Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Nature Conservancy's GLOBE Program - for best consideration, apply by 1/4/16

SCA is partnering with The Nature Conservancy’s Growing Leaders On Behalf of the Environment (GLOBE) Program to offer students summer internships working for one of the field’s top organizations. If you are interested in starting a career in conservation while gaining hands-on experience with a non-profit environmental leader then GLOBE might be the program for you.

Each year, The Nature Conservancy hires under-graduate students, graduate students or recent graduates to fill over 30 paid positions during a 10-week summer internship. These positions are available throughout the country and provide a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between academics and the real-world conservation work that contribute to the health and sustainability of our world. GLOBE offers both field and office-based positions in areas including: marketing, law, policy, environmental studies, philanthropy, and government relations.

The purpose of the GLOBE program is to contribute to the diversity, size and effectiveness of the global conservation workforce as a whole and within The Nature Conservancy. SCA’s mission to empower the next generation of conservation leaders is helping place the right candidates in these GLOBE program positions.

SCA would like to make selections by January for this summer program. Interested candidates can contact Alvi Seda (below) directly to have their application fee waived and to get more information on the application process. 
Alvi Seda, Recruiting Coordinator for Diversity Initiatives,
Student Conservation Association
National Office. 4245 North Fairfax Drive. Suite 825, Arlington, VA 22203

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

6-8 Field Technicians – Amphibians – Apply by 1/8/16

The U.S. Geological Survey's Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative Northeast program will be hiring 6-8 student contractors/field technicians in 2016. Two (2) technicians will be hired for the spring & summer period (early March through July 2016), and four to six (4-6) technicians will be hired for the late spring & summer periods (late April through July 2016); Three technicians will have the possibility of extension for work during the 2016 fall field season (September through October).

These technicians will conduct amphibian surveys in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia 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 and experiments involving the federally endangered Shenandoah salamander 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. All of the work is outdoors, sometimes under harsh or hot conditions or in rain/snow.

The technicians need to 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 end date) are 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 (; preferred) by January 8, 2016:

1) Letter of intent (please specify the time period in which you will be able to commit to this position)
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, a current registration card).  Candidates who graduated prior to July 2015 are ineligible (unless they have proof of acceptance into a graduate program beginning the following fall).

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

Paid Marine Naturalist -- San Juan Islands -- apply by 1/8/16

Outer Island Expeditions is based on Orcas Island in the heart of the San Juan Islands of Washington State, home of endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales. We also operate Orcas W.I.L.D. interpretive center and museum in Eastsound, collaborating with Cascadia Research Collective and Center for Whale Research.

We are currently hiring applicants to fill the position of Marine Naturalist for the 2016 season of April to mid-October (start and end dates flexible). Naturalists perform duties as kayak guides, deckhands on whale watching tours, interpretive center staff, and office staff. Schedules will be weighted accordingly based on applicants’ experience and aptitudes.

Kayak Naturalists independently lead tours off the north shore of Orcas Island and around Sucia Island, focusing on the coastal ecosystem and intertidal zone. We rent kayaks and canoes directly on site as well as offer the option to deliver them across the island.

Deckhands on whale watching tours are naturalists for powerboat tours, focusing on marine mammals, birds, and the ecology of the region. Deckhands are also responsible for fueling and cleaning boats before and after trips. Familiarity with vessel safety procedures, public speaking, strong communication skills, and guiding experience are strongly preferred.

We also operate OrcasW.I.L.D., an interpretive center/museum in the town of Eastsound. Naturalists operate the museum, gift shop, and additional kayak rentals in town. When working at the museum Naturalists also must maintain the touch tank and aquarium and oversee children interacting with various displays.

Responsibilities include: 
-Providing safe, educational tours to customers
-Educating the public about the birds, marine mammals, intertidal life, geology, ecology, and the natural and cultural history of the San Juan Islands.
-Daily cleaning and occasional maintenance of kayaking equipment and powerboats
-Providing safety orientations prior to each tour and rental
-Delivering kayaks across the island
-Running check-in including collecting payment and processing online transactions
-Office duties including answering phones, checking online reservations, coordinating with guides, customer service, etc.
-When guiding tours effective communication between guides and office staff is critical

-CPR and First Aid Certified (before arrival)
-BS in Ecology, Wildlife Biology, Environmental Science, or related field
-Valid driver’s license
-Subject to random drug testing
-TWIC (Transportation Worker Identification Card)
-Excellent customer service skills
-Strong communication and public speaking skills
-Self-motivated, enthusiastic, and strong work ethic
-Flexibility and open to an often unpredictable schedule
-Capable of working long hours in physically challenging outdoor environment (expect long hours June-August)
-Previous kayak guide experience strongly preferred
-Experience on powerboats strongly preferred

-Able to lift 50 lbs (capable of regularly lifting kayaks from storage racks, lifting kayaks onto truck racks, hauling kayaks, fuel, gear short distances, etc)
-Able to kayak for 6 hours
-Able to tow a kayak
-Able to communicate and work effectively with customers on the phone and in person
-Able to work independently and as part of a dynamic team 

$12/hr+ (DOE) April-October, Start and end dates flexible.

To apply send a cover letter, resume/CV, three references of past employers to with the subject line “Marine Naturalist Application.” Join our team at one of the fastest growing marine tourism organizations in the region. This is an adventure.

Katie Dunbar
Outer Island Expeditions

Friday, December 4, 2015

LinkedIn - ENSP Alumni Network

Great news! ENSP has its very own ENSP Alumni Network group on LinkedIn

If you are interested in participating in discussions and connecting with ENSP alumni, we invite you to click on the link below to expand your network.

94% of recruiters admit to using LinkedIn as their premier social network resource for recruiting. Social media is an essential recruitment tool across industries and creating a professional online presence will increase the chances of landing that next big internship or job.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Clean Energy Advocate

Environment America is seeking an experienced campaigner for our clean energy team to drive our campaigns for 100% renewable energy.  This person will work with our national program team, local organizers, and other key allies across the country to build momentum, expand support, and win policies that accelerate the shift to renewable energy.   
Candidates should have 5 years of relevant professional experience and a demonstrated commitment to environmental issues and to citizen-based social change as well as a track record of leadership. 
We're looking for goal-driven and results-oriented individuals who have excellent verbal, writing and analytical skills, the ability to speak persuasively in a charged atmosphere, and enthusiasm for the work. 
Please apply at: and feel free to  contact Aminah Zaghab,, if you have questions.

Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA)

Youth and Family Coordinator Position

Apply by 12/18/15.

Feel free to contact Sarah Katz-Hyman (Wildlife Ecology and Management, 2013) if you have questions.