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Feb 21 19

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Plant Ecology and Evolution

by Ivara J. Roth

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Plant Ecology and Evolution at the University of California, Santa Barbara, sponsored by the National Science Foundation

 

To gain hands-on experience in evolutionary research, please apply to join the Mazer lab in summer 2019 as we investigate the process of natural selection in four populations of the widespread California native wildflower, Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila menziesii). We’re investigating wild populations along the length of the state to gain insight into the effects of rainfall and temperature regimes on the strength and direction of natural selection on life history and reproductive traits. Participants in this REU project will spend the summer at UCSB, conducting a combination of greenhouse- and lab-based activities. 

 

Eligibility and Preferred Qualifications

 

  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are currently enrolled as undergraduates at any U.S. institution (In Fall 2019, you must be enrolled at your home institution).
  • Students with a strong interest in ecology and evolution; previous course work in Biology is preferred.
  • Students with a strong desire to obtain hands-on experience in plant evolution and ecology.
  • We particularly welcome women and members of under-represented groups.
  • Start date:  June 1, 2019 –July 1, 2019 (expected end date will be 12 weeks later, and there is flexibility in the duration of each student’s REU.

 

What do REU participants receive?

 

  • A $7000 summer stipend (for 12 weeks of full-time participation @$600/week)
  • Housing supplement of $400/month for 3 months
  • The opportunity to conduct an independent research project while working on an ongoing collaborative project

Experience in a variety of skills, including: plant cultivation and breeding, data management, image analysis, germination treatments, hypothesis-testing, statistical analysis, and discussion of the scientific literature in plant evolutionary ecology.

 

To apply:

 

Please send the following to Professor Susan Mazer (sjmazer@ucsb.edu) and Postdoctoral Associate Amber Nashoba (amber.nashoba@ucsb.edu) before March 15, 2019.

 

  • Statement of interest: Please describe why this opportunity is a good match for your personal, scholarly, and professional interests; why you believe that you’re a great fit for this project; and how your perspective and experiences may contribute to the diversity of the scientific community. 
  • Transcript(an unofficial transcript is acceptable)
  • Reference: The name, email address, and phone number of a faculty member or mentor who knows you well.
Feb 21 19

Field Research Assistant Position in Plant Evolutionary Ecology at RMBL

by Ivara J. Roth
         The Campbell lab at the University of California at Irvine (http://faculty.sites.uci.edu/campbelllab/)  is seeking a field research assistant to join our team in plant evolutionary ecology for summer 2019. The work will be based at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (http://www.rmbl.org/) in Colorado. The assistant will help with data collection of vegetative, physiological, and floral traits for long-term projects. These projects are aimed at testing whether plant populations can adapt quickly enough to environmental change to avoid extinction. The fieldwork can be strenuous and sometimes involves extensive hiking at high elevations and work during inclement weather. In addition to field and laboratory work, the assistant is expected to be an active participant in the research community. Applicants should have some college level coursework in ecology. Those with prior laboratory or fieldwork experience with plants are especially encouraged to apply. The full-time position is available from early June to the end of August, with exact start and end dates flexible. Compensation includes station fees and housing at RMBL, and a salary.
          To apply, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for two references by March 1, 2019. Applications, or requests for more information, should be directed to Dr. Diane Campbell (drcampbe@uci.edu).
         The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.
Feb 21 19

Summer Field Research Position in the Sierras

by Ivara J. Roth
Ph.D. Candidate Maureen Page at the Williams Lab UC Davis is seeking two field research assistants to assist her with plant and pollinator sampling in the Sierras from May 19th – July 14th, 2019. The deadline for applications is March 15th. More information below:
 
Timeline: May 19th – July 14th, 2019 (with some flexibility around the start date if you have an academic or personal conflict).
 
Location: Field sites in the Sierras, based out of Sagehen Creek Field Station.
 
Compensation: $2000 stipend and free lodging at the field station or at a shared apartment in Truckee, CA.
 
Primary Responsibilities: Netting pollinators off wildflowers, flower community composition surveys, measuring nectar and pollen in flowers, data entry.
 
Secondary Responsibilities: Assessing seed set, collecting plant stigmas, monitoring solitary bee nesting in trap nests. 

Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree or at last one year of study in Ecology/Biology/Entomology or another related major by the time the project starts. Ability to walk transects while carrying light field equipment (10lbs). Ability to take careful data with high attention to detail. Basic computer skills (excel) and a cheerful attitude when working outdoors for long periods of time.
 
