Never has the world been in greater need of biological scientists. 

Graduates with a B.S in Biological Science from UVM are well prepared to begin careers in technical, teaching, and consulting roles in many fields, such as health care, environmental consulting, biomedical research, pharmaceutical industry, government, or conservation.  Many students choose to pursue advanced studies leading to M.S., Ph.D., M.D., or D.V.M. degrees and subsequent employment in academia, industry, governent agencies (e.g. USDA, USGS, USFS, US Department of Fish and Game), and the health sciences professions.

 

See where their B.S. degree in Biological Science has taken some of our recent graduates:

Alyssa Neuhaus - '20

Alyssa is now a master’s student in the UVM Biology department, and has been working on understanding the spillover of malaria parasites into the Common Loon. Alyssa was awarded two graduate research awards to help fund her research including a highly competitive American Ornithological Society Student Research Award and the John Wheeler Graduate Student Research & Development Award. With these funds and through broad collaboration she has been screening loons from across the southern edge of their breeding range for malaria parasite infection by PCR. Through further collaboration with entomologists and the help of undergraduate assistants, Alyssa has also been working to identify the mosquito vectors responsible for transmitting malaria parasites to loons. Alyssa recently presented her research at the joint meeting of the American Ornithological Society and the Society of Canadian Ornithologists, and received an honorable mention for her presentation.

Stefanie Geiger '18

student in the lab

Stefanie works as a research scientist at Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Institute. Her days consist of working on various projects involving cell culture and lab meetings with her coworkers. While at UVM, she studied in the Honors College and participated in the Distinguished Undergraduate Research program in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Stefanie did her research with Dr. Bryan Baliff, studying protein signaling. “What drew me to this position in particular is that since it was related to a hospital, we were doing science that is being used in clinical trials or improving clinical trials. There’s a pretty big connection in what we were doing and actually getting to patients,” she said. Stefanie’s strong network and personal connections helped her find a job in a field she was interested in.

Laurel Haines '17

student in front of research poster

Laurel is currently working as a research associate for the biotech company, Matrivax Research and Development in Boston, Massachusetts. During her undergraduate studies at UVM, Laurel spent plenty of time in lab settings. She used her network of university students and staff to learn about internship opportunities, which ultimately led to her her current position at Matrivax where she works on vaccines. “I am definitely excited and fulfilled by knowing that what I’m working on is on a path to move towards a clinical trial and could actually impact people’s lives. That’s the part I find most rewarding,” said Haines. Laurel hopes her vaccine research will soon move into clinical trials and be available for people around the world to prevent disease. 

Miriam Kasten '17

hiker with mountains in the background

Miriam is a medical assistant at Four Seasons Dermatology in Colchester, Vermont. She is responsible for gathering patient information, taking patients' vitals, and relaying the information to the patient’s provider. She also assists in biopsies and surgeries. “I find it very fulfilling when I feel that I have helped someone. We deal with a lot of skin cancers here and telling somebody they have a skin cancer can be difficult. Just taking time, being patient and making somebody feel comfortable is a really nice feeling,” she said. As an undergraduate at UVM, she was able to gain experience working in the lab and volunteering at the UVM Medical Center, where she has started a mentorship program working with incarcerated women at the women's prison in South Burlington, VT. Miriam is preparing to go to medical school and is interested in specializing in cardiology, ENT or women’s health.

Job-Seeker Websites:

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Opportunities for recent graduates:

New postings 2/14*! (also check here: www.uvm.edu/biologicalscience/seasonal-job-opportunities)

*Postbacc Program in Evolutionary Biology - LA

Join the Louisiana Graduate Network in Applied Evolution (LAGNiAppE)!

Applications are now open for our research training program designed for recent college graduates passionate about exploring and honing their research skills in evolutionary biology.

The year-long program, funded by NSF and offering paid opportunities, enables scholars to conduct original research under the guidance of two faculty members from LSU and partner universities. Participants will engage in professional development activities and acquire sought-after technical skills essential for a wide range of STEM careers. LAGNiAppE actively encourages applicants without extensive research backgrounds, especially those from underrepresented communities.

For detailed information and the application link, please visit our website: https://lsu.edu/science/biosci/programs/postbacc-research/index.php. The application deadline for the upcoming cohort is March 3, 2024.

Should you have any further inquiries, feel free to reach out to us at evo_lagniappe@lsu.edu.

*Biological technician - CO

  • Student Services Contract - Biological Science Technician

  • Agency: United States Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey

  • Duty Station Location: Fort Collins Science Center, Fort Collins, CO 80526

  • Contract Dates Approx. 15 APR 2024 through 14 APR 2026

  • The work will be overseen by Catherine Jarnevich. Submit resume and attachments in a single pdf to jarnevichc@usgs.gov by 26 FEB 2024

Introduction: The Invasive Species Branch of the USGS Fort Collins Science Center includes research focused on invasive species distributions and impacts, including methodological research, modeling non-native species current and potential distribution, abundance, phenology, and invasion pathways and developing communication and delivery tools.

Types of Service Required: The student contractor(s) shall assist on projects related to predicting the distribution and abundance of species, mostly focusing on invasive plants. Projects involve tasks related to development and delivery of science products via web applications. Additional tasks include fitting models following established protocols, producing science products from these, and supporting research to improve the protocol and supporting other invasive (and occasionally native) species research projects as needed. The work schedule will generally be 40 hours per week, but part-time may be considered. Flexible scheduling is possible.

Required Expertise/Skills: Completion of a Bachelor's degree in a related field is required (biological sciences, natural resources, statistics, or computer science) for one position; for another completion of a Bachelor's degree with one or more years of graduate education in a related field is required (biological sciences, natural resources, statistics, or computer science). Computer work is required. Candidate shall have experience with using Geographical Information Systems for managing and summarizing spatial data. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen.

Desired (but not required): Expertise programming in R, including strong data management, analysis, and visualization skills. Expertise in building, testing, and maintaining R Shiny web applications. Expertise extracting information from large spatiotemporal datasets using repeatable code, including working with remotely sensed imagery. Familiarity with species distribution modeling. 

Description of Working Conditions: Work will be performed at the Fort Collins Science Center in an office with part-time telework.

Compensation: Compensation is commensurate with the level of education and experience and is based on federal pricing tables for student contractor services.

Application Requirements: Resume should include: legal name, mailing address, telephone number, email address, education - including description of relevant classes, work or volunteer experience in related field. Other documentation: Transcript listing courses taken and the student's overall GPA. Transcript does not have to be the official version. Student must be enrolled at least part-time in school or have graduated within the last 12 months.

Special Terms: For all legal purposes, student is regarded as an independent contractor. Payments for services are reportable and taxable as earned income. No Federal, State, or Local income taxes will be deducted. No social security or Medicare taxes will be deducted. Student is responsible for payment of all taxes as a result of income received under this order.  The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will report the total amount paid under this order to the Internal Revenue Service on a Standard form 1099. The student is not considered an employee and will not receive a W-2 form. For payment, student must have a checking or savings account at a financial institution that will accept direct deposits. Student will be required to complete computer security awareness training and comply with the USGS Computer and Network Security Handbook.

