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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

Mar 15 16

Farm Fellowship | Dismas House

by Kris Pieper

Dismas House Fellowship


Dismas House of Massachusetts, Inc., seeks a qualified Fellow to help coordinate resident and program activities at Dismas Family Farm, a transitional housing program for homeless, former prisoners located in Oakham, MA. Ideal candidates will have a commitment to issues of social justice, experience in non-profit milieu, and excellent verbal and written communication skills. Hours may include weekday and weekend evening hours.


The Dismas House Fellow is presented with the opportunity to live in solidarity with the residents of Dismas House. Duties for the position may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Help coordinate and participate in all farm and vocational activities at the Dismas Family Farm.
  • Work closely with the Farm Program Director to assist with case management efforts. Assist residents with assignments, resumes, health benefit applications, and job search efforts.
  • Maintain social media for the farm, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • Assist farm staff in planning and overseeing farm-related events, in particular the annual Fall Festival.
  • Assist Executive Director with grant writing responsibilities including researching new funding sources, helping renew existing grants, and eventually writing original funding requests.
  • Transport residents to doctor appointments, job interviews and NA/AA meetings in the community, and help to plan, coordinate and implement house activities.
  • Assist Dismas staff attorney with the operation of the BAR None Program. Help coordinate with legal clients, and assist legal clients with filling out and filing paperwork.
  • Perform public speaking and outreach efforts to increase agency visibility, issue awareness and volunteer bases.
  • Coordinate weekly grocery shopping and supply maintenance at the Dismas Family Farm.
  • Work with Executive Director around volunteer coordination and student and international volunteer residency in the program.  Cultivate relationships with volunteers.  Schedule volunteers and coordinate schedule of volunteer cooks.
  • Support, welcome and orient volunteers providing outside services, including, but not limited to, meal provision, education and support groups and special project assistance.

This fellowship runs the course of one calendar year (ideally July 1 – June 30).  The Fellow will receive a $225/week stipend.  Room, board, and health and dental insurance are also included.


Dismas House does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, sexual orientation, nationality, religious conviction or disability.


Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to

Mar 9 16

Research Assistant: Plant-Pollinator Ecology | Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory

by Kris Pieper

The Campbell lab is seeking a Research Assistant in Plant Ecology for the
summer of 2016. We are
specifically looking for current or recently graduated undergrads. Start
dates are somewhat flexible,
but ideally would be June 15th ­ August 19th. The Research Assistant will
work with Dr. Diane
Campbell and PhD Candidate Kate Gallagher. Research includes establishing
an experiment that
manipulates soil moisture and flowering time and then measuring
morphological traits, pollination,
and seed set. Research takes place at the Rocky Mountain Biological
( in Crested Butte, CO. Requires strong interest in
field biology, attention
to detail, reliability and ability to work independently. For details about
the research please see Kate’s
website ( For further questions about
the position, please contact
Kate directly (

Applications should include:
1. An up to date version of your CV/Resume.

2. Contact information (email & phone) for 2 references. If possible,
include references who can
speak to your experience or interest in field biology.

3. A cover letter. In your cover letter please briefly address the
(1) Tell us why you are interested in field biology, and how this position
might play a role in your
future career.
(2) Fieldwork is difficult, often tedious, and often conducted under harsh
conditions. We are looking
for students with the mental and intellectual maturity to commit to hard
work and with the ability to
deal with a variety of challenges. Please address these qualities in your
cover letter.
(3) Prior research experience is not a requirement for this position. If
you do have previous lab or
field experience, please describe the nature of the research in which you
were involved and what
skills or tasks were required.

If you are interested in applying, please submit your application materials
via email
( by March 21st, 2016.

