Tropical Ecology Research Experince for college grads, Puerto Rico, start Jan ’16

Good opportunity for a recent grad?
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TROPICAL FOREST RESEARCH EXPERIENCE FOR COLLEGE GRADUATES – SEEDLING CENSUS January 14 through May 14, 2016 Complete applications must be submitted by November 6, 2015

RESEARCH DESCRIPTION: The University of Puerto Rico will carry out a seedling census in the 16-ha Luquillo Forest Dynamics Plot (LFDP), and in nearby 1-ha chrono-sequence stands of variable age, located in El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico. The LFDP is a member of the Center for Tropical Forest Science network. For this project we are seeking six (6) volunteer interns to help identify and measure seedlings in marked plots in the LFDP and the chrono-sequence stands. Following training in census protocol and database management, the volunteers will work in the forest in teams, spending long hours in the field (8 am until 4 pm, Monday-Friday, with weekends free), often in wet and muddy conditions and on challenging topography. Volunteers will enter all collected data, using database software. While in Puerto Rico volunteers will have the opportunity to learn about diverse aspects of tropical ecology from scientists involved in the Luquillo Long-Term Ecological Research Program.

PERIOD: January 14 through May 14, 2016.

STIPEND: $600 per month to cover food and general living expenses.

ACCOMMODATION: Free accommodation at El Verde Field Station in Puerto Rico. Housing is communal using shared resources. The field station is relatively isolated and transportation is available on a limited basis.

TRAVEL: Refund of up to $750 towards a round-trip plane ticket from mainland USA, if not already living in Puerto Rico.

NOTE: We are unable to provide any medical insurance.

REQUIREMENTS: College graduates with background in biology, ecology, or environmental science, preferably with field-work experience, knowledge of plant identification, and excellent organizational skills. Tropical experience useful, but is not required. We are currently only considering US citizens and permanent US residents for these opportunities.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Interested applicants must fill out the online

Application Form (if the link to the left does not work see
station/internships/luquillo-forest-dynamics-plot-internship- opportunities/lfdp-internship-application).
The following additional materials must also be submitted via email to the LTER Coordinator, Sarah Stankavich, at by November 6:

1) A letter of interest indicating why you wish to work in a tropical forest and describing your relevant experience. Include a statement that you understand your application is for a volunteer position; 2) Full resume;
3) University transcripts (scanned unofficial transcripts are fine);

All email attachments must include the name of the applicant as part of the file name. Please include “seedling census” as part of your subject line, as we may be hiring for multiple positions.

Please email further inquiries to

Following phone interviews, we will inform successful applicants in late November, 2015.

For more information, please see,, and

Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist, Montana, 3 Openings

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Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever


Conrad, Chinook, & Scobey, Montana (3 positions)

Last Date to Apply:

22 Oct 2015


3 Openings
Locations: Conrad, Chinook, & Scobey, Montana

(In your cover letter, please rank the locations in your priority order or specify if you have no preference. Please clearly state if you don’t want to be considered for a particular location.)

The incumbent serves as a Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist providing biological/wildlife/range technical assistance for Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks (MTFWP), Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever (PF) conservation programs to agriculture producers and landowners. This position will be an employee of, and be supervised by Pheasants Forever, Inc. with daily instruction and leadership provided by local partners. Funding is provided by NRCS, MTFWP, DU, PF Chapters, and other state and local sources.

• Provide technical assistance (wildlife biology focus) and guidance to landowners, government agencies, non-government organizations and others (training will be provided the USDA, MTFWP, PF and other local and state agencies).
• Coordinate the implementation and application of biological sciences within the conservation programs in cooperation with NRCS District Conservationist, MTFWP Private Lands Biologist, PF staff, and others.
• Complete contracts, applications and other required documentation for wildlife conservation programs (i.e. EQIP, CRP, ACEP, etc.).
• Communicate program requirements, complete site visits to determine eligibility, and develop plans and contracts for applicants enrolling in USDA Conservation Programs or other state and local conservation programs.
• Perform other related duties as assigned.

