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Job Opportunity: Seasonal Science Educator (Ecology) – Mount St. Helens Institute (Deadline: 04/31/15)

Mount St Helens Institute LogoMOUNT ST. HELENS INSTITUTE
Seasonal Science Educator (Ecology)

Position Announcement: Seasonal Science Educator (Ecology Focus)
Compensation: $14/hour; housing provided
Term of Employment: June 15, 2015 – December 28, 2015 (NTE 1120 hours)
Closing Date: April 31, 2015

The Mount St. Helens Institute Seasonal Science Educator (Ecology) supports our hands-on science education programs including day and overnight programs for youth and adults. Under the direction of the Mount St. Helens Institute’s Science Education Director and the Science and Learning Center Manager, the Seasonal Science Educator will act as an education leader and as general education and outreach support staff. This exciting position has the opportunity to support and develop an amazing educational resource at Mount St. Helens. Term of employment has some flexibility. This is a full-time temporary position that will require weekend and overnight work.


  • Implement and staff overnight youth educational programs (Volcano Outdoor School and 2 Volcano Camps)
  • Act as MSHI lead for High School Field Study Program, both the week-long summer field camp and the school year program.
    o Co-develop research projects and ecology focused curriculum
    o Provide with logistical coordination
    o Attend programs as instructor and coordinator
    o Conduct in classroom lessons
    o Support student data management
  • Review and develop curriculum, with special emphasis on geology activities
  • Instruct youth on field trips (2-hour programs)
  • Host overnight visiting groups
  • Attend outreach events
  • Assist with program and Science and Learning Center development
  • Assist with facility maintenance and cleaning
  • Work closely with and assist in supervising program interns
  • Oversee some Field Seminar programs
  • Conduct guided hikes and interpretive programs
  • Complete other tasks as directed by supervisor

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Paid Research Internship Opportunity: Climate Change Research – HilleRisLambers Lab/Mount Rainier National Park (Deadline: 04/03/15)

The HilleRisLambers lab at University of Washington is looking for 3‐6 undergraduate research assistants to help us conduct research at Mt. Rainier National Park this summer (2015). We study how rising temperatures and declining snow accumulation (i.e. climate change) will affect the forests and wildflower meadows of Washington, and are looking for enthusiastic and hard‐working interns to assist us with three projects:
1) Tree demography observations: We collect climate and demographic data (i.e. growth, survival, reproduction) for six conifers occurring in 18 permanent stands located at Mt. Rainier National Park.
2) Plant community reassembly: We are revisiting ‘Legacy’ plots censused in Mt. Rainier NP and North Cascades NP in the mid 1970’s to assess whether recent warming has led to community change.
3) Wildflower phenology: We are quantifying wildflower phenology (flowering, seedset) and pollinator visitation at permanent sites relative to microclimate variability.

Previous research experience and the ability to identify NW plants is desirable, but not required (we will train you on the job). Interns in this position will learn A) how scientific research is conducted; B) field ecology skills; C) how climate change will affect plant communities in the Pacific Northwest and D) what graduate school might be like. These are valuable skills for those wanting a career in natural resources or conservation as well as those of you wishing to pursue a graduate degree in the life sciences.

For more information, see the flyer below.

Mount Rainier Summer Positions 2015

Spring Break Course: Travel to Yellowstone National Park Over Spring Break (ESRM 459)

Are you interested in traveling to Yellowstone National Park over spring break?  Want to see wolves, explore US National Park Service management, put your GIS and wildlife skills to work, or catch a bald eagle?  If so, then you may be interested in taking ESRM 459 with Professors John Marzluff, Aaron Wirsing, and Monica Moskal.  To be considered for the class, please email Dr. Marzluff (corvid@uw.edu) the following information before Feb. 20:

  1. Your name, major, and class standing.
  2. A 5 sentence (or less) paragraph stating your motivation to join the class and what you hope to learn/experience in the class.

