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.

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Opportunities for recent graduates:

New postings 11/30! (also check here: www.uvm.edu/biologicalscience/seasonal-job-opportunities)  

Plant-Microbe Interactions Tech - WA

The Friesen Lab at Washington State University is seeking a highly motivated technician to work on a funded DOE project investigating nitrogen cycling bacteria associated with switchgrass. Job duties will include microbiology, greenhouse, and growth, chamber, experiments, DNA, extractions, Q PCR, sequencing and stable isotope labeling. This position would be ideal for someone interested in eventually pursuing a PhD. Funding is available for one year with the possibility of continuation on other projects in the lab.

Our research group is highly collaborative and strives to create and inclusive and supportive environment that celebrates diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Excellent, respectful verbal and written communication skills are required.

Please apply with (1) cover letter and (2) CV at the following web portal: https://wsu.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/WSU_Jobs/job/Research-Intern_R-7831.

Applications will be reviewed beginning Dec 15th with an anticipated start date in early 2023.

Snowy Plover monitor position - OR

Snowy Plover Monitor: The Oregon Biodiversity Information Center, part of the Institute for Natural Resources at Portland State University, is conducting ongoing research on the western snowy plover along the Oregon coast. Work involves locating nests, conducting surveys, following broods and periodic assistance to staff at cooperating agencies for signing, roping and monitoring during habitat restoration work. Occasional assistance with banding may occur. Field assistants are also responsible for timely and accurate data entry, and assist with equipment maintenance as needed.  Work requires long hours under a variety of weather conditions. Field crews typically work 6 6-hour days; some days may be longer.  If applicable, we are willing to help an undergraduate student arrange college credit for this work.

Required Qualifications:

  • progress towards undergraduate degree in Biology, Wildlife Biology, Ecology, or Natural Resources,
  • field experience in avian research, including experience using binoculars, spotting scopes, and reading color bands,
  • experience in methods commonly used to locate and observe nesting shorebirds,
  • strong work ethic, organizational skills, and attention to detail
  • ability to communicate well under a variety of situations, including one on one, in small group settings, and with partner agencies,
  • ability to make sound judgement calls in the field,
  • willingness and enthusiasm to work under a variety of weather conditions,
  • ability to hike 5-8 miles per day,
  • willingness to work alone and as part of a team in the field,
  • valid driver's license and clean driving record.

Preferred qualifications:
Studies have shown that women and minorities often don't apply for positions where they don't meet all of the preferred skills and experience. We recognize that there are many different paths, experiences, and less traditional backgrounds that add value to one's work, and encourage applicants to apply even if they do not have all of the preferred skills.

  • an undergraduate degree in one of the above disciplines,
  • bird handling experience,
  • bird banding experience
  • excellent shorebird identification skills,
  • experience safely operating all-terrain vehicles, 
  • experience using Microsoft Access and Excel 
  • a demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

Position runs from 4/3/2023 to approximately 9/15/2023 and is located near Florence OR.  Pay is competitive, begins at $24 per hour, and depends on education and experience.  The applicant will be required to be based on the central Oregon coast (between Florence and Lakeside). Shared housing (USFS Bunkhouse) is available for a small fee. Pets are not allowed in USFS housing.  Students enrolled in an undergraduate program may be able to earn credit for participation on the project.
To apply, send cover letter, resume, copy of university transcripts (unofficial), and telephone numbers/email addresses of three references to: ELEANOR GAINES, eleanor.gaines@pdx.edu. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Field/lab research techs in native forest bee ecology - NJ

Experienced researchers with skills in pollinator ecology or molecular techniques are invited to apply for three open research technician positions. All positions are based in Rachael Winfree's lab group (winfreelab.com) at Rutgers University and are full time for three-six months at $15 per hour.  Positions could be combined to provide employment over a longer period of time or hired separately.

