Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Fire Effects Summer Job in National Park

Hiring 1-2 more fire effects monitors (GS-05-0404) that will be based out of Luray, Virginia (Shenandoah National Park) for the 2017 Summer season. See hyperlink for job announcement below.

Primary responsibilities will include fire effects plot sampling requiring extensive travel through the Northeast Region (Virginia to Maine) and data entry/management. Opportunities also exist for participation in prescribed and wildland fire activities.

Please note the First Consideration Date of March 28, 2017 on the announcement.

The DOI Fire Hires Contact page is not updated as of today but if you have questions regarding the position, please  contact Lane Gibbons (NER Lead Fire Effects Monitor) at 540-999-3500 ext. 3393 or

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Genetics/Genomics Research Education and Training Summer Research Program at Baylor College of Medicine

The HGSC-G/GREAT (Genetics/Genomics Research Education And Training) Summer Research Program is accepting applications!  This is a research program designed to interest African Americans; Hispanic Americans; Native Americans; and Pacific Islanders in genetics/genomics careers.  Our goal is to increase the number of these underrepresented groups with Ph.Ds in this field. We offer research projects in bioinformatics; molecular genetics; and engineering.  We are beginning to offer more bioinformatics research opportunities to our program participants.  Life science majors with an interest in coding or CS/engineering majors with programming backgrounds interested in medical research will be given priority.

Program eligibility:  We accept undergraduate junior and seniors from the above mentioned groups. Students should also have a 3.0 GPA (or above) and major in one of the following: chemistry; biology; computer science; mechanical or electrical engineering to name a few.   This internship is a paid; 9 week; residual program.

Deadline:  March 3rd, 2017

For more information or to apply please visit:
Application forms:

Summer Journeyman Fellowship Program at US Army Research Labs

U.S. Army Research Lab - Summer Journeyman Fellowship Program (80+ opportunities for BS candidates -PhD candidates) -  Non U.S. Citizens may apply

Information Webpage:

ARL has six separate directorates seeking students:

  • Computational and Information Sciences Directorate (CISD)
  • Human Research and Engineering Directorate (HRED)
  • Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate (SEDD)
  • Survivability and Lethality Analysis Directorate (SLAD)
  • Vehicle Technology Directorate (VTD)
  • Weapons and Materials Research Directorate (WMRD)

Research areas include, but not limited the following:

Biology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Biological Engineering,  Biomedical Engineering, Biophysics, Chemistry, Cell Biology, Chemical Engineering,  Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering,  Health Physics, Hearing Science, Human Factors Engineering, Information Science, Industrial Engineering, Genetics-Genomics, Mathematics, Material Science, Mechanical Engineering, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience Medical Physics, Neuromorphic Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Neuroscience,  Physiology, Physics, Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Robotics, Social Science, Spectroscopy, Statistics, Statistical Data Mining and

Application deadline is March 12, 2017, but applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Fort Worth Zoo Conservation Expedition - Anegada iguana

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 16-24, 2017
  • Session 2: May 25 - June 2, 2017
  • Session 3: July 11-19, 2017
  • Session 4: July 20-28, 2017
Location: Anegada, British Virgin Islands
Cost: $1,450 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 7, 2017

Summer Intern Position through the American Chestnut Foundation - Virginia Chapter

Background Information:  American chestnut (Castanea dentata), was once a dominant tree in the Eastern forest of the United States.   Virginia is located at the center of the specie’s historic range. Chestnut was an extremely important tree—as lumber and as food for wildlife—in the Piedmont, Blue Ridge and Appalachian forest communities. Unfortunately, its historic greatness was catastrophically compromised by a fungus, Asian chestnut blight, which was accidentally introduced in the early 1900’s.  Since 1983, The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) has carried out a six-generation backcross breeding program to produce blight-resistant chestnuts that otherwise exhibit characteristics of American chestnut.  The Virginia Chapter of TACF was formed in 2006 in order to:

  • Develop blight-resistant American chestnuts that are adapted to the geographical regions of Virginia; 
  • Preserve wild, surviving American chestnuts still found in the state;
  • Educate Virginians about the values of American chestnut and efforts to develop blight-resistance; and
  • Prepare for restoration of American chestnut trees in Virginia.

Blight-resistant American chestnuts are grown using a multi-step process.  In late May and early June, we hand-pollinate surviving American chestnuts will pollen from trees that have blight-resistance from a Chinese chestnut ancestor. Next, the seed produced from these efforts are planted in breeding orchards. Trees in breeding orchards are grown for several years, then tested for blight-resistance by inoculating them with chestnut blight.  Those trees that did not inherit sufficient blight-resistance are removed from the breeding orchard; and the remaining trees are left to interbreed.  The chestnuts produced by this stage of interbreeding are then planted in a new orchard, called a seed orchard, for the next generation of breeding.

Position Description:  The summer intern will primarily assist in the breeding program by helping to maintain breeding orchards by weeding, mulching, and fertilizing seedlings.  He or she will also be removing trees that are not blight resistant from the orchard.  In inclement weather, the intern will help maintain tree data by logging survival, growth and removal data and mounting herbarium specimens.  The intern may also assist in ceremonial plantings and other events that may arise to publicize the efforts of TACF in Virginia.

Opportunities for the Intern:    Interns will have an opportunity to learn applied science.  In the field, he or she will learn to identify various other types of chestnuts, how to plant and care for trees, and carefully monitor chestnut seedlings and growing conditions.

Qualifications:  Interns must have a keen interest in biology, ecology, horticulture, or forestry and be able to work with little supervision.  Interns also must be physically fit to participate in heavy outdoor activity.  Finally, the intern must have access to his or her own vehicle to travel to orchard sites.

Location:  The intern will be working out of an office at 8266 E. Main St., Marshall, Virginia, and in orchards located in Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier and Loudoun Counties.

Compensation: The Chapter will pay $2,500 as a stipend for 8 weeks or work, 5 days/week.  Start date and vacation breaks are flexible.  In addition, the chapter will reimburse the intern for mileage at the rate of 40 cents/mile.

Additional Information:  Contact Catherine Mayes, President, Virginia Chapter of TACF, P.O. Box 158, Marshall, VA  20116, (540) 364-1922,