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Temporary/Seasonal Technicians & Interns Archive
positions lasting less than 1 year, mostly with no benefits
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|Duke University||Research Asst, Agro-ecology||7/2/10||6/9/10|
|Archbold Biological Station||Field Coordinator, Florida Ranchlands Environmental Services Project||6/30/10||6/14/10|
|Duke University||Seasonal techs, community ecology||6/18/10||6/9/10|
|University of Wisconsin-Madison||Longleaf pine restoration ecology (SC/NC)||6/15/10||5/28/10|
|University of Wisconsin-Madison||Longleaf pine restoration ecology (South Carolina)||6/15/10||5/28/10|
|Duke University||Field Asst, soil N cycling (Montana)||6/11/10||5/28/10|
|US Environmental Protection Agency||Fish modeling||5/31/10||5/17/10|
|Sustainable Development Strategies Group||Summer Intern, Environmental Policy||5/28/10|
|University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee||Field Asst: Global change/Grassland diversity, Cedar Creek, MN||5/26/10|
|University of North Carolina||Field Research Tech, tree seedling survival||5/26/10|
|Colorado State University||Research Associate, Sevilleta LTER (MS)||5/25/10|
|US Geological Survey||Field ecologists, tree coring||5/20/10||5/17/10|
|Trout Unlimited||Seasonal Techs, stream fish passage, western Montana||5/18/10|
|University of Nevada Las Vegas||Seasonal Botanist, Forested Mojave Desert||5/17/10|
|USDA Forest Service||Avian Ecology, Mt St Helens||5/17/10|
|Pennsylvania State University||Field tech, bird-plant interactions, Puerto Rico||5/17/10|
|National Council for Science and the Environment||Climate Change Intern, Russell Cave National Monument||5/7/10|
|Conservation and Land Management Internship Program||Conservation and Land Management||5/7/10||4/29/10|
|The Nature Conservancy (Iowa)||Loess Hills Fire Coordinator (part-time)||5/7/10||4/9/10|
|University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa||Fire Ecology Technician||5/4/10|
|University of Colorado, Boulder||Field Assistant, American Pika||5/4/10|
|Texas Tech University||Field Techs, Sonoran Desert amphibians and dragonflies||4/30/10|
|Colorado State University||Field tech, effects of N deposition on plants/soil, South Dakota||4/30/10||4/23/10|
|Colorado State University||Summer Botany/Ecology field techs, Great Sand Dunes NP||4/30/10||3/18/10|
|Ohio State University||Field research assts, plant ecology/evolution and climate change||4/29/10|
|Pennsylvania State University||Field Botanist||4/26/10|
|Toledo Metroparks||Forest Monitoring Assistants||4/23/10||4/9/10|
|Case Western Reserve University||Summer Amphibian Ecology Research Assts||4/21/10|
|Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute||Forest ecology field technician||4/20/10|
|Purdue University||Field Botanist||4/20/10||4/6/10|
|University of Washington||Plant technician||4/19/10|
|Colorado Division of Wildlife||Gunnison Sage Grouse Techs||4/16/10||3/16/10|
|LMS Consulting||Field techs, wind turbines, birds and bats||4/15/10||3/31/10|
|University of Notre Dame||Field tech, Montana grasslands||4/15/10||3/17/10|
|University of Notre Dame||Research tech, genomics, molecular ecology||4/15/10||3/17/10|
|Montana Natural Heritage Program||Project leads, wetland condition assessment||4/15/10||3/16/10|
|Colorado State University||Summer Ecology Field Tech, Alaska||4/15/10||3/10/10|
|US Geological Survey||Biological Science Techs, biological soil crusts, Utah||4/15/10||1/4/10|
|University of Oklahoma||Field Assts, grassland restoration and birds, Chihuahuan Desert||4/13/10|
|Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition||Vegetation Monitoring Field Technician||4/13/10|
|DePaul University||Summer Field Intern, Chicago Wilderness Land Management||4/7/10|
|Western Carolina University||Summer interns, Highlands Biological Station||4/4/10||2/17/10|
|Rice University||Ecology and evolution of plant mating systems, Ohio||4/10/10||3/16/10|
|Utah Division of Wildlife Resources||Bird Banding Crew Leader and Banding Technician||4/8/10|
|Rhode Island Natural History Survey||Field tech, invasive plants||4/6/10|
|US Geological Survey||Summer field tech, wetland vegetation||4/6/10|
|University of Michigan||Summer research asst, Great Lakes Environmental Assessment and Mapping||4/6/10|
|University of Notre Dame||Field assts, lake survey project||4/1/10||3/10/10|
|USDA, Agriculture Research Service||Internship in plant evolutionary ecology||4/1/10||2/26/10|
|USDA, Agriculture Research Service||Summer Research Assistant: Biological Control||4/1/10||2/26/10|
|Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies||Field Research Asst, Songbird ecology and behavior||3/31/10|
|Badlands National Park||Field crew, entomology||3/31/10||3/15/10|
|Oregon State University||Field techs, forest ecology||3/31/10||3/8/10|
|University of Houston||Field Assts, community ecology, salt marsh crabs and insects||3/31/10||3/3/10|
|Colorado State University||Wetland Ecology Field Techs||3/31/10||2/22/10|
|Northern Arizona University||Techs, vegetation/soil monitoring||3/31/10||3/12/10|
|Assateague Island National Seashore||Cartographic Technician||3/29/10||3/17/10|
|Ecology Project International||Yellowstone Wildlife Ecology Program Instructors and Intern||3/29/10||3/12/10|
|US Geological Survey||Botanist, tallgrass prairie restoration, GG03||3/26/10||3/16/10|
|US Geological Survey||Botanists, tallgrass prairie restoration, GG-05||3/26/10||3/16/10|
|University of Florida||Climate change and carbon cycling in tundra ecosystems, Alaska||3/26/10||2/24/10|
|University of Notre Dame||Summer Field/Lab Asst: butterfly genetics and climate change||3/22/10||3/16/10|
|USDA-ARS||Summer Research Asst: Grassland Insect Ecology (Montana)||3/22/10||3/3/10|
|Mountain Studies Institute||Seasonal Project Manager/Research Assts, Colorado||3/20/10||2/22/10|
|Purdue University||Field assistants - fish ecology||3/19/10||2/22/10|
|The Nature Conservancy in Iowa||Stewardship interns||3/19/10||2/22/10|
|USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center||Technician, peatland vegetation||3/15/10||2/25/10|
|Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition||Vegetation techs (4)||3/15/10||4/13/10|
|University of California, Berkeley||Field Assts, fire and fuels management||3/15/10||2/17/10|
|University of Washington||Field Asst - Wildfire and Sagebrush-steppe vegetation||3/12/10||3/3/10|
|Suffolk County Department of Parks (New York)||Seasonal Techs, Endangered Birds||3/12/10||2/3/10|
|Marine Biological Laboratory||Summer Research Asst, Arctic Grayling||3/10/10|
|University of Virginia||Field tech, gypsy moths||3/8/10|
|USDA Forest Service (West Virginia)||Field Technicians/Botanists (4 positions)||3/8/10||2/1/10|
|Oregon State University||Field tech and intern, forest bird monitoring||3/5/10|
|Chicago Botanic Garden||Summer field research interns, tallgrass prairie||3/5/10||1/21/10|
|Washington University||Summer Field Techs, Disease Ecology||3/4/10|
|Great Basin Institute||Native Seed Technician||3/4/10|
|USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station||Field Research Assistant, northern Colorado||3/2/10|
|Yale University||Role of birds and mammals in spread of Lyme disease||3/2/10|
|USDA Forest Service||Summer Techs, Riparian Vegetation and Stream Morphology/Habitat||3/1/10||2/9/10|
|Colorado State University||Wetlands Technician, Alaska||3/1/10||2/3/10|
|University of North Carolina||Summer Interns, marine ecology||3/1/10||1/25/10|
|Pennsylvania State University||Forest Monitoring Technicians||2/28/10||2/1/10|
|Assateague Island National Seashore||Summer Biological Science Tech, Plants||2/28/10||1/5/10|
|Great Basin Institute||Recreation Technician||2/26/10|
|US Geological Survey||Snake Technicians in California||2/26/10|
|USDA Forest Service||Summer field botanists and weed crews, California||2/26/10||1/21/10|
|The Nature Conservancy (NY)||Tug Hill Seasonal Field Staff||2/25/10||1/29/10|
|Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center||Technician II, plant ecology||2/24/10|
|The Nature Conservancy (NY)||Alvar Ecological Restoration Crew Member||2/23/10||1/29/10|
|The Nature Conservancy (NY)||Invasive Species Crew Boss||2/23/10||1/29/10|
|The Nature Conservancy (NY)||Invasive Species Control Technician||2/23/10||1/29/10|
|The Nature Conservancy (NY)||Migratory Bird Stopover Habitat Field Tech||2/23/10||1/29/10|
|Pandion Systems, Inc.||Black-capped Vireo nest search/monitor technician||2/22/10||2/8/10|
|University of Minnesota||Field Technician, bird surveys||2/22/10||2/8/10|
|Brown University||Research tech, marine ecology and conservation||2/20/10||2/15/10|
|University of Rhode Island||Forest Crew Leader||2/19/10|
|US Geological Survey (Oregon)||Post-fire Rehabilitation Monitoring||2/19/10||2/10/10|
|National Park Service||Seasonal tech, native bee pollinators, Carlsbad Caverns||2/19/10||2/10/10|
|University of Notre Dame||Teaching Assistant in Environmental Field Biology||2/18/10|
|Washington University||Lab tech, seed germination and plant competition||2/18/10|
|National Park Service||Forest Monitoring Technicians||2/18/10||2/8/10|
|Marine Biological Laboratory||Summer field asst, biogeochemistry of Arctic rivers||2/17/10|
|USDA Forest Service||Field techs, small mammals, birds, plants, Lake Tahoe||2/17/10|
|The Nature Conservancy||Bog Turtle field internships||2/17/10||2/8/10|
|Nantucket Conservation Foundation, Inc.||Seasonal Research Assistants/Interns, vegetation/wildlife monitoring||2/15/10||12/15/09|
|US Geological Survey||Field technician, dendrochronology, Nevada||2/12/10||1/26/10|
|USDA Forest Service||Field botanists/ecologists, N. California||2/12/10||1/14/10|
|USDA Forest Service||Seasonal Research Asst, plant ecology, Nevada||2/11/10|
|University of Missouri||Field Technician, birds, South Dakota||2/9/10|
|University of California, Santa Barbara||Field Research Assts, birds, Nevada||2/9/10|
|University of California, Berkeley||Animal surveys, Carrizo National Monument||2/8/10||1/25/10|
|National Park Service||Summer Techs, Lava Beds National Monument||2/8/10||1/21/10|
|Missouri Department of Conservation/University of Missouri||Techs and Crew leaders, Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project||2/8/10||12/21/09|
|Marine Biological Laboratory||Research Asst, Arctic soil respiration||2/5/10|
|Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies||Field Assts, ecology of Lyme disease||2/4/10|
|Environmental Concern Inc.||Spring Internship, native wetland plant nursery||2/3/10||1/21/10|
|University of Colorado, Boulder||Amphibian Disease Ecology, California||2/1/10|
|University of Colorado, Boulder||Amphibian Conservation and Ecology, Colorado||2/1/10|
|University of Washington||Summer field positions, silviculture/snow hydrology and Yosemite Forest Dynamics||2/1/10|
|Yellowstone Wilderness Outfitters||Yellowstone Horseback Naturalists||2/1/10||1/15/10|
|Purdue University||Wildlife Technicians (2)||2/1/10||1/5/10|
|University of Minnesota||Forest Ecology Research Internships||1/29/10|
|University of Minnesota||Ecology Research Technician||1/28/10|
|University of Wisconsin-Madison||Seasonal field assts, Forest Landscape Ecology||1/27/10|
|US Geological Survey||Biological Techs, trees, Sequoia-Kings Canyon||1/25/10||1/4/10|
|Chicago Botanic Garden||Seasonal Internships||1/22/10|
|National Park Service||Summer forest and botany techs, Isle Royale National Park||1/22/10|
|University of California, Berkeley||Summer field techs, global warming and treeline dynamics, Colorado||1/21/10|
|Oregon State University||Field Assistant, phenology, Cascades Old-Growth Forest||1/21/10|
|Environmental Concern Inc.||Summer Wetland Restoration Interns||1/21/10|
|Institute for Bird Populations||Crew Leaders, bird banding||1/19/10|
|US Geological Survey||Biological Techs, songbirds, Nevada||1/18/10||12/16/09|
|National Park Service||Biological Science Tech, plants, Utah||1/15/10||1/5/10|
|North Carolina State University||Field Assts, American Oystercatcher productivity||1/15/10||12/21/09|
|UMass-Amherst and Dartmouth College||Field Assistants and one Project Manager, effects of urbanization, NC||1/15/10||12/17/09|
|Duke University||Winter Field Asst, Southern Great Plains||12/15/09|
|Dartmouth College||Research assistant, aquatic insects, Costa Rica||1/11/10||12/17/09|
|US Geological Survey||Biological Science Tech, Oregon - Birds||1/11/10||12/11/09|
|US Geological Survey||Biological Science Tech, Nevada - Avian Point Counts (2 positions)||1/11/10||12/11/09|
|Texas Tech University||Field Research Assts, Songbirds, New York||1/10/10||12/1/09|
|Utah Division of Wildlife Resources||Riparian habitat techs, bird/veg (4 positions)||1/7/10|
|USDA Forest Service||Biological Science Tech, Wayne National Forest||1/4/10||12/14/09|
|US Geological Survey||Biological Science Technician – Moab, UT||12/30/09|
|Virginia Tech University||Amphibian Technician, Florida||12/30/09||12/17/09|
|Rutgers University Newark||Field tech, invasive plant ecology, desert SW||12/21/09|
|Washington University||Field Assts in Plant-Pollinator Interactions||12/21/09||11/30/09|
|Washington University||Lab techs, seed dispersal||12/17/09|
|USDA Forest Service||Experienced Plant Ecology Field Assistant, Bahamas||12/12/09||11/30/09|
|Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory||Field Techs, Bird Surveys (10 positions)||12/11/09|
|US Geological Survey||Wildlife technician, elk, Wyoming||12/10/09|
|Washington University||Restoration and landscape ecology, South Carolina||12/10/09|
|Duke University||Modeling marine turtle population dynamics||11/20/09|
|Smithsonian Conservation & Research Center||Forest Landscape Ecology Internship||11/20/09||10/29/09|
|University of Missouri||Insect Behavioral Ecology||11/16/09|
|University of California Davis||Field and lab techs, Pollination Biology, Ecosystems services, and Sustainability||11/16/09|
|University of Puerto Rico||Tropical Forest Research||11/13/09||11/6/09|
|Alabama A&M University||Herpetofaunal research tecnician||11/9/09||9/23/09|
|PRBO Conservation Science||Songbird monitoring in the Sierra Nevada||11/3/09|
|QinetiQ Corporation||Natural Resource Specialist, Fort Irwin, California||10/21/09|
|US Geological Survey||Bird data analysis||10/12/09||10/1/09|
|Rutgers University||Research techs/field assts, native bee pollination of crops||10/5/09|
|Great Basin Institute||Forestry Crew Supervisor||10/3/09||9/18/09|
|New Mexico State University||Technician, Jornada Experimental Range||9/23/09|
|Great Basin Institute||Environmental Education & Outreach Specialist||9/17/09||9/3/09|
|Smithsonian Conservation & Research Center||Conservation GIS Intern||9/15/09||9/3/09|
|University of Minnesota||Research Interns, plant community ecology||9/11/09||9/1/09|
|Washington University||Research Techs, Landscape Ecology/Restoration, South Carolina||9/1/09|
|Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife||Recovery Youth Conservation Corps||8/31/09||8/20/09|
|University of Arkansas||Research Techs, ecology||8/14/09|
|Northern Arizona University||Fall Field Techs, Zion NP||8/13/09|
|Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies||Fall Field Assts||8/11/09|
|Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center||Research Asst, plant ecology||8/11/09|
|University of Missouri||Field tech, woodpecker behavior and demography||8/10/09|
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Alabama A&M University: A seasonal herpetofaunal research tecnician is needed from December 1, 2009 for 11 months. Duties for the technician include to collect data for a herpetofauna study investigating the effect of forest management practices and to collect data on pool breeding amphibians across northern Alabama and southern Tennessee. Ability to identify pool breeding amphibian eggs and larval amphibians is critical for research technicians, but some training will be offered. The research technician should expect to work in cold as well as hot and humid weather. The research technician will also be expected to hike in mountainous terrain. Salary: $1500/month. Qualifications: Experience with herpetofauna surveys is essential for the research technician. Experience with adult, larval, and amphibian egg identification is also critical for the research technician. However, some training will be provided. Email your resume and a cover letter with 3 references to Timothy Baldwin (Timothy.Baldwin.email@example.com, 256-372-5991). Salary: $1500/month. Open until November 9, 2009 or when the position is filled. Posted: 9/23/09.
Archbold Biological Station: ABS, through its Division, the MacArthur Agro-ecology Research Center (MAERC), is seeking a temporary Field Coordinator for the Florida Ranchlands Environmental Services Project (FRESP), which is being implemented by a partnership that includes the World Wildlife Fund, cattle ranchers, USDA-NRCS, the Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the South Florida Water Management District. The Field Coordinator will work with the project’s other Field Coordinator to help monitor the environmental performance of water management alternatives being put into practice on eight different cattle ranches in the Lake Okeechobee watershed of the Northern Everglades. The duties of the position will be to help maintain and operate hydrologic field instrumentation, collect and process water samples, download data on site and remotely, and help manage the project data and database. Qualifications include Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in agricultural or environmental engineering, hydrology, environmental science or related field. Experience with field instrumentation, database management, water sampling, and/or knowledge of agricultural water management a plus. Position requires excellent technical and data management skills, good written and oral communication skills, and interpersonal skills needed for working as part of a diverse interdisciplinary team. The position is located at MAERC, a 10,500-acre cattle ranch near Lake Placid, FL, with housing available on site. The position is funded until December 31, 2010, with possible continuation depending on funding availability and performance. Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Applicants should send 1) a letter of application, 2) a resume or CV with GPA and relevant coursework and experience, and 3) names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses for three references to Dr. Patrick Bohlen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadline is 30 June 2010 and the position will remain open until filled. Contact Dr. Bohlen via e-mail or at (863) 699-0242 for more information. Posted: 6/14/10.
Archbold Biological Station: We seek a temporary Research Assistant at the MacArthur Agro-ecology Research Center (MAERC) at Buck Island Ranch. MAERC is a Division of Archbold Biological Station located at a 10,500-acre commercial cattle ranch, and is dedicated to long-term ecological research, education, and environmental stewardship. The Research Assistant will be expected to: assist with ongoing research and monitoring projects at MAERC, including projects in wetland ecology, ecosystem services, and long-term monitoring of ecological communities and water quality. The successful candidate should have a B.S or M.S. in biology, ecology or related field and have some field research experience. Experience working with research data, spreadsheets or databases a plus. We seek a highly motivated team player with a strong work ethic who is capable of rigorous fieldwork under hot, humid subtropical conditions, and is willing to live in a remote rural location. This is a temporary, full time position with free housing provided on site. The approximate term is from July 19 - December 31, 2010. Salary will be $10/hr plus benefits. Applicants should send 1) a letter of interest, 2) a resume, and 3) names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses for three references by July 2 to: Dr. Betsey Boughton at email@example.com. Position will remain open until filled. Contact Dr. Boughton via e-mail or at (863) 699-0242 for further information. Posted: 6/9/10.
Assateague Island National Seashore: Cartographic Technician, GS-1371-07 ($18.59/hr), temporary NTE position. For the announcement, search USAJOBS for Job Announcement Number: GETT-10-20DEU. Closes: March 29, 2010. Posted: 3/17/10.
Assateague Island National Seashore: Biological Science Technician to work in the Natural Resource Management Division in Summer 2010. The selected applicant will gain experience in identifying Mid-Atlantic species of rare plants and alien plants, in treating invasive plant species with herbicides, in using GPS equipment to map treated areas, and (if desired) in using GIS to produce summary maps and reports. This is primarily an outdoor field position to find and map rare plants and to apply herbicides to invasive plant infestations (Phragmites australis). The employee will prepare and apply herbicide chemicals and maintain application equipment; maintain detailed records of field activities; use GPS equipment to record spatial and attribute data; process data; produce summary maps and reports; assist in planning monitoring programs; and operate a four wheel drive vehicle. The incumbent must be willing and able to prepare and apply herbicide chemicals, to hike through marsh, sand, and forest while carrying up to 40 pounds of equipment; to work outdoors in cold, hot, wet, humid, and/or buggy conditions; to work at a computer for extended periods of time; and to hold a valid driver's license from a U.S. state. The position will be full-time (40 hours/week) between May and September 2010. Start date is flexible. The Technician will be paid at a GS-04 rate ($13.41 per hour) and will earn sick leave and annual leave. Park housing in Berlin, MD may be available for approximately $49 per week. Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen and must also be planning to enroll as a full-time or half-time student for Summer or Fall 2010. Applicant must have completed either a bachelor's degree, OR three years of college and three months of related work experience, OR an equivalent combination of education and work experience. Successful completion of a background check will be required as a condition of employment. Applicants must be able to work independently and to communicate information in a clear and concise manner. The application should address the following skills and knowledge: - Knowledge and experience conducting natural resource monitoring and management programs, with an emphasis on invasive plant species and vegetation resources. - Familiarity with and willingness to prepare and apply herbicide chemicals, to keep detailed records of herbicide application activities, and to plan, organize, and implement plant treatment activities. - Knowledge of plants and ecosystem function related to invasive species, including the ability to identify vascular plants in the field, with an emphasis on Mid-Atlantic species. - Ability to use GPS equipment to collect positional data and record feature attributes, and to use personal computers (PCs) and software programs to collect and manage data as well as to produce maps and summary reports of field activities. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please send applications as soon as possible, and no later than February 28. Include a résumé that addresses the knowledge and skills required for this position, and also send contact information for two references, college transcripts (unofficial is acceptable), and documentation of student enrollment to Cristina_Esposito@nps.gov or Cristina Esposito, Assateague Island National Seashore, 7206 National Seashore Lane, Berlin, MD 21811. Posted: 1/5/10.
Badlands National Park: We seek two enthusiastic people (one crew leader and one crew member) to work on a new research project aimed at understanding pollination webs linking rare native species and invasive species at Badlands National Park. The crew will be responsible for collecting insect visitors to flowers of target plant species, deploying bowl traps, properly preparing insect specimens and pollen slides, and entering data into computer files. The crew leader will also be responsible for making sure work is completed in a timely manner and for keeping the principal investigators apprised of progress and issues in the field. The crew leader should have completed a 4-year degree in entomology, ecology, or a related field and have experience with insect collections. The crew member should have completed coursework in entomology or ecology or a related field and have a desire to participate in field research involving insects. Work will begin in mid-May and continue to mid-September, but we can be somewhat flexible to accommodate schedules of continuing or recently graduated students, who are especially encouraged to apply. Field work will be conducted in the north unit of Badlands National Park. Conditions in the park may range from hot and windy to cool and windy. Free-ranging bison are common in the park and venomous snakes may occasionally be encountered. The positions will involve considerable hiking as well as time spent at desks and tables sorting and pinning insects, preparing pollen slides, and entering data. A valid state driver's license is required. Applications will be accepted through March 31, 2010 or until the positions are filled. For more information, or to apply, contact Diane Larson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sam Droege (email@example.com). Posted: 3/15/10.
Brown University: Prof. Heather Leslie is seeking a FULL TIME RESEARCH TECHNICIAN with a passion for marine ecology and conservation science. The successful applicant will have independent research experience, strong writing and communication skills, and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively. Primary activities will include coordinating and leading field and laboratory investigations related to human impacts on rocky shores and other coastal marine ecosystems, laboratory analysis and management; administrative, library research, and editing tasks; and data management and analysis. This is a full-time position (40 hours per week). The initial appointment is for six months, with possibility of extension dependent on funding. Regional travel is expected, and fieldwork may occur in wet, slippery, and uncomfortable conditions. The start date is negotiable, but before April 15. Applications will be reviewed starting February 20th and until the position is filled. To apply, see https://careers.brown.edu/ and search postings for job M02265. Contact Prof. Leslie at Heather_Leslie@brown.edu with questions. Posted: 2/15/10.
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies: Field Research Assistants (1-2 positions total) – Study songbird ecology and behavior in the scenic Hudson Valley (upstate NY), as part of a project funded by the National Science Foundation through Texas Tech University. We are seeking motivated research technicians to assist with our long-term study on the breeding ecology of ovenbirds and veeries and the study of veery communication and mating strategies. Positions run from ~May 3rd until July 16th, 2010 (possibly longer). Stipends vary from $1500 -$2,100/month depending on qualifications and position (see below) and include housing at the Cary Institute. Ability to bring your own vehicle is preferred but not required. Responsibilities: Nest searching and monitoring of veery and ovenbird nests, territory mapping, video recording nests, re-sighting color-banded banded birds, and data entry. Qualifications: prior nest-searching experience 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please indicate which position(s) you are interested in. Application review will start immediately. Posted: 3/31/10.
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies: Full Time Project Assistants (7-8 positions): Job Reference #10005. Research the dynamics of mammalian communities and the relationship between mammals, birds, and Lyme disease ecology, tree seed survival, and forest composition. Duties include live-trapping small mammals and reliably recording pertinent data, sampling abundance of ticks, tree seed collection, and laboratory assays of tick infection with the Lyme disease bacterium. Early morning and late afternoon hours. Prior experience handling small mammals highly desirable. Desired dates of employment are approximately April 15 or May 1 to November 8, 2010, although applicants available during summer college break are also welcome. Research sites are on or near the campus of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in the Hudson River Valley of upstate New York. Position reports to Dr. Richard S. Ostfeld. To apply please email brief letter of inquiry (indicating job reference #10005), resume, and names and contact information for three professional references to email@example.com. Posted: 2/3/09, revised: 6/30/09, 2/4/10.
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies: Seeking field assistants for a National Science Foundation-funded project studying the influence of spatial "hot spots" of rodent activity on other ecosystem components at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York. Duties include monitoring rodent space use via track plates, monitoring larval tick abundance by drag surveys, searching for gypsy moth egg masses, monitoring tree seed production, measuring vegetation cover, and data handling and entry. Start/end dates: Aug 17-November 20 2009. Pay: $12/hr. On-site housing is available -- inquire for details. Ability to work outdoors in rugged terrain, at odd hours or weekends, in inclement weather with a positive attitude a must. Prior field experience and facility with Excel preferred. Provide a resume indicating educational and work experience, with contact information for 3 references. Contact: Dr. Eric Schauber (618-453-6940, firstname.lastname@example.org), SIUC Cooperative Wildlife Research Laboratory. Posted: 8/11/09.
Case Western Reserve University: Summer Amphibian Ecology Research Assistants 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. The employment period is 17 May through 16 July 2010. Pay is $450 per week. Housing 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 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. Valid driver’s license required. Some previous experience conducting ecological field research is preferred. Ideally, this experience should include work with amphibians and aquatic invertebrates 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 Dr. Michael Benard (email@example.com). Posted: 4/21/10.
Chicago Botanic Garden: The CBG is 385 acres of natural beauty with 24 gardens and three native habitat areas. The second most visited public garden in the United States, it has more than 2.3 million plants of 8,800 taxa, the largest collection in the Upper Midwest. The Garden, which is a recognized center of education, research, and conservation, has a respected internship program. Interns gain hands-on experience in the areas of education, horticulture, or research. In addition, as part of their training, interns are required to attend educational programming to broaden their general exposure to public horticulture and research. The educational component consists of lectures, field trips, and workshops offered through the Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Most interns work between 37.5 and 40 hours per week at $9 per hour. Housing is not provided. However, assistance in finding local accommodations is given. Interns are ultimately responsible for finding housing. International students are accepted. The following 2010 Internships are now open to applicants: Horticulture Internship, Production Greenhouse and Nursery Internship, Plant Propagation Internship, Plant Evaluation Internship, Public Relations Internship, Community Gardening Internship. For full descriptions, application requirements, and online application: www.chicagobotanic.org/internship. Posted: 1/22/10.
Chicago Botanic Garden: Summer field research internships. Are you interested in gaining field research experience and learning about the ecology and evolution of plants and plant-animal interactions in fragmented prairie? We are looking for 3-5 summer field researchers for an NSF-funded project on habitat fragmentation of the tallgrass prairie. We are investigating how small plant population size influences inbreeding, demography, pollination, and herbivory in the purple coneflower, Echinacea angustifolia. This is a great summer internship or co-op for those interested in field biology or conservation research. No experience is necessary, but you must be enthusiastic and hard-working. You will survey natural plant populations, measure plant traits in experimental plots, hand-pollinate plants, observe & collect insects, and assist in all aspects of research. Housing is provided and there is a stipend. Undergraduate students have the opportunity to do an independent project as an REU participant. If you want more information or wish to apply, please visit http://echinacea.umn.edu/ or contact Stuart Wagenius (firstname.lastname@example.org, 847 835 6978). Applications due 5 March 2010. Posted: 1/21/10.
