- 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
Camp Instructor and Assistant Instructor
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,email@example.com;Audubon Society of RI , 12 Sanderson Rd, Smithfield, RI 02917, 401949-5454 x 3011.
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
· 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
· 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
RESEARCH EXPERIENCE FOR UNDERGRADUATES: EFFECTS OF PESTICIDES ON
AMPHIBIANS, SNAILS, AND PATHOGENS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
All applications should be submitted by 15 March 2018.
For more information about the Relyea Lab, check out:
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
(http://nweston.org), 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 (http://nweston.org/reu-in-coastal-
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 http://nweston.org/reu-in-coastal-ecosystems-ecology/ for more
information and to apply.
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.
Coursework in biology (esp. ecology, entomology, or wildlife biology) and field work
experience are required. A valid driver’s license is required.
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.
All interested, qualified persons must contact Andrea Swei at email@example.com 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a
copy of their CV or resume and a brief statement of interest (~1 paragraph).
Applications are due by March 15th.