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Dec 8 14

Summer Field Opportunities: The West

by Sara Gomez Garcia

The Western Forest Initiative is hiring eight field technicians for summer of 2015.

Forest Demography: Four positions will involve the establishment of a large, Smithsonian-affiliated forest dynamics plot at Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah (elevation 10,500’).  The crew will map, identify, and tag approximately 40,000 woody stems over the course of the summer, as well as survey monuments in steep, forested terrain. The crew will work with and supervise volunteers during part of the summer.

Fire Effects: Three positions will involve sampling one-year post-fire landscapes throughout the Pacific Northwest (principally Idaho and eastern Washington and Oregon). Working in crews of two, field staff will navigate to pre-determined locations within fire perimeters and conduct vegetation and fuel surveys.

Botany: One position will involve collection, identification, processing, and mounting of botanical specimens for the Utah State University teaching herbarium.  This field technician will travel with the Western Forest Initiative investigators to sites in California, Washington, and Utah.

Prior to the beginning of specific assignments, field staff will receive training at the Yosemite Forest Dynamics Plot.

Duration: Late-May through Mid-August, with the possibility for some staff to extend through September. The work schedule is four, ten hour days per week.

Salary: $10 to $13 per hour, depending on experience. Camping accommodations provided.  The Fire Effects staff will receive mileage reimbursement.

Qualifications: Previous experience taking vegetation research data, working safely in challenging environments, and following complex data collection protocols is required. Candidates should demonstrate the ability to solve problems and to work both independently and in teams of two or three. Work will involve moving through sometimes steep, rocky terrain with delicate and expensive equipment, as well as the ability to carry up to 15 kg of additional gear. Work experience in post-fire forests strongly desired, as is some knowledge of western flora, tree pathogens, and forest insects. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and be considered insurable by Utah State University. Applicants must also have a Wilderness First Aid certification (Wilderness First Responder preferred) valid for the field season.

Apply: Please assemble all of the following into a single PDF file and email it to<> – 1) A one-page cover letter describing your interests, reasons for applying, which position(s) you are applying for, and specific dates of availability (including any planned mid-summer absences), 2) A resume or CV, no longer than two pages, 3) Unofficial transcripts, and 4) Names, phone numbers and email addresses of references (please do not send letters of reference).

Additional information and background at:,, and the Facebook Groups “Utah Forest Dynamics Plot” and “Yosemite Forest Dynamics Plot”. Contact Jim Lutz at<> with questions not answered on those pages.

Application deadline: January 15, 2015.  Usually, we make our staffing decisions by early February. Exceptional candidates will be selected earlier.


Nov 3 14

Several positions at NMR Group Inc.

by Sara Gomez Garcia

NMR Group Inc., is a small consulting firm located in Somerville focusing on energy efficiency. We are looking for some temporary employees to help us conduct some onsite research regarding residential lighting in Massachusetts. I’m hoping that you can help me to reach out to students who may be interested in getting some field research experience. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the listing below or if I should get in touch with someone else. I appreciate your time and assistance. We have two positions available that students may be interested in:


Onsite Lighting Data Collection – Temporary, Massachusetts (Boston/South Shore/Western MA)

Details: NMR Group Inc, an energy efficiency consulting firm in Boston, MA is looking for temporary workers to conduct onsite data collection in Massachusetts. We are targeting to begin work on this project the week of December 8th. The entire project will run through mid-February, with a two week break around the holidays, and will require approximately 35 to 40-hour commitment per week. The position requires visiting homes and collecting information on lighting used in the home. Scheduling is flexible; prefer those who can work Saturdays and one evening a week.


Required: Access to a car; clean driving record; access to a cell phone; prompt; organized; must pass background and drug testing.

Strongly Preferred: College education; familiarity with tablets/ipads; customer service experience; interested in energy efficiency and sustainability (a plus).

Compensation: $20/hr

Contact: Kiersten von Trapp,


Scheduler/Onsite Coordinator – Temporary, Somerville, MA

Details: NMR Group Inc, an energy efficiency consulting firm in Somerville, is looking for a temporary worker to recruit and schedule onsite data collection home visits in Massachusetts. The scheduler will be responsible for the following: – Contacting homeowners – Clearly communicating the purpose of the study – Planning and coordinating onsite visits – Expediting operations that delay schedules and altering schedules to meet unforeseen conditions The position will start the week of December 1st, will run through mid-February, with two weeks off around the holidays, and will require a 20-25 hour commitment per week. The hours will mostly be weekdays during the afternoon/evening (2pm-7pm), but may include some mornings and some Saturdays.


