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 Ballif, 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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Asst Stranding Coord./Rschr. - AL

The Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network (ALMMSN), located at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) in Dauphin Island, AL, is recruiting a highly motivated individual to assist with marine mammal stranding response and research in coastal Alabama waters.

The Assistant Stranding Coordinator collaborates with the Stranding Coordinator, Veterinarian, staff, students, interns and volunteers to enhance reporting and response efforts for marine mammal strandings; collect consistent, high-quality data that are used to determine causes of strandings and death; support research projects; and engage in public education and outreach.

Specifically, the position will help monitor a 24-hour stranding hotline; assist with and lead field stranding response; collect, archive and inventory samples; participate in necropsies; manage data and documentation, including writing reports; maintain equipment and ensure safe and clean lab conditions; assist with public outreach activities and volunteer coordination; contribute to research projects, conduct data mining, and data analyses.

Full info and apply:  Apply by May 20, 2024 for full consideration.

Vine phys. postbacc researcher - NY

The Pater lab at Vassar College studies the physiology of how plants access resources such as light and water, and how these strategies contribute to the success of these species under stress conditions. We currently seek a Research Assistant to work alongside Dr. Pater and a team of undergraduate students to perform independent research experiments, help student researchers with their experiments, and perform general lab organization/maintenance duties. The successful candidate will be able to multi-task, supervise undergraduate researchers in the field, and exhibit an eagerness to learn. This is a one-year (renewable to a second year following review), full-time, grant-funded position with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2024. Pay rate $20.70/hr.

This position would be ideal for a recent graduate who wishes to gain hands-on experience in field-based ecophysiology research.

Full info and apply:

Gulf Coast Field Tech - FL

Atlanta Botanical Garden is hiring a Gulf Coast Field Technician to assist with rare plant conservation projects in the panhandle of Florida, based out of Tallahassee.

  • PAY RATE: $18 hr for up to 1493 hours for the year

  • Starts: immediately

  • Ends: December 20, 2024

PRINCIPAL FUNCTION: This position assists the Gulf Coast Project Manager with fieldwork in the Florida panhandle, including: Rare plant monitoring; Searches for new populations of rare species; Initiation of new and data collection for existing plant demography studies; Seed/leaf tissue collection; Field map creation.

Full info:

Bat immunology/virology Asst - OK

The Becker Lab at the University of Oklahoma is looking to hire a research assistant in bat ecoimmunology and virology for the coming 2-3 years. The research assistant position is supported through several federal, foundation, and nonprofit grants that all focus on understanding the immunology and viral dynamics of wild bats in North and Central America.

Tasks will primarily include total nucleic acid extractions from bat samples, PCR and RT-PCR for DNA and RNA viruses, preparing amplicons for Sanger sequencing, quality control of sequence data, total and differential white blood cell counts, and preparing bat plasma samples for proteomic analyses. The research assistant will also be responsible for general molecular laboratory upkeep and organization. They will also play a core role in our group and participate in regular project meetings, contribute to manuscript preparation, and collaborate on additional projects. Opportunities also exist to lead independent projects and to assist with occasional bat fieldwork in Oklahoma, Texas, Panama, and Belize. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail are required, and prior experience with PCR, microscopy, and preparing chemical reagents is preferred.

The position will stay open until filled, with an earliest start date of June or July 2024. Salary with full benefits will range between $35K–39K depending on qualifications and prior experience.

Applicants can apply through the OU Taleo system:

More information on our group at OU, and the School of Biological Sciences more generally, can be found at: and

Ancient Forests - CA

The Ancient Forest Society seeks a Program Associate to join our team working to study and protect old trees and forests. As a core member of our growing team, the Program Associate will contribute to canopy-based scientific research and tree seed collection projects, guided tree climbing events, visual and other media, outreach and education campaigns, canopy exploration, and other programs aimed at conserving critical forest ecosystems.

LOCATION: South Lake Tahoe, California.

WORKING CONDITIONS: The Program Associate will work in both office/lab and field settings. Field work is strenuous and involves climbing and working in tall forest canopies, sometimes during unusual hours (e.g., pre-dawn). The field season is typically May-October, with frequent extended trips to work sites throughout the Sierra Nevada which often involves hiking and camping in remote locations. The winter season is primarily devoted to sample processing, data analysis, reporting and manuscript preparation, and other office/lab work.

START DATE: The position is available immediately and will be open until filled.


CC Field Internships - NM

New Mexico Conservation Corps: Internships of various lengths with varied foci - botany, ecology, trails, resources, etc. - designated "individual placement" internships as opposed to a group internship program.

  • General Benefits: Living Stipend $580/week, 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  If you have questions, contact CCNM's Individual Placement Director, Joy Hernandez at

Native Plant Nursery Asst - LA

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.

Ecology Research Internships - FL

Information about Research Internships at Archbold Biological Station, Venus, Florida:  These are generally 9-months or more, and designed for post-baccs considering graduate school in an ecological focus.

Careers page with current internship openings:

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:

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


  • 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

  • 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): 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.

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.

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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. 



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.

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:

  • Institute for Applied Ecology:

  • Santa Barbara Botanic Garden:

  • Chicago Botanic Garden (; 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:  


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:

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:


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 ( 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 ( 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.

Ecology & Biogeochemistry Research - MA/AK

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



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.

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: 

US Conservation Corps

Conservation Corps throughout the US host crews and interns for research, conservation, education, and interpretation: