Tag Archives: Field work

Summer Internships @ Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

The Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve of the University of Minnesota has opportunities for students to work as plant community ecology interns, research field supervisors, ornithology technicians, and prescribed burn technicians. Many positions run from June through August, but some technicians will be needed as early as March and some are needed through October. As a research intern or technician, you will contribute to ongoing field experiments, have the opportunity to initiate individual research, attend scientific seminars, and interact with professors, post-docs, and graduate students. If you are an undergraduate or a newly graduated student with a background or interest in biology, ecology, environmental science, botany, environmental education, ornithology, or related field we encourage you to apply.

We have three large scale projects, along with several smaller scale experiments, that require most of our intern resources throughout the summer. BioCON is one of the large scale experiments where we explore the ways in which plant communities respond to environmental changes such as increased nitrogen deposition, increased atmospheric CO2, decreased biodiversity, altered precipitation patterns, and increased temperatures. Another large scale project is the Big Biodiversity experiment that studies how plant diversity affects the rates, dynamics, and stability of ecological processes at the population, community, and ecosystem levels. There are multiple experiments nested within the Big Biodiversity experiment as well, looking at factors such as irrigation and increased temperatures. The third large scale experiment, FAB, is
looking at tree competition under different diversity levels. This experiment includes approximately 40,000 trees within a 30 acre field that will run for over 100 years. Throughout the summer we maintain and sample these experiments. We also have a couple of technician positions that will involve studying woodpecker behavior, habitat use, and nesting success throughout the spring and summer
season at Cedar Creek.

The Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve itself is a nine square mile tract of land 35 miles north of the Twin Cities. Because of its fortunate location in mid-continent at the triple meeting point of three great biomes of North America, it carries much of the continent’s biological heritage. Cedar Creek is endowed with a diverse mosaic of prairie, savanna, sedge meadows, bogs, open water, forests, and even abandoned agricultural fields. Its large size, great natural diversity, and uniform soil substrate make it ideal for ecosystem studies. To learn more detailed information about experiments, researchers, and the Cedar Creek area please visit our website at www.cedarcreek.umn.edu.

To apply for any of the above intern positions please visit our website, http://z.umn.edu/ccjobs. The deadline for application submission is February 19 th or 26 th (depending on position). For any questions regarding the internships or application please email ccintern@umn.edu.

Footprints on the James 2016

The mighty James. The river where our commonwealth and country were born. How  has this river shaped who we are? How have we shaped the river?  Join biologists, historians and outdoor experts on an expedition through time and the James River watershed to explore these questions first hand.  Living outdoors and traveling by canoe, batteau, raft, and sea kayak we will trace the path of a raindrop from the piedmont to the tidewater over three weeks, examining the intersection of human and natural history as we travel.
Students will receive 4 upper level Biology credits, including a lab credit, training in outdoor living skills and safe river and backcountry travel techniques. Enrollment limited to 10. Faculty to student ratio 1:5. Est. cost is $500 for food, accommodations, and non-personal equipment, plus 4 credits tuition. Partial merit-based scholarships are available.

For application information: carrdf@vcu.edu or:

www.facebook.com/FootprintsontheJames www.footprintsonthejames.vcu.edu

REU Opportunities: Mountain Lake Biological Station

Mountain Lake Biological Station (University of Virginia) announces its 2016 summer program of field-based undergraduate and graduate-level credit courses offered by nationally recruited faculty, and its NSF REU undergraduate research internship program, now in its 24th year.


Summer Courses:      mlbs.org/summercourses

·         Plant Diversity and Conservation

·         Field Herpetology

·         Science Writing

·         Field Biology of Fishes

·         Field Biology of Fungi

Financial aid available for undergraduate and graduate students.


Summer REU Internships:      mlbs.org/reuprogram

REU participants are recruited from around the country for a unique 10-week learning and living research experience in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Students conduct independent research in field ecology, evolution, behavior and physiology under the supervision of station scientists. REUs are paid internships that include room and board, travel, and a $5,250 stipend.

Program dates: May 23 – July 29

Application deadline February 20

Conservation Fellowship Opportunity

The University of Michigan’s Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program is looking for the future pioneers in the changing field of conservation.  This is an 8-week fellowship opportunity with a focus on conservation research and practice at the School of Natural Resources and the Environment (SNRE).

Click here for complete information.

Summer Ecology Research Opportunities

The University of Virginia’s Blandy Experimental Farm invites you to take a look at these new ecological research opportunities for undergraduates and graduates.

Live and work alongside university faculty in an inspirational setting in the northern Shenandoah Valley near Winchester, Virginia.

History and science converge at Blandy, with more than 700 acres of forests, fields, and the State Arboretum of Virginia.  Facilities include a new laboratory, a library, kitchen, wireless internet, and dormitory accommodations.

Opportunities for study include independent or supervised research, and involvement in environmental education and outreach programs.

See this flyer for more information.

