requires heavy lifting and bending over for extended periods of time Compensation: $10.44/hr, 40-hour work week. Overtime is paid after 40 hours in a calendar work week. Per Diem $22.50/day will be provided when we are staying overnight in the field. Housing is provided by the experiment station at no charge. To Apply: Send a letter of interest and resume to the email address below. List any pertinent classes in rangeland science, botany, natural resources, and wildlife, and experience that relates to the job. Include the date you are available to start work. Jaime Ratchford (firstname.lastname@example.org, 541-737-1620). Posted: 4/27/09.
Oregon State University: We are seeking 3 summer field technicians to help with field and lab work this summer (June 1 – June 30). The project broadly aims to quantify N-fixation rates of shrubs, and effects on Douglas-fir growth in the Klamath-Siskiyou forests of northwestern California. Pay is 10-12$ hour, commensurate with experience. Field work is in Northern California, based out of Happy Camp, and will follow an 8 day on, 6 day off field schedule. Lab work will take place at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR after all field work is complete. Housing in Happy Camp, as well as transport to and from Corvallis (1x) are covered. Experience with measurements of trees and shrubs, identification of woody plant species, working with soils, and lab work are desired, but not necessary. Field work is in rough terrain with some poison oak and a lot of sunshine. Please contact Stephanie Yelenik (email@example.com) for more information. Send a CV with contact information for 2 references if you wish to apply. Posted: 4/27/09.
Oregon State University: Avian Field Biologists (2) needed for the start of a long-term bird population monitoring study at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest in the central Cascade Mountains of Oregon (near Blue River) from approximately 1 May to 1 July (one position starting in mid-April). Duties include conducting point counts along transects, insect and vegetation sampling. Position involves extensive hiking off trails through the forest (some of which is old-growth). Point count experience and identification skills of birds of the Pacific Northwest by sight and sound preferred. Pay is $1550 - 2000/month, depending on experience. Housing provided at the HJ Andrews is apartment-style with shared rooms. Please send cover letter, resume and 3 references to Sarah Frey (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 2/17/09.
Oregon State University: Bird point counters needed May-July 2009 to assist in the study of the longer-term effects of thinning forest stands on songbirds. This is a continuation of an Oregon Dept. of Forestry/Oregon State University project that examined the short-term effects of thinning; study sites were thinned 13 years ago. Fieldwork will be conducted in the Tillamook Forest, located in the northern Coast Range of Oregon. Responsibilities include point count surveys, nest searching for focal species, vegetation surveys, and data entry. Must love early mornings (4 am), be physically fit, and able to maintain a good attitude. Shared housing near site and field vehicles are provided. Salary: $1550-2000, depending on experience. Qualifications: Prior field experience, identification of western birds by sight and sound, experience with detailed collection of data, and sense of humor for unpredictable field experiences. Strongly prefer previous experience conducting point counts. Applicants should be tolerant of living and working closely with the same crewmembers throughout the field season, and be flexible to changing tasks. To Apply: Please send application materials (cover letter, resume, and at least 2 references) as a single document to Rebecca Cahall (rebecca.cahall at oregonstate.edu). Include in your letter any relevant experience and your interest in applying for this position. Review of applications begins immediately and candidates will be hired as applications are received. Posted: 1/27/09.
Oregon State University: Marine Ecology/Zooplankton Biology Seasonal Research Assistant. I am looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual to assist with research investigating the effects of hypoxia on marine invertebrate larvae. The bulk of this research is laboratory based with a small field component. You would be responsible for larval rearing and conducting experiments exposing larvae to low oxygen conditions. The field component of this work involves collecting specimens for lab experiments. This position requires working weekends and early mornings. You will be working at OSU's Hatfield Marine Sciences Center in Newport. Required: * Physically fit and able to lift heavy loads * Conscientious attention to detail * Ability to work independently * Interest in marine ecology/zooplankton biology. Desirable: * Microscope experience * Hardworking and willing to work required hours * Marine biology and/or oceanography coursework and/or fieldwork. Salary: $11/hr. Dates: April 1 2009 through September 30 2009. Housing not provided. If you would like to apply for this position, please email with Job ID# Dafne-1 as subject: * a letter of intent explaining your interest in this work, your background, your dates available, and other pertinent information * a CV or resume * a copy of your college transcripts (unofficial copies accepted) * email and phone contact information for at least two references to: Dafne (email@example.com). For more information, contact Dafne by email. Review of applications will begin on February 1. Posted: 1/21/09.
Oregon State University: Intertidal Marine Ecology Seasonal Research Assistant positions. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals to assist in rocky intertidal research on the Oregon Coast. The marine ecology research focuses include mussel and barnacle larval recruitment and settlement, community ecology, and species interactions projects. This position involves both lab and field work. The lab work will include counting samples at a stereo microscope. The field work activities will involve hiking to field sites, climbing on coastal cliffs with heavy equipment and working on rocky exposed shores. The individual must be willing to work early mornings or late nights, some weekends, and some overnight stays at field sites. Desirable qualifications: * Self-motivated, ability to work both in a team setting and also independently * Undergraduate course work in marine biology/ecology * Familiarity with the rocky intertidal ecosystem and marine invertebrates of the Pacific Northwest * Previous field work experience * Excellent organizational and logistical skills * Valid driver's license and a good driving record * Hardworking and willing to work weekends and after hours Program: Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO) is a large-scale marine research program that focuses on understanding the nearshore and intertidal ecosystems of the U.S. West Coast. An interdisciplinary collaboration of scientists from four universities, PISCO integrates long-term monitoring of ecological and oceanographic processes at dozens of coastal sites with experimental work in the lab and field. We explore how individual organisms, populations, and ecological communities vary over space and time. PISCO's findings are applied to issues of ocean conservation and management, and are shared through public outreach and student training programs. Salary: $11/hr. Dates: March 23, 2009-September 2009. Location: Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. We do not offer housing. Transportation is provided to and from field sites. If you would like to apply for this position, please email with Job ID# 2009-3, 4, or 5 as subject: * a letter of intent explaining your interest in this work, your background, your dates available, and other pertinent information * a CV or resume * a copy of your college transcripts (unofficial copies accepted) * email and phone contact information for at least two references To: Jerod Sapp; PISCO lab manager; firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 1/9/09.
Oregon State University: Marine Ecosystem Ecology Seasonal Research Assistant. We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to assist in scientific research in the nearshore oceanographic environment for the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO). This work has a strong focus on understanding how coastal ecosystem processes such as primary production, nutrient cycling and dissolved oxygen deficits (hypoxia) respond to changes in ocean conditions. Responsibilities include primarily laboratory work with periodic participation in research cruises. Lab work includes: preparing sampling equipment and supplies for research cruises; analysis of water samples; maintaining proper lab records and data files; assisting professors, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students in their research as needed. At sea work includes: participating in research cruises on the R/V Elakha and R/V Kalipi; water sample collection; deployment, maintenance, and retrieval of oceanographic instruments. This position requires working early mornings, long hours in the field and occasional weekends. It may also require staying at housing on the coast for short periods. Required Qualifications: * Strong attention to detail and organization * Ability to work on a ship in rough seas * Ability to work collaboratively as part of an ecological research team * Interest in near shore physical and biological oceanography Desirable Qualifications: * Prior experience working on small boats in the open ocean * Prior experience with laboratory analysis (desired but not required as interns will undergo hands on training) * Physically fit, hardworking and willing to work required hours * Marine biology and/or oceanography coursework and/or fieldwork This project is part of the Partnership for the Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO), a large-scale marine research program that focuses on understanding the nearshore ecosystems of the U.S. West Coast. Salary: $11/hr. Dates: Approxomately mid-March 2009 through September, 2009. Location: Oregon State University in Corvallis. We do not offer housing. Transportation to and from field sites and dock is provided. If you would like to apply for this position, please email with Job ID# HYPOXIA-2009 as subject: * a letter of intent explaining your interest in this work, your background, your dates available, and other pertinent information * a CV or resume * a copy of your college transcripts (unofficial copies accepted) * a copy of your dive logs (if applicable) * email and phone contact information for at least two references To: Jerod Sapp; PISCO lab manager; email@example.com. For more information, contact Jerod by email. Review of applications will begin February 15. Posted: 1/13/09.
Oregon State University: Marine Ecosystem Ecology summer research internship. We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to assist in scientific research in the nearshore oceanographic environment for the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO). This work has a strong focus on understanding how coastal ecosystem processes such as primary production, nutrient cycling and dissolved oxygen deficits (hypoxia) respond to changes in ocean conditions. Responsibilities include both laboratory and offshore field work. At sea work includes: participating in research cruises on the R/V Elakha and R/V Kalipi; water sample collection; deployment, maintenance, and retrieval of oceanographic instruments; and occasional SCUBA diving (if qualified) to observe and recover moorings. Shore and lab work includes: chlorophyll-a and nutrient analysis of water samples; entering data; making sample devices; maintaining field equipment; preparing field collectors; assisting with instrument calibrations; and assisting professors, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students in their research as needed. This position requires working early mornings, long hours in the field and occasional weekends. It may also require staying at housing on the coast for short periods. Required Qualifications: * Strong attention to detail * Ability to work on a ship in rough seas * Ability to work collaboratively as part of an ecological research team * Interest in near shore physical and biological oceanography. Desirable Qualifications: * AAUS scientific diving certification and cold water/ dry suit diving experience * Prior experience working on small boats in the open ocean * Prior experience with laboratory analysis * First Aid and CPR certification * Physically fit, hardworking and willing to work required hours * Marine biology and/or oceanography coursework and/or fieldwork. Program: This project is part of the Partnership for the Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO), a large-scale marine research program that focuses on understanding the nearshore ecosystems of the U.S. West Coast. Salary: $11/hr. Dates: ~mid-March 2009 through September, 2009. Location: Oregon State University in Corvallis. We do not offer housing. Transportation to and from field sites and dock is provided. If you would like to apply for this position, please email with Job ID# PO2 2009 as subject: * a letter of intent explaining your interest in this work, your background, your dates available, and other pertinent information * a CV or resume * a copy of your college transcripts (unofficial copies accepted) * a copy of your dive logs (if applicable) * email and phone contact information for at least two references To: Jerod Sapp; PISCO lab manager; firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin February 15. Posted: 1/9/09.
Oregon State University: Physical Oceanography/Marine Ecology Seasonal Research Assistant. We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to assist in scientific research in the nearshore oceanographic environment for the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO). The primary responsibilities are to assist in conducting oceanographic research on and offshore of the Oregon coast at six sites. At sea work includes: participating in research cruises on the R/V Elakha and R/V Kalipi; deployment, maintenance, and retrieval of oceanographic instruments; and occasional SCUBA to observe and recover moorings. Shore and lab work includes: constructing moorings and other sampling devices; assisting with downloading and maintaining oceanographic data and data logs; mussel growth measurements; assisting with instrument calibrations; assisting with water sampling collection and processing; and assisting professors, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students in their research as needed. This position requires working weekends and early mornings, and very long hours in the field. It may also require staying at housing on the coast for short periods. Required Qualifications: * SCUBA diving certification and significant diving experience * Boating experience and resistance to motion sickness * Ability to work collaboratively as part of an ecological research team * Interest in physical and biological oceanography. Desirable Qualifications: * Strong attention to detail * First Aid and CPR certification * AAUS scientific diving certification * Cold water/ dry suit diving experience * Physically fit, hardworking and willing to work required hours * Marine biology and/or oceanography coursework and/or fieldwork. Program: This project is part of the Partnership for the Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO), a large-scale marine research program that focuses on understanding the nearshore ecosystems of the U.S. West Coast. Salary: $11/hr. Dates: ~mid-March 2009 through September, 2009. Location: Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. We do not offer housing. Transportation to and from field sites and dock is provided. If you would like to apply for this position, please email with Job ID# PO1 2009 as subject: * a letter of intent explaining your interest in this work, your background, your dates available, and other pertinent information * a CV or resume * a copy of your college transcripts (unofficial copies accepted) * a copy of your dive logs * email and phone contact information for at least two references To: Jerod Sapp; PISCO lab manager; email@example.com. Review of applications will begin on February 15. Posted: 1/9/09.
Oregon State University: Biological/Rangeland Field Technician to assist graduate student in collecting vegetation and soil data in sagebrush steppe communities and recording detailed and accurate field notes. Work will involve establishing and monitoring plots in sagebrush steppe and implementing experimental treatments. About 70% of the time will be spent collecting vegetation and soil data in sagebrush communities and recording data into spreadsheets; 30% processing plant, root and soil samples in the laboratory and accurately recording data in a spreadsheet. Work can be very physical and will be conducted in remote locations in southeast Oregon under a variety of weather conditions. Field work requires hiking through trail-less areas with terrain that is usually uneven. When not in the field, the technician will be stationed in Corvallis, Oregon (possibly Burns, Oregon). Qualifications: Previous experience identifying plants and sampling vegetation (cover, frequency, biomass) in sagebrush steppe communities. Bachelor’s degree or major in natural resources, biology, botany, forestry, rangeland, ecology, soil science, or another closely related field. Ability to navigate and collect data using GPS equipment and topographic maps. Starting date is flexible but preference will be given to persons available in early May and continuing into mid-September. To apply, electronically submit a cover letter and resume to Paul Doescher Paul.Doescher@oregonstate.edu or Michael Reisner at Michael.Reisner@oregonstate.edu. Review of applications will start January 15 and continue until a suitable candidate is found. Posted: 12/18/08.
Pacific Biodiversity Institute: two job openings for work in Arizona this summer and fall: 1 Field Botanist / Ecologist Position - must be efficient in identifying native and exotic plants in Arizona. 1 Biological Technician Position - must have experience in identifying native and exotic plants in Arizona. Both positions: Capable of working and traveling around in remote locations and difficult terrain. To apply: * Send a resume or CV to: firstname.lastname@example.org or the address below * Include a letter describing your specific experience in the southwestern USA * Include at least 3 references * Include your most recent salary or wage rate. Pacific Biodiversity Institute, PO Box 298, Winthrop, WA 98862 USA. Posted: 3/6/09.
Pacific Biodiversity Institute: looking for a field ecologist and potential field assistants to assist wildlife habitat survey work in the Selkirk Mountains in August, September, and October of this year. Compensation will be based on experience levels ($12-25/hr). Field ecologist applicants must have a good knowledge of local flora and wildlife / habitat interactions. Assistant applicants must be comfortable camping and have experience doing forest inventory and/or vegetation survey work. If interested contact hans pacificbio.org. Attach your resume, at least 3 references, and a cover letter. Please reference the way you found out about this job offer. Posted: 7/9/08.
Pennsylvania State University: The School of Forest Resources is hiring two seasonal technicians to collect forest monitoring data in eight national parks in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, including the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, New River Gorge National River, and Gauley River National Recreational Area. This is the third year of a long-term monitoring program investigating forest condition at these national parks. The positions begin in mid-May 2008 and continue for 12 – 15 weeks with compensation of $11-13 per hour depending on experience. Technicians will travel to and be housed in or near a national park each week. Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed. Applicants should enjoy working outdoors in a variety of conditions and be able to identify common trees and shrubs of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Training or experience in forest ecology and collecting forest data is desirable. Knowledge or experience in one or more of the following areas is highly desirable: forest pests and pathogens; forest soils; and/or identification of herbaceous and graminoid plants. Applicants should be able to navigate in the woods by compass and using GPS. The ability to hike long distances over steep terrain will also be required. Additional tasks will include data entry and quality control of data. If interested, please send a brief cover letter, a resume, and contact information for three references to Stephanie Perles (email@example.com) by February 28, 2009. Posted: 1/21/09.
