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Assistant Environmental Science Professor, Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA)

Duquesne University is committed to attracting, retaining and developing a diverse faculty that reflects contemporary society, serves our academic mission and enriches our campus community. As a charter member of the Ohio, Western PA and West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC), we encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups and support dual-career couples. Motivated by its Catholic and Spiritan identity, Duquesne values equality of opportunity both as an educational institution and as an employer. Founded in 1878 by its sponsoring religious community, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, Duquesne University is Catholic in mission and ecumenical in spirit. Its Mission Statement commits the University to “serving God by serving students – through commitment to excellence in liberal and professional education, through profound concern for moral and spiritual values, through the maintenance of an ecumenical atmosphere open to diversity, and through service to the Church, the community, the nation and the world.” Applicants for this position should describe how they might support and contribute to this mission.

Application Deadline: Open until filled
Learn more and apply.

Lead Research Technician, Boston-Area Climate Experiment (Waltham, MA)

We are seeking applicants for the position of lead research technician at the Boston-Area Climate Experiment (BACE). This is a full-time position based at the BACE site in Waltham, Massachusetts (approx. 9 miles from Boston). The successful applicant will maintain the BACE and conduct and assist with ecological research at the site. S/he will be responsible
for maintaining a well-organized research environment, maintaining and organizing lab records, equipment, and supplies, analyzing experimental data and presenting results, helping to coordinate activities of undergraduate researchers, troubleshooting problems, ensuring that safe research practices are followed in the lab and in the field, and performing other assigned duties. The technician will work occasional odd hours and weekends as dictated by field or lab work schedules, and will sometimes work outdoors in inclement weather. The technician will spend about 70% of their working hours outdoors.
The position is open immediately (pending paperwork at Purdue), with an
immediate start preferred.
Applicants should have an educational background (bachelor¹s or
preferably M.S.) that includes coursework in ecology or environmental
science. We would be particularly interested in candidates with previous
experience as a technician in plant ecology labs, experience working on
outdoor experiments that simulate climate change in natural or managed
ecosystems, experience working with large datasets, managing student
employees, and/or working in old-field ecosystems of the northeastern
United States. The initial appointment will be for a period of six
months, with a one-year extension of the position contingent upon
satisfactory performance. Further extensions will depend on performance
and future funding. Salary will be commensurate with experience. The
technician will be employed by Purdue University (an equal access/equal
opportunity university), but will be based in the Boston area, with
little or no travel to Purdue.
For more information on the experiment, see the BACE website.

Application Deadline: N/A
Potential applicants should email Jeff Dukes (jsdukes[at] a statement of interest and resume (or CV) with contact information for two or more references, using the subject line “BACE technician.” Applications will be considered as they are received.

Internship, Nature’s Valley Trust & Univ. of Cape Town (South Africa)

LOCATION: Southern shore of South Africa.


DURATION: 3-5 months; Breeding season runs Sept. to April, with flexibility for internship timing. Preferably N. Hemisphere Fall 2015 semester, summer in S. Hemisphere. You will have most field time from Sept. to Jan.; if you choose an internship from Jan., there is less field work, but carries the benefit of datamanagement & analysis.


•  On-foot beach surveys for breeding, nest/brood monitoring, other observations of predation, disturbance, and tourism use.

•  Collecting scientific field notes.

•  Data entry, checking, and analysis; other administrative tasks.

•  Producing various documents, educational & awareness materials, participation in related events.

•  5-6 working days per week, including weekends and public holidays.


•  Self-motivated, flexibility, work independently & with others, while following methodology & procedure.

•  Trustworthy, show integrity & dedication, sense of responsibility/accountability.

•  Observational skills, with particular attention to detail & accuracy.

•  An interest in birds and coastal conservation research.

•  Physical fitness, willingness to spend long hours in the field, in potentially averse conditions (i.e. up to 12 hrs walking in soft sand & some rock scrambling, in summer heat with salt spray & wind, carrying pack).

•  Ability to engage with the public regarding research & conservation.

•  Preferably have or be studying toward a qualification in a related biological field, such as: Zoology, Ecology, Ornithology, Conservation Biology, Environmental Science, Nature Conservation, Wildlife/Natural Resource/Integrated Coastal Zone Management, etc.

•  Some field experience with birding, nest searching, band re-sighting, animal tracking, and/or bird handling is advantageous, but not necessary. Your willingness to learn & actively participate is most important!

•  Some experience with GPS/GIS technology & software beneficial, but not required.


•  Residing in Nature’s Valley, on South Africa’s Garden Route, a stunning location surrounded by beautiful beaches, forests, mountains, & breathtaking landscapes, with plenty of exciting activities available during off time.

•  Working with a fantastic environmental NGO on a highly impactful project, affiliated with the TOP university & leading academic institute in Ornithology on the African continent!

•  You will get much individual support & hands-on training in the field.

•  This experience is highly applicable to many shorebird conservation programs conducted around the world, particularly the United States (i.e. Snowy & Piping Plovers).

•  Opportunity for involvement in other projects (bird banding, education programs, etc.).

•  The Nature’s Valley Trust is willing to discuss requirements with your university for study credits.


•  R4,000 per month (±300 US$), which covers shared housing/utilities, field transportation, office space (including WiFi), program participation, & mentoring.

•  The Nature’s Valley Trust unfortunately cannot offer assistance with travel costs or other living expenses. Cost of living is comparatively low in South Africa.

•  For more information on the Nature’s Valley Trust, see For a preview of what you’re getting yourself into, see:, and for information on the Percy FitzPatrick Institute, see:

Application Deadline: June 30th, 2015 (positions filled as qualified applicants selected)

 If interested, please send CV & short motivation letter, or any other enquiries via e-mail with the subject “SHOREBIRD INTERNSHIP” to: selenaflores AT .