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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.


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


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).


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 *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

Mar 10 15

Summer Field Technicians: Moose Project – Adirondacks, NY

by Kris Pieper


Organization: State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC)

Salary: A per diem allowance and housing will be provided.

Description: We seek 2 field technicians this summer (June 1 ? August 31) to assist our moose research program in the Adirondack Park, New York. Moose began recolonizing the Adirondack region in the early 1980s following a 100 year absence, but their status and trends are largely unknown. Researchers from SUNY ESF, the NYSDEC, and our partners at the Wildlife Conservation Society and Cornell University, have initiated programs to estimate the status and trends of moose in the Adirondacks and determine the factors limiting their population. This winter we implemented winter aerial surveys to estimate moose population size and distribution and deployed GPS collars to document spatial patterns. This summer we will extend our research program by conducting ground-based surveys to assess available moose habitat and document browsing patterns. Two field technicians will work with co-PIs Dr. Jacqueline Frair (Associate Professor) and Dr. Paul Schuette (Postdoctoral Associate) of SUNY ESF and NYSDEC biologists to implement these summer surveys.

Field Activities: Technicians will be expected to work as a team to gather ecological data that will evaluate moose habitat availability, forage quantity and quality, forage selection, and browsing intensity. Methods will include vegetation sampling of woody plants typical of moose diet at designated sites across the Adirondacks. At each site, technicians will also collect and store biological samples, including vegetation clippings and moose feces, for future laboratory analyses. Technicians will be responsible for accurate data recording in the field, sample storage, and data entry/management.

Work Environment: This work will include extensive hiking, often over long-distances and off-trail, with field packs that may up weigh up to 40 lbs. Navigation to field sites will require familiarity with handheld GPS units. Field work will include long days in unpredictable summer weather conditions. Candidates for this position must be energetic, easy-going, and capable of coping with unforeseen challenges that often arise in the field. Rustic summer field housing will be provided in a camper trailer or cabin in the Adirondack Park. Frequent tent camping is expected.

– Undergraduate students who are in the final stages of their undergraduate degree (3rd or 4th year) or recent university graduates with an interest in wildlife ecology and conservation
– Familiarity with ecological research techniques and data collection procedures
– Previous vegetation sampling experience and familiarity with plant identification preferred
– Comfortable working in remote field conditions
– Valid driver?s license and safe driving record
– Experience working, camping, or hiking in the backcountry
– Able to follow written and verbal instructions to ensure accurate and consistent data collection
– Comfortable with computer software including Microsoft Excel
– Familiarity with Microsoft Access and ArcGIS would be useful, but is not required

Application Details: Please send a 1-2 page letter of interest, CV, and contact information for 3 references as one attachment to Paul Schuette by email: by March 31, 2015. Please email with any questions prior to the application deadline.
Mar 10 15

Part-Time Teacher Naturalist – Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center

by Kris Pieper

Weekdays and Weekend Teacher Naturalist I

Position Summary: Provide natural science instruction, guidance, and supervision to visiting groups, public program participants, birthday parties and visitors in accordance with the Mass Audubon’s educational goals. Work with our team to plan, prepare, and conduct age-appropriate environmental and science public lessons and activities that facilitate environmental understanding and responsibility.

Per Diem:

  • Depending on availability of programs, work shifts will be 4 or 8 hours long.
  • Work shifts are based on availability.
  • Weekday TNs – Must be able to work during school hours.
  • Weekend TNs – Must be able to work on weekends.
  • Staff training is Saturday, April 4th


  • Protect the physical and emotional welfare of all visitors to the Boston Nature Center
  • Plan, prepare, and lead activities and programs including school field trips, public programs, green building tours, birthday parties, group programs and other community outreach

o   materials, past lessons, and support will be provided

  • Maintain an organized work environment and participate in daily cleaning tasks
  • Participate in training activities
  • Assume additional related duties as requested

Essential Functions: Applicants must be able to:

  • Visually identify safety issues related to program function
  • Monitor your group in all types of indoor and outdoor environments (forest, field, swamp, pond) and listen for key safety concerns and alerts
  • Appropriately and skillfully communicate with Boston Nature Center visitors and staff
  • Lift 40 pounds and competently and comfortably navigate all areas of the Boston Nature Center by foot

Minimum Qualifications: Applicants must:

