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  1. https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/525436500 Responsibilities This position is a natural resource management position. This position is engaged in the study, inventory, monitoring,restoration,a nd management of a broad range of natural resources. Examples of program areas may include, vegetation, wildlife,fishers, exotic and pest species, sensitive species, and associated ecological components such as air, water, and soil. The biologist may also be engaged in the management and protection of resource values such as wilderness experiences, aircraft overflights, and natural quiet. May also include the following: Prepares, reviews, and/or evaluates professional documents for use by service staff and the public regarding complex resource management issues; including developing significant portions of natural resource management plans. Develop and maintain liaison and effective working relations with co-workers,contractors and cooperating agencies. Compile, manage, and analyze existing,long-term monitoring datasets. Support field operations focused on species recovery efforts and invasive species monitoring and control.
  2. Ecology Technician (Temporary): Avian Ecology/Parasitology Institution/Job Location: This position is at Tyson Research Center (field station of Washington University in St. Louis) in Eureka, Missouri. Job Type/Schedule: This is a full-time, temporary position of up to 6 months. The start date is somewhat flexible, but must begin on or before May 13. Weekly hours average to 37.5 hours, but field work schedule is weather-dependent. Description: The Adalsteinsson lab at Tyson Research Center seeks an enthusiastic technician with strong interests in avian ecology and parasitology to manage seasonal crew members and lead field and laboratory data collection efforts. The ideal candidate will have experience independently operating mist nets and handling passerine birds. This temporary position is based at Tyson Research Center, Washington University’s field station (tyson.wustl.edu). This position will manage and help mentor undergraduate and high school students over 11 weeks (late May – early August) and spend the duration of the position assisting with a variety of research tasks (e.g., training, preparing for summer crew, field work and data collection). There will be opportunities to co-author posters, presentations, and potentially manuscripts, depending on individual’s interest/engagement with student projects. The technician will also have the opportunity to participate in professional development experiences offered throughout the student fellowship program such as career panels and statistics workshops. From late May through early August, Tyson Research Center hosts a dynamic community of 80+ students (high school through graduate level), postdocs, technicians, faculty, staff, and other researchers. There are weekly seminars from visiting scientists and potluck style community dinners. More information about the summer fellowship programs (https://tyson.wustl.edu/education-overview/) and seminars (https://tyson.wustl.edu/seminars/) is available on our website. Primary responsibilities: This position will contribute to a long-term research project examining the effects of prescribed fire on tick-borne disease ecology. Data collection is mostly field-based and involves: Sampling ticks using dry-ice baited traps and dragging and flagging methods. Capturing passerine birds, blood sampling, and removing ticks from birds. Estimating mammal abundance using pellet counts and camera traps. Identifying ticks under the microscope. Salary: Base pay commensurate with experience. Qualifications Required: · B.S. or B.A. (or progress toward bachelor’s degree) in Ecology, Biology, Wildlife Management, Zoology, Environmental Science, or a related field. · Have worked at least one full field season · Experience mist-netting, extracting, and banding passerines · Meticulous/high attention to detail · Ability to accurately collect data/record field notes · Motivated, eager to learn, organized, and has a strong interest in mentoring students on research projects. · Experience managing a dataset and/or performing statistical analyses · Ability to hike on steep, rocky terrain carrying 25+ lbs · Valid driver’s license (MO Class E or equivalent by start date) Preferred Qualifications: · Bird bander with at least sub-permittee status · Familiarity with fauna/flora of MO Ozarks region · Experience mentoring students TO APPLY: Please create a single PDF file that includes: 1. cover letter; 2. C.V. with detailed list of banding experience; and 3. contact information (email and phone number) for three references. Application materials must be submitted electronically through https://jobs.wustl.edu/ by entering the job ID number (42941) as a keyword under “Basic Search.” Review of applications will begin February 20 and continue until the position is filled.Questions/interest about the position can be directed to solny.adalsteinsson@wustl.edu. EOE: Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
  3. 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 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. Please visit this URL for details on how to apply: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/wnan/2019_Grant_Individual.html 2-page proposal due on 9 March 2019. Notification of grant awards on 15 April 2019. If you would like a pdf version of the announcement or have any other questions, contact us by email: wnan@byu.edu Mark C. Belk (Editor-in-Chief) and Janene Auger (Managing Editor) Western North American Naturalist 1110 Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum Brigham Young University | Provo, UT 84602 | USA Ph: 801-422-6688 WNAN Journal Home WNAN Monographs Home
  4. Looking for some extra funding? Here are a few of the grants in our funding database with due dates in March and April. Ann Sleight Memorial Scholarship $3,000 - residents of Kitsap County, Washington http://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/ann-sleight-memorial-scholarship-r275/ Izaak Walton League of America Conservation Scholarship $2,500 - undergraduates http://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/iwla-national-scholarships-r209/ Fox Student Grant $1,000 - focus on birds of Indiana http://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/fox-student-grant-r248/ Joseph and Joan Cullman Conservation Grants $2,500 - projects in the Adirondack, Champlain or St. Lawrence region of Northern New York http://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/joseph-and-joan-cullman-conservation-grants-r191/ Rusch Memorial Game Bird Research Scholarship $2,000 - graduate students http://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/rusch-memorial-game-bird-research-scholarship-r174/ Oregon Wildlife Foundation Grant $5,000 - volunteer groups and individuals in Oregon https://www.myowf.org/grants Society for Northwestern Vertebrate Biology Scholarship $1,000 - research in northwestern North America west of the Great Plains and north of the Mojave Desert http://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/snvb-student-scholarship-r206/ There are many more regional grants with applications due soon. Want to see if your region is one of them? Check out the database at http://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/. As always, if you find a dead link or information that has changed, please let me know. I try to keep up with the changes, but I don't find them all. Cheers, and happy grant writing.
