Position Available
February 2019 - January 2020
Forest Management Fellow
Natural Areas Conservancy -- New York City

In 2018 The Natural Areas Conservancy released a Forest Management Framework 
for New York City, a 25-year roadmap to invest in and care for the city’s 
7,300-acres of forests. This is the first-ever plan for the comprehensive 
management of NYC Parks’ forests, which represent a quarter of all the park 
land in NYC. The plan was informed by extensive research and included 
measurements of biodiversity and public access to forests. It also created a 
structure to advocate for investment in our city’s natural resources, and 
guides new, on-the-ground best practices. 
As a component strategy of the Forest Management Framework, the NAC has 
developed a citywide Conservancy Engagement Program. Chosen NYC park 
conservancies conducting forest management receive scientific support, 
training, data tools, resources, and management recommendations from the NAC. 
The iterative process of presentations, discussions, and trainings culminates 
in specific management plans for each conservancy. The Forest Management 
Framework is also supported by the NAC’s research internship program.  CUNY 
students are trained to assist in data collection in forests across the five 

The one-year, full-time Forest Management Fellow position will assist NAC’s 
Senior Ecologist and NAC’s Natural Areas Program Manager in conducting 
fieldwork, analyzing data, preparing presentations, and developing training. 
The position is 50% fieldwork and 50% office-based.
The Forest Management Fellow will work closely with NAC partners including NYC 
Parks Natural Resources staff, non-profit park conservancies, and other 


•       Conduct field research in natural area parkland in NYC’s five boroughs 
and Westchester County
•       Accurately collect data according to assessment protocols
•       Document, download, and edit field data as needed from field data 
recording devices or paper datasheets
•       Conduct analysis of spatial and computational data
•       Produce clean data files and data analysis summaries
•       Assist in planning and logistics of research internship program 
•       Assist in planning for site meetings and trainings 
•       Participate in convening and public meetings 
•       Report directly to field locations in NYC’s five boroughs and 
Westchester County
•       Safely drive a NYC Parks vehicle to parks citywide


•       Bachelors’ degree is required, preferably in biology, ecology or 
environmental science 
•       Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
•       Fieldwork experience in, and knowledge of, NYC natural area parkland 
•       Strong plant identification skills and familiarity with plants of the 
New York City region
•       Experience conducting data queries using SQL, R, or excel
•       Experience with ArcGIS and handheld GPS
•       A motor vehicle driver’s license valid in the State of New York 

JOB LOCATION: Primary reporting location is Manhattan, field work reporting 
locations will be in all five boroughs of New York City (Manhattan, Queens, the 
Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island) and Westchester County, New York.   
DURATION: One-year, full-time position (35 hours/week)
February 2019 – January 2020

Salary: $45,500 with full benefits and paid holidays 

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume with the position title by 
February 18 to:

   Helen M. Forgione
   Senior Ecologist
   T 212.360.1451
   C 917.304.7185
   E helen.forgi...@parks.nyc.gov 
   Natural Areas Conservancy
   1234 Fifth Avenue
   New York, NY 10029
   We appreciate your support!  DONATE TODAY
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Topics of the day:

  1. Apply by 6 Feb for PhD positions at the Max Planck Institute for
     Biogeochemistry, Germany
  2. Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park Animal Programs - Animal Endocrinology
     Internship - Fall 2019
  3. Allied Whale Research Internships
  4. Postdoctoral Position available in F
  5. Graduate position: ecology and genetics of walleye at UW-Stevens Point


Date:    Wed, 23 Jan 2019 14:10:15 +0100
From:    Steffi Rothhardt <sr...@bgc-jena.mpg.de>
Subject: Apply by 6 Feb for PhD positions at the Max Planck Institute for 
Biogeochemistry, Germany

Become part of the International Max Planck Research School for Global 
Biogeochemical Cycles (IMPRS-gBGC) In cooperation with the Friedrich Schiller 
University Jena, the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry houses a unique 
and flexible research program that grants German and foreign students a broad 
selection of learning opportunities while still maintaining a research focus. 
The IMPRS-gBGC offers a PhD program specializing in global biogeochemistry and 
related Earth System sciences. 

Detailed job description of all PhD projects:



We welcome applications from well-motivated and highly-qualified students from 
all countries. Applicants hold (or are about to receive) a Master of Science or 
equivalent degree in natural sciences. Proficiency in English is required since 
English is the official language of the program.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals 
with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from 
such qualified individuals. The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number 
of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore 
explicitly encourages women to apply.

After you have been selected

We offer a fulltime position as a PhD researcher for 3 years. The starting date 
is flexible. PhD researchers with a Master's or Diploma degree receive either a 
scholarship which is free of tax and social insurance or a support contract.

How to apply

Application deadline for the fully funded PhD positions is 6 February, 2019. 
Pre-interviews via web conference will be carried out and promising candidates 
will be invited to take part in our recruitment symposium (1-2 April, 2019).

