Monday, December 5, 2016

Every year, the Amgen Scholars Program provides hundreds of selected undergraduates with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on research experience at many of the world’s premier educational institutions.

 Now approaching its eleventh summer, the Amgen Scholars Program continues to offer undergraduates the opportunity to collaborate with faculty at top institutions on cutting-edge scientific research at ten renowned U.S. host institutions.
Applications for the 2017 U.S. Amgen Scholars Program are now online.  Note that applicants do not need to currently attend one of the host institutions to participate. In fact, Amgen Scholars have represented over 700 colleges and universities to date.
Close date: February 1, 2017 (February 15 for the California Institute of Technology). Eligibility requirements, as well as site-specific programming information, is available via amgenscholars.com

REU Program

Summer 2017 will be the 30th year that the Cary Institute's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program has provided 8-12 students with opportunities to conduct cutting edge research in ecology.
2017 Program Dates: May 22 - August 11, 2017Application Deadline: February 3, 2017

Translational Ecology for Undergraduates

Our alumni report that their Cary REU experience was instrumental in their career success, whether it be in academic ecology as professors or research scientists, in environmental management or consulting, in ecology education, or another field. REU students contribute to the mission of the Institute through their research, with most writing papers for the Undergraduate Ecology Research Reports on-line publication, and many co-authoring peer-reviewed articles based on their work.
Since 2011 the Cary REU program has embraced a new focus – Translational Ecology. We hope to train a new generation of environmental scientists who are both prepared and motivated to translate ecological science to the public.

The Cary Translational Ecology REU program weaves together activities in 5 strands:

Cutting Edge Independent Research Projects 

Working closely with a mentor scientist, students delineate a research question and hypotheses, develop and implement a project, analyze data, give an oral presentation in a formal symposium and write a paper. Skill building workshops support student learning. The bulk of students’ time is spent in this facet of the program.

Reflective Practice and Training Activities

Students participate in a Scientific Writing Workshop, a Statistics/R Workshop, Responsible Conduct of Research trainings, and sessions in asking good questions, applying theory in research, giving effective talks, and future options in work and study.
The Forum on Translational Ecology showcases examples of translational ecology in action, as well as a diversity of professional role models and careers. Students are supported in reflecting on themselves as scientists and translators of science.

Translational Ecology Activities

Students explore translation of ecology through:
Communication
With mentoring, students write short “elevator speeches” about their research, participate in a Communication Workshop where they hone their speeches for different audiences, and write and review each other’s lay-friendly summaries of their findings. 
Application
Students consider the rich ways that their own research might influence society with applications to policy and management, and how society influences their science. 
Education
REU students teach younger students in the Sharing Science Program, and participate in an Education Roundtable with education scholars and practitioners.  
Students in the 2017 program will receive a stipend of $6,300, housing in the Bacon Flats dormitory located on our campus just next door to the research and administration building where students conduct much of their work, and a food allowance of $900 for the 12 week program.
Students of diverse backgrounds come from all parts of the country to participate in the program, and a small pool of funds is available to help defray the costs of travel to the program for those students in need of assistance.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

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Coastal Marine Education and Research Academy Shark and Ray Research Project - Summer 2017

Summer Program: Gain hands-on, field research experience in Clearwater, FL this summer!  All participants will be involved in all aspects of a local population study on sharks and rays.  This includes setting and retrieving nets and longlines, handling and identifying captured animals, tagging and measuring all captured sharks and rays, collecting DNA samples from sharks and rays, and recording data.  Each day begins with a lecture on our local ecosystems, species, and conservation topics and continues with 6 – 8 hours of field research aboard our vessels.

Who should attend: Anyone 18 years of age or older interested in pursuing a career in the natural sciences.  This includes incoming freshmen, currently enrolled students, and college graduates.  This program provides invaluable research and animal handling experience.  Such unique field training will make you a more valuable candidate for future internships, graduate school, and jobs.  There are no pre-requisites and no previous experience is necessary.

Course credit:  Most students receive credit for our program and you should discuss receiving course credit for this program with your advisor.  If you do not need this kind of course credit, this field research experience will be a very beneficial addition to your résumé.

Housing: Affordable and fully furnished housing is available to our summer program participants and includes Wi-Fi, a full kitchen, linens, and laundry facilities.

Transportation:  After arriving in the Clearwater, FL area, transportation is provided to/from: airport, bus station, our classrooms and boats, and the grocery store.

Enrollment:  Early enrollment and the early enrollment tuition break ends December 31, 2016.  Late enrollment ends March 30, 2017.

Tuition: Tuition rates vary based on the date of your enrollment and the number of weeks you wish to attend the program.  Participants who attend 3 or more weeks will receive tuition breaks.

To enroll in this unique and amazing program and for more detailed information, please visit our website: www.cmera.net

Thursday, November 3, 2016

REU at Blandy Farm

Blandy Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program

May 22 - Aug 4, 2017   Applications Due  March 1, 2017



Carla Vanderbilt (Stetson University) studying song vocalization in gray catbirds.


Samuel Bernhard (Wesleyan University) sifts through mud looking for invertebrates.

Overview

Undergraduate education is one our highest priorities at Blandy Experimental Farm. Since 1992 Blandy has provided Undergraduate Research Fellowships to students interested in ecology and environmental science. We have been aided in this effort by funding from the National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. Our primary goal is to teach students to formulate testable hypotheses about important ecological and evolutionary questions. The format of the program encourages students to develop skills in experimental design, data collection, analysis, and critical reading of primary scientific literature. Students also learn to prepare and communicate scientific information to other scientists and the general public.

