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Aug 19 15

Graduate assistantships/fellowships

by Sara Gomez Garcia

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.

Research topics may include 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, ), 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),  ecology and management of wildlife (e.g., giant pandas in
China), and systems modeling and simulation (e.g., agent-based modeling).
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

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

Aug 19 15

Communications and Outreach Coordinator for the Natural Areas Association

by Sara Gomez Garcia

Natural Areas Association
Job Description

Position:        Communications and Outreach Coordinator
Status:        Part-time, 20 hours per week
Reports to:    Executive Director
Location:          Southwestern Pennsylvania
Salary Range:     Dependent on experience

Purpose of Position

The Natural Areas Association (NAA) seeks to strengthen and grow the organization’s education and outreach programs, and is hiring a part-time Communications and Outreach Coordinator.

The Communications and Outreach Coordinator will further the mission and strategic plan of the NAA through the development and production of compelling outreach materials that present a unified organizational message, for print, online and through traditional and social media outlets. The Coordinator will ensure that all the organization’s communications are dynamic, engaging and professional.


The responsibilities of the Communications and Outreach Coordinator include, but are not limited to the following:

•    Taking a leadership role in implementing strategic programs and initiatives designed to improve NAA’s public visibility and the public’s understanding and support of NAA’s mission through consistent messaging and branding across all communications materials
•    Developing an improved communications plan with well-defined communications strategies using a variety of communications tools
•    Working under the direction of the Executive Director and Communications Committee of the Board of Directors to implement the strategies identified in the communications plan to reach its goals
•    Overseeing the development of a new and updated organization website.  Writing and editing content for the web. Managing and maintaining NAA’s website and Facebook page as well as maintaining a strong online presence through other social media outlets. Working with appropriate staff, board members and consultants to develop online content and keep these communications tools regularly updated
•    Proposing and developing new communications vehicles based on our members’ needs
•    Drafting, editing copy and overseeing production/distribution of some of NAA’s publications including the Natural Area News (newsletter), published three to four times per year); an annual report and other materials for specific programs in coordination with appropriate staff and board members
•    Drafting and sending regular organization email blasts as directed
•    Taking a leadership role in creating new and enhanced outreach programming for NAA’s members and partners
•    Developing and administering a regularly scheduled land stewardship webinar series
•    Working with partners to create on-the-ground workshop opportunities for members
•    Overseeing the development and production of all NAA outreach materials
•    Assisting with the creation of NAA’s outreach presentations
•    Ensuring that NAA has appropriate images for all publication and outreach efforts. Work with Conference organizers to develop a “photo-volunteer” team
•    Maintain and expand NAA’s visual resources library
•    Drafting feature articles and press releases as needed
•    Willing to take on assignments as needed to help NAA meet its goals


•    Creative, enthusiastic, friendly personality who enjoys working with people; willingness to collaborate as a team with a wide variety of participants, including staff, board, volunteers, contractors and interns
•    Systematic, results-oriented person who thrives in an innovative, tactical  environment
•    Bachelor’s degree in communications, graphic design or environmental science, natural resource science, or other applicable field; advanced degree a plus. Prior experience and training may be substituted, if applicable
•    3-5 years prior communications, outreach (including media), public relations and marketing experience preferred. Graphic design experience a plus
•    A proven track record of website and social media development and management. HTML and other web programming skills, as well as familiarity with WordPress, and/or Drupal a big plus
•    Must have outstanding writing, editing, marketing, and verbal skills
•    A proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite, Publisher and email marketing software such as Mail Chimp
•    Willingness to stay up to date with technology and enhance skills through professional development and training
•    Must be highly organized and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously, establish priorities and meet project deadlines
•    A self-starter, with a desire to learn and keep current with media trends, including socialmedia and technology
•    Willingness to work beyond conventional office hours as required
•    Willingness to travel to the Natural Areas Conference each year, as well as one – two other meetings of staff and/or board in various locations across the country
•    Willingness and discipline to work from home and/or office
•    A commitment to, and basic understanding of, natural areas conservation and NAA’s mission, vision and values

Physical Demands:

Normal office duties as performed at a desk (may require long periods of sitting and computer typing). Ability to carry equipment up to 20lbs. Outdoor work generally involves visits to properties and the ability to walk on properties that may or may not have developed trail systems and occasionally consist of steep terrain.  Driving to sites may require the use of personal vehicle.

