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University of California-Riverside Research Technician, Community and Genomic Ecology 11/17/17 9/22/17
Lincoln Park Zoo Research Coordinator 11/6/17 10/13/17
University of Florida Field supervisor in spatial ecology and conservation 11/3/17 10/17/17
University of Texas at Austin Research Asst, ecology, physiology, and genomics of switchgrass  10/17/17 10/17/17
University of Rhode Island Marine Research Assistant III, plankton and global change biology 10/9/17 9/25/17
University of Tennessee, Knoxville Lecturer Botanical Education and Greenhouse Support (MS)  9/21/17 9/21/17
Utah State University Database/GIS Specialist 9/15/17 8/31/17
University of Florida Lab technician, Landscape Ecology and Sustainability 9/15/17 8/8/17
Missouri State University Botany technician, Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield 9/15/17 7/28/17
University of Rhode Island Research asst, disease ecology/evolution of tick and mosquito vectors 9/8/17 8/15/17
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Field Research Specialist, Global Change Ecology and Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry 9/7/17 8/29/17
Institute for Applied Ecology Restoration Ecologist 9/5/17 8/10/17
University of Georgia Research and Field Technician, savanna tree-grass ecophysiology  8/28/17 8/28/17
Yale University Data/Informatics Positions in Global Biodiversity Science 8/18/17 7/28/17
Huyck Preserve Director of Conservation & Education (MS) 8/15/17 7/28/17
Morton Arboretum Research Assistant, Forest Ecology and Tree Conservation Biology 8/14/17 7/28/17
Boston University Graduate Program Coordinator in Biogeoscience and Environmental Health (MS)  8/10/17 8/10/17
National Ecological Observatory Network/Battelle Ecology Field Technician II - Instrumentation - Florida  8/10/17 8/10/17
South Florida Water Management District Ecologist/ecohydrology  8/8/17 8/8/17
Purdue University Exotic Forest Pest Educator  8/7/17 8/7/17
Florida State University Research Technician, Marine Biodiversity 8/1/17 6/28/17
University of California Berkeley Field technician, Eel River Critical Zone Observatory  7/20/17 7/20/17
University of Maryland Research Assistant, Socio-Environmental Synthesis 7/14/17 6/28/17
Lincoln Park Zoo Associate Population Biologists (2)  6/28/17 6/28/17
SimBio Biology Content Specialist  6/28/17 6/28/17
National Ecological Observatory Network/Battelle Ecology Field Technician III-Mammalogy, Arizona  6/9/17 6/9/17
University of Wisconsin-Madison Research Specialist - Plant-microbial interactions  6/7/17 6/7/17

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Boston University: A full-time position is available for a Graduate Program Coordinator to join its NSF-funded Research Traineeship (NRT) program that partners Ph.D. students in Biogeoscience and Environmental Health with cities to tackle urban environmental challenges. The Program Coordinator will be responsible for helping with development, planning, communication, implementation, and assessment of the interdisciplinary graduate program. The program includes Ph.D. students and faculty from three departments (Biology, Earth & Environment, and Environmental Health) at Boston University. Specific activities of the Program Coordinator include recruitment of students into the program, management and coordination of workshops and the program's website, help with assessment of the program, development of outreach and educational materials, and coordination of placement of students in internships with cities, non-governmental organizations, and/or the private sector. We expect to enroll 60 Ph.D. students over the next 5 years. This position offers an opportunity that fuses creativity and leadership at the interface of graduate education, science, and urban policy. Applicants with MA/MS/MPH or Ph.D. in fields related to Biogeoscience, Biology, Biogeochemistry, Chemistry, Environmental Science, or Environmental Health are desired. Experience in field-based education, hands-on experiential teaching, curriculum development, and/or program assessment are a plus. Successful candidates need to have excellent communication and organizational skills. Interested applicants should send their letter of interest and resume (including relevant course work) and contact information of 2-3 professional references to Pamela Templer at Please use "NRT Program Coordinator" in the Subject of your email message. One of our Directors will be at the ESA meeting in Portland, OR. Please contact Pamela Templer at if you want to discuss the position at the meeting. Please use "NRT Program Coordinator" in the Subject of your email message. Posted: 8/10/17.

