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Apr 11 17

Food Pantry Position in Somerville

by Marissa M. Donohue
Job title: Food Pantry Assistant
Organization: Project SOUP (division of Somerville Homeless Coalition)
Location: Somerville, MA


Interested in working in a dynamic, community-based food pantry utilizing innovative, collaborative ways to fight food insecurity and food waste? The Project SOUP food pantry is working to build a community where all people have access to food in a manner that promotes dignity and independence. 


A Food Pantry Assistant is responsible for assisting the manager with all aspects of the operations of the Project SOUP food services program. Services include activities related to two food pantry distribution locations; grocery home delivery; community meals; coordinating volunteers; responding to requests for information; and, conducting community food drives. We are currently expanding to a larger location, and transitioning to a customer¹s choice method and looking for a motivated, compassionate team player to help build this new era for Project SOUP.


Essential Duties:


Screen all clients for program eligibility
Enroll new clients by completing all required paperwork and related documentation
Ensure accurate reporting and ongoing compliance with funder requirements
Distribute a variety of food items and other essential products
Organize food products and stock pantry shelves, refrigerators and freezers
Assist with quality control by ensuring all food products are safe for consumption (e.g. checking expiration/use by dates, sorting perishables, washing fresh produce, etc.)
Adhere to all board of health and other food related safety policies and procedures
Oversee preparation, distribution and clean-up of community meals, including preparation of meals
Assist with grocery home delivery for the disabled and homebound
Assist in conducting food drives and picking up food donations in the community
Assist in shopping for food and supplies at various locations (e.g. food bank, etc.)
Assist in training and coordinating volunteers


Other Duties


Assist in promoting local food drive events
Perform computer related functions including email, data entry and word processing
Answer phones and perform other clerical and administrative tasks 


Position Qualifications:


Communication skills to work effectively with clients, volunteers and community at-large
Sensitivity and compassion to low-income, elderly, disabled and diverse residents
Ability to work cooperatively with others
Good organizational skills to work with minimal supervision
Basic computer skills including email and database entry
Certified (or willing and able to complete) in food service and safety regulations 
Bilingual candidates strongly encouraged to apply (Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole especially)
Valid Driver’s License

Position Status: Position is Part-Time; approximately 20 hours per week; hours vary but typically M-F; position is non-exempt; location varies, but primarily located in East Somerville


Essential Functions:


Must be able to see, hear, lift and carry up to 50 lbs. and sit at a desk to perform paperwork, writing and computer functions


Somerville Homeless Coalition is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer. 
Please email cover letter and resume to
Apr 4 17

Research Internship on greenhouse gas fluxes from subtropical grazing lands

by Marissa M. Donohue

Starting date: Mid to end May/beginning June 2017

Ideal for Students with Undergraduate Degrees Contemplating Graduate School

Includes independent research project. Provides Weekly stipend, Room, and
Food stipend.

Internship at MacArthur Agro-ecology Research Center (MAERC), a division
of Archbold Biological Station, in south-central Florida in the
Agro-Ecology Program.

The successful intern will be supervised by Dr. Nuria Gomez-Casanovas
(University of Illinois) and Dr. Elizabeth Boughton (MAERC). The intern
will be exposed to research in biogeochemistry, grassland and wetland
ecology, and disturbance ecology (grazing, fire, flooding). Primarily, the
intern will work on a project investigating how cattle grazing and fire
affect the exchange of greenhouse gases between the atmosphere and grazed
pastures. This project is a collaborative effort between the University of
Illinois (Drs. Evan H DeLucia, Carl J Bernacchi and Nuria
Gomez-Casanovas), Cornell University (Dr. Jed Sparks) and MAERC (Drs.
Elizabeth Boughton and Hilary Swain).

The successful intern will be trained to use a variety of instruments to
measure: net ecosystem CO2 exchange and soil greenhouse gas fluxes (N2O,
CH4, CO2). Other fieldwork will include aboveground and belowground
biomass, and soil collection. Long days and work on weekends may be
required during intense data collection campaigns. Preference will be
given to candidates who demonstrate experience with similar measurements
or a strong background (coursework) in biogeochemistry, but all are
encouraged to apply. Additionally, candidates with experiences that
demonstrate proficiency working outdoors will be considered.

Internships offer an opportunity for providing novel insights into some of
the most profound issues challenging our world: securing food in a
sustainable way; and for learning how research works.

Interns receive room, a meal allowance, and a weekly stipend of $100. They
typically work 20 hours per week as research assistants and the remainder
on an independent research project. Internships run for 6 months but are
flexible in their duration.

The intern must be able to tolerate living on a remote cattle ranch and
provide their own transportation for personal activities. MAERC is a
division of Archbold Biological Station with eight permanent staff,
located 11 miles away from the main field station. MAERC is operated as a
commercial cattle ranch which serves as a research platform to investigate
ecological and environmental challenges on working landscapes.

Archbold Biological Station is active in research, conservation, and
education. Our facilities include a 5000 ha preserve, an outstanding
regional library and a GIS lab. We have a staff of about 50 with many
visiting scientists, an active seminar program, and a relaxed biological
station atmosphere. The Station cannot hire people without legal status to
work in the U.S.

To apply for this internship, please provide the following: a cover letter
stating research interests, a description of previous research experience,
a resume or CV, a summary of grades, and two letters of recommendation
before 17 April 2017. Please email applications to: Dr. Nuria

Should you require further information please email Dr. Gomez-Casanovas.

Apr 4 17

Learning Farm Intern, Lincoln MA

by Marissa M. Donohue

Mar 28 17

Summer Undergraduate Research – Alaska

by Marissa M. Donohue

We are hiring an undergraduate student for summer 2017 to assist with
research on the effects of permafrost thaw and fire on export of carbon and
nitrogen from boreal catchments near Fairbanks, Alaska. The student will
work with a network of instream sensors to measure organic matter and
nitrate concentrations in Caribou-Poker Creeks Research Watershed, part of
the Bonanza Creek Long-Term Ecological Research program.

Research will include day trips to the field site and lab work at UAF. The
student will work as a team with a graduate student and technician, and will
also have the opportunity to conduct an independent research project.

Applicants should have demonstrated interest in ecosystem ecology or
geosciences and coursework in biology, chemistry, hydrology, and/or math and
statistics. Previous research or work experience in biology or chemistry is
desired. The position is available May-Aug.

Interested students should contact Dr. Tamara Harms ( and
include: 1) cover letter summarizing research interests and experience, 2)
list of relevant coursework, and 3) CV by April 18, 2017. For further
information on the research, see: &

Mar 15 17

REU Stream Ecology

by Marissa M. Donohue
Research Experience for Undergraduates in Stream Ecology ­ Michigan Tech, Summer 2017
The Marcarelli Aquatic Ecosystem Ecology Lab is searching for a motivated student in Ecology, Biology, or Environmental Science for a NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position. The student will work closely with Dr. Marcarelli and her graduate students to study the balance between nitrogen fixation and denitrification in streams and rivers.  The REU student will design a research project, conduct field work, analyze samples and data, and synthesize findings related to the core questions of this project:
1. How do nitrogen cycle processes co-exist in small streams, large rivers, and adjacent wetlands?
2. How does nutrient enrichment shift the balance among nitrogen cycle processes? 
3. How does community composition of algae and microbes relate to rates of nitrogen cycle processes?
 There will be opportunities to conduct field work in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, participate in undergraduate research workshops, and present research results to the Michigan Tech community and possibly at a national conference. 
The candidate must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States and enrolled as an undergraduate student in Fall 2017.  The REU is expected to last 10 weeks (start/end date negotiable but should occur between June 1 and August 31 2017) with a total stipend of $5,000 and an additional $1,000 to offset the cost of summer lodging, which is available on campus at Michigan Tech.  
To apply, please submit a cover letter (include a statement of interest, future plans, confirmation of eligibility, and preferred start/end dates), an up-to-date CV or resume, a recent transcript (unofficial is fine), and names and contact information for two references to Dr. Amy Marcarelli ( 
Application review will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.
Visit our lab webpage for a more in-depth view of our research and to meet the members of our team.
Mar 15 17

Colorado Carbon REU

by Marissa M. Donohue
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Opportunity: Carbon cycling in alpine ponds of Colorado
Dr. Scott Wissinger and Dr. Amanda DelVecchia
Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory
Allegheny College
We are seeking a highly motivated undergraduate student to conduct a 10-week research project investigating patterns in CO2 saturation and efflux across alpine ponds in Gothic, Colorado (  The project involves rigorous field sampling, measurement of headspace samples on a gas chromatograph and/or LiCor, and collection of routine hydrologic measurements.  Student should have taken basic biology and chemistry classes and should be in good academic standing.  An interest in ecology and/or hydrology is preferred.  Experience with both field and lab techniques is also preferable, but not necessary.
Sampling requires hiking with equipment to 12,000 feet in elevation in variable weather conditions ­ thus student should be comfortable in wilderness conditions and in excellent physical condition.  The student should also be comfortable living in a relatively remote setting.
Position includes room, board, and stipend from the beginning of June to mid August.  The student will be housed at Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory ( and will be enrolled in RMBL¹s REU program, where the student will be able to participate in routine meetings and a symposium at the end of summer.  The student will also be part of a large team of aquatic ecologists including professors, postdocs, graduate students, undergraduate research assistants, and other REU students.

