24 de abril de 2014

Volunteer Plant Ecology Research Assistant (USA)

Description: Seeking one full-time, volunteer field technician to assist
with ecological research in conifer-invaded meadows of the Cascade Range in
Oregon. This project is part of an OSU Masters student’s research examining
the functional traits of meadow herbs and grasses and how these traits
mediate responses to conifer encroachment. Field studies will be conducted
in high elevation meadows at Bunchgrass Ridge
(http://depts.washington.edu/bgridge/) and in the HJ Andrews Experimental
Forest, a Long-term Ecological Research (LTER) Site

Primary duties will include plant identification, plant excavations to
characterize root systems, and taking detailed field notes on plant
morphological and flowering traits. Applicants should expect to work long
days, sometimes under challenging conditions. Must have a positive attitude,
previous outdoor recreation experience, and be able to walk up to 3 miles
per day over rough terrain.

Qualifications: Ideal candidates will have previous field research
experience, be detail oriented, and self-motivated. Enthusiastic candidates
with no previous field experience will happily be considered. Candidates
must be willing and able to work as part of a team. Familiarity with the
flora of the Pacific Northwest and an interest in plant ecology is a plus.

The position will run from the beginning of July to the end of August
(approximately 8 weeks).

This is an unpaid position. Housing will be provided at the field station of
the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest (HJA)
Transportation to the research sites will also be provided. A stipend of
$125/week will be provided to cover food costs.

Situated along the McKenzie River drainage (~50 miles from Eugene), HJA
offers easy access to a diversity of recreational opportunities in the
Cascade Mountains and the ability to engage with researchers from a variety
of fields and backgrounds including pollination ecology, forest ecology,
ornithology, geology, hydrology, and the arts. This is a wonderful
atmosphere for an aspiring researcher.

Please send a cover letter as an email with a resume attached to Jessica Celis

Applications due by May 25th 2014

23 de abril de 2014

MSc or PhD Opportunity in Paleoecology at the University of Victoria

I am seeking graduate students (MSc or PhD) to join my paleoecology lab in the Dept of Biology at the University of Victoria (http://web.uvic.ca/biology/), starting September 2014 or January 2015. Guaranteed funding for research and salary is available. Research in my lab typically focuses on the development and dynamics of forest communities since the last glaciation and the climatic and non-climatic factors that drive vegetation dynamics on long timescales. We are beginning to combine paleoecological techniques such as fossil pollen analysis with molecular approaches i.e., paleogenetics. Other potential research topics include the past effects of volcanic ash deposition on plant communities, and the links between climate, vegetation and carbon accumulation in peatlands. Students are also encouraged to develop their own research projects.

Ideal candidates will have a solid background in paleobiology, plant ecology or plant genetics, high academic standing, and excellent communication skills. Interested students are encouraged to send a CV, unofficial university transcripts, and a brief statement of research interests to tlacours@uvic.ca.

The University of Victoria is one of Canada's top comprehensive universities with about 18,000 undergraduate students and 3000 graduate students. It is located on British Columbia's south coast, approximately 100 km west of Vancouver and 100 km northwest of Seattle. Further information about graduate studies at the University of Victoria can be found at http://web.uvic.ca/gradstudies/.

Terri Lacourse, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
University of Victoria
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 2Y2


22 de abril de 2014

Field assistant position for an avian behavioral ecology project (USA)

Organization: University of Chicago
Application deadline: Open until position is filled
Location: Beaver Island, Michigan
Duration: Ideally 04/28/2014 through late July (dates are flexible)
Job type: Field assistant

Job Description: One field assistant is needed from approximately April 28th
through late-July to help with a project on the behavioral ecology of
spotted sandpipers in Michigan. The field assistant will work closely with a
graduate student to help capture and band adult birds and chicks. The
assistant will also help locate nests, conduct focal observations, and
determine territory size using a GPS. The work will be carried out on Beaver
Island, Michigan. There is a small town on the island, but travel to and
from the island is somewhat limited. The assistant will be responsible for
transportation to and from Beaver Island (or to and from Chicago). The
position is volunteer, but room and board will be covered. It is possible
that the start and end dates will change depending on the birds' breeding

Qualifications: The field assistant needs to be comfortable walking several
miles a day and working outside for approximately eight hours a day,
sometimes in adverse conditions. The assistant is expected to keep organized
notes and be a responsible team member. Experience working with birds and
mist nets is preferred, but not required.

