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Apr 23 18

PhD Thesis Research

by Grace L. Schumaker

Ph.D. student to study forest understory vegetation dynamics in mixed-oak
forests as a function of site factors and deer herbivory at The Pennsylvania
State University.

We seek a student who has strong quantitative and problem-solving skills and
is comfortable working alone or in small groups in remote, forested areas.
The successful candidate will have support responsibilities to a long-term
(5+ years) study of forest understory vegetation dynamics, as influenced by
competition, herbivory and site factors. The student will develop their PhD
thesis research within the context of this ongoing study. The student would
have access to an extensive, detailed dataset based on 5+ years of past
fieldwork on which to build a research project. Funding is assured for the
duration of a normal PhD course of study and includes a stipend (approx.
$29,000/year), health benefits, and tuition remission. Interested students
should contact Dr. Marc McDill ( for more information prior
to applying online.

Apr 23 18

Administrative Assistant with Film Experience | Young Voices for the Planet

by Grace L. Schumaker

Administrative Assistant with Film Experience Young Voices for the Planet

Washington, D.C. or Boston area (March 2018)

This nonprofit organization is seeking someone with organizing, writing, film editing and social media skills. We also seek an individual with creativity and a demonstrated passion for work that serves the public good and, in particular, our mission: fostering youth empowerment and environmental literacy.

Who We Are: Young Voices for the Planet (YVFP) was founded to limit the impacts of climate change through empowering youth who have an essential role in informing society and catalyzing change since they will bear the brunt of climate disruption. Our mission is to amplify the youth voice, promote greater energy awareness, and inspire young people to take action through our short Young Voices for the Planet documentaries showing true stories of youth solutions to the climate crisis.

Qualifications and experience:

— fluency with MSWord, Excel, Facebook, Twitter, Vertical Response, internet browsers and other social networking and social media

— strong writing, public relations, administrative and organizational skills
— self-motivation and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team — strong oral communication and interpersonal skills
— attention to detail
— ideally, film editing experience with Premiere

Responsibilities (under the direction of and reporting to the Executive Director and Program Coordinator):

1. Communication and Outreach: Coordinate with broadcast partners and many non-profit groups linking to our films and using them in their programs (educational institutions, youth, environmental groups, government agencies, science museums and science centers, bookstores and online catalogues). Manage and facilitate the use of the YVFP films in workshops, programs, publications, conferences and websites. Manage Social Media: Write blogs and articles and coordinate volunteers to tweet and post on social media

2. Provide administrative, technical, and communications support to the director: write, edit and proofread proposals; manage our Action Map, google docs and other google programs and email; schedule and prep for speaking engagements.

3. Expand the reach of YVFP by helping to build new and existing relationships especially to educators interested in using the YVFP Civic Engagement curriculum.

4. Public Relations: Update media kit, website and social media in coordination with the program coordinator; assist with publicizing film screenings and youth efforts through TV, radio, newspaper outlets; arrange media interviews with the young people in the YVFP films; assist with the creation of quarterly YVFP newsletters in Vertical Response; assist with social media posts (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram) as a promotional tool.

5. Database Management: In Excel spreadsheets record and update: DVD orders, member and mailing lists, databases, photo and footage releases.

6. Collaborate with the Director and Board of Directors and keep in touch with the youth, musicians, editors, cameramen who have contributed to the YVFP films.

7. Work with our attorney to track and finalize contracts with distributors, camera crews, editors and vendors and verifying that all media in films is licensed.

8. Help prepare reports, press releases and proposals for fundraising and development. 9. Confer with accountant and keep track of books with quickbooks.
10. Organize film screenings at theatres, film festivals, congregations and temples

11. Transcribe films, edit and submit films to film festivals: create film clips with Premiere and submit through Without a box, Youtube, DropBox; provide film clips for broadcast media and partners; help develop story flows for new films; Ideally, edit rough cuts of new Young Voices for the Planet films.

12. Manage Calendar for the director and other staff

13. Conferences and Workshops: Leverage connections with key organizations and educational institutions that can host YVFP Civic Engagement Workshops. Help organize workshops, set up exhibits attend conferences, and assist at film screenings. Organize youth panels to speak after film screenings.