Work Environment:

Approximately 95+% indoor office work and less than 5% outdoors. Office work is primarily sitting at a desk with a computer or in meetings. Most travel is outside of PA for meetings, conferences, and trainings.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is dependent on experience.  Schedule can be flexible with mutual agreement of supervisor, There is no health insurance or retirement plan with this position.

The Natural Areas Association is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or marital status.

To Apply:

Applications are due September 20, 2015, but will be reviewed as received. E-mail to Lisa Smith, Please include a cover letter, current resume or CV and a list of three references.

Aug 19 15


by Sara Gomez Garcia

The Catalina Island Conservancy has two full time positions available in
the Conservation Department’s Plant Program.  The two Plant Program Lead
Technicians will have defined areas of focus: One position’s area of
focus will be Invasive Plant Management and the second position will be
in our Native Plant Nursery, with a focus on Horticulture and
Restoration and/or Vegetation Monitoring.

Please review the job description below for details:

A PLANT PROGRAM LEAD TECHNICIAN is a lead worker in providing necessary
support and day-to-day implementation of assigned Conservation
Department plant programs, projects, activities and/or facilities with
specific duties focused in three broad programs; 1) invasive plant
management; 2) native plant nursery, horticultural and restoration;
and/or 3) vegetation monitoring, depending on the Conservation
Department needs and incumbent’s skills and training.  Duties will
involve significant field work and assigned office support and
administrative duties.

Act as lead worker in providing necessary support and day-to-day
implementation of assigned Conservation Department plant programs,
projects, activities and/or facilities, including but not limited to,
the following:
•    Lead worker for assigned Conservancy plant programs including
one or more of the following:  invasive plant management and vegetation
monitoring programs and activities, operation of the Conservancy’s
Ackerman Native Plant Nursery operations, habitat restoration projects,
seed collection, processing, preservation and propagation and/or
landscape and horticultural tasks for native planting projects and the
Wrigley Memorial and Botanic Garden.
•    Directly supervise field staff in the absence of Plant
Conservation Manager.
•    Train field staff and volunteers on standard operating
procedures for all programmatic operations.
•    Ensure completion of administrative (e.g., scheduling,
correspondence, filing, purchasing, billing) and logistical (e.g.,
vehicle and equipment maintenance) tasks.
•    Conduct field inventories and monitor rare plant populations.
•    Establish vegetation plots and transects, and measure quantity
and abundance of native and alien plants.
•    Collect field observations of natural resources conditions.
•    Map rare plant and alien weed populations by operating a Global
Positioning System (GPS) unit.
•    Input and update data and produce maps and other materials to
guide daily field activities.
•    Keep accurate and detailed records of management work.
•    Oversee maintenance of equipment/field gear, vehicles, and
project base yard, including proper storage of herbicides.
•    Administer quality control for operations and provide
constructive feedback to staff and supervisor.
•    Contribute to creating and preserving a positive work
environment and serve as a valued member of the field team.
•    Conduct literature reviews, which may include gathering data and
generating summaries or reports.
•    Assist with the production of grant and funding proposals.
•    Perform other duties as needed or assigned.  Management reserves
the right to assign and re-assign work at its discretion.

•    Experience with invasive plant management; and/or nursery
management, horticultural and restoration; and/or vegetation monitoring.
•    Familiarity with field-based ecological sampling especially
plant-based methods.
•    Knowledge of the Microsoft office suite, including Access, and
•    Aptitude to construct and produce reports, input data and
conduct basic analysis of data.
•    Acquaintance with being a member of or leading field crews with
an understanding of basic supervisory principles and techniques for
motivating and providing feedback to others.
•    Knowledge of mechanical/chemical control techniques of invasive
plant species and/or common horticultural practices relating to the
propagation and maintenance of plants in a greenhouse environment.
•    Skill with operating and maintaining small, mechanized equipment
(chain saws, power sprayers, weed whackers, etc.).
•    Ability to identify common native and alien plants/animals.
•    Competency with interpreting maps and aerial photographs and
using a GPS unit for navigation.
•    Strong interpersonal, organizational, and oral and written
•    Background in conducting or an ability to quickly learn
administrative operations tasks and procedures.

