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Seeking short-term pika field workers in New Mexico

Seventh Generation Institute, a nonprofit conservation organization based in Santa Fe New Mexico, is seeking 2-4 short-term independent contractors to survey for the presence of the American Pika in the Pecos Wilderness of northern New Mexico.

This opportunity is intended for early career professionals with a background in ecology, wildlife biology, natural resource management, or a closely related field. Selected applicants will gain field experience, learn about the conservation biology of a sensitive species, see some of the most beautiful country in the southern Rockies and demonstrate both independent and team work skills.

The position is most suitable to those who live within a few hours drive of Santa Fe NM, but others are welcome to apply.

Pika, herbivorous relatives of rabbits and hares, typically live in rocky, talus slopes, often near highland meadows. They are considered a species of conservation concern because populations are thought to be declining, perhaps due to global climate change.

Learn more about Seventh Generation Institute at www.seventh-generation.org.

Timeline
Start and completion dates are expected to be approximately July 15 through mid-October. Actual field days within this period of time may vary due to weather and the possibility of forest fire.
Work hours: Contractors set their own schedules. But expect to work nontraditional, variable, generally long and irregular. Candidates will be expected to work weekends or other continuous schedules to complete data collection while on loop routes through the backcountry.

Work Description
Selected applicants will make one to multiple trips into the Pecos Wilderness, access the trailheads by vehicle, then hike or backpack as needed on routes to pre-established survey sites. All survey sites are off-trail so ability to navigate using a GPS off trail is vital. After the site is located, surveyors collect data on the presence or absence of pika and various habitat factors. Once the survey is completed, surveyors proceed to the next site, which may be close by or several miles distant. Upon completion of the route, surveyors return to the trailhead. Some routes may be one way and require the use of a vehicle shuttle. Most routes are multi-day and require backpacking. Most trailheads offer campgrounds or the ability to camp in a vehicle.

There are 40-80 sites to be surveyed, depending on the number of teams that enter the field.

Physical requirements of the job: Applicants must be capable of hiking on and off-trail at elevations from 7000 to 12000 ft and over rough terrain.

All work will be done in teams of two for safety reasons as well as increased detectability of pika. If you apply as an individual, you will be paired with a team mate. Work is conducted under harsh environmental conditions, including summer heat, thunderstorms, lightning exposure, remote locations and exposure to bears and mountain lions. Hiking distances per day will vary but may be up to 20 miles with a backpack for carrying personal camping equipment, safety equipment, and data recording equipment. Terrain may be steep, rocky, loose, brushy or slippery.

Qualifications:

Applicants for these contract positions must hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or significant experience in environmental science, wildlife biology, natural resource management, forestry, or a related discipline.
Applicants must be in excellent physical condition and have excellent eyesight and hearing. Corrected vision using glasses or contacts is acceptable. Working in the wilderness means that medical attention can be hours or days away. Hiking is done at high elevations, typically over 3000 meters.
Applicants must have previous field experience that demonstrates the following:
Adhering to field data collection protocols and accurately collecting and recording field data.
Use of a GPS unit.
Ability to safely drive a 4WD vehicle on unpaved roads that can be steep and rutted. A valid driver's license and clean driving record.
Ability to work productively and cooperatively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals.
Ability to backpack and work productively in remote areas and maintain personal safety.
Certification in wilderness first aid is highly desirable.

Training
Contractors will receive training in the survey protocol to be used as well as in identification of pika, habitat, and other relevant factors. Contractors must pass a test to demonstrate field proficiency before the final contract is signed.

Equipment
Candidates must provide the following:
Personal vehicle to travel to trailheads. A 4WD is preferred.
Personal backpacking equipment to include gps, clothing, boots, tent, camera, food and water preparation, first aid, etc.
Personal safety and communication equipment to include a cell phone.
Location and short-term housing
Field work is performed in the Pecos Wilderness, within the Santa Fe National Forest. This is located in southernmost end of the Rocky mountains in northern New Mexico.
Successful applicants may need to arrange their own lodging when not in the field. Small apartments are sometimes available, as are motels, camping in the Santa Fe National Forest or other campground/RV park.

