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Post-doc position in wetland ecology (Posted 2/6/20)

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama seeks a post-doctoral research associate to contribute to projects examining tidal marsh resilience to environmental changes and the recovery of ecosystem function in restored marshes of the Gulf Coast. The position requires a Ph.D. in Ecology, Marine Science, or similar field, and expertise in field-based techniques to assess primary production, organic matter decomposition, marsh surface elevation change, and/or ecosystem responses to disturbance. The successful applicant will contribute to ongoing projects on coastal restoration, ecosystem function in response to climate change, and elevation maintenance in marshes along the northern Gulf of Mexico, and will have the opportunity to co-develop new projects. Highly motivated candidates with a demonstrated record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals and strong data management and statistical analysis skills are encouraged to apply. The post-doc will work closely with, and under the direction of, Dr. Julia Cherry at the Tuscaloosa campus. This is a 12-month position available starting as early as March 2020, with the possibility of renewal for additional years. Applications should be submitted via email to Dr. Julia Cherry () and should include a CV; a statement of research interests; a one-page summary of the Ph.D. dissertation; the names and contact information for at least three references; and a statement of immigration status for non-citizens.

Additional information about the Department of Biological Sciences and Dr. Cherry's research program can be found here and here, respectively. Applications from women and members of traditionally underrepresented groups in Biology are especially encouraged. The University of Alabama is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employer and actively seeks diversity among its employees.


Summer undergraduate researcher University of Alaska Fairbanks (Posted 3/3/20)

Recruiting an undergraduate researcher for summer 2020 at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The student will join a team working with the Bonanza Creek Long-Term Ecological Research Program to study responses of carbon and nitrogen cycling to disturbance (fire and permafrost thaw) in the boreal forest. This is a paid position running May/June through Aug/Sept.

The student will assist with measuring emissions of greenhouse gases and monitoring stream chemistry using instream sensors. The student will also carry out an independent research project focused on biogeochemistry of boreal catchments.

Desired qualifications include a demonstrated interest in ecology; coursework in ecology, chemistry, environmental science, hydrology, and/or statistics; experience working with a collaborative team; interest in field work; and experience collecting and analyzing data.

To apply, please send a single pdf to Dr. Tamara Harms () by March 13 including: 1) cover letter addressing qualifications as listed above, 2) a list of relevant coursework, and 3) a CV.


Postdoctoral Research Associate I - weed ecology, plant biology, and/or plant demography (Posted 2/19/20)
Gornish Lab
Tucson, AZ
For more information, go here.


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Sierra Meadows Climate-Smart Conservation Internship (Posted 2/7/20)

Point Blue Conservation Science is seeking two interns interested in bird ecology, ecological restoration, and climate change science to train as part of the next generation of climate-smart conservation scientists. These positions are based in the northern Sierra Nevada in Chester, CA.

Duration: 2 May-7 August, 2020

Job description and duties: This internship is focused on gaining practical knowledge of bird ecology in relation to climate-smart adaptation strategies and acquiring skills to implement, assess, and promote those strategies in montane meadow habitats. Training will focus on bird ecology and low-tech, process-based riparian restoration in montane meadow habitats. Here the intern will receive training on identifying, surveying, and nest searching for bird species that breed in montane meadows, as well as gain exposure to mist netting, bird banding, and our restoration and conservation partners. Interns completing our program leave with a comprehensive knowledge base, including the ability to design and implement conservation research and ensure data are incorporated effectively into data management systems and resource management planning efforts. Interns will complete a final project that synthesizes their new knowledge about climate-smart conservation.

The interns will learn concepts and skills in the following areas:
- Field methods in ecological and conservation research with emphasis on nest searching, nest monitoring, territory mapping, and vegetation surveys
- Understanding the scientific process and the role of natural history observation in guiding meaningful research and conservation
- Critical thinking and evaluation of research and conservation
- Climate-smart conservation and restoration
- Skills in data management and data integrity
- Exposure to mist netting and banding songbirds

- A background in ecology, environmental studies, or related field (degree obtained or in-pursuit)
- Ability to navigate cross-country in wet meadow environments
- Be self-motivated and have a sense of humor
- Willingness to spend long hours in the field and office, 6 days a week
- Be able to work independently, as well as in groups
- Desire to improve upon professional skills needed to facilitate conservation action
- Position may require the use of a personal vehicle. If a personal vehicle is used, interns must have a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, and agree to conducting a motor vehicle report. Interns will be reimbursed Federal rate of $0.58 per mile for using a personal vehicle for work.
- A functioning pair of binoculars is required

Compensation: This is a voluntary training position that includes a stipend to offset living expenses while on the project ($850 per month, gross). Communal housing is provided at our Sierra Nevada Field Station in Chester.

To apply: Send a single document (PDF preferred, or Word Doc) containing the following items: a letter of interest (describing why you'd like this internship, previous experience with field research, dates of availability, and whether or not you have a vehicle); a resume; and contact information for three references to BRENT CAMPOS (bcampos AT pointblue DOT org) and MAX BABER (mbaber-SEA AT pointblue DOT org). In the subject line type: Internship Application 2020. Only those qualified applicants who we desire to interview will be contacted starting late January. Qualified applicants will interviewed and hired as they are identified.

Point Blue is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants or employees because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, disability status of an otherwise qualified individual, membership or application for membership in an uniformed service, or membership in any other class protected by applicable law and will make reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities to complete the application and/or participate in the interview process.


