positions lasting less than 1 year, mostly with no benefits
|University of Central Florida||Two field vegetation survey positions – Cape Cod National Seashore||4/22/14||4/1/14|
|San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory||Internship, Waterbird field studies||7/7/14||6/5/14|
|Marine Biological Laboratory||Summer Research Tech, effects of eutrophication in salt marshes||6/1/14||4/16/14|
|North Carolina State University||Field tech, forest structure in pine savannas/red-cockaded woodpeckers||5/31/14||3/20/14|
|VersarGMI||Rare Plant Survey Techs, North Carolina (2)||5/23/14|
|Nature's Capital||Biological Technicians (6)||5/9/14||5/1/14|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||Summer Field Assistant - Soil Ecology||5/7/14|
|Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center||Plant Ecology Research||5/7/14|
|Ecological Society of America||Publishing Intern, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment||5/5/14||4/24/14|
|Ohio State University||Stream Ecology Field Technician - Yosemite, CA||5/2/14||4/25/14|
|Michigan State University||Field Technicians (2): Longleaf pine ecology||5/2/14||4/23/14|
|USDA Forest Service||Summer Field Assistants - Ecosystem change in the Arctic||5/1/14|
|University of Wyoming||Summer Field Assistant, Forest Ecology Research||4/29/14|
|University of California, Davis||Junior Specialist, ocean acidification research, Bodega Marine Laboratory||4/29/14|
|University of Michigan||Research Tech: Linking microbial genomics to ecosystem processes in freshwater systems||4/29/14|
|University of Maryland||Field Asst, Florida mangrove ecology||4/25/14|
|Chicago Botanic Garden||USFS Seasonal Seed Collector||4/24/14|
|University of Central Florida||Two field vegetation survey positions – Cape Cod National Seashore||4/22/14||4/1/14|
|rare Charitable Research Reserve (Canada)||Interns||4/21/14||4/10/14|
|Northern Arizona University||Two seasonal field technicians, forestry||4/15/14||4/9/14|
|University of Wyoming||Wyoming Toad Field Technicians (2)||4/13/14||4/9/14|
|Indiana University||Graduate Research Assistant – Interviewer||4/11/14||3/26/14|
|Chicago Botanic Garden||Botany/Seed Collecting Internships (14)||4/10/14|
|University of Idaho||Summer Research Asst: Fire, Rehabilitation, and Cheatgrass in the Sagebrush Steppe||4/10/14|
|USDA-ARS Northern Plains Agriculture Research Laboratory||Summer Research Asst: Conservation Biological Control and Sustainable Agriculture||4/9/14|
|Marine Biological Laboratory||Summer Research Assistant - Water Quality||4/9/14|
|Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources||Natural Resources Research Technician||4/7/14||3/27/14|
|Cornell University||Seasonal Field Team Coordinator, riparian mustelids||4/2/14|
|Cornell University||Seasonal Ecological Field Technician, riparian mustelids||4/2/14|
|Marine Biological Laboratory||Summer Research Assistant - Chemical Analysis of Soils & Waters||4/1/14|
|USDA-ARS Northern Plains Agriculture Research Laboratory||Summer Research Assistant: Grassland Insect Ecology||4/1/14||3/26/14|
|Loggerhead Marinelife Center||Seasonal Field Technicians, sea turtle nesting surveys||4/1/14||1/21/14|
|Oregon State University||Forest Ecology summer field assistants (5)||3/30/14||3/27/14|
|The Nature Conservancy||Forest Ecology Interns in N. Arizona||3/28/14||3/20/14|
|The Nature Conservancy||Forest Ecology Technician Positions in N. Arizona||3/28/14||3/20/14|
|University of South Dakota||Summer field technicians for dragonfly research||3/26/14|
|Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition||Vegetation monitoring technicians||3/24/14||3/7/14|
|US Fish & Wildlife Service||Crazy Ant Strike Team Crew Leader, Hawaii||3/24/14||3/6/14|
|University of California, Davis||Summer Forest Fieldwork in Yosemite National Park (2 positions)||3/24/14||2/24/14|
|Western University (Canada)||Experienced Avian Field Research Assistants (2)||3/21/14||1/31/14|
|Missouri Botanical Garden||Seasonal Seed Collector, Ozarks||3/20/14|
|Cornell University||Temporary Lab Tech, bees and plants||3/20/14|
|US Bureau of Land Management||Vegetation monitoring, New Mexico (2 positions)||3/20/14||3/7/14|
|New Jersey Audubon||Shorebird Field Technicians (3)||3/16/14||2/24/14|
|University of Illinois||Avian Field Assistant, Extra-pair Mating Behavior of Field Sparrow||3/15/14||2/18/14|
|Cornell University||Avian Field Assistant, Ohio||3/15/14||2/11/14|
|Mississippi State University||Avian Field Technician||3/15/14||1/21/14|
|University of California, Berkeley||Field Research Assistant, rangeland weeds||3/14/14|
|Pennsylvania State University||Summer Field Techs - vegetation sampling||3/14/14||3/12/14|
|Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada)||Summer Research Assistant, Northwest Territories||3/13/14|
|US Bureau of Land Management||Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring seasonal techs (2)||3/7/14|
|Ohio State University||Technical Positions in Aquatic Ecology (3)||3/7/14|
|Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies||Summer Project Assistants, forest soil and vegetation||3/7/14||2/28/14|
|Michigan State University||Seasonal Native Bee Research Assistant||3/7/14||2/21/14|
|University of Florida||Field tech, climate change research in Alaskan permafrost||3/7/14||2/11/14|
|Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies||Summer Project Asst, urban mosquito ecology||3/6/14|
|Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies||Summer Project Asst, ecology of the Hudson River (2 Positions)||3/6/14|
|Chicago Botanic Garden||Summer field research internships||3/6/14||1/28/14|
|USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station||Summer Ecological Research Technician||3/4/14||2/21/14|
|University of Colorado||Field and Laboratory Research Techs (~7 positions)||3/3/14||1/10/14|
|Utah State University||Stream Habitat Assessment Technicians (15 positions)||3/2/14||2/12/14|
|New Jersey Audubon||Bird field technicians (5)||3/1/14||2/11/14|
|University of Vermont||Arctic summer field assistant||3/1/14||2/5/14|
|University of Alaska Anchorage||Ecosystem Ecology Field Assistant - Southwest Greenland||3/1/14||1/31/14|
|University of Montana||Stream Salamander Field Assistants (2)||2/28/14||2/17/14|
|Fairfax County Park Authority||Natural Resources Interns (2)||2/28/14||2/11/14|
|Yellowstone Wilderness Outfitters||Backcountry Horseback Naturalists||2/28/14||2/4/14|
|Purdue University||Temporary field and laboratory technician - box turtles||2/28/14||2/4/14|
|University of Notre Dame||Teaching Assistant, summer field course||2/28/14||1/31/14|
|University of Idaho||Summer field work, Fire Effects in the Pacific Northwest||2/28/14||12/20/13|
|Utah State University||Summer field work, Cedar Breaks National Monument||2/28/14||12/20/13|
|Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium||Research Assistant, fisheries and toxicology||2/27/14|
|Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore||Summer Field Botany Crew||2/27/14||2/17/14|
|Northern Arizona University||NPS vegetation monitoring crew||2/25/14|
|Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition||Vegetation monitoring technicians (6)||2/24/14||2/17/14|
|University of Minnesota||Black Tern Field Team Leader||2/24/14||1/31/14|
|Rutgers University||Native bee field technicians||2/24/14||1/17/14|
|Marine Biological Laboratory||Summer Field Assistant, salt marsh ecosystems||2/21/14|
|Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition||Invasive plant technicians (2)||2/21/14||1/30/14|
|USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station||Field Technicians/Botanists (2 positions)||2/18/14|
|Colorado State University||Wetland Ecology Field Technicians||2/17/14||2/11/14|
|Inwater Research Group||Temporary Biologist, sea turtles||2/15/14||1/30/14|
|University of Illinois||Aquatic Field Technician||2/14/14||1/17/14|
|Pennsylvania State University||Forest Health Monitoring Technician||2/14/14||1/8/14|
|Pennsylvania State University||Field Techs in Forestry/Botany||2/14/14||1/3/14|
|University of California, Berkeley||Crew Leader, animal surveys||2/13/14||1/21/14|
|University of Michigan||Ecosystems Research in Northern Alaska||2/12/14|
|Virginia Commonwealth University||Avian Field Assistants (4), Golden-winged Warblers||2/11/14|
|University of California, Berkeley||Post-fire vegetation monitoring in the Sierra Nevada (4 positions)||2/11/14|
|University of Wyoming||Small Mammal Technicians (3-4)||2/7/14|
|Minnesota Department of Natural Resources||Sharp-tailed Grouse Technician||2/7/14||12/9/13|
|USDA Forest Service Sierra Cascade Ecology Program||Summer field botanists and/or ecologists||2/4/14||1/16/14|
|USGS Sequoia-Kings Canyon Field Station||Summer botany technicians||2/4/14||1/14/14|
|Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies||Seasonal Project Assistants (up to 6), mammals and ticks||2/2/14||1/28/14|
|Conservation and Land Management Internship Program (70+ positions)||Interns in botany, wildlife biology, natural resource management, and conservation||2/1/14||11/14/13|
|Smithsonian Environmental Research Center||Summer Environmental Internships||2/1/14||11/6/13|
|University of Alaska Anchorage (position filled)||Treeline Ecology Field Assistant||1/31/14|
|University of Wisconsin-Stout||Wetland Research Crew Leaders (2)||1/31/14||1/22/14|
|Utah State University||Yosemite Forest Dynamics (4 summer positions)||1/31/14||11/20/13|
|The Nature Conservancy||Seasonal Grassland Bird Technician||1/26/14||1/15/14|
|Purdue University||Field Assistant, Wildlife||1/24/14||1/7/14|
|Natural Areas Conservancy||Supervising/Seasonal Field Biologists (15 positions)||1/23/14|
|Iowa State University||Field Technicians - Greater Prairie Chickens||1/23/14||12/18/13|
|USDA Forest Service Fish and Aquatic Ecology Unit||Seasonal Biological Science Tech, stream monitoring||1/22/14|
|Clemson University||Avian Field Research Technician||1/20/14||1/8/14|
|National Ecological Observatory Network||Seasonal Field Technicians - Multiple positions||1/17/14|
|USGS Forest & Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center||Avian Surveyors, Oregon/Nevada||1/17/14||1/8/14|
|Nantucket Conservation Foundation||Seasonal Field Assistants in Botany, Ecology and Shorebird Monitoring (4 positions)||1/17/14||12/6/13|
|Oregon State University||Avian Ecology Technicians (3)||1/16/14|
|University of South Dakota||Field Positions studying Missouri River Floodplain Forests (~10 positions)||1/16/14|
|National Park Service - Northern Great Plains||Biological Technicians, vegetation monitoring (4)||1/16/14||1/3/14|
|Rice University||Tropical Forest Ecology Internship – Mariana Islands||1/16/14||1/3/14|
|University of Minnesota||Forest Ecology Internships||1/14/14|
|University of Montana||Summer Field Research Assts, Forest Ecology and Management||1/14/14|
|University of Maine||Avian Point Count Research Assistants (4) and Student Field Workers (4)||1/12/14||12/19/13|
|Institute for Applied Ecology||Seasonal Field Positions||1/9/14|
|Marine Biological Laboratory||Summer Field/Research Assistant, Arctic LTER||1/8/14|
|USGS Northern Great Plains||Fire effects monitoring crew||1/3/14||12/10/13|
|Louisiana State University||Field assistants - Seaside Sparrow and Marsh Rice Rat||12/31/13||12/9/13|
|USGS Forest & Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center||Avian Point Count Techs||12/27/13||12/13/13|
|National Park Service||Northern Colorado Plateau Inventory and Monitoring Techs (8 positions)||12/18/13||12/13/13|
|University of California, Riverside||Guppy Evolution: Internships in Trinidad||12/5/13|
|San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory||Waterbird Field Biologist & Intern (2 positions)||11/21/13|
|Washington University||Summer Internship in Insect Ecology||11/19/13|
|Oklahoma State University||Impacts of Non-native Earthworm Invasion on San Clemente Island, California||10/10/13|
|Union of Concerned Scientists||Internships (1 year with benefits)||9/24/13|
|University of Texas at Austin||Research Assistant in Global Climate Change, Bioenergy, and Ecophysiology of Switchgrass||9/10/13|
|Parks & People Foundation||Chesapeake Youth Corps NPS Intern in Annapolis||8/27/13|
|University of California, Merced||Fall Research Asst, Field Ecology, Colorado||8/19/13|
|Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center||Research Hourly Worker in Plant Ecology||7/31/13|
|Teton Science Schools||Research Technician and Research Crew Leader, Oct-Feb 2014||7/30/13|
|Northern Arizona University||Forestry Technicians - tree climbing/cone collections||7/20/13||7/8/13|
Chicago Botanic Garden: Region 9 United States Forest Service Seasonal Seed Collector. Purpose: To collect and bank, or store, native seed from plant species on Region 9’s Forester Sensitive Species’ (RFSS) List. Seed collected from native plant populations on Region 9 United States Forest Service Land will contribute to germplasm ex-situ conservation. The seasonal employee will gain a tremendous amount of field experience with the regional flora, training and knowledge of the Seeds Of Success and USFS Sensitive Species collection protocols, and the ability to network and work with eastern USFS staff on the following Forests: One position in each of Ottawa and Superior National Forests. Duties: • Correctly identify plant species on the Collection Target List • Locate and document populations of plant species on the Collection Target List via herbarium specimens and/or photographs • Completion of seed collection for native species collections for plants on the Collection Target List. • Scout and collect Fraxinus species contributing to the Ash Conservation Initiative Project on USFS Land. • Maintain complete and detailed data records on all native seed collections, per the Chicago Botanic Garden’s requirements. • Follow all protocols and shipping directions for seed collections. • Constant communication with MARS-B staff to update on collection progress and safety. • Access to your own vehicle and a valid driver’s license. Requirements: The seed collector should be extremely motivated, an independent worker, and have an extremely strong work ethic. They should feel comfortable being alone in remote wilderness areas. They should have access to their own vehicle and a valid driver’s license. The ideal candidate would also be well organized and attentive to detail. They should have excellent plant identification skills. Ideally this person would have the education equivalent to their Masters in botany or an equivalent amount of field experience. They should have excellent communication skills for the purpose of their own safety and to network with the local United States Forest Service staff. • Plant Identification skills for the Regional Flora of Ottawa and Superior National Forests • Read topographic maps and navigate with a compass and GPS Unit. • Self-regulate their own bodies’ hydration levels. • Follow any safety measures or regulations that the USFS requires. • Camp or spend multiple days in a bunkhouse on USFS land in remote locations. You may apply for positions via e-mail, mail, or in person. To apply, submit your resumé and an Employment Application Form as well as a Federal Affirmative Action Questionnaire. Send completed forms (PDF files) as an attachment to an email along with your resumé to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the job title and requisition number in subject line of email. Posted: 4/24/14.
Chicago Botanic Garden: The Conservation and Land Management Internship Program (CLM Program) is hiring a total of 14 interns to assist with collecting seeds and associated data from native plant species. Interns will work as part of the Seeds of Success Program to collect seeds from native plants. Duties include identifying plants correctly to the species level, locating populations with sufficient individuals of the targeted species to make seed collections from, collecting mature seeds, and pressing and mounting herbarium specimens for each of the species of interest. In addition, interns will collect and manage data from each collection, including but not limited to population size, GPS coordinates, associated plant species, soil characteristics, aspect, slope, etc., all of which will be entered in to existing databases. Interns will also use GPS/GIS to map vegetation collection areas. Interns will coordinate with the Seed Collection Coordinator to ensure accurate seed collections. Fieldwork will include exposure to elements, insects, and poisonous plants and will often include overnight trips (1-3 nights) to collection locations. Interns will be based at the relevant partner institution (New England Wild Flower, Mid Atlantic Regional Seed Bank, and North Carolina Botanical Garden). Duties require outside work involving walking, bending, climbing hills, lifting and carrying various materials or supplies, which are occasionally heavy. During camping trips or while on any extended travel, alcohol or any illegal controlling substances are not permitted. Violation of this policy will result in immediate dismissal. Employment Requirements - Minimum of a bachelors degree in botany, plant ecology, or related fields - Familiarity with the New England, mid-Atlantic, OR southeastern flora and/or experience in applied taxonomy and the ability to work with dichotomous keys. Sufficient knowledge of plant biology is important along with the ability to identify plants down to the species level using appropriate botany manuals and keys. - Field work experience including habitat or plant community delineation and plant identification - Experience with GPS and GIS technologies, Microsoft Office suite - High level of organizational skill; ability to self-motivate and work independently, and sometimes alone. - Ability to work well with others, and as a team - Valid driver’s license Preferred Skills - Seed collection and processing experience and/or familiarity will the Seeds of Success national collection protocols - Knowledge of BG-Base. Locations: New England Wild Flower Society (4 interns, Framingham, MA), Mid Atlantic Regional Seed Bank (6 interns, Staten Island, NY), North Carolina Botanical Garden (4 interns, Chapel Hill, NC). Start Date 15 May – 15 June, 2014. Internship duration 7 months. Compensation $13.53/hour plus monthly housing stipend of $1000/month. Please visit http://www.clminternship.org/applying for instructions on how to apply. Complete applications will include: online application form, cover letter, resume, transcript, and three letters of recommendation. Please note that you MUST include one of the following Position Reference Codes: Interested in any location ECSOS2014, New England Wild Flower Society NEWFS2014, Mid Atlantic Regional Seed Bank MARSB2014, North Carolina Botanical Garden NCBG 2014. Posted: 4/10/14.
Chicago Botanic Garden: Summer field research internships 2014. 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. Applications will be reviewed starting 27 February 2014 for REU positions and 6 March for other positions. Posted: 1/28/14.
Clemson University: Avian Field Research Technician. Location: Georgetown, Colleton and Beaufort counties, South Carolina. Website: Barrett Lab. Salary: $10/hr; ~35 hours/week. Start Date: ~March 25th. End Date: ~August 1st. Last date to apply: 1/20/14. Seeking a field assistant for a MS graduate student on thesis project assessing vulnerabilities of coastal marsh birds to sea level rise. Field sites are located in Georgetown, Colleton and Beaufort counties, SC. This study will be part of the first statewide survey for Black Rails along the South Carolina coast with emphasis on nesting Black Rail multiscale habitat use. Other focal species are Clapper Rail, Least Bittern, and Seaside Sparrow. Field duties include playback surveys (early mornings and evenings), nest monitoring, vegetation and habitat measurements, data entry, and driving and trailering a boat. Other duties include assisting with photography and film side projects. Assistants need to be flexible and comfortable moving from one site to another every week or so and living in shared dormitory housing. Field technician must be available for 1-2 days prior to field season to come to Clemson, SC to fill out appropriate paperwork and training. Qualifications: Candidate must have a BS in ecology/biology/wildlife or demonstrate an interest in this field of research. Additionally he/she should be in good physical condition and have an ability to survey for long periods of time in the early mornings and evenings in inclement weather with biting bugs and alligators. The ability to identify marsh bird by sight and sound (especially) is strongly preferred. The candidate should be comfortable with driving and trailering a boat in tidal marsh (or be willing to learn). Strong preference will be given to candidates that are personable, easy-going, and have a good sense of humor; as well as those that are able to communicate effectively with federal /state officials and private landowners. To apply: please email a cover letter, CV/resume and contact info for 3 references to email@example.com. Posted: 1/8/14.
Colorado State University: The Colorado Natural Heritage Program (CNHP) seeks 1-2 experienced field technicians for summer field work assessing the condition of wetlands throughout the lower Arkansas River Basin. Positions require field botany and ecology skills. Knowledge of plant taxonomy and species identification required. Preferred qualifications include experience in wetland or riparian ecology, local flora, and familiarity performing field work for long days (10+ hours). Fieldwork will take place in wetlands in natural areas and in created wetlands managed for wildlife habitat, as part of a wetland condition assessment project in the lower Arkansas River Basin. Standard duties will involve driving and hiking to field sites; in-field plant identification, in-office plant identification with a microscope; detailed completion of field survey forms, data entry, landowner interaction; and extensive collection of vegetation, soil, wildlife habitat, and environmental data. Data will be collected using both rapid assessment protocols and more in-depth vegetation surveys. Field housing will likely be based in Pueblo, CO. Salary range: $2000-$2800/month, plus per diem when traveling. Some camping and travel will be necessary. Timeframe: 2-4 months (approx. mid-May – Sept 2014). To apply and view a complete position description, please visit: http://warnercnr.colostate.edu/employment-opportunities.html. First consideration of applicants will begin on February 17, 2014. Applications will be accepted until July 31, 2014. Posted: 2/11/14.
Conservation and Land Management Internship Program: now accepting applications for 2014! 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, we place 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 botany experience 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. Applications are due February 1st. However, we review applications on a rolling basis. The sooner your application is complete, the sooner we can review your files and consider you for available positions. Interviews will begin in January for qualified applicants with complete applications. Posted: 11/14/13.
