Positions in Botany and Field Ecology, Summer-Fall 2014 at Environmental Conservation Alliance, Austin, TX

The Environmental Conservation Alliance (ECA) seeks internship and short-term job applicants in applied ecological research. The focus is flood-inundation dynamics within riparian forests and other habitats on the Guadalupe and Brazos Rivers in Texas. Tasks may include, but are not limited to, native plant identification and quantitative field ecology.
DUTIES: The primary project this summer examines out-of-bank river flows needed to sustain riparian forests and other floodplain habitats. Starting in 2009, ECA has developed tools to quantify environmental-flow requirements to sustain floodplain habitats and ecosystem processes. The empirical methods involve wetted-surface classification of Landsat imagery during multiple flow events, habitat mapping, and both hydrological and regression analyses. As part of this overall project, the selected applicant is responsible for plant identification, quantitative vegetation sampling, related data analysis, and other ecological and administrative tasks.
Completed work on the project includes the Cypress-Caddo, Sabine, Neches, and Trinity river basins of east Texas. With State funding, ECA is currently expanding the Texas floodplain research network with 12 additional stations in the Guadalupe, Brazos, and Trinity river basins. Related future work may include the correlation of Landsat data and river stage, tree-core studies of forest productivity, spatial data analysis, and other ERDAS/ESRI and field ecology tasks.
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/SKILLS: Undergraduates, graduating seniors, college graduates, and others are encouraged to apply. A background in plant identification and terrestrial field ecology is important. Other desirable skills include GIS, remote sensing, computer science, statistics, habitat typing, forestry, or a related discipline. Successful applicants will be conscientious self-starters capable of independent work and timely project completion.
CONDITIONS: The work week is approximately 40 hours, June – August or longer, though a flexible schedule is possible. Successful applicants must be available for two or more months of out¬of-town field work (5 days/week) during Summer 2014. Field assistants receive access to an ESRI¬ERDAS workstation, and an hourly wage of $11-16, depending on experience. Health insurance and other benefits are not included for temporary positions.
PROJECT SUPERVISOR: Tom Hayes, Ph.D., Executive Director, ECA.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Please apply immediately, since applications have priority in order of receipt. As soon as possible, we expect to fill two summer positions. Please direct any questions, or requests for further information, to the following contact person.
Email applications are preferred. Please email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Dr. Tom Hayes. Email: Tom@ECAscience.org. Telephone: (512) 439-9597.
Environmental Conservation Alliance, Inc. | P.O. Box 150894 | Austin, TX 78715-0894 512-439-9597 | www.ECAscience.org | ECAinfo@ECAscience.org

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