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University of Missouri Canopy Mapping Technician 11/6/17 10/6/17
Purdue University Field Coordinator - Wildlife and Cover Crops 11/3/17 10/17/17
Ohio State University Technical Position in Aquatic Ecology  10/31/17 10/31/17
Dauphin Island Sea Lab Benthic ecology internship 10/9/17 9/21/17
Northern Arizona University Research Technician, Colorado Plateau Native Plants Program 8/31/17 7/25/17
University of Colorado Winter 2017 Technician at Canyonlands Research Station, UT  8/15/17 8/15/17
Sonoma State University Plant ecophysiology and community ecology in Costa Rica  8/4/17 8/4/17
Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center Ecohydrology Seasonal Research Worker 7/9/17 6/28/17
Rutgers University Plant-pollinator field technician, Illinois  6/9/17 6/9/17

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Dauphin Island Sea Lab: Paid benthic ecology internship – Fall 2017, Dauphin Island, AL One paid intern position is available to work with Dr. Kelly Dorgan. The intern will be working on two projects investigating the role of bioturbating benthic invertebrates in 1) acoustic sound propagation through marine sediment, and 2) oil-contaminated habitat. Work will primarily be in the lab sorting and identifying macrofaunal samples and helping to quantify physical aspects of marine sediment (shell hash, porosity, carbon and nitrogen content). The position will likely 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 for 3 months. Start date is negotiable but should be between mid-October and Jan. 8. Review of applications will begin October 9. Please apply at: In addition, please send a CV to Erin Kiskaddon: ekiskaddon(at) Posted: 9/21/17.

Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center: full-time, temporary Seasonal Research 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 in mid-August, 2017 and continue through December 2017 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 primary duties will center on assisting with routine lab field work and sample processing, as well as graduate research projects. Duties may include: 1) frequent, routine measurements of throughfall and stemflow; 2) litter sample collection and processing; 3) installing and checking insect traps; 4) assistance with construction, installation and maintenance of sap flow probes and meteorological sensors; and 5) data entry. 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 (Rate will depend on qualifications) 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: Subject: Ecohydrology Seasonal Research Worker (please use exact wording in subject line, otherwise your application may be overlooked). Applications may also be sent by mail to: Cindy Craft, ATTN: Ecohydrology Seasonal 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 the Ecohydrology Lead Technician, Stribling Stuber ( Applications received before July 9, 2017 will receive highest consideration. Posted: 6/28/17.

Northern Arizona University: Research Technician, Department of Biological Sciences. The primary objective of this position is to compile and synthesize information relevant to the Colorado Plateau Native Plants Program (CPNPP), including germplasm records, functional trait data, species distribution models and experimental results. Products of this synthesis will include development of user-friendly data management systems and decision support tools for restoration and conservation. Primary data collection and assistance with ongoing greenhouse and field experiments will be a secondary duty. Duties: • Build and complete database of relevant information by species and germplasms (non-commercial, commercial releases or Source-Identified). • Document progress along native plant materials R&D trajectories by species to identify gaps & potential next steps. • Communicate and coordinate with CPNPP partners and the US Geological Survey’s Restoration Assessment and Monitoring Program for the Southwest (RAMPS). Required: • Knowledge of principles and techniques of plant ecology, physiology and botany • Experience with database development, GIS, statistical and other software Minimum Qualifications • Master’s degree in biology, natural resource management or related field, OR • Bachelor’s degree in one of the above fields plus 4 years relevant job experience Duration 6 months, with possibility for extension. Compensation $30-47k per year (NAU pay grade 41), commensurate with experience. The Butterfield Lab at NAU (Flagstaff, Arizona) is part of the Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research, and is a key collaborator with the Colorado Plateau Native Plants Program. Application Deadline – 31 August, 2017, Contact Posted: 7/25/17.

