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Sep 23 21

Aquatic Ecology Research Assistant – Apply by Oct 1

by Maya J. Sze

OFFICIAL TITLEResearch Assistant I-B/H

DETAILED POSITION DESCRIPTION:  One full-time position for a research assistant is available in the Aquatic Ecology Lab. The Research Assistant will work on a project focused on understanding the role stream and river phosphorus cycles play in shaping nutrient export to Lake Erie. The Research Assistant will work closely with several graduate students assisting with field surveys, laboratory experiments, sample analyses, laboratory maintenance, data analyses, and undergraduate student mentorship. See to learn more about the Hood Lab and to learn more about the Aquatic Ecology Laboratory.


60% Laboratory analyses and experiments: Analysis of soluble and particulate carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus samples; analysis of chlorophyll-a and organic matter samples. The Research Assistant will also perform laboratory measurements quantifying sediment phosphorus cycling.

30% Conducting field surveys and laboratory experiments: The Research Assistant will take part in a spring survey of streams in northwest Ohio as well as other more routine sampling of streams within the region.

10% Data analysis: Data-related tasks will involve preparation and analysis of existing stream metabolism and phosphorus cycling datasets. Depending on experience and interest, the position will allow for involvement in analyses and potentially manuscript writing.

EXPERIENCE:  Applicants must have completed a bachelorÂ’s degree in biology or a related field (ecology, natural resources, fisheries). Further education and/or experience is preferred. Candidate must be self-motivated, willing to work both independently and in a team setting. Preferred qualifications include: a) training and interest in aquatic ecology; b) experience with laboratory analysis of soluble (NH4, NO3, and SRP) and particulate nutrients (carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus) samples with an autoanalyzer; c) experience with the R statistical computing environment and an introductory-level understanding of statistics; d) prior field and laboratory experience.

SALARY: ~$15/hour, depending upon experience. This is a ten-month position that may be extended depending upon performance and funding availability.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applications can be submitted through this posting at The Ohio State University classified site. Please direct questions to Jim Hood ( We will start reviewing applications on 1 Oct. 2021 and continue until the position is filled.


Sep 22 21

Sandler International Undergraduate Assistantship – Apply by Oct 4

by Maya J. Sze

Agricultural intensification is rapidly increasing in many tropical countries, exceeding 80% of landcover in some areas where forests were historically widespread. In Latin America, habitat conversion is 3x the global rate with agricultural and ranching expansion accounting for 70% of conversion. With tropical forests supporting roughly 70% of plant and animal species worldwide, deforestation remains one of the greatest threats to biodiversity.

Agroecology is one way to preserve tropical biodiversity by increasing both high-quality habitat and dispersal corridors. Such is the case for shade-grown coffee, which has been shown to have higher levels of avian diversity and abundance and support more pollinator guilds. Increased levels of bird and bee diversity in turn provide more effective ecosystem services, such as pest suppression and pollination. However, the extent to which ecosystem services are provided largely depends on the species ability to move throughout the landscape. Understanding how farm composition changes habitat specificity or behavior (e.g., response to habitat boundaries) could provide an important perspective on how to manage farms to promote service providing species.

The overarching aim of this phase of our project is to quantify bird and bee richness, abundance, and document movement patterns across coffee farms. In doing so, we will work towards our longer-term goal of integrating service providing species into farm management decision.

The undergraduate assistant will work closely with graduate students and professors in the Biology Department to collect data from multiple coffee farms, ensure that data quality and standards are met, and gain experience implementing scientific methods.

See the attached document for information about how to apply.

Sep 16 21

Shark and Ray Research Project 2022 – Enroll by Dec 31

by Maya J. Sze

Coastal Marine Education and Research Academy (CMERA)

Shark and Ray Research Project 2022 in Clearwater, FL

Summer Program: Hands-on, marine field research experience in Clearwater, Florida.  All participants will be involved in all aspects of a local population study on sharks and rays.  This includes setting and retrieving nets and longlines, handling and identifying captured animals, tagging and measuring all captured sharks and rays, potentially collecting DNA or tissue samples, recording data, and releasing animals.  Each day begins with a lecture on shark and ray identification, biology, physiology, and conservation as well as our local ecosystems, species, and other conservation topics.  After the 1 – 2 hour lecture in the morning, the day continues with 6 – 8 hours of field research aboard our vessels.

