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  1. SUMMARY: 1 volunteer research assistant is needed for approximately 4 months beginning December 15th 2018 to assist a PhD student investigating avian seed dispersal in the Dominican Republic. ORGANIZATION: Avian Ecology Lab, Old Dominion University (Virginia, United States) RESEARCH LOCATION: Jarabacoa, La Vega, Dominican Republic POSITION DESCRIPTION: The volunteer field assistant will be trained to identify approximately 40 species of birds and 50 species of fruit- bearing plants in order to carry out avian biodiversity and plant phenology surveys. Other data collection protocols will include focal foraging observations on marked populations of plants, collecting samples from seed traps, collecting/identifying fruits and botanical samples, and data entry. The volunteer will be expected to assist with some manual labor activities such as plot fence repair and maintaining rustic trails along transects. The field crew will work 5-6 days per week with the sixth day typically devoted to service and conservation projects overseen by local partners. Such work may involve invasive species control, forest restoration project, and development of educational materials for local school groups. For more information about the project, visit: https://student.wp.odu.edu/sschu001/ LOGISTICS & COMPENSATION: Accommodations will be provided at a rental house that operates as a field station. Meals, consisting of typical Dominican food, will be provided to the volunteer at no cost during their stay. Reimbursement will be provided for food expenses for daily field trips to distant sites. All costs for in-country transportation and lodging will be provided by the project (with the exception of recreational trips on off-days). Transportation to field sites (i.e. rural farms) will be as a passenger in a 4x4 SUV or as a passenger on a motor-bike. No funds are available for air travel to/from the Dominican Republic, and volunteers are expected to cover these costs. The target start date for this position is December 17th, 2018 (flexible) and the assistant must be able to commit to a minimum of 16 weeks on the project. FIELD STATION & AMENITIES: Assistants should expect to share a dormitory-style room with a male roommate. Potable water, (cold) showers, and wireless internet are available at the field station. QUALIFICATIONS & EXPECTATIONS: Competitive candidates for this position will have a demonstrated interest in botanical or wildlife research in the field. The applicant must be in good physical condition with a willingness to tolerate difficult working conditions. We regularly hike 10 km each day off-trail, often carrying 20-30 lbs of equipment, going up and down steep slopes, frequently crossing barbed wire fences. Strong organizational skills are expected for this position to adequately manage data collection and entry as well as the ability to work independently at times. Intermediate verbal communication skills in Spanish is highly preferred, and applicants will be tested on this ability during the interview. These communication skills are essential, since the volunteer will spend most of the time working in a team setting with a Dominican field crew leader as well as communicating with private land owners and our conservation partners. OTHER COMMENTS: This position is ideal for undergraduates or recent graduates looking for experience in field ecology, wildlife/plant sciences, and conservation biology for their careers. Undergraduates considering applying should communicate with their academic advisor to inquire about the possibility of using the experience to count for course credits. APPLICANT INSTRUCTIONS: Please send… (1) A one-page cover letter detailing your interest in the position and summarizing your relevant background and professional goals. I especially want to know how you see this experience benefiting your career development. (2) A resume or CV detailing your education and experiences relevant to the qualifications discussed above (2 page max). (3) Information for 2-3 references who, preferably, know your work habits in a field or laboratory/office setting. Provide name, title, and email for each of these persons. DEADLINE & INTERVIEW TIMELINE: Materials must be received by October 15th 2018 to guarantee consideration, though interviews may begin sooner. Decisions will be made when a qualified candidate is found, following phone/Skype interviews and consulting references. Email all materials as a single PDF file attachment using the subject header "Volunteer Research Assistant Application" to: Spencer Schubert Department of Biological Sciences Old Dominion University Email: sschu001@odu.edu