Florida State University: The research technician will be based in the Department of Biological Sciences at FSU in Tallahassee, Florida, supervised by Dr. Andrew Rassweiler, but will also work closely with Dr. Sarah Lester in FSU’s Department of Geography. The technician will help support an exciting portfolio of projects focused on the topics of marine biodiversity, coral reef resilience, ecological state change, marine spatial planning, and sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. Research in the lab is inherently interdisciplinary, focusing on addressing fundamental questions in marine ecology, but also on applying those insights to conservation and management. The position includes a broad diversity of responsibilities and the ideal candidate is excited to participate in a range of research activities. The initial focus of the position will be on measuring marine biodiversity as part of a multi-institution Marine Biodiversity Observing Network project. For this project, the technician will help to develop a tradeoff framework to estimate costs and benefits of alternative sampling methods and guide decisions about the design of future monitoring. The technician will work with ecological data from diverse sources, and will participate in the development of cutting-edge techniques for biodiversity monitoring. In addition to this focal project, there will be opportunities to engage in other research projects in the lab, including field work. The research technician will be expected to: - Assist with data acquisition, management, processing, and analysis of large disparate datasets. - Help with parameterizing and running simulation models. - Conduct literature reviews and assist with preparing scientific manuscripts and presentations, with the potential to be involved as a co-author on papers. - Assist with managing the lab, including purchasing supplies and equipment, organizing the lab, coordinating lab logistics, and recruiting and coordinating undergraduate research assistants. - Participate in local marine fieldwork in coastal, intertidal and possibly subtidal habitats. Qualifications: Required: - Bachelors or Masters degree in Marine Science, Ecology, Environmental Science, or related field. - Strong quantitative and statistical skills and/or interest in developing those skills - Experience with programming or scripted analysis in programs such as R, SAS, Matlab or similar. - Strong skills in data acquisition and management. - Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently - Strong initiative and problem-solving skills. Preferred (but not required): AAUS certification, experience operating small boats, proficiency with GIS. Terms: Ideally the position would start in September 2017, but start date is flexible. Initial appointment would be for one year, with strong potential for renewal contingent on performance. Apply by submitting a cover letter, CV, and names and contact information for three professional references as a single PDF to Contact Dr. Andrew Rassweiler at with any questions. Application review will begin on July 15, 2017, although all applications received before August 1 will be considered. Posted: 6/28/17.

Huyck Preserve: The Edmund Niles Huyck Preserve, Rensselaerville, NY, seeks a full-time Director of Conservation and Education. The individual will ensure that the Preserve’s current programs continue to grow. Major responsibilities: Coordinate research activities of the field station; develop, teach, and evaluate education programs for students K-12; implement action steps in land stewardship plan; manage program budget; seek grants and other sources of funding for programs. Requirements: Masters or higher degree in the natural sciences; teaching and curriculum development experience; experience with northeast flora and fauna; regularly work in outdoor settings and all weather conditions. To apply: Submit cover letter and resume by August 15, 2017 to For full position responsibilities visit our website. Posted: 7/28/17.

Institute for Applied Ecology: seeking a full time Restoration Ecologist with a diverse skill set to lead habitat enhancement and restoration projects as part of a Habitat Restoration team. Work is primarily focused in Oregon's Willamette Valley, but may also include the Coast Range and other Oregon ecoregions. IAE's habitat enhancement projects support the conservation and recovery of rare plants (e.g., Nelson’s checkermallow and Bradshaw’s lomatium) and wildlife (e.g., Fender’s blue butterfly and Western meadowlark) using a variety of restoration techniques. Based in Corvallis, OR, IAE is a dynamic nonprofit organization whose mission is to conserve native species and habitats through restoration, research and education. The Habitat Restoration Program conducts ecological restoration in the Pacific Northwest through on-the-ground restoration, development of ecologically appropriate seed mixes, cultivation of partnerships that promote regional conservation, and the advancement of restoration science and innovative techniques. Close date: September 5, 2017. Please see full job description (pdf) to apply. Contact Rebecca Currin 541-753-3099 x 502 or Ian Silvernail 541-753-3099 x 122 with questions about this position. Posted: 8/10/17.

Lincoln Park Zoo: We are looking for a full-time research coordinator to help implement an NSF-funded project to further develop the COMPADRE/COMADRE database. The position will be for the duration of the grant (3 years), and will be based at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. Additional details and application process are posted at: Send questions to Judy Che-Castaldo ( The position is open until filled, but please submit your application by Nov. 6, 2017 for full consideration. Posted: 10/13/17.

Lincoln Park Zoo: two positions for Associate Population Biologist at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Population Management Center. Provides scientific and logistical assistance to the cooperatively managed animal programs. Collaborates with staff at zoos around the country to support the management of zoo populations. Initiates and collaborates in data analyses and research related to the management of small populations of animals. For more information and to apply, go to Posted: 6/28/17.