Colorado Division of Wildlife: Working in cooperation with the University of Wyoming, Colorado State University Extension and private landowners, the Colorado Division of Wildlife is initiating a Gunnison sage-grouse and livestock grazing study in the Gunnison Basin of Colorado. This is the first field season to apply habitat guidelines, collect baseline vegetation data and initiate long-term monitoring within Gunnison sage-grouse use areas, in sagebrush-dominated Ecological Sites (ES) in the Gunnison Basin. Duties: Primary job responsibilities will include conducting vegetation sampling in selected grouse use areas; working in highly variable and harsh climatic conditions; sample vegetation within the Gunnison Basin and daily use of 4-WD ATV¹s and/or pickups. Dates: negotiable, depending on the candidate and their academic status. Salary: $12.69/hour. Housing is not provided. The positions will be stationed in Gunnison, Colorado. Gunnison is located in southwestern Colorado. This community and the surrounding area is characteristic of the rural western U.S. The primary industry is livestock ranching. The landscape is typical of the sagebrush-grass and mountain shrub communities and range in elevation from 7,000 9,500 ft. Education: B.S. Preferred (Natural Resources Area) although qualified applicants in their Junior or Senior year will be considered. All applicants must have some or all of the following skills: Ø Excellent communicative skills (oral and written). Ø Experience or knowledge of monitoring methods applicable shrubland communities including line intercept, Daubenmeir cover, shrub density and shrub canopy metrics. Ø Strong range plant identification skills are required. Ø Experience or knowledge of soil sampling and hand texture methods and ecological site concepts desired. Ø Computer, GIS, mapping, and map-reading skills are desired. Ø Ability to work in extreme weather conditions and hike several miles. Ø Operate a 4-WD pickup, standard transmissions and 4-WD ATV and GPS units. Ø Awareness and respect for private land. Ø Ability to work with diverse groups and a variety of individuals Applicants must provide a letter of interest, copy of transcript, and resume (with contact information for at least 3 references) via email (please put Gunnison SG Tech Position in the subject line) or ground mail by, 16 April 2010 to BOTH: Dr. Anthony Dean Apa, Sage Grouse Research Biologist, Colorado Division of Wildlife, 711 Independent Avenue, Grand Junction, CO 81505, Phone: 970.640.1671, Email email@example.com AND Dr. Ann Hild, Professor, Dept. of Renewable Resources, University of Wyoming, 1000 E. University Ave., Laramie, WY 82071, Phone: 307 766-5471, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 3/16/10.
Colorado State University: Seeking a six month Research Associate for field work at the Sevilleta LTER, one hour’s drive south of Albuquerque, NM. The Research Associate will independently collect measurements of soil, foliage, and wood respiration; tree growth data; maintain a soil respiration autochamber system; summarizeand synthesize field data; and coordinate research with other projects at the site. The position is with Colorado State University, Department of Forest, Rangeland and Watershed Stewardship, funded by the US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, but will be located in New Mexico. Salary is $42k/year and travel and field station costs will be compensated. Desired Qualifications are 1) M.S. Degree in Ecology, Natural Resources, Forestry, Biology, or a closely related field; 2) Experience with a wide variety of field data collection; 3) Ability to analyze and manage complex ecological data sets; 4) Knowledge of computer data processing, including one or more of the major statistical software packages (SPSS, SAS, SYSTAT, etc.), and GIS, and 5) Experience with programming and retrieving data from dataloggers and in troubleshooting, analyzing and repairing field and laboratory equipment. Please contact Mike Ryan, Rocky Mountain Research Station to apply and for further details. email@example.com; office: 970-498-1012; cell: 970-217-5798. Posted: 5/25/10.
Colorado State University: Field Technician 40-50 hours/week. This project addresses the ecological impacts of nitrogen deposition on native plant communities and soils in the mixed prairie grasslands of Wind Cave and Badlands NP, South Dakota. Critical thresholds of N input will be determined at Badlands National Park and two vegetation types at Wind Cave National Park. Position Duration: (12 weeks) June-mid August, approximately 40 hours a week, 40+ hours during 2 vegetation sampling weeks. There is flexibility in the schedule but you must commit to long hours during the vegetation sampling weeks in late June and mid-August. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis; position open until filled, submit by April 30 for first consideration. The technician will perform a variety tasks related to vegetation and soil sampling. A large part of the position will be the bi-weekly watering of the plots. Technician must be able to hike short distances over rough terrain and inclement weather repeatedly with backpack sprayer on. The technician will learn and perform soil sampling, data retrieval from sensors, biological crust identification and of course, vegetation sampling. The Black Hills region is a beautiful area with unique geology, forested hills with elevations up to 7000ft and rolling grasslands supporting bison, elk and other wildlife, with major cultural and historical interest as well. Housing which is provided will either be at a private campground in a travel trailer near Wind Cave or an apartment in Custer, South Dakota. When at Badlands NP (approximately 1/3 of the time), technician will camp during the week or stay in a travel trailer when available. Requirements: • Attention to detail and good record-keeping skills. • A BS/BA, or significant progress toward, in biology, ecology, environmental science, or a similar degree. • Field experience preferred, at least some experience working outdoors required. • Previous plant identification experience, plant taxonomy or field botany class required, though advanced identification techniques will be taught . • A positive attitude, desire to work hard even in difficult conditions and gain field experience. • A car would be helpful, though not required, as Custer, SD is a small, isolated town. We will not be working on the weekends. Pay is $9.50/hr. To apply please email a cover letter, resume, and at least two references to Anine Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org), MS student, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology. Posted: 4/23/10.
Colorado State University: Summer Forest Ecology Field Assistant in Glacier National Park, Montana; Rocky Mountain National Park and Roosevelt-Arapaho National Forest, Colorado. Mid-May through mid/late-August, 2010, with potential for lab work into the Fall. I am hiring 2-3 full-time field technicians to assist with summer data collection for two forest ecology research projects. We will spend approximately one month working in Rocky Mountain National Park and the Roosevelt-Arapaho National Forest, examining the ways in which ponderosa pine forests have been changing over time. In early/mid-June, we will head to Glacier National Park, Montana, where we will study the implications of climate change for subalpine forest species composition. In early/mid-August, we will return to Fort Collins, Colorado to prepare collected samples for analysis. Field assistant duties will include vegetation measurements, plant identification, tree coring, soil samples, cutting fire scars, and sample processing. Applicants should have a strong interest in forest and fire ecology. Completion of or enrollment in a degree program in ecology, forestry, natural resource management, or a similar field of study is desirable but not required. We will spend long periods of time working and camping in very remote areas; applicants must be comfortable in the backcountry and be able to work independently. Applicants must also be in good physical condition, as work will include hiking with heavy equipment and long, hard days of work. The following experiences are a plus: previous field work, first aid training, backcountry navigation experience, creativity! Field assistants will earn a summer stipend. Additionally, housing in a research residency and food will be provided. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to: Alexandra Urza (email@example.com). Posted: 4/12/10.
Colorado State University: 2 full-time Summer Botany/Ecology field technicians to assist a CSU researcher in data collection on a large National Park Service project, which involves installation of equipment and initial data collection for long-term wetland monitoring in Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. We will be collecting data such as community composition of both vascular and nonvascular plant species, soil, herbivory and water chemistry. Employment Dates: mid-June through September 2010 (flexible). Duties include installing ground water wells, soil and water sampling, equipment maintenance, vegetation data collection and GPS navigation. The bulk of the work will be performed in the backcountry of Great Sand Dunes National Park in variable climatic conditions. Work will include frequent and extensive hiking on and off trail, carrying of heavy field equipment, and tent camping in backcountry locations. Candidates must possess a four-year degree or currently be enrolled at a college or university pursuing a degree in biology, plant ecology, natural resource management, botany, forestry, or similar field. In addition to the basic education requirements, higher levels of education, or a recognized level of education achievement such as class standing, may also qualify you for this position. Applicants with a Master’s degree or two year graduate level education in subjects such as botany, plant anatomy or morphology, cytology, histology, genetics, taxonomy or systematics, algology, mycology or ethnobotany are highly desirable. Candidates must be in good physical condition, capable of long hikes in rugged terrain at high altitudes and in desert landscapes while carrying a loaded backpack. Trips into the backcountry may last up to seven days and will involve hiking both on and off trail. Candidates should also be prepared for some strenuous physical labor including digging and well installation. Adverse weather conditions such as extreme temperatures, rain, and electrical storms may be encountered on a regular basis. Ability to work, hike, camp and maintain a positive attitude in these conditions is essential. Familiarity with backcountry travel, wilderness safety and first aid training are beneficial. Experience with relevant fieldwork and plant identification skills is desirable, but not necessary. A valid driver’s license and safe driving record are required. Technicians will receive $1,500/month (or commensurate with experience for highly qualified candidates) plus housing in Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Application: Email a resume and 1 page cover letter in MS Word (as attachments), including three references with telephone numbers and email addresses, to Jennifer Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org), PO Box 117, Minturn, CO 81645. Please indicate availability. Deadline: April 30, 2010. Posted: 3/18/10.
Colorado State University: One Summer Ecology Field Tech needed to assist a graduate student in data collection, Mid May through Mid/Late August, 2010, Tongass National Forest, Juneau, Alaska. Deadline: April 15th, 2010. This project is designed to study the hydrologic processes and plant species characterizing the wetland to upland forest ecosystem gradient in Southeast Alaska. We will be specifically focusing on determining the ecological characteristics driving the distribution of shore pine (Pinus contorta var contorta) and western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) across this gradient, including landscape genetics, forest productivity, hydrologic variability, soil chemistry, seed availability, and decomposition rates. Duties include conducting vegetation surveys (identifying plants, abundance, species composition, and cover estimates), collecting soil and seed samples, counting seeds, running laboratory analyses, digging water wells, and taking bi-weekly site measurements. Qualifications: Candidates must possess a four-year degree or be currently enrolled at a college or university pursuing a degree in ecology, natural resource management, range management, forestry, or related major. Candidates should be able to successfully work independently and accomplish tasks at hand. Candidates must be in good physical condition -able to hike in 50 lbs of equipment and capable of working long days in the field on rugged terrain and under poor 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 NF USFS Bunkhouses in Juneau, AK. Application: Email a cover letter, a 1-2 page resume, and references (including both 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 Student, Department of Forest, Rangeland, & Watershed Stewardship. Posted: 3/10/10.
Colorado State University: Wetland Ecology Field Technicians / Lead Technicians (8 temporary positions). Pay: $2000 - $2800/month. Duration: Variable by position, 2-8 months (approx. April–December 2010). The Colorado Natural Heritage Program seeks experienced field technicians for summer field projects assessing the condition of wetlands throughout Colorado. All projects require field botany or ecology skills. Knowledge of plant taxonomy and species identification required. Experience in wetland ecology and identifying Colorado flora preferred. Lead Technicians (2) will aid the Principal Investigator with pre-field season logistics and planning, such as securing permission to access survey sites on private land, preparing field maps in ArcGIS 9.3, preparing field supplies, etc. Additional field technicians (6) will be responsible for collecting data in wetlands as part of three separate projects in the Rio Grande National Forest, North Platte River Basin, and locations in Colorado and Utah. Data will be collected using both rapid assessment protocols and more in-depth vegetation surveys. Fieldwork will involve extensive collection of vegetation, soil, and environmental data, and detailed completion of field survey forms. Full job description and application information may be viewed at www.cnhp.colostate.edu/employment.asp. Position(s) will remain open and will be filled as suitable applicants are found. Please indicate which position(s) interest you. Applicants for the Project Lead Positions are encouraged to apply early. First consideration will be given to applications received by March 31, 2010. Applications will be accepted for future consideration through December 31, 2010. Submit online resume, cover letter, and 3 references (with phone numbers). Posted: 2/22/10.
Colorado State University: Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands. Location: Fairbanks, AK. Technicians will be employed by CSU to assist with wetland work on Fort Wainwright. Out-of-state applicants are encouraged to apply; please note that CSU cannot pay for travel costs to AK or provide housing (affordable housing is located near Fort Wainwright). Duration: May - September (flexible dates). Salary: $17-19/hour (40 hrs/wk). Qualifications: These positions require a degree in botany, soil science, or ecology. We need mature, reliable, punctual individuals capable of following detailed protocols and working in small groups. Should be able to hike outside in wet buggy environments for up to 10 hrs/day. Standard duties: identifying AK trees, shrubs, and herbs, classifying vegetation and wetland communities, digging soil pits, interpreting aerial photos, using GPS units. These positions require a valid driver's license and U. S. citizenship. CSU conducts background investigations on all final candidates being considered for employment (e.g., criminal history, national sex offender search, motor vehicle history). Application Procedure: Include the following in your application package: cover letter, resume, copy of college transcripts (unofficial copies are fine), and names and current contact information (daytime phone number and email address) of 3 professional references. Applications and questions should be sent to Sarah Runck (#907-361-9687) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not send applications containing compressed files; please cross-out social security numbers and birthdates from your college transcripts. Application Deadline: March 1, 2010. Posted: 2/3/10.
Conservation and Land Management Internship Program: We are now accepting applications for 2010! Apply online at www.clminternship.org. 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 botany, wildlife biology, 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 collecting seed for restoration and conservation purposes and data on 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 over 5 months and will attend an all expenses-paid week-long training workshop at the Grand Canyon National Park. 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. Application Deadline: Friday, May 7th, 2010 Posted: 11/17/09, revised: 1/21/10, 4/29/10.
Dartmouth College: Opening for a research assistant to assist with a project investigating the effects of land-use on the flux of aquatic insects to terrestrial systems. I am looking for a research assistant for a study of aquatic-terrestrial linkages in Costa Rica for the spring and/or summer of 2010 as part of my dissertation research. This research assistantship provides a unique opportunity to be immersed in the neotropics and Latin American culture. A background in ecology and previous field work in aquatic systems (especially collecting/identifying aquatic insects) are highly desirable. Ability to speak Spanish is strongly preferred but is not a requirement for the position. Travel to and from Costa Rica, food and lodging, and a monthly stipend are provided. I encourage applications from people who are interested in using this opportunity to pursue independent research in a form of a senior thesis or independent project. Review of applications for the spring portion of the research will begin on January 11, 2010. Applications for the summer will be accepted until March 15, 2010. Please send a cover letter, resume, and names/contact information of three references to Ramsa Chaves-Ulloa: email@example.com Posted: 12/17/09.
DePaul University: Summer Field Internship for Chicago Wilderness Land Management Research Program. Duties include collecting ecological data for long term research of Chicago area prairies and woodlands. Interns should expect to be outdoors for the duration of the position. Start date is May or June 2010, but exact date is flexible. The internship will last 10-12 weeks. Qualifications: Required: A background in biology or environmental science with an avid interest in field ecology, knowledge of Chicago area ecosystems, tree and plant identification and ability to work well with others is required. Meticulous attention to field data management is also required. Candidate must be able to work in uneven terrain in extreme weather with mosquitoes, ticks and other field discomforts. Intern must live in the Chicago area (Lake, Cook, DuPage or McHenry County) and have regular access to a vehicle to travel to various field research sites. Desired: Familiarity with local plant identification, vegetation monitoring, soil sampling and analysis methods, and some familiarity with insect/invertebrate collection and/or identification is desired. Experience with GPS/GIS and mapping is ideal. Experience, knowledge and skills in the restoration of natural areas, operation of field equipment and machinery and preparations of biological reports are desired. Compensation: $400 per week for 10 weeks plus travel reimbursement for travel in personal vehicle to field research sites. Hours may include evenings and weekends and may vary week to week. To Apply: Submit resume and cover letter highlighting field experience to Lauren Umek firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, April 16th. Email applications are welcome. Lauren Umek, 1110 W. Belden, Suite 203, Chicago, IL 60614. Posted: 4/7/10.
Duke University: Short-Term Field Assistantship in Northwest Montana -- The Bernhardt lab in the Biology Department is seeking a technician for the 2010 summer field season, starting June 21. This is a full-time temporary position with a hiring period of 2-4 weeks, and offers an excellent opportunity to learn field techniques employed in ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry research. The successful applicant will work closely with a graduate student on a study of successional patterns of nitrogen accumulation and fluxes in floodplains forests, with a focus on soil N cycling processes. The research will be conducted on a floodplain of the Middle Fork Flathead River near West Glacier. The research technician’s primary responsibilities will include, but may not be limited to, the following: 1) Access and transport equipment to field sites by foot, ATV, and whitewater canoe 2) Collect soil cores using a slide-hammer corer 3) Collect upper-canopy leaves using a slingshot and/or shotgun 4) Collect tree cores using an increment borer 5) Identify tree species and measure tree heights and diameters 6) Record site locations using a hand-held GPS unit. Previous experience with ecological sampling techniques, ability to identify plant species in Montana montane forests, experience with firearms, and experience using a GPS are all desirable but not required. Applicants should be in good physical condition and willing to work long hours in the field under a variety of outdoor conditions. The position requires the ability to work efficiently and with attention to detail. Expected pay is between $450 and $600 per week depending on the experience level and hours worked. Because the research methods constrain the time window of sample collection, up to 60 hours of work per week may be necessary. Field housing and a work vehicle are provided and will be shared with a graduate student. 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, along with a contact list of references. Please submit these materials through e-mail as a single document to Alison Appling (email@example.com) by June 11, 2010. Earlier applications will be given preference. Posted: 5/28/10.
Duke University: The Clark Lab is seeking 2 additional research technicians for the 2010 field season. These are full-time (40h/week) temporary positions, beginning at any time between now and July, and lasting through October, with some possibility of extension. Technicians will assist with a study investigating the influence of disturbance on tree growth. Duties will include coring trees, measuring tree rings, and managing data. In addition to dendrochronology work, the technician will assist with the installation of animal exclosures which will be part of a plant fungal pathogen experiment. Duties may also include the following: 1) Assist with inventories of vegetation within forested study plots 3) Collect, sort and identify seeds 4) Assist with maintenance of long-term experimental plots 5) Collect data on germination, survival and phenology of seedlings in warming chambers 6) Take and analyze hemispherical photographs of forest canopies. Our lab is based in the Nicholas School of the Environment and the department of Biology at Duke University, an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We study many aspects of forest community ecology 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. Knowledge of the natural history of eastern forests, prior experience with dendrochronology and experience with Microsoft Excel are beneficial, but not required. Applicants should be willing to work outdoors in a hot, humid environment with abundant insects, ticks and chiggers. The salary is $9 /hour. Successful applicants will need to secure their own housing in the Durham/Research Triangle area. Submit applications ASAP – review will begin immediately and continue on a rolling basis through June 18. Application materials should include a cover letter of one page or less, CV and a list of 3 references. Please submit these materials through e-mail as a single document to Lauren Nichols (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please make “Forest Ecology Technician Position” the subject line of your email. Posted: 1/25/10, revised: 6/9/10.
[position filled] Duke University: Winter Field Assistant in Southern Great Plains. The Jackson lab in the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Science and Biology Department is seeking a technician for the 2010 winter field season, starting late January. This is a full-time temporary position with a hiring period of a month and a half to two months, and offers an excellent opportunity to learn field techniques employed in ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry research. We study ecosystem responses to global changes such as effect of elevated CO2 or land-use changes on plant/soil/microbial systems and nutrient and water cycles (see http://www.biology.duke.edu/jackson for full project descriptions). The position will last 2 months and successful applicant will work closely with a graduate student on a project on ecosystem consequences (water and carbon) of agricultural conversion of grasslands. Sites for this research are located in grasslands and cultivated fields of southern Great Plains, including Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and New Mexico. The research technician’s primary responsibilities will include, but may not be limited to, the following: 1) Assist with deep coring of soil samples using a van-mounted GeoProbe machine. 2) Collecting data on the soil cores, subsampling, and sieving the soil samples for analysis. 3) Interviewing land-owners and researchers about land-use history data. 4) Building and installing probes that measure deep soil CO2 fluxes. 5) Entering data onto excel spreadsheets. Previous experience with soil sampling and soil sample preparations, and experience using Microsoft Excel are all desirable but not required. Approximately 85% of the technicians’ work will be in the field, and 5 to 6 different sites will be visited. Applicants should be in good physical condition and willing to work long hours in the field under a variety of outdoor conditions. The position requires ability to work efficiently and thoroughly and ability and willingness to drive long hours. Expected pay between $1,400 to $2,000 per month depending on the experience level and hours worked. Due to time constraints on the project, up to 60 hours of work per week may be sometimes necessary. Field housing and a work vehicle are provided. You will be sharing field housing with a graduate student. The projected start date is end of January. 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, along with a contact list of references. Please submit these materials through e-mail as a single document to John Kim (email@example.com) by Jan 15, 2010. Posted: 12/15/09.
Duke University: Research technician is needed for a 9-month position, beginning ~ January 15, 2010, or as soon as possible after this date. Duties principally include modeling marine turtle population dynamics and effects of fisheries interactions thereon. Related work on other protected taxa (such as marine mammals) may also be involved. The technician will be an employee of Duke University Marine Laboratory, but the position will be preferentially located at Southwest Fisheries Science Center (NOAA-NMFS) in La Jolla, California. The technician will work in close collaboration with supervisor(s) in the Protected Resources Division of SWFSC. Required experience: Proficiency with program R (preferred) and/or MATLAB is required. The ideal candidate will have completed a Master’s degree in ecology, marine science, conservation biology, mathematics, statistics, or related field, and will have experience conducting research at the interface of biology and math or statistics (e.g., mathematical ecology, population dynamics modeling, etc.). Experience with matrix population models is especially desirable but not required. Exceptional B.Sc. graduates may also be considered depending on experience and skill level. Salary and benefits: Position pays approximately $30k for the 9-month period, plus some benefits (paid holidays, optional health coverage). To apply: Send inquires or application (cover letter and resume/CV) in an email to Dr. Jeff Moore at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be received until position is filled. Posted: 11/20/09.
Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition: 2 vegetation technicians for the Ely Bureau of Land Management (BLM) district and 2 vegetation technicians for the Elko BLM district. Field crews will be responsible for collecting data on vegetative response post-fire in burned areas on public lands managed by the BLM. Data collected will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of emergency stabilization and rehabilitation treatments. All Technicians will be responsible for driving and hiking to sampling locations. Technicians will be required to collect data following rigorous sampling protocols. Work will take place in remote areas of Nevada. Ely crew members can expect to hike up to 10 miles per day carrying a 30 pound pack in temperatures that can exceed 100F. Elko crews should be able to hike up to 5 miles per day carrying a 30 pound pack in temperatures up to 100F. Crew members will be required to provide their own camping equipment. Most work nights will be spent truck camping in the backcountry. Applicants are expected to provide their own housing when on breaks or when staying in their home city (either Ely or Elko). All applicants should feel comfortable living and working in the backcountry for up to 4 days at a time and be authorized to work in the US. Applicants should either be currently enrolled in or graduated from a program in biological sciences, natural resources or a related field. The applicant should have experience in plant identification and a general knowledge of plant taxonomy. A working knowledge of the flora of the Great Basin Desert is preferred but not required. Applicants should be able to follow rigorous sampling protocols. Applicants must be experienced with 4WD vehicles, GPS navigation, and have had a clean driving record for the past 3 years. Crews in the Elko district may also use ATVs. Salary: $14-16/hour, depending on experience (plus $34/day per diem when camping). Schedule: Positions in the Ely district will begin in late May and continue through early August. Positions in the Elko district will begin the first week of June and continue through September with possible extension. Work will occur with an 8-days-on, 6-days-off schedule (10-hours days). Location: Ely crews will be based out of the Coalition’s office in Ely, NV. The Ely district includes White Pine County, Lincoln County and part of Nye County, NV. Elko crews will be based out of the BLM office in Elko, NV. The Elko district includes Elko County and part of Eureka County and Lander County, NV. Deadline: March 15, 2010. Applicants should E-MAIL a cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least three references to Dominic Gentilcore at email@example.com. Materials should be e-mailed by March 15th, 2010. Applicants are welcomed to apply for positions one or both districts. Please indicate “Ely App”, “Elko App” or “Either District App” in the title of your email. For more information, please visit http://www.envlc.org, e-mail Dominic Gentilcore at the address above or call (775) 289-7974 Ext. 5#. Posted: 2/18/10.
Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition: Vegetation Monitoring Field Technician. Field crew members will be responsible for collecting vegetation data in semi-desert and Mojave desert ecosystems. The data will be collected with using a variety of vegetation monitoring techniques. Crew members will also be responsible for the collection of unknown plant specimens for future identification. 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. 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. Salary: $14-16/hour, depending on experience (plus per diem when camping). Positions will begin late April to early May 2010, 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 White Pine County, Lincoln County, and Lander County, NV. 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 Kolada (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 Kolada at Milg_enlc@sbcglobal.net or 775-289-7974 ext. 7#. All applicants must be citizens of the United States. Please note these positions are part of a separate project from our vegetation technician positions. For more information regarding our other positions, please visit www.envlc.org. Posted: 1/14/10, revised: 4/13/10.
Ecology Project International: Yellowstone Wildlife Ecology Program Instructors and Intern. Early June - End of August 2010. EPI, an international non-profit science education organization based in Missoula, Montana, is currently seeking instructors and interns to teach 7 to 9 day field ecology courses to high school students in Montana, USA. Our programs introduce students to real-world scientific study, raise cultural and ecological awareness, and promote international conservation efforts. Each summer, EPI offers residential ecology courses to U.S. and international student groups from June through August in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Students camp in the Gallatin National Forest while working with the US Forest Service to collect data for various wildlife research projects. During the course, students also spend a few days in the Centennial Valley collecting data for the US Fish and Wildlife Service and working on restoration service projects with The Nature Conservancy. Additionally, they explore Yellowstone National Park and go whitewater rafting. For more complete job descriptions please visit http://www.ecologyproject.org/about/jobs/ To apply please send a cover letter, resume, and an EPI instructor or intern application to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 29th, 2010. Posted: 3/12/10.
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.: Wetland Restoration Intern (multiple positions available): June 1 - August 15th. Environmental Concern Inc. is seeking to hire highly motivated interns to help restore a 14 acre tidal wetland on Fishing Bay in Dorchester County Maryland. This restoration will include planting approximately 350,000 marsh plantings. This wetland restoration effort is funded by the EPA under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. The grant is administered by the Maryland Department of the Environment. Interns must not be afraid of hard physical labor. 100% of work will be outdoors and conducted in all weather conditions. The planting effort is strenuous. This effort includes frequent lifting and bending, and the ability to operate hand tools. Former wetland experience and interest a plus. More information about this opportunity (pdf). To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter electronically to: Jessica Lister, Wetland Restoration Project Manager (email@example.com). Posted: 1/21/10.
Environmental Concern Inc.: Internship in a wholesale native wetland plant nursery. Start date: March 1, 2010. Length of Internship: 12 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: February 3, 2010. Environmental Concern's Wholesale Native Wetland Plant Nursery has been providing quality native plants for successful wetland restoration projects for 38 years. We are seeking a spring intern who is interested in developing skills in the horticulture and nursery industry and shares a passion for native plants and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay. The intern will receive specific training in native plant propagation and plant health care, and gain work experience in the wholesale native plant nursery industry. He or she will work along side other nursery staff and will work closely with nursery management to develop one independent research project. The intern 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. Please send cover letter, resume, and references to: Environmental Concern Inc., Attn: Leslie Hunter-Cario, P.O. Box P, St. Michaels, MD 21663. Phone: (410) 745-9620, Fax: (410) 745-3517, firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 1/21/10.
Great Basin Institute: The GBI is working cooperatively with the Bureau of Land Management Southern Nevada District Office to conduct seed collecting activities throughout BLM Southern Nevada District lands. Two Technicians will be hired to support current, ongoing, and future restoration efforts. Specific tasks include: o Scouting and identifying populations of target plant species suitable for the program; o Mapping and GPSing populations of target plant species; o Monitoring the phenology of target plant populations to identify optimal seed collection times; o Collecting seed from wild land native plant populations and completing SOS data forms in accordance with the Seeds of Success (SOS) Technical Protocol; and o Taking herbarium vouchers, and processing and shipping seed as necessary. Technicians are responsible for reporting on accomplishments and providing recommendations for further work. As well, Technicians may delineate and map potential restoration sites, and/or participate in restoration program activities. Compensation and Timeline: o Rate of Pay: $18.59/hour o April 05, 2010 – August 20, 2010 o Full time, 40 hours per week (overtime may be required occasionally). Location: The technicians will be based out of the BLM Southern Nevada District office, which is located in northwest Las Vegas, NV. The Southern Nevada District Office manages more than three million acres of Mojave Desert in Clark and Nye counties. The scenery varies from dramatically colorful geologic landforms and largely unspoiled panoramic vistas of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area to remote and rugged wild landscapes of Gold Butte Back Country Byway. Recreation opportunities abound and viewing sites for desert plants and animals are easily accessible. Qualifications: o Bachelor’s degree with coursework and field experience related to biology, botany, plant science, or related field; o Experience identifying plants using taxonomic keys or familiarity with Mojave Desert plants; o Experience using hand-held GPS equipment for data collection and navigation; o Ability to read and navigate using topographic maps and a compass; o Understanding and/or experience using ArcView GIS software, helpful; o Willingness and ability to work in harsh, ever-changing desert conditions, including extreme temperatures, independently or as part of a team; o Ability to bend and stoop for long periods of time while collecting seed; o Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience; o Willingness to camp in remote, undeveloped sites for multiple days; o Valid, state-issued driver’s license and familiarity driving 4WD vehicles on- and off-road; and o Experience operating ATVs on difficult terrain helpful. For a complete position description please visit www.TheGreatBasinInstitute.org. Applicants should forward a cover letter, their résumé, and a list of three professional references to Bridget Walden, Great Basin Institute HR Coordinator, at email@example.com. Please include where you found this position posted. Posted: 3/4/10.
Great Basin Institute: working cooperatively with the Bureau of Land Management Winnemucca District Office to implement route designations identified in the Black Rock Desert – High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area Resource Management Plan (RMP). The RMP identified open and closed routes, including seasonal closures. Project implementation will predominately include installation of 350+ signs; however, route decommissioning and barrier installation are also required. Closed routes will be decommissioned using hand tools to scatter natural materials (rocks and brush) and may also be seeded to assist in recovery. Steel bollard and cable barriers will be constructed to prevent vehicle trespass in areas where native barriers are not feasible. Implementing seasonal closures includes placement of signs, improvement of existing fences and gates, and installation of new gates. Great Basin Institute is hiring a crew of up to three Recreation Technicians to work with an assigned GBI Project Lead. The crew will be based out of Reno, NV and typically work a four 10-hour day schedule with three days off. Primitive and developed field camping will be required. Funding for this project was received as a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Rate of Pay: $12/hour plus per diem for days spent field camping. Timeline: o March 29, 2010 – June 30, 2010 o Full time, 40 hours per week o Overtime and weekend work may be required occasionally. Location: The team will be based out of GBI’s headquarters in Reno, NV. However, project work will occur within the Black Rock Desert – High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails NCA, the entrance of which is located roughly 2.5 hours north of Reno near the town of Gerlach, NV. Weather conditions and temperatures can be highly variable and change rapidly. Qualifications: o Experience following established field protocols; o Ability to safely and effectively utilize field tools such as shovel, post pounders or rock bars; o Ability to work productively as part of a team; o Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, traverse uneven terrain, carry up to 25 pounds for up to 10 hours/day, and hike cross-country for extended distances (8-10 miles); o Ability to read and navigate using topographic maps and a compass; and o Possess clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with knowledge of or ability to learn how to safely operate a 4WD pickup truck on- and off-road. For a complete position description please visit www.TheGreatBasinInstitute.org. Applicants should forward a cover letter, résumé, and a list of three professional references to Bridget Walden, Great Basin Institute HR Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include where you found this position posted. Posted: 2/26/10.