ART+SCIENCE – Tropical Field Studies – January 2016

Good Morning,
I’m emailing to promote an Art+Science opportunity happening this January that brings together a unique group of Biologists and Artists to creatively explore the tropical wildlife of the Caribbean. The ART+BIO Collaborative, a Cambridge, MA non-profit, is offering ISLAND LIFE: Tropical Field Studies of Art+Nature in Puerto Rico, January 7-13, 2016. The program is designed for students, artists, scientists, professionals and all people interested in nature, art, and biology.

ISLAND LIFE is a hands-on, immersive, and project-based program that integrates biology and art in the field, at various environments in Puerto Rico. The focus of the program is to learn about Puerto Rico’s diverse wildlife through artmaking and field biology.  We travel to rain forests, dry forests, beach, coastal, coral reef, mangrove, and mountain environments.  The program involves multiple site-specific projects that integrate creativity, art and biology.

Dates: January 7-13, 2016
Info and Application: http://www.artbiocollaborative.com/island-life

Please click on the link to see photos and for more details, and help spread the word about this unique winter course to anyone who may be interested. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions or are interested in joining. Thank you!

Best wishes,
Stephanie Dowdy-Nava

Co-Founder, ART+BIO Collaborative
Program Director, Field Studies of Art+Nature


Follow us on Twitter @artbiocollab​ for updates and information.


Jade Kern: The School for Field Studies – Tanzania, East Africa

What were the primary factors that influenced your decision to study abroad?

I decided to study abroad because I wanted a more in depth knowledge of what researchers can do with their degrees. I am a pre-vet student and I have struggled with what and where to go after graduation. I hoped that studying abroad would help open my mind to the possibilities.

male lion photo

What program and destination did you choose and why?

I chose to study abroad with the School for Field Studies in Tanzania, East Africa. SFS has so many wonderful programs geared toward environmental science and biology so I really had a hard time choosing, but ultimately, I chose Tanzania for the big cats. I have always had a passion for large predators and members of the Felidae family and Tanzania had everything I was looking for.


What classes did you take while abroad and how would you compare them to taking courses on campus at VCU?

I was in Tanzania for 1 month and during that time we participated in 3 distinct sections which made up a 3 credit class and a 1 credit lab! The first section was of course the animal research, alongside Dr. Christian Kiffner, we participated in the SFS 4-year research plan. This research plan focused on the interactions of ungulate species and how conservation has effected these interactions (did I mention they even taught us how to use Distance!?). The second section was indigenous population interactions. This section focused on the relationships of native people and conservation efforts. We were taught how to interact through a language barrier and how to conduct research on poaching without offending or causing speculation among the natives. Last but not least, we participated in environmental policy research. Utilizing evidence around potential poaching scenes, we were taught how to identify cause of death in certain animals and how local governmental agencies handle poaching incidences.

For you, what were the benefits of studying abroad?

The benefits are too numerous to possibly name them all! Having never traveled outside the US, this experience truly changed the way I see the world. The culture in Africa is so different from here in the U.S. and it is absolutely refreshing! In Tanzania, smiling and speaking to one another as you walk down the street is considered polite, whereas, here in the U.S. everyone is completely self-infatuated and you are lucky to make eye contact with strangers. This trip fueled my love for research and continues to affect me even after my return.lions photo

How did you fund your trip? Did it work out more or less than a typical semester?

My trip was roughly 5,000 USD. It is a little on the higher priced side of study abroad but 100% worth it! SFS takes care of all of your expenses abroad including food, transportation, and park admission. I funded my trip entirely through scholarships and I was blessed to have family donate to the fund as well. I received the Gilman, VCU Education Abroad, and a few other smaller scholarships which totaled the ENTIRE cost of my attendance.

What would you say to a student who is considering studying abroad?

STUDY ABROAD!!! Yes, in some cases, it is a lot of money, but you will never forget your experiences and it may even change your view of the world as it did mine. Don’t let the finance part of studying abroad scare you away because it is entirely possible to fund your trip and pay nothing out of pocket as I did! J

Please also provide a short bio bellow (include a brief description of your career goals)

I am a biology major here at VCU with minors in Sociology and Chemistry. I have always had a passion for animals but I never imagined going into an animal related profession! My trip to Africa fueled my love for conservation and has helped me gain my position as a Preceptor for VNH lab as well as further research experience with the VCU Prothonotary Warbler Study.  Currently, I am seeking admission into the Virginia-Maryland School of Veterinary Medicine, where I am hoping to pursue a dual degree DVM/PhD which focuses on the ethical treatment of research animals in both the medical and research based areas.

hyena photo

Please provide links to any news articles, publications etc related to your experience



Undergraduate Opportunity for Field Research working on plants or insects

The Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL) is now taking applications
for its summer independent research program.  We are especially interested
in attracting students interested in conducting independent research with
plants, soils, fungi, and insects.  Interested undergrads and recent
graduates can find more information at rmbl.org   Follow the link for
‘students’.  REU application deadline is Feb.15.  Rolling deadline for all
other applicants.  Questions should be directed to the RMBL Science
Director at sd@rmbl.org