Missouri State University: MSU partners with the National Park Service’s Heartland and Inventory Monitoring Network to provide science based information on natural resources to 15 parks in the Midwest. We are currently offering a Research Specialist position to serve as a Botany Technician assisting the Network’s terrestrial monitoring programs. The successful candidate will assist the terrestrial team with long-term monitoring protocols (plant community, bird habitat, fire ecology, invasive plants, and wildlife surveys) including but not limited to field sampling, botanical training, plant specimen curation, data entry, and contributions to report development. This is an excellent position for someone who has strong field botany skills, but enjoys a diversity of ecological applications. The monitoring teams travel to National Parks throughout the region and work closely with a variety of ecologists and park staff. This position is a full time and carries full time benefits including vacation and holidays, retirement, and health insurance through Missouri State University. Being part of this unique partnership provides numerous unique opportunities for training, learning, and contributing to a better understanding of National Park resources. Location : Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Republic, MO. Starting Salary : $15-18/hour plus benefits. This is a funding dependent position, but current funding is available until July 31, 2019. For details and to apply see Deadline: September 15, 2017. Posted: 7/28/17.

Morton Arboretum: We are seeking a Research Assistant to support the Forest Ecologist and Tree Conservation Biologist. These research programs combine elements of field ecology, genetics, and modeling to advance the preservation and conservation of trees in their natural environments and in living collections (e.g. arboreta). The RA will: participate in planning and executing laboratory and field work using a variety of instruments and methods, assist with lab management, organize and order supplies, maintain and inventory equipment, and train and oversee volunteers. The RA will be be involved with the entire research process from data collection and analysis to manuscript preparation. The ideal candidate will be independently motivated and able to contribute to the intellectual development of projects though reading papers, designing studies, and independently analyzing data. There will be opportunity for the RA to collaborate on papers, present research at national meetings, and work with collaborators on international projects. The Research Assistant must be well organized, communicate clearly, solve problems, be able to work without close supervision (after training), quickly learn new skills, and have strong attention to detail and meticulous record keeping. Applicants should have a strong background in plant sciences, ecology, evolutionary biology, informatics and/or molecular biology with both lab and field experience. A Bachelor’s degree in Ecology, Natural Resources, Evolutionary Biology, Botany, Informatics, or related field is required and a Master’s degree and/or at least one year experience in laboratory, field, or statistical research is strongly preferred. The applicant must demonstrate curiosity, an ability to multi-task, an enthusiasm for ecology and genetics, and an interest in developing a broad range of skills in forest biodiversity science. Work will include a mixture of office, laboratory, and field work. Field work will take place in all weather conditions, and the ability to lift heavy objects and conduct physically challenging activities in all weather is required. Some out of state travel may be required. For full consideration, please apply before August 14, 2017. The position will ideally start at the end of September. Successful applicants will clearly demonstrate relevant experience and skills in their application. Examples of desirable past experience may include, but is not limited to the following: - Planning lab or field activities, keeping detailed lab/field notebooks, and documenting protocols. - Experience with plant identification and flora of the midwest. - Experience in a molecular lab- PCR, gel electrophoresis, DNA extraction, DNA sequencing, troubleshooting and optimizing lab protocols. - Planning field expeditions, field sampling (biotic and abiotic measurements), seed collection. - Data management and analysis using a scripted language such as R; additional coding languages such as python, C, fortran or expertise in a database program (ACCESS, SQL, etc.) are a plus. - Computer programming, informatics, statistical modeling, dynamic biological models. - Literature search, meta-analysis, writing reports. Apply online. If you have questions please contact Christy Rollinson (crollinson at or Sean Hoban (shoban at Posted: 7/28/17.

National Ecological Observatory Network/Battelle Ecology: Field Technician II - Instrumentation. The Field Technician II is a biological sampling lead performing seasonal and periodic sampling activities and sample processing. The Field Technician II will be the technical lead for performing routine maintenance and inventory management on all terrestrial sampling equipment, and will provide guidance to temporary field crews while working in the field and laboratory. Domain 3 is headquartered in Gainesville, Florida. We travel frequently since our remote sites are the Disney Wilderness Preserve (about 2.5 hours south), and the JW Jones Ecological Research Center in Georgia (about 4.5 hours north). The Disney site is a wetland project so the ground is frequently wet. Sampling at these sites is usually an overnight trip, sometimes all week. Lodging is provided and expenses are reimbursed. The local site is the Ordway Swisher Biological Field station (University of Florida) in nearby Melrose. See the full job ad for details and to apply. Posted: 8/10/17.

