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Mar 2 18

Sustainability Coordinator of Campus Gardens- UMass Amherst

by Scarlet R. Bliss
We are excited to announce that the UMass Amherst Permaculture Initiative seeks a highly passionate, thoughtful and skilled individual who embodies holistic sustainability and shows a demonstrated commitment to social justice to fill the Sustainability Coordinator of Campus Gardens position. If you are experienced in regenerative agriculture, enjoy working with diverse groups, and are passionate about facilitating transformational learning, apply today!
This full-time, benefited position serves as a key role in the UMass Amherst Auxiliary Sustainability Department, whose mission is to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders to increase the sustainability of our campus foodservices’ facilities and operations. We leverage resources, visibility, and leadership to propel the campus sustainability movement at UMass and beyond.
The Initiative: A unique and cutting-edge sustainability program, UMass Amherst Permaculture provides empowering hands-on education and leadership training, community engagement, and fresh, local, organic produce to the UMass campus. Founded in 2010, the initiative builds and maintains highly productive, highly educational edible gardens right on campus. The gardens are designed using permaculture principles and are installed by students, staff, and volunteers.
UMass Permaculture serves as an international model, which has inspired permaculture projects at campuses across the world. It has received global recognition and numerous accolades, quickly becoming the most widely recognized campus permaculture initiative in the country. In 2012, the initiative was honored by President Obama as first place winners of the White House Campus Champions of Change Challenge.
The Position: The Sustainability Coordinator of Campus Gardens will oversee the educational programming, community outreach, care and operation of current gardens, and development of new gardens when space is available for the UMass Amherst Permaculture Initiative. In doing so, the Sustainability Coordinator of Campus Gardens provides students, faculty, staff and community members with unique opportunities to make meaningful connections to their food, the earth, and each other. 
The ideal candidate for this exciting and challenging position would possess extensive knowledge and experience in both production and regenerative agriculture, excellent problem solving skills, and the ability to develop successful programming in an academic setting. 
Duties and Responsibilities include:


  • Oversees and coordinates care and operation of campus permaculture gardens. Develops and implements new permaculture gardens.
  • Teaches a two-session, one credit, hands on course (STOCKSCH 198P) in which students learn about permaculture basics while maintaining on-campus gardens in both the Fall & Spring Semesters.
  • Supervises Departmental Assistants, student employees, and interns.
  • Performs planning, community outreach, and program development for the UMass Permaculture Initiative.
  • Performs marketing, communications, and public relations of the UMass Permaculture Initiative including web design, social media, posters/flyers, press releases, newsletters, brochures, etc.
  • Supervises the weekly, seasonal UMass Student Farmers Market.
  • Coordinates with faculty on interdepartmental research efforts in campus permaculture gardens.
  • Conducts presentations and tours.
  • Devises and organizes educational workshops and events.
  • Holds open forums where students, faculty and staff may present ideas, comments or questions about environmental sustainability at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
  • Acts as a consultant to other universities and institutions by responding to inquiries regarding permaculture, garden design and sustainability.
  • Collects and analyzes garden data.
  • Coordinates and distributes garden produce to residential and retail dining operations.
  • Collaborates with university chefs (Chef de Cuisine) on sustainable menu development and best uses for garden produce.
  • Performs other Auxiliary Services sustainability duties as assigned




  • Knowledge of sustainability issues, regenerative agriculture, and best practices.
  • Ability to develop and execute new programs within an academic setting.
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Skill in application of the principles and practices of effective supervision
  • Excellent team-building, relationship-building, and networking skills
  • Ability to build and sustain excellent working relationships.
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs.
  • Permaculture Design Certificate preferred


Apply online here. For more information, please contact
Mar 2 18

Camp Instructor and Assistant Instructor | Audubon Society of RI

by Grace L. Schumaker

Camp Instructor and Assistant Instructor

Job Descriptions

Summer 2018


These summer positions involve teaching and leading outdoor environmental education activities for children, Pre-K to 7th grade.  Audubon has two camp locations: The Environmental Education Center in Bristol, and the Caratunk Wildlife Refuge in Seekonk Massachusetts.




Develop and implement natural history lessons, activities, games, and arts and crafts.  Supervise campers’ health and safety, and maintain clear communications with staff, parents and campers.  Attend staff trainings, and maintain general camp upkeep.  Camp Instructors and Assistants may also oversee Junior Counselors that will assist during the week.




Camp Instructors must be 21 years or over, and Assistant Instructors must be 18 years or older. Camp Instructors and Assistant Instructors should have experience and background in the following: environmental education, science teaching, and/or working with children.  Additionally, must be able and willing to work independently, work outdoors and have excellent communication skills.  Must have current Community CPR and First Aid or be willing to become certified.  Criminal background and sex offender checks are required.


