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Jan 22 18

Research, PennState College of Agricultural Sciences

by Grace L. Schumaker

2 Positions Available (Summer 2018)
Wednesday, May 9th – Friday, August 10th**
**with possible extension through Friday, August 17th

Location: 1 position in State College, PA; 1 position in Coudersport, PA

Pay: Full time, 40hr/week appointment. Crew leaders – $12.50/hr. Housing
is provided, along with access to a field vehicle.

Description: These positions are part of a long-term vegetation
monitoring project assessing the effects of white-tailed deer browsing
and other factors on understory plant community composition and tree
regeneration ( We are
also advertising for an incoming PhD student to work on the project
under the direction of Marc McDill and Kim Steiner in the Ecosystem
Science and Management Department at Penn State University. The PhD
candidate will focus on oak regeneration in central Pennsylvania. The
State College crew leader position would ideally be filled by the
incoming student.

Must be able to find, monument, and inventory permanent forest
vegetation plots using GPS and other tools in central or northern
Pennsylvania. Daily duties include navigation to remote parts of
Pennsylvania state forest lands, hiking up to 2 miles with equipment,
and collection of quality vegetation monitoring data—the identification,
size class, and abundance of more than 100 species of overstory and
understory plants—with a field PC.

In addition to performing the duties described above, crew leaders must
be able to successfully manage and lead a vegetation monitoring crew
while they perform daily duties. This includes daily planning of plot
visits, assessing access routes and equipment needs, and
management/archiving of collected data.

Key qualifications:
Possession of a baccalaureate degree in natural resources or a related
field; demonstrated plant identification skills (as evidenced by at
least one year experience as field technician monitoring vegetation
data); ability to supervise and manage field crews under difficult field
conditions; possession of a valid driver’s license.

Questions: Contact Danielle Begley-Miller at

Application deadline: Applications reviewed as received.

To apply: Send a letter, résumé, transcripts, and contact information
for three references (via email preferred) to Bobbi Joy Scovern. At
least one reference should be able to comment on your plant
identification skills. In your letter, please indicate if you would like
to be considered for a crew leader position.

Email applications to:
Bobbi Joy Scovern, Administrative Support Assistant
Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
419 Forest Resources Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-865-4511

Jan 19 18

Research Assistant, The Memphis Zoo Department of Research and Conservation

by Grace L. Schumaker
Location: Memphis, TN, United States
Dates: April 15 – Aug 30, 2018.
Application Deadline: January 31, 2018
Contact: Dr. Sinlan Poo (

The Memphis Zoo Department of Research and Conservation is offering two
research assistant positions in behavioral ecology and reproductive
physiology. This program offers a unique research experience in
conservation, with a chance to work with amphibians both in the lab and
in the field (roughly 80% lab work and 20% field work). Interns will
gain experience in a variety of field and laboratory techniques, such as
visual encounter surveys, hormone induced spermiaiton, sperm assessment,
captive breeding, in vitro fertilization, behavioral observations, and
morphological characterization. Additionally, interns will have the
opportunity to communicate their research to the public through
educational outreaches at the Zoo and at professional scientific

Project synopsis:
Amidst the sixth mass extinction, amphibians are one of the most
threatened groups of animals, with more than 30% of amphibians (i.e.
over 2000 species) at risk of extinction. One of the ways to safeguard
species from extinction risks is to keep them in captive colonies. The
ultimate goal of captive colonies, however, is to enhance in situ
conservation of the species by releasing captive individuals and
increasing or reestablishing natural populations. A critical factor that
ultimately determines the success of captive release programs is whether
released individuals have the ability to adapt to natural environments.
With this in mind, we will be working on research projects that
investigate the reproductive biology, behavior, and morphology of
amphibians at various life stages (tadpoles, juvenile, and adult frogs)
in an array of different treatments.

Applicants must have a B.S. or at least three years of college level
course work in biology or a related field. Preference will be given to
individuals with a strong academic record and a particular interest in
ecology and animal behavior. Experience with field studies, laboratory
techniques, data analysis, and amphibian biology is preferred, but not
required. Interns must have a strong work ethic, a willingness and
flexibility to work consecutive days depending on the need of the
animals, and the ability to work independently as well as with a team.