Desired Qualifications: Experience netting pollinators off flowers, working with bees, collecting plant community data, and identifying insects and plants. WFA/WFR certification or some other form of outdoor safety training also desired.

To apply: Please send a cover letter (up to 500 words), contact information for one reference (phone and email), and a current CV/resume to:
Maureen Page

 

Feb 21 19

REU at Morton Arboretum: Integrative Tree Science for the Anthropocene

by Ivara J. Roth

Deadline extended until March 1!

Students in the program spend 10 weeks at The Morton Arboretum under the mentorship of our Research Scientists and Research Associates, working through the entire scientific process to the completion of an independent research project. Our scientists cover a broad range of topics:
basic tree biology, forest ecology, arboriculture, biomechanics, root biology, soil science, genetics, phylogenetics, systematics, conservation biology, and restoration ecology. A partial list of mentors and projects, as well as instructions on how to apply can be found at: https://www.mortonarb.org/science-conservation/center-tree-science/undergraduate-research-fellowship/apply-undergraduate

Students participate in weekly activities, including training seminars, field trips, and social events. At the end of the program, students will be required to prepare a final report and present their work in a student research symposium at The Morton Arboretum. Students also interact with peers in REU and summer internship programs at the Arboretum and in the Chicago region.

The 2019 program dates will be June 3 through August 9 and applications are accepted from Jan 1 – Mar 1. Participants receive a $5750 stipend for the ten weeks, free housing on the nearby North Central College campus, and budgets for research and travel. For more information, please go to www.mortonarb.org/REU. Please contact ctsurf@mortonarb.org with questions.

All undergraduates enrolled in a degree granting institution are eligible to apply, from freshmen to first semester seniors.  Students must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its possessions. Underrepresented minorities and first generation college students are encouraged to apply.

To apply, submit the following 5 items (items 1-3 via online application, items 4-5 via email):

1. Complete the online application at: https://careers.hireology.com/themortonarboretum/256145/description, *You must attach the cover letter and CV on the first page of this online application

2. Attach cover letter (one page maximum), describing: why you would like to participate in the program; your career goals and how this program will help you meet them; prior research experience (if any); and your preferred mentor and project.

3. Curriculum vitae or resume. Via email to ctsurf@mortonarb.org:

4. Letter of reference should be sent by an instructor or advisor from your academic institution.

5. Official or unofficial transcript from your academic institution, sent by you or your university.

The Morton Arboretum is an equal opportunity employer committed to achieving a diverse workforce.

Feb 21 19

Native Plant Propagation Internship at University of Idaho

by Ivara J. Roth

Come be an intern at the Pitkin Nursery in northern Idaho!

The Franklin H. Pitkin Nursery in the College of Natural Resource, University of Idaho is an operational native plant nursery that grows over 65 species native to the Inland Northwest each year. Our facility routinely grows over 400,000 containerized seedlings used for native plant restoration across the region and the nation.

We are seeking 1 or more paid interns for summer 2019 to learn about native plant horticultural science and/or assist with growing the nursery crop.

Interns interested in horticultural research will work with faculty on projects designed to manipulate plant growth and health by modifying growing conditions and resource availability. Advanced interns will have the opportunity to explore treatment effects on plant physiology.

Operational greenhouse interns will work with nursery staff to develop skills to one day manage a container nursery. Example activities include irrigation, fertilization, maintaining crop records, identifying and solving disease and pest issues, and other cultural practices to control development and health of native plants.

The internship will be 10 weeks from June 3-August 9, 2019, although we are flexible with start and end dates to accommodate academic calendars. Intern pay will range from $10.50-$14 per hour depending on experience for 40 hours per week. Interns are expected to find their own housing in Moscow, Idaho during the internship. Short-term housing is abundant in the summer with sub-leases and we can help with the search.

To apply, please submit an application package in a single document that includes:

(i) a statement of interest indicating why native plants and horticulture interest you, and your future career interests, no more than 500 words, 

(ii) a resume that includes past work experience, your university, you major, current GPA, and at least 2 academic or professional references.

Submit your application to Dr. Andrew Nelson (asnelson@uidaho.edu), Director of the Pitkin Nursery.
Applicants that apply by March 1, 2019 will be given priority. Application deadline is March 18, 2019.