14. Science Museums & Science Centers: organize screenings and correspondence
15. Film Responsibilities: Arrange for film translations and subtitling, and work with designer to

create DVD sleeves and labels.
16. Organizing: Work with fundraiser hosts to arrange fundraisers.
17. Metrics: Put in place metrics for YVFP website and facebook page
Salary: $40,000 or commensurate with ability and professional experience. Possibly part-time

Location: Washington DC or Boston area with possibility of flex-time or working remotely. To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to
Direct your cover letter to Lynne Cherry, YVFP Director.

Apr 23 18

GIS Intern | City of Cambridge IT Department

by Grace L. Schumaker

GIS Intern

City of Cambridge IT Department

Posting Date: 04/19/18

Closing Date: until filled

The City of Cambridge is looking for a part-time GIS Intern. The major theme of this position will be GIS data maintenance and review, as well as the use and integration of 3D within GIS. The ideal candidate will have at least one year’s experience using ESRI ArcGIS, worked with relational databases, and has experience with 3D. Only individuals with proven, hands on GIS experience will be considered. Essential Duties and Responsibilities • Maintain, edit, and develop maintenance procedures for citywide geodatabases using ESRI ArcGIS software. • Assist GIS staff with review of data from a 2018 flyover. Some field work will be required. • Work with the City GIS staff to ensure that newly developed databases and map products meet City GIS standards for accuracy, content, and documentation. • Assist Cambridge GIS staff with the development and maintenance of 3D data, applications, and visualizations. • Work with GIS user departments in meeting GIS project, analysis, and mapping needs. • Work with relational databases including SQL Server and Access. • Provide user support for ArcGIS questions, projects, etc. Minimum Qualifications • Enrolled in or completed bachelor’s degree program with major course work in GIS, Geography, Cartography, Land Sciences, Computer Science or related subject area. • Minimum 1-year experience in using ESRI’s ArcGIS Desktop software. • Experience in data manipulation and analysis using relational databases. • Operating Systems: Windows Knowledge, Skills and Abilities • Excellent communication, interpersonal and analytical skills • Ability to work with other IT staff in integrating databases and technologies. • Ability to work with other non-IT staff in determining specific GIS project and department needs • Strong organizational skills • Knowledge of ArcGIS Pro, SketchUp, Python, AR, VR, or Unity is a plus Salary range $15.64 per hour Hours 20 hours per week, possibility of full time hours on a short-term basis. Please provide a cover letter and resume and e-mail to:

Apr 23 18

Invasive Plant Inventory Technician| The Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition

by Grace L. Schumaker
The Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition (ENLC) is currently hiring one (1) invasive plant inventory technician to work in the Elko, NV District of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on a two person field crew. INVASIVE PLANT INVENTORY TECHNICIAN DUTIES: Field crews will identify and inventory invasive and noxious weeds on public lands, focusing on fire rehab areas that burned in 2017. Inventory duties include identifying invasive plant infestations, surveying, recording and managing data. All technicians will be responsible for driving large, 4-wheel drive pick-up trucks while towing trailers. Utilizing UTVs and/or ATV’s for inventorying large infestations is also required, as well as hiking to and around inventory sites on steep and rocky terrain. Technicians are required to wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Technicians must be comfortable with truck camping in the backcountry for up to eight (8) days at a time and MUST be physically able to hike while wearing a backpack over rough and steep terrain. EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Qualified applicants should have experience and/or education in invasive plant management, biological sciences, natural resources, botany, GIS, rangeland management, or general plant taxonomy and the ability to follow directions and safety protocols. Applicants must be experienced with 4WD vehicles and should have a clean driving record for the past 3 years. Preference is given to applicants with experience utilizing GPS units and programs (Trimble units and ArcPad) and identifying invasive and state listed noxious weeds of the Great Basin. SALARY: $14.50-$16/hour, depending on experience (plus $38/day per diem when camping) SCHEDULE: Positions run from early May through July (3 months) and the work schedule will occur on an 8-days-on/6-days-off schedule (10-hour days, Thursday-Thursday). The crew will camp near the inventory sites for the eight days of work- returning to town mid-way through hitch to take care of data uploading and to replenish H2O, gear, and fuel. Crew members are responsible for their own housing while working on this project. Applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and the contact information for at least three references to Steph Frederick- Please put “Elko Inventory Technician” in the email subject line. Applications are accepted until positions are filled. Visit for more info. About ENLC & The Elko Area Located in Ely, Nevada, ENLC is a non-profit conservation organization comprised of public, private, and non-profit partners dedicated to the restoration of the Western ecosystems through collaborative teamwork. Elko is located in the remote, northeastern corner of Nevada. The area has a unique blend of Northern Basin and Range and sage brush steppe attributes including beautiful expanses of sagebrush flats and many mountain ranges available for exploring and recreating. The rugged Ruby Mountains lie 20 miles to the southeast of Elko and offer unique hiking, backpacking, climbing, fishing and camping experiences. The city of Elko has a lively downtown area and hosts cultural events throughout the summer (including the International Basque festival, rodeos and the Ruby Mountain Relay).
Apr 23 18

