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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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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: jobs@jonesctr.org 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 (stribling.stuber@jonesctr.org). 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 Bradley.Butterfield@nau.edu. Posted: 7/25/17.

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, bethanne.ab@gmail.com. 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 (lisa.bentley@sonoma.edu) 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 rmann@usgs.gov with a brief Cover Letter, resume, and contact information for two professional references. Posted: 8/15/17.

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