Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteers
Now Accepting Applications for 2014-2015: The Trust is currently soliciting applications for the fourth year of its Chesapeake Conservation Corps program. Made possible in partnership with the State of Maryland and Constellation Energy, the purpose of the Corps is two-fold: for stipend Volunteers to work with Host Organizations and communities throughout Maryland to implement on-the-ground restoration and energy conservation projects and to provide leadership and training opportunities for young adults pursuing environmental and conservation careers. Applications must be received by April 18, 2014 at 5 pm. To learn more about the Corps and to apply, visit our website. For more information, please contact Tara Baker, 410-974-2941, ext 102.
Army Corps GIS Job
Department:Department of the Army
Agency:U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Open Period: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 to Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Position Information: Full Time- Permanent
Duty Locations: 1 vacancy in the following location: Mobile, AL
Salary Range: $69,497.00 to $90,344.00 / Year
JOB SUMMARY: Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.
GIS Programmer Analyst at the Natural Capital Project
The Natural Capital Project is a partnership among Stanford University’s
Woods Institute for the Environment, University of Minnesota’s Institute on
the Environment, The Nature Conservancy, and World Wildlife Fund. We develop
tools to model and map the distribution of biodiversity and the flow of
multiple ecosystem services across land- and seascapes. We seek a creative
and talented geographer or ecologist for a GIS programmer analyst position
to advance the development, testing and application of terrestrial and
freshwater ecosystem service models.
The successful candidate will contribute to NatCap’s ongoing efforts to
provide process-based ecosystem service modeling in support of decision
making around the world. To date, these efforts have resulted in InVEST, a
tool that tracks the production and valuation of ecosystem services, and
RIOS, a landscape optimization support tool for watershed services. The
programmer analyst will develop, program, improve and apply spatially-
explicit ecosystem services models written in Python. In addition, they will
gather, create and prepare digital data needed for GIS analysis. The
programmer analyst will work in close collaboration with NatCap’s
interdisciplinary team, which includes scientists, economists and software
engineers, to produce simple, scientifically robust models that have outputs
that resonate with stakeholders and decision makers.
Our core team is located in Seattle, Washington, DC, University of Minnesota
and Stanford, and we have active partners around the globe. This position
will be based at Stanford. It will require extensive interaction with
interdisciplinary teams and some travel.
. B.S. and/or M.S. in geography, ecology, agricultural or natural resource
sciences, mathematics, or a related field
. Expertise in GIS and geospatial analysis
. Strong quantitative skills and proficiency in the Python programming
. Ability to work effectively on multiple concurrent projects
. Excellent communication skills
. Experience working with large datasets, including raster, vector and
. Experience applying or developing social and/or ecological models in the
context of natural resource and/or land-use management
. Experience with both ArcGIS and QGIS
. Experience working with collaborators from diverse backgrounds and
capacity to engage with interdisciplinary teams
. Proficiency in Spanish a plus
Term: One year fixed term with possible extension, contingent upon funding
and programmatic needs.
Interested applicants should apply online at
https://stanfordcareers.stanford.edu/job-search?jobId=61879 and include a
cover letter describing your experience and interest, as well as a CV and
contact information for three references. More information on the Natural
Capital Project can be found at www.naturalcapitalproject.org. We will begin
reviewing applications on Monday, Feb. 24, and the position will remain open
Stanford University is committed to equal opportunity through affirmative
action in employment and we are especially eager to identify minority
persons and women with appropriate qualifications. Final candidates will be
subject to a background check prior to hiring.
Graduate Assistantship in Coastal Ecology/Hydrology- University of Hawaii
We are recruiting a graduate student to work on a Hawai’i Sea Grant-funded project investigating feedbacks between groundwater-derived nutrients, benthic algal uptake, and the accretion-erosion balance on Hawaiian coral reefs. The graduate student will work with Drs. Henrieta Dulaiova (Marine & Environmental Geology), Megan Donahue (Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology), and Flo Thomas (Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology). Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, oceanography, hydrology, or related field. Applicants with excellent quantitative skills and with prior research experience or a master’s degree in coral reef ecology, ocean carbonate chemistry, ground water hydrology, geochemistry and/or coastal oceanography are preferred. There is currently two years of funding available for this project, and we are open to applicants at either the MS or PhD level. The graduate student may matriculate into the graduate program in Marine Biology <http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/GG/research/gg_meg.html> Geophysics (applications due Jan 15, 2014); both programs are in the School of Oceanography and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawai’i.
