AQUATIC (MOSTLY) JOBS, FELLOWSHIPS AND FIELD SCHOOLS
LAST UPDATE - 13 March 2004

Below is a list of job postings, fellowships, graduate opportunities, fellowhips and field school links (in progress).  I am just re-posting announcements that I have received, and I take no responsibility for the quality of these positions!!!  I'll update the page as often as I can (it should be at least bi-weekly).  If you have an opportunity that you would like me to post, contact me at:  kschulz@syr.edu

Summer Jobs
 Longer Term Jobs
 Graduate School or Post-doc Opportunities
 Fellowships
 Field Program Links

Some other websites to check for jobs/internships are:

http://eelink.net/eejobsdatabase.html
http://stroudcenter.org/jobs/internships.htm
http://www.aslo.org/employment/jobs.html
http://www.iaglr.org/hot/jobs.php
http://www.aquanet.com/busdir/jobs/jobdate.htm
http://erf.org/jobs/jobs.html
http://www-marine.stanford.edu/HMSweb/careers.html
http://www.earthworks-jobs.com/ecology.htm
http://www.phys.ocean.dal.ca/hotlists/jobs.html
http://www.limnology.org/jobs.html

Summer Opportunities


RED KNOT/SHOREBIRD RESEARCH ASSISTANTS (4)-19 Apr -18 Jun. 
Assist in radio-telemetry study of habitat use and diet of red knots in the Delaware
Bay.  Interact with federal, state, and university biologists in both NJ
and DE.  Qualifications:  Bachelors degree in Ecology, Wildlife,
Environmental Science or related field.  Ability to identify shorebirds,
work long hours under difficult conditions, work alone, participate in
aerial and boat monitoring of birds, hike long distances on beaches and
through marshes, identify small colored leg bands, collect and computerize
data, and participate in sorting and identification of invertebrate prey.
Experience identifying shorebirds, operating small watercraft, and
conducting radio-telemetry studies is preferred.  Valid driver^Òs license
required.  $400/week + housing.  Send vita including academic background,
transcripts, and 3 references to:  SARAH KARPANTY, Department of Fisheries
and Wildlife Sciences, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0321 (EM:
karpanty@vt.edu).  (Prefer e-mail attachment).  Application review will
begin immediately and continue until positions are filled.  End date of
position is negotiable. Virginia Tech is an EO/AA employer.

SEASONAL RESEARCH TECHNICIANS (2)
Responsibilities:
Technicians will participate in research on horseshoe crabs in Delaware
Bay. The technicians will assist in a study to determine the effects of
beach nourishment on horseshoe crab spawning and egg development.  Work
will include field experiments to study rates of egg development and
transport through sediment, laboratory identification of egg and larval
stage, laboratory analysis of sediment size distribution, and data entry
and analysis. In addition, the technicians will assist in a telemetry study
to track movement and spawning behavior of horseshoe crabs in Delaware Bay.

Qualifications:
Candidates should have some field experience and an academic background in
biological or environmental sciences.  Must be enthusiastic, reliable,
self-motivated and able to work well in a team.  Fieldwork will take place
on estuarine beaches near Dover, Delaware.  Lab work will take place at the
USGS-Leetown Science Center in Kearneysville WV.  Frequent travel will be
required.  The candidate must be capable of rigorous fieldwork and should
enjoy working outside even in inclement weather or at odd hours.
Term:
Term of employment will last 10 to 12 weeks beginning as early as April,
but mid-May starts will also be considered.
Salary:
Salary will depend on experience.
Contact:
Please send or email a letter of interest with a CV or resume to
David Smith
USGS  Leetown Science Center
11700 Leetown Road
Kearneysville, WV 25443
david_r_smith@usgs.gov
304-724-4467
FAX 724-4465

Summer Opportunities in Aquatic Ecology & Invasion Biology

The lab of Dr. David Lodge (http://www.nd.edu/~jmcnulty), the University
of Notre Dame, has two field assistant positions to fill for summer 2004
(mid-late May through late August) at a pay scale of $6.35-$7.25 per hour,
commensurate with experience.  Upper division undergraduates or recent
graduates with an educational background in biology, ecology, or
environmental sciences are encouraged to apply.

Both positions will be based in northern Wisconsin at the University of
Notre Dame Environmental Research Center (UNDERC), and will involve
working under the direction of current graduate students.

Projects include:
1. Landscape Spread and Impact of Invasive Species:
(A) Investigating how different invasive species (rusty crayfish, Eurasian
watermilfoil etc.) spread through lake systems (B) Analyzing the
effectiveness of public education (C) Investigating ecological
effectiveness and economic costs of invader control.   Duties include
conducting field experiments, sampling lakes, and processing lake samples
in the laboratory (identification and enumeration of invertebrates and
plants). SCUBA certification, or willingness to obtain certification, will
be a plus.

2. Lake Restoration After Invasion:
Upper Peninsula of Michigan for projects evaluating ecosystem level
effects of the nonnative rusty crayfish and exploring measures of crayfish
control and lake restoration.  Duties include conducting field
experiments, sampling lakes, and processing lake samples in the laboratory
(identification and enumeration of invertebrates and plants). SCUBA
certification, or willingness to obtain certification, will be a plus.

For more information about projects, please contact Reuben Keller
(rkeller2@nd.edu), Jody Murray (jmurray7@nd.edu) or Angela Bobeldyk
(abobeldy@nd.edu).
Housing will be provided at the University of Notre Dame Environmental
Research Center (UNDERC) (http://www.nd.edu/~underc/underc1.htm) To apply,
indicate position(s) of interest and send copies of your resume,
transcripts, and a list of three references with telephone numbers to:
Joanna McNulty (mcnulty.9@nd.edu)
P.O. Box 369
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556
574-631-2849
Decisions will begin March 20, 2004
Applications will be accepted until positions are filled

Summer Research Credits
I'm in need of someone who would like to get more field research
experience and will be in Syracuse over the summer.  I am a masters
student studying the effects of zebra mussel invasion on benthic primary
production in Oneida Lake, NY.  My hypothesis is that increased water
clarity due to zebra mussels has caused an increase in primary production from
benthic algae, because a greater surface area of the lake bottom is
illuminated.
My work is based from the Cornell Biological Field Station on the south
side of Oneida Lake.  I'll be needing someone to help me collect data
in the lake, including water chemistry, temperature, and algal samples
on rocks and sediments.  Some days will involve swimming, some boating,
depending on the depth of the samples.  There will also be lab work
involved, including measuring photosynthesis and extracting/analyzing
chlorophyll.
My assistant will be an independent study student with Dr. Doug Frank,
but I will oversee their project.  The student will take a small
portion of my study and make it their own, completing a poster at the end
of the summer.  They will earn research credits toward their degree.

Contact: Becky Johnson, vesperholly2002@yahoo.com


Weber State University is pleased to sponsor a National Science Foundation REU Site Program on the
Biology of the Greater Salt Lake Ecosystem. 
This program will provide support for ten students to conduct full-time (ten weeks) research
collaboratively with a faculty member from within the College of Science
at Weber State University in Ogden, UT, May 24 to August 2, 2004.  REU
students will receive a $3250 stipend, free housing, and $700 for
research expenses.  Students participating in this program will pursue
independent research on the biology of the Greater Salt Lake Ecosystem
(GSLE) under the supervision of a faculty mentor.  Research will be
conducted at different levels of organization, from the molecular level
to the ecosystem level.   The Great Salt Lake, located in
northern Utah, is the largest lake west of the Mississippi River.
Despite it's extreme salinity (three to five times higher than the
ocean), the GSLE supports a diverse biota in a unique mosaic of upland,
wetland, mudflat, river delta, brackish and freshwater marshes,
ephemeral ponds and other habitat types.  Our focus on the biology of
the GSLE will foster a sense of community among student researchers who
will be engaged in answering questions and testing hypotheses centered
on a common theme.  In addition, students will gain a working knowledge
of, and an appreciation for a unique and important area.  In
addition to research, the REU student will participate in a(n):
Orientation, Seminar on the Biology of the Greater Salt Lake Ecosystem,
Research Tools Workshop, course on Research Ethics, field trips, social
events, and an end-of-program symposium.  Women and
underrepresented minorities, nontraditional students, and students from
institutions where research opportunities are limited are strongly
encouraged to apply.  Visit our NSF-REU website
(http://departments.weber.edu/zoology/REU.htm) for more information
on mentors and to apply.  Contact either Dr. John F. Cavitt, at
801-626-6172, jcavitt@weber.edu or Dr Ron Meyers at 801-626-6170,
rmeyers@weber.edu for more information. John F. Cavitt PhD
Dept. of Zoology
Weber State University
2505 University Circle
Ogden, UT 84408-2505(801) 626-6172
FAX: (801) 626-7445
homepage: http://faculty.weber.edu/jcavitt

SEVEN SUMMER RESEARCH ASSISTANT POSITIONS AVAILABLE IN AQUATIC ECOLOGY

The Stream Ecology Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame is seeking
applicants for the following research projects:

1)Four field assistants are needed to assist with a U.S. EPA project
studying the effects of ultraviolet radiation on benthic food webs in
streams of northern Michigan. Duties would include assisting with
artificial stream experiments, sampling stream water chemistry, measuring
UV radiation in streams, and assisting with sample preservation and
analysis. Independent research related to the project will be available
and encouraged. Housing and monthly stipend will be provided. Duration:
May 15-August 30, 2004. Location: University of Notre Dame Environmental
Research Center, Land O^Ò Lakes, WI. Contact: Dr. Paul Frost, pfrost@nd.edu

