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Feb 21 20

NSF-Funded Summer REU: Investigating Morphological Diversity of Frogs and Toads

by Marilene Rivas-Chavez

The Moen Lab at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater is seeking applications from a group of highly motivated and diverse undergraduate students to conduct independent research projects concerning the morphological diversity of frogs and toads under the supervision of a postdoctoral mentor.

As part of the program, the successful applicants will be trained to conduct scientific research and receive mentoring to advance their careers as scientists. Successful projects may lead to future research opportunities in the Moen lab and publication of a manuscript. Successful applicants will also receive a $3600 stipend and housing through OK State University.

Brief description of the program
The program runs for 8 weeks, from 1 June – 24 July 2020. Students will work with a research mentor to choose a project, collect and analyze data, and present the results of the project at the end of the summer. Students will also travel to the Biodiversity Institute at the University Kansas to see one of the world’s largest amphibian collections, select specimens for research, and talk to curators and graduate students about collections-based research and careers. 

Research projects will focus on the evolution, morphology, and mechanics of movement of anurans (frogs and toads). Potential subjects include:

(1) The relationship of body form and function
(2) Evolutionary biomechanics
(3) Macroevolution of ecology, morphology, and biogeography

Eligibility:
Currently enrolled, non-graduating undergraduate students majoring in biology, or biology-related discipline are eligible to apply. Previous research experience is desired, but not strictly necessary. Students from historically underrepresented groups in the STEM-related fields are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to apply:
The application will have four parts: a general form, an essay, a transcript, and contact information for a reference. Applications are due March 1st, 2020. Successful applicants will be notified within two weeks following the application deadline.

For detailed instructions, follow this link: 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeeGsOaVOgftw7nqJNXVvnB9IOBj3Yc01jzlV727VmCTHJdVA/viewform?usp=sf_link

If you have questions or concerns, please contact either the principle investigator Dr. Daniel Moen (daniel.moen@okstate.edu) or his postdoc Dr. Gen Morinaga (gen.morinaga@okstate.edu).

Feb 21 20

Seasonal Zoo Keeper in Conservation and Research (Amphibians & Reptiles)

by Marilene Rivas-Chavez

The Seasonal Keeper in the Conservation & Research Department assists the Research Husbandry Technician in all aspects of husbandry of the Memphis Zoo’s colonies of endangered dusky gopher frogs and Louisiana pine snakes, as well as general maintenance of enclosures and habitats.

Opening is available beginning April 1 and must be filled by May 15, and ends on Aug 31.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Actively observes animals behavior, checking for any signs of illness or disorder; reports irregularities and abnormal behavior to supervisor; works with vet staff to address observed behaviors.
  • Prepares and administers appropriate daily diets at designated times throughout each day.
  • Maintains accurate feeding, health, and welfare records of assigned animals.
  • Thoroughly cleans and disinfects assigned animal enclosures/habitats /aquatic systems, and ensures cleanliness throughout the day.
  • Maintains adequate stock of all section supplies, and reports low inventory levels to manager in a timely manner.
  • Exercise good judgement when making decisions that affect our collection.
  • Assists science team with all aspects of conservation & research.
  • Assists the Emergency Response team in animal events.
  • Crates and moves animals as directed, ensuring the safety transport and well-being of the animals.
  • Facilitates formal and informal public presentations to educate the public and provide positive guest experiences.

Minimum Requirements:

  • High school Diploma or Equivalent.
  • Experience in handling nonvenomous snakes, reptiles or amphibians.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Zoology, Biology, or a related field.
  • Experience in husbandry of captive reptiles or amphibians
    Competencies:
  • Written and oral communication proficiency.
  • Proficient in MS Office, current technology and applications for communication, research and record keeping.
  • Records and reports creation and management.
  • Problem Solving/Analysis.
  • Stress Management/Composure.
  • Teamwork Orientation.

Supervisory Responsibility: None

Reporting Structure: Research Scientist

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work: This is a seasonal position that works up to 30 hrs per week and may require weekend work.

