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|University of Washington||Technicians (wildlife)||4/20/17|
|Harvard University||Research Assistant/Crew Leader for vegetation Sampling||4/20/17||4/3/17|
|Indiana University||Summer Forest Technicians (3)||4/19/17||4/5/17|
|Nature’s Capital||Biological Technicians (4), plants, Idaho||4/15/17||4/3/17|
|Utah State University||Plant-Soil Feedbacks and Biodiversity, Minnesota||4/12/17|
|University of California, Riverside||Research technician, community ecology||4/10/17||4/5/17|
|University of California, Berkeley||Summer Field Technicians - Sierra Nevada||4/5/17|
|Washington State University||Tree Physiology Research Assistant||4/2/17||3/6/17|
|Utah State University||Summer research technician: Species interactions and climate change||3/31/17||3/20/17|
|University of North Dakota||Grassland Bird Survey technician||3/31/17||3/6/17|
|University of Vermont||Summer Research in Silviculture and Applied Forest Ecology||3/28/17||3/20/17|
|University of Minnesota||Summer Botanist in Urban Biodiversity||3/27/17|
|Purdue University||Research Assistant in Pollinator Health||3/24/17||3/6/17|
|University of Missouri||Research Technician, birds and plants||3/24/17||3/6/17|
|University of California, Berkeley||Field Techs - post-fire vegetation monitoring in Yosemite National Park||3/20/17|
|University of Illinois at Springfield||Field Technicians - Franklin's Ground Squirrel||3/20/17|
|University of Illinois at Springfield||Field Technicians - Osprey Recovery||3/20/17|
|University of California, Davis||Field Technician, Amphibians, Sierra Nevada||3/20/17||3/2/17|
|University of New Mexico||DataONE Summer Internship Program||3/17/17||2/15/17|
|Western State Colorado University||Seasonal job: fire effects botany in SW US||3/15/17||3/7/17|
|Purdue University||Field techs, Great Smoky Mountains National Park||3/15/17||3/7/17|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||Avian Field Technician||3/15/17||1/11/17|
|National Park Service||National Capital Region Exotic Plant Management||3/14/17||3/6/17|
|University of Missouri||Field Research Technician, Spotted Skunk Ecology||3/7/17|
|University of Alabama||Research technician: Land use and Deer camera trapping (2 positions)||3/7/17|
|University of Illinois||Biologist, impacts of elevated CO2 on invasive fishes||3/7/17|
|Michigan State University||Field technicians in forest ecology and silviculture||3/6/17|
|Archbold Biological Station||Restoration Ecology Internship||3/6/17||1/8/17|
|Shoals Marine Laboratory||Two Seasonal Seabird Technicians||3/2/17|
|Oregon State University||Oregon Cascades bird monitoring field technicians and interns||3/2/17|
|University of Montana||Summer Field Technicians (Forestry)||3/1/17||2/22/17|
|Purdue University||Field Techs, Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment||2/28/17||2/6/17|
|Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute||Resident Plant Ecologist (MS)||2/27/17||2/14/17|
|University of Minnesota||Forest Ecology Field Technicians, Sierra Nevada, California||2/26/17||2/14/17|
|Michigan State University||Field Techs, Bee and Crop Pollination Research||2/24/17||2/6/17|
|Northern Arizona University||Summer Field Technician: carbon flux and Arctic climate change||2/20/17||1/16/17|
|Hobart and William Smith Colleges||Summer research techs (2): Restoration ecology in the Chihuahuan Desert||2/17/17||1/26/17|
|Pennsylvania State University||Summer Forest Monitoring Technician||2/17/17||1/8/17|
|Oregon State University||Field Botanists||2/15/17||2/9/17|
|Michigan State University||Technician in Biogeochemistry and Plant-Microbe Interactions||2/15/17||1/23/17|
|Highstead||University of Saskatchewan (Canada)||2/15/17||1/23/17|
|Highstead||Summer Ecology Intern||2/15/17||1/7/17|
|Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc.||Wiildlife Technicians – North and South Dakota||2/10/17||1/16/17|
|Boise State University||Avian Point Count Technicians (3)||2/10/17||1/16/17|
|Western Pennsylvania Conservancy||Avian Field Technician||2/10/17||1/11/17|
|Texas A&M University Institute of Renewable Natural Resources||Conservation Genetics Lab Technician||2/10/17||1/3/17|
|Wichita State University||Summer Field Technicians (6) in Plant & Insect Ecology||2/8/17|
|USGS Sequoia-Kings Canyon Field Station||Summer Technicians (Forest Ecology)||2/6/17||1/16/17|
|Utah State University||Summer field jobs in Yosemite National Park||1/31/17||12/13/16|
|The Nature Conservancy||Grassland Monitoring Technicians (2), northern Great Plains||1/30/17||1/16/17|
|The Nature Conservancy||Grassland Science Field Supervisor, South Dakota||1/30/17||1/16/17|
|USDA Forest Service||Summer field technicians, botany and riparian ecology||1/26/17||1/16/17|
|University of California||Sierra Nevada field assistant, amphibians and microbes||1/20/17||1/3/17|
|University of Nevada Las Vegas||Seasonal Botanists, Mojave Desert botany||1/16/17|
|Holden Arboretum||Summer Internships, effects of environmental change on plants in Ohio||1/16/17|
|Northland College||Seasonal Botany Technician, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore||1/16/17||12/13/16|
|Ohio State University||Technical Positions in Aquatic Ecology (3)||1/15/17||12/13/16|
|Chicago Botanic Garden||Conservation and Land Management Interns (> 100 positions)||1/15/17||11/6/16|
|Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit||Summer Field Forestry/Biology/Ecology Internships (8 positions)||1/10/17|
|Harvard University||Assistant Program Coordinator/Resident Advisor, Harvard Forest Summer Research Program In Ecology||1/10/17|
|Cornell University||Asistente del Campo/Field Assistant - Ecuador||12/30/16||11/29/16|
|Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute||Spatial Ecology and Conservation Intern||1/8/17|
|Battelle Ecology, Inc.||National Ecological Observatory Network Technicians||12/23/16|
|Rutgers University||Research Technicians, plants and insects||12/19/16|
|Longleaf Alliance||Habitat Management Technicians (2), Tyndall AFB||12/16/16|
|University of Missouri||Field/laboratory Wildlife Technician||12/15/16|
|Lewis & Clark Community College||Habitat Project Junior Assistant||12/13/16|
|Texas A&M University – Kingsville||Wildlife Technician||12/1/16||10/28/16|
|Texas A&M University||Seasonal Avian Field Technician, Grassland Birds||11/1/16||10/10/16|
|US EPA||Watershed modeling||10/11/16|
|University of Illinois at Springfield||Field Technicians - Research on Wintering Short-eared Owls||10/10/16|
|University of Washington||Technician, marine and freshwater parasite ecology||10/10/16||9/20/16|
|East Carolina University||Marsh Bird Point Count Technicians (6)||10/7/16|
|Michigan State University||Forestry field technicians||9/15/16|
|University of Wyoming||Technicians (2), road ecology||9/6/16||8/25/16|
|Dauphin Island Sea Lab||Intern, invasive tiger shrimp||7/25/16|
|University of Missouri||Technicians/Crew Leader, woody vegetation||7/15/16||7/7/16|
|Florida State University||Field Biologist at the Florida Natural Areas Inventory||7/13/16||7/7/16|
|Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (Panama)||Plant Ecophysiology||7/12/16|
|Purdue University||Technician, greenhouse design/construction||7/7/16|
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Archbold Biological Station: Restoration Ecology Internship, Beginning May 2017. Includes independent research project. Provides Stipend, Room and Board. A Restoration Ecology Internship is available at Archbold Biological Station in south-central Florida, with shared responsibilities in the Restoration Ecology Program (supervised by Dr. Betsie Rothermel), the Plant Ecology Program (Dr. Eric Menges) and Land Management (Archbold Land Manager, Kevin Main). The intern will conduct an independent project with a field component in sandhill restoration, and also work as a research/land management assistant for 20 hours per week implementing sandhill restoration, including control of invasive plants. The intern will be an integral part of a team restoring sandhill at Archbold Biological Station using a combination of fire, mowing, and herbiciding/pulling of exotic plants, as well as experimental plantings of desired native species. The restoration area supports a population of gopher tortoises and many endangered plants. The intern will also have opportunities to assist with other long-term monitoring and research projects in plant ecology and herpetology. This internship is supported by a grant from the Ecological Society of America. Archbold interns live on site in dorm-style housing and receive breakfasts and lunches on weekdays, a weekly meal allowance of $54, and a weekly stipend of $100. They work half-time (average of 20 hours per week) as research assistants and the rest of their time developing and implementing an independent project. This internship will run for approximately 7 months (May – November). Our internships provide an opportunity to gain experience in all aspects of scientific research, from project development and data collection to oral and written presentations, providing ideal preparation for graduate research in ecology. Archbold Biological Station is active in research, conservation, and education. Our facilities include a 5000-ha preserve, an outstanding regional library, and a GIS lab. We have a staff of about 50 with many visiting scientists, an active seminar program, and a relaxed field station atmosphere. To apply for a Restoration Ecology internship, please provide the following (preferably as a single document in PDF format): a cover letter indicating relevant experience, research interests, and how this experience would further your professional goals; a resumé or CV; and a summary of grades, including GPA. Arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to us via email. Materials should be sent by March 6, 2017. EMAIL APPLICATIONS ONLY! Send to Betsie Rothermel at firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 1/8/17.
Battelle Ecology, Inc.: Now Hiring: Temporary Field Technicians – multiple locations in US. Batelle manages and operates the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), a 30-year long project, solely funded by the National Science Foundation. During the life of the observatory a comprehensive set of ecological data will be collected on a continental scale at 20 eco-climatic domains across the US in order to understand how changes in climate, land use and invasive species impact ecosystem function. Our team of scientist, engineers and field technicians use cutting-edge technology, including an airborne observation platform that captures images of regional landscapes and vegetation; mobile, relocatable, and fixed data collection sites with sensors to monitor soil and atmospheric variables; and trained field crews who observe and sample populations of diverse organisms and collect soil and water data. A leading-edge cyberinfrastructure has been developed to calibrate, store and publish this information so that it is freely available to the public. This first-of-its-kind Observatory includes more than 500+ personnel and is designed to detect and enable forecasting of ecological change at continental scales. Reporting to the Manager Field Operations the Temporary Field Technicians assist with field observation; sample collection and handling; sample processing and sample shipment of a variety of taxa. The Temporary Field technician will perform field and laboratory activities based on a set schedule under the guidance of a Lead Temporary Field Technician and permanent Field Technicians. Field sampling activities include the following observation and specimen collection activities: • Plant diversity observations • Plant biomass and primary productivity measurements • Rodent live trapping • Invertebrate collections • Sediment, soil and water sample collection • Lake/stream bathymetry and morphology • Riparian mapping REQUIREMENTS: • High School diploma or equivalent. • Ability and willingness to work varied schedules (up to 12+ hours per day), including split-shift, part-time, pre-dawn early mornings, evening and weekends. • Ability to work safely in variable field conditions including: To see the full job description and to apply go to: www.neonscience.org. Must possess a current and valid State issued driver’s license with insurable Department of Motor vehicle record (parking violations, minor driving offenses excluded) as determined by Battelle Ecology Inc.’s insurance provider. Must have permanent authorization for US employment. Battelle Ecology, Inc. will not provide any kind of visa sponsorship. Posted: 12/23/16.
Boise State University: Duration: ~4 months, Application Deadline: 2/10/2017. AVIAN POINT COUNT TECHNICIANS (3) needed for an NSF-funded project examining the effects of natural soundscapes on community structure. Primary duties will include point count surveys for birds and nest searching in addition to maintaining acoustic recording units, bat detectors, camera traps and soundscape broadcast equipment. Fieldwork will take place in the Pioneer Mountains of Idaho near Sun Valley (mid-April to mid-August) with the Barber Lab at Boise State University. Qualifications: Ability to identify 200+ species of Western birds by sight and primarily by sound • Ability to work independently • Strong physical and mental endurance • Ability to navigate off-trail in remote, densely-vegetated, steep and rugged landscapes using topographical maps and GPS units • Willingness to work in landscapes occupied by apex predators and venomous animals (bears, wolves, mountain lions, rattlesnakes, etc.) • Ability to carefully navigate rough roads in a 4WD vehicle • Strong interpersonal skills to communicate and work effectively with private landowners and fellow team members • Careful and accurate data collection/entry/management • Technicians must provide their own backpacking/camping gear. Compensation: This is a full-time position for the duration of the project. Hourly pay rate is $12-$15/hr depending on experience. The work requires extensive driving between sites on both paved and dirt roads. Technicians must have a valid driver's license and either use their personal 4WD vehicle (work-related mileage will be reimbursed at the standard state rate) OR we can provide a rental SUV. To apply: email a single PDF document that includes a one-page cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position, your resume, and three professional references to Cory Toth (email@example.com). Please put “2017 Phantom Rivers Tech” in the subject line. Please include in your cover letter your dates of availability. Posted: 1/16/17.
Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc.: WIILDLIFE TECHNICIANS – NORTH AND SOUTH DAKOTA We (http://www.burnsmcd.com/) are seeking several entry-level wildlife technicians to work in North Dakota and South Dakota to assist with wildlife field surveys. The positions are scheduled to begin in March 2017, include 20-40 hours of work per week (weather permitting), and extend through one calendar year. This role would involve working with a team of technicians and biologists to complete the following on renewable energy projects: Avian species identification (both by sight and call) Avian point count surveys Eagle use surveys Raptor migration surveys Raptor nest and roosting surveys Habitat assessments Bat acoustical monitoring Preparation of technical reports. Qualifications: The successful candidate must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, and able to collaborate in a team setting. Bachelor or Master degree in natural science or wildlife biology preferred. Entry-level position (0-2 years of experience) Experience conducting wildlife surveys and avian species identification strongly preferred. Coursework in wildlife, field survey protocols, and ecology are preferred Willingness to work in cold or adverse weather conditions is required. Familiarity with GPS and GIS field equipment preferred. Excellent technical writing and verbal communication skills are required along with the Willingness to work remotely for extended hours in a field setting. Experience operating a four wheel drive vehicle preferred. Application process: Send resume, cover letter, list of three references, and the applicant’s contact information to Bryan Gasper (firstname.lastname@example.org) by February 10, 2017. Posted: 1/23/17.