  5. The E.N. Huyck Preserve, Inc. and Biological Research Station is accepting applications for 2019 Huyck Research Grants. Since 1938, the 2,000+ acre Huyck Preserve and Biological Field Station has supported work in basic and applied ecology, conservation biology, taxonomy, animal behavior, evolution, geology, land use history, and other areas of natural science. Situated in a landscape with many conserved parcels including the nearby Catskill Park, Huyck Preserve communities include mixed secondary and primary forest, plantations, pristine creeks, and small and large impoundments. Graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and senior researchers are eligible for funding. Typical grant award - $2,000 Wet and dry lab space and on-site housing are available. Successful grants emphasize field studies, with the Preserve as a primary or supplemental research site. Find application and learn more: https://www.huyckpreserve.org/huyck-research-grants.html Application deadline: Friday, February 22, 2019 Address inquiries to Anne Rhoads, Ph.D., Director of Conservation and Education at anne@huyckpreserve.org or 518-797-3440.
  6. Conservation colleagues, Hope you are all doing very well. Please see https://nwtf.applicantpro.com/jobs/. This is the first batch of a total of 24 NWTF Forester positions that we will be hiring as part of a national agreement with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Please take a few minutes to share this with your personal networks to help us identify top candidates. Then, bookmark our site to watch for several more waves of these throughout the year. There has to be lots of young Foresters and Wildlife Foresters out there that would like to get some great experience in their craft. Thank you very much. Sincerely, Gene T. Miller, CWB® District Biologist - West Texas & Oklahoma 8603 Addison Drive Amarillo, Texas 79119 806/803-0180 Office/Fax 806/316-0232 Mobile gmiller@nwtf.net National Wild Turkey Federation 770 Augusta Road | Edgefield, SC 29824 803-637-3106 – Direct line | www.nwtf.org 803-637-0034 – Fax
  7. https://www.smithsonianofi.com/smithsonian-institution-and-conservation-international-postdoctoral-fellowship-program/ The Smithsonian and Conservation International are embarking on a partnership to leverage the resources of both institutions to tackle landscape and seascape scale conservation challenges. With a rapidly changing global environment, it is imperative that we develop science-based solutions to address the biodiversity loss and climate change that is impacting the landscapes and seascapes upon which we depend for our livelihoods. We are looking for a fellow to help us advance this ambitious partnership; an individual that can bring together science, conservation and action to identify what’s working in conservation. We are seeking someone to innovate new methods to expedite the implementation of solutions, and develop metrics that allow us to measure impact and demonstrate the value of conservation to people and nature, allowing for economic and ecological prosperity. Successful applicants should have a solid background in environmental sciences, possess strong analytical skills, have a keen interest in or experience with social science and transdisciplinary conservation, and approach conservation challenges from a systems perspective. Concept notes and proposals should have clear conservation applications. Because this Fellowship is designed to directly support ongoing conservation science programs, interested applicants are asked to design their approach in a brief, one page, concept note to address one of the research topics below. Please indicate in which topic(s) you are interested. A successful concept note should demonstrate how the candidate will utilize existing data, collect new data sets (preferred) and/or adapt/innovate protocols/metrics to identify conservation solutions that have real world applicability. If your concept note is approved you will be invited to submit a full proposal. Deadline for concept note submission is March 4, 2019. Concept notes should be emailed to WLS@si.edu.