PRBO Conservation Science: Up to 12 positions available, including several crew supervisors, on multiple songbird monitoring projects in the Sierra Nevada & southern Cascades of California. Project dates: ~27 Apr through 10 Aug 2009. Primary duties vary by project but include multi-species point counting, woodpecker surveys, vegetation surveys, and data entry. This project offers a unique opportunity to explore and observe birds across a wide range of habitats and help guide forest management in the ecologically significant Sierra Nevada and Southern Cascades. Field work will be conducted on National Forest land and covers a vast range of elevations and habitats, including shrubland, aspen, oak, riparian, and coniferous forest. The positions will be based out of multiple locations in the north, south, and central portions of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Successful candidates must be able to identify over 80 bird species by sight and sound following two weeks of training, navigate roads and off-road in mountains and forests with maps and GPS. Compensation is $2000 - 2700/month based on position and experience with housing and work vehicles provided. Candidates with a strong background in bird identification by sight and sound and/or previous experience point counting are strongly preferred. For all positions self-motivation, good physical condition, the ability to work well in a group living situation, and willingness to spend long hours in the field observing birds and camping are a must. Email a letter of interest describing previous field research experience (please note if applying to other positions within PRBO), specific dates of availability, a resume, and contact information for three references to: L. JAY ROBERTS (EM: ljroberts AT prbo.org). Positions are open until filled, please send application materials ASAP. Posted: 1/21/09.
Purdue University: Field assistant - Larval fish ecology in Saginaw Bay, MI. Full-time position $8-10 /hr. We seek an enthusiastic researcher to participate in a study of fish recruitment mechanisms in Saginaw Bay (Lake Huron). The position is based in central Michigan. Duties will include assisting with nearshore and offshore collections of larval fish, benthic invertebrates, zooplankton and adult fish. In addition, duties will include some processing and identification of collected samples. Work may occur in inclement weather or rough seas, and may include weekends, evenings, and/or long days. Field work will commence in early April of 2009, continuing through summer or fall; however, start and end dates for the position are somewhat flexible. Housing and transportation (but not food) will be provided. The position will work closely with researchers from Purdue University (Tomas Höök) and NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. Please contact Carolyn Foley (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information. Posted: 3/5/09.
Rice University: Field Ecology Research Assistants. Location: Sonoran Desert/Gulf of California, Bahia de Kino (Kino Bay), Sonora, Mexico. Duration: mid April through early July, 2009 (some flexibility in exact start/end dates). Four highly motivated research assistants are sought for field studies on the ecology and evolution of the pollination mutualism between senita cacti and senita moths and the protection mutualism between senita cacti and ants in the Sonoran Desert (see the Holland Lab website for more info). Successful applicants will contribute to data management through computer database software and to data collection through the implementation and monitoring of experimental and observational studies in the field. Research topics include pollination ecology and plant reproductive biology, insect behavior and life histories, and demography and population dynamics of plants and insects. Opportunities exist for successful applicants to develop independent projects. Qualifications: Applications should have background in, be pursuing, or have a degree in biology, botany, ecology, entomology, environmental studies, or other related field. Successful applicants should be able to work independently and as a part of a team, during often long irregular (nocturnal) hours under harsh, hot environmental conditions. Attention to detail, ability to manage multiple tasks, and computer skills (MS Excel) are desirable; bi-lingual English-Spanish skills are desirable, but not required. Successful applicants must be able to show respectful, tolerant behavior of others while living together in a beach house on the Gulf of California. Compensation: Housing, food, and a monthly stipend (U.S. $1,200/month). Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses, and e-mails of three persons who can provide letters of recommendation. Electronic applications are encouraged and should be sent by e-mail, as a single pdf attachment, to Dr. Nat Holland: email@example.com . Postal mail applications may be submitted to the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University MS-170, 6100 Main St., Houston, Texas 77005, U.S.A. Review of applications will begin March 6, 2009 and continue until the positions are filled. Posted: 12/22/08.
Rutgers University: Two field technicians are needed to examine role of native bees in crop pollination. In particular, the objectives of this research are to determine 1) how landscape attributes influence bee communities and 2) the influence of bee community composition on cranberry pollination. To see other relevant research, visit the Winfree lab page. The majority of the fieldwork will take place in and around the Pinelands National Reserve in southern New Jersey (A United Nation’s designated International Biosphere Reserve). Laboratory and data entry work will take place on the Rutgers University Campus in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Required Qualifications: Previous ecology fieldwork; experience working with native bees (strong field entomology skills may qualify as well), and a valid driver’s license. Desired qualifications: GPS mapping, data entry, GIS skills. Salary: $10-13/hr. Dates: May 20 – August 26 (end date negotiable). To Apply: Send a cover letter, resume, and names and contact information of three references to: Dan Cariveau (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 2/18/09. Revised: 4/7/09.
Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation: Department of Wildlife Habitat Management/ Snowy Plover Project Field Technician. Term: 5 months, starting mid-February, 2009. Compensation: $400/week, housing when on Sanibel. Required qualifications: Bachelors degree. Field experience with one or more of the following: birds (shorebirds preferred), terrestrial invertebrate ID. Ability and desire to work long and at times irregular hours (including weekend hours) in the field under adverse conditions (intense sun and heat, biting insects, rain). Ability and desire to tent camp several days most weeks on Cayo Costa Island (primitive facilities include bathrooms and cold showers). Ability to work independently, or as part of a two-person crew, supervising an intern. Willingness to use your personal vehicle to drive between field sites (mileage compensated). Ability to collect accurate scientific data. Enthusiasm for project and for learning new field techniques. Desired qualifications: Experience with shorebirds, plovers in particular. Experience collecting behavioral data on birds. Ability to identify terrestrial invertebrates to Order. Experience operating an ATV. Experience with MS Access and Excel, ArcGIS. Job description: Work as part of a 2-team collecting scientific data on Snowy Plover breeding biology on Sanibel Island and Cayo Costa Island, including nest site selection, foraging behavior, brood-rearing behavior, and breeding success. Responsibilities include: nest searching and monitoring, brood monitoring, invertebrate abundance sampling, foraging behavioral observations, supervision of an intern, coordination of volunteer efforts, and data entry. Work generally 5-6 days per week, but more if needed. Work may start early in the morning or continue into the evening if needed. Camping on Cayo Costa is generally 2-4 nights per week. Assist with other department projects as needed including small mammal trapping, herps monitoring, vegetation sampling, exotic species control. Share seasonal housing with lead technician on Sanibel. To apply: Deadline: December 15, 2008. Send cover letter, CV, and contact info for 3 references familiar with your previous field experience to both: Amanda Bryant, abryantsccf.org and Cara Faillace, cfaillaceden.rutgers.edu. Posted: 11/13/08.
Shenandoah National Park: Salamander Field Technicians (2 positions). The U.S. Geological Survey's Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative Northeast program will be hiring 2 student field technicians in 2009. One technician is needed beginning in the spring (01 May) through mid-August. Another technician will be hired for the summer from mid-June through mid-August. Both positions could be extended for 4-6 weeks in September and October, pending funding. Technicians are primarily responsible for conducting salamander surveys in Shenandoah National Park (Virginia). Major duties involve terrestrial salamander surveys that include: active sampling for salamanders during the day by lifting of cover objects; passive sampling at night during and after rain events; capturing, measuring, weighing and possibly marking salamanders with elastomer; collecting tail tips for genetic analyses; and conducting habitat assessments. Technicians may also participate in a stream salamander surveys as well. The position requires completion of academic coursework in wildlife biology or related fields. Previous field experience with salamander surveys and the catching, handling, measuring and marking of amphibians is preferable. Students must be willing to work independently but most fieldwork will be conducted as part of teams of 2-3 people, so a demonstrated ability and desire to work effectively with a group is imperative. Work will be conducted on steep, rocky terrain during varying weather conditions. Students need to be in good physical condition and comfort and competence with outdoor work. Students must possess a valid driver's license and be able to work at least 40 hours per week under a flexible schedule (including early morning, nighttime and weekend work). Students are responsible for all costs of transportation to and from Shenandoah National Park. Housing accommodations are provided while in Shenandoah National Park in a facility shared with other research technicians and staff. Compensation is commensurate with the level of education and experience (approximate wages are: $14-15/hour for two or more years of college, $16-18/hour for completion of BA/BS degree or higher). To apply, send the following to Jennifer Sevin via email (sevinJ@si.edu) and copy to email@example.com by March 1, 2009 (for spring-summer technician) or April 1, 2009 (for summer only technician): 1.) Cover Letter 2.) Resume, including previous field experience, list of classes taken, contact information, and three reference contacts 3.) One piece of evidence of current or recent (within past 12 months) enrollment in degree program (e.g., transcript, letter from University admissions, a current registration card). Posted: 1/15/09.
Smithsonian Conservation and Research Center: The Smithsonian Institution National Zoological Park's Conservation and Research Center is seeking two well-trained field botanists to conduct plant surveys for several field research projects during 2009. The individuals would be responsible for resurveys of a variety of vegetation plots used in ongoing studies of the effects of white-tailed deer and invasive species on native plant communities. Field work will be conducted in forest, old field and agricultural habitats in Maryland and northwestern Virginia. Required qualifications: B.S. in botany, forest ecology, plant ecology, natural resources, conservation biology or a closely related field; M.S. degree preferred. Excellent knowledge of the taxonomy and identifying characters of the plant species of eastern U.S. deciduous forests and/or the mid-Atlantic region; ability to work independently in sometimes hot and humid conditions, supervise field assistants, follow established survey protocols, and collect detailed and accurate data. Additional desired skills: experience with botanical field surveys, voucher specimen collection and preparation, and field and GPS-based mapping. Duration - early May through October 2009. Salary ~$1,500 -2,000/month, depending on qualifications. The employment location will be at the Conservation and Research Center on the outskirts of Front Royal, VA. The CRC is beautifully situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains adjacent to Shenandoah National Park and the George Washington National Forest. To apply, please e-mail electronic copies of a cover letter describing your qualifications and interest in the position, a CV or resume, college transcripts, and the names of three (3) references to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 1. Cover letters can be addressed to Norm Bourg, Ph.D., Ecological Research Programs Manager. Posted: 2/16/09.
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center: The Marine Invasions group has funding for 6 internships. The project: Assessing the Risk of Recreational Boating and Commercial Fishing as Vectors for Aquatic Invasive Species in California. Interns are to be based at SERC (Edgewater, MD), SERC's satellite laboratory at The Romberg Tiburon Center (Marin County, CA) or Portland State University (Portland, OR). Interns will be supervised by one of several Principle Investigators: Dr I. Davidson and Dr M Sytsma (PSU), Dr C. Zabin (RTC) and Dr G. Ruiz (SERC). The internships are a part of a larger project and candidates will be expected to conduct independent work as well as collaborating with other scientists involved. Start date: late November/early December. Duration: 3-4 months depending on progress and availability. Stipend: $400 per week. Roles and responsibilities: Each intern will be responsible for compiling a substantial literature review on one of the following subjects: * Existing and potential impacts of aquatic invasive species introduced to California via recreational boating and commercial fishing vectors * Fresh-water species and the role of overland recreational boating in introductions of aquatic invasive species to California * Patterns of vessel traffic, vessel maintenance, risks and future trends related to fishing vessels in California * Future trends in aquatic invasive species incursions to California and impact based on potential changes in societal or industry trends, technological innovations and climate change * Management options, including existing management protocols in other parts of the world and possible future directions (for California) including assessments of feasibility and cost. * Risk assessment of establishment and harm from aquatic invasive species introduced by recreational boating and commercial fishing vectors in California. Eligible students: undergraduates including those recent graduates (within 6 months), students who have been granted acceptance into a degree granting program (graduate studies) or early Master's students. Application process: submit a formal application, personal essay (including an indication of which topic(s) the student would be interested to work by ranking from 1-6), copy of transcripts (unofficial is acceptable), and two letters of reference. Application materials should be sent to Christopher Brown (browncwsi.edu or by mail: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, 3152 Paradise Drive, Tiburon, CA 94920). Application deadline: 14th November 2008. Posted: 10/10/08.
Smithsonian Institution: The National Zoological Park's Conservation and Research Center is seeking a well-trained field botanist to conduct plant surveys for several field research projects during 2009. The individual would be responsible for resurveys of a variety of vegetation plots used in ongoing studies of the effects of white-tailed deer and invasive species on native plant communities. Required: B.S. in botany, forest ecology, plant ecology, natural resources, conservation biology or a closely related field; M.S. degree preferred. Excellent knowledge of the taxonomy and identifying characters of the plant species of eastern U.S. deciduous forests and/or the mid-Atlantic region; ability to work independently in sometimes hot and humid conditions, follow established survey protocols, and collect detailed and accurate data. Additional desired skills: experience with botanical field surveys, voucher specimen collection and preparation, and field and GPS-based mapping. You must provide your own transportation throughout the contract. Duration - June through October 2009. $1,500 - 2,000/mo. depending on experience. The location will be at the CRC on the outskirts of Front Royal, VA. Field work will be conducted in forest, old field and agricultural habitats in Maryland and northwestern Virginia. The CRC is beautifully situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains adjacent to Shenandoah National Park and the George Washington National Forest. To apply, please e-mail electronic copies of a cover letter describing your qualifications and interest, a CV or resume, college transcripts, and the names of three (3) references to email@example.com by May 27, 2009. Documents can also be faxed to 540-551-9424. Cover letters can be addressed to Norm Bourg, Ph.D., Ecological Research Programs Manager. Posted: 5/22/09.
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale: I am hiring 4-5 field assistants for an NSF-funded project in Millbrook, New York, from May until Aug or September 2008. Millbrook is in the Hudson Valley, 2.5 hours or less from the Adirondacks, Catskills, Berkshires, and New York City. This project will address how small-scale spatial distribution of small mammals affects their impact on prey and parasite populations in northeastern U.S. forests. Results of this study will be pertinent to understanding and predicting outbreaks of forests insects and human disease risk, as well as understanding the foraging behavior of mammals. Send cover letter indicating qualifications, resume, and contact information for 3 references. Applicants should be very reliable, conscientious, and able to work strenuously outdoors, sometimes in inclement and buggy conditions. Valid driver's license required. Highest consideration will be given to applicants with prior field experience; training in wildlife biology, ecology, zoology, or related fields; and/or experience with Excel and Access. Pay: $12/hr. Housing available on site. I'm also looking for a graduate student for this project to begin in Fall 09 - inquire if interested! Eric M. Schauber, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Zoology (firstname.lastname@example.org, 618-453-6940). Posted: 3/5/09.
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale: Field Assistants for Small Mammal Study. Location: Millbrook, NY. The Cooperative Wildlife Research Laboratory at SIUC is inviting applications for Field Assistants to work on a National Science Foundation funded study in upstate New York, August to November 2008. This project will address how small-scale spatial distribution of small mammals affects their impact on prey and parasite populations in northeastern U.S. forests. Results of this study will be pertinent to understanding and predicting outbreaks of forests insects and human disease risk, as well as understanding the foraging behavior of mammals. Duties include assisting in deploying and monitoring track plates and artificial foraging patches; measuring invertebrate abundance via pitfall traps, burlap tree bands, and sweep netting; visual and photographic cover surveys; and data entry and error checking in MS Excel. Send cover letter indicating qualifications, resume, and contact information for 3 references. Qualifications: Applicants should be very reliable, conscientious, and able to work strenuously outdoors, sometimes in inclement and buggy conditions. Highest consideration will be given to applicants with prior field experience; training in wildlife biology, ecology, zoology, or related fields; and/or experience with Excel and Access. Salary: $9/hr. Last Date to apply: August 1, 2008. Contact: Eric Schauber: E-mail: schaubersiu.edu (Preferred), Phone: 618-453-6940. Posted: 7/22/08.
SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry: We are seeking one Research Assistant / Field Crew Leader and two Field Technicians for a research project located in the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York. All three positions include lodging and meals at the Adirondack Ecological Center and Huntington Wildlife Forest. The project involves sampling of multiple forest taxa (including snails, salamanders and songbirds) across gradients of calcium availability and acid deposition to understand the importance of calcium-rich substrates for sustaining biodiversity in northern hardwood forests. More information on the project. (1) Research Assistant / Field Crew Leader: this is a full-time salaried position lasting approximately six months (i.e., April - October 2009, term dates are flexible). Minimum requirements include a B.S. in biology, botany, ecology, wildlife or a related discipline, some field and/or lab research experience, a valid driver's license, good communication skills, good physical condition, and the ability to work without supervision in both field and lab settings. Experience with supervising field crews, conducting field projects, and data entry and management is a big plus. We offer an excellent compensation package including a competitive salary ($2,000-2,500/mo depending on qualifications), benefits, and lodging at the Adirondack Ecological Center in Newcomb, NY. (2) Field Technicians: these are a full-time hourly positions lasting approximately 12 weeks (i.e., June - September 2009). We are specifically looking to hire advanced undergraduates interested in gaining hands-on research experience. Minimum requirements include coursework in the natural sciences, a valid driver's license, good physical condition, willingness to learn and follow instructions, and the ability to work without direct supervision in both field and lab settings. Compensation is $9-12/hr depending on qualifications, including benefits and lodging. To apply, please send a resume and a brief cover letter that includes (1) position applied for, (2) qualifications for that position, and (3) contact information for 3 references, to Dr. Colin Beier at email@example.com. Please include the text "AEC 2009" in the subject line when emailing the application. Any questions are also welcome by email. Application materials will be accepted until February 1; hiring decisions will be made by March 1. Posted: 12/4/08.
Teton Science Schools: The Conservation Research Center of is seeking a range technician to spend the summer completing field work throughout the Intermountain West. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter, willing to travel and able to work individually or as a team member. BS in Range Science or equivalent field experience, knowledge and understanding of cattle ranches and ranch communities, familiarity and experience with standard rangeland monitoring methods (i.e. line intercept, dry weight rank, production), excellent plant ID skills required. Experience with soil mapping preferred. 6/1 - 9/30 (flexible). Salary DOE. Please send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 5/18/09.
Teton Science Schools: Habitat Assessment Technician (10), full time, seasonal, May 26– October 9; applicants must be able to start on May 26 Salary: $2,500/month (DOE); subsidized housing may be available Habitat Assessment Technicians will be responsible for monitoring and assessing the quality of moose & mule deer habitat in western and south-central Wyoming. Specific duties include large-scale habitat patch mapping and detailed vegetation monitoring using line transects. Patch mapping focuses on qualitative measurements of vegetation including species composition, condition, levels of herbivory and successional stage. Transect-level data includes detailed metrics such as shrub height, age class, browse utilization and percent cover. Field time will focus primarily on riparian and upland shrub communities with some additional work in aspen stands. Applicants should expect some travel between the assigned field site and Jackson, Wyoming, as well as overnights in the field. Experience with plant identification, ungulate ecology, navigation, GPS/GIS, data entry and data management preferred. Applicants should possess a BS in Botany, Range Science, Wildlife, Ecology, Resource Management or related field and should be in excellent physical condition, as the position requires extensive hiking in rugged terrain. Technicians will be supervised by CRC Ecologists based in Jackson, Wyoming and will be expected to work independently and as part of a field crew for much of the time. Applicants must be able to start on May 26. A full description of the job is available at http://www.tetonscience.org/index.cfm?id=employment. Qualifications & Skills: • BS in Botany, Range Science, Wildlife, Ecology, Resource Management or related field • Familiarity with moose and/or mule deer ecology • Knowledge of plant identification in sage, willow and aspen communities • Excellent communication skills • Knowledge of ranch communities and operations • Demonstrated ability to navigate using aerial photos, topo maps, GPS and compass • Experience working independently and as part of a field crew • Adaptability and positive attitude • Ability to hike for several hours in rugged terrain • Willingness to work long hours in difficult field conditions. Please submit a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for 3 references before April 8, 2009 to Megan Smith email: Megan.Smith@tetonscience.org ; phone: (307) 734-3786. Posted: 1/15/09, revised: 4/2/09.
Texas Tech University: Avian Field Technicians (8) – Come study songbird ecology and behavior in the scenic Hudson Valley (upstate NY) at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, as part of a project funded by NSF through Texas Tech. We are seeking motivated technicians to assist with our long-term study of breeding ecology in ovenbirds and veeries, and vocal communication and mating strategies in the veery. Positions run from May 1 until July 31, 2009 (1-2 may run through mid-September). Stipends vary from $1200 - $2000/month depending on qualifications and position (see below). Free housing will be provided. Crew Leader (1). This is a senior level position. Responsibilities: Organize and oversee the daily operations of a 6-person crew as they assist grad students, post doc, and PI with interconnected projects that require extensive nest searching, mist netting, behavioral observations, and data entry. Qualifications: Prior experience working in a large field crew, strong work ethic, proven interpersonal/leadership skills. Bird Banders (2). Responsibilities: Mist netting, bird banding, bleeding, data entry. Qualifications: Prior experience with mist netting and handling/banding birds. Song Recorder (1). Responsibilities: Recording veery singing in the field including some very early morning/dawn recording, assisting with song playback experiments, & song analysis in the lab. Qualifications: Birding experience, skill in hearing, spotting, and following color-banded songbirds is preferred, ability to enjoy chasing veeries through hilly, forested terrain is essential. Nest Searchers and General Field Assistants (4). Responsibilities: Nest searching, veery and ovenbird nest monitoring, territory mapping, video recording nests, re-sighting color-banded banded birds, data entry. Qualifications: prior nest-searching experience for ground-nesting birds is preferred. To learn more or apply, please attach a letter of interest and resume (including contact information for 3 references) to Dr. Ken Schmidt (email@example.com). Please indicate which position(s) you are interested in. Applications received by January 10, 2009 will receive full consideration, although applications will continue to be accepted until positions are filled. Posted: 12/10/08.
The Nature Conservancy: Seasonal Burn Crew Member. The Burn Crew Member participates in wildland fire operations which include ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, monitoring, etc. The Burn Crew Member will participate in preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, post-burn monitoring and other tasks. All TNC staff actively participating on a prescribed burn must be qualified as a FFT2. If not already qualified, training will be provided to meet qualifications for FFT2. The Burn Crew Member will also collect vegetation data related to fuel loads and grassland vegetation monitoring. Will perform a variety of other duties (data entry, trail maintenance, woody vegetation removal using chainsaws and hand tools, etc.) when conditions are not conducive to prescribed fire. Basic Qualifications: • High school diploma and 6 months of related experience • Qualified as or able to meet qualifications for Fire Fighter Type 2 • Experience operating 4WD, standard transmission vehicles and ATVs. • Experience operating GPS units. • Experience with grass identification and vegetation monitoring in grasslands. • Ability to achieve a NWCG moderate wildland firefighter rating by carrying a 45 lb-pack 3 miles in less than 45 minutes. • Valid driver’s license and compliance with The Conservancy’s Auto Safety Program. Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee’s motor vehicle record. For more details and to apply, visit www.nature.org/careers. Application deadline is September 13. Posted: 8/25/08.
US Army Corps of Engineers: The botany program at the Corps of Engineers Willamette Valley Projects is hiring a seasonal term biological technician to work on endangered species monitoring and recovery, habitat restoration, invasive weeds, and all the other excellent things we do. Must be US citizen. Duty station is Fern Ridge, just outside Eugene Oregon. We're looking for someone with a botany (or related) degree, field experience, and strong enthusiasm for the flora and ecosystems of the Willamette Valley and western Cascades. The job is open now, and closes on 25 June. Check usajobs.gov, look for announcement WTHE09487841D or WTHE09487841. Note that instead of the "GS" pay grade system, the Corps uses the "NSPS" system, with some latitude to set pay within bands based on qualifications. Feel free to e-mail me with questions: Wes Messinger Botanist, USACE Willamette Valley Projects (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 6/17/09.
USDA Forest Service: Small Mammal Ecology Positions At Mount St. Helens. Employees needed to assist with long-term monitoring of small mammal populations and assemblages on lands severely disturbed by the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. These positions can potentially be used as undergraduate internship course credit if suitable arrangement can be made between employer, college faculty, and student. Applicants must have experience with field methods for sampling small mammals using live-trapping techniques, and have the knowledge and skills to identify mammals in the field. Applicants must be physically fit and capable of hiking several miles each day through rugged, unstable terrain. Employees will be camping throughout the season at well equipped base camps and transported to study sites in government vehicles. Legible handwriting is required. Valid state driver?s license is needed. Employees will receive training on sampling methods and work both independently and with other crew members to obtain measurements for small mammals and their biophysical habitat features. Employees are required to record field data accurately and legibly on data forms, take careful field notes, and maintain field equipment. Schedule: June 1 to August 29, 2009*. Work week will be 40 hours, Monday through Friday. In some cases this schedule may vary in order to accomplish project goals. * Begin and end date negotiable. Pay: $11-12 per hour depending on experience. How To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, transcripts (if available), and contact information for three references to: Charlie Crisafulli, Mount St. Helens, 42218 NE Yale Bridge Road, Amboy, WA 98601. Phone: 360-449-7834, e-mail: email@example.com. Posted: 3/20/09.
USDA Forest Service: Avian Ecology Positions At Mount St. Helens Summer 2009. Employees needed to assist with long-term monitoring of bird populations and assemblages on lands severely disturbed by the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. These positions can potentially be used as undergraduate internship course credit if suitable arrangement can be made between employer, college faculty, and student. Applicants must have experience with field methods for sampling bird populations and assemblages, and have the knowledge and skills to identify birds by sight and sound (call, songs, etc.). Applicants must be physically fit and capable of hiking several miles each day through rugged, unstable terrain. Employees will be camping throughout the season at well-equipped base camps and transported to study sites in government vehicles. Legible handwriting is required. Valid state driver's license is needed. Employees will receive training on sampling methods and work both independently and with other crew members to obtain measurements for birds and their biophysical habitat features. Employees are required to take careful field notes, to record field data accurately on data forms, and maintain field equipment. Schedule: May 18th to August 28th. Work week will be 40 hours, Monday through Friday. In some cases this schedule may vary in order to accomplish project goals. * Begin and end date negotiable. Pay: $11-12 per hour depending on experience. How To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, transcripts (if available), and contact information for three references to: Charlie Crisafulli, Mount St. Helens, 42218 NE Yale Bridge Road, Amboy, WA 98601. Phone: 360-449-7834, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 3/20/09.
USDA Forest Service: Biological Science Technician (Natural Resources), GS-0404-05/07 or Forestry Technician, GS-0462-04/05. Salary: $13.18-18.26 per hour. Temporary appointment starting 6/07/09. Duration: 12 weeks, but may be extended contingent on budget. Not to exceed 12/15/09. Applicants must be US citizens Location: Pacific Northwest Research Station, Wenatchee, Washington We are looking to hire three field technicians for the 2009 summer, a field crew lead and two field crew members. Incumbents will serve as field crew technicians on projects investigating the effects of wildfires and post-fire forest management activities on fuels and vegetation in dry coniferous forests of the interior Pacific Northwest, USA. Duties include measuring surface fuels along fuel transects, identifying trees to species and measuring tree height and diameter, collecting and recording site descriptions, accurately recording data and entering data into database or spreadsheet, and driving on narrow and rough roads to remote field locations. Field work will take place in eastern Washington and Oregon, with lab work done in Wenatchee, Washington. Technicians will work in teams of 3-5 in the field under the supervision of a field crew leader. Field work may involve strenuous exertion, exposure to extreme weather conditions, and extended stays (up to 8 days) in remote locations. Candidates will be chosen based on their experience and education. Travel expenses will be covered by the projects using the federal field per diem rate. Applicants can apply in two ways. A. Those enrolled at least ½ time in a college or university may apply directly by submitting the following: 1) your résume, 2) a copy of you college transcripts (unofficial acceptable) to document all education used for position qualification, and 3) an official letter from your Registrar or Admissions Office documenting your enrollment status. Submit these to: David W. Peterson, Research Forester, U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, 1133 N. Western Avenue, Wenatchee, WA 98801. Phone: 509-664-1727, Fax: 509-665-8362, Email: email@example.com. B. Those who do not qualify as a student must apply through USAJobs and Avue Digital Services, through the nationwide announcements for Biological Science Technician, Natural Resources (TEMP-OCR-404-5-RESNAT) or Forestry Technician (TEMP-OCR-462-4-RES or TEMP-OCR-462-5-RES or TEMP-OCR-462-7-RES) options. Be sure to specify Wenatchee, Washington as your requested duty station. Please apply by March 20, 2009 to ensure full consideration. Posted: 3/10/09.
USDA Forest Service: We seek research assistants for a crew that will carry out studies on understory plant growth after fuels treatments and wildfire in mixed-conifer forest in Plumas and Lassen National Forests. Studies involve censusing understory plants and mapping tree neighborhoods with laser rangefinder and digital compass. We need people with knowledge of or ability to learn Sierra Nevada plants, aptitude to operate laser mapping gear and verify the tree maps created with it, and fortitude to hike in hot steep terrain among prickly shrubs. The positions are stationed near Quincy, California, and will be filled at the GS-5 and GS-6 level; the season will run from late May to the end of September. Email Seth Bigelow (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you wish to be notified when the position is posted several weeks from now on www.usajobs.com. Posted: 3/5/09.
USDA Forest Service: Biological Science Technician (Plants), GG-404-4/5 or Range Technician, GS-454-4/5 (four positions). Salary: $13.18 to $14.74 per hour. Temporary appointment starting 5/25/09 or possibly earlier depending on availability Length of Position: 3-6 months, contingent on budget. Not to exceed 09/30/09, but extension possible. Full Time, with possible periods of part-time and intermittent work. All applicants must be U.S. citizens. Location: US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Great Basin Ecology Laboratory, Reno, Nevada Technicians will work on a Joint Fire Science Program funded project to investigate the ecological impacts of fuel reduction treatments in the intermountain sagebrush steppe/pinyon-juniper woodlands. Duties include identifying plants to species, performing various vegetation sampling techniques, soil sampling, accurately recording data, driving on poor and sometimes muddy roads, collection of GPS and photo points, and processing plant and soil samples in the laboratory. Field work will take place in Eastern Nevada, and lab work will be done in Reno, Nevada. Technicians will be part a five to six person team working in the field together. Field work will involve exposure to extreme temperature and weather conditions, and extended stays (up to 10 days) in remote locations (backcountry camping). Candidates will be chosen based on their combination of experience and education. Preferred candidates will have experience in plant identification, especially within the Great Basin. Travel expenses will be covered by the projects using either standard federal per diem or a camp rate per diem. The work involves long hours spent standing, bending, and walking, often over rough terrain requiring physical exertion. The incumbent may be required to lift containers weighing up to 35 pounds in the performance of the assignment. Work could possibly be done in 10 -12 hours per day; hours can include all times of the day, and will vary during the employment term with weather and field conditions. Core hours will typically be 8am - 5pm. HOW TO APPLY: Applicants can apply in two ways. Those enrolled at least ½ time in a college or university may apply directly by submitting the following: 1) your résume, 2) a copy of you college transcripts (unofficial acceptable) to document all education used for position qualification. And 3) an official letter from your Admissions Office documenting your enrollment status. Submit these to: Robin J. Tausch, Research Range Scientist, US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, 920 Valley Road, Reno, NV 89512. Phone: 775-784-5329, Fax: 775-784-4583, Email: email@example.com. For those who do not qualify as a student you may apply through USAJobs through the nationwide announcements for Biological Science Technician, Plants or the Range Technician options. Be sure to specify Reno, Nevada as your requested duty station. Posted: 2/18/09.