Our program exposes students to a diversity of research projects that collectively illustrate how natural systems function and how science progresses. Through the course of the summer we provide students with information on various career options in ecology and the environmental sciences. Next summer we will offer up awards that carry a $5775 stipend + an additional meal budget, free housing, and a budget for supplies and research-related travel. The number of students invited (up to 10) will be contingent upon renewal of our funding from the National Science Foundation. Interested students can access the necessary application form and instructions directly from our APPLICATION PAGE. We strongly recommend filling out an application at least two weeks before the application deadline.  The application and all supporting materials are due on March 1, 2017.  If you need further information please send an email to Dr. Kyle Haynes or call 540 837-1758 ext 292 M-F, 9-5 Eastern Time. These fellowships are only available for U.S. citizens and permanent U.S. residents.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

M.S. Degree in Computation Biology Program at Carnegie Mellon University

The professional M.S. in Computational Biology, a joint effort between the Department of Biological Sciences and the Computational Biology Department, offers tailored education in this integrated discipline, which applies modern computer science, statistics, and mathematics to biological and biomedical problems. Our students explore a wide range of questions and techniques, continuing the longstanding Carnegie Mellon traditions of interdisciplinarity and innovation. The program ensures that each student receives individualized attention from involved, approachable faculty and staff in a supportive environment. Highly sought after, our graduates have secured leading positions in industry or have used their Carnegie Mellon training as a stepping-stone to a Ph.D., M.D., or MBA program.

All students complete the program in four semesters.

Program Features:

  • Low student-to-faculty ratio
  • Customized course plan
  • Training in important models, algorithms
  • and data mining methods
  • Interdisciplinary research opportunities
  • Placement assistance for summer
  • internships and post-graduate positions

We seek the talented undergraduate who is interested in computational biology, demonstrates good communication skills, has strong GRE scores, and has a high GPA (typically over 3.0 on a 4-point scale). Previous coursework in biology, and/or computer, while helpful, is not essential for admission to the program.

For more information, please visit http://www.cmu.edu/ms-compbio/

Our online application can be found at our program website (https://ms-app.bio.cmu.edu), and applications are free if completed before February 15th.

Unpaid Internships for the Shenandoah Valley Soil and Water Conservation District - Spring 2017

The Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water Conservation District (SVSWCD) is seeking two (2) spring interns to assist with office and field work between January and May. The SVSWCD Internship Program provides professional level work experience for college students, and was established as one of the key initiatives in the District’s commitment to expand and enhance our educational outreach.  The program provides students with real work experience that will enable them to compete more effectively for conservation related employment; and a chance for the students to use their talents in a realistic environment. The interns will assist SVSWCD staff with coordination and implementation of a variety of conservation work.  This may include: site visits, field work, review and implementation of various conservation projects as well as activities related to other SVSWCD services and programs.  A more specific internship position description is available.

The unpaid internships require a minimum commitment of 12 hours a week.  Schedule is variable 2-5 days per week; 4-8 hours per day.  Commitments of larger blocks of time (6+ hours/day) will allow for more varied experiences with more time in the field.  Applicants must be currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students at the time of the internship.  Upon successful completion of internship the student may be eligible for an intern scholarship from the SVSWCD.  The internship schedule is flexible, but typically aligns with the office hours of 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.  The proposed start date of the internship is January 16, 2017 and the proposed end date is May 5, 2017.  These dates are flexible, as school schedules vary and will affect intern availability.  Evaluations and reviews may be conducted to provide feedback.  General timekeeping is expected.

The ideal applicant would have interest in agriculture and conservation as well as desire to learn more about SVSWCD programs and implementation.

Send application package including: resume, three (3) references, a college transcript (unofficial acceptable), and a cover letter outlining: intern’s potential start and end dates, weekly availability (hours available M-F), interest in the internship position with the SVSWCD, and any restrictions that may be associated with outdoor activities (so the SVSWCD can make necessary accommodations).  The SVSWCD will work with students receiving course credit for their internship, please indicate if you will be receiving credit in your letter.

Application packages must be received by 4:30 pm November 15, 2016.  Hard copy application packages should be sent to: Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water Conservation District at 1934 Deyerle Avenue, Suite B; Harrisonburg, VA 22801, electronic submissions should be sent to Emily Riggleman at emily.riggleman@svswcd.org  For more information or questions call Emily Riggleman at (540) 433-2853 ext. 126.  Applicants will be notified of selections around November 22, 2016.

For additional information please visit:https://svswcd.org/spring/

Carribbean EcoFS Winter Break Course on Coral Reefs and Coastal Ecosystems of the Caribbean

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR WINTER BREAK COURSE!

WINTER-BREAK - DECEMBER 28, 2016 TO JANUARY 16, 2017

An opportunity to study abroad in the Caribbean and apply your classroom & textbook learning while immersed in an incredible marine ecosystem setting!

  • Achieve a deep knowledge base of the structure & functioning of coral reef & coastal ecosystems of the Caribbean
  • Gain valuable career skills in hands-on, marine-based ecosystem field research
  • Earn 3 undergraduate transfer credits during winter break
  • Open to students from all universities & majors
  • Choose between a SCUBA/snorkel option or a Snorkel-only option

-- ALL-INCLUSIVE PROGRAM --

  • $2,200 Beach tent camping option or
  • $2,500 Beach bungalow room option 
  •  + add $400 for SCUBA/snorkel option

Instruction is delivered with inquiry-based activities incorporating observation & data collection, small working groups, lecture, focused exploration & off-site trips. Students SCUBA & snorkel daily to study the coral reef ecosystem. An individual & original field research project & presentation culminates the class. Class size is limited to 20 students to ensure a positive learning experience.

For more information please visit http://www.ecofs.org/ecofs-courses/caribbean-course/caribbean-ecosystem-field-studies or contact Professor Steve Johnson at steve@ecofs.org

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Short Term Study Abroad Classes in Peru and Iceland - Sustainability

This winter & spring break, we invite you to join The GREEN Program abroad in the world’s leading destinations for sustainable development:

Peru & Iceland

The GREEN Program unlocks doors for students to gain exclusive education, industry access, and authentic bucket-list experiences around the world. Through our accredited, career-focused 8 to 10 day programs, we exist to use the world as our classroom in order to give meaning and purpose to education, adventure, and life.

