positions lasting less than 1 year, mostly with no benefits
|Michigan State University||Lab Tech, plant evolutionary ecology||5/18/16|
|Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory||Invasive Plant Technician||5/18/16|
|Michigan State University||Native Bee Research Tech||5/6/16|
|Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station||Residential Coordinator and Field Teaching Assistant||5/2/16||3/25/16|
|University of Washington||Carnivore Ecology Field Technician||5/1/16||4/14/16|
|Michigan State University||Seasonal Field Techs, Pollinators in Longleaf Pine Ecosystem, Savannah River Site, SC||4/15/16||3/31/16|
|University of Colorado||Entomological Taxonomist (Coleopterist)||4/15/16||3/25/16|
|Minnesota Department of Natural Resources||Avian Technicians (2 positions)||4/15/16||3/8/16|
|Hoosier National Forest||Forest Inventory Research Technician||4/15/16||3/7/16|
|Summit Lake Paiute Tribe||Natural Resource Technicians||4/14/16|
|University of Idaho||Field Ecology: Forest Biogeochemical Cycling in the Northern Rockies||4/6/16||3/22/16|
|University of Colorado||California Amphibian Field Technician||4/4/16||3/25/16|
|Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center||Forest Ecology Hourly Worker||4/1/16||3/17/16|
|Michigan State University||Field tech: prairie restoration/plant community ecology||4/1/16||3/11/16|
|Purdue University||Seasonal Ecological Field Technicians (5-6 positions)||4/1/16||2/22/16|
|Minnesota Department of Natural Resources||Forest Habitat Inventory Technician||3/31/16|
|University of Connecticut||Arctic Summer Research Assistant||3/31/16||2/23/16|
|Oregon State University||Sagebrush Vegetation Seasonal Field Biologist||3/30/16||3/3/16|
|University of Alaska, Fairbanks||Summer Field Technician||3/29/16||3/17/16|
|Nature's Capital||Seasonal Biological Technicians (4)||3/28/16|
|Oregon State University||Summer Field Crew - Forest Ecology in the Pacific Northwest||3/25/16||3/9/16|
|Utah State University||Summer research tech: Species interactions and climate change||3/25/16||3/8/16|
|Boston University||Field Crew, Forest Ecology (4 positions)||3/25/16||2/22/16|
|Northern Arizona University||Seasonal Field Botanist||3/22/16|
|USDA-ARS Northern Plains Agriculture Research Laboratory||Summer Research Asst, Conservation Biological Control and Sustainable Agriculture||3/22/16|
|University of Virginia||Field Technicians (3) for Shorebird Research||3/21/16|
|University of California Merced||Plant-Pollinator Interactions, Colorado||3/21/16||3/8/16|
|Cornell University||Plant-Pollinator Ecology, Sierra Nevada||3/20/16||3/7/16|
|University of California Davis||Sierra Nevada seasonal field crew - forest, vegetation, and fire ecology||3/17/16||3/5/16|
|University of Massachusetts||Wood turtle conservation biologist||3/16/16|
|University of Minnesota||Ecology Field Research Interns||3/16/16|
|Great Basin Institute||Ecology/Range/Botany Positions in Washington, Idaho, Oregon||3/16/16|
|University of Montana||Salamander Field Assistants, New Hampshire||3/16/16|
|Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition||Route inventory technician||3/15/16||3/7/16|
|New Jersey Audubon||Field Naturalist internship||3/15/16||3/5/16|
|Indiana State University||Bat Field Technicians (5 positions)||3/12/16||3/3/16|
|Oregon State University||Sagebrush/Wildlife/Fire Ecology Technicians (3 positions)||3/11/16||2/25/16|
|Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources||Seasonal Forestry Technician-advanced (2 positions)||3/11/16||2/22/16|
|Washington University in St. Louis||Seasonal Field Technicians: Forest Ecology||3/9/16|
|University of Illinois||Songbird behavioral ecology||3/9/16|
|Tufts University||Field Tech for Bumblebee Research at UC Davis||3/8/16|
|University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center||Teaching Assistant, Montana||3/8/16||2/10/16|
|Oregon State University||Marbled Murrelet research assistants (7)||3/7/16|
|Oregon State University||Research assts (2), wild bee-forest management||3/7/16|
|University of Georgia - Savannah River Ecology Laboratory||Temporary Research Assistant, forest ecology, ecophysiology, and biogeochemistry||3/7/16||2/4/16|
|University of Wyoming||Forest Ecology Field Technician||3/6/16||2/29/16|
|University of Washington||Summer field crew, Forest Ecology||3/4/16||1/29/16|
|University of Montana||Seasonal Field techs - western Montana||3/1/16||2/22/16|
|Northern Arizona University||Field Botanist||3/1/16||2/15/16|
|Northern Arizona University||Summer Field Tech: carbon flux in response to arctic climate change||3/1/16||2/15/16|
|Institute of Marine Mammal Studies||Marine Mammal Research Internship||3/1/16||1/22/16|
|Purdue University||Wildlife Field Technician (6 positions)||3/1/16||1/22/16|
|National Center for Science Education||Science Education and Activism Internship||3/1/16||1/22/16|
|University of Chicago||Field assts, ground squirrels, Mammoth Lakes, California||2/29/16|
|West Virginia University||Clapper Rail and King Rail Field Assistant, Virginia||2/29/16||2/1/16|
|Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park||Field Technicians||2/25/16|
|North Carolina State University||Field techs - forest ecosystem diversity and function in northern Wisconsin||2/22/16|
|North Carolina State University||Seasonal amphibian technician in Puerto Rico||2/22/16|
|Duke University||Biogeochemistry Research Assistants||2/22/16|
|Marine Biological Laboratory||Summer Field Assistant, salt marsh ecology||2/16/16|
|University of Michigan||Summer Field Assistant in Alaska||2/16/16|
|USGS||Avian Field Technician in Alaska||2/15/16|
|Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition||Shrubland Mapping GIS Technicians||2/15/16||2/1/16|
|PIBO Monitoring Program||Biological Science Technician (Fish)||2/15/16||2/1/16|
|Clemson University||Herpetology Field Technician||2/15/16||1/22/16|
|Conservation Legacy||Ancestral Lands GIS Program Assistant||2/13/16|
|Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies||Seasonal Project Assistants, ecology of ticks and mammals (21 positions)||2/12/16||1/29/16|
|USDA-ARS Rangeland Resources Research Unit||Summer Biological Science Technicians||2/10/16|
|The Nature Conservancy||Grassland Monitoring Intern||2/7/16||1/23/16|
|University of California Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory||Field assistants, amphibians, Yosemite, Kings Canyon & Sequoia National Parks||2/5/16||1/22/16|
|USDA-ARS Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center||Biological Science Aids||2/5/16||1/19/16|
|Southern Illinois University Carbondale||Seasonal avian field technicians||2/4/16|
|PIBO Monitoring Program||Biological Science Technician (Plants)||2/1/16||1/20/16|
|USGS Sequoia-Kings Canyon Field Station||Technicians, Forest Ecology (6 positions)||1/31/16||1/22/16|
|Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute||Internship in Forest Trophic Interactions||1/31/16||1/19/16|
|Northern Arizona University||Seasonal Forestry Technicians||1/23/16|
|Holden Arboretum||Plant and Microbial Ecology Summer Internships||1/22/16|
|Pennsylvania State University||Summer Field Forestry/Biology/Ecology Positions - Plant ID||1/22/16|
|Plumas Audubon Society||GIS/field data manager; Northern Goshawk surveyor; Amphibian Surveyors; Wildlife Conservation Interns (11 positions)||1/20/16|
|Southwest Conservation Corps||AIM Vegetation Monitoring Crew Leader (1 year)||1/16/16|
|Southwest Conservation Corps||AIM Vegetation Monitoring Crew Member (24 weeks)||1/16/16|
|Conservation and Land Management Internship Program||Conservation and Land Management (60-80 positions)||1/15/16||12/15/15|
|Voyageurs National Park||Summer botany technician||1/6/16||12/2/15|
|Wilkes University||Seasonal Research Asst/Technician in Arctic Tundra Ecosystem Science||1/1/16||12/9/15|
|Texas A&M University||Seasonal Research Assistant, Bat Ecology||12/20/15||11/17/15|
|Great Basin Institute||Desert Tortoise Field Crew Supervisors, Survey Monitors and Telemetry Monitors in Las Vegas (3 positions)||12/18/15|
|Rutgers University||Experienced Field Research Techs in Pollination Biology/Native Bee Ecology (2 positions)||12/15/15|
|Rutgers University||Field Research Technicians in Pollination Ecology (5 positions)||12/15/15|
|Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium||Marine toxicology Research Assistant||12/15/15|
|University of Wyoming||Field techs, Hawaii VINE Project (6 positions)||12/15/15||11/29/15|
|Great Basin Institute||Physical Science and Climate Change Monitoring Specialist, Joshua Tree National Park||12/9/15|
|USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station||Spring/Summer Field Assistants, grasses||12/7/15||11/24/15|
|Iowa State University||Forest ecology interns (4), Mariana Islands (Guam, Saipan, Rota)||12/7/15||11/24/15|
|Great Basin Institute||Restoration, Vegetation and Climate Change Specialists, Joshua Tree National Park||11/9/15|
|Virginia Commonwealth University||Field Crew Leader/Graduate Student, Red-headed Woodpecker Ecology||10/30/15||9/28/15|
|Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center||Ecohydrology research hourly worker||10/23/15||10/2/15|
|University of California Merced||Lab/Field Technician, Plant Ecology and Evolution||9/18/15|
|University of Florida||South Florida Butterfly Field Technician||9/18/15|
|Great Basin Institute||Wildlife Technician, Death Valley National Park||9/2/15|
|University of Pittsburgh||Field Assts, Social Spider Research in Africa, Fall 2015||8/15/15||7/14/15|
|University of Colorado||Field techs, biological soil crust restoration, New Mexico (5 positions)||8/4/15||7/23/15|
|Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive (France)||Internship - plant biodiversity and agro-ecosystem productivity||8/3/15|
|Dauphin Island Sea Lab||Benthic ecology interns (2)||8/3/15||7/23/15|
|University of Chicago||Field assistant: butterfly behaviour, Panama||8/1/15||7/14/15|
|Northern Arizona University||Forestry Technicians - tree climbing/cone collections (3)||7/22/15||7/10/15|
|Cape May Bird Observatory||Monarch Field Technicians (2)||7/15/15||7/8/15|
|University of Illinois at Springfield||Field Technician - Franklin's Ground Squirrel||7/14/15|
|Great Basin Institute||Desert Tortoise Crew Supervisors, Survey Monitors and Telemetry Technicians||7/13/15|
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Boston University: Field Crew Position: Forest Ecology, Summer 2016 (Wednesday, June 15 - Friday, August 12), Location: Bartlett, NH and Land O'Lakes, WI. The Ecological Forecasting Lab is recruiting summer field technicians to re-census permanent forest inventory plots at sites in the USFS Bartlett Experimental Forest and the University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center (UNDERC). We are looking for 2 crew leaders and 2 interns (4 positions total). Pay: Crew leaders will be paid at $10-13/hr (depending on skills and experience) and housing will be provided. Housing and food will be covered for interns. Duties: Crew members will work in teams to re-census established long-term forest monitoring plots and collect information on tree and sapling growth, survival, and recruitment. The team will spend each day in the forest making basic tree measurements, performing data quality assurance/quality control checks, and entering data onto tablet computers. Additional project details can be found at the lab page linked above (see Research: Vulnerability of forest biodiversity to climate change: Individual risks and regional responses). Preferred qualifications: Crew Leaders: At least two years toward a baccalaureate degree in the natural sciences; some experience with plant identification skills; ability to work independently and reliably without direct supervision in challenging field conditions; and possession of a valid driver's license. Crew leaders will be responsible for ensuring data quality and maintaining the project timetable. Field Technician Interns: This position is ideal for applicants looking to gain experience with fieldwork, plant identification, and standard forest ecological field methodologies. No previous experience is necessary. Application deadline: Friday, March 25, 2016. For questions and to apply: Email a cover letter and CV to Istem Fer (firstname.lastname@example.org), Department of Earth and the Environment, Boston University, Stone Science Building, Room 457, 675 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215-1406. Posted: 2/22/16.
Cape May Bird Observatory: MONARCH FIELD TECHNICIANS (2) to assist with ongoing Monarch Monitoring Project at New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory September 1 to October 31. Duties include daily road censuses of migrating Monarch butterflies, tagging, data entry, and educating the public about the project and Monarch biology. Successful applicant will be expected to work irregular hours during peak Monarch flights. Careful data collecting and entry skills, and excellent interpersonal skills a must. Familiarity with insect ecology and migration a plus, but not required. Must have own vehicle and a valid driver's license. Salary $900/month; housing and reimbursement for gas provided. Send cover letter indicating position of interest, resume outlining relevant experience, and three references (including email addresses and phone numbers) to MIKE CREWE, Cape May Bird Observatory, PO Box 3, 701 East Lake Drive, Cape May Point, NJ 08212 or email: email@example.com. Application deadline July 15, 2015. Posted: 7/8/15.
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies: Three new seasonal job postings, ecology of ticks and mammals: Seasonal Project Assistants “Mouse-mast Project” (up to 3): Job Reference # 16012-I. Research the dynamics of mammalian communities and the relationships between mammals, ticks, oak trees, and Lyme disease. Seasonal Project Assistants “Climate Project” (up to 6): Job Reference # 16013-I. Research the effects of weather and climate on the survival and behavior of blacklegged ticks and risk of tick-borne disease. 4. Seasonal Project Assistants “Tick Management Project” (up to 12): Job Reference # 16014-I Research the effects of tick management interventions on the survival and behavior of blacklegged ticks and risk of tick-borne disease. Deadline: February 12, 2016. Please submit job application via http://www.caryinstitute.org/who-we-are/jobs and include a single PDF file consisting of a letter of application, a resume, and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references. Be sure to cite Job Number and title. Positions report to Dr. Richard S. Ostfeld. Posted: 1/29/16.
Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive: Internship offer in France – plant biodiversity: Influence of plant biodiversity on agro-ecosystem productivity: complementarity of above and belowground resource use by plants. We are looking for: 2 graduate or undergraduate students (an internship agreement must be signed by their University). Financing: European Research council (ERC) grant. Dates: from September 2015 to march 2016 (6 months). Location: Montpellier (FRANCE). Stipend: 554€ monthly. Supervision: Gregoire Freschet, Cyrille Violle and Florian Fort. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: 0033 4 67 61 33 40. This project is rooted in the global context of green intensification of agriculture and the adaptation of ecosystem and agro-system to global changes. It seeks to determine how the use of plant biodiversity can benefit ecosystem and agro-ecosystem functioning (e.g. increased productivity, decreased external inputs) and favour their adaptation to climate changes. Precisely, the three main aims of this project are: - To explore the role of plant biodiversity in the complementarity of aboveground (light) and belowground (nutrients) resource use by plants, by using plant functional traits. - To estimate the relative importance of dominance and complementarity of resource use for ecosystem productivity. - To determine the role played by plant biodiversity in ecosystem stability, resilience and resistance to environmental stresses. To fulfil these objectives, this project relies on plant growth experiments in controlled conditions (greenhouses). During this internship the candidate will learn many tools and skills belonging to the fields of functional ecology and plant physiology. Valued skills: Candidates should be interested in topics such as ecology, plant physiology and plant interactions (competition, facilitation). Knowledge in functional ecology and greenhouse management would be positively regarded. Posted: 8/3/15.
Clemson University: Herpetology Field Technician – Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, South Carolina. Salary: $1500/month. Start Date: 03/01/2016. End Date: 05/31/2016. Last Date to Apply: 02/15/2016. Description: Herpetofauna surveys will be conducted in the tidally-influenced estuary zone of the Savannah River, with a focus on hummock and hollow habitats. Technicians will be required to identify and handle southeastern reptiles and amphibians in the field. Visual surveys and frog vocalization surveys will be conducted in conjunction with multiple trapping methods. On-site housing and a work truck will be provided for the duration of the work. Access to field sites will be accomplished through a combination of boating, kayaking, and hiking due to tidal influences. Qualifications: Applicants must be proficient in identifying reptiles and amphibians of the southeastern United States; preference will be given to applicants with previous experience. Applicants should be able to learn frog calls for vocalization surveys. Weekend work may be necessary. Applicants should be able to handle hot, humid conditions and inclement weather. A valid driver’s license is required. Please send via e-mail, and as one document: a cover letter explaining your interest in the job and any relevant work experience, your resume, and contact information for three references to Sidney Godfrey (email@example.com). Posted: 1/22/16.
Conservation and Land Management Internship Program: now accepting applications for 2016! Would you like to put your education to use assisting in important conservation projects? Do you like to experience new landscapes, habitats, and species diversity? The CLM Internship Program is a wonderful opportunity to begin a career in botany, wildlife biology, natural resource management and conservation! Each year, the Conservation and Land Management Internship Program places 75-100 college graduates in five-month paid internships to assist biologists with our federal and non-profit partners. In 2016, approximately 60 - 80 internships will be based in the western US (AK, AZ, CA, CO, ID, OR, MT, NM, NV, UT, WA, and WY) and 10 - 20 positions will be based on the East Coast (MA, NY, and NC). The federal agencies we partner with include the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), U.S. Geologic Survey (USGS), U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and others. Non-profit partners include the New England Wild Flower Society, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Seed Bank, North Carolina Botanical Garden and the Rae Selling Berry Seed Bank. Each internship is unique and may focus on botany, wildlife, or a combination of the two. The majority of our internships have a heavy emphasis on botany. Interns assist in a wide variety of projects depending on the needs of their 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 $13,200 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 January 15th but 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! Spring semester 2016 graduates are encouraged to apply! For more information and to apply online, please visit: www.clminternship.org/applying. Posted: 10/22/15, revised: 12/15/15.
Conservation Legacy: Ancestral Lands GIS Program Assistant; Start Date: March 21 or 28, 2016; Location: Durango, CO (or possibly Gallup, NM), with significant travel throughout New Mexico and Arizona. The Ancestral Lands GIS Weeds Mapping Program Assistant is responsible for supporting Southwest Conservation Corps’ growing program in spatial and ecological data collection fieldwork with Native American youth on tribal lands. This position will assist the GIS Coordinator in managing conservation corps crews in the field collecting spatial data on the location and extent of invasive species populations and potentially other projects that relate to the collection and management of spatial and biological data. The GIS Program Assistant will ensure that field crews are successful in their efforts to provide data to our project partners through field support and preparation of data for reports. This position will be approximately 65% field, 35% office work and require driving long distances to visit field sites. For details see the full job ad. Posted: 2/13/16.
Cornell University: The Geber lab seeks a highly motivated, detail-oriented assistant for summer 2015 field research in the Southern Sierra Nevada (May-July) and lab work in Ithaca, NY (July-August). We are studying four species of annual plants in the genus Clarkia and their specialist bee pollinators. Our research focuses on how pollinators may impact plant species evolution and coexistence. Our research sites are located in the Kern River Canyon in Kern County, California. The lab rents a house on a property where other labs working in this system are also based in the summer. This field assistant would have a private bedroom, access to a shared bathroom and a communal kitchen, and wireless Internet access. Frequent trips are made into town (Lake Isabella and Kernville) for groceries and other supplies. Successful applicants are expected to assist in data collection, data entry, and flower, seed, and bee collection in the field; work in Ithaca will consist of sample processing and data analysis. The assistant will work a 39-hour workweek. Weather conditions in the Sierras can be very hot and dry (100+ degrees F) in the summer, so assistants should be prepared to work in hot conditions. Applicants must be able to hike up and steep hills for up to 1 mile at a time, stoop or kneel for extended periods of time, and work in proximity to bees and snakes. The work can be very physically demanding and tiring, and the research team typically collects data 7 days a week. A good sense of humor and a positive attitude are essential. Applicants must be available from the first week of May through late August, although exact start/end dates are flexible. Qualifications: 1) Education: some undergraduate education in biology, ecology, or related field, or equivalent experience 2) Experience: experience with and enthusiasm about working outdoors, and/or previous field research experience. Previous experience working with plants, bees, or insects is preferable but not required. 3) Tasks: perform repetitive tasks with attention to detail, daily hiking 4) Personality: interpersonal skills and willingness to live and work in close quarters with other researchers in a house. Compensation: transportation to and from California, a private room with Internet access in the field house, and pay ($13-$15 an hour depending on experience) will be provided. Applicants will be responsible for securing their own housing in Ithaca for July and August. Deadline: March 20, 2016. Applicants should submit: 1) a short (1 page maximum) cover letter describing their qualifications as well as future academic and professional goals; 2) a resume or CV outlining previous work experience and relevant courses (completed or in progress), extracurricular activities; and 3) contact information for two references. Email to: Monica Geber, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 3/7/16.