To apply, please send a CV, academic transcript, and 1 page statement of interest to

Mar 15 17

WY Wildlife Technician Job

by Marissa M. Donohue

How to Apply:
Interested and qualified applicants should apply using the following link:

In cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management Casper Field Office,
Great Basin Institute is recruiting two (2) qualified Wildlife Technicians
to join our AmeriCorps program.

€Wildlife Technicians will work closely with senior Wildlife biologists to
assist with habitat and vegetation monitoring, wildlife and T&E species
surveys, vegetation treatments, and
incorporating collected data into electronic databases.
€Routine assistance with activities including: Recreation and/or
interpretive programs, basic GIS analysis and cartography, livestock grazing
management, mineral applications and other
resource projects.

Typically, these duties will require you to spend approximately 80 percent
of you time working in the field and the remaining 20% spent analyzing data,
compiling progress or final
reports with associated and established deadlines.

€Living Allowance: $5,659.20
€AmeriCorps Education Award*: $1,527.45
€$34/night field camping per diem (as needed)
€$75 Weekly Housing Stipend

*AmeriCorps Education Award may be used for past, present or future
education experiences, including payment of qualifying federal student
loans. Loan forbearance and accrued interest
payment on qualifying student loans is also available.

May 22, 2017 ­ August 18, 2017

The position(s) is based in Casper, WY. The Casper Field Office manages
1,326,733 million acres of public land for diverse resources and uses,
including National Historic Trails,
hiking, livestock grazing, mineral withdraw, and oil/gas development.

€Interest or experience in wildlife biology, ecology, botany, or other
related fields;
€Duties include:
-Identifying  plants and animals to species residing in a sagebrush
steppe ecosystem;
-Conducting wildlife, plant and habitat surveys;
-Field work may include coordination with contractors, members of
other government agencies, members of the public and or industry
-May be required to word independently, hike long distances, and/or
work in remote locations;
-Using GPS/GIS technology to collect, organize and display field
€Technical writing skills that communicate scientific results effectively
and efficiently highly desirable;
€Proficient in map reading and basic land navigation;
€Ability to conduct field work across rugged terrain, carrying personal and
technical field equipment, and withstand inclement weather/environmental
conditions (heat, cold, pollens,
allergens, insects etc.);
€Ability to follow established protocols to collect data and incorporate it
into electronic databases; and
€Ability to be self-motivated and willing to accomplish objectives
independently with minimal supervision;
€Ability to function as part of an interdisciplinary team comprising
various BLM resource specialists;
€Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver¹s license and the ability to
safely operate a 4WD vehicle on gravel or dirt roads; and
€Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal
resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award
(limit of four in a lifetime or
the equivalent of two full-time education awards), (3) pass National Sex
Offender Public Website (NSOPW) and federal criminal background checks, (4)
Adhere to the rules, regulations
and code of conduct as specified in the Member Service Agreement; and (5)
Will not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service

Mar 7 17

REU Stream Ecology and Biogeochemistry

by Marissa M. Donohue

Carbon dynamics of overlapping consumer hotspots in stream ecosystems.
A research experience for undergraduates is available at the University of
Oklahoma for the summer of 2017 with Drs. Caryn Vaughn and Thomas Parr to
study stream consumer contributions to carbon biogeochemistry. This REU is
part of our NSF funded project ‘Shifting hotspots – How do consumer
aggregations interact to influence resource heterogeneity and fluxes in

The successful candidate will join a team of researchers looking at the
effects of overlapping fish and mussel consumer aggregations on nutrient
recycling rates, flux, and stoichiometry, and their implications for
ecosystem functions like primary production. The student will work as part
of this team in a greenhouse facility on the OU campus in Norman, OK and
in the field in Southeastern Oklahoma. The student will also develop an
independent project leveraging existing field sites and resources to
complement this ongoing research.

The ideal candidate should be broadly interested in pursuing a career in
Ecology or a related field, eager to learn new skills, hard-working, and
detail oriented. The student will start on June 1st, 2017 at OU in Norman,
OK (earlier start dates are negotiable). We will provide a stipend of
$500/wk for 12 weeks ($6,000/summer) and funding to attend and present the
work at one conference.

Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Students who have received their bachelor¹s degree or who are not
currently enrolled as students at an institution are not eligible.

Students interested in this position should apply by March 31st 2017, but
we will accept applications until a suitable candidate is identified. To
apply, please send the following:
1. Resume or CV
2. A 1-2 page statement describing your interest in the position, career
goals, and previous research experience.
3. Contact information for 2-3 references.
4. Unofficial copy of transcripts (including courses in progress).

