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Northern Arizona University Alaskan Summer Field Technician 2/25/18 1/18/18
Oregon State University Sagebrush/Wildlife/Fire Ecology Technicians (4) 2/21/18 1/19/18
Highstead Summer Ecology/Land Stewardship Intern 2/15/18 1/18/18
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies Seasonal Project Assistants: Ticks, mice, and public health (24 positions) 2/12/18 1/19/18
USGS Sequoia-Kings Canyon Field Station Technicians, Forest Ecology (8 positions) 2/5/18 1/15/18
Pennsylvania State University Forest Technician 2/2/18 1/5/18
Michigan State University Field Research Technician: Climate Change and Herbivore Effects on Plant Communities 2/1/18 1/15/18
USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Biotech, plant communities in the bison range at Badlands National Park 1/31/18 1/19/18
New Jersey Audubon Master Naturalist Intern 1/31/18 1/4/18
University of Toledo River Turtle Telemetry and Nesting Technicians (5) 1/30/18 1/3/18
University of Toledo Oak Savanna Bird and Reptile Research Technicians (14) 1/30/18 12/21/17
Wichita State University Summer Field Technician Jobs in Plant and Insect Ecology 1/29/18 1/15/18
National Park Service Future Park Leaders program 1/26/18 1/4/18
USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Biotech, invasive annual brome control 1/24/18 1/18/18
Rutgers University Field Technician, habitat requirements of forest-associated bees  1/18/18 1/18/18
Algoma University (Canada) Laboratory technician/ plant and soil ecology intern 1/15/18 1/4/18
Chicago Botanic Garden Conservation and Land Management Internship Program (100+ positions) 1/15/18 1/4/18
Northland College Technician, forest monitoring 1/15/18 12/2/17
Rutgers University High-Level Research Technician (MS/PhD) in Pollination Ecology  1/5/18 1/5/18
Rutgers University Field and Lab Technicians (2) in Pollination Ecology  1/4/18 1/4/18
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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Algoma University: Laboratory technician/ plant and soil ecology intern. Application deadline: January 15th. Hours: 37.5 hours/week. Salary: $31k. Duration of Internship: 52 weeks. The Plant and Soil Ecology Lab in the Department of Biology at Algoma University, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, welcomes applications from recent graduates looking for an opportunity to gain research experience in plant and soil ecology. The position is a one year appointment funded by the Northern Ontario Internship Program of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation. The goals of the internship include setting up field and greenhouse experiments and conducting sample analysis using both traditional and molecular techniques in microbiology. Although training will be provided, previous experience in laboratory techniques and/or the set up and maintenance of greenhouse experiments will be considered an asset. The internship will provide opportunities for collaboration with other institutions across Canada and abroad. Key duties and responsibilities: -Keep the laboratory organized and functional; -Order materials and make repair service requests as needed; -Develop and update existing protocols and inventories; -Process samples in the laboratory (i.e., DNA extractions, PCR, plant analysis and microscopy); -Set up and maintain greenhouse experiments; -Keep records and undertake data entry and analysis; -Participate in laboratory meetings and contribute to research writing. Qualifications: University or college graduate who has graduated within the last three years from an accredited college or university. The position must provide the intern with first time employment in their field of study. Candidates must not have previously participated in the internship program. Candidates must be eligible to work in Canada. Please email applications (CV and cover letter) to Posted: 1/4/18.

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies: we are accepting applications for the following positions: 1) The Lyme-Climate Project Seasonal Project Assistant (up to 6); 2) The Tick Project Seasonal Project Assistant (up to 13); 3) Mouse-mast Seasonal Project Assistant (up to 4); 4) Public Health Project Assistant (1). All candidates must be authorized to work in the U.S. Postings open until February 12, 2018. See for details and to apply. Posted: 1/19/18.

