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Internships and seasonal employment at Cuyahoga Valley National Park

via Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) and its nonprofit friends group, the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, have a variety of summer internships and jobs to offerKent State University students. Ranging from Creative Writing and Guest Services Management to Environmental Education and Resource Monitoring, CVNP has multiple available opportunities.

My name is Jamie Walters, Internship Coordinator here at CVNP and I am writing to you to ask you to forward this message with the below links to our position announcements to your students interested in gaining professional experience here in CVNP.

Located between Cleveland and Akron, CVNP enables college students to apply classroom learning and gain hands-on experience in a unique work environment. Check out our current internship postings here:

Seasonal Employment
Cuyahoga Valley National Park is seeking candidates for spring and summer positions! You can apply for the following positions on starting January 16. Seasonal job announcements for a GS-3 or GS-4 seasonal Interpretive Park Guide and GS-5 and GS-7 seasonal Interpretive Park Ranger, are open for applications between January 16 and January 23. Interested applicants must apply at Several vacancies are available for each position.

MS student opportunity in urban hydrology and biogeochemistry at Kent State University

We seek a highly motivated masters student to start in June 2015 to study urban hydrology and biogeochemistry with Dr. Anne Jefferson ( in the Watershed Hydrology Lab ( of the Geology Department at Kent State University. We have available funding for a student to study the hydrologic and biogeochemical functioning of green stormwater infrastructure and wetlands at the Cleveland Metroparks Watershed Stewardship Center. Two summers and one academic year research assistantship (15 months) and one academic year teaching assistantship (9 months) are guaranteed to a candidate deemed acceptable by the department. Assitantships include tuition and health insurance. The Department of Geology has over 30 active graduate students and a wide variety of analytical facilities. More information on the Department of Geology can be found at: The student will be co-advised by Lauren Kinsman-Costello (lkinsman @, in the Department of Biological Sciences.

Interested students should have a background in geology, earth science, aquatic or wetland ecology, biogeochemistry, hydrology/water resources, or civil and environmental engineering. Strong applicants will have a solid academic record (>3.5/4.0 GPA, >70th percentile on GRE) and previous research experience. Applicants not meeting these criteria will also be considered based on a compelling letter of interest. To apply, please send a letter of interest (including your academic and research background and specific research interests), unofficial transcripts and GRE scores, and contact information for 3 references in a joint e-mail to lkinsman @ and ajeffer9 @ Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

Kent State Water Symposium Tomorrow: Water Infrastructure and Rebounding Cities

Water Infrastructure and Rebounding Cities

Oct. 31, 2014

8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center
215 Depeyster Street, Kent, OH 44240

Tomorrow will be a day full of inter-disciplinary talks and discussion about water and cities. David Sedlak, author of Water 4.0, will be the keynote speaker, but all of the talks promise to be informative and thought-provoking. Watershed hydrology lab students will be showing off their posters in the late afternoon.

Join us for this wonderful and stimulating event. For more info:

Research Experience for Undergraduates focused on Stream Restoration

Collaborator Jason Vogel at Oklahoma State asked me to spread the word about their cool new REU on stream restoration, starting this summer. Application deadlines are February 15th and the program runs May 26 – July 31st. For more information:

A Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site will provide seven undergraduate students a research experience over a ten week period during the summers of 2015-2017. The research will include studies in hydrology, geosciences, and biology at the Cow Creek Stream Rehabilitation Site on the Oklahoma State University (OSU) campus. The opportunity to study streams at a site on a University campus recently rehabilitated is unique. The central theme of the program will be discussing ways to rehabilitate streams, and specifically evaluating natural channel design approaches through process-based investigations. Billions of dollars are spent annually on stream rehabilitation across the United States. Many current stream rehabilitation projects use natural channel design concepts, which are often criticized. The alternative is a complex, process-based analysis of the dynamic system and impact of stream modifications on the hydraulics, sediment transport, and biological community. This proposal hypothesizes that future restoration approaches will most likely resemble a morphed combination of natural channel design and process-based techniques. Students will participate in research projects quantifying the role of vegetation on streambank erosion, documenting the influence of in-stream structures on retention in the stream, evaluating the effect of sediment on fish, using aquatic macroinvertebrates to assess streambank modifications, evaluating plant diversity response, and studying vegetation impacts on stream temperature.

REU at Kent State – Come work on aquatic-terrestrial linkages in urban ecosystems

Kent State and Holden Arboretum are hosting a summer REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) focused on aquatic-terrestrial linkages in urban impacted ecosystems. Lots of great faculty in geology, biological sciences and other departments are participating, and I would be thrilled to mentor a student through the program. The program will run from June 1st to August 8th, 2014, and applications are due February 17th.

