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Temporary/Seasonal Technicians & Interns Archive
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positions lasting less than 1 year, mostly with no benefits
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|University of Minnesota||Forest Ecology Field Research Internship||6/25/12|
|Maine Coastal Islands NWR||Bird banders, Fall Migration (2 positions)||6/19/12||5/21/12|
|Marine Biological Laboratory||Research Asst, mangrove deforestation, Panama||6/6/12|
|University of Wyoming||Field Tech, wetlands||5/16/12|
|University of Nevada-Reno||Fire, Fuels, and Vegetation Management Information Technician||5/11/12|
|University of Wyoming||Field Asst, birds, Idaho||5/11/12||4/25/12|
|Washington University in St. Louis||Temporary Research Tech, Aquatic Ecology||5/10/12|
|New York City Parks and Recreation||Forest Restoration Team Inventory Aide||5/10/12|
|University of Alaska||Field Asst, permafrost thaw and greenhouse gas fluxes||5/4/12||4/27/12|
|University of Florida||Field Asst, butterfly ecology in the Peruvian Amazon||5/3/12|
|Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies||Project Assts, plants, Maryland (4 positions)||4/30/12||4/5/12|
|University of North Carolina at Charlotte||Field Crew Leader & Field Asst, Ecological Sustainability||4/25/12|
|University of Wyoming||Summer Programmer/Data Technician||4/23/12|
|University of California-Davis||Forest Ecology Field Tech||4/23/12||4/10/12|
|Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station||Support staff, Wildlife Ecology summer course||4/20/12||3/29/12|
|University of Montana||Summer Crew Lead/Techs in Plant Ecology and Restoration||4/19/12|
|Duke University||Summer field crew, forest ecology||4/19/12||4/10/12|
|Texas Tech University||Tech, desert amphibian ecology||4/17/12|
|Rice University||Research Asst, plant community ecology, climate change, and microbial symbionts, Great Lakes dunes||4/16/12|
|Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute||Forest Ecology Summer Field Intern||4/16/12||3/28/12|
|University of Wyoming||Wetlands and Climate Change (3 positions)||4/15/12||4/3/12|
|New Mexico State University||Bird nest predation||4/15/12||3/30/12|
|Montana Natural Heritage Program||Aquatic Ecology Field Technician||4/15/12||3/14/12|
|Colorado State University/USGS||Summer Field Botanist||4/13/12||3/15/12|
|University of South Dakota||Summer field asst, riparian vegetation||4/11/12|
|Turnstone Environmental Consultants Inc.||Marbled Murrelet Survey Technicians||4/11/12||3/13/12|
|University of Idaho||Summer Research Assts - Fire, Climate Change, and Restoration Ecology||4/9/12||3/28/12|
|University of Alberta (Canada)||Field tech, ground squirrel ecology||4/7/12||3/16/12|
|Purdue University||Stand dynamics and carbon budgets in old-growth forests||4/6/12||3/20/12|
|Savannah River Site||Field Tech, Restoration of plant and animal communities in fragmented habitats||4/4/12|
|University of Wisconsin-Madison||Field & Lab Technician, Limnology||4/3/12||3/23/12|
|Washington State University - Vancouver||Butterfly Field Technician||4/2/12||3/27/12|
|Little St. Simons Island||Seasonal Landscape/Horticulture Intern||4/2/12||3/23/12|
|Purdue University||Field tech, woodrats||4/2/12||3/21/12|
|Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute||Botanist||4/2/12||3/16/12|
|University of Montana||Forestry research assts, Rockies||4/1/12||3/19/12|
|Dartmouth College||Field asst, phenology & plant-pollinator interactions, Colorado||4/1/12||3/19/12|
|University of California Berkeley||Summer Field Techs, Fire Science||4/1/12||2/27/12|
|USDA Forest Service||Ecology/Botany Field Techs, Oregon||4/1/12||2/15/12|
|Colorado State University||Seasonal Avian Field Tech||3/31/12||3/8/12|
|Syracuse University||Summer fields assts, plant community ecology||3/31/12||3/5/12|
|University of Minnesota||Field/lab tech, Healthy Forests project||3/31/12||2/24/12|
|University of Minnesota||Field Technician, Forest Ecology||3/30/12||3/22/12|
|Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife||Seasonal Shellfish Assessment Sampler||3/30/12||3/16/12|
|University of Vermont||Field Asst, arctic tundra stream ecosystems||3/30/12||2/22/12|
|School for Field Studies||Program Intern (9 month), Panama||3/28/12|
|Indiana University||Summer technicians, old growth forest||3/28/12|
|U.S. Geological Survey||Tech, vegetation and soils, Arizona||3/27/12|
|Arizona State University||Summer research asst, rivers and food webs||3/26/12||3/12/12|
|University of Toronto (Canada)||Seasonal field asst, invasive plants and ants||3/19/12||3/5/12|
|Utah State University||Summer research tech: Species interactions and climate change||3/19/12||2/27/12|
|University of Chicago||Field/lab assts, gypsy moth caterpillars, Michigan||3/16/12||3/6/12|
|University of Montana||Post-wildfire forest vegetation monitoring, California||3/16/12||3/2/12|
|University of Notre Dame||Teaching Assistant, Field Biology, Montana||3/16/12||2/17/12|
|Yellowstone Wilderness Outfitters||Naturalist on Horseback||3/15/12|
|University of Montana||Seasonal Tech, salamanders, New Hampshire||3/15/12||2/28/12|
|Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies||Project Asst, urbanization/climate and mosquitoes/disease||3/15/12||2/16/12|
|University of North Carolina at Charlotte||Field Techs - Forest Ecology Research in California||3/15/12||2/6/12|
|Chicago Botanic Garden||Research Assistant, Rare Plant Monitoring||3/15/12||1/30/12|
|New Jersey Audubon||Field Techs: shorebirds and invertebrates (4 positions)||3/15/12||1/20/12|
|University of Notre Dame||Field assts, Montana Grassland Ecosystems||3/13/12|
|University of Colorado at Boulder||Summer Field Asst, Mammal Diversity and Climate Change||3/12/12||2/16/12|
|University of Notre Dame||Summer Teaching Asst, Environmental Field Biology||3/11/12||2/28/12|
|Dartmouth College||Field Asst, plant-pollinator interactions||3/10/12||3/2/12|
|Pennsylvania State University||Forest Ecology Field Tech, Washington||3/9/12||2/20/12|
|Pennsylvania State University||Forest Ecology Field Techs, California||3/9/12||2/20/12|
|Suffolk County, New York||Seasonal Techs, shorebirds||3/9/12||2/13/12|
|University of Georgia||Seasonal Avian Ecologists (2)||3/8/12|
|Highlands Biological Station||Summer Interns (3 positions)||3/8/12|
|National Park Service||Seasonal Vegetation Monitoring Crew, Arizona||3/8/12||2/27/12|
|University of Missouri||Field tech, birds, South Dakota||3/6/12|
|Marine Biological Laboratory||Summer Research Asst - arctic tundra CO2 exchange and vegetation structure||3/5/12|
|Michigan Technological University||Canopy ecophysiology field/lab tech||3/5/12|
|New Jersey Audubon||Seasonal Field Techs, birds (3 positions)||3/1/12|
|USDA Forest Service||Seasonal Techs, plants or fisheries (48 positions)||3/1/12||1/23/12|
|University of Texas at Austin||Summer Research Asst, Global Change Ecology, grassland ecosystems||2/29/12|
|University of Notre Dame||Effects of climate change on an endangered butterfly||2/29/12||2/23/12|
|University of Wyoming||Greater Sage-Grouse Field Techs (3 positions)||2/29/12||2/14/12|
|Ohio State University||Agricultural Landscape Ecology (3 positions)||2/29/12||1/17/12|
|University of Washington||Tree mortality surveys (4 summer positions)||2/29/12||1/12/12|
|Marine Biological Laboratory||Summer Field Assistants - Arctic LTER||2/24/12|
|USDA Forest Service||Ecology/Botany Field Techs, Oregon||2/23/12||2/9/12|
|Colorado State University||Wetland Mapping Positions in Interior Alaska||2/22/12||1/18/12|
|Washington State University - Vancouver||Field asst, rare butterflies (2 positions)||2/21/12||2/16/12|
|University of California, Davis||Lab and field assts, pollination ecology (several positions)||2/21/12||1/30/12|
|University of Maine||Marshbird Point Count Techs||2/20/12|
|University of Montana||Field techs, forest/restoration ecology (~20 positions)||2/20/12||2/3/12|
|Northern Arizona University||Field techs, forest restoration (6 positions)||2/20/12||1/31/12|
|Colorado State University||Field techs, Colorado Natural Heritage Program (4-6 positions)||2/19/12||2/9/12|
|Nantucket Conservation Foundation, Inc.||Seasonal Botanist||2/17/12|
|Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies||Summer Project Assistants (9 positions)||2/17/12||1/25/12|
|Virginia Tech||PINEMAP Internship (6 positions)||2/17/12||1/19/12|
|University of Minnesota||Prescribed Burning Technician, Cedar Creek||2/17/12||1/13/12|
|Institute for Applied Ecology||Conservation and Restoration Internships||2/17/12||1/5/12|
|Institute for Applied Ecology||Conservation Research/Botany Field Crew Leader||2/17/12||1/5/12|
|University of Pennsylvania||Internship: Pennsylvania Flora||2/15/12||1/18/12|
|University of South Dakota||Field/GIS Assistant, Calcareous Fens||2/14/12|
|USDA Forest Service||Research assts, Rocky Mountain Research Station||2/13/12|
|National Park Service||Vegetation monitoring intern, San Francisco||2/13/12||2/9/12|
|Pennsylvania State University||Forest Monitoring Technician||2/13/12||1/17/12|
|Great Basin Bird Observatory||Avian Field Technicians and Crew Leaders||2/10/12||2/6/12|
|Nantucket Conservation Foundation, Inc.||Seasonal Field Assistant||2/10/12||12/16/11|
|U.S. Geological Survey||Technician, Avian point counts||2/9/12||2/1/12|
|Montana Fish and Wildlife||Sage-grouse Field Technicians (4)||2/7/12||1/23/12|
|Duke University||Biogeochemistry coastal wetlands summer field/lab techs||2/6/12|
|U.S. Geological Survey||Avian field crew leader, OR/NV||2/6/12||1/17/12|
|U.S. Geological Survey||Avian field techs, OR/NV (3 positions)||2/6/12||1/17/12|
|Washington State University - Vancouver||Endangered Butterfly Research Technician||2/3/12|
|National Park Service||Biological techs, Northern Great Plains (8 positions)||2/2/12||1/18/12|
|Michigan State University||Field Tech, Longleaf pine restoration, SC||2/1/12||12/22/11|
|National Park Service||Vegetation Techs, Rocky Mountains||1/31/12||1/20/12|
|University of California Berkeley||Crew Leader/Field Techs, animal surveys||1/31/12||1/17/12|
|USGS Sequoia-Kings Canyon Field Station||Botany Techs||1/31/12||1/13/12|
|National Ecological Observatory Network||Summer Seasonal Field Techs, CO & FL||1/27/12|
|US Forest Service||Salt Marsh Bird Bander/Tech, Rhode Island||1/27/12||12/22/11|
|National Park Service||Techs, Exotic Plant Management, National Capital Region||1/25/12||1/17/12|
|University of South Dakota||Summer crew leader/field assts, Floodplain Forests||1/23/12|
|Nantucket Conservation Foundation, Inc.||Seasonal Shorebird Monitor||1/20/12||12/2/11|
|USGS Sequoia-Kings Canyon Field Station||Botany Techs||1/19/12||1/12/12|
|U.S. Department of Energy||Field techs, restoration of plant and animal communities, SC||1/18/12|
|Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and Oregon State University||Avian Point Count Techs, Interns, Crew Leader, Indiana (9 positions)||1/17/12|
|Texas Tech University||Songbird Field Techs, New York (3 positions)||1/14/12||12/15/11|
|National Wildlife Federation||Wildlife and Climate Safeguards Intern||1/13/12|
|University of California Berkeley and Merced (positions filled)||Field ecology summer research assts, Colorado Rockies||1/12/12|
|U.S. Geological Survey||Techs, avian point count||1/4/12||12/21/11|
|Rutgers University||Pollination Ecology Field Technicians||1/3/12|
|Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore||Summer Field Botany, Fire Effects||1/3/12||11/28/11|
|Virginia Tech||Field Tech, birds, Cape Lookout NC||12/22/11|
|Harvard University||Assistant Program Coordinator/Resident Advisor, Ecology Summer Research Program||12/16/11|
|National Park Service||Biological Science Technician (plants)||12/15/11||12/2/11|
|Coastal Bird Conservation/SUNY ESF||Field Crew Leader, Snowy Plovers, Florida||12/13/11|
|University of Arizona||Avian Field Technicians (2)||12/13/11|
|Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore||Seasonal Forestry and Botany Technicians||12/5/11|
|Chicago Botanic Garden||Conservation and Land Management Internship Program (75-100 positions)||11/17/11|
|The Nature Conservancy||Freshwater Conservation Intern, New Jersey||11/17/11||11/10/11|
|Great Basin Institute||Desert Tortoise Tech Support and Crew Supervisor (2 positions)||11/11/11|
|Institute for Wildlife Studies||Field techs, Desert tortoise radio telemetry||11/11/11|
|Institute for Wildlife Studies||Field techs, Desert tortoise line distance sampling||11/11/11|
|New Jersey Audubon||Grassland bird field crew leader/technicians||11/1/11|
|U.S. Geological Survey||Desert Tortoise Field Technician||9/23/11||9/20/11|
|University of Minnesota||Research Interns, Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve||8/28/11||8/11/11|
|Michigan State University||Research Asst, Climate Change and Forest Health||8/23/11||8/5/11|
|Great Basin Institute||Spring Inventory Technician, sage grouse||8/19/11|
|US Forest Service||Plant Ecology Field Asst, Bahamas||8/13/11||8/2/11|
|National Ecological Observatory Network||Test Scientist - Engineer||8/9/11|
|Ohio State University||Research Assistant, hemlock woolly adelgid||7/25/11|
|Ohio State University||Research Aide, forest ecology||7/25/11|
|National Wildlife Federation||Wildlife and Climate Safeguards Intern||7/25/11|
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Arizona State University: Assist with research in southwestern aquatic and riparian ecosystems in the laboratory of Dr. John Sabo. Work will include setting up and maintaining experiments involving arthropods and will involve techniques of ecology and physiology, including work with stable isotopes to trace water sources used by animals and to measure metabolic and water loss rates. This project will help us to understand the role of water availability in food webs, effects of climate change on ecosystems, and has direct relevance to conservation along this threatened river. There will be opportunities for independent research projects and competitive pay will be offered. Application Deadline: March 26th, 2012. More information. Posted: 3/12/12.
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies: Project Assistants (Four positions) - Baltimore, MD. Full time for 8 – 12 weeks in June, July and August of 2012. Duties consist of field work for an ecological study of residential yards in and around the city of Baltimore, MD. The primary focus will be on survey and characterization of plants. Some computer data entry will also be needed. Applicant should be in good physical condition and able to work effectively as part of a team. Must enjoy summer field work (hot, humid conditions). Experience with plant identification strongly desired. Closing Date: April 30, 2012. Originator: Peter Groffman. To apply, please e-mail a brief cover letter, resume, and the names and full contact information (including email addresses) for three professional references to: Human Resources, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Job Ref. # 12012-I, P.O. Box AB, Millbrook, NY 12545. Jobs@caryinstitute.org. Posted: 4/5/12.
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies: Project Assistant (1 position): Job Reference #12003-SF. Research how urbanization and climate influence mosquito production and human risk of mosquito-borne West Nile virus. Duties include field sampling and processing, survey work, and entomological identification. All work will be conducted in Baltimore, MD and successful candidates will have plans to live locally. Prior experience with entomology and microscope use is desirable. Desired dates of employment extend from April through September, although applicants available during summer college break are also welcome. Position reports to Dr. Shannon L. LaDeau. To apply, send cover letter (INDICATING JOB REFERENCE NUMBER), resume with educational background and relevant course work, and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references, to the attention of Human Resources, or e-mail to email@example.com. Application deadline is March 15, 2012 or when position is filled. Posted: 2/16/12.
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies: Summer Project Assistants (9 positions): Job Reference #12001-SF (3 positions): Research the dynamics of mammalian communities and the relationships between mammals, ticks, Lyme disease ecology, tree seed survival, songbirds, and gypsy moths. Duties include live-trapping small and medium 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- or meso-mammals highly desirable. Desired dates of employment (35 hours/week) are approximately April 9 to November 1, 2012. Job Reference #12002-SF (6 positions): Research the dynamics of blacklegged tick populations in heterogeneous landscapes of Dutchess County in New York's Hudson River Valley. Duties include sampling the abundance of ticks and conducting basic vegetation analyses in forested sites throughout the county. Prior experience in field ecology is desirable. Desired dates of employment (35 hours/week) are approximately May 20 to August 1, 2012. All positions: On-site housing is available. Positions report to Dr. Richard S. Ostfeld. To apply, send cover letter (indicating job reference number), resume with educational background and relevant course work, and the names, email addresses and telephone numbers of three references, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date for applications: February 17, 2012. Posted: 1/25/12.
Chicago Botanic Garden: Research Assistant for Rare Plant Monitoring. This 7.5-month, 35-hour/week position involves a suite of studies on rare plants at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Illinois, including those restricted to the unique dolomite prairie habitat. The Midewin program is part of a broader Plants of Concern (POC) regional rare plant monitoring program. Intern will be stationed at the Chicago Botanic Garden with frequent visits to Midewin, near Joliet, Illinois, and nearby sites. Field duties involve recruiting, training and working with volunteers to monitor selected species through demographic study, censusing, sampling and photopoints. Office duties include data entry and statistical analysis, report writing and GIS applications. The Research Assistant will have the opportunity to create presentations and/or a poster of the work accomplished. Pposition begins early May, through September. Attend and assist with general POC training workshops. Develop or modify field forms. Become oriented to Midewin monitoring sites. Engage in field work and help recruit, train and support volunteers. In July and August, conduct community vegetation transects in Midewin restoration areas. Begin data entry. October through early December. Complete data entry and conduct analysis of multiple years of data. Organize and catalog monitoring and other photos (digital format). Work with supervisor on annual report to submit to granting agency. Salary: $13/hour and paid holidays; 2 personal days. Requirements: BS in ecology, botany, biological sciences or related background. Plant ID skills, including use of a dichotomous key. Field experience in plant monitoring or sampling. Computer experience with Microsoft Office functions, including Access database. Basic statistical and GIS software experience sought. Organizational and people skills. Ability to work well independently as well as on a team. Must have a driver's license and access to a personal vehicle, although a company vehicle is normally available for use. Housing with a host family may be available. Occasional weekend work. Deadline: March 15. For application, go to www.chicagobotanic.org. Follow the link at top of page, At The Garden, then to Employment for Internships. Posted: 1/30/12.
Chicago Botanic Garden: The Conservation and Land Management Internship Program is now accepting applications for 2012! 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 Forest Service (US FS), US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and 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! As a CLM intern, you will receive a stipend paid every two weeks totaling $11,900 over 5 months and will attend an all-expenses paid week-long training workshop at a location to be determined. In addition, the CLM Internship Program provides opportunities to make connections in various governmental and non-profit organizations, to learn what it's like to work at a federal agency, to explore your career goals and expand your resume. For more information and to apply online, please visit: http://www.clminternship.org/. Posted: 11/17/11.
Coastal Bird Conservation/SUNY ESF: We are seeking one Field Crew Leader for a Master’s Study project monitoring the impacts of human-caused disturbance on breeding Snowy Plovers in the Florida Panhandle. Work will begin in mid-late February and continue until early August. Housing and a weekly stipend of $375 will be provided. Crew Leader will be responsible for conducting Snowy Plover nest and productivity monitoring, behavioral observations, disturbance assessment and documentation, and assisting with banding at multiple sites. Duties also include data collection, photo documentation of project work, assisting site managers to maintain protective fencing, use of a hand-held GPS unit, and data entry using Microsoft Excel. Position will require working long hours, including weekends, often 6 days a week. This study requires a patient individual who will enjoy spending hours locating, observing, and recording behavioral and disturbance data on beach-nesting birds. Crew leader will professionally represent the project when interacting with the public, site managers, and partners. Crew Leader will report to and work closely with the Graduate Student/Project Leader, and will be responsible for day-to-day supervision and leadership of one research assistant intern. Applicant must be self-motivated, organized, in good physical condition, enjoy walking many miles per day in soft sand, possess strong leadership and problem-solving skills, and be able to tolerate hot summer temperatures on the Gulf of Mexico. At least 6 months prior field experience is required for this position. Shorebird/plover experience, bird handling experience, and familiarity with the operation and/or maintenance of ATVs and 4x4 vehicles is preferred. Shared housing and gasoline reimbursement for travel between work sites are provided. Must have own waterproof 10x42 binoculars, a valid driver’s license, and own reliable personal vehicle. Please send 1) letter of interest 2) a resume 3) the names, email addresses and phone numbers of 3 references to Maureen Durkin (email@example.com). The review of applications is ongoing and will continue until position is filled. Posted: 12/13/11.
Colorado State University: Seasonal Avian Field Technician (1) - Needed mid-May through mid-Aug to assist graduate students investigating bird and small mammal responses to restoration in the Piceance Basin of Colorado. Duties will include conducting bird surveys, mist netting, bird banding, observing foraging behavior and activity patterns and vegetation surveys. Other duties will include small mammal trapping and mammal tagging. Extensive mist netting and bird banding experience is required. Point count experience and the ability to identify birds by sight and sound are strongly preferred. Applicants must be able to work well with a group and be comfortable working long hours in the field in occasionally hot and buggy conditions. The schedule is likely to be 10 days in the field and 4 days off, but could change based on research needs. Housing and vehicle will be provided while in the field, but applicants may want a personal vehicle for days off since the field site is quite remote. Staying in field housing is an option during days off. Salary $1200-1500 per month, depending on experience. Send letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references in a single pdf document by March 31st to Travis Gallo, Travis.Gallo@colostate.edu. Posted: 3/8/12.
Colorado State University: The Colorado Natural Heritage Program seeks 4 to 6 experienced field technicians for summer field work assessing the condition of wetlands throughout the lower South Platte River Basin. All positions require field botany or ecology skills. Knowledge of plant taxonomy and species identification required. Preferred qualifications include experience in wetland or riparian ecology, knowledge of local flora, and familiarity performing field work for long days (10+ hours). Fieldwork will take place in randomly selected wetlands in urban areas, agricultural areas, and more remote natural areas as part of a river basin scale wetland condition and wildlife habitat assessment. Standard duties will involve driving and hiking to field sites; in-field plant identification and in-office plant identification with a microscope; extensive collection of vegetation, soil, wildlife habitat, and environmental data; detailed completion of field survey forms; and landowner interactions. Salary range: $2000-2600/month, plus per diem. Timeframe: 3-5 months (approx. mid-May-Sept 2012). To apply and view a complete position description, please visit: employment-opportunities. First consideration of applicants will begin February 19. Posted: 2/9/12.
Colorado State University: CSU's Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands seeks enthusiastic and motivated individuals to assist with wetland mapping projects on Army-owned lands in Alaska. Wetland projects will take place near Delta Junction, North Pole, and Fairbanks. Individuals selected for these positions will be employed by CSU to map wetlands on Army lands. Out-of-state applicants can apply, though they should note that off-duty transportation and relocation costs aren't provided. Modest housing accommodations may be provided by a cooperating agency when crews are based in Delta Junction (housing arrangement details disclosed during interviews). Duration: May 29 - September 6. Salary: $19/hour. Qualifications and Duties: We require a botany, soil science, or ecology degree and need reliable individuals capable of following detailed protocols, working in small groups, and hiking outside in wet, buggy, and cold environments. Duties include identifying trees, shrubs, and herbs, digging soil pits and describing soil features, documenting hydrology, interpreting aerial photos, operating GPS units, and data entry. Applicants should be familiar with grass identification, hydric soil indicators, and northern ecosystem processes. Positions require a driver's license, US citizenship, and overnight camping in remote areas. CSU conducts background investigations on final candidates (criminal history, national sex offender search, motor vehicle history). Application Procedure: Send cover letter, resume, college transcripts (unofficial/official), and names, daytime phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org (907-361-9687). Send documents as word or pdf files (NO social security #s or birth dates!). Deadline: February 22. Posted: 1/18/12.
Colorado State University/USGS: Summer Ecology Field Technician, June 1 through Aug 31, 2012, Western Colorado and eastern Utah (Based in Fort Collins, CO). Full-time field botanist needed to assist a CSU and USGS project on rivers in the Upper Colorado River Basin (UCRB). The project is to analyze riparian plant communities along rivers in the UCRB which includes most of western Colorado and eastern Utah. Technicians will spend three months traveling to approximately 20 sites located throughout region. At each site, we will spend several days surveying riparian plant communities, the stream channel and surrounding floodplain. The field team will be based out of Fort Collins, CO where the research facilities are located. Primary duties will include establishing transects, setting up sampling plots, and estimating plant cover in vegetation plots and along transects. Technicians will survey ground surface elevation at sites in riparian habitat and install stream temperature sensors. Qualifications: Candidates must possess a four-year degree or currently be enrolled at a college or university pursuing a degree in ecology, natural resource management, environmental studies, range management, forestry, or other similar area. Candidates must be in good physical condition, capable of working long days in the field under hot, rugged conditions. Ability to work under these conditions is essential. Candidates should be comfortable working in the backcountry. We will spend most nights camping in the field; candidates should be comfortable camping for several weeks on end under rustic conditions. 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, plant surveying, and topographic surveying skills are desirable, but not necessary. A valid driver’s license and a safe driving record are required. Candidates must be US citizens. Salary: $10-12/hour. Application: Email a 1-2 page resume and cover letter, including three references with telephone numbers and email addresses, to: Lindsay Reynolds (email@example.com), Postdoctoral researcher. Deadline: April 13, 2012. Posted: 3/7/12, revised: 3/15/12.
Dartmouth College: I am seeking a full-time, temporary field assistant for research at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Gothic, Colorado. The project examines the effects of altered phenology on plant-pollinator interactions and plant reproduction. The successful applicant will assist a Ph.D. student in the field by altering phenology through snowpack manipulation, conducting phenology censuses, observing plant-pollinator interactions, measuring floral characters, and manipulating pollination. Previous experience in field biology or plant-insect interactions is preferred but not required. Individuals with a BA or BS in a relevant field are encouraged to apply. The work is fun but physically demanding, especially initially when cross country skiing into the field sites may be necessary and many hours are spent shoveling snow. The position is available from early May until mid August 2012. I can offer travel reimbursement, housing and a small stipend. The position does not come with benefits (health, retirement, etc). To apply, please send a resume or CV and *brief* cover letter (nothing fanciful, please) as a single email attachment (preferably pdf). Please include the names and contact information for two 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: RMBL Summer Field Assistant. Applications should be sent to: Zak Gezon: firstname.lastname@example.org. To receive full consideration, please apply by April 1, 2012, although applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Posted: 3/19/12.
