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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Undergraduate Student Opportunity

Undergraduate Student Opportunity:  two REU positions in northern Alaska

We are seeking enthusiastic undergraduate researchers interested in summer
field research in Alaska for two REU positions in the Bret-Harte and Ruess
labs at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  Our overall research objective
is to understand the ecosystem and global consequences of potential future
changes in arctic vegetation.  In this project, we are focusing on the
mechanisms by which increasing abundance of large deciduous shrubs in tundra
ecosystems may alter the near-surface cycling of C and N, and feedbacks to
further vegetation change. You will assist with fieldwork in arctic tundra
and laboratory work consisting of tasks such as plant sorting and data
entry. You will collaborate closely with the principal investigators,
graduate students, and technicians to develop an independent research
project of your own that will build on the ongoing research, and will
present your work at an informal symposium at the Toolik Field Station. In
addition, you will attend weekly seminars on the research at the station.
You will be based at the Toolik Field Station, north of the Brooks Range in
arctic Alaska (, which is the focus of research by
nearly >100 scientists who work on a variety of terrestrial and aquatic
ecology projects.  The positions will last approximately 10 weeks, starting
in mid-June, though there is some flexibility.

Class background in plant ecology, botany, ecosystem ecology, statistics,
and computer science would be an advantage.  Experience in field or
laboratory, experience with data analysis, and experience working in a
remote field site is preferred.  You should have skills with plant
identification, data collecting and recording, data manipulation in Excel,
and data analysis. You must be willing to work in the field, occasionally
under adverse weather conditions.  A valid U.S. drivers’s license is
preferred.  Competent, careful, emotionally mature, and enthusiastic people
desired!  We want the work to be both fun and challenging.  You must be a
U.S. citizen or permanent resident and currently enrolled in an
undergraduate degree program, with graduation expected no sooner than fall
2017.  You must provide a copy of your social security card at the time of
employment.  Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

If you are interested in this position, send 1) a copy of your resume,
including the names and contact information for 3 references, 2) a list of
your coursework in biology, ecology, chemistry, and math/statistics, and 3)
a cover letter than explains why you are interested, describes your
background and research experience, and includes anything that you think
would convince us that you are the most appropriate person for this
position, to Syndonia Bret-Harte, by April 10, 2017.
 We will contact you to discuss the position.

Kelly Jensen 04:19:01 PM
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Research Presentation: Glacier Bay ecology

Friday, March 31, at noon, Brian Buma will be presenting at the Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center (Juneau USFS Forest Science Lab, Auke Bay campus) on his work restarting the Glacier Bay long-term succession study, now the longest running primary succession plot network in the world.  All are welcome.

Brian Buma 10:25:25 AM
Friday, February 17, 2017

New Weblog Item

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking to fill a temporary seasonal position in Juneau, AK. Applications must be submitted via USA jobs ( These job announcements are now posted on the USA jobs website at the following links and the application deadline is February 22nd:


Elizabeth Graham (, 907-586-8883) is the staff contact for our seasonal positions. It is less certain that the Anchorage and Fairbanks positions will be successfully filled due to funding limitations, so interested applicants should be sure to select the Juneau location in USA jobs.



GS-0404-04/05 ($15.54/$17.39/hr)

Forest Health Protection – Alaska Region

Duty Stations: Juneau, Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska

 Please excuse the VERY TIGHT application deadline: February 22nd.


These job announcements are now posted on the USA jobs website at the following links:





Elizabeth Graham (eegraham@fs.fed.us907-586-8883) is the staff contact for our seasonal positions. It is less certain that the Anchorage and Fairbanks positions will be successfully filled due to funding limitations, so interested applicants should be sure to select the Juneau location in USA jobs.


Please see the attached outreach  notice or contact me for more information.


Brian Buma 08:53:47 AM
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

PNW CESU Cooperative Ventures

News and funding opportunities from the Pacific Northwest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit: Cooperative Ventures is the newsletter of the Pacific Northwest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (PNW CESU), hosted by the University of Washington's School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. UAS is a member of this partnership for research, technical assistance, and education to enhance understanding and management of natural and cultural resources.