Cornell University: Seasonal Ecological Field Technician; Salary: $12 per hour (accommodation included); Duration: 28th April 2014 – 14st July 2014 (11 weeks); Location: New York – Johnstown, Saratoga Springs and surrounding areas. This aim of this project is to estimate population densities of a riparian dwelling mustelid using established monitoring techniques: non-invasive collection of fecal samples using scat detection dogs, identification of unique individuals using genetic identification, and finally estimating density using spatial capture-recapture modeling. The focus of this position will be the scat collection element, specifically, the field support for the scat dog teams (consisting of a scat dog and dog handler). The successful applicant will be part of the survey team and will be in collect scats located by the scat detection dogs, record the data associated with those samples, and enter those data onto data sheets in the field and subsequently into a central database. Specific Tasks: 1. Responsible for the advising scat dog teams on transect lengths, start and end points 2. Recording of site level data (vegetation, weather conditions, water state etc…) 3. Collection and storage of scat samples 4. Recording of data associated with scat samples 5. Storage and post processing of field samples 6. Data entry. * this role involves early mornings and working in water and thick vegetation. ** housing and field vehicles will be provided for the entire duration of the appointment. Experience and qualifications: 1. Ecology, biological sciences or natural resources related degree 2. Experience working on ecological monitoring programs 3. Familiarity with ecological census/monitoring techniques 4. Working knowledge & experience with handheld GPS devices 5. Demonstrable interests in mammal/mustelid ecology and/or in ecological monitoring techniques 6. Organized and self-motivated 7. Must have drivers’ license. To apply, please send a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability for the position to Chris Sutherland (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Angela Fuller (email@example.com). Posted: 4/2/14.
Cornell University: Seasonal Field Team Coordinator; Salary: $14.50 per hour (accommodation included); Duration: 14th April 2014 – 21st July 2014 (14 weeks); Location: New York – Johnstown, Saratoga Springs and surrounding areas. This aim of this project is to estimate population densities of a riparian dwelling mustelid using established monitoring techniques: non-invasive collection of fecal samples using scat detection dogs, identification of unique individuals using genetic identification, and finally estimating density using spatial capture-recapture modeling. The focus of this position will be the scat collection element, and specifically, the field support for the scat dog teams (consisting of a scat dog and dog handler). The successful applicant will be responsible for the logistical organization and planning of the scat collection and data recording. Specific Tasks: 1. Two week preparation period of a large scale field study: a. digital and paper based mapping preparation b. field crew & scat dog team logistics and coordination 2. Day-to-day management of field study 3. Real time paper and digital data management 4. Perform data entry and data, and database management 5. Coordination of proper storage, transportation and documenting of field samples 6. Field support for dog teams during scat collection: sample collection, data recording, data entry * this role involves early mornings and working in water and thick vegetation. ** housing and field vehicles will be provided for the entire duration of the appointment. Experience and qualifications: 1. Ecology, biological sciences or natural resources related degree 2. Experience coordinating ecological monitoring programs 3. Familiarity with ecological census/monitoring techniques 4. Working knowledge & experience with handheld GPS devices 5. Working knowledge & experience with basic database management (microsoft access) 6. Demonstrable interests in mammal/mustelid ecology and/or in ecological monitoring techniques 7. Well-organized and self-motivated 8. People/team management skills 9. MUST have driver’s license. How to apply: To apply, please send a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability for the position to Chris Sutherland (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Angela Fuller (email@example.com). Posted: 4/2/14.
Cornell University: Temporary Laboratory Technician. The Department of Entomology, Ithaca, is searching for a new team member to provide technical support in the field and laboratory study of bees and the plants that they visit. Assist in field experiments, data entry and data analysis. Collect, mount, label and sort bees collected in a long term study of bee diversity in apple orchards within the Finger Lakes and Lake Ontario regions. Identify plants in the field or collect voucher specimens. Collect, slide mount, and identify pollen grains. Individual will be responsible for maintaining standard laboratory equipment and overall hygiene for the laboratory. Will provide technical lab support to graduate students in field research project. Initial appointment is for two months with possible extension based on performance and available funding. Qualifications: Formal training beyond a high school diploma of 6 months to 1 year, with less than 6 months experience required. Must have ability to learn how to use Biota databasing software to enter data and to use a barcoding system for tracking individual bee specimens. Must have a valid driver's license. Familiarity with plant and pollen identification and insect collecting desirable. Please apply online to req #23320 at the Cornell University Jobs. Posted: 3/20/14.
Cornell University: Do you love birds, but aren’t sure you want to spend 4 months away from internet access in a leech-infested jungle to study them? Or maybe you just came back from some exotic expedition and could use a breather? Do you think local resident birds are underrated? Well, I have a job for you! Wanted: field technician to assist with an ongoing study in and around Columbus, Ohio, on the impacts of urbanization on shifting avian communities, populations, and individual behaviors. Northern Cardinals are our model species, with attention also given to Acadian Flycatchers and American Robins. I am seeking an experienced bander AND/OR a nest searcher. For the former, previous banding experience, as well as being okay with getting bitten a lot, is required. For the latter, NO nest searching experience is required; a passion for detailed observation is all you need to become really good at finding nests! The technician will also assist with spot-mapping, territory-monitoring, re-sighting color-banded individuals, vegetation sampling, and data entry. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn many different field skills highly relevant and sought-after in avian field jobs while living in a culturally vibrant city. Season: 31 March to 2 August 2014. This is a paid position. Having your own vehicle is convenient, but not required. A B.S. (or work towards) is encouraged. TO APPLY: Please send a single document including your cover letter, CV, and the contact information of three references to Zephyr Mohr-Felsen, zm82 AT cornell DOT edu with the subject “CURP Field Tech.” Applications are due by 15 March, or until position is filled. For more information, see twel.osu.edu. Posted: 2/11/14.
Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition: ENLC is currently seeking vegetation monitoring technicians available to start by April 24th for our upcoming 2014 field season. Located in Ely, Nevada, ENLC is a non-profit conservation organization comprised of public, private, and non-profit partners dedicated to the restoration of Western ecosystems through collaborative teamwork. Two vegetation monitoring technicians will be selected to work out of ENLC’s Ely office, mostly within the Ely BLM District. Field crews’ primary responsibility will be to collect post-fire vegetative response data 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, following rigorous sampling protocols for vegetation data collection, data quality control and data entry. Vegetation Monitoring Technicians may have additional duties of vegetation monitoring on restoration projects and native seed collection. 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 in sometimes harsh weather conditions. 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, depending on experience (plus $34/day per diem when camping). Positions in the Ely District will begin April 24th, 2014 and continue through mid-September. Work will occur with an 8-days-on/6-days-off schedule (10-hours days). Applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and the contact information for at least three references to Betsy Macfarlan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Materials should be emailed by March 24, 2014; please indicate “Vegetation Monitoring Technician Application” in the subject of your email. Posted: 3/7/14.
Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition: ENLC is currently seeking vegetation monitoring technicians for our upcoming 2014 field season. Located in Ely, Nevada, ENLC is a non-profit conservation organization comprised of public, private, and non-profit partners dedicated to the restoration of Western ecosystems through collaborative teamwork. ENLC conducts a variety of vegetation/wildlife monitoring projects throughout the Nevada and surrounding states and is requesting applications for a minimum of six vegetation monitoring technicians. Four vegetation monitoring technicians will be selected to work in the Elko District of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and at least two vegetation monitoring technicians will be selected to work out of ENLC's Ely office, mostly within the Ely BLM District. Field crews' primary responsibility will be to collect post-fire vegetative response data 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, following rigorous sampling protocols for vegetation data collection, data quality control and data entry. Vegetation Monitoring Technicians assigned to Ely may have additional duties of vegetation monitoring on restoration projects and native seed collection. 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 in sometimes harsh weather conditions. 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, depending on experience (plus $34/day per diem when camping) Positions in the Ely District will begin in early 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 email a cover letter, resume, and the contact information for at least three references to Julie Thompson at email@example.com. Materials should be emailed by February 24, 2014. Applicants are welcomed to apply for positions in one or both districts. Please indicate "Ely Application," "Elko Application" or "Either District Application" in the subject of your email. Posted: 2/17/14.
Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition: ENLC is currently hiring 2 invasive plant technicians to work in Elko, Nevada, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) District. Field crews will work with an experienced crew lead, assisting in inventory and management of invasive plants on public lands. Inventory duties include identifying invasive plant infestations, surveying, recording and managing data. Control of invasive plants may involve hand pulling, hand tools, power tools, and herbicide application. All technicians will be responsible for driving (including all-terrain vehicles) and hiking to treatment/inventory sites. Technicians must be physically able to hike while wearing a backpack sprayer over rough and steep terrain. Qualified applicants should have experience and/or education in invasive plant management, biological sciences, natural resources, plant identification or general plant taxonomy, and the ability to follow directions and safety protocols. Applicants must be experienced with 4WD vehicles, GPS navigation, and have had a clean driving record for the past 3 years. Experience with ATV’s and UTV’s beneficial. Salary: $14-15/hour, depending on experience (plus $34/day per diem when camping). Positions will start in May and continue through September, following a 10-hour day/four-day work week. Crews will return to Elko in the evenings, camping near project site may occasionally be required. Applicants should E-MAIL a cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least three references to Julie Thompson, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “weed technician” in the subject line. Materials should be e-mailed by February 21, 2014. Posted: 1/30/14.
Ecological Society of America: Publishing Internship. ESA is looking for an intern, to be based at its Washington, DC, office, beginning in early January, 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, and image research, as well as other day-to-day activities of the editorial office. Experience with twitter an advantage. The internship includes a small stipend. The successful applicant should have a background in ecology, environmental science, or a related discipline; an interest in, or experience with, publishing or science writing would be an advantage. Resumé and names/contact details of two referees, should be emailed to Dr. Sue Silver, Frontiers Editor-in-Chief (email@example.com). Please specify availability (a minimum of 3 months). Closing date for applications is May 5th, 2013. Posted: 12/5/13, revised: 4/24/14.
Fairfax County Park Authority: Natural Resources Intern (Two positions available). Location: Fairfax County, VA. Hours and compensation: $12.50/hour, approximately 40 hours per week from June 4th-August 10th. Holidays and leave are unpaid. A vehicle will be provided for field work from the base office in Fairfax. Application deadline: February 28th, 2014. The Fairfax County Park Authority maintains ~24,000 acres of public land including natural areas, cultural resources, and recreational facilities. The Natural Resource Management and Protection (NRMP) Branch 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. Qualifications and Skills: 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 28th, 2014. Posted: 2/11/14.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: Summer Field Botany Crew. We are looking for a skilled vegetation field worker for our National Park Service on the Fire Effects Monitoring Crew. Our primary field season runs from late May/early June to September. The schedule negotiated for qualified student applicants. Our office is based in Porter, Indiana 46304. The ideal candidate would possess the following skills: · Detailed knowledge of the flora of the Indiana Dunes and Midwestern Unites States and excellent botanical skills. · Ability to identify non flowering herbaceous specimens and woody seedlings. · Experience with collecting vegetation and ecological data in the field. · Attention to detail, organization and record keeping skills. · Experience with Microsoft Office software including Access or specialized databases. · Familiarity with GPS units and digital cameras. · Ability to work effectively with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds. The job announcement has just posted on USAjobs.gov. Job Announcement Number: MWE-14-OC-INDU-030. It closes on 2/27/2014. Posted: 2/17/14.
Indiana University: The Bloomington Urban Forestry Research Group (BUFRG) at the Center for the Study of Institutions, Population, and Environmental Change is looking for temporary Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs) at the Master’s or PhD level to conduct interviews with individuals in neighborhoods in large cities in the U.S. as part of the Evaluating the Outcomes of Neighborhood Urban Forestry Project. Major duties: • Coordinate with BUFRG and local tree-planting nonprofit to obtain individual contact information for interviews • Maintain up-to-date Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Social/Behavioral Researchers Training in accordance with Institutional Review Board protocol • Contact potential interviewees and arrange and conduct interviews according to Institutional Review Board protocol • During each interview, make an audio recording, fill out an interview form, and take careful notes and send these items to the Bloomington research team Required: • Current graduate student (Master’s or PhD) or completed graduate degree in one of the following preferred fields: Sociology, Anthropology, Journalism, Social-ecological systems (or similar fields of training) • Experience and/or coursework in qualitative interviewing • Organized, dependable, detail oriented • GRAs will be responsible for their own transportation around the city to conduct interviews Compensation: $12/hour. Duration: Maximum of 40 hours per week for 10 weeks (max. 400 hours) between ~May and August, 2014. Location: 1 position per city in St. Louis, MO; Indianapolis, IN; Atlanta, GA; Philadelphia, PA; and Detroit, MI. Application submission: If interested, please visit: http://jobs.indiana.edu/ and search under “Browse and Apply” for job number 10534. Create an account to apply and upload your resume / CV and a cover letter that includes your qualifications and contact information for at least two professional references. Review of applications will begin April 11, 2014. Contact with questions: Dr. Sarah Mincey (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jess Vogt (Jessica.email@example.com). Posted: 3/26/14.
Institute for Applied Ecology: we are hiring seasonal employees for the 2014 field season. Positions currently listed include: 1) Conservation Research, Botany Field Crew Leader (1 position) 2) Conservation Research, Paid Internships (3-5 positions) 3) Habitat Restoration, Seed Collection Crew Leader (1 position) 4) Habitat Restoration, Seed Collection Crew (3-4 positions) Please visit our website for more details: http://appliedeco.org/get-involved. Posted: 1/9/14.
Inwater Research Group: Temporary Biologist. Must start late March/early April 2014 – End September 2014 - with possible opportunity for extension. Location: Jensen Beach, Florida. Focusing on sea turtles during their oceanic life stages, Inwater Research Group offers unique opportunities to perform research in relatively unstudied areas. Currently, we are looking to hire a temporary biologist, with possible opportunity for full time status given adequate funding. Biologist will work in a team on a number of projects in and around the southeastern United States. Biologist will base work out of the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant where the majority (90%+) of work will be conducted. Requirements: Masters or bachelors degree in a biology field. Extensive experience handling sea turtles (preferably adults) is required. Experience handling large marine animals (sharks, groupers, stingrays, etc.) is desired. Must be a good swimmer and comfortable in and around boats. Must be a team player and a good communicator. Must be comfortable with lifting, pushing, and pulling heavy weights often exceeding 100lbs. Much of our work at the power plant is in active construction areas and one must be safety conscious. Must have valid drivers license. Flexibility for odd, unexpected and long working hours, including occasional travel is desired. Pay will be $16 an hour with opportunities for overtime. To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume/CV and three references to Ryan Welsh (firstname.lastname@example.org) Application materials must be emailed by February 15, 2014. Applicants lacking adequate experience or application materials will not be considered. Posted: 1/30/14.
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 April 15, 2014 and end July 31, 2014. These positions will play a primary role in evaluating efforts to restore native Greater Prairie Chickens to Iowa. Duties include conducting Prairie Chicken lek surveys, conducting habitat evaluations via vegetation surveys, contacting landowners, ground truthing aerial photographs, and data entry. Technicians will also assist in translocation efforts as needed and with locating transmitters in the event of bird mortalities. 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 $12 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 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 23, 2014. For more information: Prairie Chickens in Iowa. Posted: 12/18/13.
Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center: full-time, temporary Research Hourly Worker. This 3-month position begins in June 2014, and has the potential of being extended up to 6 months. On-site housing is provided on a limited basis, but is optional. The employee’s main duties will be (1) maintenance of a native seed production garden and greenhouse, including watering, planting, weeding, herbicide application, and seed collection; (2) vegetation sampling of uplands and depression wetlands within the longleaf pine-wiregrass ecosystem; (3) data entry; and (4) assisting with a variety of additional field/laboratory activities as needed. Some travel may be required. 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. Qualifications: B.S. degree in biology, botany, horticulture, plant ecology, or a related field. Experience with plant identification and the use of dichotomous keys is highly preferred. Computer and laboratory-related experience is also preferable. Wages: $10 per hour (limited housing available), $11 per hour (without housing). Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, resume, list of pertinent courses, and list of three references with phone numbers by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, Subject: Plant Ecology Hourly Position, or mail to Attn: Cindy Craft, Joseph Jones Ecological Research Center, 3988 Jones Center Drive, Newton, GA 39870-9651 or FAX (229)734-4707. For specific questions or more information on this position, contact: Lisa Giencke, Plant Ecology Lead Technician by email: email@example.com or phone: (229)734-4706. Posted: 5/7/14.
Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center: full-time, temporary Research Hourly Worker position in Plant Ecology. This position will begin in September 2013 and is a 3 month position to start, with the potential of being extended. On-site housing is provided on a limited basis, but is optional. The employee’s main duties will be to assist with plant sampling projects and the establishment of a common garden research plot. Other duties include data entry and seed collection from a native plant demonstration garden. 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. Qualifications: B.S. degree or coursework in biology, botany, horticulture, plant ecology or a related field. Experience with plant identification is highly preferred. Computer and laboratory-related experience is also preferable. Wages: $8 per hour (limited housing available) or $9.50 per hour (without housing). 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 Hourly Position, or mail to, Attn: Cindy Craft, Joseph Jones Ecological Research Center, 3988 Jones Center Drive, Newton, GA 39870-9651 or FAX (229)734-4707. For specific questions or more information on this position, contact: Lisa Giencke, Plant Ecology Lead Technician by email: email@example.com or phone: (229)734-4706. Posted: 7/31/13.
Loggerhead Marinelife Center: LMC is a private non-profit organization located along one of the most important and heavily nested beaches in the United States. Each season, between 6,000-13,000 nests from loggerhead, green and leatherback turtles are recorded. The center is seeking Seasonal Field Technicians to assist in the sea turtle nesting surveys for 9.5 miles of beach in North Palm Beach County. Visit www.marinelife.org for more information. Location: Juno Beach, Florida. Time Period: There will be 6 technician positions available. Two positions will be from March 1 – September 30. Four positions will be available from May 1-September 30 (starting and end dates are flexible for second session). Technicians will conduct daily beach surveys starting at sunrise (arriving at work as early at 4:30 AM). Surveys will be conducted on an ATV to identify and record sea turtle nesting activity and identify each crawl to species and crawl type. Technicians will locate the egg chamber and mark nests for evaluation. Marked nests will be monitored daily by technicians. Nest excavations will be conducted as needed. Technicians will document all sea turtle strandings and disorientations within the survey area. All data will be entered into a hand-held DGPS unit and onto paper data sheets. Once field work is complete data entry at the office will be required. Technicians are also responsible for basic ATV care including cleaning and fueling. The number of work hours will vary over the course of the summer and will range from 20-40 hours per week. The seasonal technicians will be paid $8-12 an hour depending on experience and education. Housing and benefits are not provided. Qualifications: Current undergraduate or recent graduate with a Biological Science related degree. Applicant must be in good physical condition with the ability to work outdoors under adverse conditions for up to 8 hours (humidity, rain, heat and direct sunlight). Technician must have strong communication skills, including the ability to interact with the public. Technician must be competent working alone and with others; collaborative personality is critical. Candidate should possess problem solving abilities; have the desire to learn and be detail oriented. Competence with data entry and verification is preferred. Must be a citizen of the United States and possess a valid driver’s license. Additional preferred skills include: Experience collecting field data quickly and accurately (especially with a Trimble GPS), experience operating ATV, and experience with sea turtle nest monitoring or surveying. Application Deadline for March positions is February 10, 2014. Application Deadline for May positions is April 1, 2014. To Apply: Send a resume, cover letter (including dates of availability), and two letters of recommendation to: Adrienne McCracken, firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 1/21/14.
Louisiana State University: Seeking two additional field assistants for studies of Seaside Sparrow and Marsh Rice Rat in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, 15 March – 30 June, 2013. Fieldwork will take place in Louisiana coastal salt marsh and there is opportunity to enjoy the spectacle of spring migration along the Gulf of Mexico. Duties may include capturing/tagging birds and rodents, collecting and processing blood and tissue samples, finding/monitoring bird nests, and data management. Experience with mist-nets, nest-searching, resighting color-banded birds, taking blood samples from birds, trapping and ear-tagging small mammals, and managing field data desirable. Ability to trailer and pilot a small boat highly desirable for one of the positions. Motivation is a primary consideration: the work is hard and demanding. The team of 4 field assistants will be expected to work both independently and cooperatively, be self-motivated and demonstrate a willingness to learn new skills, and be willing to do minor manipulative research with animals. A demonstrated ability to work in hot and often buggy environments is required. Stipend is equivalent to $1280 - $1800/month, depending on qualifications. Housing is provided. To apply, send a cover letter, CV, and a list of 3 references (with phone #s and/or email addresses) to: Dr. Christy Bergeon Burns at email@example.com, or Renewable Natural Resources Bldg. Rm 227, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. Deadline: Dec 31, 2013. Posted: 12/9/13.
Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium: Research Assistant, Cocodrie, Louisiana. Responsibilities: We are seeking a motivated person with a science background to fill an entry level research assistant position. Duties will include conducting and participating in laboratory research and fieldwork related to fisheries and toxicology. Specific duties will include conducting toxicity experiments, recording and maintaining data, setting up and maintaining culture systems, caring for fish and other live organisms and field collections of organisms. Qualifications: A college degree in biology, chemistry or a related field of environmental science. It is important that the applicants be comfortable working with chemicals in a lab setting and be willing to learn new skills that may include plumbing seawater systems, building or repairing holding systems, plankton culture and collecting and possibly spawning fish in the laboratory. Basic computer skills and the ability to use tools is a plus. This is a temporary position (5-6 months). Looking to fill this position immediately. Contact: Send your application consisting of a resume, and the names and phone numbers of at least 2 professional references familiar with your qualifications to: Dr. Edward Chesney by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 2/27/14.
Marine Biological Laboratory: Summer Research Technician - Entry Level. Application Deadline: June 1, 2014. The MBL Ecosystems Center seeks applicants for entry level summer research technicians for a project that examines the effects of eutrophication in salt marshes. At least two positions are available, one focusing on the ecology of marine organisms and one focusing on biogeochemical cycling and or ecosystem C and N budgets. Applicants with more advanced course work in these areas are encouraged to apply. The technicians will primarily assist principal investigators, postdocs, research assistants, and graduate students with ongoing projects and gain experience in a variety of research areas related to coastal science. Duties include intensive field work to maintain the experiments and sample processing in the laboratory. Basic Qualifications: Attention to detail, the ability to work as a member of a team, and a desire to learn new laboratory and field techniques are essential. Successful candidates will be expected to live at the field site in Plum Island Sound (3 hours from Woods Hole) where housing is provided and paid for by the project. A major in biology or chemistry is required and applicants should have completed basic coursework in biology, chemistry and ideally ecology or environmental science. Preferred Qualifications: Prior field experience and an understanding of basic salt marsh sampling techniques is desirable. Physical Requirements: Applicants must be willing to conduct moderately strenuous fieldwork in marine environments, primarily intertidal settings under variable weather conditions. Ability to lift 50lbs and work in arduous conditions is also required. You will be required to upload the following documents during the online application process: 1- Cover Letter, 2- Resume/CV, 3- References (list of 3 with contact information), 4- Unofficial Transcripts. Apply Online: https://mbl.simplehire.com. Posted: 4/16/14.
Marine Biological Laboratory: The MBL Ecosystems Center seeks applicants for two Summer Research Assistant positions to work on water quality analyses. Currently, we are looking for one full-time and one part-time (~25 hours/week) from mid-June to early-September. The part-time position may become full-time depending on the needs of the project. Under general supervision of Senior Research Assistant performs complex tasks in area of water quality analyses. Handles sample receiving, sample analyses, and data management. Duties include: * Assist with sample receipt, sample management and bottle prep for water collection. * Update files tracking sampling results, computer spreadsheets and databases, and related documents. * Prepare computer spreadsheets, input data, perform mathematical calculations and basic quality analysis and quality control protocols. Basic Qualifications: Knowledge of and ability to: * Perform mathematical calculations * Provide thoughtful and thorough analysis * Listen, communicate and work effectively with a diverse group of people * Proficiently perform computerized word processing, comprehension, summarizing and writing/editing * Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, other departments and the general public * Complete required Safety Training. Applicants should have a BS preferably in Chemistry, Biology, Geology or Environmental Science. Prior experience in water quality analyses, sampling techniques and requirements are essential. Physical Requirements: Work is performed in a laboratory and office environment. Move and lift heavy objects (50 pounds or more). Use various water quality analytical equipment and ensure the eequipment is in proper working condition. Exposure to hazardous materials in the laboratory. Standing or sitting for extended periods of time during sample preparation and sample analyses. Applicants will be required to upload the following documents during the online application process: 1 Cover Letter, 2 Resume/CV, 3 References (at least 3 with contact info). Apply Online: https://mbl.simplehire.com. Posted: 4/9/14.
Marine Biological Laboratory: The Ecosystems Center seeks applicants for a full-time summer research assistant for a project that examines the effects of the environmental impacts of increased fertilizer application in sub-Saharan Africa. The individual will perform basic laboratory analytical procedures. Duties include chemical analysis of water and soil samples, quality checking and organization of data and preliminary data analysis. Some laboratory skills and familiarity with spreadsheet software required. Applicants must have a BS or have significant course work in chemistry, ecology or environmental science or related fields. Candidate would be expected to live in the Woods Hole region. Some background in chemistry, environmental science or related fields is preferred. Demonstrated skills in attention to laboratory detail, data organization analysis preferred. You will be required to upload the following documents during the online application process: 1- Cover Letter, 2- Resume/CV, 3- References (list of 3 with contact information), 4- Unofficial Transcripts. Apply Online: https://mbl.simplehire.com. Posted: 4/1/14.
Marine Biological Laboratory: A Summer Field Assistant position is available at The Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory for the TIDE project. Duties include participating in a large-scale field experiment to determine the interactive effects of nutrients and trophic structure on salt marsh ecosystems. We will follow the effects of additional nutrients and the on the salt marsh food web and nutrient cycles. The successful candidate will be expected to take a leadership role in executing the experiments, coordinating logistics in the field, and in monitoring some aspect of the ecosystem response to the manipulations. Responsibilities include maintaining experimental manipulations, participating in field and laboratory measurements of chemistry and biology, and processing and analyzing project data. Frequent contact with the public, government agencies, boards and committees will be required. The successful applicant will work as part of a large multi-disciplinary team consisting of PIs, postdocs, graduate students and other research assistants and gain broad experience through field and laboratory work across interdisciplinary fields including biology, chemistry, and physical oceanography. Basic Qualifications: The successful candidate should possess a BS or MS degree in Ecology, Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, or Marine Biology and at least one-year field experience in a related field. Attention to detail, strong organizational skills, the ability to work as a member of a team, and the ability to communicate positively with the public are required. Ability to operate small boats and a driver's license are required. Preferred Qualifications: Experience with database management, statistical programs, and scientific writing are a plus. This position requires strenuous fieldwork (lifting approx. 50 lbs., bending, carrying heavy equipment, and walking through waist high marine waters and marsh) in marine environments, primarily intertidal settings under variable weather conditions. Ability to work with vertebrate and invertebrate animals and hazardous/harsh chemicals in the laboratory is needed. Irregular hours may include weekend, early morning or late evening work. Successful candidate will be expected to work at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole for March and April, then live at the field site in Plum Island Sound (3 hours from Woods Hole) for May through August. Apply Online: https://mbl.simplehire.com. Posted: 2/21/14.
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. The following positions will be filled pending funding: * Chemistry Summer FA: The successful candidate will participate in research on the quantitative and qualitative analyses of nutrients in natural water samples. Duties include facilitating chemical measurements through the preparation of standards and reagents, and the maintenance of instruments for a multi-user laboratory at the Toolik Field Station. Some field work involved. Prior chemistry experience is required. * Terrestrial Summer FA: The successful candidate will participate in research on tundra ecosystems. Duties include sampling and processing plant and soil samples, collection of precipitation and weather data, and maintenance of long-term fertilizer experiments and field greenhouses. Basic laboratory skills, familiarity with spreadsheet software, and some knowledge of plants and soils preferred. * 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. Qualifications: Applicants should 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. 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. Apply Online: https://mbl.simplehire.com. Posted: 1/8/14.
Michigan State University: Field Technicians: Longleaf pine ecology - 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. Understory vegetation surveys will be a major task, and the technician must be prepared to learn to identify species in a diverse upland longleaf pine flora. The position will begin on June 9, 2014 and will last for 4-6 months. Pay rate will be $10-12 per hour, commensurate with experience. 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), a post-doctoral researcher (Nash Turley), and a lead technician (Joe Ledvina). 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 experience handling small mammals is also desired. The successful applicant 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: email@example.com. Review of application materials will begin immediately. Applications received after May 2, 2014 will not be considered. Posted: 4/23/14.
Michigan State University: Seasonal Native Bee Research Assistant. Field assistant/technician needed to help with a research project surveying the wild bee communities nesting and foraging in blueberry fields in west Michigan. The project will also involve monitoring bumble bee colonies in field cages at an MSU research station in Fennville, MI. Work will include fieldwork in west Michigan (80%) as well as laboratory work (20%). Daily work may include travel to field sites, visual pollinator observations, plant surveys, setting and checking insect traps, monitoring bumble bee colonies, data entry, and sorting and curating bee samples. Assistant will work primarily alongside a graduate student, but may be asked to work independently or temporarily assist with other pollinator and fruit crop research. Dormitory-style housing will be provided at the Trevor Nichols Research Center in Fennville, MI, located 10 mins from Lake Michigan. Qualifications: Previous experience with field research required, with specific experience identifying bees or native NE/Midwest wildflowers preferred. This position requires the ability to collect accurate field data with strong attention to detail, communicate well with supervisor, and work with supervision and independently following established research protocol. Must be willing to work long hours in a variety of weather conditions with a good sense of humor. Applicants must have their own vehicle for occasional travel to/from field sites. This travel will be reimbursed, and most travel will take place in MSU field vehicles. Preference will be given to applicants with the ability to operate a vehicle equipped with a standard (manual) transmission. This position runs from May 1-August 20, 2014. Starting pay rate is $10/hour. Housing will be provided at MSU research facility. Meals will not be provided. How to apply: Interested individuals should send a cover letter outlining past research experience, a detailed resume, and contact information for three references to Emily May (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please include “Native Bee Research Assistant” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. The last date to apply for full consideration is March 7, 2014. The Isaacs Lab is looking for additional seasonal research technicians to work on projects on native bee ecology, pollination, IPM, biological control, and invasive pests. Posted: 2/21/14.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources: Position: Natural Resources Technician – Temporary. Work Location: Grand Rapids/Aitkin, Minnesota. March 12, 2014 – August 2014. Salary: $15.35 per hour. Support nesting and brood-rearing habitat research for sharp-tailed grouse in Minnesota by working as a full-time, temporary field technician. Work will involve trapping and radio-collaring grouse, locating grouse via radio telemetry by vehicle and foot, nest monitoring, brood counts, sampling habitat composition and structure, entry of data, maintenance of data collection equipment, and writing summaries of activities. The majority of work will be performed independently. This position is temporary and anticipated to last through mid-August. Position is limited to 40 hours per week but due to the nature of the field work, the technician will be expected to work outside of normal hours including weekends, early mornings, and evenings. Technician must be able to start work in mid-March, and will be expected to work early mornings and weekends during trapping (March-May). A field vehicle will be available for research use only. Qualifications: Education or experience in field methods for wildlife research. Applicants with a BS in wildlife biology or a related field are preferred. A working knowledge of Geographic Position Systems (GPS), basic computer programs (i.e., MS Office), navigation, geographic information systems (i.e., ArcGIS), radio telemetry, and vegetation identification. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, follow established protocols, communicate findings orally, keep detailed and accurate records, write reports, lead volunteers, and communicate effectively with wildlife managers and private landowners. Technician must be physically fit, able to walk over difficult terrain, work under adverse weather conditions, sit still for long periods of time, hear and see well, and operate a motor vehicle on minimally maintained roads. Must possess a valid driver’s license. Field experience with capture and handling of birds (especially grouse), radio-collaring birds, radio telemetry for wildlife tracking, and Minnesota vegetation identification are highly desirable, especially when performed full time and independently. To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references (name telephone, and e-mail) as a single attachment in an e-mail to Lindsey Shartell, Forest Habitat Biologist (Lindsey.Shartell@state.mn.us). Review of applications will begin in January; applications will not be accepted after February 7, 2014. For questions contact Lindsey by e-mail or telephone (218-999-7932). Posted: 12/9/13.
Mississippi State University: Avian Field Technician, Temporary/Seasonal, Approximately 10 May – 5 August 2014. Salary: $8.75/ hour plus free housing. Field technicians are needed to assist a Master’s thesis assessing the effect of edge and adjacent habitat types on abundance, diversity, space use, and reproductive outcomes of several early successional bird species. Technicians will be responsible for conducting early morning point-count surveys, territory/spot mapping, nest searching, and vegetation surveys. Additionally, technicians will be responsible for setting up and taking down camera trap stations, reviewing camera images, and entering field data. I am seeking qualified applicants that are able to begin early to mid-May, and work through the first week of August (some flexibility is possible surrounding start and end dates). Qualifications: Applicants should be working towards or have obtained a B.S. degree in wildlife ecology or a related field. Preference will be giving to applicants with experience conducting bird point-count surveys – especially songbirds of the southeast, and those possessing tree and plant identification skills. However, individuals with a strong interest in, willingness, and ability to learn are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants absolutely must be physically capable of working independently and in difficult field conditions (e.g., extreme heat, humidity, sun, DENSE vegetation, biting insects, etc.). Applicants must be familiar with using GPS, compass, and maps for navigation. All positions require a valid driver’s license, the ability to safely operate 4x4 vehicles on dirt roads, and the ability to work effectively and in cooperation with co-workers. To Apply: Please submit the following application materials via email to Jenny Foggia (email@example.com) no later than March 15, 2014: (1) resume/CV, (2) cover letter detailing your qualifications and interest in the position, and (3) contact information (email and phone) for 3 professional references. Contact Jenny Foggia (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 1/21/14.
Missouri Botanical Garden: Seasonal Seed Collector, Mark Twain National Forest. Purpose: To collect and bank, or store, native seed from plant species on Region 9’s Forester Sensitive Species’ (RFSS) List and associated species and the Missouri Botanical Garden Seed Bank priority species list. Seed collected from native plant populations on Region 9 United States Forest Service Land will contribute to native plant ex-situ conservation and help meet long-term seed storage goals. This program is part of an agreement between Chicago Botanic Garden and the US Forest Service to collect RFSS seed from within Region 9. The position advertised here is for a position to be based on the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri, and will be supervised by the Missouri Botanical Garden Seed Bank Coordinator. The seasonal employee will gain a tremendous amount of field experience with the Ozark flora, training and knowledge of the Seeds Of Success and USFS Sensitive Species collection protocols, and will have the opportunity to network and work with staff from the Mark Twain National Forest and the Missouri Botanical Garden. Duties: - Collection of seeds from common native plant species from the Missouri Botanical Garden priority species list - Collection of seeds from sensitive native plant species on the USFS’s RFSS list. - Maintain complete and detailed data records on all native seed collections, per the MBG-SB and CBG’s requirements. - Plant Identification skills for the Ozark Regional Flora - Follow all protocols and shipping directions for the final destinations of various native seed collections. - Participate in any necessary training on seed collection and cleaning protocols, participate in cleaning seed collections. - Read topographic maps and navigate with a compass and GPS Unit. - Be familiar with responsible backcountry safety measures. - Follow any safety measures or regulations that the USFS requires. - Camp or spend multiple days in a bunkhouse on USFS land in remote locations. - Constant communication with MBG-SB staff to update on collection progress and safety. - Access to your own vehicle and a valid driver’s license Duration: approximately 15 weeks, June-Sept 2014. Start date flexible. Housing available on MTNF. Requirements: This seed collector should be extremely motivated, an independent worker, and have an extremely strong work ethic. S/he should feel comfortable being alone in remote wilderness areas and have access to their own vehicle and a valid driver’s license. The ideal candidate would also be well organized and attentive to detail with excellent plant identification skills. Ideally this person would have the education equivalent to their Masters in botany or an equivalent amount of field experience. Candidate should have excellent communication skills for the purpose of their own safety and to network with the local US Forest Service staff. To apply: Please send resume, cover letter and a list of references to Ginger.Allington@mobot.org. Posted: 3/20/14.
Nantucket Conservation Foundation: Seasonal Field Assistants in Botany, Ecology and Shorebird Monitoring (4 Positions) The Nantucket Conservation Foundation, a non-profit land conservation group, is hiring 4 seasonal positions for the 2014 Field Season. 2 positions deal primarily with Botany and Ecology field work related to land conservation management, research and restoration as well as invasive species control and native plant propagation and restoration. 2 positions deal primarily with monitoring endangered shorebird populations. Please read full job descriptions at our hiring website. All applications must be made online at that website and please follow application directions closely. Deadline to apply is January 17, 2014 but note that application review and hiring will be conducted on a rolling basis. For additional information or questions, please contact Dr. Jennifer Karberg email@example.com. Posted: 12/6/13.
National Ecological Observatory Network: Seasonal Field Technicians - Multiple positions - Fitchburg, Massachusetts; Front Royal, Virginia; Gainesville, Florida; Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin; Oak Ridge, Tennessee; Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Woodworth, North Dakota; Boulder, Colorado; Salt Lake City, Utah. Assist with field observation; sample collection and handling; sample processing and sample shipment of a variety of taxa. Seasonal field sampling is conducted with direction from and assistance of Field Technician I, II and III. In a lead role, the Seasonal Field Technician may provide guidance to temporary field crews. The Seasonal Field Technician will also perform field and laboratory activities. This is a temporary assignment expected to begin in April to June 2014 and continue through August to September 2014. Daily and weekly work schedule will fluctuate. Work days can be up to twelve hours long. Work days may be split with morning and evening work. At times work will begin at dawn and go through dusk. Work week can include weekends and occasionally may be up to 12 consecutive days. Individuals are responsible for their own housing and transportation to primary work location. See the full job ads at http://www.neoninc.org/contact/careers. Posted: 12/9/13, revised: 1/17/14.
National Park Service - Northern Great Plains: The Northern Great Plains Inventory & Monitoring Network is recruiting 4 seasonal Biological Technicians (GS-0404-05/$15.15/hr). The Biological Technicians 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, and fuel loads. The position will involve a combination of office work, field time, and travel to parks 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 2014, and extend through Fall. All applicants must apply for positions through USAJOBS, Job Announcement Number: MWRC-14-OC-0017. Closes: 1/16/14. Posted: 1/3/14.
National Park Service: Biological Science Technician (plants) GS-4/5/6 seasonal - 8 positions. Northern Colorado Plateau Inventory and Monitoring Network, Moab, UT with travel throughout Utah and western Colorado. April - October. The incumbent works in up to 16 national park units on the northern Colorado Plateau and serves as a seasonal Biological Science Technician for one or more of the following monitoring protocols: uplands (vegetation and soils), wadeable streams (vegetation and geomorphology), exotic plants (early detection), and big rivers (vegetation and geomorphology). This position reports to two field crew leaders and works as part of a 2-6 member crew. Major Duties include: 1. Collecting plant, soil, and geomorphology data using established network monitoring protocols. 2. Accurately identifying Northern Colorado Plateau vegetation to the species level in the field or in the office using standard floras. 3. Entering data and following quality assurance procedures to ensure accurate data transcription into established databases. 4. Conducting fieldwork in remote backcountry settings and under difficult conditions in a safe and efficient manner. 5. Using 4WD and off-trail hiking to access monitoring sites. 6. Using topographic maps, compasses, aerial photographs and GPS units to locate and relocate monitoring sites. This position works eight 10-hour days followed by 6 days off and requires constant travel to parks within Utah and western Colorado. Crew members are required to hike off trail with heavy packs, sometimes in extremely hot weather and through thick vegetation. Field crews camp in remote backcountry locations. To apply, view the full job description Applications due by December 18. For more information about these positions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 12/13/13.
Natural Areas Conservancy: NAC is seeking seasonal staff to join the second field season of a comprehensive, two-year citywide assessment that uses uniform metrics to measure the health of forests, wetlands, and grasslands. Fixed area plots will be established in natural area parkland in which vegetation and site condition data will be collected. Fieldwork will take place in natural area parks in the Bronx, Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island. Assessment methodology will be conducted by NAC and NYC Parks staff as well as interns and seasonal hires. Please note there are two job titles we are posting: Supervising Field Biologists (5 positions) and Seasonal Field Biologists (10 positions). To apply please submit a resume, cover letter highlighting your skills and three reference contacts as one document to email@example.com. The rate for Seasonal Field Biologist is $21.98/hour ($40k/year prorated). The hourly rate for Supervising Field Biologist rate is $24.73/hour ($45k/year prorated). For more information please visit http://naturalareasnyc.org/who/. Posted: 1/23/14.
Nature's Capital: 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 begin on or before May 9, 2014. Contact: Steven K. Rust, Nature’s Capital, LLC, PO Box 8662, Boise, ID 83707. Posted: 5/1/14.
New Jersey Audubon: SHOREBIRD FIELD TECHNICIANS (3) needed 16 April through 30 June for ongoing research on shorebird migration ecology along New Jersey's Delaware Bay shore. Delaware Bay is recognized as an internationally important staging area for shorebirds during spring migration. Duties include extracting birds from mist-nets, banding, weighing and measuring birds, recording data, point counts, surveying for color-banded birds, and data entry. Mist-netting and bird banding experience necessary. Ability to identify shorebirds of the eastern U. S., color-band resighting experience, and proficiency with MS Excel or Access preferred. Applicants must be able to work independently or as part of a team, possibly work long hours or six days/week, in occasionally hot and buggy conditions. Start date can be flexible. Salary $1800-2200/month depending on experience. Must have own vehicle. Housing and reimbursement for gas provided. Send cover letter of interest, resume, and three references to René Buccinna, NJ Audubon, Cape May Bird Observatory, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210, email@example.com Applications accepted until 16 March, or until positions are filled. Posted: 2/24/14.
New Jersey Audubon: SHOREBIRD FIELD TECHNICIANS (3) needed 16 April through 30 June for ongoing research on shorebird migration ecology along New Jersey's Delaware Bay shore. Delaware Bay is recognized as an internationally important staging area for shorebirds during spring migration. Duties include extracting birds from mist-nets, banding, weighing and measuring birds, recording data, point counts, surveying for color-banded birds, and data entry. Mist-netting and bird banding experience necessary. Ability to identify shorebirds of the eastern U. S., color-band resighting experience, and proficiency with MS Excel or Access preferred. Applicants must be able to work independently or as part of a team, possibly work long hours or six days/week, in occasionally hot and buggy conditions. Start date can be flexible. Salary $1800-2200/month depending on experience. Must have own vehicle. Housing and reimbursement for gas provided. Send cover letter of interest, resume, and three references to René Buccinna, NJ Audubon, Cape May Bird Observatory, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210, firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications accepted until 1 March, or until positions are filled. 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, and be willing to work in occasionally hot and buggy conditions and potential rough terrain. Salary $1,800 - $2,200 per month, depending on experience. Must have own vehicle. Housing and mileage reimbursement will be provided. Send cover letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references by March 1st to Kristin Munafo, New Jersey Audubon, Wattles Stewardship Center, 1024 Anderson Road, Port Murray, NJ 07865, email@example.com. Posted: 2/11/14.
North Carolina State University: One field technician is needed to assist in a study of red-cockaded woodpecker (RCW) home ranges as they related to neighboring group density and foraging habitat characteristics. The study will be conducted on the Savannah River Site, a National Environmental Research Park, located near Aiken, SC, and the Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge, located near Hartsville, SC. Primary duties of the technician will include assisting with measurements of forest structure in southeastern pine savannas. The technician also will have opportunities to assist with RCW home range surveys. Work schedule will be 5 days/week, but weekend work may be necessary from time to time. Housing and field vehicles will be provided. Experience, Skills, Training/Education: Looking for hard-working, independent, and enthusiastic individuals with an interest in wildlife management or forestry. Applicants minimally should: 1) be an undergraduate pursuing a degree in forestry, wildlife ecology, or related field; and 2) have demonstrated experience conducting forest inventories and field research. Additionally, excellent communication skills, meticulous data collection, strong work ethic, and a positive attitude are required. Applicants must be able to work independently and interact positively 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 conditions, stinging/biting insects, venomous snakes) 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 position. Must be a U.S. citizen. Position Duration: The position will run 1 July through 31 August 2014 and will be full time with a pay rate of $9/hour. Preferred start date is 26 June 2014, but is somewhat flexible. Application Deadline: Saturday, 31 May 2014. Questions: contact James Garabedian at firstname.lastname@example.org To Apply: Please email a one-page cover letter outlining your interest in the project and why you think you are a good fit for the position, transcripts, resume/CV, and contact information for three references to James Garabedian at email@example.com. Posted: 3/20/14.
Northern Arizona University: 2 positions@ Fort Valley Experimental Forest. These positions will be hired through NAU but supported by funds from the U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station [conditional upon final approved Station budget]. Employment will be full time and begin on or about May 12, 2014, and continue until approximately mid-August, 2014 ($10/hour for 14 weeks). The work will occur primarily within driving distance of Flagstaff, AZ. Housing is not provided. Qualifications: The successful hire(s) must be extremely proficient in all phases of tree and stand measurement, including diameter, height and basal area measurements, tree coring, crown measurements, seedling counts, and soils measurements. The individual must be proficient in the use of MS EXCEL and GPS equipment. As quality of data is essential, the individual must possess superb attention to detail. The individual may be required to drive U.S. Forest Service vehicles, so she/he must possess a valid driver's license, current automobile insurance and the ability to obtain a federal vehicle driving permit, including passing an online test. The individual(s) will work on at least two projects: 1) A seedling survival study on Fort Valley Experimental Forest and Centennial Forest, where she/he will count seedlings, conduct diameter and crown measurements of overstory trees, measure depth of soil litter and duff, locate each plot spatially using commercial GPS equipment, enter data into spreadsheets and other unspecified duties; and 2) A provenance study of ponderosa pine plantings on Fort Valley Experimental Forest, where she/he will measure diameter, height, and crown dimensions of trees planted from across the entire range of ponderosa pine. The individual will also core trees and extract increment cores, help with mounting and sanding the cores and otherwise preparing them for scanning and measurement. The individual must be prepared to enter data into spreadsheets and other unspecified duties. As other project opportunities become available, the individual may be assigned to them. The skills required will be similar to what is outlined above. To apply, send a statement of interest and a resume to either Dr. Kristen M. Waring, Northern Arizona University, Kristen.firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. W. Keith Moser, U.S. Forest Service, Fort Valley Experimental Forest, email@example.com by April 15. Posted: 4/9/14.
Northern Arizona University: Work as part of a 6-person field crew sampling upland vegetation and soils in National Park Service units including Chaco Culture NHP and Bandelier NM in New Mexico, Petrified Forest NP, Grand Canyon NP, Wupatki NM and Walnut Canyon NM in AZ, and Mesa Verde NP in Colorado. Field crew is hired through Northern Arizona University and is based out of NAU in Flagstaff, AZ. The primary field season begins in July and extends through October. We are seeking applicants with the following skills: - Familiarity with the flora of the Southern Colorado Plateau, - Experience collecting vegetation and soils data accurately in the field, - Ability to identify plants to species using dichotomous keys and other aids, - Familiarity with backcountry navigation and safety, - Experience texturing soils - Exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills, - Experience with Trimble and Garmin GPS units and Microsoft Office software, - Ability to get along with others and spend long hours in the field under rugged conditions. Pay ranges from $15.10 to 17.34/hr. depending upon experience. Send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional details contact Jim DeCoster (928)523-7454 email@example.com or Megan Swan (928)523-7489 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Jim DeCoster, Plant Ecologist, Southern Colorado Plateau Inventory & Monitoring Network, National Park Service, P.O. Box 5765, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff AZ 86011, 928-523-7454. Posted: 2/25/14.
Northern Arizona University: Forestry Technicians - 4 positions will be filled, based in Flagstaff, AZ, with extensive travel. Closing date: July 20, 2013. Work Dates: August 15 start (2 day tree climbing training) for ~6 weeks Compensation: $11/hr + per diem. Work schedule: 40 hrs/wk (full-time, 10 hrs/day). Schedule will primarily be 8 days on, 6 days off, and most trips will involve camping. Housing options in Flagstaff during days off may be available but are not included. 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 2013; 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 and investigate insect predators of cones and seeds. 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. *Ability to travel extensively (up to 8 days), live and work with team members during travel *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 2 professional references to Kristen Waring (Kristen.email@example.com). Posted: 7/8/13.
Ohio State University: The Stream and River Ecology Laboratory seeks a research assistant for research related to wildfire impacts on river ecosystems in Yosemite National Park. Primary duties include stream habitat and geomorphic evaluations, benthic invertebrate surveys, vegetation surveys, and riparian spider surveys in addition to data entry and GIS analysis. This position wil require long hours in the field (sometimes in inclement weather), work overnight, multi-day wilderness assignments, and work alone when necessary. Applicants can expect to hike long ditances and carry a heavy pack (25-45 lbs). Accomodation can be provided in the form of a camp site. Must have a valid driver's license. Undergraduate students in ecology, environmental science, or natural resources are encourged to apply. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in GIS analysis and back country travel. This position runs approximately June 15th to September 15th, 2014, but start and end dates are flexible. Approximate compensation is $9 per hour, full time. A campsite is provided. To apply, please send a brief cover letter, resume, and two references to Breezy Jackson (firstname.lastname@example.org) and/or Dr. Mazeika Sullivan (email@example.com). We will begin our selection process on Monday April 28th, but application materials will be accepted until May 2nd. Posted: 4/25/14.
Ohio State University: Three positions are available in the Aquatic Ecology Laboratory to provide technical assistance on a field- and laboratory-based research project that is exploring the mechanisms that influence recruitment and relative stock contributions of walleye and yellow perch recruits to the fishery in Lake Erie. Duties will include extensive field sampling for larvae and adults, as well as food (zooplankton) availability and predator abundance, during April through June. Laboratory and computer work (e.g., zooplankton and larval fish identification, data entry) will occur when not in the field. Incumbents can reside in Columbus or near Lake Erie. Qualifications: Applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree or be a currently enrolled student in biological sciences or a related field. Candidates with strong academic records are preferred, and candidates must be self-motivated and able to work with a variety of people. Successful applicants must be comfortable working on a boat, sometimes in rough and cold conditions, and be flexible enough to spend extended periods (multiple days) at research sites on Lake Erie. The incumbents must be willing to use a microscope for extended periods, and be capable of preserving samples in ethanol and formalin. Prior field experience is preferred, but not mandatory. Salary: $9.75 – $11/hour, depending on experience. Closing: Application review will begin immediately, but will continue until suitable applicants are found. Each position will last at least 3-6 months, depending on availability, with an ideal start date during late March/early April. How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter, CV, (unofficial) college transcripts, and names/contact information for three references via email, fax, or mail. Address applications and further inquiries to Kim Winslow (firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: 614-688-2269; FAX: 614-292-0181). Posted: 3/7/14.
Oklahoma State University: A seasonal research technician is needed from December through May (exact dates to be determined) to assist a postdoctoral researcher on a project investigating the spatial extent and ecological effects of non-native earthworms on the historically earthworm-free San Clemente Island, California (SCI). Invasive earthworms, including species from Europe and Asia, have been documented to have adverse impacts on native plant and animal species and on ecosystem functions; however, earthworm invasions in regions other than the eastern U.S. and outside of forested areas are poorly understood. The newly documented invasion of non-native earthworms on SCI is a cause for conservation concern in the context of the island’s many endangered and endemic plant and animal species and sub-species. Responsibilities of this position will include operation of a Department of Defense vehicle (automatic transmission), hiking to remote sampling locations using GPS and/or compass and map, sampling of earthworms and vegetation, entry and management of data, and identification of earthworms using a dissecting microscope. Applicants should be able to work in a remote field site under wet, windy, and/or foggy conditions, spend long hours in the field, traverse rugged terrain, and work effectively both independently and under a supervisor. The research technician will also have to work under the unique, challenging, and dynamic logistical considerations associated with working on an active military installation. Applicants should have experience with many of the above tasks, and those with experience conducting vegetation sampling, invertebrate sampling, and/or invertebrate identification will be especially competitive. Preference will also be given to applicants that have experience using Microsoft Excel and ArcMap and that possess an undergraduate degree in ecology, wildlife biology, or a related field. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record. Compensation for this project will equate to roughly $2,500-3,000 per month depending on qualifications and the exact length of the field season. Transportation from mainland California to SCI and housing on the island will be provided. This position will be filled as soon as possible. We seek to begin fieldwork as early as December. To apply, please send a cover letter (outlining your experience and interest specifically related to the requirements of this position), a CV/resume, and contact information for 3 references to Scott Loss (email@example.com). Posted: 10/10/13.
Oregon State University: Summer 2014 Field Work in Forest Ecology - Long-term Dynamics of Pacific Northwest Forests. Up to 5 positions are available to assist with data collection for studies on the long-term dynamics of Pacific Northwest Forests. Research will be focused on forest succession in the Oregon and Washington Cascades. Crews will be based at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest near Blue River, OR, and at the Wind River Experimental Forest near Carson, WA. Housing will be provided at both locations. Applicants with previous experience may perform lead work. Minimum qualifications: 1. Two years of college-level courses in a relevant discipline (forestry, botany, natural resources or environmental science) or an equivalent combination of training and experience. 2. Skilled in identifying herbaceous and woody plant species. 3. Ability to work long hours in rugged terrain. 4. Ability to work in a team environment. 5. Organized and self-motivated; attentive to detail; legible handwriting. Preferred qualifications 1. Experience with vegetation sampling and forest inventory measurements. 2. Familiarity with flora of the Pacific Northwest. 3. Experience using taxonomic keys to identify plants. 4. Experience collecting data for ecological research. 5. Knowledge of and experience in identifying tree mortality agents (diseases, insects, wind, etc.). 6. Skilled in off-trail navigation (map reading, compass orienteering, use of GPS). 7. Ability to work independently and meet deadlines. 8. A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity. Working conditions/schedule: Field crew members generally work four, 10-hour days per week in forested, mountainous terrain. Expect to encounter steep slopes, dense understory vegetation and biting insects, as well as a range of weather conditions, from cold rain to summer heat. Duration: Mid-June to late-August or early September (11-13 weeks). Salary: $12 - $15 per hour, depending on qualifications and experience. Application closing date: March 30, 2014. NOTE: Application method differs for students and non-students: 1. Students (you qualify as a student if you are taking at least 6 credits in spring and intend to take at least 6 credits in the fall). If you qualify, please email cover letter, resume, copies of college transcripts (unofficial transcripts are ok), and the contact information for two references to: firstname.lastname@example.org 2. All others: Please submit your application at: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=63709. For more information contact: Rob Pabst, Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society, 321 Richardson Hall, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331. Posted: 3/27/14.
Oregon State University: The Dept. of Forest Ecosystems and Society is hiring three technicians for a research project investigating source-sink dynamics of Wood Thrush in southern Indiana. This is an opportunity to be part of one of the largest and most comprehensive demographic studies ever conducted on a Neotropical migrant passerine. The study is being conducted through a partnership among the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, Oregon State University, the Institute for Bird Populations, and the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center. All positions will begin on approximately 1 May 2014 and continue through approximately 31 July 2014. Primary duties will involve early morning avian point counts to census bird communities. Other field tasks may include (but are not limited to) re-sighting color-banded individuals, nest searching and monitoring, territory mapping, radio telemetry, and maintaining song broadcast units. Data entry and data proofing will also be a part of the day-to-day work expectations. Successful candidates will have extensive experience conducting avian point counts, and strong eastern US bird identification skills (visual and aural). Other useful qualifications include experience with the variety of avian sampling techniques listed above, good color vision, excellent navigational abilities, meticulous data collection skills, the ability to work independently, and good inter-personal skills. Candidates will be expected to work long hours with early starts in relatively difficult field conditions (e.g., high heat and humidity, thorny understory, ticks, poison ivy, etc.). Field sites are located in both pristine and fragmented forest tracks within state parks, national wildlife refuges, and military installations. As such, candidates must be able to handle extensive and strenuous hiking. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and their own means of travelling to the study region. Housing will be provided and federal field vehicles will be used for day-to-day work. Salary will be commensurate with experience and position type ($1600-2000/month). 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 work references to Jonathon Valente (Jonathon.Valente@oregonstate.edu). Posted: 1/16/14.
Parks & People Foundation: Paid Internship available in Annapolis, MD at the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office. For details and to apply please see the full job ad. Be sure to add in the cover letter the position title (Chesapeake Youth Corps (CYC) NPS Intern in Annapolis). Posted: 8/27/13.
Pennsylvania State University: Summer 2014 (Monday, May 12 – Friday, August 15). Location: 4 positions in State College, PA and 4 positions in Coudersport, PA. Pay: 40 hrs/week at $11/hr. 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 email@example.com. Application deadline: Friday, March 14, 2014. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 814-865-4511. Posted: 3/12/14.
Pennsylvania State University: The Pennsylvania State University Department of Ecosystem Science and Management 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 eighth 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. Applicants must be able to follow complex detailed field protocols and work as a member of a team. 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 14, 2014. Posted: 1/8/14.
Pennsylvania State University: Field Tech Positions in Forestry/Botany. Spring/Summer 2014 (Monday, April 7 – Friday, August 15). Location: 1 position in State College, PA and 1 position in Coudersport, PA. Pay: 40 hrs/week at $12/hr. 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. Conduct surveys for deer pellets. Potential for extended work into Fall 2014. 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. Duane Diefenbach at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: Friday, February 14, 2014. 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 (email@example.com), Administrative Support Assistant, Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, 419 Forest Resources Building, University Park, PA 16802 Phone: 814-865-4511. Posted: 1/3/14.
Purdue University: Temporary field and laboratory technician - box turtles. Dates: 1 April - 31 October 2014. The Rod Williams and Jason Hoverman laboratory groups in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University seek a temporary technician to assist with a project that involves the monitoring of a disease outbreak in a population of box turtles. The successful candidate will be well organized, detail-oriented, able to work in both inclement weather and in laboratory settings, able to organize large amounts of data and samples, and communicate effectively. The selected candidate will lead small teams for field work and work either alone or with various team members in a genetics laboratory setting. Attention to detail is a must, especially with respect to the prevention of cross-contamination of samples. Opportunities for further experiments will be available and duties may change as circumstances warrant. Required qualifications: Bachelor's degree in biology or related field, high organization and communication skills, current driver's license and clean driving record. Preferred qualifications: Experience with herp field work, herp diseases, and genetic laboratory work. Application: Review of applications will begin 28 February 2014 and continue until the position is filled. Submit a letter of interest describing why you are the best candidate for the job (don't just rehash your CV), a CV, and contact information for three professional references as a single .pdf to firstname.lastname@example.org. Salary: $11/hr Last date to apply: 28 February 2014. Contact: Steve Kimble (email@example.com). Posted: 2/4/14.
Purdue University: Field Assistant (Temporary). Closing Date: January 24, 2014 or until filled. Job Duration: February 24 – August 15, 2014 (approximate). Compensation: $10.50 per hour and housing* The Field Assistant will help carry out research on the effects of silvicultural treatments on the ecology of managed forests as part of the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment (HEE). The primary duties of this position will include conducting woodland salamander surveys (February-April), breeding bird surveys (May-June) and small mammal trapping (July-August). This position may have additional responsibility for assisting with vegetation surveys and other tasks as assigned. The field assistant may be asked to perform some limited supervisory duties which could include planning daily activities, ensuring safety protocols are followed, preparing and maintaining equipment and vehicles, ensuring data quality, and communicating with the HEE field crew supervisor and project coordinator. This position will also serve as the facility manager for the HEE housing facility during the summer field season. Field work will be conducted at Morgan-Monroe and Yellowwood State Forests near Martinsville, IN and Bloomington, IN (respectively). This position requires the ability and willingness to work outdoors in remote locations, rough terrain, and potentially inclement weather conditions. Applicants should be comfortable working both alone and as a part of a team. Each work week will consist of five 8-hour days. Work will not exceed 40 hours in a week. Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in wildlife ecology, biology, forestry or related natural resources field preferred Experience conducting auditory and sight based bird surveys Experience with small mammal trapping and handling techniques Strong bird and mammal identification skills Experience with hand-held GPS units, maps and compass Valid driver’s license and a good driving record Experience or training in the safe operation of ATVs To apply, please complete a HEE field crew application. Send this application along with a current resume including references and a brief letter of interest by email to: Andy Meier, HEE Project Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, (765) 494-1472 *Bunkhouse/camp style field housing is provided from May-August, and may be available earlier. Residents will be required to pay a $300 refundable security deposit prior to beginning work in addition to a $20 non-refundable cleaning fee. Residents will also be required to help with regular cleaning and general upkeep of the facility. Posted: 1/7/14.
rare Charitable Research Reserve: Responsible for ensuring the successful preservation and restoration of a unique 900+ acre site in one of the fastest growing urban areas of the country, rare Charitable Research Reserve is an organization situated in the Region of Waterloo of southwestern Ontario. Our primary goal is to successfully conserve the natural area and improve the ecological integrity of our landscapes. To do that, we need to be a part of a community that values and connects with nature. Our efforts to educate and provide hands-on opportunities to interact with nature have resulted in our Chain of Learning. This initiative connects our research, restoration and education activities in order to ensure maximum sharing of ideas and knowledge between all involved – from visiting school children to the wide array of leading professionals on our advisory committees, including senior scientists and some of the best minds in a wide range of disciplines. We currently have several job opportunities available at rare, subject to government funding approval: - Educator, May 1st, 2014 through to January 31st, 2015 - Land Steward Intern, May 1st, 2014 through to November 30th, 2014 - Springbank Gardens Intern, May 1st, 2014 through to November 30th, 2014 For specific job details see: http://www.raresites.org/category/job_postings/ Government Funding Qualifications Require All Applicants To Be - Between the ages of 15 and 30 (inclusive) at the time of intake/selection - Post-secondary graduates - Out of school - Legally entitled to work in Ontario - Not in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. Specific qualification details. All positions are intended to provide valuable work related experience that a recent graduate has been unable to obtain, and will be funded by a governmental grant. All applications must be received by 4pm on Monday, April 21st, 2014. Posted: 4/10/14.
Rice University: Tropical Forest Ecology Internship – Guam & the Northern Mariana Islands. 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 assist with research on the effect of seed disperser loss on forest community structure and regeneration in treefall gaps. Our general approach integrates landscape scale observations with manipulative experiments. 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), collecting seeds, propagating plants in a nursery, planting and monitoring seedlings, and entering data. While the premise of this project is based on 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 working on the project from late March to late December. 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 and stay for multiple months). 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 and independent research experience is desired, but not required. The intern must be a US citizen with a valid US driver's license. 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 Elizabeth Wandrag (email@example.com). Applications must be received by midnight EST on January 16th, 2014. Please contact Elizabeth via email if you have any questions related to the internship. Posted: 1/3/14.