Spatial Ecology Postdoc (Posted 3/3/20)
Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology Department
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO
Apply by April 1, 2020
For more information, go here.


Thomas McKenna Meredith '48 Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Science (Posted 3/5/20)
Environmental Science Program at Trinity College
Hartford, CT
Consideration of applications will begin 03/23/2020 and will continue until the position is filled.
For more information, go here.


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MS position in stormwater pond ecology (Posted 3/3/20)

M.S. Position: Using native and ornamental stormwater pond plantings to protect water quality

Overview: The Residential Landscape Ecology Lab of Dr. Basil Iannone in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida is seeking a creative and motivated MS student starting January 2021 (or sooner). This position includes competitive stipend, tuition waiver, and benefits. Review of applications will begin immediately.

Duties: Stormwater ponds are an increasingly common engineered ecosystem (> 76,000 in Florida alone). However, they are not protecting natural water bodies from high-nutrient urban runoff as intended. This project will determine the degree to which planting native vs ornamental plants in stormwater ponds can assist stormwater ponds in achieving their goal of nutrient removal/water protection. Also determined will be strategies to increase the willingness of stakeholders to adopt stormwater pond plantings as a best management practice.

Qualifications: Applicants should be interested in leading interdisciplinary research and outreach efforts, and have experience working on projects related to urban ecology, plant ecology, and/or water quality.

To apply: Email: (1) Cover Letter stating your research/career goals, how you would benefit from this opportunity, and your experience that qualifies for this position; (2) C.V.; (3) unofficial transcripts; (4) GRE scores (include percentiles); and (5) contact information for three professional references to . Official transcripts and GRE scores, and letters of recommendation will be required for admittance. Please contact Dr. Basil Iannone with any questions at .

The selected student will also be a member of the Sustainable Human and Ecological Development Group and the Center for Land Use Efficiency.

Paid Summer Internships in Benthic Ecology (Posted 3/3/20)

Three paid summer internships are available in the Benthic Ecology Program at the Smithsonian Marine Station in Fort Pierce, Florida. They are seeking highly motivated and enthusiastic students and/or recent graduates to help with biodiversity research and long-term monitoring of benthic infaunal organisms from the Indian River Lagoon and St. Lucie Estuary. The application deadline is Wednesday, April 1. For more information and instructions on how to apply, please see the full announcements here.

Questions should be directed to Dr. Holly Sweat at .


REU Opportunity in Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology University of Georgia (Posted 3/5/20)

The Wurzburger Lab is seeking an undergraduate with a strong interest in terrestrial ecosystem ecology for a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position this summer. This is a 10-week program where a student would work on a project in forests of the southern Appalachian mountains studying the nitrogen cycle and disturbance (more details on the project below). The REU position is full time (40 hrs/week) and pays $7000 for the summer. The position will be based in Athens, GA but several 1-day and overnight field trips to the Coweeta Hydrologic Lab and neighboring forests will be required.

Interested students can apply by sending Dr. Nina Wurzburger () the following documents by March 20th, 2020:
1) A cover letter stating their interest and qualifications
2) A CV or resume with contact information of 2 references

Project Description:
The REU student will assist with an ongoing project focused on disturbance recovery in forest ecosystems. Specifically, we are interested in the role of nitrogen fixed by Robinina pseudoacacia (black locust) and how it shapes recovery patterns in nutrient cycles and forest composition. The primary goal of the REU student will be to assist with greenhouse experiments and field studies designed to quantify rates of nitrogen fixation, and determine how fixed nitrogen affects competitive dynamics of tree species. The student will also be encouraged to develop an independent research project that fits within our broader project goals of understanding nitrogen fixation, including: soil microbial activities, N isotopes in soils and vegetation and relationships with mycorrhizal symbioses. For more information on lab research interests, see wurzburger-lab.org.

Student Activities:
1) Training in field and greenhouse-based research including setting up research plots, measuring and identifying tree species, quantifying nitrogen fixation using multiple approaches.
2) Training in lab-based research including cleaning and drying nodule tissues, measuring mass, grinding tissues and preparing tin capsules for isotopic analysis and quantifying ethylene concentrations with a gas chromatograph.
3) Learning data analysis and interpretation with R, reading relevant literature, participating in lab group discussions and organizing a research presentation that summarizes the findings from this work.
4) Presenting research at REU symposium at Coweeta at the end of the summer.


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Full-time research technician positions in plant ecology, Utah and Idaho - Temporary (Posted 3/3/20)

Dr. Peter Adler (Utah State University) and Dr. Matt Germino (USGS) seek experienced field ecologists to implement a series of experiments focused on understanding how climate change will affect the trajectory of the cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) invasion in the Intermountain West. Two positions are available: one stationed Logan, Utah with Adler's research group, and the other stationed in Boise, Idaho with Germino's research group. These are temporary (two year), full-time positions with annual income of $32,000-35,000 plus benefits. Positions will begin between May and July, 2020.

Responsibilities include:

  • Leading the implementation of large common garden experiments, including site preparation, seed preparation, and seed planting.
  • Collecting data on plant demographic rates, functional traits, and abiotic conditions.
  • Data entry and QAQC.
  • Supervising student research assistants.
  • Assisting PIs with project management.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor degree in biology, ecology, natural resources or a related field, or equivalent job experience
  • Previous experience with plant ecology field experiments
  • Knowledge of Intermountain West flora

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MS degree in biology, ecology, natural resources or a related field
  • Project management experience
  • Competence in the R statistical environment

To apply, please email a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to Peter Adler (). Please indicate whether you are interested in the Boise and/or the Logan position.