•    Strong analytical problem solving ability.
•    Flexibility, willingness and ability to learn new tasks and take
on new projects.
•    Familiarity with basic principles of plant ecology and ecosystem
•    Aptitude to balance a mix of office-based and field-based tasks.
•    Capacity to design, implement and coordinate multiple projects.
•    Ability to think creatively to solve problems or improve program
•    Faculty to work independently to achieve project goals.

•    Ability to work with and communicate with a wide range of people
including staff, vendors, outside researchers, permit applicants,
volunteers and the public.
•    Ability to work effectively under pressure with frequent
•    Ability to consistently demonstrate professional, positive, and
approachable attitude/demeanor, and discretion and sensitivity in
handling confidential information.

Bachelor degree in botany, plant ecology or other related field, or
equivalent combination of education and experience.  One to three (1-3)
years of experience in field activities related to natural resources
management, including the use of pesticides and/or horticultural
practices. Experience using basic GPS (such as Trimble GeoXT) units and
ArcGIS software. Familiarity with the Microsoft office suite (Access,
PowerPoint, Excel). Must possess a valid driver’s license and be able to
operate a 4-wheel drive vehicle.
Secondary qualifications: experience in conducting research and office
administration; ability to identify a wide variety of native and alien
plants/animals; familiarity with California natural communities, ecology
and natural history; working in and around helicopters; possession of,
or be able to obtain, a State of California qualified applicator

•    Employee must live and work on Catalina Island.
•    The work environment characteristics described here are
representative of those an employee encounters while performing the
essential functions of this job.  The office environment has moderate
noise levels and is a non-smoking environment.  Smoking is allowed only
at limited designated field sites.  Field conditions are strongly
weather-dependent and may be hot, dusty, cold, muddy, and/or wet
depending on season and degree of exposure.  Work may be conducted
independently or with groups of staff and/or volunteers.  Hiking
conditions include steep, rugged terrain with occasionally encountering
unstable rocky substrate, dense stands of poison oak and cactus and/or
wild animals, such as bison and rattlesnakes.
•    The physical demands described here are representative of those
that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential
functions of this job.  Position involves functioning in both field and
office environments.  Field work involves manual labor; hiking long
distances over rugged terrain and through dense scrub; and routine
handling of plants.  Field work requires the ability to drive project
vehicles both on and off road, work in and around helicopters, and
handle pesticides.
•    The employee must backpack, lift and/or move up to half their
body weight. Specific vision abilities required by this job include
close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and the
ability to adjust focus.
•    Conduct all operations according to accepted safety standards
and established protocols, and acts to avoid potential safety incidents
and assures that field crews follow all applicable protocols and

INQUIRIES:  Email and include the job
title, “Plant Prorgam Lead Technician” in the subject line.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please submit the following documents,
preferably in a single PDF file, via email to 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Salary
Requirement, 4) Supervisory References, 5) Copy of

Aug 19 15


by Sara Gomez Garcia

A few years ago, a few of us—ecology, economics, and business graduates—founded
a non-profit organization called Third Millennium Alliance (TMA). We raised some
money and bought a lot of land in a critically endangered rainforest and established
an ecological reserve in coastal Ecuador. There was a small patch of previously
degraded land right in the middle of the reserve where we have built an innovative
and comfortable research station out of bamboo by hand. Immediately surrounding
the Bamboo House we are designing/growing/building a living laboratory of
sustainable resource management (i.e. permaculture), which also serves as our field
headquarters for biological scientific research and forest monitoring. Our reserve, the
Jama-Coaque Reserve, is one of the last remnants of Pacific Equatorial Forest, and is
part of the Tumbes-Choco-Magdalena Biodiversity Hotspot, which is designated as
one of the most bio-diverse and endangered ecosystems on earth. Only 2% of native
forest remains in coastal Ecuador; we’re trying to preserve the last of it and begin the
task of restoring what has already been lost through a combination of reforestation,
agroforestry, and community participation.