Canadian Arctic Intern | University of Edinburgh

by Grace L. Schumaker

We have a unique opportunity in Team Shrub, the research group of Isla
Myers-Smith at the University of Edinburgh, to support the participation of
a keen early career researcher in our field research in the Canadian Arctic
this summer from approximately 10th June through August 15th.  We are
looking for someone comfortable flying and learning to maintain drone
platforms (fixed wings including an FX-61 build and Phantom 4 Pro/Advanced),
with a driving licence and some outdoor experience including hiking and
camping.  The recruited person will have the opportunity to participate in a
month-long field expedition to our research site on Qikiqtaruk – Herschel
Island in the Canadian Arctic.

The drone pilot will join a team of enthusiastic ecologists conducting
research in the Canadian Arctic. They will have the opportunity to learn
more about global change ecology and the opportunities for students from a
variety of backgrounds to contribute to this field. They will have the
chance to visit a remote part of the Canadian Arctic that very few people
get to see and to participate in research contributing to publications in
international peer-reviewed journals gaining key experience for a career in
scientific research.

Salary may be available for UK applicants only, but other applicants that
are willing to volunteer are encouraged to apply. All logistical costs
including travel, accommodation and food will be covered.  For more
information including blog posts from previous field seasons please see:,

Please send inquiries to Isla Myers-Smith:

Apr 23 18

Soil Ecology Intern | Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory

by Grace L. Schumaker

We are looking for an NSF-REU student to work on a soil microbial
ecology project at Virginia Tech for 10 weeks (June – August 2018, exact
dates negotiable). A stipend will be provided for travel, field expenses
and living expenses (approximately $600 per week). The project will be
focused on land use change in the southern Appalachian region and its
effects on ecosystem functions of soil microbial communities.

Project details: the student will work directly with a PhD student in
the Barrett lab in the Biological Sciences Department on a project based
at the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory in the southern Appalachian
mountains of North Carolina. At Coweeta, we are investigating soil
microbial responses Rhododendron understory removal, with a focus on
responses of microbial extracellular enzymes involved in carbon,
nitrogen, and phosphorus cycling in soil. The REU student will complete
a complementary project in which they will measure soil extracellular
enzyme activities in forests with no history of a Rhododendron
understory as well as forests that have been subjected to a variety of
past land uses, such as commercial logging.

In addition to measuring extracellular enzyme activities, the student
will gain experience in field soil sampling and processing as well as
lab measurement of soil physical and chemical properties. The student
will also be involved in data entry, processing, and analysis.

The ideal candidate will have an interest in ecosystem ecology, soil
ecology, and microbial ecology. The candidate must be enrolled in an
undergraduate program and must have a graduation date after August 2018.
Applicants should send a CV (resume), unofficial transcript, contact
information for one academic reference, and a one page personal
statement to Ernie Osburn ( Please include “REU
position” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted through May
4th, 2018.

Apr 23 18

Aquatic Monitoring Crew Member | Colorado Bureau of Land Management

by Grace L. Schumaker

Passionate individual needed for an internship with the Bureau of Land
Management in Colorado.  This is an Aquatic Assessment, Inventory, and
Monitoring position which is vital for maintaining the health of our
public lands.  Ideal start date in May 1st and the position goes into
October but this is flexible due to late notice.    $520-$680 week, DOQ,
Americorps education award, and per Diem benefits.  See Position
description below or at

With Questions or to Apply, e-mail with
your resume, cover letter, and a copy of your transcripts (an unofficial
copy is okay)

Position Description – 2018

Partner Agency: Bureau of Land Management

Position:       Internship – Aquatic Monitoring Crew Member or Crew

Tentative Session Dates:        May, 2018- October, 2018.  Full-time,
temporary, exempt

Stipend:         Weekly stipend of $520-$680 per week

AmeriCorps Benefits:    Anticipated $2,215 AmeriCorps Education Award
(675 hour term) Upon successful completion of the season