Required: Strong organizational skills; Working knowledge of Excel/Word; Good communication skills; respectful phone demeanor; Must pass background and drug testing.

Strongly Preferred: College education; Customer service experience; Prior recruiting/scheduling experience; Interested in energy efficiency and sustainability (a plus); Live close enough to commute via public transportation

Compensation: $20/hr

Contact: Kiersten von Trapp,

Oct 27 14

Fauna Forever is looking for field research interns (Peru)

by Sara Gomez Garcia

Fauna Forever, a Peruvian non-profit, is looking for field research
interns to assist its team with numerous wildlife research projects
based in the Amazon rainforest of Peru, more specifically in forests
near the town of Puerto Maldonado. We are particularly keen on interns
who would like to take on the challenge of answering one or more of the
research questions and themes summarized below, during periods of 1-12
months. Successful intern applicants will need to cover their in-country
costs associated with food, accommodation and local transport.
Professional training and supervision of projects is provided, and we
encourage data to be published in peer-reviewed journals (assistance
with this is provided). Knowing Spanish is not a requisite, but would be
an asset. Energy, enthusiasm, and working well as part of a diverse,
international team is a must.

1. What are the effects of forest structure and fruit resource
availability on primate abundance, group structure, and behavior in
Amazonian Peru?
2. To what extent does primate group and home-range size vary with fruit
resource composition and availability in Amazonian Peru?
3. How does ecotourism, Brazil nut extraction, timber extraction, and/or
bush-meat hunting affect the diversity, abundance and activity patterns
of mammal species in Amazonian Peru?
4. How habituated are the mammals (and other taxonomic groups) at
increasing distances from ecotourist lodges and research stations in
Amazonian Peru?
5. Geophagy activity patterns in rainforest mammals in Amazonian Peru.

1. How do the characteristics (species composition, abundance, home-
range size) of mixed-species bird flocks differ between forest types in
Amazonian Peru?
2. How does the abundance of oropendola, cacique, macaw, parrot and
other flocking bird species differ as the distance from human
settlements increases in Amazonian Peru?
3. How does the diversity and abundance of nocturnal raptors (family
Strigidae), based on transect and call-count station sampling methods,
differ between sites in Amazonian Peru.
4. Understanding the ecology of phoretic mites found in the nostrils of
hummingbirds and in flowers they pollinate in Amazonian Peru.

1. Monitoring Dwarf caiman (Paleosuchus sp.) populations in forest
streams in Amazonian Peru.
2. How does the size and weight of amphibian and reptile species differ
within and between sites in Amazonian Peru?
3. How does forest structure and light gap characteristics affect the
diversity, abundance and behavior of lizards in Amazonian Peru?
4. How does the size and position of temporary ponds made from natural
and artificial materials affect the amphibian species that use them?
5. What is the herpetological conservation value of Brazil-nut midden
piles in Amazonian Peru?

1. Using dung-beetles as indicators of mammal diversity and biomass in
Amazonian Peru.
2. The ecology of phoretic mites on dung-beetles in Amazonian Peru.
3. What is the “perfect” bait mixture for attracting the most diverse
assemblage of butterflies to Van Someron-Rydon-type live traps in
Amazonian Peru?
4. How diverse is the insect community that lives in Guadua bamboo
thickets as compared with neighboring forest types in Amazonian Peru?
5. Using field microscopy techniques to identify the types of plants
pollinated by stingless bees in Amazonian Peru.
6. The ecology of microscopic animals found in temporary water bodies in
Amazonian Peru.

1. What is the relationship between the abundance of key-stone fruiting
tree species and the abundance of fruit-eating mammals and birds in
Amazonian Peru?
2. How fast do Guadua bamboo shoots grow vertically, and Guadua-thickets
grow horizontally, in Amazonian Peru?
3. What tree seedlings regenerate naturally in the gaps made during the
process of selective harvest of tropical timber trees in Amazonian Peru,
and is there a relationship to the extracted species?
4. What is the size distribution of Dipteryx trees in different forest
types in Amazonian Peru?
5. What are the fauna species that rely on Dipteryx trees of different
size categories (including their seeds), and how does their ecology
change when large Dipteryx trees are selectively extracted?

For more details, and to apply for an research intern position, please
see our website ( and feel free to contact
us at any time at

Oct 14 14

Undergraduate Assistant – Communications

by Sara Gomez Garcia

Academic year 2014 – 2015 (Approximately 10 hours/week)


Handle a variety of communications-related Talloires Network tasks and responsibilities. The Talloires Network (TN) is a global coalition of 325 engaged universities in 72 countries committed to strengthening the civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education.

