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These websites provide opportunities and resources to students looking to dive into field-based research:

Upcoming Conferences and Webinars

Due to COVID-19 most if not all in-person conferences have been suspended until further notice.

Contact conference personnel for potential online alternatives.

More information on guest speakers and topics coming soon.

Check https://www.eeb.ucsc.edu/news-and-events/seminars/index.html for more information

Paid Internships for Undergraduates

2020

Due to COVID-19, details about summer opportunities may change. Please consult the organization for more details and clarification.
Best of luck!

Title IX Undergraduate Intern

Paid undergrad internship – preventing harassment/assault in fieldwork settings

Skills required: 

  • Comfort and familiarity with and/or the desire to learn more about sex discrimination, including sexual violence and sexual harassment.
  • Strong public speaking skills and interest in co-developing presentations. Commitment to designing inclusive programming, outreach, and projects that foster consent and reflect the needs of our campus community. Ability to speak effectively at large scale student presentations, tabling, and awareness events.
  • Strong interpersonal skills including; tact, diplomacy, and cultural humility.
  •  A collaborative, team player attitude; ability to participate in a positive and supportive manner.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to communicate and problem-solve in a positive manner with fellow students, supervisor, Title IX staff and others.
  • Ability to work on several projects concurrently and stay focused.
  • Ability to maintain privacy and confidentiality.
  • Basic knowledge of health and wellness issues faced by college students.
  • Knowledge of other campus and Santa Cruz community resources.
  • Positive team building and community service focused attitude.
  • Experience creating flyers.

 Job Opportunities

Due COVID-19 please consult with the employer for any new details regarding the position.

Best of luck!

Earthjustice’s Sustainable Food & Farming Program

http://app.jobvite.com/m?3uc2Vlwt

Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization seeking a talented recent graduate for a two-year science fellowship.  We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country.  We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy, and to combat climate change.  We partner with thousands of groups and supporters to engage the critical environmental issues of our time and bring about positive change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.

Earthjustice is expanding its work on sustainable food and farming, building on its vast experience litigating to protect the environment and public health. The sustainable food and farming team extends Earthjustices ongoing work to reduce harmful pesticide use, limit toxic food additives, and regulate water and air pollution.  We represent environmental organizations and consumer watchdogs as well as farmworkers and sustainable producers, grassroots organizations and environmental justice communities. We focus on three areas: (1) climate-friendly farming “ reducing the food systems contribution to climate change and increasing farms resilience to climate shocks; (2) sustainable farming “ limiting reliance on agricultural chemicals, reducing agricultural pollution, and fostering responsible methods of crop and animal production; and (3) safer food protecting people from toxic chemicals in foods.

The success of our advocacy often turns on the strength of the underlying scientific evidence. The Science Fellow will work directly with our staff scientist and lawyers to conduct critical research in support of litigation and advocacy on a variety of issues. The Science Fellow will play a leading role in scientific and other factual research in support of select matters and would provide research support for other matters as well. In addition, we would work with the Science Fellow to develop a long-term research project based on the Fellows interests and the program’s priorities.

We offer a mission- and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package, including excellent benefits.  Earthjustice is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity.

FOR MORE DETAILS AND TO APPLY, INTERESTED APPLICANTS SHOULD FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS AT http://app.jobvite.com/m?3uc2Vlwt

Job opportunities in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

Final filing date is 4/15/2020

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park (part of the Redwood National and State Park partnership) is starting to recruit park aides for the upcoming summer season.  Please click the link below for job posting:

https://calcareers.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobPosting.aspx?JobControlId=192778

  Approx. 6 park aide positions are available and hiring will start in the next couple of months.

Other Opportunities for Undergraduates

2020

Danta

Is pleased to announce their 2019/2020 field courses in tropical biology. Their courses are intended for undergraduates or early graduate level students who have a keen interest in tropical ecosystems and conservation but have little or no experience of working in a tropical environment. Participants may enroll on either a credit or non-credit basis.

Methods in Primate Behavior and Conservation

Dates:  Winter Session: December 28, 2019 – January 12, 2020

Summer Session: July 4-July 19, 2020.

