Fellowships - Graduate - Internship Opportunities

 

Fellowships 

David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship - 2021 (Posted 6/29/20)
Society for Conservation Biology
Apply by September 4, 2020
For more information, go here.

EPA Harmful Algal Blooms and Waterborne Pathogens Fellowship (Posted 6/29/20)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Research and Development
Center for Environmental Measurement and Modeling
Reference Code: EPA-ORD-CEMM-WECD-2020-01
Cincinnati, OH
Apply by August 7, 2020,  3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone
For more information, go here

EPA Aquatic Ecosystems Research Fellowship (Posted 6/29/20)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Water, Office of Wetlands, Ocean and Watersheds
Washington, DC.
Reference Code: EPA-OW-OWOW-2020-0006
Apply by August 17, 2020,  3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone
For more information, go here.

EPA Wetlands and Streams Reference Data Research Fellowship (Posted 6/4/20)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Atlanta, GA
Reference Code EPA-REG4-2020-0001
Apply by July 13, 2020
More information is available here.



Graduate - Internship Opportunities


REMOTE

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ALABAMA

Research Assistant in Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality (Posted 5/28/20)

Auburn University, School of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences
Auburn, AL, USA

Description:
One Research Assistant position is currently available to support several projects focused on the abiotic and biotic factors mediating freshwater harmful algal blooms in aquaculture ponds and drinking water and recreational reservoirs. The incumbent will participate in field sampling, conduct lab analyses (i.e., phytoplankton and zooplankton enumeration, algal pigments, nutrients), ensure proper maintenance of laboratory equipment, and maintain inventory and order supplies.

Qualifications:
Minimum qualifications include a BS (MS preferred) in biology, ecology, limnology, or related field. Prior experience in field and laboratory aquatic ecology and water quality research is not required but preferred.

Salary:
Salary is dependent on qualifications and experience. At a minimum, the salary will be $28,000 plus benefits.

Start date:
Exact start date is negotiable, but a preference would be given to candidates available no later than 1 September 2020. The position is for one year and may be renewable pending available funds and performance.

How to Apply:
The position will remain open until filled. For full consideration, please apply by 1 July 2020. Applicants will be required to submit a statement of research interests and experiences and CV. Additional information, including contact information for three references and copies of transcripts, is also requested at the time of application. For more details about the application process, please visit here.

For more information about the position or our lab, please contact Alan Wilson at or visit here.

Auburn University is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer.


ALASKA

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ARIZONA

Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Ecosystem Science (Posted 6/25/20)
School of Earth and Space Exploration
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ
Deadline for initial review of complete applications will be July 29, 2020.
For more information, go here.


ARKANSAS

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CALIFORNIA

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COLORADO

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CONNECTICUT

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DELAWARE

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FLORIDA

PhD position in Interdisciplinary Ecology, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Florida (Posted 4/8/20)

Position description: Freshwater eutrophication is a stubborn environmental problem across the world. Significant impacts include reduced water clarity, algae blooms, and substantial losses in ecosystem services (e.g., beach closure, reduced nature viewing) and economic benefits (e.g., fish death, declined tourism revenue). Much of freshwater eutrophication in agricultural landscapes can be attributed to long-term legacy effects of phosphorus in soils from decades of nutrient applications. In this project, we will focus on managed grasslands in Florida where prior research has revealed long-term enrichment of phosphorus in soils, which, especially when interacting with extreme precipitations, could compromise downstream water quality and associated ecosystem services. Specifically, we will use an interdisciplinary approach to determine spatial variations of soil legacy phosphorus and their contributing factors, quantify and predict current and future effects of novel best management practices (BMPs) on reducing legacy phosphorus effects using controlled experiments and biophysical modeling, and investigate perceptions, cost-benefits, barriers and adoptions of BMPs using semi-structured interviews and economic analyses. This is a collaborative project among participants from the University of Florida, Archbold Biological Station, and Cornell University. The student will have the opportunity to engage and collaborate with an interdisciplinary group of scientists in the fields of landscape ecology, plant ecology, biogeochemistry, ecohydrology, biophysical modeling, social sciences, and economics.

Anticipated start date: Fall semester, 2020.

Deadline: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Qualifications: Ideal candidate is expected to have the following qualifications and experience:

  • Interests and/or experience in ecosystem service, soil biogeochemistry, and landscape ecology, and interests in interdisciplinary research;
  • MS degree in a related field (e.g., ecology, environmental science, etc.);
  • Experience in field and lab research with demonstrated quantitative skills (e.g., statistics, GIS, and geospatial analyses);
  • Strong motivation and independent research abilities with teamwork spirit; 
  • Good written and oral communication skills.

Salary and benefits:It is a fully-funded position, and the selected candidate will be offered a competitive annual stipend of $25,000, plus health insurance and full tuition waiver.

How to apply? Interested students are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Jiangxiao Qiu () through sending a current resume/CV with GPA, GRE and TOEFL (for non-native English speaker only), a list of references, and a brief statement of research interests and experience as a single PDF. Research in the Qiu lab can be found here; the Qiu Lab is in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation, and based at Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Please feel free to reach out to Dr. Jiangxiao Qiu if there are any questions. 

The student will enroll in the Interdisciplinary Ecology PhD program in the School of Natural Resource and Environment. It is a unique program where the student will benefit from the philosophy of systems thinking, social-ecological focus, and its breadth of curriculum training, which will ultimately equip the student with interdisciplinary perspectives and skills essential for addressing contemporary social-environmental problems.


GEORGIA

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HAWAII

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IDAHO 

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ILLINOIS 

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INDIANA 

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IOWA

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KANSAS


KENTUCKY

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LOUISIANA

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MAINE

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MARYLAND

Postdoc Position - Ecosystem Biogeochemistry - Univ Maryland (Posted 5/5/20)

2-year Postdoctoral Position - Ecosystem Biogeochemistry, University of Maryland Collaborate with Drs. Margaret Palmer (aquatic ecologist) and Kate Tully (soil biogeochemist) on research related to carbon dynamics in natural and restored forest wetlands and/or agricultural systems experiencing saltwater intrusion. Individual has latitude to determine exact project, but the Palmer/Tully groups have a special interest in links between soil carbon storage, emissions, and hydrology.

Requirements: U.S. citizen, PhD completed in time to join UM team by August 2020

Interested? Send C.V. and names of 3 references to and

For more information on the groups see www.PalmerLab.umd.edu and www.agroecolab.org


MASSACHUSETTS

Postdoctoral position in invasion biogeography at UMass, Amherst (Posted 5/14/20)

Salary: $53,000 plus benefits (2-year position)
Start date: Fall 2020
Location: University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Description: The Spatial Ecology Lab at UMass, Amherst seeks a postdoctoral scientist interested in the biogeography and macroecology of invasive species. The successful applicant will design novel, spatial research on invasive species and climate change that addresses stakeholder needs in the Northeast U.S. For example, high priority research topics identified by invasive species managers include identifying native communities vulnerable to invasion and climate change, identifying and prioritizing range-shifting invasive species, and assessing changing efficacy of management practices.

The position will be located on the campus of University of Massachusetts in Amherst, in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts. This is a fantastic location, with a remarkable mix of college atmosphere (Smith, Mt Holyoke, Hampshire, and Amherst Colleges are also here), culture, and natural resources. A remote start is an option depending on the status of the pandemic.

The postdoc will participate in the vibrant Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (NE CASC) community (necsc.umass.edu) and will collaborate in stakeholder-driven research as a member of the Northeast Regional Invasive Species & Climate Change (RISCC) Management Network (risccnetwork.org). The RISCC Network aims to reduce the compounding effects of invasive species and climate change by synthesizing relevant science, communicating the needs of managers to researchers, building stronger scientist-manager communities, and conducting priority research. As part of RISCC, the postdoc will engage in actionable science and science communication that serves the network.

Qualifications:
The applicant should have experience in spatial analysis or data science, ideally with a background in invasion ecology or conservation biology. A PhD must be defended by September 2020 in a discipline related to ecology, environmental science, geography, or resource management. Other important qualifications are a strong work ethic, creativity, excellent writing skills, interest in stakeholder engagement, and a track record of successful publications.

To be considered for this position, please send a two-page cover letter outlining your research interests and including your ideas for postdoctoral research; a curriculum vitae; and contact information for two professional references (name, affiliation, email) to Bethany Bradley (). Review of applications begins June 5, 2020. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. 


MICHIGAN

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MINNESOTA

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MISSISSIPPI 

EPA Water Quality and Sustainable Aquaculture Internship (Posted 6/11/20)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Gulfport, MS
Reference Code: EPA-REG4-GMPO-2020-0002
Apply by July 8, 2020
For more information, go here.


MISSOURI

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MONTANA

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NEBRASKA

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NEVADA

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NEW HAMPSHIRE

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NEW JERSEY

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NEW MEXICO 

Dryland Ecology, Data Science, and Restoration Post Doc or Research Scientist (Posted 5/5/20)

New Mexico State University is seeking a qualified individual at the postdoctoral or research scientist level with expertise in data science and landscape ecology.

The successful applicant will be responsible for implementing new and innovative approaches that leverage remotely sensed and field data to further our understanding on the factors that promote successful restoration and reclamation activities in drylands of the western United States. Specifically, the candidate will use a data-driven approach to probabilistically link key conservation practices (e.g., grazing, brush control, reclamation following oil and gas development) to vegetation response as a function of ecological sites/groups, abiotic gradients within these units, and other multi-temporal environmental data. A key component of this work will be demonstrating the use of state-of-the art digital soil maps and associated toolsets and widely established machine-learning algorithms to assess and predict conservation practice effectiveness across large portions of the Colorado Plateau.

The position will be located in the US Geological Survey offices in Moab, UT. Moab is a small town offering a variety of outdoor adventures, and more information about Moab can be found here.

This position requires expertise in dryland or restoration ecology, and analytical skills appropriate for large data sets. An interest and experience in remote sensing and the development of web tools to facilitate informed decision processes in western lands is preferred. The incumbent will work closely with New Mexico State University and US Geological Survey scientists and staff in project planning, data acquisition and analysis, and reporting results. The incumbent will have four general classes of major duties: 1) study design and hypothesis development; 2) data acquisition, preparation and analysis; 3) preparation of reports & scientific papers; and 4) technology transfer, including tool development.

Salary and start date: Salary will be commensurate with experience. A start date of summer 2020 is preferred.

Application: If you are interested, please send a curriculum vitae to Colby Brungard and Mike Duniway ().


NEW YORK

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NORTH CAROLINA 

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NORTH DAKOTA

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OHIO

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OKLAHOMA

2-yr M.S. Assistantship in Plant Ecology (Posted 4/8/20)

1. Hosting lab: Zhai Lab in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, USA
2. Salary/Benefit: A graduate stipend of $18,900 annually, tuition waiver, and health insurance at $20 per month (for student only, family coverage available for an additional fee).
3. Starting Date: Fall 2020 or spring 2021 (fall semester begins August 2020, spring semester begins Jan 2021).
4. Application date: Review of applications begins May 1st 2020, and will continue until a successful candidate is identified.
5. Description: Our lab is interested in understanding plant dynamics by integrating multiple approaches: statistical- and process-based vegetation model, stable isotope analysis, functional trait analysis, and remote sensing. I am seeking a highly motivated student to join one of the ongoing projects in our lab, including species invasion and forest production dynamics under climate change and land management.
6. Qualifications: Applicants should have: (1) A B.S. in natural resources (forestry, rangeland, or agriculture), ecology, botany, geography, or a related field; (2) An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. Desired qualifications include: (1) Experience or coursework in statistical analysis; (2) Interest in plant ecology; (2) Willingness to learn computer programming skills. Previous programming and quantitative analysis background are very helpful.
7. Application: Applicants must create a single PDF with the name containing the first and last name of applicant, and send the PDF to Dr. Lu Zhai (). The PDF must contain: (1) A brief letter of interest (1~2 page) stating motivation to pursue an M.S. degree and research experiences and interests; (2) Curriculum Vitae including GPA, GRE, names and emails for three references, and TOEFL/IELTS scores (international students only); (3) Unofficial transcripts
8. Location and facilities: Oklahoma State University is classified as R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. 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 forest, rangeland, fishery, and wildlife resources.


OREGON

EPA Aquatic Ecosystems Research Fellowship (Posted 6/29/20)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Research and Development
Corvallis, OR
Reference Code: EPA-ORD-CPHEA-PESD-2020-02
Apply by August 17, 2020, 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone
For more information, go here.


PENNSYLVANIA

EPA Mid-Atlantic Wetlands and Chesapeake Bay Watershed Internship (Posted 6/29/20)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 3 office, Water Division
Philadelphia, PA
Reference Code: EPA-REG3-2020-11
Apply by August 17, 2020, 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone
For more information, go here.

Postdoctoral Associate in Microbial Soil Health and Water Quality (Posted 5/28/20)
Stroud Water Research Center
Avondale, PA
Application deadline is July 15th, 2020
For more information, go here.


RHODE ISLAND

Robust Watershed Management Optimization Modeling (Posted 6/29/20)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Research and Development
Center for Environmental Measurement and Modeling
Reference Code: EPA-ORD-NHEERL-AED-2019-14-A
Narragansett, RI
Apply by July 31, 2020, 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone
For more information, go here.


SOUTH CAROLINA

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SOUTH DAKOTA

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TENNESSEE

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TEXAS

Graduate student opportunity in coral reef ecology (Posted 6/17/18)
Fish & Functions Lab
University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute
Apply by July 30, 2020
For more information, go here.


UTAH 

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VERMONT

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VIRGINIA

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WASHINGTON

M.S. Assistantship in Stream Invertebrate Ecology to begin in August 2020 (Posted 5/5/20)

Dr. Stephen Bollens, Co-Director (with Dr. Gretchen Rollwagen-Bollens) of the Aquatic Ecology Lab at Washington State University, Vancouver, WA, USA has one paid position available for a new master's degree student to start in the Fall 2020 semester.

This M.S. assistantship is specifically open to a student who will conduct research related to the ecology of stream macroinvertebrates. Fieldwork will take place in the Olympic Experimental State Forest on the Olympic Peninsula in NW Washington state, as part of a large, multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional project.

Please visit their website for more information about the lab and their research here.

The successful graduate student will be supported on a combination of Research Assistantships and Teaching Assistantships, plus full tuition waivers.

They are currently accepting applications to begin study in August 2020.

Degree program: M.S. in Environmental Science
Deadlines: Please contact Dr. Stephen Bollens () for further information, as soon as possible.

There is potential to continue on to a Ph.D. in Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences depending on progress and availability of funding.

Campus and Facilities: Washington State University Vancouver is one of five campuses in the WSU system, and is a rapidly expanding institution located within the greater Portland, OR-Vancouver, WA metropolitan area, near the Columbia River, Cascade Mountains and coastal ocean. The 351-acre campus offers new, state-of-the-art classroom and research facilities, where teaching and research are conducted in an interdisciplinary and collaborative atmosphere.

For further information about the M.S. graduate program in Environmental Science, please visit the website here.


WEST VIRGINIA 

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WISCONSIN 

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WYOMING

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WASHINGTON, D.C.

EPA Nonpoint Source Management and Water Quality Assessment Internship (Posted 6/29/20)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Water, Office of Wetlands, Ocean and Watersheds Nonpoint Source Program
Washington, DC
Reference Code: EPA-OW-OWOW-2020-0005
Apply by July 31, 2020, 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone
For more information, go here

EPA Program Development and Jurisdiction Branch Research Opportunity (Posted 6/29/20)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency'sOffice of Water
Office of Wetlands, Ocean and Watersheds
Reference Code: EPA-OW-OWOW-2020-0006
Washington, DC
Apply by August 17, 2020, 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone
For more information, go here.


AUSTRALIA

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CANADA

4 PhD Opportunities - large river ecosystems and fisheries management (Posted 6/4/20)
Mactaquac Aquatic Ecosystem Study
Canadian Rivers Institute
University of New Brunswick – Fredericton
Deadline to apply is August 15, 2020
For more information, go here.

MS Position (Posted 5/5/20)

The Fraser lab at Thompson Rivers University, British Columbia, Canada, is seeking a Master's student that is interested in soil microbial ecology in the context of site reclamation and restoration ecology. Stipend at CAD 21,000/annum is available for two years. The Master student, supervised by Dr. Lauchlan Fraser, will be involved in a Genome BC funded project. Experience in microbial ecology, basic statistics, and programming in R is desired. The lab comprises of a multi-faceted team, which provides ample opportunity to learn new skills. The Master program description and application requirements can be found here. If interested, please send a CV, unofficial transcript, and a 1-2 paragraph statement outlining your relevant experience and motivation to .


PANAMA

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PUERTO RICO

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