  • Work with Communications Coordinator in implementing strategy for organizational communications, including contact with member universities, social media presence, and membership newsletters.
  • Write articles and blog posts about significant network news and events.
  • Contribute to online Community of Practice platform with fresh content.
  • Attend, and occasionally help run, biweekly communications meeting.
  • Assist in judging video contest for the 2014 Talloires Network Leaders Conference.
  • Support TN secretary staff on miscellaneous logistical tasks.
  • Design flyers, graphics, and other marketing materials.
  • Lead efforts to improve media coverage of civic engagement work of our member universities.
  • Collaborate with staff on new ideas and direction for communications and media.


  • Effective communicator with strong writing and editing skills
  • Attention to detail, ability to multi-task, and excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently
  • Proficient in MS programs such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Working toward a degree in a related field or no fewer than 3 relevant courses


Preferred Qualifications


  • Ability to speak a second language such as Spanish, French, or other.
  • Ability to use Adobe programs such as Photoshop, InDesign and DreamWeaver.
  • Ability to use video/audio editing programs. Knowledge of HTML coding.
  • Demonstrated interest in social justice, international development, civic engagement, etc.


To apply

Send cover letter and resume to Matias Ramos ( In cover letter, state why you are interested, what strengths you would bring to this role, and whether you are able to fill the position for the entire year.

Oct 14 14

Zoology in the Cloud Forest La MICA Biological Station

by Sara Gomez Garcia

El Cope,Cocle Province, Panama 04-14 January 2015


Instructors: Dr. Julie M. Ray and Dr. Kevina Vulinec


Description: The course, “Zoology of the Cloud Forest,”leads students on an educational tour through the animals that occur in theunique cloud forest habitat of central Panama. Students begin by gainingknowledge of the environment and then learn about invertebrates, fishes,amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Field trips allow for the sightingand hands-on experience of the various taxa. An invertebrate survey providesstudents the experience of conducting a small research project in the cloudforest.

Credits: If you would like to receive university credit forparticipation in this course, arrangements can be made between your universityand the director of La MICA Biological Station. Most common credits will beindependent study or special topics courses. Please email Dr. Ray ( to discuss thistopic.

Cost: The cost for the course is $850 per person andrequires a nonrefundable deposit of $150. This price does not include airfare,any university credits you may want to receive, any travel insurance, or thetexts required or recommended for the course. You also are encouraged to bringspending money is you would like to purchase snacks, gifts or souvenirs.

Please contact Dr. Ray ( register or for more information. There currently are just 8 spotsremaining! Julie M. Ray, Ph.D.Director(a)La MICA Biological StationFundación Centro de Investigación Biológica El Copé, S.A. (Panama)El Cope-La Pintada. Provincia de Cocle. Republica de Panamahttp//

Oct 14 14

Paid Undergraduate/Graduate Research Assistantships in Food Economics and Consumer Behavior

by Sara Gomez Garcia

Agriculture, Food, and Environment Program
Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
Tufts University

Project Summary: Researchers at Tufts University are exploring the connection between climate change, food quality, and consumer behavior. This project will specifically explore consumer reactions to climate-induced quality variation in brewed hot tea sourced from Yunnan Province, China. Consumer valuation of climate change related product attributes will also be investigated in this study. More details on this project and its parent project can be found on the project website:

Job Description
Two research assistants will work with a team based in the Agriculture, Food and Environment program at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy to collect primary data from customers at grocery stores, health food stores/specialty stores, cafes, and tea stores in the Boston metropolitan region. Each Research

Assistant will:
• Travel to retail stores/cafes in the Boston metropolitan area
• Recruit customers to participate in the research study
• Prepare and brew hot tea samples for study participants to taste and rate
• Instruct participants to complete a survey administered through iPads
• Organize and maintain study supplies and materials
• Manage logistics at study sites and communicate with store owners/staff
• Process and clean data collected from the study
• Organized
• Experience with planning events and logistical details
• Punctual
• Excellent writing skills
• Fast, reliable, and fluid electronic communication skills (email, phone, text messaging)
• Enjoys and is capable of talking to strangers in retail setting with a friendly and outgoing attitude
• Flexible schedule; can work shifts of 4-6 hours each during the morning, afternoons, or evenings, and
on weekdays and weekends.
• Interested in sustainable agriculture, climate change, environmental issues, tea, food marketing, food
economics, and/or food policy
Skills (preferred but not required)
• Experience with Qualtrics or other online survey administration tool
• Skills in Excel or other spreadsheet/database software
• Experience with Stata or other statistical software programs

Part-time (time commitment varies week to week, but no more than 12 hours/week in any one week), Fall 2014
to Fall 2015.