Chicago Botanic Garden: The Conservation and Land Management Internship Program is now accepting applications for 2018! Each year, the Conservation and Land Management Internship Program places 100-120 college graduates in five-month paid internships to assist biologists with our federal (BLM, NPS, FWS, FS, USGS and others) and non-profit partners. 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 $13,500 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 encourage applicants to apply soon as 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! For more information and to apply online, please visit: Posted: 1/4/18.

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.

Highstead: Highstead, a regional land conservation and ecological research center, is accepting applications for a stewardship/ecology intern in the spring and summer of 2018. The primary responsibility will be to assist in the development of the Wildlands and Woodlands Stewardship Science Project (Stewardship Science) – a regional forest monitoring program led by Highstead and the Harvard Forest. Duties will include (1) helping develop and write a wildlife monitoring user manual to complement the existing W&W Stewardship Science forest monitoring manual; (2) encouraging prospective participants via email and presentation(s)/workshop(s) to join Stewardship Science; (3) responding to participants’ questions and providing guidance on field methodology and study design, both remotely and in the field; and (4) entering existing datasets into the Stewardship Science online database. Qualifications: Recent undergraduate or graduate student in ecology, wildlife biology, or related field. The ideal candidate will (1) be an energetic, self-starter with excellent writing and communication skills; (2) enjoy working with people and being in the role of instructor/presenter both inside and out in the woods; (3) be very detail-oriented in working with large datasets; (4) be willing to travel to potential field sites in southern and central New England; (5) have experience with or knowledge of wildlife surveys, and (6) have experience identifying New England trees and shrubs. Supervision: The interns will be supervised primarily by Highstead’s senior ecologist but will interact and receive guidance from other Highstead staff, as well as researchers at the Harvard Forest and the Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Position Dates: Monday, May 14 - Friday, August 3, 2018 Stipend: $5000 and free furnished housing. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume (with relevant experience and contact information for three references) to; reference Ecology Intern Application as the email subject. Please submit one PDF document containing all of your application materials. Review of applicants will begin in mid-February and continue until the position is filled in March. Posted: 1/18/18.

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.

Michigan State University: Field Research Technician: Climate Change and Herbivore Effects on Plant Communities. The Field Technician will directly manage a long-term climate warming experiment on early successional plant communities in Michigan, USA. The goal of the experiment is to quantify the single and interactive effects of climate warming and insect herbivory on plant communities through time. The Field Technician would oversee two experimental sites, to ensure their proper functioning and record long-term ecological data on plants, insects, and climate. The two sites are located at: Kellogg Biological Station Long-Term Ecological Research site (KBS LTER), in Hickory Corners, Michigan, and the University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS) in Pellston, Michigan. The individual will work directly under Dr. Phoebe Zarnetske to determine the experiment’s management needs, and will be based at one or both of the sites throughout the summer. Responsibilities include field data collection, data entry, applying insecticide treatments twice monthly during the growing season, and maintaining the experiment infrastructure. Preference will be given to individuals with experience in ecological field work with plants and/or insects. Position is available for 1 field season (March - early October 2018) with potential for extension, based on performance and funding. See the full position description including eligibility and application. Deadline: Applications will be considered until February 1, 2018. Posted: 1/15/18.

National Park Service: The Future Park Leaders (FPL) program provides paid summer internships to highly accomplished undergraduate and graduate students and recent graduates to work on diverse issues related to emerging management issues driven by global drivers of change and related effects in national parks. The internship projects may occur in national parks or program offices and are designed by NPS staff to meet high-priority needs of parks and programs. General topic areas include resource protection; supporting science; adaptation actions; policy and planning; sustainable operations; and communication, interpretation, or education. More information can be found at the link above. The application deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Friday, January 26, 2018. Posted: 1/4/18.