Cooperative Ventures 

Karen Schmitt 11:18:34 AM grant opportunity PNWCESU
Monday, January 16, 2017

Water Quality in the Yucatan Peninsula

Water Quality in the Yucatan Peninsula

A newly funded REU program is starting this summer examining groundwater resources in the Yucatan Peninsula! This National Science Foundation funded research program is open to undergraduates with an interest in water science. Six students will take part in faculty-mentored research projects in Cancun, Mexico. 

The 8-week program will be divided into three parts. Part one will be completed at the NIU campus in DeKalb, IL, where students will learn research skills, develop research plans, and study water resources and the Yucatan Peninsula. During this time students will be provided with accommodation at the residence halls on campus.

The second part of the program will take place in Cancun. Students will work on their research projects with faculty mentors and Mexican scientists and undergraduates while staying in local housing. There will be a four-day vacation during which students will visit sites of historical and cultural significance in the Yucatan. 

Students will receive a stipend of $5,000 and all travel and housing costs will be covered by the program.

Students will return to NIU at the end of the program to analyze data and present their findings. 

Students at community colleges and other institutions with limited research options are especially encouraged to apply!


For more information, application instructions, please visit our webpage at:


A description of the research projects is available here:


Questions or requests for more information can be directed to


Applications are due February 15th. 

Brian Buma 09:24:37 AM
Friday, January 13, 2017

Forest ecology intern positions - Sequoia

Summer Employment Opportunity!

Come work among the Giant Sequoias!

 Sequoia-Kings Canyon Field Station (USGS) is currently searching for interested applicants for summer Biological Science Technicians (Forest Ecology) positions.

 Pay: GG-5 (approx. $15.74/hour)

Location: Three Rivers, California

 Examples of Duties: 

Measure forest demographics, including measuring trees and seedlings and determining cause of death.  Gain knowledge and experience in ecological research, identifying Sierran trees, and forest pathology.

 Several positions will be filled.  Positions are full-time, start in approximately mid-May, and will last about 5 months. Need bachelor’s degree or equivalent education and experience. Some field work experience required. Want people with some biological coursework and experience, an interest in forest ecology, who want to work outdoors, and who like to work in small teams and get along easily with others. Housing available for rent.  Must be a US Citizen in order to qualify.

 If interested: e:mail a cover letter, resume, list of references, and unofficial transcripts to:    Anne Pfaff at


To be considered, please send information by February 6th.


For more information, call Anne at (559) 565-3172 or e:mail at

Brian Buma 03:40:55 PM
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

National Great Rivers Research and Educational Center paid internships

The deadline to apply for an NGRREC Internship is Wednesday, January 18th!


The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC) is seeking college students to participate in one of approximately 25 paid internship positions being offered this summer in variety of environmental careers such as ecological research, fisheries science, education, policy, and social science. A summary of the available projects can be found on the application page:


Minimum Requirements

• current college student (community college and junior college students encouraged to apply)

• GPA 3.25 or higher

• Required attendance at Orientation (May 23-26) and Intern Symposium (July 31- Aug 1) if accepted as an intern.

• Submission of all required materials, online, by the application deadline (Jan. 18). 


Required Materials: All application materials must be submitted electronically within the online application form by the January 18 deadline.

• Biographical sketch - Submit a brief statement (100 words or less) about yourself, your interests, and where you see yourself career-wise in 5 years. This information will be included in the August symposium proceedings.

• College transcript - Unofficial copy will suffice as long as your name is clearly visible on the transcript. A screenshot or a typed Word version of your transcript will not be accepted. 

• Resume - Include all relevant coursework, previous employment, internships, and volunteer positions. Organization name, location, and dates should be included.

• Cover letter (optional, but encouraged) - Feel free to include a cover letter outlining what makes you a good candidate for this internship. Include any additional information, such as your career and academic goals, that would help us assess your fit for our internship program.


