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Diversity Programs Assistant
Posted: June 2020

Built on over 100 years of history, the Ecological Society of America (ESA) is a professional membership association of ecologists, with more than 9,000 scientists, researchers, decision-makers, policymakers, and educators dedicated to the science of ecology. We promote diversity in all areas of activity, including staffing, membership, leadership, committees, public engagement, our annual convention, and all other meetings.

Position: Part-time, temporary, 20-32 hours per week for one year.

Location: HQ in Washington DC. Teleworking is an option. Must have internet access.

Salary: This position will pay $15 an hour or the state-legislated minimum, whichever is greater.

Benefits: This position does not offer any benefits.

Reports to: Diversity Programs Manager

Job Description

With the gift of a generous donor, ESA is able to create a new part-time Diversity Programs Assistant position, ideal for a current undergraduate or a graduate student or someone in a gap year.

The Diversity Programs Assistant will assist program staff in developing and implementing the ESA SEEDS Campus Chapter program. SEEDS – Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability (SEEDS) – is the flagship education program of ESA which nurtures diverse underrepresented minority undergraduate students along the ecology career pathway.

Description of Duties

  • Assist in supporting SEEDS Chapters based at academic institutions across the US.
  • Assist in planning SEEDS regional field trips and conferences.
  • Assist in promoting SEEDS chapter participation in SEEDS program events and Chapter opportunities
  • Assist in expanding the SEEDS Campus Chapters to new campuses
  • Maintain correspondence with SEEDS Chapter students and faculty advisers
  • Update SEEDS Chapter Contacts list
  • Generate reports of chapter program activities
  • Works closely with all Education and Diversity Programs Department staff
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and to ecology or science education.
  • Well-organized, creative, outgoing and energetic individual.
  • Able to handle multiple tasks with attention to detail.
  • Able to work independently
  • Strong written, verbal and presentation communications skills.
  • Able to interact cooperatively and effectively with staff, students, advisers, and other professionals.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office products
  • Able to drive 15-passenger van at SEEDS events as needed.
  • Occasional travel required


  • Interest in ecology, field or environmental sciences
  • Completed some ecology-relevant college level course work
  • Experience with SEEDS Chapter or SEEDS events (alumni) is desirable
  • Experience with social media and websites a plus
  • Experience with outreach desirable

Application Instructions

Please email a cover letter and resume, combined in one PDF or MS Word file, to  with “Diversity Programs Assistant” in the subject line.  In your cover letter please state the number of hours per week you are able to commit.

Applications are due Friday, June 20. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Please do not call ESA or SEEDS staff to inquire about the status of your application. The position is open until filled.

ESA is an Equal Opportunity employer. We sincerely encourage individuals of all identities, experiences, and backgrounds to apply.

University of Georgia

Graduate Recruitment Event in Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Science.

Participants will have the opportunity to network with faculty and graduate students and will participate in workshops devoted to learning successful tips in applying to graduate school, contacting potential mentors, and preparing applications for fellowship programs, including the NSF GRFP and the Ford Predoctoral Fellowship.

Cornell University

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Graduate School Program

Description: Come do a Ph.D. at Cornell! The EEB department is an inclusive and welcoming group of students, faculty, post-docs, and staff, doing cutting edge research across the fields of ecology and evolutionary biology.


Contact: Erin Larson (

The University of Michigan 

 Ecology & Evolutionary Biology & The School For environment & Sustainability 

Graduate School Program

Description: EEB; PhD Program; Frontiers Program; Traditional Program


M.S in Natural Resources and Environment

  • Behavior, Education, and Communication
  • Conservation Ecology
  • Environmental Informatics: GIS and Modeling
  • Environmental Justice
  • Environmental Policy and Planning
  • Sustainable Systems

Dual Degrees

  • Engineering
  • Business
  • Urban Planning
  • Law

Master of Landscape Architecture

PhD in Natural Resources and Environment

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

School for Environment & Sustainability.

Contact: Jung Koral (


Graduate School Opportunity

Description: This table will introduce interested students to the graduate program in Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems and Society (EEES) at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. The EEES program is a new vision for scholarship, education, and service by students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty. We are a diverse community of scholars who conduct innovative, interdisciplinary research in the natural sciences and environmental studies, including ecology, evolution, anthropology, environmental economics, geography and earth sciences. Our program balances the study of traditional paradigms and theory with the practical applications of science that are necessary in the Anthropocene. We are looking for interested students to join us!!


Contact: Kathy Cottingham (

Duke University

Initiative for Science and Society

Advances in science and technology rapidly change the world we live in, shape our lives and culture, and raise myriad ethical, legal, and policy-related questions: What are pressing social problems for which there may be technological solutions? What steps promote just distribution of beneficial technologies? What policy issues does emerging science raise? How can different stakeholders work together to promote good science? And how can we tell when science is ‘good enough’ to be used as the basis for legal and policy decision-making? The Duke Initiative for Science & Society examines these and other broad-ranging questions about the integral role of science in social institutions and culture.

The Duke Master of Arts in Bioethics & Science Policy program teaches students how to identify, analyze, and propose solutions to myriad complex issues at the intersection of science, technology, ethics, and policy.

For more information about ecology careers or guides to graduate school, you can explore ESA’s: Info For Undergraduate Students page.