Thursday, October 23, 2014

Rockford Park District Seasonal Employment

The Rockford Park District seasonal hands on work in the field of natural areas restoration and or monitoring native communities. The Rockford Park District owns and manages nearly 1500 acres of natural areas in the Greater Rockford Region and has many quality natural areas such as Searls Park Prairie Nature Preserve. The Nature Preserve is a high quality 66 acre prairie dominated by wetland and wet-mesic and mesic native plants. Annually, they seek out seasonal staff who are interested in a career in conservation to come work for them doing natural areas restoration. In addition, they have several opportunities for students to do research on these sites. They are specifically looking for someone to monitor insects.

Contact Information
Nathan Hill
Supervisor, Horticulture and Natural Areas
Rockford Park District
Office: 815 987-1596 Mobile: 815 289-9901
Mail: 401 S. Main St. STE 117, Rockford, IL 61101

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Herbicide Training and Testing Workshops with The Nature Conservancy

Graduate Student research positions


Drs. Peter Vandergeest, Robin Roth (Department of Geography, York University), and Melissa Marschke (School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa) are recruiting several MA and up to two PhD students beginning September 2015 as part of the SSHRC-funded project "New Directions in Environmental Governance:  Remaking Public and Private Authority in Southeast Asian Resource Frontiers  

Students will be provided with fieldwork funding, guidance, and opportunities for both in-depth fieldwork and research dissemination on a multi-sited research project in Southeast Asia. The study will examine the emerging relationships between private, public, and local authorities in forestry and fisheries, defined to include plantations and aquaculture.  The focus will be on how emerging governance arrangements for forestry and fisheries remake the ways that farmers, fishers, and workers access land and natural resources in the Southeast Asia uplands and coastal zones.

Applicants must have an appropriate background in a relevant field, including Human Geography; Development Studies, Political Ecology; Environmental Studies; Anthropology; or Southeast Asian Studies. Applicants with previous research or applied experience will be particularly competitive.  

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest and current CV to Peter Vandergeest (, Robin Roth ( and/or Melissa Marschke ( by November 5, 2014.

The deadline for admission to York's Graduate Program in Geography is January 14, 2015. More information on the department can be found at:   The deadline for admission to U Ottawa’s Graduate Program in International Development and Global Studies is January 15, 2015. More information can be found at: