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  1. The Intermountain Bird Observatory is hosting two raptor-related workshops: an introductory field techniques workshop (September 3-7, 2018), and a North American Banding Council (NABC) certification session (September 17-21, 2018). We developed the introductory workshop for folks with little to no raptor banding experience. The workshop is well suited for students, birders, naturalists, biological consultants, and anyone interested in learning more about raptor identification, trapping or banding. Topics we will cover include: safe handling of live raptors, introduction to banding techniques, identifying, ageing and sexing, taking measurements, properly caring for lure birds, recording accurate data, common capture techniques at migration stations (bow net, dho gaza, mist net), road trapping (Bal-chatri design and use), breeding season techniques (tree climbing, GHOW lure), a brief introduction to accessing raptor nests, and an introduction to raptor identification by flight style and shape. The NABC workshop - The mission of the NABC is to promote sound and ethical bird-banding practices and techniques. This is a separate workshop designed for folks that already have some level of raptor trapping and banding experience. NABC offers certification at three levels: Assistant, Bander, and Trainer, depending on your level of expertise and experience. Details of each workshop can be found at https://ibo.boisestate.edu/what-we-do/training/
  2. Reposted... This summer our team is offering two workshops on the use of high-throughput sequencing to study gene expression and genetic variation. For more details, see this link or the description that follows. http://people.oregonstate.edu/~meyere/workshops.html We aim to train biologists with little or no NGS experience to prepare sequencing libraries and analyze the millions of DNA sequences that result. Participants are expected to provide DNA or RNA samples from their own study systems, and we will prepare sequencing libraries together from those samples as well as a shared set of samples for a group project. Participants will learn to analyze these data themselves using simple command line tools on a high-performance computing cluster. We’ll cover each step of the process from DNA or RNA in a tube, to millions of DNA sequences, to biological data on gene expression or genetic variation. Registration for these workshops includes room and board (three meals a day including plenty of coffee and snacks) throughout the workshop, and reagents/sequencing such that each participant can sequence and analyze a set of their own samples, generating pilot data for their species of interest. Our Tag-Seq workshop will run from Aug 10-18, and the 2bRAD workshop from Aug 18-26. Registration for either workshop alone costs $1,900. Participants enrolling in both workshops will pay a discounted rate of $3,700 altogether. For more details, including information from previous years’ workshops, please see the full posting at the following website:http://people.oregonstate.edu/~meyere/workshops.html Contact us with questions, with "Workshops 2018" in the subject line. To reserve your spot, please contact Demian Willette (demian.willette@lmu.edu). For specific questions about 2bRAD, contact Eli Meyer (eli.meyer@oregonstate.edu), and for specific questions about TagSeq, contact Carly Kenkel (ckenkel@usc.edu). Space is limited! To reserve your spot, please confirm your participation no later than May 15th and pay registration fee by June 15th. Thanks, hope to see some of you on Catalina this August! Eli Meyer, Oregon State University. eli.meyer@oregonstate.edu Demian Willette, Loyola Marymount University. demian.willette@lmu.edu Carly Kenkel, University of Southern California. ckenkel@usc.edu
  3. Melanie Colón

    WNAN Natural History Research Grant

    The Western North American Naturalist is a natural history journal committed to publishing excellent, peer-reviewed research focused on the biological natural history of western North America. With this goal in mind, we are pleased to announce that we will award 5 individual potential authors a grant of up to $2,000 each to fund their natural history research. Our intent in providing this grant is to help fund the research of authors who may not have adequate funding to complete their research in natural history. We especially encourage individuals who are at institutions of higher learning that do not focus on research but where research is still possible. 2018 grant announcement - https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/mwnan/grant_announcement.pdf
  4. Posted to Ecolog- We invite you to join us for a webinar given by Dr. Susan Singer scheduled for April 26th at 8:00 am Pacific Time. This first event of the Undergraduate Field Experiences Research Network is free and open to all. A very quick and easy registration is required. Register here. Undergraduate field experiences: Challenges and opportunities Thursday, April 26th, 2018, 8:00 am Pacific Time Register here -login information will be provided after registration- Dr. Singer is Provost and VP of Academic Affairs at Rollins College and will be our first speaker in the webinar series. She will provide an overview of the national landscape about undergraduate STEM education, will talk about authentic field experiences and the evidence for their value, and will highlight opportunities this network might address in using evidence to both improve undergraduate field experiences and broaden participation in STEM. Feel free to forward this message to colleagues. And if you haven't had a chance, be sure to check out our website at http://ufern.net! All the best, Kari O'Connell and the U-FERN Project Team
  5. A graduate student at Virginia Tech is seeking one field assistant for summer 2018. The project is exploring the chemical ecology that influences seed dispersal in a tropical system. The main responsibilities of the field assistant will include mist netting for bats and birds and conducting bioassays in flight cages with the animals. Applicants must complete a short online training course in animal handling and receive the full series of preventative rabies vaccination before beginning work. Experience mist netting with birds and/or bats is required. This is a 4-week position that will begin mid-June and end mid-July. There is no salary associated with the position, but flight, room, and board will be covered. All work will take place at La Selva Biological Station, a 1,600-hectare research station in the Caribbean lowlands of Costa Rica. The project is part of on-going research in the lab of Susan Whitehead at Virginia Tech:http://www.speciesinteractions.com To apply, please send a statement of interest and CV to Lauren Maynard, ldmaynar@vt.edu. Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
  6. Title: Seasonal Avian Research Assistants (2 positions) Agency: Louisiana State University Location: Kisatchie National Forest in central Louisiana Job Description: Seasonal Avian Research Assistants needed from 14 May through 22 June to document local avian species composition and distribution as part of a long-term bird-monitoring program. Duties include point counts across multiple Ranger Districts in the Kisatchie National Forest, maintenance of field equipment, data entry, and other tasks. Requirements: Experience or coursework in wildlife biology or closely related field; ability to collect data with strong attention to detail; ability to work 5+ days per week doing physically demanding work, with early mornings (sunrise); a positive attitude in adverse environmental conditions such as fire ants, chiggers, rattlesnakes, feral pigs, poison ivy, normal daily temperatures of over 90°F, intense sun, thick and thorny brush, and steep and rocky terrain; ability to operate 4WD vehicles; patience and focus to quietly observe and identify birds; good eyesight and hearing; ability to work independently and in groups; flexibility to changes in location; flexibility to changes in protocol, or job assignments; must supply your own binoculars. Preference will be given to applicants with experience identifying birds by sight and sound, navigating using handheld GPS unit, using Microsoft Access, Excel, ArcMap; possess a B.S. or B.A. in wildlife biology or closely related field. Pay: 40 hours per week. $12 per hour, depending on experience. Housing and transportation provided. To Apply: Submit a CV and cover letter as a single PDF to Dr. Ashley Long at amlong@agcenter.lsu.edu by 25 April 2018.
