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Jan 20 16

Program Assistant – TRUE (Teens Researching Urban Ecology) Program | Wildlife Conservation Society

by Kris Pieper

Project TRUE ­ (Teens Researching Urban Ecology) is a collaborative program
between the Wildlife Conservation Society and Fordham University funded by
the National Science Foundation.

For more information about the Project TRUE see the following websites:
Twitter and Instagram – @TRUEcologyNYC

We are recruiting a Program Assistant. You may contact the Program
Coordinator, Jason Aloisio –, if you have any questions.

Job Title        Program Assistant Project TRUE
Location         Bronx Zoo
Job Type         Part-Time
Department       BZ-EDUCATION

Job Description – Wildlife Conservation Society

Department: Education
Title: Program Assistant Project TRUE
Employment Type: Part-Time
Status: Non-Exempt
Grade Level: Hourly
Pay Range: $20 per hour
Reports To: Program Coordinator, Project TRUE
Hours: 25 hours per week (Mid-February to Mid-October)

Position Summary
The Program Assistant plays a support role in planning and implementing the
various work components of the initiative, working closely with the project
TRUE administration team, high school students, and mentors.

Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

– Manage the high school recruitment and hiring process for Project TRUE.
Maintain student database.
Work with Program Coordinator to prepare all materials and supplies for
Project TRUE research, training, and education sessions.
Provide weekly support in the summer to all Project TRUE research teams.
This includes advising on research process, conducting teen team building
and training sessions, and assisting in field work throughout the city.
Support the Program Coordination by conducting college prep workshops and
supporting high school students in the application process.
Co-lead Project TRUE high school enrichment sessions throughout the
spring, summer and fall.
Assist in planning and implementation of all public share-out events
including poster sessions, zoo events, and conferences.
Travel throughout the city is required for this position.
Performs all related tasks and duties as required.
Contributes to, enlarges and upholds the Society’s policies toward the
Equal Employment Opportunities for women, minorities, veterans, the
handicapped and other protected groups.


A minimum of a Bachelor¹s Degree in biology, ecology, environmental
science or education
Knowledge of MS Office Suite, project management, and customer service
experience is required
Experience working with teens preferred.
Knowledge of field research required.
Organized, able to work independently and as a part of a team
Strong communication skills
A valid driver’s license and an ability to drive in NYC to the various
zoos is required

Jan 20 16

Field Internships | American Conservation Experience EPIC (Emerging Professional Intern Corps)

by Kris Pieper

Please see the following job announcements ACE (American Conservation
Experience) EPIC (Emerging Professional Intern Corps) has to share:

BLM CO: Vegetation Assessment, Inventory, Monitoring (AIM) Crew Lead
Bureau of Land ManagementMonte Vista, CO

BLM CO: Vegetation Assessment, Inventory, Monitoring (AIM) Crew-
AmeriCorps Bureau of Land ManagementMonte Vista, CO

Carrizo Plain Natural Resource Interpretation Internship – AmeriCorps Bureau
of Land ManagementCarrizo Plain National Monument, CA, USAEPIC

NPS Interpretation and Resource Management Intern Homestead National
Monument – AmeriCorps National Park ServiceBeatrice, NE, USAEPIC

Tejon Ranch Conservancy: Public Access Internship- AmeriCorps Tejon Ranch
ConservancyLebec, CA

USFWS OK: Biological Technician Internship – Washita NWR- AmeriCorps US
Fish and Wildlife ServiceButler, OK, USAEPIC

USFWS TX: Wildlife Biologist Internship – Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR-
AmeriCorps US Fish and Wildlife ServiceEagle Lake, TX

Jan 15 16

GIS/Field Data Manager- northern California

by Sara Gomez Garcia

The Plumas Audubon Society is accepting applications for 1 GIS/field data
manager position that starts May 23 and goes through August 15.  Applicants
need to have some practical experience with GIS and be detail orientated.
This position involves managing field data from Northern Goshawk, Spotted
Owl, Flammulated Owl, Aechmophorus grebe, and amphibian surveys that we
conduct on the Plumas National Forest in northern CA.  This is a unique
position because the data manager will also assist with field surveys so
that they have an intimate knowledge of the survey areas and methods.  The
survey areas are extremely steep and rugged with many hazards routinely
encountered including rattlesnakes, steep hillsides, poison oak, illegal
marijuana farms, and high temperatures all in remote locations with limited
cell service.  The successful candidate will be very motivated to challenge
their physical ability and engage in a unique adventure.  The position
involves some camping so camping gear is required.  Field vehicles are
provided, but the GIS/data manager needs to provide their own
transportation to the office in Quincy each day.  Compensation is $13-
15/hour DOE and the GIS/data manager works a regular work week (Mon-Fri)
consisting of five 8-hour days each week mostly in the office.  Please send
a cover letter and resume to David Arsenault (
The successful candidate will be selected by March 15, 2016 and
applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Jan 15 16


by Sara Gomez Garcia

(13-week position available beginning May 16, 2016)

For thirteen weeks in May-August 2016, twenty college-age students will join dozens of visiting and staff scientists at Harvard Forest in researching the effects of natural and human disturbances on forest ecosystems.  The Program Assistant works closely with the Summer Program Coordinator in organizing the various educational components to the summer program.  S/he provides information, advising, support and discipline required to create a hospitable academic work environment.

Duties and Responsibilities (work under the supervision of the Summer Program Coordinator)

Assistant Program Coordinator
Assist with student arrival and orientation (May 22nd ­ 24th)
Inform students of Harvard Forest activities, policies, and expectations
Coordinate weekly (x2) evening workshops and seminars
Update and maintain summer student blog (
Work with Summer Program Coordinator to resolve student issues
Organize Summer Student Symposium in early-August
Work on various tasks as needed to facilitate administrative and research projects

Resident Advisor
Responsible for day-to-day activities related to the successful operation of a student residence
Hold weekly house meetings
Plan, organize, and direct student committees (recycling, social activities, etc.)
Serve as advisor to student on matters concerning community development, conflict resolution and counseling

Required Skills, Training and Experience
Excellent listening, negotiation, organizational, and problem solving skills required
Strong communication (verbal and written), organizational, telephone, and computer skills
Work independently with moderate supervision
Comfortable with performing a variety of tasks simultaneously
Previous experience working with ethnically and culturally diverse population preferred

Time Commitment and Compensation
Compensation is $13.90/hour for 40 hours per week for 13 weeks (May 16 to August 12, 2016).  The assistant has a private room, shared office space with computer and access to Forest vehicles.  The position requires on site residence (room and board
provided) with weeknight and weekend work.

Please send a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to the address below. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Additional information about Harvard Forest and the summer program is available at

For questions, please contact:

Manisha V. Patel, Summer Program Coordinator
Harvard Forest
324 N. Main Street
Petersham, MA  01366 ;

Jan 15 16

Summer REU Internships at SERC

by Sara Gomez Garcia

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater, Maryland offers undergraduate students a unique opportunity to gain hand-on experience in the fields of environmental research and education. The program enables students to work on specific projects while getting experience in valuable lab techniques all under the direction of the Center¹s professional staff. The program is tailored to provide the maximum educational benefit to each participant.

SERC is focused on understanding the causes and consequences of environmental change for marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems. Interns at SERC conduct independent projects over 12-16 weeks utilizing our 2,650 acre research site on the shores of Chesapeake Bay to provide novel insights into some of the most profound  issues challenging our world today, including habitat loss, climate change, and invasive species. The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center has maintained an REU site since 2001 and those students sponsored have used our professional-training programs as a stepping stone to pursue advanced careers in the environmental sciences.

How to Apply

Application to the SERC Internship Program consists of on-line registration,
Student copy of transcripts, personal essay, CV or resume, and two letters of recommendation using the Smithsonian On-line Academic Appointment (SOLAA) system at:

Summer (May-August): Deadline is February 1st

For more information please visit our web site at

Or email:

Jan 15 16

Interpretation Ambassador Position (Summer)

by Sara Gomez Garcia

Through research and under the guidance of interpretation park rangers, the candidate presents thematic house and grounds tours of Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline. In addition, the candidate orients visitors to the site, makes them feel welcome, and provides informal background on the history and significance of this National Park Service site. The Interpretation Ambassador answers incoming phone calls, responds to general inquiries, provides information and/or directs calls appropriately (a phone directory and a list of who’s who at the site is in your orientation folder.) Throughout the day, the intern ensures the visitor center looks neat and professional and keeps the site bulletins well-stocked at the desk, and in the outside brochure dispenser. In addition to welcoming and informing visitors, answering phones, and the door, the intern records and tracks visitor statistics, and does other administrative tasks as assigned. There might be opportunities for cross-training with other divisions and developing off-site walks of regional Olmsted-design landscapes, depending on the candidate’s skills and interest.

