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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


  • 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

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:

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.

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:

To apply, send a merged PDF file containing: your current CV/resume, statement of interest and career goals, unofficial transcript, and 3 references to 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.

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.


  • 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.

Contact Devon Seymour

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

Research Opportunity in the Sanz Lab

Skills you can expect to learn in our laboratory:

General laboratory skills:

  • Day-to-day tasks that go into keeping a science laboratory running, like dishwashing, refilling consumables, handling biohazardous waste, equipment and reagent sterilization
  • Standard operating procedures for working in a Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) laboratory, including handling of infectious agents in a safe and responsible manner
  • Aseptic technique for sterile handling of bacterial and equine cell cultures
  • Preparation of various laboratory reagents and buffers
  • Proper pipetting technique and accurate handling of small microvolumes
  • Operation of equipment, including but not limited to: autoclave, biosafety cabinet, centrifuge, analytical balances, spectrophotometer etc.

Bacteriology skills, including:

  • Preparation of bacterial growth media, both solid and liquid
  • Preparation of bacterial agar plates
  • Serial dilution and plating of bacteria to determine concentration (CFU/mL)

Cell culture skills, including:

  • Proper technique for working in a biosafety cabinet
  • Preparation and proper handling of cell culture supplies
  • Handling primary cell cultures, such as how to grow them, how to exchange and replenish growth media, how to determine number of live and dead cells, etc.
  • Basic microscopy for visualization and identification of cells

Basic experimental design skills:

  • Proper use of controls
  • Maintaining detailed laboratory notes
  • Conducting reproducible and repeatable experiments
  • Scientific communication with colleagues and peers

Other skills as required for specific projects, such as fluorescence microscopy, flow cytometry, end-point PCR, real-time PCR, ELISA, Western blot, blood collection from live animals, RNA isolation, horizontal/vertical gel electrophoresis, etc.

You will begin with basic tasks to familiarize yourself with the operation of the laboratory and to demonstrate your skills, reliability, and attention to detail. Based on performance and attitude, you will progress to more complex tasks that require a greater amount of responsibility.

Contact: Alejandra Antonella Rivolta  (

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Cancer Research Opportunity for Summer 2019

We students to apply for our NIH/NCI-funded (5 R25CA023944-35) Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program. The program offers a unique opportunity for pre-doctoral students preparing for careers in the biomedical sciences, medicine, and pharmacy to gain biomedical and oncology research experience. Students participate in basic or clinical oncology research, research and clinical conferences, and a core lecture series designed specifically for them. All participants make a PowerPoint presentation on their research project and submit a report on their research project written in the style of a journal in which their faculty mentor publishes.

A primary goal of the POE program is to encourage students to pursue a career in cancer research. Thus, we are particularly interested in highly qualified students with a serious career interest in cancer research, either as a clinical scientist or laboratory-based research scientist. The St. Jude Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences was recently established to offer training in leading-edge scientific fields paired with unique mentoring in the St. Jude clinical experience. Highly motivated POE students would have opportunities to join the third class of the Graduate School in August, 2019.

All POE program applicants must have research experience at the time they apply. The POE 2018 class average undergraduate GPA was 3.85. Our POE 2018 class of 55 students from 44 schools in 25 states were selected from over 500 applicants. POEs must be United States citizens, non-citizen nationals, or possess a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States (required by the funding agency). All must have completed at least their college sophomore year by the time they participate. POE medical students spend a minimum of 10 weeks in the program. The minimum tenure requirement for all others is 11 weeks. All POE applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.40 (on a 4.0 scale) in math and science (biology, chemistry, and physics) and at least a 3.40 overall. The subsistence allowance will be $400/per week for undergraduates, and $480/week for all others. Fully furnished group housing will be provided at no cost for non- local participants.

The POE home page contains links to the program application. The deadline for receipt of all 2019 application materials is February 1, 2019. Early application is highly recommended, since completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Members of under-represented ethnic minority groups and women are particularly encouraged to apply, since one of our major long-term program goals is to increase the diversity of persons engaged in oncology research and practice.

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Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Glass and Ceramics

Undergraduate researcher sought to join NOME (Nuclear, Optical, Magnetic, & Electronic) Materials research lab ( 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