  8. Doctoral OPPORTUNITY: Eastern Mallard Population Dynamics PhD in Fish and Wildlife Biology and Management, Conservation Biology, or Applied Ecology Department of Environmental and Forest Biology, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Start Date: August 2019 preferred, negotiable for January 2020 Location: SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), Syracuse, New York. SUNY ESF is home to the fourth largest undergraduate and graduate education program in wildlife science, conservation biology, and aquatic and fisheries science in the United States; it is by far the largest such program in the northeastern region. SUNY ESF is located in central New York with abundant outdoor and cultural opportunities with the Finger Lakes wine region, many state properties and national wildlife refuges, Lake Ontario, the 6.1 million-acre Adirondack Park, High Peaks Region, Lake Placid Olympic Village, and New York City nearby. The Montezuma Wetlands Complex, the first Important Bird Area designated in New York, is less than an hour drive from campus. With its diverse lakes and wetlands, myriad breeding, migrating, and wintering birds, and a landscape rich in human history, the region provides an ideal place for study of wetland-wildlife. In collaboration with a diversity of conservation stakeholders throughout North America, we meet the challenges of a changing world. Description and requirements: We seek a highly-motivated and experienced individual to enroll in ESFÂ’s doctoral program and study eastern mallard population dynamics. Decades of abundant data collection on mallards provide unique opportunities to apply a diversity of novel analytical techniques to test theoretical and applied questions. Surveys indicate that the northeastern US mallard population has declined, whereas that of eastern Canada remains stable. To date, biologists have been unable to determine why the decline has occurred. A long-term decline may mean that either survival and/or production is too low to maintain the population size. However, banding data indicate that eastern mallard survival rates are not measurably different now than they were in the 1990s, when the population was stable. Production estimates obtained from the USFWS Parts Collection Survey have not decreased either. This indicates bias in one or more critical data sets. Our goal is to investigate potential bias in these data sets and determine mechanisms for the recorded population decline. We seek applicants with experience in GIS, occupancy modeling, program MARK, and WinBUGS (or demonstrated capacity to apply these analytical tools) with a strong interest in wildlife population dynamics and landscape ecology. Experience with and knowledge of North American waterfowl conservation, ecology, and management is preferred, but not necessary. Program Requirements: Applicants must be competitive for a departmental teaching assistantship (GPA 3.5 or higher and GRE scores above average in all categories with 2 of the 3 scores > 75th percentile, prior publications or manuscripts in review preferred). Departmental teaching assistantships include a tuition waiver and stipend. Applying: Email a letter of interest, resume, unofficial transcripts, and GRE scores (preferably as a single pdf) to Dr. Michael Schummer (mlschumm@esf.edu). After an interview, the successful applicant will be encouraged to apply to the Graduate School at SUNY ESF.
  9. FIELD ASSISTANTS (2) needed from 29 April through early August 2019 (end date somewhat flexible) for a large-scale study assessing how woodpecker demographic rates vary relative to wildfire and forest management activities. This work is being conducted in the lab of Dr. Jim Rivers at Oregon State University (http://people.forestry.oregonstate.edu/jim-rivers/) and will take place in the rugged and scenic Crater Lake area of southern Oregon, an area of exceptional woodpecker diversity. Field work will consist of early mornings, hiking alone in difficult terrain, and working long days under challenging field conditions (cold, rain, intense sun, loose rock, hazard trees), including some weekends. Primary duties will consist of locating and monitoring of woodpecker nests, climbing nest trees, using radio telemetry to measure juvenile survival, surveying vegetation, undertaking regular data entry, and assisting with additional project-related duties as needed. Salary is based on prior experience with range of $2000-$2300/month plus free housing and project-related transportation for the duration of field work. Qualifications: Successful applicants will have demonstrated experience with (1) bird identification by sight and sound, (2) nest-searching, (3) bird handling and banding, (4) VHF tag attachment, and (5) radio telemetry to quantify movement and habitat use. Prior experience with woodpeckers is desirable but not necessary. Successful applicants will also be self-motivated, have a strong work ethic, be in top physical condition, work harmoniously in a group living situation, have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record, and be able to maintain a positive disposition under challenging work conditions. Application instructions: Email a single PDF document that consists of (1) a cover letter outlining qualifications for the position, (2) a resume, and (3) the name, email, and phone number of 3 references to Dr. Jim Rivers (EM: jim.rivers<AT>oregonstate.edu) with “2019 Woodpecker Research Positions” in the subject line. Positions will be filled as qualified applications are received.
