Apr 20 2015

Job Announcement: Graduate Internship at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign







Ph.D. position: Invasion and fire ecology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Applications are invited for a funded PhD graduate assistantship in invasion and fire ecology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Research will focus on quantifying and modeling changes in fuels, fire behavior, and tree regeneration in oak-hickory stands invaded by non-native grasses.

The ideal candidate will possess a Master’s degree by the starting date and prior research experience and/or demonstrated competency in forest ecology.
Applicants should have strong quantitative skills and an interest in field work and modeling. Experience with database management systems, R, and GIS are desirable, but not necessary. Strong writing skills, the ability to communicate effectively, and the desire to work in a team are essential.

The assistantship includes a stipend of $21,000 per annum, fringe benefits and tuition waiver. The university is an AA/EEO employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.

To apply, please email the following to Jennifer Fraterrigo
(jmf@illinois.edu): (1) a cover letter describing your research interests, professional goals and relevant experience, (2) a complete CV, (3) unofficial college transcripts and GRE percentiles, and (4) contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. After selection, the successful candidate will be invited to apply for admission to the Graduate College of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; detailed information about the application procedure is available online at http://www.grad.illinois.edu/admissions. Please contact Dr. Fraterrigo by e-mail or phone with any questions.

Dr. Jennifer M. Fraterrigo
Assistant Professor
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences University of Illinois Urbana, Illinois 61801
Email: jmf@illinois.edu
Voice: (217) 333-9428
website: http://landscape.nres.uiuc.edu

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Apr 20 2015

Doctoral Scholarships in Germany









Doctoral (CAN$75,000) scholarships with internships in Germany
Title: “Use of polarimetric radar images for fuel moisture mapping”
Project description
I am offering a scholarship of CAN$25000 x 3 years for a Ph.D. project, focusing on polarimetric radar imagery for fuel moisture mapping. The goal of the project is to develop advanced methods to further enhance radar systems through exploiting polarimetric radar data. In particular, the calibration of a physics-based model will be done to map the drought code of the Canadian Fire Weather Index from polarimetric radar images. The model follows the method of Jagdhuber et al. 2011. (Proc. 5th Int. Workshop PolInSAR 2011, Frascati, Italy). The model will be calibrated with data acquired over Canadian/South African natural grasslands, Alaska boreal forests, and Canadian tundras.
The Ph.D. student will be co-directed by Prof. Brigitte Leblon (University of New Brunswick, Canada), Prof. Joseph Buckley (Royal Military College, Canada), Dr. Thomas Jagdhuber (DLR, Germany), Dr. Laura Bourgeau-Chavez (Michigan Tech Research Institute, USA) and Dr. Renaud Mathieu (CSIR, South Africa). Thereby, the hired student will have a research internship in DLR (Germany) and will also travel to the other laboratories.
Eligible Candidates:
*        Preference will be given to students from NATO countries because the candidate will be invited to do some research internships at DLR (Germany) and some visits to MTRI (USA).

*   Applicants should have successfully completed a M.Sc. degree and have a strong background in geomatics, strong interest in computer coding, with interest in fire sciences.
*   It is critical the applicant has some ability to program computer code to facilitate data analysis, model development and implementation, as well as good writing and oral skills.
*   Prior research experience as documented with publications will be an asset
Interested applicants should send as a single pdf file the following documentation: a CV, a copy of academic transcripts (including TOEFL score if non-English speaking applicants), list of publications and the names/contact information for three references by email. Uncompleted applications will not be considered. We thank all the applicants, but only the short-listed candidates will be contacted.
For more information or application, please contact Prof. Brigitte Leblon (bleblon@unb.ca<mailto:bleblon@unb.ca>)

Director, Canada-Europe TRANSFOR-M dual-degree Master program Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management University of New Brunswick PO Box 4400 Fredericton, NB Canada E3B 5A3
PH: 506 453-4924    FAX: 506 453-3538