  7. Species distribution/occupancy modelling using PRESENCE and R (OCCU01) Full details can be found here; http://bit.ly/2EwtvlpSPECIES_DIST_MOD This course will run form 25th - 29th June 2018 in Glasgow City Centre and will be delivered by Darryl MacKenzie Course Overview: The presence or absence of a species across a set of landscape units is a fundamental concept widely used in ecology (e.g., species range or distribution, epidemiology, habitat modeling, resource selection probability functions, as a monitoring metric, metapopulation studies, biodiversity and species co-occurrence). An important sampling issue, however, is that a species may not always be detected when present at a landscape unit. This will result in “false absences” causing parameter estimates to be biased if unaccounted for, possibly leading to misleading results and conclusions, even with moderate levels of imperfect detection. This workshop will cover many of the latest methods for modeling patterns and dynamics of species occurrence in a landscape while accounting for the imperfect detection of the species. Including: • estimating level of occurrence at single point in time • identifying factors that influence species occurrence • creating species distribution maps • modelling changes in distribution over time • study design Participants will be introduced to available software through worked examples, and there will be special emphasis on aspects of study design. While primarily aimed at the beginner and intermediate level, more experienced researchers will also benefit from attending. The first four days will comprise of formal lectures and exercises, and the final morning will be an informal discussion/consulting session where participants can work on their own data, talk one-on-one with the instructor, etc. Email oliverhooker@prstatistics.com with any questions Check out our sister sites, www.PRstatistics.com (Ecology and Life Sciences) www.PRinformatics.com (Bioinformatics and data science) www.PSstatsistics.com (Behaviour and cognition)
  8. Several positions are available associated with the Max Planck-Yale (MPY) Center for Biodiversity Movement and Global Change (https://mpyc.yale.edu). The MPY Center, an International Max Planck Center, is a partnership between Yale University and its Center for Biodiversity and Global Change and the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Radolfzell. - Postdoc in Movement Ecology. We are seeking innovative thinkers with a strong quantitative background who are interested in using existing and, through Icarus, forthcoming movement data to address questions in the MPY Center remit. Qualifications for the position include include a PhD in ecology or behavior or a related field, past experience in collecting or analyzing movement data, a dedication toward conscientious and responsible work in a team, and strong communication skills. An ability to traverse community- and single-species perspectives and to address processes at different spatial and temporal scales are particularly welcome. The position offers thematic flexibility and in their application letter candidates should briefly describe their preferred area of activity. 1-2 positions are available with a contract length of 2 or 3 years. - Spatial Biodiversity Data Scientist. We are seeking a qualified candidate to help oversee the management and analysis of species occurrence information, including movement data. The candidate should ideally have PhD, or a Master’s degree and equivalent experience, in ecology, environmental sciences, or a related field. The successful applicant will work in a team of researchers and informaticians to build, manage, and analyze biodiversity databases. The ideal candidate will be a quick learner, conscientious, and detail oriented. Qualifications include experience in working with geospatial and biodiversity data and the PostgreSQL/PostGIS environment, and python and shell scripting skills. A background in spatial analysis and modelling is welcome. The position is initially for up to five years and may be extended beyond that period. The MPY Center supports research and training around the use of new technologies such as GPS tracking and remote sensing to address questions in ecology, behavior, and global change. Flagship Center projects include the Icarus initiative, a space station-based near-global GPS animal movement observation system, Movebank, which supports the management and integration of movement data, and Map of Life, an infrastructure integrating global species distribution information for research and conservation. The MPY Center’s research goal is to use individual movement data to address patterns and mechanisms in species distribution, species coexistence, environmental niche associations, animal migrations, and biodiversity change. Open positions, with a target start date of fall 2018, include: The positions will be based at Yale University with close collaborative links to the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Radolfzell. The MPY Center will support workshops, training activities and exchanges linking the two locations, and Center postdocs and staff will be expected to engage in these activities. Yale University offers its postdoc and staff a generous package of benefits. Yale has a thriving and growing community of young scholars in ecology, evolution and global change science in the EEB Department, the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies, the Peabody Museum, and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. The town is renowned for its classic Ivy League setting, 75 miles north of New York City. To apply please send, in one pdf, a short cover letter, CV and contact info for three referees to michelle.duong@yale.edu. The final selection process will begin on 20 April 2018. We passionately believe that a diverse team will enable a broader perspective and enhance creativity, and we strongly encourage applications from women and minorities.
  9. Melanie Colón

    AAS Small Grants

    Arctic Audubon Society’s Small Grants Program funds conservation related projects that support our mission to protect Alaska’s ecosystems by encouraging research, education, and management that will contribute to appreciation and good stewardship of our natural heritage. This year, 2013, will be our 10th year offering small grants. In 2013 Arctic Audubon will consider applications for small grants of UP TO $2000. Partial funding may be offered. Proposed projects should enhance the understanding and conservation of Northern Alaska’s organisms and/or ecosystems. Projects dedicated to increasing public awareness and knowledge of conservation issues are appropriate, as are projects that develop educational tools. Applications must be submitted by March 15. All applications will be reviewed and a decision announced by the end of March. High school and middle school students and teachers are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will be expected to submit a report of outcomes and may be asked to give a short public presentation.
  10. Melanie Colón

    Short-Term Fellowship

    Guidelines for Preparing Short-term Fellowship Proposals The following information is intended to help applicants prepare their proposals. Note that incomplete applications, or those that fail to follow the guidelines, will not be considered. Support is provided to carry out short-term research projects in the tropics in areas of STRI research, under the supervision of STRI Staff Scientists. STRI research associates, STRI postdoctoral fellows, and STRI Senior Lab Managers may also serve as consultant, in collaboration with a staff scientist. Projects usually are complete in themselves and their maximum duration is 3 months; extensions are awarded only in exceptional circumstances. Smaller projects that are part of a larger thesis or dissertation are encouraged, in which case the specific proposal should also briefly sketch how the research project fits into the broader study. Exceptional exploratory projects or pilot studies with well-defined goals and methods will be considered. Most fellowships are awarded to graduate students, but awards are occasionally made to outstanding undergraduate. Fellowships may provide a modest stipend to cover living expenses while at STRI (currently $800/month); a modest research allowance that does not exceed $2000 and is usually less; and round-trip coach airfare. Applicants are encouraged to seek additional sources of funding, and partial awards are often given. The deadlines for submitting applications are the 15th of January, April, July, and October. Proposals may be submitted in English or Spanish: Before submitting a formal application all applicants should consult with STRI scientific staff, who will serve as potential advisors, to confirm that they are willing to supervise and support the proposed project. Proposals without the support of named advisors will not be funded. When corresponding with advisors we strongly encourage applicants to ask for advice on the scientific merit of the proposed research, methodology and logistics, and for written comments on preliminary drafts of the proposals. Main advisors MUST be members of the STRI scientific staff (list available at www.stri.org). Consultants (also called co-advisors) may be STRI Research Associates (list available at www.stri.org), STRI Post-doctoral Fellows, and/or STRI Senior Lab Managers.
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    NBI Research Grant

    The Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative supports biodiversity related research on Nantucket, Tuckernuck, and Muskeget Islands through and annual Small Grants program. Funding is available for the purchase of research equipment, travel to the Islands for research, field supplies, sample processing, etc necessary to complete a specific research project. Additional information can be found in the grant guidelines and application. Grant requests of up to $1,500 will be considered for funding. Additional financial and in-kind support such as housing, vehicles, lab space, equipment, etc. may also be provided by participating NBI organizations. The NBI does not fund institutional overhead or researcher salaries. Proposals that include one or more of the following will be given the highest priority for funding: Projects that include Nantucket as a study site for regional biodiversity-related research; Research on non-native, invasive species and their impacts on the biodiversity of Nantucket; Research on understudied taxonomic groups on Nantucket; Research on more than one species of interest; Study sites located within the NBI’s established biodiversity plots; Species inventory work focused solely on under surveyed taxonomic groups.
  12. Melanie Colón

    ACA Grants in Biodiversity

    Goals This grants program is intended to: increase knowledge of Alberta’s heritage of living resources, specifically the flora and fauna, promote the development of highly qualified, Alberta-based conservation biologists, and support research and study in Alberta by graduate students. The Program supports research in fields of biodiversity, conservation biology, and ecology, all broadly construed; all kinds of organisms are covered. Support for the Program The Alberta Conservation Association provides up to $225,000 annually for support of graduate student research in Alberta in the areas of biodiversity, conservation biology, and ecology. Up to $20,000 is provided recipients, that money to be spent over 2 years. However, partial awards are more common and excessive requests for moderate proposals will jeopardize funding of the grant at all. Progress of the Program The Program is in its 15th year. To date, the ACA Grants in Biodiversity has awarded over 3.4 million research dollars to 341 graduate students from 18 universities. (Although graduate students do not have to attend universities in Alberta, their thesis research must be Alberta-based). Most recipients go on to careers in environmental and conservation biology. Many recipients remain in Alberta after completing their degree programs.
