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Nov 18 15

Amazon Cloud Forest Sustainability Internship | Education Center on Conservation and Sustainable Development

by Kris Pieper
Amazon Cloud Forest Sustainability Internship in Peru
The deadline for our Amazon Cloud Forest Sustainability Internship in Peru for March 2016 program is close!!!
You can download the application form from our web site!internship-program/yocnc
Do not miss the chance to participate in our program!!
The Education Center on Conservation and Sustainable Development (CDS) began in 2011 as an initiative of the Centro Neotropical de Entrenamiento en Humedales ­ Perú to facilitate and implement the goals of education, training, and research in different aspects of conservation and sustainable development. It is situated in the buffer zone of the Yanachaga Chemillén National Park in Oxapampa Province, which includes the Oxapampa Ashaninka Yanesha Biosphere Reserve.
This internship program is suitable for people looking for a real experience with local communities and environmental problems due to human impact. This expedition covers wide topics such as riparian forest restoration, organic cultivation, water treatment and water quality. The program is ideal for students in biology, ecology, environmental science or related fields. Students of sustainable development, Latin American studies, or international relations will find this program relevant to their degree as well. Anyone looking to improve their Spanish language skills will have the opportunity through this project as well. The program is structured like an internship, so it is a great resume builder!
There is also the potential for students to do research or gather data on their own projects in related fields for a thesis or final year project. There is also potential for interestedvolunteers to design and implement long term projects, which they would manage with the center’s approval and support. Please contact us as early as possible with proposals.
The intern is expected to arrive with a positive attitude and a desire to work, learn and have a little fun! Must be physically fit and accustomed to the camping lifestyle.
Our projects include:
Project 1. The farm and compost area:
– Work with native fruits and vegetables in our organic chacra. Learn how to produce compost and apply organic fertilizer and maintain the crops to ensure a successful harvest.
Project 2. The Huerta, Compost tea, Greenhouse:
– Work in our organic garden, maintaining the vegetables and herbs. Learn how to produce and maintain a compost tea system that can sustain the land’s fertilization needs as well as minimize trash generation. Work in the greenhouse, preparing the seeds for transplantation in the garden, as well as selecting new seeds for cultivation.
Project 3. Water Collection and Irrigation Design:
– Work on designing and constructing a waste water system, filtering the grey water from the showers into wetlands on the property to avoid contamination. Work on improving the irrigation of the garden, creating systems to maximize efficient water use.
Project 4. Trail Maintenance, education and environmental interpretation:
– Work on maintaining the trails on the property, planning and constructing new ones. Design signs and label important flora and fauna that can be seen from the trail.
Project 5. Monitoring using various bio-indicators:
– Learn from the experts how to collect data and monitor water quality and forest quality using bio-indicators like macroinvertebrates, insects, lichens and plants.
Project 6. Exotic and invasive species management:
– Work to control and eradicate invasive plant species in the rainforest, such as invasive bamboo. Learn different techniques to control and manage invasive species.
Project 7. In vitro native plant culture:
– Work on the implementation of an in vitro laboratory for native trees, orchids and other species of interest. Learn how to build a lab and learn how to propagate plants in in vitro conditions.
Project 8. Reforestation project:
– Assist in the preparation of tree seedlings for reforestation of riparian areas. Participate in reforestation of native trees on the property, such as the ulcumano – Podocarpus spp. This may include working on orchid and other epiphytes rescue.
Project 9. Sustainable Energy:
– Design and/or construct sustainable energy systems including biogas system, a composting hot shower, small scale hydroelectric and solar panels in the future.
and other possible projects..
Cost of the monthly internship program is $ 2470. Taxes and wire fee not included.
·         Housing
·         Food
·         Medical services
·         Excursions
·         Pre-departure orientation/Training
·         In-country orientation/Training
·         In-country staff support
·         Registration fees
·         Written materials abroad
·         Orientation with visa paperwork
·         Week end day excursions, such as bike rides, hikes in the national park, swimming, tree climbing, trips to waterfalls, etc. We include a basic medical assistance. However visitors should have an international health/accidents insurance.
·         We include a four-day homestay with a local or an indigenous family. You will be able to live with them, work with them and shared their culture.
Not included: – souvenirs – health and accidents insurance – longer tours or trips – unscheduled social activities (drinks, club entrances, etc)
Longer trips arranged before or after the project. This would not be included in the month stay, before or after, nor in the price. Some of the places are: Cuzco and Machu Picchu, Colca- canyon, Huaraz, Caral ruins, Paracas and nazca lines, etc. We can arrange groups at a special rate.
In order to apply, along with the application form please send us a letter of interest and your cv/resume to and
Questions about this program and/or the application process can be made to: Florencia Trama at ftrama@centroneotropical.orgor
Nov 18 15

