positions lasting less than 1 year, mostly with no benefits
|New Jersey Audubon||Interpretive naturalists, Monarch butterfly intern, bird migration counters (7 positions)||7/15/13||6/10/13|
|University of Texas Austin||Lab tech, evolution of assortative mating||7/1/13||6/21/13|
|New Jersey Audubon||Field naturalist, Cape May Bird Observatory||7/1/13||6/21/13|
|University of Washington||Field Tech, corridor research, South Carolina||6/27/13||6/21/13|
|University of Michigan||Field tech, riparian tree biodiversity with streambank erosion||6/26/13|
|USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center||Ecologist - Grasslands legacy data||6/21/13|
|Oregon State University||Sagebrush Vegetation Research Intern||6/16/13||6/4/13|
|University of Alaska Fairbanks||Genetics Lab Technician||6/15/13||6/10/13|
|University of Minnesota||Ecology Field Research Internship||6/15/13||5/31/13|
|Brookhaven National Laboratory||Intern, effects of a solar facility on wildlife and habitat||6/12/13||5/7/13|
|Australian National University||Field assistant, birds in Australia||6/10/13|
|Purdue University||Summer field assistant, old-growth forest research||6/10/13|
|Washington University in St. Louis||Field technicians in forest ecology||5/31/13|
|Old Dominion University||Avian Field Assistants, Fall||5/29/13|
|University of Wisconsin-Madison||Field Technician, Ozark glades plant community study||5/28/13|
|Oregon State University||Forest Ecology Field Technicians (3)||5/28/13|
|Sarasota County, Florida||Intern, Forestry Outreach||5/17/13||5/9/13|
|University of Michigan||Internship: tropical forest change, Panama||5/13/13|
|Pacific Salmon Commission (Canada)||Seasonal Port Sampling Technician||5/12/13||4/19/13|
|Marine Biological Laboratory||Temporary Field Assistant/Semester in Environmental Science Recruiter||5/6/13|
|Desert Research Institute||Summer Field Tech, Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida||5/6/13|
|Cornell University||Field assts, birds, Yellowstone||5/2/13|
|University of Washington||Research asst, fishery management systems||5/1/13|
|University of Toronto (Canada)||Summer Research Assistantship, plant ecology/reproduction||5/1/13|
|University of Maryland||Summer internship: marine ecology in mangroves & marshes, Florida||5/1/13||4/12/13|
|Duke University||Forest Ecology field crew||4/30/13|
|Michigan State University||Field techs, Longleaf Pine ecology, South Carolina||4/30/13||4/17/13|
|University of Wyoming||Landscape Genetics Lab Tech: Sage-Grouse Lek Distribution and Connectivity||4/29/13|
|Pace University||Songbird Research Field Assistant, New York||4/26/13|
|Nature’s Capital, LLC||Seasonal Biological Technicians, plants, Idaho (6)||4/25/13|
|University of Wyoming||Vegetation/insect sampling technician||4/25/13|
|Archbold Biological Station||Research Internship in Disease Ecology||4/23/13|
|The Nature Conservancy||seasonal Grassland Bird Technician, Iowa||4/23/13||4/17/13|
|Rice University||Tropical Forest Ecology Internship – Guam & the Northern Mariana Islands||4/23/13||4/12/13|
|Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies||Summer Microbiology Project Assistant||4/23/13||4/12/13|
|Rice University||Population genetic diversity and colonization success in weedy plants||4/22/13|
|University of Maine||Research assts, avian point counts (2 positions)||4/21/13||4/18/13|
|USDA Forest Service||Ecology/Botany Field Tech, NE Oregon||4/18/13||4/15/13|
|University of Wisconsin-Madison||Field Techs: Longleaf pine restoration in Georgia and the Carolinas (10 positions)||4/18/13||3/19/13|
|USDA Forest Service||Biological Science Technician (Plants), California (3 positions)||4/18/13||3/19/13|
|Purdue University||Lead research technician position - Boston-Area Climate Experiment||4/17/13|
|Syracuse University||Summer Ecology Fieldwork Internship on Maine Islands||4/12/13|
|University of Wisconsin-Stout||Wetland Research Crew Leader||4/12/13||4/10/13|
|Oregon State University||Seasonal sagebrush/fire ecology technician||4/11/13|
|University of Wyoming||Botany/Forest Ecology Field Techs in Rocky Mountain National Park||4/10/13|
|Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada)||Summer Research Assistantship in the Northwest Territories||4/9/13|
|University of Wyoming||Prairie Pothole Wetlands Field Tech||4/7/13||3/25/13|
|Portland State University||Vegetation mapping technician||4/5/13||3/18/13|
|Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center||Plant Ecology Technician||4/4/13|
|University of California Merced||Field ecology tech, global warming and treeline dynamics, Colorado||4/2/13|
|Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens||Integrated Pest Management Intern||4/2/13|
|University of North Carolina||Marine Ecology Research Technicians (2 positions)||4/1/13||3/25/13|
|Purdue University||Summer research technicians, forest ecology||4/1/13||3/21/13|
|Duke University||Intern, campus tree inventory||4/1/13||3/20/13|
|University of California Berkeley||Forest Fire Ecology (9-10 positions)||4/1/13||2/22/13|
|Archbold Biological Station||Wetland Plant Ecology||4/1/13||2/18/13|
|Northwest Entomological Research Center||Summer Internships in Entomology||3/30/13||2/26/13|
|University of Pittsburgh||Summer Ecology/Botany Field Tech, West Virginia||3/29/13|
|Saltmarsh Habitat and Avian Research Program||Bird Point Count Technicians||3/29/13||3/18/13|
|Duke University||Summer Research Techs, plant community ecology||3/29/13||3/18/13|
|Texas Tech University||Aquatic Ecology Field Tech, Missouri||3/28/13|
|Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station||Summer research asst, bee monitoring||3/26/13|
|University of Western Ontario (Canada)||Experienced Songbird Bleeder, British Columbia||3/25/13|
|Pennsylvania State University||Vegetation Sampling Technicians (8)||3/25/13|
|University of Wyoming||Wyoming Toad Field Technician||3/25/13||3/13/13|
|New Jersey Audubon||Field technicians for bird surveys (2 positions)||3/25/13||3/11/13|
|Oregon State University||Summer Field Crew, Forest Dynamics Research (4 positions)||3/24/13||3/4/13|
|Illinois Natural History Survey||Clean Boats Crew Site Leaders (5 positions)||3/22/13||3/1/13|
|USDA Forest Service||Vegetation management and fire effects in California forests (11 positions)||3/22/13||2/7/13|
|University of New Mexico||DataONE Summer Internships||3/21/13||3/18/13|
|Utah State University||Summer plant ecology technician||3/19/13||2/26/13|
|National Ecological Observatory Network||Seasonal Field Technicians (3 positions)||3/18/13|
|University of Montana||Stream Salamander Field Asst, New Hampshire||3/17/13||2/27/13|
|University of California Davis||Field and lab assistants in pollination ecology||3/16/13||3/11/13|
|University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center||Field Course Teaching Assistant||3/15/13||2/14/13|
|Highlands Biological Station||Summer Interns: Botanical Garden Assistant and Assistant Naturalist||3/15/13||2/5/13|
|Maine Department of Marine Resources||Biotoxin Monitoring||3/15/13||2/5/13|
|Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition||Vegetation Monitoring Technician (3 positions)||3/12/13||2/8/13|
|University of Washington||Summer Field Techs: Restoration of Montane Meadows in the Oregon Cascades||3/10/13||1/22/13|
|Michigan Technological University||Tech, emerald ash borer disturbance on black ash wetlands||3/8/13|
|University of Wyoming||Small Mammal and Invasive Grass Field Technicians (3)||3/8/13||1/9/13|
|University of Alberta (Canada)||Head Field Tech - Columbian ground squirrels/Rocky Mountains||3/7/13||2/20/13|
|University of Minnesota||Black Tern Field Team Leader||3/6/13||2/20/13|
|University of Wyoming||Greater Sage-Grouse Technicians (2-3)||3/6/13||2/14/13|
|USDA Forest Service||Field Botanists, West Virginia (3 positions)||3/4/13||2/4/13|
|University of Minnesota||Plant community ecology intern, Cedar Creek||3/4/13||1/7/13|
|Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies||Mammal/Lyme disease ecology||3/3/13||2/14/13|
|Northern Arizona University||field instructor and field intern, Summer Conservation Experience program||3/1/13||2/25/13|
|Maine Department of Marine Resources||Phytoplankton Monitoring||3/1/13||2/5/13|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||Seasonal Songbird Research Assistants (2)||3/1/13||1/28/13|
|USDA Forest Service||Seasonal Field Techs, Fisheries or Botany (48 positions)||3/1/13||1/22/13|
|University of Vermont||Arctic Streams Summer Field Asst, Alaska||3/1/13||12/19/12|
|University of Montana||Stream Salamander Field Assistant||2/28/13||2/5/13|
|Chicago Botanic Garden||Summer field interns, plant-animal interactions in fragmented prairie||2/28/13||1/24/13|
|University of Michigan||Field Crew Leader/Research Assts, Riparian Biodiversity||2/27/13|
|USDA Forest Service||Small mammal technicians, Mount St. Helens||2/27/13|
|Purdue University||Summer technician, insect ecology in agroecosystems||2/26/13|
|Colorado State University||Summer field botanists, southwestern South Dakota (2)||2/19/13|
|Fairfax County Park Authority||Natural Resources Interns (2)||2/24/13||1/11/13|
|Colorado State University||Seasonal Wetland Techs, Soil and Botany, Alaska (2 positions)||2/22/13||1/28/13|
|Rutgers University||Field techs, Restoration Ecology of Native Bees||2/22/13||1/24/13|
|Idaho Department of Fish and Game||Multi-species Survey Techs (20 positions)||2/20/13||2/4/13|
|University of Delaware||Avian Field Technician Positions: Michigan||2/19/13|
|University of Wyoming||Greater Sage-Grouse Technicians (2)||2/19/13|
|USDA Forest Service||Technician, Wildlife, Alaska||2/18/13|
|Marine Biological Laboratory||Summer Research Asst - TIDE Project, Plum Island, MA||2/15/13|
|Colorado State University||Wetland Ecology Field Techs (4-6 positions)||2/15/13||2/4/13|
|Oregon State University||Avian field tech and intern||2/15/13||1/22/13|
|Pennsylvania State University||Seasonal Forest Monitoring Tech||2/15/13||1/22/13|
|New Jersey Audubon||Shorebird Field Technicians (2)||2/15/13||1/2/13|
|University of New Mexico||Climate change ecology and microbial symbionts in Great Lakes dunes||2/14/13|
|USDA Forest Service||Forestry Technicians, Alaska||2/14/13|
|University of Minnesota||Prescribed Burning Tech, Cedar Creek||2/11/13||11/16/12|
|Cornell University||Native bee field techs (2)||2/10/13||1/28/13|
|Missouri Department of Conservation||Botany Crew Leader and Technicians||2/8/13||12/11/12|
|Marine Biological Laboratory||Research Asst - Coastal Plain Ecology (part-time)||2/6/13|
|University of Maine||Internship in Subtidal Benthic Ecology||2/6/13|
|USGS Sequoia-Kings Canyon Field Station||Summer botany techs||2/4/13||1/22/13|
|Ecology Project International||Yellowstone Wildlife Field Ecology Intern||2/1/13||1/24/13|
|Audubon Alaska||Summer Intern - Conservation GIS Analyst||1/31/13|
|USGS Snake River Field Station||Avian field technicians, Oregon/Nevada||1/31/13||1/24/13|
|Yellowstone Wilderness Outfitters||Naturalist on Horseback||1/31/13||1/4/13|
|Marine Biological Laboratory||Summer Field Assistants - Arctic LTER||1/29/13|
|University of Nevada-Reno||Greater Sage-grouse techs, Nevada/Oregon||1/29/13|
|Pennsylvania State University||Native Bee Field/Lab Assistant||1/29/13|
|Rocky Mountain Field Institute||Field Coordinator||1/28/13|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||Songbird Field Technician||1/28/13|
|Oregon State University||Avian Point Counts, Indiana (9 positions)||1/25/13|
|Archbold Biological Station||Research Internships in Plant Ecology||1/25/13|
|University of Wisconsin-Madison||Field Crew Leader, forest ecosystem ecology||1/25/13|
|University of Wyoming||Field Technicians, wildlife and vegetation monitoring (6 positions)||1/24/13|
|Oregon State University||Forest Ecology Field Technicians, Sudden Oak Death and Fuels||1/24/13|
|Nantucket Conservation Foundation, Inc.||Seasonal Field Research Assts (2 Botanists, 1 Shorebird Monitor)||1/20/13||12/14/12|
|National Park Service||Seasonal Biological Techs, Northern Great Plains (6 positions)||1/16/13||1/3/13|
|National Park Service||Inventory & Monitoring, Plants, St. Croix National Scenic Riverway||1/15/13||1/3/13|
|Dartmouth College/University of Massachusetts||Project Manager, Plant Evolutionary Ecology||1/15/13||12/20/12|
|Washington State University||Aquatic Biogeochemistry Field Assistant||1/15/13||12/11/12|
|Institute for Applied Ecology||Seasonal field techs (9+ positions)||1/11/13|
|University of South Dakota||Crew Leader: Missouri River floodplain forests||1/7/13|
|U.S. Geological Survey||Northern Great Plains Fire Effects Monitors||1/4/13||12/11/12|
|Iowa State University||Field Techs, Greater Prairie-Chickens (2 positions)||1/4/13||12/4/12|
|University of South Dakota||Field Techs: Missouri River floodplain forests (10 positions)||1/3/13|
|University of Florida||Field Tech, carbon cycling in tundra ecosystems, Alaska||1/3/13||11/14/12|
|University of Alaska Fairbanks||Riverine Food Webs and Fish Ecology||1/2/13|
|Colorado State University||Ecology and botany field techs, Colorado Natural Heritage Program||1/1/13||12/19/12|
|Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies||Field Assts, songbird ecology and behavior||1/1/13||12/6/12|
|Utah State University||Seasonal field tech, Greater Sage-Grouse||12/31/12||11/30/12|
|U.S. Geological Survey||Avian field technicians||12/28/12||12/6/12|
|Harvard University||Assistant Program Coordinator/Resident Advisor, Harvard Forest||12/12/12|
|North Carolina State University||Field techs, Red-cockaded Woodpeckers (3 positions)||11/30/12|
|Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge||Field techs, seabird research (10 positions)||11/30/12|
|Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge||Field techs, seabird predator control (2 positions)||11/30/12|
|Clemson University||Seasonal Herpetological Field Tech, NC||11/30/12||10/12/12|
|Conservation and Land Management Internship Program||Botany and Wildlife Interns||11/15/12|
|University of Arkansas||Stream Ecology Technician||11/1/12||10/15/12|
|Cornell University||Field Tech, stream biodiversity in Ecuador||10/25/12|
|University of California Santa Cruz||Field Tech, White-Nose Syndrome||10/22/12||10/10/12|
|Florida State University||Tech, chorus frog female choice and population variation||10/19/12|
|Florida International University||Technician, Fish movement ecology||10/19/12|
|Ecological Society of America||Publishing Intern, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment||10/19/12||10/12/12|
|University of North Carolina||Field Assts, plant disease ecology, California (5-6 positions)||10/10/12|
|Michigan State University||Research Asst, Climate Change and Forest Health||10/8/12||9/11/12|
|University of Minnesota||Research Tech, impact of emerald ash borer on forest structure and function||9/24/12||9/11/12|
|Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute||Forest Landscape Ecology intern||9/14/12|
|Michigan State University||Field Tech, Longleaf pine restoration, South Carolina||8/24/12||8/2/12|
|Michigan State University||Lab Tech, adaptation in the model plant Arabidopsis||8/14/12||8/9/12|
|University of Notre Dame||Grassland Ecology, Montana||8/13/12|
|Virginia Tech||Field techs, amphibians, Florida (4-6 positions)||8/8/12||8/2/12|
|American Geophysical Union||Public Affairs Fall Internship||8/1/12||7/11/12|
|U.S. Geological Survey||Marsh Bird Technicians (2)||7/23/12||7/9/12|
|Northern Arizona University||Forestry Techs & Crew Leader (3 positions)||7/10/12|
American Geophysical Union: Public Affairs Fall Internship. Are you interested in gaining valuable science policy experience and spending part of the fall working in Washington, D.C.? AGU’s Public Affairs department is looking for a fall intern. This is an opportunity for undergraduates, graduate students, and recent grads to learn more about the intersection of public policy and Earth and space science. The AGU Public Affairs department maintains a continuous flow of information between AGU scientists and Capitol Hill. The department advocates on behalf of Earth and space science as related policy evolves in Congress. The Public Affairs intern will work closely with Public Affairs and Outreach staff. This internship provides an opportunity to learn about the public policy process first-hand and to gain knowledge about Earth and space science policy issues, including climate change and natural hazards. This is a paid internship in Washington, DC. The intern will attend congressional hearings and briefings that relate to Earth and space science policy and write summaries for the AGU website and other publications. The intern will also assist with AGU members’ congressional visits and with organizing congressional briefings and receptions. The internship also includes social media outreach and web presence, and administrative tasks, as assigned. Good research and organizational skills are a must. Coursework related to Earth or space science, political science, and communications are a plus. Requirements: College student, graduate student, or a recent graduate; Preferred majors include, but not limited to, Earth or space sciences, public policy, and communications; Cover letter strongly recommended with application. Application Due Date: Wednesday, 1 August 2012. Anticipated Start: 4 September 2012. Anticipated Internship Duration: Three months. Apply online. Posted: 7/11/12.
Archbold Biological Station: Research Internship in Disease Ecology Beginning Summer 2013, Ideal for Students with Undergraduate Degrees Contemplating Graduate School. Includes independent research project. Provides Weekly stipend, Room, and Food stipend. An internship based at MacArthur Agro-ecology Research Center and Archbold Biological Station, in south-central Florida in the Disease Ecology Program. Interns will work in the Disease Ecology Program of Dr. Raoul Boughton, which emphasizes research in wildlife disease, ecological immunology, and interactions of wildlife/invasive species and domestic stock (cattle). Current studies include the ecology of a filarial nematode and consequences of infection to threatened Florida Scrub-Jays (Aphelocoma coeruslcens); mosquito feeding preferences and disease vector capabilities; feral swine interactions with cattle and probability of disease transfer between the two species. Likely duties of this internship will include undertaking fecal float analyses for cattle and feral swine, investigating Eimeria sp and helminthes loads, helping with spatial mapping of ranch habitats using GIS, conducting screening ELISA’s for specific antibodies to various parasites, and monitoring visitation rates of feral swine at cattle feed stations and watering points. Interns will also be exposed to all projects of the Disease Ecology Program and when feasible encouraged to be involved in other research occurring at Archbold. Interns receive room, a meal allowance, and a weekly stipend of $100. They work ~20 hours per week as research assistants and the remainder on an independent research project. This internship will run for 6 months from early June 2013. Internships offer an excellent opportunity for experience in every aspect of scientific research, from project choice and experimental design to oral and written presentations. Additional information on intern experiences. To apply for an internship in the Disease Ecology Program, please provide the following: a cover letter stating research interests, a resume or CV, a summary of grades, and two letters of recommendation or referees. Applications will be considered up to 20 May 2013. Please EMAIL applications to: Raoul Boughton (email@example.com, Phone: 863-465-2571 ext 227, Mobile: 863 840 3678). Posted: 4/23/13.
Archbold Biological Station: Research Internships in Wetland Plant Ecology, Beginning Summer 2013. Ideal for Students with Undergraduate Degrees Contemplating Graduate School Includes independent research project. Provides Weekly stipend, Room, and Food stipend. Internships at MacArthur Agro-ecology Research Center, a division of Archbold Biological Station, in south-central Florida in the Agro-Ecology Program. Interns will work in the agro-ecology laboratory of Dr. Elizabeth (Betsey) Boughton, which emphasizes wetland ecology, community ecology, restoration ecology, landscape ecology, and disturbance ecology (grazing, fire, flooding). We study plant communities in wetlands, wet prairies, and grasslands embedded in low and high intensity ranchland in the Northern Everglades. Long-term studies on wetland restoration, fire management, and wetland management manipulating grazing and fire provide outstanding opportunities for short-term comparative studies. Interns receive room, a meal allowance, and a weekly stipend of $100. They work 20 hours per week as research assistants and the remainder on an independent research project. Internships generally run for 6-12 months but are flexible in their starting dates and durations. Internships offer an opportunity for experience in every aspect of scientific research, from project choice and experimental design to oral and written presentations. Additional information. To apply for an internship in the agro-ecology lab, please provide the following: a cover letter stating research interests, a resume or CV, a summary of grades, and three references by 1 April 2013. Please email applications to: Elizabeth (Betsey) Boughton (firstname.lastname@example.org) Phone: 863-699-0242 ext 2. Posted: 2/18/13.
Archbold Biological Station: Research Internships in Plant Ecology. Beginning May-August and later in 2013. Ideal for Students with Undergraduate Degrees Contemplating Graduate School. Includes independent research project. Provides Stipend, Room, and Board. Internships at Archbold Biological Station in south-central Florida in the Plant Ecology Program. Interns will work in the plant ecology laboratory of Dr. Eric Menges, which emphasizes conservation biology, plant demography, restoration ecology, fire ecology, landscape ecology, and fire management. We study many species of endemic vascular plants in endangered Florida scrub and related communities. Active fire management provides outstanding opportunities for short-term comparative studies in fire ecology. Our long-term (as long as 24-year) datasets on dozens of scrub plants gives context to short-term, focused, field projects. A large-scale experimental restoration provides a useful context for restoration ecology projects. Interns receive room, breakfasts and lunches, a meal allowance, and a weekly stipend of $100. They work 20 hours per week as research assistants and the remainder on an independent research project. Internships generally run for 6-12 months but are flexible in their starting dates and durations. Internships offer an opportunity for experience in every aspect of scientific research, from project choice and experimental design to oral and written presentations. Archbold Biological Station is active in research, conservation, and education. Our facilities include a 5000 ha preserve, an outstanding regional library and a GIS lab running ArcINFO. We have a staff of about 50 with many visiting scientists, an active seminar program, and a relaxed biological station atmosphere. To apply for an internship in the plant ecology lab, please provide the following: a cover letter stating research interests, a resume or CV, and a summary of grades. Arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to us via email. Materials should be sent ASAP. Please EMAIL applications to: Eric Menges email@example.com Phone: 863-465-2571. Posted: 1/25/13.
Audubon Alaska: We are hiring a Conservation GIS Analyst Intern for the summer. The Conservation GIS Analyst will provide GIS mapping and analysis for the conservation community. He/she will assist the Landscape Ecologist and GIS Analyst on wildlife conservation projects for one of our priority regions in Alaska. Essential Functions: • Assist with biological data collection, data sharing, and data management • Perform spatial analysis using ESRI tools including Spatial Analyst and Model Builder • Design maps to be used by conservation partners and in policy advocacy • Write reports or species accounts describing biological values presented on maps Qualifications: • Bachelor’s Degree in environmental studies, ecology, biology, geography, or a related field. Individuals nearing the completion of their Bachelor’s Degree are also welcome to apply. • Must have completed at least one (1) year of GIS coursework, and have experience with both cartography (map design) and spatial analysis (geoprocessing). Completion of an applied conservation GIS project is a plus. • Ability to conduct scientific writing • Skilled in the use of both ArcGIS 10 and MS Office • Environmental Science background preferred. If available, please include a sample of your work of map design or research. Apply online. Posted: 1/31/13.
Australian National University: I am looking for a field assistant to monitor a population of red-winged fairy-wrens in south-west Australia for a 15 week period (9 October 2013 – 22 January 2014) as part of an on-going study on cooperation and competition. The study is based at Smithbrook Nature Reserve in one of the 35 biodiversity hotspots of the world. Duties include searching for nests, monitoring colour-ringed birds, behavioural observations, mist netting and data entry. Working days are long, start early and consist of lots of hiking through dense forest with occasional encounters with venomous snakes. Applicants must be physically fit and have outstanding hearing and vision, be able to work independently, get along well with others in remote field setting and tolerate hot weather conditions. Enthusiasm, self-motivation, and a strong work ethic are a must. Qualifications: experience monitoring colour-ringed birds, nest-searching, mist netting and current drivers licence. Field assistant will be appointed as a research assistant at the Australian National University (total gross salary for 15 weeks $13,907 AUD). Onsite accommodation is provided, but candidate must pay their own flight to Perth, Australia. To apply, please email a letter outlining previous relevant field research experience, and a resume including names and contact information for 3 referees to Lyanne Brouwer (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applicants will be considered as they apply until the position is filled. Posted: 6/10/13.
Brookhaven National Laboratory: Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) is a 16-week internship during the fall semester. The internship runs from September until mid-December at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, New York. The laboratory is a Department of Energy facility. Students will assist with ongoing research on a 200-acre solar facility. Research is part of a PhD study quantifying the effects of a newly constructed solar facility on wildlife and habitat. We are looking for two or three highly motivated students who can work independently to complete a variety of research activities. Activities will include small mammal trapping, radio telemetry work on box turtles, vegetation sampling, herp surveys and running of trail cameras. Other duties may be assigned as time allows. A weekly stipend of $500 is provided and housing is available for non-local students free of charge. Applicant should be pursuing a degree in wildlife/ biology/natural resources. Must be able to work hours beyond the normal 9-5 and be comfortable working alone. Familiarity with the flora and fauna on Long Island will be helpful. You must have a valid driver's license. Knowledge of GPS and GIS is beneficial. Wildlife handling experience is preferred. Applications must be filled out online with the Department of Energy - SULI program. Applicants must be sophomore or higher with a minimum GPA of 3.00. Two references are required and you must submit copies of your transcript. This internship is for current undergraduates or undergraduate students who graduated after December 2012. Applications must be submitted online. No applications will be accepted by e-mail. Once your application is completed or if you have any questions, please e-mail Jennifer Higbie at email@example.com Application deadline is June 12th. Posted: 5/7/13.
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies: Summer Microbiology Project Assistant. Position #: 13006-I. Research into Nitrogen and Carbon dynamics in urban ecosystems as well as the northern hardwood forests. Work will primarily be laboratory work in Millbrook, NY, but also may include some field work at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire. Travel to New Hampshire may be required 1-2 times for 3-5 days at a time. Duration: April, 2013 - August (closing date is flexible) Duties: Laboratory and Field work associated with soil microbial ecology research. Field activities (approx. 5% time) will include soil, water and gas sampling of field plots. Applicants must have the ability to carry a heavy backpack through rough terrain, and be willing to work in adverse weather conditions. Laboratory tasks (95% time) include soil microbial assays, data entry, and some gas chromatography work. Experience with these tasks is not required but attention to detail when performing repetitive tasks is a must. Qualifications: Coursework and/or experience in any area of environmental science. Coursework and/or experience in soil science desired. Experience in soil microbial laboratory techniques a plus. Closing Date: April 23, 2013 or until position is filled Originator: Lisa Martel. To apply, please email a brief cover letter, indicating position number, a resume, and the names and full contact information (including telephone numbers and email addresses) for three professional references to: Human Resources, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Job Ref. # 13006-I, P.O. Box AB, Millbrook, NY 12545. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 4/12/13.
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies: Project Assistants (up to three) sought for research on the dynamics of mammalian communities and the relationships between mammals, ticks, tick-borne pathogens, tree seeds, songbirds, and gypsy moths. The location is the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in New York's Hudson River Valley. Desired dates of employment (35 hours/week) are ~ April 22 to November 1, 2013, although applicants available during summer college break are also welcome. On-site housing is available. 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 necessary. Prior experience handling small- or meso-mammals highly desirable. Position reports to Dr. Richard S. Ostfeld. To apply, please email a brief cover letter, indicating Job Ref. number 13002-SF, a resume, and the names and full contact information (phone numbers and email addresses) for three professional references to: email@example.com. Closing date: March 3, 2013. Posted: 2/14/13.
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies: Field Research Assistants (2 positions total) – Study songbird ecology and behavior in the scenic Hudson Valley (upstate NY) at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies as part of a project funded by the National Science Foundation through Texas Tech University. We are seeking motivated research technicians to assist with our long-term study on the breeding ecology of veeries and ovenbirds. Positions run from ~May 6th until July 15th, 2013. Stipends vary from $1700 - $2,200/month depending on qualifications and position. Housing is available on-site at the Cary Institute. Ability to bring your own vehicle is preferred but not required. General field assistants: Responsibilities: Nest searching and monitoring of veery and ovenbird nests, territory mapping, video recording nests, re-sighting color-banded banded birds, and data entry. Qualifications: prior nest-searching experience is preferred. Bird bander: Responsibilities: Must have prior experience setting up mist nets and bird banding, be able to work alone at times and carry a heavy pack through hilly terrain, and have meticulous data entry skills. Experience with Access database is preferred but not required. For additional information see: Team Veery. To apply, please attach a letter of interest and resume (including contact information for 3 references) to Dr. Ken Schmidt (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please indicate which position(s) you are interested in. Application review will start January 1st, 2013 and continue until positions are filled. Posted: 12/6/12.