Skills: Public speaking skills, good communication skills, ability to research and disseminate information to the public, interest and/or background in history, American studies, art history, architecture, and/or other related discipline.

Time Commitment:   Ideally, the candidate would work 30 hours a week, including at least one weekend day.

Application Procedure: Please submit a current resume, cover letter, and names and contact information for three references (preferably one work, one academic, and one peer reference) to:

Mark Swartz, Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, 99 Warren Street, Brookline, MA 02445;

Our telephone number is 617-566-1689.

Jan 15 16

Summer jobs ­ Forest and Fire Ecology/ Forestry/ Botany Research

by Sara Gomez Garcia

The U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station will be filling six temporary positions for the summer of 2016 (approximately late May/early June through late August to mid-September – start and end dates somewhat flexible) to assist with forestry and forest ecology research.  The duty station for the positions will be Pinecrest, California, 35 miles east of Sonora in the central Sierra Nevada.  Crew members will be hired at the GS-4 level ($13.84/hour) and the GS-5 level ($15.49/hour) based on education and experience.

Job description:  Successful applicants will assist with forestry and forest ecology/fire ecology-related research projects in the Stanislaus-Tuolumne Experimental Forest.  The primary focus during the summer of 2016 will be to evaluate the effects of recently completed thinning and prescribed burning treatments designed to restore the complexity and diversity once found in these forests.  Duties will include collecting data on understory vegetation, fuels, and canopy conditions, as well as basic forest and fire severity inventory using compass, prism, diameter tapes, laser rangefinders and other tools. This will be the second complete monitoring of how treatments affected forest understory species. Applicants with a strong interest and background in botany, ecology or forestry for the positions are desired.

The Stanislaus-Tuolumne Experimental Forest is in a spectacular location just west of the Emigrant Wilderness and north of Yosemite National Park.  These jobs are an excellent opportunity for students or recent college graduates interested in gaining field experience.  Employees are paid for federal holidays and accrue vacation time (4 hours per two week pay period). Housing may be an option and transportation from housing to work locations will be provided.

o   GS-4: some undergraduate coursework in forestry, ecology, botany, natural resources, biology or a related field specifically relating to the position; GS-5: Bachelor¹s degree, or one year experience at the GS-4 level.

o   Ability to identify forest trees and understory plants to species is desired, but training will be provided for those not familiar with the local flora

o   Must be physically fit and capable of hiking long distances over difficult terrain

o   Enjoys being outdoors; can deal with inclement weather and a few bugs

o   Valid driver¹s license

o   Capable of living and working closely together with others

If you are interested in receiving a copy of the vacancy announcement for this position … complete the attached Outreach Notice Response Form and return it to Bob Carlson (, Pacific Southwest Research Station, 3644 Avtech Parkway, Redding, CA 96002, or call (530-226-2533) no later than February 10, 2016.

Outreach Notice Response Form


Fire and Fuels Program

Biological Science Technician (Plants), GS-0404-04 or GS-0404-05

Pinecrest, CA

If you are interested in this opportunity, please complete this form and send it by e-mail to Bob Carlson at

Please respond no later than FEBRUARY 10, 2016.



Jan 15 16


by Sara Gomez Garcia

At least two research positions are open for Winter 2016 and subsequent semesters in the Hopkins lab at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University for research projects at the intersection of plant evolution, genetics, and development. These projects will study the mechanisms that Texas wildflowers use to reject unwanted pollen.

The student filling position (1) will assist with an investigation determining key differences distinguishing the development of wanted and unwanted pollen in our system. It involves conducting microscopic observations of female flower parts after receiving different types of pollen. The project will provide experience with plant reproductive development and microscopy techniques.

The student filling position (2) will assist with an investigation on the evolution of incompatibility mechanisms. This project aims to determine if artificial selection for selfcompatibility within species increases hybridization between species. The project willinvolve crossing and phenotyping plants and will provide experience with greenhouse experimentation, quantitative genetics and plant breeding.

Students in all positions will gain valuable research experience collecting and analysing data to answer scientific questions. Positions have flexible hours, but students must be able to be present at least 10 hours per week, in blocks of at least 3 hours. Additionally, given the temporal nature of research on living plants, a minimum of one semester commitment is required.
The Hopkins lab expects to have a number of other research opportunities available in the coming months involving plant-pollinator interactions (including butterfly behaviour experiments and investigations of pollinator reward).