  10. Position Summary: Avian point count technicians (2) needed for a forest management research study. This study aims to understand how bird communities change as forests develop following harvest, in the Oregon Coast Range. The study is a component of a long-term research effort at Oregon State University (OSU) to understand the tradeoffs between forest management and biodiversity conservation. Technicians will receive $2200 - $2450 per month (commensurate with experience). Housing is not provided. Specific Duties: 1. Conduct avian point count surveys in remote forest stands 2. Collect vegetation/habitat data in remote forest stands 3. Practice fastidious and detail-oriented data collection and data entry Working Conditions/Work Schedule: This position will require working outdoors in inclement weather (rain, cold, heat), hiking through recently harvested forest stands, and carrying gear up to 25 lbs. The point count locations are accessed by driving on logging roads by 4WD vehicle. We will work together as a team of three, but actual point count surveys will mostly be conducted alone. The technician will need to practice appropriate risk management for independent remote field work. Because we are counting birds, field days start very early. Data entry will take place in the office following field work. Technicians can be based in Corvallis, Oregon or nearby community. Minimum Qualifications: 1. Physically fit, motivated, and comfortable working in a remote outdoor setting 2. Previous work experience identifying birds by sight and sound 3. Commitment to precise data collection and entry 4. Adaptable to changing work schedules 5. A satisfactory driving record to be approved to drive OSU vehicles. Preferred Qualifications: 1. Previous work experience identifying birds by sight and sound in the Pacific Northwest 2. Familiarity with birds of the Pacific Northwest 3. A Bachelors degree in a biological or environmental science field. Application process Please send cover letter, resume, and 3 references with phone numbers and e-mail addresses to: Scott Harris, scott.harris@oregonstate.edu. Phone 541.609.0902. Questions are also welcome. Applicant review will begin on February 18, 2019 and continue until the positions are filled. Dates: May 20, 2019 through July 19, 2019 Scott Harris Graduate Research Fellow Forest Biodiversity Research Network Oregon State University
  11. We are looking for 1-2 technicians to join our team for a project in the pinyon-juniper forests of northern New Mexico. An ideal candidate has bird banding and nest searching experience and/or small mammal trapping/handling experience. Work would start in early April and finish at the end of July or early August 2019. The technician would assist with a project that investigates the effects of light and noise on breeding birds and small mammals. Activities will include mist netting and trapping, attaching radiotags and deploying and operating telemetry equipment, plus insect and vegetation sampling. Conditions are variable: early season is chilly and late season can be very hot and buggy with afternoon monsoons, so a good attitude across conditions is a must. Assistants must be physically able to hike across rough terrain, navigate on rural dirt roads with GPS and little to no cell service, follow protocols, take detailed field notes and enter data. Camping on site is also occasionally required for night work taking light measurements and early morning trap checking. Compensation is approximately $5,000 plus housing (typically a shared field house in Durango). Schedule is typically 5-8 hours per day with two days off each week, but the schedule is subject to change based on nesting cycles, inclement weather, and trapping needs. If the technician has a high clearance vehicle that can be used to drive to sites, they would be reimbursed form mileage during field work. Outdoor adventure opportunities abound on days off, with easy access to the San Juan Mountains, Mesa Verde National Park and Southeastern Utah. To apply or for further information, please send CV and cover letter detailing your interest and experience to jnphilli@calpoly.edu. Candidates from groups underrepresented in biology, including women, LGBTQ, and minorities are encouraged to apply.
  12. The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, College of Natural Resources (CNR) is seeking a fulltime (9-month), tenure-track faculty member who will have a 100% teaching appointment in the Wildlife Ecology Discipline. The successful applicant will teach up to 12 credit hours each semester during the academic year. We are seeking an applicant whose primary teaching responsibility will be in Wildlife Habitat Management and other wildlife and natural resources courses. The successful applicant also may develop graduate-level courses. The successful candidate will be expected to advise undergraduate and graduate students, and provide university, community, and professional service. The faculty member also will be expected to maintain an active wildlife research program. Experience in and desire to work with diverse populations of learners and stakeholders is expected. Teaching during the summer at one of our field stations for additional compensation is expected as needed. Apply at: https://www.uwsp.edu/hr/jobs/Pages/AcademicJobView.aspx?UWSPJobsCode=15147 To ensure consideration, completed online applications must be received by end of day, 11:59 pm, on February 18, 2019. However, screening may continue until the needs of the recruitment are met. Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in wildlife biology, ecology, or related field Experience in wildlife habitat management Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing Ability to work with students in field applications Broad training with the ability to teach a variety of wildlife and natural resource-related subject matter Preferred Qualifications: Demonstrated excellence in teaching Experience with hands on management techniques, such as prescribed fire Post-doctoral or practical work experience in the wildlife profession Experience in raising extramural funds to support research and outreach activities
  13. The BridgeUP: STEM program at the AMNH is excited to announce that the application for the Helen Fellowship is open, and the deadline has been extended. This fellowship is a one-year residency for post-baccalaureate, self-identifying females, to devote time immersed in computational scientific research and educational outreach at the AMNH. This fellowship is an initiative at the AMNH dedicated to increasing the diversity of the talent pipeline by providing underrepresented students access to the skills and tools required for the 21st Century. To learn more about the fellowship and the application process, visit https://www.amnh.org/learn-teach/higher-education/helen-fellowship. A colorful PDF flyer can be downloaded at this website. Who is eligible to apply? The fellowship is intended for recent college graduates with a conferred bachelor’s or master’s degree in computer science, natural sciences, applied mathematics, computational science, or other relevant majors prior to the fellowship start date in September. What are the benefits? Fellows will receive an annual salary of $70,000 plus generous benefits. Funding is also available for research, travel and equipment expenses. How do I apply? The online application is now open and is due by midnight of February 3, 2019. To learn more about application requirements, visit https://www.amnh.org/learn-teach/higher-education/helen-fellowship. To learn more about application requirements, visit https://www.amnh.org/learn-teach/higher-education/helen-fellowship. With warm regards, --The BridgeUP: STEM Team Education Department, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West @ 79th St., New York, NY 10024-5192
  14. Wildlife Technician (Sage-grouse) - Oregon Opening for a wildlife technician to study season long horse grazing on sage-grouse habitat beginning March 4th and ending the end of June. The experiment is a collaborative research project between Roaring Springs Ranch, Oregon State University and USDA-ARS. The study uses a case study approach to determine the impacts of season long (8 months per year) horse grazing on 1. Sage-grouse nesting habitat structure and composition and 2. Behavioral interactions between nesting sage-grouse and grazing horses within active nesting habitat located near a water source. The work will involve living and working at a cattle ranch located near the Steens Mountains and will include assisting with capturing, radio-collaring and tracking grouse using VHF technology with the ranch biologist and staff in the early spring, and likely some habitat vegetation measurements and fencing work later in the spring/summer. Vegetation work will likely include some of the following: line point intercept, line intercept, visual obscurity using robel pole, daubenmire plots and belt transect. Plant ID is a plus, but most ID will likely be to functional group and training can be provided. Work might include other duties associated with the research project/ranch. 1. Courses/experience in natural resources, wildlife, botany, plant science, or related field. 2. Avian experience preferred 3. Experience with vegetation monitoring methods 4. Experience working with telemetry 5. Experience living or working in rural/remote locations 6. General knowledge of computers and skills for use of word processing and data entry. 7. Ability to carry out tasks independently and part of a team. 8. Experience with driving 4WD vehicles and GPS units. 9. Experience/ ability to perform strenuous work in extreme environments Position Duties This will primarily be a field based job involving irregular work hours and/or days. Work will consist of roughly 85% data/sample collection and processing in the field and 15% data entry and summarization. Ranch housing will be provided. Please submit a cover letter and resume to Vanessa.schroeder@oregonstate.edu with Sage-Grouse Technician in the subject line by February 4, 2019 for full consideration. Applications accepted through February 22, 2019. Start date will be March 4th and end June 30th.