2 Masters level Assistantships in Freshwater Ecology (Posted 3/11/20)

The Narr lab in the School of Biological Sciences at Southern Illinois University is recruiting two outstanding masters students to begin in August 2020. Research will examine interactions between nutrients and invertebrates and/or their parasites in freshwater ecosystems. Projects may involve both lab and field components and may investigate basic or applied issues. Each position is two years in duration at ~19,000$ and will be funded by a combination of teaching and research graduate assistantships. More information about the Narr lab can be found here.

Successful applicants will be highly motivated, independent workers with a B.S. in biology, ecology, zoology, or a closely related field. Applicants should have strong writing, critical thinking, and analytical skills. Prior research experience (lab, field, or both) is desirable but not required.

To Apply: Send a single pdf that includes a cover letter summarizing qualifications and examples of research questions that interest the applicant followed by the applicant's CV, GPA and GRE scores, and contact information for three references to Dr. Charlotte Narr: .

Summer 2020 Wetland Internship (Posted 1/10/20)
Lake County Stormwater Management Commission
Libertyville, IL
Tracking Code: SMC.42019
Apply by March 13, 2020
For more information, go here.


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Summer Research Positions, Silviculture & Applied Forest Ecology (Iowa) (Posted 3/5/20)

The Silviculture and Applied Forest Ecology Lab at Iowa State University is seeking 2-3 summer technicians to assist with research efforts. The majority of the work will support an experimental study assessing upland oak-hickory forest ecosystem response to invasive species removal across southern Iowa, but there may also be opportunities to support other projects.  The positions offer valuable field experience, the opportunity to work on research directly supporting conservation and management efforts, and the opportunity to network with agency partners.


- Background in forestry, ecology, conservation biology, natural resources, environmental science, or a related field.

- Previous field experience is strongly preferred.

- Skills with tree, shrub, and herbaceous plant identification are also preferred.


$11.50-13/hour, depending on experience


The position requires extensive field work in relatively remote areas.  Duties may include (but are not limited to) sampling herbaceous and woody understory plants, mapping overstory trees, collecting increment cores, and limited data entry.  Applicants must be willing to work long days outside in varied conditions. Shared lodging near Chariton, IA as well as transportation to and from research sites will be provided.  The positions will begin the last week of May or first week of June and end in early to mid-August.

To apply:

Please send a resume, contact information for two references, and a letter of interest to Dr. Miranda Curzon ().  The positions will be open until filled, but you should apply before Wednesday, March 18th for full consideration.

Research Associate, Dept Natural Resource Ecology & Management, Iowa State University (Posted 3/3/20)

The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management (NREM) within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University is seeking a Research Associate II to work, under the supervision of the Principal Investigator (Dr. Julie Blanchong), on a project whose objective is to develop genomic tools for white-tailed deer.

The individual in this position will a) communicate with state natural resource agencies to coordinate collection of hunter-harvested deer samples, b) conduct lab work including solution preparation, DNA extraction, DNA quantification, and agarose gel electrophoresis, and c) organize, maintain, and map records of deer samples using Excel or Access and GIS. The individual will work closely with the PI to select samples for a SNP array, analyze SNP data, and develop a plan for communicating results to state natural resource agencies.

This is a 12 month position. Salary will be determined based on experience.

Required Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree and 1 year of related experience.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience managing and organizing data in Excel or Access Experience using GIS Experience in lab work including preparation of solutions, DNA extraction, agarose gel electrophoresis Experience, or interest in, working with SNP data Degree in wildlife biology or related field

To apply: Visit the Iowa State University Job Board and search for Job R1889 or go here.

Questions can be directed to Dr. Julie Blanchong at


MS position in Stream Ecology, San Juan River, SW USA (Posted 3/27/20)

MS Position - River Fish Ecology - Department of Biology - Pittsburg State University - Pittsburg, KS

Position: Graduate research assistant (no teaching required)

Salary: $20,000 per year over 2.5 years (student will graduate in December 2022). Tuition is paid in full. Health insurance plan is available. Travel-related research expenses will be covered.

Closing date: April 10th. Start date: 01 June 2020.

Description: Seeking a highly motivated student to investigate habitat characteristics (e.g., depth; turbidity; nonnative fish density) and resource availability (e.g., algal and macroinvertebrate biomass) in backwater habitats of the San Juan River in New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. Backwaters are the preferred habitat of early life stages of the federally-endangered Razorback Sucker and Colorado Pikeminnow. Backwater attributes will be compared among secondary channel, island, and point bar backwaters to evaluate their quality as larval rearing habitat for these imperiled fishes. Furthermore, the relative availability of these different backwaters types is influenced by river flow, and as such this research has implications for environmental flows management and native fish conservation.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in stream ecology, aquatic sciences, or fisheries management. There is a large field component involving travel to and camping in remote locations, in addition to extended float trips on the San Juan River. The student should have experience working in lotic systems and familiarity with basic sampling methods.

Application: To apply, please send an e-mail to with a statement of interests and relevant qualifications. In addition, attach an updated CV with pertinent details (grades, GRE scores) and contact information for three references.

Dr. James Whitney
Phone: (620) 235-4735
University web page
Professional web page

Go here for more information about the Department of Biology at Pittsburg State University. 


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Graduate student in intertidal food-web ecology - UMaine (Posted 3/3/20)

Dr. Amanda Klemmer (UMaine) is looking for a M.S. student to investigate the community and food-web ecology of intertidal, rockweed-dominated (Ascophyllum) habitats in light of commercial rockweed harvest. The candidate is expected to begin work in Orono, Maine in Summer 2020 under a fully funded research assistantship (combined RA/TA position). The position will involve working with the Conserving Rockweed and Animal Systems for a Sustainable Harvest (CRASSH) team, in addition to over 21 stakeholder groups, surveying seaweed, invertebrates, and birds 1-year post rockweed harvest investigating "long-term" impacts from seaweed removal on the intertidal food webs. In addition, the successful student will also work on large, long-term, 10-40 year, datasbases investigating change through time in Maine's intertidal using R programming language.

The successful candidate will possess a strong academic record, field experience, and the ability to identify/work with rocky-intertidal invertebrates and coastal birds of the Atlantic shore of North America. Preference will be given to candidates with experience supervising field crews; building partnerships with industry, governmental agencies, non-profits, and public stakeholders; managing large databases; and constructing statistical models (or interest in gaining such an experience). An enthusiasm for cold temperatures, wet feet, curious landowners, the bold beauty of the Maine coast, and other blessings of field work is required.

Interested candidates should send an email with the subject line Intertidal Food-Web Student Search 2020 to with the following materials attached: cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcript, and contact information for three references. Consideration of candidates will begin on March 10th, 2020 or until the position is filled.


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Post-doctoral Scholar position with the Paulson Ecology of Place Initiative at Wellesley College (Posted 3/27/20)

Wellesley College invites applications for a two-year Paulson Initiative Postdoctoral Scholar position to begin in Summer 2020. The Paulson Ecology of Place Initiative goal is to connect students to their natural environment and sense of place, and transform the Wellesley College campus into a living laboratory. Wellesley's campus is a unique landscape that includes a diversity of ecosystems and natural topography that allows for hands-on, multidisciplinary research right outside the door of the classroom. The Paulson Initiative seeks an exceptional post-doctoral scholar who has a demonstrated commitment to empowering students from groups underrepresented in environmental and STEM fields through research, teaching, mentoring and/or service to help develop innovative, interdisciplinary teaching and research opportunities advancing and implementing the Wellesley College campus as a living laboratory. This person would use their scientific expertise to help build an interdisciplinary program that integrates faculty research, student research and learning opportunities, and adaptive landscape management to advance the scholarship, sustainability, and inclusive excellence of Wellesley College. We welcome applications from members of groups traditionally underrepresented in the field and ask you to state in your cover letter how you will enhance inclusive excellence and the diversity of educational experiences at Wellesley.

Review of applications on April 3, but will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. For more information and to apply, go here.Wellesley College is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we are committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum.

Streamflow Restoration Intern - MA (Posed 3/12/20)
Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game
Boston, MA
First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.
For more information, go here.


Postdoc Position in Agroecology University of Michigan (Posted 3/5/20)

Description and Responsibilities: The Soil and Agroecosystems Laboratory in the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan seeks candidates for a two-year postdoctoral research position quantifying ecosystem services related to carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus cycling in Michigan agroecosystems. The position is funded through a grant from the USDA-NIFA, focused on understanding management legacy effects on ecosystem services from cover crops, spanning field to landscape scales.

The project involves interdisciplinary collaboration with researchers in geography and remote sensing, the social sciences, agroecology, and biogeochemistry. The candidate will help collect and analyze samples from a long-term cropping system experiment at Kellogg Biological Station in Hickory Corners, MI, for various chemical analyses. The selected candidate will conduct interviews with diverse groups of farmers in the state, analyze data, assist with student mentoring, and contribute to writing of journal articles. The candidate will also engage with farmers and other agricultural stakeholders through participation in roundtable discussions.

The initial appointment is for one year, with possibility of extension for an additional year based on performance. The start date is negotiable, but not later than September 8, 2020.

Required qualifications: A Ph.D. in ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, soil and crop sciences, agroecology, or a related field, with experience in field and laboratory techniques to analyze carbon, nitrogen, and/or phosphorus pools in plants and soils. Proficiency with data analysis in R or another statistical program, and strong written and oral communication skills are also required. This position will require travel to field sites and engagement with farmers and the broader agricultural community in Michigan.

Preferred skills: Experience with field- and laboratory-based research on cover crops, nutrient mass balances, or nitrogen cycling processes in agroecosystems; a record of research productivity; and excellent interpersonal skills for communicating with diverse stakeholders.

To apply: Please attach a cover letter describing your research experience, qualifications, and interest in the position, and your curriculum vitae, on the University of Michigan Careers site here. Please also send a relevant publication and contact information for three references by e-mail to Dr. Jennifer Blesh () with the subject heading “Agroecology Postdoc position.” Review of applications will begin on March 9, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled.

About the program: The School for Environment and Sustainability's overarching mission is to contribute to the protection of the Earth's resources and the achievement of a sustainable society. Through research, teaching and outreach, faculty, staff and students are devoted to generating knowledge and developing policies, techniques and skills to help practitioners manage and conserve natural and environmental resources to meet the full range of human needs on a sustainable basis. The University of Michigan also has a strong and growing program in Sustainable Food Systems with an interdisciplinary approach. Since 2010, a cluster of five faculty centered on the theme of sustainable food systems was hired in the fields of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Public Health, and Urban Planning. The new faculty have combined with over 50 other faculty at UM to form the Sustainable Food Systems Initiative (SFSI), which engages in educational, research, and community engagement activities related to food, agriculture, and sustainability.


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Postdoctoral Fellow-Restoration Ecology (Posted 2/29/20)
Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development
Missouri Botanical Garden
St. Louis, MO
For more information, go here.


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Research Fellow in Organizational Environmental Sustainability (Posted 1/27/20)
Appalachian Mountain Club
AMC Pinkham Notch Visitors Center
Gorham, NH
There is no specific starting date.
Review of applications will begin in spring 2020 but the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.
For more information, go here.

Summer REU at Hubbard Brook, NH (Posted 12/30/19)

Two REU positions open for the 2020 field season: one in forest ecology and the other in soils and hydrology.

Hubbard Brook is a long-term ecological research site supported by the NSF and administered by the USDA Forest Service.

Application review will begin Feb 1st 2020. Get your application in for a great undergraduate research experience in the northern hardwoods of NewHampshire's White Mountain National Forest!

Please use the link to visit our REU announcement for the 2020 season.


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REU summer internship in host-parasitoid interactions and global change in the Pacific (Posted 3/23/20)

Overview: The Prior Ecology Lab at Binghamton University SUNY is seeking one undergraduate student for a Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) internship this summer. The successful applicant will develop an independent project that contributes to NSF-funded research investigating how insect host-parasitoid communities are altered under global change in the Pacific Northwest. Please see the Prior Lab website for the type of research projects that we work on (www.priorecologylab.com).

They seek a highly motivated and enthusiastic undergraduate student for a 10-week full-time, paid internship. The majority of the time (~ 8 weeks) will be spent conducting field research in the Pacific Northwest (northern Oregon, Washington State, and Vancouver Island, British Columbia), with the remaining (~ 2 weeks) in the lab at Binghamton University, NY analyzing results and writing a report. Dates are somewhat flexible, between mid-May and mid-August 2020.

The selected students will conduct independent research, mentored by Dr. Kirsten Prior, in conjunction with an NSF-funded research project. Uncovering the role of altered cryptic interactions in driving the demographic success of a range-expanding species. This project focuses on how insect communities (oak gall wasps and parasitoids) are altered under range expansions. One gall wasp species recently expanded its range from mainland western North America to Vancouver Island, British Columbia, where it?s outbreaking and has become a tree pest. We're investigating how interactions with other gall wasps (competitors), parasitoids (enemies), and the host plant (oak) are altered when this species? expands its range, and how these altered interactions facilitate outbreaks. We combine field surveys and experiments in the species' native and expanded ranges, along with molecular tools to understand how interactions are altered and contribute to outbreaks. There are several independent research project ideas that the selected student could develop within this study system, and will work with Dr. Prior to develop a project.

Benefits: The selected student will receive a $5000 stipend and housing during the 10-week program. Additionally, up to $700 will be provided to travel to the Pacific Northwest. There are also modest funds for supplies. The student will live in a shared residence with Ph.D. students and field technicians. The student will pay for their own food with the use of a field vehicle that can be used to get groceries and a kitchen to prepare food.

Eligibility: Applicants must be rising sophomore, junior, or senior undergraduate students currently enrolled in a degree program. Due to NSF funding restrictions, only U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents are eligible. Students must have a valid passport and driver's license. Applicants should be willing and able to work under sometimes strenuous field conditions, work and live well with others, and be able to adapt to flexible and irregular hours that are needed when conducting field research.

To Apply: Applications should be submitted to Dr. Kirsten Prior by email (). Please put "Summer REU position" in the subject line. Applications are being considered now, and will be considered until March 27, 2020. Applications should include the following documents: (1) letter of interest that describes your educational background, career goals, and how this internship will contribute towards those goals (4 paragraphs maximum), (2) current curriculum vitae/resume, and (3) unofficial transcripts. We strongly encourage undergraduates in underrepresented groups in STEM to apply.

College Internship in Suburban Ecology at the Mianus River Gorge (Posted 3/5/20)

Program Description: Mianus River Gorge, a conservation organization and 900-acre nature preserve in southern New York, offers 10 week summer internships for college students interested in the conservation of natural areas in urbanizing landscapes. Our staff stewards the Preserve grounds, manages the land, and conducts research in the region.

-- Internships last for a period of 10 weeks. Internships typically run from early June to early August, but some flexibility is available.
-- 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. The intership is about equally split between research (data collection in the field and assisting with analysis) and land management (invasive species control, grounds and trail maintenance, etc.).
-- Interns will work with and supervise high school students in our authentic research program (Wildlife Technician Program).
-- We 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).

Projects for 2020 include:

-- Monitoring coyotes, bobcats, and other wildlife in Westchester, NYC, and Fairfield using camera traps, roadkill surveys, and other methods
-- Vegetation sampling, monitoring, and restoration
-- Invasive species control and other land management work
-- Data management, GIS work, and analysis on several long-term projects

Applicant Eligibility
-- All undergraduate students are eligible to apply. We do not require applicants to major in a particular discipline; however, exposure to the fields of ecology, environmental science, or geography is encouraged. We do accept interns that have graduated the academic year just prior to the internship (“rising seniors”).
-- Interns must be self-motivated and work well in groups settings.
-- Applicants should be prepared for strenuous work outdoors (e.g. field research and land management projects) as well as perform indoor work when necessary (e.g. data entry and GIS projects).
-- This year the internship will run from June 8 to Aug 13 -- applicants need to be available during this period.

We must give preference to local students or those that can commute daily to Bedford, NY, as summer housing is not always available.

Email application by April 15, 2020.

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

Questions, please contact or call 914.234.3455

Funded PhD position in arid-land riparian ecohydrology (Posted 3/520)

Seeking a motivated doctoral graduate student with interests in riparian forest ecology, ecophysiology, and dendroecology for a project investigating drought and its impact on riparian ecosystems in the Southwestern USA (Arizona and California). The position is in the Stella research group in riparian ecohydrology at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) in Syracuse, New York. The research project will assess the impacts of water limitation on riparian trees using tree-ring analysis, stable isotope methods, field surveys, and geospatial approaches. The position is part of an interdisciplinary collaboration with University of California at Santa Barbara and University of Cardiff, and is funded by the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) of the US Department of Defense.

This position is for a Ph.D. assistantship in the Graduate Program in Environmental Science and includes a full tuition waiver, competitive stipend and benefits for a minimum of three years. Ideal candidates will have a MS in ecology, environmental science, or a related field; strong quantitative and writing skills; the ability to work in remote field settings; and interest in riparian forest ecology and tree ecophysiology in dryland regions. The position starts in Fall 2020.

Applications should include a brief statement of interest and experience, CV, transcripts, GRE scores, a research writing sample, if available and English proficiency scores for non-native language speakers. Send email inquiries to John Stella, SUNY-ESF;

ESF was established as a college of forestry in 1911 and is one of the oldest and most prestigious forestry schools in the United States. ESF operates four field facilities and >25,000 acres of mostly forested land, providing excellent opportunities for field research. Students at ESF enjoy the benefits of a small institution, but can also access the resources and facilities of Syracuse University, an adjacent large University. Located in central New York State, Syracuse is a lively city within a half-day drive of major urban centers (New York, Boston, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal), as well as abundant natural beauty (Adirondacks, Thousand Islands, Finger Lakes, Niagara Falls).

Research Associate Technician (Paid Intern) (Posted 3/3/20)
Billion Oyster Project
Governors Island, NY
Apply by March 31, 2020
For more information, go here.


Postdoctoral Research Opportunity in Landscape Ecological Forest Dynamics (Posted 3/5/20)
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Asheville, NC
Apply by April 22, 2020
For more information, go here.


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MS Opportunity: Vegetation Community Mapping at Oklahoma State University (Posted 3/5/20)

The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Oklahoma State University, is seeking a MS student to work on a project to classify and map vegetation communities and land cover types of management interest at Fort Sill. The student will work with university faculty and Army Natural Resource personnel in using aerial imagery, satellite imagery, high-resolution elevation datasets, and image classification algorithms to develop and implement a protocol for vegetation cover mapping. The high-resolution map and data sets will facilitate research into elk movement and distribution, invasive species (e.g., Johnson grass) encroachment, and the impacts of military training.

The position is budgeted for two years beginning in summer 2020 and includes a graduate stipend of $18,000 annually, tuition waiver, and health insurance at $20 per month (for student only, family coverage available for an additional fee). The desired start date is July 2020 contingent upon funding.

Oklahoma State University requires background checks for all newly hired graduate assistants/associates. Background checks shall be required prior to employment (post-offer, pre-employment).

Applicants should have a B.S. in natural resources, ecology, geography, environmental science, or a related field, with a GPA of 3.0 (A = 4.0) and have taken the GRE. Desired qualifications include experience or coursework in remote sensing and/or geographic information systems, and interest in resource mapping and spatial ecology.

Interested individuals should contact Dr. Bryan Murray (). To apply, please send via email a brief letter of interest, CV (including GPA, GRE scores, and contact information for three references), and unofficial transcripts to Dr. Murray. Review of applications will begin March 9 and continue until the position is filled.

Location and facilities: 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. The Department is a source of cutting-edge research, quality instruction, and effective outreach to students, landowners, managers, and public agencies.


Post-doctoral Research Scholar, Oregon State University (Posted 3/5/20)

Applications are invited for a full-time research scholar appointment to be held at the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University. Primary research focus will be to (1) evaluate the relations between parasite diversity and severity and disease progression in migrating Chinook salmon and (2) to develop models for evaluating the effectiveness of alternative management actions aimed at reducing prespawn mortality.  Applicants must have completed all the requirements for their doctoral program (PhD or equivalent), with demonstrated research accomplishments, and publications in the primary research literature.  Applicants should have the ability to and experience in modeling animal population dynamics and species interactions, such as host-parasite and predator prey-relations, and interest in the application of basic research to fisheries conservation and management decision-making. The successful candidate will work with an interdisciplinary team of researchers and resource managers from state and federal agencies to develop an integrated, decision support program for managing Chinook salmon. The position will primarily involve data analysis and modeling with limited laboratory research and field research. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Drs. James Peterson, Carl B. Schreck, Michael Kent, and Justin Sanders of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, in close collaboration with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and other agencies, as well as research faculty, staff and students at Oregon State University. Excellent command of the English language, quantitative analytical skills, and written and verbal communication skills are absolutely required. Special consideration will be given to candidates possessing appropriate knowledge and skills in epidemiology and parasitology and those with a strong publication record.