Dauphin Island Sea Lab: Two paid benthic ecology intern positions are available to work with Dr. Kelly Dorgan at Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Dauphin Island, AL. The interns will be working on a project studying the impacts of oil and hypoxia on soft-bottom benthic communities. Work will primarily be in the lab sorting and identifying macrofaunal samples and helping to set up mesocosm experiments, but will include some field work as well. Applicants should have or be pursuing a BS degree in biology, marine science, or a similar field and have previous research experience. This position will be 40 hrs/week and starts August 31 (negotiable) and ends December 18, but may be extended depending on job performance and funding availability. Review of applications will begin Aug. 3 and continue until the positions are filled. Please apply at: http://goo.gl/forms/UnS4dkBkSh In addition, please send a CV to Cy Clemo: wclemo(at)disl.org. Posted: 7/23/15.
Duke University: The Bernhardt lab is an interdisciplinary team conducting aquatic and terrestrial biogeochemistry research. This summer we are seeking enthusiastic and detail-oriented research assistants to join several ongoing research projects exploring,. how development configuration and connectivity influences the delivery of stormwaters and contaminants in urban streams,. the effects of increased salt-water intrusion on North Carolina's coastal ecosystem and communities,. environmental implications of nanomaterials on ecosystem processes, and. how the rates and patterns of stream metabolism vary within and across streams. Successful candidates will gain hands on experience with a variety of biogeochemistry field sampling methods (e.g. water, soil, vegetation) in a variety of systems throughout North Carolina as well as experience with numerous analytical methods. Research assistants will be working with a large group of graduate students and research technicians affiliated with the Duke River Center. Applicants must be comfortable spending long days outside in uncomfortable field conditions. Course work in environmental science, and previous field and lab work experience is preferred but not required. Openings are full-time term positions available from late April/early May through the end of August with potential for extension into the fall. Please specify your availability in your application. Please send one PDF file that includes 1) a brief cover letter (200 word maximum), 2) a single page resume, and 3) contact information for two references to Steve Anderson (email@example.com). Posted: 2/22/16.
Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition: The ENLC in Ely, Nevada is currently seeking a route inventory technician for our upcoming 2016 field season. One technician will be selected to work in the newly (2015) established Basin and Range Monument, located in the Ely BLM District. Technician will work on a two person crew mapping all of the roads and two track trails within in the boundaries of the Basin and Range Monument. The crew will use a pickup truck and ATVs to conduct the route inventory. Applicants should either be currently enrolled in or graduated from a program in natural resources, recreation, GIS, or a related field. The ideal applicant will have experience in the use of ATVs, Tremble GIS units, and be very comfortable working in remote areas. Applicants should be able to operate an ATV for several hours at a time and be comfortable with camping in the backcountry for several days at a time in sometimes harsh weather conditions. Preferred applicants will be experienced with ATVs, 4WD vehicles, pulling a trailer, GPS navigation, and have had a clean driving record for the past 3 years. SALARY: $15/hour (plus $34/day per diem when camping). Technician should be available to begin in early May and continue through September or until the work is complete, whichever comes first. Work will occur with an 8-days-on/6-days-off schedule (10-hour 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. Insert “Route Inventory” in the subject line. Materials should be emailed by March 15, 2016. For more information, please visit our website or email any questions to Betsy Macfarlan at email@example.com. Posted: 3/7/16.
Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition: The ENLC in Ely, Nevada is currently seeking at least two temporary/full-time vegetation mapping technicians for the 2016 field season. Technicians will continue work started in 2015 on a landscape-scale shrubland vegetation mapping project for the purpose of characterizing Sage-grouse habitat for the Ely District BLM office. DUTIES: Under supervision of ENLC staff ecologist, technicians will delineate and ground truth lower-elevation shrubland communities by dominant species and height class. Technicians will use ArcGIS to create preliminary maps with satellite imagery and existing GIS layers. Maps and GPS units will be used to navigate large shrubland landscapes on unpaved roads by vehicle. (Vehicle is provided by ENLC.) Technicians will stop along roads to collect vegetation and geographic data. Back in the office, technicians will be responsible for processing data and using data to digitize vegetation polygons in ArcMap. EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Applicants should either be currently enrolled in or graduated from a program in geographic information systems, natural resource management, environmental sciences or a related field. The applicant should have training and current practical experience with ArcMap 10.1-10.3 software, general knowledge of Great Basin vegetation, and be proficient with computers and handheld electronic devices. Applicants must be capable of reading maps and navigating backcountry terrain with GPS units and topographic/satellite imagery maps. Experience driving 4WD vehicles on backcountry roads and a clean driving record for the past 3 years is required. SALARY: $15-$17/hour, depending on experience (plus $34/day per diem when camping). SCHEDULE: Mapping technician position will begin in April and end in September, 2016. Initially, work will be done from the office, then alternate to the field when weather and road conditions allow. Technicians will be expected to work 40 hours per week and obtain housing in Ely for the season. One or two nights of camping per week is allowed when working in remote parts of the project area. Applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and the contact information for at least three references to Julie Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Materials should be emailed by February 15, 2016. Please write “2016 Shrubland Mapping Technician” in subject line. Posted: 2/1/16.
Great Basin Institute: Ecology/Range/Botany Positions in Washington and Idaho. Please visit our employment page for more information about each position. Positions starting as soon as April 4, 2016! Range/Habitat Monitoring Field Technicians: https://www.thegreatbasininstitute.org/job/rangehabitat-monitoring-field-technicians-twin-falls-idaho/Range/ Habitat Monitoring Field Leads: https://www.thegreatbasininstitute.org/job/rangehabitat-monitoring-field-leads-twin-falls-id/ ESR (Post-Fire) Vegetation Monitoring Field Crew Lead: https://www.thegreatbasininstitute.org/job/esr-post-fire-vegetation-monitoring-field-crew-lead-boise-id/ ESR (Post-Fire) Vegetation Monitoring Field Technician: https://www.thegreatbasininstitute.org/job/esr-post-fire-vegetation-monitoring-field-technician-boise-id/ GBI ESR Monitoring Logistics Coordinator: https://www.thegreatbasininstitute.org/job/gbi-esr-monitoring-logistics-coordinator-usgs-boise-id-blm-district/Vegetation/ Habitat Monitoring Field Leads: https://www.thegreatbasininstitute.org/job/vegetationhabitat-monitoring-field-leads-multiple-locations-id/Vegetation/ Habitat Monitoring Field Technicians: https://www.thegreatbasininstitute.org/job/vegetationhabitat-monitoring-field-technicians-multiple-locations-id/Vegetation/ Habitat Monitoring Field Leads: https://www.thegreatbasininstitute.org/job/vegetationhabitat-monitoring-field-leads-wenatchee-wa/Vegetation/ Habitat Monitoring Field Technician: https://www.thegreatbasininstitute.org/job/vegetationhabitat-monitoring-field-technician-wenatchee-wa/Oregon: Vegetation/Habitat Monitoring Field Leads: https://www.thegreatbasininstitute.org/job/vegetationhabitat-monitoring-field-lead-multiple-locations-or/Vegetation/Habitat Monitoring Field Technician: https://www.thegreatbasininstitute.org/job/vegetationhabitat-monitoring-field-technicians-multiple-locations-or/Posted: 3/16/16.
Great Basin Institute: Desert Tortoise Field Crew Supervisors, Survey Monitors and Telemetry Monitors in Las Vegas, NV Telemetry: Compensation: o $6,480 Living allowance o $1,515 Education Award o Field per diem o Student loan forbearance/interest accrual. Contract & Timeline: o March 7, 2016 – May 27, 2016 o Full-time, up to 40 hours per week o Weekend hours may be required during field season. Field Crew Supervisor: Compensation: o $1,360 bi-weekly salary o Field per diem. Contract & Timeline: o March 7, 2016 – May 27, 2016 o Full-time, minimum 40 hours per week o Weekend hours may be required during field season. Survey Monitor: Compensation: • $6,075 Living Allowance • $1,515 Education Award • Field Per Diem • Student loan forbearance/interest accrual Contract & Timeline: o March 14, 2016 – May 27, 2016 o Full-time, up to 40 hours per week o Weekend hours may be required during field season. Posted: 12/18/15.
Great Basin Institute: In cooperation with the National Park Service Joshua Tree National Park (JOTR), GBI is recruiting a Natural Resources Physical Science and Climate Change Monitoring Specialist to support the development of a climate monitoring program to study the effects of climate change on the hydrology and water resources of Joshua Tree National Park. The Specialist will be responsible for implementing the on-the-ground climate monitoring protocols (Physical Science) and will work with the Physical Science Branch to collect and enter data into various databases. This program will focus on conditions and trends of park resources in order to improve scientific understanding of how the water resources of Joshua Tree respond to the effects of climate change. The project will help create, promote, facilitate and/or improve the understanding of natural, cultural, historic, recreational, and other aspects of JOTR. The Specialist will also assist other activities monitoring air quality, night skies, soundscapes, and view sheds in the Park as well as mitigating abandoned mineral land issues within Joshua Tree. Compensation: $20.75/hour plus Benefits. Timeline: January - February 2016 to June - July 2016, possibility of extension pending positive performance review and funding availability. Full time, 40 hours per week, possibly including some weekends. For details and to apply, see the link above. Posted: 12/9/15.
Great Basin Institute: In cooperation with the National Park Service Joshua Tree National Park (JOTR), we are recruiting Restoration, Vegetation and Climate Change Specialists. Natural Resources Climate Change Monitoring Specialist to implement the climate monitoring design protocols for Citizen Scientists (also known as park volunteers). The Specialist will be responsible for following the on-the-ground climate monitoring protocols (flora and fauna) and will work with a research team to lead volunteers, collect data, and enter data into various databases. This program will focus on conditions and trends of park resources in order to improve scientific understanding of how the flora and fauna of JOTR respond to the effects of climate change. This position will have an emphasis on the fauna of JOTR. JOTR has established a series of long term monitoring plots and needs assistance in gathering data to guide management and policy. The project will help create, promote, facilitate and/or improve the public understanding of natural, cultural, historic, recreational, and other resources at JOTR. Another goal of the program is to provide youth with an opportunity to spend time working on projects in JOTR. Other duties will include maintaining and establishing new volunteer-based programs to provide visitors and community members with opportunities to participate in natural and cultural resource management activities. This position will also assist other activities monitoring park resources and restoring disturbed landscapes by utilizing volunteers. Timeline: o January - February 2016 to June - July 2016, possibility of extension pending positive performance review and funding availability. Natural Resources Vegetation and Climate Change Monitoring Specialist to support development of the climate monitoring design protocols for use by Citizen Scientists (also known as park volunteers). The Specialist will be responsible for implementing the on-the-ground climate monitoring protocols and will work with a research team to lead volunteers, collect data, and enter data into various databases. This program will focus on conditions and trends of park resources in order to improve scientific understanding of how the flora and fauna of JOTR respond to the effects of climate change. JOTR has established a series of long term monitoring plots and needs assistance in gathering data for analysis to guide management and policy. The project will help create, promote, facilitate and/or improve the public understanding of natural, cultural, historic, recreational, and other aspects of JOTR. Another goal of the program is to provide youth with an opportunity to spend time working on projects in JOTR. Other duties will include maintaining and establishing new volunteer-based programs to provide visitors and community members with opportunities to participate in natural and cultural resource management activities; coordinate species inventories, citizen science/external research partner studies done in the park. This position will also assist ongoing resource-based activities by monitoring park resources and restoring disturbed landscapes utilizing volunteers Timeline: o Nov/Dec 2015 – Nov/Dec 2016, possibility of extension pending positive performance review and funding availability. Restoration Technician to support resource management and restoration at JOTR, and focus on the following duties: Restoring disturbed sites (revegetation, watering, monitoring); assisting with exotic plant eradication; assisting the nursery manager with plant propagation and nursery maintenance; organizing and maintaining GIS and other databases; assisting on managing the park boundary project; data management; maintain and establish new volunteer-based programs to provide visitors and community members with opportunities to participate in natural and cultural resource management activities; and coordinate species inventories, citizen science/external research partner studies done in the park. This position will also assist ongoing resource-based activities by monitoring park resources and restoring disturbed landscapes utilizing volunteers. Orientation and safety trainings will be presented throughout the year. Timeline: o Nov/Dec 2015 – Nov/Dec 2016, possibility of extension pending positive performance review and funding availability. All positions: Compensation: $20.75/hour plus Health and Dental Benefits. Full time, 40 hours per week, possibly including some weekends. Posted: 11/9/15.
Great Basin Institute: In cooperation with the Death Valley National Park (DEVA), GBI is recruiting a Wildlife Technician to work cooperatively with National Park Staff to complete natural resource projects, including file management and data entry. These activities support natural resource management projects located throughout Death Valley National Park. Compensation: o Rate of pay: $15.34 / hour. Timeline: o 140 hour appointment, beginning late September 2015 o Full time, minimum 40 hours per week. More details. Posted: 9/2/15.
Great Basin Institute: The desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) is federally listed as a threatened species north and west of the Colorado River under the Endangered Species Act. Desert tortoise monitoring will assist researchers in estimating population density and in monitoring translocation sites. Crew Supervisors, Survey Monitors and Telemetry Technicians are needed in Las Vegas, NV from mid-August through October 29, 2015 to assist with monitoring activities. For complete position descriptions and application instructions, please visit: http://www.thegreatbasininstitute.org/employment/. Posted: 7/13/15.
Holden Arboretum: Plant and Microbial Ecology Summer 2016 Internships. This 12-week summer internship will provide you with an opportunity to work with scientists from The Holden Arboretum studying the effects of environmental change on plants and forests of Northeast Ohio. Internships typically run from late May thru early August but timing is flexible. Duties may include: assisting in soil and plant sampling, plant data collection, as well as extracting, amplifying, and analyzing DNA from soils and roots. Interns will be compensated with a stipend of $400/week and on-site housing is available if needed for a nominal fee ($30 per week). Due to our rural location, interns are responsible for their own transportation. Persons with knowledge of or interest in ecology, microbiology, and plant biology are encouraged to apply. Applicants should send a letter of interest, a resume that discusses your prior experience, and two references. Applicants should also indicate their primary research interest. See Holden research staff and a description of their respective programs. Questions concerning the internships can be addressed to Dr. David Burke (email@example.com). Qualified applicants should submit a resume online: https://home.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=15058331. Posted: 1/22/16.
Hoosier National Forest: Forest Inventory Research Technician. Application Deadline: April 15th, 2016. Location: Throughout the Hoosier National Forest, Southern Indiana. Pay Rate: $10.35/hr, Housing provided. Dates: Monday, May 16-August 19, 2016 (flexible). Research technician will aid in conducting basic forest inventory (DBH, tree ID, etc), timber grading, and stumpage volume and value estimation in the beautiful Hoosier National Forest. The scope of this project is to estimate tree volume and value loss from prescribed fire. Skills related basic forest inventory are necessary while timber grading and stumpage estimation can be learned in the field. Experience in these areas is a bonus. Work will not exceed 40 hours/week, 5 days/ week. Conditions will be weather dependent, but expect full work days in summer heat in the forest. Undergraduates are encouraged to apply. Interest applicants should contact Shannon Stanis at firstname.lastname@example.org with a short statement of interest (no more than two paragraphs), summer availability, and resume. Posted: 3/7/16.
Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station: two exciting employment opportunities for recent undergraduates interested in science and environmental education for summer 2016. Housing is available. Applications are accepted until Monday, May 2 or until positions are filled. Applications should be sent to email@example.com. Interested applicants should visit us online for details about the positions, course you will be instructing, and application process: www.huyckpreserve.org/jobs. Residential Coordinator and Field Teaching Assistant: RCTAs act as support staff for three sessions of the Preserve's three-week high school summer ecology course, Wildlife Ecology Research. Two nine week positions (June 6-August 7) are available. Applicants must have completed a BA/BS degree, preferably in a science related field. Staff is responsible for providing student supervision before and after classes each day, overnight, and on occasional non-academic days. Additionally, staff is responsible for shopping for food; assisting students with meal planning and preparation; overseeing the completion of household duties; planning evening and non-academic day activities; and assisting students with nightly assignments. Staff will also have the opportunity to act as a teaching assistant for field based classes, tutor students daily lectures, and teach their own field-based lesson if desired. Training and course preparation will begin June 6 prior to the start of the first session. Preference will be given to applicants with a strong interest and/or experience in field ecology and research, science education, outdoor trip leading/camp counselor, and cooking and meal planning for groups of 12. To Apply (Applications accepted until Monday, May 2 or positions filled) Complete applications and letters of reference should be emailed to Dawn O'Neal (firstname.lastname@example.org) with "Applicant's Last Name RCTA" in the subject line. A complete application includes: 1) Assembled into a single PDF or WORD document, a cover letter describing your interest and reason for applying as well as the skills you will bring to the position and a current CV/resume no more than 2 pages in length. 2) Two letters of reference. Submitted separately to the above email address. Posted: 3/25/16.
Indiana State University: seeking five field technicians to assist with research involving the federally endangered Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis). This research will occur near the Indianapolis International Airport, and is part of a long-term monitoring effort in conjunction with the Indianapolis Airport Authority. Duties will include mist-netting, radio telemetry, emergence counts of bats exiting roosts, acoustic surveys, video surveys and conducting roost plots. Additional duties will include data entry and management, carrying heavy equipment, gear maintenance & decontamination, and other various tasks. Technicians are needed from May 20 through August 19 and can expect to work long shifts including late nights (up till 4am) up to 10 nights in a row. This is a great opportunity for an undergraduate or recent graduate to gain experience with a variety of field techniques. Required Qualifications: 1) Positive attitude and strong work ethic is most important, 2) Demonstrated ability to work well as part of a team and individually, 3) Ability to work long hours including alternating day and night schedule, 4) Commitment to entire field season (May 20 - August 19), 5) Comfortable in a variety of outdoor conditions including wading through creeks, summer heat, mosquitoes, poison ivy, and nettle, 6) Valid U.S. driver’s license, 7) Willing to use own vehicle for field work (on paved roads only and mileage will be reimbursed at $0.40/mi) Preferred Qualifications: 1) Mist-netting experience, 2) Previous bat handling and identification experience, 3) Radio-telemetry experience, 4) Pre-exposure rabies vaccination (Must have pre-exposure rabies shots in order to handle bats (No exceptions!). Shots are given in a series over 21 or 28 days and will be provided by ISU, if needed, 5) Experience collecting and analyzing bat calls, 6) Video monitoring and coding experience, 7) Data entry and management experience, including Microsoft Excel & Access Stipend provided, plus mileage ($0.40/mile) and per diem reimbursements ($30/day for food). Lodging will be provided. We will begin reviewing applications March 12, 2016. Please e-mail with “Bat Technician” in the subject line a single PDF file containing: 1 page cover letter explaining your qualifications and what you hope to gain from this experience, Resume or CV, Contact information for 3 references . Submit applications to: email@example.com. Posted: 3/3/16.
Institute of Marine Mammal Studies: Summer 2016 Marine Mammal Research Internship. The IMMS Research Internship Program is designed as a way for students interested in a career in marine science to gain valuable research experience in a real-world setting. Interns will participate with multiple projects involving bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles and diamondback terrapins. As an intern, you will be trained in all aspects of dolphin photo-id research, sea turtle satellite tracking, and other current research projects at IMMS. Interns will also participate in other operations at IMMS including stranding response, education, and animal care. Our goal is to give Interns a well-rounded experience in a variety of areas while providing expert training and experience in marine science research. Interns must: Commit to a minimum of at least 12 weeks. The internship can be extended depending on work performance. Be available to work Mon-Fri and must be available for all boat trips. Some field days may fall on the weekends. Have strong sense of responsibility, work ethic, attention to detail, and ability to admit mistakes. Produce high quality research efforts and exhibit strong interpersonal skills. Principle Duties include: data entry, searching and cataloging journal articles, learning all research protocols, cropping and sorting photo-id fin images, learning to use photo-id programs such as Darwin (fin matching software), and FinBase (Microsoft Access), boat based field research (21’ and 31’ boats), and learn how to use ArcGIS Secondary Duties involve: Assisting with animal care staff, attending marine mammal necropsies, responding to marine mammal and sea turtle strandings, and assisting with educational tours. Field days: Interns must be able to spend many hours on the water and on shore in sometimes extreme seasonal conditions. Seasonal temperatures range from over 100 °F in summer to 30 °F in winter. Field days typically exceed eight hours and occur at least two or three times a week. Applicants must be 18 or older and must have a genuine interest in marine research. Applicants should be actively pursuing a college degree or be a recent graduate in oceanography, marine science/biology, biology, or a related field. Previous research experience in any capacity is a plus. Applicants must be able and willing to fulfill all duties outlined for this Internship Program. This is an unpaid position and Interns are responsible for their own housing and transportation. Once accepted, IMMS staff will be able to assist Interns in suggesting suitable housing options and locations. Deadline to Apply for the Summer Session (5/2/16 - 7/22/16 and 6/6/16 - 8/26/16) is March 1, 2016. Please visit http://imms.org/internship.php for application and full details. Posted: 1/22/16.
