Monday, April 14, 2014

Sao Paulo’s annual undergraduate research symposium

Dear Faculty,

Every year SEBS sends undergraduate students to Brazil in the Fall to participate in the University of Sao Paulo’s annual undergraduate research symposium.  We are now accepting applications for our trip next October. We are looking for undergraduate research students who would be great ambassadors for Rutgers and who have enough data to write an abstract by the end of June and present a poster in October.  Please encourage your best undergraduate research students to apply for this opportunity.  I’ve asked the undergraduate curriculum coordinators to forward the letter below to our SEBS students but I also wanted to alert the faculty to this opportunity so that we don’t miss out on our best research students.  Please note that the deadline for applications is Monday, May 5.

Gerben Zylstra

EPA funding for undergraduate research

Title: 2014 EPA Great Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships for Undergraduate Environmental Study
Open Date: 04/10/2014 - Close Date: 05/27/2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces the posting of the Request for Applications for the GRO Undergraduate Fellowships program. It is offering undergraduate fellowships for bachelor level students in environmentally-related fields of study, with the goal of providing support for their junior and senior years of study, and an internship at an EPA facility during the summer of their junior year.  College sophomores should apply now in order to be eligible to receive financial support for their junior and senior years.  Subject to the availability of funding and other applicable considerations, EPA plans to award approximately 34 new fellowships in the summer of 2014.  The fellowship provides up to $20,700 per academic year of support and $8,600 of support for a three-month summer internship.
The GRO Fellowships program is in line with the EPA Sustainable and Healthy Communities (SHC) Research Program. EPA’s SHC Research Program provides useful science and tools for decision makers at all levels to help communities advance sustainability as well as achieve regulatory compliance. SHC is collaborating with partners to conduct research that will result in science-based knowledge to guide decisions that will better sustain a healthy society and environment in America's communities.  The research is intended for decision-makers at the federal, regional, state, and community levels.
Applicable Category(s): Grant/Fellowship Announcements
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Friday, April 11, 2014

Princeton Geoscience

Princeton Geoscience is looking for a recent or pending graduate with a Bachelors or Masters degree. We would like their technical focus to be Geology or hydrogeology. Above all, they would need excellent writing skills and an eagerness to learn about and grow a career in the environmental remediation consulting field. Ideally they would have some past internship experience in environmental consulting, completed OSHA training and ability to work in AutoCAD and GIS, though these are not absolute requirements.

Please contact:
Jim Peterson, Founder and CEO

Monday, April 7, 2014

Job with USGS

Job Title:Student Trainee (Hydrology), GS-1399-04 (PCI-AL)
Department:Department Of The Interior
Agency:Geological Survey
Job Announcement Number:ATL-2014-0431


$31,875.00 to $41,432.00 / Per Year


Monday, April 07, 2014 to Friday, April 11, 2014




Pathways Internship Appointment, - Part-time 16-32 hours/week up to Full-time dependent on student's school schedule.




5 vacancies in the following location:
Lawrenceville, NJ View Map


All qualified U.S. citizens who meet the eligibility requirements for the Pathways Internship Program as described below.


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About the Agency
What General Information Do I Need to Know About This Position?
This is primarily a summer internship at the USGS  New Jersey Science Center in Lawrenceville NJ, and  applicants will be expected to start work as soon as the school year ends. The position is intended to go beyond the summer and the New Jersey Science Center is seeking candidates who can continue to work throughout the year on a part time schedule.

What are the Eligibility Requirements?

In order to be eligible for an appointment under the Pathways Internship Program:
  • you must be a student accepted for enrollment or enrolled in a degree or certificate program on a full- or half-time basis as defined by the school (certificate program means post-secondary education, in a qualifying educational institution, equivalent to at least one academic year of full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum); and
  •  enrollment is with a qualifying educational institution such as a high school or state-approved homeschool; or accredited technical or vocational school; a 2- or 4-year college or university; a graduate or professional school (e.g., law school, medical school); or a post-secondary home school curriculum; and 
    • students currently enrolled must be in good academic standing maintaining a 2.0 grade point average on a cumulative basis; and 
    • the duties of this position should be related to your academic or career goals.
You must continue to meet these eligibility requirements throughout the duration of your appointment under the Pathways Internship Program.


  • Occasional Travel
  • This position may require travel of 1 night per month


  • No


  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
  • The entire period served under the Intern Program counts as a trial period.
  • More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.
  • A valid state issued drivers license and copy of your MVR are required.


