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Jan 15 16

PhD Position, Spatial Analysis of Socio-ecological Systems | University of Idaho

by Kris Pieper

Graduate student opportunity in spatial analysis of socio-ecological systems
at the University of Idaho

Funding is available for a Ph.D. student to study the spatial integration
of biophysical and social attributes of wildfire vulnerability in the context
of resilience in socioecological systems. Project goals include working
with social and environmental scientists in analyzing and visualizing social and
ecological processes, and translating science into decision-support tools
and outcomes. Interested applicants should have a degree in geography, GIS,
anthropology, sociology, natural resources, or a related degree program.
Desired qualifications include experience conducting analyses with both
vector and raster data in GIS, experience with quantitative social science
methods, and the ability to work independently while functioning as part of
a multi-disciplinary research team. Students have the opportunity to earn a
degree in geography, natural resources, landscape architecture, or
environmental sciences at the University of Idaho. Interested students
should contact Crystal Kolden ( or Andrew Kliskey

Jan 15 16

Coastal Restoration Technician: The Nature Conservancy, NJ Chapter

by Kris Pieper

The NJ chapter of the Nature Conservancy currently recruiting a conservation
position: Coastal Restoration Technician. To view a full position
description or apply for the job, please visit and
search for Recruitment ID#43846 in the keyword search.

Coastal Restoration Technician
Openings: 1
Recruitment ID#:  43846
Application deadline: Tuesday, February 2nd, 11:59 pm
Location: Delmont, NJ
Housing Available: Yes

Position description: The Nature Conservancy of New Jersey is working with
partners to pilot marsh and oyster reef restoration techniques that are
relatively new to New Jersey. Major components of the project include
ecological monitoring and living shoreline installation. The Coastal
Restoration Technician will work with TNC staff and partners in the field
and office to monitor the responses of vegetation, animals, and hydrology;
organize and analyze scientific data; coordinate monitoring activities of
partner organizations; assist with installation of oyster reef breakwater
living shoreline projects, including preparing the site for installation,
contacting contractors, and arranging logistics for staff and volunteers
groups. Work will include long days in the field identifying and counting
species (plants, invertebrates, fish, birds, etc.), taking scientific
readings, sample collection and processing, and recording findings. In
addition, office work will be required to organize and analyze data,
coordinate monitoring activities of TNC and partners, summarize scientific
literature, and arrange logistics of living shoreline installation. As some
of the work is tide dependent, the work day will sometimes begin before 8
or end after 5 and some weekend and evening work may be required. The
Technician may instruct interns and citizen science groups as part of the
restoration and monitoring effort.

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Jan 15 16

Annual Student Research Conference: Asia and the Environment (Bard College)

by Kris Pieper
The Bard Center for Environmental Policy is pleased to host this second annual gathering designed specifically for undergraduate and graduate students engaged in research related to Asia and the environment. Students are invited to submit posters and papers for presentation at the conference.
Today it is impossible to think seriously about the challenges of sustainable development and the environment without understanding the local and global environmental footprint of rapid economic growth in Asia‹and the Asian response. At the same time, Asian Studies students increasingly require familiarity with the scientific, cultural, and political dimensions of environmental crises and sustainable development.
With the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, Bard College is sponsoring this second annual student research conference, providing a venue for students to present undergraduate, masters and PhD level research at the intersection of these critical issues. The conference seeks to shed critical light on how we all might live sustainably‹or not‹in a 2050 world with three billion more people, limited resources, a thickening blanket of carbon dioxide heating the planet, and a global economic development process increasingly defined by Asian models and leadership.
The conference will be held on the campus of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY in the scenic Hudson Valley, which is easily accessible by train from New York City. Registration is $30, and housing and meals will be provided for student participants. Meals are included for non-student registrants. 
To stay informed about this conference and future opportunities, please sign up for our mailing list here.
To submit a paper for a panel, or an idea for a poster presentation, please send a one paragraph abstract to Undergraduate students must also include a letter of support from a professor. Proposals will be accepted through March 15, 2016.
Jan 8 16

Permaculture Internship

by Sara Gomez Garcia

CIRENAS (Centro de Investigaciones de Recursos Naturales y Sociales) is seeking interns to work with the permaculture program on its campus on the Pacific coast of the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica.  CIRENAS is a research and learning center in the Bongo-Ario watershed that seeks to provide  replicable solutions for water management, food security, and healthy ecosystems. Located on a 1,800 hectare working ranch, CIRENAS demonstrates science-based, regenerative and productive ecological practices for our local community and beyond.


Interns will work with the CIRENAS permaculture team on the following broadly defined projects:

•    Earthworks
-Water retention, slope stabilization, human and animal movement through landscape, regeneration of soils
•    Water management and storage
-Potable supply, irrigation supply, place based solutions
•    Planting and landscape design
-Cover crops, tree planting, guild establishment, support species, tropical permaculture theory, nursery work
•    Waste treatment
-Black water, grey water, run off, solid wastes and reuse/recycling
•    Potential entrepreneurial projects
-Business incubation, modeling, trials of ideas

Day to Day

Interns will get hands-on experience in all of the areas mentioned above and will also learn philosophy behind implementation methods.  The internship program seeks to have interns understand how the CIRENAS campus functions and is designed through practical application of solutions within a permaculture framework. Although interns will work with all facets of permaculture on campus, they will also be given the opportunity to focus on areas of personal interest.

Interns are expected to work five hours per day with the permaculture team, Monday-Friday. Saturday is a half-day (2.5 hours).  The remainder of the day/week is technically free but interns are encouraged to get involved in other aspects of CIRENAS’s work and/or work on personal projects. Interns will be given the opportunity to present information from their personal projects as well as participate in weekly seminar discussions. Outside of work, interns have the opportunity to explore on their own, surf, visit local turtle research centers, study Spanish, fish, kayak, and much more. CIRENAS is located just north of Santa Teresa, with easy access to Playa Hermosa, Mal Pais, and Montezuma.


Interns live in communal spaces that are rooms with bunk beds and shared bathrooms.  Meals consist of typical Costa Rican food and are mostly prepared by a local cook, three meals per day Monday through Saturday,with Sundays being an open kitchen day. Interns are expected to set up and clean up after meals and keep living spaces clean and clutter free; everyone coming to work at CIRENAS must be committed to participatory, community living.

Program Information

Interns pay $600 per month to cover room and board expenses, as well as their own transportation to and from campus (see travel section of website). Interns are required to carry their own insurance, travelers or otherwise, prior to beginning their time with CIRENAS. Interns are expected to stay at least one month to provide continuity and ensure significant depth of learning, with three months being the preferred time of stay.  The next “class” of interns will begin on March 1, 2016 and run through May 31, 2016.

For more information and to request an application, please contact CIRENAS requires a brief application, a resume, and two references. Applicants will be interviewed over the telephone following preliminary selection. Applicants should be prepared to share an up to date police record.

Applications will be accepted through 10 January, 2016.

Jan 8 16

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute –Internship in Forest Trophic Interactions.

by Sara Gomez Garcia


The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) seeks two interns to
participate in a European Research Council funded research addressing the
ecological determinants of tropical and temperate trends in insect
diversity. To answer key questions in global insect distribution we are
applying quantitative surveys of plant-herbivore-parasitoid food webs within
paired sets of tropical and temperate forests from six continents, in Papua
New Guinea (PNG), Gabon, Panama, the Czech Republic, Japan, and USA. This
internship will be based in the CTFS-ForestGEO-Forest Ecosystems & Climate
lab in Front Royal, Virginia.

The SCBI campus is located near the north entrance of the Shenandoah
National Park about 60 miles west of Washington, D.C., in the hills outside
of Front Royal, VA. The CTFS-ForestGEO-Forest Ecosystems & Climate lab (led
by Kristina Anderson-Teixeira) conducts a range of research with the overall
goal of understanding the dynamics of forest ecosystems worldwide in an era
of global change.

Qualifications & Position Information

Candidates should be advanced undergraduates or recent university graduates
and have coursework in ecology, conservation biology, entomology,
environmental sciences, or a closely related field. Field experience in
terrestrial ecosystem ecology, forestry, entomology, or a related field is
essential plus the ability to follow established survey and protocols, and
collect detailed and accurate data. Candidates must have the ability to work
in the field for prolonged hours in hot and humid conditions, to work
independently and to collaborate effectively as part of a research team.
Sampling techniques will include sampling from truck-mounted elevated platforms.

This is a four- to six-month position with a start date is mid-April 2016.
The position(s) will be compensated with a stipend sufficient to cover
living expenses, potentially including on-site housing.