Please send a resume and cover letter to: Tracey Hall, Camp Director,;Audubon Society of RI , 12 Sanderson Rd, Smithfield, RI 02917, 401949-5454 x 3011.


Feb 26 18

Sensory Ecology Intern| University of Cincinnati

by Grace L. Schumaker

I am writing to let you know about a summer research opportunity for
undergraduate students in the Department of Biological Sciences at the
University of Cincinnati – the National Science Foundation-sponsored
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site in Sensory Ecology. Our
program is focused on research at the intersection of neurobiology,
behavior, ecology and evolution, and is directed at understanding how
animals sense and respond to their environment at functional and
evolutionary levels. Sophomore and junior Biology major students will be
chosen to join active lab groups for the summer and conduct cutting edge
research over a broad spectrum of topics in sensory ecology, including:

· Genomics and development of sensory systems

· Neural mechanisms of sensory system function

· Sensory perception and behavioral influences of the physical environment

· Neuroethology

· Animal communication

· Behavioral ecology of animal movement and dispersal

An educational program will develop student research and professional
skills and prepare them for graduate school or careers.

· 10 weeks in summer (May 29- Aug 3, 2018)

· Students will receive a summer stipend plus dorm and meal expenses

· Students will work in labs, interact w/ faculty mentors, post-docs and
grad students

· Weekly group seminars and meetings for students (e.g., career
development, responsible research conduct, panel discussions)

· Social events for students (e.g., trips to Cincinnati Zoo, Reds

· Concluding student research “mini-symposium” presentation session

Student applicants will be selected based on multiple criteria.
Applications for the REU program will be screened by a committee to select
individuals whose interests are well-matched with faculty in the program.
Emphasis will be placed on faculty recommendations and student statements,
along with academic performance and other indicators of future research
success. Note: Implementation of the REU program is contingent on National
Science Foundation funding.

The application deadline is March 15, 2018.  Students can apply online

We hope you will encourage your students to visit our website and consider

Thank you.

Feb 26 18

Suburban Ecology Intern | Mianus River Gorge

by Grace L. Schumaker
College Internship in Suburban Ecology
Mianus River Gorge
Program Description: Mianus River Gorge, a conservation organization and 900-acre nature preserve in southern New York, offers 8 week summer internships for college students interested in the conservation of natural areas in urbanizing landscapes.
— Each intern will work alongside Gorge staff and graduate students on a variety of projects including wildlife monitoring, non-native species management, and GIS applications.
— Interns will work with and supervise high school students in our authentic research program (Wildlife Technician Program).
— We work with our interns to provide a learning experience that fits their interests and long-term educational goals.
— Stipend: $25/day or combination of school credit and stipend (depending on university requirements).
— Internships last for a period of 8 weeks. 10-week internships may be available in 2018. Internships typically run from June to July, but some flexibility is possible.
— We usually need to give preference to local students or those that can commute daily to Bedford, NY, as summer housing is not always guaranteed.
Projects for 2018 include:
o Monitoring coyotes, black bear, and other wildlife in Westchester, NYC, and Fairfield
o Vegetation sampling, monitoring, and restoration
o Initiating design and construction of a new educational trail
o Invasive species control and other land management work
o Data management, GIS work, and analysis on several long-term projects
Applicant Eligibility
· All undergraduate students are eligible to apply. We do not require applicants to major in a particular discipline; however, exposure to the fields of ecology, environmental science, or geography is encouraged. We do accept interns that have graduated the academic year just prior to the internship.
· Interns must be self-motivated and work well in group settings.
· Applicants should be prepared for strenuous work outdoors (e.g., field research and land management projects) as well as performing indoor work (e.g., data entry and GIS projects).
· This year the internship will run from June 4 to July 27 — applicants need to be available during this period.
More info and application forms are below:
Questions, please contact or 914.234.3455
Feb 26 18

Pesticides Research | Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

by Grace L. Schumaker


The laboratory of Dr. Rick Relyea at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has an NSF-funded
research opportunity for an undergraduate student interested in the effects of pesticides
on disease transmission in aquatic communities.

The successful candidate will conduct independent research with the ultimate goal of
publishing the work.  Previous undergraduate students have published their work in the
world’s leading ecological journals including Ecology, Ecology Letters, Ecological
Applications, and Oecologia.  Students will be trained in all aspects of conducting
ecological and evolutionary research as part of a diverse research team that examines the
ecology and evolution of aquatic organisms.  The experience will include collecting
animals from ponds, swamps, and marshes and conducting both laboratory experiments
and outdoor field experiments.

The research experience occurs from early May through mid August (14 weeks) in eastern
New York State.  During this time, the student will be paid $12/hour.  There also are funds
available for research supplies and travel to nearby field sites (having a vehicle is

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and enrolled as undergraduate
students. Minority applicants are especially encouraged.

Interested students should send a resume, a list of 3 references, and a brief cover letter
detailing their interests in this research opportunity to Dr. Rick Relyea at
All applications should be submitted by 15 March 2018.

For more information about the Relyea Lab, check out:

Feb 26 18

Coastal Ecosystems Intern | Villanova University

by Grace L. Schumaker

The laboratory of Dr. Nathaniel Weston in the Department of Geography
and the Environment at Villanova University will host a Research
Experience for Undergraduates (REU) student during summer 2018. REU
internships are funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to
support active research participation of undergraduate students. The REU
student will develop an independent research project focused on coastal
ecosystems ecology, and will participate in field trips to tidal marsh
research sites in Plum Island Sound, MA and Delaware River, NJ.

Eligibility and Requirements: REU applicants must be citizens or
permanent residents of the U.S., completed one or more years of college
but not received a Bachelor’s degree, have completed some coursework
relevant to related to the REU program, and have plans to pursue a
career in environmental research. Applicants must confirm that they are
able to participate in the entire program (June 4 – August 10). The
summer intern should expect to participate in physically strenuous field
research in sometimes uncomfortable conditions (muddy, buggy, hot).

Program: The REU intern will receive a stipend of $5000 for the summer.
Housing on Villanova’s campus and a meal plan will be provided. The
program runs from June 4 – August 10 (10 weeks). The intern will
participate in the on-campus professional development activities
administered by the Villanova Center for Research and Fellowships that
includes social events and workshops on topics including the responsible
conduct of research, fellowships in the STEM fields, networking, science
writing, and delivering effective presentations. The REU intern will
also receive safety and field sampling training at the start of their
internship. The REU intern will join a group of undergraduate and
graduate students in the laboratory of Dr. Nathaniel Weston
(, and will work to design and implement an
independent research project. This REU internship provides the selected
undergraduate student with an outstanding opportunity to develop and
design an independent research project and to gain substantial hands-on
field and laboratory experience in a dynamic research program.

Application: Applicants for the 2018 summer REU internship complete the
online application and have a letter of recommendation submitted by
March 16. The online application (
ecosystems-ecology/) includes several document uploads that should be
prepared prior to completing the online portion of the application:
–       A cover letter that describes your interest in coastal
ecosystems ecology, your professional career goals, and what you hope to
obtain from a summer REU internship (limited to 1 page).
–       A resume (limited to 2 pages).
–       A copy of your academic transcript (unofficial is acceptable).
Applicants should also request a letter of recommendation from a faculty
member. The letter can be submitted by email directly to Dr. Weston

See for more
information and to apply.

Feb 26 18

Tropical Lizards Intern | Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

by Grace L. Schumaker
Internship opportunity: Evolutionary responses to climate change in tropical lizards
Recent studies have argued that tropical organisms are particularly vulnerable to climate change because they are adapted to the thermally stable tropics. In other words, they are “thermal specialists” incapable of dealing with even small changes in temperature. For animals like lizards that have limited dispersal ability, evolutionary adaptation may be their primary means to avoid extinction. But can lizards evolve fast enough to keep pace with global warming? Is there sufficient phenotypic variation in tropical lizard populations for selection to act upon? If so, what is the genomic basis of this variation?
We are conducting a large-scale transplant experiment aimed at measuring evolutionary change in real time, testing hypotheses about thermal adaptation and the evolutionary capacity of tropical animals in the face of rapid, catastrophic warming. We are looking for one or more interns to join us at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) as we sample lizards from a series of experimental islands in the Panama Canal. The internship will run from September through November, 2018, and is open to undergraduate or graduate students (or recent grads looking for additional field experience). Prior experience with hand-catching lizards is preferred, but not necessary, as is prior experience in the tropics (preferred but not necessary). We particularly encourage members of underrepresented groups (women, minorities, first-generation college students, etc.) to apply.
The intern will be integrated into an international team of evolutionary biologists and ecologists working on this project. The intern will be trained in a number of field and laboratory techniques. These include (but are not limited to) field capture and processing of live Anolis lizards, measuring morphological traits, respirometry, estimation of thermal tolerance and field body temperatures, habitat monitoring using a drone, tissue sampling and DNA preservation, and visual elastomer marking techniques for mark-recapture studies. In general, the intern will be exposed to a vibrant scientific atmosphere of dedicated, passionate researchers working in one of the most complex and pristine tropical environments on the planet. 
The deadline for applications is March 15th. The internship stipend is $1000/month which comfortably covers room and board in Panama. There is no allowance specifically for travel. This program is competitive, with applications being evaluated by a committee of Smithsonian staff scientists. As such, there is no guarantee that any individual application will be approved. However, project PI Mike Logan (Biodiversity Genomics Postdoctoral Fellow at STRI; will work with individual applicants to improve their essay and increase their chances at getting accepted. Please email Mike ( for more information and to see if your interests match the goals of the project. Please attach your CV to the first email.
Feb 26 18

Biology Technician | The Swei Lab

by Grace L. Schumaker

Job Description:
The Swei lab at San Francisco State University seeks a research technician with field
experience to work with graduate and undergraduate students in a vector and pathogen
ecology study in San Francisco, California. This research is part of an NSF-funded study
to investigate the host and pathogen genetic diversity of tick-borne pathogens such as
Borrelia burgdorferi and Borrelia miyamotoi. The successful applicant will conduct animal
population surveys and pathogen infection monitoring in small mammal, reptile, and ticks
in the San Francisco Bay Area. Specific tasks include small mammal live trapping and
handling, tissue collection, lizard noosing, tick drag sampling, and wildlife camera
monitoring. Additional tasks include sample processing, data entry and analysis. The
position is temporary and is from April 1 through May 31 with the possibility of extension
through July 2018.

One paid position at $18/hour (40 hours per week) is offered for two months with the
possibility of extension to four months. This position is based in San Francisco, CA but
will involve extensive field work and occasional camping to more remote locations.
Housing is not provided outside of field work involving camping.

Required Qualifications:
Coursework in biology (esp. ecology, entomology, or wildlife biology) and field work
experience are required. A valid driver’s license is required.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience conducting/assisting field research projects and experience handling and
identifying vertebrates, especially small mammals or ticks is preferred. Experience
working both individually and as a part of a multidisciplinary team, and a demonstrated
ability to problem-solve independently are ideal. Experience working in adverse, outdoor
conditions is also desirable.

Application Instructions:
All interested, qualified persons must contact Andrea Swei at with a
letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references. The deadline for
submitting an application is March 15th, 2018; If you have questions regarding this
position, please email Andrea Swei.

Feb 26 18

Small Mammal Research | Ecological Society of America

by Grace L. Schumaker

We have one REU position available for a student to conduct a research project within a
large-scale, replicated experiment on conservation corridors in South Carolina.  The REU
will be mentored by Dr. John Orrock (Associate Professor at UW-Madison) and Savannah
Bartel (PhD student at UW-Madison). We will work with the student to develop a project
centered around the general question: “What is the role of small mammals in the
dispersal of seeds through connected habitats?” Within this general framework, the REU
will have the opportunity to select specific questions and hypotheses to test, such as: 1)
How do corridors affect small-mammal activity and community composition? 2) How do
corridors affect predator activity? 3) How do corridors alter seed preference by small

The REU will conduct fieldwork over the summer of 2018 (~May-August). The student will
receive a stipend ($6000), along with an offset to living expenses ($600). All research
expenses will be covered. The student will live close to our field station (USFS Savannah
River), near New Ellenton, SC.

Interested undergraduates should contact Savannah Bartel ( with a
copy of their CV or resume and a brief statement of interest (~1 paragraph).
Applications are due by March 15th.

Feb 26 18

Forest Ecosystem Research | University of Vermont

by Grace L. Schumaker
The University of Vermont, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources is seeking three summer research assistants to assist on a large-scale study in northern New Hampshire examining the effectiveness of different adaptive silvicultural strategies at sustaining northern hardwood forest ecosystems in the face of climate change and invasive species impacts.  These positions would be working on a multi-disciplinary team on a collaborative project between the University of Vermont, Dartmouth College, and the U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station based in the beautiful landscapes contained within Dartmouth College’s Second College Grant in northern New Hampshire.
Applicant requirements:  Applicants should have a background in forestry, natural resources, environmental science, ecology or biology.  A working knowledge of tree identification and common forest measurements is strongly desired.  Applicants must be willing and able to work efficiently in remote forested settings as part of a research team.  Applicants must also be able to hike through varied terrain to reach study areas and be willing to work long hours outdoors.
Responsibilities: Work will involve extensive field work, including collection of soil, vegetation, and woody debris data. These positions begin late May/early June 2017 and end mid/late August and will be based out of Wentworth Location, NH.  Housing will be provided in the form of cabins within the Second College Grant and hourly wage will vary from $11-$12 depending on work experience. 
Interested candidates should e-mail a letter describing their background, qualifications and interests along with a resumé to Emma Sass ( by March 23, 2018.