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Feb 24 15

Summer Field Technician (Forest Ecology) – Montana

by Kris Pieper

The University of Montana’s Forest Ecology lab (http://www.cfc.umt.edu/forestecology) seeks field research assistants to join a 2-4 person crew for the summer of 2015 in western Montana. Work will be conducted in multiple National Forests (Idaho Panhandle, Kootenai, Flathead, and Lolo).  The research project focuses on forest stand development in second growth western larch-mixed conifer forests and snowshoe hares.

Work will include:

€       Installing and measuring vegetation plots
€       Sampling relative abundance of snowshoe hare
€       Learning about sampling techniques and the effects of forest management on forest stand  succession and wildlife habitat

Qualifications: Positions are best suited for individuals that have or are working toward a degree in forest or environmental sciences; are interested in forest and wildlife management, silviculture, or forest ecology; and have some previous experience sampling vegetation. Candidates must be  able to effectively work as a team, be detail oriented, and be able to solve problems with minimal supervision. Candidates must also be in good physical condition and able to work long  hours in adverse weather.  Other requirements include a valid drivers license with clean driving record and first aid training.  Extensive travel and camping in remote locations are required for this project.

Salary:  $8.50 to $13.50/hr depending on experience
€       Summer work study students are encouraged to apply

Duration and Schedule: Exact start and end dates are negotiable.  Positions can start as early as May and continue as late as October depending upon access and weather. Work schedule will  be flexible.

Application process: Applications received by Feb 28th will receive priority consideration but later applications will be considered until all positions are filled.  To apply, assemble the following into a single PDF:

1) One page cover letter describing your interests, qualifications, degree program, and relevant coursework;

2) Your dates of availability;

3) Resume or CV;

4) Contact information for two references with firsthand knowledge of your work experience (no need to send letters).

Email your application to david.wright@umontana.edu.  For more information please contact  David Wright via email.

Feb 17 15

REU in Plant Ecology – University of Florida

by Kris Pieper

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE FOR UNDERGRADUATES ­ PLANT ECOLOGY ­ UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, GAINESVILLE, FL


The Flory Lab at the University of Florida (florylab.com) is seeking applicants for an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position in summer 2015 to evaluate mutualistic soil fungi effects on competition between an invasive grass and native trees. The successful applicant will work closely with graduate student Cathy Fahey and PI Dr. Luke Flory to develop an independent research project investigating how mycorrhizal associations influence invasions of Microstegium vimineum in forest understories.


The student will join a team of scientists at the University of Florida, Duke University (PI Dr. Justin Wright, wrightlab.weebly.com/), and Indiana University (PI Dr. Richard P. Phillips, sites.bio.indiana.edu/~phillipslab) that are investigating how and why invasive species impacts on decomposition and nutrient cycling differ across the landscape. The student will be trained in experimental design, data entry and analysis, and science communication and will gain experience in evaluating plant performance and working with soil fungi.


Applicants must be enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program with an anticipated graduation date no sooner than fall 2015, and must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. The ideal candidate will be planning to enter a graduate program in ecology, environmental science, or biology following graduation. Prior field or lab experience is beneficial, but not necessary. Applications from women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged.


The REU position is for 12 weeks, with a negotiable start date in mid May to early June 2015. A stipend of $450 per week is provided. We can assist with identifying housing if needed.


To apply: Send to Dr. Luke Flory (flory@ufl.edu) the following as PDF files (combined as a single file preferred):

1)      A brief cover letter outlining your relevant experience, interest in the position, and career goals
2)      A resume or CV
3)      Transcripts (official or unofficial)
4)      Contact information for two references (faculty members are preferred)

Review of applications will begin immediately.

Feb 6 15

Summer Field Assistant, Stream Ecology – Alaska (For Recent Grads)

by Kris Pieper

The Arctic Long-Term Ecological Research program seeks applications from motivated persons to provide technical and field support for ongoing ecological research projects at the Toolik Field Station in northern Alaska. Information about the Arctic Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) project is available at http://ecosystems.mbl.edu/ARC/ and information about the Toolik Field Station is available at
http://www.uaf.edu/toolik/. This position is a term appointment for the summer of 2015, from mid-June to mid-August (to be negotiated).