USDA Forest Service: The Modoc National Forest is looking for 5 qualified Field Botanists and 2 Weed Crew members for summer 2009. The employment extends from mid-May through August (start and end dates are flexible). The positions are based out of the Forest Supervisor’s Office in Alturas, CA, and will work throughout the 1.6 million acre forest. Plant habitats include red fir, whitebark pine, and mixed conifer forests; pumice flats; sagebrush and juniper covered lava flows; vernal pools; and fens. Botany Surveying (GS-5, $14.24/hour): Botanists conduct field surveys for Threatened, Endangered, Sensitive, and Watch List plants. Surveys require documenting locations using GPS and topographic maps, and maintaining field records. Desired Skills: Must be able to identify plants to species using dichotomous keys, and have completed a plant taxonomy or systematics course. Familiarity with California or Great Basin flora a plus. Must be able to navigate cross-country using map and compass. GPS and GIS skills are helpful. Must be physically able to work long days in rough terrain, walking 5-10 miles per day. Weed Crew (GS-4, $12.73/hour): Weed crews locate and manually remove noxious weeds, document weed locations using GPS and topographic maps, and maintain field records of treatments. Desired Skills: Ability to identify plants, and to perform strenuous physical labor in hot weather conditions and rough terrain. GPS, GIS and navigational skills are helpful. Basic Qualifications: • GS-4: Minimum 2 years college with 12 semester hours of science/technical courses, or 6 months general experience plus 6 months specialized experience at GS-3 level. • GS-5: Bachelor’s degree with 24 semester hours of science/technical courses, or 1 year specialized experience at GS-4 level, or a combination of education and experience. • Over 18 years of age, and a U.S. Citizen. To Apply: Apply through the automated Forest Service job application site, AVUE. For Botany Surveying Positions, apply for: Biological Science Technician (Plants) TEMP-OCR-404-5-PLANT. For Weed Crew Positions, apply for: Biological Science Technician (Plants) TEMP-OCR-404-4-PLANT. NOTE: You must list Alturas, CA as one of your top nine location choices to be considered for these positions. Students: Continuing students are eligible for direct hiring under the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP), and should submit a resume and transcripts directly to the Forest Botanist: Judy Perkins, Modoc National Forest, 800 W. 12th Street, Alturas, CA 96101; firstname.lastname@example.org; (530) 233-8827. Application Deadline: February 28, 2009. Posted: 2/16/09.
USDA Forest Service: The Sierra Cascade Ecology Program is looking for four qualified field botanists and/or ecologists to work in northern California for 3-6 months during the summer of 2009. Salaries range from $14.24 (GS-5) to $18.26 (GS-7) per hour, depending on experience. Government housing may be available. We are looking for field assistants to work on several different ecological studies, including: 1) Evaluating the effect of grazing on a threatened vernal pool plant, Orcuttia tenuis. Field assistants will collect data on plant demography, species composition, and site characteristics at a number of vernal pools on both the Lassen and Modoc National Forests. 2) Conducting post-fire regeneration surveys on the Plumas and Lassen National Forests. We will be measuring seedling density and characterizing post-fire plant communities and forest structure at a number of recently burned sites. 3) Monitoring rare plants and plant communities. We will be continuing ongoing research looking at the effects of forest thinning on rare plants, the effects of grazing on fen and meadow ecosystems, and the effects of burning on beargrass. This is a great opportunity to develop botanical skills and participate in a wide range of ecological studies! Qualifications: We are looking for applicants who have strong skills in the following areas: plant identification, data collection and data entry, use of GPS, topographic map and compass navigation, and operating vehicles on rough roads. Applicants must be physically fit, willing to travel for extended periods, and to work under difficult field conditions. Field crews will occasionally camp in remote field locations. Preference will be given to energetic, detail-oriented candidates with experience in botanical and ecological monitoring methods. Minimum Requrements: • GS 5: Bachelors degree or 1 year experience as a GS-4. • GS-7: Bachelor’s degree plus 2 years graduate work in biology, botany, natural resources, range science, biology, or related area, or 1 year experience as a GS-5. • Over 18 years of age, valid drivers license, and a U.S. Citizen This position will be based in Quincy, CA. Contact Kyle Merriam, Sierra Cascade Province Ecologist, phone: 530-283-7777, email: email@example.com for more information. To Apply: Apply using the automated Forest Service site AVUE. Job Titles: Biological Science Technician (Natural Resources), GS-0404-05/07 Announcement Numbers: TEMP-OCR-404-5-RESNAT (GS-5), TEMP-OCR-404-7-RESNAT (GS-7). Choose "Quincy, CA" as your duty station. We will begin reviewing applications on February 13, 2009. Posted: 1/23/09.
USDA Forest Service: seasonal biological technicians (GS-05) and Crew Leaders (GS-06) for a long-term amphibian monitoring program focusing on the mountain yellow-legged frog (Rana muscosa) and the Yosemite toad (Bufo canorus). Most are approximately 3 months (June-August); Several positions may be of longer duration. Eligibility: US citizens at least 18 years of age. These jobs will predominantly consist of field work in the Sierra Nevada at elevations of 5,000-12,000 feet. 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. Some office work including data entry and checking is required during the season. Some preparatory office work may be available in early season and data entry or cleanup at the end of the season. 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 the occasional mosquito (ok, maybe thousands). Backpacking and backcountry experience, and experience in amphibian surveys and identification are desired. Ability to get along with crew members for prolonged periods in the backcountry is a must. Hiring Process: Students - send me your resume and transcripts (copies are fine) - see below. NonStudents - The apply on-line. You may also view these announcements in USAJOBS by searching for the announcement numbers listed below. These jobs are competitive. Because amphibian expertise comes from multiple disciplines, two separate jobs are posted for this grade (FISHERIES and WILDLIFE). Apply to the one you think you qualify for based on your background. You are welcome to apply to both. There is a separate outreach for these positions and they have different job announcement numbers. NOTE: Be sure you get a confirmation that your application was received. If you do not receive confirmation by email shortly after you apply, try again. IMPORTANT (within AVUE): For these jobs, select "Sonora, California" as a location. You must do this to show up on my list. By applying here, you also will be eligible for many Biological Technician jobs nationwide. The Job announcements numbers are: Field Assistants positions: TEMP-OCR-404-5-WLDLF Biological Science Technician (Wildlife), GS-0404-05 Nationwide: Multiple Locations; TEMP-OCR-404-5-FISH Biological Science Technician (Fisheries) GS-0404-05 Nationwide: Multiple Locations. Crew leader positions: TEMP-OCR-404-6-WLDLF Biological Science Technician (Wildlife), GS-0404-06 Nationwide: Multiple Locations; TEMP-OCR-404-6-FISH Biological Science Technician (Fisheries) GS-0404-06 Nationwide: Multiple Locations. IN ADDITION - THIS IS ALSO IMPORTANT Please send your resume (email or paper copy resumes are fine), transcripts (electronic copies are fine) and contact information for three references to: Kathryn (Katie) Kiehl, Amphibian Monitoring Crew Supervisor, U.S. Forest Service, 19777 Greenley Road, Sonora, CA 95370. firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions, please email me. Please, no phone calls. Employment Duration: Closing Date: 2/1/2009. Posted: 1/13/09.
USDA Forest Service: seeking qualified field botanists and weed crews to work throughout California during summer 2009. Seasonal Botanists and Biological Science Technicians are needed for 3-6 months, with pay ranges from $11.74 to $22.34 per hour (GS-3 – GS-9, depending on experience). Government housing may be available. Botanists: Conduct field surveys for rare, threatened, and endangered plants. Document occurrences, and map locations. Weed Crew: Locate and manually remove invasive plants. Document treatments and map locations. Exact duties will vary among duty stations, and may include greenhouse work. Desired skills include: plant identification using taxonomic keys, familiarity with California flora; use of GPS, topographic maps, and compass; operating vehicles on rough roads; good physical fitness; and willingness to work under difficult field conditions. Qualifications: • Minimum 1 year college for GS-3 Biological Science Technician. Bachelor’s degree in biology, botany, natural resources, range science, biology, or related area, with 24 semester hours in botany required for GS-9 Botanist. • Over 18 years of age, and a U.S. Citizen . Position Locations (Anticipated number of positions) – Contact Person: Angeles National Forest – Arcadia, CA (1 Botany/Weeds) – Katie Van Zandt: 626-574-5268. Eldorado National Forest - Placerville, CA (1 or 2 Botany) – Susan Durham: 530-642-5173. Inyo National Forest – Bishop, CA (1 Botany) – Kathleen Nelson: 760-873-2498. Klamath National Forest – Happy Camp, CA (1 botany); Fort Jones, CA (1 Botany); Yreka, CA (1 Weeds) – Marla Knight: 530-468-1238. Lake Tahoe Basin Unit– South Lake Tahoe, CA (2 Weeds; 3 Botany) – Cecilia Reed: 530-543-2761, Shana Gross: 530-543-2752. Lassen National Forest – Susanville, CA (2-4 Weeds; 2 Botany) – Allison Sanger: 530-252-6662. Mendocino National Forest – Willows, CA (1 Botany) – Lauren Johnson: 530-934-1153. Modoc National Forest – Alturas, CA (3 Botany) – Judy Perkins: 530-233-8827. Plumas National Forest – Oroville, CA (3-5 Botany); Quincy, CA (2 Botany) – Chris Christofferson: 530-532-7473, Jim Belsher-Howe: 530-283-7657. Shasta-Trinity National Forest – Weaverville, CA (3-5 Botany); Mount Shasta, CA (3 Weeds/Botany) – Susan Erwin: 530-623-1753, Rhonda Posey: 530-926-9665. Sierra National Forest – North Fork, CA (2 or more Botany) – Joanna Clines: 559-877-2218 x 3150, Jamie Tuitele-Lewis: 559-855-5355 x 3352. Sierra Cascade Province – Quincy, CA (includes extensive travel), (4 Botany/Ecology) – Kyle Merriam: 530-283-7777. AMSET – Nevada City, CA (includes extensive travel), (1-2 Botany) – Wendy Boes: 530-478-6886. To Apply: Apply via AVUE: Job Titles: Biological Science Technician (Plants); Botanist (Temp) Contacts listed above can provide more specific information for their Forest's positions. Students: Continuing students are eligible for direct hiring under the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP), and should submit applications directly to the Forest of interest. Contact the appropriate Forest personnel listed above. Posted: 1/8/09.
USDA Forest Service: This is to announce that there are several temporary Biological Science Technician (Wildlife) GS-0404-05 and GS-0404-07 positions opening with the USDA Forest Service, Redwood Sciences Laboratory, with work beginning in December 2008. Job locations are at South Lake Tahoe, CA or Macdoel, CA (about 50 miles northeast of Yreka). The appointment is for a maximum of 1039 hrs (6 months) and may be extended for an additional year. Applicants must be US citizens and must apply on-line at USAJOBS (search for TEMP-OCR-404-5-WLDLF and TEMP-OCR-404-7-WLDLF). To be considered for the GS-5 positions, you must be willing to work at either of the duty stations, and you must select those duty stations in the “Applicant Information/Preferred Location(s)” section of the on-line application. Duties for these positions are to provide new research information on the ecology and management of American martens, on methods to assess their distribution, abundance, population demographic characteristics, and the effects of developed ski recreation and thinning/fuels reduction treatments on their occurrence. Methods will consist of snow tracking, hair snares, remotely-triggered cameras, and live capture. Applicants must be in excellent physical condition, as 90% of the work will occur in the field, under all weather conditions, and usually on steep, off-trail terrain. Applicants must be willing to work alone under these conditions. For more information, contact Keith Slauson, Principal Investigator, kslausonfs.fed.us, (707) 825-2931. Deadine: 1 November 2008. Posted: 9/29/08.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Biological Science Technician - Fisheries (6 vacancies), Maryland Fishery Resources Office - Annapolis Position Duration: early April-June, 2008. This position provides technical assistance to staff biologists with collecting American shad eggs during the spring spawning run on the Potomac River and conducting fish survey work in the Chesapeake Bay and Tributaries. Field work may include gillnetting adult American shad, seining and electrofishing for snakehead fish, and radio tracking sturgeon. Other Information: No housing is provided with this position, frequent evening work will be required. Salary: $14.25/hr (GS-04). Closing Date: 1/29/09. Qualifications and how to apply: see job posting on www.usajobs.opm.gov, job announcement number: PH-NM-09-232898. Posted: 1/20/09.
USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center: The U.S. Geological Survey's Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative Northeast program will be hiring 2 student contractors/field technicians in 2009. Two technicians will be hired for the summer only (late May/early June through July 2009), with possibility of extension through September. Technicians will conduct amphibian surveys at National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia (e.g. C&O Canal National Historic Park, Patuxent Research Refuge, Prince William Forest Park, Rock Creek Park, and Shenandoah National Park). Field work involves identifying, catching, measuring, and marking amphibians, and collecting water quality and environmental data. The student will be required to conduct field surveys using techniques including visual encounter surveys, dip netting, stream transect searches, temporary removal sampling, and conducting a mark-recapture study using visual implant elastomer. All fieldwork will be conducted as part of teams of 2-3 people, so a demonstrated ability and desire to work effectively with a group is imperative. The position requires completion of academic coursework related to wildlife biology. Previous field experience with amphibians common in the Northeast US is highly recommended. The position requires the use of GPS units, digital cameras, and computer software for data entry and presentation (e.g. MS Excel, Access). Students may also be asked to mark amphibians with injectable florescent elastomer. All of the work is outdoors, sometimes under harsh or hot conditions or in rain. The student needs to be in good physical condition, as the job requires long hours in the field (including some night-time surveys) and hiking with up to 25 pounds of equipment. The student must be willing to go on overnight field trips to Prince William and Shenandoah National Parks, VA, which will typically last 4-12 days at a time. Accommodations for the field work in Prince William and Shenandoah National Parks will be provided. Students must be able to work at least 40 hours per week. Students are responsible for all costs of transportation to and from Patuxent. Government vehicles are available for all field work initiated from Patuxent. Housing costs are not included, but some housing may be available on center. Every attempt will be made to assist students in finding affordable housing in the area. Compensation is commensurate with the level of education and experience (approximate wages are: $12-14/hour for two or more years of college, $15-16/hour for completion of BA/BS degree or higher). Principal Duty Station: USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, 12100 Beech Forest Road, Laurel, Maryland 20708-4038. To apply, send the following to Evan Grant at the above address or via email (email@example.com; preferred) by March 23, 2009: Letter of intent; Resume, including previous field experience, list of classes taken, contact information, and two or three reference contacts; One piece of evidence of current or recent (within past 12 months) enrollment in degree program (e.g., transcript, letter from University admissions, a current registration card). Posted: 1/15/09.
USGS Sequoia-Kings Canyon Field Station: Biological Science Technicians (Botany). Several positions will be filled: 1 crew leader (GG-7 @ $19.80/hr.) and 2 crew members (GG-5 @ $15.99/hour) Will work out of San Diego, CA. Positions will start in late April and will last 3 months, maybe up to 4 months. Want people with an experience in plant taxonomy and field work, plus an interest in plant and fire ecology and who want to work outdoors. Previous field crew leader experience desirable for the GG-7 position. Must be a US Citizen in order to qualify. Application deadline: March 29, 2009. Duties: Evaluate post-fire recovery of chaparral shrublands. Collect field botany data including navigating to sites and identifying plants to species using keys. Gain knowledge and experience in ecological research and sampling, as well as keying and identification of plants. For more information, call Anne at (559) 565-3172 or e:mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. To apply, fax or e:mail your cover letter, resume, and transcripts (unofficial okay) to Curtis Hettich at email@example.com or (916) 278-9474 (FAX) by the end of the closing date. Please list the announcement number of the job you are applying for on the application: either WERC-38-09-01 (crew position) or WERC-38-09-02 (lead position). Also e:mail your application materials to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 3/20/09.
USGS Snake River Field Station: We are seeking 6 highly-motivated ornithologists ($15.88/hour plus $18 field per diem) to participate in a large-scale experimental study investigating response of avian communities to woodland invasions in sagebrush ecosystems. Study sites are replicated in isolated and scenic areas of Utah, Nevada, and Oregon (additional avian census sampling occurs in northeastern CA). Focal species include gray flycatcher, dusky flycatcher, sage thrasher, sage sparrow, vesper sparrow, Brewer’s sparrow, black-throated sparrow, and green-tailed towhee. Sampling protocol consists of point counts, territory mapping, behavioral observation, nest searching and monitoring, target-netting and color-banding. Vegetation sampling will follow bird monitoring efforts at surveyed nest and point count locations. Preference will be given to energetic, detail-oriented candidates with experience in songbird point-count surveys, nest-searching, territory mapping and mist-netting. Experience creating and manipulating Microsoft Excel documents and experience using GIS for navigation and territory delineation purposes is highly desirable. This is a physically demanding job, involving hiking and camping in rugged terrain for 8 to 10 days and extended hours in the field during some periods of this research. Remote field conditions include exposure to wind, dust, heat, cold, and intense sun at elevations exceeding 5,000 feet. The 6 GG-6 positions are full-time, temporary employment, at the following locations: 1) 60 miles south of Salt Lake City, Utah, 2) 60 miles southwest of Elko, Nevada, and 3) 60 miles southeast of Burns, OR. Due to varying weather conditions and phenology at these sites, start and end dates will be staggered. Crews at the Utah site will start on March 30th; at the Nevada site, on April 14th; and at the Oregon site, on May 4th. All positions will extend to August 30th, with possible extension to mid-September based on crew availability and site phenology. To qualify for this position, applicants need 1 year and 9 months of field experience or 4 years of college with courses related to the work of the position to be filled, plus at least 3 months of field work experience surveying songbirds and at least one month banding songbirds. For inquiries related to the positions, please contact Jane Van Gunst (208 426-5212, email@example.com). To apply, please send: 1) cover letter indicating desired field location and field season availability, 2) resume including professional experience (** PLEASE ** indicate starting and ending dates with hours per week worked for each position), 3) three references, and 4) copies of academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable). Applications can be sent via mail or email to Rhonda Dart (firstname.lastname@example.org; USGS, Snake River Field Station, 970 Lusk St., Boise ID 83706). Applications must be received by January 9, 2009. Posted: 12/4/08.
University of Alaska Fairbanks: Field/lab technician needed on a foodweb/salmon ecology study in Alaska. We are seeking to fill a biotech position for the summer (May 15-Aug 30) on a large research project investigating the ecology of Chinook salmon on a tributary of the Yukon River near Fairbanks, Alaska. The person hired will be involved in all aspects of the project, primarily in support of graduate student research (5 students), including field and lab work, project logistics and management, and project planning and coordination. Driving a jet boat on the river will be a central field responsibility. This is a highly collaborative, team-based, research effort among University, Alaska Dept of Fish and Game, Native Corporation partners, and other organizations. Suitable academic training (e.g., ecology, entomology, fisheries), excellent communication and interpersonal skills, field experience and competence, and ability to work in team and individual settings are essential. Motorboat operating skills and experience a must. Successful candidates will be required to satisfactorily complete boater safety training, gun/bear safety, wilderness survival, first aid, and CPR training. Work will be based out of the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, and fieldwork will involve working out of, and sometimes camping in, remote field sites. Weather during the research season is normally warm (60-80°F) and dry, but field conditions at times can be cold, wet, and bear- and bug-ridden. Lab work will involve primarily sorting and identifying invertebrate samples. Successful candidate should also be willing and able to tolerate the inconveniences of nearby natural hot springs, an unspoiled natural environment, river canoeing and kayaking, and hiking. Salary is $16.46/hr @ 40 hr/wk. To begin the application process, submit (via email) a cover letter that includes a brief review of your research experience, interests and goals (1 page max), as well as a resume, transcripts, and names of at least three references to: Dr. Mark S. Wipfli (email@example.com). To learn more about the project go to www.chenakings.org. Position will remain open until filled. Successful applicant may begin work as early as 15 May, 2009. Posted: 4/27/09.
University of California, Berkeley: I'm hiring a field assistant for the summer to work on fire history at Crater Lake National Park. Please email if you're interested. This project is focused on reconstructing fire history in the subalpine forests using stand-reconstruction and fire scar dendrochronology approaches. One field technician is needed to assist with forest demography and fire scar sampling field work. The position will involve typical forest inventory measurements, tree coring (by hand and using a chain saw), fire scar sampling (using a chain saw), arduous hiking and possible backcountry camping as well as processing samples in the lab. Field work will be conducted in subalpine forests in Crater Lake National Park, Oregon and lab work will be based out of Berkeley, CA. The position will be from June through August and start dates and end dates are flexible. Work schedule will vary, but the field work portion of the position will involve eight 10-hour days with an early morning start, followed by 6 days off. Applicants must be able to provide their own housing in or around Berkeley. Coursework or experience in forestry, natural resources management, forest ecology, or related field is desired but not required. Applicants with strong botany interest and proficiency in identifying plants using keys are strongly preferred. Knowledge and ability to safely operate chainsaws. Use of spreadsheet applications; ability to use or learn to use handheld data recorders, radios, GPS, and other field equipment This position is physically demanding and will require the ability to hike off trail and work on steep slopes in hot sun for long periods. Applicants must also be willing to work in dense brush and in buggy conditions. Exposure to ticks, bees, rattlesnakes and other “surprises” are possible. Technicians must be comfortable living in a bunkhouse or other shared living facility during the work week. To Apply: Please send a resume, cover letter, and 3 reference contacts to project manager Alison Forrestel (firstname.lastname@example.org). Feel free to email with any questions! More information. Closes: 4/1/09. Posted: 3/11/09.
University of California, Berkeley: A crew leader and field technician and are needed to conduct a variety of animal surveys as part of a long-term food web study in the Carrizo National Monument from early April until mid-late August 2009. The Carrizo is the largest remnant of the San Joaquin grassland ecosystem and contains many endangered plants and animals. Employees will work on a team of 3-5 people and will conduct a variety of surveys, focusing especially on mark-recapture and radio telemetry of endangered kangaroo rats. Mark-recapture surveys of threatened squirrels, point counts for birds, visual line transects for reptiles, pitfall trapping for invertebrates, and spotlight surveys for predators and lagomorphs will also be conducted, and team members will help with vegetation sampling. All applicants must be pursuing or have a bachelor’s degree in the natural sciences and have previous field experience. Previous supervisory experience is desired for the crew leader position. A strong interest in natural history, conservation, and/or management and a high level of responsibility, organization, and motivation are required. PIT tagging experience, small mammal trapping experience, and familiarity with the plants and animals of California are particularly desired. Must live and work well with others in an isolated setting and be positive and flexible. Applicants must be in good physical condition and able to tolerate hot field conditions. The work schedule is approx. 40 hrs per week, usually 5 days on/2 days off but varies through season. Compensation is $2167/month plus health benefits for technician, $2423/month plus health benefits for crew leader. Housing is provided at an active research facility on the Monument at no cost. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 2-3 references to Laura Prugh by February 20, 2009 at email@example.com. Inquiries can also be directed to Laura by email or phone (510-643-3918). Posted: 2/4/09.
University of California, Berkeley: Field Crew Leader (1) and Research Assistants (2) needed for study of acoustic disturbances to bird and carnivore communities in Sierra National Forest, in the central Sierra Nevada mountains of California. Primary responsibilities include re-locating and marking study sites, installing and checking acoustic monitoring equipment, conducting bird (point count and transect) surveys, and conducting carnivore (track plate) surveys. This project will provide a rich and challenging opportunity to build experience in diverse field techniques, explore the central Sierra Nevada range, and interact with a multidisciplinary team of scientists and environmental professionals. Qualifications: * Good physical condition * Ability to work independently in remote and rugged conditions * Ability to navigate off-trail using GPS, map and compass * Must possess a valid driver's license, with a good driving record * Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail * Ability to maintain complete and accurate datasets * Bachelor or advanced degree in ecology or a related field is preferred * Prior experience identifying western birds by sight and sound is required for the Crew Leader position. The field project will run for approximately 12 weeks (late May - mid August for the Crew Leader and early June - late August for the Research Assistants). You will be expected to work five days per week, but the weekly schedule (i.e., days off) will vary. A stipend for housing and compensation for driving your personal vehicle will be provided. Some camping may be necessary at distant sites. Salary is negotiable and will depend on qualifications and experience. Please send a cover letter and resume, including the names and contact information of three references, by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until all three positions are filled. Posted: 3/5/09.
University of California, Berkeley: Stephens Fire Science Lab, UC Berkeley Center for Forestry. This project will focus on the resampling of fire and fire surrogate treatments at Blodgett Forest Research Station. Additional research will examine carbon sequestration, soil chemical and physical properties, and tree growth and mortality. Other work on smaller studies will be conducted throughout the summer so some travel within California will be required. Up to four field technicians are needed to assist a research associate in forest structure, vegetation, and fuels measurements. Field tasks will include but are not limited to: 1) typical forest inventory measurements, 2) fuel surveys, 3) tree coring, and 4) soil sampling. Field work will be conducted in mixed conifer forests in the Tahoe, El Dorado, and Sierra National Forests. Technicians are needed for up to 4 months of work and start dates are flexible. Possible extensions are possible to allow for work on a fire crew to perform prescribed burns later in the fall. This position typically works eight 10-hour days with an early morning start, followed by 6 days off. Housing is provided at all study sites but some camping may be required! Additional Qualifications: •Coursework or experience in forestry, natural resources management, forest ecology, or related field is desired but not required. •Applicants with strong botany interest and proficiency in identifying plants using keys are strongly preferred. •Knowledge and ability to safely operate chainsaws. •Use of spreadsheet applications; ability to use or learn to use handheld data recorders, radios, GPS, and other field equipment •This position is physically demanding and will require the ability to hike off trail and work on steep slopes in hot sun for long periods. Applicants must also be willing to work in dense brush and in buggy conditions. These positions are 100% field work. •Exposure to ticks, bees, rattlesnakes and other “surprises” are possible. •Technicians must be comfortable living in a bunkhouse or other shared living facility during the work week. •Technicians must have own vehicle, valid drivers license, and may be asked to drive to and from field sites. To Apply: Please send a resume, cover letter, and 3 reference contacts to Gary Roller (email@example.com). Feel free to email the project manager with any questions! Posted: 1/23/09.
University of California, Davis: Field Assistants (3-4) needed approximately March 1 – May 2 for investigations of the behavior and ecology of Greater Sage-Grouse near the scenic Wind River Range around Lander, Wyoming. The projects are part of a larger effort in Prof. Gail Patricelli’s lab to understand how sexual selection and environmental acoustics shape Sage-Grouse display behaviors. Assistants will use cutting-edge video and audio recording technology to support a conservation-oriented investigation of the potential effects of noise from energy development on Sage-Grouse lekking behavior. Duties include maintaining camera and acoustic monitoring equipment, observation of basic courtship behavior, GPS surveying, habitat characterization, data entry and, potentially, capture and handling of sage-grouse. Assistants must be flexible in their needs and comfortable living and working in close quarters in a remote field station, and able to work in adverse field conditions (mainly COLD and often). Work will be daily and primarily early in the morning, with some afternoon and night work required as well. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license, basic computer skills, and previous field experience. Previous experience with off-road driving and/or ATV’s and/or sage-grouse capture techniques (spotlighting, rocket nets, drop nets, etc) is preferred but not required. Assistants will receive a $2500 stipend plus room and board, but need to provide their own transportation to Lander and their own personal gear. Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact info for two (2) references to: Jessica Blickley, Section of Evolution and Ecology, University of California Davis, One Shields Avenue, 2320 Storer Hall, Davis, CA 95616, or preferably by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The positions will remain open until filled, and review of applications will begin immediately. Posted: 12/4/08.
University of California, Santa Barbara: Field Research Assistants (4) needed for continuation of long-term studies of bird responses to fire and fuels management and riparian bird community dynamics *in the mountains of central Nevada*. Primary responsibilities include daily morning surveys (point counts) and vegetation sampling at survey locations. Excellent opportunity to explore these little-known, spectacular mountain ranges (Shoshone, Toiyabe, Toquima, and Monitor) and to interact with multidisciplinary teams of scientists and land managers. Duration approximately six weeks (*26 May through 2 July*) with few days off, but some afternoons free. Research assistants will work independently and in small teams. Field vehicle provided, or use your own 4WD vehicle and receive additional compensation for mileage. Camping at field sites will be the norm, with occasional access to small-town motels or Forest Service housing with hot shower and basic kitchen facilities. Applicants *must* have demonstrable experience and proficiency in identification of western birds by sight and sound; bachelor’s or advanced degree in ecology or related field preferred. Applicants must be in good physical condition, able to work independently in rugged and remote locations, and willing to work long hours as necessary. Applicants also must have good organizational skills, including ability to collect and maintain accurate hard-copy data records; a valid driver’s license with a good driving record and off-road 4WD experience; current health insurance coverage; patience and a sense of humor. Compensation approximately $3000, but negotiable and dependent on experience. Send cover letter and resume or CV (with names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three references) to *both* Erica Fleishman (fleishman AT nceas.ucsb.edu), National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, Santa Barbara, CA *and* David Dobkin (dobkin AT hderi.org), High Desert Ecological Research Institute, Bend, OR. Posted: 2/4/09.
University of California, Santa Barbara: Plant ecology research assistant. Position Duration: January 26 – May 29. We are searching for a research assistant who will help with the implementation and monitoring of plant ecology experiments in serpentine grasslands near Santa Barbara. Our work examines the causes of diversity in native annual plants, and the effects of exotic grasses on this diversity. A strong work ethic, meticulousness, and an ability to work both independently and in small teams are required. All research will take place outside, with temperatures ranging from 35 – 95 degrees F. Salary: $13/hr. Housing is not provided. To apply: Send a cover letter and CV to Ben Gilbert (email@example.com). We will consider applicants until the position is filled. Posted: 1/22/09.