This is an unpaid, full-time (40 hr/wk) internship. Housing will be
provided for the duration of the internship.

Materials to submit:
Applications must be submitted by January 31, 2018 and should include a
(1) letter of interest, (2) CV, (3) unofficial college transcript, and
(4) a list of three references.

The letter of interest should describe the applicant’s interests and
experience related to biology/wildlife with more detail than what is
provided in the CV. In addition, please clearly state the earliest
possible start date within the letter of interest. If possible, submit
these materials as a single PDF file. If recommendation letters are
available, they may be emailed separately.

All materials should be addressed to Dr. Sinlan Poo and emailed to with the applicant’s last name and “Research
Internship” in the subject line. Hiring will begin immediately and
positions will remain open until filled. Applications with incomplete
materials will not be considered. 

Jan 19 18

Intern, North American Breeding Bird Survey

by Grace L. Schumaker
The USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Maryland is seeking two full-time temporary student contractors to assist with duties related to the North American Breeding Bird Survey program (  The BBS is a long-term, continental avian monitoring program that relies on citizen scientists to provide the quantitative population data needed to assess and manage hundreds of migratory bird species found across the U.S. and Canada.  Tasks will include working with wildlife survey data, performance of quality assurance and quality control procedures on biological data, data entry, assisting with database management, photocopying and filing, preparation of maps and assisting in preparation of administrative correspondence.
Application deadline:
Interested applicants should submit their resume and cover letter by February 12, 2018.
Statement of Work
1. Types of services required: During the summer field season, approximately 3100 BBS routes are sampled by participants skilled in avian identification. These data are then processed and analyzed by USGS to inform avian conservation efforts in the U.S. and Canada. Tasks will include processing incoming data and materials, performing data entry and quality control procedures using web-based technologies, tracking progress, assisting with database management, photocopying, scanning and filing materials, map preparation, and corresponding with participants.
2. Required expertise/skills:
a. Applicants are required to have completed two years of undergraduate course work (student must be at least a second semester sophomore).
b. Applicants must be majors in a biology, ecology, environmental science or related disciplines.
c. Applicants must be able to communicate effectively in English both verbally and in writing.
d. Applicants must have knowledge of computer software used to summarize and organize data (i.e. Excel and Access).
e. Knowledge of North American birds is not required.
3. Eligibility requirements: To be eligible for a student contract position, applicants must be either a currently enrolled student or a recent graduate. To qualify as a student, the applicant must be enrolled at least half-time in a degree-seeking program at an accredited college or university. Former students who graduated more than 10 months ago or who left school without graduating are not eligible to work under these contracts.  Applicants will be required to show proof of their student status (or recent graduation). USGS employees, their spouses, and children are not eligible to participate in this program. U.S. citizens are eligible. Non-U.S. citizens may be eligible to participate, depending on their immigration status and the applicable regulations of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (formerly Immigration and Naturalization Service). Foreign students in the U.S. under F-1 visas are usually not able to participate in this program, due to USCIS restrictions against off-campus work.
4. Description of working conditions: Work will be performed in an office environment located on the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center campus in Laurel, Maryland. Extended periods of computer use will be required. This is not a field or laboratory position.
5. Compensation: The student contractor will be paid $17.09 per hour. Student contractors are paid only for hours worked (no holiday or leave benefits). Student is responsible for all costs of transportation to and from the principal duty station location. The Government does not provide housing, meals or other living expenses while working at the principal duty station. Official travel away from the duty station is not expected.
6. Principal Duty Station: USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, 12100 Beech Forest Road, Laurel, Maryland 20708-4038. Student contractors may enter the building only during business hours or when project manager is present.
7. Additional information: Estimated number of hours for the position is 544 (full-time for summer). There is a possibility of additional part-time hours continuing into the fall semester. The approximate start date is May 28, 2018. The approximate end date is August 24, 2018. There is flexibility in start and end dates to accommodate variations in academic calendars.