Join a community of students leaders and young professionals who have consciously chosen to pursue a future of possibilities and are determined to be part of the solutions toward a better world.


Early Registration Specials Now Available (for accepted GREEN students who have not yet secured their spots).

Plan ahead! Lock in your reduced GREEN program fee by securing your spot on an upcoming GREEN adventure with your deposit. For more information & program fee specifics for each program session and month, please visit our FAQ.

Iceland - Renewable Energy & Sustainability
Winter:
[1] December 14 - 21, 2016
[2] January 4 - 11, 2017

Spring:
[1] March 5 - 12, 2017
[2] March 12 - 19, 2017

Peru - Water Resource Management & Sustainable Practices
Winter:
January 4 - 13, 2017

Spring:
March 12 - 20, 2017

For more information please visit: http://thegreenprogram.com/#about-us

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Summer 2017 Shark and Ray Research

Program description: This program is focused on a hands-on, field curriculum.  We conduct a 1 - 2 hr. lecture or class discussion each day and spend the rest of the day for 6 - 8 hours in the field conducting research on sharks and rays.  Most lectures are focused on elasmobranch biology, physiology, ecology, identification, and conservation.  Other lectures will include biology, physiology, identification, and conservation of sea turtles and manatees; fisheries, aquaculture, and ecotoxicology; the concept of a species; aquarium controversy; and how to develop a research project and communicate the results effectively.  To make this program as hands-on as possible, our students conduct all research activities under the supervision of one or more staff members or instructors.  This means that our students set and retrieve gear, handle any captured animals, collect data from any captured animals, tag elasmobranchs, and release all captured animals.  No previous research experience or animal handling experience is necessary.  This program is excellent for any student interested in the natural sciences, any student wanting to gain research experience, and any student interested in attending graduate school.

Program dates:  Our summer program runs at 1 week intervals (Sunday - Saturday) from May 7, 2017 - August 26, 2017.  Students may attend as many weeks as they would like.  Any student who attends 4 weeks or more will be acknowledged in any scientific paper published from the data collected that summer.  There are tuition breaks for students who attend 3 or more weeks as well as for groups of 6 or more students attending together.

Deadline for early enrollment benefits: December 31, 2016

Deadline for program enrollment: March 30, 2017

For pricing and program availability please visit the summer program page as well as the tuition page of our website http://www.coastalmera.com/summer-program.html

Winter Break Tropical Marine Ecology Course in Costa Rica and Nicaragua

This course is focused on marine organisms and marine ecosystems in a tropical environment, as well as both local and global marine conservation issues.  Students will learn about and experience local marine organisms on the northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica and the southern Pacific coast of Nicaragua.  Lectures and field experiences will be conducted on a daily basis.  We will cover biology, physiology, identification, and conservation information for the following: Local marine vertebrates, local marine invertebrates, sea turtles, and a lecture specifically on elasmobranchs.  We will also cover local marine ecosystems (intertidal zone, rocky reefs, coral reefs, estuaries, mangroves, sandy bottom, pelagic zone), their inhabitants, and conservation issues concerning those ecosystems.  Non-marine related lectures will include local geology and the unique cloud forest of Monteverde.  Field experiences will include scuba diving (for those certified), snorkeling, tide pool exploration, a mangrove estuary tour, and a sea turtle night walk.  Students are expected to actively participate in lectures, group discussions, and species identification in the field.

Course dates:  December 26, 2016 - January 4, 2017

Course fee: $1,799

What's included: Course tuition, all lectures, all housing, all breakfasts, all dinners, all transportation, 3 days diving or snorkeling, tide pool exploration, mangrove tour, sea turtle night walk, surfing, zip-lining.

What's NOT included: Round trip airfare to San Jose (SJO), Costa Rica, lunches, snacks and drinks, and any optional activities you choose during free time.

Deadline for course sign-up: October 30, 2016.  There are currently only 10 spaces remaining in this course!!

For further information or to sign up for this course please go to http://www.coastalmera.com/costa-rica---nicaragua.html

Monday, July 25, 2016

Shenandoah Valley Conservation Technician and Education Assistant Position

Title: Residential Conservation Technician & Education Assistant
Salary: $29,000-$33,000
Start Date: 2016-09-26
Location: Shenandoah Valley Soil and Water Conservation District

Job Description: The Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water Conservation District (SVSWCD) is a self-governing public agency that is governed by an eight-member Board of Directors and covers the counties of Rockingham and Page, and the City of Harrisonburg.  Under the direction of the SVSWCD Board of Directors and under the supervision of the District Manager, the Residential Conservation Technician & Education Assistant will be responsible for performing a wide range of technical and administrative duties that pertain to the implementation of the SVSWCD’s activities, services and programs. The work of the SVSWCD focuses on water quality and quantity, soils, land-use and land development practices, innovative best management practices, agricultural best management practices, stream protection, research, analysis and implementation of special projects and demonstration projects, and education and outreach to a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including workshops and programs for professionals, agricultural producers, youth, and the general public. Assignments and some supervision are given by other members of the SVSWCD and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff. This position is a full time position with regular work hours of 8am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday and occasionally includes extended work hours, evening and weekend hours, and overnight travel for training and meetings.  This position is considered exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The SVSWCD office environment is collaborative, supportive and flexible.  The SVSWCD’s small staff is forward-thinking, innovative, motivated and dedicated.  The position is considered a term position, for a period of one year, renewable on an annual basis.


Click here for a detailed job description or visit https://svswcd.org/jobs/. Submit a Virginia Application for Employment (DPT Form 10-012) & resume by noon August 12, 2016 to SVSWCD, 1934 Deyerle Avenue, Suite B, Harrisonburg, VA 22801. For more information call: (540) 433-2853 ext. 119, SVSWCD is an EOE.

