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Fellowships

Kendall Fellowship, Union of Concerned Scientists: Protecting Carbon in Boreal Forests (Posted 3/13/18)

The Union of Concerned Scientists is inviting applications for a post-doctoral fellowship to study fire management and mitigation options for Alaskan forests in a warming world. The feasibility, economics and potential of fire management in US boreal forests is almost entirely unexplored, to date. This exciting and important 2-year fellowship, beginning in October 2018, is based at UCS’s office in Cambridge, MA. Part of the prestigious Kendall Science Fellows program, this project is in close partnership with the Woods Hole Research Center of Falmouth, MA. For more information, and to apply, go here.

Multi-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ecological Modeling at University of Connecticut (Posted 3/7/18)

The Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut, in collaboration with UNC-Chapel Hill and Georgetown University, invites applications for a multi-year NSF-funded Postdoctoral Fellow to work on spatio-temporal patterns and ecological consequences of phenological mismatch across three trophic levels. Funded by NSF’s Macrosystems Biology program, the project seeks to quantify ecological patterns of phenological asynchrony between plants, Lepidoptera, and birds, and to explore demographic consequences of mismatch. The Fellow will join a highly collaborative and dynamic group of researchers across 8 North American institutions. For further information, go here.

Primary responsibilities will include: building spatio-temporal models of phenological events across North America; using mark-recapture data in an integrated modeling framework to explore demographic responses to mismatch of phenophases; collaborating closely with climate, vegetation, and insect teams across multiple institutions; and assisting in curation of data products and associated bioinfomatic resources. All project data would be available to the postdoc to develop their own analyses for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals in accordance with project goals. The postdoc would report to Dr. Morgan Tingley and would be hosted at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.

Qualifications: Candidates must have a Ph.D. in biology or a closely related field, experience in ecological models of occurrence, abundance, and mark-recapture, and expertise in statistical analyses using R. Preferred candidates will additionally have: experience with ecological “big data”; advanced statistical and programming skills including the creation of R packages, and knowledge of python and SQL; demonstrated commitment to reproducible and open science; prior success in Team Science scenarios; and a strong track record of peer-reviewed publication.

Application Details: This position is based at the Storrs campus of the University of Connecticut and includes competitive salary and health benefits. This is a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term position, with an initial 3-month probationary period. Reappointment is available for up to 3 years, conditional on satisfactory performance. The position will begin on or after 1 June 2018. Interested candidates should send (1) an email describing their research interests and qualifications along with (2) a CV, (3) 1-2 representative publications, and (4) a list of 3 references to Morgan Tingley (morgan.tingley[AT]uconn.edu).

Green-Grey Infrastructure Fellowship with Conservation International (Posted 3/7/18)

Conservation International is launching an innovative, new, international program focused on developing and implementing hybrid Green-Grey solutions for climate adaptation. This program will be a first of its kind, combining a strong conservation focus with engineering expertise to provide solutions to some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. By selectively combining elements of traditional “grey” engineering with conservation and restoration of critical ecosystems or “green” infrastructure, CI is developing the next generation of climate adaptation approaches that simultaneously ensure effective climate change resilience while also maximizing the broad spectrum of ecosystem services so critical to communities.

The fellow will coordinate development and strategic implementation of the Green-Grey program across CI, build and support critical partnerships in science, industry and conservation, provide critical technical expertise and support across CI, particularly to CI's field programs, and lead the day-to-day operations of the program. The Green-Grey fellow will be at the forefront of developing this new conservation and engineering approach for application globally.

For more information and application please visit their CI Career Opportunities website or click on this link

Fellowship available for Ph.D. student at LSU (Posted 2/20/18)

The School of Renewable Natural Resources at Louisiana State University seeks an outstanding student for a Board of Regents PhD fellowship to begin in Fall 2018. The fellowship pays 30K/year for four years and includes a tuition waiver. Active research programs in the School include a diverse array of topics, such as avian ecology, conservation genetics, wetlands ecology, fisheries, and forestry. Interested students should visit the School’s website to identify and contact a professor with similar research interests. If the professor agrees to act as their PhD advisor, prospective students may submit their application to the selection committee chair, Dr. Sabrina Taylor (staylor at lsu.edu). Application materials must identify the prospective PhD advisor and include a CV, transcripts, three letters of reference, GRE scores, and a written statement describing the student’s motivation for graduate study. Applicants must be US citizens/residents. All qualified U.S. citizens and residents who apply before Mar 31, 2018 will be considered for the 2018/2019 academic year. Prospective students who apply after Mar 31 will be considered only if a sufficient number of qualified students have not yet applied. Fellowship offers will be made by April 15, 2018 and students who accept will then be asked to apply to the LSU Graduate School. LSU is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. 

Postdoc: California Conservation Science, UCLA (Posted 2/7/18)

The UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science invites applications for its annual Postdoctoral Fellowship in California Conservation Science. Consistent with our mission, they seek one or two postdoctoral scholars who simultaneously conduct innovative research and interface with the conservation and management agencies that direct and lead California conservation. For our 2018 competition, they are specifically seeking one, or possibly two postdoctoral candidates who will lead a broad, conservation genomics analysis of multiple co-distributed species across Los Angeles and Southern California. Our goal for this targeted call is to determine such issues as the contribution of protected lands to the conservation of genetic diversity, the ability of species to traverse the urban landscape of Los Angeles and surrounding regions, and genetic resilience to future climate change. Work on any taxa can be appropriate. They are particularly interested in fellows who develop a taxonomically broad, multi-species approach to comparative landscape genomics. The fellows will be co-funded by the La Kretz Center and the UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge, working together to conduct molecular lab work and GIS-intensive analyses. They will consider candidates who have recently completed their PhD, or will have completed it by summer, 2018.

For more information, download the full PostDoc Announcement.

 

  

Graduate - Internship Opportunities


Various Location(s)

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Conservation Social Science/Anthropology) (Posted 4/20/18)
The Nature Conservancy’s
Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. Preferred but office location is negotiable
Job ID # 46371
Apply by April 30, 2018.
For more information, go here


ALABAMA

MS and PhD opportunity in Biogeochemistry (Posted 4/9/18)

University of Alabama: We have support available for students wishing to pursue MS or PhD degrees starting in August of 2018 or January of 2019 in the Biogeochemistry Lab. The successful applicants will work on collaborative projects to examine spatial and temporal patterns in nitrogen cycling, the role of benthic fauna on nitrogen cycling, or controls on trace gas fluxes in marshes. Alabama is an ecologically remarkable state, a hotspot of aquatic biodiversity and home to the Mobile-Tensaw Delta ("America's Amazon") and Mobile Bay is the fourth largest estuary in the United States providing extensive opportunities for biogeochemical research. Tuscaloosa is a thriving college town, centrally located to major southern cities, state and national parks, and the Gulf of Mexico.

Applicants should have a BS in chemistry, biology, marine science, or a related field, and background and interest in biogeochemistry. Depending on availability and qualifications, students are eligible for assistantships covering a tuition waiver, an annual stipend, and travel funds to attend conferences. For additional information visit the Biogeochemistry Lab website and contact Dr. Behzad Mortazavi at: . Application information and forms are available here.

The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, age, genetic or family medical history information, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected basis, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases. 

Postdoctoral Position in Evolutionary Ecology at Auburn University (Posted 3/13/18)

The Wolak Research Group at Auburn University is hiring a Postdoctoral Research Associate to test and develop theory predicting the evolutionary dynamics of genetic effects and phenotypic distributions in response to selection for sexual dimorphism. The main focus of the initial project will be theory development using mathematical or individual-based models. However, beyond this there are opportunities for the postdoc to expand along many possible avenues - including current laboratory experiments and analyses on the empirical study of sexual dimorphisms. The postdoc will be expected to assist with training graduate students, develop synergistic projects, write grants, and produce first authored papers and contribute to co-authored papers. Persons from groups typically under-represented in science are strongly encouraged to apply.

Required:
- A Ph.D. in an appropriate field (including but not limited to evolution, ecology, genetics) at time of hire
- A demonstrated track record of creative, productive research
- The ability to work in a dynamic, collaborative environment with graduate and undergraduate students
- A strong quantitative background
- Excellent communication, organizational, and leadership skills.

Preferred:
- Expertise in quantitative genetics
- Experience building mathematical or individual-based models
- A demonstrated ability to code in at least one programming language

Availability:
The position start date is June 1 2018, but can be flexible. This is a one-year, full-time position with the possibility of renewal for a total of 2 years, pending satisfactory work. The postdoc will also benefit from AU fringe benefits and access to conference travel funds within the Wolak Research Group. Additional group funds for independent projects are available upon submission of a written proposal.

If interested, please email the following materials to Matthew Wolak ():
- 1) a current CV with contact information for three references
- 2) a 2 page statement of interest in this opportunity with descriptions of relevant skills and experience
- 3) up to 3 PDFs of relevant publications or manuscripts in preparation

Screening of applications will begin 09 April 2018, and continue until the position is filled. Interested persons should submit their application materials before this date to receive full consideration.

This announcement is informal in nature and the selected candidate must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work at Auburn University and in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.

Graduate Opportunity in Global Change Ecology (Posted 3/13/18)

The Global Change Ecology Group in conjunction with the Alabama Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) seeks a highly motivated individual interested in pursuing a Ph.D. The successful candidate will be able to choose to pursue a Ph.D. working in one of five projects that are established within the lab:

1. Understanding the role hydrologic changes play in the carbon, water and energy exchange of
Everglades Ecosystems.
2. Trading Water for Food in a complex mosaic of agroecosystems in France.
3. Comparing and contrasting biogeochemical cycles in bioenergy crops to natural forest of the
Southeastern United States.
4. Determining the complex associations between prescribe fire, climate and biogeochemical cycles
within and across longleaf pine ecosystems.
5. Understanding the ecophysiology and emissions of BVOCs from Urban trees.

This program offers a competitive stipend of $32,000 annually for 2 years, full graduate tuition waiver and fees, conference and research travel opportunities, career seminars and workshops, and academic
enrichment.

To be eligible for consideration the candidate must meet the following requirements:

• Hold a bachelor’s degree in a STEM program.
• Have a minimum 3.0 GPA
• Participate in an undergraduate LSAMP program
• Gain Acceptance into The University of Alabama Graduate School
• Meet the requirement for admission to the Department of Biological Sciences
• Be committed to pursuing a doctoral degree in the Global Change Ecology Group

Program eligibility is limited to U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals or permanent residents of the United States

Interested candidates should contact Gregory Starr () and send a CV, letter of interest, research statement, and if possible a writing sample.

PhD assistantship- Stormwater and tidal marsh habitat (Posted 2/7/18)

The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences (SFWS) at Auburn University
(AU) is seeking candidates for a graduate research assistantship (Ph.D.) involving stormwater and tidal creek habitats. The assistantship is supported by a recent grant to examine the influence of urban stormwater runoff on the condition and habitat suitability of resident salt marsh fish along the Gulf of Mexico. Candidates will work with an interdisciplinary team from SFWS and the Auburn University School of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences. In addition to contributing to project goals, it is expected that the student will develop their own research focus related to
the project. The position can be filled starting summer or fall semester
2018. Additional information about graduate school at AU can be found here and the SFWS.

The assistantship will include a $19,180 salary and a full tuition waiver. Further, highly qualified candidates will be considered for an AU Presidential Graduate Research Fellowship, which lasts for 3 years and includes an annual stipend of $30,000. Applicants should possess an M.S. degree in ecology, natural resources, environmental science or other applicable degree. Research experience working in coastal ecosystems and familiarity with salt marshes, fish sampling, and handling small boats is highly desirable.

For further information, email Christopher Anderson at . To be considered for the position, candidates should email a cover letter outlining their qualifications, a CV, unofficial copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, unofficial GRE scores, and contact information for at least 3 references.


ALASKA

Research Experience for Undergraduate Positions in Alaska (Posted 3/13/18)

Seeking enthusiastic undergraduate researchers interested in summer field research in Alaska for two Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) positions in the Bret-Harte and Ruess labs at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Our overall research objective is to understand the consequences of potential future changes in arctic vegetation for arctic ecosystems and the rest of the world. In this project, they are focusing on the mechanisms by which increasing abundance of large deciduous shrubs in tundra ecosystems may alter the near-surface cycling of C and N, and feedbacks to further vegetation change. You will assist with fieldwork in arctic tundra and laboratory work consisting of tasks such as plant sorting and data entry. You will collaborate closely with the principal investigator, graduate students, and technicians to develop an independent research project of your own that will build on the ongoing research, and will present your work at an informal symposium at the Toolik Field Station. In addition, you will attend weekly seminars on the research at the station. One student will be based at the Toolik Field Station, north of the Brooks Range in arctic Alaska, which is the focus of research by nearly >100 scientists who work on a variety of terrestrial and aquatic ecology projects. The other student will be based in Fairbanks, Alaska, with frequent trips camping in the boreal forest, and some time at Toolik Field Station. Both positions will last approximately 10 weeks, starting in mid-June, though there is some flexibility.

Class background in plant ecology, botany, ecosystem ecology, statistics, and computer science would be an advantage. Experience in field or laboratory, experience with data analysis, and experience working in a remote field site is preferred. You should have skills with plant identification, data collecting and recording, data manipulation in Excel, and data analysis. You must be willing to work in the field, occasionally under adverse weather conditions. A valid U.S. drivers’s license is preferred. Competent, careful, emotionally mature, and enthusiastic people desired! They want the work to be both fun and challenging. You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program, with graduation expected no sooner than fall 2017. You must provide a copy of your social security card at the time of employment. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

If you are interested in this position, send 1) a copy of your resume, including the names and contact information for 3 references, 2) a list of your coursework in biology, ecology, chemistry, and math/statistics, and 3) a cover letter than explains why you are interested, describes your background and research experience, and includes anything that you think would convince us that you are the most appropriate person for this position, to Syndonia Bret-Harte, by March 25, 2018. They will contact you to discuss the position. 


ARIZONA

Research Experience for Undergraduates Opportunity (Posted 4/19/18)
Sala Lab
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ
Apply by April 23, 2018.
For more information, go here

Research Experience for Undergraduates Opportunity in Urban Ecology (Posted 3/30/18)

Are you an undergraduate student who is interested in ecology, plant biology, and sustainability? The Hall Lab at Arizona State University is looking for an enthusiastic and motivated undergraduate student to participate in research activities in urban ecology during the summer of 2018. The participant will work with faculty, graduate students, and technicians to explore how and why people manage their yards, and the consequences of those choices for biodiversity and outdoor water use. The student will work with team members to conduct field work in residential yards and Sonoran Desert parks across the Phoenix Metropolitan Area.

Metro Phoenix, Arizona, is situated in the northern Sonoran Desert, which is home to the iconic saguaro cactus and charismatic desert animal species. ASU is located in Tempe, a lively and vibrant college town with accessible public transportation and amenities.

This REU opportunity is a 10-week program that runs from mid-May to mid- August, 2018. The successful applicant will be awarded a $5,000 stipend, and up to $3,000 for room and board. Additionally, funding is available for the REU student to prepare and present a poster at the January 2019 CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting in Tempe, AZ.

About the Project: The Hall Lab at Arizona State University explores ecological patterns and processes in human-dominated ecosystems to find solutions that will benefit people and nature. As part of a NSF-funded Macrosystems grant, the Hall Lab seeks to explore patterns of biodiversity and ecosystem services in urban areas. Documenting the social drivers and benefits of native and other plant species will help to inform city managers about sustainable urban practices.

Project Timeline: During the first three weeks of the REU program, the student will work on directed readings of the literature, and will “apprentice” with members of our teams. By the end of three weeks, they expect the student to complete a draft proposal of her/his research project. The following several weeks will be dedicated to collecting and analyzing data under our guidance.

During the final two weeks, the student will write a report of her/his work and prepare an oral presentation of project findings for our research group.

Minimum Qualifications
The successful candidate must:
• Have an interest in ecological research.
• Have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Be a quick learner and be able to work on projects with minimal direct supervision.
• Be able to work outside during the summer in Phoenix and be able to perform job duties in a variety of climatic conditions, including high temperatures. Summer temperatures in Phoenix can reach over 110 degrees F.
• Have a positive attitude.
• Be able to work independently and as part of a team.
• Be able to walk and stand for extensive periods of time, often stooping, bending, pulling, pushing, and lifting.
• Be able to lift or carry equipment, and supplies, not to exceed 40 lbs.

Desired Qualifications
• Students who are majoring in an environmental discipline (natural resources, conservation biology, plant or soil science).
• Flexibility in working on different tasks as needs change over the course of the project.

Eligibility
Undergraduate student participants supported with NSF funds in either REU Supplements or REU Sites must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States. An undergraduate student is a student who is enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree.

How to apply
Please send cover letter, resume or CV, and unofficial transcripts to Laura Steger (e-mail: ) by April 13, 2018.

Research Experience for Undergraduates Opportunity in Landscape Planning and Management (Posted 3/29/18)

Are you an undergraduate student interested in conservation, landscapes, and urban sustainability? Professor Kelli Larson at Arizona State University is looking for an enthusiastic and motivated undergraduate student to participate in research during the summer of 2018. The participant will work with faculty as well as graduate and undergraduate students to explore how people manage their yards and what types of landscapes cities are pursuing for water conservation, biodiversity, and other purposes. The student will work with team members to conduct research on current landscape design trends across cities of the U.S.

The position is located in Metro Phoenix, Arizona, and situated in the northern Sonoran Desert, which is home to the iconic saguaro cactus and charismatic desert animals. ASU is located in Tempe, a lively and vibrant college town with accessible public transportation and amenities.

This REU is a 10-week position that runs from mid-May to mid-August, 2018. The successful applicant will be awarded a $5,000 stipend, and up to $3,000 for room and board. Additionally, funding is available for the REU student to prepare and present a poster at the January 2019 CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting in Tempe, AZ.

About the Project: As part of a NSF-funded Macrosystems grant, Larson’s research group is exploring residential landscapes and how they are designed and managed across diverse cities including Phoenix, AZ, Los Angeles, CA, and Miami, FL. Documenting landscaping trends in residential areas is critical for enhancing the environmental and social value of these common urban ecosystems.

Minimum Qualifications
The successful candidate must:
• Be pursuing a degree in geography, planning, sustainability, landscape design/architecture, or a related field.
• Have an interest in environmental research.
• Be able to work in Microsoft programs including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
• Have solid written and verbal communication skills.
• Be able to work independently and as part of a team.

Desired Qualifications: • Interest in developing this research into an Honors thesis and/or for publication. • Experience in conducting social science research.

Eligibility: Undergraduate students enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a Bachelor’s degree. The funding also requires the student to be must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident of the U.S.

How to apply: Please send cover letter, resume or CV, and unofficial transcripts to by April 23, 2018.

 


ARKANSAS

Two M.S. Assistantships in Fire Management/Invasive Species Monitoring (Posted 3/7/18)

The School of Forestry & Natural Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello seeks highly motivated students to contribute positively and work on one of the following research projects. Both assistantships are available on August 16, 2018 and each offer an annual stipend of $15,000 and cover tuition.

Evaluating extent and severity of emerald ash borer in Arkansas and Louisiana. Ash trees represent a critical ecological component of bottomland hardwood forests and provide $2 million of annual revenue to Arkansas landowners alone. The detection of the invasive emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis; EAB) represents a serious threat to the ash resource and forestry sector in the southern United States. As part of a larger research project, the student will evaluate current on-the-ground conditions of ash host and EAB adult and immature larval populations to determine severity and extent of the infestation in Arkansas and Louisiana. Student’s thesis may focus on comparing detection techniques or examining effective EAB adult dispersal and ash mortality pattern or examine effect of biological control on EAB population and the development of immature stages over time. This is an opportunity to work closely with representatives from multiple conservation and natural resources management agencies including the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, State Forestry Agencies in Arkansas and Louisiana, and the U.S. Forest Service-Forest Health Protection to provide up-to-date information on EAB and its effects.

Evaluating fuel treatments potential in reducing wildfire risk and fire behavior in the Arkansas Ozarks. Increases in frequency, duration, severity, and size of catastrophic wildfires have occurred, especially in the western United States. In 2017, suppression costs exceeded $2 billion and consumed 56% of the U.S. Forest Service budget. As part of a larger, interdisciplinary research project, the student will evaluate fuel conditions in relation to thinning and harvest removals aimed to reduce densities of small-diameter trees and evaluate the potential reduction in wildfire risk and fire behavior implications. The student will work closely with the U.S. Forest Service National Forest personnel and other participating agencies to simulate fire behavior and examine potential impacts, while working in the scenic Arkansas Ozarks.

Requirements: Applicants must have a 2.7 overall undergraduate GPA or 3.0 GPA in the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate courses and satisfactory GRE scores. A B.S. degree in a natural resources-related field is also required. Applicants must have a valid U.S. driver’s license or obtain the same within 60 days of starting employment. Overnight travel is required as well as the ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.

Location and Facilities: The School of Forestry & Natural Resources is located in Monticello, Arkansas in the southeastern portion of the state. The Arkansas Forest Resources Center is also headquartered here and is administered by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. The Arkansas Forest Resources Center is the research and extension arm for forest-based programs within the State. Additionally, the USFS Arkansas Forestry Sciences Lab is located at the School. The School and Center maintain several state-of-the-art laboratories (hydrology, soil, quantitative analysis, silviculture, wildlife ecology & management) available for graduate research and education.

Application & Additional Information: Graduate program and application information can be found here. Applicants must be admitted to the University of Arkansas at Monticello and apply to the School of Forestry & Natural Resources before they can be considered for an assistantship. Applicants must submit all GRE scores, official transcripts, a statement of interests, and three letters of recommendation. Please indicate the position number above on all application materials and inquiries.

For additional information, please contact: Dr. Mohammad M. Bataineh, Office: 870-460-1449, Email:

The positions are available until qualified applicants are selected.

UAM is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer


CALIFORNIA

Santa Barbara Coastal LTE REU (Posted 4/12/18)

Keywords: Biogeochemistry, Organic Matter, Nitrogen, Sediment, Kelp, Santa Barbara 

A Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer fellowship is available for one student in partnership with the Santa Barbara Coastal Long Term Ecological Research program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Duration is 12 weeks, June 18-Sept 7, although these dates are flexible, and the student will be compensated $1,500/month.

They 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. The student will be involved with an NSF-funded project on the cycling of terrestrially and marine-derived organic matter in kelp forests and nearby marine sediments. The main objective of this project is to evaluate how the input of various kinds of organic matter affects nitrogen and carbon cycling in kelp forest ecosystems and surrounding regions and to develop a quantitative understanding of the potential supply of nutrients provided by these organic matter inputs. Applicants should possess a strong analytical chemistry background, an interest in fieldwork, and the desire to conduct an independent project. 