Program Fee: $2600

Application deadline: Winter Session: December 1, 2019; Summer Session: June 1, 2020

Course Description

The two-week course is designed to provide students with field experience in primate behavior, ecology, and conservation. Learning experiences fall into four main categories: field exercises, seminars, lectures, and applied conservation. The field exercises and seminars provide instruction and experience in (1) methods of measuring environmental variables, including assessment of resource availability, (2) methods of collecting and analyzing the behavior of free-ranging primates, (3) assessments of biodiversity and (4) techniques for estimating population size. Lecture topics will cover the behavior and ecology of Old and New World primates from an evolutionary perspective. Selected lecture topics include primate sociality, feeding ecology, taxonomy, rain forest ecosystems and conservation. Service-learning is a large component of all our programs. Students will gain experience in applied conservation through participation in Osa Conservation’s reforestation, sustainable agriculture and wildlife monitoring programs (big cat and sea turtle).

Primate Behavior and Conservation

Dates: June 10 – July 2, 2020

Program Fee: $3500

Application deadline: May 15, 2020

Course Description

This course is designed to provide students with field experience in primate behavior, ecology, and conservation. Learning experiences fall into five main categories: field exercises, independent research, discussions, lectures, and applied conservation. The first half of the courses is devoted to learning ecological field techniques, while in the second half student’s design, carry out and present data from their independent research projects. Many of our participants have gone on to present their work at national and regional conferences. The field exercises and seminars provide instruction and experience in:(1) methods of measuring environmental variables, including assessment of resource availability, (2) methods of collecting and analyzing the behavior of free-ranging primates, (3) assessments of biodiversity and (4) techniques for estimating population size. Lecture topics will cover the behavior and ecology of Old and New World primates from an evolutionary perspective. Selected lecture topics include primate sociality, feeding ecology, taxonomy, rain forest ecosystems, conservation, climate change, and sustainability. Participants gain experience in applied conservation through participation in Osa Conservation’s reforestation, and sea turtle breeding and monitoring programs.

Wildlife Conservation and Sustainability

Dates: Winter Session: December 28, 2019 – January 12, 2020; Summer Session: June 10-June 25, 2020

Program fee: $2600

Application deadline: Winter Session: December 1, 2019; Summer Session: May 15, 2020

Course Description

This course is designed to provide students with field experience, on a range of terrestrial surveying techniques, measuring bio-indicator species: mainly key predators and their prey and butterflies. Students will also gain a better understanding of the principles of defaunation, sustainable development, and community management and its conservation-related issues. The course includes four learning experiences categories: field exercises, seminars, lectures, and applied conservation.

The field exercises and seminars offer instruction and experience on direct and indirect methods of biodiversity data collection, management, and analysis, as well as GPS navigation and research project development. Direct methods include butterfly trapping while indirect methods comprise mammal tracking or camera trapping. Lectures cover ecology and socio-economic and anthropogenic impacts related to selected bio-indicator groups in the Neotropics, with a particularly in the Osa Peninsula. Selected lecture topics include ecology, taxonomy, and conservation of medium-large vertebrates and butterflies, as well as effects of anthropogenic impacts on population dynamics or defaunation. Topics on community-based management, participatory methods, and socio-economic effects on both conservation and the development of sustainable livelihoods for local communities are also included. Students also gain experience in community outreach and education through involvement in an activity at the Piro Ranch involving Don Miguel Sanchez, one of the remaining few landowners in the area.

Field Excursion

All courses include a visit to a wildlife rehabilitation center, sustainable chocolate plantation and dolphin and snorkeling trip of the Golfo Dulce. We overnight on the Boruca Indigenous Reserve where we will learn about the community and their traditional lifeways, and help with needed projects. Every effort is made to implement eco-friendly and socially responsible practices into our day-to-day operations, field courses and overall mission.

 Opportunities and Fellowships for Prospective Master Students

Stay tuned for more upcoming Master Student opportunities!

Resources

Bryan Dewsbury Convocation
Sponsored by CITL
Watch video here.
UCSC Scientific Diving Program

Steps to become certified in Scientific Diving at UCSC

Ecolog List Serve

A free list serve that sends you daily emails about jobs, internships, classes & graduate school programs

Volunteer Opportunities at UCSC

Opportunities to network & connect

Pop Bio UCSC

Friday seminar series held at UCSC

UCSC Orientation Office

Orientation and new student resources

ESA Seeds Website

Field trip opportunities, A 2 year fellowship & conference scholarship

NSF REU Website

Numerous paid summer opportunities. Applications typically due early December

EEB Undergraduate Advisor

List of field courses, access to undergraduates & undergraduate resources

Stem Diversity Programs

Access To resources for diverse students

Doris Duke Consservation Scholars Program

UCSC’s very own 2 year fellowship for undergraduate researchers

Educational Opportunity Program

EOP’s mission is to provide support of first-generation, low-income & educationally disadvantaged students

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