Iowa State University: Forest ecology interns (4), Mariana Islands (Guam, Saipan, Rota). 9 months, starting either January 15 or March 1, 2016. The Ecology of Bird Loss Project aims to determine the full impact of seed disperser loss on Guam’s forests through comparisons of dynamics on Guam to those on nearby islands (Rota and Saipan) where birds are present. DUTIES: Interns will participate in a variety of field research involving plant survival experiments, forest inventories, plant propagation, and observation of fruit-frugivore interactions. Two positions will be based on Saipan and two will be based on Guam, but all positions may involve travel to other islands. Field crews work 8-10 hours a day, 5-6 days a week. REQUIREMENTS: The successful applicant must be able to pay attention to detail, work well individually and as part of a group, and be flexible. 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. PAYMENT: Interns will receive valuable research experience in the field of conservation biology and field ecology, a round-trip ticket from any major airport in the US to Saipan or Guam, housing on all islands, transportation to and from field sites, and a monthly stipend of $600. Further information and application instructions. Deadline: December 7, 2015. Posted: 11/24/15.
Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center: temporary Seasonal Research Hourly Worker position in the Forest Ecology 4 Lab. This is a 3-month position with possible extension up to 5 months beginning as early as April 2016. On-site housing is provided on a space-available basis. The Research Hourly Worker will assist in collecting data for projects examining prescribed fire intensity and understory plant response over a range of overstory densities, and to develop silvicultural practices that will create sustainable forests in future climate scenarios. The majority of time will be spent in the field, where activities will include use of GPS equipment, data loggers and forest measurements (including DBH, height, age and basal area; as well as assessment of fire intensity, hardwood regeneration, and litter and biomass sampling). The workers will also be involved with data entry and other duties as required. The 29,000-acre Research Center is located ~30 miles south of Albany, Georgia. Requirements: Ability to conduct physical activity in the field under a variety of weather conditions, to follow instructions with attention to detail, and work well both independently and within small groups. Some computer-related experience is required (MS Office, required), and familiarity or experience with Southeastern vegetation and plant communities is desirable. GPS and GIS experience a plus. Must be a U.S. citizen. Qualifications: Minimum A.S. degree (or substantial progress toward an A.S. or B.S. degree) in forestry, conservation biology, ecology, or related field. Salary: Starting at $9 per hour with on-site housing provided or $10 per hour without housing. No benefits. A letter of application, resume and references should be sent via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, Subject line: Forest Ecology 4 Hourly Worker, or by mail to Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center, Attn: Becky Gay, 3988 Jones Center Drive, Newton, GA 39870, or FAX to (229)734-4707. For additional information regarding the position contact Andy Whelan, email@example.com. Review of applications will begin in April 2016. Posted: 3/17/16.
Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center: full-time, temporary Research Hourly Worker. The 28,500-acre Research Center is located between Albany and Bainbridge, 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. This position will begin as early as January 2016 and continue for 3 months with the possibility of extension depending on performance and funding. This employee will assist research staff and graduate students in the Ecohydrology Lab with a variety of field and lab studies. The Ecohydrology Lab conducts research focused on the intersection of upland longleaf pine forest dynamics and hydrology at local and regional scales. The employee’s main duties will include: 1) routine collection of canopy and litter interception data and sample processing; 2) assistance with construction, installation and maintenance of sap flow probes; 3) measurement of gas exchange, water potential and other plant physiological parameters; and 4) data entry. Additional opportunities may exist to assist with a study of plant-insect interactions under varying fire regimes. Job Requirements: The successful candidate must be willing to conduct sometimes strenuous physical activity under demanding field conditions (i.e., heat, high humidity, and insects) and to work with minimal supervision. Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, forestry, natural resources management or a related field is preferred. Experience or coursework in ecohydrology, forest hydrology and/or plant physiology is a plus. Prior experience working in remote field settings is highly desirable. The optimum candidate will also have the motivation and ability to master the safe and proper operation of complicated field instrumentation. Wages: $9-11 per hour with housing, $10–12 per hour without housing. Limited on-site housing is available. A letter of application, resume, college transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable) and list of references should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Ecohydrology Research Hourly Worker or sent by mail to: Cindy Craft, ATTN: Ecohydrology Hourly Research Worker, Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center, 3988 Jones Center Drive, Newton, GA 39870 or by Fax to (229)734-4707. Specific questions regarding the position should be sent to email@example.com. Applications received before October 23, 2015 will receive highest consideration. Posted: 10/2/15.
Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium: LUMCON (Cocodrie, Louisiana) is seeking a motivated person with a science background to fill a research assistant position. Duties will include conducting and participating in laboratory research and fieldwork related to fisheries and toxicology. Specific duties will include conducting 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 science. Good organizational skills are a must. It is also important that the applicants be comfortable working on boats and willing to learn new skills that include plumbing seawater systems, building or repairing holding systems, plankton culture and caring for fish in the laboratory. Basic computer skills and the ability to use tools is a plus. This is a temporary position lasting 9 months with the possibility of extension dependent upon acquisition of additional funding. Closing Date: Need to fill 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, Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 12/15/15.
Marine Biological Laboratory: A Summer Field Assistant position is available at The Ecosystems Center of the MBL 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 on the salt marsh food web and nutrient cycles. The successful candidate will be expected to take a leadership role in executing 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 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. Physical Requirements: 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. The successful candidate will be expected to work at the Plum Island Field Station (3 hours from Woods Hole) from May through August. To apply for this position, go to https://mbl.simplehire.com/postings/3201. Email questions to David Behringer at Dbehringer@mbl.edu. Posted: 2/16/16.
Michigan State University: The Schemske lab (Department of Plant Biology) is seeking a full time lab technician for a research project investigating the genetic basis of adaptation in plants. Primary duties will include some combination of the following: Plant propagation, maintenance, and phenotypic data collection associated with conducting large-scale greenhouse and growth chamber experiments; supervision of several undergraduate assistants; high throughput DNA extractions; genotyping samples with SNP assays, CAPs markers, and RADseq. Experience with molecular techniques, DNA extraction, and genotyping is preferred. Applicants with prior lab managerial experience and experience working with the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana are strongly encouraged to apply. This is a temporary full time position for 9 months (starting July 5, 2016), with benefits after 90 days. A bachelor's degree is required, and a minimum of 1 year of experience working in a research lab is strongly preferred. Applications should include a cover letter describing previous experience and fit to the position, CV, and the names and contact information of two references. Applications should be sent to: coakley at msu dot edu. Posted: 5/18/16.
Michigan State University: The Isaacs Lab seeks a field and laboratory assistant for a project investigating how habitat enhancements in agro-ecosystems influence native bee populations and pathogen prevalence. This project will require extended stays at an MSU field research station near Lake Michigan during August (housing accommodations are covered). The majority of this position involves field work (60%) but will also include laboratory work (40%). Daily tasks may include: travel to field sites in university vehicle (travel time is paid), visual pollinator observations, plant surveys, netting bees and other insects, preparation of specimens for PCR, gel electrophoresis, data entry, labeling, and curating bee specimens. Required Qualifications: -Interest in conservation biology, pollination biology, entomology, field ecology, or molecular biology -Valid U.S. driver’s license -Ability to work outside for long periods in a variety of weather conditions -Attention to detail -Ability to work independently and as part of a team. Desirable skills: -Plant identification (esp. wildflowers) -Background in molecular biology laboratory techniques (esp. PCR) -Insect collection and identification -Experience with Excel, Word, etc. Employment Period: Early Summer (June) until October 31, 2016, with some flexibility on start and end dates. Continued employment into the fall/winter may be possible depending on funding and performance. Full Time: 40 hours/week -Starting salary: $11/hr. To Apply and For Questions: Send a resume and contact information for three references to: Knute Gundersen (email@example.com). Please put ‘Bee Research Tech’ in the subject line. Posted: 5/6/16.
Michigan State University: A field technician position is available with Lars Brudvig’s research group to assist with a project investigating the restoration of prairie plant communities by seed sowing onto former agricultural lands. Primary job duties will include plant community surveys within prairies undergoing restoration, establishment and maintenance of experimental field plots, field measurements of plant functional traits, and lab/office work (e.g., sample processing, data entry and proofing). The technician will work both independently and collaboratively with postdocs and graduate students in the group. Minimum requirements: A Bachelor's degree in ecology, biology or a similar field of study, previous research experience, the ability to work full days under arduous (hot/humid) field conditions, and a valid driver’s license. Desired qualifications: Formal botanical training, knowledge of prairie flora, prior experience conducting vegetation surveys, field experiments, and collecting plant functional traits, and experience with restoration practice. Positions will begin as early as May 2016, and will last 6-9 months. Applicants should indicate dates of availability in their application letter. Pay rate will be $13-18/hour, for 40 hours/week, depending on qualifications. The technician will spend time based out of Michigan State University's main campus (East Lansing, MI) and Kellogg Biological Station (Hickory Corners, MI), with daily and some overnight travel to field sites. These travel expenses will be covered. To apply: Email a CV and a letter describing your interest in this position, relevant past experience, start date availability, and contact information with email addresses for two references to Lars Brudvig (firstname.lastname@example.org). Review of application materials will begin immediately; applications received after April 1, 2016 will not be considered. Posted: 3/11/16.
Michigan State University: We seek to fill multiple field technician positions for a large-scale experiment testing how the restoration of longleaf pine ecosystem in the Southeastern United States impacts insect pollinators and pollination services. Primary job duties will include field, laboratory, and office tasks required for studies of insect pollinator communities and pollination biology. The research for this field season has 3 major goals: 1) collecting and preserving pollinating insects, especially bees, across many experimental plots in the field, 2) conducting a field experiment with plants to understand how pollination services vary across the landscape, and 3) conducting observations and experiments to better understand the pollination biology of native plants in this system. The ideal start date for this position would be in mid to late May 2016, and it will last for 3-6 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 Lars Brudvig , Rufus Isaacs, Jason Gibbs, and Nash Turley, and a lead technician based at The Savanna River Site. Housing is not provided, but low-cost options are available. Successful candidates will have, or be working towards, a bachelor’s degree in ecology, biology, or a related discipline. Previous field research experience is required, previous entomological or botanical field experience is highly desired. The successful applicant must be able to endure hot, humid conditions and long hours in the field. It is important to note that the research site is a highly secure area run by the federal government, so non-United States citizens may have difficulty gaining clearance to work there. To apply, please email a resume and a letter including descriptions of past experience that highlight entomology/botany/ecology experience, why this position is interesting or important to you, dates of availability, and contact information with email addresses for three references to Sabrie Breland (email@example.com) with subject line “Seasonal technician application”. Review of application materials will begin immediately; applications received after April 15 will not be considered. Posted: 2/10/16, revised: 3/31/16.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources: Avian Technicians (2 positions), Division of Fish & Wildlife Location: NW Minnesota. Salary: Approximately $16/hr. Start date: 08/15/16. End date: 11/30/16. We are seeking 2 full-time, temporary field technicians for a study examining sharp-tailed grouse responses to brushland management in Minnesota. Job duties will include pellet surveys and vegetation surveys along transects, collecting and entering data in Excel, communicating with managers, organizing and maintaining field equipment, GPS use, and working independently as well as part of a team. Field work will require walking up to 8 miles a day through uneven terrain. Hours and days will be variable, but generally will not exceed 40 hours per week. Lodging will be provided. Qualifications: Strong work ethic with a positive attitude. Applicants should be willing to work long hours and in difficult field conditions. Ability to use GPS to locate and establish transects. Experience with Excel. A valid driver’s license and good driving record. Physical ability to walk up to 8 miles a day, while carrying <10 lbs. Preferred Qualifications: Experience with ArcMap. B.S. in Wildlife Ecology or related field. Familiarity with brushland plant species identification in the upper Midwestern U.S. To apply: Submit cover letter, CV, email and phone contact information for 3 references, and unofficial transcripts as a single attachment to Charlotte.Roy@mn.state.us and Lindsey.Shartell@mn.state.us by April 15, 2016. Posted: 3/8/16.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources: Division of Fish and Wildlife, Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Natural Resources Technician – Temporary, May – August 2016. Salary: $16.21 per hour. Support forest wildlife habitat monitoring and inventory efforts by collecting forest inventory data at monitoring plot across the forested region of Minnesota. Work will involve conducting inventory using methods adapted from the USFS Forest Inventory and Analysis Program. The position is limited to 40 hours per week, but due to the nature of the field work technicians may work four 10 hour work days per week. A field vehicle will be provided for work use. Technicians will work out of the Grand Rapids, MN office with some extended travel required. Housing is not provided except when traveling. Required Qualifications: Education in forestry, wildlife, or other natural resource field. Applicants who have completed a BS degree in a relevant field are preferred, but current students will be considered. A working knowledge of Geographic Position Systems (GPS), basic computer programs (i.e., MS Office), navigation, and geographic information systems (i.e., ArcGIS). Ability to identify understory vegetation, shrubs, and trees of Minnesota. Experience establishing sampling plots and collecting forest inventory metrics. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, follow established protocols, communicate findings orally, keep detailed and accurate records, write reports, 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 collecting FIA data or similar forest inventory data is 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). Position will be filled as soon as possible. Posted: 1/19/16.
National Center for Science Education: seeking one full-time summer intern to work on science education activism, with a particular focus on climate change education. This is a temporary position based in Oakland, CA. NCSE is a not-for-profit organization that defends and promotes the teaching of science in public schools. We provide information, resources, and support related to areas of science that are often attacked on social or political grounds—such as climate change and evolution. Our mission is to ensure that these topics are presented in a scientific, engaging, and accurate manner in the classroom. Science education in America is under attack and science teachers are at the forefront of this challenge. There are many topics in the sciences that are scientifically sound, but politically and socially controversial, leaving educators at risk of being challenged anytime they try to address these issues. Teachers are most frequently challenged when they attempt to teach climate change and evolution, but problems occasionally arise around other issues such as genetically modified foods and the Big Bang. It is NCSE’s position that socially controversial science topics must be taught accurately in the science classroom, and we work with educators to ensure that they have the support they need to do this. We are looking for one intern for three months (June-August 2015) to help with NCSE’s teacher engagement, with a particular focus on climate change education. This is a unique opportunity for someone with a science background to learn about science advocacy and help support one of science’s most important communities: science teachers. The selected candidate will receive training in: · Climate change science and education · Common denial arguments and tactics · Writing for the public and educational audiences · Using social media and web technologies including Salesforce to connect with educators · Helping to defend and support science educators who teach these topics. The intern will work at the NCSE headquarters located in Oakland, CA. Qualifications: · Must have a basic understanding of and interest in science, science education, and science advocacy. · Good writing and computing skills are required. · Timeliness, follow-through, and ability to work independently are a must. · Preference for background or degree in Biology, Earth Science, or Environmental Sciences. · This is an ideal position for a recent graduate, but we will review all applicants equally. This is a full-time (40 hours a week) position at the NCSE offices in Oakland. The internship mentor will meet with each intern on a weekly basis, and be present while the interns are working. The internship will last for the entire summer: June–August. Due to the short nature of the internship, there will not be an opportunity for the intern to take a vacation during this time, though we do have July 4 off. The full-time position pays $6,000 for the summer. To apply: Please include a cover letter, three references, and a résumé. E-mail all three to Minda Berbeco PhD, Programs and Policy Director: firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications must be received by March 1st. Find out more at: http://ncse.com/about/jobs. Posted: 1/22/16.
Nature's Capital: in Boise, Idaho is seeking applicants for the position of Ecologist/Botanist. This is a leadership position with responsibility for project oversight and worker supervision. The position duration is six months, but may be extended as opportunities develop. The Ecologist/Botanist will collect, summarize and analyze data on the ecology of forest, shrubland, and grassland vegetation or rare plant species. The incumbent will conduct ecological field inventories and assess vegetation condition and quality. 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; and interpreting spatial imagery or other technical map products. The position will require experience in back country travel; use of basic tools such as a field compass, topographic map, 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; one year graduate level education; and one year of work experience; or a bachelor's degree and an equivalent combination of work experience and education. Work experience should demonstrate knowledge of a regional flora and ability to complete tasks outlined in the position description, for example: experience identifying plants using a taxonomical key; measuring tree growth; determining habitat type; sampling vegetation using standard plant ecology, common stand examination, ecological site inventory, or forest inventory analysis methods; rare plant or noxious weed surveys; or habitat and population monitoring methods. Back country experience may be documented through work history or recreational activities such as hiking, skiing, or mountaineering. Current first aid certification is required (current Wilderness First Responder certification is preferred). To apply for the Ecologist/Botanist position, please send a current resume as an email attachment to email@example.com. Include the job title in the subject line. Please provide contact information for individuals with knowledge of your experience and capabilities. Candidates for the position should make contact as soon as possible. Hiring decisions are planned to occur on or before April 15, 2016. Posted: 3/28/16.
Nature’s Capital: in Boise, Idaho is seeking to fill four 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; measuring tree growth; sampling vegetation using standard plant ecology, common stand examination, ecological site inventory, or forest inventory analysis 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. Current certification in standard first aid is required (more advanced certification, for example, Wilderness First Responder, is preferred). 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 April 15, 2016. Posted: 3/28/16.
New Jersey Audubon: The GEORGE MYERS FIELD NATURALIST INTERN develops a full spectrum of skills through hands-on participation in various educational, research and conservation projects at New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO) and Nature Center of Cape May (NCCM), Cape May, NJ (1 April - 22 Dec). Cape May is renowned as one of the world's greatest hotspots for animal migration, as well as being a popular summertime vacation destination and beach resort. The combination of the two, offers great opportunities for wildlife research and education through public outreach. MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:. Conduct short programs, field trips and workshops on bird id and migration phenomena to the general public.. Assist migration research counters when needed.. Orient and assist visitors to the Cape May Migration Count Sites and assist with bird ID. Conduct children's programming at the Nature Center's summer children's nature camp.. Conduct interpretive outreach programs (emphasis on local aquatic marine animals) at various locations throughout Cape May County.. Assist in all daily operations of running the Nature Center during the busy summer season. This may include program registration, retail operations, cleaning, gardening, animal care, aquarium and equipment maintenance, etc.. Assist with the design and maintenance of interpretive exhibits, displays, and other center-based informational materials. QUALIFICATIONS. Bachelor's degree in wildlife biology, ecology, environmental science or similar field preferred.. Flexibility to adjust hours to meet the special needs of the program and organization.. Must have his/her own vehicle, a valid driver's license, and be able to operate vehicle in NJ.. Must have the physical capacity to walk over uneven terrain for long distances, able to move materials and to lift 50 lbs. Familiarity with bird migration, birding, marine species and coastal ecology is a plus, but learning on the job is expected and we will provide training and support.. Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to accept direction and constructive feedback. Motivated self-starter who is also a team player. Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office) to fulfill the job requirements. Ability to relate to a diverse range of people and exercise cultural competence and inclusion. Willingness to work irregular hours under sometimes difficult field conditions Starting Date: 1 April 2016 End Date: 22 December 2016 Salary: $ 1500/ month. Housing arrangements may also be available. Application Deadline: March 15, 2016. Please send cover letter of interest, resume, and three references as a single PDF document (including email and phone contact info) to email@example.com. Posted: 3/5/16.
North Carolina State University: We are seeking applicants for summer research technicians for a long-term ecological field experiment in north central Wisconsin. The project is located on the scenic Flambeau River State Forest where we have manipulated the forest structure of a second growth northern hardwood forest and are measuring the response of diversity and ecosystem function. The field crew will be sampling the vegetation, woody debris, soil, and microclimate. Position dates are somewhat flexible, with positions starting late April to mid-May and ending between late August and October. Applicants should be willing to work long hours outdoors, sometimes in hot, rainy, and/or buggy weather conditions. Housing near the site will be provided. Pay rate is between $9-11 per hour, depending on experience. Applicants should have a strong interest and/or experience working in forest ecology and a background in forestry, ecology, biology, biogeochemistry, or soil science is highly desirable. Training will be provided. However, prior experience with identification of Northwoods flora, forest mensuration, hemispherical photography, and/or respiration measurements is a plus. To apply please send a cover letter and resume to: Jodi Forrester (firstname.lastname@example.org). In your cover letter please indicate dates of availability and contact information for three references (names, email address and phone no). Posted: 2/22/16.
North Carolina State University: One field technician needed from early April to late June to assist Ph.D. student in collection of amphibian data in the northern karst region of Puerto Rico. The focus of the season will be to gain preliminary understanding of terrestrial frog (Eleutherodactylus) species’ distributions in the region. Sites will have digital recording equipment for collecting acoustic data and artificial retreat structures for monitoring reproductive activity. The karst region is a sparsely populated region characterized by short, forested hills (mogotes). Daily fieldwork will include lots of driving on narrow, curvy roads between field sites. Getting to sampling sites will involve hiking up and down mogotes. Days will be long, and some late nights are inevitable. Time off will be irregular. Salary range: $1600-1800/month, depending on qualifications. Remote, primitive housing will be provided. Qualifications: The successful applicant will have a good sense of humor and strong work ethic, and be detail-oriented and curious about the natural world. Ecological field research experience is required, and you must be comfortable handling frogs. You should have a demonstrated ability to walk across rugged terrain while carrying equipment and maintaining a positive attitude. You must possess a valid U.S. driver’s license and good driving record. Ideal candidates will have experience living in a Spanish-speaking environment. Applicant will be responsible for his/her own transportation to Puerto Rico. To Apply: Upload a single document including (i) cover letter describing interest and relevant experience, (ii) a CV/resumé, and (iii) a list of three professional/academic references with contact information to: http://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/64813. (Applications MUST be submitted through the website to be considered!) Questions about the position can be directed to Jessica Stocking at email@example.com. Posted: 2/22/16.