Salary: $34,000 – $38,000 + Health Benefits and Retirement Package; Starting Salary: $34,000.

Start Date: 11/16/2015

Qualifications: Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities:
• Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with landowners and partner agencies.
• Ability to work independently with little supervision and with diverse clientele.
• Knowledge of wildlife ecology, wetland and grassland management including the ability to utilize various habitat management tools and techniques in the development of management plans.
• Knowledge of conservation and wildlife programs provided by Federal (i.e. Farm Bill, US Fish and Wildlife Service), State agencies and PF. In addition, knowledge of how these programs are implemented in an agricultural landscape is desired.
• Ability to apply and use GIS tools (i.e. GPS, ARC Map, etc.).
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Strong organizational skills.
• Valid driver’s license required; work vehicle provided; some use of personal vehicle required (mileage reimbursement provided).
• Able to obtain USDA Federal Security Clearance.

Training and Experience Guideline: Any combination of training and/or experience that will enable the applicant to possess the required knowledge, skills and abilities. A general qualification guideline for this position is a Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Management or closely related natural resources field and/or related field experience. Applicants with Range experience or education are preferred. Experience working with private land habitat planning is highly desirable.

To apply, please visit our website at: ONLY ON LINE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Please include your cover letter, resume and 3 references as 1 Word document or PDF file on the Recruitment website.

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever is an EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled.


Contact: Sarah Piotraschke, HR Specialist, spiotraschke

Environmental Policy at Lehigh University

Hi everyone,

A graduate opportunity at Lehigh—see below.




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Discover Environmental Policy Design at Lehigh

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Dear Colleague:

As the director of an undergraduate environmental program, you likely know students who are thinking about pursuing a graduate degree in an environmental field. On behalf of Lehigh University’s Environmental Initiative, I would like to invite you and your students to learn a little more about us. The Environmental Initiative is an interdisciplinary program whose overall mission is to advance humanity’s understanding and awareness of our role in and interaction with our natural environment through research, teaching, and outreach. The Environmental Initiative enables interdisciplinary efforts that transcend typical departmental and college boundaries in degree programs, problem-based research projects, and environmental education for school children, policy-makers, and the general public.

Our Masters of Arts in Environmental Policy Design (EPD) embraces a vision of high-quality graduate education to support the professional and personal ambitions of our students. The EPD program provides an intensive study of the theoretical roots that structure policy and how to evaluate policy processes and outcomes. Some critical features of the program include:

  • Intensive study of policy design and analysis.
  • A flexible program that offers academic concentrations and graduate certificates in Environmental Policy and Law, Sustainable Development, and Urban Environmental Policy and Planning.
  • Multiple tracks through the program for either thesis or coursework only options. Some program options can be completed in 12 months.
  • Student internships are required for the non-thesis tracks. These professional experiences better prepare our graduates for careers in the discipline.
  • Financial aid is available (tuition and stipend). We also provide generous financial support for student research and professional travel.
  • The deadline for on-line application with financial aid consideration is December 1st (for the spring semester) and March 1st (for the fall semester).

Lehigh provides students with state-of-the-art facilities and experiences while maintaining a program size that allow close collaboration between faculty and students. The university is located an hour north of Philadelphia and 90 minutes west of New York City, giving students a reasonable cost of living with easy access to the amenities of a larger urban area.

Discover the difference you’ll find when students benefit from close mentoring relationships with faculty. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Please have a look at our program’s web site and drop me an e-mail if you have any questions. We thank you for your consideration.

Donald P. Morris
Professor, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
Co-Director, Environmental Initiative
Director, Environmental Policy Design Program

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Multiple Graduate (MS and PhD) opportunities at Northern Illinois University

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M.S. and Ph.D. opportunities at Northern Illinois University

The Ecology, Evolution, Behavior, and Conservation faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Illinois University are seeking applicants to the department’s M.S. and Ph.D. graduate programs for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Research interests among the faculty are diverse and include community ecology, restoration ecology, conservation genetics, vertebrate and invertebrate evolution, plant phylogenetics, behavioral ecology, microbial ecology, and bioinformatics. The EEBC faculty includes:

-Nicholas A. Barber, plant-insect interactions, community ecology, and restoration ecology:

-Neil W. Blackstone, invertebrate evolutionary biology:

-Melvin R. Duvall, plant phylogenomics:

-Holly P. Jones, restoration ecology and conservation biology:

-Bethia H. King, behavioral ecology, entomology:

-Richard B. King, herpetology, evolution and conservation:

-Virginia L. Naples, comparative morphology and vertebrate paleontology:

-Karen E. Samonds, paleontology and paleobiogeography:

-Wesley D. Swingley, microbial ecology:

-Yanbin Yin, bioinformatics and evolutionary genomics:

Details of the graduate program and application process are available at The department offers teaching assistantships that include 12 months of stipend support and tuition waiver.
The deadline for application materials is January 1, 2016. However, prospective students should contact potential faculty advisors well in advance of applying to discuss research interests and relevant qualifications.

Northern Illinois University is a 20,000-student research university situated an hour from downtown Chicago in DeKalb, Illinois, a diverse community of 50,000 with a low cost of living. Regional research resources include The Field Museum, Burpee Museum of Natural History, TNC’s Nachusa Grasslands, Morton Arboretum, Fermilab, Argonne National Laboratory, NIU’s Lorado Taft campus, and numerous local county forest preserves and state parks.

PhD Fellowship – Large Scale Avian Conservation in the Great Plains

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PhD Fellowship – Large Scale Avian Conservation in the Great Plains


Oklahoma State University, Stilllwater, OK

Last Date to Apply:

23 Oct 2015


A PhD fellowship in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Oklahoma State University is available as part of the Dr. Fritz L. Knopf Doctoral Fellowship Program in Avian Conservation. This position will focus on large-scale conservation issues for bird populations and/or communities in the Great Plains region. The PhD Fellow will bring together diverse existing data sets to answer conservation-relevant questions related to factors that operate at landscape, regional, and/or national scales (e.g., land use practices, climate change, energy development, disturbance regimes).

Within these broad objectives, the Fellow will have the flexibility to pursue independent research interests under the advisement of Dr. Scott Loss and in collaboration with Drs. Craig Davis, Dwayne Elmore, Sam Fuhlendorf, and Tim O’Connell. There will also be an opportunity to conduct collaborative side-projects and interact with other Knopf Fellows (at Iowa State University, University of Colorado Denver, and Utah State University) and to participate in, contribute to, and use data from existing field projects at OSU. The fellow will be expected to participate in grant applications, peer-reviewed and popular publications as first author and co-author, presentations at regional and national meetings, and professional organizations.

The Knopf Fellowship provides funding to support advanced training of doctoral candidates in pursuit of an illustrious career in avian ecology and conservation. The intent of this funding is to provide the candidate with the opportunity to develop the professional network and prolific record of technical and popular presentations and publications needed to develop a highly competitive young professional. The funding provides a stipend for 4 years (~$21,000 per year), tuition and fees, health insurance, and a professional development allowance to present at professional conferences and for short-term research residencies in labs where other Knopf fellows are based.

Fellowship selection will be based on academic merit as demonstrated by: (1) Academic and professional strengths articulated in letters of nomination, (2) Clarity of direction and commitment to avian ecology research articulated in student’s letter of interest, (3) GPA, (4) Demonstration of effective oral and written communication as demonstrated by professional presentations and/or relevant research published in refereed scientific journals; and (5) Demonstrated leadership. Applicants with extensive experience in spatial analyses (e.g., GIS) and quantitative approaches will be especially competitive. A master’s degree is preferred but not required for students with independent research experience.
TO APPLY: send (by October 23rd, **note, this is an extended deadline on an earlier posting**) applications consisting of a single ZIP file that includes: (1) a statement of interest (2-page max) outlining general interests in avian ecology and specific potential research topics under this fellowship, (2) resume/CV, (3) unofficial academic transcripts, (4) GRE Scores, and (5) contact information for 3 references (that are able to write letters of nomination upon request) to Dr. Scott Loss (; questions should be directed here as well).

Conservation Workers“Waterfowl & Upland gamebirds”OHIO

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Ohio DNR Division of Wildlife


Delaware, OHIO

Last Date to Apply:

01 Dec 2015


Two (2) SEASONAL CONSERVATION WORKERS are needed to provide support for a variety of research and monitoring activities in Ohio. Duties will include trapping and banding of wood ducks, mallards, and mourning doves; conducting habitat/vegetation surveys; conducting surveys of grassland passerines, ruffed grouse, pheasants, and quail; preparation of maps using GIS; data entry; and other duties as assigned. Unusual work schedules and over-night travel are necessary for these positions. One position will start in January and extend through August; the second position will start in March and continue through September.

Salary: $13.44/hour, 40 hours per week, typically M-F

Start Date: 01/11/2016

Qualifications: Ideal candidates will have a familiarity with field identification & handling/banding of waterfowl and grassland birds; experience or training in a variety of waterfowl capture & handling techniques; use of ArcGIS to produce maps; accurate recording of data; and the ability to work early, long hours in unpleasant conditions (heat/humidity, biting insects, etc.).


Contact: Nathan Stricker, nathan.stricker, 740-362/2410 ext. 122

Two Ph.D. assistantships in freshwater ecology at Virginia Tech

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The Carey Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech has funding for two Ph.D. graduate student positions to start in Summer 2016. We are looking for enthusiastic and highly self-motivated students at the Ph.D. level interested in studying freshwater lakes and reservoirs.

Position 1: We are seeking a graduate student who will integrate field data with simulation models to study lake water quality responses to changing land use and climate. This position is part of a recently-funded, multi-institutional NSF project that will model catchment-scale limnological, hydrological, and economic dynamics at Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) sites. The student will be based at Virginia Tech and be co-advised by Dr. Paul Hanson at the Center for Limnology at the University of Wisconsin. We will support the student to travel to the University of Wisconsin annually to learn modeling skills and develop collaborations. This highly interdisciplinary project will involve close collaborations with resource economists, hydrologists, and limnologists to examine the feedbacks between human decision- making and water quality in lake catchments.

Position 2: We are seeking a graduate student to examine phytoplankton dynamics in local drinking water reservoirs. This project involves substantial field sampling with other graduate students and undergraduate assistants to lead a reservoir monitoring program, and will involve multiple opportunities to conduct whole-ecosystem reservoir experiments. This student would interact closely with reservoir managers and local governmental officials to help make recommendations for drinking water management decisions.

We seek conscientious and energetic students who can work independently while participating in a fun and highly collaborative lab environment. To learn more about what we do, please visit our lab website:

The Carey Lab is part of the Virginia Tech Stream Team, an internationally-recognized group of faculty and students focused on understanding the community and ecosystem ecology of aquatic habitats. This vibrant research group provides an ideal environment for conducting graduate work within an interactive and supportive community of aquatic and ecosystem scientists. For more information on the Stream Team Research Group, please see:

Virginia Tech, as Virginia’s leading research institution, has a strong interdisciplinary focus on the environment and natural sciences. Virginia Tech is located in scenic southwestern Virginia, and its close proximity to ponds, reservoirs, streams, woodlands, and other diverse habitats makes it an ideal location for field studies.

Both student positions will be funded on a combination of teaching and research assistantships, which include a competitive stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance benefits. Interested students should send an email letter of inquiry containing an overview of your research interests, your C.V., an unofficial transcript, a list of past research experiences and mentors, and GRE scores (if available) to Please feel free to contact me with questions about the application process, graduate school at Virginia Tech, or potential research questions!