8. How to apply: Send resume and cover letter to Keith Pardieck via email ( Applications must be received on or before February 12, 2018. In your cover letter include an explanation of how you meet the eligibility requirements, your expected graduation date, and discuss your experience as related to sections 1 and 2 above.

Jan 17 18

Research Assistant, The Missouri Department of Conservation

by Grace L. Schumaker
Friday, January 05, 2018 12:06 PM
Title: Research Assistant – Botany Technician (9 positions)
Salary:  $10.24/hour
Location: free housing is provided in Ellington and Winona, Missouri
Employment Period: Temporary, full-time; May 7 through September 14, 2018
Hours: 40 hours/week, Monday-Thursday (4 ten-hour days)
Last date to apply: February 9, 2018
Applicant review and job offers will begin in December 2017.
The Missouri Department of Conservation in collaboration with the University of Missouri is recruiting 3 botany crew leaders and 9 botany technicians to assist in collecting vegetation data in southeastern Missouri. Botany crews identify forest, woodland, and glade plant species, and record vegetation data for the Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project (MOFEP), a landscape-scale, long-term study of the effects of forest management on multiple aspects of the ecosystem. This position is a great opportunity to hone botany skills, learn about forest ecology and natural communities, and interact with other students and professionals in the natural resources field. If you love learning about plants and natural communities, this is your job!
MOFEP is located in the heart of the Ozark Highlands, an extensively forested and ecologically diverse region, providing ample opportunities for hiking, swimming, and paddling in the stunningly beautiful Current and Jacks Fork Rivers. Free housing is provided and is located on land owned by the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Job Description:
Botany crews identify up to 500 species of forest, woodland, and glade plants, estimate plant coverage, count soft mast flowers and fruits, and measure canopy closure using spherical densiometers. Botanists record data using a tablet-sized rugged field computer. Botany crews drive 4-wheel drive trucks up to 50 miles a day on pavement, gravel roads, and trails through the woods; hike 1 to 4 miles a day across steep, rocky terrain in rain, heat, and high humidity; and navigate to permanent plots using Garmin GPS units, or map and compass. Botany crews are required to work long hours outdoors, often in adverse weather conditions. Work vehicles are provided for transportation to field sites.
Technicians must have completed college coursework toward a college degree in natural resources: coursework in botany, plant taxonomy, ecology, and forestry is preferred. Preference will be given to candidates who have completed a field botany or plant taxonomy class and/or exhibit strong botanical skills. Intensive botanical training will be provided, but a solid foundation in plant identification is a prerequisite for the training. Candidates must be able to cheerfully endure tough field conditions, including heat, humidity, ticks, chiggers, mosquitoes, gnats, spiders, snakes, briars, and steep terrain.
Applicants must be detail-oriented, self-motivated, enthusiastic, and possess a strong work ethic, excellent organizational skills, and above all, a positive attitude. Applicants must possess exceptional inter-personal skills and be able to live and work with field crews in close quarters in remote locations. Must be able to work long hours, including early mornings and late afternoons, and conduct field work that is often strenuous. Must possess a valid driver’s license and a good driving record.
To apply, submit the following to Elizabeth Olson (
1. Cover letter describing your background, experience, and qualifications
2. Detailed resume or curriculum vitae
3. College transcripts (unofficial transcripts acceptable)
4. Contact information (phone and e-mail) for at least 2 educational or professional references
Please put “MOFEP Botany Technician” in the subject line of your e-mail.
For more information, contact:
Elizabeth Olson
Plant Community Ecologist
Missouri Department of Conservation
Phone: 417-256-7161 ext.4763
Jan 17 18

Forest Monitoring Technician, The Pennsylvania State University Department of Ecosystem Science and Management

by Grace L. Schumaker

Job Opportunity:
Forest Monitoring Technicians
Summer 2018

The Pennsylvania State University Department of Ecosystem Science and
Management is hiring a seasonal technician to collect forest monitoring
data in eight national parks in Pennsylvania and West Virginia,
including the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, New River
Gorge National River, and Gauley River National Recreational Area. This
work is part of a long-term monitoring program that provides park staff
with crucial information on the condition of the parks’ vegetation and
how this condition is changing over time.

