Summer 2017 Research Job Opportunity in Northern Alaska
We are seeking undergraduates or college graduates interested in
research to understand ecosystem function in soils, streams, and lakes,
and how arctic tundra will respond to climate change.
Job Description: Paid research assistants will collect and analyze
field samples at sites located in the foothills of the Brooks Range in
Northern Alaska. Job duties include sample collection, field
measurements, and lab analyses at the Toolik Lake Field station.
Fieldwork involves hiking in remote areas while carrying heavy packs of
field equipment. Additional responsibilities include chemical analyses
and data processing. This position offers an excellent opportunity to
gain research experience in ecology and meet outstanding research
scientists from around the world. Room and board are provided. This
position is associated with the National Science Foundation Arctic Long
Term Ecological Research (LTER) program.
To apply: Please send 1. your resume, 2. a 1-page description of your
background (include relevant course work, field experience, academic and
career goals), 3. the names and contact information of 3 references to:
Dr. George Kling, email@example.com. Experience in ecology, chemistry, and
microbiology is desirable. Employment will be approximately June 10 –
August 30, 2017.
Additional information about the Arctic Long Term Ecological Research
(LTER) project is available at http://arc-lter.ecosystems.mbl.edu/ and
information about Toolik Field Station is available at
We will begin reviewing applications on 1 February 2017 and continue
until all positions are filled.
Field technicians needed for work on wild horse and burro ecology,
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) and Colorado State University
(CSU) are conducting scientific research to assist the BLM in management of
free-roaming wild horses and burros on public lands. The research projects
are led by Dr. Kate Schoenecker (USGS/CSU) and Dr. Sarah King (CSU). We are
seeking field technicians for help with projects involving radio telemetry
and behavioral observations of wild horses and burros in remote sites in
Utah and Arizona. These positions provide a great opportunity to learn and
polish wildlife monitoring techniques and assist with research on wild
horses and burros. More information about our research projects can be found
Field work in 2017 will be part of a five-year study examining the
demography and behavioral ecology of wild horses and burros in three
different Herd Management Areas (HMAs) in Utah and one in Arizona. The
successful applicants will use radio telemetry to locate wild horses or
burros to determine demographic parameters, and/or to conduct behavioral
observations. Positions available will focus on behavior and demography of
either wild horses or wild burros. There is potential for exemplary field
technicians to continue work as graduate students at CSU, pending successful
admittance to the university.
Field work will be rigorous, requiring extended hiking across all
terrains in remote areas, frequently off-trail on high slopes. Work will be
conducted under variable weather conditions at elevations above 6,000 feet,
with the potential for both extreme heat and temperatures below freezing.
Independence and a tenacious work ethic are essential. Behavioral
observations require a great deal of patience and ability to spend many
hours watching animals simply graze or rest. The positions are located in
remote field sites, necessitating excellent teamwork and flexibility, good
communication skills, and a positive attitude. Housing will be provided at
the field sites, and will consist of shared trailers, or tents. No internet
service is available in the housing, and cell service is patchy in most
We have openings for up to 6 field technicians that can commit for the
entire field season: mid-March through September 2017. There may be some
ability to truncate the season, so please state your availability in your
application, as well as your desire to work with wild horses versus wild
burros if you have a preference.
Field technicians will be employed by Colorado State University at a
salary of $14/hr. This is an hourly position based on a 40-hour work week,
although due to the nature of field work longer work hours may be incurred.
No over time compensation is provided, and the positions are not eligible
for paid sick leave, or paid vacation.
– Familiarity with use of GPS and/or map and compass.
– Maintaining and safeguarding personally assigned and project
– Assisting in routine maintenance of housing.
-Ability to drive 4WD vehicles across varied and rugged terrain.
-Completion of necessary CSU or USGS safety courses and
– Excellent communication skills required to remain in contact with
remote supervisor during protracted fieldwork.
– One year of laboratory or field research, or any equivalent
combination of experience, training and/or education.
– A state driver¹s license valid during period of employment (any US
-Ability to hike in backcountry covering 4-5 miles each day while
carrying a 35lb pack.
Preferred qualifications (in addition to above):
– Bachelors degree in wildlife science, biology or related discipline.
– Experience with radio telemetry in field conditions.
– Experience with behavioral observations of mammals under natural
– Understanding of animal behavior and ecology.
– Ability to manage and maintain a computer database.
To apply send both a letter of interest and resume with contact
information for two references to Sarah King at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clearly state how your experience qualifies you for this position, and your
availability. Deadline for receipt of applications is January 22, 2017.
- BA/BS degree with 2-4 years of experience; or 1-3 years of experience with MS/MA degree
- Experience or internship working in Congress or federal agency is a plus
- Scientific or environmental background is a plus
- Strong analytical, written, verbal skills
- Excellent organizational skills
- Ability to read, interpret, analyze, track, and apply legislation to ESA program policies, and make good decisions without daily oversight
- Willingness to develop relationships with ESA members, policy makers, scientists, and other stakeholders
- Ability to perform responsibilities with composure, accuracy, and quality under the stress of deadlines and/or fast pace
- Effective time-management skills with the ability to handle multiple assignments simultaneously and to plan for both short- and long-term projects
- Willingness to learn as needed and follow directions
- Demonstrated high level of initiative
- Must enjoy working effectively as part of a team
- Positive attitude in accomplishing tasks
- Ability to maintain confidentiality
- Travel: less than 10%; must be able to travel to the ESA Annual Meeting each August
Recruit instructors to implement workshops
Work with community organizations to promote the Teaching Kitchen program and recruit participants and volunteers
Schedule classes and coordinate the use of Daily Table¹s shared teaching kitchen space
Create outreach materials
Work with Daily Table¹s volunteer/outreach coordinator to schedule and train volunteers and instructors
Manage class registration
Manage ordering of food with Daily Table¹s Executive Chef
Source and order supplies
Prepare materials and stage supplies for classes
Organized and detail oriented
Able to work some nights and weekends
Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office, Excel and Google forums
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with people from variety of racial, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds
Ability to balance multiple tasks
Volunteer or general management experience preferred
Ability to quickly problem solve
Able to lift 40 pounds
An interest or passion in cooking and nutrition preferred
Passion for Daily Table¹s mission is a must
Commitment to high standards and holds self-accountable
- Pasture raised beef, pork, meat birds, layers, lamb, and turkeys.
- Land management: hay, custom mowing, field maintenance of pastured animals/birds
- Small vegetable field and fruit orchard.
- Sales through on-site Farm Store, local area restaurants, and partnerships with other farm operations.
- Community garden plots
- Educational activities
- Barnyard animal pens for visitors
- Community events and private events
- Experience raising and caring for all manner of livestock
- Experience managing forage and livestock pastures
- Ability to safely and effectively operate farm equipment on/off road
- 2 years equipment operation preferred on 50+hp tractors.
- Tillage, mowing, loader work
- Safe driving record; ability to safely maneuver farm trailers of all types/sizes
- 2 years equipment operation preferred on 50+hp tractors.
- Experience setting up and managing portable electric fencing
- Experience using outdoor power equipment (riding mowers, chainsaws, etc.)
- Basic carpentry, plumbing and electrical experience a plus
- Haying experience a big plus
- At least 2 years of supervisory experience and/or experience managing volunteers
- Strength to lift 50+ pounds and handle large animals
- Ability and stamina to work hard all day moving poultry coops, livestock shelters, water, and grain over rough terrain
- Endurance, sometimes working 10+ hours per day and/or 6 days/week in all weather conditions (extreme heat, extreme cold, rain/mud, and/or high winds)
- Excellent communicator and enjoys interacting with public
- Ability to work independently and problem solve on the job
- Basic computer technology skills
- Reliable, responsible, observant, flexible
- Focused and detail-oriented
- Ability to work independently and maintain farm priorities
- Ability to work effectively and efficiently in a small team (a good sense of humor is a must!)