Northern Arizona University: Field Botanist needed for a project studying the habitat of the endangered New Mexico meadow jumping mouse in riparian areas within the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona. Successful applicants will work as part of a team to determine habitat and environmental requirements for the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse. Duties include collection of detailed vegetation data at known and random New Mexico meadow jumping mouse riparian sites. The research takes place in remote areas and technicians will be camping while out in the field for approximately 4-5 days at a time. While camping and in the field (which will be most of the time), technicians will be provided $25 per diem to cover food expenses and are reimbursed for use of a personal 4WD vehicle while working. Office duties may include data entry, maintenance of sampling gear, and travel preparations. The field season is expected to run from June to late August. This position requires camping at high elevations (>9000 ft), navigating across difficult trail-less terrain, working and camping in remote areas, and spending several hours in waders walking through fast-moving streams. Applicants should be prepared physically and have the appropriate clothing and gear to work and camp in these environments. The Field Botanist position is expected to know or quickly learn the flora of southwestern riparian areas to maximize data collection quality and efficiency. Methods will include collecting species composition, richness, cover, and presence and absence data at the species level. Additional data collection may include estimating functional group percent cover on vegetation quadrats, and also using other tools such as Robel poles or estimating height of vegetation, and densiometers for estimating tree canopy cover. The botanist may be asked to lead vegetation field crews and ensure the efficient and safe collection of high-quality data with limited direct daily supervision. Desired Qualifications: Prior experience in plant community measurements and plant identification, preferably in the western United States and in riparian vegetation. Experience in keying plants or a taxonomy course. Experience leading field research crews. GPS and field navigational skills. CPR and wilderness first aid/WFR training is desirable. Salary: $17-$20/hr depending on experience. Deadline to apply: March 1, 2016. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and 3 references (formatted as a single PDF document) to Valerie Horncastle (Valerie.Horncastle@nau.edu). Posted: 2/15/16.
Northern Arizona University: Summer Field Technician: carbon flux in response to arctic climate change. 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. Duration: Mid-April until late Sept 2016 with the possibility of extension. Fieldwork will include maintenance of experimental plots, measurements of ecosystem-level carbon exchange and ancillary environmental variables. The technician will work closely with a postdoctoral researcher, other technicians, graduate and undergraduate students to collect data and maintain field equipment. Other responsibilities will include data entry, preliminary data processing, and data quality control. The technician will work and live in a shared rustic cabin with an outhouse, on the outskirts of Healy, 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. Must be eligible to work in the US (Canadian or Mexican with TN visa eligibility is OK too). Must have valid drivers license. 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, ability to spend long hours outside, and willingness to learn to operate technical sensors and data loggers. Desired qualifications: Prior experience with scientific fieldwork, carbon flux or ecosystem function measurements is beneficial, but not necessary. To apply: Please send a cover letter detailing your preparedness for the position, CV or resume, and list of three references to Meghan Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 1st 2016. Posted: 2/15/16.
Northern Arizona University: The Ecological Restoration Institute at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff is hiring an experienced field botanist for May-August, 2016. This person will have the knowledge and skills described below to assist with research on forest restoration and ecosystem health projects. The position requires working on crews in the high elevation coniferous forests of Arizona and possibly other locations and ecosystems. This is a full-time, 40 hours per week position for the duration of the field season. Work will consist of 10-hour days; local work in the vicinity of Flagstaff will be in the form of 4-day weeks, and out-of-town work will consist of 8-day trips. All positions will require working in remote backcountry settings with diverse groups of people under potentially adverse field conditions. Candidates must have a valid driver’s license and be able to frequently travel away from Flagstaff (up to 20 days per month) for fieldwork. Employees must be able to carry up to 25 lbs of field equipment in addition to personal gear. Field Botanists are expected to know or quickly learn the flora of southwestern forests to maximize data collection quality and efficiency. Methods will include collecting cover and richness data on vegetation quadrats, point-line intercept transects, and belt transects. They may also collect data on forest structure and fuels as needed. Field Botanists may be asked to lead field crews of other technicians and ensure the efficient and safe collection of high-quality data with limited direct daily supervision. Desired qualifications: Prior experience in plant community measurements and plant identification, preferably in the western United States or working with ecological restoration research projects. Experience in keying plants or a taxonomy course. Experience with field computers and electronic data collection methods is desirable. Experience leading field research crews. GPS and field navigational skills. CPR, wilderness first aid/WFR training is desirable, but not required. This position requires crew members to work in isolated and rugged mountainous environments at elevations ranging from approximately 5,000-9,500 feet. It also requires work in potentially difficult field conditions (steep slopes, rain, lightning, venomous reptiles, etc.). Field gear will need to be carried across rugged terrain, in addition to a personal daypack. Applicants should be prepared physically and have the appropriate clothing and gear to work and camp in these environments. Salary $12-15/hr, depending on position and experience. Subject to funding. Please send email introducing yourself along with resume and cover letter to Judith.Springer@nau.edu. Contact: Judy Springer, Ecological Restoration Institute, Northern Arizona University, P.O. Box 15017, Flagstaff, AZ 86011; (928) 523-7751; Judith.Springer@nau.edu. Posted: 1/23/16, revised: 3/22/16.
Northern Arizona University: The Ecological Restoration Institute is hiring experienced field technicians for May-August, 2016. Technicians will have the knowledge and skills described below to assist with research on forest restoration and ecosystem health projects. Technicians will work on crews in the high elevation coniferous forests of Arizona and possibly other locations and ecosystems. This is a full-time, 40 hours per week position for the duration of the field season. Work will consist of 10-hour days; local work in the vicinity of Flagstaff will be in the form of 4-day weeks, and out-of-town work will consist of 8-day trips. All positions will require working in remote backcountry settings with diverse groups of people under potentially adverse field conditions. Candidates must have a valid driver’s license and be able to frequently travel away from Flagstaff (up to 20 days per month) for fieldwork. Research technicians must be able to carry up to 25 lbs of field equipment in addition to personal gear. Forestry Technicians will utilize a variety of methods to measure forest attributes such as tree height, diameter, and condition class; tree regeneration; shrub abundance; and surface fuels. Technicians will use digital cameras to document plot conditions and hand-held computers to enter and error-check data. Forestry Technicians may be asked to lead field crews of other technicians and ensure the efficient and safe collection of high-quality data with limited direct daily supervision. Prior experience in forest tree and stand measurements and field research, preferably in the western US; experience with ecological restoration research projects; experience with field computers and electronic data collection is desirable. Experience leading field research crews. GPS and field navigational skills. CPR, wilderness first aid/WFR training is desirable. These positions require crew members to work in isolated and rugged environments at elevations ranging from ~5,000-9,500 feet. They also require work in potentially difficult field conditions (steep slopes, rain, lightning, venomous reptiles, etc.). Field gear will need to be carried across rugged terrain, in addition to a personal daypack. Applicants should be prepared physically and have the appropriate clothing and gear to work and camp in these environments. Salary $12-15/hr., depending on position and experience. Subject to funding. To Apply: Please send email introducing yourself along with resume and cover letter to Walker.Chancellor@nau.edu. Walker Chancellor, Ecological Restoration Institute, Northern Arizona University, P.O. Box 15017, Flagstaff, AZ 86011; (928) 523-7284. Posted: 1/23/16.
Northern Arizona University: Forestry Technicians - 3 positions, based in Flagstaff, AZ, with extensive travel. Closing date: July 22, 2015 Start date approx Aug 20 (to be determined by scheduling of 2 day tree climbing training) for ~5-6 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 2015; this window of opportunity before seeds drop is generally only about 5 weeks 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 collect seed for disease resistance screening and research investigating adaptive traits and climate change. Duties: Successful completion of two-day USFS tree climbing certification training mandatory for all field work. Field work will include GPS navigation and site establishment, basic tree measurements, disease identification, climbing trees and cone collections. All climbing equipment will be provided. Requirements: *Previous work/field experience or education in forest measurements preferred. *Previous experience with tree or rock climbing preferred but not necessary. Comfort at height. *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: 7/10/15.
Oregon State University: A crew leader and two crew positions are available this summer to collect data for the Pacific Northwest Permanent Sample Plot Program, one of the longest-running research projects of its kind in the world. The project objective is to understand the patterns and mechanisms of long-term forest dynamics. The field crew will take measurements on trees and understory vegetation in plots across a diversity of forest types in Oregon and Washington. We seek individuals who are detail-oriented, able to follow complex data-collection procedures, have legible handwriting, enjoy working as part of a team, and can live cooperatively with others. Duties: Field crew members will (a) navigate to permanent plots using topo maps and GPS; (b) identify herbaceous and woody plants to species; (c) estimate percent cover of plants; (d) measure tree diameters and heights; (e) tag, measure and map tree regeneration; (f) document tree mortality; and (g) record and check data for completeness and clarity. Crew will be based at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest near Blue River, Oregon, where housing is provided. Some camping will also be necessary for sites located elsewhere in Oregon and Washington. Positions will last 12-16 weeks starting in mid-June. Applicants with previous experience may perform lead work. Minimum qualifications: * Enrolled in or graduated from a program in forestry, botany, natural resources, environmental science or closely related field; OR an equivalent combination of training and experience. * Experience collecting forest inventory data and navigating off-trail using compass, map and GPS. * Skilled in plant identification. * Able to work productively for long hours in rugged terrain and variable weather conditions. * Demonstrated ability to work independently and with other crew members in a professional manner while maintaining a positive and safe work environment. * Organized, self-motivated and detail oriented. Preferred: * Field experience identifying herbaceous and woody plant species and using taxonomic keys. * Familiarity with basic vegetation measurement tools and methods. * Strong familiarity with the herbaceous and woody flora of the Cascade Mountains or the proven ability to quickly learn plants. * Knowledge of and experience in identifying causes of tree mortality agents. * First-aid training. * A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity. Salary: $13-$15/hour. Duration: 12-16 weeks, starting June 13, 2016. Closing date: Friday, March 25, 2016. To apply: - Students: posting P00145SE - Non-students: posting P00084CT. You are considered a student if you are enrolled for at least 6 credits in spring and intend to take at least 6 credits in the fall. FMI: Rob Pabst, Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society, Oregon State University (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 3/9/16.
Oregon State University: Marbled Murrelet research assistants (7) are needed from 18 April – early/mid August 2016 (start and end dates may be flexible) for a large-scale, collaborative investigation of breeding ecology on the federally threatened Marbled Murrelet in Oregon being led by Jim Rivers, Kim Nelson, Matt Betts, and Dan Roby. Fieldwork will take place in the rugged Coast Range Mountains and will require working long days in challenging field conditions, occasional hiking in the dark (sometimes over long distances), enduring inclement weather, and navigating through extremely difficult forest terrain. Housing and food will be provided. Crew members will provide support to a broad research program that includes: (1) monitoring murrelets to locate nests and document space use and habitat selection; (2) testing new technologies to aid in murrelet nest discovery; (3) capturing and marking of forest corvids that depredate murrelet nests (e.g., Steller’s Jay and Gray Jay) to evaluate their space use, habitat use, and foraging ecology; and (4) using song meters and vocalization playback to test the efficacy of attracting murrelets to suitable but unoccupied habitat. Salaries are $12-15/hour based on prior experience. Crew members will be assigned to one of three teams based on prior experience but all members will work in close coordination with one another throughout the season. Qualifications: Applicants should have a B.S. degree in wildlife biology or a related field and a minimum of 2 years of field experience (2 summer jobs = 2 years of experience). Preference will be given to candidates with prior Marbled Murrelet, corvid, and song meter/vocalization playback research experience. In addition, successful applicants will be self-motivated, have a strong work ethic, be in top physical condition, be able to work harmoniously in a group living situation, have a clean driving record and a valid driver’s license, be able to maintain a positive disposition under challenging field conditions, and a proven track record of working in a safe, efficient, and cooperative manner in a team setting. To apply: create a single PDF or MS-Word file that contains (1) a cover letter addressing your qualifications as they relate to the specific duties and qualifications described in the position description; (2) a full-length resume; and (3) the names and contact information (email, telephone, and mail) of three referees who may be contacted; this document should be emailed to Kim Nelson (email@example.com) with “MAMU Research Assistant Application 2016” in the subject line. Posted: 3/7/16.
Oregon State University: Research assistants (2) for wild bee-forest management study are needed from 14 April – 16 September 2016 (start and end dates may be flexible) for a large-scale study led by Dr. Jim Rivers that is assessing how bee populations are affected by natural (wildfire) and anthropogenic disturbance (post-fire salvage logging) in forested landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. Field work will take place in the rugged Klamath Mountains of southern Oregon and will involve physically demanding work in challenging conditions (heat, rain, sun, steep slopes, loose rock, hazardous plants), working long days including some weekends, and navigating through difficult forest terrain in a team setting. All transportation to and from field sites is covered and periodic camping is required. Food is covered during camping, but crew members must supply their own camping gear. Primary duties of crew members will consist of trapping wild bees, quantifying bee reproductive output, conducting pollination experiments, quantifying floral resources and nesting habitat, and pinning, identifying, and curating insect specimens. Crew members will also assist in other project-related duties as needed. Pay rate is $12-15/hour based on prior experience. Qualifications: B.S. degree in entomology, animal ecology or a related field and a minimum of 2 years of field experience (2 field positions = 2 years of field experience). Preference will be given to candidates who are proficient with capture and identification of wild bee species, have previous experience sampling wild pollinator communities, and have experience with identification of native flora. In addition, successful applicants will be self-motivated, have a strong work ethic, be in top physical condition, be able to work harmoniously in a group living situation, have a clean driving record and a valid driver’s license, be able to maintain a positive disposition under challenging field conditions, and a proven track record of working in a safe, efficient, and cooperative manner in a team setting. To apply: create a single PDF or MS-Word file that contains (1) a cover letter addressing the candidate’s qualifications as they relate to the specific duties described in the position description; (2) a full-length resume; and (3) the names and contact information (email, telephone, and mail) of three referees who may be contacted; this document should be emailed to Dr. Jim Rivers (firstname.lastname@example.org) with “Bee Research Assistant Application 2016” in the subject line. Posted: 3/7/16.
Oregon State University: The Institute for Natural Resources is hiring seasonal field biologist positions. The Sagebrush Vegetation Seasonal Field Biologist is a spring-summer (5 month) position to obtain primary-source data on sagebrush community vegetation for all shrub steppe habitats in eastern Oregon. The project will entirely involve field research, shrub steppe species identifications, and the use of field sampling software to collect Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring (AIM) information on BLM lands in southeastern Oregon. The work will also include gathering accuracy assessment information, and will assist in the implementation of the Oregon Greater Sage-Grouse action plan. Knowledge of or ability to learn how to identify dominant plant species, collect field data and navigate in the field is essential. This is year 1 of a 5 year BLM-OSU cooperative agreement. A resume and letter must be received by email by March 30, 2016. Crews will be working from mid-April through mid-September. For further information contact: Jimmy Kagan (email@example.com). 503-725-9955. Posted: 3/3/16.
Oregon State University: Sagebrush/Wildlife/Fire Ecology Technicians. We seek three full-time temporary technicians in fire, wildlife, and sagebrush ecology with the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. Research project will occur at and around the Phillip W. Schneider Wildlife Management Area (PWSWMA), near Dayville, OR. Daily work will primarily be vegetation surveys to quantify the changes in composition following fire in sagebrush communities, but small mammal trapping and data entry work can also be expected. Position is based out of OSU, and no housing is provided in Corvallis. Transportation to field sites and primitive accommodations on site will be provided. Daily field conditions can be challenging, including variations of weather, fire conditions, encounters with venomous reptiles and remote and semi-primitive living conditions at base camp. Wage: $12/hr. Dates of employment: (10-12 weeks) Preferred start date: On or around May 16, 2016. Minimum Qualifications: Education: Bachelor’s degree in progress in Fisheries and Wildlife, Rangeland Resources, Biology, Ecology, Botany, or another related Biological discipline. Abil/Know/Skills: Basic knowledge of the principles of ecology. Experience in ecological data collection. Basic computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Excel. Willingness and ability to spend long days in the field in hot, cold, wet, or dry conditions, hike up to several miles with a 30 pound pack, camp in a field setting on occasion, and be away from duty station (Corvallis, OR) for several weeks at a time. Ability to work live and work effectively as a member of a team sharing a project base camp. Current driver’s license and ability to drive an ATV and 4 wheel drive vehicles. Driving record subject to OSU review for approval to drive university and agency vehicles. Desirable Qualifications: Experience collecting biological data in a field setting. Prior training and/or experience in ethical live trapping procedures as applied to small mammals. Organizational, communication, and leadership skills with an ability to independently and manage multiple tasks simultaneously. Resourceful in developing practical solutions to daily challenges. Knowledge of sagebrush ecosystems. Experience with issues surrounding rangeland or fire. Experience using GIS tools. Inquiries: Dr. Lisa Ellsworth: firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Dana Sanchez: Dana.Sanchez@oregonstate.edu Application: Send the following documents as a single pdf: resume or CV with contact information for 3 references, academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are fine), and cover letter detailing how you meet minimum and, where applicable, desirable qualifications by March 11, 2016 to Lisa Ellsworth at email@example.com. Posted: 2/25/16.
Pennsylvania State University: field positions - vegetation monitoring - The Deer-Forest Study, Summer 2016 (Monday, May 16 – Friday, August 19). Location: 6 positions in State College, PA and 4 positions in Coudersport, PA. Pay: 40 hrs/week at $11/hr. Field vehicle and housing assistance also provided. 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 Danielle Begley-Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org. To apply: Send a letter, résumé, transcripts, and contact information for three references (via email preferred). At least one reference should be able to comment on your plant identification skills: Email applications to: Bobbi Jo Scovern, Administrative Support Assistant, Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, 419 Forest Resources Building, University Park, PA 16802, Email: email@example.com, Phone: 814-865-4511. Posted: 1/22/16, revised: 2/15/16.
PIBO Monitoring Program: The Pacfish Infish Biological Opinion (PIBO) Monitoring Program is filling multiple temporary seasonal positions for the 2016 field season. These seasonal (not to exceed 1039 hours) positions will begin on May 16th. 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. FISH position responsibilities include an intensive reach scale stream survey. Using one of the most rigorously tested sampling protocols available, technicians collect information on a variety of stream attributes including habitat formations, channel geometry, substrate size, stream bank characteristics, gradient, water chemistry, large woody debris, and macro-invertebrate assemblages. To qualify, incumbent must have course work or experience in natural resource management; especially stream morphology, water resources, and fisheries. Successful applicants will have the following: • Course work in natural resources; especially water resources • Field experience collecting fisheries, stream morphology, or stream habitat data. • Outdoor / field experience (job requires camping for extended periods of time) • An excellent attitude and a willingness to learn. Application materials will only be accepted through USAJobs. Please visit our website for More information. The positions will be open on USAJobs during the following dates: Biological Science Aid GS-0404-03 16-TEMP-R4-0404-3BSA-DT: 2/10/16 - 2/16/16; Biological Science Technician (Fish) GS-0404-04 16-TEMP-R4-0404-4FISH-DT: 2/5/16 – 2/11/16; Biological Science Technician (Fish) GS-0404-05 16-TEMP-R4-0404-5BSTF-DT: 2/4/16 – 2/10/16. Duty Stations: • Leadore, Idaho • St. Regis, Montana • Ukiah, Oregon. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Posted: 2/1/16.
PIBO Monitoring Program: The Pacfish Infish Biological Opinion (PIBO) Monitoring Program is filling multiple temporary seasonal positions for the 2016 field season. These seasonal (not to exceed 1039 hours) positions will begin on May 16th. 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. PLANT position responsibilities include riparian vegetation data collection and extensive plant identification. You will learn a variety of sampling techniques and how to identify many riparian plant species, including: sedges, grasses, forbs, willows, and other woody plants. To qualify, the incumbent must have completed at least one plant taxonomy course and have experience identifying plants using dichotomous keys. Successful applicants will have the following: • Experience identifying plants using dichotomous keys (such as the Flora of the Pacific Northwest, by Hitchcock and Cronquist) • Field experience / course work collecting vegetation data and/or identifying grasses, sedges, woody plants, rangeland plants, etc. • Outdoor / field experience • An excellent attitude and a willingness to learn. Application material will only be accepted through USAJobs - more information. The positions will be open on USAJobs during the following dates: Biological Science Technician (Plants) GS-0404-04 16-TEMP-R4-0404-4BSTP-DT Open 1/26/16-2/1/16; Biological Science Technician (Plants) GS-0404-05 16-TEMP-R4-0404-5BIOPT-DT Open 1/20/16-1/26/16. Duty Stations: • Leadore, Idaho • St. Regis, Montana • Ukiah, Oregon. PIBO HIRING INFO LINE: 435-755-3584 email@example.com. Posted: 1/20/16.
