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Undergrad Research Opportunities 03/18/2019

Paid Smithsonian Internship, Washington DC
Researchers with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute are seeking a skilled intern to help with a pilot project on fish communication in Washington DC this summer. A small stipend will be provided. See full description of the project below.

Project Name:
Eavesdropping on Amazonian Fish

Introduction:
At the Smithsonian Institution, 2019 has been declared the Year of Music, an Institution-wide initiative to increase public engagement, advance understanding, and connect communities in Washington, D.C., across the nation, and around the globe. The Smithsonian Year of Music will highlight and share our vast musical holdings, bringing together our resources in history, art, culture, science, and education.

Sounds provide invaluable data about animal behavior and ecosystems and sounds in tropical freshwater habitats are highly understudied in spite of their potential for biodiversity monitoring. As part of the SI Year of Music, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) is implementing a project entitled “Eavesdropping on Amazonian Fish”. This project will record and study the sounds of fish species housed at the Smithsonian National Zoo’s Amazonia exhibit. The goal is to record and understand sounds produced by different Amazonian aquatic species 1) to test methods for monitoring freshwater habitats at our field sites in the Andes and Amazon, and 2) to produce recordings that catch visitors’ attention and pique interest in fish communication. We are seeking an intern to participate in data collection, analysis and communication of results for this project, as well as other related tasks.

Learning Goals and Objectives:
This is a paid internship opportunity in which the intern will work closely with an SCBI researcher and Amazonia senior staff to learn how to collect acoustic data in tanks in the Zoo’s Amazonia Exhibit and potentially at other field sites in the DMV area. The intern will also learn about acoustic data management and analysis, and about communicating the results of acoustic data to the public in a creative and engaging way. We hope to identify an undergraduate student interested in science and music to work on this project.

Through this internship, the intern will learn the following skills as they gain hands-on experience with data collection, analysis and communication:
– Managing and understanding audio recordings of a variety of taxonomic groups, including fish;
– Using ecoacoustics analysis tools and understanding the variety of classification programs available for ecoacoustics data;
– How and when to apply different analytical methods to ecoacoustic and bioacoustic data;
– Working in collaborative scientific research programs with research scientists, zookeepers, administrative staff, and managers
– Conducting thorough reviews of the scientific literature for a specific topic;
– Creating and filling in a detailed database (using Microsoft Excel) to manage acoustic data;
– Synthesizing data and developing presentations for public audiences;
– Internal procedures and processes for executing research and fieldwork and associated tasks;
– Inventory techniques, management and maintenance of equipment used for research purposes;
– Skills associated with program management and tracking timelines

Under the guidance of her/his mentors, the intern will coordinate and cooperate closely with other team staff as necessary to ensure the execution of project goals. In the process of assisting with this project, the intern will have the unique opportunity to become familiar with the details of other research programs at SCBI and interact with staff working on in a variety of roles on projects at the Smithsonian. We will encourage the intern to engage with other interns, fellows, administrative personnel and scientists, and to take part in educational opportunities across the institution at large.

Qualifications:
– Upperclass undergraduate students, recent graduates or graduate level students with an interest in biodiversity conservation, ecology and preferably an interest in music
– A strong inclination for teamwork and organization
– Excellent communication skills, including the ability to communicate science topics to volunteers and other audiences for whom familiarity with subject matter may vary
– Excellent attention to detail, including the ability to accurately record and maintain large databases
– High levels of motivation, as data collection may begin before sunrise and require tolerance for a range of field conditions and climate including heat and high humidity

Locations:
Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington DC, 20560 Amazonia Exhibit, National Zoological Park, Washington DC, 20008

Internship dates:
May 6 – Aug 16, 2019 (15 weeks). An earlier start date would be considered.
The full 15 weeks is preferred, and students must commit to a minimum of 12 weeks, 20 hours/week.

Stipend:
The intern will receive a stipend for a period of up to 15 weeks. College credit is offered if desired; intern is responsible for obtaining necessary approvals from their university. Intern will be responsible for all transportation costs and personal health insurance.

Housing:
Housing is not provided and intern is responsible for making his or her own housing arrangements in the Washington, D.C. area.

Application deadline:
Monday, April 1, 2019

How to Apply:
To apply, send a one-page statement of your interest in pursuing this position to deichmannj@si.edu. The statement should mention relevant experience, career goals, your reasons for wanting this internship, and what you hope to gain from the experience. Please also send a professional resume or CV and indicate your availability with respect to the dates of the internship.

