Student Opportunities

Undergraduate Student Opportunities

Graduate Student Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Student Opportunities

Summer Courses at Mountain Lake Biological Station (University of Virginia)

mlbsDescription: MLBS courses are low-enrollment, field-intensive, research-based experiences led by nationally known instructors. Mountain Lake courses have been transformational for the students who have joined us on top of Salt Pond Mountain. Research at MLBS focuses on field-based ecology, evolution, physiology, and behavior. Located in the southern Appalachians, near Blacksburg, VA.

How to Apply: Visit the MLBS website –

Deadline: Until full.  Financial aid application is due March 15th, 2014.

Science & Human Rights Coalition: 2014 Student Essay Competition

Description: Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to participate in the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition Essay Competition. This essay competition was created to inspire students to explore connections between human rights and science, engineering and the health professions. Students may write on any topic at the intersection of science and/or technology with human rights.

Eligibility: Must be an undergraduate or graduate student that has the desire to write about connections between human rights and science, engineering and the health professions.

Deadline: The deadline for submission is Friday, May 30, 2014

Research Experience for Undergraduates at the Flory Lab at the University of Florida

Description: The Flory Lab at the University of Florida is seeking applicants for a NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position in summer 2014 to participate in a project investigating emerging pathogens on the widespread invasive stiltgrass. As part of this REU, the student will join a team of scientists addressing questions in plant ecology, pathology, and ecological genetics and will be trained in experimental design, quantification of plant performance and disease effects, data analysis, and science communication.

Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program with an anticipated graduation date no sooner than fall 2014, and must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. The ideal candidate will be planning to enter a graduate program in ecology, evolution, environmental science, or biology following graduation. Prior lab experience would be beneficial, but not necessary.  Applications from women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged.

How to Apply: Send the following as PDF files to Dr. Kerry Stricker at A cover letter outlining your relevant experience, interest in the position, and career goals, a resume or CV, transcripts (official or unofficial), and contact information for two references (faculty members are preferred).

Deadline: Until position is filled

Summer Internship in Pollinator Ecology and Restoration

Description: The intern will use traps to sample pollinator communities across restoration sites and agricultural plots throughout the summer.  Interns will participate in a one week training period at the end of May, and will independently conduct six sampling rounds every two weeks until mid-August (dates somewhat flexible).  Sampling rounds will take 2-3 days each, and will involve placing and collecting traps at each site.  Other work will include equipment repair and preparation of insect specimens (hours and location flexible). A grocery stipend, housing at the Nachusa Grasslands during sampling rounds, and travel costs will be provided.

Eligibility: Must have an interest in insects and pollinators, be an independent worker, and have a car for driving to and from field sites.  No background in entomology required, though previous research experience is preferred.

How to Apply: Send a resume, a short statement of interest, and contact information to Bethanne Bruninga-Socolar at If you have any questions regarding the internship or application, please email or call Bethanne at (443) 433-8262.

Deadline: Apply ASAP because this opportunity will close as soon as position is filled.

 Research Experience for Undergraduates: American Pika Study

Description: Study effects of climate on the behavior, physiology and survival of the American pika, high in the Rockies at the Niwot Ridge Long-Term Ecological Research Site. This position involves extensive field work, some self-directed, while living at the University of Colorado’s Mountain Research Station (MRS) located 40 minutes west of Boulder, CO.  Food and lodging at the MRS are provided free of charge, in addition to a stipend of $4300 for the 10-week program.

Eligibility: Available for 10-week program (early June – mid August with exact dates TBD).  Citizen or permanent resident of the US.  Currently enrolled in or accepted to an undergraduate degree program; must be enrolled as an undergraduate in Fall 2014.  Comfortable backpacking at high elevations (9000-13000 feet).  Comfortable working with live animals (we sample parasites, blood, tissue, urine and feces from captured pikas).  Highly motivated.  Easy to get along with.  Well organized.  Attentive to detail.  Willing to work long hours in sometimes harsh weather.

How to Apply: Apply by email to  Include two letters of recommendation, a resume, and a cover letter detailing relevant experience, coursework, and GPA.

Deadline: April 25, 2014

Hawaii Internship Opportunities


Visitor Services Intern Haleakala National Park (must be Hawaii resident to apply) : Duties include helping to staff two visitor centers, and contact stations in between. This will involve doing informal interpretation, scientific demonstrations, providing orientation and information to park visitors, selling various promotional materials, issuing back-country permits, plus answering phone and mail inquiries. Other responsibilities include assisting by researching and preparing background materials for informal interpretation, demonstrations and short guided hikes.and also assisting in presenting environmental education programs. Plus,there is involvement with various special projects related to interpretation – such as working in the library, developing handouts, brochures or bulletin board materials, artwork, and resource management assignments.