National Ecological Observatory Network/Battelle Ecology: Field Technician III-Mammalogy. The Domain 14 Field Technician’s primary work location is near Tucson, AZ. This position supports sites in the Desert Southwest Domain. Desert Southwest sites are located at Santa Rita Experimental Range near Tucson, Jornada LTER near Las Cruces, NM and near Phoenix, AZ. The Desert Southwest Domain includes western Texas, southern Arizona, southern New Mexico, southern Nevada, and Southern California. Field Technician III - is the shift lead performing and supervising seasonal and periodic sampling activities and sample processing. The Field Technician III will have primary responsibility for coordinating sampling and laboratory activities at terrestrial sampling sites, and will have additional roles and responsibilities assisting the Field Operations Manager with management of the Domain Support Facility, hiring and training seasonal field staff, and acting as manager in the absence of the Field Operations Manager. Mammalogy emphasis: • Lead, perform and coordinate teams performing small mammal trapping. • Obtain measurements and record observations of captured rodents including animal identification of local species. • Collect tissue and blood samples from captured rodents. • Train domain staff on best practices for animal handling and sample collection techniques. Go to and search open positions to apply online. Posted: 6/9/17.

Northwest Florida State College: Environmental Researcher - Mattie M. Kelly Environmental Institute (MKEI) and Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA). Temporary Full-Time Grant Position – Contingent upon Availability of Funds. Position Number: GRAN18. Salary: $27,500-30,000 depending on qualifications. Location: Niceville and South Walton Campuses. Duties and Responsibilities: Conduct and manage field and laboratory research on coastal dune lakes. Sample fish populations using a variety of methods (e.g., electrofishing). Complete lake vegetation surveys. Collect water samples and measure other field variables. Analyze water chemistry variables (e.g., total phosphorus, total nitrogen, chlorophyll, turbidity, pH). Enumerate phytoplankton. Maintain field and laboratory equipment including vehicles and vessels. Manage large, databases. Disseminate research outcomes to various outlets via written and oral materials and presentations. Assist with scientific-based, water quality summary reports for state/county governments and local communities. Train students and volunteers in field and laboratory. Assist with MKEI and CBA outreach events. Complement the MKEI and CBA team and perform other duties assigned. Qualifications: Bachelor degree in aquatic science, environmental science, natural resource management, or related field required. Three years professional experience managing aquatic resources and/or Master of Science degree preferred. Knowledge of Florida’s aquatic and terrestrial flora and fauna. Aptitude in field and laboratory methods and procedures. Experience managing databases and other detailed-oriented tasks. Proficiency in ArcGIS software preferred. Ability to self-motivate, complete work within given deadline, and coordinate numerous projects and tasks simultaneously. Demonstrated excellence engaging students and community members in science. Experience operating boats, trailers and/or heavy equipment, or willingness to learn. Willingness to work occasional weekend, early morning, or evening hours. Willingness and ability to work in adverse weather, including cold, heat, and/or rain. Valid driver license, Florida Safe Driver (or equivalent) required. How to Apply:, Application Deadline: May 24, 2017. Posted: 4/25/17.

Purdue University: The Department of Entomology is seeking a creative individual to serve as Exotic Forest Pest Educator. Available Immediately. This individual will develop Indiana’s Forest Pest Outreach Survey & Program to educate citizen scientists about invasive species and how to report them. Requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in Entomology, Forest Entomology, Urban Forestry, Horticulture, Wildlife, Environmental Science and Technology, Technical Writing, Speech Communication or related field; and at least two years’ experience working with invasive species, the horticultural industry, pests of forests or trees, or in some field of technical mass media communication. For more information about the position and to apply online, please visit the full job ad. Posted: 8/7/17.

SimBio: Biology Content Specialist / Sales & Customer Relations Team Member. SimBio is a leading developer of innovative software that engages undergraduate biology students world-wide in active inquiry and discovery-based learning. We're looking for someone who is bright, detail-oriented, and personable with exceptional communication skills and experience teaching undergraduate biology. The job will involve becoming an expert on our content and systems in order to help instructors find modules that will work well for their courses and to support instructors already using our materials. The person we hire will participate in content development and will travel to conferences to demo modules and conduct workshops. This position is based in our Missoula, MT office. Start date is flexible. See the full job ad for details. Posted: 6/28/17.

