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Fellowships

ARKANSAS

MS student search - agronomy, Arkansas State University (Posted 3/1/17)

The Judd Hill Foundation Research Fellowship was established at Arkansas State University through collaboration with the College of Agriculture and Technology and USDA-Agricultural Research Service. The success of Arkansas row crop agriculture depends on continual improvement in agricultural and economic systems implemented by qualified, applied agriculturalists from Arkansas Universities. This fellowship is in response to the importance of graduate level education related to sustainable use of soil and water resources in commercial crop production and protection in eastern Arkansas. The recipient of the fellowship would work as an associate in a research program directed at solving problems in managing soil and water resources for commercial cotton production in northeast Arkansas. Field research and educational outreach programs at the Judd Hill Foundation Farm (located in Truman, AR) must be a central focus of the Fellowship program. The fellowship recipient would begin studies in Agriculture or Environmental Studies at Arkansas State University in the 2017/2018 academic year. Field work could begin as early as May 2017. The fellowship is granted for two years and compensation includes tuition, fees and a salary of $18,000 annually. Send CV and unofficial transcript to Dr. Arlene Adviento-Borbe, or Dr. Michele L. Reba at .

MICHIGAN

Michigan State University postdoc opportunity in carbon cycle science (Posted 2/3/17)

The Michigan State University Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences and Center for Global Change and Earth Observations (CGCEO) invite applications for a full-time postdoctoral research associate to begin on May 1, 2017, in Socioecological carbon production in managed agricultural-forest landscapes. Learn more here. Full consideration will begin on March 31, 2017.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Clemson-USDA National Needs PhD Fellowship (Posted 2/13/17)

Clemson University is proud to invite applications for PhD fellowships in “Computationally Intensive Genomics Analysis and Application in Agriculture” For more information, go here.

UTAH

Interpretation, Education and Public Outreach Intern - St. George, UT (Posted 2/101/17)

Working collaboratively with the Grand Canyon – Parashant National Monument, the Great Basin Institute is recruiting one intern to assist with environmental stewardship and historical preservation by spending time working on projects such as invasives inventory, air quality monitoring and the production of a variety of public education materials. These projects will assist in the creation, promotion, facilitation and improvement of the public’s understanding of natural, historic and cultural resources significance, as well as recreational opportunities within the Monument. More information is available here.

WASHINGTON

Bullitt Foundation's Environmental Fellowship-$100K over two years (Posted 1/24/17)

Application process for the Bullitt Foundation's Environmental Fellowship opened on January 1st. Each year, one graduate student attending a university physically located in British Columbia, Washington State, or Oregon is selected for this prestigious award of $100,000, distributed over two years.

Eligible candidates will have a strong academic record, a demonstrated capacity for leadership, the promise of emerging as an environmental leader, and be nominated by a university faculty member. Students of color, those who come from a disadvantaged background, or who have overcome significant hardship are highly encouraged to apply for this award.

Apply by April 1, 2017. More information is available here.


Graduate - Internship Opportunities

ALABAMA

Postdoctoral Fellow (Posted 3/15/17)

In conjunction with the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, the Alabama Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama is seeking a post-doctoral fellow to develop population viability models to support Species Status Assessments and endangered species decision making, for a potentially wide variety to taxa, geographies and decisions. This is a 12 month, limited term non-tenure track position and is funded from external sources for up to two years. Continued employment is contingent on availability of funding and satisfactory performance. Success of this project will result in the development of projection models and supporting data analyses, for species under consideration for listing under the Endangered Species Act in regions 2 or 6 of the US Fish and Wildlife Service. This position will focus on using available data to parameterize models of species population and habitat dynamics. The project may involve working with managers, biologists and decision makers from federal and state wildlife management agencies to conduct expert elicitation and model building workshops. For more information, go here.

Ph.D. Assistantships (Posted 3/1/17)

The Global Change Ecology Group at the University of Alabama has several exciting opportunities available for students to pursue a Ph.D. degree in plant physiological ecology and terrestrial/atmospheric interactions. We seek highly motivated graduates students to work on one of four active research areas:  

1)    Water Use Efficiency of Cellulose based Biofuels
2)    Climate and water management effects on the carbon, water and energy dynamics Everglades

Ecosystems
3)    Synthesis of eddy covariance data across regions of the southeastern United States.
4)    Urban Forestry

Interested students should apply for the Ph.D. program within the Department of Biological Sciences. The student's research interests should focus on plant ecophysiology, ecosystem physiology, or plant ecology. To be eligible for positions, interested students must meet the graduate admission requirements of the University of Alabama and have competitive GPA and GRE scores.  Applicants interested in ecophysiology should have a strong understanding of eddy covariance techniques. In addition, applicants should have strong analytical and quantitative skills and knowledge of SAS and/or R programming. Applicants with previous research experiences and/or a Masters degree in biogeochemistry, ecophysiology, forestry, or atmospheric sciences would be favored for the position.Support is by research and/or teaching assistantships with summer funding opportunities (Dependent on the area of research interest).

Interested students should send a copy of their CV, statement of research interest, scientific writing sample and unofficial copy of transcripts.  For more details, contact Drs. Gregory Starr or Christina Staudhammer ( or 205-348-0556 / or 205-348-0556).

Undergrad Researchers: Samford REU Program in Biology and Chemistry (Posted 2/13/17)

Samford Research Experience for Undergraduates in Biology and Chemistry: Explore the world of research and develop your scientific skills. With funding from the National Science Foundation, the 2016 Samford University REU program will offer hands-on, field- and laboratory-based research experiences to US undergraduates. In this 9-week residential experience, students will work one-on-one with experienced researchers in biology and chemistry to design, conduct, and present research related to the chemistry, genetics, and ecology of organisms, populations, and communities of Oak Mountain State Park, a large and diverse suburban park located in the southern Appalachians. Potential research topics include plant and animal ecology, microbiology, fire ecology, water quality, biochemistry, plant and fungal natural products chemistry and bioactivity, plant taxonomy, and aquatic community ecology. Quick Facts Application Deadline: February 14, 2017 Program Timeline: May 29–July 29, 2017 • $525 per week stipend • Travel, room, board and research expenses covered • 12 students will be accepted into the program Reasons to Apply • Explore the worlds of field and laboratory research • Explore your career opportunities as a working scientist • Work closely with expert scientists to develop your own project • Develop your understanding of scientific ethics and social justice • Spend the summer at Oak Mountain State Park, Alabama’s largest state park Application Process All application materials should be submitted electronically to . Deadline: February 24, 2017 Students must be US citizens or Permanent Residents and have completed two years of undergraduate study by May, 2017, including one year of college-level biology. Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate program at accredited institutions in the United States at the time the REU program is held. Please submit: • Application Form • Transcripts • Letters of Recommendation • Personal Statement. For more information, go to HERE or email . R. Malia Fincher, Ph.D. Associate Professor Samford University Department of Biological and Environmental Science 800 Lakeshore Drive Birmingham, Alabama35229 205-726-2928 Fax 205-726-2479 Office 133 Propst Hall

ALASKA

Two REU positions in northern Alaska (Posted 3/29/17)

Seeking enthusiastic undergraduate researchers interested in summer field research in Alaska for two REU positions in the Bret-Harte and Ruess labs at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  Our overall research objective is to understand the ecosystem and global consequences of potential future changes in arctic vegetation.  In this project, we 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 investigators, 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.

You 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 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!  We 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 April 10, 2017. They will contact you to discuss the position.

Summer undergraduate research position Alaska (Posted 3/29/17)

Hiring an undergraduate student for summer 2017 to assist with research on the effects of permafrost thaw and fire on export of carbon and nitrogen from boreal catchments near Fairbanks, Alaska. The student will work with a network of instream sensors to measure organic matter and nitrate concentrations in Caribou-Poker Creeks Research Watershed, part of the Bonanza Creek Long-Term Ecological Research program.

Research will include day trips to the field site and lab work at UAF. The student will work as a team with a graduate student and technician, and will also have the opportunity to conduct an independent research project.

Applicants should have demonstrated interest in ecosystem ecology or geosciences and coursework in biology, chemistry, hydrology, and/or math and statistics. Previous research or work experience in biology or chemistry is desired. The position is available May-Aug.

Interested students should contact Dr. Tamara Harms () and include: 1) cover letter summarizing research interests and experience, 2) list of relevant coursework, and 3) CV by April 18, 2017. For further information on the research, go here & here.

Postdoctoral position: Forest carbon distribution and flux integration in Alaska (Posted 3/15/17)

The Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) is seeking a postdoctoral scholar to work on a recently funded NSF project to understand materials flux in linked terrestrial-marine ecosystems. The position will take the lead in creating and publishing terrestrial carbon assessments and working with other disciplines to create a whole-system level understanding of carbon dynamics, transport, and fates. The position will be located in Juneau, Alaska, with opportunity to travel and work with team members at other institutions in the US and Canada as needed. For more information, go here. The recruitment will remain open until filled with the initial applicant review date of April 1, 2017.

Avian Field Research Interns - Alaska (Posted 2/3/17)

Job Description:  Seeking four motivated individuals to work on an avian demographic study on the Seward Peninsula in northwestern Alaska from approximately May 17th through July 31st, 2017 (some flexibility with start date).  The Seward Peninsula is an incredibly diverse area attracting over 150 migratory birds from across the globe.  This is an exciting opportunity to gain experience assisting with long-term field research on migratory landbird and shorebird response to changing environmental conditions in the boreal- arctic transition zone. Primary field duties will include nest searching for ground- and shrub-nesting birds, nest monitoring, avian behavioral observations, habitat surveys, invertebrate sampling, data entry and management, and assisting with handling, banding, and collecting morphological measurements on nestling passerines.

Required qualifications:  Applicants must be in excellent physical condition and capable of hiking long distances (up to 20 km/day) across uneven tussock tundra carrying up to a 30 pound backpack, comfortable working in remote brown bear country, experienced with the use of GPS for navigating and marking waypoints, and willing to maintain a positive attitude in variable weather conditions with hordes of biting insects.  This position also requires the ability to collect accurate and legible field data, maintain and operate field equipment in a responsible manner, work long hours (>40 hours per week) with early mornings and minimal days off, effectively communicate with supervisors and crew members, and happily live in a rustic (but comfortable) communal tent camp without running water or electricity for two months with the same small group of people.  Must also possess a current and valid driver’s license.

Desired qualifications:  Experience with identifying birds by sight and sound, nest searching, behavioral observations, and handling and banding birds. Experience with backcountry camping and certification in CPR/Basic First Aid is also a plus.  Preference will be given to individuals with nest searching experience that have a Bachelor’s Degree in a science-related field; however, upper-level undergraduates working toward a degree with a strong interest in avian ecology and prior field experience are highly encouraged to apply.

Compensation:  This is a volunteer position.  Round-trip airfare to Alaska from within the United States, primitive housing, food while in the field, camping gear, field equipment, and a small stipend (~$650) will be provided.

Application Instructions:  Interested individuals should email in one Microsoft Word or PDF document:  (1) A cover letter addressing the qualifications listed above, why you are interested in this position, and your earliest date of availability; (2) A detailed resume; and (3) Contact information (email addresses and phone numbers) for at least three professional references to Rachel Richardson at .  Please write “Avian Field Research Intern” in the subject line of the email.  Review of applications will begin immediately and positions are often filled before the closing date on April 15, 2017 so please submit your applications early for priority consideration.

ARIZONA

PhD opportunity at University of Arizona (Posted 3/23/17)

The Blankinship Laboratory of Biogeochemistry in the Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science at the University of Arizona is seeking an exceptional PhD student. The student will tackle grand challenges related to soil carbon (C) storage and soil health. The student will be expected to: 1) play a leadership role in a global data synthesis to unravel mechanisms of soil C stabilization and destabilization, and 2) develop strategies and a scientific basis for field projects aiming to accelerate soil C sequestration and enhance soil health. The ideal student will have a strong passion for and a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree in soil science, biogeochemistry, ecosystem ecology, or a related field. The student should have strong data analysis skills, laboratory and/or field experience collecting environmental data, and excitement for connecting science to societal challenges. The University of Arizona is located in beautiful Tucson near abundant field sites including the Catalina-Jemez Critical Zone Observatory, Santa Rita Experimental Range, Maricopa Agricultural Center, and Biosphere II. Recreational opportunities also abound. To apply, please send a: 1) letter of interest, 2) curriculum vitae, and 3) contact information for three references to . Please type “Soil Carbon PhD Opportunity” in the subject line. The deadline for applications is May 5 with a preferred start date on or before August 1. For more information, please contact Dr. Joseph Blankinship at the email address above.

REU position in desert stream ecology at ASU (Posted 3/14/17)

Seeking two summer undergraduate researchers to participate in a project investigating how variation of streamflow affects energy transfer through stream food webs. The goal of the Food Chain Length(FCL) project is to link the mechanisms of temporal variation in streamflow and intensity of disturbance regimes to FCL in aridland streams. Ongoing research conducted in streams across Arizona includes repeated measures of variation in food chain length, ecosystem metabolism, nitrate concentrations, and experimental nitrogen pulse manipulations. Additionally, we are investigating how flood pulses of water and nitrogen stimulate production in the riparian ecosystem by measuring changes in soil processes, primary producers, and consumers.

Students will contribute both to the field campaign and laboratory sample processing. Students will also collaborate closely with the principal investigator, graduate students, and technicians to develop an independent research project that will build on the ongoing research.

Fieldwork will consist of traveling to rivers across the state of Arizona for aquatic biological surveys, water quality measurements, sensor maintenance, and requires spending long days in the desert during the Arizona summer, often carrying heavy equipment. Lab work will consist of processing samples for stable isotope analysis, invertebrate sorting, and soil microbial activity and nutrient assays.

Applicant requirements: Students must have demonstrated interest in ecology. The position lasts 12 weeks, preferably starting in early May, though exact dates are flexible and is based at Arizona State University. Application is restricted to currently enrolled undergraduates that graduate no sooner than fall 2017. All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Desired qualifications: Previous experience with laboratory or field- based research; coursework in biology, ecology, chemistry, and math/statistics; enthusiasm about conducting both field and lab work, with occasional long days in the field or multi-day field trips; valid U.S. driver’s license. Women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

To apply: 1) letter summarizing research interests and experience, 2) list of relevant coursework, and 3) CV to Dr. Tamara Harms () by March 21, 2017.

Two open postdoctoral positions in plant ecophysiology / global change at Arizona State University (deadline Apr 15th) (Posted 3/1/17)

The Macrosystems Ecology Lab at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona (PI Benjamin Blonder) is recruiting two postdoctoral researchers. The lab's focus is on global change plant ecophysiology, predictive community ecology and biogeography. We use a combination of field, eco-informatics, and modeling approaches. Field sites are focused in forests and alpine environments in South America, southeast Asia, Scandinavia, and the United States. Learn more HERE.

Projects could focus on any topic of mutual interest. Joining the lab at this early stage is an opportunity to gain independence, close collaboration, and active mentoring. Candidates with an interest in building on our science education and community outreach initiatives are very welcome.

Funding is available for 2 years at competitive salaries, with additional support available for conference travel and fieldwork.

Start dates are around January 1st 2018 but can be flexible.

Information on benefits and leave policies is available HERE. The lab is strongly supportive of positive work-life balance for people in all stages of their careers.

Arizona State University is easily reached by light rail service from the Phoenix international airport. The Phoenix area hosts a vibrant multicultural community, and the region provides excellent recreation and research opportunities, with the Grand Canyon, Colorado Plateau, and Madrean Sky Islands all close by. Learn more about other faculty at the ASU School of Life Sciences HERE.

To apply, please send a cover letter, current CV, recent publication, and names of 2 professional references to Benjamin Blonder at . The application deadline is April 15th, 2017. Please feel free to get in touch informally beforehand to discuss potential projects.

Summer internship opportunties at Arizona Game and Fish Department (Posted 2/13/17)

The Arizona Game and Fish Department offers paid summer internship opportunities in cooperation with participating college and universities. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in gaining hands on practical work experience while working with a diverse group of professionals in the fields of wildlife science, biological science, wildlife management, and many other professions within the Department. What is the Arizona Game and Fish Department? The Arizona Game & Fish Department is responsible for managing Arizona’s fish and wildlife resource as an enduring public trust. In addition, the department is charged with promoting safe and responsible use of watercraft and off-highway vehicles. Funding is provided from the sale of licenses and permits; watercraft registration fees; federal excise taxes on firearms, fishing equipment, boats, and other sporting goods; state lottery revenues; donations on state income tax forms; and various contracts and grants. The Arizona Game and Fish Commission, whose five members are appointed by the governor, set department policy.

Internship guidelines & overview: The Arizona Game and Fish Department is seeking students to work during the summer to perform duties in the area of wildlife management. Students will perform duties under close supervision.  Duties may include: collecting data, tracking, monitoring and counting animals, computer entry, developing educational materials, conducting creel surveys, fish sampling, habitat measurement, fish stocking, hiking, camping, swimming or working varied hours.  Fieldwork may involve long days outdoors in extreme temperatures. Student interns are hired on a temporary basis and paid an hourly rate of $11.00 (returning interns at $12.00). Interns are not benefit eligible and work at the discretion of the appointing authority. Interns may be employed until they no longer meet the program requirements or the department determines that the work is no longer required. Assignments are typically full-time (unless indicated by hiring supervisor) and generally last between 8 to 12 weeks.

Eligibility requirements

  • Currently enrolled in curriculum leading towards a Bachelor’s or higher level degree on a full time basis (usually 12 semester hours) and pursuing a major in Wildlife Biology or closely related field applicable to the internship opportunity (subject to verification)
  • Proof of eligibility to work in the United States
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above
  • Ability to pass a post-offer physical exam (if applicable)
  • Valid driver's license (free of restrictions, if applicable)

Application & Selection Process

  • Eligible students interested in summer employment must apply through www.azstatejobs.gov .  Click “Search for Jobs” and select “Game and
    Fish Department” from the agency dropdown. 
  • Students must submit a cover letter and resume in one document when applying.  
  • Students must outline in their cover letter, by priority and by hiring supervisor name, the internships they choose to apply for.  Students may
    select up to five internships to apply for.  
  • Students must attach unofficial transcripts of college coursework.
  • Resumes must be submitted to the site no later than close date.    

The anticipated start date for the internships is May 22, 2017.   

For additional information on the internship program, contact Milani Barron, Staffing Manager at (623) 236-7319 , or Brisa Daniel, Staffing Analyst at (623) 236-7323 .