Education Intern Kaloko- Honokohau National Historical Park: The SCA intern will work as part of the interpretation team/visitor services at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park.  The position will require working with National Park Service staff, Volunteers and other staff. The intern will be working on Hawaiian Educational Curriculum with park staff. This may include updating educational information, posting educational material on social media/web site, working with education groups who attend park programs and helping with projects related to the park’s education mission.Other Job duties include helping with operations at Kaloko-Honokohau NHP visitor information center These include following standard operating procedures. (SOPs) including opening, closing, and other duties based on scheduled work assignment. Intern will assist visitors on ranger- led hikes and special request programs, and assists with the Jr. Ranger Program.

Backcountry Intern Hawaii Volcano National Park: Conduct checks of backcountry facilities; document backcountry problems and report to appropriate division; document and report all potential visitor safety and law enforcement concerns; assist Resource Management Staff with projects such as sea turtle and nene protection; check backcountry permits and answer questions about the park to backcountry users; use education to correct actions that cause harm to wilderness values and notify Law Enforcement Rangers when a violation occurs; respond to and/or assist with backcountry emergencies such as searches, injuries etc.; assist with frontcountry projects such as eruption duty, parking control for special events etc.; assist interpretive staff in visitor center with visitor management; conduct trail projects and work hard outdoors; promote Leave No Trace (LNT) ethics to park users and attend training on this topic.

Eligibility: Must be 18 years of age or older over and either be current college students or have graduated from a college or university.

How to Apply: Send resume to and creat an account at

Deadline: Apply ASAP. No specific due date, but positions will fill quickly.

The Marine Aquarium Societies of North America (MASNA) 2014 – 2015 Student Scholarships

Description: MASNA proudly presents two 4,000 dollar 2014 – 2015 scholarships. One scholarship is for a current undergraduate student and the other scholarship is for a college graduate student.

Eligibility: The applicant must be a current/entering undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited college or university.The student must have declared a major/focus or have intent to declare a major/focus in one of the marine science disciplines.

How to Apply: To apply, email your resume to and put your first and last name in the subject line and mail your transcript to:

MASNA Scholarship
PO Box 105603 #18350
Atlanta, GA 30348-5603, USA

For more information, please visit:

Deadline: June 20, 2014

2014 EPA Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships For Undergraduate Environmental Study

Description: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships program, is offering undergraduate fellowships for bachelor level students in environmental fields of study. Subject to availability of funding and other applicable considerations, the Agency plans to award approximately 34 new fellowships.  Eligible students will receive support for their junior and senior years of undergraduate study and for an internship at an EPA facility during the summer of their junior year. The fellowship provides up to $20,700 per academic year of support and $8,600 of support for a three-month summer internship.


  • Students must attend a fully accredited U.S. college or university (located in the U.S. or its territories) for their last two years of undergraduate studies during the fellowship period.
  • Students must also be citizens of the U.S. or its territories or possessions, or be lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence. Resident aliens must include their green card number in their application.
  • The GRO Undergraduate Fellowship is intended for students entering their last two years of study before obtaining their first bachelor’s degree.  Students who have already earned one bachelor’s degree and are pursuing additional degrees are not eligible.  The fellowship tenure is for two academic years (9 months each) with a required paid internship during the summer after the first year. Thus, only students who will be entering their last two years of college will be considered eligible.
  • Students must have at least a “B” average overall at the time of application submittal and during the tenure of the fellowship.

How to Apply: To apply under this solicitation, use the application package available at (for further submission information see Section IV.E. “Submission Instructions and Other Submission Requirements”).  The necessary forms for submitting a STAR application will be found on the National Center for Environmental Research (NCER) web site, Forms and Standard Instructions Download Page. If you are not currently registered with, you need to allow approximately one week to  complete the registration process. See Section IV for further information on application submission procedures.

Deadline: May 27, 2014

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Graduate Student Opportunities

MS and PhD Opportunity: Host-consumer Associations in Invasion Ecology

Description: The Brooks Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Mississippi State University is seeking bright, motivated students to help explore the role that variation in host traits plays in the ecological structure and function of consumer populations.

How to Apply: Interested students should check out and then send an email to that includes a brief statement of interest in the lab, a curriculum vita and some basic information such as GRE or TOEFL scores, as well as GPA, etc.

Graduate Research Assistantship 

Description: Applications are being accepted for 2-3 graduate research assistantships (MSc or PhD) to begin in June 2014. The general area of emphasis can be selected from ecological simulation modeling, plant ecohydrology, dynamics of grassland-woodland ecotones, or belowground structure of plant communities. The specific research topic investigated will be designed around the interests and qualifications of the student but will be part of an on-going research program.

