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Apr 14 15

Variety of Internships: USDA and Rural Development – Wisconsin Tribal Conservation Advisory Council (Native American Students)

by Kris Pieper

Wisconsin Tribal Conservation Advisory Council
Native American Student Internship Program

Investing in the Future 2015

The Wisconsin Tribal Conservation Advisory Council (WTCAC) is advertising summer internship positions, headquartered in various USDA Agency offices in Wisconsin and surrounding States, for Native American students pursuing degrees in Natural Resources, Biological Sciences, Arboricultural, Horticultural, Agroforestry, Agriculture, Engineering, or Agricultural Business.  Rural Development (RD) will also accept applicants pursuing Business Administration, Finance, Economics, or Management degrees. Training and work experiences will occur at USDA project sites and/or at nearby Tribal Nations project sites.  Interns will be paid $12.50 an hour. Currently each intern position consists of 400 hours over a 10 week period.

WTCAC has Internship positions available at the following locations. Only one application is necessary to apply for any, or all, of the identified internship positions. Subsidized or free housing is possible at some locations.

-Ashland – USDA Forest Service, Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center – 2 positions

- Lakewood ­ USDA Forest Service –  3 positions for Pollinator Project

- Laona ­ USDA Forest Service – 1 Engineering position

- Madison ­ Intertribal Agricultural Council -1 position

- Park Falls ­ USDA Forest Service  – 1 Engineering position

- St. Paul, Minnesota- USDA Risk Management Agency ­ 1 position

- Ottawa National Forest (UP Michigan)  – 1 position Bat Project

- Watersmeet, MI ­ USDA Forest Service – 1 position in Recreation

- Watersmeet, MI ­ USDA Forest Service – 1 position at Visitor Center

- Rhinelander – USDA Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services – 1 position

- Wisconsin Tribal Land‹USDA Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service –  5 positions

Position Information

- First day of work will be June 4th with an anticipated end date of August 8th

- June 4th is Student Orientation at the USDA Service Center Office in Medford, Wisconsin.

- Each position will be employed 10 weeks totaling 400 hours @$12.50/hour.

- Federal holidays will be paid but there is not any paid annual leave or sick leave.

- Student may work with Supervisor to schedule family vacations and other needed time off, and extend work period beyond August 8th to complete the 400 hours.

- All students will attend the Eagle River Forestry Camp. WTCAC will cover all travel expenses and tuition.

Enrolled Tribal members get priority for the internship positions. If a position cannot be filled with an enrolled member, then it will be filled with other Tribal applicants.

Application Information

Application package should include:

- Resume

- Photocopy of a valid Driver’s License.

- Copy of latest transcript (photocopy of an official transcript is acceptable)

- Letter of Interest describing why you want this position, future career goals, etc.

- Indicate in Letter of Interest which position/positions you are applying for. May apply for multiple positions with only one application. List them in priority order.

- Application deadline is April 30, 2015

- Interviews will be the first two weeks of May.

- Mail application package to:

Wisconsin Tribal Conservation Advisory Council

Alan Johnson, Executive Director

7118 County Road V

Gillett, Wisconsin  54124


- Email application package

- Questions may be directed to Alan Johnson at 920-618-1402 or at the above email.

- Internship information will also be posted on the WTCAC website;

Apr 14 15

Research Assistant: Tropical Forest Ecology – Ecuador

by Kris Pieper

How can 1100 tree species coexist in 25 hectares of tropical forest? The successful applicant will assist with ongoing research in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon that seeks to address this question using plant functional traits and spatial pattern analyses. The research will involve sampling trees for functional traits within a highly-diverse tree plot and the taking of measurements in a laboratory at the nearby field station. The station is large and modern, with AC, showers and WiFi.

The research will take place from early June through late July and possibly into August. Airfare and station fees covering food and lodging will be paid for, but salary is not provided.

Enthusiasm for research and a curiosity about ecology, the ability to hike/be on your feet for several hours in humid conditions amid insects and across steep terrain.