Great Basin Institute: In cooperation with the Nevada Division of Forestry, we are 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: $30,680/year, Health benefits, Camping per diem. Location: Ely, NV. Timeline: o October 12, 2009 (or upon availability) – November 30, 2009 (possible extension pending funding and a favorable performance review) o Full time, 40 hours per week. 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; For a full position description please visit www.TheGreatBasinInstitute.org. 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. Please include where you found this position posted. Application Deadline: October 3, 2009. Posted: 9/18/09.
Great Basin Institute: Working collaboratively with Lake Mead National Recreation Area (LMNRA), we are seeking an Environmental Education & Outreach Specialist to assist with implementation of interpretation and education programs for Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and occasional interagency efforts. Specific duties of the Specialist include: 1) Presenting curriculum-based field trips and in classroom programs for school students within Southern Nevada, mainly the Clark County School District, targeting schools with a high percentage of English Language Learners, 2) Presenting public outreach programs including community events, hikes, short talks, campground programs, library programs, or other special events, 3) Conducting informal roving interpretation to the public on foot, in a vehicle, on a boat, or on a bicycle, 4) Staffing booths at various special events, both in and out of the LMNRA, to answers questions about Lake Mead, and 5) Staffing the information desk at the LMNRA visitor contact stations to answer phone and in-person inquiries, open and close visitor center stations, and provide a high level of customer service to visitors. This position will require travel throughout the LMNRA, as well as working on weekends and most holidays. Compensation: o $26k Living Allowance; o $4,725 AmeriCorps Education Award; o Student Loan Forbearance; o Paid Interest Accrual; o Paid Health/Dental benefits. Timeline: o Annual position beginning October 2009; o Requires completion of background check; o Full time, 40 hours per week including holidays and weekends. Location: o Lake Mead NRA (Boulder City, NV). Qualifications: o Bachelor’s degree in education or related coursework and commensurate field experience; o Experience developing and implementing environmental education and outreach programs; o Motivated, self-starter who is detail oriented; o Flexibility to handle competing and changing priorities; o Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse public in a variety of forums; o Ability to speak English and Spanish conversationally desirable but not required; o Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments; o Possess clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license; and o Meet eligibility requirements to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, and (2) not yet received two AmeriCorps Education Awards, regardless of previous award amount. For a full position description please visit our website at www.TheGreatBasinInstitute.org. How to Apply: Qualified and interested applicants should forward a cover letter, their résumé, and a list of three professional references to Bridget Walden, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include where you found this position posted. Application Deadline: September 17, 2009. Posted: 9/3/09.
Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife: Would you like to hike, camp, explore rare ecosystems, and help people learn about the unique plants and animals of Hawaii? The Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC) is looking for interns to help us defend the ‘a-ina from an onslaught of invasive species. MISC works throughout Maui County from the coastline of Lanai to the summit of Haleakala controlling the invasive alien plants and animals threatening the diverse ecosystems we depend on for our watersheds. As an intern you will have the opportunity to learn more about these ecosystems and the rare plants and animals that compose them. Be prepared to hike in rough terrain and spend a week camping in Hana, Lanai, or high in the rain forest of East Maui. Help with helicopter surveys, learn about GPS data collection and processing, and canvas neighborhoods explaining the importance of removing invasive species. Late night hours are required when assisting with coqui frog control. For more information contact MISC at 808-573-6472. Apply online by 8/31/09. Posted: 8/20/09.
Institute for Bird Populations: The IBP seeks field biologists to serve as crew leaders to train and lead interns operating a network of mist-netting and banding stations in Texas, Missouri, Oregon, and Indiana/Kentucky for the Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) program. Positions extend from April 23 (TX&MO) or May 1 (OR&IN/KY) through August 8, 2009. Join this continent-wide, long-term effort to track demographic variation in North American landbird populations. MAPS data from this network of stations are analyzed to quantify the impacts of land management practices on bird populations, and to identify relationships between annual demographics and variation in climate and seasonal weather. The ultimate goal of these investigations is to provide landbird conservation recommendations with considerations of habitat management, migratory behavior, weather patterns, and climate change. Successful applicants should have previous experience with the MAPS protocol and be proficient at birdsong identification, and MUST have advanced skills in mist-netting, bird banding, and ageing and sexing of landbirds in the hand. Applicants will be expected to use Peter Pyle's Identification Guide to North American Birds (Part I) to teach plumages and molts of landbirds in the appropriate regions. Previous MAPS field biologist interns (and crew leaders) are especially encouraged to apply. Demonstrated leadership skills, attention to detail, good physical condition, a tolerance of long days that begin before dawn, and the ability to endure sometimes difficult field conditions are required. Field biologists are expected to drive considerable distances between (and within) locations so a reliable field vehicle is a must (trucks/SUVs not required). These field biologist positions are an excellent opportunity to gain experience leading field crews, and IBP full-time staff biologists are often recruited from the MAPS field biologist pool. MAPS field biologists are considered independent contractors and receive payment of $2,300 per month plus free housing and project-related mileage reimbursement ($0.35/mile), but no fringe benefits. For application materials and further information, please visit http://www.birdpop.org/internships.htm or contact Mary Chambers at email@example.com, 415-663-1436. Posted: 1/19/10.
Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center: temporary Technician II position in the plant ecology lab. This is a 10 month position (March 2010 -December 2010). The employee will assist with many aspects of ongoing research, with particular emphasis on vegetation sampling related to a long-term ecological forestry study in the longleaf pine ecosystem. 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: Identification of ground cover species in the highly diverse longleaf pine ecosystem. Coordinate field data collection and supervise field assistants. Conduct vegetation sampling in demanding field conditions (i.e. heat, high humidity, and insects). Must have extensive experience with plant identification and use of dichotomous keys. Qualifications: M.S. degree in botany, plant ecology or related field. Coursework in plant taxonomy required. Knowledge of southeastern U.S. flora preferable. Wages: $26k Annual Salary plus benefits. Send cover letter, resume, list of pertinent courses and list of references with phone numbers by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, Plant Ecology Technician II, Attn: Cindy Craft, Joseph Jones Ecological Research Center, 3988 Jones Center Drive, Newton, GA 39870-9651 or FAX (229)734-4707. For specific questions or more information on this position, contact: Melanie Kaeser, Plant Ecology Lead Technician by Email: email@example.com. or (229)734-4706. Posted: 12/15/09, revised: 2/24/10.
Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center: temporary Hourly Research Assistant position. This position will begin in August 2009 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 employee will assist with all aspects of ongoing research, including a variety of field and greenhouse-based work, such as weeding and maintenance of seed propagation garden, native seed collection, vegetation sampling, and data entry. 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 computer and laboratory-related experience is preferable. Wages: $8 per hour (limited on-site housing available), $9.50 per hour (without housing). Send cover letter, resume, list of pertinent courses and list of references with phone numbers to: PlantEcologyjobs@jonesctr.org Plant Ecology Hourly Worker, Attn: Cindy Craft, Joseph Jones Ecological Research Center, Route 2 Box 2324, Newton, GA 39870-9651. FAX (229)734-4707. For specific questions or more information on this position, please contact: Melanie Kaeser, Plant Ecology Lead Technician by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 8/11/09.
LMS Consulting: Full time and Part time Field Technicians needed to begin April 24, 2010 to assess the impact of wind turbines on birds and bats. Applicants must use their own vehicle in the field. Shared housing is available. This is a temporary/seasonal position that will require a commitment until October 31, 2010. Location: near Plattsburg, NY and near Rochester, NY. Salary: hourly with federal mileage. Qualifications: Field experience, rabies vaccination or post vaccination titer, Bird and/or Bat ID skills and AAS or BS preferred. Will consider college students with good work ethic and references. Applicant must be physically fit and will need to maintain concentration while searching over long distances in heat, wind and cold. Must be able to record data in the field and aquire the skilled use of GPS, compass and other basic field equipment. Start Date: 4/24/2010. Application Deadline: 4/15/2010. Please send resume and three references to: Linda Slobodnik (email@example.com). Posted: 3/31/10.
Marine Biological Laboratory: Summer Research Assistant: Arctic Grayling: The Ecosystems Center is seeking applicants for a summer research position based in Alaska. Research will focus on Arctic grayling migration timing, growth, and survival as part of a larger project to determine how the shifting seasonality of arctic river hydrology alters key biotic linkages within arctic tundra lake and stream ecosystems. The successful candidate will participate in ecological research on fish in arctic tundra stream and lake ecosystems at Toolik Field Station in northern Alaska. Field activities include PIT tagging fish, installing and maintaining PIT tag antennas, measuring condition of fish, collecting diet samples from fish, and collection of water and benthic invertebrate samples. Applicants should be available to live at the Toolik Field Station from May 10 to September 30, 2010. Travel to Toolik Field Station will be paid as well as the cost of room and board at the station. Basic Qualifications: We are seeking enthusiastic candidates with a Bachelor of Science, a strong interest in freshwater ecology, and previous field experience. Preferred Qualifications: A background in fish ecology and/or aquatic ecology is preferred. Wilderness or outdoor recreation experience is highly desirable. Physical Requirements Applicants should be in good health, capable of rigorous physical activity (e.g., working long hours in potentially adverse environmental conditions, carrying >40 pound pack across uneven terrain) and be prepared to live and work with fellow researchers in an isolated camp. Required Documents: Resume/CV, Cover Letter, References. Apply on line at: https://mbl.simplehire.com/. Posted: 3/10/10.
Marine Biological Laboratory: The Ecosystems Center is seeking applicants for a temporary summer field assistant to work on a project that examines the biogeochemistry of major arctic rivers. The position will be based out of Inuvik, Canada, and is expected to be approximately one month in duration, between mid to late June and mid to late July, 2010. The successful candidate will be responsible for taking daily water samples from the Mackenzie River, and processing these samples for later transport to Woods Hole and chemical analyses. Both sampling from shore and supervised work on a boat will be undertaken. The candidate will be expected to work independently and be able to troubleshoot problems that may arise in the field.Travel to Inuvik from Woods Hole and field living expenses will be paid in addition to a salary. Qualifications: Applicants should have a BS degree or commensurate experience. Experience with proper collection and processing of water samples, and significant experience with field work is required. Applicants must demonstrate an ability to work independently and in remote locations. Applicants must be in good health, capable of rigorous physical outdoor activity, prepared to work in harsh weather conditions, and willing to live in a group setting where personal privacy is limited. Travel to Inuvik from Woods Hole and field living expenses will be paid in addition to a salary Required Documents: Resume/CV, Cover Letter. Apply online at: https://mbl.simplehire.edu. Posted: 2/17/10.
Marine Biological Laboratory: The Ecosystems Center is seeking applicants for a summer full-time Research Assistant position based in Woods Hole, MA with a summer field season on the North Slope of Alaska (Toolik Field Station). This position is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through NSF between May 2010 and September 2010. The renewal is possible depending on funding availability and success of the project. The field duties of the RA are to explore a new method to measure soil respiration and its components with a newly developed automated system under a manipulated warming condition in soils. The candidate is expected to maintain the system and potentially develop his/her own ideas to study soil carbon fluxes in the tundra ecosystem. Activities in Woods Hole include chemistry analyses, data analyses, and writing of reports. A BA/BS in ecology or environmental sciences is required. An MA in above fields is desired. Strong experience in field instrumentation, particularly of infrared gas analyzers (IRGA), dataloggers, and climatic sensors, is essential. The successful candidate should be able to work independently without supervision for a long time in a remote condition, and willing to learn to use and explore new field-based instruments. Applicants should be in good health, capable of rigorous physical activity (e.g., working long hours in potentially harsh environmental conditions, carrying ~40 pound pack across uneven terrain) and prepare to live in an isolated research camp. Candidate should be available for travel to Alaska in June and should be able to remain in Alaska through the end of August. All travel and living expenses while in Alaska will be paid in addition to a salary. Please apply online on https://mbl.simplehire.com/. Click "Research" and find the position "Arctic Soil." Questions should be addressed to Dr. Jim Tang at firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 2/5/10.
Missouri Department of Conservation/University of Missouri: Botany Technicians and Crew leaders, Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project (MOFEP). Dates: May 17– August 19, 2010(a little earlier and later for crew leaders) Pay Rate: Ten crew members: $9.32/hr. Two crew leaders: $10.73/hr. Housing provided. Hours: 40 hrs/week (4 ten-hour work days) Positions to be filled: 10 crew members, 2 crew leaders. (8 in Ellington, MO; 4 at Peck Ranch near Winona). Duties: Botany technicians identify over 500 plants to species level(often small and vegetative), estimate plant coverage, canopy closure and count soft mast fruits. Data are entered electronically into Trimble Ranger/Nomad electronic data collectors. Crews navigate to plots using Garmin GPS units and topographical maps. In addition to all of these tasks,crew leaders supervise the crews, download data from the electronic data collectors, check data for accuracy, and make daily assignments. Qualifications: College coursework toward a degree in natural resources: coursework in botany, taxonomy, ecology and forestry preferred. Bachelor’s degree required for crew leaders. Valid driver’s license required. Preference will be given to candidates who have completed a field botany and/or taxonomy class and/or exhibit strong botanical skills. Intensive botanical training will be provided, but basic taxonomic knowledge is a prerequisite for the training. Successful applicants will be detail-oriented, able to communicate effectively, and able to cheerfully endure harsh field conditions (heat, humidity, ticks, chiggers, gnats, spiders, snakes, briars and steep terrain). If you love learning about plants and natural communities, this is your job! MOFEP is a nationally-renowned, long-term study of the effects of forest management on multiple aspects of the ecosystem. Many natural resource professionals have begun their career working on this project over the last 19 years. Understanding plants gives you an important competitive edge when applying for most natural resource professions. You will learn to identify hundreds of forest, woodland and glade plant species. 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. We are centered in the heart of the beautiful Ozark Mountains, providing ample opportunities for botanizing and hiking, and swimming and canoeing in the stunningly beautiful Current and Jacks Fork Rivers. Housing is provided and is located on conservation land. Deadline: February 8, 2010. For more information and application instructions, contact: Susan Farrington 551 Joe Jones Blvd. West Plains MO 65775 email@example.com Phone (417) 255-9561 ext. 307Fax (417) 256-0429. Posted: 12/21/09.
Montana Natural Heritage Program: we seek experienced project leads for wetland condition assessment projects throughout Montana. All projects require field botany or field ecology skills. Knowledge of plant taxonomy and species identification and experience in wetland ecology required. Experience identifying Montana flora preferred. Project Lead will aid the Principal Investigator with pre-field season logistics and planning, such as assisting with the random sample survey design, securing permission to access survey sites on private land, preparing field maps in ArcGIS 9.3, preparing field supplies, etc. During the field season, the Project Lead will work with field technicians to carry out the tasks listed below and will be the point of contact between the Principal Investigator and the field team. The project lead is responsible for managing field technicians, field equipment, and other project resources for successful completion of the fieldwork. The fieldwork involves extensive collection of vegetation, soil, and environmental data, identifying plant species, and completion of field survey forms. This position will require knowledge of Montana flora and ability to use GPS and GIS tools. Willingness to travel extensively during the field season, work unusual schedules, camp, and backpack into remote areas of Montana are to be expected. Project Lead may begin in early May 2010. Pay $14-$16/hour. Position may last from 3-7 months (approx. May-December 2010). Deadline: April 15, 2010. For the full job ad, contact: Karen Newlon (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 3/16/10.
Mountain Studies Institute: Seasonal Project Manager/Research Assistants. MSI conducts environmental and community projects and provides education and information to facilitate informed decisions related to natural resource management, environmental policy, and community planning. The Institute hosts visiting scientists and classes to increase research and education in our region and beyond. 1 or 2 Positions will be filled for Summer 2010 (most likely full time in June to August, and part time in late May and Sept). Duty location of 1st position: Silverton, CO. 2nd position may be Silverton or Durango. Duties: Lead and assist with MSI projects, including field research and education program. Research may include: (1) effects of fire on mercury in soils, (2) experimental tests of biochar soil amendments for re-vegetation, carbon storage, and metal binding; (3) fen wetland restoration; (4) American Pika monitoring, and (4) high-elevation lake sampling. • Coordinate logistics for research activities. • Lead and participate in sampling and experimental installation activities. • Supervise undergraduate interns and volunteers. • Serve as teaching assistant for natural resource management course. • Work with a variety of partners including university faculty, graduate students, and federal land managers. • Meet deadlines and reporting requirements and work within budget. Requirements: • BS or MS in environmental science, ecology, soils, or geology. • Extensive field work experience and backcountry travel skills (safety/medical certs. are a plus) • Motivated, well organized, efficient • Excellent writing and communication skills • Computer skills (MS Office, GIS, etc.) • Enthusiasm for the MSI. To Apply: Email a cover letter (up to 3 pages including salary requirements and detailed description of your field and lab experience and any supervisory or teaching experience), resume, and contact info for three references by March 20, 2010 to Koren Nydick at email@example.com. You may also include a short writing sample or other product of a past project. A personal vehicle will be used, with mileage reimbursement. Posted: 2/22/10.
Nantucket Conservation Foundation, Inc.: (1) Seasonal Research Assistants (6 month) to aid conservation and management research. Responsibilities: Monitor vegetation (rare and invasive) and wildlife populations; documenting impacts of grassland, heathland, and wetland management. Qualifications: B.S. or B.A. in Ecology, Botany, Zoology, or related field. Strong observational, critical thinking and organizational skills. Strong plant identification skills, familiarity with Northeastern US flora. Experience in plant community and wildlife monitoring, field data collection, GIS/GPS. Ability to work independently and as a team under potentially adverse field conditions. Willingness to participate in prescribed burns and obtain NWCG S130/190 certification is necessary. Valid driver’s license is required. This is a full-time, temporary position; mid-May to late October, with dates somewhat flexible. Typical work week averages eight hours per day with flexibility for weather, tides. Housing and work-related transportation is provided. Wage is commensurate with experience. (2) Seasonal Field Research Interns (3 month) to aid conservation and management research. Responsibilities: Monitor vegetation (rare and invasive) and wildlife populations; documenting impacts of grassland, heathland, and wetland management. Qualifications: B.S. or B.A. in Ecology, Botany, Zoology, etc. or course work equivalent to a Junior level. Strong observational, critical thinking and organizational skills. Strong plant identification skills, familiarity with Northeastern US flora. Experience in plant community and wildlife monitoring, field data collection, GIS/GPS. Ability to 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 June and ending in late August, dates are flexible. Work week averages eight hours per day with flexibility for weather, tides. Stipend, housing and work-related transportation is provided. Both positions: Medical and unemployment insurance, paid holidays, and paid sick days are not available to seasonal employees. Application deadline is February 15, 2010. Please submit one document containing a cover letter, resume, copy of college transcripts and contact information for three references via email to: Dr. Jennifer M. Karberg, Research Supervisor (firstname.lastname@example.org). For more information, visit www.nantucketconservation.org. Posted: 12/15/09.
National Council for Science and the Environment: NCSE’s Campus to Careers (C2C) Program provides meaningful, paid environmental internships to expose college students and recent graduates to real world experience as well as mentoring and career networking opportunities. C2C is hiring an intern for its National Park Service Climate Change Internship Program (CCIP) at the Russell Cave National Monument, AL. In this unique internship, the intern will work with nationally recognized Archaeologist, Dr. Sarah Sherwood, assessing prehistoric climate conditions from soil samples. The internship will be based in Bridgeport, AL (between Chattanooga and Huntsville) for 10-12 weeks in duration, beginning in May or June, and pays $12 per hour. The intern will work 40 hours per week (no overtime or holiday work). Housing is provided, but intern will be responsible for his/her own food and transportation. Duties: * Create interpretive presentations on analysis results comparing prehistoric climate change scenarios to current climate change conditions. * Outline and create curriculum-based materials for presentation of findings and theories. * Field support will involve participating in soil sample collection, photography, and detailed documentation. Skills and Experience: * Coursework in Earth Sciences (geology, soil science, botany would be most relevant) * Education and/or previous volunteer or internship experience in some combination of: - Education - Archaeology - Anthropology - History * MS Office skills: - Essential: Word and PowerPoint - Valuable: Excel - Useful but not necessary: Access. To apply, students and recent graduates should see the guidelines on our website. For more information about this internship, please contact Paul Dion at email@example.com. Posted: 5/7/10.
National Park Service: Seasonal biotech with skills and interest in backcountry desert hiking, entomology, and desert plant identification needed for a two-year study of native bee pollinators (approx. March-October each year) at Carlsbad Caverns NP. For the job announcement, search USAJOBS for Job Announcement Number: CAVE-10-59 DEU. Closes: February 19. Posted: 2/10/10.
National Park Service: Forest Monitoring Technicians - Summer 2010. The National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring is recruiting 3 seasonal biological science technicians to collect forest health data in 17 parks throughout the Eastern US (from Acadia in Maine to southern Virginia). 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. This is largely a field based position, and incumbents will be required to carry heavy field equipment (40+lbs), and hike though rough terrain on and off trail. Park housing will be available at the duty stations (Acadia National Park (Bar Harbor, ME) and Fredericksburg, VA). When away from these duty stations (50% of the time), the National Park Service will pay lodging and per diem costs. This position is open to US Citizens only. To apply, search usajobs.gov for Job Announcement Number: PH-10-JL-313549. For additional information please contact Kate Miller (207-288-8736) or Jim Comiskey (540-654-5328). Closes: 2/18/10. Posted: 2/8/10.
National Park Service: Location: Isle Royale National Park. Duration: May 10 – August 25, 2010. Series and Grade: GS-0404-4/5. Vacancies: 5. Pay: $13.41 - $19.50/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 Isle Royale National Park in Michigan/Lake Superior. Incumbents will collect extensive monitoring data on trees, shrubs, and herbs, collect data on coarse woody materials, browse, 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. Additional Information: These positions will be posted on USAJobs in early 2010. Undergraduates and graduate students enrolled in fall 2010 may be hired directly and bypass the standard federal hiring process. Interested people are encouraged to contact Suzanne Sanders at 715-682-0631, ext. 23, with any questions. No emails please. Posted: 1/22/10.
National Park Service: two GS-5 ($15/hr) Biological Science Technicians for the 2010 summer field season based out of Lava Beds National Monument. 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 three national parks in the region (Lava Beds, Crater Lake, Lassen Volcanic) 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 may require that arduous duty Red Card Certification be obtained. Estimated work dates are from early June to the end of August. Interested applicants must apply through the USAJOBS website. The announcement number is REDW 10-304705-T 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. Applications must be completed by the Feb. 8, 2010 deadline to be considered for these positions. For specific questions about fire effects positions (serious inquiries only, please), contact Todd Erdody, Lead Fire Effects Monitor, at Todd_Erdody@nps.gov. Posted: 1/21/10.
National Park Service: Biological Science Technician (plants) GS-4/5/6 seasonal, Northern Colorado Plateau Network, Moab, UT with travel throughout Utah and western Colorado, April - 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 2-6 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 Utah and western Colorado. Crew members will be required to hike off trail with heavy packs, sometimes in extremely hot weather and 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-10-40, IMDE-10-41, and IMDE-10-42. Applications due by January 15. Posted: 1/5/10.
New Mexico State University: 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, immediate start date. Successful candidate must be a US citizen with a valid driver’s license and the ability to lift and carry 50 lbs. This position will be a combination of lab and field work. Position will include laboratory work (primarily for soil physical properties and some simple soil chemistry), data entry and data manipulation. Position will also include extensive travel throughout the region and possibly out of state, 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. 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. Additional information. Send letter of application, resume and contact information for three references to: Ericha Courtright, Jornada Experimental Range, P.O. Box 30003, MSC 3JER, NMSU, Las Cruces, NM 88003 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications is ongoing. Posted: 3/3/09, revised: 6/24/09, 9/23/09.
North Carolina State University: Research Assistants (2) needed for studies of American Oystercatcher productivity on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Must be available early April to late July 2010. Work involves monitoring nesting productivity at Cape Hatteras and Cape Lookout National Seashores and include operation of an ATV and 4-wheel drive truck. Specific duties will include behavioral observation, radio telemetry, video monitoring and logging and possibly capturing adult and chick oystercatchers. Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license, be in excellent physical condition, and be willing to hike and work in remote areas. Housing and a stipend of $1400 - 1600 per month provided, depending on experience. Send a cover letter, a resume summarizing relevant experience, and the names and phone numbers of 3 references to Tracy Borneman, email@example.com, North Carolina State University, Campus Box 7617, Raleigh, NC 27695. Application review will begin Jan. 15th and continue until suitable candidates are found. Posted: 12/21/09.
Northern Arizona University: Job Opportunity - Seasonal Research Technicians for NPS vegetation/soil monitoring crew for summer/fall 2010. We are looking for people who have experience: identifying common Colorado Plateau species in the field; collecting ecological field data; using GPS and compass; characterizing soils using hand texturing techniques; conducting fieldwork in remote backcountry settings and under difficult conditions in a safe and efficient manner. Our field season runs from mid – June through late October. We work at a number of upland ecosystems in National Park Service units across the Southern Colorado Plateau and beyond including: mixed conifer forests on the North Rim of Grand Canyon and Bandelier; pinyon-juniper woodlands at Grand Canyon, Bandelier, and Mesa Verde; grasslands and shrublands at Wupatki and Petrified Forest. Much of the work entails identifying herbaceous and shrub species and estimating cover in quadrats, but also includes plot set-up, tree and soil measurements using established protocols, and data entry. The work schedule is typically 10 hour days with 8 days on, 6 days off, and requires nearly constant travel and frequent camping. We are hiring 3 research specialists at $14.58/hr. Our office is based in Flagstaff, on campus. Apply on line on the NAU Human Resources website before March 30 (click on “Careers at NAU” and scan list for “Research Specialist” Job ID 558295). Contact Jim DeCoster or Megan Swan if you have any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org 928-523-7454, email@example.com 928-523-7489). Posted: 3/12/10.
Northern Arizona University: 2-3 bio-techs (including 1 botanist) to work in Zion National Park this fall. Technicians will work on a crew sampling vegetation within the Dakota Hill Complex Fire. This site was treated at a landscape level with the herbicide Plateau in 2007 in an attempt to reduce the post-fire spread of Cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum). Duties will include identifying plants to species, collecting unknown species for later identification with the aid of keys (A Utah Flora & the Jepson Manual), 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 possession of 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 $9-16 per/hr depending upon experience. In addition, you will receive $20 per diem. Employees will be responsible for travel to Zion National Park. If you are traveling from the Flagstaff, AZ area you can travel with the crew vehicle. 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 hike 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 must be supplied by the individual. Timeline: The work will consist of a 7-10 day session. We will likely meet in Zion National Park on October 9th and hike out to the site the morning of October 10th. Exact dates are subject to change. We will work for 7-10 days until all work is completed. Employees also may have the opportunity to work on data entry or plant identification for a few days after the field season if interested. Qualifications: I am looking for at least one qualified botanist familiar with the plants of Southern Utah. Previous botanical field experience is desired for the additional technicians, 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 a day or two of hiking collected soil and biomass to the car. Contacts: If you are interested in working in the backcountry on the Dakota Hill Complex, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and include a statement of interest and a resume with references. Posted: 8/13/09.
Ohio State University: The Mercer Lab of the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science are searching for TWO field research assistants (paid). We will hire one full-time (40 hours/week) AND one part-time (20 hours/week) workers. Desired dates of employment is from May 1 to September 1, 2010. Wage is commensurate with education and experience. Successful applicants will assist field research projects on the ecology and evolution of plant in response to climate change in Central Ohio. Research will focus on the response of plant morphology, mating patterns, and phenology to availability of resources. Duties will include planting seeds, maintaining plant populations, collecting data and seeds, as well as some easy building activities. Moderately strenuous activity will occur daily and we will be outside most days. Field research is conducted in small teams on OSU's experimental farms in Columbus, OH and the surrounding area. Prior field experience 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, particularly with regard to the ecology and evolution of plant populations. Applications will be reviewed immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit via email a brief letter of application, a resume, and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of 2~3 professional references to Jing Luo (email@example.com). Please specify your earliest starting date which your preference of full-time or part-time in your letter. Posted: 4/29/10.
Oregon State University: Three field technicians (1 crew lead, 2 techs.) are needed to assist in setting up and measuring plots in south central Oregon lodgepole pine forests in areas of pre and post mountain pine beetle epidemic. Work will be based out of Paisley, OR, but work will also be conducted near Pringle Falls, south of Bend, OR. Housing in Paisley and Pringle Falls will be provided. Work duties will include setting up plot boundaries, measuring stand structure, tree regeneration, surface and crown fuels, and identification of plant communities. Multi-day camping and/or backpacking trips may occur. Camping per diem will be provided on these occasions. Work may often occur in inclement conditions (heat, rain, mosquitoes, etc.). Strong attention to details and a willingness to QA/QC field records necessary. Qualifications: Experience performing basic forest measurements, basic plant identification, as well as experience hiking off-trail in forested environments and navigating cross-county with compass preferred. Must be able to live, travel, and work with people in a friendly and professional environment. Timeline: Work will start June 14th and run through September 2010. Earlier start date may be negotiable for crew lead position. Pay Range: $12-14/hour DOE. To Apply: Please send cover letter, resume, names and contact information for 2 references, and any questions to Travis Woolley (firstname.lastname@example.org). Application deadline March 31st. Posted: 3/8/10.
Oregon State University: Field technician (1) and intern (1-2) needed for a long-term forest bird monitoring study at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest from approximately May 1st to July 15th. The study is part of a PhD project in the Betts landscape ecology lab. The field station is located in the Willamette National Forest near Blue River, OR and provides access to great hiking and mountain biking trails, swimming holes, and hot springs. Duties include conducting avian point counts along transects and dirt roads, vegetation and insect sampling, acoustic recordings, data entry and error checking. Applicants should be motivated, organized and comfortable working in remote areas alone or in a group. The position requires hiking in variable terrain, travel on dirt roads by 4WD vehicle and mountain bike, early mornings, and working outside for extended periods in cold and wet conditions. Point count experience necessary for technician position. Identification skills of birds of the Pacific Northwest by sight and sound preferred, but not required. The intern position is intended for someone beginning in the field of ornithology that is interested in learning new skills and techniques. Housing provided at the HJ Andrews is apartment-style with shared rooms. Pay for technician is $1800/month and intern is $500/month. Please send cover letter, resume and 3 references to Sarah Frey (EM: sarah.frey at oregonstate.edu). Posted: 3/5/10.
Oregon State University: We have an opening for a Field Assistant on a long-term study of plant and animal phenology at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest in the central cascades of Oregon. This study seeks to understand the influence of microclimate heterogeneity on phenology and trophic responses to change in climate and disturbance. The Field Assistant will be part of a team observing plants and collecting insects at plots distributed across topographic and vegetation gradients. This position is an excellent opportunity for an individual interested in ecology, natural history or forestry to gain valuable field research experience. The position runs from April 6th through July 9th, 2010 (for an outstanding candidate there may be some flexibility in start date). The Field Assistant will be housed at the Andrews Forest, a 16,000-acre ‘living laboratory’ representative of forest and stream ecosystems in the western cascades. With a 60-year research history and large tracts of old-growth and mature forest, the Andrew Forest provides unparalleled opportunities to deepen understanding of forest ecology. The field station has modern apartments with full kitchens, a well-equipped computer lab, and wireless internet. The region provides outstanding opportunities for outdoor recreation, and is widely considered among the most scenic in the country. Housing and a wage of $10/hour will be provided. Candidates should have a strong interest in field research and a demonstrated enthusiasm for spending long hours outdoors under any and all weather conditions. A valid driver’s license is required, and experience driving on gravel mountain roads would be beneficial. Prior field research experience is highly desirable. The Assistant must be capable of working effectively within a team, as well as functioning independently. Physically, the applicant must be able to traverse difficult terrain, navigate in dense forest, carry 30 pounds of gear, and be safe when working alone in isolated, rugged terrain. Additionally, she/he must be a patient observer, with good dexterity and legible handwriting, and be comfortable collecting insects. To apply: For full consideration, send a letter of interest, CV and contact information (email and phone number) for three references to Mark Schulze at email@example.com. For questions regarding the application process, contact Mark Schulze via email or phone 541-822-6336. Posted: 1/21/10.
Pandion Systems, Inc.: Full-time temporary nest-searching and monitoring technician for Black-capped Vireos at a commercial wind power facility. Must be amenable to living in west-central Texas for four months, and enduring rigorous, challenging fieldwork conditions. Location: near Abilene, Texas. Salary: $2000 per month for four months. Qualifications: Prior experience with bird nest searching and monitoring required. Ability to perform physically demanding fieldwork in challenging field conditions. Ability to interact well with field crew,wind facility personnel, and landowners. Must provide contact information for 3 references. Start Date: 4/1/2010. Application Deadline: 2/22/2010. Contact Person : Caleb Gordon (352-505-1824, firstname.lastname@example.org), http://www.pandionsystems.com/. Posted: 2/8/10.
Pennsylvania State University: Field technician position in bird-plant interaction study in Puerto Rico. The Carlo lab at the Penn State University Biology Department seeks to hire a full-time technician to conduct field ecology work in Puerto Rico starting August 1st 2010 and ending May, 2011. Applicants are required to have a bachelor’s degree in Biology, Ecology, or related Life Science field. Experience in tropical bird and plant identification and observation is required. Applicants must be able, to drive manual transmission vehicles, and to be comfortable realizing physically-demanding work. Also, applicants must be self-motivated and able to work independently. Applicants that can communicate in Spanish are preferred, although is not required. Activities include bird behavioral observations, bird censuses, fruiting plant phenology, identification of seeds and seedlings, data entry, tree planting, and soil sampling and processing. Housing will be provided by the project but the successful candidate must be able to make travel arrangements to the site in Puerto Rico. To apply send a CV, cover letter, and the names and contact information of three references to email@example.com. Posted: 5/17/10.
Pennsylvania State University: A Field Botanist is needed to assist in vegetation monitoring at Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard Training Center. Field crew member will relocate permanent plots, establish new plots, collect vegetation data using Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers. Project includes identifying plant species, measuring woody vegetation in grasslands, mapping invasive species, documenting disturbance, collecting data, and taking digital photographs as part of a long-term ecological monitoring program. Incumbents will be employed by The Pennsylvania State University. Requires BS or be in a program leading to a BS and knowledge of Pennsylvania flora or plant taxonomy, basic computer skills, demonstrated proficiency orienting with map and compass, and ability to operate a four-wheel-drive vehicle. A valid driver's license is required. Previous vegetation sampling experience is preferred. Candidates should be in good physical condition, willing to work long hours outdoors in all types of weather and habitat conditions, and able to work cooperatively with others in a team environment. Salary is $11-15/hour, commensurate with experience and qualifications, 30-35 hrs/week. To apply, submit resume and cover letter to James Meenan, Fort Indiantown Gap, Range Operations, Building 11-9, Service Road, Annville, PA 17003-5002 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 4/26/10.
Pennsylvania State University: Forest Monitoring Technicians, Summer 2010. 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 four year of a long-term monitoring program investigating forest condition at these national parks. The positions begin in mid-May 2010 and continue for 12 – 15 weeks with compensation of $12-15 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: 2/1/10.
PRBO Conservation Science: Up to 20 positions available, including several crew supervisors on multiple songbird monitoring projects in the Sierra Nevada of California. Project dates: ~19 April through 10 August 2009 (crew supervisors may start April 12). Primary duties vary by project but include multi-species point counting, woodpecker surveys, mist-netting, vegetation surveys, orienteering 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 covers a vast range of elevations and habitats, including, aspen, oak, chaparral, riparian, and coniferous forest. The positions will be based out of multiple locations from the Lassen region to the southern Sierra Nevada. Successful candidates must be able to identify over 100 bird species by sight and sound following three weeks of training. Compensation is $1800 - 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 previous experience point counting are preferred, but candidates with 2-3 seasons of any field research experience are encouraged to apply. For all positions we require self-motivation, an enthusiasm for travel and camping, good physical condition, willingness to spend long hours in the field observing birds and the ability to work well independently and in a group living situation. Most positions require extensive travel in remote areas 5 days/week and backpacking in wilderness areas. Email a letter of interest describing previous field research experience (including non-bird work), relevant course listings, specific dates of availability, a resume, and contact information for three references to: ALISSA FOGG (afogg at prbo.org). Please note if you are applying to other PRBO Conservation Science positions. Posted: 11/3/09.
Purdue University: Field Botanist –Temporary, full-time position. Pay: $11/hour plus housing. Dates: May 15 – August 20, 2010 (starting and ending dates are negotiable). Location: Morgan-Monroe and Yellowwood State Forests near Bloomington, IN. Qualifications: College coursework in botany, forestry, and/or environmental science. Knowledge of plant taxonomy and the flora of southern Indiana is required. Experience collecting field data is desired. Position requires a valid driver’s license and the ability and willingness to work outdoors in remote locations, rough terrain, and potentially inclement weather conditions. Current undergraduate students and recent B.S. graduates are encouraged to apply. Duties: This position will collect field data for a long-term research project that examines the effects of forest management on the ecology of hardwood forests as part of the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment (HEE; http://www.purdue.edu/fnr/HEE/index.htm). Primary duties for the entire period will include the sampling of vegetation in the herbaceous and shrub layers. Additional activities may include assisting the HEE general field crew in conducting overstory tree sampling, aural bird surveys, small-mammal trapping, and insect surveys. This position requires strong plant (tree and herbaceous species) identification skills. To apply: Send or email cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references by April 20, 2010. Please include a description of pertinent coursework and experience in the cover letter. Contact: Dr. Mike Jenkins, Purdue University, 715 State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 765-494-3602. Posted: 4/6/10.
Purdue University: We are seeking enthusiastic and dependable field assistants to help collect fish data in Saginaw Bay (Lake Huron) and southern Lake Michigan. Positions are based in mid-Michigan and Indiana, USA. Duties will include assisting with nearshore and offshore larval fish sampling, trawling, seining, invertebrate sampling, and identifying/enumerating biotic samples. Work may occur in inclement weather or rough seas, and may include weekends, evenings, and/or long days. Field work is expected to commence in early April of 2010 and continue through summer or fall. However, start and end dates for the positions are somewhat flexible. For the Saginaw Bay project, housing (but not food) will be provided. Interested parties should forward their resume and contact information for 3 references to Charlie Roswell (email@example.com) by March 19th 2010, and indicate in the subject line of the email which position they are applying for, i.e., Saginaw Bay, Lake Michigan, or both. Posted: 2/22/10.
Purdue University: Two field technicians are needed from March 15 thru June 2010 to assist in a number of ongoing research projects investigating the ecology of raccoons and Virginia opossums near Peru, Indiana. One position will primarily be focused on radio-tracking raccoons and opossums, but also will include opportunities for live-trapping and handling of raccoons and opossums. The second position will primarily be focused on live-trapping, but also will include additional opportunities for radio-tracking. Housing, field equipment, and field vehicles will be provided for both positions Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree in a natural resources or related field or equivalent experience is required. In addition, prior experience with trapping mammals, radio-telemetry, and data collection is preferred but not required. Applicants must be willing and capable of working nights for the radio-telemetry position in particular, possess the ability to work independently as well as in a team, and live in close quarters. Additionally, applicant must be capable of working long, intense hours in harsh field conditions, and have a valid driver’s license. Salary: $9/hour. To apply: Send (via e-mail or ground mail) a cover letter, resume, and the contact information of 3 references by February 1, 2010 to: James Beasley, Purdue University, 195 Marsteller St, West Lafayette, IN 47907. (765) 494-3578, firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 10/19/09, revised: 1/5/10.
QinetiQ Corporation: QinetiQ, a contractor of Natural Resources personnel to the US Army, has a temporary, full-time position at Fort Irwin, California from November 2009 through March 2010, with possible extension until July 2010. The temporary Natural Resource Specialist monitors and conserves biodiversity at Fort Irwin, a large, heavily used military training base in the Mojave Desert of Southern California. The NR Specialist will assist a team of four other biologists plan and conduct sensitive species surveys; enforce compliance with environmental regulations; write and edit reports and management plans; and educate the public and military about desert conservation. The position covers a wide range of tasks at a high level of responsibility. The qualified candidate will have a BS in Biology, environmental studies, natural resource management, or related field. Experience with the following is desired, but not necessary: Windows and GIS software; public speaking; field proficiency with animals or plants; surveys for sensitive species; compliance and enforcement; telemetry; editing; and the ability to work independently. Experience or familiarity with desert ecology is a plus. The ability to learn from current staff is essential. Field work is required for this position, and applicants should feel comfortable carrying a small pack 5 miles a day in hot, dry, windy conditions. Caveats: The position is located at Fort Irwin, CA. Civilians must commute from Barstow (35 mi) or Victorville (70 mi). Transportation is not provided, although mass transit is available. Health insurance is provided. Vacation (personal time off) is provided. Pay is between $18-20/hr. Please contact: Mark B. Hessing, Ph.D., Fort Irwin DPW-Env. Natural Resources, (Mark.email@example.com, 760-380-6235). Posted: 10/21/09.
Rhode Island Natural History Survey: Field Technician to provide support to the Forest Health Works Project. The project will survey for & control invasive plants affecting ecological values, including forest health, in RI. With field assistants, & in close coordination with cooperating agencies, conservation organizations, and other stakeholders, the Field Technician will 1) carry out rapid surveys of large forest areas in Rhode Island for invasive plants, 2) develop natural resource reports and recommendations for inventoried areas based on principles of ecology and natural resource management, & 3) supervise eradication and restoration regimens conducted by contracted labor. The Technician will participate in other RINHS programs & tasks from time to time. Qualifications: -A degree in natural sciences or a related field and prior experience and familiarity with forest ecosystems & botany, including invasive species; -Familiarity with the plant species and forest communities of southern New England; -Relevant field experience, including familiarity with the conditions and requirements for safe, effective work in rugged outdoor conditions; -Demonstrated ability to work systematically towards goals using independent initiative as well as by working collaboratively with partners and peers; -Strong organizational skills, strong writing skills, and an ability to work to deadlines; -Demonstrated competence with georeferencing equipment, GIS software, and equipment; -Demonstrated experience with invasive plant treatment techniques (familiarity with herbicides and regulations is a plus but pesticide applicators license is not required); -Experience supervising field assistants, student interns, contractors or equivalent a plus; -Familiarity with plant restoration techniques (planting, seed collection, propagation, etc.) is a plus; -A valid driver's license & automobile (mileage reimbursed); -Able to start immediately. The Field Technician is required to undertake substantial physical exertion and/or physical strain, sometimes in remote locations, difficult terrain, and inclement weather. Work environment involves exposure to job hazards where there is a possibility of injury and/or arthropod-borne disease. The Field Technician will be based in the RINHS office in Kingston, but will travel extensively throughout RI. Pay is $16-18hr depending on experience. This is a full-time position, 35 hours/week April – October with the possibility work past October, depending on funding and the candidate’s interest. No fringe benefits. Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. To apply, email a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information, including email and phone number, of three persons whom RINHS may contact regarding your experience and qualifications to Kira Stillwell firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 4/6/10.
Rice University: Full-time Field Research Assistants (paid) are needed for research on the ecology and evolution of plant mating systems in Central Ohio. Research will focus on the response of plant morphology and mating patterns to availability of resources. Duties will include maintaining plant populations, collecting morphological data and seeds, as well as some easy building activities. Moderately strenuous activity will occur daily and we will be outside most days. Field research is conducted in small teams on Ohio State University's experimental farms in Columbus, OH and the surrounding area. Prior field experience 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 plant mating systems. Desired dates of employment (35 hours/week): May 1 to September 1, 2010. Transportation to remote field sites will be provided. Consideration of applications will begin on April 10th. Please submit via email a brief letter of application, a resume, and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references to: Lesley Campbell (email@example.com). Posted: 3/16/10.
Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory: Biological Field Technicians (10) needed to conduct bird surveys for the RMBO’s Regional Monitoring Program. Project dates: ~late April - late July. Positions available in 12 states including Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. Field work covers a vast range of elevations and habitats; including, grassland, sagebrush, riparian, tundra, aspen and coniferous forests. Technicians will be expected to attend one of two training workshops prior to beginning field work. Upon successful completion of training, technicians will work independently conducting bird surveys and completing data entry. The standard work schedule will be ten days on/four days off. Technicians must be able to identify all western and some eastern birds by sight and sound upon completion of training, and should expect to hike off-trail regularly in steep, rugged terrain, sometimes under difficult conditions. Overnight backcountry travel may be required for some positions. A few crew leaders will be needed to run individual state projects and manage field technicians. Positions will be filled as suitable applicants are found. Qualifications: Identification of western birds by sight and sound, experience with point-counts (especially point transects), western tree and shrub ID, backcountry hiking/backpacking, and navigation (w/ maps, compass, and GPS) is preferred. Primitive camping, often without phone service or facilities, will be required. A valid driver's license, personal vehicle, proof of auto insurance, binoculars, camping gear, a strong work ethic, and enthusiasm are required. Monthly salary of $1800-$2500 DOE plus mileage and a modest lodging stipend (reimbursed). Crew leader positions are available. Please e-mail a cover letter including dates of availability and desired work location(s) as well as a resume with at least three references to: firstname.lastname@example.org (email preferred); Attn: Science Division, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, 230 Cherry Street, Suite 150, Fort Collins, CO 80521. Posted: 12/11/09.
Rutgers University: We have openings for 8 research technicians/field assistants in pollination ecology for various dates between April and October 2010. See more information about our lab and job descriptions for each of the positions. All positions are for field data collection and data processing on research projects investigating native bee pollination of crops as an ecosystem service, and/or the restoration of native bee communities. Requirements: field research experience; insect identification skills; ability to work long hours outdoors in varied weather conditions; great attention to detail, self-motivation, and ability to work independently. Driver's license required and own vehicle a plus (we reimburse mileage). Pay $12-$18 per hour. Interested applicants should send a description of their background and interest, along with CV and contact information for at least 2 references, to Dan Cariveau email@example.com. Posted: 10/5/09.
Rutgers University Newark: We have four years of funding for two postdocs and one technician to work on a collaborative project between Iowa State University and Rutgers University Newark. The research is centered on the study of the spread of invasive species into intershrub areas of the Mojave and Sonora Deserts, examining the role they might play in enhancing fire risk. Our aims are (a) to gain an understanding of the landscape-scale population dynamics of fire promoting and fire retarding plant species; (b) to test the novel hypothesis that once fire becomes important, naturally formed islands of fertility will break down and a negative feedback will enhance fire even further; (c) to apply the results through the development of spatially explicit simulation models, which will be used in exploring management practices designed to help restore the original environmental pattern of islands of fertility in a low-nutrient matrix and therefore prevent future wildfires; and (d) to understand the effects of non-native plant species on fire regimes and their interdependence with future climate scenarios as predicted by current General Circulation Models. We will hire a full time field technician to participate in the above described project. This technician will be based in and employed at Rutgers Newark and will participate for approximately 3 months a year in the field work campaigns at the desert sites (Arizona & California). For further information contact Dr. Claus Holzapfel (firstname.lastname@example.org). Qualified applicants should send, via e-mail, a curriculum vitae and names and contact of three references. Posted: 12/21/09.
Sustainable Development Strategies Group: SDSG, a nonprofit located in Gunnison, Colorado, is looking for a summer intern. The summer intern will be responsible for reviewing scientific papers and information concerning dust deposition on snow in the western United States, and making information on the issue accessible to the general public and media through SDSG's website. Expenses and a modest stipend will be covered. Interested individuals should send a cover letter, a copy of a transcript, and contact information for two references to Luke Danielson, email@example.com. Posted: 5/28/10.
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute: seeking a forest ecology field technician with an interest in temperate forests and dendrochronology. This is an eight month assignment that comes with a $2000 per month stipend. The incumbent will assist in a research project led by Dr. Jonathan Thompson who is investigating the influence of herbivore on tree growth. Most days will be spent coring trees, measuring tree rings, and conducting seedling surveys on the 25ha SIGEO plot located at the SCBI campus in Front Royal (www.sigeo.si.edu). A strong preference will be given to applicants with prior experience with dendrochronology. There is no housing available on site—i.e. the successful applicant will have to arrange for their own housing. The start date is somewhat flexible but sometime around May 20 to June 1 would be ideal. Applicants should email a cover letter, detailing any past relevant experience, and a CV to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 4/20/10.
Smithsonian Conservation & Research Center: The Conservation GIS Lab is seeking an intern to start on or around January 5th 2010. The Lab specializes in the application of ecological modeling, remote sensing, and geographic information systems (GIS) to conservation problems. The successful applicant will work closely with Dr. Jonathan Thompson assisting with several aspects of two ongoing research projects (see below), which are jointly based at the Smithsonian CRC and Harvard Forest. The intern will also be expected to help with general tasks in the GIS Lab and assist with periodic professional training seminars based at the lab. Project 1: Scenarios of forest landscape change in New England: We use ecosystem and landscape simulation models to assess plausible future scenarios of land use change, timber harvest, conservation, and climate change and the potential consequences on the composition, configuration, and carbon stores of forests in the eastern United States Project 2: Ecological Patterns and Consequences of Catastrophic Mortality of a Foundation Species (Oak) due to Abrupt Climatic and Biotic Stresses: We are characterizing the distinctive pathways of forest change that have been initiated by multiple disturbances (drought and several defoliating insects) and have reshaped the coastal landscape on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. Using multi-temporal, remotely sensed imagery, we examine key aspects of the disturbance history including the timing and intensity of defoliations, year of death or pattern of recovery. Emerging patterns are interpreted in relation to spatial layers of biophysical factors and information on historical insect outbreaks. We seek an intern with a good knowledge of computers. While not required, preference will be given to applicants that have experience summarizing scientific literature, using GIS software, remote sensing software, and/or R-statistical software. Most importantly, the applicant should be interested in forest ecosystems, landscape ecology, ecological modeling, and must be willing to learn how to use esoteric software. The internship includes a stipend and housing. Send letter of interest and resume to Jonathan Thompson (email@example.com) before November 20, 2009. Résumé should include contact information for 3 references. Include potential start date (preferably on or around Jan 5th) and the time period you are available for the internship in your letter. Please also include the words "Internship Application" in the subject line of your email. Posted: 10/29/09.
Smithsonian Conservation & Research Center: The Conservation GIS Lab is seeking an intern, to start immediately. The Lab focuses on developing remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications to conservation problems. Projects include: 1. Using remote sensing and GIS for conservation of endangered species. Currently we are working on projects focused on Asian elephants, giant pandas, clouded leopards, Przewalski's horses, Mongolian gazelles, and others. 2. Training of wildlife management professionals in application of GPS, GIS and remote sensing to everyday management. The interns will assist with everyday lab management, enter data, help with training courses, and assist in the GIS/remote sensing aspects of these projects. We seek interns with a good knowledge of computers, Windows operating systems, and standard office software. Basic knowledge of GIS (preferably ArcGIS or ARC/INFO) and remote sensing are a plus but not necessary. The internship includes a stipend and housing. Send letter of interest and resume ASAP to Melissa Songer at firstname.lastname@example.org; end date is Sept. 15. Your resume should include contact information for 3 references. In order to be considered please include the time period you are available for the internship in your letter. The Conservation and Research Center is located at the north entrance of the Shenandoah National Park about 60 miles west of Washington, D.C., in Front Royal, VA. Posted: 9/3/09.
Suffolk County Department of Parks: seasonal openings in our endangered species protection program for the 2010 season. The position involves helping to manage nesting shorebirds (least terns and plovers) at seventeen sites throughout Suffolk County. While this job is anything but a “day at the beach,” the candidates will gain an intimate knowledge of bird behavior and of the unique management issues their presence creates. The ideal candidates: * Have an interest and/or coursework in ornithology, ecology, and natural resources * Are able to meet the physical demands of the job: walking miles on the beach, carrying heavy fencing materials, digging trenches; all in typical summer weather * Must demonstrate an ability to work effectively with others under stressful conditions * Must be willing to work long, flexible hours (including weekends & holidays) * Have an ability to interact professionally with the general public * Must be meticulous and concise in recording data * Have a valid driver’s license (often required to drive 2-3 hours a day to visit sites). This position pays $8.55/hour, up to 35 hours/week; housing may be available, indicate your interest. Use of your personal vehicle may be required, mileage reimbursement applies. There is no application form, send resumes to: Diana Sanford (email@example.com, FAX: 631.854.0974). Contact: Emily Lauri 631.854.4980 Application Deadline: March 12, 2010. Posted: 2/3/10.
Texas Tech University: I am seeking two highly motivated technicians to work on a project studying the effects of ephemeral waters on organisms with complex life cycles in the Sonoran Desert. The study will take place on the Barry M Goldwater Range, USAF in south-central Arizona. We will be examining the spatial distribution of ephemeral waters and the type of site (natural tenajas, ‘improved’ tenajas, drinkers, and charcos) on species richness and individual species abundance for amphibians and dragonflies (Anisoptera). The work will include checking and maintaining audio-data loggers, identifying amphibian species during breeding choruses, sampling water quality, collecting and identifying invertebrates, and locating unmapped ephemeral waters. These positions will require hard work, problem solving, venomous snakes and invertebrates, and a tolerance for desert heat. This is a physically demanding job which requires hiking into remote sites, odd hours (evenings and mornings), extended hours during monsoonal rains, driving with 4wd on unmaintained roads, and coordinating with military security. Experience with amphibians and identifying invertebrates is desired, but not required. Preference will be given to motivated candidates willing and able to function in the summer desert environment. Approximate employment period: June 7 -August 27. $2400/month, housing is provided. To apply, please email (preferred) or snail mail a letter of interest including 1) how this position will help you fulfill your career goals, 2) pertinent work experience, 3) dates available to work, 4) address, phone, and email, 5) resume and 6) three references. Applications are being accepted now and a decision will be made ASAP. Kerry Griffis-Kyle (firstname.lastname@example.org), Assistant Professor of Wetland Ecology, Texas Tech University, Box 42125, Lubbock, TX 79409. Posted: 4/30/10.
Texas Tech University: Field Research Assistants (6 positions total) – 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 the National Science Foundation through Texas Tech University. We are seeking motivated research technicians to assist with our long-term study on the breeding ecology of ovenbirds and veeries and the study of veery communication and mating strategies. Positions run from ~May 1st until July 16th, 2009 (several positions have the possibility of an extension). Stipends vary from $1500 - $2100/month depending on qualifications and position (see below) and include housing at the Cary Institute. Ability to bring your own vehicle is preferred but not required. Lead Bird Bander (1). Responsibilities: Mist netting (general and target netting) including banding, bleeding, taking standard measurements, data entry. Qualifications: Prior experience with mist netting and handling/banding birds is a must. 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 and enjoyment of chasing veeries through hilly, forested terrain is essential. Nest Searchers and General Field Technicians (4). Responsibilities: Nest searching and monitoring of veery and ovenbird nests, territory mapping, video recording nests, re-sighting color-banded banded birds, and data entry. Qualifications: prior nest-searching experience 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 10th, 2010 will receive full consideration, although applications will continue to be accepted until positions are filled. Posted: 12/1/09.
The Nature Conservancy: TNC's Loess Hills program has just posted a job for a Loess Hills Fire Coordinator to work more closely with volunteer fire departments and landowners over the next 2 years. The Fire Coordinator will work closely with the Conservancy and our partners including US Fish and Wildlife Service, Loess Hills Alliance, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and County Conservation Boards to advance prescribed fire use in the Loess Hills. The position will provide leadership and assistance to private lands conservationists who are working directly with landowners to integrate fire into private lands management. This work may entail prescribed fire planning and implementation. Fire Coordinator will assist with and coordinate training and workshops for VFD's, landowners and conservationists. Position will also assist in developing other strategies to scale up fire management activities in the Loess Hills and will share these strategies and the lessons learned with others through the Loess Hills Alliance Stewardship Committee and the Fire Learning Network. The position is half-time and we want to be flexible with scheduling so individuals that might be working on burn crews or western wildfire could continue that as a means of having full-time employment. Deadline for applications is May 7, 2010. To apply please visit www.nature.org/careers. For more information please email Susanne Hickey, Loess Hills Project Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 4/9/10.
The Nature Conservancy in Iowa: We've recently posted two positions for a Science and Stewardship Intern and an Assistant Steward. The focus of the Science and Stewardship Intern's work will be on herp community monitoring and vegetation assessments in the lower Cedar River valley. The Assistant Steward will be a crew leader for the Anna Beal land stewardship intern crew. For more information see: www.nature.org/careers/ "Science and Stewardship" Keyword: 11807, application deadline March 12, 2010; "Assistant Steward" Keyword: 11804, deadline March 19. Posted: 2/22/10.
The Nature Conservancy: three Bog Turtle field internship positions located near Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Only one application is required to apply for all three positions and the position dates are: 26 April to 10 September 2010, 26 April to 18 June 2010, 21 June to 16 August 2010. Housing can be provided. The Field/Research Intern will provide technical and scientific support in the collection and analysis of field data associated with a radio telemetry study, as related to The Nature Conservancy's Rare Communities conservation program. S/he will work as a member of a team collecting data from sites throughout northeastern Pennsylvania. This may include some or all of the following: Radio tracking 10-20 Bog Turtles 1-3 days/week, Recording GPS locations, weather and environmental variables, Collecting and organizing field notes/data, Invasive species assessment & treatment, Weekly data entry. To apply for this position go to http://www.nature.org/careers and click on "how to apply." Then click on "view positions" and search using Pennsylvania as the keyword. The position ID number is 11689. Please complete the on-line employment application and upload a cover letter and resume as requested. Deadline: 2/17/10. Posted: 2/8/10.
The Nature Conservancy: Alvar Ecological Restoration Crew Member, Pulaski, NY. The Alvar Ecological Restoration Crew Member will work to control highly invasive plant species that threaten globally rare grassland, woodland, and pavement barren habitats at the Chaumont Barrens Preserve, Chaumont, NY. The Crew Member will document all applications to control terrestrial plants including pale swallow-wort, honeysuckle and common buckthorn, and garlic mustard to help prepare state mandated application reports. Photo documentation and GPS technology will be used to locate previous control locations and to aid in monitoring long-term treatment success. The Crew Member will often work without direct supervision and in a very remote location. Applicants should have a commitment to conservation, recent course work in ecology or experience with natural resource management. This position will require a commitment of up to 35 hours per week from June through August, with occasional weekends. Basic qualifications: high school diploma and at least one year’s training in science-related field or related experience in land management; familiarity recognizing New York flora and fauna; experience operating various types of land management equipment; experience performing physical work. Essential functions of this position are to, in cooperation with lead staff, use herbicides to treat swallow-wort and other selected invasive plants in high priority landscape sites of Northern New York; draft fieldwork reports that are required to remain in compliance with NYS Certified Pesticide Applicator regulations; work closely with lead staff to schedule his/her work for the most timely and efficient treatment of targeted species. Required (please see full announcement on-line for complete list): Ability to recognize plant species after field training to complete control activities; ability to operate various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g.; brush hog, ATV, two-way radio, portable hand and back-pack sprayers); ability to work independently and effectively with minimal supervision; ability to perform physical work, sometime under adverse conditions or in inclement weather; valid driver’s license and clean driving record; reliable transportation to get to job sites. Preferred: Experience with ecosystem restoration, invasive species control and herbicide control techniques; NYS Certified Pesticide Applicator or Technician License. Please go to http://www.nature.org/careers/ and click on “how to apply” and “view positions” to see the full announcement (Job ID 11745) and to submit a resume and cover letter as one document. All sections of online application must be completed (e.g. work experience and education, even if information is included in resume) to be considered for a position. Application deadline is midnight February 23, 2010. Posted: 1/29/10.