There are several potential avenues of research that the REU may pursue, and the final project will be decided upon following a literature review and discussion with their supervisor. The REU will be responsible for conducting an independent project and completing a written report at the end of the summer. They will also have the opportunity to learn R software, participate in field work in the Santa Barbara Channel, collaborate with other undergraduate students, and receive training for several biogeochemical protocols and appropriate instruments. 

Eligibility: 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 but not limited to environmental studies, chemistry, biology, ecology, or physics), and if you will still be an undergraduate in the fall term following the summer fellowship.  Students from underrepresented groups and from institutions with limited research opportunities are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The University of California is an equal opportunity employer and educator. 

Application Materials: Interested applicants should send a personal statement, CV, unofficial transcript, one letter of recommendation, and contact information for one additional reference. The statement should be no more than a page in length and should include the following information: (i) professional goals, (ii) interest in the position, and (iii) relevant experience.  Send application materials as a single PDF, to Heili Lowman (). Please include your name and REU application in file names and the e-mail subject line. The letter of recommendation should be sent directly from the recommender. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will be accepted through May 10, 2018.

 

National Center for Science Education seeks part-time summer interns (Posted 3/31/18)
Oakland, CA
Applications must be received by April 15.
For more information, go here

Plant Community Ecology REU in Alpine Tundra (Posted 3/30/18)

The Spasojevic Ecology Lab at the University of California Riverside is recruiting one undergraduate to participate in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) this summer at the Niwot Ridge Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) site near Boulder Colorado. The successful applicant will contribute to ongoing NSF-funded research investigating the role of early snowmelt on plant biodiversity patterns in alpine tundra and develop an independent project on a topic of their choosing within the field of plant community ecology. Please see the Spasojevic Lab website for the types of projects that they work on.

Benefits: Stipend is $5,250 for 10-week session, meals provided in a dining hall and a partial food stipend ($30/per day) for the 18 days that the dining hall is closed, housing in a rustic cabin, travel to the program (one round trip, up to $500).

Qualifications: Students must be currently enrolled in a 2-year or 4-year school. Students graduating before September 2018 will not be eligible. Participants must be US Citizens, US Nationals, or permanent residents. They strongly encourage applications from underrepresented groups in the sciences, first-generation college students, students that attend colleges with limited research opportunities (small liberal arts and community colleges), financially disadvantaged students, students with physical disabilities, and US military veterans.

Application: Please send a cover letter, C.V. or resume, and contact information for two references to . Review of applicants will begin April 15th.

Important Note: Applicants must be in adequate physical condition to live at the Mountain Research Station's elevation (9,500 feet) and to participate in activities at and above this elevation. For nearly all students, there are no difficulties beyond needing a few days of acclimation. If you have a history of heart or lung problems or have other physical conditions which might limit your ability to participate, please consult with your physician before applying.

Please go here for details.

Multiple MS and PhD Graduate Research Assistantships available at University of California, Merced (Posted 3/15/18)

The Mountain Hydrology Research Group at University of California Merced seeks applications for 2-3 highly qualified applicants who are committed to pursuing an MS or PhD degree in Environmental Systems, in one of three areas:

1) Food–Energy–Water Nexus. The PhD student will engage in developing integrated modeling tools and analysis using systems engineering approach to natural resource management. The prospective student will analyze the nexus between food-energy-water systems, comprised of connected wildland-storage-cropland subsystems in California, and explore how different climate-adaption pathways affect resilience, vulnerability, and sustainability of CA’s highly leveraged rivers. Theye are looking for students with hydrology, water resources engineering, system engineering backgrounds for 5-year USDA funded project. Experience in scientific programming, remote sensing, and data analytics are greatly preferred.

2) Forest Hydrology and Watershed Management. The MS or PhD student will engage in developing data and modeling tools to better understand and predict the effects of restoration treatments on forest health, water supply, and carbon. The prospective student will also engage in building partnerships, among different stakeholder groups, for improving drought resiliency and reducing high intensity wildfire risk while enhancing both forest health and water related benefits. They are looking for students with watershed hydrology, water resources engineering, agriculture engineering, and forestry backgrounds for 2-year (possibly longer) USDI funded project. Experience in hydrologic modeling, snow, remote sensing, and data analytics are greatly preferred.

3) Groundwater and Surface-Water Interactions. The MS or PhD student will combine tracer and other data on groundwater inflow and subsurface storage to inform a detailed and high-fidelity model (i.e. ParFlow) to better understand the dynamics of snow and subsurface storage at varying geo-climatic settings of the Sierra Nevada under current and future climate. The prospective student will also explore lower-fidelity “surrogate” or “proxy” modeling technique using PRMS to capture and upscale the findings of the high-fidelity modeling to basin-scale at which water resources are managed. They are looking for students with hydrology, water resources engineering, and numerical modeling backgrounds for 3-year UCOP funded project.

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Drs. Martha Conklin (), Mohammad Safeeq (), and Roger Bales () for further information related to project or application process.

Vegetation Ecology Internships - NPS SF Bay I&M (Posted 3/8/18)

POSITION: VEGETATION ECOLOGY INTERN
ORGANIZATION: National Park Service Inventory & Monitoring Program
LOCATIONS: Sausalito, and Point Reyes Station, CA.
POSTING DATE: March 5, 2018.
TO APPLY: Email your resume, a cover letter, and three references to Eric Wrubel at

OPEN UNTIL FILLED

OVERVIEW
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 Bay Area I&M and the natural resources it monitors, please go here and here

POSITION DESCRIPTION
The San Francisco Bay Area Network is seeking two interns to assist with plant community monitoring and invasive plant early detection protocols.
The interns will work primarily in Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Point Reyes National Seashore, but will also make visits to Pinnacles National Park, and John Muir National Historic Site. One position will be stationed at Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito, CA, and one position will be stationed at Point Reyes Headquarters, Point Reyes Station, CA.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
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.

BENEFITS
Gain experience identifying plants of the Bay Area, one of the most botanically rich regions in the California Floristic Province, a global biodiversity hotspot. Learn vegetation sampling techniques that are industry standards in land management and research. Become proficient in GPS and GIS technologies. 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; and Point Reyes National Seashore. Thirty Dollar ($30.00) per day stipend.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS
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, a plus. A valid driver’s license and clean driving record.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT 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 dense vegetation. Interns will frequently encounter poison oak, ticks, spiders, mosquitoes, and other wildlife. While they 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.

TERMS
Desired Start Date: April 9, 2018.
Six month term, April – September, 2018.
Work week is Monday – Friday.
Two locations: Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito, CA; and Point Reyes Station, CA.

The Parks Conservancy and National Park Service seek to increase diversity in the workplace and reflect the changing demographics of our Bay Area community. People of color and from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


COLORADO

Youth and the Environment Program (YEP) Coordinator/Wastewater Division Intern (Posted 4/20/18)
Bureau of Land Management
Craig, CO
Dates: May, 2018- Early or Mid October. Full-time, temporary
For more information, go here

Postdoc: Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory Collaborative Postdoctoral Fellowship for Synthesis and Long-term Data (Posted 3/29/18)

Synthesis Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL)

The RMBL is pleased to announce the first RMBL Collaborative Postdoctoral Fellowship for Synthesis and Long-term Data.

This post-doc will have access to exciting long-term datasets documenting both local climate and the biology of mountain organisms and ecosystems. The core datasets for this project are detailed phenological data on flowering in plant communities for over 40 years and on bee communities for ~10 years, with other data potentially including records of stream and terrestrial insects, the behavior and physiology of mammals, plant distributions and other datasets. They seek applicants interested in using these datasets to answer ecological or evolutionary questions, particularly (but not limited to) questions about the relationship of climate to phenology, plant-insect or plant-pollinator interactions, or ecosystem processes. Strong skills in data analysis and synthesis are required. This postdoctoral fellow will collaborate with a team of five PIs (David Inouye (RMBL), Rebecca Irwin (NC State), Brian Inouye (Florida State), Nora Underwood (Florida State) and Aimée Classen (University of Vermont), and postdoc Jane Ogilvie (Florida State) on research involving topics such as flowering phenology, bee phenology and climate from the Colorado Rockies. The postdoctoral fellow will have two
roles: (1) assist with continued collection of data by leading a dynamic group of summer field researchers (2) lead the development of papers analyzing and synthesizing long-term RMBL datasets. The fellow will be in residence in Colorado at the RMBL during the summer research season and at one of the PI's home institutions during the academic year.

This position, currently funded for at least two years, is open to individuals who have completed their Ph.D. (or will have completed their Ph.D. by the time the position begins). Preference will be given to applicants with no or minimal post-doctoral experience, but they encourage inquiries from anyone interested in the position. Successful applicants will have strong skills in field research, data analysis (in particular multivariate statistics, time-series analysis, demography, and/or SEM), collaboration and manuscript preparation. Compensation includes salary (starting at $41,000), health benefits, and station fees and housing at the RMBL during the field season. RMBL is an internationally-renowned field station in the Colorado Rockies, with a diverse and interactive summer population of researchers from across the US and abroad. We encourage applications from a diverse applicant pool and we welcome applicants regardless of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status or disability.

Target start date is late spring or summer 2018, but start date is flexible in order to accommodate the best applicants. Applications accepted beginning April 1 2018 and continuing until the position is filled.

To apply, send a CV, names of three references, and a cover letter summarizing your background, career goals and why this position is of interest to you to Nora Underwood (). For more information about the RMBL, this project and the collaborating labs see the following websites. Questions can be directed to the PI whose interests are closest to your own.

The RMBL Flowering Phenology Project; The RMBL Bee Phenology Project; RMBL
David Inouye (); Rebecca Irwin (); Nora Underwood (); Brian Inouye (); Aimée Classen ()

Postdoctoral position - cross-boundary habitat conservation for endangered species (Posted 3/21/18)
Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resources
Apply by March 25, 2018
For more information, go here.

Post doc - Mountain wetland restoration ecology (Posted 3/13/18)

Half-time Post-Doc appointment in Restoration Ecology - Colorado State University

An appointment for a half-time post-doctoral researcher is available in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. This research is focused on understanding how the restoration of meadow vegetation affects greenhouse gas fluxes in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. This continuation of an ongoing funded project seeks to clarify the ecological effects of reducing small mammal herbivory and planting a native sedge on carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide fluxes in a degraded wet meadow (Tuolumne Meadows) in Yosemite National Park. The researcher would be responsible for (1) continuing the collection and analysis of gas flux data, (2) developing a model of growing season methane and nitrous oxide exchange, and (3) lead in the development of a comprehensive synthesis paper of all work done on the project. This will be years 3 and 4 of a 4-year project. Proficiency in greenhouse gas modeling, hydrology, vegetation dynamics, restoration ecology, and vegetation ecology is essential and experience is preferred. The candidate must be able to work independently, direct field crews, and contribute substantial conceptual capital to the project. Extensive field work and arrangement of personal accommodations near Yosemite National Park is required. This half-time appointment is a unique opportunity for a motivated candidate who values work/life balance.

Application details: Interested candidates should send their CV and a cover letter that documents their interest and relevant experience to Dr. David J. Cooper, Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, Colorado State University. Please send all materials via email:

Seeking field assistant for summer 2018 (Posted 3/13/18)

Overview: Two research groups at Duke University are seeking a shared research assistant for fieldwork in plant and insect ecology and evolution. This is a unique experience for students enthusiastic about plant ecology to gain experience working on two different projects in one summer! The projects are non-overlapping in time; there is opportunity for leisure time between project dates, or if the technician desires to stay at the field station for the duration of the summer, start dates for project 2 are flexible. Location: Our research is conducted at and around the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, located in southwestern Colorado. They will provide all transportation to and from the field station and from the station to research sites.

Dates: June 18 - June 29 (project 1) and July 16 - August 10 (project 2; somewhat flexible) 2018

For more information, go here.

PhD opportunity in plant ecophysiology (Posted 2/20/18)

Seeking a PhD candidate to be part of a research team at Colorado State University investigating post-fire regeneration in sagebrush steppe and mixed-grass prairie ecosystems. Despite the important role of fire in grassland and shrubland ecosystems, little is known about the physiological effects of fire on belowground tissues of plants. The candidate will have the opportunity to work with a large team of researchers from USFS-RMRS, USDA-ARS, USGS, and U of WY on a recently funded Joint Fire Science Program Grant. A major goal of the project is to quantify the physiological impact of heat from fires on resprouting tissues of plants and evaluate the demographic consequences of these disturbances. This work will involve field and lab work (including work with the USFS Fire Lab) and will utilize a range of physiological techniques, bud dissection and/or anatomy, and the development of new methods to measure and characterize bud physiology. The position will include work in South Dakota, Colorado, and Wyoming.

Preference will be given to candidates with a M.S. degree in plant ecology and/or plant ecophysiology and those with strong quantitative skills. They would like to find a student that can begin this spring or early summer.

The PhD candidate will be co-advised by Troy Ocheltree (CSU) and Jacqueline Ott (USFS-RMRS). Please send a resume and statement of interest to Troy Ocheltree () if you are interested in this opportunity. 

Internship - Vegetation Monitoring Crew Member - 2 Positions (Posted 2/8/18)
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps
Meeker, CO
May 2018-Early or mid October. Full-time, temporary
For more information, go here.

Internship - Aquatic Monitoring Crew Member - 2 Positions (Posted 2/8/18)
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps
Meeker, CO
May 2018-Early or mid October. Full-time, temporary
For more information, go here.

Internship - Archeology Field Crew - 2 Positions (Posted 2/8/18)
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps
Meeker, CO
Mid May 2018-Late September or Early Octoerr. Full-time, temporary
For more information, go here.

Internship - Vegetation Monitoring Crew Member - 2 Positions (Posted 2/8/18)
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps
Craig, CO
May 2018-Early or mid October. Full-time, temporary
For more information, go here.

Internship - Vegetation Monitoring Crew Member - 2 Positions (Posted 2/8/18)
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps
Kremmling, CO
May 2018-Early or mid October. Full-time, temporary
For more information, go here.

Internship - River Ranger Intern - 1 Positions (Posted 2/8/18)
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps
Kremmling, CO
May 2018-August 2018, upon completion of 450 hours. Full-time, temporary
For more information, go here.

Internship - Hydrology Technician - 1- 2 Positions (Posted 2/8/18)
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps
Kremmling, CO
June 2018-August 2018, upon completion of determined hours. Full-time, temporary
For more information, go here.
 


CONNECTICUT

Postdoc and Data Science Positions in Movement Ecology (Posted 4/9/18)
Max Planck-Yale (MPY) Center for Biodiversity Movement and Global Change
Yale University
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
Apply by April 20, 2018
For more information, go here.  

2-Year Endowed Postdoc Position in Environmental Science (Posted 3/29/18)
Environmental Science Program
Trinity College
Hartford CT
Consideration of applications will begin 04/16/2018 and will continue until the position is filled.
For more information, go here

PhD opportunity in Wetland Ecology @ UConn (Posted 2/27/18)

A PhD level graduate student position in wetland ecology is available in the Lawrence Lab in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Connecticut. They conduct primary and applied research focused on improving our understanding of wetland plant community composition and ecosystem function. The applicant will develop and examine questions related to sea level rise-driven shifts in coastal marsh vegetation, wetland restoration, and feedbacks to carbon cycling.

The ideal candidate will have an MS in a related discipline with relevant field and laboratory research experience. Funding is available to assist with an ongoing coastal wetland project this summer, with Research Assistant funding beginning in the Fall semester (late August 2018).

To be considered, please contact Dr. Beth Lawrence via email () with the following information: CV or resume, GPA and GRE scores, brief statement of research experience, interests and career goals. See the following links for more information on the research program here, the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment: here and details about applying to the Graduate School at the University of Connecticut: here. The Department accepts applications on a rolling basis, but contact with Dr. Lawrence should be made before March 1, 2018 to warrant full consideration. 


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FLORIDA

Postdoctoral position in Landscape Ecology of Plant-Microbial Interactions (Posted 4/12/18)
Department of Biology
University of Miami
Miami, FL
Apply by May 6, 2018
For more information, go here

MS/PhD Assistantships – Plant Community Ecology – University of Florida (Posted 3/7/18)

The Baiser lab of community ecology in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida is now accepting applications for MS and PhD Graduate Assistantship positions. Our research focuses on how ecological communities assemble, change, and collapse. The effect of invasive species on ecological communities is a common theme throughout our research.

The perspective student will work on a project detailing the effects of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) on Everglades plant communities. The project is funded by the National Park Service and is a collaboration with fire ecologist Dr. Raelene Crandall in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida.

The assistantship includes full tuition coverage, Gator Grad Care health insurance, and a yearly stipend for up to four years. The position will be located at the UF campus in Gainesville, FL. Expected start date is August 14 2018, the start of Fall term.

Qualified applicants will be highly motivated, enthusiastic, and will ideally have strong plant identification skills. Applicants will also have an undergraduate research background and/or an MS in ecology, botany, biology, or a closely related field.

Further information on the Baiser lab can be found here.

***The application deadline is April 6, 2018***

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Prospective students should send the following information with the subject line “Everglades Position” to :

- One page cover letter describing your research experience, interests, and goals

- CV

- GRE scores

- Transcripts (unofficial) from undergraduate and graduate education

- Contact information for three academic references

Ph.D. opportunity: USDA National Needs Fellow at the University of Florida Coffee agroecology under climate change (Posted 2/7/18)

The Rowland Lab and the Flory Lab at the University of Florida (UF) are collaboratively seeking a highly qualified candidate to pursue a Ph.D. focused on the ecophysiology of coffee under climate change conditions. The graduate student will focus on improving understanding of the physiological basis of variation among coffee cultivars in response to experimental drought treatments in Santa Maria, Costa Rica, with an emphasis on whole plant physiological processes related to water use and efficiency. In addition, the student will develop complementary greenhouse or growth chamber-based experiments on the UF campus in Gainesville, FL.

A M.Sc. in ecology, environmental science, agronomy, or a closely related field is strongly preferred but a highly qualified candidate holding only a B.Sc. may be considered. Ideal candidates will have broad ecophysiology research experience and preferably peer-reviewed publications, and will be familiar with field experiments and ecophysiology methods, but they encourage all interested candidates to apply. The successful candidate will have excellent demonstrated writing, presentation, and statistical analysis skills.

The graduate student will be integrally involved in the design and implementation of experiments, data analysis, and manuscript preparation, and will be expected to present at national conferences. Additional collaborations with other projects in the Rowland and Flory labs are possible.

This Ph.D. position is available as soon as May or June, 2018 (and is preferred) but a start date of fall 2018 also is possible. Funding is provided by a USDA National Needs Fellowship to the UF Agronomy Department, and as such, the candidate must be a US citizen or national. The Fellow will also be associated with the UF Center for Stress Resilient Agriculture (CSRA).

Information on the UF Graduate school application process can be found here.

For full consideration please submit application materials as soon as possible, preferably by March 1. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Prior to applying, please send a brief statement of interest and CV to: Diane Rowland () and S. Luke Flory ()  


GEORGIA

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Quantitative Biology / Bioinformatics (Posted 4/19/18)
Brosi and Read Labs
Emory University
Atlanta, GA
Apply by May 1, 2018
For more information, go here.

Aquatic Biology Seasonal Research Worker, southwestern GA (Posted 3/16/18)

The Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center invites applications for a full time, temporary Seasonal Research Worker in the Aquatic Biology Lab. This is a temporary position that will be available April 1-June 30th with the possibility of renewal through the end of 2018.

The 28,000-acre Research Center is located approximately 30 miles south of Albany, Georgia. The Center’s research, education, and conservation programs focus on ecology and natural resource management. The site includes 16,000 acres of longleaf pine forests, over 1,000 acres of wetlands, and 26 miles of stream and river ecosystems.

Job Requirements: The successful candidate will work with water quality studies of streams, lakes, and rivers. The candidate will assist with water quality collection, conducting population surveys of native mussels, fish, and exotic plants and animals as well as leaf litter breakdown. Other responsibilities will include sorting and identifying aquatic macro-invertebrates, data entry and processing water samples within an analytical laboratory. Experience in field biology/ecology required and must be able to swim and snorkel. Must have the ability to conduct moderate to strenuous physical activity in the field, under demanding field conditions (i.e. heat, high humidity, and insects) and independently follow instructions. Experience in operating small research boats and canoes is preferred.

Minimum qualifications: B.S. with experience in biology, ecology or related field. Experience with MS- Windows based computers required. Must be able to swim and snorkel.

Salary: $11.00 per hour with housing
$12.00 per hour without housing
Limited on-site housing is available.

A letter of application, resume and references should be sent by email to:
Subject line: Aquatic Biology Seasonal Research. For additional information regarding this position contact Chelsea Smith by email at .

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
The Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action E-Verify Employer.

Coweeta LTER Summer REU Project with A.D. Rosemond and S.J. Wenger, University of Georgia (Posted 3/7/18)

Seeking enthusiastic and qualified applicants for a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position based in Athens, Georgia. This project will focus on quantifying patterns in stream temperature in the Little Tennessee River (LTR) watershed in western North Carolina. The student will be involved with collecting, organizing, and synthesizing temperature data from the LTR, working with sensor data from current thermistor deployments and helping to facilitate additional deployment of sensors by citizen scientists with the nonprofits Trout Unlimited and Main Spring Conservation Trust (MSCT). The student will use spatial statistical models to explain observed temperatures using variables such as canopy cover, slope, and air temperature. These data layers will also serve as the basis for habitat suitability maps for brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) and other species of interest. The student will likely attend the Little Tennessee River Watershed Conference to be held June 16th, 2018. This project is part of a larger collaborative project investigating the effects of stream warming on detritus-based ecosystems. The student may have the opportunity to assist with various other aspects of this project as well.

The position runs from May 30 to August 8 (dates slightly flexible) and includes a competitive stipend. Applicants must be current undergraduate students who are planning on continuing full-time enrollment in fall semester, 2018. GIS experience is required. Interested applicants should email a resume (including relevant coursework and any prior research experience), a cover letter describing how the REU activities align with their training and career goals, and a list of three references to Dr. Amy
Rosemond: . Please put ‘Summer REU’ in the subject line. The deadline for applying is Monday, April 2nd.

Project Evaluation and Reporting: Deliverables and documentation of learning outcomes from this study will include 1) a written report on the findings by the student and 2) weekly meetings to discuss research, knowledge of ecology and aquatic ecology and plans for the future with mentors, and 3) additional writing and reflection. The participant will be encouraged to present their research findings at an undergraduate research conference.

