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The Leopold Leadership Program at Stanford University

The Leopold Leadership Program at Stanford University invites midcareer academic environmental scientists to apply for the 2015 Leopold Leadership Fellowships. The program provides researchers with the skills for translating their knowledge to action, and for catalyzing change to address the world's most pressing sustainability challenges. The program selects up to 20 Fellows annually to participate in two intensive weeklong training sessions a year apart to build and enhance their skills for leading change from local to global scales. The goal is to create a community of engaged scientific leaders who link their knowledge to decision-making about the environment and sustainability. The program seeks candidates in a broad range of disciplines, including biophysical and social sciences and technical, medical, and engineering fields related to the environment and sustainability. More information and application, click here.

Early-Career Fellowships, Mountain Lake Biological Station

The University of Virginia's Mountain Lake Biological Station (MLBS) is excited to offer a limited number of fellowships to cover residency and station use costs for researchers exploring new projects or collecting preliminary data. An Early Career Fellowship offers a rare opportunity to spend up to 2 months at MLBS, one of North America's premier field stations, at no cost to the researcher. MLBS welcomes researchers from any discipline that can benefit from the Station experience and facilities. Preference will be given to individuals and projects with the potential to develop into long-term research activities at the Station. We especially encourage applications from individuals in the postdoctoral or early faculty phases of their careers, but will not exclude other individuals from consideration.

Interested individuals should submit a single pdf file that includes a CV and 2-3 page outline of the proposed research to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Review of proposals will begin March 14, 2014. For more information about the fellowship program, research opportunities, or MLBS, please visit our website: mlbs.org and contact the Director Dr. Butch Brodie at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

2014 Huyck Grants

The Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station is now accepting applications for Huyck Research Grants for summer 2014. They support work in basic and applied ecology, conservation biology, taxonomy, animal behavior, evolution, geology, land use history, and other areas of natural science. Typical grant awards are for $2000, but can be as much as $3500 for projects that involve extended residencies. For more information on Huyck Research Grants and how to apply, please click here.

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further details.  Applications and submission details can be found here or here.