Who should attend: Anyone 18 years of age or older interested in pursuing a career in the natural sciences would greatly benefit from this hands-on opportunity.  This includes incoming freshmen, currently enrolled students, and college graduates.  This program provides invaluable research and wild animal handling experience.  Such unique field training will make you a competitive candidate for future internships, graduate school, and jobs.  There are no prerequisites and no previous experience is necessary.

Course credit:  Most students receive credit for our program and should discuss receiving course credit for this program with their advisor.  Whether or not you receive course credit, this field research experience will be a very beneficial addition to your résumé or CV.  Credit is often listed as research experience, internship credits, independent study, capstone project, marine biology/science credit, and other related titles.

Housing: Affordable and fully furnished housing is available to our summer program participants and includes Wi-Fi, a full kitchen, linens, and laundry facilities.

Transportation:  After arriving in the Tampa/Clearwater, FL area, transportation is provided to/from: airport, bus station, our classrooms and boats, and the grocery store.

Enrollment:  Enroll now and pay in full by December 31, 2021 to receive an early enrollment tuition break.  The final enrollment deadline is March 31, 2022.

Tuition:  Early enrollment tuition is available to all students who enroll and complete their tuition payment by December 31, 2021.  Late enrollment tuition will be applied to all students who enroll and complete their tuition payment between January 1 – March 31, 2022.  Participants who attend 4 or more weeks will receive further tuition breaks.

To enroll in this unique and amazing hands-on program and for more detailed information, please visit our website:  

Sep 16 21

Full time Research Technician – Apply by Oct 4

by Maya J. Sze

Archbold Biological Station’s Buck Island Ranch (BIR), and the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment at the University of Illinois (UIUC), Urbana-Champaign seeks a full time technician. Archbold operates a full scale working cattle ranch at BIR, which provides a unique platform for long-term agro-ecology research. The successful intern will be supervised by Drs. Evan H DeLucia (UIUC), Elena Blanc-Betes (UIUC), Nuria Gomez-Casanovas (UIUC) and Elizabeth Boughton (BIR).

The overall goal of the project is to investigate the environmental sustainability of sugarcane for biofuel production. Our objectives are to: (1) Characterize the impact of sugarcane cultivation on the regulation of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs; CO2, CH4 and N2O) compared to managed grazed pasture; (2) Quantify the efficiency at which sugarcane and pastures use water; and, (3) explore the impact of sugarcane cultivation on nitrogen and phosphorus losses versus pasture. 

This is a non-tenured, full time, 12-month position, and can be renewed annually for an additional two years, contingent on progress, and the availability of funds.


The successful candidate will assist with the maintenance of eddy covariance towers, and with sampling of field experiments at BIR in Florida, U.S. The balance of the technician’s time will be spent in the laboratory for the following: analyzing soil, water, gas, and plant samples; preparing field supplies; maintaining field instrumentation related to this project (including eddy covariance, canopy and soil chambers); processing data. Depending on experience, there is also opportunity to assist with data compilation and analysis.

Required qualifications: A bachelor’s degree in biology, environmental science, chemistry, or related field; basic computer skills (MS Word, Excel).

Preferred qualifications: Research experience in the field and in the laboratory related to biogeochemistry (e.g., trace gas flux measurements, soil and water sampling, gas chromatography, eddy covariance); experience working on farms and with farmers; experience working in subtropical and tropical sugarcane plantations and rangeland. Demonstrated knowledge of troubleshooting environmental monitoring equipment is desired.

The position is located at BIR, a 10,500-acre cattle ranch near Lake Placid, FL, with shared housing available on site. Here are two documentaries about Archbold’s Buck Island Ranch: ( , )

This is a full-time position, although the duties of the jobs may change as contract or grant turnover occurs.  Competitive salary with full benefits.  Applicants should send 1) a letter of application, 2) a resume or CV with relevant coursework and experience, and 3) names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses for three references to Dr. Nuria Gomez-Casanovas at  Application deadline is October 4, 2021, and the position will remain open until filled.  Contact Dr. Gomez-Casanovas via e-mail for more information.

Due to Covid-19, we require any new resident staff and interns to be fully vaccinated. Masks are required of all staff and interns indoors if in a shared space with others and when riding in a shared work vehicle. These rules will be updated as Covid conditions change.

