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Forestry Technician Positions, Pacific Northwest Research Station, summer 2020
 
Due to a glitch in the application system, we are having to re-advertise our GS-05, temporary (1039 hour) forestry technician positions with the Pacific Northwest Research Station, Forest Inventory and Analysis program for the 2020 field season.  Please see the information below for application information for these positions.

Vacancy Announcement

USDA Forest Service - Pacific Northwest Research Station

Resource Monitoring & Assessment Program

Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA)

Forestry Technicians – Crew Members -- GS-0462-05

General information:

This is a RE-ADVERTISEMENT from a previous announcement, due to a system error. PLEASE NOTE NEW APPLICATION DEADLINES. IF YOU PREVIOUSLY APPLIED FOR THESE POSITIONS IN SEPTEMBER, YOU MUST RE-APPLY TO BE CONSIDERED.

The Resource Monitoring and Assessment Program is advertising to fill several Forestry Technician positions at the, GS-0462-05 level.  These are temporary (1039 hour) seasonal positions with the PNW Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Work Unit, one of four FIA Units across the country that comprise the national Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program.

We are advertising positions in all duty stations in California, Oregon, and Washington, with an anticipated start date of April – May of 2020.  Please know, we may not fill in all duty stations, as staffing needs for next season are still not known.  It is recommended that you apply to any duty station where you would be willing to accept a job.  These positions are being advertised now to fill vacancies for the 2020 field season.

– Interested applicants –

Forestry Technician (Crew Member) GS-0462-05

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/548863900

Job Announcement: 20-TEMP1-PNW-253329-5DT-BR1

Control number: 548863900

Open dates for application: 10/17-10/30

For those interested, please apply via USAJobs (www.usajobs.gov) prior to the closing date.  For your application, you may use a resume or any other written format you choose.  Regardless of the format used, your application must contain sufficient information to validate qualifications and specialized experience required for this position.  The specialized experience can be found in the “Qualifications” section of the vacancy announcement.  All supporting documentation (including transcripts if using education as an element of basic qualification) must be uploaded as part of the application packet. The Required documents section in the job announcement will list any required documents.

Attached to this e-mail  you will find tips for applicants applying for FS positions. If you have technical questions related to completing the application please contact ASC-HRM at 877-372-7248 (option 2).

For questions related to position roles and responsibilities you can contact Katie Rigsby at kathryn.a.rigsby@usda.gov, 503-808-3131 or Michelle Gerdes at michelle.a.gerdes@usda.gov, 503-808-2191.

Posted 10/18/19

BOTANY & FOREST HEALTH MONITORING INTERNSHIPS, SUMMER 2020

10-week (June to mid-August) internships are available for undergraduate students and recent graduates to study forest health and plant community ecology of the unique pine barrens ecosystem of Long Island in New York State. Interns will be based at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) in Upton, NY, and they will have an opportunity to interact with researchers from BNL and State University of New York (SUNY-ESF) as members of research teams resurveying long-term Forest Health Monitoring plots established in 2005/2006 across Long Island. Interns will learn plant identification and field methods in monitoring forest vegetation and they will develop their own research projects on various aspects of forest change (e.g., tree regeneration or mortality, understory plant communities) that will include data collection, data analysis, and reporting results. A weekly stipend ($500 per week) and appropriate guidance and training will be provided. Free dormitory housing is available for students who live > 50 miles from BNL. The deadline to apply is January 9, 2020, but submitting the applications by December 16, 2019 is strongly encouraged. Additional information about the project, eligibility, and the application process is here: https://www.esf.edu/efb/dovciak/PDFs/SULI%20Internships-Summer2020.pdf

Posted 10/18/19

Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE)   
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Contact Name    Daniela Wiesen
Contact Telephone    00 49 0 228 882-425
Contact Email    rise-germany@daad.de
Sponsor Website    https://www.daad.de/rise/en/rise-germany/
Program URL    https://www.daad.de/rise/en/rise-germany/find-an-internship/
Deadline Dates (ALL)    15-Dec-2019, 22-Dec-2019

Synopsis   
RISE Germany offers undergraduate students from North American, British and Irish universities the opportunity to complete a summer research internship at top German universities and research institutions. RISE Germany is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.

Posted 10/17/19

Job Notice: Aquatic Ecology Technician

The Mott Lab at Eastern Kentucky University (www.mottlab.weebly.com) invites applications for one (1) full-time, temporary aquatic ecology technician to support research on the impacts of predator size variation on fishless pond communities. This position is available immediately and will last for 6 months or until May 31st, 2019, whichever comes first based on date of hire.

Job Requirements: The Aquatic Ecology Research Technician will assist Dr. Cy Mott (Eastern Kentucky University) in managing a NSF-funded collaborative project with Dr. Howard Whiteman (Murray State University) involving the investigation of salamander predator size variation impacts on aquatic invertebrate communities. Duties will include assisting the PI, graduate and/or undergraduate students in experimental design, collecting amphibian, aquatic macroinvertebrate, zooplankton, and primary producer data, entering and quality-checking data, performing data analyses, and report writing. The Technician will also be responsible for maintaining paperwork related to the project, including but not limited to, expenditure transfer forms, undergraduate student time sheets, data sheets, and/or budget revisions

Minimum Qualifications: To be considered for the position, applicants must have obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Ecology, or a related field, although a Master's Degree is highly preferred. Demonstrated previous experience with aquatics research is required, specifically the processing and identification of aquatic macoinvertebrate and zooplankton samples.

Preferred Qualifications: Applicants with field and/or lab experience in freshwater ecology are especially encouraged to apply, as are applicants with a working knowledge of the R statistical environment. Previous leadership experience with undergraduate students is also desirable.

Terms: 6-months, 37.5 hours/week, $15/hour

To Apply: Upload a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to Dr. Cy Mott, Eastern Kentucky University, using the EKU Human Resources job posting link for "Aquatic Ecology Research Technician"€: https://jobs.eku.edu/postings/12440. Questions regarding the position can be directed to Dr. Cy Mott at cy.mott@eku.edu. The position is available immediately, and applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position has been filled.

Posted 10/16/19

NSF REU program - Aquatic Ecology - Auburn Univ - Summer 2020

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program
Warm-water Aquatic Ecology
Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA
Summer 2020: May 17 to July 26
http://wilsonlab.com/reu/

Overview: We are excited to invite applications from undergraduate students to participate in a National Science Foundation supported summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program focused on the ecology of southeastern ponds, rivers, reservoirs, and estuaries.  Ten undergraduate students will work closely with a team of Auburn University faculty to explore aquatic ecosystems, complete a student-driven research project, participate in a variety of professional development and social activities, develop and lead an outreach project, and share their research findings in a symposium at the conclusion of the program.  Participants will work closely with our mentors to develop an interdisciplinary project involving complementary fields, such as community ecology, limnology, evolution, fisheries management, molecular biology, conservation, biogeochemistry, biodiversity, and microbiology.  The program will run from May 17 to July 26, 2020 (10 weeks).

Flyer: http://wilsonlab.com/reu/pubs/reu_flyer.pdf 

Eligibility: All applicants who are interested in receiving NSF support must currently be a (1) U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident and (2) an undergraduate freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior graduating no earlier than September 2020 or a high school senior that will start their undergraduate education the following fall semester after the REU program.  We are especially encouraging students from traditionally under-represented groups in biology (i.e., African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, other Pacific Islanders, students with disabilities, first generation college students, and U.S. veterans) as well as students from institutions with limited research opportunities (e.g., community colleges) and/or students in financial need to apply.  The online application is available at http://wilsonlab.com/reu/application.html

Support: Participants will receive a stipend ($5,500) plus housing and subsistence, financial assistance for travel to and from Auburn, and support for lab and field supplies.  For full consideration, on-line applications must be received by 1 February 2020.

International students: Although not financially supported by our REU Site, we are also open to including a few strongly motivated and self-funded international students in our REU Site research and professional development activities.

Contact information: For more information about the REU Site, visit http://wilsonlab.com/reu/ or contact Dr. Alan Wilson (wilson@auburn.edu).

Alan Wilson - Professor & Graduate Program Officer
School of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences
Auburn University - www.wilsonlab.com - 334-246-1120

Posted 10/16/19

BOTANY & FOREST HEALTH MONITORING INTERNSHIPS, SUMMER 2020

Study forests of Long Island Pine Barrens at the nation's premier research facility -€” the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL)

PROJECT OVERVIEW: Forests of Long Island Central Pine Barrens provide important habitats for rare species, clean water, coastal protection, and recreational opportunities in a densely populated region. However, invasions by non-native species and changing climate and land-use affect forest ecosystem health and biodiversity, potentially leading to the demise of native pitch pine and oak. Are open pine barren ecosystems slowly transitioning to open shrublands or ecosystems dominated by non-native invaders? Can these changes be moderated by careful forest management? To answer these questions, join the Dovciak research group at SUNY-ESF and BNL in the summer of 2020.
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NTERNSHIP OVERVIEW: At Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) in Upton, NY, interns will interact with SUNY-ESF and BNL researchers as members of research teams resurveying long-term Forest Health Monitoring plots established in 2005/2006 across Long Island. During this 10-week internship (June to mid-August) interns will learn plant identification and field methods in monitoring forest vegetation as they develop their own research projects on various aspects of forest change (e.g., tree regeneration or mortality, change in understory plant communities) that will include data collection, data analysis, and reporting results. A weekly stipend ($500/week) and training will be provided. Free dormitory housing is available for students who live > 50 miles from BNL. SUNY-ESF students can register for internship credit via EFB 420 and additional research experience can be pursued via EFB 298, EFB 498, or as an honors thesis.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
• Highly motivated undergraduate student (current sophomore or higher) OR recent graduate (with degree received after June 1, 2018)
• Cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0
• Physical ability to work in the field effectively in inclement weather (heat or rain) and for long periods of time (>40 hrs./week when needed)
• Background in botany, dendrology, ecology, forestry, or related
• Basic vascular plant identification skills or willingness to learn
• Excels in working independently AND with others
• Enthusiasm for field data collection; ability to follow protocols
• Excellent time management and interpersonal skills
• Attention to detail in recording and entering data
• Experience with GPS, statistical software, and field sampling desirable
See the full eligibility requirements here: https://science.osti.gov/wdts/suli/Eligibility

TO APPLY: The application requires (1) essay summarizing educational goals and qualifications, (2) official transcripts from academic institutions, and (3) at least two recommendation letters. Apply online by January 9, 2020 via the Department of Energy-SULI program website (https://apps.orau.gov/suli/Account/Login). Applications before December 16 are strongly encouraged. When filling out the application, select Brookhaven National Laboratory AND biology or environmental science as the research area. See application details here: http://science.energy.gov/wdts/suli/ Contact your references early!

BOTANY & FOREST HEALTH MONITORING INTERNSHIPS, SUMMER 2020

CONTACT: Joanna Lumbsden-Pinto (foresthealthmonitoring@gmail.com) or Dr. Martin Dovciak (mdovciak@esf.edu). Early inquiries are encouraged. Once the application is submitted online, send us an e-mail to initiate the review.

Posted 10/16/19

Central Michigan University Great Lakes Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Central Michigan University is seeking undergraduate students to participate in a 10-week research experience for undergraduates (REU) program at its Biological Station (CMUBS) on Beaver Island, MI. This REU program will support the training of 8 students during the summer of 2020 (tentative dates are May 26-July 31).  The research theme of the REU will document how unprecedented changes (e.g. invasive and non-native species and anthropogenic stress) currently underway  in the Laurentian Great Lakes, one of the world’s most important and threatened freshwater ecosystems, are affecting the structure, function, and ecosystem services of the nearshore environment.  During the 10-week program, students will develop research projects (ranging from limnology, fisheries biology, conservation and spatial ecology, to molecular ecology and microbial ecology) in collaboration with CMU faculty to gain hands-on experience in all parts of the scientific process, from experimental design through data dissemination and translation. Students will engage with multiple stakeholders (e.g. government, private, and cultural) who have interests in Great Lakes resources and will learn to relate their science to these groups.
 
Students will receive a $5,750 stipend, together with free room and board and up to $500 for travel to CMU’s main campus in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. More information on the program and the online application are available at: http://se.cmich.edu/cmubsreu
 
Applications are due by Friday, January 31, 2020, with the final selection of participants expected by March 2, 2020. Questions can be directed to Jessica Lapp, coordinator of the Institute for Great Lakes Research, via email to iglr@cmich.edu, or by phone to 989-774-4401.

Posted 10/16/19

REU - Evolutionary Sciences, University of Iowa

Please share with undergraduates who would stand to benefit from research experiences in areas related to evolution, including anthropology and paleontology. Students from underrepresented minority groups and/or who have limited research opportunities at their home institution are especially encouraged to apply.

The University of Iowa is offering ten NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) opportunities during the summer of 2020. Research projects span a range of topics, including evolution of behavior, origin of species, cancer evolution, evolution of sex, evo-devo, and paleontology. REU students work on one project, but through interactions with their cohort ultimately receive a broad exposure to evolutionary science. As part of the program, students: receive training in research best practices, participate in career workshops, create a digital exhibit based on their research for the University of Iowa Natural History Museum, and make formal research presentations based on their work. Free housing, a meal allowance, a $6000 stipend, and a travel allowance will be provided to all participants.

The REU program website and application form can be found here: https://biology.uiowa.edu/reu

If you have questions, contact Andrew Forbes (andrew-forbes@uiowa.edu) or Maurine Neiman (maurine-neiman@uiowa.edu).

Posted 10/10/19

Service Opportunities: AmeriCorps Restoration Team Member in Northern Nevada

3-, 6- and 9-month opportunities available.

POSITION TITLE: AmeriCorps Restoration Team Member

STATUS: 1200-hour (9-month) term from January 6, 2020 to August 27, 2020 (Dates Flexible), 900-hour (6-month) term from February 18, 2020 to August 20, 2020 (Dates Flexible) and 450-hour (3-month) term between March 2, 2020 and May 28, 2020 (Dates Flexible)


BACKGROUND: Established in 2014, the Walker Basin Conservancy (WBC) is leading the effort to restore and maintain Walker Lake while protecting agricultural, environmental and recreational interests in the Walker Basin (www.walkerbasin.org). The growing and dynamic nature of the WBC and its diverse obligations provide unique opportunities to develop operations from the ground level up, working closely with staff who are passionate about their mission.

The WBC currently manages thousands of acres of land and assets on multiple properties in the Walker Basin, including the Walker River State Recreation Area (parks.nv.gov/parks/walker-river).  Land planning activities are underway and focus on assessing public use opportunities, conservation values, long term land ownership and stewardship, and revegetation and restoration activities.

JOB PURPOSE: The Restoration Team Members will serve alongside other AmeriCorps members and WBC Conservation Technicians conducting primarily invasive species removal and native plant re-vegetation within the Walker River Basin. Members may also work on recreational trail construction, sign installation, and fence construction. Members will work in conjunction with other WBC field staff, providing on the ground support to larger project operations.

A working knowledge of, or a desire to learn more about, desert plant ecology and ecological restoration, nursery or horticultural practices, or agricultural systems and irrigation equipment is essential. The Restoration Team Members should also have a sincere interest in expanding their knowledge of Great Basin Desert ecology, restoration practices, the flora and fauna of Nevada, and agricultural methods and equipment.