South Florida Water Management District: The Everglades Systems Assessment Section of the South Florida Water Management District in West Palm Beach, FL seeks an ecologist to join a multi-disciplinary team assessing the effectiveness of restoration activities on Everglades ecosystem recovery. The position will play a major role in field and data analyses for several large-scale projects, including the Loxahatchee Landscape Assessment (LILA) Project, the Decompartmentalization Project (DPM), and Adaptive and Active Marsh Improvement Projects throughout the entire Everglades landscape. This position has a large field component and the successful candidate should have field experience in ecosystem hydrology, with an emphasis on linking ecohydrology with plant, soil and faunal responses. Specifically, this position will assist in: 1) the assessment of stage changes by deploying and collecting water depth data loggers and will be responsible for the data management and analysis of water depth data; 2) flow measurement and characterization using acoustic Doppler velocity (ADV) meters, both static and handheld; 3) the assessment of groundwater and surface water interactions; 4) understanding the effect of vegetation on velocity and patterns with field measurements, field experiments, and computer modeling; and 5) integration and synthesis of data to evaluate sediment movement and distributions in the Everglades. Employment Guidelines: Typically has a Bachelor’s degree (Masters preferred) in ecohydrology, hydrology, ecology, environmental science, or related subject with at least two years relevant experience. Candidates should have a basic understanding of experimental design, ADV meters, stage recorders, and fluid mechanics. Primary responsibilities will be divided between field work (approximately 60%) and data analysis and publication (approximately 40%). Field work requires the ability to conduct physically demanding work effectively in remote areas. The assessment of hydrologic drivers requires the compilation, management, and statistical analysis of data and the production of technical reports and manuscripts. Expertise and experience using statistics is required, with proficiency in the use of PC-based spreadsheets, graphics, and statistical software (preferably R, JMP or SAS). Valid State of Florida Driver's License. Due to the District's response role and in the total scope of emergency management, this position may at times, be required to provide support before, during and after major storm events and emergency situations, such as hurricanes or other declared emergencies, depending on assigned emergency response role. Salary Minimum $46,987. If interested, please apply at, Requisition # 1963BR. Posted: 8/8/17.

University of California Berkeley: The Eel River Critical Zone Observatory (ER CZO) at UC Berkeley is seeking a motivated, independent Lab Assistant 2 (working title: field technician) to join our research group. The position is to assist with data collection and data entry for the ER CZO, and includes regular travel to field sites at the Angelo Coast Range Reserve and Sagehorn Ranch in Mendocino county. The Lab Assistant will provide critical support to ongoing research projects and will assist graduate students and faculty researchers collect and maintain data at the ER CZO. The primary responsibility of the Lab Assistant is to lead field campaigns focused on geochemical sampling of groundwater and water extracted from a vadose zone monitoring system (VMS). The purpose of the VMS is to evaluate the flow paths, residence time, and geochemical evolution of water through the critical zone and its importance to driving ecologic processes and critical zone evolution. The Lab Assistant will conduct water sampling, geochemical measurements, and geophysical surveying at multiple field sites at regular 2-week intervals. The appointment is through Dec. 31st 2018, with the possibility of renewal. This is a full-time, hourly position. Salary is $20.25/hr with benefits. Required Qualifications: Driver’s license. Demonstrated field experience and basic computer skills. Must effectively work in groups and independently, sometimes in difficult field conditions. Preferred Qualifications: Willingness and ability to adapt to changing project needs. Professional demeanor and good interpersonal and leadership skills. Questions/Apply: Interested applicants should send a CV/resume to Sarah Roy (ER CZO Project Coordinator) at Please indicate when you are available to start. You may also contact this email address with any questions. Posted: 7/20/17.