M.S. Assistantship in Tropical Ecology and Evolution (Posted 2/26/18)

A Masters assistantship is available in the Department of Biology at Georgia Southern University (GSU), with an intended start date in August 2018.The student will be expected to contribute to and develop a thesis project on the evolution of coral snake mimicry. Briefly, this project (funded by Operation Wallacea) will study the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of coral snake mimicry in Honduras. The successful applicant will be based in the Cox laboratory in the Department of Biology at Georgia Southern University.

This project will consist of traveling to and living at the Operation Wallacea field stations in Honduras during the summer (beginning summer 2019). Candidates will be expected to conduct field research, mentor and train undergraduates for their research projects, and interact with the Operation Wallacea team. Duration of the project is 8-10 weeks, and will typically be from late May/early June until August. All costs for traveling to Honduras and housing in Honduras will be covered, as well as the logistics for travel to and from field sites.

The successful applicant must be accepted to the Masters of Biology program at Georgia Southern University and awarded a graduate teaching assistantship. This assistantship includes a tuition waiver and stipend for two years to be funded through teaching duties. The applicant will complete course work and graduate with a M.S. degree in Biology. The student also will assist in the field and lab activities of other members of the Cox laboratory. More information about the graduate program can be found at the Biology department’s web page. Georgia Southern University is a 27,000-student comprehensive research university located in one of the most biodiverse regions of the southeastern U.S.

Required qualifications include (1) a B.S. in Biology or a related field, (2) excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills, and (3) strong self-motivation and ability to work well independently and with a team. Preferred qualifications include (1) previous field experience (Latin American tropics would be a plus), (2) Spanish language experience and ability, (3) strong analytical skills and (4) demonstrated scientific writing ability, such as authorship of a scientific publication, report, or senior thesis.

To apply, email the following as a single pdf file: (1) statement of research background and interests, (2) curriculum vitae or resume, (3) names and contact information for three academic or professional references, (4) GRE scores, and (5) an unofficial copy of your college transcript. Review of applications will begin on 2 March 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries can be addressed to Dr. Christian Cox (email: ). 


HAWAII

Plant Ecology field/lab volunteer position: USGS, Hawaii (Posted 3/7/18)

Plant Ecology field/lab volunteer position with USGS, Hawaii. This volunteer position starts in mid-April, 2018 and lasts 6 months; housing and per diem are provided. They are looking for a motivated intern with field/lab experience to work on a project in mid-elevation mesic forest on Hawaii Island relating to invasive plants, native birds, and ecosystem restoration. In particular, the work focuses on how plant-soil interactions and bird dispersal of native seed affect native understory regeneration in Acacia koa reforestation projects, therefore previous experience with plant/soil sampling and labwork is desirable. Field responsibilities include: collecting plant survey data, maintaining and collecting seedrain traps, outplanting experimental plants, collecting plant foliar and litter samples, soil coring. Field sites are in Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge at 5000-7000 ft elevation and may be cold and wet OR hot and dry depending on time of year. Must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions, hike over rough terrain long distances carrying field gear, navigate using GPS/compass, and drive a 4x4 automatic vehicle on unpaved roads. Lab responsibilities include: grinding plant material, soil sieving, soil extractions, data entry, processing seed rain samples, processing bird fecal samples for seed. Compensation is $1040/month per diem and housing is provided in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, or at Hakalau depending on field schedule; transportation provided to and from work and to Hilo for supplies. Airfare is only provided from Oahu to Hilo. There is no WIFI at the field site. To apply, please send AS A SINGLE DOCUMENT 1. brief cover letter highlighting relevant experience and why you are interested in the position, 2. resume, and 3. name, address, phone number, and email address of at least 3 references to Dr. Stephanie Yelenik, USGS Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center, . Applications will be considered as they are received to fill the position quickly, and priority given to those who can start mid- April.


IDAHO 

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ILLINOIS

Two Postdoc Positions in Pollination Ecology are available in the Harmon- Threatt Lab at UIUC (Posted 4/9/18)

Two postdoctoral positions are available in the Department of Entomology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) as part two USDA funded projects based at the University of Illinois assessing pollinator diversity and responses. Descriptions of each project are below:

Bee-Plant-Soil Interactions- Soil contamination by neonicotinoids can last years but little is known about the direct and indirect effects this contamination has on bees. This is largely due to the overlooked importance of soils in pollinator restoration projects despite significant evidence soils are critical to successful plant establishment and increasing evidence of the importance of soils for bees. Using manipulated field and lab experiments in conjunction with observational experiments in restored areas, this project examines how soil characteristics affect ground dwelling bees, plant community dynamics and contamination levels.

The postdoc is sought to support research on bee-plant-soil interactions in restored areas in corn-soybean systems including bee abundance and diversity, plant growth and degradation rates of contaminants. Job duties include designing and conducting field and laboratory experiments, developing and testing innovative methodologies, coordinating research activities with the team of collaborators, supervising technicians and undergraduates, and writing manuscripts.

This postdoc will work with Drs. Alexandra Harmon-Threatt and Anthony Yannarell. Start date is flexible but ideally could begin as early as May 20, 2018 or as late as January 1, 2019.

Ecosystem Services in Perennial Polyculture Crop Systems- To help alleviate the conflicts between agriculture and biodiversity conservation, alternative cropping systems are being developed that increase diversity, reduce disturbance and maintain yields. This project will assess if using these alternatives to replace other biodiversity plantings in marginal cropping areas can improve pollinator conservation as well as assess possible feedbacks into crops via pollination and pest suppression.  

The postdoc on this project will work with Drs. Alexandra Harmon-Threatt and Sarah Lovell to conduct assessments of supporting services such as pollination and pest suppression in an established manipulated field experiment and nearby similar habitats. Applicant must be available before January 1, 2019.

Required Qualifications for both positions:
• A Ph.D. or the equivalent in ecology, entomology, or related field
• Experience with laboratory and field work particularly with
insect-plant interactions
• Strong English writing and oral communication skills
• Strong organizational skills
• Ability to work in a collaborative environment
• A valid driver’s license

Strong candidates will also possess the following attributes:
• A strong publication record from their Ph.D. (papers published, in
press, or submitted)
• Experience with insect rearing, plant identification, insect
identification
• Strong statistical and mathematical skills
• Experience with method development
• Creativity, independence, and the desire to learn new things

Each position is available for two years with possible extension; however, annual renewal is dependent on funding and progress made by the individual. This position includes a competitive salary and full benefits.

Application review will begin April 23, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references as a single PDF. Please clearly label the files “Bee-Plant-Soil Interactions Postdoc_Last Name” or “Ecosystem Services Postdoc_Last Name”. If you desire to be considered for both positions, please submit two independent applications.

For further information about the positions and to submit the application, please contact Dr. Alexandra Harmon-Threatt . Visit here for more information.

Illinois is an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Post-Doctoral Research Associate for Listed Wildlife Species, University of Illinois at Springfield (Posted 4/9/18)

Seeking a highly-motivated post-doctoral research associate to contribute to the conservation and recovery of threaten and endangered wildlife species in Illinois. The research associate will work with the principal investigator and assist with field supervision, data acquisition, management and analysis, proposal development, and manuscript preparation. The research associate will be of an important research and coordinating role in implementing and evaluating the recovery actions for threatened and endangered species, including Franklin's ground squirrel and osprey, in the state of Illinois. The ideal candidate will be able to bring the knowledge and skills to our on-going work in several of the following areas: 1) demographic analysis based on marked individuals; 2) habitat suitability (with presence-only data) and connectivity modeling for conservation planning; 3) occupancy modeling; 4) population viability analysis; 5) movement ecology; and 6) conservation genetics.

Successful candidate must have a Ph.D. degree in ecological science, wildlife, conservation biology, or related field by May 31, 2018. Candidate should have a minimum of two seasons of directly related field or professional experience. Proficiency with Microsoft Office, ArcGIS 10.x, GPS, and statistical computing, such as R, are required. Experiences working with small mammals and/or birds of prey are preferred, including trapping, tagging, and radio-tracking. Successful candidate must demonstrate strong leadership and communication skills. Candidate must have a commitment to high level of work quality, attention to detail, and field personnel and equipment safety. The individual must be willing to travel, have and maintain a valid driver's license, and be able to work outdoors in extreme weather conditions for long hours.

Application: Review of applications will start immediately until the position is filled.

Starting date: July 1, 2018 (or as early as June 1, 2018, if desirable). This is a full-time, 12-month position with renewal contingent on funding availability and satisfactory performance.

Salary: initial annual salary of $42,000 plus benefits, mileage reimbursement for pre-approved work-related travel, and individual office space with windows.

To apply, please send the following (via email) to Dr. Tih-Fen Ting at :

1. Cover letter addressing background and extent of qualifications.
2. Resume, including contact information for three references.
3. Transcripts (unofficial or scanned copy acceptable).

Plant Conservation Internships at the Chicago Botanic Garden (Posted 3/13/18)

The Plants of Concern program at the Chicago Botanic Garden is looking to hire two temporary seasonal positions for the upcoming field season. A program of the Chicago Botanic Garden, Plants of Concern program is a regional, rare plant monitoring program designed to assess long-term trends in rare plant species. It is a flexible collaboration of public and non-governmental conservation agencies, landowners and volunteer groups, guided by an advisory group of land managers, scientists and volunteers.

As part of a cooperative program with Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Plants of Concern is recruiting a seasonal research assistant. This seven-month, 35-hour per week position involves a suite of studies on rare plants at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, including those restricted to the unique dolomite prairie habitat - https://tinyurl.com/Plants-of-Concern-Midewin

They are also recruiting a research intern/program assistant to assist with monitoring rare plants in the Cook County Forest Preserves. This 35-week, 35-hour/week position is based at the Chicago Botanic Garden, which is located in Cook County, IL

Details on how to apply for both positions may be found here.

Graduate Research Assistantships in Water and Soil Quality. Southern Illinois University Carbondale (Posted 3/7/18)

The Department of Forestry at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIU) announces the availability of a Ph.D. and M.S. research assistantship beginning in May or August 2018. Assistantships include annual stipends of $17,856 for M.S. students and $19,320 for Ph.D. students and a tuition waiver.

Successful candidates will join a team of researchers and graduate students led by Karl W.J. Williard and Jon E. Schoonover. The team is investigating water and soil quality responses to various management practices in agricultural watersheds, including cover crops, gypsum applications, saturated buffers, and tillage. Assistantships are funded through grants from the Illinois Nutrient Research and Education Council. Research will include significant field and laboratory components.

Qualified applicants should possess a M.S. or bachelor’s degree in soil science, agronomy, forestry, environmental science, chemistry, biology, or a related discipline. Please email a letter of interest, resume, and GRE scores to Dr. Karl Williard, and Dr. Jon Schoonover, by April 12, 2018 for full consideration. Contact Dr. Williard with any questions at 618-453-7478. Please visit the following web sites for information on the M.S. program in the Department of Forestry and the Ph.D. program in Agricultural Sciences.

REU in Ecosystem Ecology and Environmental Microbiology (Posted 3/7/18)
Global Change Biology and Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) For more information, go here
 


INDIANA

PhD opportunity in Recreational Fisheries (Posted 4/12/18)

The Venturelli Lab in the Department of Biology at Ball State University is seeking a highly motivated and creative Ph.D. student to join an international team of collaborators that is using data from angler smartphone apps and other digital media to complement conventional fisheries techniques and gain novel insights into recreational fisheries at multiple scales and locations. Potential topics of study include patterns of effort and catch, invasive species, conservation, human dimensions, socioeconomics, and analytics. Links to recent publications: here and here. The preferred candidate will have an M.Sc. in fisheries science or a related field at the time of appointment; be proficient with statistical and spatial software; have strong quantitative, writing, and presentation skills; and experience publishing in the peer-reviewed literature. Other assets include knowledge of human dimensions and experience working with large data sets. The project begins August 2018 through the Environmental Sciences Doctorate Program. Funding includes a stipend of $23,250 for the academic year, $6975 in summer salary, and a ~$10,000 fee remission benefit per academic year. You will be responsible for dedicated fees, which amount to ~$2,000 per semester. The review of applications begins 25 April 2018. Open until filled. To apply, send a cover letter that outlines your interest and qualifications, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to Paul Venturelli Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Ball State University 121 Cooper Building (mail), 231C Cooper Building (office), Muncie IN 47306 phone 765-285-8812 "Our capacity to simulate the future...could save us from the worst selfish excess" Richard Dawkins 

REU positions in forest invasion ecology (Posted 4/2/18)

The Fei lab at Purdue University is accepting applications for 1-2 Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) positions. The undergraduate student(s) will be based in West Lafayette and would work on projects for the NSF MSB-FRA Award # EF-1638702, Modeling Invasion Dynamics Across Scales (MIDAS) in collaboration with members of the Fei lab. Two specific areas of research interest are available, including (1) investigating associations between forest understory invasion patterns and forest tree mycorrhizal types, and (2) determining the influences of forest canopy phenology and structure on plant invasion.

The students will primarily be responsible for assisting with tasks related to expanding the current project. In particular, students will be expected (1) to collect species trait and/or remote sensing data, and (2) to assist in analyzing data and producing papers. Preferred qualifications include (but are not required): quantitative and computational skills, and experience with working with GIS and remote sensing data.

This is a 12-week position during the summer term starting during the 2nd or 3rd week in May of 2018 and a successful applicant will be expected to work 40 hours per week. Compensation is $6,000 over the course of 12 weeks. A successful applicant is expected to secure their own lodging, meals, and transportation. Students from underrepresented groups and from institutions with limited research opportunities are especially encouraged to apply.

To apply: Interested applicants should send a statement of interest, resume, unofficial transcript, and one letter of recommendation. 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 in one PDF file to Dr. Insu Jo () and Dr. Elizabeth LaRue (). The letter of recommendation should be e-mailed directly from the recommender with the applicant’s name in the subject line. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will be accepted until April 20, 2018.


IOWA

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KANSAS

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KENTUCKY

Postdoctoral Research Associate--Stream and Wetland Ecology (Posted 3/21/18)

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Watershed Studies Institute and Department of Biological Sciences, Murray State University. The postdoctoral associate will conduct research on the ecology, conservation, and restoration of aquatic environments, help mentor graduate and undergraduate research students, and teach one biology course per semester. Research will focus on the impacts of disturbance and restoration on stream and riparian ecosystems, using observational studies, experiments, and analysis of long-term data. Field sites are in western Colorado and western Kentucky. Ph.D. in a relevant discipline required; experience with experimental design and multivariate statistics is preferred. This is a two-year position starting May 15 (negotiable); salary is $47,500/year with benefits. Murray is a highly-rated, vibrant public university with significant infrastructure and personnel dedicated to ecological research, including the Hancock Biological Station. To apply, email a letter of interest detailing career goals and research experience, a curriculum vitae, several representative reprints, and email addresses of three references to Dr. Howard Whiteman ().
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; review of applications will begin April 1st. *Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Murray State University is an equal education and employment opportunity, M/F/D, AA employer.*


LOUISIANA

Fully Funded PhD on Assimilation Wetland Ecology (Posted 4/9/18)

Graduate Research Assistantship in Assimilation Wetland Ecology

A Fully Funded PhD Student position is available at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Department of Biology, in Dr. James Nelson’s Ecosystems Laboratory. This program is seeking a graduate student to conduct monthly ecological monitoring and research of a wastewater treatment plant assimilation wetland located near Lafayette, Louisiana.

Students will perform routine monitoring of soil parameters, water quality, and plant cover and species richness to study the effects of secondarily treated wastewater on a freshwater wetland habitat. This student will be co-advised by Dr. James Nelson (UL Lafayette Department of Biology) and Dr. Taylor Sloey (UL Lafayette Institute for Coastal and Water Research).

Successful applicants must be enthusiastic, self-motivated, be a team player and able to work well. We are seeking someone with strong oral and written communication skills, and the physical and mental attributes required to collect data in strenuous field conditions. Additional desirable skills include an educational background in any of the following areas: plant, soil, and/or water science, nutrient cycles, plant physiology, food web ecology, stable isotope analysis, and biogeochemistry.

Competitive graduate research assistantship funding and tuition waivers are available to support the successful applicant. Interested applicants should send any questions and/or the following application materials in an email to Dr. James Nelson () and Dr. Taylor Sloey () as soon as possible. Visit www.nelsonecolab.net for more information

1) Letter of Interest (1 page)

2) Curriculum vita

3) GPA and GRE percentile score

4) Unofficial transcripts

For more information, go here.


MAINE

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MARYLAND

Summer Research and Education Internship Program (Posted 3/22/18)
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary
Lothian, MD
Deadline Extended to April 1, 2018
For more information, go here

Stormwater & Watershed Technician Internships - Four Positions (Posted 3/21/18)
Washington County Division of Environmental Management
Williamsport, MD
Apply by April 1, 2018
For more information, go here.

Maryland Spring Oyster Gardening Assistant (Intern) (Posted 3/15/18)
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Maryland Area
Apply by April 6, 2018
For more information, go here.  

Youth sought for the Chesapeake Conservation Corps (Posted 3/15/18)
Chesapeake Bay Trust
Annapolis, MD
Apply by April 13, 2018
For more information, go here.   

Environmental Literacy & Outdoor Education Intern (Posted 3/8/18)
Anne Arundel County Public Schools
Millersville, MD
May 1, 2018
For more information, go here.  
 


MASSACHUSETTS

Summer Research Field Assistant (Posted 3/29/18)

TIDE Project – Job#LDSFA18

SUMMARY: Woods Hole Research Center seeks applicants for one or two full- time summer field assistant positions on the TIDE project, a long-term salt marsh fertilization experiment to study how marshes will recover from sustained nitrogen loading. This project assesses many key components of a marsh ecosystem such as nutrient biogeochemical cycling, plant dynamics, and food web interactions. The successful applicant will work as part of a large multi-disciplinary team consisting of PIs, postdocs, graduate students and other research assistants to gain broad experience through field and laboratory work across interdisciplinary fields including biology, chemistry, and physical oceanography.

Responsibilities:
Participate in field and laboratory measurements of chemistry and biology.
Process and analyze project data.
Coordinate sampling schedule for the summer, accommodating needs of principal investigators, students, and others.
Occasionally sample at irregular hours (early mornings, late nights, and
weekends) as needed.
Frequent contact with the public, students, and visiting scientists will be required.
Maintain boats, trucks, field, and lab equipment (water level loggers, YSI’s, etc.).

Qualifications and Experience:
Must have relevant coursework in Ecology, Biology, Chemistry, or Marine Biology.
At least one-year field experience in a related field.
Must be familiar with the techniques and instrumentation used to quantify saltmarsh ecology.
Requires attention to detail, strong organizational skills, the ability to work as a member of a team, and the ability to communicate positively with the public.
Experience with data logger programming, environmental sensors YSI, ADCPs, SIGMA auto samplers to estimate ecosystem processes is highly desirable.
Must possess a valid driver license and qualify to drive WHRC vehicles.
Successful candidate will work at the field site in Plum Island Sound (Rowley, MA) from June through August.

Preferred Qualifications:
B.A. in Ecology, Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, or Marine Biology preferred.
Ability to operate small boats or willingness to take safety course to become certified.
Demonstrated skills in data organization, analysis, and report writing preferred.

Physical requirements:
Must be in good health, capable of rigorous outdoor activity (lifting approx. 50 pounds, bending, carrying heavy equipment, and walking through waist-high marine waters and marsh.) Willing to endure occasional exposure to insects, ticks and poison ivy.
Expected to live in the field station house in Rowley, MA.

Appointment: This temporary summer research field assistant position is for 40 hours per week over a three month period.

Field Season: June 1, 2018 – August 31, 2018.

Compensation: $14 per hour.

Desired Start Date: June 1, 2018.

Application Instructions: To apply, please send a cover letter referencing “Summer Field Assistant LDSFA18”, along with a resume/curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to .
Please type “LDSFA18” in the subject line.

Application Deadline: April 15, 2018, or until filled.

The Woods Hole Research Center is an independent, nonprofit institute focused on environmental science, education, and public policy. The WHRC focuses on combining analysis of satellite images of the Earth with field studies and computer models to better understand changes in the world’s ecosystems, from the thawing permafrost in the Arctic to the expanding agriculture regions of the tropics. They are an equal opportunity employer.

Summer Research Internship Woods Hole Research Center (Posted 3/7/18)

Woods Hole Research Center seeks applicants for two to three full-time summer research internship positions for projects that assess how management of suburban residential ecosystems controls plant, bird and insect communities, soil biogeochemistry, and the population structure of plant species that move between wildlands and residential areas.

Responsibilities:
Fieldwork to quantify plant species composition, tree biomass, bird and insect abundance, soil composition, and plant water relations in suburban ecosystems.
Sampling vegetation in residential areas and adjacent unmanaged lands within the Boston Metropolitan Region.
Recording plant species and plant biomass.
Bird surveys.
Collections of insects in traps.
Collection and processing of soil samples.
Data organization and data analysis of vegetation patterns over time.
Qualifications and Experience:
Candidates must have coursework and/or field experience in ecology or environmental science.
Knowledge of terrestrial plants of the Northeast U.S. or coastal Massachusetts desired.
Basic laboratory skills required.
Familiarity with spreadsheet software required.
Basic familiarity with GIS software helpful.
Ability to work independently and in a highly collaborative environment.
Valid U.S. driver’s license required.

Preferred Qualifications: Some background in terrestrial ecology, soil science, botany, or ecosystems ecology preferred. Demonstrated skills in data organization, analysis and report writing preferred.

Physical requirements: Must be in good health, capable of rigorous outdoor activity. Willing to endure occasional exposure to insects, ticks and poison ivy.
Expected to live in the Woods Hole region. Application Deadline: May 15, 2018, or until filled.

Appointment: This internship opportunity is for 40 hours per week for a 10-12 week period.

Benefit: A stipend of $5600 to $6720 will be provided for the 10 to 12 week period.

Desired Start Date: June 1, 2018

Application Instructions: To apply, please send cover letter referencing “Summer Research Internship # CNINT18”, resume/curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to . Please type “CNINT18” in the subject line.

The Woods Hole Research Center is an independent, nonprofit institute focused on environmental science, education, and public policy. The WHRC focuses on combining analysis of satellite images of the Earth with field studies and computer models to better understand changes in the world’s ecosystems, from the thawing permafrost in the Arctic to the expanding agriculture regions of the tropics. 


MICHIGAN

PhD position in wetland restoration/creation (Posted 4/19/18)

A fully funded PhD position is available for a qualified individual to work on a forested wetland creation project. The goal of the project is to develop techniques to restore both wetland trees and understory plants on post-limestone mining sites in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The research will encompass both field and greenhouse components. The student will also TA a senior level Wetland Ecology course during the fall semesters in years 2-4.