  13. I am looking for four field technicians with strong work ethics to assist with the osprey hacking program in Illinois as part of the osprey recovery effort for this state-endangered species. The positions, based at different sites, have the following responsibilities: * Daily Observations - conduct daily behavioral observations of osprey chicks at the hacking site to ensure their well-being. Make notes of presence of potential predators or competitors in the vicinity of the hacking site. * Daily Tracking - conduct daily tracking of ospreys once they fledge and note their locations before migration. * Food Preparation and Feeding - conduct daily preparation of fish and feeding to the hacked ospreys. * Planning and Coordination - conduct regular fish pick-ups from the project partners. Coordinate with the field personnel at the other hacking site for project purposes when required. * Daily Reports - contribute to daily reports regarding the behaviors, locations, and fish consumption by ospreys. Make notes of any other notable events related to the birds. * Maintenance - assist with the maintenance and clean-up of the hacking box/tower after the season, as well as the maintenance and inventory of the field gear and equipment. Qualifications for the positions: Successful candidates must have a B.S. degree in environmental science, wildlife, biology, or related field. Experiences working with birds of prey, as well as paddling skills, are highly preferred. Proficiency with Microsoft Office, ArcGIS, and GPS is highly desirable. Successful candidates must be a team-player, demonstrate strong communication skills, follow instructions well, and pay attention to detail. Candidates must have a commitment to field personnel and equipment safety. Individuals must have and maintain a valid driver's license as well as be able to work outdoors in extreme weather conditions and for long hours. Application: Review of applications will start immediately until the positions are filled. Starting date: July 1, 2018. Anticipated ending date: October 6, 2018. Salary: $440-$500 per WEEK (depending on the skills and experiences). Housing or camping gear (except sleeping gear) are provided. To apply, please send the following (via email) to Dr. Tih-Fen Ting at tting1@uis.edu<mailto:tting1@uis.edu>: 1) Cover letter addressing background and extent of qualifications; 2) Resume, including contact information for three references; and 3) Transcripts (unofficial or scanned copy acceptable). Tih-Fen Ting Department of Environmental Studies University of Illinois at Springfield Springfield, IL 62703 (217) 206-7876 tting1@uis.edu<mailto:tting1@uis.edu>
  14. Here are some of the grants with deadlines coming up in May and June. Make sure to check out the Grants and Awards database for more opportunities. Zeleny Research Grant, $500 to $5,000, http://www.nabluebirdsociety.org/grants/ Stephen R. Tully Memorial Grant, $500, http://www.raptorresearchfoundation.org/grants-and-awards/stephen-r-tully-memorial-grant/ Sophie Danforth Conservation Biology Fund, up to $1,000, http://www.rwpzoo.org/conservation/dansforth-conservation-grants Lilian C. Stoner Award: minimum $200, http://www.nybirds.org/FedAwards.htm Collection Research Grants: up to $1,500, http://www.delmnh.org/collection-research-grants/ Know of a grant not on our list. Contact me with a link and I'll add it. Happy grant writing.
  15. Melanie Colón

    Grant Applications due in May and June

    Did you try this http://www.neotropicalbirdclub.org/conservation/conservation-fund/
  16. Greetings ecologgers, The registration to the 2nd edition of our weeklong NERC course on stage-based demographic models in ecol, evolution, & cons biol is now open. Deadline to apply is Aug 15th. The course will take place at Oxford Jan 7-11, 2019, and competitive bursaries to help defray the costs of attendance are available. More info here: https://robsalguero.wixsite.com/nercdemography Please help spread the word. Thanks, Rob Salguero-Gomez "Aliud iter ad prosperitatem nos est: id est omnibus rebus vincere" .:.:.:.:.:.:.:.:.:.:.:.:.:.:.:.:.:.:.:.:.:.:.:.:.:.:.:. Dr Rob Salguero-Gómez Oxford - NERC Independent Research Fellow University of Queensland - Honorary Research Fellow Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research - Guest Researcher http://sites.google.com/site/RobResearchSite/
  17. 2018 SUMMER COURSE ANNOUNCEMENT (June 15 ­ July 10) FIELD COURSE IN TROPICAL RAINFOREST AND CANOPY ECOLOGY (TRE B-18) COURSE LOCATION: Bocas del Toro Biological Station, Boca del Drago, Isla Colon, Republic of Panama. The biological station is located on a hill facing the Caribbean Sea. Coral reef and sea grass ecosystems lie in front of the station and lowland tropical rain forests are directly behind. This juxtaposition of the two most biologically diverse ecosystems provides tremendous opportunities for education and research. INSTRUCTORS: Dr. Barry Sullender, Ph.D., Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation and the Cuixmala School, Jalisco, Mexico. Phone: 713-226-5561, email: barry.w.sullender@gmail.com. Specialty: Neotropical forest ecology, plant-animal interactions, insect behavior. Prof. Bill Maher, Tree Climbing U.S.A. , 251 Oak Grove Rd., Dawsonville, GA, 30534 phone: 229-732-5973, email: billmaher251@windstream.net, Specialty: Tree canopy access techniques. COURSE DESCRIPTION: This field course is designed to provide the student with a foundation in ecological concepts and field techniques as applied to tropical rainforest ecosystems. The material covered is equivalent to a university upper level course in tropical ecology. The course is divided into three parts. During the first few days students will become familiar with the many ecosystems found in our area and with the trail systems during ³orientation² walks. The bulk of the first 10 days will be spent learning field techniques and carrying out various group projects or exercises (see below). It is during this time period that students will learn to access the canopy using various rope techniques (Climbing Certification is available, please contact Joe Maher for details). Midway through the course the entire station community takes a field trip to the cloud forests of Boquete (see details below). On returning to the field station, students work on their individual research projects and continue to receive lectures in the evening. FORMAL LECTURES. Formal lectures will take place in the classroom and will include the use of PowerPoint presentations and chalkboard. Lectures may take place both during the day and evening. Lecture topics will include: o Neotropical Life Zones and Forest Types o Tropical Forest Structure o Tropical forest Productivity o Epiphytes, Lianas and Creepers o Tropical Forest Dynamics o Nutrient Cycling o Neotropical Vertebrate Ecology o Neotropical Invertebrate Ecology o Biodiversity Hypotheses o Plant-Animal Interactions o Animal Defensive Strategies and Mimicry o Plant Defensive Strategies o Pollination and Dispersal ecology o Consequences of Human Use o Tropical Forest Conservation INFORMAL LECTURES. Informal lectures will be provided periodically during orientation walks (when you first arrive), during group field projects or in discussion groups. These will cover a wide variety of topics and will generally be prompted by what we encounter in the field, or by the direction taken during group discussions. READINGS. Readings corresponding to lecture subjects will be assigned in the text. We may also read and critique papers brought by students and faculty and additional readings may be assigned from time to time. In addition, each student will read, critique, and provide oral reports on published papers brought to Bocas. REQUIRED TEXT: Kricher, John (2011). Tropical Ecology. Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey. ISBN 978-0-691-11513-9. FIELD BOOK. A field book will be required in the course. The field book will contain all data related to group projects and independent research project. The field book should also contain all other incidental observations such as species lists, behavioral notes, etc., and contain detailed location information. The field book must be water-proof and either pencil or water-proof ink used to record data. GROUP PROJECTS. These are research, exercises or demonstrational projects designed by the faculty and worked on in groups of four or six students. The purpose of these projects is to familiarize students with an array of field sampling techniques and equipment commonly used in field studies. With help from a faculty member, students set up projects, collect data, and generally (depends on the project), analyze data, present the results to the class, and write a report. INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH PROJECTS. Working closely with faculty, students will be responsible for designing and completing an original research project of their choosing. The project may deal with any topic in tropical ecology or conservation. These projects will be carried out during the second half of the course and students will have about 10 days for data collection. A few days before the end of the course students will analyze their data, write a technical report, prepare a PowerPoint presentation of their work and orally present their findings during a station-wide symposium on the last day of the course. BOQUETE CLOUD FOREST FIELD TRIP: This field trip will allow students the opportunity to visit other areas of Panama, to experience Panamanian culture, and to visit tropical cloud and seasonal forests first hand. We travel in ITEC boats to the mainland and then by chartered bus to Boquete which lies at the base of 11,000 ft. Volcan Baru. The bus trip will take us up and over the central mountain range and through Palo Seco National Park. Several stops will be made in route. COURSE LENGTH: ITEC Summer field courses are about four weeks in length. The TRE B-18 will run from June 15 through July 10, 2018. TUITION: $2250 USD. Tuition fee includes all lodging, meals and airport transfers in Bocas del Toro. The tuition also covers transportation and lodging during the three-day cloud forest field trip on the mainland. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: May 15, 2018. The course is limited to 10 students and applications will be evaluated as they arrive. If you believe that your application may arrive late, notify ITEC. GRADING and COURSE CREDIT: Up to 6 units of credit will be given, 3 for the lecture portion and 3 for the field portion. A letter grade will be assigned based on exams, reports, proposals, attendance at lectures, as well as by less tangibles such as personal attitude, motivation, and contribution to the course. Course credit must be arranged in advance at the student¹s institution. Contact ITEC for details. APPLICATIONS can be found at:http://itec-edu.org/education-programs/application CONTACT: Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation, 2911 NW 40th PL, Gainesville, FL 32605, phone: 352-367-9128, email: itec@itec-edu.org, web:http://www.itec-edu.org ITEC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1996. Peter N. Lahanas, Ph.D Executive Director Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation 2911 NW 40th Place Gainesville, FL 32605 (352) 367-9128 www.itec-edu.org Phone in Panama: (507)6853-2134
  18. Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Wildlife Habitat Selection and Landscape Genetics We are recruiting a high-quality postdoctoral research fellow to join our lab at the University of Waterloo. The research will focus on the development of habitat selection models and landscape genetics. The research will focus primarily on greater sage-grouse, but there will be opportunities to engage with the multiple other on-going wildlife projects in our research group (fedylab.uwaterloo.ca). Applicants must have strong quantitative skills and a capacity and willingness to work independently and lead research efforts. This research fellowship represents an extraordinary opportunity for the right candidate. Applicants must demonstrate expertise in landscape ecology and thorough knowledge of population and landscape genetics through prior training, publications, or work experience. The successful candidate will work as part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers that includes landscape and wildlife ecologists and population geneticists. In addition, the candidate will work closely with state and federal wildlife managers to communicate research findings. Position Requirements: 1. Develop habitat selection models for greater sage-grouse. 2. Examine landscape and environmental features affecting the spatial genetic structure of greater sage-grouse in Wyoming. 3. Perform landscape genetic and spatial analyses. 4. Produce reports and peer-reviewed publications of key results. Qualifications: 1. PhD in the field of population or conservation genetics, or other relevant area of study 2. In-depth knowledge of current population and landscape genetic analyses 3. Working knowledge of GIS and R software 4. Proven ability to publish research in high quality peer-reviewed publications 5. Excellent written and oral communication skills 6. Ability to work independently and as part of a team Salary: $50K/year plus benefits. Term: 2 years, with possibility of extension depending on available funding; Start date of spring/summer 2018. Contact Information: Submit a letter of interest, Curriculum vitae, and names and telephone numbers of three references to Dr. Brad Fedy, bfedy@uwaterloo.ca. Include “Landscape Genetics Postdoc” in the subject line. We will begin review of applications on April 13th , 2018; however, the position will remain open until filled. The work will be conducted in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo, working closely with the US Geological Survey, US Bureau of Land Management, and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
  19. Job Description: BBI is currently looking for qualified biologists interested in on call opportunities specializing in nesting birds surveys and raptor monitoring in Ventura County. Applicants should have significant and demonstrable birding skills and familiarity with sensitive species. A B.S. or Master’s degree in biology preferred. Work requires the ability to identify bird species present in the western US in general and southern California/Nevada desert species specifically, by sight, sometimes at great distances. Must have excellent birding and observation skills and be able to take detailed field notes and collect behavioral and spatial use data according to established protocols. Skilled use of topographic maps, GPS units, 4x4 vehicle, and other field equipment is required. Applicant should reside within Ventura County. There is minimal compensation for travel to survey locations. Qualifications: Those applying MUST possess the following: Demonstrable birding skills including raptor ID and survey experience. A Valid Driver’s License and experience driving 4-wheel drive vehicle. Please submit a cover letter and resume to Jaclyn Catino-Davenport at jackiecatino@bloombiological.com and CC Ashley Macomber at ashleymacomber@bloombiological.com
  20. The Western North American Naturalist is a natural history journal committed to publishing excellent, peer-reviewed research focused on the biological natural history of western North America. With this goal in mind, we are pleased to announce that we will award 5 individual potential authors a grant of up to $2,000 each to fund their natural history research. Our intent in providing this grant is to help fund the research of authors who may not have adequate funding to complete their research in natural history. We especially encourage individuals who are at institutions of higher learning that do not focus on research but where research is still possible. Follow this link for more information: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/mwnan/grant_announcement.pdf. Grant proposals are due by April 30, 2018, and we will notify grant recipients by May 30, 2018. We invite all qualified applicants to apply, and we encourage you to share this opportunity with anyone who might be interested. Please email the editorial office at wnan@byu.edu with any questions. Best Regards, Mark C. Belk, WNAN Editor-in-Chief Visit https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/wnan/ to learn more about the journal. We are always welcoming new manuscripts. Have you recently completed a research project? Submit your manuscript here: www.editorialmanager.com/wnan.