The Nature Conservancy: Invasive Species Crew Boss, Sandy Creek, NY. The Invasive Species Crew Boss will oversee the Eastern Lake Ontario and Tug Hill invasive plant species inventory and management program. The Crew Boss will inventory and map terrestrial and aquatic plants including but not limited to phragmites, glossy buckthorn, pale swallow-wort, purple loosestrife, and water chestnut in ecologically significant areas along Eastern Lake Ontario. The Crew Boss will also build upon past efforts to control pale-swallow-wort on private and public lands in the Tug Hill Plateau region. Management of these early detection/rapid response species will be conducted using pulling, mowing and/or herbicide spraying techniques. The successful candidate will supervise daily field operations for NNY projects, including other staff and volunteers. This position will require a commitment of up to 35 hours per week from mid-May through October, with occasional weekends. Housing provided. Basic qualifications: a high school diploma and one year’s training in science-related field; familiarity recognizing New York flora and fauna; experience operating various types of equipment (ATV, 4-wheel drive truck, canoe); and experience performing physical work. The essential function is to participate in invasive species identification, mapping and control, including: removing invasive species and/or conducting ecological monitoring; maintaining tools and equipment in good working condition; treating pale swallow-wort and other invasive species through mowing, hand-pulling, and herbicide treatment; overseeing daily invasive species field operations and other project staff. Required (please see full announcement on-line for complete list): Experience with ecosystem restoration, invasive species control and herbicide control techniques; ability to recognize plant species as required after field training to complete control activities; ability to operate various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g.; brush hog, ATV, 4-wheel drive truck, two-way radio, portable hand and back-pack sprayers); ability to supervise seasonal employees with little invasive species management experience; ability to work independently and effectively with minimal supervision; valid driver’s license and clean driving record. Please go to http://www.nature.org/careers/ and click on “how to apply” and “view positions” to see the full announcement (Job ID 11743) and to submit a resume and cover letter as one document. All sections of online application must be completed (e.g. work experience and education, even if information is included in resume) to be considered for a position. Application deadline is midnight February 23, 2010. Posted: 1/29/10.
The Nature Conservancy: Invasive Species Control Technician, Sandy Creek, NY. The Invasive Species Control Technician will implement an invasive plant species inventory and management project in the Eastern Lake Ontario Dune and Wetland Complex and the Tug Hill Plateau region. Field staff will inventory and map terrestrial and aquatic plants including but not limited to phragmites, glossy buckthorn, pale swallow-wort, purple loosestrife, and water chestnut in ecologically significant areas along Eastern Lake Ontario. The technician will also build upon past efforts to control pale-swallow-wort on private and public lands in the Tug Hill Plateau region. Management of known early detection/rapid response species will also be conducted using pulling, mowing and/or herbicide spraying techniques. These positions will require a commitment of at least 35 hours per week from June through August, with occasional weekends. Housing provided. Basic qualifications: a high school diploma and at least one year’s training in a science-related field or related experience in land management, familiarity recognizing New York flora and fauna, experience operating various types of equipment (ATV, 4-wheel drive truck, canoe), and experience performing physical work. Essential functions of this position are participate in invasive species identification, mapping and control, including removing invasive species and/or conducting ecological monitoring, maintaining tools and equipment in good working condition, and treating pale swallow-wort and other invasive species through mowing, hand-pulling, and herbicide treatment. Required (please see full announcement on-line for complete list): Ability to recognize plant species after field training; ability to operate various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner after training is provided (e.g.; brush hog, portable hand and backpack sprayers, ATV, two-way radio, 4 wheel drive truck, canoe); valid driver’s license and clean driving record. Preferred: Experience with ecosystem restoration, invasive species control and herbicide control techniques preferred. Please go to http://www.nature.org/careers/ and click on “how to apply” and “view positions” to see the full announcement (Job ID 11741) and to submit a resume and cover letter as one document. All sections of online application must be completed (e.g. work experience and education, even if information is included in resume) to be considered for a position. Application deadline is midnight February 23, 2010. Posted: 1/29/10.
The Nature Conservancy: Tug Hill Seasonal Field Staff, Pulaski, NY. The Tug Hill Seasonal Field Staff will implement an invasive plant species inventory and management project on the Tug Hill Plateau. Field staff will inventory and map terrestrial and aquatic plants throughout the Tug Hill forests, wetlands, streams, rivers, and rights-of-way, including the Conservancy’s 15,000-acre Conservation Area. Management of known early detection/rapid response species will also be conducted using pulling, cutting, mowing and/or herbicide spraying techniques. These two positions will require a commitment of at least 35 hours per week from June through August, with occasional weekends. Housing will be provided. Basic qualifications: a high school diploma and at least one year’s training in a science or ecology related field, experience using GPS systems and basic GIS skills, and experience performing physical work. Essential functions of this position are to inventory and manage terrestrial and aquatic invasive plants, including identifying invasive species and recording relevant data such as patch size and location in hand-held GPS units or on data sheets, conducting field work in an organized manner such that all areas designated for mapping or data collection are visited, and implementing invasive species control techniques such as pulling, cutting, and/or herbicide application. Required (please see full announcement on-line for complete list): High school diploma and 1-2 years training in a science or ecology related field; experience working with or knowledge of natural systems; ability to recognize plant species after field training; ability to operate various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner after training is provided (e.g.; backpack sprayer, chain saw, ATV, two-way radio, 4 wheel drive truck, canoe); valid driver’s license and clean driving record. Preferred: Previous experience doing invasive species inventory work. Please go to http://www.nature.org/careers/ and click on “how to apply” and “view positions” to see the full announcement and to submit a resume and cover letter as one document. All sections of online application must be completed (e.g. work experience and education, even if information is included in resume) to be considered for a position. Application deadline is midnight February 25, 2010. Posted: 1/29/10.
The Nature Conservancy: Migratory Bird Stopover Habitat Field Technician, Rochester, NY. The Central & Western NY chapter of The Nature Conservancy is collaborating with Audubon NY and other partners on a migratory bird stopover ecology research project. Based upon literature and expert opinion, we have predicted/modeled migratory bird stopover use of much of the landscape of western NY, and are using skilled volunteer birders to collect bird abundance and composition data at a range of sampling locations to ground-truth and refine this model. This position will be responsible for collecting data on vegetation composition, habitat structure and other characteristics at approximately 40 sampling locations used by the birding volunteers. Ideally, but not necessarily, this position will also help conduct migratory bird surveys in late May and/or breeding bird surveys in June at some of these sampling locations. This position will be responsible for field data collection; coordinating the sampling season, landowner contacts, and occasional assistance from interns and other staff; entering data into the project database; and doing preliminary analyses of those data. This position will require a commitment of at least 35 hours per week from June through August, and a start date sometime in May is preferred. Housing in the central New York area will be provided. Basic qualifications include: a high school diploma and at least one year’s training in a science or ecology related field, demonstrated ability to learn to identify and identify organisms (experience with northeastern trees, other plant species, and/or birds preferred but not required), familiarity with GPS systems, and experience performing physical work. Essential functions of this position include ensuring consistency of plot establishment, data collection, and data entry; conducting field work in an organized manner such that all areas designated for data collection are visited over the course of the summer; and collects data including identifying all tree and shrub species within sampling plots, estimating percent cover, characterizing elements of habitat structure, and photodocumenting. Required (please see full announcement on-line for complete list): experience conducting ecological sampling in the field, ability to recognize plan species after field training, valid driver’s license and clean driving record. Preferred but not required: Ability to identify most breeding birds that occur in the sampling area; experience conducting bird surveys and/or forest surveying techniques; familiarity with GIS software and MS Access. Please go to http://www.nature.org/careers/ and click on “how to apply” and “view positions” to see the full announcement and to submit a resume and cover letter as one document. All sections of online application must be completed (e.g. work experience and education, even if information is included in resume) to be considered for a position. Application deadline is midnight February 23, 2010. Posted: 1/29/10.
Toledo Metroparks: Emerald ash borer (EAB) has already killed millions of ash trees in Michigan and northern Ohio and has the potential to decimate all North American ash species, causing widespread disturbance in forest ecosystems that will be similar to the Chestnut blight or Dutch Elm disease. We are quantifying the effects of ash tree mortality on forest ecosystems in Metroparks of the Toledo Area, including the effects on both native and non-native plants, and developing methods for restoration of ecosystems formerly dominated by ash, including plantings of native trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants, and removal of non-native plants. We are monitoring the effects of restoration at Metroparks, including effects on plant community composition, stream health, and wildlife by gathering baseline data and monitoring changes as restoration activities proceed. Students will also have the opportunity to pursue an independent project related to the larger project, which could result in university credit, poster presentations at national conferences, and publication. Metroparks has several openings for seasonal Forest Monitoring Assistants. Two years of undergraduate course work or equivalent experience in ecology, biology, forestry, restoration, or related field required with some research/data collection experience. Plant identification skills and GPS/compass navigation abilities are also desired. Positions will report to Oak Openings Metropark in Swanton, Ohio; employment term varies from May through September. You must find your own housing. Pay rate is $12.40 per hour. Submit resume, employment application form, and fair credit reporting form by April 23 to Administrative Office, Wildwood Metropark, 5100 W. Central Ave., Toledo, OH 43615, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or to email@example.com. Include relevant courses taken, plant identification and research experience, contact information for two references, as well as dates you will be available to work, in resume. Visit http://www.metroparkstoledo.com/metro/employment/ to review the position description and download the application forms. Posted: 4/9/10.
Trout Unlimited: Seasonal technicians for effectiveness monitoring of fish passage at road crossings (up to three positions), approximately early June through September 2010. Duty location: Helena, Montana. The technicians will help collect data for an ongoing research project led by the US Fish and Wildlife Service to investigate the demographic and genetic responses of westslope cutthroat trout to restoration of stream connectivity in the Lolo Creek watershed in western Montana. The work primarily involves surveying fish assemblages in small mountain streams using backpack electrofishing. Previous experience with electrofishing and/or handling sensitive fish species is preferred. Additional duties may include data entry and map making, so experience with Microsoft Excel and geographic information systems (ArcGIS) is helpful. Field sites will be in western Montana, and the position may require travel for up to a week or more at a time. This work is an opportunity to gain valuable field experience in the area of aquatic resource conservation. Salary: $1,500 per month, plus $20 daily per diem during fieldwork For information contact: Helen Neville, PhD, Research Scientist, Trout Unlimited, 910 W Main Street, Suite 342, Boise, ID 83702. Tel: 208-345-9800, firstname.lastname@example.org. Doug Peterson, PhD, Fishery Biologist, US Fish and Wildlife Service, 585 Shepard Way, Helena, Montana 59601. PH: 406-449-5225 x221, email@example.com. Application: Please send resume by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include a paragraph describing professional aspirations. PLEASE PUT “fish passage job” IN SUBJECT HEADING. Posted: 5/18/10.
USDA, Agriculture Research Service: Internship in plant evolutionary ecology. 8-week summer intern wanted to assist with an experiment on the effects of maternal environment and local adaptation on phenotypic expression in plants. The intern will collect plant physiological data (water use and photosynthetic rate) and morphological data (leaf color, leaf roll, plant growth habit, and plant size) in a common garden experiment located in an agricultural field near Sidney MT. This common garden contains Poa secunda plants grown from seed collected from around the Great Basin, and also contains progeny from these same plants collected from three different maternal environments (common gardens in Montana, Washington, and Oregon). The intern will collect the data and compile it for analysis. Data from this experiment will be used to demonstrate the potential for using information on local adaptation and maternal effects in order to grow the most effective seed for restoration plantings. The intern will have the opportunity to create a senior-authored poster on the results of this work, to be presented at a station-wide symposium of student work at the end of the 8-week internship session. In addition, the intern will have the opportunity to talk about the experimental results with end users at a local county fair. Although the start and end dates of the internship are flexible, the county fair is the first weekend of August. Pay: GS-3: $11.95/hour (roughly $3,824 for eight weeks,40 hours/week) The bulk of the data collection will be conducted daily alongside the scientist, Erin Espeland, where there will be many opportunities for informal mentoring. The technician in the lab, Mo O’Mara, is an excellent supervisor and mentor, highly ranked by former employees. The intern will have an opportunity to work with Mo during the data compilation stage of the internship. Both Mo and Erin will mentor the intern in poster preparation and how to discuss the results with non-technical audiences. If the intern is interested, further mentoring beyond the 8-week internship would be supplied in the form of collaboration in manuscript preparation. Shared house in town available for summer interns at a cost of $150 for an 8-week period. Contact person: Dr. Erin Espeland, email@example.com, phone: 406-433-9416. Deadline: April 1, 2010. Selection will be made by April 25. Qualifications: 1. Must be a U.S. citizen or a citizen of certain countries in alliance with the United States (must have permanent residency); and 2. Be currently enrolled and have successfully completed at least one year of classes at an accredited vocational, technical, two-year or four-year college/university in a degree program (seeking a Certificate, Associate, BS/BA, MA/MS, or PhD) with at least six hours in math and/or science courses; and plan to continue your education in the fall of 2010 (proof of enrollment will be required). Application: Write a statement of interest and include three personal or professional references. Complete form OF 612. For item #1 put “Intern”, for item #2 put GS-3, and leave item #3 blank. E-mail both to firstname.lastname@example.org by 4/1/10. Posted: 2/26/10.
USDA, Agriculture Research Service: Biological Science Aide GS 0404/3 at $11.95/hour. The Northern Plains Agriculture Research Laboratory in Sidney, MT is seeking an enthusiastic and hard-working individual to serve as a biological science aide. Project research examines the effects of fire and livestock grazing on grasshopper populations, rangeland insect biodiversity, and rangeland vegetation; the impact of grasshopper herbivory on interactions between native and exotic plants; and climate effects on grasshopper populations. Work may include sampling and catching grasshoppers and other rangeland insects, vegetation clipping and sampling, and site setup in the field. It will also include work in the laboratory rearing grasshoppers and sorting insect and vegetation catches. Most field work will be conducted in the Little Missouri National Grassland in western North Dakota and at Ft. Keogh near Miles City, Montana. Some overnight travel will be required. Dates: This is a 10 or 11 week appointment with a start date of May 24, 2010. Shared accommodation is available at a cost of $150.00 for an 8-week period. Qualifications: The candidate must be physically fit, and comfortable spending long hours outside in sometimes uncomfortable field conditions (hot, biting insects etc.) Willingness to work long days, and weekends when necessary is also a must. Candidate must have 1 academic year of education above the high school level or 6 months of general experience, or an equivalent combination of both. Undergraduate course work in ecology, entomology, range or environmental sciences, and previous field or lab work experience is preferred. If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a cover letter explaining your interest in the job, relevant experience and education; a resume (CV); names and contact information of two professional references and unofficial transcripts (electronically) to Nicole Davidson (email@example.com). Unofficial transcripts can be mailed separately if not in electronic form. Evaluation of applications will begin March 22, 2010 and continue until the position is filled. For more information on our research program, see: David H. Branson. Posted: 3/3/10.
USDA, Agriculture Research Service: The Northern Plains Agriculture Research Laboratory in Sidney, MT is seeking an enthusiastic and hard working individual to serve as a biological science aide on a project examining the influence of landscape structure on pest insects and their natural enemies (e.g. ladybeetles, parasitoid wasps) in alfalfa. The research is focused on developing ecologically-based, sustainable and environmentally friendly approaches to pest management. This position will involve a mixture of field work to collect insects in alfalfa fields, and lab work to sort and identify insect natural enemies and rear pest insects to assess rates of parasitism. The successful candidate will gain hands on experience in field sampling and insect rearing and identification techniques, and the chance to work with the diverse insect fauna associated with alfalfa cropping systems in a team oriented research environment. Job title, Grade & Salary: Biological Science Aide GS 0404/3 at $11.95/hour. Dates: This is an 8-10 week appointment with a start date of May 24, 2010. Shared accommodation is available at a cost of $150 for an 8-week period. Qualifications: The candidate must be physically fit, and comfortable spending long hours outside in sometimes uncomfortable field conditions (hot, biting insects etc.) Willingness to work long days, and weekends when necessary is also a must. Candidate must have 1 academic year of education above the high school level or 6 months of general experience, or an equivalent combination of both. Undergraduate course work in ecology, entomology or environmental science, and previous field or lab work experience is preferred. Application process: If you are interested in applying for this position, please send Resume (CV), and names and contact information of two references (electronically) to Deb Waters (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tayana Rand (email@example.com) by April 1, 2010. For more information on our location visit Pest Management Research Unit or contact us directly. Posted: 2/26/10.
USDA Forest Service: Avian Ecology Positions at Mount St. Helens Volcano, Washington, USA. 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. Requirements: 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. Duties: 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: Immediately (May 2010) through August 2010. 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 dates are negotiable. Pay Rate: $12-13 per hour depending on experience. Contact: Charlie Crisafulli, Mount St. Helens, 42218 NE Yale Bridge Road, Amboy, WA 98601, Phone: 360-449-7834, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 5/17/10.
USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station: Field Research Assistant, northern Colorado Rocky Mountains. Fieldwork in the Colorado and Wyoming subalpine forests, at Fraser Experimental Forest, Niwot Ridge Long Term Ecological Research site, and Glacier Lakes Ecosystem Experiments Site. Research assistant measures forest stand and tree characteristics, soil respiration, soil moisture, and soil temperature. Work will primarily be outdoors at elevations from 9000 to 11000 feet. Housing will generally be provided, but there may be some camping. A meal allowance will be provided. Experience with backcountry hiking and fieldwork a plus. Applicants must have a high level of physical fitness and be able to carry a heavy pack of equipment. A positive attitude and a willingness to work hard long days are essential. Valid driver’s license required. $15.25/hour; full time, June – August/September (flexible). Applications must include a cover letter (indicating dates available), resume, transcripts (unofficial OK), and two letters of recommendation from school- or work-related acquaintances. Please email application to Brianna Miles at email@example.com. Posted: 3/2/10.
USDA Forest Service: Several positions available for field technicians to conduct research on effects of fuel treatments and wildfire on wildlife community structure in and around South Lake Tahoe, CA. Positions available for small mammals, birds, and vegetation sampling (see below for descriptions of each). Field vehicles are provided and shared housing is available for $300/mo. These positions require long days in the field and flexible schedules, so a sense of humor, positive attitude, patience, and self-motivation are essential. Successful applicants will have demonstrable academic and/or field experience, work well independently and with others, communicate effectively in a variety of situations, demonstrate the willingness and ability to live in shared housing, enjoy working outdoors, and be conscientious about safety. Ability to accurately collect data with attention to detail is also required. Salary $10-16/hr, depending on experience. Small mammal positions- Approx. June 1- August 31. Potential earlier start date for one member to conduct truffle surveys and assist with prep for field season. Duties include hiking traps and other field equipment to field sites off-trail for long distances, capture and handling of small mammals for population estimation (mark-recapture), and genetic sampling, maintenance of traps and other equipment, driving on steep and rugged dirt roads, and data entry with Access. Preference will be given to applicants with experience capturing and handling small mammals. Avian positions- May 3- July 30. One or two technicians needed to perform avian point counts, nest searching, and habitat assessments. Nest searching will focus on woodpeckers and other cavity nesters. Applicant must have prior birding experience and ability to identify Western forest birds by sight and sound. Previous point count experience is required and preference will be given to applicants with experience with nest searching or habitat assessment/vegetation sampling. Vegetation sampling positions- mid-May- August 31. Responsibilities include identifying herbaceous and woody plants, conducting field data collection, and ensuring quality data acquisition. Truffle surveys will also be conducted early in the season. Candidates must have at least one field season of experience and knowledge of the taxonomic identification of plant species in montane coniferous ecosystems in the Sierra Nevada. To apply: Please specify the position you are applying for by including the position as the subject of your email. Include cover letter, resume, and references. For vegetation or small mammal positions: Courtney Owens (firstname.lastname@example.org), US Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, 2480 Carson Rd., Placerville, CA 95667 For avian positions: Gina Tarbill (email@example.com), same postal address. Posted: 2/17/10.
USDA Forest Service: Rocky Mountain Research Station Research assistants for lab work and field work may be available with the riparian plant ecology, pinyon-juniper ecology, invasive species, and fire ecology studies of the Great Basin Ecosystem Management Project. Work includes collecting field data and laboratory processing of collected materials and data entry. You may be eligible for academic credit—talk to your advisor. Hours: Full time (40 hrs/wk) from mid/late May until classes resume at the end of August. Part time after this period. Pay: $10.50 - $15.50/hr depending on education and experience. Qualifications: Ability to do strenuous activity outdoors under all weather conditions Interest in working with plants and soils. Familiarity with plant and soil lab processing techniques (training provided). Computer skills, especially MS Excel. Send Cover letter, Resume, Contact information for three references and transcripts (Unofficial-OK) to David Board Contact: David Board, Ecologist, firstname.lastname@example.org, Forest Service, RMRS, 920 Valley Rd., Rm. 5, Reno, NV 89512. 775.784.5329. Jane Van Gunst, UNR Grad Research Assistant, email@example.com. Meagan Hynes, UNR Post-doctoral Researcher 775-784-1887, firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 2/11/10.
USDA Forest Service: The Fish & Aquatic Ecology Unit (Logan, Utah) PACFISH/INFISH Biological Opinion Effectiveness Monitoring Program (PIBO) has numerous positions open for summer 2010: 15 botany/range (GS 4-5) and 30 fisheries/hydrology/geomorphology (GS 3-5). Riparian Vegetation Surveys Technicians - These positions involve collecting data about vegetation to determine the condition of riparian areas. You will learn a variety of sampling techniques and how to identify many riparian plant species including: sedges, grasses, forbs, willows, and other woody plants. Stream Morphology and Habitat Technicians - PIBO EM implements an intensive reach scale stream survey. Using one of the most rigorously tested sampling protocols available, technicians collect information on a variety of stream attributes including pools, channel geometry, substrate, streambank characteristics, gradient, water chemistry, large woody debris, and macroinvertebrates. Using the PIBO EM stream protocol, technicians will become familiar with a variety of sampling procedures and will apply them to a wide range of stream systems. Start Date: 5/11/10 (not flexible). End Date: 9/06/10 (somewhat flexible). For more information and to apply, see summer employment. Deadline: March 1, 2010. Posted: 2/9/10.
USDA Forest Service: Field Technicians/Botanists (4 positions). Series and Grade: 0404 and 4, Temporary (approximately $15/hr) Duty Station: Northern Research Station, Morgantown, WV. Time Period: Mid-May - mid-August, 2010 with 1-2 positions through September. The selected persons will assist in research on invasive and native plant species response to disturbance. The selected persons will assist in setting up plots and gathering understory and overstory data on herbs, shrubs, vines and trees for a long-term research project in West Virginia, Maryland, and Ohio. The goal of this project is to evaluate understory conditions of sites that have been treated with 1) no treatment, 2) prescribed burn, 3) shelterwood harvest, 4) diameter-limit harvest, and 5) thinning, all with and without deer herbivory control. The response of three invasive plants to these same conditions will be compared in subsequent years. There is an opportunity for re-employment over four field seasons. While botanical and taxonomic skills are not required, a strong interest in understory vegetation (including herbs, grasses, and sedges) as well as tree species is necessary. Those with knowledge of Eastern flora may be given preference. Those with a demonstrated ability to learn plant identification and ecological sampling will be given preference. Soil samples will also be collected. Good orienteering skills are desired. Those selected may also mount herbarium specimens, help with a greenhouse/growth chamber study, and enter data. The selected persons must be willing to relocate to Morgantown, WV; (we can provide some help in locating housing). They must also be a licensed driver, willing to travel extensively (in provided government vehicles), and able to drive 4WD vehicles. Willingness to work in rough terrain and vegetation among insects, ticks, snakes, and black bears, as well as in all kinds of weather is required. The persons should also work well independently as well as with others. Application Procedure: If you are a student and will be a student next year, please provide (preferred electronically) a CV/resume, letter from your college/university confirming your student status, and copies of your transcripts to: Dr. Cynthia Huebner USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, 180 Canfield St., Morgantown, WV 26505 email@example.com; (304) 285-1582. Application deadline is March 8, 2010 or when positions are filled. If you are not a student or will be graduating before Fall 2010, please submit your profile in the AVUE system and click on Sign up. The vacancy announcement number for this position is TEMP-NRS-0404-04-BIO SCI TECH NR. The position closes March 8, 2010. Please contact Dr. Huebner if you have questions. Posted: 2/1/10.
USDA Forest Service: The US Forest Service is looking for qualified field botanists and weed crews to work throughout California in summer 2010. Seasonal Botanists and Biological Science Technicians are needed for 3-6 months, with pay ranges from $11.95 to $22.74 per hour (GS-3 – GS-9, depending on experience). Government housing may be available. Job Descriptions: Botanists: Conduct field surveys for Threatened, Endangered, Sensitive, and Watch List plants and map locations. Weed Crew: Locate, map, and manually remove invasive plants. Exact duties will vary among duty stations. Desired skills include: plant identification using taxonomic keys, familiarity with California flora, non-vascular plant ID; use of GPS, topographic maps, and compass; ARCGIS skill; 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. Minimum 2 years of college or 6 months general experience plus 1 year as a GS-3 required for GS-4 position. Bachelor’s degree, or 1 year at GS-4 level required for GS-5 position. Minimum 1 year graduate level education or 1 year at GS-6 level for GS-7 position. Bachelor’s degree plus 2 years graduate work in biology, botany, natural resources, range science, biology, or related area, or 1 year experience at GS-7 level, 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) and Contact Person: Angeles National Forest – Arcadia, CA (2 Botany/Weeds; GS-7-9) – Janet Nickerman: 626-574-5264, firstname.lastname@example.org; Eldorado National Forest – Placerville, CA (4 Total: Botany, GS-4-7; Weeds, GS-3-4) – Susan Durham: 530-642-5173, email@example.com; Inyo National Forest – Bishop, CA (1 Gotany/Weeds; GS-7) – Kathleen Nelson: 760-873-2498, firstname.lastname@example.org; Sue Weiss; 760-873-2496, email@example.com; Klamath National Forest – Fort Jones, CA (1 Weeds, GS-5) – Marla Knight: 530-468-1238, mknight @ fs.fed.us; Lake Tahoe Basin Unit – South Lake Tahoe, CA (2 Weeds, GS-5-7; 3 Botany, GS-5-9) – Cheryl Beyer (Weeds): 530-543-2842, firstname.lastname@example.org; Shana Gross (Botany): 530-543-2752, email@example.com; Lassen National Forest – Susanville, CA (2 Weeds, GS-3-5; 3 Botany, GS-9) – Allison Sanger (Botany): 530-252-6662, as firstname.lastname@example.org; Jessica Pijoan (Weeds); 530-252-6475, email@example.com; Mendocino National Forest – Willows, CA (2 Botany/Weeds; GS-4-5) – Lauren Johnson: 530-934-1153, firstname.lastname@example.org; Modoc National Forest – Alturas, CA (4 Botany, GS-5-7; 2 Weeds, GS-4) – Judy Perkins: 530-233-8827, email@example.com; Plumas National Forest – Blairsden CA (1 Botany, GS-5-7) – Mike Friend: 530-836-7167, firstname.lastname@example.org; Oroville, CA (6-10 Botany/Weeds; GS-4-7) – Chris Christofferson: 530-532-7473, email@example.com; Quincy, CA (Possibly a few Botany) – Jim Belsher-Howe: 530-283-7657, firstname.lastname@example.org; Shasta-Trinity National Forest – Weaverville, CA (4 Botany/Weeds; GS-4-7) – Susan Erwin: 530-623-1753, email@example.com; Sierra National Forest – North Fork, CA (2 Botany/Weeds-tentative based on funding; GS-5) – Joanna Clines: 559-877-2218 x 3150, firstname.lastname@example.org; Sierra Cascade Province – Quincy, CA (includes extensive travel), (4 Botany/Ecology, GS-5-7) – Kyle Merriam: 530-283-7777, email@example.com; Six Rivers National Forest – Eureka, CA (3 Botany/Weeds; GS-5-7) – Lisa Hoover: 707-441-3612, firstname.lastname@example.org; Stanislaus National Forest – Groveland, CA (2-3 Botany, 2-3 Weeds, GS-4-7) – Jennie Haas: 209-962-7825 ext. 540, email@example.com; Hathaway Pines, CA (2 Botany, GS-4-7) – Quinn Young: 209-795-1381 ext. 326, firstname.lastname@example.org; Mi Wuk Village, CA (2-3 Botany, GS-4-5) – Margaret Willits: 209-586-3234, ext. 624, email@example.com; Tahoe National Forest – Nevada City, CA (3-4 Botany, GS-4-5) – Kathy Van Zuuk: 530-478-6243, firstname.lastname@example.org; Adaptive Management Services Enterprise Team– Contact Wendy Boes for information: 530-478-6886; email@example.com (Botany, GS-7-9). To Apply: Apply in the automated Forest Service site, AVUE: https://www.avuecentral.com. Vacancy Announcements to apply for Biological Science Technician/Aid (GS-3-7) and Botanist (GS-9) positions: TEMP-OCR-404-3-GEN (for GS-3 Biological Science Aid – Natural Resources) TEMP-OCR-404-4-PLANT (for GS-4 Biological Science Technician – Plant) TEMP-OCR-404-5-PLANT (for GS-5 Biological Science Technician – Plant) TEMP-OCR-404-6-PLANT (for GS-6 Biological Science Technician – Plant) TEMP-OCR-404-7-PLANT (for GS-7 Biological Science Technician – Plant) TEMP-OCR-430-9-BOT (for GS-9 Botanist). Note: You must attach your college transcripts to your application. You must also include the specific locations where job vacancies are present and you wish to apply. 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 of interest. Contacts for hiring Forests are listed above. Application Deadline: These are open continuous announcements, but it is recommended that applications be sent by February 26 to optimize hireability. Posted: 1/21/10.