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Apr 20 2015

Job Announcement: GIS Spatial Analyst in Arizona








The Nature Conservancy in Arizona is seeking a GIS spatial analyst to work as part of an applied science team. The Spatial Analyst performs complex spatial analyses and adapts a variety of model types to address ecological issues, planning needs, and tool development for the Chapter’s conservation work in deserts, grasslands, forests, and rivers. The position works as part of Arizona’s Center for Science and Public Policy providing leadership, technical expertise and mentoring in spatial analyses and modeling, database development and management, and GIS technology, initiates and leads teams conducting scientific studies, and works collaboratively with external agencies and institutions. The ideal candidate will have a graduate degree in ecology, geography, GIS information science or related field, published in peer review journals, and 2-4 years of relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. S/he will have experience and working knowledge of current trends in conservation-related spatial analyses and data management, GIS software applications (ArcGIS 10, ArcSDE Server, ArcGIS Online), GIS scripting programs (e.g. python model builder), and web software applications (e.g. HTML, CSS, PHP).

For more information and to apply, please visit www.nature.org/careers, click on “Current Opportunities” and search for job ID# 43076 in the keyword search. Job location is Tucson, Arizona. Deadline to apply is May 17, 2015. The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Deadline: May 17, 2015

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Apr 20 2015

Job Announcement: *Assistant/Associate Professor of Forestry* in South Carolina

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*Assistant/Associate Professor of Forestry*

*Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation*

The Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation, at Clemson University is seeking to fill a tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level with specialization in forest resource management/economics/policy. The position is a 12-month appointment with the majority of responsibilities in Extension with some teaching. The anticipated starting date is mid-2015. Clemson is a Land-Grant university situated in the Piedmont of South Carolina.

The core requirement of the position for the successful candidate will be to develop a statewide extension program that promotes best practices to landowners and managers while being cognizant of current and emerging issues in forest resource management. The successful candidate will lead the Forestry and Natural Resources Team for Extension in the development and implementation of this program.  The quality of the developed extension program should garner it regional and national recognition. The successful candidate will also be expected to develop professional relationships with state and national forest resource agencies, centers, the American Tree Farm System, the South Carolina Forestry Association and the South Carolina Forestry Commission. This position will require contributions to teaching, advising, and mentoring. The successful applicant will teach on average two undergraduate forestry courses and one graduate forestry course every other year. Undergraduate courses to be taught may be selected from areas of forest management, forest valuation, forest management planning, and forest policy. The successful candidate will develop a graduate-level course that adds needed analytical and conceptual dimensions to the graduate program in those course areas. Duties also include undergraduate advising in Forest Resources Management. Service to the university, the department, and the forestry and natural resources profession is expected. While this is not a research appointment, scholarly productivity is expected.

Qualifications include a doctorate in Forest Resource Management from a program with a SAF accredited undergraduate Forestry program. Candidates with a broad forest resource management background and strong record of outreach education, extension publication and undergraduate teaching are preferred. An undergraduate forestry degree or a Masters of Forestry or Forest Resources from a SAF accredited university is also desirable.

Application deadline:  To ensure full consideration, applications should be submitted by May 1, 2015.  Applications will be reviewed as received and qualified applicants will be invited to interview before  June 1, 2015 or until the position is filled.  Anticipated starting date is August 1, 2015.

Application Procedure

Please email a single PDF file (lastname_ForExtension.pdf) including (1) a letter of interest with applicant’s contact information; (2) names, titles, and contact information for 3 references; (3) a one-page document discussing candidate’s philosophy of forest resources management for South Carolina); (4) a one-page document explaining Extension/outreach activities and accomplishments; (5) a one-page document of candidate’s teaching
philosophy;   (6) unofficial transcript from all academic institutions
attended; and (7) a Curriculum Vitae.

Submit materials to:

Jennifer Hooper, Administrative Assistant/HR

Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation

Clemson University

272G Lehotsky Hall

Clemson SC  29634

Email:  jthoope@clemson.edu

864-656-0626 (office)

864-656-3304 (fax)

Position related questions may be directed to:

Tom Straka, Ph.D.

Clemson University

tstraka@clemson.edu 864-656-4827


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Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.

Deadline: May 1, 2015

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Apr 16 2015

Professional Skills for Graduate Students (Module 1)


If you have access to Blackboard, you have access a new resource.  Professional Skills for Graduate Students is a new Blackboard “organization” brought to you by the folks at Ecampus and the CoF Office of Graduate Programs.

Module 1:  Presentation Resources includes:

  • Prep for WFGRS
  • PowerPoint Tips
  • Presenting Data/Statistics
  • Delivery

Check out Module 1 today!

