[ECOLOG-L] Job Opening: Restoration Foreman/Operator

2014-06-12 Thread Kristine Swann
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 backhoe’s,
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


[ECOLOG-L] Acoustic Postdoctoral Fellow: Colorado State University

2014-06-12 Thread Kevin Crooks
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 (PI’s: 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 applicant’s 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. 


[ECOLOG-L] M.S. Position - Demographics of Ruffed Grouse in Maine

2014-06-12 Thread Erik Blomberg
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.


[ECOLOG-L] New Science Advocacy Toolkit Released

2014-06-12 Thread Julie Palakovich Carr
*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

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[ECOLOG-L] *Job* Senior Staff Scientist (Commissioning)

2014-06-12 Thread Yvette Hill-Nnaji
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


[ECOLOG-L] Job: seasonal migration counters

2014-06-12 Thread David Inouye
MIGRATION COUNTERS (4) for fall migration 
monitoring projects at New Jersey Audubon’s 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, driver’s 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


[ECOLOG-L] 2nd IUFRO Restoring Forests Congress__Abstract Deadline July 1

2014-06-12 Thread Douglass F. Jacobs
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


[ECOLOG-L] Plant Ecology Websites for the PNW

2014-06-12 Thread Natalie Scott
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? 


Re: [ECOLOG-L] Plant Ecology Websites for the PNW

2014-06-12 Thread karen golinski
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