  • Be 18 years of age
  • Have a BA/BS or working towards one, preferable in environmental education, environmental studies, biology, or earth science.
  • Be familiar with inquiry-based learning; previous teaching experience preferred
  • Be able to develop curricula aligned to city and state standards
  • Be skilled in verbal and written communication
  • Be able to work both cooperatively and independently
  • Possess a commitment to fostering and celebrating all types of diversity and be able to accommodate intellectual and physical disabilities
  • Fluency in English/Spanish (or other language) desirable
  • Have current CPR/First Aid certifications
  • Favorable completion of both the Criminal and Sex Offender Record Information (expanded CORI and SORI) according to Mass Audubon’s guidelines. A private firm performs background checks on any out-of-state residents.
  • Provide documented proof of immunity or vaccination record as mandated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health

If interested, please send resume and cover letter to Erin Kelly at

Feb 24 15

Summer Field Technician (Forest Ecology) – Montana

by Kris Pieper

The University of Montana’s Forest Ecology lab ( seeks field research assistants to join a 2-4 person crew for the summer of 2015 in western Montana. Work will be conducted in multiple National Forests (Idaho Panhandle, Kootenai, Flathead, and Lolo).  The research project focuses on forest stand development in second growth western larch-mixed conifer forests and snowshoe hares.

Work will include:

€       Installing and measuring vegetation plots
€       Sampling relative abundance of snowshoe hare
€       Learning about sampling techniques and the effects of forest management on forest stand  succession and wildlife habitat

Qualifications: Positions are best suited for individuals that have or are working toward a degree in forest or environmental sciences; are interested in forest and wildlife management, silviculture, or forest ecology; and have some previous experience sampling vegetation. Candidates must be  able to effectively work as a team, be detail oriented, and be able to solve problems with minimal supervision. Candidates must also be in good physical condition and able to work long  hours in adverse weather.  Other requirements include a valid drivers license with clean driving record and first aid training.  Extensive travel and camping in remote locations are required for this project.

Salary:  $8.50 to $13.50/hr depending on experience
€       Summer work study students are encouraged to apply

Duration and Schedule: Exact start and end dates are negotiable.  Positions can start as early as May and continue as late as October depending upon access and weather. Work schedule will  be flexible.

Application process: Applications received by Feb 28th will receive priority consideration but later applications will be considered until all positions are filled.  To apply, assemble the following into a single PDF:

1) One page cover letter describing your interests, qualifications, degree program, and relevant coursework;

2) Your dates of availability;

3) Resume or CV;

4) Contact information for two references with firsthand knowledge of your work experience (no need to send letters).

Email your application to  For more information please contact  David Wright via email.

Feb 17 15

REU in Plant Ecology – University of Florida

by Kris Pieper


The Flory Lab at the University of Florida ( is seeking applicants for an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position in summer 2015 to evaluate mutualistic soil fungi effects on competition between an invasive grass and native trees. The successful applicant will work closely with graduate student Cathy Fahey and PI Dr. Luke Flory to develop an independent research project investigating how mycorrhizal associations influence invasions of Microstegium vimineum in forest understories.

The student will join a team of scientists at the University of Florida, Duke University (PI Dr. Justin Wright,, and Indiana University (PI Dr. Richard P. Phillips, that are investigating how and why invasive species impacts on decomposition and nutrient cycling differ across the landscape. The student will be trained in experimental design, data entry and analysis, and science communication and will gain experience in evaluating plant performance and working with soil fungi.

Applicants must be enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program with an anticipated graduation date no sooner than fall 2015, and must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. The ideal candidate will be planning to enter a graduate program in ecology, environmental science, or biology following graduation. Prior field or lab experience is beneficial, but not necessary. Applications from women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged.

The REU position is for 12 weeks, with a negotiable start date in mid May to early June 2015. A stipend of $450 per week is provided. We can assist with identifying housing if needed.

To apply: Send to Dr. Luke Flory ( the following as PDF files (combined as a single file preferred):

1)      A brief cover letter outlining your relevant experience, interest in the position, and career goals
2)      A resume or CV
3)      Transcripts (official or unofficial)
4)      Contact information for two references (faculty members are preferred)

Review of applications will begin immediately.

