Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Student Contract/Field Technicians
U.S. Geological Survey

The U.S. Geological Survey’s Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative Northeast program will be hiring 2-4 student contractors/field technicians in 2017. Technicians will be hired for the spring & summer period (early March through July 2017). Technicians may have the possibility of extension for work during the 2017 fall field season (September through October) dependent on availability of funding.
These technicians will conduct amphibian surveys in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey and the District of Columbia. The technicians will work on a team that surveys for amphibians within National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges in the Mid-Atlantic region, including work in the mountains of Shenandoah National Park. Surveys will include wetland-associated amphibians as well as stream salamander and terrestrial salamander populations. Field work involves identifying, catching, measuring, and marking amphibians, as well as collecting water quality and environmental data. The students will be required to conduct field surveys using techniques including visual encounter surveys, dip netting, stream transect searches, temporary removal sampling, and conducting a mark-recapture study using visual implant elastomer. All fieldwork will be conducted as part of teams of 2-4 people, so a demonstrated ability and desire to work effectively with a group is imperative. Additional assistance conducting surveys involving the federally endangered Shenandoah salamander and experiments with captive amphibian populations may also be required.
The position requires completion of academic coursework related to wildlife biology. Previous field experience with amphibians common in the Northeast US is highly recommended. The position requires the use of GPS units, digital cameras, and computer software for data entry and presentation (e.g. Microsoft Excel, Access). Technicians may also be asked to mark amphibians with injectable florescent elastomer and take voucher specimens related to amphibian disease studies. Most of the work is outdoors, sometimes under harsh or hot conditions or in rain/snow.
Technicians must be in good physical condition, as the job requires long hours in the field (including some night-time surveys) and hiking with up to 25 pounds of equipment for extended periods of time on rocky, steep terrain. The technicians must be willing to go on overnight field trips to Shenandoah National Park, VA, and other parks throughout the northeastern US, which will typically last 4-12 days at a time.
Accommodations for overnight field work will be provided.
Technicians must be able to work at least 40 hours per week. Technicians are responsible for all costs of transportation to and from Patuxent. Government vehicles will be provided for all field work initiated from Patuxent. Housing costs are not included, but some housing may be available at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center; please contact Andrew Dietrich if you have questions. Every attempt will be made to assist technicians in finding affordable housing in the area.
Approximate wages are $13-16/hour; overtime pay is not provided.
Only applicants who are current or recent students (graduated within 12 months of the position’s start date) are eligible for these student contractor positions. Foreign students are not eligible for these positions.
Principal Duty Station:
USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
12100 Beech Forest Road
Laurel, Maryland 20708-4038

 To apply, send the following to Andrew Dietrich at the above address or via email (adietrich@usgs.gov; preferred) by January 9th, 2017:

1) Letter of intent (please specify when you will be able to start working)
2) Resume, including previous field experience, list of relevant course-work, contact information, and two or three reference contacts
3) One piece of evidence of current or recent (within past 12 months) enrollment in degree-seeking program (e.g., unofficial transcript, enrollment verification, or a current registration card; transcripts are preferred). Candidates who graduated prior to May 2016 are ineligible.

If you have questions, feel free to contact Andrew at 301-497-5842.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Meridian 2017 Fellowship

Meridian Institute is pleased to announce position openings for Project Assistants within the Meridian Fellowship Program – an opportunity for recent college graduates to work on varied and highly complex public policy issues, learn about the field of multi-party collaborative problem solving, and engage with leaders from a variety of sectors and interest groups.

An announcement about the position and instructions for how to apply is
available here. The deadline to submit applications is 10 pm EST on February 3, 2017.

Meridian Institute is a non-profit organization that helps people solve complex and controversial problems, make informed decisions, and implement solutions that improve lives, the economy, and the environment. Meridian’s approach combines our extensive experience in collaborative process design, deep substantive knowledge, and proven mediation skills. At Meridian, we design collaborative approaches that bring together people who understand the issues and have a stake in their resolution.

Meridian selects new Fellows for the program on an annual basis and offers significant personal and professional development opportunities. Fellows work providing research, writing, and administrative support to projects on a variety of substantive topic areas. Past Fellows have been involved in work with global and domestic agriculture and food security, climate change, ocean policy, forest and land use management, freshwater resources, and community and global resilience, among other topics.   

Questions about the Fellowship or application process can be sent to 
jbrassanini@merid.org. For more information about the Meridian Institute, please visit www.merid.org.
Equal Opportunity Meridian recognizes that our work is made stronger and more impactful by the contributions of diverse people around the world. At Meridian, we welcome people from all backgrounds and do not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, color, age, religion,sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, national origin, creed, or ancestry.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Job Opportunity - St Eustatius, Caribbean Netherlands
The Caribbean Netherlands Science Institute (CNSI) at St Eustatius, Caribbean Netherlands, has an opening for a Data Monitoring Officer (DMO). The DMO is responsible for collecting data on biodiversity and fisheries on St Eustatius that allows the national government of The Netherlands to fulfill its (international) reporting obligations, contributing to the assessment and development of nature and fisheries management policies.
For more information on this position, see description below, and this link:http://www.cnsi.nl/files/CNSI/Pictures/Nieuws/Data%20Monitoring%20Officer%20St%20Eustatius.pdf
Interested individuals are requested to send in their CV, cover letter and two references to cnsi@nioz.nl, before 1 December 2016. More information is available from Dr Johan Stapel (johan.stapel@cnsi.nl).
Data Monitoring Officer St Eustatius (full-time)
Required skills:
  • Thorough knowledge of Caribbean fish species
  • Thorough knowledge of Caribbean coral species
  • Experienced certified SCUBA diver and experience with underwater research
  • Excellent communication skills and diplomacy for interacting with local fishermen and other stakeholders
  • Talented organizer
  • Experience with data processing
  • (Scientific) reporting and writing skills
  • Willingness and ability to live and work on a small remote island within a complex political and socio-economic setting.
Task description Data Monitoring Officer St Eustatius (228 d per year; 1824h per year):
  • Fisheries monitoring (year-round) (684h)
  • Sea grass meadow assessment (4 locations 4 x per year) (224hr)
  • Individual species monitoring (in cooperation with STENAPA – St Eustatius National Park and others) (172h)
  • Coral Reef monitoring (Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network–Caribbean protocol) (600h)
  • Nutrient sampling (PM)
  • Ad hoc monitoring requests (120)
  • Submit all data to the monitoring data coordinator for the Caribbean Netherlands (24h)
Total estimated working hours per year (full-time assignment) (1824h)
NOAA Coral Reef Management Fellow

This listing is for a one year fellowship in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. This is a great position for anyone interested in doing watershed restoration and management on a (very) small Pacific Island. 


For questions about the position, contact:

Whitney C. Hoot
NOAA National Coral Reef Management Fellow
Guam Bureau of Statistics and Plans
Governor's Complex, Adelup, Guam 96910
whitney.hoot@gmail.com / 671-686-1699
Job opening: Editorial Assistant for Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

CONTACT: Sue Silver suesilver@esa.org
CLOSING DATE: December 4, 2016

The Ecological Society of America seeks an Editorial Assistant to help produce Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, a high ranking monthly journal focusing on ecological and environmental science. The Editorial Assistant will manage the online peer review system, copyedit manuscripts, check page proofs, run the twitter account, plus do a little bit of design and occasional writing. The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented, focused, able to work cheerfully and accurately under pressure, and will have experience of Microsoft Office, Twitter, Photoshop, and Wordpress. A relevant Bachelor's degree is a must (eg Ecology, Environmental Science or Conservation) plus one to two years' editorial experience. Downtown Washington DC location; competitive salary (commensurate with experience) and benefits.

Email cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to Dr Sue Silver, at
suesilver@esa.org - Put "Editorial Assistant Search" in the subject line.

