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Job Announcements: Summer Field work in Badlands National Park, SD - 2 positions available

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  • Sam Droege
    All: Below is an announcement for a plant-pollinator web and general bee survey project Diane Larson is leading up along with myself in Badlands National
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 13, 2010
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      All:  Below is an announcement for a plant-pollinator web  and general bee survey project Diane Larson is leading up along with myself in Badlands National Park in South Dakota.  This part of the continent (northern short-grass prairie) is one of the least known regions in terms of its bee fauna....so it will be a combination of research, discovery, and exploration.  And what a place to work!  Check out the pictures on Flickr

      http://www.flickr.com/

      Just do a search on "Badlands National Park"

      How many job announcements do you know that have to warn you that you will be encountering both poisonous snakes and free range bison?

      We also are open to people who are interested in shorter stints with us as volunteers.

      There are some interesting sand dune areas in the park as well as nice examples of remnant prairie (with obligate prairie dogs and even Black-footed Ferrets....oh, and fossils everywhere) that should result in lots of interesting new records.

      So, read the announcement below and consider working with us.

      Thanks

      Sam and Diane


      ANNOUNCEMENT
      Entomologists: One crew leader and one crew member at Badlands National Park, SD

      We seek two enthusiastic people to work on a new research project aimed at understanding pollination webs linking rare native species and invasive species at Badlands National Park.  The crew will be responsible for collecting insect visitors to flowers of target plant species, deploying bowl traps, properly preparing insect specimens and pollen slides, and entering data into computer files.   The crew leader will also be responsible for making sure work is completed in a timely manner and for keeping the principal investigators apprised of progress and issues in the field.  The crew leader should have completed a 4-year degree in entomology, ecology, or a related field and have experience with insect collections.  The crew member should have completed coursework in entomology or ecology or a related field and have a desire to participate in field research involving insects.  Work will begin in mid-May and continue to mid-September, but we can be somewhat flexible to accommodate schedules of continuing or recently graduated students, who are especially encouraged to apply.  Field work will be conducted in the north unit of Badlands National Park.  Conditions in the park may range from hot and windy to cool and windy.  Free-ranging bison are common in the park and venomous snakes may occasionally be encountered.  The positions will involve considerable hiking as well as time spent at desks and tables sorting and pinning insects, preparing pollen slides, and entering data.   A valid state driver’s license is required.   Applications will be accepted through March 31, 2010 or until the positions are filled.

      For more information, or to apply, contact Diane Larson (dlarson@...) or Sam Droege (sdroege@...).

      Sam Droege  sdroege@...                      
      w 301-497-5840 h 301-390-7759 fax 301-497-5624
      USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
      BARC-EAST, BLDG 308, RM 124 10300 Balt. Ave., Beltsville, MD  20705
      Http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov
                                                   
      To make a prairie it takes a clover


      and one bee,--
      One clover, and a bee,
      And revery.
      The revery alone will do
      If bees are few.
       -Dickinson

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