The position will begin in mid-May 2018 and continue for 12 – 15 weeks
with compensation of $14-16 per hour depending on experience.  The
technician will travel to and be housed in or near a national park each
week.  Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Demonstrated experience in forest ecology, meticulous data collection
skills, strong work ethic, and positive attitude are required.
Applicants should enjoy working outdoors in a variety of conditions and
be able to identify common trees and shrubs of Pennsylvania and West
Virginia. Applicants must be able to follow complex detailed field
protocols and work as a member of a team.  The ability to hike long
distances carrying a 25+ pound backpack and work long hours in adverse
conditions (e.g. steep terrain, hot/humid weather, stinging/biting
insects, irritating plants) and in remote field sites is a must.
Applicants should be able to navigate in the woods by compass and using
GPS. Additional tasks may include data entry and quality control of

To apply, please send: 1) a brief cover letter, 2) a resume, and 3)
contact information for three references in a single Word or PDF
document to Stephanie Perles [sjp16 at psu dot edu] by February 2, 2018.

Jan 17 18

Botanical Research Assistant, The Missouri Department of Conservation

by Grace L. Schumaker

Title:  Botanical Research Assistant

Pay Rate:   $9.86/hr

Dates:  May 9, 2018 – September 1, 2018*

Hours:  40 hrs/week

Number of positions: 3

Supervisor: Dr. Elizabeth Middleton, Grassland Botanist, Missouri
Department of Conservation

Summary: The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Grassland Systems
Field Station is recruiting 3 Botanical Research Assistants to assist in
vegetation data collection in the tallgrass prairies of West-Central and
Southwest Missouri. Assistants will work along with the grassland
botanist and the botany crew leader to identify prairie plant species
and record vegetation data for a long-term study investigating the
effects of patch burn grazing on remnant prairie plant communities. This
position offers an opportunity to further develop botanical
identification skills, gain a better understanding of prairie
ecosystems, and interact with professionals in the natural resources

Duties: Project tasks include assessing species presence/absence of 50
species, strict adherence to protocols with limited supervision, assist
in the identification of 200+ prairie plants to species, and driving an
MDC truck with trailer. Assistants will be responsible for independently
collecting presence/absence data.  As time allows, assistants will work
with the grassland botanist or the botany crew leader to collect plant
community diversity data. Other duties include collecting and mounting
plant specimens and assisting in herbarium maintenance.

Qualifications: Must be working towards or have completed a Bachelor’s
Degree in Biology, Ecology, or related field.  It is preferred that the
assistant has completed a plant taxonomy, field botany, or similar
course. Experience with vegetative sampling and field research is highly
desired. Assistants must have interest in learning about tallgrass
prairie plant communities. Botanical training will be provided, but
basic taxonomic knowledge is a prerequisite for the position. Research
Assistants must be detail-oriented, self-motivated, enthusiastic, and
possess a strong work ethic and excellent organizational skills.
Assistants must work effectively with minimal supervision and as part of
a research team. Assistants must be able to hike 1 to 4 miles a day on
uneven terrain, cheerfully endure heat and high humidity, and orient
plots with the use of a compass. Assistants will be required to work
long hours outdoors with work beginning at 6:30 am, and they will be
expected to endure harsh field conditions (heat, humidity, ticks,
chiggers, spiders, briars, and uneven terrain). Assistants must be able
to travel statewide including frequent overnight stays. Assistants must
have a valid driver’s license and be comfortable driving 4-wheel drive
trucks, hauling ATVs on trailers, and backing trailers. A field vehicle
is provided. MDC-sponsored housing is available at a minimal cost. The
housing is in short distance to the Clinton office and is shared by
other field station hourly staff. The successful candidate must submit
to a drug screen following the offer of employment.