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps’ Mission
Our mission is to engage young people in the outdoors, inspiring them to
use their strengths and potential to lead healthy, productive lives.  We
teach responsibility for self, community, and environment through
teamwork, service, and experiential education

Program Overview:
In partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Rocky Mountain
Youth Corps is seeking stream habitat assessment technicians crew
members to assist in the implementation of the aquatic Assessment,
Inventory, Monitoring (AIM) initiative.  The technicians will be trained
in partnership with the National Aquatic Monitoring Center (Utah State
University).  Interns will serve in a crew of 2 people (one crew lead
mentor and one technician) to assess stream habitat. Technicians will
sample streams and rivers on BLM land using the BLM’s aquatic AIM
protocol. Successful applicants will spend 4-8 days in a row in the
field camping and collecting water quality data, stream habitat data,
and benthic macroinvertebrate samples.

General Qualifications:
Desired Skills:
        An excellent attitude, work ethic, and willingness to learn
        Coursework in natural resources/ecology or other scientific
        Field experience collecting scientific data
        Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
        The ability to read, interpret, and navigate using topographic
        The ability to serve in a field-based environment in harsh
weather conditions, with little contact with the outside world for up to
8 days at a time
        The ability to serve closely and amicably with 1-2 other field
technician(s) for several days at a time with little to no contact with
other people
        The ability to interact and communicate professionally with
multiple stakeholders including: landowners, recreationalists, hunters,
anglers, and BLM employees
        A high degree of comfort wading in all types of streams
including those with slick rocks, boulders, fast water, cold water, deep
mud, and log jams
        A willingness to serve long days (10 – 12hrs)

Desired Experience:
        Experience with primitive camping
        Experience driving 4X4 vehicles on rough roads (or a willingness
to learn)
        A valid driver’s license
        Backcountry travel experience and solid navigational skills
        Wilderness first aid certification
        Leadership skills and experience
        Coursework in stream ecology, hydrology, or geomorphology

Applicant must be physically fit, able to stand and walk for long
periods of time (at a minimum 6 miles/day) and lift items that weigh up
to 50 pounds in upwards of 100 degree heat. The successful applicant
will have experience and willingness to spend multiple days camping in
remote areas and be familiar with best practices for field safety and
Leave No Trace principles. A personal vehicle is highly recommended for
travel to and from the duty station and for personal time. Experience
safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote
areas is also necessary. There is potential for serving in adverse
conditions including extreme heat, monsoonal rains and hazardous
wildlife (i.e. rattlesnakes, scorpions), so field safety skills and risk
management are important. The successful applicant will attend ten days
of AIM Core Methods training, ATV/UTV, CPR, Wilderness First Aid, and
Defensive Driving (or provide certification if still current).
Applicant must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record.
Applicant must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record.
Prior to starting this position, a government security background
clearance will be required.

•       College Graduate
•       Driver’s License
•       U.S. Citizenship or permission to work in the US
•       In order to receive the AmeriCorps Education Award the
successful applicant must have one of the following:
•       Birth Certificate from the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam, US Virgin
Islands, American Samoa, or Northern Mariana Islands
•       U.S. Passport
•       Report of birth abroad of a U.S. Citizen (FS-240)
•       Certificate of birth-foreign service (FS-545)
•       Certificate of naturalization (INS form n560 or N561)
•       Permanent Resident Card, INS form I-551
•       Alien Registration Card, INS form I-551
•       A passport indicating that the INS has approved it as temporary
evidence of lawful admission for permanent residence
•       A departure record ( INS 194) indication that the INS has
approved it as temporary evidence of lawful admission for permanent

Apr 23 18

Grassland Intern | American Prairie Reserve

by Grace L. Schumaker

Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) is offering
internship opportunities with grassland and wildlife ecology projects at the American
Prairie Reserve ( in Northeastern Montana near the town of
Malta. The intern will support staff activities associated with ecology projects and play a
significant role in the advancement of conservation science at SCBI and APR full time from
mid-June to mid-November. During this time, housing will be provided at a research center
on site. It is highly recommended that interns own a vehicle with high clearance for
personal use. This internship offers a stipend of $1200-$1500 per month depending on
qualifications. The intern will be responsible for the cost of transportation to Montana,
personal transportation during their stay, and personal health insurance. Applications must
be received by May 4th. To apply, see additional information below.

