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Sedimentary and Environmental Radiochemistry Research

Employer: The Sedimentary and Environmental Radiochemistry Research Laboratory

Position Type: REU - Research Experience for Undergraduates

Deadline to Apply: September 30, 2019

Location: Lexington KY

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The Sedimentary and Environmental Radiochemistry Research Laboratory (SER2L - in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Kentucky is excited to announce the availability of 1-2 new, paid Undergraduate Research Assistantships effective immediately. These positions will participate in a range of research activities, including laboratory work (sedimentology, geochemistry, radiochemistry), analytical analyses (sediment physical properties, elemental characterization, radionuclides), and data reduction (data entry, spreadsheet management). Academic engagement is strongly encouraged, but not required (e.g., presenting research at professional meetings, serving as co-authors on presentations and peer reviewed manuscripts, academic presentations, etc.). Research topics include: Mercury transport and contamination in river systems, Gulf of Mexico coastal restoration and subsidence, sedimentary processes in lakes and wetlands.



- Undergraduate B.A. or B.S. (strongly preferred) majors in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES), Geological Sciences (GEOL), Plant and Soil Science (PLS), Geography (GEOG), or Forestry (FOR) in good academic standing (cumulative gpa = 2.5+).

- Available to work next summer (2020) (required).

- Able to commit to a minimum of 1-year, at no more than 20 hours per week (academic year), and 40 hours per week (summer – if not enrolled in classes) (required).

- Undergraduate Research Assistants - $10 per hour starting pay, with raise review annually.

- Experience and/or course work in geology, chemistry, geography, soil science, or environmental science a plus, but not required.

Urban Soil and Water Quality Outreach

Employer: University of Kentucky Department of Plant and Soil Sciences

Position Type: Job - Part time

Deadline to Apply: September 23, 2019

Location: Lexington KY


Paid Internship Opportunity: Urban Soil and Water Quality
The Department of Plant and Soil Sciences is seeking an intern for Fall 2019 to Spring 2020, with the opportunity to work Summer 2020, to assist with outreach and engagement in the city of Lexington, KY. The focus of the effort will be to educate homeowners on common issues associated with stormwater pollution with an emphasis on common urban sources and impacts of nutrient pollution. A key element of this effort will be assessing dog owner actions and behaviors with regard to pet waste management and identifying effective methods to encourage responsible actions.
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop educational materials, hone interpersonal communication skills, learn adult education techniques, and assist with field data collection and analysis. Expect 10 – 15 hours per week in spring and fall semesters and up to 30 hours per week in the summer. Occasional weekend commitment will be expected.
Major responsibilities include:
• Engaging with the public and assisting with dissemination of educational materials at local events; • Assisting with data collection and analysis; • Assisting with development of educational materials for electronic/social media and hardcopy delivery methods.
The successful candidate should have a background in natural sciences (soil science, horticulture, natural resources, biology, chemistry), proficient in and demonstrable written and verbal communication skills.

Interested students should send Suzette Walling ( their resume by September 23rd.

NRCS Volunteer - Video & Outreach Material Production

Employer: Natural Resources Conservation Service

Deadline to Apply: September 25, 2019

Location: Lexington KY

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Two volunteers are needed in the Public Affairs section of Kentucky’s Natural Resources Conservation Service—a federal agency under the United States Department of Agriculture.

Candidate One:

Candidate MUST possess strong video/camera/production skills. Candidate will visit the state office in Lexington, Kentucky for the majority of their volunteer hours to create educational and outreach videos.

Candidate Two:

Candidate MUST possess strong skills with Adobe’s Photoshop/InDesign/Illustrator. Candidate will visit the state office in Lexington, Kentucky for the majority of their volunteer hours to create educational and outreach materials.


Environmental Consultant / Environmental Scientist

Employer: Earth Systems

Position Type: Job - Permanent Position

Deadline to Apply: October 2, 2019

Location: Bristol United Kingdom

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