Sep 14 21

Project Manager for Boston Area Sustainability Project

by Maya J. Sze

Grad Bag is a green initiative and 501(c)3 to reuse college dorm supplies. We currently partner with 16 colleges and over 20 grantee organizations in the NY and Boston areas to.collect and redistribute lightly-used dorm room items that too often end up in landfills and give them to incoming college freshmen from low-income households.

This project typically runs from May to August and this position would be part time from March to May, with more hours required from May to August.

Responsibilities to include:

  • Managing staff of 6 plus summer interns, rotating community area volunteers, several Newton Public School students, and City of Newton Youth Services volunteers, including scheduling and daily work assignments. 
  • Responsible for daily operations and logistics of Newton site including collection, cleaning, and distribution of dorm supplies from area colleges to area colleges and non-profit organizations.
  • Contribute, update and maintain project spreadsheets.
  • Prepare for, plan several give-away days and shopping days for non-profits on site and off-site.
  • Prepare dorm starter kits and donations for colleges as needed/requested.
  • Work with Sustainability Directors of local colleges, community members and non-profit organizations.
  • Potentially handling the logistics for both New England Area and New York City Area collections and deliveries.

Excellent Communication and Negotiation Skills  
Project Planning and Management 
Strong writing and editing skills  
Team and design team skills 

Email cover letter and resume to:

Sep 14 21

Environmental Advocacy Internship

by Maya J. Sze

Environment Massachusetts is accepting internship applications for the fall semester and the 2021-2022 academic year.

Apply today.

Environment Massachusetts is a statewide organization working to tackle our biggest environmental challenges and fight for a greener future.

Our interns make a big impact on our campaigns, while gaining valuable skills in political advocacy and grassroots organizing.

As an intern, you’ll work on campaigns like:

  • Powering Massachusetts with 100% clean and renewable energy, from sources like the sun and the wind
  • Banning single-use plastic products, like shopping bags and polystyrene containers, that end up in our oceans and harm our wildlife.
  • Standing up for the public’s right to know about pollution in our rivers and streams.

You’ll work hard and take on real responsibility. Our interns organize press conferences, write op-eds and letters to the editor, build coalitions, meet with state officials, and mobilize grassroots support for our campaigns.

We have a limited number of internship positions still available for the summer, and we are also looking for interns for the fall semester and the academic year.  Interns typically work 10-15 hours per week during the academic year and at least 20 hours per week during the summer. The position is unpaid. The intern will work closely with our staff on a remote basis. 

The deadline to apply for a fall internship is Wednesday, September 15.

Visit to submit your application.

Questions? Contact Hanna Nuttall:, (772) 538-0180.

Sep 14 21

Green Corps – Apply by Oct 8

by Maya J. Sze

Green Corps is looking for college graduates who are ready to take on the biggest environmental challenges of our day. Our year-long program puts you in an intensive classroom training with environmental and social change leaders. Then, you move to hands-on experience working with groups like Oceana, Audubon Society, The Wilderness Society and Mighty Earth to fight climate change, protect public lands, reform our food system and more. When you graduate, we’ll help you launch your career with one for the nation’s top environmental and social change groups.

The planet needs all the help it can, especially now with so many protections under attack. To win now and build a strong foundation for lasting progress, we need people who know how to organize: to run organizations and campaigns that will inspire the support and action we need to save our planet.

We’re accepting the top 25 out of more than 1,000 applicants for our 2022-2023 program. If you’re passionate about the environment and ready to learn the craft of organizing, click here to apply

Green Corps year long program begins in August 2022 with Introductory Classroom Training, and continues with field placements in multiple locations across the U.S. Candidates must be willing to relocate.

For more information contact Sarah Hunkins

Sep 10 21

Civil Engineer – Apply by Sep 20

by Maya J. Sze

Dear Colleagues,

The Volpe Center seeks an experienced Civil Engineer with expertise in transportation fuel burn, noise and emissions measurement, modeling and analysis to join the Environmental Measurement & Modeling Division (V-324). The individual will serve as a technical expert for aviation emissions modeling and dispersion, uncertainty quantification, and ties between traffic simulation and emissions modeling. This position is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The ideal candidate works independently but can easily and seamlessly collaborate with peers internal and external to the Volpe Center, and has a passion for both transportation as well as the public’s well-being. You must have superb analytical, problem solving and writing skills and be able to excel in a fast-paced environment.