Selected candidates will learn to place and maintain camera traps for wildlife surveys. In
addition, they will learn to identify plants and gain specific knowledge on grassland
species of the western U.S. by applying methods for vegetation surveys and mapping
protocols. Interns will learn to compile and review ecological data in standard formats.
During this internship, candidates will improve leadership skills and learn to discuss
APR/SCBI ecology projects by presenting to different audiences. Be expected to organize
weekly activities, in conjunction with supervisors, to achieve primary goals. Interns will also
assist staff in outreach and education events that convey conservation science to the

Applicants should have knowledge and experience with wildlife surveys. Must enjoy being
outdoors in all weather conditions. Strong communications and the ability to engage within
a team environment with staff and other interns and volunteers is necessary. Applicants
must hold a valid driver’s license. Experience in off-road driving is a plus. Preference will
be given to undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a career in a related field, but
recent graduates accepted.

To apply or request more information, direct emails to Hila Shamoon at Please be sure to include in your email a resume or CV and a
one-page statement of your interest in pursuing this position. The statement should
mention relevant experience, career goals, education, your reasons for wanting this
internship, and what you hope to gain from the experience.

Apr 20 18

Outreach Position, Corbin Hill Food Project

by Scarlet R. Bliss

Position Overview 

We are currently recruiting an individual who has professional experience executing a variety of outreach activities including strategy development. Strong interpersonal and communication skills are needed for this position, as well as the ability to self-start and work independently and work well in teams. A strong interest in food sovereignty, racial equity, supply chains and working with communities.
About Corbin Hill Food Project 
Corbin Hill Food Project (CHFP) is a New York City community based organization whose mission is to supply fresh food to that need it most. Launched in 2009, CHFP is a mission-driven non-profit that works with local supply partners to distribute fresh food through its Farm Share and Institutional programs. Guided by values of social justice, food sovereignty, racial equity, and financial sustainability, CHFP works to intentionally serve vulnerable populations. CHFP works with more than 30 community-based partners across New York City.


How to Apply 
Please apply by emailing a single pdf file to with the subject line “Outreach Coordinator Application”. Please include a cover letter including the experiences that qualify you for this position, a resume, and three professional references. We are anticipating a June 4, 2018 start date 
Please note that I will not respond to individual inquires about the position.
Erica Christensen
Strategic Growth and Operations Manager
Corbin Hill Food Project
office: 212-870-2003

“Supplying fresh food where it is needed most” | “¡Llevamos comida fresca en las áreas más necesitadas!”

Apr 20 18

Research Assistant, University of Quebec

by Scarlet R. Bliss

Available position: Master’s thesis project:
Spatial variability of intertidal community characteristics across various
St. Lawrence coastal ecosystems
Context: Coastal zones—due to their economic, cultural, and recreational
importance—are some of the most inhabited and human-influenced regions on
the planet. Nonetheless, they contain habitats that fulfill multiple
critical roles for the functioning of marine ecosystems and offer diverse
ecosystem services to humans. Despite this importance, along the St.
Lawrence Estuary and Gulf the mapping of coastal ecosystems is incomplete,
and the provided coastal ecosystem services remain unknown.

Objectives: This project has the aim of: i) estimating the biomass,
productivity, diversity, and carbon storage of diverse coastal ecosystems
along the St. Lawrence Estuary and Gulf, ii) comparing these studied
ecosystems to degraded coastal sites, and iii) establishing genetic links
between the populations of the targeted sites. This work, to be undertaken
in collaboration with four universities, will produce relevant and important
results for coastal ecology and will shed light on the links between
biodiversity and coastal ecosystem functioning and services.

Candidates must have a BSc in biology, marine sciences, environmental
sciences, or another closely related field. Their background must include a
solid academic record with relevant achievements and experience. Candidates
must also demonstrate strong organizational, communication, and scientific
writing skills. The successful candidate will be located at Université du
Québec à Chicoutimi, Canada. Knowledge of French is advantageous but not

The review of candidates will begin in April 2018.
Interested persons are kindly asked to submit their candidacy (by email
only) to: The submitted email must include:
•       A cover letter explaining the candidate’s interest for this MSc project;
•       A curriculum vitae containing all relevant information for the proper
evaluation of the candidate (including the contact information of two (2)

We will communicate only with those candidates retained for an interview.
This selection process will continue until a suitable candidate has been found.

Mathieu Cusson, Ph. D.
Associate Professor
Département des sciences fondamentales
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
555, boulevard de l’Université
Chicoutimi (Québec)
G7H 2B1 Canada Web :