Work Environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, chemicals and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet while in the office, or moderately loud while on Zoo grounds.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, talk and hear. The employee is constantly required to use hands and fingers to feel, handle or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Other Duties: Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Application website: https://www.memphiszoo.org/careers

Application deadline: April 30, 2020

(applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis)

Questions should be directed to Dr. Steve Reichling, Director of Conservation and Research, Memphis Zoo (sreichling@memphiszoo.org)

Feb 21 20

Resilience Ecology Internship

by Marilene Rivas-Chavez

Solar One, a nonprofit leader in New York City on the cutting edge of sustainability education, has openings for 4 summer interns for our project-based resilience ecology internship program. 
Stuyvesant Cove Park serves our community and beyond as a resilient and beautiful space, that has evolved from formal native plant gardens into a productive natural ecosystem. This engineered native food forest is a vibrant example of regenerative stewardship on a former industrial site.  Solar One is a 501 (c)3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to design and deliver innovative education, training, and technical assistance that fosters sustainability and resiliency in diverse urban environments.  We manage this city-owned property in partnership with the NYC EDC. 
Resiliency – In the coming years, our park will be clearcut, razed, and re-built to provide flood protection to lower Manhattan as part of the East Side Coastal Resiliency project. Our location on the frontlines of climate change presents unique opportunities for resilience education. We are growing ecosystems that are poised to adapt at-pace with climate change, and  working to incubate and bank the biological diversity cultivated over the past 15 years at Stuy Cove. 

Internship Overview
The park program provides a plethora of learning and research opportunities, and you will work to develop skills in a number of disciplines related to resilience ecology based on your individual interests. During your internship you will focus on producing a product of your experience; interns spend roughly a third of their time working on a creative arts, management, or research project in any area of the arts, sciences, or humanities. 
As an intern, you will be interacting with partner organizations and the community, and must be professional, reliable, and motivated to learn and get the most from your internship. 
Skills:

  • Teaching. From peer crew leadership to play facilitation to co-teaching permaculture and wild foods programs, you will have the opportunity to learn through sharing your knowledge and experience.
  • Gardening skills such as native and invasive plant identification; planting, pruning, weeding, and watering techniques; and how to use and take care of garden tools.
  • You will gain an understanding of how to take care of a public space, from hardscaping repairs and garbage removal to interacting with the community.

  • Interns will develop data gathering, data entry, and record organizing skills in working on citizen science and resource production projects.

Schedule:

  • 20 hours a week minimum commitment required. We will work together on planning your internship schedule. 
  • Take breaks! One 15 minute break every 4 hours is standard. Please try to keep it to that average in tending to your personal needs. You may take breaks when you like, just check in with park staff before you leave if you are leaving. Lunch is an hour from noon to 1. 
  • Spend 10-30 minutes a day writing and photo-journaling about what you’re learning, observations about the park, plants, or interactions you have in the park. Please communicate with staff about scheduling time to journal.
  • We work outdoors all year round in nice weather. (There are plenty of indoor projects when it is too cold though!) Be prepared to take care of yourself with appropriate attire (including rain gear!), open communication, and looking out for your needs. It is important you are having fun!

Coaching and Progress:
You will be checking in with your staff mentor frequently to see how your internship is going. Each internship is an individual experience that ultimately is up to you! 
We welcome suggestions of how we can improve the internship experience, we want to hear your thoughts and ideas – please give us feedback as we go. Solar One is a great place to work and the people who work here are very friendly and genuinely passionate about what they do. 

Project Ideas:

  • Edible Plant Field Guide
  • Geology of park
  • History of green activism on the LES
  • Soil testing under park for contamination 
  • East River maritime history
  • Collaboration with billion oyster project
  • Brooklyn waterfront research 
  • Wildlife survey
  • Birds & Bugs field guide
  • Plant Nursery/propagation project
  • Instagram takeover
  • Science research project
  • Flower harvest guide
  • Recipe booklet
  • TikTok account and content (Wildlife dancing?)