 

POSITIONS AND DUTIES: The successful candidate will participate in research on arctic tundra stream ecosystems in the Toolik Field Station research area. Duties include monitoring physical parameters in streams, collection and analysis of water samples, benthic samples, and juvenile and adult fish. Moderate laboratory skills, background with spreadsheet software, and some knowledge of stream ecosystems preferred.

 

SKILLS/EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Applicants should be recent college graduates with substantial course work and/or field experience in environmental sciences. Background in aquatic ecology, hydrology, chemistry, fish ecology and/or ecosystems ecology preferred.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Applicants should be in good health, capable of rigorous outdoor activity, and prepared to live in a field camp where cooperation with others is essential, personal privacy is limited, and living accommodations are spare and simple. Maturity and self-motivation are essential. Wilderness or outdoor experience is highly desirable.

 

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Candidates for these jobs should be available to live at the Toolik Field Station from mid-June to mid-August. Travel to Toolik Field Station will be paid as well as the cost of room and board at the station. The successful candidate will be offered competitive seasonal stipend commensurate with their level of experience. Any employment beyond mid-August will be negotiated separately. 

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applicant review will begin February 23rd and continue until the suitable candidate is identified.

 

TO APPLY: Send a cover letter, resume, copy of transcripts, names, addresses, telephone number and email contacts for 3 references ALL IN A SINGLE PDF (If sending via email) to: Joshua Benes at the Rubenstein Ecosystems Science Lab, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05401. E-mail:bwrl@uvm.edu. We prefer complete applications in PDF form as attachments to an E-mail message.

Feb 5 15

Summer 2015 – Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) Biological Technicians Needed

by Kris Pieper

Summer 2015 Student Contract Positions ­ BBS Biological Technicians

Summary:

The USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Maryland is seeking to hire three full-time temporary student contractors to assist with the North American Breeding Bird Survey program, a long-term, continental avian monitoring program. 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 18, 2015.


Statement of Work

1. Types of services required:

During the summer field season, approximately 3000 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 and Teleform OCR 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 related discipline or have substantial experience with the North American birding community.
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 visualize data (i.e. Excel and Access).
e. Knowledge of North American birds is not required but considered a plus.

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 $14.89 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:

Number of students required is three. 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 27, 2015. The approximate end date is August 30, 2015. There is flexibility in start and end dates to accommodate variations in academic calendars.

8. How to apply:

Send resume and cover letter to Dave Ziolkowski, Jr. via email (dziolkowski@usgs.gov). Applications must be received on or before *February 18, 2015*. 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.

Feb 3 15

Stormwater Monitoring Consultant

by Sara Gomez Garcia

The Law Office of Nora J. Chorover (“NJC Law”) is looking for a stormwater monitoring consultant (“Consultant”) to perform stormwater monitoring tasks as part of the law firm’s ongoing Citizen Enforcement Project in Massachusetts. NJC Law represents environmental organizations in citizen suits brought in federal court to enforce environmental laws. Most federal environmental laws contain “citizen suit” provisions giving environmental groups the right to seek judicial remedy for illegal pollution. NJC Law’s Citizen Enforcement Project is presently focused on achieving widespread compliance with stormwater requirements of the federal Clean Water Act. Many of these stormwater suits are resolved through settlements in which companies agree to clean up their stormwater discharges and make a payment to a third party group that is working to improve the quality of the affected waterbody.

The Consultant will help NJC Law and its clients to determine whether particular facilities are complying with the Clean Water Act. In particular, the Consultant will conduct visual and analytical monitoring of industrial stormwater discharges in accordance with EPA’s “Industrial Stormwater Monitoring and Sampling Guide.” The Consultant will visit specified industrial facilities during rain events to perform water sampling and visual analysis. The Consultant will collect stormwater samples for laboratory analysis, send samples to the lab, and report back to NJC Law on the lab results. If litigation is required, the Consultant may be called upon to testify in court.