Chicago Botanic Garden: The Conservation and Land Management Internship Program is now accepting applications for 2017! 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: www.clminternship.org. Posted: 11/6/16.
Cornell University: I am looking for a field assistant to work on a project about the effects of disturbance on insect communities in Andean rivers. Dates: January 20 until March 30, 2017 Candidate Qualifications: - Degree in Biological Sciences or a related field - Field and lab experience - A love for rivers, insects, and fieldwork - A good attitude towards hard work – many times it will be necessary to work long days in the field. Fieldwork can also be uncomfortable due to cold, rain, mosquitos, etc. Activities: Fieldwork will be in the Napo drainage, with the majority based in Baeza, although sometimes it will be necessary to work in the Laboratorio de Ecología Acuática at USFQ. The work includes activities to support and assist the investigator with field sampling and lab work. The project covers: A stipend for 2.5 months, depending on experience, transportation to Baeza, housing in the field and food while in the field. If you are interested: Send your CV, a cover letter that explains the reasons that you are interested in participating in this project and a letter of recommendation from your last employer or professor. Send these documents to Erin Larson at email@example.com, with the subject: Asistente de Campo. Application open until December 30 or until filled. Posted: 11/29/16.
Dauphin Island Sea Lab: We are seeking an intern to assist with our project investigating the impacts of invasive tiger shrimp on native Gulf Coast estuarine species. The selected intern will work/live at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (Dauphin Island, AL) and will assist in experiments which will investigate if native predators (red drum) will provide biotic resistance to tiger shrimp invasion. In this position, the intern will help retrieve tiger shrimp from commercial shrimpers, assist in retrieving red drum for experiments (i.e. fishing), and help perform tiger shrimp-red drum mesocosm experiments. Position Start/End: The position will begin in late August and end around the Thanksgiving break/early December. Qualifications: B.S. in Biology/Marine Biology highly preferred. Experience in experimental ecology, marine ecosystems, and coastal fishing is also preferred. Applicants should have a strong work ethic, attention to detail, and the ability to work independently or as team. Qualified applicants must have a driver’s license and a clean driving record to be able to drive lab vehicles. If you are interested, please send a cover letter, CV , and at the contact information at least 3 references (Name, phone #, and email address) for to Dr. Jennifer Hill (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please make sure all file titles include your last name and use tiger shrimp intern in the email subject line. Posted: 7/25/16.
East Carolina University: SIX MARSH BIRD POINT COUNT TECHNICIANS needed to conduct marsh bird inventories on southeastern National Wildlife Refuges (refuges). Technicians will contribute to a US Fish and Wildlife Service project that aims to quantify the status and distribution of secretive marsh birds on 21 refuges from North Carolina to Florida, primarily along the Atlantic coast. This project places particular emphasis on Black Rail and (MacGillivray’s) Seaside Sparrow, two candidate taxa for protection under the Endangered Species Act. Technicians will conduct passive and callback point-count surveys for marsh birds and vegetation surveys in selected marshes on refuges. Six (6) positions are available: two (2) each in North Carolina, South Carolina/Georgia, and Florida, with an initial training period for all technicians in Florida. Qualifications: Applicant must possess (1) a valid driver’s license and good driving record, (2) a reliable personal vehicle adequate for gravel roads (4x4 preferred, but not required), and (3) patience and flexibility to handle the varying schedules/travel of the field season. Ideal applicants will also demonstrate: (4) a record of conducting and documenting field work reliably and independently, (5) a working knowledge of southeastern (especially marsh!) bird identification by sight and (especially!) sound, (6) prior experience with bird surveys (e.g., point-counts; callback surveys), (7) GPS experience, (8) a fanatical willingness to work long hours and walk several miles in remote marshes under harsh field conditions (biting insects, poking plants, deep mud, and heat), (9) a general knowledge of marsh vegetation, and (10) significant motorboat experience (for NC/SC/GA). North Carolina and South Carolina/Georgia applicants should specifically describe boat driving and trailering experience and include an additional reference that can attest to boating skills. Clearly a good sense of humor will go a long way too. The salary is $480/week and includes housing and reimbursement for personal vehicle mileage ($0.54/mile). Housing will be very dynamic — technicians will move regularly among refuges for surveys (hence the need for flexibility). Housing will be provided primarily as refuge housing or the occasional hotel room. Positions will begin in early March 2017 and conclude mid/late July 2017 (approximately 20 weeks). Employment, payment, and reimbursement will occur via East Carolina University through a Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit agreement. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter addressing applicant qualifications with three references to: adam_d_smith AT fws.gov. Please specify desired state(s) in subject line of email. Posted: 10/7/16.
Florida State University: The Florida Natural Areas Inventory is Florida's Natural Heritage Program run as a non-profit organization administered by Florida State University. We are dedicated to gathering, interpreting, and disseminating information critical to the conservation of Florida's biological diversity. We currently are advertising a field biologist position. The FNAI Field Biologist will help conduct ecological inventories and vegetation monitoring in various locations throughout the state. The Field Biologist will work closely with FNAI scientists but will also be required to conduct fieldwork independently without direct supervision. The Field Biologist will collect and process data on FNAI-tracked and listed plants, animals, and exemplary natural communities, and invasive plants. Data collection will focus on field surveys, but may also include literature searches and interviews of other knowledgeable individuals. Data collection and processing will utilize GPS dataloggers and GIS. The Field Biologist prepares progress reports and assists the supervising scientist in the preparation of final project reports, attends meetings and briefings with land managers and other FNAI partners, and performs other duties necessary to complete projects efficiently and on time. For details and to apply: FSU Position Number: 40467 Full time, OPS position for nine months with possibility of extension. This position will be based out of Tallahassee, FL. Closing Date: July 13, 2016. Posted: 7/7/16.
Harvard University: Research Assistant/Crew Leader for vegetation Sampling – Eastern Massachusetts Sustainable Working Landscape (SWL). Full Time 13-week position. The Harvard Forest is seeking an energetic person with field experience in sampling forest vegetation as part of an ongoing forest dynamics research project. The assistant will work with minimal supervision, locating pre-existing plots, sampling vegetation (trees, shrubs, herbs), entering data into spreadsheets, and establishing new plots. At the beginning of the summer the RA will help with training the field crew, and be leading the crew in the day-to-day operations of the field sampling. This summer’s work will serve as the ongoing long-term ecological monitoring program in Lincoln and Concord Massachusetts, located in and around Walden Woods. Required: - One full season of field experience sampling forest vegetation REQUIRED - Experience with map and compass, GPS, plant identification, and sampling methods - Understanding of New England’s forest plant communities and succession patterns - Background in ecology, forestry, and/or botany - Experience in entering data into an Excel spreadsheet - Ability to learn quickly, work independently, and be self-motivated in challenging conditions - Access to a reliable vehicle and valid driver’s license. Applicants must be in good physical health and capable of lifting 50 pounds. The ability to use a map and compass and a GPS unit to find sample plots that are located off trails and through dense understory vegetation is a must. Must be willing to work outdoors all day and under most weather conditions while maintaining a positive attitude. This project will involve minimal amounts of indoor work. Pay will be $20 hour/ approximately 40 hours a week, 13-week full time appointment. Possible part-time work before the summer sampling starts and after the summer sampling concludes. No benefits. Application deadline is April 20th. Potential applicants are encouraged to visit: Stewardship Science to learn more about the overall project goals and field methods. Please send your cover letter, resume, and a list of three references to email@example.com to the attention of Jay Aylward. Posted: 4/3/17.
Harvard University: Harvard Forest – Petersham, Massachusetts. 2017 Summer Research Program In Ecology Assistant Program Coordinator/Resident Advisor. For thirteen weeks in May-August 2017, twenty college-age students will join dozens of visiting and staff scientists at Harvard Forest in researching the effects of natural and human disturbances on forest ecosystems. The Program Assistant works closely with the Summer Program Coordinator in organizing the various educational components to the summer program. S/he provides information, advising, support and discipline required to create a hospitable academic work environment. Duties (work under the supervision of the Summer Program Coordinator), Assistant Program Coordinator: Assist with student arrival and orientation (May 21-23) Inform students of Harvard Forest activities, policies, and expectations Coordinate weekly evening workshops and seminars Work with Summer Program Coordinator to resolve student issues Organize Summer Student Symposium in early-August Work on various tasks as needed to facilitate summer research program. Resident Advisor: Responsible for day-to-day activities related to the successful operation of a student residence Hold weekly house meetings Plan, organize, and direct student committees (recycling, social activities, etc.) Serve as advisor to student on matters concerning community development, conflict resolution and counseling. Required: Excellent listening, negotiation, organizational, and problem solving skills Strong communication (verbal and written) and computer skills, comfortable using email and list-serves Capable of performing a variety of tasks simultaneously Work independently with moderate supervision Previous experience working with ethnically and culturally diverse population Preferred: Must have completed undergraduate degree as of Spring 2017. Compensation is $14.25/hour for 40 hours per week for 13 weeks (May 15 to August 11, 2017). The assistant has a private room, shared office space with computer and access to Forest vehicles. The position requires on site residence (room and board provided) with weeknight and weekend work. To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to the address below. Additional information about Harvard Forest and the summer program. For questions, please contact: Manisha V. Patel, Summer Program Coordinator, Harvard Forest, 324 N. Main Street, Petersham, MA 01366, firstname.lastname@example.org ; NO PHONE CALLS, please. Posted: 1/10/17.
Highstead: regional land conservation and ecological research center is accepting applications for one field ecology intern to participate in Highstead’s long-term research and monitoring program in the summer of 2017. Major projects include resampling the herbaceous layers of (1) 8 deer exclosure and paired control plots in disturbed (blowdown + salvage log) and undisturbed forest in southwestern CT; (2) 8 deer exclosure and paired control plots at the Harvard Forest Hemlock Removal Experiment in central Massachusetts. Additional projects will include (3) resampling wetland vegetation plots as part of a Phragmites removal project at Highstead and, time permitting, (4) a pilot study looking at the effects of beaver on riparian forest structure and composition. The intern will gain extensive experience with forest vegetation sampling techniques and woody and herbaceous plant identification. Positions will be predominantly field-based but will also include data entry, some herbarium work (mounting pressed specimens), limited data analysis, and preparing a 15-20 minute final presentation for Highstead staff. The internship will be based in Redding, Connecticut, but will include travel and overnight stays to conduct field work at the Harvard Forest in central Massachusetts. Qualifications: Upper level undergraduate or recent graduate in botany, ecology, or related field. Applicants should have previous experience with field work. Successful applicants must (1) have a keen interest in the study and intensive identification of woody and herbaceous plants including grasses and sedges (2) be enthusiastic about conducting intensive fieldwork in hot, humid and sometimes rainy weather; in a landscape with deer ticks; and in forest understories with downed trees and thick, often spiny shrub layers (3) be very detail-oriented to collect careful and accurate data in challenging field conditions, collect and press unknown plant specimens, and enter data into a database; and (4) have the flexibility to adapt to several different research projects including some travel; and (5) have a positive can-do attitude. Position Dates: Monday, May 29 - Friday, August 11, 2017. Stipend: $5,000 and free furnished housing. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume (with relevant experience and contact information for three references) to email@example.com; reference Ecology Intern Application as the email subject. Accepting applications immediately. Review of applicants will begin in mid-February and continue until position is filled in March. Posted: 1/7/17.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges: Summer research technicians (2): Restoration ecology in the Chihuahuan Desert. The technicians will work on a project to understand how biodiversity and ecosystem services respond to restoration of desert grassland habitat in the Chihuahuan desert of southern New Mexico. Fieldwork will include surveys for lizards and mammals to help understand how wildlife abundance depends on the amount and spatial configuration of restored habitat. Other responsibilities include data entry and mapping with ArcGIS. Fieldwork requires long drives on rough terrain, and technicians will be exposed to high temperatures. Positions will be for 10-12 weeks between June and August 2017. Housing will be provided in Las Cruces, NM. Applicants need to be pursuing or have completed an undergraduate degree in biology, ecology, wildlife biology, or a related field. Experience conducting wildlife surveys and proficiency with MS Excel, ArcGIS, and use of GPS devices are a plus. Must have a driver’s license and be enthusiastic about conducting fieldwork in remote, arid landscapes. Pay: $10-12/hr depending on experience. To apply: send a cover letter, resume/CV, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for three references to Dr. Bradley Cosentino (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Feb. 17. Posted: 1/26/17.
Holden Arboretum: This 12-week summer internship will provide you with an opportunity to work with scientists from The Holden Arboretum studying the effects of environmental change on plants and forests of Northeast Ohio. Internships typically run from late May thru early August but timing is flexible. Duties may include: assisting in soil and plant sampling, plant data collection, as well as extracting, amplifying, and analyzing DNA from soils and roots. Interns will be compensated with a stipend of $440/week and on-site housing is available if needed for a nominal fee ($30 per week). Due to our rural location, interns are responsible for their own transportation. Persons with knowledge of or interest in ecology, microbiology, or plant biology are encouraged to apply. Applicants should send a letter of interest, a resume that discusses your prior experience, and two references. Applicants should also indicate their primary research interest. Holden research staff and a description of their respective programs. Questions concerning the internships can be addressed to Dr. David Burke (email@example.com). Qualified applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume online. Posted: 1/16/17.
Indiana University: We are seeking 3 full-time summer field assistants from the beginning of June through mid August, 2017. We are looking for candidates that are interested and qualified for a project funded by Indiana University and the Smithsonian Institution’s Forest Global Earth Observatory. The positions will work as a team to re-census trees in an old growth forest near Nashville, Indiana. Qualified applicants should be: 1) adept at tree identification of eastern US hardwood species 2) familiar with basic forest mensuration techniques 3) be willing to work in various weather conditions and able to carry loads across rugged terrain. Other duties may include data entry and dendrometer band measurement and installation. The pay rate is $15/hr. Send cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position and any conflicts with the time frame, resume or CV, and contact information for two references by April 19th to Daniel Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 4/5/17.