University of California-Riverside: A Research Technician (Specialist) position is available in the labs of Dr. Nicole Rafferty in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology and Dr. Paul Nabity in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences. Preference will be given to those who can start by January 2018. Initial appointment is for one year with possible renewal for a second year contingent on performance. Research in the Rafferty Lab spans the fields of community ecology, population biology, and global change, with a focus on plants and pollinators. Current research centers on understanding how climate change-induced shifts in phenology and spatial distribution affect species interactions. Research in the Nabity Lab uses comparative genomics to understand plant-insect interactions. The technician will be expected to lead projects in the lab and field and to supervise graduate and undergraduate students who are assisting with projects. These projects involve caring for plants and insect colonies in greenhouses and growth chambers, as well as careful molecular lab work, data entry, and overall attention to detail. The technician will also be responsible for maintaining clean, organized, and efficient lab and greenhouse spaces while helping to promote an inclusive and positive work environment. Field projects may involve travel to the University of California Natural Reserves, the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab, and arboreta throughout the U.S. The successful applicant will benefit from a strong and growing network of researchers studying community and genomic ecology across departments. Preference will be given to applicants with prior ecological, greenhouse-related, and molecular research experience and a B.S. or M.S. in biology or a related discipline. Data analysis and bioinformatics skills or a strong desire to learn these skills is a plus. Interest in independent projects that stem from ongoing projects, as well as publication of results, will be encouraged, and other professional development opportunities will be made available. Salary will be at least $18.26 per hour with excellent benefits. Applicants from under-represented groups are encouraged. To apply, please contact both Dr. Nabity ( and Dr. Rafferty ( by November 17 with your CV, unofficial transcript(s), and a short statement describing research experiences, skills, and your interest in this position. Posted: 9/22/17.

University of Florida: We are seeking a highly motivated biologist to supervise a field experiment. This biologist will work as part of a collaborative research group on a NSF-funded project investigating the role of habitat loss, habitat fragmentation, and matrix quality on the population and community dynamics of insect herbivores. The project includes field work at the nearby Ordway-Swisher Biological Station, including experiments manipulating habitat and matrix types, using prickly-pear cactus and their associated species as a model system (see, e.g., Fletcher et al. 2011, 2013, 2014). We expect the biologist to work from late fall 2017 (start date flexible) for approximately 1 year (~October 2018), although there is potential to extend the position beyond that time. Duties and responsibilities include coordinating field surveys, GPS and GIS work, mark-recapture, greenhouse work, database management, and supervising interns. Expectations include working in the field approximately 4 days / week throughout this time period, being able to work under hot and buggy conditions during some times of the year, and tolerating cactus spines. Prior field experience, some GIS experience, strong organizational skills, and interest in field experiments are preferred. Pay $12/hour, 40 hours per week. Field vehicle will be provided for research. Housing is not provided. For more information, see: Fletcher Lab. If you are interested in the position, please send a CV, unofficial transcripts, a list of 3 references, and a brief statement of why you are interested in the position to Thomas Smith (email to: Closing date is Nov 3. Posted: 10/17/17.

University of Florida: The Qiu Lab of “Landscape Ecology and Sustainability Science” in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation is seeking a full-time lab technician. Research in the lab is interdisciplinary and broadly falls into landscape ecology, ecosystem service, global change ecology, conservation biology, and sustainability science, and uses approaches integrating biophysical modeling, landscape analysis, remote sensing, field observation and experiment, data synthesis, and social sciences. The Qiu Lab is based at Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), University of Florida. Position is open for immediate start. Funding will be available for 4 years, and annual renewal of contract is contingent upon satisfactory performance, applicant interest and career plans. The position is ideal for individuals interested in gaining more experiences for graduate studies or who had similar experience before. Compensation is $32k per year with benefits (retirement, health insurance, etc.). Primary job responsibilities: (1) Organize day-to-day lab functioning (e.g., order processing, reimbursement, categorizing lab supplies, equipment and samples) (2) Conduct field work related to particular research projects (3) Perform laboratory analysis (e.g., processing soil, water and plant samples) (4) Data collection and entry, organize large datasets for analysis, and perform basic spatial or statistical analysis (5) Assist graduate students’ research projects and supervise undergraduate students working in the lab (6) Participate in outreach and extension work in which the lab is involved (e.g., logistic arrangement, material preparation). Minimum Qualifications (1) BS in environmental science, biology, geography, agricultural sciences or related STEM field (2) Ability to conduct field research (3) Demonstrated history of dedication to lab work and accountability (4) Experience in professional software with good analytical skills. Preferred (1) Experience with geospatial analysis, ArcGIS, or remote sensing (2) Demonstrated ability with working large and complex datasets, especially spatial datasets (3) Experience in managing a lab, including ordering lab supplies and constructing/assembling basic lab equipment (4) Effective interpersonal and communication (oral and written) skills. If interested, please send the following materials in a single PDF file to Jiangxiao Qiu ( (1) Cover letter describing general research interests and programming experience; (2) CV, and (3) list of 3 potential references with contact information. Applicants are encouraged to apply by 15 September, 2017. Posted: 8/8/17.