How to Apply:  Applicants should send 1) a letter of interest, 2) resume, 3) copies of transcripts and GRE scores, and 4) names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of a minimum of three references to:

Dr. Terry McLendon
Research Professor
Department of Plant and Soil Science and
Department of Natural Resources Management Box 42122 Texas Tech University Lubbock, Texas  79409-2122
806-742-2838 extension 252


Description: Oregon State University’s Natural Resources Leadership Academy is a unique opportunity for professionals and graduate students looking to enhance leadership skills, gain knowledge, and network with other people in the natural resources field. While at this gathering, you will be sure to learn about the dimensions of leadership that help resolve issues, which mean when you return home, you’ll have the value added benefit of knowing that both your knowledge about natural resource topics and your “toolbox” to manage those issues have been greatly enhanced.

Eligibility: Must be a graduate student or professional looking to enhance leadership skills in the natural resources field.

How to Apply: Register online at

Research Assistant – University of Nebraska Omaha

Description: The Department of Biology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha seeks a full time research assistant to support a variety of ongoing research projects related to the effects of land use on bird populations in the Great Plains. The desired starting date for the position will be June 1, 2014. The position is initially funded for twelve months. Duties will include assisting with all aspects of faculty and graduate research projects on grassland passerines and migratory shorebirds.

Eligibility: A Masters degree in biology, biostatistics, wildlife ecology, or related field including experience in conducting research, analyzing data, and preparing results for publication; or a Bachelors’ degree in biology, biostatistics, wildlife ecology, or related field plus 1 year experience conducting and analyzing field-based ecological research is required. The position involves occasional travel and a valid drivers license is required.

How to Apply: Applicants must submit an online application to the University website. Please go to, click on Current Job Openings (in red). Scroll down and search for “Research Assistant Biology” to locate the online application for the position. Applicants should upload a cover letter describing qualifications and interests, curriculum vitae or resume, and contact information for three references.

Deadline:  Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. 

Louisiana State University Graduate Water Quality Research

Description: Seeking an outstanding student to pursue a graduate degree at either the MS or PhD level in watershed sciences. The student will conduct intensive water quality sampling in Central and South Louisiana.

Eligibility: A background in water quality or a similar discipline (e.g. hydrology, soil science, environmental chemistry, environmental toxicology, etc.) is required. A strong work ethic, good academic record and evidence of excellent writing and quantitative skills are critical. The student must possess a valid U.S. driver’s license.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should send an email describing their motivation and research interests, along with a resume, unofficial college transcripts, GRE scores, and the names and contact information for three references to:

Deadline: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 

Graduate Research Assistantship in Forestry 

Description: A Master of Science graduate position is available with Dr. Benjamin Knapp in the Department of Forestry at University of Missouri. This project will evaluate the success of past management designed to increase oak regeneration in bottomland hardwood ecosystems of northern Missouri. This research offers the successful candidate the opportunity to develop professional experience across organizations. The duties of this position will include field sampling of bottomland hardwood forests, organization and analyses of data collected previously and by the candidate, and the completion of a thesis and peer-reviewed publication(s), as well as the successful completion of the requirements of the degree. Competitive candidates for this position will have a B.S. degree in forestry or a closely related discipline, proficiency in written and oral communication, strong GRE scores, and evidence of scholastic success. Preference will be given to applicants who are self-motivated and enthusiastic about conducting field-based research.

How to Apply: To apply, please submit the following to Dr. Benjamin Knapp ( personal statement of career goals, resume or curriculum vitae, transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information for three references.

Deadline: ASAP, review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a candidate is selected.

Graduate Research Assistantship - Bobcat Ecology, Division of Forestry and Natural Resources, Wildlife and Fisheries Resources Program, West Virginia University

Description: Student will be supported by 12-month Research Assistantship for 2.5 years. Biological data on bobcats in West Virginia have not been updated since the late 1970s.  Improved data are needed to update population models due to increasing pelt prices and harvest demand, changing habitat quality and abundance, and unreliable harvest data.  The student will coordinate with West Virginia Division of Natural Resources personnel to: 1) obtain and process bobcat carcasses from trappers and hunters from throughout West Virginia; 2) obtain age structure of harvested animals and compare among ecological regions; 3) evaluate productivity of bobcats and compare among regions; 4) assess food habits, parasites, diseases, morphometry, and condition of bobcats; and 5) collaborate with a Ph.D. student who will coordinate a statewide population assessment and update the population model.  The student will be working toward a M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources at West Virginia University

Eligibility: B.S. in Wildlife or closely related field.  Minimum GPA of 3.0 and combined quantitative/verbal GRE scores of 300.  A strong interest in working with trappers and hunters and predator ecology is required.

How to Apply: Student will be advised by Dr. James T. Anderson.  Interested individuals should send a letter of interest, resume, a 500-word statement of purpose (why do you want to work on this project, your research interests, and long-term career goals), unofficial copy of transcripts and GRE scores, and contact information for 3 references to:<

deadline: Until position is filled

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Ongoing Opportunities

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Summer 2014 Field Work in Forest Ecology – Long-term Dynamics of Pacific Northwest Forests