Resource Environmental Solutions, LLC, a stream and wetland mitigation banking company, has an immediate job opening for an Aquatic Restoration Foreman/Operator. Position: Foreman/Operator Location: Canonsburg, PA Job Type: Hourly Start Date: Immediate Reports to: Northeast Operations Manager Description: Candidates for this position will be responsible for equipment operation and field crew management during project construction and maintenance. Requirements: -Three to five years experience working on construction, landscaping, or ecological restoration projects, as well as the ability to operate all basic landscaping equipment. -A valid CDL. -Experience with larger construction equipment including backhoes, track-hoes, and bulldozers, along with work on large construction projects is preferential. To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to Kristine Swann at ksw...@res.us. Application Deadline: July 15th, 2014 Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. For more information, see: http://res.us
POSITION STATEMENT Position Title: Postdoctoral Fellow (Colorado State University, Department of Fish, Wildlife, Conservation Biology) Location: Fort Collins, Colorado Salary: $45,000-52,000, commensurate with experience Start date: Negotiable Description: Full-time, two-year initial term with possible extension depending on performance and project funding. The position is funded entirely from federal sources under a National Park Service Cooperative Agreement. DUTIES The successful candidate will work in collaboration with Colorado State University (CSU) and National Park Service (NPS) scientists. The CSU scientists (PIs: Dr. George Wittemyer, Dr. Lisa Angeloni, Dr. Kevin Crooks and Dr. Ken Wilson) are part of a collaborative research team investigating noise impacts on wildlife. The NPS partners (PI: Dr. Kurt Fristrup) are part of the Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division (NSNSD), within the Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate (NRSS) located in Fort Collins, Colorado. The direction of this research position will be crafted to take advantage of the applicants expertise, the capabilities of the CSU and NPS science team and existing NPS datasets. Possible research directions include: 1. Performing a meta-analysis of existing NSNSD datasets to understand continental scale effects of noise on wildlife, including forecasting future conditions 2. Investigating patterns in bioacoustic activity (e.g. phenological, geospatial) within and across national parks, involving the development and evaluation of methodology (e.g. acoustic indices or detectors) 3. Performing a comprehensive analysis of acoustic conditions in national parks which includes both impacts to wildlife and visitors 4. Designing novel interpretation or visualization tools to understand acoustic conditions in national parks in preparation for the NPS centennial (2016) REQUIREMENTS 1. Ph.D. degree in a pertinent biological, physical or computer science. 2. Demonstrated publication record. 3. Demonstrated competency in statistical modeling and processing of large data sets. 4. Demonstrated proficiency with computer coding in scientific languages (e.g. Matlab, R) or programming languages (e.g. Python). 5. Demonstrated abilities in geospatial analysis. 6. Demonstrated experience working in collaborative research settings. DESIRED ATTRIBUTES 1. Experience or education in acoustics. 2. Field experience in physical or biological sciences. 3. Experience using and maintaining scientific instruments or electronics in a field setting. 4. Experience with web interface. 5. Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department's commitment to diversity and inclusion. APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applicants should create a single document (Word or pdf) that includes a letter of interest, CV/resume, unofficial transcripts, and a list of three references and their contact information. The name of the file should contain the first and last name of the applicant. The letter of interest should include a statement on an applicant's areas of interest regarding acoustic-based ecological research including the applicant's perception of the most important research questions in this discipline, the connections between the these areas of research and your prior work, and an account of your skills in statistics, modeling, signal processing, and other pertinent quantitative methods. For full consideration submit application by July 7, 2014. Upload application to: http://warnercnr.colostate.edu/employment-opportunities.html For inquiries, please contact Dr. George Wittemyer (g.wittem...@colostate.edu) via e-mail with Acoustic Postdoc in the subject line. Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services. Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.
I am seeking applicants for an M.S. position focused on evaluating the demographics of ruffed grouse in Maine. Our objectives for this project are to better characterize how forest management practices, forest habitat composition, and sport hunting influence variation in grouse survival and reproductive success. We will use a combination of mark-recapture, radio telemetry, and forest vegetation assessments to address these objectives. This project is a close collaboration with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW), and the successful applicant will work closely with MDIFW biologists and 1 other M.S. student. Field work will occur at two field sites, and each student will be responsible for supervising field operations at one of these two sites. Data collection protocols will be similar among sites, and all project data will be shared and available for the purpose of developing and addressing distinct research questions in support of each student’s graduate thesis. The start date for this position is no later than September 1, 2014, with an earlier start date possible. The student will be supported primarily through a funded research assistantship, but may be required to serve as a teaching assistant for 1 or 2 semesters. Successful applicants will be expected to apply to the Graduate School at the University of Maine, and the student will be a member of the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology at the University of Maine. More information on the graduate program in our department can be found online at http://umaine.edu/wle/graduate-program/. Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree from a Wildlife Ecology, Biology, Natural Resource, or related program. A positive attitude and the ability to supervise a field crew in a remote setting is a must. The ability to tolerate less-than-pleasant field conditions, which include muggy buggy summers and cold snowy winters, is also mandatory. Must be physically fit and capable of hiking long distances in dense eastern forest habitat. Strong oral and written communication skills, experience with field work, and strong recommendations are required. Must possess a valid driver’s license. A strong academic record including undergraduate GPA (3.0 or better) and GRE scores (50% percentile or higher), plus relevant prior field experience, is desired. Desired qualifications: Preference will be given to applicants with experience working in in forest communities and with knowledge of forest ecology. Prior experience with the following field skills are desirable: radio telemetry, avian capture and handling, vegetation sampling and identification of eastern forest plants, use of 4x4 vehicles, snowmobile or ATV operation, supervision of field crews. Any relevant experience with data analysis and/or scientific writing is also a plus. To apply please submit the following by email to Dr. Erik Blomberg ( erik.blomb...@maine.edu): Cover letter describing your qualifications for the position, CV/Resume including GRE scores and undergraduate GPA, and contact information for at least three professional references. A single merged document is preferred. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.
*New Science Advocacy Toolkit Released* *Website Helps Researchers Successfully Engage in Public Policy* The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) has launched a new website to help researchers participate in the development of the nation’s science policy. This free online resource is available at *policy.aibs.org http://policy.aibs.org*. “AIBS has been a leader in its efforts to engage scientists in public policy,” said AIBS President Dr. Joseph Travis. “This new website continues this important work by making it easier than ever for researchers to be involved in the decision-making process.” The Legislative Action Center is a one-stop shop for learning about and influencing science policy. Through the website, users can contact elected officials and sign-up to interact with lawmakers. The website offers tools and resources to inform researchers about recent policy developments. The site also announces opportunities to serve on federal advisory boards and to comment on federal regulations. The Legislative Action Center is supported by AIBS, the Society for the Study of Evolution, the Botanical Society of American, and the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography. Access the site at http://policy.aibs.org -- Julie Palakovich Carr Public Policy Manager American Institute of Biological Sciences 1444 I Street, NW Suite 200 Washington, DC 20005 202-568-8117 www.aibs.org -- This message is confidential and should only be read by its intended recipients. If you have received it in error, please notify the sender and delete all copies.
Overview: The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is a $430 million dollar observatory project dedicated to understanding how changes in climate, land use and invasive species impact ecology. For the next three decades NEON will collect a comprehensive range of ecological data on a continental scale across 20 eco-climatic domains representing US ecosystems. NEON will use cutting edge technology including an airborne observation platform that will capture images of regional landscapes and vegetation; mobile, re-locatable, and fixed data collection sites with automated ground sensors to monitor soil and atmosphere; and trained field crews who will observe and sample populations of diverse organisms and collect soil and water data. A leading edge cyber-infrastructure will calibrate, store and publish this information. The Observatory will grow to 300+ personnel and will be the first of its kind designed to detect and enable forecasting of ecological change at continental scales. Summary: The Commissioning Scientist will work under the direction of the Project Scientist, and in collaboration with the Project System Engineer and several product team leaders. The Commissioning Scientist will assist in planning and executing the scientific commissioning of NEON, as well as data quality planning. This role includes development of, participating in and leading the full range of commissioning activities, including some aspects of testing. Essential Duties and Responsibilities: #8226; Coordinate and collaborate across NEON product teams (e.g., Data Product Team, Cyberinfrastructure, Systems Engineering, Science Teams) to devise plan, procedures, and necessary software analysis tools for commissioning of NEON#8217;s instrumental and observational subsystems, per the specified requirements and defined commissioning scope. #8226; Lead a team of staff scientists, data analysts, and software engineers that will participate in the implementation and execution of NEON#8217;s science commissioning process. #8226; Perform data analysis, and interpret results with consideration and intense focus on the methodology and process around Scientific Verification of NEON. #8226; Ensure an appropriate level of integration and consistency in the science commissioning approach, which will include ensuring that methodologies are communicated and uniformly followed across project science and engineering teams. #8226; Contribute to data quality planning to ensure that measurements, data and data products meet science requirements, and monitor that quality benchmarks are uniformly implemented across all Observatory subsystems. #8226; Document the methodology and process for the NEON commissioning and verification process in collaboration with the Project Systems Engineer. Required Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills: #8226; Ph.D. in ecology, biology or other natural sciences, environmental engineering, environmental planning or alternative related experience in the scientific commissioning of an Observatory, project or scientific enterprise. #8226; Six (6) or more years of post-graduate work experience in developing and implementing a science commissioning plan for a large scientific project and/or enterprise. #8226; Advanced quantitative/analytical skills; particularly in regard to analyses applied to large and diverse data sets. #8226; Experience with a range of environmental observations, measurement systems and data reduction and analysis techniques. #8226; Ability to communicate the science commissioning plan to internal teams so that the plan is uniformly implemented, and to the external science community so that all understand. #8226; Very effective verbal and written communication skills. #8226; Ability to collaborate effectively across diverse cross functional teams. #8226; Experience effectively managing projects within specified timeframes. Preferred Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills: #8226; Ten (10) or more years#8217; work experience in a scientific enterprise, preferably in the context of setting up large facilities. #8226; Experience/expertise in large scale and/or, long term ecological investigations. #8226; Experience and expertise in ecosystem ecology, organismal ecology, quantitative/statistical ecology, and/or related fields. #8226; Experience in scientific computing and experience trouble-shooting hardware or software is a plus. Term: This is a term position with work scheduled until end of construction, which is anticipated to be September 30, 2017. Must have permanent authorization for US employment. NEON Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, Minorities, Veterans and Disabled Persons are encouraged to apply. Apply: http://www.neoninc.org/jobs/SrStaffScientistCommissioning