Application procedure

To apply, please email a cover letter describing your qualifications and
interest in the position, CV, and contact information for 3 references to
Erika Gonzalez-Akre at Deadline for application is
January 30, 2016.

The Smithsonian Institution values and seeks a diverse workforce; female and
minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

Jan 8 16

Seasonal Position: Horseshoe Crab Research Assistant

by Sara Gomez Garcia

Mass Audubon is seeking to fill a seasonal horseshoe crab research assistant position based at the 800 acre Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary on the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  The position involves working on horseshoe crab spawning surveys, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service button tagging, acoustic telemetry, juvenile surveys, and public outreach and education.

– Assist with visual spawning surveys on Cape Cod beaches
– Assist with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tagging for mark-recapture studies
– Help coordinate volunteers for spawning surveys and USFWS tagging
– Assist with an acoustic telemetry project in Wellfleet Bay in cooperation with the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
– Conduct visual juvenile abundance and distribution surveys
– Enter, analyze, and summarize data collected through the aforementioned research projects
– Educate and guide public groups and youth camp groups through both lectures and field work

– Working toward or have received a Bachelor’s Degree in marine biology or related field
– Field experience and interest in marine invertebrate ecology
– Strong interpersonal skills and motivated work ethic
– Willingness to work outdoors in the sun or adverse weather conditions often for long hours on beaches, tidal flats, salt marshes, or boats
– Willingness to conduct surveys at night and work flexible hours including some weekends
– Applicants should be in good physical condition, able to swim, and have a valid driver’s license with a reliable vehicle
– Desirable but not required qualifications include boating experience, snorkeling or diving experience, and previous experience with horseshoe crabs

– Position is based in Wellfleet, Massachusetts
– Position is full time at 40 hours/week from April 2016 through August 2016
– Pay is $10.00/hour and field travel reimbursement is provided
– Dormitory housing may be available at $30-35/week, but local housing is a plus
– Applicant must pass a background records check (CORI, SORI, and driver’s)

To Apply:
Send a cover letter (including dates of availability), resume or CV, and contact info for three references by February 15 to Michael Long at with “Horseshoe Crab Research Assistant” in the subject line.

Jan 8 16

Natural Resources Technician – Temporary

by Sara Gomez Garcia

Agency: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Fish and Wildlife

Work Location: Grand Rapids, Minnesota

Start Date & Duration: May 2016 – August 2016

Salary:  $16.21 per hour

Job Description:
Support forest wildlife habitat monitoring and inventory efforts by collecting forest inventory data at monitoring plot across the forested region of Minnesota.  Work will involve conducting inventory using methods adapted from the USFS Forest Inventory and Analysis Program.

Two positions will be offered, both are temporary and anticipated to last no more than 6 months.  The position is limited to 40 hours per week, but due to the nature of the field work technicians may work four 10 hour work days per week.  A field vehicle will be provided for work use.  Technicians will work out of the Grand Rapids office with some extended travel required.  Housing is not provided except when traveling.

Required Qualifications:
Education in forestry, wildlife, or other natural resource field.  Applicants who have completed a BS degree in a relevant field are preferred, but current students will be considered.
A working knowledge of Geographic Position Systems (GPS), basic computer programs (i.e., Microsoft Office), navigation, geographic information systems (i.e., ArcGIS), and field data recorders.
Experience identifying vegetation and trees of Minnesota, establishing sampling plots, and collecting forest inventory metrics is necessary.
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, follow established protocols, communicate findings orally, keep detailed and accurate records, write reports, and communicate effectively with wildlife managers and private landowners.
Technician must be physically fit, able to walk over difficult terrain, work under adverse weather conditions, sit still for long periods of time, hear and see well, and operate a motor vehicle on minimally maintained roads. Must possess a valid driver’s license.
Field experience collecting FIA data or similar forest inventory data is highly desirable, especially when performed full time and independently.

To Apply:
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references (name, telephone, and e-mail) as a single attachment in an e-mail to Lindsey Shartell, Forest Habitat Biologist (  The deadline to apply is February 26, 2016, however review of applications will begin in January and continue until the positions are filled.  For questions contact Lindsey by e-mail or telephone (218-999-7932).

Jan 7 16

Wetland Technician

by Sara Gomez Garcia

The technician will manage a 2-year, grant funded project to conduct wetland condition assessments throughout the state of Kentucky. Responsibilities will include organizing and supervising field sampling trips, conducting wetland condition surveys, and using GPS and ArcMap to locate and map wetland sites. Additional duties include: maintaining an archive of data, analyzing data, and communicating results. Applicant must be able to endure strenuous field work (i.e. hiking, wading, digging) in all weather conditions. The technician will work directly for Eastern Kentucky University’s Department of Biological Sciences with a team of wetland scientists, and interact with agency scientists. Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in a related field and at least 2 years of experience, Master’s degree preferred. Salary range: $30,000-36,000. Review of applicants begins January 4, 2016 and application period closes January 25, 2016. To apply:

Contact Stephen Richter ( with questions.

Jan 7 16

Forestry Technician positions at Voyageurs National Park

by Sara Gomez Garcia

We are seeking applicants for two summer Forestry Technician positions at
Voyageurs National Park. These positions run May 16th through August 31st
(dates are firm) with a compensation of $9.25-10.25/hour, depending on

The incumbents will be employed by Northland College, but will work
directly with, and report to, the Great Lakes Network of the National Park
Service Inventory & Monitoring (I&M) program. The goals of the I&M program
include monitoring key environmental variables so that ecological change
can be detected and addressed in a timely manner. The incumbents will
assist with sampling vegetation.

These are largely field based positions. The incumbents will assist with
the establishment and sampling of permanent forest monitoring plots at
Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota. Incumbents will collect
extensive monitoring data on trees and coarse woody materials, take tree
cores, and assess tree health. Incumbents are expected to pass the
Motorboat Operator Certification Course. Field work will be performed in
teams of 2-3 people. The incumbents may also spend approximately 5-10% of
time performing computer work.

Seasonal housing will most likely be available at Whispering Pines
seasonal housing area, near the Ash River Visitor Center.

This position operates on an 8 day on/6 day off schedule. During the 8-day
sampling periods, incumbents will primarily travel by motor boat and
backcountry camp. They will be expected to carry field equipment weighing
up to 50 lbs. He/she will be exposed to high temperatures, stinging and
biting insects, including extensive mosquitos and ticks, and poisonous

Housing costs at Whispering Pines will be approximately $40.00 per two-
week period. Alternative housing in the area is very limited.

While we are considering applicants with all education and experience
levels, we especially encourage current undergraduate sophomores and
juniors enrolled in forestry programs. To apply, please send a resume,
cover letter, and unofficial transcripts to Suzanne Sanders
( by January 6, 2016. If you are selected for an
interview, you will be contacted shortly thereafter. No phone calls or
emails, other than applications, please.

Jan 7 16

biological science technicians for vegetation monitoring projects

by Sara Gomez Garcia

The National Park Service’s Inventory and Monitoring Program, Southwest Alaska Network, will be hiring up to two biological science technicians for vegetation monitoring projects in southwest Alaska. The positions will be filled at the GS-05 or GS-06 level ($17.85-$20.20/hr) and will be based in Port Alsworth, Alaska, in beautiful Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:  Duties will include sampling vegetation plots in remote, backcountry locations; identifying vascular and non-vascular plants to the species level; assisting in the collection, identification, and curation of voucher specimens; completing data entry using a SQL database; performing data quality assurance/quality control checks; and using a variety of other software to compile, reduce, store, retrieve, analyze, and report data. The incumbent(s) may also assist with special projects, including forest disturbance and fuels inventories. Field work will be conducted in Lake Clark and Katmai National Parks and Preserves.

The work is physically demanding, and crew members may be required to carry a heavy pack in steep, uneven terrain with elevation gains of 1000-2000 ft., often in cold, inclement weather, for up to five hours a day. Field work is often conducted in brown (grizzly) bear habitat, and crew members must complete a drug test and firearm safety certification prior to starting field work.

START/END DATES:  Anticipated start date is May 16, 2016, with field work extending into early September.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience; substitutable education completed at an accredited college or university; or an equivalent combination of the two. Applicants must demonstrate a working knowledge of plant taxonomy; experience in conducting ecological field work; and experience in working in remote, backcountry areas for extended periods of time.

TO APPLY:  Apply through USAJOBS at the URLs below. Applications must include a resume with contact information for at least three references, a copy of college transcripts, and a completed questionnaire, as indicated in the announcement.  See the “How to Apply” page for specific details.  Applications must be received by January 15, 2016, to be considered.

GS-404-05 –

GS-404-06 –