Plumas Audubon Society: 11 seasonal positions:
GIS/field data manager (1) May 23 - August 15. Applicants need to have some practical experience with GIS and be detail orientated. This position involves managing field data from Northern Goshawk, Spotted Owl, Flammulated Owl, Aechmophorus grebe, and amphibian surveys that we conduct on the Plumas National Forest in northern CA. This is a unique position because the data manager will also assist with field surveys so that they have an intimate knowledge of the survey areas and methods. The survey areas are extremely steep and rugged with many hazards routinely encountered including rattlesnakes, steep hillsides, poison oak, illegal marijuana farms, and high temperatures all in remote locations with limited cell service. The successful candidate will be very motivated to challenge their physical ability and engage in a unique adventure. The position involves some camping so camping gear is required. Field vehicles are provided, but the GIS/data manager needs to provide their own transportation to the office in Quincy each day. Compensation is $13-15/hour DOE and the GIS/data manager works a regular work week (Mon-Fri) consisting of five 8-hour days each week mostly in the office. Please send a cover letter and resume to David Arsenault (firstname.lastname@example.org). The successful candidate will be selected by March 15, 2016.
Northern Goshawk surveyors (2) to conduct playback calling surveys on the Plumas National Forest in northern California from May 31 through August 15, 2016. Applicants do not need specific experience with goshawk surveys, but a strong interest in forest raptors and bird identification experience by sight and sound is necessary. The survey areas are extremely steep and rugged with many hazards routinely encountered including rattlesnakes, steep hillsides, poison oak, illegal marijuana farms, and high temperatures all in remote locations with limited cell service. The successful candidates will be very motivated to challenge their physical ability and engage in a unique adventure. Please do not apply if you are not willing to physically and mentally challenge yourself over the 2 1/2 month field season because this is some of the most challenging terrain to navigate while surveying for wildlife. Surveyors will camp on the forest for 5-day periods so camping gear is required. Field vehicles are provided, but surveyors need to provide their own transportation to the office in Quincy each week. Compensation is $13-15/hour DOE and surveyors work a regular work week (Mon-Fri) consisting of five 8-hour field days each week. Please send a cover letter and resume to David Arsenault (email@example.com). Surveyors will be selected by March 15, 2016.
Amphibian Surveyors (3) to conduct visual encounter and dip net surveys along creeks on the Plumas National Forest in northern California from April 18 through September 30, 2016. Applicants do not need specific experience with amphibian surveys, but a strong interest in amphibians and reptiles is necessary. At least one of the amphibian surveyors will also help with Northern Goshawk surveys starting June 1, so experience and/or interest in forest raptors is beneficial. The survey areas are extremely steep and rugged with many hazards routinely encountered including rattlesnakes, slick rocks, steep hillsides, waterfalls, poison oak, illegal marijuana farms, and high temperatures all in remote locations with limited cell service. The successful candidates will be very motivated to challenge their physical ability and engage in a unique adventure. Please do not apply if you are not willing to physically and mentally challenge yourself over the 5+ month field season because this is some of the most challenging field work available surveying for wildlife. Surveyors will camp on the forest for 5-day periods so camping gear is required. Field vehicles are provided, but surveyors need to provide their own transportation to the office in Quincy each week. Compensation is $13-15/hour DOE and surveyors work a regular work week (Mon-Fri) consisting of four 8-hour field days and one 8-hour travel and office day each week. Please send a cover letter and resume to David Arsenault (firstname.lastname@example.org). Surveyors will be selected by March 15, 2016.
Wildlife Conservation Internships available May-September 2016. Interns have the opportunity to help with Plumas Audubon’s diverse wildlife monitoring, forest health, conservation and education programs. Two interns are needed to monitor Clark’s and Western Grebes on four lakes in Plumas and Lassen Counties and to set-up and maintain bat monitoring stations from June 6 through August 21 (1 position) and September 30 (1 position). Three interns are needed for the Lake Davis Flammulated Owl study, which involves night-time owl surveys, daytime nest searching, capturing and banding owls, and habitat data collection from May 23 through July 29. Interns will be assigned primarily to the grebe/bat or the owl project, but will have the opportunity to assist with other projects including forest health work in Genesee Valley, Northern Goshawk and Spotted Owl surveys, vegetation data collection, and environmental education and outreach activities. Field work includes long hours during the night and/or day kayaking, hiking long distances, navigating with GPS, compass and maps, and observing wildlife in a variety of weather conditions including cold nights and hot days in variable terrain and environments. Interns need to be physically able to handle these conditions and need to have a positive attitude and willingness to learn diverse field techniques. Interns will camp in teams in designated areas. Applicants need to have camping and hiking gear, transportation to get to Quincy and camping locations, and health insurance. Transportation will be provided for field work. Compensation includes a $750/month volunteer stipend. Applicants need to be high school or college students (recent graduates will also be considered). Preference will be given to college students whom have completed two years in a biology/natural resource program and are interested and motivated to become wildlife biologists or natural resource professionals. Application forms. Interns will be selected by March 15. Posted: 1/20/16.
Purdue University: We are hiring 4-5 undergraduate students or recent graduates and one experienced crew leader to assist with a long-term forest management project at NWSA Crane in southern Indiana. This is a great paid opportunity, with free housing provided, for young scientists to gain research experience in a large scale applied ecology project—please forward to motivated undergraduates in your lab or program. Duties will include: installing research plots; vegetation monitoring and identification; invasive species monitoring; sample processing; implementing midstory removal treatments; and entering data. Additionally, technicians may assist with fire research activities on the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment (HEE); help with Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center (HTIRC) projects near Purdue; and assist with possible work at Hoosier National Forest. Information about the Saunders lab and project. Qualifications: - Major in biology, forestry, wildlife, or other natural resource based field - Must possess a valid driver’s license - Must be a U.S. Citizen - Ability to work in extreme conditions of southern Indiana, including traversing rough terrain while carrying field equipment in high temperatures and inclement weather - Preference will be given to applicants with problem solving skills, ability to work without direct supervision, and evidence of high quality work - Preference will be given to applicants with strong plant identification experience, knowledge of forestry principles, and familiarity with ecological research methods. Approximate Hours per Week: 40 (four 10-hour days). Duration: May through August 2016, potential extension to Fall 2016. Compensation: $10-13/hr, housing is provided. Number of Positions: 4-5 technicians, 1 experienced crew leader. To apply: Send résumé, cover letter, and contact information for at least two references by April 1, 2016 to: Skye Greenler (email@example.com) and Kalli Dunn (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 2/22/16.
Purdue University: Wildlife Field Technician (6 positions) Closing Date: March 1, 2016 or until filled; Start Date: May 12, 2016; End Date: Flexible, but approximately August 15, 2016; Compensation: $10-11/hour and housing*. Wildlife Field Technicians help carry out research on the effects of silvicultural treatments on the ecology of managed forests as part of the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment (HEE). Primary duties of these position(s) are to conduct aural bird surveys (May-June) and small mammal trapping or vegetation surveys (July-August). Bird surveys are also conducted on sites in the Hoosier National Forest between the HEE and Tell City, IN. Additional duties are common and may include nighttime owl surveys, insect sampling, clearing sampling lines of obstructing vegetation, and other maintenance activities. Field work will be conducted at Morgan-Monroe and Yellowwood State Forests near Martinsville, IN and Bloomington, IN (respectively). Qualifications: Required: 1. Demonstrated experience with bird surveys; 2. Valid driver's license with a good driving record; 3. Willingness to work in extreme conditions, including traversing rugged terrain through dense, thorny shrubs and working in high temperatures and high humidity. Preferred: 1. Demonstrated experience with small mammal trapping; 2. Experience with plant identification in the Midwest; 3. Experience with hand-held GPS units, maps and compass. Each work week will generally consist of five 8-hour days. Work will not exceed 40 hours in a week. Current students and recent B.S. graduates are encouraged to apply. Applicants may indicate preference for either bird/small mammal sampling positions or bird/vegetation sampling positions on the application form. Please contact Jeff Riegel (email@example.com) for specific questions related to bird surveys or Dana Nelson (firstname.lastname@example.org) for specific questions related to small mammal trapping. All other questions may also be directed to Dr. Mike Saunders (email@example.com). To apply, please complete the HEE field crew application available for download at https://ag.purdue.edu/hee/Pages/Jobs.aspx. Send this application along with a brief letter of interest by email to: Charlotte Freeman, HEE Interim Project Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, 765-494-1472. *Bunkhouse/camp style field housing is provided. 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: 1/22/16.
Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory: We are looking for someone interested in invasive plant management and plant restoration. The employee’s duties will include: 1) assisting with ongoing experiments to control the spread of Yellow Toadflax and test revegetation methods; 2) actively managing invasive plants by manual removal and spot applications of over-the-counter herbicides; 3) assisting in revegetation efforts by transplanting plants and collecting and sowing seed to restore native plants to disturbed sites; 4) coordinating adult volunteers; and 5) using GPS equipment to map invasive plants. We are looking for someone who is not afraid of hard work and has a sincere interest in active management of invasive plants, revegetation, and working with volunteers. Pets are not allowed at the field station. In addition, the field station is a smoke free campus. This job runs from approximately mid-late June through mid-September. The chosen employee will work part time up to 350 hours during June-Sept., 2016, OR, full-time for 10 weeks from late June to late August, 2016. This job pays $11-$13/hour depending on experience. The employee is responsible for parking fees, if he/she has a car. A car is not necessary for this job. There are no other benefits of this job. Housing is not provided, but we can assist in finding local housing. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume with at least 2 references to Dr. Jennie Reithel, email@example.com. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. We plan to choose an employee by early June, 2016. Questions: Please contact the Science Director Dr. Jennifer Reithel firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 5/18/16.
Rutgers University: Experienced field researchers with skills in pollination biology and/or native bee ecology are invited to apply for two open field research technician positions. Both positions are based in Rachael Winfree’s lab group and are full time for six months at $15-$18 per hour. The Pollination Biology technician will lead the field work for a NSF-funded project that explores the biodiversity-ecosystem function relationship at landscape scales. Field work involves establishing experimental arrays of native plant species and measuring the pollination they receive from wild bee pollinators. Previous experience in pollination biology is essential, with skills in hand pollination, insect identification, pollen microscopy, and cultivation of experimental plants being particularly relevant. Target start date February 2016. The Native Bee Ecology technician will join a collaborative effort between the Winfree lab and the rare species protection program at the New Jersey DEP, with the primary goal of collecting the life history data necessary to implement rare bee conservation. The selected applicant will collect field data on the habitat use and floral preferences of rare bee species throughout New Jersey, as well as assisting with related literature searches and database tasks. Previous experience in insect ecology and identification is essential; experience with native bees is preferred. Target start date March 2016. Additional qualifications for both positions: B.A. or B.S. degree in ecology or a related field, experience collecting ecological data and managing field research projects, strong organizational and logistical skills, ability to work independently for long hours under challenging field conditions, demonstrated commitment to data accuracy, very strong letters of reference, and a valid drivers license and personal vehicle (mileage will be reimbursed). To apply: A letter of interest including your dates of availability, CV, and contact information for three references who can speak to your field work skills and your ability to do independent research. Combine all documents into a single PDF and email to Michael Roswell (mike [dot] roswell [at] Rutgers [dot] edu). Use either “pollination biology position” or “native bee position” as the subject line. Applications will be considered starting immediately and until the positions are filled. Posted: 12/15/15.
Rutgers University: The Winfree lab has five field technician positions open for spring and summer 2016 to study plant-pollinator networks and conservation ecology of native bees. Positions are full-time for three to six months at $12-$15 per hour, with several available start dates from early April to June. All positions will include a mix of field and lab work. Field work involves traveling throughout New Jersey to observe and collect bees and plants. Lab work involves curating insect, plant and pollen specimens, and entering and managing data. Qualifications: Entomological and/or botanical field work experience, preferably with native bees and/or pollination; plant identification skills; experience with data entry/management; and a valid drivers license. A personal vehicle is preferred (mileage reimbursed). To apply: Combine a cover letter including your dates of availability, resume, and names and contact information for three (3) references in a single PDF and email to: Michael Roswell (mike [dot] roswell [at] Rutgers [dot] edu). Please use “pollination field tech” as the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until all positions are filled. Posted: 12/15/15.
Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park: The Schoodic Institute is dedicated to understanding how environmental changes, including climate, land use, and invasive species impact ecology. In addition to and in comparison with automated monitoring technologies, we work with trained field personnel to collect data, through observation and sampling, on populations of diverse organisms. We collect data on plants, birds, insects, and intertidal organisms. Our work contributes to national and international projects designed to detect and forecast ecological change at continental scales. We seek technicians who have, or are in the process of working toward, a bachelor degree in ecology, forestry, zoology, or a related field. All Field Technicians perform field observation and sample collection, handling, and processing where necessary; assist with Schoodic Institute’s BioBlitz and Earthwatch expeditions; and track and maintain equipment. Field Technicians are responsible for data management of collected data. The Field Technicians are mentored by Schoodic Institute staff. Once trained, the Field Technicians may lead volunteer field crews. Daily and weekly work schedules 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. The work week may include weekends. There are two temporary, full-time Field Technician positions available: June 5, 2016 through October 29, 2016; June 5, 2016 through November 19, 2016. The Field Technician’s primary work location is on the Schoodic Peninsula near Winter Harbor, ME; field work may occur throughout Acadia National Park. Residence is required on the Schoodic Education and Research Center campus (on the Schoodic Peninsula), and housing in a shared apartment will be provided by Schoodic Institute. See full details and how to apply. Posted: 2/25/16.
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute: Internship in Forest Trophic Interactions. The SCBI seeks two interns to participate in a European Research Council funded research addressing the ecological determinants of tropical and temperate trends in insect diversity. To answer key questions in global insect distribution we are applying quantitative surveys of plant-herbivore-parasitoid food webs within paired sets of tropical and temperate forests from six continents, in Papua New Guinea (PNG), Gabon, Panama, the Czech Republic, Japan, and USA. This internship will be based in the CTFS-ForestGEO-Forest Ecosystems & Climate lab in Front Royal, Virginia. The SCBI campus is located near the north entrance of the Shenandoah National Park about 60 miles west of Washington, D.C., in the hills outside of Front Royal, VA. The CTFS-ForestGEO-Forest Ecosystems & Climate lab (led by Kristina Anderson-Teixeira) conducts a range of research with the overall goal of understanding the dynamics of forest ecosystems worldwide in an era of global change. Candidates should be advanced undergraduates or recent university graduates and have coursework in ecology, conservation biology, entomology, environmental sciences, or a closely related field. Field experience in terrestrial ecosystem ecology, forestry, entomology, or a related field is essential plus the ability to follow established survey and protocols, and collect detailed and accurate data. Candidates must have the ability to work in the field for prolonged hours in hot and humid conditions, to work independently and to collaborate effectively as part of a research team. Sampling techniques will include sampling from truck-mounted elevated platforms. This is a four- to six-month position with a start date is mid-April 2016. The position(s) will be compensated with a stipend sufficient to cover living expenses, potentially including on-site housing. To apply, please email a cover letter describing your qualifications and interest in the position, CV, and contact information for 3 references to Erika Gonzalez-Akre at email@example.com. Deadline for application is January 30, 2016. Posted: 1/19/16.
Southern Illinois University Carbondale: We are seeking enthusiastic avian field technicians to assist with bobwhite focused points counts and vegetation surveys in Illinois. We are following procedures from the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) Coordinated Implementation Program. Technicians will conduct avian counts and vegetation surveys on both private and public land in Illinois. We will be specifically investigating impacts of habitat management on bobwhite and grassland bird density. Some living expenses may be offset. Technicians should be able to work independently and as a part of a small team, and should have an eager interest in field work and birds. Applicants with grassland bird visual and aural identification skills, and identifying Illinois grasses and forbs are particularly encouraged to apply. The field season will start in mid/late May and end July 31. Please send, electronically, a brief cover letter detailing your interests and qualifications for this position, resume, and three reference contacts to Justin Shew (EM: justin.shew AT siu.edu). Technicians will be paid $1400 per month and applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Please e-mail Justin with any questions. Posted: 2/4/16.
Southwest Conservation Corps: AIM Vegetation Monitoring Crew Leader. Position Type: Full-time, temporary, 52 weeks. Location: Based out of the Taos, NM or Las Cruces, NM Field Office. Salary: $550–700/week, DOE. Benefits: Uniform, training, $800 travel stipend for training and camp rate per diem. Program Dates: TBD, around May 2nd, 2016 – April 28, 2017. Interns will work in a crew of 2 - 3 people to monitor land health on National Monument lands, vegetation treatments, rangeland allotments, or reference areas. Participants will manage all aspects of vegetation monitoring using the Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) methodology. Experience with identifying vegetation to species 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. All point data will be gathered using a GPS unit and stored in an ArcGIS geodatabase. Data are entered into Database for Inventory, Monitoring, and Assessment (DIMA) on site with ruggedized tablets and are further analyzed and synthesized into various reports for future land management planning. DIMA requires a high level of Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC), therefore attention to detail is paramount for these positions. Subsequent, professional reports must be completed and will involve the presentation of scientific data and pre and post treatment analysis. The Crew Leader will be required to report data on multiple levels (i.e. district/field office lead, the National Operations Center, Jornada Rangeland Research Programs, etc.). Subsequent reports must be completed and will involve the presentation of scientific data and pre/post treatment analysis. Crew may be camping 1-4 nights/week. Applicants should have a degree in ecology, botany, range science, soil science, wildlife biology, natural resource management, biology, conservation biology, or a related field. The crew lead position must have previous vegetation monitoring experience. The lead should also have experience working as part of a team and be able to work well with others. Applicants with previous AIM or Indicators of Rangeland Health training are highly preferred. Identifying plants to species and experience with a taxonomic key is essential to the position. Familiarity with New Mexico flora is beneficial. The leader should also have experience with GPS units. Background in statistics/Microsoft Suite, including Access, is useful. The successful applicant must be self-motivated and able to work independently with limited supervision after the initial training period. The applicant must be able to maneuver and operate in a mixture of office and field work, which can include long periods of standing or walking on rough, uneven ground; bending, crouching, stooping, stretching or reaching to observe occurrences or place and retrieve equipment or devices; lifting and moving moderately heavy items. Applicant must be physically fit, able to stand and walk for long periods of time (at a minimum 6 miles/day) and lift items that weigh up to 40 pounds in upwards of 100 degree heat. A government vehicle will be used for work travel but a personal vehicle is highly recommended for travel to and from the duty station and for personal time. There is potential for working in adverse conditions including extreme heat and monsoonal rains and hazardous wildlife (i.e. rattlesnakes, scorpions), so field safety skills and risk management are important. The successful applicant will also attend CPR, First Aid training and Defensive Driving (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. To Apply: Complete the Online Application, which can be found at http://sccorps.org/join/internships, under the New Mexico Bureau of Land Management Vegetation Monitoring Internship title. Contact Natalie Pyrooz at 970-403-0137 or natalie(at)conservationlegacy.org with any questions. Posted: 1/16/16.
Southwest Conservation Corps: AIM Vegetation Monitoring Crew Member. Full-time, temporary, 24 weeks. Location: Based out of the Taos, NM or Las Cruces, NM Field Office Salary: $350-480/week. Benefits: Uniform, training, $800 travel stipend for training and camp rate per diem; AmeriCorps Education Award, if eligible. Program Dates: TBD, around May 2nd, 2016 – September 30th, 2016. Interns will work in a crew of 2 - 3 people to monitor land health on National Monument lands, vegetation treatments, rangeland allotments, or reference areas. Participants will manage all aspects of vegetation monitoring using the Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) methodology. Experience with identifying vegetation to species 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. All point data will be gathered using a GPS unit and stored in an ArcGIS geodatabase. Data are entered into Database for Inventory, Monitoring, and Assessment (DIMA) on site with ruggedized tablets and are further analyzed and synthesized into various reports for future land management planning. DIMA requires a high level of Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC), therefore attention to detail is paramount for these positions. Subsequent, professional reports must be completed and will involve the presentation of scientific data and pre and post treatment analysis. Crew may be camping 1-4 nights/week, depending on location. Applicants should have a degree in ecology, botany, range science, soil science, wildlife biology, natural resource management, biology, conservation biology, or a related field. Identifying plants to species and experience with a taxonomic key is essential to the position. Familiarity with northern New Mexico flora is beneficial. The successful applicant must be self-motivated and able to work independently with limited supervision after the initial training period. Applicants with previous AIM or Indicators of Rangeland Health training are highly preferred. Background in statistics/Microsoft Suite, including Access, is additionally useful. The applicant must be able to maneuver and operate in a mixture of office and field work, which can include long periods of standing or walking on rough, uneven ground; bending, crouching, stooping, stretching or reaching to observe occurrences or place and retrieve equipment or devices; lifting and moving moderately heavy items. Applicant must be physically fit, able to stand and walk for long periods of time (at a minimum 6 miles/day) and lift items that weigh up to 40 pounds in upwards of 100 degree heat. A government vehicle will be used for work travel but a personal vehicle is highly recommended for travel to and from the duty station and for personal time. There is potential for working in adverse conditions including extreme heat and monsoonal rains and hazardous wildlife (i.e. rattlesnakes, scorpions), so field safety skills and risk management are important. The successful applicant will also attend CPR, First Aid training and Defensive Driving (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. To Apply: Complete the Online Application, found at http://sccorps.org/join/internships, under the New Mexico Bureau of Land Management Vegetation Monitoring Internship title. Contact Natalie Pyrooz at 970-403-0137 or natalie(at)conservationlegacy.org with any questions. Posted: 1/16/16.
Summit Lake Paiute Tribe: Spend this spring, summer and fall making $12-16 an hour at the beautiful and remote Summit Lake Paiute Reservation in northwestern Nevada! The Summit Lake Paiute Tribe of northwestern Nevada is currently hiring several seasonal positions within the Natural Resources Department. All interested applicants must enjoy field work as a team member in a remote location. Work will be conducted on the Summit Lake Indian Reservation located ~ 200 miles northwest of Reno. Transportation to and from the Reservation from our Sparks, NV office and primitive housing on the Reservation will be provided. Job announcements and applications may be downloaded from the Summit Lake Paiute Tribe’s website. Please do not call the Tribal Office with questions. Posted: 4/14/16.
Texas A&M University: The Institute of Renewable Natural Resources is looking for 2 motivated Field Biologists to assist a field crew leader in collecting data on the distribution, abundance, and roost use of bats across Texas, with an emphasis on the northern and northeastern portions of the state. The study goal is to characterize habitat conditions across the region prior to the arrival of White Nose Syndrome (WNS) on both public and private lands. The study will take place starting in January and continue into April. For details, see the full job ad. Deadline: December 20, 2015. Posted: 11/17/15.
The Nature Conservancy: Grassland Monitoring Intern – 2 Positions. Location: North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. Work Period: June 6 – August 12, 2016. Pay: $12-$14/hr; Housing is provided. The Intern will be part of an exciting long-term adaptive management project to track the condition of our native prairies in response to grazing and fire. The intern will fill a critical role in helping the chapter to close the adaptive management loop. The intern will be responsible for conducting rapid belt transect surveys in coordination with TNC staff. Over the course of the internship, the intern, in conjunction with a partner, will complete vegetation surveys within three key conservation areas: the Sheyenne Delta (ND), the Prairie Coteau (SD and MN) and the tallgrass aspen parkland (MN). Data entry will also be part of the job. The intern will be responsible for managing data safely, including regular downloads to a hard drive, creating backups, etc. This is an excellent opportunity to enhance botanical skills and experience first-hand the unique beauty and biodiversity of the mixed grass prairie. Interns will spend the majority of their time outdoors, experiencing the beauty of some of the highest quality prairies across the Dakotas. Terrain can be rugged with numerous ephemeral and semi-permanent wetlands scattered throughout. Interns should be prepared for hiking across this terrain, and dealing with often hot and humid conditions. Strong field botanical skills and experience conducting field sampling are preferred, but training will be provided for all aspects of the position. Experience working in grasslands or other terrestrial ecosystems of the upper Midwest or Great Plains is a plus. The individual must be willing and able to travel to different properties within the work area. The most important qualification is enthusiasm for working outdoors and the desire to learn. Two interns will work closely together over the course of the summer to complete the sampling. After a training period, they will often be in the field during the day working independently, with staff around in the mornings and afternoons for questions and interaction. Therefore, they should be able to work and communicate well with others as well as independently. For questions about the position, contact Marissa Ahlering, firstname.lastname@example.org, but applications must be submitted online. Cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 references required and should be uploaded as ONE document. Apply online here (Job ID 43879). Closing Date: February 7, 2016. Posted: 1/23/16.
Tufts University: Seasonal Field Technician in Ecology Project: Effects of floral resource dynamics on bumblebee colonies and populations. Dates: April 1 to July 15. Pay: $15/hr (~$600/week). We are seeking: a highly motivated, detail-oriented individual to work as a full-time field technician from April 1 to July 15 at the University of California at Davis on an NSF-funded project exploring the effects of resource dynamics on bumblebee colony and population dynamics. This project is collaboratively run by Elizabeth Crone (Tufts University) and Neal Williams (UC Davis). The technician will be employed through Tufts, but will be based in the Williams lab at UC Davis and will work closely with 3-4 other team members, including a postdoctoral researcher. Project: In the past decade, there has been a groundswell of interest in the effects of landscape change on pollinator populations and communities, especially those of bees. This interest is fueled by concerns over pollinator declines and implications for plant pollination globally. Bumblebees are a particularly important group of social insect pollinators that are also of conservation concern. We are exploring how resource dynamics affect colony-level demography and foraging dynamics of Bombus vosnesenskii. To do this, we are carrying out a field experiment in which colonies are exposed to different resource conditions – some will be able to access supplemental flowering resources, while others will have access only to ambient resources in the local environment. We are tracking the fates and foraging behaviors of individual workers using a combination of radio frequency (RFID) technology, night-time assessments of colony conditions, and manual capture of foragers to assess their resource contributions. Qualifications: The field technician will participate in all aspects of data collection for this field experiment. Responsibilities will include night-time surveys of colonies in the field and placement of radio chips on bees during the night. Previous experience conducting field research (through employment and/or education) is required. Individual must be capable of working outdoors in the summer heat and comfortable working with live bumblebee colonies. Applicants must be willing to work independently and as a part of a team. Excellent organizational skills are a must. Because the technician will be employed through Tufts, that individual will need to travel to Boston, MA to complete the hiring process (1-2 days). The Crone lab can provide housing options for this visit. We will cover a round-trip ticket between Boston and Sacramento for the successful candidate. Application: Please send a cover letter and 1-2 page resume Neal Williams (email@example.com), firstname.lastname@example.org, and Rosemary Malfi (email@example.com). Cover letter should convey specific relevant research experience and describe interest in the current project. For questions, contact Rosemary Malfi. Posted: 3/8/16.
USDA-ARS Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center: Biological Science Aid, Series/Grade: GS-0404-03/04, Start Date: May 2016, End Date: Variable. Aids will work with Ecologists and Range Technicians. Fieldwork is based in ecological studies with emphasis on revegetation of sagebrush steppe plant communities. Topics of study include: determining attributes of high quality seed, identifying safe sites for seedling establishment and reducing early herbivory of seedlings. Responsibilities are to assist in the collection of field and laboratory data. Field work takes up about 85% of the position responsibilities. Laboratory work consists of biomass separation and weighing and seed quality assessment. Requirements: Undergraduate studies in range, soils, wildlife, or other natural resource fields preferred. Those with related experience or education will be considered. Must be able to lift objects that weigh up to 50 pounds and kneel/squat for extended periods of time for sample collection. Must have a valid state motor vehicle operator's license and be able to operate motor vehicles. Must be able to work in adverse weather conditions. Must be able to hike over rugged and steep terrain. Must to be at least 16 years of age. Must be a citizen of the United States of America. GS-3: 6 months of general experience, which demonstrates the ability to perform the work of the position; OR Successful completion of 1 year of post-high school study that included at least 6 semester hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. GS-4: 6 months of general AND 6 months of specialized experience; OR successful completion of 2 years of post-high school study that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture or mathematics of which 6 semester hours of courses relate directly to the duties of the position (plant biology, range/ecology, or natural resource management). General experience: must have demonstrated the ability to perform the work of the position or provided a familiarity with the subject matter. Specialized experience: must have been at least equivalent to the GS-03 grade level in the Federal Service. Salary: $12.33 to $13.84/hr depending on experience and/or education. Workweek is typically 40 hrs. To Apply: Send an email with “Biological Science Aid” in the title to firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb. 5, 2016. Email should include: cover letter, resume, college transcripts, and OF-306 form (Note: you are an applicant so fill out 17a, not 17b). List any pertinent classes in rangeland science, botany, soils, wildlife, natural resources, etc. Posted: 1/19/16.
USDA-ARS Northern Plains Agriculture Research Laboratory: Summer Research Assistant: Conservation Biological Control and Sustainable Agriculture. NPARL in Sidney, MT is seeking an enthusiastic and hard working individual to serve as a biological science aide on projects examining the influence of landscape structure and drought 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 (~70%), and lab work to sort samples and identify insect pests and their natural enemies (~30%). The successful candidate will gain hands on experience with insect field sampling methods, set up and maintenance of field experiments and insect rearing and identification techniques, as well as the chance to work with the diverse insect fauna associated with cropping systems in a team oriented research environment. Salary: $11.30 (GS-2) or $12.33 (GS-3) per hour depending on experience and education. The candidate will receive overtime pay when working above 40 hours a week. Housing is not covered, but dorm-style shared housing is available on location for $131 per month, including utilities. Dates: End of May through mid-September (16 weeks). Please specify your available start and end dates in your application. Qualifications: The candidate must be a US citizen. Additionally, the candidate should be physically fit, and comfortable spending time outside in 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 or entomology, and previous field and lab work experience is preferred but not required. Application process: Please send cover letter, resume and names and contact information of two references (electronically) to Dr. Tatyana Rand (email@example.com). Posted: 3/22/16.
USDA-ARS Rangeland Resources Research Unit: Biological Science Technician Positions. Are you looking for an opportunity to gain field experience regarding research, ecology and management in grassland ecosystems? The Rangeland Resources Research Unit with USDA-ARS will be hiring field research technicians for the summer of 2016. The position will be based in Fort Collins, CO, and involve daily travel to the Central Plains Experimental Range to collect vegetation and other ecological data from several experiments examining effects of cattle grazing management and native herbivores on rangeland dynamics. Work will involve measurements requiring the ability to rapidly learn plant species identification in the shortgrass steppe, and ability to work long hours under highly variable weather conditions in a treeless landscape. Additional qualifications include careful attention to detail when collecting repetitive measurements, positive attitude, sense of humor, coursework and field experience in ecological sciences, ability to work effectively as a member of a 4-7 person field team, and flexibility in work hours related to weather and experiment requirements. Dates and Pay: May 16 to mid-August (start and end dates flexible depending on school calendar; May 16 start date preferred). Position is 40 hrs/week at $12/hr. Applications: Please submit resume, unofficial transcripts, and 3 references as soon as possible to Nick Dufek, Nickolas.Dufek@ars.usda.gov. US citizenship is required. Posted: 2/10/16.
USDA Forest Service: 2016 Spring/Summer Field Assistants. Field crew needed to collect data at multiple field sites. Testing seed zones for bluebunch wheatgrass in grasslands. Scientists with the Forest Service stationed at the Pacific Northwest Research Station in Corvallis, OR are looking for field assistants (BIOL TECH GS-04). Travel to sites throughout the Interior Northwest US (OR, WA, ID, NV) from the end of May-July. We will maintain sites, reduce weeds in study plots, and collect data on morphological and reproductive traits from our reciprocal transplant experiment of bluebunch wheatgrass (Pseudoroegneria spicata) to determine the efficacy of seed zones. Desired skills include the ability to collect precise data, possess a valid driver’s license, ability to enjoy long distance driving and scenic views, ability to travel for 5-14 days periods, and ability to weed by hand, with tools and small machines. Applications must be submitted at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/422470700 Please *upload* your resume and include a cover letter describing your abilities, interests, and availability. Applications accepted 1-7 Dec 2015. Email questions to Holly Prendeville at firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 12/2/15.
USGS: We are seeking a motivated individual to work on an avian demographic study on the Seward Peninsula in northwestern Alaska from approximately May 15 through August 1, 2016. The Seward Peninsula is an incredibly diverse area attracting over 150 migratory birds from across the globe. This is an exciting opportunity to assist with long-term field research of migratory landbird response to changing environmental conditions in the boreal-arctic transition zone. Primary duties will include, but are not limited to, nest searching for passerines, nest monitoring, avian behavioral observations, habitat surveys, invertebrate sampling, and data entry and management. Additional duties may include using mist nets and target netting to capture birds, re-sighting color-banded birds, and banding, collecting blood samples, and obtaining morphological measurements on adult and nestling passerines. Requirements: Applicants must be in excellent physical condition and capable of hiking long distances (up to 20 km/day) across uneven tussock tundra carrying up to a 40 pound backpack, comfortable working in remote brown bear country while carrying a firearm, experienced with the use of GPS for orienteering, knowledgeable of backcountry camping and safety, and willing to maintain a positive attitude in extreme weather conditions with hordes of biting insects. Must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Must possess a current and valid U.S. driver’s license. In addition to these requirements, the ability to work long hours (>40 hours per week), work well with crew members, communicate with supervisors, and happily live in a very rustic communal tent camp with the same small group of people for the summer is essential. Preference will be given to individuals who have experience with identifying birds by sight and sound, nest searching and monitoring (specifically passerines), avian behavioral observations, capturing, handling, and banding adult and nestling birds, and plant identification/habitat surveys. Compensation: up to $16.55/hr. To indicate your potential interest in the position: (1) Please email a one page cover letter, a CV/resume, and contact information for at least 3 references combined into one Word or PDF document to Rachel M. Richardson at email@example.com; (2) Please specifically address your qualifications for the job in your cover letter and provide references that can attest to these qualifications relevant to the position; and (3) Include “Avian Field Technician” in the subject line of the email. Posted: 2/15/16.
USGS Sequoia-Kings Canyon Field Station: is currently searching for interested applicants for summer Biological Science Technicians (Forest Ecology) positions. Pay: GG-5 (approx. $15.49/hour). Location: Three Rivers, California. Duties: Measure forest demographics, including measuring trees and seedlings and determining cause of death. Resurvey White Pine Blister Rust plots. Gain knowledge and experience in ecological research, identifying Sierran trees, and forest pathology. Up to 6 positions will be filled. Positions are full-time, start in approximately 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If interested: e:mail a cover letter, resume, list of references, and unofficial transcripts to: Anne Pfaff at email@example.com by January 31st. Posted: 1/22/16.
University of Alaska, Fairbanks: The Toolik Field Station at the Institute of Arctic Biology is seeking applications from enthusiastic individuals who are interested in summer ecological fieldwork in northern Alaska. Responsibilities will include collecting data on plant phenological and greening events, arrival and departure status of bird species, as well as data entry and organization under general supervision. Assistance with other tasks related to the overall goals of the long-term environmental monitoring program and routine lab equipment maintenance will be expected. The position will report to the manager of Toolik Field Station's Environmental Data Center. Our field site is located at the Toolik Field Station, Alaska, in the northern foothills of the Brooks Range (10 hr drive north of Fairbanks) and is the focus of research by scientists who work on a variety of terrestrial and aquatic ecology projects. The overall objective of the Environmental Data Center is to maintain and expand the collection of baseline environmental data complementary to, and in extension of, those already collected by other long-term studies, such as the Arctic LTER, and make them available to the research community. One area of focus is on the timing of biological events in relation to climatic conditions. We established a long-term plant-phenology monitoring program, in which the dates of first occurrences such as leaf emergence, flower development and seed dispersal are recorded. We also record data on bird migration and breeding behavior and a variety of other local environmental events, such as freeze and thaw dates and mammal presence. See full job ad to apply, and for more information. Closes: 3/29/16. Posted: 3/17/16.
University of California Davis: A seasonal field crew leader and field crew member are needed to conduct vegetation inventory and monitoring projects in support of ecological research on public lands in the Sierra Nevada of California (primarily the Tahoe, Eldorado, Stanislaus National Forests, and Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit). The field crew will collect technical data on forest stand structure, tree mortality, species diversity, vegetation regeneration, and landscape characteristics at remote field sites, will and will be responsible for equipment and data management throughout the season. US Forest Service ecologists and UC Davis researchers will train and supervise the field crew. The duty station will be in Placerville, CA. Field method, equipment, and safety training will be provided. Housing will not be provided. During the work week, crews will usually be car camping at the field sites, with campsites paid for by the employer or in "dispersed" camping areas without facilities. In some limited cases crews may be required to backpack into remote areas for multi-day overnight stays. Specific projects may include post fire regeneration monitoring in the King Fire; LiDar validation plots; spring/meadow monitoring; aspen monitoring on the Tahoe NF; pre-thinning monitoring at Sagehen Experimental Station, Tahoe NF. Application deadline: March 17. Start date: May 18. End date: Mid-September to mid-October, TBD. For more details on the positions, minimum and preferred qualifications, and instructions on how to apply, please contact Rebecca Wayman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use the subject line: "Seasonal field crew, UC Davis". Posted: 3/5/16.
University of California Merced: The Campbell lab is seeking a Research Assistant in Plant Ecology for the summer of 2016. We are specifically looking for current or recently graduated undergrads. Start dates are somewhat flexible, but ideally would be June 15th - August 19th. The Research Assistant will work with Dr. Diane Campbell and PhD Candidate Kate Gallagher. Research includes establishing an experiment that manipulates soil moisture and flowering time and then measuring morphological traits, pollination, and seed set. Research takes place at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Crested Butte, CO. Requires strong interest in field biology, attention to detail, reliability and ability to work independently. For details about the research please see Kate's website. For further questions about the position, please contact Kate directly (email@example.com). Applications should include: 1. An up to date version of your CV/Resume. 2. Contact information (email & phone) for 2 references. If possible, include references who can speak to your experience or interest in field biology. 3. A cover letter. In your cover letter please briefly address the following: (1) Tell us why you are interested in field biology, and how this position might play a role in your future career. (2) Fieldwork is difficult, often tedious, and often conducted under harsh conditions. We are looking for students with the mental and intellectual maturity to commit to hard work and with the ability to deal with a variety of challenges. Please address these qualities in your cover letter. (3) Prior research experience is not a requirement for this position. If you do have previous lab or field experience, please describe the nature of the research in which you were involved and what skills or tasks were required. If you are interested in applying, please submit your application materials via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 21st, 2016. Posted: 3/8/16.
University of California Merced: I (Emily Moran) am a plant biologist looking for at least one full-time lab & field assistant. Research in our lab centers on forest ecology & genetics, particularly responses to climate change. The technician appointment would be for 6 months, with potential for renewal for a further 6 months. Starting pay $14.57/hour. I am hoping to hire one person starting as soon as possible this fall (late Sept – early Oct), with a possible second hire starting in January 2016. Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in a biology-related field, good organizational and time management skills, basic computer skills (excel, word processing, etc.), and a driver’s license. Candidates must have experience with plant genetics, including sequencing, DNA extraction, PCR. Experience developing or working with SNPs would be desirable. Ecology field experience, including measuring and identifying trees, collecting seed, etc. is also be desirable. Additional skills that would be helpful (but not necessarily required) include experience with plant propagation, a working knowledge of statistics, and/or R programming. Please note if you have a driver’s license and access to a vehicle. Duties will include assisting with development of SNP markers for Ponderosa pine alongside collaborators at Davis, helping to set up field sites in Sequoia National Park, assisting with equipment ordering and testing of protocols in the lab, literature searches, cleaning and maintaining laboratory equipment, and data entry and analysis. The laboratory assistant will also be expected to participate in lab meetings and update his/her skills by reading and participating classes/workshops as necessary. To apply, please send me your CV and a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and whether you would prefer the fall or winter start date: email@example.com. Reply before October 1 for fall position, before December 20 for winter position. CA candidates or others who could relocated quickly preferred for fall position. Posted: 9/18/15.
University of California Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory: we will be hiring one or more assistants for the Summer 2016 field season. Successful applicants will work as part of a team on restoring populations of the endangered mountain yellow-legged frog in the presence of the amphibian chytrid fungus, a widespread amphibian pathogen. During the summer we will be conducting frog translocations, reintroductions of captive-reared frogs, capture-mark-recapture surveys to assess the status of frog populations established via translocation/reintroduction in previous years, visual encounter surveys, and the collection of skin swabs from frog populations to quantify frog-pathogen dynamics. The research will take place primarily at remote backcountry locations in Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia National Parks. This research is part of a multi-year project funded by the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. To be considered for these positions, you MUST have extensive backpacking experience at high elevations (>10,000’; this is not negotiable), be able to navigate across difficult trail-less terrain, be comfortable working alone in remote areas for hours at a time, and have a passion for conducting field research. Previous employees have typically been advanced undergraduates pursuing degrees in ecology or wildlife biology, or those having finished undergraduate or master's degrees in these fields. Assistants will be paid $15-18/hr depending on experience. Housing is provided at the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory near the resort town of Mammoth Lakes, California. When in the backcountry (which will be most of the time), assistants are also provided $30 per diem to cover food expenses and replacement of personal backpacking gear, and are reimbursed for use of a personal vehicle. The field season is expected to run from approximately mid-June to mid-September. The ideal candidate will have extensive backpacking experience in mountain environments, demonstrated leadership skills and experience working both as part of a group and individually, and previous experience conducting field research in remote locations. In addition, experience capturing and handling amphibians, inserting PIT tags, and conducting visual encounter surveys are all important skills relevant to these positions. Applications should include (1) a cover letter that details your backpacking and research experience and states why you are interested in the position and would be an asset to the project, (2) a resume that includes contact information (email addresses and phone numbers) for three references who are familiar with your research and/or backpacking experience, and (3) transcripts from undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) institutions. Unofficial copies of transcripts are acceptable. To apply, email applications (formatted as a single PDF document) to Roland Knapp (firstname.lastname@example.org) by February 5, 2016. Posted: 1/22/16.
University of Chicago: Field assistants needed for studies on physiology, behavior, and development of wild Belding’s ground squirrels (Urocitellus beldingi). This research will be conducted in the eastern Sierra Nevada, centered at a field station near Mammoth Lakes, CA. Work will include trapping and marking of free-living ground squirrels, behavioral observations, and collection of physiological samples. Work will begin late in April and end in mid-July. Previous field research experience is desired, but not necessary. Assistants will be provided with transportation and room throughout the duration of the study. Due to transportation costs, I am not currently accepting applications from people outside of North America. Please contact Rey Ayon (email@example.com) for details on applying for this position. Posted: 2/24/16, revised: 2/29/16.