This position is open to both U.S. Citizens and Federal Employees.

  • ANNOUNCEMENT OPEN DATE: September 10, 2021
  • ANNOUNCEMENT CLOSE DATE: September 20, 2021


Since this is a vacancy is being filled through the Direct Hire Authority, you may apply using one of the following two options:

INFORMATIONAL SESSION: Chris Roof, Division Chief of the Environmental Measurement & Modeling Division (V324) will hold an information session to describe the position and to answer any questions interested candidates may have. Jaclyn Amicangelo from Human Resources will be there to inform and answer questions on the application process. Please direct any questions to Volpe HR Specialist, Jaclyn at .

  • Date: Wednesday,  September 15, 2021
  • Time:  12:00 pm ET
  • Location: MS TEAMS
  • Follow this link to join on MS Teams: Info Session


The U.S. Department of Transportation strives to ensure that equity, transparency, accountability, collaboration, and communication permeate all that we do for the betterment of the Department, the traveling public, and our nation.  As such, DOT values a highly diverse workforce of persons who promote a culture of belonging by respecting the personal dignity and worth of each individual and fostering a positive environment where all feel safe and welcome.  If these commitments coincide with your personal ideals and professional aspirations, please consider joining the DOT family. 

If you or someone you know is interested, I encourage you or them to apply. We are looking for a diverse pool of well qualified candidates. The announcement is posted on USA Jobs at and is linked from the Volpe Center Careers site at Please feel free to forward this message and the information session details to anyone who may be interested in applying to this position.  

All staff are encouraged to share this job opportunity on your personal social media accounts by copying and pasting the following language: 

The U.S. DOT Volpe Center in Cambridge, MA is recruiting for a Civil Engineer.  If you or someone you know is interested, I encourage you or them to Click Here to Apply.  We are looking for a diverse pool of well qualified candidates. 

Sep 10 21

Field Operations and Data Analyst Positions

by Maya J. Sze

The UCSC Fisheries Collaborative Program’s Acoustic Telemetry team is recruiting two scientists to join our team.

1. Field operations leader: You will be helping to build and maintain a state-of-the-art fish tracking network with many academic and agency partners in a highly collaborative environment. You will play an active role in exciting, applied research projects, including implanting acoustic tags into juvenile salmon to identify regions of low outmigration survival, and environmental conditions that lead to low survival, which may necessitate mitigation measures. Experience in boat driving, acoustic telemetry technology, and the Central Valley waterways is preferred but not required.

2. Data analyst: You will help compile and organize large telemetry datasets with a focus on making data synthesis products and visualizations available to the public. In particular, making real-time acoustic telemetry information available to resource managers will play a central role in the adaptive management of California’s water resources ( We strongly encourage analysis of the data and support publishing results. Experience in database management, Shiny apps (or similar products), survival modeling, and programming is preferred but not required.

Anyone interested in these positions can apply here: This is to apply into an ongoing pool for the academic specialist series within the UCSC Fisheries Collaborative Program, and salary is commensurate with experience. Applications must be submitted by Sept 30th for consideration.

Please feel free to distribute this to anyone you know who may be interested.

Lindsey Barron
FCP Administrative Assistant

Sep 10 21

Lab Assistant II

by Maya J. Sze

The Kraft Lab ( in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California Los Angeles is searching for a full-time technician in plant ecology to join our research group. The focus of the position will be running field experiments focused on plant community ecology, functional ecology and species coexistence at the nearby Sedgwick Reserve in Santa Barbara County, part of the University of California Natural Reserve System.  While the position will be based on UCLA campus, the technician would be expected to spend multi-day stretches of time working at the reserve with members of the lab and staying in on-site researcher housing during busy times of the year. We seek someone who is detail oriented, reliable, and enthusiastic about working with a diverse group of annual plants in a beautiful but rustic field setting. This is an ideal position for a recent college graduate seeking to gain research experience before applying to graduate school. A background in plant ecology, field botany, or related fields is highly desirable. The initial hire will be through summer of 2022 (~1 year), though additional years of funding may be available. To apply, please upload a cover letter, CV and names of at least two references at under position #34416. The position is classified as Lab Assistant II, with a starting salary of $20.06 per hour plus benefits. If you have questions about the lab or the position, please contact Nathan Kraft (