University of Georgia: The Holdo lab in the Odum School of Ecology seeks a full-time research technician (with benefits). The technician will support a range of projects in the areas of savanna tree-grass dynamics, ecophysiology and demography. The position is based in Athens, GA, and will include lab, greenhouse and field work, including field research associated with ongoing projects in South Africa and Zimbabwe for weeks at time. The position will include the following responsibilities: setting up and running greenhouse and laboratory studies (e.g., measuring plant functional trait data), analyzing samples in the lab (e.g., cryogenic distillation for isotope analyses, tree ring analysis), organization and analysis of existing datasets, assistance with student projects, ordering supplies, setting up equipment, and field work. The ideal candidate will be able to work independently in the field and have a capacity for acquiring new skills. Required qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in ecology, forestry, biology or related field and field research experience, particularly in the area of plant ecophysiology (e.g., experience with instruments such as gas exchange analyzers and pressure chambers), attention to detail and well organized. Preferred qualifications: Master’s degree in one of the above, R or other coding experience, good quantitative skills, experience with dataloggers and/or environmental sensors, ability to drive a stick-shift, soldering, or a willingness to learn these skills. The position is available beginning in September 2017, and will remain open until filled. This is a two-year position, with a third year dependent on funding and performance. Apply at (job posting 20171686). Posted: 8/28/17.

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: The Department of Plant Biology at UIUC seeks a full time field research specialist in the Global Change Ecology and Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry lab to work on related projects funded by the USDA and NSF. The overall goal of the USDA project is to determine the environmental and genetic potential for dissimilatory nitrate reduction to ammonium (DNRA) to occur in Midwest agricultural soils under various management practices (e.g., perennial versus annual crop, fertilization, etc.). The overall goal of the NSF project is to improve mechanistic understanding of when, where, and why DNRA is an important nitrogen transformation process in upland, terrestrial ecosystems. Both projects utilize state-of-the-art stable isotope and molecular techniques, with the USDA project including fieldwork on local UIUC research farms and the NSF project focusing on laboratory experiments with soils collected from across the NSF Critical Zone Observatory network. For details and to apply see: Deadline: 9/7/17. Posted: 8/29/17.

University of Maryland: SESYNC seeks a Research Assistant who will contribute to multiple aspects of the Center's mission. Job duties include: research computing support on statistical software; data management assistance for resident scientists; literature reviews; maintain catalogs of research findings and opportunities on our website. Qualifying candidates will have a bachelor's in a science-related field (natural, social, or computer science); demonstrated excellence in interpersonal and written communications; coursework or hands-on experience with statistical software (e.g., Stata, SAS), programming language (e.g., R, python), or advanced spreadsheet use. Please consider applying or share with colleagues! Applications are due July 14. See: Posted: 6/28/17.

University of Rhode Island: Job opportunity in the Rynearson lab to work on marine plankton and global change biology. Job description and application information at: Closing Date: 10/9/2017 Posted: 9/25/17.

University of Rhode Island: The Couret Lab is looking for a full-time research assistant to support innovative research on disease ecology and evolution of tick and mosquito vectors. The job includes field surveillance of invasive Aedes mosquitoes in Rhode Island, maintenance of colonies of ticks and mosquitoes, and assistance in conducting lab experiments. Experience with field work, basic molecular techniques (DNA extraction/PCR), and spatial data management/mapping in ArcGIS and R preferred. Minimum qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Biology, one year experience in biological science research, demonstrated strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills, demonstrated proficiency in written communication skills, demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups/populations. Apply at: Application includes cover letter and resume as well as names and contact information for three professional references. Closing Date 9/8/2017. Posted: 8/15/17.

University of Tennessee, Knoxville: The Division of Biology and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) jointly seek a full-time Lecturer to support the Director of Biology Teaching and Learning and the EEB Greenhouse Manager. This position is a 50/50 split between these two units. The primary supervisor would be the Director of Teaching and Learning, currently Dr. Beth Schussler. For the Division, this position will oversee the Introductory Botany lab course (Biology 115-offered in fall and spring). This includes preparing all materials for the labs, purchasing and maintaining course supplies, training and supporting the graduate student instructors of the labs, and revising the curriculum as needed. Growing and maintaining plants in the greenhouse for the botany lab is a necessary role. This position will also assist with maintenance of the greenhouse facilities, plant collections, and outdoor gardens under EEB and Division care. This work will be done under the supervision of Greenhouse Manager Jeff Martin. Duties include running the greenhouse equipment, watering, insect and disease scouting, and plant care. Supervising student workers is part of the required duties. This position will also grow and provide plant materials needed for instructional purposes in other Division courses. Qualifications: Minimum of a Master’s degree and 18 hours coursework in botany or plant sciences required. Introductory botany teaching experience (especially as a GTA), and prior work in a greenhouse preferred. Interested individuals should send a cover letter and CV electronically to Dr. Beth Schussler ( Posted: 9/21/17.