Send your name, degree level (undergraduate, recently graduated), and a brief description of why you are interested in this position to Ian McFadden:

Apr 14 15

Internship: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – Washington DC

by Kris Pieper

IUCN Washington DC Office

Organization: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location: Washington, DC, United States
Reporting to: Grants Coordinator, Washington DC Office

Expected start date: May 15, 2015

Type of contract: Fixed-term (3 month commitment)

·Open to a recent university graduate or graduate student

·Summer (3-month commitment requested)

·Part and Full-Time (approximately 20-40 hours/week)

·Salary: Stipend

The Grants Management and Development Intern will work in the IUCN Washington, D.C. Office, and provide support to both the Grants Coordinator and Development and Partnerships Officer.  He/she will gain experience in grants management and analysis, research, fundraising, donor stewardship, and will help to coordinate project deliverables for IUCN and partner organizations. This position will require professional interaction with a wide variety of conservation professionals around the world. It is a unique opportunity to learn the mechanics of a 501c3 charitable organization and an internationally renowned public international organization.

Grants Management Responsibilities

1. File Organization: Learn how to organize, arrange, and track  a diverse assemblage of funding sources and projects through electronic and paper grant file systems.

2. Deliverable Coordination: Maintain a calendar of grant deadlines and the specifics requirements of deliverables along with contact information for programme staff. And interact with programme staff regarding the submission of project deliverables.

3. Proposal and Grant Evaluation Learn how to prepare and review grant agreements and project deliverables with internal and external donors and colleagues, including revision and editing of technical reports for a wide field of national and international environmental/ecological projects.

4. Working with a Board of Directors. Learn the administrative and technical support required for arranging bi-annual board meetings

Fundraising Responsibilities

1. Outreach: Support IUCN’s fundraising and outreach efforts, and attend events and meetings on behalf of IUCN, as needed.

2. Research: Conduct prospect research and write (or edit) summary papers on corporations, foundations, and individuals, using internet, print and electronic sources, as well as in-house files and documents.

3. Database Management and Analysis: Access and update funder database as needed. Provide analysis of current donors lists.   Assist in helping to input data into a new ERP data system.

4. Communications/Social Media: Research and engage in new social media tools for fundraising.

5. Program Support:  Review and edit grant proposals.  The intern will have the opportunity to learn about IUCN programs housed in the IUCN office, and may have the ability to work substantively on specific projects.

Reporting Arrangement and Work Planning

Under the overall supervision of the Grants Coordinator and Development and Partnerships Officer, the successful candidate will be responsible for drawing out a work plan and schedule over the course of the internship. This will require regular review of the workload and priority setting. S/he will also need to keep the concerned managers informed about the work schedule on a weekly basis. At the conclusion of the internship, the successful candidate will have gained important insight into the mechanics of international nature conservation and will produce a product that furthers his or her career goals.


·Knowledge of key concepts, issues, and recent developments in international nature conservation.

·Excellent writing, communication, and presentation skills.

·Fundraising experience, database management, writing, public speaking and outreach experience, and/or graphic design experience, are a plus.

·Fluid knowledge of file sharing software (Dropbox) and Microsoft Office Word and Excel.

·Attention to detail, punctuality, and well-rounded critical thinking and problem-solving skills


Please submit a cover letter and resume including professional references to by May 1, 2015

About IUCN

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges.

IUCN works on biodiversity, climate change, energy, human livelihoods and greening the world economy by supporting scientific research, managing field projects all over the world, and bringing governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice.

IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization, with more than 1,200 government and NGO members and almost 11,000 volunteer experts in some 160 countries. IUCN¹s work is supported by over 1,000 staff in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world.

Apr 14 15

Avian Research Technician – Northeastern Tidal Marshes

by Kris Pieper

Avian Research Technicians needed to assist with study on evolutionary ecology of sparrows breeding in northeastern tidal marshes. Field sites are located along the coast from Virginia to Maine. Primary duties include mist-netting and banding, taking morphological measurements, collecting blood samples, and recording habitat measurements.

Applicants must be able to work well with others as part of a team, and must be willing to work long hours in hot, humid, muddy, and bug-infested marshes. This position requires  extensive hiking off-trail in difficult terrain while carrying heavy equipment. Experience with bird handling and bird and plant identification preferred.