Chicago Botanic Garden: Summer field research internships. Are you interested in gaining field research experience and learning about the ecology and evolution of plants and plant-animal interactions in fragmented prairie? We are looking for 3-5 summer field researchers for an NSF-funded project on habitat fragmentation of the tallgrass prairie. We are investigating how small plant population size influences inbreeding, demography, pollination, and herbivory in the purple coneflower, Echinacea angustifolia. This is a great summer internship, REU, or co-op for those interested in field biology or conservation research. No experience is necessary, but you must be enthusiastic and hard-working. You will survey natural plant populations, measure plant traits in experimental plots, hand-pollinate plants, observe & collect insects, and assist in all aspects of research. Housing is provided and there is a stipend. Undergraduate students have the opportunity to do an independent project as an REU participant. If you want more information or wish to apply, please visit http://echinaceaProject.org/opportunities/ or contact Stuart Wagenius (echinaceaProject@gmail.com). Applications will be reviewed starting 28 February 2012. Posted: 1/24/13.
Clemson University: Location: New Bern/Vanceboro, NC. Salary: $10/hr (both part and full-time). We are seeking one seasonal herpetological field technician to assist us in our MS thesis projects involving radio-telemetry of spotted turtles (Clemmys guttata) in addition to anuran call surveys, larval surveys, egg mass surveys, and visual encounter surveys. These projects will require the applicant to develop extensive knowledge of Southeastern herpetofauna with experience in the above survey techniques preferred. The field work will be conducted on loblolly pine forestland of the Atlantic Coastal Plain of North Carolina. The projects will involve strenuous conditions including: mosquitos, presence of venomous snakes, intensive heat and humidity, and unpredictable weather. The technicians MUST be able to physically handle climbing in and out of deep ditch systems, while carrying equipment. Private forestland has stringent safety requirements which project personnel are required to uphold. Housing and field transportation will be provided. The applicant must be able to live on site from 28 January – 31 July, 2013. Please send a cover letter, resume, and list of three references (all in one PDF document) by November 30th 2012 to: Chris O’Bryan (email@example.com) and Bethany Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 10/12/12.
Colorado State University: two summer field assistants for a research project in the Black Hills and Badlands of southwestern South Dakota. The project is measuring effects of nitrogen deposition on grassland vegetation at Wind Cave and Badlands National Parks. Pay for crew members will be $16.10/hr. Crew members will be stationed at Wind Cave National Park and work under the direct supervision of the project leader. Duties: (1) Travel daily to field sites, plus some overnight campground camping. (2) Apply nitrogen fertilizer to experimental plots. (3) Identify and measure cover of grassland forbs, shrubs, grasses. (4) Measure biomass of grassland vegetation. (5) Collect unknown plant specimens and identify them in the laboratory with dichotomous keys and herbaria collections. (6) Enter data into Microsoft Excel spreadsheets or other databases. (7) Perform miscellaneous office tasks (e.g., organizing equipment, copying datasheets, etc.). Requirements: (1) Enrollment or completion of a bachelor’s degree in rangeland science, ecology, biology, botany or related field. (2) Previous field experience sampling vegetation. Preference given to those candidates with grassland plant identification skills and experience. (3) Experience with computers and Microsoft software packages. (4) Excellent communication skills, flexibility and ability to work effectively as a team member. (5) Ability to carry a heavy pack across steep, uneven terrain and to work long days in remote areas and in inclement (rainy/cold/hot) conditions. (6) Good physical condition, a sense of humor, and ability to work as a team. (7) A valid driver’s license and a good driving record. Park housing may be available for rent. Wind Cave National Park is located in the southern Black Hills of southwest South Dakota, approximately 5 ½ hours north of Denver, CO. Medical and dental services, shopping, restaurants, and churches of most faiths are available in Hot Springs (12 miles) and Custer (20 miles). The full service community of Rapid City, SD, population 60,000, is 60 miles away. If you have any questions about this position, please contact Alan Knapp at email@example.com and Amy Symstad at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants should send a brief cover letter, resume, university transcripts (unofficial okay) and contact information for 3 references to Alan Knapp by email. Posted: 2/26/13.
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 - $2800/month, plus per diem when traveling. Timeframe: 3-5 months (approx. mid-May-Sept 2013). See the full announcement for details and to apply. First consideration of applicants will begin February 15, 2013. Applications will be accepted until July 31, 2013. Posted: 2/4/13.
Colorado State University: Two positions located at Ft. Wainwright and Donnelly Training Area, Alaska. Both close on February 22, 2013. Position #1: Seasonal Wetland Soil Technician. Seasonal (June 3-mid September) Wetland Soil Technician positions are available with the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML). These positions are located at Fort Wainwright and Donnelly Training Area, Alaska. Successful candidates will assist with wetland mapping on Army lands. Job responsibilities include hiking, digging soil pits, coloring and texturing soils, describing soil profiles, locating plots with GPS units, entering data into databases, working in inclement conditions, camping in remote areas, and traveling in fixed and rotary wing aircrafts. Out-of-state applicants are encouraged to apply, though off-duty transportation and relocation costs are NOT provided. A bachelor's degree in soil science, wetland/terrestrial ecology, or closely related field is required. Applicants must have previous field work experience and be willing to conduct repetitive tasks in an office setting and outside in wet, cold conditions for up to 10 hours a day and hike at a moderate pace over uneven, wet terrain while carrying field equipment. A valid driver's license, U.S. citizenship, and background check are required. Pay is $19/hour. To apply, submit a cover letter explaining your qualifications, resume, copy of college transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable), and names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references. Documents must be Word or PDF files. Incomplete applications or those containing sensitive personal information (i.e., social security or driver license numbers, birthdates) will not be considered. Send applications to Sarah Runck (#907-361-9687) at email@example.com. View the complete description of this position. Position #2: Seasonal Wetland Botany Technician. Wetland botany technician positions are available with the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands, a research, education and service unit within the Warner College of Natural Resources at CSU. These are seasonal positions (June 3 through mid-September) located at Fort Wainwright and Donnelly Training Area, Alaska. Duties include wetland mapping, off-trail hiking, plant collection and cataloging, plant identification with field guides and botanical keys, identifying hydric soil and wetland hydrology indicators, interpreting aerial photos, using GPS units and databases, remote camping, traveling in aircrafts, and operating 4-wheel drive trucks. Assistance digging soil pits, coloring and texturing soils, and describing soil profiles will also be expected. Off-duty transportation and relocation costs are NOT provided. Positions require a bachelor's degree in botany, biological science, wetland or terrestrial ecology, or a closely related field. Applicants must have prior field data collection experience and be versed in using botanical keys (e.g., Flora of the Yukon Territory) and collecting floristic data. Deadline for applications is 2/22/2013. To apply, submit the following: 1) cover letter, (2) resume, (3) copy of college transcripts (unofficial copies okay), and (4) names, daytime phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references, (One current/recent supervisor). US citizens with current drivers' licenses only please. See the full description and instructions. Send applications to Amy Tippery (#907-361-3551) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 1/28/13.
Colorado State University: The Colorado Natural Heritage Program seeks experienced ecology and botany field technicians for summer field work on several vegetation inventory projects. The projects are located at the Niobrara National Scenic River and Missouri National Recreation River in north central Nebraska, and The Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area in south central Montana and north central Wyoming. The work entails vegetation sampling and all positions require field botany or field ecology skills. Knowledge of plant taxonomy and species identification required. Experience identifying flora of the area is preferred. A crew lead position is available to suitably qualified candidates. Successful applicants will work in groups of two to sample vegetation communities in support of these vegetation inventory and map accuracy assessment projects. Field technicians will be based in housing near the project site and work will entail a combination of daytrips and multi-day backpack, canoe, or car camping trips. Crews will navigate daily to randomly selected sites to establish plot locations and document plant community characteristics. Many sample locations will be in remote areas of the park. Salary $2000 - $2500/month, plus housing and other expenses. To see full announcement and apply: http://www.cnhp.colostate.edu/employment.asp More information: Joe Stevens, Ecology Team Leader (970-491-7760, email@example.com). First consideration of applicants will begin January 1, 2013. Applications will be accepted for consideration through June 30, 2013. Posted: 12/19/12.
Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station: The Department of Entomology anticipates having summer research assistant positions available in 2013. This is an excellent opportunity to assist with field research in the biological sciences, gain experience, and learn new skills. Training will be provided. These positions are based in New Haven, but most involve work outdoors at several locations around the state. Applicants must have a valid driver's license. Three positions involve pollinator research: collecting trapped pollen from honey bees, observing and collecting native bees, and measuring pollination on pumpkins and winter squash on 20 farms across Connecticut. Applicants must not be allergic to bees and be prepared to work early in the morning (7 AM) in locations around the state. Experience with honey bees is helpful. These seasonal positions are available from May 1 through October 31, Monday through Friday, 35 hours per week, with a salary of $10/hour. To apply, submit a cover letter indicating interest in the position, a resume with education and work experience, a summary of courses and grades or transcripts, and the names and contact information for three references to: Dr. Kirby C. Stafford III, Head, Department of Entomology, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, P. O. Box 1106, New Haven, CT 06504. Phone 203-974-8485, E-mail: Kirby.Stafford@ct.gov. Posted: 3/26/13.
Conservation and Land Management Internship Program: The Conservation and Land Management Internship Program is now accepting applications for 2013! Please apply online at http://www.clminternship.org/. Would you like to put your education to use assisting in important conservation projects? Do you like to experience new landscapes, habitats, and species diversity? The CLM Internship Program is a wonderful opportunity to begin a career in botany, wildlife biology, natural resource management and conservation! Each year, the Conservation and Land Management Internship Program places 75-100 college graduates in five-month paid internships to assist professional staff at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Park Service (NPS), US Forest Service (USFS), US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and US Geological Survey (USGS). Internships are primarily located in the western United States, including Alaska! Each internship is unique and may focus on botany, wildlife, or a combination of the two. Interns assist in a wide variety of projects depending on the needs of each field office. Examples of projects include collecting seed for restoration and conservation purposes, performing surveys for threatened and endangered species and habitats, and collecting data on species reintroduction and habitat management experiments. Applicants with strong botanical backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply! Benefits of the CLM Internship Program are numerous. As a CLM intern, you will receive a stipend paid every two weeks totaling $11,900 over 5 months and will attend an all-expenses paid week-long training workshop at the Chicago Botanic Garden. 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. Posted: 7/11/12, revised: 11/15/12.
Cornell University: Two field assistants are needed to work on my Ph.D. research project on the population and behavioral ecology of Clark’s Nutcrackers in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The study site is located outside of Jackson, WY in Bridger-Teton and Shoshone National Forests, primarily between 7,500 and 10,000’. The research focuses on understanding how the decline of whitebark pine is impacting Clark’s Nutcracker demography and habitat selection. In the process, we also study the ecology and social system of this little known bird. Assistants will primarily be involved in conducting point counts and habitat surveys. After the initial training, we will each work alone most days, though we will carpool and hike in together when possible. We will camp for several days at a stretch in order to access more remote habitat. Assistants will maintain a field journal, and do data entry and verification. The position is for 2.5 months (July 15-September 30). Assistants are required to work very long hours, five days per week. These will be long, physically exhausting days at high altitudes. Successful applicant must have experience spending time in the mountains. Must be in great shape with a strong back and knees, and must be willing to regularly climb up and down very steep mountains. Must be happy to work in cold, hot, wet and mosquito-infested conditions. Must be highly motivated, with a strong work ethic, a passion for field work, excellent communication skills, and patience with short-notice schedule changes. Applicants should enjoy working independently with a high level of responsibility in field work and data entry as well as in coordinating frequently with a partner. An ability to maintain a positive attitude while tackling the rigors of field work is essential. A lot of creativity and patience is often required to figure out how to handle daily field situations. Must take excellent, detailed field notes. Prior experience with birds, navigation with GPS units and maps, and vegetation sampling is desirable, but not required. Be aware - there are grizzly bears and hazards associated with working in remote field sites. A car is required; I will reimburse mileage at $0.25/mi. Must provide your own binoculars. You will need to find your own housing. I will provide $600/mo as a housing reimbursement, and a $600/mo stipend, for a total of $3,000 for 2.5 months. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and the positions will remain open until filled. If interested, apply ASAP. Please include the following in your application: a resumé (one page resumés are discouraged - please provide detailed descriptions of your academic, volunteer, and professional experiences); a cover letter describing why you should be considered for the position; the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of at least three academic / professional references (preferably ones familiar with your ability to conduct field work). Applications should be sent as attachments by email to Taza Schaming (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 5/2/13.
Cornell University: Two temporary field technicians are needed for work on a long term study of native bee diversity in apple orchards in Western New York. The goal of this research is to determine the connection between bee communities and orchard yield. This position is based at Cornell in Ithaca, NY and will entail extensive fieldwork throughout the Finger Lakes and Lake Ontario area. Field duties will primarily involve net-collecting bees and assessing fruit set. This position will also include lab work involving mounting, labeling, and sorting field collected specimens, as well as some data processing and entering. The successful applicant(s) will gain valuable experience in field insect collecting and curation techniques, native bee identification, and database management. (See pollination biology). Required Qualifications: Ecology fieldwork; valid drivers license; desire to work long hours in variable weather conditions. Preferred: Experience in entomology field collecting and identification. Positions will start Mid-April and run through mid-June with the opportunity for one applicant to continue working until the end of August. Salary: $10-13/hr. To apply: Send a cover letter, resume, and names and contact information of three references to: EJ Blitzer (email@example.com). Please place ‘Bee Field Tech’ in the subject line. Review of applications will begin February 10th. Posted: 1/28/13.
Cornell University: We are looking for a field technician to work in Ecuador during the upcoming field season (starting in January, 2013). The EVOTRAC (Evolutionary and Ecological Variability in Organismal Trait Response with Altitude and Climate) project seeks to predict vulnerability of stream organisms to rapid climate change across latitudinal and elevational gradients by first understanding how temperature and disturbance shape stream biodiversity and function. EVOTRAC is a grant funded by the Dimensions of Biodiversity program of the National Science Foundation (NSF), entitled "An Integrative Traits-Based Approach to Predicting Variation in Vulnerability of Tropical and Temperate Stream Biodiversity to Climate Change" (Award Number DEB-1046408). This position will be associated with our Ecuadorian component. The successful applicant will be located in Ecuador and assist a PhD student with research examining invertebrate growth rates along an elevational gradient in the Andes east of Quito. Responsibilities will include assisting with the set-up and maintenance of field mesocosms, invertebrate collection and imaging, and receive training in a variety of stream ecology techniques. The successful candidate will have his/her flights, accommodation and meals in Ecuador paid for as well as a $400 stipend/month. Candidates with a working knowledge of Spanish and those with prior field research experience will be preferentially reviewed. Tentative dates: January 10th- April 10th 2013. Please contact Lavenia Ratnarajah if you are interested at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-318-9604. Posted: 10/25/12.
Dartmouth College/University of Massachusetts: Dr. Rebecca Irwin (Dartmouth) and Lynn Adler (UMass Amherst) seek applications for a short-term Project Manager position. This NSF-funded experiment will examine heritability and genetic correlations between defensive and floral traits in Gelsemium sempervirens in the greenhouse. The responsibilities of the Project Manager will be measuring floral traits, collecting and preparing samples for chemical analysis, collecting pollen and ovule samples, measuring nectar sugar and production, entering data, and some general plant care. Dr. Irwin will provide training in all techniques, but previous experience with plant experimental research is highly desirable. The research will be conducted on the Dartmouth College campus but paid through UMass Amherst. The position will start in February and last for 8 weeks, at 40 hr/week and $12/hour without benefits. There is some flexibility in the start date. For non-local applicants we will reimburse for mileage costs to relocate to Dartmouth, and provide $500 to assist with housing costs. 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: Gelsemium Research Assistant. Applications should be sent to: Becky Irwin (Rebecca.E.Irwin@dartmouth.edu). To receive full consideration, please apply by January 15, 2013. Posted: 12/20/12.
Desert Research Institute: Anticipated period of employment: late May through mid- or late July. One or two positions are available for a Field Ecologist technician to assist with an NSF-funded study measuring the effects of the recent Huckabee Fire in Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida. Studies to be performed will be ground-based fire severity assessments, tree measurements including canopy assessment, installation and monitoring of sensors, and other related ecological data collection. Basic outdoor skills such as the ability to read a map and compass (for navigating in remote areas), some first aid training (just in case), and a positive, safety-conscious attitude are needed. Experience with forest mensuration techniques and familiarity with south Florida ecosystems is a plus. Additional requirements include familiarity with Excel and Word (for data entry), ability to carry a light backpack load (20 pounds) for long periods, and valid driver’s license with reliable transportation. The fieldwork will be conducted in remote areas of the Preserve, and access to research sites will be on foot through rocky terrain that is often flooded. Conditions common to the site and south Florida in general include summer lightning storms, alligators, poisonous snakes, heat, and mosquitoes. Occasionally weather may cause fieldwork to be postponed, but days are usually long and can include working during inclement weather. For these reasons, previous experience conducting fieldwork under typical Florida summer conditions is preferred. Hours will average 30-40 per week, with some variation and flexibility possible depending on the needs and preferences of the pair of technicians who will work together. The work location is approximately 30 miles from Naples, FL. Transportation and housing will not be provided, but a small transportation allowance may be available to supplement the salary of $11/hour. While the work may be hot and buggy, the experience of working in this environment is unforgettable and will expand your experiences to include some of the most pristine and beautiful environments in Florida. If you are interested in this position, please send a resume or CV including 2 references familiar with your field experience to Adam Watts (email@example.com), Postdoctoral Research Ecologist, Fire Lab, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida. Please respond by May 9th and anticipate phone interviews and hiring to occur within approximately one week thereafter. Applicants should be available to meet in Naples for orientation and to begin work on Monday, 20 May. Posted: 5/6/13.
Duke University: The Clark Lab is looking for a new Forest Ecology field crew member, to start as early as May 13, 2013. This is a full-time, temporary position with no benefits. Wages are $10/hr. The end date is August 31, 2013. Occasional travel (estimated 2-4 weeks total) is required. Duties include the following: * Perform basic tree measurements on long-term forest monitoring plots. * Download data from and maintain infrastructure of a network of environmental sensors and data loggers. * Census seedlings growing in artificially heated chambers and in plots located in the Duke Forest and elsewhere. * 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. 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, at various locations in western NC, and at the Harvard Forest in central Massachusetts. 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 NC tree species is desirable, as is experience with GIS. Successful applicants will need to secure housing in the Durham/Research Triangle area, NC. (Food and lodging are provided for any work trips.) Please submit application materials (resume, a one-page cover letter, and two references) via e-mail to Becky Roper (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 4/30/13.
Duke University: Spend the summer surveying and learning about managing the trees on Duke’s Campus! The Grounds Department at Duke University is sponsoring an internship focused on completing our tree inventory across the Campus. This position is great for someone with an interest in urban forestry who already has familiarity with tree identification and wants to go deeper into management considerations. Qualifications: Must have an active interest in tree management, and be able to identify the common species of North Carolina. Ability to identify landscaped/exotic trees a plus. Be able to walk for 6 hours a day, have the ability to crouch and bend, and enjoy learning. Please have a great attitude, and some experience dealing with summer heat! Preference will be given to undergraduate/graduate students residing in North Carolina. Must be eligible to work in the United States. Job Logistics: Will spend the first week training on honing tree identification and our management system in the field. Afterwards, will work independently or in pairs for 6 hours a day walking around campus entering trees into our mobile database. During the hottest parts of the day we will work in the library doing data clean up or creating work orders based on our inventory. The job will run from the middle of May to the middle of August (13 weeks total), with 5 days off and some flexibility on the start and end date. We will start by working from 8-4:30, but move to starting and ending earlier as the summer heat sets in. Pay is $12/hour. To Apply: Submit your resume and a SHORT cover letter by April 1st. For questions, email Katie Rose (KatieRose.Levin@duke.edu). Posted: 3/20/13.
Duke University: Dr. Justin Wright’s lab in the Biology Department is seeking short-term summer technicians to conduct field and laboratory research. Technicians will be working on a project linking plant traits with community and ecosystem resilience to changes in prescribed burn regimes. Work will primarily be field-based and will take place at Fort Bragg military base in the Sandhills of NC. Field work will involve measuring plant traits and ecosystem processes along dry upland to wetland gradients in sites with varying burn histories. Applicants must be comfortable with working in remote locations. Candidates with a background in ecology, environmental science, forestry, or similar field are desired. Applicants must be able to work well in a team for long hours in strenuous outdoor conditions, especially while being exposed to high temperature, bugs, thorny plants, and other unpleasant field conditions. Individuals who take initiative, and have an excitement for field research and plant identification are strongly encouraged to apply. Work includes a variety of technical field duties involved in measuring plant traits, biomass collections, soil moisture, and above and below canopy light availability; describing plant community composition; and collecting leaf and soil samples. Applicants will also perform a variety of laboratory duties involved in preparing soil samples for analysis, measuring leaf traits, and weighing dried plant material to measure biomass. It is essential that applicants have an attention to detail for effective field and lab documentation. This position begin May 13, 2013 and ends August 23, 2013. Applicants are expected to provide their own housing while residing in Durham, NC. While in the field, housing is provided Monday through Thursday in Pinehurst, NC. Hourly wages range from $10-13 depending on previous experience and education. Interested candidates should send one PDF file including letter of interest, resume and references to Steve Anderson (email@example.com) by March 29, 2013. Posted: 3/11/13, revised: 3/18/13.
Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition: ENLC is currently seeking three (3) vegetation technicians for the Ely Bureau of Land Management (BLM) district and three (3) vegetation technicians for the Elko BLM district. Field crews will be responsible for collecting data on vegetative response post-fire in burned areas on public lands managed by the BLM. Data collected will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of emergency stabilization and rehabilitation treatments. All Technicians will be responsible for driving and hiking to sampling locations. Technicians will be required to collect data following rigorous sampling protocols. This is a great opportunity to learn about fire ecology in the Great Basin and Mojave deserts, while exploring some of the least travelled mountainous areas in the US Applicants should either be currently enrolled in or graduated from a program in biological sciences, natural resources or a related field. The applicant should have experience in plant identification and a general knowledge of plant taxonomy. Applicants should be able to follow rigorous sampling protocols. Applicants must be experienced with 4WD vehicles, GPS navigation, and have had a clean driving record for the past 3 years. Salary: $14-15/hour, doe (plus $34/day per diem when camping). Positions in the Ely district will begin in early to mid May and continue through mid September. Positions in the Elko district will begin around the first week of June and continue thorough October. Work will occur with an 8-days-on, 6-days-off schedule (10-hours days). Applicants should E-MAIL by March 12th, 2013 a cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least three references to Zack Ventrella at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants are welcomed to apply for positions in one or both districts. Please indicate “Ely App”, “Elko App” or “Either District App” in the title of your email. For more information, please visit http://www.envlc.org or e-mail Zack Ventrella. Posted: 2/8/13.
Ecological Society of America: The Ecological Society of America (ESA) is urgently looking for an intern, to be based at its Washington, DC, office, to help with the production of one of the Society's journals, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. The internship is a great opportunity to learn about the scientific publishing process and how journals are produced. Depending on experience and aptitude, the intern will be involved in many different aspects of journal production, including editing/proofreading, writing, podcasting, and image research, as well as other day-to-day activities of the editorial office. The internship includes a small stipend. The successful applicant should have a knowledge of ecology and/or environmental science; an interest in, or experience with, publishing or science writing would be an advantage. Resume and names of two references, should be sent electronically to Dr Sue Silver, Frontiers Editor-in-Chief (email@example.com). Please specify availability between now and at least late December. Closing date for applications is October 19, 2012. Posted: 10/12/12.
Ecology Project International: EPI, a nonprofit organization, is hiring interns to support a field-based science/conservation/environmental educational program for high school students in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. EPI offers experiential educational programs to students in a variety of outdoor settings in partnership with professional biologists and ecologists. Our mission is to improve and inspire science education and conservation through field-based student-scientist partnerships. Our programs teach students different concepts related to local ecology, biology, conservation, and leadership. Current hiring is for the Yellowstone Wildlife Ecology Field Program. Field interns guide students in the preparation of all meals in the field, maintain EPI field equipment, transport students, lead students in leadership activities/games, and support field instructors in conducting all courses. As the season progresses, interns will be called upon to provide relevant ecology and science lessons to students. Applications will be accepted through Friday, February 1st. For a complete job description and instructions to apply visit http://www.ecologyproject.org/about/jobs/. Posted: 9/10/12, revised: 1/24/13.
Fairfax County Park Authority: Natural Resources Intern (two positions), Natural Resource Management and Protection Branch. $12.50/hour, approximately 40 hours per week from June 3rd -August 9th. Holidays and leave are unpaid. A vehicle will be provided for field work from the base office in Fairfax, Virginia. Interviews will be done on a rolling basis until positions are filled. The Fairfax County Park Authority maintains approximately 24,000 acres of public land including natural areas, cultural resources, and recreational facilities. The Natural Resource Management and Protection (NRMP) Branch falls under the Resource Management Division of the Park Authority, and is responsible for land stewardship and implementation of the agency’s Natural Resource Management Plan. This internship is primarily field-based but will also incorporate an office component approximately one day per week. Interns will work together as a pair to perform non-native invasive plant assessments on parkland across the county using a standard field protocol. Interns will be trained in the survey method, conduct field surveys, and input their results into a GIS database. Interns will have the opportunity to participate in other field and educational activities conducted by the Natural Resource Management and Protection Branch as events arise. This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in the field of natural resources and develop field inventory skills. Each intern will also have the opportunity to plan and implement a special 40-hour project in their area of interest. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a strong interest in natural resource management and stewardship of public land. Applicants should expect to be outdoors up to four days per week and should be willing to work outdoors in a hot, humid environment with abundant insects, ticks and chiggers. Applicants must be able to travel on foot in rough terrain, including over steep slopes, fallen trees and other obstacles, up to eight hours per day. Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license. Our interns will be working together as a team and must be able to cooperate and share responsibility. Experience in GIS and GPS use, basic plant identification, and ecology are a plus. How to apply: Please email a letter of interest, resume and contact information for two references to Erin Stockschlaeder, Erin.Stockschlaeder@fairfaxcounty.gov by February 24th, 2013. Posted: 1/11/13.
Florida International University: We seek a full-time technician (through July 2013) with expertise in movement and fish ecology to lead a field-based fish movement study in the Florida Everglades, Miami, FL. The study combines passive antenna and PIT tag technology with enclosures to examine fine scale fish movements and habitat selection in relation to seasonal hydrology. The study will be conducted at LILA, a working, 80-acre model of the Everglades ecosystem, and is affiliated with Everglades restoration efforts, and the Florida Coastal Everglades Long-term Ecological Research Program. We seek someone with experience in fish tagging and tracking techniques, particularly the use of passive antennas (low Frequency Radio Frequency Identification-RFID) and PIT tag techniques to examine movement and habitat questions. Other qualifications include: strong field-based research experience, fish ecology experience, good management and organizational skills, and ability and desire to conduct demanding fieldwork under subtropical South Florida conditions. The position is open immediately; we hope to fill it by December 1, 2012. Salary is $2,000 to $2,500/month depending on experience for at least 8 months, with potential opportunities for continued work past July 2013. To apply, please submit a CV, list of at least three references, and letter describing training and experience relevant to this position to Dr. Jennifer Rehage, firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 10/19/12.
Florida State University: Field technician positions are available in the lab of Emily Moriarty Lemmon at beginning early January through mid-March 2013 to help in the study of female choice and population variation in chorus frogs (Pseudacris). The technician will travel with a team throughout the southeastern USA (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia) to assist in collecting specimens and performing female choice experiments. Working conditions will often times be rainy and cold, and the technician will be expected to camp for significant periods of time. An additional position is available to conduct sampling of chorus frogs for population genetic work. This researcher will travel throughout the Southeast using his/her own vehicle conducting fieldwork (travel costs will be reimbursed). Preference will be giving to those applicants with extensive field experience. Compensation will be $480 per week (corresponding to $10/hr; for approximately 8 hours/day; 6 days/week) for a total of 10 weeks and will also include food and lodging during fieldwork. To apply for this position, please contact Dr. John Malone at email@example.com and include a CV along with contact information for three references. Posted: 10/19/12.
Harvard University: Assistant Program Coordinator/Resident Advisor (13-week position available beginning May 13, 2013) at Harvard Forest, Petersham, Massachusetts for the 2013 Summer Research Program In Ecology. For thirteen weeks in May-August 2013, 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 and Responsibilities (work under the supervision of the Summer Program Coordinator) Assistant Program Coordinator Assist with student arrival and orientation, May 20 Inform students of Harvard Forest activities, policies, and expectations Coordinate weekly (x2) evening workshops and seminars (including career and graduate school night, trip to Harvard Museum) Update and maintain summer student blog Work with Summer Program Coordinator to resolve student issues Organize Summer Student Symposium in early-August Work on various tasks as needed to facilitate administrative and research projects. Resident Advisor Responsible for day-to-day activities related to the successful operation of a student residence Hold weekly house meetings Plan, organize, and direct student committees (recycling, social activities, etc.) Serve as advisors to student on matters concerning community development, conflict resolution and counseling. Requirements: Excellent listening, negotiation, organizational, and problem solving skills required Strong communication (verbal and written), 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 $13.50/hour for 40 hours per week plus free room and board for 13 weeks (May 13 to August 9, 2013). 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 the address below. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For questions, please contact: Manisha V. Patel, Summer Program Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org); NO PHONE CALLS, please. Posted: 12/12/12.