University of Texas at Austin: We seek an energetic, motivated research technician to participate in experiments on the ecology, physiology, and genomics of switchgrass. This is an exciting opportunity to participate in integrative research studying the genetic basis of ecological processes in an important native grass species. The position will be administered through the University of Texas at Austin ( and stationed with my group (Phil Fay) at the USDA Grassland, Soil, and Water Lab in Temple, Texas. Visit the full job ad (Job number 171005014222) for more information and to apply. Posted: 10/17/17.

University of Wisconsin-Madison: The Lankau research group in the Plant Pathology department is searching for a research technician/lab manager to assist with an NSF funded project investigating tree-soil-microbial interactions. Principle duties will include field, greenhouse, and laboratory components. The technician will need to travel to field sites within Wisconsin and neighboring states, occasionally on over-night trips, and be able to work and travel independently. Prior experience with field research in natural settings and with laboratory techniques (DNA extraction, PCR amplification, gel electrophoresis) preferred. A valid driver’s license is required. For more information and to apply, go to Lankau Lab Research Specialist. Please contact Richard Lankau ( with any questions. Posted: 6/7/17.

Utah State University: Database/GIS Specialist. Salary: $44-59k. BLM/USU National Aquatic Monitoring Center (NAMC) is a partnership between the Bureau of Land Management and Utah State University (BugLab). NAMC assists the BLM and other agencies in developing and implementing ecological assessments of streams and rivers. As a part of this partnership NAMC operates an aquatic macroinvertebrate lab, which annually processes 2000 samples. As such, NAMC houses one the largest databases of macroinvertebrate data in the country. Additionally, NAMC handles a large amount of chemical, physical and biological data from BLM ecological assessments. Both the macroinvertebrate and the ecological assessment data have geospatial components. Responsibilities: This position would assist with the development, use and maintenance of SQL and geodatabases to store and apply this data to inform public land management decisions. Additional duties would include building and running of python or R scripts to compute geospatial statistics, as well as to QC, edit, and manipulate data. Required qualifications: • BS or MS in one of the following fields: Ecology, GIS, Computer Science, or Databases. • Relational databases experience (3-5 years). • Experience working with large datasets; data storage and manipulation (3-5 years). • Experience coding in at least one of the three following languages: R, python, or SQL (3-5 years). • Ability to create and maintain geodatabases. • ArcGIS experience (3-5 years). • Excellent organizational and file management skills. • Experience communicating technical tools to end users and creating detailed documentation of these tools. • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and ability to work independently. Preferred qualifications: • MS in one of the fields listed above. • Background working with ecological data, especially aquatic data. • Three to five years of coding in all three of the following languages: R, python, and SQL (particularly, ability to create transactional commands). To apply see the full job ad . Application review beings Sept 15th. Application questions should be directed to Scott Miller ( Posted: 8/31/17.

Yale University: Several positions starting fall/winter 2017/18 are available associated with the Yale Center for Biodiversity and Global Change, Map of Life and the Jetz Lab. To apply please send, in one pdf, a short cover letter, CV and contact info for three referees to For questions or associated PhD opportunities contact The final selection process will begin on 18 Aug 2017, but applications before this date are welcome and will be reviewed as received. # Spatial Biodiversity Data Architect/Manager. Map of Life is seeking a qualified candidate to join their international team to help oversee the management (and analysis) of species occurrence information and associated metadata. The successful applicant will work with software engineers and research team to build, extend, support, and manage new databases driving biodiversity web and mobile applications. The ideal candidate will be a quick learner, self-driven, and detail oriented. We require experience in working with geospatial and biodiversity data and the PostgreSQL/PostGIS environment, and python and shell scripting skills. # Biodiversity Web developer. Map of Life is seeking a Front-end Web Developer to join their international team and participate in the design, development, deployment, and maintenance of web applications and the API that support them. We require familiarity with Google Cloud Platforms (BigQuery, Cloud SQL, Cloud Datastore) and hosted platforms such as Google App Engine and CARTO. We require experience in developing responsive web applications in HTML5 and CSS3 on JavaScript frameworks such as Angular and React. BOTH: See also Posted: 7/28/17.

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