 

Paid Summer Internships with DataONE
Looking for an opportunity to spend your summer working on projects associated with open data infrastructure and community? Apply for a DataONE Summer Internship.

Undergraduates, graduates and recent postgraduates are invited to apply to work remotely with DataONE for nine weeks between May and July 2019. There are six project opportunities, and four internships will be funded with a stipend of $5000 each. Projects are listed below and links are provided to full project description.

– Tools to enhance community driven data management education
– Provenance for Self or Others? A Study with Hands-on Experiments
– Supporting Community Outreach and Advocacy for Open Data
– Reach and Citation of DataONE
– Build capacity for using DataONE via Python
– A Reproducible Network Analysis of the DataONE Linked Open Data graph

For more information on the program, eligibility requirements and application process please visit www.dataone.org/internships. You may also reach out to internship@dataone.org with any questions.

Completed applications are due by March 22nd 2019.

University of California Seasonal Research Assistant

University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources UCCE Modoc County Seasonal Research Assistant Based in Alturas, CA

Under supervision, this position will help with research organization and outreach for a team of UC Cooperative Extension Advisors and UC Cooperative Extension Specialists on a variety of topics. The seasonal research assistant will assist in completing research on groundwater, range management, wild horses, juniper, irrigated lands, and other topics. They will also complete a variety of duties associated with talking to stakeholders, interacting with collaborating agencies, and creating outreach materials. This position will be expected to perform other duties, as needed, including photography, and data input. The ability to work in remote, harsh and rapidly changing environments, work in all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, and interact well with a variety of people is required.

Responsibilities:
– Organizing current research and outreach efforts and data
– Talking to stakeholders, interacting with collaborating agencies, and creating outreach materials
– Field monitoring, photography, and other duties as assigned
Job Requirements and Preferences:
– Experience with plant ID, groundwater, soil sciences, and/or rangeland management
– Experience outdoors on public land, private ranches, or other agriculture experience
– Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Publisher)
– Experience taking pictures and creating posters, presentations, and flyers
– Excellent organizational skills
– Ability to work productively and communicate as part of a team, as well as independently under general direction to accomplish team goals
– Ability to read, interpret and navigate using topographic maps in remote rangeland settings and collecting coordinates with hand-held GPS units
– Valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record and experience operating 4WD vehicles and ATVs on paved and unpaved roads, often in narrow or rocky areas
Job Details:
– Position is based on an approximately 40 hour week with irregular work hours and schedule
– This is an hourly paid internship ($12.50 per hour minimum based on experience)
– Shared housing may be available for $250/month

To Apply: Send Resume, Cover Letter, and 2 References to lksnell@ucanr.edu by April 5, 2019 For questions please contact Laura Snell at 530-233-6400 or lksnell@ucanr.edu UC ANR is an equal opportunity provider and employer

Watershed Conservation Crew- Now Recruiting for summer/fall 2019
The Squam Lakes Association is a non-profit conservation organization that works to conserve the natural beauty, peaceful character, and resources of the Squam watershed. Through conservation, education, and low-impact recreation, the SLA promotes the protection, careful use, and shared enjoyment of the Squam Lakes Region. The Squam Lakes Association is a part of the Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC), an AmeriCorps state program. The Squam Lakes Association has six half-year positions (22.5 weeks) available for the summer/fall LRCC program. LRCC-SLA members scuba dive to remove aquatic invasive species, act as caretakers of our back-country campsites, maintain the SLA’s 50+ miles of trails, monitor water quality, lead volunteer crews, run engaging environmental education programs, remove terrestrial invasive species, educate the public on local and regional conservation initiatives, and more. LRCC-SLA members receive numerous certifications, including scuba diving certification, weed control diver certification, and wilderness first aid. Housing is provided for LRCC-SLA members on the SLA’s campus. While serving with the SLA, LRCC-SLA members will also spend nights out camping while they act as campsite caretakers at SLA’s low-impact island campsites.

Summer/Fall LRCC-SLA members receive the following over the course of the program:
– Scuba diving certification
– Weed control diver certification
– Lake Host training
– NH Safe Boater Certification
– NH Commercial boating license
– Wilderness First Aid & CPR certifications
– Housing with kitchen facilities
– Living allowance: $200 weekly, distributed biweekly
– AmeriCorps Education Award of $2,907 received upon successful completion of program (minimum of 900 hours)

LRCC-SLA is one option of 6 total host sites for summer/fall LRCC. To learn more about other opportunities within the LRCC please visit https://www.squamlakes.org/americorps.