Compensation:
This is an unpaid internship. Staff will work with your home institution and/or funding partners to verify participation for education credits. 

Apply:
Please email cover letter and resume to Emily Curtis-Murphy at murphy@solar1.org.

Feb 14 20

TIE-Mass Audubon Environmental Education Internship

by Hazel J. Ostrowski
Feb 14 20

Fish Advisory and River Herring Intern

by Marilene Rivas-Chavez
Feb 14 20

Inventory Student Project Opportunity

by Marilene Rivas-Chavez

The City of Moab, UT and Grand County, UT are looking for a student (any level) to help perform a GHG inventory for our communities in partnership with ICLEI-USA and the Mountain Towns 2030 Initiative. City and County staff will assist with data collection and project management, and the student would perform the analysis and write the report. This project includes access to the ClearPath GHG Inventory software, report templates, and guidance through ICELEI. We are offering a stipend of $1500 to complete the work. Ideally, work would be completed by May 2020. Please send inquiries to mdunbarirwin@grandcountyutah.net and ccastle@moabcity.org.

Feb 14 20

Hiring Summer Educators at Natick Community Organic Farm

by Marilene Rivas-Chavez

Ever introduce a curious kid to a curious pig? Collect eggs with a
gaggle of grade-schoolers? Explore the fields and flowers with a troop
of ten-year-olds? If you have or think these sorts of things sound
like fun, the Natick Community Organic Farm is looking for eager and
energetic educators to carry out our mission to connect kids to food
through fun work.

Join us for 10 weeks this summer where every day you can expect to
teach something, learn something, and have fun doing it. If you are
passionate about kids, food, the future, and the outdoors, and can
even envision merging them all together into a veritable whirlwind of
agricultural adventure, then we want to talk to you! Check out the
specifics below, and send a cover letter, resume and three
professional references to Audrey Fergason at audrey at natickfarm.org
You can also learn more about the farm at www.natickfarm.org

Dates:

June 10th through August 20th. Sessions run Monday through Thursday.

Program times run 9 – 4 for younger programs and 8:30 – 4:30 for older programs

Hiring decisions by March 31

Compensation at $14 an hour

Job Types: Part-time, Temporary

Salary: $14.00 /hour

Feb 14 20

Farmstand Manager and Field Crew Members at LexFarm

by Marilene Rivas-Chavez

We’re hiring a full-time Farmstand Manager and two part-time Field Crew Members.

We’re looking for motivated, engaged, fun individuals with a strong work ethic to join our small team.

Please send a letter of interest along with your resume to Allison at employment@lexfarm.org

Farmstand ManagerLexington Community FarmLexington, MA

About the farm:

Lexington Community Farm Coalition (LexFarm) is a non-profit certified organic farm. We are committed to increasing access to organic produce for households of all income levels. LexFarm provides hands-on education to foster connections to farmland, farming, and each other, through workshops, our CSA, and volunteer programs.

LexFarm was founded in 2009 in an effort to preserve the 7.9 acre Busa Farm upon its sale to the Town of Lexington. LexFarm incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2011 and is currently in its seventh year of production on five acres. Produce is sold through a 200 share 20-week summer CSA, 75 share 4-week fall CSA, 60 share summer flower CSA, and farm stand. We have a busy flower and vegetable seedling sale during May weekends. We donate produce through two local food rescue organizations. In 2020 farm production will focus on improving yields, increasing efficiency, and improving soil health through reduced tillage, improved drainage, compost production, and targeted amendments.

Job Description:

The Farmstand Manager will work closely with the, CSA Manager, and Director to set up, stock, and operate the farm stand before, during, and after CSA distribution and retail hours. The Farmstand Manager will be responsible for ordering value- added products, communicating with vendors, organizing invoices for timely payment, and communicating with farm staff to respond to demand for produce from LexFarm fields and relay customer feedback.