Instructions:  Professional Skills for Graduate Students


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Apr 16 2015

Job: Visiting Assistant Professor of Forest Ecology

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The Department of Environmental and Plant Biology at Ohio University invites applications for a 9-month VISITING ASSISTANT PROFESSOR position beginning August 15, 2015. The successful candidate would be expected to contribute to the undergraduate and graduate educational mission of the department.
Teaching responsibilities will include preparation and teaching of upper-level undergraduate/graduate courses in Soil Properties and Ecosystem function, Restoration Ecology, potentially a Dendrology course, and a lower level non-majors course Plants and People. The teaching duties will be three courses per semester ~10-12 contact hours per week. The candidate would also participate in governance of the department (committee work).
Demonstrated success as an instructor of record and in applying innovative teaching techniques is preferred. The Department (http://www.plantbio.ohiou.edu/) consists of 12 full-time faculty, 25 graduate students, and 60 undergraduate majors and is dedicated to teaching excellence. We are seeking a colleague who will share in, and contribute to, our commitment to outstanding education.

Minimum Qualifications: Completed all requirements for a PhD in forest soil ecology or a related field by August 15, 2015.

Starting salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package includes comprehensive health benefits, paid time off, and 100% instructional fee tuition waiver for employees and eligible dependents. Ohio University also extends benefits to same-sex and opposite-sex domestic partners.

We seek a candidate with a commitment to working effectively with students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds. Women and other minorities are encouraged to apply. Ohio University is an EEO/AA Employer.

The Athens area is nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.
It is a unique area bringing together beautiful natural surroundings, rich culture and the many benefits of a university setting. Athens is particularly well known for an award winning farmer’s market, the Nelsonville Music Festival, various multi-cultural events, a Performing Arts Series, State Parks and Wayne National Forest. In addition, the cost of living is very low. In 2012, the cost of living index for Athens County was 82.7. For more information about our community, please watch the following
video: OHIO & Athens: A Welcoming Community and/or visit the following pages:

http://www.city-data.com/county/Athens_County-OH.html  http://www.co.athensoh.org/

To apply, complete and submit an online application
(www.ohiouniversityjobs.com) and attach required documents (CV, cover letter, philosophy of teaching, contact information for 3 references, and unofficial transcripts for graduate work).

Please direct questions to Dr. Morgan Vis (vis-chia@ohio.edu), Chair of the Search Committee. The position remains open until filled. For full consideration, apply by May 17, 2015.

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Apr 16 2015

Post Doc Opportunity

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Post Doc Opportunity – Understanding agents of change on the Colorado Plateau to facilitate collaborative adaptation


The USGS Southwest Biological Science Center is recruiting for a research position to study the interactions of climate and land-use change, economics, and ecosystem ecology. This is a full time, contract position (one year with possibility of extension). Applicant will have the option of being located at the field stations in Moab UT or Flagstaff AZ.

Description of Duties: The incumbent will be responsible for preparing scientific papers describing the temporal and spatial trends in agents of change on Colorado Plateau ecosystems, with an emphasis on climate, energy development, recreation, and agriculture. Incumbent will synthesize and analyze relevant data and work as part of an interdisciplinary team that includes geographers, community ecologists, landscape ecologists, soil scientists, social scientists, and hydrologists.

The goal of this research effort is to quantify how climate and land-use change have evolved over the last ~100 years, characterize how they are expected to change throughout the remainder of the 21st century, and assess the implications of those trajectories for Colorado Plateau ecosystems and human communities. The incumbent will need to compile, analyze, and synthesize data from disparate sources, think critically at large spatial scales, and communicate results effectively to a variety of audiences. Major duties consist of 1) project planning and management; 2) compiling datasets (both tabular and spatial); 3) using GIS to assemble layers, perform analysis, and prepare maps; 4) performing statistical analyses; and 5) preparation graphs, tables, and reports or scientific papers. The work is approximately 95% office and 5% field work.
Qualifications: Education and/or experience in geography, economics, ecology, soil science, or related field is required (PhD is preferred). Prior experience with large-scale geographic and ecological analysis as well as familiarity with statistical analyses, GIS, and preparation of manuscripts for peer reviewed publications is also preferred. A valid US driver’s license is required. Non-US citizens may be eligible to participate, depending on their immigration status and the applicable regulations of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. Applicant must either be a currently enrolled student or have graduated in the past year.