Thursday, November 17, 2016



This position is in the External Affairs Office of the Pacific Southwest Region (Region 8) of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), located in Sacramento, California. In this position, you will serve as a Congressional Affairs Specialist focusing on legislative communications to inform the public, members of Congress and other interest groups about the Service's policies, programs, activities, decisions and services. You will regularly communicate and interact with high level management officials at both local and national levels such as members of Congress, legislation executives, etc. to analyze, develop and execute communication strategies for Service policies or programs.

NOTE: This position is also being announced under merit promotion procedures, open to current and former federal employees. See vacancy R8-17-1838567-KL-MP if you want to be considered under merit promotion procedures.


Develop and lead a proactive, region-wide Congressional relations strategy that continuously provides information to Members of Congress and their staffs through coordination with leadership and field units, and through quality information products.

Develop and disseminate information materials including, but not limited to briefing papers, fact sheets, speeches, news releases, feature stories, email blasts, social media messaging, etc., about Service programs and activities. Identify communication objectives, messages, audiences and appropriate media, and develops information materials to fill those needs.

Develop coordinated responses to congressional and legislative queries. Develop background information, talking points, testimony and other materials to support Regional Directorate and field units in meeting with the Congressional delegations and state legislators, and appearing before committees. Coordinate regional legislative activities with Service's headquarters Legislative Affairs.

Plan and staff outreach activities, including on-the-ground tours, for the public, Members of Congress and their staffs, and other diverse audiences to explain and/or exchange information regarding complex wildlife conservation issues.

Lead and work with internal Service staff at field units and at the highest levels to develop background information, recommendations and strategies in response to federal and state legislation impacting the Service. Coordinate all Congressional inquiries and their responses, and write and edit weekly hot topics to inform leadership across the Service of key Congressional issues.

Develop and prepare written materials, including legislative summaries and position papers, reports and memoranda in support of Service outreach strategies, budget requests, or analysis concerning appropriations or policies.

Plan, develop and implement liaison programs to ensure effective and harmonious relations are maintained with Members of Congress, federal state and local governments, elected officials, trade associations, industry groups and the general public.


You must meet all qualification requirements outlined in this vacancy by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement.

To be found qualified at the GS-13 grade level, your application materials must demonstrate that you have at least one year of full-time specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service, or equivalent non-federal experience, that demonstrated the knowledge, skills and abilities to plan and implement a public information program focusing on Congressional relations for a large multi-mission natural resources organization. Specialized experience for this position is defined as: 1) at least one year direct, full-time experience managing Congressional relations for a natural resource agency; 2) developing and finalizing formal communication outreach strategies and products for a natural resource organization to distribute complex information to congressional or legislative contacts; 3) establishing and maintaining liaison as a member of a natural resources organization with Congressional staff and similar stakeholders regarding the impact of proposed or pending legislation on operational or budgetary matters; 4) evaluating public reactions/opinions to information releases and advising program officials on needed modifications to the content or presentation of informational materials needed to influence legislative or Congressional actions. NOTE: your resume must contain sufficient detail to prove you have one year experience performing these duties.


The Division of Congressional and Legislative Affairs is the liaison between the Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Congress. The Division is responsible for ensuring the effective interchange of information between Congress and the Service consistent with the policies of the Department and the Administration and implementing the Service’s legislative agenda through such activities as: (1) advising the Director and the Directorate regarding pending legislation; (2) serving as a liaison for the Service and the Department with offices of Members and committees of Congress; and (3) initiating, drafting, reviewing, and facilitating policy clearance of testimony and reports on many and varied legislative issues. You will lead these efforts within a portfolio of issue areas. You will work to develop and maintain positive relationships with staff on Capitol Hill and keep congressional offices informed of the activities and programs of the Service.


Some of the major duties include:

Serving as a primary liaison between the Fish and Wildlife Service and congressional offices, providing expert customer service and building positive relationships.

Leading the development and implementation of a congressional and legislative strategy to accomplish organizational and legislative goals related to wildlife conservation within a portfolio of issues.

Evaluating organizational needs or policy objectives related to wildlife conservation and coordinates legislative proposals and congressional outreach to address them.

Leading preparations for Congressional hearings, including: drafting testimony for Service or Departmental witnesses, preparing briefing materials, and briefing and staffing witnesses.