Michigan Tech is located in Michigan's scenic Upper Peninsula, on the south shore of Lake Superior, surrounded by abundant forests, wetlands and streams. The area provides a unique setting where natural beauty, outdoor recreation, culture, education, and a diversity of residents from around the world come together to share a superb living and learning experience.

Consideration of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Start date is flexible but could start as early as this May. Please send a cover letter that states your research interests, curriculum vitae, any other relevant materials, and provide the names and contact information for three references to Rod Chimner ().

Postdoctoral position in wetland ecosystem modeling at the University of Michigan (Posted 3/29/18)

A postdoctoral researcher is sought in the School For Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) at the University of Michigan. The successful candidate will be located on the Ann Arbor campus and supervised by Prof. Bill Currie, contributing to a large- scale collaborative project to evaluate the effects of future land-use and climate change scenarios on coastal wetlands across the Great Lakes basin. This is a NASA-funded research project conducted in collaboration with co-PIs at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University (MSU), Michigan Tech Research Institute, Texas A&M University and the University of Northern Iowa. The successful candidate should have a PhD in ecosystem ecology, plant community ecology, wetland ecology, physiological ecology, biogeochemistry, ecosystem or ecological modeling, or a closely related field and should have some prior experience with modeling ecological plant communities or ecosystems.

S/he should have strong skills in data management. The ability to write or debug computer code is a plus, as is an understanding of clonal plants, wetland N cycling including denitrification, or wetland P cycling. This research will involve working with the Mondrian model of community-ecosystem processes in wetlands, applying the model for both basic and applied research to study wetland plant invasions and the effects of nutrient cycling and hydroperiod on wetland function. The project will also involve linking the Mondrian model to a large-scale watershed hydrogeochemical model developed by collaborators at MSU. The linked models will be used to study wetland function and feedbacks under future scenarios of land use change and climate change, and in a variety of inland to coastal landscapes across the Great Lakes region. The candidate will be expected to function well as part of a research team, including working with co-PI faculty at other collaborating universities. The candidate will be expected to present research results at national conferences and to lead the development of collaborative manuscripts for publication in peer reviewed journals.

S/he will have some flexibility to develop original research questions and topics in areas related to the research funding. Salary is competitive and includes a standard benefits package. The position will be hired for one year, with renewal for a second year possible based on performance and availability of continued funding.

How to apply

The School For Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) is an exciting new School at the University of Michigan dedicated to studying problems and issues at the interface of environment and society. This position has a flexible start date anticipated to be as early as May 1, 2018. To apply please combine a CV, cover letter describing your research interests and qualifications for the position, and a copy of one publication in a single PDF. Go to the UM careers website, and search for job opening ID# 134120 to upload the single pdf. As part of the required application process three reference letters should also be sent to . Review of applications will begin on April 10, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Women and under- represented minorities are encouraged to apply. The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity employer. Questions about the position can be addressed to Bill Currie (). 

Research Experience for Undergraduates in Stream Eco logy – Michigan Tech, Summer 2018 (Posted 2/26/18)

The Marcarelli Aquatic Ecosystem Ecology Lab is searching for a motivated student in Ecology, Biology, or Environmental Science for a NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position. The student will work closely with Dr. Marcarelli and her graduate students to study the balance between nitrogen fixation and denitrification in streams and rivers. The REU student will design a research project, conduct field work, analyze samples and data, and synthesize findings related to the core questions of this project:

1. How do nitrogen cycle processes co-exist in small streams, large rivers, and adjacent wetlands?
2. How does nutrient enrichment shift the balance among nitrogen cycle processes?
3. How does community composition of algae and microbes relate to rates of nitrogen cycle processes?

There will be opportunities to conduct field work in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, participate in undergraduate research workshops, and present research results to the Michigan Tech community and possibly at a national conference.

The candidate must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States and enrolled as an undergraduate student in Fall 2018. The REU is expected to last 10 weeks (start/end date negotiable but should occur between June 1 and August 31 2018) with a total stipend of $5,000 and an additional $1,000 to offset the cost of summer lodging, which is available on campus at Michigan Tech.

To apply, please submit a cover letter (include a statement of interest, future plans, confirmation of eligibility, and preferred start/end dates), an up-to-date CV or resume, a recent transcript (unofficial is fine), and names and contact information for two references to Dr. Amy Marcarelli (). Application review will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.

Visit the lab webpage for a more in-depth view of our research and to meet the members of their team.  


MINNESOTA

Post-Doctoral Associate (Posted 3/30/18)
Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
University of Minnesota
Job No.: 322858
For more information, go here

Ecology Field Research Interns Positions Available (Posted 3/7/18)

Ecology Field Research Interns B4WARMED (Boreal Forest Warming at an Ecotone in Danger) is a manipulative experiment that warms simultaneously plants and soil and implements summer rainfall reduction in the field. Main goals of the project is to examine broadly defined ecological processes in a scope of warming and rainfall reduction. In particular, our work focuses on: soil processes, tree seedlings physiology, phenology, growth, and survival and other. For more information, go here.

Position overview: Seek independent and mature field assistants with a background in biology, ecology, environmental science, forestry, or a related field for a paid field research internship ($11/hr). First round of open positions will start in late March/April; second round will start in midsummer and go until end of November. Start dates are flexible and up for negotiation. In general, an internship lasts about 4 months. Typical workdays are eight hours Monday through Friday; however, tasks may require early morning, evening, or weekend work. A valid driver’s license is required. The intern will work and travel mostly independently and occasionally in a pair or small group. Maturity to work autonomously and for long hours is required.

Responsibilities:
· Work independently to collect biotic and abiotic data in field and lab settings in accordance with established protocols · Measure seedling growth, germination, physiology, and phenology · Measure soil characteristics and microbe activity · Routine maintenance of field sites and research equipment.
· Data entry using Excel and Google Drive · Travel frequently between sites · Employ experimental rainfall reduction treatment · Aiding principle investigators and graduate students as needed.

Desired qualifications: 1) Eagerness to work hard in an outdoor setting. 2) Capacity to collect data following established protocols. 3) Familiarity with plant and tree species of northern Minnesota. 4) Willingness to work well and live alone and/or with others in a remote area. 5) Demonstrated ability to work under changing weather conditions and with large swarms of insects. 6) Ability to adapt to a frequently changing schedule with frequent travel.

Research sites: Field work will be split between research sites at the Cloquet Forestry Center in Cloquet, MN and the Hubachek Wilderness Research Center near Ely, MN. Both research sites are in beautiful forested settings and provide access to the natural areas of northern Minnesota including the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. An individual’s home base will be at either of these locations, though travel between sites will be required depending on project needs. University vehicles are used for such travel. On-site housing with furnishing and a kitchen will be available. 

Contact: Please send cover letter (including available working dates), one-page resume, and contact information for two references electronically to:
Artur Stefanski, , University of Minnesota, 1530 Cleveland Ave N. | St Paul, MN 55108 USA Highest priority will be given to applicants possible start date before April 1.

Field Ecology Research Internships (Posted 2/5/18)

B4WARMED (Boreal Forest Warming at an Ecotone in Danger) is a manipulative experiment that warms simultaneously plants and soil and implements summer rainfall reduction in the field. Main goals of the project is to examine broadly defined ecological processes in a scope of warming and rainfall reduction. In particular, our work focuses on: soil processes, tree seedlings physiology, phenology, growth, and survival and other. For more information, go here.

Position overview: They seek independent and mature field assistants with a background in biology, ecology, environmental science, forestry, or a related field for a paid field research internship ($10/hr). First round of open positions will start in late March/April; second round will start in midsummer and go until end of November. Start dates are flexible and up for negotiation. In general, an internship lasts about 4 months. Typical workdays are eight hours Monday through Friday; however, tasks may require early morning, evening, or weekend work. A valid driver’s license is required. The intern will work and travel mostly independently and occasionally in a pair or small group. Maturity to work autonomously and for long hours is required.

Responsibilities:

• Work independently to collect biotic and abiotic data in field and
lab settings in accordance with established protocols
• Measure seedling growth, germination, physiology, and phenology
• Measure soil characteristics and microbe activity
• Routine maintenance of field sites and research equipment.
• Data entry using Excel and Google Drive
• Travel frequently between sites
• Employ experimental rainfall reduction treatment
• Aiding principle investigators and graduate students as needed.

Desired qualifications: 1) Eagerness to work hard in an outdoor setting. 2) Capacity to collect data following established protocols. 3) Familiarity with plant and tree species of northern Minnesota. 4) Willingness to work well and live alone and/or with others in a remote area. 5) Demonstrated ability to work under changing weather conditions and with large swarms of insects. 6) Ability to adapt to a frequently changing schedule with frequent travel.

Research sites: Field work will be split between research sites at the Cloquet Forestry Center in Cloquet, MN and the Hubachek Wilderness Research Center near Ely, MN. Both research sites are in beautiful forested settings and provide access to the natural areas of northern Minnesota including the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. An individual’s home base will be at either of these locations, though travel between sites will be required depending on project needs. University vehicles are used for such travel.

On-site housing with furnishing and a kitchen will be available.

Contact: Please send cover letter (including available working dates), one-page resume, and contact information for two references electronically to: Artur Stefanski, , University of Minnesota, 1530 Cleveland Ave N. | St Paul, MN 55108 USA

Highest priority will be given to applicants possible start date before April 1.


MISSISSIPPI 

Ph.D. Assistantship in Woody Biofuel Crops at Mississippi State University (Posted 2/27/18)

A Ph.D. research assistantship is available in the Ecophysiology and Hydrology labs of Dr. Heidi Renninger and Dr. Courtney Siegert in the Department of Forestry at Mississippi State University. This student will work on a USDA funded project comparing physiological functioning and potential nitrogen mitigation of short rotation woody crops planted in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley. The ideal candidate should have an M.S. degree and both field and laboratory-based research experience in the field of ecology and/or natural resources. A valid drivers license is also required. The ideal start date is early summer (May - June, 2018) with some flexibility. The assistantship includes a stipend, full tuition waiver and health insurance. More information about the graduate school at Mississippi State University can be found here. To learn more about the position, please contact Heidi Renninger () or Courtney Siegert (). Interested applicants should send 1) a cover letter stating their interest and goals for this PhD position 2) unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts, 3) a resume/CV, and 4) contact information for 3 references to Dr. Renninger
() prior to submitting an online application to Mississippi State University. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable applicant is found.

MS Position: Forest Hydrology & Fire (Posted 2/27/18)

Seeking a highly motivated MS student to join the Forest Hydrology and Soils Lab in the College of Forest Resources at Mississippi State University (Starkville, MS). The student will work on a project investigating the impacts of prescribed fire on forest hydrology and nutrient cycling in central hardwoods ecosystems. Along with an interdisciplinary group of researchers, the student will conduct extensive field research at the Spirit Hill Farm Experimental Forest in northern Mississippi to determine how tree species alter the distribution of water resources to the forest floor and the subsequent influence on forest flammability. This project also includes laboratory work in the Forest Hydrology and Soils Lab on campus. The prospective student should possess enthusiasm for field work, strong analytical and communication skills, and attention to detail. The anticipated start date is August 2018. Financial support is available for two years, including a stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance.

If interested, please contact Dr. Courtney Siegert at and provide (1) a cover letter discussing interest in the research and applicable background experience; (2) a CV; and (3) unofficial transcripts and/or GREs. Review of applications will begin March 10, 2018.

Further information about the Forest Hydrology and Soils Lab can be found here. Details on the full application process can be found here. 

Mississippi State University Marine Fisheries Ecology Internship (Posted 2/20/18)

The Mississippi State University Marine Fisheries Ecology Lab is seeking an intern to work under the direction of Dr. Marcus Drymon and extension program associates at the Coastal Research and Extension Center (CREC) in Biloxi, MS. Paid internship is available for a six-month period starting April 1st and ending September 30th.

Qualified applicant will assist with various field projects, primarily aiding chief scientists with bottom longline surveys throughout the northern Gulf of Mexico. Applicant will be responsible for helping to prepare and deploy gear, assisting with field dissections, sample collection, data collection and entry, as well as other various laboratory processing tasks.

To apply, submit an application, resume/CV, and names of three references through online google form. Application deadline is March 15, 2018. Position may be filled before deadline. For any questions, please email

Click here to apply.

MS Assistantship in Ecophysiology at Mississippi State University (Posted 2/20/18)

An MS research assistantship is available in the Ecophysiology lab of Dr. Heidi Renninger in the Department of Forestry at Mississippi State University starting in the Fall, 2018. Broadly, their lab seeks to understand how the physical environment affects plant physiological functioning in terms of productivity and water use and how environmental change will alter plant and ecosystem function in the future. They are currently working with short rotation woody biofuel crops to determine environmental vs. genetic controls on productivity, water use and nutrient uptake. The assistantship includes a stipend, full tuition waiver and health insurance. More information about the graduate school at Mississippi State University can be found here. To learn more about the position, please contact Heidi Renninger (). Interested students should submit 1) a letter stating their goals for graduate school 2) academic transcripts and 3) a resume/CV to Dr. Renninger prior to submitting an online application to the graduate school. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable applicant is found. 


MISSOURI

Paid Summer Internship in Restoration and Horticulture, St. Louis (Posted 3/13/18)

The Litzsinger Road Ecology Center (LREC), a division of the Missouri Botanical Garden, is accepting applications for summer interns. The 34-acre site is an environmental learning facility, consisting of an urban creek, hardwood bottomland woodland, and prairie habitats. Interns work with staff on various projects including site restoration, invasive species control, native plant production, and ecological monitoring. Interns will also have the opportunity to complete an independent research project. This is a 10-week paid internship in St. Louis, MO. For the full job description and to apply, please go here. The posting will close on March 25. 


MONTANA

Grassland Ecology Internship (Posted 4/20/18)
Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute
Montana
For more information, go here.

Biological Science Aide/Research Technician (Posted 3/19/18)

Series: 0404
Location: USDA-ARS Northern Plains Agricultural Research Lab, Sidney, Montana
Note: Low-cost dormitory-style housing is available on site.

Pay Grade:GS3-GS7, $12.53/hr to $19.49/hr (commensurate with experience and education)
Work Schedule:30-40 hrs/week,April-October 2018 (With possibility of extension) or as candidate’s availability allows Position Type:Seasonal L/A Open Period:Review of applicants will begin immediately until filled (multiple positions available)

Basic Qualifications:

•High school diploma/GED, at least one year of college or six months of Ag-related experience, and minimum of 18 years of age •Valid driver’s license •Attention to detail and experience using Microsoft office software •Six months to one year of experience with biological/chemical laboratory equipment and instruments (coursework or academic credits apply)

Preferred Qualifications:
•Associate or Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, crop science, agricultural engineering, plant physiology or a related scientific discipline •Experience pulling trailers on road and able to drive stick shift (not
mandatory)
•Experience working as a farm hand, operating farming equipment, or assisting with maintenance of agricultural fields AND/OR experience working in agricultural field research

Duties: Assisting in the collection and processing of plant, soil, and greenhouse gas samples from field or greenhouse studies focused on sustainable crop production and greenhouse gas exchange rate common to eastern Montana. May also assist senior technicians and scientists with calibrating and operating farming equipment or assist with analyzing plant biomass and soil samples in a laboratory.

The position involved a mixture of field and laboratory work. The successful candidate will gain experience working on Irrigated and Dryland field crop production and opportunity to conduct laboratory tests measuring different elemental properties of plant biomass, soil, and greenhouse gas. 

To Apply:
Please send resume, cover letter, and minimum of 2 reference contacts to Dr. Bart Stevens at or call 406-433-9476 for more information. Four to six weeks required for processing.

USDA is an equal opportunity employer.

Reasonable Accommodation: If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, or have questions regarding reasonable accommodation and/or accessibility for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Disability Program Manager on 202-720-6161 or through the DC Relay Service on 202-855-1234 (TDD).

Research Assistant in Rocky Mountain Insect Ecology (3-5 month position) (Posted 3/7/18)

The USDA, Agriculture Research Service, Northern Plains Agriculture Research Laboratory in Sidney, MT is seeking an enthusiastic and hard-working individual to serve as a biological science aide. Our research focuses on grassland insect and rangeland ecology; specifically how interactions between grasshoppers and Mormon crickets affect Mormon cricket and grasshopper diets, insect immunity to pathogens, and grassland health.

Work may include sampling grasshoppers, Mormon crickets, and other rangeland insects in large scale experiments, sampling rangeland plants, setting up and conducting manipulative experiments in the field and lab. Most field work will be conducted in subalpine meadows at 9000 feet elevation in the Bighorn Mountains in northern Wyoming. A willingness to drive on overnight travel to sites in Wyoming will be required.

Salary: $11.68 – 12.74 per hour (GS-2 – GS-3) dependent on experience and education. Dorm-style, shared housing is available on location for ~$150 per month, including utilities, internet and basic cable TV.

Dates: Starting May 13 - June 10 and continuing through the end of August to the end of October, depending on a candidate’s availability.

Qualifications: The candidate must be a US citizen. Additionally, the candidate should be physically fit, able to walk rapidly over rangeland, and comfortable spending long hours outside at high elevation. The candidate will need a driver’s license. Willingness to work long days, and some weekends when necessary is also a must. Undergraduate course work in ecology, entomology, range or environmental sciences, and previous field work experience is preferred, but not required.

Application process: Please send cover letter, resume, and names and contact information of two references (electronically) to Robert Srygley (). Be sure to include available start and end dates. In your cover letter and please describe any experience or coursework you have in relevant areas such as field ecology, entomology, or plant identification In your cover letter or resume.

Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more information on the grasshopper research program, go here or contact us directly.


NEBRASKA

Research Technician (Lab Manager) in aquatic ecosystem ecology lab  (Posted 4/2/18)

Jessica Corman is hiring a Research Technician (Lab Manager) for her lab in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is looking for someone with a B.S. or M.S. and interested in ecosystem ecology. Please see the posting for details, and feel free to contact her if you are interested, .

Postdoctoral opening in Plant-microbe interactions (Posted 3/7/18)

A postdoctoral research position is available in plant science with a focus on plant-microbe interactions in the Russo lab (russolab.unl.edu) in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln (biosci.unl.edu). The position is part of a multi-PI NSF-funded project investigating plant-microbe interactions in natural grassland and agricultural systems. The postdoctoral fellow will work collaboratively with other project investigators on multi-disciplinary field, greenhouse, and lab-based research to examine how microbial community structure and function influence plant phenotypes using genomic and phenomic methods, and will also have the opportunity to develop independent projects.

Members of the Russo lab work broadly in plant ecology and diversity. Qualified candidates will be creative, independent, and motivated scientists with a PhD and track-record of scientific publication in the following or related areas: plant-microbe interactions, plant ecology or physiology, bioinformatics or -omics approaches. Interested candidates should send a single PDF document with a cover letter explaining their interests and experience and a CV listing the names and contact information of three references to Dr. Sabrina Russo () with the subject line, “CRRI Postdoctoral Position”. Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. More information can be found here.

UNL has excellent research facilities and an interactive scientific community. The position offers a competitive salary, benefits, and career development opportunities for postdocs. Lincoln is a safe city boasting an outstanding quality of life that includes a vibrant downtown with lively music and art scenes, over 120 parks and 130 miles of bike trails, plus a low cost of living. UNL is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work-life balance, and dual careers.


NEVADA

PhD position in meadow ecology and soil biogeochemistry (Posted 4/19/18)

The Soil Ecology Lab at the University of Nevada invites applications for a motivated Ph.D. student to investigate soil carbon losses and sequestration in Great Basin meadow ecosystems. The successful applicant should have a BS or MS in soil biogeochemistry, ecology, natural resources, or a related field. Demonstrated writing and quantitative skills are strongly encouraged, as is experience in both field and laboratory settings. The student will be supported by a graduate research assistantship. For additional information about the Soil Ecology Lab and this opportunity, contact Dr. Benjamin Sullivan at and visit the lab webpage at sullivanlab.weebly.com.


NEW HAMPSHIRE

MS in Biology positions - Plymouth State University (Posted 3/29/18)

The research groups of Dr. Chabot, Dr. Doherty, Dr. Jolles, and Dr. Son at Plymouth State University are seeking qualified and highly motivated students to earn a Master of Science in the Biological Sciences program. PSU is perfectly situated in central New Hampshire, adjacent to both the White Mountains and Lakes regions. The primary research areas for each faculty member are described below. They also encourage the development of projects that complement existing research programs. In addition to training in various project-specific techniques, we offer opportunities to gain expertise in bioinformatics, sequencing, and statistical methods within any of these research areas.

The Chabot lab addresses issues in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior and one of our main interests is in the control of timing of behaviors and physiology by internal clocks (esp. - circadian and circatidal). They investigate a variety of questions about the mechanisms of these biological rhythms, often in marine organisms, from the molecular and genetic level to behavior and physiology. Dr. Chris Chabot: ;

The Doherty lab examines genetics, genomics, and molecular biology of tissue regeneration, wound healing, and heart disease in humans. Ongoing projects include: 1) Discovery of genetic variation in the Connective Tissue Growth Factor gene, 2) Testing for association of human genetic variants to heart disease, and 3) Using tissue culture cells to model the role of genetic variation in wound healing. Please contact Dr. Heather Doherty at or visit here for more information about her work.

The Jolles lab focuses on plants and fungi, especially questions concerning phylogenetics, population genetics, biogeography, and reproductive biology (including plant-insect interactions), or projects requiring floristic/fungal surveys of areas in New England for which the diversity is poorly understood. Please contact Dr. Diana Jolles at or visit pyrola.org for more information about her work.

The Son lab focuses on the pathogenesis of the infectious bacterium Vibrio cholerae, the causative agent of the re-emerging human intestinal disease cholera. Our research centers around the characterization of clinically relevant single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs): (1) and how genetic changes has afforded this organism’s increased ability to cause disease,
(2) attachment to and the development of copepod models, and (3) environmental impacts on the propagation of other aquatic pathogenic bacteria. Please contact Dr. Mike Son at (603-535-3199) (website) for more information about his work and other C.R.A.P. (Cholera Research at PSU) in the Son lab.

Prospective student interested in applying can find additional information about the program here. Applications can be submitted here (please choose Graduate). GRE score requirement may be waived for highly qualified students. Please contact Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Heather Doherty () for questions about the program. As per the application, be sure to contact directly the faculty member with whom you have interest in working, or to ask questions about their specific research program. Review of applicants will begin April 1 and continue until positions are filled.

Students of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will have an undergraduate degree in Biology or a related field. Experience in genetics/molecular biology, microbiology, neurobiology, animal behavior or physiology, and/or plant and environmental biology research is an added benefit. Stipend and tuition support may be available for competitive applicants.