Lewis & Clark Community College: The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center is seeking to hire a short-term (3-month) habitat junior project assistant to help battle invasive species and manage habitat on Illinois private lands enrolled in the Illinois Recreational Access Program. Please view https://jobs.lc.edu/postings/1088 for more details and to apply. February 1, 2017 is the ideal starting date. Posted: 12/13/16.
Longleaf Alliance: The Longleaf Alliance invites applications for two temporary, hourly Biological Technician positions that will begin in December 2016/January 2017 and are approximately 9 month positions. Duty station is Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Florida. Support the identification, improvement, recovery of habitats of threatened, endangered (T&E), sensitive, other species, and ecosystems on designated priority areas within the Tyndall landscape. Duties will require close coordination with Tyndall Wildlife Biologist, USFWS Ecologist, and other Tyndall Natural and Cultural Resources Staff. Prioritize sites based on relevant recovery plans and other requirements. Prepare habitat management spreadsheet and maps and coordinate with all relevant programs prior to initiation of habitat management field activities. Conduct mechanical removal of undesirable shrubs, small trees, and other vegetation in wetlands, longleaf pine restoration areas, and around bald eagle nests. Update databases and maps and provide report on habitat management activities. Requirements: Ability to conduct moderate to strenuous physical activity in the field including but not limited to use of chainsaws, hauling brush, and working in a hot and humid climate with numerous natural hazards (i.e. biting insects, venomous snakes, uneven terrain). Must be able to follow specific instructions and work independently. Department of Defense (DoD) background check is required and employees must present documentation verifying their identity and legal authorization to accept employment in the US. Valid driver’s license required. Qualifications: B.S. degree or coursework in biology or other related biological fields. Experience with basic computer programs (i.e. Microsoft Excel and Word) is preferable. Wages: $15 per hour. Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and list of references with phone numbers by email to: email@example.com, Subject: Habitat Management Technician Position. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions have been filled. For specific questions about the position or duty location please contact Melanie Kaeser (Ecologist – US Fish and Wildlife Service) by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 850-381-7853. Posted: 12/16/16.
Michigan State University: The Walters Lab in the Department of Forestry is looking to hire several field technicians for the coming summer season. We are an applied forest ecology (silviculture) lab with a current focus on exploring alternative management regimes in northern hardwood forests. The upcoming field season will involve surveying pre-harvest vegetation structure for forests to be harvested Winter 2017/18, marking forest stands for harvest, and quantifying the impacts of beech bark disease on forest stand structure in aftermath forests. There is a possibility for one position to transition to a combined field/lab technician role in support of a dendrochronology project. Field sites are throughout the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula in Michigan. Desired skills: Experience or aptitude for plant identification, and GPS navigation; interest in forest ecology/silviculture; experience and/or desire to work outdoors in rugged conditions. Undergraduates and recent graduates are encouraged to apply. Time Frame: May – August with the opportunity for one or two to start in early April for timber marking work and the opportunity for one position to extend beyond the end of August. Pay rate: $11/hr minimum, commensurate with experience. Typically 40 hours/week. We provide housing. To apply: Submit a CV or resume, list of three references with contact information (including email and phone number), and a brief cover letter outlining your interest in the position and relevant experience, as well as your dates of availability, to Evan Farinosi (email@example.com) with “Walters Lab Summer Field Technician” in the subject line. Posted: 3/6/17.
Michigan State University: The Isaacs Lab is seeking to fill multiple positions for pollinator research projects for the 2017 season. We seek field and laboratory assistants for multiple research projects investigating the factors affecting the abundance and diversity of bees in Michigan fruit crops and mature wildflower restorations, as well as techniques to improve pollinator habitat in agricultural landscapes. Work with honey bees and alternative managed bees such as bumble bees or Osmia bees is also possible. Depending on the specific project, this will require extended stays at MSU field research stations for a 3 week period in May during fruit crop bloom as well as possible overnight stays during sampling rounds (accommodations at the field station are covered). The majority of the work will be fieldwork, but these positions will also include laboratory work for sample processing, data entry, etc. Daily tasks may include: travel to field sites in university vehicle (travel time is paid), visual pollinator observations, wildflower plant surveys, pollination experiments, netting bees and other insects, weed management, data entry, measuring fruit yields, and labeling and curating bee specimens. Required: Interest in field research in entomology, botany, conservation biology, field ecology Valid U.S. driver’s license Ability to work outside for long periods of time in a variety of weather conditions Attention to detail and protocols Ability to work independently and as part of a team Desired Skills: Insect collection and identification Curation of specimens Plant identification (especially wildflowers) Beekeeping Molecular work Restoration/habitat management (with herbicides and other techniques) Lifting equipment up to 40 pounds Pollen identification Communication skills and outreach education Experience with data entry and analysis in Excel, SQL, and R. Employment period: May 1 – August 30, 2017, with potential for earlier start and later end dates, depending on project needs Full time: 40 hours/week. Salary: $11/hour. To apply: Send a cover letter and CV describing relevant and previous research experience in field ecology, why you want to work in the lab, primary interests, and potential start date. Include the names and email addresses of three references. Send as one PDF to Julia Brokaw (firstname.lastname@example.org) by February 24, 2017 with “Bee Field Technician” in the subject line. Posted: 2/6/17.
Michigan State University: We are looking to hire 1-2 lab/field technicians to work on a collaborative research project investigating plant-microbe interactions in biofuel cropping systems located on marginal lands. The primary duties will consist of a) lab work (including, but not limited to DNA extractions, processing soil samples, nutrient analyses, data entry and general lab maintenance) and b) field work (plant and soil sampling) at both local sites and those located in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This position requires a small amount of travel (~1 day trip per month and 2-3 overnight trips over the entire field season). Ideal candidates will have relevant laboratory and field work experience. We are particularly interested in candidates that can demonstrate a high level of attention to detail and ability to independently follow directions and protocols in both field and lab settings. Candidates should also be willing to work long field days under both hot and cold conditions and have excellent organizational skills. Successful candidates must have a B.S. or commensurate experience in plant or soil science, ecology or another closely related field. This is a 40 hr/week non-benefited Technical Aide position under a 9-month hire with the potential for renewal for an additional 9 months depending on performance. Successful applicants will be offered health care through the Affordable Care Act. Compensation will be $12-$15 per hour, depending on qualifications of the applicant. A start date in March or April 2017 is preferred, but start dates up to May 15 will be considered. The technician will join the Evans Lab (saraheevanslab.weebly.com/) at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, which is located in Hickory Corners, MI, 15 miles NE of Kalamazoo, MI. Questions about the position and applications should be submitted to Steve Gougherty (email@example.com). Applications will begin to be reviewed Feb 15, 2017. Applications, sent to as a single pdf file, should include: 1) Cover letter (1 page maximum) describing qualifications and research goals 2) CV or resume 3) Names, contact information, and brief synopsis of relationship for three references. Posted: 1/23/17.
Michigan State University: Wanted: temporary, full time forestry field technicians. Be part of a team setting up a large field experiment (over 100, 30-acre forest stands) conducted by Michigan State University (Mike Walters, Forestry, Gary Roloff, Fisheries and Wildlife) and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The experiment evaluates the interaction of silviculture system options and deer herbivory on tree regeneration diversity in northern hardwood forests. Duties will primarily consist of marking timber for harvest and location and establishment of georeferenced plots/stands. Experience/education in Forestry preferred, but we will train the right person. Tree identification skills and the ability to work all day under sometimes harsh outdoor conditions is required. Employment starts immediately and lasts at least through December 2016, with the potential for extension. A work truck and lodging at locations in the UP and NLP of Michigan are provided. Pay is at least $11/hr and will depend on the combination of experience and education. Please e-mail a resume, cover letter and references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Inquiries before sending application materials are welcome. Posted: 9/15/16.
National Park Service: The National Capital Region Exotic Plant Management Team is hiring a few more seasonal positions for the 2017 season. I hope these positions can start in April and go into October. These positions are part of the National Park Service and support parks near DC including the Appalachian trail in Pennsylvania and Assateague Island National Seashore in eastern Maryland. The GS-05 positions close 3/14. Apply: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/464676400. Posted: 3/6/17.
Nature’s Capital: is a small business located in Boise, Idaho. Our mission is to assist clients in the maintenance and enhancement of the natural capital assets found in biological and physical resources. We provide scientifically sound, high quality ecological inventory and assessment information and management recommendations founded in knowledge of ecosystem processes and functions. Nature’s Capital is seeking to fill up to four seasonal Biological Technician positions. The Biological Technician will assist in collecting and summarizing data on the ecology of forest, shrubland, and grassland vegetation. Duties include making observations and recording data on plant species composition, stand structure, and environmental factors influencing the distribution of plant communities or species. Duties may include recording, summarizing, and proofreading technical information; use of word processing, spreadsheet, database, or GIS software; or interpreting spatial imagery or other technical map products. The position will require demonstrated experience in back country travel; some experience in use of basic tools such as a field compass, topographic maps, clinometer, altimeter, and global positioning systems; and operation of motor vehicles on unimproved roadways. Work activities require ability to walk for several hours in rugged terrain and work in extreme weather conditions. Work schedules will require overnight travel and primitive camping in remote locations. Minimum Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree in botany, ecology, forestry, range or a related field, or an equivalent combination of courses leading to a bachelor’s degree and work experience. Work experience should demonstrate some knowledge of a regional flora and ability to complete tasks outlined in the position description (for example, some experience identifying plants using a taxonomical key; measuring tree growth; sampling vegetation using standard plant ecology, common stand examination, ecological site inventory, or forest inventory analysis methods; rare plant or noxious weed survey methods; or habitat and population monitoring methods). Back country experience must be documented either through work history or recreational activities such as hiking, skiing or mountaineering. Current certification in standard first aid is required (more advanced certification, for example, Wilderness First Responder, is preferred). Candidates with strong back country experience and interest in acquiring skills and career experience in field ecology are encouraged to apply. To apply send a current resume as an email attachment to email@example.com. Include Biological Technician in the subject line. Please provide contact information for individuals with knowledge of your experience and capabilities. Candidates for the position should make contact as soon as possible. Hiring decisions are planned to begin on or before April 15, 2017.
Northern Arizona University: Summer Field Technician position: carbon flux in response to arctic climate change. Project: Understand the effects of climate change on carbon cycling in tundra ecosystems. The field site borders Denali National Park in Healy, AK. More information about the research: Dr. Ted Schuur's laboratory. Position duration: Mid-April until late November 2017. 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 would also be a benefit. To apply: Please send a cover letter detailing your preparedness for the position, CV or resume, and list of three references to Meghan Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org) by February 20th 2017. Posted: 1/16/17.
Northland College: Botany Technician, Location: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (stationed in Munising, Michigan). Duration: May 17 – August 30, 2017 (dates are firm). Pay: $20/hour. The incumbent will be employed by Northland College, but will work directly with, and report to, the Great Lakes Network of the National Park Service Inventory & Monitoring (I&M) program. The goals of the I&M program include monitoring key environmental variables so that ecological change can be detected and addressed in a timely manner. This is largely a field-based position. The incumbent will assist with the establishment and sampling of permanent forest monitoring plots at Pictured Rocks 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 Munising, MI area. To Apply: Please send a resume, cover letter, references, and unofficial transcripts to Suzanne Sanders (email@example.com) by January 16. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted shortly thereafter. No phone calls or emails, other than applications, please. Posted: 12/13/16.
Ohio State University: Aquatic Ecology Laboratory. Up to 3 positions are available to provide technical assistance on field- and laboratory-based research projects focused on Lake Erie’s walleye population and inland Ohio reservoirs. Lake Erie walleye recruitment: Duties include extensive field sampling for larval fish, eggs, zooplankton, and phytoplankton during February through May. 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. Ohio reservoirs: Duties include field sampling for adult and larval fish, zooplankton, and phytoplankton; acoustic telemetry. Additional computer/laboratory work will be required (e.g., larval fish identification and diets, zooplankton identification, and data entry). 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 2017. End Date: 4 – 7 months after starting. Salary: $10 - $12/hr dependent upon experience. Closing: January 15, 2017 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Web Link: http://ael.osu.edu/aelopportunities.html (Under “Research Technician Positions”). Posted: 12/13/16.
Oregon State University: Field crew technicians (2) and interns (2) needed for a long-term forest bird monitoring study at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest from 15 May - 15 Aug 2017. This research project is done by the Betts Landscape Ecology Lab. This study continues long-term monitoring of the forest bird community in the Andrews montane system. Our research has two main goals: 1. Investigating the influences of climate and land cover on bird distributions, 2. We are also investigating how alpine meadow loss and fragmentation influence pollination and rufous hummingbird movements. Duties include: 1) conducting avian point count surveys along transects through forest and on dirt roads, 2) hummingbird capturing and maintenance of feeder stations in alpine meadow areas, 3) insect sampling via ground beetle traps and aerial malaise traps, 4) surveys and sampling of meadow plants, 5) download and maintenance of temperature loggers, and 6) data entry and error checking. These positions require hiking in mountainous terrain, travel on dirt roads by 4WD vehicle (and potentially mountain bike), early mornings, and working outside for extended periods in cold and wet (or hot and dry) conditions. Apartment-style housing is provided at the HJ Andrews with shared rooms. The field station is located in the Willamette National Forest near Blue River, OR and provides access to great hiking and mountain biking trails, swimming holes, and hot springs. Pay for technician positions is $1800/month. Pay for intern position is $1000/month. Applicants should be physically fit, motivated, organized, able to work closely with a group and also comfortable working in remote areas alone. Ability to adapt to a variable work schedule is also necessary. Point count experience and identification skills for birds of the Pacific Northwest by sight and sound are necessary for technician positions. Previous bird-handling skills are preferred. Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Sarah Frey at (hja.birds AT gmail.com). Send application materials as one document (word or pdf) that has your last name in the document title. Posted: 3/2/17.
