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Alpine Land Information Services Career Opportunity

Job Title: Forest Technician 2
Status: Seasonal
Location: Redding, California
Compensation: $20.00 per hour

About Alpine Land Information Services
Here at Alpine we specialize in providing turn key solutions when managing clients’ information. This means we need to employ a wide array of professional and non-professional expertise. Whether we are developing data collection protocols, system server application software or just trying to find the most cost-effective way to access a remote piece of ground, we are fully engaged. We strive to provide our employees with the best and most modern equipment, including custom support software. Training and re-training are a way of life at Alpine. Our intent is to always find the best way to answer the ever evolving regulatory and client specific management questions. We are often employed in the perpetual management and/or the annual update needs of systems we have built. Over the last 25 years we have been presented with many challenges and we have learned a great deal from our efforts. We take great pride in bringing that experience to the current tasks and services we provide our clients.

Position Overview
The Forest Technician 2 is responsible for gathering an accurate forest inventory using the latest in forest mensuration technology. We employ both a fixed radius and variable radius sampling methodologies. These are carried out over a vast industrial forest landscape throughout Northern California. Over-time an incentive pay is available.

General Responsibilities

  • Report to the Cruise Forman
  • Gather forest inventory data with a high level of accuracy
  • Operate a broad array of company vehicles
  • Maintain issued equipment
  • Maintain a safe and clean camp throughout the field season
  • Follow company safety standards

Qualifications

  • Preferred, actively pursuing a 2 or 4-year forestry-related degree
  • Good physical condition
  • Ability to operate and communicate as part of a team
  • Willingness to be away from home for 5 days at a time
  • Willingness to overcome adverse outdoor conditions
  • iOS and Windows proficiency
  • Attention to detail
  • Valid driver’s license

How to Apply
Please send resumes and cover letters to:
Human Resources at alpine.lis.info@gmail.com\


Aquatic Toxicity Lab at EPA

Hiring two full-time positions

  • Start date: April 2018
  • $20.34 per hour

The EPA Environmental Research and Business Support Program has immediate openings for two Aquatic Toxicity Lab Support positions with the Office of Research and Development at the EPA’s facility in Duluth, Minnesota.

The selected candidates shall assist in one of several aquatic toxicology projects evaluating different aspects of chemical toxicity in aquatic organisms. They shall assist in general laboratory activities, which may include one or more of the following: amphibian toxicity testing, enzyme kinetic assays, tissue/cell culture, hormone assay, maintenance of logbooks and chemical records, keeping track of inventories of chemicals and supplies, cleaning of laboratory glassware, and maintaining general cleanliness and function of the lab. In addition, they may be involved in development of new techniques/procedures, writing operating procedures, and performing experiments with established scientists.

For project details and to apply: https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/Details/4157


David Crowder Lab Undergrad Research Position Description

Project Advisors: David Crowder and Rob Clark (postdoc in Crowder Lab)
Project: Host plant use by pea aphids and plant pathogen persistence in agroecosystems

Research Motivation:
Insects such as aphids and mosquitoes are often pests due to their ability to transmit pathogens of plants and/or animals. Understanding the dynamics of these pests on hosts and non-hosts has important implications for the study of disease. In agricultural systems for example, non-cultivated plants are important alternative hosts for insects, while also acting as reservoirs for plant pathogens. On the one hand, non-cultivated plants can serve as “sinks” for insect and pathogen populations, pulling pests away from crops. On the other hand, non-cultivated plants can also provide refuges for insects to escape chemical and biological control, leading to subsequent outbreaks if the pests can recolonize crop plants. Our lab is seeking a student to work on a project involving pea aphids and their host plants. Pea aphids are key pests that transmit a pathogen of legume crops (peas, lentils, garbonzo beans). The student working on this project will directly examine host plant switching between crop and non-crop plants, the impacts on aphid performance, aphid dispersal behavior, and the persistence of plant viruses in natural and agricultural plant communities.

Position Description:
This position is available for an undergraduate student interested in pursuing a career in scientific research. You will join a research team and be trained in skills pertaining to topics including community ecology, animal behavior, co-evolution, plant-insect interactions, weed science, plant pathology, and molecular biology. Specific skills that will be gained through day-to-day work will be cultivation of plants in greenhouses, rearing insect for scientific study, molecular virology, organization of agricultural data, and biostatistics. The position requires a minimum commitment of 10 hours per week and will continue until the project is finished. Undergraduates interested in long-term experience in biology will be preferred — we expect to have a series of experiments on this project running in the Fall and Winter (Greenhouse experiments), and the Spring and Summer (Field Experiments) through the next calendar year. This will be a paid position ($12/hr) that will ideally develop into a student’s honors thesis project.