Qualifications
– Must be 18 years of age by May 22, 2019
– Must be covered by health insurance for duration of program
– Must be a competent swimmer
– Able to lift 50 pounds
– Able to carry and use heavy tools while hiking
– Able to hike at least 8 miles in a day
– Able to work independently and with a group
– Available from May 22, 2019 through October 26, 2019 (end date dependent on completion of service hours)
– Must apply online
– Must meet the Corporation for National Community Service’s minimum requirements:
-Must clear all required National Service Criminal History Checks
-Must be a US citizen, US national, or legal permanent resident of the US
-Must be high school graduates, GED recipients, or must be working toward attaining a
high school diploma or GED during their term of service.*

* Although it is not a requirement, the majority of applicants have or are in pursuit of their bachelors degree.

To apply, please visit our website at https://www.squamlakes.org/lrcc-application . Application deadline is 3/31/2019, however the positions will remain open until filled. Applications are reviewed in the order they are received and interviews are currently in process.

2019 Fall Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)

FULLY FUNDED MARINE, OCEANOGRAPHIC AND ATMOSPHERIC UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIPS

The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) has received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), for the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program (http://www.bios.edu/education/reu/) to support internships for undergraduate student research at BIOS during fall 2019 (students will arrive August 25 and depart November 16).

An REU internship at BIOS is an ideal way to gain the experience necessary to embark on graduate studies or careers in oceanography and the marine and atmospheric sciences. REU interns will carry out an independent research project under the expert supervision of BIOS scientists and undertake training in scientific communication, research methods and ethics, and career development. You will give presentations about your research to your peers and colleagues at BIOS. Our program offers the opportunity to take part in various field excursions to learn about Bermuda’s natural history, and all students will have the opportunity to participate in an oceanographic research cruise aboard our research vessel R/V Atlantic Explorer.

Funding includes return air travel to Bermuda, accommodation and meals. Each successful REU applicant will also receive a competitive stipend.

This program provides recipients with the opportunity to design and conduct intensive, hands-on research projects – under faculty supervision and mentorship, within several research areas including:

– Biology, chemistry, and physics of the open ocean
– Biology, physiology, and biochemistry of reef building corals and reef ecosystems
– Molecular biology of marine organisms
– Environmental chemistry of Bermuda’s atmosphere and inshore waters
– Effects and consequences of global environmental change

Further information on the REU program at BIOS can be found here (http://www.bios.edu/education/reu/), including eligibility, application instructions, online application form, past student testimonials and details of the potential projects that students may apply to work on in 2019.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

Completed at least one year of undergraduate study Will still be enrolled as an undergraduate in the fall of 2019
U.S. citizen or permanent resident

The application deadline is May 31st, 2019.

We urge all successful applicants to arrange for independent study credit through their home institutions.
Underrepresented groups, and students attending colleges or universities where research opportunities in STEM are limited, are especially encouraged to apply.
Applicants are ineligible if they have participated in a prior NSF-funded REU in Ocean Sciences

Please contact us for additional information on the BIOS REU program or other BIOS education programs at education@bios.edu

The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences is an independent U.S. not-for-profit marine research and educational organization with 501(c)(3) status and a Bermuda Registered Charity (#116).
Visit us in Bermuda or at www.bios.edu

Summer Field Crew – Forest Dynamics in the Pacific Northwest
We are hiring a crew of three to work on a long-term study of tree growth and mortality in mature and old-growth forests of Oregon and Washington. This research is part of the Pacific Northwest Permanent Sample Plot Program (http://pnwpsp.forestry.oregonstate.edu). Our objective is to understand the long-term patterns and mechanisms of forest dynamics across a diversity of forest types in the mountains of the Northwest. We seek individuals who are interested in ecological research, are detail-oriented, enjoy working outdoors as part of a team, and can live cooperatively with others.

Field season begins June 17, 2019 and wraps up by September 6, 2019. Field crew members will (a) navigate off-trail in steep, brushy terrain to relocate permanent plots using topographic maps, compass and GPS; (b) identify tree species; (c) tag, measure and map trees; (d) assess and document symptoms and causes of tree mortality; and (e) record and check data for completeness and clarity. Crew will be based at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest (http://andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/) near Blue River, OR, where housing is provided at no cost. Some camping will be necessary for sites located in Washington.