Compensation
Each site survey correctly completed will result in a payment to the survey team of $108.00, subject to the condition below.
Payment is made for correct completion of the contract. In other words, if the contractor fails to complete the contract, partial payment will not be made. Correct completion of the data will be randomly checked to ensure that data collection in the field has actually and correctly occurred. 

To Apply:
Please email your resume, cover letter, contact information for two references to admin@seventh-generation.org. Please ensure that your subject line reads "Pika Survey Applicant - your name."
In your letter, please describes in detail your skills, physical fitness and experience that relate to field work positions and capabilities
If you are available for only a portion of the field work period, please specify the dates you are available.
Please also state the dates for which you are available for training, in advance of the field data collection window.
There is no deadline to apply, but positions will close when filled.
Questions may also be sent to admin@seventh-generation.org.
Thank you for your interest.

Posted 5/13/21

UAS Blackbird Research Technician - North Dakota

Agency: North Dakota State University (NDSU) in cooperation with the USDA-APHIS-WS National Wildlife Research Center.

Location: Central North Dakota

Salary: $12/hr with housing provided near Bismarck, ND.

Start Date: 08/25/2021

Last Date to Apply: July 1. Applications will be reviewed starting June 1st.

Description:

Two technicians are needed from 25 August – 31 October, 2021 to assist a NDSU graduate student on a blackbird (Icteridae) research project. The research will evaluate the response of free-ranging flocks of blackbirds to a spraying UAS (i.e., drone) applying avian repellent to commercial sunflower fields. This project is part of on-going research to evaluate novel non-lethal hazing techniques to mitigate the conflict between blackbirds and sunflower producers.

This position is ideal for a recent graduate that wants to gain field experience and has previous experience, or strong interest, in operating drone platforms. The technician will be a full-time employee through NDSU, allowing for a 40-hour work week schedule. A typical week will be HIGHLY dependent on weather, and work day flexibility is a necessity (i.e., field work may not be M-F during set times, but will instead be weather permitting). However, there will be down time in the mornings or afternoon/evenings and days off provided. Field sites are commercial (privately owned) sunflower fields throughout central North Dakota, and thus requires long days spent in a truck driving to sites. The technicians will share a travel trailer for housing.

Duties:

The technicians are needed to operate a small UAS and collect field data, while the graduate student is conducting spraying trials with a larger UAS. The technicians will also help manage videos and data collection concerning collective animal behavior in response to drones. Duties will include, assisting the graduate student with UAS set up, operating a small UAS, acting as a field observer, monitoring blackbird flocks and their behavior, estimating flock sizes, and using field equipment such as: binoculars, range finders, weather meter, sound meter, and other technology related to the UAS. Trials will most likely take place in the morning, requiring an early start to the day.

Training will be provided so that the technicians receive their FAA Part 107 pilot’s license in order to fly a small UAS prior to the field season.

Desired Qualifications:

·         Degree in Wildlife Biology, Natural Resources, Environmental Science, Zoology, Biology, Precision Agriculture or other associated degrees.
·         Previous experience conducting avian field research.
·         Motivated, willing, positive, and dependable attitude.
·         Excellent communication skills.
·         Ability to work well on a small team, with constant car travel, in small shared housing.
·         Ability to work long/irregular hours.
·         Preference for applicants that have previous experience with applying pesticide
·         Strong preference for applicants that have previous experience with operating a small UAS.

How to Apply: Send a single document (Word or PDF) that includes your cover letter, resume/cv, and contact information for 3 references to Jessica Duttenhefner at jessica.duttenhefner@ndsu.edu.

Posted 5/12/21

Summer Forestry Technician-Purdue University

Organization: Purdue University
Location: Southern Indiana (field sites)
Salary: $12/hour
Hours:  up to 40/week
Timing: May-August 2021

Position Description:

The Saunders Lab Group at Purdue University is seeking two summer field technicians to assist with a number of forestry research projects focusing on oak regeneration, including helping with vegetation treatments and collecting plot data in southern Indiana. Research will primarily occur at Indiana's Crane Naval Base and in state forests surrounding Bloomington, IN, including Morgan-Monroe and Yellowwood.

Qualifications:

The successful applicants will have at least some coursework in forestry, fisheries and wildlife, environmental sciences, or closely related fields, and a willingness to work outdoors in challenging conditions. This position will require frequent travel to southern Indiana, particularly Crane Naval Base. Housing will be provided on overnight trips and mileage reimbursements will be provided when university vehicles are not available. Experience using a chainsaw and/or brushsaw is desired, but not a requirement.

How to Apply:

Send a resume and contact information for at least two references to David Mann at mann70@purdue.edu

Purdue University is an equal opportunity-affirmative action employer.

Posted 5/10/21

Seasonal Technician Position at Kellogg Biological Station LTER

The Kellogg Biological Station Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program is hiring a seasonal technician. Field and lab technicians collect samples of soil, water, gas, and plants from research plots. Technicians prepare those samples for laboratory analysis and archiving.  They enter associated data into spreadsheets.  Technicians are also responsible for laboratory and field maintenance, such as washing dishes, installation and removal of field equipment, and organization of research materials.
 
The full job posting and application instructions can be found at: https://careers.msu.edu/en-us/job/506522/technical-aide

Posted 5/8/21

Seasonal Biological Monitoring Technician in the Byrnes Lab at UMass Boston

The Byrnes lab at UMass Boston seeks two summer technicians for work on biological monitoring of rocky shorelines in the Boston Harbor Islands in collaboration with the Stone Living Lab. The Stone Living Lab (https://stonelivinglab.org/) is a multi-investigator effort to evaluate the effects of green shoreline protections. Technicians will assist in the intertidal and subtidal monitoring efforts with the Byrnes lab on multiple Boston Harbor Islands from June 1 - Aug 31st. Duties include, but are not limited to, conducting algal and invertebrate surveys in the intertidal, boat and dive tending, species identification, and data entry. We hope to hire at least one technician who will also be able to perform SCUBA surveys (see qualifications below) as part of the team. Technicians will also work on literature search projects looking at species interactions and thermal tolerances of species surveyed as needed.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will need to be able to work as part of a field research team, with solid communication skills. Candidates should have familiarity with marine environments - either a degree or working towards a degree with a marine science focus - have a strong attention to detail, and confidence to handle difficult field conditions in collaboration with a supervisor. The seasonal technician should be able to spend long periods of time outdoors, be able to lift 50 lbs., and is expected to work 40 hrs a week, Monday to Friday, with the exception of holidays. Some early morning hours or working through weekends will be required due to tidal schedules, with concomitant time off. Scientific diving certification is required for candidates interested in conducting SCUBA surveys.

Dates: June 1 - Aug. 31, 2021

Salary: The salary for this position is $7,500 for the summer. The position is non-benefitted.

Covid Precautions: As the candidates will be working both on campus and on small boats with members of the team, we request that they are fully vaccinated prior to starting the position, as requested for all UMB on campus employees.

Application: Please send a cover letter and CV to jarrett.byrnes@umb.edu with the subject line SLL Summer Technician. Applications will be considered up to end of day Monday May 17th. Interviews will be conducted promptly, as we realize this is a tight turnaround.

Further information: For further information or questions, contact jarrett.byrnes@umb.edu.

Posted 5/6/21

Research technician, River Basin Center, University of Georgia

The River Basin Center and the Wenger Lab at the University of Georgia are seeking motivated and enthusiastic applicants for a temporary field, laboratory and office technician position. The technician will be involved with a variety of projects that focus on freshwater fish conservation and ecology in the Upper Coosa River basin as well as the potential for other aquatic ecology projects. The technician will interact with multiple principal investigators, research professionals, and graduate students.

