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  1. Thought this opportunity to for faculty/post-docs might be of interest. The National Park Foundation is excited to announce the Conway Science Fellowship, funded through the generous support of Karen Swett Conway, National Park Foundation Board of Directors, and her husband Brian Conway. The fellowship will benefit the National Park Service through innovative scientific research that can inform park management. Three teams consisting of a faculty or senior scientist mentor and a postdoc fellow (within three years of receiving their doctorate degree) will be selected. The applicant(s) will be the faculty or senior scientist employed at the research institution, who will select an appropriate postdoc fellow. Each of the three fellows will focus on a different topical area that addresses some of the National Park Service’s emerging resource management challenges: Addressing increasing visitor use by integrating social science and resource stewardship Enhancing ocean and coastal resource stewardship Embracing collaborative conservation at the landscape scale. More information here: https://www.nps.gov/nature/conway.htm
  2. http://www.clemson.edu/science/departments/biosci/ Clemson University: College of Science: Biological Sciences Location Clemson University - Clemson, SC Open Date May 3, 2019 Description The Department of Biological Sciences at Clemson University is seeking a full-time, 9-month Lecturer in Vertebrate Organismal Biology, Ecology and/or Evolution to begin Fall 2019 who will contribute innovative teaching and student-centered learning in our BA and BS degrees in Biological Sciences and online MS in Biological Sciences. This is a renewable, non-tenure track position with opportunity for promotion. Salary level will be commensurate with education and experience and a benefits package is included. Undergraduate teaching responsibilities will include lecture and lab courses such as vertebrate biology, behavioral ecology, evolution, and/or other courses and labs within the candidate's area(s) of expertise. Teaching in the online MS program will include ecology, evolution, and/or animal biology. There are summer salary opportunities available for teaching on-campus, online, or study abroad classes. The Department supports faculty development at all ranks, and promotion through instructional ranks will be expected for this renewable position. For more information about the department, visit the Department’s website at http://www.clemson.edu/science/departments/biosci/. The Department is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and under-represented groups. Qualifications Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. in biological sciences or a related discipline at the time of appointment. Ideal candidates will demonstrate successful experience teaching university-level biology lecture and laboratory courses, as well as strong interest in online teaching and undergraduate study abroad experiences. Application Instructions Applicants should submit the following items through http://apply.interfolio.com/63040: (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) statement of teaching philosophy, experience, and interests, (4) course evaluations or other evidence of past teaching performance, (5) statement describing teaching strategies currently used or planned to use to foster diversity and inclusion, and (6) names and contact information for three professional references. Inquiries should be directed to BiolSci@clemson.edu. For full consideration, applications should be submitted by May 29, 2019. Review will continue until the position is filled. To apply: https://apply.interfolio.com/63040
  3. This is a course open to ornithologists who would like to gain experience in bird banding. It operates from June 23 - July 2. This is a great opportunity to receive hands-on instruction for important ornithology skills while enjoying a little ecotourism of Peruvian amazon. You will also contribute to important conservation research, photograph nature in one of the most amazing places on earth, add dozens of birds to your life list. Register before June 10 https://www.ceccot.org/conservation-programs CECCOT is a tropical conservation, research and education organization based in the Amazon Rainforest of Southeastern Peru.
  4. Here are a few of the grants in our funding database with upcoming deadlines in May, June, and July: Delaware Museum of Natural History Collection Research Grants (up to $1,500) available to graduate students in support of research in the Museum's collections https://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/collection-research-grants-r247/ Roger Williams Park Zoo Danforth Conservation Grants (up to $1,000) available for field studies demonstrating a multi-disciplinary approach to biodiversity and ecosystem conservation. https://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/danforth-conservation-grants-r159/ The Darwin Initiative Funding for Biodiversity (amount varies) available to organizations and governments to address threats to biodiversity (e.g., habitat loss/degradation, climate change, invasive species, over-exploitation, pollution, etc.) https://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/darwin-initiative-funding-for-biodiversity-r46/ eLife Early Career Travel Grant (up to $1000) to support early career professionals to travel and present work at a scientific meeting of their choice https://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/elife-early-career-travel-grant-r270/ National Military Fish and Wildlife Association Scholarship (minimum $500) available for tuition to undergraduate and graduate students studying natural resource management https://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/national-military-fish-and-wildlife-association-scholarship-r263/ Want to see more? Check out the database https://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants. If you happen to find a link that isn't working, make sure to let me know. Organizations update their websites often, and I try to keep up, but I still miss them sometimes. As always, happy grant writing.