Recruiting Interns, Hubbard Brook and Bartlett Experimental Forests (Posted 3/7/18)

Undergraduates seeking research experience in forest ecology are invited to apply for a 10-week expense-paid internship at Bartlett, Jeffers Brook, and Hubbard Brook Experimental Forests in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

About the Project: Multiple Element Limitation in Northern Hardwood Ecosystems (MELNHE) is an NSF-funded project that seeks to examine the limits to forest productivity in the context of resource optimization theory. Experimental tests of N and P limitation in temperate forest systems are few, and those few have been short-term with very high rates of fertilization. In 2011 they began long-term low-level additions of N, P, and N+P in 13 forest stands distributed across three sites in the White N+Mountain National Forest of New Hampshire. At Bartlett Experimental Forest, which is underlain by granite, they have three young, three mid aged, and three mature stands. At both Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, on granodiorite, and Jeffers Brook on amphibolite (metamorphosed basalt), we have one mature and one mid-aged forest stand. Each stand has four plots treated annually with N (30 kg N/ha/yr as NH4NO3), P (10 kg P/ha/yr as NaH2PO4), both N and P, and control. These treatments allow us to test for NP co-limitation and to challenge balanced forest nutrition and thereby induce mechanisms that maintain co-limitation. More information on the project is available here, including a blog from previous field crews.

Internship Description: Interns will be guided in the design of their research projects and will interact closely with graduate students and senior research scientists. Research projects could include the effects of nutrient addition on fine and woody litter production, seed rain, tree water use (sap flow), soil respiration, and canopy spectral properties, which involves ground truthing remotely sensed tree crown locations. Interns will gain a wide variety of skills by assisting in all ongoing projects. Interns have the opportunity to present their results at the annual Hubbard Brook Cooperators Meeting in July. Interns are provided with shared housing at Bartlett Experimental Forest; tenting is optional. Work days typically begin at 8:00 and end at 4:30, but may be shorter or longer depending upon the day’s activities. Food is prepared communally by the interns and graduate student researchers, and costs generally run between $5-6 per day. A stipend of $200 per week is provided for living expenses.

Desired Qualifications: Ideal applicants will have a strong interest in forest biology, ecology, or biogeochemistry. Undergraduate students and recent graduates will be considered. A positive attitude is important and a sense of humor is a plus. Willingness to work and live in a communal setting is critical. Candidates should be able to perform repetitive tasks with attention to detail in a field setting under adverse conditions.
Applicants should be flexible in their expectations, but an estimated breakdown of the summer is: 60% fieldwork, 15% lab work, 10% data management, and 15% research proposals and reports of independent projects.

To Apply: Please send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references to Alex Young, . Interested students should apply by Friday, March 9th, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received. The field season will begin on June 4 (arrive June 3) and end on August 10 (depart on August 11).

MS Research Assistantship in Fish (Brook Trout) Ecology (Posted 3/7/18)

A MS Graduate Research Assistantship AND 2018 summer stipend are available in the Environmental Science and Policy program at Plymouth State University for a highly motivated and experienced student to work on the ecology of native Eastern Brook Trout populations. The student will contribute to an on-going project to assess before and after effects of culvert removal on EBT populations in a conserved watershed, with a focus on demographics, diet, movement, and genetics during the summer of 2018. The student will have the opportunity to continue field research in summer of 2019 and develop a thesis related to the study.

This project is in partnership with New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game, The Conservation Fund, and a local chapter of Trout Unlimited and with funding from the National Foundation for Fish and Wildlife’s ‘Bring Back the Natives’ program.

The combined summer technician position and graduate research assistantship consists of:
• $2000-$3000 funding for summer field work
• a 15-credit tuition waiver for 2018-19 academic year
• $7000 stipend for 2018-19 academic year
*Additional compensation may be available during academic year if student contributes as a graduate teaching assistant.

Qualifications:
• BS in fisheries science, ecology, biology, natural resources
(with fish courses or experience)
• Coursework in fish ecology and statistics
• Field experience as a fisheries technician/ research assistant
• GPA > 3.0 (undergraduate coursework)
• Acceptance into the Environmental Science and Policy or Biology
MS program at Plymouth State University (rolling deadline)

Interested candidates should email Dr. Amy Villamagna as soon as possible. Please title your email “Beebe Fish Assistantship” and include a statement of interest in project that briefly describes your experience, your most up-to-date resume and academic transcript (unofficial is fine), contact information for three references that can speak to you field and analytical skills, and a recent sample of your writing. In addition, students should initiate an application to Plymouth State University’s Environmental Science and Policy MS program.

Environmental Science & Policy at Plymouth State University The Environmental Science and Policy program at Plymouth State University focuses in areas related to watershed systems - hydrology, lake/stream biogeochemistry, conservation ecology, land use planning, climatology, etc. Our curriculum emphasizes the relationships between science and policy, ecosystem resilience, and science communication.

Students in the program collaborate with interdisciplinary teams of faculty, students, and scientists from other academic, governmental, and NGOs including Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, White Mountain National Forest, NH Department of Environmental Services, NH Department of Fish and Game, Appalachian Mountain Club, and numerous lake associations. For more information about Plymouth State University and the MS program go here.

Dartmouth College: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ecology and Society (Posted 2/21/18)

Dartmouth College: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ecology and Society they seek applicants for an independent postdoctoral fellowship affiliated with the Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems and Society (EEES) Graduate Program at Dartmouth College. EEES is a diverse community of scholars who conduct innovative research in the natural sciences and interdisciplinary environmental studies, including ecology, evolution, anthropology, economics, governance and geography. We aim to recruit an environmental social scientist whose work is synergistic with our program's strong emphasis on ecology and ecosystem science. High quality candidates will have a strong background in interdisciplinary research, advanced analytical skills and an interest in undergraduate and graduate level education. More specifically, superior candidates will have research interests that complement the program's existing strengths in ecological economics, political ecology and the investigation of social-ecological systems. In addition to developing innovative research projects, postdoctoral fellows are expected to enhance graduate student education and professional development through a seminar series or working group dedicated to developing a collaborative research product. The ideal candidate will be a strong contributing member of the vibrant EEES community at Dartmouth and foster productive discourse both within and beyond the program. Applicants should identify one or more potential faculty mentors from the EEES program. Program website. Deadline: Review of applications will begin March 16, 2018 Starting date: Negotiable Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package Research stipend: $2000 annually Term: Up to 2 years pending satisfactory annual performance Qualifications: The successful applicant will have completed (or be near completion of) a PhD in a relevant field in the environmental social sciences. Application Instructions -- Please submit the following application materials through Interfolio: 1. Cover Letter (1-2 pages) describing your research interests and future directions. Also identify one or more potential faculty mentors. 2. Curriculum vitae (with list of publications). 3. PDF copies of up to 3 representative publications. 4. Three confidential letters of recommendation. 5. A statement of purpose which describes your research interests and aspirations. 6. A one-page prospectus for an interdisciplinary graduate seminar or working group. This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge. Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. They prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.  


NEW JERSEY

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NEW MEXICO 

NM BLM Aquatic AIM Crew Leader (Las Cruces, NM)  (Posted 4/2/18)

In partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Southwest Conservation Corps is seeking stream habitat assessment leaders to assist in the implementation of the aquatic Assessment, Inventory, Monitoring (AIM) initiative. The technicians will be trained in partnership with the National Aquatic Monitoring Center (Utah State University). Interns will work in a crew of 2 people (one crew lead and one technician) to assess stream habitat. Interns will sample streams and rivers on BLM land using the BLM’s aquatic AIM protocol. Successful applicants will spend 4-8 days in a row in the field camping and collecting water quality data, stream habitat data, and benthic macroinvertebrate samples.

Explore the Pecos, Gila, the southern reaches of the Rio Grande Rivers and the unique seeps and springs throughout Southern New Mexico. The data you will collect will be directly utilized by BLM specialists across three BLM Districts and five field offices. This opportunity will allow you to build you leadership skills as you coordinate with field office personnel and navigate to the selected plot locations.

For additional information and how to apply, go here.

Postdoc - Algal Consortia (New Mexico) (Posted 3/22/18)

The New Mexico Consortium (NMC) is seeking a talented and enthusiastic Postdoctoral Researcher to join a team of scientists at the NMC and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to advance a DOE-funded project focused on algal-algal and algal-bacteria consortia. The project was developed in response to the Bioenergy Technologies’ Office (BETO) Productivity Enhanced Algae and Tool-Kits (PEAK) FOA. The researcher will be responsible for conducting culture-based experiments focused on the growth of algal monocultures and consortia as well as leading other relevant work. This is a full-time position for at least two years, and offers a competitive salary and benefits (health, dental, life, disability and retirement plan). Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in biology or other relevant discipline, a strong working knowledge of phytoplankton biology and culturing, the ability to work independently and as part of a team, and a demonstrated publication record. For more information on the position, go here. To apply, please upload a cover letter, CV, and list of three references in a single PDF file here. Applications will be accepted through April 8th or until the position is filled.

Funded Master of Science in Biology position, New Mexico Tech (Posted 3/21/18)

The Duval Lab of Applied and Systems Ecology at New Mexico Tech is soliciting applications for a funded Master’s student position studying arid-land biogeochemistry and plant-microbe-soil-atmosphere interactions. The student will be expected to contribute to a 21-year study examining the effect of climate and soil on pinyon, juniper and scrub oak seed production. The student will also play a critical role in the establishment of a long-term litter decomposition experiment (D-DIRT) that is part of an international network of studies designed to explore the role of above- versus belowground carbon inputs from vegetation to soil (more information on the network). The student will work at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge, and help establish other experimental sites in grassland and conifer forests in the Chihuahuan desert and Magdalena Mountains near Socorro, NM. In addition to field work in the diverse landscapes of central New Mexico, NM Tech boasts excellent laboratory facilities in the Biological and Earth sciences, and the student will gain hands-on expertise with a variety of instruments to analyze field samples. These include: FTIR gas analysis to measure trace gas flux (CO2, CH4, N2O and NO), inductively coupled mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) for elemental analysis of plant tissue and soil at the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, and the opportunity to learn stable isotope analysis through the Department of Earth and Environmental Science (EES) at NM Tech. The Duval Lab is equipped for routine soil nutrient analysis, soil enzyme assays, maintains space in two research labs, and has dedicated greenhouse research space on campus. They also collaborate with microbiologists and geneticists within the Biology Department, work with the Chemistry and EES Departments at Tech, the Agricultural Science Center in Los Lunas, NM, and researchers at Sandia National Laboratory. Student support will be provided with a combination of teaching (Intro Ecology Lab & Ecosystems Field Course) and research assistantship in the first year. The second year of support is to be determined based on Department needs and Lab funding.They hope to identify a suitable student as soon as possible, as there is funding to support a Research Assistant position on related projects beginning in May or June of 2018, which would provide an hourly wage and the opportunity to begin collecting thesis data prior to enrolling for Fall 2018 classes. Interested students should email Dr. Benjamin Duval () with a 1) brief statement of interest, 2) CV or resume that includes contact information for one professional reference and one reference that can speak to the prospective student’s work outside of the classroom (summer employers or supervisors). More information about New Mexico Tech, the Biology Department, the Duval Lab and living in Socorro, NM can be found here and here.

Post-doc Position: Global Change Ecology, New Mexico State Univ. (Posted 2/27/18)

The Global Change Ecology Lab (GCEL, Dr. Scott Ferrenberg, PI) within the Department of Biology, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM, is seeking a post-doctoral scientist with strong quantitative skills and an interest in dryland and/or forest ecology. The GCEL has a broad goal of understanding how populations and communities of plants, microbes, and animals interact with global change pressures, and what these interactions mean for ecosystem functioning. Work within the GCEL ranges from tests of ecological theory to questions and research aimed at improving ecological modeling and resource management. The incoming post-doc will have the flexibility to identify novel research aims, but will also join a funded project aimed at determining the vulnerability of dryland plants and ecosystem functions to climate change and disturbance interactions across multiple deserts of western North America. The Post-doc will also help to lead an upcoming, large-group synthesis effort regarding ecosystem functions and resource pulses in arid ecosystems. The ideal candidate will have a strong record of leading and publishing science, strong quantitative skills, and the ability to occasionally join field crews working in remote field locations and adverse weather conditions (i.e., desert and high elevation environments across western North America). The proposed start date is spring of 2018, but applications from candidates who are scheduled to complete their Ph.D. training by the summer of 2018 will also be considered. Initial funding is for one year with continued support possible based on available funding. Applications are due on 3/15/18. Further details and information on how to apply can be found at here.

Internship: Four DataONE Summer Internship Opportunities (Posted 2/22/18)
Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE)
University of New Mexico
Applications are due by March 23rd 2018.
Albuquerque NM
For more information, go here

Graduate Student Assistantship (M.Sc.): Ecology of Kit Foxes on White Sands National Monument, NM (Posted 2/21/18)

Location: New Mexico State University and White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

Salary: $22,619/year; Support will be for ~3 years (6 academic semesters and 2 summer semesters) and will include research assistant and teaching assistant support.

Description: The Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology at New Mexico State University is offering a graduate student assistantship to begin fall semester 2018 to explore the ecology of kit foxes (Vulpes macrotis) in the Chihuahuan Desert at White Sands National Monument. The project involves capturing, radio-collaring, and using remote cameras to estimate abundance, resource use, and to apply emerging statistical methods to non-invasive data. During the field season, housing is provided on site in the form of 28 ft. trailer. The successful applicant will be co-advised by Drs. Gary Roemer and Fitsum Abadi Gebreselassie.

Qualifications: Prior experience working in remote locations, driving a 4x4 vehicle, and experience with radio telemetry are highly desired. Fieldwork will be very physically demanding; applicants will often be required to hike 5+ miles/day over rough terrain in a hot, arid environment and must be willing to work at night. Common sense, good orientation and quantitative skills, and experience with the Bayesian Statistical paradigm, GIS applications, and the program R, would be considered strengths.

To apply, please email a single PDF file that contains a cover letter, CV or resumé, GRE scores, a copy of undergraduate transcripts, and the name and contact information of 3 references to Dr. Gary Roemer at .

Start date: August 15, 2018

Last date to apply: June 30, 2018

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is found


NEW YORK

IEC District Intern, Summer 2018 (Posted 4/19/18)
New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC)
Staten Island and Port Washington, NY
Apply by May 1, 2018
For more information, go here. PDF HERE

Youth and the Environment Program (YEP) Coordinator/Wastewater Division Intern (Posted 4/19/18)
New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC)
Lowell, MA
Apply by May 2, 2018
For more information, go here. PDF HERE

Graduate Assistantship in Forest Nutrient Cycling (Posted 3/19/18)

Ruth Yanai is seeking new graduate students (MS or PhD) to participate in a large collaborative project investigating above and belowground carbon allocation, nutrient cycling, and tradeoffs involved in multiple resource allocation. The Multiple Element Limitation in Northern Hardwood Ecosystems (MELNHE) project has field sites located at Hubbard Brook, Jeffers Brook, and Bartlett Experimental Forests in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Since 2011, thirteen stands have been receiving N, P, N&P, and control treatments in 0.25-ha plots, with six stands receiving Ca treatments.

Research in the MELNHE project includes aboveground diameter growth, leaf production by species, foliar nutrient resorption, water use, soil respiration, soil mineralization, beech bark disease, mycorrhizae, and snail and arthropod diversity. More information on the project can be found here.

They welcome inquiries from prospective students interested in forest ecology, nutrient cycling, and uncertainty analysis. Applicants should be self-motivated, excited to work as part of a multi-investigator project, have laboratory and field experience, and be comfortable living and working in a group setting. A field crew blog from previous years is available here.

They prefer for students to join us for the summer field season, which starts June 4, 2018, so as to become familiar with the field sites and our research activities before starting classes in late August.

Funding will consist of a combination of research and teaching assistantships. A stipend, full tuition waiver, health insurance, and a summer position with the field crew in New Hampshire will be provided.
Prospective students may apply to the Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management or the Graduate Program in Environmental Science, both at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY.

They appreciate communicating with students as part of the application process. Students are encouraged to review MELNHE related data and publications and supply their own ideas for research in relation to the project. Prospective students should begin that conversation by requesting the password for Ruth's project materials from Mary Hagemann at .

College Internship in Suburban Ecology Mianus River Gorge (Posted 2/21/18)

Program Description: Mianus River Gorge, a conservation organization and 900-acre nature preserve in southern New York, offers 8 week summer internships for college students interested in the conservation of natural areas in urbanizing landscapes.

-- Each intern will work alongside Gorge staff and graduate students on a variety of projects including wildlife monitoring, non-native species management, and GIS applications.

-- Interns will work with and supervise high school students in our authentic research program (Wildlife Technician Program).

-- They work with our interns to provide a learning experience that fits their interests and long-term educational goals.

-- Stipend: $25/day or combination of school credit and stipend (depending on university requirements).

-- Internships last for a period of 8 weeks. 10-week internships may be available in 2018. Internships typically run from June to July, but some flexibility is possible.

-- They usually need to give preference to local students or those that can commute daily to Bedford, NY, as summer housing is not always guaranteed.

Projects for 2018 include:

o Monitoring coyotes, black bear, and other wildlife in Westchester, NYC, and Fairfield
o Vegetation sampling, monitoring, and restoration
o Initiating design and construction of a new educational trail
o Invasive species control and other land management work
o Data management, GIS work, and analysis on several long-term projects

Applicant Eligibility

· All undergraduate students are eligible to apply. They do not require applicants to major in a particular discipline; however, exposure to the fields of ecology, environmental science, or geography is encouraged. They do accept interns that have graduated the academic year just prior to the internship.

· Interns must be self-motivated and work well in group settings.

· Applicants should be prepared for strenuous work outdoors (e.g., field research and land management projects) as well as performing indoor work (e.g., data entry and GIS projects).

· This year the internship will run from June 4 to July 27 -- applicants need to be available during this period.

More info and application forms can be found here and here.

PhD Assistantship: Vital Rates of Northern Fisher Populations – Adirondack Park/Tug Hill, NY (Posted 2/20/18)

The SUNY ESF Roosevelt Wild Life Station is recruiting an outstanding individual for a PhD Assistantship studying vital rates of fisher populations, a species demonstrating long-term declines across much of their northern range in the eastern US. The student’s research will quantify reproduction and survival rates of fishers in the Adirondack and Tug Hill regions of northern NY State, using a combination of GPS- collars and intensive camera trapping. This research will contribute critical data to a larger collaboration with the NY Department of Environmental Conservation and NY Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit involving population models to explore management options for northern fisher populations. The graduate student would ideally begin during the fall 2018 semester.

Requirements
--BS and MS degrees in Wildlife Ecology/Management or closely related field, with a strong academic record and GRE scores.
--Strong quantitative skills. At least one year of statistical training at the graduate level, and working knowledge of R statistical software and ArcGIS strongly desired. Experience with survival analysis helpful.
--Strong field acumen, with an ability to maintain a positive attitude when working long days under inhospitable field conditions. Proficiency with radio-telemetry and GPS technology, experience with camera traps, and training and experience in the safe capture and handling of animals desired.
--Excellent written and oral communication skills.
--Valid driver’s license and excellent driving record.

Compensation
Salary $20K/year through a combination of research and teaching assistantships + excellent fringe benefits package and tuition waiver.

To apply
Interested students should prepare an electronic application that includes: 1) a cover letter concisely articulating your background, experience, research and education interests, and career goals, 2) C.V., 3) unofficial copies of college transcripts and GRE scores (taken within last 5 years), and 4) name, position, affiliation and contact information for three professional references. The application should be submitted, preferably as a single PDF document, by email to Dr. Jacqueline Frair () and Dr. Paul Jensen (). For optimal consideration, application materials should be received by 20 April 2018 although the position will remain open until filled.

Recruiting Interns, Hubbard Brook and Bartlett Experimental Forests (Posted 2/7/18)

About the Project: Multiple Element Limitation in Northern Hardwood Ecosystems (MELNHE) is an NSF-funded project that seeks to examine the limits to forest productivity in the context of resource optimization theory. Experimental tests of N and P limitation in temperate forest systems are few, and those few have been short-term with very high rates of fertilization. In 2011 they began long-term low-level additions of N, P, and N+P in 13 forest stands distributed across three sites in the White N+Mountain National Forest of New Hampshire. At Bartlett Experimental Forest, which is underlain by granite, they have three young, three mid aged, and three mature stands. At both Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, on granodiorite, and Jeffers Brook on amphibolite (metamorphosed basalt), they have one mature and one mid-aged forest stand. Each stand has four plots treated annually with N (30 kg N/ha/yr as NH4NO3), P (10 kg P/ha/yr as NaH2PO4), both N and P, and control. These treatments allow us to test for NP co-limitation and to challenge balanced forest nutrition and thereby induce mechanisms that maintain co-limitation. More information on the project is available here, including a blog from previous field crews.

Internship Description: Interns will be guided in the design of their research projects and will interact closely with graduate students and senior research scientists. Research projects could include the effects of nutrient addition on fine and woody litter production, seed rain, tree water use (sap flow), soil respiration, and canopy spectral properties, which involves ground truthing remotely sensed tree crown locations. Interns will gain a wide variety of skills by assisting in all ongoing projects. Interns have the opportunity to present their results at the annual Hubbard Brook Cooperators Meeting in July.

Interns are provided with shared housing at Bartlett Experimental Forest; tenting is optional. Work days typically begin at 8:00 and end at 4:30, but may be shorter or longer depending upon the day’s activities. Food is prepared communally by the interns and graduate student researchers, and costs generally run between $5-6 per day. A stipend of $200 per week is provided for living expenses.

Desired Qualifications: Ideal applicants will have a strong interest in forest biology, ecology, or biogeochemistry. Undergraduate students and recent graduates will be considered. A positive attitude is important and a sense of humor is a plus. Willingness to work and live in a communal setting is critical. Candidates should be able to perform repetitive tasks with attention to detail in a field setting under adverse conditions.

Applicants should be flexible in their expectations, but an estimated breakdown of the summer is: 60% fieldwork, 15% lab work, 10% data management, and 15% research proposals and reports of independent projects.

To Apply: Please send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references to Alex Young, . Interested students should apply by Friday, March 9th, but applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received. The field season will begin on June 4 (arrive June 3) and end on August 10 (depart on August 11).

Post-doctoral Researcher, Ecosystem Indicators of the New York Bight and Northwest Atlantic (Posted 2/7/18)

Stony Brook University, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences

Applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher (PR) are invited to work with an interdisciplinary team of biological and physical oceanographers at Stony Brook University, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. The PR will work on a project funded by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to develop indicators to monitor the health of the New York Bight ecosystem. The PR will be working with large datasets on oceanographic and atmospheric conditions, nutrient dynamics, carbonate chemistry and living marine resources on the Northeast U.S. Shelf (NES) and with new data collected in the New York Bight.

