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DCNR Internship in Resource Management

Presque Isle State Park is seeking full-time college students for summer internships working in the field of Resource Management.  There will be two teams of students hired:  one team will work in the field to help eradicate invasive plant species, and the other team will assist with collecting water samples and processing the samples that are collected at the swimming beaches.  When not performing water sampling duties, that team will also assist the invasive species team.  All of the positions are paid through grant funding.  Please see this general position description for more information regarding the positions: Position Description

To apply please send a cover letter and resume to Holly Best at hbest@pa.gov by 4pm on February 28th.  You can also send any questions to this e-mail.

Two Graduate Research Assistantships in Soil Organic Matter Dynamics at the University of Tennessee

One M.S. and one Ph.D. research assistantships in Soil Science are available in the department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science (BESS) at the University of Tennessee (UT), Knoxville, TN. The overarching goal is to study soil organic carbon dynamics in managed and unmanaged ecosystems in response to natural and anthropogenic perturbations. The research will involve conducting field experiments in the long-term agriculture experimental sites in Tennessee and in the Ozark mountains experimental site in Missouri.

See PDF for more details: Graduate Research Assistantship_ University of TN

Summer Field Assistant for the Purple Martin Conservation Association

The Purple Martin Conservation Association is seeking a field assistant for the summer.  Below is the job description and who to contact if you are interested in the position.

The Purple Martin Conservation Association is a non paid volunteer to assist 3 – 5 days per week from April through August (flexible hours from approximately 9:30 – 2) to assist with:

  • Learning about Purple Martins and managing their colonies
  • Assist with data entry on the computer
  • Band reading in the field
  • Assist with leg banding
  • Assist with trapping invasive species
  • Provide educational support to the public

This person will possess the following skills: Ability to lift items weighing 50+lbs, ability to work on the computer for extended periods, ability to learn new software, desire and ability to read bands in the field, ability to spend days outside in the elements working on housing management for bird. Please contact Joe if you are interested in learning more at joe@purplemartin.org or call at 833-7656.

Employment Opportunities in Aquatic Sciences at USGS Lake Michigan Ecological Research Station, Chesterton, Indiana

Research projects in aquatic sciences are in Great Lakes aquatic ecology and microbiology programs. One to two positions are anticipated during summer 2016.  Please send your resume and school transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable) by April 6, 2016 to Dawn Shively via e-mail: dshively@usgs.gov; (219) 926-8336 Ext. 427.

Summer Internships-2016_USGS-LMERS AQUA Program

Post Doc Position in Coastal Water Quality Modeling in California

A Beach Water Quality Post Doctoral Researcher would develop and implement ‘Nowcast’ models of beach water quality at beaches around the State of California as part of Heal the Bay’s Beach Report Card program. The Beach Water Quality Post Doctoral Researcher will be the lead technical researcher/modeler on a State funded project to extend ‘Nowcasting’ to approximately 25 beaches over a three year period. The Post Doctoral Researcher will be responsible for optimizing and calibrating multiple linear regression (MLR) models of beach water quality. This will require interfacing and networking with beach managers across the state, as well as our project collaborators at Stanford University and UCLA.

This is a full-time, contracted position for three years  with health, dental, vision and vacation benefits.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to: Cabeach2015@gmail.com

Ph.D. Studentship in Arctic Microbiology

We seek an ambitious and well-trained PhD student with a strong educational background to investigate the microbial diversity of Arctic glacial ice using next-generation sequencing coupled with conventional microbiological methods. Pathogenicity and antibiotic resistance of glacial microorganisms as well as their production of novel pharmaceuticals will also be assessed. See this PDF link for more details: PhD Studentship

SeaGrant Opportunities

Pennsylvania Sea Grant offers a wide range of opportunities for students, including internships, fellowships, and stewardship activities. See their website for more details: http://seagrant.psu.edu/section/student-opportunities-internshipsfellowships


Extraordinary Leadership Opportunity in Maine Coastal Fisheries

Penobscot East Resource Center Seeks Executive Director

Penobscot East Resource Center (PERC) was founded on the principle that the only way the resources of the oceans can be protected and sustained is through joint stakeholder stewardship: collective action of fishermen and their communities, supported by science and working in combination with regulatory authorities at all levels.  PERC’s fundamental mission is to support, develop and carry out such strategies, with the overriding goal of securing a sustainable future for fisheries and fishing communities of coastal Maine. By doing so PERC also intends to create models that may be adapted for use by others across the nation and the globe.  

PERC is a 13 year-old organization in Stonington, Maine with an annual budget nearing $2 million, dedicated staff of 12, and engaged Board of Directors. PERC seeks a visionary and inspiring person to lead the organization into the future. Understanding of and respect for fishermen and rural communities is essential.  Sophisticated executive capacities are vital to deepen engagement with fishermen, community members, educators, scientists, and regulatory agencies, as well as individual donors and foundation and government funders. Advocacy for PERC’s mission, vision and goals will be tireless, from the local café to the statehouse to the White House.

