Utah State University
JOB TITLE: Vegetation Technician and Lead Vegetation Technician
DURATION: Period 1: Late March through May 2008, Period 2: June through
September 2008 (Priority will be given to candidates who can work both
SCHEDULE: 40 hours per week in an eight on, six off schedule (ten hour
PAY: $14/hour for technicians, $17/hour for lead technicians, plus $29/day
per diem rate when in the field
LOCATION: Ely, Nevada (project work can be up to 200 miles away from Ely)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 8th, 2008
POSITION DESCRIPTION: This is a field position that requires extensive
camping and backcountry travel. Technicians will be responsible for
collecting and entering post-fire vegetation response data from recently
burned areas located in remote parts of Eastern Nevada on public lands
administered by the BLM. Data collected will be used to evaluate the
effectiveness of emergency stabilization and rehabilitation treatments.
Common treatments include aerial and hand seeding of perennial grasses,
forbs and shrubs to stabilize soils and prevent the introduction and
spread of invasive plants and noxious weeds. All Technicians will be
responsible for driving and hiking to sampling locations. Technicians will
be required to collect data following rigorous sampling protocols. Lead
Technicians will be responsible for coordinating and overseeing the daily
activities of a three-person field crew, including data quality checks.
Lead Technicians will also be responsible for ensuring the safety their
crew. This is a great opportunity to learn about the flora of the Great
Basin and Mojave and also to learn about fire ecology in the region.
? Interest in plant identification (experience preferred)
? Experience operating 4X4 pickup over rough roads
? Ability to navigate using topographic maps, compass, and GPS
? Ability to hike up to 10 miles per day carrying a 30 pound pack
? Experience camping in a remote backcountry setting for 3-4 day
? Ability to work 10-hour days in temperatures that can exceed
? Ability to follow rigorous sampling protocols
? Ability to work as part of a crew
? Authorization to work in the U.S.
LEAD TECHNICIAN QUALIFICATIONS/DUTIES:
? Qualifications listed above for general technicians
? Familiarity with dichotomous keys and recognition of plants at a
? Previous knowledge of Great Basin/Mojave flora desired
? Experience with field sampling protocols and ensuring data quality
? First aid knowledge/training
? Strong leadership skills
AREA BACKGROUND: Eastern Nevada is a sparsely populated region with a
diverse array of landscapes including the Great Basin and Mojave deserts
as well as mountainous areas containing forests, alpine environments,
lakes, and streams. While the area is rather unknown, eastern Nevada
contains excellent outdoor recreation opportunities including hiking,
backpacking, mountain biking, rock climbing, backcountry skiing, fishing,
and hunting. Approximately 95% of the area is public land. The region has
over one million acres of designated wilderness and scenic Great Basin
National Park. Ely is a town of approximately 5,000 residents. Ely has
most services typical of a town its size including restaurants, motels,
campgrounds, laundromats, a large grocery store, and a movie theater.
Every field season Ely receives a large influx of seasonal employees
working on public lands.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Please follow these instructions carefully.
Applicants should E-MAIL a cover letter, resume, and contact information
for at least three references to Neil Frakes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Materials should be e-mailed by February 8th, 2008.
For more information, please visit our website (envlc.org), e-mail Neil
Frakes at the address above or call (775) 289-7974 Ex. 6.
WILDLIFE TECHS (3 Avian Point Count positions)(Posted January 28,2008)needed approximately May 1st through early July 2008 with some flexibility on either end. Enthusiastic, curious, and independent-minded birders needed to conduct point counts for the 17th year of Utah's statewide riparian bird monitoring project. Salary ranges from $10.47-$16.44/hr DOE and education. Vehicle and grocery
allowance also provided. Applicants must be willing to work long hours
independently (frequently alone), car-camp for extended periods, enjoy
early morning work, hike up to 5 miles/day, have excellent vision & hearing,
and ability to operate a 4WD vehicle with a valid driver's license.
The Utah Partners in Flight Program is building a statewide database for all
birds. Each year point count surveys are conducted at over 40 established
sites statewide. Examples of duties: conducts unlimited distance point
count surveys; performs data entry of field survey results and other data as
needed; records survey and observation activities in field notebook; and
performs quality control on database entries both individually and in
conjunction with other wildlife professionals and technicians; performs
other related duties as assigned.