Important Dates

• Jan. 18: Application Deadline

• May 23-26: Intern Program Short Course (attendance required)

• May 30 - July 28: Summer Internship

• July 31 - Aug. 1: Intern Symposium (attendance required)


Apply now before the January 18 deadline!


For questions or more information, please contact NGRREC Intern Program Coordinator, Natalie Marioni at


Natalie Marioni, Intern Program Coordinator

Director of Environmental Education and Citizen Science

National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (

Ph: 618.468.2783

Brian Buma 09:56:38 AM
Saturday, January 07, 2017

Chicago Botanic Garden student opportunities (and recent grads)

Calling all plant enthusiasts!  The Chicago Botanic Garden provides opportunities for
undergraduates, recent college graduates and graduate studies! See details below!

Summer Research Experiences for Undergrads (REU):
The Chicago Botanic Garden welcomes undergraduates* interested in plant biology and
conservation to apply to our REU program, funded by the National Science Foundation.
This 10 week internship program, offered from June - August 2017, provides
undergraduate participants an opportunity to explore a diverse array of scientific fields
related to plant biology and conservation spanning genetic to ecosystem levels of
inquiry. Interns work with a mentor to conduct an independent research project,
participate in training and professional development programs, and present their results
to a broad audience. Travel, room and board, and research costs are covered by the
program. Participants also receive a $5,000 stipend. Application deadline is February 1,
2017. For more information, please visit our website at:
*You must be a current undergraduate student (enrolled spring and fall 2017) and a
citizen or permanent resident of the United States or its territories to qualify for this

Conservation and Land Management Internship Program - CLM:
Each year, the Conservation and Land Management Internship Program places 100-120
college graduates in five-month paid internships to assist biologists with our federal
(BLM, NPS, FWS, FS, USGS and others) and non-profit partners.  The majority of our
internships have a heavy emphasis on botany. Interns assist in a wide variety of projects
depending on the needs of their field office. Examples of projects include: collecting
seed for restoration and conservation purposes, performing surveys for threatened and
endangered species and habitats, and collecting data on species reintroduction and
habitat management experiments.

As a CLM intern, you will receive a stipend paid every two weeks totaling $13,500 over 5
months and will attend an all-expenses paid week-long training workshop at the
Chicago Botanic Garden. In addition, the CLM Internship Program provides
opportunities to make connections in various governmental and non-profit
organizations, to learn what it's like to work at a federal agency, to explore your career
goals and expand your resume.

Applications are due January 15th, but we encourage applicants to apply soon as we
review applications on a rolling basis.  For more information and to apply online, please


Brian Buma 03:05:39 PM
Saturday, January 07, 2017

Summer forest ecology and silviculture position - Idaho

Summer Field Positions in Idaho

The lab of Dr. Andrew Nelson in the Department of Forest, Rangeland, and
Fire Sciences at the University of Idaho is seeking qualified applicants
for 1 crew leader ($12-13/hour) and 2-3 technicians ($9-10/hour) for 40
hours per week during summer 2017. In general, the Nelson lab focuses on
silviculture and applied forest ecology. Our research explores the
effects of forest management on stand dynamics and tree growth,
specifically forests of the Inland Empire (northern Idaho, northeastern
Washington, and western Montana) and the greater Northern Rockies and
Inland Northwest.

Expected start date May 22, 2017 and expected end date August 18, 2017.
Employee will be responsible for arranging their own housing in Moscow,
Idaho or surrounding area during the term of employment.