Please send applications to:
Thomas Parr (
Contact: Dr. Thomas Parr or Dr. Caryn Vaughn ( with any

Mar 7 17

REU in climate change and plant populations – CO

by Marissa M. Donohue

Jill Anderson and Susana Wadgymar at the University of Georgia are searching
for an enthusiastic undergraduate with a strong interest in evolutionary
ecology for field research in an NSF REU position (National Science
Foundation, Research Experience for Undergraduates) from June-August 2017.

We study the ecological and evolutionary consequences of climate change for
natural plant populations. We focus on research on Drummond¹s rockcress
(Boechera stricta in the plant family Brassicaceae), a mustard plant native
to the Rocky Mountains. Our studies take place around the Rocky Mountain
Biological Lab (, which is located in Gothic, Colorado
near the wildflower capital of Colorado (Crested Butte).  We quantify plant
fitness and traits to ask whether climate change could disrupt
patterns of local adaptation, and to test whether phenotypic plasticity
enable populations to persist in the short-term. We perform large-scale
reciprocal transplant experiments to examine patterns of adaptive evolution
and natural selection in contemporary landscapes. Since fall 2013, we have
planted ~60,000 seeds and seedlings into five experimental gardens ranging
in elevation from 2500 m to 3340 m (8202 feet to 11000 feet). Our summer
research involves intensive monitoring of these experimental plants to
record data on germination success, survival, growth, reproductive success,
as well as life history and morphological traits. We conduct most of our
work in the field, with a small proportion of indoor lab work.
The successful candidate will assist with ongoing fieldwork. In addition,
there are many opportunities for students to develop independent projects
associated with our overall objectives, including studies on: 1) population
divergence in ecologically-relevant traits, especially drought, UV
tolerance, and herbivore resistance; 2) phenotypic plasticity at multiple
spatial scales; 3) population density and species composition of the
herbivore community that attacks Drummond¹s rockcress; 4) flower color
polymorphism; and 5) the importance of maternal effects in biological
responses to climate change.

We are offering a stipend of $500/week for a full time REU student (40
hours/week) for 10 weeks.  The exact start and end dates are flexible. We
will cover room and board at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory and
reimburse travel expenses up to $500. Fieldwork will involve hiking to
experimental gardens through rough terrain (1-3 miles one-way daily).

The University of Georgia is committed to maintaining a fair and respectful
environment for living, work, and study.  To that end, all qualified
applicants from individuals with a strong interest in evolutionary biology
will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity,
disability status, or age.  The application consists of a cover letter
listing your qualifications, a CV/ résumé, and contact information for two
references, all of which can be emailed to Dr. Jill Anderson at:

Applications are due by March 24th, 2017.

Feel free to contact Jill or Susana ( if you have any
questions about the position.  Additional information about the our work
be found at:

Mar 7 17

REU position in desert stream ecology at ASU

by Marissa M. Donohue
We are seeking two summer undergraduate researchers to participate in a
project investigating how variation of streamflow affects energy
transfer through stream food webs. The goal of the Food Chain Length
(FCL) project is to link the mechanisms of temporal variation in
streamflow and intensity of disturbance regimes to FCL in aridland
streams. Ongoing research conducted in streams across Arizona includes
repeated measures of variation in food chain length, ecosystem
metabolism, nitrate concentrations, and experimental nitrogen pulse
manipulations. Additionally, we are investigating how flood pulses of
water and nitrogen stimulate production in the riparian ecosystem by
measuring changes in soil processes, primary producers, and consumers.

Students will contribute both to the field campaign and laboratory
sample processing. Students will also collaborate closely with the
principal investigator, graduate students, and technicians to develop an
independent research project that will build on the ongoing research.
Fieldwork will consist of traveling to rivers across the state of
Arizona for aquatic biological surveys, water quality measurements,
sensor maintenance, and requires spending long days in the desert during
the Arizona summer, often carrying heavy equipment. Lab work will
consist of processing samples for stable isotope analysis, invertebrate
sorting, and soil microbial activity and nutrient assays.

Applicant requirements: Students must have demonstrated interest in
ecology. The position lasts 12 weeks, preferably starting in early May,
though exact dates are flexible and is based at Arizona State
University. Application is restricted to currently enrolled
undergraduates that graduate no sooner than fall 2017. All applicants
must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Desired qualifications: Previous experience with laboratory or field-
based research; coursework in biology, ecology, chemistry, and
math/statistics; enthusiasm about conducting both field and lab work,
with occasional long days in the field or multi-day field trips; valid
U.S. driver¹s license. Women, underrepresented minorities, and persons
with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

To apply: 1) letter summarizing research interests and experience, 2)
list of relevant coursework, and 3) CV to Dr. Tamara Harms
( by March 21, 2017