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Apr 6 16

Milkweed Community Ecology REU | Yang Lab, UC Davis

by Marissa M. Donohue

We are looking for two capable and motivated undergraduates interested
in conducting research in community ecology at the Yang Lab at the
University of California, Davis. These positions are supported by the
NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. This student
will have the opportunity to develop an independent research project
with guidance from faculty, post-docs and graduate students. The dates
are flexible – this position will be 12 to 14 weeks taking place
sometime between April 15, 2016 and October 31, 2016, depending on the
constraints of the chosen project and participant availability. Research
will be based the University of California, Davis and nearby field
sites. Our project investigates the seasonal timing (phenology) of
species interactions between milkweeds and their associated community of
invertebrates, including monarch butterflies. Potential research
projects could include, but are not limited to, investigations of (1)
how a plant fungal pathogen affects milkweed-monarch interactions, (2)
how an invasive aphid affects milkweed-monarch interactions, and (3) how
the diets of milkweed-associated predators, such as spiders, shift
seasonally and over development, through the use of next-generation
metagenomic sequencing techniques.

The successful applicant should be prepared for long hours of field work
under sometimes harsh conditions. Candidates should demonstrate an
ability to work independently and in teams. Previous experience with
field research, experimental design, community ecology is preferred, but
not required. We are looking for applicants with enthusiasm, integrity,
a strong work ethic and a sense of humor.

Applicants should submit the following materials as a single PDF to
Louie Yang ( by April 8, 2016: 1) a one-page cover
letter that explains their interest in the position and includes dates
of availability, 2) a CV describing previous research experience, 3) the
names and contact information of two references, and 4) a copy of the
student’s transcript (unofficial transcripts are fine). Please use “REU
application” as the subject heading for your email. The selected
participants will receive a stipend of approximately $500 per week, in
addition to research expenses.

This position is funded by the National Science Foundation through the
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. Applicants for
this position must be citizens or permanent residents of the United
States and its possessions and must be currently enrolled as
undergraduates. The University of California is an affirmative
action/equal opportunity employer.

Apr 6 16

Massachusetts Sustainable Farming Internship | Community Harvest Project

by Marissa M. Donohue

Spend your summer at the only farm in Central Massachusetts that donates all of the fresh produce it grows to support the hunger relief network in Worcester County!  Work with a growing organization as they continue to improve operations and increase output.  Learn the basics of large scale sustainable farming and volunteer organizing while you spend your summer outdoors working with a diverse group of staff and volunteers.  Be part of the solution to hunger in Worcester County while exploring your future.


Our Summer Farming Interns will participate fully in all aspects of operating a non-profit volunteer farming organization.  They will have direct hands on engagement in farming, opportunities to participate in special projects and to assist in developing new programs/systems/ideas in order to continue CHP’s future growth.

Tasks include but not limited to:

  • Assist with farm tasks like maintenance (tending, harvesting, irrigating, mowing, etc.) and leading diverse groups of volunteer farmers in daily operational activities in both the Grafton farms and Harvard orchard
  • Assist with maintaining a positive volunteer experience for all who visit the farm
  • Complete projects in specific areas of interest (Marketing and Outreach, Education, Agriculture, Environmental Sciences, Nutrition, Non-Profit Management, etc.)
  • Other tasks as needed

Requirements, qualified applicants will:

  • Have interest and/or some experience in farming or gardening
  • Be an excellent communicator and be able to demonstrate previous leadership responsibility
  • Be able to lift farm equipment and/or produce weighing up to 50 pounds
  • Be prepared for work in outdoor weather conditions, we operate rain or shine
  • Work within a team or independently, be self-motivated, with great attention to detail
  • Have reliable transportation
  • Be available for 35 hours per week, June through August, working primarily morning hours with an occasional late afternoon/early evening or Saturday

Community Harvest Project (CHP), a 501(c)3 organization, is dedicated to improving access to healthy foods through community engagement.  Through their volunteer farming, education, and leadership programs and partnerships, they bring thousands of community members together each year to build an engaged and healthier Worcester County.  In 2015, thanks to over 11,000 volunteer visits, CHP grew nearly 266,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables, which were all donated through partnerships including the Worcester County Food Bank¹s hunger relief network, Community Servings, and the Farm to Health Center Initiative.  They provided 1.1 million servings of fresh produce for individuals and families in need our community who otherwise may not have had access.  In 2016, CHP will operate at Brigham Hill Community Farm and White¹s Farm in North Grafton, MA and at their newest property at Prospect Hill Farm in Harvard, MA.  For more information about their programs and impact, please visit


To apply send letter of interest and resume via e-mail to Wayne McAuliffe, Programs Manager, at Application deadline is April 30, 2016.

Apr 6 16

Research Technician | Toolik Field Station, Alaska

by Marissa M. Donohue

Have you ever wondered what it is like to conduct research in the Arctic? You
don’t have to wonder for long. I am offering a full-time temporary position
located at the Toolik Field Station in Toolik Lake, AK, in June, July, and
August 2016. During this time, you would be staying at a remote field camp,
assisting arctic ground squirrel research. A stipend of $2,000 will be
provided, but you must cover your own transportation to the field site. As
a technician, your duties will include, but are not limited to, the

  • Conducting population surveys of arctic ground squirrels, including
    locating and indexing burrow networks and confirming presence or absence
  • Assisting the handling and tagging of ground squirrels
  • Conducting vegetation assessments
  • Maintaining good working relationships with other scientists at field
    station to support the goals of research

The ideal candidate is dependable, curious, and enthusiastic, doesn’t mind
working in physically-taxing situations for long hours, and loves to be
outdoors in rugged conditions.

Ultimately the goal of the research is to understand the interaction of
climate change and arctic ground squirrel activity. This research is part
of a broad research program to understand the impacts of climate change on
wildlife based out of the University of Massachusetts and the Department of Interior
Northeast Climate Science Center under Dr. Toni Lyn Morelli.

If you are interested in the position, email Nigel Golden at by April 15, 2016.

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Apr 6 16

Catskills Summer Education Program | Eco Practicum

by Marissa M. Donohue

This Summer, Get Your Hands Dirty, Be Inspired, and Make an Impact.

Apply Online by April 15  ***Scholarships available for qualifying applicants***

Eco Practicum is seeking passionate applicants for the hands-on opportunity of a lifetime! Spend 3 glorious weeks (June 5-25) at a solar-powered environmental education center in the Catskills, two hours north of New York City, where you will:

  • Meet the people who are growing and selling produce, raising animals, and changing the way we eat
  • Visit fracking wells in Dimock, PA., tour a wastewater treatment plant, and hike the pristine Catskills reservoirs that make up the largest unfiltered water system in the world
  • Debate the role that meat plays in our food system by touring a Cargill slaughterhouse and participating in a small-scale lamb slaughter on a family farm
  • Build and operate a water catchment system, learn the basics of permaculture, and work with plants and animals on our on-site farm

Eco Practicum Catskills engages with more than 20 partner organizations, including the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Watershed Protection and Partnership Council, Root N’ Roost Farm, and Wildflower Farm and Aquatic Center. See our list of partners.

Workshops Include:

  • Organic farming
  • DIY Solar Photovoltaic Systems
  • Rainwater Catchment Systems
  • Permaculture Design Basics
  • Art and Ecology
  • Building with Reclaimed Materials
  • Strategies for Rural Economic Development
  • The Hope and Hype of Renewable Energy
  • Nose to Tail Artisanal Lamb Butchery
Apr 6 16

Seasonal Project Assistant | Cary Institute, Baltimore

by Marissa M. Donohue

Duties: To assist with a coupled natural human systems research on
mosquito ecology, human exposure, and socio-economic disparities in
Baltimore, MD. Work will include field, lab and computer tasks related
to mosquito ecology.

Job location is the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Position requires working approximately 15-30 weekly hours.

Qualifications  Successful candidate will be competent in field ecology,
basic database skills and microscopy. Experience with entomology
desirable but will train the right applicant.

Reports to       Dr. Shannon LaDeau
Posted On        03/21/2016
Closing Date    when filled
Starting Date   May 2016

Send specific inquiries (but not application) to Shannon LaDeau at

Number of positions     1

To Apply: Please submit job application via and include a single PDF
file consisting of a letter of application, a resume, and the names,
phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references. Be
sure to cite Job Number 16021-I in your correspondence.

The Cary Institute is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and
Affirmative Action (AA) employer. It is the policy of the Company to
provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender
identity, national origin, age, familial status, protected veteran or
disabled status, or genetic information.

Mar 30 16

Farm Internship | TerraVine Growers, SPC

by Marissa M. Donohue


TerraVine Growers, SPC a grower of organic herbs and produce, located in
Ellensburg, Washington, is a Social Purpose Corporation developed by four
adults with autism and other intellectual disabilities. The growers have
operated on the small-scale farm supported by the Trellis Center for four
years selling directly to local restaurants, consumers at the local farmers
market and on the and


The Trellis Center/Terravine Growers, SPC – Ellensburg, Washington
Terravine Growers is looking for an intern to help with the hands-on, small
farm production with an emphasis on quality and attention to detail. Their
primary duty and responsibility will consist of helping with the operations
our greenhouse facilities and outside garden/field production areas, along
with the implementation of a new CSA program starting spring 2016.


Our Farm Interns will work alongside our Farm Manager to learn how to
cultivate and harvest on the farm. They will also learn how to run a small
greenhouse operation and hydroponic techniques. They will learn about
sustainable farming practices that include preserving and increasing soil
health, companion planting, greenhouse growing and harvesting. The intern
also have an opportunity to learn all the business aspects of farming if
desired. We’re looking for a person who is deeply committed to
agriculture and is energized by building relationships with people of all
abilities. This internship requires the ability to communicate with others,
flexibility in job responsibilities, team player, creativeness and a fun
attitude. They will be working closely with both the Trellis Farm Manager
the Program Coordinator.


Interest in organic vegetable production, at least a little background
understanding of growing diverse vegetables. Previous work with
abled individuals a plus, but not necessary (though a willingness to work
young adults with autism a little most days is necessary).


Private furnished apartment w/all utilities included during internship; 30-
40hr/week M-F; will work with intern’s schedule. There is also a small
stipend to help cover food/entertainment costs.

This position is a summer position and runs from late May-August. The
internship could be shortened or lengthened for the right candidate.

CONTACT for more information or to send an
application packet (resume, cover letter, and 2 references).

Mar 30 16

Canyonlands Ecology Research | U.S. Geological Survey

by Marissa M. Donohue
USGS in Moab UT is seeking to hire 2 student interns to assist with a
variety of global change ecology research projects (see The incumbent will gain valuable
experience conducting basic ecology field work under the supervision of
USGS ecologists and technicians. The primary study sites are located near
Canyonlands National Park. Pay is $12.15 an hour and housing will be
provided in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park
( position will begin early May and run through end of June 2016 (with
possibility of extension based on performance and station needs).
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, possess a valid driver’s
license, and must be a current student or recent graduate (less than 12
months out of school).

To apply, please send a resume and copy of transcripts to
If you have questions send an email to
Mar 30 16

Undergraduate Research Positions | Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University

by Marissa M. Donohue

Two undergraduate research positions are open for Summer 2016 at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.

We are seeking assistance with a project aimed at understanding the role of pollinator behavior in divergence among plant lineages

Research examines how the behavior of butterfly pollinators causes floral trait divergence and reproductive isolation in plants.

Project Goals
(1) Determine how pollinator preference contributes to trait evolution and speciation in plants (2) Determine how learning facilitates adaptive foraging and results in trait divergence and reproductive isolation in plants.

These objectives will be addressed using the wildflower Phlox drummondii and its predominant butterfly pollinator Battus philenor (pipevine swallowtail).

  • Research assistants will gain experience with pollination experimentation, propagation and maintenance of greenhouse plants, and statistical approaches for ecological experiments. We especially welcome students interested in speciation, ecology and evolution of plants, or pollination.
  • The positions have flexible hours, but students must be able to be present at least 15 hours per week, in blocks of at least three hours. Students in all years of their undergraduate degree are welcome.


To apply, please send the following information to Dr. Heather Briggs (

  • A resume or CV listing courses taken, GPA, Research experience etc.
  • Your expected availability for the summer
Mar 15 16

REU in Sandy Beach Ecology | Marine Science Institute, UC Santa Barbara

by Kris Pieper
A Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer fellowship is open for one student at the Marine Science Institute, University of California Santa Barbara. Duration is 12 weeks, June 3-Aug 29, although these dates can be somewhat flexible to accommodate academic schedules. We invite applications from qualified, highly motivated undergraduate students from U.S. colleges/universities to participate in a 12-week lab and field based summer research experience. U.S. citizenship is required. The student will be involved with an NSF-funded project on the transport of drifting kelp from coastal kelp forests to sandy beaches where it washes up as wrack. The main objective of the project is evaluate how variation in kelp wrack input affects patterns and processes in beach ecosystems and to develop a quantitative understanding of trophic connectivity through physical transport and input of drift kelp from kelp forests to sandy beaches. The student will learn ecological and/or physical oceanographic methods to explore this topic, and will be required to write a report, in the format of a scientific paper, and give a presentation on their project at the end of the summer.  Travel costs to and from UCSB will be covered, and the student will be provided with a weekly stipend for living expenses.  This is a full-time commitment and any work or educational activities outside the program must be approved.
You are eligible if you are an undergraduate student who has completed at least two years of study towards a bachelor’s degree in a related topic (including biology, ecology, or physics), and you will still be an undergraduate in the fall after the summer program.  Students from underrepresented groups and institutions with limited research opportunities are especially encouraged to apply. Experience with scientific diving is desirable but not required. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and its possessions. The University of California is an equal opportunity employer and educator.