Qualifications: Bachelors or post-graduate degree
Interest in or familiarity with water quality monitoring
Driver’s license and either own car or qualify for car rental

Location: Massachusetts (various locations throughout Commonwealth)

Time commitment: As needed (1-3 monitoring events per calendar quarter)

Compensation: $30/hour for monitoring sampling and reporting
$80/hour for preparing and providing written or verbal sworn testimony in court proceedings

 

If interested, please contact Nora Chorover: nchorover@choroverlaw.com; (617) 477-3550

Jan 29 15

Winter Events at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

by Kris Pieper
The following events will take place at the Harvard Museum of Natural History in February (full schedule of events available at http://hmnh.harvard.edu/calendar/upcoming/programs-audience/lectures )
Tuesday, February 3 – Free and open to the public
6:00 pm                         Public Lecture: The Cretaceous-Tertiary Mass Extinction:
                                     What Really Killed the Dinosaurs?
                                     – Mark Richards, Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences,
                                     UC Berkley
Saturday, February 7 – $35 members/$40 nonmembers
9:30 am – 12:00 pm         Adult Class: Herps! The Amazing World of Reptiles and
                                     Amphibians
                                     – Joe Martinez, curatorial assistant, Herpetology Dept, Harvard
Tuesday, February 17 – Free and open to the public
6:00 pm                         Public Lecture and Book Signing: Whale Conservation
                                     and the Future of Our Oceans
                                     – Joe Roman, author & conservation biologist
Saturday, Febuary 21 – Free with museum admission
9:00 am-4:00 pm              I <3 Science Festival 
Tuesday, February 24 – Free and open to the public
6:00 pm                          Evolution Matters Lecture: Natural History Collections
                                      and Evolution
                                      – James Hanken, Professor of Biology,
                                      Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology,
                                      Curator in Herpetology
                                      – Alexander Agassiz, Professor of Zoology; and
                                      Director, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University 
Saturday, February 28 – $35 members/$40 nonmembers
9:30 am – 12:00 pm        Adult Drawing Class: Imaginary Animals
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm          Kid’s Drawing Class: Imaginary Animals

 

Jan 29 15

Paid Undergraduate Research Assistantship for Work Study Students

by Kris Pieper

Undergraduate Research Assistantship:
Economic Input-Output Life Cycle Analysis (Data Collection and Modeling)

 

Summary of Project and Position
An undergraduate Research Assistant (RA) is needed to collaborate on a Ph.D. dissertation project examining the carbon footprint of U.S. diets. The Ph.D. candidate is based at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Chinatown but will work from the Medford campus on this project. The study will collect and assemble economic and environmental data in order to improve a standard Economic Input-Output Life Cycle (EIO-LCA) model which will be used to estimate the greenhouse gas emissions caused by food system industries and U.S. household diets. The RA will collect data from the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and other sources and format it for use with standard EIOLCA models.

 

Timeline and Time Commitment
• Start date February 1, 2015 through Summer 2015
• 200 hours total (approximately 10 hours per week)
• Work will be conducted independently. Bi-weekly or monthly check-ins with the Ph.D. candidate will be required in-person.

 

Stipend
$12/hour, must be work-study eligible

 

Skills
• Experience with creating and manipulating large datasets is required.
• Coursework in economics, statistics, computer science, or engineering is required.
• Understanding of matrix algebra is required.
• Experience collecting data from a variety of sources, including government agencies.
• Experience with Microsoft Excel is required.
• Experience with Stata and Dropbox preferred.
• Interest and ability to work independently.
• Strong organization skills and attention to detail.
• Familiarity with life cycle assessment or economic input-output data/modeling is preferred but not required.

 

To apply
Please send a resume and cover letter in a single PDF to Rebecca Nemec Boehm at
Rebecca.nemec@tufts.edu.

Jan 7 15

M.S. Graduate Research Assistantship in Wildlife Dispersal, University of Illinois at Springfield

by Sara Gomez Garcia

I am recruiting a MS-level graduate student in Environmental Science to study dispersal and movement patterns of juvenile Franklin’s ground squirrels in fragmented landscapes in central Illinois.  The graduate research assistantship will be available for two years with a June 1, 2015 start date.  The assistantship will provide tuition waiver, a stipend for the spring and fall semesters, summer income as a field technician, and research support.  The candidate must have the following qualifications:

1.  Background in ecology.
2.  Strong writing skills and quantitative skills.
3.  Coursework and extensive use of Geographic Information Systems and statistics.
4.  Extensive field experience in PIT-tagging, radio-tracking, and GPS technology.
5.  Strong work ethic and keen attention to detail.
6.  Experience in or willingness to study dispersal and landscape occupancy.