Field work involves participating as a crew member conducting fish surveys in the upper Coosa Basin, installing and maintaining water quality sensors, collecting water samples and helping with other studies. Field research may require overnight travel for up to five days at a time (transportation is provided departing from UGA). Some work may be in remote locations under adverse conditions, and work is physically challenging; successful applicants must be reasonably fit. Laboratory research involves fish sorting and identification, aquatic invertebrate sorting and identification, water quality analyses, and other standard aquatic ecology techniques. Office research includes data entry, literature reviews, and online research. This position runs from approximately June 5 through approximately January 10, 2022. Exact dates can be negotiated. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in Ecology, Fisheries, or related field. A valid driver's license is required. Previous experience in various aquatic ecology field and lab methods (e.g., fish surveys, invertebrate sorting, water sample collection, weighing) is a plus. Applicants should have excellent problem solving, time management, organization and communications skills. Proficiency with software including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, is required, and experience with R is preferred. We actively encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds, particularly those historically underrepresented, to apply. This position is ideal for candidates considering a career in aquatic ecology and aspirations of attending graduate school in a similar field.

Location: This position is based at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. Field work will be based primarily in Athens and North Georgia. To apply and for complete details go to https://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/195767. The job posting number is G/R12393P. A resume/CV and cover letter are required. Applications submitted by May 21, 2021 will receive full consideration.

Posted 5/6/21

2021 Fall Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program at Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS): Collaborative Marine Research
FULLY FUNDED MARINE SCIENCE, OCEANOGRAPHIC AND ATMOSPHERIC UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIPS
         
The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) has funding from the National Science Foundation, (NSF Award number OCE-2050858), for the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program to support nine x 12-week internships for undergraduate student research at BIOS during fall 2021 (starts August 30, ends November 19).
 
An REU internship at BIOS is a great way to gain the experience necessary to embark on graduate studies or careers in oceanography and the marine and atmospheric sciences. 
 
Students will conduct individual research projects in a collaborative team environment under the expert mentorship of BIOS faculty and staff. This year's REU research projects will be based around the following broad research themes: 
 
Coral Reef Systems Ecology 
Plastics in the Marine Environment 
Biological Production and Exports: Assessing the Biological Carbon Pump in the Sargasso Sea 
 
Throughout the semester, REU students will give presentations that outline their research topic, methods, and results, including a final presentation to BIOS faculty, staff, and visiting students. REU students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of field excursions to learn about Bermuda's natural history, flora and fauna. We also offer a program of career development workshops and seminars hosted by BIOS faculty.
 
Funding includes return air travel from the U.S. to Bermuda, accommodation and meals. Each successful REU applicant will also receive a competitive stipend. (Medical/travel insurance is the responsibility of the student).
 
Further information on the REU program at BIOS can be found here http://www.bios.edu/education/reu/ including a link to the online application form, past student testimonials and details of potential projects.
 
To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, over 18 years of age and enrolled in a program of undergraduate study immediately before and after the program dates.  
 
We urge all successful applicants to arrange for independent study credit through their home institutions.
Underrepresented groups, and students attending colleges or universities where research opportunities in STEM are limited, are especially encouraged to apply.
Applicants are ineligible if they have participated in a prior NSF-funded REU in Ocean Sciences.
 
Application deadline is May 31, 2021

Questions? Contact us at education@bios.edu

The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences is an independent U.S. not-for-profit marine research and educational organization with 501(c)(3) status and a Bermuda Registered Charity (#116).
Visit us in Bermuda or at www.bios.edu

Posted 5/5/21

Research Internships in Plant Ecology, Archbold Biological Station, Florida

Beginning June/July 2021; running about 8 months.
Review of applications will begin May 17, 2021.
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 incoming director Dr. Aaron David, 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 unique, long-term 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: https://www.archbold-station.org/html/research/internship/internship.html.

Interns receive a weekly stipend of $185 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/or GIS skills, and excellent references.

To apply for an internship in the plant ecology lab, please provide the following in a single PDF or Word document: (1) a cover letter stating research interests, (2) a resume or CV, (3) unofficial transcripts, and (4) contact information for three professional references.