  2. Colorado State University – Fort Collins, Colorado POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT – Assistant Professor in Spatial Ecology LOCATION: Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, Warner College of Natural Resources, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA APPOINTMENT: Nine-month, tenure-track, academic faculty QUALIFICATIONS: Required: Ph.D. in Ecology, Wildlife Biology, Conservation Biology, Geography, or closely related field; ability to meet the minimum criteria of rank of assistant professor. Demonstrated research focus on spatial/landscape ecology involving fish and/or wildlife as well as experience in spatial data management, display, and analysis. Highly Desirable: 1) Excellence in spatially explicit ecological research as evidenced by a strong record of research and publication in high impact scientific journals; 2) research focus that addresses both applied and theoretical aspects of spatial/landscape ecology using a diversity of approaches and demonstrating conceptual breadth in fish and/or wildlife biology and conservation; 3) university teaching experience; 4) experience working collaboratively and across disciplines at local, regional, and global scales; 5) a strong commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion in fish, wildlife, and conservation biology fields. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 1) Establish an internationally recognized program of externally funded research and scholarly activity, including support for graduate students and involvement of undergraduate students; 2) teach two courses per year, one of which will be focused at the junior/senior undergraduate student level on a topic such as spatial/landscape ecology; 3) participate in professional and university service and outreach activities. SALARY AND FRINGE BENEFITS: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Sick leave, group health, life, dental, disability, and retirement benefits are per University policy (http://hrs.colostate.edu/benefits/fap-insplans.html ) APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Application materials include: 1) Cover letter, listing three representative publications of your work, 2) the names and contact information for 3 professional references, 3) statements of teaching philosophy, research interests, and commitment to inclusion and diversity (not to exceed 3 pages total), 4) curriculum vitae, and 5) graduate transcripts. All application materials should be submitted to: http://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/60142 For questions contact: Prof. Mevin Hooten, Search Committee Chair. mevin.hooten@colostate.edu, 970-491-1415. DEADLINE: For full consideration by the search committee, all materials must be received by the application review deadline of Nov. 16, 2018. Preferred start date is August 16, 2019. ACADEMIC AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES: Colorado State University is a land grant institution with an enrollment of approximately 31,000 students. It is located in Fort Collins, Colorado (http://www.fcgov.com/visitor/), an attractive and dynamic community of 164,000 residents at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Fort Collins has been named one of the most desirable places to live by a variety of organizations. The region is home to a diverse range of ecosystems and land uses with numerous outdoor recreational activities. The Department (http://warnercnr.colostate.edu/fwcb-home/) offers Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology. Undergraduate students choose one or more concentrations in the major: a) Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, b) Conservation Biology, and c) Wildlife Biology. Faculty also advise graduate students in the inter- college Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (http://ecology.colostate.edu/), a premier interdisciplinary graduate program in ecology. The Department is one of the top-ranked programs nationally, comprising approximately 600 undergraduates, 60 graduate students, and 18 academic faculty. The Department houses the Colorado Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and the Larval Fish Laboratory, and faculty have established strong connections with colleagues in other colleges, e.g., Warner College of Natural Resources, College of Natural Sciences, and College of Engineering, and other relevant units including the CSU Water Center and School of Global Environmental Sustainability. Faculty also team with a diverse group of local to national research partners, including Colorado Parks and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA National Wildlife Research Center, USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Experiment Station, National Park Service, The Nature Conservancy, and USGS Fort Collins Science Center. Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non- discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services. Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so. Application materials of semifinalist candidates, including letters of reference, will be made available for review by the entire faculty of the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology. References will not be contacted without prior notification to candidates.