Find out more and apply online:



Date:    Wed, 23 Jan 2019 13:31:44 +0000
From:    "Lavin, Shana" <shana.la...@disney.com>
Subject: Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park Animal Programs - Animal 
Endocrinology Internship - Fall 2019


Shāna R. Lavin, M.S., Ph.D.
Research Manager
Disney's Animal Kingdom, Animals, Science and Environment 


Date:    Wed, 23 Jan 2019 08:35:41 -0500
From:    Tanya Lubansky <tluban...@gmail.com>
Subject: Allied Whale Research Internships

Allied Whale (AW), the marine mammal research lab of College of the Atlantic 
and Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co. (BHWW) seek 5 interns/research assistants for 
the 2019 field season. These are entry-level research positions designed to 
offer experience for individuals seeking to develop their professional careers 
in marine mammal research. Two summer positions (mid-May through August 31st) 
and three full season positions (mid-May through October 31st) are available. 
*College of the Atlantic students can receive flexibility in start and end 

Overview of position: This is a unique internship program in that the selected 
individuals will have the opportunity to participate and receive training in a 
wide range of marine mammal research activities while receiving income when 
working as a crew/scientist aboard commercial whale watching trips operating 
from Bar Harbor, Maine. Allied Whale currently supports field projects in the 
trophic ecology of humpback and fin whales, the ongoing housing and maintenance 
of the North Atlantic Humpback Whale Catalog and fin whale photo-ID catalog, an 
active marine mammal stranding response program, and a research/education 
partnership with Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co. In addition, Allied Whale maintains 
the facilities on and conducts research from the Mount Desert Rock Marine 
Research Station situated on a remote offshore island. The interns play a 
critical role in the success of the field season and serve as support to all 
aspects of summer activities within both Allied Whale and Bar Harbor Whale 
Watch Co.

Description of duties: Upon arrival in May, all interns will receive research, 
boat crew, and Gulf of Maine natural history training by both Allied Whale and 
the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company staff. As the Allied Whale field season does 
not begin until early June- the first several weeks will be focused on learning 
whale watch deckhand responsibilities and performing humpback whale photo-ID 
with the NAHWC in the office or stranding response. 

Once the season is in full swing, interns will rotate through shifts working as 
a Research Assistant/Deckhand (RA) for the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co., shifts 
working as dock attendant for the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co., shifts in the 
Allied Whale office, and time off. Every week, schedules will be different and 
weather dependent. A typical week in June-August may include two days scheduled 
as researchers on Whale Watch vessels, two days scheduled in the AW office, one 
day scheduled as dock attendant for the BHWW, and two days off. Weather may 
cause shifts to be canceled and some weeks may be lighter in load or 
responsibilities. Interns will also rotate through week-long shifts on Mount 
Desert Rock. 

Below are specific expectations for each designated shift:

Whale watch trips: Research responsibilities on the whale watch trips include 
searching for whales, photo-identification of whales and behavioral data 
collection. Deckhand responsibilities include line handling, vessel cleaning, 
helping seasick passengers and passenger safety. RAs are also responsible for 
assisting the naturalist in promoting education and conservation programs on 
each trip. Maintaining a positive, professional, friendly and outgoing demeanor 
while engaging whale watch passengers and fellow crew is compulsory. When whale 
watch trips cancel for weather, crew may be asked to report for duty to 
complete maintenance on the vessel. 

Dock attendant duties: Dock attendants are critical for the daily smooth 
operation of boat trips at the BHWW Co. Attendants assist in security 
screening, loading passengers onto boats, tying boats to docks as trips depart 
or return, delivering lunches to crew on boats, pumping gas for visiting 
vessels, and communicating trip schedule changes to the public. These shifts 
are not dependent on weather. 

Allied Whale office shifts: On scheduled office days, interns will be required 
to be available in the Allied Whale office from 9AM-5PM. During those hours, 
interns will compare individual whales to the NAHWC catalog, enter their whale 
watch data into the database, manage the Adopt-a-Whale program, and answer 
phone calls to the office. Allied Whale’s stranding program is responsible for 
responding to all dead or stranded marine mammals in northern Maine, primarily 
seal species. Interns will be on call to assist with field stranding response 
and to participate in necropsies (animal autopsies). Interns scheduled for 
office shifts will also be on call for boat research days. 

Allied Whale boat research days: When weather permits, interns will assist 
Allied Whale staff and graduate students on trips offshore to collect biopsy 
samples of humpback and fin whales. While on board one of the research vessels, 
interns will be responsible for collecting photo identification images of 
whales and recording data. Interns will be responsible for processing images 
from these trips. 

Mount Desert Rock: We hope for interns to complete several shifts (each at 
least a week in length) at our offshore research station Mount Desert Rock. 
While on the island, interns will participate in land-based whale monitoring 
from the lighthouse tower, seal counts, gull counts, and 
maintenance/construction projects at the station. Interns will collect weekly 
samples of seal scat to contribute to a collaborative microplastics project.  
Interns will also receive experience working in a remote off-the-grid location. 

Pay/Housing: Those accepted to the program are able to earn income by their 
work on the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company. Deckhands are paid $50 per trip (at 
the height of summer, there are 2 trips running a day) plus considerable tips. 
Interns also receive a free First Aid Certification and TWIC card from the BHWW 
Co. Provided housing in downtown Bar Harbor is mandatory for a fee. Rent will 
be approximately $375 a month for a bed in a shared room. While at Mount Desert 
Rock, food is provided for free. The BHWW Co. also provides funding for RAs to 
attend the annual North Atlantic Right Whale Conference in New Bedford, 
Massachusetts in November. 

Qualifications: Applicants should have a college background in biology, 
ecology, and/or marine sciences. Previous data collection experience in a 
research setting and knowledge of marine mammals are great advantages. Prior 
experience offshore and skills in DSLR photography are also assets. Due to 
Coast Guard requirements, all crew onboard US commercial vessels and therefore 
all research assistant/interns, must be US citizens or have permanent resident 
alien status. Also, all interns will be drug screened prior to employment and 
will be enrolled in a random drug testing program. Applicants should be 
physically and mentally fit: able to lift and carry 50 pounds, comfortable 
around dead and decomposing animals, and able to hike up to 5 miles carrying 
gear for stranding response. Most importantly, applicants must be positive in 
attitude, flexible to quickly changing schedules, able to work independently, 
and be seaworthy/comfortable working on boats. Lastly, because of the community 
living situation both in Bar Harbor and on Mount Desert Rock, applicants must 
get along well with others and be able to handle working in a team setting.

To apply: Please send a cover letter detailing your reasons for applying, a 
resume, and two letters of recommendation to: Dr. Tanya Lubansky 
(tluban...@coa.edu). *Letters may be sent either directly from the references 
or by the applicants.

Please specify which position you are interested in (summer or full-season). 
Deadline of application is February 22nd.


Date:    Wed, 23 Jan 2019 10:49:07 -0700
From:    David Inouye <dwino...@gmail.com>
Subject: Postdoctoral Position available in F

A postdoctoral position is available at the Umaña Lab in the Department of 
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan in collaboration 
with Dr. Jenny Zambrano (University of Maryland). The postdoctoral researcher 
will be involved in ongoing research investigating the relationships between 
leaf and root economic spectrums and their variation along a soil fertility 
gradient at Big Woods forest, Michigan. The incumbent will analyze data and 
prepare manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals. The postdoctoral 
associate will work independently with minimal supervision.There will be also 
opportunities to develop questions related to ongoing research conducted in the 
Umaña Lab related to tree demography, plant interactions and plant physiology. 
Additional information about the Umaña Lab can be found 

*Qualifications for potential applicants:*

PhD degree in Ecology, Plant Biology or related field.

Strong quantitative skills (preferable experience using Bayesian models)

Proficiency with R

Demonstrated track record of publications

Excellent communication and time-management skills

Strong work ethic

The appointment will be for 1 year with the potential for extension to 1 
additional year. Benefits are included and pay will be commensurate with 
experience. Preferred start date will be August 2019.

Review of applications will begin 26 April 2019, and will continue until the 
position has been filled. To apply for the position, please email a cover 
letter including previous experience, research interests and motivation for 
applying, along with a CV and the names and email addresses of three 
referencestoDr. Umaña (maum...@umich.edu <mailto:maum...@umich.edu>).We 
strongly encourage applications from women and minorities.


Date:    Wed, 23 Jan 2019 18:12:55 -0500
From:    Wes Larson <wes.lar...@uwsp.edu>
Subject: Graduate position: ecology and genetics of walleye at UW-Stevens Point

Master’s position in the Larson Lab using genetics to investigate the 
reproductive ecology of walleye in northern Wisconsin

Description and responsibilities: The USGS Wisconsin Cooperative Fishery 
Research Unit at UW-Stevens Point is looking for a MS student to conduct 
research on walleye populations in northern Wisconsin as part of a 
collaborative effort between the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources 
(WDNR) and UW-Stevens Point. Walleye populations have been declining in 
northern Wisconsin over the past decade, and previous studies have been unable 
to provide a mechanistic cause for these declines. This project will utilize 
genetics to construct pedigrees for two northern Wisconsin lakes with the goal 
of correlating various ecological metrics to individual fitness (i.e. 
reproductive success). The project will include both field and laboratory 
components. Laboratory work will consist of using a newly developed SNP panel 
to genotype thousands of walleye, and field work will consist of assisting WDNR 
with walleye sampling in the spring and fall. Data analysis will leverage a 
variety of statistical methods to investigate relationships between 
reproductive success and variables such as size, age, spawning location, and 
egg quality.

Qualifications: B.S. in biology, fisheries, or a related field, GPA of 3.0+, 
and GRE of 300+. Previous experience with fisheries ecology is desirable. A 
background in genetics is not required.

Salary: $16,000 per year (2 yr) plus health insurance and tuition waiver.

Closing date: May 1, 2019. 

Starting date: Position will start in September 2019 but there may be an 
opportunity to work in the Larson Lab during summer 2019 before the position 

Contact: Please send CV, transcript copies, GRE scores, and names and contact 
information for 3 references to Wes Larson (wes.lar...@uwsp.edu). 

Web Links:


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