*Disclaimer: Potential continuation of employment after June 15, 2018 is
dependent upon Conservation Commission approval of the FY2019 operating

Please send the following materials to Elizabeth Middleton
( Please put ‘Botanical Research
Assistant” in the subject line of your email.
1)      electronic cover letter,
2)      detailed CV,
3)      college transcripts (unofficial is ok, but must be able to
obtain official transcript on request), and
4)      phone and email contact information for at least 2 professional
references, including a recent employer.

For more information, contact:
Elizabeth Middleton
Missouri Department of Conservation
Grassland Botanist
Phone (preferred): 660-885-6981 x 230

Deadline: 5:00 PM February 5, 2018

Jan 17 18

Research Assistant, Thunder Basin Prairie Ecosystem Association

by Grace L. Schumaker

Research assistants (2-3)

Location of work: Thunder Basin National Grassland, Bill, WY

Hours of work: 40 hours per week (4 x 10 hour days per week)

Salary: $2400 per month. Housing is provided. Three days of PTO and two
holidays included.

Dates: May 21 – August 16, 2018.

Applications received on or before February 9, 2018 will be considered.

Send application materials (cover letter, resume, references) and/or
questions to:
Dave Pellatz
Executive Director
Thunder Basin Grasslands Prairie Ecosystem Association
671 Steinle Rd
Douglas, WY  82633

and copy to:
Lauren Porensky
Research Ecologist
Rangeland Resources Systems Research Unit
1701 Centre Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80526 USA

Research assistant for the Thunder Basin Prairie Ecosystem Association
(TBGPEA). TBGPEA is a non-profit organization established to provide
private landowner leadership in developing a responsible, science-based
approach to long-term management of the lands of its members.  Over the
last ten years the Association has focused its efforts on developing
ecosystem-based conservation measures. These measures are designed to
address the habitat needs of species of concern in northeastern Wyoming
in balance with the need for sustainable economic and social activities
and preservation of cultural values.

TBGPEA is collaborating with the USDA-ARS Rangeland Resources Systems
Research Unit (RRSRU) to develop new knowledge about ecological
processes in Thunder Basin and apply this knowledge to improved
management for production and conservation objectives. The Research
Assistant will be supervised by the Board of TBGPEA with input from
RRSRU scientists. The Assistant will be responsible for collecting
scientific data from field experiments to evaluate how climate, fire,
soils, grazing management, and global change affect ecological phases,
states, transitions and thresholds in semi-arid rangeland ecosystems. If
time permits, the Assistant may help evaluate Association member’s
property as part of the Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances

Collects soil and vegetation data and is responsible for quality
assurance/quality control of data collected.  Keeps exact, detailed
records of experimental data.  Provides data in an appropriate format
for incorporation into computer spreadsheets. Makes and records
observations of unusual happenings, phenomena or trends that might
influence interpretation of plot or field data.

Manages fieldwork program semi-autonomously; takes responsibility for
solving problems and adapting to current conditions and events without
constant supervision.

Operates, maintains, cleans, repairs and constructs equipment used in
plot and field experiments including, but not limited to, vehicles and
field equipment.

If time permits, the Assistant may participate in the development of
livestock grazing management plans and may also collect ornithological
or small mammal data.

Ensures that all safety and environmental concerns are addressed to
provide a safe work environment, and that activities in support of
research in the Thunder Basin do not pose an environmental threat.

Technical knowledge of plant identification, structure and function of
plant communities, and theory and practice of rangeland management, and
a familiarity with the methods of biological sciences such as biology,
chemistry, botany, etc, in order to participate responsibly in most
phases of the experimental process.

Experience with bird and/or small mammal wildlife survey techniques is

Ability to do efficient and high-quality work without direct
supervision. Ability to proactively solve problems and manage tasks
adaptively in order to get the job done on time.

Skill in the use of personal computers to utilize software packages such
as: word processing, data entry and manipulation in spreadsheets (e.g.,

Communication skills necessary to follow directions precisely and
produce positive interactions with scientists, research personnel, and
the general public.