Appointment: Appointments will be intended for a term of one (1) year, with the possibility for renewal, based upon a satisfactory performance review and the annual nature of federal funding. Salary ($47,000-54,000) and full benefits will be commensurate with qualifications of the successful applicants.

Applications: Applications must include a complete personal resume with details of academic qualifications, electronic copies of three (3) representative scientific publications, and the names and contact information of four (4) individuals who have agreed to provide a personal and professional recommendation if requested.

Application Submission: Complete applications must be submitted electronically to James Peterson ()

Deadline for applications: March 30, 2020 by 5pm PDT. Selection will be made by April 2020

Interviews: All applications will be acknowledged electronically; only those selected for consideration on a short list will be contacted and asked to provide letters of recommendation.


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Ecology Research Fellowship - South Carolina (Posted 3/27/20)

Agency: Palmetto Bluff Conservancy

Location: Bluffton, SC

Salary: $16.83/hour plus benefits

Last Date to Apply: 4/7/2020 

Job Summary: The Palmetto Bluff Conservancy, in collaboration with Friends of the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy, is seeking a highly qualified applicant for a 12-month Research Fellowship to assist in various research initiatives. The responsibilities of the fellow include:

  • Assisting with a study that evaluates the influence of residential land use on arthropod biodiversity. The fellow will collect insects in traps, sort and identify insects to taxonomic family, conduct vegetation transects, and assist with data entry.
  • Documenting composition of small mammal communities in several coastal habitats, including saltmarsh, upland pine forest, and maritime forest. The fellow will set and bait traps, check traps, and collect data on captured individuals.
  • Assisting with the Conservancy's long-term monitoring of coastal bat species. The fellow will track species of interest and collect data on roost sites.
  • Entering and organizing datasheets.

The successful candidate will be encouraged to develop and publish a research study outside of (but aligned with) the currently funded projects. Travel to regional conferences will be provided for the fellow to present their work.

Duration: The fellowship will last 12 months with a tentative start date of June 1, 2020. Due to recent concerns related to coronavirus, the start date will be largely dependent on recommendations regarding return to normal working conditions. This is a full-time position that works up to 40 hours per week with occasional work on weekends and holidays.

Compensation: The qualified applicant will receive $16.83 per hour plus benefits.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in biology, ecology, wildlife sciences, or related field.
  • Experience using a dichotomous key.
  •  Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a group setting.
  • Strong quantitative analysis skills with some prior use of the statistical program R.
  •  Applicant must have a valid US drive's license. 

Preference will be given to applicants with prior knowledge of insect taxonomy and identification. Pre-rabies vaccination and prior experience handling and/or tracking bats is a plus but is not required.

Field work often requires long hours in trying conditions. Applicant must be willing to work in a hot, humid, and buggy environment.

To apply:
Email a CV, 1-2 paragraph description of research interests, list of 3 references, and cover letter describing experience, skills, and ability to meet the qualifications described above.

Please submit the above materials in a single document (PDF or Word). Name your document: last name_first name_research fellow. 

Contact Person: Lydia Moore

Contact Email:


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Postdoctoral Researcher- Utah State University (Posted 3/27/20)

Postdoctoral Research Scientist position available in the Watershed Sciences Department at Utah State University as a collaboration between the Brahney Environmental Biogeochemistry Lab and Belmont Hydrology and Fine Sediment Lab Project: Identifying sediment sources and guiding conservation strategies for the Mississippi River Basin Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be involved in a collaborative project aimed to identify sources of sediment to the Mississippi River. The postdoc will develop a sediment fingerprinting database to evaluate data gaps and develop best practices.

Minimum Qualifications:
- PhD in relevant field (Geochemistry, Geomorphology, Biogeochemistry, etc)
- Familiarity with sediment fingerprinting methods
- Proficiency in R, Matlab, or Python
- Relevant experience in data architecture/modeling and database management systems

How to Apply
Please send 1) a letter describing your background, interest in the research area specifically addressing how you anticipate contributing to the project goals, 2) your unofficial transcripts, and 3) a CV that includes the names and contact information for three references to . Review of applications is ongoing and the position will remain open until filled.

About Logan and Utah State University
Utah State University is located in the city of Logan, Utah, a town with approximately 50,000 residents. Situated in a valley between the Wellsville and Bear River mountain ranges, Logan offers numerous opportunities for outdoor activities including local ski resorts, biking, and hiking trails. Logan is just a short drive to Salt Lake City, as well as many National Parks, Monuments, and Conservation Areas. The low cost of living makes this area an attractive place to live, play, and work.

Full-time research technician positions in plant ecology, Utah and Idaho - Temporary (Posted 3/3/20)

Dr. Peter Adler (Utah State University) and Dr. Matt Germino (USGS) seek experienced field ecologists to implement a series of experiments focused on understanding how climate change will affect the trajectory of the cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) invasion in the Intermountain West. Two positions are available: one stationed Logan, Utah with Adler's research group, and the other stationed in Boise, Idaho with Germino's research group. These are temporary (two year), full-time positions with annual income of $32,000-35,000 plus benefits. Positions will begin between May and July, 2020.

Responsibilities include:

  • Leading the implementation of large common garden experiments, including site preparation, seed preparation, and seed planting.
  • Collecting data on plant demographic rates, functional traits, and abiotic conditions.
  • Data entry and QAQC.
  • Supervising student research assistants.
  • Assisting PIs with project management.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor degree in biology, ecology, natural resources or a related field, or equivalent job experience
  • Previous experience with plant ecology field experiments
  • Knowledge of Intermountain West flora

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MS degree in biology, ecology, natural resources or a related field
  • Project management experience
  • Competence in the R statistical environment

To apply, please email a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to Peter Adler (). Please indicate whether you are interested in the Boise and/or the Logan position.


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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Quantitative Ecology of Kelp Forest Ecosystems (Posted 3/11/20)
Department of Environmental Sciences
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA
Review of applications will begin March 16, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.
For more information, go here.

Conservation Land Management Interns (Posted 3/3/20)

Position: Conservation Land Management Internships (7-month appointment)

Location: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI), Front Royal, VA

Application deadline: until candidates are selected

Start date: April 2020

Description: Two interns are needed to engage in land management activities at 3200 acre research facility in Front Royal, VA. The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) manages its lands for sustainability, control of invasive plant species, and the restoration of native species. Land management interns would assist with maintenance of ongoing research projects and set-up new projects such as surveys of plants, mammals and birds. They will also help revise the centers land use plan. SCBI is a conservation research center with research labs in conservation ecology and the captive breeding of endangered species. A large corps of interns live on-site and participate in lectures and seminars around major conservation issues. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree related to natural resources, ecology or environmental sciences. Must have a valid drivers license and able to pass a federal background check. Experience with machinery and techniques of land management, as well as GIS, desired. Must be intent on furthering your conservation knowledge and working with a diverse group of scientists and land managers.

Duration, stipend and location: The 7-month position would start around Apirl 1st and has a monthly stipend of up to $1,500 per month. The internship location will be at SCBI in Front Royal, VA. SCBI's mission is to advance conservation of biological diversity. In meeting the Smithsonian Institutions mandate, SCBI increases knowledge through investigations of threatened species, habitats and communities, and disseminates knowledge through advance studies, professional training and public outreach.

Application procedure: To apply, please send as one PDF document a cover letter, cv, and list of references. Review of applications will begin immediately and be ongoing until candidates selected. Send materials to .


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Post-Doctoral Research Position in Aquatic Ecology - U.S. Geological Survey, Kearneysville, West Virginia, USA (Posted 3/27/20)

The Aquatic Ecology Laboratory at the U.S. Geological Survey Leetown Science Center in Kearneysville West Virginia, USA seeks to hire a post-doctoral research ecologist. This position is an exciting and challenging opportunity ideally suited for someone interested in developing management-relevant applied science addressing conservation and restoration decisions in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The selectee will join a diverse group of aquatic researchers (geomorphologists, hydrologists, and ecologists) whose research is designed to evaluate the effects of anthropogenic stressors on lotic freshwater habitat across the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The selectee will build upon the extensive existing work of this team to develop and implement collaborative research addressing effects of best management practices (BMPs) and incorporate findings into integrated assessments of freshwater lotic habitat within the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The selectee will be an active participant in all phases of the projects including interacting with stakeholders, project planning, data analysis, and scientific publications and must be able to work as part of an extended research team.

Key projects will center on modeling how BMPs mediate anthropogenic stressors and focus on benthic macroinvertebrate and fish endpoints. Thus, candidates with experience in how anthropogenic stressors affect these assemblages, particularly those with experience and expertise in various measures (IBIs, SDMs, functional traits, etc.), and who are proficient in GIS and advance statistical analyses (SEM, Machine learning, Bayesian) are encouraged to apply.

In addition to producing peer-reviewed publications and presentations at scientific meetings, it is expected that the selected candidate will have regular engagement with managers and policy makers. Our team is highly integrated with stakeholders and regularly interact with them via a variety of platforms including webinars, attendance at stakeholders workshops, and attendance and presentation at local and regional scientific and management meetings.

The position will be hired as a Term position through the USGS Post-Doctoral Program with salary expected to be comparable to a GS-12 position in the Baltimore/DC area with a comparable benefits package. Support is initially available for 2 years with renewal contingent on satisfactory performance and funding availability. The position is located at the USGS Leetown Science Center in Kearneysville, West Virginia. To apply, send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to Dr. Kelly Maloney <>;. Review of applications will begin 01 April 2020 and the anticipated start date is early summer 2020. Applicants must be a citizen of the U.S. and must have received their doctoral or equivalent graduate degree within the past five years. The degree must be


Hiring Undergrad Summer Interns for Grassland Research (Posted 3/23/20)

The Lemoine Lab at Marquette University is hiring three interns for summer 2020 (early May-late August) to work on an NSF-funded project examining the role of insect herbivores in grasslands. Interns will be responsible for maintaining and implementing the main project, as well as conducting independent research projects. Duties include manual construction of drought shelters including use of power tools, insect collections, plant identification and collections, soil respiration measurements via incubation, and plant gas exchange measurements using a LICOR 6800. Undergraduate interns will primarily assist full-time technicians and graduate students. Field sites are in Custer State Park, South Dakota and Milwaukee, WI.

Compensation: $3,000 stipend for the summer. Housing is provided in South Dakota and Milwaukee.

Qualifications: Ideal applicants have a strong interest in ecology, plant physiology, entomology or other related field and are currently enrolled in an accredited college or university. Applicants must have the ability and willingness to work outdoors in remote grasslands, handle soil, plants, and insects, and endure log field days with adverse weather conditions. Strong work ethic, exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail, and a current drivers license are required.

Please send a cover letter, CV, and two references to Michelle Budny: Deadline to Apply: 15 Apr 2020


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