Staff/Technician Positions

Last update: 7/5/2000

Archbold Biological Station: A research assistant position will be available starting October 1, 2000 at the MacArthur Agro-Ecology Research Center, a division of Archbold Biological Station in south central Florida. The center is the site of cooperative research between Archbold, the University of Florida and the South Florida Water Management District. The research assistant will assist with ecosystem research in the wetlands, grasslands and varied communities typical of a working cattle ranch in south-central Florida. Current areas of emphasis include a large-scale experiment investigating the influence of cattle management and land use on surface water nutrients, soil nutrient dynamics, and other ecological characteristics of subtropical grazing lands. Another newly funded project will investigate cycling of N and P in seasonal wetlands, storage of N, P and C in wetland sediments and effects of grazing on wetland productivity. The successful applicant must have a B.S or M.S. in ecology, biogeochemistry, soil science or related field. Familiarity with field methods for sampling vegetation and soils and laboratory techniques for measuring nutrient cycling characteristics, such as N mineralization, denitrification, microbial biomass, or soil organic matter is desirable. The position involves rigorous fieldwork under natural conditions typical of south-central Florida. The appointment includes a competitive salary, health benefits, and participation in a retirement program after the first year. Review of applications will begin August 15 and continue until the position is filled. To apply send a CV or resume, a letter of intent including relevant research or educational experience, copies of undergraduate and any graduate transcripts, and contact information for three references to: Dr. Patrick J. Bohlen, MacArthur Agro-ecology Research Center, 300 Buck Island Ranch Road, Lake Placid, FL 33852. Further information on the program can be obtained by contacting Dr. Bohlen at (863) 699-0242 (e-mail or at our website Archbold is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and minorities. Posted: 6/7/00.

Archbold Biological Station: Available June 2000. We seek a motivated, experienced plant ecologist for a Research Assistant position in the Plant Ecology Laboratory of Eric Menges at Archbold Biological Station, Lake Placid, Florida. Duties include field data collection, field experiments, data analysis, computer work, and lab work. Our research focuses on plant population biology, fire ecology, conservation biology, community ecology, and ecological genetics; with a focus on the endemic plants of Florida scrub and on long-term data collection and analysis. Our lab consists of 5 full time scientists together with variable numbers of interns, graduate students, and collaborators; and is a stimulating and enjoyable workplace. Archbold is devoted to research, conservation, and education and is particularly strong in demography, conservation biology, fire ecology, and behavioral ecology. Archbold's 5000-acre natural area has outstanding examples of central Florida ecosystems and unique species. We also work within a network of protected areas in the region. The applicant should have a BA or BS in ecology, botany, or a related field, experience in field work, computer and data handling experience, willingness to work both independently and as part of research teams. Other desired qualifications include specific training in plant population biology or fire ecology, field experience in Florida, experience in hot, humid climates, experience with GPS and GIS, statistical training, computer modeling experience, interest and experience in conservation and land management, and ability to drive a standard transmission. Benefits include salary of $21,000-$24,000 (depending on experience), annual leave, holidays, health insurance, dental insurance, and disability. I believe in professional development of research assistants, and three past RA's have gone on to graduate school. This position will be funded by research grants. We currently have support for June-December 2000, but anticipate continued support. Prospective applicants should seek more information on Archbold and the Plant Ecology Lab at Applications are due by May 18, 2000. Send a letter summarizing experience and qualifications, a CV or resume, lists of courses and grades, and names, phone numbers, and email addresses for 3 references. Email applications are welcome. Archbold is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and minorities. Dr. Eric S. Menges, Archbold Biological Station, PO Box 2057, Lake Placid, FL 33862, phone: 941-465-2571 ext. 235, fax: 941-699-1927, email:, UPS/FedEx address: 123 Main Drive, Venus, FL 33960. Posted: 4/25/00.

Bonanza Creek LTER: The University of Alaska seeks a site manager for the Bonanza Creek Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) boreal forest research site near Fairbanks, Alaska. The site manager is expected to (1) facilitate the research efforts of LTER scientists and coordinate LTER activities, (2) serve as an interface with the public and with state and federal agencies, (3) supervise the maintenance of the research site and facilities, and (4) assist with administrative activities of the LTER program and the USDA Boreal Ecology Cooperative Research Unit. The successful candidate must have an MS degree in ecology or related discipline (or equivalent experience), familiarity with ecological field research and instrumentation, ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary research team, ability to service and maintain instruments under rigorous field conditions, and a valid driver's license. Facilitation of the research of others includes scheduling of boats and vehicles, making sure investigators are using proper safety precautions, coordinating, through the Data Manager, requests from outside investigators for LTER data, orienting new investigators to research at the LTER site, scheduling and facilitating visiting scientists and field trips. Interfacing with the public includes conducting tours of the LTER site, working with school groups and the University Museum, and facilitating contacts and collaborations with state and federal agencies. Supervision and maintenance of the research site includes making sure roads, trails, and bridges are maintained, supervision of maintenance of weather stations, boats, vehicles, and long-term experiments (e.g., exclosures), obtaining permits from state and federal agencies, working with investigators to maintain accurate maps and records of research being conducted at LTER sites, etc. Site management duties require field work in summer and winter, for example, carrying 20-30 pounds of instruments or samples to and from field sites. Administrative duties include maintaining and repairing equipment, assisting with maintenance of the site bibliography and reporting requirements, assisting with budget tracking and management, and coordinating proposal and report preparation with university support staff. The Site Manager may participate in the interpretation and publication of LTER research but will not have primary responsibility for any research activity. Experience facilitating research of others and dealing with state or federal agencies and the public will be viewed favorably, as will experience in repairing ecological instrumentation, operating boats and snow machines, and working with large data sets, including geographically-referenced data. The site manager reports to the co-directors of the LTER site and consults with these co-directors regarding priorities and decisions. The Bonanza Creek Boreal Forest LTER project emphasizes the dynamics of succession following multiple disturbances in the boreal forest. These disturbances include fire, logging, flooding, and insect outbreaks, as these may be affected by changes in climate and human activities. The program involves a broad range of projects, including plant succession, herbivory, nutrient cycling, population dynamics of plants, microorganisms, and insects, land-water interactions, and trace-gas fluxes. We encourage applications from people who are primarily interested in facilitating broad interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the boreal forest. For further information, please consult the Bonanza Creek web page ( Applications and letters from three references should be postmarked by February 15, 2000 and addressed to Ms. Marta Conner, Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK 99775. The University of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and minorities. Posted: 1/7/00.

Bureau of Land Management: Three positions in botany / ecology have been announced by the Bureau of Land Management, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Kanab, Utah. For information, see the websites posted below: 1. Biological Technician, Botany,, 2. Lead Vegetation Management Specialist, 3. Botanist, 6/14/00.

Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratoy: Ecological Field Research Assistant /Botanist. A full time 2-5 year or longer position with a salary of 27-30K per year. At the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratoy (CRREL) is a Corps of Engineers laboratory in Hanover, NH. The position is located in the Remote Sensing/GIS center at CRREL. Duties: Provide support to a research team mapping and sampling vegetation, wetlands and ecosystems at a broad range of sites from the northeastern US, desert southwest, coastal California, to Alaska. Help sample vegetation, develop databases, prepare maps and write reports. Qualifications: Willingness to travel 15-40% of the time. Ability to work in the field under various conditions; a good working knowledge of basic plant identification and vegetation sampling; some experience with GIS software and GPS technology; ability to photointerpret and map vegetation; and the ability to present data and help write reports. Education: Preferably a MS or higher with an emphasis in plant ecology or botany. Applicant should have course work in field taxonomy and vegetation sampling. Submit: Application to include a resume and list or copy of transcripts outlining college course work. Contact: Robert Lichvar, CRREL, 72 Lyme Road, Hanover, NH 03755, 603-646-4657, email Posted: 3/14/00.

Colorado State University: The Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (NREL) has a full-time position available as a research associate in the Soil Nematode Ecology Laboratory ( Research projects are focused on elucidating the function of nematode biodiversity in managed and unmanaged systems (for example, Antarctic dry valleys, grasslands and agricultural systems). Duties and Responsibilities: Identification and enumeration of microscopic soil nematodes, extracting nematodes by the appropriate techniques, using image analysis for characterization of species, establishing and maintaining nematode cultures, data entry, and general lab tasks as required. Participation in soil sampling for field experiments, and must be willing to travel. Must be able to work independently and as a team member. Minimum Qualifications: B.S. degree in natural or agricultural science. Demonstrated ability to use microscopes. Field experience, data entry, and data computing proficiency. Desired: Experience in a laboratory environment. Demonstrated ability and experience with identification of microscopic invertebrates. Familiarity with Macintosh computers and software, especially Excel and Word. Experience with microbiological-type sterile techniques and cultures. Salary: $ 22,000 - 25,000 plus benefits. This position is currently funded for two years, with the possibility of extension. Anticipated start date: 15 April 2000. To apply: Send letter of application, resume, and names, addresses and phone numbers of three references to Arlene Boaman, NREL, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1499. Applications must be received by April 3, 2000. Posted: 3/2/00.

Cornell University: We have two technical positions available in the Plant Modeling Group at the Boyce Thompson Institute, on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, NY. The web site listed below provides complete job descriptions as well as information about the project, our group, and our institute. More info: Contact David Weinstein: Posted: 1/13/00.

Florida International University: The Southeast Environmental Research Center at Florida International University is seeking a full time research technician to aid in collection, processing and identification of periphyton and macrophytes from the Everglades. The technician will participate in several multidisciplinary studies, including a newly funded NSF Long Term Ecological Research Program, that investigate effects of long-term natural and anthropogenic environmental change on Everglades communities. Field work includes collecting periphyton and macrophyte samples throughout the Everglades system with an experienced team of scientists, students and technicians. Laboratory responsibilities include sample processing for biomass and nutrient analyses, microscopic identification of algae and data entry. Enthusiasm for rigorous field work and previous experience with microscopic analyses are desirable. Qualifications: B.S. or M.S. in biology or related field. Salary commensurate with experience. Applicants should send a letter of interest, c.v. and contact information for three references to: Dr. Evelyn Gaiser, Southeast Environmental Research Center, Florida International University, University Park, OE-148, Miami, FL 33199. Selection process will begin July 14, 2000. FIU is a AA/EA employer. For more information see: Posted: 6/8/00.

Florida International University: Research Technician - Everglades Soils: The Southeast Environmental Research Center at Florida International University is seeking a full time research technician to aid in the collection and processing of soil samples from the Everglades. The research is a component of several large, multidisciplinary, long-term studies evaluating the effects of phosphorus on the structure and function of Everglades marshes. The technician will have two main responsibilities: (1) collect and process collect soils for nutrient analyses, and (2) participate in field and laboratory components of studies of below-ground plant/root production. Qualifications: M.Sc. or B.Sc. with experience; prior experience in wetland ecology or soil biology desirable; willingness to work in Everglades marshes necessary. Salary dependent on experience. Send resume, letter of interest and names of 3 references to: Dr. Jack Meeder, Southeast Environmental Research Center, Florida International University, Miami, FL 33199 ( or to Dr. Evelyn Gaiser, via e-mail or address below. To find out more about the Southeast Environmental Research Center see

Florida International University: Research Technician - Mangrove Hydrology: The Southeast Environmental Research Center at Florida International University is seeking a full time research technician to aid in topographic and vegetation mapping and hydrologic monitoring of coastal mangroves in South Florida. The research is part of a larger study that examines hydrologic change in coastal wetlands of South Florida. The study incorporates topographic surveys, paleoecology and long-term monitoring to determine how mangrove wetlands may respond to planned hydrologic restoration. The technician will participate in field surveys, data entry and analysis. Qualifications: M.Sc. or B.Sc. with experience; prior experience with topographic surveying, wetland plant identification and/or hydrologic modeling desirable; willingness to work in Everglades mangrove marshes necessary. Salary dependent on experience. Send resume, letter of interest and names of 3 references to: Dr. Jack Meeder, Southeast Environmental Research Center, Florida International University, Miami, FL 33199 ( or Dr. Evelyn Gaiser, via e-mail or address below. To find out more about the Southeast Environmental Research Center see

Kansas State University: A laboratory manager is needed for a new stable isotope facility in the Division of Biology at Kansas State University ( The facility, with Finnigan Delta + and all necessary supporting equipment, will begin operation by the end of the summer. The Delta + will be set up for continuous flow with an elemental analyzer and gas chromatograph and Gas Bench II. The facility will provide in-house and commercial service for isotope ratio analysis of C, N, O, and H from biological samples. The successful candidate will assume day-to-day management of the facility. Responsibilities will include daily operation and maintenance and repair of instruments, training of students and post-doctoral associates, managing sample throughput and quality control of all analyses. Opportunity exists for highly qualified and highly motivated individuals to participate actively in research aimed at using stable isotopes as tools to understand ecosystems. Salary is negotiable and will be commensurate with experience. Qualifications should include an MS (preferred) or BS in chemistry, physics, geology, biology, soil science or related discipline. Previous experience with stable isotope mass spectrometry is desirable. Position is grant-supported for a duration of 2.5 years. Continuation is likely depending on performance. To apply for the position, send cover letter detailing previous experience, curriculum vitae, and names and addresses of three references to : Loretta Johnson, Division of Biology, Ackert Hall Rm 232, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506-4901. Fax: 785-532-6653, Email:, phone: 785-532-6921. Applications received before August 15 will receive full consideration. Posted: 7/5/00.

Louisiana State University: Research Associate III, Wetland Biogeochemistry Institute, Louisiana State University. Required Qualifications: M.S. in Biology, Botany, Agronomy, Marine Science, Forestry and Wildlife or closely related fields. Additional Qualifications Desired: Experience in field sampling of wetlands and statistical analyses; knowledge of plant and soil ecology. Responsibilities: Assist in conducting and managing wetlands related research; perform field sampling, greenhouse experiments, laboratory analyses of soils and plants, data analyses and manuscript preparation. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Anticipated hire date is January 24, 2000, pending final approval. Application deadline is January 14, 2000, or until candidate is selected. Submit letter of application and resume to: Dr. Irv Mendelssohn, Wetland Biogeochemistry Institute, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-7511. Phone: 225-388-6425. LSU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Marine Biological Laboratory: The Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory is seeking a summer field assistant for the Plum Island Sound LTER project. We seek an individual with strong experience in independent research (e.g., senior thesis or REU project) and coursework with laboratory and field components. DUTIES: The Plum Island Sound LTER project is directed at understanding how trophic structure and productivity in estuaries is affected by changes on organic matter, nutrient and water fluxes caused by changing land cover, climate and sea level. Research is conducted in the watersheds of the Parker and Ipswich Rivers as well as the marshes, tidal creeks and bays of Plum Island Sound. The successful applicant will gain broad experiences through strenuous field and laboratory work in all environments. CONDITIONS: Applicants should be available to begin work may 8th and remain until September 20th. 2000. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Applicants should be in good health, capable of rigorous physical activity, working outside in occasionally severe weather, walking long distances over rough terrain, tree climbing, etc.). EDUCATION: A college graduate with a major in biology or ecology needed. APPLICATION DEADLINE: Until a suitable candidate is identified. To apply, send a letter of interest, resume, the names addresses and phone numbers of 3 references and transcripts to: The Marine Biological Laboratory, ATTN: Human Resources reference [SFA AE], 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543-1015, email Posted: 4/14/00.

Marine Biological Laboratory: The Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory is seeking 1 or 2 qualified individuals to participate in field research at the Toolik Lake Long-Term Ecological Research site in Northern Alaska. This position will begin approximately June 1, 2000 and end approximately August 15, 2000. DUTIES: Successful applicants will be involved in vegetation and soil sampling and analysis in a variety of manipulated tundra ecosystems. SKILLS/EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Applicants should hold a bachelor's degree, with a major in biology, chemistry or environmental studies. Candidates with some practical experience in botany, ecology or environmental science is preferred. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Applicants should be in good health, capable of rigorous physical activity (e.g., working long hours outside in potentially severe weather, walking long distances over rough terrain, often carrying heavy equipment). Applicants should be prepared to live in a setting where cooperation with others is essential and living accommodations are spare and simple. CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: In addition to a salary, support for each position includes living expenses while in Alaska and costs of travel to and from Alaska. Candidate should be available for travel to Alaska by June 1, 2000 and should be able to remain in Alaska until at least August 15. Travel and living expenses will be paid in addition to a salary. APPLICATION DEADLINE: Until a suitable candidate is identified. To Apply: Send a cover letter, resume, name, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of 3 references to: Marine Biological Laboratory, ATTN: Human Resources, reference code: [SFA RAI TE], 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543; phone, (508) 289-7422, email: An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer/Non-smoking workplace. Posted: 3/6/00.

Marine Biological Laboratory: The Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory is seeking a full-time year round Research Assistant I to work on a joint project of the Ecosystems Center and the Massachusetts Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. The position will begin about May 1, 2000. DUTIES: Examine the roles of suburban residential development and fire history in the water and nitrogen balance of coastal Massachusetts forests and different techniques for restoring historic shrubland vegetation in coastal Massachusetts. Field sampling of vegetation species composition and biomass, soils and water, maintenance of field equipment and dataloggers, and laboratory analyses of soils and water chemistry. Applicants will be expected to supervise a small group of summer interns to conduct extensive summer fieldwork and to conduct some fieldwork year-round. EDUCATION/SKILL/EXPERIENCE: A Bachelor's Degree in biology, chemistry, environmental studies or related fields and some practical experience in field data collection or natural history and laboratory analysis. CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Funding for this position is for two years with the possibility of extension for a third year. APPLICATION DEADLINE: Until a suitable candidate is identified. To apply, send a letter of interest, resume, transcripts, names and address of 3 references to: The Marine Biological Laboratory, ATTN: Human Resources reference [RAI EER], 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543-1015; telephone (508) 289-7422, email: An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer/Non-smoking workplace. Posted: 2/18/00.

Marine Biological Laboratory: The Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory is seeking applicants for a full-time, year round Research Assistant I to work on a project examining the potential impacts of global change on carbon and nutrient cycling in arctic tundra. This position is contingent upon anticipated funding from the National Science Foundation. The successful candidate will be involved with the following aspects of the project: analysis of existing data; design and construction of sampling chambers; participating in field sample collection and laboratory analyses of plant, soil and water samples. EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Applicants should have a BS/BA in biology, chemistry or related field or equivalent experience. Attention to detail and desire to learn new laboratory and field techniques is essential. Computer proficiency (spreadsheets, word processing) and mechanical aptitude are highly desirable along with some experience in analytical chemistry. CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: The successful candidate should be able to begin January 17, 2000 or soon thereafter and continue through August, 2000. The successful candidate should also expect to spend 6 to 12 weeks at Toolik lake field station in Northern Alaska. Interested applicants should forward a resume, names, telephone numbers and email addresses of the people who are willing to write reference letters to: Marine Biological Laboratory, ATTN: Human Resources, reference [RAI TLA], 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543; email: An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Non-smoking workplace. Posted: 1/4/00.

Middlebury College: Assistant-In-Instruction. The Department of Biology invites applications for a 1-year term position, beginning 1 September 2000, as Assistant in Instruction (AII) for the introductory core course in Ecology (BI190). The AII will be responsible for all aspects of laboratory work including ordering and preparation of materials, instruction, grading and oversight of undergraduate teaching assistants. Baccalaureate degree required; MA or MS in biology, or ecology preferred. Position open to candidates with Ph.D. Candidates should send a letter of application, a statement of laboratory teaching and practical experience, a Curriculum Vitae, copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and three current letters of recommendation, at least two of which address teaching ability (from referees under separate cover) to Dr. Sallie Sheldon, AII Search Committee, Department of Biology, Middlebury College, Middlebury VT 05753. Applications will be reviewed beginning 23 June 2000. Middlebury College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and members of minority groups. Posted: 6/8/00.

New Mexico State University: Two field positions are available with the following project: Calibration, testing and implementation of an ecosystem monitoring protocol. The project involves field testing and applying a suite of vegetation and soil measurements at a number of remote locations in southern New Mexico (near Alamogordo). Project will involve extensive travel in the region, potentially including trips lasting up to 1 week, and may involve camping. Some sites may be accessible only on foot. Positions will start by July 1.
(1) CREW LEADER ($1,600 - $2,400/month, no benefits): Primary Responsibilities. Coordinate multi-site research project in remote locations. Locate monitoring sites. Complete vegetation and limited soil sampling and measurements, and associated QA/QC procedures. Manage, organize, enter and error-check data. Additional Responsibilities (depending on experience and start date). Assist in project statistical design and site selection. Summarize data and assist statistical analysis and report preparation. Qualifications (required). Knowledge of Chihuahuan Desert flora. Demonstrated botanical expertise (including grasses) in another ecosystem and willingness to learn local flora may be substituted. At least 1 season experience working on a field research or monitoring crew. Demonstrated ability to serve in a leadership position. Valid drivers license and experience driving 4WD vehicles. Qualifications (desired). Ability to effectively extract information from GIS databases. Familiarity with QA/QC procedures. Experience with basic soil laboratory analysis. MSc or equivalent. Knowledge of univariate and multivariate statistical techniques. Previous experience managing a field crew. Duration: Position is for a minimum of 4 months and may be extended up to 2 years, depending on funding.
(2) FIELD ASSISTANT ($6.50-$8/hour) Responsibilities. Assist crew leader in data collection, as described above. Qualifications. Knowledge of Chihuahuan Desert flora. Demonstrated botanical expertise (including grasses) in another ecosystem and willingness to learn local flora may be substituted. Previous field or laboratory research or monitoring experience. Duration: Position is for a minimum of 4 months and may be extended up to 2 years, depending on funding. Students wishing to work summer only will be considered. To apply for both positions: Please send a cv and names and contact information (e-mail and phone) for three references to Jeff Herrick, preferably via e-mail or fax. Closes: When filled (by June 16). Jeff Herrick, Research Scientist, Jornada Experimental Range, MSC 3JER, New Mexico State University, Box 30003, Las Cruces, NM 88003-8003, e-mail:, FAX: 505-646-5889. Posted: 5/18/00.

Oregon State University: Positions: BioScience Research Tech. 1 (1-2 Positions). Dates of Employment: June through September (possibly into October). Salary: $8.84 to $11.89 hr, depending on experience. Employment Conditions: 1.0 FTE not to exceed 1040 hours (6 months). Location: Western Oregon. Job Description: Position is associated with the Cooperative Forest Ecosystem Research (CFER) program. CFER is seeking applicants interested in assisting with a graduate project examining relationships between large woody debris, forest management, and physical environment, and plant diversity and regeneration in riparian forests. Housing will not be provided. General Qualifications: The field work will involve carrying heavy loads (ca. 50 lbs); conducting field work in rugged terrain and variable weather conditions; applicants must have an understanding of basic field research techniques; have map and compass navigation skills; be able to work independently or in a group; be willing to work atypical hours (including night work) and camp out under primitive conditions; and be motivated and detail oriented. Travel away from Corvallis for up to ten days at a time is expected. Preferred Qualifications: Familiarity with field techniques in forestry and plant community ecology, including: Skill with the use of dichotomous keys; Identification of tree, shrub, and herbaceous plants in western Oregon; Basic forest measurements; Quadrat-based and plotless vegetation sampling techniques; Experience conducting physiological measurements of woody plants; Familiarity with field site mapping; A strong work ethic; Interest in and enthusiasm for the plant diversity of western Oregon. To Apply: Send letter of interest, resume, and list of three references to the address listed below by April 7, 2000. Start dates vary, but at the time of hiring start dates will be provided (usually early to mid-June). Elly White, 321D Richardson Hall, Department of Forest Science, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon 97331-5752,, (541)737-7612. Posted: 3/17/00.

Raytheon Information Technology and Scientific Services: two positions open with NASA's Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) in Greenbelt, Maryland. Please direct all queries to
Position #00179: Raytheon Information Technology and Scientific Services is recruiting for an Environmental Science Coordinator to support our work with NASA's Global Change Data and Information System (GCDIS) and the Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) located in Greenbelt, Maryland. The selected candidate will be responsible for supporting NASA in GCDIS meetings, including assisting with agenda items and meeting minutes. Support the interaction with Federal agency representatives; monitoring the availability of large science data sets from NASA, and developing comprehensive new data listings for annual reports. Participate in the evaluation/analysis of GCDIS projects, user support, and maintain the Global Change Conference calendar. Support GCMD in coordination of NASA participation at international meetings such as the Committee on Earth Observation Satellite (CEOS). Applicants should have a BS degree in environmental science, environmental policy, or a degree in Earth Science. Excellent organizational and communication skills. Experienced with searching and evaluating Internet and WWW resources. Raytheon ITSS, an equal opportunity employer, offers competitive salaries, substantial growth opportunities, outstanding benefits. Qualified candidates may apply: (Include 00179 in the subject line).
Position #00181: Raytheon Information Technology and Scientific Services (ITSS) is a leading provider of professional services to NASA, NOAA and other government agencies. We have an immediate opening for a junior level Scientist to support NASA's Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) project in the areas of agriculture, forestry, and hydrology. Responsible for identifying data sets focusing on terrestrial systems and the effects of global change on agriculture, forest, and hydrological systems, prepare and review metadata descriptions for these data sets; and interact with researchers at agencies such as the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and international organizations such as the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS). The selected candidate will have a BS degree (Masters preferred) in Agriculture, Ecology, environmental or Earth Science. Academic or research experience with terrestrial data sets; excellent verbal and written communication skills. Experience using UNIX based systems; WWW protocols (HTML). Raytheon offers competitive salaries, benefits, and substantial growth opportunities. Raytheon is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. M/F/V/D. Interested candidates should forward a resume and salary requirement referencing Job# 00181 in the subject line to: Posted; 5/23/00.

Savannah River Ecology Laboratory: The University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory has an immediate opening for a Research Technician III. This position requires a M. S. degree or B. S. plus additional research experience. The position is funded by two research projects. The first, which is nearing completion, is a study of the effectiveness of constructed treatment wetlands to remediate acid mine drainage. The second is a new five-year study of land use effects on vegetation and nitrogen dynamics. We seek someone with expertise in laboratory techniques for soil and plant nutrient analyses. The position will remain open until there is a suitable pool of applicants. Please send resume or CV and contact information for three references to Dr. Beverly Collins, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, P.O. Drawer E, Aiken, SC 29802. Phone: 803-725-8158; fax: 803-725-3309; email: Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Posted: 3/6/00.

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC): We have an opening for a research technician to help model nutrient transport from watersheds in the Chesapeake Bay drainage and to help assess wetland condition in the Nanticoke watershed of Maryland and Delaware. Applicants should have at least a bachelor's degree in science or geography and experience with ARC/INFO GIS software. Other desirable skills include statistical analysis (particularly using SAS software), computer programming with FORTRAN or C, simulation modeling, or remote sensing (particularly with ERDAS Imagine software).. Background in landscape ecology, ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, nutrient transport, or hydrology would also be valuable. This position is funded by grants from EPA, NOAA, and the Smithsonian Institution. Salary $23,304-35,310 depending on qualifications. Send resume, graduate and undergraduate transcripts (photocopies are fine), and three letters of reference by March 1, 2000 to Dr. Donald Weller (, SERC, P.O. Box 28, Edgewater, MD 21037-0028. For more information on SERC visit EOE. Posted: 2/15/00.

Sonoma State University: A full-time Research Associate position is available immediately in the Department of Biology at Sonoma State University. The successful candidate will assist with ecological research that examines the influence of mammalian herbivores on coastal plant communities and ecosystems along the coast of northern California. Funded by the National Science Foundation, this project will use field experiments to address the relative importance of two herbivore species (black-tailed deer and jackrabbits) as consumers versus fertilizers, and the degree to which their effects on plant communities vary between habitats (coastal dunes and grasslands) and sites. The successful candidate will 1) establish and maintain field and lab experiments, 2) work closely with faculty, graduate students and undergraduates to collect, manage and analyze data, 3) summarize results in written and oral form, and 4) manage an active research laboratory (order supplies, record keeping, etc.). Qualifications: A bachelors degree in biology is required, and preference will be given to applicants who have a strong background in ecology, soil science and field research. The successful applicant must have 1) ability to work effectively in a collaborative research environment, 2) basic knowledge of computer operations (and familiarity with Macintosh OS), 3) strong written and oral communication skills, 4) knowledge or willingness to learn about soil analyses, statistics, computer programs and various research techniques, and 5) ability to work intensively in the field for extended periods. Duration & Compensation: Funds for this position are available for three years but the successful applicant will receive a one-year appointment. Reapppointment will depend on the satisfactory evaluation of the individual's performance as well as administrative and budgetary considerations. The salary for the position is $27,684/year. Benefits include health, dental, and vision care. Application Procedures: When preparing an application, please consult the complete posting for this position, which can be found at In your application, please include a cover letter detailing your experience and background, a current resume, and the names and addresses (including email) of three references familiar with your background in biology and research. Review of applications will start February 15, 2000 and continue until position is filled. The desired start date is late February or early March. If interested in further details on the position, please contact Dr. J. Hall Cushman via email ( Posted: 1/13/00.

Texas A&M University: The Stable Isotope Laboratory in the Department of Rangeland Ecology and Management at Texas A&M University has an opening for a full-time Research Assistant. This individual will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the laboratory, maintenance and repair of all major equipment, supervision and scheduling of users, and quality control of all analyses. Opportunity exists for highly qualified and highly motivated individuals to participate actively in research. The laboratory consists of three gas isotope ratio mass spectrometers interfaced with peripheral devices such as elemental analyzers and multiport sample manifolds. In addition, there are two Carlo Erba elemental analyzers, and multiple vacuum systems for off-line sample preparation procedures. The laboratory routinely measures d2H, d13C, d15N, and d18O on animal, plant, soil, and water samples. These materials are being analyzed in the context of studies aimed at understanding vegetation change and it consequences for ecosystem function. Qualifications should include an M.S. (preferred) or B.S. in chemistry, physics, geology, biology, soil science, or related discipline. Prior experience with isotope ratio mass spectrometry, vacuum systems, computer technology, database management, and statistics would be desirable. The position is currently grant-supported for a duration of two years, and is available immediately. Continuation is likely, depending on performance. For questions or additional information, please contact Dr. Tom Boutton (phone 409-845-8027, or e-mail To apply for the position, please send a resume complete with names and contact information for 3 references to: Employment Office, ATTN: Position #9247, Texas A&M University, 809 East University Drive, Suite 101A, College Station, TX 77840. Posted: 1/14/00.

Tulane University and Universidad de Costa Rica: Technician/Field Manager. The research team is investigating the phenology, water relations and carbon balance of dry forest trees, linking above- and below-ground activity and processes in Costa Rica. Studies at the organism, community and ecosystem levels are in progress. For the first year the research manager/technician would devote most of his or her time to investigation of root activity and processes. Responsibilities will include field and laboratory research activities, data management, schedule coordination, administration of funds and orders, maintenance of research equipment and the oversight of research team living quarters. The successful candidate will work with a collaborative team of graduate student and faculty researchers from the University of Costa Rica, Tulane University and Harvard University, thus facility in both Spanish and English is essential. Candidates must possess a Bachelor's degree or equivalent, with a major in one of the plant sciences, ecology or environmental studies; they must be able to converse in both Spanish and English; they should be able to use computer spreadsheets and word processing programs; they must possess a valid drivers license and a good driving record; and they must be willing to live with several other researchers at a national park in dry forest. Ideally, the field research manager/technician will be interested in pursuing an advanced degree in plant ecology or a related field in the future and will enjoy living and working in a biological reserve. Candidates who can make a two year commitment to the project will be favored in the selection process, but those who are interested in working for only a year will also be considered. This position is available as of 1 August 1999. For further information, contact Dr. Julie Whitbeck, Ecology, Evolution & Organismal Biology, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118, Tel: (504) 862-8000 x1547, Fax: (504) 862-8706, or Dr. Marco V. Gutiérrez, Univerisdad de Costa Rica, Est. Exp. Fabio Baudrit, Teléfonos 506-433-9111, 506-433-8284, Fax 506-433-9086,

USDA-ARS Northern Plains Agricultural Research Laboratory: Summer Field Technician Openings. The grasshopper research program of the USDA-ARS Northern Plains Agricultural Research Laboratory located in Sidney, Montana has several full-time seasonal biological field technician positions available during the summer of 2000. Positions will be available mid to late May and last through September, or until school starts. The research examines grasshopper ecology and the interaction between grazing management and grasshopper outbreaks. See for more research information. Job Duties: Censusing grasshopper densities, sweeping for and collecting grasshoppers, counting grasshoppers, sorting samples, clipping vegetation, tethering grasshoppers, constructing insect cages, recording data. Work will be accomplished as a team or as individuals and will require overnight travel. Qualifications: Bachelor of Science degree or upper level undergraduate in Biology or related major. Entomology, ecology or range management field experience desirable, but not necessary. Willingness and physical ability to work long hours in adverse field conditions while maintaining a positive attitude. Must be tolerant of repetitive work, capable of working independently, and follow instructions. Must have valid driver's license. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. Compensation: Commensurate with experience. Approximately $7.00-$9.50/hour with some benefits. Screening of applications will begin April 10 and will continue until positions are filled. Those interested should send a cover letter (indicating your interest in this work, relevant work experience, your qualifications, and available work dates), resume, and a list of three references (including name, title, address, phone number) to: Sarah Bucklin-Comiskey USDA-ARS 1500 N. Central Ave. Sidney, MT 59270 e-mail: Posted: 3/9/00.

USDA Forest Service: We are advertising a 13-month term forest/ lab technician position based at the US Forest Service laboratory in South Burlington, Vermont. Position will begin in April or May 2000, and will support an ongoing project to estimate and monitor forest biomass and production in northeastern forest types. Summer field work will take place in the Delaware River Basin (just east of the Chesapeake Bay Basin), located in parts of southern NY, PA, NJ, and DE. Position opens Feb 22 and closes March 10. Vacancy Announcement Number: NE-DEMO-00-08D. Salary: $23954 per year - $37579 per year. For the full vacancy announcement contact: Dr. Jennifer C. Jenkins, USDA Forest Service, Forest Inventory and Analysis/ Northern Global Change Program, South Burlington, VT, 802-951-6771 x1210, jjenkins/ Posted: 2/24/00.

USDA Forest Service: Manager ­ Soil and Water Laboratory (Biological Scientist). The Center for Forested Wetlands Research, Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service is seeking applicants for a position to operate and manage its analytical laboratory. The position is responsible for operating the laboratory facilities for water, soil and vegetation analyses in support of the Centeršs interdisciplinary research program (for more information see Experience with instrumentation (e.g., ICP, AA, IC, CHN, TOC), quality control, laboratory safety, and project and data management are required. The incumbent may also participate in field experiments, and supervise support staff and students. The position is a full-time, permanent position, GS-9, located in Charleston, South Carolina. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen. Application materials are available at:; for more information about the position or to receive a hard-copy of the Announcement contact Dr. Carl Trettin (email:, phone: 843-727-4271x103, fax: 843-727-4152, address: 2703 Savannah Hwy., Charleston, SC 29414. Applications must be received by the USFS Personnel Office, Asheville, NC by 4/3/2000. Posted: 3/13/00.

USDA Forest Service: Biological Science Technician position is available with the USDA Forest Service to investigate the growth of poplar and pine root systems. Responsibilities will include collecting digital video images using minirhizotron equipment, as well as analyzing and quantifying collected images using specialized image analysis software. Candidates must have skills in conducting field data, knowledge of forest soils and tree root biology, be able to operate microprocessor-based instruments and analyze resulting data. Desirable qualifications include a degree in forestry, ecology, agronomy or related field, and comparable field research experience. The position is a two-year term with a salary of $22,189. For detailed application procedures necessary for consideration consult or contact Mark Coleman at 803-725-0513 or Posted: 6/21/00.

University of Arkansas at Monticello: Research Specialist Position in Quantitative Ecology. Arkansas Forest Resource Center, School of Forest Resources. Qualifications: Minimum: B.S. in Forestry or related natural resources discipline; M.S. preferred. The ability to work well with others in an unsupervised setting. Background or experience in any, but preferably all, of the following: PCs and application software, SAS and other statistical software, Database management and summarization, and Forest ecosystem measurements, inventory, and/or monitoring. Responsibilities: The Research Specialist will assist Center scientists in research projects relating to growth and yield/statistical modeling, forest ecology, and hydrology. The successful candidate will be expected to organize, analyze, and summarize a variety of natural resource data, perform literature searches, collaborate on oral and written presentations of research results, and participate in fieldwork when needed. Some overnight travel will be required. Starting Date: June 1, 2000 or as soon as possible thereafter. Salary/Benefits: Salary commensurate with qualifications. Full benefits packaging including vacation, medical insurance, dental insurance, and 401k is included. Status: Regular, full-time, one-year appointment. Renewal contingent upon availability of funding and performance. Application Procedure: Please send cover letter, resume, and a list of three references with phone numbers to the address below. In the cover letter state why you are interested in the position and highlight course work or experience related to the position description. Review of applications will begin on May 15th. Dr. Hal O. Liechty, Arkansas Forest Resources Center, University of Arkansas at Monticello, P.O. Box 3468, Monticello, AR 71656-3468, (870) 460-1452, email:, Fax (870) 460-1092. Posted: 4/19/00.

University of California, Berkeley: SRA II TECHNICIAN 50% fieldwork (in California coastal prairie ecosystem), 50% laboratory soil, plant nutrient analyses. 3-year position, starting salary is $32,100 plus benefits. Closing date for applications is 4/21/00. Starting date for the position is 5/1/00. Application details are available at the UC Berkeley Employment Web page: ( and position #03-477-30/SL. We have an opening for an SRA II Technician position at the University of California, Berkeley as part of a National Science Foundation-funded project investigating the effect of species composition on ecosystem nitrogen (N) retention and cycling in a California coastal prairie ecosystem. Although California grasslands have been invaded by a wide variety of introduced grasses and forbs over the past 100 years, almost nothing is known about the impacts of this invasion on ecosystem N retention and cycling. We are investigating the effect of a group of native perennial grasses compared to groups of exotic annual and perennial grass species on N retention and cycling. Specific objectives of the research include: (1) Investigating differential impacts of these three groups of species on nitrogen transformation rates and nitrogen retention focusing on how the dynamics of mineral N correspond with plant phenology, production, tissue quality, and microbial biomass; (2) Testing the efficacy of sawdust addition as a way of reducing the dominance of exotic grasses; and (3) Investigating the importance of positive feedbacks between N cycling and vegetation in favoring resident annual grasses in competition with native or exotic perennial species. We are looking for a candidate interested in joining an active plant ecology laboratory to assist with the described project. Work will be split between fieldwork at our Tomales Bay site (~1 hr from Berkeley) and laboratory work such as determination of C or N amounts in soil and plant samples. Specific duties will include assisting with measurements of above- and below-ground production, analyses of nutrient uptake, establishment of a litter decomposition study, extraction and evaluation of soil ammonium, nitrate and C, data processing, and supervising laboratory experiments and training student help. The successful candidate should have experience with soil analysis or with a nutrient autoanalyzer (i.e. Lachat or Allchem autoanalyzer) and other relevant machinery (e.g. Schimadzu Gas Chromatograph, mass spectrometer, or CHN analyzer), or demonstrated competence with running and troubleshooting similar machinery. The candidate should also have experience with field sampling of soils and/or plants. Familiarity with basic computer spreadsheets (Excel), statistical analysis, scientific data presentation, and graphics software are also required. Supervisors: Dr. Carla M D'Antonio, Associate Professor and Dr. Jeffrey D. Corbin, Postdoctoral Researcher. Jeffrey D. Corbin, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-3140, (510) 643-5430. Posted: 4/3/00.

University of Illinois at Chicago: Technician position in an ecophysiology lab. A technician position is available immediately to join an Ecophysiology Lab. Candidates with experience in both field and lab work, plant and soil nutrition, familiarity with HPLC, elemental analysis and gas-exchange will be preferred. The current research has a large field component including six nationally funded FACE sites. Therefore, candidates may have to travel several times during the growing season. The position is available for one year with the possibility of renewal. Salary range is $24,000-$28,000. Interested persons should contact Dr. Hormoz BassiriRad, Dept Bio Sci, University of Illinois at Chicago,, 312-996-8674. Posted: 5/12/00.

University of Nevada, Reno: BS/MS Position in plant ecophysiology - The Staff Research Associate III major responsibility will be the design, collection, and analysis of process-based studies of the effects of global changes on plants in arid and semiarid ecosystems. The Research Associate will also assist with preparation of reports, manuscripts, and proposals. Field research will be conducted at the Nevada Desert FACE Facility; Complementary controlled environment experiments will occur at the University of Nevada, Reno and collaborating institutions. The position will involve extensive overnight travel. QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor's degree in Plant Physiological Ecology or related field plus 2 years professional experience in a research laboratory, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The successful candidate will have: 1) a working knowledge of plant ecophysiology research; 2) experience in the design, collection, analysis, and reporting of field and controlled environment studies in plant ecophysiology; 3) ability to install, maintain, calibrate, and repair equipment; 4) proficiency in personal computers and software; and 5) able to obtain a DOE unclassified security clearance in order to work at the site. Experience in root system ecology and physiology, including mycorrhizae, is highly desirable. Consideration of applications for this position will begin approximately August 30, 1999. Required application forms are available following links at Send completed application to: Personnel / Mail Stop 240, University & Community College System of Nevada, Business Center North, Reno, NV 89557-0055. Information on the position can be obtained from Dr. Robert S. Nowak, Phone: 775-784-1656, email: or Lesley DeFalco; Phone: 775-784-6294; email:

University of New Hampshire: Research Technician III for study assessing the impacts of future environmental change on the structure and functioning of plant communities. Currently a 1-year position, with the possibility of running 2 or more years. Responsibilities: Fieldwork at Concord, MA site maintaining existing experimental facilities constructing new experimental chambers and performing field measurements. Sample preparation processing and laboratory analysis. Data entry, organization and analysis of preliminary results. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Physiology, Plant Ecology, Biogeochemistry or Biochemistry or Associate's degree in related field and two years of work experience or high school graduation and at least four years of experience. Working knowledge of data processing equipment and techniques. Some field and lab experience preferred. Must be able to wear and use personal protective equipment, as necessary. Requires travel to field sites and laboratory facilities in Massachusetts. Experience with gas monitoring equipment (IRGA's) is a plus. Sufficient manual dexterity to perform duties of position. Salary: $25,370 - $38,640. Starting salary normally not to exceed $28,690. Review of applications begins immediately. Please send resume and cover letter to: Karen Bushold, Complex Systems Research Center, Morse Hall, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824. Posted: 4/21/00.

University of Notre Dame: Full-time research technician job studying the effects of climate change on wetlands in a large multi-investigator project. This is the only large-scale experimental manipulation of climate in peatlands in the world, and a wide variety of ecosystem and plant community response variables are measured. The goals and experimental design of the project can be viewed at Extensive field and lab research is required, but a significant portion of the position entails analysis of existing data sets. The successful applicant will primarily be based at Notre Dame, but travel for up to several weeks at a time is required to the field site in northern Minnesota. Applicants should have expertise in some combination of plant community ecology, ecosystem ecology, soils, and biogeochemistry with strong quantitative and statistical skills. Position requires at least a B.S., with course work in statistics and ecology. Prefer at least 2 years of experience or a M.S. in a related field. Send resume and 3 letter of reference to Dr. Scott Bridgham, Department of Biological Sciences, P.O. Box 369, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556-0369, Posted: 2/24/00.

University of Utah, Salt Lake City: Lab and Field Technician Position in plant ecophysiology, available immediately. DUTIES: Manage and conduct field and laboratory experiments in plant ecophysiology. Applicant must be willing to participate extensively in field trips to Oregon, Utah and Washington. Field research focuses on climate-vegetation interactions and involves the maintenance of weather stations, TDR measurements of soil moisture, air and vegetation sampling and in situ photosynthesis measurements. Laboratory experiments have a focus on stable isotope ratio analysis, using isotope ratio mass spectrometers. The candidate will also be responsible for maintaining a data base, requiring experience with Macintosh computers and the use of spreadsheets, graphics programs and word processing. Preference will be given to applicants who are familiar and experienced with data analysis and with the operation of technical equipment, particularly that listed above. QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelorâs degree in Biology, Chemistry or other scientific discipline in a related field or equivalency; demonstrated human relations; effective communication skills; previous research experience preferred. CONTACT: If you have any questions regarding the job or application procedure, please contact Jim Ehleringer ( or Susan Schwinning ( APPLICATION: Applicants must submit a University of Utah Application for Employment (available at our website at Please quote the job number SR003411 and FAX your application to (801) 581-5571.

Utah State University: Lab Supervisor (Research Assistant II) in Soil Microbiology/Biogeochemistry research laboratory. Available beginning June 2000. Duties will include operating and maintaining analytical equipment such as gas chromatographs, a Lachat flow-injection colorimetric autoanalyzer, and an isotope-ratio mass spectrometer; hiring and supervising undergraduate laboratory assistants; and ensuring that the lab operates in a safe and efficient manner. The successful applicant will also assist in laboratory and field research projects. Applicants must have experience with the theory and operation of analytical equipment, be familiar with computers, be meticulous and thorough in their work habits, and be willing to work a flexible schedule. Pay commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package available. Review of applications will begin May 15 and continue until position is filled. Send a C.V. and names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references to: Dr. John Stark, Department of Biology, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84321-5305. AA/EOE. Posted: 3/8/00.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute/Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory: Laboratory Techician Grade 4 - The Role of Rhododendron maximum in Southern Appalachian Forests: The Virginia Tech Department of Biology is seeking a full time laboratory techinician to provide field and laboratory technical support. This is a 3 year position beginning 4/1/2000, and will be located at the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory ( The successful candidate will perform day to day operations of a field experiment at and near the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory. Duties will include (but are not limited to): establishing plots and plot manipulation treatments, measuring soil water with TDR, collecting soil samples, performing nitrogen mineralization incubations, monitoring seedling survival, maintaining and evaluating seed traps, maintaining and collecting data from climate stations, and assisting other researchers funded on this project. Qualifications: Bachelors degree in biology or related field: basic computer skills including the use of wordprocessors, spreadsheets, and statistical packages: experience with ecological field work in a plant related topic. It is also desireable for the candidate to have some experience with soil analyses and microclimate measurements. Send resume and 3 references to Barry Clinton, Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory, 3160 Coweeta Lab Road, Otto, NC 28763, or electonically at Posted: 1/5/00.