MIGRATION COUNTERS (4) for fall migration monitoring projects at New Jersey Audubons Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO), Cape May, NJ. Cape May is one of the premier fall migration hot spots in the country. Specifically, we are hiring a counter for the Cape May Hawkwatch (1 Sep - 30 Nov), a counter for the Avalon Seawatch (22 Sep-22 Dec), a counter for the Cape May Morning Flight Project (16 August 31 October) and a swing counter (1 Sept-22 Dec), who will provide day-off relief at each site and enter data. Applicants for counter positions should have a strong background identifying raptors, seabirds, or songbirds in flight. Careful data collecting and data entry skills, a willingness to work long hours, and excellent interpersonal skills are a must. Applicants should have some experience with MS Excel. All counters will also be required to write a summary report at the end of the season for NJ Audubon publications. All applicants must have their own vehicles, and a valid, clean, drivers license. Salary for all positions $1400-1800/month depending on experience. Housing and reimbursement for gas is provided. Send cover letter indicating position of interest, resume outlining relevant experience, and three references (including email addresses and phone numbers) to RENE BUCCINNA, Cape May Bird Observatory, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210 or email: mailto:rene.bucci...@njaudubon.orgrene.bucci...@njaudubon.org. Application deadline is July 15, 2014. -- René Buccinna, Admin. Asst. NJ Audubon Center for Research Education 600 Route 47 North Cape May Court House, NJ 08210 (609) 861-1608 x13 (609) 861-1651 Fx mailto:rene.bucci...@njaudubon.orgrene.bucci...@njaudubon.org Making New Jersey a better place since 1897
Please consider submitting an abstract for our upcoming IUFRO-sponsored 2nd Restoring Forests Congress to be held 14-16 October 2014 in Lafayette, Indiana USA (Purdue University). The deadline for abstracts for volunteer oral and poster presentations is July 1. The 1st Restoring Forests Congress was held in September 2011 in Madrid, Spain and attended by 100 scientists representing 17 countries. A double special issue of New Forests (http://link.springer.com/journal/11056/43/5/page/1) was produced from the 1st Congress. The theme of the 2nd Congress is What constitutes success in the 21st Century?. We will examine the continued evolution of the scope of forest restoration and re-explore the need to set realistic goals to achieve restoration success. Field tours will highlight the ongoing forest restoration research of the Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center (http://www.htirc.org) at Purdue University, featuring especially the role of genetics in ecological restoration. Selected papers from the congress will once again be published in a special issue of New Forests. Updated information can be found at the conference website: https://www.purdue.edu/fnrrf/ Best wishes, Organizing Committee, 2nd IUFRO Restoring Forests
Hello fellow ecologers, I was wondering if anyone had any website suggestions for looking up information on native plants in the Pacific Northwest. I am working on a native plant guide for my job and am having a hard time finding information on subjects like: ecology, seed ecology, establishment rates,herbivory and propogation techniques. I don't really have access to good libraries where I am and my databases results (using things like Web of Science) are not coming up with much. Here are some websites I have been using: Fire Effects Plant Database (for all plants): (http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/) Silvics Manual of North America (for trees): (http://www.na.fs.fed.us/spfo/pubs/silvics_manual/table_of_contents.htm) Burke Museum of Natural History Plant Database: (http://biology.burke.washington.edu/herbarium/imagecollection.php) Any suggestions?
Natalie, You may want to try the BC E-Flora: http://www.geog.ubc.ca/biodiversity/eflora/ Best, Karen On Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 2:56 PM, Natalie Scott nscott...@gmail.com wrote: Hello fellow ecologers, I was wondering if anyone had any website suggestions for looking up information on native plants in the Pacific Northwest. I am working on a native plant guide for my job and am having a hard time finding information on subjects like: ecology, seed ecology, establishment rates,herbivory and propogation techniques. I don't really have access to good libraries where I am and my databases results (using things like Web of Science) are not coming up with much. Here are some websites I have been using: Fire Effects Plant Database (for all plants): (http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/) Silvics Manual of North America (for trees): (http://www.na.fs.fed.us/spfo/pubs/silvics_manual/table_of_contents.htm) Burke Museum of Natural History Plant Database: (http://biology.burke.washington.edu/herbarium/imagecollection.php) Any suggestions? -- G. Karen Golinski, PhD