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 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:

Thursday, February 19, 2015

U.S. DHS Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Internship Program

Now accepting applications for
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO)
Summer Internship Program

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Internship Program will provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in projects focused on helping DNDO meet its mission of “implementing domestic nuclear detection efforts for a managed and coordinated response to radiological and nuclear threats, as well as integration of federal nuclear forensics programs.”

  • Ten-week research experiences will be offered at federal research facilities located across the U.S.
  • Undergraduate students receive a stipend of $600 per week plus travel expenses.
  • Graduate students receive a stipend of $700 per week plus travel expenses.
  • Areas of research: Engineering, earth and geosciences, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, and more.
  • U.S. citizenship required
  • Application deadline: March 16, 2015, at 12:00 AM
  • Additional information and how-to-apply instructions can be found at:

DNDO has partnered with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) to manage the program. For questions please email us at

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Forestry Aid in Virginia National Forests

2015 Seasonal Jobs on the Glenwood and Pedlar Ranger Districts. 

15-TEMP-R8462-3-AID-DT-MC Vacancy opening 02/17/2015 closing 02/23/2015
15-TEMP-R8462-4-TRLS-DT-MC Vacancy opening 02/17/2015 closing 02/23/2015

The positions are  posted at the USAJOBS website, the U.S. Government’s official site for jobs and employment information:

The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, Glenwood & Pedlar Ranger Districts is advertising to fill up to eight (8) temporary positions, Forestry Aid, GS-462-03 for the 2015 summer recreation season. Vacancy announcement information is as follows: 15-TEMP-R8462-3-AID-DT-MC   Five (5) positions have a duty location of Lyndhurst, VA at Sherando Lake Recreation Area and Three (3) positions have a duty location at Natural Bridge Station, VA at the District Office compound.  These positions will primarily do recreation facility work, maintenance and improvement work to recreation facilities and non-motorized trails on the District.  Recreation facilities work will include fee collection, visitor contact, general forest user rules, garbage and litter pick-up, toilet cleaning, grass mowing and weed-eating, and minor construction and repair work.   

15-TEMP-R8462-4-TRLS-DT-MC  Two (2) positions with duty location of Natural Bridge Station, VA.  The positions will involve building trails, cleaning and brushing trail corridors, installing signage, and constructing drainage structures and bridges, while helping with mowing and weed eating of trailheads and parking lots of the trail system.

Government Housing is offered at the Lyndhurst duty station.

The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests offer many seasonal opportunities for the 2015 season. 

Employment Opportunities at Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester

Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester, is a community-funded nonprofit animal shelter and learning center located in Fairport, NY. It employs over 90 full- and part-time employees with an annual operating budget of $4.5M. Its 140 acre facility shelters a variety of domestic pets and livestock.

For current Employment Openings, please visit

Employees at Lollypop Farm must be at least 18 years old. Currently, we do not have a summer jobs program. If you would like to fill out an employment application and submit it for future consideration, you can download the application, fill it out, and mail it to:

Lollypop Farm, Humane Society of Greater Rochester 
Attn: Human Resources
99 Victor Road
Fairport, NY 14450

or by email to

Lollypop Farm is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Our core values unify and guide us to provide the best service to the animals, our community, our organization and ourselves:
  • We exhibit our compassion for each other and the animals in everything we do
  • We communicate openly and clearly
  • We are flexible in our approach to an ever changing environment
  • We drive for continuous improvement through our individual commitment
  • We embrace teamwork among staff and volunteers
  • We build the Lollypop Farm Community through personal integrity, respect and support for each other.

Core Values

Compassion: Showing empathy and sympathy for what others—people and animals—are experiencing through constructive and positive actions.

Communication: A two-way process in which there is an exchange and progression of thoughts, feelings, or ideas towards a mutually accepted goal or directio

Flexibility: Being willing and comfortable adapting to new circumstances and conditions.

Commitment: A pledge to the mission, fellow employees, volunteers, animals, and the community.

Teamwork: Willingness to collaborate and communicate to achieve a common goal, understanding that the organization works best when unified.

Integrity: Pursue our mission with honor, fairness, and respect for animals, individuals, and the organization.

Respect: Showing consideration and professional regard for all aspects of the organization.