  3. As a leading research university Rice University aspires to path- breaking research, unsurpassed teaching, and contributions to the betterment of our world. It seeks to fulfill this mission by cultivating a diverse community of learning and discovery that produces leaders across the spectrum of human endeavor. As part of a recently launched $150 million investment in research initiatives to advance this mission, Rice University is pleased to announce and invite applications for the Rice Academy Postdoctoral Fellows Program. The 2019 competition is open to all research areas. The two-year Rice Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships are open to exceptional scholars who have recently earned the doctoral degree in any area, including medicine, and who want to pursue research with faculty at Rice University. Applications are particularly welcome from those who are interested in interdisciplinary approaches to scholarship. The Fellowship term will begin on September 1, 2019. Several of the past Fellows have been hosted in the Ecology and Evolutionary Graduate Program, working on variety of projects that ranged from social structure and disease dynamics to Environmental DNA development and are now holding Tenure track faculty position at top US Universities. Application Process To apply, please click on the following link: https://jobs.rice.edu/postings/16653 Once you click on “Apply for this Job” you will be prompted to create an account. After doing so, you will be redirected to the posting and will be able to begin the application process by clicking on the “Apply for this Job” link. If you wish to save your application and come back to it later, click on “Save changes.” All required information is indicated with an asterisk. Your three letters of recommendation will come from the people you list on the professional references page. Please be sure that the contact information, especially the email address, is correct and will remain accessible through September 1, 2019. Your research proposal, curriculum vitae, and your sample publication should all be uploaded as documents. The sample publication or other work of scholarship will be accepted through the “Writing Sample” upload. Please provide the names of two Rice University faculty member with whom you would like to work (to be included in the answer of to the supplemental question on the application). All applicants are asked to contact their prospective mentors to seek their support both as a mentor as well as for salary support (1/3 of the fellowship, or $20,000 annually). This letter of support should be obtained in advance of submitting the final application and should be uploaded to the application in the "Letter of Support" section. Please be certain that the status for each document is “PDF complete” before submitting your application. Please be sure all information is accurate and up-to-date before submitting your application. Once your application has been submitted, you will receive an application confirmation email. All applications for the 2019 competition are due January 3, 2019. Three letter of recommendations are due on or before January 6, 2019. After submitting your application, emails will be sent to your listed references and they will personally submit their letters of recommendation through the RICEWorks system. Applicants are encouraged to contact potential EEB Faculty in the BioSciences at Rice to learn more about the opportunity and talk about potential collaborations. The Rice Academy Senior Fellows will begin application reviews as early as November 1, 2018. All applications for the 2019 competition are due January 3, 2019.
  4. Elizabeth Smithgall Watts Endowed Chair incology and Conservation As part of Georgia Tech's continuing growth in the biological sciences, the School of Biological Sciences is searching for the Elizabeth Smithgall Watts Endowed Chair in Ecology and Conservation. We favor exceptional candidates at the late associate or early full professor stage, but will consider any candidate with an outstanding record of scholarly contributions. We encourage candidates focusing on macro-organisms in any system, or using any approach, but are especially interested in experimentalists making significant contributions to areas including field ecology in natural or urban settings, population or community ecology, conservation, behavior, or chemical ecology. Candidates will be favored if their research integrates well with the department's strengths in ecology, evolutionary biology, chemical ecology, microbial ecology, or marine ecology. This chair facilitates interactions with the scientists and collections at Zoo Atlanta. Biological Sciences also has research/educational partnerships with the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Georgia Aquarium, and several Atlanta-area universities. The Georgia Institute of Technology is located in the diverse, and thriving metropolis of Atlanta, is consistently a top ranked educational and research institution, and prides itself on its resources, collaborations, quantitative and rigorous undergraduate student body, and its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Candidates can submit online at http://searches.biology.gatech.edu <http://searches.biology.gatech.edu/>, including a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three to five references. Review of applications begins October 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Georgia Tech is an equal education/employment opportunity institution dedicated to building a diverse community. We strongly encourage applications from women, under-represented minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. Georgia Tech has policies to promote a healthy work-life balance and is aware that attracting faculty may require meeting the needs of two careers.
  5. The Department of Environmental Studies, California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) invites applications for the position of Department Chair at the Associate/Full Professor level, with tenure, beginning fall 2019. This position is based on an academic year appointment as a faculty member, with an assignment as 12-month Chair of the Department (a 3-year term, renewable). The position requires a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral-level degree, academic administrative experience, teaching experience at the undergraduate or graduate levels, research that engages undergraduate or graduate students, and public service. Expertise in one or more areas of environmental science including, but not limited to, environmental toxicology, conservation biology, global change science, urban ecology, or land-use ecology required. Review of applications will begin on 1 November 2018. Position will remain open until filled. CSUS is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Clery Act Statistics available. This position has a mandated reporter requirement. Employment subject to a criminal background check. View the full description and apply for the position at http://csus.peopleadmin.com/postings/3214 .