Crowder Lab Description:
Our lab is a diverse group consisting of 7 graduate students and 4 postdocs who are examining insect ecology in agroecosystems. One of the main focus areas in our lab is insect-vectored disease. Students involved in this project will be immersed within this diverse group of scientists and will be able to gain experience in multiple skills related to ecology, entomology, biostatistics, and disease ecology.

Interested?
To apply, send a single pdf file containing a short statement of interest (< 1 page) and brief resume (1 page) to dcrowder@wsu.edu and robert.e.clark@wsu.edu


Harold Frank Engineering Entrepreneurship Institute

Training future entrepreneurs
The Harold Frank Engineering Entrepreneurship Institute gives you the opportunity to bring your entrepreneurial dreams to life and get a $2500 scholarship! The institute offers a unique opportunity to experience how innovation moves from idea to sustainable realization, and gives you the tools to pursue your ideas. Working in interdisciplinary teams, you will learn to manage uncertainty, design, perfect your presentation skills, work with real fiscal and technical constraints, and develop technologies to solve real problems. The Harold Frank Engineering Entrepreneurial Institute has an international reputation and is recognized with the prestigious Kauffman award.

Interested?
Attend the Student Entrepreneurship Program Info Session Friday, Sept. 1 >>
Students with demonstrated initiative and a desire to have impact with their career are encouraged to apply by September 9th of their junior year.
To learn more about the institute, see the Harold Frank Engineering Entrepreurship Institute website.


Friesen Lab Undergrad Research Position Description

Research Motivation:
The atmosphere is four/fifths nitrogen gas. This noble gas is almost entirely unwilling to break its N-N bond to produce biologically useful forms without the action of an enzyme that is only found in bacteria and archaea. Diazotrophs (“di-nitrogen-eaters”) are bacteria and archaea that are found to associate with many plants, including important legume and grass crops. Diazotrophs are able to “fix” nitrogen from the atmosphere and convert it to a more usable form that plants can use to grow. Our lab has ongoing work isolating diazotrophs and other potentially beneficial microbes from plants in both wild and agricultural systems. Understanding these interactions is important because if plants can fix their own nitrogen, farmers may not need to apply nitrogen fertilizer to these crops, saving the farmers money and reducing nitrogen pollution in the environment.

Position Description:
This position is available for a freshman or sophomore undergraduate student who is interested in pursuing a career in scientific research, broadly defined. You will join a growing collaborative research team and contribute to ongoing lab projects while developing a personalized set of skills that could include plant biology, phenomics, microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, genomics, bioinformatics, mathematical modeling, data analysis, programming, statistics and data analysis, scientific writing, and scientific communication. You will have the opportunity to develop independent research projects within the scope of the lab’s research program as well as opportunities to present research at scientific meetings and be an author on scientific manuscripts. The position requires a minimum commitment of 10 hours per week and could last for the duration of your undergraduate degree, including more intensive summer experiences that could include field research in California or Michigan.

About the Friesen Lab:
We work on the ecological and evolutionary genomics of beneficial plant-microbe symbioses. We focus on legumes and nitrogen-fixing bacteria to explore questions about how plants structure their microbiomes and enforce mutualistic microbial behavior, how plant-microbe interactions evolve during the invasion of novel habitats, and the role of microbial communities in plant biodiversity and ecosystem function. We strongly value diversity and work to foster a supportive and inclusive research environment. For more information: http://plantpath.wsu.edu/people/faculty/friesen/

Interested?
To apply, send a merged PDF file containing: your current CV/resume, statement of interest and career goals, unofficial transcript, and 3 references to friesen.lab@gmail.com with the subject line “Friesen Lab Undergrad Research”. Note that you do not need to have research experience to be competitive for this position, we are looking for someone with potential who will be a great addition to our excellent team! We will begin interviews September 13th, so please apply by then for full consideration.