Restoration Monitoring Data and Information Specialist | National Wildlife Refuge Association

by Kris Pieper

Restoration Monitoring Data and Information Specialist

The National Wildlife Refuge Association, in partnership with Midway
Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and the USFWS Pacific Region Inventory
and Monitoring Program, seeks an individual with strong restoration
ecology, database development, and ecological monitoring design skills
for an 18-month period to help Refuge staff meet scientific information
needs associated with expanding habitat restoration and weed control
programming. The selected individual will be an employee of the National
Wildlife Refuge Association and will work closely with Refuge staff and
volunteers to develop robust data collection procedures, design
databases, and data management systems for currently implemented weed
control, native plant propagation and habitat restoration activities.
The primary goal of this position is to set-up a robust habitat
restoration monitoring system that can be utilized and maintained by
USFWS staff to holistically evaluate the success of restoration efforts,
encompassing and integrating complex and large-scale weed control and
native plant propagation programs.

The National Wildlife Refuge Association is an independent 501(c)3
nonprofit organization that works in partnership with the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service to advance the wildlife conservation mission of the
National Wildlife Refuge System. For more information about the Refuge
Association, please visit To receive a copy
of the work plan or to ask project and location-specific questions,
please contact Meg Duhr-Schultz (, 808-954-4819).
For salary and benefits questions, please contact Anne Truslow

Nov 18 15

Graduate (MS) Assistantship – Raptor Conservation/Ecology | University of Illinois

by Kris Pieper

An MS-level graduate research assistantship is available for participating
in research and conservation of ospreys and short-eared owls, both
state-endangered, in Illinois.  The Graduate Research Assistantship will be
for two years with a 27 June 2016 start date.  The assistantship will
provide tuition waiver, a stipend for the spring and fall semesters, summer
income as a field technician, and research support.  The selected student
will assist with an osprey re-establishment project in central Illinois
during the summer.  In collaboration with Dr. Brian Washburn of the
USDA/APHIS/WS/National Wildlife Research Center
(, the
student will study the wintering ecology of short-eared owls (e.g.,
determining activity and movement patterns) in northern Illinois.

Successful candidates must have the following qualifications:

1.  Background in ecology and conservation.
2.  Experience working with raptors.
3.  Endurance for long field seasons.
4.  High academic performance.
5.  Strong writing skills and quantitative skills.
6.  Coursework and extensive use of GIS and statistics.
7.  Field experience in radio-tracking and GPS technology.
8.  Strong work ethic and keen attention to detail.

Interested applicants should send the following (via email) to Dr. Tih-Fen
Ting at as soon as possible, no later than 1 February 2016:

1. Cover letter addressing background, extent of qualifications, and
research interest.
2. A current resume.
3. Three letters of reference: at least two letters of reference must be
provided by either professors or academic advisors familiar with your
academic performance.
4. Transcripts (unofficial or scanned copy acceptable).