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 2010. Salaries range from $14.24 (GS-5) to $18.26 (GS-7) per hour, depending on experience. Government housing may be available. This summer 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 1 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: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. To Apply: Apply using https://www.avuecentral.com/. Additional information available at: http://www.usajobs.gov/ 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). We will begin reviewing applications on February 12, 2010. Posted: 1/14/10.
USDA Forest Service: An opening exists for a seasonal Biological Science Technician (GS-4,5) on the Ironton Ranger District of the Wayne National Forest, in southern Ohio. We are located seven miles north of the historic city of Ironton Ohio and the Ohio River on State Route 93, Pedro, Ohio. Duties include leading crews for timber stand improvement and invasive species control using herbicides and manual control methods (55%), doing point count surveys for birds(15%), inspection of invasive species control contracts (15%), invasive species surveys (5%), native plant program work (5%, seed collecting, pollinator gardens), and other duties as needed (5%). Ability to identify and “key-out” eastern North American flora, especially species of Southern Ohio is desired. GIS and basic computer skills are also desired. Ability to identify birds of Ohio by sight and sound is also desirable (but not required). Applicants must be willing and able to work alone in remote forest locations or with others in a team setting. Successful applicants must be able to work outside, in hilly areas and in various weather conditions (rainy, hot/humid, etc.) for 8-10 hours per day. This position will also supervise federal prison camp crew and possibly summer seasonal crew. The position will be filled at a GS-4 or GS-5 (up to $12.95/hour, Biological Science Technician) level depending on qualifications and work experience. This position is currently funded for six months, but may be extended depending on funding and a successful execution of the duties described above. Forest Service housing may be available for reasonable rent. We anticipate the position to start in early to mid February and end in August with a possible extension to September 30th. Please email resume, references and relevant course work to Chad Kirschbaum (email@example.com) by Monday, January 4th, 2010. Posted: 12/14/09.
USDA Forest Service: Experienced Plant Ecology Field Assistant. We seek a field assistant experienced in vegetation measurement techniques to assist the Kirtland’s Warbler Research and Training Project on Eleuthera, The Bahamas. Dates somewhat flexible but availability from 5 January to 10 May 2010 preferred. Duties include assistance in measuring and identifying vegetation in plots, data entry, counting fruit in plots, establishing experimental plots, and providing support for the Field Director. Candidate must have experience with plant identification, an ability to quickly learn Bahamian plants, and the ability to work long days in a warm, humid climate amid dense vegetation. Must be willing and able to work and live with a small diverse group in a semi-remote environment. Good sense of humor a plus. Expect a 6-and sometimes a 7-day work week. Housing (shared with participants), salary, and airfare to the Bahamas provided. Valid passport required if not a Bahamian citizen. This is a cooperative project involving the U.S. Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, The Bahamas National Trust, and Puerto Rican Conservation Foundation. Applications (cover letter, resume, names, addresses and e-mail addresses of 3 references) due by 12 December 2009. Send application via e-mail to Dr Joseph M. Wunderle (firstname.lastname@example.org) with documents attached as a Word file. Posted: 11/30/09.
US Environmental Protection Agency: The Office of Research and Development’s National Health and Environmental Effects Laboratory’s Western Ecology Division is seeking a student contractor (student or recent graduate) to support modeling of stream and landscape attributes as influenced by projected human activities, and subsequent projected effects on fish assemblages. Closing date: May 31, 2010. For complete details please visit http://www.epa.gov/oamrtpnc/q1000149/. Posted: 5/17/10.
US Geological Survey: Two field ecologists needed to core trees for a climate-change study along the Little Missouri River in the Theodore Roosevelt Wilderness, ND, July 1-August 12, 2010. The job is full time, and pay is $15-$26 per hour depending upon experience. Employer will provide a vehicle, lodging, and training in coring trees. Work will include physical exertion in variable weather conditions. Applicants must be reliable and independent, and must have been a student within the last 12 months. To apply, please email letter of interest and resume with 3 references to Jonathan Friedman, (phone 303-541-3017; email email@example.com) by 20 May, 2010. Posted: 5/17/10.
US Geological Survey: The USGS, Leetown Science Center, Aquatic Ecology Branch seeks to hire a contract field technician for the summer of 2010 to assist with data collection for a research project being conducted at the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Canaan Valley, West Virginia. The field technician will assist biologists in identifying wetland vegetation and tabulating vegetation community composition, density, and cover at field plots in support of a study of hydrologic impacts of an historical railroad grade bisecting the valley. Additional duties will be to assist in measuring water levels, and entering field collected data into computerized databases or spreadsheets. Qualifications: Knowledge, education, and/or and experience with wetland plant identification and assessment required. Experience assisting with field investigations desired. Ability and willingness to work long hours in challenging environments including exposure to sun, temperature extremes, biting insects, and travel over rough or boggy terrain in vehicles and on foot. Experience with global positioning systems (GPS) preferred. THIS IS A STUDENT SERVICES CONTRACT POSITION: To qualify, applicants must be currently enrolled as a student at a college or university, or must be within one year of having graduated. Students are considered independent contractors and are responsible for paying their own payroll taxes. Pay and benefits: Pay will be approx. $13.98-$17.56/hour, depending on qualifications, educational level, and experience. Housing at Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge will be provided, but the government does not provide meals or other living expenses while working at the principal duty station. Start date: ~ May 24, 2010 (negotiable). Employment term is for 12 weeks/480 hours. For more information, contact John Young, Research Biologist, USGS Leetown Science Center, 304-724-4469. If interested, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 4/6/10.
US Geological Survey: Biological Science Technician (Wildlife). Location: Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, St. Paul, MN and field sites near Litchfield, Morris, and Fergus Falls, MN and Prairie City, IA. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center is seeking one biological science technician for the 2010 spring and summer field season for a tallgrass prairie restoration study in the northern Great Plains. Vacancies include up to one GG-03 ($12.66/hour) technician position. This is the 5th year of a long-term study to evaluate the efficacy of various restoration strategies for tallgrass prairies The technician will assist botanists in gathering floristic data to meet the objectives this long-term study. The incumbent will organize field equipment; coordinate and track field work and data collection; collect data according to standard operating procedures; confirm quality of data collected; and alert the supervisor to procedural, technical, and logistical problems. For more details, search USAJOBS for Vacancy No: NPWRC-DLL-03-TECH-2010. Must be U.S. Citizen. Closes: March 26, 2010. Posted: 3/16/10.
US Geological Survey: Biological Science Technician (Wildlife). Location: St. Paul, MN and field sites near Litchfield, Morris, and Fergus Falls, MN and Prairie City, IA. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center is seeking one biological science technician for the 2010 spring and summer field season for a tallgrass prairie restoration study in the northern Great Plains. Vacancies include up to two GG-05 ($15.90/hour) botanist positions. This is the 5th year of a long-term study to evaluate the efficacy of various restoration strategies for tallgrass prairies. The technicians will gather floristic data to meet the objectives of this long-term study. The incumbent will organize field equipment; coordinate and track field work and data collection; collect data according to standard operating procedures; confirm quality of data collected; and alert the supervisor to procedural, technical, and logistical problems. For more details, search USAJOBS for Vacancy No: NPWRC-DLL-05-TECH-2010. Must be U.S. Citizen. Closes: March 26, 2010. Posted: 3/16/10.
US Geological Survey: The USGS Western Ecological Research Center is seeking to fill multiple positions for Biological Science Technicians to conduct wildlife field studies at several sites in the Sacramento Valley, California, and at one site near Pescadero, California. Primary duties include trap and visual surveys for snakes, radio telemetry monitoring of snakes, and habitat/vegetation sampling. Qualifications: B.S. degree in biology, wildlife management, or a related field is preferred although experienced undergraduates are encouraged to apply. Prior herpetological research and telemetry experience preferred. Preference will also be given to those with experience using GPS, compass, and 4x4 vehicle. Valid driver’s license required. Successful applicants must possess the ability to hike moderate distances in waders while carrying equipment, often in hot or otherwise inclement weather. Hours can be irregular and long. These positions are physically demanding. Ability to work independently and as a team while maintaining good communication with field supervisor is essential. These positions are scheduled for 4 months with the potential for employment to be extended dependent on funding. The expected starting date is approximately April 12th, 2010. For the coastal San Mateo county project, primitive housing will be provided and successful applicants will be required to stay on site during work periods. Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references in a single document saved with your last name to email@example.com with Snake Technician in the subject line. Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications; up to $3,090/month. Contact: Brian Halstead (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 2/26/10.
US Geological Survey: Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center is seeking one biological science technician (GG-07 / $18.59/hr) for the 2010 summer field season for a peatland vegetation study in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The study is an evaluation of the response of birds and vegetation to prescribed burning in open and woody fens (sedge meadows and shrub carrs). This position provides a great opportunity to spend the summer season in diverse sedge meadows and sedge-shrub habitats in a largely undisturbed wetland system. In 2010, study work will focus on the plant community and structure 2-3 years after burning. Fieldwork consists of using established data-collection protocols to 1) identify wetland grass, shrub, and forb species, 2) perform various vegetation sampling techniques (line-intercept, visual obstruction, gap intercept) to determine plant and shrub cover and visual obstruction measures, and 3) obtain photographs at photo-points. The crew leader is responsible for identification of vegetation to species (including grasses and sedges). The crew leader also will supervise, organize, and coordinate the activities of a small crew (1-2 individuals), including organizing field equipment and work assignments, confirming quality and accuracy of data, coordinating with refuge personnel, and alerting the project leader to procedural, technical, and logistical problems. Crew will be navigating remote areas with GPS units and compass; work often requires hiking up to 3 mi/day in dry to shallowly flooded wetlands. After field work is completed, the individual will enter data into Excel spreadsheets and develop a written report summarizing field work and results. Field work will be conducted at Seney National Wildlife Refuge, Seney, Michigan, during July-August 2010 (housing available); data entry work may be conducted at Seney or in Jamestown, ND. Full employment period = 12 July to mid-Nov 2010. For complete information, go to www.usajobs.gov and search for Job Announcement Number: NPWRC-JEA-01-TECH-2010. Deadline: March 15, 2010. Posted: 2/25/10.
US Geological Survey: The USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center in Corvallis, OR has two projects monitoring post-fire rehabilitation treatments in the intermountain west. The Hanford project will require two technicians and primarily involve work at the Hanford Reach National Monument in eastern Washington state. These positions will be based in Corvallis, OR. See the announcement for details. The Chronosequence Project will require four technicians and will involve work at various sites in Utah, southern Idaho, eastern Oregon, and Nevada. These positions will be based in Corvallis, OR or Boise, ID. See the announcement for details. Closes: 02/19/10. Posted: 2/11/10.
US Geological Survey: A field technician is needed to assist with dendrochronological sampling in aspen woodlands in the mountains of northern Nevada, as a part of a project to assess aspen dynamics in relation to aspen-associated bird communities. The work will consist of assisting in collecting tree cores for aspen age data using an increment borer and other dendrochronology equipment, as well as some general vegetation sampling. The work will involve camping at remote mountain sites for 8-10 days, followed by a brief break of 3-4 days. Work will include long days, hiking over rugged terrain, driving 4-wheel drive vehicles, possibly operating ATVs, and navigating in a remote forested landscape with GPS units and GIS software. Field conditions involve exposure to wind, dust, extreme heat and cold, and hiking at high elevations (5,000 – 10,00 feet). Electronic entry of field data using PCs and PDAs will be required. Campers will have periodic access to a base camp with either a trailer or a wall tent, but overnight camping in a personal sleep tent will usually be necessary. Technicians will camp in teams of three in the Jarbidge Mountains, Ruby Mountains, Santa Rosa Mountains, and a series of small ranges in northwestern Nevada (the Bilk Creek/Pine Forest/Black Rock Ranges). You may restrict your application to a duty station of Elko (for the Jarbidge or Ruby Mts) or Winnemucca (for the Santa Rosa and western ranges), otherwise indicate that either duty station is acceptable. To qualify for this position, applicants need at least 6 months of field experience or 1 year of college with courses related to the work of the position to be filled, PLUS at least 3 months of field or laboratory work experience. We are particularly interested in applicants with a strong work ethic, proven ability to live and work in remote areas under rugged conditions, and experience in vegetation sampling. Successful applicants will be hired as a Biological Science Technicians, GG-04, at $13.41/hr plus $18/day field per diem, and will be full-time, temporary employees of DOI, USGS, Snake River Field Station. Length of Appointment: approximately 6/07/10 through 9/15/10. For information about the work, please contact Dr. Douglas Shinneman, 208-426-5206, email@example.com. Send application materials by email or mail to Michelle Schatz (firstname.lastname@example.org), USGS-Biological Resources Division, Forest & Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, 777 NW 9th St., Suite 400, Corvallis, OR 97330. Include the following in your application: a) reference to Job# SRFS-10-004; b) letter of interest indicating availability for the field season; c) resume, including professional experience, especially evidence that you meet the qualifications (see above); d) when listing professional experience, be sure to indicate starting and ending dates, and hours worked per week, to verify that you meet the qualifications; e) copies of academic transcripts, unofficial transcripts are acceptable; f) list of 3 references and their contact information. Applications must be received by February 12, 2010. Posted: 1/26/10.
US Geological Survey: Biological Science Technician, GG-404-04 Salary: $13.18 - $13.18 Hourly. Location: Moab, Utah. This announcement is for full time, Temporary Biological Science Technicians (4 positions), not to exceed 180 days or October 1. Open dates are 12/21/2009 through 04/15/2010. This announcement will be open until all positions are filled, or closed on 04/15/2010, whichever comes first. On each of the closing dates listed below, the announcement will be closed and applications received as of that date will be evaluated. If the positions are filled prior to 04/15/2010, the announcement will be closed as of the closure date listed. All applications must be received by 5:00 PM on the dates listed. Closing Dates: 01/03/2010; 01/17/2010; 01/31/2010; 02/07/2010; 02/21/2010; 03/07/2010; 03/21/2010; 04/04/2010; 04/15/2010. Duties: Perform technical work in the field or lab in support of research on biological soil crusts in southeastern Utah and the desert southwest. Technician will collect soil samples and/or perform lab analysis of biological samples, assist in the construction and maintenance of experimental infrastructures, and assist with data entry. Individual must have valid driver's license to operate government vehicle. Technician should have knowledge of processes, methods and procedures of biological science, knowledge of routine field data collection procedures, skills in operation, maintenance, and servicing of biological recording and measuring instruments, and knowledge of procedures utilized in a biological lab. Work is physically demanding and may involve moderate or sometimes extreme exposure to discomforts of rain, cold/hot weather, etc. To qualify you need: 6 mos field party experience OR 2 yrs subprofessional experience OR 1 yr of college-related courses. Transcripts supporting college course work must be submitted with application. How To Apply: Applications consisting of a resume and an OF-612 must be received in the Canyonlands Research Station office by the closing date on the announcement in order to be considered. An OF-612 may be obtained through the Utah Division of Workforce Services or from the www.usajobs.gov. Also submit: College transcript or list of college courses, specifying title of course work, completion date, semester or quarter hours earned by course title, and grade earned. To claim 5 point Veterans Preference, a DD-214 showing character of discharge is required. If claiming 10 point Veteran's Preference, an SF-15 with proof of claim is required. Apply to: Judson Hill, U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Discipline, Canyonlands Research Station, 2290 S. West Resource Blvd., Moab, UT 84532. Tel: 435 719-2359, Fax: 435 719-2350, Email: email@example.com. Posted: 1/4/10.
US Geological Survey: Sequoia-Kings Canyon Field Station is currently hiring summer Biological Science Technicians (Botany). Pay: GS-5 ($14.74/hour). Location: Three Rivers, CA. Application closing date: Jan 25, 2010. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To apply, mail, e:mail, or fax resume and transcripts to: Nicole Crain, USGS/BRD/WERC, 3020 State University Drive East, Modoc Hall, Suite 3006, Sacramento, CA 95819; FAX (916) 278-9475; email@example.com. Please list the WERC announcement number (WERC-39-10-01) on all your application materials. Posted: 1/4/10.
US Geological Survey: Biological Science Technician – Moab, UT. We are looking for up to 4 temporary technicians (not to exceed 180d). The announcement is currently open and will close every 2 weeks until the positions are filled or 4/15/10. Duties: Perform technical work in the field or lab in support of research on biological soil crusts in southeastern Utah and the desert southwest. Technician will collect soil samples and/or perform lab analysis of biological samples, assist in the construction and maintenance of experimental infrastructures, and assist with data entry. Individual must have valid driver's license to operate government vehicle. Technician should have knowledge of processes, methods and procedures of biological science, knowledge of routine field data collection procedures, skills in operation, maintenance, and servicing of biological recording and measuring instruments, and knowledge of procedures utilized in a biological lab. Work is physically demanding and may involve moderate or sometimes extreme exposure to discomforts of rain, hot/cold weather. To qualify you need: 6 mos field experience OR 2 yrs subprofessional experience OR 1 yr of college-related courses. Transcripts supporting college course work must be submitted with application. Applications consisting of a resume and an OF-612 (available at www.usajobs.gov) should be sent to Judson Hill (firstname.lastname@example.org), US Geological Survey, Canyonlands Research Station, 2290 S. West Resource Blvd., Moab, UT 84532. Salary: $13.18/hr. Posted: 12/30/09.
US Geological Survey: Eight biological technicians are needed to survey songbirds in aspen woodlands in the mountains of northern Nevada. Aspen woodlands support high numbers and diversity of avian species and are a scenic and pleasant place to spend the summer. Successful applicants will be hired as Biological Science Technicians, GG-06, at $16.44/hr plus $18/day field per diem, and will be full-time, temporary employees of DOI, USGS, Snake River Field Station. The length of appointment is approximately 5/17/10 through 7/17/10, with some possibility of a one month extension. Temporary appointments less than 90 days, such as these, do not include annual leave, sick leave, health insurance, or life insurance, but incumbents will be covered by the Social Security Retirement system. The work will consist of early morning bird surveys (point counts) and vegetation sampling. The work will involve camping at remote mountain sites for 8-10 days, followed by a brief break of 3-4 days. Work will include long days, hiking over rugged terrain, driving 4-wheel drive vehicles, possibly operating ATVs, and navigating in a remote forested landscape with GPS units and GIS software. Field conditions involve exposure to wind, dust, extreme heat and cold, and hiking at high elevations (5,000 – 8,000 feet). Electronic entry of field data using PCs and PDAs will be required. Campers will have periodic access to a base camp with either a trailer or a wall tent, but overnight camping in a personal sleep tent will sometimes be necessary. Technicians will camp in teams of two in either the Jarbidge Mountains, Ruby Mountains, Santa Rosa Mountains, or a series of small ranges west of the Santa Rosas (referred to as the Bilk Creek/Pine Forest/Black Rock Ranges). You may restrict your application to a duty station of Elko (for the Jarbidge or Ruby Mts) or Winnemucca (for the Santa Rosa and western ranges), otherwise indicate that either duty station is acceptable. 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. We are particularly interested in applicants with a strong work ethic, proven ability to live and work in remote areas under rugged conditions, and experience in identifying songbirds by ear. For information about the work, please contact Dr. Susan Earnst, 208-426-5209, email@example.com. Send application materials by email or mail to Michelle Schatz (firstname.lastname@example.org), USGS-Biological Resources Division, Forest & Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, 777 NW 9th St., Suite 400, Corvallis, OR 97330. Include the following in your application: a) reference to Job# SRFS-10-003; b) letter of interest indicating availability for the field season; c) resume, including professional experience, especially evidence that you meet the qualifications (see above); d) when listing professional experience, be sure to indicate starting and ending dates, and hours worked per week, to verify that you meet the qualifications; e) copies of academic transcripts, unofficial transcripts are acceptable; f) list of 3 references and their contact information. Applications must be received by January 18, 2010. Posted: 12/16/09.
US Geological Survey: We are seeking 2 highly-motivated ornithologists ($16.44/hour plus $18 field per diem) to participate in a large-scale experimental study investigating the response of avian communities to woodland invasions in sagebrush ecosystems. Sampling protocols include variable distance point counts, territory mapping, behavioral observation, nest searching and monitoring, target-netting and color-banding. Focal species include gray flycatcher, dusky flycatcher, sage thrasher, sage sparrow, vesper sparrow, Brewer's sparrow, black-throated sparrow, and green-tailed towhee. Point count surveys will collect data on the entire suite of species and applicants should know or be able to quickly learn western bird species by sight and sound. Last season we detected over 100 species. Vegetation sampling will follow bird monitoring efforts at surveyed nest and point count locations. The primary 2010 study site is located in an isolated and scenic area 60 miles south of Burn, OR on Steens Mountain with additional sampling in eastern Oregon, northeastern CA and southwest Idaho. 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 using GIS/GPS 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. These GG-06 positions are full-time, temporary employment, stationed in Burns, OR. The position start date is May 9th and will extend to August 28th, with possible extension 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. For inquiries related to the positions, please contact Steve Hanser (208-426-2892, email@example.com). To apply, please send: 1) cover letter indicating field season availability and this announcement number: SRFS-10-002, 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 Michelle Schatz (firstname.lastname@example.org; USGS-Biological Resources Division, Forest & Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, 777 NW 9th St., Suite 400, Corvallis, OR 97330). Applications must be received by January 11, 2010. Posted: 12/11/09.
US Geological Survey: We are seeking 2 highly-motivated ornithologists ($16.44/hour plus $18 field per diem) to perform avian point counts in isolated and scenic areas of Utah, Nevada, Oregon, Idaho and northeastern California. This work is part of a large-scale experimental study investigating the response of avian communities to woodland invasions in sagebrush ecosystems. Sampling protocol consists of variable distance point counts and data entry. We will be collecting data on the entire suite of species with focal species including gray flycatcher, dusky flycatcher, sage thrasher, sage sparrow, vesper sparrow, Brewer's sparrow, black-throated sparrow, and green-tailed towhee. Applicants should know or be able to quickly learn western bird species by sight and sound. Last season we detected over 150 species. Vegetation sampling will follow bird survey efforts at a subset of surveyed point count locations. Preference will be given to energetic, detail-oriented candidates with experience in songbird point-count surveys. Experience creating and manipulating Microsoft Excel documents and using GIS/GPS for navigation 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. These GG-06 positions are full-time, temporary employment, stationed in Elko, NV. The position start date is April 25th and will extend to August 28th, with possible extension 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. For inquiries related to the positions, please contact Steve Hanser (208 426-2892, email@example.com). To apply, please send: 1) cover letter indicating field season availability and this announcement number: SRFS-10-001, 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 Michelle Schatz (firstname.lastname@example.org; USGS-Biological Resources Division, Forest & Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, 777 NW 9th St., Suite 400, Corvallis, OR 97330). Applications must be received by January 11, 2010. Posted: 12/11/09.
US Geological Survey: A temporary wildlife technician position is available from January to June 2010 to assist with research on elk brucellosis in Wyoming. The technician will be primarily in the field: assisting with elk captures, collecting behavioral and environmental data. Administratively the position will be based out of the U.S. Geological Survey in Bozeman, Montana, but the fieldwork will be based in Pinedale and Jackson, WY. Housing will be provided in Pinedale, Wyoming. The technician will work closely with graduate students and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Past experience with wildlife research, snow sampling, snowmobiles, and VHF radio-tracking is a plus. Pay will be $13-15/hr depending on past experience. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, preferably before February 2010. E-Mail a letter of interest and résumé to: Paul Cross (pcross at usgs.gov). Posted: 12/10/09.
US Geological Survey: The project is an evaluation of factors influencing the distribution and abundance of bird species, particularly yellow rails, Le Conte's sparrows, and sedge wrens, and associated habitat characteristics, in sedge meadows, and responses of bird and plant species to summer prescribed burning. Related to this study is work evaluating the use of automatic digital audio recorders to evaluate detectability and calling patterns of rails and other wetland birds. Work period: 2 Nov 2009 - approx 1 May 2010. Type of services required: The individual provides technical support to the project scientist in preparing data for publication. Principal duties include: - Error-check and summarize data for use in analyses, reports, and publications. - Use GIS to extract spatial data and develop maps for publication and presentations. - Develop statistical models for analyses relating bird responses to habitat variables. - Evaluate detectability in double-observer data. - Describe plant community and evaluate changes relative to fire treatments. - Describe and evaluate changes in other habitat metrics, such as shrub cover and vertical cover measures. - Summarize and evaluate annual and daily weather data for fire-related component. - Evaluate SongMeter audio recordings to determine pattern of calling and factors affecting calls; develop new song recognizers for additional bird species. - Aid the scientist in other aspects of data analysis and manuscript preparation. - Maintain weekly communications with the supervisor as to progress, problems, and data, and complete tasks in a timely manner. Required: The individual must have a B.S. or B.A. degree in wildlife or a natural resources field with a minimum of one year of graduate coursework in ecology. The individual must be currently a student or have been a student within 12 months of 2 Nov 2009. The individual must demonstrate sound organizational skills, a solid background in field ecological studies in avian and/or plant ecology. The individual must have skills and experience in use of Excel, R or SAS statistical software, and ArcGIS/ArcInfo. Good writing skills also are desired. Compensation is $19.64/hour; this rate includes an amount for self-employment taxes. The individual is expected to work, on average, a 40-hour week. Although pay will cover all hours worked, the individual will not receive a premium rate for work beyond 8 hours/day or 40 hours/week. The individual also will be eligible for Workers Compensation at government expense the same as a federal employee. The individual is responsible for all costs of other transportation to and from Northern Prairie Wildlife Research and for personal transportation at the study area; a federal vehicle will be provided for transportation around the study area. The Government does not provide housing, meals, or other living expenses. Individuals that are married to or have parents who are employed by USGS are not eligible. To apply, please send electronically 1) a complete resume, 2) list of references, 3) copy of transcripts, and 4) proof of B.S./B.A. degree (copies ok); deadline of 12 October. Please send electronically (preferred) or via surface mail to: Jane Austin (email@example.com), US Geological Survey, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, 8711 37th Street SE, Jamestown, ND 58401. Phone: 701-253-5510, Fax: 701-253-5553. Posted: 10/1/09.
University of Arkansas: Research Technician Positions Available. I seek motivated individuals to assist with ecology, conservation biology, and fisheries biology research projects in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas and Missouri. Work will include field sampling and experiments in streams, mesocosm and laboratory experiments, as well as office work. Projects include the possibility of developing special research projects and co-authoring publications. Two full time technician positions are available. Start date as early as Sept 1, 2009 (flexible) and end date is February 28, 2010 (flexible). Salary is $1,500 per month. The technicians will perform work in the field, lab and greenhouse. Duties will include field sampling, maintenance and operation of field and laboratory experiments, data collection, computer input, and analysis and writing (dependent on ability). Preference will be given to candidates with a BS in ecology, conservation biology, fisheries or a related field. Applicants should have a willingness and ability to perform field work, good note taking skills, and a positive attitude. To Apply: Send a cover letter, list of relevant courses and grades, and resume with names, phones numbers and email addresses of three references to Scott Longing (firstname.lastname@example.org), Arkansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Department of Biological Sciences. For more information please email, or call 479-595-3255. Posted: 8/14/09.
University of California, Berkeley: The Fire Science Laboratory has 3 openings for field assistants for research related to fire and fuels management. Primary Location: Blodgett Forest Research Station, El Dorado County, California. Housing at Blodgett Forest Research Station will be provided. Salary: $2167 - $2423 per month. Employment will be full-time for approximately 3-4 months. (mid-May – Aug/Sept). Work schedule will be eight 10 hour days on, 6 days off. Approximately 1 month will be spent measuring fire effects from prescribed burning done last fall. Job includes long hours in forested and remote settings, performing forest inventory measurements and post-fire data collection, and driving on mountain dirt roads. May involve camping when conducting field work away from Blodgett Forest. Minimum Qualifications: 18 years of age. Desired Qualifications: College coursework in forestry, ecology, or related disciplines Drivers license Ability to navigate using maps and compass and experience using handheld GPS devices Research experience that included taking and recording measurements Experience identifying plants and using dichotomous keys Ability to use spreadsheet applications for data entry and manipulation Experience with ecological monitoring, forest inventory, and long field days. Closes: March 15, 2010, or until filled. To Apply: Send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Zev Balsen (email@example.com). For additional information, please email Zev Balsen. Posted: 2/17/10.
University of California, Berkeley: A crew leader and 2 field technicians are needed to conduct a variety of animal surveys as part of a new long-term food web study in the Carrizo National Monument, California (60 miles east of San Luis Obispo). 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 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. Dates: early April – late August, 2010. Requirements: All applicants must be pursuing or have a bachelor’s degree in the natural sciences and have previous field experience. Applicants must be able to start in early April. 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. Work schedule: Approx. 40 hrs per week, variable throughout season. Compensation: $2167/month plus core health benefits for technicians, $2423/month plus core health benefits for crew leader. Housing is provided at an active research facility on the Monument. To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 2-3 references to Laura Prugh by February 8, 2010 at firstname.lastname@example.org. Inquiries can also be directed to Laura by email or phone (510-643-3918). Posted: 1/25/10.
University of California, Berkeley: Full-time summer field technician positions, Approximately May–October 2010. We are seeking excellent field assistants for summer work in an experiment studying the effects of global warming on treeline dynamics. The work will take place at the University of Colorado Mountain Research Station at Niwot Ridge, near Boulder, Colorado. The successful applicants will (1) monitor subalpine tree seedling germination and survival in experimental forest and alpine field sites and (2) document naturally-occurring recruitment and demography patterns. Education/Experience: The positions will provide great experience for any individual interested in high elevation plant ecology and climate change. Strong applicants will either be currently enrolled in or have graduated from a program in forestry, plant ecology, plant physiology, botany, or a related field. And they will have knowledge of Rocky Mountain forest systems and species. Ability to enjoy long days of repetitive but meaningful work is strongly desired. Applicants must have proven experience in working well with others, be very attentive to details, highly organized and responsible, and have a high level of physical fitness. We are looking for assistants who are not afraid of hard work and have a sincere interest in ecological field research. Conditions: Applicants must be enthusiastic about and capable of carrying a pack with equipment, working and hiking at high elevations (up to 11,500’). Candidates will be required to provide their own personal field gear. Successful candidates must be able work long hours in often inclement weather. Snow is likely, and rain and high winds are inevitable. Candidates are expected to work 40 hours a week. Work days usually start around 7am. Field work may be cut short by weather on some days, but go longer than 8 hours on other days. Benefits: $12-16/hour depending on experience and lodging at the Mountain Research Station. To Apply: Complete applications should include a cover letter (indicating available dates), a resume, transcripts (unofficial ok), and two letters of recommendation. Submit application materials to Dr. Cristina Castanha (email@example.com). All application materials should clearly indicate your name and the position (Niwot Field Assistant). Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Start/End dates may be flexible. Please contact Dr. Castanha with any questions. Please also contact us for information regarding research opportunities for Post-Docs, Graduate Students, and Science Teachers, as well as employment with the infrastructure support crew. Contact Dr Castanha or any of the project PIs: Lara Kueppers (UC Merced), Margaret Torn (UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab), John Harte (UC Berkeley), Jeff Mitton (CU Boulder), or Matt Germino (Idaho State University). Posted: 1/21/10.