Interested applicants should send a statement of interest, resume, unofficial transcript, one letter of recommendation, and contact information for one additional reference. The statement of interest should be less than 500 words and include the following information: (i) professional goals, (ii) interest in position, and (iii) relevant experience.  Send application materials, preferably in one PDF file, to Jenny Dugan ( Please include your name and REU application in file names and subject line. You may also send all application materials in hard copy by non-electronic mail service to: Jenny Dugan, Marine Science Institute, UCSB, Santa Barbara CA 93601-6150. The letter of recommendation should be sent directly from the recommender (please include the applicants name in the subject line for emails).  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Applications will be accepted through April 21, 2016.


Mar 15 16

Vegetation Monitoring Intern | National Park Service

by Kris Pieper

ORGANIZATION:    National Park Service Inventory & Monitoring Program
LOCATION:   Sausalito, CA.
POSTING DATE:   March 1, 2016.

The National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Program (I&M) collects,
organizes, analyzes, and synthesizes natural resource data and information
in the San Francisco Bay Area Network of National Parks. This internship
will support the I&M vegetation ecology program. For more information
about the San Francisco Inventory and Monitoring Program and the natural
resources it monitors, please visit: and

The San Francisco Bay Area Network of National Parks is seeking two
interns to join our team in implementation of the Plant Community Change
and Invasive Plant Early Detection monitoring protocols. The interns will
work primarily in Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Point Reyes
National Seashore, but may also make visits to Pinnacles National Park,
and John Muir National Historic Site.

Plant Community Monitoring Program: utilizing point intercept techniques
to read vegetation plots; recording data; navigating using GPS; installing
permanent plot markers; photography; entering field data in a Microsoft
Access database and performing quality-control checks; assisting with
production of plot location manuals, using GIS, Google Earth, and MS Word.
Invasive Plant Early Detection Program: assisting in surveys for invasive
plants; collecting data using GPS units and/or tablets;
uploading/downloading field data on a web-based and/or GIS database and
performing quality-control; Creating survey tracklogs and other map
products in GIS and Google Earth.
Herbarium Work: Collecting, photographing, processing, scanning and
pressing plant specimens for digital and physical herbarium accession.

Gain experience identifying plants of the Bay Area, one of the most
diverse regions in the California Floristic Province. Learn vegetation
sampling techniques that are industry standards in land management and
research.  Become proficient in using GPS units to record field data. Gain
experience with photography, plant scanning and image management. Enjoy
the scenery, wildlife, and cultural resources of spectacular National
ParkS while engaging park stewards. Professional development and training
days are available to pursue interests in other departments within the
Park Service and Parks Conservancy. Dormitory housing provided at Fort
Cronkhite, Rodeo Beach, Sausalito. Thirty Dollar ($30.00) per day stipend.

Completion of one or more of the following college courses or equivalent
experience: Botany, Plant Taxonomy, Plant Ecology, Field Methods in
Ecology, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Biostatistics. Basic
computer literacy, Microsoft Word and Excel. Experience with database
operations, ArcGIS, R, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign a plus. A valid
driver¹s license and clean driving record.

This is a mixed position with field and office time each week. Must enjoy
working in an office setting and outside in various weather conditions and
terrains while maintaining a good attitude. Occasionally, field work can
include up to 8 miles of hiking/day, most often, 1-2 miles/day. Must be
able to lift, carry and position objects weighing up to 40 pounds. Field
work is both on and off-trail, and frequently involves bushwhacking
through tall vegetation. Interns will frequently encounter poison oak,
ticks, spiders, mosquitoes, and other wildlife. While we have a
comprehensive safety program, and provide protective equipment, please do
not apply if you have any hesitation about the physical requirements and
work environment.

Desired Start Date:  April 4, 2016.
Six month term, April through September, 2016.
Work week is Monday ­ Friday.

To Apply: Email your resume, a cover letter, and three references to Eric
Wrubel at