*Sierra Nevada Forest Ecologists - CA

The USFS Pacific Southwest Research Station is hiring 4 field research fellows (ORISE program) to measure vegetation and wildlife conditions across wildfire-burned forests of the Sierra Nevada in California. We're looking to build a field team for a new project examining the effects of frequent fire on mature and old growth forest processes in an era of changing climate and disturbance. Fellows will support a team of forest and wildlife ecologists. Teams will conduct field surveys from the Plumas to the Sierra national forests during Spring-Fall 2024 in support of a two-year effort (2024-2025). We seek candidates who will contribute to the project via strong ecological fieldwork skills, teamwork, and outdoors abilities.

The position will be based out of Placerville, CA and will involve extensive travel across public lands of the Sierra Nevada. Teams will collect data from field plots. Off-trail hiking with equipment will be needed to access sites. During work weeks (4 x 10 hr schedule likely), teams will often camp on public lands. Housing is provided at the Institute of Forest Genetics in Placerville, CA.

Compensation: Research fellows will be compensated at the GS 5 or 7 hourly rate for the Sacramento locality ($20.97-$25.97), dependent on skills, experience, and position (team member, team lead).

Requirements:

  • Valid driver's license. Team members will need to drive a full-sized pickup truck on unpaved roads.

  • Ability to hike and carry equipment (20 lbs) off-trail.

  • Experience working and camping outdoors in a team setting.

  • Bachelor's degree or 12 months field experience.

  • Ecological fieldwork experience. Experience with forest mensuration and plant identification techniques.

  • (Team lead) Experience organizing field teams, work schedules, data collection & processing.

  • Desired skills:

    • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

    • Computing & analysis proficiencies. Including Excel, R, or GIS software. Experience with mobile data collection software.

How to apply: Please submit a resume with 3 professional references as single document to: jeffrey.stenzel@usda.gov

Application Deadline: March 31st. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Expected dates: The desired commitment for the position is May 15th - September 15th.  There is the potential for at least one fellow to continue data analysis during the winter and join the 2025 field season (approximately 18 months total).

*Stewardship Assistant - OR

The Nature Conservancy is hiring an Oregon Coast Stewardship Assistant to perform natural land management efforts on the north and central Oregon Coast under the direction of an experienced land manager. The primary duties will occur in the field at Cascade Head Preserve, a coastal grassland ecosystem supporting native and rare species near Lincoln City, Oregon. Projects will also occur at other conservation sites on the coast from Tillamook to Florence. TNC's preserves in these locations include a high-quality tidal marsh and recent restoration sites of forested tidal wetlands. There may be opportunities to support stewardship projects in other Oregon geographies as well. The position will be based in Lincoln City and the Stewardship Assistant must live within 1 hour's drive of Lincoln City.

This is a 6-month, full time, short-term position, starting in late April. Tasks will include vegetation monitoring, trail maintenance, fence construction, invasive plant control, wildlife surveys, and data collection and management. The stewardship assistant will work in the field
and office alongside TNC staff, partners, and volunteers, but also independently. They may interact with visitors from the public hiking on the trail and enforce preserve use guidelines. They may work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.

Learn more and apply on our website: https://careers.nature.org/psp/tnccareers/APPLICANT/APPL/c/HRS_HRAM_FL.HRS_CG_SEARCH_FL.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST_FL&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1&JobOpeningId=54678&PostingSeq=1

*Postbaccalaureate Research Program - OK

Oklahoma State University's ON-RaMP Program is now accepting applications for our 2024-2025 cohort! ON-RaMP is a year-long, full-time, paid, postbaccalaureate research mentoring program. Participants will work one-on-one with a network of highly skilled scientists from a wide range of disciplines to explore anthropogenic impacts (habitat destruction, climate change, pollutants, etc.) upon a variety of biological systems. Participants will receive substantial research experience, professional development, and mentorship in preparation to respond to rapidly shifting ecological concerns.

Program Benefits:

  • Salary: $32,500.00

  • Insurance: $7,000.00

  • Travel: $2,000.00

Applications will be accepted from both in-state and out-of-state students.  Check out our website for more details: https://cas.okstate.edu/onramp/.  Questions?: Contact Aaron Kidd, ON-RaMP Program Coordinator, at aaron.kidd@okstate.edu

*Botany Intern - NM

  • Title: Botany Support Specialist Intern (1 opening)

  • Start/End Date: April 1, 2024 - March 7, 2025 (anticipated); open to May start for graduating seniors.

  • Living Stipend:  $580/week

  • Term: Full-Time, 40 hours/week, 49 weeks

  • Location: Bureau of Land Management- Farmington Field Office (FFO), New Mexico

  • Status: 1700-hour AmeriCorps Service Term (approximately 60% field work and 40% office work)

  • Benefits: Housing allowance $325/week; $500 travel/training funds; AmeriCorps Education Award up to $6,895 and Public Lands Corps Certificate that allows for competitive hiring for USA jobs/government jobs - both with successful completion of the internship; health insurance eligible.

To Apply: Please submit an updated resume and cover letter along with the online application at https://corpsnm.org/ip-positions. Consideration will be given as resumes are received and this position may close at any time. If you have questions, contact CCNM's Individual Placement Director, Joy Hernandez at jhernandez@conservationlegacy.org.

*Seabird ecology technician - ME/NB

Full time year-round technician to study the eco-physiology of Leach's storm-petrels with field work on Kent Island in New Brunswick Canada and lab work at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine USA. This is a grant-funded position for one year with the possibility of additional years pending review. The project involves studying variation in life-history strategies of petrels using novel field methods and a historical dataset.

Job duties:

  • Monitoring of Leach's storm-petrels in the field on Kent Island using RFID tags and antennas, GPS tags, and burrow entrance strain-gage load cells.

  • Programming and trouble-shooting Arduino-based RFID readers and load cells .

  • Handling and collecting blood samples from birds.

  • Organizing and analyzing data using python and R.

  • Assisting with organizing materials and data for publications.

  • Assisting in mentoring students working in the lab and in the field.

  • Ordering supplies and equipment for the lab.

  • Maintaining the lab to be clean and organized.

This position will require travel to the Kent Island Scientific field station in June and July with potential for other travel in August and September, not exceeding 89 days total in the field (Please note: No pets allowed at the field station because of ground-nesting birds).

This is a grant-funded position beginning between May 1st, 2024 and May 27th, 2024.

More information and application here: https://careers.bowdoin.edu/postings/13500

More information about Kent Island here: https://www.bowdoin.edu/kent-island/index.html

*Data Analyst - Bat acoustics - OR

The HERS Lab delivers expertise in ecological assessment and monitoring, natural resource conservation, and sustainability theory and practice to support evidence-based conservation for the 21st Century. As a subdivision of the HERS Lab, the NW Bat Hub addresses this mission by studying the persistence and extinction risks of bats in the context of growing threats from white-nose syndrome and rapid environmental changes occurring across the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

The NW Bat Hub's research and monitoring projects involve the collection and maintenance of a large volume of bat acoustic call recordings for an understanding of species distributions and activity. The Research Analyst 3 will be involved in collecting, processing, and analyzing this data within the NW Bat Hub and establishing and implementing a research agenda in collaboration with the Hub Coordinator.