Position 1: The technician will conduct lab work for a USDA-funded project, directed by postdoc Katie Turo, to examine the spring-time diet of forest-associated crop pollinators. The selected applicant will analyze pollen samples from a pre-existing collection of foraging native bees with standard molecular techniques (e.g., sample homogenization, DNA extraction, PCRs). Previous molecular experience is essential, experience with bees or pollen analysis is preferred. Based on applicant preference the position could start immediately or be postponed until January 2023.

Positions 2,3: Two technicians will lead the fieldwork for a USDA-funded project, directed by postdoc Katie Turo, to examine how bee communities respond to forest regeneration after timber harvests. Fieldwork will take place at the Yale Myers Forest in northwest CT and involves netting and trapping bees through vane and pan traps. The selected applicants will work as a team to collect field data, as well as assisting with database tasks (pinning, identification). Housing is available at the Yale Myers Forest dorms. Previous ecological field experience is essential; experience with native bees is preferred. Target start date is April 2023.

Additional qualifications: B.A. or B.S. degree in ecology or a related field, experience collecting ecological data and managing field research projects, strong organizational and logistical skills, ability to work independently for long hours under challenging field conditions, demonstrated commitment to data accuracy, very strong letters of reference, and a valid driver's license and personal vehicle (mileage will be reimbursed).

To apply: A letter of interest including your dates of availability, CV, and contact information for three references who can speak to your field research skills and ability to do independent research. Combine all documents into a single PDF and email to Katie Turo (katie.turo@Rutgers.edu). Use "native bee position" as the subject line. Applications will be considered starting immediately and until the positions are filled.

Columbia Post-Bacc STEM Bridge-to-PhD Program - NY

The Bridge to the Ph.D. Program in STEM is designed to increase the participation of students from underrepresented groups in Ph.D. programs in STEM disciplines. The Bridge Program is an intensive research, academic, and mentoring experience for post-baccalaureates seeking to strengthen their graduate school applications and to prepare for the transition into Ph.D. programs.  More info: https://bridgetophd.facultydiversity.columbia.edu. Applications open mid-December 2022.

Spatial Ecology/Remote Sensing Intern - VA

The Conservation GIS Lab (https://nationalzoo.si.edu/conservation-ecology-center) at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) is seeking an intern.  The internship will focus on teaching the intern about the applications of remote sensing technologies including spaceborne lidar (GEDI), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), and satellite multispectral imagery for modeling vegetation type and structure. Opportunities to work with social survey and/or wildlife datasets may also appear during this internship. Overall, the intern will gain hands on experience analyzing a wide range of datasets across different study regions and communicating this research to a variety of audiences.

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute is located at the north entrance of the Shenandoah National Park, about 60 miles west of Washington, D.C., in Front Royal, VA. The intern will be part of a cohort of interns at the Center with regular meetings and additional opportunities to interact with fellow interns and researchers. Positions are a minimum of six months, beginning as soon as possible. Priority will be given to candidates who can commit for longer periods.

See posting here: https://internships.si.edu/opportunity/remote-sensing-spatial-ecology-intern.  

This is a paid internship. A monthly stipend of up to $1,500 is offered (dependent on education level, coursework, and skills). There will be free dormitory-style housing on SCBI campus provided for interns. If campus housing is initially unavailable, this position will be remote until housing becomes available. Interns will be responsible for obtaining access to a personal computer and reliable high-speed internet during this period.

Fire Ecology/Fire Science Postions - CA

The Stephens Wildland Fire Science Lab and Collins Landscape Fire Dynamics & Forest Management Lab at UC Berkeley are jointly seeking multiple fire ecology/fire science specialists to begin work in early 2023. These positions will support ongoing research, lead new studies, coordinate fire science outreach efforts, mentor student researchers, and organize/supervise field research crews. These positions will join a diverse team of motivated researchers in studying the role of fire in some of California's most dynamic and beautify landscapes. This research is conducted in partnership with land managers, Tribes, and extension advisors, with the intent of having strong applications to land stewardship and management.  