Ohio State University: Aquatic Ecology Laboratory, Columbus, OH. 1 position available to provide technical assistance on field- and laboratory-based research projects focused on Lake Erie’s walleye population. Lake Erie walleye recruitment: Duties include extensive field sampling for larval fish, eggs, zooplankton, and phytoplankton during February through May/June. When not sampling, duties will include sample processing (e.g., larval fish identification and diets, zooplankton identification), data entry and analysis, and assisting with experiments. Lake Erie walleye stock discrimination: Duties include preparing otoliths for and conducting mircrochemical analysis, data entry and analysis, and assisting with growth rate analyses. Qualifications: Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree, and further experience is preferred. Candidates must be self-motivated and able to work with a variety of people. Successful candidates must have a background or interest in aquatic ecology, be able to conduct field sampling from a boat in rough conditions, be flexible enough to spend extended periods (multiple days) at research sites on Lake Erie, be willing to use a microscope for extended periods, and capable of performing standard laboratory procedures. Prior field and laboratory experience is preferred, but not mandatory. Start Date: Late February/early March 2018. End Date: 8 months after starting. Salary: $10 - $12/hr dependent upon experience. Closing: January 15, 2018 however, application review will begin immediately. How to apply: Send cover letter, resume (or CV), unofficial copies of college transcript(s), and names and contact information for three references electronically to Zoe Almeida ( and David Dippold ( Web Link: (Under “Research Technician Positions”). Posted: 10/31/17.

Purdue University: The Swihart lab in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources seeks a dedicated individual to assist with research projects focused on the use of cover crops by wildlife in agricultural ecosystems of Indiana. Projects will investigate raptor use of cover-cropped fields and vole population dynamics and crop damage. The successful applicant will be responsible for coordination of fieldwork, supervision of undergraduate students and, cultivation of close working relationships with the graduate students and faculty PI. The successful applicant must be comfortable working alone in the field and in harsh weather conditions. The position will focus on raptors in winter and early spring, and voles in early spring and summer. However, as aspects of these projects rely on the weather and timing of spring planting, flexibility is required. Some weekend, early morning, and late evening work will be required. All sampling will occur in private farm fields, so the position requires excellent communication skills, a willingness to engage with farmers, and respect for property and landowners. Attention to detail when collecting data is a must. Required: Bachelor’s degree in wildlife ecology or a related natural resources field; excellent organizational and communication skills; attention to detail and ability to follow a detailed protocol; ability to carry up to 50 lbs across uneven ground; valid driver’s license with a good driving record; professionalism, flexibility, and a positive attitude. Preferred: Previous field research experience, preferably in row-crop agroecosystems; previous supervisory experience; prior experience identifying Midwestern small mammals and birds, especially raptors; prior experience with survey techniques, including small mammal trapping and handling, browse transects, trail cameras, and bird surveys. Anticipated start date is December 2017 or January 2018, with an end date in late summer 2018. This is an hourly position at a rate of $15/hour. To apply, please send a current resume, 1-page cover letter, and names and contact information for 3 references to Megan Zagorski ( with the subject line “Purdue Cover Crops Project”. Review of applications will begin on Friday, November 3, 2017. Posted: 10/17/17.

Rutgers University: Wanted: paid plant-pollinator field technician, June 28-July 31, Illinois, USA. Salary: $2,500 with lodging provided free-of-charge. Funding is available to defray travel costs. Study goals: To understand the impact of recently reintroduced Bison on plant-pollinator networks in one of the largest and most important remnant tallgrass prairies in the USA. Primary duties: Collecting native bees via hand-netting in beautiful tallgrass prairie. Field identification of flowering forbs and shrubs. Collecting and storing bee specimens in a well-organized, meticulously labeled manner. Living arrangements: Several houses are located on the preserve to house seasonal field crews, researchers, and volunteers. All houses are equipped with a fully-furnished kitchen. The technician will have a private bedroom but the bathrooms are shared. Essential qualifications: Experience in at least one of (a) netting and collecting native bees or (b) field identification of forbs in temperate North America. Ability to work outdoors with focus and attention to detail, including during hot afternoons. Ability to live and work independently with minimal supervision after initial training. Comfort working alone while sharing the prairie with wild Bison. A valid US drivers' license. Start date between 28 and 30 June is non-negotiable. The technician must arrange their own transportation to and from the Nachusa Grasslands or the Chicago area. The Nachusa Grasslands, near Franklin Grove in north-central Illinois, is a 4000-acre tallgrass prairie complex, including remnant virgin prairie, restored prairie on former farm fields, and woodlands. In 2014, Bison were reintroduced to the grasslands and are thriving--the only wild herd of bison east of the Mississippi River! The site is also exceptional for its scenic beauty and prairie biodiversity, including a variety of threatened plants, birds, and turtles. Contact: Bethanne Bruninga-Socolar, Posted: 6/9/17.

Sonoma State University: The Bentley Lab is looking for a short-term field technician to work on an NSF-funded project related to community ecology and plant ecophysiology in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Experience running and troubleshooting a Li-COR 6400 or 6800 is required. Experience working in the tropics is desired. Field work for this project would start Sept 1, 2017. The possibility of using this project for a Master's project at SSU is highly encouraged. If so, enrollment at SSU would not begin until Spring 2018. Please contact Dr. Lisa Bentley ( with any questions. Review of applications will begin Aug 4, but please email as soon as possible if interested. Posted: 8/4/17.

University of Colorado: Winter 2017 Technician at Canyonlands Research Station, UT. Nov. 27 – Dec. 8, 2017. We are hiring technicians to assist with the installation of a research project. The project is assessing novel restoration methods in arid, actively grazed rangelands; our goal is to understand how innovative restoration technologies can improve soil stabilization and native plant establishment, as well as restore ecosystem services such as air quality, water quality, erosion control, and soil fertility. Experimental treatments include using small barriers to improve establishment of seeded plants, inoculating the soil with biological soil crust, and manipulating grazing deferment lengths. Technicians will be hired as non-student hourly employees though the University of Colorado. Tasks *Installing experimental structures, which will involve carrying equipment (up to 15 lbs), kneeling or squatting for long periods of time, and using simple tools such as hammers and hand rakes. *Seeding native plants by hand. *Assisting with baseline data collection, taking measurements such as soil aggregate stability, line-point intercept, water infiltration, and soil sampling for chemical analyses. Qualifications *An interest in working in a desert ecosystem on applied restoration science *Attention to detail, with an ability to stay motivated and focused while performing repetitive tasks *Ability to work up to a 10-hour days outside in variable weather and temperatures *Ability to bend over and kneel for extended periods of time, carrying up to 25 lbs *Capable of working both independently and in small groups. Compensation *$10/hour *Lodging in Canyonlands National Park housing will be provided, To Apply: *Send an email to with a brief Cover Letter, resume, and contact information for two professional references. Posted: 8/15/17.

University of Missouri: The University of Missouri in collaboration with Missouri Department of Conservation is accepting applications to fill one (1) research field technician position conducting tree canopy surveys within the Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project (MOFEP). Study sites are located in southeast Missouri in Reynolds, Shannon and Carter Counties. Work will include utilizing field computers and laser range finders to map the tree canopy on ½-acre vegetation plots. Work will also include some vegetation surveys and other duties as assigned. Work is scheduled to begin November 27, 2017 and end mid-May 2018. Applicants should be willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions ranging from cold/wet to hot/humid, often in rugged terrain. Map reading and orienteering skills are highly desired. The ability to drive 4WD vehicles on rugged, narrow roads is necessary. Prior experience identifying winter trees is desirable but not necessary. Positions pay $10.34/hour. Housing and work transportation are provided. Application deadline is November 6, 2017 but applications will be reviewed as received. Please submit a resume with references and a cover letter describing your worst day in the field to: Shannon Ehlers (Project Supervisor) Please use "MOFEP Canopy Mapping Technician" in subject line. Posted: 10/6/17.

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