Tuesday, March 17, 2015

2015 Ecosystem Field Studies Research Courses

Ecosystem Field Studies (EFS) offers undergraduate college students unparalleled field education experiences with exciting, hands-on, 19-day courses in Colorado & Mexico.

Ecosystem-based academic disciplines are brought to life through interactive, outdoor, scientific observation & analysis.

This is an opportunity to earn 3 undergraduate credits,  to develop valuable career skills in field research, & to immerse yourself in an incredible ecosystem setting.

For more information, please visit: http://www.ecofs.org/

Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water Conservation District Internship

The Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water Conservation District is seeking summer interns to assist with office and field work between May and August 2015. The interns will assist with a variety of conservation work, including but not limited to: field visits, review of various agricultural projects and computer/office work.

The internships are unpaid positions that require a minimum commitment of at least 20 hours a week. Commitments of larger blocks of time (6+ hours) will allow for more varied experiences with more time in the field. Scholarships are provided to interns who volunteer more than 100 hours. Scholarship amounts range from $250 - $750. The schedule of the position is flexible, but limited to 7:30 am- 5:00pm Monday through Friday. Proposed starting date May 4, 2015. Proposed end date August 28, 2015. These dates are flexible as school schedules vary and will affect availability.

The ideal applicant would have experience in and understanding of agriculture and conservation, whether academic or on-farm; knowledge of GPS usage linked to GIS capabilities; spreadsheet/database management.

Please send resume with references, a letter of interest and a college transcript if applicable (unofficial acceptable), by 4:30 pm April 10, 2015 to: Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water Conservation District at 1934 Deyerle Avenue, Suite B; Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Electronic submissions should be sent to: Blake Rogers at blake.rogers@svswcd.org. Interviews will be conducted the week of April 13, 2015 and applicants will be notified of selection no later than April 22, 2015.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Be a Beach Ambassador in Chicago!

The Chicago Park District currently has 4 openings for the seasonal position of Intern – Beach Ambassador. Beach Ambassadors will engage in direct outreach to patrons visiting public beaches.  Activities will include administering a survey and providing information about beach health, beach wildlife and water quality.  Beach Ambassadors must be able to work at any public beach in Chicago.  The schedule for this position is designed to reflect when the beaches are most heavily used, Wednesday through Sunday, from 11 AM to 7 PM. You can find the complete position description at the Chicago Park District website by accessing the link below:
The application deadline is March 25, 2015.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Conservation Expedition to the British Virgin Islands

Fort Worth Zoo Conservation Expedition to the British Virgin Islands to help the Anegada iguana (Cyclura pinguis).

The Fort Worth Zoo is seeking participants to provide support for its Anegada iguana conservation project. All participants will play a direct role in conservation research and gain valuable skills in field methods.


  • Session 1: May 17-25
  • Session 2: May 26 - June 3
  • Session 3: July 12-20
  • Session 4: July 21-29

Location: Anegada, British Virgin Islands (BVI)
Cost: $1450 for one session
Group size: Seven to ten participants plus a project leader

As a participant, you will:

  • Learn field research methods such as distance sampling, mark-recapture and GPS
  • Learn plant survey techniques and assist in iguana diet studies
  • Assist researchers with camera-trapping surveys
  • Conduct feral cat surveys
  • Conduct nest surveys
  • Learn radio-tracking techniques

Cost includes: One night on Tortola, BVI; one round-trip ferry ticket from Tortola to Anegada; seven nights on Anegada, meals on Anegada; field supplies, transportation on Anegada and all routine expenses on Anegada.

Cost does NOT INCLUDE: Airfare to Tortola, BVI: meals on Tortola, cab fare to and from the airport.

For more information and to apply, please contact Kelly Bradley, Fort Worth Zoo Conservation Biologist, at kbradley@fortworthzoo.org or 817-759-7173.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Undergraduate Summer Institute in Biostatistics at the University of Michigan

This full-time 4 week summer institute held in the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan is targeted toward undergraduates who have an interest (or are susceptible to being interested) in the intersection of Big Data, Statistics, and Human Health. The institute is led by a distinguished group of faculty from the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Michigan School of Public Health (UMSPH) with additional outstanding faculty from Statistics and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS).

The field of big data science that intersects with public health and biomedicine is changing rapidly with datasets of enormous complexity and size being gathered in diverse areas including genomics, imaging, electronic health records, social media and environmental monitoring. The training of the next generation of quantitative scientists needs to change to meet the demands of the data.  More training in data management, data storage, visualization, high dimensional statistics, optimization, causal methods, modeling sparse data and machine learning are needed to equip students to tackle these big data challenges. It is expected that the knowledge obtained from these massive heterogeneous data sources will inform prevention, screening, prognosis and treatment of human diseases and play a major role in biology, medicine and public health in the coming decade.

Each participant will be paid a stipend of up to $2500 to cover costs of travel, housing, and meals.  There are no tuition costs associated with the program.

  • Applicants must be undergraduates at an accredited school or university with an interest in scientific research
  • Applicants are desired to have some background knowledge in computing/programming and introduction to the theory of probability, calculus and linear algebra, but we are flexible on prerequisites

Application opens February 1, 2015 for the Summer 2015 program. Applications are due by March 15, 2015.

For more information or to apply, please visit: http://bigdatasummerinst.sph.umich.edu/