Highlands Biological Station: Summer Internship Opportunities at HBS in Highlands, NC. Positions: (1) Botanical Garden Assistant, (2) Assistant Naturalist at the Highlands Nature Center. Deadline to apply: March 15, 2013. For details and to apply visit www.highlandsbiological.org/positions/. Applications must be received by March 15, 2013. For more information, please call 828-526-0188. Posted: 2/5/13.
Idaho Department of Fish and Game: Interested in climate change and its effect on various species? Come to the mountainous Idaho panhandle and join an effort to collect climate data and conduct surveys for a variety of species that no one has looked for in years. Spend your days hiking and exploring coniferous forests, spruce bogs and alpine lakes. Spend your nights camping under the stars. We are seeking approximately 15 field technicians and 3-5 crew leaders for the Multi-species Baseline Initiative (MBI) 2013 summer field season. Technicians will conduct surveys for taxon such as gastropods, insects, and amphibians and will co-locate climate loggers on survey plots. Duties may include setting gastropod cover traps, digging pitfall traps, conducting timed searches for gastropods and other invertebrate species, collecting and preserving gastropod and insect specimens, collecting water samples, dip netting for amphibians and recording all observations of species of interest. Plots are accessed by driving 4x4 trucks on unimproved mountain roads and hiking with a heavy pack (?30lbs) off-trail through dense brush and rough terrain. Crew leaders will be responsible for 3-5 technicians, in addition to conducting their own surveys. Crew leaders’ duties may include ensuring correct plot set up, data accuracy, technician safety, training and gear allocation among other obligations. All employees will be required to work alone during the day and therefore, must be self-sufficient and comfortable working alone and as part of a team. All employees must also be willing to work long hours in variable weather conditions (rain, snow, wind) and biting animals (mosquitos, black flies, grizzly bears). Primitive camping, often without phone service and facilities, will be required. When not in the field, technicians will be organizing samples and entering data. Work schedule will be 9 days on and 5 days off. Pay will start at $12.31/hour for technicians and $14.81/hour for crew leaders. Positions will start in early May (with some starting in early-April) and will continue through August. Qualifications: Applicants must be physically fit, self-motivated, have a positive attitude, and be able to work independently. Desired qualifications include: 1) the ability to camp and work alone in grizzly bear country, 2) experience navigating primitive dirt roads and cross country with maps, compasses and GPS units, and 3) the ability to accurately collect data with an attention to detail. Applicants should have at least one season of field work experience and some college level natural resource-related course work. Taxonomic knowledge of gastropods, insects, other invertebrates, amphibians, and reptiles would be beneficial, but not required. Those wishing to be considered for the crew leader positions must also have at least three seasons of field work experience and previous experience in a leadership position. Previous experience leading field crews would be beneficial. Competition for the crew leader positions will be fierce. Please indicate in your cover letter if you would still be interested in a technician position if the crew leader positions are filled. To Apply: For all positions no later than February 20, email a resume, contact information for 3 professional references and a cover letter specifically illustrating your worst day in the field, previous experience camping and working independently (500 words or less). Those wishing to be considered for the crew leader position should also include a description of your previous leadership experience in the cover letter. Please send all documents in ONE document to: Shannon Ehlers (email@example.com), Wildlife Research Biologist. Posted: 2/4/13.
Illinois Natural History Survey: INHS, in collaboration with the Northeast Illinois Invasive Plant Partnership (NIIPP) and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, is now hiring qualified individuals to serve as Site Leaders for this summer’s Clean Boats Crew Program. The program’s goal is to educate the public about aquatic invasive species and how these species are unintentionally spread by performing weekend outreach at boat launches. INHS plans to hire a total of five part-time Site Leaders: two for Lake County, IL, two for Cook County, IL, and one for Northwest Indiana. Site Leaders will manage a team of volunteers and be supervised by a program coordinator. Site Leaders will be trained to be familiar with 1) aquatic invasive species relevant to the region, 2) outreach materials offered by IL-IN Sea Grant to promote awareness, and 3) techniques for interacting with the public, providing successful outreach, and collecting data on social awareness. Once training is completed Site Leaders will work 8-hour weekend shifts during the summer boating season. High school diploma is required. Preference will be given to those candidates with some college or a college degree in biology, ecology, zoology, natural resources, or a related field. Willingness to travel to multiple sites throughout the selected work area and to work twelve weekends during the summer is required; exceptions to this are not encouraged but may be considered on a case by case basis. Strong interpersonal skills, familiarity with towing small trailers, an ability to work independently and communicate well with diverse groups, and an interest in outreach and environmental issues are desired. Each assistant coordinator will also need a reliable vehicle to travel to outreach sites. how to apply and more information. Deadline: 3/22/13. Posted: 3/1/13.
Institute for Applied Ecology: we are hiring for a variety of seasonal positions for the 2013 field season including: - Conservation Research Paid Internships (3-5 positions) - Botany Field Technician, Rare Plant Monitoring (1 position) - Botany Field Technician, Golden Paintbrush Restoration (1 position) - Botany Field Technician, Crew Leader, Native Seed Collection (1 position) - Botany Field Technicians, Native Seed Collection (3 positions). For details about these positions including pay rate, start dates, duration and qualifications please visit http://appliedeco.org/get-involved. Please direct all any inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 1/11/13.
Iowa State University: Field Technicians (2) needed to assist with a research project in Southern Iowa evaluating Greater Prairie-Chicken habitat suitability and genetic diversity. Positions start March 20, 2013 and end July 15, 2013. These positions will play a primary role in evaluating efforts to restore native Greater Prairie-Chickens to Iowa. Duties include assisting with the release of translocated birds, conducting Prairie-Chicken lek surveys, conducting habitat evaluations via vegetation surveys, contacting landowners, ground truthing aerial photographs, and data entry. Field work will be conducted in grasslands and applicants must have the physical ability to work long hours outdoors and walk through thick vegetation and uneven terrain. Applicants must be willing to tolerate a variety of weather conditions. Qualified applicants must have the ability to work independently or as part of a team and have a strong work ethic. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record. Additional desired skills include: experience identifying native prairie plants and agricultural weeds. The pay rate is $11.69 per hour/approximately 40 hours per week. Shared housing and vehicles for project-related travel will be provided. Some flexibility in start or end dates may be possible. Please send a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three references to Dr. Jennifer Vogel, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology, 253 Bessey Hall, Ames, Iowa 50011 or via email to email@example.com. Complete application materials must be submitted by January 4, 2013. Posted: 12/4/12.
Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center: temporary Technician II position in the plant ecology lab. This is a 9 month position (April -December). The employee will assist with many aspects of ongoing research, with particular emphasis on vegetation sampling in the longleaf pine ecosystem, maintenance of a seed demonstration garden, and installation of a common garden project. This position will report directly to the Plant Ecology Lead Technician. The 28,000-acre Research Center is located approximately 30 miles south of Albany, Georgia. The Center’s research, education, and conservation programs focus on ecology and natural resource management. The site includes 16,000 acres of longleaf pine forests, over 1,000 acres of wetlands, and 26 miles of stream and river ecosystems. Job Requirements: Ability to conduct moderate to strenuous physical activity in the field, under demanding field conditions (i.e., heat, high humidity, and insects), and to independently follow instructions is required. Must have extensive experience with plant identification and use of dichotomous keys. Qualifications: M.S. degree in botany, plant ecology or related field. Coursework in plant taxonomy required. Knowledge of southeastern U.S. flora preferable. Wages: $26k plus benefits. Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, resume, list of pertinent courses, and list of references with phone numbers by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, Subject: Plant Ecology Technician II, or mail to Attn: Cindy Craft, Joseph Jones Ecological Research Center, 3988 Jones Center Drive, Newton, GA 39870-9651 or FAX (229)734-4707. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position has been filled. For specific questions or more information on this position, contact: Lisa Giencke, Plant Ecology Lead Technician by email: email@example.com or phone: (229)734-4706. Posted: 8/29/12, revised: 1/4/13, 3/20/13, 4/4/13.
Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge: needs several field researchers (island supervisors and technicians) to monitor seabird colonies on islands along the Maine coast. Seabird species to be studied include: common, Arctic, and roseate terns, common eider, laughing gulls, black guillemot, Leach's storm-petrel, Atlantic puffin, and razorbills. While living on the islands, researchers will: conduct an annual census of all nesting seabird species, monitor productivity, observe chick feedings, trap and band adult seabirds, band chicks, read adult bands, and monitor predators and competitors. We are looking for people who are willing to learn new techniques, have a solid work ethic, can function well independently, yet are comfortable working/living with other researchers on remote islands, often under harsh weather conditions. Prior experience with bird identification and seabird ecology preferred, but not required; self-motivation, a strong work ethic, enthusiasm for science, and ability to tackle the rigors of field work (long hours) are a must. Dates: May 6 - August 9, 2013 (six positions), and May 21 - August 9, 2013 (four positions). Salary: $300 to $370 per week (varies with level of supervision). Housing provided. To Apply: send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for 3 references (name, phone number and email address) by February 8th to: Maine Coastal Islands NWR, P.O. Box 1735, 9 Water Street, Rockland, ME 04841 or email to Michael_Langlois@fws.gov. For more information see Maine Coastal Islands NWR at, or call 207-594-0600 ext.3. Posted: 11/30/12.
Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge: is seeking two field researchers (technicians) to implement predator control efforts and monitor seabird colonies on islands along the Maine coast. Predator control efforts primarily focus on removing mink and limiting gull predation on nesting seabirds. We are looking for people who are willing to learn new techniques, have a solid work ethic, can function well independently, yet are comfortable working/living with one other researcher on a remote island, often under harsh weather conditions. Prior hunting and trapping experience is preferred. Self-motivation, a strong work ethic, enthusiasm for science, and ability to tackle the rigors of field work are a must. Technician will assist with ongoing seabird restoration activities when not conducting predator control duties. Applicants must be in excellent physical condition and be able to navigate challenging terrain on foot. Dates: May 6 - July 26, 2013 (one position) and May 21 - August 9, 2013 (one position). Salary: $295 per week. Housing (Cabin) provided. To Apply: send a cover letter, and describe your experience at nest-searching (include description of kinds of habitats and bird species) and any small mammal trapping done, plus resume, and contact information for 3 references (name, phone number and email address) by February 8th to: Maine Coastal Islands NWR, P.O. Box 1735, 9 Water Street, Rockland, ME 04841 or email to Michael_Langlois@fws.gov. For more information see Maine Coastal Islands NWR at, or call 207-594-0600 ext.3. Posted: 11/30/12.
Maine Department of Marine Resources: $12 hourly, April - October 2013. The Department of Marine Resources (DMR) Biotoxin Monitoring Program monitors shellfish along the coast of Maine during the "red tide" season. Weekly shellfish samples are collected by the Biotoxin Program and the results used to regulate shellfish harvest for public health. DMR is seeking to fill three full time seasonal positions from April to October 2013 to collect, transport and process shellfish in eastern Maine. The position is based out of the Lamoine laboratory. Weekly field work will include travel between Lamoine and Boothbay labs and throughout the coast. This work will usually be conducted M-F 8-5. At times, this schedule may change depending on tide conditions therefore, flexible work hours are required. Data entry and lab QA/QC is expected. Start and end dates are flexible. The successful applicants must be available April-November. They must be comfortable in the laboratory, in field settings and on small boats. They also must be computer proficient and hold a valid driver's license. It is important that they be able to work independently under minimal supervision, be detail oriented, organized and have a positive attitude. Lab experience is preferred but not required. Application: Please submit resume, cover letter and two references by March 15th, 2013 to: Meggan Dwyer at Meggan.Dwyer@maine.gov with "Biotoxin Contract Position" in the subject line. Posted: 2/5/13.
Maine Department of Marine Resources: $12 hourly, April - November 2013. The Department of Marine Resources (DMR) Phytoplankton Monitoring program monitors toxic plankton along the coast of Maine during the "red tide" season. Weekly phytoplankton samples are collected to detect Alexandrium, toxin producing phytoplankton responsible for paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP). The phytoplankton data collected are used as an early warning system to inform the Maine DMR Biotoxin Program of presence and abundance of Alexandrium along the coast. Shellfish samples are then collected by the Biotoxin Program and results used to regulate the harvest of shellfish for public health. DMR is seeking a seasonal position at the Boothbay Laboratory in West Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Duties include weekly laboratory processing of phytoplankton samples. Laboratory procedures will include using the fluorescent in situ hybridization FISH method, conducting quantitative counts under a fluorescent microscope and use of a flow cytometer called FlowCAM. Field work will include collecting, picking up and delivering phytoplankton samples throughout coastal Maine. Data entry and lab QA/QC is expected. This work will be conducted M-F 8-5 but at times will depend on tide conditions; flexibility of work hours during the season is required. This position must be available full time April-November. Applicants will need to be comfortable in a laboratory setting and microscope experience is preferred. This position must hold a valid driver's license and will work independently under minimal supervision and at odd hours if necessary. Must be detail oriented, organized and have a positive attitude. Comfort with computers is necessary. Application: Please submit resume and two references by March 1st, 2013 to: Alison Sirois at Alison.Sirois@maine.gov with "PhytoplanktonContract Position" in the subject line. Posted: 2/5/13.
Marine Biological Laboratory: temporary (~9 months) full-time position split between work as a recruiter for the Semester in Environmental Science (SES), a fall-semester off-campus program for undergraduates, and work as a field assistant at the Harvard Forest. Field Assistant Responsibilities: Conduct routine measurements of tree growth, forest biomass and soil processes, including soil respiration using Infrared Gas Analysis at long-term soil warming plots and control sites in the Harvard Forest in Petersham, MA. Work may also include construction and maintenance of the plot infrastructure (e.g. heater cables and control equipment). Recruiter Responsibilities: Work with the Director of SES and the senior faculty, to contact and inform faculty members and undergraduate students at selected colleges about the Semester in Environmental Science at the MBL, with the goal of encouraging students to participate in the semester. Develop and update mailing list of faculty contacts at the target colleges. Travel to selected colleges to present informational seminars about the SES, and to represent the SES at off-campus studies fairs, and to present information sessions about the program to students. Develop a schedule for seminars and recruiting visits to the colleges, including visits by faculty members in the SES program and help coordinate these visits. Keep track of all inquiries about the program and follow-up to encourage students inquiring to apply. Help develop informational materials about the SES and maintain social networking sites for the program. Basic Qualifications: Bachelors degree in biology, chemistry, engineering or environmental studies is required. Must have familiarity with personal computers; experience with Windows, MS Word, Powerpoint and Excel necessary. Good interpersonal communication skills, public speaking ability, organizational skills required. Preferred Qualifications: Experience with basic techniques of forestry, soil and plant science helpful. Enthusiasm and interest in environmental science education, and experience with off-campus study programs valuable. Prior experience with the SES program especially helpful. APPLY ONLINE: https://mbl.simplehire.com. Posted: 5/6/13.
Marine Biological Laboratory: The TIDE project is looking for a Summer research assistant to help manage field operations. The TIDE Project is an NSF-funded research project in the Plum Island Estuary, Massachusetts. The overarching goal of this project is to understand how nutrient enrichment from upland watersheds and alterations of food webs affect the functioning and structure of salt marshes. Our approach is a controlled experiment of landscape-level (4-5 ha) nutrient additions to 2 salt marsh tidal creeks. To apply for the position go to: https://mbl.simplehire.com/postings/2406. Posted: 2/15/13.
Marine Biological Laboratory: Research Assistant I - P/T - Coastal Plain Ecology. The Ecosystems Center seeks applicants for a part-time research assistant for a project that examines the effects of grazing and land use history on the vegetation of the coastal sandplain region of southeastern Massachusetts. Position is available immediately. Duties include field work to establish vegetation exclosures to examine the effect of grazing on vegetation, establishing vegetation sampling plots in grassland and shrublands, recording plant species and plant cover, and collection and laboratory processing of soil samples. Position will also require data organization and data analysis of vegetation patterns over time. Applicants should have a Bachelors degree in Biology, Chemistry, Ecology or related field. Basic laboratory skills, familiarity with spreadsheet software required. Candidate would be expected to live in the Woods Hole region. Valid US driver's license required. Some background in terrestrial ecology, soil science, botany, or ecosystems ecology preferred. Demonstrated skills in data organization, analysis and report writing as well as some knowledge of terrestrial plants of the Northeast US or coastal Massachusetts is desired. Basic familiarity with GIS software also desired. Applicants should be in good health, capable of rigorous outdoor activity, and willing to endure occasional exposure to insects and poison ivy. Transcripts are required and may be uploaded with your application package or sent via fax to the Human Resources Office, 508-289-7118. If faxing, please reference posting by name and posting number. Apply online at: https://mbl.simplehire.com. Posted: 2/6/13.
Marine Biological Laboratory: The Ecosystems Center 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 FA: The successful candidate will participate in research on the quantitative and qualitative analyses of nutrients in natural water samples. Duties include facilitating chemical measurements through the preparation of standards and reagents, and the maintenance of instruments for a multi-user laboratory at the Toolik Field Station. Some field work involved. Prior chemistry experience is required. Terrestrial Summer FA: The successful candidate will participate in research on tundra ecosystems. Duties include sampling and processing plant and soil samples, collection of precipitation and weather data, and maintenance of long-term fertilizer experiments and field greenhouses. Basic laboratory skills, familiarity with spreadsheet software, and some knowledge of plants and soils preferred. General FA including Terrestrial, Aquatic, and/or Human Dimensions research: The focus of effort of this position is still to be decided. In any event the duties will involve field research, sampling, and basic data analysis, working under the supervision of one or more senior project collaborators in terrestrial, lake, stream, or Human Dimensions research. Basic Qualifications: Applicants must be 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. Preferred Qualifications: Some background in terrestrial ecology, soil science, aquatic ecology, hydrology, chemistry, fish ecology and/or ecosystems ecology preferred. Applicants with skills and experience that is particularly suited to some of our ongoing research (e.g., field photosynthesis systems, advanced analytical chemistry methods) may be considered for employment at higher rank and salary. 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. Transcripts are required, but may be uploaded with your application package or sent via fax to the Human Resources Office, 508-289-7118. Apply online at: https://mbl.simplehire.com. Posted: 1/29/13.
Michigan State University: We seek to fill two field technician positions for a large-scale experiment on the restoration of longleaf pine plant communities in the Southeastern United States. Primary job duties will include field, laboratory, and office tasks required for experimental studies of plant community restoration and plant-animal interactions. Understory vegetation surveys will be a major task, and the technicians should be prepared to learn to identify species in the diverse upland longleaf pine flora. The positions will begin in early June, 2013 and will last for 4-6 months. Pay rate will be $10-12 per hour, commensurate with experience. The technicians will work at the Savannah River Site, live in a town near the site (Aiken or New Ellenton, SC, or Augusta, GA), and will join a team of two principal investigators (John Orrock at The University of Wisconsin-Madison and Lars Brudvig at Michigan State University) and a Lead Technician (Joe Ledvina, Michigan State University). Housing is not provided, but low-cost options are plentiful. Successful candidates will have a background in ecology, biology, or a related discipline. Previous field research experience is required, previous botanical field experience is highly desired, and the successful applicants must be able to endure hot, humid conditions and long hours in the field. Because the research site is a highly secure area run by the federal government, non- United States citizens may have difficulty gaining clearance to work there. To apply, please email a CV or resume, and a letter describing past experience including any botanical skills, why this position is interesting or important to you, dates of availability, and contact information with email addresses for two references to Joe Ledvina at firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of application materials will begin immediately. Applications received after April 30, 2013 will not be considered. Posted: 2/14/13, revised: 4/17/13.
Michigan State University: A full-time research assistant position is available in the lab of Dr. Steve Chhin in the Department of Forestry. The research assistant will help wrap up part of the final year of a project funded by the USDA Forest Service (Forest Health Protection program). The objective of this project is 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 assistant will take the lead on field sampling and laboratory work, and will contribute to basic statistical analyses and writing project reports. The research technician will also provide assistance on other projects in the Chhin lab and provide supervision of undergraduate assistants. This position will be for a 9-month period starting in December 2012. There is the possibility of extension based on satisfactory performance and pending the availability of additional grant funding. Qualifications: Applicants should preferably have completed a BS in forestry, biology, ecology, environmental sciences, or a similarly related natural resource field. 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 preferable. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information of at least two references. Please describe your career goals in the cover letter. Applications will be considered immediately and continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration please submit material by October 8, 2012. Please e-mail all application material to Dr. Steve Chhin (email@example.com). Posted: 9/11/12.
Michigan State University: The Schemske lab (Department of Plant Biology) is seeking a full time lab technician for a research project investigating adaptation in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. Primary duties include 1) plant breeding (to produce hybrid seeds), 2) supervision of undergraduate assistants, and 3) implementation of greenhouse and growth chamber experiments. Experience with molecular methods is preferred but is not required. This is initially a 9-month (starting September 2012) full time position (no benefits) with the possibility of extension. A bachelor's degree is required and a background in biology is preferred. Applicants should include a cover letter describing previous experience, a resume, and the names and contact information of two references. Review of applications will begin August 14, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 8/9/12.
Michigan State University: Field Technician: Longleaf pine restoration, The Savannah River Site, South Carolina. We seek to fill two field technician positions for a large- scale experiment on the restoration of longleaf pine plant communities in the Southeastern United States. Primary job duties will include field, laboratory, and office tasks required for experimental studies of plant community restoration and plant-animal interactions. The positions will begin in mid- to late September, 2012 and will last for 3-6 months. Pay rate will be $10 per hour. The technician will work at the Savannah River Site, live in a town near the site (Aiken or New Ellenton, SC, or Augusta, GA), and will join a team of two principal investigators (John Orrock at The University of Wisconsin-Madison and Lars Brudvig at Michigan State University) and a Lead Technician (Joe Ledvina, Michigan State University). Housing is not provided, but 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 is required. Botanical experience or experience live-trapping small mammals is 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 Joe Ledvina: email@example.com. Review of application materials will begin immediately. Applications submitted after August 24, 2012 will not be considered. Posted: 8/2/12.
Michigan Technological University: Our project, studying the effects of emerald ash borer disturbance on black ash wetlands, is hiring a technician for a 6 month position, May-October. The position would assist in field and lab work, using a variety of sampling and analysis techniques to study hydrologic, vegetation and nutrient cycling changes. Contact: Joe Shannon (firstname.lastname@example.org, 906-487-1831), School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. Posted: 3/8/13.
Missouri Department of Conservation: Research Assistant – Botany Crew Leader ($10.73/hr) and Botany Technician ($9.61/hr). Housing is provided. Location: Ellington and Winona, MO. Employment Period: May 20th through August 23, 2013. Identify forest, woodland and glade plant species and record vegetation data for the Missouri Forest Ecosystem Project (MOFEP), a nationally-renowned, long-term study of the effects of forest management on multiple aspects of the ecosystem. If you love learning about plants and natural communities, this is your job! MOFEP is located in the heart of the beautiful Ozark Mountains, providing ample opportunities for hiking, swimming, and canoeing in the stunningly beautiful Current and Jacks Fork Rivers. Housing is provided and is located on land owned by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Botany teams identify up to 500 species of forest, woodland and glade plants to species level, estimate plant coverage, count soft mast flowers and fruits, and measure canopy closure using spherical densiometers. The data is recorded with Trimble Ranger or Nomad (electronic data recording device). This position is a great opportunity to hone botany skills, learn about forest ecology and natural communities, and to interact with other students and professionals in the natural resources field. Botany Crew Leaders work as a team with the botany technicians to collect data, while also supervising and motivating the technicians. Additional Crew Leader duties: download the data and check for accuracy, process paperwork for the crews, give out daily assignments, and keep track of which plots have been completed. Daily work includes driving 4-wheel drive trucks up to 50 miles a day on pavement, gravel roads, and trails through the woods. Must be able to hike 1 to 4 miles a day in steep, rocky terrain in rain, heat and high humidity, and navigate to permanent plots using GPS units, or map and compass. Qualifications (Crew Leader): Applicants must have a B.S. in botany, ecology, natural resource management, environmental science, or forestry. Preference will be given to candidates who have completed a field botany and/or taxonomy class and/or exhibit strong botanical skills. Intensive botanical training will be provided, but basic taxonomic knowledge is a prerequisite for the training. Candidates must be detail-oriented, able to communicate effectively, and able to cheerfully endure harsh field conditions (heat, humidity, ticks, chiggers, gnats, spiders, snakes, briars and steep terrain). A valid driver’s license is required. To Apply: Submit a detailed resume, including a cover letter and contact info for 3 references, to: Elizabeth Olson, Missouri Department of Conservation, 551 Joe Jones Blvd, West Plains, MO 65775. Email: email@example.com, Phone: 417-255-9561 ext.296. Last date to apply: February 8, 2013. Posted: 12/11/12.
Nantucket Conservation Foundation, Inc.: Nantucket Conservation Foundation is hiring 3 Seasonal Field Assistants for the 2013 Field Season. We are hiring one Shorebird Monitor (starting mid-April) to assist in monitoring and protecting rare beach-nesting shorebirds on our many different conservation properties. Previous shorebird monitoring and nest searching experience is required for this position. We are hiring two Seasonal Field Research Assistants (Botanists) (Starting mid-May) to assist in rare species identification and habitat inventory, monitoring vegetation communities 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. Strong plant identification skills are required as well as at least one season of field work. For complete job descriptions and to apply online, please visit: http://www.smartrecruiters.com/NantucketConservationFoundation. For a complete application, please submit ONE DOCUMENT with a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references and a copy of your college transcripts (an unofficial copy is acceptable). Shorebird Monitor Application Deadline: January 20, 2013. Field Research Assistant Application Deadline: January 31, 2013. For more information, contact Dr. Jennifer Karberg: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 12/11/12, revised: 12/14/12.
National Ecological Observatory Network: Several Seasonal Field Technician I positions are open. These are temporary assignments expected to begin in April to June 2013 and continue through August to September 2013. Pay is between $11-$13 per hour. For details, see: Fitchburg, MA, Gainesville, FL, or Boulder, CO. More positions may appear in future at http://neoninc.org/contact/careers. Posted: 3/18/13.
National Park Service: Location: Trego, Wisconsin (St. Croix National Scenic Riverway) Duration: May 20 – August 21, 2013 (dates are firm). Series and Grade: GS-0404-4 OR GS-0404-6. Vacancies: 2 at the GS-4 level, 1 at the GS-6 level. Pay: $13.41-$17.43/hour (GS-4) OR $16.73-$21.74/hour (GS-6). 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 the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, a park that includes the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers in northern and central Wisconsin. Incumbents will collect extensive monitoring data on trees, shrubs, herbs, coarse woody materials, browse and soils, as well as identify select insect and disease pathogens and assess tree health. This position will be based in Trego, Wisconsin. The incumbents will work in one of two types of positions: 1) Tree specialists. They will identify and measure tree species as well as collect data on coarse woody materials and soils (GS-4 positions). 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 (GS-6 position). Field work will be performed in teams of 2-3 people. The incumbents may also spend approximately 5-10% of time performing computer work. This position operates on an 8 day on/6 day off schedule. During the 8-day sampling periods, incumbents will primarily travel by canoe and backcountry camp. They will be expected to carry field equipment weighing up to 50 lbs. He/she will be exposed to high temperatures, stinging and biting insects, extensive deer and wood ticks, and poisonous plants. These positions will be posted on USAJobs from January 2-15, 2013. All application materials must be submitted for consideration. Interested people are encouraged to contact Suzanne Sanders at 715-682-0631, ext. 223, with any questions. No emails please. Posted: 1/3/13.
National Park Service: The Northern Great Plains Inventory & Monitoring Network (NGPN) is recruiting 4 seasonal biological technicians (GS-5; $15/hr) and 2 field crew leaders (GS-6; $16.73/hr). 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 2013, and extend through Fall 2013. All applicants must apply for positions through USAJOBS. See below for more information and links to the applications for each of the positions. 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. To apply see the full job ads for crew members or crew leaders. For more information contact: Isabel Ashton, Isabel_Ashton@nps.gov. Closes: 1/14/13 (member) or 1/16/13 (leader). Posted: 1/2/13.