Oregon State University: The Institute for Natural Resources is hiring field botanists (crew leaders and crew members) for monitoring sagebrush steppe habitats on Bureau of Land Management land in eastern Oregon. The job requires identifying plants, digging soil pits, safely traveling by truck and by foot through remote deserts, and extensive camping. The position will start by the last week of April. If you are interested follow the link to the read the job announcement and apply. https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/38479. Deadline: 2/15/17.
Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit: Summer Field Forestry/Biology/Ecology Internships. 8 Total Positions Available: 2 Crew Leads, 6 Technicians Summer 2017. Monday, May 15th* – Friday, August 11th *Crew Leaders must be available the week of May 8th. Location: 4 positions in State College, PA and 4 positions in Coudersport, PA. Pay: Full time, 40hr/week appointment. Crew leaders – $12.50/hr; technicians – $11.50/hr. Housing is provided, along with access to a field vehicle. Duties: Technicians--Must be able to find, monument, and inventory permanent forest vegetation plots using GPS and other tools in central or northern Pennsylvania. Daily duties include navigation to remote parts of Pennsylvania state forest lands, hiking up to 2 miles with equipment, and collection of quality vegetation monitoring data—the identification, size class, and abundance of more than 100 species of overstory and understory plants—with a field PC. Crew Leaders--In addition to performing the duties described above, crew leaders must be able to successfully manage and lead a vegetation monitoring crew while they perform daily duties. This includes daily planning of plot visits, assessing access routes and equipment needs, and management/archiving of collected data. Key qualifications: Technicians--At least two years toward a natural resources baccalaureate degree; demonstrated plant identification skills (as evidenced by a course in plant ID, such as dendrology, and/or field experience collecting vegetation data); ability to work independently and reliably without direct supervision in challenging field conditions; and possession of a valid driver’s license. Crew Leaders--Possession of a baccalaureate degree in natural resources or a related field; demonstrated plant identification skills (as evidenced by at least one year experience as field technician monitoring vegetation data); ability to supervise and manage field crews under difficult field conditions; possession of a valid driver’s license. Questions: Contact Danielle Begley-Miller at email@example.com. To apply: Send a letter, résumé, transcripts, and contact information for three references (via email preferred) to Bobbi Joy Scovern. At least one reference should be able to comment on your plant identification skills. In your letter, please indicate if you would like to be considered for a crew leader position. Email applications to: Bobbi Joy Scovern, Administrative Support Assistant, Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, 419 Forest Resources Building, University Park, PA 16802, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 814-865-4511. Posted: 1/10/17.
Pennsylvania State University: The Department of Ecosystem Science and Management is hiring two seasonal technicians 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 positions begin in mid-May 2017 and continue for 12 – 15 weeks with compensation of $14-16 per hour depending on experience. The technicians 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 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. If interested, 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 17, 2017. Posted: 1/8/17.
Purdue University: The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources is hiring two technicians to assist with vegetation plot sampling in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Supervisor: Mike Jenkins; Approximate hours a week: 40; Duration of Position: Mid-May to August 2017; Compensation: $10.35/hour. Field technicians will assist with vegetation data collection on vegetation monitoring plots in Great Smoky Mountains National Park for a graduate student whose research examines forest community response to the hemlock woolly adelgid. This job will require spending the summer in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Fieldwork will include woody vegetation identification and sampling in plots throughout the park, as well as collecting environmental data. The position will require hiking through rough terrain and frequent backcountry camping. Housing will be provided. Qualifications: Woody plant identification skills required; Experience with backcountry navigation using GPS, topographic maps and compass desired; Previous field work experience preferred; Backpacking experience desired; Must possess a valid driver’s license; Must be able to work outdoors in remote conditions, in rough terrain and under inclement weather conditions; Must be in good physical fitness. Deadline: 3/15/2017. To apply: Send cover letter, résumé (including contact information for two references), unofficial transcript, and dates of availability to Meghan Mulroy (email@example.com) or Mike Jenkins (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 3/7/17.
Purdue University: Research Laboratory/Field Technician Position in Ecology/Entomology Department of Entomology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN Salary: $10/hour. End-date: August 2017 with the possibility of extension. Full-time field/laboratory technician position available starting end of April or first week of May 2017 in the Kaplan Lab at Purdue University. The research technician will assist graduate students and post-doctoral scientists with research focused in ecology and entomology. Specific position activities include data collection and analysis of an experiment examining the trade-off in pest management and pollinator health in watermelons. The position may also include work on many other insect ecology projects within the lab. The candidate will be responsible for organizing and managing field work, data collection, sample preparation, data compilation and overall maintenance of laboratory and field supplies. The technician must hold a valid driver’s license so that they can travel between the lab and field locations; a vehicle will be provided. Successful candidates will have demonstrated organizational skills, the ability to work independently and collaboratively, pay close attention to detail and ask questions for clarity. Previous experience in field-based research, especially insect identification, is desired but not required. To apply please e-mail the following materials to John Ternest, email@example.com 1) statement of interest, 2) CV, and 3) list of three references (names, email addresses, and phone numbers). Include all materials in one Word or PDF file, and include your last name in the file name for immediate consideration. Application deadline March 24. Posted: 3/6/17.
Purdue University: The Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment (HEE) is looking for technicians for the 2017 field season to perform overstory and understory field surveys. Technicians will help carry out research on the effects of silvicultural treatments on the ecology of managed forests near Bloomington, IN. Successful applicants will have strong tree and shrub or herbaceous plant identification skills, field or classroom experience conducting vegetation surveys or forest inventory, and a willingness to traverse rugged terrain through dense vegetation in high temperatures and humidity. Further details about the open technician positions and applications can be found at https://heeforeststudy.org/jobs/. Applications are due February 28, 2017. Posted: 2/6/17.
Purdue University: We seek an individual to lead the design and construction of lightweight (primarily aluminum and plastic materials) moveable greenhouses at Purdue's Agronomy Center for Research and Education and other locations as needed. Supervise a small team of people constructing and testing new greenhouse designs and technologies for excluding and / or supplementing rainfall. Work will mainly take place outdoors, sometimes in inclement weather. This posting represents a limited term position (benefits do not apply) of approximately 6 to 9 months; continuance dependent on funding. See the full job ad for details and to apply. More information: Jeff Dukes (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 7/7/16.
Rutgers University: The Winfree Lab is advertising several research technician positions for the spring and summer of 2017, to work with us on our NSF-funded project ‘The role of dominance in mediating biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relationships across spatial scales’. The position would run for ~22 weeks (approx. 20 March – 18 August) at 40 hours per week, and would pay $12-15 per hour, depending on qualifications. The exact dates are somewhat flexible and open to discussion. The job primarily involves field work to collect bees from experimental plant arrays at 25 sites in central New Jersey, propagation and care of experimental plants (native wildflowers), plus all the associated data processing and curation (pollen microscopy, insect pinning and identification, etc.). Required Qualifications: Field research experience; willingness to working outside in hot, humid conditions; ability to carry up to 40 lbs; drivers' license; no known bee sting allergy; maturity and ability to work independently. Preferred: Experience with field entomology and/or botany; experience curating insect and plant collections; insect identification; personal vehicle (mileage reimbursements will be provided). 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 (email@example.com). Please place “NSF Field Tech” in the subject line of the email. Posted: 12/19/16.
Shoals Marine Laboratory: Two Seasonal Seabird Technicians will work with a Program Manager to study and manage a breeding colony of Common, Roseate and Arctic Terns at Isles of Shoals. Primary responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, banding and band re-sighting, diet studies, productivity monitoring, and predator management. The applicants should have experience in overseeing and participating in data collection and management, establishing a daily work schedule based on approved protocols, bird identification, and banding. Applicants must be in excellent physical condition (capable of climbing over rugged terrain and able to lift 50 lbs.), be comfortable living and working in close quarters for extended periods of time, and enjoy working independently and with others. The technicians will live in a historic and rustic lighthouse keeper's cottage (solar electricity, composting toilets, no running water). Mainland shared housing in Portsmouth, NH will be provided on days off, which will be arranged under direction of the Program Manager. Dates: May 8 - August 31, 2017 (end date may vary depending upon migration). Location: White and Seavey Islands, Isles of Shoals, New Hampshire. Stipend: $1,500 per month, plus room & board provided on White Island. Requirements: A degree in conservation biology or ecology, wildlife biology/management, environmental science or related disciplines. Experience working with birds (particularly waterbirds) is preferred. To apply: Email a cover letter and current resume (please include 3 references in your resume) to Dr. Liz Craig (Tern Program Manager): firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis, so do not delay your application! More information. Posted: 3/2/17.
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute: looking for a broadly trained plant ecologist to be based at the facility in Front Royal Virginia for 4-6 months starting in May. The ecologist would be responsible for mentoring interns whose projects involve forest or old field plants, assist citizen scientists with identification of plant species found in region, and conduct surveys of established plots in forest and fields at the research center. The plant ecologist would also examine past data for patterns in management impacts on field plant diversity as part of collaborative team of ecologists and statisticians. Required demonstrated experience with field sampling of native and invasive plants near the Blue Ridge region of Virginia, training of students or volunteers, and scientific writing and data analysis. This is a perfect opportunity for a recently finished or near-completed master’s student. Stipend or contract (depending on status) of $2500 - 3000 per month depending on experience. Send CV and cover letter of interest to email@example.com before February 27. Posted: 2/14/17.
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute: The Conservation GIS Lab at SCBI is seeking interns, to start immediately. We focus on conservation applications of GIS and satellite remote sensing for research and management of endangered species. Most of our projects focus on charismatic endangered species that are managed at our facilities and for which we have field ecological and conservation programs in the wild. Examples are Asian elephants, Przewalski’s horse, Asian wild dog, and giant panda. The role: · Utilizing species distribution model to predict suitable range of endangered species and their habitat · Analyzing spatial data derived from satellite imagery, remotely sensed data, and GPS-tracked animal movement data; · Integration and analysis of data in GIS; · Statistical analysis of species and habitat data and the development of automated data processing and analysis tools; Interns will be involved in a few research projects and be advised directly by spatial ecologists at the Conservation GIS Lab. Interns are also expected to assist with everyday lab management and help with short GIS training courses. Required: · A good knowledge of computers, programming and statistics. · Basic knowledge of GIS (preferably ArcGIS or QGIS), remote sensing are desirable. · Experience with programming software (R/Matlab/Python/etc.). The internship includes a modest stipend and free dormitory-style housing. Internship applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and positions are available immediately. Please send letter of interest and resume to SCBI.GIS@gmail.com. Resume should include contact information for 3 references. Include potential start date and the time period you are available for the internship in your letter. Positions are minimum 3 month. Priority will be given to candidates who can commit for longer periods. Posted: 1/8/17.
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute: A paid internship in plant ecophysiology/physiological ecology is available at STRI in Panama. The position is primarily focused on measuring components of evapotranspiration in regrowing secondary forests, pasture lands, and shade-coffee plantations, but may also include other work related to the project. The intern will join a team of international scientists and learn how to use and maintain several systems of plant- and ecophysiological data collection, including sap flow, gas exchange, eddy flux, and scintillometry. Applicants should have or pursue a degree in biology or related field, with strong interest in plant ecophysiology. The ability to drive a manual car and physical fitness are requirements for this position, as field sites are distant and field work is strenuous. The position is 40 hrs/week, starts August 1st, 2016, ends February 28th, 2017, and requires the intern to move to Panama. Preference will be given to individuals who are conversational in Spanish and/or have experience driving an ATV in muddy conditions. For questions or to apply, please send a CV and a brief cover letter to Mario Bretfeld (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 7/12/16.
Syracuse University: The Fridley Lab is seeking two motivated undergraduate students to participate in ‘Project Carbon’, a laboratory investigation of the energy and nutrient budgets of plant species in a long-term climate change experiment. Activities will depend in part on the interests of the students but will likely involve greenhouse plant propagation, laboratory gas exchange measurements, plant tissue analyses of energy and nutrient content, and soil microbial measurements. Students will be provided with a $5000 stipend for living expenses over the 12-wk duration starting May 15. Relevant experience and ecology- or plant biology-related coursework is desirable but not required. Information on eligibility and how to apply. Applications will be accepted through April 1, 2017. Posted: 3/1/17.
Texas A&M University Institute of Renewable Natural Resources: Conservation Genetics Lab Technician. Location: Dallas, TX. The Mussel Research Group is looking to hire a highly motivated Lab Technician. The individual will assist research in conservation genetics of freshwater mussels in Texas. Primary job duties include archiving tissue samples, DNA extraction, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), DNA sequencing, and fragment analyses; however, the individual should expect occasional field sampling of mussels. Fieldwork includes visual and tactile search for mussels (wading and snorkeling), mussel identification, and data entry. Typical work schedule: 5 days per week, 8 hrs per day. Occasionally, longer workdays may be required to complete field sampling. Applicants must be self-motivated, enthusiastic, and enjoy working with others. Applicants should anticipate residing in Dallas, Texas. Salary: $900 every 2 weeks. Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Biology or related field; experience extracting DNA and PCR; excellent communication skills and competency to work independently. Preference will be given to applicants with strong background in phylogenetics/population genetics, work experience in a molecular genetics laboratory, and/or familiarity with population genetics and phylogenetic analysis software. Tentative Start Date: February 28, 2017. This position is initially for 4 months; however, it may be extended depending on performance and there is the possibility to switch to a graduate degree at Texas A&M University. As a single email attachment, submit cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references to Kentaro Inoue (email@example.com). Review of applications will start February 10, 2017. Posted: 1/3/17.