  21. FROM SMITHSONIAN-MASON SCHOOL OF CONSERVATION: We wanted to send out an update about our remaining courses for 2018. We’ve had a huge amount of interest in our Spring and Summer programs, many of which are now full. The three courses below are the programs that still have seats remaining. Two of these programs are brand-new offerings and so please do what you can to spread the word to your colleagues! Remember that all courses offer continuing education credits (CEUs) and some can be taken also be taken for graduate credit, including the first two courses below. Limited scholarships are available for eligible applicants. As always, check out our website (http://SMConservation.gmu.edu) for more course details and pricing. Non-Invasive Techniques and Applications in Wildlife Endocrinology (new!) July 23 – August 3, 2018 (apply before May 14) The purpose of this course, taught by the experts at the National Zoo’s Endocrinology Laboratory, is to provide theoretical information and practical experience in using endocrine monitoring techniques for assessing reproductive status and welfare in wildlife species, both in captive and wild scenarios. Lectures will cover aspects of basic biology, theory of immunoassay methodology, reproductive endocrinology and stress physiology, and examples of data obtained from in-situ and ex situ studies of wildlife species. Extensive lab work will include demonstrations and hands-on experience in sample (urine and feces) processing and analysis using enzyme immunoassay technology. Computer lab sessions will include basic and advanced data analysis techniques. Participants will also work on independent group projects where they will apply what they have learned and complete a full lab analysis and data interpretation themselves. A comprehensive endocrine training manual will be provided to course participants. This course is available for graduate credit to eligible applicants. Ecology and Conservation of Migratory Birds September 17-28, 2018 Led by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, this course teaches the most current methods in the research of migratory birds including theoretical concepts, field and laboratory methods (e.g. mist-netting, banding, tissue sampling, stable isotope geochemistry, geolocators and radio telemetry), data analysis (including distance sampling and mark-recapture statistics) and applied conservation strategies. Participants will be mist-netting and handling birds during many mornings of the course, and will also learn to prepare museum voucher study skins. This course is available for graduate credit to eligible applicants. Bioinformatics Analysis for Conservation Genomics (new!) October 10-19, 2018 This course is designed to provide attendees at any career stage with a theoretical understanding of the methods used in conservation genomics along with the practical skills necessary to design and carry out the analysis component of a conservation genomics study. While an introduction to the theoretical aspects of each of the analytical steps will be given, the emphasis of the course will be on hands-on training, enabling the participants to complete the analysis steps behind a conservation genomics study. Thus, the course will follow the format of short lectures introducing each analytical step, followed by hands-on activities during which students will complete the corresponding analysis. The course will begin with an overview of conservation genomics, comparison of different next generation sequencing platforms, and the analytical factors to consider when beginning a conservation genomics study. The rest of the course will focus on the bioinformatics analysis behind a conservation study, including: genome assembly (trimming, assembly techniques, quality assessment), genome annotation, mapping low coverage genome data to a reference genome, SNP calling, demographic analysis, and estimation of genome-wide diversity. These steps will all be accomplished with real data used in a recent conservation genomics study and performed on the Smithsonian High Performance Computing Cluster (SI/HPC). By the end of the course, attendees will have acquired the necessary background and applied knowledge to implement genomic analyses for the conservation of endangered species. Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation participants engage in dynamic learning communities, build lifelong professional networks, and connect with valuable conservation resources
  22. Visiting Assistant Scientist, Avian Ecologist- Illinois Agency Illinois Natural History Survey Location Champaign, Illinois Job Category Full time Positions Salary $38,000 to $42,000 Last Date to Apply 04/06/2018 Description The Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) has been the guardian and recorder of the biological resources of Illinois—the state's biological memory. With more than 260 scientists and staff, INHS is recognized as the premier natural history survey in the nation. The mission of INHS is to investigate and document the biological resources of Illinois and other areas, and to acquire and provide natural history information that can be used to promote the common understanding, conservation, and management of these resources. INHS is part of the Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. PRI houses five large scientific surveys covering a wide range of expertise including biology, water resources, climate, geology, sustainable technology, and archaeology. PRI’s mission is to provide objective, integrated scientific research and service, in cooperation with other academic and research units of the University of Illinois and elsewhere, that allow citizens and decision-makers to make choices that ensure sustainable economic development, enduring environmental quality, and cultural resource preservation for the people, businesses, and governments of Illinois. To learn more about INHS please visit http://wwx.inhs.illinois.edu/. INHS is seeking a Visiting Assistant Scientist, Avian Ecologist to conduct and manage field- and lab-based research projects on conservation priority bird species. Position is based in Champaign, Illinois. Major Duties and Responsibilities: • Identify birds by sight and sound and interpret survey and quantitative study results. • Find and monitor nests to examine reproductive success. • Capture and handle birds, including collecting measurements and applying bands to individuals. • Review literature, collections, and databases to evaluate the historical and contemporary distribution of focal species. • Collect, sort, and identify arthropods. • Conduct field work throughout the state, some of which may be under adverse conditions (inclement weather, remoteness, moderate physical exertion), including overnight stays. • Ensure the safety of staff and equipment. • Independently conduct data analyses and compile results into technical reports and peer-reviewed publications. • Respond to requests for scientific/technical information