  6. The University of Oregon Institute of Ecology and Evolution (http://ie2.uoregon.edu) and the Department of Biology invite applications for a tenure-track position (Assistant Professor) in ecology. Candidates should use computational and/or theoretical tools to address fundamental concepts in ecology using large and/or heterogeneous datasets. We are especially interested in candidates who build on the University of Oregon’s current strengths in terrestrial ecology, and who work across spatial and/or temporal scales. Successful candidates may work at or across a variety of ecological scales, including populations, communities, and ecosystems. This search is one of nearly a dozen associated with the Presidential Initiative in Data Science at the University of Oregon. This initiative spurs intentional growth in research and education using big data and cutting-edge analytics across the entire campus (see https://provost.uoregon). We are building a cross-disciplinary data science program on a foundation of strong interdisciplinary research and innovative education at a liberal arts research university. We seek scholars excited to contribute to the program’s growth through excellence in a specific academic focus, as well as through interdisciplinary collaborations across data science writ large. Data Science is supported by the university’s multi-million dollar investment in the recently launched Talapas supercomputing cluster that is a centerpiece of Research Advanced Computing Services (https://hpcf.uoregon.edu). The Data Science Initiative will also have synergies with the Knight Campus for Accelerating Impact (https://accelerate.uoregon.edu), itself recently launched by a $500 million dollar lead gift from Phil and Penny Knight. An outstanding research program and a commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels are expected. We particularly welcome applications from scholars who are from groups historically underrepresented in the academy, and/or who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds. Ph.D. required. Salary is competitive. For more information and application instructions visit: http://careers.uoregon.edu/cw/en-us/job/522377/assistant-professor-of-biologydata-science. The application consists of a cover letter including how the candidate will contribute to our work in mentoring, research, teaching, and outreach with women, first-generation students, communities of color, and other underrepresented groups; a curriculum vitae including a publication list; a statement of research accomplishments and future research plans; a description of teaching experience and philosophy; a statement on promoting diversity and inclusion; and three letters of recommendation (sent independently). Submission of 1-3 selected reprints is encouraged. Deadline is November 1, 2018; position open until filled.
  7. The Goal of the Betty Petersen Conservation Fund is to advance the conservation status of birds and habitats in the Caribbean region. The Fund provides competitive grants to groups or individuals to engage and empower communities and stakeholders to protect and benefit sustainably from their birds. The Fund and its grants will be administered by a designated advisory group within BirdsCaribbean. Eligibility: Applications are invited from conservation organizations, academic programs or government working in the Caribbean. Successful proposals will benefit the conservation of birds and their habitats in the greater Caribbean region, including Bermuda, the Bahamas, and all islands within the Caribbean basin. Innovative projects that engage local communities and decision makers to alleviate threats and/or encourage sustainable use of threatened natural resources will receive priority for funding, as will projects that benefit high priority areas—such as Important Bird Areas or Key Biodiversity Areas—that are under serious threat. Matching Funds: Applicants are encouraged to provide at least 1:1 matching funds toward the project cost. In-kind match qualifies. Proposals providing a higher match ratio may receive preference.
  8. Agency: PR statistics Location: Glasgow Scotland Course cost: £520 Dates: 10/15/2018-10/19/2018 https://www.prstatistics.com/ Applied Bayesian modelling for ecologists and epidemiologists (ABME04) This course will be delivered by Matt Denwood in Glasgow City Centre from 15th - 19th October 2018. https://www.prstatistics.com/course/applied-bayesian-modelling-for-ecologists-and-epidemiologists-abme04/ Please feel free to share anywhere you see fit. Course Overview: This application-driven course will provide a founding in the basic theory & practice of Bayesian statistics, with a focus on MCMC modeling for ecological & epidemiological problems. Starting from a refresher on probability & likelihood, the course will take students all the way to cutting-edge applications such as state-space population modelling & spatial point-process modelling and will be of interest to anyone studying population ecology of marine mammals. By the end of the week, you should have a basic understanding of how common MCMC samplers work and how to program them, and have practical experience with the BUGS language for common ecological and epidemiological models. The experience gained will be a sufficient foundation enabling you to understand current papers using Bayesian methods, carry out simple Bayesian analyses on your own data and springboard into more elaborate applications such as dynamical, spatial and hierarchical modelling. Intended Audience: Research postgraduates, practicing academics and primary investigators in ecology and epidemiology and professionals in government and industry. Oliver Hooker +44 (0) 7966500340 oliverhooker@prstatistics.com
