MS Assistantship: Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at San Diego State University

FW by Andy Wilson

The Conservation Ecology Lab ( at San Diego State University seeks a self-motivated and hardworking graduate student at the M.S. level to conduct research on mule deer ecology and conservation through an assessment of population estimation techniques in partnership with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The goal of this project is to implement a population survey of southern mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus fuliginatus) in southern California and to determine how the efficacy of survey methodologies varies across terrain and vegetation. The research project will focus on applied conservation science, and wildlife, landscape, and quantitative ecology. Potential research questions may include topics related to setting conservation targets for local deer populations, identification of wildlife corridors to support deer populations, and how built landscape features (e.g., roads and urbanization) may affect mule deer demographics in southern California.

Minimum qualifications:
• Overall undergraduate GPA > 2.85 for the last 60 semester units, and at least 3.0 for all upper division biology courses.
• General GRE scores of at least 156 Verbal, 150, and 4.5 Writing. A GRE Biology subject test is not required.
• For foreign students, a minimum score on the TOEFL exam of 550 (paper exam) or 80 (computer-based exam) is required.
• A Bachelor’s degree in Biology or related Field (e.g., Environmental Science, Range Management) from any accredited college or university, with coursework comparable to the undergraduate program in Biology at San Diego State University. Students may be asked to take additional coursework to fill curriculum deficits.

Preferred qualifications:
• Demonstrated interest in conservation and wildlife ecology • Experience in independent research and development of research questions
• Experience in field work – ability to hike long distances in difficult terrain and operate 4×4 manual transmission vehicles • Strong writing skills

To apply, submit the following to Drs. Megan Jennings
( and Rebecca Lewison ( by Dec 1, 2016:
1) Cover letter summarizing your interest in the position, qualifications, experience, and research and career goals
2) Curriculum Vitae
3) Academic transcripts (unofficial ok)
4) GRE scores (unofficial ok)
5) Names and contacts for three professional references Selected applicant will also be required to apply for admission to the San Diego State Master’s program in Ecology. Applications for Fall 2017 admission to the MS program are due on February 1, 2017. For more information on the program, visit

CLM Internship Program is now accepting applications for paid internships!

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The Conservation and Land Management Internship Program is now accepting applications for 2017! Apply online at

Each year, the Conservation and Land Management Internship Program places 100-120 college graduates in five-month paid internships to assist biologists with our federal (BLM, NPS, FWS, FS, USGS and others) and non-profit partners. Each internship is unique and may focus on botany, wildlife, or a combination of the two. The majority of our internships have a heavy emphasis on botany. Interns assist in a wide variety of projects depending on the needs of their field office. Examples of projects include: collecting seed for restoration and conservation purposes, performing surveys for threatened and endangered species and habitats, and collecting data on species reintroduction and habitat management experiments. Applicants with strong botany experience are especially encouraged to apply!

Benefits of the CLM Internship Program are numerous. As a CLM intern, you will receive a stipend paid every two weeks totaling $13,500 over 5 months and will attend an all- expenses paid week-long training workshop at the Chicago Botanic Garden. In addition, the CLM Internship Program provides opportunities to make connections in various governmental and non-profit organizations, to learn what it’s like to work at a federal agency, to explore your career goals and expand your resume.
Applications are due January 15th but we encourage applicants to apply soon as we review applications on a rolling basis – the sooner your application is complete, the sooner we can review your files and consider you for available positions!

For more information and to apply online, please visit:

Graduate Assistantships/Fellowships, Michigan State University

FW by Andy Wilson


Graduate Assistantships/Fellowships

Graduate assistantships/fellowships are available for outstanding self-motivated students to conduct innovative and high-impact research at the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS) at Michigan State University (

Research topics may include sustainability science, coupled human and natural systems, biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services, human well-being, land change science, forest and landscape ecology, global change, systems integration (integration of ecology with demography, economics, sociology, technology, and policy; integration of land, water, and/or energy such as food-energy-water nexus), wildlife ecology and conservation (e.g., giant pandas in China and polar bears in Alaska), systems modeling and simulation (e.g., agent-based modeling), and telecoupling (socioeconomic and environmental interactions over distances, through means such as globalization, human and animal migration, species dispersal, species invasion, disease spread, spread of pollutants and wastes, trade of goods and products, flows of ecosystem services, environmental and hydrological flows, foreign investment, technology transfer, water transfer, and tourism, Papers on these topics by CSIS faculty and students have been published in journals such as Science, Nature, and PNAS (see

With flexible start dates (e.g., summer or fall of 2017), successful candidates can build on these previous studies and explore new frontiers of research.

Application materials include: (1) letter of application, (2) statement of professional goals, (3) CV or resume, (4) transcripts, (5) GRE scores, (6) TOEFL scores (for non-native English speakers only), (7) list of 3-4 references (names and contact information), and (8) up to three representative publications if any. Unofficial copies of GRE, TOEFL and transcripts are OK initially.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible, or until the positions are filled. Applications and questions about these opportunities can also be emailed to:

Jianguo (Jack) Liu

Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability

Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI 48823-5243, USA


30 Graduate Positions in Biology (M.S.), for Fall 2017, Clarksville, TN

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The Graduate Program in Biology at Austin Peay State University (APSU) invites applications for admission to our MS thesis-track program for Fall 2017. The program comprises approximately 30 students supported by research and teaching assistantships. APSU (11,000 students) is located in Clarksville, TN, 45 minutes northwest of Nashville and is in close proximity to remnant prairies, numerous parks and public lands, and diverse aquatic ecosystems. For more information about the Biology Department and resources for research, please visit

The application deadline for Fall 2017 admission is March 1. For more information on application and admission requirements, see Successful applicants will receive support from teaching or research assistantships and receive a full tuition waiver.

Because support of a faculty advisor is necessary for admission to the M.S. thesis-track plan of study, interested students should communicate with potential faculty research mentors as part of the application process. The following faculty are recruiting students for the upcoming Fall 2017-18 academic year. Carol Baskauf (
Population genetics and ecophysiology of plants, focusing on rare species of conservation concern; comparisons of genetically or ecologically relevant attributes of rare and widespread congeners.

Mollie Cashner (
Evolution of reproductive behavior in fishes using both experimental and molecular approaches.

C.M. Gienger (
Ecology of amphibians and reptiles.

Rebecca Blanton Johansen ( Evolution, phylogeography, and conservation of freshwater fishes and crayfishes.

Jason Malaney (
Species-environment relationship with research focused at the interface of ecology and evolution; focused questions target a better understanding of the factors responsible for generating and maintaining diversity of wild mammals using specimen-based research.

Gilbert Pitts (
Reproductive neuroendocrinology, particularly, control of gonadotropin-releasing hormone.

Stefan Woltmann (
Behavioral and breeding ecology of birds associated with forested streams; ecology of imperiled grassland/prairie birds in the region.

Amy Thompson (
Study of cellular damage caused by brown recluse spider venom and identification of drugs that might reverse damage; characterization of brown recluse spider sodium channels to aid in pesticide additive development to control spider populations; identification of limitations of currently used assays for determining gluten content in foods.

Austin Peay State University embraces diversity as a core value and as essential for our effective participation in the global community. Therefore, Austin Peay State University (APSU) does not discriminate against students, employees, or applicants for admission or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, age, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or any other legally protected class with respect to all employment, programs and activities sponsored by APSU.

Energy Program Specialist Test Open

Hi everyone,

Are you interested in energy work with the PA state government? See below.



From: To support info and resource sharing among PA’s green leading colleges. [] On Behalf Of Campbell, Kerry
Sent: Friday, October 14, 2016 9:13 AM
Subject: Energy Program Specialist Test Open


I’m advising you of a potential opportunity for you to share with any graduates you know who may be interested in energy work with Pennsylvania state government.

The Energy Program Specialist test is open, and closes October 29. Taking this exam is the main way for qualified folks to be considered for energy jobs with the Commonwealth. Please encourage any smart and talented people you know to take the test. Thank you.

Civil Service Exam Notification – Energy Program Specialist

Please be advised that the Energy Program Specialist exam opened on September 28, 2016 and will be open until October 29, 2016. If you are interested in taking this examination, please apply through the Civil Service Commission’s website at

Thank you. – Kerry

Kerry Campbell| Environmental Group Manager
Office of Pollution Prevention and Energy Assistance

Department of Environmental Protection
Rachel Carson State Office Building
400 Market Street | Harrisburg, PA 17101
Phone: 717.772.5985 | Twitter: @PennsylvaniaDEP

Internship ideas

ES majors and minors –

For those of you who were not able to attend the “Planning for Future Success” event a few weeks back, make sure to check out the link of the same name on Course and Career Planning Page:

There you will find all kinds of advice about how to plan for life after Gettysburg.

Speaking of which, check out this list of internships (paid and unpaid, for credit and not for credit) that ES students have done over the last few years…

Altoona Regional Health System
Alumni Relations
Annapolis Maritime Museum
Armstrong World Industries
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Cape Henlopen State Park
Cape May Whale Watch
Center for Public Service
Collaborating for the Youth
Community Options, Inc.
Cucurbit Farm
Dept of Envi Protection
Elmwood Park Zoo
Everblossom Farm
Facilities Services
Ford Flower Shop
Friends of Casco Bay
Gettysburg College
Gettysburg College CEP
Gettysburg College Dining
Gettysburg College Facilities
GoGet Carshare
Greenwich Department of Health
Hauser Estate Winery
Hoboken Brownstone Company
James A. Finnegan Foundation
Mack Trucks
Mahwah Environmental
Maine Wildlife Park
MD Energy Administration
Merrill Creek Reservoir
Metropolitan Waterfront Allian
Moody’s and Associates
National Aquarium
National Park Service
Natural Resource Solutions LLC
Naval Academy Athletic Ass.
NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island
NJ Conservation Foundation
Norwell Farms
Office of Attorney General
Office of Congressman Tom Reed
Office of Senator Blumenthal
Office of Student Activities
Oregon Sea Grant
PA Dept. of Env. Protection
PA Environmental Council
Painted Turtle Farm (ES & CPS)
Philadelphia Zoo
Project Gaia
PSI, Inc.
Riverhead Foundation
Sierra Club
Special Collections
Strawberry Hill Nature Pres.
The Bryn Mawr School
The Maritime Aquarium
The Women’s Center
U.S. Forest Service

Science Coordinator Position in Alaska

Science Coordinator Position

Conservation Biology

Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative

Anchorage or Fairbanks, Alaska

The Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) seeks candidates for a science coordinator position in conservation biology. This permanent position is based in either Anchorage or Fairbanks, Alaska.

The Arctic LCC is a public-private partnership to promote coordination, dissemination, and development of applied science to inform conservation of natural and cultural resources in the face of climate change and other landscape-scale stressors. Its efforts are directed by a steering committee that provides guidance and oversight to the core staff. The committee is composed of the designated representatives of State, Federal, and Alaska Native entities participating in the Arctic LCC with an emphasis on field-level staff responsible for management and conservation of land and natural resources in the region. It is part of a national/international network of 22 Landscape Conservation Cooperatives.

The successful candidate will coordinate science in support of landscape conservation strategies and ecosystem-based management in the Arctic.

The ideal candidate will be able to eventually lead and collaborate on research in landscape, wildlife, and/or conservation ecology that supports implementation of ecosystem-based approaches to natural resource management. The Science Coordinator will engage in regional, national, and international efforts to coordinate Arctic ecosystem science and to help secure funding for high priority initiatives as well as represent the interest of partners in various national meetings associated with landscape conservation initiatives. As the Arctic LCC provides some funding for research, the job also involves reviewing science proposals and scientific publications.

Applications should include a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references.

Application deadline: Thursday, 6 October 2016.

For more information and application instructions, go to:

For more information about the Arctic LCC, go to:

For questions, contact

Wendy Loya

Email: wendy_loya

Phone: 907-786-3532

Sarah Principato, Professor

Department of Environmental Studies

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA 17325