Pathways (student trainee) Positions With NRCS

The Natural Resource Conservation Service is filling 30 Pathways (student trainee) positions (15 of these are in MN and IA). Learn more about these opportunities to deliver conservation practices within working landscapes


Opportunity: Avian Population Ecology PhD Assistantship

Dr. Colin Studds at the University of Maryland Baltimore County seeks a doctoral student working on eastern bluebirds:

I seek a creative and self-motivated doctoral student to conduct research on life history trade-offs in eastern bluebirds. Key project objectives are to understand how bluebird migration distance varies with latitude, how environmental conditions and genetic makeup contribute to this variation, and the consequences for trade-offs between survival and reproduction. The student will have freedom to develop a dissertation topic, so long as it overlaps with these objectives. Fieldwork will begin in March 2015 and will initially take place in Maryland, but will expand to New England and South Carolina in subsequent years. The student will join the lab of Dr. Colin Studds http://studdslab.wordpress.com/ at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). I welcome applications from students with a record of academic excellence, a strong interest in avian ecology, and extensive training in the observation, capture, and handling of wild birds. Ideal candidates will have a MS degree, skill with quantitative methods, at least one publication, and graduate coursework in statistics and ecology. I will consider exception candidates with only a BS degree if they have conducted independent undergraduate research. The successful applicant will need to meet the entrance requirements for doctoral candidates in the Department of Geography and Environmental Systems at UMBC http://ges.umbc.edu/.

To apply, email your CV (including names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references) and a one-page statement of research interests to bluebird.student@gmail.com. Applications should arrive no later than Jan 1 2015.


Gary T. Myers Bird Conservation Award Call for Nominations (closes Jan. 23)

The North American Bird Conservation Initiative and the Association of Joint Venture Management Boards have posted a call for nominations for the Gary T. Myers Bird Conservation Award (detailed nomination guidelines:


The U.S. North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) Committee and the Association of Joint Venture Management Board (AJVMB) want to recognize individuals or groups who have shown exceptional accomplishments and/or leadership in bird conservation in furtherance of the principles of the North American Bird Conservation Initiative and the national/international bird initiatives (North American Waterfowl Management Plan, Partners in Flight, Waterbird Conservation for the Americas, National Shorebird Plans, and the resident game bird plans).


Accomplishments to be recognized should have served to advance the vision of protecting and restoring the populations and habitats of North American birds through one or more of the following:

  • Initiating and broadening bird conservation partnerships.
  • Increasing financial resources available for bird conservation in the U.S. and range-wide.
  • Enhancing the effectiveness of those resources and partnerships through integrated bird conservation.
  • Facilitating integrated bird conservation through monitoring, research, modeling, habitat management, or conservation programs.
  • Facilitating conservation through communication, education, outreach or policy advancements.
  • Local and regional impacts are good, but recipient’s work must show a strong connection to national and continental work.

Red Knot (rufa subspecies) Listed as Federally Threatened

From the US Fish & Wildlife Service website:

The rufa subspecies of the red knot now will receive protection as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, the Service announced today. “Unfortunately, this hearty shorebird is no match for the effects of widespread emerging challenges like climate change and coastal development, coupled with the historic impacts of horseshoe crab overharvesting, which have sharply reduced its population in recent decades,” said Service Director Dan Ashe.


Public Input Sought on Cape Lookout ORV Use: Dec. 16, 1-4p

The NC House Select Committee on the Use of Off-Road Vehicles on Cape Lookout National Seashore will be holding a public meeting Tuesday, December 16 from 1-4pm at the College of the Albemarle Roanoke Island Campus (205 Hwy 64 S Bus, Manteo, NC) More information available here.

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