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Nov 15 19

Amphibian Research Technicians Needed

by Marilene Rivas-Chavez

The U.S. Geological Survey’s Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative in the northeast will be hiring 4-6 student contractor field research technicians in 2020. Technicians will be hired for both the spring & summer period (early March through July), with the possibility of extension for work during the fall field season (August through October).  Field work will be based out of separate duty stations located in Maryland and Massachusetts.  Massachusetts technicians will conduct amphibian surveys in protected areas in the Northeastern US, but primarily in MA and VT.  Maryland technicians will conduct surveys primarily in MD, VA, and the District of Columbia. The technicians will work as part of a team that surveys for amphibians within National Parks, Refuges, and Forests, including work in the mountains of Shenandoah National Park.  Surveys will include wetland-associated amphibians as well as stream salamander and terrestrial salamander populations. Field work involves identifying, catching, measuring, and marking amphibians, as well as collecting water quality and environmental data. The students will be required to conduct field surveys using techniques including visual encounter surveys, dip netting, stream transect searches, temporary removal sampling, and conducting a mark-recapture study using visual implant elastomer. All field work will be conducted as part of teams of 2-4 people, so a demonstrated ability and desire to work effectively with a group is imperative.

The position requires completion of academic coursework related to wildlife biology. Previous field experience with amphibians common in the Northeast US is preferred. The position requires the use of GPS units, digital cameras, passive integrated transponder (PIT) equipment, and computer software for data entry and presentation (e.g. Microsoft Excel, Access). Technicians may also be asked to mark amphibians with injectable visible implant elastomer or PIT tags and take voucher specimens related to amphibian disease studies. All work is outdoors, sometimes under harsh or hot conditions or in rain, sleet, hail and snow.

The technicians need to be in good physical condition, as the job requires long hours in the field (including some night-time surveys) and hiking with up to 45 pounds of equipment for extended periods of time on rocky, steep terrain. The technicians must be willing to go on overnight field trips to parks throughout the northeastern US, which will typically last 4-12 days at a time. Accommodations for overnight field work will be provided.

Technicians must be able to work at least 40 hours per week and have flexibility in their schedules to accommodate longer days when field conditions require. Applicants must be willing to keep a flexible schedule, as hours will depend on weather, refuge/park access and staff availability, and other factors that may not be known ahead of time.  Technicians are responsible for all costs of transportation to and from the duty station.  Government vehicles will be provided for all field work initiated from the duty station. Housing costs are not included. Every attempt will be made to assist technicians in finding affordable housing in the area. Approximate wages are $15/hour; overtime pay is not provided.

Principal Duty Stations:
USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
SO Conte Anadromous Fish Research Lab
1 Migratory Way, Turners Falls, MA 01376

USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
12100 Beech Forest Road
Laurel, Maryland 20708-4038

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. To apply, email the following to both Jill Fleming and Charlie Shafer (, by no later than December 11th, 2019:

1) Letter of intent (please specify the time period in which you will be able to commit to this position and your duty station [MA or MD] preference)
2) Resume, including previous field experience, list of relevant course-work, contact information, and two or three reference contacts
3) One piece of evidence of current or recent enrollment in degree-seeking program (e.g., unofficial transcript, enrollment verification, a current registration card).  Candidates who graduated prior to July 2019 are ineligible (*unless they have proof of acceptance into a graduate program beginning the following fall*).

Evan H. Campbell Grant, PhD
NE Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative: USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Conte Anadromous Fish Laboratory, 1 Migratory Way, Turners Falls MA 01376

Nov 15 19

New Battelle/NEON Job Openings

by Marilene Rivas-Chavez

Battelle manages and operates the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) project, which is solely funded by the National Science Foundation. A 30+ year project dedicated to understanding how changes in climate, land use and invasive species impact ecology, the observatory’s scientists and engineers are collecting a comprehensive range of ecological data on a continental scale across 20 eco-climatic domains representing US ecosystems.  Our teams use cutting-edge technology, including an airborne observation platform that captures images of regional landscapes and vegetation; mobile, relocatable, and fixed data collection sites with automated ground sensors to monitor soil and atmosphere; and trained field crews who observe and sample populations of diverse organisms and collect soil and water data.  Once structures are completed, a leading edge cyberinfrastructure will calibrate, store and publish this information.  The Observatory includes more than 500+ personnel and is the first of its kind designed to detect and enable forecasting of ecological change at continental scales. For more information about the NEON project, visit

We are currently seeking Lead Temporary Field Technicians across the continental United States, Alaska, and Hawaii. 