You must meet all qualification requirements outlined within this vacancy by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of this announcement.

This position has a selective Factor: You must have skill/experience working in a U.S. Congressional office, or directly with U.S. Congressional offices, on wildlife conservation legislation and issues.

Minimum Qualifications Congressional Legislative Affairs Specialist GS-301-12

In addition to meeting the requirements of the selective factor your must have at least one year of full-time specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level (comparable to GS-11) in the Federal service. Your experience must have provided you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform Congressional/Legislative Affairs Specialist assignments and duties. You must have direct experience in all of the examples listed below to meet the minimum qualifications for this position. Examples include: tracking and analyzing Congressional actions on wildlife conservation legislation and issues in order to assist in developing, coordinating, and preparing office/agency/organization positions; developing written documents related to wildlife conservation legislation or issues including two or more of the following: Congressional testimony, talking points for a Member of Congress, trip memos for a Member of Congress, Statements of Administration Position (SAPs), responding to questions for the Congressional record, letters to Members of Congress; and briefing memos for a Member of Congress or high ranking organization official; conveying both complex and technical information on wildlife conservation legislation or issues to varied audiences; facilitating meetings, on a regular basis, between policy makers and Members of Congress or their staff which involves preparatory work, including gathering information prior to meetings from Congressional offices and agency representatives, and developing positive relationships with Congressional offices.

Minimum Qualifications Congressional Legislative Affairs Specialist GS-301-13

In addition to meeting the requirements of the selective factor your must have at least one year of full-time specialized comparable in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level (comparable to GS-12) in the Federal service. Your experience must have provided you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform Congressional/Legislative Affairs Specialist assignments and duties. You must have direct experience in all of the examples listed below to meet the minimum qualifications for this position. Examples include: interacting with members of Congress and/or Congressional staff to develop and maintain positive relationships; developing written documents related to wildlife conservation legislation or issues including two or more of the following: Congressional testimony, talking points for a Member of Congress, trip memos for a Member of Congress, Statements of Administration Position (SAPs), responses to questions for the Congressional record, letters to Members of Congress, and briefing memos for a Member of Congress or high ranking organization official; representing an organization in policy meetings to consider the impact of pending and proposed wildlife conservation legislation and advising a member of Congress or high level organization officials on congressional and legislative activities.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Research Ecologist Position at NOAA in Beaufort, NC

The NOAA, National Ocean Service, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science has an opening for a ZP3 Research Ecologist position with promotion potential to ZP4 located in Beaufort, NC. The primary duties will be to conduct field and laboratory-based research to identify responses of coastal habitats (marshes, oyster reefs, seagrass beds) to environmental change, develop and test methods to incorporate natural infrastructure and increase coastal resiliency, and translate peer-reviewed scientific findings to state and federal coastal resource managers, stakeholder groups, agency management and policy makers for formulating regional and national policy decisions.

The position is being announced under two hiring authorities- one open to current and former government employees -
NOS-NCCOS-2017-0007 (MAP) and the other open to all U.S. Citizens or Nationals - NOS-NCCOS-2017-0006 (DE). Additional information can be found in the announcement on the USAJobs.gov site. Open date 11/10/2016; Close Date 11/23/2016.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Positions available
Maryland Department of Natural Resources

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has four full-time, permanent positions for Natural Resource Biologists to support the Maryland Biological Stream Survey (MBSS) and other freshwater monitoring programs. The selected candidates will participate in the planning and implementation of freshwater stream ecological assessments and will serve as a member of a field crew responsible for the collection of data on fishes, benthic macroinvertebrates, herpetofauna, crayfishes, freshwater mussels, physical habitat, water quality, and land use in non-tidal streams and rivers as part of the Maryland Biological Stream Survey. Duties may also include data analysis and interpretation, and reporting related to the status and distribution of Maryland's aquatic resources.

The application deadline is November 10, 2016
Job announcements can be found at HERE.
Position Available
Clean Water Action

A Program Coordinator position with Clean Water Action/Clean Water Fund is now available.  This position will be located in Maryland, either in the Baltimore or Washington DC metro area.