University of Chicago: Field assistant: butterfly behaviour, Gamboa, Panama. Salary: $800/month. Dates: October 1st, 2015 - March 31st, 2016, with possibility of extension. We are seeking a field assistant for a research project on Heliconius butterfly behaviour and genetics at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Gamboa, Panama. Primary duties will be day-to-day maintenance of captive butterfly populations (including feeding butterflies and caterpillars, managing host plants, and assisting with insectary maintenance) and assistance with behavioural experiments on butterflies. Work will take place weekdays (up to 8 hours/day) and two weekends per month, with additional time off by arrangement with the supervisor. The field assistant will live in STRI housing in Gamboa, Panama, which is about 1 hour from Panama City. Rent, generally $220-240/month in Gamboa, is not provided. Note that STRI requires that all researchers have health coverage, and this is not provided but can be purchased through STRI relatively cheaply. Financial assistance with transportation to Gamboa may be available to those with financial need. Applicants should have training in biology or a related field, and/or have experience working in a field research setting. The ability to work independently and in a somewhat remote environment is crucial. Fluency in Spanish, experience working with butterflies or doing behavioural research, and experience living in tropical environments would be assets for this position, but are not required. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for up to three references to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 1st, 2015. Posted: 7/14/15.
University of Colorado: Entomological Taxonomist (Coleopterist): Research Associate. Elevational Arthropod Diversity: An Entomological Researcher is needed for a full-time, summer position in the lab of Dr. Christy McCain. The focus of the position is to identify coleopterans collected from pitfall traps at 16 sites along two elevational gradients in the Colorado Front Range, including from Rocky Mountain National Park. Main tasks involve sorting and identifying coleopterans from nearly all 130 beetle families, plus pinning representative samples. There are also opportunities for collaboration on related scientific publications. The position is full-time for 5 months with a total salary of $16,500 (part-time extended over a longer time period could also be considered). Please send a letter of interest, CV, and contact information for 3 references to Christy McCain at email@example.com. Review of applicants will begin April 15. For more details see the link above. Posted: 3/25/16.
University of Colorado: California Amphibian Field Technician -Johnson Laboratory, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. The Johnson Laboratory is accepting 1-2 qualified field crew technicians to assist in the field sampling season in beautiful Bay Area California beginning in May and concluding in August 2016. 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. Salary will depend on experience. To apply for 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 April 4, 2016. Posted: 1/22/16, revised: 3/25/16.
University of Colorado: Field Technicians needed (5) to assist in a biological soil crust restoration project Sept 7th- approx. Oct 2nd. Compensation: $10-12 based on experience. Per diem and lodging provided. Technicians are responsible for travel to Las Cruces, NM. Position Description: Biological soil crusts ('biocrusts') are a community of organisms consisting of cyanobacteria, lichens and mosses living in the top few centimeters of the soil surface. Among other benefits biocrusts are important for maintaining soil stability, nitrogen fixation and maintaining soil moisture in arid and semi-aridlands. Because of biocrust sensitivity to degradation our research uses restoration techniques aimed at facilitating biocrust recovery after disturbance. Field technicians will assist in all aspects of the implementation and monitoring of this restoration project. All field work will be based out of the Jornada Experimental Range in Las Cruces, NM. Desired Skills: Previous experience with ecological field work and/or relevant undergraduate coursework will be given priority, ability to spend long days in the field under highly fluctuating temperatures and environmental conditions, ability to lift up to 50 lbs, ability to work in small groups and high attention to detail. How to apply: Email a statement of interest, a current resume, and three professional references (please provide both emails and phone numbers) to email@example.com. For full consideration all application materials must be received by August 4th, 2015. Visit the Barger aridlands ecology lab for more information on the research our lab conducts. Posted: 7/23/15.
University of Connecticut: Arctic Summer Research Assistant. A research assistant position based at Toolik Field Station, Alaska is available through Dr. Mark Urban’s laboratory at the University of Connecticut and the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA. The research assistant will manage field and laboratory projects regarding adaptive trait variability and influences on population persistence with regard to changing Arctic river temperature and hydrology. The projects include assessing Arctic grayling local adaptation, migration, density, growth, and survival in field and laboratory settings. The successful candidate will participate in ecological research on fish in Arctic tundra streams near Toolik Field Station in northern Alaska. Field activities include PIT tagging fish, installing and maintaining PIT tag antenna arrays, measuring condition of fish, determining fish density, obtaining genetic samples, conducting discharge measurements, assessing stream habitat variables, collecting water samples and maintaining larval fish common garden experiments. The candidate will participate in fieldwork and should be able to work under occasionally harsh environmental conditions. We are seeking an enthusiastic candidate, who will have completed a BS degree in ecology, evolutionary biology, or a related field by June 2016. Preference will be given to individuals with experience in one or more of the following areas: evolutionary ecology; PIT tagging, PIT tag antenna maintenance and troubleshooting; zooplankton and larval fish rearing; and fisheries research. Preferred qualifications also include research experience with aquatic organisms, particularly in freshwater streams and lakes; experience with maintaining laboratory cultures of zooplankton; ability to care for and maintain fish populations; experience conducting wild animal surveys and experiments in remote field locations; assessing habitat quality and the ability to maintain laboratory and outdoor aquatic experiments. Understanding of and experience with electronic circuitry and management of large data sets is also preferred. The successful candidate should be in good health; capable of rigorous physical activity (e.g., working long hours in potentially adverse environmental conditions, carrying >40 pound pack across uneven terrain); willing to travel long distances by foot; have no fear of flying via small helicopter or aircraft; be prepared to live and work with fellow researchers in remote, isolated camps; possess low aversion to swarming insects and have no allergies to mosquito or black fly bites. Wilderness and outdoor recreation experience, including angling, is highly desirable. Applicants should be available to live at the Toolik Field Station for a minimum of ten weeks between May 15 and September 15, 2015. Travel to Toolik Field Station will be provided as well as the cost of room and board at the station. Successful candidates will be offered a salary commensurate with their level of experience. DEADLINE: March 31th, 2016. TO APPLY: Please send a single PDF containing 1) a cover letter (including a statement of interest explaining why applicant proves a good fit for this position); 2) a complete resume (or curriculum vitae); and 3) names of 3 references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 2/23/16.
University of Florida: The Florida Museum of Natural History’s McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity seeks a technician to assist with field surveys and associated conservation-related recovery actions or research projects focused on several critically imperiled butterflies in the Florida Keys. DUTIES: Conducts regular field surveys for federally listed or critically imperiled butterfly species by monitoring known sites to ascertain site occupation and habitat quality; assists with specific field research projects to be determined; assists with specific recovery actions including population augmentation or reintroduction as needed; collects accurate records of all data collected; inputs and summarizes biotic and abiotic data; operates watercraft to perform survey and research activities. DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: -Background in Entomology, Wildlife Ecology or related field. Experience with insects highly preferred. -Experience with field survey methods and techniques used in wildlife biology including species identification (butterflies and plants). -Skill in operating and maintaining specialized equipment such watercraft or ability to learn. Successful applicant MUST complete the Department of Interior's Motorboat Operator Certification Course (MOCC). This course gives participants the training required to permit operation of Fish and Wildlife Service-owned watercraft. It reviews minimum requirements for safe operation of motorboats and includes a review of legal requirements, preparations, navigation, operations, emergency procedures, rescue, self-rescue, trailering, fire suppression and basic seamanship. The course includes both classroom and on-the-water instruction. -Ability to maintain accurate records and follow assigned protocols. -Ability to work independently and in harsh environments. Locations may be remote such as back-country/uninhabited Keys. PROJECT LOCATION: Big Pine Key, Monroe County, FL. Work will be completed at various locations. This is a temporary, hourly wage position (OPS) - 40 hours per week at a rate of $12 per hour for up to 12 months. Housing will be provided for the positon by the Florida Keys Refuge Complex. Housing consists of a shared unit termed the "bunkhouse" where visiting researchers, students and volunteers stay while assisting the refuge in a variety of resource management activities. Each person is provided with a single room (in a four room building) which generally has a twin bed, chair, desk and dresser. The common areas include a fully stocked kitchen, living room with TV and DVD player (cable is not provided), laundry room and two bathrooms. Internet is not provided by the government but is frequently established by residents who share the monthly cost. There are outdoor shower facilities also available. The bunkhouse is located within a mile of grocery and dining facilities on Big Pine Key. For questions regarding the position or to apply, please email Dr. Jaret Daniels (email@example.com) and Geena Hill (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applicants please include a resume or short CV. Posted: 9/18/15.
University of Georgia - Savannah River Ecology Laboratory: seeking applications for a temporary Research Assistant to provide professional support to studies in forest ecology, ecophysiology, and biogeochemistry. The primary duties will focus on measurements of forest productivity and physiology, and experimental maintenance. Outdoor working conditions can be harsh (i.e., hot and humid). Some data processing and basic analysis will also be expected. Qualifications: A minimum of a BS in ecology, natural resources, or related discipline is required. The ideal candidate will have strong written and oral communication skills, capable of working independently and as part of a team, and be able to troubleshoot problems with equipment. Experience with forest measurement and ecophysiology techniques and equipment is highly desirable. Recent graduates with an interest in pursuing a graduate degree in forest ecology or ecophysiology are particularly encouraged to apply. Job Location: The position is located at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory in Aiken, SC. The Savannah River Ecology Laboratory is a research unit of the University of Georgia located on the 200,000 acre Savannah River Site, a National Environmental Research Park operated by the Department of Energy near Aiken, SC. Salary Range & Duration: $10-12/hr depending upon qualifications; 30-40 hr/week. Not to exceed 10 months. Application Deadline and Process: Applications will be reviewed starting March 7, 2016 and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Please apply online at www.ugajobsearch.com. Search department 267 Savannah River Ecology Lab and apply to job posting number 20080848. The online application process will include a request to upload: (1) a cover letter summarizing your research interests, qualifications for the position, and career goals; (2) a resume or CV; and (3) names and contact information for three professional references. Contact Doug Aubrey (email@example.com) for additional information. Posted: 2/4/16.
University of Idaho: The Ecosystem Modeling Lab is looking for a field technician to assist with forest ecosystem research at the University of Idaho Experimental Forest. The experimental forest is located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, forty-five minutes from Moscow, ID. To Apply: https://uidaho.peopleadmin.com/postings/13224. Part or Full-Time (30 to 40 hours a week), Location: Moscow, ID, Pay Range: $9 - $10 per hour depending on qualifications, Expected Start Date: April 18th (earliest), Expected End Date: up to 20 weeks after start date (end of August). Time will be split between field work days out at the forest and in the laboratory. Some weekend days may be required, but no more than 40 hours a week will be assigned. Field work will consist of forest mensuration measurements as well as installation and maintenance of automated growth and respiration monitoring equipment in new field plots (50% of time). Additionally, the technician will assist with lab work, which may include processing fine root biomass samples, constructing sensors, and data entry (50% of time). Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in natural resources, ecology, or a similar field or have at least one season of field ecology experience. Preferred Qualifications: Experience with forest mensuration measurements and northwest conifer species identification is preferred. Experience with dataloggers, instrumentation, and solar power supplies is desired. Physical requirements and working conditions: Applicants must be comfortable working outside in inclement weather and hiking short distances. Closes: 4/6/16. Posted: 3/22/16.
University of Illinois: Come study songbird behavioral ecology in the shrublands of northern Illinois as part of a Ph.D research project. I am looking for 1 motivated, organized and detail-oriented field technician with a strong work ethic to help assist with a playback experiment investigating social information use for habitat selection by Yellow Warblers. Field technicians will assist with nest-searching, banding, spot-mapping and making behavioral observations of Yellow Warblers. Field technicians will also help with basic maintenance of playback equipment. Position begins ~1 May 2015 and run through ~15 July 2015, but position dates are negotiable. Salary is $11.50/hour on a 40-hour work week. Transportation to and from field sites is provided. Qualifications: Applicants with previous experience in listed responsibilities (particularly banding and nest-searching) will be given high priority, but individuals who learn quickly and have a passion for avian ecology are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have a valid driver's license, be able to work independently, endure trying field conditions (e.g., heat, biting insects), and be flexible with their work schedule. Please send applications via e-mail (preferred, firstname.lastname@example.org), or regular mail with a short cover letter stating your interest in the job and prior experience, a resume, and the names and contact information (phone numbers and e-mail addresses) of three references. Address: JANICE KELLY, UIUC - Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, Turner Hall W-512A, 1102 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL 61801. Posted: 3/9/16.
University of Illinois at Springfield: I am looking for a field technician with a strong work ethic to join my team for a project on Franklin’s ground squirrel, a state-threatened species, in Central Illinois. The field technician needs to be effective and skillful in data collection, including trapping, tagging, and tracking of Franklin’s ground squirrels. Field technician knows how to operate and adjust, when necessary, various instruments for data acquisition and is required to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. Duties include: Trapping - Conducts daily trapping of Franklin’s ground squirrels at multiple sites over the field season. Tagging - Implants a passive integrated transponder (PIT) to each newly captured squirrel for identification and fits radio-collars to targeted juveniles. Tracking - Conducts daily radio-tracking of juvenile Franklin’s ground squirrels on foot or in vehicle depending on the movement patterns and dispersal distances of individual squirrels. Records locations of the squirrels with the GPS units through triangulation or homing. Follows the squirrels until they immerge. Daily Reports - Submits daily reports on the trapping, tagging, and tracking of Franklin’s ground squirrels. Maintenance - Assists with the maintenance, clean-up, and inventory of the field gears and equipment for trapping, tagging, and tracking of Franklin’s ground squirrels. Requirements: Successful candidate must have a B.S. degree in environmental science, wildlife, biology, or related field. Experiences in radio-telemetry and working with small mammals in the field are highly preferred. Proficiency with Microsoft Office, ArcGIS, and GPS is highly desirable. Successful candidate must be a team-player, demonstrate strong communication skills, follow instructions well, and pay attention to detail. Candidate must have a commitment to field personnel and equipment safety. The individual must have a personal vehicle, maintain a valid driver’s license, and be able to work outdoors in extreme weather conditions for long hours. Starting date: August 17, 2015. Anticipated ending date: October 31, 2015. Salary: $1600-$1760/month (depending on the skills and experiences), plus mileage reimbursement for radio-tracking. To apply, please send the following (via email) to Dr. Tih-Fen Ting at email@example.com. 1. Cover letter addressing background and extent of qualifications; 2. Resume, including contact information for three references; and 3. Transcripts (unofficial or scanned copy acceptable). Tih-Fen Ting, Department of Environmental Studies, University of Illinois at Springfield, Springfield, IL 62703, (217) 206-7876. Posted: 6/16/15, revised: 7/14/15.
University of Massachusetts: The Department of Environmental Conservation and American Turtle Observatory are seeking a biologist to help coordinate key aspects of a regional conservation plan for wood turtles (Glyptemys insculpta) from Maine to Virginia, and to undertake standardized field surveys for wood turtles in New England. The position will involve both office and field responsibilities and will run from April 15 to October 15 (start and end dates are negotiable). Office responsibilities will require careful management of sensitive endangered species data in Microsoft Excel, ArcGIS, and GoogleEarth; coordinating conference calls for different aspects of a regional project; synthesizing and analyzing regulatory and environmental review information; helping to prepare technical papers; preparing engaging technical assistance materials to improve habitat management for wood turtles; working with partners to refine existing species distribution, occupancy, and population models; and working collaboratively with biologists from UMass, ATO, Antioch University, and Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute to develop a conservation area network and a regional conservation plan. Field responsibilities will involve standardized visual encounter surveys for wood turtles along stream channels in both wild and urban environments; entering and proofing field data on a weekly basis; and following decontamination procedures to minimize the spread of pathogens. More information. Posted: 3/16/16.
University of Michigan: Summer 2016 – Research Job Opportunity in Northern Alaska. We are seeking undergraduates or college graduates interested in research to understand ecosystem functions 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 may include data processing, and running experiments 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 National Science Foundation 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, 2016. Additional information (pdf) about the job is found at and research. Posted: 2/16/16.
University of Minnesota: Ecology Field Research Interns. Northern Minnesota is a focal point of potential climate warming impacts because it sits at the transition between boreal and temperate forest biomes. B4WARMED (Boreal Forest Warming at an Ecotone in Danger) is a unique manipulative experiment that warms plants and soil in the field to examine tree seedling and germinant response to warming with respect to physiology, phenology, growth, and survival. We seek undergraduate or newly graduated students with a background or interest in biology, ecology, environmental science, forestry, or a related field for paid field research internships ($10/hr). Interns are needed primarily from the middle/end of March through October/November. Work days are are eight hours Monday through Friday, however some tasks require early morning, evening, or weekend work. A valid driver’s license is required. Personal vehicles helpful but not required. Variety of tasks to be completed, though tree biometric measurements in the field will be the main focus. Time will be split between data collection, site maintenance, and occasional laboratory work. Responsibilities: • Collect biotic and abiotic data in field and laboratory settings in ac accordance with established protocols • Measure plant growth, physiology, and phenology • Routine maintenance of field sites, field instruments, and research equipment, including a Licor 6400xt. • Lab work includes data entry, biomass assessments and leaf area analys analysis • Aiding principle investigators and graduate students as needed. Desired qualifications: 1) Eagerness to work hard in an outdoor setting. 2) Capacity to collect data following established protocols. 3) Familiarity with plant and tree species of northern Minnesota. 4) Willingness to work well and play well with others. 5) Curiosity and passion for the natural world. 6) Flexibility to adapt to a frequently changing schedule. Field work will be split between research sites at the Cloquet Forestry Center in Cloquet, MN and the Hubachek Wilderness Wilderness Research Center near Ely, MN. Both research sites are in beautiful forested settings and provide access to the natural areas of northern Mi northern Minnesota including the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Travel between sites will be necessary. An individual’s home base may be at either of t either of these locations and will be determined by the site management and workload. On-site housing with cooking facilities is available for a small fee. Please send cover letter (including availab available working dates), one-page resume, and contact information for two referen references electronically to: Artur Stefanski (email@example.com), Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota, St Paul, MN 55108 USA. Posted: 3/16/16.
University of Montana: Salamander Field Assistants: Position 1: June 1st – September 14th, 15 weeks ; Position 2: June 1st – August 31st, 13 weeks. Closing Date: 3/20/2016. This job opening is for two positions. Both positions will involve ongoing stream salamander surveys at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest (HBEF), New Hampshire, USA. The successful applicant for the first position will traverse the HBEF sampling salamander and insect communities. This position will involve long days of hiking over rough terrain in a variety of weather conditions while carrying bulky field equipment. Lab work will include drying and weighing insect samples and well as insect ID. The successful applicant will work largely independently. Previous experience catching stream salamanders, collecting benthic and emerging stream insects and working independently and/or leading field crews is strongly preferred. The successful applicant for the second position will help in an ongoing salamander mark recapture study at HBEF as part of a small team. Duties will include salamander collection from both stream and terrestrial environments, recording salamander physical measurements, marking salamanders using visible implant elastomer, maintaining insect emergence traps and collecting terrestrial and benthic macroinvertebrate samples. Lab work will include drying and weighing insect samples and well as insect ID. Field work will take place in a variety of weather conditions and applicants should be prepared to work in hot, buggy and rainy weather while crossing rough terrain. Previous work with insects and/or amphibians preferred. Salary for both positions is $420/ week and housing is provided on site. Funds are not provided for travel to New Hampshire or for food. Send CV, cover letter and list of three references to Claire Bayer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include in your cover letter which of the two positions you are applying for. Posted: 3/16/16.
University of Montana: The Forest Ecology lab is hiring field technicians for summer of 2016. Work will occur throughout western Montana in managed and natural forests—primarily on the Kootenai and Flathead National Forests. The position will include a 20-25 day remote backcountry trip into the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Technicians will be working on various research projects looking at forest stand structure and development; wildlife species response to management; and effects of forest stand structure on snow dynamics. Duties will involve plot installation, (re)measurement of forest overstory and understory, assessment of snowshoe hare abundance, tree mortality surveys, and fuels transects in a variety of forests. The crew will work with investigators from the University of Montana and the Wilderness Society. Duration: Late May through August, with potential to work into September and October. The non-wilderness schedule is four, ten-hour days per week. Salary: $8.50 to $15 per hour depending on experience. Housing is not provided. Qualifications: Previous experience collecting vegetation/wildlife data, working effectively and safely as a team in challenging environments, and following complex data collection protocols is required. Good physical condition with backcountry experience is required and critical for success in this position. Candidates should be able to demonstrate problem solving skills and be able to work independently or in small groups. Work will include moving through rough terrain with heavy gear. Applicants with Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder certification are preferred. Apply: To apply assemble into a single PDF file and email to email@example.com : (1) a one-page cover letter describing your reason for applying, specific dates of availability including any potential mid-summer absences, your qualifications and any relevant coursework; (2) a resume or CV no longer than 2 pages; (3) contact information (name, phone, and email) for at least two references with firsthand knowledge of your work experience (no need to send letters). Hiring preference will be give to applications received by March 1, 2016. Hiring decisions will be made by the end of March. Exceptional candidates will be selected earlier. For more information please contact Eryn Schneider (firstname.lastname@example.org) or David Wright (email@example.com). Posted: 2/22/16.