University of California Davis: Field and lab tech/assistants for projects in Pollination Biology, Ecosystems services and Sustainability. Neal Williams Lab -- Department of Entomology. Location: Davis, California and surrounding region. (1) We have openings for several full-time limited-term field and lab assistant positions for the 2010 season. Positions could be combined to provide for longer term employment. Full time temporary field / lab assistant position: April-September 2010 with possible extension, or early start please inquire; $13.93 per hour. Position affords an opportunity for a longer term position involving more management responsibility. Project: The effect of landscape change and local habitat quality on pollinator diversity and pollination as an ecosystem service. This project explores within and between season stability of pollination by native bees and honey bees visiting watermelon and examines how landscape and local habitat quality affect this stability. Work is on organic and conventional farms and provides an opportunity to experience aspects of sustainable agriculture as well as field ecology. Major activities: This assistant will serve as a team leader to monitor visitation by native bees at different field locations; collect voucher specimens and curate these; quantify on-farm floral resource abundance and diversity; help assess the landscape context of study sites using GIS; interact with farmers to provide updates on research and to schedule field schedule. This person will be responsible for data organization in the field and will work closely with the project PI throughout the season. Required Knowledge and Skills: Previous field or lab experience or coursework related to field ecology and/or entomology Interest in conservation biology, pollination biology, entomology and/or field ecology Attention to detail (will be collecting and working with original data) Ability to work independently and lead a peers in a research environment Basic computer skills (Word, Excel) Basic wet lab skills Valid driver’s license Ability to work in field under hot sunny conditions for long hours. Additional Desired Knowledge and Skills: Previous experience with pollinators, especially native bees Previous experience using ArcGIS Completed undergraduate or other higher degree. (2) Full time temporary field/ lab assistant position: 8-9 weeks, Feb-March 2010; $12.45 per hour. Project: This project is a collaboration headed by researchers from U. Gottingen, Germany and UC-Berkeley. It seeks to quantify contributions of native bees and honey bees to pollination of almond under different landscape contexts, farm management regimes and farm configurations. Major activities: The assistant will help with controlled hand pollination treatments in field and lab. Lab work involves preparation of samples for microscopy and visualization of pollen and pollen tubes using fluorescence microscopy. Field experience with insects, plants, pollination is desirable. Required Knowledge and Skills: * Previous field or lab experience or coursework related to field ecology and/or entomology * Interest in conservation biology, pollination biology, entomology and/or field ecology * Attention to detail (will be collecting and working with original data) * Ability to work successfully as a team member * Basic computer skills (Word, Excel) * Basic wet lab skills. Additional Desired Knowledge and Skills: * Previous experience with pollinators, especially native bees * Previous experience in pollination biology * Valid driver’s license. (3) Two positions, Full-time field/ lab assistant 12-week positions, May-July 2010. $12.45 per hour. Project: The effect of landscape change and local habitat quality on pollinator diversity and pollination as an ecosystem service. This project explores within and between season stability of pollination by native bees and honey bees visiting watermelon and examines how landscape and local habitat quality affect this stability. Work is on organic and conventional farms and provides an opportunity to experience aspects of sustainable agriculture as well as field ecology. Major activities: Assistants will monitor visitation by native bees at different field locations, collect voucher specimens and curate these. Quantify on farm floral resource abundance and diversity. Measure pollen deposition by different flower visitors using field manipulation and microscopy. Knowledge and Skills: Previous field or lab experience or coursework related to field ecology and/or entomology Interest in conservation biology, pollination biology, entomology and/or field ecology. Ability to work independently and in a small team Basic computer skills (Word, Excel) Basic wet lab skills Valid driver’s license Ability to work in field under hot sunny conditions for long hours. To apply: Please send CV including names and complete contact information for 2 references to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name and “research assistant position” in the subject of the email. Posted: 11/16/09.
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, mapping breeding territories of focal songbird species, along with mistnetting and marking focal birds. 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 (*17 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 generous 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@bren.ucsb.edu), University of California, Santa Barbara, CA *and* David Dobkin (email@example.com), High Desert Ecological Research Institute, Bend, OR. Posted: 2/9/10.
University of Colorado, Boulder: Field Assistant/Wildlife. Pay Rate: $2880 (total) for 6 weeks of work (July 12 - August 20, 2010). Location: Great Sand Dunes National Monument & Rocky Mountain National Park. Materials Required: Resume, Cover Letter & 3 Job References. Apply To: Jennifer.Wilkening@colorado.edu (electronic submissions only). Last Date to Apply: May 28, 2010. Two field assistants needed to implement a monitoring protocol for the American pika (Ochotona princeps). The field assistants will locate and identify pika habitat (using provided maps and GPS coordinates), and conduct field surveys for pikas in Great Sand Dunes National Monument and Rocky Mountain National Park (both in Colorado). This is a temporary position anticipated to begin July 12 and end August 20 (2010), including all weekdays and some weekends during this period. Individuals must be ready to work long days in rugged terrain. Compensation: $2880 per field assistant, plus benefits. Responsibilities: Field data collection (90% of time, essential): Conduct pika surveys to determine site occupancy in these parks, documenting detection of pikas by sight and sound, as well as detection of pika scat, and haypiles. Surveys will also include habitat data collection and collection of scat samples for genetic and physiological analyses. Surveys will be conducted in rugged and remote locations, and field assistants will sometimes work alone. Accessing each survey site will require extensive travel time, including travel by car and on foot over rugged terrain. Data processing and equipment maintenance (10% of time, essential): Enter raw data into electronic spreadsheets for subsequent analysis. Assist with equipment maintenance and mapping projects. Coordinate field work and data entry with other survey crew members. Perform additional duties as assigned. Qualifications: Knowledge of natural resource management practices, methods, and procedures. Education and/or experience directly relating to wildlife ecology/conservation or closely related field. Demonstrated ability to be a self-starter, while working well in a fast-paced strong team environment. Ability to hike rapidly for long distances over rough terrain. Willingness and ability to travel to parks by car, work unsupervised, work outdoors, work occasionally in evening hours and often in adverse field conditions (e.g. hot, dusty, rainy, cold, etc.). Strong interpersonal and organizational skills and attention to detail. Strong communication skills, both verbal and written. Must possess a valid driver’s license and pass a driving record check. Must possess proficiency with computers. Employment may be contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal background and/or driving investigation. Desirable Qualifications: * Experience with sign surveys or identification of animals and their sign in the field. • Experience with GPS units and GIS software. • Ability to operate a 4WD vehicle. • Ability to make independent decisions without daily supervision. • Basic First Aid and CPR certification. • Experience with compass and clinometers. • Experience with MS Excel and/or Access. • Ability to compile information for reports. Posted: 5/4/10.
University of Colorado, Boulder: California Research Positions: Amphibian Disease Ecology, Dr. Pieter Johnson, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. We are currently seeking highly motivated undergraduates or recent graduates to apply for positions studying Amphibian Disease Ecology in California. These positions will focus on the interactive effects of land use change and biodiversity losses on infectious diseases in amphibians, including pathogens that cause limb deformities and population declines. Positions are full-time and begin in mid-May and end in late-August. California Field Team (East Bay): 2 Positions Field assistants will conduct intensive sampling of amphibian populations at more than 150 wetlands across the Bay Area of California, including Sonoma, Alameda, Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties. Selected individuals will gain valuable experience in sampling amphibians, aquatic invertebrates, fishes, pathogens, water chemistry and wetland habitat assessment. Ongoing projects include: (a) identifying the determinants of aquatic biodiversity and (b) evaluating the effects of land use change on amphibian disease and deformities. California Experimental Team (Hopland): 1 Position A research assistant will participate in the design and implementation of outdoor mesocosm and field experiments designed to evaluate the effects of biodiversity losses on amphibian disease. Experiments will be established at the Hopland Research and Extension Center in Mendocino County. The selected candidate will develop skills in experimental design, field sampling of amphibians, parasite biology, water chemistry, and statistical analysis. Housing will be provided at the Hopland Field Station. Pacific Northwest Field Team A: 1 Position We are seeking a field assistant to conduct intensive sampling of amphibian wetlands in California, Oregon, and Washington as part of a National Geographic-sponsored project. The research team will be based in California but will make trips throughout the Pacific Northwest to resurvey historical malformation sites. Selected individuals will gain valuable experience in sampling amphibians, aquatic invertebrates, fishes, pathogens, water chemistry and wetland habitat assessment. Housing will be provided but candidates should be prepared to camp frequently. Education/Experience: Successful applicants should have a background in ecology, biology, or a similar discipline, experience conducting field research, preferably with amphibians, and outdoor experience. Applicants must be well organized, highly responsible, conscientious, physically fit, and able to work closely with others under adverse conditions. Applicants with the ability to recognize and identify amphibians are preferred. To Apply: send a cover letter stating which position(s) you are applying for, a current resume, an unofficial transcript, and contact information for two references to Miranda Redmond (Miranda.Redmond@colorado.edu), preferably as a single pdf. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Start/End dates may be flexible. Please contact Miranda Redmond with questions. Candidates are expected to work 40 hours/week. For more information, see Pieter Johnson's lab. Posted: 2/1/10.
University of Colorado, Boulder: Ecology Research Positions: Colorado Amphibian Conservation, Dr. Pieter Johnson, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. We are currently seeking highly motivated undergraduates or recent graduates to apply for positions studying Amphibian Conservation in Colorado. These positions will focus on the study of major threats to native amphibians, including invasive species, land use change, and infectious diseases. Hiring is in progress for field- and lab-based positions. Positions are full-time and begin in mid-May and end in late-August. Colorado Field Team (2 positions): Field assistants will conduct intensive sampling of amphibian populations throughout Colorado and will visit >50 wetlands through the duration of the summer. Ongoing projects include: (a) monitoring of native leopard frog populations, (b) elimination of non-native amphibians (bullfrogs), and (c) broad-scale surveys of amphibian biodiversity. Successful applicants should have a background in ecology, biology, or similar field, experience conducting field research, preferably with amphibians, and outdoor experience. Applicants must be well organized, highly responsible, conscientious, physically fit, and able to work closely with others under adverse conditions. Applicants with the ability to recognize and identify amphibians are preferred. Colorado Experimental Team (2 positions): Research assistants will work to plan, implement, and complete experimental projects focused on amphibian disease ecology at the University of Colorado Boulder campus. Ongoing projects include (a) identifying the diversity of pathogens in amphibian communities, (b) understanding the effects of parasites on amphibian malformations, (c) testing the effects of biodiversity on pathogen transmission. Researchers will gain experience with a range of species (amphibians, snails, and parasites) and techniques (necropsies, parasite identification, microscopy, and experimental design). Successful applicants should have a background in ecology, biology, or similar field, and experience conducting laboratory research, preferably involving amphibians or pathogens. Applicants must be well organized, highly responsible, conscientious, and able to work closely with others. Applicants with previous laboratory or amphibian experience are preferred. To Apply: send a cover letter stating which position(s) you are applying for, a current resume, an unofficial transcript, and contact information for two references to Miranda Redmond (Miranda.Redmond@colorado.edu), preferably as a single pdf. Start/End dates may be flexible. Please contact Miranda Redmond with questions. Candidates are expected to work 40 hours/week. For more information, see Pieter Johnson's lab. Posted: 2/1/10.
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 end of the summer, with the beginning and ending dates somewhat flexible. There is the possibility for the position to continue into the fall and winter, based on interest and availability. More information about ongoing Alaska research: 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, resume, and names and addresses of two references. 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 26, 2010. Application material should be sent to: Sue Natali (firstname.lastname@example.org), Dept. of Botany and Zoology, 220 Bartram Hall, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611. Posted: 2/24/10.
University of Hawaii at Manoa: We seek one temporary full-time technicians in fire ecology with the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM) in Honolulu, Hawaii. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, and availability of funds. Hourly Wage: $10/hr. Dates of employment: Start ASAP - September 2010. Duties: Supervised by Ph.D. student in NREM. Project goals are to quantify the fuel loads and install native species restoration trials in nonnative-dominated grassland systems on Oahu, Hawaii. Work will be primarily in the Waianae Coast and North Shore areas, and will consist of field collection and sample processing in the laboratory. Qualifications: Education: Bachelor's degree in progress in Biology, Ecology, Botany, or another related Biological discipline. Abil/Know/Skills: Basic knowledge of the principles of ecology. Experience in ecological data collection. Basic computer skills, including experience with MS Excel. Desirable Qualifications: Experience collecting biological data in a field setting. Organizational, communication, and leadership skills with an ability to independently and manage multiple tasks simultaneously. Ability to work effectively as a member of a larger team. Resourceful in developing practical solutions to daily challenges. Knowledge of Hawaiian ecosystems. Experience with issues surrounding grassland fire ecology in tropical ecosystems. Application: Send resume or CV with: contact information for 3 references, academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are fine), and cover letter detailing how you meet minimum and, where applicable, desirable qualifications to Lisa Ellsworth (email@example.com). Inquiries welcome. Posted: 11/30/09, revised: 5/4/10.
University of Houston: We have openings for two field assistants to work with our group this summer on community ecology projects with salt marsh crabs and insects. For more information about our research, see http://www.bchs.uh.edu/~steve/. Work will involve vigorous activity outdoors in hot, muddy, buggy conditions. Projects will be based in coastal Georgia, with some travel, and can start as early as mid April and extend as late as late September. Housing provided; salary commensurate with experience but around $10/h. Applicants with field research experience preferred; ability to work both independently and as part of diverse group essential. Email resume and cover letter describing your interests and career goals, and have one letter of reference emailed to Steve Pennings (firstname.lastname@example.org), Department of Biology and Biochemistry. Indicate when you would be available to start work, and how late in the summer you would be available. Applications will be reviewed as received; do not apply after March 31. Posted: 3/3/10.
University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Dartmouth College: We are seeking full- and part-time Field Assistants and one Project Manager for spring field research in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina. The project examines the effects of urbanization on multispecies plant-animal interactions with Lynn Adler (UMass-Amherst), Paige Warren (UMass-Amherst), Rebecca Irwin (Dartmouth), and Adrian Carper (Dartmouth). Field sites will be located in Raleigh/Durham and surrounding areas. Field Assistants: Field research assistants will be involved in observing plant-insect interactions, measuring floral traits, estimating bee abundance and diversity, and documenting site-based characteristics of urbanization. Previous experience in field biology or plant-insect interactions is preferred but not required. Advanced undergraduates or individuals with a BA or BS in a relevant field are encouraged to apply. Salary is $8-10 per hour, depending on experience. Project Manager: The field project manager will help the PIs lead a team of field assistants, coordinate data collection, and be involved in daily data collection, including observing plant-insect interactions, measuring floral traits, estimating bee abundance and diversity, and documenting site-based characteristics of urbanization. Previous experience in field biology or plant-insect interactions is required for the field manager position. Individuals with a BA, BS, or MS in a relevant field are encouraged to apply. Salary is $10-12 per hour, depending on experience. The positions are available from mid-March through mid-April, 2008 (likely until April 20). Some relocation costs will also be provided if the applicant is not currently living in the Raleigh/Durham area. No health or retirement benefits are included. To apply, please email a resume and brief cover letter as a single 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 or Spring Project Manager (depending on the position you are applying for). Email applications to: Adrian Carper, Adrian.Carper@Dartmouth.edu. Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2010 and will continue until positions are filled. Posted: 12/17/09.
University of Michigan: Summer research assistant (Research Assistant I level). We seek a current undergraduate or recent graduate to work over the summer as part of the Great Lakes Environmental Assessment and Mapping Project (GLEAM). The job will entail two major tasks: 1) reviewing the peer-reviewed and grey literature to produce summary reports on the impact of each of ~35-40 types of human activities upon Great Lakes ecosystems, and 2) navigating through Google Earth imagery to identify certain man-made structures along the shorelines of all 5 Great Lakes. The successful applicant will possess strong communication skills (oral and especially written), a commitment to careful and scholarly work, excellent organizational skills, and an interest in the Great Lakes. The position will be based at the UM School of Natural Resources & Environment, and requires weekly reporting to Prof. David Allan. We expect that the tasks will require full-time effort (40 hr/wk) for ~ 3 months (dates flexible). The pay rate will be ~ $10/hr, possibly higher for an exceptionally well-qualified candidate. To apply, please send a detailed cover letter explaining your special qualifications, contact information for two references, and a current CV to Dr. Peter McIntyre (email@example.com). Questions welcomed. Posted: 4/6/10.
University of 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. This is a wonderful opportunity to study a little-known game bird in a beautiful part of Minnesota. Dates of Employment: Approximately April 5-May 22, 2010. Location: Pine County, 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. Must have a valid driver’s license. Salary: $10/hr + free housing. To Apply: Send a brief cover letter as well as a resume with 3 references by e-mail to contact below. Last Date to Apply: February 22, 2010 (Interviews will start on 2/23). Contact: Stefanie Bergh, Minnesota Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit (firstname.lastname@example.org, 406-581-4718). Posted: 2/8/10.
University of Minnesota: Forest Ecology Research Internships. Northern Minnesota is a focal point of potential climate warming impacts because it sits at the transition between the boreal and temperate forest biomes. The B4WARMED (Boreal Forest Warming at an Ecotone in Danger) experiment is a unique manipulative experiment that warms both plants and soil in the field to emulate future climate scenarios. This experiment examines how tree seedlings and germinants respond to predicted warming with respect to physiology, phenology, growth, and survival. We seek undergraduate or newly graduated students with a background or interest in biology, ecology, physiology, environmental science, biophysics, forestry, or a related field to be research interns. Interns are needed primarily from June until August but some workers as early as March and other workers are needed through November. Typical work days are eight hours Monday through Friday, however some tasks require early morning, evening, or weekend work. A current driver’s license is required. Responsibilities: • Collecting and recording data in both field and laboratory environments in accordance with established protocols • Measurements of plant growth, physiology, and phenology • Routine maintenance of field sites, field instruments, and research equipment. • Limited data entry • Aiding principle investigators and graduate students as needed. Desired qualifications: 1) willingness to work hard in outdoor setting, 2) ability to follow research protocols, 3) familiarity with plant and tree species of Northern Minnesota, 4) an ability to work well and play well with others, and 5) enthusiasm and curiosity. Research sites: Field work will be split between research sites at the Cloquet Forestry Center in Cloquet, MN, and the Hubachek Wilderness Research Center near Ely, MN. Both research sites are in beautiful forested settings and provide access to the natural areas of Northern Minnesota including the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. An individual’s home base may be at either of these locations. Travel between sites will be necessary. Contact: Please send cover letter (including available working dates), one-page resume with relevant experiences and work, and contact information for two references electronically to: Artur Stefanski (email@example.com), Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota, 1530 Cleveland Ave N., St Paul, MN 55108 USA. Posted: 1/29/10.
University of Minnesota: Ecology Research Technician. Project headquartered at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, East Bethel, MN. Experiment located at UMore Park’s Rosemount Research and Outreach Center, Rosemount, MN. Our team is looking for a motivated individual to aid in establishing and maintaining a grazing experiment that is associated with a greater Wildlife/Biofuels research program. The proposed grazing experiment is one component of a large, multidisciplinary initiative to understand how harvesting restored prairies for biofuel impacts wildlife and ecosystem functioning. This project is directed at learning how land managers can increase biofuel yields on marginal grasslands with as little inputs as possible while preserving the ecological services provided by that system. The new employee will have the opportunity to help with other aspects of the greater research program, including gained experiences in grant preparation, small mammal trapping, other wildlife surveys, and participation in outreach activities. Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree is preferred. A successful applicant will have experience with: • Cattle management or related large mammal handling • Fence installation • Field crew supervision • Data management • Excellent plant identification skills, particularly with tall-grass prairie species, are strongly desired. Exceptional writing skills are also strongly preferred. Salary: $10-$12 per hour DOQ. Duration: This position is seasonal full time (April '10 to November '10) with a possibility of long-term full time depending on funding. The successful applicant will be helping with the experimental design of the grazing study. S/he will be responsible for delineating the plots, installing cattle fencing, installing water sampling equipment, designing soil and plant survey schedules, organizing treatment application (including herbicide application, biomass harvest, seeding, grazing) collecting and managing data, supervising interns, and other related tasks. Outside of the field season, this person may help with grant writing, report preparation, data analysis, outreach activities, and/or sampling tasks for related experiments. If you have any questions or are interested in applying for this position, please send Jake Jungers an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “grazing project”. Please attach a resume with your letter of intent. Posted: 1/28/10.
University of Minnesota: The Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve (formerly Cedar Creek Natural History Area) of the has opportunities for students to work as Research Interns in plant community ecology. These positions will run through the end of October or later. We have two large scale projects (as well as many other smaller projects) that require our intern resources throughout the fall. 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 fall we maintain and sample these experiments. We also have a prescribed burn program that is a part of our fall agenda. In the fall we burn small prairies on our property. Typical work days are eight hours Monday through Friday, however some projects require weekend and evening work. If you are a newly graduated student with a background or interest in biology, ecology, environmental science, botany, or related field we encourage you to apply. We will be paying interns $10/hour. There is also on-site housing available. To apply for any of the above intern position please visit our website. The deadline for application submission is September 11th. We will start hiring before the deadline so please submit your application materials as soon as possible. Posted: 9/1/09.
University of Missouri: Field Technician needed to assist with investigation of resource use, demography, and movement of black-backed woodpeckers in the Black Hills region of South Dakota. We are seeking a highly motivated individual to assist with a radio telemetry study starting in early May and ending in late August 2010. Work includes radio tracking, nest monitoring, and re-sighting marked individuals. Proficiency working with birds, knowledge of radio-telemetry techniques, and a demonstrated ability to work alone and under difficult field conditions is essential. Work will be full-time. Housing and an hourly wage of $10/hr is provided. Please send a letter of interest, CV, and contact information for 2 references (name, phone, and email) to CHRIS ROTA at email@example.com. I will begin contacting qualified individuals for interviews the week of February 22. Posted: 2/9/10.
University of Missouri: Two full-time field assistant positions in behavioral ecology are available late February-early April 2010. The successful applicants will help investigate parent-offspring communication in treehoppers (Hemiptera: Membracidae) at Ordway-Swisher Biological Station (OSBS). Applicants with background and interests in ecology, evolution and behavior are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants should be patient and able to work long hours with good attention to detail. Interested applicants should email Jennifer Hamel at firstname.lastname@example.org. Platycotis vittata are phloem-feeding insects that occur on several species of oaks at OSBS. A P. vittata family develops over the course of about a month on an oak branch. The mother defends her 30-50 offspring from invertebrate predators during this time. Mother and offspring communicate via vibratory signals through the branch, and offspring signals appear to elicit defensive behavior from the mother. The goals of this research include investigating the function(s) of signals produced by the mother after predator encounters and assessing abundance of some known invertebrate predators. The successful applicants will assist a University of Missouri doctoral candidate in all aspects of field research, including locating treehopper families, conducting vibratory playback experiments, and ecological sampling. Research will be conducted in the field at OSBS. Research assistants will be expected to camp at the station, approximately 30 miles east of Gainesville, FL. Camping fees will be covered and a modest stipend provided; hot showers and wireless internet are available at OSBS for campers. Posted: 11/16/09.
University of Missouri: Field technician needed to assist with investigation of behavior, movement, and demographics of Black-backed Woodpeckers in Black Hills region of South Dakota. We are seeking a highly motivated individual to assist with a radio telemetry study starting in August and ending in April 2010, with the possibility to continue through August 2010. Work includes radio tracking, color-banding, and behavior observations. Proficiency working with birds, knowledge of radio-telemetry techniques, and demonstrated ability to operate alone and under difficult field conditions is essential. Housing and an hourly wage of $10/hr is provided. Please send a letter of interest, CV, and contact information for 2 references (name, phone, and email) to Chris Rota at email@example.com. Posted: 8/10/09.
University of Nevada Las Vegas: The School of Environmental and Public Affairs seeks a seasonal botanist for an ongoing vegetation project taking place in four national parks within the Mojave Desert. The position is an hourly position available for three or more months. The position is available immediately and is based at offices with the National Park Service in Boulder City, Nevada. Work over the next several weeks and months will involve 8-day trips (with 6 days off) to the high-elevation areas of Death Valley National Park and 8- or 4-day trips to higher areas of Mojave National Preserve. Data on full plant community composition will be collected on 0.1-ha plots. Travel time from Boulder City to the field sites is paid, but we cannot pay for commutes to Boulder City not on project time. The pay rate is highly competitive at approx. $18/hr. The botanist will work with a team of five other botanists and our current set up is three teams of two that work closely together in the same areas. Qualifications: Completed undergraduate degree in botany, ecology, or a closely related field is required. Coursework in botany is desirable. Documented fieldwork experience in plant community sampling is essential. Experience in the desert Southwest is preferred. U.S. citizenship and the ability to obtain a Nevada driver’s license are required. The ability to use a GPS, walk over uneven terrain to access sample plots, and conduct fieldwork in a desert environment is required. The ability to work with, and coordinate activities with, the university PI (Abella), other UNLV staff including other seasonal botanists, and National Park Service staff is required. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume by email only to Sharon Altman (firstname.lastname@example.org). Cover letters can be addressed to: Dr. Scott Abella, School of Environmental and Public Affairs, University of Nevada Las Vegas, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89154-4030. In the cover letter, please document botanical experience through coursework or fieldwork, as well as describe plant community/botany fieldwork experience. With your resume, please include the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of three references, as well as academic transcripts (unofficial copies are ok). Again, do not mail hard copies, applications will be reviewed via email only. Posted: 5/17/10.
University of North Carolina: Plant ecology field research technician needed immediately to assist with long-term bottomland hardwood tree seedling survival study underway on the floodplain of the lower Roanoke River in northeastern NC. Field season runs from June 1 to mid-August 2010 with a 10-12 week commitment expected. Compensation is $12/hour plus housing for the duration of the project (located in Williamston, NC) and transportation 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 a background 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. Boating and orienteering skills are desirable, but not required. Students who are looking for additional field experience are encouraged to apply. Application: Please send an email outlining your interest and qualifications and a copy of your resume/CV to Jackie White (email@example.com) ASAP. Posted: 3/8/10, revised: 5/26/10.
University of North Carolina: We seek summer interns to work in Charles H. (Pete) Peterson's lab at the UNC's Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City. Interns will work on multiple studies in marine ecology, including fish and crab predation on juvenile oysters, predator-prey interactions on oyster reefs, and the effects of shoreline stabilization on fish habitats and salt marsh ecosystem function. Other studies include the effects of beach nourishment on coastal habitats, human effects on barrier island ecology, the impacts of wind turbines on aerial and aquatic fauna, sea turtle hatchling predation and analysis of crab pot bycatch. This internship will involve field and laboratory work. Interns will interact with both faculty and graduate students at the Institute of Marine Sciences. Start and end dates are flexible. Qualifications: Upper-division undergraduates or recent graduates with an interest in field work, research experience, and a biology background will be most competitive. A monthly stipend of $1300 will be provided. Limited housing is available at the lab, but most interns in the past rent houses near the lab. We will assist in finding housing if necessary. Closing date: March 1, 2010. Application: Please send the following 3 documents to the email below: 1) Resume, including GPA, email addresses of three references, and transcript (unofficial); 2) A description of relevant experience (in 500 words or less); and 3) A brief essay on how this internship fits into your professional goals (in 500 words or less) Email Nate Geraldi (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information. Posted: 1/25/10.
University of Notre Dame: The Belovsky Lab has 2 positions available this summer to assist with the long-term experimental project in Montana grasslands. This study integrates field experiments in animal behavior, population ecology, and ecosystem dynamics for more than two decades to understand how food and predators influence grasshoppers in combination with varying climate. Field assistant/interns will help with the field portion of this project on the National Bison Range in Moiese, Montana. The position is 90%+ field work. Assistants will help set up (assemble, catch for and stock experimental cages), monitor, and take down experiments. Daily work will include surveying grasshoppers in the experiments, maintaining experimental cages, and sampling vegetation and soils. Assistants will gain experience with a wide variety of ecological field techniques, including insect enclosure experiments, soil nutrient manipulation experiments, quantification of herbivore damage and plant growth, insect behavior. Assistants also will learn basic principles of experimental and sampling design in field ecology as well as identification of key insects and plants in Palouse Prairie grasslands. Qualifications: Preference will be given to individuals with or pursuing a Bachelor's degree and a background in biology and interest in ecology or conservation biology. Previous field experience is a plus.. Ability to learn identification of grasshoppers and Palouse Prairie flora, including grasses.. Experience with handheld data recorders, GPS, computers (knowledge of Excel for data entry), other field equipment.. Ability to work both independently and contribute to a positive group dynamic.. Must be willing to work outdoors in unpredictable weather and conditions, some heavy lifting is required. Start date: late May to early June 2010. End date: September 30, 2010 (flexible depending on student status). Shared housing will be provided near the research site. Review of applications will begin as they are received and continue to be accepted until the position is filled (preferably by/before April 15th). Please send cover letter, resume and contact information (name, position, phone, e-mail and mailing address) for 3 references to Jennifer Belovsky by e-mail email@example.com. Posted: 3/17/10.