Nature’s Capital, LLC: is a small business located in Boise, Idaho. Our mission is to assist in the maintenance and enhancement of the natural capital found in biological and physical resources. We provide scientifically sound, high quality ecological inventory and assessment information and management recommendations founded in knowledge of ecosystem processes and functions. Nature’s Capital is seeking to fill six seasonal Biological Technician positions. The Biological Technician will assist in collecting and summarizing data on the ecology of forest, shrubland, and grassland vegetation or rare plant species. The incumbent will assist with ecological field inventories. Duties include making observations and recording data on plant species composition, stand structure, and environmental factors influencing the distribution of plant communities or species. Duties may include recording, summarizing, and proofreading technical information; use of word processing, spreadsheet, database, or GIS software; or interpreting spatial imagery or other technical map products. The position will require experience in back country travel; some experience in use of basic tools such as a field compass, topographic maps, clinometer, altimeter, and global positioning systems; and operation of motor vehicles on unimproved roadways. Work activities require ability to walk for several hours in rugged terrain and work in extreme weather conditions. Work schedules will require overnight travel and primitive camping in remote locations. Minimum Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree in botany, ecology, forestry, range or a related field, or an equivalent combination of courses leading to a bachelor’s degree and work experience. Work experience should demonstrate some knowledge of a regional flora and ability to complete tasks outlined in the position description (for example, some experience identifying plants using a taxonomical key; sampling vegetation using standard plant ecology, common stand examination, ecological site inventory, or habitat assessment methods; rare plant or noxious weed survey methods; or habitat and population monitoring methods). Back country experience may be documented through work history or recreational activities such as hiking, skiing or mountaineering. Candidates with strong back country experience and interest in acquiring skills and experience in field ecology are encouraged to apply. To apply for a Biological Technician position, please send a current resume as an email attachment to email@example.com. Include the job title in the subject line. Please provide contact information for individuals with knowledge of your experience and capabilities. Candidates for the position should make contact as soon as possible. Hiring decisions are planned to occur on or before May 10, 2013. Posted: 4/25/13.
New Jersey Audubon: GEORGE MYERS FIELD NATURALIST (1) for a variety of education, research and conservation projects at New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory, Cape May, NJ. Sep. 1 - Oct. 31. Cape May is renowned as one of the world's great hot spots for bird migration. This position is named in honor of the late George Myers, a talented CMBO Associate Naturalist, and is funded by an endowment established in his honor. Will work at a variety of field sites with office at the CMBO Northwood Center. Will work as an interpretive naturalist associated with a variety of the Observatory’s projects, including migration counts, interpretive walks, birding workshops, publications, exhibits and web site. Applicants should have experience interacting with the public and excellent interpersonal skills. Familiarity with bird migration and experience identifying birds as well as some knowledge of other natural history is preferred, but much learning on the job is possible. Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, ecology, environmental science or similar field preferred. All applicants must have their own vehicles unless other arrangements are made prior to employment. Salary:$1000/month; housing and reimbursement for gas provided. Send cover letter indicating position of interest, resume outlining relevant experience, and three references (including email addresses and phone numbers) to MIKE CREWE, Cape May Bird Observatory, Northwood Center, 701 East Lake Drive, PO Box 3, Cape May Point, NJ 08212 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadline July 1. Posted: 6/21/13.
New Jersey Audubon: INTERPRETIVE NATURALISTS (2) for fall migration monitoring project at New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory, Cape May, NJ. Sep. 1 - Oct. 31. Cape May is renowned as one of the world's great hot spots for bird migration. Successful applicants will work at the Cape May Hawkwatch. Duties include teaching visitors bird identification and natural history and offering general assistance, conducting workshops, and assisting counter when needed. Applicants should have experience interacting with the public and excellent interpersonal skills. Familiarity with bird migration and experience identifying birds, especially raptors, is preferred. All applicants must have their own vehicles. Salary for positions $800/month; housing and reimbursement for gas is provided. Send cover letter indicating position of interest, resume outlining relevant experience, and three references (including email addresses and phone numbers) to MIKE CREWE, Cape May Bird Observatory, Northwood Center, 701 East Lake Drive, PO Box 3, Cape May Point, NJ 08212 or email: email@example.com. Application deadline July 1. INTERN (1) to assist with ongoing Monarch butterfly migration project at New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory, Sep. 1 - Oct. 31. Duties include daily road censuses of migrating Monarchs, tagging, data entry, and educating the public about the project and Monarch biology. Successful applicant will be expected to work irregular hours during peak Monarch flights. Careful data collecting and entry skills, and excellent interpersonal skills a must; familiarity with insect ecology and migration a plus but not required. Must have own vehicle, and a valid, clean driver's license. Salary $800/mo.; housing and reimbursement for gas provided. Send cover letter indicating position of interest, resume outlining relevant experience, and three references (including email addresses and phone numbers) to MIKE CREWE, Cape May Bird Observatory, Northwood Center, 701 East Lake Drive, PO Box 3, Cape May Point, NJ 08212 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadline July 1. MIGRATION COUNTERS (4) for fall migration monitoring projects at New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory, Cape May, NJ. Cape May is one of the premier fall migration hot spots in the country. Specifically, we are hiring a counter for the Cape May Hawkwatch (1 Sep - 30 Nov), a counter for the Avalon Seawatch (22 Sep-22 Dec), a counter for the Cape May Morning Flight Project (16 August - 31 October) and a "swing" counter (1 Sept-22 Dec), who will provide day-off relief at each site and enter data. Applicants for counter positions should have a strong background identifying raptors, seabirds, or songbirds in flight. Careful data collecting skills, a willingness to work long hours, and excellent interpersonal skills are a must. Applicants for the "swing" counter position also should have some experience with MS Excel. All applicants must have their own vehicles. Salary for all positions $1400-1600/month depending on experience. Housing and reimbursement for gas is provided. Send cover letter indicating position of interest, resume outlining relevant experience, and three references (including email addresses and phone numbers) to RENE BUCCINNA, Cape May Bird Observatory, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210 or email: email@example.com. Application deadline is July 15. Posted: 6/10/13.
New Jersey Audubon: 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, nest searching, vegetation sampling, data entry and some data analysis. Point count experience, the ability to identify birds of the eastern U.S. by sight and sound, and proficiency with GPS and range finders required; nest searching experience and knowledge of MS Excel and ArcGIS preferred. Applicants must be able to work independently, move materials and be able to lift 25 pounds as necessary, 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 be willing to travel in NJ, have own vehicle and a valid, clean driver’s license. Housing and mileage reimbursement will be provided. Send cover letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references by March 25th to Kristin Munafo, New Jersey Audubon, Wattles Stewardship Center, 1024 Anderson Road, Port Murray, NJ 07865, firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 3/11/13.
New Jersey Audubon: 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 and work irregular hours, in occasionally hot and buggy conditions. Must be able to move materials and lift 25 lbs as needed. Start date can be flexible. Salary $1800-2200/month depending on experience. Must have own vehicle. Housing and reimbursement for gas provided. Send cover letter of interest, resume, and three references by 15 February to René Buccinna, NJ Audubon, Cape May Bird Observatory, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210, email@example.com. Posted: 1/2/13.
North Carolina State University: Three field technicians are needed to assist in a study of Red-cockaded Woodpecker (RCW) home ranges as they relate to neighboring group density and foraging habitat characteristics. The study will be conducted at 2 or 3 locations in the southeastern USA (NC, SC, and GA). The Savannah River Site, a National Environmental Research Park, located near Aiken, SC, will be one field site; remaining sites are TBD. Primary duties of technicians will include conducting all-day follows of RCW groups, collection of vegetation data, and data entry. Work schedule will be 5 days/week, but weekend work may be necessary from time to time. Salary will be $1,800–$2,000/month and employment could extend for up to 24 months. Housing will be provided. Qualifications: Looking for hard-working, independent, and enthusiastic individuals with interest in avian ecology. Applicants minimally should possess a Bachelor’s degree in biology, wildlife ecology, or related field. Previous experience conducting avian surveys, excellent communication skills, meticulous data collection, strong work ethic, and a positive attitude are required. Preference will be given to those who have experience working with the RCW or resighting color-banded birds, and to individuals able to make a long-term commitment to the project. Applicants must be able to work independently and interact positively (often remotely) with a collaborative research team. Applicants should be in good physical condition and enjoy working outdoors - the ability to hike and work long hours in adverse conditions (must be willing to work long hours in hot and humid field conditions) and in remote field sites is a must. Other desirable skills include: proficiency with GPS units, maps, compass, and MS Office (Access, Excel, Word). Selected applicants will be subject to a criminal background check. Must have or be willing to acquire a valid driver’s license before the start date of the project. Must be U.S. citizen. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until qualified applicants are found. Start date: March 2013, specific dates somewhat flexible. Contact: Please email a one-page cover letter outlining your interest in the project, resume/CV, and contact information for three references to James Garabedian (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 11/30/12.
Northern Arizona University: The Dorrance Summer Conservation Experience seeks to hire one field instructor and one field intern (collectively called “Field Staff”) • Field Staff will serve as role models to students, teach wilderness skills, and provide logistical / risk management support throughout the 25-day program. • SCE Field Staff will work as a team to teach 23 students how to camp on the San Juan River, cook, hike and camp on the Colorado Plateau, and collect environmental data in the field. At times SCE Field Instructors may be expected to independently supervise 8 college sophomores in the field. • Field Staff will facilitate conversations about course readings and lessons on Arizona history, indigenous knowledge, or environmental conservation. • The Field Intern will be expected to stay in an NAU residence hall with the students while the group is in Flagstaff. Meals on campus will be provided. Minimum Qualifications for All Field Staff • Familiarity with the natural history of the Colorado Plateau and Sonoran Desert. • Experience managing / supervising / leading groups in a wilderness setting. • Valid driver's license and the ability to drive 11-passenger vans. • Current Wilderness First Aid and CPR certifications. Preferred Qualifications for Field Interns • Academic background in environmental science, environmental history, environmental studies, Arizona history, or indigenous cultures. • Experience supervising and supporting students in a residential setting. • Current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications Preferred Qualifications for Field Instructors • Master’s degree in environmental science, environmental history, environmental studies, Arizona history, indigenous studies, or creative problem solving. • Experience working with first-generation college students from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. • High school, community college, or university-level teaching experience. • Current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications. Salary and Benefits • Instructors and interns will be expected to work the entire course, which includes staff training and course prep time (July 2 – August 1, 2012) for $1500 to $4500, depending on experience. • WFA Certification / WFR Recertification reimbursement. Application: Please submit a letter of interest, resume, and names and phone numbers of three references that can address your qualifications for this position by email to email@example.com or post to: Dr. Angie Moline, Director, Dorrance Summer Conservation Experience Program, School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability, Northern Arizona University, P.O. Box 5694, Flagstaff, AZ 86011. Review of applications will begin March 1st. Posted: 2/25/13.
Northern Arizona University: 2 Forestry Technicians, 1 Forestry Technician Crew Leader. Positions will be based in Flagstaff, AZ, with extensive travel. Employment is through School of Forestry. Work Dates: August 22nd start (2 day tree climbing training) through early October 2012 for seed collections. Compensation: $9/hr + $17/day per diem (techs); $11/hr + $17/day per diem (crew leader). Work schedule: 40 hrs/wk (full-time, 10 hrs/day) in a minimum of 4 day trips (must have >4 continuous day availability Fridays - Mondays for field work). Some trips will be 8 - 10 days. Most trips will involve camping. Background: White pine blister rust is caused by an invasive fungal pathogen that causes mortality to white pine trees (southwestern white and limber pine). We will be collecting white pine cones with mature seeds from across the species' range in Arizona and New Mexico. Collections will occur when seeds are mature during Fall 2012, this window of opportunity before seeds drop is generally only 1.5 months long. Most of the population of southwestern white pine has not yet been challenged by the pathogen, making this a proactive project to conserve the genetic diversity of the species. Duties: Successful completion of two-day USFS tree climbing certification training mandatory for all field work. Collections will include GPS navigation and site establishment, disease identification, climbing trees and cone collections. All climbing equipment will be provided. Requirements: * Previous work/field experience or education in forest measurement preferred. * Previous experience with tree or rock climbing preferred but not necessary. * Applicants should be in good physical condition and able to climb 100 feet off the ground and tolerate occasionally-adverse field conditions and 10-hour work days. * Able to travel for a minimum of 4 day trips (Friday - Mondays) at a time. Those with more flexible schedules preferred. * Experience orienteering with maps, compass and/or GPS preferred. * Good motivation and organizational skills. * Valid driver's license. To Apply: Please send a current resume, a brief letter/email of interest, and contact information for 3 professional references to Betsy Goodrich at firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 7/10/12.
Northwest Entomological Research Center: NWERC is offering 2-4 paid summer internships for the upcoming summer field season. Projects are conducted in the Oregon Coast Range in cooperation with OSU College of Forestry, the National Center for Air and Stream Improvement, and the largest timber producers in the Pacific Northwest. Skill required: Carry 35 lbs Navigate rough terrain Must be authorized to operate motor pool vehicles Prefer upperclassmen OR applicants with field work experience Interest in Entomology or Forestry a plus! Skills Acquired: Field Research Experience Study Design Field Insect Identification Collection/Sampling protocols. This is a competitive internship. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and CV to Melissa Scherr at email@example.com before MARCH 30th. Applicants will be interviewed in April, with selection by the end of April. Internship begins on June 15th and extends to September 15th. For more information, visit http://nwerc.org/internships. E-mail questions to Melissa Scherr at firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 2/26/13.
Old Dominion University: 2013 Virginia / Maryland Field Work - Radar Analysis of Fall Migrant Habitat Use. Field assistants are needed for a new collaborative project using radar to examine migrant use of hardwood forest habitat during fall migration in Virginia and Maryland. Assistants will sample hardwood forests along the Atlantic Flyway to compare with radar assessments of bird use of these habitats. The research involves sampling migrants by sight and sound in addition to assessments of habitat and food resources. Must be highly motivated with the ability to identify Eastern migrants by sight and sound. An ability to identify common vegetation and insects of Virginia / Maryland is preferred. Assistants will be housed in one of three locations: Wakefield, VA; Wallops Island, VA; or Berlin, MD and will involve extensive travel to field sites each day (a vehicle is required, mileage will be reimbursed). Field work is rigorous and will involve hot, humid weather, including frequent encounters with biting arthropods. Positions include a monthly stipend of $1,850 and up to $500 / month housing allowance. The positions will run from 7 August through 14 November, 2013. Please include the following in your application:a resumé / CV (please provide detailed descriptions (>1 page) of your academic, volunteer, and professional experiences); a cover letter describing why you should be considered for one of our positions and an indication of what your short- and long-term career goals are; the names, phone numbers, titles, and email addresses of at least three academic / professional references. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. Send application (email preferred) to: Dr. Eric L. Walters, Department of Biological Sciences, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 23529-0266, email: email@example.com. Posted: 5/29/13.
Oregon State University: Sagebrush Vegetation Research Intern. We are seeking summer field interns to obtain primary-source data on sagebrush community vegetation for all shrub steppe habitats in eastern Oregon. The project will entirely involve field research, shrub steppe species identifications, and the use of field sampling software to update information and assist the SageCon project, and a climate change adaptation project. SageCon is project headed by the Governor’s office to develop an all-lands, all-threats plan addressing the greater sage grouse in Oregon. Knowledge of or ability to learn how to identify dominant plant species, collect field data and navigate in the field is essential. The Vegetation Research Intern is a short term, summer position. Duties: 1. (60%) Identifying sagebrush, other shrub steppe species, native bunchgrasss, invasive annual grass species, and other dominant species. Broadly categorizing sagebrush communities, entering information in MS Access software on a laptop or pad, and operating GPS unit. 2. (30%) Driving throughout eastern Oregon, and navigating with maps and GPS to unique or typical habitats. 3. (10%) Hiking to off-road sites, identifying plants and identifying plant communities. Requirements: 1. Botany or range science plant identification classes or enrollment in a degree program in the biological sciences. 2. Experience or familiarity PC computers and software. Specifically, knowledge of MS Access or other data base management software is desired, with the ability to learn essential. 3. Knowledge of Oregon flora and geography desired, with the ability to learn essential. 4. Must be able to work 10 hour days for 8 days at a time (followed by 6 days off). Must be willing to work in hot or otherwise harsh weather. Must be willing to camp and spend a lot of time in a vehicle. Contact: Jimmy Kagan (firstname.lastname@example.org) 503-725-9955. Deadline: A resume and letter must be received at INR by June 16, 2013. Posted: 6/4/13.
Oregon State University: Forest Ecology Field Technicians, Post-fire re-measurement in Mountain Pine Beetle affected fuels Job description: Three field technicians (1 crew lead, 2 techs.) are needed to assist in re-measuring and installing additional plots in central Oregon following the 2012 Pole Creek Fire. Work will be based near Sisters, OR. Camping will be required during work stints and camping per diem will be provided. Work duties will include setting up plot boundaries, measuring stand structure, tree regeneration, surface and crown fuels, and measurement of post-fire effects on forest overstory and understory. Work may often occur in inclement conditions (heat, rain, mosquitoes, etc.). Strong attention to details and a willingness to QA/QC field records necessary. Qualifications: Experience performing basic forest measurements, basic plant identification, as well as experience hiking off-trail in forested environments and navigating cross-county with compass preferred. Must be able to live, travel and work with people in a friendly and professional environment. Date: Work will start July 1st and run through mid to late September 2013. Earlier start date may be negotiable for crew lead position. Salary: $12-14/hour depending on experience. To Apply: Please send cover letter, resume, contact information for 2 references, and any questions to Travis Woolley email@example.com. Application Deadline May 24th. Posted: 5/28/13.
Oregon State University: We seek one full-time temporary technician in fire and sagebrush ecology with the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. Research project will occur at and around Hart Mountain Antelope Refuge near Lakeview, OR. Daily work will primarily be vegetation surveys to quantify the changes in composition following fire in sagebrush communities, but some data entry can also be expected. Position is based out of OSU, and no housing is provided in Corvallis. Transportation to field sites and accommodations on site will be provided, though it is possible that we will occasionally camp. Hourly Wage: $10/hr. Dates of employment: Begin on or around May 13th, 2013. End mid-August 2013 (12 weeks). (UPDATED START/END DATE FROM PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENT). Minimum Qualifications: Education: Bachelor’s degree in progress in Biology, Ecology, Botany, or another related Biological discipline. Abil/Know/Skills: Basic knowledge of the principles of ecology. Experience in ecological data collection. Basic computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Excel. Willingness and ability to spend long days in the field in hot, cold, wet, or dry conditions, hike up to several miles with a 30 pound pack, camp in a field setting on occasion, and be away from duty station (Corvallis, OR) for up to 2 weeks at a time. Current driver’s license and ability to drive a 4 wheel drive vehicle. Desirable Qualifications: Experience collecting biological data in a field setting. Organizational, communication, and leadership skills with an ability to independently and manage multiple tasks simultaneously. Ability to work effectively as a member of a larger team. Resourceful in developing practical solutions to daily challenges. Knowledge of sagebrush ecosystems. Experience with issues surrounding grassland fire ecology in desert ecosystems. Experience using GIS tools. Inquiries: Dr. Lisa Ellsworth: firstname.lastname@example.org. Application: Send resume or CV with: contact information for 3 references, academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are fine), and cover letter detailing how you meet minimum and, where applicable, desirable qualifications to Lisa Ellsworth at email@example.com. Posted: 3/15/13, revised: 4/11/13.
Oregon State University: Summer Field Crew (4 positions): Forest Dynamics Research in the Pacific Northwest. The 4-person crew will work on a study of long-term dynamics in young, mature and old-growth forests in the mountains of western Oregon and western Washington. Duties include collecting data on cover and biomass of understory plant species, measuring trees, and assessing causes of tree mortality. Crew positions are best suited for upper-level undergraduates or graduates who are considering advanced study or professional work in ecology. Qualifications: 1. Familiarity with flora of the Pacific Northwest. 2. Experience using taxonomic keys to identify herbaceous and woody plant species. 3. Experience with vegetation sampling and forest inventory methods and tools. 4. Knowledge of tree mortality agents (diseases, insects, wind, etc.) is desirable. 5. Skilled in off-trail navigation (map reading, compass orienteering, GPS use). 6. Ability to work long hours in rugged terrain. 7. Capable of working and living cooperatively with others. 8. Organized, self-motivated, detail-oriented and responsible. Logistics: - The field crew will be based at H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest near Blue River, Oregon. We will also travel to research sites in Washington. - Housing provided at HJ Andrews. Elsewhere camping will be necessary. - Work weeks usually consist of four, 10-hour days. - Job hazards include steep terrain, brushy understory vegetation, downed logs, biting insects, and occasional encounters with poison oak. Duration: June 17 to August 29, and possibly 1-2 weeks beyond Salary: $12-15 per hour, depending on qualifications and experience. Closing Date: March 24, 2013. To Apply: Send the following via email to Rob Pabst (firstname.lastname@example.org) - Cover letter describing your qualifications for this job and your dates of availability - Resume - A copy of your college transcripts - Names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of three references. Posted: 3/4/13.
Oregon State University: Point count technicians (4), interns (4), and crew leader (1) needed for research being conducted within the Betts Landscape Ecology Lab on source-sink dynamics of migratory forest songbirds in southern Indiana. All positions will begin on approximately 1 May 2013 and continue through approximately 15 July 2013. Primary duties for all positions will involve: early-morning point counts to census avian communities; afternoon vegetation surveys; distributing and collecting song broadcast units to attract breeding individuals; and data entry. Other responsibilities may include (but are not limited to) equipment maintenance, managing databases, proofing entered data, etc. Candidates 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.). Housing will be provided. Preference will be shown for individuals that are willing to drive a personal vehicle to and from field sites, though it is not necessary that absolutely everyone have a personal vehicle. Mileage will be reimbursed at a rate of $0.35-$0.40 per mile. Technicians will have the additional responsibility of helping to train the interns on bird identification and point count methods. The field crew leader will be responsible for supervising and coordinating daily work for 2-3 employees throughout the season. Monthly salary is $2,200 for the crew leader, $1,800 for the technicians, and $900 for interns (housing provided for all positions). 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 extensive experience with ArcMap GIS software, GPS units, database management, logistical coordination, and will exhibit excellent leadership skills. This is an opportunity to be part of one of the largest-scale demographic studies ever conducted on a Neotropical migrant passerine (study overview). To apply please send electronic copies (PDF or MS Documents) of the following: 1) a letter of interest, 2) a C.V, and 3) the names and contact information for three references to: Jonathon J. Valente, PhD Student, Jonathon.Valente@oregonstate.edu (preferred). Please specify which position(s) interest you. Posted: 1/25/13.
Oregon State University: Three field technicians (1 crew lead, 2 techs.) are needed to assist in setting up and measuring vegetation plots in northern California (Marin and Sonoma counties) in coast live oak woodlands affected by Sudden Oak Death (SOD). Project is focused on assessing changes in fuels for fire behavior analyses. Work will be based out of Marin, CA for 8 day stints, followed by 6 days off. Per Diem and lodging in Marin and surrounding areas will be provided. Work duties will include setting up plot boundaries, measuring overstory trees, tree regeneration, surface fuels, measurement of understory plants, and assessment of SOD infection. Work may often occur in inclement conditions (heat, poison oak, etc.). Strong attention to details and focus on QA/QC of data is necessary. Qualifications: Experience performing basic vegetation measurements, as well as experience hiking off-trail and navigating cross-county with compass preferred. Must be able to live, travel and work with people in a friendly, energetic, and professional environment. Work will start mid to late April and run through the middle of June 2013. Earlier start date for crew lead position (approx. Mid March) is desired. Salary: $12-14/hour depending on experience. To Apply: Please send cover letter, resume, contact information for 2 references, and any questions to: Travis Woolley email@example.com. Posted: 1/24/13.
Oregon State University: Field technician (1) and intern (1) needed for a long-term forest bird monitoring study at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest from approximately 1 May to mid-July. The research project is done by the Betts landscape ecology lab. Duties include conducting avian point count surveys along transects through forests and on dirt roads, acoustic recordings, data entry and error checking. Mist-netting and banding of birds are also likely. Both positions requires hiking in mountainous terrain, travel on dirt roads by 4WD vehicle and mountain bike, early mornings, and working outside for extended periods in cold and wet conditions. Applicants should be physically fit, motivated, organized, and comfortable working in remote areas alone or in a group. Ability to adapt to a variable work schedule is also necessary. Point count experience and identification skills of birds of the Pacific Northwest by sight and sound are necessary for technician position, and previous mist netting and bird handling skills are preferred, but not required. The intern position is intended for folks beginning in the field of ornithology that are interested in learning new skills and techniques. Apartment-style housing is provided at the HJ Andrews with shared rooms. The field station is located in the Willamette National Forest near Blue River, OR and provides access to great hiking and mountain biking trails, swimming holes, and hot springs. Pay for technician is $1600/month and intern is $600/month. Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references to April Bartelt at hja.birds AT gmail.com. Application deadline is February 15, 2013. Posted: 1/22/13.
Pace University: Currently seeking one field assistant to run one station as part of a graduate research project focusing on the effects of deer browse on migratory landbirds in suburban New York. This station will run simultaneously with another station at a nearby field site for the duration of spring migration. The assistant will be in charge of opening and closing mistnets, extracting birds from nets, collecting a blood sample from target species, and following standard banding protocol. Sampling will be done five mornings a week for four weeks. A stipend of $250/per week will be allocated for this assistant. Work is from May 1-May 31 2013. Sampling will be conducted five mornings a week for four weeks beginning at sunrise until 11 AM. Applicants should have extensive mistnetting experience, be able to operate mistnets without supervision, have experience handling and banding passerines, and be able to cover strenuous terrain. Previous experience collecting blood samples is desirable but not required. Housing options may be available but would not be included in the stipend. Personal vehicle is required for transportation to and from study sites. If interested, please send a cover letter, resume and three references to Michael Fraatz at firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 4/26/13.
Pacific Salmon Commission: Seasonal Port Sampling Technician - Vancouver, BC - June to September 2013. We are seeking an individual with experience working in the field, and who can also help out with a variety of other tasks around the office, such as organizing sampling activities, shipping, and data management. Applicants are advised that in 2013 these positions may be part-time and limited in duration (approximately late June to mid-September) depending upon fisheries openings and sampling opportunities. Samplers will be required to work on a flexible schedule including some early mornings, late shifts, and weekends. Duties: - Preparation and maintenance of biological sampling equipment - Collection of biological data and samples from sockeye and pink salmon - Collection of information from fishers and fish plant operators - Sample tracking, shipping, and delivery - Communicating with samplers, fish plants, and others to ensure sampling plan is carried out - Maintenance of records of sampling efforts and shipping details - Preparing and distributing sampling supplies - A variety of other projects to assist in record keeping and data management Qualifications: - Experience with the identification and sampling of fish (preferably salmon) - Attention to detail - Valid driver's license and passport - Excellent communication and organizational skills - Experience using MS Excel (required) and MS Access (preferred) - Experience managing data and using a database (preferred) - Able to work independently. Wages will range from $19.68 to $23.31 per hour, depending on experience. Interested applicants should fax (604-666-8707), e-mail (email@example.com) or send a résumé with a list of references by May 12th, 2013 to: Attn.: Kimberly Bartlett, Pacific Salmon Commission, 600 - 1155 Robson Street, Vancouver, B.C., V6E 1B5 Canada. Posted: 4/19/13.
Pennsylvania State University: We are seeking 8 technicians to assist with vegetation sampling for a large-scale study of response of vegetation to silvicultural treatments and deer density reduction. Study areas are located in central Pennsylvania (near State College) and northern Pennsylvania (near Smethport). Fieldwork will be conducted Monday, May 13 – Friday, August 16. Pay is $10/hr, 40 hrs/week. Duties: Find and monument permanent forest inventory plots using GPS and other tools; identify and quantify the size and abundance of overstory and understory plants on permanent plots; and collect, record and archive data. Key qualifications: At least two years toward a natural resources baccalaureate degree; demonstrated plant identification skills (as evidenced by a course in plant id, such as dendrology, and/or field experience collecting vegetation data); ability to work independently and reliably without direct supervision in challenging field conditions; and possession of a valid driver’s license. Questions: contact Dr. Marc McDill at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed as received. If interested, please respond immediately. To apply: Send a letter, résumé, transcripts, and contact information for three references (via email preferred). At least one reference should be able to comment on your plant identification skills: Email applications to: Bobbi Jo Scovern, Administrative Support Assistant, Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, 419 Forest Resources Building, University Park, PA 16802, Email: email@example.com, Phone: 814-865-4511. Posted: 3/25/13.
Pennsylvania State University: Field and laboratory assistant needed to help with data collection for a Penn State Department of Entomology Master’s thesis project. Research is focused on the contribution of flowering spring cover crops to local native bee communities in an organic agriculture setting. Work will include both outdoor field work (80%) at Penn State University research farm and indoor laboratory work on campus (20%) sorting and identifying samples collected in the field. Daily work will include visual pollinator observations, crop growth evaluations, setting and checking insect traps, sorting and curating bee samples. Assistant will work alongside primary researcher but may be asked to work independently or temporarily assist with other organic agriculture research being conducted onsite. Required Qualifications: Ability to work outside for long periods of time, Desire to learn insect group identification, Attention to detail, Valid U.S. driver’s license. Desired Qualifications: Previous field work experience, Insect collection experience, Data entry experience (Excel). Job Details: Project runs from April 1 through June 28, 2013 with possible extension. Part-time (20-40 hours a week, $10 per hour) depending on field schedule and availability, hours somewhat flexible but must be able to work at least some weekday mornings (8am – 1pm). To apply or to request further information please send short letter of interest to Katie Ellis at firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 1/29/13.