Go to www.penobscoteast.org for a full position announcement.  Applications are requested by March 1, 2017. PERC is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates from a wide range of backgrounds.

Environment Erie – Accounting Clerk, Part Time

Position accountable to: Executive Director Job Purpose Summary Manage accounting/bookkeeping, assist with maintaining and managing budgets, participate in major activities and programs as needed for Environment Erie. This is a part-time permanent position at 20 hours per week.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities for the Position

  • Everyday bookkeeping and accounting entries into QuickBooks
  • Maintain financial records
  • Prepare and complete tax documents/activities
  • Complete payroll and all payroll functions
  • Manage grant finances and budgets
  • Manage accounting functions of fundraising

For more information on this position, see the following PDF: Environment Erie Position: accounting-clerk

Marine Advisory Service Specialist

The Marine Advisory Service (MAS) Specialist I reports to the Director of the Marine Advisory Service Program, the major outreach component of the University’s Sea Grant College Program. The MAS Specialist performs both traditional extension agent and extension specialist roles–from “field” work to applied research, teaching, proposal writing, and budget management. The MAS Specialist is responsible for planning, developing, and implementing educational programs dealing with marine issues and concerns of the state of Delaware. The individual serves as a vital liaison between the University and various marine-related businesses, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, formal and informal education audiences, the general public, and other interest groups throughout the state.

The MAS Specialist works independently to develop programs for various stakeholders in the area of social science/economics. Outreach activities are designed to effect changes in behavior, solve technical problems, create awareness, and transfer scientific information related to ecosystem services, economic valuation, and analyses of major coastal and marine economic sectors in Delaware.

For more information see the link: Marine Advisory Specialist job opening information and details

Extension Educator – MSU Extension/Michigan Sea Grant – Saginaw/Bay area

Position Overview

Michigan Sea Grant, a cooperative program of Michigan State University and the University of Michigan, helps to foster economic growth and conserve Michigan’s coastal and Great Lakes resources through education, research, and outreach. Sea Grant Extension educators are involved in planning, organizing, and implementing university-based educational programs that apply knowledge and understanding gained through research, and are members of the MSU Extension Greening Michigan Institute. Extension educators support Great Lakes stakeholders with information and tools to make informed decisions to conserve and enhance Michigan’s coastal and Great Lakes resources and communities.

Michigan Sea Grant Extension seeks to hire an Extension Educator, to be part of a collaborative team and provide overall leadership for the Saginaw Bay region, and sharing knowledge and skills with colleagues in other parts of the state, Great Lakes region and nation. This person will collaborate with other partners to support activities related to the conservation of Saginaw Bay coastal wetlands and nearshore habitats for water quality and fish and wildlife populations and a vibrant coastal economy. Also, the educator will engage in applied research and Sea Grant Extension activities that contribute to the sustainability of Lake Huron and its coastal communities.

For more information see here: extensioneducator_saginawbay_misg

PA Sea Grant Job Opening: Communications Specialist

Penn State University’s Sea Grant program is searching for an experienced, innovative Communications Specialist with strong writing, editing, and social media skills, to create compelling and dynamic content, and disseminate information via traditional and new media.  Pennsylvania Sea Grant, a partnership of NOAA, Penn State University, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is dedicated to promoting the ecological and economic sustainability of Pennsylvania’s coastal resources through the development of science-based research, education, and extension programs.  A key responsibility of the Communications Specialist is to convey the value of this work to diverse stakeholder audiences, including policymakers, state and local agencies and organizations, and researchers.  Other responsibilities will include:  reviewing and editing the work of other PASG staff to ensure high quality and consistency of newly developed/revised resources, identifying topics for and writing new releases, and maintaining and updating PASG’s website and social media outlets.  Typically requires a Bachelor’s degree or higher in journalism, communications, marketing, or a related discipline plus three years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The successful candidate will have strong writing abilities with demonstrated expertise in developing print communications, good visual design sense, excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, and a customer-centered, problem-solving approach to work. Experience with Drupal, email and social media content management software, and Adobe Connect preferred. Strong project management and excellent interpersonal skills are essential to successfully fulfilling the responsibilities of this position. This is a fixed-term 30-hour per week, salaried appointment with benefits funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.  Occasional weekend and evening hours may be required.  The position is based at PASG’s office in Harrisburg, Pa. http://seagrant.psu.edu/

A full description of the position can be found at http://seagrant.psu.edu/topics/pa-sea-grant-job-opening-communication-specialist-wanted

Great Lakes Commission position available:
Adaptive Management Program Specialist