Further details on the announcement and application instructions are available at: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/JPF03698.  The first review of applications will begin in mid-December 2022, with the desired start date of February through May 2023.  Please contact Scott Stephens (sstephens[at]berkeley.edu) or Brandon Collins (bcollins[at]berkeley.edu) for any additional information.

Assistant Coordinator, Invasive Species Management Area - MI

I am looking for a qualified assistant to help with the responsibilities of the Keweenaw Invasive Species Management Area (KISMA), located in the beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The ideal candidate will be a person with an MS in a natural resource field or a BS in a natural resource field with research experience. You need to be passionate about helping our native ecosystems and managing invasive species. You would be hired by Michigan Technological University in the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. 

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; interviewing will begin no later than January 1, 2023; start date ASAP.

  • Position: Full-time (~40 hrs/wk) limited term position leading field crew, through August 2023. Continued employment is contingent upon securing additional funding.
  • Work Location: Keweenaw, Houghton, and Baraga Counties - working from MTU campus
  • Compensation: $20-25/hr, depending on qualifications, with potential to increase with successful grant writing; mileage reimbursement at the federal rate for travel to/from required training and field sites
  • Benefits: not included initially, but this will change if additional funding is secured after August 2023 for a full-time position.

KISMA is a partnership with 20 partners, including federal, state, tribal, and regional and local conservation organizations. We employ 4+ seasonal employees depending on funding. Our mission is to facilitate cooperation and education among federal, state, tribal, and local groups and landowners to prevent and manage invasive species across land ownership boundaries, and to foster native aquatic and terrestrial communities.

Essential functions include:

  1. Write grants to obtain programmatic funding
  2. Seasonal employee supervision
  3. Help supervise data collection for KISMA projects, both terrestrial and aquatic
  4. Write reports to funders
  5. Assist with invasive species field work (smartphone required) and data collection
    • Conduct manual, biological, and some chemical invasive plant control
    • Survey and map invasive species infestations using data collection apps
    • Enter field data according to KISMA data management protocols
    • Create maps in ArcMap
  6. Outreach/Education and related duties
    • Help organize and run partner and steering committee meetings
    • Assist with organizing, advertising, and conducting invasive species outreach/volunteer training events.

Qualifications:

  1. Education: MS desirable or bachelor's degree with demonstrated experience collecting and analyzing scientific data and coursework or experience related to ecology botany, or general biology
  2. Excellent oral and written communication skills
  3. Grant writing experience
  4. Computer skills: MS Excel and Word and ArcGIS
  5. Certification for herbicide application in Michigan
  6. Applicant must:
    • Have six months of experience working outdoors in a variety of conditions and terrains
    • Have demonstrated experience working cooperatively with groups and the general public
    • Exhibit excellent attention to detail in collecting and recording field data.

Preferred Skills and Attributes:

  1. Have reliable personal transportation for work-related use and maintain a valid driver's license
  2. Work experience, especially field experience in invasive species identification and control, or native plant restoration
  3. Ability to identify native and invasive vegetation of Michigan
  4. Demonstrated outreach skills and teaching experience
  5. Backpacking, camping, and/or outdoor work experience

To apply:  email cover letter that includes position(s) of interest, resume including academic and field experience, and list of three references (name, job title, email or phone number) to Dr. Sigrid Resh (scresh@mtu.edu).

Limnology Research Specialist - MO

The primary function of this position is to carry out the field and laboratory activities of the MU Limnology Lab (limnology.missouri.edu). We monitor water quality in Missouri's reservoirs through a long-term project, the Statewide Lake Assessment Program (SLAP). This position is multi-faceted, involving water chemistry analysis, field research, data management, and training and supervising of hourly employees working in the lab and field.

  • Salary Range: $15.75 - $21.29 /hour
  • Grade: GGS-007
  • University Title: Research Specialist I
  • Projected start date: January 3rd, 2023
  • This position is full time and benefit eligible.

For more information and to apply, please visit the MU website at http://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/staff/ and look for job opening ID 44589.  Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. For additional information about the position, please contact Dr. Rebecca North (northr@missouri.edu).

Aquatic Ecotoxicology Lab/Field Techs - TN

Come work with us at Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) in Oak Ridge, TN!  Lab and field-focused technician positions open in our group. Contact Dr. Louise Stevenson, stevensonlm@ornl.gov or Dr. Teresa Mathews, mathewstj@ornl.gov, with any questions. Find out more info and apply here:

Forest / Plant Community Ecology Intern - MO

The Myers lab at Washington University in St. Louis seeks two seasonal field technicians to participate in two large-scale forest ecology projects at the university's field station, Tyson Research Center: 1) a re-census of a temperate forest-dynamics plot that is part of the Forest Global Earth Observatory (ForestGEO) global network of scientists and forest research sites dedicated to advancing long-term study of the world's forests; and 2) a landscape-scale experiment investigating the importance of plant-functional traits in determining responses of forest diversity and ecosystem functioning to environmental change (prescribed fire) and natural enemies (seed predators & herbivores). The technician will develop skills and gain experience in: 1) field protocols for censuses of long-term ForestGEO plots, including tree identification, tree mapping, and measurements of tree growth, mortality, and seed production; 2) data collection for large-scale field experiments, including surveys of plant community composition and dynamics across environmental gradients; 3) management of large data sets; 4) mentoring of undergraduate and high school students in field research; and 5) team-based ecological field research.

Position details: The positions are full-time, temporary positions (up to 6 months) with no benefits. Candidates interested in shorter positions (minimum of 3 months) are also encouraged to apply. Wages will be commensurate with experience. The positions are available starting between March 1 and May 23, 2023. The successful applicants will need to secure their own housing in St. Louis or near Tyson Research Center (20 miles from campus). Located on the edge of the Ozark ecoregion, Tyson Research Center is a 2000-acre field station dedicated to multi-scale research, teaching opportunities, and collaboration across disciplines, institutions, and levels of academic training.

Minimum requirements: Bachelor's degree in a related field (e.g. biology, ecology, forestry); experience conducting field research; excellent teamwork skills; ability to work outdoors under a range of conditions that include steep terrain and hot or cold weather; proficiency with data entry using Microsoft Excel; enthusiasm to learn new concepts, field and laboratory skills.

Preferred qualifications: A strong interest in ecology; experience working in a field team; experience with plant identification, especially in temperate forests; experience conducting independent research.

To apply: Please submit 1) a cover letter describing your interest in this position, how the position would advance your career goals, relevant past experience, start date availability, and contact information for three references including e-mail addresses and phone numbers; and 2) a CV or resume. Application materials must be submitted electronically through https://jobs.wustl.edu by entering the job ID number (JR70472) as a keyword on the Search Jobs page. Review of applications will begin December 12, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Candidates are strongly encouraged to e-mail Dr. Jonathan Myers (jamyers@wustl.edu) to indicate interest in the position as soon as possible using the subject line "Seasonal Ecology Technician".

Tree Census Intern - Puerto Rico

The Department of Environmental Studies of the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras is carrying out a tree census in the 16-ha Luquillo Forest Dynamics Plot (LFDP), in El Yunque National Forest.  The LFDP is a member of the ForestGEO.  We anticipate that the entire census will take 18 months to complete and will be taking on interns in several phases.  For this fifth phase, we are seeking the help of eight interns.  After training in census protocol and database management, the interns will work in the forest identifying and measuring and mapping trees in marked grids.  Interns work together in teams under the supervision of a field technician, spending long hours in the field (8am until 4 pm, Mon-Fri, with weekends free), often in wet and muddy conditions.  While in El Yunque, interns will have the opportunity to learn about diverse aspects of tropical ecology from scientists involved in the Luquillo Long-Term Ecological Research Program.

  • PERIOD: January 14th through May 26th, 2023.
  • STIPEND: $1200 per month to cover food and general living expenses.
  • ACCOMMODATION: Free accommodation at UPRRP facilities “Stream House” in El Verde, Ri­o Grande, Puerto Rico.  Housing is communal using shared resources.  Transportation, if needed, is available on a limited basis.
  • TRAVEL: Refund of up to $750 towards a round-trip plane ticket from mainland USA, if not already living in Puerto Rico.
  • NOTE: We are unable to provide any medical insurance.

REQUIREMENTS: College graduates with background in biology, ecology, or environmental science, preferably with field-work experience, knowledge of plant identification, and excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.  Tropical experience useful but is not required.  We are currently only considering US citizens and permanent US residents that are fully vaccinated for these opportunities. (We will require COVID-19 vaccine card)

Interested applicants must submit the following materials via email to Melissa Salva Sauri,­ melissa.salva1@upr.edu.  All email attachments must include the name of the applicant as part of the file name. Please include "Tree Census 2021” as part of the subject line (Census started in 2021).  Applications will be reviewed as received.

  1. A letter of interest indicating why you wish to work in the tropical forest and describing your relevant experience.  Include a statement that you understand your application is for a volunteer position;
  2. Full resume;
  3. Contact information for two references.

 

Field Biologist Plants/Tortoise - FL

The Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI) at Florida State University is looking for an entry level field biologist whose primary responsibilities will be assisting with field surveys for gopher tortoises and invasive plant species. The selected candidate will also assist with other FNAI projects including rare plant and animal surveys, vegetation monitoring, and natural (vegetative) community mapping, as their abilities permit.  This position requires extensive travel (up to 90%) and field work in remote locations across Florida throughout the year.

LOCATION: Tallahassee, FL
CLOSING DATE: Will be kept open until filled; apply ASAP
SALARY RANGE: $18-20/hr (depending on qualifications)
PREFERRED: Ability to start work in December 2022

More Info: Job ID = 53510 https://jobs.omni.fsu.edu/psc/sprdhr_er/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM_FL.HRS_CG_SEARCH_FL.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST_FL&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1&JobOpeningId=53510&PostingSeq=1

Ecological Monitoring Tech - NV/CA

The Great Basin Institute (GBI) is recruiting Ecological Monitoring Vegetation Field Technicians to work with GBI and BLM staff. Each Field Tech will work with one other technician under the supervision of a Field Lead to characterize vegetation using the terrestrial AIM core methods. In some instances, Habitat Assessment Framework (HAF), and/or other supplemental protocols will be performed, for which training will be provided. Aside from core AIM sampling, any supplemental protocols implemented will vary by project.

Duties include following established field protocols to perform vegetation sampling and field data collection at new and existing sampling plots. Data will be used by resource specialists and land managers to inform decisions regarding land management at various temporal and spatial scales. During field work, car camping for 7 night hitches in remote locations will typically be required.

Depending on performance and completion of work term this position can qualify for Public Lands Corps (PLC) status given that the applicant is 30 years old or younger at the time of GBI employment. This status will last two years from the end of GBI employment.

For more information and to apply: https://www.vscyberhosting.com/greatbasin/Careers.aspx?req=2022-AIM-010&type=JOBDESCR

Ecology Research Tech - TX

The McCary (www.mattmccary.com) and Miller (miller-lab-ecology.weebly.com) labs at Rice University are seeking a full-time research technician to lead field and lab work focused on the demography and host-associated biodiversity of dioecious plants. The position is based in the Department of BioSciences at Rice University in Houston, TX. The technician will be expected to collect samples and data from our Texas field sites and lead DNA meta-barcoding of arthropod communities. Experience with field work, basic molecular methods, and data management are desirable. Flexible start date in early 2023. The position is ideally suited for those looking to gain more research experience before pursuing graduate school.  For inquiries, contact Tom Miller (tom.miller@rice.edu).

Info and apply: https://emdz.fa.us2.oraclecloud.com/hcmUI/CandidateExperience/en/sites/CX_1001/job/1882/?utm_medium=jobshare

Research Technician: Chesapeake Water Watch - MD

Deadline: Open until filled. Review of applications will begin on December 1.  We estimate a start date in Winter 2023.

Salary: $50,643, plus benefits.

Appointment Type: Term appointment for 1 year, with a potential for renewal for a total of 3 years. This is not a federal position.  This position is based at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater, Maryland.

SERC is searching for a research technician to participate in the Chesapeake Water Watch, a NASA-funded research project to study and improve the reliability of remote sensing algorithms in Chesapeake Bay tributaries and nearshore regions. The research technician will provide technical support related to collection and processing of samples, primarily water samples, including analyzing chlorophyll content, dissolved organic matter, and turbidity. These analyses will involve the use of a variety of instruments including fluorometers, spectrophotometers and turbidimeters. The technician will also assist with processing and management of samples and photographs submitted by project volunteers. Additionally, the technician will support statistical analyses, data management and data visualization for the project, as well as working with other members of the project team to directly engage with volunteers.

The research technician will join the Chesapeake Water Watch team, which includes research and public engagement staff with expertise in optical properties, remote sensing, aquatic chemistry, and citizen science. The research team includes members who are based at SERC, as well as members based at the City University of New York. Volunteers include individuals, as well as those associated with various Riverkeeper groups in the region. The technician will be based in SERC's Photobiology and Solar Radiation Lab.

Desired Qualifications and Experience:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in natural sciences
  • Experience conducting environmental field work
  • Experience working aboard small boats
  • Experience conducting water quality analysis
  • Experience using optical instrumentation
  • Ability to manage data from multiple sources
  • Ability to conduct statistical analysis of data
  • Ability to engage effectively with volunteers and other stakeholders from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences
  • Ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

To Apply: Please send a cover letter that describes your interests in the position, relevant work experience, education, and training, and a current resume to Alison Cawood at cawooda@si.edu. Please also feel free to reach out with questions or to discuss the position.

Marine Fisheries Ecology Internship (Mar-Oct) - MS

The Mississippi State University Marine Fisheries Ecology Program is seeking applicants for an internship position working under the direction of Dr. Marcus Drymon and Extension Associates at the Coastal Research and Extension Center (CREC) in Biloxi, MS. This paid internship begins March 15th and ends October 13th.

The roles of the intern will fall into three categories: field, laboratory, and outreach/education. The first category involves assisting with shark bottom longline surveys throughout the northern Gulf of Mexico. Specifically, the intern will be responsible for preparing gear, performing shark and fish dissections, collecting samples, and recording and entering data. The second category involves completing various laboratory processing tasks using samples collected during the bottom longline surveys. The third category involves helping with outreach and education events and developing materials to use at these events. Travel for field work and outreach events may be necessary.

Requirements:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • B.S. or B.A. in biological sciences (Note: must be graduated by the start of this internship)
  • Valid driver's license
  • Minimum of a 7-month commitment
  • Willingness to work on a flexible schedule, which may include weekends, evenings, and holidays
  • Willingness and capacity to spend long days on a boat, potentially in extreme weather conditions, including rough seas
  • Ability to handle heavy physical work: heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects up to or heavier than 50 pounds

Desired Skills:

  • Organized and able to work independently
  • Skilled with computer programs, including Microsoft Office, QGIS, Photoshop, etc.
  • Comfortable speaking with strangers, particularly in an education setting
  • Experience on boats
  • Experience handling fish, collecting samples and data, and conducting field surveys (e.g., trawl, gillnet, quadrat, etc.)

Questions? Contact the Marine Fisheries Ecology Program at marinefisheriesecology@gmail.com.

To apply, please click here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeRodvW8wcNrnQ5NPXyuXdCK-RmE5TFx6qMoGDWD3F1fUbuKA/viewform.  Application deadline is 11:59 PM on January 1, 2023.

Technology in Ecology Internship - MD

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center is focused on understanding the causes and consequences of environmental change for marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems. The main campus is a 2,650-acre research site on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay in Edgewater Maryland. Nearby cities include historic Annapolis, Maryland's capital, and D.C.

The Technology in Ecology Lab designs and maintains many technologically-innovative ecological experiments. We work collaboratively with several partners on ecological research, experimental design, and data infrastructure. For example, we developed and support several ongoing climate change experiments such as SMARTX, GENX, and MERIT, experiments at SERC’s Global Change Research Wetland site. We also maintain sensor and data infrastructure for the MarineGEO program. Additionally, we have been developing open source (or “DIY”) solutions for ecological research. Ongoing work includes Arduino and Xbee-based automated dataloggers and feedback controllers for ecosystem manipulation experiments as well as developing methods for DIY measurements of CO2 and methane production in coastal wetland systems. We operate at the interface of ecology, engineering, and data programming.

As part of our new Pathfinder project, we are seeking to fill three internships focused on advancing CO2 and CH4 gas flux chamber prototypes for use in remote settings. This work is important because it will expand the spatial and temporal range for which these types of instruments can be deployed, leading to better assessments of carbon flux into and out of the atmosphere. With these internship positions, we are hoping to add engineering, design, and programming skills to our collaborative research group,  https://serc.si.edu/technology-in-ecology.  We are seeking curious people who can easily adopt new skills based on project objectives. Organizational skills are also desired, as these people will be responsible for drafting documentation and protocols.

We are looking for up to three interns with some of the following skills:

  • Familiarity with Autodesk Fusion 360, Eagle or similar computer design/production tools
  • Familiarity with prototype fabrication and documentation
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Robotics or electrical engineering
  • Programming in Arduino, or Python, or Xbee networks
  • Environmental sensors or design
  • Fabrication skills

We do not expect any candidate to possess all of these skills, but the following is a list of additional skills that we also seek and willing to teach people if they do not already have them: using GitHub to facilitate collaboration; familiarity with topics such as ecology, biodiversity, climate change, and wetland science; R-Shiny design; electronics prototype production and fabrication; use of Eagle or Autodesk: use of Campbell Scientific dataloggers; programing in CRBasic; or QAQC methods for water quality or other sensor data would all be beneficial.

Interns will work individually as well as work as a team to develop, produce, and test the Pathfinder flux chamber prototype. This may include: programming on Arduino platform, development and production of various electronics, sensors, and DIY platforms, providing technical support for Pathfinder project, writing protocols for all new procedures, and contributing to the overall scientific quality of the operation. Modest fieldwork will be required at the end stages of our production.

As a single PDF, please send a brief cover letter outlining how you meet the qualifications, a resume, and the names of two references to Dr. Roy Rich, richr@si.edu.

Infectious disease research tech - VA

The UVA Department of Biology is hiring a Lab and Research Technician in the Gibson lab (coevolving.org), which studies the evolutionary ecology and genetics of host-parasite interactions.  https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/UVAJobs/job/Charlottesville-VA/BIOL---Gibson-Lab-Tech-1_R0038428

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Internship (starting April or later) - 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/

Conservation Internships - US

Internships all around the country, based in various aspects of conservation and restoration.  https://jobs.silkroad.com/ConservationLegacy/Careers

Great Basin ecological monitoring & restoration - US west

The Great Basin Institute is an interdisciplinary field studies organization that promotes environmental research, education, and service through the west. The Institute’s mission is to advance applied science and ecological literacy through community engagement and agency partnerships, supporting national parks, forest, open spaces and public lands.

Available positions: https://www.vscyberhosting.com/greatbasin/

 

Ecology & BiogeochemistryResearch - 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/ 
 

Seeds of Success techs - US west

Several organizations sponsor and organize Seeds of Success crews throughout the US west during the field season.

The Chicago Botanic Garden (look for "Field Technicians"): https://workforcenow.adp.com/....  

Southwest Conservation Corps: https://jobs.silkroad.com/ConservationLegacy/Careers

 

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps - CO

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps partners with the Bureau of Land Management employing field technicians to help collect soil, water, and vegetation data. The crews follow specific monitoring protocols using the BLM Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) methodology.

Details: https://www.rockymountainyouthcorps.org/internships