Dartmouth College: We are seeking one full-time temporary Field Assistant for field research in Raleigh, North Carolina. The project examines the effects of florivory on plant-pollinator interactions. The successful applicant will assist a Ph.D. student in field collecting caterpillars, observing plant-pollinator interactions, measuring floral traits, and manipulating pollination and florivory in a common garden experiment. Previous experience in field biology or plant-insect interactions is preferred but not required. Individuals with a BA or BS in a relevant field are encouraged to apply. The position is available from mid-March (starting on or after March 12) until ~May 1, 2012. Salary will be in the range of $8-11 per hour, depending on experience, no benefits. To apply, please send a resume and brief cover letter as a single email (pdf) attachment. In your resume, please include the names and contact information for three references (email and phone numbers, and a brief description of how you know the recommender). The cover letter should explain why you are interested in the position. Information about how this position would relate to your previous research experience and/or career goals is encouraged. In the subject of the email, please put: Spring Field Assistant. Applications should be sent to: Adrian Carper (Adrian.L.Carper@Dartmouth.edu). Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. To receive full consideration, please apply by March 10, 2011. Posted: 3/2/12.
Duke University: The Clark Lab has IMMEDIATE need of two to four reliable and motivated crew members for the 2012 field season. These are full-time, temporary positions with no benefits. Wages are $10/hr. The end date is August 31, 2012. Occasional travel (estimated 3-4 weeks total during the summer) is required. Duties include the following: * Perform basic tree measurements on long-term forest monitoring plots. * Census seedlings/saplings growing in a warming experiment, a fungal pathogen study, and elsewhere. * Download data from and maintain infrastructure of a network of environmental sensors and data loggers. * Take pre-dawn hemispherical canopy photographs during the growing season. * Identify and count seeds collected from seed rain traps. * Enter data into spreadsheets using Excel. The Clark Lab is based in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We study forest community ecology; our current research focuses on forest plant demography and phenology, plant-fungal pathogen interactions, and responses to disturbance and climate change. Our research sites are located in the Duke Forest near Durham, North Carolina, at various locations in western North Carolina, and at the Harvard Forest in central Massachusetts. Food and lodging are provided for any work trips to non-Duke Forest sites. Ideal candidates will have a strong interest in ecology and a willingness to work outdoors in hot, humid conditions with abundant insects, ticks, and chiggers. The ability to competently identify North Carolina tree species is desirable, as is experience with ArcGIS. Duke University is located in Durham, North Carolina. Successful applicants will need to secure housing in the Durham/Raleigh/Chapel Hill area. Please submit application materials (a one-page cover letter, resume, and two references) in ONE DOCUMENT via e-mail to Ben Vierra ( email@example.com) as soon as possible, and not later than April 19, 2012. Applications will be evaluated in the order that they are received. Posted: 2/23/12, revised: 4/10/12.
Duke University: The Bernhardt Lab seeks to hire up to three technicians for the summer field season to assist with ongoing research on the biogeochemical effects of salt water intrusion and drought on North Carolina's coastal wetlands. A summary of the project, along with additional information about our lab, may be found on our website: http://bernhardtlab.weebly.com/research.html. The selected candidates will assist in the collection, preparation, and analysis of soil, water, and gas samples from a restored wetland on North Carolina's coastal plain. Incumbents will gain exposure to a wide variety of analytical techniques and field sampling methods. Lab work will be conducted in Durham, NC, with field work requiring some overnight stays at our field site near Columbia, NC. Desired qualifications include previous field and/or laboratory experience, willingness to work long field days in hot buggy conditions, ability to follow field and laboratory protocols, and interest in ecology or analytical chemistry. Positions will be funded for 3 months, June - August, with exact start and end dates being flexible. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to: Ashley Helton at firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 2/6/12.
Great Basin Bird Observatory: AVIAN FIELD TECHNICIANS and CREW LEADERS (6-8) needed to conduct landbird surveys on the lower Colorado River. The field season will begin 5 March and run through mid-June. Are you interested in adventure, great birds, and exploring the desert? Are you willing to face temperatures up to 110 degrees, dense riparian vegetation, wet feet, and rattlesnakes? If you are answering yes, this may be your ticket to a long and early summer in the Southwest. Duties will include area searches, territory mapping, and data entry in Excel, Access, and ArcGIS. Applicants must have at least 1 field season of experience surveying passerines by sight and sound (preferably southwestern birds), the ability to hike for hours in hot and strenuous conditions, good communication skills, and a willingness to live and work with a large field crew. Applicants must be available from 18 March through 15 June, 2012. Couples with experience are encouraged to apply. Surveyors will be hired as seasonal temporary GBBO employees and paid $1800-$2200/month depending on experience. Field vehicles and housing (combination of field house/apartment and camping) will be provided. Please send a brief cover letter (highlighting bird survey experience and the date you could begin work) and resume (including the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of 3 references) to AMY LEIST (email leist AT gbbo.org) by 10 Feb, 2012. Posted: 12/8/11, revised: 2/6/12.
Great Basin Institute: Desert Tortoise Line Distance Sampling Program - two research associate positions: DT Technical Support Specialist (Data QA/QC and GIS) and DT Field Crew Supervisor. For details, see Research Associate Program Employment. Posted: 11/11/11.
Great Basin Institute: We are working cooperatively with the Bureau of Land Management Winnemucca District Office to inventory naturally occurring springs on sage grouse Population Management Units (PMUs). These PMUs are considered priority habitat for the greater sage-grouse, which the United States Fish and Wildlife Service has determined is warranted for listing as threatened, but precluded. Two Field Technicians will be hired to support field efforts such as conducting meadow, spring, and water quality inventories, including collection of qualitative and quantitative data on riparian habitat characteristics. Technicians will also map riparian areas using GPS units and ArcGIS technology. The Technicians will utilize digital cameras, portable water quality meters, and standardized field forms. Office tasks include planning field work locations using ArcGIS software, transferring and processing data from GPS using ArcMap, as well as assisting the District Hydrologist with other duties. Project-related duties comprise approximately 20% office tasks and 80% field activities. Extensive travel across the district and field camping for up to four nights per week is required. Compensation and Timeline: o Rate of Pay: $15/hour o 15-week appointment beginning in September 2011 o Full time, 40 hours per week (minimal overtime may be required occasionally). The BLM Winnemucca District lies roughly in the northwest part of Nevada, nested in the basin and range province of the western U.S. The Winnemucca District Office is located about 2.5 hours east of Reno on I-80, 2 hours west of Elko on I-80, and 5.5 hours south of Boise on SR-95. Elevations range from approximately 4,000 to close to 10,000 feet. The District encompasses approximately 11 million acres, of which 7.38 million acres are public lands managed by the BLM. Qualifications: o Bachelor’s Degree in Physical or Ecological Sciences (such as Environmental Science, Ecology, Hydrology, Rangeland Management or related subject) or a combination of experience and education, with minimum of 3 years of undergraduate education leading to a Bachelor’s Degree; o Experience in water quality data collection and/or landscape/habitat assessments; 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 Working knowledge of creating maps using ArcMAP and experience processing GPS/GIS data; o Willingness and ability to work in harsh and variable desert conditions, including extreme temperatures, independently or as part of a team; o Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience; o Ability to work in teams or independently and be self-motivated both in the office and in the field with little supervision; o Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work assignments; o Willingness to camp in remote, undeveloped sites for multiple days; and o Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and familiarity driving 4WD vehicles on- and off-road. How to Apply: Applicants should forward a cover letter, their résumé, and a list of three professional references to Bridget Walden, Great Basin Institute Human Resources Coordinator, at email@example.com. Posted: 8/19/11.
Harvard University: Assistant Program Coordinator/Resident Advisor for the Harvard Forest (Petersham, Massachusetts) Summer 2012 Research Program In Ecology (13-week position available beginning May 14, 2012). For thirteen weeks in May-August 2012, thirty college-age students will join dozens of visiting and staff scientists at Harvard Forest in researching the effects of natural and human disturbances on forest ecosystems. The Program Assistant works closely with the Summer Program Coordinator in organizing the various educational components to the summer program. S/he lives with the students in Fisher and/or Raup House, providing the information, advising, support and discipline required to create a hospitable academic environment. Duties: Assist with student orientation, May 21; Coordinate weekly evening workshops and seminars; Hold weekly house meetings; Organize student committees (recycling, graduate school, social, etc.); Inform students of Harvard Forest activities, policies, and expectations; Organize a day-long career workshop and Summer Student Symposium in mid-August; Work with Summer Program Coordinator to resolve student issues; Work on various tasks as needed to facilitate administrative and research projects. Required: Excellent listening, negotiation, organizational, and problem solving skills; Strong writing, organizational, telephone, and computer skills; Work independently with moderate supervision; Comfortable with performing a variety of tasks simultaneously; Previous experience working with ethnically and culturally diverse population preferred. Compensation is $13/hour for 40 hours per week plus free room and board for 13 weeks (May 14 to August 10, 2012). The Assistant has a private room, shared office space with computer and access to Forest vehicles. The position is flexible and accommodations for a variety of situations are possible. Application: Please send a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to: Manisha V. Patel, Summer Program Coordinator, Harvard Forest, 324 N. Main Street, Petersham, MA 01366, firstname.lastname@example.org. NO PHONE CALLS, please. Posted: 12/16/11.
Highlands Biological Station: Full-time positions from May until August, $290/week ($7.25/hr) with free group housing and possible college internship credit. For more information and to apply visit www.highlandsbiological.org/positions/. (1) Botanical Garden Assistant - helps to identify, label, and maintain native plant species; and maintain grounds and gardens, trails, boardwalks, and bridges throughout the Station. This position may include working with the public to interpret the natural history of local plants and assisting with identification of native plant species. This job may involve heavy lifting (no more than 50 lbs.) and will sometimes involve working alone and in rainy weather. Occasionally, the individual will be asked to assist other Station employees in the office, library, or Nature Center. The successful applicant must be able to trim, cut, and pile brush; use a shovel, hoe, and other garden tools, as well as a wheel barrow, to do general gardening and trail repairs; help with lawn mowing and lawn maintenance on the campus; learn to identify wildflowers; collect and mount plant specimens; learn to make plant labels; and assist others as required. Applicants should be majors in biology, botany, horticulture, or some other environmental science. The ideal candidate should have training and/or experience in field biology and landscaping, and good skills in dealing with people. Familiarity with southern Appalachian plant species and with horticultural practices is desirable. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have a valid driver’s license. Non-smokers are preferred. (2) Two Assistant Naturalists at the Highlands Nature Center to help with daily operations of the Highlands Nature Center. Primary duties include working with the public to interpret the natural history of the southern Appalachians and related Nature Center exhibits, answering questions about local natural areas and recreational opportunities, actively developing and teaching several environmentally-based educational programs for both children and adults, and serving as co-counselor for a series of Nature Day Camps for children ages 4 to 14. Staff will also assist with the implementation of special evening programs for the public, and with the weekly evening lecture series. Work also involves the feeding, cleaning, general care, and interpretation of live animal exhibits (mainly reptiles and amphibians). Other general duties are also the responsibility of all Nature Center staff and include word processing; maintaining program schedules; participant registration; handling money; cleaning and maintaining exhibits, bathrooms, and animal enclosures on a daily basis; empty trash and recycling bins; care of live plants; etc. Summer staff may also be occasionally asked to assist other Station employees in the office, library, or Botanical Garden. These jobs may include heavy lifting (no more than 50 lbs.). Assistant Naturalists work a 40-hour week, but the schedule will require flexibility including weekend and some evening work. Applicants should be majors (or recent graduates) in biology, zoology, botany, environmental science, science education, outdoor recreation, or other related fields. Proficiency in dealing with the public is a must. Ideal candidates should have experience working with children; familiarity with (or enthusiasm to learn) a variety of environmental education activities such as Project WILD; experience in a museum, visitor’s center, camp, or similar setting; and experience caring for animals. A basic knowledge of the flora and fauna of the Southern Appalachians is also desirable. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have a valid driver’s license, and must be in good physical condition to lead hikes. Willingness to work a flexible schedule is a must. Non-smokers are preferred. Posted: 3/8/12.
Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station: now accepting applications for support staff for two sessions of its three-week high school summer ecology course, Wildlife Ecology Research. Three eight week positions (June 20-August 17, 2012) are available. Applicants must have completed a BA/BS degree, preferably in a science related field. Staff is responsible for providing student supervision before and after classes each day, overnight, and on occasional non-academic days. Additionally, staff is responsible for shopping for food; assisting students with meal planning and preparation; overseeing the completion of household duties; and planning evening and non-academic day activities. Staff will also have the opportunity to act as a teaching assistant for field based classes. Training and course preparation will occur June 20-30, 2012 prior to the start of the first session (July 1, 2012). Preference will be given to applicants with a strong interest and/or experience in field ecology and research, science education, outdoor trip leading/camp counselor, and cooking and meal planning for groups of 12. Course Description: Wildlife Ecology Research is an intensive three week program where rising juniors and senior high school students learn basic ecological principles through hands-on research experience. Two sessions will run summer 2012 each consisting of 9 students who will live and work at the field station learning ecology and performing small group research projects. Responsibilities of staff include: Providing supervision for students before and after class each day, overnight, and on non-academic days Assisting students in meal preparation and the completion of household duties Planning nightly and non-academic day activities Teaching assistant in the field Duration: June 20- August 17, 2012 Salary: $2,880 plus room and board. Required Qualifications: BA/BS in a science related field Group supervisory experience Valid driver's license Desirable Qualifications: Previous experience as a summer camp counselor Experience/interest in field biology and research Experience/interest in science education Experience cooking and meal planning for groups of 12 Personal vehicle Experience team building Organizational skills Natural history knowledge pertinent to New York/the Northeast Applications due Friday, April 20, 2012 To apply: Assemble into a single PDF or WORD document and email to email@example.com with "Applicant's Last Name WER RCTA" in the subject line: 1) A cover letter describing your interest and reason for applying as well as the skills you will bring to the position. 2) A current CV/resume no more than 2 pages in length. 3) Two letters of reference. These may be submitted with your cover letter and resume/CV or submitted separately to the above email address. Posted: 3/29/12.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: Great Lakes Network, National Park Service, Biological Science Technician (plants). Location: Porter, Indiana. Duration: June 6 – August 22, 2012 (dates are firm). Series and Grade: GS-0404-4/5/6. Vacancies: 3. Pay: $14.70-26.48/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 and sampling of permanent monitoring plots at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Incumbents will collect extensive monitoring data on trees, shrubs, herbs, coarse woody materials, and browse, as well as 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 herbaceous 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. This position operates on an 8 days on/6 days 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 2012: www.usajobs.opm.gov. Undergraduates and graduate students enrolled in fall 2012 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: 12/5/11.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: Field Botany - Summer 2012. Persons with strong interest in plants, good botanical/field taxonomical skills and who enjoy field work are encouraged to apply! Full Time Summer Employment with the National Park Service. This is a vegetative sampling position. Establish and sample vegetation and fuels in fire effects monitoring plots in a variety of vegetation/fuel model types, and in accordance with established methodologies and guidelines. Accurately and efficiently identify plants to species and record field data. Identify grasses, sedges, herbs, shrubs, and trees to species in field by sight or by dichotomous keys for less commonly encountered species. Navigate to plots using compass, maps and GPS. Must be able to work cooperatively as a member of a crew, as well as independ-ently. Field work will account for approximately 80% of the work week. Office work includes data entry using custom-ized database software, verification of data entry quality, download of digital cameras and GPS receivers. Although principle duties will be collecting and processing vegetation data, the incumbent may collect weather and fire behavior data on prescribed fires, serve as a member of a fire crew, or complete additional projects, as needed. This is a field position which regularly involves exposure to severe weather (high heat and humidity), ticks, and mosquitoes and carry-ing heavy gear in rough terrain. Job Title/Grade: Biological Science Technician (Fire Effects Monitoring/Field Botany), GS0404-05. Per Hour: $16.41/hr. Qualifications: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience*; OR have successfully completed a full four (4) year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours in Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Statistics, Entomology, Wildlife Management, Physics, Agriculture, or Mathematics; OR possess equivalent combinations of both experience and education. *Specialized experience is experience which equipped the applicant with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the work (i.e. research activity in the biological field with specialization in botany, forestry, ecology, or plant pathology, or any type of nursery work that requires growing and maintenance of plants, etc). Note: At least 6 semester hours of the education must have been in courses directly related to plant/botany. Apply through USAjobs.gov Note: Students who will be students next fall (fall 2012) may apply though student application. Email Mary_Fisher-Dunham@nps.gov until 12/15/2011 (or after 12/15/2011 email Dan_Morford@nps.gov) with subject line as "2012 Summer Student Fire Effects Position" to receive application instructions and forms. If you have questions about this position, please contact Fire Management Officer, Dan Morford at 219-395-8840. Deadline is 1/3/2012. Posted: 11/28/11.
Indiana University: We need 3 full-time summer assistants from May 14th through August 10th, 2012. We are looking for candidates that are interested and qualified for a project funded by the Smithsonian Institute’s Global Earth Observatory. The positions will work as a team to map trees in an old growth forest near Nashville, Indiana. Qualified applicants should be familiar with basic forest mensuration techniques, tree identification of eastern hardwood species and be willing to work in various weather conditions and carry loads across rugged terrain. Other duties may include data entry and dendrometer band installation. The pay rate is $10/hr. Send cover letter describing your interest in the position and any conflicts with the time frame, resume or CV and two references contact information by April 13th to Dan Johnson, Department of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 3/28/12.
Institute for Applied Ecology: Conservation and Restoration Paid Internships. The Conservation Research Program will be hiring up to three interns this summer for field work and related activities. Our paid positions are intended to provide field experience to individuals considering conservation biology or restoration ecology as a career. Internships are partially supported by the Native Plant Society of Oregon, and interns are encouraged to write a short article for the NPSO Bulletin and contribute to our research blog. Interns will work on a variety of projects throughout the state of Oregon, including rare plant habitat surveys, threatened and endangered species research and monitoring, and invasive species research. Approximately 50% of the work is conducted out-of-town/overnight (accommodations include both hotels and primitive camping sites). Internships will start April 9th or 16th. Internships will last until July 25th, with the potential for an extension. Qualifications: - Interest in conservation biology, restoration ecology, and botany - Plant identification skills (or enthusiastic willingness to learn) - Research experience - Attention to detail - Ability to work long hours in hot, dry and cold, wet conditions with exposure to poison oak - Ability to hike up to 3 miles carrying a 30 pound pack and work in a bent-over/kneeling/sitting position for long periods of time. Compensation: $10/hr plus travel expenses associated with overnight field work (food and lodging). Housing in Corvallis is not provided. To Apply: Applications must be emailed to email@example.com no later than Friday, February 17, 2012. In the subject line, write: “Intern Application”. Include a *letter of interest* stating when you will be available to start work (this is a MUST), *resume*, *transcripts* (unofficial is fine), and the names and contact information for* three references*. AT LEAST ONE reference must be from a supervisor from a work experience. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Non-U.S. residents must also include a copy of their work visa. Applications will be considered upon receipt. Please direct all inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 1/5/12.
Institute for Applied Ecology: Conservation Research and Botany Field Crew Leader. Crew leader will work on multiple conservation biology and restoration ecology projects throughout Oregon. Field work will involve botanical surveys, population monitoring, and other ecological measurements. Crew leader will work with program staff to manage field trip logistics, lead field work, and assist in data management. Position is based in Corvallis, Oregon, but approximately 50% of the work is conducted out-of-town/overnight, (accommodations include hotels and camping). START DATE: late-March through April (must be able to start by April 2, 2012). END DATE: August 31, 2012. QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants should have a BS or MS (preferred) in a relevant field. Applicants should be mature, self-motivated, highly organized, and comfortable directing a 2-4 person field crew with minimal supervision. Applicants must have a valid driver's license, be willing to travel, and be able to perform strenuous work in all weather conditions. Physical requirements include ability to hike 1-2 miles in rugged terrain carrying a 30-lb load and work in a bent-over/kneeling/sitting position for long periods of time. Basic computer skills (word processing and spreadsheet applications) required; experience in databases (Access) is a plus. Applicants should have 2 or more seasons of field research experience, with preference given to those with skills in plant identification and vegetation sampling. COMPENSATION: $12-14/hr depending on experience plus travel expenses associated with overnight field work (food and lodging). Housing in Corvallis is not provided. This is a full-time temporary position with no benefits. TO APPLY: Applications must be emailed to email@example.com no later than Friday, February 17, 2012. In the subject line, write: “Field Crew Leader Application”. Include a *letter of interest* stating when you will be available to start work (this is a MUST), *resume*, *transcripts* (unofficial is fine), and the names and contact information for* three references*. AT LEAST ONE reference must be from a supervisor from a work experience. We are also hiring for seasonal interns. If you would also like to be considered for one of these positions, please state so in your cover letter. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Non-U.S. residents must also include a copy of their work visa. Applications will be considered upon receipt. Please direct all inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 1/5/12.
Institute for Wildlife Studies: Telemetry Technicians. The desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) population monitoring program is part of the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s recovery initiative for the Mojave Desert population of this federally threatened species. Data rigorously collected through radio telemetry and line distance sampling is used to estimate population size and density and to track trends over time. Field technicians are needed to conduct radio telemetry monitoring of tortoises. Telemetry technicians work alone but in coordination with technicians conducting line distance sampling. Technicians are expected to locate previously tagged tortoises and collect behavior and location data. Field training will be provided, but applicants should have previous experience with radio telemetry, wilderness field skills, and the ability to use GPS and topographic maps for navigation. Technicians will also be trained to conduct line distance sampling in order to help with that aspect of the program. Applicants must be able to walk alone for long distances in challenging and uneven terrain while carrying personal gear and field equipment. Technicians also must be prepared for temperature and weather conditions that can change rapidly and without warning, able to operate a 4WD vehicle, and willing to camp in the desert backcountry for at least 4 consecutive nights a week. • Preference will be given to applicants with previous desert tortoise experience. • Technicians must be capable of working alone but able to communicate and coordinate activities regularly with others. • Exact start and end dates are to be determined, but expected start is the first week in March with work through the end of April. One of the positions may be extended into late May. • Technicians will be expected to work 5 consecutive days per week, with the understanding that 2 days off may vary. • The position requires long hours, early morning start times, and camping in the field. • Compensation: Expected to be approximately $2,600/month (based on an hourly wage). Housing will be provided during the training (approximately 3 weeks in March) and available on the weekends throughout the field season. Location: Mojave Desert, California and Nevada. Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Nathan Gregory at email@example.com. Please include the job title (Telemetry Technician) you are applying for in the subject line. By mail: Institute for Wildlife Studies, PO Box 1104, Arcata, CA 95518. Posted: 11/11/11.
Institute for Wildlife Studies: Field Technicians. The desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) population monitoring program is part of the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s recovery initiative for the Mojave Desert population of this federally threatened species. Data rigorously collected through radio telemetry and line distance sampling is used to estimate population size and density and to track trends over time. Field technicians are needed to conduct line distance sampling and mark-recapture. Following intensive survey and tortoise handling training, field technicians will work in pairs, walking pre-defined transects to collect information on desert tortoises. The work requires focus, attention to detail, and driving long distances between daily transects through the desert on dirt roads. Applicants should have previous experience with wilderness field skills and the ability to use a GPS and topographic maps for navigation. Technicians must be able to walk more than 12 km per day in challenging and uneven terrain while carrying personal gear and field equipment. Technicians also must be prepared for temperature and weather conditions that can change rapidly and without warning, able to operate a 4WD vehicle, and willing to camp in the desert backcountry for at least 4 consecutive nights a week. • Preference will be given to applicants with previous desert tortoise or line distance sampling experience. • Technicians must have a positive attitude and be capable of working and living closely with others. • Exact start and end dates are to be determined, but expected start is the first week in March with work through the 3rd week of May. • Technicians will be expected to work 5 consecutive days per week with the understanding that 2 days off may vary. • The position requires long hours, early morning start times, and camping in the field. • Compensation: Approximately $2,500/month (based on an hourly wage). Housing will be provided during the training (approximately 3 weeks in March) and available on the weekends throughout the field season. Location: Mojave Desert, California and Nevada. Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Nathan Gregory at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the job title (Line Distance Technician) you are applying for in the subject line. By mail: Institute for Wildlife Studies, PO Box 1104, Arcata, CA 95518. Posted: 11/11/11.
Little St. Simons Island: Full Time, Seasonal Landscape/Horticulture Intern Position on Little St. Simons Island (LSSI), Georgia. Salary: $8/hour; Lunch is provided . Deadline: April 2, 2012. To apply: Please email cover letter, resume and three references in a single document to Scott Coleman, Ecological Manager: email@example.com. Start Date: early to mid-May. End Date: early to mid-August. LSSI is a privately owned barrier island in coastal Georgia accessible by boat only. Its Lodge is a destination for as many as 32 overnight guests with extraordinary opportunities for bird watching, wildlife viewing, fishing, hiking, and kayaking in the surrounding tidal saltmarsh habitat. The Lodge strives to implement innovative green practices and the surrounding property is managed for conservation. The island has implemented some native landscaping around the Lodge area and partners with Coastal WildScapes to maintain some of these plantings. Responsibilities: • Development and implementation of a maintenance plan for the native gardens, plantings, and grounds around the compound. • Serving as on-site coordinator for volunteer groups and landscape architects who will work on the island. • Assisting with invasive plant treatment and monitoring. • GIS work. • Assisting with the native seed propagation project. • Presenting to guests about the importance of conservation gardening. • Developing educational materials for guests about the benefits of native planting. Minimum Requirements: • Driver’s license. • Some college courses in horticulture, landscape architecture, conservation biology, or botany • Computer literate in MS Excel, Word • Ability to lift 50 pounds. • Ability to work outside in all weather conditions, humidity, bugs, odors. Posted: 3/23/12.
Maine Coastal Islands NWR: BIRD BANDERs (2 positions) are needed from 13 August to 19 October, 2012 to study passerine migration in coastal “Downeast” Maine. Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge is documenting the timing, abundance, and species of fall migrants as part of a larger research project with the University of Maine and Acadia National Park. A crew supervisor and one technician will be hired as private contractors to operate a migration monitoring station on a wild and scenic peninsula in Steuben, Maine. Both contractors must have prior mist netting experience and excellent eastern bird identification skills. The crew supervisor must possess exemplary leadership skills, the ability to safely extract and band large volumes of birds, and experience aging and sexing eastern birds in fall plumage. In addition to daily operation of mist nets, the crew will conduct visual surveys, collect habitat data, and ensure proper operation of acoustic recorder and radar units. Shorebird banding experience is a plus. Required to work 7 days a week, have the ability to work with others, and a tolerance of wet and cold weather. The supervisor will receive $4,000 and the technician $3,000 for the 10 week period. Housing is provided on site. The crew last year captured 2,840 individuals from 76 species (0.6 birds per net hour). Send a resume, cover letter and names, phone numbers, and e-mails of 3 references to: Sara Williams, Maine Coastal Islands NWR, P.O. Box 279, Milbridge, ME 04658 (Sara_Williams@fws.gov). Applications will be accepted until June 19, 2012. For more information, call Maine Coastal Islands NWR at 207-546-2124 ext. 13. Posted: 5/21/12.