The objectives of this project are to develop an interdisciplinary, multi-trophic level ocean monitoring program in the New York Bight in order to provide information on the status of New York pelagic resources to managers; and to inform the development of a system of indicators of ecosystem health using existing data and observations collected in the offshore monitoring program in order to better inform decision making regionally and locally. This work in New York will provide a template for monitoring to be conducted more broadly in the Mid-Atlantic region, and this project will aim to be as consistent as possible with Mid-Atlantic monitoring efforts. The postdoc will be an integral part in evaluating and recommending a suite of indicators to monitor in the New York Bight in the future.

Qualifications

· PhD degree in a relevant discipline, such as Ecology, Fisheries Science, Statistics, oceanography, or other related field.

· Experience with statistical modeling and statistical analyses is required. Experience with R, Matlab and ArcGIS is preferred.

· Strong written and oral communication skills, as evidenced preferably through publications in the peer-reviewed scientific literature and presentations to a variety of audiences

· Strong interpersonal skills and experience in field work, especially on oceanographic vessels is preferred.

The postdoc will be employed by New York state with an annual salary of $50-60K depending on qualifications. This position is full-time for one year, with annual renewal of appointment conditional on the PR making satisfactory progress during the prior year(s) and continuation of funding. Start date is flexible, and the successful candidate could begin as soon as possible.

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and writing samples (e.g. copies of relevant publications), and contact information for at least three professional references. Please contact Janet Nye () or Lesley Thorne () for further information. To apply please go here and follow the postdoctoral link. Please note requisitions 1703239 and 1703263 are for one vacancy. The title/rank (Postdoctoral/Senior Researcher) will be contingent upon the selected candidate's skills and experience in their area of expertise. Review of applications will begin immediately, but the closing date is April 2, 2018

Post-Docs in Freshwater Ecology for The Jefferson Project (Posted 2/7/18)

“The Jefferson Project” at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) is hiring two post-docs in multiple areas of freshwater ecology.

The Jefferson Project is an exciting and ambitious research endeavor devised to study lake ecosystems by using “smart sensor” technology, leading-edge experiments, and coupled computer models of the weather, runoff, lake circulation, and food webs. This is an unprecedented collaboration between Rensselaer, IBM, and the FUND for Lake George that is intended to serve as a global example for understanding and protecting freshwater ecosystems. The post-docs will collaborate with researchers from the entire RPI campus (including experts in Biological/Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Big Data, Computer Science, Cognitive Science (AI), and the Arts) and collaborate with researchers from the FUND for Lake George and IBM (including experts in Meteorology, Hydrology, Cyber- infrastructure, Limnology, and Data Visualization).

For more information:
http://jeffersonproject.rpi.edu/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=53&v=M0OU9hfyZqU
http://www.pnas.org/content/115/5/828
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/59378x/take-a-dip-into-the-internet-of-lakes
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/road-salt-can-disrupt-ecosystems-and-endanger-humans-180963393/

Post-doc #1 will be a mathematical modeler focused on food-web modeling, while contributing to the analysis of high-frequency weather, stream, and lake data.

Post-doc #2 will be an experimental ecologist addressing basic and applied questions related to lake ecosystems, while also contributing to the analysis of high-frequency weather, stream, and lake data.

Rensselaer has a growing group of excellent aquatic biologists, superb experimental facilities for aquatic research, and a beautiful field station on Lake George in eastern NY.

Applicants should send (as pdf) a cover letter, CV, research statement, and a list of 3 references to Dr. Rick Relyea ().

Applications will be reviewed as they arrive.

The desired start date is April or May 2018.

Summer REU: Urban Ecology and the Environment (CUNY Brooklyn College) (Posted 2/5/18)

Brooklyn College and the City University of New York invite applications for a new Research Experiences for Undergraduates program in Urban Ecology and the Environment that will run this summer between June 5 and August 17. BUEE offers an integrative summer research program aimed at developing early-career undergraduate students into mature and thoughtful environmental scientists. Authentic research experiences on human-coupled natural systems are complemented by an academic program aimed at developing practical experience in research design, scientific communication and community outreach. BUEE leverages the unique academic and research resources at Brooklyn, including a state-of-the-art Aquatic Research and Environmental Assessment Center and the recently-established Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay, focused on urban sustainability and resilience. Students are provided with a competitive stipend, housing and food allowances, and relocation credit for travel from outside the region. Applications from STEM-underrepresented students are especially encouraged.

More information on the program, including potential projects, can be found at buee.brooklyn.cuny.edu, or by contacting the program PI at . Applications should be submitted online before April 1.


NORTH CAROLINA 

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Posted 4/12/18)
Mitchell Lab
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Apply by May 6, 2018
For more information, go here. 

Ecologist - EPA Post-Doc Announcement - Durham, NC  (Posted 4/2/18)

A postdoctoral research project training opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD)/National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) in Durham, NC (Research Triangle Park).

The postdoc will benefit by learning approaches for the evaluation, analysis and integration of evidence on the ecological effects of atmospheric pollutant exposures used in EPA’s scientific assessments.

They will have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of projects that can include qualitative or quantitative analyses of study findings and data and synthesizing the findings to support highly influential science assessments. This experience will provide an understanding of how scientific evidence is used to inform EPA decision-making processes.
Additionally, the research participants will collaborate with scientific staff in NCEA and potentially scientists from other EPA Labs, Centers or Offices, in evaluating evidence related to the effects of air pollution on ecosystems. They will have opportunities to conduct quantitative or qualitative analyses that contribute to EPA scientific assessments and can result in peer-reviewed publications. They may also interact with policy staff to focus these analyses to be informative for rulemaking. Full position announcement is found herePlease contact Dr. Jeffrey Herrick () for more information. Review of applications is on-going.

Internship/Research experience, agroecosystems, USDA, ND (Posted 4/2/18)

Please see below for an excellent internship and research experience opportunity to conduct research in agroecosystems at a USDA-Agricultural Research Service lab in Mandan, ND. The staff is great to work with and you will learn skills that can be used in various areas of ecology.

The USDA-ARS Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory seeks highly motivated individuals for the following positions:

To assist in field and laboratory data collection for projects associated with research on crop and rangeland agro ecosystems. In the field, the incumbent will play an active role soil and plant sampling, measuring soil-water parameters, and evaluating basic physiological characteristics of plants. Laboratory activities will include processing soil and plant samples for analyses and evaluating of basic indicators of soil quality. The incumbent will also assist with data entry into a basic spreadsheet program. Individuals applying should be interested in learning new field and laboratory protocols for evaluating soil quality, have a willingness to work on diverse tasks, and be committed to a teamwork approach to meet project goals.

Interested individuals can drop off, mail, or email their resume and transcript to:
USDA-ARS-NGPRL
1701 10th AVE SW
PO Box 459
Mandan ND 58554

Or email to: Jeremy Will
Administrative Officer
(701) 667-3014


Derek Faust, Ph.D.
Research Biologist
USDA Agricultural Research Service
P.O. Box 459
1701 10th Ave., S.W.
Mandan, ND 58554-0459

O: 701-667-3056
F: 701-667-3054
E:

M.S. Opportunity in Stream Insect Recruitment (Posted 3/22/18)

The Freshwater Ecosystem Ecology Lab in the Department of Applied Ecology at North Carolina State University is accepting applications for a graduate student interested in earning a Masters of Science degree in stream ecology. Funding will support a graduate student to develop innovative whole-stream experimental approaches to test whether enhancing the egg- laying habitat for adult stream insects can be used to accelerate the recovery and resilience of biological conditions, such as invertebrate community structure, diversity, and productivity in restored streams in North Carolina. Applicants with interest in developing expertise in invertebrate ecology, life histories, natural history, dispersal, recruitment, population ecology, invertebrate identification, and diversity metrics are especially encouraged to apply.

B.A. or B.S. degree in a related field is required. Applicants should have the ability to work well both independently and cooperatively, and a firm interest in working in an interdisciplinary research environment that includes state agencies, private industry stream restoration contractors, and private landowners. Applicants should be motivated, creative, eager to be immersed in a program that requires developing strengths in applied and basic science skills, and possess strong communication and quantitative skills.

Financial support includes: a yearly stipend, tuition support, health insurance, funds for research expenses, and funds for research assistants.

The optimal start date is January 2019 but September 2018 could be an alternate start date. Review of complete applications will begin immediately, and this opportunity will remain available until a suitable candidate is found or at the latest 15 November 2018. To apply, visit https://grad.ncsu.edu/apply/ and indicate Brad Taylor as your potential advisor. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Brad Taylor () prior to applying. 


NORTH DAKOTA

PhD Position: Evolutionary and Behavioral Ecology (Posted 2/1/18)

The Dochtermann Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at North Dakota State University is seeking to fill a PhD assistantship as part of a project examining how evolutionary factors and habitat change shape behavioral syndromes (trait correlations). The student will develop and pursue their own research topics while also working within a broader NSF funded project.

In their lab they focus on evolutionary questions regarding the maintenance of variation within and among populations and the evolutionary implications of how traits are correlated.

The position will start Fall Semester 2018. The student will be housed and working in the Department of Biological Sciences with their degree awarded through the NDSU Environmental Sciences and Conservation Program.

Requirements: Bachelors or Masters in ecology, evolution, animal behavior, or related field; experience collecting and analyzing data; ability to work independently and as part of a larger collaborative group.

Preferred: MSc preferred; experience conducting quantitative genetic experiments; field research experience

If interested please contact me at and provide a brief synopsis of your research interests.


OHIO

Postdoc Position in Stream & River Ecology Lab at The Ohio State University (Posted 4/9/18)

The Stream and River Ecology Laboratory at The Ohio State University is seeking a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to contribute to an EPA-STAR-funded project on harmful algal blooms in the upper Ohio River Basin. The incumbent will be expected to contribute to studies of the ecological impacts of nutrient enrichment in streams, rivers, and reservoirs (from individuals to food webs to ecosystem functions), including field, experimental (e.g., mesocosms), and lab work. In addition, the incumbent will be expected to assist with the analysis of data as well as the preparation of reports, articles, and associated project deliverables. In addition to contributing to the project described above, the incumbent will be expected to pursue additional, complementary research. The incumbent will be based at the Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park and will be mentored by Dr. Mažeika Sullivan, with opportunities to work with project co-PIs Dr. Lauren Pintor and Dr. Kaiguang Zhao. Strong statistical and programming skills, preferably with R, are required. Interest in teaching within the Aquatic Sciences curriculum is highly desirable. Applicants must have completed and defended their Ph.D. by the start of the appointment. Interested applicants should submit the following: (1) Cover letter, C.V., and the names and contact information for three references; (2) Unofficial transcripts; and (3) Examples of published work. Funding is available for two years.

For more information or to apply, contact Dr. Sullivan:

Closing date: April 27th, 2018. Start date: by July 1st if possible. Salary: $46-48K/annually, plus benefits.

A Joint Restoration Ecology and One Health Apprenticeship 2018 (Posted 2/20/18)

The Wilds is one of the largest and most innovative conservation centers in the world, offering diverse training programs for early career professionals. The Wilds has nearly 10,000 acres of reclaimed mineland and remnant forest patches, which present opportunities for ecological restoration and cutting-edge research to help address emerging public health concerns such as harmful algal blooms and water quality, with College of Public Health, The Ohio State University and professional public health practitioner with the US Public Health Service (usphs.gov). This six-month position starting May 2018 is aimed at recent graduates from related fields.

Typical tasks: Half-time at The Wilds, the apprentice will be implementing habitat improvements and monitoring ecosystem recovery through invasive plant management, vegetation and wildlife surveys, environmental monitoring, and photo point collection.
The other half-time, the apprentice will be coordinating community engagement activities in wildlife and water conservation, including collecting water samples to analyzing results from various water bodies; wetlands, lakes, experimental wetlands, and crops.
• Training: field methods such as plant identification, survey
protocols, research methodology, microcystin field testing, GPS & GIS applications/map making, biological monitoring and application of land management and restoration techniques.
• Apprentice will conduct a scientific research project related to
water quality and beavers with a final presentation to Wilds employees and researchers at The Ohio State University at the end of their term.
• Position requires hiking and some physically demanding tasks,
including outdoor work throughout the seasons. This may include hot, buggy, cold or otherwise challenging conditions. Participants should be prepared with appropriate field gear / foot wear.
• Should be interested in emerging public health concerns and how
ecosystems services and public health are interconnected, eager for learning opportunities and willing to practice new skills independently.
• Apprentices must be responsible, flexible, self-motivated and
able to work effectively with limited supervision, as well as in a team setting.
• Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to lift at least
45 lbs.
• Must have basic knowledge in biostatistics and environmental
health science.
• Must be willing to work some evenings and weekends.

Schedule is typically M-F, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. While no monetary compensation is offered, on site housing will be covered as well as gas mileage when traveling for projects. In addition, the position is ideal for acquiring practical experience in conservation, wildlife (beavers) monitoring, natural resource management, ecological and public health, land stewardship or ecological studies. It is particularly well suited to prepare participants for graduate school or work in a conservation or public health fields.

To apply, please send your resume with three references and a cover letter to the contact below. Outline your objectives to gain from the position and how your past experience makes you an ideal candidate. Our training programs are competitive and they value placing individuals in programs that suit their career goals.

Please send application materials by March 15th, 2018 to:
Dr. Rebecca Swab Director of Restoration Ecology, The Wilds 14000 International Road, Cumberland, OH 43732 740.638.5030 ext. 2084
 


OKLAHOMA

Post Doc Fellow Plant Productivity Modeling (Posted 4/19/18)
Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK
Req. 4748
For more information, go here

MS position Forest Ecology and Management (Posted 3/13/18) 

The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Oklahoma State University is seeking qualified individuals to work on a research project looking at the effects of drought, nutrient availability, and stand density on growth, development, and economics of loblolly pine stands. The position will be filled at the M.S. level.

Research Area: Loblolly pine is the most important economic species in the southeastern US. A future drier climate may reduce its productivity, especially along the western margin of its range. Understanding how reduced soil moisture interacts with nutrient availability (fertilization) and stand density (thinning) and the associated economic ramifications is critical to optimize management. The successful candidate will leverage an existing research site that has included a 30% reduction in precipitation since 2012 to examine the growth, canopy development, and wood quality of these stands and determine how the treatments affect economic return.

Stipend: A graduate research assistantship of $16,000 for M.S. annually for a half-time appointment. Benefits include resident and non-resident tuition waiver and student health insurance (for student only, family coverage available for an additional fee).

Tentative Start Date: Summer or Fall 2018

B.S. in forestry, forest management, plant biology, ecology, or related degree. If applicable, a competitive GPA and acceptable GRE scores are required.

Interested individuals should contact:

Dr. Rodney Will
008C Agricultural Hall
Stillwater, OK 74078
405-744-5444

Dr. Omkar Joshi
008C Agricultural Hall
Stillwater, OK 74078
405-744-5614

The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management is part of the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University. The University is a land grant institution with an enrollment of about 25,000 students located midway between Tulsa and Oklahoma City. The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management conducts interdisciplinary research, instruction, and extension education to address the sustainable management and conservation of the fishery, forest, rangeland, and wildlife resources of Oklahoma and beyond. This department is a source of cutting-edge research, quality instruction, and effective outreach to students, landowners, managers, and public agencies.

PhD position in freshwater conservation biology (Posted 3/7/18)

A PhD position is available in the lab of Dr. Thomas Neeson at the University of Oklahoma, beginning August 2018. The student will join an interdisciplinary team developing landscape-scale conservation science, strategies and tools for navigating trade-offs between societal water usage and ecosystem outcomes in the Red River. Research activities will include: forecasting freshwater ecosystems under future climate and water availability scenarios; quantifying trade-offs between societal needs for water and instream flows; and working with conservation practitioners to identify cost-effective conservation strategies that balance societal water needs and ecosystem outcomes. Applicants should have a genuine interest in agency/NGO outreach, as well as a desire to make contributions to conservation science that are transferable to other ecosystems. Strong candidates will have experience with (or a desire to learn) GIS, spatial data analysis, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to collaborate within an interdisciplinary team. The student will be based in the Department of Geography & Environmental Sustainability at OU, a growing department with five faculty hires in the last three years. To learn more about our lab, go here. To apply, send a single PDF with CV, unofficial transcripts and GRE scores, a brief statement of research interests and goals, and contact information for three references to Dr. Thomas Neeson (). Please apply by March 12 for full consideration.


OREGON

Postdoctoral position: Avian Space Use and Movement (Posted 3/30/18)
Oregon State University
Apply by April 19, 2018
For more information, click here

PhD opportunity in fire and landscape ecology: Biodiversity in natural and managed early seral forests of southwestern Oregon (Posted 2/26/18)

A PhD position is available to join the Landscape Fire and Conservation Science Research Group in the Department of Forest Ecosystems at Oregon State University. The PhD student will be supervised by Dr. Meg Krawchuk, and collaborate with the study team including Dr. Jim Rivers, Dr. Matt Betts, Dr. Mark Swanson, Dr. A.J. Kroll, and Dr. Jake Verschuyl. The successful candidate will participate in a collaborative project to evaluate how biodiversity varies among early seral environments regenerating after stand replacing forest fire, fire and timber salvage/management, and intensive forest management. Field work for the position will take place in southwestern Oregon’s Klamath and Cascades ecoregions. Biodiversity attributes of interest include plant, bee, and bird communities. A pilot field season is planned for Summer 2018, and ideally the successful candidate would be available to participate. The graduate program will begin in Fall 2018.

Motivated students with interests in fire ecology, landscape ecology, conservation science, and/or forest management are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to candidates with expertise/experience in at least one of the key taxonomic groups of interest for the project: capture and identification of bees/entomology, strong skills with avian point counts, and/or field botany. The position requires a candidate with extensive field experience and leadership skills in remote settings preferably related to post-fire landscapes. As a complement to strong field skills, the position requires an interest and aptitude for contemporary statistical analysis, and a creative mind keen to do rigorous science that translates to forest management. Though the general framing of the study is established, students will have the opportunity to influence the direction of their contribution in this research.

Additional qualifications: The student must have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record, strong work ethic, be able to carry heavy gear on steep slopes, be comfortable working in a collaborative setting, and have a track record of working in a safe, efficient, and cooperative manner.

The PhD position includes three years of funding with additional years of support to complete the degree program expected from existing collaborators and funding. Funding for this project covers the field program and graduate program of the PhD student. The PhD student will be responsible for hiring, and leading a small field crew for three summers of data collection over the duration of the program.

The successful candidate will join the Landscape Fire and Conservation Science Research Group, and supervised by Dr. Meg Krawchuk in the Department of Forest Ecosystems, College of Forestry at Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon. Information about the graduate program can be found here.

If you are interested in the project contact Dr. Meg Krawchuk: , with: 1) letter of application with brief summary of your educational background, relevant research and work experience including pointer to expertise/experience with any of the key taxonomic groups mentioned above, career goals, why you believe you’re a good match for this project, 2) CV, 3) your academic record including transcripts and GRE scores, and 4) contact information for three references.

For full consideration, please submit your application by March 31st, 2018. They aim to identify a successful candidate in early April 2018. Review of applicants will continue until the position is filled.

Project description: Early seral forests contribute important heterogeneity to landscapes in the Pacific Northwest. Concern that federal forest management and intensification of management on private lands have reduced the availability of complex early seral ecosystems is contributing to calls for ecological forestry approaches to help balance the aims of wood production and biodiversity conservation. The driver of early seral forest initiation is removal or alteration of the forest canopy, and in southwest Oregon stand replacing wildfire and intensive forest management are principal factors generating these conditions. Our objective in this study is to conduct a large-scale retrospective study of biodiversity (plant, pollinator and bird communities) in early seral Douglas-fir/white fir/western hemlock forest types of southwestern Oregon. They will compare biodiversity responses to natural regeneration after stand replacing fire, regeneration after wildfire and timber salvage/management, and managed regeneration of plantations; the study will sample across early, mid, and late periods of early stand development to characterize temporal variability and trajectories of response across environmental and design gradients.

Oregon State University commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that they do. They are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. 


PENNSYLVANIA

Resource Management Interns (Posted 3/30/18)
National Park Service
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
Elverson, PA
Tracking Code: 1092-984
Apply by April 15, 2018
For more information, go here

Post-Doctoral Position in Research and Extension – Forest Ecosystem Service Values (Posted 3/7/18)

The Department of Ecosystem Science and Management is hiring a postdoctoral research associate with the Forest Resource Management, Research and Extension Program at the Pennsylvania State University. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), one-year position – with second year renewal pending on funding availability. Expected start date is flexible. Salary is competitive plus benefits - $47,659-$50,000 (commensurate with experience)

Primary responsibilities of the postdoctoral research associate include: conducting economic analyses on the value of ecosystem services (i.e., benefit transfer and stated preference methods) and policy mechanisms for capturing that value (e.g., landowner assistance programs); survey design and implementation; writing research publications and developing and disseminating innovative extension products. Other responsibilities may include collaborations with graduate students working on related projects including appropriate co-authorship on manuscripts, preparing grant reports, as well as participation in grant writing.

Required Minimum Qualifications: A Ph.D. in Natural Resource, Environmental, or Agricultural Economics, or a closely related field; experience with survey design, implementation, and analysis tools. Strong writing skills will be highly valued.

Preferred Qualifications: At least two years’ experience applying survey design, implementation and analysis skills in a stated preferences context; strong knowledge of the ecosystem services valuation literature; experience developing targeted extension products (e.g., fact sheets, workshops) and strong communication skills.

For more information, please contact Dr. Melissa M. Kreye at (preferred) or by phone 814-867-1237.

Postdoc:U.Pittsburgh_Experimental.Evolutionary.Ecology (Posted 3/7/18)

The Turcotte Lab at the University of Pittsburgh is hiring a postdoc to experimentally test the dynamic interplay between rapid evolution and community ecology in the field. Field experiments could be combined with lab experiments, modeling, comparative approaches, or theoretical development. Although, I have some projects in mind, this position is independent of current grants and thus allows you to develop their own research questions. Start date is flexible but I would prefer the candidate to begin as soon as possible.

The Department of Biological Sciences at Pitt is a dynamic and growing team of enthusiastic researchers and educators (6 new Assistant Prof. hires in E&E in the last 1.5 years). The department also runs the Pymatuning Lab of Ecology, which is equipped with lab space and housing to facilitate field-based research. The City of Pittsburgh is a vibrant and beautiful place to live. It is often voted the ‘Most Livable City in the U.S.’.

Requirements: Candidates must have a PhD in Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, or related topics. The position is for 1 year with the option to extend for up to 2 more years. A valid drivers license is required.

To apply for the position please send an email to me () including a cover letter stating why you are interested in the lab and your past research experience. Please also include your C.V., the contact information for three references, and up to 3 PDFs of relevant publications or manuscripts in prep. Applicants should submit their materials by March 30, 2018 to ensure full consideration.