  15. Vegetation Monitoring Technician for Sage-Grouse Research in Southern Montana We are looking for a technician to assist with a greater sage-grouse research project with the University of Wyoming. The project will focus on identifying priority seasonal habitat for sage-grouse in south-central Montana, near Bridger. The position will last approximately 2 months, beginning mid-May and ending in mid to late-July. Duties include vegetation sampling using Line Intercept, Daubenmire and Robel pole methods; identifying sagebrush steppe shrubs and forbs; navigating using maps and GPS; data entry and proofing; and operating 4WD trucks and ATV’s in remote and rugged terrain. Technician will be part of a 2-3 person crew and will have the opportunity to assist other technicians with locating radio-marked grouse using radio telemetry, monitoring nests, and nighttime brood counts. Work will require sharing camp trailers or apartments with other technicians, extensive hiking in rugged terrain, driving ATVs and 4WD trucks, long hours (> 40/wk; 10 or more hrs/day), and a willingness to endure potentially adverse environmental conditions including cold, heat, intense sun, dust, rain, snow, and biting insects. It is essential that applicants are able to work well with others and also work independently. Experience with vegetation surveys are a plus. Technicians will gain valuable experience in fieldwork, and wildlife and vegetation monitoring. Start Date: mid-May, 2019 Final Date to Apply: February 10, 2019. Salary: ~$1900/Month, housing provided. Qualifications Those who have earned or are pursuing degrees in wildlife ecology/science, rangeland ecology/science, botany, zoology, biology, ecology or related fields are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants should have the ability to: - Be detailed-oriented and take detailed field notes - Legibly record field data and enter it into Excel spreadsheets - Follow instructions and survey methodologies - Navigate using maps and GPS equipment - Work and live side-by-side with co-workers in shared housing - Maintain positive attitude while working long days and >40 hrs/wk with variable work schedules and under extreme weather conditions - Maintain positive attitude while completing repetitive and mundane tasks - Assist with vegetation surveys - Safely operate 4WD pickups and ATV’s -Work independently and as part of a team Preference will be given to those who have experience in the above job duties, but experience with every aspect of the work is not necessary. However, a willingness to learn is a must! Please send a letter of interest (1 page), resume and contact information for 3 references as a single attached document (labeled with last name) via email to Erin Birtwistle. Please include dates you are available to start work. Applicants will be reviewed starting February 10th. Contact person: Erin Birtwistle (ebirtwis at uwyo.edu)
  16. We are looking for a technician to assist with a greater sage-grouse research project with the University of Wyoming. The project will focus on identifying priority seasonal habitat for sage-grouse in south-central Montana, near Bridger. The position will last approximately 3.5 months, beginning May 1st and ending in mid-August. Duties will include: locating radio-marked grouse with radio telemetry and GPS; monitoring nests; nighttime brood counts; vegetation sampling using Line Intercept, Daubenmire and Robel pole methods; identifying sagebrush steppe shrubs and forbs; trapping grouse at night to attach rump-mounted transmitters; data entry and proofing; and operating 4WD trucks and ATV’s in remote and rugged terrain. Work will require sharing camp trailers or apartments with other technicians, extensive hiking in rugged terrain, driving ATVs and 4WD trucks, long hours (> 40/wk; 10 or more hrs/day), and a willingness to endure potentially adverse environmental conditions including cold, heat, intense sun, dust, rain, snow, and biting insects. It is essential that applicants are able to work well with others and also work independently. Experience with grouse and/or vegetation surveys are a plus. Technicians will gain valuable wildlife and vegetation monitoring experience. Start Date: May 1, 2019 Final Date to Apply: February 10, 2019. Salary: ~$2000/Month, housing provided. Qualifications Those who have earned or are pursuing degrees in wildlife ecology/science, rangeland ecology/science, botany, zoology, biology, ecology or related fields are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants should have the ability to: - Take detailed field notes - Legibly record field measurements and enter it into Excel spreadsheets - Follow instructions and survey methodologies - Navigate using maps and GPS equipment - Monitor birds using radio telemetry - Work and live side-by-side with co-workers in shared housing - Maintain positive attitude while working long days and >40 hrs/wk with variable work schedules and under extreme weather conditions - Complete vegetation surveys - Safely operate 4WD pickups and ATV’s -Work independently and as part of a team Preference will be given to those who have experience in the above job duties, but experience with every aspect of the work is not necessary. However a willingness to learn is a must! Please send a letter of interest (1 page), resume and contact information for 3 references as a single attached document (labeled with last name) via email to Erin Birtwistle. Applicants will be reviewed starting February 10th. Contact person: Erin Birtwistle (ebirtwis at uwyo.edu)