Email applications to Dr. Aaron David at adavid@archbold-station.org  

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

Posted 5/5/21

Battelle/NEON -Temporary Field Technician Opportunities

Battelle manages and operates the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) project, which is solely funded by the National Science Foundation. A 30+ year project dedicated to understanding how changes in climate, land use and invasive species impact ecology, the observatory’s scientists and engineers are collecting a comprehensive range of ecological data on a continental scale across 20 eco-climatic domains representing US ecosystems.  Our teams use cutting-edge technology, including an airborne observation platform that captures images of regional landscapes and vegetation; mobile, relocatable, and fixed data collection sites with automated ground sensors to monitor soil and atmosphere; and trained field crews who observe and sample populations of diverse organisms and collect soil and water data.  Once structures are completed, a leading edge cyberinfrastructure will calibrate, store and publish this information.  The Observatory includes more than 500+ personnel and is the first of its kind designed to detect and enable forecasting of ecological change at continental scales. For more information about the NEON project, visit https://www.neonscience.org/.

We are currently seeking Temporary Field Technicians in Massachusetts, Kansas, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Virginia, North Dakota, Alabama, Montana and Alaska.

JOB SUMMARY
Temporary Field Technicians perform seasonal and periodic sampling of physical, chemical and biological data at one (1)-five (5) field sites, while exercising good judgement and decision-making abilities to interpret protocol requirements. Temporary Field Technicians are assigned an area of primary responsibility within the scope of data collection: botany, entomology, mammalogy (except Puerto Rico and Hawaii), or limnology (except Hawaii).

 Field observations and collection are conducted using approximately 30 different protocols and multiple Standard Operating Procedures with varying schedule requirements based on local ecosystem and current field conditions.

 Daily and weekly work schedules will fluctuate.  Workdays can be up to twelve hours long and may be split with both morning and evening work, with work, at times, beginning at dawn and going through to dusk.  Workweeks can include weekends and occasionally may be up to 12 consecutive days.

 Individuals are responsible for their own housing and transportation to primary work location.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Performs field assignments in a variety of conditions (e.g., weather, terrain, diverse assigned biomes, etc.).
Follows established, standardized field procedures for sample collection; records data from sample collection; and processes samples.
Records activities and completed work according to Field Operations protocol.
Follows safety and Field Operations policy and procedures.
Reports issues with implementation of procedures and coordinates resolution with manager and technicians.
Assists with routine administrative duties, special projects and other duties as assigned.
Carries, moves and lifts field supplies (pack weighing up to 40 lbs.) to assigned field site (which involves diverse and uneven terrain).

REQUIRED: EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, AND SKILLS
High School Diploma. Some post high school, specialized training or technical certificate may be required.
Knowledge of best practices for accurate and repeatable field and laboratory measurements across multiple scientific disciplines. Complex and variable systems require judgment and independent decision-making abilities
Technical skills using best practices in field and ability to identify aquatic or terrestrial flora and fauna to genus and species.
Due to the limited number of positions in each domain, technicians must be willing and able to learn and perform procedures and methods outside of the primary responsibility.
Willingness to perform maintenance and field sampling outdoors in sparsely populated, remote locations, with distances ranging from 1/2 hour to 6 hours from the domain office. Overnight travel, hiking off trail, and wading in water are typical in most locations.
Ability and willingness to work varied field operations schedules (up to 12+ hours per day), including split-shift, part-time, pre-dawn early mornings, evenings and weekends.
Ability to hike off trail, long distances, on uneven terrain, at remote locations, in all types of weather, carrying packs weighing up to 40lbs.
Ability to work on instrument towers ranging in height from 26 feet to 240 feet and at altitudes of up to 11,000 feet (depending on assigned Domain), involving the ability to ascend and descend multiple flights of stairs.
Ability to withstand exposure to fumes, dust, and noise. Field work may require frequent exposure to toxicodendrons (e.g. poison ivy and poison oak), ticks, biting insects and other natural hazards.
Proficiency with MS Office Suite (e.g., Excel, Word).
Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.
High level of attention to detail and accuracy.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Strong work ethic and enthusiasm.
Previous NEON Project field experience will be highly considered.
Applicants must have authorization to work in the United States.
Employment is contingent on background screen, drug screen, motor vehicle records check and physical.
Must possess a current and valid State issued driver’s license with insurable Department of Motor vehicle record (parking violations, minor driving offenses excluded) as determined by Battelle’s insurance provider.

To apply, and view all locations, visit https://jobs.battelle.org/ListJobs?Keyword=NEON

Battelle provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, veteran-status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal, state, or local law. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle.

Hannah Kuchta (she/her/hers)
Recruiter
Office: 720.330.1669
kuchta@battelleecology.org
Battelle
1685 38th Street Suite 100.
Boulder, CO 80301
www.battelle.org
http://www.neonscience.org/

Posted 5/5/21

Hiring a research field technician/seed collector - Boise, Idaho

Hello! We are anticipating hiring a research field technician/seed collector to help a graduate student collect their data for five weeks.

Dates: June 15th-July 16th 2021 (five weeks, start and end date not flexible)

Salary: $15/hour and $20 per diem for camping grocery expenses

Location: Boise, Idaho

Position description: The field technician will be employed at the University of Nevada, Reno, and help the graduate student collect seeds and data from 12 species from public lands. The field sites are located in rural areas in western Idaho and eastern Oregon (mostly Owyhee and Malheur counties) and may require up to 8 hours of driving on paved and unpaved roads. The crew will camp at field sites, possibly every week, for 1-4 nights at undeveloped campsites using Leave No Trace Principles. You will need to supply your own camping gear (tent, sleeping pad, and a sleeping bag), field clothes, and a comfortable medium sized backpack, and we will provide seed collection and cooking equipment. We provide a $20 per diem for grocery expenses for every day spent in the field during camping trips. There is no per diem for workdays that do not involve camping. The typical work week will be 40 hours with 10-hour days Monday through Thursday. You will learn how to identify common species in the Northern Great Basin Desert, learn about research project design, gain career experience in seed collection and data collection, and get to work outdoors in beautiful natural areas.

Required qualifications:

-The technician must be 18 years old or older
-Driver's license and ability to drive up to 8 hours a day on paved and unpaved roads
-Willingness to work and camp outside under various environmental conditions (hot, inclement weather, rain, cold nights)
-Willingness to camp in undeveloped sites (no bathrooms or running water) using Leave No Trace Principles for 1-4 nights per week
-Basic botanical knowledge and ability to tell a target species apart from look-alike species, or demonstrated observational skills

Preferred qualifications:

-Knowledge of the flora of the northern Great Basin Desert
-Experience driving four-wheel-drive vehicles on undeveloped roads
-Experience camping in undeveloped areas and knowledge of Leave No Trace principles
-Trained in Wilderness First Aid

To apply: please email your resume to lcshriver@gmail.com 

Thank you and happy spring!

Posted 5/3/21

Santa Fe National Forest COVID Response Team Crew Member Applications Open!!

Southwest Conservation Corps and the Santa Fe National Forest are looking to run COVID Response crews to help keep up with increased visitation during the pandemic. Application are accepted on a rolling basis, apply today!!

Position: Santa Fe National Forest Covid Response Team – Crew Member

Dates:  May 17, 2021 – October, 2021

Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Camping Program 

Location: Santa Fe National Forest, New Mexico

Stipend: $330/week

Ages: 18 – 30

Health Benefits: Not Health Benefit Eligible 

Other Benefits:  Food provided while in the field, uniform shirts, personal protective equipment, development opportunities

AmeriCorps Education Award: $2,360 upon successful completion of the program

Southwest Conservation Corps: 
The Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a program of the non-profit service organization, Conservation Legacy, that is built on the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) that operated from 1933 – 1942. SCC provides youth and young adults opportunities to complete conservation projects on public lands. While serving with SCC, members receive training on job skills, conflict resolution, leadership, teamwork, and environmental stewardship. Programs are developed using a step ladder approach to provide a progression of skill development based on a member’s needs. Members receive a weekly living allowance, training, and an AmeriCorps Education Award (for qualifying individuals). 

For the health and safety of our crews, staff and communities, projects may be postponed or adjusted due to COVID-19. The information provided in this Position Description is an outline of how our program has typically been operating, however is subject to change. As this situation develops, and decisions are made, we will provide updates. We encourage you to continue with the application process and we will keep consistent and direct communication with all applicants.  

Position Summary: 

The Santa Fe Covid Response Team is a smaller crew, consisting of 1 Leader and 2 Members. This smaller size allows the crew more mobility and ease of travel throughout the forest to respond to unique project needs.

Crews work primarily in frontcountry locations in all weather conditions. Standard schedule consists of 5 days on-hitch (8 hours/day) and 2 days off with some exception. On-hitch, crews camp together, prepare all meals together, and work together as a group to complete all projects and chores. SCC does not provide accommodations off-hitch and Crew Members will be responsible for their own accommodations during that time. The Crews will be based out of Santa Fe and can expect not to return to SCC’s office during work time.

The Santa Fe National Forest, Covid Response Crew will work with the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District or the Jemez Ranger District for their season. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Districts received an amount of visitation far beyond the seasonal crew capacity to maintain recreation facilities’ cleanliness, address vandalism repairs, and address resource impacts to dispersed recreation areas. 

Project work will include, but not limited to: Install signage in highly impacted areas, replace doors and other structures that were vandalized during closures, Repair damaged picnic tables, Assist with the district’s cleaning schedule to ensure an acceptable state of recreational facilities, Remove trash, and address the immediate 3-5 miles of highly impacted trails.

Qualifications:

To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18 and 30
Regularly lift and/or move up to 50 lbs.
A US citizen that has received (or on track to receive) a high school diploma or GED
All offers of employment are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check.
 Participant Essential Eligibility Requirements

Essential eligibility requirements for the program must be met. If you are unable to meet certain requirements, we may be able to assist you with some modification unless it alters the fundamental nature of the program, compromises the health and safety of participants or staff, or places an undue financial or administrative burden on the organization.

 Participant and Expedition Behavior

Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions
Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program
Contribute to a safe learning environment; no harassment of any kind
Appropriately represent SCC and AmeriCorps to the public and project partners at all time
 Risk Management and Judgement

Effectively follow direction by others, so that you will be able to successfully manage hazards
Ask clarifying question when you do not understand a task
Maintain focus during workday, both while traveling and working in varied weather conditions.
If taking prescription medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage without assistance from others.
 Environmental Ethics & Outdoor Skills

Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living and work skills as appropriate to the project.
Live in a physically demanding, possibly remote environment for an uninterrupted period of up to several weeks
Substance Free

In accordance with a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and SCC activities, and while on organization property.
To apply:  

Complete the Crew Member application HERE by selecting “New Application” AFTER reading the entire position description

Any questions can be addressed to: Lisa Slupianek, Four Corners Adult Program Manager - lslupianek@conservationlegacy.org

Posted 4/27/21

Summer Fish Technician - Snorkel/Underwater Camera

Position Title: Seasonal Summer Technician

Start Date: 06/01/2021

Hourly Wage: $11.00 per hour

Institution/Location: University of Arkansas - Fayetteville- (Fayetteville, AR)

Summary:
The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Arkansas in collaboration with the USGS Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit are seeking to hire a technician for the summer beginning in June 2021 through mid-August 2021. The project goal will be to determine relative abundance and occupancy estimates of the federally endangered Yellowcheek Darter (Nothonotus moorei) utilizing snorkel and underwater camera surveys in the Little Red River, AR. The selected individual will gain field experience consisting of: freshwater fish identification, snorkel surveys, use and analysis of underwater camera photos/videos, and abiotic stream monitoring. The individual will also be involved in data organization and analysis.