Dr. Jennie Reithel
Science Director
Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory
PO Box 519
Crested Butte, CO 81224

Summer Students needed to assist with North American Breeding Bird Survey program

*Summer 2015 Student Contract Positions – BBS Biological Technicians *

*Summary: *

The USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Maryland is seeking
to hire three full-time temporary student contractors to assist with the
North American Breeding Bird Survey program (*www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBS
<http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBS>)*, a long-term, continental avian monitoring
program. Tasks will include working with wildlife survey data, performance
of quality assurance and quality control procedures on biological data,
data entry, assisting with database management, photocopying and filing,
preparation of maps and assisting in preparation of administrative

*Application deadline: *

Interested applicants should submit their resume and cover letter by *February
18, 2015. *

*Statement of Work *

1. *Types of services required: *During the summer field season,
approximately 3000 BBS routes are sampled by participants skilled in avian
identification. These data are then processed and analyzed by USGS to
inform avian conservation efforts in the U.S. and Canada. Tasks will
include processing incoming data and materials, performing data entry and
quality control procedures using web-based and Teleform OCR technologies,
tracking progress, assisting with database management, photocopying,
scanning and filing materials, map preparation, and corresponding with

2. *Required expertise/skills: *

a. Applicants are required to have completed two years of undergraduate
course work (student must be at least a second semester sophomore).

b. Applicants must be majors in a biology related discipline or have
substantial experience with the North American birding community.

c. Applicants must be able to communicate effectively in English both
verbally and in writing.

d. Applicants must have knowledge of computer software used to summarize
and visualize data (i.e. Excel and Access).

e. Knowledge of North American birds is not required but considered a plus.

3. *Eligibility requirements: *To be eligible for a student contract
position, applicants must be either a currently enrolled student or a
recent graduate. To qualify as a student, the applicant must be enrolled at
least half-time in a degree-seeking program at an accredited college or
university. Former students who graduated more than 10 months ago or who
left school without graduating are not eligible to work under these
contracts.  Applicants will be required to show proof of their student
status (or recent graduation). USGS employees, their spouses, and children
are not eligible to participate in this program. U.S. citizens are
eligible. Non-U.S. citizens may be eligible to participate, depending on
their immigration status and the applicable regulations of the U.S.
Citizenship and Immigration Service (formerly Immigration and
Naturalization Service). Foreign students in the U.S. under F-1 visas are
usually not able to participate in this program, due to USCIS restrictions
against off-campus work.

4. *Description of working conditions: *Work will be performed in an office
environment located on the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center campus in
Laurel, Maryland. Extended periods of computer use will be required. This
is not a field or laboratory position.

5. *Compensation: *The student contractor will be paid $14.89 per hour.
Student contractors are paid only for hours worked (no holiday or leave
benefits). Student is responsible for all costs of transportation to and
from the principal duty station location. The Government does not provide
housing, meals or other living expenses while working at the principal duty
station. Official travel away from the duty station is not expected.

6. *Principal Duty Station: *USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, 12100
Beech Forest Road, Laurel, Maryland 20708-4038. Student contractors may
enter the building only during business hours or when project manager is

7. *Additional information: *Number of students required is three.
Estimated number of hours for the position is 544 (full-time for summer).
There is a possibility of additional part-time hours continuing into the
fall semester. The approximate start date is May 27, 2015. The approximate
end date is August 30, 2015. There is flexibility in start and end dates to
accommodate variations in academic calendars.

8. *How to apply: *Send resume and cover letter to Dave Ziolkowski, Jr. via
email (*dziolkowski@usgs.gov <dziolkowski@usgs.gov>*). Applications must be
received on or before *February 18, 2015*. In your cover letter include an
explanation of how you meet the eligibility requirements, your expected
graduation date, and discuss your experience as related to sections 1 and 2

stream salamander field assistant

Wildlife Technician position(s) are available to work in the lab of Dr. Winsor Lowe at the University
of Montana.  Fieldwork will be conducted at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in central New

The positions will last approximately 2.5 months, starting early/mid-June and ending in mid-
August.  Housing is provided at Hubbard Brook in New Hampshire.  Travel to local field sites is

The technician’s primary duties will involve surveys of stream salamanders in headwater streams of
central New Hampshire.  The technician will also assist in conducting swimming performance trials
with stream salamanders.  Work will be in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and technicians
should expect to hike to field sites in rough terrain, get wet from working in headwater streams,
handle salamanders, use a handheld GPS unit, and experience East Coast humidity and heat. The
technician will be a part of a three-person field crew, thus the successful applicant should work
well with others.  Prior fieldwork experience is preferred, but not required.

PAY:  $10.00/hour, 40-hour work week.
LAST DATE TO APPLY:  February 28, 2014
CONTACT:  Send a cover letter, resume and contact info for at least 2 references to Brett Addis,