  17. Seasonal field technician positions with The Ohio State University. Location: Port Clinton, OH Start date: approximately mid-March 2019 Salary: $12.00/hr Description: We are seeking 1-2 field technicians to assist with a Masters project investigating the population ecology and habitat relationships of the Virginia rail and sora at Winous Point Marsh Conservancy in the Lake Erie Coastal Marsh region of Northern Ohio (Sandusky and Ottawa Counties) during the spring and summer. The technicians will provide field assistance with capture, banding, and radio-marking of rails, conduct point-count call playback surveys, track and triangulate radio-marked birds, conduct vegetation surveys, and enter data throughout the field season. Data collection will involve using VHF radio-telemetry, automated radio-telemetry arrays, handheld GPS, call-playback devices, and ATVs/4wd vehicles. Qualifications: Completed or pursuing a Bachelors degree in Wildlife Ecology, Natural Resources Management, Zoology or related field. Previous experience capturing, handling, and marking birds, conducting auditory point-count marsh bird surveys, knowledge and experience with radio telemetry, and familiarity with Midwestern wetland plants are highly desired. A strong work ethic, ability to think critically and work independently (as well as with others), perform detailed data entry, and troubleshoot equipment failures and other problems as they arise in the field are required. Must be able to work in pre-dawn and post-dusk situations and have the capacity to work outdoors under extreme field conditions (high heat and humidity, rain, biting insects, unstable and muddy wetland terrain, etc.) for long periods of time. Proficiency with the operation of small watercraft (canoe, kayak, small motor-boat, etc.) and a valid U.S. drivers license are also required. How to apply: To apply, please send a cover letter including your availability to work, resume, and contact information for three (3) professional and/or academic references in a single MS word or PDF document to hengst.8@osu.edu. Please include RAIL TECH 2019 in the subject heading. The review of applications will begin January 31, 2019 until filled. Please feel free to contact Nicole Hengst (hengst.8@osu.edu) with any questions.
  18. Reposted. Thought this might be of interest. The Biodiversity Collections Network, an NSF Research Coordination Network, is pleased to alert you to the availability of a new draft report. The document, Extending U.S. Biodiversity Collections to Address National Challenges, is the outcome of a workshop convened on 30 October and 1 November 2018 at Oak Spring Garden in Upperville, Virginia. That workshop was informed by prior BCoN workshops and reports, scientific literature, a community survey, and several community dialogues convened at scientific meetings during 2018. The workshop addressed the future deployment of data held in U.S. biodiversity collections for research, policy, and education. BCoN invites public comment on this draft report. The comment period is open until 5:00 PM Eastern on 1 February 2019. Comments should be emailed to Dr. Barbara Thiers at bthiers@nybg.org. To read the report and supporting materials, please visit https://bcon.aibs.org/2019/01/16/community-input-requested-extending-u-s-biodiversity-collections-to-address-national-challenges/
  19. Dear all, the application deadline for the AniMove Science School is approaching. Apply before February 1st 2019 to learn how to analyze animal movement and remote sensing data for ecology and conservation applications using R. AniMove 2019 will be in Yale, US from June 3rd to 14th at the Max Planck - Yale Center for Biodiversity Movement and Global Change. bout AniMove: Animal Movement Analysis summer school is offered as a two-week professional training course, that targets students, researchers and conservation practitioners that have collected animal relocation data and want to learn how to analyze these data. Course participants will have the opportunity to apply learned techniques to their own data during the course. Animal movement is critical for maintenance of ecosystem services and biodiversity. The study of complex movement patterns and of the factors that control such patterns is essential to inform conservation research and environmental management. Technological advances have greatly increased our ability to track, study, and manage animal movements. But analyzing and contextualizing vast amounts of tracking data can present scientific, computational, and technical challenges that require scientists and practitioners to master new skills from a wide range of computational disciplines. AniMove, a collective of international researchers with extensive experience in these topics, teaches a two-week intensive non-profit training course for studying animal movement. This two-week course focuses on interdisciplinary approaches linking animal movement with environmental factors to address challenging theoretical and applied questions in conservation biology. To achieve this, participants will acquire significant skills in computational ecology, movement data pre-processing and analysis, modeling, remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). more details here: http://animove.org/courses/yale-2019/
  20. The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level in the area of population and conservation genetics with an emphasis on wild animal systems. The expected start date of the position is August 1, 2019. This is a full time, tenure track, 9-month appointment with a 60% research, 35% teaching, and 5% service appointment. The SFWS is a diverse academic environment with strong education, research, and outreach programs in forestry, wildlife, natural resource management, geospatial and environmental informatics, and biomaterial and packaging education, research, and outreach. Our graduates are leaders in a diverse array of natural resources-related companies, university programs, private industry, public agencies, and non-profit organizations. Additional information about the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences and its programs can be found on our website: https://sfws.auburn.edu/ Responsibilities: The successful applicant will be expected to establish and maintain an extramurally funded and internationally