Tag Archives: Field work

Full-time Fisheries Technician in Santa Cruz, CA

We are currently recruiting a fisheries field technician for spring 2018-June 2019. This position will involve setting up PIT tag arrays, as well as capturing, PIT tagging, and monitoring juvenile steelhead and rainbow trout in the Carmel River. The position will be about 75% field work and 25% field prep/data entry. The position comes with full benefits.

The full job description and application procedure can be found here:
https://jobs.ucsc.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=70720

Interested persons are welcome to email me with questions at haley.ohms@noaa.gov

Plant Disease Ecology Field Assistants

The Mitchell lab at UNC-CH is seeking two full-time field assistants to help conduct research in plant disease ecology in the summer and fall of 2018. Assistants will work on a grant-funded project examining the role of the plant microbiome in pathogen transmission. Most work will be done in the field, but the position will also include work in the lab. Work will include collecting data and plant samples in the field, processing plant samples for lab assays, and culturing fungal pathogens from infected plant material.

Required Qualifications:
a) A valid driver’s license and personal mode of transportation to an off-campus field site
b) Willingness and ability to work early mornings and outdoors in summer heat, inclement weather, and around insects.
c) Ability to work well independently and with a team, pay attention to detail, and maintain exceptional communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:
a) Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
b) Experience conducting field research in ecology
c) Experience with biological laboratory procedures such as pipetting and culturing

Special Physical and Mental Requirements (ADA considerations):
Capacity and willingness to conduct outdoor field work during the daytime hours of summer. Field work will involve long periods of time spent positioning to observe vegetation and will be performed in all weather conditions that do not pose a danger to persons.

Hourly rate: $12.20/hr – Housing not provided.

Start Date: First assistant hired May 14th, second assistant hired June 14th.

Job Duration: 5 – 6 months.

To apply for this position, please visit http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/137278 and be prepared to provide a one-page cover letter, a resume, and contact information for two people who can serve as references.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Summer 2018 Research Technician

Seeking temporary research technician to assist with field survey and status assessment of the aquatic macrophyte Nuphar sagittifolia in eastern North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia from May 21-Early August 2018. Position will be approximately 20 hours/week, $10/hr, based at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. Duties will be split between field and office work. The goals of the project are 1) To clarify the taxonomic identity of Nuphar populations 2)To assess population genetics of N. sagittifolia populations 3) To document the location, size and status of N. sagittifolia populations to inform conservation decisions.

Responsibilities:
Bridge and kayak surveys for N. sagittifolia populations range-wide,
Collect photographs, leaf tissue for DNA extraction, and voucher
specimens, Data management (photographs, GPS points, field data)
Morphology measurements

Qualifications:
Required: At least two college-level courses in related field (botany,
ecology, forestry, plant systematics, natural resources etc.)
Preferred: Strong interest in botany and conservation biology
Comfort with kayaking (kayak can be provided)
Proficiency in data entry and management
Ability to work independently after training
Ability to accommodate a flexible schedule
Applicants must have a vehicle for surveys (gas costs reimbursed)

Start Date: May 21, 2018
Approximate End Date: Early August 2018. Hours per week may vary due to field conditions or project needs. Position is funded for approximately 11 weeks at 20 hours per week.
Hourly Wage: $10

To Apply:
Submit application, including resume and cover letter, at:
https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/98635. Review of applications will begin April 3; position will remain posted until filled.

Contact Katherine Culatta: keculatt@ncsu.edu with questions

Summer Field Assistant at Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory

Field assistant for summer 2018

Overview: Two research groups at Duke University are seeking a shared research assistant for fieldwork in plant and insect ecology and evolution. This is a unique experience for students enthusiastic about plant ecology to gain experience working on two different projects in one summer! The projects are non-overlapping in time; there is opportunity for leisure time between project dates, or if the technician desires to stay at the field station for the duration of the summer, start dates for project 2 are flexible.

Location: Our research is conducted at and around the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, located in southwestern Colorado
(www.rmbl.org). We will provide all transportation to and from the
field station and from the station to research sites.