Kent State University and The Holden Arboretum invite applicants for a 10-week summer research training program. Students enrolled in this program will conduct mentored research into the importance of terrestrial-aquatic linkages in the ecology of urban-impacted ecosystems. This research will be designed to examine how human activities such as urbanization, industry, farming, mining, and recreational activities affect the way terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems interact. Projects might compare sites with and without urban impact to examine: nutrient cycling in soils and streams, microbial community composition in forest soils and stream sediments, plant-soil interactions, how shredders modify terrestrial leaf litter input to stream ecosystems, the effects of terrestrial pollutants on aquatic microbial community structure and function, how terrestrial and aquatic biogeochemical cycles are affected by human activities such as acid precipitation and land-use change. Along with learning about hypothesis generation, project design, and ethics in research, students will receive additional training archiving data in a geospatial database and will participate in weekly seminars.

To find out more about the program, look at all of the possible mentors and cool projects, and begin the application process, check out the website here.

Internships with Cuyahoga Valley NP Conservancy

I got this email from someone at the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and I thought I would share it here.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) and its nonprofit friends group, the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, have a number of spring and summer internships and jobs to offer to your students. Ranging from Graphic Design and Public Relations to Environmental Education and Resource Monitoring, CVNP has a large variety of opportunities.

Located between Cleveland and Akron, CVNP enables college students to apply classroom learning and gain hands-on experience in a unique work environment. Check out our current internship postings

Find seasonal job announcements for a GS-3 or GS-4 or GS-5 seasonal Park Guide, open for applications between January 22 and January 28 and the GS-5 Interpretative Park Ranger, open for applications between February 3 and February 7, Interested applicants must apply at

Attend Alternative Spring Break Weekend, March 14 – March 17. Program features include volunteer service projects; special presentations on careers in national parks; guided hikes; campfire and recreational activities; and lodging and meals provided at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center. For more information or to receive an application, contact (330) 657-2796 ext. 100 or

Resources for Kent State students

Students in the College Teaching of Applied Geology class did an amazing job of compiling a list of on- and off-campus resources that may be of use for undergraduate and graduate students in the department. Please check out the list here. There is also a university prepared list of on-campus resources available here. And if you need help, don’t hesitate to ask in the Geology Departmental Office in 221 McGilvrey Hall or by phone at 330-672-2680.

REU opportunity in hydrology in Costa Rica

Texas A&M University is again hosting a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site funded by the National Science Foundation for 10 undergraduate students to conduct cutting-edge research in a transitional cloud forest in central Costa Rica. Specifically, the REU site provides a unique international opportunity for students to be immersed in the practice of active inquiry and research in:
1. Ecohydrology: feedback between forest vegetation and hydrology from the scale of an individual leaf to the entire stand
2. Hydrology: movement and distribution of water through the forest from above-canopy precipitation and cloud immersion, to stream and groundwater flow
3. Meteorology and climatology: spatial and temporal variation in precipitation, evapotranspiration and boundary layer structure from the scale of an individual stand to the entire watershed
4. Soil Science:structure and geochemistry of forest soil
5. Biogeography: distribution and structure of forest vegetation at various scales in the watershed
Successful applicants will receive all expenses paid trip to Costa Rica in addition to a $500 a week stipend. Further information about the program can be found at and a description of the Soltis Center for Research and Education in Costa Rica can be found at

The application deadline is January 31, 2013.

REU opportunity on Ecosystem Restoration through Interdisciplinary Exchange

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU):
Ecosystem Restoration through Interdisciplinary Exchange (ERIE)-REU

Program Dates: May to August 2013 (10 weeks)
Application Deadline: March 1, 2013

Applications are now being accepted for the summer 2013 Ecosystem Restoration through Interdisciplinary Exchange (ERIE)-REU at the State University of New York at Buffalo. The ERIE-REU, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, provides the opportunity for undergraduate students to conduct interdisciplinary faculty-mentored research on a diverse array of projects related to ecological restoration of aquatic systems.

Students involved in the ERIE-REU program will receive one-on-one mentoring in the conduct of environmental research, focused training in environmental and professional ethics, and exposure to a variety of research methods. The program includes weekly group meetings to share research progress, and culminates with a symposium in which each student will present his/her research findings in oral and poster formats. In addition, students will participate in social events and field trips highlighting ecosystem restoration efforts and the environment of western New York and the lower Great Lakes region.

REU participants will receive a $500/week stipend and on-campus housing in a newly constructed LEED-certified student complex. A full time commitment to REU activity is expected (i.e., participants do not enroll in academic classes during the same period). Participation is limited to U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and students must be enrolled as undergraduate students in a college program through Fall of the following year (graduating seniors are ineligible). Most successful applicants have completed their junior year of study, although well-qualified sophomores are encouraged to apply.

All eligible undergraduate students interested in environmental/civil/chemical engineering, biology, chemistry, environmental science, geology, or geography are encouraged to submit an on-line application; application materials, projects, and more information can be found at Students from underrepresented groups or attending institutions lacking research facilities or opportunities are especially encouraged to apply.

The State University of New York at Buffalo (UB) is a premier research-intensive public university, a flagship institution in the State University of New York system and its largest and most comprehensive campus. UB’s more than 29,000 students pursue their academic interests through more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of the Association of American Universities.

For more information, please contact:
ERIE-REU Program Coordinator
University at Buffalo
202 Jarvis Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-3000