The Farmstand manager will be expected to achieve sales targets set out in the annual budget and manage the quality of the farm stand and CSA pickup experience. The Farmstand manager will record and report cumulative expenses for value-added products ordered for the farm stand to stay within the budgeted amount for the year. If sales exceed expectation, it is possible to increase the amount available for bought-in products at the approval of the Executive Director and LexFarm Board of Directors.

The Farmstand manager will help staff seedlings sales and stock the farm stand with value-added products in May. In June, the Farmstand Manager will transition to overseeing the retail farm store and CSA pickup Wed-Sat. The farmstand manager will advise, harvest, and arrange flowers for our cut-flower program as time allows.

The Farmstand Manager’s duties include:

Plant Sale staffing
-Facilitate and staff front-of-house seedling sale operations in May
-Order and record value-added product expenditures, and organize invoices for timely payment -Water plants and seedlings displayed at the farm stand
– Assist the greenhouse manager in seeding and greenhouse duties as time allows

Farm stand
-Create a clean, attractive and welcoming display in the farm stand, including educational signage for farm-grown products
-Supervise famrstand work shares

-Order value-added products for the farmstand
-Coordinate pickup of products when necessary (mileage reimbursed)
-Communicate customer feedback to farm managers regarding produce and CSA experience
-Answer farm stand phone and listen to voicemails- relay messages to appropriate staff members verbally or over email
-Post on social media to promote farm stand products or special deals when time allows
-Record value-added product expenditures, and scan and organize invoices weekly for timely payment -Record and report on cumulative spending on value-added products at the end of each month
-Record and report on monthly SNAP sales

CSA
-Set up CSA distribution in farm stand and write Pick-Your-Own signage prior to the opening of the farm stand and CSA distribution
-Post social media and farm stand signage when weather requires the pick-your-own be closed

Hours (may vary for the right candidate):

  • –  The Farm Stand manager is expected to work approximately 40 hours/week during the farm season with the possibility for additional hours in the spring to advise on our cut-flower program.
  • –  May – early June: Wednesday through Sunday 8:30-4:30pm. (Seedling sale staffing Fri, Sat, and Sun.)
    June-October : Tuesday-Saturday. Tuesday 9:00-4:00. Wednesday 10:30-6:30. Thursday 11:30-7:30. Friday 10:30-6:30, Saturday 8:00-5:00. Requirements:
  • –  1-year customer service experience. Some experience working outdoors preferred, and an interest in organic farming is encouraged.
  • –  A positive attitude and good sense of humor, in all kinds of weather
  • –  Comfortable working with basic Excel spreadsheets and Microsoft Office
  • –  Demonstrated ability to follow directions and work independently
  • –  Ability to bend and lift 50 pounds repeatedly. Vegetable bins weigh up to 50 pounds; setting up the CSA and stand daily is a workout!
  • –  Punctuality. Compensation and Benefits:

– $15.50/hour. Healthcare stipend. 1 week paid vacation. Paid holidays. Vegetable and flowers from the farm.

Field Crew—Lexington Community Farm—Lexington, MA

About the farm:

Lexington Community Farm Coalition (LexFarm) is a non-profit certified organic farm. We are committed to increasing access to organic produce for households of all income levels. LexFarm provides hands-on education to foster connections to farmland, farming, and each other, through workshops, our CSA, and volunteer programs.

LexFarm was founded in 2009 in an effort to preserve the 7.9 acre Busa Farm upon its sale to the Town of Lexington. LexFarm incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2011 and is currently in its seventh year of production on five acres. Produce is sold through a 200 share 20-week summer CSA, 75 share 4 -week fall CSA, 60 share summer flower CSA, and farm stand. We have a busy flower and vegetable seedling sale during May weekends. We donate produce through two local food rescue organizations. In 2020 farm production will focus on improving yields, increasing efficiency, and improving soil health through reduced tillage, improved drainage, and targeted amendments. Farm leadership gives staff the education they need to succeed and take ownership of tasks.