To Apply: Please send your cover letter, CV, and a list of three references'
contact information to Misha Blizard (blizard [at] uchicago.edu).
Applications will be reviewed as soon as they are submitted.

21 de abril de 2014

PhD in woodland history and ecology (UK)

A fully funded, four-year PhD position is available at the University of Glasgow (Scotland) through the Kelvin-Smith Scholarship Scheme.

Project title: Woodland ecosystems - developing an inter-disciplinary method for characterising and mapping the environmental legacies of past human actions

The project aims to make use of historic (up to 400 year old) estate maps to document changing woodland cover and management and to identify potential "ancient" woodland sites. Ecological ground survey will be used to assess the linkages between woodland history and ecosystem services. Further information is available here: http://www.gla.ac.uk/services/postgraduateresearch/scholarships/kelvinsmith/recruitingscholarshipprojects/#WoodlandEco

Applications are welcome from international students and the scholarship covers fees (including those for international students), a stipend (ca. £14k per year) and research costs (£3.5k per year).

To make an enquiry please contact: Chris.Dalglish@glasgow.ac.uk

Best wishes,

Dr G. Matt Davies
Lectuer in Environmental Stewardship

University of Glasgow
Rutherford/McCowan Building
Crichton University Campus

Tel: 0044 (0)1387 702042
E-mail: gwilym.davies@glasgow.ac.uk
Web: http://www.fireregimes.org.uk

19 de abril de 2014

Two field vegetation survey positions – Cape Cod National Seashore

We are looking to hire a field researcher and a field assistant to set up a long-term experiment. The research is designed to understand the role of management in mitigating climate change, and is a collaboration between the University of Central Florida, the National Park Service, and the Marine Biological Laboratories. The field research position will entail identifying plant species, setting up long term plots, and carrying out the experimental treatments. This will involve long hours in the field and occasional physically strenuous work, sometimes during inclement weather. Both positions are from June 1 – October 17, are 29 hours per week, and NPS housing will be provided.

Field researcher: Salary = $14/hour. Required qualifications: plant identification and previous involvement in field research, ability to perform strenuous manual labor in all weather conditions, lift and carry moderately heavy items, valid driver’s license, and personal vehicle. Desired qualifications: Optimally, we would like to employ someone who has previous vegetation survey, GPS, and plot establishment skills.

Field assistant: Salary: $10-12/hour. Required qualifications:  Ability to perform strenuous manual labor in all weather conditions, lift and carry moderately heavy items, valid driver’s license and personal vehicle.  Desired qualifications: plant ID skills and previous research experience.

Please send a letter of interest describing research and plant identification experience, a resume, and a list of 3 references (including email addresses and phone numbers) to Dr. Betsy Von Holle (vonholle@ucf.edu) by April 22nd, 2014. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

18 de abril de 2014

Volunteer Field Assistant in Community Ecology - Berlin, Germany

We are searching for an excited, motivated and hard-working individual to
assist with field work in the project “MetacommuniTree - Land-use effects on
patterns and processes in decomposer metacommunities in tree holes”. The
project is part of the Biodiversity Exploratories
(http://www.biodiversity-exploratories.de/1/home/) and the project is based
at Freie Universität in Berlin. We will be mapping and collecting samples
from water-filled tree holes in three different regions of Germany –
Schorfheide-Chorin, Hainich and Schwäbische Alb. Working conditions will
require an individual who will not mind or preferably enjoy working
outdoors, in possibly inclement weather. The candidate should have an
interest in ecological research.

This is a full-time unpaid internship position however travel for field work
will be covered. Ideally work will begin on the final week of April and last
approximately three months. You will gain knowledge in various sampling
techniques, use of equipment and gain valuable research experience.
Additionally you will have the opportunity to meet with other researchers.