Rutgers University: The Winfree lab has two (2) research positions open for summer 2014 to study restoration ecology of native bees and honey bees. Both positions will involve travelling throughout New Jersey to observe and collect bees and plants. One position, crew leader, is a 6 month field/lab position. This position will start in early to mid-May. Pay is $12-14 per hour depending on experience. Qualifications: Entomology fieldwork (experience with native bees highly preferred); plant identification, valid drivers license, personal vehicle (mileage will be reimbursed), data entry and data management. Experience managing projects and/or a field crew is highly preferred. The second position, field technician, is a field/lab poisiton lasting for 10 weeks at $10 per hour. This position would start in mid-May or early June. Qualifications: Entomology fieldwork (experience with native bees preferred), plant identification, valid drivers license and data entry. Personal vehicle (mileage will be reimbursed) is preferred. For both positions, approximately half of time will be fieldwork and will take place throughout New Jersey. The other half of the time will involve the curating insect and plant specimens and entering data and managing a database. Our lab is located at Rutgers University Cook Campus in New Brunswick, New Jersey. To Apply and For Questions: Send a cover letter, resume, names and contact information of three references to: Dan Cariveau (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please include “Bee Field Tech in the subject line. Also, state whether you would be interested in either or both positions (crew leader or field technician). Review of applications will begin February 24th. Posted: 1/17/14.
San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory: SFBBO is seeking a full-time intern to assist with waterbird field studies. The internship will begin in September 2014 with a 6-month commitment. The internship will be based in Milpitas, CA. A stipend of $125/week will be provided. Shared housing is also available at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Fremont, CA. The intern will receive training and mentorship from SFBBO staff and will develop their skills in waterbird survey techniques and data management. The intern will be assisting with surveys at salt evaporation ponds in support of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project (www.southbayrestoration.org). He/she may also assist with SFBBO’s California Gull Research and Monitoring and Avian Disease Prevention programs. To apply please e-mail the following materials to Natalie Washburn, email@example.com: 1) cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) list of three references (names, email addresses, and phone numbers). Include all materials in one Word or PDF file, and include your last name in the file name. The deadline for applications is July 7th. A full position description can be found at: http://sfbbo.org/contact/employment.php. Posted: 6/5/14.
San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory: seeking 1 temporary, full-time field biologist and 1 full-time intern to assist with field work in South San Francisco Bay beginning January 2014. The positions will be based in Milpitas, CA. Field work will include waterbird surveys and water quality monitoring at salt evaporation ponds in support of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project. For complete job descriptions and information on how to apply, visit http://www.sfbbo.org/contact/employment.php. Posted: 11/21/13.
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center: SERC in Edgewater, Maryland offers undergraduate, recent graduates (less than 12 months of start date) and beginning graduate students a unique opportunity to gain hand-on experience in the fields of environmental research and education. The program enables students to work on specific projects while getting experience in valuable lab techniques all under the direction of the Center’s professional staff. The program is tailored to provide the maximum educational benefit to each participant. SERC is focused on understanding the causes and consequences of environmental change for marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems. Interns at SERC conduct independent projects over 12 -16 weeks utilizing our 2,650 acre research site on the shores of Chesapeake Bay to provide novel insights into some of the most profound issues challenging our world today, including habitat loss, climate change, and invasive species. SERC has maintained an REU site since 2001 and those students sponsored have used our professional-training programs as a stepping stone to pursue advanced careers in the environmental sciences. Application to the SERC Internship Program consists of a registration form, transcripts, personal essay, resume, and two letters of recommendation using the Smithsonian On-line Academic Appointment (SOLAA) system. For more information please visit SERC internships. Deadline: November 15 for Winter/Spring projects beginning January - April, February 1 for Summer projects beginning May - August. Posted: 11/6/13.
Teton Science Schools: The Conservation Research Center of the Teton Science Schools is looking to fill positions for a Research Technician and Research Crew Leader for the period October 2013 - February 2014. The chosen candidates will support all aspects of an applied ecology research program in northwest and central Wyoming. Primary duties will focus on evaluating the effects of deer delineators (reflectors) on wildlife-vehicle collisions (WVC). This study will couple behavioral observations with analysis of roadkill data to examine the efficacy of delineators as a WVC mitigation tool. Field work will involve night-time behavioral observations and covering/uncovering reflectors with canvas sample bags. Additional duties will include data management literature review, report writing, and development of educational materials. Schedules will vary throughout the season, but will likely be 10 days on/4 days off, October - December. Field sites are located near Basin, Greybull, Thermopolis and Riverton, WY. Office work is based in Jackson, WY. Expect 70% field time; 30% office time over the course of the project. Low-cost employee housing in Jackson may be provided depending upon availability; field housing and partial food stipend will be covered. Experience with wildlife observation and working in adverse weather conditions required. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in MS Access, ArcGIS, maintenance/troubleshooting electronic equipment and ungulate fieldwork. Successful applicant will work with project staff, agency partners, volunteers and students. For more information and to apply: http://www.tetonscience.org/index.cfm?id=employment. Posted: 7/30/13.
The Nature Conservancy: Forest Ecology Internship Positions in N. Arizona. The Intern/Science provides general research assistance to program staff to collect forest structure and vegetation data. Daily tasks including navigating to field plots using GPS, measuring forest structure (e.g., tree heights and diameters, understory cover estimation) using diameter tapes and laser, and recording detailed information from measurements onto field data sheets. Position is supervised by N. Arizona Forest Ecologist and daily work will be performed with US Forest Service Liaison. Work will be performed on the North Kaibab Ranger District, Kaibab National Forest. Field housing (including kitchen) will be provided on the Kaibab National Forest. Position duration will be approximately 5 -6 weeks (Mid-late May to early July), but potential for extension is possible based on needs of the program. Valid Driver's License required. For details and application instructions, search https://careers.nature.org/ for Job ID: 41996. For more information please contact Travis Woolley - firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: 3/28/14. Posted: 3/20/14.
The Nature Conservancy: Forest Ecology Technician Positions in N. Arizona. The Science Technician I provides assistance to science staff in collection of ecological field data in forested settings of Northern Arizona. Daily tasks including navigating to field plots using GPS, measuring forest structure (e.g., tree heights and diameters, understory cover estimation) using diameter tapes and laser, and recording detailed information from measurements onto field data sheets. Position is supervised by N. Arizona Forest Ecologist and daily work will be performed with US Forest Service Liaison. Work will be performed on the North Kaibab Ranger District, Kaibab National Forest. Field housing (including kitchen) will be provided on the Kaibab National Forest. Position duration will be approximately 5 -6 weeks (Mid-late May to early July), but potential for extension is possible based on needs of the program. Valid Driver's License required. For details and application instructions, search https://careers.nature.org/ for Job ID: 41995. For more information please contact Travis Woolley - email@example.com. Deadline: 3/28/14. Posted: 3/20/14.
The Nature Conservancy: One Seasonal Grassland Bird Technician (GBT) is needed to conduct surveys for grassland bird abundance/density and diversity in northwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa. Data collected will contribute to our knowledge of the influence of landscape context and habitat condition on the abundance of grassland birds. 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. Start date: May 12, 2014 - August 6, 2014. Salary: $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 at https://careers.nature.org/ under position number 41741. Cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 references required and should be uploaded as one document. Closing Date: January 26, 2014. Posted: 1/15/14.
Union of Concerned Scientists: UCS has new paid, benefits-eligible, one-year internships, two in DC and one in Chicago. Washington, DC: Tropical Forest and Climate Initiative Assistant and Baker Media Internship. Chicago, IL: Midwest Clean Energy Outreach Intern. See our jobs and internships pages for more. Posted: 9/24/13.
US Bureau of Land Management: Recruiting for two Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring seasonals at the White River Field Office in Meeker, CO. Please apply for the job here making sure to select Meeker as the position location. The seasonal employee will collect field data for the Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) program. Vegetative and soils data will be collected at random ecological sites through the White River Field Office in the summer of 2014. Transects will be read to estimate the percent cover of shrubs, grasses, litter, canopy and bare ground using the Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring (AIM) methodology. An understanding of and experience with identifying vegetation is essential for the position. Within all plots vegetation will be identified to species. Line-point intercept will be used to gather species cover and composition data, shrub density will be measured, and soil descriptions will be required. Position requires navigating to remote random sites throughout the field office using a map and GPS. Fieldwork will require hiking distances through difficult, hot terrain. All point data will be gathered using a GPS unit and stored in an ArcGIS geodatabase. Position is mostly field work with some amount of time in the office to electronically file photos and forms. Once field work is completed, the data will be entered into the DIMA database, analyses, and synthesized into a report for future land management planning. The work will be completed by seasonal employees. The seasonal employee will collect field data and complete data entry and analysis. Seasonal must also collect and compile GPS data into a GIS geodatabase. Data analysis must provide managers with vegetation cover, composition, shrub density, and soil results to describe site. Qualifications: Applicant should have degree in ecology, botany, range science, wildlife biology, natural resource management, biology, conservation biology, or related field. The applicant must have experience using a taxonomic key and identifying plants to species. A familiarity with northwestern Colorado flora is beneficial. Applicant should also have experience with GPS units or the capability to quickly learn how to use them. The successful applicant must be self-motivated and able to work independently with limited supervision after the initial training period. The applicant must be physically fit and able to operate in a mix of mostly field work and some office work, which can include long periods of standing or walking on rough, uneven ground; bending, crouching, stooping, stretching or reaching to observe occurrences or to place and retrieve equipment or devices; lifting and moving moderately heavy items weighing up to 40 pounds (e.g., computer equipment, rebar, field equipment). A government vehicle will be used for travel as they are available. The successful applicant will attend three days of training May 20-22) for soils, calibrations, field methods, and database management. Additionally training will be provided for ATV/UTV, CPR and First Aid (or provide certification if still current). Applicant must have a valid driver's license and a good driving record. Prior to starting this position a government security background clearance will be required. Position Dates: May 1 - Oct 1; somewhat flexible. Housing is not provided. Contact Name: Mary Taylor (970-878-3807, email@example.com), White River Field Office. Posted: 3/7/14.
US Bureau of Land Management: The Taos Field Office has two vegetation monitoring positions open through GeoCorps America. Please apply through this link. The job is still open through March 20, despite what the posting says. Posted: 3/7/14.
USDA-ARS Northern Plains Agriculture Research Laboratory: Summer Research Assistant: Conservation Biological Control and Sustainable Agriculture. The USDA, ARS, Northern Plains Agriculture Research Laboratory in Sidney, MT is seeking an enthusiastic and hard working individual to serve as a biological science aide on a project examining the influence of landscape structure on pest insects and their natural enemies (e.g. ladybeetles, parasitoid wasps). The research is focused on developing ecologically-based, sustainable and environmentally friendly approaches to pest management in agricultural systems. This position will involve a mixture of field work to collect insects (10-20%), and lab work to sort and identify insect natural enemies and rear pest insects to assess rates of parasitism ( ≥ 80%). The successful candidate will gain hands on experience in field sampling and insect rearing and identification techniques, and the chance to work with the diverse insect fauna associated with cropping systems in a team oriented research environment. Salary: $12.07 per hour (GS-3). You will receive overtime pay when working above 40 hours a week. Housing is not provided, but we will help you find housing. Dates: This is a 12 week appointment, with a potential to extend. Please specify your available start and end dates in your application. Qualifications: The candidate must be physically fit, and comfortable spending time outside in sometimes uncomfortable field conditions (hot, biting insects etc.). Willingness to work long days, and weekends when necessary is also a must. Undergraduate course work in ecology, entomology or environmental science, and previous field and lab work experience is preferred. Application process: Please send cover letter, resume and names and contact information of two references (electronically) to Dr. Tayana Rand (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 4/9/14.
USDA-ARS Northern Plains Agriculture Research Laboratory: Summer Research Assistant: Grassland Insect Ecology. We are looking for enthusiastic and hard-working individuals to assist in all aspects of research on grassland insect ecology and rangeland ecology at the USDA, Agriculture Research Service, Northern Plains Agriculture Research Laboratory in Sidney, MT. Research looks at how fire and livestock grazing can reduce grasshopper outbreaks, how grasshoppers affect grassland health and livestock grazing sustainability, and how drought and predators affect grasshopper outbreaks. Work may include sampling grasshoppers and other rangeland insects in large scale experiments, sampling rangeland plants, and setting up and conducting small scale manipulative experiments in the field. Most field work will be conducted on diverse and beautiful native rangelands in eastern Montana and on the Little Missouri National Grassland in western North Dakota. Some overnight travel may be required. Salary: $12.07 or 13.55 per hour (GS-3 or 4) (dependent on experience and education), plus overtime pay at time and a half. Housing is not provided, but we will help you find housing. Dates: Two positions are available starting either May 18th or June 1st and can last until approximately mid-August or late September. Please specify your available start and end dates in your application. Qualifications: You must be physically fit, able to walk rapidly over rangeland, and comfortable spending long hours outside in hot conditions. Willingness to work long days, and some weekends when necessary, is also a must. You will receive overtime pay when working above 40 hours a week. Undergraduate course work in ecology, entomology, range or environmental sciences, and previous field work experience is preferred but not required. Application process: If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a cover letter explaining your interest in the job; a resume describing relevant experience and college classes; names and contact information for two professional references; to Dave Branson (email@example.com). Evaluation of applications will begin April 1 and continue until the positions are filled. Posted: 3/26/14.
USDA Forest Service: Summer Field Assistants Needed -Ecosystem change in the Arctic. Summer field work sampling vegetation in Northern Alaska, working from the University of Alaska Toolik Field Station approximate dates June 23 through July 31. Applicants should have a strong interest in field ecology and plant identification - including bryophytes and lichens. Contact for details: William Gould, Research Ecologist, US Forest Service International Institute of Tropical Forestry. Tel. 787-764-7790, firstname.lastname@example.org. This research is part of an integrated large scale experimental study, the International Tundra Experiment (ITEX), to look at the response of Arctic vegetation to changes in climate. It is also part of the Arctic Observing Network (AON), a large scientific program focusing ecosystem change in the Arctic. ITEX has been measuring experimentally controlled changes in productivity, phenology, vegetation composition, and nutrient fluxes within small scale vegetation plots replicated at many sites across the Arctic. The field assistants will work with a team to continue with these long term measurements by sampling vegetation composition in natural and experimentally modified (by warming and altering snow depth) plots at the Toolik Lake Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) site in Northern Alaska as well as at long term monitoring plots at Toolik Lake and nearby Imnavait Creek. The goal of this study is to determine real and potential responses of arctic tundra to climate in order to further our understanding of ecosystem response to climatic change and to better our response to these changes in terms of land management. The student will work with Dr. William Gould (US Forest Service) and in cooperation with collaborators from Florida International University in the NSF funded project. Candidates should have the following skills: - Educational background in ecology, botany, environmental studies, or a related discipline; - Proficiency and experience in identifying and keying plant species; - Motivation to work independently and the ability to work from a remote field station for the summer. Applicants should submit the following to William Gould at email@example.com: - Cover letter summarizing research interests and academic and professional background. - Resume/CV. - Copies of transcripts (unofficial transcripts acceptable). - Names and contact information for two references (no letters needed at this time). Posted: 5/1/14.
USDA Forest Service Fish and Aquatic Ecology Unit: Seasonal Biological Science Tech, PIBO (PACFISH/INFISH Biological Opinion) Effectiveness Monitoring Program. The PIBO program collects data on approximately 450 streams each year, located throughout the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, and Montana. During the summer months the incumbent is required to work remotely for 8 consecutive days, followed by a 6 day break. This is a field based job requiring living, hiking, and working in remote areas with uneven terrain and inclement weather conditions. Government bunkhouses are available at most locations for a nominal fee. Due to administrative circumstances beyond our control, we are unable to update our website for the 2014 field season. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for an updated website pdf. The 2013 website is still an accurate job description; however, dates, contact info, and job numbers are outdated. Positions are expected to open in USAJobs in the first week of February and close ten days after opening. For more information on the use of USAJobs see this YouTube video. Posted: 1/22/14.
USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station: Field Technicians/Botanists (2 positions). Series and Grade: 0404 and GS 3 or 4, Temporary ($11.95 or $13.41/hr). Location (Duty Station): Morgantown, WV. Time Period: Mid-May - the end of August, 2014. Duties: The selected persons will assist with three studies. The first study is a large greenhouse, common garden, and growth chamber competition study involving Ailanthus altissima and two native species. The second study involves vegetative sampling of two sites in northern PA. The purpose of the latter study is to test the effects of leaving residual trees after a harvest on understory vegetation. Finally, the selected persons may take part in establishing new study plots within the Potomac Highland Cooperative Weed Management Area 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 data entry and summaries as well as general herbarium tasks. The selected persons must be willing to relocate to Morgantown, WV. They must also be a licensed driver, willing to travel (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. Application Procedure: This will be a ‘biological sciences—plants’ position. The Vacancy Announcement numbers are: 14-TEMP112456-015074JLC-DT and 14-TEMP112456-015062JLC-DT. These announcements are due to be posted at www.usajobs.gov on February 19, 2014 and the announcements will be open for 1-2 weeks. Before applying, you will need to set up your account on the USAJobs website. Be sure to include WV in your desired localities. If you wish to be considered for both the GS3 and GS4 positions, you must apply to both Vacancy Announcements. Contact Dr. Cynthia Huebner, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, 180 Canfield St., Morgantown, WV 26505, email@example.com; (304) 285-1582 if you have questions. Posted: 2/4/14, revised: 2/18/14.
USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station: Summer Ecological Research Technician, Reno, NV with field work in Central NV and UT. The Positions: • Research assistant for lab work and field work will be available working on a pinyon-juniper, invasive species, and fire ecology study. • The job will include field work in Central Nevada and Utah. • Work includes collecting field data, laboratory processing of collected materials and data entry. Hours: Full time (40 hrs/wk) from June 1 until July or August. • Pay: $13.55/hr if GS-4. $15.15/hr if GS-5. • The positions is open to students and non-students Qualifications: • Ability to do strenuous activity outdoors under all weather conditions • Interest in working with plants and soils. • Familiarity with plant and soil lab processing techniques (training provided). • Computer skills, especially MS Excel. • Apply through USA Jobs by March 4, 2013. There are two announcements: • Direct link to GS-4 • Direct Link to GS-5 Contact: David Board, Ecologist, firstname.lastname@example.org, Forest Service, RMRS, 920 Valley Rd., Rm. 5, Reno, NV 89512. 775.784.5329. Posted: 2/21/14.
USDA Forest Service Sierra Cascade Ecology Program: We are looking for three qualified field botanists and/or ecologists to work in northern California for 3-6 months during the summer of 2014. Salaries range from $15 (GS-5) to $18.50 (GS-7) per hour, depending on experience. Government housing may be available. We are looking for field assistants to work on several different ecological studies, including: 1) Conducting a post-wildfire inventory and assessment of aspen stands and meadows. Field assistants will collect data describing plant species composition, hydrology, stand structure, and the effects of grazing. Data will be used to identify and prioritize sites for ecological restoration. 2) Participating in ongoing ecological research and monitoring projects, which may include assessing the effects of management activities on rare plants and invasive species, the impacts of grazing on wetlands, and the effects of fire on fuels and forest structure. This is a great opportunity to develop botanical skills and participate in a wide range of ecological studies! Qualifications: We are looking for applicants who have strong skills in the following areas: plant identification and use of taxonomic keys, data collection and entry, use of GPS, topographic map and compass navigation, and operation of vehicles on rough roads. Applicants must be physically fit, willing to travel for extended periods, and willing to work under arduous field conditions. Field crews will occasionally camp in remote field locations. Preference will be given to energetic, detail-oriented candidates with experience in botanical and ecological monitoring methods. Minimum Requirements (can be a combination of education and experience): • GS-5: Bachelor’s degree or 24 semester hours of scientific or technical coursework or 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-4 • GS-7: Bachelor’s degree plus 1 year of graduate work in biology, botany, natural resources, range science, biology, or related area or 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-7. This position will be based in Quincy, CA. For more information contact Michelle Coppoletta, Ecologist, Sierra Cascade Province; phone:530-283-7822; email: email@example.com. To Apply: Applications must be completed in USAJobs and submitted by 11:59 EST on February 4, 2013 These jobs are listed under the following announcement numbers: • Biological Science Technician (Natural Resources) GS-0404-05: Announcement #: 14-TEMP110511-006112AR-DT • Biological Science Technician (Natural Resources) GS-0404-07; Announcement #: 14-TEMP110511-006117AR-DT. Posted: 1/16/14.
US Fish & Wildlife Service: Want to spend six months on a tropical island leading an important conservation effort to eliminate an invasive ant species that is hindering the island's restoration and damaging its seabird populations? See Crazy Ant Strike Team Crew Leader. Deadline: 3/24/14. Posted: 3/6/14.
USGS Forest & Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center: 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 5/12/14 through 8/23/14. Temporary appointments such as these do not include health insurance, or life insurance, but incumbents will be covered by the Social Security Retirement system. The work will consist of early morning songbird surveys and vegetation sampling. Work will include long days, hiking over rugged terrain, driving 4-wheel drive vehicles, and navigating in a remote landscape with GPS units and GIS software, and may involve camping at remote sites for 5-10 consecutive days. Field conditions involve exposure to wind, dust, extreme heat and cold, and hiking at high elevations (5,000 – 8,000 feet). Electronic entry of field data using PCs will be required. A trailer will be available at base camp, but overnight camping in a personal sleep tent will often be necessary. To qualify for this position, applicants need 1 year and 9 months of field experience or 4 years of college with courses related to the work of the position, PLUS at least 3 months of field work experience surveying songbirds. We are particularly interested in applicants with a strong work ethic, proven ability to live and work in remote areas under rugged conditions, and experience in identifying songbirds by ear. Please send requests for more information to Dr. Susan Earnst, 208-426-5209, firstname.lastname@example.org. Send application materials by email or mail to 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-14-002; 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 17, 2014. Posted: 1/8/14.
USGS Forest & Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center: 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 21 and will extend to August 22, 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-14-001, 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-Biological Resources Division, Forest & Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, 777 NW 9th St., Suite 400, Corvallis, OR 97330). Applications must be received by December 27, 2013. Posted: 12/13/13.
USGS Northern Great Plains: The Northern Great Plains fire effects monitoring crew member positions, Biological Science Technician, GS-0404-05. The full-time temporary seasonal positions serve ten National Park Service units in ND, SD, NE, and WY. The position is based out of Wind Cave National Park in the Black Hills of southwestern South Dakota. The Northern Great Plains Fire Management program uses prescribed fire as a management tool throughout the region and has an active monitoring program that assesses whether burn objectives are met across a diverse landscape including parks in mixed-grass prairie, ponderosa pine forest, and the "badlands" of North Dakota and South Dakota. Please post on any list serves or job boards to spread the information on to all interested individuals. Applications details can be found within the position announcement on USA Jobs. Vacancy announcement # is MWW-DE-14-003 (984180). Closes on January 3. Posted: 12/10/13.
USGS Sequoia-Kings Canyon Field Station: summer Biological Science Technicians (Botany). Pay: GG-5 (approx. $15.15/hour) Location: Three Rivers, CA. Closes: 5pm PST Feb. 4, 2014. 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 about 5 months. Need bachelor’s degree or equivalent education and experience. Some field work 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. Housing available for rent. 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: Wendy Cole, USGS/BRD/WERC, 3020 State University Drive East, Modoc Hall, Room 3006, Sacramento, CA 95819; FAX (916) 278-9475; firstname.lastname@example.org. (E:mail preferred) Please list the announcement number (WERC-39-14-01) 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: Anne Pfaff (email@example.com). Posted: 1/14/14.
[position filled] University of Alaska Anchorage: The Sullivan lab is hiring a field assistant in physiological ecology of trees at the Arctic treeline for the 2014 summer field season (May-September). The project studies the growth response of white spruce to a west-east climate gradient in the Brooks Range, Alaska. Field sites will be visited four times this season; three of the four sites are accessed by bush plane with landings on unimproved airstrips. The fieldwork is based out of tent camps, and the successful applicant will have significant experience with camping or living in remote conditions, and be comfortable working outside in periods of poor weather. Travel between camp and the field sites requires a high level of physical fitness, the ability to pack 50 pounds of scientific equipment, and comfort navigating off-trail terrain and crossing rivers. The crew size will vary between two and three people, and the successful applicant should have a demonstrated ability to work well in small teams for long periods of time. This project involves frequent travel between field sites, with schedules involving 20 days of travel between field sites with 7-10 day breaks in Anchorage between rounds of site visits. Field days usually exceed 8 hours. Applicants will be expected to provide their own housing during time in Anchorage. Key qualifications: previous ecological fieldwork, academic experience in ecology or a related field, demonstrated ability to work well both independently and under supervision and a valid driver’s license. Compensation will be approximately $600/week. We are particularly interested in hiring college juniors or seniors who may be interested in pursuing graduate research in Arctic or Boreal ecology. Applicants should send contact information for three references, a resume, and a cover letter to Sarah Ellison (firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 1st. Please include with your references the contact information for at least one person who has worked with you in the field. All inquiries regarding this position are welcome. Posted: 1/31/14.
University of Alaska Anchorage: A field research assistant position is available for the summer of 2014 in Southwest Greenland. The field assistant will be working on a project funded by the National Science Foundation to study the differential responses of grasses and shrubs (i.e. cycling of carbon and nitrogen) to a changing climate. The project is a collaborative effort between the University of Alaska Anchorage (Sullivan Lab) and Penn State University (Post and Eissenstat Labs). I am seeking a motivated and enthusiastic student with previous field experience. The research assistant will work one on one with me on my project examining both above and belowground carbon fluxes in grasses and shrubs. Duties will include taking accurate baseline measurements such as soil moisture and soil temperature, processing plant samples, data entry and operation of a Picarro isotopic gas analyzer. Experience with gas analysis is not required but willingness to learn and troubleshoot technical issues is preferred. The field season will run from late May through late August. The fieldwork is based out of a tent camp about 20 miles from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. Visits to town, which offers a wide range of amenities, will be made approximately once per week. Due to the remoteness of the tent camp, extensive camping experience and willingness to endure periods of poor weather is required. We are particularly interested in hiring college juniors or seniors who may be interested in pursuing graduate research in Arctic or Boreal ecology. Travel from upstate NY to Kanger via the Air National Guard will be covered as well as basic camping gear such as a tent and sleeping pad. The summer will be spent camping with a small group of researchers at a scenic site on the tundra about one mile from the ice sheet. Applicants should be physically fit and willing to learn and work as a team. A weekly stipend will be provided and compensation is dependent upon experience level. Please send a resume and cover letter to Cassie Gamm (email@example.com). Review of applications will begin March 1st. Posted: 1/31/14.
University of California, Berkeley: 4 Field Crew Positions: Post-fire vegetation monitoring in the Sierra Nevada. A Crew Lead, Assistant Crew Lead and two Crewmember positions are available for a post-fire vegetation research project in the Sierra Nevada of California through UC Berkeley. The crew will collect data on forest structure, species diversity and fuels at burned sites throughout the Sierra Nevada. The season will begin in mid-May and last 3-4 months. The crew will be based out of Berkeley and camp while in the field. All employees must be comfortable camping for extensive periods, working in remote locations, in inclement weather and uncomfortable conditions, all while maintaining a positive attitude and attention to detail! Applicants must be comfortable hiking up to 5 miles off trail per day in rough, uneven terrain. All employees must complete CPR & Wilderness First Aid on their own time. Crew lead, $18/hour:Crew lead is responsible for organizing day-to-day work plans, managing crew safety and logistics, and maintaining good communication with project lead at UC Berkeley. Requires experience with leadership, identifying plants to species using dichotomous keys, off-trail navigation, and knowledge of California flora. Assistant Crew Lead, $17/hour: Assist with planning and logistics, and act as crew lead when needed. Previous leadership experience is not required. Crewmembers: $15/hour. Duties: Work as a team to collect data using a suite of sampling protocols. For more information and/or to apply, please send a 1-2 page resume with contact information for three references and a brief cover letter outlining relevant experienceand your availability to Kristen Shive (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 2/11/14.
University of California, Berkeley: Dates: Late March through August. A crew leader is needed to oversee and conduct a variety of animal surveys as part of a long-term food web and climate change study in the Carrizo Plain National Monument. The Carrizo is the largest remnant of the San Joaquin grassland ecosystem and contains many endangered plants and animals. This will be the first year that the study incorporates precipitation treatments to investigate climate change impacts on this ecosystem and its inhabitants. Employee will supervise a team of 3-5 people and will conduct a variety of surveys, focusing especially on mark-recapture of endangered kangaroo rats. Vegetation sampling, mark-recapture surveys of threatened squirrels, seed cache monitoring, visual line transects for reptiles, pitfall trapping for invertebrates, and spotlight surveys for predators and lagomorphs will also be conducted. Technicians will assist in the building of rainout shelters as part of the new climate change monitoring protocol. Additional duties include bird point counts, diet trials, soil and precipitation monitoring and educational displays and field trips. Required: Applicants should have previous supervisory experience and strong conflict management skills. Successful applicants will have previous experience working independently in the field and a strong interest in natural history, conservation, and/or management. Applicants should have a high level of responsibility, organization, and motivation and the ability to be flexible and live and work well with others in an isolated setting. Applicants must be in good physical condition and have experience with or be able to tolerate long work days, hot and cold field conditions and night work. The ability to maintain work quality and a positive attitude during challenging field conditions is essential. Applicants should have a strong interest in deserts and arid regions or in the species being studied. Applicants must also be proficient in Microsoft Office. Location: Carrizo Plain National Monument, California (60 miles east of San Luis Obispo) Work schedule: Approx. 40 hrs per week, variable throughout season. Compensation: $13/hour. Housing is provided at an active research facility on the Monument. To Apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 2-3 references as a single Word or PDF attachment to Rachel Endicott at email@example.com. Please apply by February 13th, 2014. Posted: 1/21/14.
University of California, Berkeley: The Suding lab in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management is seeking two field assistants for April 1 – June 15, 2014 to help with field work studying weed invasions in California rangelands in Brown’s valley, California. The project takes a community ecology approach to uncovering the constraints to spatial spread in rangeland weeds. Assistants will help with (1) surveying species composition in grassland vegetation, (2) mapping and measuring target exotic plant species, (3) managing data, (4) measuring soil moisture, (5) some work with livestock measuring cow dispersal of target species and observing foraging and movement behavior. The assistants will perform fieldwork as part of a team from UC Berkeley, but will be based at the Sierra Foothills Research and Extension Center (SFREC). Salary: The position pays $14.09 per hour with some benefits. To Apply: Please submit (1) letter of interest, (2) resume, and (3) contact information for three references as a single attachment when applying. For more Information and to apply: Berkeley Jobs (search for ID # 17307). One position is still open, as of 3/13/14. Posted: 1/21/14, revised: 3/14/14.
University of California, Davis: Bodega Marine Laboratory. We wish to hire a Jr. Specialist Step I at 100% time beginning July 1 2014 (or as close to this as feasible) and ending March 15, 2015. There may be an option for a second year based on successful performance. The funding for this position is from a new project funded by California Sea Grant. The Junior Specialist will be primarily responsible for conducting laboratory and field protocols as part of a research team addressing potential estuarine acidification and its consequences for restoration of the native Olympia oysters and commercial production of Pacific oysters in Tomales Bay, CA. The Jr. Specialist will work closely with the project P.I.s and graduate student(s) to design and execute lab and field experiments and sampling protocols. The Jr. Specialist will assist the graduate students with field and laboratory work, including monthly and event-based water column sampling as well as oyster outplant experiments. Requirements include: BS or BA in environmental science, marine biology, or similar field, valid driver license, ability to work independently as well as in a team, good organizational and communication skills, familiarity with basic data collection and entry, and ability to identify and solve problems encountered in field and lab settings. Ideal applicants will reside within commuting distance of the Bodega Marine Laboratory and Tomales Bay. The junior specialist must be willing to carry loads of up to 40 lbs., be willing to work at field sites under inclement weather conditions, and be able to work unusual hours as needed. Desirable attributes: Academic background and/or practical experience in biogeochemistry and aqueous chemistry of natural waters, knowledge of local invertebrates and familiarity with culturing marine invertebrates. A basic understanding of field experimental design and approaches, and willingness to assist with other field and lab protocols as needed. If you are interested in this position, please send a cover letter explaining your background, a resume, transcript, and 3 potential references (with their contact information) to: Ted Grosholz: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 4/29/14.
University of California, Davis: Two positions are available for fieldwork in forest fire ecology. Work will entail hiking and camping to access field sites, some of which are in designated wilderness areas. Tasks include mapping trees and recording demography data for a series of 4ha forest plots located throughout the western half of Yosemite National Park; these plots burned at low- to moderate-severity during the 2013 Rim Fire. The two persons hired will carry out fieldwork mostly with a supervisor as a team of three, and sometimes independently as a team of two. Qualifications: A bachelor's degree (in progress or completed), valid driver's license, and previous vegetation fieldwork and/or mapping experience are required. Candidates should be prepared to hike and camp in rough, sometimes uncomfortable outdoor conditions (long hours, low privacy, hot sun/cold rain, steep and rocky terrain, biting and stinging insects), be able to carry a 50lb pack, and have demonstrated ability to work safely and responsibly in small teams. Pluses: some knowledge of western flora and tree pathogens, Wilderness First Aid/CPR certification, previous work experience in post-fire forests. Duration: June through mid-September 2014, with some flexibility for school term schedules, etc. Salary $10 to $14 per hour, depending on experience. Camping fees covered; field vehicle provided. The work schedule will be four, ten-hour days per week, with some flexibility. Application: Please compile the following into a single PDF document and send to Jan Ng (email address: jnyng(at)ucdavis.edu). 1) a one-page cover letter describing your interest in this position and how you fulfill the requirements, 2) a 1-2 page CV, 3) a copy of transcripts (unofficial okay), and 4) a page indicating your specific availability during the proposed field dates, and also listing the names and contact information for 3 references (do not send reference letters). Deadline: Applications must be received by March 24th. Please contact Jan Ng at jnyng(at)ucdavis.edu with questions. Posted: 2/24/14.
University of California, Merced: Field ecology fall research assistant position in the Rockies! We are seeking outstanding field technicians 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 applicants will collect, process, and sow seeds from subalpine trees. The position will start the beginning of September (or sooner, if possible). The end date will be after all seeds are collected and sown prior to snowfall and is usually Oct 31 but may be later. 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. Conditions: Applicants must be enthusiastic about and capable of carrying a pack with equipment, working and hiking at high elevations (up to 11,500'). Candidates will be required to provide their own personal field gear. Successful candidates must be able 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. Applicants may be requested to work on some weekend days in order to collect seed at the right level of maturity and/or to ensure seed is sown before snowfall. Pay: $13-17/hour, depending on experience, and lodging at the Mountain Research Station. To Apply: Complete applications should include an introductory email (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). Posted: 8/19/13.
University of California, Riverside: Research interns are needed to assist in a multi-disciplinary, multi-investigator, experimental study of the interactions between ecology and evolution in Trinidad. The research is led by Professor David Reznick. We seek to integrate multiple biological fields for the study of these interactions in experimental populations of guppies in Trinidad. Duties include assisting in monthly censuses of guppy populations in montane streams. The monthly censuses include long hours in the field and laboratory. Qualifications: We seek interns who are entertaining the possibility of pursing graduate studies in some area of ecology and evolution and who wish to gain some field research experience before entering graduate school. Research will take place in semi-remote areas of Trinidad sometimes under bad weather conditions. Applicants must be able to live and work well with others. Research will involve carrying heavy packs over slippery and steep terrain. Applicants must be in good physical condition and be able to meet the demands of field research under these conditions. Ability to drive a standard transmission vehicle is desirable but not required. Applicants with first-aid/first responder training, skills in automobile maintenance, and construction skills are highly desirable. Please address these skills when applying. Interns will be required to spend a minimum of 3-months in Trinidad, with possibility of extension. Starting dates are as early as January 15, 2014. We will cover all travel and living expenses and provide housing. Please see our Guppy Project website for more information on the project and access to reprints. Our video menu includes a “guppy censuses” submenu that details the main tasks associated with the internship. Applicants should send cover letter, CV and the names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of three or more professional references to David Reznick (firstname.lastname@example.org). At least two of the references should be academics. Posted: 12/5/13.
University of Central Florida: We are looking to hire a field researcher and a field assistant to set up a long-term experiment. The research is designed to understand the role of management in mitigating climate change, and is a collaboration between the University of Central Florida, the National Park Service, and the Marine Biological Laboratories. The field research position will entail identifying plant species, setting up long term plots, and carrying out the experimental treatments. This will involve long hours in the field and physically strenuous work, sometimes during inclement weather. Both positions are from June 1 – October 17, are 29 hours per week, and NPS housing will be provided. Field researcher: Salary = $14/hour. Required qualifications: plant identification and previous involvement in field research, ability to perform strenuous manual labor in all weather conditions, lift and carry moderately heavy items, valid driver’s license, and personal vehicle. Desired qualifications: Optimally, we would like to employ someone who has previous vegetation survey, GPS, and plot establishment skills. Field assistant: Salary: $10-12/hour. Required qualifications:Ability to perform strenuous manual labor in all weather conditions, lift and carry moderately heavy items, valid driver’s license and personal vehicle. Desired qualifications: plant ID skills and previous research experience. Please send a letter of interest describing research and plant identification experience, a resume, and a list of 3 references (including email addresses and phone numbers) to Dr. Betsy Von Holle (email@example.com) by April 22nd, 2014. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Posted: 4/1/14.
University of Colorado: Position 1: Laboratory Research Technician The Johnson Laboratory is accepting 3-4 qualified research technicians to assist in the laboratory in scenic Boulder beginning in May and concluding in August 2014. The primary responsibilities of these individuals will be to perform necropsies on a wide range of amphibian, fish and bird species to identify and quantify macro-parasite infections. This will include (i) isolation of macro-parasites for molecular and morphological vouchers (ii) and use of microscopic photography techniques to identify and document in situ and isolated macro-parasites. In addition these individuals will be expected to assist with daily management of the laboratory and to assist with laboratory experiments. Potential applicants should expect long hours at a microscope. Prior experience with animal necropsy, parasite identification, and laboratory experimentation are required. Housing will not be provided, however it is easy to find a summer sublease near campus. Position 2: California Field Technician The Johnson Laboratory is accepting 3-4 qualified field crew technicians to assist in the field sampling season in beautiful Bay Area California beginning in May and concluding in August 2014. The primary responsibilities of these individuals will be to perform an in-depth field sampling protocol focusing on amphibians, fish and invertebrates within pond systems. This will include (i) macro and micro identification of amphibians, fish, invertebrates, and parasites (ii) performing field sampling techniques such as but not limited to: dipnet, seine, visual survey, Bd swabbing, and fishing (iii) and necropsy snail for parasite isolation. In addition these individuals will be expected to assist with daily record keeping and equipment maintenance. Potential applicants should expect long hours in challenging field conditions. Prior field experience with field sampling and snail parasites identification are required. A valid Driver’s license is also required. Lodging will be provided at Blue Oak Ranch Reserve. Camping is required for this position however there is access to an indoor bathroom including a hot shower, a full kitchen, and internet. To apply for either Position 1 (Laboratory Research Technician) or Position 2 (California Field Technician) send an application package that should include (i) a cover letter that states the position you are applying for, previous professional experiences, and why you would like to work for the Johnson Laboratory (ii) a current CV (iii) contact information for three professional references (include email and phone number and (iiii) and potential start date. Please send compile the application package into a PDF (one document) and email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the position number in the subject line by March 3rd. Candidates who do not follow the application requirements or apply after March 3rd will not be considered. Posted: 1/10/14.
University of Florida: Field tech position for climate change research in Alaskan permafrost. The focus of our research program is to understand the effects of climate change on carbon cycling in tundra ecosystems. The field site borders Denali National Park in Healy, AK. Position duration: Mid-April until late Sept 2014 with the possibility of extension. Fieldwork will include maintenance of experimental plots and measurements of ecosystem-level respiration, photosynthesis, isotopes and plant biomass. The technician will work closely with a postdoctoral researcher, graduate and undergraduate students to collect data and maintain field equipment. 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 ATV or car. Applicants should be prepared to work long hours, sometimes 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. Desired qualifications: Prior experience with fieldwork or project management desired. To apply: Please send a cover letter detailing your preparedness for the position, CV or resume, and list of three references to Marguerite Mauritz (email@example.com) by March 7th 2014. Posted: 2/11/14.
University of Idaho: Fire, Rehabilitation, and Cheatgrass in the Sagebrush Steppe. The Newingham Lab has an opening for a research assistant for the summer of 2014 starting May 2014. The goal of the project is to understand how fire, grazing, and post-fire rehabilitation interact with the environment to alter plant community trajectory, species richness, invasion by *Bromus tectorum*(cheatgrass), and the system's fire regime. Duties will include collecting plant community data and specimens in the field; data entry in Excel; spatial analysis using ArcGIS and remote sensing and other tasks as needed. Experience identifying plants is required. Experience with GIS and remote sensing is helpful, but not necessary. Our research team uses fieldwork, remote sensing, and spatial analysis to look for patterns in plant community assembly and use the natural gradients in precipitation, soil, and elevation to evaluate their effect on native vegetation, invasion risk, and fire. This is a great opportunity to learn about issues in sagebrush land management and interact with staff from the BLM and USGS. Research assistants will earn $9-11/hr depending on experience. Location: Lab space will be in Boise with fieldwork conducted between Boise and Twin Falls. Duties: 5-8 days of fieldwork and camping in remote locations, collecting plant community data and specimens, data entry in Excel, spatial analysis using ArcGIS and remote sensing. Experience with plant identification, GIS, Remote Sensing, and fieldwork are preferred, but not requisite. To apply, email a resume, unofficial transcript, and a letter of interest detailing your skills and experience and how you would contribute to the project to: Chris Bowman-Prideaux (firstname.lastname@example.org), Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences, College of Natural Resources, University of Idaho, Moscow. Posted: 4/10/14.
