Conservation and Land Management Internship Program
The Conservation and Land Management Internship Program is now accepting applications for 2014!
Would you like to put your education to use assisting in important conservation projects? Do you like to experience new landscapes, habitats, and species diversity? The CLM Internship Program is a wonderful opportunity to begin a career in botany, wildlife biology, natural resource management and conservation!
Each year, the Conservation and Land Management Internship Program places 75-100 college graduates in five-month paid internships to assist professional staff at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Park Service (NPS), US Forest Service (USFS), US Fish and Wildlife Service
(FWS) and US Geological Survey (USGS). Internships are primarily located in the western United States, including Alaska! Each internship is unique and may focus on botany, wildlife, or a combination of the two. Interns assist in a wide variety of projects depending on the needs of each field office. Examples of projects include: collecting seed for restoration and conservation purposes, performing surveys for threatened and endangered species and habitats, and collecting data on species reintroduction and habitat management experiments. Applicants with strong botany experience are especially encouraged to apply!
Benefits of the CLM Internship Program are numerous. As a CLM intern, you will receive a stipend paid every two weeks totaling $11,900 over 5 months and will attend an all-expenses paid week-long training workshop at the Chicago Botanic Garden. In addition, the CLM Internship Program provides opportunities to make connections in various governmental and non-profit organizations, to learn what it's like to work at a federal agency, to explore your career goals and expand your resume.
Applications are due on February 1, 2014. However, review applications on a rolling basis. The sooner your application is complete, the sooner we can review your files and consider you for available positions. Interviews will begin in January for qualified applicants with complete applications.
Please apply online here.
Postdoctoral Fellowships at Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)
The Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex, offers several Post-Doctoral Fellowships annually to outstanding early career scientists. The Smithsonian’s distinctive combination of field research facilities, museum archives, and internationally recognized expertise in ecology, biological conservation, systematics, and paleobiology provide unprecedented opportunities for synthetic, big-picture insights into some of the most profound issues challenging our world today, including habitat loss, climate change, and invasive species.
Some of the greatest challenges to our environment are in our most biologically productive ecosystems - the coastal zone, where 70 percent of the world's population lives, works, and plays. Scientists at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland have led ground-breaking studies on the ecological dynamics between land and sea for over 40 years, including the world’s longest running study on the ecological effects of atmospheric CO2 change, and short and long-term studies on food web dynamics, invasion biology, coastal and upland ecosystem ecology, harmful algal blooms, ultraviolet radiation, biogeochemistry, and nutrient and trace element cycling. Insights gained in these systems will be crucial to developing science-based conservation plans that allow human societies to thrive while protecting our finite natural resources.
The Smithsonian and SERC are committed to training the next generation of scientists with its internationally recognized Postdoctoral Fellowship program. Smithsonian Fellows receive an annual stipend of $45,000 plus health, relocation, and research allowances. Each position is expected to run for two years, with the second year of funding contingent upon satisfactory progress. Applicants are strongly encouraged to coordinate with proposed SERC scientist prior to submitting an application for this competitively-awarded fellowship. Applications are due January 15, 2014. Please contact Professional Training Coordinator Daniel Gustafson at
for further details. Applications and submission details can be found here or here.
Call for Applications for SWS Diversity Program Undergraduate Mentoring Awards
The Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) announces the availability of undergraduate student awards for travel to attend the Joint Aquatic Sciences meeting in Portland, Oregon May 18 – May 23, 2014. This unique meeting is co-hosted by SWS, ASLO, PSA and SFS and will build a bridge across the disciplines within the field of aquatic science and will explore many exciting opportunities for collaboration. The mission of this SWS program is to increase diversity in the Society and the field of wetland sciences by offering full travel awards to undergraduate students from underrepresented groups and providing career mentoring and exposure to career options at the Society’s annual meeting (see application form for eligible groups). These awards are supported by the National Science Foundation and several SWS Chapters (Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, South Central, North Central, Western, and Pacific Northwest). The areas of interest of the student participants range from freshwater to marine and involve a wide variety of organism types. Undergraduate participants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An undergraduate student is a student who is enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate or associates degree. Spring 2014 graduates are eligible as well. Participants are selected based on academic promise, interest in exploring a career in the natural sciences, potential for serving as a mentor, and demonstrated commitment to increasing opportunities for underrepresented students. It is especially important that applications be complete and that the "tell us about yourself" essay clearly addresses the information requested and that it be well composed. Application materials and additional information are available from Dr. Frank P. Day, Old Dominion University (
) and on the program’s web page. An email to Frank Day expressing interest in the program can serve as a preapplication. Application deadline is November 8, 2013.
Mid-Atlantic Region Environmental Professionals (MAREP) Scholarship – Call for Applications
The scholarship consists of one (1) award of $2,500.00 for the academic year of 2013-2014. Please note that only students who are working towards an environmental degree (either a major or a graduate degree) are eligible. This means Environmental Sciences, Conservation Biology, Ecology, Sustainability, etc. Students who are pursuing a degree that can be "related to the environment" such as computer sciences working with GIS for conservation purposes, or business degree working with sustainability are not eligible. The degree to be obtained must be specifically in an environmental field, and the student must be enrolled for the duration of the academic year 2013-2014.
MAREP advocates the pursuit of knowledge in an ever-expanding field and wishes to assist students who are pursuing/advancing a career as an Environmental Professional. The recipient of the scholarship will be selected in September of 2013, and the $2,500 award will be available for the 2013-2014 academic year.
For guidelines and an application form, click here.
U.S. Geological Survey Mendenhall Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (Open through September 20, 2013)
USGS is currently accepting applications for USGS Mendenhall Postdoctoral Program Opportunity 14-22: Integrating habitat modeling and landscape genetics to understand impacts of climate change and energy development on species persistence and diversity in the desert southwest. The USGS Mendenhall Program provides an opportunity for recent PhD graduates (within five years since completion of the doctoral degree) to conduct concentrated research in association with selected members of the USGS professional staff.
The overarching goal of our research program is to assess climate and land use impacts to intraspecific genetic diversity and biodiversity, and to develop science-based tools to inform decision-making in the desert southwest. We encourage applicants with strong skills in landscape genetics, landscape ecology, geospatial statistics, or species distribution modeling to develop proposals to apply innovative approaches to address potential impacts of climate and land use change on habitat suitability and genetic structure across species ranges in the desert Southwest. Applicants may propose research centered on a number of themes including: 1) spatially explicit modeling of population processes to predict changes to patterns of presence and genetic diversity in target species under different land use and climate scenarios; 2) developing novel methods to model species distributions under climate change and assess the significance of changes, and 3) empirical hypothesis testing to understand environmental correlates and other landscape factors associated with high neutral and/or adaptive variation within select species. Significant data have been amassed to support these research themes including species occurrence data, and genetic data for several herpetofauna, small mammals and invertebrate species throughout the study region, and derivatives of downscaled Global Climate Models (e.g. climate water deficit and others), and over 70 environmental data layers rasterized at the relevant spatial scales. Other resources include laboratory facilities and next generation sequencing capabilities, GIS and computing resources.
Mendenhall Fellowships are 2-year appointments with competitive salary and benefits. Fellows are typically granted project expense funds appropriate to the scope of research to be conducted.
Opportunities will be open for application through September 20, 2013. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the research advisors before developing a research proposal. More information about the Mendenhall Program and this opportunity can be found at here and here.
Research Advisors: Amy Vandergast, (619) 225-6445, mailto:
; Kenneth Nussear, (702) 564-4515, mailto:
; Todd Esque (702) 564-4506, mailto:
Proposed Duty Stations: San Diego, CA; Las Vegas, NV
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