Interested applicants should email the following to Dr. Tih-Fen Ting at tting1@uis.edu as soon as possible, preferably no later than February 1.

1.  Cover letter addressing background, extent of qualifications, and research interest.
2.  Resume, including contact information for three references.
3.  Transcripts (unofficial or scanned copy acceptable).

Suitable candidates will be encouraged to submit a formal application to the graduate research assistantship program which has a deadline of March 15.  Please do not hesitate to contact me at tting1@uis.edu if you have questions.

Tih-Fen Ting
Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Studies
University of Illinois at Springfield Springfield, IL 62703
(217) 206-7876
tting1@uis.edu

Jan 7 15

Summer Field Forestry/Biology/Ecology Technicians

by Sara Gomez Garcia

(Monday, May 11 – Friday, August 14)
Location: 4 positions in State College, PA and 4 positions in
Coudersport, PA

Pay: 40 hrs/week at $11/hr and housing assistance provided
Duties: Find and monument permanent forest inventory plots using GPS and
other tools; identify and quantify the size and abundance of overstory
and understory plants on permanent plots; and collect, record and
archive data.
Key qualifications: At least two years toward a natural resources
baccalaureate degree; demonstrated plant identification skills (as
evidenced by a course in plant id, such as dendrology, and/or field
experience collecting vegetation data); ability to work independently
and reliably without direct supervision in challenging field conditions;
and possession of a valid driver’s license.
Questions: contact Danielle Begley-Miller at dfb5098@psu.edu
Application deadline: Applications reviewed as received.
To apply: Send a letter, résumé, transcripts, and contact information
for three references (via email preferred). At least one reference
should be able to comment on your plant identification skills:
Email applications to:
Bobbi Jo Scovern, Administrative Support Assistant
Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
419 Forest Resources Building
University Park, PA 16802
Email: bys5@psu.edu
Phone: 814-865-4511

Jan 7 15

Internships with New England Wild Flower Society

by Sara Gomez Garcia

Plant Records Internship

New England Wild Flower Society offers a 6-month plant records internship for 2015 at Garden in the Woods.

New England Wild Flower Society, Inc.

Garden in the Woods

180 Hemenway Road

Framingham, MA 01701

New England Wild Flower Society is the oldest plant conservation organization in the United States and a leader in regional plant conservation programs and native plant studies. Garden in the Woods is the Society’s 45-acre botanical garden, containing the largest landscaped collection of native plants in the Northeast (more than 1,500 taxa).

 

Plant Records Internship

Number Available:        1
Application Deadline:    February 1, 2015
Duration:                      6 months, starting in March, April or May
Compensation:             $240 per week + free housing
Contact:                       Mark Richardson, Director of Horticulture
Telephone:                   508-877-7630, ext. 3401
Fax:                              508-877-3658
Email:                           mrichardson@newenglandwild.org

This is an opportunity to gain hands-on experience identifying and cultivating North American native plants in a botanic garden setting. The internship will focus on learning about plant acquisitions, mapping, identification, labeling, inventorying gardens, and documentation of the living collections using BG-base software.

 

The ideal candidate will have a four-year horticulture or botany degree. Priority is given to applicants with experience documenting living collections specifically using BG-base plant records software and BG-Map mapping software. The candidate should possess strong plant identification skills and a specific interest in native plants of the Northeast.

 

Interns are covered by worker’s compensation, but the Society does not provide health insurance, vacation, or sick-time benefits. Benefits include a wide range of optional education classes and educational field trips.

 

To apply, please e-mail or mail a resume, cover letter, and list of three references to:

Mark Richardson

New England Wild Flower Society

180 Hemenway Road, Framingham, MA

mrichardson@newenglandwild.org

 

Applications are due February 1, 2015.

 

Native Plant Horticulture Internship

New England Wild Flower Society offers a 6-month native plant horticulture internship for 2015 at Garden in the Woods.

New England Wild Flower Society, Inc.