University of Florida: Summer Research Technician position available: Population dynamics, gene flow and behavior of barrier island beach mice. We seek a highly motivated individual to assist in research addressing beach mouse population dynamics, gene flow and behavior in hurricane impacted habitats. This collaborative research will provide information for restoration of hurricane damaged habitat used by five threatened or endangered sub-species of beach mice, and involves partners from the University of Florida, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Harvard University. The position will run from June through August and will be based on Santa Rosa Island, an 80 km barrier island along Florida???s NW coast. Start date is flexible, but early to mid June start dates are preferred. The successful applicant will conduct radio telemetry studies, live trapping and behavioral assays of predation risk. Field conditions will include night work, heat, heavy lifting (30-50 lbs), walking 5-10 miles/day and biting insects. It is essential that the applicant be enthusiastic, hard-working and comfortable working independently or in group settings. The applicant must be willing to work up to six days/week on a variable schedule, including weekends, and for periods that extend beyond a typical eight hour work day. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in biology, wildlife ecology, conservation or related field and a valid driver's license. Preference will be given to applicants who have field experience with radio telemetry, live trapping small mammals or use of GPS equipment. Demonstrated experience conducting radio telemetry studies may be considered in lieu of an undergraduate degree. Further desired qualifications include familiarity with Microsoft Excel and ArcGIS. Support: $10-12 per hour, commensurate with experience. Free housing is available near field sites and a vehicle is available for use while in the field. Application: Please send 1) a short cover letter indicating past experience, suitability for this position and career goals, 2) a CV, 3) dates of availability June-August and 4) contact information for at least two references to Dr. Elliot Wilkinson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Application review will start 5/15/09. For more information contact 801-897-3829 or email listed above. Posted: 5/4/09.
University of Florida: A full-time research assistant position is available for summer/fall fieldwork in Alaska. The focus of our research program is to understand the effects of climate change on carbon cycling in tundra ecosystems. The position will be based in Alaska at a field site adjacent to Denali National Park. Fieldwork will include maintenance of experimental plots and measurements of ecosystem-level respiration, photosynthesis, isotopes and plant biomass. The research assistant will also have the opportunity to develop her/his own individual research in the context of the larger project. This position will begin mid-May and continue through the fall, with the beginning and ending dates somewhat flexible. Applicants who could work through the fall are strongly preferred, but summer-only applicants will also be considered. Please look at the following link for more information about ongoing AK research in Dr. Ted Schuur’s ecosystem dynamics lab. Desired Qualifications: * Course background in biology, ecology, botany or soil science * Prior field research experience * A desire to work out-of-doors in an incredible location and willingness to work long hours in the field (occasionally under adverse weather conditions) * Ability to work and live with other researchers in a collaborative research environment Competent, careful, emotionally mature and enthusiastic applicants desired! Support: Shared cabin housing in Alaska, round-trip airfare to the field site and a monthly stipend will be provided. To apply, send a letter of application, a brief resume, transcripts (unofficial copy or a list of relevant coursework including grades is fine), and names and addresses of three references. In your cover letter, describe your relevant research experience and explain why you are interested in this position and how it fits into your long-term education and career goals. Please include the dates you would be able to work—-if you are able to work through the fall please mention this in your application. We will review applications beginning March 2, 2009 until filled. Application material should be sent to: Sue Natali at email@example.com -or – Sue Natali, Dept. of Botany and Zoology, 220 Bartram Hall, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611. Posted: 1/8/09.
University of Idaho: We are seeking a research technician to assist with the collection and management of field and laboratory data related to post-fire restoration studies in the Great Basin. Studies include examining the effects of fire and restoration practices on soils, plants, and insects in sagebrush ecosystems. This position will work with other scientists and land managers from the US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station and the Bureau of Land Management. The individual will need an understanding of research plot establishment, soil, vegetation and/or insect field sampling techniques, general laboratory techniques, as well as data entry and management. The incumbent must be willing to travel to remote field sites and camp in primitive settings at multiple sites in the Great Basin. This position will be based out of Boise, ID. Employment dates are approximately June 15-November 15, 2009, but these dates are negotiable. Applications will be accepted until May 10, 2009. See the full job posting for how to apply. For further information, please contact Dr. Beth Newingham at firstname.lastname@example.org or 208-332-4402. Posted: 5/4/09.
University of Minnesota: Summer field technician to assist a small crew in monitoring songbirds and waterfowl response to encroaching woody vegetation in prairies of western Minnesota. Job Duties: Early morning point count surveys of grassland songbirds in west-central Minnesota. Other duties may include waterfowl nest searches, predator track surveys -- depending on skills. Qualifications: Must have backround in biology, wildlife, ecology (etc) and be an upper level college student or college graduate. Preferred candidate would have excellent ID skills for birds of North American grasslands and experience conducting point counts or similar bird surveys. Ideal candidate would work well alone or in small groups, would have experience with GPS navigation, data entry/organization, and the ability to work long hours in the field. Candidates with other field experience or lots of motivation are also encouraged to apply. Job would begin in mid-May and continue until the end of June. (Some flexibility to those dates). Because of the late notice, try to get a resume and cover statement to me by May 9th. Job will be filled as suitable candidate is found. Pay is negotiable (DOE) and apx. $2000 for 6 weeks -- housing provided. The main field site is located in Morris, MN. This is a great opportunity for a college student considering graduate school. Send resume or questions to: Sarah Thompson (email@example.com). Posted: 5/5/09.
University of Minnesota: American Woodcock Field Technician, ~March 30-May 23, 2009, Pine County, Minnesota. Duties: Conduct Singing-ground Surveys (SGS) for American Woodcock (Scolopax minor). Assist with experiments to determine the effective distance surveyed at an SGS point. Capture and radio-tracking of woodcock. This is a wonderful opportunity to study a little-known game bird in a beautiful part of Minnesota. Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in wildlife, natural resources, biology or related field. Hearing ability within normal range (hearing will be assessed upon hire). Positive attitude, good work ethic and ability to collect high quality data. Previous field experience preferred; especially telemetry and/or mist netting experience. Must have a valid driver’s license. Salary: $10/hr + free housing. To Apply: Send brief cover letter and resume with 3 references by e-mail to contact below. Last Date to Apply: February 20, 2009. Contact: Stefanie Bergh, Minnesota Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit (firstname.lastname@example.org, 406-581-4718). Posted: 2/16/09.
University of Minnesota: The Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve has opportunities for students to work as Research Interns in three types of positions; 1) Plant community ecology, 2) Wildlife biology, and 3) Environmental education. Most positions run from June through August, but some interns are needed as early as March and some are needed through December. Your educational institution may be able to approve this internship, with an appropriate independent project, for any field biology requirement of your major. Typical work days are eight hours Monday through Friday, however some projects require weekend and evening work. If you are an undergraduate or a newly graduated student with a background or interest in biology, ecology, environmental science, botany, environmental education, wildlife biology, or related field we encourage you to apply. Below are brief descriptions of the three types of positions available: 1. Plant community ecology. We have two large scale projects that require most of our intern resources throughout the summer. BioCON is one of the large scale experiments where we explore the ways in which plant communities respond to environmental changes such as increased nitrogen deposition, increased atmospheric CO2, decreased biodiversity, and altered precipitation patterns. The other large scale project is the Big Biodiversity experiment that studies how plant diversity affects the rates, dynamics, and stability of ecological processes at the population, community, and ecosystem levels. There are multiple experiments nested within the Big Biodiversity experiment as well, looking at factors such as irrigation and increased temperatures. Throughout the summer we maintain and sample these experiments. 2. Wildlife biology. The starting date will be mid-April to mid-May. The research will be looking at how harvesting resorted prairies for biofuel affects wildlife. The work will include wildlife surveys encompassing birds, small mammals, insects, reptiles, and amphibians. Bird survey duties will include identifying birds by sight and sound. Small mammal survey duties include operating Sherman live traps and species identification. Insect survey duties will include methods such as sweep netting and pitfall traps. Additional surveys will require plant identification skills. Duties may go beyond what is listed. The applicant must have a flexible schedule and be willing to work odd hours including weekends and holidays. The position will entail extensive travel throughout the western Minnesota prairie region and requires a valid driver's license. 3. Environmental education. We are looking for an out-going, selfmotivated individual to serve as an intern for our growing environmental education and outreach programs, including formal K-12 science education programs and informal environmental programs for general audiences. This is a seasonal full-time position, starting mid-May and running through October, 2009. To apply for any of the above intern positions please visit http://cedarcreek.umn.edu/interns/. The deadline for application submission is March 9th, 2009. Posted: 12/16/08.
University of Missouri: Field Assistant needed for study in Puerto Rico, ~early October 2008 through April 2009 for a study of potential competition between American Redstarts, Adelaide's Warblers and anole lizards. Assistance needed with all aspects of study, particularly observation of foraging behaviors, bird banding, lizard capture and resource monitoring. Experience in behavioral observation of small passerines, either in field job or through extensive birding, is essential. Experience observing color-banded birds is particularly desirable, but not necessary. Expect pre-dawn starts most days, with occasional dawn to dusk days when banding. The weather is typically hot, and mosquitoes and chiggers are abundant in some months. Most of the island's endemic birds can be seen in or near the study area and many of Puerto Rico's tourist attractions and natural areas are within a few hours drive of the study area. This is also an excellent opportunity to learn Spanish, experience a different culture, and get tropical experience. Basic (shared) accommodation will be provided, in addition to a modest salary (dependent on experience). Applicants available for the entire period preferred, but applicants available for partial duration will be considered. Please email a cover letter summarizing relevant field and birding experience, CV, names of three references (with contact information) and dates of availability to Judith Toms (jdtoms AT mizzou.edu). Alternatively, mail the information to Judith Toms, Division of Biological Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 65211. Applications will be evaluated as received until position is filled. Posted: 8/4/08.
University of Montana: We are accepting applications for 2 summer field assistants to help with post-fire vegetation monitoring on fires in and around the Lake Tahoe Basin, California. We will be collecting information on vegetation, and other parameters to better understand fire effects and post-fire ecosystem dynamics. Positions will run from mid-May to mid-August, 2009, and successful applicants will be provided housing in South Lake Tahoe, California for the duration of the position. Compensation will be based on previous experience. We are ideally seeking applicants from the Missoula, or Lake Tahoe area. Previous experience with Sierra Nevada flora, and previous field work experience is preferred. Desired Qualifications: - Basic knowledge of vegetation sampling techniques - Attention to detail, enthusiasm, and a positive attitude - Ability to work well in a team setting - Good organizational skills, and ability to work independently of supervision - Ability to safely hike 5+ miles per day over steep, complex terrain carrying field equipment - Ability to identify plants to the species level, and experience using a dichotomous key - Experience using ESRI GIS products, including ArcMap and ArcPad. To apply: Submit resume detailing relevant experience, and three references via email to: email@example.com. Questions? Contact Chris Carlson via email. Deadline: By Friday, March 13th, 2009 (or until filled). Posted: 3/5/09.
University of Montana: Flathead Lake Biological Station invites applications for a full-time research technician to assist in a study of water and nutrient cycling through a floodplain forest and underlying shallow aquifer. The field and laboratory research supports development of a floodplain biogeochemical model and contributes to a large, multi-disciplinary effort to assess the ecosystem conditions that support salmon productivity in rivers around the Pacific Rim. The employment period is approximately March 15, 2009 to October 15, 2009. The technician will spend roughly half his/her time at the field site just south of Glacier National Park, Montana to collect soil and plant tissue samples, maintain instrumentation for soil moisture and sapflow measurement, and sample water and gas emission from observation wells, surface water locations, and lysimeters. Field work will include multi-day sampling campaigns during the snowmelt period and again in the early fall, and periodically throughout the summer. Lab work based at the Biological Station will include sample preparation, carbon bioavailability assays, DNA-based microbial assays, and chemical analyses. The successful applicant will have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a research team. The applicant should be in good physical condition and should have a BS, MS, or equivalent work experience in biology, ecology, or a related field. Compensation is $12/hr. Please send a statement of research interests, CV, and names and contact information for three references to Dr. Meredith Wright via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Review of applicants will begin immediately. Posted: 2/18/09.
University of Montana: A research assistant is needed to conduct research on associations between host behavior and parasite infection in Grant’s gazelle in Kenya. The successful applicant will conduct behavioral observations on free-ranging Grant’s gazelles; collect and analyze fecal samples for parasites, hormones and nutrition; collate and enter data; and maintain and manage project equipment. The position requires 6-9 months residence at Mpala Research Center located in central Kenya. The ideal candidate will have B.A. or B.S. in biology, ecology, or a related field, and experience conducting independent research (e.g. undergraduate senior thesis or independent project). Previous experience collecting animal behavior data in the field is preferred. Independence, good communication skills, and a good attitude are key qualities in a successful applicant. The position is expected to start as early as October 1, 2008 and will last for one year. The successful applicant will be based in Missoula, Montana from October thru December, and will relocate to the field site in Kenya starting in January 2009. Room, board, a monthly stipend, and one roundtrip airline ticket are provided. Interested individuals should submit a one-page cover letter outlining their interest in the position, and a CV including the names and contact information for three references to Vanessa Ezenwa (vanessa.ezenwaumontana.edu). Applications will be accepted until September 15th 2008. Posted: 9/2/08.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln: The Range and Forage Sciences Program has a number of research assistant positions open for summer 2009. Positions will be on campus and at remote research stations. UNL East Campus, Lincoln: Research involves management of cool-season grass pastures, vegetation surveys and seeding of roadsides. Short trips (3 to 5 days) will be made to more remote locations, primarily University-owned ranches in the eastern and central Sandhills. Research at the ranches involves studies relating to grazing management, cattle grazing pattern response to environmental and management factors, livestock grazing-wildlife interactions, native plant response to water and defoliation stress, and ecology and management of sub-irrigated meadows. Scope of duties: collecting of vegetation samples/conducting vegetation surveys, entering and managing data, maintaining research plots, and processing samples in the laboratory. Barta Brothers Ranch: Located in north central Nebraska in the Sandhills. Majority of work duties will include invasive plant control (mechanical and herbicide treatment), daily feeding of research animals, collecting vegetation samples, general ranch upkeep and maintenance. There is the possibility of travel to other sites for various projects. Dormitory style housing is provided. Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory: Located in west central Nebraska. The majority of duties will be to assist a graduate student on a study that involves supplementing distillers grain on Sandhills range. Duties include: collecting and processing vegetation samples, maintenance of research plots and data entry/organization. There is the possibility of travel to other sites for various projects. Dormitory style housing is provided. For all positions, previous experience with plant identification or farm/ranch work is helpful, but not necessary. Interest in range ecology or animal science research will be the biggest benefit to a candidate. Appointment will be approximately May 11 through August 21, 2009, though start and end dates are somewhat flexible. Appointment will require a significant amount of time outdoors in conditions common to Nebraska summers. Wages are commensurate with experience and are set by university policy. These are full time (40hrs/week) temporary positions, but there is the possibility of extension into the fall on campus as a part-time position. Contact: Mr. Kelly Brink (email@example.com) or Mr. Jon Soper (firstname.lastname@example.org) 402-472-4933. Posted: 3/5/09.
University of North Carolina: Research Technicians (3) needed to assist with bottomland hardwood tree seedling survival study underway on the floodplain of the lower Roanoke River in northeastern NC. Field season runs from Mid-May to early-August 2009 with a 10-12 week commitment expected. Compensation is $10/hour (total for season $4000-4800) plus housing for the duration of the project (located in Williamston, NC) and vehicles for project-related travel. Duties: -Navigating with a compass and GPS to sampling locations -Mapping tree seedlings to assess survival and recruitment -Additional vegetation and environmental data collection as needed -Data entry (Excel, Access). Requirements: The most important criteria for an applicant are enthusiasm for field work and some training/interest in ecology, biology, environmental science or related fields. A strong work ethic and the physical ability to work long hours outdoors under a variety of conditions are also a necessity. The qualified applicant should be able to follow protocol, and work independently as well as with a team. Familiarity with bottomland hardwood tree species is desirable, but not required. Students who are looking for additional field experience are encouraged to apply Please email complete application to Jackie White (email@example.com): 1.) a cover letter outlining your interest and qualifications 2.) a copy of your resume/CV 3.) names and contact information (email and phone) for 2 references Please feel free to contact me with questions. Posted: 3/10/09.