Upon our review we will issue add codes for the class, which can be taken for either 3 or 5 credits.  Previous trip schedules, which will be similar this year but during the current break dates (March 21-28), can be found at:  http://courses.washington.edu/vseminar/ynpsyl.htm

During the class you will learn how to identify wildlife, study their behavior, and examine the human dimensions of issues that influence wildlife in the West.   When you return you work with a team to analyze data and prepare oral and written presentations of your research.  This year we will continue our work with National Park Service biologists to survey ravens and wolves and study their interrelationships.  We will continue a project started last year following elk to quantify their vigilance—their head up, ears forward looking for potential predators—and you will be able to relate this wary behavior to their location in the herd, body condition, and position on the landscape.  As in the past, we also will meet with park biologists studying bison.  With luck we will have another roasted succulent deer leg for a group BBQ.  We end the trip by meeting with affiliate professor, Marco Restani (Professor at St. Cloud State University) and Montana State University professor Al Harmata to catch, band, and study contamination in bald and golden eagles.  This typically involves a bit of time on the MBarZ ranch talking with lifelong Montana rancher Tom Milesnik.  Tom is candid in discussing his views of predators, people, and the changing West.  He has innovated a number of improvements to his land so that he can raise cattle (red angus) and provide quality wildlife habitat.  His land teems with deer, pheasants, eagles, and magpies.  His stream is a trophy trout fishery.

Wildlands Studies Info Session (01/27/15)


Wildlands Studies field projects provide students with the opportunity to join backcountry study teams as working field associates, studying environmental impact assessment, environmental policy, geologic, climatic and topographic factors that support various habitats, and the relationships between environments and culture.  Most participants are undergraduates who join us on site from all over North America and Canada.  Each program grants 4-12 units of upper division semester credit that easily transfers to University of Washington.  Project teams consist of 8-16 participants working with a course instructor who provides onsite instruction and directs all field study activities.

This season students can choose among nineteen wildlife, wildland and cultural ecology field studies searching for solutions to environmental and cultural challenges.  Field studies take place in:  Yellowstone, Big Sur (California), Banff (Canada), California Channel Islands, Vancouver Island, Fiji, Belize, South Africa, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Thailand, Nepal, Indian Himalaya, Costa Rica, Panama, Australia, and New Zealand.  Information on all of our programs is available on our website: www.wildlandsstudies.com.  Our email address is wildlands@wildlandsstudies.com.

Please join us at the Student Information Session for PIZZA to learn how to participate.

Summer Research Internships: Lunar Planetary Institute, NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP), and Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) Program

NASA LogoInterested in space? The Lunar Planetary Institute offers undergraduates a chance to experience cutting-edge research in the lunar and planetary sciences. Summer interns work one-on-one with a scientist at the LPI or at NASA Johnson Space Center. Applications are due January 9, 2015.

Interns with the NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP 2015) work in multi-disciplinary teams to study surface, atmospheric, and oceanographic processes. They will assist in the operation of instruments onboard the DC-8 research aircraft to sample and measure atmospheric gases and to image land and water surfaces in multiple spectral bands. They will also participate in taking measurements at field sites, and complete an individual research project from the data collected. Applications are due February 5, 2015.

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program, offered by the Department of Energy, provides undergraduate students with a chance to spend their summer working at one of 17 participating DOE laboratories, engaged in a research project under the guidance of a laboratory scientist or engineer. Applications are due January 9, 2015.

For more info, see the Expanding Frontiers blog.

Internship/Research Opportunity: Tropical Forest Ecology Internship in the Brazilian Amazon

Start Date: Summer 2014, initially for 1-year

We are seeking an intern to assist in tropical ecology research at a long-term field site near Santarém, Brazil. Research focuses on forest phenology, leaf demography, and interactions with climate. The overall goal is to integrate remote sensing techniques and ground-based measurements to understand controls on carbon cycling in old-growth Amazon forest from leaf to regional scales (see http://www.eebweb.arizona.edu/faculty/saleska/research.htm).

The position will cover airfare and living expenses (food, lodging, ground transport) and will provide a small monthly stipend. This position provides exceptional opportunities to learn new techniques and to make scientific contributions to problems related to rainforest function and sustainability. The intern will also have the opportunity to co-author research publications that result from the project, and to develop a related, self-initiated research project.

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SUM 2014 Course: ESRM 442, 3 Weeks in Yosemite National Park

The flagship activity in the Western Forest Initiative is our annual summer class in Yosemite National Park and the White Mountains. Students work together with professors, professional ecologists, USGS technicians collecting tree demography data. Students learn to assess the causes of mortality and the ecological processes influencing Sierra Nevada forest types.

5 credits, no prerequisite courses

More information: http://courses.washington.edu/esrm442