and speaking engagements, participate in outreach and service events, and serve on internal committees. • Hire, supervise, and mentor hourly staff. • Perform other duties as needed in order to further the mission and goals of PRI. Required Qualifications: Master's degree in wildlife ecology, natural resources, or related discipline, with a research interest in avian ecology and conservation. Alternate degree fields will be considered/accepted depending on the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to this position. Three years of relevant experience. Expertise in avian ecology and conservation including a strong knowledge of the fauna of Illinois, including endangered and threatened species and their habitat requirements. Must have knowledge and experience related to sampling and identifying arthropods. Experience with processing and analyzing remote-sensing data. Experience publishing results in peer-reviewed journals. Experience communicating directly with natural resource agencies for research coordination. Must have the ability to identify birds by sight and sound. Must be familiar with current and appropriate sampling and analysis methods for bird occurrence, abundance, and demography. Must have strong quantitative skills, including statistical and mathematical modeling, and be competent with statistical software packages such as R, SAS, Program MARK, and OpenBUGS. Must have strong GIS skills (e.g. ArcGIS), including the ability to interpret maps and aerial photographs. Ability to work independently, collect and analyze field data, and coherently translate findings both verbally and in writing to granting agencies, the scientific community, and the general public. Ability to apply analytical/scientific thinking to define and solve problems. Ability to work effectively both independently and in team settings. Proficiency in commonly employed software and databases. Valid driver’s license. Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D. in wildlife ecology, natural resources, or related discipline. Familiarity with sampling approaches for non-avian vertebrates. This is a visiting, full-time, contract-funded academic professional appointment subject to the continued availability of funding and programmatic need. Position may become a regular, non-visiting position at a later date depending on funding and programmatic need. The starting date is negotiable after the closing date. The starting annual salary of $38,000 to $42,000 is commensurate with experience. Applications must be received by April 6, 2018. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after this date. To apply, please visit https://jobs.illinois.edu/academic-job-board to complete an online profile and to upload 1) a cover letter that clearly articulates how your qualifications and experience make you a viable candidate for this position and should address the qualifications listed above, 2) a résumé/CV, and 3) the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three professional references. All requested information/documentation must be submitted for applications to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. For further information please contact Lori Walston-Vonderharr, Human Resources, Prairie Research Institute, at lwalston@illinois.edu or 217-244-2401. For technical inquiries, please contact Dr. Thomas J. Benson, Senior Wildlife Ecologist and CTAP Coordinator, at tjbenson@illinois.edu. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu. Qualifications Qualifications and how to apply are included in the job description. Contact Person Lori Walston-Vonderharr Contact eMail lwalston@illinois.edu
  23. Quail Focus Area Coordinator – South Carolina Agency Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever Location South Carolina Job Category Full time Positions Salary Starting Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience + health benefits and retirement package. Start Date 05/01/2018 Last Date to Apply 04/20/2018 Website http://www.pheasantsforever.org/jobs Description This position will promote and enhance the on-going efforts of federal, state and private partners on the Indian Creek Woodland Savanna Restoration Initiative and the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) in South Carolina. This specific partnership includes QF, The U.S. Forest Service Sumter National Forest (USFS), and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This individual will marshal efforts on the Indian Creek Initiative to coordinate habitat restoration and subsequent northern bobwhite quail restoration for the area. The primary objective is to sustain and enhance project momentum. Biologist Responsibilities: • Work closely with the USFS, DNR, FSA, NWTF, and NRCS to conduct landowner outreach and marketing for CRP, EQIP, SAFE and other relevant Farm Bill programs, especially in the Indian Creek and other identified priority areas. • Assist USFS and other entities with habitat management planning and implementation on both public and private lands (burn plans, thinning, harvest, marking, quail surveys, habitat monitoring, etc.) • Conduct habitat workshops demonstrating the need for management of our forested ecosystems and the methods that are effective to reach specific management goals (i.e. more diversity, more quail and other wildlife, better forest fuels management, improved aesthetics, etc.) • Collaborate and serve as a liaison between QF, USFS, DNR, FSA, and NRCS concerning the Indian Creek Initiative. Serve on the SC Prescribed Fire Council, SC Quail Council Technical Committee, and the NRCS State Technical Committee. • Identify, develop, and implement new and innovative habitat initiatives and partnerships that accelerate habitat efforts (e.g. corporate land holders, energy industry, pollinator interests, philanthropic foundations and granting entities, agribusiness etc.) interested in maintaining a vibrant and diverse economy with high quality of life for current and future generations. • Seek and administer grant and other funding opportunities that help deliver the QF and partner mission priorities. Write grant proposals to leverage funds for additional quail habitat restoration. • Administer and serve as the local contact for the QF food plot seed and native seed programs. • Work very closely with the QF Regional Representative and Regional Leadership Team to expand and strengthen QF chapters and provide leadership to chapters on state habitat and outreach initiatives and priorities. • Use the unique QF locally-controlled fundraising/spending model to create a program similar to PF/QF’s “Adopt a Wildlife Area” or “Habitat Share” which generates Pittman-Robertson match from chapters for habitat projects on State wildlife areas and other priority public lands. This would include engaging existing QF chapters to support habitat objectives on their local public lands, especially within quail focus areas. It would also include targeting new chapter starts in geographies