Marine Biological Laboratory: We are seeking a candidate for a position as a Research Assistant I who will work on a NSF-funded project on effect of watershed deforestation on mangrove ecosystems of the Pacific coast of Panama. The work will mainly involve data processing with spreadsheets, statistical analyses with appropriate software, GIS data manipulations, and a limited amount of field and laboratory work. Funding is available for this appointment for approximately 7 months depending on start date (funding ends 2/28/2013). Additional funding for the project may become available depending upon the success of proposals currently being written. Basic Qualifications: We seek a person with at least a bachelor's degree in sciences related to the topic of the research. Apply online at: https://mbl.simplehire.com. Posted: 6/6/12.
Marine Biological Laboratory: Summer Research Assistant - ITEX. The Ecosystems Center is seeking two or three Summer Research Assistants to participate in a research project on CO2 exchange and vegetation canopy structure of arctic tundra ecosystems. In the field, the principal tasks of the assistant will be to participate in measurements of whole-system CO2 exchange using an infrared gas analyzer system, to measure canopy reflectance using a scanning spectroradiometer, and to make ancillary measurements of soil and canopy microclimate, leaf area, and biomass. In the laboratory, the assistant will participate in data analysis and comparison and in drying and weighing plant and soil samples. Experience with any or all of these techniques is desired. Candidates must be able to spend most or all of the summer 2012 in a field camp, Toolik Field Station, in northern Alaska. Travel to the field research site and room and board while doing field research are paid for by the grant, in addition to a salary. These will be temporary appointments for at least 2.5-3 months and, if funding is available, they may continue for up to 6 months (total) to participate in data analysis following the summer season. Applicants should be available to start work in mid-late May or early June, 2012, and to continue through at least mid-August. Applicants may be college graduates or undergraduates but should have significant course work and/or field experience in ecology. Familiarity with spreadsheets and data analysis and with instrumentation such as infrared gas analysis, spectroradiometers, and commonly-used field instruments is desired. In addition, candidates must be capable of vigorous activity in the field, often in foul weather. Applicants should be in good health and prepared to live in a field camp where cooperation with others is essential, personal privacy is limited, and living accommodations are modest. Unofficial transcripts are not required, but may be uploaded with your application materials or faxed to the Human Resources Office, 508-289-7931. If faxing, please reference this posting. Apply online at: https://mbl.simplehire.com. Posted: 3/5/12.
Marine Biological Laboratory: Summer Field Assistants - Arctic LTER. The Ecosystems Center of the is seeking applicants for summer field assistant positions on the Arctic Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) project. These positions will be located at the Toolik Field Station in northern Alaska. Chemistry Summer Field Assistant: The successful candidate will participate in research on the quantitative and qualitative analyses of nutrients in natural water samples. Duties include facilitating chemical measurements through the preparation of standards and reagents, and the maintenance of instruments for a multi-user laboratory at the Toolik Field Station. Some field work is involved. Prior chemistry experience is required. Terrestrial Summer Field Assistant: The successful candidate will participate in research on tundra ecosystems. Duties include sampling and processing plant and soil samples, collection of precipitation and weather data, and maintenance of long-term fertilizer experiments and field greenhouses. Basic laboratory skills, familiarity with spreadsheet software, and some knowledge of plants and soils preferred. Both: Applicants should be recent college graduates, (BS or MS) with significant course work and/or field experience in ecology. Candidates for these jobs should be available to live at Toolik Field Station for 2-3 months during June, July and August. Travel to Toolik Field Station is paid for by the grant as well as the cost of room and board at the station and a salary. Some background in terrestrial ecology, soil science, aquatic ecology, hydrology, chemistry, fish ecology and/or ecosystems ecology is preferred. Applicants should be in good health, capable of rigorous outdoor activity and prepared to live in a field camp where cooperation with others is essential, personal privacy is limited, and living accommodations are spare and simple. Unofficial transcripts are required, but may be either uploaded with your Resume and Cover Letter or faxed to the Human Resources Office, 508-289-7931. If faxing, please reference the title and number of this posting. Apply online at: https://mbl.simplehire.com. Posted: 2/24/12.
Michigan State University: Field Technician position: Longleaf pine restoration, the Savannah River Site, South Carolina. We seek to fill a field technician position for a large- scale experiment on the restoration of longleaf pine plant communities in the Southeastern United States. Primary job duties will include setting up and maintaining experimental plots, soil processing, seed collection and cleaning, data entry and various other tasks required for experimental studies of plant community restoration and plant- animal interactions. Technicians will be involved in supplemental activities focused on restoring the imperiled longleaf pine understory. The position will begin March 2012, and will last for 3-9 months. Pay rate will be $10-12/hr commensurate with experience. The technician will work at the Savannah River Site, live in a town near the site (Aiken or Ellenton, SC; Augusta, GA), and will join a team of two principal investigators (John Orrock at University of Wisconsin-Madison and Lars Brudvig at Michigan State University) a postdoc (Chris Habeck, at Michigan State University) and a Lead Technician (Joe Ledvina, at Michigan State University). Housing is not provided, although low cost options are plentiful. 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, but not required. Because the research site is a highly secure area 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications submitted after February 1, 2012 will not be considered. Posted: 12/22/11.
Michigan State University: A research assistant position in Climate Change and Forest Health is available in the Silviculture and Dendrochronology lab of Dr. Steve Chhin in the Department of Forestry. The research assistant will primarily conduct field and laboratory work for a project funded by the USDA Forest Service (Forest Health Monitoring program). The objective of this project will be to examine the interactive effects of drought, other climatic factors, and biotic factors (intraspecific competition) on growth and mortality rates in pine forests affected by Diplodia (Diplodia pinea) shoot blight in Michigan. The research technician will also provide assistance on other projects in the Chhin lab. The period of the position is from September 1, 2011 – July 31, 2012 and will involve working 40 hrs/week. Salary will depend on experience but will be at least $11/hour. Qualifications: Applicants should preferably have completed a BS in forestry, biology, ecology, environmental sciences, or a similarly related natural resource field. Advanced undergraduates will also be considered. Preference will be given to applicants that are highly self-motivated, possess a strong work ethic, and have strong communication skills. A background or strong interest in conducting field based research and working in a laboratory environment is desirable. A cumulative GPA greater than 3.0 in undergraduate coursework is desirable. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information of three references. Applications will be considered immediately and continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration please submit material by August 23, 2011. Please e-mail all application material to Dr. Steve Chhin (email@example.com). Posted: 8/5/11.
Michigan Technological University: A canopy ecophysiology field/lab technician position is available in the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science at Michigan Tech, Houghton, MI (Upper Peninsula). The position will involve leaf collection in tree canopies using a zip-line cable system and ropes climbing. We will also be constructing a portable tower for canopy access at a separate location. Prior to field work, the technician is required to attend a ropes-course training from May 2nd-5th on campus. The overall objective of the research project is to investigate canopy leaf morphology, light, and water relations in a sugar maple forest. Field work will be conducted away from campus, and the technician will be primarily working at the Michigan Tech Ford Forestry Center during regularly scheduled days throughout the week. The pay is set at an hourly rate of $9.50/hr. Applicants should create a single pdf including the following: letter of interest, resume, and contact information for two references. Send application to Dr. Molly Cavaleri (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Adam Coble (email@example.com). Successful applicants will begin work on April 30th and end sometime in August. The beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan offers exhilarating trail systems for mountain biking, endless coastline for kayakers, and pristine forests for hiking. Posted: 3/5/12.
Montana Fish and Wildlife: Field Technicians (4) needed April 1 to August 31, 2012 for a greater sage-grouse study near the town of Roundup, Montana (north of Billings). Study will assess biological responses of vegetation, radio-marked females and chicks, and lek count indices to large-scale grazing treatments on private lands. Findings will inform federal and state grazing management programs that incorporate wildlife interests around the West. Duties include conducting lek counts (April through May), monitoring nest success and hen and chick survival, and possibly collection of vegetation data. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in radio-telemetry and in operation of 4WD trucks and ATVs on low-maintenance roads. Applicants must enjoy working and living in a remote rural area with a diverse group of people including private landowners and livestock producers. Conditions include extreme temperatures, wind, and other adverse conditions. Work schedule is extremely dynamic and demanding, including late nights and early mornings. A strong work ethic, good physical condition, and sense of humor are a must. Salary is $11.58 per hour plus free housing. Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found. Apply online (required). Direct inquiries to Joe Smith, PhD student in the wildlife biology program at the University of Montana, firstname.lastname@example.org, 406-529-5778. Closes: 2/7/12. Posted: 1/23/12.
Montana Natural Heritage Program: Aquatic Ecology Field Technician, June 15 through September 15, 2012 (start/end date negotiable). Location: Eastern and Western, Montana (Based in Helena, MT—subsidized housing may be available). The position is for one full-time, summer field technician to assist the MT Natural Heritage Program Aquatic Ecologist on various contract funded river projects in the Yellowstone and Missouri River Basins. A project focus will be to sample and analyze macroinvertebrate, periphyton and fish communities in prairie streams and rivers within the CBNG and Coal Tracts areas of SE Montana. Additionally, a MT DEQ Project will collect various stream habitat data from 30 valley and mountain streams to determine relationships between sediment levels and macroinvertebrate communities. The technician will spend three months working with the Aquatic Ecologist and traveling to approximately 75 field sites. Biweekly pay will be based on 80 hours in the field (not to exceed 520 hours total). Each field stint may be up to 8 days in duration and rustic camping is expected (often on BLM and USFS lands with no facilities). We will typically spend ½ day per site surveying, travel to the next site finish and camp nearby. Per diem is paid, but personal camping gear is not provided.Primary duties will include establishing transects, mapping stream reaches, filling out field forms, sampling fish using seines and macroinvertebrates /periphyton using EMAP and MT DEQ protocols. Pebble counts and other sediment quantification techniques will be used. Data entry or macroinvertebrate processing may occur, but it will largely be a field position. A protocol training day will be provided. Qualifications: Candidates must possess a four-year degree or currently be enrolled at a college or university pursuing a degree in ecology, fisheries, natural resource management, environmental studies or other similar area. Candidates must be in good physical condition, capable of working long days in the field under hot, rugged conditions, and be comfortable wading in mucky prairie streams or fast, bouldery rivers. Ability to work under these conditions is essential. Candidates should be comfortable working and camping in remote areas under rustic conditions. Skills in the following areas are valuable: good attention to detail oriented tasks (i.e., pebble counts, field note-taking, labeling sample bottles), easy going, working well in an isolated setting, wilderness safety and first aid training, and experience with navigating forest service roads, maps and backcountry travel. Experience with relevant fish or macroinvertebrate sampling fieldwork or stream sampling skills are desirable, but not necessary. A valid US driver’s license and a safe driving record are required. Salary: $12-14/hour DOE. Application Process: Email or mail a 1-2 page resume and cover letter, including three references with telephone numbers and email addresses, to David Stagliano (email@example.com), Montana Natural Heritage Program, Aquatic Ecologist, 1515 E. 6th Avenue, Helena, MT 59620-1800. No phone calls please. Deadline: April 15, 2012. Posted: 3/14/12.
Nantucket Conservation Foundation, Inc.: The Nantucket Conservation Foundation Department of Science and Stewardship is seeking a motivated, enthusiastic, self-reliant field assistant with strong botany skills. This is a field-based position inventorying rare species and habitats, monitoring vegetation communities and applying management techniques in native ecosystems. Botany field assistants will have the opportunity to gain experience in rare species conservation, land management-based research and applied ecological monitoring. See the full job description for more info and to apply. Posted: 2/17/12.
Nantucket Conservation Foundation, Inc.: The Nantucket Conservation Foundation Department of Science and Stewardship is seeking two motivated, enthusiastic, self-reliant field assistants to aid in conservation and land management-based ecological research. This is primarily a field-based position inventorying rare species and habitats, monitoring vegetation community response to management and applying management techniques in native ecosystems. Field assistants will have the opportunity to gain experience in rare species conservation, land management-based research and applied ecological monitoring. Application deadline is Feb 10, 2012. Application must be completed online. To read a full job description and to apply online, please visit our job application website. For more information, please contact Dr. Jennifer Karberg (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 12/16/11.
Nantucket Conservation Foundation, Inc.: Seasonal Shorebird Monitor (4 months with a possibility of extension). Our Department of Science and Stewardship is seeking a motivated, enthusiastic, self-reliant field assistant to conduct monitoring of rare shorebirds on our properties. This is an independent, field-based position. This 4 month position will be intensely focused on shorebird monitoring on the many different Conservation Foundation properties. For the right candidate the potential exists to extend this position by 2 months to focus on invasive species monitoring and management as well as applied habitat restoration. Application deadline is Jan 20, 2012. Application must be completed online. To read a full job description and to apply online, please visit our job application website. For more information, please contact Dr. Jennifer Karberg (email@example.com). Posted: 12/2/11.
National Ecological Observatory Network: Summer Seasonal Field Technicians - Domain 10 (Colorado) & Domain 3 (Florida). Under the direction of the Field Operations Manager, Seasonal Field Technicians will assist with field observation, sample collection and handling, sample processing and sample shipment of a variety of taxa. Multiple seasonal positions available. Full-time and part-time positions available. For details and to apply, see Seasonal Field Technicians - CO or Seasonal Field Technicians - FL. Posted: 1/27/12.
National Ecological Observatory Network: NEON is a $430 million dollar observatory project dedicated to understanding how changes in climate, land use and invasive species impact ecology. Reporting to the Senior Supervising Scientist for FIU, the Test Scientist will evaluate the minirhizotron sensor performance in laboratory and field settings. The evaluation will include performing the tests, collecting and managing data, performing statistical analyses, and synthesizing findings. The findings from the testing will be used to produce a report written by the successful applicant, which in turn, will inform the NEON design. This position is funded for a six month assignment. For details, see FIU Test Scientist - Engineer. Posted: 8/9/11.
National Park Service: We are looking for skilled vegetation field workers for our National Park Service I&M vegetation/soil monitoring crew on the Colorado Plateau this field season. The crew will be conducting long-term vegetation and soils monitoring in a number of national park units across the Plateau including (but not limited to): Mesa Verde N.P., Bandelier N.M., Grand Canyon N.P., Chaco Culture N.H.P., Glen Canyon N.M., and Wupatki N.M working in vegetation types ranging from mixed conifer forest to desert shrubland. Our primary field season runs from late June through early November, and the crew will be on the road, working an 8 days on, 6 days off schedule. Additionally, part-time/intermittent field and office work is available both before and after the field season (beginning in April) and priority will be given to candidates with early and/or late season availability. Our office is based in Flagstaff, on the Northern Arizona University (NAU) campus. The crew will be hired through NAU and based in Flagstaff. We are hiring up to 4 positions: One crew leader and up to three crew members. Salary varies depending on experience ($14.58-$20.42/hour). The ideal candidate would possess the following skills: Detailed knowledge of the flora of the Colorado Plateau and excellent botanical skills Experience with collecting vegetation and ecological data in the field Knowledge of soils and geomorphology Experience using GPS units Attention to detail, organization and record keeping skills Experience with Microsoft Office software including Access Ability to work effectively with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds Leadership experience (for the crew leader position) Flexibility and a sense of humor. To apply, go to Staff Openings Click on “Careers at NAU” and scan list for: “Research Specialist, Sr (Part-Time Temp)” Job ID 559067, “Research Specialist, (Part-Time Temp)” Job ID 559068, “Research Assistant, (Part-Time Temp)” Job ID 559069 Apply to all positions you qualify for. Application Deadline is March 8th. Posted: 2/27/12.
National Park Service: Inventory & Monitoring Program, Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). Deadline: February 13, 2012. Start Date: March 19, 2012. The San Francisco Bay Area Network of National Parks is seeking one intern to assist with the implementation of a long-term vegetation monitoring program. The intern will work primarily in GGNRA and Point Reyes National Seashore, but will also make visits to Pinnacles National Monument, Muir Woods N.M., and John Muir Historic Site. The primary duties include locating sampling sites chosen for long-term monitoring with use of a GPS, identifying and mapping vegetation types, installing permanent sampling markers, taking photographs, and summarizing site conditions and access routes in a reference document. Interns will also conduct vegetation sampling. All sites are off trail in mostly undisturbed natural vegetation. Interns must be able to work full days in sometimes difficult field conditions. Field work may occur in rugged terrain, under adverse weather conditions, with exposure to poison-oak, ticks, spiders, rattlesnakes, and stinging or biting insects. Protective equipment will be provided; however, please do not apply if you have any hesitation about the field conditions. Office work will involve data entry on a computer approximately two days a week. Interns are provided $250 every two weeks. Housing is also provided in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area at the Marin Headlands. There is no other compensation. The 2011 internship will start in March and end in September 2012, but may be extended depending on funds and work load. To apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references via email to Robert Steers at Robert_Steers@nps.gov. Preference will be given to applicants who have taken courses in plant taxonomy, field botany, vegetation sampling, plant ecology, or other vegetation science courses. Please specify in your application if you have relevant course work. Preference will also be given to applicants with prior experience studying or working in California Coast Range plant communities. A valid driver's license is required. Posted: 2/9/12.
National Park Service: Biological Science Technician (Vegetation), Seasonal GS-05, Rocky Mountain Inventory and Monitoring Network Position based in Fort Collins, CO with travel to network parks in CO and possibly MT. Dates: June - August. The incumbent will work as part of a 2-3 person team to sample wetlands, upland vegetation and soils, and streams following a set of provided protocols. Sampling in wetlands and grasslands/shrublands will focus on the cover, frequency, and composition of vegetation (additional forest measurements are taken in some woodlands); stream sampling will focus on biological, physical, and chemical characteristics of streams. In addition to field monitoring activities, crews may assist with other protocols or duties as assigned. The working environment will be largely outdoors with a wide range of weather conditions and limited access to shelter. Crews will primarily work for a few weeks at a time at Rocky Mountain NP, Great Sand Dunes NP & Pr., and Florissant Fossil Beds NM. There may also be opportunities to work in our Montana parks. Major Duties: 1. Accurately identifying Rocky Mountain vascular plants to species level in a variety of park habitats. Identifications may be made in the field or in the office using regional floras. 2. Collecting high quality data accurately and efficiently using electronic data recorders 3. Working safely and efficiently as a member of a small team in front country and back country settings, often under adverse conditions 4. Entering data and following quality assurance procedures to ensure accurate data transcription into established databases 5. Using topographic maps, compasses, aerial photographs, and GPS units to locate and relocate monitoring sites Applicants must be able to work under strenuous field conditions. These include: carrying up to 50lbs. of gear over irregular terrain at high elevation (from ~5-13,000+ feet); working long days in the field (8-12 hrs. per day depending on tasks and travel); and working under a range of weather conditions including (not limited to) heat, sun, wind exposure, and rain. Stream monitoring includes wading in cold and often fast mountain streams. Applicants must be willing and able to travel extensively and continuously throughout Colorado and possibly Montana, which may include both backcountry and car camping (note: technicians will be compensated for travel expenses per NPS travel policies). To apply, view the full job description at: www.usajobs.gov under Job Announcement Number IMDE-12-102. Applications due by January 31, 2012. For more information about this position, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 1/20/12.
National Park Service: The Northern Great Plains Inventory & Monitoring Network (NGPN) is recruiting 8 seasonal biological technicians. Six positions will be GS-0404-05 ($15/hour) and two positions will be GS-0404-06 ($16.73/hour). NGPN was established to develop and provide scientifically credible information on the current status and long-term trends of the composition, structure, and function of ecosystems in thirteen national park units in North and South Dakota, eastern Wyoming, and Nebraska. The technicians will be duty stationed at the Network office in Rapid City, South Dakota, where there is no government housing available. The term of the positions will not exceed 1,039 hours (~ 6 months), and are expected to begin in Spring/Summer 2012, and extend through Summer/Fall 2012. All applicants must apply for positions through USAJOBS. See below for more information and links to the applications for each of the positions. (1) Biological Science Technician (Plants) GS_06: 2 vacancies. DEADLINE: 1/27/2012. The Biological Technician (plants) will help implement a long-term ecological monitoring program for vegetation in 13 park units. The incumbent visits field sites to implement and supervise data collection. The position will involve a combination of office work, field time, and travel to the parks. The incumbent is supervised by the NGPN Vegetation Ecologist and assists both the Ecologist and Lead Biological Technician in managing and running the field crews. This position works 10-hour days and requires constant travel to parks within Nebraska, Wyoming, South and North Dakota. Crew members will be required to hike off trail with heavy packs, sometimes in extremely hot weather or through thick vegetation. The anticipated field season is May through September, with some office work at the beginning and end of the season. The term will begin in April. This position will assist the Ecologist and Lead Biological Technician for plant monitoring in the following tasks: 1. Supervising plant data collection using established network monitoring protocols. 2. Accurately identifying Northern Great Plains vegetation to the species level in the field or in the office using standard floras. 3. Training crew members in appropriate data collection, entry, and verification methods. 4. Conducting fieldwork in remote backcountry settings and under difficult conditions in a safe and efficient manner. 5. Ensuring crew safety 6. Entering data and following quality assurance procedures to ensure accurate data transcription into established databases. 7. Maintaining field and camping equipment. To apply and for more details see: http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/306875600 For more information contact: Isabel Ashton, Isabel_Ashton@nps.gov. (2) Biological Science Technician (GIS/Data Management) GS_05: 1 vacancy. DEADLINE: 1/30/2012. Assist with the development of spatial and non-spatial natural resource datasets in 13 national park units across the Northern Great Plains region, including North and South Dakota, Wyoming, and Nebraska. As part of the data management program, the selectee will gain experience in the use of global positioning system (GPS) and geographic information system (GIS) technologies, centralized natural resource databases, and development of natural resource worldwide web content. The majority of the duties are accomplished in the office setting, but field opportunities will be available assisting Network ecologists with monitoring plants, birds, and prairie dogs. The term of the position will not exceed 1093 hours and will begin in late-March to early-April, 2012. To apply and for more details see: http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/306764300 For more information contact: Stephen Wilson, Stephen_K_Wilson@nps.gov. (3) Biological Science Technician (Plants) GS_05: 4 vacancies DEADLINE: 2/1/2012. The Biological Technicians (plants) will help implement a long-term ecological monitoring program for vegetation in 13 park units in the Northern Great Plains. The incumbents visit field sites to collect extensive monitoring data on grasses, forbs, trees and shrubs, (identifying them to the species level) and fuel loads. The position will involve a combination of office work, field time, and travel to the parks. These positions work 10-hour days and require constant travel to parks within Nebraska, Wyoming, South and North Dakota. Crew members will be required to hike off trail with heavy packs, sometimes in extremely hot weather or through thick vegetation. The position will spend approximately 10-20% of time performing computer and office work, the majority of which will be done after the field season. The anticipated field season is May through September, with some office work at the beginning and end of the season. The term will begin in May. To apply and for more details see: http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/306782700. For more information contact: Isabel Ashton, Isabel_Ashton@nps.gov. (4) Biological Science Technician (Wildlife/Hydrology) GS_05: 1 vacancy. DEADLINE: 2/2/2012. The Biological Technician will help implement a long-term ecological monitoring program for water quality, land birds, and prairie dogs in 4 of the 13 park units of the Northern Great Plains Network. The position will involve a combination of office work, field work, and travel to parks. The incumbent will visit field sites to deploy, download data, maintain equipment, and take down the automated recording units and the surrounding fencing material; conduct visual counts and map distribution of prairie dogs; and collect macroinvertebrate samples in the Niobrara River. In addition, the position will assist the Ecologist with reviewing the water quality monitoring protocol. The technician will be required to hike off trail with a heavy back pack and set up/take down deer stands for prairie dog visual counts in hot weather through thick vegetation. The position will spend approximately 40% of time reviewing protocols and performing computer/office work. The term of the position will not exceed 1093 hours and will begin in March, 2012. The anticipated field season is from March through August. To apply and for more details see: http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/306888100. For more information contact: Marcia Wilson, Marcia_Wilson@nps.gov. Posted: 1/18/12.
National Park Service: The National Capital Region has just posted for seasonal positions. These will be ~6 months long pending funding. See Biological Science Technician, GS-0404-5. Closes on 1/25/12. Mark Frey, Exotic Plant Management Team Liaison National Capital Region, NPS. 202-342-1443 x 217, Mark_Frey@nps.gov. Posted: 1/17/12.
National Park Service: Biological Science Technician (plants) GS-4/5/6 seasonal, Northern Colorado Plateau Inventory and Monitoring 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. This position reports to two field crew leaders and works as part of a 2-6 member crew. Major Duties: 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. Entering data and following quality assurance procedures to ensure accurate data transcription into established databases. 4. Conducting fieldwork in remote backcountry settings and under difficult conditions in a safe and efficient manner. 5. Using 4WD and off-trail hiking to access monitoring sites. 6. Using topographic maps, compasses, aerial photographs and GPS units to locate and relocate monitoring sites. 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 are required to hike off trail with heavy packs, sometimes in extremely hot weather and through thick vegetation. Field crews camp in remote backcountry locations. To apply, view the full job description at: www.usajobs.gov under Job Announcement Numbers IMDE-12-42 and IMDE-12-43. Applications due by December 15. For more information about these positions, contact Dana _Witwicki@nps.gov. Posted: 12/2/11.
National Wildlife Federation: NWF has a full time, 11 month, paid position (with benefits) starting in February or early March 2012 and based in Washington, DC. The National Wildlife Federation is seeking an intern to support NWF’s Climate Change Safeguards team, which focuses on climate change adaptation, wildlife protection and responsible renewable energy development. Major team initiatives include development of criteria and guidance for carrying out climate-smart conservation and wildlife-friendly approaches to wind and solar energy. The intern will also play a key role in the development of a new program that involves working with cities and towns to promote the use of nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation. The Safeguards team also is involved in policy and legislative work on issues such as State Wildlife Action Plans, endangered species, invasive species, land protection and management, and conservation funding. See the full job ad to apply and for more information. Posted: 1/13/12.
National Wildlife Federation: NWF has a paid eleven-month internship starting September 2011 in its Wildlife and Climate Safeguards Team located in the Washington DC based NWF Advocacy Center. To apply: see the full job posting. Do not call or e-mail. The Wildlife and Climate Safeguards Intern will support NWF’s Climate Change Safeguards team, which focuses on climate change adaptation, wildlife protection and responsible renewable energy development. Major team initiatives include development of criteria and guidance for carrying out climate-smart conservation, ecosystem-based approaches for human community climate adaptation, and wildlife-friendly approaches to wind and solar energy. The Safeguards team also is involved in policy and legislative work on issues such as State Wildlife Action Plans, endangered species, invasive species, land protection and management, and conservation funding. *Intern assignment will include: • Research, writing, and editing reports, newsletters, factsheets, and memos on wildlife, climate change, and natural resource conservation. • Legislative and policy work at the federal, state and local levels including tracking bills and administrative regulations/ rulemakings, distributing information to decision-makers in hard copy and e-mail, maintaining target database and policy information and occasionally attending lobby meetings. • Coalition building with partners, including attending coalition meetings, engaging NWF affiliates and partners, helping with lobby days and trainings, calling activists and like-minded organizations. • Logistical support in organizing meetings and other events, including arranging travel, taking minutes, and distributing notes and other materials. • Administrative duties as assigned. Qualifications/Skills: Minimum Bachelors with degree or experience in natural resource management, conservation biology, or environmental policy/advocacy; interest in policy and legislative affairs desirable. Should have good expository writing skills; facility reviewing technical policy and/or scientific documents, excellent phone and interpersonal skills; must have ability to conduct independent research; computer literacy a must (MS Office suite and internet applications); graphic design or GIS skills are useful but not essential. Posted: 7/25/11.