PREFERRED CANDIDATES WILL BE:
1) Able to identify western riparian birds both visually and by song/call;
2) Experienced with unlimited distance point count methods and/or line
3) Able to estimate populations of mixed species with reasonable accuracy;
4) Able to enter field data using Excel and Access.
5) Able to interact well with other team members and the general public.
6) Preference may be given to applicants with a degree in biological
sciences, wildlife, or other closely-related fields.
Positions are administered out of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Salt Lake City office. Two positions will be based in the southern half of
the state and one will be in the northern half. Study sites are located in
some of the most picturesque landscapes in North America, including Zion and
Capitol Reef National Parks, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument,
State and Federal Wildlife Management Areas, and several National Forests.
***Mandatory training will be held in late April-early May 2008. However,
this can be somewhat flexible if you are a current student***.
APPLICATIONS: please submit by February 29th 2008, however, hiring will
begin once suitable applicants are found. E-mail (preferred) or mail: cover
letter, resume, and the names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses
of three references to email@example.com or mail to:
5230 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-5230
*For more information phone (801) 209-2013 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Forest & Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin - Madison
(Posted January 28, 2008)
The Forest Landscape and Ecosystem Ecology Laboratories invite applicants
for an internship program for a long-term, large-scale field experiment
located in the Flambeau River State Forest, northern Wisconsin. The Flambeau
Experiment is a collaborative forest ecosystem study evaluating how coarse
woody debris (CWD) and canopy gaps influence the long-term productivity,
biodiversity and carbon and nutrient cycling of the northern hardwoods
forest. The study site is in the beautiful Flambeau River State Forest in
Rusk Co., WI, along the Wisconsin River. Canoeing, fishing, and wildlife
watching opportunities abound. Moose, wolves, and many other species have
been observed in the site. For more information about the project and our
lab visit: http://landscape.forest.wisc.edu.
Beginning in April we will be measuring numerous forest attributes that we
hypothesize to exhibit both short- and long-term responses to the canopy
openings and addition of dead wood. This is funded as a one-time educational
experience in applied ecological research for undergraduate students and
recent graduates. Participants will gain experience on numerous topics but
will be encouraged to focus on one specific area of interest in order to
accomplish a small research project. Interns will be matched with an
investigator based on their research interests. Potential topics include:
- Understory vegetation (herbaceous and seedling) dynamics
- Plant resource environment
- Soil and CWD respiration
- Microclimate and soil moisture responses to gap openings
- Forest productivity responses to gaps
- Sapling growth dynamics
We seek candidates that are reliable, enthusiastic, detail-oriented, and
work well in a group as well as independently. A background in ecology,
biology, soil science, forestry, or biogeochemistry is preferred. Some
experience with field ecology is ideal, but training will be provided.
Positions focusing on understory vegetation sampling will require more
specialized experience in plant species identification.
Applicants should also be prepared to live and work in rural north-central
Wisconsin (Hawkins, WI). Since our emphasis will be on field work,
applicants should be capable of vigorous physical activity (e.g., working
long hours outdoors in hot/cold, rainy/snowy, and buggy conditions).
Appointments are fulltime (40 hrs/wk). Though not based in Madison, Interns
will be agents of UW-Madison during research on the Flambeau - this status
provides liability protection and a tax-free monthly stipend of $700.
Housing will be provided.
Preference will be given to undergraduate and newly graduated students that
can commit for a three month period within April-October, but we will also
consider some applicants only available for shorter time periods.
To apply, please send: 1) a cover letter describing prior experience/skills,
topic preferences, and dates available; 2) resume, and 3) contact
information for three references by email to: email@example.com or by mail
to: Jodi Forrester, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1630 Linden Dr., 120
Russell Labs, Madison, WI 53706.
Evaluation of applications will begin 2/15/08 and continue until all
positions are filled.
DESCRIPTION: This 10-week internship provides experience to people who are
interested in rare plant conservation and have completed at least one year
of college coursework, including relevant science classes. Interns work
with the conservation staff on a variety of projects involving Pacific
Northwest native plants, with a focus on rare plants. 2008 field work
includes seed collection, research on possible impacts of grazing on a
rare plant, and one or more rare plant reintroductions. Laboratory work
includes germination trials and the many tasks required for running our
Seed Bank for Rare and Endangered Plants. This position will also include
computer data entry and other documentation, and greenhouse work. This
position requires the ability to work outdoors on some days, sometimes in
difficult weather or in remote areas. Conservation interns and staff work
long days when field research or seed collection are performed and when
travel is required to get to the research site. Visit our website,
www.berrybot.org, for more information on 2008 projects.
The start date is flexible (typically between June and September) and is
determined by Berry Garden staff and the intern. Priority will be given to
current life science undergraduate students, recent college graduates and
individuals considering a career change into the field of conservation
The conservation intern receives a stipend of approximately $2,800.
Housing and transportation to and from work are the responsibilities of
the intern. Transportation to field sites and lodging for overnight stays
are provided by The Berry Botanic Garden.
To apply, please send us the following items:
1) 2008 internship application completed with your information (download a
Word or text file from the blue sidebar on our website in the Internship
2) your resume,
3) a cover letter stating your interest in an internship at The Berry
4) contact information for two references and
5) official copies of your transcript(s) (please send through standard
Non-U.S. residents must also include a copy of their work visa or an
application for a work visa.
Send your application materials via email, standard post or fax. If
sending your materials electronically, send them as an attachment in
either Word format or plain text format. Please label attachments with
your name or initials (do not label your file generically as ?resume.doc,?
for instance). Send application materials to Andrea Raven at
If sending them via standard mail, please mail materials to ?The Berry
Botanic Garden, Attn: Andrea Raven, 11505 SW Summerville Avenue, Portland,
OR 97219? and write ?Internship application? on the envelope.
If sending them via fax, please write ?Internship application, Attn:
Andrea Raven? on the cover sheet. FAX: 503-636-7496.
Applications must be received by March 1, 2008.
Contact Andrea Raven with questions.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-636-4112 ext. 104
Biological Science Technician (Botany) USGS, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
STARTING DATE: 04/14/08
DATE OPENED: 01/11/08
DATE CLOSED: 02/04/08
SALARY: $14.24 per hour
TYPE OF APPOINTMENT: Temporary 180 day
NUMBER OF POSITIONS: 3-4
LENGTH OF POSITION: 6-9 months, contingent on budget. Not to exceed
09/30/08, but extension possible
TOUR OF DUTY: Full Time, with possible periods of part-time and
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: All U.S. citizens
LOCATION: US Geological Survey, Forest & Rangeland Ecosystem Science
Center, Corvallis Research Group, Corvallis, Oregon
THESE ARE TEMPORARILY EXCEPTED SERVICE POSITIONS for which all qualified
applicants, with or without Federal status may apply and be considered.
Appointment to these positions, however, will not convey permanent status
in the Federal service. Appointment will only be for the duration of the
position, normally 6-9 months. The Social Security Retirement System
covers temporary employees and annual and sick leave will be accrued
except in intermittent status. Employees are ineligible for health and
life insurance coverage.
DUTIES (specific): Technicians will work on a Joint Fire Science funded
project to investigate the ecological impacts of fuel reduction treatments
in the intermountain sagebrush steppe. To find out more about the project
go to (www.sagestep.org). Technician may also work on several USGS-BRD
projects identifying strategies to control the dominance of cheatgrass and
other weeds on Great Basin rangelands, restoring native species, and
increasing biodiversity. Duties include identifying plants to species,
performing various vegetation sampling techniques, soil sampling,
monitoring native grass, forb, and shrub germination, accurately recording
data, driving on poor and sometimes muddy roads, collection of GPS and
photo points, and processing plant and soil samples in the laboratory.
Field work will take place in Eastern Oregon (Hart Mountain National
Antelope Refuge), Eastern Washington, SW Idaho, and lab work will be done
in Corvallis, Oregon. Technicians will be part a five to six person team
working in the field together. Field work will involve exposure to
extreme temperature and weather conditions, and extended stays (up to 10
days) in remote locations (backcountry camping). Candidates will be
chosen based on their combination of experience and education. Preferred
candidates will have experience in plant identification, especially within
the Great Basin. Travel expenses will be covered by the projects using
either standard federal per diem or a camp rate per diem.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The work involves long hours spent standing,
bending, walking, and a great amount of physical exertion. The incumbent
may be required to lift containers weighing up to 35 pounds in the
performance of the assignment. Work could possibly be done in 10 -12
hours per day; hours can include all times of day and night, and will vary
during the employment term with weather and field conditions. Core hours
will typically be 8am ? 5pm.
QUALIFICATIONS: To qualify for a GG-5 you need 1 year and 9 months of
field experience OR 3 years of subprofessional work experience OR 3 years
of college with courses related to the work of the position to be filled
(equivalent to 90 semester/135 quarter hrs) plus 3 months of lab or field
work experience. Subprofessional experience consists of working as a
technician or aid in the field or in a laboratory or similar environment.