New Jersey Audubon: GEORGE MYERS MASTER NATURALIST INTERN needed 23 March to 22 December 2018 Successful applicant 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. 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. New Jersey Audubon fosters the application of sound scientific principles and practices to address conservation issues related to vertebrate and invertebrate fauna, and the natural habitats with which they are associated. Major responsibilities include educational programming/field trips/workshops for visitors, children’s programming at summer nature camp, assisting with center interpretive displays, develop brochures and materials for web/blog sites. Familiarity with bird migration, birding, marine species and coastal ecology a plus. Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, ecology, environmental science or similar field preferred. Motivated self-starter who is also a team player; excellent oral and written skills required. Strong computer skills, and ability to relate to a diverse range of people and exercise cultural competence and inclusion; willingness to work irregular hours under sometimes difficult conditions and ability to walk over uneven terrain for long distances. Must have own vehicle and a valid, clean driver’s license. Salary $1500/month. Housing provided. Send cover letter indicating position of interest, resume outlining relevant experience, and three references (including email address and phone number) as a single pdf document by email to Application deadline 31 January 2018. Posted: 1/4/18.

Northern Arizona University: Project: Understand the effects of climate change on carbon cycling in tundra ecosystems. The field site borders Denali National Park in Healy, AK. Find more information about the research at Schuur Lab. Position duration: April until late November 2018. Fieldwork will include maintenance of experimental plots, measurements of ecosystem-level carbon exchange and complementary 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 50 lbs, 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. Good computer skill and knowledge of Excel, R are a plus, but not a must. Being handy with tools and troubleshooting complex systems is also desirable. The salary range is $12–14 per hour. Travel to and from Alaskan field site is paid for by the project. Housing is also paid for by the project. To apply: Please send a cover letter detailing your preparedness for the position, CV or resume, and list of three references to Meghan Taylor ( by February 25th 2018. Posted: 1/18/18.

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.

Northland College: Location: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (stationed in Empire, Michigan). Duration: May 30 – August 29, 2018 (dates are firm). Pay: $20-21/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 Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. 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. 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, incumbent 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. The incumbent is responsible for securing and paying for his/her own housing in the Empire, Michigan area. To Apply: Please send a resume, cover letter, references, and unofficial transcripts to Suzanne Sanders ( by January 15, 2018. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted shortly thereafter. No phone calls or emails, other than applications, please. Posted: 12/2/17.

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.

Oregon State University: We seek four full-time temporary technicians in fire, wildlife, and sagebrush ecology with the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. The research project site is at the Phillip W. Schneider Wildlife Area (PWSWA), near Dayville, OR. Daily work will primarily be vegetation surveys to quantify the changes following fire and post-fire restoration treatments in sagebrush communities, small mammal trapping, maintenance and observations for seed dispersal experiments, and data entry. Position is based out of OSU, but no housing is provided in Corvallis. However, transportation to field sites and primitive accommodations on site will be provided. Daily field conditions can be challenging, including varying weather and fire conditions, encounters with venomous reptiles, and remote and semi-primitive group living conditions at base camp. Hourly Wage: $13/hour for technicians; $15/hour for crew leader. Preferred start date will be May 14, 2018, negotiable. Field season can be expected to last up to 10 weeks. There might be a possibility to work on multiple projects and thus extend the term of employment beyond 10 weeks, but that can be discussed if hired. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in progress in Fisheries and Wildlife, Biology, Ecology, Botany, or another related biological discipline. Basic knowledge of the principles of ecological principles and systematic data collection as well as 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 occasionally, and to be away from duty station (Corvallis, OR) for several weeks at a time. Ability to 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. Commitment to completing required animal handling training modules prior to field season and willingness to handle small mammals. For crew leader candidates: Minimum 2-years of field experience with evidence of being able to lead crew and work as a team-member. Prior training and/or experience in ethical live trapping procedures as applied to small mammals and/or identifying sagebrush-steppe forbs and grasses. 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 manage multiple task 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. Jake Dittel: Application: In a single .pdf file, send resume or CV with; (1) a cover letter detailing how you meet the minimum, and where applicable, desirable qualifications, (2) contact information for 3 references, and (3) academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are fine) to Dr. Dittel. Applications are due February 21. Posted: 1/19/18.