Job Summary:
As Manager of Permaculture Operations, the chosen candidate will work closely with
individuals from diverse backgrounds to facilitate project-based internship
experiences for students and young professionals in the fields of sustainable
agriculture, agroforestry, and permaculture.  Projects are developed to achieve the
goals of the organization and serve as catalysts for interns as they navigate their
academic and professional careers.  The position is based out of the Bamboo House
in the Jama-Coaque Reserve, which is in the province of Manabi, Ecuador, between
the cities of Pedernales and Jama, and three kilometers from the community of

Summary of Responsibilities:
1.    Coordinate, lead, and facilitate tropical field internships in research,
conservation, and permaculture.
2.    Provide logistical and technical support to facilitate successful completion of
research, conservation, and permaculture-based field projects (including PDC
3.    Develop overall educational quality of the internship program through field
activities, assignments, and required readings.
4.    Manage and oversee all activities that take place on the permaculture farm.
5.    Work closely with the Director of Agroforestry to ensure production goals are
being met and that the Operations Crew is directed towards these goals as well.
Please note: The field station and sites are living entities, constantly evolving into yet
more functional, comfortable, self-sufficient and sustainable systems. When you are
not otherwise occupied with field work and leadership duties (i.e. on-and-off
throughout weeks 4-8 of each session) much of your time and energy will be devoted
to brainstorming, prioritizing, designing/planning, and realizing additions and changes
to the existing infrastructure.

Detailed responsibilities for the Manager of Permaculture Operations include:
1.    Manage all Zone 1 operations, including the vegetable garden, the balcony and
herb gardens, and other annual crop production (20%)
•    Planting choices, planting schedules, harvest schedules, transplanting
•    Management of irrigation, pest control, weeding, mulching
•    Soil fertility management, including compost and humanure
•    Seed saving and storage
2.    Manage all Zones 2-4 Operations: includes the Production Zone, the managed
cacao and coffee plots, distant/semi-wild banana, citrus, cacao, and bamboo groves,
as well as the Timber Lot (25%)
•    Planting choices, planting schedules, harvest schedules, transplanting
•    Training interns how to manage orchard quadrants
•    Serve as resource for interns who have questions/ideas concerning management
of orchard quadrants
•    Manage all trees and ensure high survival rate
3.    Leadership/personnel management (15%)
•    Assist in coordination, arrival and reception of interns
•    Assist in facilitation of 2-3 day orientation program for each intern group
•    Orient, train, and manage permaculture interns
•    Provide PDC education to interns via lecture and field-based projects
•    Offer guidance and monitor progress and of permaculture intern projects
•    Coordinate with operations crew to complete Agroforestry Program Projects
4.    Assist with site logistics, maintenance, and development (25%)
•    Coordinate food/ supply runs from nearest town, which requires transport
logistics and petty cash accounting
•    Work with local employees on field projects and monthly hours/timesheets
•    Manage emergencies (medical or otherwise) should they arise
5.    Assist with administrative/office work (10%)
•    Assist Internship Coordinator with appropriate project placement of
permaculture interns
•    Communicate with Directors on weekly activities, progress, and project ideas
6.    Community Relations (5%)
•    Keep up good lines of communication and maintain a good cooperative
relationship with our neighbors in the community of Camarones
•    Be the representative of our organization in the community

Field Management Team:
As Manager of Permaculture Operations you will work closely with the other members
of the Field Management Team – Intern Coordinator and the Manager of Field
Operations. Although each member of this team has his or her own primary
responsibilities, there will inevitably be overlap and the need for a lot of teamwork and
collaboration.  As such, the three of you should always stagger your off time, to
ensure that at least one of you, although usually two of you, are on duty at any time.
Minimum Qualifications:
•    Bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Agriculture, Ecology, Biology, Environmental
Studies or related field
•    Permaculture Design Certified (PDC) or equivalent experience
•    Two years of experience working on sustainable agriculture/ permaculture farm
•    Strong leadership skills
•    Excellent communication and organization skills
•    Physical and mental strength to live in a remote, off-the-grid field station with 5-
8 interns full time
•    Dedicated to sharing your experiences and knowledge of sustainable agriculture
in educational settings
•    Passion to mentor, empower, and inspire the next generation of young
sustainable      farmers through field and hands-on learning experiences
•    Enthusiastic, self-starter, and capable of taking the initiative on new and exciting
•    Creative thinking and ability to overcome obstacles
•    First Aid and CPR certified
•    Fluent in English and at least highly proficient in Spanish