Job Description:

The Field Crew will work closely with farm staff, work shares, and volunteers to complete seedling production, planting, harvesting, washing and packing, irrigation, cultivation, record-keeping, and farm maintenance tasks.

Hours (may vary for the right candidate):

  • –  20 hours/week May 12th – August 29th. Field Crew works Tuesday-Friday in the fields roughly 7:30-12:30.
  • –  In the case of extreme weather, there may not be work available for all or part of a day. The right candidate will be interested in sustainable agriculture, self-motivated, quick, responsible, attentive to detail, curious, flexible, and comfortable communicating with a wide variety of people. This position involves working both independently and with a group. Requirements:
    • –  Ability to work outdoors in all kinds of weather
    • –  Punctuality. All staff are expected to be dressed for the weather and ready to work when the work day begins.
    • –  A positive attitude and good sense of humor
    • –  Demonstrated ability to follow directions and work independently
    • –  Ability to bend and lift 50 pounds repeatedly -Benefits include: compensation at $12.75/hour, produce from the farm, discount on local products in the farm stand, Workers’ Compensation, and paid holidays.
Feb 14 20

Lindentree Farm Hiring Crew

by Marilene Rivas-Chavez

Lindentree Farm in Lincoln, MA has been a family-run CSA for the past 28 years, with upwards of 150 member shares representing 300 people. We have been certified organic since 1993.

This year Lindentree Farm will have a different form to accommodate the farm owners who are taking a partial sabbatical. We are looking for one crew member to work full time from April through October. The crew member will report to the Farm Manager and the farm owners, doing all aspects of a full season of growing which can include the following: 

  • Growing healthy seedlings in the greenhouse
  • Preparing planting and seed beds
  • Transplanting and seeding into the field
  • Maintaining and operating mowers and small tractors
  • Setting up irrigation, both pipes and drip
  • Identifying and managing insects and plant diseases
  • Learning and practicing efficient mechanical and manual weed control techniques
  • Harvesting, washing, and preparing vegetables

 Crew member requirements:

  • At least one year of farm experience
  • We expect you to be well organized, have good hand skills and attention to detail, work efficiently, taking care of the body and health
  • Be willing to work the full season, April through October commitment
  • Physically strong, able to lift 40-50 pounds on a repeated basis, bending, kneeling, and repetitive motions
  • Able to work with ALL kinds of people, owners, crew, members of the CSA or whomever is present
  • Have a good sense of humor and flexibility in general and also in the face of frustration, adversity and mistakes
  • Show up for work on time, well rested and prepared
  • Be willing to ask questions, listen well and follow instructions
  • Have a car if commuting to work and a good driving record

 It is helpful if applicants know how to operate tractors and other machinery. 

This year Lindentree Farm will be working on the following:

  • A small several acre market garden to supply the local Farmers Market June through October
  • A pick your own CSA
  • An independent growing project for a local producer 

Please send a letter of interest, resume, and references to Brian at bturnbaugh@gmx.com and cc: Ari at lindentreecsa@gmail.com

An on-site interview will be required. Hourly pay based on experience.

Housing also may be available.

Feb 14 20

Crew Members and Apprentices at the Neighborhood Farm 

by Marilene Rivas-Chavez

We’re hiring some Full Time and Part Time Crew Members and expanding our on site farm stand infrastructure, developing systems, establishing new planting areas, and addition to growing lots of food, we will continue building seedlings.  We grow and market our produce year round.  This year, in known for our specialty garlic, heirloom tomatoes, and thousands of several restaurants. We grow a little bit of everything, but we’re best seedlings for farmers markets, our CSA, our on site farm stand, and for farming and our 3rd on this property. We grow vegetables, herbs and We rent land from Mainstone Farm in Wayland. This is our 13th year work with people at all levels of experience. We’re flexible and happy to Apprentices to join our team this year.

Pay starts at $13/hour plus produce from the farm.  Please email
theneighborhoodfarm@gmail.com and we can send you more details about the positions we have available.