Pennsylvania State University: 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 seventh year of a long-term monitoring program investigating forest condition at these national parks. The position begins in mid-May 2013 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 required. Knowledge or experience in one or more of the following areas is highly desirable: forest pests and pathogens; forest soils; and/or identification of herbaceous and graminoid plants. Applicants should be able to navigate in the woods by compass and using GPS. The ability to hike long distances over steep terrain will also be required. Additional tasks will include data entry and quality control of data. If interested, please send a brief cover letter, a resume, and contact information for three references to Stephanie Perles (email@example.com) by February 15, 2013. Posted: 1/22/13.
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens: Phipps is seeking an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Intern to assist in developing and coordinating Phipps’ IPM program in the Conservatory, production houses and outdoor gardens, including the newly installed Center for Sustainable Landscapes, with the goal of minimizing pesticide use while maintaining the health and beauty of all plants thoughout the Phipps campus. Essential duties and responsibilities will include: • Under the direction of the IPM Specialist, monitoring and diagnosing all plant health problems, biotic and abiotic. • Aiding in implementing the IPM program for structural pest control. • Keeping the IPM database current and maintaining records of all control measures implemented and the monetary costs associated with them. • Aiding in designing, implementing, collecting and analyzing data for a research project on a relevant topic. • Keeping abreast of current best practices regarding IPM recommendations and practices. • Recommending the least toxic course of action for treating pests and diseases, being prepared to think outside the box. Requirements include: B.S. degree in entomology, plant pathology or related field, or equivalent combination of skills and experience; minimum of 2 years’ experience (academic or applied) with IPM, including training in common horticultural pests and diseases; experience with research, experimental design or statistical analysis; and ability to acquire Pennsylvania pesticide applicator license within 2 months of hire. Please include a cover letter and resume when responding. More details. Posted: 4/2/13.
Portland State University: The Institute of Natural Resources is looking for temporary field technician(s) to help in gathering accuracy assessment and ecological data in the Olympic Mountains for a vegetation mapping project. The candidates are required to hike and carry heavy packs long distances (up to 14 miles a day) and be expected to work long shifts (ten hour days) in the field for up to eight days at a time. The candidates must also be willingly to camp overnight in remote wilderness locations, hike across rugged and steep terrain, deal with biting or stinging insects, and endure a variety of weather conditions including: heat, cold, and rain. Candidates must have working knowledge of the Pacific Northwest flora, including the ability to use taxonomic keys for field identification. The ability to use map and compass for navigational purposes is also required. Familiarity with GPS is strongly recommended but not required. Approximate start and end dates: June 19th to beginning of September 2013. This position does not include a guarantee for full-time hours; some weeks will be on a part-time basis. Applicants are expected to be flexible with the schedule throughout the field season. Pay: $12-15/hr DOE. In addition a $26 per diem/day is included for camping related expenses. This is a temporary technician position not eligible for benefits. Send a resume and cover letter (one page maximum) detailing your experiences working and backpacking in wilderness areas. Applications due by: April 5th, 2013. All applications should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include in the subject line veg mapping tech. Posted: 3/18/13.
Purdue University: The Jenkins Lab of forest ecology at Purdue (West Lafayette, IN) is looking for a full-time, temporary field assistant to participate in field data collections in support of research of carbon stocks and long-term stand dynamics in old-growth Central Hardwood Region forests. Field sites are distributed throughout IN, IL, IA, and MO. Work will begin immediately and continue through August 2013. If interested, please contact Brad Graham (email@example.com) with a description of your interests, academic background, availability, and preferred means of contact. Posted: 6/10/13.
Purdue University: We are seeking applicants for the position of lead research technician at the Boston-Area Climate Experiment (BACE). This is a full-time position based at the BACE site in Waltham, Massachusetts (approx. 9 miles from Boston). The successful applicant will maintain the BACE and conduct and assist with ecological research at the site. S/he will be responsible for maintaining a well-organized research environment, maintaining and organizing lab records, equipment, and supplies, analyzing experimental data and presenting results, helping to coordinate activities of undergraduate researchers, troubleshooting problems, ensuring that safe research practices are followed in the lab and in the field, and performing other assigned duties. The technician will work occasional odd hours and weekends as dictated by field or lab work schedules, and will sometimes work outdoors in inclement weather. The technician will spend about 70% of their working hours outdoors. The position is open immediately (pending paperwork at Purdue), with an immediate start preferred. Applicants should have an educational background (bachelor’s or preferably M.S.) that includes coursework in ecology or environmental science. We would be particularly interested in candidates with previous experience as a technician in plant ecology labs, experience working on outdoor experiments that simulate climate change in natural or managed ecosystems, experience working with large datasets, managing student employees, and/or working in old-field ecosystems of the northeastern United States. The initial appointment will be for a period of six months, with extension of the position contingent upon satisfactory performance and future funding. The technician will be employed by Purdue, but will be based in the Boston area, with little or no travel to Purdue. Potential applicants should email Jeff Dukes (firstname.lastname@example.org) a statement of interest and resume (or CV) with contact information for two or more references, using the subject line “BACE technician.” Applications will be considered as they are received. Posted: 4/17/13.
Purdue University: The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources is hiring two field technician to assist graduate student with forest vegetation sampling on the Hoosier National Forest in southern Indiana. Basic knowledge of proper field techniques and backcountry safety are required. Must possess a valid driver’s license. On-site housing will be provided. Duration: Mid-May to Mid-August (40 hours/week). Pay: $9.50 per hour. Experience and Skills: Ability to Identify woody plants of southern Indiana is strongly desired. Basic knowledge of forest measurement practices. Familiarity with standard equipment including diameter tape, GPS, and clinometer. To apply: Please email a resume (including contact information for two references) and unofficial transcripts to: email@example.com. We will begin reviewing applications on April 1, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. Contact: Please contact Mike Jenkins (firstname.lastname@example.org; 765-494-3602) if you have any questions about the positions. Posted: 3/21/13.
Purdue University: We're hiring a full-time technician for several summer field experiments in the Insect Ecology group. This position will support ag-focused research related to herbivore-induced plant volatiles and predator/prey interactions, cover crops and beneficial insects, or virus/vector interactions in agroecosystems. We'd like to find someone enthusiastic about the scope and purpose of our research, who can work independently and stay focused during occasional monotonous tasks (e.g. counting seeds, pulling weeds, etc.). Work will consist of both field and lab activities-- applicants will need to be comfortable handling insects, heat and farm labor. Experience with plant or insect identification are beneficial, but not required. This position will last from May-August, with the potential for extension into the fall. A valid driver's license and a clear driving record are required. Please send a resume, letter of interest and two references to Carmen Blubaugh (email@example.com) and Gina Angelella-White (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 2/26/13.
Rice University: I am looking to hire a temporary field assistant to help with an experiment located just west of Houston, TX on the effects of population genetic diversity for colonization success in weedy plants. Primary responsibilities will include data collection, data entry and sample processing. This position is available immediately and will run through the end of May, with possible opportunities for additional work throughout the summer. Applicants should have attention to detail and should be dependable and willing to work long hours outside in a variety of conditions. Please email a current resume and contact information for two references to Steve Hovick (email@example.com). Posted: 4/22/13.
Rice University: The Ecology of Bird Loss project examines the effect of bird loss on forest systems by comparing forests on Guam, where forest birds are functionally extinct due to predation by the invasive brown treesnake, to forests on two Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan and Rota) where native bird populations are still present. The intern will help to conduct research exploring the effect of disperser loss on forest community structure and regeneration in treefall gaps by integrating landscape scale observations with manipulative experiments. Duties: The intern will travel between three islands to set up and maintain experiments. The intern will work independently and as part of a small team. Specific duties may include: mapping and identifying trees (including seedlings), putting up fences to exclude ungulates, collecting seeds, caring for plants in a nursery, planting and monitoring seedlings, and entering data. While this project is based on the presence or absence of birds, the research is focused on plants- there will be little to no work with birds. Field crews work 8-10 hours a day, 5-6 days a week. Interns must be able to commit to 9 months with no exceptions, starting in June or July 2013. Requirements: The successful applicant must be able to pay attention to detail, work well individually and as part of a group, and be flexible (i.e. willing to move to another island at a moment's notice). Research in the Mariana Islands involves working in high heat and humidity, walking over rough terrain sometimes carrying heavy and awkward loads (i.e. rolls of chicken wire, flats of seedlings, water), and tolerating the tedious, and at times monotonous, work necessary for all scientific endeavors. Successful applicants must learn how to identify trees (including seedlings) quickly and accurately. If a candidate is allergic to bees, he/she must carry a bee sting kit and be trained in its use, as the chances of getting stung are high. Relevant field experience is desired, but not required. The intern must be a US citizen with a valid US driver's license. Payment and benefits: Interns will receive valuable research experience in the field of conservation biology and field ecology – a great way to both determine whether graduate school in the life sciences is for you and to gain the necessary experience for a competitive application to graduate school. Successful applicants will also receive a round-trip ticket from any major airport in the US to Guam, housing on all islands, transportation to and from field sites, and a monthly stipend of $550. To apply: Candidates should email a single pdf containing a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Haldre Rogers (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applications must be received by midnight on April 23rd, 2013 EST. Please contact Haldre via email if you have any questions related to the internship. Posted: 4/12/13.
Rocky Mountain Field Institute: RMFI seeks a Field Coordinator (FC) to aid in the planning, administration, and management of RMFI’s trail, restoration, and education field programs. The FC serves as a lead field instructor, responsible for on-the-ground management of field programs, supervising and instructing field staff, interns, and volunteers in trail and restoration projects throughout Southern Colorado. Primary duties include planning and managing single and multi-day field projects; instructing field staff, interns, and volunteers in trail and restoration techniques; overseeing tool, equipment, and food logistics; maintaining RMFI’s warehouse and vehicles; and maintaining project work and photo logs. The FC ensures quality work standards, the highest degree of safety, and an enjoyable experience for all RMFI program participants. RMFI is a nonprofit organization based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. RMFI's mission is to promote the conservation and stewardship of public lands in the Southern Rocky Mountain region through volunteer-based trail and restoration projects, environmental education and restoration research. This is a seasonal position from March through November. Please see http://www.rmfi.org/about-rmfi/jobs for more information about the position and application instructions. Posted: 1/28/13.
Rutgers University: Description: 2 field technicians are needed to study restoration ecology of native bees. The objective of this research is to determine the affect of restorations on native bees, honey bees and other agriculturally important insects. The majority of this position will be fieldwork and will take place throughout New Jersey. There will also be some lab work involving data processing and entering. Our lab is located on campus in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Required Qualifications: Ecology fieldwork; valid drivers license; desire to work long hours in hot, humid conditions. Preferred: Experience in entomology and/or botany collection and identification; Personal Vehicle (mileage reimbursements will be provided). Dates: 1 position will start in early May and run through mid-September with the second position being slightly shorter (Mid-May to Mid or End of August). Salary: $10-13/hr. To Apply and For Questions: Send a cover letter, resume, and names and contact information of three references to: Dan Cariveau (email@example.com). Please place ‘Bee Field Tech’ in the subject line. Review of applications will begin February 22. Posted: 1/24/13.
Saltmarsh Habitat and Avian Research Program: Point Count Technicians (10-15) 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 coastal Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. 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). Maryland and Virginia positions require significant motorboat experience; applicants should describe boat experience in their application letter and include an additional reference that can attest to boating skills. Positions will be filled contingent on confirmation of funding. Housing may be available for all positions. Salary starts at ~$9/hour and will be commensurate with experience. Two crew leader positions are available to help organize efforts in the northern (Maine to New York) and southern (New Jersey to Virginia) regions; both positions require previous experience leading and training crews. Crew leader positions start at ~$11/hour. Positions will begin late April 2013 and conclude late July - early August 2013. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. To apply, please send a resume and application letter with three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 3/18/13.
Sarasota County, Florida: Intern (Paid) Forestry Outreach: Summer 2013 Internship to assist with the protection and preservation of Sarasota County's natural resources; specifically to conduct research relating to canopy coverage and tree resources, providing information about trees and forested habitats to the public, and assist with public outreach initiatives in support of conservation and environmental stewardship. Internship is an (8 weeks assignment). Pay range: $10.50 - $12.50/hr. Apply online. Closing Date: 5/17/13. Posted: 5/9/13.
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute: SCBI is seeking a Forest Landscape Ecology intern to start on or around October 15, 2012. The Lab specializes in the application of ecological modeling, remote sensing, and geographic information systems (GIS) to conservation problems. The successful applicant will work closely with Dr. Jonathan Thompson assisting with several aspects of his ongoing research (forest landscape simulations, conservation assessments, valuation of ecosystem services etc ), which are jointly based at SCBI and Harvard Forest. The intern will also be expected to help with general tasks in the Lab. Preference will be given to applicants that have experience using GIS software, remote sensing software, and/or R-statistical software. Most importantly, the applicant should be interested in forest ecosystems, landscape ecology, ecological modeling, and must be willing to learn how to use esoteric software. The ideal candidate will be considering a graduate program in Forest Landscape Ecology. The internship includes a stipend ($1000/month) and housing with other SCBI Interns. Send a letter of interest, resume to Dr. Jonathan Thompson at: email@example.com. Please include the words "Internship Application" in the subject line of your email. Resume should include contact information for 3 professional references. Include potential start date and the time period you are available for the internship in your letter. Posted: 9/14/12.
Syracuse University: This summer fieldwork assistant position is designed to give the participant experience with ecological fieldwork, plant identification, and the opportunity to explore the ecology and natural history of Maine Islands. You will help me sample plants, functional traits, soils, and seed dispersal on 15 Maine coast islands. Bulk of the fieldwork will include delineating plots and estimating the percent cover of plant species found in each plot. Plant identification will be a key component of this fieldwork. Proficiency (or willingness to gain proficiency) with using dichotomous keys for identifying vascular plants is essential. But, most importantly, you should be able to endure rigorous fieldwork conditions, boat travel, and potentially long, strenuous days. You must also be willing to follow a flexible schedule that depends mostly on ocean conditions (i.e. opportunities for safe boat travel). We will be tent camping for the majority of the summer, with only a few exceptions. We will be moving to different locations along the Maine coast as the summer progresses and the majority of our time will be on islands. All islands are uninhabited, only boat accesible, and will have no running water or electricity. I will have a solar charger for a marine radio and cell phones. I anticipate the experience will provide a vast opportunity to learn about the natural history of the Maine coast. I will actively encourage the use of a field journal for recording notes about your experiences and observations, and will also provide some required readings to expand on your understanding of some theoretical ecology, especially that pertaining to this project. The fieldwork will help you learn how to confidently identify at least 200 Maine plant species in situ, but I expect you to be interested in learning other aspects of the regional natural history on your own (birds, insects, plant ecology, etc.). Fieldwork will also teach you basic field ecology, leaf functional trait sampling, and soil sampling methods. Required Skills: - Experience with using dichotomous keys for vascular plant identification. - Fit, healthy, and able to carry and lug at least 50 lbs at a time. - Good, friendly personality, and be able to cheerfully endure harsh field conditions (heat, rain, thorns, long days, mosquitos, slippery rocks, etc.). - Comfortable with boat travel. - Experience tent camping/spending lots of time outdoors. - Able to follow directions carefully and willing to take on certain responsibilities. - Finally, you must be passionate about natural history and ecology, and be excited to learn whatever you can. This is a rigorous field position and I will support you to expand on your observation and natural history skills. Dates: June through August 2013 (Start and end dates to be determined). Stipend I may be able to supply a stipend for your time, but unfortunately I cannot promise this. My current plan is to pay $4,000 for the three months. I am still waiting on grants, so this is not finalized. Think of this as an unpaid internship with the possibility of a stipend. I will know for sure before you have to make the decision. Lodging will be covered while we are on the islands, as well as some basic food staples. Please email me your CV/resume, a cover letter, and contacts for at least two references by May 1st (sooner the better). Feel free to email me, Luka Negoita (firstname.lastname@example.org), with any questions. Posted: 4/12/13.
Texas Tech University: We are seeking a highly motivated field technician to assist graduate students with experimental studies looking at various aspects of aquatic ecology. These projects will be primarily in the field, but will also include laboratory components. Research will be conducted at Tyson Research Center near St. Louis in Eureka, Missouri. Projects that the applicant will assist in include gray treefrog habitat selection, development, and information use, newt paedomorphosis, mosquito habitat selection, and others. **Applicants must be able to provide their own housing and daily transportation to Tyson Research Center.** Position will last approximately three months from May 13 to August 16, 2013. Start and finish dates are flexible, and position will remain open until filled. Duties include collecting field data, maintaining the study sites, and conducting lab work. Opportunities may be available to conduct independent research projects. Hours will range, but average 40 hours per week, and work weeks are typically five days, Monday to Friday, but occasional weekend work may be required. If interested please send your CV or resume with a cover letter and contact info for three references to Matthew Pintar at email@example.com. Qualifications 1. Must have a degree or be a current student in biology or related field and have a basic knowledge of biology and ecology. 2. Applicant must be enthusiastic, a quick learner, an independent and efficient worker, reliable, and have a positive attitude. 3. Be able to withstand long hours in challenging field conditions (hot and humid environment, rain, and possibly at night). 4. Be able to lift 50 pounds. 5. Previous experience working in the field is desired, but not required. 6. Must have own housing and daily transportation to Tyson (at exit 269 on Interstate 44). Posted: 3/28/13.
The Nature Conservancy: One seasonal Grassland Bird Technician (GBT) is needed to conduct surveys for grassland bird abundance/density and diversity in northwest Iowa. The GBT will be part of a study to evaluate the effects of management and landscape on grassland birds. Data collected will contribute to our knowledge of the influence of landscape context and habitat condition on the abundance of grassland birds. Start date is May 13, 2013 continuing through August 2, 2013. The GBT will be paired with a crew leader for the summer. Primary job duties will include: conducting bird surveys using area search/transects methods, collecting basic habitat condition and plant community assessments, and interacting with public land managers and private landowners. After an initial training period the crew will work independently to conduct the field work. Applicants should have good organizational and communication skills, enthusiasm for working outdoors in sometimes tough weather conditions and a valid driver’s license. Experience identifying birds by sight and sound is desirable. Pay will be $10-12/hour depending on experience. Housing and a vehicle for field work will be provided. For questions about the position, contact Marissa Ahlering, firstname.lastname@example.org, 605-658-0209, but applications must be submitted online. Apply online under position number 40655. Cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 references required. Please upload as one document online. Closing Date: April 23, 2013. Posted: 4/17/13.
USDA Forest Service: The Pacific Southwest Research Station is advertising for 3 Biological Science Technicians for work on a forest ecology/fire ecology-related research project in northeast California during the summer of 2013. Two crew members will be hired at the GS-0404-04 level (pay range from $13.41-17.43 per hour), and one, the crew leader, will be hired at the GS-0404-05 level (pay range from $15-19.50 per hour). Positions will be full time beginning in mid-May until early September. Start and end dates are somewhat flexible. The duty station will be the Goosenest Ranger Station of the Klamath National Forest in Macdoel, CA. Lodging will be made available if needed for a fee at either the Forest Service barracks located at the Klamath National Forest's Grass Lake work center on Hwy 97 (21 miles northeast of Weed, CA) in Siskiyou County or the Klamath National Forest's barracks in Mt Hebron, CA. Employees will assist with the collection of data for a forest ecology/fire ecology-related research project located on the Goosenest Ranger District of the Klamath National Forest. Duties include, but are not limited to: (a) measuring tree attributes (diameter, height, crown ratio, and health), (b) measuring down fuels using the Brown's Fuel Transect method to determine fuel loads, and (c) inventory brush species and brush cover. Crew members require skills in basic forest inventory using compass, prism, diameter tapes, laser rangefinders and other tools. These positions are an excellent opportunity for students or recent college graduates interested in gaining field experience. Qualifications: * GS-4: some undergraduate coursework in forestry, ecology, botany, natural resources, biology or a related field, specifically relating to the position. GS-5: Bachelor's degree, or one year experience at the GS-4 level. * Ability to identify forest trees and understory plants (training will be provided for those not familiar with the local flora). * Experience in the use of forest mensuration tools (compass, prism, diameter tape, clinometer, laser rangefinder...) * Must be physically fit and capable of hiking long distances over difficult terrain * Enjoys being outdoors, and can deal with inclement weather and bugs. * Valid driver's license * Capable of living and working closely together with others. Please email Bob Carlson (email@example.com) for more information regarding these positions. Apply for these positions on http://www.usajobs.gov: type "Biological Science Technician (Plants)" in the "What" box and "Macdoel, California" in the "Where" box. Apply to the appropriate GS level (GS 4 or GS 5) you would like to be considered for. When applying, you must select Macdoel, CA as one of the locations. Apply before April 18, 2013. Posted: 3/19/13.
USDA Forest Service: Summer 2013. Employees needed to assist with long-term monitoring of small mammal populations and assemblages on lands severely disturbed by the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. These positions can potentially be used as undergraduate internship course credit if suitable arrangement can be made between employer, college faculty, and student. Applicants must have experience with field methods used to live-trap small mammals, and have the knowledge and skills to handle, process (e.g., measure, weigh, and determine gender, age & reproductive status), and identify captured mammals to the species-level. In addition, applicants should have experience measuring biophysical habitat features (i.e., vegetation, wood debris, substrates). Applicants must be physically fit and capable of hiking several miles each day through rugged, unstable terrain. Employees will be camping throughout the season at well-equipped base camps and transported to study sites in government vehicles. Legible handwriting is required. Valid state driver’s license is needed. Employees will receive training on sampling methods and work both independently and with other crew members to obtain measurements for small mammals and their biophysical habitat features. Employees are required to take careful field notes, to record field data accurately on data forms, and maintain field equipment. Schedule: May or June to through August or September 2013. Begin and end date negotiable. Work week will be 40 hours, Monday through Friday. In some cases this schedule may vary in order to accomplish project goals. Pay Rate: $11-13 per hour depending on experience. How To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, transcripts (if available), and contact information for three references to: Charlie Crisafulli, Mount St. Helens, 42218 NE Yale Bridge Road, Amboy, WA 98601. Phone: 360-449-7834, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 2/27/13.
USDA Forest Service: Ecology/Botany Field Technician, Malheur, Ochoco, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests. Hiring 1 temporary biological science technician for the 2013 field season based out of Baker City OR. Technicians will assist with data collection on white-headed woodpecker plots from July to September (dates are somewhat flexible). Appropriate training will be provided. Positions will require: Doing a variety of vegetation and fuels measurements, identifying birds by sight and sound, 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 avian and plant 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. This is a full-time position. Dates: July 1st through September 1st. End date is somewhat flexible. Location: Baker City, OR. Housing is not provided. Pay: GS-4 ($13.41/hour) GS-5 ($15/hour) (info about GS level qualifications). Apply through USAJOBS for the Bio Tech (Natural Resources) position with Baker City, OR as your selected location. Enter announcement number TEMPOCR-0404-4-NATRES-DT, TEMPOCR-0404-4-PLANTS-DT, TEMPOCR-0404-4-WLDLF-DT in the "What?" search field. Complete your USAJOBS application online and attach the required supporting documents. Be sure to document the required qualifications for these positions. Applications due April 18, 2013. 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), email@example.com. Posted: 2/20/13, revised: 4/15/13.
USDA Forest Service: Biological Science Technician (Wildlife): Duty Station – Girdwood, AK - OR - Moose Pass, AK. 1 position in support of the Kenai Peninsula Zone Terrestrial Program. Technician will be assisting wildlife biologists on the Seward and Glacier Ranger Districts with primarily wildlife surveys and wildlife habitat assessments for the summer field season. Wildlife surveys will be conducted for: breeding birds, bird point count, goshawks, and general wildlife habitat. Other projects involve working with crews on habitat improvement projects, recording and entering data into databases, and assisting wildlife biologists as needed. Work is primarily outdoors, requiring hiking along and off of trails for one to multiple day field trips. Some projects will be accessed by truck, boat, plane, or mountain bike. USAJOBS Vacancy announcement number(s): TEMPOCR-0404-7-WLDLF-DT. Contact: Jessica Ilse, 907-754-2322. Posted: 2/18/13.
USDA Forest Service: The Anchorage Forestry Sciences Lab anticipates hiring 1-6 temporary positions (6 months maximum) to serve as crew members on the data collection team in Coastal Alaska. These positions are with the Pacific Northwest Research Station, Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program. The Alaska FIA Program conducts forest inventories on forested land on all ownerships. The data collection team installs permanent research plots that are measured on a 10 cycle and collects a wide range of forestry, botanical and geographic data items at each research site. For additional information please contact Justin Holgerson (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 2/14/13.
USDA Forest Service: The Pacific Southwest Research Station is planning to hire 11 field crew Biological Science Technicians through Open Continuous Recruitment for work on research projects in northeast California during the summer of 2013. Positions will be full time beginning in mid-May until the early September. Start and end dates are somewhat flexible. The Redding Laboratory conducts research into vegetation management and fire effects in forests influenced by a Mediterranean climate. The duty station will be either the Forest Service Bogard work center, in Lassen County or Chester, CA. Lodging will be made available by PSW at either the Bogard work center which is on Highway 44, near Lassen Volcanic National Park, or near Chester, CA. Employees will be collecting data for several research projects on the Lassen National Forest. The projects include, but are not limited to: (a) utilization of terrestrial and airborne lidar (light detection and ranging) derived products for forest planning and management (field work includes: lidar field plot establishment and data collection of vegetation, wildlife habitat, fuels, coarse woody debris, and other forest attributes), (b) quantifying seedling distribution and success in burned forests, and (c) conducting stand exams and measuring canopy cover in stands to develop a pre-treatment baseline. The pay level for most positions will be GS-4 ($13.41-17.43 per hour), we may also fill 2 positions at GS-5 ($15-19.50) depending on work experience and education. Crew members require skills in forest measurements. Work will require familiarity with a hand compass and measuring tree diameters and heights. Qualifications: - Must be capable of hiking in rugged terrain for long work days. - May be required to backpack for extended periods carrying a 40-70 pound pack. - Coursework in forestry or natural resources. - Valid current driver's license. Please email Brian Wing (email@example.com) by March 22, 2013 if you are interested in these positions. The vacancy announcement will be posted on www.usajobs.gov. Posted: 2/7/13.
USDA Forest Service: Field Technicians/Botanists (3 positions), Series and Grade: 0404 and GS 3 or 4, Temporary ($11.95 or $13.41/hr), Northern Research Station, Morgantown, WV, Mid-May - mid August, 2013, possible earlier start dates in April and extensions through September for one or more of the 3 three positions. The selected persons will assist in surveying 56 research plots for three invasive plant species. The goal of this project is to evaluate invasive species growth and survival in sites with 1) no treatment, 2) prescribed burn, 3) shelterwood harvest, and 4) diameter-limit harvest, all with and without deer herbivory control. The research plots are located in WV, OH, and VA. A second project will require re-sampling 24 clear-cut forests in WV that are now 25 years old since the initial harvest. A third project consists of evaluating competitive interactions between tree of heaven and black locust sites in WV. While botanical and taxonomic skills are not required, a strong interest in understory vegetation and ability to learn to identify these plants is necessary. Good orienteering skills are desired. There will also be a need to tear down, establish, and re-establish some plots which could require carrying relatively heavy equipment in and out of sites on variable terrain. Those selected may also help with greenhouse, growth chamber, and common garden studies as well as enter data, and mount herbarium specimens. The selected persons must be willing to relocate to Morgantown, WV. They must also be a licensed driver, willing to travel extensively (with reimbursement and in provided government vehicles), and able to drive 4WD vehicles. Willingness to work in rough terrain and in over-grown vegetation with the possibility of encountering insects, ticks, snakes, and black bears, as well as in all kinds of weather is required. The persons should also work well independently as well as with others. The vacancy announcements for these positions are posted at www.usajobs.gov under TEMPOCR-0404-03-GEN-DT and TEMPOCR-0404-4-PLANTS-DT. Search on these job titles, with Morgantown, WV as your location. Those who wish to be considered for these positions must apply by March 4, 2013. All qualified applicants who have applied to the announcement on or before March 4, 2013 will be considered. Before applying, you will need to set up your account on the USAJobs website. Be sure to include WV in your desired localities and to apply to both the 03 and 04, if you wish to be considered for both grade levels. Please also submit your resume to Dr. Cynthia Huebner, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, 180 Canfield St., Morgantown, WV 26505, firstname.lastname@example.org; (304) 285-1582 by March 4, 2013 or preferably earlier so that your application status can be confirmed. Contact Dr. Cynthia Huebner (email@example.com) if you have questions. Posted: 2/4/13.
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. Botany: 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. 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. Wages of GS-03($11.95/hour), GS-04(13.41/hour) and GS-05($15/hour) plus daily per diem of $24. Please see employment information for more details on available positions and how to apply. Deadline: 3/1/13. Posted: 1/22/13.