  9. The Department of Biology at Austin Peay State University (APSU) invites applications for an Assistant Professor – Ecologist. This is a 9-month, tenure-track position to begin August 2019. We are seeking a colleague whose interests complement and expand the Department’s existing strengths in ecology, evolution, and organismal biology (http://www.apsu.edu/biology/). Preferred qualifications include experience in the use of innovative inquiry-based methods of instruction and experience teaching at the college level. Teaching expectations for this position include Introductory Biology, a General Ecology course with lab, and the development of other courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. Candidates working in any area of Ecology will be given full consideration. Potential areas of interest include, but are not limited to: (1) Ecogeography, (2) Ecological application of GIS, (3) Wildlife Ecology, and (4) Conservation Biology. Candidates are expected to actively participate in undergraduate and graduate (M.S.) education and research. A typical teaching load is two lectures and two labs per semester. Teaching assignments may involve travel to regional sites and/or distance learning formats. Candidates are expected to contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching and advising, aid in curriculum development, and provide service to the Department and College. Qualifications: An earned doctorate in Biology, Ecology, or closely related field; ABD will be considered if all requirements are met by date of hire. Candidates should have a record of scholarly achievement and demonstrate the ability to develop an extramurally funded research program appropriate for a regional university. Modest research space and equipment will be made available based on synergy with existing faculty research programs. We are interested in candidates with experience in mentoring students from diverse backgrounds and a commitment to improving access of underserved populations to graduate and professional programs in biology. A background search will be required of the successful applicant. Applicant review will begin on 1 November 2018 and continue until the position is filled. For details on application requirements, please visit: http://apsu.peopleadmin.com/postings/10018 Questions concerning the position or application process should be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Chris Gienger at giengerc@apsu.edu or via phone at 931- 221-7076.
  10. Search Announcement School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) INDIANA UNIVERSITY-BLOOMINGTON CAMPUS Conservation biology Associate or Full Professor The School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University is searching for a senior scholar with a specialty in Conservation Biology and a record of scholarship commensurate with appointment at Indiana University as a tenured associate or full professor. The search is part of Indiana University's Grand Challenge, Prepared for Environmental Change (for a full description, see grandchallenges.iu.edu/environmental-change/index.html<https://grandchallenges.iu.edu/environmental-change/index.html>). The successful candidate will have an earned doctorate degree, a strong record of extramural funding, a distinguished record of scholarship and publication in the field of conservation biology, and a demonstrated ability to communicate technical research to non-specialists. The faculty member will be expected to attract funding to support a vibrant research program including training of doctoral students. We are particularly interested in candidates with a research program that addresses interdisciplinary aspects of environmental change and adaption. Founded in 1972, SPEA was the first school to combine public policy, management, and administration with environmental science. The School is committed to excellence in research, teaching, and service addressing critical issues in environmental science, policy and management (www.indiana.edu/~spea/research/index.shtml<http://www.indiana.edu/~spea/research/index.shtml>). Presently, SPEA ranks first in the nation in environmental policy and management in U.S. News and World Report. As part of the Prepared for Environmental Change program, the successful candidate will join 16 other new faculty hires as well as existing faculty across campus, as part of a community of scholars with a shared interest in understanding and adapting to environmental change. The Environmental Research Institute (eri.iu.edu<http://eri.iu.edu>), part of the Prepared for Environmental Change program, facilitates research, collaboration, and communication among these faculty and a large cadre of postdocs and doctoral students. The faculty member will also have access to the facilities and extensive properties of the IU Research and Teaching Preserve (www.indiana.edu/~preserve/index.shtml<http://www.indiana.edu/~preserve/index.shtml>). For full consideration, submit a letter of application, curriculum vita with contact information, and complete contact information for at least three professional references at https://indiana.peopleadmin.com/ by November 1, 2018. Applications should include a research statement (as part of the cover letter or separate from it), which should include a discussion of how the candidate's research can contribute to the Prepared for Environmental Change research program. We are especially interested in applicants with a record of successful teaching and mentoring of students from all backgrounds (including first-generation college students, low-income students, racial and ethnic minorities, women, LGBTQ, etc.) and an interest in contributing to SPEA's programs, curricular offerings, and research portfolio in ways that enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion; applicants are encouraged to address these topics in the letter of application. For information about the position, please contact Vicky Meretsky (meretsky@indiana.edu<mailto:meretsky@indiana.edu>). For more information see also www.indiana.edu/~spea<http://www.indiana.edu/~spea>. Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.
