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One Shields Avenue
Davis CA

Junior Specialist, Internships, and Volunteer Opportunities


National Center for Sustainable Transportation Summer Research Fellowships

The National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCST), housed in the University of California, Davis, Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS-Davis), offers a research fellowship program for undergraduates interested in transportation. The objective is to introduce a select group of undergraduate students to the transportation field through participation in our extensive research program. The fellowship will support students for an eight-week period over the summer to participate in ongoing research projects with faculty and graduate students. Our research groups the Aridlab/Wild Energy Initiative have hosted three NSCT fellowships related to transportation-related research (e.g., solar energy carports, photovoltaic noise barriers, land-use-transportation sustainability conflicts, etc).  Reach out to Professor Hernandez in early/mid Winter Quarter if interested. Complete applications are due in early May.



We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to assist in managing UC Davis AridLab. Under the direction and advisement of the Dr. Rebecca R. Hernandez (Principal Investigator) and Dr. Steve Grodsky the candidate will: 1) contribute to the development of technology for environmental sensors (e.g., soil sensors, camera traps) in the field and in the laboratory related to soil, plant, and invertebrate ecology, and 2) assist towards enhancing our understanding of relationships between spatiotemporal dynamics of soil and related environmental processes. The term of appointment is 50% for six months with the potential to increase to 100% time upon satisfactory progress (and/or with the possibility of extension dependent upon funding). 


  •  Experience deploying, managing, and decommissioning environmental sensors
  •  Experience with open-source technologies (e.g., arduino)
  •  Programming in C++ or R.

To apply and for more information on this position click here. For full consideration, apply by 23 May 2017. 

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