$15/hour (graduate students); $12/hour (undergraduate students). Work-study preferred but not required.
To Apply:
Please send a 1-page resume and 1-page cover letter to Rebecca Boehm, Project Coordinator, at Questions may be addressed to Ms. Boehm as well. You can read more about our research at

Research funded by the National Science Foundation. Award # 1313775

Oct 6 14

Coral Reef Ecology Spring 2015 Internship

by Sara Gomez Garcia

Organization:  CIEE Research Station Bonaire

Location: Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean

Duration: 13 Weeks

Period: 31 January through 2 May 2015

Deadline for applications: 31 October 2014

Description: The CIEE Tropical Marine Ecology and Conservation program is a study abroad program for undergraduate students that is operated by the CIEE Research Station Bonaire (Southern Caribbean). In addition to our study abroad program, our research station supports an active research program including individual projects by faculty/staff and collaborative long-term monitoring projects run by multiple faculty/staff. The Coral Reef Ecology Intern position is a combination of teaching assistant, research assistant, and resident hall assistant. The intern will assist in the academics, research, group dynamics, logistics, dive safety, student transportation, and site security at the CIEE Research Station. The position duties include assisting with: preparations for classes and labs as instructed by faculty; SCUBA diving in support of CIEE courses and research projects; laboratory work on research projects; mentoring students; general errands at the research station; and record keeping for the dive safety program. The internship is a 13-week commitment with little down time and the normal work schedule includes weekend and evening duties. CIEE interns are on call 24 hours per day, 7 days per week for the duration of the internship.

Minimum Qualifications: BA/BS in Biology with an emphasis in Marine Biology/Ecology or Biological Oceanography (MS preferred); scientific diving experience (minimum of 50 dives logged).

Requirements: Current certifications in First Aid, CPR, DAN Oxygen Rescue, Advanced Open Water are required; DAN insurance, a comprehensive dive physical; valid driver’s license (manual shift competency preferred).

Abilities/Skills: Knowledge of Caribbean Coral-reef species (fishes, corals, invertebrates, algae); experience collecting fishes and analyzing fish behavior in a laboratory and field setting; experience working with CPCe software; a commitment to education and research in coral reef ecology and conservation; a willingness to work flexible hours, live on site, and manage undergraduate students in residence at the station; the ability to work as a team member with CIEE staff to motivate students and provide an excellent academic and personal growth experience for students.

Compensation: the internship comes with no stipend, but lodging and meals will be provided to the successful applicant.

To apply:  Send a cover letter and CV listing contact information for 3 references.  One letter of recommendation must be emailed from a major faculty member from your degree granting institution to  For more information about the semester program please visit or our facebook page

Oct 6 14

Boston Natural Areas Network – Internship

by Sara Gomez Garcia

Program: Students Learning through Urban Gardening (SLUG)
Position: SLUG Education Intern

About SLUG: SLUG is designed as a training program for Boston Public School elementary and middle school teachers to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to lead students through a school year seed-to-harvest garden program. SLUG aims to provide teachers with the knowledge, confidence, and materials to carry out garden-based activities, both indoors and outdoors. SLUG aims to provide students with food and nutrition education through monthly gardenbased learning workshops at partnering elementary schools.

About the Position: The SLUG Intern will assist the SLUG Educator in facilitating garden-based learning workshops with students at a number of Boston elementary schools. SLUG works with students at elementary schools in Mattapan, Dorchester, Roxbury, Charlestown and Hyde Park on Thursdays and Fridays. During visits, the SLUG Intern will work closely with youth to plant and care for the school garden, will supervise classroom experiments, and will have opportunities to facilitate nutritionand gardenbased learning activities. Outside of classroom visits, the SLUG Intern will be expected to work with the SLUG Educator on curriculum development. SLUG is willing to work with university institutions to determine whether credit can be received.