Pennsylvania State University: The Department of Ecosystem Science and Management is hiring a seasonal technician to collect forest monitoring data in eight national parks in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, including the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, New River Gorge National River, and Gauley River National Recreational Area. This work is part of a long-term monitoring program that provides park staff with crucial information on the condition of the parks’ vegetation and how this condition is changing over time. The position will begin in mid-May 2018 and continue for 12–15 weeks with compensation of $14-16 per hour depending on experience. The technician will travel to and be housed in or near a national park each week. Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed. Demonstrated experience in forest ecology, meticulous data collection skills, strong work ethic, and positive attitude are required. Applicants should enjoy working outdoors in a variety of conditions and be able to identify common trees and shrubs of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Applicants must be able to follow complex detailed field protocols and work as a member of a team. The ability to hike long distances carrying a 25+ pound backpack and work long hours in adverse conditions (e.g. steep terrain, hot/humid weather, stinging/biting insects, irritating plants) and in remote field sites is a must. Applicants should be able to navigate in the woods by compass and using GPS. Additional tasks may include data entry and quality control of data. To apply, please send: 1) a brief cover letter, 2) a resume, and 3) contact information for three references in a single Word or PDF document to Stephanie Perles [sjp16 at psu dot edu] by February 2, 2018. Posted: 1/5/18.

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: A PhD student in the Winfree Lab is seeking two research field technicians to conduct fieldwork for a project investigating the habitat requirements of forest-associated bees. Technicians will be responsible for collecting bee specimens and conducting plant surveys at forest sites throughout New Jersey. This is an eight week position running April 1 2018 to May 31 (start and end dates are flexible) for 40 hours a week. Pay is $14 per hour. All driving mileage will be reimbursed. The preferred applicant will have experience conducting fieldwork and identifying plants, as well as a willingness to work long hours outside and wake up early. A personal vehicle is required for this job. To apply, please send a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this job, your resume, and names and contact information for two references as a single PDF to Colleen Smith ( Please place “Forest bee tech application” in the subject line of your email. Posted: 1/18/18.

Rutgers University: The Winfree Lab seeks to fill a high-level research technician position to lead a field research team in summer 2018, as a replacement for a postdoc who will be out on leave. The research is an NSF-funded project exploring the role of bee biodiversity in ecosystem services. The position is full time starting 1 May 2018 and lasting 3-4 months. Pay will be $20+ per hour, depending on qualifications. The position involves field data collection to measure interactions between bee pollinators and native plants at 25 sites in central New Jersey, lab work such as pollen microscopy and bee identification, responsibility for project logistics and QAQC, and supervision of a team of 3-6 field technicians. This is an ideal opportunity for a recent Ph.D (or MS) graduate in ecology or a related field, who seeks higher-level research experience. Required Qualifications: Ecological field research experience; experience supervising and/or mentoring in a research context; maturity and comfort with a significant amount of responsibility; excellent organizational and communication skills; willingness to work outside in hot, humid conditions; ability to carry up to 40 lbs; drivers' license; no known bee sting allergy. Preferred qualifications: Ph.D or MS in ecology or related field; insect and/or pollen identification skills; experience caring for experimental plants; data science skills (SQL, R). To Apply: As a single PDF, send a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position, resume, and names and contact information for three references to: Mark Genung ( Please place “NSF Short-Term Tech” in the subject line of the email. Posted: 1/5/18.