  11. UCLA Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is searching for multiple faculty hires in Ecology this fall- applications are due November 8th. Hires can be made at the assistant or associate rank- please share broadly and apply! The full details of the job listing are copied below- the link to details and the application is here: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF04004 I'm happy to answer questions or discuss the position with anyone! Best wishes- Nathan Kraft ______________________________________ Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Graduate Studies Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology University of California, Los Angeles 621 Charles E. Young Drive South Los Angeles, CA 90095 tel: (310) 825-3593 http://sites.lifesci.ucla.edu/eeb-kraft/ ______________________________________ The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) at UCLA announces faculty searches for Assistant Professor (tenure-track position) or Associate Professor (tenure position) in ecology, broadly defined. We seek ecologists studying processes operating at population to global scales, in either terrestrial or marine habitats. Preference will be given to candidates who study plants, invertebrates, and/ or microbes, as well as those whose research builds connections among existing areas of strength both within the EEB Department and between the department and broader UCLA community. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a rigorous, externally funded research program and teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. EEB is a vibrant and expanding department with strengths in evolutionary and conservation genomics, field biology, quantitative biology, and behavior. The department is part of a dynamic interdepartmental research community in computational biology, bioinformatics, genomics, and conservation biology across the greater UCLA campus. The successful candidate would be a part of this rich network, with many opportunities to collaborate between disciplines and departments. Necessary qualifications include a PhD degree in ecology, botany, marine science, or related fields. Please direct inquires to Associate Professor Nathan Kraft (nkraft@ucla.edu). Submit application packages online through https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF04004 and include the following: 1) cover letter 2) curriculum vita; 3) statement of research interests; 4) statement of teaching expertise; 5) statement of formal and informal activities to promote equity, diversity and inclusion; and 6) names of three referees. All items should be distinct documents. Individuals with a history of mentoring students under-represented in the sciences are encouraged to apply and to describe their experience in a cover letter. The University of California seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. Review of applications will begin on November 9, 2018, and continue until position is filled. The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology has 29 faculty, a large graduate program, over 2000 undergraduates across three majors (Biology; Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution; Marine Biology), and two minors (Conservation Biology and Evolutionary Medicine). The department has close ties with the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, and departments across the College, David Geffen School of Medicine, and the School of Public Health. EEB is associated with the UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Sciences, UCLA Stunt Ranch UC Reserve, the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden, the Donald E. Dickey Collection of Birds and Mammals, the Center for Education and Innovation and Learning in the Sciences, and the Institute for Quantitative and Computational Biosciences at time of hire. EEB is administered through the Division of Life Sciences (www.lifesciences.ucla.edu), which includes over 200 faculty, 8000 undergraduates, 500 graduate students, 12 undergraduate majors, and more than 12 PhD programs. The UCLA College through its four academic divisions— Humanities, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences – is the academic heart of UCLA, which is California's largest university with an enrollment of nearly 43,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy. (http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct)
  12. http://wildlife.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/NARA-Student-Application-Instructions-2018-2019.pdf The Wildlife Society, alongside the U.S. Forest Service, a Premier Partner of TWS, has announced new Native American Research Assistantships for 2019. This is the fifth year for the professional development program, which facilitates opportunities for Native American students to be mentored by USFS Research & Development (R&D) scientists and promotes student advancement and training for careers in natural resource and conservation-related fields. Assistantship participants aid and learn about the USFS’ ecological science-based approach to decision-making and balancing multiple-use management of national forests and grasslands. Assistantships are available for Native American students interested in wildlife and forest resource research and management. Students will learn and work with an interdisciplinary team of researchers with the USFS during 2019. Applicants must be a member of an American Indian or Alaska Native tribe, First Nations or a Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, or have some other indigenous identification, and be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program from an accredited academic institution. Pursuit of a bachelor’s or master’s degree in wildlife biology, ecology, forestry or other closely related natural resource discipline is preferred. Students with related associate’s degrees from tribal colleges and universities or other community colleges will be also be considered. Research projects potentially available for 2019 assistantships include: Assessment of camera trap surveys to estimate wild pig and white-tailed deer density Bat surveys and Greater sage-grouse vegetation studies in the Buffalo Gap National Grassland of South Dakota Bioacoustic surveys for owls in the coast range of Oregon Evaluating restoration treatments to promote flora and fauna important to the Washoe Tribe The appointments vary from 3 to 5 months within the 2019 calendar year, depending on the project. Only a limited number of projects may be funded and assistantship placement is dependent on a suitable student/mentor match. Starting dates are generally negotiable within the context of the seasonality of the research topics. For more information, including project objectives, locations, duration, and instructions on how to apply please download an application form. The deadline for applications is November 5, 2018. http://wildlife.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/NARA-Student-Application-Instructions-2018-2019.pdf
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    *RESEARCH SPECIALIST* *Ecology/Genetics* Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, Wisconsin *PROJECT DESCRIPTION:* The successful candidate will assist in molecular research on barred owls, under the guidance of the PI and laboratory manager. The candidate will work on a study investigating the diet of barred owls in California; however, opportunity may arise to explore other research questions. Procedures include: DNA extraction, PCR, qPCR, and library preparation for sequencing on the MiSeq platform. The candidate will be responsible for sample cataloging, storage and the upkeep and maintenance of the sample database. Responsibilities will include participation in molecular laboratory cleaning and maintenance. It is expected that the research specialists will be an active participant in the lab and attend and present at laboratory meetings. Additional responsibilities may include assistance on other projects in the molecular laboratory and bioinformatic analysis of sequence data. *REQUIREMENTS**:* Masters degree (MSc) preferred, but will consider Bachelors degree, in zoology, ecology, genetics, conservation or related field required. At least one year experience in a molecular research laboratory is required. Demonstrated ability in molecular biology techniques including next-generation sequencing, database maintenance, particularly Microsoft Access, and ability to learn new techniques is highly desired. *APPOINTMENT AND SALARY:* The position will be available September 15, 2018, flexible start date. The duration of the appointment is 1 years, with the possibility of renewal year pending funding levels. Salary minimum is $30,207 annual depending on qualification, and the position includes health insurance. *APPLICATION/CONTACT INFORMATION:* Applicant must have current resume/CV, a cover letter briefly describing qualifications relevant to the positions and three professional references. Applicants should apply at: http://jobs.hr.wisc.edu/cw/en-us/job/498986/research-specialist-peery Applications close at 11:55PM on Sept 5. UW-Madison is an AA/EEO employer, including protected veterans and qualified individuals with a disability. Any questions about the position can be directed to: Emily Fountain, efountain@wisc.edu, 608-265-2228
  14. Melanie Colón

    Faculty Positions in Ecology

    The Division of Biology at Kansas State University invites applications for two faculty positions in Ecology, starting in fall 2019. We seek candidates with expertise or interests in grassland and/or savanna biomes that will complement a well-established and diverse ecology group in the Division of Biology, and contribute to the highly productive, internationally recognized Konza Prairie grassland ecology research program. Position 1: Assistant or Associate Professor - Community Ecology. We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in community ecology, animal-plant interactions, trophic dynamics, or research at the interface of community and ecosystem ecology. In addition to conducting research in his/her area of expertise, the successful candidate will participate fully as a core investigator in the highly collaborative NSF-funded Konza Prairie Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program (lter.konza.ksu.edu<http://lter.konza.ksu.edu/>), and contribute to graduate and undergraduate instruction in ecology, conservation biology and/or wildlife biology in the Division (www.ksu.edu/biology<http://www.ksu.edu/biology>). The successful candidate will have a strong record of research productivity, will participate in interdisciplinary research and develop collaborations across a range of ecological disciplines. A Ph.D. or equivalent is required. Applications for this position must be submitted electronically at http://careers.k-state.edu/cw/en-us/job/504642/. Applicants should submit a cover letter, description of research and teaching interests, a curriculum vita, and names and contact information for three references. Position 2: Assistant Professor - Grassland Ecology. The research area of this position is open. However we are particularly interested in individuals with expertise or interests in environmental change in grasslands or savannas. Specific research foci could include one or more of the following areas: plant ecology, landscape ecology, conservation biology, land-use and land-cover change, restoration ecology, climate change, or other aspects of environmental change. In addition to conducting research in his/her area of expertise, the successful candidate will participate