U.S. Geological Survey: The Northern Great Plains fire effects program is seeking applications for monitoring crew members. These full-time temporary seasonal positions serve ten National Park Service units in ND, SD, NE, and WY. The positions are based out of Wind Cave National Park in the Black Hills of southwestern South Dakota. The Northern Great Plains Fire Management program has an active prescribed burn and monitoring program that manages a diverse landscape including parks in mixed-grass prairie, ponderosa pine forest, and the "badlands" of North Dakota and South Dakota. This Biological Science Technician, GS-404-05, position will close on January 4. Applications details can be found within the position announcement on the USA Jobs. Vacancy announcement # is MWW-DE-13-007. For additional information please contact Dan Swanson, Northern Great Plains Fire Ecologist at firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 12/11/12.
U.S. Geological Survey: We are seeking avian field technicians ($16.73/hour plus $18 field per diem) to perform 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 post-treatment response of the bird community following management actions in sagebrush shrublands and juniper-pinyon pine woodlands. 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 spreadsheet 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 22 and will extend to August 9, 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-13-001, 2) resume including professional experience (** PLEASE ** indicate starting and ending dates [mm/dd/yy] 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 Forest & Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, 777 NW 9th St., Suite 400, Corvallis, OR 97330). Applications must be received by December 28. Posted: 12/6/12.
U.S. Geological Survey: As part of a joint research program between the USGS Southeast Ecological Science Center and the University of Florida, we are seeking 2 bird technicians for a field study of water birds (shorebirds, wading birds, waterfowl) in southern Florida. Position duties include conducting double-observer point-count surveys, recording bird observation and environmental data, entering data in the office, and preparation and organization of field equipment. Required expertise/skills: 1. Excellent identification skills of shorebirds, wading birds, waterfowl in all phases of plumage 2. Raptor identification skills 3. Ability to identify birds of the eastern U.S. by sight and sound 4. Effective communication in English, both spoken and written 5. Knowledge of the computer programs Excel and Word 6. Ability to work well as part of a team or field crew Preferred: 1. Field experience with bird identification in south Florida or southwest Florida in particular 2. Experience with GIS, or interest in learning 3. Experience with data analysis and statistics, or data preparation for statistical analyses. Field work will be done by airboat and Argo (amphibious ATV); therefore, applicants should be able to tolerate airboat noise, Argo jarring motion, and have the ability to walk over uneven terrain in wet or dry conditions if necessary. Field work will require early morning hours. Some overnight travel may be required. Working hours will vary by week. Must have a valid motor vehicle driving license. The duty station for this position is Davie, Florida. Field work is on the southwest coast of Florida (Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, Picayune Strand State Forest). The field crew will travel to the field sites together by government vehicle. These are two full-time positions. Starting pay is $12/hour. The positions will run from October 2012 through May 2013. The projects are planned to run for several years so further (year-round) employment is contingent on continued funding and successful performance of duties. To apply, please send your resume and a brief cover letter. The cover letter should provide information on your skills as required for the position, your previous experience, and information on your career goals is encouraged. Couples are welcome to apply for the two positions. Applications should be sent via email to: Stephanie Romañach, email@example.com. (3205 College Ave., Davie FL 33314). Review of applications will begin on 23 July 2012. Posted: 7/9/12.
USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center: Seeking an ecologist to work on historic grassland legacy data for 6 months. This project provides valuable experience in database management, opportunities for authorship, and unique insights into the management, monitoring, and research of mixed-grass prairie in North Dakota. Scientists and staff at Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center (NPWRC) conducted extensive research on wetlands, upland plants, and wildlife in the Woodworth Study Area during 1966–1988. While many publications have been produced from that research, the full extent of legacy data and historical information for the area has never been assessed and synthesized. This pilot project focuses on the compilation and synthesis of several critical datasets (land history, vegetation surveys, and climate) important both the Chase Lake Wetland Management District (WMD) and NPWRC. Documentation of datasets, geodatabases, and a synthesis document will be produced that will serve as a foundation for future analyses of the legacy data as well as to help direct future research and management planning. The individual will work with the Principal Investigator and staff at the Chase Lake WMD to organize the datasets, develop geodatabases and metadata records, compile a synthesis document, and assess the potential for further analysis beyond what may already have been published. The individual will have lead responsibility and authorship on a synthesis document that will 1) summarize field histories, 2) document data collection protocol for vegetation and weather, 3) summarize vegetation and climatic data for data collected during 1966-1988, and 4) conduct simple analyses of vegetative changes over time (extent depending on data quality). The individual may have senior authorship on associated peer-reviewed publications that may result from this work. Required: A BS and at least 1 year of graduate study, in wildlife, natural resources, botany, or related field is required to qualify. Must currently be a student or have been a student within the past 12 months, as of 1 August 2013. Should demonstrate skills and experience in data management and summarization (using software such as Word, Excel, Access, SAS, or R) and geodatabases (using ArcGIS 9 or 10). Good writing and organizational skills are critical; knowledge and experience with plant data is a plus. Must have a valid driver’s license for operation of federal vehicle. Pay is $19.99/hour, for a total of 1040 hrs (26 wks). This rate includes an amount for self-employment taxes. Weekly work schedule is flexible; pay is based simply on hours worked (no overtime pay). Housing, meals, or other living expenses are not provided. The individual will be based in Jamestown, North Dakota, at the Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center. Start date is flexible (sometime in Aug to mid-Sep). Please send a complete resume, list of references, copy of undergrad and graduate transcripts, and proof of diploma(s) to: Jane Austin, US Geological Survey, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, 8711 37th Street SE, Jamestown, ND 58401. Phone: 701-253-5510, Fax: 701-253-5553, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 6/21/13.
USGS Sequoia-Kings Canyon Field Station: summer Biological Science Technicians (Botany). Pay: GG-5 (approx. $15/hour). Location: Three Rivers, CA. Closes: 5pm PST Feb. 4th). 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 email@example.com. To apply: mail, e:mail, or fax resume and transcripts (unofficial okay) to: Peggy Hamilton, USGS/BRD/WERC, 3020 State University Drive East, Modoc Hall, Room 3006, Sacramento, CA 95819; FAX (916) 278-9475; firstname.lastname@example.org. Please list the announcement number (WERC-39-13-01) on all your application materials and make sure to include hours worked per week for each of your jobs on your resume and begin and end dates. Also e:mail your application materials to: email@example.com. Posted: 1/22/13.
USGS Snake River Field Station: 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 5/13/13 through 8/24/13. 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. More information: Dr. Susan Earnst, 208-426-5209, firstname.lastname@example.org. Send application materials by email or mail to 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-13-007; 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 exact starting and ending dates, bird-related duties, and hours worked per week, to verify that you meet the qualifications; e) copies of academic transcripts, unofficial transcripts are acceptable; f) list of 3 references and their contact information. Applications must be received by January 31, 2013. Posted: 1/24/13.
University of Alaska Fairbanks: The Prugh lab is seeking an experienced genetics lab technician to conduct microsatellite and mitochondrial DNA analyses for a non-invasive genetics study of carnivores in Alaska. We are studying the population dynamics of coyotes and other small furbearers (foxes, lynx, and marten) to examine the relative importance of predation, food supply, and climate in the dynamics of mid-sized furbearers. The technician will help to set up a new genetics lab in a new building (the Margaret Murie Life Sciences Building), extract DNA, optimize PCR protocols, run mtDNA and microsatellite analyses, and use software to analyze results. Other duties will include purchasing, training undergraduate and graduate students, and possible assistance with manuscript preparation (with potential co-authorship). Specific Duties: • Extract DNA from hair and feces • Amplify mtDNA and nuclear DNA using PCR • Run and analyze agarose gels (for species ID and sex) • Prepare amplified DNA for microsatellite analyses on ABR sequencers • Analyze microsatellite images using standard software to obtain genotypes • Error check data for signs of allelic dropout, false alleles, and contamination • Optimize protocols for amplifying DNA. The position is full-time from July through December 2013, with the possibility of extension for 6 additional months. Compensation: $23.95 per hour. Knowledge, skills and abilities: Proficiency at conducting microsatellite and mtDNA analyses is required (extraction, PCR, genotyping). Successful applicants will be able to conduct analyses and optimize protocols with little training or supervision. Applicants must be highly organized, detail-oriented, and possess a strong work ethic. Education or training: A bachelor’s degree in the biological sciences is required, emphasis on molecular biology and genetics is preferred. MSc degree in wildlife genetics or related field is preferred. At least 1 year of experience conducting genetic analyses in a research lab is required, 2+ years of experience is preferred. Previous experience and coursework in wildlife ecology and conservation genetics is preferred. Apply online. Deadline 6/15/13. For questions, please email Laura Prugh at email@example.com. Posted: 6/10/13.
University of Alaska Fairbanks: Seeking to fill four graduate positions (M.S. & Ph.D.) and several technician positions on three research projects in Alaska looking at riverine food webs, predator/prey interactions, and landuse/climate change influences on stream-terrestrial trophic linkages (EPSCoR). One project on the Kenai River watershed focuses on hydrologic connectivity in headwaters, and the effects of landcover and climate change on prey supplies for stream salmonids. Another looks at temporal and spatial patterns of benthic macroinvertebrate communities, prey abundance and availability, and predation by fishes, above and below a natural anadromous fish barrier on the Susitna River.The third investigates predator-prey interactions and factors influencing predation risk for juvenile Chinook salmon within the Yukon River watershed. All students will be supported on research assistantships, but will be expected to assist with teaching 1-2 semesters of their graduate program.Technician positions range from 6-24 months, with the possibility of extension. Technicians will be involved in several aspects of the projects, primarily in support of graduate student research, including field and lab work, project logistics and management, data entry, and project planning and coordination. All three projects are highly collaborative, team-based, research efforts variably involving university, agency, subsistence fishers, and private industry partners. Strong academic training in aquatic biology/ecology, entomology, or fish ecology, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, field experience and competence, and ability to work in team and individual settings are essential.Excellent writing skills are a must. Successful candidates will be required to successfully complete training in boat operation, gun/bear safety, wilderness survival, first aid, and CPR. Work will be based at UAF, and fieldwork will involve camping in, and working out of, remote field sites during parts of the field season. Weather during the research season is normally moderately warm (50-80°F) and reasonably dry, but field conditions at times can be cold, wet, and bear and bug-ridden.Successful candidates should also be willing and able to tolerate the inconveniences of an unspoiled natural environment and seemingly endless outdoor activities. Salaries range $22-26/hr for graduate students, $14-21 for techs. Students will have the option of applying to and obtaining their degrees in either Fisheries or Biology. To begin the application process, submit via email a cover letter that includes a brief review of your research experience, interests and goals, and what makes you a good fit for one of these positions (2 page max), resume, transcripts, GRE scores (except biotechnician applicants), and names of three references to: Dr. Mark S. Wipfli (firstname.lastname@example.org). To learn more about graduate studies at UAF. Successful applicants will begin work between March-July, 2013, depending on project needs and funding. Posted: 1/2/13.
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 technician will supervise 4-5 volunteers for the period of Apr 10 to Aug 31, 2013. 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. Good organizational, multi-tasking and supervisory abilities are essential. Applicants who have experience working with terrestrial vertebrates will be given priority. 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 will be carried out in the spectacular Rocky Mountains of southwestern Alberta, Canada, home to some of the most majestic wildlife in North America. You 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 $1850/month. Food and accommodation are provided. 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 Dr. Jeff Lane (email@example.com), by March 07, 2013. Please indicate in your application that you are applying for the head technician position (we are also posting for volunteers). Note that due to Canadian immigration laws, North American citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. We thank everyone for applying, but only those selected for interview will be contacted. Only applicants available for the entire period will be considered. Posted: 2/20/13.
University of Arkansas: Stream Ecology Technician, Arkansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Two technicians are needed for a project examining ecological-flow relationships in the Ozark Highlands of Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. This project entails aquatic community sampling of fish, crayfish, and aquatic macroinvertebrates at sites throughout the Ozark region. Data collected will be used to develop assemblage metrics that can be used as potential flow response variables, facilitating the development of biotic indices. Ultimately, the results of this study will provide the scientific framework for producing environmental flow standards within Arkansas, as well as providing methodologies that can be applied to other regions. The initial round of sampling was conducted in summer 2012. Technicians will work in the laboratory sorting and identifying aquatic macroinvertebrates collected during this sampling. Technicians will also participate in additional fieldwork, including collection of fish, crayfish, and macroinvertebrates. Fieldwork will be conducted sporadically throughout the fall and spring, but will comprise the bulk of the duties beginning in summer 2013. In addition to the lab and field, technicians will be expected to aid a graduate student in the office and perform office duties as assigned, including data entry, maintenance of sampling gear, travel preparations, etc. Additionally, technicians may participate in constructing and conducting laboratory mesocosm experiments. Travel expenses during fieldwork will be paid and field gear will be provided. Two full time research positions are available. Start date is November 2012 (flexible) and end date is August 2013 (flexible). To apply, send a cover letter, list of relevant courses and grades, and resume with names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas. Salary: $1300 per month. Qualifications: Preference will be given to applicants with experience collecting and identifying aquatic macroinvertebrates and fish. Additionally, work with crayfish is desired, but not a requirement. Applicants must be willing to travel and spend nights away from home on occasion, and endure long hours in the field and in the lab on a regular basis. Driving long distances will be required at times. Positive attitude, good organizational skills, and strong work ethic are important. Technicians will be expected to work with others regularly in a team setting, but also self-motivated to work long hours independently in the lab. Start Date: December 1, 2012. Deadline: November 1, 2012. Contact: Dustin Lynch (email@example.com - preferred, 479-575-6360). Posted: 10/15/12.
University of California Berkeley: The Stephens Fire Science Lab is hiring 9-10 full time technicians for the summer 2013 field season. Assistants will work primarily on the SNAMP project in the Sierra Nevada. Students and graduates with an interest or background in fire, forestry, ecology or a related field are encouraged to apply. Job descriptions, qualifications, and details on how to apply. Closing date: 4/1/13. Posted: 2/22/13.
University of California Davis: Several full time-limited term field assistant/research technician positions working on pollination service and habitat restoration in agricultural landscapes are available in Neal Williams’ lab. Assistants will provide support to projects testing the ability of pollinator habitat restorations to support an abundance and diversity of bees and quantifying associated levels of crop pollination. These projects are part of multi-region efforts to promote native bee populations and pollination service, and provide an excellent opportunity to develop skills in native plant restoration, bee biology, and sustainable agriculture. Assist with monitoring crops and/or native wildflower restorations designed to bolster pollinators and pollination service. Quantify crop pollination and/or observe and collect native bee visitors on wildflower plantings and sample for pests to quantify the functioning of the plantings. (Based at UC Davis with some overnight travel in Northern California). Major responsibilities: In the field, assistants will survey bees, other flower-visiting insects, and pests in established restoration sites. Although based at UC-Davis, the positions may require up to 50% out-of-town travel to complete field work. In the lab, assistants will curate insect and plant specimens collected in the field and assist with data entry and analysis. Skills and Qualifications: · Strong interest in conservation biology, pollination biology, entomology and/or field ecology. · Attention to detail · Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a research environment · Previous field experience (preferably with plants and native bees) · Basic computer skills (Word, Excel) · Basic wet lab skills, microscopy · Valid drivers’ 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) Additional Desired Qualifications: · Knowledge of California flora · 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). Submit your application to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be considered until the position is filled, but no later than Mar 16, 2013. Include a cover letter briefly detailing relevant interest and experience, CV and 2 references who are familiar with your scholarship, research ability, experience and potential. Only applications including a cover letter will be considered. Posted: 3/11/13.
University of California Merced: MayOctober 2013. We are seeking one outstanding full-time field ecology technician to assist 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 applicant will monitor subalpine tree seedling survival in experimental forest and alpine field sites, document naturally-occurring recruitment and demography patterns, collect and sow seeds, and assist with aerial vegetation surveys, alpine plant surveys, seeding physiological measurements, watering treatments, and infrastructure support. Education/Experience: The positions will provide great experience for any individual interested in high elevation plant ecology and climate change. Strong applicants will either be currently enrolled in or have graduated from a program in forestry, 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: $13-17/hour, depending on experience, and lodging at the Mountain Research Station. To Apply: Complete applications should include a cover letter (indicating available dates), a resume, transcripts (unofficial ok), and two letters of recommendation. Submit application materials to Dr. Cristina Castanha (email@example.com). All application materials should clearly indicate your name and the position (Niwot Field Assistant). The end date will be after all seeds are collected and sown prior to snowfall and is usually Oct 31 but may be later. Please contact Cristina via email with any questions. Please also contact us for information regarding research opportunities for Graduate Students and Science Teachers. Contact Dr. Castanha or any of the project PIs: Lara Kueppers (UC Merced), Margaret Torn (UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab), John Harte (UC Berkeley), Jeff Mitton (CU Boulder), or Matt Germino (Idaho State University). Posted: 4/2/13.
University of California Santa Cruz: A field technician is needed for work on a research project on white-nose syndrome in bats from mid November 2012 to early April 2013. This paid position involves extensive work underground in caves and mines including hibernacula census counts of bats, and collection of epidermal swab samples. The research will take place in hibernacula across multiple states (IL, WI, MI, MN) and may require extensive travel time between sites. Accessing sites may require cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Applicants must be in good physical condition, willing to work long hours, and maintain a positive attitude while spending several hours traveling to and from field sites. Enthusiasm for field work and a passion for research are essential. *Applicants must be comfortable navigating caves and mines for extended time periods, including crawls through enclosed spaces and occasional rope work!* Applicants with experience identifying bats are preferred.Opportunities to interact with researchers involved in diverse aspects of bat and white-nose syndrome research.Great preparation for graduate school. Email cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position, resume and contact information (phone and email) for 3 references in 1 file (preferably Word or pdf) and please type only “white-nose syndrome field tech” in the subject line of the email. Qualifications: Ability to work independently. Caving and/or bat ID experience preferred. Applicants must be highly motivated, organized, attentive to details, and possess strong communication skills. Requires someone who wants to meet tough challenges and get things done efficiently. Must have driver’s license. $1400-1600/mo depending on experience + housing. Please reply by email to graduate student Kate Langwig, klangwig *AT* ucsc.edu. We will begin reviewing applications immediately. The application deadline is October 22, 2012. Posted: 10/10/12.
University of Delaware: FIELD ASSISTANT POSITIONS AVAILABLE to assist with research examining spring landbird migration through Lake Michigan coastal habitats in western Michigan. BANDERS (2) will manage mist-netting effort, including species identification and aging, bird handling/banding, data entry and will help coordinate other activities. Banding experience with and knowledge of Nearctic-Neotropical landbird migrants necessary. SURVEY TECHNICIANS (4) duties will include visual and aural bird survey, vegetation sampling and assisting with arthropod sampling. The field season is scheduled to run from April 29 - June 9th, although we are flexible with respect to arrival and length of stay. Lodging will be provided. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals willing to work long hours, maintain a sense of humor and have fun collecting data on birds and bugs. We welcome any collaborative efforts that may arise. To apply, send a cover letter, resume and names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers, of at least three references to Jaclyn Smolinsky (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please put “Job Application” in the subject of the email and indicate the position you seek and your dates of availability within the email itself. BIRD BANDERS: Banding experience and knowledge of Nearctic-neotropical landbird migrants is necessary. Experience aging and sexing birds using Pyle a plus. SURVEY TECHNICIAN: Preferred applicants will have experience identifying eastern birds by sight and sound. Posted: 2/19/13.
University of Florida: The focus of our research program is to understand the effects of climate change on carbon cycling in tundra ecosystems. The field site boarders Denali National Park in Healy, AK. Position duration: Late Feb/Early March until late Sept 2013 with the possibility of extension. The work will be divided into three parts: (1) winter data collection and management (2 months), (2) snow removal from plots (2 weeks), and (3) set-up and operation of equipment and data collection during the growing season (5 months). Winter fieldwork will involve taking CO2 measurements using static chambers. Summer fieldwork will include maintenance of experimental plots and measurements of ecosystem-level respiration, photosynthesis, isotopes and plant biomass. Ability or willingness to learn to operate technical sensors and data loggers is required. The technician will work and live in a rustic cabin with an outhouse on the outskirts of a small (~1000 people) town in interior Alaska. Travel to and from the field site is via snow mobile in the winter and ATV or car in the summer. Applicants should be prepared to work long hours in cold and adverse weather conditions. Required qualifications: B.A/B.S in related field. Ability to lift and carry 50lbs, attention to detail, ability to work independently as well as part of a research team, desire to live and work in remote settings, and willingness to learn to operate field vehicles off road. Please send a cover letter detailing your preparedness for the position, CV or resume, and list of three references to Elizabeth Webb (email@example.com) and Kirsten Coe (firstname.lastname@example.org) by January 3rd 2013. Posted: 11/14/12.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: I am seeking one motivated research technician to assist a graduate student in a study exploring the behavioral mechanisms driving habitat selection in shrubland songbirds of northern IL. The project focuses primarily on Field Sparrows and Yellow Warblers. The position will run from ~15 April through ~15 July, but those still in school or unavailable until May should still (and are encouraged to) apply. Stipend will be $10/hr on a ~40 hr/week schedule, and housing near field sites will be provided. Daily responsibilities include avian point counts, behavioral surveys, maintenance and deployment of field equipment for playback experiments, vegetation sampling, and data entry. Qualifications: Field technician will mostly work independently after training to manage and monitor sites across northern IL. Leadership, organizational, and quality assurance skills are essential for this position. Candidates with experience in songbird point counts and behavioral observations, the ability to identify Midwestern birds by sight, a keen eye for detail and meticulous data recording, and the ability to withstand varying field conditions (e.g., heat, rain, ticks, etc.) and work long hours will be preferred. Candidates must be able to lift 30-40 lbs as car batteries must be moved over long distances to power field equipment. Lastly, candidate must have a valid driver’s license to operate field vehicles for travel from site to site. For further information or to apply, please send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for 3 references to Janice Kelly by e-mail: (email@example.com). Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Posted: 1/28/13.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Seasonal Songbird Research Assistant - Behavioral Ecology of Field Sparrow - Illinois Field technicians (2). Preferred start date: April 15th and the end date is July 15th. The Ward Lab, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, is seeking two research technicians to assist in a study of the Ecology and Behavior of Field Sparrow in Champaign, IL from April 15th to July 15th, 2013. The primary duties will include: 1) tracking sparrows using manual and automated telemetry, 2) recording sparrow songs using parabolic and shotgun microphones and automated acoustic recording systems, 3) capturing and banding birds with aluminum and color bands and collect blood samples 5) locate, map and monitor sparrow nests (nest searching/monitoring). Additional duties may include data entry, equipment maintenance and collecting other ecological data as directed by supervisor. Qualifications: Previous experience with nest searching/monitoring, telemetry and bird song recording is preferred but not required. Technicians will be expected to start working very early in the morning to record dawn songs (e.g. 3:30 am) and work weekends as needed. Candidates should be able to work independently and as part of a field crew, be enthusiastic and organized with a strong work ethic, and possess a desire to learn, good interpersonal skills and a sense of humor. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license. If interested, please send cover letter, resume, and 3 references VIA EMAIL to Antonio Celis-Murillo (firstname.lastname@example.org). For full consideration, applications must be received by 3/1/13. Please, indicate in the subject of the email that you are applying for the Field Technician position. Pay rate: $10/hr. Posted: 1/28/13.
University of Maine: Internship in Subtidal Benthic Ecology at the Darling Marine Center. Dr. Robert Steneck's lab is looking to hire 2-4 interns to assist in summer fieldwork (May 2013-August 2013). Research involves using remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to survey 350km of coastal Maine from mean low water to 100m. We are characterizing fine-scale to ecosystem-scale patterns of benthic assemblages and coastal seafloor communities to create new tools and models to be used for offshore wind energy siting, Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management and Marine Spatial Planning in Maine. Interns will assist in operating boats, the ROV, analyzing videos, identifying and measuring dominant fauna, and developing geographic information systems (GIS) databases. Opportunities for scientific scuba diving in shallow subtidal areas may be available for open water certified divers. We will provide a stipend and assistance with room and board at the Darling Marine Center, but the exact amount is yet to be determined. Requirements: - Undergraduates or recently graduated individuals - A background in marine/aquatic sciences and relevant skills (including familiarity with boats, electronics, species identification and ArcGIS) are encouraged, but not required. - This is a gear and field intensive opportunity, thus the ability to lift and carry items around 40lbs is a must. - Contact Jennifer McHenry, M.S. Marine Biology and Marine Policy Candidate, for application instructions or any questions (email@example.com). - Application review March - April. Posted: 2/6/13.
University of Maine: Research assistants (total of 2 positions) are needed for a project with USGS Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Maine to study birds in Spruce-Fir Forests throughout New England and their response to forest management. Description: The selected applicants will conduct point count surveys and forested vegetation surveys. Bird surveys will take place early each morning and data will be entered each evening. Duties also may include territory plotting, behavioral observations, nest searching, and invertebrate sampling. This study will focus primarily on birds in softwood dominated forests, but field research will be conducted in the working forest landscape and include mixed forest stands as well. Location: Throughout New England, ME, NH, VT. Duration: 7 May through 31 July 2013. Qualifications: The ability to identify forest birds of New England by both sight and sound is ESSENTIAL. Applicants must have the ability to hear high pitched bird songs/calls, be tolerant of biting insects including black flies and mosquitoes, and be able to work alone and in teams. Experience with multi-species point count surveys for birds, vegetation surveys, data entry in Microsoft Excel and Access, and territory plotting are preferred. Completion of a college degree in biology, wildlife, zoology, or related field also preferred. A valid U.S. driver’s license and a demonstrated record of safe driving (subject to documentation and approval by University of Maine) are required. Safety training requirements including CPR, first aid, driving safety, fieldwork safety, and others will be addressed during the first week of employment. Description: The selected applicants will conduct point count surveys and forested vegetation surveys. Bird surveys will take place early each morning and data will be entered each evening. Duties also may include territory plotting, behavioral observations, nest searching, and invertebrate sampling. This study will focus primarily on birds in softwood dominated forests, but field research will be conducted in the working forest landscape and include mixed forest stands as well. To Apply: Please send a CV or resume with a cover letter detailing interest in the position, relevant experience, and the contact information for at least 3 references as a single document to the email indicated below. Include in the subject line: “Field technician application”. Early applications are encouraged. Applications will be processed on arrival. Contact: Brian Rolek (EM: firstname.lastname@example.org). Deadline: 4/21/2013. Posted: 1/11/13, revised: 4/18/13.
University of Maryland: Summer internship: marine ecology in mangroves & marshes. Location: Atlantic coast of Florida; lab work in Fort Pierce with field sampling from Stuart to Jacksonville. Timeline: ~12 weeks between mid-May and early September (start and end dates negotiable). Compensation: $10/hour for up to 12 weeks. Affiliation: University of Maryland & Smithsonian Institution. Application deadline: May 1st, 2013. Applications are being accepted for a summer intern to assist with ongoing doctoral research on crustacean use of mangrove and saltmarsh habitats. Research goals: survey patterns of larval and juvenile crab and shrimp settlement into vegetated habitats and determine the influences of structural complexity on habitat use and species interactions. Research activities include sample sorting, ID, and counts under dissecting scopes, experimental array set-up and break-down, and behavioral observations in the lab as well as plankton tows, trap deployment, manual capture, and vegetation surveys in the field. Lab work is based at the Smithsonian Marine Station. Research assistance will be structured around interns’ particular interests and skills whenever possible, and interns are encouraged to develop an independent but complimentary project after a period of satisfactory assistance. Field work can be strenuous, so applicants should be willing and able to kayak for several hours - often against winds and tides, carry 5 gallon buckets of sand and water, haul nets, and generally assist with heavy and unwieldy equipment. Lab spaces are handicap accessible. All applicants should be comfortable working in and around water. Both day and night work may be required (e.g. plankton collection of larvae recruiting during the full moon). Extended collection trips will require occasional camping. Applicants should send a resume, including any prior experience – professional/scientific as well as general outdoor (camping, boating, etc), references, and a statement of circumstances, goals, and/or interests to Cora Johnston (email@example.com). Please include your dates of availability within the summer window indicated above. Posted: 4/12/13.
University of Michigan: We have an immediate opening for a temporary field position in the Cardinale Lab. The position will be to work on project linking riparian tree biodiversity with streambank erosion rates in northern Michigan rivers and the position will last for the month of July. The work will consist of sampling riparian forests at sites in the Huron and Manistee National Forests along the Au Sable, Manistee, and Muskegon Rivers. These rivers include congressionally designated Wild and Scenic Rivers that are renowned destinations for canoeing through pristine forests which provide habitat for diverse wildlife including the endangered Kirtland's Warbler; and are also prime locations for anglers lured by the annual salmon and steelhead runs, as well as brown trout, small mouth bass and walleye. Field Research Assistant (~$10-12.5/hr, depending on qualifications). Preferred Qualifications: Currently enrolled in an undergraduate program (or recent graduate with BS) in biology, ecology, forestry, natural resources, or related field; ability to identify (or learn to identify) trees and shrubs in Northern Michigan riparian forests; experience with field research (particularly vegetation sampling); maturity and good people skills; interest in the work; and attention to detail. Experience canoeing on rivers and a valid drivers license with clean driving record would also be pluses. Field work will require working at least 4 days a week under sometimes arduous field conditions in remote locations, and may require camping. Expected start date July 1, ending by August, 2012. Potential applicants should email a letter of interest and a resume/CV that documents relevant experience and skills (e.g., those related to Preferred Qualifications) to Daniel Allen (firstname.lastname@example.org) with "Temporary Field Position" in the subject line. Posted: 6/26/13.
University of Michigan: Internship: Remote sensing of tropical forest change. Neotropical forests are changing in biomass, productivity, and community composition, in part due to human disturbance. The changes are of global consequence, as neotropical forests account for the largest terrestrial share of carbon uptake from the atmosphere. Lianas (woody vines) influence tropical forest dynamics by reducing tree growth and reproduction, and increasing tree mortality. Recently, tropical liana abundance and biomass has increased in tropical forest surveys, while trees have increased relatively less or declined. This research project aims to develop a method to detect liana canopy cover at the landscape scale, quantify its extent, and verify whether it has increased over recent decades. The project utilizes a combination of satellite- and aircraft-based remote sensing imagery linked to a ground-based forest census to quantify liana abundance in a young tropical forest in Panama. Interns will have the opportunity to work closely with a PhD student to carry out a major research project. The work will involve setting up a network of small forest census plots. The intern will learn to survey and mark forest census plot boundaries, identify lianas, measure liana and tree size, estimate liana canopy cover, and other data collection. The intern will also learn to use survey-grade GPS instrumentation, and will learn remote sensing field verification techniques. The study is being conducted in forests in central Panama managed by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI). Interns will have a chance to interact/network with graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and staff scientists from STRI on a weekly basis. Interns will also have the opportunity to attend weekly research seminars at STRI. Apply to be a part of the world’s leading tropical research community today! Qualifications: Ability to work long days in the field under tropical conditions (intense heat, humidity, rain, sun, biting/stinging insects). Background in biology or ecology and Spanish language experience are preferred but not required. This position is intended for current or recent undergraduate students looking to gain tropical field research skills, therefore stipend will be commensurate with previous experience and background. Internship starts early July and will run through the end of August. Please send cover letter (including earliest start date) and resume (with references) to Dave Marvin, email@example.com. Posted: 5/13/13.
University of Michigan: We are looking to hire individuals for summer positions in the Cardinale Lab at the School of Natural Resources. The positions will be to work on project linking riparian tree biodiversity with streambank erosion rates in northern Michigan rivers. Fieldwork will occur during summer of 2013 and will consist of sampling riparian forests at sites in the Huron and Manistee National Forests along the Au Sable, Manistee, and Muskegon Rivers. These rivers include congressionally designated Wild and Scenic Rivers that are renowned destinations for canoeing through pristine forests which provide habitat for diverse wildlife including the endangered Kirtland's Warbler; and are also prime locations for anglers lured by the annual salmon and steelhead runs, as well as brown trout, small mouth bass and walleye. Field Crew Leader (~$15/hr, depending on qualifications): Preferred Qualifications: A BS or MS in ecology, forestry, natural resources, or a related field; strong skills and experience in identification and sampling of trees and shrubs in Northern Michigan riparian forests; experience with field research (particularly vegetation sampling); strong organizational and supervisory/leadership skills; valid drivers license with clean driving record; and attention to safety. Experience canoeing on rivers would also be a plus. Fieldwork may require work for extended periods of time under sometimes arduous field conditions in remote locations, and may require camping. Expected start date early to mid May, ending by mid to late August, 2012. Field Research Assistant (~$10/hr, depending on qualifications) Preferred Qualifications: Currently enrolled in an undergraduate program (or recent graduate with BS) in biology, ecology, forestry, natural resources, or related field; ability to identify (or learn to identify) trees and shrubs in Northern Michigan riparian forests; experience with field research (particularly vegetation sampling); maturity and good people skills; interest in the work; and attention to detail. Experience canoeing on rivers and a valid drivers license with clean driving record would also be pluses. Field work will require work for extended periods of time under sometimes arduous field conditions in remote locations, and may require camping. Expected start date early to mid May, ending by mid to late August, 2012. Potential applicants should email a letter of interest and a resume/CV that documents relevant experience and skills (e.g., those related to Preferred Qualifications) to Daniel Allen (firstname.lastname@example.org) with "Summer Field Position" in the subject line. Posted: 2/27/13.
University of Minnesota: We (B4WARMED) seek undergraduate or newly graduated students with a background or interest in biology, ecology, environmental science, forestry, or a related field for paid field research internships ($10/hr). Interns are needed primarily from the middle/end of August through October/November. 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. Variety of tasks to be completed, though tree biometric measurements in the field will be the main focus. Time will be split between data collection, site maintenance, and occasional laboratory work. Responsibilities: • Collect biotic and abiotic data in field and laboratory settings in accordance with established protocols • Measure plant growth, physiology, and phenology • Routine maintenance of field sites, field instruments, and research equipment, including a Licor 6400xt. • Lab work includes data entry, biomass assessments and leaf area analysis • 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. 6) Flexibility to adapt to a frequently changing schedule. 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 and will be determined by the site management and workload. On-site housing with cooking facilities is available for a small fee. Applications are due June 15, after which they will be reviewed and potential candidates will be contacted for a phone interview. Hiring decisions will be made by the end of June or early July. Please send cover letter (including available working dates), one-page resume, and contact information for two references electronically to: Karen Rice (email@example.com). Posted: 5/31/13.
University of Minnesota: The Dept. of Forest Resources is seeking five undergraduate students to assist on a project assessing the ecological impact of biomass harvesting on aspen and jack pine-dominated forests in northern Minnesota. A joint effort between the Department of Forest Resources at the University of Minnesota and the USFS Northern Research Station, this project will utilize a large-scale manipulative field experiment to assess the response of vegetation communities and soils various levels of woody biomass removal and green-tree retention. Applicants should have a background in forestry, natural resources, environmental science, ecology or biology, and should have previous field experience. A working knowledge of tree and shrub identification and common forest measurements is strongly desired. Applicants must be willing and able to work efficiently in remote forested settings as part of a research team. Applicants must also be able to hike through varied terrain to reach study areas and be willing to work long hours outdoors under various field conditions (heat, humidity, bugs, rain, etc.). Work will involve extensive field work, including vegetation and woody debris data. These positions begin mid/late May 2013 and end mid/late August and will be located in Grand Rapids, MN. Housing will be provided in Grand Rapids, MN. Hourly wage will vary from $10-$12 depending on work experience. To apply, please send resumé (including a list of relevant courses taken), short explanation of interest, and contact information for three references to Alaina Berger (firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 22, 2013. Posted: 2/25/13
University of Minnesota: One experienced avian field team leader is needed for surveys of breeding Black Terns in the Great Lakes region. The team leader will head one of two teams conducting surveys in either Michigan and New York, or Wisconsin and Minnesota during the Black Tern breeding season. Teams will travel between wetland survey sites throughout the season. Food and lodging (mostly at campgrounds) in the field will be provided, and lodging will be available in St. Paul, MN, as needed for the first and last weeks of employment. Responsibilities of the field team leader include (1) hiking or kayaking in wetlands to count Black Tern nests and/or adults flying above the colony, (2) communicating with land owners and finalizing the team’s schedule for visiting assigned wetland survey sites, (3) keeping detailed records of surveys and communicating regularly with project leader about progress, (4) supervising one field assistant who will help with the surveys, (5) securing and caring for field equipment, and (6) managing the team’s project-related expenses and regularly submitting receipts for reimbursement. The field team leader may also be asked to assist with preparation of field equipment at the beginning of the field season and with data entry and validation at the end of the season. Qualifications: Applicants should have experience in conducting avian field surveys and nest searches; experience with marsh birds or colonial waterbirds a plus. Candidates who have or are working towards a B.S. or B.A. in wildlife biology, ecology, environmental science, or a related field are preferred. Strong communication, organizational, and money management skills are critical. Applicants should be able to swim, have prior kayaking or canoeing experience, and be able to lift 50lbs. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license. Applicants should be willing to work a flexible weekly schedule, with the timing and number of days off dependent on weather and land owners’ schedules. The successful candidate will demonstrate a positive attitude towards working outdoors in wet, muddy, summertime conditions, and an ability to embrace the unexpected. Approximate Dates of Employment: May 28 – July 19, 2013. Compensation: $14/hour. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three people who can comment on the applicant’s ability to meet the job requirements to Kate Wyman (email@example.com). Applications will be reviewed beginning on March 6th, 2013. Posted: 2/20/13.
University of Minnesota: The Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve of the University of Minnesota has opportunities for students to work as plant community ecology interns. Most positions run from June through August, but some interns are needed as early as March and some are needed through December. Pay is $10 per hour. As a research intern, you will contribute to ongoing field experiments, have the opportunity to initiate individual research, attend scientific presentations, and interact with professors, post-docs, and graduate students. If you are an undergraduate or a newly graduated student with a background or interest in biology, ecology, environmental science, botany, soil science, or related field we encourage you to apply. For more information and to apply, see the full job ad. Deadline: 3/4/13. Posted: 11/16/12.
University of Minnesota: Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve is looking for 4 personnel to assist in our spring prescribed burn program. The positions could start anywhere from March 11th to March 25th and end around mid-May (start and end dates are weather dependent). 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. For more information and to apply, see the full job ad. Deadline: 2/11/13. Posted: 11/16/12.
University of Minnesota: The Dept. of Forest Resources is seeking a part-time technician to assist with treatment implementation on a project assessing the impact of emerald ash borer on forest structure and function in black ash-dominated lowlands in northern Minnesota. A joint effort between the Department of Forest Resources and the USFS Northern Research Station, this project utilizes a large-scale manipulative field experiment to assess the response of vegetation communities and hydrology to mortality of black ash due to EAB and forest harvesting treatments. The technician on this project would be employed from October-January and would assist with girdling trees and collecting data across the experiment. Requirements: Applicants must be willing and able to work efficiently in remote forested settings independently and part of a research team. Applicants must also be able to hike through varied terrain to reach study areas, apply girdling treatments (typically with draw knives and hand saws), and be willing to work long hours outdoors under various field conditions (rain, cold temperatures, etc.). Work will involve extensive labor and field work, including applying girdling treatments and collecting vegetation data. This position begins early/mid October 2012 and ends mid/late January 2012 and will be located in Grand Rapids, MN. Housing may be provided in Grand Rapids, MN depending on location of applicant’s current residence. Hourly wage will vary from $10-$12 depending on work experience. To apply, please send resumé, short explanation of interest, and contact information for three references to Alaina Berger (firstname.lastname@example.org) by September 24, 2012. Posted: 9/11/12.
University of Montana: I am looking for a summer field assistant for a study on stream salamanders in New Hampshire. This work will take place at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. Hubbard Brook is a part of the National Science Foundation’s Long Term Ecological Research Network and has been the location of groundbreaking studies on acid rain and ecosystem function. The successful candidate will be stationed on site and have the opportunity to interact with a diverse scientific community. The successful candidate may be responsible for helping set up and monitor drift fences along streams, and must be comfortable handling and marking salamanders. A short online animal use and handling course is required. Additional duties will include working with insect emergence traps, setting up and maintaining experimental enclosures, carrying equipment to and from sites, and data collection. Applicants should be prepared to work long days and hike in adverse conditions that include heat, humidity, chilly mornings, rain, cold streams, biting insects, and rough terrain. Applicants should have previous experience collecting data in a field setting, backwoods navigation, and use of a GPS. Applicants should also exhibit attention to detail, be proficient in MS Office, be able to work independently or as part of group, and be willing to live in close proximity to others. Previous work with amphibians is preferred. Wilderness first aid training is a plus. The position begins June 1st and runs for eight weeks with the possibility of extension for two more weeks. Salary is $380 a week and housing at the field station is provided. Travel expenses to and from the site are not included. Applications will be accepted until March 17th and should include a cover letter, resume and list of three references. Applications should be sent to Claire Bayer at email@example.com. Posted: 2/27/13.
University of Montana: 2013 Stream Salamander Field Assistant Position. One seasonal Wildlife Technician position is available to work in the lab of Dr. Winsor Lowe. 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 late August / early September. Housing is provided at Hubbard Brook in New Hampshire. Travel to New Hampshire and 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 also have the opportunity to develop and conduct an additional side project of his/her choice under the guidance of the project leader. 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: February 28, 2013. Contact: Send a cover letter, resume and contact info for at least 2 references to Jon Davenport, firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 2/5/13.
University of Nevada-Reno: Nine Seasonal field assistants needed to assist graduate student with a long-term demographic study of greater sage grouse at the Hart Sheldon National Wildlife Refuges in Northern Nevada and Southern Oregon. All positions start 1st of March and end July 31st. Field work for this project is extensive and varied. We will be night trapping sage-grouse near leks from March, and radio-tracking hens to monitor nesting, survival and brood rearing. We will also monitor nests, gather vegetation data, trap and process broods, and conduct brood surveys during the later part of the season. Technicians will receive training and extensive experience in all aspects of field work. Qualifications: The ability to maintain a positive attitude in a challenging work environment is of paramount importance for this job. Our work hours are often long and variable under a rotational system (i.e. working until 2 am some weeks, waking up at 2 or 3 a.m. for a lek observation the next week). Throughout the season we will live and work in temperature extremes that can range from 0 to 100 degrees F. Early in the season, the ability to deal with cold weather is crucial. Ability to demonstrate a strong work ethic and easy-going personality, willingness to work and solve problems independently a must. Must be willing to live in a remote and rustic field camp without phone or internet, with infrequent (~1x/week) visits to nearby (50-70 miles) towns. Individuals that have experience with multiple of the following skills are preferred: - Radio-telemetry - Nest searching - Operating and maintenance of ATV - Off-paved road driving - Experience trapping and handling large birds - Experience with living in remote field camps for extended periods of time. Send cover letter, resume or CV and contact information for three references (name, title, phone number, & email) to Rachel Pyles (email@example.com). Salary: $1920/monthly w/ field camp and food provided. Posted: 1/29/13.
University of New Mexico: Applications are being accepted for 2013 DataONE Summer Internships. DataONE internship are offered in multiple areas and are listed below. The internship runs from May 27 - July 26 and interns will receive a stipend of $5,000. The 2013 projects are: - Next Generation Data Environment: Semantically-Enabling the DataONE Metadata Environment - Ontology Mappings in the Earth and Environmental Sciences - Evaluation of Ontology Coverage for Curation - Integrating Data Stories into DataONE Education and Community Engagement Products - Data Policies for Public Participation in Scientific Research - Bi-level Metadata Registry Development - PBase: Provenance as a First-class Citizen in DataONE - Build Fundamental Components for Provenance-aware Model Exploration, Evaluation, and Benchmarking Cyber-infrastructure Prototype - A Visualization Tool for Provenance in DataONE. The deadline for applications is March 21 2013 (extended). Applicants must have a valid Visa to work in the US and be resident in the US during the internship period. Full information and application details can be found at the link above. Additional questions can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 3/12/13, revised: 3/18/13.
University of New Mexico: 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 on the effect of climate change driven alteration in the precipitation regime and how 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 through August. 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. The research site is remote and requires applicants to be in good enough physical condition to hike 4 miles a day with equipment. 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 (email@example.com). Applicants must sign a letter of intent to work for at least 3 months. Posted: 2/14/13.
University of North Carolina: Marine Ecology Research Technician (2 positions). We seek a research technician for a fisheries habitat research project investigating the invertebrate communities of restored and natural oyster reefs. The two-year study will determine how saline micro-environments in the estuary influence the resilience of oyster reef communities during fresh-water disturbances. Technician duties include field surveys, fauna identification, cellular biomarker assays, and the management of large data sets. Year-round fieldwork will be conducted in North Carolina estuaries using oyster coring methods, environmental monitoring, and field experimentation. Lab work will require significant knowledge of invertebrate morphologies and cellular diagnostic testing. Data management will involve data entry, image editing, database version control, and data mining of historical databases. This position will be based at UNC-CH Institute of Marine Sciences, 3431 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC 28557. Applicants must have experience with marine invertebrate communities of the Southeast, specifically identifying species and/or conducting experiments. Boat experience is mandatory. Bachelor’s degree in biology, marine science, ecology, or environmental science preferred. Preference will be given to recent graduates with long-term interest in obtaining experience that will prepare them for success in graduate school and in a resource management or ecology career. Familiarity with ArcGIS and R is required, proficiency with statistical and spatial analysis preferred. This work will require the ability to move at least 50 lbs., to work in cold/hot, wet conditions, as well as during some early-morning and late-night shifts. Applicants must be willing to work longer hours August through September as dictated by stormy weather. Full job ad links: https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/21924 (Temp position, not to exceed 12 months) Posting close date: 3/25/13; https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/21925 (Temp position, not to exceed 6 months) Posting close date: 4/1/13. Posted: 3/25/13.
University of North Carolina: We seek 5-6 field assistants to work full time on two NSF-funded projects that use a group of aphid-transmitted viruses and the wild grass species they infect to investigate the dynamics of generalist, vector-borne pathogens. Employment will extend from early February through June 2013 at the University of California’s Hopland Research and Extension Center. Work is primarily in the field with occasional duties in the greenhouse and lab. Responsibilities include collecting plant samples for biological and chemical lab assays, surveying aphid populations and enemy damage on plants, estimating plant species abundances via percent cover, weeding experimental plots, propagating plants in the greenhouse, and measuring plant physiological traits. Flexible work hours and some weekends required. Start and end dates are moderately flexible. Dorm housing and on-site transportation is provided, but assistants are responsible for their own transportation to the site. This is a great opportunity to participate in and learn about basic ecological and epidemiological research. Interested assistants can receive scientific and career mentoring, and past field assistants have gone on to permanent positions and graduate school. Research Projects Qualifications: Required: Outdoor research experience, especially field work with plants, insects, or microbes. Willingness and ability to work outdoors under a wide range of weather conditions (daytime temperatures range from 45-95 F, and rain is common), and to perform mildly strenuous field work for extended periods (up to 9 hours). Especially essential is a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as part of a team and to interact respectfully in a communal living setting. Preferred: BA or BS degree, with coursework in ecology/botany. Valid driver’s license. Experience measuring photosynthesis/using IRGAs; experience measuring soil nutrients. Familiarity with California flora. To apply: Please send a brief cover letter, a CV or resume, and contact information for at least two references by email to the address below. Review of applications will begin in late October, and continue until filled. Salary: $10.61/hr, on-site housing included. Last date to apply: 15 November 2012 (rolling). Contact: Miranda Welsh, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred), Phone: 919-357-7833. Posted: 10/10/12.
University of Notre Dame: The Belovsky Lab has paid positions for August and September 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 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) Start: as soon as possible in August 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. For more information visit the Belovsky labpage. Posted: 8/13/12.
University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center: Teaching Assistant needed for a 10-week summer course at UNDERC in northern Wisconsin and the Michigan Upper Peninsula. This undergraduate course, Practicum in Environmental Field Biology, runs from May 20 – July 26, 2013. 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 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, based on level of experience. 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 submission preferred) to: Dr. Michael J. Cramer, Assistant Director, East, Environmental Research Center, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556. email@example.com, (574) 631-0970. Review of applications will begin 15 March 2013, and continue until the position is filled. Posted: 2/15/13.
University of Pittsburgh: We are seeking a highly skilled Ecology/Botany technician for the 2013 field season based in Parsons, WV. Technicians will assist with data collection on vegetation surveys for a three month period starting in early May. Positions will require: Identifying and quantifying abundance and cover of both herbaceous and woody vegetation. Candidate will also assist with the collection of small soil cores for seedbank sampling. Additional duties may include assisting with the upkeep of deer exclosures. Qualifications: Familiarity with regional flora and strong plant identification skills are 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. Some lifting of heavy materials may be required in constructing and/or maintaining deer exclosures. Dates: May through the end of July. Specific start and end dates are somewhat flexible. Housing is provided. Salary: $12/hour. To Apply: Please email a short letter of interest, CV, and contact information for at least two references to Jake Slyder (firstname.lastname@example.org). References should be able to comment on your quality of work and ability to identify herbaceous vegetation of the region. Posted: 3/29/13.
University of South Dakota: Crew Leader: We are hiring a technician to lead a vegetation sampling crew for a project assessing the effects of the 2011 flood on floodplain forest vegetation along the Missouri River in Iowa and Nebraska. Field work will occur between mid/late May and late August/early September and will concentrate sampling existing cottonwood forests and new recruitment. This is part of a larger project, and the technician may also be called upon to assist with data entry, some GIS work, and vegetation sampling on other segments of the river (Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota) at the end of the field season. ~$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 Midwest or 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 may require work for extended periods of time under sometimes arduous field conditions and in remote locations away from campus. Travel expenses (lodging, food) for time spent away from the home base of Vermillion will be covered, but housing in Vermillion will not. Expected start date of field work by mid May 2013, but opportunities may exist to begin earlier to help with site selection, GIS mapping, and logistical planning. Expected ending date around August 31, 2012 (although opportunities may exist for some additional work following the field season). Potential applicants 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). Posted: 1/7/13.
University of South Dakota: We are looking to hire up to 10 field assistants for year two of 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 on sampling existing cottonwood forests and new recruitment along segments of the Missouri River in Iowa, South Dakota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Montana (different crews will be assigned to different areas). ~$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 GIS 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 late May or early June 2013. Expected ending date by mid to late August, 2012. Potential applicants 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 and Iowa) 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 if you have a geographic preference for where you would like to work (eastern Montana/central North Dakota, southeastern SD/northeastern Nebraska/Iowa). Posted: 1/3/13.
University of Texas Austin: The laboratory of Dr. Daniel Bolnick, in the Section of Integrative Biology, seeks an organized and experienced individual to fill a laboratory technician position. The technician will be expected to work with lab members to carry out morphological measurements, stable isotope analysis, and genotyping of three-spine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus), as part of an NSF-funded project studying the evolution of assortative mating. Applicants should have lab experience with molecular genetics, including DNA extraction, quantitation, PCR, and sequencing. Strong organizational skills and a good work ethic are necessary, as is an ability to work with others. The Bolnick lab's research focuses on evolutionary ecology of trait variation within populations, including variation in diet, courtship traits, and immune function. Minimum qualifications: A Bachelor's or Master's degree in an appropriate field of evolutionary biology or molecular ecology/genetics and the demonstrated ability to perform the molecular laboratory techniques listed above. To apply, pleases send a pdf containing a coverletter, a CV, and names and contact information for two recommendation letter writers to Dr. Daniel Bolnick (firstname.lastname@example.org). Previous experience in the laboratory should be highlighted in both the cover letter and letters of recommendation wherever possible. Questions may be directed to the same email address. Applications will be reviewed starting July 1, 2013, though additional applications may be considered after this deadline until the position is filled. This is a full-time position, initially appointed for a period of 6 months at a starting salary of approximately $2,500 per month (depending on qualifications), plus benefits. The position duration could be extended, depending on performance and availability of research funds. The chosen applicant will ideally start work in late August or early September. Posted: 6/21/13.
University of Toronto: Note: *due to time constraints, I can only consider Canadian applicants for this position*. Field assistant required who enjoys being outdoors in forested areas to assist with ecological fieldwork. Fieldwork will be conducted regularly from *May - August 2013*. The project involves aspects of plant ecology/reproduction and possible influences logging may have on plant reproduction and abundance/diversity. Primarily you will be assisting with the collection of field data in the form of vegetation surveys, tree inventories/ measurements, collection of plant samples, and plant/pollinator observations. Other duties may be required as well. The work will be undertaken in the Haliburton region and involve hiking through forested areas. Other considerations include working in conditions of high heat/humidity and the presence of, sometimes, high concentrations of mosquitoes and black flies (for part of the season at least). During sampling periods accommodation will be provided at a field camp (shared with other students and field assistants) located on the edge of a lake. The camp has a main cookhouse/gathering area shared by all and dorms containing individual rooms (sleeping platform, foam mattress). Power is supplied to some buildings by a generator; there may be rudimentary plumbing. Washroom facilities consist of outhouses. Showering facilities may not be present at the field camp but paid showers exist at a nearby forest recreation camp; swimming is allowed in the adjacent lake. If interested in gaining ecological field experience, please contact Mark Horsburgh (email@example.com) to discuss this opportunity. This is a paid position. Posted: 4/9/13, revised: 5/1/13.
University of Vermont: The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources is seeking applicants for a summer field assistant position on an ongoing ecological research project located at the Toolik Field Station in northern Alaska. 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. Candidates 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. Deadline: March 1, 2013, however, review will begin immediately and interviews may occur before the deadline. To apply: Please send an electronic application containing a letter of interest, resume, copy of transcripts, names, addresses, telephone number and email address of 3 references to: Elissa Schuett at eschuett (at) uvm (dot) edu. Posted: 12/19/12.
University of Washington: Summer field positions are available to assist with vegetation measurements for a large-scale meadow-restoration experiment. We are studying whether tree removal, with or without fire, can reverse the effects of decades to centuries of conifer encroachment of montane meadows in the Oregon Cascades. You will join a team of field researchers (faculty, students, and summer interns) studying various aspects of meadow ecology at Bunchgrass Ridge. These positions are best suited to mature, upper-level undergraduates or graduates who are considering advanced study or professional work in ecology or botany. Qualifications: Familiarity with the flora of the Pacific Northwest and the Cascade Range in particular. Ability to recognize or use taxonomic keys to identify meadow and forest species (including grasses and sedges), often from vegetative characteristics alone. Previous experience with vegetation sampling is desirable. We seek individuals who are interested in learning, detail-oriented, responsible, able to spend long hours in the field, and capable of working and living cooperatively with others. Field crews will be based at the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest (HJA), one of NSF's Long-term Ecological Research Sites. HJA provides housing, computing, and lab facilities; hosts diverse groups of ecological researchers; and offers easy access to an array of recreational opportunities in the central Cascades. Salary: $13.75-15/hr, depending upon experience and qualifications. Duration: mid June through mid August (a longer assignment may be possible). Closing date: 10 March 2013. To apply, send the following via email to Charlie Halpern (firstname.lastname@example.org) - cover letter describing interests, experience/qualifications, and dates of availability - names and contact information of those providing letters of reference - resume - two letters of reference sent directly to email@example.com. Posted: 1/22/13.
University of Washington: The School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences has a contract opening for a research assistant (full-time for 6 months, with possibility of extension). The position can be held at U.W. (Seattle) or possibly U.B.C. (Vancouver). Work will involve gathering data describing fishery management systems in Europe and Eastern Canada. Data will be gathered from published reports, government or scientific databases, and mainly by conducting interviews by phone and email with regional experts. Requirements: (1) general knowledge of the science, management, and socioeconomics of commercial marine fisheries. (2) Proficiency with Microsoft Excel. (3) Experience conducting interviews or compiling data from diverse sources. (4) Excellent organizational skills. (5) Some familiarity with European fisheries and fleets is preferred. Start date is as soon as possible. Pay is $2,500/month. Applications should include a CV and a cover letter describing your education or experience with the science, management, and socioeconomics of commercial marine fisheries. To apply or for further information contact Mike Melnychuk (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 11/30/12, revised: 5/1/13.
University of Washington: A field technician position is available in South Carolina 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. Technicians will join a team of several principal investigators, several undergraduate and graduate students, and be provided exposure to numerous research questions and approaches. The pay rate will be $10.00/hr. Cheap housing options (not provided) are available close to the research site in New Ellenton or Aiken, SC. Successful candidates will have demonstrated interest and experience in ecology, biology, or a related discipline, and be able to endure hot and wet conditions and long hours in the field. Previous field research experience is desirable. Positions are only available to US citizens due to research site restrictions. Additional information about the project: Haddad Corridor Research and Brudvig Lab Corridor Project. To apply, please send an email with the subject "Technician position #2013-01" to Dr. John Herrmann: email@example.com. The e-mail should include a cover letter with dates of availability, CV, and contact information with email addresses of two references. Application deadline is June 27th, review of applicants will begin immediately. The initial contract will be for two months with a possibility of extension. Posted: 8/16/12, revised: 12/3/12, 3/19/13, 6/21/13.
University of Western Ontario: Seeking Experienced Songbird Bleeder: Studying predator-prey interactions at Southern Gulf Islands, British Columbia. We are seeking a field assistant with vast experience in collecting large blood samples from small songbirds captured in mist nets. To demonstrate you bleeding experience provide a list of what bird species you have bled, how many individuals you have bled per species, and state the blood volumes you have collected per species. We require an experienced songbird bleeder to aid us in a conducting a large-scale manipulation looking at the role of fear in affecting songbirds in the Gulf Islands National Park, British Columbia. The position has an anticipated start date of 1 May, and will run until about 1, August 2013. This is a paid position that will provide a monthly stipend of $1500 per month. Mandatory Qualifications: -Experience in collecting large blood samples from small songbirds caught in mist nets. In you application list what bird species you have bled, how many birds you have bled (per species), and what blood volumes you have collected for each species. Other Qualification (you can still apply if you do not meet of these 'other' qualifications): -Previous lab and/or field experience, physically fit, comfortable in remote environments and camping, and okay working in the rain. - Preference will be given to individuals with previous nest searching, nest camera setup, radio tracking animals, and boating experience. - Ability to work well with others and a good sense of humour. For more information, or to apply for the position, send your resume and a brief statement of interest to: Marek Allen (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 3/25/13.
University of Wisconsin-Madison: We seek to fill a field technician position for a large-scale study of glade plant communities in the Missouri Ozarks in collaboration with the labs of Ellen Damschen (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Susan Harrison (University of California-Davis). Our research goals include understanding the effects of landscape structure, environment, and fire history on glade plant diversity. Tasks will primarily involve collecting data on plant functional traits; duties will be include both fieldwork (e.g., taking measurements, collecting plant samples) and processing samples indoors (e.g., photographing, weighing, drying plant collections). The position will begin as soon as possible, and will last for 2-3 months. Pay range will be around $10 to $12 per hour, depending on experience. Housing is not provided. The position will involve significant traveling within the Ozarks. Successful candidates will hold a bachelor’s degree in ecology, biology, or a related discipline and must be able to endure hot, humid conditions and long hours in the field. Candidates should have a strong botanical background, experience conducting fieldwork in Ozark glades, be able to sight-identify common glade plants, and be able to proficiently use a dichotomous key. In addition, the ability to work independently at remote field locations and to navigate to study sites off-trail is essential. The work schedule is somewhat flexible. 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 Jesse Miller at email@example.com. We would like to fill the position as soon as possible. We strongly encourage anyone with botanical experience in Ozark glades who is interested to contact us with any questions about the position. Posted: 5/28/13.
University of Wisconsin-Madison: Field Technician Positions: Longleaf pine restoration Ft. Stewart, Georgia, The Savannah River Site, South Carolina, and Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. We seek to fill up to 10 field technician positions for a large-scale experiment on the restoration of plant communities in the southeastern U.S.A. Technicians will join a team of four principal investigators (Ellen Damschen and John Orrock at University of Wisconsin-Madison, Lars Brudvig at Michigan State University and Joan Walker at Clemson University), a postdoc (Joe Veldman) and other collaborators (Brett Mattingly) as part of a project that spans three states. Research will include studies of the effects of land-use history, herbivory, and competition on longleaf pine restoration. Tasks will include field sampling, deconstructing experimental exclosures (i.e., taking down large fences), and various other tasks required for experimental studies of plant community restoration and plant-animal interactions. Technicians will be exposed to numerous research questions and approaches, as well as participate in actively restoring the imperiled longleaf pine understory. Opportunities for independent research projects exist for highly motivated individuals. Positions will begin in summer 2013, and will last for 2-6 months. Pay range will be $10 to $12 per hour depending on the position and experience. Technicians will work at one of three possible field sites: Ft. Stewart (Georgia), Savannah River Site (South Carolina), or Ft. Bragg (North Carolina). Housing is not provided, however, in the past employees have found housing in towns near their site (Hinesville or Richmond Hill near Ft. Stewart in GA; Aiken or New Ellenton near Savannah River Site in SC; or Southern Pines or Pinehurst near Ft. Bragg in NC). A bachelor's degree in ecology, biology, or a related discipline is preferred but not required. Successful candidates must be able to endure hot, humid conditions and long hours in the field. Previous field experience is mandatory; botanical experience is preferred, but not necessary. Because the research sites are highly secure areas run by the US federal government, employment is contingent on being able to successfully gain security clearance. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a ranking of preferred field site locations. Positions will begin to be filled immediately, but applications will be considered until May 15, 2013. Posted: 3/22/13.
University of Wisconsin-Madison: The Forest Landscape Ecology lab invites applications for a Field Crew Leader to collect data for an ongoing forest ecosystem study evaluating how coarse woody debris, canopy gaps, and herbivory influence the long-term productivity, biodiversity and carbon and nutrient cycling of a mature northern hardwood forest. The study site is in the beautiful Flambeau River State Forest in Rusk Co., WI, along the Flambeau River. Field responsibilities include plant community sampling, including ID of approximately 200 species of vascular plants, including herbs, grasses, sedges, and trees; forest structure measurements; soil and wood respiration; and maintaining deer exclosures and continuous micrometeorological stations. Other responsibilities include crew supervision, logistical planning, and data management. Field sampling will begin in early May and extend into September. Opportunity for additional lab-based work may be available in Madison before and after the field season. Housing and daily travel to the research site are provided. Wage is commensurate with experience. Qualifications: Experience in field ecology is required and a background in ecology, botany, forestry, or a related field is preferred. Must be able to identify plants of northern hardwood forests; to work well in a group and independently under typical field conditions (inclement weather, mosquitoes, long days, etc.); to carefully follow and teach protocols; and to live amicably with crew in field housing. To apply: please send a current resume, contact information for 3 references, and cover letter via email indicating your education, experience and interests to Jodi Forrester (email@example.com). Posted: 1/25/13.
University of Wisconsin-Stout: Wetland Research Crew Leader (Research Technician 2 Classification) One Limited-Term Employment position 40 hours / week from April 22 – Oct, 2013 (flexible). Pay: $12/hour. Mileage from UW-Stout to field sites will be reimbursed at the state of WI rate of $0.352 per mile. Housing is not provided, but is inexpensive in the Menomonie area. Spend the spring and summer in the beautiful wooded kettles and ponds of the Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area and Chippewa County Forest as a crew leader for a four-person crew sampling aquatic macroinvertebrates, amphibians, plants, hydrology, and water chemistry as part of a five-year National Science Foundation-funded research project based out of Menomonie, WI (home to UW-Stout). Crews will travel between wetlands, frequently working four 10-hour days per week. The crew leaders are responsible for assisting PIs in supervising undergraduate students in field sampling, chemical analyses, and lab identifications. Substantial laboratory work and skill in identifying aquatic macroinvertebrates is involved. Duties: · Supervise crew members in sampling aquatic macroinvertebrates, amphibians, and water. · Ensure that detailed an accurate records are kept. · Maintain and troubleshoot field equipment. · Lead undergraduates in fieldwork, including four 10-hour days. · Travel 100 miles per day roundtrip from Menomonie to field sites in Chippewa County. · Navigate to field sites using topographic maps, compass, and GPS units. · Hike through uneven terrain, off-trail. · Adhere to laboratory protocols and ensure chemical laboratory safety. · Use Trimble GPS technology to map wetland boundaries. · Process and identify macroinvertebrates using a dichotomous key and dissecting microscope. · Curate voucher specimen collections of macroinvertebrates and plants. · Supervise and troubleshoot data entry into MSExcel and/or MSAccess, and generate metadata. · Compile and analyze data for annual reports. · Maintain a positive attitude in occasionally difficult field conditions. Desirable Qualifications · Three months professional experience in field or laboratory settings · Supervisory experience – of undergraduates, a plus · Strong attention to detail and reliability · Mature and positive attitude, including during inclement weather and with biting flies · Expertise in aquatic macroinvertebrate identification and sampling · Ability to ride a bike and carry 20 pounds of equipment off-trail · Facility with Microsoft Excel and experience with Trimble GPS and ArcGIS. · Own a vehicle that you can drive 100 miles per day · Knowledge of plant taxonomic terminology and ability to identify plants in the field. · Ability to identify amphibians at different stages based upon sight and calls · Experience with water sampling and quantitative chemical analysis of water · Skilled in scientific writing and data analysis Preference will be given to applicants that can work beginning April 22 (flexible) and continue into October. However, other highly-qualified candidates may be considered. To apply, send cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and the contact information for three references to Dr. Mandy Little (firstname.lastname@example.org). Review of applications begins Friday, April 12. Position is open until filled. Questions about the position can be addressed to Dr. Mandy Little or Dr. Jim Church (email@example.com). Posted: 4/10/13.
University of Wyoming: we are hiring two field technicians for a study investigating the response of understory vegetation to mountain pine beetle-induced lodgepole pine mortality in western Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. Technicians will assist graduate student with fieldwork involving forest/vegetation sampling and plant identification. Each day, the field crew will navigate to permanently-marked sampling plots. At each plot, they will identify and estimate cover of understory vegetation and abiotic substrates, measure tree seedling establishment, collect tree cores, take spherical densiometer measurements, and record tree fall rates. Technicians will car camp most of the time, although some backpacking will be required. Highly-motivated individuals with a strong work ethic and interest in forest ecology, plant ecology, or botany are encouraged to apply. Dates: Start July 1st and end August 23rd. Desired Qualifications: (1) Coursework in botany, forestry, ecology, or related field. (2) Previous field experience sampling forest understory vegetation or willingness and ability to learn quickly. Preference may be given to those candidates with plant identification skills and experience (particularly of central Rocky Mountain flora). (3) Ability to communicate and work effectively as a team member. (4) Capable of careful attention to detail in measuring and recording information and keeping track of data forms and equipment. (5) Ability to carry a heavy pack across steep, rough terrain and to work long days in remote areas and in inclement (rainy/cold/buggy) conditions. (6) Experience using topographic maps, compass, and GPS for navigation. (7) Good physical condition, positive attitude, and a sense of humor. Pay: $8-10 per hour depending on qualifications and experience. How To Apply: Send a cover letter, resume, and contact information including email address for 2 references to Greg Pappas (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 4/10/13.
University of Wyoming: Prairie Pothole Wetlands Field Technician. Research will be carried out across the Prairie Pothole Region (E Wyoming, E Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and W Minnesota). One field technician position is available to assist with a research project on wetland hydroperiod, biodiversity, and leopard frog connectivity in the context of climate change. Technician will be responsible for assisting with observations and measurements of wetland characteristics and water quality, biodiversity surveys (amphibian species, plant identification, and potentially invertebrate surveys), collection of GPS points, and data entry/management (Access and ArcGIS). Technician will also assist in the capture and collection of northern leopard frog tissue samples (mouth swabs from adult frogs and tail-clips from tadpoles). Finally, technician will assist with field preparation including communicating with landowners to secure access to field sites. Qualifications: Ideal applicants will be motivated individuals who are willing and able to work long hours under difficult field conditions in close collaboration with the team leader. Strong interpersonal and communication skills are a must. Additionally, candidates must possess the ability to hike for hours in strenuous conditions and varying temperatures while transporting field equipment and to camp in rural conditions. Ideal candidate will also have experience with wetland research, observing and monitoring wildlife, collecting and organizing field data, and navigating in backcountry using GPS and/or topographic maps. Candidates must be interested in landscape ecology, wetland ecology and/or conservation biology. Preference will be given to applicants with strong academic credentials, who have completed at least two years of an undergraduate science program, and who have past field, molecular (DNA extraction/PCR analysis), and remote sensing experience. Qualified applicants must also have a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record, and experience driving 4-wheel drive vehicles is desirable. Fieldwork will begin in mid-May 2013 and last until end of July/early August. Dates are somewhat flexible. Pay is $9/hr, depending on experience. Field vehicle and housing/camping expenses will be provided while in the field. Successful applicants will need to provide their own camping equipment. To apply: Please send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information (name, email, and phone number) for 3 references to Charlotte Gabrielsen at email@example.com. Deadline: April 7, 2013. Review begins immediately. Posted: 3/25/13.
University of Wyoming: One field technician is needed to assist with research on the factors limiting survival and reestablishment of the Wyoming toad (Anaxyrus baxteri). The technician will assist with building and installing mesh tadpole enclosures at the field site prior to tadpole arrival. Primary duties will include daily feeding and monitoring of Wyoming toad tadpoles and metamorphs held in field enclosures. Technician will also be responsible for assisting with photographing, staging (gosner stage), and measuring tadpoles and metamorphs as well as swabbing metamorphs for Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) which causes chytrid fungus in amphibians. Additional duties include but are not limited to: data entry in Microsoft Access, insect sampling, plant identification, water quality monitoring, and analysis of water samples and skin swabs using PCR to detect Bd and E coli. Field technician will gain valuable experience using a variety of field methods while contributing to recovery of a critically endangered amphibian. Position is based out of Laramie, Wyoming and the main field site is Mortenson Lake National Wildlife Refuge located approximately 15 miles southwest of Laramie. Additional water quality survey sites are located throughout the Laramie Basin. Qualified applicants will have the willingness and ability to work extremely long hours and be very flexible with their schedule as it is highly dependent on the needs of tadpoles and metamorphs. Applicant must also have the ability to endure harsh field conditions, pay extreme attention to detail, and meet high standards of animal care. Priority will be given to students currently enrolled in an ecology, wildlife biology, or rangeland management program with past field experience. However, more important is an interest in the research to be conducted, a strong work ethic, and the ability to assist with meticulous data collection for recovery of an endangered species. Qualified applicants will also have a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record. Compensation: Field technician will be paid ~$360 per week (depending on experience) and provided with a field vehicle. Duration: mid-May thru late-August (with the possibility to start earlier). To Apply: Send a letter of interest, résumé, and contact information (name, email, and phone number) for three references to Julie Polasik at firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadline is March 25, 2013. Posted: 3/13/13.
University of Wyoming: A vegetation/insect sampling technician position is available to assist on a study evaluating the response of sage-grouse to bentonite mining in the eastern Bighorn Basin, Wyoming (Big Horn County). This position will last for 2 months and start on approximately May 27th. Responsibilities will include sampling vegetation (Daubenmire quadrats, Robel pole, line intercept, clipping forbs) and insects (vacuum sampling) in microhabitat plots at sage-grouse nest and brood locations; data entry and proofing; and operating 4x4 trucks and ATVs. Work will require sharing apartments with other technicians, extensive hiking, long hours (>40/wk), and a willingness to endure potentially adverse environmental conditions. It is essential that applicants are able to work well with others and also work independently. Technicians will gain valuable vegetation/insect monitoring experience. Opportunities to contribute to monitoring (radio-telemetry and trapping) sage-grouse will be available. Those who have earned degrees or are juniors and seniors in wildlife ecology/science, rangeland ecology/science, botany, zoology, biology, ecology or related fields are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have the desire and ability to: -Legibly record field data and enter it into Excel spreadsheets -Navigate using maps and GPS equipment -Work and live side-by-side with co-workers -Work under harsh weather conditions -Sample and identify plants (sagebrush steppe experience preferred but not required) -Safely operate 4WD pickups and ATVs -Work long days with variable work schedules. Please apply by sending a 1 page letter of interest and your resume (with 3 references) as a single attached file (with just your name as the filename) via email to Aaron Pratt. Applicants are encouraged to apply ASAP because first suitable candidate will be hired. Salary = $1,900/mo. + housing. Contact: Aaron Pratt (email@example.com, 361-960-0946). Posted: 4/25/13.
University of Wyoming: Two greater sage-grouse research technician positions are available to assist on a study evaluating the response of sage-grouse to bentonite mining in the eastern Bighorn Basin, Wyoming (Big Horn County). One position will last for 1 month from Mar 16th to April 15th and responsibilities will include capturing sage-grouse at night via spotlighting. The second position will last for 5 months from Mar 16th to Aug 15th and responsibilities will include capturing grouse; locating radio-marked grouse with radio telemetry and GPS; monitoring nests; nighttime brood counts; evaluating microhabitat plots at nest, brood, and random locations; data entry and proofing; and operating 4x4 trucks and ATVs. Work will require sharing apartments with other technicians, extensive hiking, long hours (>40/wk), and a willingness to endure potentially adverse environmental conditions. It is essential that applicants are able to work well with others and also work independently. Technicians will gain valuable wildlife and vegetation monitoring experience. Those who have earned degrees or are juniors and seniors in wildlife ecology/science, rangeland ecology/science, botany, zoology, biology, ecology or related fields are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have the desire and ability to: -Legibly record field data and enter it into Excel spreadsheets -Navigate using maps and GPS equipment -Capture and handle wildlife -Monitor wildlife using radio telemetry -Work and live side-by-side with co-workers -Work under harsh weather conditions -Assist with vegetation sampling and identification -Safely operate 4WD pickups and ATVs -Work long days with variable work schedules (long day and/or nighttime hours). Please apply by sending a 1 page letter of interest and your resume (with 3 references) as a single attached file (with just your name as the filename) via email to Aaron Pratt. Applicants are encouraged to apply ASAP because first suitable candidates will be hired. Salary = $2,000/mo. + housing. Contact: Aaron Pratt (firstname.lastname@example.org, 361-960-0946). Posted: 2/19/13.
University of Wyoming: This research project seeks to understand Greater Sage-Grouse fine-scale distribution and functional connectivity of leks in relation to energy development. The project will assess distribution of leks across the landscape in relation to disturbance and the influence of landscape characteristics on genetic diversity in Northern Wyoming. Lab work will be carried out in Laramie, Wyoming in Dr. Melanie Murphy's Landscape Genetics & Spatial Ecology Lab Duties: Data entry in MS Excel and Access; DNA extraction; PCR; Genotyping using GeneMarker software. Qualifications: We are seeking 1 motivated individual to assist with processing genetic data in the lab. Experience extracting DNA and running PCR is required. Experience with low quality DNA samples and multiplex PCR a plus. Candidates must have good organization and communication skills. 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. Contract length: This position will begin May 15, 2013 for ~16 weeks. Start date flexible. Pay: Compensation depends on experience (~1200-1600/month). How to apply: Please send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for 3 references (name, phone, and email) to Beth Fitzpatrick (email@example.com). Posted: 4/29/13.
University of Wyoming: Greater Sage-Grouse Technicians (2-3): Sage-Grouse Lek Distribution and Connectivity. This research project seeks to understand Greater Sage-Grouse fine-scale distribution and functional connectivity of leks in relation to energy development. The project will assess distribution of leks across the landscape in relation to disturbance and the influence of landscape characteristics on genetic diversity. Field work will be carried out in the Bighorn and Powder River Basins in Northern Wyoming. Tasks may include observations of sage-grouse for presence/absence across the landscape; shed feather collection at lek sites; vegetation surveys; taking GPS localities; data entry in Excel, Access and ArcGIS. We are seeking 2-3 motivated individuals to assist with collection of field data and processing of genetic data in the lab. 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 Wyoming). This position will begin April 1, 2013 with the potential for both an earlier or later start date. Pay depends on experience (~1200-1600/month) and is dependent on funding; 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). Application deadline is March 6, 2013. Posted: 2/14/13.
University of Wyoming: We are looking for 6 field technicians to assist with 2 PhD research projects. The first project focuses on identifying greater sage-grouse response to sagebrush habitat treatments in west-central, Wyoming. The second project will collect data to evaluate aspects of bentonite mining in north-central, Wyoming. Duties will include locating radio-marked grouse with radio telemetry and GPS; monitoring nests; nighttime brood counts; evaluating microhabitat plots at nest, brood, and random locations; data entry and proofing; and operating 4 x 4 and off-road vehicles. Work will require sharing camp trailers or apartments with other technicians; extensive hiking; long hours; and a willingness to endure potentially adverse environmental conditions including cold, heat, dust, rain, snow, and biting insects. It is essential that applicants are able to work well with others and also work independently. The fist study site is situated in a beautiful area in the sagebrush steppe biome near the Wind River Mountain Range in western Wyoming. The second study site is located in the Bighorn Basin, near Yellowstone National Park. Technicians will gain valuable wildlife and vegetation monitoring experience. Location: First study - Fremont County, Wyoming; Second study - Washakie and Big Horn Counties, Wyoming. Salary: $1800/Month. Qualifications: Those who have earned degrees or are juniors and seniors in wildlife ecology/science, rangeland ecology/science, botany, zoology, biology, ecology or related fields are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have the desire and ability to: -Legibly record field data and enter it into Excel spreadsheets -Navigate using maps and GPS equipment -Monitor birds using radio telemetry -Work and live side-by-side with co-workers in camp trailers -Work under extreme weather conditions -Assist with vegetation data collection -Safely operate 4WD pickups and ATVs -Work long days with variable work schedules (long day and/or nighttime hours). Please send a 1 page letter of interest and your resume as a single attached PDF file via email to Kurt Smith (Ksmith94@uwyo.edu). In your resume include contact information for 2 or 3 references. Start Date: ~ Mid-March. Posted: 1/24/13.
University of Wyoming: Location: Thunder Basin National Grassland, Northeast WY. Pay: $11/hour plus housing. Duration: mid-end of May – mid August 2013. Last Date to Apply: 3/8/2013. Hiring 3 seasonal technicians to conduct research on the relationship between non-native grasses and small mammal communities in Thunder Basin National Grassland in northeast WY. The 572,000ac grassland is characterized by grassland, shrubland, and forest communities throughout flat prairie, rolling hills, and badlands. Duties will include but are not limited to: daily small mammal trapping, including handling, tagging, identifying, and measuring individuals; establishing trapping grids; building drift fences (for trapping); euthanizing deer mice (Peromyscus maniculatus) as a part of a removal experiment; vegetation surveys for habitat assessment; and data management and entry. Qualifications: Applicants must be in good physical health and able to hike and work full days outside in challenging conditions. Applicants must be willing to adapt to a variable schedule. Preference will be given to applicants with previous field biology experience, especially in wildlife handling or grassland plant identification; bachelor’s degree or enrollment in a degree in wildlife, botany, natural resources, or closely related field; experience with navigation (GPS, map reading, etc.); and off-road driving experience. Applicants should be comfortable living in rural Wyoming for the summer. Please send cover letter, resume, and at least 3 references as a single document to ThunderBasinResearch@gmail.com Contact Person: Joe Ceradini (ThunderBasinResearch@gmail.com), http://www.wyocoopunit.org/. Posted: 1/9/13.
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 work will be in Dr. Peter Adler's lab in Logan, UT. Field work will take place 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 at these sites and digitizing these maps using ArcGIS software. Important qualifications include experience with plant identification, a willingness to do repetitive fieldwork, patience, and a curiosity about basic ecology. The position starts in late May to early June 2013, and runs through September, 2013, but start and end dates are flexible. Pay is $10.50 per hour. 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) contact information for three references. Deadline for applications is March 19, 2013. Posted: 2/26/13.
Utah State University: Full time seasonal technicians are needed assisting research on Greater Sage-grouse response to vegetation manipulation and grazing in northern Utah (West Box Elder County, UT). Early season work will consist primarily of night trapping and lek surveys, in addition to tracking radio collared birds. Later season duties will primarily consist of tracking birds via radio telemetry and conducting vegetation surveys. Other duties will include conducting pellet counts, locating nests and broods, and data entry. Qualifications: Applicants must have a BS, or be close to completing a degree in wildlife biology, ecology or related field. Familiarity with sagebrush steppe vegetation and plant taxonomy is a plus. Applicants must be willing to work odd, long hours and have a flexible schedule (late night trapping and early morning lek counts, any day of the week), in both hot and cold conditions, and live in remote rural locations. Must be able to take detailed and accurate field notes, and record data according to protocol. A positive attitude, ability to work independently as well as part of a team, and ability to solve problems that present themselves in the field is essential. Must be willing to interact with the public and explain the project during chance encounters. A valid driver’s license and willingness to work with ATVs is required. Fieldwork can be physically demanding and the ability to hike over steep, rocky, remote terrain is required. If you don’t enjoy hiking, chasing animals at odd hours, adapt well to altered sleep schedules, tolerate poor environmental conditions, or are generally looking for an easy job, this job is not for you. Employment would start approximately February 4 and extend through the summer (approx. early August). To apply please email a cover letter and resume to Brian Wing (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Avery Cook (email@example.com) (one letter, cc to both, in .pdf format). Please mention where you found the job announcement. Salary: $1500/month with housing provided. Last Date to Apply: December 31, 2012 – However positions may be filled if qualified applicants apply before the closing date. Posted: 11/30/12.
Virginia Tech: We are looking for 1-2 crew leaders and 3-4 field technicians (to run drift fences in two locations a few miles apart). This is a project run by Virginia Tech on Eglin Air Force Base (Niceville, FL) as part of a study on the effects of fire suppression on amphibian habitat. Candidates who are interested in applying for both crew leader and technician positions will need to submit application materials for both job numbers on the VT jobs website: Amphibian Crew Leader | Amphibian Technician. This can be grueling work that requires working all through the night, but it is a great opportunity to work with a suite of fascinating animals. Candidate will work with Virginia Tech, to assist with research and monitoring of Reticulated Flatwoods Salamanders and other amphibians on Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Position will require working nights and occasional days in potentially adverse conditions. Responsibilities will include monitoring drift fences, conducting dipnet surveys for flatwoods salamanders, developing crew schedules and training other crew members in proper techniques and data collection, conducting anuran call surveys, and data entry and management. Work will begin in early-October and some positions will continue through January others through April 2013. Review will begin on August 8, 2012 and continue until filled. Salary: $10-$15/hr. Contact: Thomas Gorman firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 8/2/12.
Washington State University: The Global Change and Watershed Biogeochemistry Lab seeks a part-time field technician to assist with a US Army Corps of Engineers-funded study examining greenhouse gas emissions from Pacific Northwest reservoirs. The primary duties of the individual in this position will include collection and processing of biogeochemical samples from regional reservoirs, preparing, maintaining, and calibrating field equipment and supplies, and, in general, assisting with research coordination and implementation. During intensive field campaigns, the technician will assist in water and gas sample collection and equipment deployment- most of which is conducted via a small motorboat. While there will be some opportunity for training on laboratory equipment in Vancouver, WA, the majority of field work will occur at reservoirs in southern Oregon. An applicant based in southern OR is preferred, though candidates based out of Vancouver WA or Portland OR will also be considered. Applicants should have experience with field research, a background in biogeochemistry, aquatic ecology, or other related field, and should be capable of working long-hours in adverse weather conditions and around boats. Additionally, applicants should enjoy and be prepared for camping in places with limited amenities, which may be required during frequent overnight trips. This is a part-time, temporary position. The rate of compensation will be commensurate with the experience of the successful applicant. The position will start in May and continue until mid-November, 2013. The work schedule will average ~20 hours per week but will vary according to the research schedule with several weeks of quite intensive work, and some weeks with <8 hours of work. Depending on interest and experience, the research technician will have the opportunity to plan and implement an independent field project relevant to the larger study. To apply, please email a resume, letter of interest, and the names and contact information of three professional references to Bridget Deemer (email@example.com). Applications received by January 15th, 2013, will receive full consideration. Posted: 12/11/12.
Washington University in St. Louis: The Myers Lab has an immediate need for two field technicians at Washington University’s environmental field station, the Tyson Research Center. The positions are full-time, temporary positions (up to 6 months) with no benefits. Wages will be commensurate with experience. The start dates are flexible, but ideally the positions would begin around July 1, 2013. The two technicians will work collaboratively with the Myers Lab to complete an ongoing census of a large-scale (25 ha), long-term, oak-hickory forest dynamics plot at the Tyson Research Center. Primary tasks include: 1) identifying, mapping, measuring and tagging trees and seedlings; 2) collecting, counting, and identifying seeds; 3) measuring plant functional traits in the field and laboratory; and 4) entering data into spreadsheets using Excel. The Myers Lab studies the assembly, diversity and dynamics of plant communities across spatial and temporal scales. Our current research focuses on patterns of biodiversity and mechanisms of community assembly across temperate and tropical ecosystems, climate change and forest dynamics, plant functional ecology, and species interactions across spatial scales. Our core research site, the Tyson Research Center, boasts a dynamic community of university faculty, senior researchers, postdoctoral associates, graduate and undergraduate students, and high school interns. Ideal candidates will have a strong interest in ecology, experience conducting field research, strong teamwork skills, and a willingness to work outdoors in hot conditions with abundant insects (e.g. chiggers and ticks). Successful applicants will need to secure their own housing in St. Louis or near the Tyson Research Center in Eureka, Missouri, located 25 minutes from the main campus of Washington University. To apply, applicants should e-mail a single PDF file to Jonathan Myers (firstname.lastname@example.org), including the following: 1) a one-page cover letter; 2) a resume; and 3) contact information for two references. Posted: 5/31/13.
Wilfrid Laurier University: There is a research assistantship available through the Forest Ecology Lab and the Taiga Plains Research Network as part of an ongoing partnership with the Government of the Northwest Territories. We are looking for a motivated, energetic individual to join our Scotty Creek Forest Dynamics Plot team. The plot is part of the Smithsonian Institute’s Global Earth Observatory (SIGEO) program, which forms a network of 49 large forest monitoring plots from the tropics to the boreal. Details: - Duration: Three months (late May – late August) - Location: Scotty Creek Research Basin, a remote study site near Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories, Canada. - Salary/travel: In addition to a research assistant stipend, travel between Waterloo, Ontario and the field site(s) will be provided and food and accommodation while in the field will be provided. - Tasks: contribute to the completion of the Scotty Creek 20.8 ha mapped forest plot. - Interested individuals may develop independent research projects prior to departure for the field site and may focus on a range of ecological and/or hydrological topics relevant to the study site. Qualifications: - Be enrolled in or have completed a science-based undergraduate degree. - Fluent in English - Experience camping, preferably in more remote settings - First aid training required at time of employment Contact: Jennifer Baltzer, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Forests and Global Change, Center for Cold Regions and Water Science Research and Biology Dept., Wilfrid Laurier University, 75 University Ave., Waterloo, ON, N2L 3C5, Canada. Phone: (519) 884-0710 ext 4188, Email: email@example.com. Posted: 4/9/13.
Yellowstone Wilderness Outfitters: Naturalist on Horseback - Yellowstone National Park. 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. Qualifications: Our season runs from late May through mid-September 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. For application instructions and a complete description see http://www.yellowstone.ws/jobs.html Be sure to follow all directions carefully. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Salary: $350 per week plus tips. Deadline: 1/31/13. Contact: Carrie Byron (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 1/4/13.