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Monday, January 07, 2013

NPS summer botanist crews, Beachcombers and birders wanted for COASST

Happy New Year ENVS/GEOG webloggers.  NPS has some summer positions and COASST is looking for volunteers to help find beached birds.

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The National Park Service will be hiring crews to perform backcountry

field research in Yukon-Charley Rivers NP, a large and remote
wilderness national park unit in Alaska during summer 2013.   We need
serious, energetic, and skilled botanists for paid seasonal positions
with the Long Term Vegetation Monitoring Program field crews – up to
four positions will be available.  Each crew will have a vascular
plant botanist (with proven experience and ability to identify
grasses, sedges and other difficult taxa) and a technician with strong
skills in field soil science.

This is a great opportunity to do meaningful fieldwork in the
spectacular wildlands of Alaska and to gain skills and experience
working as a field botanist or soil scientist.  What is required: A
strong work ethic, excellent physical conditioning, well-developed
skills in field botany, soils, and plant ecology and willingness to
work hard in remote and challenging  backcountry situations.

Please see our job vacancy announcements which will be advertised
starting in mid-January 2013 for summer 2013 positions on the web at:
https://www.usajobs.gov/

These summer seasonal positions are quite competitive and positions
will be located in Denali National Park and Yukon-Charley Rivers NP.

 Use the following search terms to view our announcements on the
USAjobs website:

Keyword = National Park Service;  Location = Ak ;    Job category =
Biological sciences

We also offer student internship opportunities for motivated and
well-qualified (undergraduates through the Student Conservation
Association: please consult the following website for these
opportunities: http://www.thesca.org

For more information on these positions you may contact:

Carl Roland (carl_roland@nps.gov)
Plant ecologist, Denali National Park & Preserve

 

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BEACHCOMBERS OR BIRDERS WANTED!

Help make a difference for the environment by collecting data for the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST).  COASST is a citizen science project dedicated to involving volunteers in the collection of high quality data on the status of coastal beaches, and trends of seabirds. Our goal is to assist government agencies and other organizations in making informed management and conservation decisions, and promote proactive citizen involvement and action. COASST volunteers systematically count and identify bird carcasses that wash ashore along ocean beaches from northern California to Alaska.  Volunteers need NO experience with birds, just a commitment to survey a specific beach (about 3/4 mile) each month.

If you are interested in participating, join COASST staff for a full, 6-hour training session. Hear about how COASST started, learn how to use the custom Beached Birds field guide, and try out your new skills with some actual specimens.  There is no charge to attend a training, but plan to provide a $20 refundable deposit if you would like to take home a COASST volunteer kit complete with a COASST Beached Birds field guide.  Training activities take place indoors, and include a break for lunch - please pack your own or plan to buy lunch nearby.

Upcoming COASST training session:

SATURDAY February 2, 2013
Juneau, AK
11:00 am - 5:00 pm 

Valley Library (1905 Mall Road Set #190)

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