ARKANSAS

Postdoc in stream ecology and environmental flows (Posted 3/23/17)

A Post-Doctoral Fellow is available at University of Arkansas for a project examining flow-ecology relationships and environmental flows assessment for the Ozark-Ouachita Interior Highlands and West Gulf Coastal Plains.  We have previously classified stream types within Arkansas and the surrounding region based on hydrology and geomorphology.  Our current objective is to develop hydrology-ecology relationships within flow classes using our data and other existing hydrologic and biological databases.  Important products of this work will be regional flow-ecology relationships that will form the scientific framework for setting environmental flow standards and understanding impacts of land use and climate change.  These flow-ecology relationships will help determine environmental flow needs in the Ozark-Ouachita Interior Highlands and the West Gulf Coastal Plains and will provide the basis for conservation of numerous aquatic species.  This project will involve extensive work with GIS and quantitative analysis to model flow-ecology relationships and may also involve field work in the Interior Highlands and lab experiments.

Applicants should have a PhD in ecology, fisheries, biology, or a related field.  Previous research experience with fish, invertebrates and/or streams is preferred.  Strong quantitative skills and knowledge of GIS are required.  Applicants must be responsible, motivated, and able to work independently and in a research team.

Post-doctoral position offers competitive salary and benefits.  Start date is June 1, 2017 or negotiable.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  

Interested applicants should send: 1) a letter of interest, 2) curriculum vitae, and 3) names and telephone numbers of three references via email to Dan Magoulick at .  For additional information, go here or call 479-575-5449.  For a complete position announcement and information regarding how to apply, go here.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to age, race/color, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity.  Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Botanical Diversity Doctoral Student Position at Arkansas State University (Posted 3/15/17)

The Marsico Lab is seeking a Ph.D. student interested in researching patterns of vascular plant biodiversity in the Mississippi Alluvial Plain, the most understudied region in the State of Arkansas.  Experience with identifying vascular plant species and techniques for specimen collection and curation is required.  In addition to an interest in basic science, a desire for applied research in conservation and habitat restoration is also a plus.  

A master’s degree in botany, biology, ecology, or related field is preferred; candidates with commensurate experience will also be considered.  We are seeking a driven self-starter with a desire to conduct important research on basic and applied aspects of plant biodiversity in a highly modified landscape.  Working with the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission to identify areas for preservation or restoration will also be part of this position.  The Mississippi Alluvial Plain is divided into 10 EPA Level IV ecoregions, and virtually nothing is known about the differences in these ecoregions floristically.  The student will be expected to develop a dissertation project with a goal to identify unique elements of the flora and biogeographic mechanisms for maintaining diversity.  

Georeferencing existing data records is an important part of the projects to make efficient use of historical and previously untapped existing research effort.  

This position includes the opportunity for the student to serve as a Collections Assistant in the Arkansas State University Herbarium with tuition covered through grant / program funding.  Applicants who are first generation college students and/or underrepresented minority students are encouraged to apply.  The successful applicant should begin in August 2017.  This is a funded position.  Funding for the Ph.D. student is provided by the National Science Foundation through their Collections in Support of Biological Research and Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics programs.  

Therefore, suitable candidates must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, nationals, or refugees.  Scholarship recipients must also demonstrate financial need through a FASFA form.

Arkansas State University is an emerging research-intensive institution with a successful Environmental Science Ph.D. program.  We are located in Jonesboro, Arkansas, on Crowley’s Ridge, overlooking the Mississippi Alluvial Plain.  Jonesboro is a safe and welcoming community of about 70,000 residents with a relatively low cost of living.  

Cultural events are plentiful on campus and around town and proximal to the opportunities afforded by the Memphis metropolitan area.  Outdoor recreational opportunities abound in nearby wetlands and on the ridge, and A-State is located about an hour from the Ozarks.

If interested contact Dr. Travis Marsico at .  You can learn more about the lab at www.travismarsico.com.  You can learn more about the scholarship program HERE.  

If you plan to apply, please send an email to that includes

1) a cover letter describing your interests, career goals, and relevant research experiences and skills;
2) your Curriculum Vitae [including names and contact information for three references];
3) a copy of your GRE scores; and 4) a copy of your academic transcripts.  Review of requested pre-application materials listed above will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

CALIFORNIA

Postdoc at Stanford: Tropical methane emissions in wetland and freshwater environments (Posted 3/29/17)

Stanford University, the Carnegie Institution for Science, and NASA Goddard seek a full-time postdoctoral earth scientist in remote sensing, geospatial analyses, or biogeosciences to improve spatial scaling of tropical methane emissions using hyperspectral, multispectral and other remote sensing approaches. The successful candidate should have expertise in remote sensing and geospatial analysis—to refine mapping of habitats relevant to the methane cycle in the Amazon and southeast Asia—with experience in modeling or field sampling of methane emissions in tropical systems also desirable. Project investigators include Rob Jackson (jacksonlab.stanford.edu), Greg Asner, and Ben Poulter. This international collaboration is part of a larger effort to improve understanding of sources and sinks in the global methane cycle through the Global Carbon Project. The postdoctoral scientist will have additional opportunities to interact with other researchers examining arctic and boreal methane emissions on the same grant and to link with other international efforts. Send a CV, statement of interests, and three letters of recommendation to: . Stanford is an equal opportunity employer; minority applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Please apply by April 15th, 2017, for full consideration.  

Quantitative / Spatial Ecology Post-Doc (Posted 3/15/17)

The Quantitative/Spatial Ecology Post-Doc (QSP), while working for Point Blue will collaborate with U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), The Nature Conservancy, and the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CA LCC) to develop ecological forecasting models for water and wildlife in California’s Central Valley. These models will be designed to inform a decision support system that can guide the optimal allocation of water to meet biodiversity and ecosystem services targets. For more information, go here.

Waterbird Internship at the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory (Posted 3/15/17)

The San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory (SFBBO) is seeking a full-time intern to assist with waterbird field studies.  The internship will begin in May 2017 with a 12-month commitment.  The internship will be based in Milpitas, CA.  The intern will receive training and mentorship from SFBBO staff and will develop their skills in waterbird survey techniques and data management. The intern will be assisting with surveys at managed ponds in support of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project. The intern will also assist with SFBBO’s California Gull Research and Monitoring and Avian Disease Prevention programs.

Key Responsibilities:
•         Conduct waterbird surveys and water quality sampling at South Bay ponds
•         Conduct gull counts and behavioral survey at local landfills
•         Assist with surveys to collect dead, diseased, and injured birds in South Bay sloughs as part of an effort to prevent avian botulism outbreaks
•         Work with SFBBO staff, partner agencies, and volunteers to coordinate field work
•         Enter, proof, and manage data collected
•         Assist with equipment maintenance and other SFBBO projects as assigned
 
Required Qualifications:
•         Coursework toward a degree in biology, ecology, or related field
•         Familiarity with waterbird species of the San Francisco Bay (including shorebirds, waterfowl and gulls)
•         Good physical condition and enthusiasm for long days in the field
•         Willingness to tolerate harsh field conditions (mud, sun, dust, salt spray)
•         Willingness to work irregular hours including early mornings, evenings and some weekends
•         Strong work ethic, organizational skills, and attention to detail
•         Valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and reliable personal vehicle
•         Ability to navigate and orient using maps
•         Ability to work independently and as part of a team
•         Effective oral and written communication skills
 
Preferred Qualifications:
•         Recently completed BA/BS in biology, ecology, or related field
•         Excellent waterbird identification skills
•         Off-road driving experience (SFBBO truck provided for off-road driving)
•         Solid computer skills, including working knowledge of MS Access and Excel
•         Experience conducting field work in the San Francisco Bay
 
Compensation:   Applicants should be students or recent graduates (within the last year) with a degree in wildlife biology, environmental science or a related field.  This is a full-time internship position.  A stipend of $125/week will be provided.  Shared housing is available at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Fremont, CA.  An SFBBO vehicle or reimbursement for use of a personal vehicle will be available for pre-approved, work-related travel.  SFBBO will also provide most field gear, including a spotting scope.

To Apply: Please e-mail the following materials to Max Tarjan, :  1) cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) list of three references (names, email addresses, and phone numbers).  Include all materials in one Word or PDF file, and include your last name in the file name. Include “Waterbird Internship” in the e-mail subject. The deadline for applications is March 31st.  SFBBO is an EOE.

Postdoctoral Position in Global Change and Spatial Modeling of Desert Endotherms at UC Berkeley (Posted 3/14/17)

A postdoctoral position to work on the development and implementation of physiological-based, spatial models of desert endotherms is available at UC Berkeley in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management (ESPM) and the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (MVZ). The position is associated with the Grinnell Resurvey Project under the direction of Professor Steve Beissinger. This project is funded by NSF to resample Mojave Desert vertebrates (birds and mammals) to understand how climate change and anthropogenic factors have affected species’ turnover during the past century. The project includes collaborators in the University of New Mexico (Blair Wolf), UC Santa Cruz (Barry Sinervo), and the San Diego Natural History Museum.

This position will require extensive development spatial models of species distributions that mechanistically link physiological-based and climate-based approaches. Familiarity with use of multispecies occupancy models to draw inferences on species and community change is also desirable.

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
-A doctoral degree in a relevant subject -Profound skills in spatial modeling and GIS -Strong experience in statistical modelling including Bayesian methods -Advanced knowledge in R and additional programming languages -Strong record including scientific publications -Ability to work both independently and as part of a team

This position is based at UC Berkeley and includes competitive salary and health benefits. It is a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term position, with reappointment for a second year conditional on satisfactory performance.

Review of applications will begin on 1 April 2017 and the position is open until filled. Interested candidates should send (1) an email describing their research interests and qualifications along with (2) a CV, (3) representative publications, and (4) contact information for two references to Steve Beissinger . The start date for this position is summer or early fall 2017.

Postdoc in community ecology at Stanford University (Posted 3/1/17)

A postdoctoral fellow position is available in the Fukami Lab at Stanford University. The successful candidate will use nectar-inhabiting yeast and bacteria as a study system to ask broad questions about ecological and evolutionary community assembly. There will be opportunities to develop independent and collaborative research. Experience in one or more of the following fields is desirable: microbial metagenomics, chemical ecology, and pollination biology. Initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of extension for one or two additional years, contingent on performance. Start date is preferably June 2017, but flexible. To apply, please e-mail a single PDF including a cover letter, a CV, and the names and contact information of three references to Tadashi Fukami (), with the subject line as "Postdoctoral application <your name>". Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2017 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Informal inquiries prior to application are welcome. Stanford University is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer, committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce. It welcomes applications from women, members of minority groups, veterans, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring additional dimensions to the university's research and teaching mission.

NSF REU Position available for food web and climate change study (Posted 3/1/17)

Dates: June through August/September

Student Benefits: Hands-on research experience, development of a diverse set of field survey skills, understanding of how to set up and conduct a research project, and $2000/month stipend and on-site housing.

Location: Carrizo Plain National Monument, California (60 miles east of San Luis Obispo)

Position Description: Undergraduate students will gain research training and experience by participating in a long-term food web study in the Carrizo Plain National Monument. The Carrizo is the largest remnant of the San Joaquin grassland ecosystem and contains many endangered plants and animals. Interns will work on a team of 3-5 people and will conduct a variety of surveys, focusing especially on mark-recapture of endangered kangaroo rats. Visual line transects for reptiles, pitfall trapping for invertebrates, and spotlight surveys for predators and lagomorphs may also be conducted, and team members will help with vegetation sampling. The study also incorporates precipitation treatments to investigate climate change impacts on this ecosystem and its inhabitants. Students will develop an independent research project that dovetails with the project goals. The student will receive primary mentorship from project PI Dr. Laura Prugh (School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, University of Washington).

Who should apply:  Students in their sophomore or junior years of college, with strong credentials and majoring in ecology, biology, conservation, or related discipline are encouraged to apply. Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and currently enrolled as an undergraduate student. Students who have received their bachelor's degrees and are no longer enrolled as undergraduates are not eligible to participate. A strong interest in natural history, conservation, and/or management and a high level of responsibility, organization, and motivation are required. PIT tagging experience, small mammal trapping experience, and familiarity with the plants and animals of California are also desirable. Must be flexible and live and work well with others in an isolated setting. Applicants must be able to maintain work quality and a positive attitude during challenging field conditions. Applicants must be in good physical condition and experienced with or able to tolerate hot and cold field conditions. Must be able to work long hours and be comfortable working at night. Prefer applicants with experience and strong interest in grassland or desert species.

Work schedule: Approx. 40 hrs per week, variable throughout season

To Apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, unofficial copy of your transcripts, and contact information for 2-3 references as a single Word or PDF attachment to Rachel Endicott at . Please apply by March 3th, 2017.

Vegetation Ecology Internship - San Francisco Bay Area National Parks (Posted 3/1/17)

POSITION: VEGETATION ECOLOGY INTERN
ORGANIZATION: National Park Service Inventory & Monitoring Program
LOCATION: Sausalito, CA
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.

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 using GPS units to record field data. 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. 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 we 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 2, 2017.
Six month term, April through September, 2017.
Work week is Monday – Friday.

To Apply: Email your resume, a cover letter, and three references to Eric Wrubel at Please indicate how you heard about the position.

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.

Postdoctoral Opportunity:  Nonlinear dynamics for ecosystem-based management and data-poor fisheries.  (Posted 2/13/17)

A postdoctoral fellowship is currently available in the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UC Santa Cruz and the Southwest Fisheries Science Center, working primarily with Stephan B. Munch and collaborators Marc Mangel and Thanasis Kottas.  The Fellow will develop methods for, and novel applications of, nonlinear dynamics and nonparametric statistics.  The current project focuses on applications to data-limited fisheries and ecosystem-based management.  There will be ample opportunity to develop independent research and collaborations. The initial appointment is for twelve months and may be renewed for a second year.  The participant will receive a competitive stipend consistent with the UC pay scale plus fringe benefits.  Support is available for travel to present research at scientific conferences. The preferred start date is between March and June 2017.  Applicants must have received a doctoral degree prior to the start of the fellowship. As this project straddles ecology and applied math, candidates should hold a degree in ecology or environmental science and have a strong background in quantitative methods, or hold a degree in applied math or statistics and have a strong background in ecology.  Facility with R, Matlab, C++, or other programming language is essential as is a demonstrated enthusiasm for writing.  Experience with population dynamics, nonlinear forecasting, nonparametric statistics, and / or dynamic programming is desirable. To Apply: Send a letter of application including research interests and career goals, a current resume/CV, names and email addresses of two references to Stephan B. Munch () with subject: Postdoc Application, [your name]

COLORADO

PhD opportunity in forest ecology (Posted 3/23/17)

A PhD opportunity is available in the Dept. of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship at Colorado State University. Research associated with this position will combine silvicultural and ecophysiological approaches to understand stand development and aboveground biomass accumulation in Gambel oak woodlands. This research will directly support management efforts related to fuel hazard management, ecosystem restoration, and C accounting. This position is available starting fall semester, 2017. Funding is provided for three years, and consists of a competitive stipend plus six semesters of in-state tuition. Successful applicants will have demonstrated the ability to organize and manage field research efforts at the graduate level, have strong quantitative and writing skills, and be proficient with analytical software such as SAS/R, ArcGIS, etc. Applicants with MS-level research experience in forest or woodland ecology, plant physiology, forest growth and yield study, or a closely related discipline are preferred. If interested, please send a CV and statement of interest  to Seth Ex ().

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Opportunity: Carbon cycling in alpine ponds of Colorado (Posted 3/15/17)

Dr. Scott Wissinger and Dr. Amanda DelVecchia
Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory
Allegheny College

Seeking a highly motivated undergraduate student to conduct a 10-week research project investigating patterns in CO2 saturation and efflux across alpine ponds in Gothic, Colorado. The project involves rigorous field sampling, measurement of headspace samples on a gas chromatograph and/or LiCor, and collection of routine hydrologic measurements.  Student should have taken basic biology and chemistry classes and should be in good academic standing.  An interest in ecology and/or hydrology is preferred.  Experience with both field and lab techniques is also preferable, but not necessary.  

Sampling requires hiking with equipment to 12,000 feet in elevation in variable weather conditions – thus student should be comfortable in wilderness conditions and in excellent physical condition.  The student should also be comfortable living in a relatively remote setting.

Position includes room, board, and stipend from the beginning of June to mid August.  The student will be housed at Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (www.rmbl.org) and will be enrolled in RMBL’s REU program, where the student will be able to participate in routine meetings and a symposium at the end of summer.  The student will also be part of a large team of aquatic ecologists including professors, postdocs, graduate students, undergraduate research assistants, and other REU students.

To apply, please send a CV, academic transcript, and 1 page statement of interest to

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Ecology (Posted 3/1/17)

The Nature Conservancy’s Global Land’s Program is recruiting a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work with an interdisciplinary team to examine the ecological roles of wild birds on west-coast organic vegetable farms in California, Oregon, and Washington. Wild birds serve both as predators of herbivorous insects and as vectors of human/livestock pathogens and parasites. This USDA-funded project seeks to understand the trade-offs between avian conservation and farm production to inform practical, science-based recommendations and to tailor tools to farmers for wild-bird management. This research will integrate avian ecology, landscape ecology, molecular biology, host-parasite interactions, and disease modeling in agroecosystems. Project and partners include The Nature Conservancy, Washington State University, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and University of California-Riverside. Click here for more information. Search Job ID: 45085

CONNECTICUT

Highstead Accepting Applications for Summer Conservation Intern (s) (Posted 2/3/17)

Highstead is a regional non-profit conservation organization located in Redding, Connecticut. Highstead's conservation program is engaged in building the capacity of partners to develop and achieve large landscape conservation strategies in New England in support of the Wildlands & Woodlands (W&W) Initiative.

Interns will work with Highstead’s Senior Conservationist for Conservation Finance to implement research, outreach, and policy projects that will inform our partners on where and how new conservation finance opportunities may emerge. Interns will advance conservation in New England by bringing energy and enthusiasm as well as writing, researching, and/or GIS skills to one or more of the following initiatives, depending on interests and skills:

  • Conduct Carbon Offset Feasibility Study
  • Survey Private Funding for Conservation
  • Investigate Watershed-scale Land Protection Opportunities
  • Conduct Policy Analysis: Review existing state and local conservation funding policies
  • Support Conservation Trends Research.