Technician Qualifications:
•       Knowledge of Inland Northwest vegetation or ability to learn
•       Knowledge of forest measurements and tools
•       Be able to work in the field in all weather conditions
•       Be able to camp as needed (applicants must provide their own
•       Be able to hike in rugged terrain
•       Be able to carry 50 lbs
•       Pass a criminal background check
•       Possess a valid driver’s license
•       Be able to drive University of Idaho vehicles (cannot have
suspended license in the past three years, cannot have alcohol or drug-
related offense)

Crew Leader Qualifications:
•       All the qualifications for the technician positions, plus:
o       At least one year experience as a field technician
o       Ability to communicate with forest managers and coordinate field

Interested applicants should submit a resume or CV, brief statement of
interest and experience, and contact information (name, affiliation,
phone number, and email) for 2 professional or academic references in a
single PDF document to Dr. Andrew Nelson ( Review
of applications will begin immediately. Deadline for application is
January 31, 2017.

Brief Project Overview
1.      Western Larch Thinning and Understory Vegetation
•       Location: Private and state forestland throughout northern Idaho
and northeastern Washington – camping required
•       Long-term study of young, nearly pure western larch stands
managed with three thinning densities (unthinned, 12 ft spacing, and
16ft spacing) and two understory management treatments (complete
removal, no removal)
•       Duties include installing new trial sites and measuring
treatment effects on tree growth, canopy structure, understory
diversity, and soil moisture

2.      Western Larch Genetics × Environment Interactions
•       Location: Private forestland in northern Idaho, northeastern
Washington, and northeastern Oregon – camping required
•       Long-term study to examine the performance of superior western
larch clones in response to non-tree competition across a climatic
gradient in the Inland Empire. 7 superior larch families in pure family
blocks plus a standard orchard bulk seed mix block with and without
complete control of non-tree vegetation.
•       Duties include assisting with greenhouse measurements of
seedlings, locating study sites, and laying out planting blocks in the
field in cooperation with forest managers.

3.      Douglas-fir and Western Larch Competition Thresholds
•       Location: Private and state forestland throughout northern
Idaho, northeastern Montana, and northeastern Oregon – camping required
•       Study will examine the amount of non-tree competition
surrounding Douglas-fir and western seedlings required to cause a
substantial decline in growth and survival across a climate gradient in
the Inland Empire. Experiment will consist of two tree species with
different areas of non-tree vegetation control around each seedling (no
control, 1 ft control, 3 ft control, 5 ft control).
•       Duties include locating field sites, applying treatments, and
initial seedling measurements.

4.      Western White Pine and Douglas-fir Responses to Site Preparation
•       Location: Priest River Experimental Forest in the Selkirk
Mountains of northern Idaho – housing provided
•       Study will examine the long-term effects (32 years post-
planting) of site preparation treatments (no management, scalping,
bedding, bedding + non-tree vegetation control) on the diameter and
height growth, and growth efficiency of western white pine and Douglas-
•       Duties include tree felling, detailed field measurements of tree
branches and stems, laboratory measurements of leaf area and stem

Brian Buma 02:59:09 PM
Saturday, January 07, 2017

Flathead Lake Bio Summer Station student opportunity

Summers at Flathead Lake Biological Station, Montana, USA - Get Out Here!

Immersive field ecology experiences in Western Montana

Since 1899, the Flathead Lake Biological Station of the University of Montana has been offering transformative field ecology courses in spectacular western Montana.  2017 is going to be the best summer yet!

Students are already registering online at

We have nine great courses on offer in both aquatic and terrestrial realms that will be of interest to students ranging from “sophomores-to-be” (Field Ecology) to upperclassmen to early grad students. Here are some relevant pieces of info:

-   many scholarships are available

-   early registration discount (Deadline: January 15, 2017)

-   "buddy program" discount for students who sign up together

-   small classes with great faculty

-   immersive learning featuring field methods as well as interactions with natural resource professionals

-   two new courses for 2017: Aquatic Microbial Ecology & Drones for Water Assessment

-   credits easily transferable to other colleges/universities

Students who have completed a first-year college curriculum involving biology, some chemistry, and some math are eligible for our 5-credit Field Ecology class after which they can take subsequent courses that summer.  In any case, students can enroll with permission of instructor so they should contact us if they have questions.  For more summer session details, see the website at or access the brochure at

Brian Buma 02:57:16 PM