Shenandoah Valley Conservation and Dam Technician Position

Title: Conservation & Dam Technician
Salary: $29,000-$33,000
Start Date: 2016-09-26
Location: Shenandoah Valley Soil and Water Conservation District

Job Description:  The Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water Conservation District (SVSWCD) is a self-governing public agency that is governed by an eight-member Board of Directors and covers the counties of Rockingham and Page, and the City of Harrisonburg.  Under the direction of the SVSWCD Board of Directors and under the supervision of the District Manager, the District Conservation & Dam Technician will be responsible for performing a wide range of technical and administrative duties that pertain to the implementation of the SVSWCD’s activities, services and programs. The work of the SVSWCD focuses on water quality and quantity, soils, land-use and land development practices, innovative best management practices, agricultural best management practices, stream protection, research, analysis and implementation of special projects and demonstration projects, and education and outreach to a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including workshops and programs for professionals, agricultural producers, youth, and the general public.  Responsibilities include regular contact with farmers, contractors, public officials, District Board members and the general public, requiring judgement and tact in all interactions. Assignments and some supervision are given by other members of the SVSWCD and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff. This position is a full time position with regular work hours of 8am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday and occasionally includes extended work hours, evening and weekend hours, and overnight travel for training and meetings.  This position is considered exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The SVSWCD office environment is collaborative, supportive and flexible.  The SVSWCD’s small staff is forward-thinking, innovative, motivated and dedicated. The position is considered a term position, for a period of one year, renewable on an annual basis. Due to the uncertain nature of dam maintenance and potential for emergencies associated with dams, the employee could be called on to check on dams at all hours and during inclement weather situations.

Click here for a detailed job description. or visit https://svswcd.org/jobs/. Submit a Virginia Application for Employment (DPT Form 10-012) & resume by noon August 12, 2016 to SVSWCD, 1934 Deyerle Avenue, Suite B, Harrisonburg, VA 22801. For more information call: (540) 433-2853 ext. 119, SVSWCD is an EOE.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Colorado Ecosystem Field Studies Courses - Apply Now, Class Starts Next Week!

SUMMER 3-CREDIT FIELD COURSE OPPORTUNITIES WITH ECOSYSTEM FIELD STUDIES!
Colorado Ecosystem Field Studies  
* Study, camp, & hike in the Colorado Rocky Mountains *
 July 18- August 6- Apply Today for a great chance of acceptance!

An opportunity to apply classroom & textbook learning while immersed in an incredible ecosystem setting!
* Gain valuable career skills in hands-on ecosystem field research
* Earn 3 undergraduate transfer credits 

--  Open to students from all universities & majors 
--  Accredited by the University of Montana at Missoula's Environmental Studies
Program: ENST 391 for 3 undergraduate semester transfer credits.

For all course information visit the course website:  EcoFS.org 
Direct any further questions to Professor Steve Johnson, Course Director at steve@EcoFS.org

Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water Conservation District Fall Non-Paid Internship Opportunity

The Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water Conservation District (SVSWCD) is seeking two (2) fall interns to assist with office and field work between September and December. The SVSWCD Internship Program provides professional level work experience for college students, and was established as one of the key initiatives in the District’s commitment to expand and enhance our educational outreach.  The program provides students with real work experience that will enable them to compete more effectively for conservation related employment; and a chance for the students to use their talents in a realistic environment. The interns will assist SVSWCD staff with coordination and implementation of a variety of conservation work.  This may include: site visits, field work, review and implementation of various conservation projects as well as activities related to other SVSWCD services and programs.  A more specific fall internship position description is available.

The unpaid internships require a minimum commitment of 12 hours a week.  Schedule is variable 2-5 days per week; 4-8 hours per day.  Commitments of larger blocks of time (6+ hours/day) will allow for more varied experiences with more time in the field.  Applicants must be currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students at the time of the internship.  Upon successful completion of internship the student may be eligible for an intern scholarship from the SVSWCD.  The internship schedule is flexible, but typically aligns with the office hours of 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.  The proposed start date of the internship is September 12, 2016 and the proposed end date is December 16, 2016.  These dates are flexible, as school schedules vary and will affect intern availability.  Evaluations and reviews may be conducted to provide feedback.  General timekeeping is expected.

The ideal applicant would have interest in agriculture and conservation as well as desire to learn more about SVSWCD programs and implementation. 

Send application package including: resume, three (3) references, a college transcript (unofficial acceptable), and a cover letter outlining: intern’s potential start and end dates, weekly availability (hours available M-F), interest in the internship position with the SVSWCD, and any restrictions that may be associated with outdoor activities (so the SVSWCD can make necessary accommodations).  The SVSWCD will work with students receiving course credit for their internship, please indicate if you will be receiving credit in your letter.

Application packages must be received by 4:30 pm August 5th, 2016.  Hard copy application packages should be sent to: Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water Conservation District at 1934 Deyerle Avenue, Suite B; Harrisonburg, VA 22801, electronic submissions should be sent to Emily Riggleman at emily.riggleman@svswcd.org.  For more information or questions call Emily Riggleman at (540) 433-2853 ext. 126.  Applicants will be notified of selections around August 19th, 2016.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Raptor Survey Field Lead at the Great Basin Institute in Nevada

https://www.thegreatbasininstitute.org/job/lake-tahoe-raptor-survey-field-lead/
In cooperation with the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting a Raptor Survey Field Lead (Field Lead) to assist with surveys of two sensitive raptor species, Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) and California Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis occidentalis), in the east Lake Tahoe Basin, NV and adjacent areas of the Carson Range. The goal of this project will be to detect nesting territories and monitor nest success, and the Field Lead and a Raptor Survey Field Technician will coordinate with NDOW on surveys and associated work. The majority of the survey effort will focus on the Northern Goshawk, with some Spotted Owl work interspersed throughout the field season.