Job Requirements:
Candidates must be 18 years of age or older with a valid driver's license. This position will require individuals to work outside for long hours in a group environment. Candidates must work well in a team setting and be okay with getting dirty/wet and actively being in river environments (i.e. swimming/wading). The ideal candidate will be a current student or recent graduate with interests in fisheries, ecology, biology, and/or conservation of freshwater fishes. Previous experience with freshwater fish identification, aquatic field research, working in a team setting, performing snorkel surveys, and/or having used underwater cameras is preferred, but not required.

Contact Information:
Please email a CV/resume, cover letter outlining past experience and desire to work on this project, and three references to Kearstin Findley at kmfindle@uark.edu.

Closing Date:
05/20/2021

Posted 4/23/21

Summer Conservation Intern (paid) at the Audubon Center in Columbus, OH

Summer Conservation Intern at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center

Position Summary: The summer intern will contribute to conservation and outreach work around the Grange Insurance Audubon center.  In particular, the intern will work on the “gardening for birds” project, helping to plant and maintain a hummingbird garden as well as other native gardens around the center and interpreting for the public. The applicant must be highly motivated in engaging the public. The applicant will also be a ‘roving naturalist’, assisting with turtle care, assisting with weekly programming for young children and adults on a variety of nature topics, and working with volunteers with conservation events including river clean ups and invasive species removal.   Applicant will be provided with training in: plant and bird identification, educational program development, gardening skills and tool use, leading educational programs, and professional development such as cover letter or CV mentorship.  Applicant will work closely with center conservation manager and learn about various conservation programs.

Essential Functions:
Help maintain and plant native gardens on site as part of the “gardening for birds” initiative.
Assist with and lead programming of daily center activities (topics can vary based on personal interest).
Care for center animals (turtles).
Maintain garden tools and other equipment.
Create social media posts and videos demonstrating native plant gardening and other conservation activities.
Be physically able to accompany program attendees to any program activities.
Be a representative of Audubon when dealing with visitors and program attendees.
May occasionally fill in at front desk or other duties as required.

Desired Qualifications and Experience:  (e.g., education, training, experience, licenses and skills)
Interest or experience in native plants, gardening, or backyard habitat. Interest in birds a plus.
Interest or experience in environmental education, interpretation or outreach.
Interest or experience in caring for reptiles or other small animals.
Desire to educate others, with an emphasis on young people, about conservation and the natural world.
Must be in active pursuit of a college degree in a related field to internship focus (biology, environmental science, etc.), two or more years of coursework preferred.
Willingness to spend periods of time outside in varied weather conditions.
Possess the necessary communication and motivational skills to lead small groups.
Experience teaching or working with diverse audiences.
High Degree of personal initiative, flexibility, and energy.
Willingness to submit to a criminal history background check. 
Available to work Saturdays and evenings.

Working Environment:
This paid internship is a 3 month commitment for summer 2021, May 17th-August 20th. Exact start and end date negotiable.  Part time and full time position both may be available- please state your preference in your cover letter. Work days would be scheduled between Tuesday-Sunday, either 9:00am to 4:30pm or 11-7pm (depending on programming needs).  Exact days worked would vary week to week (but scheduled well in advance).

Grange Insurance Audubon Center is located in beautiful downtown Columbus in the Scioto Audubon Metro Park.  This position will have a dedicated workspace with shared computer.  They will report to the Conservation Manager and work closely with the Educator Coordinator, Center Director, staff, and volunteers of GIAC.

If interested, send resume and cover letter to:           

Rebecca Swab, Conservation Manager
614-545-5486
Rebecca.Swab@audubon.org
Grange Insurance Audubon Center
505 W. Whittier St. 
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Posted 4/23/21

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program
Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences

Deadline Date 31-May-2021
Contact Name Dr. Andrew Peters
Contact Telephone 441-297-1880 x240
Contact Email andrew.peters@bios.edu
Sponsor Website http://www.bios.edu/education/

Synopsis
BIOS has National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) funding to support 8 undergraduate student researchers at BIOS during the 2021 fall semester (August 29 through November 20, 2021).

Posted 3/20/21

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