Seek a recent graduate of a Bachelors or Masters-level program with a demonstrated interest and enthusiasm for the development and implementation of real-world strategies for the following areas: conservation finance, landscape ecology, land conservation, and forest policy. Candidates must have good writing, research, and organizational skills. Priority will be given to candidates with strong GIS, survey design, database development, and quantitative skills. They must be comfortable working in a group setting and also taking individual initiative, as they will have considerable responsibility for advancing one or more projects. Candidates must have access to a car for travel within, and in some cases outside of, Connecticut.

Position Dates: Monday, May 29 – Friday, August 11, 2017.

Stipend: $5,000 and free furnished housing.

To apply, please submit résumé and 1-page letter of interest to , with “Conservation Internship” in the subject. Review of applications will begin February 15 and continue until position is filled.

DELAWARE

MS Student - Univ. of Delaware (Posted 3/14/17)

Dr. Ivan Hiltpold is recruiting a MS student to join his new lab group in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology (http://canr.udel.edu/enwc/), Univ. of Delaware, Newark, DE). The lab group takes multidisciplinary approaches to document on multitrophic interactions in the rhizosphere. The topics of interest include chemically meditated interaction between insect herbivores, roots and entomopathogenic nematodes, above-belowground interactions, crop domestication (effect on plant defense and architecture), impact of root architecture on upper trophic levels, or development of innovative tools in sustainable pest control. Hiltpold’s lab, together with the shared facilities at UD, offers up-to-date instruments and technologies to undertake world-class research.

Current work in the lab is centered on the western corn rootworm as an insect model. In this context, the successful applicant will have the opportunity to look at the influence of Silicon accumulation in corn roots on the rhizopheric community. The student will undertake metabolic, phenotypic, behavioral and ecological analyzes and experiments to unravel how does corn use this key element in defenses against insect herbivores. Elements on above-belowground interactions and sustainability of the approach will be added depending on the progresses of the project.

A competitive salary (~$24,000 + health benefit) and tuition package will be offered to the successful applicant.

The Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has 13 faculty, 1 extension specialist, and 15 affiliated faculty.  Additional world-class faculty and professionals in other departments within the College provide excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration.  Research facilities include two research farms (over 200 acres each) and excellent greenhouse and laboratory facilities. The University of Delaware is a Land Grant, Sea Grant, Space Grant, and Carnegie Research University.  The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from minority group members and women.

Successful applicant will have to enroll to the Univ. of Delaware Graduate School.

To apply, please email Dr. Hiltpold () a cover letter describing your interests and experience, a CV, contact details of 3 professional references, unofficial transcripts, and (unofficial) GPA and GRE/TOEFL scores. Contact Dr. Hiltpold for more information.

Application deadline: March 31, 2017. Expected starting period: Summer semester.

Native Plant Curation - One-Year Internship - Mt. Cuba Center (Posted 1/26/17)

Immerse yourself in the study of native plants.  Mt. Cuba Center in Hockessin, DE invites budding groundbreakers in the field of living collections management to apply. The Native Plant Curation Intern will work closely alongside the Plant Recorder and Director of Collections and will be part of the Collections team. The intern will assist in plant documentation and reporting, and participate in collections assessments. Future collection development plans might include such valued native plants as Trillium, Orchids or Clematis. The intern will learn a variety of skills; inventorying, labeling and mapping for our computerized plant record management and mapping systems. Individuals will become proficient in botanical nomenclature verification, a crucial skill required by all professional gardens and arboreta. This hands-on internship training will shed light on the role of collections in a botanical garden, as well as prepare future curators. For more information, go here.

Public Engagement Internship - One-Year Internship - Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE (Posted 1/26/17)

Learn how to successfully promote and raise the profile of a public garden through print and electronic marketing, outreach and communications. Work within Mt. Cuba Center’s Public Engagement department to design, implement and review strategies that promote our conservation mission and activities and extend our reach in the community. Develop a portfolio of professional copywriting, commercial photography and social media management and take native plant classes that enhance the understanding of ecology and conservation. For more information, go here.

Natural Lands Internship - One-Year Internship - Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE (Posted 1/26/17)

Expand your land stewardship knowledge and experience while gaining the skills required for a position in the natural resources field. Work closely with the Natural Lands management team assisting with habitat restoration projects, exotic species suppression, and ecological monitoring programs throughout Mt. Cuba Center’s Natural Lands. Explore opportunities to work alongside natural resource professionals, scientists, and students to conduct research throughout our wildlands.  Experience “A year in the life of a Natural Lands Steward” while also taking native plant courses to improve identification skills. For more information, go here.

Greenhouse Production One-Year Internship - Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE (Posted 1/26/17)

Learn propagation techniques throughout the seasons, from seed to mature plant, in a greenhouse setting. Produce woody and herbaceous plants collected from the eastern United States and grown for use in our gardens and research programs.  Attain valuable experience with BG-BASE™, the computerized plant record management system used at Mt. Cuba Center, with specific focus on the Propagation Module. Learn how all plants and seed are received at Mt. Cuba Center, and coordinate this information with the Plant Records department. Work on a project to develop propagation protocols for the Native Plant Network, focusing on wild-collected species and those plants not in the nursery trade.  Assist with growing and collecting data on new Mt. Cuba Center introductions, and then share this research with conservation and nursery professionals.  Qualifications include strong organizational skills, attention to detail and self-motivation. For more information, go here.

Greenhouse & Research Summer Internship - Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE (Posted 1/26/17)

Participate in propagation, maintenance, and production techniques of woody and herbaceous plants collected from the eastern United States and grown for use in our gardens and research programs. Become familiar with our Plant Evaluation and Introductions Program.  Assist in Mt. Cuba Center’s trial garden – assessing the use of native plants for the garden, examining the ecological value of these plants, and collecting data for future evaluations, publications, or possible introductions. For more information, go here.

Ecological Gardening Summer Internship - 2 Positions- Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE (Posted 1/26/17)

Enjoy a rotation through Mt. Cuba Center’s naturalistic gardens. Train in the cultivation and maintenance of woodland, meadow, woodland edge, and pond gardens. Learn about native plants and the wildlife that depend on them. Understand sustainable management strategies used in mature naturalistic gardens.  Be exposed to pest/disease management practices, weed identification, and design concepts. For more information, go here.

Arboriculture Summer Internship - Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE (Posted 1/26/17)

Learn first-hand how Mt. Cuba Center’s arborists manage our extensive collection of trees from planting to removal. Work in our gardens and natural lands areas on tasks including tree pruning, removals, groundwork, and risk assessment.  Develop skills in plant health care, mapping, and record keeping. Learn how to use arboricultural equipment including ropes, knots, pole saws, and pruners.  Optional training may include climbing (small trees) and the operation of a chainsaw and/or chipper.  For more information, go here.

FLORIDA

Graduate student positions in Landscape Ecology and Sustainability Science at the University of Florida (Posted 3/29/17)

Dr. Jiangxiao Qiu is recruiting MS and PhD students to join his new lab group (“Landscape Ecology and Sustainability Science”) in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida and Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) based at Fort Lauderdale, FL. More information is available here.

UFlorida PhD assistantship in fungal ecology (Posted 3/23/17)

PhD assistantship in fungal pathogen ecology and epidemiology starting August 2017

The Goss Lab in the Department of Plant Pathology and Emerging Pathogens Institute at the University of Florida is looking for a motivated PhD student to study the ecology and epidemiology of emerging fungal pathogens on invasive stiltgrass starting in August 2017.
The student will be expected to characterize the fungal community on stiltgrass, determine host range, virulence, and sporulation of multiple Bipolaris species on the invasive and native grasses and the effect of host condition on these measures. The student may also participate in field studies in the Midwest examining pathogen transmission and host competition. For more information about the system, go here. The student will be expected to work closely with collaborators Luke Flory (Agronomy), Phil Harmon (Plant Pathology), and Robert Holt (Biology). The student must be detail-oriented and have the desire to work in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment. A student who has an MS in plant pathology or disease ecology is preferred but not required. Strong English language and scientific writing skills are desired.

Interested students should submit a brief cover letter to . Include a CV and any peer-reviewed publications. Acceptance to the position is contingent upon acceptance to the PhD program in the Department of Plant Pathology (more information here). Inquiries should be made as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed starting April 14.

Research Internship on greenhouse gas fluxes from subtropical grazing lands (Posted 3/23/17)

Starting date: Mid to end May/beginning June 2017

Ideal for Students with Undergraduate Degrees Contemplating Graduate School

Includes independent research project. Provides Weekly stipend, Room, and Food stipend.

Internship at MacArthur Agro-ecology Research Center (MAERC), a division of Archbold Biological Station, in south-central Florida in the Agro-Ecology Program.

The successful intern will be supervised by Dr. Nuria Gomez-Casanovas (University of Illinois) and Dr. Elizabeth Boughton (MAERC). The intern will be exposed to research in biogeochemistry, grassland and wetland ecology, and disturbance ecology (grazing, fire, flooding). Primarily, the intern will work on a project investigating how cattle grazing and fire affect the exchange of greenhouse gases between the atmosphere and grazed pastures. This project is a collaborative effort between the University of Illinois (Drs. Evan H DeLucia, Carl J Bernacchi and Nuria Gomez-Casanovas), Cornell University (Dr. Jed Sparks) and MAERC (Drs. Elizabeth Boughton and Hilary Swain).

The successful intern will be trained to use a variety of instruments to measure: net ecosystem CO2 exchange and soil greenhouse gas fluxes (N2O, CH4, CO2). Other fieldwork will include aboveground and belowground biomass, and soil collection. Long days and work on weekends may be required during intense data collection campaigns. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate experience with similar measurements or a strong background (coursework) in biogeochemistry, but all are encouraged to apply. Additionally, candidates with experiences that demonstrate proficiency working outdoors will be considered.

Internships offer an opportunity for providing novel insights into some of the most profound issues challenging our world: securing food in a sustainable way; and for learning how research works.

Interns receive room, a meal allowance, and a weekly stipend of $100. They typically work 20 hours per week as research assistants and the remainder on an independent research project. Internships run for 6 months but are flexible in their duration.

The intern must be able to tolerate living on a remote cattle ranch and provide their own transportation for personal activities. MAERC is a division of Archbold Biological Station with eight permanent staff, located 11 miles away from the main field station. MAERC is operated as a commercial cattle ranch which serves as a research platform to investigate ecological and environmental challenges on working landscapes.

Archbold Biological Station is active in research, conservation, and education. Our facilities include a 5000 ha preserve, an outstanding regional library and a GIS lab. We have a staff of about 50 with many visiting scientists, an active seminar program, and a relaxed biological station atmosphere. The Station cannot hire people without legal status to work in the U.S.

To apply for this internship, please provide the following: a cover letter stating research interests, a description of previous research experience, a resume or CV, a summary of grades, and two letters of recommendation before 17 April 2017. Please email applications to: Dr. Nuria Gomez-Casanovas, .

Should you require further information please email Dr. Gomez-Casanovas.

Postdoc/postmasters: field surveys of invasive plants in Florida (Posted 3/15/17)

Field surveys of cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica) invasions in Florida

Ecologist Dr. Luke Flory in the Agronomy Department at the University of Florida has Florida Forest Service funds to conduct a state-wide field survey of non-native invasive cogongrass. The project is designed to better understand the environmental factors that shape the distribution and performance of cogongrass populations throughout Florida. Surprisingly, little information about the basic ecology of this species exists, although millions of dollars a year are spent managing it. Due to cogongrass’s high visibility as a nuisance species, this project is already receiving keen interest from private and public land managers.

There is an immediate opportunity for someone to assume the responsibilities for this project. We ideally want someone who can begin by April 1, 2017 (with the appointment running through September, 2017). The salary is $42,728/year, currently negotiated at the post-doc level on our state contract. While we prefer candidates eligible for post-doc appointment, it is possible to re-negotiate the contract for a post-master’s student (with a corresponding change in salary). Core responsibilities of the position include identifying and visiting field sites across Florida to estimate cogongrass cover, tiller density, and aboveground biomass in relationship to temperature, precipitation, soil moisture, light availability, and habitat type. Candidates hired at the post-doc level will also analyze and publish the survey data. This position is unbeatable for new graduates looking to build a network of professional contacts who work in county, state and federal agencies across the state.

Please contact my postdoc Chrissy Alba () with questions about this position. Note that it is temporary, with funding through September, 2017.

Ph.D. Position: Sustainable and Resilient Land Use (Posted 3/1/17)

Ph.D. Position in the lab of Dr. Basil Iannone in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation (SFRC) at the University of Florida starting in fall 2017. The student will contribute to an interdisciplinary, cross-departmental cohort focusing on sustainable and resilient land use. Interests within this group are diverse and include community ecology, geospatial analysis, invasion biology, ecological restoration, hydrology, energy conservation, soil science, and big-data analytics. The student will have the opportunity to work with many faculty and stakeholders to develop interdisciplinary research that applies
geospatial analysis to address two over-arching topics: (1) the impacts of land development on natural areas and (2) how to better integrate ecosystem services and ecological functioning into future land development. Required qualifications: A master’s degree in ecology or other related field; interests in applied, interdisciplinary research and spatial ecology; and good writing skills. Desired qualifications: Experience in GIS and statistical analysis. Please email: (1) Letter of Interests stating your research/career interests and how they overlap with this position, how you would benefit from this opportunity, and how you meet the above qualifications; (2) C.V.; (3) unofficial transcripts; (4) copies of your GRE scores; (5) a list of three references who are willing to write letters of support on your behalf; and (6) two representative publications or writing samples (e.g., thesis, thesis chapter, or reports) on which you are the lead author to Basil Iannone at . Please place “Interested in Ph.D. Position” in subject line. Review of applicants will begin immediately. Please note that official transcripts and GRE scores will be required for admittance into the SFRC. Please go here for information regarding the SFRC graduate program, including degree options, and application procedures.

M.S. Position to study the effects of plant diversity and landscape complexity on trophic interactions in residential landscapes (Posted 2/13/17)

Masters position:  The effects of plant diversity and landscape complexity on trophic interactions in residential landscapes.  This position will be in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation (SFRC) at the University of Florida starting fall 2017.
 
The lab of Dr. Basil Iannone is looking for a creative and driven student to work on a project investigating the role of plant diversity and landscape complexity on trophic interactions among arthropods within residential landscapes.  The student will also collaborate with the lab of Dr. Adam Dale (Entomology and Nematology Department) and be a member of an interdisciplinary team focusing on sustainable and resilient land use.  All members of this cohort aim to inform real-world land management.

Required qualifications: A bachelor’s degree in ecology or other relevant field; interests in applied, interdisciplinary research and spatial ecology; and good writing skills.  Experience with GIS and statistical analysis, and plant and/or arthropod identification is beneficial, but not required.

To apply: Please email: (1) Letter of interest stating your research/career interests and how they overlap with this position, how you would benefit from this opportunity, and how you meet the above qualifications; (2) C.V./Resume; (3) unofficial transcripts; (4) copies of your GRE scores (if taken); and (5) a list of three references who are willing to write letters on your behalf as a single PDF file to .  Please place “trophic” in subject line.  

Review of applicants will begin immediately.  Official transcripts and GRE scores will be required for admittance into the SFRC. Please go here for information regarding the SFRC graduate program, including degree options, and application procedures. 

REU opportunity at Miami University: Accepting applications!

Undergraduate students accepted into the program will:

  • Conduct an independent research project with a faculty mentor at Miami University. Research opportunities are available in the lab or field in aquatic or terrestrial environments.
  • Discuss current literature related to their projects with faculty mentors and student peers in clusters related to their project.
  • Attend team-building field trips around the regional Midwest.
  • Take short courses on ethics and professions in ecology and environmental science, and interact with seminars by guest speakers.
  • Participate in field trips illustrating the natural history of Southwestern Ohio.

For more information about their program please visit gtheir website here. Click on the Application tab at the top of the page and follow the instructions to apply. Please contact Patrick Garrett at with any problems, questions, or concerns you may have about our program or the application process.

GEORGIA

MS and PhD research assitantships available for coastal wetland productivy project (Posted 3/28/17)

Position summary: Fully funded graduate student positions (2 PhDs, 1Masters) are available to participate in a NASA funded landscape ecology and remote sensing project (Carbon Cycle Program) developing remote sensing based GPP products for estimating coastal marsh blue carbon across the Southeastern United States. This project involves data synthesis of remotely sensed data with eddy covariance flux tower products, biomass measurements, and other biophysical coastal marsh parameters. This work involves geospatial analysis of near-surface and satellite data sets (primarily MODIS), as well as field ecology campaigns that will assess the carbon budgets for different coastal landscapes using portable eddy covariance towers, estimation of plant photosynthesis rates, and intensive field sampling.

Responsibilities: Graduate students will assist with maintaining and analyzing data from multiple eddy covariance flux towers as well as satellite data . This includes comparisons of eddy covariance measurements with other instruments at the sites, satellite derived products, and data management. Students also will travel monthly to remote coastal marsh sites to maintain equipment, deploy experiments and participate in field data collection.   

Required qualifications: Candidates must have proven abilities to conduct independent research and to work as part of a scientific team. Experience in data analysis, strong quantitative skills and the ability to work in a marsh environment are also required. Experience in or an interest in learning R or Python also are required. Additional skills in interpretation and synthesis of eddy covariance data, primary productivity and photosynthesis modeling also would be helpful. A strong background in statistics and plant or landscape ecology also are suggested, but the drive and willingness to learn these skills is acceptable.

Students will join the Mishra Lab in the Department of Geography at the University of Georgia. The assistantship will include a salary commensurate with education level (M.S. or Ph.D.), tuition waiver, and health benefits.

Interested candidates should send an email describing their past experience and their motivation for pursuing a graduate degree, along with a CV, GRE scores, and the names and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Deepak Mishra (), Dr. David Cotten ( ), or Jessica O'Connell (), Department of Geography, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30606. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Georgia values diversity and all qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. UGA is in Athens, GA, a vibrant mid-sized city with abundant shopping, restaurants and cultural experiences.

Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Forest Insect Pollinator Ecology University of Georgia (Posted 3/23/17)

The Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia, Athens invites applications from highly motivated and enthusiastic potential postdoctoral researchers starting in Spring/Summer 2017.  This collaborative work will be conducted with Dr. Kamal J.K. Gandhi and Dr. James Martin (Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources).  This project focuses on the interactions between forest insect pollinators and various management practices in North America.  The ideal candidate would possess a strong background in entomology, ecology, and statistics with an independent spirit to develop, conduct, and publish research.  Experience with meta-analyses is preferred.  A Ph.D. in a related field, especially in forest ecology and entomology is a prerequisite for the position.  