EQUIVALENT COMBINATIONS OF SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
BASIS OF EVALUATION: All applicants will be evaluated on the basis of
education and experience (including unpaid or volunteer experience).
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by
the closing date of this announcement.
First preference in referral will be given to eligible applicants entitled
to 10 point veterans preference who have a compensable service-connected
disability of 10 percent or more. All other qualified applicants entitled
to veterans preference will be given preference over qualified applicants
not entitled to veterans preference.
ALL APPLICANTS MUST BE UNITED STATES CITIZENS: Under regulations contained
in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, employment in this
position is limited to those persons who are authorized to work in the
United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at
the time of appointment.
As a condition of appointment, all new employees reporting for duty with
the Department of the Interior will be paid through direct deposit to a
financial institution of their choice.
Applicants selected for Federal employment will be required to complete a
Declaration for Federal Employment, OF-306, prior to being appointed to
determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a
background investigation. Failure to answer all questions truthfully and
completely or providing false statements on the application may be grounds
for not hiring the applicant, or for firing the applicant after he/she
begins work. Also he/she may be punished by fine or imprisonment (U.S.
Code, Title 18, section 1001).
Prior to or at the time of appointment, male applicants born after
December 31, 1959, will have to certify that they have registered with the
Selective Service System in order to be appointed to a position with the
United States Geological Survey, unless legally qualified for an exception.
Employees of the U.S. Geological Survey are subject to the provisions of
Title 43, U.S. Code, Section 31 (a) and may not according to this
legislation and related regulation: (a) have any personal or private
interest, direct or indirect, in lands or mineral wealth of such lands or
a region under survey and whose title is in the U.S.; (b) execute surveys
or examination for private parties or corporations; or (c)have personal or
private interest, direct or indirect, in any private mining or mineral
enterprise doing business in the U.S. except where specifically authorized
by the Director of the U.S. Geological Survey.
HOW TO APPLY: Carefully read all information and instructions. It is the
responsibility of the applicant to insure the application is complete.
The personnel office will not be responsible for soliciting additional
information from applicants or from official personnel records, but will
consider individuals based on their applications as submitted.
Applications must be received in the FRESC, Corvallis Research Group
Office by the closing date on the announcement in order to be considered.
To obtain an OF 612, contact the U.S. Geological Survey, Biological
Resources Discipline, Corvallis Research Group (541) 758-8781, or any
Federal Personnel Office.
Submit one of the following forms of application: (a) résumé OR (b) OF-
612, Optional Application for Federal Employment, OR (c) other written
format. Electronic submissions acceptable. Please also submit transcripts
(unofficial acceptable) to document all education used for position
To claim 5 point Veterans Preference, a DD-214 showing character of
discharge is required. If claiming 10 point Veterans Preference, an SF-15
with proof of claim is required.
SUBMIT APPLICATIONS TO:
Scott E. Shaff
USGS, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
3200 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
Utah State University: I am currently recruiting students interested in pursuing a Masters or PhD in plant ecology. My research focuses on 1) the influence of climate change on plant population and community dynamics, 2) patterns of species diversity
in space and time, and 3) plant-animal interactions, especially in arid and
semiarid ecosystems (see http://www.cnr.usu.edu/faculty/adler/). Students
will have the freedom to develop their own research projects related to
these areas, relying on field work and/or analysis and modeling of existing
data. PhD applicants should plan on pursuing independent funding to
complement the full stipend and research costs that I will support.
Utah State is a wonderful place for graduate work thanks to its proximity to
desert, steppe, and montane habitats, the large graduate program, a low cost
of living, and quick access to world class outdoor recreation. Students
working with me can earn degrees through the Dept. of Wildland Resources
(http://www.cnr.usu.edu/) or the Ecology Center
(http://www.usu.edu/ecology/). Minimum requirements for entry into USU?s
Graduate Program are a cumulative 3.0 GPA, and 1100 combined GRE scores.
Most successful applicants greatly exceed these minimums. All interested
candidates must apply to both USU?s School of Graduate Studies
(http://www.usu.edu/gradsch), and the S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney Ph.D.
Fellowships Program (http://www.cnr.usu.edu/quinney_brochure_2008-2009.pdf).
To apply, please e-mail me a CV, a one-page statement of research interests,
and contact information for three references:
Dept. Wildland Resources
5230 Old Main Hill
Utah State University
Logan, Ut 84322
peter.adler [at] usu.edu
A postdoctoral position is available at Colorado State University to work with a team of plant ecologists on aspects of global change and forest dynamics. The successful candidate will join a diverse team of investigators that work in the Northeastern U.S., the Rocky Mountain West, and the Neotropics.
The postdoc is based in Fort Collins, Colorado, with the lead investigator, Patrick Martin, but will offer collaboration opportunities with all project investigators. There are two years of guaranteed funding for the position, with an additional year possible. The start date is flexible, but preferred before May 1st, 2008.
Depending on the interests and strengths of the fellow, the postdoc will focus on interactions between global change and forest dynamics in one of three ongoing projects:
1. Invasion ecology and dynamics
2. Forest response to climate change in the Rocky Mountains
3. Historic and future landscape forest dynamics in subtropical montane forests
Each project is thematically and methodologically linked with a focus on generating useful predictions of forest dynamics in the face of global change. The results of field research will be integrated in a spatially-explicit, individual-based model (SORTIE-ND; http://www.sortie-nd.org). A hallmark of this research and SORTIE is the clear linkage between field research and modeling, and the development and use of novel approaches to data analysis based on likelihood methods and information theory.
QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS.
We seek recent PhD?s with proficiency in at least some of the following areas:
* Spatial/GIS techniques for analyzing ecological data.
* Interest and experience using quantitative models of forest dynamics (e.g. SORTIE).
* Statistical, quantitative, and programming skills (R, S-plus, etc.). Areas include maximum likelihood analysis, experimental design, general linear models, multivariate analysis, structural equation modeling, and/or simulations (Monte Carlo, etc.).
* Knowledge of the relevant flora: Northeastern USA, Rocky Mtns, and/or neotropical montane flora.
* Excellent writing and communication skills.
* Experience supervising students and technical staff in the field and laboratory.
A Ph.D. degree in plant ecology, forestry, or related field to be completed before the start date. Research experience in forests is essential, ideally focused on forest dynamics and/or natural disturbances. Proficiency in Spanish is a must for those with interests in tropical forests. Review of applications will begin immediately and until the position is filled.
Email an electronic application package including (1) a full CV, (2) PDFs of relevant publications, (3) a cover letter addressing your research interests, qualifications relevant to the position, and which of our three project areas most interests you and why, and (4) the names and contact information of 3 references.
Please send application materials or requests for further information to:
Dr. Patrick H. Martin
Colorado State University
A Research Assistantship is available to work as part of an
interdisciplinary and inter-institutional team funded by a USDA NRI grant to
quantify the effects of fire suppression, wildfire, and fire management
strategies on long-term C storage in ponderosa pine forests of the
southwestern US. The student will be advised by Dr. Margot Kaye
(http://www.sfr.cas.psu.edu/Faculty/kaye.htm) and will focus on the use of
dendrochronology in the study of forest carbon responses to fire management.
Students may apply to the Graduate Program in Forest Science
(http://www.sfr.cas.psu.edu/Graduates/GradStudents.html) or the
Inter-College Degree Program in Ecology (http://ecology.psu.edu/). The
assistantship includes stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance. MS
applicants are preferred (2 years of funding are currently available) but
exceptional PhD applications will also be considered. Interested students
should contact Margot (jpk12 at psu.edu) for more information.
in collaboration with the: Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service,
and US Forest Service
Would you like to gain hands-on experience through a paid internship in conservation biology and natural resource management?
- 80 five-month paid internships for outstanding college graduates
- Working with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Park Service (NPS) and US Forest Service (USFS) predominantly in the western states
· Intern duties may include:
- Plant and animal monitoring and mapping
- Endangered species reintroduction
- Invasive species management
- Geographic data acquisition and analysis
- Biological assessments, sensitive species lists and conservation plans
- Fire ecology
- Land use planning
- Archaeology-related activities
- Recreation areas management
- Rangeland assessments\Seed collection
$750 / pay period (every 2 weeks)
How to apply: Send a letter of interest and resume to email@example.com. Please ask two referees to send a letter or recommendation to the same email. Send an official school transcript to the address below.
Open until all positions are filled.
- Internships begin in June and last for 5 months
- A personal vehicle is necessary for this internship
- International applicants must have a visa authorized for employment in the USA.
- Candidates must hold a BS or BA in ecology, plant biology, wildlife biology or related field
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022