University of Notre Dame: Research technician (genomics, molecular ecology). We seek a temporary, full-time research technician at the Center for Aquatic Conservation at the University of Notre Dame. The position starts May, 2010 (exact start date flexible) and currently has funding through August, 2010. There is the possibility of additional funding beyond August. The technician will perform molecular analyses of field samples, operate and maintain laboratory equipment, prepare solutions and order laboratory reagents. Occasional field sampling may be required. Qualifications: The successful candidate will be expected to independently perform basic molecular biology techniques such as DNA extraction, PCR, gel electrophoresis, and DNA gel extraction for sequencing. Candidate should also be able to demonstrate experience with proper documentation, data reporting practices, and general organizational skills. Previous experience performing molecular techniques are preferred. A background check is required before hiring. Pay rate: Position pay is $12-$15 per hour, doq. For inquiries, email Andrew Mahon (firstname.lastname@example.org). To apply, send electronic resume, cover letter, and 3 references to Joanna McNulty (email@example.com), Program Coordinator for the Center for Aquatic Conservation. Closing Date: Applications will be considered as received until April 15, 2010. Posted: 3/17/10.
University of Notre Dame: The Hellmann Lab seeks a summertime field and laboratory assistant to contribute to an NSF-funded project investigating the dynamics of a hybrid zone and its sensitivity to climate change. We are sampling two species of butterfly over a broad geographic area in the Midwest USA, and comparing morphological and genetic markers of the samples to historic specimens. Changes in the geographic location of individual markers versus entire suites of traits will indicate movement of genes separate from species, and we will relate the changes to climatic factors. This is novel research in climate change biology because it considers geographic range changes of genes in addition to species. The project also involves collaboration with colleagues at Michigan State University (Mark Scriber), and our research crew will make occasional trips to E. Lansing. Independent research related to the project also is possible. Previous research experience and experience being or working outdoors, including camping, is preferred. Knowledge of DNA extraction and basic PCR techniques also is desired. The assistant will be based at Notre Dame with frequent, multi-day field trips (with others) to perform collections. To apply, send an email of inquiry with resume and names of three references to: Jason Dzurisin (firstname.lastname@example.org), Hellmann Lab Manager. Screening of applications will begin March 22. Posted: 3/16/10.
University of Notre Dame: Field assistants needed for several projects from early June to early August. Flexible start and end dates possible between early June and early August. The primary project is a lake survey project, based out of the University of Notre Dame, but sampling will take place off-site. Field sites could include locations in southern Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio. Accommodation at field sites provided and may include some camping. Qualifications: Applicants should enjoy working outdoors and with others in a group setting. Field assistants will spend most of their time outdoors at field sites 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 or terrestrial plants is preferable but not essential. Must pass basic background check. Pay rate: $10/hour. Contact: For inquiries email Lindsay Chadderton (email@example.com) or Joanna McNulty (firstname.lastname@example.org). To apply, send electronic resume, cover letter, and 3 references to Joanna McNulty (email@example.com), Program Coordinator for the Center for Aquatic Conservation. Closing Date: Applications will be considered as received until April 1, 2010. Posted: 3/10/10.
University of Notre Dame: Teaching Assistant needed for 10-week summer course at the University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center (UNDERC) in northern Wisconsin and the Michigan Upper Peninsula. This undergraduate course, Practicum in Environmental Field Biology, runs from May 17 – July 23, 2010. The course includes both teaching and research components to educate 24 sophomore and junior undergraduate students. The teaching component is broken up into 5 week-long modules (Herpetology, Mammalogy/Ornithology, Aquatic Ecology, Insect Ecology, and Forest Ecology), taught by instructors from the University of Notre Dame and other collaborating universities. Students also work with mentors and TAs to design and carry out independent ecological research projects. Specifics about the course. TAs will work together to assist professors during each teaching module, as well as provide guidance on a daily basis to enrolled students. Additionally, the TA will directly mentor 1 student project during the summer. The project topics will be directed towards the mentor’s strengths in ecology (e.g., herpetology, mammalogy, forestry, etc.). Modern apartment-style housing will be provided at UNDERC. Field vehicles provided throughout the course. Other amenities (24-hr computer lab, wireless internet access in apartments, free laundry facilities) are accessible on property. Qualifications: M.S. in Ecology or related field is preferred, but B.S. in Ecology plus 1 year post-graduate work experience in teaching or biological research may substitute. Basic knowledge of 5 modules (listed above) and univariate statistics preferred. If applicable, please include a list of relevant coursework you have completed. Salary is negotiable, based on level of experience. Minimum $5000 for the class (10 weeks). Please submit cover letter (which includes topics of potential independent projects) and CV/resume (e-mail submission preferred) to: Dr. Michael J. Cramer, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556. firstname.lastname@example.org, (574) 631-0970. Posted: 2/18/10.
University of Oklahoma: Applications are invited for field research assistants to work on an exciting new project investigating effects of grassland restoration on bird communities of the Northern Chihuahuan Desert. We welcome applications from experienced field assistants with a solid background in ornithology and a strong interest in songbird ecology. Preference will be given to candidates that are physically fit, have full color vision, experience driving 4-wheel drive vehicles in rough terrain, and ability to identify western birds by sight and sound. Start date: ~17 May 2010. Salary: $2200/mo + housing. Please send the following materials ASAP to Dr. Jeff Kelly via email (Jeffrey.F.Kelly@gmail.com): (1) Full CV including your home address and all contact details; (2) Cover letter explaining your motivation and interest regarding this research and why you would be a good candidate for the position; and (3) Three references with full contact information. Jeff Kelly, Oklahoma Biological Survey and Department of Zoology, University of Oklahoma, 111 East Chesapeake St., Norman, OK 73019. 405-325-2440 (phone). See also: Migration interest group and OkWildBird. Posted: 4/13/10.
University of Puerto Rico: Tropical forest research experience for college graduates January 13th through April 16th, 2010. The Institute for Tropical Ecosystem Studies (ITES) of the University of Puerto Rico is carrying out a seedling census in the 16-ha Luquillo Forest Dynamics Plot (LFDP), part of the Center for Tropical Forest Science network, in El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico. We need up to five volunteers to help with this census. After training in census protocol and database management, the volunteers will work in the forest measuring and counting seedlings in marked plots. Volunteers will work Monday through Friday with weekends free. While working in Puerto Rico volunteers will have the opportunity to learn about diverse aspects of tropical ecology from scientists involved in the Luquillo Long-Term Ecological Research Program. Period: Approximately 12 weeks -- January 13th through April 16th 2010. Stipend: $600 per month to cover food and general living expenses. Free accommodation at El Verde Field Station in Puerto Rico. Travel: Refund of up to $750 towards a round-trip plane ticket from mainland USA, if not already living in Puerto Rico. We are unable to provide any medical insurance. Requirements: College graduates with background in biology, ecology, or environmental science, preferably with some field-work experience and knowledge of plant identification. Tropical experience useful, but is not required. USA citizens or permanent USA residents only please. Interested applicants should send the following materials: 1)A letter of interest indicating why you wish to work in the tropical forest and describing your relevant experience. Include a statement that you understand your application is for a volunteer position; 2)Full resume; 3)University transcripts (scanned unofficial transcripts are fine); 4)Name, title, telephone number, mailing, and email addresses for two references; All attachments must include the name of the applicant as part of the file name. Complete applications must be submitted by November 13th, 2009. Please email applications to: Chris Nytch (email@example.com). Following interviews, we will inform successful applicants in early December, 2009. Posted: 11/6/09.
University of Rhode Island: Forest Crew Leader to collect forest health data along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.) for selected segments between Connecticut and Maine. The fieldwork will follow well-established protocols developed by the National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Program (I&M). Crew Leader should be capable of organizing the day-to-day field activities of 2 additional crew members, and be able to properly implement the field protocol without direct or continuous oversight. The crew 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 work may require rigorous hiking on and off trail. Training for data collection will start at the end of May and data collection will be conducted in the summer months of June to August 2010. Requirements and Responsibilities: Installation of permanent forest sampling plot and conducting field observations of natural resources; including identification of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants on permanent forest monitoring plots. Knowledge of vegetation monitoring and research principles and techniques through work experience or advanced education that includes experience with: standard forest vegetation sampling procedures and monitoring equipment (DBH, crown health, crown class), aerial photos, topographic maps, navigation (map, compass, GPS), and photo documentation. Overnight camping (1-2 weeks at a time) should be anticipated. Ability to communicate orally and in writing for the purpose of documenting and recording field observations. Salary: Determined based on experience. Please contact Dr. Y.Q. Wang, Department of Natural Resources Science, University of Rhode Island at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Posted: 2/19/10.
University of Virginia: The Blandy Experimental Farm seeks a part-time (20-40 hours per week depending on need), hourly technician to assist with a research project on the reproductive success of gypsy moths, a major forest pest in Virginia. The duration of this job is expected to be approximately 5-6 months. Wage range starts at $10.14 per hour. Approximate start date March 15-April 1. The technician will carry out surveys of gypsy moth hatching and abundance and will conduct experiments on reproductive success. The majority of this work will be conducted outdoors at various forest locations, so the employee must be willing to work during inclement weather and on uneven terrain. In addition, the technician will perform laboratory work such as handling of insect specimens and entering data into computer spreadsheets. The employee will also need to be willing to work alone and to drive between forest site locations (3 locations, with approx. 30 miles separating each one). The employee will be reimbursed for mileage expenses if personal car is used. Willingness to work on weekends is desired. The successful candidate will possess a positive, professional attitude. For more information and to apply, go to http://jobs.virginia.edu and search for posting # 0605077. Still have questions? Contact Kyle Haynes, Associate Director, email@example.com or 540-837-1758 x 292. Posted: 3/8/10.
University of Washington: Plant technician needed to identify and measure trees, shrubs and ground cover in Oak habitats scattered throughout the Willamette Valley, OR, May to June 2010. The project aims to understand how landscape patterns (patch size, proximate surrounding vegetation cover, nearness to urban areas, e.g.) as well as vegetation (types of trees, shrub and ground cover, e.g.) affect bird diversity in Oak habitats in the Willamette Valley. Applicant must have basic plant identification skills, be able to navigate with GPS, and be in good physical condition. Position will require approximately 150 hours of work total throughout the season. Sampling time and schedule is flexible after training is completed but must be completed within the months of May and June. Intern must have own transportation and camping equipment. Qualifications: Required: ability to work long days with early morning hours while maintaining enthusiasm and positive attitude; personal vehicle (gas will be reimbursed); ability to collect and record detailed and accurate field data; physically fit with the ability to hike up to 3-5 miles per day; ability to follow directions and work independently without direct supervision; experience identifying plants of the pacific Northwest. Application: Please submit a cover letter with your interest in the project and relevant skills, a copy of your resume and 2 references to Christie Galitsky (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible. Posted: 4/19/10.
University of Washington: Field Assistant - Wildfire and Sagebrush-steppe vegetation. Location: Richland, WA (Arid Lands Ecology Reserve). School of Forest Resources. Deadline: 12th March 2010. A field crew position is available as part of the multi-agency Fires@ALE project evaluating the effects of multiple wildfires on sagebrush-steppe in eastern Washington. The 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 10 consecutive days); housing and food will be provided while in the field. The position is best suited to a mature, upper-level undergraduate or recent graduate who is considering advanced study or professional work in plant ecology or range management. Qualifications: Previous experience in standard vegetation sampling techniques, familiarity with basic surveying tools; coursework or experience in range ecology, fire ecology, or a related field; Good physical condition, and able to work long hours in variable weather; Washington state drivers license and experience driving off-road; Neat and legible handwriting Able to work and live cooperatively with others; Familiarity with the flora of sagebrush-steppe systems is desirable. More information (pdf). Posted: 3/3/10.
University of Washington: Two field positions are available for summer of 2010 doing forest measurement in the Cedar River Watershed, near North Bend, Washington and two other field positions are available for summer of 2010 doing forest measurement in the Yosemite Forest Dynamics Plot. Job flyers are available at: http://faculty.washington.edu/jlutz/share/Jobs/ Details of the first research project (silviculture and snow hydrology) can be found at: Forest Structure and Snow Retention and Manipulating forest density and structure to maximize snow retention in maritime mountain basins. James A Lutz, PhD, School of Forest Resources, College of the Environment (206-616-3827, email@example.com). Posted: 2/1/10.
University of Wisconsin-Madison: Field Technician positions: Longleaf pine restoration Ft. Stewart, Georgia, The Savannah River Site, South Carolina, and Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. We seek to fill 10 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 and John Orrock at University of Wisconsin-Madison, Lars Brudvig at Michigan State University and Joan Walker at Clemson University) and postdocs (Cathy Collins, Brett Mattingly) as part of a collaborative project that spans three states. Tasks will include setting up permanent vegetation plots, sampling vegetation, constructing experimental enclosures, soil sampling, collecting seeds, and various other tasks required for experimental studies of plant community restoration and plant- animal interactions. Technicians will participate in actively restoring the imperiled longleaf pine understory. Positions will begin immediately (June 2010), and will last for 6-8 months. Pay rate will be around $10-14/hr. depending on the position and experience. 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). Housing is not provided. Successful candidates will have some background in ecology, biology, or a related discipline. All applicants must be able to endure hot, humid conditions and long hours in the field. Previous field research experience required. Botanical experience would be desirable. Because the research sites are highly secure areas run by the federal government, non-US 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a ranking of preferred field site locations. Positions will begin to be filled immediately, but applications will be no longer considered after June 15, 2010. Posted: 5/28/10.
University of Wisconsin-Madison: Longleaf pine restoration ecology. We seek a field technician for an experiment involving landscape scale restoration of longleaf pine forest understory plant communities. The Technician will join a team of three principal investigators (Ellen Damschen and John Orrock at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Lars Brudvig at Michigan State), a postdoc (Chris Habeck), and Project Manager (Joe Ledvina) as part of a collaborative project with the USDA Forest Service – Savannah River. Research will focus on the effects of experimental manipulations (thinning/burning), herbivory, and competition on the spread of restored communities at large spatial scales. The successful candidate will assist in all facets of the project including plot construction/maintenance, vegetation sampling, small mammal trapping, and conducting experiments to evaluate the spatial dynamics of plant-animal interactions within the experimental landscapes. Technicians will be exposed to numerous research questions and approaches, as well as participate in actively restoring the imperiled longleaf pine ecosystem. Opportunities for independent research projects exist for highly motivated individuals. The Position will begin immediately (June 2010), and will last for 3-6 months. Pay rate will be $10-12/hr, depending on experience. The technician will work at the Savannah River Site, near Aiken, SC and will be responsible for their own housing. 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 and/or small mammal trapping experience is preferred. Because the research sites are highly secure areas run by the federal government, non-US 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 Chris Habeck (email@example.com). Consideration of applicants will begin immediately. Applications received after June 15, 2010 will not be considered. Posted: 5/28/10.
University of Wisconsin-Madison: The Forest Landscape Ecology lab invites applications for 3-4 field assistants to collect data for an ongoing forest ecosystem study evaluating how coarse woody debris, canopy gaps, and herbivory influence the long-term productivity, biodiversity and carbon and nutrient cycling of the northern hardwoods forest. The study site is in the beautiful Flambeau River State Forest in Rusk Co., WI, along the Flambeau River. Outdoor recreation opportunities abound. Find out more about the experiment at http://landscape.forest.wisc.edu/projects/flambeau/. Measurements will include vegetation sampling, including ID of ~200 species of vascular plants, including herbs, grasses, sedges, and trees; soil nutrients, moisture, and root biomass; soil and wood respiration; maintaining deer exclosures and continuous micrometeorological stations; and collecting other long-term datasets. Qualifications: ability to work well in a group and independently under typical field conditions (inclement weather, mosquitoes, long days, etc); ability to carefully follow field and lab protocols; training in plant identification; enthusiasm for ecology and the outdoors; ability to live amicably with crew in field housing. A background in ecology, biology, soil science, forestry, or a related field is preferred. Experience in field ecology is ideal, but training will be provided. Duration: sampling will begin in mid-April and may extend through October. Wage commensurate with experience. Housing and daily travel to the research site are provided. To Apply: please send a current resume, contact information for 3 references, and cover letter via email indicating your education, experience and interests to Jason Schatz (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 1/27/10.
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee: I'm looking for a motivated undergraduate or recent graduate to assist with ecology fieldwork in Minnesota this summer (approx. length June-Aug). I study plant community ecology and competition/ facilitation between grasses and trees. Woody encroachment into grasslands and the eventual conversion of these communities into closed canopy forests is a global phenomenon. These large-scale shifts in species composition are largely due to fire suppression. However, in the absence of fire, standing grassland diversity has a large effect on colonizer success. I am investigating how biodiversity affects woody seedling growth in grasslands in central Minnesota. Do woody colonizers do BETTER in high diversity grasslands when seedlings are small? How does environmental severity affect this relationship? Conversely, how does diversity suppress woody growth when seedlings are large? This position is for a field assistant at the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve in central Minnesota. The fieldwork will be conducted in the BioCON experiment. This field station is home to some of the most exciting plant ecology research/ global change research in the world. The field station houses a large group of interns over the course of the summer. Furthermore, the field station is a University of Minnesota site and will provide the opportunity to meet and make contacts with some of the most prominent scientists in Ecology today. In the field, we will be planting white pine and bur oak seedlings. We will be censusing seedlings on a weekly basis and closely monitoring micro- climate within the BioCON plots (soil moisture, soil temperature, percent light transmission, etc). Near the end of the summer we may be taking ecophysiological measurements including photosynthetic rates, water potential, etc. The intern will be offered a small living stipend + housing on site. Alternatively, there may be an option to commute from the twin cities (MN) and be paid a slightly larger living stipend. If this type of field ecology sounds interesting to you please contact me with a cover letter outlining your interests and qualifications, dates of availability and contact information. Also include, names, phone numbers, and email addresses of two references, your resume, and most recent academic transcript. I am looking to hire someone as soon as possible. Please contact me ASAP by email (preferred) or telephone: Alexandra (Sasha) Wright (305-989-0226, email@example.com). Posted: 5/26/10.
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources: Bird Banding Crew Leader and Banding Technician needed mid-April through mid-Sept. with some flexibility on either end. Experienced, independent, and enthusiastic bird banders needed to conduct mist net surveys for Utah’s Riparian Monitoring Program following MAPS protocol. CREW LEADER wages commensurate with experience, up to $2,600/mo. (plus work truck and up to $20/day camping per diem). Consideration begins immediately and will continue until position is filled, hiring begins ASAP. BANDING TECHNICIAN wages commensurate with experience, up to $2,200/mo. (plus work truck and up to $20/day camping per diem). Consideration begins immediately and will continue until position is filled, hiring begins ASAP. Must have excellent vision, hearing, and ability to operate a 4WD vehicle, and possess a valid driver's license. Preferred candidates for crew lead position will be: 1) Able to identify riparian birds (preferably western bird ID); 2) Experienced with the MAPS Program protocol; 3) Ability to sex, age, and skull birds in the hand; 4) Supervise and work closely with other crewmembers and able to interact well with the general public. Incumbent will report directly to the Riparian Project Manager. 5) Possess data analysis skills, prepare end of season report 6) Preference may be given to applicants with a degree in biological sciences, wildlife, or other closely-related fields. Preferred candidates for technician position will be: 1) Able to identify riparian birds (preferably western bird ID); 2) Experienced with the MAPS Program protocol; 3) Ability to learn how to sex, age, and skull birds in the hand; 4) Work closely with other crewmembers and able to interact well with the general public. Incumbent will report directly to the Crew Leader. 5) Preference may be given to applicants with a degree in biological sciences, wildlife, or other closely-related fields. Positions are administered out of the Salt Lake City office. please submit application as soon as possible. Hiring will begin once suitable applicants are found. E-mail the following 3 items: COVER LETTER, RESUME, three work-related REFERENCES (name, phone number, and email address) to HILLARY WHITE [EM: HILLARYWHITE [at] UTAH.GOV]. Subject heading should read “RIPARIAN BANDING PROJECT”. Posted: 4/8/10.
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources: Utah Riparian habitats (4 positions: 1 crew lead, 3 technicians). We are hiring four cross disciplinary (bird/veg) technicians to conduct point counts and habitat assessments for the 19th year of Utah's statewide riparian monitoring project. Positions run approximately May 1st -August. Crew lead position may start earlier. Salary ranges from $11-$16/hr DOE. Vehicle and grocery allowance (up to $20/day) 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 during bird surveys), 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. 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. 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) Experienced in basic vegetation sampling methods or plant ID & taxonomy; 5) Able to enter field data using Excel and Access; 6) Able to interact well with other team members and the general public; 7) Able to work independently and as part of a crew and maintain daily contact with supervisor; 8) Preference may be given to applicants with a degree in biological sciences, wildlife, or other closely-related fields. Applications: please submit application as soon as possible. Hiring will begin once suitable applicants are found. E-mail the following 3 items: COVER LETTER, RESUME, three work-related REFERENCES (name, phone number, and email address) to HILLARY WHITE [EM: HILLARYWHITE [at] UTAH.GOV]. Subject heading should read “RIPARIAN PROJECT”. Posted: 1/7/10.
Virginia Tech University: One position to assist with research and monitoring of Reticulated Flatwoods Salamanders and other amphibians on Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Position will require working days and occasional nights in potentially adverse conditions. Responsibilities will include conducting dipnet surveys for larval flatwoods salamanders and conducting amphibian call surveys. Work will begin in early-January and continue through the end of March 2010. Please send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with AMPHIBIAN TECH in the subject line of the email. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Qualifications: Candidates must be capable of operating 4WD vehicles in difficult terrain, orienting on unmarked roads, and working independently. Experience working with amphibians and endangered species is preferred. Salary: $10-12.50/hr; Field housing is available. Last Date to apply: December 30, 2009 or until filled. Contact: Thomas Gorman (email@example.com). Posted: 12/17/09.
Washington University: Experienced field technicians are needed from May 10 – July 31, 2010 to assist on an EPA-funded project to understand the impacts of landscape change on human risk of exposure to 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 and other assistants. Opportunities for independent research projects exist for highly motivated individuals. Pay will range from $10-12/hour depending on experience. 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 is desirable, and the ability to work independently is paramount. 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 shortly. Posted: 3/4/10.
Washington University: The Orrock Lab seeks a full-time hourly technician for a three-month appointment. Primary tasks include conducting lab experiments on seed germination and plant competition. This position is also responsible for data entry, processing, lab organization, and assisting with occasional fieldwork to quantify consumer preference. The technician will be responsible for securing their own housing and transportation in the St. Louis area. Minimum qualifications: Ability to accurately collect data, keep meticulous records, pay close attention to detail while performing repetitive tasks, and manage multiple ongoing experiments. Completion or progress towards a bachelor’s degree in ecology, biology, or related discipline. Desired qualifications include: experience with seed germination experiments, lab studies and/or greenhouse studies of plant competition, proficiency with spreadsheets and databases (e.g. excel and access), and excellent organizational skills. Experience with vegetation sampling, identification, and field studies of animal behavior are also valued. The position will pay $10-13 an hour, depending on the experience of the applicant. Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. The position is expected to last from March – May 2010, although the dates are somewhat flexible. To apply, send resume/cv, a cover letter describing your past experience and the reason that you are interested in this position, and contact information for three references, to: John Orrock (email@example.com) Biology Department Washington University Saint Louis, MO 63130. Posted: 2/18/10.
Washington University: One or more research technician positions are available to work on several restoration and landscape ecology experiments at the Savannah River Site, near Aiken, SC. Individuals will assist with several research efforts, including projects focused on the effects of habitat fragmentation and landscape corridors on seed dispersal and plant communities, and restoration of longleaf pine woodland plant communities. Job duties will include field, lab, and data entry/processing associated with ongoing vegetation, soil, and small mammal surveys and experiments evaluating the spatial dynamics of plant-animal interactions (e.g. seed predation, seed dispersal). Positions are available immediately and will last a minimum of three and a maximum of six months. The technician will live near the Savannah River site in SC. Successful candidates will hold a bachelor’s degree in ecology, biology, or a related discipline and must be able to endure long hours in the field. Previous field research experience is mandatory. 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. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position(s) is/are filled. To apply, email a CV and cover letter describing your past experience and interest, dates of availability, and contact information with email addresses for two references to Cathy Collins (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 12/10/09.
Washington University: We are hiring 3 full-time field assistants to participate in research investigating how plant-pollinator interactions are changing over time as a function of climate change, invasive species, and land use chance. Positions begin in early March, 2010 and continue through September, 2010. Exact start and end dates are somewhat flexible. Applicants should have experience and/or coursework in ecology, environmental science or entomology. Previous field experience and familiarity with spreadsheet software is preferred. Applicants should be in good health, capable of outdoor activity, and excel at working independently as well as part of a team. Field assistants will be provided with space in shared housing on-site in Carlinville, Illinois. Salary commensurate with experience. To apply: Please email Dr. Laura Burkle at email@example.com by December 21, 2009. In your email, attach one file (PDF preferred) containing a brief letter of interest, dates of your availability, resume, and the names and contact information of three people who can serve as references. Also email an unofficial copy your undergraduate transcript. Posted: 11/30/09.
Washington University: We seek to fill 2 lab technician positions associated with a large-scale experiment on seed dispersal in heterogeneous and fragmented habitats. The technicians will join a team of several principal investigators (Ellen Damschen, Jay Turner and Dirk Baker at Washington University in St. Louis, Gil Bohrer at The Ohio State University, and Ran Nathan at Hebrew University in Jerusalem) funded by the National Science Foundation. Duties: • Counting and sorting seeds • Measuring various seed traits • Data entry. The positions will begin in early January 2010 and continue through March 2010. Pay rate will be $10/hr. Work will be conducted in the Damschen lab at Washington University in St Louis, and the technicians will need to arrange for housing in or near St Louis, MO. Minimum qualifications: • Completion or progress towards a bachelor’s degree in ecology, biology, or a related discipline • Must be meticulous and very detail oriented • Must be able to accurately conduct repetitive tasks for long periods. Desired qualifications: • Plant or seed identification skills • Previous experience. To apply, please email a CV and letter describing past experience, why this position is interesting or important to you, dates of availability, and contact information with email addresses for three references to Dirk Baker: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 12/17/09.
Washington University: One or more research technician positions are available with a landscape ecology experiment involving the restoration of longleaf pine forest understory plant communities, coupled with experimental manipulations of surrounding pine plantation characteristics (e.g., tree density, fire frequency) to understand how management affects the spread of restored communities at large spatial scales. This project will be conducted at the Savannah River Site, near Aiken, SC, in collaboration with PI’s John Orrock, Ellen Damschen, and Lars Brudvig, Project Manager Joe Ledvina (all of Washington University in St. Louis), and the USDA Forest Service-Savannah River. The successful candidate will assist in all facets of this research, with job duties including vegetation, soil, and small mammal surveys, and conducting experiments to evaluate the spatial dynamics of plant-animal interactions (e.g. seed predation, seed dispersal) within the experimental landscapes. Pay rate will be $10/hour. The preferred start date is October 15, 2009, with the position lasting from 3-6 months. Technicians will live near the Savannah River Site in SC. Successful candidates will hold 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 mandatory. Candidates already possessing qualifications for the other job duties listed above will be especially favorably received. Because the Savannah River Site is a highly secure area run by the U.S. Department of Energy, non-US citizens may have difficulty gaining clearance to work there. Review of applicants will begin shortly and interested individuals should apply ASAP. To apply, please email a CV and cover letter describing your qualifications, why this job is interesting to you, dates of availability, and contact information with email addresses for three references to Lars Brudvig: email@example.com. Posted: 9/1/09.
Western Carolina University: 2010 internships: Assistant Naturalists (2) and Botanical Garden Assistant (1) at the Highlands Biological Station, Highlands, North Carolina. Three paid internships are available with applications due by April 4. Visit http://www.wcu.edu/hbs/HBSPositions.htm for full details and application instructions. Wage: $8.50/hour, group housing, and possible college internship credit. Hours: Full-time, temporary (40 hours per week, no overtime or benefits available), position is from mid-May through mid-August, but specific dates can be somewhat flexible. Posted: 2/17/10.
Yale University: 1-3 field assistant positions are available for a study of the role of birds and mammals in the spread of Lyme disease in Connecticut and Rhode Island. Assistant’s responsibilities will include live-trapping small mammals (predominantly mice) and collecting ticks. If desired, there will be opportunities to assist in other aspects of this summer’s research, including mist-netting birds to collect blood samples and laboratory work (DNA extraction, Polymerase chain reaction, and gel electrophoresis). This is a great opportunity for someone looking to get experience and make connections with researchers in disease ecology, an interdisciplinary and growing field. Qualifications: Applicants must have previous experience live-trapping, handling, and identifying small mammals. Experience with inspecting for and identifying external parasites (ticks) will be beneficial. Applicants should be able to carry loads of up to 50 lbs. while hiking over potentially rugged terrain. Salary is $1700-2000/month depending on experience. Housing is not provided, and is about $300/month in New Haven. Mileage reimbursement for travel between study sites and a field vehicle are available. To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of 2 references to corrine.folsom AT yale.edu. Hiring will begin immediately and positions will remain open until filled. Posted: 3/2/10.
Yellowstone Wilderness Outfitters: Use your wildlife and botany knowledge to work as a naturalist for Yellowstone Wilderness Outfitters. You will have the opportunity to view grizzlies, black bears, moose, and wolves all while interpreting Yellowstone's hottest conservation issues for our guests. Guiding horseback tours in Yellowstone is the adventure of a lifetime. You are not just a tour guide; you are a Yellowstone ecology expert. You'll learn all about the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and add extensive backcountry experience to your resume. Our season runs from May 30th to October 3rd, 2010. A bachelor's degree is preferred. Previous naturalist and guiding experience is a plus, but not mandatory. Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate that they have worked with horses and have competent riding skills. Applicants must be physically fit, at least 21 years old and must arrive with valid Red Cross First Aid certification. Applicants must have a Commercial Driver's License Class A to apply. For application instructions and a complete description of our positions, please visit http://www.yellowstone.ws/jobs.html Be sure to follow all directions carefully. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Deadline: February 1, 2010. Contact: Carrie Byron (firstname.lastname@example.org, 406.223.3300). Posted: 1/15/10.
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