Knowledge of range science, soil science, general biology and ecology.

Practical knowledge of general vehicle maintenance and repair. Knowledge
of safe operating procedures when using equipment or vehicles. Knowledge
of UTV operation and safety is beneficial.

Practical knowledge of livestock management and nutrition for use in
development of livestock grazing management plans.

Personal contacts are broad including TBGPEA members; scientists,
technicians and graduate students from other institutions or other
federal agencies; action agencies; non-governmental organizations;
vendors and contractors; state or local government entities; visitors
and the general public.

Personal contacts within the RRSRU involve support and assistance to
scientists and support staff. The purpose of personal contacts is to
mutually accomplish technical and support work; assist in planning and
coordinating work efforts; discuss technical requirements of equipment
with manufacturers and resolve problems concerning the work or the
peculiar needs of the organization; coordinate help with other research
projects; exchange information about research techniques; obtain
supplies and equipment

The work requires standing, walking, bending and lifting of objects
weighing as much as 50 pounds.  Certain phases of the work require
extended (such as most of a work day) periods of standing or sitting
while accomplishing detailed experimental procedures.  Some procedures
require stamina and endurance.  Need to have the physical capability to
perform required duties without hazard to self or others when working
with machinery, cattle, horses, fire or chemicals.

The job is located in a remote part of NE Wyoming. The work environment
is about 85% in the field and 15% in the shop or office.  The work
involves regular and recurring moderate risks or discomforts which
require special safety precautions, e.g., working outdoors. Throughout
the year, the person may encounter belligerent livestock, insects, dust
and extremes of weather. The person is required to wear protective
clothing (e.g., coats, boots, goggles, gloves, and respirator) as
conditions warrant.

Jan 17 18

Student Summer Hires, Great Lakes Network of the National Park Service Inventory & Monitoring (I&M) program

by Grace L. Schumaker

Location: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (stationed in Empire,

Position and Vacancies: Student summer hires (2 vacancies)

Duration: May 30 – August 29, 2018 (starting date firm)

Pay: $11.00-11.50/hour Depending on experience

Description and Duties: The incumbents will be employed by Northland
College, but will work directly with, and report to, the Great Lakes
Network of the National Park Service Inventory & Monitoring (I&M) program.
The goals of the I&M program include monitoring key environmental
variables so that ecological change can be detected and addressed in a
timely manner. The incumbents will assist with sampling vegetation.

These are largely field based positions. The incumbents will assist with
the establishment and sampling of permanent forest monitoring plots at
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan. Incumbents will
collect extensive monitoring data on trees and coarse woody materials,
take tree cores, and assess tree health. Field work will be performed in
teams of 2-3 people. The incumbents may also spend approximately 5-10% of
time performing computer work.

This position operates on an 8 day on/6 day off schedule. During the 8-day
sampling periods, incumbents will be expected to carry field equipment
weighing up to 50 lbs. He/she will be exposed to high temperatures,
stinging and biting insects, including extensive mosquitoes and ticks, and
poisonous plants.

The incumbents are responsible for securing and paying for their own
housing in the Empire, Michigan area.

To Apply: Please send a resume, cover letter, references, and unofficial
transcripts to Suzanne Sanders ( by January 15,
2018. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted shortly
thereafter. No phone calls or emails, other than applications, please.

Dec 27 17

Seaside Center Summer Naturalists (2)

by Marissa M. Donohue

Seasonal, full-time position. Old Greenwich, CT

13 weeks beginning early June  through early September, 2018
35 hours per week, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM (one-hour unpaid lunch break),
Tuesday – Sunday, with flex day off. Must work weekends,  July 4, and
Labor Day Monday.  There may be times, especially at the beginning and
end of term, that fall outside the Tues. – Sun. schedule.

Position and Responsibilities:

The Naturalists for the Bruce Museum Seaside Center at Greenwich Point
Park are responsible for the operation and care of the building and
marine touch tanks, under the supervision of Museum staff and in
cooperation with the Town of Greenwich. The Naturalists are responsible
for the development, implementation, staffing and evaluation of
educational programs at the Seaside Center as well as the supervision of
interns, volunteers and the general public.