Texas A&M University: Seasonal Avian Field Technician (1 December 2016-28 February 2017) for a research project determining the distribution and abundance of wintering Sprague’s pipit and other grassland birds on National Guard lands in central Texas. Duties include presence-absence surveys, vegetation surveys, maintenance of field equipment, and data entry. Requirements: Experience or coursework in wildlife biology or closely related field; ability to follow directions and collect data with attention to detail; must own well-functioning binoculars (all other equipment will be provided); must be willing to work early mornings (0500), travel, and stay in hotels or camp (travel and lodging costs will be covered on workdays); positive attitude in adverse environmental conditions; patience and focus to quietly observe birds; ability to work independently and with others; flexibility to changes in location, protocols, or job assignments. Preference given to applicants with a B.S. or B.A. in wildlife biology or closely related field and experience identifying grassland birds, working on military facilities, navigating using a GPS, and using FileMaker and ArcMap. Pay: Two full-time technicians. $12/hour. Submit a single file attachment to Melanie Colón at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include cover letter detailing your qualifications, resume (including GPA), and email contacts for three references. Write “Grassland Bird Job Application” in the subject line of your email, and include your last name in the title of your attachment. Application deadline 11/01/2016. Posted: 10/4/16, revised: 10/10/16.
Texas A&M University – Kingsville: Wildlife Technician. Location: Camp Bullis Military Reserve, San Antonio, TX Salary: TBD (~$1500/month), lodging provided. Start Date: January 15, 2017. End Date: July 1, 2017. Technician will work closely with master’s student as part of ongoing research evaluating the impact of feral swine on the reproductive success of wild turkey. Duties will include: · Trapping and processing feral swine · Trapping and processing hen wild turkeys · Use of radio telemetry to locate marked hen wild turkeys · Use of remote cameras to monitor turkey nests · Maintenance of camera grid for feral swine density estimates · Baiting and maintenance of traps. Required Qualifications: A B.S. in wildlife biology, biology, range management, environmental science, or other natural science field is required. Must be able to navigate using maps and handheld GPS and record locations using a handheld GPS. Ability to operate a 4WD vehicle is essential. Long working hours in variable weather conditions are required. The successful applicant must be able to work both independently and as a productive member of a research team. All applicants must be able to pass a background check for military base access. Preferred Qualifications: Experience with any of the following techniques is preferred, but not required: · Radio telemetry · Nest monitoring · Use of remote cameras for monitoring wildlife · Wildlife handling · Large mammal trapping · Upland game bird trapping. To Apply: Please send resume, letter of interest, and contact information for three references in a single PDF or Microsoft Word file to Heather Sanders at email@example.com. Last Date to Apply: December 1, 2016. Posted: 10/28/16.
The Nature Conservancy: Grassland Monitoring Technician – 2 Positions Available. Location: Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. Work Period: June 12 – August 16, 2017. Pay: $12-$14/hr; Housing is provided. Closing Date: January 30, 2017. The Technicians will be part of an exciting, long-term adaptive management project to track the response of native prairies to grazing and fire management. The Technicians will fill a critical role in helping the chapter to close the adaptive management loop. The Technicians will be responsible for conducting rapid belt transect surveys in coordination with other Conservancy staff. Over the course of the summer, each Technician will work with another staff member to complete vegetation surveys at 8 locations across three different landscapes: Missouri Coteau (ND, SD), Black Hills (SD), and the Northern Tallgrass Prairie (MN, ND, SD). Data entry will also be part of the job. This is an excellent opportunity to enhance botanical skills and experience first-hand the unique beauty and biodiversity of the northern prairies. Strong field botanical skills and experience conducting field sampling are preferred, but training will be provided for all aspects of the position. Experience working in grasslands or other terrestrial ecosystems of the upper Midwest or Great Plains is a plus. The individual must be willing and able to travel to different properties within the work area. The most important qualification is enthusiasm for working outdoors and the desire to learn. Two Technicians will coordinate closely together with the assistance of a field supervisor over the course of the summer to complete the sampling. After a training period, they will often be in the field during the day working independently from their direct supervisor, with staff around in the mornings and afternoons for questions and interaction. Therefore, they should be able to work and communicate well with others as well as independently. For questions about the position, contact Marissa Ahlering, firstname.lastname@example.org, but applications must be submitted online. Cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 references required and should be uploaded as one document. Apply online here (Job ID # 45061). Posted: 1/16/17.
The Nature Conservancy: Work Period: June 1 – September 22, 2017. Pay: $14-$16/hr; Housing is provided. Closing Date: January 30, 2017. The Grassland Science Field Supervisor (GSFS) will work closely with other Conservancy staff to lead the field work for two of the chapter’s flagship grassland projects: Adaptive Management (response of prairies to fire and grazing management) and Dakota Skipper Habitat Assessment. The GSFS will also assist with data management, analysis and science communication to enhance the chapter’s grassland science program. The GSFS will be responsible for overseeing and conducting rapid belt transect surveys and Dakota skipper habitat assessments. Over the course of the field season, the GSFS will supervise two other seasonal staff members in completing vegetation surveys at 8 locations across three different landscapes: Missouri Coteau (ND, SD), Black Hills (SD), and the Northern Tallgrass Prairie. The GSFS will be responsible for overseeing the crew, managing data safely and assisting with data clean-up and analysis at the end of the field season. The GSFS will have the ability to assist with other science and planning projects as interest and time allows. This is an excellent opportunity to enhance leadership skills, botanical skills and experience first-hand the unique beauty and biodiversity of the northern prairies. The GSFS will spend the majority of the summer outdoors, experiencing the beauty of some of the highest quality prairies across Minnesota and the Dakotas. Terrain can be rugged with numerous ephemeral and semi-permanent wetlands scattered throughout. The GSFS must be prepared for hiking across this terrain, and dealing with often hot and humid conditions. Strong field botanical skills and experience conducting field sampling and leading field crews are preferred, but training will be provided for all aspects of the position. Experience working in grasslands or other terrestrial ecosystems of the upper Midwest or Great Plains is a plus. The individual must be willing and able to travel to different properties within the work area. The most important qualification is enthusiasm for working outdoors and the desire to learn. During the summer, the GSFS will oversee and work alongside two other seasonal staff to complete the sampling. After a training period, the entire crew will be in the field during the day working independently, with landscape-based staff around in the mornings and afternoons for questions and interaction. Therefore, the GSFS should be able to work and communicate well with others as well as independently. For questions about the position, contact Marissa Ahlering, email@example.com, but applications must be submitted online. Cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 references required and should be uploaded as one document. Apply online here (Job ID # 45063). Posted: 1/16/17.
USDA Forest Service: The Pacfish Infish Biological Opinion (PIBO) Monitoring Program will begin filling multiple temporary seasonal (not to exceed 1039 hours) positions in biology for the 2017 field season, starting on May 15th. Positions will be filled at the GS-4 and 5 levels. Duty Stations are: Leadore, ID, St. Regis, MT and Ukiah, OR. We are looking for capable field technicians with interest in botany and riparian ecology who will identify and collect plant specimens found along the riparian area. During the season the incumbent will work remotely for 8 consecutive days, followed by a 6 day break. This field based job requires living, hiking, and working in remote areas with uneven terrain and inclement weather conditions. Government bunkhouses are available at most locations for a nominal fee. Position responsibilities include riparian vegetation data collection and extensive plant identification. You will learn a variety of sampling techniques and how to identify many riparian plant species. To qualify, the incumbent must have completed at least one plant taxonomy course and have experience identifying plants using dichotomous keys. Successful applicants will have the following: 1) Experience identifying plants using dichotomous keys; 2) Field experience/course work collecting vegetation data and/or identifying grasses, sedges, woody plants, rangeland plants, etc. 3) Outdoor/field experience; 4) An excellent attitude and a willingness to learn. Applications must be submitted via USAJobs. Application will be open on USAJobs from 1/20/17 to 1/26/17 under the following announcement numbers: 17-TEMP-S4-0404-4BSPL-DT and 17-TEMP-S4-0404-5BSPL-DT. More information and how to apply. Posted: 1/16/17.
US EPA: The Watershed Exposure Branch (WEB) in Computational Exposure Division (CED) of the National Environmental Research Laboratory (NERL) supports the mission of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by conducting process, modeling, and field research to assess the exposure risks of humans and ecosystems to natural and man-made stressors. WEB is also responsible for developing innovative software tools for evaluating water quantity and quality. As part of this effort, the WEB is conducting a research project focusing on the development of a state-of-the-art component-based watershed modeling system which can be used to compose workflows to assess water quantity and quality as they relate to exposure. The candidate shall work with a mentor as part of a multi-disciplinary research team and provide technical support for WEB’s watershed modeling components. The work shall include literature search, algorithm and software component development in watershed hydrology domain within the context of water quantity and water quality. Modeling activities shall include assisting with the following: Conducting literature searches for the latest scientific studies in hydrology, water quality and watershed modeling. Writing algorithms representing science in the domain of hydrology and watershed modeling. Writing computer software coding hydrology and watershed modeling algorithms. Designing watershed modeling workflows using available web services. Location: This job will be located at EPA’s facility in Athens, GA. Salary: The selected applicant will become a full time temporary employee of ORAU and will receive an hourly wage of $20.04 for hours worked. See the full job ad for details and to apply. Posted: 10/11/16.
USGS Sequoia-Kings Canyon Field Station: summer Biological Science Technicians (Forest Ecology) positions. Pay: GG-5 (approx. $15.74/hour). Location: Three Rivers, California. Duties: 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. Several positions will be filled. Positions are full-time, start in approximately mid-May, and will last about 5 months. Need bachelor’s degree or equivalent education and experience. Some field work experience required. Want people with some biological coursework and experience, an interest in forest ecology, who want to work outdoors, and who like to work in small teams and get along easily with others. Housing available for rent. Must be a US Citizen in order to qualify. If interested: e:mail a cover letter, resume, list of references, and unofficial transcripts to: Anne Pfaff at firstname.lastname@example.org. To be considered, please send information by February 6th. For more information, call Anne at (559) 565-3172 or e:mail. Posted: 1/16/17.
University of Alabama: Dr. Paige Ferguson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, is seeking 2 research technicians to collect field data during the Summer of 2017. (1) The land use technician will work in conjunction with a MS student to interview landowners in the Black Belt region of Alabama. Interview questions will focus on land management practices, land use history, and values related to land. Applicants who have or are currently pursuing a B.S. degree are preferred. Applicants should have experience in communicating with diverse members of the public and interview data management. Applicants must have strong communication skills, work ethic, and behave professionally. (2) The deer camera trapping technician will work in conjunction with a MS student to conduct camera trapping of deer in the Black Belt region of Alabama. Applicants who have or are currently pursuing a B.S. degree in wildlife sciences or a related major are preferred. Applicants should have experience in sampling design, camera trapping, GPS, and database management. Applicants must have strong communication skills and work ethic. Both: To apply, please email Dr. Ferguson (email@example.com) the following: 1. a cover letter describing your interest in the project and prior experiences that have prepared you for the project, 2. CV, and 3. contact information for 3 references. Posted: 3/7/17.
University of California: The University of California Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory and University of Hawaii will be hiring a field assistant for the Summer 2017 field season. Successful applicants will work on restoration efforts for endangered amphibians, and collect microbial samples to understand the stability of skin-associated microbial communities (the microbiome). The incumbent will work as part of a team to restore populations of the endangered mountain yellow-legged frog in the presence of the amphibian chytrid fungus, a widespread amphibian pathogen. Aims of the work are two-fold: (1) immediate restoration efforts and (2) understanding symbiotic microbial communities, which may influence these frogs’ response to pathogen infection. During the summer we will be conducting frog translocations, reintroductions of captive-reared frogs, capture-mark-recapture surveys to assess the status of frog populations established via translocation/reintroduction in previous years, visual encounter surveys, collection of skin swabs from frog populations to assess pathogen loads and symbiotic microbial communities, and collection of environmental microbial samples. The research will take place primarily at remote backcountry locations in Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia National Parks. This research is part of a multi-year project funded by the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. To be considered for this position, you MUST have extensive backpacking experience at high elevations (>10,000 feet; this is not negotiable), be able to navigate across difficult trail-less terrain, be comfortable working alone in remote areas for hours at a time, and have a passion for conducting field research. Previous employees have typically been advanced undergraduates pursuing degrees in ecology or wildlife biology, or those having finished undergraduate or master's degrees in these fields. Assistants will be paid up to $18/hr depending on experience. Housing is provided at the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory near the resort town of Mammoth Lakes, California. When in the backcountry (which will be most of the time), assistants are also provided $30 per diem to cover food expenses and replacement of personal backpacking gear, and are reimbursed for use of a personal vehicle. The field season is expected to run from approximately mid-June to mid-September. The ideal candidate will have extensive backpacking experience in mountain environments, demonstrated leadership skills and experience working both as part of a group and individually, and previous experience conducting field research in remote locations. Previous experience in microbiology or microbial ecology is highly desirable. In addition, experience capturing and handling amphibians, inserting PIT tags, and conducting visual encounter surveys are all important skills relevant to these positions. Applications should include (1) a cover letter that details your backpacking and research experience (both field and laboratory) and states why you are interested in the position and would be an asset to the project, (2) a resume that includes contact information (email addresses and phone numbers) for three references who are familiar with your research and/or backpacking experience, and (3) transcripts from undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) institutions. Unofficial copies of transcripts are acceptable. To apply, email applications (formatted as a single PDF document, if possible) to Andrea Jani (firstname.lastname@example.org) by January 20, 2017. Posted: 1/3/17.
University of California, Berkeley: The O’Hara and Battles research labs are seeking multiple field technicians to collect data in the central Sierra Nevada during summer 2017. Field crews will collect data for multiple projects, including the Sierra Nevada Watershed Ecosystem Enhancement Project (SWEEP) and a project related to recent pine beetle and drought-related tree mortality. Field sites include Yosemite National Park, Stanislaus National Forest, and Blodgett Forest Research Station. The field season is expected to begin May 22 and extend through mid-August. Applicants must be able to work a flexible 40-hour work week, typically with 10 hour workdays. Camping and multiple night backpacking trips may be required, depending on field site location. Technicians will be spending extended periods in remote areas without cell phone coverage and may be exposed to hazards such as steep slopes, snakes, ticks, and falling timber. Applicants must be willing to work in the field during all weather conditions and hike on rough terrain. We will pay competitive hourly rates that will vary with qualifications. Desired qualifications: - Experience with vegetation inventory and forest measurement tools - Knowledge of California species identification. To apply, please email Lauren Cox (email@example.com) a brief statement of interest and experience, a current resume, and contact information for two references. Posted: 4/5/17.
