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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.

Requirements

·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

Applications

Please submit a cover letter and resume including professional references to craig.beatty@iucn.org 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.

Qualifications:
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 Meaghan.Conway@maine.edu.

Apr 3 15

GIS Technician: Urban Watershed Development – Duke University, NC

by Kris Pieper

PURPOSE: The Bernhardt lab (http://bernhardtlab.weebly.com/) 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 urbanstreamsRT@gmail.com

Application Deadline: Friday, April 10th, 2015

Apr 3 15

REU: Urban Watershed Development – Duke University, NC

by Kris Pieper

PURPOSE: The Bernhardt lab (http://bernhardtlab.weebly.com/) 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 urbanstreamsRT@gmail.com

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 john.poulsen@duke.edu 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 [environmentalstudies@tufts.edu] with any questions.

Mar 26 15

Summer Internship: Asian Ecosystems – Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

by Kris Pieper

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY ­ SMITHSONIAN CONSERVATION BIOLOGY INSTITUTE

Front Royal, Virginia

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 31st March 2015

PROGRAM DURATION: 3 months

PROGRAM DATES: Tentative start date May 2015

PROJECT DESCRIPTION & REQUIREMENTS:

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, <mailto:shermin@trunksnleaves.org>shermin@trunksnleaves.org

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
(http://www.cnr.usu.edu/htm/facstaff/adler-web/) 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 (peter.adler@usu.edu) 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.

Mar 26 15

Bat Telemetry Technician – Great Smoky Mountains

by Kris Pieper

Bat Telemetry Technician – ­ Great Smoky Mountains

Job description

The Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation at Indiana State University is recruiting one (1) Field Technician to aid in a 19 week study of bats in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Research will involve mistnet surveys to capture bats, use of radio telemetry to track Indiana bats (*Myotis sodalis*) and northern long-eared bats (*M. septentrionalis*) to their day-roosts, measuring habitat characteristics around roosts, and deploying bat detectors to record bat calls in remote forested areas in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (on the border of Tennessee and North Carolina). The technician will work closely with a wildlife biologist to gain familiarity with the study area and survey techniques. On a daily basis, the technician will work with 1-4 other technicians to accomplish project objectives (capture, tracking, veg plots). Duties will also include driving (field vehicle will be provided, 4WD is necessary), hiking long distances in mountainous terrain (up to 10 miles/day), carrying heavy equipment, data entry, and data management. Housing will be provided (this will be in remote areas on the east and west sides of the Park), but over-night camping may occasionally be required.

Location

Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The nearest major cities are Knoxville, TN and Asheville, NC.

Salary

Temporary, full-time position. Pay is $459/week for 19 weeks, beginning 4 May 2015. Housing and field vehicle will be provided. Indiana State University will not pay for relocation costs (moving expenses).


Qualifications

Required: B.S. degree in Wildlife, Natural Resources, Biology or other related field. *It is imperative that you have a positive attitude, strong work ethic, and be in good physical condition. It is also critical that you are detail oriented and have experience collecting data for research studies.* Must possess a valid driver’s license and pass driving record check.

Desired: Proficiency with radio telemetry in difficult terrain. Experience navigating using GPS and topographic maps. Applicants who have experience with bats and who have completed the pre-exposure series of rabies vaccinations will be given priority, but ISU will pay for vaccinations for individuals who are otherwise highly qualified.

Application process

To apply for this position, *send CV, cover letter, and names of three references as one pdf file* to Dr. Joy O’Keefe at joyokeefe@gmail.com. *Applications are due by 3 April 2015*, but review of applications will begin immediately. In the subject line of your email, please include ‘Smokies Bat Technician.’

Mar 26 15

Summer Field Technicians: American Elm Restoration Project – Ohio

by Kris Pieper

Background: The USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station oversees a large-scale American elm restoration project with the objective of developing a genetically diverse assortment of Dutch-elm disease tolerant American elm selections through breeding. We plan to hire two field technicians this summer to help maintain our American elm orchards and related studies through a collaborative project with the Ohio State University.

Job description: The summer field technicians will be responsible for maintaining elm orchards (mowing, operating farm equipment, weeding, spraying herbicide), collecting growth measurements on elm orchard trees, maintaining an orchard database, propagating plants, and may assist with the establishment of new experimental plantings.

This position will start in June and last through August.

Compensation: Between $10.50 and $13.00/hour; commensurate with experience.

Minimum Requirements:
-Completion of at least one year of an undergraduate or associate’s degree in natural resources, agriculture, or a related field.
- Experience collecting data.
-Experience using farm equipment, including a tractor or riding mower.
-Proficiency in Microsoft Excel.
-Independent and able to work with minimal oversight.
-Enthusiasm for outdoor work in conditions including heat, rain, biting/stinging insects, and poison ivy

Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and three references to:

Leila Pinchot
Northern Research Station
USDA Forest Service
Corneliapinchot@fs.fed.us