Preference will be given to candidates with field work/research experience
in ecology or related fields. If you are enticed by working in the beautiful
forests of Germany and gaining field experience please send a CV and a
letter of motivation to Anastasia Roberts: aroberts@oswego.edu by April 20th
- priority will be given to applications received on time. For further
information please visit:

17 de abril de 2014

Volunteer Salamander Field Technician (USA)


John Carroll University

Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, New York

This project will survey Eastern Red-Backed Salamander (Plethodon cinereus)
populations on islands throughout the Great Lakes. A field tech is needed to
help survey 30-50 island and mainland sites from Wisconsin to New York. This
will entail kayaking or boating across up to 2 miles of open water out to
the islands to survey. Mainland sites may require hiking into the sites.
During the field season, living conditions will be rustic and require tent
camping every night, likely at a different location each day. Field work
will start in late May and should finish around mid-July. Field conditions
will likely be beautiful (proposed field sites in 2 national parks, island
sites in each of the Great Lakes, etc.), but also challenging (hot, cold,
buggy, rainy, etc.). Potential applicants will need to have their own
camping and field gear, although kayaks/small motor boat will be provided.
Transportation between sites will also be provided, but will consist of
riding in a car for up to 6 hours at a time. Due to limited budget and
camping conditions, food costs will not be covered and meals will most
likely be together, with food costs split.
Note: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and the position may
be filled before the deadline.

Canoe/kayaking skills
Ability to hike up to 8 miles a day with a 30lb pack
Ability to lift 50+ lbs
Navigate with GPS and map/ compass
Experience tent camping on multi-day trips
Ability to identify salamanders of the northern Midwest

Start Date

Application Deadline

To Apply
Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references
to ceddy16@jcu.edu.

16 de abril de 2014

Sexy birds are better at escaping predator attacks.

Steve McFinch, The Great Escaper. By nigel from vancouver, Canada (IMG_4268-002) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Female birds are often attracted to bright, colorful males. Why is that? Apart from looking nicer, colorful males are signaling good qualities through their plumage. Research has shown, for example, that these colorful males are better at finding food that males of the same species with duller colors. For a female bird, a capable partner with potential to find good quality food for the chicks is a good choice. Bright colors are also a sign of good health, and we could expect that a healthy, vigorous male would have better chances when trying to escape from a predator attack. That's probably a quality that a female bird would appreciate in a potential partner.
So, are colorful males better at escaping from predators? 
To test this prediction, we measured the escape ability of male House finches (Haemorhous mexicanus) from a "human predator", that tried to capture them with a net in a large aviary. We related the escape ability of each individual to its breast coloration and found that birds with redder feathers managed to avoid our net better than duller individuals. So, yes! Colorful males are better at escaping predator attacks.
When a female is choosing a colorful male as a sexual partner, she is not only choosing beautiful feathers, but she is also selecting a male whose better flight performance will potentially allow him to provide more food to their chicks, and to better defend their nest from predators and territorial intrusions.
Read the whole story here and here.

Tenure-track position in vegetation ecology at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia.

Position description below and link to apply at end.  Application deadline 02 May.

The School of Veterinary and Life Sciences<http://www.murdoch.edu.au/School-of-Veterinary-and-Life-Sciences> is currently looking to fill a role in Ecology as part of its Environmental and Conservation Sciences program.  The School includes >100 faculty spanning a broad range of fields, offering excellent opportunities for multi-disciplinary collaborations.  Environmental and Conservation Sciences comprises a research and teaching cluster spanning the ecological sciences and protected area management. Existing areas of ecological strength include plant ecology, forest health, wildlife science, freshwater, estuarine ecology, fisheries and marine ecology.

Murdoch University invites applications for a continuing (tenure-track) position in vegetation ecology within the Environment and Conservation Science cluster of the School of Veterinary and Life Science.  The position will be filled at the Lecturer (level B) to Senior Lecturer (level C) , depending on experience and track record.  We seek candidates with a research focus on field-based plant ecology, disturbance, or urban-restoration ecology and which may span physiology, population, and/or community scale investigations. Bio statistical and/or modelling expertise is highly desirable. Applicants must have a PhD, and post-doctoral experience is preferred; applicants for appointment at level C  must demonstrate an established research program and track record of external funding and publications that have international impact and influence. We are looking for an energetic scholar with strengths in research and teaching who will contribute to the vibrant research community within the school.

Applicants will be expected to develop an active research programme, apply for nationally competitive grants, publish in international journals, and supervise graduate students.  Expectations are commensurate with level of appointment. Teaching responsibilities include coordinating and teaching in a second year unit (Ecology) and 1-2 other units per year in ecology-related areas across both undergraduate and post-graduate levels.

To apply, use the link below to read job description and instructions to applicants.

15 de abril de 2014

Conservation manager at Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Edmonton AB (Canada)

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society is looking for a conservation
manager to head up operations for northern Alberta, looks like a great
opportunity - see below:

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Northern Alberta chapter (CPAWS
NAB) is seeking a dynamic, results-oriented individual to provide strategic
leadership to the chapter. This position reports directly to the chapter’s
Board of Directors and has a strong conservation focus in its daily work.
The chapter is exploring two different operational models for this position.
Only one of the two positions will be hired based on the qualifications of
the ‘best fit’ candidate.

1.      Full-time Conservation Manager
Candidate has a minimum of 3-4 years of progressively responsible
experience, a strong conservation background, proven leadership and
communication skills, some experience with strategic planning and fund
development, and the potential to grow into an Executive Director role over
time. In this model, the Board will work with the Conservation Manager to
develop targeted skill-gaps.  Applicant’s related work experience should not
be limited to summer/co-op term positions.

2.       Part-time Executive Director (3-4 days/week)
Candidate has 5-7 plus years of leadership experience, a strong conservation
and strategic planning background, and proven experience with fund
development, stakeholder and media relations, and the non-profit sector
(management-oriented preferred).

Position Focus Areas
The Board will work with the right candidate to shape the position to the
candidate’s strengths in relation to the organization’s gaps and a
manageable workload. The final job description, position expectations, and
operational model will be determined once the position is filled in
consultation with the best candidate. CPAWS NAB is small chapter with
limited administrative and staff support requirements for the leadership
1.Providing vision and strategic leadership to achieve CPAWS NAB’s
conservation goals.
2.Ensuring that CPAWS NAB is an influential voice on conservation and parks
in Northern Alberta.
3.Representing the organization in multi-stakeholder discussions and to the
public, government, and other stakeholders as needed.
4.Working within existing organizational structures and financial frameworks
to guide day-to-day operations.
5.Supervising and leading the organization’s small contract staff and
working with the Board to ensure volunteers remain engaged in key support
roles and Board-lead committees.
6.Supporting the chapter’s fund development and outreach efforts (led by the
Board’s Fund Development and Outreach/Special Events committees)
7.Fostering strong relationships within the CPAWS Pan-Canadian Network
particularly with the Southern Alberta Chapter and the National office.

Desired skill-sets for both operational models:
The Board recognizes the level and depth of experience with the targeted
skill sets will differ between the two operational models under consideration.
•University degree in a conservation or environmental planning related field
or equivalent related work experience.
•Knowledge and experience working with environmental issues, in particular
those regarding conservation, the boreal forest, and parks.
•A demonstrated passion for wilderness and conservation.
•Leadership experience, including experience working with and leading teams.
•An understanding of the public policy and political process in Alberta and
•Strategic planning experience and a capacity to understand and respect the
often contrasting needs of the various stakeholders
•Successful history of working with stakeholders and partner organizations
and building networks.
•Excellent verbal and written communications skills
•Assets include experience with GIS, media relations, and working with First

About the Organization
CPAWS NAB is a well-established, conservation group that engages with
governments, industry, and the Canadian public, and is the pre-eminent voice
for protecting wilderness and biodiversity in the northern two-thirds of
Alberta. The ED will work collaboratively with the Board, staff, key
volunteers, the CPAWS national network, and other key stakeholders to
achieve our conservation goals. For more information on our chapter visit:

About Edmonton
If you are passionate about wilderness, then Edmonton is the city for you!
The city boasts the longest connected urban parkland in North America,
offering up over 97 km of trails for biking, hiking, skiing and running. Elk
Island National Park is less than an hour away, and weekend trips to the
Rocky Mountain parks are a must. Edmonton has fantastic restaurants that
focus on fresh, local ingredients, and it also boasts a vibrant music scene.
The CPAWS-NAB office is centrally located in the heart of the downtown with
great links to transit, and steps away from Alberta’s political hub to keep
you in the center of conservation action.

Position and Remuneration Details
The salary will reflect the candidate’s experience and length of work-week
while being competitive with other small non-profits in the Edmonton region.
CPAWS offers a comprehensive benefit package. A flexible work-week will be
considered however a strong presence in the chapter’s downtown Edmonton
office is required.

Application Process
Please submit your resume with a covering letter via email to:
Amber Nicol, Board Chair, CPAWS NAB

Your cover letter should address which operational model you are applying
under and include your salary expectations. The deadline is April 25, 2014.
Interviews will be scheduled for the following week with a target start-date
for the position of mid-May.

CPAWS Northern Alberta thanks all applicants for their interest; only those
invited for an interview will be contacted.
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