New Jersey Audubon: Job #1: COASTAL MARSH BIRD FIELD TECHNICIAN (1) needed May 1st through July 15th for research on coastal marsh bird ecology in New Jersey. Duties include conducting point count surveys in coastal areas of Northern NJ, including the NJ Meadowlands and Raritan Bay, using distance sampling methodologies. Duties may also include data entry, data analysis and assistance with other projects. Point count experience, the ability to identify birds of the eastern U.S. by sight and sound and willingness to conduct surveys by canoe or kayak required. Proficiency with range finders, and knowledge of MS Excel and ArcGIS preferred. Applicants must be able to work independently, and be willing to work in occasionally hot and buggy conditions. Salary $1,800 - $2,200 per month, depending on experience. Must have own vehicle. Housing and reimbursement for gas provided. Send cover letter of interest, resume, and three references by March 15th to Kristin Munafo, New Jersey Audubon, Wattles Stewardship Center, 1024 Anderson Road, Port Murray, NJ 07865, email@example.com. Job #2: SHRUB-SCRUB BIRD FIELD TECHNICIANS (2) needed May 1st through August 15th for research on shrub/scrub bird ecology in northern New Jersey. Duties include conducting point count surveys in the NJ Highlands using distance sampling methodologies, vegetation sampling, data entry and some data analysis. Point count experience and the ability to identify birds of the eastern U.S. by sight and sound required. Proficiency with GPS and range finders required, and knowledge of MS Excel and ArcGIS preferred. Applicants must be able to work independently, and be willing to work in occasionally hot and buggy conditions and potential rough terrain. Salary $1,800 - $2,200 per month, depending on experience. Must have own vehicle. Housing and reimbursement for gas will be provided. Send cover letter of interest, resume, and three references by March 15th to Kristin Munafo, New Jersey Audubon, Wattles Stewardship Center, 1024 Anderson Road, Port Murray, NJ 07865, firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 3/1/12.
New Jersey Audubon: Job #1: SHOREBIRD FIELD TECHNICIANS (2) needed 16 April through 30 June for ongoing research on shorebird migration ecology along New Jersey's Delaware Bay shore. Delaware Bay is recognized as an internationally important staging area for shorebirds during spring migration. Duties include extracting birds from mist-nets, banding, weighing and measuring birds, recording data, point counts, surveying for color-banded birds, and data entry. Mist-netting and bird banding experience necessary. Ability to identify shorebirds of the eastern U. S., color-band resighting experience, and proficiency with MS Excel or Access preferred. Applicants must be able to work independently or as part of a team, possibly work long hours or occasionally six days/week, in occasionally hot and buggy conditions. Start date can be flexible. Salary $1800-2200/month depending on experience. Must have own vehicle. Housing and reimbursement for gas provided. Job #2: INVERTEBRATE FIELD TECHNICIANS (2) needed 18 April through 24 June for research on abundance and diversity of infaunal food resources for shorebirds along New Jersey's Delaware Bay shore. Duties include soft-sediment core sampling (often from a small inflatable boat), sediment and fecal-sample processing (sieving, washing), and identification of prey items to the highest taxonomic level possible. Sampling will be conducted at two sites, representing a natural soft-sediment tidal marsh, and a managed impoundment with partial tidal restriction. Ability to identify marine and freshwater invertebrates of the eastern U.S. preferred. Applicants must be able to work independently or as part of a team, possibly work long hours or occasionally six days/week, in occasionally hot, muddy and buggy conditions. Salary $1800/month. Must have own vehicle. Housing and reimbursement for gas provided. To apply (all): Send cover letter of interest, resume, and three references by 15 March to René Buccinna, Cape May Bird Observatory, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210, email@example.com. Posted: 1/20/12.
New Jersey Audubon: GRASSLAND BIRD FIELD CREW LEADER needed 15 April through 30 July, 2012 for research on grassland bird ecology in the mid-Atlantic/New England region. Crew Leader will manage a large-scale, multifaceted project assessing bird productivity at three Department of Defense installations in MA, NJ, and MD. Duties will include task scheduling, field crew supervision, nest searching and monitoring (this involves a significant amount of walking in often hot conditions), marking nestlings, vegetation sampling and data entry and management. Experience conducting avian research in early successional habitats highly desirable, preferably at the project management level (MS or equivalent). Applicants must be able to work independently and be willing to travel extensively among the study sites. Proficiency with MS Excel and ArcGIS preferred. Salary approximately $3000/month DOE, lodging and mileage reimbursement provided. Must have own vehicle and valid, clean driver’s license. GRASSLAND BIRD FIELD TECHNICIANS (4) needed 23 April through 15 July, 2012 (with possibility for extension) for research on grassland bird ecology in the mid-Atlantic/New England region. Three static positions will be located at research sites in MA, NJ, and MD. A fourth, “floater” position will travel among the three sites as needed. Duties will include nest searching and monitoring (this involves a significant amount of walking in often hot conditions), marking nestlings, vegetation sampling and data entry. Experience using nest search methods in early successional habitats is highly desirable. Ability to identify grassland birds of the eastern U.S. required, and banding experience is a plus. Proficiency with MS Excel and GPS is also preferred. Applicants must be able to work independently. Salary approximately $2200/month DOE, lodging and mileage reimbursement provided. Must have own vehicle and valid, clean driver’s license. Both positions: To apply, send cover letter of interest, resume, and three references to Michael Allen (firstname.lastname@example.org), NJ Audubon Wattles Stewardship Center, 1024 Anderson Rd., Port Murray, NJ 07865. Posted: 11/1/11.
New Mexico State University: Intern will work as part of a research team investigating how animal biodiversity is responding to large-scale restoration efforts in the Chihuahuan Desert aimed at restoring grassland habitat for wildlife (“Restore New Mexico” project). Intern will develop an independent research project related to how shrub-control treatments affect habitat structure and nesting success for songbirds. Research could focus on estimating nest predation rates, and identification of important nest predators, in paired grassland and shrubland sites. Focal species include black-throated sparrows and Cassin’s sparrows. Position is funded from the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program at NSF in association with the Jornada LTER site. The intern will be employed by New Mexico State University. This is a great opportunity for a motivated student to gain valuable research experience in the Land of Enchantment. Dates: 1 June 2012 – 31 July 2012 (some flexibility). Location: Las Cruces, New Mexico. Salary and housing: $2,000 per month salary plus up to $600 per month for housing. Requirements: Current undergraduate (or spring 2012 graduate) in B.S. program in the biological sciences or natural resources management. Genuine interest in applied ecology and biodiversity restoration. Previous research experience in field ecology helpful. Experience with songbirds in the southwestern US is not necessary. Ability to work independently and as part of a small team is required. Application: (1) Cover letter, (2) Resume, and (3) Names and contact information for two professional references should be sent via email to Dr. Robert Schooley at the University of Illinois (email@example.com). Review of applications will begin 15 April 2012. Posted: 3/30/12.
New York City Parks and Recreation: Forest Restoration Team Inventory Aide (Community Associate). Pay: $15.90/hour. Duration: 5 months-Starting June 1st, 2012. Established in 1984, the Natural Resources Group (NRG) is responsible for the acquisition, protection, restoration, and management of remnant and restored natural areas within the 28,000 acres of City parkland. Since its inception, NRG has conducted vegetation and wildlife surveys on 10,000 acres of wetlands, woodlands, and meadows, secured more than $154 million for acquisition and restoration, and restored more than 2,000 acres of salt marsh, grassland, freshwater wetland and forest. Major Responsibilities 1.Under the direction of an NRG Forester and working as part of a small crew assist with ecological surveys and data collection of vegetation communities, forest health, and seedling and sapling mortality in New York City parks. 2. Assist with general data management and analysis of plant and forest communities. 3. Following an exisiting template, write and prepare reports about the vegetation within New York City Parks to be published online and for internal use. 4. Assist with a variety of other projects relating to ecological restoration, forest health, natural area management and forest monitoring within New York City. Minimum Qualifications 1. High School diploma and 3-5 years experience in an environmental field. 2. Ability to maintain a positive attitude and work well with others under adverse conditions (rough terrain, inclement weather, muddy/wet conditions). 3. Clean driving record and a valid New York State Drivers license (or another state and the ability to get a NYS license). Preferred Qualifications 1. B.S. in forestry, ecology, environmental science, conservation biology, or similar degree and 3-5 years work experience in an environmental field. 2. Knowledge of plant identification, ecological restoration, invasive plant ecology and experience with ecological data collection, data entry, and using a GPS unit. Send Resumes to: Clara.Pregitzer@parks.nyc.gov, or Michele.firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 5/10/12.
Northern Arizona University: The Ecological Restoration Institute is hiring up to 6 seasonal biological field technicians with the specialties listed below to assist with research on forest restoration and ecosystem health projects. Crews will be working in the White Mountains, inside and outside the Wallow Fire perimeter, and possibly other locations. Work consists of 10-hour days during the summer, from May 14th until August 24th. Local work will be in the form of 4-day weeks, from Monday through Thursday, with three-day weekends off. Out-of-town work typically consists of 8-day trips (Thursday-Thursday), with 3 days off before and after. This is a full-time, 40 hours per week position extending over a fifteen week field season. Candidates must have a valid driver’s license and be able to frequently travel away from Flagstaff (up to 20 days per month during the summer field season) for fieldwork. All three positions will require working in remote backcountry settings with diverse groups of people under potentially adverse field conditions. Forest Technician • Forest technicians will utilize a variety of methodologies to measure forest attributes such as tree height, diameter, and condition class; tree regeneration by species and height class; shrub presence by species and height class; and forest floor fuels by size class. In addition technicians will utilize digital cameras to document measurement plots and hand-held computers to enter and error-check collected data. • Desired Qualifications: One year, or two field seasons, of experience in forest overstory measurements, preferably in the western United States or working with ecological restoration research projects. Experience with entering data into handheld computers. Field Botanist • Field botanists are expected to know or quickly learn the flora of southwestern forests to maximize data collection quality and efficiency. Methodologies include collecting cover and richness data on vegetation quadrats, point-line intercept transects, and belt transects. Field botanists may also collect data on forest structure and fuels as needed. • Desired Qualifications: One year, or two field seasons, of experience in plant community measurements and plant identification, preferably in the western United States or working with ecological restoration research projects. One year experience in keying plants. Experience with entering data into handheld computers. Crew Leader • must have qualifications and experience befitting the forest technician and/or field botanist positions above, and will be expected to utilize their additional experience to lead crews of other technicians and ensure the efficient and safe collection of high-quality data without direct daily supervision. • Desired Qualifications: Two years, or four field seasons, of experience in forest measurements, preferably in the western United States or working with ecological restoration research projects. Experience with entering data into handheld computers and conducting quality control routines. Experience leading crews. GPS and field navigational skills. Salary $13-17/hr, depending on position and experience. Application Deadline: February 20, 2012. Please send a resume and cover letter indicating the position for which you are applying to: Judy Springer, Ecological Restoration Institute, Northern Arizona University, P.O. Box 15017, Flagstaff, AZ 86011; (928) 523-7751; Judy.Springer@nau.edu. Posted: 1/31/12.
Ohio State University: The Agricultural Landscape Ecology (ALE) Lab studies working landscapes, which are modified by humans to provide shelter, food, fiber, and fuel. Our research examines how disturbances within these landscapes such as the invasion of exotic species, land use changes, or agricultural management practices influence insect communities. We are especially interested in the conservation of beneficial organisms such as parasitoids, predators and pollinators that provide vital agroecosystem services such as pollination and herbivore suppression. These are positions intended for students looking to gain field and research experience. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work closely with an MS or PhD student to carry out large research projects. Our lab is part of OSU’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) located in Wooster, Ohio. Qualifications: Ability to work in the field under summer conditions (heat, rain, sun, biting/stinging insects), long drives, possible overnights, early mornings, and a background in biology and/or ecology. Previous experience in, or a strong interest in learning, insect and spider identification. Plant identification and GIS experience a plus. Applicants must be a current undergraduate student or recent graduate (less than 6 months). A valid driver’s license is required. Flexible start dates beginning in May or June running until August or later (see descriptions below). Pay rate $8.50/hr for approximately 40 hrs/wk (can change weekly depending upon necessary field work). Applicants would need to arrange lodging for themselves. APPLY BY: February 29, 2012 1. Pumpkins and floral resource strips: Disturbances that accompany the production of agricultural crops can negatively impact beneficial arthropod communities and the arthropod-mediated ecosystem services they support. However, the introduction of floral resources to provide habitat and alternative food and prey for beneficial insects has been shown to increase their diversity and abundance. This project will investigate how the addition of a perennial floral strip consisting of native Ohio forbs and grasses and an annual floral strip of sweet alyssum will influence both beneficial insect communities and the biocontrol and pollination services they supply within pumpkin agroecosystems. Desired dates: June – August, with potential to work part-time into the fall. Please send cover letter with a description of interests and skills along with a CV/resume (with references) to Ben Phillips (phillips.1030"at"osu.edu). 2. Urban land use change and the influence on arthropod communities: Many urban areas experiencing economic decline, such as Cleveland, Ohio, contain large areas of vacant land under consideration for environmental restoration or redesign. Spiders are important natural enemies within these greenspaces and may serve as a model system for understanding how urban land use changes influence animal communities and the ecosystem services they provide. This research measures the composition of spider communities and their potential prey within maintained vacant lots and also those repurposed as community gardens and grasslands for biodiversity refugia. Field season runs from early June until mid-August. Provides opportunities to meet people working in urban gardens and urban ecology. Field work takes place within the metropolitan Cleveland area and Metroparks; early morning starts, no overnights. Lab work includes sorting samples using a microscope and patience. Please contact Caitlin Burkman (burkman.7"at"osu.edu) with a short description of interest and skills and a CV/resume (including references) or any questions. 3. Pesticide exposure of pollinators: Pesticide use is often cited as a potential factor leading to decline among beneficial arthropods; however it is difficult to determine the actual environmental exposure of an organism within its foraging range. Our goal is to understand how landscapes influence exposure of bee species to pesticides. Must not be allergic to bees or afraid to work with live beehives. Contact Scott Prajzner (prajzner.1"at"osu.edu) with a short description of interest and skills and a CV/resume (including references). Posted: 1/17/12.
Ohio State University: The Forest Ecosystem Restoration & Ecology Lab is seeking a highly motivated technician to assist with graduate project on the impacts of hemlock woolly adelgid across sites in southeastern Ohio, West Virginia, and Virginia. The project will consist mostly of vegetation surveys in hemlock riparian ravines, in some areas the trees are dead or dying. Research sites include state and federal parks, preserves, and National Forests across the central Appalachian region which is known for its biodiversity, natural beauty, and outdoor recreation opportunities (white water rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking.) Pay rate: $11/hour; 40 hours per week. Work schedule will be flexible and may include weekends, may change due to weather conditions, and will likely include 10 hour days. Locations are located throughout a wide region and primitive camping fees for sites in National Forests will be provided. Period: August 15 – November 1 (end date negotiable). Qualifications: Ability to work and maintain positive attitude in remote, steep areas during variable weather conditions (heat, humidity, rain, bugs, cool mountain nights) while carrying moderately heavy equipment. Some areas have a thick shrub layer that is difficult to navigate, others will be rocky. Applicant will need to pass a University background check. Previous field and/or outdoor experience including camping required. Knowledge of central Appalachian flora, basic plant taxonomy and ecology and interest in research desired, but not required. Advanced undergraduate or BS students from related fields are encouraged to apply. To apply: Please send email and resume (with references) to Dr. Charles Goebel (email@example.com). Posted: 7/25/11.
Ohio State University: The Forest Ecosystem Restoration & Ecology Lab is looking for a highly motivated individual to assist with an on-going study of wildfire effects on jack pine forest ecosystems in northern Michigan. Duties include collecting and measuring vegetation, soils, and fuels. Pay rate: $8.50/hour (housing included). Period: August 15 – November 1 (end date negotiable). Experience: Considerable field experience desired, with previous experience collecting and organizing data from forest ecosystems, and experience with GPS, preferred. To apply: Please send email and resume to Dr. Charles Goebel (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 7/25/11.
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife: Seasonal Shellfish Assessment Sampler Position (6 months) Start date: April 23, 2012 Location: Newport, OR Salary Range: $2,009-$2,083 per month (plus benefits). Deadline: March 30, 2012 or until a suitable candidate is found This position is part of a 5 person team of samplers that support a field-based project to assess estuarine shellfish populations and habitats primarily in Yaquina Bay (near Newport, OR), with additional travel to Tillamook Bay and other coastal estuaries. Work includes: Intertidal and sub tidal surveys of estuarine shellfish populations; Field sampling to characterize estuarine habitats; Assisting with other ecological studies of shellfish populations to address resource management needs; Equipment maintenance (e.g., boats, field sampling equipment); Data recording and management, including data entry in Microsoft Access; Participation in literature review, data analysis, report writing; and Participation in public presentations of Shellfish Assessment Project results to diverse audiences and assist in the development of project-specific outreach products Please send or email (email@example.com) an ODFW employment application form and a resume to: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Attn: Anthony D’Andrea, 2040 SE Marine Sciences Drive, Newport, OR 97365. Complete description of the position. Posted: 3/16/12.
Pennsylvania State University: Forest Ecology Field Technician Positions - Washington We are hiring field technicians to collect data in support of a project to quantify the trade-offs of different management practices on forest carbon dynamics. The project involves collecting data on stand structure, fuels, soils, and coring trees. Field sampling will be conducted at Ft. Lewis in Washington. Desired skills include: tree identification, basic knowledge of tree measurements, the ability to work in inclement weather and carry field equipment over rough terrain. Previous experience as a member of a field crew is preferred. The pay is $15/hr and housing will be provided. The field season will be late-May through mid-August 2012. Working at the site requires a background check and no record of prior felony convictions. Transportation to the field location is the responsibility of the technician. To apply send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to: Matthew Hurteau (firstname.lastname@example.org). All applications must be received by March 9th, 2012. Posted: 2/20/12.
Pennsylvania State University: Forest Ecology Field Technician Positions - California. We are hiring field technicians to work at the Teakettle Experimental Forest. Teakettle is a 1300 ha old-growth, mixed-conifer forest 80 km east of Fresno, CA at 2200 m elevation in the Sierra Nevada. Duties will include mapping forest structure and shrub cover using a surveyor’s total station, basic tree measurements, and assisting visiting scientists with their projects as needed. These projects may include: basic soils work (coring, soil moisture, etc.), small mammal trapping, seedling inventories, understory plant surveys, soil respiration measurement, and microclimate data collection. Desired skills include: plant identification, use of a total station, basic knowledge of tree measurements, and experience as a member of a field crew. The facilities at Teakettle are rustic due to the remote location of the station. The cabin has solar power, bathrooms, kitchen and common space; individual sleeping quarters are in tents. The nearest town for supplies is Shaver Lake, CA (approx 1 hr drive). The pay is $12/hr. The field season will be mid-June through late August 2012. Transportation to the field location is the responsibility of the technician. To apply send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to: Matthew Hurteau (email@example.com). All applications must be received by March 9th, 2012. Posted: 2/20/12.
Pennsylvania State University: Forest Monitoring Technician, Summer 2012. The School of Forest Resources is hiring one seasonal technician to collect forest monitoring data in eight national parks in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, including the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, New River Gorge National River, and Gauley River National Recreational Area. This is the sixth year of a long-term monitoring program investigating forest condition at these national parks. The position begins in mid-May 2012 and continues for 12 – 15 weeks with compensation of $12-15 per hour depending on experience. The technician will travel to and be housed in or near a national park each week. Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) by February 13, 2012. Posted: 1/17/12.
Purdue University: One industrious field technician is needed from early-May through late-August to assist in a research project addressing the post-release survival of captive-reared Allegheny woodrats, the numeric response of supplemented populations, patterns of woodrat habitat use and movement on the landscape, and seed preferences of the larger granivore community. The project will incorporate a number of field techniques including radio-telemetry, live-trapping/handling, habitat sampling, and the deployment of camera-traps. Allegheny woodrats are listed as a state endangered species in Indiana and a species of conservation concern throughout much of their range. All woodrat populations in the study are restricted to the cliff/bluff habitats overlooking the Ohio River in extreme southern Indiana, near the town of Corydon. Occupied habitats are very steep; applicants should be comfortable and confident working at heights, and rock climbing and rope experience are a strong benefit. Duties will be partitioned seasonally, transitioning from woodrat husbandry and telemetry to live-trapping to the maintenance of camera-traps placed over seed trays. Telemetry will include both diurnal and nocturnal work and will require scrambling throughout the cliff environment to identify occupied den sites. Live trapping will require setting traps throughout the study areas and processing captured individuals (sex, age, weight, collecting DNA samples). Camera-traps will be maintained throughout large stretches of intact forest surrounding woodrat habitats. A bachelor’s degree in a natural resources or related field or equivalent experience is desired but not required. Prior experience with radio-telemetry, trapping and handling mammals, and/or the use of camera-traps is preferred. Applicants must be willing and capable of walking several miles a day in variable weather conditions, possess the ability to work independently as well as in a team, and live in close quarters. Pay rate is $9/hour, and field housing will be provided. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and good driving record. To apply: Send via e-mail a letter of interest, resume, and the contact information for 3 references to Rita Blythe (email@example.com). Additionally, a second year-long position is offered; please indicate if interested. The closing date for both positions is April 2, 2012. Posted: 3/21/12.
Purdue University: We are two graduate students in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue (West Lafayette, IN), looking to hire one field technician to assist with summer data collection for PhD and MS research projects addressing carbon budgets and stand dynamics in old-growth Central Hardwood Region forests. Study sites are located in Iowa and Missouri so you must be willing to travel for extended periods of time throughout the summer (9 consecutive days likely). The pay rate is $9/hour. Experience identifying vegetation of the Central Hardwood Region and collecting measurements using forestry tools including diameter tape, compass, GPS, clinometer, and laser range finder, is a plus. Candidates with interest in ecology and carbon sequestration are especially encouraged to apply. Looking for someone to work full-time from approximately May 7, 2012 through August 17, 2012, though these dates may be flexible. Must be willing to travel for extended periods of time throughout the summer. Need to be willing and able to work long days outside, with a small crew of people, under a variety of conditions including heat, rain, and insects. Must be able to carry heavy loads (e.g. field gear, samples) over long distances. Must possess a valid driver’s license. To apply: Please submit a cover letter describing your interest in the position and dates of availability, resume or CV, and contact information for three references to Brad Graham (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Christy Lowney (email@example.com) by April 06, 2012. Posted: 3/20/12.
Rice University: Undergraduate, or recent graduate, Research Assistant will work on a project studying plant community ecology, climate change, and microbial symbionts in the Great Lakes dunes of Michigan. Research focuses of the effect of climate change driven alteration in the precipitation regime and endophytes affect plant community interactions. Research Assistant may design and conduct an independent research project within the framework of succession, plant community ecology, climate change, and microbial symbionts. The Research Assistant will also learn experimental design, how to conduct field surveys, and plant identification. The project is funded through a grant from the National Park Service and most of the work will be conducted in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This position will allow a motivated person the opportunity to gain valuable field research experience. Dates: May 2012 through August 2012. Location: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Leelanau County, MI. Salary: $1800 per month. Requirements: Current undergraduate or recent graduate majoring in biology, ecology, environmental studies, or a related field. Previous research experience in botany, mycology, or general field ecology helpful but not required. Access to a vehicle is required. Ability to work independently and with groups is required. Housing in the Leland area is difficult to find so applicants living in the area are highly desired. Application procedures: (1) Cover letter, (2) Resume or CV, and (3) Names and contact information for two professional references should be sent via email to Lukas Bell-Dereske at Rice University (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 4/16/12.
Rutgers University: Rachael Winfree's lab group at Rutgers (New Brunswick, NJ) has multiple job openings for research technician / field assistant positions in spring and summer 2012. All positions are for field data collection and data processing for research projects on native bee pollination of crops as an ecosystem service. The work includes collecting data on bee visitation to flowers, pollen deposition by different bee species, vegetation transects, net-collecting bee specimens, data entry, GIS data processing, and microscopy identification of pollen. Work dates are somewhat flexible. We are particularly interested in applicants who could stay for more than one position sequentially. $12-$14 per hour, depending on experience. Requirements: field research experience; insect identification skills; ability to work long hours outdoors; driver's license and own vehicle; great attention to detail; self-motivation, maturity and ability to work independently. Late March - late May 2012: Assist with a study of blueberry pollination in southern New Jersey. Based at the Rutgers Pinelands Field Station in Pemberton, NJ and at the Winfree lab. 3 positions. Mid June - late August 2012: Assist with a study of watermelon pollination in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Based at the Winfree lab. 3 positions. Interested applicants should send a description of their background and interests, dates of availability, CV, and contact information for at least 2 references, to Faye Benjamin: email@example.com. Posted: 1/3/12.
Savannah River Site: Multiple field technician positions are available to work within a large-scale experiment on restoration of plant and animal communities in fragmented habitats. Research will include studies of the effects of corridors on various aspects of plant and arthropod dispersal. Tasks will include study site preservation, building, establishment, emptying, and maintenance of traps, and seed/arthropod identification. Opportunities for independent research projects exist for qualified individuals. Technicians will join a team of several principal investigators (Joshua Tewksbury - University of Washington, Lars Brudvig - Michigan State, Tomas Carlo - Penn State, Ellen Damschen and John Orrock - U. Wisconsin - Madison, Nick Haddad – North Carolina State U., Doug Levey - University of Florida), postdoc John Herrmann, and several undergraduate and graduate students, and be provided exposure to numerous research questions and approaches. Positions will begin as early as May 2012, and will last for a minimum of three months; however, possibilities for extension exist and applicants are encouraged to indicate dates of availability in their application letter. Pay rate will be $10/hr. Successful candidates will hold or be working towards a bachelor’s degree in ecology, biology, or a related discipline and must be able to endure hot and humid conditions and long hours in the field. Previous field research experience is desirable. Because the Savannah River Site is a highly secure area run by the U.S. Department of Energy, non-US citizens may have difficulty gaining clearance to work there. Additional information about the project is available on the web at: Corridor Research and The Corridor Project. 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 John Herrmann: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 4/4/12.