Interested applicants should contact Dr. Megan Donahue (firstname.lastname@example.org).With your inquiry, please include a CV or resume and a description of your research interests and past research experience.
Fulbright – National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship
The Fulbright – National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship is a new component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program that provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to participate in an academic year of overseas travel and digital storytelling in up to three countries on a globally significant social or environmental topic. This Fellowship is made possible through a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the National Geographic Society.
The wide variety of new digital media tools and platforms has created an unprecedented opportunity for people from all disciplines and backgrounds to share observations and personal narratives with global audiences online. These storytelling tools are powerful resources as we seek to expand our knowledge of pressing transnational issues and build ties across cultures.
Through the Fulbright – National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, Fulbrighters will undertake an in-depth examination of a globally relevant issue, comparing and contrasting how that issue is experienced across borders. Utilizing a variety of digital storytelling tools, including text, photography, video, audio, graphic illustrations, and/or social media, Fellows will tell their stories, or the stories of those they meet, publishing their work on National Geographic media platforms with the support of National Geographic’s editorial team.
In addition to receiving Fulbright benefits (for travel, stipend, health, etc.), Fellows will receive instruction in digital storytelling techniques, including effective blog writing, video production, and photography, by National Geographic staff prior to their departure. Fellows will be paired with one or more National Geographic editors for continued training, editorial direction and mentoring throughout their Fulbright grant period. Fellows will provide material for a blog on the National Geographic website on a frequent and ongoing basis throughout their grant term, and will have the opportunity to develop additional content for use by National Geographic and the Department of State.
For the Fellowship’s inaugural year of 2014, applications will be accepted for the following themes: Biodiversity, Cities, Climate Change, Cultures, Energy, Food, Oceans, and Water.
Duke University Marine Laboratory Marine Conservation Summer
Institute-Global Fellowships Summer 2014
The Duke University Marine Laboratory is offering an unparalleled educational opportunity fromJuly 7 to August 8, 2014. Duke’s Marine Conservation Summer Institute focuses on principles necessary for the
conservation and preservation of coastal and ocean environments during an intensive 5-week summer session. The focus is on interdisciplinary problem solving using biophysical and social science to address real world environmental problems. This program is an opportunity for students and professionals at any level to think about conservation biology and policy in an environment full of students, faculty and practitioners grappling with the same issues. The five-week core class, ENVIRON746A Marine Conservation Summer Institute consists of three weeks of plenary lectures, field trips and activities, and two intensive week-long modules intertwined in weeks two and four and led by experts in the field. Plenary weeks and modules will be focused on hands-on, team-based, experiential learning with meaningful faculty-student engagement that are hallmarks of the educational environment at the Marine Laboratory. Students will be in the field and at the discussion table, learning th
e basic tools of conservation biology and policy in the plenary weeks and delving deeply into special topics with experts during the module weeks.
Modules for 2014 are:
1) Deep Sea Conservation (Van Dover<http://nicholas-staging.oit.duke.edu/people/faculty/van-dover>)
& International Oceans Law (Kraska<http://fds.duke.edu/db/Nicholas/msc/faculty/jck39>)
(Taught during Week 2)
2) Conservation of Marine Mammals & Sea Turtles (Read<http://nicholas-staging.oit.duke.edu/people/faculty/read>) & Domestic Oceans Law (Roady<http://nicholas-staging.oit.duke.edu/people/faculty/roady>)
(Taught during Week 4)
Global Fellowships in Marine Conservation will be awarded on a competitive basis. The Fellowship fully covers travel expenses, room and board, and tuition.
The Global Fellowship application deadline for summer, 2014, is *February 1, 2014*.
The Global Fellowships are available to any international applicant with a good working knowledge of English who has an interest in marine conservation biology and policy, ideally with the intent to apply this
interest to the practice of coastal and marine conservation. The course does not have specific prerequisites, but Global Fellows must have a BA or BS degree in hand and be enrolled in a graduate program, or currently working in the field of marine conservation.
If sent by postal mail, application materials should be directed to:
Duke Marine Lab Global Fellows Program
c/o Rachel Lo Piccolo
135 Duke Marine Lab Rd
Beaufort NC 28516, USA
In addition to the enrollment form, each Global Fellowship applicant is required to submit the following credentials: (*Please include last name and title on all printed and electronic documents)
- Duke University Marine Lab summer course enrollment form- please print and send completed form via email or postal mail
- A brief essay – please limit this to one page – describing the applicant?s background, education, research, and work experience. Please note a Curriculum Vitae does not take the place of this essay
- A brief statement of purpose – please limit this to one page – i.e., describing the applicant’s reason for applying for the Fellowship, how the applicant will be able to apply the training in his/her home country; and the applicant’s future goals.
- A letter of recommendation from academic faculty or employer addressed to Dr. Doug Nowacek. We do not offer guidelines about the information to be included in your reference letter. These letters typically include how the referee knows you, his/her opinions of your work together in the past, and thoughts about whether he/she feels you’d be well suited to this program.
- A Complete Curriculum Vitae.
- A copy of your transcript is preferred. It may be an unofficial version. The transcript can be emailed to email@example.com or faxed to (252) 504-7638 to the attention of Rachel Lo Piccolo. A non-certified translation of the transcript is fine. If sending a transcript is impossible, then please send a copy of your degree. If a traditional transcript is available, documentation certifying your courses, grades and official notes taken in each course during university studies in addition to a copy of your diploma will be required.
Global Fellowship applications materials must be received no later than *February, 1st 2014,* by Rachel Lo Piccolo (firstname.lastname@example.org). All applicants will be notified of their award status soon after the deadline date. We appreciate your interest in our Global Fellows program. If you have any questions you may contact Rachel Lo Piccolo email@example.com.
Maryland Sea Grant REU Summer Program
Undergraduate students are invited to apply for Maryland Sea Grant’s
Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Estuarine Science.
Since 1989, NSF has supported bringing students to conduct individual research
projects with a scientist-mentor at either Chesapeake Biological Lab or Horn
Point Lab of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. This is
a great opportunity to conduct research with a mentor and spend a summer by
the Chesapeake Bay.
– 12 week program: May 18 to August 10, 2014.
– $6,000 stipend plus housing and travel support to and from host institution
– Applications due: February 21, 2014
– Application and guidance http://ww2.mdsg.umd.edu/reu/apply/index.php
We select undergraduates in diverse disciplines, including engineering, biology,
chemistry, physics, mathematics, ecology and marine and environmental
We are particularly interested in supporting talented students from institutions
where access to marine science and to research projects is limited and who are
from underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering and math
If you have any questions please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduate Assistantships in Conservation Ecology and Landscape Ecology at WSU Vancouver
I am seekng MS or PhD students to assist with ecological projects related to conservation of at-risk butterflies. Please see my website for overview of my research approach, list of publications, and letter to prospective graduate students at http://research.vancouver.wsu.edu/cheryl-schultz
For Fall 2014, we seek graduate students for two studies.
1) We are involved in a multi-institution project investigating source-sink dynamics using butterflies as a model system. Current work involves landscape-level modeling based on field-based observations of demography and behavior. New graduate student projects will focus on landscape models (SEIBMS = Spatially Explicit Individual Based Models) using field-based data to ask questions in the context of source-sink dynamics.
2) Several projects in our lab focus on the potential non-target effects of herbicides on butterflies. Selective herbicides are increasingly a preferred management tool because of their ability to target problem invasive species with minimal impact on most native plant species. Studies in our lab to date suggest lethal and sub-lethal effects that may impact sensitive non-target species. We are starting a new multi-site study to investigate potential advantages and consequences of grass-specific herbicides on butterflies as well as other invertebrates and plants in the prairie community.