For more information about the Pitkin Nursery, take a look at our webpage: https://www.uidaho.edu/cnr/center-for-forest-nursery-and-seedling-research.

Feb 21 19

Seasonal Field Assistant at Wright-Locke Farm

by Ivara J. Roth

Seasonal Field Assistant at Wright-Locke Farm

Reports to: Farm Manager

Roughly 40 Hours/Week; Tuesday through Saturday

Mid-March/April—end of October and minimal hours into November and December (start and end dates somewhat flexible)

Pay: Previous experience taken into consideration, $10-$14/hour depending on experience

 

Position Summary:

Under the direct supervision of the Farm Manager, the field assistant works to meet the needs of the Wright-Locke Farm and the farm sales program. Exposure to: planting, seeding, harvesting, cultivating, soil fertility, and field maintenance.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work primarily with the Farm Manager to complete field tasks that will include but are not limited to seeding, transplanting, planting, weeding, harvesting, mowing, Farmers Market preparation, and Farmers Market staffing
  • Meet with Farm Manager each workday morning during the growing season to define what needs to be completed during the day and by whom. A team approach is required throughout all aspects of this job.
  • Observe and actively experience small-scale farming.
  • Assist with supervising other employees and volunteers, young and old and all abilities
  • Help in preparing and participation in markets, wholesales, and other market-based activities.
  • Assist in preparing and participation in farm sponsored events.
  • Assist in fostering capacity of farm
  • Responsible to assist with tracking weekly harvests
  • Assisting with tracking Organic Certification activities
  • Responsible as lead at 1 of 2 Farmers Markets
  • Assist in Greenhouse propagation and plant sales
  • Driver’s License and a good driving record

Additional Qualities:

  • Passion and interest in working/learning about small-scale, low-input, sustainable vegetable, flower, and herb production
  • Dedicated, hard worker—willing to fulfill commitment
  • Self-starter, self-disciplined, goal orientated
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member
  • Be in good physical condition and able to lift 50lbs
  • Ability to work in a potentially challenging environment and be adaptable
  • Have own transportation and be punctual
  • Energetic nature and willing to have fun

**Housing is NOT provided.

**Interested persons should send their resumes and references with an introduction email to farmer@wlfarm.org

Feb 21 19

Sagebrush-Obligate Bird Research Technicians

by Ivara J. Roth

The University of Waterloo’s Natural Gas Reclamation in the Sagebrush-Steppe Project is seeking two avian research technicians to assist with avian point counts, monitoring greater sage-grouse fitted with GPS-VHF transmitters, songbird nest monitoring, and vegetation sampling. The research will be conducted in large-scale natural gas reclamation areas in sagebrush habitat in the Powder River Basin, Wyoming. The objective of this component of the research is to better understand the response of sagebrush obligate birds to landscape scale habitat reclamation. The overall goal of the project is to identify the chain of reclamation events necessary for greater sage-grouse recovery and recovery of sagebrush songbirds in areas being reclaimed.

Lodging will be provided in Buffalo or Sheridan, Wyoming. The work term for most crew members will be from approx. 01 May to 31 August, 2019 (exact start and end dates are somewhat flexible).

Primary Duties

  Greater sage-grouse capturing
Greater sage-grouse monitoring and tracking (telemetry)
Conducting avian point-count surveys
Songbird nest searching
Microhabitat vegetation sampling
Data entry and data proofing
Operating 4×4 vehicles
Operating ATVs
Work will require long hours in the field (> 40 hour weeks) in adverse weather conditions, working alone and hiking long distances. Technicians must be able to work well with others, live side-by-side with coworkers and have good communication skills.

 

Required Qualifications
Completion or enrollment in, a college/university program in wildlife ecology/management, biology, zoology, or other natural resource related fields
Have the ability to legibly record field data and enter data into a computer (Excel, Word, etc.)
Understand the use of GPS equipment and basic navigation with a compass
Have experience conducting field work
Be willing to work long days (> 8 hours) in the field and often 6 day weeks
Valid full driver’s license
First Aid and CPR training
Preferred Qualifications (training is provided)
Ability to identify birds by visual and auditory clues
Experience tracking wildlife using telemetry
Experience handling wildlife

 

Compensation
Technicians will be paid $2400 CAD per month and lodging will be provided. Technicians will be responsible for their own living expenses (e.g., food).