University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center: A Teaching Assistant is needed for 10-week summer course at UNDERC in western Montana. This undergraduate course, Practicum in Environmental Field Biology, runs from June 4 - Aug 12, 2015. The course includes both teaching and research components to educate 8-10 junior and senior undergraduate students. The teaching component is broken up into 3 week-long modules (Grassland Ecology, Montane/Forest Ecology, and Native American Ecology). Students in the course work with instructors and to design and carry out independent ecological research projects. The TA will work to assist professors during each teaching module, as well as provide guidance and field assistance to enrolled students on a daily basis. Additionally, the TA will directly mentor 1 student project during the summer. The project topics will be directed towards the mentor’s strengths in ecology. UNDERC-West is located in western Montana near the National Bison Range. The TA will be provided housing with the undergraduates (a small house or double wide on a working ranch). Preferred 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. Experience working in grassland systems is preferred. Basic knowledge of modules (listed above), univariate statistics (t-tests, ANOVA, etc.), and statistical programs (R or Systat) also 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. David G. Flagel, Assistant Director, West , Environmental Research Center, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556. firstname.lastname@example.org, (574) 631-2612. Review of applications will begin March 8. Posted: 2/10/16.
University of Pittsburgh: We (Pruitt Lab) are looking for two field assistants to join us in South Africa and Namibia to help perform and set up various short- and long-term experiments with the African desert social spider Stegodyphus dumicola. We will be investigating how intracolony behavioral variation leads to success in the field, and its role in defending the colony against ant raids. This job will require spending a lot of time both inside performing behavioral assays on spiders, and outside setting up and recording survival data on colonies in the field. There will also be a lot of driving, as we will likely be setting up studies in both South Africa and Namibia. You will be expected to be up early to assist with projects, and some projects may require surveying colonies during the night as well. Expect 10+ hour workdays. Also, it is possible that WiFi will be unavailable during the entire 2.5 month stay in Africa. This position will provide you with valuable experience designing, setting up, and executing research projects in the field. There may also be the opportunity for you to design and execute your own research project, depending on our time constraints. Compensation: We will cover all airfare costs as well as food and lodging while in Africa. Additionally, we will pay each assistant $500 per month. If your performance is outstanding, we will gladly provide glowing letters of recommendation for you should you need them. Duration: 2.5 months (from mid-September to early December) We will be accepting applications from now until mid-August. Requirements: Seriously interested in pursuing a career in ecology; Excellent academic performance; Undergraduate or recent graduate; Be able to lift 80lbs; Must be able to stay for the entire 2.5 month duration; Must not be squeamish around spiders. These are medium-sized spiders, and one colony can have sometimes over 1,000 spiders inside it. You will be required to handle them often with bare hands. They will sometimes try to bite you, but their fangs cannot penetrate your skin. It does not hurt when they bite you. Please do not apply for this position if reading that made you queasy. Limited dietary restrictions: food options where we will be staying are often quite limited, and it may not be possible to accommodate severely restricting dietary requirements. Vegetarians should be fine. If this position interests you, please send your cover letter, CV, unofficial academic records including current GPA, and two personal references that we may contact to Colin Wright (email@example.com). We are accepting applications NOW through mid-August. Posted: 7/14/15.
University of Virginia: The Department of Environmental Sciences is looking for three individuals to assist in conducting shorebird surveys on tidal flats along the Eastern Shore of Virginia. This job is from April 20th through May 25th with a possibility of extension to June 1st with a pay rate of $10.65 per hour. Housing will be provided. The research will take place in the Virginia Coast Reserve (VCR), a site used by many species of migratory shorebird for wintering and refueling. The focus of this research is on understanding how macroalgae affects the carrying capacity of intertidal habitats for migrating shorebirds during stopovers. Surveying includes making careful and detailed behavioral and foraging observations of shorebirds in coastal habitats using binoculars and/or spotting scopes. Some vegetation surveys and invertebrate collections will also be conducted. Travel to and from field sites may include walking 1-2 miles, riding in motorboats and/or kayaking up to a mile. This position involves an extensive amount of fieldwork, walking through salt marshes on uneven/muddy ground on hot summer days where biting insects will be present. High School Diploma or Equivalent Required. Prefer at least one year of college-level course work in Biology, Wildlife Biology, Environmental Sciences or related field. Prefer at least 6 weeks of previous environmental field research experience. Apply through Jobs@UVA, search for posting number 0618394. Questions about the position itself should be directed to Alice Besterman at: firstname.lastname@example.org Questions regarding the application process in Jobs@UVA should be directed to Rachel Brown Short, email@example.com, (434) 924-7763. Posted: 3/21/16.
University of Washington: Carnivore Ecology Field Technician. Salary: $13.14/hr with benefits. Last Date to Apply: May 1, 2016. Start Date: June 20, 2016. End Date: September 9, 2016. We are seeking a summer field technician for a research project studying the trophic interactions of reintroduced fishers in the South Cascade Mountains of Washington. The purpose of this research is to assess how prey availability and presence of other carnivores affects establishment success of reintroduced fishers. Duties will include conducting mark-recapture surveys for small mammals (voles, mice, chipmunks, squirrels, hares), establishing and maintaining remote camera grids to monitor mammalian predators, habitat sampling, and other field and data management duties. Housing will be provided in Mt. Rainier National Park and the majority of work will occur within the park and adjacent Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Depending on sampling locations, we may spend time camping closer to field sites during sampling. The field season will be approximately from mid-June to mid-September. Qualifications: Applicants should have completed or be working towards a B.S. degree in biology, ecology, wildlife science or a related field and have an interest in mammalian ecology. We are seeking candidates with experience conducting small mammal surveys, with emphasis on forest habitats. Experience using remote cameras and sampling forest vegetation is preferred. Must be able to work well in a team as well as individually. Must be able to work late evenings and early mornings and deal with adverse weather and field conditions while maintaining a good attitude. Must have experience navigating with GPS and maps, experience navigating through closed forest is preferred. Must be able to hike 10 miles a day carrying up to 50lbs of gear over uneven terrain through forest understory. Experience conducting data entry and management using MS Excel is preferred. Applicants must have valid driver’s license and be US citizens. To apply, please send a brief cover letter, CV and contact information for 3 references to Mitch Parsons: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 4/14/16.
University of Washington: Summer field crew positions are available for the Demonstration of Ecosystem Management Options (DEMO) Study, a large-scale, long-term experiment in structural-retention harvests in the Pacific Northwest. Overview: Crews will take measurements in permanent plots to characterize overstory structure and understory regeneration 17-18 years after experimental treatments. Replicated at five sites in Oregon and Washington, the treatments comprise varying levels and spatial patterns of overstory retention through timber harvest. Study sites represent diverse physical settings and mature forest communities in the Umpqua and Gifford Pinchot National Forests. Duties: Field tasks include relocating or reestablishing permanent plot markers, tagging or retagging trees, remeasuring trees for diameter and height, and taking detailed information on newly dead trees and existing snags. These positions are best suited to mature, upper-level undergraduates or recent graduates who are considering advanced study or professional work in forest ecology or silviculture. Logistics: Housing is provided for most of the summer (USFS facilities), but some camping is necessary (USFS campgrounds). Transportation is provided during the work week, but personal vehicles are recommended during time off. We will work extended periods in the field (8 consecutive 10-hour days, followed by 6 days off), but may need to adjust work schedules based on weather. Our base locations provide easy access to a wide range of recreational opportunities (hiking, climbing, backpacking, rafting, and fishing) in the mountains of central Oregon and southern Washington (e.g., High Cascade peaks, Crater Lake) and the Columbia River Gorge. Qualifications: Previous field experience, familiarity with basic vegetation measurement tools and methods, and previous coursework or strong interest in silviculture or forest ecology. Candidates must be in excellent physical condition; able to work long hours in the heat (and occasional rain or presence of mosquitos); and able to climb steep, sometimes brushy or log-covered slopes with personal gear and field equipment. We seek individuals who are detail-oriented, able to follow complex data-collection procedures, have legible handwriting, enjoy working as part of team, and can live cooperatively with others. CPR/wilderness first aid training is a plus. Salary: $13.50/hour or more, depending on experience/qualifications. Duration: mid-June through mid-September (possibly end of September). Closing date: March 4, 2016. To apply, send the following materials by e-mail to email@example.com: - Scan of a HANDWRITTEN letter describing: (1) interests, (2) qualifications as they apply to the selection criteria noted above, (3) specific dates of availability (and non-availability), and (4) names and contact information (phone, e-mail) of two persons providing letters of reference. - Resume or CV - Two letters of reference sent directly by those providing the letters. For more information contact: Charlie Halpern, Research Professor, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or Allison Rossman, MS student and Crew Leader, e-mail: email@example.com. Posted: 1/29/16.
University of Wyoming: Forest Ecology Field Technician. The Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rocky Mountains and the University of Wyoming are seeking 3-4 seasonal field technicians to assist with data collection on how Rocky Mountain forests respond to bark beetles and harvest of beetle-killed trees. Technicians will be responsible for collecting data on beetle-killed tree fall rates, forest regeneration and fuel loadings. The field crew will be based out of Laramie, WY, with data collection occurring in northern Colorado and northwestern Montana. Accommodations during field efforts will mostly be car camping. The study areas are located in mountainous terrain and will require moderate hiking. Work is tentatively scheduled to being June 1st and last roughly eight weeks. Qualifications: · At least two years towards a biology/ecology- based natural resources baccalaureate degree · Basic plant identification skills (desirable) · Ability to collect, record and organize detailed data in the field · Ability to work long hours in all types of weather · Ability to work independently and reliably without direct supervision in challenging field conditions · Ability to be flexible with change in schedule and daily operations. To apply, please send a cover letter and CV/resume to Paul Hood (firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 6th, 2016. Posted: 2/29/16.
University of Wyoming: The Hawaii VINE Project is seeking up to six field technicians to assist its investigation of the interactions between native/non-native plant and non-native vertebrates in mesic and wet forest ecosystems on Oahu. Those with experience working with plants, birds, and small mammals are encouraged to apply. For job information and details about how to apply, please see the full advertisement. Deadline: 12/15/2015. Posted: 11/29/15.
Utah State University: We seek 1-2 summer research technicians to join a project examining the role of species interactions in determining the impact of climate change on plant communities. The positions are in Peter Adler's lab at USU in Logan, UT, with field work in eastern Idaho sagebrush steppe vegetation, western Kansas mixed prairie, and southern New Mexico desert grasslands. Primary responsibilities include mapping individual plants in permanent plots, and digitizing these maps using ArcGIS software. Important qualifications include a strong background in plant taxonomy, and a strong back. The position could start as early as May, 2015, and run through September, 2015, but start and end dates are flexible. Pay is $12 per hour. To apply, email Peter Adler (email@example.com) with the following documents attached as a pdf: 1) A cover letter explaining your interest in and qualification for the position, 2) a curriculum vita, 3) undergraduate transcript, and 4) contact information for three references. Deadline for applications is March 25. Posted: 3/8/16.
Virginia Commonwealth University: Dr. Lesley Bulluck and Cathy Viverette in the Department of Biology and the Center for Environmental Studies are seeking applications for a field crew leader/graduate student position to start approximately January 15th, 2016. We are seeking applicants with the desire to continue research in the theme of these projects in the VCU Biology or Environmental Studies MS programs in the Fall of 2016, contingent upon admission into the program. The successful applicant will participate in a project assessing RHWO non-breeding and breeding ecology and habitat use. The crew leader will be responsible for organizing and leading the field effort from February through July along with one technician and occasional undergraduate technicians from VCU. Field work will take place at Fort A.P. Hill, situated approximately mid-way between Richmond and Washington D.C. A $1500/month stipend and local housing and transportation will be provided during the field season. Competitive teaching assistantships and tuition waivers are available upon admission to the VCU Biology MS program and support may be available to strong candidates for the Environmental Studies MS program. VCU, located in Richmond, VA, is the largest public R1 University in Virginia and has an active and diverse Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Science faculty that are engaged in research around the world. Successful applicants should have a BS in biology (or related field), GPA >3.3, GREs >1200, an interest in developing quantitative skills, a high level of self-motivation, and prior research experience. This position requires prior experience in the field, navigational skills, and tolerance for cold winter conditions and wet, hot, buggy coastal plain conditions in the summer. Especially desirable skills for the position include prior experience mist netting/banding of birds, collecting blood and feather samples, and making detailed field observations using binoculars and spotting scope (including re-sighting color bands). Prior experience with woodpecker species is preferred, but not mandatory. Interested persons should initially email a letter that summarizes their background, educational goals, and research interests, along with curriculum vitae (include GPA and GRE scores) with contact information for three references to Dr. Lesley Bulluck (firstname.lastname@example.org). Deadline for applications is October 30, but applications will be considered as they are received. Posted: 9/28/15.
Voyageurs National Park: We are seeking applicants for a summer botany technician position based at Voyageurs National Park. This position runs May 16 – August 31, 2016 (dates are firm) with a compensation of $20/hour. The incumbent will be employed by Northland College, but will work directly with, and report to, the Great Lakes Network of the National Park Service Inventory & Monitoring (I&M) program. The goals of the I&M program include monitoring key environmental variables so that ecological change can be detected and addressed in a timely manner. This is largely a field-based position. The incumbent will assist with the establishment and sampling of permanent forest monitoring plots at Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota. The incumbent will collect extensive data on the herbaceous layer and browse. He/she will be expected to identify 350 herbaceous species, and have considerable experience identifying members of the family Poaceae and genus Carex. Incumbents are expected to pass the Motorboat Operator Certification Course. Field work will be performed in teams of 2-3 people. The incumbent may also spend approximately 5-10% of time performing computer work. This position operates on an 8 day on/6 day off schedule. During the 8-day sampling periods, the incumbent will primarily travel by motor boat, and will backcountry camp. He/she will be expected to carry field equipment weighing up to 50 lbs. He/she will be exposed to high temperatures, stinging and biting insects, including extensive mosquitos and ticks, and poisonous plants. Seasonal housing will most likely be available at Whispering Pines seasonal housing area, near the Ash River Visitor Center. Housing costs at Whispering Pines will be approximately $40 per two-week period. Alternative housing is very limited. To Apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and unofficial transcripts to Suzanne Sanders (email@example.com) by January 6, 2016. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted shortly thereafter. No phone calls or emails, other than applications, please. Posted: 12/2/15.
Washington University in St. Louis: Two seasonal field technician positions are available in Jonathan Myers' research group. The technicians will work collaboratively with a research team to census trees in large-scale experimental forest plots at Washington University's environmental field station, the Tyson Research Center (http://tyson.wustl.edu), located 20 miles from campus. Primary tasks include: 1) establishing permanent plot grids for surveys of forest tree communities; 2) identifying, tagging, measuring, and mapping trees; 3) collecting, counting, and identifying seeds; 4) measuring environmental variables in the field; 5) entering data into spreadsheets using Excel; and 6) assisting with the mentoring and supervision of undergraduate students and high school students in field research. The technicians will assist with a NSF-funded project investigating how the diversity of species traits at regional scales influences responses of plant communities to environmental change (fire & nutrient availability). The positions are full-time, temporary positions (up to 6 months) with no benefits. Wages will be commensurate with experience. The start dates are flexible, but ideally the positions would begin May 1, 2016. Successful applicants will need to secure their own housing in St. Louis or near the Tyson Research Center in Eureka, Missouri. Minimum requirements: Bachelors degree in biology, ecology, environmental science, forestry or a related field; experience conducting ecological field research; desire to learn new field skills; and the ability to work outdoors under arduous conditions that include walking across steep terrain and hot/humid weather. Ideal candidates will have a strong interest in ecology and strong teamwork skills. To apply: Please combine the following into a single PDF file: 1) a cover letter describing your interest in this position, relevant past experience, start date availability, and contact information for three references including email addresses and phone numbers; and 2) a CV or resume. Application materials must be submitted electronically through https://jobs.wustl.edu by entering the job ID number (33016) as a keyword under "Basic Search." Candidates are encouraged to e-mail Jonathan Myers (firstname.lastname@example.org) to indicate interest in the position as soon as possible using the subject line "Seasonal Field Technician Position". Posted: 3/9/16.
West Virginia University: Clapper Rail and King Rail Field Assistant. Dates: May 2016 – July 2016. Summer wildlife field assistant will work alongside a graduate student from early May through July for a research project focusing on distribution and abundance of king and clapper rails in marshes along the Mattaponi River near West Point, Virginia. Duties include piloting motorboats, monitoring autonomous recording systems, conducting avian point counts and vegetation surveys, and collecting salinity and water depth measurements. Additional opportunities to trap, band, and lethal sample birds depending on qualifications and skills. Qualifications: • Experience or coursework in wildlife biology or closely related field • Applicants must have boating and trailering experience, along with valid boater’s training • Previous hunting experience, specifically waterfowl or rails and shotgun • Previous experience conducting avian point counts • Ability to collect data with strong attention to detail • Ability to work long hours, with early mornings (0400) • Valid driver’s license and a good driving record • Must interact professionally and respectfully with Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) officials who assist on the project and provide equipment. Preference will be given to applicants with experience boating in coastal marshes, waterfowl or rail hunting, identifying estuarine and marsh birds by sight and sound, identifying coastal marsh vegetation, and navigating using handheld GPS units. Housing and monthly salary will be provided. To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references in a single document to Lydia Stiffler at email@example.com by February 29. Posted: 2/1/16.
Wilkes University: We invite applications for a seasonal Research Assistant/Technician position based at Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA and Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), Woods Hole, MA with a summer field season on the North Slope of Alaska (Toolik Field Station). The applicant will be hired through Wilkes University, reside in the Toolik Field Station between June and September, and then move to MBL for the rest of the season. MBL manages the long-term ecology research (LTER) project at Toolik and is home to dozens of scientists, postdocs, and research assistants studying the Arctic system. The position is funded by NSF for 6 months/year, and could be extended to 12 months if the candidate can fit to other funded projects at MBL. The candidate will study how locally adapted populations of tussock species respond differently to changing climate and affect ecosystem function and biogeochemical cycling in the Arctic tundra in northern Alaska (Ecotypes Project). The job duties include setting up warming experiments, recording plant growth and phenology, and measuring photosynthesis and respiration in reciprocal transplant gardens under warming treatments across a gradient of study sites in tundra ecosystems in northern Alaska. Activities in Woods Hole include chemistry analyses and data analyses. The candidate will work closely with project postdoc, Dr. Tom Parker, and supervised by Drs. Jim Tang (MBL), Ned Fetcher (Wilkes University), and Michael Moody (University of Texas-El Paso). A BA/BS in ecology, evolution, or environmental sciences is required. An MA in one of the above fields is encouraged. Strong experience in field instrumentation, particularly with infrared gas analyzers (IRGA), fluorometer, dataloggers, and climatic sensors, is essential. The successful candidate should be able to work independently for a long time and live in a remote setting. Applicants should be in good health, capable of rigorous physical activity (e.g., working long hours in potentially harsh environmental conditions, carrying ~40 pound pack across uneven terrain) and prepared to live in an isolated research camp. The successful candidate should be available for travel to Alaska in late May or early June and should be able to remain in Alaska through the end of August. All travel and living expenses while in Alaska will be paid in addition to a salary. Please send a brief cover letter indicating your interest and experience, curriculum vitae, copies of transcripts and the names, addresses, phone number, and email address of three references to: Dr. Jim Tang (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Ned Fetcher (email@example.com). Review of applications will start January 1, 2016. Posted: 12/9/15.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources: Forestry Technician Advanced: The Wisconsin DNR, Bureau of Forest Management, Sciences Section, is hiring two seasonal forest technicians. The positions will work 40 hours a week assisting with field study establishment and forestry data collection. Duties will include forest cruising, plant identification, installing field data recorders, tree coring, soil sampling, girdling of trees using chainsaws and entering data into Excel. Location: Wisconsin DNR, Rhinelander Service Center, 107 Sutliff Avenue, Rhinelander, WI 54501. Telephone: (715) 360-6808 Hourly Rate: $16 per hour. Flexible start date between May 2, and June 13, 2016. Duration: Job starts approximately May 2, 2016. Duties: 80% Collect forestry related data: Cruise forest stands, collecting basal area by species. Conduct habitat type and forest understory regeneration assessments. Establish long-term forest study plots. 15% Data management: Prepare and manage datasets using Microsoft Office products. Enter and review data generated from forest silviculture studies. 5% Literature review: Assist forest ecology team in literature reviews using online web databases, journal access and electronic library resources. Knowledge Required: Ideal candidates will have some experience in forestry or forest sciences. Candidates should have a strong work ethic and able to work outside daily throughout a range of weather conditions. Candidates should be able to work both in a team environment and independently. Additional qualifications include tree/shrub identification and knowledge of plant communities. Finally, candidates should be proficient with map and compass along with GPS technology. Application Deadline: March 11, 2016. To Apply: Email 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 10094. Posted: 2/22/16.