  5. EXPERIENCED SONGBIRD BANDERS (2) needed for ongoing research on migration ecology of landbirds through Cape May, New Jersey. Dates: (1) needed 15 July through 15 November; (1) needed 1 August through 15 November. Cape May is recognized as an internationally important bottleneck and stopover area for landbirds during fall migration. Duties include site maintenance (maintaining net lanes, net repair, etc.), extracting birds from mist-nets, banding, weighing and measuring birds, recording data, and data entry. Mist-netting and bird banding experience in a high-volume banding station necessary (>5,000 birds/season). Experience aging species based on molt and using the Pyle guide required. Ability to identify landbirds of the eastern U. S., and proficiency with MS Excel and BANDIT essential. Applicants must be able to work independently and as part of a team in occasionally hot and buggy conditions. Salary $1800-2000/month depending on experience. Must have own vehicle. Housing is provided in a bunk-house environment. Send cover letter of interest, resume, and three references by 1 June to hr.research@njaudubon.org. NJ Audubon is an Equal Opportunity Employer. SONGBIRD TECHNICIAN needed 1 August through 15 November for ongoing research on migration ecology of landbirds through Cape May, New Jersey. Cape May is recognized as an internationally important bottleneck and stopover area for landbirds during fall migration. Duties include site preparation and maintenance (net lane clearing, site set up and break down, net repair), extracting birds from mist-nets, data recording and entry, and writing summary reports for print and web. Bird extraction experience using the body-grasp method required. Ability to identify landbirds of the eastern U. S., and proficiency with MS Excel and BANDIT essential. Applicants must be able to work independently or as part of a team in occasionally hot and buggy conditions. Salary $1800-2000/month depending on experience. Must have own vehicle. Housing is provided in a bunk-house environment. Send cover letter of interest, resume, and three references by 1 June to hr.research@njaudubon.org. NJ Audubon is an Equal Opportunity Employer. David S. Mizrahi, PhD Vice-president, Research and Monitoring NJ Audubon Center for Research and Education 600 Route 47 North Cape May Court House, NJ 08210 609.861.1608 x917
  6. We have a last minute opportunity conducting Raptor surveys, songbird nest counts, leading educational events and more! Big Sky Watershed Corps-AmeriCorps Member-MT Audubon The BSWC member will support the organization’s Bird Conservation Programs statewide and also engage in education and outreach efforts that support MT Audubon and Montana Conservation Corps’ Indian Education for All and Audubon Naturalists in the Schools program(s) in Billings, Great Falls and other local communities. Specifically the member will engage with local communities through lessons in schools, community field days, workshops, and trainings. The individual will also develop curriculum, focus on issues with local solutions, implement outreach initiatives, and organize public meetings and events for community stakeholders. The members may also develop a skilled and influential recurring volunteer-base to support local efforts. Primary duties of the Big Sky Watershed Corps Member (CM) include working with the Host Site staff to complete tasks related to project design and implementation, community outreach and education, volunteer generation and management and reporting functions. The CM works under the direct supervision of the Host Site Supervisor and MCC Staff to ensure successful completion of program objectives. The CM is an AmeriCorps Member and is entitled to the benefit package offered to all AmeriCorps Members. Position Location: Helena, MT Term of Service: 4/29/19-11/15/19 (Start date can be flexible for the right candidate) Living Stipend: $597 biweekly Education Award: $2,960 upon successful completion of the program Required Qualifications: •College degree (B.A./B.S.), preferably in environment, wildlife biology or education related field. •Effective written and oral communication skills. •Valid driver’s license, access to a vehicle, ability to pass a motor vehicle records check, US Citizenship or ability to work in the US. Preferred Qualifications/Experience: •Previous experience with fieldwork, data collection and analysis and bird identification. •Previous teaching and volunteer management experience. •Proven ability to work with a diverse group of stakeholders. Apply Here: https://careers-mtcorps.icims.com/jobs/1314/big-sky-watershed-corps/job Application Deadline: 4/14/19-Early submissions strongly encouraged Bryan Wilson Associate Director-Individual Placement Programs Montana Conservation Corps 206 N. Grand Avenue / Bozeman, MT 59715 Office: (406)-585-5913 Cell: (330)-242-4482 Montana Conservation Corps inspires young people through hands on conservation service to be leaders, stewards of the land and engaged citizens who improve their communities.