Preferred Additional Qualifications:
•    Certified and experienced PDC instructor; ability to certify interns
•    Field-based and hands-on teaching experience
•    Tropical/Latin America sustainable farming experience/knowledge
•    Experience living in a developing country (preferably within Latin America)
•    Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or Wilderness First Aid certified

You will be paid a monthly stipend of $500, in addition to free room and board in the
Bamboo House Research Station. Work days are Monday-Friday. Your year-long visa
costs will also be covered. You will need to cover your own travel costs to/from
Ecuador, but once in Ecuador all work-related domestic travel will be covered by
Although the monthly stipend may not seem much by U.S. or European standards,
this amount is more than sufficient for Ecuadorian standards, especially considering
that your room and board is covered. Before you begin work, you will undergo a two-
month training period with the current Manager of Permaculture Operations; the first
month will be un-paid (but includes all room and board), the second month will be
Start Date:
Ideally, the training session would begin with the fall internship session, which is
October 21, 2015. This would be optimal. However, if an especially strong candidate
is not able to arrive to Ecuador until mid-November, we will still consider him/her. The
latest starting training date is November 30, 2015, but candidates who can start by
October 21nd will be given priority.
There is a two week break from work between Dec. 18 – Jan. 3rd for the holidays.
The position is for a minimum 1 year contract. Longer contracts are encouraged for
individuals wanting to stay on with TMA for multiple years.
Amenities and Other Info:
Full room and board are offered in the “Bamboo House” Research Station, which,
despite being in the middle of the forest, is quite comfortable – beds with good
mattresses and mosquito netting; kitchen and shower and a bathroom with
spectacular views of the river valley; 10 hammocks strung along the balcony and the
living area, and waterfalls right in our backyard. You will have your own private
bedroom. We eat fresh and local, healthily and abundantly, with little-to-no meat.
Everyone shares cooking and house maintenance responsibilities. Electricity is only
available for recharging batteries when our solar panel is working. Otherwise charging
capabilities are available in the neighboring town of Camarones. At night we use
candles, flashlights, or headlamps. The beach town of Pedernales is 25 km away, and
has internet access, ATMs and banks, a hospital, hotels, eateries, pharmacies and
hardware stores, etc.

How to Apply:
Before applying, thoroughly review the Third Millennium Alliance website
(, especially the FAQ, Program Description, and Disclaimer
documents found on the internship page. Then, if interested in applying for this
position, please send resume, cover letter, and two references to
and with the subject heading: MANAGER OF PERMACULTURE
– YOUR NAME. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so early application is
highly recommended. Closing date: September 30, 2015.

Aug 19 15

Internship & Research Opportunities in the Aegean Islands

by Sara Gomez Garcia

Students, recent graduates and scientists can join Archipelagos
Institute and take part in its multidisiplinary research opportunities
in the Aegean Sea islands.

Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation is a Greek non-profit,
non-governmental organization committed to researching and defending the
rare biodiversity of the Greek seas and islands, as well as of the NE
Mediterranean region overall.

In parallel with our research and conservation work, Archipelagos also
hosts year-round students and young scholars from a wide range of
disciplines in our research bases in the Aegean islands, who join us to
support our efforts to protect the environment. Since 2001, our
educational activities have hosted over 1,500 participants from around
the world.

Fields of Research:


▪ Marine Research & Conservation

▪ Fisheries Research & Management

▪ Marine Mammal Research


▪ Forest & Freshwater Ecosystem Management

▪ Research & Conservation of Island Flora & Fauna

▪ Agronomic Research & Seed Bank Projects

* Illustration of Flora & Fauna
* Graphic Design for Awareness Material
* Animation Design
* Environmental Photography
* Documentary Film Production

* Environmental Education
* Information Technology
* Legal Work
* Public Relations
* Administrative Work

Placement details:

Duration: 3-12 months is (shorter duration is consider on a case-by-case
Location: Archipelagos? research bases and stations in the eastern
Aegean Sea (Samos, Lipsi, Ikaria, Arki, Marathi islands). Placements may
also include working on board one of the two small research boats.
Costs: Placement fee of 650euros/month
Covers: accommodation, full board and all placement costs.
(frequently placement fee and travel etc expenses are covered by grants
such as Erasmus+, or other equivalent)

Extras: Participants have the option to obtain (at no further cost):
a) Sailing certificate
b) PADI Open Water scuba diving certification ? seasonally available,
excluding PADI fees
c) Greek language lessons

Please pass this along to faculty members and students who may be
interested in this opportunity.

