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Sep 19 19

Research tech position, plant community ecology, southern California

by Ivara J. Roth

We are hiring a research technician to work on a project focused on how species’ phenological differences, pollinators, soil communities, and/or climate variability mediate coexistence and invasion in plant communities. The position is based in the Diez Lab ( at the University of California, Riverside, and ideal for someone with a bachelor’s degree contemplating graduate school and looking for research experience. The work will involve a mixture of field work, computer work, and greenhouse experiments.

Qualifications: Experience and/or interest in the following are highly desirable:  field ecology, California flora (or ability to learn), and programming in R.  Required are: sharp critical thinking and organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to work well alone and in teams, a valid driver’s license, enthusiasm / ability to work long field days in desert-like conditions and willingness to spend some nights at research field stations.

Position: This is a full-time position (40 hours/week), paying approx. $3250 / month plus benefits through the University of California. The position start-date is January 2019, but can be flexible, and duration is a minimum of 6 months but renewable up to two years. 

To apply: please email ( your CV, a brief description of your past research and coursework experience in ecology, your interest in the position, and contact information for 2 references.  Please apply by October 1 for full consideratin

Sep 13 19

Research Technician at Ecosystem Conservation lab

by Ivara J. Roth

The Ecosystem Conservation lab at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC), led by Dr. Kim Komatsu, is recruiting a full-time research technician. The technician will be based at SERC and will participate in a funded project examining the role that bacterial symbioses play in shaping soybean responses to drought and insect pests, in collaboration with Drs. Karin Burghardt (University of Maryland) and John Parker (SERC). SERC is a vibrant community of scientists set within a 1,027-hectare field-site, and located near the Annapolis, MD and Washington, DC metro areas.

The Ecosystem Conservation lab explores community and ecosystem responses to global change drivers, and the role that symbioses, competition, and trophic interactions play in shaping those responses ( Our research projects occur in field, lab, and greenhouse settings and include ecological genetics, microbial culturing, and field-based species identification, often in an experimental framework.

Field and greenhouse duties will include plant and insect identification and collection, measurement of environmental parameters, seed preparation, experimental set-up and monitoring, and data entry. Lab duties will include sample processing, microbial culturing, routine molecular tasks (e.g., DNA extraction, PCR, DNA visualization, sequencing, genotyping), and next generation sequencing library prep. In addition, the technician will be responsible for day-to-day organization and safety for the funded project, under the direction of the PI, including supply inventory and ordering, maintaining data records (hardcopy and digital), and working collaboratively with other project members.

Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in ecology (or related field) with at least two years of prior research experience, basic ecological genetic skills (PCR, sequencing, genotyping), strong communication and organizational skills, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Additional experience with field surveys, next generation sequencing, and data analysis is preferred.

The preferred start date is late fall 2019, and the appointment will be for at least one year. While not a federal position, salary and benefits are commensurate with experience, up to a salary equivalent of Grade 7, Step 1 within the federal pay scale.

Interested candidates should send (1) a cover letter highlighting relevant research experience, (2) a resume or CV, (3) contact information for 2-3 references, and (4) an unofficial copy of transcripts to Kim Komatsu ( Review of applications will begin on September 23, and continue until the position is filled.

Sep 13 19

Regional GIS Field Technicians (full-time contract position)

by Ivara J. Roth

MassGIS Position Announcement

Regional GIS Field Technicians (full-time contract position)

Start date: Late Fall 2019

Application Deadline: September 27th, 2019

Background MassGIS is presently maintaining and continuing to develop the statewide GIS mapping and data needed to support the Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG911) emergency response system. Some address location mapping can only be completed correctly by people working in the field.

MassGIS seeks a GIS Field Technician. The Technician will work in and must live in the MetroWest region, ideally in a community west of I-495. Applicants for this position must have their own reliable car that can be used to conduct the field work duties described below. The hourly rate is $30; however, the fee (typically about 14%) for the state’s contracting company and job-related automobile expenses are included in that rate. As needed and appropriate, you will also be expected to use your own cell phone to call your MassGIS supervisor.

Duties The work is almost exclusively full-time in the field. In addition to the interview, and if you are hired for this position, at the beginning of the contract period you will be required to travel into Boston to MassGIS’ office for a (paid) day of orientation and training; a second similar trip may be required at some other time. There will also be training in the field.