University of California, Berkeley: Field Research Positions for post-fire vegetation monitoring in Yosemite National Park. A Crew Lead and one Crewmember positions are available for post-fire vegetation research projects in Yosemite National Park, with some work in neighboring National Forests, with the O’Hara and Stephens labs at UC Berkeley. The crew will collect data on a suite of vegetation characteristics as part of several studies on fire effects. Applicants must be willing to work a flexible schedule that varies between 4 10-hour work weeks and some longer trips of up to 8 10-hour days. The 4-month field season will begin Tuesday May 30th. The duty station will be at the Sierra Nevada Research Institute Yosemite Field Station in Wawona, California. The field station has bunk-style housing for $300/month (details on the station can be found here). Work will be a mixture of day trips, backpacking trips and a few car camping trips. Must be comfortable camping for extensive periods, working in remote locations without cell coverage, in inclement weather and sometimes uncomfortable conditions (e.g. shrubby burned sites in full sun), all while maintaining a positive attitude and attention to detail! Day-to-day work schedules are likely to include long days when visiting more remote sites. Applicants must be comfortable hiking up to 5 miles off trail per day in rough, uneven terrain, and backpacking with 50lb packs on maintained trails. Hazards include steep slopes, snakes, ticks, falling timber, and illegal marijuana plantations. But it will also be a fun summer outdoors! All employees must complete CPR & Wilderness First Aid on their own time. Crew lead: $17-18/hour, depending on experience. Crew lead is responsible for organizing day-to-day work plans, ensuring work plans are accomplished, managing crew safety and logistics, and maintaining good communication with project lead. Crew lead will also coordinate schedules with other field crews as needed. Required Qualifications: --Leadership experience in vegetation data collection --Experience identifying plants to species using dichotomous keys & knowledge of California flora --Experience navigating off trail using map and compass and GPS units --Strong organizational skills --Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Botany, Natural Resources or related field. Crewmember: $15-16/hour, depending on experience. Duties: Work as a team to collect data using a suite of sampling protocols. Desired qualifications: --Previous experience on field crews and/or a field measurements course --Experience identifying plants to species using dichotomous keys & knowledge of California flora. To apply Please compile a single pdf document with: --a one-page cover letter that includes the position you wish to be considered for and dates of availability --a one-page resume --contact information for three references. Send single pdf document to Kristen Shive at firstname.lastname@example.org, with the position you want to be considered for in the subject line (Crew lead, Crewmember or Both). Your application will not be considered if these directions are not followed in full. Applications will be reviewed and the top-rated applicants will be contacted for an interview. Questions should also be directed to email@example.com. Posted: 3/20/17.
University of California, Davis: The Center for Watershed Sciences is seeking a temporary full-time field technician (Junior Specialist) with previous amphibian survey experience to assist in a habitat study on Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frogs. Apply by March 20th, 2017 to ensure full consideration. See recruitment announcements including job description and application process. For questions regarding the job duties, please contact Cathy Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions regarding the application requirements or procedures, please contact Sarah Yarnell at email@example.com. All applications must be submitted through the recruit.ucdavis.edu website. Please do not apply directly to individual contacts. In addition to completing the formal application, interested individuals should send a brief note of inquiry and a resume to Cathy Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org) with subject line reading “2017 SNYLF Positions”. Posted: 3/2/17.
University of California, Riverside: We are hiring a research technician to work on a variety of field, lab, and greenhouse projects in community ecology. The position is based at the University of California, Riverside, and ideal for someone contemplating graduate school and looking for research experience. Experience and/or interest in the following are highly desirable: field ecology, California flora, and programming in R. Required are: ability to work well alone and in teams, enthusiasm for long field days, a valid driver’s license, good critical thinking and organizational skills. This is a full-time position (40 hours/week), paying ~ $18/hr. Timing of the position is flexible, starting ASAP and lasting 6 months or potentially longer. To apply, please email me your CV, a brief description of your past research experience in ecology and your interest in the position, and contact information for 1-2 references. Please apply by April 10 for full consideration. Posted: 4/5/17.
University of Illinois: We are hiring one biologist for the 2017 field season (May through December 2017) to assist with studies that quantify the impacts of elevated carbon dioxide on invasive fishes. Results will help aid in the development of a non-physical barrier to deter the movement of invasive fishes. Responsibilities include collecting data on research projects involving laboratory exposure of fishes to elevated carbon dioxide, assisting with laboratory trials of fish swimming and behavior in elevated carbon dioxide, data analyses, writing and sharing results with the scientific community. Work will be conducted in collaboration with several state and federal agency partners. Minimum position requirements include BS in biology, ecology, animal behavior, fisheries or a related field, experience performing research (collecting, analyzing and interpreting data), ability to work independently, and be a strong team member. Valid driver’s license also required. Organization, trouble shooting and problem solving skills are an asset. Preferred qualifications include MS in biology, ecology, animal behavior, fisheries or a related field, experience independently performing research on topics related to animal behavior (collecting, analyzing and interpreting data, preparing data for peer-reviewed outlets) or any aspect of fish biology, and experience with fish handling/husbandry. To apply, please send a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications, CV/resume, transcripts (unofficial copies are OK) and names and contact information (including phone numbers and email addresses) of two references to Dr. Cory Suski (email@example.com). Posted: 3/7/17.
University of Illinois at Springfield: I am looking for three field technicians with a strong work ethic to join my team for the Franklin's ground squirrel project in Central Illinois. The field technicians need to be effective and skillful in data collection, including trapping, tagging, and tracking of Franklin’s ground squirrels. Field technicians know how to operate and adjust, when necessary, various instruments for data acquisition and are required to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. Duties include: Trapping - Conduct daily trapping of Franklin’s ground squirrels at multiple sites over the field season. Tagging - Implant a passive integrated transponder (PIT) to each newly captured squirrel for identification and fit radio-collars to targeted juveniles. Tracking - Conduct daily radio-tracking of juvenile Franklin’s ground squirrels on foot or in vehicle depending on the movement patterns and dispersal distances of individual squirrels. Record locations of the squirrels with the GPS units through triangulation or homing. Follow the squirrels until they immerge. Daily Reports - Submit daily reports on the trapping, tagging, and tracking of Franklin’s ground squirrels. Maintenance - Assist with the maintenance, clean-up, and inventory of the field gear and equipment for trapping, tagging, and tracking of Franklin’s ground squirrels. Requirements: Successful candidates must have a B.S. degree in environmental science, wildlife, biology, or related field. Experiences in radio-telemetry and working with small mammals in the field are highly preferred. Proficiency with Microsoft Office, ArcGIS, and GPS is highly desirable. Successful candidates must be a team-player, demonstrate strong communication skills, follow instructions well, and pay attention to detail. Candidates must have a commitment to field personnel and equipment safety. Individuals must have a personal vehicle, maintain a valid driver’s license, and be able to work outdoors in extreme weather conditions for long hours. Starting date: May 15, 2017. Anticipated ending dates: August 18, 2017 (for two positions) and October 31, 2017 (for one position). Salary: $440-$500 per WEEK (depending on the skills and experiences), plus mileage reimbursement for radio-tracking. To apply, please send the following (via email) to Dr. Tih-Fen Ting at firstname.lastname@example.org. 1. Cover letter addressing background and extent of qualifications; 2. Resume, including contact information for three references; and 3. Transcripts (unofficial or scanned copy acceptable). Posted: 3/20/17.
University of Illinois at Springfield: I am looking for four field technicians with strong work ethics to assist with the osprey hacking program in Illinois as part of the osprey recovery effort for this state-endangered species. The positions, based at different sites, have the following responsibilities: * Daily Observations - conducts daily behavioral observations of osprey chicks at the hacking site to ensure their well-being. Makes notes of presence of potential predators or competitors in the vicinity of the hacking site. * Daily Tracking - conducts daily tracking of ospreys once they fledge and notes their locations before migration. * Food Preparation and Feeding - conducts daily preparation of fish and feeding to the hacked ospreys. * Planning and Coordination - conducts regular fish pick-ups from the project partners. Coordinates with the field personnel at the other hacking site for project purposes when required. * Daily Reports - contributes to daily reports regarding the behaviors, locations, and fish consumption by ospreys. Makes notes of any other notable events related to the birds. * Maintenance - assists with the maintenance and clean-up of the hacking tower after the season, as well as the maintenance and inventory of the field gear and equipment. Qualifications: Successful candidates must have a B.S. degree in environmental science, wildlife, biology, or related field. Experiences working with birds of prey, as well as paddling skills, are highly preferred. Proficiency with Microsoft Office, ArcGIS, and GPS is highly desirable. Successful candidates must be a team-player, demonstrate strong communication skills, follow instructions well, and pay attention to detail. Candidates must have a commitment to field personnel and equipment safety. Individuals must have and maintain a valid driver's license as well as be able to work outdoors in extreme weather conditions and for long hours. Starting date: June 30, 2017. Anticipated ending date: October 6, 2017. Salary: $440-$500 per WEEK (depending on the skills and experiences). Housing or camping gear (except sleeping gear) are provided. To apply, please send the following (via email) to Dr. Tih-Fen Ting at email@example.com: 1) Cover letter addressing background and extent of qualifications; 2) Resume, including contact information for three references; and 3) Transcripts (unofficial or scanned copy acceptable). Posted: 3/20/17.
University of Illinois at Springfield: In collaboration with Dr. Brian Washburn of the USDA/APHIS/WS/National Wildlife Research Center, I am looking for two field technicians with strong work ethic to assist us with research on the wintering ecology of short-eared owls (e.g., determining activity and movement patterns) in both agricultural and airfield settings in the Midwestern U.S. The field technicians have to be skillful in hand-tracking radio-tagged owls. Field technicians also need to be willing to learn and hence able to correctly operate and adjust, when necessary, multiple Automated Recording Units (ARUs) for telemetry data acquisition. Field technicians are required to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. Duties include: Trapping – Assist with trapping of short-eared owls for radio-tagging at selected study sites. Tracking - Conduct daily radio-tracking of radio-tagged owls and record locations with the GPS unit through triangulation or homing. Observations – Record behaviors of the owls when required. Maintenance - Assist with the maintenance and data download from the ARUs. Daily Reports - Submit daily reports on the tracking and observations of the owls. Requirements: Successful candidates must have a B.S. degree in environmental science, wildlife, biology, or related field. Experiences in radio-telemetry and working with raptors in the field are highly preferred. Proficiency with Microsoft Office, ArcGIS, and GPS is highly desirable. Successful candidates must be a team-player, demonstrate strong communication skills, follow instructions well, and pay attention to detail. Candidates must have a commitment to field personnel and equipment safety. The individual must have a personal vehicle, maintain a valid driver’s license, and be able to work outdoors in extreme weather conditions for long hours. Starting date: December 1, 2016. Anticipated ending date: March 31, 2017. Salary: $440 per WEEK plus housing. To apply, please send the following (via email) to Dr. Tih-Fen Ting at firstname.lastname@example.org: 1) Cover letter addressing background and extent of qualifications; 2) Resume, including contact information for three references; and 3) Transcripts (unofficial or scanned copy acceptable). Posted: 10/10/16.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Avian Field Technician. Job location: Southern Iowa, Northern Missouri (~1 hr south of Des Moines). Salary: $10-14 DOE. Start Date: 5/22/2017. Last Date to Apply: 3/15/2016. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, with preference for earlier applicants. 1-2 Avian Technicians (full time) needed mid-May through the end of July or mid-August in the rolling prairies of southern Iowa and northern Missouri. Research projects focus on the effects of grassland management (fire, cattle grazing, and herbicides) on grassland and shrubland bird communities. Though grasslands are increasingly scarce in the Midwest, there are pockets remaining on private lands grazed by cattle. Restoration of these habitats thus requires balancing the needs of birds with the needs of landowners. To address this, we are researching habitat quality for birds in this working, productive landscape. Duties of technicians will consist of a combination of the following: line-transect surveys for grassland birds, point counts for shrubland birds, arthropod sampling, vegetation surveys, and data entry. Housing and field vehicles will be provided. Please submit a CV, contact information for three references, and a short cover letter detailing your interest in the project and relevant experience to Jaime Coon (616-403-0856, email@example.com). Required qualifications: Valid driver’s license, U.S. Citizen, Experience with avian survey techniques (ex. point counts, line transects, etc.), Ability to walk long distances and work long hours in hot and humid conditions Completed/pursuing undergraduate degree in Biology, Ecology, Wildlife Biology, or related field. Preferred: Experience in identifying grassland or shrubland/forest birds, by sight and sound, Knowledge of Midwestern grassland grasses, forbs, and shrubs. Posted: 1/11/17.
University of Minnesota: We are seeking a Masters-level or post-baccalaureate individual with strong botanical skills to lead a team of field researchers to conduct surveys of plant structure and biodiversity in household yards, parks, and natural areas in and around the Twin Cities. The position will be based in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Minnesota, under the supervision of Drs. Jeannine Cavender-Bares and Sarah Hobbie. Applicants should be organized and detail-oriented, and prepared to coordinate and work as part of a team, spending long days doing field work. GIS skills are desired but not essential. The position is envisioned for approximately 8 weeks in summer 2017. The study is part of an NSF funded Macrosystems Biology project investigating ecological futures of urban America across seven metropolitan regions. Salary will be based on education level and prior experience. To apply: 1) Visit http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/; 2) Click on the tab in the center of the page that corresponds to your situation; 3) Search Job ID# 316158. Please upload a CV and cover letter that describes relevant research experience and interest in the position. Questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Posted: 3/27/17.