REU in Coastal Ecosystems Ecology - Villanova University (Posted 2/20/18)

The laboratory of Dr. Nathaniel Weston in the Department of Geography and the Environment at Villanova University will host a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) student during summer 2018. REU internships are funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support active research participation of undergraduate students. The REU student will develop an independent research project focused on coastal ecosystems ecology, and will participate in field trips to tidal marsh research sites in Plum Island Sound, MA and Delaware River, NJ.

Eligibility and Requirements: REU applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S., completed one or more years of college but not received a Bachelor’s degree, have completed some coursework relevant to related to the REU program, and have plans to pursue a career in environmental research. Applicants must confirm that they are able to participate in the entire program (June 4 – August 10). The summer intern should expect to participate in physically strenuous field research in sometimes uncomfortable conditions (muddy, buggy, hot).

Program: The REU intern will receive a stipend of $5000 for the summer. Housing on Villanova’s campus and a meal plan will be provided. The program runs from June 4 – August 10 (10 weeks). The intern will participate in the on-campus professional development activities administered by the Villanova Center for Research and Fellowships that includes social events and workshops on topics including the responsible conduct of research, fellowships in the STEM fields, networking, science writing, and delivering effective presentations. The REU intern will also receive safety and field sampling training at the start of their internship. The REU intern will join a group of undergraduate and graduate students in the laboratory of Dr. Nathaniel Weston, and will work to design and implement an independent research project. This REU internship provides the selected undergraduate student with an outstanding opportunity to develop and design an independent research project and to gain substantial hands-on field and laboratory experience in a dynamic research program.

Application: Applicants for the 2018 summer REU internship complete the online application and have a letter of recommendation submitted by March 16. The online application includes several document uploads that should be prepared prior to completing the online portion of the application:
- A cover letter that describes your interest in coastal
ecosystems ecology, your professional career goals, and what you hope to obtain from a summer REU internship (limited to 1 page).
- A resume (limited to 2 pages).
- A copy of your academic transcript (unofficial is acceptable).
Applicants should also request a letter of recommendation from a faculty member. The letter can be submitted by email directly to Dr. Weston ().

See here for more information and to apply. 


RHODE ISLAND

Research Associate at University of Rhode Island in Marine Ecology (Posted 3/7/18)

The research lab of Dr. Austin Humphries at the University of Rhode Island is recruiting a Research Associate to be a part of a multidisciplinary team broadly interested in how coastal and fisheries management influence ecological processes. The basic function of this position is to perform independent research work across a variety of projects on marine fisheries ecology, habitat restoration, and/or aquaculture related projects. The person will be expected to maintain diverse datasets, produce graphs/tables, work with undergraduate and graduate students in these duties, and help with grant reporting, fieldwork scheduling, and general book keeping. Ideally the candidate will be interested in contributing as co-author on publications. Required qualifications are either a MS degree in relevant field or a BS degree and 5 years experience.

LOCATION: Kingston, Rhode Island (USA)

DATES: Application deadline: March 14, 2018 for first consideration Start date: Early April preferred
Duration: 1 year with subsequent years dependent on performance (funding secured for 2+ years)

COMPENSATION: $42,547 - $52,326 per year, depending on experience, including benefits (e.g., health insurance,
retirement)

For more information, go here.


SOUTH CAROLINA

MS Announcement - Silviculture and Invasive Species (Posted 2/13/18)

One MS student is sought to continue a long-term research project evaluating forest community response to multiple silvicultural treatments for the control of Chinese tallow, a highly invasive tree species of the southeastern coastal plain. The objectives of this project include: 1) determining changes to the plant community, including evaluating affects to forest structure, composition, and regeneration from mastication and repeated prescribed fire; 2) establishing a relationship between morphological characteristics and survival of Chinese tallow to prescribed fire; and 3) develop management guidelines to underplant longleaf pine in slash pine stands while seeking to control Chinese tallow. This project will build on previous work conducted in the Silviculture and Ecology Lab at Clemson University. The project will be conducted at Parris Island Marine Corps Base in Beaufort, South Carolina and will work directly with the Natural Resource Staff. Ideal candidates will be able to lead the project, work collaboratively, and tolerate harsh field conditions.They are seeking an outstanding candidate with a degree in Forestry, Biology, Ecology, and Environmental Sciences. Candidates must be able to pass federal background checks. The student will be offered a full graduate research assistantship ($15,000/year) plus a tuition waiver. The assistantship is for 2 years, which is renewable annually based on satisfactory performance. Competitive university and/or college scholarships are also available for outstanding candidates, and students working in our lab have had a great track record to obtain these scholarships. The assistantship will start in May 2018.

In your initial contact, please send the following information: resume, statement of your research interest, GPAs, GRE score, and TOFEL score (for foreign students).

If you are interested, contact: Dr. Geoff WangPhone: 864-656-4864, Email: , Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, 261 Lehotsky Hall, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634-0317 and Dr. Lauren S. Pile, Phone: 845-304-8348, Email: , USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Columbia, MO 65205

Ph.D. Assistantships in Biogeochemistry & Root-rhizosphere (Posted 2/13/18)

Seeking applicants for two Ph.D. positions in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences at Clemson University, SC, USA. The project focuses on changes in soil carbon cycling, plant-soil feedbacks, root-rhizosphere interactions in managed and unmanaged ecosystems. Successful candidates would work as part of a multi-institutional team of research scientists and postdocs.

The candidates who have an excellent background in biogeochemistry/ ecology/ root biology/ microbial ecology or related fields are encouraged to apply. An MS degree in related field is preferred. The candidates should have a strong aptitude to learn analytical and molecular techniques as required by the projects.

The positions are available starting summer or fall 2018. Interested applicants should email (Vidya Suseela () or Nishanth Tharayil () a cover letter describing your research interests and prior experiences, an updated C.V (with GRE scores), unofficial transcripts, and contact information for three references.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.


SOUTH DAKOTA

Please check back. 


TENNESSEE

Research Coordinator (Aquatic Ecologist) (Posted 3/29/18)
Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability
The University of the South
Sewanee, TN
For more information, go here

Graduate Research Assistantships at College of Agriculture, Tennessee State University (Posted 3/7/18)

M.S. level graduate research assistantships (approximately twenty) are available at the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences within the College of Agriculture, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN for the Fall Semester of 2018. Highly motivated students are encouraged to apply to work on a wide range of research projects with a research focus on Animal and Food Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Biotechnology, Applied Geospatial Information System, or Agribusiness, Agricultural Education, Leadership and Communication. Graduate research assistantship positions are awarded on a competitive basis. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to interact with scientists from academia, industry and government agencies. These are fully funded 12 month M.S. research assistantship positions in agricultural sciences that include a competitive monthly stipend for two years. Interested students who have earned a bachelor degree in agricultural sciences, biological sciences, forestry, environmental science, geography or any other related fields should apply. Applicants may visit here and apply online for admission into the program by submitting: 1) CV/Resume, 2) statement of research interest and experience, 3) GRE scores (TOEFL scores are required for international applicants), 4) university transcripts (international transcripts must be evaluated by the foreign educational credential evaluation agency such as World Education Service); and 5) three recommendation letters from professional referees. Standardized test scores and transcripts (including evaluated transcripts) must be sent directly to the university by the agency.

The graduate programs at the College of Agriculture provide ample opportunities to enhance professional development and also engage with researchers and extension educators working on various multidisciplinary projects. The graduate programs in agricultural sciences are designed to prepare graduates for the ever-demanding job market by developing the necessary set of skills and competency through interactions in a classroom setting, experiential hands-on learning, and network building opportunities. The college has three state-of-the-art experimental research facilities – the main campus research and education center and two off-campus facilities, and 27 research laboratories for advanced microbiological, biotechnology, environmental sciences, food science, and animal science research using the latest instruments and technology.

Review of applications will start on the first week of May and will continue until suitable candidates are chosen. All inquiries should be directed to Dr. Bharat Pokharel, Graduate Coordinator by email at or by telephone at 1-615-963-6054. Tennessee State University is a public university located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. Tennessee State University is an AA/EEO (affirmative action and equal employment opportunity) employer.


TEXAS

Post Doctoral Research Associate in Population Demographics of Hawaiian Freshwater Fishes Fish Conservation Lab, Department of Life Sciences, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christ(Posted 3/30/18)

Responsibilities: Seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher with strong quantitative skills for a collaborative project to determine the effects of invasive species removal on population demography of endemic Hawaiian freshwater fishes. The successful applicant will be advised by Dr. Derek Hogan, and will be expected to work closely with a large, dynamic, multi- institution team of PIs, postdocs, students and technicians from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and Cornell University.

The goals of the project are to: 1) determine the effect of invasive species removal on population demographic parameters of native fishes;
2) assess the association between native species demography and invasive species distribution and abundance; 3) evaluate the demographic response of native species to differential AIS recolonization success.

Qualifications: PhD in ecology with an emphasis on quantitative population ecology, invasive species ecology, or related field with a strong interest/experience in analysis of mark-recapture data to assess population demography. Experience with otolith microstructure analysis is also preferred. Priority will be given to applicants with strong quantitative and communication skills, and a demonstrated ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals.

Location: The position will be located within the Department of Life Sciences at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas.

Salary: $48,000 annually plus benefits; funded for 1 year.

Start date: negotiable, preferred start date in early summer 2018

Contact: To apply, email a cover letter that addresses your interest and experience, curriculum vitae, copies of 3 relevant publications, and contact information for at least three references to: J. Derek Hogan at . Subject line of the email should read “Hawaii Postdoc Opportunity”. Application packets should be sent as a single PDF document. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

Research Assistant in Algal Biology and Ecology (toxic dinoflagellates) (Posted 3/29/18)

A 12-month Research Assistant position is available to assist in studies of the toxic dinoflagellate responsible for ciguatera fish poisoning. The position is primarily laboratory-based and will include isolating and culturing algae, and basic molecular biology work such as PCR. Other studies are possible, depending on background. The position is open without preference to B.S. and M.S. degree holders, salary will be commensurate with experience. Prior work in either algal culture or molecular biology is strongly preferred, experience with both is a definite plus.

The position is in the Erdner laboratory at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, TX. Questions about the position should be directed to .

The position is posting # 18-03-21-01-4222 at the University of Texas. To apply, go here.

Postdoctoral Position in Evolutionary Ecology (Posted 3/13/18)

A postdoctoral researcher position is available in the Walsh lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Texas at Arlington. This position will contribute to a NSF CAREER grant that is testing the role of phenotypic plasticity in adaptation. This project is resurrecting populations of waterfleas (Daphnia) from lakes in Wisconsin that have recently adapted to a novel invasive predator. Activities associated with this position include field and laboratory experiments using aquatic organisms. Duration: The duration is for two years with annual renewal contingent on performance. Requirements: A Ph.D. in ecology or evolutionary biology is necessary. Start date: The start date is flexible although ideally the position will begin sometime this summer. To apply, e-mail Matthew Walsh () with a cover letter explaining your research interests, (2) a CV, and (3) contact information for three references. Review of applicants will begin immediately.

Arlington is a city of approximately 365,000 and is conveniently located in the center of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Within a 25-mile radius of the center of Arlington is a workforce of over two million people. The city has 82 public parks, including River Legacy Parks, a 1,300-acre oasis on the Trinity River in the heart of north Arlington. Arlington is the home of the Dallas Cowboys Stadium, the Texas Rangers Ballpark, and Six Flags Over Texas. Cost of living is relatively low for a major metropolitan area. The Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is the fourth largest airport in the US. More information on the city of Arlington can be found here.

PhD position in Fish Ecology available (Posted 2/7/18)

A PhD position in the field of fish ecology is available in the lab of Dr. Benjamin Walther at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC). The position will start in Fall 2018. Research topics are flexible, but would generally fall within current lab interests, including: fish migration, habitat use and trophic dynamics; hypoxia effects on fishes; otolith chemistry and stable isotopes; and carbonate chemistry. The PhD position will be supported through the Marine Biology degree program at TAMU-CC. Information about this program is online here.

Interested students should send: (1) a CV, (2) copies of unofficial transcripts and (3) a cover letter describing experience, potential research interests, and general career goals to Dr. Benjamin Walther at by MARCH 1st 2018

They conduct research on a variety of topics related to fish ecology, migration, habitat use and population connectivity. This work generally focuses on using the ?natural tag? properties of carbonate hard parts such as otoliths in marine and diadromous fishes to examine patterns of migration, dispersal, and life history dynamics of species with mobile phases. This field has grown exponentially in the past couple of decades, yet significant unknowns remain about highly migratory or dispersive species, particularly in the marine environment.

Otolith chemistry has the potential to reveal key information about identity and movement patterns that is essential for the effective management of exploited species and ecosystems.

They are located at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi in the Department of Life Sciences. They collaborate with the Texas Parks and Wildlife CCA Marine Development Center in Corpus Christi, TX. They also work closely with members of the University of Texas Jackson School of Geosciences, which houses an array of analytical instruments including laser ablation ICP-MS (multiple and single collectors), TIMS, and isotope ratio mass spectrometers.

Further information about the Walther Lab can be found online here.

M.S. Assistantship - Phytoplankton Ecology (Posted 2/8/18)

Seeking a motivated student to fill a graduate assistantship in the Marine Biology M.S. program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The position is available beginning in May or August 2018 and includes 2 years of research assistantship support. The focus of this assistantship will be on the effects of freshwater inflow variability on estuarine phytoplankton bloom dynamics. Ample resources are available for field sampling, experimental (mesocosm & laboratory) approaches, and or synthesis/modeling of existing data. The student will benefit from samples and field data already collected as part of ongoing (funded) water quality and plankton ecology studies in the systems of interest.  Interested students should preferably hold a B.S. degree in ecology, marine science/oceanography, microbiology or a related field.

To be considered for the position, please email me, Dr. Mike Wetz at . Along with a letter of interest, please send your C.V., unofficial transcripts and GRE scores. For more information on the laboratory and research interests, please go here. Screening of applications will begin immediately and the position will be filled as soon as a qualified applicant is identified. 


UTAH

PhD Position in Amphibian Conservation Science (Posted 4/9/18)

Funding is available for a PhD student interested in a collaborative project focusing on the application of eDNA, species distribution modeling, and decision support systems to amphibian conservation science. The ideal applicant will have a strong interest in applying quantitative analyses to conservation issues and be familiar with R and GIS software, but we encourage all interested students to apply. Funding includes a stipend and waiver of tuition and fees for 4 years.
Interested students should contact either Chuck Hawkins () or Edd Hammill () for details. The position is available to start from 1st May 2018, although shall remain open until filled

Utah State University is a Research I (Extensive Doctoral) land-grant institution with a student body of over 24,000, 42 departments, 8 academic colleges, a school of Graduate Studies, and diverse research programs. The main campus is located in Logan, a community of 100,000 people. Logan is 85 miles north of Salt Lake City in scenic Cache Valley, a semi-rural mountain basin with nearby ski resorts, lakes, rivers, and mountains providing many recreational opportunities. The area has a low cost of living and provides a high quality of life. For more information on Logan go here.

Edd Hammill’s google scholar page.

Recent paper on conservation and armed conflict.

Post-doctoral researcher, global change ecology, Utah State University  (Posted 3/13/18)

Seeking a post-doc to join a USDA-AFRI project investigating the impacts of increasing climate variability on rangeland production across the western United States. The position, based in Peter Adler’s research group at Utah State University, will involve collaboration with Katie Suding (University of Colorado), Brady Allred (University of Montana), and John Bradford (USGS). The post-doc will work with long-term, remotely sensed time-series data to characterize the sensitivity of primary production to interannual variability in weather and soil moisture. Patterns of sensitivity will be compared across five rangeland ecoregions, and across areas of contrasting vegetation composition within those ecoregions. The position is funded for two years at a salary of $48,000 per year and can begin as early as May 1, 2018. For more information, and to apply, go here.

REU position: plant-microbe interactions at USU (Posted 2/27/18)

The Adler lab at Utah State University is looking for an ambitious undergraduate student for an NSF-funded REU position to study the role of soil microbes in plant coexistence. The undergraduate researcher will contribute to ongoing NSF-funded research investigating the role of plant-soil feedbacks in plant coexistence in the sagebrush steppe in eastern Idaho, and develop an independent project on a related topic. Potential projects include effects soil microbes on plant reproduction and plant traits, or other species interactions (e.g. herbivory) on plant coexistence.

The position pays a $500 per week stipend for 10 weeks, beginning mid-May to early-June, 2018. To be eligible, you must be a US citizen or permanent resident currently working towards a Bachelor's degree in a related field (e.g. biology, ecology, environmental sciences). To apply email Dr. Anny Chung () with the following documents attached as a pdf: 1) A cover letter explaining your interest in and qualification for the position, 2) a curriculum vita, 3) undergraduate transcript, and 4) contact information for three references. Deadline for applications is March 23.

Postdoctoral position in Global Change Ecology, Department of Biology, University of Utah (Posted 2/26/18)

The Anderegg Lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Utah is seeking a creative and innovative postdoctoral researcher who can lead research projects that contribute to a better understanding of the impacts of climate extremes on forest ecosystems. They have ongoing projects on an array of topics, including drought-induced tree mortality, recovery after climate extremes, disturbance and carbon dynamics, plant ecophysiology and hydraulics, coupled models of human-ecosystem interactions, and ecosystem modeling. They work across a wide range of scales from plant physiology to ecosystem fluxes.

Candidates with research interests in ecosystem ecology, ecological modeling, ecophysiology, or plant ecology would be strong fits. Candidates with strong quantitative skills and proficient programming skills are preferred and background in ecosystem modeling is a strength. Interested applicants should send a current CV, a 1-2 paragraph description of research interests that specifically outlines the work the applicant would be excited to undertake in the position, and a list of 3 references to William Anderegg (). Review of applicants will start March 12th, 2016.

The University of Utah is a comprehensive and diverse Research I public institution located in the Wasatch Front urban corridor with easy access to research and recreational opportunities in the Rocky Mountains, Great Basin, and spectacular National Parks. Salt Lake City is a dynamic, high-tech and bike-friendly metropolitan area with high-quality cultural and entertainment amenities, an extensive public transit system, a sunny, dry four-season climate and "the Greatest Snow on Earth." With an enrollment of 31,000 students, it is the flagship university for the state of Utah. The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator. Underrepresented groups, women, veterans, and those with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

MS and PhD positions at Utah State University (Posted 2/26/18)

The Invasive Plant Science Lab in the Department of Plants, Soils & Climate at Utah State University has immediate openings for MS and PhD graduate students. In general, projects will be focused on invasive plants in natural area and agroecosystem settings with basic and applied emphasis. Topics for research studies will include climate change, resistance mechanisms, plant competition, belowground (root) characterization, landscape dynamics, modelling, and others yet to be determined. Together, studies of individual plants will lead to a better understanding of the factors contributing to invasion success and how management can be designed to best limit it. See the Invasive Plant Science Lab website for more information here.

Currently, two projects are underway addressing medusahead in rangelands and kochia in cropping systems with new projects being developed to address green foxtail in organic production systems, common reed in riparian and wetland systems under extreme drought, spotted knapweed in rangelands, dyer’s woad on marginal lands, and biocontrol of Canada thistle. Students with a background and interest in fields related to invasive plants are particularly encouraged to apply. Interested candidates should email Dr. Steve Young () a single pdf that includes: 1) letter of application describing educational background, research experience, career goals, and professional interests, 2) resume or CV, 3) contact information for at least three references, and 4) GRE and TOEFL scores (if required). Review of applicants will continue until the positions are filled.

Utah State University is located in picturesque Logan, UT, a community of 100,000 people situated 85 miles north of Salt Lake City. Logan has a low cost of living and is located in a semi-rural mountain basin with nearby ski resorts, wetlands, lakes, rivers, and mountains providing unparalleled recreational opportunities.
  


VERMONT

Summer research positions in silviculture and applied forest ecology in northern New Hampshire (Posted 2/26/18)

The University of Vermont, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources is seeking three summer research assistants to assist on a large-scale study in northern New Hampshire examining the effectiveness of different adaptive silvicultural strategies at sustaining northern hardwood forest ecosystems in the face of climate change and invasive species impacts. These positions would be working on a multi-disciplinary team on a collaborative project between the University of Vermont, Dartmouth College, and the U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station based in the beautiful landscapes contained within Dartmouth College's Second College Grant in northern New Hampshire.

Applicant requirements: Applicants should have a background in forestry, natural resources, environmental science, ecology or biology. A working knowledge of tree identification and common forest measurements is strongly desired. Applicants must be willing and able to work efficiently in remote forested settings as part of a research team. Applicants must also be able to hike through varied terrain to reach study areas and be willing to work long hours outdoors.

Responsibilities: Work will involve extensive field work, including collection of soil, vegetation, and woody debris data. These positions begin late May/early June 2017 and end mid/late August and will be based out of Wentworth Location, NH. Housing will be provided in the form of cabins within the Second College Grant and hourly wage will vary from $11-$12 depending on work experience.

Interested candidates should e-mail a letter describing their background, qualifications and interests along with a resumé to Emma Sass () by March 23, 2018.

Ph.D. opportunity: Cyanobacteria bloom dynamics at University of Vermont (Posted 2/7/18)

The Morales-Williams Lab at University of Vermont Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources is currently seeking a Ph.D. student to work on cyanobacteria bloom dynamics and algal- microbial interactions starting fall 2018. Our research integrates microbial ecology and carbon biogeochemistry to investigate anthropogenic impacts on aquatic ecosystems at local, regional, and global scales. Applicants should have interests in phytoplankton or microbial ecology and physiology. Previous research experience in phytoplankton isolation and culture is preferred but not required.

Our lab is housed in the Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory on Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont. They are equipped with recently updated state-of-the-art microscopy, FlowCam, and flow cytometry facilities as well as shared wet lab and chemistry labs for limnological and toxin analyses. More information about the Morales-Williams lab can be found here.

Applicants should contact Dr. Morales-Williams () with your C.V. and a brief statement of interest prior to submitting your full application package to the graduate program.

Applications to the UVM Rubenstein School are due Feb. 1, 2018. More information about the graduate program and how to apply can be found here. Establishing a diverse and inclusive culture are priorities at UVM and in the Rubenstein School. Applications from women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged. 


VIRGINIA

Coweeta REU at Virginia Tech (Posted 4/12/18)

Looking for an NSF-REU student to work on a soil microbial ecology project at Virginia Tech for 10 weeks (June – August 2018, exact dates negotiable). A stipend will be provided for travel, field expenses and living expenses (approximately $600 per week). The project will be focused on land use change in the southern Appalachian region and its effects on ecosystem functions of soil microbial communities.