 2)One field assistant is needed to assist with crayfish, fish, and
invertebrate sampling (electrofishing and snorkeling), habitat surveys,
water chemistry analyses, and data entry for a project evaluating the
impacts of invasive rusty crayfish on stream trophic interactions.
Duration: May-Aug. 2004; Location: University of Notre Dame Environmental
Research Center, Land O^Ò Lakes, WI. Contact: Angela Bobeldyk,
bobeldyk.1@nd.edu

3)One lab technician is needed to help study toxic effects of room
temperature ionic liquids on simple aquatic communities.  Duties will
include sampling and upkeep of algal cultures, microscopic cell counting,
and maintaining experimental conditions.  Duration: May 17- Aug. 13,
2004.  Location: South Bend, IN; Contact: Konrad Kulacki, kkulacki@nd.edu

General Information:  Wages for all positions listed will be a minimum of
$7.25/hr and 40 hrs/wk.  Start and end dates are somewhat flexible for all
positions listed.  To apply, please submit the following to the appropriate
contact listed above: (1) a cover letter explaining your interest in this
work, any relevant work experiences, and available work dates; (2) a copy
of your transcript (unofficial copies are acceptable) if possible; (3)
your resume; and (4) a list of at least 3 references, including name,
title, address, email, and telephone.  Inquiries and applications
submitted through email are encouraged. General Inquiries can be directed
to Dr. Gary Lamberti^Òs laboratory, Department of Biological Sciences,
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556-0369; laboratory phone:
(574) 631-0580.

EASTERN SIERRA INTERNSHIP, BISHOP, CA
We are currently recruiting students for an exciting new project we have added
to our Summer 2004 REU program; see description below.
Dates: June 13-August 21
Stipend: $3000 plus room and board
Application deadline: extended to March19th (review begins March 15th)
Contact: visit our website first at http://poppy.wmrs.edu, then email
interns@wmrs.edu

Title: Investigating paleo-fish distribution in the Owens Valley, CA
Description:
Toikona tui chubs are one of two cryptic races of Owens tui chub, an endangered
subspecies. To safeguard toikona tui chubs from extinction, the number of
populations should be increased from their existing one location.
Reestablishment should be guided by their historical distribution. This
information in lacking as the race went undetected until 2003 (for more
information on the fish see
http://genome-lab.ucdavis.edu/People/YongjiuChen/OTCgenetics%20Report.pdf). To
develop paleo-distributional information the project will collect sediment
cores and/or auger samples from three naturally occurring lakes in the Owens
Valley including: Fish Slough Lake, Klondike Lake, and Diaz Lake. Microfossil
material extracted from the sediment will be used in a multidisciplinary effort
to characterize the paleohydrologic, paleoclimatic, and paleo-fish community
characteristics of the sites. Fish bones discovered during processing will be
identified and used in a subsequent (or concurrent) s!
tudy analyzing ancient DNA from museum specimens of fish and bones. The REU
student will prepare a reference collection of fish bones to aid identification
of fossil material from the sediment samples.

The REU student will perform extensive lab work, assist collection of sediment
cores, and will have the opportunity to participate in ongoing conservation
efforts on behalf of fishes. A student with interest in application of
palynology or micropaleontology to understanding paleoclimate or paleohydrology
will be preferred. Completion of upper division course work in sedimentary
rocks or stratigraphy is required.





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Longer Employment Opportunities

POSITION AVAILABLE - RESEARCH TECHNICIAN IN AQUATIC ECOLOGY
            A position is available March 15, 2004, or as soon as available, for a full-
            (or part-) time research technician at the Louis Calder Center, the
            biological field station of Fordham University.

The successful applicant will participate in a program studying several
aspects of aquatic ecology, including:
- Nutrient and organic carbon cycling in small lakes
- Stoichiometric relationships in benthic stream food webs.
- Biogeographic and molecular studies of stream algae

The person will be responsible for assisting in specific studies conducted
at local and remote sites, chemical analysis of water and biological
materials, maintaining analytical instruments (autoanalyzer,
spectrophotometer, gas chromatograph), long-term monitoring of Calder Lake,
and operation of the field station weather station, and station data
records.

Experience required includes:
General training in limnology, water chemistry analysis (e.g. P, N, Si,
DOC), identification of freshwater algae, and data analysis using
spreadsheets.

Desirable experience may include:
Gas chromatography, microbiological and algal culture, PCR and DNA
sequencing, fluorescence microscopy, or GIS.