Kate Gallagher’s site:
Campbell Lab site:
Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL):

Mar 9 16

REU in Disease Ecology | Stanford University

by Kris Pieper

***** Applications Due March 14 *****

The Mordecai lab at Stanford University is recruiting a motivated undergraduate for a summer research internship on the ecology of vector-borne disease through the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. The REU project will be part of a larger NSF Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases project to model effects of climate, land use, and socioeconomic conditions on vector-borne disease transmission. The project explores a range of diseases, including malaria, dengue, chikungunya, Zika, Rift Valley fever, bluetongue, and others. More about the larger project can be found on NSF’s website:

The REU student will develop an independent research project that can combine mathematical modeling with analysis of existing empirical data collected from the field and extracted from the literature. For example, the student could develop a mechanistic temperature-sensitive transmission model for Rift Valley fever, use statistical models to address environmental drivers of mosquito abundance and human chikungunya cases in the field, or develop new mathematical models for predicting disease outbreaks of Zika virus.

The position will be based at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. The student will have the opportunity to interact with other undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral researchers in the Mordecai lab, at Stanford, and beyond.

Start and end dates are flexible. The position runs for 13 weeks with a stipend of $7500.

The ideal candidate will have a career interest in ecology, disease ecology, epidemiology, or public health research. A background in ecology, infectious disease biology, and mathematical modeling or quantitative methods is desired but not required.

Applicants should send a CV, unofficial transcript, contact information for two references, and a one page statement about research interests, experience, and career goals to Erin Mordecai: Please include ‘REU position’ in the subject line. Review of applications will begin on March 14 and continue until the position is filled.

Mar 9 16

Research Technicians: Cornell Moose Project | Cornell University, NYSDEC, Wildlife Conservation Society

by Kris Pieper

Employment Opportunity: Research technicians for Cornell Moose
Project in Adirondacks, NY


Field Research Technicians Cornell Moose Project in Adirondacks of New York

Summary: Three (3) research technician positions are available to
assist in a research study to estimate the density of moose in the
Adirondacks of New York.  The methods employed involve the
acquisition of moose scat from the landscape using detection dogs for
subsequent individual identification by genetic analysis. Secondary
sampling efforts will be undertaken to assess aspects of moose
disease ecology. This is a collaborative study among the New York
Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Cornell University,
the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the
Wildlife Conservation Society.

Job Description: Primary responsibilities include assisting the
researchers and detection dog handlers in the collection of moose and
deer scats, and measuring environmental/habitat characteristics along
line transects. Secondary responsibilities include cataloguing the
diversity & density of several gastropod species on plots on each
transect, and performing laboratory diagnostic procedures to detect
moose parasites within deer scats and gastropods. Working days will
begin before dawn, and include vehicle travel & hiking to study
sites. Technicians will join a research crew of up to seven people
for the field season during June August 2016.

Qualifications: Ideal candidates are diligent, meticulous, observant,
and have excellent communication skills. Candidates should be
comfortable navigating with map and compass and GPS, hiking long
hours in wilderness conditions, and managing elevated temperatures,
biting insects, ticks, dense vegetation, and elevation. Ideal
candidates will have a disciplined work ethic both during independent
tasks and as a team-member.

Applicants who have completed or are pursuing a B.S. degree in
biology, natural resources, environmental studies or related field
are preferred. Previous research, laboratory, and/or field experience
will be beneficial to the applicant, but is not necessary. Preference
will be given to applicants with a familiarity in differentiating
deer, moose, and carnivore scats, and/or differentiating gastropod
species. Applicants must be available for the full season from June
through August; a valid driver’s license is required.

Salary: $10-11 per hour, commensurate with experience. Field housing
will be provided.

To Apply: Applicants should send a cover letter indicating their
qualifications, a resume/CV, and contact information of 3 references
to Alec Wong at <> Review
of applications will begin on March 14, 2016.
Alec Wong
PhD Student
New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Department of Natural Resources
302 Fernow Hall, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

Mar 9 16

Field Research Assistant: Plant-Pollinator Ecology | Cornell University

by Kris Pieper

The Geber lab at Cornell University seeks a highly motivated,
detail-oriented assistant for summer 2015 field research in the Southern
Sierra Nevada (May-July) and lab work in Ithaca, NY (July-August).  We are
studying four species of annual plants in the genus Clarkia and their
specialist bee pollinators. Our research focuses on how pollinators may
impact plant species evolution and coexistence.

Our research sites are located in the Kern River Canyon in Kern County,
California. The lab rents a house on a property where other labs working in
this system are also based in the summer. This field assistant would have a
private bedroom, access to a shared bathroom and a communal kitchen, and
wireless Internet access. Frequent trips are made into town (Lake Isabella
and Kernville) for groceries and other supplies.

Successful applicants are expected to assist in data collection, data
and flower, seed, and bee collection in the field; work in Ithaca will
consist of sample processing and data analysis. The assistant will work a
39-hour workweek. Weather conditions in the Sierras can be very hot and dry
(100+ degrees F) in the summer, so assistants should be prepared to work in
hot conditions. Applicants must be able to hike up and steep hills for up
1 mile at a time, stoop or kneel for extended periods of time, and work in
proximity to bees and snakes. The work can be very physically demanding and
tiring, and the research team typically collects data 7 days a week. A good
sense of humor and a positive attitude are essential. Applicants must be
available from the first week of May through late August, although exact
start/end dates are flexible.

1) Education: some undergraduate education in biology, ecology, or related
field, or equivalent experience
2) Experience: experience with and enthusiasm about working outdoors,
previous field research experience. Previous experience working with
bees, or insects is preferable but not required.
3) Tasks: perform repetitive tasks with attention to detail, daily hiking
4) Personality: interpersonal skills and willingness to live and work in
close quarters with other researchers in a house.

Compensation: transportation to and from California, a private room with
Internet access in the field house, and pay ($13-$15 an hour depending on
experience) will be provided. Applicants will be responsible for securing
their own housing in Ithaca for July and August.

The deadline for applications is March 20, 2016. Applicants should submit:
1) a short (1 page maximum) cover letter describing their qualifications as
well as future academic and professional goals; 2) a resume or CV outlining
previous work experience and relevant courses (completed or in progress),
extracurricular activities; and 3) contact information for two references.

Cornell University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
Cornell University and we in the Geber lab have a commitment to support
equality of education and employment opportunity by affirming the value of
diversity. We welcome and encourage scientists of all backgrounds to apply
to work with us!

Email to: Monica Geber, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Mar 9 16

Summer Internship | Frederick Law Olmstead National Historic Site

by Kris Pieper

Interpretation Ambassador Position (Summer):

Through research and under the guidance of interpretation park rangers, the candidate presents thematic house and grounds tours of Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline. In addition, the candidate orients visitors to the site, makes them feel welcome, and provides informal background on the history and significance of this National Park Service site. The Interpretation Ambassador answers incoming phone calls, responds to general inquiries, provides information and/or directs calls appropriately (a phone directory and a list of who’s who at the site is in your orientation folder.) Throughout the day, the intern ensures the visitor center looks neat and professional and keeps the site bulletins well-stocked at the desk, and in the outside brochure dispenser. In addition to welcoming and informing visitors, answering phones, and the door, the intern records and tracks visitor statistics, and does other administrative tasks as assigned. There might be opportunities for cross-training with other divisions and developing off-site walks of regional Olmsted-design landscapes, depending on the candidate’s skills and interest.

Skills: Public speaking skills, good communication skills, ability to research and disseminate information to the public, interest and/or background in history, American studies, art history, architecture, and/or other related discipline.

Time Commitment:   Ideally, the candidate would work 30 hours a week, including at least one weekend day.

Application Procedure: Please submit a current resume, cover letter, and names and contact information for three references (preferably one work, one academic, and one peer reference) to:

Mark Swartz, Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, 99 Warren Street, Brookline, MA 02445;

Our telephone number is 617-566-1689.