recognized research program focused on innovative approaches to the study of population and/or conservation genetics of wild animal systems, and collaborate with other faculty conducting such research. The applicant will also be expected to teach three courses (undergraduate and graduate) each year in the areas of the applicant’s specialty or as identified by School faculty. Additional responsibilities include recruiting and mentoring graduate students, advising undergraduate students, and participating in school and university services. Rank and Salary: Tenure-track, full time, 9-month appointment. Salary is negotiable and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Minimum Qualifications: An earned doctoral degree in wildlife ecology, biology, genetics, natural resources or similar field at the time employment begins. Applicants should demonstrate strong training/experience in conservation and population genetics. Post-doctoral experience is expected. Desired Qualifications: A demonstrated record of scholarly publication, extramural funding, and teaching at the university level is highly desirable. Application Procedures: Applicants must complete the online application at this link: https://aufacultypositions.peopleadmin.com/postings/3285 to include a curriculum vitae, transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy and experience, description of research interest and program, and the names and contact information of three references. The review date will begin February 1, 2019, and will continue until a suitable candidate has been identified. For additional information contact: Dr. Todd Steury, Chair, Search Committee, phone 334-844-9253, or e-mail: steury@auburn.edu
  21. Field Assistant -Demography of Canada Warblers (Cardellina canadensis) along an elevation gradient in the central Appalachians School of Natural Resources, Wildlife and Fisheries Resources Program, West Virginia University Description: The School of Natural Resources at West Virginia University is seeking a research technician to assist with a mark-recapture study of breeding Canada Warblers along an elevation gradient in the Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia. Fieldwork will occur from approximately May 1 – July 15. The position will entail assisting with capture and banding of Canada Warblers, subsequent resighting of color-banded individuals, and other duties as they arise (e.g., vegetation surveys, data entry during rainy days, etc). The ideal candidate should have experience mist netting, banding, and re-sighting color-marked birds. Candidates should expect early mornings and rugged field conditions. A remote field house is provided, but candidates should expect to spend the majority of working days camping in the field. Terrain in the central Appalachians can be steep and rocky – candidates should be able to haul equipment off-trail over steep terrain. A field vehicle will be provided. Stipend: $12.50 / hour for 40 hours / week. To Apply: Interested individuals should send a CV, 1-page cover letter, and contact information for 3 references as a single PDF file to Dr. Christopher Rota at christopher.rota@mail.wvu.edu. Review of applications will begin the week of January 28, and the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.
  22. PhD Assistantship – Spatial Ecology of Urban Geese Ball State University Description Position Description: A PhD position is available studying the spatial ecology of urban Canada geese and their impacts on hunting and management of geese as a whole. We are seeking experienced and motivated students interested in wildlife ecology and management capable of coordinating research teams at two universities while collaborating with IN DNR biologists. Primary areas of research will focus on the effects of local depopulation events of nuisance geese and the resulting movement patterns of geese in the process of repopulation. The accepted PhD student will use various survey methods, band recovery data and geolocators to study the local and large scale movement patterns of geese and how they influence dispersal, re-colonization, and population ecology. Qualifications Qualifications: Academic requirements include a Masters degree in a closely related field, competitive GRE scores, a GPA above 3.0. Preferred candidates should have experience with waterfowl, spatial analysis, GIS, and statistical experience. Additionally, candidates should have a strong work ethic and leadership skills and be able to conduct field work in extreme weather conditions and be willing to work weekend and long periods of time as dictated by project needs. The student will be funded primarily on a research assistantship. This position is funded for 4 years at $25,350 and includes a tuition/fee remission benefit worth approximately $10,000 per academic year. Students are responsible for any additional dedicated fees. Application: To apply, send a single PDF or Word Document containing 1) a cover letter describing your interests and experiences as they relate to the position, 2) a CV with names and contact information for 3 references, and 3) unofficial transcripts to Dr. Tim Carter (tccarter@bsu.edu). The deadline for applications is 15 February 2019. Applications will be reviewed as received. Salary - $25,350 + partial Tuition and Fee remission Start Date - 05/2019 Last Date to Apply - 2/15/2019 Contact Person Dr. Tim Carter tccarter@bsu.edu