The field work consists of using a browser-based custom-built application on a tablet computer provided by MassGIS to: 1) find and correct address components such as building name, units, address number suffix, and other location information that contributes to the description of an exact location and, 2) find the correct location of addresses not assigned to a structure and/or point location and, 3) add/link addresses to structure points that lack an address. Work will be conducted one municipality at-a-time. Addresses that need to be resolved along with their respective locations, where it is known, will be downloaded to the tablet application via MassGIS’ web services for the community in which you are working. The application will also display completed address points. Some portion of the work, although not necessarily the majority, will need to be completed on foot even in cold weather. Interaction with the tablet surface is via a stylus, so gloves can be worn while using the tablet. The tablet has a hand strap. When it’s raining or snowing, work may be limited to what can be accomplished from inside a car. While some of this work can be accomplished at home using information available on-line, if the weather is too severe for safe driving then it’s possible the number of hours you can work will be limited. Interaction with municipal officials, including local law enforcement and municipal staff, will be a routine part of the work.

Preferred qualifications

– Bachelor’s degree in geography, planning, environmental science, or similar field

– At least two college classes (semester-long or equivalent) in GIS

– Demonstrable ability to follow direction and to work independently, methodically, and efficiently

– Good verbal communication skills

Ideal Background

– 10 or more weeks of full-time work experience using ArcGIS or an equivalent GIS

– Substantive experience with GIS-related data collection in the field

Knowledge Acquired on the Job

Experience using tablet computers for field work

Experience with the complexities and issues of address data and address assignment

Familiarity with the MassGIS master address data model

Application Instructions: Send a file (in PDF format) with your combined cover letter and resume (using the file naming convention lastname_firstname; e.g. nutting_paul.pdf) to Paul Nutting at

May 3 19

2019 Student Research Grant Announcement

by Marilene Rivas-Chavez

Download application:

May 3 19

Oregon-Aquatic Biologist I (technician)

by Marilene Rivas-Chavez

Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in a biological sciences discipline is required. 

 Please send cover letter, resume, and 3 references with phone numbers and e-mail addresses to:

Laurie Clark, National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc.: 

Applicant review will begin May 13, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. NCASI is an equal opportunity employer.

May 3 19

Tufts Summer Job Posting: Program Assistant for Programming & App Design

by Marilene Rivas-Chavez

Program Assistant, Pre-College Intensive: Programming & App Design

Brief overview:

We are looking to hire several graduate student program assistants for a new pre-college summer program, an intensive focusing on Programming and App Design.  This position would involve mentoring 10th-, 11th– and 12th-grade students learning Python and R, with a primary responsibility of supporting students as they work to master these two languages and then apply their newly acquired skills to develop their own apps.

Program Summary:

The program runs for three weeks, July 14-August 2. We expect to have around 40 students from all over the world.  Students will be entering the program at a variety of different levels, from no experience to prior mastery of other programming language/s. In addition to their morning coursework in Python and R, students will be participating in skill-building modules on topics like natural language processing and data visualization.  The goal is to give them a strong foundation in these languages and associated skills, as well as meaningful experience in building and pitching their own apps (in small groups). The Pre-College Intensive in Programming & App Design is part of a series of new residential pre-college programs that successfully launched this past summer.


Graduate student program assistants will be on staff from 9am to 5pm for the duration of the program (with an hour break for lunch); they will need to be available for a training session during the week of July 8th. They will be responsible for working closely with program attendees to assist them across all aspects of the program – supporting the instructor in her teaching, elaborating on and reinforcing the new skills being taught in skill-building modules, mentoring the small groups as they work on app development, etc. Program assistants will work closely with the program director to ensure a robust program experience for all attendees. Program assistants should be comfortable with both Python and R and be able to master any new skills quickly. Previous experience with teaching or tutoring preferred.

Interested? Please submit your résumé to Alethea Raybeck, Director of Tufts Pre-College Programs, at  

May 3 19

REU | Office of Institutional Research at Tufts

by Marilene Rivas-Chavez

Research Assistant (Technical, Report Automation, Programming)

Office of Institutional Research


The Office of Institutional Research has an opening for a technical Research Assistant with programming experience. The Research Assistant will support the maintenance, enhancement, and creation of custom tools used to automate reporting tasks in the Office of Institutional Research.

  • Learn and support the existing R code used to automate reporting tasks in the Office of Institutional Research
  • Support the maintenance, enhancement, and creation of custom reporting tools
  • Develop approaches to improve and expand existing code base
  • Troubleshoot and document existing processes and enhancements
  • Assist with other programming, analysis, and reporting tasks, as needed

Start Date: June 2019
End Date: End of August 2019 or next academic year
Hours: 15-20
Compensation: $15 /hour depending upon experience


