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:

    DANTA Tropical Biology Field Courses 2016 - Costa Rica

    • Do you have an interest in primates, tropical ecology and/or conservation?
    • Are you looking to gain valuable field experience?
    • Would you like to learn about other cultures?
    • Would you like to learn more about yourself?

    Danta is pleased to announce our 2016 summer session field courses in tropical biology. Our course are intended for undergraduates or early graduate level students who have a keen interest in tropical ecosystems and conservation, but have little or no experience of working in a tropical environment. Participants may enroll on either a credit or non-credit basis.

    DANTA operates on a cooperative and collaborative teaching model with multiple international instructors on each course. Co-instruction allows for more individualized instruction, and the sharing and appreciation of different ideas. Visiting scholars are often incorporated into the curriculum to broaden student experience.

    For more information, please visit our website at www.DANTA.info and/or email conservation@danta.info. You can find us on Facebook and Twitter. For an alumni perspective on our programs, please see our new blog DANTAisms http://dantablog.wordpress.com/.

    Hope to see you in Costa Rica!

    COURSE OFFERINGS
    Primate Behavior and Conservation
    Dates: June 15-July 10, 2016
    Program Fee: $3100
    Guest Lecturer: Dr. Christina Campbell
    Application deadline: May 15, 2016

    Human Ecology and Tropical Conservation
    Dates: June 27 – July 10, 2016
    Program fee: $2300
    Instructor: Dr. Janette Wallis
    Application Deadline: May 15, 2016

    Methods in Primate Behavior and Conservation
    Dates: July 15- July 29, 2016
    Program Fee: $2300
    Application deadline: May 15, 2016

    Tropical Rain Forest and Wildlife Conservation
    Dates: August 6-19, 2016
    Program fee: $2300
    Application deadline: May 15, 2016

    Enrollment is limited to 15 students for each course. The courses are open to both credit and non-credit seeking students. University credit can potentially be arranged through your home institution.

    For more information please contact:
    Kimberly A. Dingess
    Director
    DANTA: Association for Conservation of the Tropics
    304 12th Avenue West
    Huntington, WV 25701-3039

    Attention May Biology Graduates - Teaching Position Available in Biology!

    Colonial Heights Public Schools (20 minutes south of Richmond) are currently seeking a high school Biology teacher for the 2016-2017 school year. For more information including a job description and the hiring range please contact:

    Burke George
    Human Resource Manager
    Colonial Heights Public Schools
    512 Boulevard
    Colonial Heights, VA
    (804) 524-3400 ext. 18

    Interviews are occurring now and JMU biology grads are encouraged to apply!

    Richmond Teacher Residency

    Richmond Teacher Residency (RTR), located in Richmond, Virginia, is a highly selective urban graduate teacher residency program that equips individuals of all ages to make an immediate impact on classrooms in Richmond Public Schools. Our mission? To cultivate a pipeline of extraordinary teachers who take seriously the job of leveling the playing field and closing the achievement gap for Richmond students. 

    We offer four program tracks -- (1) our Special/Exceptional Education or SE Track prepares residents to teach special education at the elementary, middle and high school levels; (2) our Middle School STEM Track prepares residents to teach middle school math or science; and (3) our Secondary Track prepares residents to teach content areas such as biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, math, English and social studies at the middle and high school levels and (4) our newly developed Elementary School Track for VCU students to prepare to teach K-5.

    We invite AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and other national service alumni to apply.
    See where your passion takes you . . .


    Urban schools. They demand the best. They challenge the best. They require the best. Teach for Change.


    For more information please visit http://richmondteacherresidency.vcu.edu/

    Application deadline: March 15th 2016

    Wednesday, March 2, 2016

    Summer 2016 Shark and Ray Research in Clearwater, FL

    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.  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 sharks and rays, 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.  Most lectures are focused on shark and ray 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.

    Current research projects:
    - Satellite tagging great hammerheads, tiger sharks, lemon sharks, bull sharks, and nurse sharks for migratory patterns, habitat utilization, and geographic distribution
    - Tissue sampling of great hammerheads, tiger sharks, and southern stingrays for DNA analysis by Nova Southeastern University
    - Monitoring elasmobranch population dynamics including population size, age structure, sex ratio, habitat utilization, and site fidelity
    - Continued local elasmobranch species survey

    Course credit:  Most of our students are able to receive course credit for our summer program as well as other programs we offer.  Please discuss this with your advisor, as each school has different requirements for credit.

    Program dates:  Our summer program runs at 1 week intervals (Sunday - Saturday) from May 1, 2016 - August 27, 2016.  Students may attend as many weeks as they would like.  Any student who attends 4 weeks or more will be acknowledged in a 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.

    Deadline for program enrollment: March 31, 2016

    For tuition information 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