  23. nternship Description: Travel to one of the most magnificent locations for Western Sandpiper migration and assist with and coordinate spring surveys of this amazing traveler. In April and May, work will focus on these surveys and on helping organize the Cordova Shorebird Festival. The intern will also work on other migratory/nesting bird projects, such as Dusky Goose nest sites, as well as citizen science and public outreach.The intern will create and deliver bilingual (English/Spanish) public presentations as needed, work onsite with educators as part of local environmental education and interpretative programs. Prior survey experience is not required, but a willingness to learn and an enthusiasm for interacting with the public and children is necessary. You will receive all necessary professional training and will gain real-life job experience working alongside our wildlife staff and environmental education specialists. This is a great opportunity for career shadowing and hands-on experience in the fields of wildlife biology and environmental education. Location: USFS Chugach National Forest, Cordova, Alaska Length of Internship: March-August Eligibility: ● Age 18 to 35, and in college (undergraduate or graduate) or recent graduate. ● US citizen or legal resident. ● A strong interest – or relevant experience – in bird conservation and/or willingness to learn is required. Enthusiasm for interacting with the public and children is encouraged. ● Bilingual skills (Spanish/English) are helpful and preferred. ● Be social media savvy Stipend: Monthly stipend of $1200. Lodging and travel expenses provided Apply Here: https://www.environmentamericas.org
  24. The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) is a U.S. Territory consisting of 14 islands in the western Pacific. This position serves at a professional level as a wildlife biometrician within the Department of Lands and Natural Resources, Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW). The biometrician will apply advanced statistical, analytical, and biological knowledge to new and existing programs for the informed management and conservation of terrestrial wildlife in the CNMI. The incumbent works under the direct supervision of the wildlife section supervisor to provide recommendations to DFW biologists to improve the efficiency of research and monitoring protocols and programs. Duties and responsibilities include: 1. Provide comprehensive quantitative and analytical support for the statistical design, implementation, analyses, and interpretation of biological, ecological, and sociological investigations of wildlife populations in support of DFW management and staff. 2. Collate and organize data. Oversee or complete data entry as needed assuring quality control and quality assurance of wildlife investigations. Use a variety of programs including but not limited to R, MARK, and DISTANCE to conduct statistical analyses of short- and long-term datasets. 3. Author, coauthor, or review statistical content in technical reports and scientific papers in cooperation with DFW biologists, collaborators and others. 4. Develop, evaluate, and implement research and monitoring protocols and programs and make recommendations to more efficiently achieve management objectives. 5. Participate in field sampling to ensure proper sampling practices and to improve understanding of project design and implementation. 6. Examine datasets to identify patterns and establish relationships to solve problems through analyses (i.e. data mining). 7. Contribute to development of grant proposals that will enhance management of endangered and endemic species and habitats. 8. Write grant reports. 9. Provide technical assistance and statistical reports to the DFW Director on a regular basis or as requested. 10. Train others in the fundamentals of statistical analysis techniques. 11. Perform travel as required. Present results of research at scientific conferences and meetings as requested. 12. Follow DFW data storage and sharing protocols. 13. Stay abreast of developments in statistics and quantitative analysis pertaining to wildlife ecology and management and incorporate new knowledge, skills, and tools into programs. 14. Collaborate with the DFW program information specialist to make biological, ecological, and sociological information available to the public. 15. Other duties as assigned. Candidates will possess a masters degree or higher in statistics, biology, or a related field. Drivers License and U.S. work authorization is required for this position. This position requires a minimum 3-year commitment. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume detailing experience and qualifications by email with the subject line "BIOMETRICIAN APPLICATION". Application deadline is January 26, 2019.
  25. Grants of up to $6000, supported by the David Redden Conservation Science Fund, will be awarded on a competitive basis to fund scientific research conducted within Black Rock Forest. Proposed research should have a particular emphasis on applications to the conservation of populations, species, or ecosystems. Applications from graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and senior researchers are welcomed. Proposals from undergraduate and high school students will be accepted if submitted in collaboration with the faculty who will directly supervise their research. Award funds can be used to purchase project supplies and equipment, to pay for processing of samples at external laboratory facilities, as stipends for students or research assistants, and/or to cover transportation or other incidental costs. Black Rock Forest is an environmental nonprofit organization founded in 1989 to advance scientific understanding of the natural world. In addition to a 3,914-acre forest, the organization runs a science field station with labs, classrooms and lodging for investigators and students in Cornwall, New York. The Forest features a wide variety of terrestrial and aquatic habitats. Application deadline: received by 5 PM on Friday February 8, 2019 For guidelines, application materials, and more information on Black Rock Forest, please visit blackrockforest.org [see link below] For questions, please call the Black Rock Forest Office at (845) 534-4517 or email kterlizzi@blackrockforest.org https://blackrockforest.org/files/blackrock/content/2019_david_redden_conservation_science_fund_grant_guidelines.pdf
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