This position has autonomy in developing and carrying out statistical analyses. General supervision provided by the Hub Coordinator. Follows agency policies, procedures, and protocols to determine the proper methods of performing duties and ensuring data integrity.

  • 75% Research Development and Analysis

  • 15% Report Preparation

  • 10% Overall Lab Project Support

Full details: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/149479

  • Anticipated Start:      04/01/2024

  • Full Consideration:     02/21/2024

  • Closing Date:           02/28/2024

For additional information please contact: Beth Ward, beth.ward@osucascades.edu, Matt Shinderman, matt.shinderman@osucascades.edu

Entomology/Agroecology tech - IN

Come join the Kaplan Insect Ecology Lab at Purdue University for an exciting summer at the confluence of entomology and agroecology! We are looking for three full-time, seasonal technicians to explore diverse projects in pest management, crop pollination, and insect biodiversity from April/May to September/October 2024.

To apply: Please submit a cover letter explaining your interest, a current CV, and contact information for two references to Zeus Mateos (zmateosf@purdue.edu).

What we offer:

  • Opportunities to gain hands-on experience in agricultural systems

  • Projects spanning diverse topics and novel technologies

  • Field and lab experience including insect surveys, insect pinning, eDNA analysis, and data entry

  • Travel to field locations in Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa with covered expenses

  • Vehicle provided or gas expenses reimbursed for in-state tasks

  • Over-night stays at out-of-state sites, all expenses covered

  • Compensation: $18 per hour.

Duties include (project dependent):

  • Surveying for natural enemies using pitfall traps and acoustic monitors

  • Recording natural enemies and pollinators on cover crops and watermelon plants

  • Infesting watermelon plants with spider mites and monitoring pest densities over the season.

  • Surveying for pests in high tunnel crops and assessing feeding damage

  • Applying and sampling to determine the persistence of biocontrol agents

  • Pollinating flowers and harvesting fruit.

  • Processing field samples in the lab and entering data.

Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree in Entomology, Ecology, Agriculture, or a related field (completed or pending)

  • Valid driver’s license

  • Flexible working hours

  • Accuracy in recording field data

  • Ability to work independently

  • Committed, motivated, and enthusiastic

  • Versatile in performing different tasks

  • Willingness and ability to work outdoors in hot weather

Desirable (Project Dependent):

  • Ability to identify pollinators, natural enemies, and pests – training will be provided

  • Experience with ecological surveys

  • Familiarity with acoustic monitoring

  • Ability to pin insects

  • Experience with DNA extraction, PCR, and metabarcoding techniques

Bodega Marine Lab Jr Specialist - CA

...recruiting a junior specialist who will be based at the Bodega Marine Lab, this is a great opportunity for a recently graduated undergrad! 

Dr. Anya Brown in the Department of Evolution and Ecology, based at the Bodega Marine Lab seeks to fill a full time position at the Junior Specialist Level starting in Spring 2024. The position is one year with the potential for renewal. The position is located at the UC Davis Bodega Marine Lab in Bodega Bay. Successful candidates will be responsible for managing the molecular lab particularly processing of samples, fieldwork in marine environments, and aiding in mentoring undergraduate researchers, interpretation of data, contributing to writing up of results and presenting at conferences. As appropriate, the individual will be a co-author on the presentations and publications to which they contribute. 

Full info: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF06215.  Apply by Feb 15 for full consideration; applications accepted until March 22.

USGS Ecology Internship - NM

  • Location: Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos, NM

  • Pay: $500/week, plus free housing, and an education award  

  • Position Length: 6 months (with the possibility for extension) 

  • Dates: May to October

  • Deadline: 2/15/2024 for full consideration

Come work in the mountains, forests, and cultural landscapes of beautiful northern New Mexico! Stewards Individual Placement Program in partnership with the USGS New Mexico Landscapes Field Station is seeking an intern who will participate in a variety of ecological research and long-term ecological monitoring projects in Bandelier National Monument and surrounding landscapes in northern New Mexico. This intern will be particularly involvedin fieldwork on long-term vegetation monitoring transects, post-fire vegetation plots, overstory forest monitoring, and other landscape change research. Other tasks include tree-ring research involving the collection, processing, analysis, and reporting on centuries-long tree-ring fire histories in thesouthwest. All these ecological research and monitoring activities involve field data collection, with subsequent data entry, QA/QC, and descriptive analyses in the office. 

Position Responsibilities:

  • Re-survey vegetation and update geospatial datasets from multiple long-term monitoring locations.

  • Produce dated tree-ring samples collected from local forests using dendrochronological techniques.

  • Collaboration on fire history reports, which involve data acquisition, organization, and analysis, for submission to forest and land managers.  

  • Interns are encouraged to design a personal project, utilizing field station data, and of benefit to Bandelier and the USGS New Mexico Landscapes Field Station.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in an environmental, natural, or geography related degree. 

  • Plant ID skills/experience 

  • Ability to hike up to 15 miles across rugged terrain to remote study locations, often off-trail, sometimes through brush and downed logs 

  • Able to carry up to 40 lbs a minimum of 3 miles 

  • Positive attitude, works well with others and enjoys being outdoors (hiking, camping, long days outside, physical exertion) 

  • Attention to detail with database management and important wood samples

  • Preferred Qualifications:

    • Experience with maps, compass, GPS devices, ArcMap, Google Earth, and digital cartography 

    • R or Python programming language experience a plus

Benefits:

  • Eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion of the program.

  • Living Allowance: $500/week (pre-tax) 

  • Specific training in plant identification, R, tree-ring analysis, and woodshop. 

How to Apply: Please compile one document containing your resume/cv, a one-page cover letter detailing why you are interested and how your background and experience will help you succeed in this position, andcontact information for 3 references to Hope Nowak (hnowak@nps.gov) by February 15, 2024 for full consideration. Include “Ecology Assistant” in the subject of your email.

Marine Genomics Lab Tech - TX

The Marine Genomics Laboratory (MGL) at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi (TAMUCC) seeks a motivated laboratory technician to join a productive team of colleagues involved in research related to genetics of exploited fishes.  The technician will be expected to semi-independently work on projects involving next-generation sequencing, and experience preparing and analyzing large genomic data sets will be considered a plus. This is a one-year grant funded position but there will be opportunity to extend the position depending on funding and performance. More information about the MGL can be found at https://www.marinegenomicslab.tamucc.edu/. Please contact Drs. Portnoy (david.portnoy@tamucc.edu) and Hollenbeck (christopher.hollenbeck@tamucc.edu) directly for questions about this opportunity.

Full info: https://tamus.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/TAMUCC_External/job/Corpus-Christi-TX/Research-Technician-II_R-069507

Holden Arboretum Seasonal Research Specialist - OH

Research Specialist, Holden Arboretum: Long Science Center - The Science & Conservation department seeks a seasonal Research Specialist to assist with research projects exploring the impacts of Beech Leaf Disease on Ohio forest communities.

Position Details:

  • Seasonal

  • 16-week seasonal role

  • Approximately 40 hours per week; 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

  • Great entry level position for anyone looking for work to gain experience

Full info: https://holdenfg.org/career-and-internships/

Sagebrush Monitoring - OR/WA/CA

The Institute for Natural Resources at Oregon State University is hiring field crews, crew leaders, and team leaders for sagebrush steppe sampling during the 2024 field season. Work begins April and will continue to August or September. The job involves vegetation and soil sampling using AIM protocols throughout Oregon, Washington, and Northeast California.