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As a Student Trainee (Hydrology) with the New Jersey Water Science Center, you will serve in a trainee capacity, performing routine and recurring development assignments to acquire practical experience, professional competence, knowledge and understanding of functions, principles, practices, and methods used in the area of hydrology.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

-gathering basic hydrologic data concerning any one or a combination of four areas, i.e., quantity, quality, availability, and movement and distribution of water;
-developing hydrologic and precipitation data for current projects;
-collecting and processing data to be used in computing stream discharge, determining ground water availability or calculating sediment, chemical, or biological concentrations and physical characteristics.
    •  The U.S. Geological Survey has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.

      For additional information on our internal telework policy, please reference the Department of the Interior Telework Handbook at:  


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For information on basic qualifications, which includes information on whether you may substitute education for specialized experience, please click on the following:

If you are qualifying based on experience, you must meet the requirements listed below:

Six months of general experience and 6 months of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-3 level in the Federal service that is in or related to the duties of this position. NOTE: Excess specialized experience beyond the required 6 months may be substituted for general experience; i.e., one year of creditable specialized experience will meet the requirements for 6 months of general experience and 6 months of specialized experience. General experience is any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position to be filled, OR experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation for which the applicant is applying.

Specialized experience may include work as a technician or aid in engineering, earth, physical, or natural science, forestry, soil conservation, or surveying; trades or crafts work in maintenance or construction of facilities or equipment related to hydrology; drafting; or construction estimating if it equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position.

Examples of GS-3 level work assignments include: 1) Performing minor repairs at gaging stations, to water level recorders and other equipment used in hydrologic investigations; 2) Assisting in making measurements of stream flow or making simple current meter measurements on small streams; 3) Recording routine measurements of water levels at specified observations wells; 4) Collecting water quality samples and assisting in making laboratory determinations of water quality parameters by predetermined methods; 5) Maintaining and assisting in readying current meters and sampling equipment for field work. For examples 1-5, a designated authority made assignments by giving complete, explicit oral and/or written instructions at the beginning of each assignment, covering work methods, available equipment, procedures, reference guidelines, etc. Recurring assignments were carried out within well-established procedures, with minimal instruction and were only infrequently spot checked or observed by a designated authority. Less routine assignments were occasionally checked in progress or upon completion.

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement. 

    • If this position requires specific educational coursework to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) by the closing date of this advertisement or you will be disqualified from further consideration.  This proof may be faxed, mailed, document uploaded or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Contact Information").  Please ensure that all documentation is legible.  If selected, you will be required to provide official transcripts.

    • Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit:

Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?

    • Students who successfully complete the internship program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent appointment or a term (1-4 years in duration) appointment without further competition.  Eligibility requirements for conversion:  must be a U.S. Citizen; complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program (*may waive up to a total of 320 hours under specific conditions); successfully complete your degree or certificate requirements from a qualifying institution; meet the qualification requirements for the position to which you will be converted; meet agency-specific requirements as outlined in the Participant's Agreement; and must have performed successfully in your position as documented through performance evaluations.  *NOTE: To learn more about the conditions under which a portion of the work experience hours may be waived, visit
    • If converted to a permanent or term appointment, the anticipated target position will be (Hydrologist or Hydrologic Technician); however,  the target position may change based on the need of the organization at that time.  Interns must meet the qualification requirements for the position to which converted.
    • Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active.  Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system. 
    • If selected, you will be required to provide official transcripts and/or letter from the school stating you are enrolled in a degree/certificate program on at least a half time basis in good standing and your expected graduation date.
    • A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
    • If selected you will be required to provide proof of a valid state issued drivers license and a copy of your motor vehicle record.


Basis of Rating:
All applicants who meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements will be referred to the selecting official in veterans’ preference order.
To preview questions please click here.


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You can review our benefits at:
    • Depending on the expected duration of your appointment under the Internship Program, you may be eligible for our comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more click here.


    • Why Is It Great To Work For The USGS?Embark on an exciting future! From the peaks of the highest mountains to the depths of the deepest seas, the U.S. Geological Survey has career opportunities that make a difference in both the lives of others and in the environment. Would you like to join the more than 10,000 scientists, technicians, and support staff of the USGS who are working in more than 400 locations throughout the United States? Apply today! As the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The diversity of our scientific expertise enables us to carry out large-scale, multi-disciplinary investigations and provide impartial, timely, and relevant scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers related to: the health of our ecosystems and environment; natural hazards that threaten us; natural resources we rely on, and; the impact of climate and land-use changes. For more information about the USGS please visit
    • Are you a current student looking for a position in the Federal workforce that will provide you with valuable experience related to your academic or career goals? If you answered "yes" to this question, then this is the job for you! Come join the USGS and start doing the job you've always dreamed of.
    • This position is being filled under the Pathways Internship Program which is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with paid work opportunities in agencies to explore Federal careers while still in school.
    • Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position. 
    • Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.
    • Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position. USGS employees are subject to Title 43, USC Section 31(a) and may not: (a) have any personal, private, direct or indirect interest in lands or mineral wealth of lands under survey; (b) have any substantial personal, private, direct or indirect interests in any private mining or mineral enterprise doing business with the United States; or (c) execute surveys or examinations for private parties or corporations.
    • The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.