LOCATION/TERM DATES – Nationwide. Visit our website for specific locations and term dates. 


Lead Temporary Field Technicians perform and supervise seasonal and periodic sampling of physical, chemical and biological data at one (1)-five (5) field sites, while exercising good judgement and decision-making abilities to interpret protocol requirements. Lead Temporary Field Technicians are assigned an area of primary responsibility within the scope of data collection: botany, entomology, mammalogy (except Puerto Rico and Hawaii), or limnology (except Hawaii). Field observations and collection are conducted using approximately 30 different protocols and multiple Standard Operating Procedures with varying schedule requirements based on local ecosystem and current field conditions. Daily and weekly work schedules will fluctuate.  Workdays can be up to twelve hours long and may be split with both morning and evening work, with work, at times, beginning at dawn and going through to dusk.  Workweeks can include weekends and occasionally may be up to 12 consecutive days. Individuals are responsible for their own housing and transportation to primary work location. 


  • Performs and supervises field assignments in a variety of conditions (e.g., weather, terrain, diverse assigned biomes, etc.).
  • Provides training to seasonal and temporary field personnel.
  • Follows established, standardized field procedures for sample collection; records data from sample collection; and processes samples.
  • Records activities and completed work according to Field Operations protocol.
  • Follows safety and Field Operations policy and procedures.
  • Reports issues with implementation of procedures and coordinates resolution with manager and technicians.
  • Assists with routine administrative duties, special projects and other duties as assigned.
  • Carries, moves and lifts field supplies (pack weighing up to 40 lbs.) to assigned field site (which involves diverse and uneven terrain). 


  • High School Diploma.  May require an Associate’s degree or experience as a fully qualified Temporary Field Technician with one (1) – two (2) years of related experience
  • Knowledge of best practices for accurate and repeatable field and laboratory measurements across multiple scientific disciplines. Complex and variable systems require judgment and independent decision-making abilities
  • Technical skills using best practices in field and ability to identify aquatic or terrestrial flora and fauna to genus and species.
  • Due to the limited number of positions in each domain, technicians must be willing and able to learn and perform procedures and methods outside of the primary responsibility.
  • Willingness to perform maintenance and field sampling outdoors in sparsely populated, remote locations, with distances ranging from 1/2 hour to 6 hours from the domain office. Overnight travel, hiking off trail, and wading in water are typical in most locations.
  • Ability and willingness to work varied field operations schedules (up to 12+ hours per day), including split-shift, part-time, pre-dawn early mornings, evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to hike off trail, long distances, on uneven terrain, at remote locations, in all types of weather, carrying packs weighing up to 40lbs.
  • Ability to work on instrument towers ranging in height from 26 feet to 240 feet and at altitudes of up to 11,000 feet (depending on assigned Domain), involving the ability to ascend and descend multiple flights of stairs.
  • Ability to withstand exposure to fumes, dust, and noise. Field work may require frequent exposure to toxicodendrons (e.g. poison ivy and poison oak), ticks, biting insects and other natural hazards.
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite (e.g., Excel, Word).
  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.
  • High level of attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong work ethic and enthusiasm.

Previous NEON Project field experience will be highly considered. Applicants must have authorization to work in the United States. Employment is contingent on background screen, drug screen, motor vehicle records check and physical. Must possess a current and valid State issued driver’s license with insurable Department of Motor vehicle record (parking violations, minor driving offenses excluded) as determined by Battelle’s insurance provider.

To apply, and view all locations, visit: 

Battelle provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, veteran-status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal, state, or local law. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle.

Nov 15 19

Amir Farmer Job Description

by Marilene Rivas-Chavez

Amir Farmers are a diverse group of passionate leaders who work to cultivate today’s youth to change tomorrow. Serving as garden-educators during the summer, they are at the center of the Amir program, building productive gardens and farms with campers, and using the garden space to teach about issues of environmental and social justice.

