Summer Opportunities

3/21/12 - Summer Marine Courses

With our application deadline approaching in a few weeks (May 1st), I wanted to send out a reminder that we still have seats available in several classes.  I have listed the classes that are closed due to full enrollment.  Please share this information with any students that you feel may be interested in a field intensive experience in the northern Gulf of Mexico.  It is a really great opportunity for students to gain hands-on and “in the field” experience.  You can also find more information at our website  If you have any questions or if you need additional information, please let me know.



Dolphin and Whale Behavior and Marine Ichthyology

NOTE: Marine Biology 1st Term and Shark Biology both have only two seats remaining

3/6/12 The Short-Term Education Program for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) is a federally funded program managed and supported by the Office of Minority Health Research Coordination (OMHRC) in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health. The overall goal of NIDDK's Short Term Education Program (STEP-UP) is to build and sustain a biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social science research pipeline focused on NIDDK mission areas. STEP-UP is particularly interested in increasing the participation of students from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research on a national basis, including individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, and individuals with disabilities.

To accomplish this goal, the STEP-UP provides research education grants to seven institutions to coordinate three High School STEP-UPs and four Undergraduate STEP-UPs that provides eligible students with ten to twelve weeks of summer research experience and training opportunities. The program culminates with an all expense paid trip to the Annual STEP-UP Scientific Research Symposium in August.

How Do I Apply?

Applications for admission will be accepted through our Online Application System.
Visit the High School STEP-UP or the Undergraduate STEP-UP for additional information and specific eligibility criteria.

2/24/12 The Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory is seeking applicants for summer field assistant positions on an ongoing ecological research project. These positions will be located at the Toolik Field Station in northern Alaska. For additional information about the Arctic Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) project, visit our website at Information about the Toolik Field Station is available at

Additional Information:

The following positions will be filled pending funding:

Chemistry Summer Field Assistant: The successful candidate will participate in research on the quantitative and qualitative analyses of nutrients in natural water samples. Duties include facilitating chemical measurements through the preparation of standards and reagents, and the maintenance of instruments for a multi-user laboratory at the Toolik Field Station. Some field work is involved. Prior chemistry experience is required.

Terrestrial Summer Field Assistant: The successful candidate will participate in research on tundra ecosystems. Duties include sampling and processing plant and soil samples, collection of precipitation and weather data, and maintenance of long-term fertilizer experiments and field greenhouses. Basic laboratory skills, familiarity with spreadsheet software, and some knowledge of plants and soils preferred.

Basic Qualifications:

Applicants should be recent college graduates, (BS or MS) with significant course work and/or field experience in ecology.

Candidates for these jobs should be available to live at Toolik Field Station for 2-3 months during June, July and August. Travel to Toolik Field Station is paid for by the grant as well as the cost of room and board at the station and a salary.

Preferred Qualifications:

Some background in terrestrial ecology, soil science, aquatic ecology, hydrology, chemistry, fish ecology and/or ecosystems ecology is preferred.

Physical Requirements

Applicants should be in good health, capable of rigorous outdoor activity and prepared to live in a field camp where cooperation with others is essential, personal privacy is limited, and living accommodations are spare and simple.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Unofficial transcripts are required documents, but may be either uploaded with your Resume and Cover Letter or faxed to the Human Resources Office, 508-289-7931. If faxing, please reference the title and number of this posting

Apply online at: An Equal Opportunity Employer

Ann Woolford
Human Resources Office
Marine Biological Laboratory
7 MBL Street
Woods Hole, MA 02543

2/24/12 City sprouts (Cambridge, MA) - summer fellowship (due March 1), this position is unpaid

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve (East Bethel, MN) - Positions including: Field Technician, Plant Community Ecology, Wildlife Biology, Insect Diversity (Due March 5); this is a very well-known research facility of the University of MN, and it’s directed by a prominent ecologist

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies (Millbrook, NY) - Several Positions; also a very well know institute, some positions are longer than just summer and may be suitable for co-op

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (Boothbay, ME) – Environmental Education Intern; I don’t know if this position is paid

Coastal Systems Group (New Bedford, MA) – Research Internships; Internships are usually just for the summer but have the potential to be longer contingent on funding.  If so, an internship could be a co-op, but they didn’t want them listed on COOL.

Hubbard Brook and Bartlett Experimental Forests (White Mountains, NH) -Internships, summer only

FM Global (Johnston, RI)  – GIS Intern; I’m working to get this on COOL, but for now you can apply directly

Lincoln Land Conservation Trust – Land Management Internships, summer only

The Nature Conservancy – LEAF Mentor (see attached), summer only

University of Colorado – Field Assistant (see below)


Title: Summer field assistant in Colorado

Agency: University of Colorado at Boulder

Location: San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Job Description: Mammal Diversity and Climate Change 
We are looking for field assistants to join the lab of Dr. Christy McCain at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and CU Museum for summer 2012. We will be examining small mammal distributions on two contrasting mountain systems in the Southern Rocky Mountains to test hypotheses related to the maintenance of biological diversity and to detect range shifts due to climate change. 

Duties include: setting up and taking down sampling plots, live-trapping small mammals, conducting visual transects, and sampling of various habitat parameters and insects. The position requires extended periods in remote and rugged field settings, sometimes at high elevations, involving camping and hiking in a variety of weather conditions. The majority of the work will take place in the San Juan Mountains of south-western Colorado. Shared housing will be provided when not in the field. 

Dates of employment: May to August 2012, with potential to work into early September-October. The position is full time. 

Qualifications: Preferred experience: Degree in a biology-related subject in progress or completed, prior field experience, and small mammal trapping experience. 
Required experience: Applicants must have the ability to hike long distances sometimes at altitude and/or over rough, hilly terrain, lifting and carrying up to 25lbs, and the ability to work in variable weather conditions at remote locations. 

To apply please send a letter of interest, CV, transcripts, and 3 references to Dr. Sarah King at Review of applicants will begin on March 12 and continue until the posts are filled. Salary: $12-$14/hr

Last Date to apply: March 12, 2012


Contact: Sarah King
Phone: 303-492-8466



2/21/12  2-week field photography course this summer in Nicaragua, Please see link below for  'Photography for the Field Biologist'. He did a photography workshop last year for my primate students, and it was great, so he is really looking forward to this summer's course. (Zuleyma--could you forward it along to the ABDG list?). Please send along to anyone/students you think might be interested. 

For those of you who don't know Matt, here is what he does when he's not taking amazing photos:
I cc'd him here in case you have any specific questions.
p.s. here is an online link to the flyer too:
Dr. Katherine C. MacKinnon
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Director, Undergraduate Anthropology Program
Dept. of Sociology & Criminal Justice
and Center for International Studies
Saint Louis University
St. Louis, MO 63108
Phone: 314.977.2167


Greetings from Mote!

As Mote Marine Laboratory's Intern Coordinator, I am thrilled to once again be assisting Dr. Barbara Kirkpatrick in the task of recruiting qualified students for our summer REU program. You have supported this program in the past by helping us recruit or by submitting recommendations on behalf of students from your university or organization. We would appreciate your assistance again this year in making science students and colleagues at your institution aware of Mote Marine Laboratory's 2012 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program.


Each summer, Mote Marine Laboratory hosts a 10-week program focused on providing research experiences in estuarine science to 10 advanced undergraduate students. Students are paired with Mote scientists and develop and complete an independent research project related to their mentor's research interests. Students gain experience in science communication by presenting the results of their independent project in a manuscript-style research paper and orally at a laboratory-wide poster session. Students attend research seminars and workshops on career skills in science and also have the opportunity to present their research findings at professional conferences.

Information about 2012 REU mentors and their programs, as well as the application procedures, are now posted on the REU web site:

**All application materials are due on February 15, 2012**

I have attached a copy of the one-page program announcement (you will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to open the file). If possible, please post a printed copy of this announcement in a site within your department where the greatest number of students are able to view it. In addition, please feel free to forward this message to science faculty and students at your institution.


Krystle N. Harvey

 I Love Paris in the Summer When It Sizzles
A wonderful array of host labs has been identified for ourSummer 2012 Undergraduate Internship Program. Applications for these paid internships are now available online and due in mid-December 2011. Candidates must be US citizens in their junior or senior year.   More information regarding eligibility and the application process may be found here.  Don't forget to read the FAQ.

Field Ecology Intern for Summer 2011

Highstead Description:, CT



Highstead in Redding, CT is looking for a field ecology intern to begin work immediately in the summer of 2011. Intern will examine deer activity and impacts in relation to forest patch size and will gain extensive experience sampling herbaceous and woody vegetation and deer sign in large forested landscapes in Connecticut.


Undergraduate or recently graduated student with major in ecology, botany, wildlife biology, or related field. Very detail oriented with a commitment to collecting high quality data under rigorous field conditions. Demonstrated experience and/or strong desire to work long hours in the field in remote settings with one other person. A willingness to drive long distances and the ability to hike several miles off-trail are critical aspects of this position. 

Dates and Stipend:

June-August 19, 2011. $416.66 per 40 hr. week along with free housing in Redding, CT 

To apply: please send a cover letter and resume describing your field science background and interests (including relevant courses, employment, or experiences) and your educational and career objectives. Please include names, titles, and contact info (including email) of three professional references.


You can apply through this website:


See attached document for a GIS position at The Nature Conservancy in Boston.  It will run from for 3-4 months starting sometime in June.  They are requiring a bachelor's degree or equivalent experience, so current students can apply if you feel that you meet the GIS requirements listed in the job description.  This job can also be found at, and you must apply at that website.

JOB TITLE:                            GIS Assistant

JOB NUMBER/GRADE:                  200001/ Grade 3

STATUS:                                Non-exempt/ Part-time

LOCATION:                          Boston, MA

DATES:                                              Short-term (approx. 3-4 months); Dates negotiable



The GIS Assistant assists the Massachusetts Chapter GIS Manager with a variety of analysis, data collection and data management tasks. This includes assisting with data entry and quality control of spatial land conservation data, providing assistance with data analysis and map production, and developing and maintaining the GIS library. The GIS Assistant may also provide technical assistance to Chapter conservation staff.

This GIS Assistant position is a part-time, short-term position. Start and end dates are negotiable though approx. 14 hours per week (over a total of 3 months) is preferable. Exact start/end dates and schedule are negotiable.



·         A bachelor’s degree in geography, ecology, the natural sciences, information management or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

·         Demonstrated experience using GIS software.

·         Experience maintaining and populating databases and manual files.

·         Experience producing maps and/or other graphic products and reports.



  1. Update protected lands data, including digitizing survey data and collecting and verifying additional open space data for priority landscapes.

2.      Assist in updating land protection plans.

  1. Occasional field work using GPS to verify boundaries may be required.

4.      Other GIS- specific projects as time permits.



·         A bachelor’s degree in geography, ecology, the natural sciences, information management or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

·         Demonstrated experience with GIS software, preferably ArcGIS 9.x or 10

·         Experience maintaining and populating databases and manual files.

·         Experience producing maps and/or other graphic products and reports.

·         Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and using the Internet.

·         Proven organizational skills and attention to detail.

·         Experience using GPS preferred.


TO APPLY: Please apply online at Applications will be accepted through June 5, 2011.




Duke Marine Lab Offers Conservation Biology and Policy COURSE

Summer Term II (July 11 to August 12, 2011) at the Duke Marine Lab features
Conservation Biology and Policy, which teaches principles of conservation
and preservation of the coastal and oceanic environment. The focus is on
interdisciplinary problem solving - using natural and social science theory
to resolve real-world environmental problems. Students explore the origins
of biodiversity and ecological mechanisms of biodiversity loss at genetic,
species, and ecosystems levels. They also examine theory and practice of
biodiversity conservation using socioeconomic, institutional, and ecological
frameworks. Co-taught by Duke University Professors Doug Nowacek
(conservation biology) and Mike Orbach (policy and marine affairs).

Distinguished visiting speakers supplement regular course material.  Current
speakers include pioneering marine researchers, conservationists and
communicators such as Lye Lyn Heng, Associate Professor of Law, National
University of Singapore, Dr. Asbury Sallenger, Oceanographer, U.S.
Geological Survey, and Dawn M. Martin, President, SEA WEB.

Enrollment deadline is July 4, 2011 (participants will be accepted after the
deadline if space is available). Tuition: $2,670. Tuition for an additional
elective course (Biology and Conservation of Sea Turtles, Marine Mammals,
Marine Invertebrate Zoology or Marine Ecology): $3,560.

Course details:


Duke Marine Lab is a facility of Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment,
located on Pivers Island in Beaufort, NC. It offers a year-round curriculum
for undergraduate, professional graduate and doctoral students, as well as a
full range of research, residential and teaching facilities. To learn more
about the Duke Marine Lab and the courses it offers, go to

 Summer jobs in EPA New England, Boston Office and our Chelmsford Laboratory have now been posted


Santa Monica Mountains National Park offers many internships, but they are still actively advertising the one below (regardless of what’s on the website).  Check out the website for other opportunities.


Title: Carnivore Internship

Agency: National Park Service

Location: Thousand Oaks, CA


Job Description: Interns will have an opportunity to assist wildlife ecologists and technicians in urban wildlife research. Interns will track radio collared bobcats and mountain lions using radio telemetry techniques and assist in trapping animals--to assess the impacts of urban habitat fragmentation on habitat use, disease, movement, diet, reproduction and dispersal. Job will involve long hours along with night and weekend work.



1.       Applicants must have a degree or currently studying biology, zoology, wildlife biology or related study. 

2. Previous field experience necessary, field experience in radio telemetry is preferred. 

3. Must be able to hike long distances in rough uneven terrain such as dense chaparral or streams. 

4. Ability to work independently or with a team. 

5. Knowledge of Excel and Access. 

6. Good oral and written communication skills and ability to follow oral and written directions. 

7. Commitment of a minimum of six months required, fulltime. 

8. Flexible work schedule, ability to work weekends and holidays. 

Salary: $20/day, free housing

Last Date to apply: May 20, 2011


Contact: Sheila Braden


Subject: Student Opportunities at Smithsonian in Cambridge, MA


If you would like to join this exciting organization, apply today!  The
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory is accepting applications for summer
employment in the following areas: SIX POSITIONS in Physical Science
Technician & Office Clerk.  The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory is
part of what is arguably the largest and most diverse astrophysical
institution in the world, where the staff carries out a broad program of
research in astronomy, astrophysics, and earth and space sciences.


to the POC on the announcement and not the FEB office.

SALARY RANGE:           |$27,256.00 - $44,500.00 /year                          
OPEN PERIOD:            |Friday, April 08, 2011 to Monday, May 09, 2011         
SERIES & GRADE:         |IS-0303                                                
POSITION INFORMATION:   |Temporary Summer. This is a Trust Temporary position.  
                        |Not to exceed 90 days.                                 
PROMOTION POTENTIAL:    |03                                                     
DUTY LOCATIONS:         |6 vacancy(s) in one of the following locations:        
                        |Cambridge, MA                                          
WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:  |All qualified US citizens.                             

Physical Science Technician duties include but are not limited to:
Scientific research support and laboratory support performing tasks such as
taking measurements, setting up experiments, repairing laboratory
equipment, analyzing data using a computer, checking scientific references,
participating in a research project, assisting in the preparation and
analysis of astrophysics data, typically from x-ray observations, writing
computer scripts and programs to aid data analysis. Performing other duties
as assigned.

Office Clerk duties include but are not limited to: General office support
performing a variety of clerical tasks such as typing and word processing,
photocopying, collating, mailing or distributing documents, filing,
answering telephones, referring calls, and taking and relaying messages,
maintaining information on spreadsheets and databases, performing data
entry and retrieval and generating a variety of reports. Performing other
general clerical duties.

Kim Ainsworth, Executive Director
Greater Boston Federal Executive Board
Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. Federal Building
10 Causeway Street, Suite 350
Boston, MA 02222
Phone: 617/565-6769


Gulf Coast Research Lab Classes

With our application deadline approaching in a few weeks, I wanted to send out a reminder that we still have seats available in several classes.  I have listed the classes that are closed due to full enrollment.  Please share this information with any students that you feel may be interested in a field intensive experience in the northern Gulf of Mexico.  It is a really great opportunity for students to gain hands-on and “in the field” experience.  If you have any questions or if you need additional information, please let me know.



Barrier Island Ecology, Dolphin and Whale Behavior, Marine Biology 1st term, Shark Biology, & Marine Mammals


Still Available

Coastal Ornithology, Coastal Herpetology, Marine Invertebrate Zoology, Marine Ecology, Parasites of Marine Animals, Oceanography, Marine Biology 2nd term, Marine Ichthyology, Marine Aquaculture, Oceans and Human Health, Coastal Marine Geology and Marine Toxicology



Sam Clardy, Summer Field Program Coordinator

Gulf Coast Research Laboratory

703 East Beach Drive

Ocean Springs, MS 39564

Phone: 228.818.8885

Fax: 228.818.8894


Please visit our website:


Paid internship for July and August

posted Jun 3, 2011, 11:08 AM by Shawn Nordell   [ updated Jun 3, 2011, 11:09 AM ]

EST associates is looking for an intern (paid) for July and August.  The description they sent me is below.  The only additional qualifications they mentioned were some college education and an interest in environmental studies.  You would be working with and learning from their technicians.  Apply directly by sending a resume and cover letter to the contact below, and let me know if you apply.

EST associates is a company that specializes in field service. EST provides environmental and industrial services to industry, engineering/consulting firms, remediation contractors, and government. Our staff of project managers, field chemists and licensed wastewater treatment operators follow a simple approach: absolute customer service coupled with complete and professional execution. We are looking for an intern that can work between 24-40 hours per week with our field chemists at sampling sites. The internship is paid. We are located in Needham, Mass. About 15 minutes from Boston. Please contact Katie Carlin at mkcarlin@estassociates.

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