Masters research opportunity in coastal microbial ecology, Tulane

FW by Andy Wilson>>>>

***Please note that the application deadline is approaching on May 1 ***

MS research opportunity in coastal plant-microbial ecology

The Van Bael laboratory in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University seeks applications from students who are interested in pursuing a one year master’s degree (non-
thesis) in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, combined with a research experience on coastal plant ecology and microbial ecology. Selected master’s students will work with Dr. Van Bael and a team of Ph.D. and undergraduate students to gain research experience in plant ecology studies, sterile culture work with bacteria and fungi, and molecular techniques. This research experience is a perfect opportunity for students deciding whether or not to pursue a Ph.D., or for students that need to strengthen their graduate school applications.
Read more about our lab’s research at:

Tulane University is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, a select group of the 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada with ‘preeminent programs of graduate and professional education and scholarly research.’ Tulane is located in the historic Gulf Coast city of New Orleans, which is known for its culture, food and music. The program deadline is May 1 for starting in August.

Please read more about the one year master’s program at:

For information or questions about the research experience, email Dr. Sunshine Van Bael, at Please be sure you have read the information at the link above before inquiring. No financial aid is available for this program.

For general information or questions about the one-year masters program, email Dr. Cori Richards-Zawacki, at


Job announcement: Restoration Ecologist in Las Cruces, NM

FW by Andy Wilson>>>>

Restoration Ecologist ($14.90-$19.71/hour) One energetic, competent assistant needed to support the Jornada Experimental Range with regional-scale research in the Chihuahuan Desert of southern New Mexico. Duties will consist of approximately 50% office work (literature review, data entry, error-checking and organization) and approximately 50% field work (restoration experiments, vegetation sampling, soil characterization and sampling). Field sites are located in southern New Mexico. Field work requires extensive travel (one to four hours to access sites) throughout southern New Mexico and long hours in the field. Some sites are accessible only on foot over rugged terrain. Field conditions may range from hot (100’s) to cold (30’s), and windy.
Job Title: Program Coordinator or Program Specialist, Senior Appointment Type: Temporary, 40 hrs/wk Pay Rate: $14.90 – $19.71 / hour (commensurate with education and experience) Start Date: flexible, between 6/15/2015 and 8/1/2015 Duration: 6 months (with possibility of extension) Positions Available: 1

Job Duties: Position supports restoration projects and monitoring by federal agencies, initiating a seeding experiment, and other landscape ecology research. Field duties include working on a team sampling plant communities (line-point intercept, belt transect, ocular estimates, plant production and utilization methods), digging soil pits, characterizing soils, collecting monitoring and inventory data. Independent field duties include initiation of a seeding experiment. Office duties include literature review, developing the seeding experiment, data entry, data error-checking and other tasks. Assistants will be trained, calibrated and become proficient in standardized vegetation and soil methods used by federal agencies, researchers and international aid organizations.

Qualifications: Master of Science in Ecology, Natural Resources, Biology, Range Science or related programs preferred; Bachelor’s plus experience accepted. Experience collecting vegetation and soil field-based measurements. Plant ID experience desirable. Ability to: (1) make sound judgments using analytical skills, (2) follow oral and written instructions, (3) assemble and record accurate, detail-oriented field data, (4) navigate to monitoring plots using maps and GPS units, (5) identify Chihuahuan Desert flora, (6) work as a team member under the direction of a team leader, and (7) work independently. The ability to work long days outdoors under inclement weather conditions is required. Must be able to hike long distances, carrying field equipment. Must have a valid U.S. driver’s license. Experience driving on rugged terrain using 4-wheel drive is preferred.

To Apply: Applicants must apply through NMSU ( Please be prepared to submit a letter of application, a resume, transcripts, and contact information (name, email address and phone number) for three references. Inquiries may be addressed to: Laura Burkett
P.O. Box 30003 MSC 3JER
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM 88003

PA Department of Ag – Plant Health seasonal jobs

Subject: PA Department of Ag – Plant Health seasonal jobs

We still have several temporary field and lab jobs available. I would be grateful if you would share the attached announcement with potential candidates.

Thank you!

n Ruth

Ruth Welliver |Plant Pathology Program Manager

PA Department of Agriculture |Plant Industry

2301 N. Cameron St. | Harrisburg, PA 17110

Phone: 717.772.5222 | Fax: 717.783.3275

2015- PDA Job Announcement-plant health.pdf

Job: Spring Inventory Field Technician, BLM, Winnemucca, NV

FW by Andy Wilson>>>>
The Great Basin Institute is working cooperatively with the Bureau of Land Management Winnemucca District Office to inventory naturally occurring springs on sage grouse Population Management Units (PMUs). These PMUs are considered priority habitat for the greater sage-grouse (*Centrocercus urophasianus*), which the United States Fish and Wildlife Service has determined is warranted for listing as threatened, but precluded. Two (2) Field Technicians will be hired to support field efforts such as conducting meadow, spring, and water quality inventories, including collection of qualitative and quantitative data on riparian habitat characteristics, and map riparian areas using GPS units and ArcGIS technology. Additionally, Technicians will monitor for the effect of continuing drought on springs and surrounding areas, as well as assist with drought monitoring, as a component of District-wide efforts to monitor the impacts and effects of long-term drought. The Technicians will utilize digital cameras, portable water quality meters, and standardized field forms. Office tasks include planning field work locations using ArcGIS software, transferring and processing data from GPS using ArcMap, and conducting data input from previous data collection efforts. Travel across the district and field camping for up to four nights per week is required.

*Compensation and Timeline*:

o Rate of Pay: $15.00/hour

o Field per diem when overnight camping is required

o Paid health and dental benefits

o 17-week appointment beginning May 18, 2015 (or upon availability and completion of a DOI Background Investigation)

o Full-time, 40 hours per week (minimal overtime may be required occasionally)


The BLM Winnemucca District lies roughly in the northwest part of Nevada, nested in the basin and range province of the western U.S. The Winnemucca District Office is located about 2.5 hours east of Reno on I-80, 2 hours west of Elko on I-80, and 5.5 hours south of Boise on SR-95. Elevations range from approximately 4,000 to close to 10,000 feet. The District encompasses approximately 11 million acres, of which 7.38 million acres are public lands managed by the BLM.

Local applicants or those with limited relocation requirements will be strongly considered.


o Bachelor’s Degree in Physical or Ecological Sciences (such as Environmental Science, Ecology, Hydrology, Rangeland Management or related subject) or a combination of experience and education, with a minimum of 3 years of undergraduate education leading to a Bachelor’s Degree;

o Experience in water quality data collection and/or landscape/habitat assessments;

o Experience using hand-held GPS equipment for data collection and navigation;

o Ability to read and navigate using topographic maps and a compass;

o Working knowledge of creating maps using ArcGIS and experience processing GPS/GIS data;

Willingness and ability to work in harsh and variable desert conditions, including extreme temperatures;

Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience including co-workers, agency and GBI staff, and the general public;

o Ability to work in teams and independently and be self-motivated both in the office and in the field with limited supervision;

o Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work assignments;

o Willingness to camp in remote, undeveloped sites for multiple days; and

o Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and familiarity safely operating 4WD vehicles on- and off-road.

o Successful applicant(s) must complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI). Applicants who already possess a favorably adjudicated BI should reference that in their cover letter.

*How to Apply*:

Qualified and interested applicants should forward a cover letter, their résumé, and a list of three professional references to Amy Gladding, GBI HR Coordinator, at Please include where you found this position posted.

We conform to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, age, disability status, Genetic Information & Testing, Family & Medical Leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We prohibit Retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint or otherwise oppose discrimination.

Job opportunity

NEON, Inc. seeks Field Technician

Ecology Instrumentation

Fairbanks, Alaska

NEON, Inc. seeks applications to the position of field technician (level 1, 2, or 3 depending on skills, experience, and education). The position is fulltime and will be based in Fairbanks, Alaska.

This position supports sites in the Taiga and Tundra Domains. Taiga Domain candidate sites are located at the Caribou-Poker Creeks Research Watershed near Chatanika, AK, south of Delta Junction, AK and near Healy, AK. Tundra Domain candidates sites are located at Toolik Field Station south of Prudhoe Bay and at Barrow Environmental Observatory.

The Taiga and Tundra domains include most of Alaska.

Responsibilities include testing, troubleshooting, and operating instruments, calibration equipment, and test fixtures; inspecting and maintaining civil infrastructure including boom arms, sensor mounts, towers, boardwalks and instrument huts; assisting the NEON Systems Engineering Product Team with instrument installation and testing (approximately the first 6 months; and recording activities, completed work, and trouble tickets according to field operations protocol. The work is physical and involves walking, hiking, prolonged standing, walking, and bending. Heavy items (e.g. equipment and packs up to 40

pounds) must be lifted and carried on a routine basis.

The position is open until filled.

The intended start date is 8 June 2015.

For further information (including details of the position levels 1-3) or to apply, please click on the ‘Field Technician I, II, III – Instrumentation’ link at:

For questions, please contact:

Keller Noble

Phone: 720-921-2621

Email: careers

Sarah Principato, Associate Professor

Department of Environmental Studies

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA 17325



Summer Undergraduate Research Assistant: Forest Health in the Great Lakes Region

FW by Andy Wilson>>>>>

An undergraduate research assistant position is available in the lab of Dr. Chhin in the Department of Forestry at Michigan State University (MSU).


The undergraduate assistant will primarily conduct field and laboratory work for a project funded by the USDA Forest Service (Forest Health Protection program). The objective of this project is to determine the mechanism behind white pine decline in the Great Lakes region. The undergraduate research assistant will assist with laboratory work (MSU campus) and field sampling (Huron National Forest of Michigan).

The research technician will also provide assistance on other applied ecology projects in the Chhin lab. Training and field equipment will be provided.

This position will be for a 4 month period from May 2015 to August 2015. During the Summer 2015 semester, the work schedule will be on average 40 hrs/week. Salary will be commensurate with experience.


All sophomore, junior, or senior students currently enrolled in an academic program at an accredited university related to forestry, biology, ecology, environmental sciences, entomology or a similarly related natural resource field are welcomed to apply. Preference will be given to applicants that are highly self-motivated and possess a strong work ethic.

A background or strong interest in conducting field based research and working in a laboratory environment is desirable. A cumulative GPA greater than 3.0 in undergraduate coursework is preferable.

Intensive field sampling will be conducted during the Summer 2015 semester with trips expected to last an average of 2 weeks at a time. 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.

Application Materials:

Please submit a cover letter, resume with major and GPA, 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 April 28, 2015. Please e-mail all application material to Katie Minnix (

For further information, please contact:
Katie Minnix
Research Assistant
Department of Forestry
Michigan State University
Natural Resources Building
480 Wilson Road, Room 168
East Lansing, MI 48824

Hiring: Sustainability Projects Coordinator, Dickinson College

Hi ES students and alums,

A job opportunity at Dickinson College—see below.



From: To support info and resource sharing among PA’s green leading colleges. [] On Behalf Of Leary, Neil
Sent: Thursday, April 09, 2015 2:43 PM
Subject: Hiring: Sustainability Projects Coordinator, Dickinson College

Colleagues – Dickinson College is recruiting for a Sustainability Projects Coordinator. Please share this announcement with people who may be interested and with relevant networks.

Dickinson College, a leader in sustainability education, is hiring a Projects Coordinator to join the staff of its Center for Sustainability Education and develop, manage and lead projects and activities that use the campus as a living laboratory for hands-on learning about sustainability. The Projects Coordinator will supervise paid student interns, develop student volunteer opportunities, oversee Dickinson’s Handlebar Bike Cooperative, update and improve Dickinson’s greenhouse gas inventory, coordinate reporting about Dickinson’s sustainability efforts, and assist with other activities that advance Dickinson’s sustainability goals. This is an entry-level position that will pay a competitive salary for an individual with a bachelor’s degree and one or two years of relevant experience. The College is committed to building a representative and diverse faculty, administrative staff, and student body. We encourage applications from all qualified persons. View the position description and apply online. Review of applications will begin April 27, 2015, but we will consider applications received after that date until the position is filled.

Neil Leary | Dickinson College

Director | Center for Sustainability Education

P.O. Box 1773 | Carlisle, PA 17013

717.245.1954 | learyn

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