Field work entails 8-day sampling hitches where we will be camping in the areas we will be working. Crews have 6 days off between hitches.  Crew members travel between their homes and the remote and widespread sample plots on the first and last days of the work hitch. Many crew members live in western and central Oregon as well as more dispersed places throughout the sampling region. In general, there is flexibility on where you can choose to live on the off hitches, provided it is logistically feasible.

We are looking for people who are familiar with identifying plants, who can handle the hard work of digging soil pits and vegetation sampling in the often harsh steppe environment, and are excited by extensive camping in remote, beautiful areas. The compensation will be between $16.19 and $20.77 per hour for crew members and crew leaders and between $17.56 and $25.01 per hour for team leaders (depending on experience) along with a health insurance benefit. We also provide a per diem of around $80 per day to cover expenses for food and wear and tear on your camping gear (this adds up to the equivalent of about an additional $7 to $7.50 per hour for an 80 hour hitch). We will be hiring 15 to 20 people under the Bio Tech 1 and 2 posting as crew members (who are part of a 2-person crew installing the plots), 5 to 10 people under the Bio Tech 2 posting as crew leaders (who manage the day to day activities of a 2-person crew), and 5 to 8 people under the Bio Tech 3 posting as team leaders (who manage the activities of 2 crews over each hitch).

Apply online as soon as possible. We will be conducting interviews as applications come in and begin hiring after the full consideration date of January 31, 2024. Applications will be accepted until the closing date of April 1, 2024.

Contact Michael.Russell@oregonstate.edu or Caitlin.Lawrence@oregonstate.edu with any questions.

Native Plant Nursery Asst - LA

https://lumcon.edu/employment/

The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) is a unique and complex, multi-year program of the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and is an affiliate of Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON).

BTNEP is now hiring a Plant Nursery Assistant. The Plant Nursery Assistant will work at BTNEP’s Native Plant Nursery located on the Nicholls State University Farm in Thibodaux, Louisiana and directly assist the Native Plant Coordinator and Habitat Restoration Manager with various tasks. This position offers the opportunity to be involved in helping protect and restore critical coastal Louisiana habitat through maintaining and increasing herbaceous and woody plants utilized in vegetative plantings for restoration projects within the Barataria-Terrebonne estuary basins. These plants provide habitat for Neotropical migratory birds, resident birds, mammals, and fish; bind soils in place; and provide protection from storm events. While the majority of the work conducted would be at the Native Plant Nursery, opportunities to be involved with on-site plantings and seed collections are possible.

Botany Support Specialist Intern -NM

  • Title: Botany Support Specialist Intern (1 opening)

  • Start/End Date:  April 1st, 2024 - March 7th, 2025 (anticipated)

  • Living Stipend:  $580/week

  • Term: Full-Time, 40 hours/week - 49 weeks

  • Location: Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Taos, NM (1024 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur Taos, NM)

  • Status:  1700-hour AmeriCorps Service Term (75% field work and 25% office work)

  • Benefits: Housing allowance $325/week; $500 travel/training funds; AmeriCorps Education Award up to $6,895 and Public Lands Corps Certificate* that allows for competitive hiring for USA jobs/government jobs - both with successful completion of the internship; eligible for health insurance.

The botany support specialist intern will assist the BLM - Taos field office (TFO) ecologist/botanist with rare plant surveys, monitoring, seed collection, and other duties including data collection and management.

To Apply: Please submit an updated resume and cover letter along with the online application at https://jobs.silkroad.com/ConservationLegacy/Careers/jobs/4855. Consideration will be given as resumes are received and this position may close at any time. If you have questions, contact CCNM's Individual Placement Director, Joy Hernandez at jhernandez@conservationleagcy.org.

Pollinator Field Assistant - OR

SAGEBRUSH POLLINATOR FIELD ASSISTANTS (3) needed from approximately May 6–August 2, 2024 to assist with data collection for a large-scale field project to quantify how native bee communities are impacted by invasive annual grasses and wildfire in southern Oregon. This research project is evaluating how native bee communities vary due to the extent of invasive grasses and wildfire in sagebrush/steppe. The project is being led by Dr. Jim Rivers in the Forest Animal Ecology Laboratory and Dr. Jon Dinkins of the Sagebrush Habitat Team at Oregon State University, with field work taking place in the rugged and scenic southern Steens Mountains in Oregon. Pay rate is based on previous research experience with a range of $600-$660/week; field assistants receive free housing and have free project-related transportation for the duration of the position. This project provides an excellent opportunity for highly motivated individuals interested in getting involved with applied field research on native pollinators.

Crew members will use insect sampling, vegetation sampling, and other survey techniques to collect data to assess how invasive grasses and wildfire influences native bee communities and the critical resources upon which they depend. The crew will be stationed in shared field housing and will use university-provided vehicles for all work activities. Regular tent camping will take place when sampling sites that are in remote areas; field assistants must provide their own camping gear. Field work will consist of physically demanding work in challenging field conditions (heat, cold, sun, steep slopes, loose rock, logging slash, stinging insects, hazardous plants); driving on secondary roads in remote areas; and navigating through difficult terrain. Working hours are variable (some weekends) depending on project needs but average 40 hours per week.

Successful applicants will be self-motivated, have a strong work ethic, work safely at all times, be able to carry heavy gear (25+ lbs) on uneven terrain, work harmoniously in a group living situation, and maintain a positive disposition under challenging field conditions. They will also have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record, as well as a proven track record of working in a safe, efficient, and cooperative manner in a team setting. Upon completion of this position, field assistants will attain proficiency in sampling native bee communities using passive (traps) and active bee capture methods (netting), measuring floral resource availability, quantifying potential bee nesting resources, undertaking data entry and data management, and safely navigating within sagebrush landscapes.

Required qualifications:

  • at least 2 years of experience conducting field research (1 seasonal position = 1 year of experience)

  • detail oriented with strong time-management skills

  • experience conducting field research in remote locations

  • ability to work long hours in all types of weather and field conditions

  • ability to carry heavy gear (25+ lbs) on steep and uneven slopes

  • ability to work harmoniously in a group living situation

  • valid driver’s license and clean driving record

  • Preferred qualifications:

    • B.S. degree in animal ecology, entomology, or a closely related field

    • experience sampling native bees in field settings, especially in sagebrush/steppe

    • experience with the flowering plant communities of sagebrush/steppe in southern Oregon

Applicants must submit a single PDF that contains all of the following elements:

  • a cover letter that (1) provides evidence of the applicant’s qualifications for the position and (2) describes how this position fits into the applicant’s long-term career goals,

  • a full-length curriculum vitae or resume, and

  • the names, email, telephone, and mailing address of 3 professional references.

This single document should be emailed to OSUBeePositions@gmail.com with “Sagebrush Pollinator Crew Application” in the subject line. Applications that are incomplete or that consist of multiple documents will not be considered. Review of applications will occur as they are received, and positions will remain open until suitable candidates have been selected.

Plant Ecology Research Assistant - CA

The Funk lab at UC Davis (https://funk.ucdavis.edu/) is hiring a Research Assistant to assist with field and greenhouse projects focused on different aspects of plant ecology. More details: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF06244.

Please apply by January 29 for full consideration.  Applications accepted until position is filled.

Grassland Ecology Internship - MT

Smithsonian Internship in eastern Montana on grassland insects and plants, Summer 2024:

Smithsonian National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute is offering 1-2 internships with the Great Plains Science Program based in the grasslands of northeast Montana (https://nationalzoo.si.edu/news/restoring-americas-prairie). Interns will assist Smithsonian fellows and staff in 1) monitoring of plant biodiversity and ground nesting bee responses to mammalian grazers (bison, cattle, and prairie dogs) and bison grazing intensity, 2) conducting field experiments to identify responses of grasshoppers and bees to plant nutrients and insecticides, and 3) processing samples and developing a reference collections of grassland plants and insects. Additionally, there will be opportunities for interns to conduct independent research projects on grassland insects and plants based on their research interests. The research will be conducted in Phillips County/Blaine County/American Prairie region in northeastern Montana (nearest town Malta, Montana).

This is a paid internship opportunity to support research of Smithsonian Conservation Ecology Center's staff. During this internship, interns will learn:

  1. plant and insect field sampling techniques

  2. insect identification and sample preservation

  3. plant field identification and lab preparation of plant tissue for preservation and chemical analyses

  4. how to conduct an independent research project in field ecology

  5. how to compile ecological data in Excel and analyze data on ecological communities in Program R

  6. how to present ecological goals and research outcomes to diverse audiences

  7. how to apply to graduate school and research fellowships.

Compensation and Housing:  Interns will receive a monthly stipend of $1800. Interns will be housed on site at no cost at American Prairie. Interns are responsible for purchase of their own benefits and food.

Appointment Term: May 15-Aug 31. Dates are flexible, especially for enrolled university students.

Application Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis ending on Feb 17, 2024.

Application Instructions:  Send a cover letter (no more than 1 page), CV, and email addresses of two references in one combined pdf to Dr. Ellen Welti at weltie@si.edu. Please name the PDF as "YourLastName_SI_Intern2024.pdf" and write "Smithsonian Intern Application" in the subject line. Applications that do not follow these instructions will not be considered. While I may not get back to you immediately, I will consider all applications and inform you of a final decision.

Qualifications. Applicants must:

  1. Be enthusiastic about grassland insects and plants

  2. Either have a BS/BA in relevant field at the time of hire and be within 6 years of receiving a BS/BA or Masters OR be enrolled in a BS/BA or graduate program in a relevant field

  3. Have a valid US driver's license and be willing to drive a truck in rough terrain

  4. Be willing to live in a very remote location (1 hour drive from the nearest grocery store), working with a small team

  5. Enjoy being outdoors and be willing to work outside in hot weather

  6. Be willing to spend long hours in the lab processing insect and plant samples

  7. Have strong communication skills

  8. Be respectful to all team members from diverse backgrounds

  9. Follow safety guidelines

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Knowledge of plant and/or insect identification, especially if relevant to eastern Montanan grasslands

  • a BS/BA in relevant field at the time of hire

  • Previous experience conducting grassland fieldwork or working with plants or insects

  • First aid training

  • Strong writing skills

  • The desire to pursue a career in a related field

COVID Compliance: Please note that the Smithsonian Institution has a mandate requiring interns to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and may be asked to submit documentation of proof of vaccination during onboarding. Additional information and instructions regarding Smithsonian's COVID-19 mandate will be provided at the time of selection.

Plant Ecology Research Internship - FL

Research Internships in Plant Ecology, Archbold Biological Station, Venus, Florida (https://www.archbold-station.org/about/)

  • Start date: March-April 2024; running about 8 months. 
  • Review of applications will begin January 25, 2024.
  • Stipend and lodging included.
  • Includes independent research project. 
  • Ideal for post-baccalaureate students contemplating graduate school.

We seek a motivated plant ecologist for an internship position in the Plant Ecology Program of Dr. Aaron David at Archbold Biological Station, located in south-central Florida.

In the Plant Ecology Program, we study nearly two dozen rare species of endemic plants in endangered Florida scrub and related communities, and have unique, multidecadal demographic datasets coupled with detailed fire records. Our research emphasizes conservation biology, plant demography, plant-microbe interactions, restoration ecology, fire ecology, landscape ecology, and fire management. Our group consists of 3-4 full time scientists together with interns, graduate students, and collaborators, and is a stimulating and enjoyable workplace.

Full info: https://archbold-cms.payloadcms.app/media/Research%20internship%20in%20Plant%20Ecology%202024-1.pdf

Agroecologist / Field Biologist - NY

The Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program based in Columbia County New York is a branch of the non-profit Hawthorne Valley Association. The Program has been in existence since 2003 and combines creative ecological outreach with research to increase regional connection to the landscape and to promote good stewardship. We believe in doing rigorous, relevant, place-based research and sharing it back in stimulating, engaging ways.

  • Application deadline: Application review will being on 5 February 2024.
  • Starting date: 1 May 2024
  • Remuneration: Full-time, exempt with benefits, salary $38,000-48,000 depending on experience.

Full info: https://hawthornevalley.org/about/employment/#farm

Research Technician, Pesticide Bioremediation - CA

As part of a grant-funded research project on Integrated Pest Management to assess the effectiveness of field bioreactor systems seeded with pesticide bioremediating bacteria to remove pesticides from agricultural waste waters, we are seeking a research technician will be assist in the execution and management of this project. The successful candidate will be part of a collaborative team with undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty at CSU Monterey Bay.

Full info: For more information, contact Dr. Nate Jue (njue[at]csumb.edu) or apply via this web address:  https://shorturl.at/ruQ13

Vegetation Monitoring Tech - NV

The Great Basin Institute's Ecological Monitoring Program focuses on collecting monitoring data to inform conservation and management of natural, cultural, and recreational resources in the Intermountain West, while providing emerging professionals opportunities to begin or enhance their careers.  One component of the program works in cooperation with the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) to implement NDOW's Vegetation Health Assessment (VHA) program. 

For the 2024 field season, GBI is recruiting Vegetation Monitoring Technicians to work with GBI and NDOW staff. Each Tech will work under the supervision of a Crew Lead to characterize vegetation using VHA protocols, on various sampling sites across northern Nevada. Monitoring projects are predominantly located in sagebrush ecosystems and focused on post-fire restoration, habitat improvement, and baseline habitat condition. This opportunity differs from other GBI Ecological Monitoring positions as the primary monitoring goal is to conduct long-term vegetation monitoring, excluding soil indicators.

Two options available:

  • Duration: 21 weeks from April to August - Tentative Start Date: April 22nd

  • Duration: 15 weeks from May to August - Tentative Start Date: Week of May 13th, TBD (flexibility available depending on applicant)

Location: Based out of NDOW Field Office in Reno, Nevada

More info and Apply: https://www.vscyberhosting.com/greatbasin/Careers.aspx?req=2023-AIM-022&type=JOBDESCR

Coastal Ecology & Biogeochemistry Tech - LA

The Roberts Lab of Ecosystem Ecology and Biogeochemistry  at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) is seeking multiple research technicians to join our interdisciplinary research team in support of projects supported by multiple grants from NSF, BOEM, NASA, and NOAA. We are looking for highly motivated, enthusiastic, and organized individuals to participate in field and laboratory work studying coastal wetlands, estuaries, and/or coastal shelf ecosystems.... 

Duration and Start Date: The position is available immediately and the initial appointments are for a period of 1 year with possible additional support dependent upon funding and satisfactory performance.

Location: The position will be based at LUMCON's DeFelice Marine Center in Cocodrie, LA.

Full info: https://lumcon.edu/2023/01/11/research-technician-position-in-coastal-biogeochemistry/

Deadline: Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the positions are filled.

Stream Monitoring Techs - CA/OR

The Institute for Natural Resources (INR) in Portland, Oregon, an independent research institute, is partnering with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to implement its Aquatic Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) strategy, targeted at collecting standardized data from streams across BLM Districts in the western U.S. INR is hiring multiple positions to conduct this work for the Aquatic AIM program. Potential candidates looking to assist in this effort with INR and the BLM will work helping assess the health of BLM lands on crews consisting of one crew lead and one field technician or one crew lead, one technician, and one botanist working in Oregon or California.

The work will focus on wadeable streams and rivers ranging from a few inches deep to fast-flowing small rivers across Oregon and California. Crews will collect aquatic data following the AIM National Aquatic Monitoring Framework: Field Protocol for Wadeable Lotic Systems (TR 1735-2) to assess the surface water hydrology and geomorphic conditions for the 2024 field season.

Due to the work stretching across the west, crews will have different start dates and locations where they will be based throughout the field season. Training will occur in mid-April for California and mid-June for Oregon. There is some flexibility in where crew members are based. Locations and desired positions are below:

Dates and Locations:

  • Oregon, based in Portland, OR, June - October. 3 Technicians

  • California, based in Sacramento, CA, April - August. 2 Technicians

As part of an AIM crew, the work is entirely field-based and requires camping in typically isolated areas with few amenities in the surrounding area. During this fieldwork, crews work a 10-hour-a-day hitch-based schedule with 8 days (Wed-Wed) on and 6 days off, working in all kinds of weather. Crews must be prepared for conditions such as extreme heat, sun exposure, long hours in the vehicle, nearby wildfires, smoke, driving on rough gravel and 4x4 trails, carrying 40-50lbs packs over steep and uneven terrain, and encounters with wildlife. INR provides Crews with a two-burner stove, propane, table, sampling gear, and other crew essentials. Crew members are responsible for arranging their housing in between hitches and their personal camping equipment.

All positions will have the opportunity to conduct sampling in vast and unique habitats with a history of wildfires, settlers, and indigenous people. Crews will also gain experience learning a protocol implemented across the Western U.S., identifying plant and animal species native and invasive to the location, and monitoring surface water hydrology and its geomorphic features during the fieldwork in remote landscapes.

FIELD TECHNICIAN POSITIONS REQUIRE THE FOLLOWING:

  • All Crew members are required to have Full vaccination status with proof of vaccination (https://www.pdx.edu/covid-19-response/vaccinations for more information)

  • A Bachelor's Degree in Aquatic Ecology, Fisheries, Hydrology, Water Resources, or a related subject. Experience may be substituted for up to two years of education on a one-to-one basis.

  • A minimum of one season of field data collection. Several lab courses with extensive fieldwork can satisfy this requirement. However, preference will be given to people who have collected aquatic or hydrologic data in a work setting.

  • Experience following established field protocols to conduct sampling and field data collection on new and existing monitoring sites.

  • Experience with data entry and management using Microsoft Office (Excel, Access) and/or GIS

  • Experience navigating and collecting coordinates with hand-held GPS units or other electronic devices such as Survey123.

  • Experience driving and maintaining 4WD trucks, especially in off-road situations. Valid driver's license with a clean driving record. Experience driving UTV/side-by-side vehicles is preferred.

  • Demonstrated ability to work productively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals, and to work independently as required.

  • Experience in and willingness to spend multiple days camping in the field where hazards (snakes, bears, deadfall, lightning, poison oak, flash floods, fires, etc.) may be encountered.

  • Willingness to work irregular hours in harsh environments and challenging weather, and carry 40-50lbs in a backpack over uneven terrain.

  • Wilderness First Aid is a plus; CPR and First Aid Certification are preferred.

EXPECTATIONS: In addition to the above qualifications, we expect crew members to commit to the entire field season, to practice safety awareness, including vehicle safety procedures, to communicate regularly with INR support staff and BLM agency staff, to participate in INR and BLM training, and to contribute to building a healthy and fun work team environment. Due to the nature of the work and required driving between sampling areas, work days over 10 hours are possible, with the expectation of a total of 80 hours/hitch as crews strive to complete points assigned for the given hitch.

TRAINING: These positions are ideal for people who are committed to ongoing learning and development. You will receive extensive paid training on the AIM protocols and associated methodology.  You will also have the opportunity to interact with seasoned staff scientists from both the BLM and INR throughout training and fieldwork.  Mandatory 1-week in-person paid training will occur shortly after hiring (mid-April for CA and mid-June for OR)

COMPENSATION: Aquatic Monitoring Field Technicians are paid $18.12 an hour. Receive a total of $267 per diem for food costs for each hitch. Receive up to $175 per diem for camping for each hitch.


HOW TO APPLY: Please submit the following in a single pdf to Matthew Foli (Project Manager at INR):  foli@pdx.edu. For position information not found in the listing or additional links below, you may contact the email listed above. In your email please use the subject line "AIM Application - Lastname" to make sure your application is saved.

  1. Letter of interest. In this letter, please describe your background, including any military and volunteer service; professional experience, recreational interests, or hobbies that help demonstrate your suitability for work in harsh and challenging conditions and your reasons for pursuing this opportunity.

  2. Resume, including all degrees and related coursework.

  3. Names and contact information for three (3) references.  Professional references who can attest to your work ethic and technical abilities should be prioritized due to the nature of the work.

Application review will begin in early January and will continue until all positions are filled.

Riparian Botany Techs - OR

The Institute for Natural Resources (INR) in Portland, Oregon, an independent research institute, is partnering with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to implement its Aquatic Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) strategy, which is targeted at collecting standardized data from streams across BLM Districts in the western U.S. INR is hiring 2 Botanists to conduct this work in Oregon for the Aquatic AIM Program. Potential candidates looking to assist in this effort with INR and the BLM will work helping assess the health of BLM lands on crews consisting of one crew lead, one field technician, and one botanist.

The work will focus on wadeable streams and rivers across Oregon collecting data following the Multiple Indicator Monitoring (MIM) of Stream Channels and Streamside Vegetation, Technical Reference 1737-23 to monitor streambanks, stream channels, and riparian vegetation. The fieldwork will also implement the assessment of surface water hydrology and geomorphic conditions following the AIM National Aquatic Monitoring Framework: Field Protocol for Wadeable Lotic Systems (TR 1735-2) for the 2024 field season, with wadeable streams ranging from a few inches deep to fast-flowing small rivers.