In addition, please complete the following steps no later than 1 February

1. Application to the GA program: go to the link:  And click on “Start a new GA/GPSI
application form” toward the bottom of the page.  On the form, please check
that you would like to be considered for GA.
2. A current resume – sent directly to the GA office at
3. Personal goal statement – there is a required format:
8/Personal-Goal-Statement-06-15.pdf.  Send directly to the GA office at

Please do not hesitate to contact me at if you have

Tih-Fen Ting, Ph.D.
Department of Environmental Studies
University of Illinois at Springfield
Springfield, IL 62703
(217) 206-7876

Nov 18 15

Editorial Assistant | Ecological Society of America

by Kris Pieper

The Ecological Society of America is seeking an Editorial Assistant to
help produce Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, a high-ranking
monthly journal focusing on ecological and environmental science. Duties
include: managing the online peer-review system, copyediting and
proofreading manuscripts, writing occasional news stories, conducting
cover photo searches, running the Frontiers Twitter account, and
corresponding with authors, associate editors, and reviewers. A relevant
Bachelor’s degree (e.g., in Ecology, Environmental Science, Conservation
Biology) is a must; one to two years’ editorial experience an advantage.
Downtown Washington, DC location; competitive salary (commensurate with
experience) and benefits. Email cover letter, CV, salary expectations, and
contact information for three references to Dr. Sue Silver, at ­ Put ‘Editorial Assistant Search’ in the subject line.
Application deadline: Wednesday 25th November 2015.

Nov 18 15

MS Positions – Environmental Education | Southern Oregon University

by Kris Pieper

The Environmental Education program at Southern Oregon University is proud to offer a Masters of Science program designed to create leaders in the field of Environmental Education.  Our program offers interdisciplinary training in the natural sciences, ecology and education, all in the diverse and spectacular Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion of southwestern Oregon and northern California.

Our science-based program offers several unique elements including our culminating project. The graduate students collaborate to design and present both a day and residential program aimed at diverse audiences located at our Field Station (Deer Creek Center) and on the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.

Students may also choose to incorporate a Masters of Arts in Teaching and earn teacher licensure at the secondary level with a science endorsement (options for licensure at the elementary and middle level are also possible) or a certificate in non-profit management as an integrated part of the program.

Four to six graduate assistantship positions are offered each year to Environmental Education graduate students.  Going into effect during the first fall quarter and lasting throughout the first year of study, graduate assistants receive an 80% in-state tuition remission and a monthly stipend.  The assistantship requires 12 hours of work per week.  Positions include Siskiyou Environmental Education Center (SEEC) Office Manager, SEEC Office Assistant, Education Outreach Coordinator, Fall in the Field coordinator, and instructors for introductory biology labs.

Financial aid may be available to students.  Some students may qualify for in-state tuition through the Western Regional Graduate Program.

For details on how to apply, please visit our website at or contact Colleen MacGilvray at  The priority deadline for admittance into the program is January 15, 2016.


Colleen MacGilvray

Graduate Assistant
Siskiyou Environmental Education Center (SEEC)

Southern Oregon University
(541) 552-6876

Nov 18 15

Graduate Assistantships/Fellowships – Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability | Michigan State University

by Kris Pieper
Graduate Assistantships/Fellowships
Graduate assistantships/fellowships are available for outstanding self-motivated students to conduct innovative and high-impact research at the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS) at Michigan State University (MSU). 
With support from the U.S. National Science Foundation and other funding sources, research topics may include  sustainability science, coupled human and natural systems, biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services, human well-being, land change science, forest and landscape ecology, global change, systems integration (integration of ecology with demography, economics, sociology, technology, and policy; integration of land, water, and/or energy such as food-energy-water nexus),  ecology and management of wildlife (e.g., giant pandas in China), systems modeling and simulation (e.g., agent-based modeling), and telecoupling (socioeconomic and environmental interactions over distances,  through means such as globalization, human and animal migration, species dispersal, species invasion, disease spread, spread of pollutants and wastes, trade of goods and products, flows of ecosystem services, environmental and hydrological flows, foreign investment, technology transfer, water transfer, and tourism,  Papers on these topics by CSIS faculty and students have been published in journals such as Science, Nature, and PNAS (see 
With flexible start dates (e.g., summer or fall of 2016), successful candidates can build on these previous studies and explore new frontiers of research.
Application materials include: (1) letter of application, (2) statement of professional goals, (3) CV or resume, (4) transcripts, (5) GRE scores, (6) TOEFL scores (for non-native English speakers only), (7) list of 3-4 references (names and contact information), and (8) up to three representative publications if any. Unofficial copies of GRE, TOEFL and transcripts are OK initially.
Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible, or until the positions are filled.  Applications and questions about these opportunities can also be emailed to: 
Jianguo (Jack) Liu
Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability
Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48823-5243, USA