as a core investigator in the highly collaborative NSF-funded Konza Prairie Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program (lter.konza.ksu.edu<http://lter.konza.ksu.edu>), and contribute to graduate and undergraduate instruction in ecology, plant biology, and/or conservation biology in the Division (www.ksu.edu/biology). A Ph.D. or equivalent is required. Applications for this position must be submitted electronically at http://careers.k-state.edu/cw/en-us/job/504643/. Applicants should submit a cover letter, description of research and teaching interests, a curriculum vita, and names and contact information for three references. The Division of Biology is a large and diverse academic unit with an excellent record of research and teaching. Extramural research funding in the Division averages approximately $10M per year, supporting a broad research program and a large number of faculty scientists with research interests in ecology. The Konza Prairie Biological Station, a 3,487 ha tallgrass prairie research site located 10 km from the university, is the focal site for much of this research (kpbs.konza.k-state.edu/<http://kpbs.konza.k-state.edu/>). Research on Konza Prairie is supported by the NSF LTER program and a variety of other sources, totaling over $3M per year. Kansas State University is located in the city of Manhattan, a vibrant university community of about 50,000 located in the scenic Flint Hills of northeastern Kansas, about 2 hours from Kansas City. Local recreational opportunities include a large lake/park system and diverse outdoor activities. Manhattan also serves as the regional center for education, health care, commerce, the performing arts, entertainment and communications. Please note that individuals interested in applying for both positions must submit separate electronic applications to both job numbers indicated above. Questions or requests for additional information can be directed to David C. Hartnett (dchart@ksu.edu<mailto:dchart@ksu.edu>). Review of applications will begin October 5, 2018, and continue until the positions are filled. KSU is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks diversity among its employees.
  15. Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Division of Fish & Wildlife 6180 Hay Point Landing Rd Smyrna, DE 19977 Phone (302) 735-3600 Fax (302) 653-6755 TITLE: Environmental Scientist III :Conservation Coastal Avian Scientist SUPERVISOR: Audrey DeRose-Wilson LOCATION: 6180 Hay Point Landing Rd, Smyrna, DE 19977 SALARY RANGE: $44,755 - $50,350/year + Benefits START DATE: November 12, 2018 WORK SCHEDULE: 37.5 hours/week M-F (occasional nights and/or weekends) JOB DESCRIPTION: The primary responsibilities of this position will be to implement the Delaware Shorebird Conservation Plan. This includes conducting research and monitoring activities on migratory shorebirds to ensure conservation actions are developed and implemented using sound science. The incumbent will have access and will contribute to one of the largest datasets of marked shorebirds (both banding and resighting) including Red Knots, Ruddy Turnstones, and Sanderling. In addition, the incumbent will be expected to coordinate and lead a large group of volunteers and scientists during an intense migratory shorebird field season. Additionally, this position will lead the beach and island nesting bird management and protection program and implement monitoring and research projects for marsh birds associated with determining species richness, relative abundance and population parameters. The focus of the position will be on the coastal habitats and avian resources of the state, however, the incumbent may also be responsible for other taxa, serving on regional and national science and planning teams and technical committees, assisting with the Breeding Bird Atlas and assisting with other conservation planning activities as needed. DUTIES: Specific responsibilities include the following: • Lead migratory shorebird research and monitoring activities for Delaware. This includes capture, banding, marking, and processing many species of shorebird. • Lead the beach and island nesting bird management and protection program. • Develop monitoring and research projects for marsh birds to determine species richness, abundance and population parameters. • Coordinate and lead a large team of volunteers to conduct shorebird and marsh bird monitoring work. • Update and implement the Delaware Shorebird Conservation Plan. • Organize, process, and analyze large amounts of data. • Ensure data is disseminated to partners in a timely manner. • Oversee contracts. • Supervise seasonal and/or contractual staff. • Develop and administer grants ensuring various deadlines are met. • Represent the Division of Fish and Wildlife on various technical committees. • Assist with the development of the Breeding Bird Atlas and contribute to research and management of other taxa. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Possession of a Bachelor’s degree or higher in Life, Physical, or Applied Science or related field. 2. Six months experience in environmental or natural resources project management which includes planning, developing, implementing, managing and evaluating environmental or natural resources projects to ensure objectives are met. 3. Three years experience in analyzing and evaluating scientific data. 4. Three years experience in interpreting environmental laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures. 5. Six months experience in using an automated information system to enter, update, modify, delete, retrieve/inquire and report on data. 6. Six months experience in technical report writing. TO APPLY: To apply please follow instructions at: https://www.indeed.com/viewjob? jk=205908cb68030f8b&tk=1cm2qs7l3a20r84d&from=vjnewtab