Opportunities

Requests for Proposal

CESU Request for Statement of Interest: MANAGEMENT, INVASIVE SPECIES, IRONWOOD TREES, BELLOWS AIR FORCE STATION, OAHU. Responses to this Request for Statements of Interest will be used to identify potential investigators for a project to assist Bellows Air Force Station in completing invasive species management requirements from the Draft 2018 Bellows AFS Integrated Natural Resource Management Plan (INRMP). The project priority is removal of large common ironwood trees (Casuarina equisetifolia) and the resulting wood product, but also addresses strategy, management and planting of native species in coastal areas. Estimated funding: $700,000. Review of Statements of Interest will begin September 6, 2018.

CESU Request for Statement of Interest: Base Lake Water Level Control for Zebra Mussels, Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha Nebraska The Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC), Operations Division, Midwest Branch (CZOM) assists installation environmental program managers to ensure military mission activities are conducted in compliance with all applicable environmental laws, regulations and policies.  AFCEC/CZOM is requesting assistance to facilitate implementation of an Offutt AFB Integrated Natural Resources Plan (INRMP) project. This project includes the design of a water control structure at the Offutt AFB base lake to control aquatic invasive species. This SOO describes objectives necessary to ensure Offutt AFB is in compliance with the Sikes Act (16 U.S.C. § 670a–670l) and EO 13112, Exotic and Invasive Species. 
AFCEC requests the provider to supply the necessary personnel, equipment and materials to design a water level control system for the Offutt AFB Lake.  The scope of this SOO includes supporting the natural resources program manager (PM) by evaluating reports and recommendations from the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC), and Nebraska Invasive Species Program (NISP); preparing a design that addresses the aquatic invasive species concern and sustains the military mission on Offutt AFB. Total Project Cost Ceiling: $112,500. Review of Statements of Interest will begin September 6, 2018

CESU Request for Statement of Interest: BAT (CHIROPTERA) SURVEYS AT MULTIPLE MIDWEST AIR FORCE INSTALLATIONS Responses to this Request for Statements of Interest will be used to identify potential investigators for a project to be funded by the US Air Force, which provides professional and technical support for its Endangered Species Bat Surveys in order to facilitate successful implementation of the 16 USC 670c-1 Sikes Act.   Approximately $448,120.00 is expected to be available to support this project. Review of Statements of Interest extended to August 24, 2018. 

CESU Request for Statement of Interest: Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey 30-year (1986-2015) Trend Analysis, Headquarters & South Pacific Division Responses to this Request for Statements of Interest will be used to identify potential investigators for a project to be funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Headquarters (HQ) and South Pacific Division (SPD). Approximately $25,000 is expected to be available to support this project for one (1) year. Additional funding may be available at a rate of $25,000/yr for up to two (2) additional option years based on future R&D needs for a total of $75,000 for the full project [e.g., 35-yr (1986-2020) trend analysis, publication, and database archival via eBird].  Review of Statements of Interest will begin after the SOI has been posted on the CESU website for 10 working days. Posted 7/23/2018.

CESU Request for Statement of Interest: Fort A.P. Hill Forest Management Support Responses to this Request for Statements of Interest will be used to identify potential investigators for a project to be funded by Fort A.P. Hill (FAPH) which provides professional and technical support for its Environmental and Natural Resources Program in order to facilitate successful implementation of the Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan (INRMP) and Watershed Management Plan (WMP).   Approximately $631,900.00 is expected to be available to support this project.  Additional funding is expected to be available for follow on work in subsequent fiscal years to the successful Recipient/Awardee. Review of Statements of Interest will begin June 8, 2018.  

CESU Request for Statement of Interest: Natural Resources Support, Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia Responses to this Request for Statements of Interest will be used to identify potential investigators for a project to be funded by Fort A.P. Hill which provides professional and technical support for its Natural Resources Program in order to facilitate successful implementation of the 16 USC 670c-1 Sikes Act.   Approximately $94,000 is expected to be available to support this project.  Additional funding may be available for follow on work in subsequent fiscal years to the successful Recipient/Awardee. Review of Statements of Interest will begin June 12, 2018. 