  • Full-time, matriculated undergraduate or graduate student having completed at least 1 semester of study
  • Computer programming experience (R or Python preferred)
  • Eagerness and ability to learn new tools and programming languages quickly
  • Experience with version control using GitHub
  • Strong documentation skills; ability to communicate and document workflow
  • Skills in data manipulation and quantitative analysis
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to multi-task and be flexible
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong R programming skills and experience with tidyverse R packages
  • Experience with R Shiny web applications
  • Familiarity with Visual Basic and writing macros
  • Familiarity with Qualtrics survey software
  • Strong MS Office formatting skills

 Application requirements:

Please submit the following to Lynne Freeman at

  1. Current resume
  2. A cover letter describing your qualifications for the job and why you are interested in this position
  3. A code sample (optional)
  4. Availability, including date you can start work, vacations and/or other commitments
  5. Availability to work during the academic year if necessary to complete the project
May 3 19

Wright-Locke Farm – Event Coordinator, Flower Field Assistant, and Educator Positions

by Marilene Rivas-Chavez

May 3 19

Singing Prairie Farm Intern Job Description

by Marilene Rivas-Chavez
May 2 19

Junior Associate, Consensus Building Institute

by Ivara J. Roth

The Consensus Building Institute is seeking a highly motivated, early career professional  to serve as a Junior Associate, initially in our Cambridge, Massachusetts office.

The Consensus Building Institute (CBI) is a not-for-profit organization created by leading practitioners and theory builders in the field of dispute resolution. CBI serves public, non-profit, and private clients worldwide by providing facilitation, collaboration, and dispute resolution services; training in negotiation and consensus building techniques; and evaluative research.  CBI believes that our most challenging problems are solved through collaboration. When the ideas, values, and voices of all affected stakeholders are included, we can achieve outcomes that are wise, fair, and lasting.

CBI also plays a key role in helping to build the intellectual capital of the field by pioneering work on negotiation, documenting best practices in multi-stakeholder consensus building and dispute resolution, and building online negotiation and collaboration trainings. CBI senior staff and Board members are associated with the Public Disputes Program of the Program on Negotiation at the Harvard Law School and the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

Consensus Building Institute (“CBI”) is an equal opportunity employer. We aim to be a place where a diverse mix of talented people do their best work together. We encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, religion, disability, age, or sexual orientation. Persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply. CBI is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion both within our organization and in our collaboration practices .

For further information about CBI, please visit our website at:


The CBI Junior Associate position is an apprenticeship for a highly motivated  professional early in their career to explore the field of public collaboration and consensus building, build valuable knowledge and skills, and work on a wide range of challenging public issues. Junior Associates work with multiple senior staff on CBI’s domestic and international projects.  Expected tasks include:

  • Conduct research and evaluation
  • Assist with internal CBI projects
  • Participate in conflict assessments
  • Support facilitation, mediation, and collaborative planning processes
  • Develop training curriculum and support training delivery
  • Support practice development
  • Write articles for CBI Reports and publications
  • Participate in professional organizations (e.g. ACR) and conferences

Travel is required, normally in the range of 1-2 days per week.

We are looking for someone who is interested in exploring the field of public collaboration and eager to work for two to four  years at CBI.  Our expectation is that the Junior Associate then moves on to other graduate educational or professional opportunities, with a possibility of returning to CBI sometime in the future.  The Junior Associate will report to the Associate Managing Director. The Junior Associate will also work with a mentor to set and achieve professional development goals.


  • Self-motivated and hard-working
  • Excellent writing and communications skills
  • Able to reliably work on several projects at the same time, communicate effectively with project managers to clarify and prioritize tasks when necessary, and meet project deadlines
  • Able to take direction, work independently, get feedback, and adjust
  • Able to work in an intensive, fast-paced professional work environment with high expectations for outstanding performance
  • Willing to locate in the Boston area for at least the first year of employment. Thereafter, relocation to another city with CBI presence (Washington, DC, New York City, Denver or San Francisco) is possible.

Desired but not required skill sets include:

  • Foreign language fluency (Spanish in particular)
  • Social media expertise
  • Experience working with spreadsheets, data bases, GIS mapping, and/or graphics

Education and Experience:

  • An undergraduate degree is required, preferably in social sciences with exposure to public policy, political science, international relations, natural resources management, sustainability, or other related fields.
  • Work experience in fields related to CBI’s work, via post-undergraduate employment, summer or school-year internships, is preferred

Compensation is $45,000 – $55,000/year depending on experience. In addition, CBI offers an excellent package of benefits, including health and dental insurance, three weeks vacation, training and mentoring, and a retirement plan.

To apply:

Send cover letter, resume, and writing sample (5 pages or fewer) to:

Consensus Building Institute

100 Cambridge Park Drive, Suite 302

Cambridge, MA 02140

Attn: Sossi Aroyan

Application may be e-mailed to:, with the subject line “Junior Associate Application”

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