Work will include:
  • Broadcast surveys for Northern Goshawk and Spotted Owl
  • Stand searches for Northern Goshawk and Spotted Owl 
  • Nest monitoring for Northern Goshawk and Spotted Owl
  • Habitat evaluation and vegetation data collection
  • Data organization and report write-up
  • Aspen stand inventory and mapping (as time allows)
  • Assisting with other NDOW wildlife work (as time allows)
The Field Lead must be able to work in difficult terrain that may include steep, rocky slopes, areas of dense trees, and exposure to adverse weather.  This work is physically demanding and requires long hours of off-trail hiking while conducting surveys.  Goshawk surveys will be conducted at all hours of day, and Spotted Owl surveys will be conducted at all hours of night.  Overnight camping may be required in some cases.

Travel to survey sites may require driving on narrow, winding, dirt roads for distances up to 20 miles.  While driving to and from survey sites, frequent encounters with vehicles, hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders should be expected on backcountry roads.  Radio communication will be necessary for emergencies and for communication with the Project Manager.

Timeline:  2 May - 26 August 2016 (17 weeks), 40 hours per week
Compensation:   $15.00/hour, $15 field per diem (for up to 10 nights camping), Housing stipend
Location: Field work will be conducted in backcountry regions of the east Tahoe Basin, NV and adjacent areas of the Carson Range. Many recreational opportunities are available in the region, which is considered by many as among the most scenic in the country. Base of operations: Reno, NV.

Technical requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree in biology (wildlife or conservation), ecology or related field; 
  • Experience in conducting surveys for Northern Goshawks, including nest monitoring and knowledge of vocalizations, signs, and behavior (required); 
  • Previous field experience that included adhering to field data collection protocols, and accurately collecting, recording and managing field data;
  • Experience in habitat evaluation and collection of vegetation data preferred; 
  • Ability to use standard methods and equipment for habitat characterization, a GPS unit for navigation and data collection, and GIS technology for mapping and other uses;
  • Familiarity with raptor species of the Sierra Nevada and their habitat preferred; and
  • Familiarity with and/or interest in forest ecology and avian ecology and conservation biology.
Additional requirements:
  • Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record;
  • Ability to safely drive a 4WD vehicle on unpaved roads that can be steep and rutted;
  • Experience in supporting field assistants during training and field work;
  • Ability to work productively, consistently and cooperatively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals; 
  • Possess strong organizational skills;
  • Ability to work in variable weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, carry upwards of 20 pounds in a backpack, and otherwise maintain good physical condition; 
  • Willingness and ability to camp in remote areas; 
  • Familiarity with backcountry, low-impact principles preferred; and
  • Pass National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) and federal criminal background checks.

How to Apply:
Qualified and interested applicants should forward a cover letter, their résumé, and a list of three professional references to RA Recruitment, at RArecruitment@thegreatbasininstitute.org. Please indicate “Tahoe Raptor Lead” in your email subject line. Please include where you found this position posted. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Ph.D. Position in Isotopic Ecology of Wild (Feral) Horses on Sable Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

Location: University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada AND/OR University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada (collaboration). Field work occurs on Sable Island, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Supervisors: Dr. Keith A. Hobson, University of Western Ontario, London, ON and Dr. Philip McLoughlin, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada.

Salary: $20000/year for a minimum of 3 years.

Start date: September 1st 2016 (preferred) or May 1st 2017.

APPLICATION DUE DATE: Applications will begin being reviewed April 1, 2016.

Project: We are looking to recruit a PhD student to contribute to our long- term individual-based study of feral horses on Sable Island (Nova Scotia, Canada) initiated in 2007. This project will focus on the evolutionary consequences of a strong gradient in habitat quality along the length of the island (horse density drops by half from west to east). The student will investigate sources of nutrition and drinking water to feral horses using naturally occurring stable isotope (d13C, d15N, d2H) tracers as well as more conventional methods. The student will spend up to 2 months on Sable Island each summer for fieldwork. Daily tasks, shared by the entire research team, will include walking censuses and photography of horses, collection of samples, laboratory work, identification of individuals from digital photographs, and database management. Students visiting Sable Island must work well in teams, deal well with life in a remote research station, be able to travel by small airplane, fishing trawler, helicopter, or frigate, and be reasonably fit as walking censuses require lots of hiking. Courses on first aid and driving All Terrain Vehicles will be provided prior to fieldwork.

This position is fully funded for a minimum of 3 years (salary of $20000/year) but the student will be expected to apply for internal scholarships (e.g., teaching assistant positions) and external scholarships (e.g. NSERC).

While all applications are welcomed, preference will be given to Canadians who are competitive for an NSERC scholarship (GPA > 3.8) and international students who can secure a scholarship in their home country. Previous experience with using stable isotope methods in ecological research is an asset.

To apply send an email titled SABLE ISLAND PHD 2016 by APRIL 1, 2016 to philip.mcloughlin@usask.ca and khobson6@uwo.ca (cc’d) including:
  • A short summary of research interests
  • A current CV
  • PDFs of undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • The names and email addresses of 3 potential references

Graduate Positions in Environmental Sciences at the University of Toledo

Two graduate positions are available for Summer/Fall semesters of 2016 in The Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Toledo http://www.utoledo.edu/nsm/envsciences/ . The two projects aim to enhance the monitoring and early detection efforts of agencies within the Great Lakes Basin. The first project will focus on enhancing a model of invasive species spread via Great Lakes shipping. The goal of the second project is to assess the feasibility of light-traps for efficient early detection of invasive species in their larval stages.

The students will work with UT faculty and agency partners. These projects have budgets for student RA support for two semesters and two summers. It is expected that the students will qualify for TA support for the remaining two semesters of a two year program.

Qualifications

Successful applicants will have a background in ecology, fisheries, quantitative biology, GIS or statistics. In particularly, the modeling project will require good quantitative skills, experience with GIS, and a desire to learn ecological modeling techniques. If you have questions or are interested please contact Dr. Jonathan Bossenbroek (jonathan.bossenbroek@utoledo.edu). For consideration, please provide a cover letter outlining your interests and background relevant to the project, GPA, GRE scores, and research experience to Dr. Bossenbroek

How to Apply
The application process can be initiated at http://www.utoledo.edu/graduate/prospectivestudents/index.html. The University of Toledo is an Equal Access, Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer and Educator and is committed to increasing the diversity of our campus.

Contact
Jonathan Bossenbroek, Ph.D.
Associate Professor - Department of Environmental Sciences University of Toledo Toledo, Ohio 43606
Phone: 419-530-4595
Jonathan.Bossenbroek@utoledo.edu

Research Biologist Position at Klamath Bird Observatory

Job Title: Research Biologist
Pay Range: $39,000 to $41,000 plus benefits
Duration: Permanent, beginning spring 2016
Project Location: based in Ashland, OR; job duties throughout southern OR / northern CA
(Please also see our earlier posting for a Biologist position.)

Position Description: Klamath Bird Observatory (www.KlamathBird.org) seeks to fill a position with primary responsibilities to support ongoing avian long‐term monitoring and applied ecology studies to advance bird conservation. The Research Biologist will oversee all aspects of a specific program which consists of several distinct and always evolving research projects. Job duties include grant writing, partnership building, study design and project management, datamanagement, statistical analyses, report and manuscript writing, community and scientific presentations, and field work as needed. Involvement in implementing field studies will be a component of this position and may include point count, area search, spot‐mapping, nest searching, mist‐netting and bird banding, and species-specific survey protocols.

Job Duties (to include, but not limited to):
  • Leads the development, design, and review of research studies
  • Responsible for grant writing and contract acquisition
  • Coordinates and manages field studies, including scheduling, data collection, data entry,
  • data management, and program reporting
  • Recruits and hires project leads, field technicians, and/or interns
  • Provides for daily supervision, training, support, and coordination of project leads, field
  • technicians, and/or interns
  • Performs field work as needed and associated data entry
  • Performs management and maintenance of field station housing, vehicles, and equipment
  • as needed
  • Performs data analysis for reports and manuscripts
  • Writes project reports
  • Produces manuscripts for publication in peer‐reviewed journals
  • Ensures timely delivery of project deliverables within the program
  • Markets science projects to partners and community
  • Communicates bird conservation objectives and scientific findings to land managers
  • Contributes program-specific goals and objectives to annual planning
  • Participates and holds leadership roles in local and regional professional networks
  • Presents research findings at scientific conferences
  • Participates in community outreach activities
  • Provides input on program budget to Science Director
  • Provides support for accounting and billing at the program level

 Basic Qualifications:
The Research Biologist must have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a Master’s degree in the Natural Sciences and an additional two years of project management. The applicant should have experience with avian monitoring techniques and willingness to work as a team member for a growing non‐profit organization. Qualifications include supervisory experience, excellent written and oral communication skills, data management, statistical analyses, report and manuscript writing, grant writing, and public speaking. This position requires good physical condition and the ability to work in the field hiking over rough terrain in inclement weather.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Experience and successful track record with grant writing and fundraising
  • Experience with study design and multiple avian monitoring methodologies (point count, area search, spot‐mapping, nest searching, mist‐netting and bird banding, and species-specific survey protocols)
  • Experience in personnel management and supervision of field crews
  • Ability to develop, implement, track, and manage a budget for multiple projects within a program
  • Experience with current statistical methods and analysis of avian data
  • Experience with distribution modelling using occurrence and abundance data
  • Proficient with data management and analysis programs (Access/Excel/R/PCord or Primer)
  • Proficient with ArcGIS for study design and spatial analysis
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public speaking and technical science writing and publication
  • Good attention to detail and ability to multi‐task in a busy work environment
  • Must have good organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work with others, both internally and externally
  • Ability and positive attitude to work long days in the field beginning before sunrise
  • Ability and positive attitude to hike in rough and steep terrain in inclement weather, in areas with poison oak, ticks, biting and stinging insects, rattlesnakes, black bears, and cougars
  • Willingness to live in a remote area and/or camp on a regular basis
  • Ability to drive on unmarked narrow forest roads
  • Ability to represent KBO to partners and the public, and within professional networks
  • Knowledge of avian natural history and ecology
  • Must provide and maintain reliable transportation, a valid driver’s license, and meet minimum driving record and insurance requirements

 To apply: Please send cover letter (please include date of earliest availability), resume, writing sample (report or manuscript), and 3 references to Jaime Stephens (jlh@klamathbird.org, 541‐201‐0866 ext.2#). Review of applications will begin on March 15th and continue until the position is filled.

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium Environmental Educator Positions Available

Position: Per diem environmental educator (2 positions available)

Description: The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium seeks an individual who is enthusiastic about environmental education to work with us on a per diem basis. Students range from pre-K through adult, with the majority being in early education. Programs focus on freshwater aquatic ecosystems and include guided tours of the Hatchery & Aquarium, hands-on outdoor programs, summer camps and birthday parties. Programs will mostly be onsite, but may also include outreach.
Hours: Hours are based on an as needed basis and can be limited during certain seasons. Programs typically run from 10am to 5pm on weekdays and weekends with possible evening and holiday hours.
Qualifications:
  • Background in biology, environmental science or education.
  • Interest in early education.
  • Must be enthusiastic and enjoy working with children.
  • Must have flexible hours.
  • Must be comfortable handling fish, turtles and amphibians.
Benefits:
  • Per diem educators will be paid $20/hour and receive 5 hours of paid training.
  • Hours may be used to fulfill observation hours (paid or unpaid). Check with your advisor for approval.
Please send a cover letter and resume to Krissy Forman, Education Coordinator, at krissyf@cshfishhatchery.org. No phone calls please. This position will remain open until filled.