Washington State University Vancouver is a new campus in the WSU system located in Southwest Washington just across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon and is close to Willamette Valley and South Puget Sound prairies. Currently with ~3000 students, it is a new and rapidly growing campus in the WSU system. Students benefit from outstanding faculty, world-class research, state-of-the-art facilities and small class sizes.
Interested students should look at the Letter to Prospective Graduate Students and send a
CV/resume, transcripts and a letter describing past research experience and future research interests to Cheryl Schultz, email@example.com. Graduate applications receive priority consideration if received by January 10, 2014 for Fall 2014 admission. I encourage all interested students to get in touch to learn more about the program and research in our lab.
Cheryl B. Schultz
Program Leader for Natural Science Graduate Programs
Associate Professor, School of Biological Sciences
Washington State University Vancouver
14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98686
Office: 360-546-9525 Lab: 360-546-9082
AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program
The 2014 AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship application is now available online. Please share this opportunity with your students. To learn more and to apply, please visit www.aaas.org/mmfellowship.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship seeks to increase communication skills in student scientists. From grant writing to interaction with their community, today’s young scientists must also be able science communicators. The lessons they learn through the Fellowship experience will broaden their career paths and help them increase public understanding of science and technology.
The Fellowship places advanced undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate science, engineering, and mathematics students at media sites nationwide to work as science reporters for ten weeks. Past sites include the Chicago Tribune, WIRED, NPR, LA Times, and Scientific American. Fellows use their academic training in the sciences as they research, write and report today’s headlines, sharpening their abilities to communicate complex scientific and technical issues to the public.
For 39 years, the Fellowship has trained student scientists who have gone on to contribute to the larger scientific discussion including Eric Lander, Founding Director The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, and Kenneth Chang and Erica Goode of the New York Times.
*NEW* Spanish Language Fellow(s) Initiative
AAAS wishes to focus on serving the growing Latino populations of the U.S. by supporting science communication and education in the language of those communities and by addressing issues of importance to the communities. For the first time, we are recruiting Spanish Language Fellow(s) who will be able to expand the work with mainstream Spanish news outlets to bring science news to Spanish speaking communities. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science as well as Science Translational Medicine and Science Signaling. AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes 261 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated total readership of 1 million. The non-profit AAAS is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, public engagement, and more. For the latest research news, log onto EurekAlert!, www.eurekalert.org, the premier science-news Web site, a service of AAAS.
AAAS selects 15 – 20 Fellows each summer. There is a $5,000 stipend plus travel expenses. The Internship runs from early June to mid-August.
Deadline is January 15, 2014.
AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship
1200 New York Ave., NW Rm 639
Washington, D.C. 20005
Ph.D. & M.S. opportunities in odonate ecology
I am seeking 1-2 graduate students to join my lab who are interested in landscape & community ecology, particularly pertaining to the following topics:
· modeling potential climate and land-use change impacts on odonates
· ecomorphology of odonates
· modeling odonate (dragonfly/damselfly) metapopulations and/or metacommunities
Preference will be given to students with previous experience in these topics. For more information about research done in my lab, please check out my webpage at: http://www.biol.ttu.edu/faculty/nmcintyre/default.aspx.
Prospective students will be funded (upon qualification) by a departmental Teaching Assistantship.
To apply, please send your Curriculum Vitae, which should include all of the following items:
· a statement about your research interests and how they are compatible with the kinds of research that I do
· a statement about your career goals
· a brief list of your academic and professional accomplishments (degrees, GPA, GRE scores, awards, fellowships, publications, grants, presentations at professional meetings, jobs, etc.)
· the names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of 3 references
Application deadline: 15 December 2013.
Nancy McIntyre, Ph.D.
Department of Biological Sciences
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX 79409-3131 USA
806.742.2710 ext. 280
Graduate Assistantships – Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability Michigan State University
Graduate assistantships/fellowships are available for self-motivated students conduct innovative and high-impact research towards Ph.D. or M.S. degrees in the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS) at Michigan State University. Research topics may include coupled human and natural systems, telecouplings (socioeconomic and environmental interactions over distances through globalization, trade, migration, species invasion, water transfer, and other means), sustainability science, biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services, human well-being, land change science, forest and landscape ecology, global change, systems integration (e.g., integration of ecology with demography, economics, sociology, technology, and policy), ecology and management of wildlife (e.g., giant pandas in China), and systems modeling and simulation (e.g., agent-based modeling). Papers on these topics by CSIS faculty and students have been published in journals such as Science, Nature, and PNAS (see http://csis.msu.edu/research/publications).
With flexible start dates, successful candidates can build on these previous studies and/or explore new frontiers of research. They will also have opportunities to interact with leaders and peers in these fields worldwide through various ways, such as the International Network of Research on Coupled Human and Natural Systems (CHANS-Net.org) and the NASA-MSU Professional Enhancement Awards Program (http://csis.msu.edu/education/nasa_msu_award), which are organized by CSIS. More information about CSIS is available at http://csis.msu.edu.
Application materials include: (1) letter of application, (2) statement of professional goals, (3) CV or resume, (4) transcripts, (5) GRE scores, (6) TOEFL scores (for non-native English speakers only), (7) list of 3-4 references (names and contact information), and (8) up to three representative publications if any. Unofficial copies of GRE, TOEFL and transcripts are OK initially.
Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials by November 20 or sooner.
Please email the application materials to Dr. Jianguo (Jack) Liu at email@example.com. Questions about these opportunities can also be emailed to Dr. Liu.
Jianguo (Jack) Liu
Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability
Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48823-5243, USA
MSc Position in Biology – Modelling Caribou Movement and Herd Fidelity in Labrador
A motivated, hard-working student is sought for an MSc position in Biology at Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The student will be jointly supervised by Dr. Yolanda Wiersma (Landscape Ecology; www.mun.ca/biology/ywiersma) and Dr. Amy Hurford (Mathematical Biology; http://amyhurford.weebly.com/). This project will make use of existing data from satellite collared caribou in Labrador, Canada and will use these to test hypothesis about habitat use, movement patterns and herd fidelity. A background in wildlife biology or ecology would be an asset but because the project is not field based, skills in desktop/computer analysis are paramount.
The successful applicant will have experience in one or more of the following areas: Geographic Information Systems (GIS), spatial analysis, mathematical modelling, spatial modelling). Extensive expertise is not required, but the successful applicant should demonstrate an aptitude for applying quantitative and computational methods to ecological projects, along with a willingness to learn.
The graduate program in Biology is one of the largest graduate programs at Memorial University. Situated in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador (the “oldest city in North America”), and has an active and engaged graduate society (http://www.mun.ca/biology/bgsa/). Memorial is a research-intensive university (the largest in Atlantic Canada) with a student population of over 18,000 in a highly liveable city.
Applicants should hold a BSc in Biology with an average of 80% (A standing), and have demonstrated research experience (i.e., honours thesis). The funding package for this position is approximately $20,000 per year for a maximum of two years. Ideally, we would like the candidate to start either in January or May 2014.
This position is open to all nationalities. Interested candidates are requested to send a CV, unofficial transcript and statement of interest in the project/MSc program to Dr. Yolanda Wiersma (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For more information, please contact Dr. Wiersma (email@example.com) or Dr. Hurford (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Adaptation to Abrupt Climate Change:
The University of Maine has launched a new, National Science Foundation sponsored Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) – the first of its kind to focus explicitly on Adaptation to Abrupt Climate Change (A2C2). The A2C2 IGERT is a doctoral training program for students in earth sciences, ecology, anthropology, archaeology, international affairs, and economics. A2C2 is designed to train the next generation of natural and social scientists to meet the critical societal challenge of human adaptation to abrupt climate change. The program relies on close inter-disciplinary cooperation between natural and social scientists, and it is particularly interested in receiving applications from candidates with an undergraduate or Masters degree in anthropology. Successful applicants will be admitted to the University of Maine’s Anthropology and Environmental Policy Ph.D. program and will receive an annual stipend of $30,000 in each of the first two years, plus tuition, fees, and health insurance coverage. They will work with an advisor to secure intra-mural or extra-mural support for subsequent years. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents to receive IGERT support.