Salary is $1600/month. Field vehicle and housing are provided. Some sites will require  camping. Position will require significant travel time.

Field season is mid-May to mid-August 2015.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume with names, phone numbers, and email  addresses of 3 references by email to

Apr 3 15

GIS Technician: Urban Watershed Development – Duke University, NC

by Kris Pieper

PURPOSE: The Bernhardt lab ( at Duke University has a GIS technician position open for the summer of 2015. The technician will use spatial analysis techniques to develop metrics that further our understanding of how variability in urban watershed development affects streamwater quality and quantity.

DESCRIPTION: Most of the urban growth projected until 2030 is expected to occur in medium to small sized cities (population 1-5 million), yet neither the structure nor the effects of the intermediate intensity development characteristic of these cities on aquatic ecosystems are well understood. This project is exploring how differences in urban landscape characteristics within a narrow range of intermediate development intensity drive variation in the water quality of receiving streams. Over the past year and a half we have been monitoring the streamwater quality and quantity in the receiving streams of our study catchments however, we are seeking a GIS technician who will further our understanding of the catchment connectivity and configuration of impervious surfaces. GIS projects will be related to developing watershed metrics that quantify aspects of urban hydrology, designing creative ways to share our data with the public (i.e. interactive maps online), and framing the project within a broader context of urban watersheds across the US.

REQUIREMENTS: Experience with ArcGIS is necessary. Background in environmental science a plus but not required. Must be self-motivated and able to work without direct supervision. We are especially interested in students who would like to gain spatial analysis experience in order to pursue future opportunities.

Name of Student’s Supervisor: Joanna Blaszczak, Joseph Delesantro, Dr. Dean Urban, Dr. Emily Bernhardt
Position/Time Frame: Summer (flexible dates and hours), salary commensurate with experience
How to apply: Send your resume, including your GPA, relevant classes taken, and a brief description of why you are interested and relevant experience to Joanna Blaszczak at

Application Deadline: Friday, April 10th, 2015

Apr 3 15

REU: Urban Watershed Development – Duke University, NC

by Kris Pieper

PURPOSE: The Bernhardt lab ( at Duke University has a research experience for undergraduates (REU) position open for the summer of 2015. The REU student will design and conduct a study that contributes to a larger project examining how variability in urban watershed development affects receiving streams.

DESCRIPTION: Most of the urban growth projected until 2030 is expected to occur in medium to small sized cities (population 1-5 million), yet neither the structure nor the effects of the intermediate intensity development characteristic of these cities on aquatic ecosystems are well understood. This project is exploring how differences in urban landscape characteristics within a narrow range of intermediate development intensity drive variation in the water quality of receiving streams.
Over the past year and a half we have been monitoring the pour point of 24 watersheds throughout the NC Piedmont Triangle. The REU student will be expected to work with a team of researchers to develop a study which addresses an aspect of our overarching question. Potential projects include linking urban landscape characteristics to: suspended sediment and contaminant transport during storm flows, stream metabolism during disturbance events, variation in microbial activity, organic matter and nutrient dynamics, and other related projects. The REU student will be involved in both the field and laboratory components of this work. She/he will also participate in some of the stream monitoring, which will provide the background data needed to interpret the results within the broader context of the project.

REQUIREMENTS: Experience with field research in an ecology, hydrology, or biogeochemistry lab a plus but not necessary. Background or at least one environmental science, ecology, and chemistry course is required. Must be self-motivated and able to work without direct supervision. Must have a driver’s license and be willing to drive a large lab vehicle. We are especially interested in students who would like to gain research experience that will contribute to a thesis.

Name of Student’s Supervisors: Joanna Blaszczak, Joseph Delesantro, Dr. Emily Bernhardt
Position/Time Frame: ~9 weeks with summer stipend
How to apply: Send your resume, including your GPA, relevant classes taken, and a brief description of why you are interested and relevant experience to Joanna Blaszczak at

Application Deadline: Friday, April 10th, 2015

Apr 3 15

Research Assistantship – Gabon, Africa

by Kris Pieper

Research Assistant Position – Gabon, Africa

We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated candidate for a one-year position working as a field-based research assistant in Gabon, starting around June 1, 2015!