School for Field Studies: The central theme of the SFS Panama study abroad program is "islands as a delicate system," with emphasis on the resources of Panama's spectacular coastal and marine environments. Students will explore several key interfaces: human and natural systems, terrestrial and marine ecosystems, and conservation and development. The goal of this undergraduate study abroad program is to assess the state of the archipelago's fragile natural habitats, define the main environmental issues, and understand the community goals in natural resource management. Our ultimate goal is to help islanders maintain balance and harmony between people and nature in this fragile ecosystem. We are hiring a Program Intern (9 month contract). The purpose of this position is to provide support in the areas of program delivery, academics, research, group dynamics, logistics, program safety, risk management and site maintenance. Interns assist faculty with various research projects, including planning, data gathering, analysis and report writing. Interns also assist the Student Affairs Manager (SAM) in the implementation of the waterfront program, activities, and operations including the safe and prudent conduct of snorkeling, swimming, and boating activities conducted at the Center. More information. Posted: 3/28/12.
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute: in collaboration with the University of Virginia is seeking a forest ecology field intern with an interest in temperate forests and dendrochronology to start on or near May 14. The intern will assist in a research project inventorying aboveground and soil organic carbon within old-growth stands throughout the mid-Atlantic. Field tasks related to inventorying carbon include collecting tree increment and soil cores, measuring height and diameter of live stems and coarse woody debris, and woody vegetation identification. Approximately one day a week will be spent in the lab on data entry and measuring tree rings. The intern will be based out of Front Royal, VA; however, the majority of the summer will be spent travelling to field sites around the mid-Atlantic. The incumbent will be expected to camp for a portion of the field season. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in dendrochronology and eastern deciduous tree identification. Many of the field sites are remote and so a qualified applicant must be comfortable with hiking long distances on rugged terrain and navigating with a GPS and compass. This is a three month assignment that comes with a $1200 per month stipend and group housing with other SCBI interns. Please send a letter of interest and resume to email@example.com before April 16th. Resume should include contact information for three references. Posted: 3/28/12.
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute: One botanist is needed for vegetation surveys at the SCBI in Front Royal, Virginia and nearby protected areas from April – September 2012, with strong possibility of extension. We have planned resurveys of vegetation plots for both woody and herbaceous plants, as well as a new study of plant succession within canopy gaps. Duties will include regular monitoring of dendrometer bands on 250 trees within the SI-Geo large forest dynamics plot (25 ha, 41,000 marked stems), where a major resurvey is planned for 2013. Qualifications: Applicants must have excellent taxonomic familiarity with the flora of eastern deciduous forests including the ability to identify small seedlings to species, as well as demonstrated experience at plant surveys , in addition to formal training. Applicants should be in good physical condition and have an enthusiasm to learn, a positive attitude, and the ability to work well with others. Applicants must have a valid U.S. driver's license, and be willing to work early mornings and early evenings in inclement weather including temperatures exceeding 100 degrees. Application materials should include a cover letter, CV, and the contact information for three references. Materials should be submitted through email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed after April 2, with decisions made as soon as possible. Stipend is $2000/month. Last Date to apply: April 2, 2012. Contact: William McShea (email@example.com). Posted: 3/16/12.
Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and Oregon State University: Avian Point Count Technicians (4), Interns (4), and Crew Leader (1)needed for research on source-sink dynamics of migratory forest songbirds in southern Indiana. All positions will begin on approximately 1 May 2012 and continue through approximately 15 July 2012. Primary duties for all positions will involve early-morning point counts to census avian communities, afternoon vegetation surveys, and data entry. Other responsibilities may include (but are not limited to) equipment maintenance, managing databases, proofing entered data, etc. Technicians will have the additional responsibility of helping to train the interns on bird identification and point count methods, and the field crew leader will be responsible for supervising and coordinating daily work for 2-3 employees throughout the season. All employees will be expected to work long hours with early starts in relatively difficult field conditions (e.g., high humidity, thorny understory, ticks, poison ivy, etc.). This is an opportunity to be part of one of the largest-scale demographic studies conducted on a Neotropical migrant passerine. The study is being conducted through a partnership among the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center (P. Marra, S. Sillett, and B. Ryder), Oregon State University (M.G. Betts), the Institue for Bird Populations, and the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (R.A. Fischer). Successful candidates for all positions will have excellent navigational abilities, meticulous data collection skills, the ability to work independently, good inter-personal skills, and a valid driver’s license. Technicians will have extensive experience conducting avian point counts and estimating distances to detected birds (preferably eastern birds). Interns may have little to no formal point count experience, but should have moderate bird identification skills and a willingness to study eastern bird identification prior to the start of the field season. The crew leader should have additional experience with ArcMap GIS software, GPS units, database management, logistical coordination, and will exhibit excellent leadership skills. Housing will be provided for all positions, and salary is $2200/month for the crew leader, $1800/month for technicians, and $600/month for interns. To apply, please send electronic copies (PDF or MS Documents) of 1) a letter of interest, 2) a C.V, and 3) the names and contact information for three work references to: Jonathon Valente, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Jonathon.J.Valente@gmail.com (preferred), 502-315-6714. Please specify which position(s) interest you. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. Posted: 1/17/12.
Suffolk County, New York: Endangered Species Program Vacancies. Suffolk County Department of Parks is currently accepting applications for seasonal openings in its endangered species protection program for the 2012 season. The position involves helping to manage nesting shorebirds (piping plovers and least terns) 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org, FAX: 631.854.0974). Deadline: March 9, 2012 Contact: Emily Lauri (631) 854-4980. Posted: 2/13/12.
Syracuse University: The Fridley Lab seeks to hire up to two full-time field assistants for the 2012 summer field season (12 wks, May-August, start and end dates flexible) for research involving old field plant communities across the Eastern U.S. Activities may include assisting with taxonomic surveys from Ontario to Florida; helping with the construction of experimental plant communities in Syracuse, the Hudson Valley, and central NJ, and subsequent monitoring of plant growth; and various lab tasks including data entry. Successful applicants will be based largely in Syracuse, with frequent (paid) trips to other locations. Desired qualifications include a strong interest in field ecology and previous field experience. The pay rate is $10/hr. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references to Emily Pipher (email@example.com) by March 31, 2012. Posted: 3/5/12.
Texas Tech University: I am seeking a highly motivated technician to participate in a study on the effects of ephemeral waters on amphibians and dragonflies 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, modified tenajas, and catchments) on species richness and species abundances for amphibians and dragonflies. 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. This position requires 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 and extended hours during monsoonal rains, driving a 4wd on unmaintained roads, and coordinating with military security. Rock climbing or scrambling experience helpful but not required. 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. The position starts the beginning of July and goes through October 31st and pays $10/hr plus housing (furnished with utilities). Interested applicants should email Dr. Kerry Griffis-Kyle (firstname.lastname@example.org) and have “techician position” in the subject line. Please include in the email: 1. How this position will help you fulfill your career goals and why I should hire you 2. Resume or CV including pertinent work experience 3. Unofficial transcripts 5. Contact information for three references 6. Address, phone, and email. Posted: 4/17/12.
Texas Tech University: Songbird Field Technicians (3 positions) – Come study songbird ecology and behavior in the scenic Hudson Valley (upstate NY) at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, as part of a project funded by NSF through Texas Tech. We are seeking motivated research technicians to assist with our long-term study on the breeding ecology of veeries and ovenbirds and vocal communication and mating strategies in the veery. Positions run from ~May 5th until July 15th, 2012. Stipends vary from $1800 - $2,400/month depending on qualifications and position (see below). Housing at the Cary Institute is reserved for these positions. Lead Banding Technician (1 opening). Responsibilities: lead and organize our banding program consisting of: mist netting (target netting), bird banding, bleeding, morphometric measures, and data entry. Qualifications: Prior experience with mist netting and handling/banding birds is a must, as is the ability to carry 10-15lbs of equipment through hilly forested terrain. Leadership and organizational skills are also essential for this position. General Technicians (nest searching, banding, song recording) (2 openings). Responsibilities: Nest searching, veery and ovenbird nest monitoring, song recording, mist-netting, re-sighting color-banded banded birds, data entry. Qualifications: prior experience nest-searching and/or spotting color-banded songbirds is preferred. This is a great way to get experience with new techniques - must be willing to help with several jobs. 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 14, 2012 will receive full consideration. Posted: 12/15/11.
The Nature Conservancy: The Freshwater Conservation Intern will contribute to applied stream health research and restoration efforts, with a focus on stream connectivity. The position will primarily involve conducting field surveys of road/stream crossings in southern New Jersey. Other responsibilities will comprise a variety of tasks including, but not limited to, literature research, data entry, and helping to establish a volunteer culvert survey program. The intern will be exposed to a range of opportunities during the course of the position duration. These may include GIS analyses, learning about conservation of large landscapes, working with stewardship staff and a variety of landowners on land management issues, and gaining exposure to a global conservation organization. The position will be based at The Nature Conservancy’s New Jersey Delaware Bayshores office, located in Delmont, New Jersey. Salary $10 per hour. This is a 3-month, paid position for 35 hours/week. Flexible start date, preferred December 12th 2011. Housing is available. For the full job ad, search http://www.nature.org/aboutus/careers/ for Job Opening ID: 39524. Deadline: 11/17/11. Posted: 11/10/11.
Turnstone Environmental Consultants Inc.: Turnstone is currently hiring field surveyors and crew leaders to conduct surveys for the marbled murrelet, a threatened species of seabird that nests primarily in coastal old growth forests. Surveys will be on federal, state and private lands in Oregon. Marbled murrelet surveys follow an exacting protocol, and surveyors will often be required to work odd hours of day and early morning, hike in the dark (occasionally long distances), endure inclement weather, and navigate forest terrain. These positions are considered full time seasonal. Housing is generally provided at no cost depending on the project, camping may sometimes be necessary but is not anticipated. Crews will be stationed in several coastal communities in western Oregon, a choice of work stations may be available to those who apply early. Survey positions begin in mid-April and run through August 5, with the possibility of an earlier start date and/or extension depending on project needs. Opportunities to work on other projects after the end of the murrelet season may be available for the excellent employee. Internships are also available! Qualifications: It is preferred that applicants have a B.S. degree in wildlife biology or a related field and a minimum of 1-year field experience. Marbled murrelet experience is preferred, but not required if the applicant has strong field skills and an interest in avian biology. A portion of the work is predawn, and can be physically and mentally demanding. Training and surveyor certification will be held in Northern California or Western Washington prior to the start date of surveys (late April 2012). Successful applicants will possess some or all of the following characteristics: 1. The ability to and a track record of working in a safe and efficient manner. 2. The ability and willingness to spend long hours in the field (often in inclement weather). 3. The ability to work odd hours, including early morning. 4. Good physical fitness and the ability to hike off trail. 5. Basic orienteering and map reading skills. 6. Have a valid driver’s license and have the ability to navigate forest roads and operate a 4 wheel drive vehicle. 7. The ability to record accurate, legible and reliable field data. 8. The ability to work independently and in a team environment. 9. The ability to follow and/or give direction. 10. The ability to adapt to dynamic projects. 11. Applicants must have normal vision and hearing, a hearing test will be required before the start of surveys. Salary Range: $1900-2750/month, plus a vehicle use stipend ($775/month) if a personal vehicle is used. Last Date to Apply: April 11, 2012, hiring occurs as application materials are received! Positions start on or around April 16th, 2012. Positions will be filled as applications are submitted. TO APPLY: please send a cover letter, three professional references (with appropriate contact info), and a resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 503.283.5338. Posted: 3/13/12.
USDA Forest Service: Ecology/ Botany Field Technician Positions, Deschutes, Ochoco, and Fremont-Winema National Forests. The U.S. Forest Service will be hiring 2 temporary biological technicians for the 2012 field season based out of Bend OR. Technicians will assist with data collection on white-headed woodpecker plots and fire ecology plots from mid-June through September (dates are somewhat flexible). Appropriate training will be provided. Positions may require: Doing a variety of vegetation and fuels measurements, keying unknown plant species, installing and maintaining research plots, carrying a pack with field and safety gear, hiking through rough terrain, using a GPS unit to navigate to and record field locations, using a PDA for certain types of data entry, driving Forest Service vehicles on paved and dirt roads, frequent camping, and working with others on a small field crew. There will be considerable travel, mostly camping, throughout Central Oregon and Northern California. A strong interest in botany and/or ecology is required. Must be able to work with a small field crew in a variety of physical conditions, have a positive attitude, good work ethic, and enjoy field work, counting plants, hiking, and camping. These are full-time positions. Dates: Mid-June through September. Dates are somewhat flexible. Location: Bend, OR. Housing is not provided. Pay: GS-3 ($11.95/hour), GS-4 ($13.41/hour), or GS-5 ($15/hour) depending on qualifications STUDENT APPLICANTS You may apply as a student if you... · Are accepted or enrolled as a degree-seeking student. · If enrolled, must be at least half time in the spring of 2012 and planning to enroll at least half time for the fall of 2012. · Are in good academic standing (cumulative GPA>2.0 or as defined by the school). Submit (1) a cover letter, (2) transcripts, and (3) a complete resume which includes exact dates of employment, employer name and address, supervisor name and phone number, detailed description of your duties, and your available dates (from and to) to: email@example.com. NON-STUDENT APPLICANTS Apply through https://www.avuecentral.com/ for the Bio Tech (plants) position with Bend, OR as your selected location. · Click on Applicants > Search for Jobs > Search by Filters > Announcement Number · Enter announcement number OCRT-404-5-PLANT-DT · Complete your AVUE application online and attach the required supporting documents. Non-student applications due ASAP, student applications due April 1, 2012 Contact: Elizabeth Johnson, Deschutes National Forest, 63095 Deschutes Market Rd, Bend, OR 97702, 541-383-5427 firstname.lastname@example.org *I will be unavailable March 3-26. Please contact me before or after these dates. Posted: 2/15/12.
USDA Forest Service: Rocky Mountain Research Station. The Positions: ->Research assistants (5) for lab work and field work will be available working with pinyon-juniper ecology, invasive species, and fire ecology studies. ->Work includes collecting field data, laboratory processing of collected materials and data entry. Hours: Full time (40 hrs/wk) from June 1 until classes resume in mid to late August. One position will be available starting early May and running into mid September. ->Pay: $11.95-15/hr depending on education and experience. ->The positions are open to students and non-students. 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, Ecologist, email@example.com, Forest Service, RMRS, 920 Valley Rd., Rm. 5, Reno, NV 89512, 775.784.5329. Posted: 2/13/12.
USDA Forest Service: Malheur, Ochoco, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests. The U.S. Forest Service will be hiring 1-2 temporary Ecology/Botany Field Technicians for the 2012 field season based out of Baker City OR. Technicians will assist with data collection on white-headed woodpecker plots and fire ecology plots from late-April through the end of September (dates are somewhat flexible). Appropriate training will be provided. Positions will require: Doing a variety of vegetation and fuels measurements, keying unknown plant species, installing and maintaining research plots, carrying a heavy pack with field and safety gear, hiking through rough terrain, using a GPS unit to navigate to and record field locations, using a PDA for certain types of data entry, driving Forest Service vehicles on paved and dirt roads, frequent camping, and working with others on a small field crew. There will be considerable travel and camping throughout northeastern Oregon. A strong interest in botany and/or ecology is required. Must be able to work with a small field crew in a variety of physical conditions, have a positive attitude, good work ethic, and enjoy field work, hiking, and camping. These are full-time positions. Dates: Late-April through the end of September. Dates are somewhat flexible. Location: Baker City, OR. Housing is not provided. Pay: GS-5 ($15/hour) qualifications. Apply through AVUE for the Bio Tech (Plants) and/ or the Bio Tech (Natural Resources) position with Baker City, OR as your selected location. * Go to https://www.avuecentral.com/ * Click on Applicants > Search for Jobs > Search by Filters > Announcement Number * Enter announcement number OCRT-404-5-PLANT-DT or OCRT-404-5-NATRES-DT * Complete your AVUE application online and attach the required supporting documents. Applications due February 23, 2012. Contact: Jenifer Ferriel, Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, 1550 Dewey Ave. P.O. Box 907 Baker City, OR 97814, 541-523-1362 (office) or 541-519-4597 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 2/9/12.
USDA Forest Service: PACFISH/INFISH Biological Opinion Effectiveness Monitoring (PIBO EM) Program of Streams and Riparian Areas. This could be an extremely rewarding position, allowing you to learn regionally applied sampling techniques, work as part of a large team, and travel extensively throughout eastern Oregon, eastern Washington, Idaho, Montana, and northern Nevada. Fisheries: PIBO Effectiveness Monitoring 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, stream bank characteristics, gradient, water chemistry, large woody debris, and macro-invertebrates. Qualifications: Course work or experience in natural resource management; especially fisheries and water resources. Outdoor/field experience and the ability to camp for extended periods of time and to hike extended distances with a 40lb. back pack. A positive attitude and a willingness to learn. Bunkhouse Locations (Subject to change): Ukiah, Oregon; Leadore, Idaho; St. Regis, Montana. Plants: Riparian vegetation data collection, which includes extensive plant identification. 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. Must have at least one plant taxonomy course and experience identifying plants using dichotomous keys (such as the Flora of the Pacific Northwest by Hitchcock and Cronquist). Qualifications: Outdoor/field experience collecting vegetation data. A positive attitude and a willingness to learn. Able to camp for extended periods of time and the ability to hike extended distances with a 40lb. back pack. Both: Bunkhouse Locations (Subject to change): Ukiah, Oregon; Leadore, Idaho; St. Regis, Montana. Please see employment information for more details on available positions and how to apply. Deadline: 3/1/12. Posted: 1/23/12.
USDA Forest Service: Salt Marsh Bird Bander/Technician. US Fish and Wildlife and The University of Rhode Island are seeking an individual to assist in a collaborative project with the RI National Wildlife Refuge Complex in monitoring salt-marsh breeding birds and overall salt-marsh ecological integrity. Responsibilities include leading a 2-person crew to carry out Saltmarsh Sparrow mist-netting and banding, nest searching and monitoring and conducting secretive marsh bird surveys. Qualifications: Applicants must possess the ability to identify eastern birds by sight and sound; to work outdoors in all types of weather conditions, especially heat and humidity; to endure biting insects; to work well with others, to collect complete and accurate data in the field without direct supervision; and to hike over uneven terrain while carrying equipment. Applicants also must possess a valid driver’s license and be willing to assist with other refuge projects such as invasive plant eradication and Piping Plover monitoring. Must have prior experience mist-netting and banding songbirds and conducting point counts. Previous kayaking experience preferred. Duration: One position available May 14 - August 17. Salary: $2100/month plus possible housing. Send letter of interest, resume and contact information for 3 references to Rhonda Smith, 50 Bend Road, Charlestown, RI 02813 OR email materials to Rhonda_Smith@fws.gov. Application deadline is January 27. Posted: 12/22/11.
USDA Forest Service: Experienced Plant Ecology Field Assistant. The Kirtland’s Warbler Research and Training Project seeks an experienced plant ecology field assistant for its upcoming field season on Eleuthera, The Bahamas. Dates are approximate, but availability from 1 November 2011 to 1 June 2012 is preferred. Field season activities will focus on experimental assessment of methods for managing winter habitat for the endangered Kirtland’s warbler, with emphasis on the use of goats in habitat management. Field assistant duties will include participation in establishing experimental plots, identifying and measuring vegetation in plots, counting fruit, data entry, and providing general support for the Field Director. Fieldwork may also include some bird surveys and arthropod sampling. Candidates must have experience with plant-focused fieldwork, an ability to quickly learn Bahamian plants, and the ability to work long days in a warm, humid climate amid dense vegetation (early-successional broadleaf scrub or “coppice”). Experience working outside the US and with livestock a plus, but not required. Six- and sometimes seven-day work weeks are common. Candidates must also be willing and able to work and live with a small diverse group in a semi-remote environment. Housing (shared with other project participants) and a travel allowance to the Bahamas are provided in addition to a monthly salary of 1,600USD. 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 the Puerto Rican Conservation Foundation. Applications must be received no later than 13 August 2011. Submit application (cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references) via e-mail to Genie Fleming (email@example.com) with documents attached as Word or PDF files. Posted: 8/2/11.
U.S. Department of Energy: Multiple field technician positions are available to work within a large-scale experiment on restoration of plant and animal communities in fragmented habitats. Research will include studies of the effects of corridors on various aspects of plant and arthropod dispersal. Tasks will include study site preservation, building, establishment, emptying, and maintenance of traps, and seed / arthropod identification. Opportunities for independent research projects exist for qualified individuals. Technicians will join a team of several principal investigators (Joshua Tewksbury - University of Washington, Lars Brudvig - Michigan State, Tomas Carlo - Penn State, Ellen Damschen and John Orrock - U. Wisconsin - Madison, Nick Haddad North Carolina State U., Doug Levey - University of Florida), postdoc John Herrmann, and several undergraduate and graduate students, and be provided exposure to numerous research questions and approaches. Positions will begin as early as mid-February 2012, and will last for a minimum of three months; however, possibilities for extension exist and applicants are encouraged to indicate dates of availability in their application letter. Pay rate will be $10/hr. Successful candidates will hold or be working towards a bachelor’s degree in ecology, biology, or a related discipline and must be able to endure hot and humid conditions and long hours in the field. Previous field research experience is desirable. Because the Savannah River Site is a highly secure area run by the U.S. Department of Energy, non-United States citizens may have difficulty gaining clearance to work there. To apply, please email a CV or resume and letter describing past experience, why this position is interesting or important to you, dates of availability, and contact information with email addresses for two references to John Herrmann: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 1/18/12.
U.S. Geological Survey: The Canyonlands Research Station in Moab, Utah is recruiting for a seasonal biological science aid (GG-0404-03; $11.95/hr; no benefits). This is a temporary, 6 month, full-time position. The incumbent will be responsible for assisting in a large field survey of vegetation and soils in the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument (PARA) in northern Arizona USA. The goal of this research project is to assess rangeland ecosystem conditions and to identify resource-management needs pertinent to livestock grazing, ecological restoration, and long-term ecological monitoring. PARA is one of the largest units in the National Park Service where livestock grazing is a permitted land-use activity. Major duties consist of collecting detailed vegetation and soils data in vegetation types ranging from Mojave Desert to Ponderosa Pine forest. Tasks include identifying plants to species, collecting canopy and basal gap measurements, and performing species frequency and soil stability assessments. The work is approximately 90% field work and 10% office, and field sites are in very remote, rarely visited areas of the Arizona Strip. The incumbent will spend the majority of the 6-month field season in PARA, which is approximately 450 miles from Moab. The field season runs from the end of April to mid-October, and consists of dispersed camping in PARA for 10 days at a time with no facilities. The incumbent must be able to withstand both extreme heat and cold; walk over rough, rocky, or uneven terrain; lift and carry equipment and supplies (up to 50 lbs.); work long hours; and drive a 4WD truck and all-terrain vehicles on unimproved roads. Full details will be posted at http://sbsc.wr.usgs.gov/news_info/jobs/. Send resume and any supporting documents to CRS_Jobs@usgs.gov. Posted: 3/27/12.
U.S. Geological Survey: We are seeking a highly-motivated ornithologist ($15/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 the SAGESTEP project, 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 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-05 positions are full-time, temporary employment, stationed in Elko, NV. The position start date is April 23rd and will extend to August 9th, with possible extension based on crew availability and site phenology. To qualify for this position, applicants need 3 months of field experience or 3 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-12-007, 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 February 9, 2012. Posted: 2/1/12.
U.S. Geological Survey: One avian field crew leader needed to survey songbirds in riparian areas of Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge in southern Oregon and Sheldon NWR in northern Nevada. The field crew leader will lead a crew of 3 other avian surveyors. The successful applicant will be hired as a Biological Science Technician, GG-07, at $18.59/hr, and will be a full-time, temporary employee of DOI, USGS, Snake River Field Station, Boise, ID. The length of appointment is 4/23/12 through 9/08/12. Temporary appointments such as this do not include health insurance, or life insurance, but incumbents will be covered by the Social Security Retirement system. The field crew leader will be stationed at Hart Mountain headquarters, a remote and scenic location, during the field season (5/14 through 8/25) and be in the office in Boise, ID during the weeks before and after the field season. The field work will consist of early morning songbird surveys and vegetation sampling. Work will include long days hiking over rugged terrain, driving 4-wheel drive vehicles, and navigating in a remote landscape with GPS unit, and may involve camping at remote sites for 5-10 consecutive days. 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 will be required. Experience with GIS software is beneficial. A trailer will be available at base camp, but overnight camping in a personal sleep tent will often be necessary. The crew leader will also be responsible for preparing data forms, data entry programs, and field maps prior to the field season, and entering data after the season. To qualify for a GG-7 you need 2 years and 9 months of field survey party experience OR five years of subprofessional work experience OR five years of college (with 18 hours of graduate level course work or equivalent) with courses related to the position, plus 3 months of lab or field work. One year of college is equivalent to 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours. Subprofessional experience consists of working as a technician in the field or laboratory or similar environment. EQUIVALENT COMBINATIONS OF SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE ARE QUALIFYING. In addition, incumbents must have at least 3 months experience in 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. Please send requests for more information to Dr. Susan Earnst, 208-426-5209, email@example.com. Send application materials by email or mail to both Susan Earnst (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Michelle Schatz (email@example.com), 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-12-004; 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 6, 2012. Posted: 1/17/12.
U.S. Geological Survey: Three avian field technicians needed to survey songbirds in riparian areas of Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge in southern Oregon and Sheldon NWR in northern Nevada. The 3 technicians, plus a field crew leader, will be stationed at Hart Mountain headquarters, a remote and scenic area. Successful applicants will be hired as Biological Science Technicians, GG-06, at $16.73/hr, and will be full-time, temporary employees of DOI, USGS, Snake River Field Station, Boise, ID. The length of appointment is 5/21/12 through 8/11/12. Temporary appointments such as these do not include health insurance, or life insurance, but incumbents will be covered by the Social Security Retirement system. The work will consist of early morning songbird surveys and vegetation sampling. Work will include long days, hiking over rugged terrain, driving 4-wheel drive vehicles, and navigating in a remote landscape with GPS units and GIS software, and may involve camping at remote sites for 5-10 consecutive days. 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 will be required. A trailer will be available at base camp, but overnight camping in a personal sleep tent will often be necessary. 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, 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. Please send requests for more information to Dr. Susan Earnst, 208-426-5209, firstname.lastname@example.org. Send application materials by email or mail to both Susan Earnst (email@example.com) and 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-12-003; 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 February 6, 2012. Posted: 1/17/12.
U.S. Geological Survey: Biological Science Technician (GG-06). We are seeking 2 highly-motivated ornithologists ($16.73/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 the SAGESTEP project, 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 23rd and will extend to August 9th, 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-12-001) 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 4, 2012. Posted: 12/21/11.