Rutgers University: Field and Lab Technician Jobs in Pollination Ecology. The Winfree Lab invites applications for two research technician positions to collect and process data on wild bees and the plants they pollinate in Great Lakes region National Parks. The goals of the larger project are to determine the most important plant species supporting spring forest bee communities, and to explore scientific questions about bee biodiversity at large spatial scales. These are both 6-month positions that start 15 March 2018 and end 15 Sept, with exact start and end dates being somewhat flexible. Both technicians will assist with field work from March to June, and with curation of bee, plant and pollen specimens in the lab from June to September. Pay is $600 per week. Required Qualifications: Field research experience; willingness to work long hours outside in difficult conditions (humidity, sun, cold, mud, gnats/mosquitos); willingness to tent camp at remoter sites where housing is not available; ability to carry up to 40 lbs; maturity and ability to work independently; good communication skills; drivers’ license. Preferred Qualifications: Experience with field entomology, plant identification, curating insect and plant collections, and/or pollen identification. To Apply: As a single PDF, send a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position, your resume, and names and contact information for three references to: Lucia Weinman (luciaraew at Please use “Great Lakes Pollination Tech” as the subject line of the email. Posted: 1/4/18.

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.

USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center: Full-time, temporary, seasonal biotech position with the U.S. Geological Survey working on project characterizing plant community composition and production in the bison range at Badlands National Park, South Dakota. Details an how to apply. Hourly wage $14.30, season runs ~mid May to early September. Closes: 1/31/18. Posted: 1/19/18.

USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center: Full-time, temporary seasonal biotech positions with the U.S. Geological Survey working on invasive annual brome control projects in National Park Service units in the northern Great Plains are now advertised on USA Jobs at Hourly wage $14.30 or $16, season runs June-August or May-October, depending on position applied for. Closes: 1/24/18. Posted: 1/18/18.

USGS Sequoia-Kings Canyon Field Station: currently searching for people interested in summer 2018 Biological Science Technician positions in Forest Ecology. Pay: GG-5 (~$16/hour). Location: Three Rivers, California. Crew 1: Measure forest demographics, including measuring trees and seedlings and determining cause of death. Gain knowledge and experience in ecological research, identifying Sierran trees, and forest pathology. Up to 6 positions will be filled. Positions are full-time, start in approximately mid-May, and will last about 5 months. Crew 2: Participate in research project on whitebark pine persistence across its range in the Sierras. Backpack in a variety of conditions across many regions of the Sierras, including Sequoia-Kings Canyon and Yosemite National Parks. Sample forestry plots in remote areas from 7,000-11,000 feet. Gain knowledge and experience in ecological research, collecting tree cores and other samples, and tree measurements. Up to 2 positions will be filled. Positions are full-time, start approximately late May/early June, and will last up to 4 months. Ideal candidates will have backpacking experience and feel comfortable spending up to 10 days in the backcountry. Must be a US Citizen in order to qualify. Also 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 or field ecology who want to work outdoors, and who like to work in small teams and have strong interpersonal skills. Housing available for rent. If interested: e:mail a cover letter, resume, list of references, and unofficial transcripts to: Anne Pfaff at To be considered, please send information by February 5, 2018. For more information, call Anne at (559) 565-3172 or e:mail at Posted: 1/15/18.

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.

University of Toledo: RIVER TURTLE TELEMETRY AND NESTING - 4 technicians and 1 crew leader needed to assist graduate student in research involving trapping, mark-recapture, radio-telemetry, and locating nests of turtles around Kalamazoo, Michigan. Primary duties will involve extensive trapping, radio-telemetry, nest-searching, and collecting blood samples from freshwater turtles. Ideal applicants will take pride in collecting high-quality ecological data with or without supervision, under often challenging field conditions, with a hard-working, team-oriented attitude. This job requires living, traveling, and working in small groups, an unpredictable work schedule, and excellent physical condition. Positions require fieldwork at night and on weekends. Preferred qualifications: advanced undergraduate standing in Environmental Sciences, Ecology, Biology, or related major, previous experience operating watercraft, and previous experience handling reptiles. This job requires people who enjoy living, traveling, and working closely in small groups, are resourceful and creative, comfortable going with the flow during a crazy unpredictable work schedule (each day/night will be unique), and are in excellent physical condition. Dates: 1 May 2018 – 6 July 2018. Stipend: $1,250/month, free transportation during the field season, and shared housing. To apply, email a letter of interest, including previous research experience and relevant field skills, and current CV with names and contact information (phone and email) for two references to the UT Vertebrate Ecology Lab at Please include YOUR LAST NAME and “RIVER TURTLE TECHNICIAN” in the email subject line. Deadline is January 30, 2018, but applications will be considered as they are received until all positions are filled. Full job ad is available at Posted: 1/3/18.

