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.
- 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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 (email@example.com), 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.
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
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.
- 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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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).
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
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.
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 driverÃ¢Â€Â™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
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 email@example.com. Applications will be taken until 18 March, or until the positions are filled. Further questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Brad Fedy (principle investigator; email@example.com).
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.
* 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
* 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls, please.