Project details: the student will work directly with a PhD student in the Barrett lab in the Biological Sciences Department on a project based at the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory in the southern Appalachian mountains of North Carolina. At Coweeta, we are investigating soil microbial responses Rhododendron understory removal, with a focus on responses of microbial extracellular enzymes involved in carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus cycling in soil. The REU student will complete a complementary project in which they will measure soil extracellular enzyme activities in forests with no history of a Rhododendron understory as well as forests that have been subjected to a variety of past land uses, such as commercial logging.

In addition to measuring extracellular enzyme activities, the student will gain experience in field soil sampling and processing as well as lab measurement of soil physical and chemical properties. The student will also be involved in data entry, processing, and analysis.

The ideal candidate will have an interest in ecosystem ecology, soil ecology, and microbial ecology. The candidate must be enrolled in an undergraduate program and must have a graduation date after August 2018.

Applicants should send a CV (resume), unofficial transcript, contact information for one academic reference, and a one page personal statement to Ernie Osburn (). Please include “REU position” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted through May 4th, 2018.

Postdoc: Environmental Policy at William & Mary (Posted 3/13/18)

The Environmental Science and Policy (ENSP) program at the College of William & Mary seeks applications for a two-year postdoctoral scholar position in Environmental Policy to be housed in the Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations (ITPIR). The discipline is open, but the ideal candidate will be able to collaborate with faculty in the social sciences, have some advanced quantitative methods training (R, GIS, Stata, Python), have strong organizational and communication skills, and will be able to engage in interdisciplinary research related to energy and the environment. The postdoctoral scholar will also teach one upper-level course per academic year, and arrange an environmental speaker series in the second year. A Ph.D. is required by the time of appointment. The position offers a competitive salary, research and travel funds, and administrative support. The postdoctoral fellow will be mentored by two William & Mary faculty with teaching and research interests that intersect with Environmental Politics, and will have substantial opportunities for the postdoctoral fellow to pursue their own research projects. The postdoctoral scholar position will be housed at the Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations (ITPIR), which supports and promotes internationally focused research that can make a difference in the world. In addition to housing postdocs, visiting scholars, and staff, ITPIR projects have generated more than $44 million in external grants and contracts that have supported more than 1,400 student and faculty researchers, and produced research in leading scholarly journals and in outlets addressed to policy practitioners. This is a 9-month academic year appointment. Start date is August 10, 2018. For more information, go here.

Natural Resources Intern (two positions available) (Posted 2/13/18)

Fairfax County Park Authority, Natural Resource Management and Protection Branch in Fairfax County, VA has two positionf for a Natural Resources Intern.

Hours and compensation: $12.50/hour, approximately 40 hours per week from June 4th-August 10th. Holidays and leave are unpaid. A vehicle will be provided for field work from the base office in Fairfax. Housing is available upon request.

Application deadline: March 2nd, 2018

Organization overview: The Fairfax County Park Authority maintains approximately 24,000 acres of public land including natural areas, cultural resources, and recreational facilities. The Natural Resource Management and Protection (NRMP) Branch falls under the Resource Management Division of the Park Authority, and is responsible for land stewardship and implementation of the agency’s Natural Resource Management Plan. For more information please visit:
http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/resources/resources-nrp.htm

Position Description: This internship is primarily field-based with only occasional office work. Interns will work together as a pair to perform non-native invasive plant assessments on parkland across the county using a standard field protocol. Interns will be trained in the survey method, conduct field surveys, and input their results into a GIS database.
Interns will have the opportunity to participate in other field and educational activities conducted by the Natural Resource Management and Protection Branch as events arise. This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in the field of natural resources and develop field inventory skills. Each intern will also have the opportunity to plan and implement a special 40-hour project in their area of interest.

Qualifications and Skills: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a strong interest in natural resource management and stewardship of public land. Applicants should expect to be outdoors up to four days per week and should be willing to work outdoors in a hot, humid environment with abundant insects, ticks and chiggers. Applicants must be able to travel on foot in rough terrain, including over steep slopes, fallen trees and other obstacles, up to eight hours per day. Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license. Our interns will be working together as a team and must be able to cooperate and share responsibility. Experience in GIS and GPS use, basic plant identification, and ecology are a plus.

How to apply: Please email a letter of interest, resume and contact information for two references to Erin Stockschlaeder at by March 2nd, 2018. 


WASHINGTON

Research Assistant Position - Washington State University (Posted 3/13/18)

Research Assistant, WSU TFREC, Wenatchee, WA (Administrative Professional, full time). 

The incumbent will perform a wide range of duties including laboratory, (DNA/RNA extractions, PCR, electrophoresis, pollen germination and viability assays), field, and greenhouse work. Other required activities include data entry and preparation of graphics and reports. Must demonstrate proficiency in essential computer software (MS Word, Excel and Power Point) and the ability to learn new software. The incumbent must be able to locate and purchase supplies, maintain instruments, schedule and execute activities independently, and demonstrate flexibility in working on different projects, learning new procedures, and developing protocols as required. The incumbent will supervise the activities of hourly workers, and work with other technical staff and scientists to achieve project goals. 

Bachelor’s degree in biology, plant sciences, pomology/tree fruit physiology or related field is required with two years experience in relevant research field of investigation preferred. 

Posting closes April 1. For full description of position and application instructions, go here. WSU is an EO/AA Educator and Employer

Research Assistant Position - Washington State University (Posted 3/13/18)

Research Assistant, WSU TFREC, Wenatchee, WA (Administrative Professional, full time).

The incumbent will perform a wide range of duties including laboratory, (DNA/RNA extractions, PCR, electrophoresis, pollen germination and viability assays), field, and greenhouse work. Other required activities include data entry and preparation of graphics and reports. Must demonstrate proficiency in essential computer software (MS Word, Excel and Power Point) and the ability to learn new software. The incumbent must be able to locate and purchase supplies, maintain instruments, schedule and execute activities independently, and demonstrate flexibility in working on different projects, learning new procedures, and developing protocols as required. The incumbent will supervise the activities of hourly workers, and work with other technical staff and scientists to achieve project goals.

Bachelor’s degree in biology, plant sciences, pomology/tree fruit physiology or related field is required with two years experience in relevant research field of investigation preferred.

Posting closes April 1. For full description of position and application instructions, go here. WSU is an EO/AA Educator and Employer 


WEST VIRGINIA

Stormwater Program Summer Interns - Two Positions (Posted 3/19/18)
City of Martinsburg Public Works Department
Martinsburg, WV
Apply by March 30, 2018
For more information, go here

M.S. Assistantship at WVU in forest soils (Posted 3/16/18)

GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT POSITION IN CARBON STORAGE IN FOREST SOILS

SUMMARY: A graduate assistant position at the M.S. level is available within the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources at West Virginia University. The graduate student will investigate the effects of tree species shifts and other environmental factors on soil aggregation and organic matter dynamics in forest soils. The project will employ greenhouse experiments and plot-level field studies of soil processes and properties related to aggregate distribution and stability at the Fernow Experimental Forest and other locations. The goal of the project is to understand and quantify the role that specific tree species and associated soil microbes play in soil organic matter protection and provide insight into changes that may occur following large-scale vegetation conversions or shifts in dominant tree species.

TUITION WAIVER AND STIPEND: The successful applicant will be awarded a tuition waiver, an annual stipend ($16,536, with possible additional summer funding), and health insurance benefits for the duration of the two-year project, to begin May 2018.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: A B.S. in soil science, ecology, or natural resource-related field, demonstrated field research experience through undergraduate education or employment, strong data management and analytical skills for laboratory and statistical analyses, strong written and oral communication skills, and a GPA of at least 3.2 during the last two years of school.

TO APPLY: In a single pdf document, please send: 1) a current CV; 2) a 1-page statement of your research interests; 3) a short statement of your career goals; 4) unofficial transcripts of all previous education; and 5) current GRE scores to Dr. Charley Kelly (). If GRE scores are pending, please state when you plan to take the test.

UNIVERSITY and COMMUNITY: WVU is located in Morgantown, WV (pop. 31,073) and is routinely recognized as one of the best small college towns in the country. The Division’s faculty and active graduate student population conduct research in a wide range of natural resource disciplines, and have ready access to West Virginia’s forests and working lands for natural laboratories and recreational activities, and a local WVU-owned 8,000 acre research forest.

Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant: Biogeochemistry (Posted 3/13/18)

The Interdisciplinary Hydrology Laboratory at West Virginia University has an opening for a Ph.D. graduate research assistant (GRA). West Virginia University is the state’s flagship research-one institution, and is among the top universities in the nation, with demonstrated excellence in teaching and research. Start date is June 1, 2018 (negotiable). The incumbent will investigate surface water flow and biogeochemical regimes in a mixed-land-use watershed of the Appalachian region of the United States. Research outcomes will advance scientific understanding of hydro-biogeochemical processes and mixed land-management practices in complex mountainous terrain. Duties may include various aspects of field and lab work including stream flow estimations, monitoring, equipment maintenance and the collection- processing- and analyses of data, and modeling of chemical and nutrient transport and transformation processes. An exceptional dissertation and multiple publications are expected.

Applicants must possess bachelors and master’s degrees completed in environmental sciences, hydrology, water chemistry, water resources, or a closely related field. Successful applicants will work collaboratively and independently, must have a valid US driver's license and automobile. To apply, please forward by email the following documents (unofficial documents for initial application are acceptable; incomplete applications will not be reviewed): transcript, curriculum vitae, recent GRE scores, recent TOEFL/IELTS scores (international students), cover letter (including academic, research and professional goals and interests), and the names and contact information of three references to: Dr. Jason Hubbart, 4121 Agricultural Sciences Building, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506, USA; Tel No. (304) 293-2472; Fax: (304) 293-2960; Email: .

M.S. Graduate Research Assistantship – Riparian Wildlife Ecology, Division of Forestry and Natural Resources, Wildlife and Fisheries Resources Program, West Virginia University (Posted 3/13/18)

STARTING DATE: May to August 2018

CLOSING DATE: Position is open until filled and pending final approval of funding.

DESCRIPTION: Student will be supported by 12-month Research Assistantship for 2 to 2.5 years. Student will work with an interdisciplinary team on a stream and riparian restoration project in northcentral West Virginia. Student will be responsible for monitoring of small mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, macroinvertebrates, and plants in an active farmland landscape. Thesis will establish baseline (pre-restoration data) and short-term post-restoration data. An additional thesis chapter will be developed on a relevant topic based on the interest of the student. The student will be working toward a M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources at West Virginia University.

QUALIFICATIONS: B.S. in Wildlife or closely related field. Minimum GPA of 3.0 and combined quantitative/verbal GRE scores of 310. A strong interest in riparian wildlife ecology and the ability and desire to work with multiple taxa required.

STIPEND: $16,536/year plus health insurance and complete tuition waiver.

CONTACT: Student will be advised by Dr. James T. Anderson. Interested individuals should send a letter of interest, resume, a 500-word statement of purpose (why do you want to work on this project, your research interests, and long-term career goals), unofficial copy of transcripts and GRE scores, and contact information for 3 references to .

M.S. Graduate Research Assistantship in Forest Nitrogen Dynamics (Posted 2/27/18)

The Division of Forestry and Natural Resources, in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design at West Virginia University, invites applications for a graduate research assistant (GRA) to conduct research on the role of the herb layer in nitrogen cycling in an Appalachian hardwood forest. The study is situated in and takes advantage of the data-rich environment of the Fernow Experimental Forest operated by the U.S. Forest Service's Northern Research Station. West Virginia University is the state’s flagship research-one institution, and is among the top universities in the nation, with demonstrated excellence in teaching and research.

The successful applicant will conduct field work and sample collection, processing, and analyses to: 1) assess the relative importance of understory plants in watershed nitrogen retention, and 2) to assess how the composition of different soil nitrogen compounds in soil solution is influenced by tree species associated with high vs low N availability.

Study plots are located across three watershed pairs differing in stand age, nitrogen deposition level and streamwater nitrate export level.  Other duties include (but are not limited to) various field and lab work, maintenance of field equipment, coursework and publication. The production of an exemplary thesis is expected.

Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree completed in natural resources, ecology, biology, environmental sciences, or a closely related field. Experience in forest plant identification, data processing, analysis, and GIS are a plus. Strong verbal, written, and computational skills are mandatory. Successful applicants will work collaboratively and independently, and conduct field work under variable weather conditions in steep, mountainous terrain. Applicants must possess a valid US driver's license.

The preferred start date of the position is May of 2018. However, this position remains open until filled. If interested in applying, please forward by email the following documents (incomplete applications will not be reviewed): transcript, curriculum vitae, recent GRE scores, recent TOEFL/IELTS scores (international students), cover letter (including academic, research and professional goals and interests), and the names and contact information of three references to: Dr. Kirsten Stephan, Division of Forestry and Natural Resources, 337D Percival Hall, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506, USA; Tel: (304) 293- 0024; Email: . 


WISCONSIN

Postdoc: Population genomics of Great Lakes fishes at UW-Stevens Point (Posted 3/7/18)

The Larson Lab at the USGS Wisconsin Cooperative Fishery Research Unit (UW-Stevens Point) is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to conduct genomics research on cisco populations throughout the Great Lakes region. The successful applicant will focus on analyzing RAD data from over 60 populations of cisco to investigate population structure at neutral and adaptive markers. Opportunities to work on additional projects such as population genomics in walleye and eDNA metabarcoding will also be available. Competitive applicants should have a strong background in bioinformatics and proficiency in one or more scripting languages such as Perl or Python. The full listing can be found here and information on how to apply can be found here. The application deadline is April 9 and they are looking for someone to start in early summer but starting dates are flexible. Please direct any additional questions to Wes Larson ().

UW-Madison, SILVIS Lab: Postdoc position on remote sensing and biodiversity (Posted 2/21/18)

Overview:They are offering one postdoc position focused on remote sensing and biodiversity, as part of a new USGS-funded project.

The project is a collaboration between UW-Madison (V. Radeloff, A. Pidgeon), and the Humboldt University in Berlin (P. Hostert). The goals of the project are to a) derive a suite of new remote sensing indices relevant for biodiversity questions from Landsat satellite data, b) test these indices as predictors of bird biodiversity, as represented in the North American Breeding Bird Survey, and c) make predictive maps of bird biodiversity for the conterminous U.S.

Positions:They are offering the postdoctoral position for two years, with an option for a third year. The appointment will be as a research associate. Salary is competitive and will commensurate with experience. The position is available immediately, and they seek to fill it by September 1st 2018 at the latest.

The position will be based in the SILVIS lab and co-supervised by V. Radeloff and A. Pidgeon. The SILVIS lab is part of the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

UW-Madison has a long history of excellence in ecology, conservation biology, remote sensing, and geography. The university ranks consistently among the top research universities in the United States. Total student enrollment is 43,000 of which approximately 12,000 are graduate and professional students, and there are over 2000 faculty. UW-Madison is an exciting place to learn and conduct research!

The city of Madison ranks as one of the most attractive places in the U.S. to live and work. For information about campus and city, please go here.

Qualifications: They seek candidates who work well in a collaborative setting and have excellent communication skills in English.

They welcome applications from candidates with a background in ecology, environmental science, forestry, geography, or other related disciplines. Demonstrated skills in the processing and handling of satellite imagery, large datasets, statistical modeling, and GIS are expected, as is prior experience analyzing wildlife or other biodiversity data.

Applicants must have completed their Ph.D. at the time of appointment, and should have published first-authored papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

To apply: Please submit your application here.

Please note that submitting an application includes filling out a small survey, and takes approximately 15 minutes. It also requires contact information for three references, and to upload (in PDF format):
- a 2-page cover letter summarizing research interests and experiences
- a Curriculum Vitae
- unofficial transcripts (both undergraduate and graduate, compiled into one file) After reviewing all applicants, they will ask for reference letters and official transcripts for shortlisted candidates.

The position is open to both U.S. citizens, and international candidates. UW-Madison will assist with visa applications as necessary once offers are made.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. They promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

Review of applicants will begin immediately, but the positions will remain open until suitable candidates are found. Applications received by March 10th 2018 are guaranteed consideration. 


WYOMING

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WASHINGTON, D.C.

Science Outreach Intern (Posted 4/12/18)
Ecological Society of America
Washington, DC
Apply by April 20, 2018
For more information, go here

Postdoc Fellow Ecological Science and Modeling of Socio-Environmental Systems (Posted 3/29/18)
Resources for the Future
Washington, DC
For more information, go here.

Summer Internship Opportunity: ESA Science Outreach Intern (Posted 3/29/18)

The ESA Office of Science Programs seeks an energetic recent graduate or graduate student with strong communication and organizational skills to 1) help enhance our communication and outreach endeavors, and 2) to help manage special ESA meetings, workshops, and training events. A basic background in and appreciation for ecology, biology, and/or environmental sciences is desired.

This is a paid, part-time internship based in ESA’s downtown Washington, DC office, with occasional travel to events in the greater DC area. The position is funded from May 29 – August 31, 2018 and pays $15 per hour.

For details and the official job posting, please go here.

Applications due by Friday, April 20th.

Master's Assistantship in Urban Agriculture (Posted 2/20/18)

The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) is the land-grant university of the Nation’s Capital. The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) embodies the land- grant tradition of UDC and offers academic programs in urban agriculture, urban sustainability, water resources management, nutrition and dietetics, urban architecture and community planning.

CAUSES seeks a Graduate Assistant to join its Professional Science Master’s Program in Urban Agriculture who will test methods for extended season farming in urban production systems. The Graduate Assistant will compare yield of winter-grown vegetables using various ground covers or mulches, which can act to provide optimal environmental conditions for growth, improved soil nutrition, and prevention of weed and insect pests. Research sites include UDC’s agricultural experiment station, UDC’s food hubs, and partner locations in the metro area.

The Graduate Assistant will partner with other universities, government agencies, and NGOs and will contribute to community outreach. The Graduate Assistant will be expected to conduct research 20 hours per week during fall and spring semesters and 30 hours per week during summer, which carries a stipend of approximately $18,300 for 12-months and potentially a partial or full tuition waiver.

Primary qualifications
• Undergraduate degree in agriculture, horticulture, entomology, plant pathology, biological sciences, ecology, or closely related field or demonstrated work experience in these fields • Good organizational skills, attention to detail, and a self-driven curiosity are essential • Proven ability to conduct independent research and/or maintain agricultural systems • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work as part of a scientific team and with the general public • Strong quantitative skills and a basic understanding of biostatistics are preferred • Physical ability to work outdoors in a variety of conditions • A valid driver’s license is required and transportation is highly desirable.

Application
Applicants apply for the Graduate Assistantship through the PI and then the selected student will apply for the PSM Program through UDC.
Applicants should email the PI: 1) a letter of interest detailing their qualifications for the position (two-page maximum); 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) unofficial transcripts; and 4) three professional references with contact information (institution, email address, phone number).

Application deadline: Open until filled

Starting date: Fall semester 2018

Duration: One year, renewable for a second year depending on project outcomes

Contact: To apply for the Graduate Assistantship or for questions, please contact Dr. Matthew Richardson: ; Ph 202-274-5947.

Paid Internship with Society for Ecological Restoration (Posted 2/13/18)

The Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) is seeking a Program and Outreach Intern to support SER’s Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP) program and Restoration Resource Center (RRC). The intern will also assist with general outreach and communications to the Society’s members and followers, including via social media. This internship provides an opportunity to build your knowledge about ecological restoration practices and trends, strengthen your project management skills, and gain experience developing social media messages targeted to an international community of science practitioners.

Intern may work at SER's Washington DC office or telecommute. Minimum 25 hours/week, with opportunity for more. Start date June 4th (negotiable), and a stipend of $1,200 will be provided.

Find out more and apply here. 


CANADA

Post Doc and Masters Positions in Grassland Ecology (Post 4/19/18)

Funding is available for a Post Doctoral researcher and an M.Sc. student to participate in restoration ecology, grassland ecology, and climate change at the Fraser Lab at Thompson Rivers University, British Columbia, Canada.

The position offered for a period of two years will provide opportunities for the researcher to develop research projects using unique datasets on plant ecology, climate change, plant-soil dynamics, plant-invertebrate interactions, and genomics. A Ph.D. in ecology, strong quantitative skills and demonstrated publication record are required. Further, the ability to take a leadership role within a multi- faceted research team, student mentorship experience and strong interpersonal and communication skills. This position is conditional on approved funding. If approved, the position will be funded through an NSERC Industrial Research Chair, with a salary of $50,000 per year plus full university benefits: Medical Services Plan, Extended Medical Services Plan, Dental Plan Insurance, Grouplife Insurance, Accident Death and Dismemberment Insurance, Short Term and Long Term Disability Benefits, and Pension Plan Enrolment. This is a one-year position that may be renewed for a second year according to the availability of funds and performance of the candidate. Anticipated start date: As soon as possible. Send your CV to Dr. Lauch Fraser ().

M.Sc.:
A full stipend of $18,000 per year for at least two years is available to study the effects of cattle grazing on grassland ecosystems, with a focus on non-native invasive plants and soil carbon sequestration. Anticipated start date: September, 2018. Send a cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcripts to Dr. Lauch Fraser ().

To learn more about living in Kamloops and about Thompson Rivers University please visit their Web Site, “Living in Kamloops”.
Additional questions can be sent to Dr. Lauch Fraser ()

Postdoctoral Fellowship – Plant and Soil Ecology (Post 4/9/18)
Plant and Soil Ecology Lab
Algoma University
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
Apply by June 15, 2018
For more information, go here

Funded PhD positions available at Universite du Quebec (Posted 3/21/18)

Seeking for 2 PhD students to study regeneration and pre-commercial thinning in mixed boreal stands.

The first thesis will assess the response of spruce growing intimately with aspen to two frequently used precommercial thinning treatments (systematic or crop-tree release) in terms of tree and stand productivity for both species, wildlife habitat quality and dynamics of carbon sequestration in soils and above- and belowground vegetation. The second thesis will evaluate the role of aspen’s communal root system in the response to precommercial thinning and retention harvesting in mixed stands. Indeed, previous research has shown that interconnected root systems of aspen trees play a role in trees’ physiological response to environmental changes, and they want to use this knowledge in order to design adapted silvicultural scenarios in a mixedwood forest context. 3-year scholarships of $21,000 per year are offered to successful candidates, starting in summer or fall 2018. Please send a motivation letter, C.V. and most recent university transcripts to: Annie DesRochers, PhD, Professeur-Chercheure, Institut de Recherche sur les Forêts, Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, 341 Principale Nord, Amos, Qc, Canada, J9T2L8, Tel:1-819-732-8809 ext 8327, Fax: 1-819-797-4727, Email: , website