People with all educational and research experience are welcome to apply. Compensation is dependent on experience and possibilities for course credit may depend on individual university policies. These details will be discussed during formal interviews.

To apply, please send the following information to
· A resume or CV listing courses taken, GPA, research experience, etc.
· A brief (<1 page) statement describing your academic interests and career goals, your
past research experience (if any, previous experience not required), and indicating the
position(s) in which you are interested and why.

For more information on the Arnold Arboretum:
For more information on Hopkins’s lab research:

Jan 15 16

Field assistant positions in Yosemite, Kings Canyon & Sequoia National Parks

by Sara Gomez Garcia

The University of California Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory will
be hiring one or more assistants for the Summer 2016 field season.
Successful applicants will work as part of a team on restoring populations
of the endangered mountain yellow-legged frog in the presence of the
amphibian chytrid fungus, a widespread amphibian pathogen. During the summer
we will be conducting frog translocations, reintroductions of captive-reared
frogs, capture-mark-recapture surveys to assess the status of frog
populations established via translocation/reintroduction in previous years,
visual encounter surveys, and the collection of skin swabs from frog
populations to quantify frog-pathogen dynamics. The research will take place
primarily at remote backcountry locations in Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and
Sequoia National Parks. This research is part of a multi-year project funded
by the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

To be considered for these positions, you MUST have extensive backpacking
experience at high elevations (>10,000’; this is not negotiable), be able to
navigate across difficult trail-less terrain, be comfortable working alone
in remote areas for hours at a time, and have a passion for conducting field
research. Previous employees have typically been advanced undergraduates
pursuing degrees in ecology or wildlife biology, or those having finished
undergraduate or master’s degrees in these fields. Assistants will be paid
$15-18/hr depending on experience. Housing is provided at the Sierra Nevada
Aquatic Research Laboratory near the resort town of Mammoth Lakes,
California. When in the backcountry (which will be most of the time),
assistants are also provided $30 per diem to cover food expenses and
replacement of personal backpacking gear, and are reimbursed for use of a
personal vehicle. The field season is expected to run from approximately
mid-June to mid-September.

The ideal candidate will have extensive backpacking experience in mountain
environments, demonstrated leadership skills and experience working both as
part of a group and individually, and previous experience conducting field
research in remote locations. In addition, experience capturing and handling
amphibians, inserting PIT tags, and conducting visual encounter surveys are
all important skills relevant to these positions.

The application period is January 11-February 5, 2016. Applications should
include (1) a cover letter that details your backpacking and research
experience and states why you are interested in the position and would be an
asset to the project, (2) a resume that includes contact information (email
addresses and phone numbers) for three references who are familiar with your
research and/or backpacking experience, and (3) transcripts from
undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) institutions. Unofficial copies
of transcripts are acceptable. To apply, email applications (formatted as a
single PDF document) to Roland Knapp ( by
February 5, 2016. Hiring will be completed by mid-to-late February.

Jan 15 16

Forest Ecology Science Technicians | USGS

by Kris Pieper

Summer Employment Opportunity!

Come work among the Giant Sequoias!

Sequoia-Kings Canyon Field Station (USGS) is currently searching for
interested applicants for summer Biological Science Technicians
(Forest Ecology) positions.

Pay: GG-5 (approx. $15.49/hour)

Location: Three Rivers, California

Examples of Duties:

Measure forest demographics, including measuring trees and seedlings
and determining cause of death. Resurvey White Pine Blister Rust
plots. Gain knowledge and experience in ecological research,
identifying Sierran trees, and forest pathology.

Up to 6 positions will be filled.  Positions are full-time, start
in approximately mid-May, and will last about 5 months. Need
bachelor’s degree or equivalent education and experience.  Some field
work experience required. Want people with some biological coursework
and experience, an interest in forest ecology, who want to work
outdoors, and who like to work in small teams and get along easily
with others. Housing available for rent.  Must be a US Citizen in
order to qualify.

For more information, call Anne at (559) 565-3172 or e:mail at

If interested: e:mail a cover letter, resume, list of references, and
unofficial transcripts to:

Anne Pfaff at <>

To be considered, please send information by January 31st.

Anne Pfaff
USGS Sequoia-Kings Canyon Field Station
47050 Generals Highway #4
Three Rivers, California 93271
(559) 565-3172
(559) 565-3177 (fax)