Hours Per Week: 5-10

Desired Qualifications:

Experience working with youth
Teaching and/or leadership experience
Background in Environment, Food and/or Nutrition
Access to transportation to/from classroom visits
Gardening experience preferred

Spanish language proficiency a plus

Skills Developed: Environmental and Nutrition Education Curriculum Development Experience working with high needs and/or underserved youth Nonprofit management

Application Deadline: October 22 Contact Information: Please direct questions and applications to Victoria Kulwicki, SLUG Educator. To apply, email a brief cover letter and résumé to

Sep 29 14

Internship at U.S. Department of Justice – Environment and Natural Resources Division

by Sara Gomez Garcia

U.S. Department of Justice
Environment and Natural Resources Division
Law and Policy Section

The Law and Policy Section (LPS) advises and assists the Assistant Attorney General on legal and policy issues.  Working with the Office of Legislative Affairs, LPS coordinates the Environment and Natural Resources Division’s legislative program.  LPS also represents the Department of Justice on interagency groups of a variety of issues that relate to the mission of the Division.  Additionally, LPS litigates amicus cases and undertakes other specially assigned litigation projects at the trial and appellate levels. Other duties include monitoring citizen suits; responding to citizen mail, congressional, and FOIA requests; and serving as the Division’s ethics officers.  Moreover, LPS attorneys coordinate the Division’s activities on international environmental matters and environmental justice matters.

Duties of the unpaid undergraduate intern position include: attending congressional hearings and reporting on environmental legislation; researching legal and policy issues; and providing support for the section’s amicus litigation.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, pass a mandatory background check, and be willing to commit for about 30 hours per week.  Applicants should be either enrolled as undergraduates during the internship, or planning on returning to their school in the time period following the conclusion of the internship.

Applications must be received no later than 11:59pm on October 13, 2014.  The internship will run roughly from mid-January to mid-May 2015 (dates flexible).  Please specify in your cover letter what dates and what hours you are available.

To apply, please email, fax, or mail a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and 3-5 page writing sample (may be an excerpt from a longer paper on any topic) to:

Richard Norwood
Environment and Natural Resources Division / LPS
P.O. Box 7415
Ben Franklin Station
Washington, DC 20044-7415
F (202) 514-4231

Email is preferred.  Please note that we will not consider any applications that are incomplete or received after the deadline.

Sep 29 14

Marine Science Internship, Jupiter FL

by Sara Gomez Garcia

The Perry Institute for Marine Science is protecting our oceans, through research and education that informs the public and encourages action. We offer internship opportunities to highly motivated students at our at our advanced research and diving facility on Lee Stocking Island in the Bahamas.


Providing interns with practical work experience at a scientifically productive and professional marine research field station

Acquainting interns with standard field procedures, experimental design, sampling protocol, and environmental monitoring techniques in a variety of marine ecosystems

Promoting intern interaction with professional marine scientists and instilling a greater appreciation for their discipline

Interns will be under the supervision of the Island Manager and will take direction from PIMS Research Associates at Lee Stocking Island. Interns will split their time between direct involvement in support of scientific research and operational support of science. Responsibilities will depend largely on the current projects being conducted during each period. Interns may be required to assist in procuring funds or grants to support their internship. Interns will be selected for periods of at least 3 months for each semester (Spring, Summer, Fall).

Summer session internships are from May through September. If selected, applicants must present proof of DAN (Divers Alert Network) insurance or similar, a copy of a PIMS Medical Fitness for Diving Exam (see form below), present certification of basic open water SCUBA training, first aid/CPR and oxygen administration training, and meet all other PIMS scientific diving requirements. Applicants lacking first aid/CPR and oxygen administration training may be considered at the discretion of the PIMS Island Manager and the PIMS Dive Safety Officer.


Applicants must submit the following ELECTRONICALLY to OR via fax (561) 741-0193.

1) a current college transcript

2) a current resume

3) two letters of recommendation from instructors/professors

4) a completed Perry Fellow Internship Application Form (

5) Medical Evaluation Form If accepted, applicants will need to submit a PIMS Medical Fitness for Diving Exam, and meet all other PIMS scientific diving requirements.

Please mention how you learned of this opening.


Completed applications will be accepted at any time, but please note the following selection deadlines:

Winter: October 1

Spring: January 1

Summer: March 1

Due to the large volume of applications received, only applicants selected for internships will be notified. Only complete applications will be considered. If you have not been contacted within 8 weeks of the submission date, then you have not been selected for this internship.

This internship is a non-salaried position, however, interns will receive a fully or partially subsidized room (shared accommodation) and board. Transportation to Exuma International Airport (Georgetown, Bahamas) will be the responsibility of the chosen intern. Transportation from Georgetown to Lee Stocking Island will be provided by PIMS.