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium Environmental Education Summer Internships

Position Available: Environmental Education Internship (2-3 positions available)

Description: The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium seeks individuals who are enthusiastic about environmental education to work with us this summer. Students range from pre-K through adult, with the majority being in early education through middle school. Primary responsibilities will be to assist our instructors during summer camp programs. Additional responsibilities may include guided tours of the Hatchery & Aquarium, hands-on outdoor programs, mommy and me classes and birthday parties. Programs focus on freshwater aquatic ecosystems and will mostly be onsite, but may also include outreach.

Hours: Full day and half day sessions available. Summer camps run from early July through late August. Preparation for camps may begin in June.

Qualifications:

  • Background in biology, environmental science or education.
  • Interest in education.
  • Must be enthusiastic and enjoy working with children.
  • Must have flexible hours.
  • Must be comfortable handling fish, turtles and amphibians.

Benefits:

  • Volunteer hours may be used for college credit or to fulfill observation hours. Check with your advisor for approval.

Please send a cover letter and resume to Krissy Forman, Education Coordinator, at krissyf@cshfishhatchery.org. No phone calls please. The positions will remain open until filled.

Summer Fellowship in Coastal Resiliency with Clark Nexsen

Clark Nexsen, in partnership with Virginia Sea Grant, is pleased to announce the availability of a paid undergraduate or graduate research fellowship focused on coastal resiliency (ability to “bounce back”). The fellowship is aimed at training Virginia’s exceptional students to become leaders in innovative, pre-disaster, resiliency design strategies. Potential projects areas may include landscape architecture, architecture, or engineering/planning that directly link to on-going resiliency activities in coastal Virginia. The fellowship is open to full-time students at any Virginia academic institution who have research experience or training in areas including, but not limited to: engineering, architect, landscape architect, resilient design, urban planning, and/or coastal flooding adaptation strategies. The selected fellow will work alongside lead Architects and Engineers at Clark Nexsen’s Virginia Beach office. 
 
Virginia Sea Grant. The mission of VASG is to enhance the ecological, economic, and social sustainability of coastal and ocean communities and the ecosystem services they depend upon through university-based research, extension, education, and communication that provide science-based information to decision makers. VASG serves the Commonwealth of Virginia, the region, and the nation.

Fellowship Description.
Clark Nexsen is partnering with the Virginia Sea Grant and affiliated institutions to offer a paid summer research fellowship to a student focusing on coastal resiliency. The purpose of this position is to encourage students to become leaders in innovative, pre-disaster, resiliency design strategies. We seek to hire a Resiliency Research Student to work in our Virginia Beach, VA office who will engage in a special research project related to resilient design or coastal flooding adaptation strategies. The student will also be assigned to a design department relevant to their area of study and, in addition to a research project, will have active involvement in project design and documentation.

Applicants must attach to their resume and a brief abstract (less than 2-pages) of a concept research project within the Hampton Roads region to be completed in Summer 2016. The abstract should provide the following:
  • Project Title and Name of Student 
  • Project Keywords 
  • Objectives. Summarize the objectives of the proposal, which may include the hypothesis to be tested. What with the project accomplish or determine? How will the project improve our understanding of the issue? 
  • Methodology. Summarize the work to be done, highlight the methods necessary for conducting the research, such as standard models or techniques to be followed, specialized equipment needed, new or previously designed techniques resulting from other projects or related research. 
  • Rationale. State the priorities or problems being addressed through the proposed research, including some relevant background information.
For more information or to apply, please visit: https://clarknexsen.applicantstack.com/x/detail/a2kj64whik2b/aaj3

Summer Internship in Research Computing at the New York Genome Center

The New York Genome Center (NYGC) is an independent, non-profit organization that leverages the collaborative resources of leading academic medical centers, research universities, and commercial organizations. Our vision is to transform medical research and clinical care in New York and beyond through the creation of one of the largest genomics facilities in North America, integrating sequencing, bioinformatics, and data management, as well as performing cutting-edge genomics research.

Position Description:
 This is an opportunity to learn about a large Linux environment focused on efficiently supporting large-scale genomic analysis. With over 3,000 CPU cores and 10PB of active storage, the Research Computing team seeks an individual with Linux experience to help automate systems to allow for easier growth and use. Some of the anticipated projects may include:
Automate creation of varying user accounts and compute environments;
Deploy environment modules to enable users to more easily use and query installed software;
Deploy tools to inform administrators and users of resource usage.

Position Requirements:
  • Enrolled in a computer science or engineering degree;
  • Familiarity with Linux administration in a network environment;
  • Proficiency in Bash shell;
  • Familiarity with one or more of the following is desired: Puppet, Bash scripting, Python, and high performance computing;
  • Excellent communication skills and an ability to work with others in a team setting.

Job Location: New York, New York, United States

Position Type: Intern

Salary: 16.00 – 22.00 USD

For more information or to apply, please visit: http://www.nygenome.org/careers/job-positions/

Sequencing Analytics Summer Internship at the New York Genome Center

The New York Genome Center (NYGC) is an independent, non-profit organization that leverages the collaborative resources of leading academic medical centers, research universities, and commercial organizations. Our vision is to transform medical research and clinical care in New York and beyond through the creation of one of the largest genomics facilities in North America, integrating sequencing, bioinformatics, and data management, as well as performing cutting-edge genomics research. 

The Sequencing Analytics team works closely with sequencing operations, bioinformatics, and software engineering to troubleshoot DNA/RNA library prep and sequencing-related issues, and to develop and implement quality control (QC) and analytical tools for the investigative analysis of next generation sequencing (NGS) data. We are looking for an intern with strong laboratory and analytical skills, and a general understanding of genomics to work on assessing the effects of DNA library insert size on sequencing efficiency and data quality. The intern will get hands-on experience in manual and automated sample library prep, and high-throughput sequencing on Illumina HiSeq X platform. The duration of this internship is 10 weeks, beginning June 6th, 2016.

Job Responsibilities
  • Design and perform a DNA library prep experiment to analyze the effects of insert size range on library yield and sequencing.
  • Evaluate results of the above experiment and provide recommendations for optimal insert size range to maximize final library yield and sequencing data.
  • Contribute to the interpretation of sequencing and bioinformatics QC metrics, troubleshooting, and support of process optimization.

Position Requirements

  • Pursuing a degree in Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, or related field.
  • Knowledge of molecular biology equipment and related protocols (including DNA extraction, quantification, hybridization, PCR).
  • Familiarity with standard NGS laboratory and bioinformatics workflow is a plus.
  • Strong creative thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, detail oriented, and highly motivated.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team is essential.

Job Location

New York, New York, United States

Position Type
Intern

Salary

16.00 – 22.00 USD

For more information or to apply, please visit: http://www.nygenome.org/careers/job-positions/

Friday, March 18, 2016

Southern Teachers Agency Teacher Recruitment Day at JMU!!

An STA representative is coming to James Madison University soon!
Teacher Recruitment Day
Warren Hall, 5th Floor, Madison Union Ballroom
Thursday, March 31st
Job Fair:  10:00am to 12:00pm
Interviews by Invitation Only:  12:00pm to 4:00pm
Southern Teachers helps college graduates find great jobs in great K-12 schools.  We are coming to meet your best and brightest and talk with them about teaching in college-preparatory, private/independent schools.
The teaching environment in these private/independent schools can be wonderful because of their small class sizes, their college-bound students, and their close-knit communities.  At independent schools, quality isn’t just about test scores and college acceptances; it’s also the unique way that teachers maximize the potential of their students.
STA works with almost 600 schools around the South, and they list thousands of jobs with us each year.  While successful progress through a teacher-education program is essential for some of these jobs (e.g., for elementary teachers), for many positions a teaching certificate is not required.  Math majors can be hired to teach math; Spanish majors can teach Spanish, etc.  Candidates do, however, need a strong academic record and the personal characteristics that will enable them to manage and motivate K-12 students.  To summarize: Teacher certification is not required for most jobs.

For more information on Southern Teachers Agency, please visit: 
http://www.southernteachers.com/


Friday, March 11, 2016

Undergraduate Summer Institute in Biostatistics at the University of Michigan

Transforming Analytical Learning in the Era of Big Data

June 13—July 22, 2016

This full-time 6-week summer institute will introduce undergraduate students to emerging challenges at the intersection of Big Data, Statistics, and Human Health. Lectures will be led by a diverse group of stellar biostatistics, statistics, electrical engineering, and computer science faculty at the University of Michigan. Working in teams, students will participate in mentored big data research projects. A stipend is available for successful applicants.

Application closes March 15, 2016


For more information please visit: https://sph.umich.edu/bdsi/

National Academies of Sciences Fellowships for Post-doctoral, Senior and Graduate Researchers

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine sponsors a number of awards for postdoctoral, senior and graduate researchers at participating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. These awards include generous stipends ranging from $45,000 - $80,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients, and higher for additional experience.  Graduate entry level stipends begin at $30,000.  These awards provide the opportunity for recipients to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S.  Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals.
Detailed program information, including online applications, instructions on how to apply, and a list of participating laboratories, are available on the NRC Research Associateship Programs website.
Questions should be directed to the NRC Research Associateship Programs at 202-334-2760 (phone) or rap@nas.edu.
There are four annual review cycles.
  • Review Cycle:  May; Opens March 1; Closes May 1
  • Review Cycle:  August; Opens June 1; Closes August 1
  • Review Cycle:  November; Opens September 1; Closes November 1
  • Review Cycle:  February; Opens December 1; Closes February 1
Applicants should contact prospective Adviser(s) at the lab(s) prior to the application deadline to discuss their research interests and funding opportunities.

Department of Consolidated Laboratory Services Summer Intership

Are you pursuing a career in public health or laboratory science?  Now YOU can help promote and protect the health and safety of all Virginians!  Internships at DCLS provide a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a diverse public health laboratory setting.  As an intern, you will have the chance to participate in a variety of laboratory disciplines and interact on a daily basis with public health and emergency response laboratorians.  The experience gained from the completion of a DCLS internship will strengthen your abilities as you prepare for a career in public health.
    DCLS internships are project oriented and are designed to be mutually beneficial to the intern and the lab.  DCLS does not offer internships consisting solely of “shadowing” experiences.  Projects will vary based upon DCLS initiatives.  Successful candidates will be assigned to a project in one of the following areas.
    Internship Program Areas:
    • Biomonitoring
    • Clinical Microbiology
    • Emergency Preparedness (biological and/or chemical)
    • Environmental Microbiology and/or Chemistry
    • Food Microbiology/Food Safety
    • Immunology/Virology
    • Infectious Disease Pathogen Detection
    • Informatics
    • Molecular Subtyping
    • Newborn Screening
    • Quality Assurance/Auditing
      Internship Application Due Date:
     Completed applications must be submitted on or before March 15th, 2016. 
     Applications received (or postmarked) AFTER March 15th, 2016 will not be considered.
     Internship Eligibility:

    • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and either:        
      • Enrolled as rising Junior, Senior, or Master’s degree candidate in a science or public health-related program at a Virginia College or University.
      • Recently graduated from a science or public health-related Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree program at a Virginia College or University.
    • Applicants must submit an official sealed transcript. 
    • Applicants must submit a sealed letter of reference from an academic professional with knowledge of the applicant’s coursework.
    • Applicants must have maintained a cumulative minimum 3.0 GPA.
    • Applicants must be able to provide immunization records, as requested, if applicable to area of work.
    • ALL selected candidates must successfully pass a criminal background check.
    Applications due March 15th, 2016. For more information or to apply please visit: