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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
Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Internship with the National Centers for Environmental Prediction

Official site:

The National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) is "Where America's Climate and Weather Services Begin". Virtually all the meteorological data collected over the globe arrives at NCEP, where environmental scientists analyze this information and generate a wide variety of environmental guidance information. NCEP delivers national and global weather, water, climate and space weather guidance, forecasts, warnings and analyses to a broad range of users and partners. These products and services respond to user needs to protect life and property, enhance the nation's economy, and support the nation's growing need for environmental information.

NCEP is offering up to 10 paid summer internships targeted towards current undergraduate and graduate students to work in areas that will meet the future needs of the ever-broadening user community and address the strategic climate-water-weather issues. Each student will collaborate with one or more scientists at our five centers located in College Park, MD: Climate Prediction Center, Environmental Modeling Center, NOAA Central Operations, Ocean Prediction Center, and Weather Prediction Center.


Must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program, and be a U.S. Citizen willing to undergo a security background check.

Students from the following majors are welcome to apply: math, physics, meteorology, atmospheric and climate science, computer science, engineering, and social science.

Program Details

Internships are full time for 10 weeks between June and August, with a preferred starting date in early June.

Participants may be involved in projects such as:

  • Activities that improve understanding of forecasting problems
  • Activities that address some critical aspect of operational model development
  • Incorporation of social science knowledge and practices to communicate forecast uncertainty
  • Activities that will create new data analysis techniques with wide application and usefulness in operational forecasting


In addition to their project, participants attend lectures, participate in workshops to build skills and knowledge relevant to the job, and present their projects in both written and oral formats. The internship is approximately 40 hours per week.

We provide:

  • Internship stipend ($5000)
  • Furnished housing
  • Travel allowance to get to and from College Park, MD


How to Apply

Applications are due February 6, 2017.

1. Please prepare a single PDF which includes the following:

  • A personal statement (2-3 pages) describing your relevant career interests and past experiences in your area of interest and why you are applying for this NCEP internship. Please include mention of which NCEP Center you are most interested in and why.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • A transcript (unofficial is sufficient) from your institution

2. Send your single PDF including your personal statement, CV(resume) and transcript to Genene Fisher.

3. Then fill out the Application Form and attach your PDF as instructed at the bottom of the form.

4. Please also have 2 letters of recommendation sent to Genene Fisher.



Contact Dr. Genene Fisher, NCEP Executive Officer, if you have questions: genene.fisher[at], 301-683-1323.

Brian Buma 01:50:47 PM
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
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and and Science (SOARS)


The 2017 Summer Program will run from May 21 - August 5.

SOARS is dedicated to broadening participation in the atmospheric and related sciences.

SOARS is an undergraduate to graduate program built around a summer research internship, mentoring by top scientists and engineers, and a supportive learning community. In addition to the summer internship, SOARS includes year-round support, funding to attend conferences and last-dollar tuition scholarships. Successful proteges are eligible to participate in the program for up to four years.

SOARS 2017 applications are due on February 1, 2017.

If you have questions, please contact SOARS at 303-497-8622 or

Selection Considerations

SOARS encourages applications from individuals who are members of a group that is historically under-represented in the atmospheric and related sciences, including students who are Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, and Hispanic or Latino, female, first generation college students, veterans and students with disabilities. SOARS welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students; students who have experienced, and worked to overcome, educational or economic disadvantage and/or have personal or family circumstances that may complicate their continued progress in research careers.

A successful candidate should

  • Have completed the equivalent of two years of college
  • Have at least one semester of undergraduate studies remaining after the initial summer program (graduating seniors are not eligible to apply)
  • Ideally have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; if your GPA is less than this, please address the circumstances in your essay
  • Have a major in atmospheric science or a related field such as the geosciences, chemistry, computer science, earth science, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, meteorology, oceanography, physics, or social science; and a plan to pursue a career in atmospheric or a related science
  • Have U.S.-citizen or permanent-resident status
  • Be comfortable with all internship requirements.

Your submission needs:

  1. A SOARS application
  2. Two letters of recommendation
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
  4. Two essay questions, each with a limit of 500 words. These are: 

    1. Academic Statement of Purpose: A statement outlining your career goals and how participating in SOARS will help you meet these goals.

    2. SOARS Mission and Personal Journey:  SOARS is dedicated to enhancing the diversity of future scientific communities and sharing our science with a broader audience.  Please describe how you, based on your personal background and life experiences (including social, cultural, familial, educational, or other opportunities or challenges) will contribute to this mission during and after participation in SOARS. 

Are you ready to submit? Please read through these detailed instructions!


Submission Instructions


To successfully apply to SOARS, be sure to complete each of the following steps:

  1. Request two recommendations from contacts who can speak to your ability to do research, such as faculty members or academic counselors, using the SOARS Recommendation Form.
  2. Collect transcripts from all institutions you have attended. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted during the application process. However, students selected for the internship will need to provide official transcripts before they will be officially accepted into the program. Please do not include high school transcripts. 
  3. Fill out and submit the SOARS Application. Please note that this will take you away from the SOARS website and to the UCAR Center for Science Education website (SOARS' parent department).
  4. Remember to give yourself enough time to write the essays and make sure you address what is being asked.  You can find tips for writing effective application essays here.
Brian Buma 08:13:22 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