where increased support is most needed. (This approach was recently implemented in Georgia and Florida; with the specific purpose of starting QF chapters centered in state quail focus areas. In less than 2 years, this approach has resulted in a dozen new chapters contributing over $75,000 for habitat work on state and federal lands.) • Coordinate Stewardship Agreement/Contracting projects with the USFS in South Carolina. Qualifications Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities: • A general qualification guideline for this position is a Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Science, Forestry, Agriculture, or related degree from an accredited university with an emphasis on forest ecosystem management and course work and/or experience on integrating wildlife management principles into pine dominated ecosystems. • 5 or more years of professional experience. • Excellent oral and written communication skills. • Demonstrated ability to lead and coach effectively. • Demonstrated organizational skills and attention to detail. • Ability to work effectively with multiple partners and staff. • Ability to work independently with little supervision and with diverse personalities. • Knowledge of conservation and wildlife programs provided by Federal (i.e. NRCS, US Fish and Wildlife Service, etc.), state agencies, private partners and QF. In addition, knowledge of how these programs are implemented in a forested landscape is desired. • Able to obtain USDA Security Clearance and NRCS Conservation Planning certification. • Reasonable computer skills required, including familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite • Experience with GIS/ArcMap and/or NRCS Toolkit preferred. • Physical ability to; stand and walk for extended periods of time over rough terrain; lift and move material weighing up to 50 pounds; work in all types of weather conditions. • Must possess a valid driver’s license. To Apply: Please visit our website at www.pheasantsforever.org/jobs ONLY ONLINE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Please combine your cover letter, resume and 3 references into a single Word document or PDF file on the Recruitment website. Contact Andy Edwards, Southeast Regional Biologist and Representative, with questions, 931-638-9478 or aedwards@pheasantsforever.org. Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever are an EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled Contact Person Sarah Piotraschke, HR Specialist Contact eMail spiotraschke@pheasantsforever.org
  24. Melanie Colón

    Bird Control Technician

    Bird Control Technician-Florida Agency Predator Bird Services, Inc. Location Tampa Job Category Part Time Vacancies Salary TBD Start Date 04/02/2018 Last Date to Apply 04/14/2018 Description Opening for a part time Bird Control Technician with Predator Bird Services Inc. Predator Bird Services Inc. (PBSI) is a professional wildlife management company dedicated to effectively solving the avian issues of some of North America's largest industrial sites. PBSI specializes in the use of trained birds of prey to create a hostile environment for any unwanted avian pests. Using extremely well defined raptor training techniques, together with other effective bird control tools, we have become one of North America’s bird control leaders. PBSI was incorporated in 2008 and today employs more than 30 staff while maintaining more than 100 raptors. We work in some of Canada's largest industrial sites and in the last year have expanded to the US, Africa, and the Caribbean. Our creative and innovative approach is focused on solving all challenges our engagements may present. The result is that each job is based on a highly customized program that delivers the most effective results for our client’s unique operating environment and site risk. We are currently seeking candidates for the position of part-time Bird Control Technician in the general area of Tampa, Florida. Applicants must have a valid drivers license and a reliable vehicle to be considered. Please send your resume, as well as a cover letter in response to this ad. Responsibilities: - Daily care and maintenance of birds of prey. This includes flying, feeding, cleaning boxes/perching areas/housing -Maintenance, cleaning and checking of traps - Operate different types of control tools to deter birds from using site - Daily survey of species' and numbers of birds on-site - Daily written reports - Additional tasks as required - Travel to three different work sites Qualifications - Very keen observational skills and attention detail are essential to this position. - Ability to work independently and unsupervised, with a high level of self-motivation. - Given the nature of this work, applicants must be able to work unconventional hours, in all types of weather, and be physically fit (heavy lifting and climbing multiple flights of stairs required). - Communication skills are a must. -Flexible schedule. - General interest in nature/birds recommended. Contact Person Jackie Hurd Contact eMail jackie@predatorbirdservices.com
  25. Intern needed for an ongoing project on bird conservation in San Luis de Monteverde, Costa Rica (near the famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve), conducted by Nate Nibbelink’s spatial ecology lab at the University of Georgia. Duties include mist netting and banding over 150 species of birds, attaching GPS transmitters to two species (Lesson’s Motmots and Blue-throated Toucanets), recovering transmitters via radio telemetry, conducting avian visual/auditory point counts, and assistance with interviews of conservation organization personnel. These activities will require frequent early mornings. Position starts May 20 and lasts until July 20. Housing will be covered, but intern is expected to pay for his/her flight to Costa Rica and meals. The intern will have the opportunity to live and work in the tropics and experience a stunning array of biodiversity, including viewing and handling many different bird species. The intern will learn how to conduct avian point counts, band birds, use radio telemetry to locate transmitters, and strengthen his/her Spanish language skills. Qualifications: Conversational Spanish ability, a passion for birds, a valid passport, a strong work ethic, and a capacity to work long hours (and early mornings) in the field in rugged terrain are required. Preference will be given to applicants with prior banding, radio telemetry, and/or point counting experience. To apply, send a cover letter and a recent CV highlighting your qualifications for the position and including contact information for three professional references with “Costa Rica Bird Internship” in the subject line to Cody Cox at codycox75@uga.edu. Location: San Luis de Monteverde, Costa Rica Agency: University of Georgia Job Category: Internship Salary: $250/month (housing included) Start Date: 5/20/2018 Last Date to Apply: 4/8/2018 Contact Person: Cody Cox Contact email: codycox75@uga.edu