October Announcements, Events and Employment

Employment Opportunities

Graduate Positions in Plant-Microbe-Insect Interactions at Utah State (Stipend; Fall 2019 or earlier)

The Schaeffer Lab in the Department of Biology at Utah State University (USU) is looking for MS/PhD students starting Fall 2019. Potential to start earlier however may be possible for the right candidate.

The lab uses experiments and field studies, coupled with chemical, molecular, and bioinformatic techniques, to examine the ecology and evolution of cross-kingdom interactions between plants, insects, and microbes in both natural and human-modified ecosystems. Many research topics can be pursued, including but not limited to, the chemical and evolutionary ecology of plant-pollinator-microbe interactions, microbial assisted biocontrol of plant disease and invasives, among others. Students are welcome to work on systems in which research is already being pursued in the lab; however, I strongly encourage development of independent lines of research, as well as pursuit of external funding to support those efforts.

The Department of Biology and USU offer excellent opportunities for education, training, funding, and collaboration. All graduate students in the department are provided with a competitive stipend and benefits for up to 3 (MS students) or 6 (PhD students) years through a combination of fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships. Moreover, abundant opportunities for collaboration exist, given the vibrant research community that spans across the Biology department, Ecology Center, and two USDA-ARS labs focused on pollinating insects and poisonous plants respectively. Finally, being centered in the Cache Valley of northern Utah, Logan offers abundant recreation opportunities, given close proximity to the Wasatch Range, as well as National parks.

Prospective students should email me (schaeffer.robert@gmail.com) with a note expressing research interests, as well as a description of your past research experience. Please include your C.V. and contact information for three references. Ideal applicants will have: background in plant or microbial ecology, or related subject; strong written and oral communication skills, strong quantitative and/or bioinformatic skills; ability to work independently or part of a collaborative team.

Please visit the lab webpage for more information:

OUTREACH: USDA Forest Service, Region 6

The Mt. Hood National Forest will soon be filling a Botanist (GS-0430-7/9) position. This outreach notification is being circulated to inform prospective applicants of this upcoming opportunity, as well as to help the Responsible Official gain insight into the potentially interested pool of candidates, and the best way to advertise this vacancy for the strongest candidate pool. This position may be considered for a non-competitive reassignment if there is qualified person in the same grade.

This position is located in Parkdale, Oregon at the Hood River Ranger District.

If you are interested in this exciting job opportunity, please contact Christina Mead by e-mail, at christinaamead@fs.fed.us

Field Ecologist with NEON

NEON is hiring a new Field Ecologist with a focus on our field and tower instrumentation. This position would primarily maintain and interpret the sensors on the ~110’ tower, in the soil plots, and the DFIR. Secondarily, the person will conduct with plant diversity, vegetation structure, mosquito, beetle, coarse downed wood, and other sampling. The position is based in Hilo, HI and the work will be conducted in Puu Makaala Natural Area Reserve.

More info.

Natural Areas Association Managing Editor

Title: Managing Editor
Post Date: 10/17/18
Location: Remote

The Natural Areas Association is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to natural areas conservation.

As the Managing Editor (“ME”), this position requires a commitment to the mission and expressed values of the Natural Areas Association. The NAA’s mission is to support the community of natural areas professionals. We help members reach their professional goals, promote natural areas management based on science, work to raise awareness about the need for natural areas conservation, and support natural areas research.

Learn more about this position and how to apply

Graduate Assistantship to Study the Effects of Invasive Annual Grasses on Native Species in the Mojave Desert

Deadline: Applications will be considered starting immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The preferred start date is November or December 2018 as a technician to assure sampling for the spring and summer of 2019. Student status may start when appropriate.

Overview: We seek a highly motivated graduate student to examine the interactions among native and invasive plant species in the Mojave Desert. Invasive annual species, including red brome (Bromus rubens), Mediteranean grass (Schismus barbatos), and Russian thistle (Salsola spp.) have become prevalent in the Mojave Desert. This has severe consequences for native wildlife habitat, including the desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii), as well as rare plant species (ex. white-margined penstemon – Penstemon albomarginatus). The Bureau of Land Management is interested in investigating the effects of rehabilitation treatments (herbicide, seeding, etc.) on native and rare plant species, as well as desert tortoise habitat. Research questions will focus on plant-plant, plant-soil, and plant-animal interactions. Research will be in conjunction with the Las Vegas office of the Bureau of Land Management.

Position: Graduate Assistantship

Location: Fieldwork will be located outside of Las Vegas, NV.

Compensation: The competitive stipend for the research assistantship is $19,200 per year for four years, which includes a tuition and fee waiver. PhD candidates are preferred although MS students may be considered.

Who may apply: Open to all.


  • BS degree in biology, ecology, or related field
  • Field experience and coursework in plant and soil ecology
  • Desire to interact with land managers and help improve land management decisions
  • Previous research experience with good experimental and field skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Evidence of statistical knowledge, laboratory analytic skills, and ability to publish research results in refereed journals is highly desired.

Personal Qualifications: The candidate should be self-motivated, focused, and able to work independently and as part of a team. You should be capable of driving to remote sites on 4WD roads, hiking several kilometers, withstanding harsh field conditions, and willing to camp in primitive areas with no facilities.

Please email the following to Beth Newingham at beth.newingham@ars.usda.gov: (1) your resume or CV (including GRE scores and percentiles); (2) a letter of interest, including research interests, professional goals and prior experience, and (3) contact information for three references.

Further questions can be directed to Dr. Newingham at beth.newingham@ars.usda.gov. The student would be a UNR student although housed with the USDA Agricultural Research Service on campus. Information about the University of Nevada, Reno’s graduate programs in the Natural Resources and Environmental Science department. Information about the Newingham Lab.

Botanist – Tennessee Natural Heritage Program

The position will be open from Oct 31 to Nov 13, 2018.

This Tennessee Natural Heritage Program Botanist position will assist with the division’s efforts to protect and conserve native plant species while serving as the division’s liaison with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by coordinating endangered, threatened, and at-risk plant species recovery projects and the state’s ginseng program. The position will report to the Natural Heritage Program Manager in the Bureau of Parks and Conservation Division of Natural Areas. The position is based in Nashville, Tennessee.

The position opens on October 31, 2018. All interested candidates should submit applications via the Tennessee Department of Human Resources for the position TDEC-Environmental Consultant 3 at http://agency.governmentjobs.com/tennessee/default.cfm

The position will remain posted until November 13, 2018. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will then receive supplementary questions to answer within five business days.

Prior to the above-listed application window, interested candidates may send a resume and writing example to David.Lincicome@tn.gov
TDEC is an AA/EEO/ADA employer.


The Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship in Conservation Horticulture

2019 Award – Call for Applications


Purpose: To promote conservation of rare and endangered flora in the United States through the programs of the Center for Plant Conservation in partnership with the Garden Club of America.



2019 Society for In Vitro Biology’s Annual Meeting – Tampa, Florida

The 2019 Society for In Vitro Biology’s Annual Meeting will convene at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina, from June 8-12, 2019. This year’s meeting will explore the frontiers of both plant and animal biotechnology with daily plenary sessions on Synthetic Biology, Genome Editing and Microbiomes.

more information about the meeting including reservation options

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