University of Idaho: These three summer positions involve measuring fire effects throughout the Pacific Northwest (roughly within the basin of the Columbia River) to support research into fire refugia and whether climate variability and trends affect unburned islands within fire perimeters. Tasks include navigating to pre-determined points within fire perimeters, and assessing what the effect of fire was on the vegetation and surface fuels. Qualifications: Previous experience taking vegetation research data, working safely in challenging environments, and following complex data collection protocols is required. Experience with fire-related data collection strongly preferred. Candidates should demonstrate the ability to solve problems and to work both in teams of two or three. Work will involve moving through sometimes steep, rocky terrain with delicate and expensive equipment while carrying a full field pack. Staff must have a driver’s license and a Wilderness First Aid/CPR certification (or higher) valid until September 30, 2014 (if you are not certified, please include your plans for certification in your cover letter). Other: Practical experience in the operation and maintenance of computer, electronic, and mechanical equipment; familiarity with a variety of software and instrumentation; and experience with periods of outdoor living are all positives. Duration: Early June – end-August 2014; some flexibility is possible to cater for the various university schedules. Salary: $10-13 per hour, depending on experience. The work schedule is four, ten hour days per week most of the time, but some work periods will require 8-days on/6-days off. Apply: Please assemble all of the following into a single PDF file and email it to email@example.com – 1) A one-page cover letter describing your interests, reasons for applying, and specific dates of availability (including any planned mid-summer absences), 2) A resume or CV, no longer than two pages, 3) Unofficial transcripts, and 4) Phone numbers and email addresses of references (please do not send letters of reference). Contact Jim Lutz at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Application deadline: February 28, 2014. Decisions: March 31, 2014. Exceptional candidates will be selected earlier. Posted: 12/20/13.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Summer field work as a field assistant sampling soils at the Coweeta LTER site in the Southern Appalachians, NC. Approximate dates: late May through August. Applicants should have a strong interest in field ecology and soil biogeochemical cycling. Background: I am interested in studying how soil carbon cycling responds to disturbance. This project is being conducted at the Coweeta LTER site where the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), an invasive insect, has wiped out hemlocks over the past decade. Hemlocks are an important part of the vegetation in the Southern Appalachians, and can have a strong effect on element cycling in areas where they make up a large portion of the forest biomass. The purpose of this project will be to: 1. Understand how soil carbon cycling has changed over the course of hemlock mortality as a result of HWA. 2. Understand how the impacts of HWA vary in a heterogeneous landscape characterized by varying levels of nitrogen deposition and changes in vegetation composition. The field assistant will work with Kelsey Ream (Masters student at the University of Illinois) to sample soils, measure soil CO2 efflux, and conduct vegetation surveys in the Coweeta Basin, Otto, NC. The assistant will live in a dormitory with other researchers, graduate students, and interns for the summer. Housing will be provided but the assistant will pay for their own food. Compensation is $10 per hour and the position will be full time for ~3 months. Candidates should have the following skills: - Educational background in ecology, soils, environmental science, or a related discipline. - Experience with field work, ideally soil and vegetation sampling - Ability to work 9+ hour days in buggy, rugged terrain and hot, humid weather - Motivation to work at a rural field station for the summer Applicants should submit the following to Kelsey Ream at email@example.com: - Cover letter summarizing research interests and academic and professional background - Resume/CV - Copy of college transcripts (unofficial transcripts are fine) - Names and contact information for two references (no letters needed). Posted: 5/7/14.
University of Illinois: Seasonal research assistant needed - Behavioral Ecology of Field Sparrow. Location: Champaign, IL. April 15th through July 15th. Pay rate: $10.50/hr. The Ward Laboratory, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences is seeking one research technician to assist in a study of the Extra-pair Mating Behavior of Field Sparrow in Champaign, IL from April 15th to July 15th, 2014. The primary duties will include: 1) tracking sparrows using manual and automated telemetry, 2) recording sparrow songs using parabolic microphones and autonomous acoustic recording systems, 3) capturing and banding birds with aluminum and color bands, 5) locate, map and monitor sparrow nests (nest searching/monitoring) and 6) conduct playback experiments. Additional duties may include data entry, equipment maintenance and collecting other ecological data as directed by supervisor. This research is an excellent opportunity to gain a diverse array of ornithological field skills, including novel technologies. Qualifications: Applicant must be able to demonstrate experience with nest searching/monitoring and basic telemetry; birdsong recording is a plus but not required. Applicant must be able to maintain a good attitude while working in variable conditions (weather, terrain, and insect) and early in the morning (e.g. 3:30 am) to record dawn songs. The applicant should be available to work on weekends if needed. Candidates should be independent, enthusiastic and organized individuals with a strong work ethic, desire to learn, good interpersonal skills and a sense of humor. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license. Housing is not provided. If interested 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 3/15/14. Please, indicate in the subject of the email that you are applying for the Field Technician position. Posted: 2/18/14.
University of Illinois: Aquatic Field Technician. Illinois River Biological Station, Illinois Natural History Survey, a division of the Prairie Research Institute. Position located in Havana, Illinois. Successful candidate will assist large river ecologists in the collection of monitoring data. The individual in this position must demonstrate a working knowledge of, and ability to collect biological data, such as fisheries and water quality in a large river system; experience using large boats, outboard motors, trailers, four wheel drive vehicles along with fisheries, water quality, and related field equipment is preferred. The candidate will also be expected to perform field station maintenance duties. Qualifications: The incumbent must have or be in the process of working toward a BS in biology or a related field. Experienced desired in boating and maintaining field equipment. The individual must have a valid driver’s license and be able to swim. Also, the candidate must be able to work in extreme weather conditions. Salary: $9-11/hour depending on experience. Available: Mid-May through mid-August, with possible extension to October 2014. For full consideration, applications should be received by 2/14/14, but the position may be filled sooner when a suitable candidate is found. Electronic applications required. To apply, please email cover letter, resume or curriculum vitae and contact information for three professional references to: email@example.com - (Reference “IRBS field tech” in subject line). Posted: 1/17/14.
University of Maine: Student field workers and research assistants (total of 8 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. The selected applicants will conduct avian point count surveys and forested vegetation surveys. Bird surveys will take place early each morning and data will be entered each afternoon. Duties also may include territory plotting, vegetation 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. 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: “Assistant application”. Employees will be provided housing near study areas in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, a vehicle for fieldwork use, and a wage ranging $7.60-11 per hour depending on experience and completion of an undergraduate degree. Work-study students are encouraged to apply. More experienced applicants may be asked to take leadership roles and supervise a less experienced technician and will receive compensative pay. Please indicate interest in your cover letter. Research sites are remote, and numerous outdoor recreational opportunities are located nearby such as hiking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and moose watching. 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. Enrollment or 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. Enthusiasm for working in rugged but beautiful field sites is essential. Contact: Brian Rolek (firstname.lastname@example.org). Dates: 10 May - 31 August 2014. Application deadline: 12 January 2014. Posted: 12/19/13.
University of Maryland: We seek 1-2 summer research assistants for a study of species range expansion and community ecology in marsh and mangrove ecosystems along the Atlantic coast of Florida. The assistant(s) will be supervised by graduate students associated with the University of Maryland and the Smithsonian Institution, based primarily at the Smithsonian Marine Station in Ft. Pierce, Florida. The research broadly considers factors promoting and inhibiting species range expansion, and how ecological communities respond to habitat shifts that result from range expansion. In particular, most research help will be required for a pair of studies focusing on mangroves and marsh as resources for pollinators and crab communities. The assistant(s) will have opportunities to conduct an independent research project that relates to plant-pollinator interactions, crab habitat selection, or a similar topic. Field work will be conducted in a mixture of terrestrial and aquatic settings; work can be strenuous at times, and applicants should be willing and able to work in hot, buggy conditions in and around water. Previous experience with crustaceans and/or insects is preferred, but is by no means necessary. Tasks will include monitoring insect floral visitors in the field, processing and identifying insect specimens in the lab, collecting plankton samples and traps, and identifying larval crabs using microscopes. Applicants will gain experience with GPS navigation, water analyzers, dissecting scopes, and data collection and management. Position will be based in Ft. Pierce, Florida. We will help assistant(s) to procure local housing. The assistant ideally will have a personal vehicle or local transportation of their own (it will not be used for work). Compensation starts at $10/hour. Position would begin in mid- to late-May, ending in August/September (specific dates are flexible). Please send any queries and your application by email to Cora Johnston (email@example.com) and Mayda Nathan (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applications should include a resume, contact information for two references, and a cover letter that describes prior research experience, outdoor experience, and interests. Please include your dates of availability within the window given above. Posted: 4/25/14.
University of Michigan: A temporary technician position (up to 40h/week) from May 1st – August 31, 2014, with possible extension until August 31, 2015, is available in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Dept, with core conceptual focus on linking ecosystem level process measurements to sequencing-based analysis of bacterial community composition, metabolic potential (metagenomics) and activity (assess through metatranscriptomics). A particular focus of the lab is on the impact of invasive dreissenid mussels on the microbial food web, and how these impacts affect carbon cycling by benthic and pelagic bacteria and archaea. Immediate responsibilities will include: setup and maintenance of experimental mesocosms, assistance in boat-based sampling operations on Michigan inland lakes, potentially on the Great Lakes as well; specialized methods for environmental microbiology (ideal candidate has experience with fluorescent microscopy (CARD-FISH), DNA/RNA extractions, 16S and metagenome library prep, qPCR, field-based water filtration, leucine incorporation assays, 13C stable isotope analysis, and net ecosystem production measurements); General lab maintenance and safety-ordering, inventory, organization, and glassware; Supervise the day-to-day activities of temporary hourly and undergraduate students in the lab, in support of ongoing experiments. The candidate should have a BA or BS in biology, microbiology, or environmental science with previous experience performing research in a wet lab, the ability to work well in a group, and the willingness to supervise undergraduates. Technician will work in the Denef lab. Candidates can apply to this position by emailing Vincent (email@example.com) with their CV and cover letter attached. The position is available for 4 months as a temporary position (no benefits included) with potential extension for 1 additional year as a full-time position with benefits. Posted: 4/29/14.
University of Michigan: We are seeking undergraduates or college graduates interested in research to understand the ecosystem function in soils, streams, and lakes, and how arctic tundra will respond to climate change. Paid research assistants will collect and analyze field samples at sites located in the foothills of the Brooks Range in Northern Alaska. Job duties include sample collection, field measurements, and lab analyses. Fieldwork involves hiking in remote areas while carrying heavy packs of field equipment. Additional responsibilities include chemical analyses and data processing at the Toolik Lake Field Station. This position offers an excellent opportunity to gain research experience in ecology and meet outstanding research scientists from around the world. Room and board are provided. This position is associated with the Arctic Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program. If interested, please provide a resume and a 1-page description of your background (include relevant course work, field experience), goals, and names of references to Dr. George Kling, firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax 734-763-0544. Experience in ecology, chemistry, and microbiology is desirable. Fieldwork runs from approximately June 10 - August 30, 2014. Posted: 2/12/14.
University of Minnesota: One experienced avian field team leader is needed for surveys of breeding Black Terns in the Great Lakes region, conducted out of the University of Minnesota. The team leader will head one of two survey teams working 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 the 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 will also 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 26 – July 18, 2014. Compensation: $14/hour. To apply for this position, please send the following materials to Kate Wyman (email@example.com) in a single MS Word or PDF document: cover letter, resume, and contact information for three people who can comment on the applicant’s ability to meet the job requirements. Applications will be reviewed beginning on February 24th, 2014. Posted: 1/31/14.
University of Minnesota: Northern Minnesota is a focal point of potential climate warming impacts because it sits at the transition between boreal and temperate forest biomes. B4WARMED (Boreal Forest Warming at an Ecotone in Danger) is a unique manipulative experiment that warms plants and soil in the field to examine tree seedling and germinant response to warming with respect to physiology, phenology, growth, and survival. We seek undergraduate or newly graduated students with a background or interest in ecology, environmental science, forestry, or a related field for paid field research internships ($10/hr). Interns are needed primarily from May through September. However, positions are also available starting in March through June and in September through November. Internships last 4 months after the start date. Typical work days are eight hours Monday through Friday, however some tasks require early morning, evening, or weekend work. A valid driver’s license is required. Personal vehicles are helpful but not required. Responsibilities: - Work independently to 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. - Assist with planting or harvesting of studied trees - Data entry - 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 live with others in a remote area. 5) Demonstrated ability to work under changing weather conditions and with large swarms of insects. 6) Ability to adapt to a frequently changing schedule with frequent travel. 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 is required and will vary by projects and time of the season. An individual’s home base may be at either of these locations and will be determined by the project managers. On-site housing with cooking facilities is available for a small fee. Contact: Please send cover letter (including available working dates), one-page resume, and email contact information for two references electronically to: Karen Rice (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 1/14/14.
University of Montana: Stream Salamander Field Assistants. Two seasonal Wildlife Technician positions are available to work in the lab of Dr. Winsor Lowe at the University of Montana. Fieldwork will be conducted at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in central New Hampshire. The positions will last approximately three months (10-12 weeks), starting early/mid-June and ending in early/mid- August. Housing is provided at Hubbard Brook in New Hampshire. Travel to local field sites will be provided. The technicians’ primary duties will involve surveys of stream salamanders and brook trout in headwater streams of central New Hampshire. The technicians will also assist in setting up and maintenance of artificial stream experiments at the field site. Collection of invertebrate emergence and drift data from headwater streams will also be a duty of the technician(s). 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 technicians will be part of two-three person field crews, thus successful applicants should work well with others and independently. Prior fieldwork experience is preferred, but not required. A short online animal use and handling course is required. PAY: $10/hour, 40-hour work week. LAST DATE TO APPLY: February 28, 2014. CONTACT: Send a cover letter, resume and contact info for at least 2 references to Jon Davenport, email@example.com. Posted: 2/17/14.
University of Montana: The Forest Ecology lab is seeking to hire field research assistants to join a 3-4 person crew for summer 2014 in western Montana. Work will be conducted at Lubrecht Experimental Forest in the Blackfoot River drainage and the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Work will include: • Installing long-term research plots at Lubrecht Experimental Forest • Identifying, measuring, and stem mapping mixed conifer stands in both areas to quantify spatial patterns and establish pretreatment baselines • Taking and implementing hemispherical photographs to quantify canopy openness • Learning about how different treatment types (e.g. restoration, fuels treatments) influence snow hydrology Positions are best suited for individuals that: have or are working toward a degree in forest or environmental sciences; are interested in forest restoration, silviculture, or forest ecology; and have some previous experience sampling vegetation. Candidates must be able to effectively work as a team, be detail oriented, and be able to solve problems with minimal supervision. Candidates must also be in good physical condition and able to work long hours in adverse weather. Salary: $8.50 to $13.50/hr depending on experience • Summer work study students are encouraged to apply. Positions can start as early as late May and continue as late as late September 2014. Exact start and end dates are negotiable and the crew will have flexibility to set the schedule. To apply, assemble as a single PDF and email to firstname.lastname@example.org: 1) a one page cover letter describing your interests, qualifications, degree program, and relevant coursework; 2) your dates of availability; 3) A resume or CV; 4) contact information for two references with firsthand knowledge of you work experience (no need to send letters). For more information please contact Eryn Schneider (email@example.com) or call 605.212.5717. Posted: 1/14/14.
University of Notre Dame: Teaching Assistant needed for 10-week summer course at the University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center (UNDERC) in northern Wisconsin and the Michigan Upper Peninsula. This undergraduate course, Practicum in Environmental Field Biology, runs from May 19 – July 25, 2014. The course includes both teaching and research components to educate 28 sophomore and junior undergraduate students. The teaching component is broken up into 4 week-long modules (Vertebrate Ecology, Aquatic Ecology, Insect Ecology, and Forest Ecology), taught by instructors from the University of Notre Dame and other collaborating universities. Students also work with mentors and TAs to design and carry out independent ecological research projects. TA will work to assist professors during each teaching module, as well as provide guidance on a daily basis to enrolled students. Additionally, the TA will directly mentor 1-2 student projects during the summer. The project topics will be directed towards the mentor’s strengths in ecology (e.g., herpetology, mammalogy, forestry, aquatics, etc.). Modern apartment-style housing will be provided at UNDERC. Field vehicles are also 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 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, (574) 631-0970. Review of applications will begin 28 February. Posted: 1/31/14.
University of South Dakota: The Soluk lab is looking to hire field technicians for the 2014 summer field season. The Soluk lab works on the population and behavioral ecology of the Hine’s emerald dragonfly, the only dragonfly species listed as federally endangered in the United States. Our lab field stations are located in Ellison Bay, WI & Lemont, IL. Work will entail: • surveying potential Hine’s emerald dragonfly (HED) habitats • sampling for larval HED and other aquatic invertebrates • assessing quality of created habitats for the HED • performing behavioral observations of adult HED • assisting graduate students with their experiments. Technicians will gain useful field experience in Freshwater Ecology and Conservation Biology. Benefits include competitive wages, per diem, and housing. Applicants should have good attention to detail, a strong work ethic, and be able to work in variable field conditions. Applicants with an interest in conservation biology or ecology are preferred. Applicants should send a cover letter along with a resume or CV that documents relevant skills, experiences, and coursework to Amber Furness (email@example.com). Posted: 3/26/14.
University of South Dakota: We are hiring 1-2 technicians to serve as Lead or Assistant Crew Leaders and up to 8-10 additional field research assistants for a continuing 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). LEAD OR ASSISTANT CREW LEADERS ($13-$15/hr depending on qualifications and position) Preferred Qualifications: A BS or MS in ecology, forestry, botany, or a related field; strong skills and experience in identification and sampling of vascular plants in Great Plains riparian communities; experience with using Geographic Information Systems (ArcGIS) and Trimble GPS; strong organizational and supervisory/leadership skills; and valid drivers license and clean driving record. Experience operating motor boats on large rivers would also be a plus. Field work will require work for extended periods of time under sometimes arduous field conditions and in remote locations away from campus, and may require camping. Travel expenses (lodging, food) during the field work will be covered for time on the road and for crews based away from Vermillion, SD. Expected start date by June 1 or earlier. Expected ending date around August 31 (although opportunities may exist for some additional work following the field season). FIELD ASSISTANTS (~$12/hr) Preferred Qualifications: A BS or current enrollment in a university program in biology, ecology, forestry, wildlife, or related field; ability to identify (or learn to identify) trees and shrubs within Great Plains riparian forests; experience with field research (particularly vegetation sampling); maturity and good people skills; interest in the work; and attention to detail. Experience using Geographic Information Systems (ArcGIS), Trimble GPS, 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 for time on the road and for crews based away from Vermillion, SD. Expected start date by June 15 or earlier. Expected ending date by mid to late August. Potential applicants for either position should email a letter of interest and a resume or CV that documents relevant experience and skills (e.g., those related to Preferred Qualifications) to Mark Dixon (Mark.Dixon@usd.edu). Please indicate whether you are applying for a Lead/Assistant Crew Leader or field assistant position (or either), and also indicate if you have a geographic preference for where you would like to work (crew 1: central North Dakota and eastern Montana, crew 2: southeastern South Dakota and northeastern Nebraska, crew 3: eastern Nebraska and western Iowa). Posted: 1/16/14.
University of Texas at Austin: Research Assistant in Global Climate Change, Bioenergy, and Ecophysiology of Switchgrass. The Section of Integrative Biology is recruiting a full-time temporary (1-year) research assistant to be located at the USDA-ARS laboratory at Temple, TX under the co-direction of Drs. Tom Juenger (University of Texas Section of Integrative Biology), Philip Fay, and James Kiniry (USDA). The research assistant will work on collaborative experiments studying switchgrass ecology, physiology, and genomics. Responsibilities will include plant propagation and greenhouse work (10%), the establishing, maintaining, and completing field experiments (75%), lab processing of field samples (15%), and related functions including general lab tasks and routine equipment maintenance. Field experiments will require travel to multiple locations. Required Qualifications: BA/BS degree in ecology, biology, agronomy, or related field and previous experience with field research. This position requires an independent, organized, and motivated individual with demonstrated research skills. Preferred Qualifications: Experience including plant propagation, field plot establishment and maintenance, plant physiological measurements (such as leaf gas exchange, light interception, tissue characterization), and sample preparation for nutrient analysis are preferred skills. Familiarity with data logger programming and operation is also desirable. To apply, email a single pdf file containing a letter of interest, a CV, and contact information for three professional references to Dr. Tom Juenger at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put 'Research Assistant in Global Climate Change' in the subject line. Posted: 9/10/13.
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 (Arctic Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) project) located at the Toolik Field Station in northern Alaska. The following position will be filled pending funding. Streams Summer Field Assistant: The successful candidate will participate in research on arctic tundra stream ecosystems in the Toolik Field Station research area. Duties include monitoring physical parameters in streams, collection and analysis of water samples, benthic samples, and juvenile and adult fish. Basic laboratory skills, familiarity with spreadsheet software, and some knowledge of stream ecosystems preferred. Applicants should be recent college graduates, (BS or MS) with substantial course work and/or field experience in environmental sciences. Some background in aquatic ecology, hydrology, chemistry, fish ecology and/or ecosystems ecology preferred. Applicants should be in good health, capable of rigorous outdoor activity, and prepared to live in a field camp where cooperation with others is essential, personal privacy is limited, and living accommodations are spare and simple. Candidates for this job 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, 2014, however, review will begin immediately and interviews may occur before the deadline. To apply: Please email a single pdf labeled with your last name containing a letter of interest, resume, copy of transcripts, names, addresses, telephone number and email address of 3 references to: Elissa Schuett at bwrl(at)uvm(dot)edu with your last name and Arctic in the subject line. Posted: 2/5/14.
University of Wisconsin-Stout: Wetland Research Crew Leader (Research Technician 2 Classification, 2 positions) Chippewa Moraine Ephemeral Ponds Project. Two Limited-Term Employment positions 40 hours / week from Mar, 2014 – Oct, 2014 (flexible). Pay: $12/hour (negotiable). Mileage from UW-Stout to field sites will be reimbursed at $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 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, 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. In addition to interest in fieldwork, candidates should have skill in aquatic macroinvertebrate identification and/or laboratory chemical analysis. 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. 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, including heat, rain, ticks, and mosquitoes. Desirable Qualifications: Three months professional experience in field or laboratory settings Supervisory experience – of undergraduates, a plus Expertise in aquatic macroinvertebrate identification and sampling 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 on or before March 31 (flexible) and continue into September. However, other highly-qualified candidates may be considered. To apply, send cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and the contact information for three references to email@example.com. Review of applications begins Friday, January 31. Positions are open until filled. Questions about the position can be addressed to Dr. Mandy Little (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Jim Church (email@example.com). Posted: 1/22/14.
University of Wyoming: A summer field assistant is sought to assist with a study investigating competitive interactions among tree species at field sites throughout the Rocky Mountains. Primary responsibilities will include collecting tree morphometry data and core samples at remote, backcountry plot locations. The field assistant will work alongside a graduate student and will be expected to live primarily in backcountry conditions throughout the duration of the field season. Successful applicants will have an interest in forest ecology, a strong work ethic, and a high level of physical fitness. No previous experience is required. Tentative dates: June 2-July 26, 2014 Salary: $320 per week. All housing and food will be provided during the working week. To apply: Please send an email outlining your interest and qualifications to: Paige Copenhaver, Ph.D. Student, Botany Department and Program in Ecology, University of Wyoming, firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 4/29/14.
University of Wyoming: Wyoming Toad Field Technician Positions. The Wyoming toad (Anaxyrus baxteri) is a critically endangered species that is endemic to the Laramie Basin. The species was historically abundant throughout its range but began declining in the 1970’s until the last known individuals were brought into captivity in the 1990’s to establish a captive breeding program. Individuals from the captive breeding program have been reintroduced into the wild but self-sustaining populations have not yet been established. Position is based out of Laramie, Wyoming and the field site is at Mortenson Lake National Wildlife Refuge located approximately 15 miles southwest of Laramie. Two field technicians are needed in the Murphy Lab to assist with research on factors limiting survival and reestablishment of the Wyoming toad. Duties of technicians include (but are not limited to): Building and installing mesh tadpole and toad enclosures Daily feeding and monitoring of tadpoles and metamorphs held in field enclosures Photographing and measuring tadpoles and metamorphs Marking metamorphs with visual implant elastomers (VIE) Swabbing metamorphs for Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) which causes chytrid fungus in amphibians Rangeland plant identification and monitoring Data entry in MS Access. Field technicians will gain valuable experience using a variety of field methods while contributing to recovery of a critically endangered amphibian. Qualifications: willingness and ability to work extremely long hours and be very flexible with their schedule as it is highly dependent on the needs of the animals. Applicants 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 applicants that have a B.S. degree or are 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. Field technicians will be paid $400-440 per week (depending on experience) and provided with a shared field vehicle. Duration: mid-May thru mid to late-August (start and end dates are somewhat flexible) To Apply: Send a letter of interest, résumé or CV, and contact information (name, email, and phone number) for three references in a single Word or PDF document to Julie Polasik at email@example.com. Priority will be given to applications received by April 13th, 2014. Posted: 4/9/14.
University of Wyoming: Small Mammal Technicians, Thunder Basin National Grassland, northeast WY. Pay: 2 techs @ $10-11/hour (depending on experience) plus housing; 1-2 techs per diem stipend plus housing. Duration: mid/end of May – mid August 2014. Last Date to Apply: 3/10/2014. Hiring 3-4 seasonal technicians to conduct research on the relationship between cheatgrass 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 pitfall traps; euthanizing deer mice (Peromyscus maniculatus) as a part of a removal experiment; vegetation surveys; and data management and entry. Semi-frequent night work will also be required for powder tracking small mammals. Work schedule will switch between commuting from the house near Wright, WY and staying on-site in the grassland (in tents or a trailer) for multiple nights in a row. 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 3 references as a single document to ThunderBasinResearch@gmail.com. Contact Person: Joe Ceradini – ThunderBasinResearch@gmail.com; http://www.wyocoopunit.org/. Posted: 2/7/14.
Utah State University: Stream Habitat Assessment Technicians (15 positions): Based in Utah traveling to BLM lands across the West. Technicians will work on the BLM's Western Rivers and Streams Assessment (WRSA). The WRSA is a survey of the chemical, physical and biological condition of BLM streams and rivers throughout the contiguous western U.S. This project is in collaboration with the EPA's National River and Streams Assessment. Technicians will be employed by the National Aquatic Monitoring Center (NAMC), a joint partnership between the BLM and Utah State University located in Logan, UT . Hired personnel will sample streams and rivers throughout the contiguous U.S. for water quality, physical habitat and biological indicators. Technicians will gain experience working with multiple agencies and will receive training on EPA, USFS, and BLM stream sampling protocols. Work schedules will typically consist of 8 consecutive ten-hour days, followed by 6 days off. However, due to the extensive travel required for some sites, technicians should be prepared to work longer periods of up to 14 days, with 1 day off in the middle at a hotel and 10 days off after the trip. Trip schedules and locations can be somewhat flexible prior to the start of the field season, but once the field season begins technicians are required to work all trips that they are scheduled for in their entirety. Technicians will be based out of Logan, UT but will travel extensively across the west seeing some of the most spectacular public lands in the country. For example, crews will be sampling streams throughout the red rocks of Southern Utah, Pacific Northwest, Front Range, Sierra Nevada, and Wind River Range. Positions will begin Monday, May 5th and extend through August 22nd, with the opportunity to work through September 30th. If arranged prior to hiring, start and end dates can be flexible to accommodate students' academic calendars. Pay is $10-15 per hour depending on experience and/or education. Most crews will consist of 2 people. For sites that require backpacking into remote wilderness areas, crews will consist of 3 people. Crew leaders should have additional field/stream ecology experience and will be chosen at the end of training. Crew leaders will have additional responsibilities such as submitting data, planning routes, and interacting with BLM field office biologists and landowners to coordinate sampling efforts. Members will rotate through crews as schedules and personalities allow. Select individuals that have boating experience (kayaking, rafting, and motorized) may be eligible for specialized boating crews that will sample major rivers throughout the west such as the Colorado and Snake Rivers. Technicians should be prepared for strenuous hiking and primitive camping in all kinds of weather throughout the eight-day trips. Some streams sampled will be near a road, while some trips may include 8 consecutive days in a backcountry setting. Bushwhacking is often a common part of the job and good GPS/navigational skills will be useful. All camping gear and food during trips will be provided. Housing is not provided, but seasonal housing is available at minimal cost during the summer in Logan. Successful applicants may be able to coordinate with other field technicians to share cost of housing. Qualifications: * Course work in natural resources/ecology or other scientific fields. * Field experience collecting scientific data. * Critical thinking and problem solving skills, as applying the stream protocols to diverse systems across the west can be challenging. * An excellent attitude, work ethic, and willingness to learn. * Ability to work closely and amicably with another field technician for extended periods of the time alone in remote conditions. * Ability to interact professionally with multiple stakeholders. * Willingness to travel extensively for long periods of the summer. * Comfortable wading and working in streams that may have slick boulders or fast water. * Ability to work outdoors in extreme climatic conditions and carry loads exceeding 40 lbs for up to 8 miles. * Outdoor/field experience (job requires camping and hiking in remote locations for extended periods of time). * GPS and navigational skills. * Valid driver's license is required. Additional Qualifications: * Applicants with coursework in stream ecology, hydrology or geomorphology and field experience collecting macroinvertebrate and stream habitat data will be given preference, especially for crew leader positions. * Wilderness First Aid certification is not required but is a plus. * Swift water rescue and rafting/boating experience is also not required but is a major plus! To apply, email a cover letter, resume, and 2 references with e-mail address and phone numbers to: firstname.lastname@example.org by March 2nd. In your cover letter, please explain your field experience and aquatic ecology knowledge and list any extended periods of time (>3 days) that you will require off throughout the summer. If you are not available to start work on May 5th, include the earliest possible date you can be available to start work. Posted: 2/12/14.
Utah State University: These two summer positions involve the establishment of the 25.6 ha Utah Forest Dynamics Plot, to be located in the northern portion of the Cedar Breaks National Monument in old-growth, high-elevation mixed conifer forest. Tasks include surveying a grid on 20 m centers with Total Stations and GPS (as possible). Some tree locations will also be mapped with the Total Station and tree information collected. Qualifications: Previous experience taking vegetation research data, working safely in challenging environments, and following complex data collection protocols is required. Candidates should demonstrate the ability to solve problems and to work both in teams of two or three. Work will involve moving through sometimes steep, rocky terrain with delicate, expensive, and heavy equipment. Surveying experience is preferred; GIS experience or a GIS course is required. Staff must have a driver’s license and a Wilderness First Aid/CPR certification (or higher) valid until September 30, 2014 (if you are not certified, please include your plans for certification in your cover letter). Other: Practical experience in the operation and maintenance of computer, electronic, and mechanical equipment; familiarity with a variety of software and instrumentation; and experience with periods of outdoor living are all positives. The research site and campground are at an elevation of 3,000 m. Duration: Late-June – mid-September 2014; scheduling depends on when the winter snow melts, and also when our permits are finalized. If circumstances cause delay, staff will be able to work on my other field crews. Salary: $10-13 per hour, depending on experience. Camping accommodations (with hot showers) provided. The work schedule is four, ten hour days per week. Apply: Please assemble all of the following into a single PDF file and email it to email@example.com – 1) A one-page cover letter describing your interests, reasons for applying, and specific dates of availability (including any planned mid-summer absences), 2) A resume or CV, no longer than two pages, 3) Unofficial transcripts, and 4) Phone numbers and email addresses of references (please do not send letters of reference). Contact Jim Lutz at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Application deadline: February 28, 2014. Decisions: March 31, 2014. Exceptional candidates will be selected earlier. Posted: 12/20/13.
Utah State University: These four summer positions involve a complete remeasurement of the 25.6 ha Yosemite Forest Dynamics Plot, located near Crane Flat in old-growth sugar pine/white fir forest. The plot burned at generally low to moderate severity in the 2013 Rim Fire. Tasks include revisiting each tree and snag; recording mortalities, ingrowth, and newly fallen wood; measuring scorch and snag heights; and mapping shrub patches, down CWD and areas of the forest floor that did not burn. Other tasks include measuring fuel consumption along fixed transects, installing and measuring dendrometers, and collecting data from associated instrumentation. Mortality checks require hatchet use. Staff will supervise students and volunteers. Qualifications: Previous experience taking vegetation research data, working safely in challenging environments, and following complex data collection protocols is required. Candidates should demonstrate the ability to solve problems and to work both independently and in teams of two or three. Work will involve moving through sometimes steep, rocky terrain with delicate and expensive equipment, as well as the ability to carry up to 15 kg of additional gear. Work experience in post-fire forests strongly desired, as is some knowledge of western flora, tree pathogens, and forest insects. Staff must have a driver’s license and a Wilderness First Aid/CPR certification (or higher) valid until August 31, 2014 (if you are not certified, please include your plans for certification in your cover letter). Other: Practical experience in the operation and maintenance of computer, electronic, and mechanical equipment; familiarity with a variety of software and instrumentation; and experience with periods of outdoor living are all positives. Duration: Late-May – mid-August 2014; there is some schedule flexibility for people graduating from ‘quarter system’ universities. Salary: $10-13 per hour, depending on experience. Camping accommodations provided. The work schedule is four, ten hour days per week. Apply: Please assemble all of the following into a single PDF file and email it to email@example.com – 1) A one-page cover letter describing your interests, reasons for applying, and specific dates of availability (including any planned mid-summer absences), 2) A resume or CV, no longer than two pages, 3) Unofficial transcripts, and 4) Phone numbers and email addresses of references (please do not send letters of reference). Additional information and background at the YFDP link above, the Facebook Group "Yosemite Forest Dynamics Plot", and the gigapan.com group ‘WesternForestInitiative’. Contact Jim Lutz at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions not answered on those pages. Application deadline: January 31, 2014. Decisions: February 28, 2014. Exceptional candidates will be selected earlier. Posted: 11/20/13.
VersarGMI: we are looking for immediate temporary, fulltime biological technician support for conducting rare plant surveys at the Greater Sandy Run Area at MCB Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC. The survey will be conducted from mid-May through July, 2014. A Bachelor’s degree in botany, plant ecology, vegetation ecology, or related fields is preffered. Other knowledge and skill should include ability to navigate using maps, compass, and/or GPS. Fieldwork in difficult conditions will be required. The candidate must be a U.S. citizen and be able to pass a background security check. If interested, please contact: Meegan Wallace (email@example.com, Mobile: 757-291-1099). Posted: 5/23/14.
Virginia Commonwealth University: FIELD ASSISTANTS (4) needed to conduct Golden-winged Warbler surveys and monitoring of reproduction in the Alleghany Mountains of Virginia, 2 hours west of Charlottesville. Three assistants are needed from *~April 20 until June 30 *and one is needed until* mid August*. Applicants should be willing and able to work alone in remote conditions, work well in a team, and have excellent bird observation skills. Applicants should have some previous field experience, preferably with birds, some experience navigating on foot with a GPS, and have a valid driver's license. Salary is $1500/month, plus housing in a very comfortable farm house. The Allegheny Mountains region is home to the Washington and Jefferson National Forests with ample opportunities for hiking and camping. To apply, email a letter of interest, resume, earliest starting date, and contact information of three references to Lesley Bulluck (firstname.lastname@example.org). Also, feel free to contact Lesley via email if you have any questions. Posted: 2/11/14.
Washington University: The experimental Ozark glade project is looking for a paid summer intern to study the effects of restoration on insect diversity in a rare habitat. Tyson Research Center is a 2,000 acre ecological laboratory owned by Washington University in Saint Louis, MO. The experimental Ozark glade project at Tyson began in 2010 with the restoration of nearly 25 acres of a rare, unique habitat in Missouri, Ozark glades. Glades are dry, short-grass prairies, and house many rare, endemic plants and animals, such as prickly pear cactus and tarantulas. This habitat was nearly lost due to fire suppression in the Midwest, but recent restoration efforts have begun to bring it back. The experimental Glade project is the first to empirically assess the process of glade restoration. We ask questions such as: how do plant and insect communities change during the process of restoration, and why do rare species do poorly in small, restored habitats? Our main goal is to develop recommendations to better create and maintain biodiversity in restored glades. Our primary research goal for summer 2014 is insect community monitoring. We extensively sampled three insect groups in 2011, beetles, true bugs and ants, on both our experimental glades and natural glades in the region. We will do so again in 2014. We are currently looking for a student intern with a strong interest in insect biology to join our summer research team. The intern’s primary responsibilities will be to conduct the field sampling, morpho-species identifications, and analyze the changes in insect communities during the process of Ozark glade restoration. Requirements: •currently enrolled in a Bachelors degree in Entomology, Biology or a related field •have had basic introductory courses in ecology, entomology and preferably statistics •be able to work out doors, in intense heat and humidity for long periods of time, and will regularly be exposed to ticks, chiggers and mosquitoes Details: •must be available to work for 11 weeks from May 12 – July 25, 2014, although the specific start and end dates can be flexible •Tyson Research Center is located in Eureka, Missouri; housing is NOT provided •stipend will be $4,000 for the 11 weeks. Application instructions. Please direct questions and email the application to Holly Bernardo at email@example.com. Posted: 11/19/13.
Western University: (1) Experienced songbird nest searcher. A pristine passerine nest searcher is needed for a study on how the fear of predators affects the survival of newly fledged song sparrow young located on the beautiful Southern Gulf Islands in British Columbia Canada. Applicants must possess the ability to visually follow coloured banded adults movements back to nests. Applicants with ample experience and a successful record in finding passerine nests will be given priority. A valid driver’s licence and experience with outboard motors are definite assets. The position is from Apr/May-Aug 2014 (start and end dates are flexible). Salary is $1500 CAN per month, and all camping fees for accommodation at the Southern Gulf Islands National Park are provided. Other duties may include radio tracking fledglings, video camera surveillance, deploying protective equipment to prevent predators gaining access to song sparrow nests, but your primary task will be nest searching. Qualifications: The successful applicant must be able to follow behavioural cues of passerine parents to find nest locations. Provide a list of birds (per species) you have experience nest searching for, along with an estimate of how many nests you found per species. Please include a letter of interest that highlights your nest searching qualifications and lists the species you have experience nest searching for, along with an estimate of how many nests you have found for each species you listed. Please put "sosp nest job" in the subject line. (2) Experienced Avian Field Research Assistant An experienced avian field research assistant is needed for a study on how the fear of predators affects the survival of newly fledged song sparrow young located on the beautiful Southern Gulf Islands in British Columbia, Canada. Applicants must possess the ability to visually identify and follow coloured banded passerines. Applicants with experience nest searching and performing behavioural feeding observations of passerine birds will be given priority. A valid driver’s licence and experience with outboard motors are definite assets. The position is from Apr/May-Aug 2014 (start and end dates are flexible). Salary is $1500 CAN per month, and all camping fees for accommodation at the Southern Gulf Islands National Park are provided. Other duties may include radio tracking fledglings, video camera surveillance, deploying protective equipment to prevent predators gaining access to song sparrow nests, and maintenance of wildlife traps. Qualifications: The successful applicant must be able to identify and follow colour banded passerines with binoculars. Provide a list of birds (per species) you have experience with identifying colour banded individuals. Please include a letter of interest that highlights your nest searching and bird sighting experience (i.e. reading colour band combinations on passerine with binoculars). Please put "sosp field assistant job" in the subject line. Both: Include your C.V. and names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of three references to be contacted. Indicate your relationship with each reference (e.g. supervisor, lecturer, etc.). Send your application to Dr. Liana Zanette: firstname.lastname@example.org . Posted: 1/31/14.
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. 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 Interested individuals should have the following general qualifications: -Be enrolled in or have completed a science-based university or college program. -Fluency in English -Experience camping, preferably in more remote settings -First aid and firearms training required at time of employment. Interested students should contact: Cory Wallace, Plot Coordinator, 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 4725, Email: email@example.com. Posted: 3/13/14.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources: LTE - NAT RES RESEARCH TECHNICIAN (3 Positions) Location: Rhinelander Service Center, 107 Sutliff Avenue, Rhinelander, WI 54501. Rate: $11 per hour. Also includes lodging. Job starts approximately May 5, 2014. We will be hiring 3 positions, each lasting 5 months at full-time (40 hours/week). These positions are within the Wildlife and Forestry Research Group of the Bureau of Science Services. These positions will collect forest health data which will be used for a number of different research projects from a deer habitat study to a forest biomass harvest study. These positions start in May 2014 and continue through September of 2014. These positions are primarily field work, so applicants will be expected to work outdoors throughout a range of weather conditions. All applicants should expect hot, humid, bug-infested and sometimes rainy work environments. Independent travel to study areas in state vehicles is required so the successful candidates must possess a valid driver's license. Use of personal vehicles may be required; mileage will be reimbursed. Job Duties: 20% -Post-harvest fine woody debris surveys. 20% - Vegetation identification. 20% - Deer browse surveys. 20% - Soil sampling. 20% - Data entry into electronic databases. Application Deadline: April 7, 2014. To Apply: Submit Form 9100-162 LTE Application, resume, cover letter and references to: Dustin R Bronson, Dustin.Bronson@wisconsin.gov, 107 Sutliff Avenue, Rhinelander, WI 54501, RE: Job Code 8799. (715) 360-6808. Posted: 3/27/14.
Yellowstone Wilderness Outfitters: Experience the best backcountry Yellowstone National Park has to offer! Use your wildlife and botany knowledge to work as a naturalist. 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. Interpersonal skills are vital to interacting with our guests. A guide must be able to field any and all questions about Yellowstone National Park. Knowledge of wildlife, wildflowers, general ecology, geology, and history is essential. We will point you toward materials that will help you prepare. You are essentially naturalists working on horseback. There is also a very physical side to the job. The job requires lifting 50 lbs or more, working in all weather conditions at altitudes of 6,000 to 10,000 feet, very long hours, and very few days off. We are based out of Gardiner, MT, the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Housing is required on-site in a huge, nice camper trailer, shared among other guides, and costs around $200 per month. Pets and personal horses are not allowed. This is an outdoor job and you will be required to provide the equipment necessary for working in the backcountry. At a minimum, this must include: waterproof boots, western wear and hat, rain and winter gear, headlamp, Leatherman Wave, and a zero degree sleeping bag. If you plan to spend all your time in the local bars, please don't waste our time (and yours) applying. We expect all applicants to have a genuine desire to work in Yellowstone National Park. Qualifications: -- Our 2014 season runs from June through September and you must be able to commit to the majority of the season (exact contract dates to be determined later). -- Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate that they have worked with horses and have competent riding skills. Video may be required of applicants. -- A minimum of a Bachelor's degree is required. -- Previous naturalist and guiding experience is a plus, but not mandatory. Any experience with the public is beneficial. -- All positions are very labor intensive and applicants must be physically fit. -- Applicants must be at least 18 years old and arrive with valid Red Cross First Aid and CPR certification. -- At this time, we are only able to hire US citizens or those with a U.S. work visa in-hand. Salary: $350 per week plus tips. How to Apply: For complete descriptions of available positions and to download the applications, please visit http://www.yellowstone.ws/jobs.html. Application Deadline: February 28, 2014. Posted: 2/4/14.