METER Part-time Internships

METER Group, Inc. USA in Pullman is seeking four part-time interns at $12.00 an hour to support the sales team within its METER Food Division. These interns will work closely with full-time sales professionals and executives in an office environment and possibly some travel to customer sites to sell scientific instruments used by food and pharmaceutical companies. This is a great opportunity for students interested in pursuing a career in professional sales or business to gain such experience while pursuing their degree. Successful candidates will have a natural drive and zest for achieving sales goals individually and as a member of a team as well as the ability to learn the basics of food science. Students pursuing a degree in a business-related field or that have an interest in pursuing a career in business or science are strongly encouraged to apply. To apply please send your resume and cover letter to hr@metergroup.com.


Phoenix Conservancy Internship

Are you interested in habitat conservation? Join the Phoenix Conservancy, a nonprofit organization based in Pullman, WA, and gain valuable research and writing skills while working towards the long-term protection of the Palouse Prairie ecosystem, the neo-tropic, and the “Serengeti of North America,” the great plains. We are seeking interns who are motivated and passionate about wildlife conservation.

For the cover letter, answer the following questions:

  1. Describe the biggest risk you’ve ever taken
  2. Describe what a successful life looks like to you and how you think Phoenix Conservancy fits in to your personal/career goals.
  3. What specific skills and experience do you possess that you think will lend well to being a part of the Phoenix Conservancy Team?

Email Resume and Cover Letter To: bstone@phoenixconservancy.org

For more information about us visit: www.phoenixconservancy.org


El Pomar Fellowship

The El Pomar Fellowship is a highly selective, two-year post-undergraduate leadership training program that develops today’s young professionals into tomorrow’s leaders. It is designed to bring together highly qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds and interests, and develop them into effective leaders for the public, private and nonprofit sectors. The Fellowship seeks to develop professional skills and educate Fellows in the role of philanthropy in the nonprofit sector, while offering direct management experience.

The core work experience of the Fellows is to staff and manage the Foundation’s programs. The first year of the Fellowship is dedicated to skill-building, nonprofit sector education and exploring the theoretical framework of leadership. Fellows take nonprofit management courses; personality and leadership style assessments, and learn best practices in time management, workplace dynamics, and programmatic effectiveness.

In their second year, Fellows put their skills and self-understanding into practice, enhancing their experience through increased responsibility in training and development. 2nd Year Fellows become coordinators of the Foundation’s regional activities and directors of the various programs. A number of 2nd year Fellows have the opportunity to explore community development and gain additional experience through externships with local organizations. 2nd Year Fellows also utilize internal career preparation workshops and the Foundation and Fellowship alumni network to springboard into their future career path.

https://www.elpomar.org/fellowship/

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be graduates of a four-year university or college.
  • Applicants should have a Colorado connection (resident, student/graduate from a Colorado college or university, immediate family) and/or an explicit interest in serving the communities of Colorado.
  • Applicants should demonstrate strong leadership capability and potential, the ability to work as a member of a team, and an interest in public service or civic engagement, and a desire to contribute to the well-being of the people of Colorado.
  • Applicants must exhibit the highest standards of professionalism and behavior.
  • Applicants must possess strong verbal and writing skills.
  • Applicants must demonstrate personal initiative and determination.
  • Applicants must have the ability to travel throughout the state of Colorado on official Foundation business.

Interested?
Contact Devon Seymour
dseymour@elpomar.org
719-577-7016


Research on Learning, Cognition, and the Brain!

The WSU Childhood Cognition Lab is housed in the Department of Human Development. The Lab has 1-2 research opportunities for undergraduate students interested in psychology, child development, early education, or neuroscience.

The Lab has a number of lines of ongoing research, including investigations into how children learn to formulate and execute plans, how the brain develops, and how meditation practices influence the brain and decision making.

Research assistants acquire hands on experience collecting data, managing data, recruiting families, and reading and discussing research articles with graduate students and faculty. Research assistants are required to work in the Lab 6-9 hours for two semesters for credit in HD 485. Advanced research opportunities are available thereafter.

To learn more, please contact the Lab’s director, Dr. Sammy Perone, at sammy.perone@wsu.edu


Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Glass and Ceramics

Undergraduate researcher sought to join NOME (Nuclear, Optical, Magnetic, & Electronic) Materials research lab (https://labs.wsu.edu/mccloy/) in MSE department. Undergraduate research conducted will depend on interest of qualified student, but could include glass and ceramic synthesis and characterization by diffraction, spectroscopy, thermal analysis, and microscopy techniques. Please examine website for current research areas and send resume and email of interest to Prof. McCloy at john.mccloy@wsu.edu.