How to apply
If you are interested in joining the project and spending the summer near the Bighorn Mountains in Wyoming, please email a cover letter, resume, and at least two professional references to ckirol@uwaterloo.ca. Applications will be taken until 18 March, or until the positions are filled. Further questions can be directed to ckirol@uwaterloo.ca or Dr. Brad Fedy (principle investigator; bfedy@uwaterloo.ca).

Feb 20 19

Full-time Program Coordinator Position available at The KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market

by Ivara J. Roth
The KITCHEN is seeking a Full-time Program Coordinator for immediate hire. The Program Coordinator will support The KITCHEN’s mission in two capacities: 1) coordinating and assisting with planning public and private events; and 2) executing high-quality programs and visitor experiences. To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Sarah Moser, smoser@thetrustees.org.
 
What We Do.
The Trustees of Reservations is one of Massachusetts’ largest non-profits and the oldest land trust in the nation. We are an organization with a fascinating past and an exciting future. Our places are open to all and we thrive by involving as many people as possible in what we do. Founded in 1891, by a group of visionary volunteers, we preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts and work to protect special places across the state. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 26,000+ acres on 116 reservations that are all open to the public. We are a nonprofit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 50,000 members. As one of the founding partners of Boston Public Market, The KITCHEN is operated by The Trustees, and is part of the organization’s agricultural stewardship portfolio.
 
Join Us.
The KITCHEN at Boston Public Market is Boston’s hub for seasonal culinary education. There is no other educational experience like it in the city where visitors are exclusively connecting with the farmers and artisans of this region. The KITCHEN hosts tasting demos, hands-on classes and educational experiences that celebrate the season and promote healthy living in Massachusetts. The KITCHEN team develops, manages and oversees an average of sixty events per month, including free and ticketed public and private programs that span wellness, culinary, and agricultural themes. The KITCHEN’s hands on classes, educational experiences and tasting demos are a signature component to the Boston Public Market that attract new visitors, help to lengthen the stay to the marketplace, and increase vendor sales.
 
Are you a Match?
We are seeking an enthusiastic and dynamic individual who believes in our mission and wants to advance their career. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated passion for food and cooking, sustainable agriculture and local farming, and will bring experience related to event planning and coordination, office administration, and marketing and communications. This position is highly independent and requires someone who is a self-starter with excellent customer service and interpersonal skills. At least one year of work experience is necessary.
 
Commitment and Responsibilities
The KITCHEN Program Coordinator will work 40 hours per week on a varied schedule, to be determined. Approximately 30 hours per week will be spent on Program Planning Functions and 10 hours per week will be spent on Program Execution Functions (see below).
Program Execution shifts are typically scheduled from 4-9 pm during weekday evenings or 4-6 hour shifts all day on Saturday or Sunday (ex: 9:00 am-12:00 pm, 11:00 am-4:00 pm, or 3:00-8:00 pm). The Program Coordinator will cover two shifts per week (between 8-12 hours approximately). For example: a typical week of event shifts: A) two evening shifts, or B) one evening and one to two weekend shifts. At least two weekend shifts will be required per month.
 
Program Planning Functions
•                     Daily administration of public programs across all public-facing platforms, including: updating online ticketing pages, coordination with Partners, Chefs, Event Coordinators, and other event staff.
•                     Assistance with private events in collaboration with Associate Director of Planning and Programs and the Education and Operations Manager, including: drafting contracts, invoicing clients and vendors, and processing payments and receipts.
•                     Daily upkeep of kitcheninfo@thetrustees.org, i.e. answering customer questions about public and private events and resulting research, updates, and communication with event staff and partners.
•                     Training and managing all Trustees volunteers.
•                     Hiring, training, and management of the KITCHEN intern team.
•                     Management of partner invoices for all public and private programming in collaboration with the Trustees Finance department.
•                     Revenue tracking and reporting to the entire team.
•                     Organization and management of public and private menus and recipes.
•                     Tracking of program costs and management of all payments and receipts.
•                     Assistance with ordering program materials in collaboration with the Education and Operations Manager, as needed.
•                     Supporting The KITCHEN’s Director, Associate Director, and Operations Manager as needed.
 
Program Execution Functions
•                     Execution of in-house culinary programming to the standards of The Trustees and BPM.
•                     Assisting guest chefs or programming partners with execution of programs in The KITCHEN.
•                     Execution of catering and private events to the standards of The Trustees and BPM.
•                     Managing hired culinary or service staff at The KITCHEN.
•                     Maintaining high standards of sanitation and safety in both the back and front of the house kitchens.
•                     Upholding high standards of customer service, including greeting every customer, educating them about The KITCHEN and The Trustees and helping them in a friendly manner.
•                     Managing the POS system including event tickets and sales.
•                     Performing opening and closing duties.
•                     Other duties as assigned with or without accommodation.
 