Amir is seeking applicants that will be directly responsible for implementing its program at one of the organization’s partner camps. Amir Farmers will be trained and build bonds with staff working at these camps across the US and Canada at the annual training seminar in late May. At this training, Farmers will learn all aspects of building a community garden, as well as how to use Amir’s Garden Manual & Curriculum to run programming for campers of all ages. Throughout the summer, Amir Farmers will be full staff members at their camp in addition to their garden responsibilities.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Cultivate gardens with participating campers
  • Lead garden-based activities and educational programs for campers of all ages
  • Daily garden maintenance and care
  • Participate in weekly oversight meetings with Amir Mentors
  • Participate in daily animal husbandry and care (if applicable to your camp)
  • Act as an enthusiastic and active member of the camp community
  • Key Characteristics:
  • Strong management and leadership skills
  • Mentoring and education experience
  • Passionate about food justice and environmental stewardship
  • Not afraid to get their hands dirty!


Camp salary is competitive and consummate with experience
Transportation, room & board included

Important Dates:

Amir Training Seminar: Last week in May
Camp: mid-June to mid-August, varies slightly by camp


For more information about the position, please contact Recruitment
Coordinator Max Hill:

Nov 15 19

Program Assistant at Smithsonian Institution

by Ivara J. Roth

Program Assistant

Location: Center for Conservation and Sustainability, Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, Washington, DC

Duration: 6-month contract with possibility for extension

Compensation: $22,000 for 6 months

The Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute’s Center for Conservation and Sustainability (CCS) is seeking a highly motivated bilingual program assistant to support activities related to its partnership with ITAIPU Binational, Paraguay.

About CCS:
CCS works with industry partners to evaluate and monitor the impact of infrastructure development on biodiversity and ecosystem services and to design and test best practices for biodiversity. CCS strives to (1) promote science-based approaches to sustainable infrastructure development through transformative partnerships; 2) leverage Smithsonian expertise; 3) transfer skills and knowledge to build capacity; 4) build and sustain the long-term presence in high-biodiversity land and seascapes that is required to institutionalize sustainable infrastructure practices.
In Paraguay, CCS has been collaborating with ITAIPU Binational since the 1990s. Located in the Upper Parana Atlantic Forest region of Paraguay and Brazil, it is the largest hydropower facility in South America and the second largest in the world. In 2017, this collaboration expanded into a new area: creation of an International Center for in-situ and ex-situ conservation of the region’s precious wildlife. Under this collaboration, CCS provides research and guidance in best practices to staff at ITAIPU’s Center for Wildlife Research, new zoological park, and network of protected areas. The incumbent’s work will focus on the CCS-ITAIPU project.

Duties to include:
• Prepare and transmit agendas and background materials and participate in meetings and appointments
• Prepare for and attend meetings, coordinate and produce necessary briefing materials ahead of time, record minutes, note commitments made
• Support planning and preparation for workshops and site visits and prepare follow-up reports
• Prepare correspondence and other documents
• Gather information on in-situ and ex-situ conservation such as education, animal husbandry, zoo safety, and other topics
• Contribute to the development of presentations
• Provide logistics support for travel and field programs

• Spoken and written fluency in English and Spanish and excellent communication skills in both languages
• Bachelor’s degree required with major or strong interest in conservation, ecology, environmental studies, or related field; Master’s degree a plus
• 3-5 years of experience in program management support
• Well-organized, detail-oriented, and able to manage multiple tasks
• Ability to work well both independently and with a team
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher

How to Apply:
Applicants should email: 1) a letter of interest detailing qualifications for the position, 2) a curriculum vitae, and 3) contact information for three professional references (institution, title, email address, phone number) to Ana María Sánchez-Cuervo: Please include “Program Assistant application” in the subject line of the email.

Deadline: December 1, 2019

Nov 8 19

City Sprouts Development Intern

by Marilene Rivas-Chavez

Winter/Spring Development & Events Intern

10-15 hours/week for a 4-month period

Compensation: this is an unpaid position with  school credit when applicable

Start date: January 2020 


The CitySprouts mission is to cultivate wonder for all children with hands-on learning through urban gardening. Since 2001, CitySprouts has been partnering with public elementary and middle schools in Boston and Cambridge to open the door to hands-on science education through the schoolyard learning garden. Our in-school and out-of-school time programs reach thousands of children from preschool through middle school years to level the learning field for children growing up in economically stressed neighborhoods, for English language learners and for students with differing abilities. Of our 21 school partners, 80% are Title 1 schools. 
CitySprouts is a non-profit organization registered with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Public Charities. 