- Ability to follow instructions and ask clarifying questions
- Ability to use good judgment in raising animals safely and humanely; critical thinking a must
- Commitment to learning/improving sustainable farming practices centered around pasture raised methods and communicate such practices effectively to the public
- Ability and desire to positively engage with a diverse community of people
- Excellent customer service skills
- Enjoy working with and leading volunteers, as needed
- How does this position fit your personal and professional goals now and in the future?
- How would a past employer describe you?
- How would a co-worker describe you?
- What skills/experience do you bring to this position that you think would benefit the farm?
We are looking for undergraduates to join our team of interdisciplinary
researchers in northeast Iceland this coming summer. We study the ecology of
Lake Myvatn, and interns will be expected to assist in our ongoing LTREB
(Long-Term Research in Environmental Biology) project.
REU candidates must be current undergraduates (not graduating before fall
of 2017) with US citizenship.
SELECTION CRITERIA AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The research focuses on the population dynamics of midges in Myvatn and the
consequences they have for the aquatic and surrounding terrestrial food
webs. The work includes conducting lab and field experiments, and collecting
arthropod, zooplankton, sediment and plant samples. The research will be
divided approximately equally between aquatic and terrestrial systems.
Our interns take primary responsibility for the routine sampling that forms
the backbone of the long-term research, in addition to conducting
independent projects. Technical lab and (especially) field skills are
essential. However, we place primary importance on the ability of
prospective interns to work both independently and as part of a research
term. We will also consider the ability of applicants to function in the
somewhat remote conditions of rural Iceland.
If you are interested in joining our team, please apply with the following:
1. Cover letter
Your cover letter should outline your background and the reasons why you
would be a good candidate for this position. Include a discussion of why you
want this position and how it relates to your intellectual interests and
career goals. In particular, emphasize how your experiences and skills make
you a good match for the position. Highlight specific details from your
resume or other pertinent information that does not appear on your resume.
Include your citizenship, whether you have a valid driver¹s license, and
your current and future educational plans.
Include a current resume that details your education and work experiences.
Provide names and contact information for at least two references whom we
can contact to ask specific questions about your background and
qualifications for the position.
Submit your application as a single PDF (only 1 file), including cover
letter and resume. Email your PDF to Joe Phillips email@example.com.
Include your surname in the file (e.g., Smith_Iceland_Application.pdf). Put
“2017 Summer Research in Iceland” in the subject line of the email. After
initial screening of materials, finalists will be contacted for interviews.
For full consideration for summer 2017 internships, please submit your
application by 15 January, 2017.
REU positions include coverage of travel expenses to and from Iceland, food
and lodging, and a small stipend. Interns are expected to join the research
team in Iceland from the first week of June to late August. The timing of
the fieldwork is dictated by our needs for routine sampling and therefore is
inflexible. A critical part of the program is conducting your own research
project under our guidance. Past summer research interns have completed
their projects as senior research theses or have presented their work at
More information about our work and field experiences can be found at our
Joe Phillips (graduate student) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda McCormick (graduate student) – email@example.com
Tony Ives (professor) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Claudio Gratton (professor) – email@example.com
Organization: Gardens for Health
Location: Boston, MA USA
Preferred Start Date and Duration: Flexible (January – June, 2017)
Hours: Part-time to full-time. Note: we are flexible with academic schedules for students who are actively enrolled in a program of study.
How to apply: Send your resume, cover letter and a short writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finance and Operations Intern – Position Overview
As our Finance and Operations Intern, you will have a front-row seat to the world of nonprofit operations and accounting. The candidate will be exposed to all aspects of the accounting cycle gaining valuable experience in the management of accounts payable and accounts receivable, reconciliation, reporting, budgeting, compliance, and more. This position will provide robust experience in the financial reporting processes for nonprofit organizations including familiarity with the SalesForce, Aplos and QuickBooks financial and donor management systems.
Gardens for Health is a relatively small and growing organization, and the Finance and Operations intern will work closely with our leadership team. We are dedicated to our mission and our work, and we expect all team members to share that dedication. The Finance and Operations Intern will report to the US Operations Associate and he or she will also work closely with our Rwanda-based Finance Manager and other US-based staff. The role will require flexibility, creativity, attention to detail, and an ability to prioritize among many tasks.
Design and Communications Intern – Position Overview
Gardens for Health is a relatively small and growing organization, and the Development and Communications Intern will work closely with our leadership team. We are dedicated to our mission and our work, and we expect all team members to share that dedication. The Design and Communications Intern will report to the US Senior Development and Communications Associate in addition to working closely with other US-based staff and the Rwanda-based Communications and Development Fellow. The role will require flexibility, creativity, attention to detail, and an ability to prioritize among many tasks.
Who We Are: Organizational Overview
Gardens for Health is a growing non-profit organization whose innovative approach is focused on improving childhood health outcomes by integrating agriculture into the clinical treatment of malnutrition. We currently partner with 18 Government Health Centers in Rwanda to provide families with the tools and resources to build a sustainable path out of malnutrition through targeted health and agriculture training. Our organization has scaled rapidly over the past four years. In 2012, we were a team of 18 people working in partnership with three health centers reaching just over 350 families annually. Today, we are a team of 125 reaching more than 2,100 families each year. With our growing impact, we have also been able to work more closely with the Rwandan government to inform policies and practices that integrate agriculture into the national healthcare system.
Our headquarters are based in Rwanda with an office in Boston, MA. Gardens for Health’s US office works closely with our team in Rwanda to support operations on the ground by raising the resources necessary to fund programs, expanding GHI’s global community, contributing to hiring processes and strategic planning, and providing logistical support. Because the US office is a small team dedicated to the success of Gardens for Health, we work collaboratively and expect that everyone will pitch in as needed on a variety of projects. Every member of our team, from Field Educators who deliver trainings to technical experts who inform program design to support staff in Rwanda and Boston who ensure operations runs smoothly work together toward a shared goal: to make growing and eating healthy food a part of the healthcare system in Rwanda and beyond.
If interested, please send your resume and cover letter to Gardens for Health at email@example.com or contact us at +1 (857) 204-5263 with any questions.
Compost Research Internship
Hours: 5-15 Hours/Week
Timeline: Current-June 2017 – Flexible Start & Stop Times
Location: Boston Metro Area Preferred, Remote Considered
Compost Technical Services (CTS) is a leading consultancy in New England,
specializing in food scrap compost site planning and compost operator
education. In 2017, CTS’s owner James McSweeney will be completing a book
manuscript focused on the design and management of community scaled
composting operations. The topics covered in the book include planning and design for
small/medium scale and distributed composting infrastructure, with a focuson
food scrap recycling. All of the common composting methods are covered:
turned windrow, bin/bay systems, in-vessels, aerated static pile (asp), and
vermicomposting. Additional chapters cover composting with animals, compost
heat recovery, and small scale food scrap collection, as well as basic
composting science and compost site management.
The internship/independent study will be focused on researching the
technical aspects of composting, both in the literature and from primary sources. In
addition, interns with design/illustration skills may have opportunities to
support some of the systems design work for the book.
This is a unique opportunity to directly contribute to a greatly
Other learning opportunities will be available to the intern, including
site visits with composting clients, site planning, and design assistance.
CTS is seeking one or more research interns with the following background/
– Degree or current enrollment in a relevant area of study
(environmental studies/science/planning, engineering, design, biology,
– Familiarity with composting science and/or passion for composting and
– Research/critical thinking skills
– Strong writing/editing skills
At this time no compensation is available. Your contribution will be
recognized in the book and you will receive a copy of the book when it is
To apply, please send a letter of interest (LOI) and resume or CV to:
In the LOI, please describe:
– The core competencies that you would bring to the project
– What specific interests areas you have related to the research
– What your availability is (ideal timeframe, hours/week)
Internships will be available until filled. I will get back to you within
one week of receiving your LOI. Interns in the Boston area will be preferred,
but remote applicants who are passionate about the work will be considered.