University of Notre Dame: 8-10 field assistants needed for lake survey project from late June to late August for approximately 10-12 weeks, with flexible start and end dates possible. Project based at Notre Dame but sampling will take place off-site Monday through Friday. Field sites include lakes in northern Indiana, northern Illinois, and southern Michigan. Accommodation at field sites provided. Qualifications: Applicants should enjoy working outdoors and with others in a group setting. Field assistants will spend most of their time outdoors at the field site so candidates should be generally physically fit and have strong swimming skills. CPR/First aid certification before start date is required. Boating and/or snorkeling experience required. Valid driver’s license required. Experience identifying aquatic plants is preferable but not essential. Must pass background check. Pay rate: $10/hour. To apply, send electronic resume, cover letter, and 3 references to Joanna McNulty (firstname.lastname@example.org), Program Coordinator for the Center for Aquatic Conservation. For inquiries email Lindsay Chadderton (email@example.com) or Joanna McNulty. Applications will be considered as received until March 1, 2009. Posted: 1/28/09.
University of Pennsylvania: Disease Ecology and Evolution Project Assistant (April-September). Full-time Project Assistants (paid) are needed for research on the ecology and evolution of the Lyme disease bacterium in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Research in the Brisson laboratory focuses on the evolving interactions among bacteria, ticks, and animal hosts, and Lyme disease prevalence. Duties include live-trapping small mammals and birds and sampling tick abundance and infection status. Early morning, moderately strenuous activity is required. Field research is conducted in small teams in Crow’s Nest Preserve, PA – about 45 minutes west of Philadelphia. Prior experience handling wild small mammals or birds is highly desirable; strong work ethic, meticulousness, and ability to work both independently and in small teams are required. The project offers research and learning experiences for Project Assistants, particularly with regard to the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases. Desired dates of employment (35 hours/week): April 13 to September 12, 2009, although applicants available during summer break from college are also welcome. Wage is commensurate with education experience. Near-site housing is available. Consideration of applications will begin on Feb 23rd. Please submit via email a brief letter of application, a resume, and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references to: Dustin Brisson (firstname.lastname@example.org). V:215.746.1731, F:215.898.8780. Posted: 1/20/09.
University of Rhode Island: Bird bander needed from 3 Aug to 1 November 2009 to study the fall migration of passerines at a 82-acre coastal site in Rhode Island, which is one of the longest running banding stations in North America. Station located in Kingston, Rhode Island Salary is $2300 per month + housing. The successful candidate will have experience with banding large numbers of birds, operating mist nets by themselves,training undergraduate assistants, and be familiar with the aging and sexing of eastern passerines. Please email resume and names of three references to email@example.com. Application deadline is 6/15/2009. Posted: 5/29/09.
University of Southern Mississippi: Spring migration technician positions available (4) to assist in the study of western migratory birds at a major stopover site on the lower Colorado River in SW Arizona, 15 Mar-20 May 2009 (more information). BANDER (1) will manage mist-netting efforts. MUST have experience with mist-netting and processing birds. BANDING ASSISTANTS (2) will assist in mist-netting large numbers of migratory birds and conducting foraging observations. Preference for bander and banding positions will be given to individuals with experience collecting blood samples from birds. RESEARCH ASSISTANT (1) will conduct re-sights of color banded warblers and foraging observations, and there is potential to assist with mist-netting. MUST have experience with color band re-sighting or foraging observations. Applicants are required to work 6 days a week, be in good physical condition, work and live harmoniously in close company with others, be meticulous in detail of data collection and recording, and maintain a good attitude, especially in light of the large diversity of migratory species at the study site. Pay rate will be $400/ week for the bander and $350/ week for all other positions. Housing will be provided. Please send letter of interest (indicate position and site applying for), resume, and email address and phone number of 3 references to firstname.lastname@example.org (email preferred) or Kristina Paxton, 118 College Drive Box 5018, Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS 39406. Posted: 12/10/08.
University of Toronto: Up to 12 seasonal Research Assistants are sought to work on the first North American large-scale forest dynamics plot. The forest dynamics plot in Haliburton Forest, Ontario is the only pristine, old-growth forest plot of four North American "mega-plots" currently being established as part of a global network coordinated through the Smithsonian's Center for Tropical Forest Science. Large-scale forest dynamics plots have proved to be of immense value in understanding forest dynamics, and as a springboard for comparative studies of tree biology and ecosystem processes. Research Assistants will be responsible for collecting forest structure data involving species identification and various forest mensuration techniques, performing soil ecological measurements, and investigating mammalian herbivore impact. Additional duties such as data entry and equipment and camp maintenance will be required. Two positions will carry further responsibilities involved with leading the plot crew and camp coordination. Anticipated duration of most positions is from 18 May through 28 August 2009, though a longer engagement from 1 May through 30 September is preferred. Strong candidates will be enrolled or have graduated from a program in environmental biology, natural resources or a related field; however a keen interest in natural resources may be sufficient. Candidates must be physically fit, able and willing to hike and work in rugged terrain under sometimes-arduous conditions, and to operate a canoe. Experience with vegetation sampling and the flora of central Ontario would be a benefit. Candidates are required to provide their own field gear and preferably should possess a valid driver's license. Salary will be $ 1,700 to $ 2,000/mo., commensurate with experience and level of responsibility. Accommodations will be provided free of charge at the research station in Haliburton Forest. Eligible candidates must be Canadian citizens or residents or must hold a valid work permit for Canada. To Apply: Please submit a resume and contact information (including phone numbers) of two references by 21 March via e-mail to: email@example.com. Posted: 2/16/09.
University of Vermont: The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources is seeking applicants for a summer field assistant position on an ongoing ecological research project located at the Toolik Field Station in northern Alaska (Arctic Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) project). The following position will be filled pending funding. Streams Summer Field Assistant: The successful candidate will participate in research on arctic tundra stream ecosystems in the Toolik Field Station research area. Duties include monitoring physical parameters in streams, collection and analysis of water samples, benthic samples, and juvenile and adult fish. Basic laboratory skills, familiarity with spreadsheet software, and some knowledge of stream ecosystems preferred. Required: Applicants should be recent college graduates, (BS or MS) with substantial course work and/or field experience in environmental sciences. Some background in aquatic ecology, hydrology, chemistry, fish ecology and/or ecosystems ecology preferred. Applicants should be in good health, capable of rigorous outdoor activity, and prepared to live in a field camp where cooperation with others is essential, personal privacy is limited, and living accommodations are spare and simple. Candidates for these jobs should be available to live at Toolik Field Station for 2-3 months during June, July and August. Travel to Toolik Field Station is paid for by the grant as well as the cost of room and board at the station and a salary. To apply: Please send a resume, copy of transcripts, names, addresses, telephone number and email address (if available) of 3 references to: Dr. Breck Bowden, 304 Aiken Center, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, 05405. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 3/5/09.
University of Washington: Two field crew positions are available as part of a multi-agency project evaluating the effects of multiple wildfires on sagebrush steppe in eastern Washington. This project is a collaboration between the University of Washington, The Nature Conservancy, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Fieldwork will take place in and around the Arid Lands Ecology Reserve (Hanford Reach National Monument, WA). Crews will be in the field for extended periods (up to 8 consecutive days); housing will be provided while in the field. These positions are best suited to mature, upper- level undergraduates or recent graduates who are considering advanced study or professional work in plant ecology or range management. Specific duties include: • Relocate permanent vegetation monitoring plots and photopoints • Collect vegetation cover data using established methodologies • Input data into database and perform quality assurance. Qualifications: • Previous experience in standard vegetation sampling techniques, • Familiarity with basic surveying tools (compass, clinometer, GPS unit), • Coursework or experience in range ecology, fire ecology, or similar • Good physical condition, and able to work long hours in variable weather • Able to drive a vehicle on and off road • Detail-oriented • Legible handwriting • Able to work and live cooperatively with others • Familiarity with the flora of eastern Washington is desirable. Salary: $12-14/hour, depending upon experience and qualifications. Duration: April 1 through June 30, 2009. Review of applications will begin March 30, 2009 and continue until positions are filled. To apply, send the following materials to the address below: • a one-page cover letter describing interests, qualifications, specific dates of availability, and names and phone numbers of two references knowledgeable about your work ethic and experience • a typewritten resume • copies of college transcripts or professional work products. For more information, please contact either: • Matt Davies, Research Associate, College of Forest Resources, University of Washington, Box 354115, Seattle, WA 98195-4115 (email@example.com, Phone: 206- 897-1485) • Jon Bakker, Assistant Professor, College of Forest Resources, University of Washington, Box 354115, Seattle, WA 98195-4115 (firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 206-221-3864). Posted: 3/26/09.
University of Washington: The Tewksbury lab is seeking one field technician, May 4-July 17, to study the abundance and diversity of bird communities in an experimentally fragmented forest near Aiken, South Carolina. We are testing hypotheses about the effects of habitat fragmentation and habitat corridors on seed dispersal by birds (Corridor Project). The technician will conduct point count surveys 5 mornings per week for 5 weeks in longleaf and loblolly pine forests. S/he will also (1) assist with installing artificial perch poles and seed traps in habitat patches, (2) water plants in habitat patches 6 days per week for 5 weeks, (3) count the number of ripe fruits on all study plants once per week, and (4) assist with removing seed traps from forest patches in July. Ideal candidates will have a strong work ethic and the ability to identify South Carolina forest birds by sight and sound. Must also be able to maintain a positive attitude in extremely hot and humid field conditions (esp. in June and July). Compensation is $400 per week. Field vehicle is provided. Housing in Aiken, SC typically costs 1 person $400 per month. If interested please contact Dan Evans, email@example.com. Posted: 3/5/09.
University of Washington: A botanist position is available to participate in a study of vegetation change across forest-meadow boundaries in the Three Sisters Wilderness Area, Oregon. The incumbent will be part of team that resamples ground vegetation and trees along permanent transects established more than 25 years ago. Study sites are distributed across a broad range of mountain environments. This position is best suited to a mature, upper-level undergraduate or graduate who is considering advanced study or professional work in botany or ecology. The work requires extended periods of backpacking and camping in remote, mountainous sites. Qualifications: Familiarity with the flora of the western and High Cascades of Oregon. Ability to recognize or use a taxonomic key to identify >200 species of grasses, sedges, forbs, and woody plants from forest and meadow habitats (wet meadows, mesic and xeric slopes, high elevation pumice plains). Previous experience with vegetation sampling is desirable. Previous backcountry experience is required. We seek an individual who is detail-oriented, responsible, able to spend long hours in the field under challenging conditions, and capable of working and living cooperatively with others. Given the remote nature of the field work, flexibility in weekly scheduling is necessary. Housing between field sessions will be provided at the H.J. Andrews (HJA) Experimental Forest (Blue River, Oregon). Transportation between HJA and trailheads into the wilderness will be provided. Salary: ~$2,250-2,700/month, depending upon experience and qualifications. Duration: mid-June through mid-September 2009. To apply, send the following to the address below: *HANDWRITTEN letter describing interests, qualifications, specific dates of availability, and names and phone numbers of those providing letters of reference. *a typewritten resume *copies of either college transcripts or professional work products *two letters of reference. For more information: Ryan Haugo, PhD Candidate, College of Forest Resources, Box 354115, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-4115; Email:firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 206.930.6970. Posted: 2/16/09.
University of Washington: Summer Field Positions: Ecology and Restoration of Montane Meadows, Western Oregon. We are studying the potential for restoration of montane meadows that have experienced decades of encroachment by conifers. Field crew positions are available to assist with measurements of vegetation response to experimental treatments (conifer removal with and without prescribed fire) in meadows of the western Cascade Range, Oregon (Willamette National Forest). For information about the experiment and related research see: Bunchgrass Ridge. These positions are best suited to mature, upper-level undergraduates or graduates who are considering advanced study or professional work in ecology or field botany. Qualifications: Familiarity with the flora of the western Cascade Range. Ability to recognize, or use taxonomic keys to identify, vascular plant species (the flora includes nearly 150 species of grasses, sedges, forbs, and woody plants from both forest and meadow habitats). Previous experience with vegetation sampling is desirable. We seek individuals who are detail-oriented, responsible, interested in learning, able to spend long hours in the field, and capable of working and living cooperatively with others. Housing will be provided at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest: http://andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/Salary: ~$12.50-14/hr, depending upon experience and qualifications. Duration: mid-June through Aug 2009 (a longer assignment may be possible). Closing date: March 10, 2009. To apply, send the following to the address below (e-mail submissions preferred): * cover letter describing interests, qualifications, dates of availability, and names and phone numbers of those providing letters of reference. * resume * copies of either college transcripts or professional work products * two letters of reference. For more information: Charlie Halpern, Research Professor, College of Forest Resources, Box 352100, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-2100 E-mail: email@example.com, Phone: 206.543.2789. Posted: 2/16/09.
University of Washington: Field crew positions are available to participate in the Demonstration of Ecosystem Management Options (DEMO) Study, a long-term experiment that examines the effects of current management practices on forest ecosystems. This summer, field assistants are needed to measure understory plant abundance at two sites located within the Gifford Pinchot National Forest (southwest Washington). Sites are near the Goat Rocks Wilderness and Cispus and Wind Rivers. The location of the sites and nature of the work require extended periods in the field (up to 8 consecutive days), camping, and limited access to facilities (e.g., showers, telephone, email). Travel to sites will be provided from Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon (depending on crew member preferences). Qualifications: These positions are best suited to individuals that have or are working toward a degree in botany, ecology, or related fields; have previous experience sampling vegetation; and are familiar with forest understory plants of the Pacific Northwest. 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: $12-$14/hr, depending upon experience. Duration: mid-June through mid-September 2009, with some flexibility in end date. Closing date: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through March 6, 2009. To apply, send 1) a cover letter that includes information on your qualifications and dates of availability, 2) a resume, 3) copies of either college transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable) or professional work products, and 4) two letters of reference to: Cara Nelson, College of Forestry and Conservation, University of Montana, 32 Campus Drive, Missoula, MT 59812. Cara.firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 2/4/09.
University of Washington: Field crew positions are available to participate in the Demonstration of Ecosystem Management Options (DEMO) Study, a long-term experiment that examines the responses of forest ecosystems to structural-retention harvests. This summer we will measure growth and mortality of overstory trees, planted seedlings, and natural regeneration in mature forests of varying composition and structure. Field sites are in the Umpqua National Forest (southwest Oregon), Gifford Pinchot National Forest (southwest Washington), and Capitol State Forest (western Washington). These positions are best suited to mature, upper- level undergraduates or recent graduates who are considering 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). Housing is available during 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 coursework 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: $12.50/hour or more, depending upon experience/qualifications. Duration: mid-June through mid-September 2009. Closing date: March 6, 2009. To apply, send the following materials to the address below: * a HANDWRITTEN letter describing interests, qualifications, specific dates of availability, and names and phone numbers of those providing letters of reference. * a typewritten resume * copies of either college transcripts or professional work products * two letters of reference For more information: Shelley Evans, Research Coordinator, College of Forest Resources, Box 352100, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-2100; (email@example.com, Phone: 206.543.9792) or Charlie Halpern, Research Professor, College of Forest Resources (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 1/28/09.