University of Minnesota: We are hiring field technicians to work at the Teakettle Experimental Forest. Teakettle is a 1300 ha old-growth, mixed-conifer forest 80 km east of Fresno, CA at 2200 m elevation in the Sierra Nevada. Duties will include, but are not limited to mapping forest structure and shrub cover using a surveyor’s total station, basic tree measurements, and assisting visiting scientists with their projects as needed. These projects may include: basic soils work (coring, soil moisture, etc.), small mammal trapping, seedling inventories, understory plant surveys, soil respiration measurement, microclimate data collection and tree coring. Desired skills include plant identification, use of a total station, basic knowledge of tree measurements, and previous experience working as a crewmember. The facilities at Teakettle are rustic due to the remote location of the station. The cabin has solar power, bathrooms, kitchen and common space; individuals will spend the summer sleeping in tents. The nearest town for supplies is Shaver Lake, CA, approximately a 1-hour drive from the field station. The pay is $14/hr. The field season will begin in mid-June and run through late August 2017. Transportation to the field location is the responsibility of the technician. To apply please visit https://unmjobs.unm.edu/ Title: Field Research Assistant, Posting Number: 0837551. Deadline: February 26, 2017. If you have any questions regarding the application process, please email Marissa Goodwin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 2/14/17.
University of Missouri: A Field Research Technician position is available to assist on an ongoing project evaluating habitat and resource selection of eastern spotted skunks in the Ozarks of northern Arkansas. In addition to capturing, radio-collaring, and monitoring skunks and collecting data on habitat structure, the technician will assist in a survey of the parasites and pathogens based on captured individuals, an examination of the dietary patterns of skunks based on scat analysis, and a camera trap survey. Candidates must have a B.S. in wildlife science, biology, or a closely related discipline and field research experience. Strong work ethic, ability to work with a diversity of natural resource professionals, ability to work alone or in groups, and an interest in wildlife/habitat relationships are essential. The technician will work closely with, and under the supervision of, an MS student from MU School of Natural Resources who is already on site. The 9-12 month non-benefits eligible position has an immediate start date. Salary is $23k/year. The position will be based in Hector, Arkansas (about 90 miles north of Little Rock and about 6 hrs south of Columbia, MO where the technician will be officially employed). Work will generally require around 40hrs/wk and may require working at night in remote areas as well as occasional camping. Housing and a field vehicle will be provided. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. Submit via email a cover letter that includes a description of work experience and career goals, resume, and the names and contact information (phone and e-mail address) of 3 references to: Summer Higdon, School of Natural Resources, University of Missouri, 302 Natural Resources Building, Columbia, MO 65211. E-mail: email@example.com. Posted: 3/7/17.
University of Missouri: Flowering dogwoods, cerulean warblers and spring ephemerals... are these organisms that interest and excite you? Well, come spend your spring in the Missouri Ozarks! The University of Missouri in collaboration with Missouri Department of Conservation is accepting applications to fill two (2) research field technician positions working on various assignments within the Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project (MOFEP) and other associated projects. Study sites are located in southeast Missouri in Reynolds, Shannon and Carter Counties. Work will include vegetation plot re-establishment, ground flora surveys, and woodland bird point counts. Work is scheduled to begin April 3, 2017 and conclude June 1, 2017; with the possibility of extending till mid-June pending funding approval. 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. Prior experience identifying eastern birds by sight and sound or ground flora identification is desired but not necessary. Application deadline is March 24, 2017. Please submit a resume with references and a cover letter describing your worst day in the field to: Shannon Ehlers (Project Supervisor) Shannon.firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use MOFEP Research Technician in subject line. Posted: 3/6/17.
University of Missouri: The Missouri Fish and Wildlife Research Unit seeks one full time technician to assist with collecting field data as part of a landscape-level ecotoxicology study evaluating effects of neonicotinoid insecticide use on non-target organisms across publicly owned land in Missouri. In addition, the technician will assist with project-related laboratory duties based in Columbia, MO, with an expectation of travel to field sites across the state often requiring overnight stays in on-site field housing. Applicants should be comfortable working independently and as a part of a team in sometimes adverse field settings as well as working in a biological lab. Field responsibilities will include (but are not limited to) collection of water, soil, and plant samples, aquatic invertebrates, trapping and handling wild bees and butterflies, and monitoring and measuring tree swallow nestlings at study wetlands. Field work is often physically and mentally demanding and can occur in extreme weather conditions. Applicants must have the physical ability to work long hours outdoors, carry field equipment, and wade through water. Laboratory duties primarily consist of identifying and processing aquatic invertebrate samples, conducting mesocosm experiments, data management, preparation of samples for analysis, and assisting with other tasks as needed. The technician will be required to work a flexible schedule (including some weekend work) with an expected 50:50 split between field and lab duties, however scheduling could be highly variable. The successful applicant will ideally start in January 2017, but there is some flexibility in the anticipated start date. The position is full time (40hrs per week) and will run approximately 9 months, but variable schedules should be expected during intensive portions of field seasons. Applicants should have a background in wildlife biology, ecology, or a related field, an associates or bachelor’s degree, and previous field experience. Experience working independently in the field, especially operating four-wheel drive vehicles and ATV’s is desirable but not required. Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States and have a valid driver’s license. Vehicles will be supplied for work-related travel. Experience with – or an interest in – aquatic invertebrates, pollinators (bees/butterflies), and/or birds is considered an asset. To apply, please submit (as a single document) a brief cover letter including your earliest availability, your CV/resume, and contact information for three professional references to Kyle Kuechle at email@example.com. Include ‘Missouri Coop Research Technician’ in the subject line. Posted: 12/15/16.
University of Missouri: in collaboration with Missouri Department of Conservation we are now accepting applications to fill 7 research field technician positions working on the woody vegetation study of the Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project (MOFEP). Study sites are located in the southeast Missouri Ozarks in Reynolds, Shannon, and Carter Counties. Work includes mapping individual trees > 4.5 in. dbh and all understory woody plants >1m within permanent research plots; by identifying species, measuring diameter, and determining crown class in an oak-hickory-pine forest community. Work is scheduled to begin on September 26, 2016 and conclude mid-March 2017, pending funding approval. Applicants should be willing to work outdoors in cold/wet weather, often in rugged terrain. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in dendrology and/or plant taxonomy. Map reading and orienteering skills are highly desired. Positions pay $10.34/hour. Housing and work transportation are provided. Application deadline is July 15, 2016. Please submit a resume with references and a cover letter describing your worst day in the field to: Shannon Ehlers (Project Supervisor) Shannon.firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. David Larsen (Principal Investigator), LarsenDR@missouri.edu. Please use MOFEP Overstory Technician in subject line. There is also 1 crew leader position, which starts Sept 19 and pays $11.31/hour. Please use MOFEP Overstory Crew Leader in subject line. Posted: 7/7/16.
University of Montana: Full-time (40 hours/week) field technicians are needed to aid in the collection of tree taper and biomass data from forests across northwestern USA. Much of the work will be based out of Missoula, Montana, but some of the field work will require extended travel to sites in Idaho, northern Montana, and possibly Utah, Arizona, or New Mexico. Accommodation will be provided when the work is not based out of Missoula. Primary responsibilities will include felling, measuring, and sampling live trees across a range of stand types in order to characterize stem form and estimate tree weights. Other duties will include processing of plant materials in the lab. Motivated individuals who enjoy working with others under diverse field conditions (from cold and wet to hot and dry) are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants will -have prior field experience in forestry, range, or other natural resource fields, -hold a valid driver’s license, and -be capable of working long days in the field, while maintaining quality control in field measurements and data recording. Preferred applicants will have first aid certification and previous sawyer experience. Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience ($11–13/hr). Duration: May 15th through August 25th 2017 (approximate), with opportunities for continued part- or full-time work on the University of Montana campus after August 25th. Review of applications will begin in March. Application Materials: Completed applications should include i) a cover letter with information about interests, qualifications, dates of availability, and current contact information, ii) a resume, and iii) names and phone numbers of two references. Application materials and questions can be submitted to David Affleck (email@example.com), Associate Professor of Biometrics & Mensuration. Posted: 2/22/17.
University of Nevada Las Vegas: The School of Life Sciences is recruiting for seasonal botany positions for March-April 2017 for field research in the Mojave Desert and Mojave-Sonoran transition. Applicants should have expertise in plant taxonomy, field botany, be comfortable working and driving in the backcountry, and have the interest and ability in collecting research-grade botany field data for several different ecological restoration and inventory projects. If interested, please submit, via email only, a resume/CV and email cover letter outlining qualifications to: Lindsay Chiquoine, Research Associate, University of Nevada Las Vegas, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89154-4004, firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 1/16/17.
University of New Mexico: We are pleased to announce six different project opportunities through the DataONE Summer Internship Program. Applications are being accepted from now until March 17th 2017. Project opportunities are: - Project 1: Markdown-based Semantic Annotation of Workflow Scripts - Project 2: DataONE Messaging: Creating Marketing for DataONE Stakeholder Communities - Project 3: Prospective and Retrospective Provenance Queries Using YesWorkflow, RDF, and SPARQL - Project 4: Exploration of Search Logs, Metadata Quality and Data Discovery - Project 5: Improving DataONE’s Search Capabilities Through Controlled Vocabularies - Project 6: Development of an Open Source Units of Measure Knowledge Graph. The DataONE Summer Internship Program runs from May through July for a period of 9 weeks and is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postgraduates who have received their degree within the past five years. The internship project can be conducted remotely and offers a stipend of $5000. For full information and to apply, visit https://www.dataone.org/internships. Posted: 2/15/17.
University of North Dakota: One Grassland Bird Survey technician is needed to conduct grassland bird and vegetation surveys of public and private lands in northeastern North Dakota. The field season will begin mid-May 2017 and end early August 2017. The first two weeks of the season will be used primarily for training on grassland bird visual and auditory identification, distance sampling, and vegetation surveying. The majority of the season will be used for surveying grassland sites during early morning hours, usually 4:30 AM to 12:30 AM work days. The technician will survey on all days with suitable weather, meaning some weekends may be required. All sites will have vegetation surveys conducted in early-July. On days with poor weather, survey data will be entered and proofed. Applicants with experience identifying eastern grassland birds by sight and sound are preferred. Experience conducting point counts for any avian species is desired. Additional qualifications include the ability to think independently and work without supervision, navigate to survey locations using a handheld GPS unit, operate a 4WD vehicle safely, record field data accurately, willingness to work during early morning hours and uncomfortable conditions, and enthusiasm for conservation and grassland ecology. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and be able to pass a UND background check. Duration and Pay: $15/hour starting Mid-May 2017 and ending early August 2017 with flexible start and end dates. The position will be based in Grand Forks, ND home of the University of North Dakota. Numerous summer housing options are available around Grand Forks. Please send cover letter, CV, and contact information for two references via e-mail to Dr. Kathryn Yurkonis at Kathryn.Yurkonis@email.und.edu by March 31st for full consideration. For questions and additional information please contact: Dr. Kathryn A. Yurkonis, University of North Dakota Biology Department, 10 Cornell St. Stop 9019, Grand Forks, ND 58201. Posted: 3/6/17.
University of Saskatchewan: We are looking for a head field technician to assist with, and coordinate, fieldwork on the ecology of two wild populations of Columbian ground squirrels. The head technician will supervise 4 student interns and coordinate with graduate students involved with the project for the period of Apr 10 to Aug 31, 2017. Fieldwork will involve monitoring the phenology (when animals emerge from hibernation), reproduction and survival of individuals, data entry and data verification. The two populations are separated by an approximately 1.5 hr. drive and will each be monitored by two separate teams of interns. As such, it is expected that the head technician will display strong organizational abilities, responsibility and oversight. This is an excellent opportunity for someone with previous field experience, looking to advance their career in wildlife biology or move towards graduate school. All fieldwork is carried out in the spectacular Rocky Mountains of southwestern Alberta, Canada, home to some of the most majestic wildlife in North America. The head technician will have the opportunity to view many of these iconic species as well as interact with other researchers in the area working on a diversity of species and research projects. Skills required: previous fieldwork experience in a similar work environment. Good organizational, multi-tasking and supervisory abilities are essential. Possession of these skills, as evidenced through previous experience supervising field crews, is desirable. Specific field skills required are: ability to trap, handle and observe wild mammals. The successful applicant will also have experience in data entry, checking and management of databases. A displayed interest in ecology, wildlife, field biology, and animal behaviour is also required. An undergraduate degree in one of these, or a related, field is required. The applicant must be able to work well with members of their own team, as well as other users of the area (i.e., other researchers, tourists). Salary will be $1800-2100/month, based on level of experience. Food and accommodation are provided. The successful candidate will be required to provide for their own travel to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Travel between the field station and Saskatoon is provided. If you wish to apply for this position, please send a CV with a cover letter and contact details of three references (with e-mail address), by email to Dr. Jeff Lane (email@example.com) before February 15, 2017. Please indicate in your application that you are applying for the head technician position (we are also posting for student interns). All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Only those selected for interview will be contacted. Posted: 1/23/17.
University of Vermont: Summer Research Positions in Silviculture and Applied Forest Ecology in Northern New Hampshire. Project: The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources is seeking two summer research assistants to assist on a large-scale study in northern New Hampshire examining the effectiveness of different adaptive silvicultural strategies at sustaining northern hardwood forest ecosystems in the face of climate change and invasive species impacts. These positions would be working on a multi-disciplinary team on a collaborative project between the University of Vermont, Dartmouth College, and the U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station based in the beautiful landscapes contained within Dartmouth College's Second College Grant in northern New Hampshire. Applicants should have a background in forestry, natural resources, environmental science, ecology or biology. A working knowledge of tree identification and common forest measurements is strongly desired. Applicants must be willing and able to work efficiently in remote forested settings as part of a research team. Applicants must also be able to hike through varied terrain to reach study areas and be willing to work long hours outdoors. Work will involve extensive field work, including collection of soil, vegetation, and woody debris data. These positions begin late May/early June 2017 and end mid/late August and will be based out of Milan, NH. Housing will be provided in the form of cabins within the Second College Grant and hourly wage will vary from $10-$12 depending on work experience. Interested candidates should e-mail a letter describing their background, qualifications and interests along with a resumé to Matthias Nevins (firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 28, 2017. Posted: 3/20/17.