For further information you can contact

Aug 19 15

EF Glocal Challenge 2015 – Energy Efficiency – Mentorship Opportunity for Students

by Sara Gomez Garcia

The Glocal Challenge involves a unique collaboration between the City of Cambridge Community Development Department, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS) and EF Education First. It’s a three-month high school competition designed to provide experiential, project-based learning opportunities for CRLS students while tackling locally relevant issues.

This year, we are asking students to develop innovative plans to reduce energy use in Cambridge as part of the City’s effort to win the Georgetown University Energy Prize.

The students will be trained in Design Thinking and learn about energy issues from local experts and global case studies. In early December, the students pitch their ideas in front of a panel of distinguished judges and the winners receive scholarships to Iceland for EF’s “Future of Energy” Global Student Leaders Summit. Plus, the City of Cambridge will provide seed money to help the students implement their projects.

In previous years, we have connected Glocal Challenge students with mentors from Harvard Business School, Harvard College, MIT Sloan School and the Hult International Business School. The mentors coach the students and help them create realistic, implementable projects.

Would you be interested in this mentorship opportunity? The time commitment for a mentor is approx. five hours divided into three sessions – Oct. 20, Oct. 29, and Nov. 19, all from 2:30-4pm. The sessions will be held at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. Mentors are welcome to dedicate more time throughout the competition or attend the final event, although this is not required. We will assign mentors to student team(s) and facilitate the entire process.


For questions contact

Aug 4 15

PhD Assistantship, Agroecology, Virginia Tech

by Sara Gomez Garcia

We are seeking an outstanding student to pursue a PhD in the agro-ecology
lab at Virginia Tech in the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences.  The
student will join an interdisciplinary team studying a diversity of
ecosystem services impacted by land-use on and around farms.  The study
system focuses on conventional and organic vegetable farms.  Entomology will
be the emphasis of research, specifically biological control and
pollination.  The interdisciplinary team includes researchers and students
in fish and wildlife biology and agricultural economics who will work in the
same system and will examine land-use and habitat management impacts on
bats, birds, deer, and agri-tourism opportunities.  Project partners include
the Nature Conservancy, the Eastern Shore Land Trust, Cooperative Extension,
and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Required Qualifications:  M.S. in entomology, agro-ecology or closely
related field; strong statistical abilities and writing skills; ability to
work independently; driver’s license; publication track-record strongly

Responsibilities:  The successful candidate must be extremely independent
and self-motivated.  Summer field work will be based out of the Eastern
Shore Agricultural Research and Extension Center (ESAREC) while the main
campus for classes is located in Blacksburg, VA.  Student will be
responsible for: 1) managing a network of 20 cooperating farmers and on-farm
research sites; 2) establishing and monitoring pollinator conservation
habitats on ten farms; and 3) designing and conducting pollination and
biological control field experiments.  Skills that will be developed include
bee and natural enemy identification, GIS, statistical analyses, and
scientific writing.

Contact:  Please direct questions to Megan O’Rourke,,
Virginia Tech.

Application Process:  Please send, as a single file, your cv (including GPA,
and GRE scores), copies of university transcripts (unofficial ok), names and
contacts of three references, and writing sample showing scientific work to with the title “PhD Agroecology Application.”  Applications
will be accepted until Sept. 30, 2015 or until a suitable applicant is
identified.  I (Megan O’Rourke) will also try to meet with prospective
students at the ESA meeting in Baltimore, MD August 9-14.

Start Date:  The student will be expected to enroll at Virginia Tech
January, 2016, and commence field work May, 2016.