Compensation and start date: This is a contract position. Salary is $24.94/hour (~$52,075/year). A start date of July 2015 or earlier is preferred.

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Apr 15 2015

Spring Career Fair

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The Spring Career Fair is next week and all are welcome! Please see the attached posters for detailed information. You can find more information and the full list of employers attending the fair here. Many of these companies are conducting interviews the day after the career fair at the MU Multipurpose room, it is recommended attend the fairs looking your best with resume in hand!
We hope you are able to drop by to see us at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center on the April 22nd from 11-4 to check out this great opportunity!

Spring Career Fair Poster

Speed Mock Interviews Poster


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Apr 15 2015

Job in Environmental Management

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The Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada invites applications for a full-time probationary (tenure-track) appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in Environmental Management, commencing July 1, 2015 or as negotiated. Candidates must have a Ph.D., postdoctoral or equivalent experience, and a strong background in a variety of environmental management tools such as environmental impact assessment, environmental management systems (e.g., ISO14001), environmental risk assessment, lifecycle assessment, and environmental reporting. The candidate must have practical experience working with one or more of these tools. Demonstrated or potential for excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels is also required. The successful candidate will be expected to teach classes in the Faculty’s undergraduate and graduate environmental programs, conduct externally funded research, supervise graduate students, and publish their research in peer-reviewed academic journals.
Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a brief (1-2 page) research program plan, and a short (1-page maximum) statement of teaching philosophy along with the names, addresses, e-mails, telephone and fax numbers of three (3) references. The application package should be submitted as a single PDF file by email to the Dean of the Faculty, Dr. Van Lantz (vlantz@unb.ca). A paper copy of the application is also acceptable and can be submitted to:

Dean, Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management
University of New Brunswick
Fredericton, NB
E3B 5A3

Applicants should also arrange for three (3) letters of reference to be sent by email directly to the Dean
(vlantz@unb.ca). Review of the applications will begin May 1st, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. The University of New Brunswick is located in Fredericton, a small city (population = 56,000) in eastern Canada. The city has one of the largest amount of forest cover of any city in Canada, and offers great recreational opportunities and a vibrant social/cultural scene. The University is the oldest English speaking university in Canada, with two main campuses in Fredericton and Saint John and more than 8,000 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students. The Faculty is more than 100 years old, offers seven degree programs in forestry and environmental management disciplines, has approximately 170 undergraduate and 90 graduate students, and 20 full-time faculty members (see here for more information).
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Applicants should indicate current citizenship status. This position is subject to budgetary approval.

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Apr 15 2015

Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources Position

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Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources – University of Georgia

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POSITION AND RESPONSIBILITIES: We seek a scientist to join our natural resources recreation and tourism (NRRT) program. Potential areas of specialty for this position are (1) valuation of nature-based goods and services (e.g., ecosystem services, recreation and tourism), (2) protected area management, and/or (3) sustainable tourism management. This is a nine-month, tenure-track, research/teaching (50/50) appointment, with involvement in outreach and service activities. Rank will be Assistant or Associate Professor, depending on qualifications. The NRRT major is growing, and we seek a scientist who will diversify the expertise in our program. The successful candidate will be expected to develop strong collaborative relationships with, and work on, management-oriented research with state agencies, federal agencies, non-governmental organizations and the private sector. Depending on the successful candidate’s specific expertise, possible courses assigned to this position include undergraduate and/or graduate courses in protected area management, natural resources economics, social science research techniques, and/or a graduate-level course in the candidate’s area of expertise. The successful candidate also is expected to help further develop the Warnell School’s NRRT program, advise/mentor undergraduate professional students, serve on Senior Project/Thesis advisory committees, direct/mentor graduate students, serve on School/University committees, and actively participate in professional /scientific societies. Appointment as an Associate Professor requires at least four years’ experience equivalent to an Assistant Professor and clear evidence of emerging stature as a national authority in their research field. More details on rank can be found in the University’s Guidelines for Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure (www.provost.uga.edu). This position reports directly to the Dean of the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources (Warnell School).

The preferred starting date is no later than January 1, 2016

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