Dates: mid-June - October

As part of an AIM crew, the work is entirely field-based and requires camping in typically isolated areas with few amenities in the surrounding area. During this fieldwork, crews work a 10-hour-a-day hitch-based schedule with 8 days (Wed-Wed) on and 6 days off, working in all kinds of weather conditions. Crews must be prepared for extreme heat, sun exposure, long hours in the vehicle, nearby wildfires, smoke, driving on rough gravel and 4x4 trails, carrying 40-50lbs packs over steep and uneven terrain, and encounters with wildlife. INR provides Crews with a two-burner stove, propane, table, sampling gear, and other crew essentials. Crew members are responsible for arranging their housing in between hitches and their personal camping equipment.

All positions will have the opportunity to conduct sampling in vast and unique habitats with a history of wildfires, settlers, and indigenous people. Crews will also gain experience learning a protocol implemented across the Western U.S.

THE BOTANIST POSITION REQUIRES THE FOLLOWING:

  • All Crew members are required to have full COVID-19 vaccination status with proof of vaccination (policy).

  • A Bachelors Degree or higher in Botany, Biology, Ecology, Horticulture, Environmental Science, or closely related subjects. Coursework in Plant Taxonomy/Systematics, Plant Identification, and Wetland/Aquatic Ecology with additional training in wetland/riparian plants preferred. Herbarium, greenhouse, and lab experience that involves direct contact with diverse plant materials may substitute for coursework.

  • A minimum of one full year or two full seasons of botany fieldwork in wetland/riparian habitats

  • Ability to identify wetland/riparian species using a combination of sight-identification, dichotomous keys, field guides, and online tools such as OregonFlora.org

  • Working knowledge of plant nomenclature, Oregon native/invasive plants, herbarium specimen preparation

  • Experience with field sampling and data protocols, data entry and management, GPS devices, and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access)

  • Experience driving and maintaining 4WD trucks, especially in off-road situations. Experience driving 4x4/side-by-side/UTV vehicles is preferred. Valid driver's license and clean driving record (DUI or other serious convictions need not apply)

  • Demonstrated ability to work productively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals, and to work independently as required;

  • Experience in and willingness to spend multiple days camping in the field where hazards (snakes, bears, deadfall, lightning, poison oak, flash floods, fires, etc.) may be encountered;

  • Willingness to work irregular hours in harsh environments and challenging weather, and carry 40-50lbs in a backpack over uneven terrain

  • Wilderness First Aid is a plus; CPR and First AID Certification is expected

EXPECTATIONS: In addition to the above qualifications, we expect crew members to commit to the entire field season, to practice safety awareness, including vehicle safety procedures, to communicate regularly with INR support staff and BLM agency staff, to participate in INR and BLM training, and to contribute to building a healthy and fun work team environment. Due to the nature of the work and required driving between sampling areas, work days over 10 hours are possible, with the expectation of a total of 80 hours/hitch as crews strive to complete points assigned for the given hitch.


TRAINING: These positions are ideal for people who are committed to ongoing learning and development. You will receive extensive paid training on the AIM protocols and associated methodology.  You will also have the opportunity to interact with seasoned staff scientists from both the BLM and INR throughout training and fieldwork. Two Mandatory 1-week trainings will occur shortly after hiring (beginning mid-June).


COMPENSATION:  Botanists are paid $21.58 an hour. Receive a total of $267 per diem for food costs for each hitch. Receive up to $175 per diem for camping for each hitch.


HOW TO APPLY: Please submit the following in a single pdf to Matthew Foli (Project Manager at INR): foli@pdx.edu. For position information not found in the listing or additional links below, you may contact the email listed above. In your email please use the subject line"AIM Application - Lastname" to make sure your application is saved.  Application review will begin in early December and will continue until all positions are filled.

  1. Letter of interest. In this letter, please describe your background, including any military and volunteer service; professional experience, recreational interests, or hobbies that help demonstrate your suitability for work in harsh and challenging conditions; and your reasons for pursuing this opportunity.

  2. Curriculum vitae, including all degrees and related coursework.

  3. Names and contact information for three (3) references.  While we prefer professional references who can attest to your work ethic and technical abilities, we will accept academic references or references from organizations.

Biodiversity Technicians - CT

The Yale Center for Biodiversity and Global Change is hiring several new positions to join the Map of Life Rapid Assessments team.  This team is taking the power of Map of Life to the local scale by combining novel survey technologies to deliver relevant local biodiversity insights and is competing in the XPRIZE Rainforest finals.

Genetics Lab Manager - NY

The successful candidate will lead laboratory and research functions in Dr. Nick Sard's lab at SUNY Oswego. Responsibilities include assisting in research projects to ensure quality data collection and analysis, ordering supplies, monitoring inventories, as well as maintaining databases and sample repositories. In addition, the lab manager will actively contribute to research projects. Expected research activities include extracting and quantifying DNA from samples and genotyping extracted samples using standard techniques such as PCR (endpoint and quantitative), Sanger sequencing, microsatellite genotyping, metabarcoding, GT-seq, RAD-seq, RAD-Capture (RAPTURE), etc. Training associated with specific protocols will be provided as needed. Many projects in the lab are associated with Great Lakes environmental issues, such as restoring the native fish community, providing data related to managing non-native top predators, studying invasive species population dynamics, and detecting rare species using environmental DNA sampling methods. The successful candidate will be a Research Foundation employee with full benefits. The work schedule associated with this position is flexible. Finally, there are opportunities to write grants and teach - pending applicant interests.

Required Qualifications: The successful applicant must have at least a bachelor's degree in biology, zoology, genetics, molecular biology, microbiology, or similar fields with expertise in genetic techniques. The applicant must have experience in the development and/or the application of genotyping techniques, experimental design and analysis, and database management.

  • Salary:  $45-$60K commensurate with experience plus full Research Foundation benefits.
  • Date of Appointment:  As soon as possible

Full job advertisement: https://oswego.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails....

Botany Field Technician - NV

  • Job Title: Botany Field Technician
  • Classification: Seasonal Position (6 weeks)
  • Pay: $20 per hour
  • Location: Pahrump Valley, Nevada (Mojave Desert)
  • Start Date: 3/18/2024
  • Number of Positions: 2
  • Organization: Cornell University

Two field technician positions need to be filled for work related to both disturbance ecology and renewable energy ecology. The field technicians will assist with data collection for a project investigating the effects of solar energy facility development on the Mojave Desert ecosystem. This project is funded by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and is in collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Field work will be in the Pahrump Valley of Nevada, which is located in between Death Valley and Las Vegas Valley. The field work will be led by a PhD student at Cornell University (Kyle Turchick). The two main objectives are to (1) understand ecosystem change due to disturbance and (2) inform natural resource management.

The field technicians will assist with data collection for 1.5 months, beginning in mid-March 2023 and ending late-April (6 weeks total). Each week will consist of four 10-hour days of fieldwork (Monday-Thursday), followed by three days off (Friday-Sunday). A work truck will be provided for the crew. During the four-day work week technicians are required to camp in the field. Technicians will be paid $20 an hour. The necessary cooking supplies will be provided for the crew (for example, propane stove, fuel, pots, pans, cutting board, bowls, plates, cups, utensils, cooler, and so on). Food expenses will be covered during the four-day fieldwork week (Monday-Thursday).