 

 

Student Opportunities: Scholarships, Fellowships, Internships

The Conservation Leadership through Learning (CLTL) Program at Colorado State University (CSU) is an 18-month innovative Master’s degree which prepares leaders to address conservation issues around the globe. The program is built around principles of experiential learning, inter-disciplinary instruction, and applied approaches. Our students work closely with a network of practitioners and organizations throughout the program. CLTL is a great option for individuals seeking to make a difference in the lives and ecosystems of our planet. Application for Fall 2018 open until March 1, 2018.

The Rocky Mountain Conservancy and Rocky Mountain National Park are requesting proposals for the Bailey Research Fellowship.  This is an opportunity for one graduate level student to spend three to four months conducting research in Rocky Mountain National Park. Job Description: This fellowship opportunity invites a broad range of research proposals to be reviewed and conducted in Rocky Mountain National Park, including wildlife management, vegetation and riparian studies, fire ecology, cultural sciences, archaeology and historic structures preservation, as well as other topics in botany, zoology, geology, history, ecology and ornithology. The graduate student awarded the Research Fellowship will work with Rocky Mountain National Park staff for a period of three to four months. Applicants must submit a preliminary research proposal and the chosen fellow will be expected to convey research finding to the general public as well as to professional audiences. Wage/Salary: Housing plus a $8,000 honorarium and a $3,000 support budget for incidentals. Application Instructions: Please email a cover letter, resume, transcripts, and research proposal to Rachel Balduzzi at rachel.balduzzi@rmconservancy.org by February 1, 2018 for consideration of this fellowship.

Jerry O'Neal National Park Service Student Fellowship Applications are now being accepted for the Jerry O'Neal Fellowship for work in Glacier National Park, Grant-Kohrs Ranch NHS, and Little Bighorn Battlefield NM. The fellowship aims to provide educational assistance for students seeking to understand natural and cultural resources issues and how these interact with human values. Special consideration will be given to proposals that address the following:

  1. natural resource issues such as aquatic ecology, terrestrial ecology, fire ecology, invasive plants, and climate change
  2. cultural resource issues, such as history and architectural studies, cultural landscape reports, ethnographic research and archeology
  3. social science that informs resource management about a natural or cultural topic and/or that addresses visitor impacts to park resources

Competition is open to graduate students or superior upper division undergraduate students at RM-CESU universities and colleges only.  Awards range from $1000-5000. Applications must be submitted electronically by February 19, 2018. Application Instructions.

Boyd Evison Student Fellowship for research in the Greater Yellowstone The Grand Teton Association offers a graduate fellowship of up to $10,000/project for graduate studies focused on documenting the almost intangible and disappearing aspects of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, including Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, the John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Memorial Parkway, and other public or private lands. Emphasis areas are lesser-known ecosystem elements such as air and water; geologic or other processes; plants, insects, reptiles, or amphibians, fungi; natural soundscapes; and social science related to public understanding of natural resources and their use or management. Graduate students pursuing either a Master’s or Doctoral degree are invited to submit proposals on the application form by February 9, 2018. Evison Fellowship Call and Application Form

 

Training and Course Opportunities

Wilderness Management Distance Education Course at the University of Montana - NRSM 404 and NRSM 560lay the groundwork for all other courses in the Program. This course provides a broad perspective of what wilderness is and how the idea developed, and exposes the student to some of the differing values, ethics, and expectations of wilderness held by society. It offers an account of the origins of the wilderness idea, tracing the beginnings of the conservation movement from the Greek philosophers to today.


In this course you will examine the early history of wilderness preservation that ultimately led to federal protection in the Wilderness Act and subsequent legislation, including how each agency applies these laws. NRSM 404/560 is an excellent course for managers and students interested in obtaining a firm academic foundation in wilderness philosophy and ethics. Registration Deadline: January 31, 2018 ; Course Dates:  February 5, 2018 – May 25, 2018