  7. Position: Lecturer/Program Coordinator – Wildlife Enterprise Management Description: The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences (SFWS) at Auburn University invites applications for a Lecturer/Program Coordinator in Wildlife Enterprise Management (WLEM). Through collaboration with the Colleges of Business and Human Sciences at Auburn University, the SFWS engineered the WLEM degree to provide a multi‐faceted, foundational education in wildlife, hospitality, and business management to support the rapidly growing needs of the consumptive use (i.e., hunting and fishing) outdoor recreation industry. Graduates of this program will be the next generation of managers for hunting and fishing lodges, corporations focused on hunting and fishing products, and non‐profit conservation organizations focusing on game species. This program is one of only a handful across the globe and will provide a unique opportunity for the successful applicant to further advance a world class educational program. This will be a full‐time permanent position (non‐tenure track). Additional information about the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences and its programs can be found at our website: (wp.auburn.edu/sfws). Qualifications: Applicants should possess a Master’s degree in wildlife, business, or hospitality (or related fields) at the time employment begins. Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 20 years of experience in the outdoor industry will also be considered. Candidates are sought that have professional experience in the hunting and/or fishing industry, as well as personal experience in and an appreciation of hunting and fishing. In addition to strong written and interpersonal skills, applicants who can demonstrate an ability to coordinate and collaborate with a diverse array of partners (university and industry) are preferred. Candidates should be self‐motivated, be able to work independently, and possess an ability to teach and advise/mentor students in an academic environment. Responsibilities: The successful applicant will serve as an Instructor and Program Coordinator for the Wildlife Enterprise Management degree. In this capacity, the selected applicant will work directly with SFWS faculty, staff, and administrators, and other academic units on campus, to further develop, promote, and grow the WLEM degree. In addition to serving as the primary point‐of‐contact for the WLEM degree, the selected applicant will teach 3‐4 courses (e.g., Hunting and Fishing the World, Wildlife Enterprise Field Techniques, Sporting Firearms and Archery, Advanced Wildlife Enterprise Management) within the degree, interface with partners (national and international) in the hunting and fishing industry, and support the advising, recruiting, and marketing needs of the program. Application Procedures: Applicants must complete the on‐line application at this link: http://aufacultypositions.peopleadmin.com/postings/3437and include a letter of application, complete biographical resume, transcripts, and the names and contact information of at least three references. The review date will begin May 1, 2018 and will continue until a suitable candidate has been identified. For additional information contact: Dr. Steve Ditchkoff, Chair, Search Committee, phone 334‐ 844‐9240, or e‐mail: ditchss@auburn.edu Must meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed duration of the appointment. Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability Employer and committed to building an inclusive and diverse community.
  8. I updated this posting to include the contact information provided by Jill.
  9. https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/528964600 Responsibilities As a Research Ecologist/Wildlife Biologist within the Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, some of your specific duties will include: Plans, conducts and directs research related to wildlife or ecological resources with application to contemporary science, policy and management needs. Conducts research that is cooperative driven and provides scientific basis for management and policy decisions. Serves as subject matter expert in wildlife ecology, providing leadership and guidance to government and private agencies and university representatives through participation in meetings, conferences and work groups. Disseminates research results via final reports, peer-reviewed print scientific journals, online scientific journals, books, book chapters or other outlets. Make presentations on findings to scientific and conservation organizations. Serves as graduate faculty member, contributing to both the research, graduate student mentorship, and teaching mission of the university. Operates government vehicle as an incidental driver. Travel Required Occasional travel - Overnight travel of up to 5 nights per month may be required.
  10. LDWF INTERNSHIP (Part time) - Dove banding (2 positions) Location: Baton Rouge area primarily, but statewide as needed. Vehicle provided. Supervisor: Jeff Duguay Application Deadline: April 15, 2019 Target Universities: Louisiana State University Background: The mission of the Office of Wildlife is to provide wise stewardship of the state’s wildlife and habitats, to maintain bio-diversity, including plant and animal species of special concern, and to provide outdoor opportunities for present and future generations to produce a greater appreciation of the natural environment. The Upland Migratory Bird Program is charged with the management and research of native dove species, one of the most popular and harvested game birds in North America. One of the most important tools for managing doves is the annual banding project. Banding doves gives insight into migration, harvest and survival rates. These are critical data for establishing hunting seasons and bag limits. Project Scope: The student intern will work part time to assist the Upland Migratory Study Leader in attaining local and statewide banding goals for mourning and other dove species. The student will assist with baiting field sites, maintain equipment, banding, sexing and ageing doves, and assisting in other capacities as needed. The intern must be able to work irregular hour’s (pre-dawn and post-dusk daily). The intern must be able to lift 50 pounds, work in extreme heat and humidity and be able to tolerate mosquitoes and other biting insects while working in the field. The intern must be able to take detailed notes for data collection and be proficient with Microsoft Office Excel program. At the end of the summer, the student intern will compose a research paper outlining dove banding activities including age and sex ratios of doves banded as well as how these data are used in determining vital rates of doves, movement patterns, and the role of banding data in establishing annual harvest rates of mourning doves. Timing: June 15 –August 31(Flexible beginning and end dates) Compensation: College credit will be contingent upon university approval. Students will be paid $10/hr. Send resumes to: LDWF Scott Durham 2000 Quail Drive Baton Rouge, LA 70808
  11. Mourning Dove Trapping and Banding Internship (3 Positions) Location: Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, Grand Chenier, Louisiana Supervisor: James Whitaker Target Universities: Louisiana State University, McNeese State University, University of Louisiana at Lafayette , Nichols State University, LSUA Background: A national dove banding program was initiated in 2003 by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service in conjunction with many state wildlife management agencies. This program aids in understanding mourning dove population biology and to help estimate the effects of harvest on mourning dove populations. The data gathered from this program and others are critical in the development of setting harvest season dates and bag limits for mourning doves. In addition, this information is used for annual harvest management plans and other strategic management plans that have large landscape level effects. Project Scope: The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries plays an integral role with banding mourning doves. Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge plays an important role in this program and bands several hundred mourning doves annually. The interns for this position will have many functional roles with the mourning dove banding program including, but not limited to: preparing banding sites; setting and monitoring traps; baiting traps, banding, sexing, and ageing doves; data entry; and other related duties as assigned. The interns must be able to work long and irregular hours (pre-dawn and post-dusk daily) and weekends. The interns must be willing to work in extreme heat and humidity and be able to tolerate mosquitoes and other biting insects while working in the field. The interns must be able to lift 50 lbs. to perform baiting operations. The interns must be able to take detailed notes for data collection and be proficient with Microsoft Office Excel program. The interns will be required to write a management plan/summary report for the banding season and present a poster at the Louisiana Professional Biologists symposium. Interested applicants should contact James Whitaker for any questions related to the project: jwhitaker@wlf.la.gov Timing: ~May 15-August 10, (Flexible beginning and end dates) Housing: Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge will provide housing Compensation: College credit will be contingent upon university approval. Students will be paid $10/hr. Send cover letter and resume to: James Whitacker Biologist Supervisor Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Email: jwhitaker@wlf.la.gov
  12. Job Description: Seasonal Avian Research Assistants needed from 15 May through 21 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. 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 16 April 2019