Aug 4 15

Lab Manager position in Environmental Systems Dynamics Laboratory, UC Berkeley

by Sara Gomez Garcia

I am seeking a lab manager for a one-year lab manager position. Please see the description below.

Within the Department of Geography, the Environmental Systems Dynamics Laboratory quantitatively studies the ways in which physical, biological, and human components of the environment are linked to understand how critical ecosystems and the functions that they perform may change over time. Water flows as a theme through this research as one of the components of the environment most critical to life and indeed, perhaps the single most dominant factor sculpting the geography of Earth’s natural and human landscapes.

The candidate would be providing laboratory support for ongoing projects in the ESDL. This entails ensuring that laboratory and field instrumentation are running smoothly, performing sample analysis, preparing reagents, and assisting with the setup of a new laboratory flume for studies of sediment transport in vegetation canopies. Limited field work will likely also be required.

Projects that the candidate will be involved in focus on understanding the mechanisms and environmental impact of organic material transport in particulate and dissolved form using approaches from organic geochemistry and environmental fluid mechanics. More information about the Environmental Systems Dynamics Laboratory is available at The successful candidate should work well in diverse teams, as she/he would be working closely with other laboratory personnel, including undergraduate and graduate students and postdocs.

Key Responsibilities :

• Running and maintaining laboratory instrumentation, including a fluorometer, dissolved organic carbon analyzer, and particle size analyzer
• Assisting with planning and characterization of a new water flume, constructed to perform experiments on sediment transport in biologically active environments
• Preparing solutions and reagents
• Participating in and providing support for field projects
• As need and interests dictate, potentially performing routine data analysis in support of ongoing field projects
Required Qualifications
• Experience preparing laboratory reagents
• Experience in troubleshooting instrumentation
• Experience with physical laboratory experiments
• Familiarity with spreadsheet software such as Excel
• Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, engineering, or one of the physical or environmental sciences (or equivalent years of experience)

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience with organic carbon analysis
• Experience with sediment transport experiments
• Familiarity with fluid mechanics
• Master’s degree in chemistry, engineering, or one of the physical or environmental sciences (or equivalent years of experience)

To apply:
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Aug 4 15

Job: Research Technician in Grassland Ecosystem Ecology Lab – Arizona State University

by Sara Gomez Garcia

We are seeking an outstanding full-time research technician to support an active research project in the Sala Lab.  Research activities will involve 5 to 7 trips per year to Colorado, Kansas and New Mexico, each trip ranging from 1 to 4 weeks in duration. During field campaigns, the Research Technician will work with PI, graduate and undergraduate students in various activities including vegetation and soil sampling as well as maintenance of long-term rainfall manipulation experiments. Field work will be complemented with laboratory work, data entry, data analysis and assistance with the organization of events. A successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in a related field (e.g., Ecology, Biology, Soil Science). Experience in field biology and laboratory work will be desirable. The successful applicant would be primarily based in the lab of Dr. Osvaldo Sala in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University.

Applicants should apply through the ASU system. Please search for the posting on the Employment website: Once on the site, search under Staff Positions and search for Requisition ID number: 15432BR . Please apply before 3:00 p.m. on July 31, 2015. Estimated start date is September 1st, or as soon as the candidate is available. Position will have a salary commensurate with experience and all the benefits of an Arizona State University full-time employee.

Aug 3 15

BS-level ecological research scientist at EPA in Martha’s Vineyard

by Sara Gomez Garcia

Job opening for a person interested in ecosystem services provided by living shorelines. We are beginning a project in Martha’s Vineyard involving installation of coir logs as a potential technique to reduce salt marsh erosion and mitigate nutrient loading.

The candidate shall receive hands-on training and share in responsibilities (as part of a collaborative team) for the following tasks:
1) Conduct field sampling at sites in Oak Bluffs and Edgartown, MA. 2) Process samples collected in the field. 3) Run laboratory analyses, such as nutrient samples on an auto-analyzer, denitrification enzyme activity analyses. 4) Assist with elevation surveys of marsh sites. Even though the candidate will be expected to perform large portions of this project independently, they will be part of larger collaborative team of researchers and can draw upon other researchers’ insights and expertise.

Any interested persons can email for questions and see posting of the position with application instructions here: