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

FW by Andy Wilson

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!


Graduate Position in Coastal Ecosystem Ecology at Florida International University

FW by Andy Wilson


Florida International University, Miami, Florida

One PhD graduate assistantship is available in the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University (FIU) ( to conduct research in the Florida Everglades, beginning fall 2016. These positions are affiliated with the Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research program ( and will include integrative field and experimental research approaches, and public outreach.

FIU is a public research university in Miami with a highly diverse, vibrant, and growing student body located near the eastern boundary of the Everglades. The Department of Biological Sciences has strengths in Ecology, Marine Biology, Botany, Microbiology, Evolution, and Cellular/Molecular Biology. The FCE LTER student organization (, based at FIU, is a very active community of over 70 students from multiple departments and institutions who conduct integrative, multidisciplinary, long-term research.

To be eligible for positions, students must meet FIU graduate admission requirements and successfully compete for a teaching assistantship to match existing research assistantship support ( Highly qualified candidates may be eligible for fully funded Presidential Fellowships. The deadline for graduate applications is January 05, 2016, but early submission (December 2015) is highly encouraged.

Sea-Level Rise and Saltwater Intrusion in Coastal Ecosystems: The candidate’s research interests should include global environmental change, wetlands, coastal ecology, and ecosystem ecology, especially biogeochemistry and organic matter processing. The student will be expected to develop research related to understanding how sea-level rise and saltwater intrusion affect net carbon storage in freshwater and brackish wetlands through altered nutrient subsidies and salinity stresses to soil microbial and wetland plant communities. Interested applicants should contact Dr. John Kominoski (jkominos) and visit his lab website ( before applying.

The selected candidate will join an existing collaborative team of graduate students, FIU faculty, as well as scientists from the South Florida Water Management District, Everglades National Park, and the Everglades Foundation, with a shared goal of understanding and forecasting peat collapse and carbon loss in coastal wetland ecosystems exposed to sea-level rise and saltwater intrusion.


Political Jobs for Graduating Seniors
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Dear Lisa,
I hope your semester is going well!

As I wrote a couple weeks ago, I’m recruiting at Gettysburg College for Impact this year.

I’m writing to you today about Impact’s final fall application deadline on October 18.

Could you re-send the job description below to any students who might be interested with a quick reminder about the application deadline?

There are so many young people who want to make an impact on issues that matter. We offer them a chance to maximize their impact as they join a team of 50 Impact organizers who work together on focused, timely and targeted campaigns.

Last year, for example, one team of Impact organizers helped to convince McDonald’s to agree to stop using chicken raised on human antibiotics—an important step toward reducing the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms.

If you know students that would find meaning in this kind of work, please forward the job description to them. Maybe you’ll help us find the next great organizer!


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Impact is now accepting applications to join our team in August 2016! Our fall application deadline is October 18th. We also have immediate positions available.

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Quail Field Research Technicians: south-central Nebraska

FW by Andy Wilson


Researchers with the Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, University of Nebraska-Lincoln in partnership with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission are conducting a multi-year study on northern bobwhite quail. We are hiring field technicians (2-4) to assist with field work beginning in January 2016 through June 2016.

Salary: $9.28-11.05/hour, dependent on experience

Start Date: 01/05/2016

Qualifications: Enthusiasm for working with game species required. Experience with radio-telemetry, nest monitoring, vegetation sampling, bird trapping and handling, and operating 4WD vehicles preferred; however, previous experience not required.

Applicants must be comfortable working in isolated, rural settings in challenging field conditions. Self-motivation, the ability to work well alone and work and live well with others, a sense of humor, positive attitude, and the desire to spend long hours in the field are essential. Long days and early/late work schedules expected. Variable hours (40/week typical). Work will include unusual hours (nights and /or early mornings) and is expected on weekdays, weekends, and holidays.

All prospective employees are subject to University of Nebraska hiring requirements. This includes mandatory driving record and criminal background checks. A valid drivers license with fewer than 6 points is required for all positions as well as current first aid, CPR, and AED certification (a certification course may be provided, but certification prior to employment is preferred). Positions are temporary and grant funded.

To Apply:
Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Please send a letter of interest describing your relevant experience and career goals, a resume, and contact information for 3 references in a SINGLE PDF or MSWORD document to Mandy Lipinski, PhD student and supervisor.


Contact: Mandy Lipinski, PhD student, amanda.lipinski

Andy Wilson

Assistant Professor

Environmental Studies

Campus Box 2455

Gettysburg College

300 N Washington St.

Gettysburg, PA17325

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Check out our survey of the biodiversity of Gettysburg College grounds:

Please contact me if you’d like to contribute, or if you spot/photograph flora and fauna on campus. Thanks!

ECOLOG-L M.S. Assistantships (2): Blue Crab Ecology and Fisheries

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We seek highly motivated students to fill two funded M.S. assistantships in the laboratory of Dr. Zack Darnell at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA. More information on Dr. Darnell’s research can be found at Assistantships will begin in January, 2016 and include a stipend of
$18,000 per year. The students selected for both assistantships will be fully integrated members of the project teams and will contribute to study design, collection and analysis of data, and manuscript preparation. Prior research experience is preferred.

ASSISTANTSHIP 1: LINKING BLUE CRAB ABUNDANCE, GROWTH, AND MORTALITY TO MARSH FRAGMENTATION AND SUBMERGED AQUATIC VEGETATION COVER The overarching goal of this project is to determine the effects of changing coastal landscapes on blue crab populations in Terrebonne Basin, a region of coastal Louisiana supporting a large blue crab fishery but experiencing substantial marsh fragmentation and land loss. The student will conduct field surveys of blue crab abundance and field experiments examining growth and mortality across a range of fragmentation conditions. This is a collaborative project with The Water Institute of the Gulf, and the student will work closely with Water Institute personnel.

ASSISTANTSHIP 2: MIGRATORY MOVEMENTS AND FISHING MORTALITY OF THE LOUISIANA BLUE CRAB SPAWNING STOCK This project investigates the timing and route of the blue crab spawning migration, the processes contributing to mortality during this critical phase of the life cycle, and the potential for sperm limitation in the Louisiana blue crab spawning stock. The student will work with local commercial crabbers to conduct a mark-recapture study in the Terrebonne and Pontchartrain Basins, and will use recaptured and returned crabs to examine sperm stores and reproductive potential.

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY AND DEPARTMENT: Dr. Darnell is an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Nicholls State University, a comprehensive regional university located in Thibodaux, Louisiana. Nicholls lies in the heart of the Bayou Region, allowing for easy access to the Mississippi River, its tributaries, Louisianas wetlands, and the Gulf of Mexico. The Department of Biological Sciences (, is currently the largest department in the College of Arts and Sciences and offers an M.S. degree in Marine and Environmental Biology ( graduate/). The marine and environmental sciences emphasis within the department has been identified as a Unique Area of Excellence by the University of Louisiana System.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Interested students should contact Dr. Zack Darnell (, 985-448-4709) for additional information or to apply. Please include a copy of your CV (including GRE scores), unofficial undergraduate transcripts, and contact information for three professional references. For full consideration, please submit all materials prior to Oct. 14.

Paid internship at UCS: Agroecology outreach, DC office

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The Union of Concerned Scientists has a new internship opportunity in our DC office. We’re proud that we have made the commitment that all of our internships are paid and benefits-eligible. Please circulate widely to contacts, groups and lists that may be interested!

In Washington, DC

Outreach Assistant (One Year Internship)

The Outreach Assistant Intern provides outreach, logistical, and research assistance to the Union of Concerned Scientists’ efforts to increase public funding and attention for sustainable agriculture research and transform our agricultural system into a more sustainable enterprise. This full-time, one year internship offers the opportunity to hone outreach, organizing, and research skill; connect with a diverse group of scientists and other experts; and learn from a multidisciplinary team of nonprofit professionals.

See the full list of UCS job openings at

UCS internships are listed at

Julia Petipas

Human Resources Partner

Union of Concerned Scientists | Cambridge MA USA

The Union of Concerned Scientists puts rigorous, independent science to work to solve our planet’s most pressing problems. Joining with citizens across the country, we combine technical analysis and effective advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.

Env Job Opp for Graduating Seniors

ES Seniors,

See below for a job opportunity after you graduate.

Good luck!



I’m excited to announce we are accepting applications for our 2016 Fellowship Program with Environment America.

Will you help spread the word about this opportunity to your students?

Specifically, I’m hoping you can post the attached job description to your announcement board and forward it along to students who might be a good fit.

If you know graduating students and others who want to fight to make a difference for the environment, we want to hear from them!

Right now, we’re looking for smart, talented candidates for our fellowship program or to join our digital campaign team. These are full-time paid positions that start August 2016. More info below. If you know students who would find this kind of work motivating and rewarding, please forward the job description to them. Our application deadline for early consideration is Oct. 25.

Feel free to contact me with any questions, and thanks, in advance, for your help!

Marites Velasquez
Recruitment Director

Environment America runs campaigns to tackle global warming, stop fracking and protect the places we love. And we’re hiring.

Early application deadline – Oct. 25
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Right now, we’re hiring entry-level staff looking to kick start their career in environmental action and advocacy through our fellowship program and for people to help run our digital campaigns.

We take pride in being strategic and disciplined—and in hiring a team with the grit it takes to get things done.

That’s how we approach each of our campaigns, whether we’re defending President Obama’s Clean Power Plan against coal industry attacks or convincing more communities and companies to go solar.

Imagine yourself organizing a town hall meeting on solar power. Or imagine releasing a hard-hitting research report on power plant pollution. Or picture yourself building a community coalition around clean water or fracking. Imagine building the organizational power—the funds, the membership, the activist base and so on—that it takes to keep all of this critical work going for the long haul.

All of this is what you do as an Environment America fellow. Because this is how we build the support it takes to reduce global warming pollution, create more solar and wind power, spare our parks and forests from fracking, keep our beaches, rivers and streams clean, and protect our wildlife and wild places. Is it easy? No, we’re up against some wily opponents who are incredibly well-funded. Is it rewarding? Absolutely. And given global warming, fracking and all of the tough problems we’re facing right now, can you imagine doing anything more urgent and meaningful?

Work with one of our campaign teams to run a powerful digital campaign to help solve global warming, expand solar energy or protect clean water.

You’ll write emails and campaign actions that you’ll send to hundreds of thousands of supporters; design and curate content for social media, and engage with our national community; coordinate with our field team of five to nine campaign organizers, and back them up with emails, web pages and digital strategy; develop partnerships and creative online tactics to build our audience and raise money; analyze the results of your work, and report on successes and failures; and keep your projects on track, hold people accountable to their deliverables, and communicate regularly with your team.

Positions available in Washington, D.C.; Boston, MA; Denver, CO; Philadelphia, PA; Portland, OR; Raleigh, NC.

Salary for this position is $25,500 in the first year and $27,000 in the second year. Environment America offers a competitive benefits package. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.


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