The Forest Entomology Laboratory at the University of Georgia is a dynamic group that works on a broad range of ecological issues, forest insect species, and ecosystems across the country.  The Martin Wildlife Ecology Laboratory studies many aspects of ecology, management, and conservation of game, non-game, and endangered species in managed ecosystems.  Interested personnel should submit a statement of interest, current CV along with contact information for three references to Dr. Gandhi (; 706- 542-4614).  Also, contact Dr. Gandhi for further details about the forest insect pollinator project.

The Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources is the oldest forestry school in the South, has >70 faculty working in diverse fields, and provides exemplary training of students in the fields of forestry, ecology, and conservation biology.  The School is housed in a four-building complex on campus, and has >23,000 acres in the state for research, teaching, and service activities.  The University of Georgia (http://www.uga.edu/) is a “land-grant and sea-grant university, and is also the state's oldest, most comprehensive and most diversified institution of higher education”. Its motto is: "to teach, to serve and to inquire into the nature of things”.  The University of Georgia is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.

PhD Position (Heirs Property) at UGA's Warnell School (Posted 3/15/17)

A fully funded three year position for an exceptional doctoral student is available at the Dwivedi Forest Sustainability Lab located at the University of Georgia's Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. The incoming doctoral student will pursue research on ascertaining the extent of heirs’ property (inherited land passed on intestate, without clear title, typically to family members) and its impacts on minority forest landowners and their forest management practices in South Central Georgia. For more information, go here.

Conservation and Landscape Change Analysis -- Postdoctoral Associate Position in southwestern Georgia (Posted 2/13/17)

The Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center at Ichauway invites applications for a postdoctoral associate position within the Center’s Conservation Program. The candidate should have a Ph.D., or have completed all necessary degree requirements prior to employment, in the subject area of: wildlife/wildlife ecology, forestry/ forest ecology, landscape ecology, or a related field.  Applicants should possess an understanding of forest and wildlife monitoring, and a functional knowledge of common land management practices utilized in southeastern forests. Familiarity with frequent fire ecosystems is desired. Review of applications will begin February 13, 2017 and continue until filled. For more information, go here.

PhD Position at the Warnell School, University of Georgia (Posted 2/13/17)

A fully funded four year position for an exceptional doctoral student is available at the Dwivedi Forest Sustainability Lab at the University of Georgia's Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. The incoming student is expected to develop an economic model for analyzing the potential impacts of water markets on land use changes in South Georgia and North Florida. More details of the position are available here. Interested candidates are encouraged to directly contact Dr. Puneet Dwivedi () with a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts, and writing samples before applying formally. Applications will be reviewed on first come first serve basis.

HAWAII

Plant Ecology field/lab volunteer position with USGS, Hawaii (Posted 2/13/17)

This volunteer position starts March 1, 2017 and lasts 6 months with the possibility of extension; housing and per diem are provided. They are looking for a motivated and independent 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.  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 in early March.

IDAHO

Funded Graduate Student Position in Human-Environment Systems at Boise State (Posted 2/3/17)

The Hillis lab in the Human-Environment Systems Center (HES) at Boise State University is recruiting graduate students (M.S. or Ph.D.) to conduct interdisciplinary research on the social dynamics and sustainability of human-environment systems. Students can work on any of a range of specific projects ongoing in the lab (see here for more details). Successful students will have a strong background in the computational / quantitative social sciences or ecology, or a desire to work hard to gain these skills. Based on their interest, students can apply to various degree programs including Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, Anthropology, and Public Policy. Two years (pending adequate performance) of NSF-funded support are currently available and additional funding can be obtained through external grants or internal teaching and research assistantships. The position includes a competitive stipend, tuition waiver and health insurance.

Interested students should send a brief cover letter expressing their research interests and relevant experience and a CV to .

ILLINOIS

MS position in restoration ecology - University of Illinois (Posted 3/23/17)

A position for an M.S. student is currently open in the research team of Dr. Jeffrey Matthews, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  The successful candidate will conduct research on plant community development in restored wetlands and other ecosystems in a study being conducting across four U.S. regions. The ideal candidate will have completed a B.S. degree in ecology, natural resources, or a related discipline, have experience in plant identification, and possess knowledge of the flora of at least one of the following U.S. regions: Midwest, New England, Southwest, Southeast. Prospective students should email a summary of research interests and qualifications, CV, unofficial transcript and GRE scores to Dr. Jeffrey Matthews ().  Suitable candidates will be invited to apply to the graduate program in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science program.  Funding will be available through a combination of research and teaching assistantships.

GIS Graduate Research Assistantship at University of Illinois Springfield (Posted 3/15/17)
 
The GIS Lab at the University of Illinois Springfield (uis.edu/gis) is recruiting a MS or MA graduate student in Environmental Studies to conduct GIS and geospatial research. As the GIS Lab assistant, the student will provide GIS technical support to faculty and students on campus, as well as GIS users in the state agencies and local communities. The assistant will also have the opportunity to work with faculty members in the Department of Environmental Studies on habit suitability modeling for threatened and endangered species in Illinois. The graduate research assistantship will be available for two academic years starting from August 16, 2017. The assistantship will provide a tuition waiver, 9-month per year stipend (summer support is subject to funding availability), and research support.

Preferred qualifications for this position are:
•    Coursework and extensive use of Geographic Information Systems.
•    Strong quantitative analysis and writing skills.
•    Strong work ethic and keen attention to details.
•    Experience in or willingness to study environmental and ecological modeling.
•    Background in environmental studies, ecology, conservation, geography, or related field.
Interested applicants should apply through the UIS graduate assistantships website at https://www.uis.edu/graduateassistantships/. Copies of the following application materials should also be send to Dr. Shipeng Sun at via email using one single PDF file.
•    Cover letter addressing background, extent of qualifications, and research interest.
•    Resume, including contact information for three references.
•    Transcripts (unofficial or scanned copy acceptable).

Any questions regarding the position and the application could be directed to . The position is open until June 1, but the review will start on March 20. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply before March 15, the university deadline for first round consideration for graduate assistantships.  

The successful candidate will be subject to the graduate admission procedure of the Department of Environmental Studies and the standard hiring procedure at UIS.

Shipeng Sun,  Department of Environmental Studies, University of Illinois Springfield Springfield, IL 62703, (217) 206-7895,

REU position in pollination ecology of fragmented systems (Posted 3/1/17)

The Harmon-Threatt lab at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign is seeking an undergraduate student for a NSF funded REU studying bee diversity and movement in the Missouri glades. The glades have a high amount of natural fragmentation, which make it a unique area to study how the quality of landscape surrounding fragmented bee habitat influences resource availability and bee diversity. This project aims to understand what resources the landscape surrounding the glades provide and how these resources influence bee movement and community structure.

Throughout the 10-week program, the student will assist with lab and field work, while also developing an independent research project. Due to the unique landscape and high level of endemism of the Missouri glades, there are numerous independent questions students can address that will produce publishable results. Most work for this project will take place at UIUC but will include funded trips out to the glades in SE Missouri to conduct field work. The position includes a $5,000 stipend along with additional funding for housing.

Qualifications:
- United states citizens or permanent residents
- Have a valid drivers license
- Must be enrolled in an undergraduate program for fall of 2017. Students who have received their bachelor's degrees and are no longer enrolled as undergraduates are not eligible to participate.
- A strong interest in bee, pollination, or plant ecology
- Not have an allergy or serious aversion to bee stings
- Some experience in entomology or field ecology is preferred but not required

Applications are due by March 10th and should be a single file consisting of:
-Cover letter detailing any relevant experience, interest in the position, and future professional goals -CV/resume -Transcript (unofficial is ok) -Contact information for 3 references

Applications and any questions regarding the position should be sent to For more information about the lab, please go HERE.

Aquatic Internships (5 positions) (Posted 2/13/17)

The Illinois Natural History Survey’s Ridge Lake (Charleston, IL), Kaskaskia (Sullivan, IL) and Sam Parr Biological Station (Kinmundy, IL) have internship positions available over the summer, and year round. The three stations are state funded research laboratories working in the areas of aquatic ecology, fisheries management, and aquaculture. Current projects include lake studies dealing with growth, recruitment, population ecology, behavior, reproductive strategies, and management of largemouth bass, muskellunge, and bluegill and river studies examining Asian carp populations and sampling methods. Apply by May 15, 2017. For more information go here or here.    

INDIANA

Graduate position: University of Notre Dame, Ecological Speciation (Posted 3/23/17)

The Jeff Feder lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, in Notre Dame, Indiana has a graduate student position available for studying the genomics of ecological adaptation and speciation in insects. Our research has both laboratory and field components, spanning the realms of ecology and evolution from experimental manipulation studies to high throughput DNA sequencing, focused on discerning the adaptive basis of speciation and its genomic underpinnings. Ideally, we seek individuals with experience in bioinformatics and candidates with past research experience (e.g., in a master’s program), for the position.  However, all highly motivated students are encouraged to apply. The Department provides graduate students with generous stipend support and benefits. To apply please e-mail a CV, personal statement of interest, and contact information for three references to .

For additional information about our lab and graduate program, please go here and here, respectively.

KENTUCKY

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Posted 3/14/17)

The Yanoviak lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Louisville is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to participate in field-based studies of the behavior and ecology of tropical canopy arthropods and selection pressures associated with life in the rain forest canopy.  The postdoc will primarily oversee field research examining interactions between ants and lianas in Panama and Peru, but will have freedom to develop independent projects.

The following qualifications are essential:
- A PhD in biology, ecology, entomology or related field by the appointment start date;
- Previous field experience in population/community ecology, animal behavior, or entomology;
- Spanish language skills (proficiency in verbal and written communication skills);
- Willingness to spend 6 or more consecutive months living at a field station each year;
- Ability to conduct physically demanding work under potentially harsh (hot, wet, buggy) conditions;
- A passion for tropical biology and field research,
- Excellent time management, listening, observational, and communication skills.  

The following qualifications are helpful:
- Previous experience managing the activities of undergraduate field assistants;
- Practical knowledge of single-rope tree climbing or top-rope rock/wall climbing;
- A solid record of writing productivity, including publications and proposals;
- Experience conducting K-12 or public outreach.

The anticipated start date is 1 July 2017 (with some flexibility).

Applicants should submit their documents as a single PDF file containing a cover letter that includes a statement of research interests, a CV, and the names and email addresses of 3 references online via the online application
portal: HERE - enter "Louisville 33737" in the search bar.

Applications will be accepted until 17 April 2017, 7:00 PM Eastern time

Questions regarding the position should be addressed to Dr. Steve Yanoviak .

LOUISIANA

Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantship in a river study - Louisiana State Univ (Posted 3/14/17)

Seeking for a Ph.D. student to participate in a research on sediment transport, channel morphology, and deltaic development of the lower Mississippi River. The research involves intensive quantitative and geospatial analysis and modeling to understand how future sea level rise will affect sedimentation and channel dynamics in the backwater zone of large alluvial rivers such as the lower Mississippi River.

Applicants should have an MS degree in earth science, hydrology, physical geography, or a closely related field, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a minimum GRE of 300 (V+Q). Previous experience in river studies with GIS/Remote Sensing techniques are highly desirable. Graduate student stipend will be $22,000 plus full tuition waiver for a period of 2 years, with the potential to extend for another 2 years contingent upon funding availability and performance.

Interested candidates should send an email describing their past experience and their motivation for pursuing a graduate degree, along with a resume, unofficial college transcripts, GRE scores, and the names and contact information for 3 references to . Missing any of the above documents will not be considered. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Start date is expected to be in the summer or fall semester of 2017.

MS assistantship on invasive plant ecology- LSU (Posted 3/1/17)

Measuring demographic changes of the invasive Chinese tallow during the implementation of biological control

MS Assistantship Available at LSU for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018

Chinese tallow, Triadica sebifera (Euphorbiaceae) is a rapidly-growing, invasive tree in the United States. Chinese tallow invades both wetland and upland habitats including coastal prairies, riparian areas, flood plains, wetlands, lake margins of agricultural areas, forestlands, and natural areas. For its rapid growth rate and tolerance to a wide range of environmental conditions this tree is considered one of the “ten worst alien plant invaders” in the United States. Due to the limitations of mechanical, physical and chemical control, biological control is considered as a safe and cost effective option for control of Chinese tallow. Bikasha collaris (Baly) (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) is a flea beetle considered for release in United States. The goals of the project will be to establish long-term monitoring plots of Chinese tallow, quantify changes in Chinese tallow demographics before and after the release of B. collaris, and measure the impact of local herbivores and plant pathogens on Chinese tallow saplings. This project will provide baseline information on Chinese tallow demography in Louisiana before and after biological control is initiated. In addition, the impact of B. collaris will be quantified. This outcome will help improve biological control efforts against Chinese tallow in regions of southeastern United States, and serve as a model for other biological control programs. The student will be able to incorporate several novel tools in ecological research including modeling software (Netlogo), and Geographical Information Systems (GIS), among others. The candidate will join an interdisciplinary team with expertise on Biological Control, Forest Management, and Plant Ecology.

Background Information: The Department of Entomology is part of LSU AgCenter located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Department of Entomology was established in 1889 year and includes 16 faculty involved in applied research related to bees, mosquitos, termites, taxonomy, integrated pest management, toxicology, genetics, and insect physiology. Current research in the biological control and invasive species ecology laboratory includes the evaluation of parasitoids of emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis), the biology and ecology of the crape myrtle bark scale (Acanthococcus lagerstroemiae), and the biological control of giant salvinia (Salvinia molesta). Located just one hour northwest of New Orleans, Baton Rouge offers plenty of entertainment for people of all ages including great food, music, art exhibits and outdoor activities.

Minimum Requirements: A bachelor degree in Agriculture, Entomology, Forestry or closely related discipline is required. We seek a candidate with a high standard in scientific writing and oral communication.

Application: Please send a one-page letter of interest, and complete CV including GPA and GRE scores to .

Preferred Qualifications: Experience in Forest Ecology, Invasive species.

Contact Information: Rodrigo Diaz, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology, Louisiana State University,

PHD assistantship on aquatic weed ecology (Posted 3/1/17)

Improving biological control of giant salvinia in temperate regions

PhD Assistantship Available at LSU for Fall 2017 or Spring 2018

Successful biological control of giant salvinia using Cyrtobagous salviniae has been extensively documented in tropical and subtropical regions, while in temperate regions control is erratic or non-existent.

The invasion of giant salvinia in Louisiana offers a unique opportunity to understand the mechanisms behind this latitudinal gradient in biological control. The goal of this project is to quantify the growth rates of giant salvinia under different management scenarios along a latitudinal gradient. Potential research questions include: How can we improve the establishment and population growth of the C. salviniae in temperate regions? How will early interventions affect the dynamics of the giant salvinia? How can we integrate management approaches to reduce giant salvinia in temperate regions? The student will have direct access to several tools and facilities to conduct research including boats, growth chambers, greenhouses, research ponds, and field sites. In addition, the student will be able to incorporate several novel tools in ecological research including aerial mapping of aquatic vegetation (drones), modeling software (Netlogo), Geographical Information Systems (GIS), among others. An interdisciplinary team will be involved in this project with expertise on Biological Control, Conservation Ecology, and Aquatic Plant Management. Results from this project will be used to develop an integrated management program of giant salvinia based on region-specific conditions.

Background Information: The Department of Entomology is part of LSU AgCenter located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Department of Entomology was established in 1889 year and includes 16 faculty involved in applied research related to bees, mosquitos, termites, taxonomy, integrated pest management, toxicology, genetics, and insect physiology. Current research in the biological control and invasive species ecology laboratory includes the evaluation of parasitoids of emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis), and the biology and ecology of the crape myrtle bark scale (Acanthococcus lagerstroemiae). Located just one hour northwest of New Orleans, Baton Rouge offers plenty of entertainment for people of all ages including great food, music, art exhibits and outdoor activities.

Minimum Requirements: A master degree in Entomology, Ecology, and/or Biological Control. We seek a candidate with a high standard in scientific writing and oral communication.

Application: Please send a one-page letter of interest and complete CV including GPA and GRE scores to .

Preferred Qualifications: Experience on wetlands, ecological models, GIS, boating.

Contact Information: Rodrigo Diaz, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology, Louisiana State University,

MAINE

Internships - Marine & Environmental Research Institute (Posted 2/3/17)

Marine & Environmental Research Institute (MERI), Center for Environmental Studies located in Blue Hill, Maine has the following internship opportunities available:

  • Marine Research Intern
  • Marine Research Internship II
  • Marine Mammal Research
  • Media and Communications Internship

Lean more here.

MARYLAND

Postdoctoral Opportunity in Stream Restoration (Posted 3/28/17)

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) has an immediate opening for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to study the effects of stream restoration on removal of nutrients and suspended sediments from stream water.  The restoration approach, Regenerative Stormwater Conveyance (RSC), involves filling deeply eroded stream channels with a mixture of sand and organic matter and placing rock weirs across the stream channel at intervals to create a series of pools.  The Postdoctoral Fellow will investigate the effects of three RSCs by assisting with the ongoing research and with synthesizing data on nitrogen and phosphorus fluxes through the RSCs.  

The goal of the research is to assess the ability of RSCs to modulate stream flow and remove nitrogen, phosphorus and suspended sediments from stream water under a wide range of flow conditions.  The research uses a combination of in-stream sensors and automated sampling to measure flows of stream water, suspended sediments, nitrogen, phosphorus, and organic matter through the RSCs.  Groundwater chemistry and hydrology are also measured at one RSC on SERC property.  Existing data extend before the restorations at two sites and include measurements of control streams without RSCs for comparison.  This presents an ideal opportunity to learn more about the benefits and design considerations of a restoration method that is widely accepted but not well studied. It also presents an opportunity increase basic knowledge about of how stream biogeochemistry responds to changes in geomorphology and organic matter inputs.

The Fellowship is initially funded for 1 year with possibility of extension.  The stipend is $56,000/year including health insurance allowance.  The Fellow will work closely with Dr. Thomas Jordan and will be based at the campus of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (www.serc.si.edu), which has 100+ full-time employees and is set in a 1,072 hectare field site within commuting distance of Annapolis, MD and Washington, DC.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in environmental science or engineering, peer-reviewed publications, and professional presentations.  Applicants should also have knowledge of hydrology and the biogeochemistry of N and P.  Skills in data management, analysis and modeling, as well as analytical chemistry and the use of automated systems for in situ sensing and water sampling would also be desirable.

For best consideration, email a letter of application, full CV with publications list, graduate and undergraduate transcripts (unofficial copies are fine), and contact information for three references (with telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) to Dr. Thomas Jordan (), SERC, 647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater, MD 21037.  For more information on SERC visit http://www.serc.si.edu.  EOE.

Postdoctoral Opportunity in Stream Restoration Research (Posted 3/15/17)

Review begins 15 April 2017, open until filled)

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) has an immediate opening for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to study the effects of stream restoration on removal of nutrients and suspended sediments from stream water.  The restoration approach, Regenerative Stormwater Conveyance (RSC), involves filling deeply eroded stream channels with a mixture of sand and organic matter and placing rock weirs across the stream channel at intervals to create a series of pools.  The Postdoctoral Fellow will investigate the effects of three RSCs by assisting with the ongoing research and with synthesizing data on nitrogen and phosphorus fluxes through the RSCs.  

The goal of the research is to assess the ability of RSCs to modulate stream flow and remove nitrogen, phosphorus and suspended sediments from stream water under a wide range of flow conditions.  The research uses a combination of in-stream sensors and automated sampling to measure flows of stream water, suspended sediments, nitrogen, phosphorus, and organic matter through the RSCs.  Groundwater chemistry and hydrology are also measured at one RSC on SERC property.  Existing data extend before the restorations at two sites and include measurements of control streams without RSCs for comparison.  This presents an ideal opportunity to learn more about the benefits and design considerations of a restoration method that is widely accepted but not well studied. It also presents an opportunity increase basic knowledge about of how stream biogeochemistry responds to changes in geomorphology and organic matter inputs.

The Fellowship is initially funded for 1 year with possibility of extension.  The stipend is $56,000/year including health insurance allowance.  The Fellow will work closely with Dr. Thomas Jordan and will be based at the campus of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (www.serc.si.edu), which has 100+ full-time employees and is set in a 1,072 hectare field site within commuting distance of Annapolis, MD and Washington, DC.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in environmental science or engineering, peer-reviewed publications, and professional presentations.  Applicants should also have knowledge of hydrology and the biogeochemistry of N and P.  Skills in data management, analysis and modeling, as well as analytical chemistry and the use of automated systems for in situ sensing and water sampling would also be desirable.

For best consideration, email a letter of application, full CV with publications list, graduate and undergraduate transcripts (unofficial copies are fine), and contact information for three references (with telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) to Dr. Thomas Jordan (), SERC, 647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater, MD 21037.  For more information on SERC visit http://www.serc.si.edu.  EOE.

otomac River Research Fellow (Posted 3/1/17)

Potomac Conservancy, a regional conservation organization based in Silver Spring, seeks an individual to assist with research, drafting, and analysis for its 2018 State of the Nation's River Report. The goal of this report is to answer the fundamental question: “How is the river doing?” Using an established baseline and set of benchmarks, the Conservancy measures restoration progress to date. Apply by March 17, 2017. For more information, go here.

Research Assistantship in Urban Forest Ecology (Posted 2/13/17)

PhD / MS Research Assistantship in Urban Forest Ecology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Support is available in the Johnson lab for a Doctoral (preferred) or Master of Science student in urban forest ecology. The successful applicant will join a project that supports urban forest management decision-making by testing both ecological theory and science-based management approaches in urban environments, synthesis of multiple long-term data sets describing biophysical and social variables, and increasing information connectivity networks. The successful applicant will assist in these efforts and develop a thesis that contributes to the project. Demonstrated skills in plant identification and/or analysis of large data sets are preferred, as is a Master’s degree for those seeking to earn a doctorate.

The University of Maryland faculty includes experts in a broad range of related fields, including urban forestry, landscape architecture, ecology, soil science, environmental science and policy, and many specialties in biology. The University is affiliated with the National Center for Socio-Environmental Synthesis. Additional information about UMD and the Plant Science Graduate Program of the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture can be found here and here

Send a CV, unofficial transcripts, and a personal statement detailing research interests, motivation, and relevant experience via email. Review of applications will begin immediately. A summer 2017 start may be possible for a highly qualified applicant.
 
Contact: Lea R. Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Maryland, 2134 Plant Sciences Building, College Park, MD 20742, (301) 405-1602 Office,

MICHIGAN

Research Experience for Undergraduates in Stream Ecology – Michigan Tech, Summer 2017 (Posted 3/1/17)

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. For more information, go here.

Policy and Communications Intern – Summer 2017 (Posted 2/14/17)

The Great Lakes Commission (GLC) seeks a Policy and Communications Intern to participate in a range of activities in support of its work to advance the environment and economy of the eight-state, two-province Great Lakes region. This individual will work alongside our policy director and communications manager to create awareness of our work with the media, Congress, the administration and other stakeholders. The position is ideal for applicants interested in gaining experience in nonprofit communications, policy and advocacy. For more information, go here. Apply by March 15, 2017.

MS Reseearch Assistantships at Michigan Technological University (Posted 2/13/17)

Seeking two MS students with interests in aquatic ecology, limnology and ecotoxicology to pursue research projects at Michigan Technological University. Research topics include 1) The importance of overwintering on yellow perch proximate composition, persistent organic pollutant bioaccumulation and stable isotope (d13C & d15N) ecology and 2) Mapping water quality metrics in a north temperate dimictic lake over an annual growing season. Each of these projects represent a combination of laboratory and field work with sampling efforts focused in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula region.

Preferred candidates will have strong backgrounds in aquatic ecology and limnology in addition to good lab techniques associated with working in a chemistry lab environment. Additional experience and background in ecotoxicology, field work, and familiarity with operating small watercraft are beneficial, however, these skills are not essential to apply. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Gord Paterson () for specific project details and application instructions. Both of these positions are supported by graduate teaching assistantships in the Biological Sciences Department at Michigan Technological University. We anticipate potential candidates to officially apply to enroll for the fall semester, starting August 2017. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and review will continue until suitable individuals are selected.

MINNESOTA

POST-DOC in Urban Biodiversity at the University of Minnesota (Posted 3/28/17)

Postdoctoral Position in Urban Biodiversity at the University of Minnesota Working with Drs. Sarah Hobbie and Jeannine Cavender-Bares

Seeking a postdoctoral associate for a one year position in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Minnesota, with the possibility of renewal for an additional year to work as part of an NSF-funded Macrosystems Biology project exploring alternative futures for American residential ecosystems. The primary tasks of the postdoctoral position will encompass the following: 1) Investigate the degree to which homeowner values influence diversity of both cultivated and spontaneous plant diversity through analysis of data on plant diversity and composition data from household surveys and integration with existing and new social survey data on homeowner values.

Previously generated phylogenetic information can be used in this context to test for consequences of values on phylogenetic composition and diversity. 2) Advance our understanding of the importance of different filters imposed by the urban environment on community assembly processes that influence the diversity and composition of yards. Existing data are available to compare the traits of the spontaneous yard flora to those of the regional native flora. 3)  Coordinate field sampling crews during the summer months. Specifically, the postdoctoral associate will lead site selection using GIS, plan sampling schedules and routes, contact homeowners, and send collected samples to other sites. The postdoc might also conduct occasional field work in urban yards. Applicants should have strong analytical and GIS skills and familiarity with methods for characterizing species, phylogenetic, and functional composition and diversity. To apply: 1) Go here; 2) Click on the tab in the center of the page that corresponds to your situation; 3) Search Job ID# 316182. Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found. Questions should be directed to or .

Postdoc Position at Univ. of MN - Nutrient Network (NutNet) Coordinator (Posted 2/13/17)

POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCHER: NUTRIENT NETWORK COORDINATOR Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior; University of Minnesota They seek to hire a conceptually driven post-doctoral researcher to work on a collaborative team conducting and publishing scholarly research within the broad purview of the Nutrient Network (NutNet; nutnet.org), a globally distributed experiment manipulating herbivores and nutrient supplies in grassland ecosystems at over 100 grassland sites in more the 20 countries. The successful applicant will conduct their own research and also foster collaborative research with a research team of faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students who are conducting research at individual NutNet sites. They will also have the chance to collect and analyze new network-scale data from field sites or existing data sources to address novel questions.

They are particularly interested in applicants with strong data and analytical skills, as an important part of this position is to manage data to facilitate collaborative research within the network and to help NutNet scientists with decisions on experimental implementation, data collection, and data management. Demonstration of excellent writing and communication skills is an essential qualification for this position.

Review of applications will begin 1 March 2017 and the position will remain open until filled. Starting date is negotiable and may begin as soon as possible.

Questions about this position should be addressed to Drs. Elizabeth Borer (), or Eric Seabloom ().

Apply for this position (Job Opening ID: 315657) via the University of Minnesota Office of Human Resources website HERE. Apply HERE.

MISSOURI

Paid Summer Internship in Restoration and Horticulture, St. Louis (Posted 3/14/17)

Internship from June 5th to August 11th, working 40 hours per week.  When applying please include a cover letter along with your resume.

Summary:  Primary responsibility is to assist horticulture staff with the restoration and horticulture work at the Litzsinger Road Ecology Center, a 34 acre environmental education center managed by the Missouri Botanical Garden.
This program will have a strong focus on understanding and conducting restoration and horticulture through a flexible weekly curriculum consisting of reading, field research, and on-the-ground work.  Intern is required to develop an independent, site-based research project.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

- Actively works hands-on with horticulture staff to complete prairie and woodland restoration efforts (i.e. pulling weeds, planting seeds and small plants to revegetate the land, etc.).
- Identify and tag invasive plant species for eradication process; assists in control of invasive plant species through the use of manual, mechanical, and/or chemical methods.
- Operates power equipment and hand tools.
- Assists in trail maintenance – restore trail erosion (i.e., fill in with soil or other materials) to prevent and/or divert further water erosion; trash clean-up, etc.
- Collects and cleans seeds; plant and propagate cuttings.
- Assists with gathering data to complete plant population surveys
- Stream monitoring; track and record depth/height of stream; conduct various types of water analyses using a microscope.
- May interact with volunteers and high school groups; perform hands-on demonstrations.
- Internship Project – Required to independently develop a site-based research project.
- Works cohesively as a team with LREC staff.

For more information and to apply, please go HERE.

MONTANA

PhD Position - Antarctic Aquatic Ecosystems (Posted 3/1/17)

The Priscu Research Group is seeking a motivated Ph.D. student to work with Dr. John Priscu on the aquatic systems in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica as part of the McMurdo LTER project.

This six-year interdisciplinary project extends 24 years of previous data collection on the permanently ice-covered lakes of the region and will focus on biogeochemical responses to changes in landscape connectivity and climate. The successful applicant will be expected to interact with technicians, graduate students and PI’s in Antarctic fieldwork. The successful applicant must also pass the medical and dental exams required by NSF for Antarctic deployment. A Master’s degree in ecosystem modeling, aquatic biogeochemistry, or microbial ecology is desirable.

Interested students should contact Amy Chiuchiolo, Montana State University, Bozeman () and include a brief statement of interest.

For more information about the Priscu Research Group, go HERE.

Montana State University Ph.D. assistantships: hydro-ecology or hydro-biogeochemistry (Posted 1/31/17)

The Montana State Fluvial Landscape Lab is now accepting applications from exceptional students to compete for one of five graduate research assistantships ($30,000 annually to cover tuition/fees/stipend) offered by the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences at Montana State University.  GRA's will fund the first year of Ph.D. graduate education in Ecology and Environmental Sciences; after the first year, students will be supported over time through more broadly leveraged funds (graduate teaching assistantships, etc.) with the expectation that grant funds will also be pursued. For more information, go here. Applications will be accepted until February 28th.  

NEBRASKA

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NEVADA

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NEW HAMPSHIRE

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Ecological Modeling University of New Hampshire (Posted 3/29/17)

The Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of New Hampshire invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on a USDA-funded interdisciplinary project focused on the bioeconomics of invasive plants.  The project seeks to integrate models of landscape composition, invasive plant distributions, and economic decision models to address both basic and applied research questions about optimal invasive plant management strategies.  Primary responsibilities will include compiling existing landscape and invasive plant demographic data sets, developing models to expand and refine forest type maps in New Hampshire and surrounding states, implementing process-based models of invasive plant distributions, and interfacing with other components of the project to integrate ecological and economic models.  Postdoc-led research products will be published in scientific peer-reviewed journals.  The postdoc will report to two project PIs, Dr. Jenica Allen and Dr. Mark Ducey, and work regularly with other project PIs.

Qualifications: Candidates must have a PhD in natural resources, ecology, or closely related field, experience with Bayesian modeling, and expertise in GIS and statistical analysis using R.  Preferred candidates will additionally have experience with manipulation and analysis of large- scale remote sensing data sets, species distribution modeling, and work on interdisciplinary projects.

Application Details: This position is based on the Durham campus of the University of New Hampshire and includes competitive salary and benefits.  This is a full- time, 12-month, fixed-term position with a start date as soon as a suitable candidate is identified.  Continuation of this position may be possible based on performance and funding availability. Review of applications will begin April 12, 2017.  Interested candidates should send (1) an email describing their research interests and qualifications with (2) a CV, (3) 1-2 representative publications, and (4) a list of 2 references to Jenica Allen at jenica.allen[AT]unh.edu.

PhD position in population ecology (Posted 3/1/17)

PhD student opportunity in population modeling starting Fall 2017 at the University of New Hampshire. Seeking a highly motivated PhD student for Fall 2017 to conduct research in population modeling of a threatened lagomorph. The student will join an effort to develop and implement a new monitoring protocol to assess occupancy and abundance of New England cottontails in a metapopulation context. A focus will be on monitoring trends and factors that influence extinction/recolonization patch dynamics, and applying spatially explicit mark-recapture abundance estimation with noninvasive genetic sampling approaches. In addition, the student will develop dissertation research questions of his/her own design related to population viability, and which may entail evaluating restoration strategies, including habitat management, translocations, and releases of captively bred rabbits, as well as considerations of genetic diversity and landscape connectivity. Applicants will have a strong interest in population ecology, conservation management, and the application of diverse disciplinary tools. The position will be in the Kovach lab at the University of New Hampshire. The student will work closely with natural resource managers engaged in the New England Cottontail Conservation Initiative. The most qualified candidates will have competitive GPA and GRE scores, strong analytical and quantitative skills, and experience with analyzing population-level data. Experience with occupancy modeling, abundance estimation, population modeling, and noninvasive genetic sampling are desirable. Opportunities for molecular work exist, but are not a requirement of this position. A Masters degree is preferred but not required. Interest and ability to work in the field is also preferred.  Strong interpersonal skills and the desire to work collaboratively are important. Admission will be through the Natural Resources and Earth Systems Sciences Program at the University of New Hampshire . Interested applicants should submit their application materials to the program as soon as possible. Interested applicants should also contact Adrienne Kovach with further questions, and send the following materials to , simultaneously with their application to the program:
-- letter explaining research interest and experience
-- CV with GRE scores and GPA
-- unofficial transcripts or a list of relevant courses taken Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.

Graduate Student Assistantships (Posted 3/1/17)

Graduate Student Assistantships through centers and research programs in the Department of Environmental Studies Department at the Antioch University New England. These assistantships place the student at the intersection of scholarship and practice as they develop their professional skills as part of our Master’s or PhD programs in Environmental Studies.

Assistantships are currently available in:
- Forest Ecology and Management
- Wildlife Ecology: turtle conservation
- Applications in GIS
- Climate Change Preparedness
- Environmental Education
- Food Justice and Community Gardening
- US Progressive Caucus Fellowship
- Social Justice: Livable Wage Initiative

Students interested are encouraged to apply as part of their application for admission to the Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies.   We encourage
prospective students to contact us if they have any questions about the assistantships or the degree programs.

More details on the graduate programs can be found HERE.

Application materials will be accepted until June 1, 2017 or until a suitable candidates are found. For admission info, contact, Sarah Wilson, For assistantship info contact, Professor Peter A. Palmiotto, .

Antioch University New England believes in ecological stewardship and social justice, cultivating local as well as global perspectives to educate students with diverse backgrounds and opinions to become leaders of change. For more information go HERE.

MS in Environmental Science & Policy Graduate Assistantships (Posted 2/13/17)

Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH, is inviting applications for its MS program in Environmental Science and Policy (ESP). Theye offer expertise in areas such as watershed ecosystems, hydrology, climate change, ecological economics, landscape ecology, and land use planning. Our curriculum emphasizes the relationships between science and policy, decision making for social and ecological sustainability and resilience, and science communication. Students in the program often 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, Appalachian Mountain Club, and the Squam Lakes Association. Students accepted to PSU’s MS in ESP may be eligible for either graduate research assistantships (GRA) or teaching assistantships (GTA). GRAs will work on specific faculty research projects as they become available. GTAs will assist with undergraduate courses in ESP - preparing and teaching labs,
organizing field expeditions, teaching a unit/module, and leading study groups. A valid US driver’s license is required.
Assistantships are available only to full-time students enrolled in the MS in ESP program. Submit applications to PSU’s Graduate Studies. For more information about the MS in ESP, please contact Program Coordinator, Shannon Rogers, .

NEW JERSEY

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NEW MEXICO

Postdoc position in ecosystem modeling at the University of New Mexico (Posted 3/23/17)

The Earth Systems Ecology Lab at the University of New Mexico is recruiting a postdoctoral researcher with a strong background in ecosystem modeling and programming to contribute to a project aimed at understanding the interaction of climate change and wildfire on post-fire forest recovery.  This project will integrate tree seedling data, flux tower data, and ecosystem modeling with the objective of understanding how changing climate will alter forest recovery following wildfire.  

The initial appointment is for one year (beginning summer 2017), with the possibility of extension for up to two additional years.  A competitive salary and benefits will be provided.  Required qualifications include a PhD in ecology, ecosystem science, earth/environmental sciences, or statistics and programming experience with R or Python and C+ or C#.  Willingness to periodically participate in field sampling is desirable.

Applicants should submit a cover letter detailing research interests and goals, a complete CV, and names and contact information for three references to Matthew Hurteau ().  Review of applications will begin on
28 April 2017.

The University of New Mexico is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce.  We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

Internship Opportunities: DataONE Summer Internship Program (Posted 3/14/17)

DataONE Summer Internship Program is still accepting applications until March 17th 2017   They have six different project opportunities for prospective interns:
•    Project 1: Markdown-based Semantic Annotation of Workflow Scripts
•    Project 2: DataONE Messaging: Creating Marketing for DataONE Stakeholder Communities
•    Project 3: Prospective and Retrospective Provenance Queries Using YesWorkflow, RDF, and SPARQL
•    Project 4: Exploration of Search Logs, Metadata Quality and Data Discovery
•    Project 5: Improving DataONE’s Search Capabilities Through Controlled Vocabularies
•    Project 6: Development of an Open Source Units of Measure Knowledge Graph

The DataONE Summer Internship Program runs from May through July for a period of 9 weeks and is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postgraduates who have received their degree within the past five years. The internship project can be conducted remotely and offers a stipend of $5000.

For full information and to apply, go here.  You will also find a link to other internship opportunities offered by DataONE leadership and partners.

REU Positions - Sevilleta Field Station - New Mexico (Posted 2/3/17)

The Sevilleta Field Station is seeking applicants for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU).  Application deadline is February 24, 2017.  They are looking for 10 Biology REU students for the Summer of 2017. This interdisciplinary REU Site Program at the Sevilleta Field Station in central New Mexico will train undergraduate students who will conduct independent research under the guidance of UNM faculty in Biology, Ecology, Civil Engineering, and Earth and Planetary Sciences, along with scientists from Federal and State agencies. The summer program includes a seminar series, a weekly journal club, an annual symposium, professional development workshops, toastmasters, ethics training, field trips, and opportunities to interact with a multitude of scientists conducting research in the area. Students will conduct independent research in and around the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge (SNWR) and present their projects at the annual symposium to be held in early August 2017. Working at the Sevilleta Field Station and SNWR site invites close interactions among students, faculty, federal scientists, and graduate students. Leann more here.

NEW YORK

Postdoc opportunity - Cornell University (Posted 3/15/17)

SPATIAL OPTIMIZATION OF INVASIVE SPECIES MANAGEMENT EFFORTS IN NEW YORK

POSITION LENGTH: This is a full-time 14 month appointment

SALARY: $49,000/year plus benefits (health and dental insurance, retirement, life insurance, disability)

START DATE: June 1, 2017 (negotiable)

POSITION SUMMARY AND DUTIES: Seeking a postdoctoral research associate to develop models related to the dynamics of invasive species in New York, which will be used by natural resource managers to make optimal conservation and management decisions. This project will use a decision analytic framework to optimize a dynamic multi-objective problem involving management of hundreds of invasive species across New York. The decision analysis and spatial modeling product will help decision makers in evaluating which species to focus their scarce conservation dollars, which areas of the state they should focus, and what management actions they should use. The complexity of the spatial optimization problem will require extensive development, both from the ecological and computer science perspectives. The candidate will work with stakeholders to identify objectives and feasible management actions; model invasive species distributions; work on the development of a spatial optimization algorithm; and translate research results into a product usable by managers. The end product will guide managers in decision making regarding invasive species management efforts in New York State. The candidate will work with The New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Cornell University (Dr. Angela Fuller), the New York Invasive Species Research Institute (Carrie Brown-Lima), the New York Natural Heritage Program (Dr. Jennifer Dean), and the Department of Computer Science at Cornell University (Dr. Carla Gomes). The candidate will be supervised by Dr. Angela Fuller and will work closely with another postdoctoral scientist on the project, supervised by Dr. Gomes. The candidate will be expected to develop manuscripts for submission in peer-reviewed journals and communicate research to project PIs, partners, and managers.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
1. Ph.D. in ecology, natural resource management, operations research, or a related quantitative field.
2. Strong mathematical and programming skills, experience in statistical estimation and simulation modeling and use of R.
3. Demonstrated desire and proven ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals.
4. Excellent writing and personal communication skills.
5. The ability to work independently and under limited supervision as well as work with collaborative research teams, including natural resource managers.

RECOMMENDED QUALIFICATIONS: Competitive candidates will also have one or more of the following qualifications: have a background in structured decision making and/or adaptive management, knowledge of invasive species biology and management, ability to communicate complex scientific results to a diverse group of stakeholders, experience in optimization, experience in facilitation, previous use of ArcGIS.

TO APPLY: Please send a curriculum vitae, a letter of application describing your background and experiences and responding to each of the requirements and qualifications, and the names and contact information for three references (all in a single pdf document) to Dr. Angela Fuller, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University, NY Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, 211 Fernow Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853, .

Deadline for applications is April 4, 2017.

Undergraduate Summer 2017 Research Positions (Posted 3/1/17)

Syracuse University: The Fridley Lab at Syracuse University is seeking two motivated undergraduate students to participate in ‘Project Carbon’, a laboratory investigation of the energy and nutrient budgets of plant species in a long-term climate change experiment. Activities will depend in part on the interests of the students but will likely involve greenhouse plant propagation, laboratory gas exchange measurements, plant tissue analyses of energy and nutrient content, and soil microbial measurements. Students will be provided with a $5000 stipend for living expenses over the 12-wk duration starting May 15. Relevant experience and ecology- or plant biology-related coursework is desirable but not required. For information on eligibility and how to apply go HERE.

NORTH CAROLINA

Ph.D. Position in Landscape Ecology and Invasive Species (Posted 3/23/17)

Professor Ross K. Meentemeyer at North Carolina State University seeks a Ph.D. student to join NSF- and USDA-sponsored research projects focused on the landscape dynamics of invasive pests and pathogens. The research projects will contribute to applied goals of developing geospatial approaches to modeling and managing the spatial spread of outbreaks, with a special emphasis on the problem of long-distance dispersal. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to join an interdisciplinary team of researchers in the Center for Geospatial Analytics (www.geospatial.ncsu.edu) developing open source data, models, and interactive decision-making tools designed to engage stakeholders and collaboratively solve complex problems. Ideal candidates will demonstrate desire and capacity for leveraging theoretical and applied advances in landscape ecology and modeling.

To learn more, please send a CV and brief letter of interest outlining your qualifications to Ross K.
Meentemeyer () by Friday April 7th. Please insert the following in the subject line of the email: “Ph.D. Position in Landscape Ecology & Invasive Species.”

PhD students for two opportunities: Energy Equity, Long-term disaster recovery

Two opportunities below:
Research Area: Geospatial Approaches to Residential Energy Equity
Priority deadline: ASAP     
Start date: Fall 2017
Co-advisors: Dr. Bethany Cutts / Dr. Jelena Vukomanic

Recruiting a PhD Student who can contribute to a recently funded grant to encourage data-driven local energy planning. The PhD student will contribute to the applied goal of developing a framework that integrates data on participation in energy efficiency programs, demographics, housing and energy use to alleviate energy poverty. The successful candidate will have earned a MS degree in geography, economics, ecology, or other relevant field by August 2017 and have experience that indicates the potential to draw together diverse quantitative data sets to answer questions about current and future energy use in the Upper Coastal Plain of North Carolina. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a strong interest in and capacity for making theoretical advances at the intersection of social justice, energy policy, and ecology. As part of the transdisciplinary Center for Geospatial Analytics, the student will make meaningful contributions to enhancing sustainability through research.

About the project:
The Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments in North Carolina and its partners, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association, Vermont Law School, Terracel Energy, North Carolina Justice Center, and the University of South Carolina, plan to develop a framework for integrating data on energy efficiency program participation, demographics, housing and energy use. Of specific interest are low-income residents and use of energy efficiency programs to alleviate energy poverty. The data analytics will help improve energy efficiency program designs tailored toward meeting both energy-related objectives, as well as social objectives.

To learn more, please go here and send a resume and brief letter
f interest outlining your qualifications to BOTH Dr. Bethany Cutts () and Dr. Jelena Vukomanovic (). Please use ‘PhD – Energy Equity’ in the subject line

Research Area: Urban Environmental Equity and Long-term Disaster Recovery
Priority deadline: ASAP    
Start date: Fall 2017
Advisor: Dr. Bethany Cutts

Recruiting a PhD student who is interested in developing a dissertation focused on understanding how communities engage in long-term disaster recovery.  The successful student will work with geographers, landscape ecologists, environmental social scientists, and hydrologists to integrate large-scale data sets with qualitative data to answer questions about the role of environmental justice in sustainability that occur during long-term recovery from flooding and other disasters. The successful candidate will have current GRE test results, and a MS in geography, sociology, community development, public health, Native American studies, parks, recreation and tourism management or a related field.  An emerging record of publication and promise as an interdisciplinary scholar are highly desired.  Applicants with an interest in building technological and participatory mapping expertise that aligns with the Center for Geospatial Analytics are especially welcome.

To learn more, please go here and send a resume and brief letter of interest outlining your qualifications to Dr. Bethany Cutts (). Please use ‘PhD – Equity and Disaster Recovery’ in the subject line

Interdisciplinary PhD, NC State (Posted 3/1/17)

An exciting interdisciplinary PhD Assistantship is available in the College of Natural Resources at NC State University. Applicants should be interested in working across natural and social science aspects of sustainability, including the urban-rural gradient or terrestrial-aquatic linkages. The candidate will be part of a collaboration across the college, which includes the Departments of Forest Biomaterials; Parks, Recreation and Tourism; and Forestry and Environmental Resources. The position includes tuition, benefits, and a stipend of $25,000 for three years.

NC State's College of Natural Resources has made significant recent investments in research and new faculty positions to address the grand challenges facing society, come be a part of generating solutions! We are located in Raleigh, part of the Research Triangle, which is consistently recognized for innovation and quality of life. Members of communities historically underrepresented in STEM fields are strongly encouraged to apply. Please send inquiries to: Dr. Katie Martin .

Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

NORTH DAKOTA

MS research assistantship -- Rangeland Soil Ecology (Posted 3/14/17)

A graduate research assistantship (Masters level) is available in the Department of Soil Science, School of Natural Resource Sciences at North Dakota State University. The student will focus on soil ecology, nutrient cycling, and aboveground-belowground relationships in a rangeland system, and in response to vegetation treatments (such as fire and livestock grazing). The research will be conducted at the Central Grasslands Research and Extension Center (CGREC) in Streeter, ND, but the position will be based at the NDSU campus in Fargo, ND. The project will integrate with interdisciplinary projects at CGREC examining vegetation ecology, livestock production, wildlife and pollinator habitat, and fire behavior.

Qualified applicants will have a strong academic record in the natural sciences, excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to work in a team and independently, and the ability to spend substantial time at CGREC. The most competitive applicants will have prior experience with research and data analysis, preferably in the areas of soil, plant, or rangeland ecology.

Submit one document (word or PDF) that includes 1) a cover letter explaining your background, qualifications, and why you are interested in the position,
2) curriculum vitae, 3) transcripts (unofficial), and 4) contact information for three professional references to . Incomplete applications will not be considered. Screening will begin immediately

Salary: $17,000 annually, plus full tuition waiver
Location: Fargo, ND (NDSU main campus) and Streeter, ND (CGREC)

Contact: Caley Gasch, Assistant Professor of Soil Health, Department of Soil Science,

Conservation Genetics Ph.D. Graduate Student Assistantship - North Dakota State University (Posted 2/3/17)

Conservation Genetics Ph.D. Graduate Student Assistantship to conduct research on landscape genetics of northern leopard frogs.  The project will analyze an existing dataset to evaluate gene flow among potentially isolated wetlands, as means of assessing biotic connectedness.  Additional sampling and possible development of additional molecular markers will be pursued as warranted.  This well-funded project is a collaboration between Craig Stockwell (NDSU) and David Mushet (USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center).  Field work will take place in the upper Great Plains. This project will provide excellent networking opportunities with federal scientists from USGS and EPA. Position to start as soon as Summer 2017. Open until filled.

Requirements:  BS or MS in ecology, aquatic ecology, fisheries biology, conservation biology or related field; Experience analyzing population genetics data, quantitative skills, and ability to work independently and as part of a research team.

Preferred:  M.S., experience with landscape-genetic landscape-resistance models, field research experience, experience using “R”

Salary:  $24,000/year + full tuition waiver

Contact:  Craig Stockwell, Professor, Biological Sciences, 201 Stevens Hall, Box 6050, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 58108-6050;  e-mail: 

Please send application materials to and include the following:  1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae / resume, 3) all college-level transcripts and 4) names and contact information for three references.

OHIO

Wildlife Ecology or Restoration Ecology Apprenticeship - Cumberland OH (Posted 3/29/17)

The Wilds is one of the largest and most innovative conservation centers in the world, offering diverse training programs for early career professionals.  Applicants can choose from either a  Wildlife Ecology Apprenticeship, or Restoration Ecology Apprenticeship.  There is a lot of overlap between the two positions, your choice of departments will help define your research project. Apprentices will evaluate the response of plants and wildlife to coal mine reclamation on the Wilds and also work with conservation programs at a regional scale. Apprentices will have the opportunity to work on projects involving field, lab, and/or computer modeling components. For more information, go here.

OKLAHOMA

M.S. Assistantship – Climate Change and Kudzu—Ecolog ical and Economic Aspects: Oklahoma State University (Posted 3/1/17)

An M.S. graduate research assistantship is available in Oklahoma State University’s Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management in the lab of Dr. Omkar Joshi and in collaboration with Drs. Karen Hickman, Shishir Paudel, and Scott Loss. This position will use both field ecology and ecological/economic modeling approaches to: (1) assess the role of climate change in the future distribution of the invasive Kudzu plant, and (2) investigate potential economic costs of managing Kudzu under alternative climate change scenarios. The project will entail visiting field sites of known current and new Kudzu invasions in Oklahoma to conduct vegetation surveys, using CLIMEX modeling software to assess current climate associations and future potential Kudzu distribution, and using IMPLAN modeling software to assess potential costs of Kudzu management. Additionally, the student will mentor one or more undergraduate researchers conducting research into topics potentially including: experimental field or lab trials investigating germination success and growth of Kudzu under different temperature and moisture regimes; effects of Kudzu invasion on avian communities; and potential facilitative relationships between invasive earthworms and Kudzu.

The position will begin as soon as possible, but preferably with fieldwork beginning by June of 2017. Student support is available for 24 months, including a stipend of $1,292/month ($15,504/yr), plus health insurance, tuition waiver, and reimbursement for fieldwork-related travel.

Required qualifications–Applicants must possess: a B.S. degree in Biology, Ecology, Natural Resources, Plant and Soil Sciences, or a related field; a strong work ethic and sense of self-motivation; the ability to work independently and with a small team in a management capacity; a strong interest in ecological and  economic aspects of natural resource management; a strong desire to lead efforts to publicly present and publish the research; and a valid US driver’s license.

Preferred qualifications: Applicants with experience coordinating field projects/crews, completing mentored independent research, conducting field vegetation surveys and/or greenhouse experiments, and/or using GIS, statistical, Climex, and/or IMPLAN software will be especially competitive.

TO APPLY: send (by March 24th, 2017) applications consisting of a SINGLE ZIP FILE that includes: (1) a cover letter outlining how they meet the above required and preferred qualifications, (2) CV, (3) unofficial academic transcripts, (4) GRE Scores, and (5) contact information for three references to Dr. Omkar Joshi ().

For more information about the department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, go HERE; to learn more about the research team, go HERE.

OREGON

Research Position in Forest Modeling (Posted 3/29/17)

Exciting opportunity within a new research project on forest landscape change and climate change. We are seeking an individual who can conduct forest modeling and work collaboratively across teams for two years. The research (postdoctoral) position is available at the Dynamic Ecosystems and Landscapes Lab at North Carolina State University and the Mathematical Ecology and Environmental Modeling Lab at The Washington State University Vancouver. This person will work with the project PIs, Dr. Robert Scheller (NCSU) and Dr. Nick Strigul (WSUV), on parameterization and validation of ecological models, in particular, LANDIS-II and SORTIE-PPA. Additional information about the project is available HERE.

Desired qualification: PhD in relevant field, excellent programming skills (C++ and R), experience in datamining of ecological, environmental or climatic databases, statistics and model parameterization. They would also consider a candidate with MS degree in relevant area and 5+ years of professional experience in environmental modeling. Highly competitive salary and benefits. The successful candidate will be officially hired by Washington State University Vancouver. Position located in the Portland metropolitan area (OR). Portland area is in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, it provides exceptional recreational opportunities and healthy work/life balance.

There is a flexibility in the starting date, the position can begin on June 1, 2017 or later. In order to receive full consideration please submit CV, cover letter and research statement by email ( and ) and arrange 3 letters of recommendation sent by references.

PENNSYLVANIA

NSF-Funded MS Graduate Position Available (Villanova University) (Posted 3/23/17)

M.S. Graduate Assistantship (Villanova University)

A graduate student assistantship is available in the laboratory of Dr. Lisa Rodrigues at Villanova University to pursue an MS in Environmental Science as part of a funded NSF project to assess trophic pathways involved in coral reproduction after bleaching stress.  The successful candidate must:
- Fulfill all admission requirements for the MS in Environmental Science program and Graduate College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University.
- Have a BS in environmental science, biology, chemistry, earth sciences, or related discipline.
- Have previous experience with field experiments, laboratory analyses related to coral physiology and/or isotope biogeochemistry are highly desirable.
- Be proficient and comfortable in the ocean with small boats, swimming, and snorkeling is required; SCUBA certification is highly desirable.
- Be willing to travel to field location and work independently and with a research team.

To Apply:  
- Email a cover letter, CV, copies of transcripts, GRE scores, and the names and contact information of three references able to speak about your academic experiences to Dr. Lisa Rodrigues (). Please provide all documents in a single file as an email attachment.
- Full program requirements, go here.

Deadline: April 1, 2017 or until the position is filled.

RHODE ISLAND

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SOUTH CAROLINA

Ph.D. student assistantship available - Clemson University (Posted 2/13/17)

The O'Halloran lab in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation at Clemson University currently has an opening for a Ph.D. student starting in summer or fall of 2017.  They seek an enthusiastic and inquisitive student who is interested in understanding mechanisms of land-atmosphere interactions with particular focus on forests.  Potential broad research topics include: environmental controls on managed forest productivity, coastal carbon cycling, aerosol new particle formation, albedo radiative forcing, and coastal forest disturbance ecology. The student will have the opportunity to work at two AmeriFlux sites in Virginia (switchgrass and loblolly pine) where Dr. O'Halloran is co-PI, as well as take a leading role in developing new flux tower sites in coastal South Carolina, where potential host ecosystems include longleaf pine forest, baldcypress-tupelo wetland forest, and saltwater marsh.  A student with sufficient incoming transfer credits will spend one year completing coursework on main campus and then relocate to the Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science to join the lab group and complete their fieldwork and writing.  A full research assistantship (including stipend and tuition waver) is available for three years, but students will also be encouraged to seek their own funding through national
fellowships (e.g. USDA, NASA, NSF).

The Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science is located just outside of historic Georgetown, SC.  Under a long-term agreement with the Belle W. Baruch Foundation, the Institute is located on the 16,000-acre Hobcaw Barony at the southern end of the Waccamaw Neck and is just 35 miles south of Myrtle Beach and 60 miles north of Charleston. Hobcaw Barony is located on the Atlantic Ocean, bordered by Winyah Bay and North Inlet Estuary. The Institute is housed in a new 12,000 sq. ft. LEED-certified office building with an adjoining 7,000 sq. ft. laboratory and support facility.  

Temporary housing is available on site for visiting scientists and students in a new 10-bed cottage.

Clemson University is a highly selective, public, land-grant university serving a uniquely driven and highly accomplished student body. Ranked as a top-25 national public university by U.S. News & World Report, Clemson is a science- and engineering-oriented university dedicated to teaching, research and service. Clemson recently achieved the status of Carnegie classification of Highest Research Activities ("R1"). The University is located in a college town setting on Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Clemson is a 2-hour drive from Atlanta, GA or Charlotte, NC. For more
information, please go here.

Required Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in forestry, ecology, atmospheric science or other closely related environmental science. Strong quantitative abilities, self-motivation and desire to do field work in coastal South Carolina, where the work is physically demanding in a hot, humid environment.

Preferred Qualifications: M.S. degree (highly preferred) in forestry, ecology, atmospheric science or other closely related environmental science.  Programming experience in MATLAB or R.  Fieldwork experience in ecology or forestry.

To apply, send a CV, unofficial GRE and TOEFL scores (if available) and a cover letter stating your previous experience, interest in this specific position, and future goals to Dr. O'Halloran.  Review of applicants begins immediately.  The official university deadline to apply for summer entry is March 15. Contact info and more details about the lab are available here.

SOUTH DAKOTA

PhD assistantship in sustainability - ecosystem services & visioning (Posted 3/23/17)

The Jarchow Lab at the University of South Dakota is seeking an innovative and hard-working student to be part of the first cohort of students in a graduate program in sustainability that is being developed at USD.  The PhD position is fully funded for four years at $22,000 per year.  The position has a flexible start date of either summer or fall 2017.

The PhD position is part of a project, funded by NSF, titled “Sustainable socio-economic, ecological, and technological scenarios for achieving global climate stabilization through negative CO2 emission policies.”  The project brings together an interdisciplinary team of researchers from USD, Montana State University, and the University of Wyoming to evaluate the role that a BEECS (bioenergy and carbon capture and sequestration) economy would have on the Upper Missouri River Basin (UMRB).  The Jarchow Lab-led project has two main components.  First, we will assess, map, and quantify how residents of the UMRB perceive the social values of the ecosystem services provided by their environment.  Second, we will do sustainability visioning to develop a scenario of a desirable future for the UMRB.

Applicants with training in a number of academic disciplines will be considered for this position including sustainability, biology/ecology, environmental science or studies, political science, sociology, or other related fields.  Additional qualifications include knowledge of geographical information systems (GIS) software, excellent oral communication skills, and interest in conducting interdisciplinary research.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter describing your career goals and how your experience and qualifications make you a strong fit for this position to me ().  Also attach your CV or resume, unofficial transcript(s), GRE scores (unofficial OK), TOEFL scores (for non-native English speakers only), and the names and e-mail addresses of three references.  

For more information, please contact Meghann Jarchow, Assistant Professor, Sustainability Program Coordinator, Department of Biology, University of South Dakota, Churchill-Haines Labs 171E, (605) 677-3115 (office), (605) 659-1889 (cell)

MS position: soil and hydrology response to disturbance (Posted 3/15/17)

The Ahiablame lab and the Perkins lab at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD are looking for a motivated MS student to measure soil and hydrological recovery after disturbance (wildfire and severe winter defoliation) in Northern Plains grasslands. Our ideal student would have some soils background as well as an interest in hydrological modeling. Start date is flexible, but could be as early as this summer. This project is funded by USDA-NIFA and the field research will occur at the Cottonwood Range and Livestock Research Station by Philip, South Dakota. For more information, please contact Dr. Perkins at or Dr. Ahiablame at . For consideration please send 1) a cover letter explaining your interest in this position, 2) transcripts (unofficial are ok), 3) GRE scores (unofficial are ok), and 4) contact info for 3 references to Dr. Perkins by April 15, 2017.

Summer plant biotech positions for STUDENTS (current and recent graduates) available in South Dakota (Posted 2/13/17)

The U.S. Geological Survey Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center is seeking applicants for a total of five biological science technician positions (emphasis on vegetation) in the northern Great Plains.  Three positions will work on a rangeland assessment at Badlands National Park, and two positions will participate in research on controlling invasive annual brome grasses in two or more parks in South Dakota and Nebraska. Only applicants who are 18 years or older and current students or recent graduates (graduated within 12 months of the position’s end date, Bachelor's or Master's level) are eligible for these positions. Children and spouses of current USGS employees are not eligible.

Pay ranges from $15.13-$20.96/hr, with duration of positions ranging from ~3 months (late May-mid August) to ~6 months (mid April - mid October), depending on position.  All positions are full time (40 hr/week).

For details and information on how to apply, go here or here.

TENNESSEE

Please check back.

TEXAS

Summer internship- Grassland Pollinator Ecology (Posted 3/15/17)

Seeking a motivated student with experience identifying insects or plants to work with biologists at the Katy Prairie Conservancy and the University of Houston over the summer of 2017.  The student will examine plant and pollinator communities in natural and restored prairies around the Houston area.  

The student will be required to work independently after training, and will be expected to spend long hours outdoors in uncomfortable (hot, humid) conditions.  The student will be responsible for collecting and identifying pollinators from pollinator traps, observing pollinator behavior, measuring plant communities, and collecting and identifying insects from sweep net samples at several prairie sites.

Applicants should have experience working with dichotomous keys.  We will be most interested in applicants with experience identifying plants or insects. Applicants should be available for ten weeks during the summer; the ten weeks do not have to be continuous.

The intern will be paid $12 per hour for ten weeks of work.  The intern will relocate to Houston for 10 weeks of the summer at their own expense, must have a reliable vehicle, and will not be additionally reimbursed for local travel to access field sites. Field sites will be within a 60 mile radius of the University of Houston.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for two references to Steven Pennings at . Applications should be received by March 19 in order to receive full consideration.

UTAH

MSc in Watershed Sciences at Utah State University (Posted 3/29/17)

The Environmental Biogeochemistry and Paleoecology lab at Utah State University is recruiting MSc students to join an interdisciplinary research program broadly focused on aquatic ecosystems and water resources in the American West. The student(s) will work on projects that seek to quantify and characterize dust deposition effects in Utah lakes.

Specific research projects are flexible and students are strongly encouraged to develop their own research focus within the lab’s overall framework. Students in the lab will generally have the opportunity to gain field, laboratory, and microscopy skills.

The student(s) must have completed a BSc by the start data and have a strong interest in water quality, limnology, biogeochemistry, or aquatic ecology. The student must have excellent writing and quantitative skills. Laboratory and field experience is preferred. Preference will be given to students with a strong work ethic and capacity to work independently.
 
Please send 1) letter describing your background, interest in the project, and educational and career goals, 2) a CV, and 3) the names and contact information for three references to

Anticipated start date is no later than August 2017, but students may begin as early as June 2017.

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, and is just a short drive to many National Parks, Monuments, and Conservation areas. The low cost of living makes this area attractive place to live, play, and work.

Post-doctoral Researcher in Soil Microbial Ecology & Biogeochemistry (Posted 2/3/17)

A post-doctoral position is now available in the Ecology Center and the Department of Biology at Utah State University, Logan, UT.  The successful candidate will contribute to a project examining how soil microbial growth efficiencies are influenced by drought in agro-ecosystems.  Minimum qualifications include: a PhD in biogeochemistry, soil science, microbial ecology, or a related field; excellent written and oral communication skills; good quantitative skills; evidence of research productivity demonstrated by publications in quality peer-reviewed journals; and the ability to work closely with others and independently at field sites. Additional background in analytical chemistry and stable isotope techniques is preferred. Utah State University is located within the beautiful mountain ranges of the Cache Valley in Northeastern Utah. The area provides a wealth of recreational possibilities, a high quality of life, and an affordable cost of living.  The position is for a minimum of two years with the possibility of extension as funds allow. Salary range is $45,000 to $48,000 per year plus a generous benefits package. To apply go here. Review of applications will begin March 1, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. For more information contact John Stark ().

VERMONT

Climate Statistics PhD Student (Posted 3/23/17)

Vermont EPSCoR’s latest Track 1 award, Basin Resilience to Extreme Events, is recruiting for a number of positions within the next year to work on a cutting-edge, large-scale, interdisciplinary, NSF-funded study which will determine how the Lake Champlain Basin’s landscape, watershed and lake conditions respond to extreme weather events. They are seeking a PhD level Graduate Research Assistant, who will be responsible for i) statistical modeling of climate change projections in support of downstream models and ii) using these climate change projections to simulate forest dynamics in our New England study region. This GRA will require or develop technical expertise in R/Python, Bayesian statistics and running simulations models in a Linux-based high performance computing environment. It is expected that the successful applicant will have an undergraduate or Master’s degree in a quantitative or computational field. More information is available here.

Funded Ph.D. position at University of Vermont (Posted 3/14/17)

Seeking a Ph.D. level Graduate Research Assistant to statistically downscale climate change projections and to use these projections to simulate forest dynamics in our New England study region.  This position will require expertise, or the potential to develop expertise, in R/Python, Bayesian statistics and running simulation models in a Linux-based high performance computing environment.

This position is part of a large interdisciplinary project at the University of Vermont that is supported by Vermont EPSCoR through a NSF Track 1 award, Basin Resilience to Extreme Events.  This project is focused on understanding the linkages among the Lake Champlain Basin’s landscape, watershed and lake, and potential responses of this coupled natural and human system to climate change and extreme weather events. Some benefits to working on a large, interdisciplinary project like this include a community of faculty, GRAs and Postdocs working towards similar goals, dedicated administrative and technical support, and professional development activities.

This position requires an undergraduate or Master’s degree in a quantitative, computational or ecological field, coursework in statistics, and facility with a programming language.

The position is available June 2017, has an annual stipend of $27,000, health insurance, and a tuition scholarship.  The grant guarantees full GRA support through May 31, 2021 and there is the potential for support beyond this date.  The student will be primarily supervised by Prof. Brian Beckage, Ph.D., Department of Plant Biology, at the University of Vermont.

Questions can be directed to Arne Bomblies ().

To apply:  please send CV, names and contact information for three references, and a cover letter outlining research interests, expertise and availability to and reference Position ID GRA#008.

VIRGINIA

Sea S.T.A.R Summer Internship for Rising High School Seniors (Posted 2/10/17)

The deadline has been extended to apply for the Sea S.T.A.R. (Students Teaching And Researching) internship program at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station. They are looking for eight rising high school seniors (students who are currently juniors age 16 and older) with an interest in education, biology or science to participate in our 8 week long Sea S.T.A.R. (Students Teaching And Researching) internship program on the beautiful shore of Eastern Virginia. This internship allows students to gain experience in an Environmental Education program while researching a Marine Science Project that interests them. For more information, go here.

Smithsonian Internship-Conservation and Outreach (Posted 2/3/17)

Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park provides the opportunity for one intern to gain experience in community engagement and conservation of Virginia’s native species. Virginia Working Landscapes (VWL) is a program of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) that focuses on biodiversity and landscape conservation through grassland and riparian research, education, and community engagement. Read more here. Apply by February 6, 2017.

Smithsonian Internship-Forest Ecology (Posted 2/3/17)

The National Zoo’s Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) is offering an internship opportunity within the Conservation Ecology Center. They are seeking a recent college graduate interested in field ecology activities focused on conducting field surveys, land restoration activities on our facility, and assisting with other ecological projects. This field intern should have a background in forestry and/or ecology. S/he will acquire skills in data management, plant and animal surveys, and botanical field work. SCBI has an active staff of conservation ecologists, veterinarians and reproductive specialists involved with conservation of plants and animals. Interns will participate in regular scheduled seminars and workshops related to conservation and ecology.

The internship period starts anywhere from April 1st -May 15th with opportunity for extension. The stipend is $600-$800 per month depending on the applicant’s level of experience, plus free housing on site. The internship location will be at SCBI in Front Royal, VA.

Interns should have graduated from a university within the last 12 months, and have undergraduate coursework in botany, forest ecology, conservation biology or a closely related field. Applicants must be able to work in hot and humid conditions, follow established survey and mapping protocols, and collect detailed and accurate data. Some knowledge and experience with ecology and conservation issues in mid- Atlantic region is helpful. Experience in GIS, statistics (R), or plant identification is preferred, but not required. Applicants should have plans for continued education or a career in ecology or conservation.

To apply, please e-mail electronic copies of: 1) a cover letter describing your interest, qualifications and career plans related to either internship; 2) a resume (including contact information for 2 references), and 3) college transcripts to by February 5th, 2017.

WASHINGTON

PH.D. Graduate Assistantship (University of Washington) (Posted 3/23/17)

One (1) graduate student assistantship is available in the laboratory of Dr. Jacqueline Padilla-Gamiño at the University of Washington to pursue an PhD in Aquatic and Fisheries Science as part of a funded NSF project to assess molecular processes involved in coral reproduction after bleaching stress.
 
The successful candidate must:
- Fulfill all admission requirements for the PhD in the School of Aquatic and Fisheries Science at the University of Washington.
- Have an MS (preferred) or BS in biology, chemistry, genetics, oceanography or related discipline.
- Have previous experience with field experiments, aquarium setup and maintenance, laboratory analyses related to coral physiology and/or coral molecular biology are highly desirable.
- Be proficient and comfortable in the ocean with small boats, swimming, and snorkeling is required; SCUBA certification is highly desirable.
- Be willing to travel to field location and work independently and with a research team.
 
To Apply:  
- Email a cover letter, CV, copies of transcripts, GRE scores, and the names and contact information of three references able to speak about your academic experiences to Dr. Jacqueline Padilla-Gamiño (). Please provide all documents in a single file as an email attachment.
 
Deadline: April 1, 2017 or until the position is filled.

REU: Washington Cascades Plant Communities and Climate Change (University of Washington, Seattle) (Posted 3/14/17)

The HilleRisLambers community ecology lab at the University of Washington is seeking applicants for an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in the summer of 2017.  The REU student will work with Drs. Janneke HilleRisLambers and Amy Angert (at University of British Columbia) to develop and implement an independent project focusing on how plant communities vary across large-scale macroclimatic and fine-scale microclimatic gradients, relevant to understanding impacts of climate change. Field work will occur in Washington at Mt. Rainier National Park, North Cascades National Park, and nearby National Forests; with lab work occurring at University of Washington (in Seattle).

The REU will run 12 weeks from June 5th – August 25th, with some flexibility in start and end dates possible. A stipend of $600/week is provided for the 12-week period of the internship. Lodging, travel and food are provided while conducting field work.

To apply and get more information about the position, please visit https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/jhrl/325701. We will start reviewing applications on March 20th, and anticipate making hiring decisions by early to mid April. To be eligible, you must be a US Citizen or permanent resident currently working towards a Bachelor’s degree in a related field, graduating no sooner than Fall of 2017.

For more information about Dr. HilleRisLambers and Dr. Angert research groups, go here and here.

Graduate Assistantship in Urban Ecohydrology (Posted 2/13/17)

A graduate assistantship is available in URBAN ECOHYDROLOGY at Washington State University in Vancouver, for a student interested in a PhD (already with MS) or an MS-PhD dual degree. Exceptional candidates wishing MS only will also be considered. The intended research theme is, broadly, the cycling of water through urban vegetation, urban soil moisture, urban streams and riparian zones, surface-subsurface interactions, and the heterogeneous urban ecohydrological environment generally. The qualified candidate is expected to develop during the beginning of their graduate studies a specific thesis/dissertation research topic based on their own interests within in this general area, in cooperation with supervisor Dr. Kevan Moffett. Required qualifications include: strong physical science and mathematics or engineering background, familiarity with hydrology, strong writing and communication skills, research experienced. Desired (but not required) qualifications include: numerical modeling experience, programming experience, GIS skills, independent field research experience, some exposure to plant biology and/or aquatic biogeochemistry and/or soil physics and/or remote sensing analysis. The position will begin in August 2017 and be in Environmental Sciences (if MS) or Environmental Science and Natural resources (PhD) at Washington State University, with study fully on the Vancouver campus. Funding of graduate tuition, full-time stipend, plus benefits is guaranteed for sufficient time to complete the degree. Vancouver, WA is a fantastic city in southwestern Washington State, USA, between the coast and the Cascades Mountains and just across the Columbia River from vibrant Portland, Oregon. Inquire immediately with and attach CV; applications accepted on a rolling basis, but position closing soon.

WEST VIRGINIA

Ph.D. Position in Forest Restoration and Modelling (Posted 3/14/17)

A Ph.D. graduate student position is available in the Quantitative Forest Management lab of Dr. Steve Chhin in the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources at West Virginia University (WVU).

The general objective of the project associated with this position is the restoration of the historical structure and species composition of mixed conifer forests in the Sierra Nevada region of California.  The project will involve determining the effective intensity of mechanical thinning treatments to remove shade tolerant competitors and thereby promote the productivity of old-growth trees, reduce the risk of stand replacing fires, and ensure forest resilience to climate change.
Dendrochronological analyses will be conducted to reconstruct historical forest stand dynamics to provide a target for forest restoration efforts.  The position will also involve modeling growth and survival of old-growth trees and young plantations within the Sierra Nevada. The Ph.D. student will primarily be responsible for coordinating, planning and conducting the field and laboratory components of the project, with assistance from field and laboratory technicians.  Field work will be conducted in California while lab work and course work will be completed at WVU which is located in Morgantown, WV.  

Qualifications:  Applicants should preferably have completed a MS degree.  A completed degree in forestry, biology, ecology, environmental sciences, or a similarly related natural resource field is acceptable.  Preference will be given to applicants that are highly self-motivated, possess a strong work ethic, and have strong oral and written communication skills.  A background or strong interest in conducting field based research and working in a laboratory environment is desirable.  Applicants must enjoy working (e.g., rigorous field work) and living outdoors (e.g., camping) and possess a valid driver’s license.  A cumulative GPA greater than 3.3 in undergraduate and graduate coursework is preferred.  Short-listed candidates eventually will be asked to submit a writing sample.  The start date for this position is August 2017.  This position includes a tuition waiver and health benefits, and a competitive stipend.  

Application materials: Please submit: 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) unofficial transcripts, 4) GRE scores, 5) contact information of three references, and 6) TOEFL scores (for international applicants).  Please describe your career goals in the cover letter.  Applications will be considered immediately and continue until the position is filled.  To ensure full consideration, please e-mail your application material to Dr. Steve Chhin () by April 7, 2017.  

MS Graduate Research Assistantship in Forest N Cycling, WVU (Posted 3/1/17)

M.S. Graduate Research Assistant: The role of understory nitrogen metabolism in watershed-level
nitrogen retention in an Appalachian hardwood forest The Division of Forestry and Natural Resources, in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, 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 whether particular herbaceous species are disproportionally found under tree species associated with either high N or low N availability,  2) assess the relative importance of overstory and understory plants in watershed nitrogen retention, and 3) to assess how the composition of different soil nitrogen compounds is influenced by tree species associated with high vs low N availability.
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 or June of 2017. 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: .

PhD position in Environmental Microbiology (Posted 3/1/17)

Summary: The Freedman Lab of Environmental Microbiology at West Virginia University is now accepting applications for a PhD-level Graduate Assistant position. Our research generally focuses on how biological, chemical, and physical factors affect the composition of microbial communities and their ecosystem function. A wide range of research topics are possible, including but not limited to: Impacts of anthropogenic climate change on Appalachian forests and watersheds; effects of mining and mine reclamation on soil microbes; effects of herbivory on plant-microbe interactions; impacts of conventional
and organic agriculture on soil health, among many other possible topics. Further information on the Freedman lab can be found HERE.

Qualified applicants will be highly motivated, enthusiastic, and will have a strong background in ecology, microbiology, soil science, or a closely related field. Experience with high-throughput DNA sequencing, metagenomics, biogeochemical measurements (for example, CO2 and trace gas production, enzyme activities, soil characteristics) and programming in R is ideal.

Tuition Waiver and Stipend: The assistantship includes full tuition coverage, benefits, and a yearly stipend of $22,132. Opportunities for Teaching Assistantships will also be available. The expected start date is August 23, 2017.

To Apply: Prospective students should send the following information with the subject line “PhD Position” to : 1) a one page cover letter describing your research experience, interests, and goals, 2) a current CV, 3) current GRE scores, 4) unofficial transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate education, and 5) contact information for three academic references.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled, applications received by February 28 will receive full consideration. The selected applicant will submit a formal application to the WVU Graduate School for admission to the Applied and Environmental Microbiology Graduate Program.

University and Community: WVU is located in Morgantown, WV (pop. 31,073), which is routinely recognized as one of the best small college towns in the country (www.wvu.edu). The Division’s faculty and 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. WVU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff and students,
and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

Position – Undergraduate Research Assistant: Forest Restoration and Fire Management (Posted 2/13/17)

An undergraduate research assistant position is available in the Quantitative Forest Management laboratory in the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources at West Virginia University. The undergraduate research assistant will assist a master’s student with completing field work for a forest restoration project. The field work will be conducted in the mixed conifer forests of the Sierra Nevada in Northern California, with majority of time spent in the Eldorado National Forest. The main
objective of the project is to evaluate post fire restoration efforts made after the 2004 Power Fire. This project will help identify successful restoration techniques to reestablish open, old growth conditions in the Sierra Nevada. Field Work responsibilities will include collecting forest inventory data, soil samples, vegetation surveys, basic ecophysiological data, and micro-environmental variables. A variety of equipment will be used including, basic field work items (clinometer, d-tape, etc.) and potentially more advanced machines (ceptometer, gas exchange analyzer, etc.). Experience with more advanced equipment is appreciated, but not necessary. This position will be for about a 3-month period during the summer from May 2017 to August 2017. Work will average 40 hrs/week. The salary offered will depend on prior experience. Travel to California, along with housing and a small food stipend will be provided. Qualifications: All junior or senior students currently enrolled in an academic program related to forestry, biology, ecology, environmental sciences, or similarly related natural resource fields are encouraged to apply. Applicants should be highly self-motivated and possess a strong work ethic. A background or strong interest in conducting field-based research is desirable. A cumulative GPA greater than 3.0 in undergraduate coursework is preferable. Candidates must be willing and able to travel long distances, camp outdoors on occasion, do physically demanding work, and work in hot or otherwise uncomfortable conditions. Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information of two references. Applications will be considered immediately and continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration please submit material by February 24, 2017. For additional information or to submit application material, please contact Iris Allen ().

PhD Opportunity in Microbial Ecology and Soil Carbon Cycling (Posted 2/13/17)

The Morrissey lab at West Virginia University is seeking a motivated Ph.D. student interested in researching microbial ecology and soil carbon cycling. Students with experience in molecular biology, stable isotope probing, bioinformatics, biogeochemistry, and/or soil ecology are particularly encouraged to apply. If you are interested in this opportunity please contact Dr. Ember Morrissey and provide a brief description of your research interests and career goals as well as a resume/CV highlighting any relevant coursework and experience. Potential students will apply to one of the graduate
programs within the Davis School of Agriculture at WVU. Lab website

WISCONSIN

PostDoc: Bioregional-scale Wildlife Ecology and Forest Restoration (Posted 3/1/17)

Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin

The successful candidate will work on a US Forest Service-funded, but multi-partner, project that involves the GPS-tagging of California spotted owls across a range of landownerships in the Sierra Nevada. The ultimate objective of this project is to link owl foraging information with a variety of spatially-explicit vegetation datasets to develop scientifically based approaches for maintaining viable owl populations and restoring the resilience of Sierra Nevada forests.

The post-doc’s primary responsibility will be analyzing owl locational and movement data in relation to, for example, LiDAR and other remotely sensed data. The post-doc will spend approximately 1 month in the field per year contributing to data collection. The successful applicant will also work with the advisor to develop additional questions, pursue related research directions, and apply for additional extramural funding.  

REQUIREMENTS: Applicants should have a doctoral degree in ecology or closely related discipline by the start date. Applicants should also have a strong background working with animal habitat selection models, GIS, quantitative methods, and spatially-explicit habitat information such as remotely sensed vegetation data. A strong publishing record and communication skills are essential.    

SALARY AND CONDITIONS: The position will be 3 years in duration, beginning approximately June 1, 2017. Salary will be $48,000 per year plus benefits.  

APPLICATION/CONTACT INFORMATION: Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references in a single pdf-file to Dr. Zach Peery at . (See lab website). The CV should contain a list of publications and information describing relevant skills and experience.  Reviews of material will begin April 1, 2017 and continue until a suitable candidate is found.   

PhD position, Conservation Social Science and Policy (Posted 2/3/17)

Dr. Rissman at University of Wisconsin-Madison is seeking applications for a PhD student to examine the social and ecological outcomes of private land conservation.

Rissman’s interdisciplinary research investigates the relationships between society and the environment in ecosystem management, conservation, and sustainable use. Her research group examines natural resource policy design, implementation, and evaluation; 2) ecological outcomes of resource policy and conservation strategies; and 3) social and legal adaptation to environmental change. Mixed quantitative and qualitative methods include spatial analysis, surveys, and interviews.

Private land conservation: social and ecological outcomes

The public has invested heavily in private land conservation, including conservation easements, in the US and internationally, but their land use outcomes have not been well examined. This project will design and implement a longitudinal study of private land conservation to examine policy terms, social relations, and their impact on land use outcomes. The PhD student will work in collaboration with colleagues in economics and remote sensing, and conservationists in government and nonprofit land trusts. This project has the potential to make important contributions to conservation policy and the social dimensions of conservation. Geographic regions will include Wisconsin and other locations to be determined.

University, Department, Lab: The University of Wisconsin –Madison is one of the major research universities in the United States . It ranks 2nd in research expenditures among all U.S. universities and first among public universities. Total student enrollment is 41,500, out of which 8,800 are graduate students. Employees include 2,000 faculty. UW-Madison has a long history of excellence in ecology, conservation biology, and remote sensing science. This project will be housed with the Rissman group in the Department of Forest & Wildlife Ecology. Students would also have the option to engage with the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.

Madison, WI: Madison, Wisconsin consistently ranks as one of the best places in the United States to live, work, and study. It is Wisconsin's capital city, with a friendly, vibrant population of approximately 200,000 who enjoy Madison’s lakes, bike paths, music, art, and food. For more information on campus and town go here.

Qualifications: A BS degree in environmental studies, science studies, geography, political science, sociology, public policy and administration, natural resources, forestry, wildlife ecology, or other related disciplines is required. Experience with social science research and/or policy is preferred. Work experience in conservation agencies or nonprofit organizations also desired. Good English writing and verbal communication skills, as well as the ability to work in a team, are essential.

Application Process: Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and review will continue until candidates are chosen. Applications will be received before February 10, 2017 are guaranteed consideration. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. They promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply. The position to open to both US citizen and international candidates. If you have questions before applying, please email Adena Rissman ().

Interested applicants are asked to e-mail the documents listed below to Adena Rissman () (in ONE PDF file please).

Our departmental graduate application cover sheet
Letter outlining research interests, academic and professional backgrounds
Resume or CV
Copies of transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable at this point)
GRE scores if available
Reprints of publications if available
Names and contact addresses of three references

WYOMING

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WASHINGTON, D.C.

Postdoc in tidal wetland ecology in Washington, DC (Posted 2/3/17)

The Gedan Lab at The George Washington University is recruiting a postdoctoral scientist in tidal wetland ecology to begin in Summer 2017.

The focus of the lab is on tidal marsh plant community ecology. They welcome conservation relevant research. The lab integrates field experiments, greenhouse work, spatial data, and environmental monitoring. Our current focus is on the ecological response of tidal marsh plant communities to sea level rise. They are interested in marsh migration and the conversion of natural and human-dominated uplands, as well as the novel ecosystems and interactions occurring in transitioning coastal areas. Established field sites are in the estuaries and coastal bays of the Mid-Atlantic.

Funding is available for 2 years with a competitive salary and benefits package. Conference travel and travel to field sites will also be supported. The Biological Sciences Department at GWU has a vibrant community and strength in ecology and evolutionary biology. The lab is located in a newly constructed interdisciplinary science building in downtown Washington, DC, across the street from the Foggy Bottom Metro station and blocks away from the Smithsonian National History Museum, as well as many other institutions and NGOs that provide opportunities for research collaboration and outreach.

To learn more about this exciting opportunity and to apply, go here. In your application, please include a cover letter, CV, brief research statement, and a list of references.

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

CANADA

PhD scholarship in boreal soil carbon (Posted 3/2/17)

The Soil Biogeochemistry group in the Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta, Edmonton is seeking a motivated Ph.D. student to join their team.

Project: Boreal forest soils are the single largest terrestrial carbon storehouse in the world.

Consequently, changes in boreal carbon stocks and fluxes could significantly affect the global carbon cycle. These northern, high-latitude soils are also highly susceptible to global warming, and in the coming century are expected to face large increases in average temperatures, altered freeze-thaw patterns, and transformative vegetation shifts. The carbon contained in boreal soils is a complex network of interconnected pools, the stability of which may be controlled by various mechanisms. As such, it has been challenging to predict the response of boreal soil carbon to environmental changes.

This Ph.D. project will aim to clarify how interactions between the soil geological material and vegetation may ultimately determine the response of boreal soil carbon to climatic changes.

They will use a variety of methods, including NMR and stable isotope tracking, to evaluate the source and fate of boreal carbon in soil profiles under different environmental conditions.  

Qualifications: Candidates must have a M.Sc. (or equivalent) in soil science, chemistry  or a related environmental science discipline.  Strong verbal and written communication skills are essential.

The project will include some field sampling. A Class 5 Driver license is required, and experience working in difficult and remote terrain will be an asset. This project will also involve substantial laboratory work where attention to detail is essential. Prior experience with analytical techniques used in environmental chemistry is preferred.

Students must commence their graduate study between September 2017 and May 2018.

The project is funded by NSERC.  A yearly stipend of $25,000 will be provided. In addition, the University of Alberta provides competitive recruitment awards between $5,000 and $10,000 for outstanding applicants. Graduates from a Canadian University with a GPA>3.5 on a 4.0 scale and international students with equivalent academic accomplishments usually receive an entrance award.

Interested candidates should e-mail their transcript, a detailed curriculum vitae, a cover letter that summarizes their qualifications and research goals, and the names and contact information of three references to Dr. Sylvie Quideau at .

Only successful candidates will be contacted.

Houlahan Ph. D. position (Posted 3/1/17)

Ph. D. position with Jeff Houlahan’s lab in the Department of Biological Sciences/The Canadian Rivers Institute, University of New Brunswick Saint John (UNB Saint John).

The Houlahan lab is looking for a Ph.D. student interested in fundamental questions in population and/or community ecology to begin in the fall of 2017 (although later start dates could be negotiated).  We are happy to hear from students with a wide range of interests -  some examples of topics include (i) the relationship between diversity and stability, (ii) the relative importance of density dependent effects on population dynamics, and (iii) the stability of competitive hierarchies in nature but we are less concerned about the question than the approach.  The approach would involve developing theoretical and/or statistical models that would then be tested on new data (see Houlahan et al. 2017 in Oikos) to assess the predictive ability of those models and how predictive ability changes over time and space.

The successful applicant will have strong quantitative skills, and more particularly, be somebody who is comfortable analyzing data and modeling in something like R or Python.  Students will have an opportunity to improve their analytical and modeling skills, become better grounded in basic ecology theory, and improve writing, logical thinking and problem-solving abilities.  We are interested in ecology, environmental science, computer science and/or mathematics students.  Funding of at least $21,000/year is guaranteed for 4 years and comes from TA’ships, RA’ships and scholarships.

The University of New Brunswick is a comprehensive university with campuses in Saint John and Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada with approximately 10,000 students.  The Houlahan lab is part of the Department of Biological Sciences and The Canadian Rivers Institute at the Saint John campus.  This is a vibrant department with a focus on aquatic and marine biology and more than 50 graduate students.  Saint John is a small (pop – 68,000) attractive, coastal city in southern New Brunswick.

If you are interested in the position drop me a note  at   and attach your cv, transcripts (unofficial or official) and 3 references with contact info.

Expiry date: July 1, 2017.

MSc/PhD positions at the University of Alberta: Soil carbon-greenhouse gas emissions (Posted 2/3/17)

Looking for outstanding students to fill 2-3 MSc/PhD positions for the following projects.

Project 1: Carbon cycling in agroforestry systems. They aim to understand the controls on carbon storage/sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions in agroforestry systems across different climatic regions in Alberta.

Project 2: Manure and compost management and effects on greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions and crop productivity.

Extensive field work will be involved. The projects offer considerable flexibility in designing research programs that investigate areas of personal interest (to the student) within the overall framework of the projects. The projects are in collaboration with Drs. Edward Bork, Cam Carlyle and Xiying Hao within the University of Alberta and with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (Lethbridge), a group of people with very strong research programs that the students will be interacting with.

Students with educational background/training/experience in biogeochemistry, ecology, soil science, global change biology, forestry or other related areas are encouraged to apply. Selection of students will be based on academic achievements, reference letters and if applicable previous research experience. Strong verbal, written, and analytical skills are essential. Having a valid driver’s license and a good driving record would be an asset.

Salary ranges between CAN$24,000 and $25,000/year (from a combination of sources) plus graduate student benefits for a period of 2 (MSc) to 4 (PhD) years. It is preferable that successful candidates start their program in summer 2017 or start their laboratory and fieldwork in summer 2017 while applying to the graduate program at the U of A for the fall of 2017 or January 2018.

Interested candidates should e-mail their transcripts (scanned/unofficial), curriculum vitae, a letter describing their research experience and interests (2-page limit), recent TOEFL (minimum of 100 with each section >22 points), or IELTS scores (minimum of 7.0 with each section > 6.0) (those are minimum requirements of the project/lab. group), if appropriate, and the names and contact information of three references to  Dr. Scott Chang, Professor, Forest Soils and Nutrient Dynamics, Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2E3; Tel: (780) 492-6375; Fax: (780) 492-1767; Email: . Website

Graduate student opportunities in aquatic biogeochemistry at University of Alberta, Edmonton (Posted 2/3/17)

The Catchment and Wetland Sciences group, led by Dr David Olefeldt, studies impacts of disturbances and land management practices on catchment and wetland functions. They have a strong focus on northern peatlands and peatland-rich catchments, with current research conducted on the Boreal and Taiga Plains of western Canada. Here they study topics related to greenhouse gas fluxes, water quality, soil biogeochemistry, terrestrial-aquatic linkages, hydrogeology, permafrost thaw, wildfire, thermokarst, and soil carbon storage.

They are currently looking for at least one new graduate student at either PhD or MSc level to join our group for the fall of 2017, to carry out research with focus on shallow lake biogeochemistry in northern Alberta and in the Northwest Territories. Proficiency with GIS software is an advantage, as well as general knowledge of biogeochemistry, ecology, or aquatic sciences. Specific research topics include impacts of climate change on methane emissions from ponds located in different ecozones of western Canada, or research on impacts of forest management and wildfire on pond water quality.

Interested students with suitable backgrounds and qualified GPA scores are encouraged to explore the information on graduate studies provided by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, and the Department of Renewable Resources.

How to apply: Please send a letter of interest to .

Include resume/CV describing your skills end education, university transcripts and names of three referees. Positions will be open until suitable candidates have been hired.

Full funding for these graduate opportunities is available through Graduate Research Assistant Fellowships, but students are expected to supplement this funding. This may include NSERC funding or other external sources. The University and the Department of Renewable Resources also provide competitive recruitment awards between $5,000 and $10,000 for outstanding MSc applicants, and between $3,000 and $17,000 for outstanding PhD applicants. Graduates from a Canadian University with a GPA>3.7 on a 4.0 scale and international students with equivalent academic accomplishments usually receive a recruitment award.