Garden in the Woods

180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701

New England Wild Flower Society is the oldest plant conservation organization in the United States and a leader in regional plant conservation programs and native plant studies. Garden in the Woods is the Society’s 45-acre botanical garden, containing the largest landscaped collection of native plants in the Northeast (more than 1,500 taxa).

Native Plant Horticulture Internship
Number Available:        1
Application Deadline:    February 1, 2015
Duration:                      6 months, starting in March or April
Compensation:             $240 per week + free housing
Contact:                       Mark Richardson, Director of Horticulture
Telephone:                   508-877-7630, ext. 3401
Fax:                              508-877-3658
Email:                            mrichardson@newenglandwild.org

Interns gain hands-on experience identifying and cultivating North American native plants in a botanical garden setting. As part of this experience, interns assist in all aspects of botanic garden management for Garden in the Woods, including the use of proper horticultural practices (such as planting, pruning, weed management, soil fertilization, and irrigation), renovation and construction of new gardens, inventory and plant record keeping, and public education. This is an opportunity to gain valuable career experience caring for gardens and natural areas, planning and leading projects, writing articles, and managing volunteers.

 

The ideal candidate will have a four-year horticulture or botany degree. The candidate should possess strong plant identification skills and a specific interest in native plants of the Northeast. Priority is given to applicants with an interest in pursuing a career in public horticulture and botanic garden management.

Interns are covered by worker’s compensation, but the Society does not provide health insurance, vacation, or sick-time benefits. Benefits include a wide range of optional education classes and field trips.

 

To apply, please e-mail or mail a resume, cover letter, and list of three references to:

Mark Richardson

New England Wild Flower Society

180 Hemenway Road, Framingham, MA

mrichardson@newenglandwild.org

 

Applications are due February 1, 2015.

 

Native Plant Nursery Internship

New England Wild Flower Society offers a 6-month native plant nursery propagation internship for 2015 at Nasami Farm in Whately, MA.

New England Wild Flower Society, Inc. – Nasami Farm Native Plant Nursery

128 North Street
Whatley, MA 01373

 

New England Wild Flower Society (www.newenglandwild.org) is the oldest lant conservation organization in the United States and a leader in regional plant conservation programs and native plant studies. Nasami Farm, the Society’s native plant nursery, produces plants for habitat restoration, wildlife landscapes, garden displays and sale to the public. Our 45-acre botanical garden, Garden in the Woods, contains the largest landscaped collection of native plants in the Northeast (over 1,500 taxa). The Society also owns and manages several sanctuary properties throughout New England, as well as leading conservation initiatives and projects within the region. Through its longstanding internship and fellowship programs, the Society provides experiences in native plant cultivation, nursery production, plant/land conservation, and youth through adult education programming.
Native Plant Nursery Propagation Internship

Number Available: 1 at Nasami Farm in Whately, MA

Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2015

Duration:  6 mos., starting late March/April; 5-day week with a weekend day required.

Compensation: $320/week

Contact:  Cayte McDonough, Nursery Production Manager
Telephone: 413-397-9922

Fax: 413-397-9944

Email: cmcdonough@newenglandwild.org

Interns gain hands-on experience identifying, propagating, and cultivating North American native plants in a nursery setting. As part of this experience, interns assist in many facets of nursery operations, including propagation of numerous species, retail plant sales, seed collection and processing, record keeping and public information duties. This is an opportunity to gain valuable skills by learning from staff, coordinating volunteers, leading projects, writing articles, and participating in the development of an expanding nursery. Interns have the chance to complete a special project of their interest, participate in educational activities, network with professionals, and attend field trips. Provides entry into both native plant studies and nursery management.

Candidates should possess some botanical understanding, familiarity with horticultural practices, an interest in native plants of the Northeast, excellent communication skills and a strong desire to learn.

Other Information: Interns are covered by Worker’s Compensation, but the Society does not provide health insurance, vacation, or sick-time benefits.  Benefits include a wide range of optional education.

To apply, e-mail/mail a resume, cover letter, and list of three references to:

Cayte McDonough, Nursery Production Manager
Nasami Farm Native Plant Nursery
128 North Street
Whately, MA  01373
cmcdonough@newenglandwild.org

Applications are due February 1, 2015.