Feb 6 15

Summer Field Assistant, Stream Ecology – Alaska (For Recent Grads)

by Kris Pieper

The Arctic Long-Term Ecological Research program seeks applications from motivated persons to provide technical and field support for ongoing ecological research projects at the Toolik Field Station in northern Alaska. Information about the Arctic Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) project is available at and information about the Toolik Field Station is available at This position is a term appointment for the summer of 2015, from mid-June to mid-August (to be negotiated).


POSITIONS AND DUTIES: The successful candidate will participate in research on arctic tundra stream ecosystems in the Toolik Field Station research area. Duties include monitoring physical parameters in streams, collection and analysis of water samples, benthic samples, and juvenile and adult fish. Moderate laboratory skills, background with spreadsheet software, and some knowledge of stream ecosystems preferred.


SKILLS/EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Applicants should be recent college graduates with substantial course work and/or field experience in environmental sciences. Background in aquatic ecology, hydrology, chemistry, fish ecology and/or ecosystems ecology preferred.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Applicants should be in good health, capable of rigorous outdoor activity, and prepared to live in a field camp where cooperation with others is essential, personal privacy is limited, and living accommodations are spare and simple. Maturity and self-motivation are essential. Wilderness or outdoor experience is highly desirable.


CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Candidates for these jobs should be available to live at the Toolik Field Station from mid-June to mid-August. Travel to Toolik Field Station will be paid as well as the cost of room and board at the station. The successful candidate will be offered competitive seasonal stipend commensurate with their level of experience. Any employment beyond mid-August will be negotiated separately. 


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applicant review will begin February 23rd and continue until the suitable candidate is identified.


TO APPLY: Send a cover letter, resume, copy of transcripts, names, addresses, telephone number and email contacts for 3 references ALL IN A SINGLE PDF (If sending via email) to: Joshua Benes at the Rubenstein Ecosystems Science Lab, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05401. We prefer complete applications in PDF form as attachments to an E-mail message.

Feb 5 15

Summer 2015 – Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) Biological Technicians Needed

by Kris Pieper

Summer 2015 Student Contract Positions ­ BBS Biological Technicians


The USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Maryland is seeking to hire three full-time temporary student contractors to assist with the North American Breeding Bird Survey program, a long-term, continental avian monitoring program. Tasks will include working with wildlife survey data, performance of quality assurance and quality control procedures on biological data, data entry, assisting with database management, photocopying and filing, preparation of maps and assisting in preparation of administrative correspondence.

Application deadline:

Interested applicants should submit their resume and cover letter by February 18, 2015.

Statement of Work

1. Types of services required:

During the summer field season, approximately 3000 BBS routes are sampled by participants skilled in avian identification. These data are then processed and analyzed by USGS to inform avian conservation efforts in the U.S. and Canada. Tasks will include processing incoming data and materials, performing data entry and quality control procedures using web-based and Teleform OCR technologies, tracking progress, assisting with database management, photocopying, scanning and filing materials, map preparation, and corresponding with participants.

2. Required expertise/skills:

a. Applicants are required to have completed two years of undergraduate course work (student must be at least a second semester sophomore).
b. Applicants must be majors in a biology related discipline or have substantial experience with the North American birding community.
c. Applicants must be able to communicate effectively in English both verbally and in writing.
d. Applicants must have knowledge of computer software used to summarize and visualize data (i.e. Excel and Access).
e. Knowledge of North American birds is not required but considered a plus.

3. Eligibility requirements:

To be eligible for a student contract position, applicants must be either a currently enrolled student or a recent graduate. To qualify as a student, the applicant must be enrolled at least half-time in a degree-seeking program at an accredited college or university. Former students who graduated more than 10 months ago or who left school without graduating are not eligible to work under these contracts.  Applicants will be required to show proof of their student status (or recent graduation). USGS employees, their spouses, and children are not eligible to participate in this program. U.S. citizens are eligible. Non-U.S. citizens may be eligible to participate, depending on their immigration status and the applicable regulations of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (formerly Immigration and Naturalization Service). Foreign students in the U.S. under F-1 visas are usually not able to participate in this program, due to USCIS restrictions against off-campus work.

4. Description of working conditions:

Work will be performed in an office environment located on the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center campus in Laurel, Maryland. Extended periods of computer use will be required. This is not a field or laboratory position.