University of Toledo: OAK SAVANNA BIRD AND REPTILE RESEARCH TECHNICIANS - 14 research technicians needed to assist graduate students in research on demography and habitat associations of sensitive bird and reptile species in Ohio and Michigan. Primary duties include surveying, capturing, marking, and radio-tracking adult and juvenile birds and reptiles. Ideal applicants will take pride in collecting high-quality ecological data with or without supervision, under often challenging field conditions, with a hard-working, team-oriented attitude. This job requires living, traveling, and working in small groups, an unpredictable work schedule, and excellent physical condition. Reptile work during May and June will require fieldwork at night. Preferred qualifications: advanced undergraduate standing in Environmental Sciences, Ecology, Biology, or related major; previous experience handling birds and reptiles. Dates: 1 May 2018 - mid-August 2018. Stipend: $1,000/month, free transportation during the field season, and shared housing. To apply, email a letter of interest, including previous research experience and relevant field skills, and current CV with names and contact information (phone and email) for two references to the UT Vertebrate Ecology Lab at Please include YOUR LAST NAME and “BIRD AND REPTILE TECH” in the email subject line. Deadline is January 30, 2018, but applications will be considered as they are received until all positions are filled. Full job ad is available at Posted: 12/21/17.

Wichita State University: Summer Field Technician Jobs in Plant and Insect Ecology: four highly motivated technicians to assist in data collection for a collaborative research project investigating the response of birds, plants, and insects to cattle grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) grasslands in Kansas. Grazing disturbance on CRP lands is currently excluded or restricted, despite the historic role of bison grazing in prairie communities. Our study will test how high and low diversity seeding practices (CP25 and CP2, respectively) influence the restoration of 108 CRP sites across the longitudinal precipitation gradient in Kansas and the effects of periodic grazing on plants, insects, and birds. Technicians will collect plant and insect data in three-person sampling crews, each led by a graduate researcher. Each crew will be responsible for sampling a subset of sites (36) in the western, central, or eastern region of Kansas. Duties include, but are not limited to: collecting vegetative visual obstruction, abundance, and biomass data; preparing and collecting insect pitfall traps, sweep netting for aerial insects, and associated abiotic data collection (wind, temperature, etc.); data entry and quality control; and equipment preparation. Candidates must be able to work effectively in a team and hike through tall grass with equipment. Working hours will be spent almost exclusively in the field and involve early mornings, long hours when necessary, and in variable weather conditions. Weekend work may be required (dependent on weather delays). Technicians must be able to transport themselves to field housing and be ready to begin data collection May 21, 2018 for a 10-week field season (ending July 28, 2018). Shared housing will be provided for technicians at field stations or rental houses near field sites in rural Kansas. Field vehicles will be provided. Technicians will be compensated $4,400 for the season. Qualifications: Academic training in or enthusiasm for biology and/or ecology, Previous experience with plant identification in the Midwestern United States and insect sampling preferred, but not required, Fit to perform field work while maintaining excellent work ethic in a variety of conditions, including heat, humidity, rain, and biting arthropods, Excellent interpersonal skills and willingness to work and live with other technicians and interact positively with CRP landowners, Able to use a compass and GPS for field navigation, Possess a valid driver’s license and willing to drive rental field vehicles on gravel and muddy roads, Must be available from May 21 to July 28, 2018. To apply, email cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information of three references to Molly Reichenborn at Application review will begin January 29, 2018. Posted: 1/15/18.

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