These positions require a high degree of independence, managing the
public and groups of all ages, working in a marine environment, being
able to operate a vehicle, and dealing with facilities that are
unequipped to accommodate the physically challenged.

The position reports to Manager of Seaside Center (and other museum
staff as appropriate, e.g. manager of School/ Community Partnerships,
Volunteer Program Manager, Exhibitions Design, Curator of Science,
Finance or Facilities Maintenance). Comp/flex-time, as approved by

Illustrative Examples of Work:
•Oversees the operation of the Seaside Center as part of a two-person
•Responsible for the supervision and scheduling of interns and
•Monitors budgets under supervision of Museum staff.
•Keeps accurate records on Seaside Center attendance and volunteer
•Files weekly reports, as well as a season-end report to the Manager of
Seaside Center with attendance figures, volunteer hours, daily
activities, building maintenance, etc.
•Coordinates activities and building maintenance with the appropriate
Town of Greenwich officials through appropriate Museum staff, including
beach access for interns, volunteers and special groups.
•Schedules and organizes groups in coordination with the Bruce Museum
Seaside Center Manager.
•Develops education programs for general visitors, group visits, and
special public programs (i.e. nature walks, seining activities,
workshops, crafts, etc.).
•Trains, schedules and evaluates interns and volunteers.
•Maintains saltwater aquaria and responsible for the care and feeding of
marine life.
•Maintains daily cleanliness of Seaside Center facility.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Traits:
•Demonstrated management skills.
•Teaching experience.
•Knowledge of marine life and environmental science and ability to
handle natural history collection objects in accordance with general
museum practices.
•Knowledge of informal and museum/naturalist education methods.
•Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
•Computer literate.
•Familiarity with general office procedures.
•Current driver’s license.
•US citizens only.

Recommended Education and Experience:
•Bachelor’s degree in science, education, museum studies or related
•Ability to work with children and adults of all ages.
•Knowledge of marine and terrestrial ecosystems.

Compensation $12 – $15/hour, dependent on experience.

Send cover letter and resume by 4/1/2018 to: Cynthia Ehlinger, Seaside
Center Manager, Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT 06830, or

Dec 27 17


by Marissa M. Donohue
We are looking for undergraduates or recent graduates to join our team of interdisciplinary researchers in northeast Iceland this coming summer. We study the ecology of Lake Mývatn, and interns will assist in our ongoing LTREB (Long-Term Research in Environmental Biology) project.
Internships will include both NSF-REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) and non-REU positions. Only current undergraduates (not graduating before fall of 2018) with US citizenship are eligible for the REU positions. The non-REU positions are more flexible and are open to non-US citizens. However, we will not consider applications from people with graduate-level education. The REU and non-REU positions are functionally identical; the only difference is funding source.
Interns must be available to work from 1 June to late August. The timing of the fieldwork is dictated by our research needs and therefore is inflexible.
Selection for this internship is extremely competitive—in previous years over 200 people applied for only 4 positions. Please carefully consider your competitiveness for this position before applying.
The research focuses on the population dynamics of midges in Mývatn 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. All interns will contribute to both aquatic and terrestrial aspects of the project.
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 driver’s license, and your current and future educational plans.
2. Resume
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 both the cover letter and resume. Email your PDF to Amanda McCormick, Include your surname in the file (e.g., Smith_Iceland_Application.pdf). Put “2018 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 2018 internships, please submit your application by 20 January 2018.
All positions include coverage of travel expenses to and from Iceland, food and lodging, and a small stipend. Interns must be available to work from 1 June to late August. The timing of the fieldwork is dictated by our research needs 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 national conferences.
More information about our work and field experiences can be found at our blog,
Amanda McCormick (graduate student) –
Joe Phillips (graduate student) –
Matt McCary (post-doctoral fellow) –
Tony Ives (professor) –
Claudio Gratton (professor) –