The primary scientific duties of the field technicians will be to identify plant species, measure vegetation, and accurately and legibly record data (with paper & pencil). Previous experience required for: identifying plant species, vegetation measurements, and both accurate and legible data recording – these are the three central skill sets. Attention to detail and organization while in physically stressful field conditions are key characteristics. Individuals with previous work experience implementing the BLM’s AIM methods are strongly encouraged to apply.

The successful applicant must be able to perform these duties consistently for long periods of time in physically challenging environments. The physical and mental capacity to conduct long hours of fieldwork in rugged, hot desert conditions is required.

Desired qualifications for the position include the following:

  1. Experience working with BLM AIM protocol
  2. Experience collecting vegetation data
  3. Ability to accurately follow instructions for data collection and implement scientific procedures
  4. Physical and mental capacity to conduct long hours of fieldwork in rugged, hot desert conditions
  5. A degree in ecology, botany, soils, or related field OR work experience in desert plant ecology.

Application:  Please submit the following to application materials to Kyle Turchick (PhD student) via email (kt492@cornell.edu). Application Materials: (1) Brief letter of interest; (2) Resume/CV; (3) Names and contact info for 3 references; and (4) transcripts. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, but the final date to apply is 2/15/24.

Thank you for your interest.

Cary Institute - NY

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is dedicated to understanding how ecosystems work. Our scientists are global experts in the ecology of: freshwater, forests, disease, and cities. Through collaborative efforts, we apply our science to policy and management that protects the environment and improves human wellbeing.  The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies campus is in Millbrook, NY.

http://www.caryinstitute.org/who-we-are/jobs

Internships & Jobs, Chicago Botanic

Wetlands Institute - NJ

The Wetlands Institute is a non-profit organization in southern New Jersey whose mission is to promote appreciation, understanding and stewardship of wetlands and coastal ecosystems through our programs in research, education and conservation. 

Internships:  http://wetlandsinstitute.org/education/internship-opportunities/

Employment: https://wetlandsinstitute.org/about-us/employment-opportunities/

EMMA Seasonal Ecological Monitoring - ID/MT/NV/WY

The University of Montana (UM) O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West (OCRMW) employs many seasonal field technicians through their Ecological Mapping, Monitoring and Analysis (EMMA) program, which supports informed management of public lands in the West. EMMA’s cadre of trained ecologists and biologists collect data in upland, wetland and aquatic habitats, using protocols developed by our own team and by partner agencies. Our GIS and data specialists map wetlands and riparian areas, and assist EMMA scientists with the analysis of spatial and tabular data sets.

https://www.umt.edu/center-rocky-mountain-west/emma/employment_opportunities/default.php

NorthWoods Stewardship Center - VT/ME/CT

Seeds of Success techs - US west

Several organizations sponsor and organize Seeds of Success (SOS) crews throughout the US west during the field season:

  • Santa Barbara Botanic Garden: https://sbbotanicgarden.org/about/employment/
  • Chicago Botanic Garden (https://www.chicagobotanic.org/jobs; search for "technician" or "seeds"): Our Conservation and Land Management Program (CLM) offers real-world experience to recent college graduates and early-career professionals interested in land management, applied ecology, botany, and native seed collection.  We hire folks to work with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), US Forest Service (USFS), and US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).  SOS positions include Field Technicians and Botanists.  These positions will start between February and early June, and end between August and late-October, depending on the location.  Please direct questions to Chris Woolridge at: cwoolridge@chicagobotanic.org.  

 

National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)

The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is a continental-scale observation facility funded by the National Science Foundation and operated by Battelle. The NEON program is designed to collect long-term, open access ecological data to better understand how U.S. ecosystems are changing, from freshwater systems such as streams, rivers, and lakes to terrestrial systems spanning tropical forests to deserts to tundra.  Opportunities: https://www.neonscience.org/get-involved/work-opportunities

Great Basin ecological monitoring - US west

The Great Basin Institute is an interdisciplinary field studies organization that promotes environmental research, education, and service through the west.  GBI recruits Field Technicians to work with GBI and BLM staff for the field season.  Available positions: https://www.vscyberhosting.com/greatbasin/

 

Eco/Evolution Intern - Trinidad

Research interns are needed to assist in a multi-disciplinary, multi-investigator, experimental study of the evolution of species interactions in Trinidad, West Indies. The research is led by Professors David Reznick (University of California, Riverside), Joseph Travis (Florida State University), Tim Coulson (University of Oxford), and Ron Bassar (Auburn University).  We seek to integrate multiple biological fields for the study of these interactions in experimental populations of guppies and killifish in Trinidad. Duties include assisting in monthly censuses of guppy and killifish populations in montane streams and helping to execute experiments in on-site artificial streams. The monthly censuses include long hours in the field and laboratory.
 
Interns will be required to spend a minimum of 3 months in Trinidad, with possibility of extension. There are potential start dates in April 2023 and every month thereafter until September 2024. We will pay a monthly stipend, cover all travel, living expenses, travel insurance, and provide housing. 

Qualifications: We seek interns who are entertaining the possibility of pursuing graduate studies in some area of ecology and evolution and who wish to gain some additional field research experience before doing so.  Research will take place in semi-remote areas of Trinidad, sometimes under bad weather conditions. Applicants must be able to live and work well with others. Research will involve carrying heavy packs over slippery and steep terrain. Applicants must be in good physical condition and be able to meet the demands of field research under these conditions. Ability to drive a standard transmission vehicle is desirable but not required. Applicants with first-aid/first responder training, skills in automobile maintenance, and construction skills are highly desirable. Please address these skills when applying.

Please see our website (www.theguppyproject.weebly.com) for more information on the project and access to reprints.  Be sure to check out our video menu, which includes "guppy censuses" as submenu VII.  It details the main tasks associated with the internship.

Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, and the names and e-mail addresses of three or more professional references to David Reznick (gupy@ucr.edu). At least two of the references should be academics.

Ecology Technicians - GA

The Jones Center at Ichauway hires various seasonal technicians throughout the year. On-site housing is provided on a limited basis but is optional.  https://www.jonesctr.org/jobs/

Ecology & Biogeochemistry Research - MA/AK

Woodwell Climate Research Center seeks applicants for multiple field assistant positions:  

Details: https://www.woodwellclimate.org/careers/

 

Walker Basin Conservancy - NV

The Walker Basin Conservancy leads the effort to restore and maintain Walker Lake while protecting agricultural, environmental and recreational interests in the Walker Basin. The Conservancy acquires water rights and ranches to increase freshwater flows to Walker Lake, re-establishes native plant communities on former agricultural fields, increases public access and recreation opportunities, and develops practical solutions to save Walker Lake.  https://www.walkerbasin.org/

Seasonal Field Biologists - OR/CA

National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc. (NCASI) hires multiple field biologists for the field season, including Post-fire Riparian Vegetation, Aquatic Ecology, Pollinators, birds & bats, and red tree voles.  The research projects take place in Oregon and Northern California.   Position lengths and start/end dates vary.  See list of opportunities here: https://www.ncasi.org/about-ncasi/careers/ 
 

US Conservation Corps

Conservation Corps throughout the US host crews and interns for research, conservation, education, and interpretation: https://jobs.silkroad.com/ConservationLegacy/Careers