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One Shields Avenue
Davis CA


To apply, please send resume to Steve Grodsky:

What you get

1) Valuable, in-depth research experience with varied flora and fauna in a diverse desert ecosystem

2) Housing and food

3) Letters of Recommendation and references provided by Dr. Grodsky (pending suitable performance) 


Dedicated Volunteer Needed for Solar Energy-Milkweed- Monarch Nexus Research in Mojave Desert

We seek an energetic, dedicated volunteer to assist with ecological research at the Ivanpah Solar Power Facility in the Mojave Desert. Duties will primarily include field work under the direct supervision of Dr. Steve Grodsky. Steve is a postdoctoral researcher in the AridLab out of UC-Davis. Timing of the field season is dictated by seasonally variable plant emergence, but will span a 60-day period in April/May or May/June. Our research goals center on better understanding effects of solar energy development on soils, Mojave milkweed, and monarch butterflies using a “bottom-up” approach. We also will be sampling invertebrates, lizards, and small mammals using various methods. Post- undergraduates, post-baccalaureates, post-masters students, and/or those with extensive desert fieldwork experience encouraged to apply!

Preferred qualifications

  • Minimum of undergraduate degree in wildlife

    ecology, entomology, ecology, or botany (or

    equivalent field experience) 

  • Commitment to entire 2-month study period

  • Valid driver’s license

  • Ability to work in hot, strenuous field conditions