Nov 18 15

PhD Position – Urban Resilience to Climate Change | Florida International University

by Kris Pieper

Graduate Position in Urban Resilience to Climate Change at Florida
International University

Florida International University, Miami, Florida

Two PhD graduate fellowships are available in the Department of Biological
Sciences ( at Florida International University
to conduct research on urban resilience to extreme events in South Florida,
beginning fall 2016. This position is part of the Urban Resilience to
Extremes Sustainability Research Network
( which is a
multi-institutional, interdisciplinary research team working on
science, knowledge exchange, and adaptation to extreme events affecting

Fellows in the UREx SRN will participate in distributed seminars and
student-led journal clubs, develop independent yet networked doctoral
research plans, and have opportunities to be active members in research
working groups, scenario-building workshops with practitioners, and design
studios for resilient urban infrastructure. Graduate fellows will be full
participants in annual All-Hands meetings, receive training in science
communication, attend a computation and visualization summer institute, and
lead the development of research products. The goal of this training
is to provide an environment and programs in which diverse people (in terms
of career stage, sector, ethnicity, culture, and discipline) may
collaboratively learn about the impacts of extreme events on urban areas
how to promote the resilience of urban social, ecological and technical
system infrastructure.

FIU is a public research university in Miami with a highly diverse,
and growing student body located near the eastern boundary of the
Everglades. The Department of Biological Sciences has strengths in Ecology,
Marine Biology, Botany, Microbiology, Evolution, and Cellular/Molecular
Biology. FIU is home to the Sea Level Solutions Center
(, which will provide a collaborative,
multi-disciplinary framework for studying exposure and adaptation of South
Florida to climate change. Fellows will also be invited to participate in
the Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research program
(, based at FIU, which includes a very active
student organization of over 70 students from multiple departments and
institutions who conduct integrative, multidisciplinary, long-term
To be eligible for positions, students must meet FIU graduate admission
requirements and complete the application procedure for the graduate
( The deadline for graduate applications
is January 05, 2016, but early submission (December 2015) is highly

The candidate¹s research interests should include global environmental
change, socio-ecological science, coastal ecology, and ecosystem ecology.
Students should select one or more of the mentors among the three principal
investigators of the project: Dr. John Kominoski (;, Dr. Tiffany Troxler
(, and Dr. Evelyn Gaiser
(;, and send an email providing a CV
and message of interest in the program and fellowship.

Nov 18 15

MS Positions – Earth System Science and Policy | University of North Dakota

by Kris Pieper

The Department of Earth System Science and Policy at the University of North
Dakota, Grand Forks, ND offers great opportunities for students to obtain a
Master of Science degree or a Master of Environmental Management degree.
Successful graduates have an outstanding record of gaining high quality
employment. A combination of diverse training and experience, has led to
recent graduates obtaining excellent jobs in federal, state, and local
government, private firms, and in consulting. MS graduates have also been
accepted into well-regarded doctoral programs across the USA.

Full tuition waivers are available for successful applicants. Grand Forks
and the University of North Dakota provide good opportunities for students
to gain part-time employment to support themselves. Students from a wide
range of fields are encouraged to apply as this degree is designed to
accommodate very diverse academic backgrounds. Applications from students
the nearby states (ND, SD, MN, MT, WY, WI) and Canadian Provinces (SK, MB)
are particularly encouraged.

Earth System Science and Policy is an interdisciplinary department which
focuses on environmental sustainability. The ESSP Department has faculty
with diverse expertise including earth science, ecosystem science,
glaciology, hydrology, climate science, environmental economics, and
environmental policy. Students must complete 20 credits of compulsory
coursework in Earth System Science and Policy 501/502 during the first two
semesters of their degree. MEM students are required to complete an
internship. Students can generally obtain interesting and challenging
internships with local, state, federal and international agencies.
Interested students should see the UND Graduate School website
( for application instructions, and the ESSP
Departmental web page ( to explore the range of
and faculty expertise. Prospective students can contact Dr. Rebecca J.
Romsdahl in the first instance for further information:

Recommended deadlines for application are January 4th for a March 1st
decision, and April 15th for a May 15th decision. Tuition waivers are
provided on a first qualified basis. Students must apply to the UND
School in the first instance, and satisfy all application requirements
before they will be assessed by the ESSP Department.

For more information, see the following websites:
The University of North Dakota:
The UND Graduate School:
UND Earth System Science and Policy Department:
Grand Forks City:

Nov 18 15

MS/PhD Positions – Ecosystem Restoration | Ohio State

by Kris Pieper

The School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) at The Ohio State
University currently offers MS and PhD programs with a specialization in
Ecological Restoration. Our faculty have expertise in terrestrial
ecology, soil remediation and rehabilitation, forestry, wildland fire
management, wetland science and the environmental social sciences. Fully
funded positions are advertised when available but SENR applicants are also
able to apply for Graduate Teaching Associate positions and Fellowships.
Such awards provide a stipend and cover tuition and fee costs
( A number of faculty are
currently interested in receiving applications from potential graduate
students with qualifications that match the requirements of the GTA and
Fellowship programs (see below).

The following faculty welcome inquiries from students interested in
Ecosystem Restoration: Nick Basta, Matt Davies, Warren Dick, Charles
Brian Slater

We particularly welcome inquiries from students wanting to study the
following topics:
1. Holistic rehabilitation and restoration of contaminated, brownfield and
urban sites (Basta)
2. The ecological structure, function and restoration of agricultural field
margins (Davies)
3. Restoration of Ohio¹s threatened bog ecosystems (Davies)
4. The use of fire as a management and restoration tool (Davies, Goebel)
5. Function and restoration of wooded riparian areas in agricultural
landscapes (Goebel)
6. Flow permanence and ecology of headwater streams and riparian areas in
forested landscapes (Goebel)
7. Soil resilience in agricultural systems (Slater)

Those interested in applying should meet the following minimum criteria
(successful applicants are likely to have considerably higher metrics and
existing research or professional experience):
– GPA – minimum 3.6 on a 4.0 scale
– GRE – 75% or higher on the Verbal and Quantitative and a score of 4 or
greater on the Analytical

Potential applicants should consult the School¹s directory and contact the
faculty member relevant to their interests: When inquiring please include a
brief (1-2 page) C.V. and state your GPA and GRE (if available) scores.

The deadline for consideration for fellowships and SENR Graduate Teaching
Associate positions is January 7th 2016 (earlier preferred)

Nov 11 15

Research Assistant – Stakeholders’ Understanding of New England Flood Risks | Tufts Institute of the Environment

by Kris Pieper
Mapping and Contrasting Stakeholders’ Understanding of Flood Risks along New England’s coast
Coastal communities in New England are struggling to agree on how best to protect themselves in the face of growing flood risk concerns. This research examines the role of collaborative approaches in harmonizing differences between stakeholders’ perceptions about risks and what ought to be done about them. I am looking for a motivated undergraduate student to help me with my stakeholder assessment. Over the next month, I plan to conduct, transcribe, and code about 25 interviews with stakeholder representatives and technical experts in a coastal Rhode Island town. Students will be mentored in qualitative methods including the opportunity to lead at least five of the interviews, training to code transcripts in leading software NVivo, and use of SystemSketch, an EPA model for assessing conceptual models. The internship pays $10 and is expected to take between 200-300 hours. Time includes six ten hour site visits (including up to 5 interviews each), off-site time transcribing notes and audio recordings, and time in our TIE based (Miller Hall) office coding and synthesizing interviews. Interviews are being scheduled for end of November / early December with option to conduct interviews over January break. Opportunities exists for students interested in working with me in future phases, as well as co-authoring articles based on collected data in Phase 1. If interested, please contact Michal Russo ( with a short paragraph reflecting your interest and relevant experience.