Minimum Requirements:
 
Education and Experience:
•                     Undergraduate degree
•                     Food Safety Certification (Servsafe) or willingness to obtain certification, if needed
•                     Background check required.
 
Skills/Qualifications:
•                     Quick learner; able to function and act independently
•                     Able to work well with people in a team environment
•                     Excellent communication skills; demonstrated experience in oral communication, persuasive writing, and training staff.
•                     Demonstrated ability to manage many deadlines, tasks, and relationships.
•                     Strong organizational skills; ability to manage projects and workflow, using time and resources effectively.
•                     High regard for teamwork, collegiality, customer service and visitor experience.
 
To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Sarah Moser, smoser@thetrustees.org.
Feb 15 19

Education Center Manager – Horticultural Society of New York

by Scarlet R. Bliss

The Horticultural Society of New York (The Hort) seeks an Education Center Manager for our educational center, greenhouse and kitchen garden (The Center) located in Riverbank State Park in Harlem, New York. The mission of the center is to introduce urban residents to the many benefits of plants and to develop life-long plant stewards and gardeners. The education center serves children, families, seniors, students, youth and other community members, providing a variety of classes, workshops, festivals and forums on environmental stewardship, family health and well-being, cooking and nutrition, and horticulture.

Reporting to the Center Director, the Education Center Manager will provide multiple program and activity support to facilitate program implementation AND to build awareness about the programs in order to develop and grow attendance.

 

Responsibilities:

* Public interface with all visitors at the Center, including walk-ins.

* Public, School and Camp programs coordination, including planning, scheduling, materials assembly, educational tool maintenance, and supplies procurement.

* Marketing/Promotion of all programs to build attendance, including developing relationships with community social service organizations, churches, youth centers, and other local stakeholders.

* Maintenance and growth of social media presence.

* All administrative aspects of program/education delivery, including scheduling, registrations, filing, waivers, program material production, and maintaining supplies/material inventories.

* Weekly, Monthly and Quarterly Tracking, Reporting and Reconciliation of program attendance, expenditures, and grant deliverables in coordination with finance and grant staff.

* Serve as liaison between the Center and New York State Parks staff, and oversee all compliance requirements and work orders.

* Provide regular facility maintenance, as required.

* Ability to teach all programs as necessary

 

Requirements:

* 4-year college degree

* 2+ years related work experience

* Knowledge of social media platforms and social media content production, using enterprise publishing tools such as Hootsuite, Constant Contact and WordPress

* Strong attention to detail and organizational skills

* Strong writing, editing, communication and interpersonal skills

* Ability to work independently and with departmental staff to complete projects on a timely basis

* Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications

* Ability to handle tight deadlines, changing conditions, and last-minute projects

* Customer service-oriented, with ability to relate positively to a diverse public

* Graphic design (Canva, Photoshop), photography and photo-editing skills a plus

* Ability to lift 25 lbs

* Workweek is Tuesday through Saturday.

 

Respond with resume and cover letter to Annette Nielsen at anielsen@thehort.org. No phone calls, please.

Feb 15 19

Environmental Voter Project

by Scarlet R. Bliss
It’s always Election Day at the Environmental Voter Project.
This February, we’re busy getting environmentalists to vote in town and city elections across Colorado, Florida, Georgia, and Massachusetts.
New England Aquarium Text Bank (Boston).
  *   February 27, 5:30-7:30PM
  *   1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
  *   Texting voters in Colorado, Florida, and Georgia
  *   Please bring a laptop and smart phone
Wellesley, MA Canvass.
  *   February 23, 10:00AM
  *   Meet at Starbucks, 101 Linden Street, Wellesley, MA
  *   Canvassing Wellesley voters for their town election
  *   Please wear warm clothing, comfortable shoes, and bring water
Lexington, MA Canvass.
  *   February 24, 1:00PM
  *   Meet at Panera Bread, 1684 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA
  *   Canvassing Lexington voters for their town election
  *   Please wear warm clothing, comfortable shoes, and bring water
These local elections are easy, fun opportunities to turn non-voters into voters, and two hours of your time can make a really big impact.
Sincerely,