University of Washington: 2 Research Aid 1 Technicians (wildlife), fieldwork to be conducted along the Columbia River, near the John Day dam, Oregon/Washington border. Dates: May 2017 to end of July 2017, with a possible extension to September 2017. Salary: $15/hour. Project: Conduct a comprehensive inventory of wildlife species (mammals, reptiles, and amphibians) at two sites – one along the Columbia River near the John Day dam and one at the Willow Creek dam project area. The mammal surveys will use a combination of motion-activated camera trapping and live trapping for capture-mark-recapture (CMR) analysis to detect and enumerate both small and large species. Accordingly, applicants must be familiar with small mammal trapping and identifying species, and preference will be given to those who are familiar with taxa of the Pacific Northwest. To survey for reptiles and amphibians, we will use a combination of techniques, including nocturnal call surveys (recording sound at sample points and later identifying the species). Accordingly, preference will be given to applicants who are familiar with using herpetofaunal calls to identify species. Technicians will also use visual encounter surveys and roadkill/ basking surveys to identify species and estimate abundance. This work supports a larger project for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Duties: Applicant should be responsible, organized and motivated. Field work will involve navigating and hiking across rugged terrain to field sites while carrying heavy equipment (e.g., live traps and cameras). During periods without field work, efforts will be focused on data entry and identifying wildlife species in camera-trap photos. Cameras will be deployed at the beginning of the field season and then checked regularly. Small-mammal trapping will occur in the early morning (6-10 AM) and again in the early evening (4-8 PM) to ensure small mammal safety. Requirements: Applicants must have experience handling small-mammals, working with small-mammal live-traps and Oregon/Washington small-mammal identification. Strong preference will also be given to applicants with experience deploying camera traps and with handling and identifying reptiles and amphibians. Applicant should be detail oriented with the ability to take careful notes in field and office settings (Microsoft Excel experience); preference will also be given to those with GIS experience. Applicants should be in good physical condition with the ability to hike in hot temperatures and in rugged terrain while carrying equipment, and should be comfortable working outdoors and in challenging field conditions (e.g. hot/cold) including along roadsides, fast moving water, and railroad right of ways. Applicant should have basic competency using GPS/maps to locate field sites and record waypoints. Availability to work full-time (40 hours/week) is essential. Applicants must have their own vehicle (mileage reimbursement at $0.54/mile). If you are interested, please send your resume, cover letter, and three references to Michael Case (email@example.com). Posted: 4/20/17.
University of Washington: I'm looking for a technician trained in parasitology to help support projects on marine and freshwater parasite ecology. This job would be ideal for a recent bachelor's degree recipient who is thinking about grad school and wants to expand his/her skills in field and laboratory parasite ecology. See the full posting for details and to apply. Closes On 10/10/2016. Posted: 9/20/16.
University of Wyoming: Lead Research Technician & Research Technician, full-time temporary position, October 1, 2016 - April 30, 2017, with possibility of extension through May 2017. Closing Date: Sept 6, 2016. Start Date: Oct 1. Salary - Lead Research Technician: $2,900/month, Research Technician: $2,400/month. PIs: Dr. Corinna Riginos (University of Wyoming and Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative) and Dr. Marcel Huijser (Western Transportation Institute, Montana State University). We are seeking two dedicated technicians to assist with a road ecology study in western Wyoming. Western Wyoming is home to significant populations of big game and some of the most intact ungulate migration routes in the US. Nevertheless, species such as mule deer face myriad challenges as they navigate a landscape increasingly impacted and fragmented by human activities. Roads are one type of barrier that animals must face as they migrate between and move within their seasonal ranges. In partnership with the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT), we will be testing the extent to which lowering nighttime speed limits can reduce the negative impacts of vehicles on mule deer and other large mammals. We will do this by collecting data on vehicle speeds and traffic patterns, working with WYDOT crews to collect carcass data, and collecting behavioral data on deer-road interactions using a nighttime thermal video camera. Field work will involve some direct deer observations and deploying and maintaining automated equipment (radar speed recorders and thermal video camera systems). Office work will require reviewing video footage and collecting deer behavioral data from that footage, managing data, and assisting with report writing as needed. Research technicians, especially the Lead, will have the opportunity to assist the project PIs with study design and data analysis. Out of each month, approximately two weeks will be spent deploying and managing equipment in locations throughout southwestern Wyoming (coupled with some daytime office work), one week of full-time office work, and one week off. Research technicians should be prepared to spend considerable time on the road. Field housing and partial food stipend will be covered. Research technicians will have to supply their own vehicle(s); project-related mileage will be reimbursed. Desired Research Technician qualifications include: BS + field experience in wildlife ecology or related field; experience installing and maintaining electronic equipment; experience working with public agency staff and communicating to the general public; willingness to work hard as part of a team and to spend considerable time in rural Wyoming. Additional qualifications desired for Lead Research Technician: experience leading field research in remote conditions with little day to day supervision; experience with data management; experience with statistical analyses; excellent written and verbal communication skills. To Apply: Send a single PDF document (file name “Lastname_Firstname_LeadTech.pdf” or “Lastname_Firstname_Tech.pdf”) to firstname.lastname@example.org containing (1) cover letter/statement of interest, (2) CV, (3) copies of undergraduate and any graduate transcripts (unofficial okay), and (4) contact information for three references. Posted: 8/25/16.
Utah State University: Plant-Soil Feedbacks and Biodiversity, Minnesota. Pay: $9 per hour. Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, East Bethel, Minnesota is the birthplace of biodiversity research. Employees will work adjacent to Big Biodiversity on a large field plant-soil feedback experiment. Employee tasks will include planting, weeding and watering, taking percent cover surveys, measuring NDVI in selected plots, recording germination rates, and sorting/weighing peak plant biomass. There may be opportunities for learning stable isotope techniques to determine plant rooting depth, or for learning soil genetics techniques to determine soil microbial community composition. Employees are expected to develop an independent research idea and present their findings to other interns at the end of the summer. Work hours will be up to 30 per week, but may be less; we are looking for applicants with flexible schedules willing to accept variable hour work. On-site housing is provided, please contact for more information. Qualifications: Required: A valid high school diploma or GED certificate and a valid driver's license. Desired: Flexibility in work hours/work dates. Ability to work independently and to communicate well with other workers. Interest in plant-soil feedbacks. Start Date: 5/20/2017. To apply: email resume to email@example.com For more information: Dr. Andrew Kulmatiski. Posted: 4/12/17.
Utah State University: We seek a summer research technicians to join a project examining the role of species interactions in determining the impact of climate change on plant communities. The position is in Peter Adler's lab at USU in Logan, UT, with field work in eastern Idaho sagebrush steppe vegetation. Primary responsibilities include mapping individual plants in permanent plots, and digitizing these maps using ArcGIS software. Important qualifications include a strong background in plant taxonomy, and a strong back. The position could start as early as May, 2017, and runs through September, 2017, but start and end dates are flexible. Pay is $12 per hour. To apply, email Peter Adler (peter.adler [at] usu.edu) with the following documents attached as a pdf: 1) A cover letter explaining your interest in and qualification for the position, 2) a curriculum vita, 3) undergraduate transcript, and 4) contact information for three references. Deadline for applications is March 31. Posted: 3/20/17.
Utah State University: The Western Forest Initiative is hiring three field technicians for summer of 2017. Forest Demography and Fire Effects: These positions will primarily involve the establishment of spatially-explicit forest plots in Yosemite National Park. The crew will navigate to areas within or near the footprint of the Rim Fire of 2013 (wilderness and non-wilderness) and then identify, measure, and map trees and snags in ¼ ha plots. The crew will receive training in mapping and demography in the Yosemite Forest Dynamics Plot and will work with investigators from Utah State University, the University of Washington, and the University of Montana on this Joint Fire Science Program funded project. Duration: Late-May through mid-August, with the possibility for some staff to extend the season. The work schedule is four, ten-hour days per week. Because we don’t work under inclement conditions, the crew will need to be flexible. Salary: $12.50 per hour. Campground accommodations are provided. Personal vehicle use reimbursed at $0.485/mile. Qualifications: Previous experience taking vegetation research data, working safely in challenging environments, and following complex data collection protocols is required. Candidates should demonstrate the ability to solve problems, to work both independently and in teams of two or three, and to work with students and volunteers. Work will involve moving through rough terrain carrying delicate and expensive equipment, as well as carrying up to 15 kg of additional gear. Knowledge of western flora, tree pathogens, and forest insects is helpful, as is solid experience with outdoor living. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and good driving history. Applicants need a Wilderness First Aid certification (Wilderness First Responder preferred) valid for the season. Apply: Please assemble the following into a single PDF file and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org – 1) a one-page cover letter describing your reasons for applying, specific dates of availability (including any planned mid-summer absences, or a statement that you plan none), and confirmation of your first aid certification, 2) a resume, no longer than two pages, 3) unofficial transcripts, and 4) names, phone numbers and email addresses of three references. Application deadline: January 31, 2017. Usually, we have made our staffing decisions by early February. Exceptional candidates will be selected earlier. Additional information and background at: http://yfdp.org, http://westernforestinitiative.org, and the Facebook Group “Yosemite Forest Dynamics Plot”. Posted: 12/13/16.
Washington State University: Tree Physiology Research Assistant, WSU TFREC, Wenatchee (Full Time, Temporary). This position will perform professional-level work in support of the research activities in physiology and pomology in tree crops in Washington. The incumbent will perform a wide range of duties including field work, pesticide spray, field-based physiological measurements, laboratory analysis, assessments of fruit yield and quality. Other required activities include data entry, summary, statistical analysis, and preparation of figures and reports. Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study or equivalent related field experience is required. Any combination of education and experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis. Closing date April 2, 2017. For full description of position and application instructions visit: www.wsujobs.com posting #121439. Posted: 3/6/17.
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy: Avian Field Technician, Pittsburgh, PA (home office), Field sites throughout Pennsylvania. We will be collecting data throughout Pennsylvania as part of bird monitoring and research efforts for use in biodiversity conservation. The Avian Field Technician will work in conjunction with other WPC staff to accomplish goals outlined in the specified project, WPC’s strategic plan, and/or the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program Operating Plan. The Avian Field Technician will conduct off-road point counts surveys to collect abundance and diversity information on bird species and assemblages at targeted sites of ecological value across Pennsylvania. The successful applicant will be expected to work independently or alongside WPC staff to complete surveys, bush-whacking on foot to most locations and navigating through rugged and sometimes dangerous terrain (i.e. rocks, insects, poison ivy, and rattlesnakes). Other duties may include desktop field preparations, site access communications with private landowners and public land managers, data entry, and assisting with forest stand validation. Qualifications: Must have experience and familiarity with the birds and ecosystems of Pennsylvania and the mid-Atlantic region. Working knowledge and experience with identification of birds by sight and primarily sound is required. Candidates should have experience with intensive scientific field studies, ecological research techniques (especially avian surveys), working in remote locations and extended field excursions. Must be able to travel throughout Pennsylvania and be able to work various hours, as needed. Must have ability to hike long distances over steep, hilly, and/or rocky terrain and work long hours in cool, hot, or wet spring/summer conditions. Familiarity with GPS and map navigation in remote settings preferred. Valid U.S. driver’s license required. Qualified individuals should have completed or be currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Biology, Ecology, Wildlife Biology, Zoology or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience in relevant positions and projects. Position Duration: mid-May to late-July 2015 (approximately 8-10 weeks). Pay: $12-15 per hour; 40 hour work-week, plus some expenses. Application process: Send resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to email@example.com and list Avian Field Technician in the subject line of the email. Application deadline is February 10. Posted: 1/11/17.
Western State Colorado University: We seek a botanist for research on fire-driven changes to plant communities in the western US. This position will work with a crew of 2-4 field technicians and the field research lead in fire-affected landscapes in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and possibly Idaho. The botanist will be responsible for ensuring accurate identifications and collection of voucher specimens for all vascular plant species encountered in sample plots, and collect data on vegetation composition and structure. Required skills include: strong plant identification skills, familiarity with the flora of the interior western US, experience making herbarium-quality collections, experience with basic field vegetation data collection, ability to work well both independently and as part of a team, work long hours, camp, and hike cross-country to plots in topographically rugged burned landscapes. Talented upper-level undergraduates will be considered; Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in botany, forestry, ecology, or related field. Other desirable qualifications include knowledge of or interest in fire ecology, wilderness travel, wilderness first aid or first responder, and own 4WD vehicle. Location: the research team will travel and camp across the southwestern US, working in different 15-20-year-old wildfire-affected landscapes. Salary: $12-18/hour, depending on experience, + $40/day in per diem for personal expenses. The project represents a collaboration between Western State Colorado University, Oregon State University, the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station, and other partners. If interested, please email a brief statement describing your interest, a resume, and the contact information for three references to: firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information or to answer any questions, please email or call (970) 943-2565. Applications will be reviewed as they are accepted through March 15, 2017. Contact information: Jonathan Coop, Assistant Professor of Biology and Environment & Sustainability, Western State Colorado University, Gunnison, CO 81231. Posted: 3/7/17.
Wichita State University: We are seeking six, highly motivated individuals who are interested working as part of a large team of investigators examining diversity patterns in restored grasslands that are part of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). In Kansas, the CRP program includes over 2 million acres—much of which is re-established, native grassland. However, a dominant grazer is lacking on most of these sites despite the critical role that bison historically played in this grassland ecosystem. Our study will test how two CRP plantings (CP2 and CP25), which differ in the number of forbs planted, and the effects of periodic grazing influence the restoration of plant and insect abundance on 108 grassland sites across the precipitation gradient in Kansas. The technicians will work as part of one, unified team that is subdivided into three field crews located in east, central, or western Kansas. Each field crew will work from mid-May to early-August. The majority of the field effort will be spent in remote short- to tallgrass prairie habitats. Primary tasks will include plant, insect, and soil sampling in the field, data entry, and sample preparation. Applicants need to be able work under all weather conditions and be good team players. Some experience with plant or insect sampling and/or identification is preferred, but dedicated, hardworking individuals will also be considered. Starting pay is $10/hr plus free housing during the summer of field work. If interested, please contact Dr. Greg Houseman (Greg.Houseman@wichita.edu) or Dr. Mary Liz Jameson (MaryLiz.Jameson@gmail.com). Posted: 2/8/17.