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    • Applications (resume and application questions) for this vacancy must be received on-line via USAJOBS BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete online resume, you will not be considered for this position. Requests for extensions will not be granted. Most libraries, employment offices, and all USGS personnel offices can provide access to the Internet. If applying online poses a hardship for you, you must speak to someone in the Servicing Human Resources Office listed on this announcement PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE for assistance.
    • Instructions for Applying Online for this Vacancy Announcement: 1)Click the blue "Apply Online" button. 2)If you are not a registered USAJOBS user, please create a new account and follow the instructions to complete your application process. If you are a registered user, login to access your existing USAJOBS profile. 3)As a registered user, select a stored resume and select one or more of your stored documents to attach to your application. 4)Check the "Certification" box and click the "Apply for this position now!" button located at the bottom of the screen. 5)Address the eligibility questions as well as the questionnaire containing questions and/or task statements that address the knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies for this vacancy. 6)Submit required documents using one of the available methods listed below. 7) If you experience technical difficulties during the online application process, please contact the USAJOBS helpdesk.


    • You are required to provide proof of student enrollment such as your current unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) or an acceptance letter for future enrollment by the closing date of the advertisement or you will be disqualified from further consideration. If you are currently enrolled, but in your last semester/quarter of completing your degree/certificate requirementsyou must show proof of continued education such as an acceptance letter or you will be disqualified.   This proof may be faxed, mailed, document uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Contact Information").  Please ensure that all documentation is legible.  If selected, you will be required to provide official transcripts. 
    • If you are claiming veterans' preference you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, by the closing date of this announcement. If you are currently on active military duty, you must provide documentation (e.g., campaign document, award citation, etc.), that verifies entitlement to veterans preference and that your character of military service is honorable. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must submit documentation that supports your claim (e.g., an official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces certifying the existence of a service-connected disability; or receipt of a Purple Heart). If you fail to submit any of the required documentation, you will not be granted veterans preference. Additional information on veterans' preference can be found in the VetGuide.
    • Required documents may be: 1)faxed to the Agency Contact (see "Contact Information") 2)uploaded directly from your desktop 3)uploaded directly from your USAJOBS stored attachments 4)hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see 'Contact Information').
    • Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.


Mary Dunlap
Phone: 303-236-9563
Fax: 303-236-5973
Agency Information:
INTERIOR, Geological Survey
Denver Federal Center Bldg. 810
Mail Stop 612
Denver, CO
Fax: 303-236-5973


    • If you are one of the most highly qualified candidates, you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 30-45 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified via email of the outcome. You can also go to "My Account" within USAJOBS to review your Application Status.
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Master of Business and Science

Are you interested in studying both science and business during your graduate degree? -- The Master of Business & Science (MBS) degree is a professional science master's degree combining graduate science courses with courses in business. There are many different concentrations to choose from.
Join us for an information session...

MBS Open House & Information Session!
When: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Time: 5-8pm
2 Information Sessions!: 1st Presentation will be at 5:00pm and then at 7pm
Where: 1st Floor Auditorium, CoRE Building
Parking is allowed in lots 64 and 60a & 60b without permit

--Ines Czechowski
Program Coordinator

Professional Science Master's Program
CoRE Bldg., Rm 726
96 Frelinghuysen Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8018
p. 848-445-9292
f. 732-445-5182

SEBS Student Ambassadors

Dear Faculty and Staff Advisors,

I am pleased to announce that Rick Ludescher and Bob Hills have given final approval to the establishment of a new student leadership opportunity, the SEBS Student Ambassadors Program.

The Office of Academic Programs-SEBS  is looking for enthusiastic student volunteers who have an outgoing personality, are knowledgeable about Rutgers SEBS, and can make a positive first impression with prospective students to join our team of SEBS Student Ambassadors! We need your assistance with reaching students in your departments. They don’t have to be your high GPA students or even ones with a lot of research experience. They have be fulltime students with at least a 2.0 GPA.  They should be rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors, and have completed at least one semester at SEBS. Below is some information to acquaint you with the program and attached is an application.  Please encourage students to attend one of our two information sessions or to see me in-person for more info.