University of Washington: Assist with post-treatment measurements of ground vegetation in an experiment on restoration thinning in young, closed-canopy forests of the Cedar River Municipal Watershed, western Washington. We are studying responses of understory plant communities (including bryophytes) to changes in forest structure and light availability after experimental thinning. Responsibilities: quantifying the abundance of ground-layer species including bryophytes, herbs, shrubs, and tree seedlings; characterizing forest-floor conditions (woody debris, logging slash, and soil disturbance); and measuring various aspects of forest structure. These positions are best suited to upper-level undergraduates or recent graduates who are considering advanced study or professional work in environmental science or field ecology/botany. Qualifications: Previous experience with surveying (including use of compass and meter tapes) and vegetation sampling. Familiarity with the flora of western Washington. Ability to use taxonomic keys and to collect and catalogue plant specimens. We seek individuals who are detail-oriented, responsible, able to spend long hours in the field under challenging conditions, and capable of working and living cooperatively with others. Housing and daily transportation to the research sites will be provided. Salary: $12.50 - 14.50/hr depending on qualifications and experience. Duration: mid-June through mid-September 2009. Closing date: 6 March 2009. To apply, send the following materials to the address below: * a HANDWRITTEN letter describing interests, qualifications, specific dates of availability, and names and phone numbers of those providing letters of reference. * a typewritten resume * copies of either college transcripts or professional work products * two letters of reference. For more information: Shelley Evans, Research Coordinator, College of Forest Resources (CFR), Box 352100, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-2100. (email@example.com, Phone: 206.543.9792) or Charlie Halpern, Research Professor, College of Forest Resources (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 1/28/09.
University of Wisconsin-Madison: The Waller lab seeks someone knowledgeable in temperate forest understory plant identification to lead a summer field crew in southern Wisconsin. We prefer to hire an individual with student status in the fall, but will also consider non-students with the skills we are looking for. We seek an enthusiastic person skilled in plant identification of herbs, shrubs, and trees of North America with some prior fieldwork experience. This person will lead a crew of 2-3 people in the collection of data on vegetation composition, plant traits, and earthworm abundance in Wisconsin forests. The position will be based in Madison (housing not provided) but will require travel, including some overnight stays away from Madison. On average the position will be 3-4 days a week in the field and 1-2 days in the lab. The applicant should hold a driver's license with a good record. Start and end dates are negotiable. Pay ranges from $9 - $12 an hour based on experience. Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references to Kathryn Amatangelo (email@example.com). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Posted: 2/4/09.
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources: Wildlife Field Crew Leaders (2) and Technicians (10) needed for two new long-term wildlife monitoring projects in Utah: Looking for all levels of experience. Applicants please note to which project you are applying. (1) This is first year of an annual, recurring wildlife monitoring program, gauging success of the Watershed Restoration Initiative. These positions will monitor game and non-game species alike, have a 6-mo field season (Mar-Aug), and a statewide focus (read: mobile crew). Contingent upon funding, the crew leader position will be a 12-mo, FT, benefitted state position. Field work will be a combination of game and non-game monitoring techniques including bird surveys, small mammal trapping, pellet counts, track plates, and (potentially) telemetry. Field crew start date: March 15; end date: Aug 30. Crew leader will be hired ASAP. (2) 2009 is the first year of a 3-yr bird monitoring project, assessing the success of the Milford Flat Fire Restoration. Because this fire was the size of a small state, bird diversity and abundance responses will be assessed at local-to-landscape scales. These positions have a 4-mo field season, with a 5-mo crew leader duration. Fieldwork will be a combination of line transect surveys and habitat assessment. Field positions can start as early as mid-April with all hands on deck by May 1. All positions require long days & early starts: a sense of humor, patience, and self-motivation in mandatory. Also necessary is excellent vision and hearing, the ability to carry heavy (40 lbs) loads in a pack over rugged terrain. Must play well with others: you share housing & work vehicles. Everyone is responsible for their own data entry; those with interest and aptitude may also gain experience with data management & analyses (distance sampling & mark-recapture). Experience with either western bird or small mammal ID is strongly preferred, and experience at least one of the following methods is preferred: point counts, line transects, distance sampling trapping webs or mark-recapture. Expertise with GPS, GIS, 4WD, and rural living is recommended. Crew leader applicants should have: 1) strong skills in field identification of birds (preferably western) by sight and song, experience with distance sampling surveys, and small mammal trapping and identification and mark-recapture techniques ; 2) experience supervising field crews, interacting with landowners, and project management. Crew wages: between $1,620/mo and $2,069/mo depending upon experience (plus field housing, work truck, and up to $20/day camping per diem), Crew Leader wages, commensurate with experience, up to $2,571/mo. Internships with livable stipend are a possibility for those with more interest than experience. Consideration begins immediately and will continue until all positions have been filled, hiring begins Mar 15. Contact (email preferred) Russell Norvell (russellnorvell (AT) utah.gov) with a letter of interest, CV, and the names, current phone numbers, and email addresses of 3 references. Be sure to include previous experience with field research and specific dates of availability. Send surface mail to: Shrubsteppe Project Applications, Non-Game Avian Program, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, 1594 W. North Temple, Suite 2110, PO Box 146301, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6301. Posted: 2/3/09.
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources: Avian Point Count Techs in Utah Riparian habitats (3 positions: 2 in Southern Utah, 1 in Northern Utah). Enthusiastic, curious, and independent birders needed to conduct point counts for the 18th year of Utah's statewide riparian bird monitoring project. Position runs approximately May 1st through June 30 with some flexibility on either end. Salary ranges from $11-$15/hr (~$2000 per month) depending on experience. Vehicle and grocery allowance will also be provided (mileage will be reimbursed if you choose to use your own vehicle). Applicants must be willing to work long hours independently (frequently alone), car-camp for extended periods (5 days/week), enjoy early morning work, hike up to 5 miles/day, have excellent vision & hearing, and ability to operate a 4WD vehicle with a valid driver's license. Housing is not provided but camping is allowed on study sites. The Utah Partners in Flight Program is building a statewide database for all birds. Each year point count surveys are conducted at over 40 established riparian sites statewide. Examples of duties: conducts unlimited distance point count surveys; performs data entry of field survey results and other data as needed; records survey and observation activities in field notebook; and performs quality control on database entries both individually and in conjunction with other wildlife professionals and technicians; performs other related duties as assigned. Preferred candidates will be: 1) Able to identify western riparian birds both visually and by song/call; 2) Experienced with unlimited distance point count methods and/or line transect methods 3) Able to estimate populations of mixed species with reasonable accuracy; 4) Able to enter field data using Excel and Access. 5) Able to interact well with other team members and the general public. 6) Able work alone and independently and maintain daily contact with supervisor; 7) Preference may be given to applicants with a degree in biological sciences, wildlife, or other closely-related fields. Positions are administered out of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Salt Lake City office in conjunction with Utah State University. Two positions will be based in the southern half of the state and one will be in the northern half. Study sites are located in some of the most picturesque landscapes in North America, including Zion and Capitol Reef National Parks, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, State and Federal Wildlife Management Areas, and several National Forests. ***Mandatory avian ID and survey protocol training will be held during the first week of May 2009 *** Applications: please submit no later than February 28th 2009. Hiring will begin once suitable applicants are found. E-mail (preferred) or mail: cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of three references to Hillary White [EM: hillarywhite [at] utah.gov] or mail to: Hillary White, Riparian Project Leader, Wildland Resources, 5230 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322-5230. *For more information phone (801) 209-2013 or email. Posted: 1/9/09.
Vermont Center for Ecostudies: Field technicians (10) needed for a monitoring program (Mountain Birdwatch) of high-elevation songbirds in the Northeastern U.S. from 30 May 2009 to 26 June 2009. An international monitoring program is being established in June 2009 targeting Bicknell’s Thrush and other high-elevation songbirds. Technicians will conduct point counts for ten target species at designated points along trails in the Adirondacks, Catskills, Green Mountains, White Mountains, and the mountains of central Maine. Successful applicants will be eager to spend long summer days in this beautiful mountain region, are in good physical condition, and capable of early morning (4:00 am) starts. Must be comfortable backpacking and camping alone in remote locations. Familiarity with New England birds preferred, but training will be provided. Mosquitoes and black flies are prevalent at this time of year. High-elevation weather is highly variable and can be near freezing at night and in the 80s during the day. Thunderstorms and muddy trail conditions are inevitable. Compensation is $450/wk plus mileage reimbursement. Rustic housing is provided on days off. Applicants must be flexible to changes in daily/weekly schedules due to weather. Applicants should have their own vehicle, backpacking equipment, and binoculars. Application deadline is 15 Feb 2009 or until positions are filled. To apply, send letter of interest, resumé, and contact information for three references to: Julie Hart (EM: jhart AT vtecostudies.org), Mountain Birdwatch Coordinator, Vermont Center for Ecostudies, PO Box 420, Norwich, VT 05055. Posted: 1/8/09.
Virginia Tech: Shorebird Technician – 7 May – 31 July 2009. Assist in research activities related to human impacts on coastal barrier habitat and its shorebird inhabitants at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base (MCBCL) in North Carolina. Human impacts include amphibious beach training exercises, recreational use, and the introduction of non-native predators. The objective of this research is to analyze how human activities influence habitat quality and use, and shorebird survival and productivity at MCBCL. Duties will include, but are not limited to: shorebird surveys, nest searching and monitoring, bird banding and re-sighting, behavioral and foraging observations, insect and benthic sampling, camera trapping, and data entry. Work hours will usually be more than 8 hours per day, working on Saturdays or Sundays as well. The weather along the beach can vary from cool, breezy or rainy conditions to high temperatures and humidity. The successful candidate will walk 6 to 8 miles of beachfront and/or kayak 3-5 miles each day with the researcher to conduct field activities. Qualifications: B.S. in Wildlife Science, Environmental Science, Biology, or related field - experience with bird banding – shorebird identification is a preferred skill. A valid driver’s license is required and experience driving a 4WD vehicle is desired. Boating experience is a plus and candidate must be able to swim and work confidently on the water. Applicant must pass a criminal background check in order to work on the military base. $400 / week and housing provided. Position open until filled with an application deadline of February 6, 2009. Send resume including academic background, work experience, overall and major GPA, and contact info for 3 references to: Kacy Ray, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, Virginia Tech, 100 Cheatham Hall, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0321, firstname.lastname@example.org. (Electronic applications preferred). Posted: 1/16/09.
Washington University: Field Technician positions: Longleaf pine restoration at Ft. Stewart, Georgia, The Savannah River Site, South Carolina, and Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. We seek to fill several temporary field technician positions for a large-scale experiment on the restoration of plant communities in the Southeastern U.S. Technicians will join a team of four principal investigators (Ellen Damschen, John Orrock, and Lars Brudvig at Washington University in St. Louis and Joan Walker at Clemson University) and three postdocs (Cory Christopher, Cathy Collins, and Brett Mattingly) as part of a collaborative project that spans three states. Research will include studies of the effects of land-use history, herbivory, and competition on longleaf pine restoration. Tasks will include setting up permanent vegetation plots, sampling vegetation, constructing experimental exclosures, soil sampling, collecting seeds, and various other tasks required for experimental studies of plant community restoration and plant-animal interactions. Technicians will be exposed to numerous research questions and approaches, as well as participate in actively restoring the imperiled longleaf pine understory. Opportunities for independent research projects exist for highly motivated individuals. Positions will begin as early as August 2009, and will last for six months. Pay rate will be $10.00/hr. Technicians will work at one of three possible field sites: Ft. Stewart (Georgia), Savannah River Site (South Carolina), or Ft. Bragg (North Carolina), and live in towns near their site (Hinesville, Flemington, or Richmond Hill near Ft. Stewart in GA, Aiken or Ellenton near Savannah River Site in SC, or Southern Pines or Pinehurst near Ft. Bragg in NC). Successful candidates will hold a bachelor’s degree in ecology, biology, or a related discipline and must be able to endure hot, humid conditions and long hours in the field. Previous field research experience is mandatory; botanical experience is preferred, but not necessary. Because the research sites are highly secure areas run by the federal government, non-United States citizens may have difficulty gaining clearance to work there. To apply, please email a CV or resume and letter describing past experience, why this position is interesting or important to you, dates of availability, and contact information with email addresses for two references to Cathy Collins: email@example.com. Please include a ranking of preferred field site locations. Deadline for applications: June 29, 2009. Posted: 6/9/09.
Washington University: Field technicians are needed May-September 2009 to assist on a project studying the ecology of tick-borne diseases in the St. Louis, Missouri region. Based at the Tyson Research Center, this project includes an interdisciplinary team of ecologists, molecular biologists and medical and public health experts. Fieldwork will be conducted across sites in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area, primarily utilizing conservation areas and state and county parks. Responsibilities include tick, deer, and vegetation surveys, small mammal trapping, data collection and management, and some supervision of undergraduate students or other assistants. Qualifications: Willingness to work long hours under potentially tough field conditions (inclement weather, rough terrain, lots of ticks) is a must. Applicants must also possess a valid driver’s license and clean driving record. Prior experience with field research in disease and/or field ecology is desirable, but the ability to work independently is paramount. This would be an ideal position for a recent college graduate taking some time off prior to starting graduate school in environmental and/or disease biology. To Apply: Please send a letter of interest, CV, and the names and contact information of at least two references to Brian Allan (firstname.lastname@example.org). Include in your letter any relevant experiences, your career goals, and your interest in applying for this position. Review of applications will begin immediately. Posted: 1/28/09.
Washington University: Tyson Research Center, the biological field station for Washington University in St. Louis, seeks a Seasonal Field Botanist. The successful applicant MUST be able to identify the majority of plant species in the glades, forests, and prairies surrounding St. Louis. The successful applicant must also be able to use a taxonomic key to determine any unknown species and must be able to work outdoors for long periods in hot, humid, and inclement weather. Duties for the position include working with researchers to collect vegetation data from ongoing experiments in glade, forest, and prairie habitat. The position will be based out of Tyson Research Center located approximately 20 miles SW of downtown St. Louis. A mixture of faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduates work at the field station during the growing season, leading to a dynamic and fun mix of people. The position will begin as soon as possible and will continue until September or October 2009, if applicant is available. Pay will be $11 or more per hour, depending on experience, for a 40 hour week. The position does not include benefits. Interested applicants should submit a resume, the names of 2 references, and a brief description of their knowledge of glade, forest, and prairie vegetation to Travis Mohrman (email@example.com). Applications will be accepted until Friday, May 22nd. Posted: 5/4/09.
Washington University: We seek to fill multiple temporary field technician positions for a large-scale experiment on restoration of plant communities in fragmented habitats with corridors. Technicians will join a team of several principal investigators (Ellen Damschen at Washington University in St. Louis, Nick Haddad at North Carolina State University, Doug Levey at University of Florida, and Josh Tewksbury at University of Washington), postdoc Lars Brudvig, and several undergraduate and graduate students, and be provided exposure to numerous research questions and approaches. Research will include studies of the effects of corridors on various aspects of plant restoration, including establishment and population growth. Tasks will include maintaining experimental transplants and plots, experimental studies of plants (and animals that interact with them), and working with other project collaborators. Opportunities for independent research projects exist for highly motivated individuals. Positions will begin as early as April 2009, and will last for a minimum of three months; however, possibilities for extension exist and applicants are encouraged to indicate dates of availability in their application letter. Pay rate will be $10/hr. Technicians will live near New Ellenton, SC, where the field site is located. Successful candidates will hold or be working towards a bachelor’s degree in ecology, biology, or a related discipline and must be able to endure hot and humid conditions and long hours in the field. Previous field research experience is desirable. Because the Savannah River Site is a highly secure area run by the U.S. Department of Energy, non-United States citizens may have difficulty gaining clearance to work there. To apply, please email a CV or resume and letter describing past experience, why this position is interesting or important to you, dates of availability, and contact information with email addresses for two references to Lars Brudvig: brudvigbiology2.wustl.edu. Posted: 7/22/08, revised: 3/13/09, 4/27/09.
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