  13. The Wind Wildlife Research Fund is releasing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for research projects beginning in 2020 that seek to advance understanding of the impacts of wind energy on wildlife and to develop solutions to avoid, minimize, or offset those impacts. Learn more about the Wind Wildlife Research Fund. Proposals will be selected after a peer review process and authors of selected proposals will be notified in summer 2019. View the full RFP to learn more about research questions, criteria for selection, and proposal format. https://awwi.org/get-involved/wind-wildlife-research-fund/wwrf-rfp/
  14. BACKGROUND Pacific Seabird Group is dedicated to the study and conservation of Pacific seabirds and their environment. Students are a core membership of PSG; they contribute 29% of the PSG operating fund and comprise 40% of the annual meeting volunteer base. The PSG Student Research Grant (SRG) was created in 2019 by the PSG Former Chairs to honor and support the numerous contributions of the PSG student membership. This grant seeks to aid student-led research in promotion of up-and-coming scholar members of Pacific Seabird Group. This year, the PSG Student Research Grant will fund 3 grants worth $1,000 each, 1 grant per degree-level (bachelor, master, doctoral). Funds are raised by the PSG Former Chairs and matched by the PSG Executive Council (ExCo). GRANT REQUIREMENTS Eligibility: Applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree program (BA, BS, MS, MA, PhD) at an accredited community college, college, or university. Applicants may be enrolled at any of the above institutions in any country & conduct their student research in any part of the world, but the applicable research must be seabird-based. Applicants must be current members of Pacific Seabird Group by the application due date. Use of funds: Funds are solely used for costs associated with research, including: field or lab supplies, equipment, travel to research or lab sites, and licensing and permitting fees. Funds do not cover salaries & benefits, stipends, institutional fees or overhead, or tuition. Fund disbursement: 90% of funds will be disbursed after awardees submit a complete W9 form. Grants received will be considered taxable income. The last 10% of grant funds will not be awarded until the grant reporting form is submitted & verified complete by the Awards Committee. Reporting requirements: On accepting the grant, the awardee agrees to the following: 1) Submission of the grant reporting form by 1 October of the year awarded. The last 10% of grant funds will not be awarded until the grant reporting form is submitted & verified complete by the Awards Committee. 2) Within 2 calendar years of receiving the award, either (a) attend & present the findings of the grant-funded research at a PSG annual meeting or (b) submit a poster on the findings of the grant-funded research for a PSG annual meeting. REQUIRED APPLICATION COMPONENTS 1) Application form, consisting of (a) applicant information; (b) global project goals and objectives (200 words) and SRG-funded project description (300 words)and references (no limit); and (c) budget & justification for the grant funds (250 words). 2) Enrollment verification form obtained from the institution where the applicant is enrolled. Enrollment must reflect the semester or quarter the application isdue. 3) A recommendation letter from a project advisor. The project advisor may be the student’s thesis advisor, a professor on the student’s committee, or a primary manager of the field site where the student’s research takes place. The letter must be on institution letterhead and signed by the advisor. Advisors may submit more than 1 recommendation letter per cycle (1 per student). The application form and enrollment verification form must be attached in a single email titled “PSG Student Research Grant Application” to the PSG past chair at pastchair[at]pacificseabirdgroup.org and sent by 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time (PDT; UTC -7) on 15 April 2019. The project advisor must submit the recommendation letter to the PSG past chair at pastchair[at]pacificseabirdgroup.org and sent by 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time (PDT; UTC-7) on 15 April 2019. APPLICATION EVALUATION Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria: (1) Scientific Merit; (2) Budget & Financial Need; (3) Impact to PSG. All applications will be evaluated by the Pacific Seabird Group Awards committee (the PSG past chair, current chair, and chair-elect), one PSG Former Chair, and one PSG student member (who cannot submit an application the year they serve as judge). TIMELINE 18 March 2019: Grant application opens 15 April 2019: Grant application deadline 1 May 2019: Grant notification deadline 1 October 2019: Grant reporting form deadline QUESTIONS Please email questions about the grant to PSG past chair Adrian Gall at pastchair[at]pacificseabirdgroup.org.
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