U.S. Geological Survey: Desert Tortoise Field Technician (GG-0404-05). We are recruiting field technicians to work on various desert tortoise (G. agassizii) research projects. Our main office is in Henderson, NV, but field work will primarily take place in the Mojave Desert ecosystem around Barstow, CA. Tasks include: · using radio telemetry to monitor tortoise movement patterns and behaviors · searching for unmarked tortoises to add to ongoing studies · attaching and removing radio transmitters · collecting blood samples and morphological measurements · conducting health assessments · assisting with annual and perennial vegetation surveys to characterize habitat types · mentoring SCA interns · data entry, organization, and QA/QC · assisting with the day-to-day operations of field research (including purchasing supplies & basic vehicle maintenance). Data collected will be used to monitor tortoise population trends, movement patterns, site fidelity, and home ranges characteristics, as well as aid in the understanding of how habitat and environmental parameters influence health, incidence of disease, gene expression, and genetic diversity. We are seeking applicants that are in good physical condition and capable of hiking over rugged terrain, sometimes in extreme environmental conditions. Applicants must be able to work well both independently, and as part of a team. A positive attitude, flexibility, attention to detail, interest in ecological research, and the ability to strictly follow data collection protocols are also musts. Experience with handheld GPS units, PDAs, ArcGIS, compasses, and off-road driving is preferred, but not necessary. The position will begin sometime in October (flexible), and extend for up to 180 working days (approx 9 months). Extensions are possible, contingent on performance and funding availability. Qualifications: 9 months specialized experience in a field survey party, or 3 years sub professional experience, or 3 years college study related to biological sciences (equivalent 90 semester/135 quarter hours) plus 3 months of lab or field work experience. Previous experience with our field sampling techniques is preferred, although some training will be available. A valid U.S. driver’s license is required. Salary: $31,315 yearly, $15 hourly actual salary based on hours worked. Application instructions: see the complete job announcement. Please include “WERC 50-11-01” on your resume, and be sure to list the number of hours worked per week at each position. Resumes, 3 professional references, and transcripts (unofficial transcripts accepted) need to be e-mailed (email@example.com) or faxed (916-278-9475) to Melissa Crain before 6pm on September 23. Posted: 9/20/11.
USGS Sequoia-Kings Canyon Field Station: summer Biological Science Technicians (Botany). Pay: GS-5 (~$15/hour). Location: Three Rivers, CA. Applications must be received before 5pm PST Jan 31st. Duties: Measure forest demographics, including measuring trees and seedlings and determining cause of death. Gain knowledge and experience in ecological research, identifying Sierran trees, and forest pathology. Several positions will be filled. Positions are full-time, start in mid-May, and will last 4 – 6 months. Need bachelor’s degree or equivalent education and experience. Some field experience required. 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 teams and get along easily with others. Must be a US Citizen in order to qualify. 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 (unofficial okay) to: Melissa Crain, USGS/BRD/WERC, 3020 State University Drive East, Modoc Hall, Room 3006, Sacramento, CA 95819; FAX (916) 278-9475; email@example.com. Please list the announcement number (WERC-39-12-01) on all your application materials and make sure to include hours worked per week for each of your jobs on your resume. Also e:mail your application materials to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 1/13/12.
USGS Sequoia-Kings Canyon Field Station: Biological Science Technicians (Botany). · Several positions will be filled: 3 crew members (GG-5 @ approx. $16.71/hour) · Will work out of Riverside, CA (housing not provided) · Positions will start March 26th and will last about 5 months · Want people with an experience in plant taxonomy and field work, plus an interest in plant and fire ecology and who want to work outdoors. Must be a US Citizen in order to qualify. · Application deadline: January 19, 2012. Duties: Work on 2 different projects: Evaluate shrub community responses on San Clemente Island. Investigate the effectiveness and effects of mastication and related crushing and chipping fuel treatments in all four southern California national forests. Collect field botany data including identifying plants to species using keys. Gain knowledge and experience in ecological research and sampling, as well as keying and identification of plants. For more information, call Anne at (559) 565-3172 or e:mail at email@example.com. To apply, fax or e:mail your cover letter, resume, and transcripts (unofficial okay) to Melissa Crain at firstname.lastname@example.org or (916) 278-9474 (FAX) by the end of the closing date. Please list the announcement number (WERC 38-12-01) on the application and also include # hours worked at each of your listed jobs. Also e:mail your application materials to: email@example.com. Posted: 1/12/12.
University of Alaska: The Institute of Arctic Biology is seeking a motivated field research assistant to assist with field research associated with a permafrost thaw experiment at the Bonanza Creek LTER. USGS and UAF scientists are studying the effects of permafrost thaw on greenhouse gas fluxes, and the controls on these processes. The field research assistant will help to set up and maintain a series of sixteen flux autochambers at the Alaska Peatland Experiment (APEX) sites, monitor fluxes, take other handheld measurements, take soil cores, and process data. The job will require work in rugged terrain in all types of weather, sometime alone for the entire day. Sites are road accessible and a field vehicle will be available. Often 2 days will be spent in the office working with data and 3 days a week in the field. The research assistant may also help with deep permafrost coring and analysis, assist graduate students and postdocs in linked projects, and assist with remote (i.e. float plane accessible) field work for short periods (< 5 days). Knowledge of soil science, ecology, and biogeochemistry important. Should have experience in measurements of soil gas and nutrient fluxes, licor CO2 sensors, Campbell dataloggers, mechanical instrumentation, and/or soil sampling. Knowledge of electronics is a plus. Ability to use Matlab a plus. Must be a self motivator, a good communicator, and pay close attention to detail. Must have a drivers license. See the full job ad for details. Close date: May 4. Start date is mid-May. Posted: 4/27/12.
University of Alberta: We are looking for a head field technician to assist with, and coordinate, fieldwork on the ecology of a wild population of Columbian ground squirrels. The head tech will supervise 4-5 volunteers for the period of May 1 to Aug 31, 2012. Duties will include monitoring the phenology (when animals emerge from hibernation), reproduction and survival of individuals, data entry and data verification. Fieldwork will involve live-trapping and handling of animals, behavioural observation, radio-telemetry (to locate natal burrows) and assistance with the measurement of physiological (metabolism) traits on free-ranging animals. The successful candidate will have previous fieldwork experience, ideally in a field camp/station setting, have experience in data entry and management and show a high level of responsibility. Additionally, you should have an interest in a number of the following (the more the better!): ecology, evolutionary biology, wildlife, field biology, and animal behaviour. Periods of time will be spent camping and, as such, successful applicants need to enjoy the outdoors, be up-beat, positive, responsible and work well as a member of a team. All fieldwork is carried out in the spectacular Rocky Mountains of southwestern Alberta, Canada, home to some of the most majestic wildlife in North America. We will be staying at the University of Calgary’s R.B. Miller research station in Sheep River Provincial Park, Alberta. You will interact with other researchers working with ground squirrels on a diversity of projects in behavioural and population ecology. Additionally, the field station is home to a number of other researchers working on a variety of projects, ranging from insects to large mammals. Salary is $1800/month. Food, accommodation and travel within western Canada are provided. Applicants from further afield are encouraged to apply. In this case the equivalent of travel within western Canada will be reimbursed. If you wish to apply for this position, please send a CV with a cover letter and contact details of three references (with e-mail address), by email to Jeff Lane (contact info below), by April 7, 2012. Note that due to Canadian immigration laws, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Contact: Dr. Jeff Lane (firstname.lastname@example.org), Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada T6G 2E9. Posted: 3/16/12.
University of Arizona: Hiring for two avian field technician positions: ASSISTANT AVIAN BIOLOGIST needed to assist with study of ecological factors influencing elevational variation in clutch size of Red-faced Warblers. Field sites are located in high-elevation, mixed-conifer forest in the Santa Catalina Mountains, Arizona (30 miles north of Tucson). Primary duties include: 1) locating, monitoring, and manipulating nests of Red-faced Warblers; 2) nest predator abundance surveys; 3) sampling arthropod prey. Preference given to applicants that possess avian identification skills and at least some experience locating bird nests. Salary: $1500 per month. AVIAN BIOLOGIST needed to assist with study of ecological factors influencing elevational variation in clutch size of Red-faced Warblers. Field sites are located in high-elevation, mixed-conifer forest in the Santa Catalina Mountains, Arizona (30 miles north of Tucson). Primary duties include: 1) locating, monitoring, and manipulating nests of Red-faced Warblers; 2) nest predator abundance surveys; 3) sampling arthropod prey; 4) supervision of other technicians; 5) there may be opportunities to assist with mist-netting for those with prior experience. Previous nest searching experience, preferably for ground-nesting passerines, and strong avian identification skills are required. Demonstrated mist-netting experience and/or leadership experience preferred. Salary: $1800-$2000 per month, depending on experience. BOTH: Applicants should be willing to work long hours (often alone) in the field, and be willing to conduct manipulative research on birds. Tolerance for working in field conditions and a valid driver’s license are necessary. This position requires extensive hiking off-trail in steep terrain and applicants should be in excellent physical condition. Shared field housing will be provided at University of Arizona bunkhouse at the summit of Santa Catalina Mountains (~9000 ft), as will transportation from field house to study sites. Field season is approximately 13 April to 30 June 2012. Start and end dates flexible, but preference given to individuals who can commit for entire field season. Send cover letter and resume (with names, phone numbers, and email addresses of 3 references) by email to Kristen Dillon at (email@example.com). Posted: 12/13/11.
University of California Berkeley: The Fire Science Lab will be hiring full time undergraduate technicians, field assistants, and graduate researchers for the summer field season 2012. Students and graduates with an interest or background in fire, forestry, ecology or a related field are encouraged to apply. Please visit http://cnr.berkeley.edu/stephens-lab/students.htm for more information on the 2 projects. Closes: 4/1/12. Posted: 2/27/12.
University of California Berkeley: Dates: Flexible, late March/early April – late August, 2012. A crew leader and 2 field technicians are needed to conduct a variety of animal surveys as part of a long-term food web study in the Carrizo Plain 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. Requirements: All applicants must be pursuing or have a bachelor’s degree in the natural sciences and have previous field experience. Applicants must be a US, Canadian, or Mexican citizen. Previous supervisory experience is desired for the crew leader position. Crew leader must have strong conflict management skills and previous experience working independently in the field. A strong interest in natural history, conservation, and/or management and a high level of responsibility, organization, and motivation are required for all positions. PIT tagging experience, small mammal trapping experience, and familiarity with the plants and animals of California are preferred. Must be flexible and live and work well with others in an isolated setting. Applicants must be able to maintain work quality and a positive attitude during challenging field conditions. Applicants must be in good physical condition and experienced with or able to tolerate hot and cold field conditions. Must be able to work long hours and be comfortable working at night. Prefer applicants with experience and strong interest in grassland or desert species. Work schedule: Approx. 40 hrs per week, variable throughout season. Compensation: $2167/month plus core health benefits for technician, $2423/month plus core health benefits for crew leader. Housing is provided at an active research facility on the Monument. To Apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 2-3 references as a single Word or PDF attachment to Rachel Endicott by January 31 at firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 1/17/12.
[positions filled] University of California Berkeley and Merced: Field ecology summer research assistant positions in the Rockies! Full-time field technicians, May October 2012. We are seeking field technicians and crew lead 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 monitor subalpine tree seedling germination and survival in experimental forest and alpine field sites, document naturally-occurring recruitment and demography patterns, collect and sow seeds, and assist with other duties such as watering treatments, infrastructure support, and data entry. 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, ecology and evolution, environmental science, 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 and living well with others, be highly organized, responsible, and attentive to detail. We require technicians with a high level of physical fitness, who are not afraid of hard work, and have a sincere interest in ecological field research. 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 to be fully alert and organized by 7am and to work long hours in often inclement weather. Snow is likely, and rain and high winds are inevitable. Field work may be cut short by weather on some days, but go longer on other days. Pay: $12-16/hour depending on experience, plus lodging at the MRS. To Apply: Submit a cover letter (indicating available dates), a resume, transcripts (unofficial ok), and two letters of recommendation to Dr. Cristina Castanha. All application materials should clearly indicate your name and the position (Niwot Field Assistant). Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. We expect that to have selected our crew by end February or early March. Start/End dates may be flexible. Contact Cristina via email with additional questions. Please also contact us for information regarding research opportunities for 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 (USGS, Boise, ID). Posted: 1/12/12, revised: 1/27/12.
University of California-Davis: We are seeking a summer field-crew member for forest vegetation sampling in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. Project is investigating effect of fuel treatments on post-wildfire vegetation dynamics. This position is based in South Lake Tahoe, CA, with housing provided. Crew is expected to travel for up to 10 days at a time to field sites throughout eastern California. Job Summary: Under direction, carry out forest stand structure and vegetation sampling, enter and quality-control the data, describe the trends in the condition of the vegetation sampled, and report the findings orally and in writing. Job duration: Early June through September, 2012. Salary: Approximately $20/hr, plus accommodations. Responsibilities: 70% FIELD WORK - Relocate existing field sites using map, compass, and GPS - Work with other field crew members to identify sample locations at new sites - At all sites, sample stand structure and record fire severity data using point-quadrat methods - Identify all vascular plant species in plots at the sample locations, and record cover of each species and the number of seedlings of tree and shrub species. Collect voucher specimens of herbaceous species that cannot be identified and, as necessary, work with herbarium staff to identify these. - Make environmental measurements such as canopy cover, PAR, soil moisture. 30% DATA ENTRY - Assure the completeness of the data collected, enter data into a database, check for errors of data recording and data entry, and ensure data are regularly backed up to servers - Keep field notebook including comments and observations, and summarize and report. Physical Demands: - Strenuous hiking (up to 10 miles a day) in rugged terrain carrying gear weighing up to 40 lbs. Work Environment: - Work in a variety of climatic conditions (sun, hot, cold, rain and snow). - Overnight travel and extended stay for up to 10 days. - Work long hours in remote locations. Camp in primitive locations without running water or toilet. - Valid driver's license to travel to field site. Minimum Qualifications: - BS/BA in life science or related field. - Experience working in remote locations. - Experience with vegetation sampling methods. - Plant taxonomy or field botany coursework and/or experience. Preferred: - Familiarity with the flora of mountain forests. Skill in identifying California plants. - Experience or coursework analyzing contrasts and trends in vegetation or forestry data. - MS/MA in ecology, botany, range science or similar field. To apply: -Send resume, 1-pg cover letter describing relevant experience and qualifications, and list of three references, by email to jtstevens[at]ucdavis.edu with heading “2012 Forest Ecology Field Technician” -Deadline: April 23rd, 2012. Posted: 4/10/12.
University of California, Davis: Multiple Fulltime Temporary (Mid May-August 2012) laboratory and field assistant positions in native pollinator biodiversity and its effect on the stability of pollination service in Neal Williams’ lab. Assistants will contribute to a project investigating the effects of local and landscape factors on pollinator biodiversity and how this diversity in turn affects the stability and reliability of pollination services within and among seasons. The project is part of multi-region efforts to promote native bee populations and pollination service in intensive agricultural landscapes. The position provides an excellent opportunity to develop skills in bee biology and sustainable agriculture. Our lab is part of a vibrant ecology and entomology group at UC Davis. Major responsibilities: In the field, assistants will survey bees and other flower visiting insects in agricultural landscapes surrounding UC-Davis; collect data on flower abundance; assess pollination by different native bee species visiting watermelon, our target crop. These data will be used to assess variation in the delivery of pollination by native pollinator communities both within season and among seasons. In the lab, assistants will curate insect and plant specimens collected in the field, process pollination data using microscopy, assist with landscape analysis using GIS analysis, and enter and check field and lab data. Qualifications: · Strong interest in conservation biology, pollination biology, entomology and/or field ecology · Attention to detail (will be collecting and working with multiple types of field data from multiple sites) · Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a research environment · Previous field experience (preferably with native bees and flowering plants) · Basic computer skills (Word, Excel) · Basic wet lab skills, microscopy · Valid driver’s license · Ability to work in the field under hot sunny conditions for long hours · Completed or working toward a degree in biology or related field (ecology, insect conservation, plant biology) Desired Qualifications: · Knowledge of California Flora · Experience with/Knowledge of Bees · Interest in graduate work in ecology, evolution, conservation, · Basic facility with ArcGIS · Personal car (mileage will be reimbursed at established federal grant rate). Review of applications will begin on February 21 and continue until positions are filled. Please submit a cover letter briefly detailing relevant interest and experience, CV and a list of 3 references who are familiar with your scholarship, research ability, experience and potential. *Indicate in the cover letter the dates of your availability as best you know them.* Applications should be emailed to Neal Williams at (beesucd [at] gmail.com) directly. Posted: 1/30/12.
University of Chicago: We are hiring part-time and full-time research assistants to help with a project at Michigan State University’s Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) from May 1st to June 20th. The project focuses on conducting field experiments with gypsy moth caterpillar disease transmission. Assistants will perform a mixture of field and laboratory work, including rearing gypsy moth caterpillars in the lab and setting up equipment for field experiments. Part-time workers should be available at least 10 hours per week and provide their own transportation to the Station. Part-time working hours are flexible, including nights and weekends, to accommodate students' classes or other obligations. We will provide housing on KBS’s campus for students able to work full-time. If full-time employees already possess their own housing and transportation in the KBS area, we will increase their salary by $1 per hour. Preferred qualifications: Laboratory and/or field experience. Minimum Salary: $9.63 per hour. Full-time workers will be paid a standard 40 hours per week and part-time workers will be paid hourly. To apply, please send a short Statement of Interest, CV and 2 reference letters to email@example.com. We will begin reviewing applications on March 16 and continue until all positions are filled. Posted: 3/6/12.
University of Colorado at Boulder: We are looking for field assistants to join the lab of Dr. Christy McCain at the Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and CU Museum for summer 2012. We will be examining small mammal distributions on two contrasting mountain systems in the Southern Rocky Mountains to test hypotheses related to the maintenance of biological diversity and to detect range shifts due to climate change. Duties include: setting up and taking down sampling plots, live-trapping small mammals, conducting visual transects, and sampling of various habitat parameters and insects. The position requires extended periods in remote and rugged field settings, sometimes at high elevations, involving camping and hiking in a variety of weather conditions. The majority of the work will take place in the San Juan Mountains of south-western Colorado. Shared housing will be provided when not in the field. Dates of employment: May to August 2012, with potential to work into early September-October. The position is full time. Salary: $12-14 per hour depending on experience. Preferred experience: Degree in a biology-related subject in progress or completed, prior field experience, and small mammal trapping experience. Required experience: Applicants must have the ability to hike long distances sometimes at altitude and/or over rough, hilly terrain, lifting and carrying up to 25lbs, and the ability to work in variable weather conditions at remote locations. To apply please send a letter of interest, CV, transcripts, and 3 references to Dr. Sarah King at firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applicants will begin on March 12 and continue until the posts are filled. Posted: 2/16/12.
University of Florida: I’m currently looking for field assistants to help me study butterfly abundance and niche breadth in the southern Peruvian Amazon, as part of my PhD research on Neotropical butterfly ecology. Field work will be conducted at the Los Amigos Biological Station (CICRA), in the heart of the mega-diverse southern Peruvian Amazon. The station is remote, and conditions are often hot and humid with many biting insects at times. However, the site provides access to some of the most pristine forest habitats and undisturbed plant and animal communities in the region. Work will begin September 2012 and continue to August 2013. Assistants are needed for the entire duration of the field season (1 year), with a minimum commitment of 3 months, although a stay of 6 months will be preferred. Assistants will help with multiple tasks, including: -Searching potential host plants for immature butterflies -Rearing immature butterflies to adulthood in the field lab -Host plant data collection and vouchering -Butterfly sampling, using hand-nets and baited traps. Work can be demanding and assistants should be in good physical condition. We work long hours (8+ hours per day), 5-6 days per week. No salary is available, but fees at the field site and local transportation from/back to Puerto Maldonado will be covered. No skills or experience are required, but knowledge of tropical plants/insects and Spanish will be useful. Assistants will gain experience in plant and butterfly ID, GPS/mapping, tree-climbing (optional), insect rearing, and various other tropical Lepidoptera field methods. There will also be opportunities for development of a personal project or collaboration using data gathered in the field. Those interested should send a current CV and a brief statement of interest to Geoff Gallice (email@example.com). Posted: 5/3/12.
University of Georgia: Seasonal Avian Ecologists (2) needed for a long-term study of Black-throated Blue Warblers at the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory in the southern Appalachians of North Carolina. Research focuses on the effects of climatic variation on avian productivity and fledgling survival. Duties include: nest searching/monitoring, banding, fledgling monitoring, insect and vegetation sampling, and data entry. Field work begins late April and lasts until mid July. A stipend of $1300 per month will be provided in addition to housing. Qualifications: Applicants should have prior experience in finding and monitoring songbird nests and following individual birds for extended periods. Position requires good color vision, the ability to hike and work alone in rugged terrain and variable weather conditions, and an interest in avian ecology. Position also necessitates attention to detail, self-motivation, and a positive attitude for long days in the field with biting insects. To apply: Send a cover letter, resume and a list of three references to Mason Cline (EM: mcline AT uga.edu). Posted: 3/8/12.
University of Idaho: We are seeking research technicians to assist with the collection and management of field and laboratory data related fire, climate change, and restoration studies in the Great Basin and surrounding ecosystems. Studies include examining the effects of restoration treatments on soils, ecosystem resiliency to fire and plant invasions, the use of fire as a restoration tool for wildlife habitat, and the effects of climate change on post-fire restoration and species interactions. Study sites may include sagebrush steppe and ponderosa pine forests. This position will work with other graduate students and technicians in the lab, as well as interact with scientists and land managers from the US Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. Duties include field data collection, preparing samples in the lab for analysis, and data entry. The individual will need a thorough understanding of research plot establishment, soil and vegetation field sampling techniques, general laboratory techniques, as well as data entry and management. The incumbent must be willing to travel to remote field sites and camp in primitive settings at multiple sites in Idaho and surrounding states. This position will be based out of Boise, ID. Employment dates are approximately June 1 - August 15, 2012, somewhat negotiable. Deadline: April 9, 2012. See the full job posting to apply. Contact Dr. Beth Newingham at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. Posted: 3/28/12.
University of Maine: POINT COUNT TECHNICIANS (3) needed to conduct tidal marsh bird research along the mid-Atlantic and New England coast! Technicians will support a large-scale project called SHARP: Saltmarsh Habitat and Avian Research Program, which investigates the status and distribution of tidal marsh birds along the North Atlantic coast. Particular emphasis is placed on Saltmarsh Sparrow, Seaside Sparrow, Nelson’s Sparrow, Willet and Clapper Rail. Technicians will conduct distance-sample point count surveys, as well as broadcast surveys, for secretive tidal marsh birds in selected tidal marshes. Positions are available in Massachusetts and Long Island in New York. Ideal applicants will have prior experience with point count surveys and broadcast surveys, and be willing to work long hours in remote marshes under harsh field conditions (biting insects and heat). All applicants must have a valid driver’s license, a good driving record, a good sense of humor, and the ability to adjust to varying schedules throughout the field season. Applicants must also have a working knowledge of north-eastern bird identification by sight and sound. Some positions may require use of a personal vehicle for work (mileage reimbursable). Housing may be available for all positions. Salary starts at ~$9/hour and will be commensurate with experience. Positions will begin late April 2012 and conclude late July - early August 2012. One crew leader position is available in Northern Massachusetts to help organize efforts in this area. To apply, please send a resume and application letter with three references to: MO CORRELL, Ph.D. Student (Maureen.email@example.com). Posted: 2/20/12.
University of Minnesota: The Department of Forest Resources has a position available for one technician in support of a project examining the ecological impacts of biomass harvests in aspen-dominated forests. The position is full time (40 hours/week) and will last approximately 10-12 weeks with a preferred start date in late May or early June and compensation of $10-12/hour, depending on experience. The schedule will be flexible and may include some weekends, may change due to weather conditions, and may include 10-hour days. Work will be mostly in northern MN. Shared housing (near Cloquet, MN) and transportation to and from sites will be provided. Duties will likely include the following: plant identification, basic forest structure measurements, data recording, and navigation/mapping with a GPS. There may be opportunities to work on other projects and develop other field skills depending on the technician’s interests and experience. Qualifications: Ability to work and maintain positive attitude in fairly remote areas under a variety of conditions (heat, humidity, bugs, cool rainy days, beautiful sunny days…) while carrying equipment and hiking moderate distances to and from sites (up to 2.5 miles). Previous field and/or outdoor work experience is preferred. This position will include extensive plant identification, so familiarity with plant keys is also preferred. Experience with plant ID and dendrology in the Lake States is a plus. Advanced undergrad students or recent graduates from related fields are encouraged to apply. For more information about the position or project contact Miranda Curzon (firstname.lastname@example.org). To apply, please send resume (including a list of relevant courses taken), short explanation of interest, and contact information for three references. For priority consideration please apply by Friday, March 30th. Posted: 3/22/12.
University of Minnesota: We are looking for a field/lab technician with a background and interest in field biology/ecology starting April/May 2012 for a 6-month position. During the field season (from June-September) the technician will be involved in field surveys of 20-25 sites throughout the deciduous forest region of Minnesota. At each site, all native and non-native species are identified, light level is measured, and soil is collected for later analysis. There are also opportunities for involvement in other projects during the field season including collecting leaves for nutrient and specific leaf area analysis and a buckthorn removal experiment. The technician is part of field crew that typically includes 5-6 people (graduate students, post-doc, field assistants). Trips to field sites include day trips and camping trips sometimes over the weekend (4-8 days long). In the field, the workday is typically 8-10 hours. Fieldwork will take place on public lands such as state parks, wildlife management areas and scientific and natural areas, some of which may be remote. Working conditions can be challenging, and ticks, poison ivy, and biting insects are common. Working rain gear and quality footwear (waterproof hiking boots) are essential. It is preferable (but not essential) that the technician has his/her own tent/sleeping bag. In the lab, the technician would conduct soil analysis (pH, texture) and leaf analysis (carbon, nitrogen, specific leaf area) and also be involved in data entry, plant identification in the herbarium, and potentially some greenhouses/growth chamber experiments. Typical workdays outside the field season are eight hours Monday through Friday, however some tasks may require weekend work. Pay rate: $14/hour. Desired qualifications: (1) familiarity with plant identification, especially knowledge of Minnesota flora, (2) willingness to work hard in outdoor and lab settings, (3) enthusiasm and curiosity for the natural world, (4) attention to detail, (5) capacity to collect data following established protocols. Contact: Please email cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references to: Tim Whitfeld (Research Associate), Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota, 1530 Cleveland Ave N., St. Paul, MN 55108 USA. email@example.com, (612) 624-6709. Closing date for applications: March 31, 2012. Posted: 2/24/12.
University of Minnesota: The Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve is looking for 4 personnel to assist in our spring prescribed burn program. The positions will start either March 26 or April 2 and end May 11 or May 18th (7 weeks). Hours are variable, especially on days we burn. There is the possibility of over time on weeks we burn a lot. Housing is available on-site for $280-$330. Pay is $10 to $12 per hour depending on experience. The Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve itself is a nine square mile tract of land 35 miles north of the Twin Cities. Because of its fortunate location in mid-continent at the triple meeting point of three great biomes of North America, it carries much of the continent's biological heritage. Cedar Creek is endowed with a diverse mosaic of prairie, savanna, sedge meadows, bogs, open water, forests, and even abandoned agricultural fields. Its large size, great natural diversity, and uniform soil substrate make it ideal for ecosystem studies. Of Cedar Creek's 5400 acres, we manage about 900 acres through prescribed burning. Our burns consistof oak savanna, prairies, restoration units, and experimental plots that are on some type of burning frequency. Our prescribed burns can range from 1/4 of an acre to 100 acres in size. We burn about 500 acres annually, about 20 areas. Main Duties: Duties include prepping burn units, assist burning the units, and monitoring and mopping up the units after burning. Other Duties: 1. DNR smoke chaser help. The possibility to assist the DNR on extreme fire danger days or days we are not burning. (please note this will be considered a separate job through the local DNR) 2. Research field help. Assist with various field research tasks, i.e. weeding, mowing, etc. Qualifications: 1. Must hold or be willing to obtain a “red card” with moderate back-pack qualification. 2. Be willing to work evenings or weekends if needed. To apply, please email the following materials together in one email by February 17th, 2012 (1) A completed application form (see full job ad) (2) A resume (maximum of two pages) (3) A cover letter (4) A transcript (unofficial is acceptable) (5) Two references. All materials should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions regarding the application process or the internship please email the above address or call 763-434-5131. You will be considered for this internship if (a) you are a US citizen or (b) a foreign citizen attending a US college or university full-time. Posted: 1/13/12.
University of Minnesota: Northern Minnesota is a focal point of potential climate warming impacts because it sits at the transition between boreal and temperate forest biomes. B4WARMED (Boreal Forest Warming at an Ecotone in Danger) is a unique manipulative experiment that warms plants and soil in the field to examine tree seedling and germinant response to 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 for paid field research internships ($10/hr). Interns are needed primarily from June through August but some workers are needed as early as March and as late as November. Typical work days are eight hours Monday through Friday, however some tasks require early morning, evening, or weekend work. A valid driver’s license is required. Personal vehicles helpful but not required; mileage accrued for work purposes will be reimbursed at official UofMN rate. Responsibilities: -Biotic and abiotic data collection in field and laboratory settings using high-tech equipment (e.g. Licor 6400 photosynthesis systems) -Assess physiological traits and phenological events for woody and herbaceous species -Routine maintenance of field sites, field instruments, and research equipment. -Aiding principle investigators and graduate students as needed Desired qualifications: 1) Eagerness to work hard in an outdoor setting. 2) Capacity to collect data following established protocols. 3) Familiarity with plant and tree species of northern Minnesota. 4) Willingness to work well and play well with others. 5) Curiosity and passion for the natural world. 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. Travel between sites will be necessary. An individual’s home base may be at either of these locations. On-site housing with cooking facilities is available for a small fee. Contact: Please send cover letter (including available working dates), one-page resume, and contact information for two references electronically to: Karen Rice (email@example.com, 217-891-8046). Posted: 12/19/11, revised: 3/2/12, 6/25/12.
University of Minnesota: The Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve has opportunities for students to work as Research Interns in two types of positions; 1) Plant community ecology and 2) Insect diversity. These positions will run through the end of October or later. Typical work days are eight hours Monday through Friday, however some projects require weekend and evening work. Pay is $10 per hour. If you are a newly graduated student with a background or interest in biology, ecology, environmental science, botany, environmental education, wildlife biology, or related field we encourage you to apply. Below are brief descriptions of the two types of positions available: 1) Plant Community Ecology: We have two large scale projects, along with several smaller scale experiments, that require most of our intern resources throughout the summer. BioCON is one of the large scale experiments where we explore the ways in which plant communities respond to environmental changes such as increased nitrogen deposition, increased atmospheric CO2, decreased biodiversity, and altered precipitation patterns. Another large scale project is the Big Biodiversity experiment that studies how plant diversity affects the rates, dynamics, and stability of ecological processes at the population, community, and ecosystem levels. There are multiple experiments nested within the Big Biodiversity experiment as well, looking at factors such as irrigation and increased temperatures. Throughout the summer we maintain and sample these experiments. For more information and to apply click here. 2) Insect Diversity: This is part of a study of the tallgrass prairies of Minnesota that looks at how harvesting restored prairies for biofuel affects wildlife. The goal of this internship is to sort insect samples collected from different harvest treatments to reveal affects of harvest on diversity and abundance. Sweepnet, pitfall, bee bowl and quantitative samples were frozen after collection and now insects need to be separated from vegetation and identified. This work will take place in the lab at Cedar Creek ESR or at the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul Campus. Prospective interns should be prepared to spend most of the day in front of the microscope and have the ability to handle small objects carefully and efficiently. If you have good attention to detail, patience and an interest in insects, you will find seeing the diversity, strange morphology and rare orders that we encounter to be fun and rewarding. Applicants preferably will have taken an entomology course or will be able to identify many common orders of insects and other arthropods. More information and to apply. The deadline for application submission is August 28th. We will start hiring before the deadline so please submit your application materials as soon as possible. Posted: 8/11/11.
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 one highly motivated individual to assist with a radio telemetry study starting early May and lasting through mid-August. Work includes capturing birds, radio-tracking, and associated vegetation sampling. Proficiency working with birds, knowledge of radio-telemetry techniques, and a demonstrated ability to work alone and under difficult field conditions is essential.Candidates must also have experience driving manual transmission 4-wheel drive vehicles. Work will be full-time. Pay is $14/hr and housing is provided. Please send a letter of interest, CV, and contact information for 2 references (name, phone, and email) to CHRIS ROTA at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will begin contacting qualified individuals immediately and the position will remain open until a suitable individual is found. Posted: 3/6/12.
University of Montana: The Forest Ecology Lab and Restoration Ecology Lab seek to hire a crew co-lead and field research technicians to assist with several ecology studies during summer 2012. The crew co-lead will be directly responsible for gathering spatial and structural forestry data with a 2-3 person crew. In addition the crew co-lead will coordinate efficient work schedules with the other co-lead ensuring data on forest spatial patterns and forest overstory structure is gathered in a timely fashion. Co-leads and assistants will work in teams, collecting data on overstory and understory vegetation as well as environmental conditions. Overnight travel and camping will be required. Field vehicles will be provided. For summer 2012, we will be hiring for the following projects: • Efficacy and Ecological Impacts of Treatments to Restore Whitebark Pine in the Inland Northwest (Montana, Idaho, and Washington) —A three-four person team will collect data on whitebark pine growth, cone production, and survival after restoration treatments. Data on key understory plants will also be collected. Study sites will be located across the inland Northwest and will require extended periods in the field. • Efficacy and Ecological Impacts of Restoration Treatments in the Southwest Crown of the Continent (Montana) –Three crews of two-four people will collect data on 1) understory plant abundance and fitness (growth, survival, and reproduction), 2) overstory structure and spatial patterns, 3) surface fuels, and 4) soils. This project is part of the Southwest Crown of the Continent Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program. Positions are best suited to individuals that: have or are working toward a degree in ecology or a related field; have previous experience sampling vegetation; and are familiar with flora of the interior Northwest. Candidates should have a high aptitude for following complex data-collection protocols, solving problems with minimal supervision, and working both independently and in teams of two or three. Candidates must have the patience to move through rough terrain with delicate and expensive equipment, be in good physical condition and be able to work long hours in adverse weather. Salary: $11-14/hr, depending upon experience. Positions will start in June and last through mid-August or mid-September 2012. The work schedule will vary by project, but in general will either be four or eight consecutive 10-hr days, followed by three or six days off, respectively. To apply, please assemble the following into a single PDF and email to email@example.com: 1) a one-page cover letter describing a) your interests and qualifications for one or more of the positions described above, b) your dates of availability; 2) a resume or CV; 3) copies of either college transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable) or professional work products; and 4) contact information for two references with firsthand knowledge of your work experience and aptitude (please do not send letters of reference). Posted: 4/19/12.
University of Montana: Full-time (40 hours/week) field research assistants are needed to aid in the collection of tree biomass data as part of an ongoing research project. The goal of the project is to develop accurate characterizations of aboveground tree biomass (stems, branches, and foliage) for interior forests. Much of the work will be based out of Missoula, Montana, but will require travel (for up to 10 days at a time) to research sites in eastern Washington, northern Idaho, and western Montana. Some field work will be conducted in potentially longer campaigns in the southwest (i.e., at sites in Arizona and New Mexico). Primary responsibilities will include destructively sampling live trees across a range of stand types in order to estimate crown and stem weights. Other duties will include processing of plant materials in the lab. Motivated individuals who enjoy working with others and under diverse and extreme field conditions (from cold and wet to hot and dry) are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants will (1) have prior field experience in forestry, range, or other natural resource fields, (2) hold a valid driver’s license, (3) be capable of working long days in the field, while maintaining quality control in field measurements and data recording. Preferred applicants will have first aid certification and previous sawyer experience. Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and past experience ($12 – $14/hr). Duration: June 1st through August 24th 2012. Review of applications will begin in April and continue until positions are filled. Completed applications should include: (1) a cover letter with information about your interests and qualifications, dates of availability, and current contact information, (2) a resume, (3) names and phone numbers of two references. To apply or for more information: David Affleck (firstname.lastname@example.org), Assistant Professor of Biometrics & Mensuration, University of Montana, email@example.com, (406) 243-4186. Posted: 3/19/12.
University of Montana: We are hiring two crew members to conduct post-wildfire forest vegetation monitoring in and around Lake Tahoe Basin and Sierra Nevada Mountains, California. Positions will run from early June to ~late August, 2012 (somewhat flexible). Successful applicants will be provided housing in South Lake Tahoe, California for the duration of the position. The crew will be employed by the University of Montana. This is primarily a field based position, though duties may include data entry. Applicants should expect to: spend 40 hours per week working outdoors in all weather conditions, hike across steep terrain carrying backpacks, camp for durations of 1-4 nights when working outside of Tahoe, and contribute toward a productive, enjoyable field season. Required qualifications: Experience collecting ecological data, GPS/compass/map navigation skills, Demonstrated skills in plant identification Ability to follow established data collection procedures Ability to safely hike over steep, undulating terrain Strong organizational skills and attention to detail Ability to work independently Work well in a team setting Experience using GIS / MS Access. Compensation: $15-$18 DOE, housing provided in South Lake Tahoe, CA. To apply: E-mail cover letter describing qualifications and interest in this position, resume, and three references to: Chris Carlson, Forest Landscape Ecology Lab, firstname.lastname@example.org, 406-370-3239. Deadline: Friday, March 16, 2012, or until positions are filled. Posted: 3/2/12.
University of Montana: One seasonal Technician position is available to work in the lab of Dr. Winsor Lowe at the University of Montana. Fieldwork will be conducted at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in central New Hampshire. The position will last approximately three months, starting mid-June and ending in early/mid-September. Housing will be provided at Hubbard Brook in New Hampshire. Round-trip transportation to New Hampshire along with travel to local field sites is provided. The technician’s primary duties will involve surveys of stream salamanders and brook trout in headwater streams of central New Hampshire. The technician will also assist in setting up and maintenance of artificial stream experiments at the field site. Work will be in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and technicians should expect to hike to field sites in rough terrain, get wet from working in headwater streams, handle salamanders, use a handheld GPS unit, and experience East Coast humidity and heat. The technician will be a part of a three-person field crew, thus the successful applicant should work well with others. Prior fieldwork experience is preferred, but not required. PAY: $10/hour, 40-hour work week. Last date to apply: March 15, 2012 or until position is filled. Contact: Send a cover letter, resume and contact info for at least 2 references to Jon Davenport, email@example.com. Posted: 2/28/12.
University of Montana: The Forest Ecology and Restoration Ecology Labs seek to hire field research assistants to assist with several plant ecology studies during summer 2012. Assistants will work in teams, collecting data on overstory and understory vegetation as well as environmental conditions. Overnight travel and camping will be required. Field vehicles will be provided. For summer 2012, we will be hiring for the following projects: Successional Dynamics and Regeneration of Whitebark Pine after Mountain Pine Beetle Attack (Montana and Idaho) A 2-person teaam will collect data on overstory structure and tree regeneration in high-elevation whitebark pine stands previously impacted by mountain pine beetle. Efficacy and Ecological Impacts of Treatments to Restore Whitebark Pine in the Inland Northwest (Montana, Idaho, and Washington) A 3-4 person team will collect data on whitebark pine growth, cone production, and survival after restoration treatments. Data on key understory plants will also be collected. Study sites will be located across the inland Northwest and will require extended periods in the field. Efficacy and Ecological Impacts of Restoration Treatments in the Southwest Crown of the Continent (Montana) –Three crews of 2-4 people will collect data on 1) understory plant abundance and fitness (growth, survival, and reproduction), 2) overstory structure and spatial patterns, 3) surface fuels, and 4) soils. This project is part of the Southwest Crown of the Continent Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program. Validating satellite-inferred measures of burn severity with field data (Montana and New Mexico) –One crew of 2-3 people will collect data on burn severity in areas that burned durning the 2011 fire season. Study sites will be located in the Bob Marshall (Montana) and Gila Wilderness Area (New Mexico). Data collection will occur in remote locations and will involve substantial travel by foot or horse. Qualifications: Positions are best suited to individuals that: have or are working toward a degree in ecology or a related field; have previous experience sampling vegetation; and are familiar with flora of the interior Northwest. Candidates should have a high aptitude for following complex data-collection protocols, solving problems with minimal supervision, and working both independently and in teams of two or three. Candidates must have the patience to move through rough terrain with delicate and expensive equipment, be in good physical condition and be able to work long hours in adverse weather. Salary: $11-14/hr, depending upon experience. A few positions will begin mid-May, the majority will start in June and last through mid-August or mid-September 2012. The work schedule will vary by project, but in general will either be four or eight consecutive 10-hr days, followed by three or six days off, respectively. Application review will begin on February 20 and continue on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. To apply, please assemble the following into a single PDF and email to firstname.lastname@example.org: 1) a one-page cover letter describing a) your interests and qualifications for one or more of the positions described above, b) your dates of availability; 2) a resume or CV; 3) copies of either college transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable) or professional work products; and 4) contact information for two references with firsthand knowledge of your work experience and aptitude (please do not send letters of reference). Posted: 2/3/12.
University of Nevada-Reno: The Great Basin Science Delivery Project is seeking a three-month (June-August), full-time Fire, Fuels, and Vegetation Management Information Technician to research and compile existing relevant syntheses, publications, videos, links and other information to answer the fire, fuels, and vegetation management questions asked of us in our needs assessments conducted in early 2010. This is a great opportunity for someone who is interested in enhancing their knowledge and understanding of fire and fuels issues in the Great Basin, as well as assisting with the application of research for management. See the full job ad for details. Posted: 5/11/12.
University of North Carolina at Charlotte: We are studying the socio-ecological factors driving forest management decisions in the rapidly urbanizing Charlotte Metropolitan Region and developing computer models of alternative futures that balance urbanization with forest and farmland resources. The Charlotte based Urban Long Term Research Area (ULTRA-Ex) research team is addressing factors that influence the land owner decision making process, particularly the decision to continue owning forested land. In addition to economic and cultural values, the environmental and ecological conditions of the forest may influence those decisions. We are linking surveys of landowner values to the ecological properties of their forests in order to better understand why people keep their land even when it is not the most economically profitable option. We are seeking one field assistant and one crew leader to aid experienced crew leaders in ecological data collection starting May 14, 2012 and continuing for approximately three months. We will be conducting site assessments of each landowner’s property to identify and measure native and non-native vegetation. The primary responsibilities of the field assistants may include: 1) the use of GPS for navigation to sites, 2) measuring or recording the height and diameter of all tree species, 3) recording the abundance of all native shrubs and vines, 4) recording the abundance of all non-native vegetation, 5) collecting tree cores, and 6) collecting soil samples. Field crew leaders will be expected to independently lead an assistant in the collection of this data and will be required to have some experience identifying North Carolina flora. This is an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on experience collecting environmental field data and to connect with researchers in the scientific frontier of coupling social and environmental science to conduct interdisciplinary research. No previous experience is necessary for field assistants, just a positive attitude and a commitment to spending your days in Charlotte forests. Assistants can either sign up as an intern with the Center for Applied GIScience within the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences or enroll for independent study course credit for summer or fall with Dr. Ross Meentemeyer. To apply, please send a letter of interest and resume to Monica Dorning at email@example.com. Posted: 4/25/12.
University of North Carolina at Charlotte: Field Technicians Needed - Forest Ecology Research in California: Long-term impacts of the emerging forest disease sudden oak death in mixed oak woodlands. Project PIs: Ross Meentemeyer (UNCC Dept. of Geography & Earth Sciences), Hall Cushman & Nathan Rank (Sonoma State University Biology Dept.), and David Rizzo (UC Davis Dept. of Plant Pathology). Phytophthora ramorum is an exotic plant pathogen of international concern and causal agent of the emerging forest disease Sudden Oak Death (SOD). In North America, P. ramorum has caused extensive mortality of oak and tanoak trees from Big Sur, California in the south to Curry County, Oregon in the north. Our long-term ecological study established in 2003 is repeatedly sampling a large plot network (200 sites within a 275-km2 region of mixed oak woodland) in order to understand spatiotemporal variability in the population dynamics and ecological impacts of P. ramorum. We seek 2 Crew Leaders and 2 Field Assistants for a two month period (ca. May 1–June 30). Please let us know if you would like to be considered for helping with additional fieldwork in the Big Sur region July – September. Crew Leaders will coordinate plot visits with public and private landowners, ensure data quality (oversee fieldwork and supervise field assistants), and general lab management (inventorying field supplies, digital file management). Field assistants will assist crew leaders in collecting and entering data on disease progression, plant species composition and structure, and understory microclimate variation. Housing, transportation to/from study sites, and a monthly stipend commensurate with experience will be provided. Desired qualifications include demonstrating a strong interest in disease ecology, landscape ecology and/or forest ecology and management. Strong academic credentials plus completion of at least two years of an undergraduate science program is preferred. Previous experience navigating using GPS and/or topographic maps, as well as working under physically demanding field conditions (i.e., 8+ hours of hiking a day in steep and rough terrain; wet, hot, and/or cold conditions; exposure to poison oak and “buggy” conditions), is helpful. Send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references to Sarah Haas by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the SOD project, please visit http://gis.uncc.edu/. Deadline: March 15, 2012. Posted: 2/6/12.
University of Notre Dame: The Belovsky Lab has paid positions available this summer to assist with their long-term (30+ years) experimental project in Montana grasslands (NSF: LTREB). This study uses field experiments to understand how food and predators influence grasshopper behavior and ecology in combination with varying climate. Field assistants/interns will help with the field portion of this project on the National Bison Range, Moiese, MT. The position is 90% + field work. Assistants will help set up (assemble, catch grasshoppers and stock experiments), monitor, and take down experiments. Daily work will include monitoring grasshopper densities 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 enclosures, soil nutrient manipulation experiments, quantification of herbivore damage and plant growth, and insect behavior. Assistants also will learn relevant principles of experimental and sampling design in field ecology, as well as identification of key insects and plants in Palouse Prairie grasslands. Qualifications:. Completion of or pursuing a degree in ecology, biology, entomology, conservation biology or related field.. Capacity to learn identification of grasshoppers and Palouse Prairie flora, including grasses. Previous field experience with plants and insects is preferred, but not required.. Hard-working, highly motivated, with attention to detail; ability to work independently as wells as contribute to a positive group dynamic.. Must be willing to work outside for long periods in unpredictable weather and conditions, some heavy lifting is require. Also, the ability to deal with a flexible work schedule (i.e., work around weather conditions) 2 positions: Start: May 15 - June 1 (some flexibility); End date: September 30, 2012. Shared housing is provided near the research site, as well as a stipend. Transportation to/from the site is not provided. Please send letter of interest, resume and contact information for 3 references (name, position, phone, e-mail) to Jennifer Belovsky (email@example.com) by e-mail. I will begin contacting qualified individuals as applications are received and the position will remain open until suitable individuals are found (preferably by/before April 15). Posted: 3/13/12.
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 21 – July 27, 2012. The course includes both teaching and research components to educate 28 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. TA will work 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, minimum $5000 for the class (10 weeks). Please submit cover letter (which includes topics of potential independent projects), CV/resume, and the contact information for three references (e-mail 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. Review of applications will begin 11 March 2012, and continue until the position is filled. Posted: 2/28/12.
University of Notre Dame: Teaching Assistant (1) needed for 10-week summer course at the University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center (UNDERC) in western Montana (Mission Valley near the National Bison Range). This undergraduate course, Practicum in Environmental Field Biology, runs from June 1 to August 10, 2012. The course includes teaching and research components to educate eight, upper-level undergraduate students. The teaching component is broken up into five, week-long modules (i.e., Environmental History of the West, Native American Ecology, Grassland Ecology, Montane Forest Ecology, Field Ornithology) 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. Teaching assistants will work to assist professors during each teaching module, as well as provide guidance on a daily basis to enrolled students. Additionally, the TA will be responsible for aiding students in the implementation and data collection as well as in the analyses and presentation of scientific research. The project topics are directed towards the student’s interest but the mentor’s strengths in ecology (e.g., botany, mammalogy, ornithology, herpetology, entomology, etc.) will also be taken into consideration. Housing will be provided at UNDERC-West but due to space limitations, the TA will be required to share living space with the undergraduate students. Field vehicles are provided throughout the course. Other amenities (e.g., wireless internet access and laundry facilities) are available free-of-charge on property. Qualifications: M.S. in Ecology or related field is preferred, but B.S. in Ecology plus one year post-graduate work experience in teaching or biological research may substitute. Basic knowledge of five modules (listed above) and statistics preferred. If applicable, please include a list of relevant coursework you have completed. Salary is negotiable, based on level of experience; the minimum salary is $5000 for the class (10 weeks). Review of applications will begin March 16, 2012 and continue until the position is filled. Please submit cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three references (e-mail submissions preferred) to: Dr. Page Klug, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556. email@example.com, (574) 631-2612. Posted: 2/17/12.
University of Notre Dame: Paid position available for spring/summer 2012 (late March-August 31), assisting in a study that investigates the effects of climate change on the Karner blue butterfly. As part of a larger study of this federally endangered species, the Hellmann lab maintains a colony of Karner blue butterflies on the campus of the University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, Indiana), and we use this colony to examine response to climatic variation. We also examine the effects of micro-climatic variation on wild populations on the Karner blue in the field, at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, a unit of the National Park Service in Porter, Indiana. This project is a joint venture between the University of Notre Dame, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the National Park Service. Daily tasks involve tending to the colony, including feeding larvae and adults, assessing morphometric characteristics, establishing and tracking mating lineages, hostplant propagation and data management. The successful applicant will be based at Notre Dame with occasional visits to the field. Preferred candidates will have field and laboratory experience beyond the classroom. PIs include Dr. Jessica Hellmann (UND) and Dr. Ralph Grundel (USGS). To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and names of three references to Jason Dzurisin (Hellmann Lab Manager) firstname.lastname@example.org. Inquiries to J. Dzurisin as well. Applications will be evaluated beginning immediately and will no longer be accepted after Feb. 29th, 2012. Posted: 2/23/12.
University of Pennsylvania: A one-year internship beginning June 2012, with six hours of graduate credit at the University of Pennsylvania. Time is split between the Botany Departments of the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. The Morris Arboretum is located in northwest Philadelphia. Facilities include botanical laboratories, greenhouses, and an extensive outdoor living collection of trees and shrubs. The Academy of Natural Sciences, in Center City Philadelphia, is the oldest natural history museum in the US, including a herbarium of more than 1.5 million specimens. Facilities available at the Academy of Natural Sciences include the Laboratory for Molecular Systematics & Ecology. The Intern will work under the supervision of Dr. Tatyana Livshultz at the Academy of Natural Sciences and Dr. Timothy A. Block at Morris Arboretum. The internship provides work experience in all aspects of managing collections in a major herbarium and an opportunity to contribute to a modern state flora program through a research project on some aspect of the flora of Pennsylvania. Duties include curation of botanical collections at The Academy of Natural Sciences, and participation in the Pennsylvania Flora Project at the Morris Arboretum. As a member of the internship group at the Morris Arboretum, the Pennsylvania Flora Intern will participate in workshops, seminars, and field trips designed to demonstrate the varied aspects of management and operation of a public garden. The appointment includes a stipend plus University of Pennsylvania benefits package, including medical and dental insurance, two weeks paid vacation, sick leave, and tuition coverage for an additional 6 graduate credit hours. Requirements: Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in botany, or biology with course work in botany. Apply via http://www.hr.upenn.edu/Jobs/. Click on the link to staff positions. Click on the Search Postings button in the left column. In the school/center box, select Morris Arboretum. Select Pennsylvania Flora Internship from the list of openings. Follow the instructions to complete the application. Print and sign a copy of the completed application and send to the address below. Also, send a letter of application including statement of interest in the internship, official college transcript(s), and have three letters of recommendation sent to: Pennsylvania Flora Internship, Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, 100 East Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118. For more information, call or email: Dr. Timothy A. Block (215) 247-5777, ext. 130, email@example.com. Deadline: 2/15/12. Posted: 1/20/12.
University of South Dakota: Field assistant sought for a study of calcareous fen ecology on the Prairie Coteau and Missouri Coteau of eastern South Dakota. Duties include assisting in GIS work as well as sampling calcareous fen vegetation, rare butterflies, and soil and water chemistry. Candidates should be prepared to work in an outdoor environment under beautiful but adverse conditions; biting insects, hot weather, and wet feet. Work will be based out of Vermillion, SD, but research will be conducted in the Brookings-Watertown-Sisseton area. Applicants must provide their own housing for the duration of the season, but will receive help in finding if needed. Lodging, travel, and food will be provided during overnight trips to the study area. Successful applicant will be highly motivated with a strong work ethic and familiarity with GIS and wetland plant identification. Pay will be $8-11/hour depending on experience, from June 15-August 15, 2012. Please submit a letter of interest, resume reflecting education and experience, and contact information for three references to Elizabeth Hill (Elizabeth.Hill@usd.edu). Posted: 2/14/12.
University of South Dakota: Graduate student studying the vegetation of the White River in western South Dakota seeking field assistant for the 2012 field season. The White River is one of the country's longest undammed rivers; running from northwestern Nebraska, through the South Dakota Badlands to Chamberlain, South Dakota where it enters the Missouri River at Lake Francis Case. Because of its remote location there has been very little research on the river or its riparian vegetation. Assistant will aid in vegetation sampling and classification of sites located on the river throughout South Dakota. Requirements: BS or current enrollment in university coursework in botany, ecology, forestry, or related field; experience in botanical surveys, including use of a dichotomous key, and ability to identify (or learn to identify) trees and shrubs of the Great Plains; ability to work and camp under arduous conditions in remote locations; driver's license. Preferred: Knowledge of South Dakota/Great Plains flora, experience with GPS, experience working in remote locations, experience with Geographic Information System software. Assistant will be paid $9.38/hour for 40 hours a week. The field season is expected to run from May 21th through mid to late August (maximum of 480 hours or $4500). Housing will be provided over the summer; split between Chamberlain and Cottonwood, South Dakota. Applicants should email a cover letter and a copy of their resume/CV with 3 references to Alex Cahlander-Mooers at firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to email with any questions about the position. Posted: 2/9/12, revised: 4/11/12.
University of South Dakota: Summer Field Research Positions: Effects of 2011 Floods on Missouri River Floodplain Forests. We are looking to hire 2 crew leaders and up to 12 additional field assistants for a project assessing the effects of the 2011 flood on floodplain forest vegetation along the Missouri River. Field work will occur this summer and will concentrate sampling existing cottonwood forests and new recruitment along segments of the Missouri River in South Dakota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Montana (different crews will be assigned to different areas). CREW LEADERS ($12-$15/hr depending on qualifications) Preferred Qualifications: A BS or MS in ecology, forestry, botany, or a related field; strong skills and experience in identification and sampling of vascular plants in Great Plains riparian communities; experience with using Geographic Information Systems (ArcGIS); strong organizational and supervisory/leadership skills; and valid drivers license and clean driving record. Experience operating motor boats on large rivers would also be a plus. Field work will require work for extended periods of time under sometimes arduous field conditions and in remote locations away from campus, and may require camping. Travel expenses (lodging, food) during the field work will be covered. Expected start date by June 1, 2012 or earlier. Expected ending date around August 31, 2012 (although opportunities may exist for some additional work following the field season). FIELD ASSISTANTS ($10-$12/hr, depending on qualifications) Preferred Qualifications: A BS or current enrollment in a university program in biology, ecology, forestry, wildlife, or related field; ability to identify (or learn to identify) trees and shrubs within Great Plains riparian forests; experience with field research (particularly vegetation sampling); maturity and good people skills; interest in the work; and attention to detail. Experience using Geographic Information Systems and experience boating on large rivers would also be pluses. Field work will require work for extended periods of time under sometimes arduous field conditions and in remote locations away from campus, and may require camping. Travel expenses (lodging, food) during the field work will be covered. Expected start date by June 10, 2012 or earlier. Expected ending date by mid to late August, 2012. Potential applicants for either position should email a letter of interest and a resume or CV that documents relevant experience and skills (e.g., those related to Preferred Qualifications) to Mark Dixon (Mark.Dixon@usd.edu) (particularly for positions in South Dakota) or to Dr. Michael Scott (email@example.com) (for positions in North Dakota and Montana). All hiring will be done through the University of South Dakota. Please indicate whether you are applying for a crew leader or field assistant position, and also indicate if you have a geographic preference for where you would like to work (eastern Montana, central North Dakota, southeastern SD/northeastern Nebraska). Posted: 1/23/12.
University of Texas at Austin: Student Research Assistant in Global Change Ecology at the USDA Grassland Soil and Water Research Lab, Temple, TX. Two student research assistant positions will be available in summer 2012 to assist with studies of the effects of global change on grassland ecosystems. The student will assist with several research projects studying the effects of atmospheric carbon dioxide on native grassland productivity and diversity, the effects of precipitation variability on the productivity of native grasses used in bioenergy production, and the differences in productivity between diverse and monoculture grasslands. Duties will include field measurements of plants and soils, preparation of plant and soil samples for laboratory analysis, data entry, and maintenance of experiments. Work outdoors in heat and humidity will be expected. To be considered, students must have completed their sophomore year with at least a 3.0 grade point average overall and a 3.5 grade point average in math and science classes. Work will start no later than May 16. To apply, send a letter of application, copy of current transcripts, and contact information for two references with firsthand knowledge of your classroom/laboratory science experience and aptitude. Send applications in electronic form only to: Dr. Mike Aspinwall (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 1/26/12, revised: 2/29/12.
University of Toronto: We seek a field assistant from early May to late August (dates negotiable) to work on a project studying the consequences of invasions on seed dispersal by ants (i.e., myrmecochory). The assistant will be part of a research team that is investigating the effects of an invasive seed-dispersing ant, the European fire ant, Myrmica rubra, on native ant and plant communities, and the potential for co-introduced mutualists to facilitate species invasions. This position is affiliated with Dr. Megan Frederickson’s lab, and the assistant will be working closely with Dr. Kirsten Prior, a postdoctoral associate in the lab. Major responsibilities: locating and collecting ant colonies, maintaining ant colonies, conducting surveys of myrmecochorous (ant-dispersed) plants and ants in the field, collecting seeds, conducting seed preference and dispersal trials in the field, setting up and monitoring a mesocosm experiment, and data input and management. The assistant may also assist with other related projects. The majority of time will be spent in the field. Desired qualifications: 1) completion of or working towards a degree in ecology and evolution, biology, entomology or a related field, 2) strong interest in ecology, entomology, ant ecology, and/or field ecology, 3) hard-working, highly motivated, with attention to detail, 4) ability to work independently and as a part of a research team, 5) willingness to work outside for long periods sometimes in uncomfortable conditions (hot and buggy), 6) ability to deal with a flexible work schedule (i.e., work around weather conditions). 7) Previous experience working in the field or with plants and insects is preferred, but not required. Location/housing: work will largely be conducted at the Koffler Scientific Reserve (~20 km from Newmarket and 60 km from Toronto, Ontario), but will also include some trips to sites in and around the greater Toronto area. Shared accommodations at KSR will be provided along with a modest stipend (~$1400/month) depending on qualifications and experience. Application: please submit a cover letter briefly detailing relevant interest and experience, a CV, and a list of three references. Review of applications will begin on March 19th. Applications and inquires should be sent to Kirsten Prior at email@example.com. Posted: 3/5/12.
University of Vermont: Summer 2012 field assistant. The Arctic Long-Term Ecological Research program seeks applications from motivated persons who will help support ongoing ecological research projects located at the Toolik Field Station in northern Alaska. Summer Field Assistant: The successful candidate will participate in research on arctic tundra stream ecosystems in the Toolik Field Station research area. Duties include monitoring physical parameters in streams, collection and analysis of water samples, benthic samples, and juvenile and adult fish. Basic laboratory skills, familiarity with spreadsheet software, and some knowledge of stream ecosystems preferred. Applicants should be recent college graduates (BS or MS) with substantial course work and/or field experience in environmental sciences. Some background in aquatic ecology, hydrology, chemistry, fish ecology and/or ecosystems ecology preferred. Applicants should be in good health, capable of rigorous outdoor activity, and prepared to live in a field camp where cooperation with others is essential, personal privacy is limited, and living accommodations are spare and simple. Maturity and self-motivation are essential. Wilderness or outdoor experience is highly desirable. Candidates should be available to live at the Toolik Field Station for 2-3 months during June, July and August. Travel to Toolik Field Station will be paid as well as the cost of room and board at the station. Successful candidates will be offered an hourly wage commensurate with their level of experience. Applicant review will begin March 1 and continue until suitable candidates are identified. Applicants are encouraged to apply by March 30. To Apply: Send a cover letter (or email), resume, copy of transcripts, names, addresses, telephone number and email contacts for 3 references to: Elissa Schuett at the Rubenstein Ecosystems Science Lab, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05401. E-mail: Elissa.Schuett@uvm.edu. We accept and encourage complete applications as attachments to an E-mail message. Clearly indicate the position for which you wish to be considered. Posted: 2/22/12.
University of Washington: Summer Field Opportunities: Yosemite, CA and Wind River, WA. These four summer positions involve tree mortality surveys in two 25.6 ha forest dynamics plots, one in Yosemite National Park (old-growth sugar pine/white fir) and one in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, WA (old-growth Douglas-fir/western hemlock). Tasks include revisiting each tree and recording mortalities, ingrowth, and coarse woody debris recruitment. Mortality checks require hatchet use. Staff will supervise students and volunteers. Two weeks of on-the-job training in late-June/early-July at the Yosemite Forest Dynamics Plot. Qualifications: Previous experience taking vegetation research data and ability to follow complex data collection protocols is required. Candidates should demonstrate the ability to solve problems and to work both independently and in teams of two or three. Work will involve moving through sometimes steep terrain with delicate and expensive equipment, as well as the ability to carry up to 15 kg of additional gear. Knowledge of western flora, tree pathogens, and western forest insects is desirable. Staff must have a driver’s license and a Wilderness First Aid/CPR certification (or higher) valid until October 31, 2012 (if you are not certified, please include your plans for certification in your cover letter). Practical experience in the operation and maintenance of electronic and mechanical equipment, familiarity with a variety of software and instrumentation, and experience with periods of outdoor living are all positives. Duration: Mid-June – mid-October 2012 (2 positions); mid-June – September (2 positions). Salary: $12 to $15 per hour, depending on experience. Camping accommodations provided during training in Yosemite. Bunk accommodations provided in Wind River. The work schedule is four, ten hour days per week. Apply: Please assemble the following into a single PDF file and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org – 1) A one-page cover letter describing your interests and reasons for applying, 2) A resume or CV, no longer than two pages, 3) Specific dates of availability (including any planned mid-summer absences), 4) Unofficial transcripts, and 5) Phone numbers and email addresses of references (please do not send letters of reference). Additional information: Wind River Forest Dynamics Plot and Yosemite Forest Dynamics Plot. Contact Jim Lutz (email@example.com) with questions not answered on those pages. Application deadline: February 29, 2012. PDF job flyer. Posted: 1/12/12.
University of Wisconsin-Madison: Micro Lab Tech O position for the Crystal Lake Mixing research project at Crystal Lake in Vilas County, Wisconsin. The position will work as part of a team that carries out limnological sampling and sample processing at Crystal Lake. The position will assist in the maintenance of lake mixing equipment. The laboratory work takes place at Trout Lake Station, operated by the Center for Limnology. The overall project will be overseen by Professor Jake Vander Zanden. Full-time, late April/early May 2012 - August/September 2012 (flexible). A. 30% Aid in experimenting mixing of Crystal Lake mixing project in Boulder Junction, Wisconsin 1. Help oversee and maintain lake mixing apparatus and other lake monitoring equipment. 2. Troubleshoot and problem-solve in the field. 3. Assist in maintaining equipment as needed; perform instrument calibration and troubleshoot problems with mixing apparatus as needed. B. 20% Assist in data organization and analysis 1. Perform routine data collection and enter findings into database. 2. Analyze samples as necessary. C. 50% Perform routine physical, chemical and biological lake sampling 1. Perform routine field sampling on Crystal Lake. Qualifications: 1. A basic understanding of lake ecosystems research. 2. Previous field work experience. 3. Experience in collecting and analyzing data. 4. Possess a valid driver's license. 5. Have previous boat and lake experience; have confidence in open-water boat operations. 6. Possess good problem solving skills. 7. Possess the ability to work on a team as well as independently. The position will be stationed at the Trout Lake Station in Boulder Junction, Wisconsin so it is necessary to live in northern Wisconsin (April-September). Housing can be provided by Trout Lake Station. This appointment would be contingent on obtaining drivers authorization by University of Wisconsin's Risk Management and successful completion of online courses in Animal Care and Boating Safety. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references (containing only name, phone number, email address and relationship to the applicant) to Valerie Seidel (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please reference "Crystal Lake Mixing LTE" in your application. The deadline to apply for the position is Tuesday, April 3rd. Late submissions will note be considered. Last Date to apply: April 3, 2012 Contact: Valerie Seidel (email@example.com)(Preferred), Phone: 608-262-3304. Posted: 3/23/12.
University of Wyoming: A field technician position is available to work on a research project on wetland hydroperiod and biodiversity in the context of climate change. The research will be carried out in E Wyoming, E Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota and W Minnesota. Tasks will include observations of wetland characteristics and biodiversity surveys (amphibian species, plant identification, and potentially invertebrate surveys), collection of GPS points, and data management (Access and ArcGIS). We are seeking a motivated individual to assist with collection of field data. Experience with wetland field data, observing and monitoring wildlife, data collection and organization, working under difficult field conditions and being able to navigate in backcountry is essential. The ability to hike for hours in strenuous conditions and varying temperatures, good communication skills, and a willingness to live and work with co-workers is a must. Previous experience navigating using GPS and/or topographic maps is desired. Candidates must be interested in landscape ecology, wetland ecology and/or conservation biology. Strong academic credentials plus completion of at least two years of an undergraduate science program is preferred. Candidates must also have a valid driver’s license, be qualified to drive a state vehicle and experience driving 4-wheel drive vehicles. PI: Dr. Melanie Murphy (Assistant Professor). Job length: Position will May 21 2012 or ASAP and last until end of July/early August. Dates are somewhat flexible. Pay: depends on experience (~1500-1700/month); Field vehicle and housing (when not camping) will be provided while in the field. Successful applicant will need to provide own camping equipment. How to apply: Please send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for 3 references (name, phone, and email) to Melanie Murphy (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Charlotte Gabrielsen (email@example.com). Posted: 5/16/12.
University of Wyoming: One field assistant needed starting June 1 through August (end date negotiable) to continue a long-term research project with crossbills in the South Hills of Idaho. The field site is located in south-central Idaho in the Cassia district of the Sawtooth National Forest about 40 miles southeast of Twin Falls, ID. Research is directed at conservation of the South Hills Crossbill, a resident Red Crossbill population restricted to lodgepole pine forest. Duties consist of extracting birds from mist-nets, resighting banded individuals, conducting bird point counts, taking basic vegetative measurements, and data entry. Summers are usually dry and temperatures range from 40s at night to highs in the 70s to 80s during the day, although during the first two weeks of June snowfall is likely. Assistants are expected to work 6-7 days per week. Qualifications: Must have experience handling and removing songbirds (especially finches) from mist nets and be comfortable living in a remote location with few amenities. A good sense of humor, positive attitude, creativity and patience are a must when trying to determine how to handle daily field situations. Good communication skills, ability to walk on uneven terrain with a 30 lb backpack, experience conducting point counts, and experience collecting basic habitat measurements are also desired. A competitive applicant will be responsible, detail-oriented, hard working, comfortable working alone in remote locations, and interested in avian ecology and conservation. Personal transportation required. Compensation: Housing, worker’s compensation insurance, on-site mileage reimbursement for work-related tasks, and $400/week. Application: Please send a cover letter (include an estimate of the number of birds you have extracted from a mist net), resume, and contact information for three references to Zachary Gayk (firstname.lastname@example.org). For more information, visit http://www.uwyo.edu/benkman/. Applications accepted until positions are filled, no later than May 11. Posted: 4/25/12.
University of Wyoming: Summer position as programmer and data technician jointly with the Lauenroth Lab in the Botany Department at the University of Wyoming and Dr. Bradford, USGS. We are seeking a technician to contribute coding/scripting to existing simulation software and to manage/manipulate ecological and climate data sets. Tasks may include organizing, manipulating, and extracting data from various sources (GIS, netCDF, ASCII, literature, etc.), writing scripts in C/C++ or R to perform required tasks, developing R analysis scripts, improving or implementing requested features to existing C code, translating existing R scripts to C/ C++, and others. Qualifications: Technician must be self-reliant, reliable, and have experience coding in C/C++ (on a UNIX platform) and/or R and manipulating data structures. Understanding of ecological and climatic processes and of simulation approaches in science is desirable, but not required. Starting date is as soon as possible and position lasts through this summer, and possibly beyond. Schedule is a regular workweek with 40 hours/week. Working place is the Lauenroth Lab at the University of Wyoming, Laramie. To apply, assemble the following into a single PDF and email to Daniel Schlaepfer (email@example.com) with a subject line “2012 summer programmer: 'your name'”: 1) a one-page cover letter describing a) your interests and qualifications for this positions, b) your dates of availability; 2) a résumé or CV; 3) copies of either (unofficial) transcripts or professional work products; 4) contact information for two references with firsthand knowledge of your work experience and aptitude (please do not send letters of reference); and 5) address, phone, and email. For more information, please contact Daniel Schlaepfer (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 4/23/12.
University of Wyoming: Three field technician position(s) (one crew leader and one technician) are available to work on a research project on wetland hydroperiod and biodiversity in the context of climate change. The research will be carried out in E Wyoming, E Montana, South Dakota and North Dakota. Duties: Tasks will include observations of wetland characteristics and biodiversity surveys (amphibian species, plant identification, and potentially invertebrate surveys), collection of GPS points, and data management (Access and ArcGIS). We are seeking 2 motivated individuals to assist with collection of field data. Experience with wetland field data, observing and monitoring wildlife, data collection and organization, working under difficult field conditions and being able to navigate in backcountry is essential. The ability to hike for hours in strenuous conditions and varying temperatures, good communication skills, and a willingness to live and work with co-workers is a must. Previous experience navigating using GPS and/or topographic maps is required. Candidates must be interested in landscape ecology, wetland ecology and/or conservation biology. Strong academic credentials plus completion of at least two years of an undergraduate science program is preferred. Candidates must also have a valid driver’s license, be qualified to drive a state vehicle and experience driving 4-wheel drive vehicles. PI: Dr. Melanie Murphy (Assistant Professor). One Field Technician position (crew leader) will begin May 1, 2012 and 1 other will begin May 15 2012. Positions will last for ~3 months (start dates are somewhat flexible). Pay depends on experience (~1500-2000/month); Field vehicles and housing (when not camping) will be provided while in the field. Successful applicants will need to provide own camping equipment. How to apply: Please send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for 3 references (name, phone, and email) to Melanie Murphy (email@example.com). DEADLINE: APRIL 15, 2012. Posted: 4/3/12.
University of Wyoming: Three field technician positions (one crew leader and two technicians) are available to work on a research project on Greater Sage-Grouse fine-scale distribution and functional connectivity in relation to energy development. The project will assess genetic variability across the landscape and how landscape characteristics influence genetic diversity. The research will be carried out in the Bighorn and Powder River Basins in Northern Wyoming. Tasks will include observations of sage-grouse for presence/absence across the landscape, shed feather collection at lek sites, vegetation surveys, GPS points, and data entry in Excel, Access, and ArcGIS. We are seeking 3 motivated individuals to assist with collection of field data. Experience observing and monitoring wildlife, data collection and organization, working under difficult field conditions and being able to navigate in backcountry is essential. The ability to hike for hours in strenuous conditions and varying temperatures, good communication skills, and a willingness to live and work with co-workers is a must. Previous experience navigating using GPS and/or topographic maps is helpful. Candidates must be interested in landscape ecology, genetics, and/or conservation biology. Strong academic credentials plus completion of at least two years of an undergraduate science program is preferred. Candidates must also have a valid driver’s license, be qualified to drive a state vehicle and experience driving 4-wheel drive vehicles. PI: Dr. Melanie Murphy (Assistant Professor, University of Wyominig) Contract length: One Field Technician position (crew leader) will begin April 15, 2012 and 2 others will begin May 1 2012 and will last for 3 months (start dates are somewhat flexible). A possibility of an extension is available for an individual with experience performing DNA extraction and PCR through the end of August. Pay depends on experience (~1200-1600/month); Field vehicles and housing will be provided. Successful applicants will need to provide own camping equipment. How to apply: Please send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for 3 references (name, phone, and email) to Beth Fitzpatrick (firstname.lastname@example.org). DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 29, 2012. Posted: 2/14/12.
Utah State University: We seek a summer research technician to join a project examining the role of species interactions in determining the impact of climate change on plant communities. The undergraduate researcher will work in Dr. Peter Adler's lab in Logan, UT, with field work in eastern Idaho sagebrush steppe vegetation, western Kansas mixed prairie, and southern New Mexico desert grasslands. Primary responsibilities include mapping individual plants in permanent plots, and digitizing these maps using ArcGIS software. Important qualifications include a strong background in plant taxonomy, and a strong back. The position could start as early as May, 2012, and run through September, 2012, but start and end dates are flexible. Pay is $9-11 per hour depending on experience. To apply email Andy Kleinhesselink (email@example.com) with the following documents attached as a pdf: 1) A cover letter explaining your interest in and qualification for the position, 2) a curriculum vita, 3) undergraduate transcript, and 4) contact information for three references. Deadline for applications is March 19. Posted: 2/27/12.
Virginia Tech: The Pine Integrated Network: Education, Mitigation, and Adaptation Project has 6 internships available for summer 2012. Each position has a salary of $4,800 (for roughly 12 weeks of work) and housing/subsistence stipend of $2,200. The PINEMAP Intern Program provides undergraduate students with a research experience with a graduate student mentor and prepares them to successfully assist in teaching secondary school science or social studies classes. Selected undergraduate students will be provided the opportunity to work during a summer internship with a researcher in one of the following disciplines, or Aims: ecophysiology, silviculture, modeling, genetics, economics and policy, education, and extension. Interns will participate in data collection and hypothesis testing at a host university. Interns will then enroll in a fall distance education course in inquiry-based science education and work with classmates to develop and improve engaging lessons for secondary school life science, biology, or social study classes. Additional information and the online application can be found through the PINEMAP website, or contact John Kidd, Intern Program Coordinator, at jbkidd[at]vt[dot]edu. Application deadline is February 17, 2012. Posted: 1/19/12.
Virginia Tech: Field Technician for Least Tern and Wilson's Plover Resighting. Location: near Cape Lookout National Seashore, NC. Job Type: Full-time, temporary. Duration: 15 April-15 Aug, 2012. Application Deadline: 15 Jan. Assist graduate students in the 3rd year of a collaborative research project investigating the behavioral and demographic effects of military overflights on shorebirds. Focal species include Least Tern and Wilson's Plover. Primary duties include re-sighting color-banded Least Terns and Wilson's Plovers. Additional duties may include surveying waterbird colonies. Qualifications: B.S. in Wildlife Science or related field and previous field experience re-sighting color-banded birds. Experience surveying colonial waterbirds is preferred but not required. Successful applicant will be adaptable, detail-oriented, enthusiastic, and able to work and live harmoniously with others on a remote barrier island in Park Service housing. A valid driver's license is required and experience operating 4WD vehicles, ATVs and boats is desired. Salary: $400/week + free housing. Send cover letter and resume with academic background, work experience, and contact information for 3 references to Matthew Hillman (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Audrey DeRose-Wilson (email@example.com), or mail application to Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, Virginia Tech, 100 Cheatham Hall, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0321 (electronic applications preferred). Posted: 12/22/11.
Washington State University - Vancouver: Fender’s blue butterfly is an endangered butterfly surviving in upland prairie fragments in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. We seek a field technician to assist with studies of Fender’s blue, primarily at sites near Eugene, OR with occasional work at other sites in the Willamette Valley. Responsibilities include conducting butterfly surveys, assisting with behavioral observations, assisting with plant surveys, setting up field experiments, and other related field work. Other duties may include logistical support and data entry. Applicants should be responsible, motivated and able to reliably work independently in the field after initial training. Driver’s license, and good eyesight and physical fitness are required for field positions. Detail-oriented, ability to work alone or with a small group, and maintaining positive attitude during long hours in the field are required. Preference for applicants with field butterfly and/or wildlife experience but any interested person should apply. Position will likely run late April-late June 2012. Applicants residing near Eugene or Corvallis, OR are especially encouraged to apply. TO APPLY: Please send a letter of interest, a resume and two letters of reference to Cheryl Schultz, firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, those interested in volunteering should get in touch with us. Review of applications will begin on April 2, 2012 and continue until position is filled. For more information on please contact Cheryl Schultz at 360-546-9525. Posted: 3/27/12.
Washington State University - Vancouver: Two full time-limited term field assistant positions (Approximately April 1st - June 30th) are available at Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge, Dallas, Oregon. Assistants will contribute to an ongoing, collaborative project investigating habitat management for rare butterflies. This project will specifically focus on the effects of burning, as a management tool, on the Fender’s blue butterfly (Icaricia icarioides fenderi). The position provides an excellent opportunity to develop skills related to fire ecology and butterfly biology. These positions are affiliated with Cheryl Schultz’s lab at WSU Vancouver. Pay $10/hr. Responsibilities: Locating, delineating and using GPS equipment to record the location of host plant patches. Surveying patches of lupine for the caterpillars and eggs of Fender’s blue butterfly. Studying behavior (movement, nectaring, oviposition) of adult Fender’s blue butterflies. Conducting surveys to assess the effects of fire on vegetation structure and nectar resource abundance. Qualifications: Strong interest in conservation biology, butterfly biology, entomology and/or field ecology. Attention to detail and an ability to work independently and as part of a team in a research environment. Ability to work in hilly terrain under hot, sunny or cool, rainy conditions for long hours. Schedule: Daily and weekly work schedules may fluctuate, sometimes with little notice. An ability to deal with a flexible work schedule (especially during adult butterfly flight period) is a must. Butterflies are weather dependant and Oregon is known for unpredictable weather. Field work will happen when the weather permits. This may include some weekends. Individuals are responsible for their own housing and transportation to Baskett Slough NWR. Review of applications will begin on February 21 and continue until positions are filled. Please submit a cover letter briefly detailing relevant interest and experience, CV and a list of 3 references. Applications (and any questions) should be emailed to Norah Warchola at (email@example.com). Posted: 2/16/12.
Washington State University - Vancouver: I am looking for a research technician from late April through June to assist with a research project investigating the impacts of herbicide usage on an endangered prairie butterfly in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Work will entail collecting behavioral, egg abundance, and vegetative data. Knowledge of butterflies and western Oregon flora is a plus but not required. More important is a strong scientific ethic, a positive attitude, a willingness to learn, and the ability to work well with others. Work is weather dependent and may involve long days in the field under an intense sun and may require close contact with poison oak. Pay is $10/hr and housing will be provided as well as transport to and from the field. If interested please send a resume or C.V. with at least 3 references to the address below. Tyler Hicks (firstname.lastname@example.org), PhD Student. If you have any questions feel free to e-mail or call 360-546-9082. Posted: 2/3/12.
Washington University in St. Louis: The Tyson Research Center is seeking a full-time, temporary research technician in aquatic ecology. This position will be funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation, the focus of which is the roles of predators and disturbance in structuring community biodiversity across spatial scales and the restoration of biodiversity. The position is full time, but temporary, and would last 3-6 months. The research technician will be responsible for providing laboratory and field assistance on projects contributing to the grant’s objectives. Specific duties may include: establishing and maintaining microcosm and mesocosm experiments, collecting biodiversity samples from natural and artificial pond habitats, and processing samples and identifying aquatic organisms (macroinvertebrates, zooplankton, and protists). Additional duties may include data entry and organization and water chemistry analyses. This would be an ideal position for an undergraduate looking for a summer research experience or for a recent college graduate. Willingness to work long hours in the field, under potentially uncomfortable conditions is a pre-requisite. The ability to work well both as part of a team and as an individual is essential. Once hired, the successful applicant must be able to obtain a Missouri Class E driver’s license. Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Ecology, Evolution, or related disciplines in strongly preferred. Experience in aquatic ecology, invertebrate identification, and field and laboratory sampling techniques is preferred but not essential, as training will be provided. Preference will be given to candidates who can begin work as soon as possible. Minimum pay $10/hr. To apply, visit https://jobs.wustl.edu and search for job number 23743 in the keyword search. Also email a copy of your CV and cover letter to Kevin Smith at email@example.com. Posted: 5/10/12.
Yellowstone Wilderness Outfitters: Naturalist on Horseback. Experience the best backcountry Yellowstone National Park has to offer! 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. This position is for a day ride guide to guide half and full day trips in Yellowstone. Our 2012 season runs from late May mid-October and you must be able to commit to the majority of the season. Applicants must have a Commercial Driver’s License Class A, or be willing and able to obtain one, to apply. Please understand what this involves before applying; you will have to demonstrate you can get the CDL before you will considered for this position! Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate that they have worked with horses and have competent riding skills. A bachelor's degree is preferred. Previous naturalist and guiding experience is a plus, but not mandatory. Applicants must be physically fit, at least 21 years old and must arrive with valid Red Cross First Aid and CPR certification. At this time, we are only able to hire US citizens or those with a U.S. work visa in-hand. Salary: $350 per week plus tips. 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. Contact: Carrie Byron (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 3/15/12.
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