The two meetings are scheduled for:

Wednesday, April 2nd  – 12:00-1:00 PM – Cook Campus Center, Merle V. Adams Room, Cook Campus

Friday, April 4th –3:00 – 4:00PM – Cook Campus Center, Room 202ABC, Cook Campus

What is a Student Ambassador?**

Student Ambassadors are current students who act as a link between the university and the outside community. They volunteer under the direction of the Office of Academic Programs – SEBS. Their purpose is to share with the public information about the various programs and student services available at our school, and build community and support traditions at SEBS. Ambassadors are leaders that are dedicated to welcoming and introducing new and prospective students to Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. They use their own experiences to give people interested in university life an idea of what it is like to be a student at Rutgers SEBS. They interact with prospective students and their family/friends at Open Houses and other campus events; and assist SEBS faculty in their academic sessions at Open Houses. They assist the SEBS Administration in maintaining and celebrating the annual traditions of Rutgers SEBS.

SEBS Student Ambassadors have opportunities to play vital roles in recruitment and college programs such as:
  • Serving as on-campus hosts for high school/transfer students  in the “Spend-A-Day” Program
  • Interacting with Prospective International Students via e-mail in the “SEBS International Ambassador” Program
  • Attending high schools and sharing their experiences with students through the “Return to High School” Program
  • Answering questions from visitors and sharing your experiences as Rutgers SEBS students  with the “Outreach Ambassadors” and “Transfer Ambassadors”
  • Assisting with the Rutgers SEBS School Induction, Baccalaureate, and Convocation Ceremonies with the “Traditions and Ceremonies Team”

Job Skills Acquired through Volunteering:
The program provides the Student Ambassador with an excellent opportunity to build your resume and gain valuable work experience - improving skills such as interpersonal and intercultural communication, customer service, team work, leadership, and working with diverse populations. Participants also build valuable connections with Rutgers SEBS Academic Deans and faculty in their major.

Time Commitment:
Minimum of 5 hours per semester

Applicants must be fulltime Rutgers SEBS students (registered for 12 or more degree credits), must be in good academic standing (2.0 or better GPA), and have knowledge of Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.

Application Process and Selection:
All interested candidates should attend an information session on one of the two dates below:

Wednesday, April 2nd 12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM in the Cook Campus Center, Merle V. Adams Room OR
Friday, April 4th 3:00 - 4:00 PM  in the Cook Campus Center, Merle V. Adams Room 

Interested candidates will need to file an official SEBS Student Ambassador application. The form will be available at these events or in-person from Dean Sharice Richardson, Martin Hall room 201, 88 Lipman Drive, Cook Campus.

**This program is separate from the SEBS Tour Guide Program.

Thanks for your help!


Sharice Richardson
Assistant Dean
Office of Academic Programs
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
88 Lipman Drive, Martin Hall Room 205 – Cook Campus
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8525
Phone (848)932-3000 / FAX (732)932-8880

Monday, March 31, 2014

Jobs and Internships in Soil conservation etc.

Please share with students interested in Conservation!!!! These opportunities would be great resume builders.

This would be a great opportunity for a sophomore-level serious student.  Imagine a guarantee of summer employment for three years, and training, and almost certain hiring after graduation.

TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE for these applications.  They will close the announcement when they get 100.

Loren S. Muldowney, District Conservationist
serving Lawrence & Mercer Counties
24 Avalon Court, Suite 200
Mercer, PA   16137
Telephone: (724)662-3740 ext. 101
Facsimile: (855)827-7502, please include recipient name on fax

……..Helping People Help The Land……….

cid:image001.png@01CEA33C.9EBF3760  is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider.

Subject: FW: Pathways Vacancies

Below are the links to the individual positions:
1)            Pathways Student Intern (ADMIN): Amherst, Mass. (1)  -
2)            Pathways Internship Program Student Trainee (Soil Conservation) NTE: Multi Location (5) -
3)            Pathways Internship Program Student Trainee (Soil Conservation): Multi Location (30 East) -
4)            Pathways Student Trainee (Forestry):  Wapello, Iowa (1) -
5)            Student Trainee (Soil Conservation): Multi Locations (26 West) -
6)            Student Trainee (Engineering): Multi Location (7) -

There are still four vacancy announcements missing for the west (Range Positions for SD, CA, ID) from the list above due to technical difficulties last night, but should be out by noon today.