5. Compensation:

The student contractor will be paid $14.89 per hour.
Student contractors are paid only for hours worked (no holiday or leave benefits). Student is responsible for all costs of transportation to and from the principal duty station location. The Government does not provide housing, meals or other living expenses while working at the principal duty station. Official travel away from the duty station is not expected.

6. Principal Duty Station:

USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, 12100 Beech Forest Road, Laurel, Maryland 20708-4038. Student contractors may enter the building only during business hours or when project manager is present.

7. Additional information:

Number of students required is three. Estimated number of hours for the position is 544 (full-time for summer). There is a possibility of additional part-time hours continuing into the fall semester. The approximate start date is May 27, 2015. The approximate end date is August 30, 2015. There is flexibility in start and end dates to accommodate variations in academic calendars.

8. How to apply:

Send resume and cover letter to Dave Ziolkowski, Jr. via email ( Applications must be received on or before *February 18, 2015*. In your cover letter include an explanation of how you meet the eligibility requirements, your expected graduation date, and discuss your experience as related to sections 1 and 2 above.

Feb 3 15

Stormwater Monitoring Consultant

by Sara Gomez Garcia

The Law Office of Nora J. Chorover (“NJC Law”) is looking for a stormwater monitoring consultant (“Consultant”) to perform stormwater monitoring tasks as part of the law firm’s ongoing Citizen Enforcement Project in Massachusetts. NJC Law represents environmental organizations in citizen suits brought in federal court to enforce environmental laws. Most federal environmental laws contain “citizen suit” provisions giving environmental groups the right to seek judicial remedy for illegal pollution. NJC Law’s Citizen Enforcement Project is presently focused on achieving widespread compliance with stormwater requirements of the federal Clean Water Act. Many of these stormwater suits are resolved through settlements in which companies agree to clean up their stormwater discharges and make a payment to a third party group that is working to improve the quality of the affected waterbody.

The Consultant will help NJC Law and its clients to determine whether particular facilities are complying with the Clean Water Act. In particular, the Consultant will conduct visual and analytical monitoring of industrial stormwater discharges in accordance with EPA’s “Industrial Stormwater Monitoring and Sampling Guide.” The Consultant will visit specified industrial facilities during rain events to perform water sampling and visual analysis. The Consultant will collect stormwater samples for laboratory analysis, send samples to the lab, and report back to NJC Law on the lab results. If litigation is required, the Consultant may be called upon to testify in court.

Qualifications: Bachelors or post-graduate degree
Interest in or familiarity with water quality monitoring
Driver’s license and either own car or qualify for car rental

Location: Massachusetts (various locations throughout Commonwealth)

Time commitment: As needed (1-3 monitoring events per calendar quarter)

Compensation: $30/hour for monitoring sampling and reporting
$80/hour for preparing and providing written or verbal sworn testimony in court proceedings


If interested, please contact Nora Chorover:; (617) 477-3550

Jan 29 15

Winter Events at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

by Kris Pieper
The following events will take place at the Harvard Museum of Natural History in February (full schedule of events available at )
Tuesday, February 3 – Free and open to the public
6:00 pm                         Public Lecture: The Cretaceous-Tertiary Mass Extinction:
                                     What Really Killed the Dinosaurs?
                                     – Mark Richards, Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences,
                                     UC Berkley
Saturday, February 7 – $35 members/$40 nonmembers
9:30 am – 12:00 pm         Adult Class: Herps! The Amazing World of Reptiles and
                                     – Joe Martinez, curatorial assistant, Herpetology Dept, Harvard
Tuesday, February 17 – Free and open to the public
6:00 pm                         Public Lecture and Book Signing: Whale Conservation
                                     and the Future of Our Oceans
                                     – Joe Roman, author & conservation biologist
Saturday, Febuary 21 – Free with museum admission
9:00 am-4:00 pm              I <3 Science Festival 
Tuesday, February 24 – Free and open to the public
6:00 pm                          Evolution Matters Lecture: Natural History Collections
                                      and Evolution
                                      – James Hanken, Professor of Biology,
                                      Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology,
                                      Curator in Herpetology
                                      – Alexander Agassiz, Professor of Zoology; and
                                      Director, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University 
Saturday, February 28 – $35 members/$40 nonmembers
9:30 am – 12:00 pm        Adult Drawing Class: Imaginary Animals
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm          Kid’s Drawing Class: Imaginary Animals