The research project focuses on the impacts of anthropogenic activities on tropical forests,  animal communities and ecological processes in the Central African rainforest. Fieldwork is diverse and consists of conducting animal surveys and collecting data on tree phenology, forest dynamics, seed dispersal and seedling recruitment.

Successful candidates must thrive in a small team setting, working well with both Gabonese and American technicians and guides. Work typically begins at first light (6 am) and can consist of hiking more than 10 km in hilly and swampy terrain in hot, muggy and buggy conditions. Field  assistants live out of a tent two weeks each month. The field station is rustic with only  intermittent access to internet and telephone.

While working in this challenging environment, successful candidates will be rewarded with the opportunity to observe tropical bird and animal species in their natural habitats. Candidates will undoubtedly learn a great deal about tropical ecology, natural history, conservation biology, and the impacts of land use on forest structure and composition in near-pristine and degraded landscapes, as well as what it takes to organize projects in Central Africa.

Preference will be given to candidates with previous field research experience. Experience in French is strongly recommended.

Field assistants must pay their travel to Gabon, but will be provided with room and board at the Ipassa Research Station.

Interested persons should send: 1) a CV, 2) a cover letter describing motivation and  qualifications for position, and 3) the names and contact information of three professional  references. Please send application materials in pdf form to with the subject line ‘(candidate’s last name)-Ipassa Field Position.’ Ex: Smith-Ipassa Field Position. Applications will be accepted until May. 1, 2015.

Apr 2 15

Fall 2015 Course Guide

by Kris Pieper

The Fall 2015 Course Guide is now complete! It can be viewed here until it is posted on the Tufts sites. The guide includes several tables with complete course listings for each Track, with full descriptions for all courses (alphabetical by department) below.


Course guide ENVS Fall 2015FINAL


As always, feel free to email [] with any questions.

Mar 26 15

Summer Internship: Asian Ecosystems – Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

by Kris Pieper


Front Royal, Virginia



PROGRAM DATES: Tentative start date May 2015


The intern will assist in acquiring and processing landcover datasets to quantify changes in Asian ecosystems, in order to relate them to the distribution and demographic dynamics of an endangered terrestrial mammal. Programming ability, demonstrated prior experience with spatial datasets, and visualization/analysis software such as R-based packages are strongly preferred.  Additional prior experience with demographic analysis tools are a plus.

GENERAL INFORMATION: One or more applicants will be selected to conduct research under the supervision of an SCBI scientist. Interns will work closely with their research mentor, becoming an integral participant in the scientist’s larger research agenda. Additionally, interns will be encouraged to reflect on the conceptual and research implications of the work at hand so that they may maximize their understanding of a particular subject area.

ELIGIBILITY: Undergraduates, recent graduates (post-bachelor’s) and early-stage graduate students. US citizenship or residency is not required, however foreign students will need to cover own air travel, visa or other extraneous expenses. Note that applicants requiring a visa will need to allow for processing time and this could delay starting.

AWARD: Includes a monthly stipend of $600 US plus on site accommodation. This internship does not include any travel or research allowances.

TO APPLY: Please submit a statement of interest along with CV, a sample of prior work, and two letters of reference to Shermin de Silva, <>

Mar 26 15

Summer Research Technician: Species Interactions – Utah

by Kris Pieper

We seek a summer research technician to join a project examining the role of species interactions in determining the impact of climate change on plant communities. The undergraduate researcher will work in Peter Adler’s lab
( at Utah State University in Logan, UT, with field work in eastern Idaho sagebrush steppe vegetation, western Kansas mixed prairie, and southern New Mexico desert grasslands.


Primary responsibilities include mapping individual plants in permanent plots, and digitizing these maps using ArcGIS software. Important qualifications include a strong background in plant taxonomy.


The position could start as early as May, 2015, and run through September, 2015, but start and end dates are flexible. Pay is $10-12 per hour depending on experience.


To apply, email Peter Adler ( with the following documents attached as a pdf:

1) A cover letter explaining your interest in and qualification for the position, 2) a curriculum vita, 3) undergraduate transcript, and 4) contact information for three references. Deadline for applications is April 6.