Minimum qualifications: (1) enrolled in or graduated from a program in forestry, natural resources, environmental science or related field (or equivalent combination of training and experience); (2) experience or training in forest inventory methods and measurements; (3) experience navigating mountainous terrain using compass, map and GPS; (4) demonstrated ability to work independently and with other crew members in a professional manner while maintaining a positive and safe work environment.

Preferred qualifications: (1) experience or training in identifying the symptoms and causes of tree mortality; (2) familiarity with the woody plants of the Cascade Mountains or proven ability to learn them quickly; (3) prior experience conducting field work and collecting data for research; (4) first-aid or wilderness first-aid training; (5) a demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

Salary: $13-$15/hour
Duration: June 17 to September 6, 2019
For full consideration, apply by March 20, 2019 (closing date is March 31, 2019)

Application depends on student status. You are considered a student if you are enrolled for at least 6 credits in spring and intend to take at least 6 credits in the fall. Copy and paste the appropriate url into your browser or search for the posting number:
Students: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/73252 (posting # P04822SE)
Grads/Non-students: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/73232 (posting # P02015CT)
Click on “Apply for this Job” and follow the instructions.

FMI: Rob Pabst, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University (rob.pabst@oregonstate.edu)

Summer Field Assistant Opportunities – Arctic LTER
The Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory is seeking applicants for 2 summer field assistant positions on an ongoing ecological research project. These positions will be located at the Toolik Field Station in northern Alaska. For additional information about the Ecosystems Center and its programs, visit our web site at http://ecosystems.mbl.edu/. Information about the Arctic Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) project is available at http://ecosystems.mbl.edu/ARC/ and information about the Toolik Field Station is available at http://www.uaf.edu/toolik/.

**Chemistry Summer FA: The successful candidate will participate in research on the quantitative and qualitative analyses of nutrients in natural water samples. Duties include facilitating chemical measurements through the preparation of standards and reagents, and the maintenance of instruments for a multi-user laboratory at the Toolik Field Station. Some field work involved. Prior chemistry experience is required.

**General Aquatic Summer FA: This position will involve sampling lakes for a variety of routine and non-routine limnological parameters, basic data analysis, and some laboratory chemistry. The successful applicant will work under the supervision of one or more senior project collaborators.

Candidates for these jobs should be available to live at Toolik Field Station for 2-3 months during June, July and August. Travel to Toolik Field Station is paid for by the grant as well as the cost of room and board at the station and a salary.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Applicants should be in good health, capable of rigorous outdoor activity, and prepared to live in a field camp where cooperation with others is essential, personal privacy is limited, and living accommodations are spare and simple.

QUALIFICATIONS
* Applicants must be college graduates (BS or MS), with significant course work and/or field experience in ecology.

* Some background in terrestrial ecology, soil science, aquatic ecology, hydrology, chemistry, fish ecology and/or ecosystems ecology preferred. Applicants with skills and experience that is particularly suited to some of our ongoing research (e.g., field photosynthesis systems, advanced analytical chemistry methods) may be considered for employment at higher rank and salary.

APPLY ONLINE: https://go.mbl.edu/summe01068

Yosemite Field Assistant needed
The Woodard lab is seeking two field assistants to help with a queen bumble bee behavioral ecology project in and around Yosemite National Park. Specific duties include catching and tagging queen bumble bees, monitoring bumble bee nest development, and conducting observations of queen foraging behavior. This is a 10-week position from mid May through mid July with housing and travel covered. Some stipend may be available. Applicants must be flexible on exact start and end dates, as these will depend on when queens emerge from diapause in the spring.
Required Skills:
• Comfortable catching and handling stinging insects
• Able to hike over uneven terrain
• Able to lift 50 pounds of equipment
• Able to work independently
• Able to work well in a team
• Excellent attention to detail
• Excellent troubleshooting skills
• Excellent communication and conflict management skills
• Able to work and live in close quarters with little privacy
• Interest in biology, ecology, or related field
Preferred Skills:
• Valid driver’s license
• Wilderness first aid experience
• Previous field work experience
To Apply:
Please send a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information (email and phone number) of 2 references to Erica Sarro (esarr002@ucr.edu) and Hollis Woodard (hollisw@ucr.edu), subject line: “Field Assistant Application – YourLastName”. Applications must be received no later than March 25th, 2019.

 

NSF REU position for undergraduates: Yukon red squirrel behavior and physiology
National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF REU) Position in Mammalian Behavior & Physiological Ecology

Overview: A 14-week NSF REU position is available in the lab of Ben Dantzer at the University of Michigan (https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/dantzerlab/) for May-August 2019. The REU Student will participate in research regarding the effects of elevated maternal glucocorticoids (colloquially referred to as “maternal stress”) on the physiology, behavior, and life history traits of the offspring and design and conduct their own independent research project under the general umbrella of understanding how parents shape the development of their offspring. The REU Student will spend 14 weeks in the Kluane region of the Yukon, Canada as a member of the Kluane Red Squirrel Project (KRSP), which is a 30+ year study of individually-marked North American red squirrels (www.redsquirrel.ca). The REU Student will live and work at our field site and interact with an international team of researchers on the KRSP.
Duties:The REU Student will assist in trapping and handling squirrels, conducting behavioral observations, using VHF telemetry to locate squirrels or their nests, and assist in experimental manipulations of maternal hormone levels. Additional duties will be contingent upon the specific research project of the successful applicant. The successful applicant and the PI will jointly design an independent research project.
Eligibility:All training will be provided and no experience is required. Applicants should have strong enthusiasm for learning, a desire to conduct their own independent research project, and be highly motivated. Applicants should also have an interest in animal behavior, evolutionary biology, ecology, and field biology. Previous experience with field research, independent research, working with wild animals is a plus. The field camp is remote and low tech, so successful applicants must enjoy the outdoors and be able to remain positive and be a responsible team member under relatively isolated and demanding conditions. The successful applicant must be a collaborative team player as they will be working closely with other researchers. Applicants must be current undergraduate students and enrolled in an undergraduate program in Fall 2019. NSF requires that applicants be US citizens or permanent residents of the USA or its possessions. The Dantzer Lab aims to be a welcoming, safe, and inclusive research group and strongly encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups.
Travel, Stipend, & Research Expenses: Travel to and from the field site in the Yukon will be provided as will lodging and food during the duration of the position. The successful applicant will also receive a stipend of $400/week ($5600 total) and an additional $400 will be available to help pay for some of the costs associated with the research project.
Application Procedure: Send a cover letter and CV (with contact info for three references) in an email with the subject “REU Position” to Ben Dantzer (dantzer@umich.edu) by April 5. The cover letter should describe why you want this position, how it fits into your career goals, any record of overcoming challenges, ideas for possible independent research projects, and an overview of your past experiences with independent research, field research, animal handling, and living/working in a remote area. Applications will be considered as they are received.

 

Summer REU positions in northern Alaska
We are 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 investigator, graduate students, and technicians to develop an independent research project of your own that will build on the ongoing research, and will present your work at an informal symposium at the Toolik Field Station. In addition, you will attend weekly seminars on the research at the station. One student will be based at the Toolik Field Station, north of the Brooks Range in arctic Alaska (http://toolik.alaska.edu), which is the focus of research by nearly >100 scientists who work on a variety of terrestrial and aquatic ecology projects. The other student will be based in Fairbanks, Alaska, with frequent trips camping in the boreal forest, and some time at Toolik Field Station. Both positions will last approximately 10 weeks, starting in mid-June, though there is some flexibility.

Class background in plant ecology, botany, ecosystem ecology, statistics, and computer science would be an advantage. Experience in field or laboratory, experience with data analysis, and experience working in a remote field site is preferred. You should have skills with plant identification, data collecting and recording, data manipulation in Excel, and data analysis. You must be willing to work in the field, occasionally under adverse weather conditions. A valid U.S. drivers’s license is preferred. Competent, careful, emotionally mature, and enthusiastic people desired! 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 2019. 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, msbretharte@alaska.edu by March 29, 2019. We will contact you to discuss the position.

 

Internships in biological research, sustainable agriculture, and conservation in the Peruvian Amazon
The Alliance for a Sustainable Amazon (ASA) is seeking interns to assist its international team of biologists and conservationists with various projects spanning biological research and monitoring, sustainable tropical agriculture, and conservation.

LENGTH OF STAY: 4, 8 or 12 weeks
DATES: Rolling basis starting May 27, 2019
LOCATION: Peru, Madre de Dios region.
WEBSITE: https://www.sustainableamazon.org/peruvian-amazon-internships-2019

We have three Internship Programs designed to provide individuals—students, early-career or aspiring scientists, and/or those with a deeper interest in tropical biology or conservation—with the chance to learn through direct, hands-on engagement in basic scientific research and applied conservation projects.

Each of our three Internship Programs share a common academic structure that includes an exploration of topics in tropical biology and conservation through hands-on activities and skills-building exercises, readings and guided discussions of the primary scientific literature and in-depth independent study.
Skills developed by interns:
• Training and practice in basic field research skills, including off-trail navigation and use of GPS and GIS, techniques used in studies of tropical biodiversity, ecology, and conservation (e.g., experimental design, data collection, management, and analysis, forest inventory plots, tree climbing and canopy access, wildlife and insect survey methods, camera trapping, etc.)
• Identification of major Amazonian plant and animal groups (e.g., trees, mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, insects and other invertebrates)
• Sustainable tropical agriculture methods and best practices
• Weekly assigned readings on topics covering tropical biology, sustainable development, and conservation
• Guided reading discussions from the primary scientific literature
• Advanced field research methodology through in-depth Independent Research Project
Interns will contribute to ASA´s various projects in the field through hands-on participation. Ongoing projects for 2019 include the following:
• Biological inventories – Butterflies (hand nets and baited traps), birds (weekly point count surveys and opportunistic sightings), mammals (camera traps), herpetofauna (reptiles & amphibians; nocturnal surveys).
• Butterfly biology – Searching potential host plants for immatures (eggs and caterpillars) and rearing immatures to adulthood in the field laboratory.
• Plant phenology – Weekly surveys for timing of fruiting and flowering of select rain forest tree and plant species, as well as the addition of new species to the project protocol.
• Cacao agroforestry – Growing cacao (source of chocolate) as part of a diverse agroforestry system, incorporating native food, medicine, and fiber plants into the system.
• Environmental education – We are working to create awareness of environmental issues and foster an environmentally-conscious society in the southern Peruvian Amazon. Our environmental education projects focus mostly on elementary and high school children in Madre de Dios, Peru.

Independent research
Interns staying 8-12 weeks (Advanced & Academic Quarter programs) have the option of completing an in-depth independent research project on a topic of their choosing that is aligned with the ASA`s research priorities, under the guidance of ASA faculty. This allows interns to build upon what they learn at the beginning of the program and apply it to a project in an area that is novel or interesting to them. Topics may also be assigned in an area of our faculty’s academic expertise, including wildlife biology and ecology, entomology, botany, natural history, sustainable tropical agriculture, and community development.
Past interns have completed a variety of projects, including the construction of artificial macaw nest boxes, inventories of rain forest carbon stocks, and diagnostic surveys in local communities, among others. Follow this link to view published interns research reports: www.sustainableamazon.org/publications

Requirements:
An academic background or strong interest in biology, ecology, agriculture, or conservation is highly recommended. We do not offer academic credit through our organization, but we are happy to work with your home institution so that interns may gain credit. All instruction at the site is in English. Although Spanish is not required, at least basic skills are useful.

More information and how to apply:
For more details about our Internship Programs in the Peruvian Amazon and how to apply please visit our website www.sustainableamazon.org/internships-2019. For general inquiries please contact us at info@sustainableamazon.org

Apply Button / link:
www.sustainableamazon.org/internships-register

 

REU opportunity in terrestrial ecosystem ecology
University of Georgia

I am seeking an undergraduate with a strong interest in terrestrial ecosystem ecology for a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position this summer. This is a 10-week program (mid May-July) where a student would work on a project in forests of the southern Appalachian mountains studying the nitrogen cycle and legacies of disturbance (more details on the project below). The REU position is full time (40 hrs/week) and pays $7500 for the summer. The position will be based in Athens, GA but several 1-day and overnight field trips to the Coweeta Hydrologic Lab and neighboring forests will be required.

Interested students can apply by sending Dr. Nina Wurzburger (ninawurz@uga.edu) the following documents by April 1st, 2019:

1) A cover letter stating their interest and qualifications

2) A CV or resume with contact information of 2 references

Project Description:

The REU student will assist with an ongoing project focused on long-term patterns in forest recovery from disturbance. Specifically, we are interested in the fate of nitrogen fixed by Robinina pseudoacacia (black locust) after the disturbances of the early 20th century (logging and the demise of chestnut). The primary goal of the REU student will be to quantify the fate of historically-fixed nitrogen and how it has changed nitrogen cycling over decades of forest recovery. The student will also be encouraged to develop an independent research project that fits within our broader project goals of understanding historical legacies of nitrogen fixation, including: soil microbial activities, N isotopes in soils and vegetation and relationships with mycorrhizal symbioses. For more information on lab research interests, see Wurzburger lab webpage.

Student Activities:

1) Training in field-based research including sampling plants and soils, which requires substantial off-trail hiking.

2) Training in lab-based research techniques including analyzing soils for available nitrogen, quantifying potential denitrification and extracellular enzyme activities, grinding soil and plant samples and preparing tin capsules for elemental and isotopic analysis.

3) Data analysis and interpretation includes reading relevant literature, lab group discussions and organizing a research presentation that summarizes the findings from this work.

4) Present research at REU symposium at Coweeta at the end of the summer.

 

Aquatic Invasives Strike Force Crew Member: 675-hr AmeriCorps Position
Program Overview:
The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference is a volunteer-powered organization that builds, maintains, and protects public trails. Our Conservation Corps is comprised of Service Members dedicated to trail building and invasive species management to both protect and maintain the ecological landscape of New York and New Jersey. Together with our partners, we strive to ensure that the trails and natural areas we share are sustainable and accessible for all to enjoy and generations to come.

The Invasives Strike Force (ISF) is a program of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, a non-profit organization focused on the stewardship of more than 2,150 miles of hiking trails throughout southern New York and northern New Jersey. The Aquatic ISF is a recent expansion of the TCCC, partnered with Teatown’s education-based Watercraft Inspection Steward Program to inform boaters and other recreational water users about aquatic invasive species (AIS) identification, negative impacts, and spread prevention through voluntary watercraft inspections. Together, our two ISF crews also complete invasive species surveys, control work, and lead volunteer removal teams throughout the region.
We are seeking four crew members who share our passion for conservation of freshwater ecosystems and the Lower Hudson Valley. The crew member is responsible for working with the AISF Crew Leader and program coordinator to perform successful completion of projects.

Aquatic plant and animal identification, survey training, and steward training will be provided. Weekend work is required – days off will be during the week. For more information about our Corps, check out www.nynjtc.org/corps

Service Location: The Lower Hudson Valley of New York and Northern New Jersey

Term of Service: 675 hour term of service May 2 through September 16, Thursday-Monday (hours may vary from 7:00 AM-7:00 PM)

Duties and Responsibilities:
– Conduct aquatic invasive species surveys at various inland waterbodies within the Lower Hudson Valley
– Educate boaters about aquatic invasive species and teach clean boating practices, i.e. by distributing outreach and educational material to watercraft users
– Perform voluntary boat inspections before boats enter and after they exit a body of water, and remove any invasive plants and animals from the watercraft as well as conducting boater-habit surveys
– Keep accurate, timely and detailed records of activities
– Informally educate the public about invasive plants and recruit volunteers
– Complete one seasonal research or education project (literature review, develop outreach materials, update website AIS species database, etc.)

Skills and Attributes Required:
– Interest in aquatic invasive species education and management
– Must be organized, responsible and detail-oriented
– Strong verbal communication skills and ability to interact with the public
– Ability to maintain a positive attitude in adverse conditions
– Work professionally at all times with crew members, volunteers and park partners.
– Must be able to conduct moderate physical field work in rugged terrain and aquatic environments
– Must hold and maintain a valid Class D driver’s license
– Must have reliable cell phone
– Must have access to a reliable vehicle for transportation of self, tools, and supplies to field sites (including kayaks/canoes with racks provided)
– Must be willing to travel throughout the Lower Hudson Valley to assigned launches and survey locations

Desired Qualifications:
– College education in ecology, biology, natural resources management or related field.
– Basic knowledge and ability to identify native and invasive aquatic vegetation of New York
– Experience with ArcGIS software and with using a hand-held GPS to perform vegetation surveys
– Must be able to work weekends and holidays on a regular basis throughout employment
– Demonstrated outreach skills and teaching experience

*Preference will be given to those with a strong desire to learn, lead, and educate others about invasive species, regardless of previous experience. To reflect this, no scientific background is required.

Member Benefits:
– Free rustic, lakeside housing at a local park
– Bi-weekly pre-tax living allowance not to exceed $7,900 total
– Upon successful completion of the program, an education award of $2,321
– Opportunity for qualified student loan deferment
– Training in Wilderness First Aid/CPR/AED and Basic Kayak Safety
– Travel reimbursed up to $600
– Opportunity to serve local communities and the public by making a difference in the environment and improving habitats in a tangible way.

Enrollment Requirements:
An individual must be at least 18 years of age; have a high school diploma or GED; be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien; pass a three-part national service criminal history check of the national sex-offender registry, state repository check, and FBI fingerprint check; and complete all pre-service orientation and training requirements. Documentation of age, education and citizenship are due by the first day of orientation. Criminal history checks will be initiated before the start of service; an individual will be ineligible if s/he is required to register on the National Sex Offender Registry, has been convicted of murder, or fails to disclose any previous conviction. Other convictions or pending charges will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with program policy.

To Apply:
Go to https://www.nynjtc.org/corpsmembers
Applications accepted until the positions are filled. For questions, feel free to email AIS Program Manager Lindsay Yoder at lyoder@teatown.org

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE FOR UNDERGRADUATES: THE EFFECTS OF CONTAMINANTS AND PARASITES ON AMPHIBIANS AND AQUATIC COMMUNITIES
The research group of Rick Relyea at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Department of Biological Sciences) has an NSF-funded research opportunity (REU) for an undergraduate student interested in the effects of contaminants and parasites on amphibians and aquatic communities.

The successful candidate will conduct independent research with the ultimate goal of publishing the work. Previous REU students have published their work in the world’s leading ecological journals including Ecology, Ecology Letters, and Oecologia. Students will be trained in all aspects of conducting ecological research as part of a diverse research team that examines the ecology and evolution of aquatic organisms. The experience will include collecting animals from ponds, swamps, and marshes and conducting laboratory and field experiments.

The research experience occurs from May through August (12 weeks) at the Aquatic Research Facility and at the Institutes field station (the Darrin Fresh Water Institute). During this time, the student will be paid $12/hour. There also are funds available for research supplies and travel to nearby field sites (having a vehicle is required).

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and enrolled as an undergraduate student. Minority applicants are especially encouraged.

Interested students should send a resume, a list of references, and a brief cover letter detailing their interests in this research opportunity to Dr. Rick Relyea at relyer@rpi.edu. All applications should be submitted by 31 March 2019.

For more information about the Relyea Lab, check out: https://relyealab.wixsite.com/relyea-lab

 

Recreation Technicians Needed in Wyoming
The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the BLM-WY, is recruiting two Recreation & Wilderness Technicians to assist in resource management with the Rawlins Field Office and the Casper Field Office. Duties may include a combination of the following activities:

• Perform Recreation Site monitoring and Wilderness Study Area monitoring, including associated documentation, in accordance with BLM policy;
• Perform Travel Management Plan monitoring and maintenance;
• Assist with sign plan management and inventorying;
• Assist with the Special Recreation Permit program and associated administrative actives;
• Assist in creation of recreation brochures, factsheets, and interpretive public information;
• Participate in education programs in schools to present topics such as wilderness, and other natural resource and recreation subjects; and
• Work with partnerships associated with the Upper North Platte River and the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.

This position provides professional development experience in recreation resource management and visitor services on public lands. Part of this work will require heavy physical exertion in hot, dry conditions. Work may be required on weekends. Field sites are in remote locations, and some backcountry camping and four-wheel drive will be required.
• Rate of Pay: $18.00/hour
• Medical benefits (health and dental)
• Paid personal leave
• Barracks housing available for low cost

Rawlins, Wyoming – 2 positions available
Pinedale, Wyoming – 1 positions available
Cody, Wyoming – 1 position available (3 month duration beginning in May)

To learn more and apply please follow the link below:
http://crcareers.thegreatbasininstitute.org/careers/careers.aspx?rf=ECOLOG&req=2018-RAP-089

 

Summer REU position in prairie plant responses to winter climate change
We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic undergraduate for a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) position for summer 2019 to conduct a research project related to understanding how the cold tolerance and phenology of plants affects how species respond to winter climate change. This REU position will be mentored by Dr. Ellen Damschen (Professor, UW-Madison) and Jon Henn (PhD Student, UW-Madison). The goal for this position is to work with the student to develop a project that is broadly related to the question, “What factors affect how prairie plants respond to changes in winter climate?” and could involve field work monitoring plant phenology, lab work operating a thermal camera to measure cold tolerance, and/or greenhouse work measuring plant traits.

Prospective applicants should have a keen interest in plant ecology and physiology and must be able to work outside. This is a full time position that starts in late May and will end in August. The student will receive a stipend of $5,400 over a 12 week period and funds for research expenses and travel/housing allowance. The student will live in Madison, WI for the summer and interact with the Damschen lab group throughout their stay in Madison.

Interested undergraduates should email Jon Henn (henn2@wisc.edu) with a subject line of, “Application” and a copy of their CV or resume, a brief statement of interest (~1 paragraph), and contact information for 2 references.

Applications are due by March 25nd, 2019.

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