The position will be funded for at least one year, and may be renewed for
additional years pending availability of funds.  If desired, a part-time
work schedule (14-20 hours / week) will be considered.  Salary is
negotiable, starting between $25- to $35,000 per year, depending on
experience. A Master's degree or a Bachelor's degree with experience is
required.
Send resume and names of references to: Dr. John D Wehr (wehr@fordham.edu),
Louis Calder Center - Biological Station, Fordham University, P.O. Box K.
Armonk, NY  10504.  Information about the field station can be found at:
www.fordham.edu/calder_center

Position available:
Marine Ecology Technician

The Evolutionary Ecology Lab at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science
seeks a technician to assist with an experimental research program
exploring links between biodiversity, food web structure, and the
ecological processes in seagrass beds.

The position involves processing benthic samples, sorting and
identification of benthic invertebrates and seaweeds, as well as assistance
with fabrication and maintenance of a mesocosm tank array.  The candidate
should have a strong, independent work ethic and a Bachelor's degree in
Biology or related science, preferably but not necessarily with some
experience or coursework involving invertebrates and/or ecology.

This is a restricted 90-day appointment, with possibility of an additional
90-day renewal.  The position is available immediately.  Salary depends on
experience and education.

For more information about the position please contact Emmett Duffy at
jeduffy@vims.edu.  For information on research in the Evolutionary Ecology
Lab see http://www.vims.edu/bio/mobee.

To apply, please send (preferably as an email attachment) a current resume,
with names and contact information (including phone number and email
address) for three references familiar with your work and academic
qualifications, to:

Emmett Duffy, Associate Professor of Marine Science
Email: jeduffy@vims.edu

Research Technician

A research technician is needed in the lab of Dr. David Lodge at the
University of Notre Dame  (http://www.nd.edu/~jmcnulty).  While primarily
located on Notre Dame^Òs campus, travel will be required to field sites in
northern Michigan/Wisconsin and coastal North Carolina to work on projects
including landscape spread and impact of invasive species, lake
restoration after invasion, waterfowl-impact and several other on-going
projects (see above link for further project descriptions).  Duties
include assisting graduate students and post-docs with projects in the
laboratory/field (40% lab, 25% field), and with laboratory management and
library research (30%). Minimum qualifications include B.A./B.S. degree,
undergraduate research experience, and an interest in ecology. Other
desirable skills include; mathematical and statistical skills, experience
in identification of aquatic organisms, and experience with ArcGIS and
other applicable computer programs. Depending on experience and interests,
the job will provide opportunities for research involvement, professional
development, and attendance at professional meetings. Position will begin
in June or July 2004, depending on candidate availability, with a starting
salary of  $25,958 per year plus benefits. Please email (much preferred)
your letter of interest, resume, and names, addresses, phone numbers, and
emails of three references to: Joanna McNulty (mailto:mcnulty.9@nd.edu).

Hard copies can be mailed to Joanna McNulty, Department of Biological
Sciences, P.O. Box 369, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556.


POSITION: RESEARCH ASSISTANT I II   [RAI II TIDE]
   Full-time, Non-exempt

The Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is
accepting applications for a full-time year round Research Assistant I or
II for the TIDE project.

DUTIES:  Duties include participating in a large scale field experiment to
determine the interactive effects of nutrients and trophic structure on
salt marsh ecosystems.  We will follow the effects of additional nutrients
and the removal of the mummichog on the salt marsh food web and nutrient
cycles.  The successful candidate will be expected to take leadership
roles in executing the experiments, coordinating logistics in the field
and in monitoring some aspects of the ecosystem response to the
manipulations, participating in field and laboratory measurements of
chemistry and biology and processing and analyzing project data.  Frequent
contact with the public, government agencies, boards and committees will
be required.  The successful applicant will work as part of a large multi-
disciplinary team consisting of PIs, post-docs, graduate students and
other research assistants and gain broad experience through field and
laboratory work across interdisciplinary fields including biology,
chemistry and physical oceanography.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:  The successful candidate should possess a BS or MS
degree in Ecology, Biology, Chemistry, Ecology or Marine Biology and at
least one year experience in a related field.  Attention to detail, strong
organization skills, ability to work as a member of a team and the ability
to communicate positively with the public are required.  Experience with
database management, statistical programs and scientific writing are a
plus.

CONDITIONS:  This position requires moderately strenuous fieldwork
(lifting, bending, carrying heavy equipment and walking through waist high
marine waters and marsh) in marine environments, primarily intertidal
settings under variable weather conditions.  Ability to work with
vertebrate and invertebrate animals and hazardous/harsh chemicals in the
laboratory is needed.  Irregular hours may include weekend, early morning
or late evening.  Successful candidate will be expected to spend extended
time at the field site in Plum Island Sound (3 hours from Woods Hole).

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Until a suitable candidate is identified.

Apply to, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcripts and the names,
addresses, telephone number and email addresses of 4 references to:
Marine Biological Laboratory, ATTN: Human Resources reference code [RAI II
TIDE], 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543-1015, email  resume@mbl.edu.

Position: Technician I
Employer: Colorado Division of Wildlife, Denver.

Pay: $11/hr (and per diem for overnight travel)
Dates: start in mid to late April and end in mid to late October
Job Description:
Collect water quality, physical habitat and biotic samples in streams across
the state of Colorado. Work is performed in remotes locations and will
travel out of the Denver area on a weekly basis.
Duties:
Work as a team member to collect stream health data all over the State of
Colorado.  Data collection includes water sampling, physical habitat
assessment, periphyton and benthic macroinvertebrates collection, and fish
sampling using electro shocking or seining techniques.  Most sites will be
remote and hiking with a 50 lb backpack will be required. Locate sample
sites using GPS and maps. Perform simple water quality analysis.  Car and/or
backcountry camping will be required.
Qualifications:
A bachelor's degree in ecology, environmental science, fisheries, wildlife
biology or a closely related field is preferred.  Ability to identify
Colorado fish, trees and noxious weeds is a plus.  Applicant should have
experience collecting data in the field and be able to follow detailed
protocol.  Applicant must be able to carry a 50 lb pack for many miles and
over rugged terrain.  Applicant must be comfortable implementing electro
shocking techniques.  Frequent overnight travel up to 5 days a week and
driving a 4x4 suburban is required.  Sampling days may be long, usually 8 to
12 hours, and one must love working outdoors and be able maintain a positive
attitude. Must have a valid driver's license.
TO APPLY: Send an electronic copy of your resume with references to
adrienne.viosca@state.co.us or amy.ackerman@state.co.us
Resumes received by 'snail mail' will not be considered.
Adrienne Viosca
Program Specialist, EMAP
Colorado Watershed Network
6060 Broadway
Denver, CO 80216
303-291-7323 office
303-917-2626 cell
303-291-7456 fax

POSITION AVAILABLE
Survey Coordinator
Protected Resources Division
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
NOAA Fisheries
La Jolla, California

Position Description:
Primary assistant to Chief Scientist for research cruises aboard NOAA
vessels.  Research cruises are designed to assess marine mammal populations
(abundance and stock structure) and sample the marine ecosystem.  A typical
cruise uses one to two ships for approximately 4 months of sea time.  Each
ship carries 12-15 scientists including one or more of the following: marine
mammal and seabird observers, oceanographers, acousticians, and
photogrammetrists.  Cruises are conducted in U.S. waters, on the high seas,
and in territorial waters of foreign countries.
The Survey Coordinator is the primary assistant to the Chief Scientist and
will be directly involved in all aspects of cruise preparation, staging,
implementation, and de-staging.  Major responsibilities include the
following:
a) Scientific Personnel Liaison - Write contracts for seasonally-employed,
ship-based scientists, in collaboration with Principal Investigator for each
project.  Advertise positions and field questions.  Oversee pre-cruise
communication regarding cruise specifics and requirements.  Act as main
shore-based contact for cruise personnel during project.
b) Equipment Coordinator - Oversee maintenance and repair of project
equipment (handheld radios, hand-held and high-powered binoculars, field
computers, cameras, crossbows and bolts used for collection of cetacean
biopsy samples).  Oversee design and construction of specialized shipboard
infrastructure (waterproof boxes for computers, decking for flying bridge,
stand modification for mounted binoculars, etc.)
c) Research Permit Coordinator - Assist Chief Scientist with application for
any research permits (U.S. and foreign nations) necessary for cruise,
including general clearance, CITES, and permits required to conduct research
in sanctuaries and reserves.  Act as main liaison between Chief Scientist
and U.S. and foreign nation entities for permit-related questions.
d) Administrative Assistant for Cruise Documentation - Prepare Cruise
Announcements, Project Instructions, and Final Cruise Reports, in
association with Chief Scientist.  Maintain and modify documentation for
cruise-based projects (Cruise Leader and Observer Manuals).  Assist Chief
Scientist with design and implementation of project orientation and training
activities and project debrief meetings.  Monitor project budgets for
equipment and seasonally-employed salaries.
e) Liaison for NOAA Vessel Crew and Officers - Act as liaison between Chief
Scientist and Field Operations Officer on the ship.  Communicate project
requests and needs and assist with their implementation aboard.
Note: This position requires no field work.  The Survey Coordinator is the
primary shore-based contact before, during, and after research vessel
cruises.  However, travel to ports of call for brief periods of time (days)
is likely, often on short notice, in response to unforeseen circumstances.
Small amounts of field work (1-2 weeks) may be requested for other,
unrelated shore-based field projects.  Survey design and analysis will be
the primary responsibility of the Chief Scientists and other senior
personnel.
Required Skills and Expertise:
- Strong communication skills - verbal and written
- Highly organized and detail-oriented
- Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines
- Mechanical aptitude and general competence with field equipment,
maintenance and repair, infrastructure design
- Budget management
- Ability to compose written documents
Preferred Skills and Expertise:
- Computer skills, especially expertise with hardware, widely available
software (Windows, e-mail programs), networking
- Familiarity with or fluency in Spanish
Salary:
Starting salary of between $34,548 and $42,764, depending upon
qualifications.  Health benefits package included.
Potential to advance to $70,000 annually, depending upon performance
Start Date and Term of Employment:
Immediately
12-month contract with potential for conversion to a Permanent Position with
the Federal Government; good health and retirement benefits
To Apply, Please send a cover letter describing your qualifications, a cv,
and list of three references (phone numbers and e-mail contacts) to:
Dr. Stephen B. Reilly
Steve.Reilly@noaa.gov
Or:
SWFSC
8604 La Jolla Shores Drive
La Jolla, CA  92037
USA
For Questions and Inquiries, Please Contact: Dr. Stephen B. Reilly,
Steve.Reilly@noaa.gov

JOB OPENING - RESEARCH COORDINATOR
DAVIDSON COLLEGE HERPETOLOGY LABORATORY
Salary: $30,000 per year, plus full benefits and annual raises
Supervisor: Michael E. Dorcas
Preferred Start Date: May 2004
Job Description:
 Coordinate and conduct herpetological research in an active
research setting at a top-ten liberal arts college.  Funding for this
position is expected through a 5-year grant to examine the effects of
urbanization on amphibian and reptiles.
Required Skills and Qualifications:
Minimum of Bachelor^Òs degree in Biology, Zoology, Ecology or a related
natural science area or an equivalent combination of education and
experience.
Field Experience with and knowledge of the herpetofauna of the
Southeastern United States.
Ability to generate well-designed studies, organize and analyze scientific
data, and write quality scientific manuscripts
Demonstrated computer skills (MS Office and database management).
Ability to work with student researchers and others in a collegial and
collaborative atmosphere.

Other Skills Beneficial to Position:
Radio telemetry techniques; Mark-recapture techniques; Geographical
information systems (GIS); Global positioning systems (GPS); Automated
data acquisition (dataloggers); Care of captive amphibians and reptiles;
Interest and experience in outreach opportunities; Web design

Other Requirements:
natural science area or an equivalent combination of education and
experience.
Field Experience with and knowledge of the herpetofauna of the
Southeastern United States.
Ability to generate well-designed studies, organize and analyze scientific
data, and write quality scientific manuscripts
Demonstrated computer skills (MS Office and database management).
Ability to work with student researchers and others in a collegial and
collaborative atmosphere.

Other Skills Beneficial to Position:
Radio telemetry techniques; Mark-recapture techniques; Geographical
information systems (GIS); Global positioning systems (GPS); Automated
data acquisition (dataloggers); Care of captive amphibians and reptiles;
Interest and experience in outreach opportunities; Web design

Other Requirements:
Ability to work in variable weather conditions, remote locations and often
in physically demanding circumstances.
Night and weekend work sometimes required.
Valid driver^Òs license and safe driving record (field vehicle will be
available for research purposes).
Work requires occasional physical exertion and/or muscular strain.

Applications accepted online ^Ö letter, CV, and contact information for up
to 4 references:
Go to the following website, the click on ^ÓBiology ^Ö Research Coordinator^Ô
http://www2.davidson.edu/administration/hr/hr_empopportun.asp

In addition to applying online, you should feel free to email a current CV
and cover letter to:

Michael E. Dorcas, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
Davidson College
Davidson, NC 28035-7118
704-894-2727
704-894-2512 FAX
midorcas@davidson.edu
http://www.bio.davidson.edu/dorcas




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Graduate School or Post-doc Opportunities

GRADUATE SCHOOL

Research Assistantship (Ph.D., or MS Level)

A research assistantship for a Masters or Ph.D. is available in the
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at Mississippi State University to a
student interested in investigating impacts by invasive plant on aquatic
communities.

Responsibilities:  Assist in conducting pond and laboratory experiments that
investigate potential impacts that invasive aquatic plant species have on
aquatic habitat.  Conduct and/or oversee the measurement of environmental,
plant, fish, and macroinvertebrate variables within the laboratory and pond
experiments.  Collect and culture aquatic plants.  Supervise undergraduate
technician(s).

Requirements:   Experience in handling fishes, culturing aquatic plants, and

macroinvertebrate identification.  The candidate should have experience in
laboratory and pond experimentation, and in field work with aquatic systems.
Ability to handle a boat, have a strong background in ecology, data
analysis, descriptive and multivariate statistics, is preferable.

Salary:  $10-14,000 (dependent on entry level).  In addition to salary,
tuition will be paid.
Starting Date:  April - May 2004
Contact:  Dr. Eric Dibble, Associate Professor, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries,
Mississippi State University, MS  39762, (662)325-7494,
edibble@cfr.msstate.edu

Ph.D. or M.S. Graduate Research Assistantship: Wetlands Ecology
Division of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries Resources Program, West
Virginia University

STARTING DATE: May 2004 or negotiable.
DESCRIPTION:   This project is designed to study rare wetland plant
communities in Canaan Valley, West Virginia.  Canaan Valley is a unique,
high elevation, 15,000 ha watershed with a 3,400 ha complex of bogs,
marshes, and swamps.  Canaan is recognized as the largest wetland area in
the central and southern Appalachians and has national ecological
significance.   It features numerous plant species that are at the southern
or northern limit of their ranges.  The student will be working toward a
M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources or a Ph.D. in Forest Science
(Emphasis in Wildlife and Fisheries Science) at West Virginia University.

QUALIFICATIONS: B. S. (for M.S. degree) or M.S. (for Ph.D.) in Botany,

Wildlife, Environmental Science, or closely related field.  Minimum GPA of
3.0 and combined quantitative/verbal GRE scores of 1100.  A strong interest
in wetlands, plants, wetland conservation, or community ecology is
essential.  Field experience in the Appalachians and experience with wetland
plant ecology is highly desirable.  Industrious, hard-working student that
can make decisions independently, work cooperatively with other students,
and supervise technicians preferred.

STIPEND: $10,000/year (M.S.), $12,000/year (Ph.D.) plus health insurance and
complete tuition waiver.

CONTACT:  Interested individuals should send a letter of interest, resume, a
500-word statement of purpose (why you want to work on this project at WVU,
your research and career interests, etc.) copy of transcripts and GRE
scores, and contact information for 3 references to Dr. James T. Anderson.

Dr. James T. Anderson
West Virginia University
Division of Forestry
Wildlife and Fisheries Resources Program
322 Percival Hall
P. O. Box 6125
Morgantown, WV 26506-6125 USA
Telephone (304) 293-2941, extension 2445
Fax  (304) 293-2441
E-mail: jander25@wvu.edu


POSTDOCS

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) has an opening for
a postdoctoral associate on a research team developing a watershed
classification system for the Chesapeake Bay drainage and for southern
New England.  The work will integrate hydrologic flow metrics, water
quality data, and biological indicators with landscape data on land use,
land cover, nutrient budgets, and other metrics of disturbance and human
activities.  The classification system will be applied to predict
impairment and prioritize management responses.  Applicants should have
a Ph.D. in science or geography, peer-reviewed publications, and
professional presentations.  Applicants should have experience with
multivariate statistical analysis and background in landscape ecology,
ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, nutrient transport, stream ecology,
or hydrology.  Other desirable skills include: watershed modeling,
geographic information systems (GIS), computer programming, data base
management, remote sensing, or ecological assessment of water quality or
stream biota.  The incumbent will be an active participant in project
planning, data analysis, and scientific publications and must be able to
work as part of an extended research team.  The position is funded by a
3-year grant from the EPA STAR Program.  Salary $33,000-$40,000
(depending on qualifications) plus benefits.  For best consideration,
send letter of application, resume, graduate and undergraduate
transcripts (photocopies are fine), and names of three references (with
telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) by April 15, 2004 to Dr. Donald
Weller (wellerd@si.edu), SERC, P.O. Box 28, Edgewater, MD 21037-0028.
For more information on SERC visit http://www.serc.si.edu.  EOE.

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Zooplankton Ecology
           Department of Biological Sciences
           Virginia Institute of Marine Science

            The College of William and Mary

A postdoctoral position is available immediately to join an
NSF-funded project investigating the impacts of mesoscale eddies on
zooplankton community structure and biogeochemical cycling in the
open ocean.  The project will address how the physical/ chemical/
biological characteristics of mesoscale eddy features affect the
spatial and temporal distribution, and behavior and physiology of
zooplankton, as well as how do differences in zooplankton dynamics
within or outside eddies affect vertical flux of carbon and
associated bio-elements.  The postdoctoral associate will participate
in 2 summer cruises in each year of 2004 and 2005 in the Sargasso Sea
off Bermuda.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. with emphasis in marine science or a
closely related field with expertise in zooplankton ecology.
Knowledge of basic zooplankton taxonomy is essential, and experience
with acoustics, performing MOCNESS tows, and zooplankton physiology
is highly desirable.  Funding is available for 3 years at a starting
salary of $35,000/yr.

For informal inquiries or to send application materials, interested
individuals should respond to:
Dr. Debbie Steinberg
Virginia Institute of Marine Science
College of William and Mary
P.O. Box 1346
Gloucester Pt, VA  23062
USA
Email: debbies@vims.edu
Phone: 804-684-7838
Fax:   804-684-7293

Please send a letter of interest highlighting experience relative to
the position, curriculum vitae, and the names of and contact
information for three references.  Review of materials
will begin February 20 and continue until an appointment is made.
The College of William and Mary is an EEO/AA employer.



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Fellowships
 

American Fisheries Society / Sea Grant Fellowship

Location: American Fisheries Society (AFS) Headquarters, Bethesda, MD
and National Sea Grant College Program Office (NSGO), Silver Spring, MD.

Sponsorship: This fellowship is being sponsored by AFS, NSGO, and a
number of other governmental agencies, research organizations, and
others (to be listed when firm commitments to contribute are received).

Purpose: This 15-month fellowship is structured to provide a broad range
of professional and educational experiences. The Fellow, with guidance
from a steering committee, will:

*       organize an international symposium, in conjunction with the AFS
2005 Annual Meeting, to address cooperative fisheries research and
management;
*       solicit the papers, manage the peer-review process, compile
abstracts for inclusion in the AFS 2005 Annual Meeting book of abstracts;
*       synthesize and edit, with AFS and NSGO supervision, the final
draft of the proceedings to be published according to AFS standards;
*       possibly organize a forum at the end of the symposium to
identify new directions and information/research needs, and submit a synthesis;
*       assist AFS and NSGO staff address policy issues relating to
cooperative fisheries research and management;
*       begin a cooperative fisheries research and management database
on the web;
*       assist AFS and NSGO staff with other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: M.S. degree or current graduate student in marine or
Great Lakes-related science/policy or marine affairs with outstanding
skills or training in writing or communications and hands-on knowledge
of the scientific publishing process. The science should be in fisheries
biology and/or management, marine/science policy, or related natural
resources.
Salary: $37,500 for 15 months.
Starting date: 1 September 2004.
Closing date for Applications: 30 June 2004.

Application: The application must include:
*       a personal and academic resume;
*       an educational and career goal statement, not to exceed 250
words, with emphasis on what the applicant expects from the experience and how
it will contribute to his/her professional growth;
*       two letters of recommendation from the student's professors or
professional work supervisors;
*       copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts;
*       two or three examples of publications, papers, or writing
samples authored or edited by the applicant.
Selection Criteria: The following criteria will be used to select the
fellow:
*       letter of support from a Sea Grant-affiliated professional
(e.g., researcher, extension specialist, director);
*       academic record;
*       work experience especially in fisheries biology, marine affairs,
science/policy, or related natural resources;
*       communications skills including demonstrated skills in writing
and/or editing technical papers or publications;
*       familiarity with the National Sea Grant College Program;
*       letters of support from major professors or supervisors;
*       ability to work with others.

All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of age, race,
color, sex, creed, marital status, national origin, lawful political
affiliation, religious preference, or nondisqualifying physical
handicap.

Send to: Gus Rassam, Executive Director; American Fisheries Society;
5410 Grosvenor Lane, Suite 110; Bethesda, MD 20814-2199


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Field Program or Workshop Links
 


FIELD COURSES

Summer Field Course - Great Lakes Oceanography

Please help us to advertise GLERL's summer field course "Great Lakes
Oceanography". The course will be an intensive 1-week course (May 9-16)
taking place at GLERL's field station in Muskegon, Michigan and aboard
the R/V Laurentian. Instructors include GLERL research scientists Drs.
Gary Fahnenstiel, Mike McCormick and Steven Pothoven. Students should
register for two credit hours at their home institution. Accommodations
will be provided free of cost
on the R/V Laurentian. All additional fees (lab, meals, etc.) will be
limited to $150, which the students will pay upon their arrival at the
Lake Michigan Field Station. A course flyer for use in advertising is
available at http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/seagrant/MuskegonClassFlyer2004.pdf

 Bigelow Laboratory has a few openings left in their  2004
"Foundations of Marine Science" course series (and the application deadline
for a few of the courses is 31 March).  Please forward this message to any
individuals who might be interested in these courses.

         Five courses at the upper undergraduate level/graduate level are
planned.  Courses carry 2 graduate credits from the University of New
England.   Applications will be accepted beginning 1 January 2003; be sure
to note the application deadline for each course.  Course participation
will be limited to 8 - 12 individuals in order to provide maximum exposure
for the student.  Participants will be chosen based upon application
materials and the date the deposit is received, so early application is
encouraged. To register for any of the courses, or for further information,
please contact Ms Jane Gardner (Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, POB
475, W. Boothbay Harbor, ME.  04575;  Tel. 207-633-9600; email-
jgardner@bigelow.org) or see our web site at  http://www.bigelow.org/course/ .


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