Intern responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  •  Solicit in-kind donations from local businesses in Cambridge and Boston to support CitySprouts’ annual fundraising gala, Dig It!
  • Support logistics associated with Dig It!, including communicating with venue and vendors, invitation mailings, maintaining auction spreadsheets and online descriptions 
  • Support CitySprouts social media with shareable content on Facebook and Twitter
  • Assist at the event on the evening of April 2, 2020
  • Opportunity to assist with volunteer events to see CitySprouts programming in action
  • Opportunity to learn more about  nonprofit fundraisingOpportunity to learn more about social media, marketing, and development and to attend additional applicable CitySprouts events and programs

Training and Supervision:

The Communication & Development Manager will provide ongoing supervision. As necessary, training will be provided for the following tools: Salesforce, WordPress, Constant Contact, Google Suite, Squarespace. 

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be reliable
  • Demonstrate strong communication skills, written and verbal
  • Demonstrate resourcefulness and the ability to work collaboratively
  • Demonstrate an interest in learning development and communication skills

To Apply:

Email a resume and cover letter to Alexandra Lennon-Simon ( 

Please include the words “Development & Events Intern” in the subject line.

Applications will be acknowledged when they are received; all applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Nov 8 19

Apogee Trip Leader

by Marilene Rivas-Chavez

Company Details:

Apogee offers outdoor adventure travel to teens and young adults. We provide students with life changing hiking, biking, service, writing, and photography trips in spectacular locations throughout the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Central America, and Europe.

Job Opportunities:

Outdoor Adventure Trip Leaders:

Apogee is looking for responsible, dynamic, and motivated applicants to lead experiential-education and adventure programs throughout the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean in the summer of 2020. Leaders must serve as excellent role models while fostering an atmosphere that is safe and welcoming to bring out the best in each student. Excellent decision-making, adaptability, risk management skills, and the ability to cooperate in a shared leadership position are absolutely necessary. Applicants must be 20 years old and Wilderness First Aid certified* by June 8, 2020.

Outdoor Adventure Office Interns:

Apogee is looking for organized, dynamic, highly motivated applicants with a passion for outdoor adventure to work in our office leading up to, and during, the 2020 summer season. In addition to learning the inner workings of an outdoor adventure company, interns will work closely with the leadership team, shadow and execute trip logistics, and be responsible for a variety of projects throughout the course of the role. Previous experience in the outdoor industry, working with students, and an excellent history of problem solving and risk management are preferred. Applicants must be 21 years old and Wilderness First Aid certified* by June 8, 2020.
For more information about working with Apogee, check out our Leaders Page
*Wilderness First Aid certification not necessary upon application

Nov 8 19

Volpe Center 2020 Pathways Internship Program

by Marilene Rivas-Chavez

The U.S. Department of Transportation Volpe Center is now accepting applications for our 2020 Pathways Internship Program. We’re looking for the next generation of leaders to help transform transportation systems, programs, and policies. We encourage students to apply for the internship position that best fits their experience and interest.  As an intern they will work on topics ranging from emerging technologies to resilience and safety at the federal, state, and local levels. We are a passionate group looking for energetic individuals interested in public service to join us as we work with sister agencies in U.S. DOT, international organizations, federal land management agencies, and others to plan the next generation of transportation systems and programs. See more information about the Volpe Center and what it’s like to work here.

Volpe is committed to fostering an inclusive, diverse workforce where employees feel valued for their unique backgrounds and qualities and have a sense of belonging and engagement in helping to advance transportation for the public good. 

Application Link

Applicant Tips

  • Apply early. Applications will be accepted on until November 13.
  • Give detail. Provide a descriptive resume; explain your experience.
  • Be thorough. Include all transcripts past and present.
  • Be current. Provide proof of fall 2019 school enrollment.

Pathways positions are expected to begin May 2020. However, applications will be accepted for a limited number of positions available as early as January 2020. Learn more about Pathways. For more application tips, read Tips on Applying Online to Department of Transportation Jobs

Nov 8 19

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Trainee

by Ivara J. Roth

The National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is an interdisciplinary employment and education opportunity. We hire students from many different STEM disciplines to go to graduate school and conduct research related to resilience and the sustainability of food, energy, water, and ecosystem services, particularly in the Platte River Basin in Nebraska.

Suitable background disciplines and areas of study for students in this interdisciplinary program include agronomy, biological sciences, biological systems engineering, civil engineering, computer sciences, economics, entomology, environmental science, geosciences, natural resources, plant sciences, and public policy. Students will take part in special trainings and classes besides their regular schoolwork and will conduct research and write a paper or produce a product.

Students receive a stipend ($34,000 a year for up to two years for master’s students and $36,000 a year for up to three years for Ph.D. students) while successfully completing the training and earning their advanced degree in a field related to our research. Students also receive remitted tuition and health insurance while in the traineeship. They take a trip to The Netherlands (and, usually, two other European countries like France and Spain) to compare water structures there with ones in Nebraska.

We seek to hire five students to start graduate school and the NRT traineeship on August 1, 2020. First-generation college students and students from minority groups underrepresented in the sciences are especially encouraged to apply. International students are not eligible for this National Science Foundation program.

To apply, please email the following to Ronica Stromberg, Program Coordinator, at

•  Statement or letter of interest
•  Curriculum vitae
•  Academic transcripts
•  GRE or GMAT scores
•  UNL department in which you would plan to use the graduate school tuition benefit

For more information, email Ms. Stromberg or see

Deadline for applications:  March 15, 2020

Start date: August 1, 2020

Nov 8 19

Coordinator: Regional Conservation and Resilience Planning

by Ivara J. Roth

Position Description: Professors Dirac Twidwell and Craig Allen are seeking a coordinator to lead a regional sustainability initiative of the new Center for Resilience at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, in partnership with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Tree expansion into grassland ecosystems is a global phenomenon threatening the future of these ecosystems and the ecosystem services they provide. Yet, management of tree invasions in grasslands is often ineffective at scales larger than individual properties and land parcels. This growing threat has spurred new partnerships among scientists, agencies, and large landowner coalitions to develop a statewide plan that better solves the woody encroachment problem. This position will meet stakeholders’ increasing need for a leader that coordinates this regional planning initiative and facilitates the adoption of new spatial technologies meant for large-scale resilience planning. Armed with a team of scientists and communications specialists in the Center for Resilience, the coordinator will lead the creation of a regional action plan that more strategically protects the last remaining large intact grassland regions in the central Great Plains and halts the continued expansion of woody encroachment at scales necessary for sustaining grassland wildlife and rancher livelihoods.

Primary responsibilities of the coordinator include: growing a regional network of partnerships that connects land managers committed to grassland conservation on working private lands; coordinating workshops and serving as liaison for the exchange of information and products across science-landowner-agency teams; and leading the creation of the first regional management plan for Eastern redcedar, the dominant species driving woody plant encroachment in the region. A critical component of this position is for the coordinator to serve as a technology transfer specialist, providing more rapid and real-time feedback to our conservation partners, based on readily updatable and newly available technologies derived from the USDA NRCS Working Lands for Wildlife Program, so partners can more rapidly learn, adapt, and improve the performance of their conservation investments. 

Desired Qualifications: The ideal candidate is an individual with a strong desire to bridge science and conservation practice, a demonstrated ability to engage with private landowners and natural resource agency professionals, and the willingness to learn from scientist-landowner-agency teams how to co-produce ideas and solutions to conservation challenges. All degrees are encouraged to apply (BA, BS, MS, PhD).

To Apply: Interested applicants should send a single PDF with the following to Dirac Twidwell ( and Ronica Stromberg (Program Coordinator; for immediate consideration: (1) statement of interest letter; (2) CV; and (3) contact information for three professional references. Salary will be $45,000 – $55,000, commensurate with experience and training. Funding is available to start immediately and ideally would start no later than January 2020. Application deadline is December 1, 2019. 

Nov 6 19

DAAD RISE Internship 2020

by Marilene Rivas-Chavez

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