LOCATION: Yerington, Nevada is a beautiful rural farming community located approximately 95 miles south of Reno, NV in the foothills of the eastern Sierra mountains. Yerington is small but growing with about 3,100 residents. Established in 1907, the city has heritage and deep roots in agriculture, mining, railroads, and gaming. Some of the nearby attractions, activities and recreational opportunities include:

•             Camping, biking, hiking, backpacking and paddling
•             Fishing, hunting, boating and OHV trails
•             Flat and white-water boating (1 hour away)
•             Rock hounding and climbing
•             Ghost Town Exploration
•             Ski Resorts (1.5-2 hours away)
•             Lake Tahoe (1.5 hours away)
•             Lahontan Reservoir (30 minutes away)
•             Walker Lake (45 minutes away)
•             Topaz Reservoir (45 minutes away)
•             Yosemite (via Tioga pass, 2.5 hours away)

Essential Functions

•             Under the guidance of a WBC Crew Leader:
o             Utilizing hand tools and backpack sprayers to conduct invasive plant removal and control.
o             Utilizing hand and power tools to conduct native plant re-vegetation and restoration.
o             Utilizing hand and power tools to conduct road decommissioning, recreation trail construction, and sign/fence installation.
o             Installing, maintaining, and operating a variety of irrigation systems for re-vegetation purposes.
o             Identify and harvest native plant seeds for use in native plant propagation and re-vegetation.
•             Communicating effectively and professionally with other members, WBC staff, agency partners, and the public.

Secondary Functions:

•             Assisting with the management and supervision of community volunteers on WBC conservation projects.
•             Assisting with the inventory, maintenance, and repair of WBC tools and equipment.
•             Uploading field data into databases and compiling reports to inform future management plans.

Qualifications

•             Willingness and ability to:
o             Work outside in unpredictable weather conditions, including extreme temperatures, independently or as part of a team.
o             Work irregular hours, such as starting early or working more days with shorter hours, in accordance with project specific requirements and conditions.
o             Bend and crouch for long periods of time and occasionally lift heavy loads or equipment.
o             The ability to hike to remote locations over uneven ground, tall shrubs, and wetlands.
o             Use hand and power tools, operate motor vehicles, and work long days on labor intensive projects.
o             Use chemical herbicides in the treatment and control of invasive weeds while following strict application protocols.
•             Effective written and oral communication skills.
•             Meet AmeriCorps Eligibility Requirements, including:
o             Be at least 17 years of age at the commencement of service;
o             Have a high school diploma or its equivalent;
o             Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States;
o             Pass a National Sex Offender Public Website check and National Service Criminal History Check; and
o             Be eligible to receive and AmeriCorps Education award, with a limit of four total terms in a lifetime and the equivalent of two full-time terms (3400 hours).

Member Training: Members will receive a variety of technical and professional training related to their service activities as well as personal and professional development. Available trainings may include:

•             First aid and CPR;
•             Leave no Trace principals;
•             Native plant identification and revegetation;
•             Invasive species identification and treatment;
•             Irrigation system installation and maintenance;
•             Recreational trail construction;
•             Resume building, USA Jobs, and government application workshop; and
•             Guest speakers on environmental, natural resource, and professional development topics.

Physical and Mental Requirements

Strength, dexterity, coordination, and vision to use tools and equipment for prolonged periods.  Strength and stamina to bend, stoop, sit, and stand for long periods of time.  Strength and dexterity to operate small, medium, and heavy equipment.  Strength and stamina to endure standing and working for long periods of time and in extreme weather conditions.  Strength and stamina to walk to remote locations over uneven ground.  Dexterity and vision to observe oncoming traffic hazards and react quickly to emergency situations.  Some heavy lifting (over 75 pounds) is occasionally required.

In compliance with applicable disability laws, reasonable accommodations may be provided to qualified individuals with a disability who require and request such accommodations.  Applicants and incumbents are encouraged to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

Working Conditions

Members work in an outdoor setting with varying weather conditions, including, but not limited to, extreme heat, dry conditions, rain, snow or hail, and extreme cold.  Members may sometimes be required to camp in the field for the duration of the tour. Camping and worksites will generally be in areas with at least primitive road access for crew vehicles, but the spike camping sites will usually be at undeveloped backcountry sites. Both camp and project sites will generally not have access to potable water, restroom facilities, or cellphone signals, and members will be expected to follow Leave No Trace principals in camp and on project. Project work will frequently require hiking over rough terrain while carrying tools and equipment.

Position may occasionally be required to work around heavy machinery in hazardous environments. Environment is generally dirty, with prolonged exposure to conditions such as dust, fumes, noise, or odors. Frequent interruptions to planned work activities occur.

Compensation & Benefits:

For 1200:

•             Living allowance of $11,560;
•             Education award of $4,336.50;

For 900:

•             Living allowance of $9,180;
•             Education award of $3,097.50;

For 450:

•             Living allowance of $4,420.00;
•             Education award of $1,638.89;

•             Childcare and federal student loan forbearance are available for eligible members at no additional cost;
•             Uniform reimbursement;
•             Per diem when on spike (while camping);
•             Paid personal and sick leave;
•             Paid holidays;
•             Opportunities for extension upon good service; and
•             Opportunities for advancement within the organization.


Housing in Yerington can be difficult to find. WBC has limited and optional housing available for a low monthly rate. Housing accommodations are dorm or bunk style housing with shared bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen areas and common spaces.

Positions will remain open until filled. Only top candidates will be contacted.

Local applicants are STRONGLY encouraged to apply.

To Apply, please send cover letter and resume to:

Amy Gladding
amy.gladding@walkerbasin.org
Subject Line: 9-Month Restoration Team Member

Please call or email Miguel Gonzales, AmeriCorps Program Manager, at (775) 463-9887 ext. 110 or Miguel.Gonzales@WalkerBasin.org with questions.

Walker Basin Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  The above functions may be completed with or without reasonable accommodations.  This program prohibits discrimination based on race, religion, creed, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, political affiliation or disability.

Equal Opportunity Statement – Walker Basin Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer. WBC does not discriminate against any employee, applicant, director, officer, contractor, or any other person with whom it deals because of race, creed, color, disability, age, sex, veteran status, religion or political affiliation. WBC complies with all federal and local statutes prohibiting discrimination in employment.

Reasonable accommodations may be provided for qualified individuals with a disability.

Disclaimer - The statements contained herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed by the employees in these positions. The statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in each position. Other responsibilities, duties, and skills may be assigned and management retains the right to add or change the responsibilities, duties, and skills at any time.

Posted 10/6/19

OneUSDA Intership positions - Summer Technician Job Opportunity

The USDA Forest Service Research Laboratory in Irvine, Pennsylvania will be offering up to three OneUSDA Pathways Internship Program positions for summer 2020. Interns will be hired in the GS-0499: Biological and Natural Sciences Technician series at either a GS-03 salary ($12.95/hr) or GS-04 level ($14.54/hr), depending on college experience. The positions are open only to students currently enrolled college. Botanical/taxonomic skills are highly sought after, given the work will consist of vegetation surveys.

The work will be conducted at two National Forests, with time split between the both. In the Allegheny National Forest (PA) the work consists of woody vegetation surveys on multiple experiments testing deer impact on native species as well as on hybrid chestnut plantings. Following the completion of this work, the team will shift south to the Monongehela National Forest to work on an experiment testing the role of prescribed fire, canopy gaps, and deer browsing on plant diversity. One summer, Two different areas, two different forest types, tons of great experience! Housing is available at a modest cost at both locations. The hiring window will open in mid- to late-October on USAJobs.gov. I encourage any interested folks to email me (alejandro.royodesedas@usda.gov) their name, contact info, and a CV. When the hiring window opens, I'll contact all interested folks to let them know to get their applications in ASAP.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me via email.

Alejandro Royo
Research Ecologist
USDA Forest Service; NE Research Station
Forestry Sciences Laboratory
Irvine, Pennsylvania  16329
United States

Posted 10/6/19

Summer Field Biology Program Opportunity for Native American Students

UNDERC is now accepting applications for the Summer 2020 programs.

Tuition, housing, and travel paid!
3 credits/summer, and receive a summer stipend ($5000 East, $5500 West)!!!

First Summer: UNDERC-East: Northwoods of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and Wisconsin
Second Summer: UNDERC-West: Flathead Reservation/National Bison Range in western Montana

This program promotes understanding of environmental field biology and how field research is conducted. Native American students are prepared for advanced studies in environmental biology, so they can better manage their lands. This program also promotes understanding of Native American attitudes towards the environment for non-Native American students, so these can be incorporated into better management. At East, students interact with the Waswagoning cultural center on the Lac du Flambeau Reservation and the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, and at West with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribal cultural and natural resource departments, as well as through dialogue and collaboration among themselves.

Eligibility:
• Native American descent
• Minimum of Sophomore standing and past academic performance
• Statement of purpose and plans to obtain a degree in the environmental sciences

The program spans two summers (10 weeks/summer)

Year 1 at UNDERC-East (May 18 - July 24): 8000 acres of lakes, streams, wetlands, and forests owned by Notre Dame and a core site in the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) that are home to abundant wildlife (including beaver, porcupine, black bear, deer, loon). Course modules include vertebrate ecology, invertebrate ecology, aquatic ecology and forest ecology with each providing background information, field research exercises, and group research projects designed by the class. Five or more weeks are spent by each student designing and conducting their own field research project under direction of faculty or graduate students. Projects have ranged from fish, insect and mammal behavior and ecology to forest, lake and stream ecosystem ecology to local Native American ecosystem use.

Year 2 at UNDERC-West (June 6 – August 14): More than a million acres on the National Bison Range and Flathead Reservation that includes grasslands, montane forests, streams and lakes that are home to abundant wildlife (including bison, elk, bighorn, and pronghorn). The course includes modules like those at UNDERC-East in wildlife and grassland ecology, montane forest ecology, and environmental history/Native American ecology (in part during the cross-country drive to and from –West). Each student conducts an independent research project in collaboration with a faculty or graduate student mentor that is more advanced given the skills learned at UNDERC-East. Recent projects have included invasive plant ecology, animal behavior and habitat relationships, grassland, forest, wetland and stream dynamics, and Native American plant and wildlife use.

Applications are available on the UNDERC website (http://underc.nd.edu). Further information can be obtained from the website, or from Dr. Michael Cramer, UNDERC-East Assistant Director (mcramer@nd.edu), or Dr. David Flagel, UNDERC-West Assistant Director (dflagel@nd.edu).

Application deadline is Friday, November 8, 2019. Notification of acceptance will be provided by Monday, December 9, 2019. Acceptance is based on past academic performance and a statement of purpose. Preference is given to students pursuing a career in environmental sciences, but students from other environmentally-focused disciplines are encouraged to apply. Applicants are required to be present for the duration of course.

Posted 10/1/19

Research Internships in Plant Ecology, Archbold Biological Station, Florida

Beginning January 2020; running about 8 months.
Applications due November 1, 2019.
Ideal for Students with Undergraduate Degrees Contemplating Graduate School

Includes independent research project. Provides Stipend, Room and Board.

Internships available at Archbold Biological Station in south-central Florida in the Plant Ecology Program, led by Dr. Eric Menges, which emphasizes conservation biology, plant demography, restoration ecology, fire ecology, landscape ecology, and fire management. We study many rare species of endemic vascular plants in endangered Florida scrub and related communities. Active fire management provides outstanding opportunities for short-term comparative studies in fire ecology. Our long-term (as long as 31-year) datasets on dozens of scrub plants gives context to short-term, focused, field projects. Additional information can be found at the Archbold website: http://www.archbold-station.org/ or the plant ecology program website: http://www.archbold-station.org/html/research/plant/plant.html or our intern website: http://www.archbold-station.org/html/research/plant/plantinternship.html