Dates:  June 18-June 29 (project 1) and July 16-August 10 (project 2; somewhat flexible) 2018

For a PDF version of the project descriptions, please visit:
http://bit.ly/RMBLfield18

Project 1 Summary: The time of the year when a plant begins to grow, produces flowers, and loses its leaves is important for successful reproduction, survival, and potentially future growth. Plants rely on environmental cues, such as temperature and the amount of sunlight, to time these life cycle events. Therefore, the time when a plant begins to flower can be very sensitive to climate change. For example, snow has been melting earlier in the season in sub alpine regions than the recent past as a result of warming temperatures. Since the time of flowering for some plants occurs
shortly after snow melt, they track these warm temperatures and emerge or flower earlier in the season. Interestingly, not all plants respond similarly to the same environmental signals; some flowering species do not flower any earlier. As each plant species responds differently to earlier snow melt, species that didn’t flower together in the past have the potential to overlap now. If plant species grow and flower at the same time, they could compete for resources (water, nutrients, soil). Our research examines the link between climate change, the timing of life cycle events in plants, and how they compete for resources. We propose to manipulate flowering phenology of plants in resource competition experiment. We will
observe how competition for soil and light resources between two
co-flowering species changes under early snow melt conditions. The results from this research have the potential to help us predict how climate change may affect species interactions in the future. For more information, visit:
http://rebeccadalt.weebly.com/research-projects.html

Project 2 Summary: In the Mitchell-Olds lab at Duke University
(https://sites.duke.edu/tmolab/), we study plant evolution, ecology, and genetics. We are broadly interested in understanding how the diverse traits present in natural plant populations have arisen via natural selection, and what the consequences of trait variation are for ecological interactions. Much of our research is centered around understanding how chemical anti-herbivore defenses have evolved in the wildflower species Boechera stricta. We have ongoing experiments monitoring how interacting selective pressures of herbivore consumption and drought stress influence the
evolution of defensive chemicals, and for discovering the genetic basis of plant chemistry as well as other complex traits (e.g. flowering time, mutualistic plant-insect associations, plant architecture, fitness). Our technician would help with data collection and experimental maintenance on both of these projects (see “Expectations” below).

Expectations: The field assistant will be asked to aid in data collection, entry, and analysis for both projects. This includes assisting in demographic data collection on perennial plants, assessing phenology of plants in pre-existing plots (project 1) and measuring plant survival, growth, flowering, reproduction, and herbivore damage, as well as taking environmental measurements such as soil moisture (project 2). Fieldwork can be strenuous and often involves long days in the sun and hiking. Applicants with previous experience doing fieldwork are encouraged to apply, but no prior experience is required and we will happily train first-timers with a strong interest in ecology.

In addition to helping with fieldwork five days per week, the technician will be expected to be an active participant in the research community, which includes attending weekly seminars at RMBL, attending in a weekly lab meeting, and participating in discussions about scientific articles and ongoing research projects in the lab.

Compensation: This is an unpaid position, although housing and travel expenses will be provided. Transportation from RMBL to all field sites will be provided (car or hiking).  The technician will be required to pay for their own food expenses, but all other costs (housing and station fees) will be covered.

Application: Please send a short cover letter and resume to both Rebecca Dalton (rmd34@duke.edu) and Lauren Carley (lnc14@duke.edu) by March 20, 2018.

Summer Field Technicians at Hoosier National Forest

Field Technicians: Oak forest regeneration and restoration

Job Description:
We are hiring two technicians to collect field data at sites within the
Hoosier National Forest in southern Indiana as part of a collaborative study between Purdue University and the USDA Forest Service.  The goal of the project is to determine how overstory removal, competition control and prescribed fire can be used to regenerate and maintain oak forests.

Duration:
Mid-May to August 2018 (40 hours/week)

Pay:
$11.50 per hour. Housing is included.

Experience and Skills:
The ability to identify woody plants of the Midwest is strongly desired. We also desire basic knowledge of forest measurement practices, experience with backcountry navigation using a topographic map and compass, familiarity with standard equipment including GPS, and experience/training in identifying herbaceous vegetation. Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license.

To apply:
Please email a cover letter describing your qualifications, resume
(including contact information for two references) and unofficial
transcripts to Mike Jenkins (jenkinma@purdue.edu).  We will begin
reviewing applications on April 4, 2018 and will continue until the
positions are filled.

Contact:
Please contact Mike Jenkins if you have any questions about the positions.

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

JADE KERN: THE SCHOOL FOR FIELD STUDIES – TANZANIA, EAST AFRICA

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.

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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.

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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.

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

http://www.fieldstudies.org/eastafrica

https://sonder.io/kernjl