The Great Lakes Commission (Commission) has an immediate opening for a self-starting, highly motivated team player to join our habitat and invasive species programs. This position reports to the habitat program manager and will assist with implementation of a collaborative effort to establish an adaptive management framework to address non-native Phragmites across the Great Lakes basin. The adaptive management approach will help improve the management of Phragmites through increased management efficiency and reduced uncertainty associated with treatment options, contributing to the restoration of ecologically resilient and diverse ecosystems at both the local and regional scales. Treatment uncertainty will be reduced through a learning-based management system and result in site- and condition-specific best management practices. The incumbent will coordinate the adaptive management process and facilitate communication, promote coordination, contribute to planning efforts, and support program development and management of the Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework (PAMF) and the Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative, both of which are shared efforts between the Great Lakes Commission, the U.S. Geological Survey, GLC member states and provinces and other organizations. See www.greatlakesphragmites.net for more information on the Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative and the PAMF. This is a three year position based at the Commission’s offices in Ann Arbor, MI.  Continued employment following the three year term may be possible based on mutual interest and available funding.

See website for more details: http://glc.org/announce/2016-06-position-available-adaptive-mgmt-program-specialist/

See PDF: GLC-Job-PAMF-Coordinator-Program-Specialist-20160620

Indiana Lake Michigan Coastal Program is looking for a new team member located at Indiana Dunes State Park Annex Office in Chesterton, Indiana

The Lake Michigan Coastal Program Special Projects Coordinator position performs professional and administrative duties required to implement the Lake Michigan Coastal Program (LMCP). Incumbent is located in Northwest Indiana and is responsible to the Lake Michigan Coastal Program Manager. The incumbent also provides support for the Coastal Advisory Board, technical assistance regarding coastal management issues, and maintains ongoing relationships with coastal communities and other state agencies. The incumbent reviews local and state government policy and implementation procedures for coordination and compliance with Coastal Management Program goals and objectives. Responsible for developing and coordinating technical and policy information especially in relation to the Coastal Nonpoint source pollution program, and the Section 309 Enhancement Program. Position is responsible for fully developing and implementing the Nonpoint Program. In addition, the incumbent oversees special project implementation to achieve Section 309 goals. Coordinates multi-discipline work groups. Develops and makes presentations to the Lake Michigan Coastal Advisory Board and other entities

This position is posted to the State Job Bank – online applications only. Application deadline 6/14/16

http://www.in.gov/spd/2334.htm – click “Search Employment Opportunities”- Select “Advanced Search” and enter Job Opening ID: 602626

See PDF for more details: Job Description Form_Spec Projects 2_16

Sea Grant Oil Spill Science Outreach Program in the Gulf of Mexico seeks science communicator

The four Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant College Programs have released this announcement for a three-year, limited-term position that supports an oil spill science outreach program. Candidates must be able to serve as a science editor and writer; lead the production and printing of publications; manage and lead the oil spill team’s electronic based communications; promote team activities; provide technical support at seminars and events; and perform other duties as assigned. The annual salary range is $45,000-$60,000, depending on qualifications and experience.

This unique opportunity includes working with a motivated team of oil spill science outreach professionals and travel throughout the Gulf of Mexico and beyond. The oil spill science outreach program focuses on the two-way transfer of information between (1) the people whose livelihoods depend on a healthy Gulf of Mexico or who are involved in the protection and management of Gulf of Mexico coastal and marine resources; and (2) the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative supported scientists and administrators.

The position is hosted at the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium and will serve all four Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant College Programs. The position is funded by a three-year grant with the potential for continuation based on performance and the additional allocation of funds by the granting entity.

Only complete application packages will be considered.

For more information, go to: https://www.usm.edu/employment-hr. Click “employment” and “job opportunities.” Then, search postings for posting number 0003972.

Marine Fisheries Operations Manager

Administers and directs select on and off site programs of the Fisheries Management Division of the Marine Resources Commission.  Position manages the collection, analysis and interpretations of fisheries data and information, and use of such information in developing fisheries plans, reports, and presentations affecting marine fisheries management.  Directs the computer-based permitting and quota monitoring programs; manages Mandatory Reporting, Biological Sampling and statistics staff involved in administering various limited entry programs, quota tracking, permitting requirements and database/statistical functions; provides direction and input into work plans and techniques; provides detailed written and verbal evaluations on issues for the commission, with the objective of completely informing the members and providing quality data and information.

See this PDF for more details: Marine Fisheries Operations Manager P. 134


Become a DCNR Conservation Volunteer.

Follow this link for details: https://www.volunteers.dcnr.state.pa.us/index.aspx

View this Word Doc for an informational pamphlet on volunteering with DCNR and Presque Isle State Park: Vol. Brochure (1)

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