Interns receive a weekly stipend of $160 plus meals (breakfast and lunch Mon-Fri) and lodging at the Station (sharing housing, no pets). Each intern works 20 hours per week assisting with a wide range of ongoing research projects. The remainder of the week can be devoted to an independent research project. Internships run for about 8 months (can sometimes be shorter or longer) and offer an opportunity for experience in every aspect of scientific research, from project choice and experimental design to oral and written presentations. Our internships are ideal preparation for graduate research in ecology. Most of our interns have gone on to academic or professional positions and many have first-authored publications based on their intern projects.

Archbold Biological Station is active in research, conservation, and education. Our facilities include a 5000 ha preserve, an outstanding regional library and a GIS lab running ArcINFO. We have a staff of about 50 with many visiting scientists, an active seminar program, and a relaxed biological station atmosphere.

Ideal candidates will have independent research experience, classwork and experience in ecology and botany, field ecology experience, strong grades, statistical and GIS skills, and excellent letters of recommendation.

To apply for an internship in the plant ecology lab, please provide the following: a cover letter stating research interests, a resume or CV, and a summary of grades. Arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to us via email. Materials should be sent by November 1, 2019.

EMAIL APPLICATIONS ONLY! Send to Eric Menges at emenges@archbold-station.org 

Archbold is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups

Posted 9/21/19

Field Ecology Program at the University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center (UNDERC)

Applications now being accepted for UNDERC Summer 2020 programs. These programs promote understanding of field biology and how field research is conducted through 10 weeks in the wilds. It begins with a summer at UNDERC-East in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and then the opportunity for a second summer at -West in Montana. UNDERC-East is open to 28 sophomores/juniors from any college/university. Once students complete the UNDERC-East program, they are eligible for a second summer at UNDERC-West. Each summer, participants receive three-credits and a stipend. UNDERC provides tuition, housing, and transportation between the Notre Dame campus and the site. Also, UNDERC covers all project supply costs up to $500.

Applications are available online (underc.nd.edu/education/applying-to-underc/). Further information can be obtained at the UNDERC website (underc.nd.edu), or from Dr. Michael Cramer, UNDERC East Assistant Director (mcramer@nd.edu), or Dr. David Flagel, UNDERC West Assistant Director (dflagel@nd.edu).

Application deadline is November 8, 2019. Notification of acceptance will be provided by December 9, 2019. Acceptance is based on past academic performance and a statement of purpose. Preference is given to students pursuing a career in ecology or environmental science. Applicants are required to be present for the duration of course.

UNDERC-East (May 18 - July 24): 8000 acres of lakes, streams, wetlands, and forests owned by Notre Dame and a core site in the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) that are home to abundant wildlife (including beaver, porcupine, black bear, deer, loon). Program modules include Vertebrate Ecology, Invertebrate Ecology, Aquatic Ecology and Forest Ecology with each providing background information, field research exercises, and group research projects designed by the class. Five or more weeks are spent by each student designing and conducting their own field research project with the assistance of faculty or graduate student mentors. Projects have ranged from fish, insect and mammal behavior and ecology to forest, lake and stream ecosystem ecology to local Native American ecosystem use. Stipend = $5000.

UNDERC-West (June 6 - August 14): More than a million acres on the National Bison Range and Flathead Reservation that includes grasslands, montane forests, streams and lakes that are home to abundant wildlife (including bison, elk, bighorn, and pronghorn). The program includes modules in Wildlife and Grassland Ecology, Montane Ecology, and Environmental History/Native American Ecology (in part during the cross-country drive to and from -West). Each student conducts an independent research project in collaboration with a faculty or graduate student mentor that is more advanced given the skills learned at UNDERC-East. Recent projects have included invasive plant ecology, animal behavior and habitat relationships, grassland, forest, wetland and stream dynamics, and Native American plant and wildlife use. Stipend = $5500.

Posted 9/17/19

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